Sunday, 25 February 2018

Under Maintenance

Under Maintenance

Sorry guys this february has been insane!

I will be back on monday night to prepare some posts... In the meantime I have to go on a trip to sort some personal business. But I will be back!!! Strongly!

The Book Worm


Friday, 23 February 2018

I have a problem

Problem

I know that every bookworm has this problem but...

How do you manage the books you have to read?

I mean let's face it. 

I have:
- the books I bought;
- the ebooks I bought;
- the books that were offered;
- the books I borrowed;
- the ARC books I requested and was approved;
- the books for the kid;
- the books I want to buy;
- and so on...

And above all... not much time to read and review here!

Please... give me some hints!!!!


The Book worm

Thursday, 22 February 2018

#23 - The Japanese Lover

The Japanese Lover
By Isabel Allende



Published:  3rd November 2015
Genre: romance
Edition:  paperback
Source: Bought
Pages: 322
My rating: 4/5 
Goodreads rating: 3.8/5
Read: 2015

You only have one life, but if you live it well, that's enough. The only reality is now, today. What are you waiting for to be happy?
We are in the year of 1939 during the WWII, Poland and Alma's parents made her go to live in the USA, San Francisco, to be sure that she is safe, in a mansion that belongs to the family. Over there, she meet's the gardener's Japanese son, Ichimei. And all of a sudden.... love starts to blossom between these two. Then the war gets tougher and Pearl Harbour happens and these two lovebirds get separated.
Many years later, and after Alma has lived a full and happy life, her carer Irina meets Alma's grandson and they discover some letters and gifts that make them think about her life... and then they start a journey to find out what do they mean.

Price 
Amazon: £6.99-£15.18, Kindle £5.99
Kobo: £5.99, Audiobook: £17.22
Waterstones: £6.99
Foyles: £8.99
WHSmith: £11.55-£6.11
Conclusion
The plot is really cute and full of History and feelings!
A negative point is that I got the feeling that the author wanted to tell so many things and ended up not developing the themes so much. Each theme would give a great story by itself.
It is a good book, especially for someone who is a romantic!!!



Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Waiting!!!

Waiting!!!


OMG first time in my life!!! And they texted me saying that it is on its way!!!

Tell you more as soon as I receive!

The Book Worm

P.S. Due to a personal trip I will schedule the next days posts and when I check the gift I will let you guys know!

Monday, 19 February 2018

#22 - Bump It Up by Greg Whyte

Bump it up
By Greg Whyte



Published: 25th august 2016
Genre: Pregnancy
Edition: Paperback
Source: Bought
Pages: 256
My rating: 4/5 
Goodreads rating: 3.67/5
Read: 2017


While pregnant you will want to read a lot. Everything is new and you are feeling overwhelming. This book has a sporty approach to the pregnancy. It gives you the advice to stay active as long as you feel you can and want. 
Being pregnant is not a disease or makes you incapable of doing things... being pregnant is an amazing journey and you should live and make the best of it!

Price 
Amazon: £13.78, Kindle £7.99
Kobo: £7.99
Waterstones: £14.99
Foyles: £14.99
WHSmith: £10.19
Conclusion
This is a book that you will read throughout your pregnancy. It is well organised and gives you good advice to keep it active.
Personally, I was very active during all my pregnancy and loved it.
Also, being active makes your delivery become easier! And what an amazing experience!



Sunday, 18 February 2018

21# Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race
By Reni Eddo-Lodge




Published: 1st june 2017
Genre: Feminism, politics
Edition: Ebook
Source: Bought
Pages: 249
My rating: 2/5 
Goodreads rating: 4.42/5
Read: 2018


Faced with the collective forgetting, we must strive to remember


The book was born after a post with the same title in the author's blog. It was a post that everybody was talking about and Reni decided to write a bit more about the subject.
The book talks about the Historical part of the black people coming to the UK as slaves.
The book shows, from Reni point of view and life experience of how it is to be a black person in today's world, especially in the UK.
Also, there is a chapter about how it is to be a black feminist woman as well. With her own experiences.
As any other non-fictional book, people can agree or disagree with the author's point of view. It doesn't mean that whoever disagrees is racist. It just means that they do not see themselves in this point of view. Of course, as a reader, you can read a book and interpret in your own way. That doesn't mean that is exactly what the author wanted to transmit. 
It is a controversial book, that is for sure and of course, there are people who love it and people who don't.
This is the first book of Emma Watson's Book Club Our Shared Shelf for the year 2018.

Price 
Amazon: £6.29 to £11.89, kindle £8.39, audiobook £7.99-£13.12
Kobo: £9.71
Waterstones: £8.99-£13.99
Foyles: £8.99-£16.99
WHSmith: £6.29-£11.89
Conclusion
It took me a while to decide how to write this post. Of course, this is a controversial subject and I didn't want to be misinterpreted. However, at the same time, I want to be truthful to myself and be able to say what I felt while reading this book.
The magic of books is that one same book can make people feel differently depending on how they interpret it and how they emotionally are at the moment and how they feel about one same subject.
Personally, as a white person from a Latin background that I am, I have no problems with people of different, let's say nationalities and backgrounds. I have no problem talking about that because my husband and his family are even from a very different culture than mine. 
Saying this, while reading this book I felt different things. On the one hand, I felt that this writing is aggressive. I know the world history was tough to people who were not white during the centuries. However, the way this book is written led me to the thought that she is really angry with the world, regardless of how we have changed and evolved. 
Also, I felt sad. I know that some countries were really really disgusting centuries ago with black people. However, people evolved. I am not saying that there is no racism around... But to stimulate a bigger change all sides have to work for it. Both sides cannot behave either as victims or aggressors... Because racism is universal (not saying that is a good thing we should definitely fight against it). However, sometimes it seems that people still live in that victim state of mind and at the same time become so aggressive. 
Do not forget, people tend to answer back in the same way you talk to them, or in an even worse tone.
So let's fight for peace, peacefully! For the human race... every human being is unique despite skin colour, gender, religion, beliefs or nationality!!!
After all, what I have said, I still recommend the reading of this book. It is important to realise what kind of feelings that you have and the feelings that are still around in the world and how important it is to fight for equality and justice!



Wednesday, 14 February 2018

St Valentine

St. Valentine

This blog these days may seem far away from books but it is not. 
For today I'll leave you guys to enjoy the day... but I have to warn you... I have no intentions of celebrating it. Doesn't make sense to me... this day is every day with my amazing hubby.

Anyway... if you need any inspiration just check the reviews of these three books (book 1, book 2, book 3) about marriage and love from the original and lovely Laura Briggs!



Love you guys!
The Book Worm

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Went on a trip

Went on a trip

Well, guys, I am well aware that I have been a bit off this past two weeks. Not that I don't have any books to review, I do, but the time was less to write a proper review. The family has been keeping me very busy and getting time and energy even to read has been difficult. So, I decided that I am going on a trip for two days (with them as well!), by the seaside, and have some time off. Going today and coming back tomorrow.

When I come back I will write the reviews that I am running late! Uff this month has been a challenge... and it is the shortest of the year!

Story of my life with my kid!

The Book Worm

Monday, 12 February 2018

Great Week you all

New opportunities

A new week and full of new possibilities!

And to feel a bit better... this image that I saw in Goodreads Twitter and absolutely loved it!


Love you guys!

The Book Worm

Sunday, 11 February 2018

New Books!!

New Books!

This month I have one ebook that I already started reading and one Hardcover book that I bought. 
Which ones?????? YES, I am really excited!

1. The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor (ebook)



2. Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan


I really want to read these two.
In the meantime I am running late on the ARC's but reading needs to be enjoyable not a run!

The Book Worm

Saturday, 10 February 2018

#20 - The Bride has two faces by Laura Briggs (#3 of the series)

The Bride has two faces
By Laura Briggs



Published: 17th january 2012
Genre: Romance
Edition: Ebook
Source: Bought
Pages: 121
My rating: 3/5 
Goodreads rating: 3.89/5
Read: Feb 2018

The Plot 
After settling her own firm of event planner Gwen recruited Beatrice. She was working for a while in the firm and not happy for not having an opportunity to shine. Until one day that Gwen requested her to plan a wedding... And it was a friends' wedding.
While the story goes she realises that this wedding is a much bigger challenge than what he was expecting.
So many things at stake. One of the big rules of the firm is (ironically) not getting involved with clients and Bea finds out she knows the groom... and they were not just (good) friends back in university time.
On the other hand, the bride seems to be much more than the typical Bridezilla trying to have the things she wants in her own way. She is a super Bridezilla but... is she trying to hide something? That was a predictable twist but brings an action to the book!


Price 
Amazon: £0.99
Kobo: £0.76

In Conclusion 
The end of the series. It was not my favourite but I had fun. I never thought in having the so-called dream wedding so I have fun watching the bridezillas! Also, this book shows the new generation of the wedding planning firm that Gwen fought for. Shows that it is worth to pursue your dream and show to the next generation.
It is a fun and light reading!




Thursday, 8 February 2018

A year of books

A year of books
By Foyles

First I want to say loud and clear: No, I am not being paid for publicity with this post! (unfortunately, ahah)

I decided to write this post after arriving from a long weekend. I was at a train station where there is a Foyles and, of course, could not control myself and decided to go in to see the new releases. 

There, I bumped into this concept that I did not know that existed: I saw publicity of this Year of Books, from Foyles.

And what is it? You ask.

I will give you the answer.

This is a pack of books that you can buy for yourself or anyone you love (and loves books). The person will receive a book every month, chosen by someone in Foyles, an original and new book, that you do not know which one is it.

There are 7 different categories that you can choose as well as prices. You just need to pick the one that suits you the best. The categories are Hardback fiction, Paperback fiction, fiction in translation, Hardback non-fiction, paperback non-fiction, Children's classics and Children's picture books. The prices vary between £135 and £250.


I am seriously considering one of these days to offer my hubby one of these and my Lil one as well... but the lil one needs to be a bit older for that!

And you? What do you think about this? Would you offer to some bookworm? Have you ever tried?

The Book Worm

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

#19 - The Holiday Bride by Laura Briggs (#2 of the series)

The Holiday Bride
By Laura Briggs



Published: 1st December 2015
Genre: Romance
Edition: Ebook
Source: Bought
Pages: 121
My rating: 4/5 
Goodreads rating: 4.38/5
Read: Feb 2018

The Plot 
After the disaster that made Gwen being sacked, she is fighting for her new firm. This means that she has all the problems of a new firm in town, including getting new clients... Until one day she gets a very famous one! And what a trouble!!!!! At some point, she meets her former boss... and she challenges Gwen... 
With the future of the firm at stake, what will Gwen do? Will she manage to organise the wedding of the year and save her firm? Or will she lose everything that she works for?
Not to forget, at the same time she is organising her own wedding and everything seems to fall apart...

Price 
Amazon: £0.99
Kobo: £0.76

In Conclusion 
Another light reading. This is a really funny romantic comedy. If you want a couple of hours of enjoyable reading this is for you. More for girls than for guys I am sorry to say. It makes us wonder how it will be the last book in the trilogy!




Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Book decor

Book Decor

These past few days I had a few family responsibilities to attend. So the time to write and to read was too short.
So...
While I am reading a bit more to have books to review, I will leave you with some pictures of Book Decor that I really liked!

Get inspired!




3. Spot

4. Closet

5. Library

6. Stairs

7. Decor

8. Bookshelves

9. Bookshelves

10. Reading spot

What do you think?

The Book Worm

Friday, 2 February 2018

Weekend off.

Weekend off

What are you reading this weekend? I am reading Holiday bride by Laura Briggs.
Going away this weekend with the family so I am not sure I’ll be able to post. I’ll try.
If not, I’ll be back on Monday!
Enjoy and good readings!!!!

The book worm! 

Thursday, 1 February 2018

#18 - The Wedding Caper by Laura Briggs (#1 of the series)

The Wedding Caper
By Laura Briggs



Published: ?
Genre: Romance
Edition: Ebook
Source: Free
Pages: 71
My rating: 3/5 
Goodreads rating: 3.64/5
Read: Jan 2018

The Plot 
Imagine you want that the most known wedding planner of the city organises your big day! Unfortunately, she is unavailable and sends her assistant to cancel all her new clients. Fine. She arrives at the client meeting and they (bride and mother of the bride) assume that she is the planner and do not let her explain. They assume she is the planner and start in a monologue of creating and organising the wedding...
The assistent, Gwen, deep down wants to prove her value and dips into a no return situation.
How is this going to end?
What has the groom to say about it?

Price 
Amazon: Free
Kobo: Free

In Conclusion 
This is a light reading romance, especially for ladies. The first book of the wedding caper series... made me want to read more of this books! Just for fun, especially if you are tired and with not much energy to focus on complex books.