The BFF Book Tag.

Hello, bookworms

Have you ever wondered who’d make a better friend, Hermione or Ron? Me neither, so today I decided to do The BFF book tag. I was tagged by Jocelyn over at @52lettersinthealphabet, and I definitely recommend you go and check her blog out! She is a book blogger and besides the regular book reviews she also posts things like tags, and her series ‘Breaking down the trilogy’ which I really enjoyed (if you are looking for an amazing book blogger to follow, you now know where to go!).  So, without further ado, let’s get crack lacking.

Setting the example: A Pair/Group of book BBF’s that you love

Usually I mention one of my favorite books ever, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, at least once in every blog post I write. I’m trying to constrain myself from answering every question with the same book, so instead of Simon vs., I’m going to answer this question with The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson. I’ve recently read this book and I really liked it, also it has one of the cutest friend groups ever. You wouldn’t ever really expect Essie, Felix and David to befriend each other, but it works. (I almost forgot to mention this, but if I wouldn’t have been allowed to answer with The Art of Being Normal, I’d totally would have gone with the Famous Five series, nobody would help me get out of a tight spot as often Timmy).

Childhood bestie: Which book character would you have liked to grow up with?

I’d have loved to grow up with Harriet from the book Geek Girl. She seems like such an awesome and cool person to be around, and she always has little facts to cheer you up (Also I admit I might be a little of a geek myself, so I think Harriet and I would have been a pretty good match).

Frenemy: Which book character would bring out your competitive side?

I hate to admit this, but I think Hermione would bring out the competitive side in me. I mean, she is smart, funny, she loves to read and is insanely pretty as well, she has it all. And no matter how much I’d try to deny it, I might get a teeny tiny bit competitive if she was a real person in my circle of friends (but when the whole competitive thing is sorted and over with, we’d probably get an ice cream, and after that go chill in the library.)

Fashion guru: Who would be the bestie whose closet you’d want to raid or you would want to go on a shopping spree with?

Sloane from Since You’ve Been Gone. According to Morgan Matson, Sloane has an amazing sense of style, and always wears the cutest vintage clothing. That, together with the fact that she seems like a fun friend to have, would make her the best companion for a shopping spree.

The bad influence: Which character would you want to commit a small act of rebellion with?

Ezra from Illuminae, honestly, I’d give anything to hear him say ‘chum’ in real life.

Blood brothers: Which character would you want to be your surrogate big brother/sister?

I instantly thought of Alice from Simon vs., but because I’m trying really hard not to answer with that particular book right now, I’m gonna go with Puck from the Scorpio Races (sorry for copying you, Jocelyn! 🙂 ).

Mother hen: Which character would you want by your side when you’re having a bad day to cheer you up?

I’m going to go with Ezra from Illuminae again. Partly because he is such a nice guy, and partly because the scenes in the book with him and the interviewer just crack me up every time.

The counselor: Which character would you go to for relationship advice or confide a secret to?

Cress from the Lunar Chronicles, because she seems like a very kind and honest person to me, and because she is pretty in love with love, so I’m sure she could give good relationship advice.

More than friends: Who would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend

Ollie from Everything Everything (and every other male love interest from every YA contemporary novel ever).

Okay guys, this was The BFF Book Tag! I’m going to tag

Niccolie Junsay @Drowned with Stars and Books

Poppy @Poppy’s Best of Books

Melanie @Books Are My Children

Feel free not to accept if you have a lot going on at the moment! (and if you haven’t got anything planned for your next blog post just yet, consider yourself tagged 🙂 )

I hope you enjoyed this post, and I’ll be back Wednesday with a special announcement! (can you guess what it is?)

Bye, Sophie

Who is your book bestie? And who do you think would make a perfect boy/girlfriend? Leave it in the comments down below so we can fangirl over fictional people together!

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Yer Olde British Haul.

Hello bookworms!

Long time no see! I went to the UK recently, and bought some stuff. So I decided to do a haul, you know, typical beauty blogger style. This post is a little different to the things I normally write, but I hope you enjoy it none the less.

A pen

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The first thing I got was a pen. It’s one of those inky ones I love, and my favorite pen was running low, so I decided to get it. There’s not that much more to it, really.

A poster

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Whenever I go to the UK (or any other English speaking country), I make sure to visit a bookstore. A lot of you Americans and British folk might not really realise this, but you guys have such well stocked bookshops! I found this poster in the Waterstones, and I really liked it. The poster is slightly bent, but that’s because it’s hella hard to take it on a plane without it getting a little creased.

A book

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You might have guessed it already, but when I went to the Waterstones, I also got some books. This one’s called ‘The Art of Being Normal’ and is by Lisa Williamson. I gave it four out of five stars on Goodreads, and a review is coming soon(-ish, I’m really behind on writing reviews).

Another book

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Together with ‘The Art of Being Normal’ I also got ‘Rebel Bully Geek Pariah’ by Erin Lange. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time, and it appeared on a lot of the TBR lists I did for my blog. I’ve only read a few chapters yet, but the premise is amazing and what I’ve read so far is very good as well.

A dress

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I got a dress! I love wearing dresses and when I saw this one I had to get it! I didn’t really know how to photograph the dress, since it would be awkward to have to wear it and pose for the camera, but just having it hang on a hangar seemed boring. In the end I decided to go with the second option (as you can see). The dress is black with yellow flowers, and it has this see-through-y part at the waist.

A shirt

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Besides wanting to visit a bookstore, I also wanted to go to the ‘New Look’ back when I was in the UK, since we don’t have that here. In the shop I got this shirt and a top. This shirt is blue with loads of thin white stripes (obviously, you can see so yourself), and it looks great with a pair of blue jeans. It’s slightly long, and very comfy.

A top

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As I mentioned above, I also got a top. It’s too cold to wear it just yet, but I like it none the less. It’s a crop top and it has a pattern all over it, also the ends are frilly, which I like.

This was everything I got in the UK! I hope you guys liked this post since it’s a little different to what I normally do. It was extremely fun to write, and I especially enjoyed making the photos. I’ll be back soon with a massive drawing I did recently, and I’m excited to show you guys, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

See ya later, alligators!

Sophie

The Goodreads tag.

Hello bookworms,

Recently I have really been getting into Goodreads. I started using it to track what I’m reading, as one does, and now I can’t stop. It’s pretty sad, since I only know two other users (BookTubers aside), but still I can’t help myself adding quotes, writing mini reviews, or making my ever growing TBR pile even larger. I was slightly lost as what blog post to write, but then I did a quick search on ‘Goodreads tag’, and tadaaaaa, it exists. The tag isn’t really about Goodreads, it’s more about reading in general, but I decided to do it anyway. So here it is, the Goodreads tag.

  1. What’s the last book you’ve marked as Read?

Faceless, by Alyssa Scheinmel.

  1. What’s the last book you’ve marked as Currently Reading?

I am not in the habit of marking books as Currently Reading, but the last book I’ve marked is Pride and Prejudice.

  1. What’s the last book you’ve marked as To Be Read?

A Madness So Discreet, by Mindy McGinnis.

  1. What are you planning on reading next?

Winter by Marissa Meyer, I have been putting of the last book in the Lunar Chronicles for way to long, but now I’m actually going to read it. (I just can’t stand the series to end!)

  1. Do you use the star rating system?

Yes I just wish they would add half’s, because the choice between 3 and 4 stars can be a tough one.

  1. Do you participate in the 2016 reading challenge?

Yes, but I think I set my goal just slightly too high, since I am permanently 2 books behind, no matter how fast I read.

  1. Do you have a wish list?

A fictional one, yes. An actual one? I wish (see what I did there 🙂 ).

  1. Which book do you plan on buying next?

I honestly don’t really know (see previous question), but I am really excited to read the new book by Erin Lange.

  1. What’s your favorite quote?

I don’t have a favorite quote, there are too many! This might sound really pretentious (and it probably is), but I have the habit of memorizing quotes I like, so I know quite a few. But a favorite? I don’t know: Something by Patrick Ness probably.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

Patrick Ness and Becky Albertalli. The latter has only written one book so I don’t have a way of knowing for sure. But if she can write something as awesome as Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, I’m sure she can write anything.

  1. Are you in any groups on Goodreads?

Nope.

  1. What could Goodreads do better?

I love Goodreads, despite it not being perfect. The most important point for me is the star rating system (come on, Goodreads, everyone wants half stars, why don’t you just add them?). I’d also like to be able to use bold and italic in reviews.

I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post! I am not going to tag anyone because, quite honestly, it’s a lot of work trying to figure out who has done it already and who not, and which people don’t like being tagged and so forth. Despite this feel free to do the tag if you’d like to!

Bye, Sophie

P.s My username on Goodreads is @sophthebookworm , if you use Goodreads your welcome to leave your username down below so we can add each other!

 

 

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!

Another Book Haul (and update!)

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Hello, bookworms

I have loads of exams this weeks, and the stress sometimes causes me to do some stupid stuff, like not updating my blog for SEVEN days, or buying loads of books. I love doing the latter, and usually I have enough self-control to not do it, but I found a gift card. For books. Gift cards are like a golden envelopes inviting you to go to heaven for most bookworms, including me. So I did what every sensible person would do with this blessing. Here’s the haul! (It’s a very good one, all my favorite genres are represented in (just) three books!)

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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I decided not to describe these books and tell the reasons I wanted to read them, because I already did in a previous post, My Ultimate Christmas Wish List. Also, school is killing me right now so I didn’t really have the time (I hope this blog post satisfies your bookish needs anyway 🙂 ).

Bye, Sophie

P.S I recently started watching The Office (UK-version), and I am loving it. Would you guys be interested in a post about it once I finish the series?

P.S.2 Sorry for the snow, but when I saw the button asking me if I wanted to let it snow on by blog till the 4th of January, I just couldn’t say no. It’s hideous, but I love it.

P.S.3 I have planned to take some time of from my blog the coming week (till Friday, that is) because school is crazy right now. But don’t worry, I’ll be back (with a seven day blogging marathon (maybe))!

P.S.4 I think I might have just set my record for the amount of postscripts used in one post!

My Own Domain Name: Update

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Hello, bookworms

Today I have got some very exciting news, my dad gave me my own domain name!!

It is an independent site meaning it isn’t hosted by WordPress (although I did put WordPress on it to edit my posts). One of the big advantages of having your own domain name is that your readers don’t need a WordPress account to comment, like and that kind of stuff.

My other site (the one with the own domain name) isn’t ‘ finished’  yet and I still need to figure it out. You can, however, visit it already. It’s called www.sophiethebookworm.com (go check it out!), I will be copying all my posts on there over the next few days. And for all you WordPress followers, don’t worry, I am not going anywhere, and this blog is going to continue being my ‘main’ one. The other one is just an extra project I am going to try and keep up. If you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments down below!

Bye, Sophie