Quote of the Day

The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart , and all they can do is stare blankly.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Quote of the Day

“Where are the people?” resumed the little prince at last. “It’s a little lonely in the desert…” “It is lonely when you’re among people, too,” said the snake.”

-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I’d Want to Write Like

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey, every Wednesday you get to list out your top 5 of a selected topic. Read more about this on the Goodreads group.

Well to be frank, being able to write like any kind of author would be amazing. Since I am no writer, anything would be an improvement.

Still, when I read, some stories are interesting and entertaining, and then there are some that have an ability to change your whole perspective about the world. The suck you in this magical world of fiction and do not let go long after you are finished with a book.

Although I respect most of the authors, there are some people that make me wonder ‘how is it possible to write like this’?


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J. K. Rowling. Let’s be honest. this lady changed so many lives. If you were lucky enough to grow up with Harry Potter, you know that nothing will ever compare. Rowling brought us magic and made the journey from childhood to adulthood a magnificent experience. Who wouldn’t want to have her ability to bring so much happiness to the world?

 

 

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Amy Harmon is my latest obsession. Her writing is incredible and her stories – magnificent. Some of her books that I’ve read are my absolute favourites, and some are just good. Yet every single story written by this lady is filled with magic. Her voice is hopeful, it always makes my heart ache, and makes me believe that magic exists in the real world. There aren’t many authors that can make a reader feel like that.

 

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Victoria Schwab is an amazing storyteller. Her world building is so real; her characters imperfectly human; and the storylines complex and heart-breaking. All the books that I’ve read by her are so different, yet all left me with major book hangovers. Plus, Shades of Magic series made me feel two things that I never do when I finish a series. First, I really wanted to visit the world that has been created. And second, I wanted more. I usually prefer series that end sooner rather than later. This one was my only exception. Any writer that has an ability to make me want more is incredible.

 

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Renee Ahdieh’s writing is like music. People sometimes ask me ‘What does it mean, a beautifully written book?’ I instantly recommend them to read anything by Ahdieh. Her sentences just flow, it is like a melody, soothing and breath-taking. Although her ability to craft characters and plot complex storylines is nothing other than brilliant, it is her ability to write that steals the show.

 

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Colleen Hoover. Since this list’s purpose is to admire writing skills, Hoover has to make the list. Although I find quite a few of her stories problematic, and I rarely like her books after I finish them, this lady can definitely write. Every book of hers that I read demands 100% of my attention. I am always thoroughly engaged, and with every single book, she makes me feel so many emotions. I am always in awe of Hoover’s ability to make her readers feel. And although I am sometimes not a fan of the storylines, I always admire her writing. Plus, my favourite book is written by her, so she’s on the list.

 


So here are my top 5 authors whose writing I admire so much. Let me know your top pics, and whether any of my favourites made your list.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Winter TBR

Another Tuesday has come and it is time to do another Top Ten post. Just so you all know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, bloggers list their top ten for a selected topic. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR list.

Oh boy, my TBR list is looking pretty intimidating, especially since I haven’t had time to read as much as I used to before, yet I keep finding the time to add new books to the list. Nevertheless, here are my very top ten books that I want to read this winter.


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Turtles all the Way Down by John Green

Although I think that John Green is a bit overrated, I feel like I need to read this one just so I could talk about current book trends.


Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Meyer’s stories are always highly entertaining and I thing this book will be pure fun.


The Cider House Rules by John Irving

I have started reading this book a couple years ago while I was on holiday, but lost access to it when I came back. I feel like it is finally time to finish this monstrosity because I know this is the kind of book that I’ll absolutely love.


Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

I have been seeing this series a lot, and although I don’t know much about it, I am definitely curious.


The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

I feel like I really like reading romance books in the winter, and I really liked Kulti, so this one is definitely on my list.


The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

I wanted to read this book for ages, so hopefully I’ll do it this winter.


Infinity + One by Amy Harmon

This year, I have realised that I absolutely adore Amy Harmons writing and storytelling abilities, so I’ll probably try to read all of her books. If you do not know who Amy Harmon is, go and read her books!


Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

I have no idea why I haven’t read this one yet as I’ve heard so many amazing things about it.


The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

I have taken this book on so many trips, yet I’ve never started it. I think I am ready to reed it now.


Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

This is probably the one book that I really don’t want to read, yet I feel I have to. First, I feel like I invested too much time in the series to quit now. Second, this series is so incredibly popular that I just want to be able to discuss it, even if I can only express anger and disappointment. I really do not get why so many people are obsessed with Maas’s books, they just leave me exhausted. I guess I like torturing myself. I mean, I read Fifty Shades of Grey just so I would be able to argue its stupidity.


So here is my list. Let me know what books are on your winter TBR.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

Ok, I think after more than a year, I have finally figured out how to balance work and blogging, yay! So I am doing a TTT today!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, bloggers list their top ten for a selected topic. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For.

Although I am most thankful for books in general and there are many special ones to choose from, I am going to list out the ones that affected my life in some way.


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Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

For obvious reasons, it changed my life and made my childhood and adolescence truly special.


Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

It was the first classic that I was completely obsessed with, and after so many years of reading it, this book still remains one of my top 5.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I don’t know why, but for many years I have thought that Fantasy genre was just a guilty pleasure and fantasy books (*cough twilight*) were stupid. This book made me fall in love with fantasy.


In the Stillness by Andrea Randall

Again, I have thought that romance genre was silly and unnecessarily dramatic. This book has toughed me so deeply that it revaluated my love for reading completely.


Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The book itself was an addictive entertaining read. It was not the quality of the book why I’m really thankful for it and for the whole series. It brought me joy while I was suffering through my dissertation.


The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

I read the book after I found out that the musical is the best single thing to happen to this world. I was really lonely and this book made me weep and then healed me.


It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

This has to be my favourite book of all time. It had changed my view on a few really important issues, has opened my eyes about my life, and just really affected me deeply.


The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

This is the first instalment of a truly magnificent story. Also, I read this series while I was on the most amazing holiday in my life.


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I find this book and this sereis as a whole so special to me as a) it got me through a really bad period of my life and b) it was the first magical world after Harry Potter where I would love to go.


From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

This has to by my favourite book of the year and probably my favourite WW2 book of all time.


I hope you enjoyed reading. Let me know what are the books you are most thankful for?

Quote of the Day

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”

-Albert Camus

London life is busy, but I will try to bring blogging back

I have been saying to myself that I should get back to blogging for so long that it seems I have forgotten my reasons altogether. I guess moving to London and starting a full time job does not leave enough spare time for everything that I would like to be doing. Although I don’t miss Uni even a little bit and would not want to go back to the life of a student, I do miss having the time to do so many things that I’ve liked (I procrastinated a lot and avoided my deadlines on a daily basis, that is probably why Uni has not been such an amazing experience).

I keep telling myself that I am too busy, but somehow I find the time to waste hours and hours on silly television shows, therefore I keep thinking that my excuses do not have any ground, it is only laziness. I guess the busy big city life and the new challenges that came with starting my new job did not leave much space for my hobbies. Or maybe there was no need to escape anymore, since I have found a place I feel perfectly content at.

Still, lately I have found myself missing the calm that writing would bring, or maybe it is the space where I can express my love for books and actually see others do the same. With moving around quite a lot and not being a social butterfly, it is quite difficult to find the people who share your passions. Even in London.

This time, I am making myself a promise that I will try to blog at least once a week, and I hope that I will actually be able to keep it. My New Years resolution, although a bit belated.

Today I am going to a book event – I will get to meet V. E. Schwab – an author whose books became my favourites of the year. I got to love London for these kinds of opportunities, even though none of my friends will come with me. I am still really excited, and will consider this event as my official coming back to blogging party.

If you happen to be around Piccadilly today and going to an evening with this amazing author, come say hi.

Hopefully, my wallet will not suffer too much today, and I will be inspired to find more time for reading, writing and blogging.

 

 

Quote of the Day

“One thing you can’t hide – is when you’re crippled inside.”

-John Lennon

Quote of the Day

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

Quote of the Day

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

-Leonard Cohen