The Chronicles of Narnia

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“Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia.”


Last year, I managed to finish the whole Narnia Chronicles Series. I still have a lot of feelings about this back then that’s why I don’t want to write a review yet. But I think it is about time that I finally put into words the thoughts and feelings that I have while reading the series.

The thing that I found the most interesting about this series is you can read it in two ways: chronological order or publication order. I have read this series in publication order but then I realized that the story would surely make more sense if you read it in chronological order. But whichever way you wish to read it would surely work.

I hope this will not be a very long review so this will just be a mini review, I will not include the synopsis of the books, just my rating and my thoughts. So without further ado, let’s dive into my review!

 

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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

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RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗

Published: September 18, 2018

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

Format: e-Book

Pages: 432

 

 


“… bars can’t build better men and misery can only break what goodness remains.”

 

SYNOPSIS:

Tonight, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed… again.

It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed.

But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot.

The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath…

 

 

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A Decade of Reading

“It was the end of a decade but the start of an age.” –Taylor Swift, Long Live


As the year 2019 came to an end, we did not only closed a year but we are closing a decade. And because of that, I’ve been seeing this trend of people looking back in their decade. So here I am looking back at my decade of reading.

I have been wondering how I will do this but I finally come into terms with just mentioning books that have become the highlight of my year or a book that changed my perspective during that said year.

I have to warn you that this will be a very very veeeerrrryyyy long post because this decade is not just a decade of picking up favorites or seeing how my reading taste changes, this decade is my journey of becoming a bookworm.

So without further ado, here is a decade of my reading…

 

 

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Top 5 Books of 2019

I’m finally closing my year of reading with a quick recap of my whole reading year before diving into my top 5 books. Unlike other readers, I feel like the amount of reading that I make would not suffice for a top 10 books of the year so I am narrowing it down to 5. I would probably do a top 10 if I managed to read more than 100 books in a year.

Okay I will quit blabbing and let’s get into the recap. (Thanks to Goodreads!)

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56 books and 17,393 pages. An achievement if you asked me.

2019 is a year of series for me. I managed to finish a lot of series this year and I feel so proud, even my bookshelves are proud of me. So I decided that this top 5 books will only consist of 1 book per series that I have finished, if ever they make it to my top 5 books.

So without further ado, here is my TOP 5 BOOKS of 2019!

 

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Origin by Dan Brown

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RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌖🌑

Published: October 03, 2017

Publisher: Doubleday

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 461 pages

 

 


… but if there is one thing I have learned in my long life, it is that faith always survives, even in the face of great hardship.”

SYNOPSIS:

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence. As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret. Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself . . . and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery . . . and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us. Origin is Dan Brown’s most brilliant and entertaining novel to date.

 

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2020 Bookish Resolution

In just a few days, we will bid 2019 goodbye and welcome the new year of 2020. Another year to reflect, explore, learn, have fun and of course, READ!

I may not be doing a lot of blogging lately but I am good at the reading department. And with all the reading that I have been doing, I realized that writing a book review in my blog is a way to help myself remember my thoughts and feelings as I was reading a certain book. This year, I have realized the importance of blogging as I looked back at the previous books that I have read but did not review.

So let me start reviving this blog and becoming a better blogger by posting my bookish resolution. I don’t want to wrap-up my year yet because I know I can still squeeze a lot of reading in the last few days of the year.

So I will quit chatting and start listing my bookish resolution for 2020.

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The Shining by Stephen King

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RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌑🌑

Published: July 01, 1980

Publisher: New English Library (Hodder & Stoughton)

Format: e-Book

Pages: 659 pages


“This inhuman place makes human monsters.”

SYNOPSIS:

Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote…and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

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