Monthly Recap : October 2015

Am i the only who feels like October went by so fast? I feel like I’ve just posted my September Wrap-Up yesterday and now it’s time again for a monthly wrap-up. Oh well,  I read a total of 6 books this month and they are all good.brProcessed with VSCOcam with a6 presetA MURDER IS ANNOUNCED BY AGATHA CHRISTIE – 4/5 STARS

This is the fifth book in the Miss Marple series and my second read from Agatha Christie. This book introduced me to Miss Marple and her unique way of investigating and solving a crime. She has an interesting character and maybe after reading some of the books one the series, she will become one of my favorite “detectives”. My full review here.

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie – 4/5 Stars

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetThe first book in the Miss Marple series. Since I was quite disappointed with the appearance of Miss Marple on A Murder Is Announced, I expected that this book will show more of her or will tell me more about her but it doesn’t. This one is quite different from the other books I’ve read from Agatha Christie (this is my third) because this book was written on the Vicar’s (main character) POV. It shows us his thoughts about the other characters including Miss Marple. I still enjoy reading this book and guessing who the real suspect is. I actually guessed the right one but I wasn’t 100% sure about it.

CRESS BY MARISSA MEYER – 4.5/5 STARS

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetThis is part of our (me and Joyce) October TBR. It’s quite hard for me to write a decent review for this book because I don’t know where to start. This is the kind of book (series) that you have to read and see for yourself. Cress is a fairytale retelling of Rapunzel with a twist. I think Cress is so far my favorite from the series. It’s a mix of action, comedy and romance. Great characters and the world building is astounding. It is definitely a must-read. I can’t wait for Winter!

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Book Review : Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

September 3, 1940.

Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters.

And only one person can help them – but she’s trapped in the body of a bird.

The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom.

Hollow City picks up right after the end of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Jacob and the group travel to London, the peculiar capital of the world, after being informed about a cure for Miss Peregrine. Aside from avoiding and surviving the wights and hollowgasts, they also have to make it on time to save Miss P.

I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in 2013 and I totally loved it. The idea of writing an exceptional story together with selected vintage photos is simply amazing. I love the idea because it makes my reading experience more exciting and fun.

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The character development on this book is superb. I like that Jacob grew up and is more confident. I adore Emma for being bold but she can be annoying sometimes. Almost all of the kids are lovable and funny. My favorites are Enoch, Olive and Millard. The new characters with their “peculiarities” or powers are also interesting especially those from the menagerie.

Mr. Riggs writing style is wonderful. He did a great job on showing us the peculiar world and making me feel like I am travelling with the group. I’m also happy that time travel was more explored in this book. The twist towards the end is really unexpected. It made me read the book until I reach the end and now I am more excited for the next book.

Why I didn’t give a perfect five? This book is quite slow and repetitive at the beginning. I personally don’t care about the “love story” between Jacob and Emma because I only feel weird about it. It’s sometimes disturbing. Also, the photos in this book are not that compelling compared to the first book. The photos in the first book really scared me. I am excited for the third (and last) book, Library of Souls, because it says that it has more than 50 photos.

If you loved Miss Peregrine’s, I am sure you will also love Hollow City. Highly recommended.


MY RATING
4stars
Series : Miss peregrine’s peculiar children #2
EDITION : Paperback (396 PAGES)
PUBLISHER : quirk books (january 2014)
GENRE : YA, fantasy, fiction
DATE READ : OCTOBER 2015
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Feel free to join my #kathreads10kGA

Giveaway closed!

IMG_5103Last week I hit 10k followers on IG and as a thank you, I’m hosting a giveaway! Two lucky winners will be announced on November 23. Each of them can choose a book up to 15€ from TheBookDepository. Click the photo above for more info.
If you’re here for the extra 2 entries, comment your IG name below so I can include it on the raffle but don’t forget to follow/subscribe. I’ll be checking it.

I would like to thank each and everyone of you for the support. I cannot express how much I feel. I feel so blessed being part of this awesome community and for meeting such adorable and wonderful people. I would also like to say thank you to my husband for his support and for being my number one fan. ♥

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10/28/2015 : Stubentiger Cafe, Hannover

I went gaga right after hearing about the opening of a cat cafe near our place. I immediately asked my husband to go there but for some reasons, we weren’t able to go there right away. And finally, we’ve made it there last Thursday.

There are cat cafes around Germany (in Berlin, Cologne and the very first is in Munich) but they’re far from our place. Stubentiger Cafe is the first cat cafe in Hannover. It’s only around 15 minutes by car from our apartment. The ambience is so good and they have plenty of rooms available. They have reading corner and a room for smoking customers. They also have a “Stammtisch” where you can chat with other fellow cat-lovers. They also sell books (like from James Bowen) and other cat-related stuff.

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Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetAside from coffee and cakes, they also have breakfast and lunch on their menu. I personally love their cream puff. It was so delicious. They also served food and beverages with glass cover.dffThey have four lovely cats namely: Hiro, Havanna, Holly and Chica. I’ve only met three of them because I wasn’t able to find Holly. She’s everywhere. (I’m not sure if it’s a he or a she).

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Waiting On Wednesday : Winter by Marissa Meyer

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine
that spotlights upcoming releases that we are excited for.

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By Marissa Meyer
Expected Publication; November 10, 2015

Series : The Lunar Chronicles #4
Author : Marissa Meyer
Edition : Hardcover (800 pages)
Publisher : Feiwel and Friends

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

Why Am I Waiting?

I’m excited for this one! I’ve read Cress (third book) this month and I can’t wait to fully meet Winter. Obviously, the book is a retelling of Snow White and even though the cover of this one looks quite different from the other books in the series, I still love it. I’m expecting for an epic ending and hopefully Ms. Marissa Meyer will not let me down! Are you also excited for Winter? What is your favorite book from the series?

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Currently Reading : Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

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September 3, 1940.

Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters.

And only one person can help them – but she’s trapped in the body of a bird.

The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom. x

Halloween is coming so I’ve decided to finally read the second book from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City. I actually started reading last night and I’m on page 103 right now. Jacob and the group meet new peculiar characters which are all interesting and funny at the same time. I’m excited to know more about these new characters and the adventures (not mention the danger) awaiting for the group.

I got my copy of Library of Souls a week after it was published and I’m planning to read it once I’m done with Hollow City.

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Top Ten Tuesday : Top Ten Creepy/Scary Book Cover

Weekly meme hosted by Broke and Bookish.

October 27: Halloween themed freebie — your choice (ie. 10 best ghost stories, 10 things that scare you in books, 10 literary Halloween costumes, 10 vampire novels, 10 books that WILL scare you, 10 non-scary books for Halloween, 10 scariest covers, etc.)

This week is a Freebie Week but of course it has something to do with Halloween! I chose to list my top ten books with creepy/scary cover. I haven’t read all of them but they are all on my TBR list.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
THE HOUSE OF DEAD MAIDS by Clare Dunkle
IT by Stephen King
ASYLUM by Madeleine Roux
bNIGHT OF THE LIVING DUMMY by R.L. Stine
THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin
MYSTERIOUS NEW MEXICO by Benjamin Radford
THE EXORCIST by William Peter Blatty
A CURIOUS TALE OF THE IN-BETWEEN by Lauren DeStefano

Have you read any from these? Feel free to comment below.

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Book Review : The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

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This is the book of @wethebookdragons for the month of October and I really want to join the readalong because I love horror/scary stories. My highschool term paper was about ghost hunting and I was collecting True Philippine Ghost Stories books when I was in college. Horror asian films are my favorites and some of them are Shutter, Ju-On, One Missed Call, and The Ring. I also love American Horror Story.

I didn’t know what to expect because it was the first book I’ve read from Katie Alender. All i know is that the cover and title are both creepy and intriguing. I’m happy that I ended up liking this book even though I expected it to be much creepier/scarier.

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