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Growing Up, Getting Less Than What You Expected, and Canned Food: More Than This by Patrick Ness Book Review

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Tea and Paperbacks, posting every Monday. In this post, I would like to share with you my thoughts on an amazing book, More Than This by Patrick Ness. This review is spoiler free!

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Patrick Ness, oh man, where do I begin? This is my fifth Patrick Ness book, and I am still begging for more. I bought this book at Book Depository last year because I just knew I would love it. The story starts with our main character Seth dying, and then waking up in his old house he hasn’t set foot in years. He discovers he’s alive, but couldn’t find any other human being in the neighbourhood. It’s hard to define the genre of this novel: its a mix of young adult, dystopian, but also has a deeper meaning and content inside.

Title: More Than This
Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher:Walker Books Ltd
Date Published: May 2014
Num of Pages: 480
Date Read: 9th March, 2017
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This story was very different from what I expected. Well firstly, I didn’t really expect much from this book, I didn’t even read the premise other than what was written on the back of the book. I just knew that it was Patrick Ness, and that I’m pretty sure I would love it, just as I had loved all his other books. I mean, literally ALL. This is a young adult novel, and it has aspects of a dystopian novel that I would probably dislike if someone else had written it. Lately I’ve been in the mood for something more on the adult fiction side, more literary and developed than an action-packed, romance-packed book like the ones I used to love 5 years ago. Yet this book was able to just captivate me and make me not want to stop reading it.

Throughout the first part of the book, the character we find is only Seth. However even with reading about Seth exploring the new world he’s in, we also get glimpses of his past, we got to know him really really well and it made us feel like we don’t really need to have other characters. I will not discuss what happens in the last parts of the book, but I can assure you that it gets even better after that.

“I don’t believe in guardian angels,” Regine says seriously. “Just people who are there for you and people who aren’t.” (p.446)

The plot of the book moves slowly at first, but then picks up quickly by the middle. At the end, it’s so filled with twists and turns and there was almost never any time for the characters to actually have some time to rest. It has the The Knife of Never Letting Go aspects, in which it’s so filled with so many experiences back to back, that it’s both thrilling and also tiring. For some people it might not be their type of stories, but I loved it! Sure sometimes it got a little tiring to read, but most of the time, I just couldn’t take my eyes off the pages, wanting to read more.

You said we all want there to be more than this! Well, there’s always more than this. There’s always something you didn’t know. Maybe your parents didn’t love you enough, and that sucks, yes, it does, but maybe it wasn’t because you were bad. Maybe it was just because the worst thing in the world had happened to them and they weren’t able to deal with it. (p.368)

There are so many different themes that were explored in this book that were perfectly portrayed. From internal problems with the characters, like feelings of regret and sadness, to self-hatred and depression. Also relationships between the characters with others, like familial relationships, discovering your sexuality, your love for your parents but also your dislike towards them. It’s all so complicated and in the end as you read it in this book, nobody is really the “good guy” or the “bad guy”, the “villain” or the “hero”. Everyone is just human, with their own issues and insecurities, and everyone makes mistakes. Parents do the best they can, teenagers have problems that they think are huge but might not be that important compared to others. There also that feeling everyone gets, that hope for our lives to have something more than we already have, something more than this. It was all discussed in this book, and it’s educational and eye-opening but at the same time entertaining. On the other hand, there’s also the underlying knowledge of the possibility of escaping reality, a touch of science fiction on top of the realistic obstacles the characters faced, the possibility that in the future, such a technology exists where you can create a whole new world of your own.

It’s amazing how Patrick Ness can cram all these up into a single book, a young adult book that contains a lot of action, great dialogue and writing style, plus excellent characters (and character development). It has an amazing premise and the whole idea was executed brilliantly. I enjoyed every second I spent reading this book.

4 stars

What do you think of More Than This? Are you a fan of Patrick Ness? Let me know in the comments! Until the next post, see you!

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Bookaholics Anonymous Tag

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog, Tea and Paperbacks! I’m Ayunda, and today I realized that over a month has passed since the last time I posted a book tag, which is quite interesting! I feel like it’s both a conscious decision to try and post more original content on the blog, but also unconscious because who doesn’t love book tags? Anyway, I was recently tagged by Rose @ Rose Read for this book tag, and I’m just gonna jump straight into the questions.

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1. What do you like about buying new books?

The smell, the feel of the smooth unopened pages, and the fact that I actually own that book is basically enough for me to be happy after buying a new book.

2. How often do you buy new books?

I try to order two or less per month, but sometimes I’d go to Amsterdam and explore the secondhand bookstores there, or find an amazing buy and I’d immediately buy it.

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3. Bookstore or online book shopping – which do you prefer?

Bookstore, although most of the time nowadays I’d browse through an online bookstore first and decide what I really wanna buy, then go to the bookstore to buy it. But for the whole vibe of it, I’d say bookstores.

4. Do you have a favorite bookshop?

There are three bookshops near my area, which is amazing, but two of them sell a majority of Dutch books so my favourite is probably the one that sells most English books. The name of the bookstore is the American Book Center, which is a famous bookstore in the Netherlands. I also could spend hours in their secondhand area upstairs.

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5. Do you preorder books?

Not that often, I didn’t preorder a single book for the last two years and only ordered one this year.

6. Do you have a monthly book buying limit?

I try to not buy more than 3 books a month, but some months I won’t buy a single books and other months I’d buy 5 books but they’d all be good bargains so no, I don’t have a specific limit.

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7. Book buying bans – Are they something for you?

Nope. It feels a little like a diet, that moment when you’d eat healthy or less for a whole month and then have a “cheat day” where you can eat basically anything for a day. Which makes me feel like you’re basically just keeping all your urge to buy books pent up inside and in the end it will burst out and give horrible effects to you. I just believe in self preservation and the penniless situation of uni students lol.

8. How big is your wishlist?

Huuuuugeeee. My TBR shelf isn’t that big, but my Book Depository wishlist is considered large for me. I recently did a TBR Unhaul post though, where I browse through my wishlists and remove books that I feel like I don’t wanna read or buy anymore.

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9. Which three books from your wishlist do you wish to own NOW?

  1. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
  2. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Illustrated Edition by JK Rowling

10. Tagging?

I’m not in the mood to tag anyone, so I’ll just tag YOU if you want to do this tag!

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Books to Read in 2016

Hello everyone, and welcome back to my blog! Today I’m gonna share you, basically a TBR post but instead of what I usually do, which are TBRs for the next month, I’m showing you my to be read books in the whole year of 2016. Of course I will be reading way more books than the books listed here, but these are my top books that I am really excited to read next year. Let’s just jump into it then!

cover1The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.
I’ve mentioned this book lots of times before. It’s really high on my TBR, because I’ve heard amazing things about it and it’s set in Amsterdam, which is such a beautiful city and I love it. I’m planning on reading it this January or February.

cover2Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
I know, I know. I’m super late and whilst everyone else is reading the new Rainbow Rowell books, I’ve finally decided to buy one of her earlier novels. This will be her first novel I read and I’m excited! I know I will like it because so many people do.

Emma by Jane Austen.
I’ve owned a copy of this novel for over two months now, and I just haven’t gotten round to reading it. But I am really excited to read it, I just really want to read more classics in 2016 and I really like Jane Austen.

cover3Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson.
I’ve been thinking of trying out different genres, and I realize that I don’t read that many contemporary fiction. So I think I will start with Morgan Matson since everyone has been saying how good she is.I’ve heard so many people in the booktube and book blogging community talk about it. We’ll see how I think about it, if I like it I might read more contemporary books!

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan.
I love Rick Riordan and I just miss his writing. I can’t wait to start this new series. I’ve heard mixed thoughts about this book, but I’m just still really pumped. I’m just waiting for the paperback to come out and I will buy a copy of it then.

cover4The Raven King by Maggie Sitefvater.
My most anticipated read of 2016! As you all probably know Maggie Stiefvater is my bae and every time she releases a new book I immediately order it (well, not immediately, because they’re expensive as heck, but I usually buy them really early). And I just really want to read more of the continuation of the Raven Boys series.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.
I loooove Patrick Ness. He’s one of my favourite new authors I read in 2015, and I can’t wait to read more of his work. I  was thinking of reading this one soon because I know I will just fly through it and I heard it’s a great book to read during the winter time.

Well, those are all the books that I am positive I will read in the year of 2016. I am soooo excited to read them all, and I will update you all on how I think about them! What about you guys? What books are on your 2016 TBR and which books I mentioned above have you read? Don’t forget to let me know what you think of them in the comments. Well I’ll see you around in my next post then!