Monday, March 18, 2013

Books for when you're... (4)


Each fortnight I will showcase 1-2 books that I think would be fantastic reading if you're going through a  certian emotion/stage in your life.

Books for when you're wanting to have a book-hangover.
So last time I posted books to get you out of the 'dreaded' book-hangover, and I only think it's right to share the books that got me into said book-hangovers, because they're so brilliant that you need to read them, but I think it necessary that you be warned.


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.
Why I chose this book:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Well. Well. Well. This book blew me away when I read it and I think of my reading experience as being a whirlwind - I didn't know what I was getting myself into and now I am irrevociably in love with this book that is gradually taking bits of my soul. It's like a    horcrux in the most honest sense and yet I still love it because it's not perfect and there were things I didn't like about it but it's just so good. And obviously it set expectations for other books which made getting back into reading extremely difficult. And then you know it's bad for you, that it's taking your life slowly but surely, but you can't do anything but forgive.


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
Why I chose this book:
So, after reading The Unbecoming I have given you the picture of myself- stranded, alone in a world where there are so many books that are so amazingly fantastic but none of them are clicking. Not so. That didn't happen quite yet. I was fortunate enough to put off my hangover for a small time by picking up a little book called The Hunger Games. I was so innocent.
It was my first reading of the book and I absolutely loved it- so many emotions went through me during the reading and I just got a feeling when reading it that I have only felt with the books in the series.
So I read two books that were amazing, in a row, and then came the onslaught of having to find something else. Now imagine me as desolate.


Stay tuned for some more bookish suggestions for the good times, and the bad.
So far I've covered-

16 comments:

  1. Love these posts of yours. Loved The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and I'm still to finish listening to The Hunger Games.

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    1. Oh, thank you so much! I have so much fun writing them up, and it's awesome to hear you like them (and looked at the others!) Enjoy the rest of THG, and if you're only up to that one, the rest of the series! It's incredible.

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  2. This is such an awesome idea of posts!!! I seriously have finally experienced the pain of book hangovers/slumps.
    TT____TT Worst experience for a bookworm. TT_____TT I would love to give Mara Dyer the next time I get in a slump or just because. XD How I got out of my mine was reading this super adorable book The Boy Recession, wait that was after reading Alice in Zombieland (which, trust me, don't read. Wait? You already did? NOOOOoooo) never mind, I don't know what i'm trying to say. XD

    P.S. I'm a new follower of your blog! Hope you can follow back?

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    1. Thank you, Delaney! I have a tonne of fun writing them. Mara Dyer, though not for everyone, is a personal favourite of mine- I hope you enjoy it when you get to it, though be warned for cliffhanger endings... maybe wait until all the books are out, which is sometime in September this year, I think.
      Oh, I was already a follower of yours. ( :

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    2. You're welcome! Oh no, the dreaded cliffhangers. *___* i shall take your advice and wait. C:

      P.S. (answer to your question) I meeettt someone who likes Studio Ghiblit!!!! High five!!! So happy I have met you (or you meet my first, as per say)! I really like Howl's Moving Castle (I think my recent commenters are sick of my fangirling on that film), Totoro, Spirited Away! Of course i need to add that, and I really want to watch Princess Monokee (<--totally spelled wrong). Though lots of people love Ponyo, she kinda creeps me out in my dreams. O_____O

      What are some of your favorites?

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    3. I never particularly liked Princess Mononoke, myself, I think it's probably the one main one I never particularly enjoyed, but I would just be listing off basically all the films if I said my favourites! I really adore Howls Moving Castle, in particular, because it bought me to the book, but they're all so beautiful. And the soundtracks are incredible!

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  3. I need to read the unbecoming! I have heard great things about it!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it, when you do get to it! Just know that they have big cliffhangers, mostly the second book, and reading something like that and then having to wait another, say, nine months for the next book is torture, especially when it gives you a terrible book hangover and you can't read anything else for a few weeks!

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  4. This is such a cool feature - I love it! :) Yep, THE HUNGER GAMES will definitely give anyone a book-hangover, it's so good. I'm not too sure about MARA DYER, though. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book. I just wasn't a fan of several aspects in it! I think other books that will give you hangovers are HARRY POTTER (I'm so darn predictable), SHADOW AND BONE, EVERNEATH, and DELIRIUM. Amazing books <3

    Great post, Romi!

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    1. That's so kind- thank you! (I'm seriously now thinking of myself as sounding like Jane Bennet- "It's so nice to see you" kind of constant happiness voice, always sweet and thoughtful. It's lovely, of course, but so strange! Now I'm just making myself sound heartless.)

      What about Mockingjay? 0_0
      It's funny- both the Mara Dyer books have given me at least an entire week of not being able to get into something else, even though there are things I don't like about them. They can be a little clichee and sweary and lots of aspects I doubt I would like in other books, but for me it works really well, overall. Funnily, Everneath I didn't like, and was never able to get into Delirium. Shadow and Bone, however, is on my to-read list and I am doubtless I'll love it!

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  5. Oh book hangovers are the worst, and you picked a couple great examples! Recently, mine have come from Days of Blood and Starlight and Through the Ever Night. Nothing can touch either of those books, for different reasons, and everything is kind of paling in significance lately lol

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    1. Aren't they? Though it's fascinating, because they come from something you love so much that you literately can not get over it and move on. THE BOOK THIEF I'M LOOKING AT YOU. I'm pretty sure Markus Zusak even has a well known quote about that kind of thing. Hopefully you'll soon find your cure-book! ( :

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  6. I was really late getting to the Hunger Games books - I actually ended up watching the movie first, which I never ever do - but I'd head lots about it from other bloggers, and I got so surprised how there really seriously isn't that much of a love triangle in the first book. Because everyone had been all, "Team Gale!" "Team Peeta!" but really that is not what I would take away from the Hunger Games at all. (Although I am quite fond of Peeta) Speaking of the movie, I thought they did a really good job translating the book to the screen. Have you seen it?

    Hell yes to Mara Dyer. But you already knew that. :-D

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    1. I only started reading the books last January and finished Mockingjay that February, so I was pretty late to it, too- I don't think I'd heard that much about it, the teams thing, before hand, but afterwards it was everywhere and I'd never really thought it was that big of a thing. Definitely not in the first book, perhaps a little in the later ones, but I never thought of it as really being up for discussion.

      Yes! I saw it on release day over here, which was excellent- I really enjoyed it, and am loving the soundtrack for transcribing to, but in the beginning 5 minutes or so the shakey-cam made me feel really sick and I got a headache for the first hour or so, which was unfortunate. I think they did a really good job, especially compared to some adaptations, and I thought the acting choices were really good, overall. I'm getting so excited for Catching Fire! ( :

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  7. Fun feature! I wasn't the biggest fan of Mara but loved you described it like a horcrux.

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    1. Thank you, Elena! There are definitely things I don't like about it, and thinking about it it does not seem like the kind of book I would like at all, but for some reason it clicked with me and I really enjoy the series. Imagine all the books out there that are horcruxes? Just waiting...

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