Top five books on my spring TBR.

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Hello, bookworms

Today I am going to participate in Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by… I think everyone knows who hosts this stuff by now. I have very little time to write because school has been crazy, so this blog post is going to be a short one. I mean, I could take all of the time of the world and post this tomorrow, but I think I’d be cheating on the whole Top Ten Tuesday concept if I did that (Top Ten Wednesday, doesn’t really have the same ring to it). This week’s theme is top books on your spring TBR, and I am very excited to introduce these books to you. It’s a collection of happy, light novels, ya know, for those summery vibes. So, let’s begin.

  1. Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

I am really looking forward to reading this book, it’s been on my radar for ages. It’s a rather expensive, but I have been babysitting a lot recently so that problem is solved. Unbecoming, here I come. (See what I did there? J).

  1. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

This book has been recommended to me a lot recently, and I’ve seen many five star reviews. Also, the blurb sounds amazing. All of this adds up to me needing this book, as in right now, seriously, if I haven’t read it by this weekend I’ll combust.

  1. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

I don’t even have an idea what this book is about, but Amie Kaufman has written it so it’s bound to be good. Illuminae was fantastic,  so when I found out the authors have written loads of other books I added those to my ever growing TBR-pile immediately.

  1. Lorali by Laura Dockrill

This book is about mermaids, pirates, and (according to the Goodreads page) not for the faint-hearted. Need I say more.

  1. Rebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Lange

One of the first books I’ve reviewed on my blog was Butter by Erin Lange, and I adored it. Two years later I reread the story and found it pretty ‘meh’, so I am pretty curious as to what I’ll think about this book. Also, it’s being compared to The Breakfast Club (and if that’s not a reason to read a book, I don’t know what is).

Okay bookworms, that was it for today. I’ll be back in two days with a post about Goodreads, so keep your eyes open for that. As for now, I really have to go, it’s ten minutes past my bedtime and I don’t think I’ve ever typed so fast.

See you later alligators, Sophie

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Book review: Faceless

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Damnnnn bookworms,

I’m back at it again with the blog posts, it’s been way to long. Today I am going to write a book review on ‘Faceless’ by Alyssa Scheinmel. The book follows Maisie, who after waking up from an induced coma, discovers half her face has burnt off in an electrical fire (Yup, this isn’t some light and easy contemporary novel). Her nose, cheeks, and chin have completely disappeared, together with the rest of her life. She used to be a runner on the track team, and now she can barely walk. As Maisie discovers how much her looks shaped her relationship to the world, she has to redefine her own identity, and figure out what ‘lucky’ really means.

I picked this book up after browsing my local (and only) bookstore for 45 minutes. Too awkward to leave without buying anything, I grabbed this book of its shelf because the cover looked amazing and the title stood out. The blurb was short but intriguing, and after seeing the amazing rating on Goodreads, I walked to the till without hesitating once (and I’m glad I didn’t, because boy, this book is a very special snowflake). The second I came home I started reading the book, only to finish it two days later. Needless to say, I enjoyed it.

I liked Maisie as a protagonist, she was cool and very honest. I also liked the fact that she was angry after she had her accident, instead of grateful that it was her and not one of her loved ones. She didn’t want to be one of those super inspiring people who pick their lives up merrily after almost dying, and she wasn’t. All of this made her seem very real, because I don’t think most people would be of the inspiring kind, at least, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be. After reading all of this you wouldn’t think Maisie would be a drama queen, alas, the opposite is true. Some scenes and situations were unnecessarily complicated and messy because of this. But, she earned the right to be dramatic, I mean, her face got burned off, what did you expect?

The side characters were good too, in exception of one (but he only popped up at the end of the book and didn’t have a very prominent role, so you’re good). Nearly all the side characters were yer big olde stereotypes. The worried and overbearing mother, the depressed, silent father, and the supportive best friend. This was something I didn’t really mind, since they were written well anyways. I also liked her boyfriend, he was a complex character. All in all I enjoyed this book, but it didn’t have that special factor what makes me give a book four stars. It was an unique tale and I kept thinking about it for quite some time, but it didn’t blow my mind like Illuminae or More Happy Than Not. So, 3.5 stars for Faceless it is. I recommend to everyone who’s into contemporary books, or is in the mood for something a little different. I hope you enjoyed this review!

Bye, Sophie

P.s We hit 150 bookworms recently, a fact which makes me incredibly happy. This blog is growing so quickly, it’s only months since there were only a mere 100 of us crawling along cyberspace. I’d like to thank everyone (including you, yes, you) for reading my blog, and I am very excited for the posts to come!

 

The intergalactic book tag

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Hello bookworms,

The blogging community has gone a little space-crazy lately (me included), with books like Illuminae and the Martian. I decided to join the hype by doing ‘The intergalactic book tag’. This is a pretty new tag, it was created a few days ago by Reagan, one of my favorite booktubers. I think the video itself was sponsored by one or other business, but I don’t really care, since the questions are original and good. So, without further ado, let’s start the tag!

The questions:

1. Space: Name a book that is out of this world – that takes place in a world different from our own.

For this one I’ll have to go with More Happy Than Not. The world in the book isn’t very different from the one we live in, but I really wanted to include it anyway since I read it recently and liked it a lot. I think everyone should read this book, and I wanted to grab the chance to give it it’s well deserved shout-out.

2. Black Hole: Name a book that completely sucked you in.

This Is Where It All Ends definitely sucked me in, I finished it three hours after I picked it up. To bad it was complete and utter shit (review coming soon!).

3. Lightspeed: Name a book you are anticipating so much that you wish you could travel at lightspeed to get to it.

This book hasn’t even got a title yet, but I have been checking the progress of it every other week, that’s how bad I want to read it. The book I am talking about is the upcoming novel of Becky Albertalli, which will be released in the latter half of this year (probably). I don’t really know much about it except that the main character is called Molly and that it will have loads of Simon vs. crossovers. However, I do know it’s going to be great.

4. Nebula: Name a book with a beautiful cover.51-T8A-XIgL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

Do I have to explain this one any further? ♥

5. Multiverse: Name a companion set or spinoff series you love.

I couldn’t really think of any companion series besides those of the Lunar Chronicles, which I haven’t finished yet. So instead I am picking the novella’s of the Chaos Walking trilogy, they’re awesome, especially the first.

6. Gravity: Name your favorite romantic pairing that seems to have gravitational pull to each other.

Because I trying to avoid answering with Simon vs. for every damn question, I will choose Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon, the chance that those two could get together was close to 0, so it’s pretty awesome they succeeded in the end.

7. The Big Bang: Name the book that got you started on reading.

I always loved reading, so I haven’t really got an answer for this one. But if I had to pick a book it would be Rooftoppers, the first book I ever reviewed on my blog.

8. Asteroid: Name a short story or novella that you love.

I already subconsciously answered this question earlier, so I guess I am going to skip it, on to the next one!

9. Galaxy: Name a book with multiple POVs.

I know this isn’t really a popular opinion, but I love multiple POVs in books if it’s done well (the story I am writing has them too!). But I am going to answer this question with Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, which was one of my favorite books of 2015.

10. Spaceship: Name a book title that would be a great name for a spaceship.

Okay, so this one was kind of hard, because as it turns out loads of book titles are great spaceship names as well. Just imagine having a giant fire-engine red spaceship called Red Queen, or a tiny grey ship named the Shadow of the Wind.

Wow this tag turned out way longer than I originally expected, but it was very much fun to do. I am going to tag Jocelyn @52lettersinthealphabet and Kat @bookboxbykat , but if you’d like to complete it the tag too, feel free to do so. This was it for today, hope you enjoyed!

Bye, Sophie

P.s What would you name your imaginary spaceship? Let me know in the comments down below!

Monthly Must: A Monster Calls

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Hello, bookworms

Welcome to the third installment of ‘Monthly Must’, where I recommend a book I love every first day of the month. This month I am going to recommend ‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness. I read this book recently and it broke my heart, in a good way. It’s absolutely magical and the epitome of everything Patrick Ness. This book made me cry, twice, and I can’t recommend it enough. But first, the Goodreads description:

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

I am usually not very fond of book descriptions by Goodreads, I think they tend to spoil the book or stay unclear about what the story is about. But I think this one is pretty much on point, it’s a little vague but it’s best to go into this story without knowing to much (trust me, I bought it without knowing a single thing and it was AWESOME).

The characters were crafted perfectly, you get to know them through and through, without being aware of how they look or what their favorite food is. This is something Patrick Ness does in his other books too and I think it works really well, you get the feeling Patrick Ness knows all these mundane facts anyway, but he chooses to just not share it. The world building was on point too, supported by the beautiful illustrations by Jim Kay. Just like the plot, pace, and anything really: I can’t think of a single thing I disliked.

This might sound a little weird, but the best thing about this book was the story. And I know that with most books the story is an enumeration of the characters, plot, world building and so forth.

But with ‘A Monster Calls’ this isn’t the case. This story is more like a living breathing thing, made of many layers, waiting to be unfolded. A story that, after it’s unraveled, will never let you go. I know I am turning a little poetical right now, but this book deserves it, I have never seen anything like ‘A Monster Calls’ and I doubt I ever will.

Some people say this is a kid’s book, since it’s pretty short and it doesn’t contain any romance or murder, but I disagree. I think everyone will like it since it has so many layers, and your age shouldn’t hold you back from reading it. And if you haven’t convinced you yet, just take a look at this picture:

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Isn’t this the most beautiful thing you have ever seen? I mean, how can somebody even draw that? I’ll attach another picture at the bottom of this post so you can just stare at the marvelousness of Jim Kay for a little longer.

If you haven’t read this book yet I recommend you pick it up, and if you have read it I recommend you pick it up again. I hope you enjoyed this post, I am going to be back soon with whatever I feel like writing.

Bye, Sophie

 

 

 

GotMC: Top five books to read in 2016

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I’ve got a rather special post for you today, since I decided to join the Guest of the Month Club for the first time. The Guest of the Month Club, or GotMC for short, is an initiative by Emily where she pairs you up with another book blogger to do a post for their blog and vice versa. If this sounds like fun to you (it is), you can hop on over to her blog and sign up! (If you click on her name here above, it will take you straight to it). I got paired up with Jocelyn this month, who runs a reading and writing blog, and this is her post:

 

2016 will be an amazing year for books, I’m sure. My favorites of the year will probably end up being the ones I don’t expect, the ones I pick up on a whim—that’s how I find my favorite new authors. However, here are the five books I know that I’ll love. They are mostly sequels, and all from authors that I love. If you haven’t read anything from these authors—fix that! You won’t regret it. And if you’re like me and you’ve read these authors’ other books, you’re probably just as desperate to read these books as I am!

1. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #4, releases April 26, 2016)

The Raven Cycle has been steadily destroying my heart for the last few years. I am obsessed with the characters, in love with the subtle world-building, and head-over-heels desperate for my ships to sail. The Raven King is the last book in this series and I know that it will probably ruin me, but I’m ready for it. I need to know what happens!

2. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (ACOTAR #2, releases May 3, 2016)

Over the last years, I’ve steadily fallen more and more in love with Sarah J. Maas as a writer. Her Throne of Glass series is incredible, and her A Court of Mist and Fury series promises to be just as great. I love the fairytale elements, the romance is swoon-worthy, and I want to see Feyre’s character develop even more than she already has.

3. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (The Diviners #2)

This book came out last year, the sequel to The Diviners. Libba Bray is one of my all-time favorite authors, and this might be her most ambitious and complex story yet. I meant to read this book in 2015, but both books are incredibly long and I didn’t have the patience for it last year. I want to know what will happen, I want to know where the characters will go, and I want to spend more time in the amazing historical world.

4. Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson (The Alloy of Law #2)

Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series remains one of the most mind-blowing series I’ve ever read. His spin-off series has a Firefly-esque feeling that brought out all of my fangirl squeals. Heartbreak wasn’t a major part of the first spin-off (The Alloy of Law), but I doubt that that trend will continue in the second book. I already own this book, I’m just waiting for the right moment to crack it open.

5. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Ryan Graudin is a new favorite of mine. I read The Walled City a few weeks ago and it blew me away with its gritty realism. Wolf by Wolf promises to be a fascinating alternate history, and I can’t wait to experience more of Ryan Graudin’s story crafting.

Thank you to Sophie for being my partner this month! She’s honestly one of my favorite book bloggers—we started blogging around the same time and I’ve always felt a special connection with her—and I’m so glad that we got to join together for January!

 

Thank you so much Jocelyn for writing this awesome post! You can go follow her by clicking on her name (I have just learnt how to link things and I am enjoying technology very much right now 🙂 ). I hope you guys enjoyed today’s post, I will be back with a Monthly Must soon. That’s it for now,

Bye, Sophie

What I’ve read in 2015

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Hello, bookworms

I’ve got a rather special post for you today, a list of all the books I’ve read in 2015. Think of this post as a 2015 reading review, where I will be discussing what I’ve read, my goals, and more.

2015 was the first year of my life where I’ve tracked what I’ve read, and actively tried to read as much as possible. I am pretty proud of my achievements, even though I didn’t reach my 100 book goal (I read sixty, what averages at about one book every six days). I put the title of every book I read in a word document, together with a mini review. My favorite books were Simon vs. and Ready Player One, but there were loads of other good ones as well.

As I went through the list on the 31st of December (because I am a sentimental like that). I noticed that whenever I reread a book, the review would change. For example: Eleanor & Park started off as a five star read, but ended as a 3,5.

I have only read four Dutch books this year, which is pretty bad (it’s certainly something I want to change this year, but that’s something for another post). I also haven’t read much fantasy, but I did read two of Malcolm Gladwell’s books, so I guess the good and the bad kind of weigh out. This list isn’t in a chronological order, since it is kind of hard to organize a word document. Because of this, I am going to track the books I am going to read in 2016 on Goodreads instead (My name is @Sophthebookworm, I post all my reviews there too!). Now, without further ado, here is the list!

  1. Sprong in de leegte
  2. Outliers
  3. Ketchup Clouds
  4. The Tipping Point
  5. The Knife of Never Letting Go
  6. The Ask and The Answer
  7. Monsters of Men
  8. The Selection
  9. The Elite
  10. The One
  11. Before I Fall
  12. The Wide Wide Sea
  13. It’s Kind Of A Funny Story
  14. Eleanor & Park
  15. Shiver
  16. Linger
  17. Inferno
  18. Half Bad
  19. I’ll Give You The Sun
  20. Never Let Me Go
  21. De Zwaantjes
  22. The Transfer
  23. Zwarte Zwaan
  24. The One
  25. The Heir
  26. The Beginning of Everything
  27. The Wide Wide Sea
  28. Throne of Glass
  29. Lobsters
  30. Lola and the Boy Next Door
  31. Me, Earl and the dying girl
  32. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
  33. I Capture the Castle
  34. Model Misfit (Geek Girl #2)
  35. The Martian
  36. Eleanor & Park
  37. The Girl With All The Gifts
  38. The Age of Miracles
  39. The Rest of Us Just Live Here
  40. Since You’ve Been Gone
  41. Cinder
  42. Love and Other Unknown Variables
  43. Ready Player One
  44. The Wrath and the Dawn
  45. The Sky is Everywhere
  46. Perenbomen Bloeien Wit
  47. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
  48. How To Repair a Mechanical Heart
  49. Seed
  50. Carry On
  51. Butter
  52. Everything Everything
  53. Scarlet
  54. The Knife of Never Letting Go
  55. The Rosie Project
  56. We Were Liars
  57. Beauty Queens
  58. Alienated
  59. The Scorpio Races
  60. Red Queen

I hope you enjoyed reading about the books I’ve read, I have an another post coming up with my reading goals for 2016, which I have scheduled for Sunday. I know I haven’t really been posting reviews and such, but they should be back soon! If you want to hear my opinion on one of the books I’ve read, let me know!

Bye, Sophie

P.s What was your favorite book of 2015?

The one where I talk about Netflix

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Hello, bookworms

Today I am going to talk about Netflix, my favorite app, my guardian angel and friend. When I was replying to someone’s comment the other day (Hey there, @alexraphael), I started talking about TV shows and noticed I could hardly stop. I know this isn’t a very bookish post, but I have noticed that the most readers are also avid show watchers/Netflixers (scratch that, everyone is a Netflixer). Here I present to you, my favorite tv shows.

The Office UK

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I have already talked about this one on my blog, so some of you may already have predicted that this one would make the list. I only finished it a month ago, and yet I know it is going to have a permanent spot. What is not to like? The script is amazing. The characters are amazing. And that it turned out to be a giant love story is amazing too (and don’t even get me started on the intro, David’s incredible music, or the fact that it only has fourteen episodes. With all that included this post easily can turn into a novel.) The script is so amazing that you can watch the entire show multiple times and still find new jokes hidden in every word. Seriously though, Stephan Merchant and Ricky Gervais are wizards. I still want to talk about the characters, but since this is nearly a full blogpost whilst I only have talked about the office yet, I think it’s time to move on. (Speaking of which, would you guys be interested in a full post about the office? Because I’d be more than happy to write it).

Arrested Development

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Again, this is a fairly new show for me, and probably the one I watch the most as of right now. The episodes are short, it’s funny, and the face George Michael pulls when he realizes he has made a big mistake is gold. I am only in season two, but so far the episode where Tobias’ balls are all over the news is my favorite (oh god, did I really just type Tobias’ balls in a blogpost? At least it can only get better from here).

Modern Family

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This is my favorite show of all time. I am not exaggerating when I say I have watched every episode at least three times (though I wish I was). Phil is my favorite and I even own a shirt with one of his quotes on it. Modern Family really is me and my sisters thing, and it’s the only show we watch together (If I have watched it three times, she has five). From this entire list, this is the show I recommend the most.

Ok, I think I am going to stop here, this post Is growing out of control. Originally Gossip Girl, Phineas and Ferb and Wie Is de Mol (a Dutch tv show) were included on this list to. I hope you enjoyed the post!

Bye, Sophie

P.s What is your favorite tv show, is it on this list? Let me know in the comments below!