WWW Wednesday

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words and pretty much you just answer the three questions below and voila! You’re done.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading: 

Hmmm.. I am currently reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J. K. Rowling) and Ink and Bone (Lisa Unger). 

I am reading Ink and Bone because it’s going to be archived soon on Netgalley and since I just recently got approved for it I gotta speed read it so it won’t affect my rating score. Not easy to do since I am just into my new hobby… brush calligraphy!!!! 

Also, I am STILL reading HP because I kinda got sidetracked reading Red Queen so I thought hey with HP I can afford to postpone reading cause I have read the book *many many MANY times* AND I own it.

Recently finished:

41VTPDCAq5L._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_Recently finished Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. This book went from a 4 rating and plummeted to a 2 rating once I started thinking long and hard about it. Yeah I do realize that in the blog post it was a 3 rating BUT in my Goodreads I put a 4 then it went down to a 3 then at last a 2 rating.

I have been disappointed by the books I have been reading lately. They’re either just okay or just plain ugh *shudders*.

I NEED ME SOME INSPIRATION!!! Because let’s be honest when reading multiple ‘okay’ books coupled with a few ‘ugh’ ones, one tends to lose hope and goes into a READING SLUMP! I want to avoid that thank you very much.

Reading next:

I think I will start reading The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell next since I am already a few pages in. I borrowed it from the local library because I thought the book cover looked really funky and beautiful. Don’t you think so? It’s kinda a bit much but it’s still interesting all the same and besides I am a sucker for anything bright colored. My favorite colors are anything bright… even neon colors.

 

Ten Facts About Me

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

This weeks theme is pretty much ten facts about me.

  1. My fav genre is the murder mystery genre BUT I very rarely give books of this genre higher than a 3 rating. Why? I myself don’t know.
  2. If you haven’t guessed it, my fav tv shows fictional or otherwise also has to do with murder mysteries. The list of shows are shown below: 
    • CSI (All of them mind you)
    • NCIS 
    • Criminal Minds
    • Law & Order: SVU
    • Sherlock (DUHHHHH!!!! Ben Cumberbatch AND murder mysteries?? That’s what I’d call heaven!)
    • Murder, She Wrote
    • Castle
    • The Mentalist
    • Forensic Files
    • Cold Case Files
    • Deadly Women
    • Making a Murderer
    • Killer Kids
    • Deadly Wives
    • Fatal Vows
    • American Greed
  3. I tend to go on what I’d call book binges where I will binge read books like there is no tomorrow. I can literally finish 3 books in one day when the book binge strikes, each of ’em at least 300 ish pages long.
  4. I have one bad book reading habit. I tend to read a lot of books at one go not because I was bored of the first book no. It just happens that when I go chill somewhere and didn’t bring said book I will just get a new book and start reading and next thing you know 6 books in and the plot starts to get reaaaal hazy.
  5. My best friend and I first met and bonded over, you guessed it, a book. She was reading My Secret Unicorn or something and I was affronted that a 13 year old would read what I thought to be a childs’ book. I, with all pompousness, told her she should start reading books like Harry Potter and the like and I will show her the way to reading GREATNESS!
  6. I don’t have a book shelf what I have is a BOOK CUPBOARD. Literally. My books all 100 ++ of them cramped together in this small studying cupboard/desk I own.
  7. I used to be a hardcore Twilight fan. I kid you not when I say I used to think my love life mirrored that of Bella Swan *barfs*.
  8. My earliest memory of me reading was when I was 4 and reading a Mickey Mouse version of Princess and The Pea.
  9. I get seriously weirded out if people insist that dislike to read. Like why? WHY DON’T YOU LIKE TO READ!! TELLLL MEEEE!!! *shakes them about*
  10. My other hobbies that are not bookish stuff are crochet! I love to make amigurumis. I should share some pics here on my blog to show what I have made so far 😀

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Author: Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: HarperTeen

Published: 10 February 2015

Source: Local Library

Rating: 3/5   2/5 Anythings

Goodreads Summary

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

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Review: Still Here by Lara Vapnyar

Title: Still Here

Author: Lara Vapnyar

Publisher: Hogarth (2016)

Source: Blogging for books

Rating: 3/5 anythings

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Review

Okay I couldn’t put the Goodreads summary as my phone can’t copy and paste but I am sure it won’t matter.

To the review!

Still Here is an interesting read but all the same it didn’t mean I enjoyed it. Some parts of the book were really hard for me to read due to characters being so vicious, insecure and altogether just unhappy with their current lives.

I had problems with all the characters except Regina whom I find the only one that is actually sane and logical, even through her grief over the death of her mother. The other characters are just so flawed it was disturbing. For example, Vica, she has this ‘what if’ problem. I mean yeah everybody has that problem but she just takes it overboard. She honest to God can’t see and appreciate even the smallest things in her life that are actually good. This problem causes friction between her and Sergey and instead of talking it out and try to solve it she just clams up and expects Sergey to innately knows what she wants.

Then there’s Vadik who is in pursuit of perfection, both in his real life and social media life. He comes off as a wannabe and pretentious which isn’t a good look. He goes through women and houses like MnM’s and he tries so hard to be a different man with different women that I pity him.

With Sergey, he thinks way too highly of himself and while he is intelligent, he doesn’t apply it to his life to try and make it better.

Regina like I said before is the only character I genuinely feel any form of empathy. She is going through a grieving process and she has yet to confront the problem so she can deal with it in a proper manner and move on.
Whilst reading the book I was close to giving up because of the characters being  so toxic, especially Vica but it gets better towards the end where all the characters undergo character development.

Only then, did I realize that the app was just acting as a catalyst for these characters to have growth for change to be better people.

I saw a lot of posts on Goodreads saying that at the end they wished the app was fully running but for me personally I was glad it wasn’t (finished, that is). This is because for one the app was a tad creepy and second this allows Sergey and Vica to work together as a couple, which may or may not, strengthen their bond.

Another thing I liked aside from the characters development was the ending. The ending made me feel like it wasn’t an ending but instead it was a start towards a new and possibly a better beginning. Hopefully this time all the characters will achieve the happiness they all yearn for.

Also, there is another thing that the plot of this book highlighted which I find relatable in todays life. It is the need to lie about your life on social media, the need to pretend that you are happy when you are not. I find this very disturbing because who are trying to impress? Why do you need to lie? If they were your real friends wouldn’t they accept you the way you are?

BTW, I got this book for free from Blogging for books Via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.