REUTREADS 24 HOURS READATHON + GIVEAWAY (open!)

Hello, hello, readers! I have some exciting news.

I am hosting a readathon and a giveaway!

Readathon

  • I will be (aiming) to read two books at the span of 24 hours. TBR to be announced tomorrow!
  • The Readathon will take place on Sunday, April 1st from 12am to 12am on Monday April 2nd.

Giveaway!

    • I will be giving away 18$ to book depository, meaning, you can go on book depository and pick any book that doesn’t cost more than 18$!
    • The giveaway is international. As long as Book Depository ships to you, you can enter the giveaway.
    • You must be over 18 or give me proof of parental agreement to enter the giveaway.
    • Giveaway will take place using Rafflecopter.
    • a Rafflecopter giveaway
    • To enter, you must answer this question:

What 2018 release are you most excited to read?

Giveaway will start NOW and end Monday, April 2nd, at 8pm Israel time. The winner will have to give me their email and answer in 24hrs or else I will choose another winner. 

 

GOOD LUCK!!!

 

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Review – The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace

תוצאת תמונה עבור ‪the witch doesnt burn in this one cover‬‏

I’ll confess: I’m not big on poetry. Every now and then I read a nice poem that I like to read and frame on my wall. But when it comes to Amanda Lovelace’s poetry – I am a huge fan.

I read Lovelace’s The Princess Saves Herself In This One I think last year, when it was just published on kindle -back before she got big- and I adored every bit of it. I remember sitting on the kitchen floor late in the night and reading my mom bits of poetry from the book (my mom thought it was a bit morbid…) and enjoying, loving, every second of it.

That’s why I couldn’t contain my excitemend when Amanda’s second book, The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One, came out. I immediatly raced home and yelled to my dad: “GET MY KINDLE, I NEED THIS BOOK.”

And let me tell you, if I loved The Princess, I nearly died with how much I adored The Witch. 

The book is a collection of poetry from Amanda, about her personal experiecnes with feminism and with life itself. It has some major trigger warnings, but I didn’t find myself very triggered. I found myself very inspired. I even decided to paint one poem and hang it on my wall.

I loved every single poem. Every single one of them was exactly on point. It inspired me to be a bigger, stronger and more independent woman, and to love myself and the witch in me.

The writing was magical. I felt every scene, every poem written like a short story, and I felt as if I was truly the main character.

Overall, my only complaint was that THE BOOK WAS TOO SHORT. I wish it had a few more chapters, as I did finish it in one sitting.

But I loved this book.

I give it 5\5 stars.

On to my next read (which shall be interrupted once Obsidio arrives in the mail) – The Bone Season! 

Tuesday’s Playlist

While being pretty upset at work, I find comfort in books and music, just like most people do.

So I thought up a new corner – Tuesday’s Playlist, because, to me, Tuesday is the middle of the week, just the time when I need something to push me towards holding on until the weekend.

Every Week I will pick five songs and a book that matches each song, and post the playlist.

Tuesday’s Playlist

Song #1 – Death to My Hometown by Bruce Springsteen

תוצאת תמונה עבור ‪the hunger games book‬‏

The book that (in my head) goes along with this song is The Hunger Games. Every person who’s ever listened to the song could probably understand why these two come together in my head.

Song #2 Mean by Taylor Swift

תוצאת תמונה עבור ‪fangirl‬‏

There are many reasons this book goes along with the song. But, one of the main reasons it connects in my head is not, in fact, Cath’s insecurities, but, actually, the harmonies in the chorus of the song. It reminds me so much about the harmony of the group in the book, which makes me very happy.

Song #3 Writer in the Dark by Lorde

תוצאת תמונה עבור ‪this song will save your life‬‏

Unfortunately, I already used Fangirl for Mean, but I feel like This Song Will Save Your Life is a pretty good choice for this song. It reminds me of the theme of music in the book so, so much.

Song #4 Hardcore by Reignwolf

תוצאת תמונה עבור ‪i hunt killers‬‏

This book, like the song, is pretty brutal and crazy. While I was reading this book I felt like I could fight anybody and solve any problem and basically do anything. While listening to this song, I feel the same, which is not so surprising, if you ever listened to this song. (Which, to be honest, is not Reignwolf’s best.)

Song #5 All My Heroes by The Bleachers

תוצאת תמונה עבור ‪renegades marissa meyer‬‏

I’ll be 100% honest, I haven’t read this book yet, but it pops to my mind every time I listen to this song. If I understad the plot right (and correct me if I don’t), the book follows the battle of heroes and villians, or something like that, and I don’t know how to explain why this book comes to my mind, but I hope those who read the book will understand.

 

HEARTBREAK IS THE NATIONAL ANTHEM – best books for heartbreak

It was, well, inevitable. It was obvious that sooner or later my heart would break – whether it was by a friend or a boyfriend.

So who did I turn to? Books.

This is a list of five books to read after a heartbreak.

1. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

תוצאת תמונה עבור ‪finding audrey cover‬‏

Finding Audrey is one of the most heartwarming stories I ever read in my life. It tells the story of a 14 years old girl who has a severe anxiety disorder. You follow Audrey is she meets a boy and learns how to handle her anxiety better. This book will distract you from your heartbreak but also will teach you how to handle it, all the while keeping you warm and happy.

2. Stand Off by Andrew Smith

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Yes, I know this is a sequel. But let me tell you – this is my favorite sequel I ever read. I won’t tell you much about the plot because, well, this is as sequel, but I will tell you this: Ryan Dean deals with the biggest heartbreak of them all in this book, and he gets over it, while keeping his funny and buzzing personality. This book will make you so happy you will forget you were even heartbroken in the beginning of it.

3. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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This is a weird choice, I admit. But this book, following Jacob and his peculiar friends, kept me smiling through the worst heartbreaks I had.

4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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Wait! Let me explain! While heartbroken, the hardest thing for me to do is laugh. But not laughing while reading this book is impossible. This book is so funny, your sad tears will turn into happy tears and you will not stop smiling.

5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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I’m gonna be honest, this book will actually break your heart all over again. But it will do it with better reasons. I always think that when you’re sad you look for someone to feel for. Someone whose pain is so strong, you feel like you have to get over your pain just to help the them. And that’s the deal with this book. While you read it, you can’t help but feel for the main character, and want to help them. And you won’t notice yourself healing while reading it.

Favorite Books of 2017!

As 2017 is coming to a close, it’s time to summarize it. And what’s a better way to summarize a year than by summarizing the books you read?

I’ll admit, for me, 2017 wasn’t the best reading year. Dealing with a lot of personal issues, I didn’t read as much as I would like to, and I didn’t like as many books as I would have liked.

So I’m not gonna present to you my top 17 favorite books of the year, as much as I would like to, I’ll just give you a little peak into what my reading year has been like with these next four books.

4. The Last Star by Rick Yancey

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The Last Star must be the most YA book I read this year, but it doesn’t mean it didn’t make a big impact on me. I’ve been reading The Fifth Wave trilogy since it first came out in Israel – I think back in 2014. I read it with one of my best friends and it became a book I absolutely loved and would not stop thinking about. So when I finally got my hands on the last book in the trilogy (unfortunately translated to hebrew), I got into reading it the second I arrived back home. And boy o’ boy was this book good. It was so action packed, while also being packed with conspiracies and theories. I will admit, I’ve been theorizing about this book ever since it was announced. The book left me thinking every night before bed, and made me wonder about so many things in the series that I didn’t imagine would ever happen. And, of course, this book made me cry. A lot.

I award this book The Most Action Packed Book of the Year award.

3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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The Hate U Give, or, THUG, is definitely a must read for anybody. In the year of 2017, with everything that’s been happening in the world, especially in the United States and the Black Lives Matter movement, this book was very important. It tells the story of Starr, who witnesses her best friend being killed by a cop. I believe you can imagine where that leads. To be quite honest, most I remember from the book was sitting for three days straight and not putting my kindle down for a second and crying so much and feeling so very proud of Starr by the end of the book. I think this book has changed me and the way I see racism and many political issues, and I hope this book doesn’t get dismissed in the next year, as it is very relevant always.

I award this book The Most Important Book of the Year award.

2. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

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(While I am recommending this book, I should say it is not for younger audience at all. This is a very difficult book to read and can be a bit tough to younger readers.) 

Where do I even begin with this book? The Road was probably the last book I read this year and boy did it know how to do its job. At the beginning I was positive I was not gonna like it. It was moving very slow and taking its time progressing, but by the end I was so invested in the story, in the father and son and the harsh, harsh luck the world has brought on them. It’s been about a week since I finished it and it has not left my mind since then. The ending of it brought me to tears so quickly, and I still tear up thinking of it.

I award this book The Most Depressing Book of the (life) Year award.

 

1. Blood Brothers by Ernst Haffner

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As I am writing this post, my grandmother is sitting next to me. I was looking for a picture of the cover and I remembered how much I loved it when I read it and I just started mumbling “oh god, I love this book so much. I love it so much.” over and over again, because that’s basically what I have to say about this book. I just love it, so, so much. The characters, Willi and Ludwig, are written so realistically you just can’t help but feel for them and hurt with them. The story isn’t too complex, but it does put the characters at many crossroads. You have to think a lot while reading this book. Again, I say, I just love this book. Once you read Blood Brothers, you will never get a break from thinking about it.

I award this book The Best Book of the Year award. 

 

Life Update: Mom’s Art Gallery 

“it’s been 84 years,” she said in the famous movie Titanic. That’s how I feel about my mom’s art gallery exhibition. 

“Maybe Tomorrow I Will Be Pretty” is a poem by Leah Goldberg, a known Israeli poet. My mom has taken the poem very much to her art and created an art exhibit all about it. 

She started working on this back at the end of 2014. She’s created about 60 creations for her exhibit so far. 

The exhibit, called “Maybe Tomorrow I Will Be” will open on January 6th 2018. 

Review – The Road by Cormac McCarthy

It’s taken me a few hours to recover, but I finally feel recovered enough to actually write a review.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy is a book that knows how to hit you right in the feels. The book follows a father and his son as they walk through desolate America from north to south.

This book will leave you guessing. All through the book you wonder what happened that led our main characters to the trail they are now following. What are their names? What happened to the little boy’s mom? What awaits them down in the south? You turn page after page in wonder and awe and you know you may never find out.

McCarthy’s writing is also something to talk about. Short sentences, short dialogues, sometimes long paragraphs that take you to the edge of your seat as they follow the father’s thoughts through what he is processing.

All the while, I did find the book a bit slow for my taste, but very intriguing. I was so in the book that by the time I finished it I was crying my eyes out, angry at where this book has taken me.

While I talk very highly of this book, I should warn that this book is not for everyone, especially not young audience. The visions in the book are very vivid, sometimes enough to scare a grown person. I would recommend not reading the book before the age of 18, as it is a very tough read.

Over all, this book did the job. The author definitely knew what he was doing.

I give this book 4.5/5 stars.