What I've Been Reading August + September TBR

by - 3.9.17

Guess who's whipped out her Kindle and obsessing over every single book there is? Yup, it's me, you guessed it right. What a surprise, am I right? I read all these books on my Kindle as mentioned or otherwise, it's a hard copy. A few of you asked for my Goodreads name. It's always linked in the top social media icons. It's the little book or you can find it here. Finally, GOOD NEWS PEOPLE! I have finally caught up with my reading challenge. It makes me so happy to know that I'm on track to my goal of 30 books by the end of this year.

THE GREAT GATSBY BY F.SCOTT FITZGERALD (KINDLE)

 The Great Gatsby is a book that I've always heard amazing things about and I think I might be studying it so I wanted to read it before hand because I feel like studying a book ruins the whole experience of it.

The Great Gatsby is set in 1920s America (The Roaring Twenties) and is completely based around the idea of the American Dream; that anything is possible as long as you're in America. The Jazz Age with all the success and prosperity truly exemplifies that and it's explained to us in some of the most beautiful forms of prose I have ever laid my hands on. Fitzgerald shows how after the World War, America has lost any moral compass whatsoever and the book is deeply rooted with contradictions of the life.

I can describe this book in one sentence: The whole book is a poem in one of its most beautiful forms. Every single word is there for a reason. You could pick apart every sentence and discover a deeper, hidden meaning to it. I pray that I'm going to have the chance to study this next year because I'm in love.

RATING: 4.5/5 



THIS SIDE OF PARADISE BY F.SCOTT FITZGERALD (KINDLE)

(I've linked the book that has both "This Side of Paradise" and "The Beautiful and Damned" as a duo because it's cheaper)

How can one man have penned two novels on the brink of perfection? I honestly cannot even begin to understand how Fitzgerald has brought these two pure treats to life.

This Side of Paradise is a book that looks into the lives of the youth after WW1 and how the morality has changed. The story of Amory Blaine (a boy from a wealthy family with a good name) is told, as we follow him through his life from prep school, to Princeton and ending with Amory's life in the wrong direction. He's avoided the war, lost most of the money and is falling in and out of love.

The novel is divided into three parts. I read that Amory is a figure of Fitzgerald, almost biographical in which case Fitzgerald has portrayed himself quite bluntly and scathingly. Amory is a very unlikeable character; self-obssessed, without purpose or direction, lazy and over-confident.

The only thing I found was that Amory's monologues were kind of boring and repetitive. Maybe that's what made his character but I don't know, I think that there were too many.

RATING: 4/5



SIX OF CROWS BY LEIGH BARDUGO (KINDLE)

I probably wouldn't have discovered this book if it weren't for the trusty and loving booktube community who seem to make my TBR list double in size every month. This was so hyped up either being loved or hated so I was curious to see what I thought of it. Guess what? I LOVED IT! Someone please send help to restrain me because this book was so amazing, I couldn't put it down. I will happily go off on a tangent talking about how much I love this book.

Six of Crows is an epic novel of evil, EVIL and lots of dark magic, and anti-heroes and anticipation. It's EPIC. SIMPLY EPIC. I mean this tops it all for fantasy in my opinion.

It's about a group of misfits gone thieves who are going to attempt the biggest heist ever. And by big I mean 'So IMPOSSIBLY Impossible that it's Impossible". Sounds dangerous and deathly right? Yup, but they do it anyways. There are six main characters: Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Wylan and Jesper. This is the crew that Kaz has put together to pull off this heist in order to save Bo Yul-Bayur, a Shu scientist who has developed a drug called jurda parem that enhances Grisha capabilities and then kills them as it takes over their body. You might find all of this information confusing but remember, this is all fantasy.

I LOVED the characters! They're so deep and have such intricate and vulnerable backstories. They worked so well together but then some of them betrayed each other and then they resisted their feeling and AHHHH SO MUCH FEELING AJAFGIWEG. Let me introduce them to you.

Kaz: The "leader", master of tricks, cold-hearted mastermind, can be very bitter. (ONE OF MY FAV CHARACTERS EVER!!)
Inej: Shipping her with Kaz very very much, a Wraith aka a seemingly invisible being, a human version of a spider.
Nina: a badass, sassy Grisha who is LITERALLY MEEE. We're the same no joke. 
Matthias: a stone cold human who cares about nothing except diligence and loyalty  (Loved the story between him and Nina)
Wylan: a filler character who no one could care less about but him and Jesper would make the most adorable couple ever
Jesper: a chilled out dude who likes to fire guns (and hides a big secret!)

The only thing I was disappointed with was that we didn't get to hear enough from Kaz BUT he was my favourite so I might be a teensy bit partial. Who knows?!

The book was also long. Like LOOOOONGG. And I freaking love long books. I want depth and feeling and lots of words. This book was filled with every single thing I could want. I need Crooked Kingdom right now (this book part 1 to a duology).

RATING: 5/5 DUH!



SIX OF CROWS BOOK 2: CROOKED KINGDOM BY LEIGH BARDUGO (KINDLE)

Okay so as you can tell, I got the second book. Yup, it happened. I mean after reading the first book, it was inevitable that I had to read the next book because duh! IT WAS FREAKING AMAZING as you can probably tell.

Right now, onto this book because I can keep going on and on and on about how STUNNING THIS ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE IS! I want to take a moment to thank the book lords and the book gods that I didn't have to wait long to read this sequel otherwise I might just have died out of pure anticipation. How did Leigh Bardugo even come up with this? Like I can't even believe it! I can't even type anymore aheuhtuhtuiwhgiuhge. Okay, Nikita you need seriously collect your thoughts. CALM DOWN ON THE FANGIRLING!

So getting onto the actual book. The story continues from Six of Crows, about a week later from where they left off. I don't want to have any spoilers in this review (but if you wanna chat about it, then hit me up PLEASE!). The "big thing" that happened at the end of Six of Crows is where we continue from. Kaz Brekker is back at it again with his damn scheming face. This book is literally Kaz's scheming face and Nina eating food. I love you Nina! You speak my language.

Things don't go so well after the Ice Court break-in and Kaz's team is faced with battling not only all of Ketterdam from the officials to the gang* but also the Fjerdans and the Shu. This books is more evil-ness, action, scheming, and I can't even put into words how much I FREAKING LOVED IT!

*Pekka Rollins is such a miserable creature. The pain he's caused my darling Kaz, I can never forgive him for that. I'm glad he will suffer in agony.

Let's do a quick rundown shall we?

THE SHIPS HAVE SAILED! YES FINALLY! It brings me so much joy. Nina and Matthias go from flirting to totally in love. They're so adorable, bless them with all my heart. And Jesper and Wylan go from 0 to 100. I mean I can't deal with these children. I LOVE THEM! I also have a new-found love for Jesper. His character is developed loads and I ate it up! Wylan also gets a POV which means that I will shelter him with all my heart. I JUST FELL EVEN MORE HEAD OVER HEELS WITH THE CHARACTERS OKAY?! My precious babies. AND THE FEELS! The real feels here. You will cry and then fall in love, and then die, and then feel betrayed.

That's what I love so much. The characters are developed to such a point that you feel like you become a part of the gang.

PS: The ending will tear you to shreds. It's so freaking complex and brilliant and just (I need to breathe here give me a sec). Leigh Bardugo, you're a mastermind and I will definitely be reading your Grisha series.

RATING: 5/5 DUH AGAIN!



THE HUNDRED-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED BY JONAS JONASSON


 As you can probably tell, this book is about a 100 year old man who has lived a very, VERY long* and eventful life only to end up in a nursing home. On his 100th birthday, the newspapers are ready, the Mayor is ready, the local TV is ready. Basically everyone is ready to celebrate...except Allan (he's the 100 year old man btw)**

*I mean duh he lived till 100 years come on Nikita
** WOW, I'm so great at this. I forgot to mention the main character's name. Good job Nikita!

The whole story is set in Sweden (It was written in Swedish initially but then translated into English) and it's about Allan's adventure after the escapade, alternating between the stories of when he was young and things he's achieved in his life politically.

I read this book a couple of years ago and I remember enjoying it a lot more back then. I did come into this book with a fresh mind though because I wanted to be fair. I don't know what it was but I was kind of bored of Allan's background and childhood parts of the book because they were so politically inclined. I started finding myself wanting to skip those parts and just get on with the current story (which I did do for the last few chapters. I'm guilty okay but I JUST COULDN'T STAND IT ANYMORE!)

Didn't Like: I think that the political side could have been cut out a bit and a shorter books would have been WAYYY more effective.

Liked: Otherwise the humour and the story was funny and to the point. No waffle here. Okay, we all love some waffle and chatty-ness to a book but it's alright. Jonas Jonasson is forgiven.

RATING: 3/5



THE GIRL WHO SAVED THE KING OF SWEDEN BY JONAS JONASSON

Is it possible that the second book could be better than the first by a very tiny margin?

As you may have read, I didn't enjoy The 100 Year Old Man as much as everyone else did. But I did enjoy this book a lil' bit better. For starters, I really liked Nombeko's character. I thought she was funny and uniquely charming in some weird way. Sometimes I felt that she wasn't being mentioned enough compared to others (including: a man who in theory doesn't even exist, his twin brother with the same name who's out to kill the King of Sweden, crazy brothers and crazy girlfriends, Israeli agents, Swedish PM, Chinese officials). Throwing all of that together creates a weirdly absurd story, fitted together with Nobeko's wittiness.

As with The 100 Year Old Man, there's a lot of imaginative and far-fetched ideas but I guess that's a part of it isn't it?

The only thing I found annoying was that the middle section was overdrawn and so slow. I started to get bored and fed up trying to get through that part.

RATING: 3.5/5



THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE BY STIEG LARSSON

This is such a first world problem, and you're only going to understand it if you're as obsessed with books as I am. This book is bigger than the other two so when I put it on my bookshelf, it sticks out. AHHHH IT HURTS ME. I'm still trying to find a way to arrange them so there isn't one just jutting out.

Now that's out of the way; this is the second book in the series. After reading the first one, I had to read the second one as well. This one is a lot longer than the first one and I was kind of put off by that because I wasn't feeling another huge book, but I went for it anyways...didn't enjoy it at all.

I'm sorry for those of you who loved this, but I honestly didn't enjoy it at all. It was tedious, boring and I couldn't wait till I would be over with this one. It's taken me 3 months to read and that should tell you a lot because I usually finish a book in about 2 days.

I loved following Lisbeth in the first book but I couldn't even see her as a character in this book. She has no role and just expresses her sexual desire. I mean come on, do you really not have anything better to do? Clearly not because I remember her going grocery shopping and going to IKEA. Are these the kind of things you really mention in a murder mystery? It angers me because I was expecting more of a strong woman lead like in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". Very very disappointing. I have the third book but I'm not sure if I'm going to be reading it any time soon. Wayyyy too overhyped in my opinion.

RATING: 1/5


SEPTEMBER TBR

School is officially back in September so I don't know how much I'll be able to read, so I'm keeping my list short this time!

- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (I've read this before but this is the full, unabridged version. It's about 10cm thick no joke!)
- Little Women and Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott
- Sita: Warrior of Mithila by Amish (Indian Author)


What have you been enjoying/not enjoying reading this month?
x Nikita

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8 comments

  1. Ahh! I adore the great Gats, all the glitz and glamour make it pop! :)

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  2. The Great Gatsby has been on my TBR list for so long and you're totally comforting me in the idea that I have to read it! Thanks a lot for this review!!
    Lucie, xx

    http://thefrenchpier.blogspot.com/

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    1. Aww thank you for reading! You should definitely give it a go, I'm sure it won't disappoint! xx Nikita

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  3. I read Six of Crows recently and absoloutly loved it too! The characters were really what made it of me and I was so sad when I discovered it was a duology as I didn't want to stop reading about the charateres! Lovely post x

    Kizzi x
    kizzimay.co.uk

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    1. YESS! I felt the same too! I've heard that she's thinking off possibly adding to the series but not any time soon. I feel like that would ruin the ending though! AHHH I CAN'T MAKE UP MY MIND! x Nikita

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  4. You've read so many great sounding books! It's a shame about the last one and I know what you mean about it sticking out and not fitting, it's a pain isn't it!xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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    1. Yes, this month was definitely a good one! x I find it so frustrating but I'm going to think of a way to stop it from doing that xx Nikita

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