Breakfast At Tifanny’s by Truman Capote

 Breakfast At Tifanny’s by Truman Capote

5/5 

Light, funny and thought provoking at the same time. That is how I’d have described it in one sentence. Even though I’ve finished reading it two weeks ago my thoughts still keep wandering to it, may be because there was an open end and I can make up different scenarios of Holly’s life myself.

Our main character – Holliday Golightly – is a grown up version of Pippi Longstocking, she gets the most of the moment, is  absolutely careless, ties herself to nobody and doesn’t pretend to be someone else, she is always herself, always honest with herself.

“It may be normal, darling; but I’d rather be natural.”

or

“The answer is good things only happen to you if you’re good. Good? Honest is more what I mean… Be anything but a coward, a pretender, an emotional crook, a whore.”

She lives in the moment, doesn’t care about her past or her future – just like Holden from The Catcher In The Rye.

But it is not only the Holliday Golightly I liked so much, it is also the narrator, our young writer Fred (the story is told from his point of view), who had a pleasure of being Holly’s dear friend for a little bit over the year (Actually, I think that Truman Capote saw himself in Fred, otherwise the story wouldn’t have been so raw and emotional). You know, the prose – it’s just so very very beautiful, this book has this thing people often call ‘atmosphere’ and the words, the words just penetrated deep into my soul and everything Fred felt – I started feeling myself, just like I was living in this story.

Can’t wait to see its movie adaption with Audrey Hepburn!

I’ll definitely be reading more of Truman Capote’s.

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Popular Series I Haven’t Read.

Sooooo… 13513038.jpg“The Lord Of Rings” by J.R.R.Tolkien goes first. Confession: I’ve not read/watched it yet, but I want to start it soon as I’ve heard SO many good things about it!

Have you read/watched it? Did you like it?

 

 

 

 

11127.jpgThe next on the list is “The Chronicles Of Narnia” by C.S.Lewis, the same story here: I’ve neither read it nor haven’t I watched it yet :// But it’s on my Summer “To-Read” list :))

What is your favorite book in this series?

 

 

 

 

41865With the Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight”  the story is a bit different: I started reading it last year, but stopped after a couple of pages as the story didn’t pull me in. As for the movie, I haven’t watched it yet haha. The look of surprise on people’s faces when I tell them about it is worth not watching it for another decade lol. OK, kidding, I’m gonna watch it soon :))

 

 

 

6676603.jpgI’m debating whether to read Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson And The Olympian” novels or just watch the Percy Jackson movies :/ What do you think? Did you like this series?

 

 

 

 

 

11831028And now is big confession time (+I’d like to see the look on your face when you read it haha) — I haven’t read, neither have I watched Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games”. BUT, it IS on my “To-Read” list, so I think I’ll both read and watch it pretty soon!

 

 

 

 

 

What are some of the popular series you haven’t read?

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

23438288Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

My rating: 5/5

GoodReads plot summary: Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

My review: In my opinion, GoodReads plot summary says everything you need to know in order to decide whether you’d like to read it or not;     but still– I’m going to write spoiler-free review because I just need to share my thoughts and feeling and this overflowing excitement for the “Perfect” which comes out next year!

First of all, let me say that the first 50 pages of “Flawed” got me really pulled in the story, so I just wanted to read and read more (Cecelia Ahern’s magic skill, I guess). I must tell that “Flawed” is her debut Young Adult novel with a mix of dystopia. It introduces you to the society of moralists / “perfect” people and if you make bad decisions/lie/are disloyal to the society/step out of line with society you get branded with “F” mark which means that you’re “flawed” and people treat “flawed” with disgust and at the same time are very afraid to be found “flawed” by the society, which I don’t get because WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? Being a killer is far worse than being “flawed”. The book would be more entertaining if Cecelia Ahern came up with a better dystopia society idea.

Okay, that was my first impression.

After I read 50 more pages, the book got me SO thrilled and I started to really like it because one of the messages this book carries is “always tell the truth, no matter how hard it can be”. Yet, I didn’t get this machine-like behavior of people.

However, when I thought better on this “Flawed” society, it occurred to me that by these “perfect” people Cecelia Ahern might have wanted to show us these guys who keep judging everyone.

But I still couldn’t understand this machine-like behavior, and with that, Nicholas Hoult helped me (lol): I was watching EuroNews and there was his interview about “Equals” movie (by the way, I watched it last week and it was just oK), he told something like: “Actually it’s interesting how popular are various therapies nowadays, which are aimed to teach people how to take control over different emotions and situations. It seems to me that that demonstrates more how unconfident they are rather than these expressions of fear or despair on their faces, which they try so hard to evade”. Don’t get me wrong, “Flawed” society doesn’t turn off their emotions, it’s just,- their feeling of disgust overcomes the feeling of compassion and most of them do not have such quality as benevolence.

Overall, it was a refreshing read, as I haven’t read a fast-paced novel for a while. Also, you know, when I saw the title “Flawed” it immediately associated with “Flawless” song [The Neighborhood] in my mind and actually, they go well together. I must add that when I started reading it, I didn’t know what to expect as it is my first Cecelia Ahern novel and I didn’t pay much attention to the synopsis and was glad that it turned out to be such a good read. Sometimes it reminded me of “Delirium” (which is one of my favorite series actually).

“Flawed” is simply amazing, both the writing style and the plot – I loved it! So thrilled about its sequel “Perfect” coming next year!

Let me finish this review with the line from the “Flawed”:

“Our flaws are our strenths”.

 

The Sound Of Us by Julie Hammerle

27779285The Sound Of Us by Julie Hammerle

 

My review: When I started this book I only knew that it was Young Adult Contemporary novel about music with nice cover and many positive reviews on goodreads. But no one mentioned in synopsis that it was about opera music. Well, I hold nothing against opera music, but there were so many unnecessary details connected with it.

Moreover, to be honest I was reading “The Grapes Of Wrath” and took a small break to read “The Sound Of Us” just because my review deadline was coming (as I got this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review). And you know, in “The Grapes Of Wrath” the farmers are driven from their homestead and are forced to travel West to the promised land of California, and the drive to California is exhausting as they’ve got little food, old car and 15 people in the car which fits 6 people only. And in “The Sound Of Us” the girl was nervous about her quarrel with a friend, about the german song that she couldn’t sing accurately and things like that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to compare these novels, I just want to explain you why I stopped reading “The Sound Of Us” in the middle of chapter 2. I just couldn’t understand the purpose of this book. Then I read these positive reviews on it  and learned that there was no actual purpose at all. It’s just a light read; you know there are times when you don’t want to pick serious books, you need something light and funny with some highschool drama. So, if you feel like it, I recommend you to pick this novel.

To put the plot summary short: It’s about the opera singer Kiki, who was sent to music camp during the summer; Kiki is fond of twittering and not so good with real conversations.

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

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My rating: 4.5/5

My review: First of all, I must say that I didn’t plan on reading this book and haven’t read the plot summary before starting it (which I encourage you to do too), I just started it because I liked the cover and Nicholas Sparks’ writing (as I’ve read a couple of his books already). I was surprised because the book turned out to be so good.

The story follows mysterious 20- something Katie who suddenly arrives in Southport and rents a tiny cottage  at the end of  a gravel lane. She gets a waitress job in a nearby restaurant for which she’s thankful for as she had no money to even buy some food after paying for the rent. However, she keeps avoiding people and when someone tries to talk to her she gets so startled. [ You get so curious to learn what brought her to Southport.] But you can’t avoid people forever and soon she makes friends with her only neighbor Jo, who brings some light into Katie’s life with her overflowing positiveness. Then she also meets widowed Alex, owner of the nearby store and she quickly becomes friends with his children and him and her life starts getting so much better, she can’t quite believe it, when suddenly the life she left behind starts haunting her. The reader learns about her tragic story.

After you read 100 hundred pages, the book genre switches from romance to suspense. It was a good combination actually. I simply flied through the last 100 pages as the story’s got me so thrilled. And I was glad to see how the story ended, though I wish there were more details to the ending. [ I can even name what I also wanted to see in the end of this story, but if I write it, the book will be spoiled for you.]

Overall, it was a quick nice read, but at same time it touched some serious issues.  Nicholas Sparks has a talent for capturing the bond between parents and children, women and men; for capturing friendships and this summer-feeling in his novels!

 

How to find more time for reading

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How to find more time for reading?

We all are busy studying and working, so we can’t always find time to read the book we want. Here are some advices for you if you want to get more books read.

  1. Write down daily goals

This way you won’t forget about doing everything you planned to. + I read in Brian Tracy’s “Time Management” book that making to-do lists saves you  2 extra hours every day.

  1. Make a list of books you want to read each month

Though, this doesn’t usually work with me, because I’m a mood reader. In my case, Goodreads helps me to discover new books, or I just scroll through my “want-to-read” Goodreads shelf and choose the book which looks most appropriate for my mood at that time.

  1. Turn off the internet on your phone while reading

Because it may distract you from reading.

  1. Challenge yourself to read a certain amount of pages at a time.
  2. Take part in read-a-longs

So that you’ll have to make sure to read certain pages by the time of discussion

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Hope you found this information useful. Is there any advice for reading more you can add?

Leave This Song Behind by John Meyer

26702564Leave This Song Behind: Teen Poetry At Its Best  by John Meyer

Expected publication: April 26th 2016 by Hci

My rating: 1/5 (it is the second time I rate the book 1/ 5)

Goodreads plot summary: It’s been 10 years since the last book in the “Teen Ink” series” Written in the Dirt “was published. Now, a whole new batch of teen writers has emerged with their own unique voices. “Leave This Song Behind” features the best poetry submitted by those writers to “Teen Ink” over the last five years. The pieces in this book were chosen because they were so powerful that they stood out from the rest. “Teen Ink” editors took a deep look into each poem’s strengths then divided “Leave This Song Behind” into seven sections based on the poetic techniques or qualities that moved them most. Vivid sensory details made some poems shine; others caught their attention with simple, sparse language. Still others were chosen because of their thoughtful use of form; compelling stories; strong figurative language; unexpected connections and wit; and fresh writing about familiar topics.

Dig in and let these brave young voices capture your heart and mind with their passion, their pain, and their amazing poetry!

 

My review: So boring. I just scanned the poems because none of them got my attention.

This book features poems from different contemporary writers. Most of the poems are written in “slam” mode. If you have read Colleen Hoover’s “Slammed” you know what “slams” are like, but in her book the “slams” were more interesting and touching.

The poems featured in “Leave This Song Behind” had no purpose or meaning. In addition they were written using 3rd grade words. Here is the excerpt of one poem, so you can see: “Today when you came home you were too tired to notice you were stil wearing your name tag on your T-Shirt from work…”. WHERE IS THE BEAUTY OF POETRY HERE?

P.S. The only thing I liked about this book is its cover.

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier

“ He returned to the bridge over the Arno, where he gave an oath- perhaps oath differs from the rest in that it cannot be ignored, but in the certain time fulfilled. And that time has come.”

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My Rating: 5/ 5

Goodreads plot summary:  

I threw the piece of paper on the fire. She saw it burn …Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent older cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in Philip as his heir, a man who will love his grand home as much as he does himself. But the cosy world the two construct is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries – and there he dies suddenly. In almost no time at all, the new widow – Philip’s cousin Rachel – turns up in England. Despite himself, Philip is drawn to this beautiful, sophisticated, mysterious woman like a moth to the flame. And yet …might she have had a hand in Ambrose’s death?

 

My review: I liked this book SO much! The plot summary is intriguing itself, isn’t it?

“My Cousin Rachel” is written in gothic style, and the atmosphere of the book reminds me of “Jane Eyre” or “Rebecca”. Through, I have to tell you the first 100 pages got me a little bit bored, because I expected it’d be more action-packed, but it was not. However, after the first 100 pages the story has got me SO interested and intrigued!

You can see from the plot summary that before meeting Rachel, Philip is convinced she is the one responsible for Ambrose’s death, and he wants to make sure she gets punished. But in reality, she is nothing he imagined she would be; In reality, Rachel is smart, fragile woman, whose words and tears are so sincere, Philip feels sorry for her and asks her to stay in the estate for a while. They spend much time together talking, Philip starts wondering how could he think so low of her, as he is totally drawn to this mysterious woman. Let’s be precise, he falls in love – from this moment I constantly wanted to slap him on the cheek and tell: “Wake up, Philip. Don’t be so stupid! Get back to the normal, reasonable YOU! How can you believe this? Don’t be so naive, Philip, please!”. He crazily loves her, and nearly loses his mind!                           You have to read other for yourself and see.

I’m not a book re-reader, but I’ll definitely reread “My Cousin Rachel” when I grow up, as this book is VERY VERY GOOD and it teaches you a lot. Again, Daphne Du Maurier is the queen of suspense!

 

P.S. I still liked Philip because he is always honest. In the end he proved he is smart too.

Eddy Sins by Ellis Madroy

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My rating: 3.4/ 5

Goodreads plot summary: Dead is not the end of the road, but the beginning of a calamity. Everybody is in pain and need to fill that whole Enrique’s departure left behind, except Eddy, who seems not to be bothered by the absence of his brother and is obsessed in buying a car. His peace is only perturbed by a dream in which there’s a woman chasing him; a woman who’s dressed in red, the colour of his sins.

My review: Before starting this story I looked up the definition of “eddy sins”. “Eddy sins” mean that everything you do comes straight back at you; like if you help people, people will help you back and the other way around.

This story is only 15-pages long so there is not much to write.

The main character of the book was Eddy – ill-mannered young man, who did absolutely terrible things. And we see how he got punished for it. You see, the book was moral. But, what I didn’t like about the story is the harsh language.

My opinion is that the story was okay, I’d probably have given less stars to the book if not the good writing style.

Panic by Lauren Oliver

Panic_HC_JKT_des4.indd“The bravery is in moving forward, no matter what”

Panic by Lauren Oliver

Published March 4th 2014 by HarperCollins

My rating: 5 /5

Goodreads plot summary: Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most

 

My review: This book is crazy; which is probably why I loved it so much. It kept me thrilled the whole time and I finished the last 150 pages in one sitting. This is the 5th book from Lauren Oliver I’ve read and I can’t tell which of her books I love the most, because all of them are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.

So, let’s start…

The story is told in 3rd person, one chapter about Heather, another about Dodge. While scanning the table of contents, I was sure Heather & Dodge are going to be lovers, but no, they were just Panic participants. What is Panic? Panic is the dangerous game teens play at the end of the school year. And it is fierce. Panic consists of 5 rounds and with each of them the amount of players narrows. Oh, actually, I forgot to mention that the winner gets 60000$ (every student paid a few dollars into the pot throughout the academic year); despite this fact not everyone plays for money – Heather plays because of the sudden rage and Dodge plays for revenge. See how far they can go & how many secrets will be unraveled.

“This was the true fear – that you could never know other people, not completely”

In both “Before I Fall” & “Panic”, writer shows us how cruel teens can be. Like, I’m still shocked, but one of the rounds in Panic included “Russian Roulette”.

Furthermore, “Panic” contains a lovely romance (but not between Heather and Dodge, like I mentioned before).

“My point is, when you love someone, when you care for someone, you have to do it through the good and the bad. Not just when you are happy and it’s easy. “

In conclusion, I’d like to say that Lauren Oliver never ceases to amaze me. Her books are a big source of inspiration for me.

Have you read anything by Lauren Oliver? What is your favorite book of hers?