Five Things Series

Five Reasons Why You Should Read A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Welcome back to my Five Things Series, where I review books I read through a list of only five things! This is just a way for me to be able to deliver my thoughts on a book in a proper post but not wanting to make a full-length review about it. This time I wanna talk about A Monster Calls, a middle-grade novel written by the award-winning Patrick Ness, and my first 5-star book in 2016.

If you haven’t read the book yet, this is a post to convince you to read it! Not to mention the fact that the movie adaptation will be released soon. If you have read the book, I’m sure you’ll agree with the five things I mentioned in here.

One. Gorgeous illustrations.

Let’s just take a moment to look at that beautiful cover design. Now imagine much more beautiful illustrations like those in the cover, all over the pages in the book. That is A Monster Calls. Jim Kay is basically amazing. I love the black-and-white illustrations, and the texture of some of the paintings that look like they weren’t just made my paintbrushes. It makes the book much more better and gives it that spooky mysterious-y vibe which I love.

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Two. It’s short but you’ll want more when you’re done.

It’s merely a 200-something novel with lots of pictures and a smaller size. But man does it pack a huge punch. You’ll devour every single page without wanting your eyes to leave the book, and by the time you finish you’ll wish it has more pages. It’s really that good.

Three. Patrick Ness’s writing is so good you feel like you want your life to be narrated by him.

If you’ve read the Knife of Never Letting Go series, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Patrick Ness has become one of my favourite YA authors out there, because he’s not like any other YA authors. His writing is literally heartbreaking and so beautiful I want to read his words every single day.

quote2There was once an invisible man who had grown tired of being unseen. It was not that he was actually invisible. It was that people had become used to not seeing him.
And if no one sees you, are you really there at all?

Four. You’ll get your heart broken.

Like I said, Patrick Ness is a masterpiece, and this book brings a huge punch. And despite the small size of this book, if you didn’t cry while reading this book, you’re probably a heartless human being or you’re not a human being at all. So yes, prepare a box of tissues before you dive into this book.

Five. It’s not just a middle grade novel.

Is it a graphic novel? Is it a middle grade book? Is it a novella? Is it for adults? You don’t really know. It doesn’t really matter because although the main character is young, and although the book is intended for younger audiences, anyone at all ages will love this book no matter what.

5 stars

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If these five reasons are not enough for you to be persuaded to get out of the internet and read the book, I don’t know what else will. All I just want to say is that you’re missing out on something amazing and you’ll probably regret it for the rest of your life. So go ahead and read A Monster Calls right now, and let me what you think about it in the comments below!

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Five Things About: Emma by Jane Austen

Good evening everyone and welcome back to Tea and Paperbacks! My reading progress this year has been quite slow so far… I’m 2 books behind my schedule on my Goodreads goal! Which is kinda understandable for me because I set myself a really high goal for myself this year (55 books), and also because school has been super tiring. But anyways, today I would like to post about a book I recently read, a probably familiar read to you guys: Emma by Jane Austen. Here in my Five Things Series I will list five things or aspects in the book I want to talk about, and whether I liked it or not.

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#1. The Adorable Friends-Turn-Lovers

Everybody knows about the cute relationship between the main character, Emma, and Mr Knightley. They had known each other for years, and have been really good friends, as close as family. They would bicker with each other and advice each other, and they are so comfortable with each other because they basically see each other almost every day. Yet along the book you see their friendship bloom into something different, and this kind of trope is probably one of my favourite ones in the fictional world. That kind of slow burn love between Emma and Knightley are adorable, and the main reason why I love this book.

quote2I cannot make speeches, Emma… If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. But you know what I am. You hear nothing but truth from me. I have blamed you, and lectured you, and you have borne it as no other woman in England would have borne it.

#2. The Humor

I love how the story of this book basically focus a lot on the miscommunication and misunderstanding between characters. It’s hilarious and so fun to read. How Emma would think that Elton was in love with Harriet when in fact he loves Emma herself. And other things involving love and feelings that are never explicitly stated that would turn up to be the opposite of what we thought. It’s so fun and I think that if I would live in that era where a person’s love life is so subtle yet also so fast, I don’t think I will survive.

#3. The Writing Style

The writing style itself was typical for Jane Austen. It wasn’t too heavy, but there were parts that felt too slow and redundant, that makes the reader quite bored of reading it. The chapter where the letter from Churchill was inserted was for me waaay too long and made me feel bored when I was reading it. But other than that it flows really well and even though at first I was a little confused with all the characters, I still can really enjoy the book.

quote2Were I to fall in love, indeed, it would be a different thing; but I have never been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.

#4. The Friendships

I think this book doesn’t only focus on the romance of the women, but also the friendships between them. From the first chapters it has been established that Emma was really good friends with Mr Knightley. But I really like Emma’s friendships with other people, like Harriet and her relationship with her father. It was a lovely dynamic to explore, and I just love Emma herself in particular. She reminds me of myself in the way that we are both very sensible when it comes to love, that we follow mostly our head instead of our heart. But nonetheless Emma still feels very deeply and in the end it is her compassion and love that makes her a better person and a better character for me.

#5. The Movie Adaptations

After reading the book I watched two different movie adaptations, the first one being the 1996 Emma starring Gwyneth Paltrow. It was a really fun and entertaining movie. Lots of parts and quotes from the book was put inside the movie, and although I wasn’t really into the decision of picking Paltrow as Emma, it was still a very enjoyable movie.

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The other movie adaptation I watched is of course the very famous 1995 movie Clueless, which isn’t a true book to movie adaptation but just a movie that is inspired by the novel. It’s a really fun twist of the real story, and I first thought it would be kinda cheesy and all that but I actually really enjoyed it! It was light and fun, and the romance was really cute. I love how it has really different character in the movie but still embody the essence of the novel through the plot points.

3.5 stars

Have you guys read Emma? What did you like and dislike about the book? Did you also like their movie adaptations? Let me know your thoughts on the book in the comments.

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Five Things I Love About: Shiver

Welcome to the Five Things series, where I make a small review of a book that I read by listing all the things that I love or hate about them. The book I picked is Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. Although the last time I read this was 5 years ago, I still remember a lot of the parts of the book and how I felt reading it. Alright, moving on to the things I love about Shiver!

#1: The Cover.
Yes, yes, yes. I have to admit that the reason I bought this book was only because of the cover. I mean, how can people not like it? It’s simple, but very beautiful. I love the colors, the white background and the blue silhouettes and the striking red dot that just catches the eye. And, of course, the mysterious wolf behind the trees that I didn’t even notice the first time I saw it. So yes, it’s one of the most attracting parts of the book.

#2: The Writing Style.
I love Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style. I love words that are woven together beautifully, sentences that form together so harmonically and almost poetically. It’s so lovely to read and enjoy and this book has a beautiful writing style, with words that are almost lyrical and describes the ambiance of the scenes perfectly. Some people might find it boring and slow, but I really liked it.

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#3: Dynamics Between Sam and Grace.
Ah, yes. The romance. When I first read this book, I was a very sappy, romantic, lovey-dovey preteen and this book was just perfect for me. But thinking about it until now, when I am more mature and think less of romantic relationships on books, I still really liked Sam and Grace. They are one of my top OTPs, right up there with Wolfstar and Johnlock. Like, seriously, I know the love story in the book and series was kind of predictable, but when Sam and Grace are together, everything is just so beautiful to read. Their interactions, from being stiff with each other, until finally being so comfortable with each other that when they are together in the same room, the atmosphere will feel like it was charged with electricity. I really liked their relationship and it made the story even more beautiful.

quote2I’d found heaven and grabbed it as tightly as I could, but it was unraveling, an insubstantial thread sliding between my fingers, too fine to hold.

#4: The Beautiful Atmosphere.
I love how cold and wintery this book is. With the engaging writing style, added to the setting of the book, every time I think about this book, I’d think of cold days, falling snow, wearing wooly hats and gloves, woods with no leaves and everything associated with winter. I hate the cold and I know there were parts of the book that weren’t set in winter or isn’t really that cold, but most of the time the book describes the atmosphere as being chilly, but then you also have the warmness of the characters, or when they’d talk inside the car with the heating on, or when they’d stop by a cafe to smell the chocolates and there are some warmth in the scenes but the coldness is also present and when I read it, I can just feel every atmosphere of every scene so vividly.
Another thing I’d like to mention about this is how unique the book is to include the little cute temperature updates on each chapter beginning, just for us to really feel how cold it is during that scene. I think it really gives in more feeling to each part of the book and sets the book apart from other novels.

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#5. It’s Not Just Another Werewolf Story
The aspect I’d really like to highlight about this last thing I really love is how this isn’t just a young adult novel about a girl who falls in love with a werewolf. In this story, some parts actually sort of makes sense, you know? Stiefvater tries to make the idea of werewolf transformations to not be some sort of magic or paranormal phenomenon, but something that has reason, and even a little science related to explain werewolves. And I know that she really did a lot of research for this book/series, I know how she’d really study a lot about wolf behaviour and mythologies about werewolves and all that, yet she tries to create a unique twist on things like finding a cure. So this book is really different from other paranormal slash fantasy YAs in that way for me.

4.5 stars

What about you, did you like Shiver and the rest of the books in the series as much as I did? What about other werewolf novels you’ve read? Do you like Stiefvater’s writing style like I did? Tell me what you think in the comments!

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