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Planning My Summer Reading!

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Hey, book worms! It’s Lora.

I’m more than happy now because my main exams are over and I won’t be stressed and anxious all the time! I’m currently waiting for my results. I’ve got my fingers crossed and I’m hoping that everything will be okay. (btw yesterday I found a lucky four-leaf clover, so that’s a good sign) The last exam for the season is my English PET Cambridge exam which is on 9th and 10th June.

At the moment I’m trying to focus on relaxation and getting enough rest, so I started planning my summer reading and listing all of the books I would like to read. There are some which I’ve been wanting to read for a long time and others which I’ve just discovered. My summer 2017 will definitely include spending time in the local library and exploring its endless shelves full of wonderful books. Here’s a list of some of them:

wtj.jpg 1. “Wreck This Journal” – Keri Smith

This journal includes different instructions on how to fill in the pages, make a mess or just destroy it. Poking holes into the paper, taking a shower with the book or spilling coffee all over it are only some of the fun activities which you can do. It’s not much of a book to read but a book to experience. At the moment I really need something like this to help me relieve the stress and keep me busy. I’m DEFINITELY buying this one next week as I can’t wait to destroy it and go through the journey. 🙂 The picture below shows what someone’s journal looks like before and after the transformation! I love it!

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8726915 2. “Billionaire Boy”- David Walliams

I’ve already bought this book but I didn’t have the time to read it. I’ll be reading it in English, not in Bulgarian, because I want to practice my English skills and enlarge my vocabulary. The book tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy whose name is Joe Spud. He has everything you can possibly imagine except a friend. But everything changes when he finds someone who likes him for who he is, not for what he has. I’m excited to read the story because I’ve read David Walliams’s “Demon Dentist” and it was one of the funniest books ever!

 

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11387515 3.”Wonder”- R.J. Palacio

“I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

The book is about Auggie who was born with a facial deformity. He’s about to start 5th grade in a new school and it’s really hard for him to be the outsider in his class. The reviews which I’ve read about “Wonder” on Goodreads are awesome and the story sounds really interesting, so I’ll try to read it this summer.

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8238711ffb48cd6eaa51b5b7dfda495e 4. “13 Reasons Why” – Jay Asher

The book tells the story of Hannah Baker who committed suicide. She records several cassette tapes before she dies and sends them to his classmate Clay Jensen. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons (13 people) why she decided to end her life and he is one of them.

“13 Reasons Why” is definitely in my ”must read” list for summer 2017. I’ve heard and read so many opinions about it and I just want to figure it out for myself. The Netflix series made me want to read it even more as I enjoy reading the story first and then, seeing the film. It will be a nice reminder for me that every single action affects somebody else’s life.

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16068905.jpg 5. “Fangirl” – Rainbow Rowell

Some people say that Rainbow Rowell’s writing style is similar to Jennifer Niven’s, so I’ll probably enjoy it. I liked the author’s review of the book which you can see here. It’s about a girl, Cath, who is a big fan of the star Simon Snow since she was a little child. Her twin sister, Wren, has grown away from the fandom and doesn’t want Cath to be her roommate while they’re in college. But Cath can’t let go and she has to conquer her fears all on her own. I’ll try to find “Fangirl” in the library as I’m not willing to buy it. I hope I’ll enjoy it as much as “All The Bright Places”.


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This is just a small part of my Summer 2017 Reading List. I’m planning to spend a lot of time reading during the vacation, so I’ll be sharing with you my reviews, ratings and opinions. I know that I haven’t done the Book Worm Rating since last July which is so bad. I’ll do my best to start writing the series again. If you have any book recommendations, I would love to see them in the comment section below. And whether you’re searching for more book worm content, you can find it here: Reading Spot! Wishing you a lovely day!

xoxo, Lora

Book Worm Rating ~ July

Hey, world! It’s Lora and these are my blog series – the “Book Worm Rating” in which I show you three of the books I’ve read each month + a book review. ❤ It’s summer now, so I have a lot more time for reading and exploring the local library. I feel like this is my speciality. 😉 Let’s continue with the books for this month…

1. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel” – Jeff Kinney

I’ve read all of the seven Wimpy Kid books that were published in my country. And I just want to be honest with you and tell you that they’re not my favourite ones. I think that they’re funny but you actually can’t learn any life lessons or useful things from them. I enjoyed reading “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel” a lot, but the plot was almost the same as the previous books and it wasn’t as exciting as I expected. I learned a lot of new facts about the main character that the author didn’t include in the first six books.

The seventh book tells the story of Greg Heffley who is desperately trying to find a girl for the Valentine’s Day dance but luck isn’t on his side. An unexpected twist gives Greg a partner and leaves his best friend Rowley the odd man out.

“But a lot can happen in one night, and in the end, you never know who’s going to be lucky in love.” – Jeff Kinney


the magic finger2. “The Magic Finger” – Roald Dahl

I was so excited to read this book because it’s written by my favourite author of all times – Roald Dahl!! And it was the last children book by Roald Dahl that I haven’t read. So now as I finished it, I can confidently say that I have read all of them. 😉 I liked the story but it wasn’t as memorable or impressive as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or The Withes. The plot was quick and funny.

In the book, an eight-year-old girl tells the story of her neighbours, the Gregg family. The Greggs like to hunt just for fun but the girl doesn’t like seeing animals killed for nothing. She tries to talk to them about it, but the Greggs only laugh at her. One day, the Gregg family makes the little girl angry and she turns her Magic Finger on them. When she’s very mad the girl’s finger takes over. She just can’t control it! The family turns into birds and learns a very important life lesson…


3. “Pssst! Our secret – Ups, ist das peinlich!”

This book is from a collection of books by Thomas Brezina – “Pssst! Our secret” The first books from the series are published in 1999 but the author stops writing them in 2006. I’ve read all of the books and this one is #17.

I really enjoyed it because the plot is adventurous and exciting. The story is about three girls who have a mission to beat all the monsters that are attracted by magical crystals, hidden under their small town. An ugly frog, called Alexa is their mentor.

The girls’ life isn’t easy and it gets even more hard for them, when Krissi falls in love with the maths teacher… Things get bad but the teenagers know how to deal with the situation.


Hope you liked the books in the “Book Worm Rating”edition for July. I would love to read about your favourite summer book, so don’t forget to leave me a comment. Bye, guys! ❤ xoxo, Lora

Book Worm Rating ~ June

Hey, world! I’m Lora and these are my blog series – the “Book Worm Rating” in which I show you three of the books I’ve read each month + a book review and some of my “smart thoughts”. 😀 I’m so sorry for not posting the May edition but I was very busy. I had final exams and a lot end of year tests. It was a horrible month so I had to study a lot. Anyway, I am ready with the Book Worm Rating for June. Let’s start!

1. “Demon Dentist” – David Walliams

This is the first book, written by David Walliams that I’ve ever read and it was just fantastic. It reminds me of Roald Dahl’s writing style. Combining sad, exciting and funny moments, this book tells the story of 12-year-old Alfie who lives alone with his Dad after his mother died in childbirth.

Alfie hasn’t been to the dentist since he was six. And I can’t blame him considering his ancient dentist diagnosed a rotten tooth, tied dental floss around the nurse Mrs Prigg’s waist, the other end around Alfie’s poor tooth… and then… jump out of the window! The result – his dentist had taken out the wrong tooth.

But the real evil hasn’t come to town yet… or that’s what Alfie thought. Miss Root a.k.a THE EVIL DENTIST comes to Alfie’s school to give a talk about teeth! “She has the most dazzling white smile. Whiter than white.”, says David Walliams in his book. “The second thing you noticed about Miss Root was that she was impossibly tall. Her legs were so long and thin, it was like watching someone walk on stilts…” These are the two most important things about her… except the red blood splash on her white shoe which is frightening, I can say.

Meanwhile, strange things were happening in the dead of night. Children would put a tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy, but in the morning they would wake up to find… a dead slug; a live spider; hundreds of earwigs creeping and crawling beneath their pillow. Evil was at work. But who or what was behind it…?

Alfie and his friend Gabz will solve this case and find out who does all these evil things to the children in their town. Is it Miss Root – the evil dentist? You will know if you read the book…


2. “Five-minute Mysteries” – Ken Weber

I am a great fan of criminal books. My favourite author is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and I’m just in love with his well-known character Sherlock Holmes. As a lover of exciting criminal books, I have searched a lot of these in book shops and libraries in different Bulgarian cities. But I have never ever heard of the author Ken Weber. I found his “Five-minute Mysteries” at a book festival, so I got it for like 1$ or something… The book shows 40 short mysteries that you have to solve. There’s a question after every case.

“The perfect book for when you have a few minutes to kill. The stories – some about the crime, some about evidence left behind, or perhaps the getaway or the investigating detective, and so on – are told with all the clues you need to solve the question posed at the end.”

This book is really a thing you should own because you can learn a lot from it and train your logical thinking.


3. “It Can’t Be True!” – Dorling Kindersley Limited

“It Can’t Be True!” is more like an encyclopedia than a book. It wows the reader with impressive facts about the world that are all difficult to believe, but still true.

“From animals and the human body to buildings and outer space, this quirky book combines the latest CGI and photographic imagery with impossible-to-believe, accurate facts about just about everything.”

This is a great new book that compares two things visually so the reader can get an idea of the relative size. It contains awesome images and mind-blowing facts. I was really impressed by this book.


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This was June’s “Book Worm Rating”. I hope you liked it a lot. I recommend these three books to all of you because they’re totally amazing by their own way. If you have read or planning to read one of them, leave me a comment with your opinion about the book. Go check out “My Reading Spot!” for more bookish stuff. Bye, guys! ❤ xoxo, Lora

Book Worm Rating ~ March

1. “Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“Miss Mary Morstan has a strange story to tell. Since her father disappeared, she has received a large pearl through the post on the same day, every year for six years. Who is sending them? And what about her father’s paper with the words “The Sign of Four” written on it? Holmes alone can solve these mysteries.”

I think that “The Sign of Four” is a daring and adventurous book, that makes you feel like you’re a part of the mystery. It was exactly what I expected from it – exiting and attractive. You can read the book online, just click the link below. 😉

http://www.publicbookshelf.com/romantic-suspense/sign-four/


97801413491761. “Let It Snow” – John Green; Maureen Johnson; Lauren Myracle

“Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks.”

As some of you know, I am a John Green addict and I adore his books. I enjoyed reading his “The Fault in Our Stars” and it immediately became my favourite book of all time. It was a pleasure reading “Let It Snow” and I really liked the way the authors connected the three stories into one. This book rocks! ❤


1. “How to Train Your Dragon” – Cressida Cowell

“Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn’t always like that. In fact, in the beginning, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was the most put upon Viking you’d ever seen. Not loud enough to make himself heard at dinner with his father, Stoick the Vast; not hard enough to beat his chief rival, Snotlout, at Bashyball, the number one school sport and CERTAINLY not stupid enough to go into a cave full of dragons to find a pet… It’s time for Hiccup to learn how to be a Hero.”

For more interesting information about the author and how the movie “How to Train Your Dragon” was made visit Cressida Cowell’s site:

http://www.cressidacowell.co.uk/

Book Worm Rating ~ February

 1. “All The Bright Places” – Jennifer Niven

“All the Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven is a heartbreaking book about mental illness and its powerful effects on the person suffering from it, and the people around them.

Finch and Violet meet on top of the bell tower at school. They both consider jumping off, but save one another from doing so. Finch is suicidal while Violet suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Finch persuades Violet to be his partner for their U.S. Geography ‘Wander Indiana’ school project, dragging her away from the comfort of her clique: the popular kids.

They explore every inch of Indiana and see everything it has to offer before they have to graduate. Finch teaches Violet how to live when all he wants to do is die.

The story is told in alternating viewpoints between Finch and Violet. I really liked this format because it allowed me to get inside their heads and know what they were thinking.

I really liked the character of Finch because he was different and spontaneous. You never knew what to expect from him. And I connected with Violet because we both share a love of writing.”

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/sep/08/all-the-bright-places-jennifer-niven-review-


 2. “Great Crimes” – John Escott

Publisher: Oxford University Press (adapted)

It is more than forty years since the Great Train Robbery. But what happened to the rest of the money that was taken? Two million pounds has never been found. Perhaps some of the robbers would like to know the answer to this question too…Many great crimes end in a question. Who really killed President Kennedy? What happened to Shergar? Who knows the truth about Azaria Chamberlain? Not all the answers are known. Join the world’s detectives and discover the love, death, hate, money, and mystery held in the stories of these great crimes.

https://elt.oup.com/catalogue/items/global/graded_readers/oxford_bookworms_library/stage_4/9780194233941?cc=cz&selLanguage=cs&mode=hub


  3. “Towards Zero” – Agatha Christie

An elderly widow is murdered at a clifftop seaside house… What is the connection between a failed suicide attempt, a wrongful accusation of theft against a schoolgirl, and the romantic life of a famous tennis player? To the casual observer, apparently nothing. But when a houseparty gathers at Gull’s Point, the seaside home of an elderly widow, earlier events come to a dramatic head. It’s all part of a carefully paid plan – for murder.

http://www.agathachristie.com/stories/towards-zero


I hope you enjoyed reading the reviews. I found these books really interesting and it was a pleasure reading them. I recommend them! ❤ The last two are more for people that are interested in reading criminal stories (like me!). It’s like I connect with the story and become a part of it… like I am one of the characters. 🙂 Although the fact that I just love criminal books, my favourite book for February is definitely “All The Bright Places”. It’s just amazing and it teaches you many things. Hope you like my idea about the new page “My Reading Spot” and the “Book Worm Rating” also. 😉 Have a nice day, guys! C Ya! ❤