5 reasons to read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. It’s time for another 5 reasons to read style review and you can tell from the title that I’m going to be talking about The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I’d been meaning to read this for years before I actually read it and it quickly became one of my favourites. Let’s get started.
  1. If you enjoy historical fiction, then you should definitely check this book out, especially if you are interested in books set during WII. I know this is quite a hyped book but it’s well worth it.
  2. This book is written from the perspective of Death and I loved this unique way of telling this story. The writing is fantastic and I was engaged from the very beginning.
  3. The characters are so well written. I love Liesal as a protagonist. Zusak also does a wonderful job at creating the relationships between the characters.
  4. I think this book was originally marketed as YA but I think it can be enjoyed by a wide of people and ages.
  5. It’s one of my all time favourite historical fiction book and I want to recommend it to everyone.

 

That’s all for today. As you can tell I loved this book. I have I am the Messenger, also by Zusak, on my TBR but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I am also excited for his new book to be released later this year. Have you read this book? I’d love to know your thoughts. I think it can be like marmite – you either love it or hate it. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Bookish Deal-breakers

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I thought I’d share some of my bookish deal-breakers. These are things that bug me in books and possibly even make me want to stop reading it. Or things I hear about a book that makes me less likely to pick it up. Now these are things that annoy, but they may not bother you. Let’s get started.

 

  • Love triangles – never a fan. Please just stop.
  • Girl on girl hate when there is no logical reason for said hate.
  • Insta love – again just stop.
  • Repetitive writing.
  • Poorly developed characters, magic system and/or world.

 

That’s it for today’s post. I am sure there are more but right now I’m drawing a blank and so these are the only ones I can think of. What are some of your bookish deal breakers? I’d love to know what you think. Do you agree with mine? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

TTT: Favourite Novellas/Short stories

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.This weeks topic is all about your favourite novellas/short stories. Now I don’t actually read a lot of these but I want to read more and I thought this might help motivate me to read more. Let’s get started.

 

That’s all I have for today. I definitely want to try reading more novellas, so I’d love to know if you have any recommendations for me. What’s your favourite novella or short story? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

It’s Monday… What are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

 

We’re roughly halfway through July now so I thought I’d update you guys on what I’m reading right now. So far I’ve managed to read 4 books which I’m pretty happy with. I’ve actually just started reading two books. Firstly I started The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel, which is the first book in six book series Earth’s Children. Unless I’m mistaken, this is a historical fiction series set in a prehistoric Europe. I’m not very far in so I can’t comment on it yet but obviously I’ll have a mini review for you guys in my wrap at the end of the month. The second book I’m reading is The Hyena and the Hawk by Adrian Tchaikovsky, which is the third and final book in the Echoes of the Fall trilogy. I am so excited to see how this concludes. I’ve loved the first two books so I have high hopes for this book.
Before I finish this post, I thought I’d share some books on my TBR for the rest of the month. These include The Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore, City of Lies by Sam Hawke, Legend by David Gemmell, Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, Circe by Madeleine Miller and Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce. Obviously I won’t get to all of these but I’m hoping to read at least a few of them.

 

That’s it for today. Obviously I’ll let you know what I think of each book in my wrap up at the end of the month. What are you currently reading? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Chronicles of the Fallers / Peter F. Hamilton

Title / The Abyss Beyond Dreams and Night Without Stars
Author / Peter F. Hamilton
Publication Date / 2014 and 2016
Genre / Science fiction
Series or standalone / Duology
Page no. / 688 and 750
Overall Rating / ★★★★

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Goodreads synopsis of book 1: The year is 3326. Nigel Sheldon, one of the founders of the Commonwealth, receives a visit from the Raiel—self-appointed guardians of the Void, the enigmatic construct at the core of the galaxy that threatens the existence of all that lives. The Raiel convince Nigel to participate in a desperate scheme to infiltrate the Void. Once inside, Nigel discovers that humans are not the only life-forms to have been sucked into the Void, where the laws of physics are subtly different and mental powers indistinguishable from magic are commonplace. The humans trapped there are afflicted by an alien species of biological mimics—the Fallers—that are intelligent but merciless killers. Yet these same aliens may hold the key to destroying the threat of the Void forever—if Nigel can uncover their secrets. As the Fallers’ relentless attacks continue, and the fragile human society splinters into civil war, Nigel must uncover the secrets of the Fallers—before he is killed by the very people he has come to save.
This is the latest series set in the Commonwealth universe. I hadn’t read any of his previous books before reading these two, but I didn’t have too many issues in becoming immersed in this world. There may have been things I missed, but I didn’t find that this detracted from the story. I think this is great for both readers familiar with this universe and new readers. Hamilton gives enough background to allow readers who are new to the Commonwealth to easily become immersed in this world. I have to admit about being a little intimidated by the size of this books, especially because I was new to this world, but it turned out to be completely fine. I really enjoyed this universe, but as I mentioned I will have missed some of the world building because I haven’t read the other books set in this universe. It wasn’t bogged down by all the information, so I never felt that it dragged in terms of the world building. Overall I thought the world building in these two books were well done and I loved learning about it throughout the books.

 

Both books are over 600 pages each, but for the most part the plot is tightly paced and compelling. As I hadn’t read anything else by this author, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I started this and I ended up really enjoying both these books. While I did enjoy the plot, there were sections that were quite slow and I hate to say a little boring. Most of the time though I couldn’t put these books down. I think, with a book this size, it’s hard to keep it compelling all the way through, while also introducing the world and characters. Hamilton does a fantastic job at tying all the threads of the plot together. There is a lot going on in this duology and the author manages to keep each thread engaging. In terms of the characters, I thought they were all well written and liked their character development through the two books. It did take me a little while to warm to the characters, but after a while I was invested in them. I will say that these books suffer a little with pacing issues and I think some will find that they drag a lot, but I didn’t have that issue. I thought the ending was great

 

Overall I really enjoyed both of these books and I plan to read more books set in this universe. It is probably best that you read the other books in this world as it will give you a wider understanding, but I still enjoyed reading these books. Have you read this duology? I’d love to know what you thought. I’m sorry this review is short, but I have to admit that I’m slowly getting back into the flow of review writing. It’s been a while and I haven’t settled back into the flow yet, so apologises if this review isn’t very good. I tried my best :).  I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

Travel with me: Sicily

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. Today I wanted to share my experience of Sicily with you all. If you weren’t aware I travelled to Sicily for a two week holiday in June and I wanted to try out writing about a wider range of topics. This post is mainly going to be me sharing some photos with you guys, so I hope you don’t mind that. During our holiday, we mainly just wandered around and explored the places we visited – in between chilling at the place we were staying :). Let’s get started.

 

Noto: This city is in south eastern Sicily. This is the first place we visited and it was so hot that day. 

 

 

Modica: Again this is a city in south eastern Sicily and it is famous for its chocolate. I tried my first cannoli, which are traditional Sicilian pastries filled with ricotta and pistachios. There is also a very weird chocolate museum here – pictured below is a map of Italy made of chocolate…

 

Ragusa: Once again this in south eastern Sicily and is a hilltop city. There are some incredible views here and it was a really nice place to just wander around.

 

That’s all I have for you guys today. I really wanted to share some of my trip with you all so I hoped you liked this post. What country would you love to visit? I would highly recommend travelling to Italy – I’ve been to a few places and loved them all. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

TTT: Favourite Author

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.This week I’m going a bit off topic. We’re supposed to be sharing our favourite reads of 2018 so far, but I’ve already done a post about that, so I’m going to be sharing my current favourite authors instead. I am also going to share one of my favourite book or series by each author, as well as a book by each author that is on my TBR. Let’s get started.

 

 

That’s all I have for you guys today. I’d love to hear who your favourite authors are right now. Have you read any of these books? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa