Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Books for when you're... (5)


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 be in a book-hangover (Part 2).
Continuing in the theme of my last post, I'm going to share two more books that resulted in me having a book-hangover, though they didn't happen until a year later.


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Why I chose this book:


Though it only resulted in a minor book-hangover, this did it for me, too. I took my time coming to The Book Thief, because when I first looked at it I didn't think it was for me, and after reading the first three or so pages I knew that I had been very wrong. I simply loved this book because it is touching and simple and brutal and it shows life in the most honest sense. It really did a lot for me and became one of my favourite ten books of all time before I was even halfway through.


The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

Why I chose this book:
So, Miss Dyer. We meet again.
Should I be surprised that this soul stealing series has got me twice now, or should I have seen it coming and acted accordingly a long time ago? Either way, the twisting story of Mara Dyer and Noah Shaw again submerged me and once it was over I was left searching for a non-existant (okay, definitely non-existant, but I'm allowed to add some dramatic drama) raft that would bring me back up and let me go on with my life.
Eventually I got back, with the help of Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil, but I can already sense what the final book will do to me.

16 comments:

  1. I seriously need read The Book Thief! I def know it's going to give me a book hangover, I'm just waiting for the right moment.

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    1. Maybe you could read it when you're already in a book-hangover, because then you'll immediately be immersed in something (if you like it) amazing and then you'll have a double hangover to battle afterwards. ( :

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  2. I haven't picked up The Book Thief because I felt it wasn't for me.. Perhaps I'm wrong as with your experience. I shall get round to it at some point I'm sure...

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    1. Oh I hope you do- certainly I'm sure it's not for everyone, but I had such an amazing experience with it that I couldn't not recommend you read it! I hope you end up liking it!

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  3. I haven't seen that cover of The Book Thief before! I agree with you though. That's a definite hangover-inducing book. I didn't want to even go near another book after that one, simply because I loved it so much. Mara Dyer didn't have the same effect on me, though I did enjoy it a lot more than I thought I would. :)

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    1. Really? It's the Australian cover, and I was trying to buy myself a copy of it online but couldn't find any copy without the UK/US covers, which was frustrating because I like this one a little more. I'm not sure what it is with the Mara Dyer books, but they just do it to me each time and for extended periods of time I can't read anything new! It's ridiculous! ( :

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  4. Everyone's been raving about The Book Thief, I don't know why I haven't picked it up yet! I just KNOW I'm going to love it, so I guess your list is spot-on. ;) I haven't read TEoMD yet, but I intend to soon, since the first book ended on such a horrendous cliffhanger.

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    1. It's also being made into a movie, to I am doubtless it will continue to gain popularity from now on- I'm not sure myself about the acting choices to far, so it's definitely one I would recommend reading before the movie comes out, if you're planning on seeing it. I didn't really think the first book had a huge cliffhanger, so here's something- the second book has a downright evil one. It's practically sue-worthy- maybe wait until you have the final book before starting it, is my suggestion. THANK YOU! ( :

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  5. I FREAKING LOVE THE BOOK THIEF. It's one of my favorite books ever, together with Harry Potter and Juliet Marillier's work.

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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    1. YAY! I only read it for the first time last year and am in love, which makes the news it's being made into a movie scary because I don't know if it could ever live up to my hopes. I'm not very fond of the acting picks so far, but to me it's such a detailed book that I've created the whole thing in my mind, I know what the characters look like and everything. I grew up with the Harry Potter movies coming out before I was really totally invested in the series (being 1 when the first book came out) so it was a little different with that for me.

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  6. I had the opposite reactions, The Book Thief left me feeling so full of despair, what an amazing book.

    The Evolution on the other hand felt like such a waste of my time. It is good to hear that you enjoyed Life in Outer Space, love that book!

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    1. I always find it incredibly interesting, hearing what books make one person tick and make another unable to finish it, especially if they generally like a lot of the same things. Wasn't Life in Outer Space great? I really loved Sam, he was such an interesting and dimensional character.

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  7. Ahhh, you already know I'm totally in agreement with you on Mara Dyer :-D So excited/apprehensive/impatient/ALL-THE-EMOTIONS for the last book!
    But... I didn't actually like The Book Thief *covers face with hands* Well, maybe that's a bit strong. Didn't love it, might be a better word choice. I keep on wondering if I should try it again, in case I was just not in the right headspace for it at that point, or if I'm remembering it wrong, or what. However, I do like your description of it - "it is touching and simple and brutal and it shows life in the most honest sense" - oh, this is soooo beautifully put, Romi!

    (also, and this has nothing to do with this post, but it's in case you don't see my answer to your comment on my top ten post - I think you should write your own top ten favourite book crushes. I think this because I want to read it and see who you would put. *nods*)

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    1. I'm sure everything is going to be just fine- there's no doubt about it, right? I mean, Michelle Hodkin has already put her readers through quite a lot of trauma, so she really owes it to her readers... right? 0_0
      (have you seen Michelle's tumblr? It's Mara Dyerish-ey and creepy and so strange/fantastical.)

      Did you read the whole thing? When I was first interested in reading it I had a lot of bookish things to be read so I read maybe 1.5 pages and thought the fact that death narrated was a little too morbid for me and put it down. Then I wanted to read it again, a few months later, and I was immediately captivated by it and I loved Death a lot.
      Wow, Alexandra- thank you so much! You can't imagine how happy that made me, and I'm not particularly well right now so it's even more appreciated.

      (I agree with you- it's probably needed for statistical reasons or something, too. *opens hands wide* DONE.)

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  8. YES! YES! The Book Thief. I thought I would hate it and my eyes kept going back to in the library. Seriously, I was eyeing it like I was eyeing to capture some Nutella without my mom knowing. (kehehehehehe >:D ) It deserves to be read! Gosh, that book is amazing. Even if it's at a slow-pace and forces you to read slowly, it's truly amazing.

    <3333

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    1. Oh, I didn't find it slow paced at all! I completely agree on how incredible it is, and didn't think I would like it at first, or when I first approached it, but thankfully I gave it more than one try.

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