11 Sep 2017

What I'm reading at the moment & Book Recommendations

Book Recommendations for Fall

I'm a hidden bookworm, that's for sure. I love reading. And there was 90% possibility, that you would find me among stacks of books (with my best friend) in primary school. Somehow, life happened and I started to neglect this loving hobby of mine. Sure, I've read couple of books on vacation, but nothing really special worth mentioning. It was the wrong ''book pick'' that made me hesitant. At the start of this year, I've started watching BookTube and started to grow my love for books once again. I wanted to start with something similar to Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings. I was always pulled toward fantasy, magic and mystery. Still, I do appreciate a good adventure, crime or love story that keeps me curious and reveals itself at the end.

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Sem knjižni molj, rada berem. V osnovni šoli ste me z najboljšo prijateljico lahko našli med kupi knjig in bilo je fantastično. Se še spomnite 5 prijateljev? Te knjige smo kar požirale. Kmalu po osnovni šoli se je zgodilo življenje in moram priznati, da sem prišla samo do polovice Harry Potterja in Gospodarja Prstanov. Ta dolg me še čaka. Kljub temu, da sem med počitnicami vedno prebrala nekaj naključnih knjig, me niso prevzele. Na srečo, sem v začetku leta začela gledati BookTube in tako ponovno vzljubila dober star hobi. Moj okus je različen. Vedno me je vleklo med fantazijske in magične trilogije. Hkrati pa znam ceniti dobro pustolovsko, krimi ali ljubezensko zgodbo, ki mi dovoljuje radovednost vse do konca.


Books you need to read: The Muse, Mistborn

My first dip into adult fantasy was with Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. I adore it. I still feel goosebumps even only mentioning it. It's that good. Not over the top fantasy but still easily believable. The story follows young Vin, who is a rare Mistborn that can burn metals for special powers. It's really one of the best trilogy I've read and a perfect step into fantasy. It's about love, personal growth, moral and standard human discrepancy we all feel sooner or later. That's why Steelheart is on my reading list - I need another dose of Sanderson! It was hard to find to continue after I've finished Mistborn trilogy. After, I read The Girl on the Train which was somewhat comforting, but still not as good. Still, I got the suspense I wanted and I even watched the movie afterwards. It's a good read. Then, I continued with Me before You, which was not my cup of tea at all. It's a cheesy love story between paraplegic man and his nurse. Highly unbelievable story for my realistic taste. Still, I enjoyed the movie because of good actors. I also started reading The Martian, a man who is trapped on Mars. It was a horrible pick as it's written in the style of his diary. Just don't bother if you don't understand ''american humor''. A positive highlight was definitely The Muse by Jessie Burton. Such an intense story! I loved it and you would probably too - if you like a bit of romance, family relations, war time, Spain and art (Velazquez, Dali...). It's such a bright story about two individual girls who seek themselves and are connected to upbringing of new art work. Also, there are some badass twists you won't believe. Highly, highly recommend. Right now, I'm starting The Name of the Wind, which is compared to J.R.R. Tolkien's and G.R.R. Martin's writing. It's kind of medieval inspired with lots of fantasy and magic. So far, it's going slowly and the starting plot is slightly boring. But this might develop into something good.

Oh, I also have some books I want to read. It's The Black Prism (supposedly similar to Mistborn trilogy), A Court of Thorns and Roses (romance and badass female character), Our Dark Duet, The Wonder (about starving girl), The Vegetarian, The Guest Cat, The Miniaturist (by same Jessie Burton), The Signal and the Noise (about better predictions and using information in a smart way), 1Q84, The Last Magician, The Bear and the Nightingale, The Alchemist, Beren and Luthien (JRR Tolkien!), Six of Crows. I usually search or buy books on Bookdepository. Or borrow them in good old libraries.

So, how do you like new blog series of mine? Do you like reading books? Any good recommendations from you? I would love to find out which book is your recent favourite.

Moje prvo izkustvo odrasle fantazije je zapečatila trilogija Mistborn, avtorja Brandon Sandersona. Bila je odličen uvod in še zdaj dobim kurjo kožo ob omembi. Seveda lahko pričakujete osnovne elemente fantazije, vendar je zgodba tako dobro povezana z osnovnimi človeškimi dilemami, da je vse skupaj zelo prepričljivo. Zgodba se vrti okoli mlade Vin, ki s pomočjo voditelja upora, raziskuje svojo osebnost, moralo in življenjska vprašanja. Razcep moralnih dejanj in osebnosti je očitna v več likih, kar ponuja še globji vpogled. Ni vse v kovinah, ki jih osebe zaužijejo za posebne moči v boju proti tiraniji. Na seznamu knjig imam zato tudi Steelheart od enakega avtorja, ker enostavno potrebujem novo dozo Sandersona. Na žalost Mistborn trilogija ni prevedena, zato jo lahko najdete le v angleščini. Po prebrani trilogiji se je bilo težko lotiti česarkoli. Lotila sem se svetovne uspešnice Dekle na Vlaku, ki je bila dovolj zanimiva. Podrobnosti ne bi razkrivala, je pa bila knjiga dovolj napeta vse do zadnje strani. Vsekakor odlična krimi zgodba, približana ženskemu spolu. Nadaljevala sem z Me before You, pocukrano ljubezensko zgodbo med negovalko in paraplegikom. Zgodba se je vlekla in neverjetni življenjski dogodki me niso prepričali. Moram pa na tem mestu priznati, da nisem najbolj romantičen tip. Sledil je The Martian, ki pa je bil zame preveč realističen. Zgodba se odvija na Marsu, kjer je moški sam obtičal na plovilu. Knjiga je pisana kot dnevnik in ima za moj okus preveč tehničnih opisov, kemičnih reakcij in nerazumljiv ameriški humor. Enostavno je nisem zmogla prebrati do konca. Odlična zgodba izven fantazijskega sveta se odvija v knjigi The Muse (Jessie Burton). To je mojstrovina. Napetost je pomešana s temo ljubezni, vojnega časa, družine, Španije in umetnosti (v stilu Velazqueza, Dalija...). Vzporedno se mešata dve zgodbi deklet, ki odkrivata sebe, obenem pa sta močno povezani z novo odkrito mojstrovino. Močno priporočam branje! Trenutno sem načela knjigo Ime Vetra, ki mi na prvi vtis deluje zelo podobno Gospodarju Prstanov. Pohvalil pa jo je celo George R.R. Martin. Knjiga se mi po 60 straneh še vedno malce vleče, vendar imam občutek, da ima knjiga dober potencial. Fantazijske knjige zahtevajo potrpežljivost, saj potrebujejo uvod v nov magičen sistem.

Prav tako imam ogromen seznam knjig, ki jih želim prebrati. Med njimi so The Black Prism (podobno Mistborn), A Court of Thorns and Roses (romance in odličen ženski lik), Our Dark Duet, The Wonder, The Vegetarian, The Guest Cat, The Miniaturist (od iste Jessie Burton, ki je napisala The Muse), The Signal and the Noise (kako pametno uporabiti informacije v svoj prid), 1Q84, The Last Magician, The Bear and the Nightingale, The Alchemist (klasika), Beren and Luthien (nova knjiga J.R.R. Tolkien!), Six of Crows. Knjige si velikokrat sposodim kar v knjižnicah, tiste malo redkejše pa ponavadi nakupujem v Mladinski Knjigi, Antiki (rabljene knjige) ali na Bookdepository.

Kako vam je všeč nova tema o knjigah na blogu? Radi berete? Imate kakšen predlog? Katera je zadnja knjiga, ki te je osupnila?

1 comment:

  1. Super tema! Sama v prostem času zares rada berem in nato na blogu o prebranem tudi kaj zapišem. A Court of Thorns and Roses je odlična! Če želiš lahko prebereš mojo recenzijo, saj je spoiler free. Je pa drugi del iz serije zame ena izmed top 10 knjig, ki sem jih prebrala. Six of Crows imam zaenkrat še na to-read seznamčku skupaj s serijo Mistborn. Komaj čakam, da se je lotim, saj slišim res same pohvale.
    Glede na to, da ti je zanimiva ACOTAR, hmmm si mogoče poskusila s serijo Red Queen? Zgodba ima romantično osnovo, vendar so plot twisti res fantastični ;)
    Moj drugi predlog pa se odmakne od ya fantasy. Pred kratkim sem prebrala The Night Circus, ki je zares magična knjiga in jo priporočam vsem, ki obožujejo dobre zgodbe, ki imajo tisto nekaj več.
    Super objava in se že veselim kakšne podobne :)

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