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October Book Wrap Up 

What’s up readers? We’re already past half of November and I think it’s a bit late to post a wrap up of books I’ve read last month but anyway, here are the books I’ve read last October with my thoughts and reviews about it. 😊📚❤

1. Find Your Awesome by Judy Clement

In a perfect world, maybe you wouldn’t need a 30-day challenge to find and fall in love with your most playful, imaginative, and colorful self, but we don’t live in a perfect world. We live in a fast-paced, high-octane society where feeling lost in the jostling crowd is the norm and finding our own significance is oftentimes the biggest challenge of all.

-My review here.

2. Breaking Up Is Hard to Do But You Could Have Done Better by Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell

Anonymous break up stories from men and women, old and young, serious and silly and the cartoons that inspired them. Author and artist Hilary Campbell turns the painful into the hilarious, validating emotions from forgotten middle school tragedies to relationships that ended only hours ago.

-My book review here.

3. Sea Trials by Wendy Hindman

In 1973, the Wilcox family sets off to sail around the world aboard the 40-foot sailboat, Vela. Thirteen months later, they are shipwrecked on a coral reef, with surf tearing a huge hole in the side of their boat. After years invested in saving money, preparing the boat, and learning to navigate by the stars, parents Chuck and Dawn refuse to give up. Fourteen-year-old Garth is determined to continue, while eleven-year-old Linda never wanted to go in the first place. Can they overcome the emotional, physical and financial challenges to transform from castaways into circumnavigators?

-Very inspirational. A must read to those who love travelling. While reading, it made me feel like I was voyaging together with them. It’s a true story and I’m very awed by how a family of four has managed to successfully sail around the world despite the countless trials they faced while at sea. Their resilience and perseverance has been tested again and again in this unforgettable journey of the Wilcoxes.

4. Why LA Pourquoi Paris? by Diane Ratican


Why LA, Pourquoi Paris? represents a visionary approach to a comparative study of two major, contemporary metropolises. As a long-time resident of both cities and a successful entrepreneur, author Diane Ratican curates visual pairings of Los Angeles and Paris with a newfound appreciation for their similarities, differences, and eccentricities.

-My book review here.

5. Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

With people having to “cut back,” Becky decides to throw a surprise party for Luke to cheer everyone up. But when costs start to spiral out of control, she must decide whether to accept help from an unexpected source–and therefore run the risk of hurting the person she loves.

Sophie Kinsella is my favorite chick lit author and as always, she never disappoints me with every shopaholic series book I pick up. Becky Brandon neé Bloomwood is a likeable character because in spite of debilitating circumstance after another, she always has a solution to everything despite how crazy and unique her ideas are. Becky’s no ordinary character and that’s what I like about her. I love love love Luke Brandon’s charcter as well. I mean, who can not be attracted to him?  And Minnie! OMG! She’s kind of spoiled but very adorable. Oh God, I can’t imagine how Minnie will turn out as a teenager but I’m sure Becky will figure out how to raise Minnie to be a proper lady. Haha All in all, a very hilarious and sassy read! 😄

6. That Place of Knowledge by Philip Alan Shalka

It all begins when Sabre is assigned to an autistic, non-verbal, boy who seems to have an adventurous streak. One sunny summer afternoon, the usual swim in the pool leads to an under water trap door opening a passage to a secret city. There, time seems to have stood still since Ancient Greece. Sabre is right at his side as Philip encounters the philosopher Aristotle. Their conversations centre on a shared desire to seek knowledge, learning and happiness. Philip’s questions incite deep revelations, not only about himself but also about life in general. He gains insight and knowledge from Aristotle and it is clear that the philosopher also quite enjoys the company of his new friends.

-So many lessons within a short book. Wonderfully and skillfully written. Short and precise with his storytelling, author, Philip Alan Shalka takes you to that place called knowledge where he gets you thinking and the mysteries of life.

7. The Time And The Place by Donna K. Drago

During her inaugural trip to France in 2012, the American author experiences her first case of “love at first sight,” but it’s not a man that turns her head–it’s a country. She falls in love with the villages, the décor, food, wine and the lifestyle. Once back at home she becomes obsessed with the idea of owning her own place in France and begins her own vigilant search for a dream cottage. She allows herself to be drawn in and charmed by the clock tower’s wonky and sporadic clanging. Pour a glass of rose’ and sip along as she signs the contract and spends five whirlwind days making the house her own. Then relish the moments when she finally sits down and blissfully savors the first glass of wine on her new French balcony.

-Most of the time, I read fiction to get out of everyday stress by escaping from reality for a while but reading non-fiction every once in a while is something I try to do. When I finished reading Beginning French, I was scrolling through Amazon and “The Time and The Place by Donna K. Drago” popped up as one of the recommended books. Realizing that it is another book about France, specifically buying a house in France, it got my attention (I don’t plan buying a house there but it’s fun to know about how people buy houses in another country – all the preparations and whatnot). It was a very short but insightful read and I had fun reading along how the author shopped and

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on these books? Let me know in the comment section below. 👇😊

More Book Wrap Ups:

September Book Wrap Up

August Book Wrap Up

July Monthly Book Wrap Up 

2017 Half Year Book Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Up for the 2nd Week of June 2017

Weekly Wrap Up: First Week of June 2017 

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August Book Wrap Up 2017


What’s up readers? Today I’m going to share to you the books that I have read last August. 😄📚💕📖
1. A Few Minor Adjustments by Cherie Kephart

2. Lies We Tell Our Kids by Brett Wagner

3. 借りぐらしのアリエッティ

4. となりのトトロ 1

5. となりのトトロ 2

6. となりのトトロ 3

7. となりのトトロ 4

8. 午前〇時、キスして来てよ 2 by みきもと凛

9. 午前〇時、キスして来てよ 3 by みきもと凛

10. ダークハンター 放課後のふたり by 浜田翔子

11. ちびまる子: 王子のきつね

12. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything by Elizabeth Gilbert


13.  あたしんち 原作 (げんさく): けらえいこ

14. クレヨン しんちゃん The アニメ by 臼井義人 (うすいよしと)


More Book Wrap Ups:

July Monthly Book Wrap Up

2017 Half Year Book Wrap Up
Weekly Wrap Up for the 2nd Week of June 2017
Weekly Wrap Up: First Week of June 2017

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Thank you for reading and cheers to more books! 🍷📚💕😄

Love,

Flexi ❤

July Monthly Book Wrap Up 

Hello readers! How was July for you? July flew by fast for me. It was a busy month and quite overwhelming but I got a lot accomplished so that’s good. I hope you had a productive month as well.  


This month, I read 9 books in total getting me closer to the 100 books I’m aiming to read this year. 8 of them are novels in English and 1 Japanese book. So without further ado, let’s jump right into the Book Wrap Up for the month of July.
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1. All the Wrong Chords by Christine Hurley Deriso

Synopsis:

Scarlett Stiles is desperate for a change of scenery after her older brother, Liam, dies of a drug overdose. But spending the summer with her grandfather wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Luckily, Scarlett finds something to keep her busy—a local rock band looking for a guitarist. Even though playing guitar has been hard since Liam died, Scarlett can’t pass on an opportunity like this, and she can’t take her eyes off the band’s hot lead singer either. Is real happiness just around the corner? Or will she always be haunted by her brother’s death?

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and I’m so glad I did because I really enjoyed it.


I wrote a review of All the Wrong Chords here
👇https://flexireads.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/book-review-all-the-wrong-chords-by-christine-hurley-deriso/


2. A Short Border Handbook by Gazmend Kapllani

Synopsis:


After spending his childhood and school years in Albania, imagining that the miniskirts and game shows of Italian state TV were the reality of life in the West, and fantasizing accordingly about living on the other side of the border, the 1985 death of Albanian Communist leader Hoxha at last enables Gazmend Kapllani to make his escape. However, on arriving in the promised land, he finds neither lots of willing leggy lovelies nor a warm welcome from his long-lost Greek cousins. Instead, he gets banged up in a detention center in a small border town. As Gazi and his fellow immigrants try to find jobs, they begin to plan their future lives in Greece, imagining riches and successes which always remain just beyond their grasp.


A Short Border Handbook by Gazmend Kapllani is another book I received from Netgalley. This book moved me and even brought me to tears. It also made me question myself a lot about life. I think this is a book everyone should read.


I also wrote a short review for A Short Border Handbook. I’ve included some of my favorite quotes from the book as well so you can have a sneak peek of the book. Check it out (if you’re interested) here
👉 https://flexireads.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/book-review-a-short-border-handbook-by-gazmend-kapllani/

3. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami translated by Philip Gabriel

Synopsis: 

 Kafka on the Shore is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging simpleton called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is drawn toward Kafka for reasons that, like the most basic activities of daily life, he cannot fathom.

As their paths converge, and the reasons for that convergence become clear, Haruki Murakami enfolds readers in a world where cats talk, fish fall from the sky, and spirits slip out of their bodies to make love or commit murder. Kafka on the Shore displays one of the world’s great storytellers at the peak of his powers.



Check out my review of Kafka on the Shore if you haven’t yet by clicking on the link below. 👇
https://flexireads.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/book-review-kafka-on-the-shore-by-haruki-murakami-translated-by-philip-gabriel/


4. ちびまる子ちゃん: サッカー少年ケン太の巻、 原作: さくらももこ (Chibi Maruko Chan: Kenta the Soccer Player)


概要:

清水市は「日本のブラジル」と自ら主張するほどサッカーのさかんな市。サッカー部が部員を募集していると聞いて、クラスはその話題でもちきりになる。サッカーが大好きなケン太が大張りきりでみんなを引っ張っていくが、 釣られただけのクラスメイトは数日でぐったり。けん太は友達をサッカーをあきらめないようになっとくさせられるのか、それともひとりで部に残って頑張り続ける?

Synopsis:

People living in Shizuoka City are very active when it comes to soccer that the city is often called the Brazil of Japan. When the teacher announces that the soccer club is recruiting new members, the class buzzes with excitement. Kenta, who has a passion for soccer, joins the team. Other students become inspired by him and join as well. When new members become dead-tired of practice only days after they joined the team except for Kenta who has a passion for soccer,  he finds ways to save the team. Will Kenta be able to convince his other classmates to continue playing soccer or will he continue following his dreams even if it means he will be spending less time with friends?

今月は日本語の本は一冊しか読んでないので来月はたくさん読めるように頑張ります。実は学校で日本語の本を十冊読みましたけど全部すごく短い物語なのでこのリストには含めていないです。この本の書評はまだ書いてないので来月にアップしますので楽しみです。
I feel guilty for reading only 1 Japanese book this month so I will try my best to read more Japanese books this August. I actually read about 10 Japanese books in school but they’re short stories and by short I mean really short so I didn’t include them in this list. I haven’t written a book review of this yet but I will be writing a review some time this August. I’m so excited for it. 

5. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Synopsis:

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a a hand in carefully laid plans – except Katniss.


The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebel’s Mockingjay – no matter what the personal cost.


6. All Things New by Lauren Miller


Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Jessa Gray has always felt broken inside, but she’s gotten very good at hiding it. No one at school knows about the panic attacks, the therapy that didn’t help, the meds that haven’t worked. But when a severe accident leaves her with a brain injury and noticeable scars, Jessa’s efforts to convince the world that she’s okay finally crumbles. She now looks as shattered as she feels. Fleeing from her old life in Los Angeles, Jessa moves to Colorado to live with her dad, but things go from bad to worse when she realizes she’s seeing bruises and scars on the people around her that no one else can see. She blames it on the accident, but as her body heals and the hallucinations continue, Jessa wonders if what she’s seeing could somehow have a deeper meaning. In her quest for answers, she falls for Marshall, a boy whose kindness and generous heart slowly draw Jessa out of her walled-off shell and into the broken, beautiful, real world place where souls get hurt just as badly as bodies, and we all need each other to heal.

Another book I received from Netgalley is All Things New by Lauren Miller. I will also be writing a review of this on August as well so look forward to that. ☺


Check out Lauren Miller’s website here:    
👉  http://www.laurenmillerwrites.com/

7. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling

Synopsis:

Explorer and Magizoologist Newt Scamander has just completed a round-the-globe trip in search of the most rare and unusual magical creatures. Arriving in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when Newt’s case is misplaced and some of his fantastic beasts escape into the city, it spells trouble for everyone…

So I have already watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them when it hit the screens last year but I haven’t read the book yet so when I found it at Book Off for just ¥500 and in really good condition, I knew I had to grab it before someone else does. I really enjoyed the movie and while I was reading the book, it was like watching the movie all over again. The cover is amazing and the illustrations inside are really pretty which makes me feel like I’m in a different world while reading. 

8. Wings Unseen by Rebecca Gomez Farrell

Synopsis:

The Meduan and Lanserim ways of life are as compatible as oil and water. But when a menacing threat descends upon both countries, devouring all living things in its wake and leaving only husks of skin behind, Lansera’s young Prince Janto and his fiancée, Serra, must learn to work together with the beautiful Vesperi, an unpredictable Meduan who may possess the only weapon that can save them—magic.

This book is like And I Darken and An Ember in the Ashes combined. I received this book from Netgalley and I will be writing a review this August so look forward to that. 😉
9. Counting Wolves by Michael F. Stewart


Synopsis:

Milly’s evil stepmother commits her to a pediatric psych ward. That’s just what the wolf wants. With bunk mates like Red, who’s spiraling out of control; Pig, a fire-bug who claims Milly as her own—but just wants extra dessert—Vanet, a manic teen masquerading as a fairy godmother with wish-granting powers as likely to kill as to help; and the mysterious Wolfgang, rumored to roam for blood at night; it doesn’t take long for Milly to realize that only her dead mother’s book of tales can save her.


But Milly’s spells of protection weaken as her wolf stalks the hospital corridors. The ward’s a Dark Wood, and she’s not alone. As her power crumbles, she must let go of her magic and discover new weapons if she is to transform from hunted to hunter.


Another ebook I received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review is Counting Wolves by Michael F. Stewart. I will be writing a review of this book as well so look forward to that also.
That’s it for my book wrap up for the month of July! 😄 I hope you enjoyed it and if you did, please give it a thumbs up to let me know and follow me (if you like, I’m not forcing anyone) if you enjoy posts like this. ☺ Thank you for reading! 📖

Love,

Flexi ❤

2017 Half Year Book Wrap Up


Happy Half Year fellow readers! 🎉😄🍰📚

How is your 2017 so far? Have you been continuing your resolutions or have you already forgotten them? Has this year turned out to be what you expected it to be? If not, don’t worry. You still have 6 months more to accomplish whatever you want.
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I love to read and I love books but I’m not like one of those people who read 10 to 15 books every month. I read about 2 to 3 books per month on average because I like to linger on the magic that a book leaves long after I’ve read the last word. I’m also not a very fast reader since I jot down a lot of notes while reading. So this year, I challenged myself to read 100 books for the whole year of 2017. Half of the year has passed and I read 44 books in all. 54 to go!
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1. The Merchant of Death, Pendragon #1 by D.J. MacHale 

My friend actually sent me a copy of this book and this is the 2nd time I’m reading The Merchant of Death. I first read this series when I was in High School so it feels nostalgic reading about Bobby and his adventures. 

2. What Light by Jay Asher

This is my favorite contemporary book I’ve read this year so far because I just love everything about this book – from the characters to the setting, the season, the theme, just… everything. BTW, I wrote a review of What Light, you can check it out on my previous posts. 

3. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella


I’ve been into mental health novels lately and this caught my eye in the bookstore and it’s a Sophie Kinsella novel so why not? I love all of Sophie Kinsella’s books I’ve read so far and I thought I would be loving this as much but this book didn’t really meet up my expectations. It’s my fault anyway since I expected too much. I enjoyed it though, but not as much as I hoped I would. I think chick-lit best suits Sophie’s writing style. 

4. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


I love love love Red Queen! This book was just the right choice to grab at that time since I was going through a difficult phase in my life and fierce female characters in dystopian society makes me feel stronger. 

5. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein


While I was walking through the bookstore, this book caught my attention. Guess why? Because it was on sale! Haha It was only about $4.00 and it was the last copy so I grabbed it along with other books before anyone else could put their hands on it. It’s a really light and fun read. Reminds me of Elementary. I miss being a kid. 

6. Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard


Having enjoyed the Red Queen, this novella was everything I expected and more! 

7. The Lost City of Faar by D. J. MacHale


More of Bobby’s adventures yay! A sequel to Merchant of Death, The Lost City of Faar is set under the sea somewhat like the lost city of Atlantis. Cloral is my favorite teritory so far in this series. I don’t know how to swim though. Hihi

8. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth


This has been on my TBR list since I’ve heard of it because …. Veronica Roth! I love the Divergent Series and I’m still stuck in that world even to this day, I can’t seem to get out of it. Again, I expected a lot from this since I enjoyed Veronica Roth’s other books and I did enjoy this but Divergent is still better, to me at least. Divergent will always have a special place in my heart since it is the first dystopian novel I read. 

9. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

OMG! The cover is awesome but the title is even more awesome! This book is just everything I expected and more. This is the best series I read so far this year.

10. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan


Very hilarious, fun, and educational, this book is a must-read for when you need cheering up. 

11. The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer


Fairies, trolls, goblins, elves, witches, dragons, talking statues, a mystery masked man, the Brothers Grimm, the Grande Armée, life lessons from the Fairy Godmother, clues in a time capsule, secrets unveiled, a wedding in the woods, first loves and broken hearts, betrayal, and magic mirrors. What’s not to love? 

12. Heartless by Marissa Meyer


First of all, the cover is love! With black and red and silver, the cover matches the title perfectly! This book made me laugh, cry and fall in love. If I had not known that Heartless is about the Queen of Hearts of Alice in Wonderland, I would have guessed it’s a story about the Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs because of its title. This is my favorite retelling that I read so far this year. 

13. Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

This was on sale for only about $4.00 so I grabbed it. It was on sale so why not? I heard a lot of hate comments about this book so I was hesitant to read Black Ice at first but I bought it so might as well read it. Haha Guess what? I actually enjoyed this book! 

14. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


A heist, okay, this sounds interesting, so I picked this book. And boy was I not disappointed at all with this. Is there such thing as a criminal prodigy? Well, in this book, there is. Haha Kaz Brekker is so cool! He reminds me of Sherlock. I love love love Kaz. OMG, can I be Inej for a second? Haha 

15. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo


A sequel to Six of Crows means more of Kaz! And Inej, Matthias, Nina, Jesper and Wylan! I like how the loyalty of each member lies differently. It makes the story more interesting. 

16. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

I love this book period. 

17. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella


Unputdownable. Yes, this book is unputdownable. Hilarious and relatable,
My Not So Perfect Life is a great read for when you want a good dose of laughter. 

18. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling


I have to admit, this is my first time to read the Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling. I feel embarrassed even though I shouldn’t be. My family and I went to Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios in Japan so I watched all the Harry Potter movies days before the trip.

19. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

The first Mitch Albom book that I read is Tuesdays with Morrie and I really enjoyed that book. So when I went to the bookstore and saw The Time Keeper, I didn’t hesitate to buy it. Mitch Albom never disappoints me. The Time Keeper is just as I expected it to be.

 

20. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

21. メント Vol.1 by 槇村 さとる

22.メント Vol. 2 by 槇村 さとる

23.メント Vol. 3 by 槇村 さとる

24. モーメント Vol. 4 by 槇村 さとる

25. モーメント Vol. 5 by 槇村 さとる

テレビで、フィギュアスケートの大会を見て、この漫画を読みました。日本語を勉強していますので漫画や子どもの絵本など読んで日本語を勉強しています。
I love Satoru Makimura’s The Moment Series particularly because it doesn’t involve romantic feelings compared to almost all mangga that revolve around love and crushes and all that stuff. (I sound bitter. Right. Whatever.) But in the fifth volume, the main character begins to have feelings towards her fellow skater but to my surprise, I still enjoyed it.

26. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter! Yay! 

27. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare


The Mortal Instruments movie has been sitting on my laptop for so long since I received a copy from my sister and I’ve made a promise to myself not to watch it before reading the book and despite the hype about this book, I wasn’t intrigued enough to read it. But surprise! I finally picked it up. 

28. あらしのよるに by きむらゆういち


この絵本はお母さんが買ってくれた本で前はテレビでよく見てたってゆってました。羊と狼の話でなかよくなったすてきなストーリーです。羊と狼が友達になるなんてめずらしいですね。あらしのよるにはすばらしい絵本だと思います。

29. Hotel Valhalla Guide to the Norse Worlds by Rick Riordan

A guide for einhenjars staying at Hotel Valhalla, this book is an entertaining read!

30. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

So I watched the movie before reading Catching Fire and I like the movie as a movie and the book as a book. I like Suzanne Collins’ writing style and how she leaves you in suspense after each chapter.

31. Cinder by Marissa Meyer


If this was the first book I read by Marissa Meyer, then I don’t think I would be a fan of Marissa Meyer’s writing style but with Heartless, I’m a big fan of her work. Considering the fact that Cinder was published 5 years ago and Heartless came out just last year, I think she has improved a lot since then.
32. とべないほたる5 ののさんおうた

A Story of the Firefly Who Cannot Fly: Song of the Moon is a beautiful story that empowers children and even adults who are different from the norm to be confident of who they are and what they are born with and turn their weakness into strength.

33. 林一きれいなひょうの話 by 工藤直子

It’s a fun light read as we follow the leopard on his journey to find his spots. I enjoyed reading this since the vocabulary is easy and a very entertaining read as well.

34. どうぶつなぜなぜばなし: ぞうのはなはなぜながい by 村上 勉、くじらがくじらになったわけ by みやざきひろかず、くまのしっぽはなぜみじかいの  by 馬場のぼる

どうぶつなぜなぜばなし is a hilarious read that will leave your jaw hanging with words like “What,” “Why,” “No way,” and a lot of “Hahas” floating in your head. Well, to young adults at least. But to children, I think this is a very interesting read.

35. 塔の上のラプンツエル by しぶやまさこ

塔の上のラプンツエル は しぶやまさこ が アイリーン トリンブル が書いた 英語の本を訳した物語です。日本語なのでグーグルトランスレートを使いながら読んで、読み終わるには何日もかかりましたけど 楽しかった。訳した本ですけど日本語がオリジナル物語みたいに書いてあって訳してないような訳で すばらしいと思います。日本語を勉強して漢字は三年生の漢字を勉強してますのであまり漢字読めないのでこの本を読んで勉強になりました。それに、塔の上のラプンツエルの本は漢字にふりがなをふってあいますので新しい言葉とか習いました。 

36. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

After a Cinderella retelling, the 2nd book to the Lunar Chronicles is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. I was drawn to Wolf since the beginning because of his mysterious aura. I also like the romance going on between Wolf and Scarlet though it’s a bit cheesy. 

37. Glitches by Marissa Meyer


Let us take another moment to appreciate the book cover. It is  beautifully written and I wish it would have been a bit longer. After reading this prequel, I liked Peony even more because she did not judge Cinder for being different.

38. The Queen’s Army by Marissa Meyer


Ze’ev! A story about Wolf’s past! Yes yes yes!  I love love love this novella because it gives a glimpse of Wolf’s story before the army and because it’s a story about my favorite character in the Lunar Chronicles. I really enjoyed this novella.

39. The Little Android by Marissa Meyer


Marissa Meyer did it again, a unique way of retelling! Heartbreakingly beautiful, this novella is one of my favorite novellas of all time. 

40. はたらくくるま

この本は絵本なのであっとゆうまに終わりましたけど色んな車の勉強になりました。日本語を勉強している方にはおすすめです。

41. 午前〇時、キスしに来てよ by みきもと凛

この漫画はシンデレラストーリーみたいに書かれた作品です。さいきん英語のシンデレラ風の半分人間半分ロボットのストーリーを読みましたのでこの漫画に出会ったことは運命と思います。 午前〇時、キスしに来てよはドキドキいっぱいかわいいストーリーだと私は思っています。

42. Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress is a retelling of Rapunzel and after reading a translated version of Rapunzel in Japanese, Rapunzel is easily becoming one of my favorite Disney princesses. Cress is my favorite in the Lunar Chronicles so far. Cress is also my favorite female character because I can relate to her in many ways. I like how Meyer retold and changed the tower into a satellite because it sounds more techy. 

43. A-List by DP Lyle

This is the first book that I received from NetGalley and I hate to admit that I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. I had no idea A-List is a sequel but this book can stand on its own without having read the prequel. I have to admit, it had a slow start. I don’t like how the dialogues are constructed and there are many redundant ideas that it made me feel like I’ve just started the book even when I was already 200 plus pages in.

44. Accessories to Die For by Paula Paul

Fast-paced and thrilling, Accessories to Die For will keep you turning the pages long after the lights have gone out. I love love love this book! Set in a small town in Santa Fe, New Mexico, rich in culture and tradition, we see a different side of Santa Fe, a darker side. Irene reminds me of Nancy Drew because of her bravery and independence. I’m happy I requested a copy of this! 

















Weekly Wrap Up for the 2nd Week of June 2017

So this week, I read 5 books in total. 4 being Marissa Meyer books, 1 novel in English, 3 novellas, and 1 novel in Japanese. 


1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Synopsis:


Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner. 



My Thoughts on Scarlet:

After a Cinderella retelling, the 2nd book to the Lunar Chronicles is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. While Cinder was set in China, the 2nd book, Scarlet, is set in France. For me, this book is better than Cinder because of it’s plot and I love the new set of characters better than the first book. First, we have Scarlet Benoit’s grand-mére who was a pilot and was a part of a special mission when she was younger. How cool is that! And there’s fierce and sassy Scarlet who is willing to sacrifice her life if it means saving her grand-mére. Then there’s Ze’ev also known as “Wolf.” Mysterious Wolf. I was drawn to Wolf since the beginning because of his mysterious aura. I also like the romance going on between Wolf and Scarlet though it’s a bit cheesy. Overall, I give Scarlet 4 stars out of 5. 

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2. Glitches by Marissa Meyer

Synopsis:


Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. In Glitches, a short prequel story to Cinder, we see the results of that illness play out, and the emotional toll that takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch…



My Thoughts on Glitches: 

Let us take a moment to appreciate the book cover. Okay, let’s move on to my thoughts about this short prequel. It is  beautifully written and I wish it would have been a bit longer. After reading this prequel, I liked Peony even more because she did not judge Cinder for who she is and she did not mind having an additional member to their family. In fact, she was happy to have Cinder be a part of their family. Her sister Pearl on the otherhand hated having Cinder in their family. I guess Peony was happy because it meant having a playmate and as I think about it, I don’t think children judge anyone because of their differences like being part cyborg or being black or white and since Pearl is older and more mature, I think she sees Cinder differently and she judged Cinder instead of welcoming her to the family. And then, there’s Cinder’s stepmother, Adri. I hated her in the first book. Wait, no. I did not hate her, I despised her but after reading Glitches, I learned that  when Cinder was added to their family, they were having financial problems and having an additional member to their family means more mouths to feed. If Cinder’s stepfather explained to Adri why he saved Cinder’s life and why he is so comitted to taking care of Cinder, Adri would have understood. Overall, I give this 4 out of 5 stars. 

3. The Queen’s Army by Marissa Meyer

Synopsis:
It is time. The boy must leave his family to serve in the Queen’s army. To be chosen is an honor. To decline is impossible. The boy is modified. He is trained for several years, and learns to fight to the death. He proves to the Queen—and to himself—that he is capable of evil. He is just the kind of soldier the Queen wants: the alpha of his pack. 

My Thoughts on The Queen’s Army: 



Ze’ev! A story about Wolf’s past! Yes yes yes! 😍 I love love love this novella because it gives a glimpse of Wolf’s story before the army and because it’s a story about my favorite character in the Lunar Chronicles. I really enjoyed this novella. The scene wherein Ze’ev was forced to leave his family to join the Queen’s army when he was still in his teens made me feel like I want to jump right into the book and tell him everything will be alright. I got a little carried away there, sorry. I feel sorry for his younger brother because he is always overshadowed by Wolf. This novella made me hate Queen Levana even more because of how he turned innocent people into genetically engineered monsters to become her army. I couldn’t say much about this book because no words would give justice as to how much I really loved this novella. I’ll just let my star rating say it all. Overall, I give this novella 5 out of 5 stars!

4. The Little Android by Marissa Meyer

The Little Android is a retelling of The Little Mermaid, set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles by New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer.


Synopsis: 

When android Mech6.0 saves the life of a handsome hardware engineer, her body is destroyed and her mechanics discover a glitch in her programming. Androids aren’t meant to develop impractical reasoning or near-emotional responses…let alone fall in love.

My Thoughts on The Little Android:

Marissa Meyer did it again, a unique way of retelling! Heartbreakingly beautiful, this novella is one of my favorite novellas of all time. OMG I don’t think I can write a proper review on this because I can’t keep myself from crying on the inside whenever I remember Star and the sacrifice she made to the one she loves. I want to give this a 6 out of 5 stars!

5. 塔の上のラプンツエル しぶや まさこ より

概要:

18 年間、外の世界を知らずに、深い森の奥の塔の中で暮らしてきた美しい少女ラプンツエル。大泥棒のフリンとの出会いをきっかけに、魔法の髪に導かれて、ラプンツエル未知の世界への旅が始まります。
私の思考:

塔の上のラプンツエル は しぶやまさこ が アイリーン トリンブル が書いた 英語の本を訳した物語です。日本語なのでグーグルトランスレートを使いながら読んで、読み終わるには何日もかかりましたけど 楽しかった。訳した本ですけど日本語がオリジナル物語みたいに書いてあって訳してないような訳で すばらしいと思います。日本語を勉強して漢字は三年生の漢字を勉強してますのであまり漢字読めないのでこの本を読んで勉強になりました。それに、塔の上のラプンツエルの本は漢字にふりがなをふってあいますので新しい言葉とか習いました。
That’s it for my weekly wrap up! ☺ If you’ve made it this far into my post, thank you for reading! I really appreciate it. 😄

Love, 

Flexi 😘