Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist | Review

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is an amazing novel which deals with personality growth and finding your path in life. The main character is a young man whose name – Santiago we find out in the epilogue. But the fact that throughout the novel we do not know his name only shown how little importance it carries. We accompany the young man as he searches for his treasure and doing that travels the old world.

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He comes upon many interesting people who shape his and teach him knowledge they do and do not know they carry.

 

I really loved The Alchemist, I feel it shaped me in a new way which I must yet discover. I was very iffy about this book since it has so much hype about it and literally everyone I know has read it. I avoided it for years, but last week when I wandered into an old antiquities store it was one of the first books I grabbed. I felt like it was a sign from the Universe so I had to buy it. The unique plot of this book only confirmed it even more in my mind.

It took me only an hour or even less to finish this book. I was really absorbed in it and the plot was so unique as I already said, that I needed to know everything about this mysterious young man whose life was filled with adventures. The writing seemed very simple and unimportant next to the plot, but as I read more and more I realized how phenomenal it actually was. It made me float in an another universe and forget about the reality around me.
I know this book has changed me in ways I cannot even comprehend at the moment and in a weird way I am more than excited about it.

This is the second book in my Booktube-a-thon challenge.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby | Review

thegreatgatsby_1925jacketThe Great Gatsby is a heartwarming and lovely novel written by the great F. Scott Fitzgerald. Through the eyes of Nick Carroway we are told the love story of his cousin Daisy and the mysterious Jay Gatsby. The amazing writing style draws you in and simply does not let you put the book down until you finish it and absorb the book completely. The novel was first published in 1925, and the aesthetic of the roaring twenties is very prominent throughout the novel, especially shown through the decadence and prohibition, along with the blooming of crime (the business of Jay Gatsby).

 

I am in love with this story. I adore Jay Gatsby. He is such a cutie. But Daisy I cannot stand. She truly is snobbish and very unpleasant.

It is very obvious how much Gatsby has idealized Daisy, making her the source of his only (green) light in his life. While she is quite a materialist and even though she truly loves Gatsby that is not as important to her as having a financial stability, or even better, an established wealth. She is quite moody and I would also describe her as emotionally unstable. She simply does not deserve Jay Gatsby in my opinion. Or as Nick told Gatsby on the final pages of the novel: “You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.” And I could not agree more.

Fitzgerald’s writing style is one of the most prominent and unique ones I have stumbled upon. I sincerely like it. The metaphors fit the plot like a puzzle. The story is quite fast paced but it does not seem like you are missing out on anything.
The only thing I believe would make this phenomenal novel even better is an even more thorough characterization of Jay Gatsby. But then again, that would make him less mysterious.

This is the first book I have read for this years Booktube-a-thon.

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Booktube-a-thon | 24th – 30th July 2017

This year I decided to join the booktube-a-thon. It starts when the clock hits midnight on the 24th of July and last for a full week. It ends on the 30th of July.

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The 2017 Reading Challenges:

  1. Read a book with a person on the cover.
  2. Read a hyped book.
  3. Finish a book in one day.
  4. Read about a character that is very different from you.
  5. Finish a book completely outdoors.
  6. Read a book you bought because of the cover.
  7. Read seven books.

My TBR:

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  1. Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights
  2. Mary Kubica – The Good Girl
  3. Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist
  4. George Orwell – Animal Farm
  5. Virginia Woolfe – To the Lighthouse
  6. Christopher Paolini – Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)
  7. Agatha Christie – At Bertram’s Hotel

I will be posting a review on every one of the books I finish during the booktube-a-thon. Also, I may change some of the books I read and also I may add some books to my TBR. You can track my progress on my Goodreads and feel free to add me there.

Good luck to everyone attempting the booktube-a-thon!

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Robin Sloan – Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore | Review

811wt2-ud8lMr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is a gripping mystery written by Robin Sloan. The main character Clay Jannon finds himself unemployed and through a sequence of events, almost as if the universe itself wanted it so, he finds a job in a mysterious bookshop owned by an intriguing old man named Ajax Penumbra. We than follow Clay as he discovers secrets of the bookshop and some buried much deeper than books under a veil of dust.

I enjoyed Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore immensely! I read it in one sitting any was very eager to find out the secret that held the whole book together. I cannot name a favourite character since many of them were very interesting, but a character that I became most fond of is Ajax Penumbra. I believe his to be really quite multidimensional and even now, having finished the book I feel as if he is still a mystery. And I like that very much.symbol
However, even though I really enjoyed most of this book I was quite discontented with the amount of plot that was taken by technological terms and the fact that technology played such an important role in this book. But that is just my opinion.

One more thing I would like to mention is the cover of this book which I find really cool. It glows in the dark, I mean, is that not fantastic?

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Maggie Chase – His Crown Jewel | Review

crownjewelamz-200x300His Crown Jewel is a historical romance written by Maggie Chase. It tells the story of the notorious madam Mistress, Emily Weatherspoon who is still in love with her first love Cyrus Franklin. When Cyrus suddenly appears in Brimstone where Emily’s brothel is located many heads turn their way waiting for new juicy gossip.

I really did not enjoy this novel one bit. I tried and forced myself to finish it, but I simply could not. I came to the middle of the novel and then I decided I simply did not want to waste any more time not enjoying myself.
The writing itself is not bad, nor are the characters badly written. It is simply that the plot has so much unaccomplished potential. I found this book rather boring, I really do not want to seem harsh, but I really did not like it one bit.

One thing that really bothered me about this book is the morality of the main character – Emily Weatherspoon. She simply cannot shut up about equality between people. Do not get me wrong, I am all for equality, but this damn woman simply will not shut up about it. She speaks about all the time, she thinks about it all the time. Come on, woman. Have some fun, you own a brothel for god’s sake!
I have nothing more to say. I am really disappointed.

I received this book in exchange for a review.

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Étienne Davodeau – The Cross-Eyed Mutt | Review

51u7futkehl-_sx365_bo1204203200_The Cross-Eyed Mutt is a graphic novel created by Étienne Davodeau. The name The Cross-Eyed Mutt is the name of a painting around which this graphic novel revolves around. The main character Fabian works at the Louvre as a guard and when his simple-minded in-laws find that out they show him the previously mentioned painting in hopes he will tell them it deserves to be hanged in the Louvre. We than follow Fabians gripping adventures as he tries to get the silly painting hanged in the Louvre.

I find this graphic novel quite charming. It was not revolutionary or like-nothing-you-have-ever-seen-before, but I think the story as well as the characters was very easy-going and quite relaxing to delve into. I rather enjoyed reading this graphic novel!
My favorite character was none other than the lovely Mr. André Balouchi. I could really connect with his simple love of art. Also, I loved how full of interesting information he was. The plot twist including him made him even more interesting, but I will leave that for you to discover for yourself.
The illustrations are rather average, with the exception of the illustrations of the artwork in the Louvre which is in my opinion very cute and lovely.

I received this graphic novel in exchange for a review.

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James Robinson – Grand Passion | Review

grandpassion01-cov-a-cassaday-600x900Grand Passion by James Robinson is an action, romance graphic novel following the love-at-the-first-sight of Mabel and Mac. They were polar opposites at the beginning of the graphic novel – he a well-behaved cop and she a half of a thieving duet.

I was not impressed with this graphic novel. I find it quite shallow and not well performed. The illustrations are average at most, nothing special or breathtaking about those. The characters are quite one-sided and not at all branched out. We know nothing about the main characters besides their undying love for one another before they even meet each other and how tough they both are. Yuck. I want to know what drives them, what they think about in the shower when the most bizarre thoughts hit them. I want to know what made them as tough as they claim to be and what could break their facades.

Taking everything in concern I can only say this – this graphic novel is average if not less. It had a hard time holding my attention since the plot was so basic. But the only thing I had a real problem with in this graphic novel was the insta-love. Why?
I warn you, there might be some spoilers in the remainder of the paragraph, but since it was publicised on the back cover I do not think I will reveal anything really spoilery.
The whole graphic novel is basically built around the love-at-the-first-sight, which I find quite weird. It was extremely unrealistic and I did not even understand the concept of thinking behind the idea of creating the love plotline the main plotline. I cringed every time the main two characters spoke of their feeling for one another since the dialogue was so badly written. Nothing could simply compensate for those things in my eyes.

I was sent this graphic novel in exchange for a review.

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