Sunday, 31 December 2017

resolutions

New year’s resolutions 
1. Read more.
2. Finish all the books I have pending and I had already started to read.
3. Read all the books I bought and did not read yet.
4. Review the books here in the blog.

My year in books

The year of 2017
My year in books is here.

Some info.

Some numbers (from goodreads stats):
I read 3,718 pages across 25 books:
- Shortest book - 40 pages -  Haynes Explains Babies by 
Longest book - 385 pages - The Cosy Christmas Teashop - by 
Most popular - 380,688 people also read - The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - by 
My average rating  - 4/5
Highest rated on goodreads - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by 4.33/5

Books read: 
1. Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby, by Hogg, Tracy
2. Your Baby Week By Week: The ultimate guide to caring for your new baby, by Cave, Simone
3. First-time Parent, by Atkins Lucy
4. Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth, byMcCarthy, Jenny
5. Asterix and the Roman Agent(Astérix #15) - by Goscinny, René
6. The Substitute (The Wedding Pact #1) - by Swank, Denise Grover
7. The Player (The Wedding Pact, #2) - by Swank, Denise Grover
8. The Gambler (The Wedding Pact, #3) - by Swank, Denise Grover
9. The Valentine (The Wedding Pact, #4) - by Swank, Denise Grover
10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay - by J.K. Rowling
11. The Vagina Monologues - by  
Asterix and the Big Fight(Asterix, #7) - by Goscinny, René
13. Haynes Explains Marriage - by 
14. The Boy in the Striped Pajamasby 
The Mansions of the Gods(Astérix #17) - by Goscinny, René
16. Asterix & Obelix's Birthday: The Golden Book (Astérix, #34) - by Goscinny, René
17. Haynes Explains Babies - by 
The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips & Advice on First-Year Maintenance - by Borgenicht, Louis
19. Bump It Up: The Dynamic, Flexible Exercise and Healthy Eating Plan For Before, During and After Pregnancy - by Whyte, Greg
20. Asterix and Cleopatra(Asterix, #6) - by Goscinny, René
21. Miss Kane's Christmas (Christmas Central #1) - by 
Asterix and the Goths (Astérix #3) - by Goscinny, René
23. The Cosy Christmas Teashop (The Cosy Teashop #2) - by Caroline Roberts
24. India for Idiots - by Dianne Sharma Winter
25. The fussy baby book - by William and Martha Sears

The reading challenge:
This year I wanted to read 15 books. I read 25 so I completed my challenge with 167%!

Most of the books that I read this year will have a review in the blog the next few months!

Plans for 2018

Next year I want to read a lot. For real! With our daily lives sometimes is not possible but I really want to challenge myself.

Goodreads is an amazing platform for exchanging opinions about books. At the same time it has an instrument that we can use to challenge ourselves and control how are we doing in that challenge.

Imagine what is called? Yap, if you thought about it you were right: 

The reading challenge

For this year I am going to challenge myself to read 30 books. I know it may not seem a lot but with all the personal and professional responsibilities I thought it would be a real number.

Let's see.

Having the blog also helps because I feel obligated to read to be able to post. So far I am writing reviews of books that I have read previously.... The next year I want to start writing about books that I am actually reading....

Let's see how it goes!!!

Wish me good luck!

And Have a Happy 2018!!!!!!

The Book Worm

Friday, 29 December 2017

#6 - 50 Shades of Grey

50 Shades of Grey 
By E. L. James 





Published: 25 may 2011 

Genre: Romance, fiction, adult fiction, erotica, adult, bdsm 
Edition: ebook 
Source: Free
Pages: 356 
My rating: 3/5 
Goodreads rating: 3,69/5

Christian Grey: Please don't hate me.Anastasia Steele: [crying] You'll never do that to me again. I'm not what you want.
Christian Grey: No, you're everything that I want.
Anastasia Steele: I've fallen in love with you.
Christian Grey: No. No, Ana, you can't love me.
Anastasia Steele: I need you to leave. Please.

I just decided to read this book because all the girls I met were so excited. Honestly I was not that interested. But as I always say... One can only talk about something after tying it. 

Characters 
1. Anastasia Steele 
College senior that steps in for an interview of a businessman that was supposed to be done by her roomate. Anastasia is shy and humble and after this interview her life was never going to be the same. She is sexually inexperient.

2. Christian Grey 
The successful business man that Anastasia interviews for the college paper. He is mysterious, enigmatic, rich and powerful and likes BDSM. When he meets Anastasia he realises that he can't resist and he has to "have her". 

The Plot 
Anastasia goes for an interview with Christian and they get involved. The romance has explicit scenes so it is recommended for "adults only". 

Where the action takes place 
Lots of Scenes in the BDSM room. 

How is it written
Light and very descriptive.

Likes 
Honestly I didn't like this book. Not my kind of story. 

Dislikes 
It has a lot for the BDSM scenes, not the love story as much. 

Price 
Amazon: £ 4,72; Kindle: £1,99 
Waterstones: £6,49 
Foyles: £7,99 
WH Smith: £5,59 
Kobo: £4,99; Audiobook: £12,00 

In Conclusion 
If you like to read erotica novels, this may be a good book. For me, personally, didn't like. If you want, you can also watch the movies.

Did you read this book? What do you think about it? Do you agree with this review or not? Feel free to share with this community!!!!

Good readings!

The Book Worm

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

#5 The Vagina Monologues

The vagina Monologues 
By Eve Enslen 


Published: 3rd may 2001 
Genre: Feminism, nonfiction, plays, drama 
Edition: ebook 
Source: Purchased 
Pages: 185 
My rate: 4/5 
Goodreads rate: 3.86/5 


“The heart is capable of sacrifice. So is the vagina. The heart is able to forgive and repair. It can change it's shape to let us in. It can expand to let us out. So can the vagina. It can ache for us and stretch for us, die for us and bleed and bleed us into this difficult, wondrous world. So can the vagina. I was there in the room. I remember.”


I wanted to read this book for a while. However, was always one of those that I would read another day. with the Good reads group "One shared shelf", early this year I decided "This is it! I am going to buy it and read it." 
As I have a kobo, I decided for the on line version. And I was not disappointed. 
This review is going to be slightly different due to the kind of book this is. 

Review 
This is a book for everybody no matter sex or religion. It shows women talking about... guess? About their vaginas, of course! 
But is so much more than that! It show show empowered women are this days, how it changed all over the ages and how women relate with their own Vaginas. 
Women at the beginning are a bit shy but afterwards they get excited talking about it. 

Another book recommended by Ema Watson which is not a disappointment. 

How is it written 
Easy to read. 
The text flows and gives the testemony of real people. 

Likes 
How is it written. 
The real testimonies 

Dislikes 
Short book 
Feminism is not only having a vagina. In the book it can sometimes feel that Feminism is only that.

Price 
Amazon: paper £2,09-£ 9,99; 
Kindle: £ 5,99 
Waterstones: £9,99 
Foyles: £ 9,99 
WHSmith: Paper £ 6,99 
Kobo: Ebook £5, 99 - £10,43 

In conclusion 
This was an interesting reading. Although the book is not perfect [which one is?!) it is recommended. with it we get to know a sit how women relate themselves with their vaginas, the world and feminism. 

Did you read this book? what do you think about it? Do you agree with this review or not? Feel free to share with this community!!!! 

Good readings!!! 

The Book worm

Monday, 25 December 2017

Sunday, 24 December 2017

#4 Miss Kane's Christmas

Miss Kane's Christmas
by Caroline Mickelson





Published: 18th October 2012

Genre: Holidays, Christmas, Romance, Women's fiction, Fantasy, 

Edition: Ebook

Source: Free download in Kobo (in 2016)

Pages: 154

My Rating: 3/5 

Goodreads: 3.67/5 


Found this book by mistake last year, due to want something for Christmas reading!
At first may seem that is not very interesting.... however... it is light and sweet and I recommend.


The Character


1. Carol Claus

Santa Claus' daughter. Her father asked her to help to save the Christmas. To fulfil this task she travels from north pole to Ben's house and tries to give back the magic of Christmas. She plays as nanny Carol.

2. Ben
A single father that doesn't believe on Christmas or Santa Claus.



The Plot

This is a very easy and light book to read. Santa Claus asks his daughter to save the Christmas. Carol travels to Ben's house where she is a nanny. While there she brings the decoration to the house with the help of the elves and during her stay she started feeling attracted to Ben....


Where the action takes place
At Ben's place.


How is it written
Very light reading, it is a light Christmas story that anyone of any age can read. You can travel to the days when you were an innocent child.


Likes
The writing;
Free.

Dislikes
Nothing to say.


Price


In conclusion
You can read this book in a short period of time. Anyone of any age can read it and hopefully travel to the happy childhood times.


Did you read this book? What did you think about it? Do you agree with this review or not? Feel free to share with this community!!!


Good readings!!!!

The Book Worm

Friday, 22 December 2017

#3 The little prince

The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery



Published: 1943

Genre: Classic, fiction, fantasy, children, cultural, France

Edition: Paperback

Source: Purchased

Pages: 93

My Rating: 5/5 

Goodreads: 4.29/5 


Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.

This is no doubt one of my favourite books ever! 
This book is one of most translated in the world!





The Character


1. Little Prince

A child. A little prince who leaves his planet for the journey of his life. He is trying to understand the adults but with no success. During his trip, he meets the other characters of this story.
He symbolises the innocence, childhood, hope and love.

2. Narrator
He is the pilot who spends eight days in the desert with the little prince. He is an adult, he draws for the prince and feels sad when has to say goodbye to the child.


3. The Rose

A flower that expresses love for the prince but also makes him go away. She is naive, vain and tries to convince the prince to stay at home and not to be an adventurer. She has a place in the prince's heart and thoughts.

4. The Snake
The first living being that the prince meets on Earth. This snake is a mystery and always talking in riddles. She evokes the Biblical episode of Adam and Eve and the forbidden fruit.


5. The Fox

The fox helps the Little Prince in important matters of his life.
These character lessons are basically three: 1) love entails being responsible, 2) only the heart is able to see correctly and 3) when the prince is away from the rose he appreciates her better.

I could write about all the other characters but these ones are the most important ones!!!


The Plot


This whole story is a philosophical metaphor of life itself. What should we be paying attention and how simple things make all the difference. This is a story about a little prince that left his planet and goes in his biggest adventure meeting new people and learning new lessons on the way!


Where the action takes place
In different places of the universe.


How is it written
I read the translated version because I am not good in French. The book is easy to ready and very light. However, it has an amazing message within and everybody should read it at least once in their lives!


Likes
The writing;
The plot;
The little prince;
The drawings.

Dislikes
I love everything about the book!


Price



  • Amazon: paperback £2.42 to £12.49, kindle £0.99
  • Watertones: paperback £6.49 to £8.99
  • Foyles: paperback £2.50 to £12.99
  • WHSmith: paperback £2.25 to £11.95
  • Kobo: ebook £0.50 to £4.60, audiobook £12.29


In conclusion
This book is for people of all ages. Actually, I would say every person should read the book at different ages of her/his life.
It is a beautiful example of literature and does not forget that the first edition ever was released in 1943!


Did you read this book? What did you think about it? Do you agree with this review or not? Feel free to share with this community!!!


Good readings!!!!

The Book Worm

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Winter

Welcome winter... the best season of them all!


The Book Worm

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

#2 The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
By Anne Frank


Published: 1947
Genre: Nonfiction, history, biography, autobiography, memoir
Edition: paperback
Source: Purchased
Pages: 283
My rating: 5/5
Goodreads rating: 4.1/5


Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me. Not only because I’ve never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year old school girl. Oh well, it doesn’t matter. I feel like writing.

I know what I want, I have a goal, an opinion, I have a religion and love. Let me be myself and then I am satisfied. I know that I’m a woman, a woman with inward strength and plenty of courage.


It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.


This was a book that I confess: I have read it more than once in different times of my life. Also, I totally recommend to anyone. It is powerful and emotional and at the same time so innocent.
The Diary of Anne Frank doesn't need any presentations. However... here it goes what I think.

People involved
1. Anne Frank 
A young girl who is fighting for her and the whole family survival during the second world war. She is only 13 years old and started writing her diary to talk about her feelings and describing what is going on with her life.

2. The occupants of the secret annexe 
The rest of the family trying to survive the war. Anne talks about them a lot and we can easily picture how their lives were in this difficult years.

The Plot
This is a REAL, non-fiction, historic life book. It is a description of what really happened so there is not actually any plot. The description is about her life, feelings, emotions, fears and simply daily life things of a 13 years old. It is amazing how the war transformed one person but at the same, she can maintain the innocence of the age.

Where the action takes place
It takes place in a secret annexe in Amsterdam where the whole family is hidden.

How is it written
The language is very accessible and she writes beautifully. We can totally picture what is happening like if we were there.

Likes
The whole description and how innocent she was.

Dislikes
Well... the war itself.

Price
Amazon: paper £3.99, Kindle £2.84, Audiobook £36.52
Waterstones: paper £6.99
Foyles: paper £8.99
WHSmith: paper £5.59 to £25
Kobo: ebook £1.81 to £5.49, audiobook £11
World Of Books: paper £2.45

In conclusion

For someone who is interested in the WWII history or likes to read diaries or memories, this is a powerful book that makes us think of what humankind is capable of doing. At the same time, this girl's innocent writing amazes me and makes me wonder how can they keep sane and keep doing normal daily stuff.

As an extra, I recommend to those who like the subject, to go once in your life to Poland (Auschwitz) to see how the concentration camps were and Amsterdam to visit the Annexe.


Did you read this book? What do you think about it? Do you agree with this review or not?Feel free to share with this community!!!!

Good readings!!!

The Book Worm

Monday, 18 December 2017

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#1 - The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)

Starting a blog is not an easy job. So many things that one could share. I have to admit: choosing a first book to write about was a hard job. However, I decided to start with this one:

The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins





Published: 15th January 2015

Genre: mystery, crime, thriller, fiction

Edition: Paperback

Source: Purchased the book 

Pages: 323

My Rating: 3/5 

Goodreads: 3.89/5 




...the 8.04 slow train from Ashbury to Euston can test the patience of the most seasoned commuter. The journey is supposed to take fifty-four minutes, but it rarely does: this section of the track is ancient, decrepit, beset with signalling problems and never-ending engineering works.
The train crawls along; it judders past warehouses and water towers, bridges and sheds, past modern Victorian houses, their backs turned squarely to the track.
My head leaning against the carriage window, I watch theses houses roll past me like a tracking shot in a film. I see them as others do not; even their owners probably don't see them drom this perspective. Twice a day, I am offered a view into other lives, just for a moment. There's something comforting about the sight of strangers safe at home.



I found this book in January 2016 while waiting for a flight in Heathrow. Bought in a promotion and I can honestly say I was not disappointed. Started reading having no idea that this was a big hit (I was not very updated in books by then) and quickly I finished it.

Really easy to read, for those who like a good crime solving in modern times is a good option. 
Let's not forget that a film was made based on this story. Personally, I have not seen it yet.





The Characters




1. Rachel Watson

She is 32 years old, with a broken marriage (her ex Tom left her for another woman - Anna Watson(.
Unemployed and alcoholic. This habit makes her harass once in a while her ex and also have blackouts. These self-harm habits started also due to being unable to get pregnant.
Rachel has a roommate that has no idea that she has no job. To make her still believe that everything is normal she commutes to London all week, trying to maintain a normal life... and the story begins with these journeys.


2. Tom 

Rachel's ex-husband, remarried to Anna Watson and had a child.  Rachel found this apparently happy family during her trips to London because she could see them through the train's window.



3. Meghan

Meghan is married to Scott who lives close to Tom and Rachel thinks they live in a perfect world. One day Rachel witnesses something that proves their life is not so perfect and one day someone disappears.....




The Plot

The plot is well structured and can keep you interested since page one until the last. Sometimes you may feel it can be a bit predictable but it will not make you give up reading it. You will want to know more and more about the story. On the other hand, some of the social problems are quite actual (alcohol, violence..).


Where the action takes place
The action takes place in the suburbs of London, one of the best cities in the world.


How is it written
English is not my native language. However, I have been living for a while in an English spoken country and for me there were no difficult words on this book. The plot, as I said, makes you feel interested the intire time.


Likes
The writting;
The plot;
Tom character.


Dislikes
Honestly, although you want to read until the end, sometimes the story doesn't seem very strongly constructed.
Also, the fact that sometimes the story is a bit predictable.


Price
The price varies if you want to read with a real book or an ebook or audiobook.
Here it goes the different places that i searched:


  • Amazon: paperback £4 to £15.47, kindle £4.99, Audiobook £12.99 
  • Watertones: paperback £6.99 to £7.99, Audiobook £14.99 to £18.98
  • Foyles: paperback £7.99
  • WHSmith: paperback £5.19 to £9.99
  • Kobo: ebook £4.99, audiobook £11


In conclusion
This is a really good book in modern crime/mystery/thriller books and that will make you want to read until the end.
It has some interesting characters and the plot is not the strongest but still very captivating.
It is not a long book and you can read it anywhere and everytime.
There is also the movie, that I personally didn't watch and it is not a priority for me. However if you have any opinion about it feel free to share! 


Did you read this book? What did you think about it? Do you agree with this review or not? Feel free to share with this community!!!


Good readings!!!!

The Book Worm