A Weird Obsession

Call me a nerd. A geek. Or, a freak, maybe? But I LOVE books. Real, solid ones. Buying them, especially. I adore the scent it provides once you got ’em fresh out of the bookstore. I adore flipping them pages trying so hard to continue on and not reading the last one to avoid being spoiled by the ending of it. A peaceful rainy day accompanied by a good book while casually sitting down by the window, casually relaxed and enjoying the tranquility it serves, is always the better definition of a perfect day for me.

If you guys have been following me up on my sleeve at this blog for a while, then you might have figured that I am a joyful reader and a hopeless sucker for books. I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t get any books at all during my trip to the all wondrous literary paradise of the United Kingdom, now would I? To think that I actually acquired 6 new books during my tour and ended up finishing 5 of them by the end of it was surreal. Guess I kind of stepped up my reading game back then to allow the time flying by going a lot faster than it should, especially during road trips that went endless where I had literally nothing to do but eat, sleep, or read in the bus. Here’s the catch, though: I’ll even write mini reviews and insert goodreads links of them just to put that little extra spice on your plate to get you guys interested into picking it up. Just in case. My treat.

And without further ado, let us begin.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

This novel gripped me from the very beginning I first knew about it from Jesse (JesseTheReader) on BookTube. It followed 4 main characters who were suspects to such a tremendous murder happening to a classmate who has been a turd for the last few years, creating a gossip app that revealed pretty much almost everyone’s secrets that ended up being read by the whole student body. Not going to dive in much in detail on this one, though. Best if you just go into this without knowing too much to avoid being spoiled. (;

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

I’ve actually already known that this was a movie that was released in the midst of my naive elementary school years, but never got around to figure out that it was an adaptation from a very famous written book. (No, I have not seen the movie yet. Yes, I suck. But yes, I am planning on getting to watching it as soon as I can) All I can say is, that this book got me hooked the entire journey where I was literally on my way to Cardiff City. There was traffic jam and all that annoying stuff, which made it silly for me to not make use of the time to sit and devour this precious gem. I liked it, of course. The story was set during the WWII, following a clueless 9-year-old German boy called Bruno. How can that not be interesting?

Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne

Another gut punching novel from John Boyne, in which I had no regrets of picking it up in the first place, for it was as beautiful as the previous one by him I mentioned above. This time though, it was about an English 9 year old boy named Alfie, whose father willingly signed up for the Great War against the Germans without knowing what came over him. Hooked was all I can say to all of Boyne’s works so far. They were quick, easy, and fast paced reads that educated me a lot regarding the specific past course of event. My highest recommendation list of this book for you all stays open.

The Boy At the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne

If you were wondering why I bought quite a few of Boyne’s books, it was because I managed to got it for a very nice deal at a decent shop in Edinburgh. 3 compiled books for just £6! I wasn’t one to miss out on an opportunity like that. Especially when it revolved around books. Okay, where was I? Yes, the very last book I read by Boyne, done on my flight back to Doha before settling in to Indonesia. It was magnificent. I enjoyed every aspect of it, compared to the two previous books, this one had a slightly more mature content considering the fact that we are following Pierrot from his earliest 5 year old age, to his angsty 17 year old self. Another masterpiece set in the WWII where the boy himself had to live in Berghof. That’s right, The Fuhrer’s very own holiday joint at the top of the mountain that stood between Austria and Germany, where the lad had no clue what lied over him completely. I recommend you guys to check out these 3 books by Boyne for they are nothing but insightful, raw, and honest in the best possible way. Highly, highly, recommended.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

I should have never trusted the hype on this one. This book, you guys. This. Book? Was none other than any other overhyped piece I have yet to read. It just didn’t go according to my taste, and after reading so many mixed up reviews about it online, I finally got around to conclude that I simply did not like it. I mean, it was okay, for a cute contemporary summer read, but perhaps it just didn’t suffice to my liking as much as I expected it would be. I thought the ending was brilliant, though. Gotta admit. Did not see that coming, but it still didn’t wow me as much as I wanted it to when I decided to get it. There was no distinct plot, and this whole novel revolved around this girl Cadence who suffered from a severe pain in her head enduring selective amnesia. The good thing about this novel that I came to appreciate was that it executed quite well when it got to the final conclusion of it, but still once again, did not come near to my overall liking as a whole book.


 

I actually bought myself another book that I have not dive into yet, not sure if you guys have ever heard of it, but it’s entitled “Under Rose-Tainted Skies” by Louise Gornall. It is an own voices novel written by an actual person who suffered from the mental-illness itself. Everyone’s been saying it read aloud so great on goodreads, and Emma from EmmaBooks loved it so much as well for the accuracy of mental illness depiction and representation throughout this entire book. I’ll probably post a long-written review about it here once I reach to its end and tell you guys all about my honest, blatant thoughts on it. Or not. You never know.

That summed up to my holiday wrap-up I got done, for the last couple of weeks. I’d say I was pretty proud of this rare accomplishment. I’ve actually read more during those weeks than I normally do within a course of a month! Crazy, I know. Let me know if you guys have read any of these uniquely written novels, or if you’re planning on reading them anytime soon? 

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