My grandmother asked me to tell you she is sorry/F.Backman/ Recommendation #4

“People in the real world always say,

when something terrible happens,

that the sadness and loss and aching pain of the heart will “lessen as time passes,”

but it isn’t true. Sorrow and loss are constant,

but if we all had to go through our whole lives

carrying them the whole time, we wouldn’t be able to stand it.

The sadness would paralyze us. So, in the end,

we just pack it into bags and find somewhere to leave it.” 

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“My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry”  is probably the warmest, kindest,  sweetest book I’ve ever read. It fills my heart with so many emotions, mostly LOVE while reading.  It is a story full of flaws and mistakes, that all grow-ups make in life and how they deal with it, and on the other hand, the children view on all of that.

“Only different people change the world,”

Granny used to say.

“No one normal has ever changed a crapping thing.” 

 

Backman wrote the story of Elsa, an extraordinary, amazing, and sweet little girl growing up in an apartment building full of misfits and characters, a girl raised by her mum Ulrika and her wild, iconoclastic Granny. Elsa is wise beyond her years. She is fearless, precocious, saucy, and irresistibly lovable. Her Granny has created for and with her a magical world, a place of miraculous kingdoms and fairy tales to which they “travel” together in their minds whenever they need to escape and to ease the hurts caused by the world around them. When Elsa’s Granny dies, she leaves behind a series of letters which Elsa must find and deliver one by one. More than simple amends, Granny has constructed a real-life scavenger hunt to help Elsa to explore her world, to learn to understand the people who surround her and to apologize for her Granny’s many slights and foibles.

“Because not all monsters were monsters in the beginning.

Some are monsters born of sorrow.”

 

Elsa has learned to navigate the world through her mother’s rigidity and order and her granny’s utter chaos and creativity. Though the two central, formative figures in her life seem diametrically opposed to one another, Elsa somehow, magically, mirrors them both.

“My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” is an adult fairy tale. It is full of magic and wonder.  In an honest, visceral exploration of love, friendship, grief, and human fallibility, Backman has created something, pure, and magnificent. And as the sage Elsa says, “Anyone who doesn’t agree needs their head examined.”

“Don’t fight with monsters, for you can become one.

If you look into the abyss for long enough, the abyss looks into you.” 

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Summary 

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

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Everything, Everything/Book or Movie

 Hi bookies, today I am doing again the serial book or movie. This post is about Nicola Yoon famous bestseller book Everything, everything. This book made a BOOM in 2017 and after so many good reactions, the movie came out. To be honest, it was hard at first to find a book edition in Serbia, but after a while, the book was mine, thanks to UrbanReads.

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∴ My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. ∴

The first things that I want to mention are the illustrations and diagrams in the book. Amazing. Reading it you actually have a feeling that you already watch the movie. So instead of for example one chapter of writing an email, they put an image of the email.

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The story is kind of sad at the beginning. The disease, her typical day, her feelings. But then after she met a boy the story become so exciting, and like a love story, but not in every part. She can’t leave the house,, she can’t be in the same room with him.

She spent her whole life with only two persons. Her mum and their housekeeper. In the beginning, I was amazed at how is she cool with all of these things, and how you actually used to live that kind of life. This is somehow a very mixed kind of book, and I can’t select it into one genre. It is drama, because of the illness, and all the troubles of it, it is romance and love story, also adventures after she got into the amazing trip with her boyfriend. So I would say this is kind of those SWEET BOOKS it is not too much romantic, not too much drama.

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The writing is extremely easy and enjoyable. Yoon has the ability to write text in an informal-formal way that makes it impossible to be boring. But, the most important thing, I really like to find in the book is the main question. So, Everything, everything has a really important one, and it is,  How far will we go for the person we love? What are the effects of experiencing momentous tragedy? Is being confined to one place without experiencing what life offers truly, living?

And now, the movie and book… Hm, I have to say there are not so many differences, of course, I liked the book more, but the movie is not bad too. I mead it really shows the characters as they are in the books, the situations, and it follows every step from it. So I listed some of the differences between the book and movie: 

  1.  Olly doesn’t have a roof hideout. In the book, one of Olly’s favorite things to do was hang out on his roof, but movie Olly has no such hangout — he spends most of his time in his room.
  2. Maddy doesn’t really talk to anyone else online. Maddy’s isolation is pretty complete in the book but it’s even starker on screen. She doesn’t mention having internet friends (though her hilarious Tumblr book reviews are still a thing).
  3. Carla’s daughter is a much bigger presence. Book Carla mentions her daughter several times, especially when she can tell that Maddy’s behaving like a typical teen, but in the movie, you see her coming over to the Whittier household and hanging out with Maddy. They’re not exactly BFFs but they do seem to have a closer relationship.
  4. Olly and Maddy get to interact more. This is just the nature of watching a movie instead of reading a book, but since Maddy and Olly initially communicate via text and email only, the movie dramatizes those interactions in a realized version of Maddy’s architectural models. It’s not technically real life but it does mean you see them speaking to one another in person more than you do while reading.
  5. Maddy gets sick after she runs out of the house to defend Olly from his dad. In the book, her mom makes a fuss about how she could have gotten sick but Maddy doesn’t actually fall ill.
  6. Maddy doesn’t visit Carla’s house before the Hawaii trip. This probably won’t take away your experience of the movie unless you’re a Carla superfan, though I did sort of miss Carla’s skepticism about the so-called test drugs that Maddy had told Olly would help her survive outdoors.
  7. Olly and Madeline’s reunion is simplified. When Maddy decides to find Olly again in the book, she leads him on a mini scavenger hunt through a New York City bookstore, where he has to find her copy of The Little Prince. Once he does that, she’ll be waiting. In the movie, The Little Prince element is gone, and they just find each other hanging out in the stacks.

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All-time Favorite Book/ Special#1/ Before I Fall

“So many things become beautiful when you really look.”

800px_COLOURBOX1215003.jpg      Hi bookies, I have been searching through my blog posts, and realize, that I have never done a review or anything else of my favorite books. So for today, I made a special no.1, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.   

“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow.

Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows,

or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it,

roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers.

So much time you can waste it.
But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.”

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This is my favorite book of all-time. I also had some others on the list, but let’s talk today about this one. Because it is special.

I read this one in November 2017. And since then, I am in love with it.

 

 

With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today’s foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman’s If I StayBefore I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person’s life can affect so many others. 

This is so deep, and important meaning that one book can have. When I read this before reading it, I already knew I am going to like it. What is really important is that the book shows realistic scenes of one High School and the life of one teenager. All love problems, friendship crushes, and what is the most important, the high school bullies.The book really shows us how someone’s words and little provocations can ruin someone’s life, and that our little, means a lot to someone. 

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  • For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night. However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

Hm, how this sounds to you? Creepy? Scary? Interesting? I would say all of these. Waking up on the same day is not the only problem for Samantha, she needs to change things, the whole day….the feelings, e v e r y t h i n g.

“I guess that’s what saying good-bye is always like–like jumping off an edge. The worst part is making the choice to do it. Once you’re in the air, there’s nothing you can do but let go.”

I won’t spoil this for you. I only wanted to share my emotions, and feelings for this book. I was really hurt sometimes, what she needed to go through one day, to lose her nerves, she lost her friends, even boyfriend. And the next day….. there is no next day, all over again. Her friends do not remember what she did, it is just erased.

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  • What was really emotional, was her relationship with her younger sister. The first days their relationship is bad, she was annoying for her, she did not even pay attention to her and so on, and so on. But how days go, she realized that she did not show her love to her family, especially sister. So there, the writer perfectly described the connection between a teenager and her family. She was rude to her sister, and she regrets that that is why she needed to fix this.
  • The relationship with besties was so intense too. Going back through one day, made her realized that she was not that bad and arrogant in past, her friends made her like that. And she was so naive to become the same as them. So, we all know that adolescence is hard and that our life then is based on friendships, and it is not weird that she falls down and changed and all of that just to be accepted into the group of popular girls. And that popularity made her a bully. She didn’t realize that unless she was forced to see. That was one of her biggest regrets. Popularity made her forget the best friend from childhood. A nice and polite boy, who was there the whole time for her, and after she became popular, she rejected him. He obviously was in love with her, but she was like all teenage girls, in love with some other guy, who was popular, sporty and not so in love with her.

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I really believe this is a perfect story to read for all teenagers,

and adults because so many things are shown,

and in so many, you will find yourself.

And maybe that will affect you,

and maybe you will just for a second stopped

and thought of your words, or doings.

And one thing also, there is a movie for those who are not interesting in reading it maybe you should give a try to a movie.

See you soon, bookies! 🙂

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Me before You- A book that hurts!

Hi bookies, it’s been a while since I did a review, as I told on my Instagram account, I was having exams and I could not read that much. Me Before You is a book that is really popular nowadays, and it was, even more, a couple of years ago when the movie came out.

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My story with this book started 2 years ago when I got the second part of the book as a birthday present, and back then I did not know that there is the first part, or that that one is the second one. I did not even know that there is a movie for the ”Me Before You”.

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Now I read both books, and I am in love with them. There is also the Third part, but still do not have it. It is called Still me. Both of the books are Vulkan Izdavastvo

  • The book is drama-romantic, but I would say more dramatic than romantic. I really enjoyed it. This is kind of book that really makes you emotional and tears you up. I like to say that this kind of books HURTS. HURTS SO MUCH.

The characters really fit in. She is so like an oridanary girl but on the other side a kind of really special one. She got her own style, she does not matter what people thought of her, she is so childish in some situations, but in others so mature. The connection between the main characters was really intense at first, I was thinking that they would never understand each other. She was calm, friendly, caring person, and he was angry, non-friendly and arrogant. She wakes up the emotions, that he did not even know he had.

The end of the book Hurts, and you cannot change this. No matter if you do not like this kind of books, you would like this one for sure.

I had really split emotions on this one. Almost the whole book is interesting, adventurous, and funny because she did everything to make his change his mind. But the end of the book is so emotional and sad. Only at the end, we see their real emotions. In almost every romantic book you have all this emotional and cranky things through all book. But I would say this one is because of that so special. They are really best friends through all the book.

So, my bookies, I would truly recommend this book, because it will wake up all the emotions, you did not even know you had.

Till next time, xoxo

The Martian // Review

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It is hard sometimes not to watch a famous movie within reading a book, because all around you are talking about it. So it was like maybe 2 years ago that I watched the movie and I was amazed since I really like Cosmos stories. So I knew that I will at some point read a book.

And eventually, it happened. This summer I bought a book and decided to read it immediately. I was afraid at first that since I watched the movie it will spoil the impression. But it happened something really opposite.

This book was written by Andy Weir, a software engineer and a big lover of Cosmos. He used a lot, a lot, a loooot of professional terms, of course, they had explanations like footnote but I was thinking about this a lot, and I figured out that I kind of find that easy because of the movie. And it was easier to put all of this together in my head and understand it. For example, there is a lot of chemical terms and reactions, that is unknown for me, and reading it even with the whole process would be hard and understandable if I did not watch the movie.  So, for me, the book and movie are two inseparable pieces, and one without another is less interesting. So I think that a movie is just helpful to watch before reading the book.

So I gave the four stars to the book. I enjoyed it, and it was really good, but for my taste, too much professional, and I think that this four stars would not be here without the movie. And for the movie I gave 5. 🙂

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Mid-Year Freak Out Tag 2018

 

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Hi guys! It has been a long time that I have done some tag. I really love watching or reading them, so I decided to do one.

There are some questions about books, and I am going to give you my favourites or opposites and it is all related to this period in mid-2018. I hoooope you will enjoy! 🙂

 

“Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.”

1.The best book you’ve read so far in 2018?

 

-There were a lot of good books,

but if I need to choose one

it will be Into the water by Paula Hawkins.      

This is the book that made a big impression on me. I really enjoy since I really like that genre. It was pretty dark and mysterious.

2.Your favourite sequel of the year?

Delirium. It is the Parallon trilogy.

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I do not read so much of this kind of books.

But this one I really liked. It is not a Wow, but the

best I have read so far this year.

3. A new release that you haven’t read but really want to?

A thousand pieces of you is one on my TBR since it was released,

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but once I looked for it and couldn’t find

in bookstores and it is still really really wanted.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Before We Were Yours ,

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5. The biggest surprise of the year

 

The biggest surprise was not so long ago read,

The predator by Simonida Milojkovic.

I am no kind of person who reads domestic readers

but this one I liked, and also I liked her previous book.

So it was I surprise for this year.

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6.Favourite new to you or debut author

A.J. Finn (The girl in the Window) was new to me,

but I was really fascinated by this book.

A good mystery and drama writer. Another one

is Tracey Garvis Graves (On the Island).

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7.Your new fictional crush

Since Harry Poter, I did not fell in Love with other 😀

8.New favourite character

Cassie from the Fifth Wave.

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9.A book that made you cry

My Grandmother asked me to tell you she is sorry

10.A book that made you happy

My Grandmother asked me to tell you she is sorry- That kind of writer is Backman, at the same time you cry but they made you happy.

 

11.Your favourite book to movie adaptation that you’ve seen this year

Everything, everything. I think I read it in December last year but the movie I watched this, and it is really ok when you compare one to another.

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12.Favorite book post you’ve done this year

My favorite from this year is On the Island, not sure why. I remember that a moment I finished reading it, I suddenly started to write my impressions and that made a big impression on me.

13.The most beautiful book you’ve bought/received this year

On the Island

A Girl in the Window

Fifth Wave- Trilogy

14. What are some books you need to read by the end of the year

Caraval- Stephanie Garbner

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Let me know what do you’ve liked in this 2018, and feel free to comment. xoxo

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Into the Water- Paula Hawkins/ Recommendation #1

“Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.”  “Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.”

Summary

Just before she the death, Nell called her sister, but she didn’t pick up. Now Nell is dead.  And she was found at the bottom of the river. Very famous river, at least for Nel. So, Jules will come back into the city that she was running away all these years. A place full of unclear and confusing memories. Jules is sure of one thing: Her sister did not kill herself. Someone else did it. Nel was obsessed with all of the girls that had ended their lives into that lake, but she would never do that.
What secrets Nel pulled with her into the water? Why is Jules so scared of the memories and past? The truth is hidden among people of this town, hidden in the dark heart of the river, and it is uncachable like waves.

To be honest reading Into the Water is only because of the Girl on the Train, and Paula Hawkins. I read the Girl on the Train, and for many people, it was confusing, not interesting and nothing special. But, I liked it. I like mysteries a lot, and for me, this was the good one. I do not understand what people expected… And after a while Into the water came out. I read some comments, and impressions and a lot of people weren’t impressed again, but I decided to buy it. And I didn’t regret.

People have a different opinion and that’s okay. But I read a lot of hate comments on this book. without a reason, really. The book has its story, and it is mysterious. The thing that you expect. I liked it more than ‘The girl in the Train’.

One thing, that is the same, and typical for Paula Howkins, is that her chapters are again named by the characters, and the story is told from more perspectives. And that is the thing that I like about her.

A lot of interesting characters, their relationship, that is mysterious too. One interesting thing is that she doesn’t introduce so many characters, she just throws them into the story, but later I realized and it makes sense. The town was rural, mysterious, and everything that she wrote about people who lived there was too. So all of this details, makes you feel that everything is strange and unknown.

“Yes, it is. It’s, like, when someone has an affair, why does the wife always hate the other woman? Why doesn’t she hate her husband? He’s the one who’s betrayed her, he’s the one who swore to love her and keep her and whatever forever and ever. Why isn’t he the one who gets shoved off a fucking cliff?”

 

“No one liked to think about the fact that the water

in that river was infected with the blood

and bile of persecuted women, unhappy women;

they drank it every day.”

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Publishing: https://www.vulkani.rs/

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An open letter to someone I used to know. . .

Dear someone,

It took me so long to talk about you. To write about you. I haven’t been thinking about you lately, but sometimes memories came across. I haven’t been seeing your eyes for so long. I haven’t heard your voice. Sometimes, I can’t remember your face. It’s sad.

You know sometimes when I pass down streets we have been passing together, I remember. I remember the feeling. Heart full of love, beating so fast. Like a heart attack. I remember the butterflies in my stomach. I remember the goosebumps everytime you kissed my lips, everytime you hug me. I remember that. Not the face.

Most of the time I missed the feeling, not you. Because I felt happy then, loved and fulfilled. That is why I am not sorry for fell in love with you.

I was sad. And it hurt a lot, at the beginning. And then less, and less. . . .And one day, the pain was gone.

The years have been passing, and I have been thinking. It is Ok. I do not love you anymore. And it doesn’t hurt anymore. But I believe, the pain and the broken heart is still here. But, our heart is getting bigger over time by living happily, by loving and being loved. So, the old broke parts, are still there, they just don’t look so big now. But, they are there. Forever.

Goodbye, someone.

An open letter to ……. Life

Dear life,

It’s been 23 years that I haven’t been talking with you …I’ve been thinking a lot these days, and with everything happening around me, I realized that sometimes I take you for granted.

so, I decided to write everything that I wanted to tell you, in person. Firstly, I wanted to thank you for each smile, each love, each happy moment, that you gave to me. I wanted to thank you, for every person you bring to my world, no matter if he or she was a true friend or just a lesson. The most important thing that you gave me is my family and friends. I know the family is given by birth, and friends we pick ourselves. But you bring them into my life. And you couldn’t do better.

People that bring so much light, and happiness. Every moment that I spent with you is precise. And I thank for that.

I am aware that life is not a straight line, there are ups and downs. I had both. a lot of ups, that i am proud of. And I know that people who love me are proud of, too. I am proud of my soul. For all of the colors that it has. For all imagination. For Love. There has always been more love for someone else, than for me. But I do not matter.

For my downs. . .  I am sorry that the motivation you gave me I took for granted. I did not use it. I fail. Some chances you gave me I did not take advantage of. Truly I am sorry about that. I did not stand up for you when you are for me.

But dear life, I can’t appreciate you for the pain you gave me sometimes…. a lot lately. There was some thought I learned something. But you know what I am thinking about. The real pain. Sometimes it hurt so much. The tears, sometimes couldn’t come because of the pain and how strong it was. But I am proud, WE SURVIVE. And because of that, just that, I know I am strong. I survive what most of the people won’t. They will give up. But we won’t. And I am proud of US, LIFE.

… You know the only problem is my heart. It is so artistic, you must admit. And I thank you for that. It is a garden, full of daffodils, and sunflowers, surrounded by rainbows, not sun. It is how I imagine and felt like. But you know, I found love in books, characters, music, lyrics, in wind, and rain. And that makes my daffodils flower.  It is hard for me to find love in person. Because strange things connect me. Eyes attract me. And how someone smiles with eyes. Eyewink attracts me. The smile makes me goosebumps.

But I do not worry, life. We will find our soulmate. The daffodils will flower like never.

Love, M∞

Wrap Up / June&July

  1. The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriaty

…..my dear, if you are reading this, I am dead already. . . . .

-Imagine you found a letter from your loved one husband, who is having a secret. Something that can change everything you have been building for years, and to change life of people around you. What if, this letter says ‘Open only in case of death’ and your husband is still alive. Would you open it?

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2.The Last Blind Date – Linda Yellin

-True story of a Long distance relationship, with all its challenges and trammels. Rendy is living in New York, and when his friend suggested to call Linda who lives in Chicago, their life changed.

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3.On the Island – Tracey Garvis Graves

Ana Emerson is an English teacher. She has a desire to change something in her life, being tired of her love relationship, which does not have future. She gets in adventurous trip, to teach young TJ , in their family house on Maldives. Suddenly, those two had a plain crush, and they end up together on the desert Island. Being put into this circumstances, they must be ready to survive. But, are they ready to fell in love, even if she is 13 years older than him? Or are they ready to keep their love safe from other people when they are rescued?

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4. Delirium- Dee Shulman

-Delirium is the gripping second instalment in the thrilling Parallon Trilogy that began with Fever – by award-winning author and illustrator Dee Shulman.

Two worlds. Two millennia. One love . . .

A fearless Roman gladiator.

A reckless twenty-first-century girl.

A mysterious virus unites them . . .

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5.My Grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry- Fredrik Backman

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

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6.The lady predator- Simonida Milojkovic

Violet is a woman who has been mistreated by many men. Unfortunately it is the nature of the profession she finds herself in that tends to attract these users and abusers. Just because it is the oldest profession it does not mean that it has evolved. There are still violent, greedy and unscrupulous men out there who will take what they want and more from a woman in Violet’s position.
The story is true and is written in a confessional, though not quite contrite, tone. Violet accepts new moral and social rules – rules of the street. She sells her body for money, but with money she buys love. Violet confesses to the reader with her simple vocabulary; however, she is no victim. She knows what she is doing and a lot of the time she enjoys it. She is a survivor, trying to stay alive and find happiness and love in the middle of all the pain and emotionless. And the truth that not one of these men understands is that Violet is not the person they think she is. They do not prey on her.

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7.A simple favor-Darcey Bell

Stephanie and Emily are very close, even their sons are friends. Stephanie is dedicated mother, famous blogger, a woman always ready to help someone. That is why she accepted without thinking the request from Emily to keep an eye on her son. But Emily is not coming back. She is not answering her phone, and not texting back. Stephanie knows that something is wrong, because she would never leave her son. And she would never forget her. She is asking for help on her blog, and offering help to Emily’s husband. Her fragile illusion about idyllic suburb is rushed. In Emily’s husband she is founding a opportunity to live some other life.

And then. . . The phone call that she was scared of. Emily is dead.

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A Simple Favor/Darcey Bell/ Recommendation #2

Mysteries are revealing, but secrets remain, to the last one

Stephanie and Emily are very close, even their sons are friends. Stephanie is dedicated mother, famous blogger, a woman always ready to help someone. That is why she accepted without thinking the request from Emily to keep an eye on her son. But Emily is not coming back. She is not answering her phone, and not texting back. Stephanie knows that something is wrong, because she would never leave her son. And she would never forget her. She is asking for help on her blog, and offering help to Emily’s husband. Her fragile illusion about idyllic suburb is rushed. In Emily’s husband she is founding a opportunity to live some other life.

And then. . . The phone call that she was scared of. Emily is dead.

Puzzle is solved.

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Or maybe not.

Stephanie will soon find out that everything,

even love and true want to help someone,

has its other side.

She will learn that you can not believe anyone,

neither yourself.

She is your Best Friend. She knows

                             all your secrets. That is why she is

                                                      dangerous. . .

My mother said: everyone has secrets. That is the reason why you can’t know anyone for real. And you can’t trust anyone. Also, that is the reason why you can’t know yourself. Sometimes we keep secrets from ourselves. While I was growing up, I thought that that is a good advice, even thou I never really understood it. Or maybe I am, a little. Kids have secrets. Imaginary friends,little things that lead them into trouble if parents find out.

Later, I found out that my mum was talking from her experience. I asked myself, maybe she wasn’t just preparing me, she was programmed me for mystery and mistrust. Did she feel that I would, when grow up, had darker secrets than anyone else?Secrets that  I will hid even from myself.

From the very beginning, through blogs and Stephanie’s story it was always one direction friendship. Stephanie was always a friend and Emily was always cold bitch. But even thou she is really smart. I mean you must have brain to come up with insurance thing idea, and all other plans that she has. It is really fascinating how many secrets had I how she hid them well.


Before, reading it, I heard more negative comments. Also on goodreads I  read many hater comments, for not being worth reading and similar. But I do not understand why best selling novels , for example A Girl On the Train, or The Woman in The Window are better? For me this is pretty good mystery. Not boring, with not expected plot. I enjoyed. There was so many moments that I did not expected, and the main plot is really interesting, not common.

5/5 

Soon, There will be a movie, and I can not wait to see how this is projected on a screen.

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On the Island-TraceyGarvisGraves / Does true love know for limits?

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Summary

 

Ana Emerson is an English teacher. She has a desire to change something in her life, being tired of her love relationship, which does not have future. She gets in adventurous trip, to teach young TJ  , in their family house on Maldives.  Suddenly, those two had a plain crush, and they end up together on the desert Island. Being put into this circumstances, they must be ready to survive. But, are they ready to fell in love, even if she is 13 years older than him?  Or are they ready to keep their love safe from other people when they are rescued? 

“I don’t fit in your world.”
“Neither do I,” he said, his expression tender yet resolute. “So let’s make our own. We’ve done it before.” 

People around me are constantly saying, that life is unpredictable, and you never know what is going to happen tomorrow, in a month, a year. So, I believe that Anna, did not dream of having a plan crush, or being alone with 16-years old TJ on the Island for 3 years, and that she will fall in love with the same.

Today, an age difference is discriminated by a lot of people. In my country, M O S T L Y. That is relevant. We all have different opinion, but we should’t judge. Reading this book, I realize that L O V E is important, and nothing should stop it, especially not ages. What TJ and Anna had, no one can understand, and that is not fair. When you spend  3 years with someone, on a desert Island, you are forced to get to know someone at their best or worst. So, falling in love is maybe the one of rare things that keep them alive there.

[Anna] In February, I woke up from a nap. A bouquet of flowers gathered from the various bushes and shrubs scattered around the island lay on the blanket beside me, a small length of rope wound around their stems.
I found T.J. down at the shore. “Someone’s been checking the calendar.”
He grinned. “I didn’t want to miss Valentine’s Day.”
I kissed him. “You’re sweet to me.”
Pulling me closer, he said, “It’s not hard, Anna.”
I stared into T.J.’s eyes, and he started to sway. My arms went around his neck and we danced, moving in a circle, the sand soft and warm under our feet.
“You don’t need music, do you?”
“No,” T.J. said. “But I do need you.”

Living, loving, and mostly surviving, was easy there. The real challenge was being rescued and get back into real World. They fight with parents, friends, people they do not know, and they fight with each other. Love is what bring them together, not ages, not those people. Love. 

TJ is pretty mature for his age. He grow up on that Island. But I think he grow up before that, after surviving fight with cancer. Anna just made him better, and stronger. Her true love and her understanding is remarkable. She never underestimated him, or bind him. Her love is unconditional. Unconsciously, she knew that at some point they will split p in real word, because as his mother said they are not at  the same faze of life. But the break up, just made them realize that they are unbreakable.

“It would be like eating your favorite food. At first, it would be great but after a while you wouldn’t want it anymore. It wouldn’t taste as good.”

Reading this book made my summer better, people. Emotions are beautiful. Believe me, if I ever had a problem with different age partners, I do not now. This book is BORN for this. To change your mind, and to made you F E E L the L O V E.

 

People, Love each other. No matter what. And fight for it.

ANNA AND TJ DID.  🙂