My Favorite Contemporary Authors

My Favorite Contemporary Authors:

Let me introduce my 3 favorite contemporary authors to you 🙂

New Author Photo#1 Lauren Oliver – My first book by this talented woman was “Delirium”, followed by “Pandemonium”, “Requiem” and “Before I Fall”. I’ve loved them all and can’t wait to read her other stories, that’s why my next read will probably be her fairy-tale “Liesl & Po”. Lauren Oliver’s book plots are extremely fascinating. Furthermore, in her books I find answers to my questions, come across situations similar to mine, while reading I laugh and cry along with the characters.  I keep wondering how she does that?!

Quotes from her books:

“But you can build a future out of anything. A scrap, a flicker. The desire to go forward, slowly, one foot at a time. You can build an airy city out of ruins.”

“It amazes me how easy it is for things to change, how easy it is to start off down the same road you always take and wind up somewhere new. Just one false step, one pause, one detour, and you end up with new friends or a bad reputation or a boyfriend or a breakup. It’s never occurred to me before; I’ve never been able to see it. And it makes me feel, weirdly, like may be all of these different possibilities exist at the same time, like each moment we live has a thousand other moments layered underneath it that look different.” 

 

“My point is: maybe  you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around in it, let it slide like coin through your fingers. So much time you can waste it.But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”

“It’s weird how much people change. For example, when I was a kid I loved all these things – like horses and the Fat Feast and Goose Point – and over time all of them just fell away, one after another, replaced by friends and IMing and cell phones and boys and clothes. It’s kind of sad, if you think about it. Like there’s no continuity in people at all. Like something ruptures when you hit twelve, or thirteen, or whatever the age is when you’re no longer a kid but a “young adult”, and after that you’re a totally different person.”

“So many things become beautiful when you really look” 🙂

ransom_riggs#2 Ransom Riggs – In the late August I’ve read “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children”, and its sequel “Hollow City”, which both were super thrilling and very very interesting! Moreover, his writing was captivating. Also, I’m excited for “Library Of Souls”, which is the last book in “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” trilogy & comes out on September 22nd! Hurrah!

Quotes from his books:

“I thought about how my great-grandparents had starved to death. I thought about their wasted bodies being fed to incinerators because people they didn’t know hated them. I thought about how the children who lived in this house had been burned up and blown apart because a pilot who didn’t care pushed a button. I thought about how my grandfather’s family had been taken from him and how because of that my dad grew up feeling like he didn’t have a dad. And how I had acute stress and nightmares and was sitting alone in a falling down house and crying hot stupid tears all over my shirt. All because of a seventy year old hurt that had somehow been passed down to me like some poisonous heirloom.”  

“..what an unchallenging life it would be if we always got things right on the first go.”

Stephen-Chbosky#3 Stephen Chbosky – Well, I guess you all have read, watched and loved “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” ❤ So, really, need I say more on this point?

Quotes from his books:

“We accept the love we think we deserve”

Book Recommendation Friday: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

51GuzoWiFpL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

My Rating: 5/5

Short Review: Charlie is a freshman at high school and his days are mostly filled with books and music. However his life changes when he makes friends with Patrick and Patrick’s stepsister Sam, who both are very lively, kind and funny. They start hanging out, attending parties and participating in shows, but still there are several problems. In addition,Charlie has got several issues going on at home. So… his life is full of events and we can see how he deals with everything through this book.

My thoughts: First of all, I would like to express my admiration to the Author and his writing style (this book consists of many letters which Charlie writes to his friend). This book precisely describes teenage period. This book will make you cry and laugh, get you all nervous one minute and smile the next – this is kind of story which touches your heart and makes you want to reread it.

Favorite quotes:  

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

“So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things.”

Why do I read and blog about it?

Why do I read and blog about it?

11910027_884654991624348_1822638724_n(1)All of you already know that I read much. When I was little I read fairy tales, imagining myself as a princess, living in a beautiful castle, riding a unicorn and of course finding her PRINCE! Now, I guess, I read for the very same reason 😂

We read so we can live more than one life in more than one place

In addition, in books I find answers to my questions, come across the situations similar to the ones I have in my life, so that I have the idea what to do or to say & know that I’m not alone, going through this. Also, I get happy when I meet book character who is like me in many ways J While reading I forget about my problems as I get fully transferred to the book world… so reading is  a way to escape the reality.

I never knew that Instagram book community existed until late October 2014, when I was looking through the pictures with #ToKillAMockingBird hashtag (because I was reading it and was curious which covers the other editions had), I found some pretty pictures of it and it struck me how many accounts with only bookish pictures there were! I started following them and enjoyed seeing their photos & reading their book reviews! Then I asked myself “Why can’t I open a book page as other guys did?” So, I opened Instagram book account and it was really awesome as I met so many good people there!  I really like the bookish community & blogging,  because I’m very emotional person and when I read a good book, all I want  is to share my feelings and thoughts with all the world – and having a book page makes that possible! 🙂

Book Recommendation Friday: The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

7126“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome. Do your worst, for I will do mine! Then the fates will know you as we know you”

The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

My Rating: 5/5

Short Review: Young sailor Edmond Dantès is full of life, so,  when he comes home after a long sail and asks the girl he loves whether she is going to marry him and she agrees, he organizes the wedding immediately. However, something completely unexpected happens. During the wedding ceremony police interrupts declaring that Edmond is a dangerous Napoleon spy and take him to the jail, not a simple one, but to the small island where one and only building –  a grim fortress which is used for keeping dangerous special offenders – situated, escaping which is nearly impossible.

Personal thoughts: This book is EVERYTHING! Edmond Dantès is the example of a strong and smart man, who is accused of committing the things, he didn’t do. I felt really sorry for him! But also I admired his will power – he overcame all the difficulties & remained always calm and kind, in addition, he helped to his ex-mates, which I highly appreciate! 🙂

I’ve read this book 2,5 years ago and I still LOVE it soo much! This book is definitely worth your time. The story is tangled so it keeps you excited all way long! It is also kind of a life-teacher and…need I say about this GORGEOUS writing? ❤

“All human wisdom is contained in these two words – Wait and Hope”

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

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The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

 My Ratings:  

 The Selection – 4.5/5

The Elite         – 3/5

The One         – 5/5

The Heir         – 3/5

Short review: This book is kind of new boring “Cinderella”. The story starts with America getting invitation to Illea castlet, as Prince Maxon is looking for a bride. But she doesn’t want to go there, however her mother insists. At first, America does her best to get eliminated, but when she discovers that Maxon is smart and kind, she really likes him. So… what if she is going to be the One he chooses to marry?

Spoiler Alert!

Short review on The Heir:

‘Isn’t there one person who fills your heart and takes up all your thoughts?’ ~ The Heir 💎
It is time for Princess Eadlyn (daughter of Maxon & America) to hold a Selection of her own. Through she thinks it’s impossible for her to find her own happily ever after…But may be everything is not as impossible as she thinks? 👀
I have expected more of this book, it just disappointed me :/

My thoughts:  I didn’t like the characters and the writing, sorry Kiera Cass, but this book didn’t get me all excited! Through America is nice and all, I didn’t approve her behavior, she did strange things and didn’t worry what her actions are going lead to. Eadlyn – The Heir- is too selfish! In addition, she kept snubbing the people, which got me annoyed! Anyway, if you like princess stories with many “changing my clothes” & “make up and hairdressing” scenes,you will probably enjoy it! 🙂

 


Book Recommendation Friday: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

MissPeregrinesMiss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

My Rating: 5/5

Short review: 16-year-old Jacob Portman’s life changes completely after he witnesses his grandfather killed by an ugly monster. This is the time when he realizes that may be all the photos and stories about his grandfather’s childhood spent in Home for Peculiar Children on the Cairnholm Island are true. So, he travels there in search for the answers, but all he finds are ruins of what must have been home for peculiars. Habitants say that this house was destroyed long ago in 1940s, which can’t be possibly true as Jacob’s grandfather left it only in 1945s. He starts exploring the ruins and finds more photos of peculiar children like this flying girl on the book cover (if you look closely, you can see that her feet don’t touch the ground). What if these children are still alive?

Personal Thoughts: I fell in love with this book from the very beginning as the plot is very interesting! In addition, the writing style is completely mesmerizing, so many thanks to the author! Ohh…and the  VINTAGE PHOTOS are breathtaking!  SPOILER ALERT. You can’t imagine how much I love Jacob & Emma! ❤ I admire Jacob – how he cares about the ones he loves & he is always so brave and smart!

Quotes:

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.” 

The next quote gives us the clear idea of what was World War II & what it did to people:

“I thought about how my great-grandparents had starved to death. I thought about their wasted bodies being fed to incinerators because people they didn’t know hated them. I thought about how the children who lived in this house had been burned up and blown apart because a pilot who didn’t care pushed a button. I thought about how my grandfather’s family had been taken from him and how because of that my dad grew up feeling like he didn’t have a dad. And how I had acute stress and nightmares and was sitting alone in a falling down house and crying hot stupid tears all over my shirt. All because of a seventy year old hurt that had somehow been passed down to me like some poisonous heirloom.”   I had tears in my eyes when I read it…

I like the following quote a lot:

“..what an unchallenging life it would be if we always got things right on the first go.”