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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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May Wrap Up

So this is super late, but welcome back to Tea and Paperbacks, where you can find new posts every Monday! May passed by so quickly, and as we came into June I realized that I didn’t read that many books this month. I don’t really know why – maybe it’s because I had alot going on at school and in my personal life, also because I had been traveling (to Paris, in case you haven’t read my Sunday Updates). And I have been sort of inactive in my blog as well, so sorry about that. Anyway, here is the books I read in May, and a little bit on my plans for June.

The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern by Lilian Jackson Braun

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This is the second book from the cozy mystery series Cat Who, and I really enjoyed this second installment. It’s light and more fun than the first book. It wasn’t special or anything, but I had a great time reading this little adorable book. And cats!!!

3 stars

The Raven King by Maggie Sitefvater

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OH MY GOD thIS BOOK. I made a full review of my thoughts about this last book of the Raven Cycle series that has been super hyped for the past few years in the book community. I loved this last book, I thought it was a great conclusion to the series. Sure, there were some small problems, but overall I was blown away (as usual) by the writing and the adorable characters. The plot was alright, but it was made better by the amazingly written characters. Check out my review for more of my rambling about this book!

4.5 stars

A Room with a View by E. M. Forster

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This was the last book I read in May, which was so disappointing. I borrowed it from the library because I heard it was one of the most famous books that are set in Italy, and I have a task to read a lot of books set in Italy. I really enjoyed this book, it wasn’t amazing or anything, I did struggle a bit at the beginning and the middle, but overall the story was alright and the characters were great. I will make a review for my Triple Book Review, which I will post (hopefully) soon!

3.5 stars

2016 Resolutions Updates

  • Read 55 books (21/55: I’m two books behind schedule!)
  • Borrow more books from the library (3 books borrowed from the library, and 1 book borrowed from a friend)
  • Read 2 hours a week (2 hours 6 minutes reading in avg per week)

So those were the three books I read in May! It wasn’t a very productive month, I know, but I’m planning to do a readathon in June, plus school will be over by the end of the month so hopefully I’ll be able to make up to it!

What are the books you read in May? Any of the books I read above that you liked? Let me know in the comments down below and let’s talk about books together ❤

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Dead Kings, Magical Forests, and Kisses: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater Book Review

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater is, as you all have probably know, the last book in the four-book series, The Raven Cycle. As most of you probably know as well, I am a huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve read all her books except one, and I was so devoted to this series. It’s such a sad thing to see the series end, and I rated this book really high, but I did have some problems with it. Here are my thoughts.

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Warning that this review might contain spoilers to this book and the previous books of the series.

Let’s start with the things that I loved about this book: the characters. Oh my God, if you ask me why I love this series so much, I’d answer with the characters. Stiefvater has this way of crafting unique and human characters and make you fall in love head over heels for them. I love everyone from the gang – my favourite is probably Gansey, and in this book Gansey just breaks my heart. But I love all the other members of the gang as well. I love the development of Adam’s character, from when we read him in the first book to where he is now in the epilogue. I adore Blue, she’s like my heroine and I love how Stiefvater created an embodiment of women’s strength through Blue, not in a typical young-adult way, but in her own unique way.
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“I don’t care to be pretty,” Blue shot back hotly, “I care to look on the outside like I look on the inside.”

I adore the relationship between the characters as well. Gansey and Blue has been a huge ship for me, but in this book, Pynch shines above them. They make me smile and cry, they are the cutest things in the world and I want the two of them to grow old and have babies and make each other happy forever and ever!!! Other than that, Blue and Ronan’s friendship, Gansey and Adam’s relationship, and all the other side characters were so fun to read. Even so, I sort of felt like the villain of the book, the demon, but also Piper, was not very real to me. They didn’t feel too villain-y. And other relationships that we saw a lot in the previous books, like Blue and Maura’s, or Maura and the Grey Man’s, and the addition of some side characters I liked but didn’t really care about (Henry Cheng), weren’t really done well. I missed the banter and love between Blue and the ladies from 300 Fox Way, and the interesting relationship between those ladies with the Raven Boys.
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Adam smiled cheerily. Ronan would start wars and burn cities for that true smile, elastic and amiable.

Anyways, moving on to the plot. This book was not as slow as a lot of Stiefvater’s other books. It flowed awesomely, but at the last parts I sort of felt like the climax was sort of an anticlimax, and the real climax fell a little flat. Even so, the execution was done well and the ending, felt a lot like the ending of The Legend of Korra, where I expected more of the ending of The Last Airbender – if you understand what I sort of mean. I have not problems with how the series ended, though. I thought it was lovely, where everyone ended up.

Another thought I had while reading the book was the writing style. I could cry from Stiefvater’s amazing narration. Some parts, were so lovely and I just want to quote the words over and over again. And can I just say, Stiefvater makes THE BEST KISS SCENES EVER! From the “not-really-kiss” scene in the previous book, to this PHENOMENAL and so anticipated kiss scene, they were both so different to each other but also to any other kiss scenes I’ve read, but also written so uniquely that it’s not like a normal descriptive writing, but like a piece of poem that you want to cut out and glue in your bed so you can read it every day. I just love them so much!!!

Title: The Raven King
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Date Published: April 2016
Num of Pages: 439
Date Read: 25th May, 2016
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To be honest I don’t really have that many things to say about this book. I have loved the characters for so long, and I sort of knew that I would love it no matter what. And although there were some problems, a few plotholes, and some things I’d like to change, so many aspects of the book was just so beautiful that I can’t help giving it a 4.5 stars.

4.5 stars

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