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October 2017 Wrap Up

November 3, 2017

 

I’ve been SO busy lately because I am studying for final exams. They start next week, so I haven’t written a single post nor caught up with comments! I am so sorry, but I promise that as soon as I’m done with exams, I’ll be back. For the most part of November, I’ll be on HIATUS.

 

This month I felt I read NOTHING. 6 books are definitely something, and quite satisfying for me generally, but I was just so dispersed studying and focusing on other things, that these books truly felt like no reading at all. Looking back, they were all fantastic, but I definitely read less than I’m used to, and I felt the difference.

Don’t even get me started on my reading for November, though. That Wrap Up will be a nightmare in its self, with all of the books I’m dying to read but FOR SURE won’t get to. I’ll read close to nothing next month, but at least I hope I do well in the exams and make it worth it!

 

As I said, all of the books I did read were awesome, and this will definitely be a positive post. Sensational reads, all of them!

 

 

1-Warcross by Marie Lu. 5/5 stars

 

Synopsis: For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit.

 

Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

 

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

I can’t even believe I read this book this month! It seems like AGES ago. I guess these last months have been going excruciatingly slow for me, and I feel a thousand years have passed since I finished this book. Either way, Warcross was phenomenal. I greatly enjoyed the original premise of this book, the technological world, and overall the thrilling feeling of adventure and fun that this book presented to me. 

 

I have a full review HERE that you should check out! I included a list of songs that I think suit this book and are totally fit for listening while reading this particular story. I had the best time blasting music and sitting for HOURS with Warcross in my hands (and occasionally having some powerful dancing sessions!)

 

2-Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. 5/5 stars

 

Synopsis: When kingdom come, there will be one.

 

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.

OMG, This Book. I am obsessed with this BOOK!!! Kendare Blake has me shooked with this fabulous installment, so much so that I ordered the sequel immediately- and I mean immediately- after closing the first one. It was freaking SENSATIONAL. Three Dark Crowns was the highlight of October hands down, and it even surpassed Warcross. I loved the narrative, the writing style, the world building, the characters, and the premise of the story so much that as soon as I turned that last page, I literally shrieked and ran to tell my family about it. AND THEN I SPOILED THE ENTIRE THING. 

 

I don’t order books online often because I live out of the States and also because I prefer in real life store-buying. I only have pre-ordered the novels that are part of my favorite and, in my opinion, most outstanding series. I pre-ordered ACOWAR by Sarah J. Maas, Godsgrave by J. Kristoff, and Zenith by one of my favorite Booktubers.

 

Only books I’m anticipating THE MOST get ordered online… But I didn’t even hesitate with One Dark Throne.

 

It arrived 12 days later and now I have it in my hands, ready to devour!!!

 

I have still to write my review of 3DC and express my concrete thoughts, but this book was so good that I lent it to my school’s librarian (who also loved it) and my reading buddy and one of my best friends who is in the middle of it. I don’t like lending books, especially not to strangers as my school’s librarian was (she’s new), but I just had to spread the love.

 

5/5 stars, without a doubt. I need to know what comes next, and I would HIGHLY suggest you pick this next! Review To Come.

 

3-Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. 4/5 stars

Synopsis: The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world.

 

Drifters in search of work, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except each other and a dream--a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California’s Salinas Valley, but their hopes are doomed as Lennie, struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy, becomes a victim of his own strength.

 

Tackling universal themes such as the friendship of a shared vision, and giving voice to America’s lonely and dispossessed, Of Mice and Men has proved one of Steinbeck’s most popular works, achieving success as a novel, a Broadway play and three acclaimed films.

 

 

I quite enjoyed this novel! It started out super boring and bland, but then it turned out to be brilliant and SUPER well-thought out. It seemingly had a very similar structure as that of a dramatical text, and the characters were fantastic. All of the symbolism and speculation that has been made about the hidden messages left behind really interested me.

 

Overall, Of Mice and Men was a super short book set in a Historical Setting during the Dust Bowl, and I really liked reading it. I definitely want to read East of Eden by John Steinbeck soon!

 

4-The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur. 3.5/5 stars

 

Synopsis: From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

 

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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this is the recipe of life

said my mother

as she held me in her arms as i wept think of those flowers you plant

in the garden each year they will teach you

that people too

 

must wilt

fall

root

rise

in order to bloom

 

I admire Rupi Kaur a lot, and I have always enjoyed the themes she talks about in her poems. I think they are extremely relevant and absolutely inspiring. I like reading her compositions one after the other in a fluid manner and marking the ones that truly resonate with me. My only complaint about this book was the writing.

 

This is a general conflict I have with modern poetry, and it is that I find it to be too simplistic. I would like more development in modern poems rather than plain sentences that, although they convey a lot of impactful messages, are not delivered in such a complex way as I would expect. 

 

Piecing sentences and inserting enters at some parts of a paragraph doesn't make it seem more important, lyrical or interesting to me. I don’t feel it’s something characteristic that makes thoughts, poetry. I would still like more development in the crafting of sentences.

 

-The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. 5/5 stars

I was feeling very keen to read more poetry, and this is an example of the type of writing and poetry that I absolutely ADORE. I read it about 7 times in English and then in Spanish, and I loved the story, even more, each time. I cannot really point a finger on what it was about this narration that made me feel so connected to it. I obviously won’t count this as a book, but I wanted to mention that I read and deeply enjoyed this in the month of October!

 5-They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera. 5/5 stars

 

Synopsis: On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day.

 

The good news: There's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

 

I’ve read and loved all of Adam Silvera’s other books. History is All You Left Me is one of my favorites ever, actually. This author packs in so much emotional pain and thoughts worth to reflection on, and that is exactly why I continue to read and enjoy his every new book. The ideas are so original and ALWAYS end up being executed flawlessly. My review is also pending on TBDATE, but I’ve been terribly busy, so I won’t be completing that task as soon as I would like to. I promise I will, eventually! Needless to say, this book broke my heart.

 

5/5 stars. 

 

6-Matilda by Roald Dahl. 5/5 stars

Synopsis: “The Trunchbull” is no match for Matilda!

 

Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

 

I have discovered a new love, and it is Roald Dahl. I had read The Witches by this author before, and although I think that is another old favorite of mine, he never finished settling inside my heart. I had ALSO read The Magic Finger in third grade at school, but I hated the book at the moment.

 

Looking back on it, I think it is Genius just as much as his other two books I’ve read. 

 

Something about Matilda, however, made me realize how much I enjoy Roald Dahl’s stories and writing. It feels so nice to read his sentences which I feel he creates so carefully. Listening to some tiny bits of the audiobook of Matilda every once in a while was also a great experience. Dahl’s narration fits anybody’s voice perfectly because his stories are written to feel like candy to a person’s mouth.

I can’t even believe I hadn’t read this book yet, though. Being the big bookworm I am, one would think I would be desperate to read about 5-year-old Matilda and feel so deeply identified. I’m am so glad I picked it up, anyway, and I am now very fond of this story, even more than before from what I knew from the movie. I’ll definitely read the rest of this author’s books! 

Favorite Music

 

-Holiday Spirit with Lindsey Stirling’s new beautiful album, Warmer in the Winter.

-Amor Con Hielo by Morat

-Hunter by Galantis

-To Be Human by Sia

-I Found a Girl by The Vamps

-Love So Soft by Kelly Clarkson

-Doing it for the Money by Foster the People

I had a fabulous reading month in October! After writing my short thoughts on all of these books, I’ve suddenly remembered how much I enjoyed reading EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM! I hope I’ll be able to squish in as many books as possible in November as soon as I’m done with my exams.

 

I SEE THE HORIZON of the end of the year so near, and I just have to push through for about three more books and done. I’m sorry for repeating my excitement about finishing school in every one of my posts, but it is just the main thing that is on my mind at the moment. I’m craving Summer and Holidays like nobody’s business. 

 

Also, I practically read no spooky books for Halloween?? Like, that’s SO disappointing! I would have LOVED to have read all of those thrillers everybody was raving about this month, but I didn’t read much at all the last week of October. 

I did watch some episodes of Stranger Things, though!!! I LOVE IT SO MUCH! My obsession with this show and the 80s is at a high level at the moment. I have put it aside because I don’t want to watch it in parts while in the midst of study sessions. When I finish I will binge it ALL!! There are so many awesome shows and movies I’m really looking forward to checking out as well, so that will be an exciting part of the last days of November.

 

I’ve been excited for: Mindhunter, Alias Grace, Penny Dreadful, The Good Place, Flash new episodes, Lucifer, How to Get Away with Murder, Gotham, House of cards, finishing The Fosters, The Defenders, Orphan Black, finishing Reign, re-watching Merlin. 

The last week of November will be a T.V., books, and freaking EXCITEMENT party. Expect a lot of enthusiasm in then Monthly Wrap Up, dudes!!

 

I hope you had an awesome month as well. Let me know in the comments which were your favorite spooky book you read (because, unlike me, you probably did pick up cool thrillers and stories to shit yourself up), and a T.V. Show recommendation I should ABSOLUTELY look forward to once I’m done with school!

 

I’ll talk to you in the comments, everybody! Have a nice weekend!! 

 

 

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