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Paper Planes Back Home by Tara Frejas

I just finished reading Norse Mythology last Sunday and I decided to take a little break from my fantasy reads and go for something a little different. So I went for one of my go-to local authors, Tara Frejas.


Paper Planes Back Home is one of Tara’s earlier works. I don’t even know why I waited for so long to read this story. I’ve always loved her storytelling and the way she develops her characters. This one is no exception. Paper Planes Back Home only lasted 2 days in my bag (I just finished it!). It kept me so glued to the story that I didn’t notice the morning traffic to work.

I can’t wait to gush about this on my review post. Also looking forward to seeing Tara and the #romanceclass crew this coming weekend for the #FeelsFest2017!

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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

I’ve always had an affinity for hardcover books. Their covers are almost always prettier and more intricate than those of the paperbacks and there’s just this wonderful feeling I get whenever I arrange my hardcovers on my shelf. Admittedly my liking for hardcovers are purely aesthetic and I know that what really matters is the words and stories in between those covers. Most of the time I opt for the paperbacks because it fits my budget and current my shelf space. But sometimes, I indulge myself and I go for the lovely hardback.

The problem I have with hardback books is that it’s too heavy to lug around in my bag. It takes up too much space and my bag is already full as it is so I never try to bring them as my everyday reading material. But for Neil Gaiman, I am totally prepared to make an exception. Norse Mythology is Neil Gaiman latest work which is inspired by his longtime fascination with ancient mythology. In this book, Gaiman writes about the famed Norse gods and goddesses with his own little spin.  His imaginative mind wields stories of the genesis of the nine worlds, the various exploits, and adventures of the gods which brings them ultimately to Ragnarök.

I love how Gaiman introduces his stories, he always gives you a piece of his mind. What were his thoughts when he came with the idea for the book that you’re currently holding. The people who inspired him, the writers and artists who were involved while writing the book. And even the funniest little pieces of information that goes into the creation of such work.  I’m currently halfway through reading it and I’m just excited to see how this all culminates in Ragnarök. As always I’m ecstatic to tell you about what I think of it, I just hope to find the time and the right words to describe how I like the book.

Plus I consider this a timely read as the new Marvel movie Thor Ragnarok (totally not affiliated) is about to come out this October. 😉

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Wounded Little Gods by Eliza Victoria

This is a late blog post but I still wanted to put it out there. Last week this was the book I carried in my bag to read while waiting in queue or while commuting. I made a pledge at the start of the year that I’ll read more books written by Filipino authors as much as the foreign ones I read.

And I was certainly not disappointed with Wounded Little Gods.  It’s an amazing mix of scientific facts and data meshed with small town folklore, local flavor and heritage.

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Eliza Victoria is a Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards winner for Literature and the Philippines Free Press Literary Awards and National Book Award-winning author (Dwellers 2014),  her works have appeared in several online and print publications, including Daily Science Fiction, Stone Telling, Room Magazine, Story Quarterly, The Pedestal Magazine, High Chair, and the Philippine Speculative Fiction anthologies.*

I’ll be posting my full review real soon!

 
*source: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5359218.Eliza_Victoria

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Coast (Kick Push 2) by Jay McLean

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Jay McLean‘s new book Coast, the follow-up to Kick, Push and I’m really excited to dive in Josh and Becca’s story once again. So this week I’ll be reading two books which is something I’ve been used to and I’ll probably be posting quotes and my thoughts about these books within my social media pages (follow me on Twitter or Instagram if you’d like 😁).

I like alternating the books I read, and fortunately for me, I don’t get them mixed up with one another (haha).

I hope to put my review of Coast by this weekend or closer to the book’s release, along with the other book reviews I have piling up. What are you guys reading this week and do you also like alternating books in between? Let me know! ❤️😊📚

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

It’s been a while since I’ve read a YA novel. This particular book got my attention for the multitude of good reviews and awards it got. I also spotted a few friends quoting lines from it.

I was also intrigued with the promise of a story about a unique friendship between two completely different people, Dante and Ari.

I’ll be lugging this around with me while I try to adult my way into my everyday life. Hopefully I’ll get to discover the universe’s secrets too. 😊

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The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

I’m a big fan of Lisbeth Salander and the Millenium series. That’s why when it was announced that a fourth book was going to be in the works a part of me was elated, but then the other half of me was afraid that it might ruin the series.

But still seeing Salander’s story continue weighed far more important to me so I’m all for it. In the last Manila International Book Fair (I promise to blog about it soon too!) I bought the latest book in the Millenium series The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz. I haven’t honestly read any of Lagercrantz work, and in the essence of a full disclosure this is the first that I’ve heard of him. I’m well into the first 60 pages now since I started last Monday, and so far I’m pretty satisfied with how the story is unfolding. I’m holding off on giving any opinions as of now.

The Girl in the Spider's Web

The book is bigger than my other three Millenium books so I’m a bit baffled bothered about it (that’s the OC in me talking). I’m really excited to see how Lagercrantz plans to tell Salander’s story. I’ll post my complete book review as soon as possible!

xoxo,

The BookNut 😄

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman

I’m happy to start off my weekend with Coraline by Neil Gaiman.  I love this edition with illustrations by Chris Riddell.

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I’m reading this alternately with The Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer. And since that book will most definitley not fit in my bag I’m happy to leave it at home.

Have you guys read Coraline or any of the books in The Southern Reach trilogy? What are you guys reading this weekend? Let me know!

Happy weekend! 😀