The Vegetarian by Han Kang | A disturbing allegory of women’s place in the Korean society

I didn’t like it… 

Here, I said it. I honestly don’t think there is a single person out there who read this book and said: “I liked it”. Yes, most can appreciate the writing style, the story, the meaning behind it, but OMG, it was weird. 

I also don’t think it’s a good book…

There are certain stories that I read and not necessarily love but, as I said, appreciate the thought and the deeper meaning. However, if the author had to resort to disturbing and pornographic content to explain her point of view and present this allegory, it doesn’t compel me to know more about the real-world problem. In fact, it does the complete opposite, making me want to run away and not face these issues.

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Books to Movies 2019 | My “To-Watch Before the End of the Year” List!

Part 2 of my End of the Year To-do list is here!

Yesterday, I quickly mentioned in my End of the Year Book Tag that I’d like to make a mini blog series, where I share my plans and to-do lists to accomplish before the end of the year. This is the second part, in which I take a look at all book adaptations released in 2019 and make a list of all films I still want to watch this year. 

2019 wasn’t the best “movie” year, in my opinion, especially in comparison with the previous year. So far there was only one movie that I think deserves all the awards in the world, and that was «Joker». If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend watching it before the end of the year, as I’m sure it will be nominated for many Oscar categories.

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The End of the Year Book Tag | To Reassess, Reevaluate and Reconsider my 2019 goals!

Or should I call it “The triple R” book tag?

We’re currently almost halfway through November, and there are only 6 weeks left before the craziness of the Christmas holidays begins. This means it’s about time to look back on 2019, reassess and reevaluate my goals and try to finish as many things as possible before the end of this year

Because there are literally dozens of items on my End of the Year To-Do list, I decided to make a little series of blog posts and share with you my reading and life goals for the next month and a half. 

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Normal People by Sally Rooney | An unsettling story about sex, love, and relationships.

«Normal People» by Sally Rooney is not an easy book to review. I’m still not entirely sure if I liked it or not. 

Does it really deserve the 5-star rating I’ve given it immediately after turning the last page? I can’t answer this question yet.

There are books that instantly become our favorites, and there are books that will stay with us for a very long time, the little plot details engraved in our memory. Even though you won’t be reaching to re-read those books any time soon (or ever). That’s how I felt about «Memoirs of Geisha» that was an extraordinary reading experience and one of the first adult books I’ve ever read, and that’s also how I feel about «Normal People» by Sally Rooney.

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The NetGalley Book Tag | How do I choose books on NetGalley?

NetGalley is one of the main sources of new releases for me. I love the ever-growing community, the opportunity to read new and amazing books, that I’d probably wouldn’t have. It’s always more difficult for the international readers to get physical ARCs of books (and just ARCs in general), so I’m very thankful that NetGalley exists!

Thank you, Melanie @TBRandBeyond for tagging me! Melanie and Mireille run TBR and Beyond together. Their Top Ten Tuesday posts are always so much fun to read, make sure to check out their blog. 🙂

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Songs from the Deep by Kelly Powell | Misleading book cover and title?

I’m always very sad when the book I have high (or even moderate) expectations for, ends up being a complete miss. «Songs from the Deep» by Kelly Powell promised a dangerous world where sirens weren’t a myth but a reality that tourists from all over the world came to witness. 

Instead of following this fantastical thread, Kelly Powell led the plot differently. It often felt like the author couldn’t decide what genre she wanted to write, and ended up mixing mystery, fantasy, historical fiction (??), romance and a love letter to music. In turn, I found my mind wandering from one plot element to another, not able to focus or care about any of them.

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10 Books that scream “autumn” | My obsession with yellow color continues!

Yellow is one of my favorite colors. I love every shade, from almost browns to pale pastel yellows. And that is the main color I associate with Autumn season. The yellow is everywhere – in the leaves, the pumpkins, and even the clothes (in my favorite mustard yellow ❤ )!

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November 2019 Monthly Goals | The month of “getting stuff done”!

As we are getting closer to the end of the year, I’m starting to feel a little bit overwhelmed by the number of things that I need to get done. To avoid going crazy and getting myself even more stressed than I currently am, I decided to make only a few reading and blogging monthly goals so I can focus more on my work and internship. 

I’m staying positive and believe in my ability to fit more hours in a day. 😀

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October 2019 Wrap Up | New favorite book and movies of 2019!

After a disastrous September, when I had very little time and motivation to read, October turned out to be a much better month. Even though I had just as many (if not more) things on my To-Do list, somehow I was able to embrace my inner “busy bee” and also find some time for myself.

In October I read a total of 7 books! Six of them I was able to finish by October 18th. With such a great start, I was hoping to read 10 or more books by the end of the month but the last two weeks have been particularly busy and didn’t leave much time for anything but work.

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Cell by Stephen King | The perfect book for Halloween!

My first successful find at the local thrift bookshop, and also my first Stephen King novel (after a disastrous attempt to read «Carrie» many years ago) «Cell» was a great book to familiarize myself with King’s writing. It’s one of his dystopian books that isn’t scary at all, more of an atmospheric read, which was perfect for this time of the year. 

According to the blurb by Guardian on the front cover of my copy, I wouldn’t use my mobile for days after reading this book. That didn’t happen.

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Most Anticipated Releases | November 2019

November will be the month of catching up. I already feel the pressure of getting all things done before the end of the year, prepare for the Christmas season and just try to stay on top of things in preparation for 2020.

Publishers must feel the same because November is marked by many releases of next-in-the series books that I’m very excited about!

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Houdini’s Curse (The Phantom Files #2) by William B. Wolfe

Last year, I was lucky enough to read William B. Wolfe new book – «Twain’s Treasure», absolutely loved it and hoped that there will be more installments in this children’s series!

Before and during my teenage years, I used to be obsessed with children’s series, especially something like Nancy Drew. The Phantom Files brought back that nostalgia. So you can imagine my excitement when I spotted book number two on NetGalley, and was once again very lucky to get approved for this ARC. 

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All Audiobooks I listened to this year!

I’m joining the Top 5 Tuesday meme today, created by Shanah from BionicBookwormBlog. It’s been a while since I posted any TTT posts, mainly because the topics of the past weeks (months) weren’t my cup of tea. I’ve been seeing many To 5 Tuesday posts out there and thought it would be fun to finally join this meme as well!

This week we are supposed to give you our top 5 audiobooks. But since I’ve only listened to SEVEN audiobooks this year, I might as well talk about all of them! 

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The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys | A masterpiece of historical fiction!

Historical Fiction was never a genre I considered to be my favorite. I dipped my toes into it, tried some of the most popular books, like The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Fall of Giants by Ken Follet and All the Lights We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. And while I was impressed by these works, I never truly experienced a full immersion in this literary genre. 

Everything changed with just one Ruta Sepetys book, who masterfully introduced the heartbreaking story of love, fear, and truth into the most severe times in Spanish history. 

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They Call Me the Cat Lady by Amy Miller | Another attempt to find a book similar to “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine”!

It was so difficult to sit down and write my review for this book. There are a couple of reasons for that. First of all, it was one of those books that didn’t spark a conversation. This doesn’t necessarily mean that I didn’t like it, but it felt like something I’ve read before, not bringing anything new to the table. And secondly, even though I did enjoy this book, I didn’t feel compelled to make other people read it.

«They Call Me the Cat Lady» was a fun, sad and mysterious book. The plot twists were intriguing and I did want to find out more about Nancy Jones’ past, but at the same time, it wasn’t anything extraordinary.

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