Autumn Reads Wrap Up

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

These are not the books I had on my TBR but I never like forcing myself to read something if I'm not into it at the time so I ended up reading whatever I felt like reading at the time. I feel like it's not fair for me or the books. 

Steal like an artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon
I’d give this book 5/5 stars. This is a wonderful book filled with advice on creativity. It’s written in a really nice way and it feels like a friend of yours was talking to you. Kleon basically encourages you to live a creative life but to focus more on the process of creating something rather than the final ‘product’. You might not even end up making what you indented to do when you began but still something will come out of it and that’s great.
I read it 2 months ago on a train journey, it’s only 100 pages and it has a lot of doodles and quotes, SO right now it’s a bit hard to remember everything it said, but I remember that all the advice was very helpful. I think I’ll read it again soon and take a few more things out of it; it’d really help me get motivated to write more and maybe draw again.
I recommend this book to everyone but especially to hopeless creative minds (like me), to people that love doing anything creative and sometimes struggle with it. I think you’ll love it.

The Crown by Kiera Cass
This is the fifth and last book of the Selection series (if we don’t count the novellas) and it was just alright. If you don’t know what the series is about you can check the synopsis of the first book here. This book and the previous one focus on a time posterior to the first three and tell the story of new characters. I’m sorry I can’t say much but if you haven’t read the first three books it’d be a HUGE spoiler. I can say though, that I did like the first three a lot more than this one. Perhaps because stupid old me somehow skipped the 4th book. I don’t know why I thought The Crown was the 4th and by the time I realised it was already too late. Still, it wasn’t hard to follow the story, yes I thought I needed more background on some stuff but the main plot was so easy to follow. Nonetheless, I felt that some things were a bit rushed and it also was quite predictable. It’s not bad, but it’s not the best in the series. But at the same time, it’s a light read and I don’t regret picking it up.  If you’ve read the previous ones it’s worth the read but do not expect too much.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by Newt Scamander (well, J.K.Rowling)
I really enjoyed reading this book. Again, it’s a really short book and you can read it in such a short period of time. This book tells the story of Newt Scamander and obviously, as the name of the book says, it talks about magical creatures. It was really interesting to read and learn about these incredible creatures. There’s not much I can say about it. The movie though, OMG it was so damn good.  Going back to the magical world created by J.K.Rowling was, well, magical. The cast is so perfect (except Johnny Depp, but let’s not talk about that here). Honestly, Eddie is the perfect Newt. It’s not just the plot that’s great but the whole thing. The visuals are incredible. I’d easily rewatch it right now if I could.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
I didn’t know much about this book before reading it and I think it was a better read because of that. To be honest, I saw the book on Instagram months ago and I thought the cover was beautiful and also the title seemed interesting. Since I didn’t know anything about it before reading it, I wouldn’t want to say much because maybe, if you decide to read it, you’ll appreciate it more too. But I’ll say that’s a story about two friends that have a special friendship and they learn a lot about themselves thanks to this bond. It’s told in the first person by Ari and I think that was a really clever thing to do because of how the character is. Anyway, I do really recommend this book, I didn’t think I’d like it but I did. I hope you like it too if you read it.

Hope you enjoyed the post, add me on Goodreads if you want, I'd love to have more friends on there to talk about books and see new book recommendations!!

What books have you read lately?

Anna x


  1. Gahhhh, can't believe how many lovely posts I missed! I think I follow you here so I don't know why blogspot didn't tell me you've posted a lot lately.

    Anyway, I love book posts with recommendations!
    "Steal like an artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative" sounds like a really encouraging book, I'll look into it. And I've been waiting to read "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" for months now, but this makes me want to read it even more. Will tell you when I finally do it!

    Carmen x

    1. Aw don't worry haha Glad you liked the recommendations and I do think you'll love Steal like an artist. It's really inspiring!! And Aristotle and Dante was great too, hope you enjoy both books and yay please tell me when you do! Would like to know what you think about them :)

      Anna x


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