What is depression, and how can you explain to your child that her mother is suffering from an illness that even adults sometimes don’t understand?
Natalie is struggling to understand. What happened to her mother that triggered these dark days? Why doesn’t she try better for her, Natalie, to push the darkness away?
Tae Keller’s witty and emotional writing, mixed with a heavy subject, resulted in a perfect book for any ages. Continue reading “The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller | The most heart-touching middle grade novel!”
Is it too late to wish everyone a Happy New Year?! Because I feel like I haven’t done that yet on my blog.
I had a very slow start this time around. It is taking me forever to sort everything blog and reading related, and get back on track. Which is sad, because I love blogging and everything that comes with it, and when I put it aside, there is a part of me that is missing. But that is a story for another time! Continue reading “January & February Wrap Up 2018 | A very slow start to the New Year!”
«Empathy: because the commonality among human beings is emotion, and the only way we can bridge our vast discrepancies in experience is through what we feel. Let us be humbled in the knowledge that one may never fully understand the interior lives of others – but let us continue to care.»
This was my third book in just a couple of months that strongly focused on characters and deep emotions. And you know what? I’m loving every second of these experiences. In «Everything Here is Beautiful» we see the story from multiple perspectives – Miranda, Lucia, Manny, Yonah. Their fates forever linked by one deep emotion – Empathy.
Mira T. Lee have done an amazing job bringing her characters to life. Even their language and choice of words changed accordingly and added that exquisite touch to their personalities. Making them as real as my next door neighbours. Continue reading “Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee | Empathy: The ability to understand and share the feelings of another”
Shaker Heights, Cleveland, is a community that has been planned out to a tee. It is a stable and safe environment for steady, successful families. Where nothing could go wrong. Or could it?
Surprisingly, I wasn’t interested in reading this book right away. But couldn’t stay strong during all the hype that happened on multiple social media platforms after the release, and had to see for myself what this was all about. Continue reading “Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng | Can you plan your life to perfection?”
Once you read the final line of the book, flip that last page over and close it with satisfying smile on your face, what is usually the first thing that comes into your mind?
Events that took place at the end of the story?
Or maybe certain characters?
Honestly, I always found plot-driven stories much more enjoyable to read than the ones focused primarily on character development. Only when I finally had a pleasure to read Chloe Benjamin’s writing, I discovered the incredible world where the separation of plot-driven vs character-driven ceased to exist! Continue reading “The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin | What if you knew when you were going to die?”
Don’t even think that I have it all figured out when it comes to staying on top of reviewing books. No, I struggle just as much as everyone else and sometimes even more. However! Being a perfectionist and just a person who easily gets nervous when too many things start to pile up, I had to learn some tricks that would pull the weight off my shoulders and help me to power through the huge TO-DO list.
Continue reading “When you are struggling to write reviews | A few steps that will make your blogging and ‘reviewing’ life much easier!”
The beloved author of The Faithful and the Fallen series, John Gwynne, has just released the first book of his new series – A Time of Dread (Of Blood and Bone #1), on the 11th of January 2018, and if you have any Christmas gift cards left, make sure to purchase the book as soon as possible!
I haven’t read his first series but was lucky enough to receive the ARC of A Time of Dread from NetGalley and Pan Macmillan. Thank you for giving me this chance to finally familiarize myself with John Gwynne’s writing and completely fall in love with magical and dangerous world of the Banished Lands. Continue reading “A Time of Dread by John Gwynne”
I keep saying it over and over, but I really enjoy different dystopian settings that different authors come up with. So I am always on the lookout for new apocalyptic stand alones or series, and more often than not, they are quite disappointing.
In The New Dark we didn’t learn what happened to the world and why the civilization as we know was gone. There were snippets of what life was like for the characters and we saw the existence of mutants, but we weren’t given a lot of information just yet regarding WHY everything had changed so drastically. Continue reading “The New Dark by Lorraine Thomson | What was the turning point of this book?”