Hello dear reader(s) and welcome to another instalment of Nessa reads books and writes reviews (NRBWR). Hopefully this one will be short and sweet, because the book I’m reviewing today is for a special edition of my biweekly book club. Sadly Ursula K. Le Guin, the author of many amazing fantasy and science fiction books, passed away a month ago. The members of the book club in collaboration with F&ST Association decided to honour her life and career by reading The Left Hand of Darkness.
Hello dear reader(s)! I’m sure you’re as surprised as I am to see another review on the blog. 🙂 But fear not! This instalment of Nessa reads books and writes reviews (NRBWR) is going to be short and sweet (let’s face it, we all know it’s going to be long 😀 ), because I’ve read Khaled Hosseini’s book The Kite Runner for a book club led by 3 young and amazingly talented women. You can find their Croatian blog here if you want to take a look. And if you want to join the biweekly book club, you can find more info on the Facebook page. Now that the formalities are out of the way 🙂 let’s get on with the review.
Hello dear reader(s)! We made it through January which, according to lore, is the most depressing month of the year. Bravo us! For the beginning of February, in this instalment of Nessa reads books and writes reviews (NRBWR), I’m reviewing the last book I read in January: Roger Crowley’s Empires of the Sea: The Final Battle for the Mediterranean, 1521-1580. It’s a mouthful. Have you noticed how all history books have gigantic (sub)titles? A single title is never enough, they just have to add a gigantic subtitle that explains where and when this is taking place. Can you imagine epic fantasy authors doing that? Game of Thrones: The Causes of Westeros’ Civil Wars 298-300 AC. OK, not my best work, but I tried though! 😀
Hello dear reader(s) and welcome to another instalment of Nessa reads books and writes reviews (NRBWR) because she doesn’t want to forget what she read 3 months later. 🙂 Yeah, that sounds like a good series title; the acronym needs work though. 😀 Today I’m presenting my review of Philip Pullman’s fantasy series His Dark Materials. The series consist of 3 main novels The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. Along with the 3 novels there are 3 short stories from the same universe and those are Once Upon a Time in the North, The Collectors and Lyra’s Oxford.
Greetings and salutations dear reader(s)! I hope the New Year started well for you, and if it hasn’t I hope it will get better. 🙂 Today’s review, if all goes as planned, is the first of many more book reviews to come on the blog. I’m not a person who makes New Year’s resolutions, but this year I decided to make one regarding reading. Last year while I was reading Peter Frankopan’s The Silk Roads, which took me quite a while to read, I noticed that during the gaps in reading I forgot what I read a few chapters earlier. Since I was reading for the pure joy of reading I wasn’t making any notes; neither did I anticipate that I would be reading that book for such a long time. Those damn endnotes will be the death of me. 🙂 So this year I decided to do a more focused reading – keeping a reading journal where I’ll make notes about the reading material etc. I also decided to do a book review on the blog about the books that I read this year, or a book series review if that’s what I’m reading. Keep your fingers crossed that I manage to do this and wish me luck. 🙂
Season greetings and salutations dear reader(s)!
This post is going to be one of those bear with texts about a subject that I’m really passionate about: books. Yesterday I saw this link from the New York Times Books on my Twitter feed. The title (So, You’d Like to Buy Your Loved One a Book?) looked interesting enough, until I opened the dam thing. It was a bloody chart thing with arrows and circles and pointers on which books to buy to people based on your answers! It was one of the stupidest things I’ve seen and definitely the stupidest guide ever!
Hello dear reader(s)!
I hope you’re all doing well and that you had an amazing weekend, ‘cause I certainly had. 🙂 On Saturday 21st October I participated in Dewey’s 24 hour Readathon. It was my 1st ever readathon, and the event’s 10th anniversary. If you’re unfamiliar with the term here’s the explanation directly from their website liked above.
It’s sort of a reading challenge, only everyone participates at the same time. For 24 hours, we read books, post on social media about our reading, and visit other bookworms online. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day and win prizes. In recent years, this event has grown to encompass Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Goodreads, Litsy, a Facebook group, and other channels as well!
Pozdrav dragi štioci! Nadam se da ste dobro i na ugodnoj temperaturi, te da uživate u slobodnom trenutku dok čitate ovo. Evo ljeto nam je došlo u punom zamahu s visokim temperaturama (‘ajmo #hoćuzimu heš :p ), no eto mene za laptopom te vam donosim još jedan pokušaj recenzije knjige. Ovaj put tipkam o Republici kamenoj, prvoj knjizi povijesno-fantastičnog serijala iz pera domaće autorice Tanje Radman. Inače ptičica iz Udruge F&ST mi je šapnula da će Tanja Radman biti na ovogodišnjem FantaSTikonu koji će održati na FESB-u od 22. do 24. srpnja ove godine. 😉 Tako da ako budem imala sreće možda i uhvatim autoricu u neku ćakulu o Republici kamenoj i planovima o nastavku serijala. Nešto od toga će osvanut i na blogu ako uhvatim vremena za tipkanje.
Moj prvi susret s ovom knjigom je započeo na jednoj večeri ASI (Ajmo se igrat) u splitskoj Info Zoni kad sam s prijateljicom pričala o njenim dojmovima na ovogodišnjem SFerakonu. U priči mi je usput spomenula knjigu, čija se radnja odvija u Dubrovniku, te je rekla da bi mi to moglo biti zanimljivo. S obzirom da sam nedavno završila čitanje Kayeve Children of Earth and Sky (čiju recenziju možete pronaći na blogu), a dio radnje se zbivao u njegovoj verziji Dubrovnika, rekoh zašto ne. Sažetak je zvučao zanimljivo, pa zašto ne pročitat. Meni su vam knjige k’o kolači. Iako postoji šansa da ti se neka neće svidjet nikad ne odbijaš priliku da pročitaš nešto novo. Najgore što ti se može dogodit je da ti se knjiga ne svidi pa da pričaš po duštvenim mrežama i blogu kako je ti je knjiga bila pomoz’ B[l]og. 😛
Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog! Today I’m attempting to write another review of a book (shock and awe for that) that unexpectedly became very important to me. I believe that everyone has some sort List of important books where all those special, very dear to your heart, life changing, or just special because of reasons books go. Those books can special because you read them at a very difficult time in your life and helped you get through that period, and because of this that particular book will always have a place in your heart. Or perhaps that book helped you change or form an opinion on a particular subject, or a whole genre of literature, or influenced and inspired you to do something you thought you couldn’t do.
Introductory notes: everyone who knows me knows (see what I did there 😉 ) I’m not really good at reviewing anything. Mostly I spoil the living daylights out of the thing, people cringe, while I wave my arms about and express my feelings about said thing. I could be better if I bothered to practice more. So I’m practicing and doing one now, in English. Brace yourselves, ye’ve been warned. 🙂
I first heard about Adrian Selby’s debut book Snakewood while reading an article on io9 about the best fantasy and science fiction books that were coming out in March. I was intrigued by the rather short summary of the book, so I typed the name of the book and the author in an Evernote file along with the publishing date and continued on with life. Somewhere after Easter I remembered to check said file, got the book and transferred it to my Nook. I wasn’t planning on reading it just yet, since 1) it wasn’t on The List (yes, I do make lists about the things I want to read, and the order I would like to read them. And yes, more times the not The List is ignored.) and 2) I was already reading a history book on the Nook that I wanted to finish before starting on anything new.