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Standalone Sunday: Norwegian Wood

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books, that are not part of a series, that we loved.


Haruki MurakamiNorwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.

A poignant story of one college student’s romantic coming-of-age, Norwegian Wood takes us to that distant place of a young man’s first, hopeless, and heroic love.


My first ever blog post was a review of a Haruki Murakami book (not thins one though), so I thought I would bring everything back around and talk about my favourite Murakami book that I have read so far. That, obviously, being Norwegian Wood. To be fair I have only read three books by Murakami so far, but I have enjoyed all of them a lot and I do plan on reading more by him in the future.

I read Norwegian Wood a few years ago and completely adored it. That was actually the second Murakami book that I read and one that a very good friend of mine recommended to me. Needless to say I very much enjoyed that book! There was just something about it that spoke to me. I liked all the characters and found them interesting, I just wanted to know more and more about them (which doesn’t happen too often). The story was interesting as well. I love the way Murakami manages to make his books atmospheric, they are always a delight to read.


Have you read Norwegian Wood? What did you think of it?

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Standalone Sunday: The Fault In Our Stars

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books, that are not part of a series, that we loved.


The Fault In Our StarsThe Fault In Our Stars by John Green

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.”

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.


I have been seeing quiet a few reviews lately of John Green’s new book. That just made me think about the only John Green book that I have read, The Fault In Our Stars. It’s literary been years since I have read this book. (I actually read it in 2013.) This is actually one of the first young adult books that I have ever read while being aware that there is something like a young adult genre. (I had no idea that that was a thing for a long time.)

I remember really loving this book, it was one of my all time favourites for a long time. (It’s not anymore, but I still appreciate it for what it was.) I think I just read this book at the right moment in my life, where I could really feel for the characters and connect with them. The characters were definitely my favourite part of this book, I loved all of them. And yes, this book did make me cry a lot. (It’s one of the few that managed to do that.) This is also one of those books that I’m unsure I would enjoy as much if I read it now.

I actually don’t plan on picking up any other John Green books. Honestly they just don’t interest me and there is the fact that I don’t read many contemporaries in the first place.


Have you read The Fault In Our Stars? What did you think of it?

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Standalone Sunday: A Monster Calls

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books, that are not part of a series, that we loved.


Patrick NessA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting – he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.


I actually can’t believe that I haven’t featured this book in a Standalone Sunday post until now. I could swear that I did, but after checking it turns out that it was just done in my imagination. So, I guess it’s about time that I talk about this book again! (Not that I’m complaining, as it is one of my favourites.)

A Monster Calls is one of the most emotional and heartfelt books that I have ever read. This is an incredible book about grief, loss and the burden of responsibility. I ended up crying while reading this book and that is something that doesn’t happen often. The illustrations within this book made it even more amazing than it already was. They made the atmosphere of the book even more palpable and cloaked the story in a eerie vibe.

A Monster Calls is definitely one of my favourite books and one I would recommend to everyone! 


Have you read A Monster Calls? What did you think of it?

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Standalone Sunday: The Forbidden Wish

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books, that are not part of a series, that we loved.


The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

The Forbidden Wish

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world…

When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. 

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin.


The Forbidden Wish is one of the best books that I have read this year! It was EVERYTHING that I hoped it would be! The world and magic was wonderfully imaginative, the characters intriguing and the story compelling. Basically I enjoyed everything about this book! I do have a full review for this book that you can check out, if you want to know more of my thoughts.

I was immediately intrigued by this book when I heard that it was an Aladdin retelling, as I had never read one before. Obviously I ended up loving this book. I especially loved the two main characters, Zahra and Aladdin – they were both strong characters that were very well developed. I adored them on their own and together as well! Their interactions were very fun and amazing to read. I can’t recommend this book highly enough, everyone NEEDS to read it!


Have you read The Forbidden Wish? What did you think of it?

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Standalone Sunday: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books, that are not part of a series, that we loved.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower“I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they’re here. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It’s like looking at all the students and wondering who’s had their heart broken that day…or wondering who did the heart breaking and wondering why.”

Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor


Lets start this post with saying that The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of my all time favourite books. I vividly remember reading it for the first time, it’s just one of those books that sticks with you. So when did I read it for the first time? In my 3rd of high school. (there are 4 years of high school in the country that I’m from – just some random information) Near the end of the year I decided to bring this book with me to school. I literary managed to finish it in during school as well, I could not put this book down.

And ever since I first read this book I have only reread it once. (Though I definitely plan on changing that soon.) I related to Charlie sooo much and I could understand his struggles. The other characters were amazing as well. Just thinking about this book makes me emotional, as I already said it’s one of my favourites. I think I simply read this book at the perfect time for me to fully appreciate it. I’m very curious to see what I will think of it once I decide to reread it.


Have you read The Perks of Being a Wallflower? What did you think of it?

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Standalone Sunday: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books, that are not part of a series, that we loved.


The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.


This is one of the rare books that I managed to read in one sitting. Once I started it, I just couldn’t put it down. Neil Gaiman has a way of writing that just pulls you in. And he creates magical and fascinating stories, so far I haven’t disliked a single book that I have read by him. I definitely need to pick up more of his works in the future!

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a rather short book, but magical non the less. It was also a lot creepier than I thought it would be (but not too scary at the same time?), which is always a plus for me. I just loved the descriptions of everything within this book. And, as I already mentioned, the story simply sucked me in! I would highly recommend this book to everyone.


Have you read The Ocean at the End of the Lane? What did you think of it?

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Standalone Sunday: The Book Thief

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books, that are not part of a series, that we loved.


Today is actually Easter and it’s the first time that I’m spending it away from my family, which is a really weird feeling. We aren’t that religious, but usually on this day we have a big family diner and just spend time together, so it’s kind of weird to be on my own today. My parents did visit me yesterday and we spent all day together. We explored Vienna a bit, as it was the first time my mom was here and we just enjoyed each others company. It was simply a wonderful day and I had an amazing time!

Okay, I just felt like sharing that for some reason. Now let us talk about the actual book that I want to feature in this Standalone Sunday!


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

HERE IS A SMALL FACT:
YOU ARE GOING TO DIE.1939.

Markus ZusakNazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death hs never been busier.

Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with her foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.

SOME MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH.

It’s a small story, about:
a girl
an accordionist
some fanatical Germans
a Jewish fist fighter
and quite a lot of thievery.

ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW:
DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES.


The Book Thief is one of my favourite books and the one that made me cry the most. I actually remember having to stop reading it, because I couldn’t see through all the tears. And that NEVER actually happens. (It only happened with one other book in my whole life.) Usually when I cry I can still read, but this time I just couldn’t. This book destroyed me emotionally, in the best way possible. (If you can even say it like that!)

I just love everything about this book. From the writing style, to the setting to the characters – everything was simply wonderful. And tragic and sad and heartbreaking. (I think you get it by now…) I would highly recommend everyone to read this book! Literary EVERYONE! And then come and talk with me. This is the only books that I have wanted to reread for years, but not actually done so since I’m not emotionally ready to do it yet. (Sorry for my English in that sentence, I have nooo idea how to word it properly!) Hopefully I’ll be some time in the future, we shall see!


Have you read The Book Thief? What did you think of it?

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥