Month: June 2016

Burn, Rewrite, Reread Book Tag

Tag time! Hello, welcome to my blog, Tea and Paperbacks, where I post every Monday! In this post I was tagged for this tag by the lovely Emily Rose @ Rose Reads, and I am super excited to do this tag!!!

The Rules:

  • Randomly choose 3 books (pro tip: use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ read shelf).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (like Marry, Boff, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six) (or however many you want to do).

Round 1

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I felt really sorry for the Seekers series, but the main reason why I read the three books in the series years ago was because my dad just randomly bought the first book for me and I was quite interested. Now that I’m older I realized that it’s not a very good book. Also I’d love to reread Jane Eyre, it’s been years since I read it!

Round 2

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I didn’t remember much from A Journey to the Center of the Earth but I don’t think it was one of my favourite classics. I wouldn’t change TSOA for anything in the world, its writing is so beautiful, but compared to The Raven Boys, I’d reread the whole Raven Cycle again and again if I could.

Round 3

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Again, another book my dad bought me, which was A Single Shard. I remember quite liking it when I was younger, but I absolutely do not remember much. All I remember was that it was set in Korea, and it was very interesting to learn about the culture surrounding pottery and all that stuff. I really wanna reread it right now.

Round 4

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Again, another unfair choice because I wouldn’t want to change anything from The Bell Jar – sure the writing sometimes got sort of boring, but it was still super good – but because it was compared to Harry friggin Potter, of course I had to choose Harry Potter to be reread.

Round 5

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I felt super sad about this choice, but I just couldn’t help it. I really liked The Girl on the Train, which I only read recently. I adored Lord of the Flies though, it’s such an amazing book that gave me chills while reading it. Buuuut I had to choose Narnia above them to be reread, cause I absolutely remember nothing from the last two books of the series. It seems like I have a lot of books to reread!!

Phew, that was a fun tag! I really liked the difficult choices, it really made me sad to sacrifice some books. Anyways, I won’t tag anyone, but if you really wanna do this tag, consider yourselves tagged! See you on another post, bye!

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Tome Topple Readathon: Wrap Up! #TomeTopple

Ah yes, the time has come, where readathons have ended and it’s time for me to count up all the pages read. It’s such a bittersweet feeling, because I always love the readathon process itself more than the wrapping up. Not just because most of the time I didn’t reach my goals, but because I feel like reading in a readathon sort of felt surreal in a way.

Anyways, I had a wonderful two weeks doing the Tome Topple Readathon. It was filled with only one book basically, although I did try to sneak in a little bit of the other book that I mentioned in my TBR. Anyways, here are the numbers and statistics.

Wrap Up

  • Books read: none
  • Pages read: 540 of Angels and Demons, and 50 of All the Light We Cannot See
  • Hours spent reading: 3 hours 40 minutes in the first week, and 1 hour 18 minutes in the second week.

Books Read

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Angels and Demons is the first book in the series featuring the historian Robert Langdon. You have probably heard of this book before, especially since Dan Brown is so famous in the literature world. I am (unfortunately) still reading this book. But if you wanna see my thoughts and updates while reading the book, you can check out my Tumblr.

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I’ve only started All the Light We Cannot See on the second week and then I sort of gave up reading it because I had to focus so much on my exams and school projects. But so far I’m really liking it. I really like how short the chapters are, and how you can still get intrigued to read more after the end of each chapter. And even though I’m not too far into the book yet, I still think the characters are very interesting. I also love the setting, since I only recently went to Paris and I can totally feel all the Paris vibes while reading this book. I can’t wait to read more in the summer!

This book is also June’s group read at my book club, The Book Basilisks.

Well, that was all for the Tome Topple Readathon! Unfortunately this was a very uninteresting and unsuccessful readathon for me. What with projects, finding an internship for September, and studying hard for my final exams, I barely have time to read at all.

How did you do on the readathon? Which big books do you want to get to the most? Any thoughts on the two books I am reading? Comment down below and let’s chat together!

Summer Holidays TBR!

The summer holidays are coming, and I’m so excited to just lie down in my couch at home from morning till evening and just reaaaaaaaad! And of course watch movies, have picnics outside, go to the beach, or maybe go get a part-time job, but mostly reading!

So after I calculated it, I have roughly 10 weeks of basically free time and no studying. That is a solid number, so I’ve chosen several books I plan on reading in summer! Here they are.

1. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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This is the ultimate summer book, according to many people, and I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time. It is even one of the seven top books I want to read in 2016! A light contemporary novel about the disappearance of a friend and how the main character completes the friend’s bucket list throughout the summer. So this time of the year seems like the perfect time to read it.

2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Most of you probably already read this when you were younger, but this is the first book in a children’s series about a cast of children traveling through different dimensions. I planned on rereading this series this year, because I don’t remember much about this interesting series, unlike the other childhood reads such as Narnia or Inkheart that I remember very vividly. I think it’ll be fun to read the whole series this summer.

3. There But For The by Ali Smith

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I read Ali Smith for the first time in April this year, and I really liked her. So I plan on reading more books by her, starting from the one book I have of her, There But For The! I’m not really sure what this book is about, so I think I’m just gonna go into the book blindly and hope for the best.

4. The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

Another not-so-new author for me, I loved Donna Tartt so much when I read her two books last year, The Secret History and The Goldfinch. This is her less-popular novel, and again I don’t really know what this book is, but I think I’m gonna love it as well!

5. Candide by Voltaire

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As I mentioned in one of my Sunday Updates, I bought this gorgeous book in Paris, France on my trip there. I wasn’t even planning on reading anything by Voltaire before I bought this book, but I was in a French mood, and I saw his tomb under the Pantheon in Paris, and I was tempted to buy this one because of that. Not to mention, the edition I bought is so cute, and I know reading it would be more fun that way.

6. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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I really liked Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, which I read in the first month of 2016. So it’s natural for me to want to read her second well-known book, Eleanor and Park! I heard it’s just a cute and fun read with adorable high school romance, which will be perfect to read in the beach!

7. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

I have told you all in a post somewhere before, but I have never read a book by Gillian Flynn! Which is an abomination because I loved Gone Girl so much. So I thought I need to start immediately, and what better time to read a psychological thriller than in the summer? I chose Dark Places because I heard great things about it, plus the movie is coming out soon, so I hope I can read it before then and not be too spoiled for the movie like I did for Gone Girl. As far as I know, this novel involves killing gangs, the death of the family of the main character when she was young, and a twisted ending.

8. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

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I am currently reading Angels and Demons (although by the time this post is published I might have already read it), and I really like it so far. It’s like a perfect combination of science, religion, thriller, murder, historical fiction, and fast-paced action, which is like perfect for me! I think I’ll really fly through the second book of the series this holidays.

Well, those are all the eight books I really wanna get to this summer. I doubt I’ll be able to read them all, and maybe somewhere along the line I’ll be interested in other books instead of these. But let me know which one of these do you recommend the most!

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