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Arvena

Joined January 2018

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Once by Morris Gleitzman
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Soviet Milk | Nora Ikstena

Taip jau yra - ne visi gimsta, užtat visi miršta. [p. 88 / 192]

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Soviet Milk | Nora Ikstena
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Mehso-so

Sad story of three generations of women.
A story of unconventional mother-daughter relationship.
A book about a gloomy survival in the redoubtable Soviet era.
The style didn't appeal to me...
There were not mentioned names of the main characters - interesting choice

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Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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Panpan

This is the one that I picked up because of all the hype. I expected something completely different! I should say the book is mistitled. Lots of depression and weird characters

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Once | Morris Gleitzman
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Pickpick

A completing story about a boy, who uses storytelling and reality denial as his shield and survival strategy. A great book of terror and hope.

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Pickpick

Cute and enjoyable although the plot is pretty cliché. Writing style is appealing, characters - lovable. Nice quick read!

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Mehso-so

Pretty interesting, something new to learn, but disorganized and a lot of repetitions.

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Unraveling Oliver | Liz Nugent
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Pickpick

Interesting character dissection like peeling an onion. Perfect title!
A quick and engaging read.
My only disappointment was the ending...

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Sand | Hugh Howey
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Mehso-so

Wool Omnibus I liked so much more. It feels like with this book there supposed to be something more, it feels unfinished, no conclusion.
Good dystopian nightmare idea, but I didn't like the style.
Nice element - the way the story was told through the viewpoints of the various members of one family.

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Elites of Eden: A Novel | Joey Graceffa
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Pickpick

A bit predictable, a bit over-the-top love triangle/square, but it's a pretty fun&quick read. I am eager to see where it goes in the next book!

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The Tobacconist | Robert Seethaler
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Mehso-so

I didn't like the style...

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Into Temptation | Penny Vincenzi
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Mehso-so

In this book women are spoiled or brainless, men are jerks or spineless... And this irritating style.. But it could have been worse :)

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The Moon Sister | Lucinda Riley
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Mehso-so

I feel like I'm reading these books out of obligation now than anything else :) I would say books in these series are going downhill... Every following book is weeker and weeker. Characters were either over dramatic and lame or dithering. The were a lot of episodes where motivation made no sense.

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Pickpick

Insightful, wise and delightful book. Story within the story. A story about family and its complexities. Plenty of emotional moments.
Elsa is the greatest - she is unique and different, smart and brattish.

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Dazzling Heights | Katharine McGee
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Mehso-so

Interesting way to begin books with a character who dies. Then throughout the entire book, you're trying to find out who will die at the end and who killed them and why.

Truly, futuristic Gossip Girl - rich kids soapy drama. The pace of the book was rather slow.

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The Thousandth Floor | Katharine McGee
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Mehso-so

Basically, this book is exactly what it says it is. Lies, drama, parties - a true mix of GG and LPL :)

One of those petty dramas where privileged rich kids sleeps with everyone and everyone betrays everyone, do lots of drugs and you are not required to think too hard.

But I was interested to read to the end - to find out who falls from the tower

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Pickpick

Pretty enchanting fantasy tale - we'll written, imaginative and enjoyable read. I look forward to the sequel :)

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Untitled | Unknown
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2018 favourite books

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Still Me | Jojo Moyes
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Pickpick

This story lacks a bit in the emotional depth and unpredictability, but it was entertaining enough to keep me engaged.

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Pickpick

I didn't expect so much sadness with a cover like that!

But there also was hope, love and an undeniable sense of mystery and intrigue.

The story moved slowly, was mostly unbelievable, but unconventional characters, creativity and whimsical writing makes this book enchanting and engaging :)

Jerdencon I loved this book! 6mo
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Mehso-so

2,5

This book was not bad. But it was very (too much) unrealistic [teenagers must handle the warfare and save the day] and too long [it just felt like it was dragging on and on as if it would never end]. There were illogical things, lame phrases, poor metaphors...

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Children of Eden | Joey Graceffa
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3.5 Stars

Although it features a typical, post-apocalyptic dystopia, although it isn't completely original, is a bit predictable and pretty slow, but it is an entertaining read. It has great development of important ecological themes

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Amy Snow: A Novel | Tracy Rees
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September Wrap Up:
4 books in total + 1 bailed
0 ebooks & audiobooks
1,848 pages in total

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Amy Snow: A Novel | Tracy Rees
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A satisfying, very well-written historical romantic melodrama. Although the secret is not one that is difficult to figure out, a treasure hunt to uncover the secret is well-thought out and makes for a far more interesting read. I'd say, a little too pretty, but I still liked it.

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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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Bailedbailed

I didn't like it all...

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Something Dangerous | Penny Vincenzi
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Mehso-so

800+ pages of soapy family saga in a realistic historical context.

Rather predictable plot, too often characters were annoying, but still - it is an enjoyable easy read.

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Check-in time! | United States. Forest Service. Pacific Northwest Region, United States. Dept. of Agriculture

1. Read 36 books
2. Reading goal: 45
3. Favorite summer book: Yuval Noah Harari. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
4. Looking forward in autumn: Liane Moriarty. Nine Perfect Strangers
#2018CheckIn

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Panpan

Confusing and weird, brutal and unusual.

I am not into the allegories...

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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Pickpick

The movie delivers on its title - pretty good book adaptation and likeable rom-com :)

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Pickpick

Although at times, the book misses the believability factor - the mystery element was rather good. I just don't like psychopaths...

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Mehso-so

Apparently, the book was ghostwritten and was just a marketing thing...

I found the plot to be extremely cliche, predictable, unoriginal.

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INK | Alice Broadway
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Mehso-so

Beautiful cover!

The premise of the book is promising, but for me this book was too slow and creepy. Also, how come no one asks questions, no one doubts, everybody just obeys. Quite interesting different world building, but the characters are annoying and have no consistent personalities. I expected something more :)

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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Pickpick

I saw the trailer of a movie and I decided that while waiting for movie adaptation to hit the cinemas, I would read the book. It seemed a bit too dramatic and scandalous, but the writing is clear and breezy, fluffy and entertaining. A light shenanigans literature :)

I enjoyed learning about this different culture.

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No Angel | Penny Vincenzi
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Mehso-so

Although the book is set in the same time period as Downton Abbey and hits the same historical events, it is much more soap opera.

It was annoying that the story was to often unnaturally forced with squeezed in (too many) vital, crucial moments before a life-changing decision.

Everything was hyper-dramatic in the book - from the characters to the plot. A lot of obviousness, predictability and contradictions.

Nonetheless it is an OK read.

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Pickpick

Perfect conclusion to this trilogy! (Definitely an improvement from book #2, in my opinion.)

It successfully tackles real-teen issues while remaining entertaining and lovable. It was slow and not a lot of action, but still it is a well-written coming of age story, also about adjustment to changes, friendship, first love and family dynamics.

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The Lost Letter: A Novel | Jillian Cantor
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Pickpick

A tender and good story with rich historical context. Maybe there were too much of all the unbelievable consequences scattered around the plot. I found the story to be a little predictable.
The history of stamp engraving and how it played an important role during the war is something I was not familiar with until I read this book.
The ending provides readers with appropriate closure.

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The Fandom | Anna Day
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Mehso-so

The concept of this book is good and even kind of scary.
The text is incorporated with a number of pop culture references, which adds subtle links to the reality of the characters and is pretty entertaining. But I didn't like the writing style - just it didn't click with me. Also, too many of repetitives.
The ending felt like a complete non-ending; I'm not sure whether to expect a sequel or not...

dgingo I had the same reaction about the ending! 11mo
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Mehso-so

I expected so much more! I didn‘t enjoy it the way I thought I would :)
There is too much of everything: confusing decisions, weird language, annoying characters, odd pacing, rushed romance, etc.

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Pickpick

This is one of those rare books which is superbly written, intelligent and mind-altering. Plenty of factual knowledge along with interesting bits about people and history. The book explains complex issues in a way which can actually be understood and comprehended by most people. Certainly a valuable read with interesting insights.

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Mehso-so

It felt like I am too old for this book.
I didn't like the style - boring and messy.
Also, it is weird how child - the reader is assumed to be smart & intelligent enough to grasp the nuances of some fairly deep physics and quantum science (combined with quotes from the Bible). This book in 1962 was special, but is it really one of the greatest pieces of fiction of all time?

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Our Chemical Hearts | Krystal Sutherland
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Very impressive debut novel. It is an engaging, captivating, moving, beautifully written very sad story. Realistically smart, adorkable and witty style. Quick but fulfilling, meaningful read.
This book did wonderfully in showcasing how experiences can change/shape your life and that people around you ought to be mindful of it.

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Our Chemical Hearts | Krystal Sutherland

Stories with happy endings are just stories that haven't finished yet

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Our Chemical Hearts | Krystal Sutherland

But love is scientific, man. I mean, it's really just a chemical reaction in the brain. Sometimes that reaction lasts a lifetime, repeating itself over and over again. And sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it goes supernova and then starts to fade. We're all just chemical hearts.

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Mehso-so

Somehow this sequel was boring and slow, even dragged out - too much of unnecessary details.
The plot was predictable.
Romance was a mess, but love square situation was pretty catchy.
I think I might have liked this book more if I had read it a few years earlier.

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Pickpick

One more book - massive in size, but surprisingly quick to read. The author through this series takes her readers to different remote places across the globe and teach them something about these places while they‘re there.
I had some issues with style and character portrayal... For example CeCe being dyslexic doesn't mean she should be lacking general knowledge!
Although I am looking forward to the next sister's story!

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Matched | Ally Condie
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Panpan

That was not what I expected at all - I was so disappointed: it was boring, yawn-inducing. Dull characters, dull relationships, dull conflicts, dull conversations.
But a pretty cover!

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Mehso-so

It is overly long and too detailed at times, too much of nerdyness and geekyness. The author made the main character magically too good at everything - it is annoying. Is it really possible to watch every tv show, memorize every movie and song and computer game?
But nice tribute to computer stuff pioneers.
I guess, it might be one of those rare cases when movie is better than a book...

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Before I Go to Sleep | Steven J. Watson
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Mehso-so

Very slow, too long, unbelievable and predictable story. Very creepy story!

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The Dinner | Herman Koch
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Panpan

I don't understand how this book is/was a bestseller? I am very disappointed in it.
I didn't like any of the characters. I hated that the father knew he had a mental illness, that had probably been passed on to his son, but he just found it funny.
A disturbing tale about disturbing people - not for me.

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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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Brilliant in plot, structure and tone; vivid and believable characters; very original telling of the tale. All those levels and hidden surfaces!
It's a great multi-sided story that keps you guessing right up until the end.
I couldn‘t wait to find out what really happened.

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It Ends With Us | Colleen Hoover
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This is my first Colleen Hoover novel. I don't think it should be called a romance/love story. Too much of terrible things in it... It is strange, how come almost EVERYONE has rated it five stars...

I didn't connect with a single character and I didn't enjoy the overall plot. And the names in this book are so ridiculous.

But I respect powerful message & an insightful look of this book!