NOVEMBER 9 BY COLLEEN HOOVER

Hello readers!!!

How are you? I’m super happy to bring you guys the 2nd review to the 2nd book I’ve ever read by Colleen Hoover. I’ve decided that I’m going to read all of Colleen Hoover’s books in audiobook format and so far I’m enjoying them a lot.

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25785388Title:  November 9

Author: Colleen Hoover

Pages: 9h 50min

Series: Stand alone

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Date: November 10th 2015

ISBN: 1442388900

synopsis

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

 

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

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This story is written with a lot of cure and love, it gave me the feeling that Colleen really loved what she was writing, besides, just like the other book that I’ve read from her, I loved how she puts love scenes, humor scenes and I also love how she  slips into her stories some hot scenes.

This book made me be at the edge of tears all the time, but until it was finished I couldn’t let them go. It broke me into a thousand pieces, without exaggeration. It completely kept me guessing and since I was listening it through an audiobook, I flew through it.

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***SPOILER ALERT***

My favorite part was probably the one where Fallon threws Ben’s manuscript through the cab’s window. It felt like Fallon was doing the best thing she could’ve ever done to herself.

***END OF THE SPOILER***

My favorite character has to be Fallon, without doubt. Her strength is admirable and, even though I thought that at the end she was the dumbest she could’ve been ever, I still admire and love her. I also loved Ben, I hated him a lot, BUT I LOVED HIM MORE THAT I THOUGHT I COULD LOVE SOMEONE FICTIONAL. And they made the whole story feel super real and truthful.

Punctuation: (4.9999999/5)

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Enjoy the reading! Love you always:

Júlia Freitas

Opinion on audiobooks: Are they really worth it?

Hello readers!


I decided that I’d like to make posts where I show my opinion on some specific book-related topics.

Today I wanted to talk to you about audiobooks and all my thoughts on them.

icons310pxI’ve read audiobaudiobooks_appiconooks for about a year or so now, and the experience has been absolutely delightful.

And how do I read them? Well, you may already know that I’m not English, so sometimes is a bit hard for me to read books in english. So when I was reading The Maze Runner (the first book I’ve ever read in English), I found myself having a harsh time and not enjoying it that much. Until I discovered audiobooks. For those who do not know:

 

Audiobook:

ˈau•di•o ˌbook or ˈau•di•oˌbook,n.

Recording of an oral reading of a book, often in abridged form.

 

And I have to say, audiobooks saved my reading life.

Half way into The Maze Runner, I started reading and listening the book at the same time, making the whole process of reading a whole lot easier and faster.

After that, I kept on doing that same thing with more books; Me Before You, We Were Liars, Three Dark Crowns, etc.

But at the start of last December, I decided that I could listen to audiobooks without reading and I could read without listening, and I have to say that it has been a complete success.

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Listening to audiobooks is relaxing and an awesome experience. I love how you can do many things while reading; take photos, organize your planner, draw…

I’ve listened to It Ends With Us and yesterday I finished November 9, both by Colleen Hoover, and I’d to say that I’ve loved them both more than I could’ve ever expect. Reading audiobooks is a fun and fast experience, and for me, it is a 5/5 new way of present books. So yes, it is worth it.

Enjoy the reading! Love you always:

Júlia Freitas

 

THREE DARK CROWNS BY KENDARE BLAKE

Hello Readers!

Today I bring you the first review of 2017!!! And I’m super glad to say that I enjoyed it until the last word and I can’t wait to talk about this book with you.

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Title: Three Dark Crowns

Author: Kendare Blake

Pages: 416

Series: Three Dark Crowns #1

Publisher: HarperTeen

Date: September 20th 2016

ISBN: 9780062564122

 

synopsis

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

 

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown.  

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First thing first, this cover is amazing. The every little detail in the crowns are stunning and beautiful, and yet it is simple and delicated, giving you that feeling that you have when you see a book like that, yes, that feeling that says: Buy me, you won’t regret it. Then, I loved the detail at the beginning of every chapter, with the little sign that indicated which queen was and the title, that said where was that specific queen, so original.

The idea of this book is completely original, and the best way to resume it is with this little poem/song that we find at the beginning of the novel:

Three dark queens

Are born in a glen,

Sweet little triplets

Will never be friends

Three dark sisters

All fair to be seen,

Two to devour

And one to be Queen.

I fell completely in love with this, the second I read it, I knew I would enjoy the book. And I did.

It basically explains the preparation of Mirabella, Arsinoe and Katharine for the Baltane Festival, which is the celebration of the beginning of the start of The Ascension Year. At Baltane the queens hagiphyve to show they powers to the island to demostrate how strong they are during the Quickening ceremony. After that, they’ll have one year to kill eachother until there’s only one left standing. That will be the queen of the whole Island.

 

I think my favorite character has to be the three queens and Jules, I can’t really choose.

The queens, are all majestuous and amazing, but at the same time they’re bad and evil, which made me like them incredibly. They are all delightful and disturbingly powerful.

  • Mirabella, the elemental :

She is powerful, caring, and and a little bit fearful. The way that she loves her sisters, even though they wanting to kill her is admirable.

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  • Arsinoe, the naturalist:

Arsinoe, au contraire, is fearless and vengeful, yet she is full of love. She is tough on her goals and I just really like her. And she is like the most feminist of all the three sisters, thing that makes love her more and more and more and more…

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  • Katharine, the poisoner:

She is the strongest of the sisters. Maybe not powerful, but physically strong. Shockingly strong. It’s one of those persons that are easy to love.

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And Jules, my sweet, sweet Jules. SHE IS LIKR THE BEST ALMOSTHUMAN CHARACTER EVER. And her powers. And Camden. AND JOSEPH. All about her is amazing, really.

And I have to say, that the characters feel more real than anything. And the same with  the setting, the special effects… I feel like the whole book is just awfully well written. Furthermore, this book sucks you in and doesn’t let you go until you finish it, it constantly keeps you guessing until you find yourself making up a billion theories in your head.

My favorite part of this book are all the times that low magic apeared, because Kendare describes it in a way that you can picture every single action that happens. And that reminds me, the action scenes are perfect. She manages to keep the suspense perfectly, literally, with no mistake.

And the cliffhanger. THE cliffhanger. I can’t say anything but, THE CLIFFHANGER

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2017 Bookish Resolutions

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

How are you? What are you looking forward to do this year? Today I’m bringing to you my list resolutions to complete this new year!!! Let’s start:

  • Read at least 40 books:

Since 2016 was a very succesful reading book for me (I read 48 books!!!), I decided to lower the goal a little, just to not press myself too hard and enjoy more.

  • Blog twice a week:

Thing that I have not completed yet but tried, since recently I’ve been more active.

  • Post on Instagram twice a day:

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As you may know, recently I created a Bookstagram accont, that being @what.about.books, which I enjoy and love with all my heart. The book community in Instagram is so caring and kind that makes my heart skip. Currently I’m planing a 15 day challenge with a friend of mine for February, and I am soooo excited!!!

  • Read Harry Potter:

I’d love to read this series already because I’m a huge fan of the movies, and after reading the first book I can’t wait to read the rest of the novels. And I’d read one book a month, them being carefully separated so I can enjoy them better.

  • Read Throne of Glass:

And again, my intentions are to read one book every month, just so I don’t feel super overwhelmed. And since I’ve read the first one and  enjoyed it a lot, I’m really looking forward to follow this series.

  • Make GoodReads shelves for every month:

I’s like just to find a way to classify all my reads by months, and I realized that the best thing to do is GoodReads shelves!

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Julia's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (currently-reading shelf)

  • Make Spotify playlists:

I think it would be really fun to make playlists for some characters in books that I’m reading or I’ve read before, or maybe just a playlist for the book.

And maybe, just maybe, start a booktube channel, but I’m not really sure about that because since I want to make it in english, and I’m Spanish, I don’t know if I will make the videos as understandable as I’d like them to. I’ll have to think about it.

What about your bookish resolutions for 2017?

Enjoy the reading! Love you always:

Júlia Freitas

Fast 2016 Wrap Up

Hello readers!

How are you today? It’s officially the last day of the year!!!! And to celebrate that, I’m going to do a quick fun & funky wrap up!!!!

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  • Best read of the year:

We Were Liars. A thousand million times We Were Liars. You already know that I LOOOOVE this book. It amuses me, it makes me sad, and it makes me fall in love every time I read about it.

  • Worst read of the year:

After We Fell, because it is male chauvinist and sexist and I don’t wanna know anything about it.

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  • Best Audiobook:

I have listened to some audiobooks through this year, but the best one, is definitelly It Ends With Us, written by Colleen Hoover and read by Olivia Song.

  • Shortest Book:

The Sleeper and the Spindle, by Neil Gaiman. It is beautiful and hartwarming and aaaarg I love it.

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47/50 Books

I’ve never thought I would read so much books in just one year. And I know that 47 books is not that much, but I’m a newly born reader so this is quite a success.

Even though that, in 2017 I lower the goal so I don’t feel pressed.

16.551 Pages

Those are A LOT of pages. I didn’t know that was possible. 16.551 PAGES. 16 THOUSAND PAGES. whAT THE ACTUAL F**K.

2017 Expectations:

Red Queen Series’ GRAND FINALE. KING’S CAGE!!!

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Reading the wole Harry Potter series :)))))))))))))))))))))))

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And well, being chill about reading and enjoy everything without feeling like I HAVE TO READ to complete the GoodReads challenge.

Enjoy the reading! Love you always:

Júlia Freitas

Recommended Books for My Favourite Characters #2: Cadence Sinclair

Hello readers!

Here am I again, with the last post of the year. Well, I think so. Maybe I do one more before the year ends. I can’t believe 2016 is over already. I can’t wait for it to be over, this has been an strange year.

But setting that aside, here I come with a new assition to my section: Recommended Books for My Favourite Characters !!! Today is Cadence Sinclair!!! As you may know already, I LOVE WE WERE LIARS. So I decided that this  section’s next additions would be about the beautiful and unic Liars.

16143347ABOUT THE CHARACTER:

Gender: Famale

Alias: Cady

Family: The Sinclair family (The Littles, The Liars, Aunts, Grandpa and Grandma)

Loved one: Gat Patil

Significance in the book: Main character.

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I think Cady should read All The Bright Places, since is a very, very romantic story and It kind of talks about mental health so I think it would be perfect for her. She needs to think about love, family and how mental health affects not only the person that has the disease, but anyone who loves that specific person.

I think she also has to read about friend groups, so here are some examples:

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Reasons why Cady should read The Thousandth Floor:

Friend group like the liars.

Asociety where she can put all off her head on hating everyone.

Cute guys

 

theravenboysReasons why Cady should read The Raven Boys:

Crazy friend group (Like the liars).

Misteries to solve and make sure she puts all of her thoughts on it.

Random people

Cute guys

Dead guys¿

Aaaand maybe she also has to read all of John Green’s books, because, ahaaaa romanceeeeeeee.

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That is all for today, I hope you have a happy new year!!! I’ll see you soon with my next post!!!

Enjoy the reading!! Love you always:

Júlia Freitas

The Joy Of Christmas Book Tag

Hello Readers! Merry Christmas!!!

Today’s post is about (obviously) Christmas!!! I saw a video on GoWithFlick’s channel and I ENJOYED it a lot, so here it is, The Joy Of Christmas Book Tag!!!

  • Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

I think the three releases of 2017 that I’m most hyped about are:

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BECAUSE YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE RED QUEEN.

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I know this one came up already, but I want the copy in Spanish, so I’ll have to wait.

And definitely other books that I’m looking forward to read is the trilogy that Ransom Riggs announced, that will be somehow related to the peculiar work.

 

  • Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing its praises?

 

Rowell. Every single day for my whole life, Rainbow will be the author I most admire in the whole wide world. She is just so authentic, and her characters are super passionate, real and amazing that every time I read her work makes me want to cry.

 

  • Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?

Do I really have to explain this?

  • A Christmas Carol: Favorite classic or one that you want to read.

I’ve always wanted to read this one, I really don’t know why, but I’m really attracted to it.

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  • Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas.

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I’d really, really love to get this one because I loved the first one and I’d love to have the whole collection.

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And this one I just want it because it looks super beautiful and cute and I don’t know.

 

  • Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling.

Ehhhm I think the most warmest books ever are the Harry Potter series, don’t you agree? By the way this one is my favourite, at least of the movies.

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  • Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?

I found this book recently and I really, really fell in love with this cover and I want to read this book just for the cover. Yep, I’m one of those.

  • Christmas Joy: What are some of your favorite things about Christmas And/Or some of your favorite Christmas memories?

I love waking up my sister on Christmas morning and go see the presents, then we run upstairs to wake our parents up, we make coffe and we sit all together on the floor/couch and open our presents. It’s completely perfect.

And that is all for today, I hope you all have an amazing Christmas!!

Enjoy the reading! Love you always:

Júlia Freitas