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March 22 2017

Inge
Inge is starting Daughter of Smoke and Bone: "Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love.

It did not end well."


So it begins.

March 17 2017

Conjuring by James Randi Anka wants to read Conjuring by James Randi

March 14 2017

Czarodziejka by Agnieszka Płoszaj Anka wants to read Czarodziejka by Agnieszka Płoszaj

March 13 2017

March 12 2017

The Mask of Nostradamus by James Randi Anka started reading The Mask of Nostradamus by James Randi

March 11 2017

Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham Anka wants to read Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham
The Mask of Nostradamus by James Randi Anka wants to read The Mask of Nostradamus by James Randi

March 10 2017

Peter Darling by Austin Chant Anka wants to read Peter Darling by Austin Chant

March 09 2017

March 05 2017

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Anka is currently reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Anka wants to read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

March 04 2017

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh Anka gave 4 stars to I Let You Go (Paperback) by Clare Mackintosh
bookshelves: 2017-reads
Some time has passed since I've finished this book, so it feels more right to write a proper review.

And let me just say I am kind of on the fence with the rating. Maybe in retrospection it doesn't feel like such a great book after all.
Was the writing a little lacking, and I could help myself but compare it constantly with novels by Tana French or Gillian Flynn?
Definitely. Because themes were so similar, I half expected it to be written just as beautifully - and while the writing wasn't bad at all, it also wasn't stunning.
Was it full of stuff that screamed SHOCK VALUE and I'M GONA PLOT TWIST YOU TO DEATH to the point it's a little too much?
Yup, especially in a couple of last chapters.
Was it boring sometimes?
Well, not boring, but there were some parts I wouldn't miss if they were to disappear from this book (*cough* Ray *cough* - I mean, his perspective IS important for the story, but his personal life? Meh).
But with this out of the way, it was still an amazing read that made my heart beat a little bit faster, and my hands a little shaky. While I felt like complaining about the writing since the very beginning, I still sacrificed a good deal of sleep to finish it - and that, you know, in an oldschool way, with a tiny night light hidden under my covers, as I slept with another person in the room that night.
The thing that annoys me the most is that I would like to generally recommend it, but also this book should come with a stack of trigger warnings, however those cannot be provided without spoiling about EVERYTHING about the plot. AND THIS FUCKING BOOK IS PLAYING TRIGGER BINGO AND WINNING.
So if you are looking for a thrill and are not disturbed too easily, then by all means grab this novel. You may want to have your favourite teddy bear with you.
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh Anka is on page 170 of 371 of <a href="/book/show/23125266-i-let-you-go">I Let You Go</a>.
Anka wrote: I would be deeply grateful, however, if authors writing in Polish characters into their books took a tiny little note: Anya is not an actual Polish name. Thanks, xoxo.

March 03 2017

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh Anka started reading I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai Anka wants to read All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison Anka wants to read Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

March 02 2017

A Very Long Way From Anywhere Else by Ursula K. Le Guin Anka gave 4 stars to A Very Long Way From Anywhere Else by Ursula K. Le Guin
bookshelves: owned, fictional-children-are-life, 2017-reads
I promised myself not to buy any new books this month - my e-reader is packed, my shelves are full already, we all know the drill.
Of course the very next day I strayed into a used book shop (technically speaking: no NEW books to buy there after all), and came out with 5 unplanned paperbacks in my bag.
This little gem was one of them.

I didn't even read the blurb on the cover before adding it to my pile. I wanted to read something by Ursula Le Guin, who is a completely new author for me, I adored the gorgeous cover, and it was such a tiny little thing it would feel wrong to leave it behind on that shelf. So I took it home and let it surprise me.

To move something out of the way: I don't believe in teenage boys like that. Even smart teenagers aren't that self-aware, damn it, that's the whole point of being a teenager.
That said, I loved pretty much everything about this book.
The story is quite simple - a boy meets a girl, they become friends, HORMONES - oh, the horror .
Main characters, Owen and Natalie, are wonderful, likable kids (albeit a tad unrealistic). He is smart and a little angsty, she is intelligent and hard working. They are confused by their own feelings and, even more so, by other people's expectations; the future is big and scary. But they are never assholes - watch and learn how to handle stuff, Holden - and don't do (too much of) stupid things.
The writing is truly gorgeous and it's a quick, enjoyable read. And who knows, maybe it is more meaningful and life-changing for a teenage reader.
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