Review: The Yellow Bird Sings (Jennifer Rosner)

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Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: March 5th 2020
Format: Paperback
Source: Pansing Books
Page Count: 294

Blurb from Goodreads:

Poland, 1941. After the Jews in their town are rounded up, Roza and her five-year-old daughter, Shira, spend day and night hidden in a farmer’s barn. Forbidden from making a sound, only the yellow bird from her mother’s stories can sing the melodies Shira composes in her head.

Roza does all she can to take care of Shira and shield her from the horrors of the outside world. They play silent games and invent their own sign language. But then the day comes when their haven is no longer safe, and Roza must face an impossible choice: whether to keep her daughter close by her side, or give her the chance to survive by letting her go . . .

The Yellow Bird Sings is a powerfully gripping and deeply moving novel about the unbreakable bond between parent and child and the triumph of humanity and hope in even the darkest circumstances. 


RATING

3 STARS

HERE’S MY REVIEW!

I am always fascinated with war stories and how people live throughout the days of Holocaust. While choosing on books to read, I am definitely drawn to the essence of the story which is about a mother and a child trying to survive in this tough time while their people, the Jews are rounded up by the German soldiers.

Music plays an important role in the book as Shira, the daughter is a music prodigy herself. However, Shira’s upbringing is hard because she is forbidden from making any noises or sounds as they want to avoid suspicions from the public. The mother, Roza does whatever it takes to keep her only child safe.

The story starts off slow and built as it goes along. That is why I take two months to finish this book. To be honest, I am only intrigued by the last 50 pages of the book where the story becomes better. I struggle to read the first parts of the book mainly because the story is slow and there is nothing that interesting happens.

The Yellow Bird Sings portrays a mothers love and just how far they sacrifice themselves to keep their daughters safe. It is definitely an emotional read for me. I cannot imagine how painful it is to let go of your child to keep her safe from danger. To leave your kid behind with a stranger and start a new life at a new place. I cannot never fathom the experience. Some people may be lucky that they will reunite at the end of their lives but some don’t get to experience that. However, I am glad of the ending because it shows how life will always find its way.

Thank you Pansing Books for sending me The Yellow Bird Sings in exchange of an honest review.

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Sabrina

The Unique Blogger Award

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I was tagged by the lovely Abigail from Abigail’s Books!

Please check out her book blog because she never misses writing blog posts every week!

Rules:

  • Display the award!
  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  • Answer the questions they’ve written for you!
  • Nominate 8-13 bloggers and give them three questions in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity within our blogging family!

Abigail’s Questions:

  1. What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not reading?

I love playing computer games and watching Youtube videos! My current Youtube channel that I love is SuperCarlinBrothers, because they discuss everything Marvel, Pixar and Harry Potter in their channel! They are not so many promising and compelling Youtube accounts which discuss on my favourite fandom so it makes me really happy discovering their channel! 🙂

  1. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure read?

Harry Potter! It is not a bad thing, because I always miss the world so rereading the books brings comfort to me in a million ways! Just meeting Harry and friends and also the Wizarding World totally gives a sense of welcoming even though it is only a fictional world. Once you go in, you will never go out ❤

  1. What’s your favorite read so far this year?

For YA contemporary, Dear Martin and also Broken Beautiful Hearts are my favourite of the year.

For YA Fantasy, there are no books that totally impress and captivate me but if you want recommendations, The Cruel Prince is a well-developed and diversified book to enjoy 🙂

My Nominations:

Marta from The Cursed Books

Sara from The Bibliophagist

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Emily from The Wicked Pages

Rafael from The Royal Polar Bear Reads

The Bookish Tales

The Book Thief Without Words

It’s perfectly fine if you don’t do it, I just wanna share love with other unique bloggers out there! 🙂

My Questions:

  1. What are your pet peeves when it comes to writing blog posts?
  2. What are you dreams that you want to achieve for your blog?
  3. If you are not a book blogger, what kind of blogger you think you could be interested in?

I hope everyone will enjoy reading this award post as much as I wrote them! 🙂

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Sabrina

This or That Book Tag!

Hello guys! I saw this post over Abigail’s blog, Abigail’s Books and I feel like why not I do this? Simple and fun book tags like are not meant to be missed! 🙂

QUESTIONS:

  1. Reading on the bed or the couch?

    Bed! My body aches so quickly after a few minutes reading on a chair.

  2. Male main character or female main character?

    Female main character.

  3. Sweet snacks or salty snacks when your reading?

    I prefer drinks than snacks as I don’t want my hands to be dirty!

  4. Trilogies or Quartets?

    Trilogies I guess. I don’t like to invest so much in a series, because I hate to spend more money on the same series and furthermore I have so many other books to read as well. Duology or standalone is better!

  5. First person point of view or third person point of view?

    POV from first person.

  6. Reading at night or in the morning?

    I can read whenever I feel it’s alright! I have more time to read in the morning while going to university 🙂

  7. Libraries or bookstores?

    Bookstores! I wish I can live in there someday, sometime ❤

  8. Books that make you laugh or cry?

    Books that make me laugh! I dislike tear-jerker books, because it makes me sad terribly. HINT: ALLEGIANT!

  9. Black book covers or white book covers?

    Black! I hate white when it comes to book covers. It will get dirty much faster and I have to take extra care of it.

  10. Character driven or plot driven?

    I guess both is important. I cannot stand the story if either one is not good enough.

Thank you guys for reading my book tag! See you in another post! 🙂

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Sabrina

Review: Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng)

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Blurb from Goodreads:

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

RATING

5 GLITTERING STARS!  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

HERE’S MY REVIEW!

I am truly speechless. After reading, I feel like, “WOW, what a moving and impactful read!”.

I think my words and review will never be suffice to prove this book is truly powerful and gives profound messages to the readers. I don’t want to give too much information to you guys, because I think it’s best to read this without knowing much. You will easily get into this book as the story flows smoothly and many POVs are given as background stories and elaboration of what had happened with each character.

This book makes me read it effortlessly, I don’t feel forced to read it, my body just hungers for the end of the story. There is a charm in Celeste Ng’s story that makes me want to finish it in one siting.

The central of the book is the narratives of two mothers who raise their children very differently from each other. One is raised in a perfectly manageable and ruled community and the other varies. Along the story, readers can think on which mother is the best in nurturing and giving support to their children.

Celeste Ng is my new favourite author! Her words are just so perfect and connected to each other. The story is so real and amazingly written and the characters are full of expressions and flawed (I truly appreciated that). This book shows that people are never good and bad. People will always have to fight with their inner demons.

I am very grateful to have read this masterpiece as it changes the way I think as a young adult. We, people tend to think that we have to follow rules in everything we do. However, we forget that rules can either be good or bad to us. The truth is to never generalise people. Some people will have their own ways of living and it is never our job to judge.

The book tells that there are always second chances in life in every mistake that you do. Life is a learning process, it is okay to fail one time and later rise up to become successful.

“Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.” 

Little Fires Everywhere is definitely my favourite book of the year, so far. I am excited on Celeste Ng’s new move on her next books.

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Sabrina

 

Review: The Apple Tart of Hope (Sarah Moore Fitzgerald)

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Blurb from Goodreads:

Oscar Dunleavy, who used to make the world’s most perfect apple tarts, is missing, presumed dead. No-one seems too surprised, except for Meg, his best friend, and his little brother Stevie. Surrounded by grief and confusion, Meg and Stevie are determined to find out what happened to Oscar, and together they learn about loyalty and friendship and the power of never giving up hope. The second sensational novel from Irish author, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, following her debut, BACK TO BLACKBRICK, perfect for fans of Annabel Pitcher and Siobhan Dowd.

RATING

4.25 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

HERE’S MY REVIEW!

This is my first time reading Sarah’s book and I am not disappointed with her second novel.

This is a really quick read for me as the story has something that pulls me into reading. This story holds a strong message of friendship and also delves into the challenges of being a teenager, in terms of bullying and suicide.

I somehow question myself about the genre of the book. One time it is like a children’s book and the other it feels like YA mainly because of the theme.

The characters are likeable to me, they bring the usual scenery of what a YA book feels like. There is one character in the book who I feel like strangling, because of how relatable her devil self to some people in the world.

Some points that I want to highlight is it is important for us to seek adultery advice and help when we truly need them. It is wrong to push them away and be selfish. We must know how to help ourselves first. You are the mastermind of your life, not your friends, not your bullies. I know it is easy for me to say like this, but trust me, it WILL get better. You WILL get better. Your life matters the most.

I love how uplifting this YA/children’s book can be. Beautiful, inspirational and moving.

P/S: While reading my mouth waters every damn time! A re-read should be fun with apple tarts by my side! ❤

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Sabrina

The End of Year Book Tag – 2017

Long time no see!

Thank to my usual suspect, Abigail’s Books for the tag! Let’s get started!

1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Yes there is. I read Always and Forever, Lara Jean in July but I neglected it because I didn’t have a physical copy back then. I am planning to read it next year after finishing finals.

2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

I don’t really have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year because for the past 3 years, my finals are always in the end of the year so I won’t be reading book much, instead I would read lecture notes :/

3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

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I am waiting for Still Me by Jojo Moyes! At first I was quite hesitant upon hearing the news about the book, but now I am really looking forward into reading the third book of the installment soon! I wonder what Jojo Moyes will offer us for the next book.

4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Well, if I have time in the world to read, why not?

  1. Wonderwomen by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Warcross by Marie Lu
  3. Whichwood by Tahareh Mafi

5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

No. I only read 12 books this year and most of them are rereads such as Harry Potter.

6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

Yes! I have actually planned for my reading challenge on Goodreads and I am pretty much excited for it! Cannot wait to share with you guys! It is going to be a wonderful year of reading ❤

Thanks for reading the post guys and I will see you guys in another post!

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Sabrina

The Book Blogger Test Tag

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I was tagged by the Amazing Abigail from Abigail’s Books!

Don’t forget to check her post out!

Thank you so much for tagging me because now I feel more intrigued to do book tags now even though I have tonnes of school work to do! Really appreciate it, Abigail ❤

Let’s get started!

Rules

1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.

2. Answer the ten questions asked on this post.

3. Nominate at least five people to do it also.

Top 3 book pet hates

  1. I hate it when I accidentally left my book in my school bag. Fragile and flimsy things like paperbacks will easily get damaged when they are in contact with other edgy things in your bag :/ I want my book to be damage-free!
  2. I hate reading iBooks! It ruined my eyes so badly. I prefer to read physical/printed books now. I used to read like 30 books in my book last year but after some time my eye sight has worsen! :/ Expensive books made me resort to read eBooks.
  3. Writers writing an intentional story with POC characters truly disappoints me. I feel like everyone wants to write about POC books in order for them to be ‘included’ in the market. Please write genuine stories. Don’t get me wrong, I am a POC and strong advocate for POC representation in every industry, not just in books. I also don’t like reading books with stories about the ‘inferiors are bad and dangerous’ and stuff. Like come on, don’t write stories to imply bad reputations to others.

Perfect reading spot

Obviously my bed or at my computer desk. However, at night I will fall asleep much easily with a book on my lap or head haha

Three book confessions

  1. I prefer standalone compared to series. Unless the book is truly worthy like the Harry Potter series ❤ It is really time and money consuming when you start to commit to a series. That is why I only read a few series such as Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, Divergent, The Hunger Games, The Wrath and The Dawn! I am now yet to read Crooked Kingdom, A Torch Against The Night and The Mignight Star because I feel so lazy and I have to spend more money to buy them :/ Standalones are better.
  2. I am NOT and NEVER intrigued to read Twilight, Game of Thrones and other lengthy series.
  3. I am very jealous to those who received free books or you may call it ARCS from publishers :/ And I am mad to those who are selling their ARCS to people who don’t have the privilege of reading ARCS 😦 If I were to receive ARCS, I will just give them to my friends after finished reading because why do you want to keep them instead of sharing?

Last time you cried reading a book

The last moment that I truly cried badly when I read Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. The book was truly a good read. I just love Morgan Matson’s writing! Never fail to amaze me.

Number of books on your bedside table

I don’t have many books for me to stack them on my bedside table. The last time I bought books was November last year. I know right, it sucks to be me :/

Favorite reading snack

I don’t have snacks while I’m reading, however, I drink tea!

Three books you would recommend to anyone

  1. Harry Potter series! Guys, to those who haven’t read it, fun and magical things await! 🙂
  2. Any books from Morgan Matson. Good stories.
  3. Wing Jones by Katherine Webber.

A picture of your favorite bookshelf

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This is one of the parts of my bookshelf 🙂 You can see that I am a big fan of YA contemporary and dystopian stories 😛 The other part of my bookshelf consists of Fantasy books such as Harry Potter, The Wrath and The Dawn, Illuminae, Six of Crows and An Ember in The Ashes 🙂

What book means to you in three words

  1. Magical
  2. Escapism
  3. Empathy

Biggest reading secret

Last time I used to read the ending first and after that I will start reading from front! I know, pathetic and weird isnt? I don’t do it nowadays because I will lose the thrill of reading a totally new book.

Thank you so much for your time! 🙂

Till next time

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Sabrina

 

The Happiness Tag

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Life is all about happiness. We, humans crave for happily-ever-after endings. Life is too short to be sad and stressed out always ❤

This post is dedicated to Abigail’s Books for always being one of my source of happiness ❤

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”  – Albus Dumbledore

List five things that make you happy

  1. Books. This will be the first point for every bookworm who exists in the world. It is so magical that you can completely lose yourself in a very different world from yours. Books are portable magic 🙂
  2. Drinking tea, coffee or hot chocolate! I always need it during breakfast to boost my day! I resort to tea or hot chocolate if my stomach decided to not accept coffee in the mornings :/
  3. Harry Potter. I know that everyone who follows me, knows that I am a Potterhead. Always a Potterhead at heart ❤
  4. Disney. I love all things Disney! Cars, The Incredibles, Moana, Monster Inc. and the list continues! I am officially an adult now, but my age will never stop me from loving Disney movies!
  5. Money. I know it is kind of materialistic, but having money in your bank account and savings gives you reassurance that your life is blessed and fortunate 🙂

List five songs that make you happy

Static Space Lovers by Foster the People

Voulez-Vous by Abba

Chained to the Rhythm by Katy Perry

Sarah Smiles by Panic! At The Disco

Cool Kids by Echosmith 

Till next time

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Sabrina

 

The Miranda Sings Award

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I was nominated by the amazing Abigail’s Books.

She is a very sweet person because she always includes me in her posts and that makes me feel very appreciated ❤ I am just so glad to know her 🙂

Thanks again Abigail! Don’t forget to check her post later!

Rules

  • Announce your win with a post, and link the blogger who nominated you.
  • Include the featured image on your blog post.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers (or as many as you can think of) and link your awardees in the post.
  • List 7 things you love about yourself. (This can be about your appearance, your personality, your achievements, etc.)
  • Don’t use negative connotation (i.e. Don’t say things like – “I’m prettier than an average person.” or “People have told me I’m smart.” You are pretty. You are smart.)

Seven Things I Love About Myself:

  1. I LOVE that I am a reader. This is the most valuable gift that I received from me, myself and I. Studies show that readers are likely to become leaders and more understanding people 🙂
  2. I am a hardworking person. I do things wholeheartedly, instead of playing around. I put my 100% effort to the things that I want to finish.
  3. I don’t splurge on things easily! I come from a very mediocre family, so we don’t splurge and buy unnecessary stuffs, just to please the heart and lust to buy. I love it how my parents have instilled the habit of saving to their children, so we won’t face any financial problems from spending too much.
  4. Simple and cheap things will make my day. Even a good morning wish from the people I love can make me happy ❤
  5. I LOVE my skin so much! I am thankful that I don’t usually face major breakouts and zits all the time. My skin tone is light-brown and not sensitive. The message here is to always appreciate your skin if you don’t have any major skin problems. Don’t chase for expensive skin cares as skin care products mainly consist of synthetic and semi-synthetic chemical products.
  6. I have a family who understands me so well. I won’t trade them for anything else. I am actually more of a family person. I am willing to work hard and spend my money for their happiness ❤
  7. I love for the fact that my university and house are so near! I can always go back home every day to escape from university stress :/

I Nominate:

The Cursed Books

Lovely Lorryn from Reading Parental

Krista and Dawlyn from Little Blind Book Finds

The Nerdy Bibliophile

The Nerdy Side of A Queen

Cannot wait to read your answers ❤

Thank you very much for reading my award post!

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Sabrina

Getting To Know You Better Tag

Hello! *peeks from bushes*

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Credits to Secret Library Blog.

I know I know, it’s been a while since I write blog posts here. I am very sorry for being MIA for a while. Life and priorities have strangled me up, so I barely have time to read and also write. Tags are fast and more fun to read, so here you go!

Thank you to my nice mate, Abigail’s Books for the awesome tag and don’t forget to check her post out!

Rules of the tag:

Answer the questions down below.
Credit the creator of the tag (Ink Girl and Words).
Nominate as many bloggers as you want, it has to be 5+ though.

1. How long have you been blogging?

Been blogging since end of July. I started my book blog because I want to invest my time for the things I dear most which are books. Books have a very special place in my heart, and by having a blog, I can document all of my reviews and feelings of reading a particular book. So, during my free time, I can look back on the reviews and remember how and what exactly I feel and encounter after reading 🙂

2. Do you enjoy doing tags?

On a scale 1 to 10, I enjoy doing tags by 9/10! Tags relieve my stress and brain from thinking and reading too much of scientific journals and revising for school.

I also loved being tag by people because I know that I feel much appreciated by my friends in this WordPress community. My friend Abigail tags me in every tag posts that she has done, and I feel happy that she always includes me in her writings

3. Do you follow the blogs that follow you?

Most of the time, yeah. If I don’t have time, I don’t go look up for my follower list, for me to follow you guys back. I’m honestly sorry, I will look and visit your blogs soon!

To my new friends, hello and welcome to my book blog ❤

4. Describe your blog in five words.

Books, reviews, awards, tag and FANTASTIC! 🙂

5. How many posts have you made on your blog?

I think I am near to 40 posts. I am still a newbie, so I have a lot to catch up.

6. On a scale of 1-10 how much do you enjoy blogging?

I would say 10! Writing and reading blog posts are so much fun!! Especially during the writing process.

7. Post some links to blogs you enjoy reading.

I adore on how they manage to write and post regularly! Please I want your energy and time!! 🙂

The Wanderlust Reader

Flavia The Bibliophile

Darque Dreamer Reads

8. Writing or reading blog posts?

I LOVE BOTH AND I CANNOT CHOOSE!! ❤

However, they are some days that I cannot write and read because of university. How many time have I said that university has halted my reading and writing progress?? I LOST COUNT ALREADY :/

I Tag:

To those who read this, YOU ARE TAGGED! 🙂

I really appreciate you time to read my blog tag ❤

Till next time

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Sabrina