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Be careful! These 10 books causing #bookhangover!

Sometimes, the world seems imperfect due to the fact that you just finished reading a book that was completely submerged. In this list we collected books that particularly cause a hangover.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind's classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man's indulgence in his greatest passion - his sense of smell - leads to murder. In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift-an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille's genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and frest-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the "ultimate perfume" - the scent of a beautiful young virgin. Told with dazzling narrative brilliance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.
With one of the most controversial novels of the twentieth century, Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita is a strange, troubling love story told by the one of the most unreliable narrators in literature. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an afterword by Craig Raine. Poet and pervert, Humbert Humbert becomes obsessed by twelve-year-old Lolita and seeks to possess her, first carnally and then artistically, out of love, 'to fix once for all the perilous magic of nymphets'. Is he in love or insane? A silver-tongued poet or a pervert? A tortured soul or a monster? Or is he all of these? Humbert Humbert's seduction is one of many dimensions in Nabokov's dizzying masterpiece, which is suffused with a savage humour and rich, elaborate verbal textures. Filmed by Stanley Kubrick in 1962 starring James Mason and Peter Sellers, and again in 1997 by Adrian Lyne starring Jeremy Irons and Melanie Griffith, Lolita has lost none of its power to shock and awe. "Lolita is comedy, subversive yet divine...You read Lolita sprawling limply in your chair, ravished, overcome, nodding scandalized assent."
The Book Thief
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
The Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov's devastating satire of Soviet life was written during the darkest period of Stalin's regime. Combining two distinct yet interwoven parts—one set in ancient Jerusalem, one in contemporary Moscow—the novel veers from moods of wild theatricality with violent storms, vampire attacks, and a Satanic ball; to such somber scenes as the meeting of Pilate and Yeshua, and the murder of Judas in the moonlit garden of Gethsemane; to the substanceless, circus-like reality of Moscow. Its central characters, Woland (Satan) and his retinue—including the vodka-drinking black cat, Behemoth; the poet, Ivan Homeless; Pontius Pilate; and a writer known only as The Master, and his passionate companion, Margarita—exist in a world that blends fantasy and chilling realism, an artful collage of grotesqueries, dark comedy, and timeless ethical questions.
Flowers for Algernon
With more than five million copies sold, Flowers for Algernon is the beloved, classic story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. In poignant diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ and changes his life. As the experimental procedure takes effect, Charlie's intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment seems to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance--until Algernon begins his sudden, unexpected deterioration. Will the same happen to Charlie?An American classic that inspired the award-winning movie Charly.
The Green Mile
Stephen King's international bestselling - and highly acclaimed - novel, also a hugely successful film starring Tom Hanks The Green Mile: those who walk it do not return, because at the end of that walk is the room in which sits Cold Mountain penitentiary's electric chair. In 1932 the newest resident on death row is John Coffey, a giant black man convicted of the brutal murder of two little girls. But nothing is as it seems with John Coffey, and around him unfolds a bizarre and horrifying story. Evil murderer or holy innocent - whichever he is - Coffey has strange powers which may yet offer salvation to others, even if they can do nothing to save him.
One Hundred Years of Solitude
One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize–winning career.The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility -- the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth -- these universal themes dominate the novel. Whether he is describing an affair of passion or the voracity of capitalism and the corruption of government, Gabriel García Márquez always writes with the simplicity, ease, and purity that are the mark of a master.Alternately reverential and comical, One Hundred Years of Solitude weaves the political, personal, and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling. Translated into dozens of languages, this stunning work is no less than an accounting of the history of the human race.
The Hunger Games
The book no one can stop talking about...
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Collins delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.
Norwegian Wood
First American Publication. This stunning and elegiac novel by the author of the internationally acclaimed Wind-Up Bird Chronicle has sold over 4 million copies in Japan and is now available to American audiences for the first time.  It is sure to be a literary event.Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before.  Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable.  As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.A poignant story of one college student's romantic coming-of-age, Norwegian Wood takes us to that distant place of a young man's first, hopeless, and heroic love.
The Count of Monte Cristo

This beloved novel tells the story of Edmond Dantès, wrongfully imprisoned for life in the supposedly impregnable sea fortress, the Château d’If. After a daring escape, and after unearthing a hidden treasure revealed to him by a fellow prisoner, he devotes the rest of his life to tracking down and punishing the enemies who wronged him.
Though a brilliant storyteller, Dumas was given to repetitions and redundancies; this slightly streamlined version of the original 1846 English translation speeds the narrative flow while retaining most of the rich pictorial descriptions and all the essential details of Dumas’s intricately plotted and thrilling masterpiece.
Alexandre Dumas’s epic novel of justice, retribution, and self-discovery - one of the most enduringly popular adventure tales ever written - in a newly revised translation.



Did your favorite title make to the list? Share your favorite books caused hangover in the comments below :)






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The Lightning-Struck Heart

The Lightning-Struck Heart - Lesley Berk;Michael Berk;David Castle;Sue Lauder, T.J. Klune No way in hell. And that quote I saw on my dash is just the cherry on top of my oh-hell-no: “Unicorns aren’t allowed to be whorish. You’re supposed to be all virtuous and pristine!”

Too bad because the premise looks interesting.

Risk It All (Dance with the Devil)

Risk It All (Dance with the Devil) - Megan Derr 3.5

Megan Derr has always been my guilty pleasure read. Not so much "guilty" but still. It's not that I don't recognise the flaws, it's that they really really don't hinder the stories for me. The stories read like fairy tales and even the questionable behaviour (especially in this series - issues like (not bothering with) consent and stalkerish behaviour in the first books) while not seeming as cute on a reread... well, they didn't throw me off the stories. I see the new stories rewriting worldbuilding from the previous ones, I raise my eyebrows and move on. I realise they might be a little bit not good on a number of levels, but I still enjoy them, all right? They're tasty. Like junk food, probably.

So that said, Dance with the Devil is one of my favourite Megan Derr series. I enjoy catching up with - and going back to - Chris and Sable, Grim and Johnnie, Jesse and Rostya & co. I'm hoping Caedda (and that Alucard, what was his name)'s story will be told eventually. I'm looking forward to the other Cross brothers' stories. Basically, I'm pretty fond of this world. :D

This story was a nice addition. I enjoyed Kipling's journey and I happily revisited the whole series.

Three the Hard Way (ACRO Book 7)

Three the Hard Way (ACRO Book 7) - Sydney Croft It was all right but I was not convinced of the menage. And Devlin was barely there and far too one-dimentional.

(Kind of) Review: The Name of the Wind

The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss

Interesting feature, that with the emoticones.




As a part of my recent return to mainstream books, this one sure is a winner. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. I didn't feel like leaving it for a while to go on with other reads - at least once I properly started it.


I like the magic system and how it is explained, but not too much. I like how energy isn't lost, how you have to work in order to get power.


I liked Kvothe but not completely. I liked (and hated) that despite being intelligent, he is just (more!) as prone to stupidity as anyone else.


I got pretty fond of Devi, LOVED Bast, liked Chronicler.


I liked the stories within the story.


I didn't like Denna. Meh. The constant laudation turned me right off.


I didn't like that the author used a 8yo boy as a catalyst to move along the story.




Fandom/Fanfic/Shipping side note.

As my brain seems to have been rewired that way and shipp/ing is unavoidable, I should state my conclusions. I ship:








And that's about it. Fic (sadly, but unsurprisingly) exists only for the Bast/Kvothe ship and there isn't much.

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I'll be reading book two, but not before the release date for the third one is officially set. And I'd like to know if it will be a thrilogy or more books are to be expected... Feels like both are possible.

This is what I keep telling myself when it comes to my flat anyway...

Dragon's Breath

Dragon's Breath - trilliath Okay, that was weird - I'm 100% sure I've read it but I couldn't remember at any point what would happen next.


The Harem Master

The Harem Master - Megan Derr Is this one generation away from Sandstorm? Meaning, is Shahjahan Ikham's son? Is Ikram one of Emre's people and why wasn't it mentioned if he stayed? Did Emre stay to become a part of Altan's harem? Ehhh, so many questions.

Remember How I Made You Scream

Remember How I Made You Scream - FeelsForBreakfast That's not the way it ends (in my head).
I liked it so much more than I thought I would.
Peter trying (with various results) to tone down the creepiness. Yum.

After (The After Series)

After (The After Series) - Anna Todd How is this even a thing?

I'm not against fanfiction in general nor against 1D fanfic in particular, and I have no opinion one way or another in regard to P2P but this... this I'm against. Published RPF blatantly referring to Harry Styles, with its own merch - this is messed up.

I don't get it. HOW did it get published? How did it get translated и на български, при това? How is it getting a damned movie?

How come such pieces of... fiction become worldwide published phenomena?


But Todd only sees any comparisons to Fifty Shades as an honor. Todd loves the E.L. James series and credits it with "totally [changing] my reading life." In Fifty Shades, "everything was based in Washington and Seattle, and so I was like, After's going to be in Seattle!" Tessa's interest in publishing was inspired by Todd's own passion for novels but also Fifty Shades' Ana Steele, who pursues a career in book publishing.

It's Funny...Because It Is True



Man, I love funny, time wasting memes...

Cut & Run 9

Crash & Burn - Abigail Roux I've been wondering about the lack of hysteria over this book (but not missing it).

I actually like the idea of total media eclipse pre-release. It's fresh. And I miss the days before ARCs became such a mass occurence.

Hopefully this won't be the only positive thing I'll have to say for this book. :D

Booklikes' policy on fan fiction

The full answer is here:




Briefly,  - we are allowed to catalog fanfic (and even WIPs). BL might take down a listing at the request of an author depending on the circumstances, BUT they will never remove any reviews from our blog. So, I feel safe adding reviews here.


(For context, Goodreads is taking down fan fiction listings at the request of the authors.  If the listing is taken down, all of the ratings and reviews vanish also.)



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The Lions of Al-Rassan

Лъвовете на Ал-Расан - Guy Gavriel Kay

I feel kind of cheated because of the skipped year but in the same time I'm grateful I was spared from the trainwreck in  slo-mo it apparently was. Still, it annoyed me and this is the reason I'm reducing half a star. Pffft, whatever.



It was a rich book, showing the cultural and religious clash between three countries and faiths marvellously. Not sure why it's being marketed as sci-fi in my country since it's obviously high-fantasy but hey, at least it's translated and more people have the opportunity to get to it (and feel my pain). i'll recommend it endlessly, I'm generous like that (especially with pain).


I really liked the characters.

Strong, self-assured women.

Clever, proficient men.

I'm especially fond of Ammar and Miranda. ^^



In my headcanon AU everyone (important) lives and Jehane, Ammar, Rodrigo, and Miranda form a happy menage a quatre.

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Reading progress update: I've read 497 out of 511 pages.

Лъвовете на Ал-Расан - Guy Gavriel Kay

Чия загуба щеше да е по-тежка? Имаше ли мярка за тези неща? И ако имаше, какво от това? ;_;



I want a 'nobody dies' AU. :(