Maus Review

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Author: Art Spiegelman

Purchased: Amazon 

Finished: Saturday 8th April 

Rating: ✪✪✪✪


Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II – the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler’s Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival – and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents. A contemporary classic of immeasurable significance.

My Thoughts:

I have read numerous book regarding World War 2 and the Holocaust. I have never read a book that was as hard hitting as this book was regarding the war. I have read Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account and this is a very graphic Memoir but for some reason Maus was the one that made it all extremely real what everyone went through in this time, for example, there were mother looking after there own children and others children who decided suicide was the only option for them rather than getting caught. This is the only Holocaust book where you can see how it affects the entire family even years after all the war ended. 

The art style of this book was so thought provoking. Even through it was drawn as animals (Cat = Germans, Mice = Jewish People, Frogs = French). I thought the way that things were captured were truly heart wrenching. 

I can’t put all my thoughts on this graphic novel into words. The entire Holocaust and what everyone went through in that time truly horrifying and scary that humans can do such a thing to millions of people 

I then look at the world as it is today and even though everything isn’t to the same extent, horrible, terrible things are still happening. I am ashamed to be human. 

I would recommend anyone interested in World war 2 or the Holocaust should read this memoir. I think this is a must read of everyone. 

Six of Crows Review

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Leigh Bardugo 

Purchased book from Amazon

512 Pages 

Finished 6th Dec 2016


Goodreads Synopsis 

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

My Thoughts

It took me a while to get into this book, which I was really surprised about as I heard a lot of good things about it. I was close to giving up on the book as it was not capturing my attention as I had hoped. 

I don’t like giving up on books especially one where I know I will like it just of the synopsis. 

As I grew to like the characters more and more, I liked the way the story was going more and more as well. I thought the development of all the characters more so kaz was amazing and I couldn’t wait to find out more about them. I did keep finding myself forgetting they were young and thinking these characters where older adults throughout and was reminded every so often once the age was brought up by another character they interact within the plot, which I thought was an interesting thing the author put in, whether it was meant that way or not. 

I find it refreshing that even though you can see there is a ‘love interest’ between some of the characters nothing has been acted upon. I like this because I am so used to reading YA books which include a love interest or relationship acted upon so easily. 

I really did enjoy this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking of reading it. I can not wait to start the next one, which I am so glad I purchased at the same time. 

If any of you have read this book please let me know what your thoughts were

Alice in Wonderland Review

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Alice In Wonderland 

Lewis Carrol 

3.5 Stars

I did really enjoy the beginning and middle of this story I wasn’t so keen on the way in which it ended. I would probably look at this differently if I hadn’t seen the film and TV adaptitions for this story first. Even though I knew that it all ended with her back in her family surroundings, I felt it was rather abrupt in the story for. I would recommend reading the story if you have just seen the films, as the adaptions have been really good and stuck mostly to the plot line.

That being said I did love all the characters and they were all exactly as I remember ed them being from what I have seen of the story and everything was very well discribed and set for me. I actually felt like I was there watching this story unfold.

I will be trying to read other versions to see how they differ from this on, especially the longer versions. . I am looking forwardto re reading this story in the near future, including after reading A story of Alice.

Good reads Reading Challenge

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Reading hasn’t been a big part of my life this year and it is really annoying me that I can’t seem to finish a book even when I am enjoying them.. 

Does this mean I am finding reading less enjoyable? I don’t know maybe 😞 

Because of this .. I have changed my reading goal to 25 .. I have currently read 22 books this year so far so I am hoping this challenge is more do able. 

Next year we will see if the reading challenge is going to be part of my reading ! Who knows? I’ll keep you guys posted 

The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k

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Title: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k

Author: Sarah Knight

Stars: ✪✪✪.5


This brilliant, hilarious, and practical parody of Marie Kondo’s bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt–and give your f*cks instead to people and things that make you happy.

The easy-to-use, two-step NotSorry Method for mental decluttering will help you unleash the power of not giving a f*ck about:

Family drama
Having a “bikini body”
Co-workers’ opinions, pets, and children
And other bullsh*t! And it will free you to spend your time, energy, and money on the things that really matter. So what are you waiting for? Stop giving a f*ck and start living your best life today!

My Opinion:

I really enjoyed this refreshing, humorous look on life and how the author looks at different activities in her life. Although I am already the kind of person who won’t do something I don’t necessary think I am going to get anything out off. I will still do quite a lot of things I really don’t want to do just to please a few people. I also care way to much about what people think about me.

Reading the advice and the way Sarah has her own outlook on life, has really helped me to just sit back and think about whether some of these things are worth bothering about, especially as I am planning a wedding and its driving me up the wall.

One thing I will say about this book is the author uses the word F**k a lot and I mean a lot but looking at the name of the book its hard not to.  If this may offend you in anyway I would advise not reading this book as it is mentioned at least 5 times a page.

I wouldn’t say this book has made me want to sit in the middle of my room with sheets of paper around me making a list of everything I want to care about and what I don’t care about.

BUT  i will be thinking about things more often and asking myself if I care and if I don’t I won’t do it. Simple.

I would recommend this to people, it was funny and very thought provoking to read and is going to make me have a  new look at tasks, activities, parties and other things which I spend way to much time doing when I could be doing something worth while and save me money.


Naomi X