Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Underground Railroad

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The Underground Railroad


Written by: Colson Whitehead
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 0385537034
Release Date: September 13th, 2016 (or maybe its already released in some places apparently? But where I live it gets released in September! And either way, it sounds like a great book so i wanted to mention it!)
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Historical, African American, Race, American Literature
Pages: 320 (Hardcover)
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Summary:

"Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all slaves, but Cora is an outcast even among her fellow Africans, and she is coming into womanhood; even greater pain awaits. 
Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her of the Underground Railroad and they plot their escape. 

Like Gulliver, Cora encounters different worlds on each leg of her journey..." 



Way i am waiting.... 



This might sounds strange but i really enjoy reading stories about slaves escaping. 

I don't know if it is the "escaping a horrible life" or the "trying to find something better" or just the real historical aspect of how many people had to live in horrible situations for however long before they tried to escape because even if they where killed trying to do it, that would be preferable to continuing on. 
I don't know what it is. 

But i just always have an emotional connection with books like this. 

And it is said that this book is written brilliantly and really recreate the unique terrors and how black life was pre-Civil War in America. 

I am just always looking for fictional books that manage to bring a real piece of history alive. 

And i am always curious to learn more about those underground railroads that i learned about through other books. 

I hope this will be a good one. That will most likely leave me shattered into a million pieces if it really is an emotional read. But sometimes you just need those types of books. 




What are you guys waiting on this Wednesday?

Have you heard about this book?
Any good slave-escape books to recommend?

Am i the only one that is always curious about those types of books? And enjoys the emotional punch they most often pack?

Let me know in the comments, lets chat!


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Female of the Species

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The Female of the Species



Written by: Mindy McGinnis
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN: 0062320890
Release Date: September 20th, 2016 
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 352 (Hardcover)
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Summary:

"Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn't feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence. 
While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can't be trusted amount other people, even in her small hometown, she relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.  
But Jack Fisher sees her. He's the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna's body was discovered hasn't let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn't want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her. 
So does Peekay, the preacher's kid, a girl who identity is entangled with her dad's job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex's protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for. 
Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex's darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever."



Way i am waiting.... 


Its a revenge story. 

And an interesting cover.

If the writing is great i am sure i will love it. 

And i have no other reasons... but i am waiting and want to read a book where a sister wants revenge for the murder of her older sister. 



What are you guys waiting on this fine Wednesday?

Want to read the book as well?
Have better reasons?

Let me know in the comments, lets chat!


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Stealing Snow

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Stealing Snow



Written by: Danielle Paigs
Publisher: Bloomsbury 
ISBN: 1681190761
Release Date: September 20th, 2016 
Genres: YA, Retelling, Fantasy, Snow White retelling, Fairytale retelling, fantasy, magic
Pages: 384(Hardcover)
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Summary:

"17-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate  New York. Deep down, she knows she's not crazy and doesn't belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she releases she must escape and figure out who she really is. 
Using her trusted friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, eve thing isn't what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid - her true home- with witches, thieves and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she's sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she's destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the hart that could change the fate of everything ... including Snow's return to the world she once knew."



Way i am waiting.... 


I recently read "Dorothy must die" by this author and it was great!
Paige really manages to put a new and interesting and wonderful spin on well known and loved stories. 

I personally not the biggest fan of Snow white -the original or almost all retellings, the only expectation of that rule was "Stitching snow" which i enjoyed because of its very unique writing and story overall and the great spin the author took to the story. 

I am just excited to see what this first book in a new series brings, and since it is said to be a "breathtaking first volume" where "the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen and ultimately a hero" begins, i just really, really want to see what kind of great spin Paige can bring to this fairytale. 

I also kind of always love books where the good guy becomes a villain. And then a hero. I am a sucker for that book trope. Usually always love it and basically have to read every book that states that. 

So i can not wait!


What are you guys waiting on this Wednesday?

Have you read anything by this author? 
Did you read the "Dorothy must die" trilogy? Love it? Hated it? Never heard of it?
Any great Snow White retellings to recommend?
Excited about this book as well? 

Let me know in the comments, lets chat!


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: As I Descended

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As I Descended


Written by: Robin Talley
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 0062409239
Release Date: September 6th, 2016 
Genres: YA, GIbt, Retellings, Shakespearean Retelling, Same sex romance, romance, fantasy, magic, magical realism,
Pages: 384 (Hardcover)
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Summary:
"Maria Lyon and Lily Briten are their school's ultimate power couple - even if no one knows it but them. 
Only one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey. 

Golden child Delilah is a legend at the exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsely Prize. She runs the school, and if she chose, she could blow up Maria and Lily's whole world with a pointed look, or a carefully placed word. 

But what Delilah doesn't know is that is that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything - absolutely anything- to make their reams come true. And the first step is unseating Delilah for the Kingsely Prize. The full scholarship, award to maria, will lock in her attendance at Stanford - and four more years in a shared dorm room with Lily. 

Maria and Lily will stop at nothing to ensure their victory - including harnessing the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school. 

But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what's real and what is imagined, the girls must decide where they draw the line."


Way i am waiting.... 


Two things that basically should tell you everything that i love already about this book and why i want to read it: 

Stanford and Shakespearean retelling. 

Do i need to say more?

If you are new to my blog, welcome, i always dreamed of studying at Stanford but because i am international student that is non-traditional that will never happen, doesn't mean i can't read anything i can get my hands on with people having a similar dream then me. 

Also Shakespearean retelling. 
Also favorite new book! 

I love a fantastically done retelling. 
Especially if it really takes a different spin to the story. 
Which this sounds like it does. 
Mostly because i think it is "just" inspired by Shakespeares story which is fine. I love the inspired stuff more because the authors that do it can take a bit more freedom in how they shape their stories. 

I also love it that more and more authors finally talk about same sex romances in a "thats normal and typical and why should we make it a hush-hush topic" because that is just the world. And while i am personal not interested in a same sex relationship/romance, i also don't care and at the same time support what every others do in that regard. Because that is their thing and its great if that is what they want. More power to them and those authors that make it a topic of their books but not the main and overly dramatized topic. 


I am just really exited and hope i can buy it as soon at it comes out and swallow it whole on the day i get it. 
That not very likely. 
But i can dream. 



What are you guys waiting on this fine Wednesday?

Have you read anything by this author? Loved her, didn't like her? Never heard of her?
I haven'T read ynthing by Talley, but if i love this book i defiantly will be picking up her other stuff. 

Any good recommendations this week? 
Any wonderful books read that have to do with Stanford University?
 

Let me know in the comments, lets chat!


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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Commonwealth

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Commonwealth



Written by: Ann Patchett
Publisher: Harper
ISBN: 0062491792
Release Date: September 13th, 2016 
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Family, Literary Fiction, Generation story
Pages: 336 (Hardcover)
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Summary:

"One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he kissed Franny's mother, Beverly - thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. 
Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending Summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them. 
When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story about her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately facing them to come to therms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another." 



Way i am waiting.... 


You ever read a book by an author that you didn't love but the writing was great and so you wanted to read something, anything else by them? 

Because that is kind of what is happening here. 
I read Bel Canto by Ann Patchett and i really enjoyed the writing even if the story itself wasn't the best i ever read -but that was after a real event so... that was also a factor with that book. 


What i want say here is that I saw this book and was interested because of the author. 
And only after that i read the summary -honestly? When i was writing this blog post... - the book does sound really good and interesting because of what the book is about. 

So now i have two reasons to want to read this book. 
- The author
- and the actual book topic. 

Because who doesn't love interesting more then one generation spanning family stories?
If they are done nicely that is. 
I mean i haven't really found one that i really loved yet, might be one of the reasons i keep being drawn to them to try and actually find a family story that i love. 

I am back to babbling so lets just end this post!


What are you guys waiting on this fine Wednesday?

Have you read anything by this author? Loved her, didn't like her? Never heard of her?
Love family stories? Have any good ones to recommend?  

Let me know in the comments, lets chat!


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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Top 10 Tuesday: Gift-Card Dreaming


This is late, but better late then never, right?

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Brokeandbookish.com, so clearly not my idea!


This weeks topic is: "Books you would buy right this second if someone handed you a fully loaded Gift Card"

Which is one of those topics where i would need a bit more information for. 
I mean, does it mean that its a card made for 10 books no matter what they cost?
Or that its 100 Euro's/Dollar's? And i will try to buy as many books as i can with that amount of money? (you would not believe how many books i can buy with that amount of money!)
I could go on with what this could mean but then i had a list of more then 10 things already right here without actually talking about anything that has to do with the topic i should be talking about. 
Dear god i am in a rambly mood today. 

Sorry

Lets just say that this list is all about the books i would buy right now if money wouldn't matter and move on to the books already. 

Also fair warning: you will see a lot of price rambles! Because some of those are just ridiculous and why are books so freaking expensive? 



1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling

This book is on this list because i really do want to own it and read it. 
But at the same time it costs 20 Euros where i live. 
And as much as i love HP and want to read this book that is a huge amount of money for a play-script written book!
And i don't really love script writings. 
That kind of writing makes it really hard for me to really enjoy a story, and feel connect to the story and picture what is really going on and happening in the story because i am more of a detailed oriented reader so i loved Rowling's HP books because she is fantastically awesome in describing how things look. 
That would be missing in this book. 
So i can't really get myself to spend that amount of money on a book i know i most likely will not love as much -even if i might really love it despite the writing style. 

But with a gift card? that sucker would be mine!



2. Perfect Days by Raphael Montes

This is a thriller kind of book that has unlikable characters is about a medical student that looses his mind and kidnaps a woman that he things he is in love with and what ever happened after and with that kidnapping situation. 
Which sounds great!
But i always have hard time with books that openly say they have unlikeable characters because somehow those stories always end up being my least favorites. 
But still, something draws me back to this story and this book at least once a week, when i have to see on a book-buying site if the price might have magically become so cheap that i can just buy it and say "who cares if i like it or not? For that price, it doesn't matter!"

Have any of you read this book? 
Could/Would you recommend it? 




I wanted to read this since last year. 

I can't even really say why i really want to read this book, just that i heard about it in new releases for 2016 and right away, something drew me in and shouted into my ear "Buy it! BUY IT! Read it! READ IT!" and that hasn't stopped yet. 
I really wish i could just buy it. 






This is marketed as a Jane Eyre retelling, but i heard a lot of people say that it isn't so much a retelling as much as a book that is just very centered around the story. Either way this book just sounds fantastic. And the cover is BEAUTIFUL!
And i heard nothing but fantastically wonderfully enormous praise about this book. 

But guess what?
This book price is a bit too much for me to be able to spend it on a book like this. 
Behause as much as i want to read it and i am sure i will enjoy it. This is a YA book -and nothing against those!- but those are supposed to be more affordable!
This is double the typical YA book price where i live! And i will not be spending that!

So if someone could just gift it to me? That would be fantastic!




This hasn't come out yet. As i am sure i don't have to tell any of you. 
But i want it. 
But 40 Euros? 
Are you crazy?
I really, really want it, but can we also please not rob all the HP fans out there and just be nice to them all and make reasonable prices for those beautiful books? 
And i have to have it as soon as it comes out and want to read it and love it and put it next to the first book that i just love endlessly. 
But realistically i have to have a magnificent month earning wise, to get myself to cash out that amount of money that the book is currently going for!




I saw the cover. I fell in love with the cover. 
And then i saw the title. And loved that as well. 

 
And not just that but also a book about unique vantage points on religion and debates about different view points on the Quran. 

And i am not religious. 
But i love to read about people that are and kind of try and figure out why they are and what they think and why they believe in all that. 

So this book just sounds perfectly up my alley. 

Also did i mention the beautiful cover that you can see right there? Because BEAUTIFUL! Lets say that again. Because it deserves to be said again.

And now i want to own it. 




This is a different kind of book where Munroe wrote an entire book all about explaining everything around us in very basic words. So for example he explain microwaves or computers or the internet without using any of the typical "slang" we use to explain it if need be, but rather uses much simpler and more basic words. 

And that just sounds fantastic. 

And i want to read this book and amuse myself and most likely love it. Because i love those kinds of quirky little books. 
But hey you know what? That thing is... anyone surprised by what is coming?... expensive!






Is that cheating? But its a Set, so technically just one purchase. 
DOesn't really matter anyways... 

lets rave about those editions instead!

I think they are beautiful. And Penguin choose great classics to put in this collection. most of which i don't own in a different edition already, so technically i wouldn't even buy them unnecessarily because i just love how they look but because i want to read the classic and don't own it so i need to buy it to be able to read it. 

Also did i mention i find them really beautiful? Because i do. 
I know that not everyone loves this edition Penguin put out. But I do. 
But you know what?
This book set costs 581,46 Euros. 
And as much as i find them beautiful and would love to own them. 
Yeah, no thanks. 
But if someone really would give me a gift card with that horrendously huge amount of money on it i might buy this set (most likely not, because if anyone would give me such a huge amount of money on a gift card i wouldn't even be able to take that gift card because that is just too ridiculous!)

Still... beautiful, beautiful classics edition, especially all together!




And since i am already dreaming big here, lets talk about another set of beautifully design classics that i really want to own. 

Puffin -which i think is part of Penguin right?- made this wonderful Classics edition that are mostly children's classics.
But because i didn't grew up in an english speaking country i don't know most of the typical children classics and want to read them slowly now. Because why not?
But lets be honest, most of the children's classics are either those picture books kinds of editors -and i am not the biggest fan of those if they are not done as beautifully as HP by Jim Kay- or rather ugly editions. 

But this edition set is beautiful!
I love them. 
But they are expensive!
The individual books as well as the set! 
But maybe i will buy one or two of this edition individually soon. 
Because i just really, really want to own at least one or two of them in this edition!
We'll see. 




This might seem strange. 
But this is one of those books that i really want to read for a couple of years now. 

But guess what? the price is ridiculous! 
I will not be buying this cheap mass market paperback because i will not be reading around 1000 pages in a book like that! I will just not!

But any other edition in paperback costs around 20 Euros. 
Which is just... what?
I am having a really hard time spending that on a hardcover. Let alone a paperback!

And i already looked in all the libraries i have around me. And while one of the has one translation of this book, i really want to read the original english edition and not a german translation. Because that is just what i want to do. 

So i will wait. 
And hope that i will find a beautiful wonderful edition of this book somewhere not horrendously overpriced. Someday. Maybe. Hopefully. 
Or finally move to a country where i can get my preferred English languaged books for a better price!





Okay this is it. 

This was my ramble about books and prices and why i wish i had more money and books should be less expensive. 

Did you do this TTT?

If so please let me know and i will check it out! Because i always, always love to see what other people want to own and read!



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