Books

From Real Books To E-Books

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hhmmm … I’m not sure how to start this post but I have to start with, I failed my books big time. Not that I stopped reading but I actually stopped reading them, real books and started reading ebooks using either my iPad (Kindle app) or my Kindle Paperwhite. I know I’ve talked so many times about my hatred towards ebooks and that I will never ever use them but I blame it on Jacqui, she was the one who got me the Kindle Paperwhite and I started using it later on. She got it for me last June but I actually started using it late November and I gotta admit, it’s easier to read books on it. You can read books in a very fast way and keeps you going. Yes, there’s something with ebooks that keep you going, you don’t want to stop, and you forget your surrounding and focus only on your book. Maybe because you can’t see how big the book is and you keep on turning the pages not knowing when will it actually end unless you touch the screen to see where you are.

I abandoned my real books (only 15 left on my shelf) and I started buying ebooks and reading them like a crazy woman. It’s becoming addictive, beside you can get your books in a matter of seconds which is really awesome. You don’t have to pay for taxes, wait for it to be delivered and then pay shipping and customs fees not to mention when they don’t release the book for your from customs because it’s banned in here.

I love how it’s easy to use, easy to read, and easy to order books. Just a click and it’s downloading. I might upgrade my Kindle to a better one next year :D

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Book Review: The Hunger Games

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Creativity at its best. I didn’t want to read this book after all the fuss the movie made thinking this is a teenage thing and it wouldn’t suit my taste. But after watching the trailer of Catching Fire I got intrigued and said to myself “This book can’t be worse than Fifty Shades of Ugliness. Got the trilogy on ebook and started reading and from the first few chapters I got hooked.

I love reading books where writers create a world totally different from ours, draw the setting in your mind and make you live the story as if you are one of the characters if not the hero :)

I don’t have to talk about the story because probably I’m the last one on earth who’ve just finished reading it and everybody knows the whole thing. I just wanted to talk about how amazing the book was and i couldn’t keep it down. I finished it in 3 days which is a record. Loved it

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Book Review: Me Before You

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If you’re in the mood to be depressed and blue then this is the best book to get in that mood plus the current weather, you have a great setting to dive into your own world of misery and sadness. I’ve heard about this book, that it’s sad and everything but I haven’t imagined it would be THAT sad and totally depressing.

A caregiver falls in love with quadriplegic young man who was very fit and alive before he had a motorbike accident and had him on that wheelchair since then.

Will has no interest in going out and living his life because from his own point of view, he lost his life when he lost all movement in his body. There comes Lou, his new caregiver who tries her best to take care of him and makes his life as easy as possible but Will is determined to push Lou away from him just as he did with the other ones. To his surprise, Lou gets closer to him and he starts falling for her, until Will decides something that shatters Lou.

Great story, great writing, great characters. You can feel everything and everybody in this book. You somehow get to live the life of Lou and sometimes the life of Will and suffer from what they’re suffering. At the end I cried but I also laughed. Loved the book.

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Book Review: The Witness

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I’ve always been a Sandra Brown fan and will always be, I just love the way she writes, how she makes get inside the story, live every chapter and feel what the characters are feeling. I even sometimes think of what will happen next before going to sleep.

The Witness is about a lady who’s running for her life from the closest people in her life, she’d do anything to protect her son’s life, even if that meant kidnapping a man suffering from amnesia. And a love story happens with all the running and hiding.

I won’t be talking about the writing in here because as always, it’s excellent. The story is also good, I loved it but what I didn’t like is the amount of characters, I just hate it when there are more than 4 or 5 characters in one story, I somehow get lost and to me the story loses its value.

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Writing A Book

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I’ve always dreamed of writing a book. And I’m planning for it nshallah. Writing a book means that i’ve achieved something in my life. It means that I’ll be able to tell my daughter that your mother published a book no matter how bad it will be. We start with something, whether it will succeed or not, at least we gave it a try.

I’ve thought of writing about my marriage life in a funny way, like make it a comedy book but then I’m going to talk about personal things or else the book won’t be interesting. I’d have done it if no one knows who I am but blogging community is stronger than ever and everybody knows everybody. So it was a big no.

Last June or July or probably August, I honestly can’t remember but an idea came to me. I talked to my dear friend about it (You know who you are) and she said that would be nice. All i needed was a push and I had it. Of course, I totally forgot about it and didn’t even write an outline for it but today when I woke from my sleep, I remembered. Straight from my bed to my papers and pen. I’ve finished writing the outline for the Prologue and Chapter 1 and will start writing it now so I won’t be lazy later on.

The hard part will be the end of this book. How to end and who’s going to edit it :)

All the best to me :D

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Book Review: The Ruins of Us

 

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Have you ever read a book so fast because there was a story but the writing was really boring and you wanted to know what will happen at the end? That was my case with this book. I finished it in 3 days even though I didn’t enjoy reading it at all.

There is a story about an American lady who fell in love with a Saudi man, married him and went back to his country to spend the rest of her life and raise their children. After years of living together, she finds out that her husband is married to another woman and haven’t told her for 2 years. The story is about the American lady’s reaction, action and what she will do or won’t. How his 2nd marriage ruined their lives and their children’s, what will happen next and how they will they continue living together after what happened.

There’s a story but the writer failed to express the characters wisely. i felt detached from every single character, couldn’t feel them at all. I haven’t felt pity towards the American wife nor anger towards husband. The children’s situation didn’t affect me at all.

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Book Review: Lasting Damage

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Sophie Hannah ,,, The great mystery thriller writer never fails to amaze me with her books. How twisted they are, the characters I mean. Her books (this is my 2nd read) keeps you puzzled til the end, til the last page you read. You think you got it right but you feel so stupid at the end for not getting the big picture.

Connie, is married to the love of her life but suspicious of him having another life. She tries her best to catch him by following him every Friday, but she gets nothing. Imagine feeling suspicious of someone but can’t prove it right. How will you live your life? Until one night, she sees a dead body face down on a pool of blood in a virtual tour of the house she was obsessed with. But the thing is, no body else saw what she saw, the virtual had no dead body when it rotated back and started from the beginning.

I loved everything about this book, the lunatic characters, how Hannah put the puzzled pieces together so the reader can understand what happened and how the story ended was just perfect. But what i didn’t like Connie the main character being weak and can’t face her family, can’t get away from them or even move to another city. It just didn’t make any sense. But all in all, it was a great book.

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Book Review: Lone Wolf

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This is my 2nd book by Jodi Picoult and I can say that I’m addicted to her writing style and stories.

Easy and enjoyable. You get attached to each character because everyone narrates the story from his point of view or how he sees the events/situations.

Lone Wolf is about a father who feels like he’s a lone wolf among humans and wolves too. After a terrible accident, a torn apart family comes together to help each other decide on something very critical. Will they be able to do it after all those years of separation?!

Very heart aching and ending was so sad.

A Highly Recommended Read.

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Book Review: Manuscript Found in Accra

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Another book by Paulo Coelho fails to please me and satisfy my literature obsession. It’s supposed to be a Historical Fiction but there is no actual story at all. The Copt speaks to the people of Accra (Jerusalem) before the day the European invaders are supposed to come & butcher the whole city. All people from all religions; Muslims, Jews & Christians gather together to seek knowledge, patience & courage from this wise man called The Copt who answers their questions about love, enemies, loyalty, elegance, weapons, usefulness and many other questions.

Now the way this books is written & narrated is very interesting but some points are very useless, you try to make sense from the words of The Copt but you fail to link them to the main goal of this manuscript.

If you’re feeling down, depressed, or sad, this book will definitely help you out and boost your confidence or self-esteem, it’s like reading The Secret in a different way. I was looking for a story, which wasn’t there at all.

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Book Review: The Bastard of Istanbul

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I had this book on my shelf for a long time, for like 6 months. Ever since I got back from Istanbul last December & i;ve been wanting to read it but couldn’t find the time. Now, that students started getting absent, I had the time to finish the book in almost a week.

The story is about a rebellious Turkish girl who didn’t follow the rules, customs or traditions of her country nor family & didn’t follow the rules of her religion Islam, which her family thinks led her to get pregnant & have a bastard child. Asya, the bastard girl was raised by her 3 aunts & mother. All of them she called “Auntie”. Like her mother, she turned out to be rebellious too. An Armenian American girl called Armanoush wants to visit Istanbul to search for the history of her family who was butchered & deported by the Ottoman empire. She meets Asya & forms a special relationship which brings her to great discoveries, both of them.

I’ve got to admit, I loved Elif’s writing style, very heart touching, easy to read & comprehend. but one thing I didn’t like which was using adjectives to refer to certain characters in the novel that didn’t have much to say. I know she wanted to criticize her society & how closed it was even though it was freed by Ataturk, still the freedom of speech wasn’t literally a “freedom”, but it was very distracting & confusing at times.

The story line is very interesting, it starts slow but then speeds up, next thing you know you’re at the climax part & the story is about to end. I didn’t feel there was a main character or hero in the story. Zeliha (the mother), Asya (the bastard) and Armanoush (the Armenian girl) were kinda equal in their importance to the story, which was full of literature & history.

From the way of writing, you feel the bitterness & sadness in the writer’s words. She wants to criticize Turkey but at the same time she wants to show the good side of her country, her people & her religion. Very brave & I applaud for her.

This book is highly recommended & can’t wait to start reading for her again.

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Book Review: Big Girl

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One of the silliest shallowest books I’ve ever read. It has no point at all. The story line has been stretched for no reason & i became bored. I kept reading it wishing for something good, nice or even reasonable to happen but nothing at all. Letting the main character have a nose job because her parents always make fun of her is not ethically right!It sends a straight point to all girls out there with low self esteem to go and change their looks just because other people don’t like it which is totally wrong & unacceptable.

This was my first read for Danielle Steel & it will be the last, the lady doesn’t know how to attract her readers.

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Book Review: The Girl You Left Behind

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The story begins in 1961, when France was occupied by Germany. Sophie narrates her story through war time, how she misses her husband & the extreme measures she’s willing to take just to see her face. Her beauty attracts the eyes of a German Kommendant, he keeps on staring through her portrait (The Girl You Left Behind) which her husband drew. Sophie thinks that by getting close to the German Kommendant, she can get to see her husband … She risks everything!

After that the narrator is changed. Liv is a freelancer & a widow. Her husband bought the portrait of a beautiful woman from a lady in Barcelona a decade ago. After 4 years from David’s death, Live still cannot move on, until she meets Paul who works in a company that returns stolen/looted antics/painting through war time to their owners … Unfortunately, the painting that Paul is assigned to return is hanging on the wall of Liv’s Glass House. His job is to return this piece of art that worths millions to its owners, but he doesn’t want to destroy the relationship he’s building with Liv … What will he do?

Now, the story is beautiful, filled with real love & passion, pain & suffering, courage & pride. I felt the true love between Sophie & Eduard, between Liv & David ,,, But unfortunately, I didn’t feel the love between Liv & Paul, it didn’t feel real. The best part of the novel is when it goes back to France, to war time, you can see how people suffered & how many people were mistreated by their own people thinking they betrayed them but they were helping them without them knowing. The story of Sophie & Lillian broke my heart!

This is my first read for Jojo Moyes but it won’t be the last … Loved this novel.

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