This week’s topic is Five Books I want to reread. Now, I thought long and hard about this since there are several books that I want to reread so badly. Sometimes I look at my shelf and I want to pick up my favorite books so badly. I’m not going to include series, all the books are standalone. Here are my picks:
The Bell Jar: I read The Bell Jars years ago and I always recommend to everyone. I loved the book so much and I want to actually analyze this book this time around
Fahrenheit 451: A classic, and it has been one of my favorite books. This book makes me cry.
Incidents In the Life of a Slave Girl: I read it for my US history class, and boy this tale was powerful.
Song of the Hummingbird: Strong female protagonist that I mostly felt sorry for her circumstances.
In the Time of the Butterflies: A powerful tale of sisters that will leave you in tears.
This week’s topic is Gateway Books. I mostly review Young Adult on my blog, but one of my favorite book genres is historical fiction. I’m a history major, and I’m a sucker for historical fiction. Trust me. When someone asks for a book recommendation, I will recommend these five books. You’ll need tissues for all these books. Here are my picks:
Snow Flower and The Secret Fan by Lisa See – This book has a special place in my heart since it was the first book I’ve purchased from Barnes and Noble when it came out. I read it in one sitting. I cried. The friendship is strong in this book.
Honolulu by Alan Brennert- Honolulu was such a such a lovely read. The main character was strong and she endured so much! It has a happy ending, but I did shed a couple of tears when I read it.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini – My english teacher from high school let me borrow her copy of A Thousand Splendid Sun. This is the book that destroyed me. I read it in a day and I was bawling my eyes out. Just thinking about it, makes me feel a bit sad.
In The Time Of The Butterflies by Julia Alvarez -This is a powerful tale about sisters who rebelled against the Trujillo dictatorship. I loved reading each pov and it was beautifully written.
Atonement byIan Mcewan – The movie and the book had me crying. It takes place in one of my favorite eras which is during WWII. I kept picturing the cast of the movie when I read the book.
This week’s topic is Unlikable Characters...Now every now and then, a book has an unlikable character. Here are my choices:
Tamlin (ACOTAR & ACOMAF) – Alright, if you have read ACOMAF, you would understand why Tamlin is on this list. I don’t want to go into spoilers here, but I really can’t seem a redemption arc for Tamlin. He went from boring to unlikable.
Bella (Twilight) – I’ve tried rereading Twilight and I couldn’t. First time around, Bella was okay for me, but as the years, literally years, gone by I’ve changed my mind.
Tris Prior (Divergent) – I’ve only read one book, and I didn’t like Tris at all. I thought she was a bit too whiny, but a lot of people like her.
Eva (Kissing In America) – When I read Kissing in America, I was amazed by how many foolish choices the protagonist made…I liked her at first, but the more I kept reading, the more I found Eva to be unlikable.
The Narrator (Sick Pleasures) – The short story was really depressing…the narrator did not help at all.
This week’s topic is Recent Wishlist Additions. I can’t believe the year is halfway over, and the holidays will upon us soon. I have several items that I want on my wish list I want different book editions of my favorite authors. Here are my picks:
These minimalistic editions of Murakami’s books.
This might be my favorite edition of The Chronicles of Narnia, I absolutely love these covers.
Every time I go to Barnes and Nobles, I always find myself wanting these books. I actually own one. (The seven novels in one)
Look how beautiful this book set is!!!! I might add this to my wedding registry. Ha ha!
You can never own too many Harry Potter books. I prefer these covers than the original ones.
This week’s topic is Favorite Character Names. For this list, I shall be focusing only on male names from YA.
Nikolai Lantsov – He’s always my number one when it comes to favorite names. Seige and Storm is still my favorite book from The Grisha Trilogy. He’s a king, and a pirate, and happens to be a badass. Also he has the best lines. Lastly, he is my number one book boyfriend.
Finnick Odair – When Finnick was introduced in Catching Fire, I immediately forgot about Peeta and Gale. Finnick ended up being one of my favorite characters in the Hunger Games Trilogy. Who can resist his charms??? Not me.
Étienne St. Clair – I love saying his name. He’s one of my favorite YA contemporary love interests. He’s dreamy and it’s hard not to fall for him.
Maven Calore – He’s trash, and the worst, but I actually like him. I love his name. Even though he’s cliché, he was the best character in Red Queen.
Sirius Black – And somehow I knew I was going to involve a character from Harry Potter on this list. Even though, he’s not in all the Harry Potter books. I really loved his name. What kind of person would want to mess with anyone named Sirius Black?
Hey, it’s Wednesday and you know what that means! This week’s topic is Summer TBR. I have a couple books in mind already for this summer! Hopefully, I can get through all these books. Here are my choices:
Summer Days & Summer Nights – This book is perfect for summer. Ever since My True Love Gave To Me, I’ve been a bit hyped up for this collection of short stories.
Isla And The Happily Ever After – I need to finish this companion series already, and I’ve been thinking of finishing it for this summer. Hopefully it’s as good as Anna And The French Kiss, and Lola And The Boy Next Door.
The Crown’s Game – Set in Russia and magical. Yes. Excited to read this one! 🙂
Sailor Moon – I’ve mostly watched the 90s anime and some of Sailor Moon Crystal, but it’s about time for me to read the manga!!!!
The Unexpected Everything – I’ve read the synopsis, and it looks like it will be a good contemporary book.
Whelp, it’s Thursday! Ha ha. Still wanted to post my picks for this week’s topic which is Characters You Are Most Like. I thought about it at work today and it took me a while to figure out what character I was most like. All of the characters I picked are from mangas. After much deliberation, here are my choices!
Tsukimi Kurashita from Kuragehime (Jellyfish Princess) – She is the character that I am most like. Shyness. Check. Naive. Check. Easily embarrassed when talking to guys. Check. And I look a bit like her. I’m actually going to cosplay as her for Anime Expo this year. Check, check, and check.
Rei Hino from Sailor Moon – As much as I love the anime version of Rei, I actually feel that the anime version is closer to my personality than the manga version. She’s somewhat bossy, but has good intentions. She’s hotblooded and passionate about what she wants.
Robin Nico from One Piece – She loves her history, and she’s the motherly one from The Strawhats. I love history myself, and I can be very motherly at times. I can see a lot of myself in Robin.
Sawako Kuronuma from Kimi Ni Todoke – Shyness and gets nervous easily. Check. Sawako is naive, and misinterprets situations easily. She cares about her circle of friends deeply, and she finds herself in hilarious situations (this happens to me as well).
Ukyo Kuonji from Ranma 1/2 – She’s a tomboy and girly. She’s one of my favorite characters from Ranma 1/2. She knows how to cook and she’s a fighter when she has to be. Also, she’s very competitive.
This week’s topic is Intimidating Books. I actually have a list of books that intimidate me. Most of them are classics, and it was hard to pick the top 5 that intimidate me. Here is my list:
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – I was really overwhelmed when I first tried reading the first book. I couldn’t do it. I might try to read the book, possibly several years later, but as for now, I am intimidated by the length of the books…
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo – This is a classic book that I want to read. About five years ago, I checked it out from the library with other books…well, I never got to it and returned it.
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell – I’ve seen the movie, but I’ve always wanted to read the book.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – I’ve only watched the movie, but I always wanted to read the book. It’s always recommended to me.
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand – The length of this book intimidates me. I want to read it, but at this moment, no thank you.
This week’s topic is Hard Topics. I thought of all the books that I have read, and I wasn’t going to do this week’s topic until I realized I have read several books with hard topics. Here are my picks:
Foxgirl by Nora Okja Keller: although I did not finish this book, it was quite graphic and I couldn’t handle it. Prostitution and rape…too much
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: It’s definitely not the typical romance book.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: Don’t want to spoil this one if you have not read it.
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
This week’s topic is Rainy Day Reads. Though it hardly rains in Southern California, I love rainy days. It’s the perfect weather for tea, comfort food, and books. Here are my picks for my favorite rainy day reads. And yes, all the synopsis are from Goodreads.
After Dark by Haruki Murakami: A short, sleek novel of encounters set in Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and dawn, and every bit as gripping as Haruki Murakami’s masterworks The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore.
At its center are two sisters—Eri, a fashion model slumbering her way into oblivion, and Mari, a young student soon led from solitary reading at an anonymous Denny’s toward people whose lives are radically alien to her own: a jazz trombonist who claims they’ve met before, a burly female “love hotel” manager and her maid staff, and a Chinese prostitute savagely brutalized by a businessman. These “night people” are haunted by secrets and needs that draw them together more powerfully than the differing circumstances that might keep them apart, and it soon becomes clear that Eri’s slumber—mysteriously tied to the businessman plagued by the mark of his crime—will either restore or annihilate her.
After Dark moves from mesmerizing drama to metaphysical speculation, interweaving time and space as well as memory and perspective into a seamless exploration of human agency—the interplay between self-expression and empathy, between the power of observation and the scope of compassion and love. Murakami’s trademark humor, psychological insight, and grasp of spirit and morality are here distilled with an extraordinary, harmonious mastery.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro: As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life, and for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special—and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together.
Annarasumanara by Ha Il Kwon: A rumor goes around school about an abandoned amusement park and a magician who lives there that can make someone disappear for good. Yoon Ah-ee, a girl struggling to feed her sister and herself everyday will experience her life change as she meets a mysterious magician.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley:“I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, & then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life & stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion.” A summer evening’s ghost stories, lonely insomnia in a moonlit Alpine’s room & a runaway imagination–fired by philosophical discussions with Lord Byron & Percy Bysshe Shelley about science, galvanism & the origins of life–conspired to produce for Mary Shelley this haunting night specter. By morning, it had become the germ of her Romantic masterpiece,Frankenstein.
Written in 1816 when she was only 19, Shelley’s novel of “The Modern Prometheus” chillingly dramatized the dangerous potential of life begotten upon a laboratory table. A frightening creation myth for our own time, Frankenstein remains one of the greatest horror stories ever written & is an undisputed classic of its kind.
Sakamichi No Apollon (Kids On The Slope) by Yuki Kodama:
Nishimi Kaoru has moved from city to city and school to school because of his father’s job, so the first day at his new school was just routine for him. Being intellectual and the new transfer student, he has always been seen as an outcast, and all Kaoru had to do was bear it until the next time he moved. But things were slightly different this time. First, he started to get close to the class president, Mukae Ritsuko, and, secondly, unlikely as it seemed, grew closer to Kawabuchi Sentaro. Sentaro was infamous for getting into fights, skipping class and was an overall bad boy. Strangely enough, the three of them find common ground in music, namely jazz, and Kaoru finds himself actually enjoying the new town. (Synopsis from MangaHelpers)