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Why is this blog about Reading?

Here you can expect to find many honest reviews of books that I’ve read and liked, loved or disliked. I’ve implemented a score system, so that it’s easier to categorise them, which I’ve explained with further details below.

I based my idea of the score system on the fact that every book is a work of art and deserves some love. I’m an avid reader, as cliché as it may sound, but it’s true and I can’t help it. When I start a new book, I expect to be immersed in it, to not be able to stop thinking about it, even when (or if) I put it down. When a book is good, I forget to eat, sleep and I don’t move from the sofa until I devour it. But I also don’t like wasting precious time (which can be used to read even more books) on ones that I don’t enjoy. People are not always fond of the book they’re reading at the moment, I get it. And that’s okay. It’s just not the right one for them. I am stubborn, so I never leave books unfinished. And it’s not even stubbornness, I just feel like I owe some respect to the people involved in the creation of the book as such for making the effort to write it, to illustrate it and to get it published. That is why I will always give books two stars as a minimum, no matter the content, no matter whether I liked it or not. The way I picture it in my head is very simple: one star goes to the author for writing the book; the second star goes to all the people involved in the creation of the book: that includes the publisher (here I include all the people, working in all departments of the publishing house, who contributed to the publication of the book), the illustrator (if there are drawings), the translator (if it’s not originally written in English), etc. I think that’s fair. So, in the end, a book could always get two stars as a minimum and a maximum of five stars with half-stars in between, depending on how much I enjoyed it. Simple as that.

Now you know how things work around here. Let’s get right into it! 🤓

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30.11.2022

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Butterflies in November: book review

Author: Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, translator: Brian FitzGibbon Genre: Fiction in Translation, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Road Fiction Publisher: Pushkin Press Year: 2014 Rating: My choice for the #MonthlyTitles book challenge for November is Butterflies in November! Many people say this book is quirky and odd. I think so, too, now….

31.10.2022

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The October Country: book review

Author: Ray Bradbury Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Short Stories Publisher: Ballantine Books Year: October 1955 Rating: Okay, first, a little bit of the story behind choosing this book as the one for the October’s #MonthlyTitles book challenge. Initially, I had chosen another title with the word ‘October’ for our challenge, and…

28.10.2022

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When Other People Saw Us, They Saw the Dead: book review

Author: Various; edited by Lauren T. Davila Genre: Horror, Gothic Anthology Publisher: Haunt Publishing Year: May 2022 Rating: This is the second title I receive from one of my favourite publishers—Haunt Publishing—in exchange for an honest review, and I was so excited for the spooky season because of it! When…

30.09.2022

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The Septembers of Shiraz: book review

Author: Dalia Sofer Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Picador Year: July 2007 Rating: I absolutely loved The Septembers of Shiraz and I knew it would be a special one, I was really drawn to it from the first time I looked at it. When doing my research for September and the…

31.08.2022

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The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August: book review

Author: Claire North (aka Kate Griffin and Catherine Webb) Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Year: April 2014 Rating: OK, I have so many mixed feelings about this book! The #MonthlyTitles challenge for August turned out to be quite more challenging than I anticipated. First, because this book…

28.08.2022

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Water’s Calling: book review

Author: Courtney Pollman-Turner Genre: Fantasy, Romance Publisher: SmashBear Publishing Year: August 2022 Rating: An eBook copy was kindly provided to me by SmashBear Publishing. This is going to be a long one, but I just want to say so much about Water’s Calling! When the lovely team at SmashBear Publishing…

31.07.2022

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Christmas in July: book review

Author: Enni Amanda Genre: Holiday Fiction, Romance Publisher: Lumi Publishing Year: November 2020 Rating: A short review for a short read. Christmas in July by Enni Amanda was my pick for July’s #MonthlyTitles book challenge. So let’s see, where do I start? I knew it, by picking a book that…

30.06.2022

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Seven Days in June: book review

Author: Tia Williams Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance Publisher: Quercus Year: June 2021 Rating: Hey bookish people, we’re half way through the #MonthlyTitles book challenge (for more information, check my social media accounts to learn all about it). As you know, June was dedicated to Seven Days in June by Tia…

31.05.2022

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Mother May I: book review

Author: Joshilyn Jackson Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Crime Fiction Publisher: Raven Books (Bloomsbury Publishing) Year: May 2021 Rating: My choice for the #MonthlyTitles book challenge for May was… Mother May I by Joshilyn Jackson! Wow, this book was so intense! It gives me the chills just thinking about it. It is…

30.04.2022

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The Enchanted April: book review

Author: Elizabeth von Arnim Genre: Classics, Romance, Literary Fiction Year: 1922 Rating: I will try to keep this review short and sweet, just the way the book was! The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim is the perfect book for April, it really is enchanted! It will definitely make you…

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