Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

17934530Title: Annihilation

Series: Southern Reach #1

Author: Jeff VanderMeer

Pub Date: 2014

My Rating: ★★★★★

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Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

This is the twelfth expedition.

Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them, and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another, that change everything.

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BOOK TRAVELING THURSDAY: Book that brings me warm feelings

It’s Book Traveling Thursday! It is a weekly meme hosted by Catia and Danielle. At the beginning of each month, they post a list of weekly themes. After choosing a book that fits the theme, you look at different covers of various editions and write your blog post with the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover, and your least favourite cover. To find out more check out Goodreads group!

This week’s theme is: Fall is just around the corner! Choose a book that brings you warm feelings. This is not an easy topic for me, so many books bring me warm feelings when I see them because I spend some good times with them. The book I decided t  feature in today’s post is a beloved childhood classic – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It brings all the warm feelings…

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

23437156Title: Six of Crows

Series: Six of Crows #1

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Pub Date: September 29th, 2015

My Rating: ★★★★★

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Synopis from Goodreads:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Wow, just wow! This book is amazing! I didn’t know about this book before I started blogging. But then this book was appearing in so many posts, and I’ve seen it on bookstagram and booktube, and with the publication date of a second book in a series approaching, I decided that I just have to see what’s the whole hype about. I’m glad I did.

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: ALL TIME Favorite Contemporary Books

This weekly meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme is  Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books Of X Genre

I had a look at my Goodreads shelf and it seems that a lot of my five-star reads are contemporary, so I decided to give this genre a better look and create my all time favourite contemporary books list.


The Casual Vacancy
by J.K. Rowling

13497818Pub Date: 2012

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A BIG NOVEL ABOUT A SMALL TOWN …

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils … Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

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Darktown by Thomas Mullen

31020461Title: Darktown

Author: Thomas Mullen

Pub date: September 13, 2016

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My Rating: ★★★★☆

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Before reading this book I didn’t realize how insulting and degrading a word ‘boy’ can be. I’m so glad that I finished this book, because this is not an easy read. It is very much worth reading, but it is quite exhausting for a reader. Why? Mainly because the amount of racism and hypocrisy in this book is through the roof, and I was constantly angry at the characters, and I wanted to strangle them, which will lower me to their ways.

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The Witches of New York by Ami McKay

30233919Title: The Witches of New York

Author: Ami McKay

Pub Date: October 27th, 2016

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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It was a very mediocre read for me. I didn’t love it nor did I hate it. It was jus all right, and I’ll probably forget about this book soon. It had it enjoyable moments, and at the beginning of the story I was hooked, the writing and the scenery were marvelous and I just wanted to read and read about those three witches of New York – Eleanor St. Clair, Adelaide Thom, and Beatrice Dunn. Eleanor and Adelaide run a tea shop in NYC, and Adelaide secretly posted a job announcement in  a paper to look for help for an overworked Eleanor. This is when Beatrice joins their tea shop, a girl that appeared too late and after all the other girls that wanted the job were dismissed by Eleanor. But she’s different, she was let into the closed shop by a ghost of Adelaide’s mother, an event that truly scared Beatrice who is yet to discover that she can see communicate with ghosts.

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BOOK TRAVELING THURSDAY: Book that Focuses on Food, Eating, or Cooking

It’s Book Traveling Thursday! It is a weekly meme hosted by Catia and Danielle. At the beginning of each month, they post a list of weekly themes. After choosing a book that fits the theme, you look at different covers of various editions and write your blog post with the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover, and your least favourite cover. To find out more check out Goodreads group!

This week’s theme is Almost everyone loves to snack while reading. Choose a book that Focuses on Food, Eating, or Cooking. For this theme, I’ve chosen Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertAs the title suggests this book is in one-thirds about eating – delicious Italian food.

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