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Most Anticipated Reads Of 2020

Hey Guys! I am Max and today, I will be manufacturing one of the most celebrated series on my blog and that is called the “Worst, Best and Most Anticipated Novels of [said] Year”. I have decided to start off the series with my Most Anticipated Reads of 2020 before moving into the juicy section that is the Worst Books of 2019 because that is where I will rant and spill some hot tea of the books that had, unfortunately, landed on that list. If you would like to take a look at the order of articles in this series, I will record it down below:

  1. Most Anticipate Reads Of 2020
  2. Worst Books Of 2019
  3. Best Books Of 2019

[Ps.] Not all the books that are recorded on this list will be 2020 releases but I promise, a majority of the novels on this list are 2020 releases. 

So, without further ado, let us get into the article! 

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1. The Ballad Of Songbirds and Snakes By Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games, #0)

Synopsis:

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.

Me:

The news of this novel blew up all over my Instagram story, twitter and Goodreads feed and I cannot help but feel invigorated by the energy inundating this series once again. Suzanne Collins, an author who had us waiting for her next novel since The Hunger Games trilogy ended, has finally resolved to bestow another book of hers in The Hunger Games series/trilogy(?) to us and I could not help but feel a flutter of joy in my tummy. I can’t wait!

Release Date: May 19th 2020

2. The Boatman’s Daughter By Andy Davidson

The Boatman's Daughter

Synopsis:

A “lush nightmare” (Paul Tremblay) of a supernatural thriller about a young woman facing down ancient forces in the depths of the bayou.

Ever since her father was killed when she was just a child, Miranda Crabtree has kept her head down and her eyes up, ferrying contraband for a mad preacher and his declining band of followers to make ends meet and to protect an old witch and a secret child from harm.

But dark forces are at work in the bayou, both human and supernatural, conspiring to disrupt the rhythms of Miranda’s peculiar and precarious life. And when the preacher makes an unthinkable demand, it sets Miranda on a desperate, dangerous path, forcing her to consider what she is willing to sacrifice to keep her loved ones safe.

Me:

That synopsis! It sounds fucking phenomenal and I cannot wait to read it! Apparently, the genre of this novel is supernatural-thriller and I am- *gulps* I am so excited for it because one of the television series I am watching now called Nancy Drew is shelved under that genre as well and I am so obsessed with the way the story is crafted in the show. Thus, I have high expectations for this novel (which is a bad thing but still…).

Release Date: February 11th 2020

3. Bone Crier’s Moon By Kathryn Purdie

Bone ​Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace, #1)

Synopsis:

Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first, she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.

Me:

First of all, the cover of this novel is gorgeous. Second of all, the synopsis sounds really badass and that is all I really need to know to get bright-eyed and bushy-tailed about a novel. 

Release Date: March 10th 2020

4. The Deep By Alma Katsu

The Deep

Synopsis:

Someone, or something, is haunting the Titanic.

This is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the passengers of the ship from the moment they set sail: mysterious disappearances, sudden deaths. Now suspended in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone during the four days of the liner’s illustrious maiden voyage, a number of the passengers – including millionaires Madeleine Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, the maid Annie Hebbley and Mark Fletcher – are convinced that something sinister is going on . . . And then, as the world knows, disaster strikes.

Years later and the world is at war. And a survivor of that fateful night, Annie, is working as a nurse on the sixth voyage of the Titanic’s sister ship, the Britannic, now refitted as a hospital ship. Plagued by the demons of her doomed first and near-fatal journey across the Atlantic, Annie comes across an unconscious soldier she recognises while doing her rounds. It is the young man Mark. And she is convinced that he did not – could not – have survived the sinking of the Titanic . . .

Me:

The synopsis for this novel sounds like it could be a supernatural novel and I am here for it! I hope I get an ARC for this *cries*

Release Date: March 10th 2020

5. Follow Me By Kathleen Barber

Follow Me

Synopsis:

Everyone wants new followers…until they follow you home.

Audrey Miller has an enviable new job at the Smithsonian, a body by reformer Pilates, an apartment door with a broken lock, and hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers to bear witness to it all. Having just moved to Washington, DC, Audrey busies herself impressing her new boss, interacting with her online fan base, and staving off a creepy upstairs neighbour with the help of the only two people she knows in town: an ex-boyfriend she can’t stay away from and a sorority sister with a high-powered job and a mysterious past.

But Audrey’s faulty door may be the least of her security concerns. Unbeknownst to her, her move has brought her within striking distance of someone who’s obsessively followed her social media presence for years—from her first WordPress blog to her most recent Instagram Story. No longer content to simply follow her carefully curated life from a distance, he consults the dark web for advice on how to make Audrey his and his alone. In his quest to win her heart, nothing is off-limits—and nothing is private.

Me:

This sounds… like a nightmare. I want it to haunt my dreams.

Release Date: February 2020

6. Strange Exit By Parker Peevyhouse

Strange Exit

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Lake spends her days searching a strange, post-apocalyptic landscape for people who have forgotten one very important thing: this isn’t reality. Everyone she meets is a passenger aboard a ship that’s been orbiting Earth since a nuclear event. The simulation that was supposed to prepare them all for life after the apocalypse has trapped their minds in a shared virtual reality and their bodies in stasis chambers.

No one can get off the ship until all of the passengers are out of the sim, and no one can get out of the sim unless they believe it’s a simulation. It’s up to Lake to help them remember.

When Lake reveals the truth to a fellow passenger, seventeen-year-old Taren, he joins her mission to find everyone, persuade them that they’ve forgotten reality, and wake them up. But time’s running out before the simulation completely deconstructs, and soon Taren’s deciding who’s worth saving and who must be sacrificed for the greater good. Now, Lake has no choice but to pit herself against Taren in a race to find the secret heart of the sim, where something waits that will either save them or destroy them all.

Me:

The synopsis of this novel sounds like it is from an episode of Black Mirror and that is wild and creepy. I love the concept of it and I cannot wait to read it! (I know I sound like a broken record but I am genuinely excited to read all of these novels okay… Don’t judge)

Release Date: January 14th 2020

7. The Woman in Apartment 49 By Ross Armstrong

The Woman in Apartment 49

Synopsis:

She’s watching you, but who’s watching her?

Lily Gullick lives with her husband, Aiden, in a brand-new apartment opposite a building that has been marked for demolition. A keen bird-watcher, she can’t help spying on her neighbours.

Until one day Lily sees something suspicious through her binoculars, and soon her elderly neighbour Jean is found dead. Convinced of foul play, she knows she has to act. But her interference is not going unnoticed, and as she starts to get close to the truth, her own life comes under threat.

But can Lily really trust everything she sees?

Me:

One word, YES. 

Release Date:  February 18th 2020

 8. Where the Crawdads Sing By Delia Owens

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Synopsis:

For years, rumours of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

Me:

If you have been following my recent posts on Instagram (it’s okay if you haven’t), you would know that I bought Where the Crawdads Sing recently in Australia from a bookstore named Dymocks and I am so excited to read this book ever since I got it but somehow, I have not gotten around to reading it? Therefore, it is my goal to read it in January.  


And that concludes my ‘Most Anticipated Books Of 2020!’ Be sure to let me know what your Most Anticipated Books Of 2020 are down in the comment box below! I hope you all enjoyed this article and follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!

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16 Books Reading Wrap Up | 2019

Hey Guys! It’s Max here and today, I will be manufacturing an article that has been long behind schedule and that is a meticulous wrap up of my reading progress from the last time that I had updated all of you. As you can tell from the title, I had read 16 books since the previous wrap-up and I am kind of proud of that progress because this has been a busy year in terms of studies and adapting to a new environment such as college and to still be able to have time to read, however little, is considered a blessing to me. Therefore, I am thankful for the free time that is bestowed upon me even though I am far behind on my ‘read 100 books this year’ goal and will definitely fail it this year and probably the next because of my finals. Finger-crossed for a good reading year next year.   

So, without further ado, let us get into the wrap-up!

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1. THE GOOD THIEVES BY KATHERINE RUNDELL

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Page Count: 336

Genre: Middle-Grade

I had constructed a review for this novel and I raved about this book in that article. I thought it was clever and a confounding stepping stone from The Wolf Wilder, a book which I thought was obtuse and contained an absolutely ridiculous ending. If you are interested to read the review for this novel, click here.

I am going to give all of you a snippet of the review that best describes the book:

“The atmosphere of this novel is a mixture of comedic relief, hatred and anger. It is facetious because of the constant banter between the characters and the arguments seem to never end which I, at times, found myself laughing at the exchange of words between them. Hatred and anger come into play due to certain characters doing nasty businesses and I thought the author did a good job at extracting our emotions out from our body and let it diffuse into the atmosphere. Thus, I admired the crafting of the atmosphere made by the author.”

Final Verdict: 75% (A-)

2. ASCENSION BY VICTOR DIXEN

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Page Count: 496

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Again, I had manufactured a review for this novel and I had expressed my frustration and love for this novel in that article. If you are interested to read it, click here. I will extract a paragraph from the review to give you an insight into what this book is about if you do not want to read the whole article which I perfectly understand:

“Another thing that I unconditionally adored about this novel was the readability and the pacing. I found myself compulsively reading this novel due to how easy it was to get into this novel and thus, contributed to the pacing of the novel. The pacing was pretty consistent throughout the novel EXCEPT for the speed-dating scenes and Andrew’s scenes. I thought those scenes were drawn out and I thought it could be moderated to drape in with the rest of the story. Otherwise, everything would be perfect.” 

Final Verdict: 70% (B)

3. THE GIVING TREE BY SHEL SILVERSTEIN

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Page Count: 64

Genre: Children’s Fiction

I understood the symbolism that is presented in this tiny picture book but I do not understand why this book is so popular? Is it because of the nostalgia factor? I did not read this picture book when I was young and this is the first time that I cracked open the book to read it. I thought the story was okay and the drawing was mediocre. I have nothing much to say because it’s a picture book and you have to read it for yourself to perceive the way you feel about it. 

Therefore, my final verdict for this picture book is 60% (C)

4. 13 REASONS WHY BY JAY ASHER

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Page Count: 352

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction

I read this book in 2 sittings and I could not stop thinking about this novel after I had finished it. It was so heartbreaking to read about Hannah Baker’s life and the way she narrated the story and the trauma that she had gone through was truly plaintive. It was an eye-opening novel for me and I love a plethora of quotes in the novel, especially this one: 

“You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything.”

Final Verdict: 85% (A) 

5. Mooncakes By Suzanne Walker

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Page Count: 256

Genre: Graphic Novel; Fantasy

It was a cute story and I enjoyed reading it. The art style was nicely crafted and the storyline was easy to follow. However, I did not enjoy the problems that were presented in the story as I thought they were resolved in a matter of seconds.

In addition, I did not enjoy the world-building. After I finished the last page of this graphic novel, I came out of it knowing so little about the world and its magic system that I couldn’t give it a rating that is higher than 3 stars as I thought this graphic novel was lacking the basic foundation of its world-building and the limitations to the usage of magic.

Overall, I enjoyed the graphic novel but it wouldn’t be something that I would re-read.

Final Verdict: 62% (C)

6. INFINITY SON BY ADAM SILVERA

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Page Count: 368

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

I had manufactured a review for this novel and all I can say is that a pretty cover is not equal to a great story. They are mutually exclusive for this novel. If you would like to take a look at the review that I had made for this novel, click here

Here’s a snippet of the review if you are interested:

“The characters, like I said earlier, felt like caricatures to me as they have no character development and little to no personality throughout the novel. Even when one of them is killed by a loved one, it did not evoke any feelings from the depths of my heart. However, Brighton, the protagonist’s brother, is the only one that elicited any feelings that I have and that feeling is anger. I hated him and throughout the novel, I rooted for the spectres to murder him because of how annoying he is about his Youtube Channel and his jealousy towards his brother’s powers. I totally despise his POV and I would rather read one-dimensional characters POV than his. Thank you very much.”

I do not want to be a terrible person so I will try out Adam Silvera’s to see if his novels are for me. 

Final Verdict: 15% (F)

7. JACKPOT BY NIC STONE

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Page Count: 352

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

I do not want to say much for this novel because I am going to construct a full review for this novel but I am going to list a few things about this novel:

  1. This is one of my favourite books of the year,
  2. Amazing characters that I had fallen in love with throughout this novel,
  3. A nicely woven plotline, 
  4. Astounding pacing.
  5. Read this book. 

Final Verdict: 98% (A+)

8. SPEAK BY LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON

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Page Count: 384

Genre: Graphic Novel; Contemporary

I do not know how to put this graphic novel into words because I loved it but that does not sound right because it tackled hard topics such as rape. I really loved the author’s note before the story starts though, it was so saddening to read about and I almost cried out of sadness and by the end of it, I am so proud of the author for writing this novel. 

I need to watch the adaptation of this novel because there is Kristen Steward in it and also, because of my love for this novel. Moreover, I bought another book from this author which is called Chains and I can’t wait to read that novel! I will be buddy reading that novel with my best friend who is currently on vacation. 

Final Verdict: 100% (A+)

9. THIS DARKNESS MINE BY MINDY MCGINNIS

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Page Count: 352

Genre: Psychological Thriller

I enjoyed the 1/3 section of this novel. I thought it was unique and nothing like I had read before and then it went downhill afterwards. I do not find this novel as weird as most of the reviewers were vocalizing but what made me disentangle myself from the mess that was this book was how awful the execution and the pacing were. The plot went to a rediculous direction and nothing was resolved in the end. Normally, I enjoyed an unreliable narrator with horrible personalities but towards the end of the novel, I realized that I was not enjoying my time with the main character in this novel. I thought she was ego-centric and a know-it-all-but-really-she-doesn’t and I was rooting for her sister inside her body to consume her and take over her body all this time even though her sister was supposed to be the antagonist. So, yes. 

Final Verdict: 40% (E)

10. 13 MINUTES BY SARAH PINBOROUGH

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Page Count: 413

Genre: Psychological Thriller

I thought this book was suspenseful and filled with a plethora of delightful thrills and plot twists. The characters were terrifying in terms of the way they function and the bullying which will never cease as long as the Barbies (the name of a popular girl group in school) was there. The ending, to me, was the most petrifying thing I had read in a while because of how the [said character]’s brain worked and twirled in the little head of hers. However, I thought the beginning was tedious and a little long-winded and I did not particularly enjoy the very last page of the novel but my friend who borrowed me this novel loved it so, take my word with a grain of salt and read the book to test where your footing for the last page lies. 

Thus, if you have not picked this novel up, I urge you to drop everything and pick it up from the bookstore right now because of how amazing it is.

Final Verdict: 90% (A)

11. A COLLECTION OF POETRIES BY VARIOUS AUTHORS

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Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav had some poems that I enjoyed but I thought a lot of the poems in this were either poorly executed or poorly written. Some of them rhyme but most of them do not. Therefore, my final verdict for this poetry book is 48% (E).

Delicate Thoughts by M. Ballard was slightly better but it was forgettable. No other comment. Final Verdict: 55% (D).

She Felt Like Feeling Nothing by R.H Sin was the best out of these bunch and most of the poems in this book punched me in the gut with sadness. I enjoyed reading this and would highly recommend people who love poetries to pick this collection up. The only thing I did not like was how it ended and some other poems in this collection were not as good as it should be. Final Verdict: 78% (A-).

12. THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING BY LAUREN DOYLE OWENS

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Page Count: 272

Genre: Domestic Thriller

Spoiler alert: this is going to be in my worst books of the year list because of how horrible it is. First of all, a guy raped ‘said girl’ and an unknown girl who does not know the details said he did not do it even though the guy tried to use this unknown girl as a shield to run away from the police by hiding in her place. Second of all, for an antagonist who was a threat to the whole society throughout the course of this novel, he died in a couple of pages after he was introduced. Thirdly, there are 3 points of view which I thought was too excessive and unnecessary. Lastly, the writing style for this novel was so dry and flaky that I could strip it off the pages and damp it with water and it will still be dehydrated. 

Final Verdict: 10% (F)

13. TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE BY JENNY HAN

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Page Count: 355

Genre: Young Adult Romance

This book was amazing in almost every aspect except for some major plotholes which I will not spoil and I did not particularly enjoy how Josh relationship with Song sisters was instantly recovered after that major stunt that he pulled in their house. In addition, I did not like how certain situations were handled and I thought some of them were downright stupid but I still love this book and I am willing to recommence with this series. So, my final verdict for this novel is 89% (A).

14. Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Page Count: 225

Genre: Classic

I finished this novel today and I thought it was a very interesting book because of the way it conveyed its message and the ending to this marvellous novel was chilling because of how the main character almost died from those children that had turned into savages. However, I thought the beginning was tedious and it could have quickened up in terms of pace if it was not for the long description of the forest, the trees and the rocks.

Thus, my final verdict for this novel is 87% (A).


This is the end of my ‘16 Books Reading Wrap Up’  I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know what your reading wrap up was in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Have a great day ahead!

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An Overdue Reading Wrap-Up | 2019

Hey Guys! It is Max here and we will be manufacturing my Very much Overdue Reading Wrap-Up today. The reason why it is overdue is that I have not been composing a reading wrap-up for 4 months and that sets out to be notably defective as I would not be able to show you the books that I had read but not reviewed on this blog. Therefore, we will be rectifying that process today! 

From the month of April to July, I had read a total of 12 novels and I am going to list the statistics of the total number of pages and the average rating for all 12 books below:

  • Average Rating: 3.75 Scintillating Stars
  • Page Count: 3313 

Without further ado, let us dive right into the wrap-up!

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1. Murder On The Orient Express By Agatha Christie

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Page Count: 274

Genre: Murder Mystery

I presume what plundered this novel for me is the film adaptation of this novel that was released in 2017 which I mildly enjoyed due to the easy-to-spot plot twist that was settled in the movie. So, I read the book after I watched the film and it was an unpropitious idea due to the fact that I did not enjoy this novel because I can already see the plot twist coming and the characters lacked depth except for the murderers. Therefore, the final rating that I had given this novel is an E (35%).

2. Curse Of The Dead-Eyed Doll By Thomas Kingsley Troupe

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Page Count: 136

Genre: Horror

I had composed a whole separate review for this novel and to give you perspicacity into the review, I shall extract a quote from the review and place it here:

“In this 136 pages novel, the pacing was adroitly composed. In the first chapter, we learn about a school trip to a museum that holds a doll that has a spirit imbued into it. Our main character named Alejandro Padilla travels with the school to the museum to visit this enigmatic doll. He snubs the rules and regulations surrounding the doll and snaps a picture of it, supplementing with insults to fuel the spirit’s seething disturbances. Therein, eerie instances start to occur. The story itself made me flip page after page until I reach the end because of how compelling the writing style was. OH! I almost forgot, there are gorgeous illustrations which expedite the pacing of the novel and keep readers invested in the story.” 

You can read the review here if you are interested. My final verdict for this novel is C (60%).

3. Again, But Better By Christine Riccio

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Page Count: 373

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Again, I had already composed a whole separate review for this novel so if you are interested to read that review, you can click here. I am going to extract a quote from the review and paste it here to give you a simple insight into the review:

“The romance was much more substantial in the second fragment of the story than the first. The first fragment of the story for the romance department was a little bovine because it was an insta-love that bloomed faster than an egg could ever boil. The inner monologues that the protagonist had were tolerably cringe-worthy and if you are looking for an example, take a look at the quote above of this paragraph. However, the second fragment of the story took a different route for the characters as their decisions do not confuse the readers and they were able to be more conscious of their surroundings and resolutions to tasks at hand. Thus, the second fragment was ten times better than the first act.”

Final Verdict: C (65%)

4. We Are Lost And Found By Helene Dunbar

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Page Count: 304

Genre: Young Adult, LGBT

I had, again, composed a whole separate review for this novel (you guys are probably tired of hearing this haha, sorry) so if you are interested to read the review, click here. I am, again, going to extricate a quote from the review and patch it here.

“This novel follows Michael, a closeted-gay whose father had recently banned his brother from coming home as he had come out to his parents for being gay. His plan was to lay low and not make irrational decisions in fear of being kicked out of the house like his brother by his father. His father, who was verbally abusive, tormented him with abhorrent terms day and night and the only way he could forget all of these for a little while was attending a club christened ‘The Echo’ where he danced it all out and dissipated himself in the flow. As the story progresses, the imminent threat of AIDs became more apparent and everybody in the gay community was afraid that they might catch the disease if they were to have sexual intercourse. This affected our main character on several levels as he was afraid for his best friend, James and his brother’s lives.” 

Final Verdict: (A-) 75%

5. Ms Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal By G. Willow Wilson 

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Page Count: 120

Genre: Graphic Novel

Finally, a graphic novel that I enjoyed immensely! I loved everything from the art style to the structure of the story. However, I do not really understand where her power originated from and it took me out of the context of the story multiple times which irritated me to no end. Other than that, I do not have a problem with this graphic novel. Thus, my final verdict for this novel is B (70%).

6. Sharp Objects By Gillian Flynn

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Page Count: 251

Genre: Thriller

I have something preposterous to confess here… I enjoyed the TV series more than the book. So, hear me out before you carry your pitchforks and proof; receipts and reasons (Get the reference? Okay, I will stop). I preferred it more than the book because they have a class of terrific casts for the show and I was so much more immersed in their lives than I was in the novel. Moreover, that ending for the show with its end credit scene was horrifying and I did not see it coming. However, in the novel, you can see this estrange family dismantling and in turn, you can kind of guess who is the killer by the end of it. In addition, the characters in the show had much more depth than the book. However, I still very much enjoyed this novel so my final verdict for it is A (80%).

7. The Handmaid’s Tale By Margaret Atwood

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Page Count: 344

Genre: Classic, Dystopian

This is getting out of hand but I have to, once again, declare something outrageous: I enjoyed the TV show more than the novel. There, I said it. The show has stunning cinematography with a collection of supremely casted actresses and actors. The structure of the story in both the novel and the show is devastating and horrifying as the men in the society called Gilead view women as a sexual tool to give birth to babies. It infuriated me when I was reading this because of how unjust this system was and how there was no gender equality in any given way. However, I thought the novel was a little slow and therefore, it did not achieve the highest rating from me. Thus, my final verdict for the novel is an A (87%).

8. The Fifth Wave By Rick Yancey

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Page Count: 460

Genre: Science Fiction

Let me give all of you a piece of advice before you pursuit for this novel: DO NOT watch the film adaptation of the novel before you read this book. It will definitely defile the fun if you watch it before you read it. Actually, don’t even watch the film adaptation of the novel, it is dreadful. I urge you to read the novel though because it has all the elements that I love: atmospheric, character development, fast-paced, amazing writing, discernible voices from varied characters’ point of view, phenomenal plot twists and finally, an astounding story structure and backbone. However, the only thing that irked me was the unnecessary romantic relationship between Cassie and Evan. I thought their love for each other was cringe-worthy and a little bit forced. Thus, my final verdict for the novel is A (88%).

9. Animal Farm By George Orwell

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Page Count: 141

Genre: Classic, Dystopian

This is one of my favourite books of the year and I am not saying that lightly because I loved every second of this novel and every sentence presented in the novel is absolute gold, the 24-carat kind. I loved the underlined message of this book and how messed up everything was in it. It definitely is a thought-provoking novel as it got me thinking about our society today long after I had finished the book. Therefore, my final verdict for this novel is a scintillating A+ (100%).

10. Nevertell By Katherine Orton

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Page Count: 375

Genre: Middle-Grade, Fantasy

Once again, I had already reviewed this novel on this site and if you are interested to read it, click here. I am, again, going to extort a quote from the review and reinforce it here.

“When I first freed this novel and overset to the first folio, the very first sentence of the novel had already captivated me to read on as the writing style was so beautifully crafted and the prose used was on point. It was spontaneously explicit to me that the string of sentences was crafted punctiliously as the sentences were woven and strung together as seamless as silk. Although this novel is a middle-grade novel, Ms Orton did not fail to impress me with the omnium gatherum of words used and I very much appreciated that. Side note: there are illustrations emboss on every chapter headers and they are as beautiful as the writing style of this novel.”

Final Verdict: 80% (A).

11. The Outsiders By S.T Hinton

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Page Count: 375

Genre: Young Adult, Classic

I did not like any of the characters except for Darry (the only righteous one) as they were bullies being tyrannised by the social classes and bullies browbeating the juniors. I struggled to understand their motivation and their actions because the writing style was all over the place and I could not discern what in the living world the author was trying to convey. There were certain ideas that were brought up but never really established its foot on the groundworks of the novel which I thought was a waste of ideas. Also, most of the characters in this book are cupboard cut-out (2D characters) which irked me endlessly. However, I enjoyed the emotional factor of the novel and the ending as it was pretty devastating to read about. Therefore, my final verdict for this novel is D (58%).

12. Vox By Christina Dalcher

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Page Count: 336

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian

This novel felt a lot like The Handmaid’s Tale as the parallels between two books are very prominently displayed. For example, women losing jobs and rights. However, as I proceeded to read on, it became less like The Handmaid’s Tale and more like its own novel and I absolutely ‘adored’ it and thought the novel was as frightening as The Handmaid’s Tale. However, I thought this novel was slightly better than The Handmaid’s Tale as it was paced faster and it was unputdownable. Thus, my final verdict for this novel is A+ (90%).


This is the end of my ‘An Overdue Reading Wrap-Up!’  I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know what your reading wrap up was in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Have a great day ahead!

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March Reading Wrap Up | 2019

Hey Guys! It is Max here and we will be manufacturing my March Reading Wrap Up today. In March, I read a total of eleven novels which exhibited a sense of insanity to me because I have never read that much in a month before until last month did I set a new record. So, before we plunge into the books that I had read in the month of March, I am going to present you with a rundown of my reading statistics in March:

  • I read 1995 pages;
  • Average Rating: 3.09 stars

Without further ado, let us take a nosedive into the books that I had read last month!

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1. The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner By Stephenie Meyer

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Page Count: 178 pages

Genre: Paranormal Romance

I will not discourse much on this as I had composed an intact review on this objectionable novel but I will exert a quote from my review to give you a rundown of what actually occurred in this awful book:

“They went hunting for food together + they conversed on random notions + they kissed + they will die for each other + Bree wanted to die when she realized that Diego died + all of these scenes in less than 24 hours = WTF-INSTA-LOVE

Honestly, I am still experiencing the atrocity that this book had proffered. The final rating that I had given this book was E (20%).

2. Little Fires Everywhere By Celeste Ng

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Page Count: 338 pages

Genre: Domestic Fiction

Again, I had made an entire review of this novel and the vast difference between Little Fires Everywhere and The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner is that I enjoyed this novel so much more than the other. My review for this book will be linked here

Final rating: A (87%) 

3. A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness

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Page Count: 237 pages

Genre: Magical Realism

I re-read this in the month of March as I was in the mood to cry and so I picked this book up to read and to reevaluate my feelings towards this novel to check if they were still homogeneous to the first time I read this book and precisely, they were.

If you did not distinguish or you are fresh to this platform, I really luxuriate in this novel as it made me very fervid and it caused my feelings to be flurried around the cauldron as if they were just another potion or ingredient.  

My final rating: A+ (100%)

4. The Wolf Wilder By Katherine Rundell

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Page Count: 231 pages

Genre: Middle-Grade Fiction

I lamented not drafting a review for this book because as soon as I closed the novel as I aspired to prattle with someone about the outcome of the book. Mind you, this book has a predicament of comely binding and lovely writing but with a disastrous ending. 

Why did you say that?

I perceived that the ending of the novel desisted too adroitly that it suffered a crisis of ‘non-realistic’ ending. The lead character, if my memory serves me right, was a wolf wilder- a person who untamed the wolves that had been tamed, and she was only thirteen/fourteen in this novel. The oldest character in their group (excluding the adults) was fifteen. It does not make sense to me that the oldest character would be competent to guide the children ranging from the age of 9-14 to battle against a man who had all the power in the country and it baffled me even further that they contrived to win and ‘annihilated’ the old man. In addition, the adults were unavailing and they conceded their children to combat against this man who vilified his power while they observed the plight being brought about. To further complicate the matter, the children were only trained for 5 days prior to the opt-out war. What in the world?

Although I despised the ending of the novel, I thoroughly enjoyed the 2/3 quarter of the novel and the characters were well-built and thus, I shall be bestowing this novel with a D (56%).

5. The Five People You Meet In Heaven By Mitch Albom

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Page Count: 196 pages

Genre: Religion Fiction

Honestly, I do not know how to discourse with you all about this novel because part of me really fancied this novel and the other segment of me shunned this book. I will just succinctly encompass through the things that I admired and the items that I did not like about this book:

Likes- The idea of the story and the characters that appeared in this novel to tell their stories. Mostly about how an action will affect the other and how we were all connected in this world, whether we knew it or not. I thought the messages that this novel sent were empowering and entertainable. 

Dislikes- Some of the stories were tedious and boring. Some of them felt rushed and I thought it could be extended into a longer period to further insinuate their stories to make it more subterranean and impactful.

Therefore, I am going to bestow this novel with a C (65%).

7. A Compilation of Graphic Novels By Various Authors

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Genre: Graphic Novels

Page Count: 752 pages

Authors: Nathan Edmondson, Brian K. Vaughan and Jason Aaron

I despised the Black Widow chronicles as the story in it was incoherent and confusing. However, I enjoyed the art style as it was well-drawn and beautiful. Thus, attaining an F (15%) from me.

Doctor Strange started out strong with gorgeous illustrations and a decent flow of the story but it, once again, fell into the trap of an incongruous story as the timelines were jumbled up and flurried all around the place. Thus, it achieved a D (55%) from me.

Paper Girls would get an A- (75%) from me as I thought the illustrations and the story were fun to read and view and both of them consolidated into an overall fantastical tale. Thus, the only graphic novel that I enjoyed last month was Paper Girls.

8. Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Recently, I have been attempting to read more books regarding sexism and feminism as I would love to be a part of the movement. I want to associate more about sexism and how society views it. If you have any suggestions on what feminist books I should read, please leave a comment in the comment section below as I would love to know.

As for this book, I learned many valuable lessons and thus, it shall attain an A+ (100%) from me.


This is the end of my ‘March Reading Wrap Up!’  I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know what your reading wrap up was in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Have a great day ahead!

 

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Aesthetic Books On My Shelves

Hey Guys! It’s Max here and we will be diving into the beautiful books on my shelves article today but before we dwell in the crafting and the sutures of the covers of these sumptuous novels, I have a few- really, there are only two- announcements or rather, alerts to execute. So, we shall address those announcements first before we move into the actual article:

First communiqué

Kotobee had reached out to me through E-mail the other day and they presumed that the readers of Maxxesbooktopia will attain the helpfulness of this list (a compiled list of book fairs all around the world) and would love to share it with all of you. With that, I have decided to help them to spread this remarkable list around so that you guys will be able to view it and locate the book fairs near your area or are currently in your country but you did not know about. Here’s the website where you can look for the book fairs around you: Book Fairs (click here)

They have infographics and have punctilious the date and location of the book fairs. In addition, you could use Google’s Fine setting (Ctrl+F) to look for your country and find out about the book fairs near your area on the page. 

Second communiqué

I came back to Bookstagram after being gone for a year and several months. If you are wondering where all the older posts that I had shared in my previous years went to, they are in the archived shelf. So far, I had posted 3 pictures on Instagram and I hope you guys will give me a follow there and like all the pictures as well for moral support (I extricated myself from my comfort zone to take pictures of me with books). Thank you, I really appreciate it.

Instagram page: Maxxesbooktopia

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Without further ado, let us get into the article!

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1. The Kiss Of Deception By Mary E. Pearson

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Honestly, I do not know how to comment on the covers of these novels except for how exceptionally beautiful they are. I will try to talk about the colour scheme and the artwork and effort put into it though or else this article will be such a failure and the pictures that I had taken will be trash being thrown into the swamp. 

For The Kiss Of Deception, the font of the title is very well composed. For example, The and Of are not accentuated on the cover but instead Kiss and Deception are more prominent due to the fact the story is all about deception, lies, kindling romance and manipulation.

The artwork of the maiden on the cover is very diluted with colour and the precision put into it is very well illustrated as everything starting from her hair strain to her dress are eloquently expressed. Personally, I found the flower crown embedded on the top of her head most interesting because of the details and the amount of arduous work put into it is not to be missed.

The colour of the sky and the wheat are again, well defined with the conventional usage of colour and the intensity of it. It further emphasises on the atmosphere of the novel and what place or rather, setting the story will be placed in. In addition, the two birds soaring through the sky captured the two would-be lovers of the runaway princess. The building, the man and the woman on the cover encased her workplace, her friend and an assassin, ready to murder her if her time is up.

If you are wondering, I gave this book an A (80%) rating. I thought it was an immeasurable novel and you should give it a try.

2. Sleeping Beauties By Stephen King & Owen King

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Sleeping beauties cover is just purely aesthetic. It does not have much but the intricate lining of the butterfly engrains above the eyes with its body against the nose of the woman just makes the cover eye-grabbing. The lips and the authors’ names are in red to intensify the colour of the already dark cover. The sinuous line of the title, again, engrains on the butterfly’s superb wings further strengthen the colour scheme that is already splashed across the surface of the book.

Personally, what caught my attention from this cover other than the author’s name was bright to the shadowy scheme of the novel. As you can see, the sides of the novel are wrapped in darkness and the core of the novel wraps in the light. The Azure colour helps in creating the portrait to be more memorable. Thus, it had made it to the list of gorgeous book covers on the shelves.

3. The Ghost Of Heaven By Marcus Sedgwick

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The spiral staircase ensnared the story as the novel is all about spirals and spiralling down a deep dark hole. The font for the novel, both the title and the author’s name, are very well placed. They did not block the view of the spiral staircase, the sea and the sky. Most importantly, the man on the staircase.

The colour swashed across the cover caught my attention when I entered the bookstore to look for books to purchase. Not going to lie, I bought the book due to the amazing cover. But, I read the book and found the story that laid beneath a beguiling cover to be wondrous as well which rarely happens because most of the time, books either have enchanting covers or captivating stories. So, this really surprised me.

Overall, A+ (100%) for the cover alone.

4. The Bone Season By Samantha Shannon

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First of all, disregard the price tag that is affixed on the cover. I could not get it off which pestered the heck out of me because it has calumniated the beauty of the cover. Well, with that being said, let us get into the cover review.

The clock hands that are assembled together resemble a sundial due to the numbers situated below the clock hands. The blueness of the cover further accentuates (I am employing that term a number of times today) an eye-grappling experience.

I have nothing else to speak on this cover other than how gorgeous it is and the number of words that I had disposed of above.

5. Six Of Crows Duology By Leigh Bardugo

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You guys can clearly see how beautiful these covers are. The crow looks as if it is being moistened over there ‘fortuitously’ and honestly, I am savouring every second for them. Just… There are no words that could do egalitarianism for these portraitures.

Again, A+ (100%) book cover.

6. A Shadow Bright and Burning By Jessica Cluess

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✅ Good Font.

✅ Good colour scheme.

✅ Good sketching.

✅ Great placing of the author’s quote and author’s name.

7. The Gracekeepers By Kristy Logan

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This is simply the most impressive book cover among the table. The illustrations for both the bear and the woman are aesthetic. It immediately gives me the sense that the girl is elegant and the bear is tranquil as they are travelling on the same boat in a large expanse of sea. The quotes and the font of the title + the author’s name are very well located. The night sky permeates with a plethora of quasars attests how alienated both the bear and the girl must have felt at the moment. Thus, it is getting an A+ from me for the cover alone.


This is the end of the ‘Aesthetic Books On My Shelves!’ article. I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know what beautiful books you have on your shelves in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Have a great day ahead!

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February Reading Wrap-up | 2019

Hey Guys! It is Max here and we shall dive into the books that I had read in the month of February and converse on my Goodreads reading challenge today.

To be honest, I did not expect February to be over so soon but it is the shortest month of the year so, I should not be surprised at the dosage of the novels I had consumed last month. If you are wondering how many books that I had covered last month, I read 5 books and we shall discuss on my Goodreads challenge before we linger on that topic. 

I have just monitored my Goodreads reading challenge and I had read a total of 13/100 books in the past two months and I am 3 books behind my reading schedule. Not going to lie, I am a little stressed out but I will attempt to ameliorate the tension and just read at my own timing. I presume that the reason why I am enduring this phenomenon is because of the worldwide epidemic- reading slump. I did not know when it happened or how it came about but I am going to persist until it evacuates from my cells. 

Now that we have discussed on the Goodreads topic, we shall move on to the February Wrap-Up.

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1. Percy Jackson and The Last Olympian By Rick Riordan

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Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy

Page count: 381

This is the last book in the Percy Jackson series and the first novel that I had finished in the month of February. Obviously, I am not going to summarize this book for any of you because I do not want to drop an inadvertent spoiler and make you fluctuate far away from this series! All I can say is: I adore this book series from the start to the end and even though it is a middle-grade series, anyone can read it. I hope you will give it a try if you have yet to read it. 

Now, for the ones that have read this novel, I did a spoiler-filled ‘vlog’ style read-with-me article that you can survey to examine how much I enjoy myself when I read this novel. So, I shall drop the link here: READING PERCY JACKSON FOR THE FIRST TIME | THE LAST OLYMPIAN

Overall, I gave this book a gorgeous (A+) 100%. It is a perfect end to a fantastic series.

2. How to win friends and influence people By Dale Carnegie

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Genre: Self-Help

Page count: 288

This self-help novel took me forever to dispatch. Do not let that statement reel you away from this book though, that is not my intention. The reason why it had taken me a long time to finally terminate the novel is because of the writing style; I am not used to it. Basically, the author lectures us with lessons on how to improve ourselves to become more humane and compassionate towards others by providing 6 stories of famous/obscure people lives and how they dealt with things or how to learn from their mistakes. Each lesson we are given 6 different people stories. I figure that that is why it took me so long to finish it because this is the first time that I am embarking on a quest to extricate myself from my comfort zone to read a self-help novel and I am just used to novels that tell a coherent story.

However, I did learn a collection of good materials that I can apply in my life and I am grateful that this book existed. Now, I am going to copy my review from Goodreads for this novel and paste it here:

‘Although I do not agree with the term ‘win friends’ and thought that this self-help novel was far from impeccable, I thought that this novel should still be read as it covers a plethora of infallible and incisive points in which we could apply in our lives!’

So, I highly recommend you to give this self-help book a try. My overall rating for this novel is an A (80%).

3. We were liars By E. Lockhart

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Genre: Young Adult Mystery Fiction

Page count: 242

This book is almost impossible to summarize without giving away spoilers and I do not believe that I am competent enough to proffer a summary of this book to you because I am afraid that once it is given, the shock factor will be over and the book will not attract your attention anymore. Well, all I am going to say is: this novel is one of my favourite books of the year and it made me sob… for a good 5 minutes after I dispatched the novel. 

I am hoping to do a book review for it … *finger crossed* … But it will probably not be permitted because if I start composing the review, I have to be cautious of the information that I am giving and yes to the stress. So, let me see if I can make it completely spoiler free or not. If I can, I will definitely be posting that review on my blog. If not, then the review will be eliminated.

Well, my overall rating for this novel is an A+ (90%).

4. Throne Of Glass By Sarah J. Maas

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Page count: 406

I furnished this book with 4 glowing stars on Goodreads initially as I thought it was a fantastic start to a series and I enjoyed myself immensely. However, recently I took it down to 2 stars because I retained on the characters’ decision and their incisiveness, the dialogue and the overall scope of the world and thought some of them were rather silly.

I am not going to loiter on this book for a long time as I have decided to construct a book review on it but let’s just dwell a little on the fact that Celaena is the world most infamous assassin and when she is being recruited by the Prince to be his Champion in a to-the-death tournament with other Champions, all she can think about is how handsome the prince is despite hating the Royals. When she is in court, her assassin’s qualities died and they were replaced by cutesy romance and love drunk goggling eyes and all. There is a love triangle in the book and the protagonist falls for- obviously, the prince which I thought they had zero chemistry even though they had mutual attraction. The other love interest has more chemistry with her and I thought she would end up with him instead of the zero chemistry dude. 

Again, being a notorious assassin means you will be observant at all times. Just to throw the ‘tournament’ in, you will think that an assassin will train and use up almost half of her time for that so that it will be more beneficial for the particular assassin to win the freaking contest. Instead of doing those things, Celaena dedicated her time to explore the palace, read books, play the piano, attempting to go to balls, wear beautiful dresses and etc. In addition, she is literally oblivious to her surrounding and monsters could just sneak up on her and kill her and she would not even know that she is dead. 

Gosh, there are so much more that I would like to converse on. I will be making a book review for this soon. So, stay tuned for that. Well, my overall rating for this novel is (E) 46%.

5. Creatures Of The Night By Kate Thompson

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Genre: Young Adult Mystery Horror

Page count: 260

This book has already made it on my Worst Books of the year list. I would give this book zero stars on Goodreads if I could because it did not even deserve 1 star. That is how I vehemently hated this novel. In case you are wondering, I will be composing a rant review on my blog to compensate my emotions because every time I think or even see this book lying around my house, my heart hammered with anger; my emotions: apoplectic with rage. Just to perform catharsis, allow me to bluster like a demented exasperated bitch:

  1. For a novel that is enmeshed in the horror and mystery genre, the horror genre is not even prominent in the slightest. The mystery element is almost laughable because it is not even resolved in the end and it only happened half-way through the book since the characters did not even acknowledge or care about the fact that a human being disappeared before they moved into the house.
  2. Characters lack substance; irredeemable; It was as if they were just there to abuse each other. 
  3. Foul language is conspicuous in every corner of the novel.
  4. Boring details on how to use farm tools and perform certain acts that are relating to farming.
  5. Inconsistent writing style.

There are definitely more as I have made an entire list sanctified to the crafting of the book review and to converse on the fact that I hated it. *At this point, I do not even care if hate is a strong word* 

My overall rating for this book is (F) 0%.

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Currently reading:
1. The Da Vinci Code By Dan Brown

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Genre: Mystery Thriller

Page count: 489

I just started this novel and I am definitely intrigued by the storyline. However, I have one minor issue with the writing style: it’s more telling than showing. Other than that, I am okay with the book and I cannot wait to see what I will think about it once I finish the novel! Let me know what you thought about the novel in the comment section below but no spoiler as I am still making my way through the novel.

2. Black Widow (2014), Volume 1 By Nathan Edmonson

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Genre: Graphic Novel

Page count: 144

I loaned the ebook copy from my public library and I am again, making my way through the graphic novel like The Da Vinci Code. It is my first time reading a graphic novel and I am excited to see where it will take me: will it make me read more graphic novels in the future or deliberate me away from the genre? However, I am enjoying myself – very much – when I open up the novel to read. So, we shall see if it is going to make-or-break the genre for me.


This is the end of my ‘February Reading Wrap Up!’  I hope you all enjoyed it and let me know what your reading wrap up was in the comment box below! Follow me with your email/WordPress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Have a great day ahead!

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READING PERCY JACKSON FOR THE FIRST TIME | THE LAST OLYMPIAN

Well, this is progressing to be a meandering journey, folks.

Hey guys! We are proceeding towards an interim on my blog where I kind of ‘Vlog’ my experience on reading profused series for the first time. The last time that I did these particular schemes, you all appeared to adore it! So, I have elected to do one for a series that is swiftly maturing into one of my favourite series of all time – Percy Jackson series. So, in order to show my inclination and commendation for the novels in this series, I will be blogging about the occurrence that I have with the final novel in this series – The Last Olympian. 

By the way, this is another one of those series that I have given all the books five phosphorescent and omnipotent stars. So, you can now see how engrossed I am in this series that I would strip away all businesses to finish it!

Well, without wasting more of my precious hours, we shall commence reading the book!

*For your information, I am blogging my experience for this novel so this article will be spoiler filled.*

(Saturday 02/02/2019)

It is currently 22:16 and I am advancing to embark on my quest to read this best-seller! If there is a way or any logical mechanism to concede my excitement to seep through the screen, you would witness me leaping around maniacally while I read the novel. I am gushing and uttering refuse. Oh wells, that is me every single day. *shrugs* 

I shall update you all when I hit Page 50 or if I uncover any interesting provision in the novel, I will inaugurate the log entry so that you guys will discern on what I am explaining about and what page I am on.

Well, I am leaving now. Good-bye, good people.

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Hi Guys. It had just been a few minutes since my last entry and I am only on Page 5 but I would like to share the conversation that Percy and Rachel had because… Call me a maniac but I am crackling up like an imbecile. 

‘Yes… but, Percy, you’d be doing me a huge favour. It would be so much better if you were with us. Besides, there’s something I want to talk about -‘ She stopped abruptly.

‘Something you’d want to talk about?’ I asked. ‘You mean… so serious that we’d have to go to St Thomas to talk about it?’

I do not quite understand what is wrong with me (probably insane) but that conversation. Oh my Gods. Percy… Why?

Well, I am going back to reading!

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I am currently on Page 117 and I do not think that you can tell how much I am hoarding this novel since my facial expressions cannot be manifested on the screen but attempt to conjure up an image in your brain through the words scrawled on the screen and you might get the brainchild of my bitchy joyful face.

Well, to update you guys on what in the living shit has transpired, I shall bequeath some erudition upon you all:

1. Charlie Beckendorf (a Greek demigod son of Hephaestus) soul had levitated into the heavens, or rather, descended into the Underworld. It was so incredibly depressing to contemplate a person who we had followed throughout the series to die in such a short span in the fifth book. Well, he died taking down a ship (Princess Andromeda) with an innumerable batch of Kronos minions which is astonishingly intrepid. Thus, his death shall be missed.

2. By the way, Rachel kissed Percy. I do not ship this relationship! I want him to end up with Annabeth, like, please.

3. Poseidon’s kingdom is under attack by a Titan named ‘Oceanus’ and we discerned that he was neutral in the first war between the Gods and the Titans, namely, Kronos. However, Oceanus swayed towards Kronos due to some bribery and he chose to have an affinity with him and thus, there’s a war under the sea. 

4. Percy learns his Prophecy and let me tell you: It’s scary. Here goes:

‘A half-blood of the eldest Gods,

shall reach sixteen against all odds…

and see the world in endless sleep,

the hero’s soul, cursed blade shall reap.

A single choice shall end his days.

Olympus to preserve or raze.’

5. Do not notify me that you have not conceived of this because I had thought about throughout the whole series: Aren’t all of the demigods cousins? Is it not ominous to ‘fall-in-love’ with your cousin? Well, Rick Riordan has given us an answer to it!

I know you might be thinking: Aren’t all the demigods related on the godly side, and doesn’t that make dating gross? But the thing is, the godly side of your family doesn’t count genetically speaking since Gods don’t have DNA. A demigod would never think about dating someone who had the same godly parent. Like two kids from Athena cabins? No way. But a daughter of Aphrodite and a son of Hephaestus? They’re not related. So it’s no problem.

6. Grover has been gone for 2 months and we found out that the God of Dreams who is working with Kronos has granted him a ‘short’ nap which is 2 months. Apparently, the God of Dreams is scourging the land to examine if it is great for a full-fledged war. 

7. Percy is being imprisoned by Hades because Hades wants his son- Nico to be the one the prophecy is talking about and he wants to be the King of the Gods… So? Yeah.

Well, I will update you guys tomorrow and I’ll go back to reading once again! Bye.

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(2 weeks later…)

Oh boy. I did not update you guys on the fact that I had finished this novel 2 weeks before and also, I did not recommence on my reading progress for The Last Olympian. I was actually contemplating on even posting this article on my blog since I did not compose a proper ‘vlog’ style article for you guys and obviously, I feel devastated and guilty about it since I declared that I would post it on my blog an article ago. Well, I have decided that I would still publish it even though this article is incurable and extremely fragmented to the point that is beyond repair. Now, we shall commence with what I did prior to this week.

So, I had officially found a college in which I will be going to and I will be taking A-levels for my pre-university program! The tension of looking for the right college with the environment that I would enjoy finally perishes. Although I would have to travel to college by public transport for an hour plus, I am still really excited to experience college life and of course, studying once again. In case you are wondering what subjects I am taking, here’s a list of them:

  1. Chemistry
  2. Biology
  3. Physics
  4. Mathematics

Also, I was carousing Chinese New Year with my family, relatives and friends and that was part of the reason on why I did not update you guys as much and the ‘vlog’ style article is so detached from my previous one because I was so busy prattling with my relatives and rivalling with fireworks that I simply did not have time to update Y’all on my reading progress. I am so sorry 😦

With the reasons on why this article is so fractured aside, I would adore the idea of mentioning The Last Olympians right now. I incontrovertibly appreciated this novel and I was saddened when I hit the last page because reality strikes me that there would not be anymore Percy Jackson novels even though he is presented in Rick Riordan’s other series- The Heroes Of Olympian. However, that is not the same as Percy does not have a point of view so… I am such a mess.

I absolutely fancied the ending of the novel! I thought it was a perfect end to an impeccable series and I will definitely be reading more of Rick’s novels, starting with The Heroes of Olympian. 

All in all, I am giving this novel a grading of A+ (100%) because of how much I relished on this novel and how incisive the writing is. 


This is the end of the book ‘vlog’ for ‘READING PERCY JACKSON FOR THE FIRST TIME | THE LAST OLYMPIAN I hope you all enjoyed it and follow me with your email/Wordpress account to get notifications when I post a new article! Bye!