[Book Review] A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

51a60e4hkzl-_sx318_bo1204203200_Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Genre: Fiction, fantasy, children’s literature

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Bokkilden.

My rating: 

Summary: Ever since his mother fell ill, and ever since she started all the different treatments that don’t seem to have much of an effect, Conor has had the same recurring nightmare, the one with the darkness and the screaming and the intense feeling of fear. But the monster that shows up outside his window one night is something completely different. It’s a gigantic creature, a wild and ancient force of nature. The monster tells Conor he will come back at night to tell him three stories. The fourth story however, is a story the monster wants Conor to tell him instead. And this story will be the most dangerous thing the monster wants from Conor. It will be the truth.

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[Book Review] 1984 by George Orwell

51vsw7md2bbl-_sx307_bo1204203200_Title: 1984
Author: George Orwell
Genre: Fiction, utopian and dystopian, political fiction, social science fiction

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Norli.

My rating: ★★☆

Summary: Winston Smith lives in London, Airstrip One, which is located in the superstate of Oceania. This is a broken city suffering from war conflicts and the aftermath of revolution. The ruling doctrine is Ingsoc (English Socialism) and the Thought Police spy on Party members through the numerous Telescreens installed in every building. All of this happens under the watchful eye of Big Brother, the leader of the revolution whose face is still used as an icon and displayed on posters everywhere. Winston is a middle-class member of the Outer Party and works at the Ministry of Truth, where his main task is to revise and alter historical facts. He is good at his job but feels a tremendous frustration over the Party’s rigid rules. This prompts him to start writing his thoughts and feelings in a diary, thus essentially committing thought crime. He also finds himself drawn to O’Brien, a member of the upper-class Inner Party who Winston is convinced is secretly a member of the Brotherhood, the mysterious underground group that works to overthrow the Party. In the midst of all this, Winston meets Julia, a young woman who works at the Fiction-department at the Ministry, and the two fall in love and begin an affair. They do everything they can to keep their relationship a secret, but Big Brother sees everything…

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[Book Review] Late Night Partners by Fennel Steuert

32958268Title: Late Night Partners: A Tale of Vampires and Twentysomethings
Author: Fennel Steuert
Genre: Fiction, supernatural

Where I got the book: I received a free e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★☆☆

Summary: Unfortunate old man Simon finds himself attacked by a vampire. As he struggles with the effects of the aftermath, his nephew Roger comes to stay with him. While Roger tends to his uncle, a young woman not considered human anymore, shows up at their door one night. Her name is Doris and she offers Roger a glimpse into the life she’s living. From there on we’re pulled into a world filled with vampires and ghouls, a world that becomes more and more broken as the earthquakes begin to shake it apart.

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[Book Review] Animal Farm by George Orwell

51wou3k-erl-_sx304_bo1204203200_Title: Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
Genre: Fiction, satire, political satire

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Norli.

My rating: ★★☆

Summary: On a farm in England, the lazy and incompetent farmer Mr. Jones completely neglects his livestock. This cruelty spurs on a rebellion after the pig Old Major’s dying vision. Under the leadership of the pigs Snowball and Napoleon, the animals drive Mr. Jones away and proceed to take over the farm, which is promptly and fittingly renamed Animal Farm. The animals are now completely in charge of running the farm and learn that “all animals are equal.” However, as time passes internal disagreements within the leadership arise and soon it undergoes drastic changes. Following these changes the farm rules are constantly altered in favor of the new leadership, and it soon becomes clear that “some animals are more equal than others.”

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[Book Review] The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

51igxao45yl-_sx334_bo1204203200_Title: The Strange Library
Author: Haruki Murakami
Illustrator: Maki Sasaki
Genre: Fiction, magical realism

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★☆

Summary: This is the simple and seemingly straight-forward story about a boy who goes to the library to return a book and finds himself briefly wondering how the Ottoman tax collection system works (as young boys often do). The request for these particular books sends him to an unknown part of the library and to a creepy old man, who escorts him through a giant confusing labyrinth to an underground reading room, which in fact turns out to be a prison cell. Aided by a couple of unlikely helpers, the boy must escape the library before his death sentence is up.

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[Bookish Ramblings] If you only read the books that everyone else is reading…

…you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
– Haruki Murakami (Norwegian Wood)

I only found out this morning, but January 12th is Haruki Murakami’s birthday! Yay, happy birthday! Thanks @withersforkreads on Instagram for bringing this to my attention!

Ever since I started reading his books last year he has quickly become one of my favorite authors ever and I’ve devoured his books in record time. I have read all of his translated novels so far and I’m planning on moving on to his short story collections next! So, in honor of his birthday, I’ll start this post with my favorite Murakami picks thus far, added my ratings and some very short blurbs (that doesn’t do the books any justice at all). In no particular order:

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[Book Review] Vicious by V.E. Schwab

51vic1crdcl-_sx325_bo1204203200_Title: Vicious
Author: V.E. Schwab
Genre: Fiction, fantasy

Where I got the book: I won this book through a giveaway hosted on Instagram and am reviewing this on my own initiative.

My rating: ★☆

Summary: The novel alternates between a background story set ten years ago and present events. Ten years ago, Victor and Eli were inseparable best friends in college – they were opposites in many ways, but both were brilliant students. Fascinated by the rumored existence of EOs (ExtraOrdinaries), Eli wants to find out how some people seem to possess so-called extraordinary abilities. He proposes that under the right conditions, which requires a near-death experience, such extraordinary abilities – or superpowers if you will – can arise in a person. Victor is the one to suggest that they test this hypothesis by using themselves as subjects. Although they both come out on the other side in possession of their own unique abilities, a tragedy lies in the wake of their dangerous research, and Victor ends up in jail because of Eli. In the present, Victor is an escaped convict determined to track down his old friend (now foe) in order to get his long-awaited revenge. Accompanied by one of his cellmates and a teenage girl with an unsettling ability, he sets out to destroy Eli in a final battle.

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