Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Piggy Bank challenge

Piggy Bank Challenge

Amongst so many challenges that I have seen around, this caught my attention. 
To help me keep on track on my readings... I will give my son's piggy bank £1 for each book read.
Let's see how much we will save up!!!!

Are you interested in participate?

The Book Worm


Monday, 15 January 2018

#11 One Man's Meat

One Man's Meat
By Jeffrey Archer





Published: 1 august 2011
Genre: Short stories
Edition: ebook
Source: Kobo
Pages: 57
My rating: 4/5 
Goodreads rating: 3.99/5
Read in: 2018

Great story to read in short time.

The Plot 
A man spots a woman at the theatre door and decides he needs to conquer her. Several different endings.

How is it written
A really short story, simple and interesting.

Likes 
Different endings for a short story.
Simple plot.

Dislikes 
Nothing

Price 
Amazon: Free.
Kobo: Free

In Conclusion 
It is an easy book to read. Short, well written and can make you want to read more and more. The fact that you have different endings is a different way of capturing your attention.


Sunday, 14 January 2018

Goodreads group

Goodreads Group

My lovely people!

I decided to create a group on Goodreads where we can discuss books we are reading, share opinions and publicise our spots (aka blogs). 

Everybody is free to join (inclusive authors).

The group is called Worm talks!

Have a nice week!!! 

Enjoy your readings!

The book worm

#10 A long way home

A long way home
By Saroo Brierley, Larry Buttrose



Published: 24th june 2013
Genre: Biography, India
Edition: Ebook
Source: Bought
Pages: 288
My rating: 4/5 
Goodreads rating: 4.13/5
Read: 2017/18


My mother described her reactions better than I ever could mine: she said she was "surprised with thunder" that her boy had come back, and that the happiness in her heart was "as deep as the sea"

The Plot 
Imagine that you have four kids and one night two of them disappear. The following morning you know that one had an acciddent and the other one is still missing. 
Years after one young man explores google earth every day trying to reconstruct his last steps (what he can remember) of his previous life... the life before being adopted by a lovely australian couple.
And one day... all his efforts are answered.... he finds light at the end of the tunnel.
This book is the journey full of emotions of this yound man. But not only. It is also the journey of his two families and friends. How do they feel? What really happened that night?

It took me a while to read this book, especially because I have seen the movie first. I totally reccommend both. The movie summarises all what happen and the book shows how they really felt. It is a good combination.

Where the action takes place 
India

How is it written
In a very emotional and discriptive tone.

Likes 
How real he described his emotions and how he didn't give up finding his own story.

Dislikes 
That it took me so long to read (my fault not the book's fault).

Price 
Amazon: £1.66; Kindle: £4.99
Waterstones: £7.49
Foyles: £8.99
WH Smith: £6.29
Kobo: £4.99

In Conclusion 
It took me more than it is suppose to read this book due to personal reasons. However I absolutely loved it. It is well and emotionally written and it describes the journey of a kid to find his family. 
The ebook is easy to carry but the paperback version is not very heavy so reccomend both.
Althought is the kind of book that you will only read once in your life... it is a book that everybody should read to realise that persuing your dreams can make them a reality. Never give up!!!!




Saturday, 13 January 2018

Audiobooks - Yes or No

Audiobooks - Yes or No

My question today is related with audiobooks. Personally, I have never tried and I have mixed feelings regarding this. However, I am a bit curious and concerned about them at the same time. I feel that this is a bit like my feelings regarding ebooks. If at first I didn't want to invest and try them, nowadays they are a big part of my life.

Regarding audiobooks I think they can be good if:
1) you are very tired to focus on reading but at the same time dont want to loose the moment to "read" the books;
2) Time saving (for example I get sick if reading while on movement, so with audiobooks I would avoid wasting reading time);
3) There are subscriptions on amazon, kobo....

On the other hand:
1) It is not the same as reading;
2) Can work as a lullaby and people would fall asleep.
3) The audiobooks are expensive. Are the subscriptions really worth it?

I haven't read a lot yet about audiobooks. However I intend to. 

I would also like to have a few opinions of you guys... What do you think? Do you have any experience on this?

The Book Worm

Friday, 12 January 2018

2018 resolutions

2018 Resolutions

After giving a lot of thought This is what I have planned:

1. Read at least 30 books 
With a baby and going back to work, it will be a challenge. However, I want to read even more than this. Let's see.

2. Dedicate some time every day to the blog
Even if it is only one hour to write and comment.

3. Comment and find more blogs
To be part of this book community.

4. Have more followers
That will depend also on my number 3 resolution. Really want to know more people of this amazing community.

5. Catch up on my TBR list
Well, this will depend on my number one resolution also. My Goodreads list has already 550 books... so this is Mission Impossible AHAHAHAHAH

6. No hiatus more than 2 weeks in this blog
Sometimes this seems to be Mission Impossible 2!

7. Keep reading more and not adding books to the list
This is also Mission Impossible 3!

The Book Worm 

Thursday, 11 January 2018

#9 Harry Potter: The Prequel (Harry Potter 0.5)

Harry Potter: the prequel
By J. K. Rowling




Published: 11 June 2008
Genre: Fantasy, Short stories, fiction
Edition: online
Source: web
Pages: 4
My rating: 1/5 
Goodreads rating: 4.21/5
Read in: 2018

“Names!”“Names?” repeated the long-haired driver. “Er – well, let’s see. There’s Wilberforce… Bathsheba… Elvendork…”“And what’s nice about that one is, you can use it for a boy or a girl,” said the boy in glasses.“Oh, OUR names, did you mean?” asked the first, as Anderson spluttered with rage. “You should’ve said! This here is James Potter, and I’m Sirius Black!”

I felt so disappointed.

The Plot 
In this short story, we review Sirius Black and James Potter three years before Harry is born. It is so short that the reader, instead of being clarified about the story, starts raising even more questions.

How is it written
A really short story, simple and raising questions.

Likes 
The fact that this story was written for a charity - English PEN and Dyslexia Society.

Dislikes 
Too short.
Not having answers.

Price 
Free. Just google it.

In Conclusion 
I felt very disappointed. I only heard about this short prequel this year and as a good Potterhead, I tried to find it ASAP. When I read it I felt disappointed. The only good things in it are 1 it was for charity and 2) it is well written. This story leaves us with questions, isn't properly what we can call a prequel because we don't find out much about the characters... I would rather prefer reading a bigger book.


Wednesday, 10 January 2018

E-books vs Paperbooks

Ebooks vs. Paper Books

This is a very pertinent question in today's world.

Let's talk about pros and cons of each one.



E-books
Pros
1. Cheaper books;
2. Easy to carry;
3. Can carry as many books as you want;
4. Can buy a book and have it available straight away at any time of the day:
5. Have dictionary included;
6. Can highlight whatever you want and have easy access.

Cons
1. Bigger initial investment;
2. Can not feel the smell of the book;
3. It is not the same as the paper books;
4. Battery can be down so you can not keep reading;
5. Can be tiring reading from an electronic device.

Paperbooks
Pros
1. Do not run out battery;
2. Still has the magic of books when you read;
3. Makes your house look amazing.

Cons
1. Price of each book;
2. Heavy to carry;
3. To buy them you are dependent on a shop or delivery.



Personally I am a big fan of reading a big old paperbook. Keeping the magic of the papersmell and travel on our imagination for hours, sitting on a sofa with a cup of tea or hot chocolate in a rainy afternoon.
However, I must say that I own a kobo and it has its perks.You have easy access to your reading stats, you can carry as many as you wish (especially during holidays) without extra weight.

Anyway, It does not matter if you prefer ebooks or paperbooks as long as you keep reading, exercising your imagination and feel happy while doing it!



The Book Worm

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

#1 - Just for fun

Just for a bit of fun... 

Do you reckon any of these characteristics?


The Book Worm

Monday, 8 January 2018

Social media

Social media

Started with Bloglovin (LOVE IT) and now... Twitter!



Just follow me and tweet!!!!

@mybookwormworld

Good readings!

The book worm

2017 Book Survey Tag

2017 Book Survey Tag

Another tag that I stole! Shame on me (or not : p ). Got from JessicaCrafts blog.
This is a reflection of my readings (which were not the best last year) in 2017.
Let's start!


Reading Stats

Books read: 24
Re-reads: 5
DnF: 6 (all started in 2017 and to be finished in 2018)
Most read genre: Parenting


Questionnaire

1. Best book you read in 2017


Looking back I realised that the best book I have read in 2017 was The Boy in Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. It is emotional, historical and shows how kids can be so innocent and don't care about race, religion or anything. They just want to explore the world.

2. Books you were excited about and thought you would love but didn't



Well... It is a mixed feeling. I love but I also don't love this one. I love because is part of a series that I have been following for 20 years. Didn't like because I felt a bit disappointed. Here it is Fantastic Beasts and where to find them: the original screenplay by J. K. Rowling.

3. Most surprising (good or bad) book you read




I can pick two: Belly laughs by Jenny McCarthy and The Cosy Christmas tea shop by Caroline Roberts.
The Belly laughs was surprisingly funny and shows bits of the pregnancy/post pregnancy that people are afraid to ask. So raise your glasses for someone once in a while to be brave to talk about them!
The Cosy Christmas tea shop I have written before and I will post a review about it... It is an ok book but not amazing. At some point, you feel that you want the story to develop and it doesn't.

4. Best series you started? Best Sequel? Best series ender



Between Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them or The Wedding series... I pick Fantastic Beasts. Why? I have said it all in question 2!

5. Best book from a genre you dont usually read/was out of your comfort zone



I honestly can say that the Fussy Baby book by William and Martha Smears was the best parenting book I have read. It helped me to understand better my baby and his needs and how to deal and develop strategies with and for him.

6.Most action-packed/unputdownable book of the year
Unfortunately didn't read any book like that!

7. A book you read in 2017 you are most likely to re-read?

 


All from Asterix and the Boy in striped pajama.

8. Favoutrite Book cover of a book you read in 2017


My favourite book cover was from Fantastic Beasts!

9. Most memorable character
Gilbert Grindelwald. Why? Because he is the character who will tell us so much more about the HP universe!!!

10. Most beautifully written book you read in 2017


Miss Kane's Christmas by Caroline Mickelson. Simple but it makes us think about the innocence of our childhood when we believed in Santa Claus!

11. Must thought provoking book


This was an easy pick: Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler. The title says it all!!!

12. Book you can't believe you waited until 2017 to read



This was easy because I haven't read much...
The boy in striped pajamas by John Boyne

13. Favourite passage/quote from a book
From this year I do not have any favourite passage.

14. Shortest and Longest book



15. Best otp (one true pairing) of the year (you will go down with this ship)

Didn't read anything of this sort. 

16. Favourite non-romantic relationship
Asterix and Obelix

17. Favourite book from an author you've read previously



Asterix and the Roman Agent by Urdezo and Goscinny. Never gets old!

18. Best book you read based solely on recommendations and peer pressure


Bump it up by Greg Whyte. I felt the pressure of being healthy and not putting much wheight during pregnancy. Turnes out it is a very very good book.

19. Best 2017 in debut
I think my best author debut was with Boris Starling.

20. Best world building/most vivid


I know I am getting repetitive.

21. Book that put a smile on your face/was fun to read


The baby owner's manual by Louis Borgenitch, Joe Borgenitch and Paul Kepple.
Really funny and uncomplicated view of parenthood.

22. Book that made you cry/crushed your soul/shocked you the most


23. Hidden Gem


Blogging
End of 2017 I decided to start a book blog. So far I am still trying to find my own style and what i want to do... but... I am feeling really happy with everything!

Looking ahead

1. One book you didn't get to but will be your number one priority in 2018
There are so many that I cant point one specifically. 
Also, I decided to finish the books I have started reading before starting a new one!

2. Series ending/sequel you are most anticipating
It is not that I am anticipating but I decided to start reading one of these two series: Lord of the rings or Game of Thrones. Still thinking which one will be the best to start.

3. A 2018 release you've already read and recommend to everyone
The only book release I am willing to be Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire, illustrated edition!


Uau! This was an amazing and long post. Decided this year to be more selective on my readings. However last year I really needed to read a lot about parenting so I didn't have much time for the rest!

See you soon!

The Book Worm


Sunday, 7 January 2018

#8 The Alchemist

The Alchemist
By Paulo Coelho 



Published:  1st may 1993
Genre: Fiction, classics, fantasy, philosophy, novels, spirituality
Edition: Paperback
Source: Gift
Pages: 197
My rating: 5/5 
Goodreads rating: 3.82/5

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

This is a very inspirational book. I did not know what I was going to read about when I started reading so it was a good surprise. 

Characters 
1.  Boy
A boy who tries to find his destiny at any cost. 

The Plot 
A boy goes on a trip to find himself in the world and his mission.

Where the action takes place 
In the world.

How is it written
I read the original version so I am not sure how the English version is written. The Portuguese version you can understand that the author is Brazilian. Easy and light to read.

Likes 
Easy and light to read. The pursuit of happiness.

Dislikes 
A bit of modern self help.

Price 
Amazon: £7.76 ; Kindle: £ 5.99
Waterstones: £9.99
Foyles: £9.99-12.99
WH Smith: £ 6.99-9.99
Kobo: £5.99; Audiobook: £20.09

In Conclusion 
If you want an inspirational book that helps you to pursuit your destiny on Earth... this is the one!



Saturday, 6 January 2018

The Book Feels Tag

The Book feels tag

I know this kind of post usually you are nominated. However I am so new in this that I decided to copy Shaz reads and write this post here.

Hope you enjoy my 2017 books!





A book that made you smile or laugh


Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy

This year I started reading loads of books about pregnancy and babies. A baby on the way was the guilty one.
Amongst what I read I absolutely found this book very funny. People may not like it much but when you are big and bored and feeling that only your belly exists... you absolutely love to read something like this.

A book that made you sad or want to cry


The boy in the striped pyjamas by John Boyne

This is a very touching story that happens in the WW II and shows how kids are so innocent!

A book that you love


Fantastic Beasts and where to find them original screenplay by J. K. Rowling

I don't particularly love it but regarding that its part of my favourite books... just decided to pick this one.

A book that you didn't particularly like
(no cover)

India for Idiots by Dianne Sharma Winter

Didn't like because it is not accurate to our days and I felt disappointed when reading it.

A book that was made into a movie that you didn't like


Fantastic Beasts and where to find them original screenplay by J. K. Rowling

I don't particularly love it but regarding that its part of my favourite books... just decided to pick this one.
Well and don't forget... this is an original screenplay...

A book that you have mixed feelings about


The cosy Christmas tea shop by Caroline Roberts

I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I liked it and it is very Christmas feelings... however at the same time, I thought it could have been written with more movement and more excitement... The story could be even better because it has a very good plot and descriptions.

A book you haven't read but are totally excited about


Very good lives: the fringe benefits of failure and the importance of imagination by J.K. Rowling
Her speech in Harvard is absolutely fabulous and this book is about that. I am really excited to be able to read it.

A book that made you angry


The player by Denise Groover Swank

It was the only book in the series that I didn't like. 

A book you feel you can relate to



The Fussy Baby Book by William and Martha Sears

Having a high need baby needs special readings. In this book, I found some answers and strategies that I can adapt myself and my family to learn how to deal with my amazing baby. Totally recommend.


Friday, 5 January 2018

#7 Sense and sensibility

Sense and Sensibility
By Jane Austen


Published: 30th October 1811
Genre: Fiction, Historical fiction, literature, classics, classic literature, 19th century, European literature, British literature
Edition: Ebook
Source: Free
Pages: 409
My rating: 4/5 
Goodreads rating: 4.06/5

The more I know of the world, the more am I convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!
This was a book that took me a while to read. It happened because it is an old English, which I am not used to, so I needed a bit more time to understand the whole plot. I read this book a while ago so maybe this won't be the best review I have done so far.

Characters 
1.  Marianne Dashwood
Marianne is the main character. She lives with her family and at a certain point, she falls in love with John Willoughby, which, according to his sister is not suitable for her. 

The Plot 
This book's story is a critic to the English society of the 18h century. The life, the culture, the marriages... all described in this book and with a social criticism in it.

Where the action takes place 
18th century, England.

How is it written
This book was written between 1795 and 1799 so the English can be a bit tough.

Likes 
The plot and the descriptions. We actually can travel to the 18th century and relive the lives of the characters.

Dislikes 
Long book as any other classic. Tough language.

Price 
Amazon: £3.99-16.33; Kindle: Free
Waterstones: £4.99-18
Foyles: £4.99-18
WH Smith: £1.98-10.49
Kobo: £0.56-2.99; Audiobook: £2.86-22.00

In Conclusion 
This book alongside with the Pride and Prejudice movie, made me fall in love with Jane Austen. Despite I didn't read any other book of hers I am interested in reading a bit more of her work. Also, this is an amazing critic of the society at that time so I would recommend the reading of at least one of her books!