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Mini reviews: The Handmaid’s tale and Daddy long legs

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Synopsis:“Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…” -Goodreads

I read this book, because I had read a few short stories and poems by the author before and really enjoyed them and because this book was highly discussed about, praised by many authors I adore and placed in numerous “best” lists.

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Thoughts

  • deals with current and important topics such as human rights, gender equality, freedom of speech
  • confusing writing style: lots of flashbacks and no quotation marks, sometimes hard to figure out who is speaking
  • explicit use of language, swearing
  • detailed descriptions
  • eery atmosphere
  • thought provoking

4/5 ⭐

Daddy long legs by Jane Webster

Synopsis:”When Jerusha Abbott, an eighteen-year-old girl living in an orphan asylum, was told that a mysterious millionaire had agreed to pay for her education, it was like a dream come true. For the first time in her life, she had someone she could pretend was “family.” But everything was not perfect, for he chose to remain anonymous and asked that she only write him concerning her progress in school. Who was this mysterious gentleman and would Jerusha ever meet him?” -Goodreads

Thoughts

  • weird , because the letter only consists of letters from one person.The recipient never answers and again the book ONLY consists of letters, so no dialogues and basically no scenes at all! So, the entire book is basically a huge monologue.
  • boring, since the reader only sees things from this character’s point of view. All in all she is pretty much the only character the reader really gets to know.
  • confusing and illogical: The protagonist is sending letters to a man she knows nothing of(not even his NAME!). She is asked to send him letters only once a month and yet she sends him letters on an almost daily basis, although he never responds! I really can’t understand why she does such thing. I mean, yes she is an orphan and is lonely, but she has found many good friends at the university she can talk to. So, why send letters to a man, she know ABSOLUTELY nothing(except the fact that he is tall)about. In addition to that, he never responds, which means she doesn’t even know if he reads the letters or not. It is basically like writing to air!
  • At some point he actually responds to her, but how? Via a messenger. And what does he say? That he forbids her to do the things or go to the places she wanted to do or go to and all of this without explaining why. So, he basically bosses her around.
  • Fortunately, she is better than that and doesn’t let him control her life and makes her own decisions.
  • Sofa little recap: This man apparently claims at the beginning that he despises girls. He isn’t ready to give Jerusha his name and gives her a random name instead. He doesn’t respond to her letters and when he does, it is to tell her that he disapproves of her decisions. Instead of simply sending her direct and personal letter, which is all she desires he attempts to spoil her with gifts and money. In the end he reveals himself as a man who is 14 years older than her and the uncle of her friend. And what happens? They MARRY! 😩😳👀
  • Sorry, but I truly can’t understand these characters!
  • In my opinion this book is definitely overhyped.

1/5 ⭐

I really don’t mean to offend anyone by my reviews. These are just my opinions, So, feel free to let me know what you think of these books. Which books are overhyped in your opinion?

 

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Book review: Holding up the universe by Jennifer Niven

20180202_161311Synopsis: “Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.
Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.”-Goodreads

Holding up the universe is the second YA novel by Jennifer Niven and once again occupies itself with the themes grievance, family, love, self-acceptance and mental health. I think these themes are enormously important themes, which(especially grievance and mental health) are unfortunately quite stigmatized and seldom discussed in a serious matter. I personally didn’t really like Jennifer Niven’s previous book All the bright places and think it is over-hyped. For I read with quite high expectations and was extremely let down as I thought it a tad bit unrealistic(yes, I know it is a work of fiction, but still!) and quite suicide romanticizing. So, as I picked up Holding up the universe I did not have high hopes and this time was really surprised for this book basically blew my mind! I would totally recommend it to everyone, especially those who are interested in topics regarding mental health and self-care.

Thoughts

+ educational and raising awareness towards cognitive disorders:

One thing I really like about this book is the way the author opens the readers minds and literally makes them “crawl into the character’s skins”( I made a To kill a Mockingbird reference here!). Although it is a work of fiction it  is still really educative and mind-opening and handles topics which are definitely not fiction such as Prosopagnosia, for instance. One of the protagonists suffer from this cognitive disorder which is face blindness. So, it means that he can’t recognize people not even himself or his family. Can you imagine? I couldn’t. I didn’t even know such a disorder existed and was totally shocked when I read about it. And yet not many, but some people suffer from it, which doesn’t make it less valid or important. I think it is amazing that this book raises awareness on this rare disorder showing us that there are people suffering from it and that we never know what is going on in one’s mind. This character in the book hadn’t told about his condition to anyone, until recently to a new friend, but it means that his family and former friends and teachers all know nothing about this, since he fears to be teased and bullied and not accepted by them. The way Jennifer Niven writes truly makes us see things from the characters point of view as seen below:

“That’s what it’s like for me: I walk into a room and I don’t know anyone. That’s every room, everywhere. I get by on how a person walks….I learn by identifiers….Remembering people is like this superpower  everyone seems to have but me.” _ Jack Masselin

+ shows the damage bullying can cause

I really love it and think it’s extremely powerful when books show the terrible ways bullying can affect someone. There are unfortunately many who have experienced this and I think it’s just comforting to see “hey, I was not alone, I was not the only one!” and to think ” this is really bad, the next time I see someone being bullied, I will stand up for them and support them.”.

+ positive and important message: You are wanted and should love and care for yourself. Self-care is not selfish and is extremely necessary!

+shows that even though one is being bullied and having a hard time themselves, they still can make others smile and make the world a better place

+ clever pop culture and bookish references

Those Supernatural references made my inner fangirl squeal!

–  Language: an (in my opinion) unnecessary amount of bad words and swearing

–  Cliche and predictable ending

Do you like books about mental health issues?! (any favourites or recommendations for me?!) Have you read Holding up the universe yet?! Which do you prefer: All the bright places or Holding up the universe?

 

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Book review: Cat Among The Pigeons by Agatha Christie

Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie is a detective fiction by Agatha Christie, has 297 pages and was first published on 2 November 1959.

img_1814Summary:

The Story is set at an English school for girls called Meadowbank in the near of London, in which one night, suddenly a teacher gets murdered. The school is thrown into chaos when the murderer strikes again. Fortunately, a student, Julia Upjohn finds the murderers motif and calls for the famous detective,Hercules Poirot’s help.

My opinions:

This was my first time reading anything by Agatha Christie or a crime/detective novel in particular and I really liked it. I especially liked the very detailed writing style and the many interesting and mysterious characters. The plot is really interesting and gripping as well, but the story develops itself quite slowly, which gives the reader the chance to try to piece the clues left throughout the book together and to try to solve the mystery as following along with the story. I also enjoyed how the book didn’t start off a mystery, but worked on building up the cast of characters first. The only thing that bothered me, was the fact that at some parts the story went on too slowly and with too many unnecessary details.

My rating: 4,5/5

I would recommend it if: you are looking for a quick book to read and if you enjoy mysteries.

 

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Anne of Green gables

Hi guys, how are you all doing? Last week I ordered this gorgeus book series from bookdepository. It was the first time I ordered books from the Internet and I really loved it. On bookdepository.com the shipping is free and quite fast and with each delivery, they send you a cute color-in bookmark!

So, if you have been reading my blog posts for quite a while, you might have noticed that I really love this series and am obsessed with Anne Shirley! I am now really happy that I finally own the whole series and I can’t wait to read them all!

What are your opinions one these books? Please let me know in the comments below!

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My Favorite things to do at Disneyland paris

Hi guys, so since I was in disneylandparis last weekend, I thought why not do a disney-related post. So these are some of my favorite things to do in Disneyland:

  • Watching parades: since it is spring now( which is my favorite season!), there are some magical spring-themed parades there, which I really enjoyedimage
  • it’s a small world ride
  • crushcoaster
  • The Alice in wonderland mazeimageWhat are your favorite things to do in Disneyland?
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Movie Review!

Hi Guys, sorry for not posting  anything for a while. A few days ago, I watched the movies the Giver and the fault in our stars. So, now here is a review and my opinions on these movies.

The giver:

 I found this book at a bargain store and thought I’d give it a try. So, I read in one go because the plot was really interesting, I loved the writing style and it was an all-in all fabulous read!  A while later I found out that this book has a movie and that Meryl Streep and Taylor Swift Starr in it, so I decided to watch it, but I didn’t have any high expectations from it because I have had read a lot of negative reviews and comments about this movie. After I watched this movie, I was really surprised because I really liked the movie and I think that it has been made quite well, compared to other movie adaptions from books.

The fault in our stars:

I think this book is really over-hyped. I really liked the plot and characters, but the writing style isn’t really mine. At first  I tought that I would not like the movie either, but I actually really enjoyed it!

what are your opinions on these movies?

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10 facts about me


This picture describes some of my favorite things to do
This picture describes some of my favorite things to do

Hi guys, since this is my second post I think it is a good idea to tell you a little about me:

  1. I am 14 years old
  2. I live in Austria
  3. I understand persian, german, english and french
  4.  I love books
  5. beside reading I also love drawing and DIYs
  6. I am a daydreamer and a bookworm
  7. I am currently writing two books I wish to publish one day
  8.  I love musicals
  9. My alltime favorite character and rolemodel is the one and only Anne Shirley!
  10.  I have got an instagram account as well which is called mybookcorner

What are your favorite things to do?


 

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March wrap-up

Hello and thank you so much for visiting my little bookish corner in the Ínternet!

This is my first post in this blog and here I am going to show you the books I read in this beautifull month:

  1. First of all I read Anne of green gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

20160328_183618At Primary School all my classmates read this series and loved it, but I never read them because the series contains of eight parts and I did not think I would like the story. However, I bought a set of classic books and Anne of green gables was one of them. I fell instantly in love with the cover and tought I should give it a try after all! So, I read it and this book immediately  became one of my alltime favorite books! Anne Shirley is such a lovely character, I can relate to her a lot because she is such a daydreamer and dreams of being a teacher as much as I do!

After  I finished this book, I wrote down all my favorite quotes, created Anne Shirley inspired bookmarks and also read the Sequel Anne of Avonlea which was also really lovely.

2. Afterwards I read Pippi Longstockings(for the first time)!!! I never tought I would like this book, but I actually quite liked it. It is not my favorite book but I really loved the writing style and illustrations inside the book.
3. My last read this month was ,,A handfull of stars,, by Rafik Shami. I had to read this  for school and really liked it. I would recommend it to anyone. It is about a boy who lives in Syria and dreams of being a Journalist. This book is basically his diary where he writes about his life and ideas against war and the political Situation in Syria in the 1950s.
What do you think about these books? Have you read any of them? Plese let me know in the comments section!