The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman [BOOK REVIEW]

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★★★★

I haven’t read much classic reads this year, and a few days before the end of 2018, I decided to go for a classic short story, and I chose The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

This classic has been written by a woman in the 19th century. A time when women weren’t treated the same way as today. A difficult time, where women couldn’t express their opinion as they wished, but they were suppressed by the male authority in the family.

When The Yellow Wallpaper came out, it was considered a Gothic Horror Tale. It is hard to believe for me, knowing the world we live in today, and how we, as women can express our opinions openly. But back in the days, this is how it was. It wasn’t easy for the woman, and I am glad we have a lot of brave women from that time, that gathered the courage to tell stories for the next generations.

This is a story about a woman, who seems to suffer of post-partum depression (a type of mood disorder associated with childbirth). She has been forced by her husband and doctor to stay in her room until she is ”mentally capable” again to take care of her baby. I am not a mother, but I can imagine the pain and suffering of not being allowed to see and hold your unborn child. And people thought this was okay?

The woman is constantly staring at the yellow wallpaper and the window, constantly reassuring herself that this is all happening for her own good, and that the husband and doctor know best, until a point where we are not actually sure if she is in her right mind anymore.

She starts to see a woman inside the wallpaper, and believes the woman is struggling to break free. I loved the metaphor used, as her subconscious knows she is trapped, and the end is so painful to read, but oh, so powerful.

Even though such a short read, The Yellow Wallpaper is an impressive view on cultural traditions, and the position of women in the family. A classic and a must-have for every woman!

Do you know any stories similar to this? I would love to explore them?

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Down The TBR Hole #12

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Credit for this tag goes to Lost in a Story.

How it works:

❤ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❤ Order on ascending date added.
❤ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❤ Read the synopsis of the books.
❤ Decide: keep it or should it go

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Here’s the next patch:

#12

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

The synopsis seems great, don’t get me wrong, but honestly, I don’t think I will pick this book up unless I receive it as a gift or something.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1) by Natasha Ngan

Okay, who hasn’t heard about this book? I have been dreading to read it for months and months now. Definitely staying on this list, probably forever!

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Lifel1k3 (Lifelike, #1) by Jay Kristoff

This reminds me of Warcross for some reason. And I know it’s not connected at all, but it just does. And I can’t wait to have the opportunity to read it!

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

One Crazy Summer (Gaither Sisters, #1) by Rita Williams-Garcia

Umm, I don’t know why I have this book on my list.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern

I love Cecelia Ahern, and I had ALL OF HER BOOKS added to my TBR. Before making this post I realised that if I didn’t do something, the rest of the next 3 posts will be all about her. So I decided to only choose one book at a time from her, and read them one by one, and add them on my TBR one by one. So this one stayed.

Verdict: KEEP ☑  

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

The same happens with Nicholas Sparks. He was the romance author I spend my childhood with. I cried over all of his books, and they all have a special place in my heart. It is still my goal to read ALL the books he has written, one by one.

Verdict: KEEP ☑  

Дениција by Петре М. Андреевски (Denicija by Petre M. Andreevski)

This is a Macedonian book. Poetry full of love and humanity, and a lot of moments of lost loved ones. This one is a gem, and a treasure I carry in my heart from the country I was born in. I am keeping it.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

The Night Masquerade (Binti, #3) by Nnedi Okorafor

If you already know me and my posts, you will know that I never keep a book that is not first in a series, unless I have read the previous books. This is the reason I am removing this one, but I have added the first book to my TBR – so let’s call it even 🙂

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

I have to keep this. I mean, this has to be read by every bookworm, right?

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1) by Laini Taylor

Okay, honestly, this has been the hardest Down The TBR Hole Tag ever. It has all the books I want to read, and it’s so hard to get rid of them. I am keeping this one, because I am in love with the cover and synopsis. And don’t forget all the hype it gets. It gets me curious of whether it’s all worth it.

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

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As this was the last entry in 2018, I will do a little statistic of what I have done in these past 12 Down The TBR Hole posts, 

I have listed 120 titles, of which I have kept 71 and I have removed 49. 268 titles still remain to be listed from my TBR List (27 more posts), and I can’t wait to see my end results. 

Let me know if you have read any of these, and if you want me to keep or remove any of these books from my list! I look forward to see what you think!

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Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead [BOOK REVIEW]

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★★★

It happened, people. I finally did it. I have officially read Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, and I have mixed feelings about it.

After years of you guys begging me to read this book, I have finally managed to dig into this vampire world with Lissa – the Moroi (mortal) vampire and Rose – her guardian, sworn to protect her.

These two best friends are on the run, after Lissa’s family has been killed. Now, they unwillingly return to the Vampire Academy, and try to live their normal lives, but danger is on their doorstep.

I loved the plot, and the idea of the world building, even though, I have to admit, I wish we had more pages of the Vampire Academy description. Or maybe this is just me screaming – ”I want a vampire Hogwarts description right here, right now!”

I loved their friendship, and I loved how both of them would sacrifice so much for each other. It is a character quality we rarely see, and it was so well delivered that it gave me shivers for a few scenes.

However, the characters themselves weren’t much likeable. Lissa, well, we hardly get to really know her. She is mostly a shadow of Rose’s opinions of herself. And as of Rose, as much as I admired her bravery and wisdom, sometimes she was just so dumb for her own good.

I loved the plot twists, and the cliffhangers, especially the few ones right at the very end, but it took so long for them to come. Despite that, this book was still such a fast read, and you can’t take your hands off it.

”For they (women) are strange and mysterious creatures,” he continued in his scholarly voice, ”and a man must be a mind reader if he ever wishes to make them happy.”

I wanted to not mention the romance bit of the novel, but I have to stay honest to myself and do it. Unrealistic romances will happen that will make you cringe. I won’t spoil it for you, but I happened to love these two people together, even though their so called love happened instantly.

”And sometimes, if I was really, really lucky, he’d smile at me. A real smile too – not the dry one that accompanied the sarcasm we tossed around so often.”

A typical high-school fantasy novel, with vampires included, this will be a great addition to your shelves if you love this genre. I greatly enjoyed it, but being older I think these things stuck a bit to me.

If you haven’t read this, I do recommend it. Even though it had a few weak points, I would definitely read the second book of the series.

Have you read Vampire Academy? Is it on your TBR?        I would love to see what you think! 

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All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth [BOOK REVIEW]

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★★★★

A beautiful story about families, love, betrayal, the difference between the rich and poor, and a girl that tries to discover what happened to her missing mother, while discovering herself.

Charlie Calloway has a life most people would kill for – a tight-knit family, a loyal set of friends, and top grades a privileged boarding school. But Charlie’s never been interested in what most people want. Like all Calloways, she’s been taught that she’s different, special – better. So when her school’s super-exclusive secret society extends a mysterious invitation, Charlie’s determination to get in is matched only by her conviction that she belongs there.

But their secrets go deeper than she knows.

Charlie finds herself thrust into the centre of a decades-old mystery – one that implicates her family in not one terrible crime, but two. Uncovering their past may destroy everything she knows – or give her the answer she’s always craved: Who or what was behind her mother’s disappearance ten years ago?

I haven’t heard about this book until I received it as a birthday gift from my sister. The cover is just – gorgeous! You can feel the raindrops on the cover, and the sides are painted black, and you can read out ”I KNOW”. They have been thinking of all the little details.

The story is a bit slow at the beginning. It took me a while to get into it, as they delay the plot for a while, but once you get past that little hill of boredom, it gets better and better. I could imagine myself climbing a mountain with my bike, struggling while climbing, just so I can enjoy the great fast downhill and wind in my face.

The story is told by many people’s perspective, and it changes after each chapter. The amazing thing was, the stories go back in the past as well, but the story keeps flowing in one direction, event by event, which I really enjoyed. If this was poorly made, the book would’ve been so confusing, but fortunately, it wasn’t.

Even though I didn’t expect, this turned out to be a great mystery-solving novel, with wonderful and unexpected plot-twists, and a cliffhanger until the end. Is the mother dead or alive?

Many of the topics covered are very relatable. The difference between children raised in rich families versus the children raised in not-s-rich families. Their thoughts and mindsets, their beliefs, and the people they hang out with. And when a girl like Charlie, who has a father from a rich family and a mother from a poor family, is on the cross-road, it is amazing to see this character develop and make choices for herself, that reflect on both her backgrounds.

A lovely read, fast-paced novel, with a beautiful cover and even more beautiful reading material, this is one of the stories that I would recommend for you to read on a rainy day, covered in a blanket, with a hot chocolate – despite the summer theme on the cover, this was a winter book for me.

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WWW Wednesday Tag #2

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WWW Wednesdays is a weekly tag revived by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. It’s quite simple. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The Three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

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What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I have been asked by so many of you to read this one, and I was always prolonging it. So I went to the library and got it, finally.

I am also reading the Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. I wanted to read this book since I was a child, and for some reason, I never did. So when I went to the library, I also got this one. It is a short version, with about 60 pages, so I also got The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank by Willy Lindwer, to help with understanding the whole story. What happened in those camps and with those families was terrible, and I am always in a sad mood while reading them, but I think that every person needs to read a few of these books that are crucial for understanding the horrible histories.

Both of these books are from my Down The TBR Hole lists, so I am proud of myself, for making my TBR list even smaller.

Purchase links:

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
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Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
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The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank by Willy Lindwer
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What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, and I wish I have read this book way sooner in my life, back when I was a teen and needed this sort of advice, of a shy boy that understands things better than most adults. A must-read for people of all ages – a story of going through high-school, going through growing up and becoming adult, and facing challenges that we face as adults.

I have also just finished All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth, and my review is yet to be published on my blog. But in the meantime, I will just say that this was a beautiful read, of a girl discovering her missing mother’s story while discovering herself.

Purchase links:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
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All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth
Amazon | Barnes & Noble

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am planning to read a few book that I have been sent by some authors, a great promising books that I can’t wait to share more of with you.

The first one being Awaken by K.S. Marsden. This is the sequel of Winter Trials and you can find my review of the first book HERE. It is a story about high-school, magic and LGBT relationship. The first book gave me an incredible Christmassy feeling, and I can’t wait to dive into the next one.

The second book I plan on finishing before the end of 2018 is Curses of Scale by S.D. Reeves. The cover is so gorgeous. I mean – look at it! It reminds me of Christmas, and also of Hearthstone ( A Blizzard game). It also features a young girl, and dragons and fairies and a fantasy world. I can’t wait to hop into this adventure!

Purchase links:

Awaken by K.S. Marsden
Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Curses of Scale by S.D. Reeves
Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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