I’m a big fan of reading classics. There’s something about reading a book from the past, that really grabs my attention. Perhaps it’s reading the diverse language in particular, because it’s always interesting and a bit of a challenge at times.
Another week, another TTT that I’ve actually prepped for! For some reason I feel really determined to get my blog back on track this year, 2016 I did well and improved tremendously but this year I have the feeling that I’ll do a lot better.
There were SO many books in 2016 that I had meant to read so I wasn’t short of choosing, but these are one’s I particularly regret not reading last year…
Okay so I’ve been rather slack these past few months with blogging, but if I’m completely honest it’s been a lovely break.
I’ve put my studies first and boy if you have read my OU Term 2 post then you’ll know just how busy I’ve been.
I’m lucky to have spent as much time with my boyfriend Sam as possible, and 2016 has probably been the best Christmas for a long long time (despite the blown up leg of course). I’ve seen family and friends, and just had some chill time from the intensity from studying. I needed it because I know as the New Year begins it’s going to be a bit of a stressful one, but I like being busy and it will keep me occupied from missing Sam.
I’ve offered my tips on “how to be a book blogger” previously on Emma’s Bookery, but I realised I had never discussed what I like to include in my book reviews. I won’t say my reviews are always top notch, but I try to stick to the points that I’m going to share with you all.
Sometimes when I write a review I find it hard to perhaps give all my reasons for why I did/didn’t like it. Therefore they’re short and sweet, to the point and not much in between. I guess at times I have given up on the book or perhaps I can’t quite convey how good it is, but I just insist that everyone in the world should read it.
Anyway, here are some pointers that I try to follow when writing my reviews. I’d like to point out though that everyone writes their reviews differently, and this is just my personal go-to list of what to include. My advice would be to keep your reviews interesting is to come up with your own spin on them, perhaps not include a star rating but perhaps quotes instead. For example, “beyond awful,” “eh it was okay,” “OH MY GOD I WANT TO RE-READ THIS BOOK FOREVER.” You get me?
Well hello my long lost friend of TTT! I don’t think I’ve taken part in this weekly meme since probably March 2016- crazy and unforgivable because I adore reading these posts. I guess what I could say is despite this sadness, I haven’t added an even bigger amount of new books to add to my monstrous TBR list. So I guess that is a blessing!
Anyhow, this week’s TTT topic is 2017 debuts I’m excited for, and boy do they all sound amazing! Check them out:
Boy did you have me turning left right and centre this year. I feel like I’ve been spun around and pushed in a whole new direction.
This time last year I thought I was at my happiest, but wow didn’t that turn sour. Being shown the light of how manipulative some people can be, and how wrong I was about so many things. I’ve learnt though. I’ve learnt that some things are not okay, and I won’t allow myself to be used like that again.
You’ve taken me on my travels, to Prague and the South of France. Miles away from everything I know, and giving me some of the best memories that I will hold dear forever.
As part of my level two Open University course, I had to study the novel Candide, or Optimism by Voltaire. It is a book that is vitally relevant today in our world pervaded by- as Candide would say- “the mania for insisting that all is well when all is by no means.”
Candide tells the hilarious adventures of he naïve Candide, who doggedly believes that “all is for the best” even when faced with injustice, suffering, and despair.
Fifteen Words by Monika Jephcott-Thomas ~Goodreads~
Published by Clink Street Publishing 2016
Paperback edition 290 pages ~Book Depository~
I was sent this by the publisher for an honest review as part of a blog tour.
Two young doctors form a profound and loving bond in Nazi Germany; a bond that will stretch them to the very limits of human endurance. Catholic Max – whose religious and moral beliefs are in conflict, has been been conscripted to join the war effort as a medic, despite his hatred of Hitler’s regime. His beloved Erika, a privileged young woman, is herself a product of the Hitler Youth. In spite of their stark differences, Max and Erika defy convention and marry. But when Max is stationed at the fortress city of Breslau, their worst nightmares are realised; his hospital is bombed, he is captured by the Soviet Army and taken to a POW camp in Siberia. Max experiences untold horrors, his one comfort the letters he is allowed to send home: messages that can only contain Fifteen Words. Back in Germany, Erika is struggling to survive and protect their young daughter, finding comfort in the arms of a local carpenter. Worlds apart and with only sparse words for comfort, will they ever find their way back to one another, and will Germany ever find peace?
Othello by William Shakespeare ~Goodreads~
Published by Oxford University Press 2008 (1603)
Paperback 512 pages ~Book Depository~
Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army; his beloved wife, Desdemona; his loyal lieutenant, Cassio; and his trusted but ultimately unfaithful ensign, Iago. Brimmed to the top of the enduring themes of racism, love, jealousy, betrayal, revenge and repentance.
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas ~Goodreads~
Published by Bloomsbury 2015
Paperback edition 562 pages ~Book Depository~
Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…
The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfill the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?