Top 5 English Books Recommendations for Non-English Speakers

As you know, English is not my first language. I have been studying English since I was in elementary school until now. I just started reading English books in 2014 when I found access to buying English books in my own country. I’m in no way an expert in English. And just because I read English books doesn’t mean that I know and understand every word there is in the books I have read or will read. As you all know, I’m also still studying. But if you’d like to try to read English books, then do it! It’s a very good practice to improve your reading skills. More importantly, don’t hesitate and don’t be afraid. Trying to do something new, like reading English books, can never go wrong (except for your pocket :P)

  1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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This was a very easy read for me. It was such a cute and fluffy read. The language was also very easy to understand. If you’re new to English books, try reading this first.

  1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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In terms of language, this book was very easy to understand. Even easier than number 1, I think. The book is also very thin. But if you don’t like sad books, don’t read this, It’ll make you weep while reading it.

  1. Alienated by Melissa Landers

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If you’re into sci-fi, I suggest you to read this book. Of course, there are some terms about space but it’s also not that hard to understand. The story is also interesting.

  1. The Selection by Kiera Cass

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If you like stories about prince and princesses, then you’ll like this one. It was a very light read for me so you won’t have much problems getting into the book.

  1. Looking for Alaska by John Green

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This is John Green’s first book. It wasn’t hard for me to read and like this book. But if you’re a young reader, I don’t think you should read this book because there are adult contents in this book and this book also deals with problems like death.

Snow Like Ashes : A Review

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Snow Like Ashes : 4.5/5 Stars

Synopsis :

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

I’ve been in a really big high fantasy mood lately, so when this book arrived in the mail, I read it immediately. I have also heard a lot of great things about this book on instagram, which is for obvious reasons, so that made me more excited to read it.

I was in the middle of my midterm when I read the book. Imagine the struggle that I had to deal with in choosing whether I wanted to continue reading or study. I chose both. I managed to make time to read this book. This book was THAT GOOD that I couldn’t put it down when I had to.

What I loved most about this book is the world building. I think the author did a really good job with it. I could easily differentiate Kingdoms in a Season (Winter, Spring, Autumn, and Summer) because they have different topography and the people have distinct features as well according to their Season, for example, Winterians have blond/white hair and pale skin.

If you don’t know me already, I adore a badass female character. I don’t know why (maybe it’s just my feminist heart). I love how Meira is so good in using her chakram and she fights well too. There were times when she doubted herself, if this is the right place for her, what can she do to help and fight for Winter. It all has a lot to do with her not remembering much about Winter because she was still very young when Winter fell. So, she had a lot of conflicts with her inner self about wanting to prove herself to Sir.

This book didn’t have much romance in it as compared to other high fantasy books. But I still really liked the romance. When Theron appeared in the book, I fell immediately in love with him. He was so caring and understanding. He knew and understood Meira’s feelings because in some ways they shared lots of things in common. I also love how Theron was so artsy with writing poems and he had paintings in his room and books too.

Over all, I give this book 4.5/5 stars. If you’re looking for a high fantasy book to read, check this one out. You won’t regret it.

February Book Haul!

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Hi lovely peeps! I’m back with a new post and a brand new blog!

It’s been a few months since I last posted, so for my first post I’m going to talk about the books that I acquired in February.

  1. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

I finished reading Crown of Midnight in January and I loved it! One of the best sequel if I can say. Because of that, I ordered Heir of Fire right away because I couldn’t wait to read the next book. I’m very excited for this. Hope this one is just as awesome as the 1st and 2nd book, if not more.

2. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

This is the first book in the Falling Kingdoms series and I have to say that I have not heard any bad reviews about this one. People have been posting about the series on bookstagram and I couldn’t resist. So bought it.

3. The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

My love for retellings started with ACOTAR. So to fulfill that love, I bought this book which is a retelling of Arabian Nights. And I love books with badass main female protagonist, so hoping this one has it.

So, that’s all for my February haul. I can tell I’m going to have a great reading month in March quality-wise although I’m going to be busy with midterms. Anyways, enjoy your day!

 

 

I’ve Got Your Number : A Review

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I’ve Got Your Number – 4.5/5 stars

This is my first ever Sophie Kinsella’s book. I bought it on my local online bookstore simply because I could get a Finding Audrey notepad by buying one of Sophie Kinsella’s books and it was also one of the cheapest. But I was excited to read the book because I’ve been hearing some pretty amazing

things about her as an author. And I don’t regret buying this book at all.

” Synopsis :

This story begins with Poppy losing her engagement ring that was given to her by Magnus, the fiance. She has been looking all over the hotel where it got lost and
couldn’t find it. How unfortunate for Poppy, someone stole her phone when she was looking for signal. Then luckily, she saw a phone in a trash bin in the hotel,
she then looked around and didn’t see anyone searching for a lost phone, soshe took it and claimed it was hers just when the phone rings and the caller, Sam Roxton, told her that that phone
belonged to the caller’s office. But then some things happened, so she get to keep the phone until she finds her engagement ring.”

So, our first female character, Poppy Wyatt, is such a worrier. She literally worries about everything, well most of them were worrying about meeting her fiance’s family
because she felt very inferior and afraid that she would mess up or do something stupid because apparently Magnus’ family is such geniuses and she thinks she’s not very smart.
And she’s also such a ‘do-gooder’. And by a ‘do-gooder’ I meant that she keeps butting into Sam’s businesses and I find that very annoying sometimes but a lot of the times, that also how funny and weird things keep happening to Sam. But overall, I love that Poppy’s also humorous and such an easy-going character. And oh, Poppy’s footnotes are also one of my
favorite part from the book.
Then we have Magnus, the perfect fiance. He’s handsome, a professor, rich, and a genius. I didn’t actually like his character. In fact, there was something very off about him and
I hate how he keept calling Poppy sweets and stuff like that. It made me cringe. And I also think he should’ve stood up more for Poppy in front of his family.
Last but not least, we have Sam Roxton. A cold, mysterious and rigid but charming guy. I’ve liked him since the first time he appeared in the book. Although he was very rigid and cold,
I found those to be his charms (or maybe I’m just biased :’)) Anyways, I really liked how he treated Poppy (though he acted a bit like an arse at first). I really like
his honesty and his character development towards the end, that also what made me fall in love with him.
Overall, this book was amazing. Kinsella definitely lives up the hype around her as an author. I kind of think that the ending was a bit rushed (just a bit) and I actually would love
to see more from our first female and male character, other than that the book was perfection! And I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes reading something light,
but not too light, and a book with a very good humour and story.

 

SEPTEMBER 2015 TBR!

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Yo guys!

I’m back with my September TBR! I’m very excited because this month I’ll be reading a lot of amazing books (from what I’ve heard!) and I’ll also be continuing with the Mara Dyer series. I finally got the second book in the installment so, expect me to finish the series soon!

Anyways, aside from the Mara Dyer series, I’ll also read I’ve Got Your Call by Sophie Kinsella which I have actually finished so reviews to come! And I also want to read Queen of the Tearling which I’ve heard amazing things about and the book is also gonna be made into a movie starring the awesome Emma Watson! YAY! Last month, I was in a very big contemporary mood so I bought quite a lot contemporaries so I’ll be adding Burn for Burn to my september tbr. More Than This by Patrick Ness is also on my TBR list because I have heard amazing things about his books and a few months ago I have also read A Monster Calls which I absolutely loved very much! I actually tried reading More Than This a few months back but I was just not in a very big contemporary mood so I kept putting it off, but my friends from bookstagram convinced me that it is an amazing book with a really unpredictable twist! Last but not least, I’m also gonna reread Throne of Glass because apparently this month is the birthday month of Queen of Shadows and I feel ashamed that I haven’t read the second of third book in the installment but I will very soon because I just ordered them in my local online bookstore.

So, that’s all my very ambitious TBR list. I hope I can finism all of these amazing books. I’ll also review them one by one here so wait for that!