What? To give who? #2

Hello, bookworms!

With only four weeks of school left, exam season has officially begun, which means I’m spending every last second of my free time studying, making homework, and stressing out about school. This is also the reason why I didn’t blog for a few weeks (oops), but on the upside, summer holiday is around the corner and with that comes loads of free time to dedicate to, you guessed it, blogging. Today I’m back with a second installment of ‘What? To give who?’ Where I recommend which books to give to certain people, including the midlife crisis person and the cat lady. Let’s get started, shall we?

The midlife crisis person

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Everyone has that one midlife crisis person in their life. It might be uncle Tim, who recently bought a Ferrari and moved to Italy with his new, 23 year old wife. Or it might your next door neighbor, who opened a salad bar based on kale last week and gives mindfulness classes on how to find your inner happiness. And if you haven’t got a midlife crisis person in your life, it’s probably you. But don’t stress, because I’ve got an awesome series of books to recommend you. Namely, the Ladybird Books for Grown-ups. There are eight titles in this series, ranging from Mindfulness to The hipster, and even The mid-life crisis is included.

The cat lady

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I recently noticed that a very high percentage of bloggers are cat people. Now, there isn’t anything wrong with that, I’m a massive cat lady myself, but all I’m saying is that every (potential) cat owner should better be prepared for the worst case scenario. What if your cat is plotting to kill you, for instance? Good thing I recently found the perfect book to educate you on such scenario’s, namely: ‘How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You’ by Matthew Inman. ‘How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You is a comic books, which I first read two years ago (I think), and over the years I keep rereading it every few months simply because of the fact that it’s so very funny. I recommend this book the every person who considers getting a cat, or already has one. You know, just in case.

Okay, that was it for today! I hope you guys enjoyed this blogpost, despite it being a little short. Please leave a comment down below with your favorite books to give, and who knows, I might use it for the next part of ‘What? To give who?’. I’ll try to be back with another blogpost soon, but since I’m being smothered by exams at the moment, I’m not quite sure when that’ll be.

See you later alligators, Sophie

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What? To give who?

Wazzup, bookworms!

May is my favorite month of the year. The weather finally gets warmer, school starts to chill out a bit, and (most importantly!) my birthday is in may! I’m going to be turning fifteen this year , so that, and a few ideas scribbled in my blogging book, inspired me to write this post. I’m going to list the best YA books to give to certain people, varying from the younger YA reader, to the dystopian lover, and even your dad. This post is for those who simply don’t know which books to treat your friends to, but if you are looking for some awesome YA recommendations you are in the right place as well . Also I kind of hope my parents will draw some inspiration from this post, you know, since my birthday is coming up and all.

The dystopian lover

Okay, so there is this one kid you don’t know much about besides the fact they carry a bow and arrow everywhere they go, and frequently shouts ‘IF ONE OF US BURNS, WE ALL BURN’. I can tell you now, that kid (or adult) is probably a dystopian lover. Chances are they already have read similar titles to The Hunger Games, like Divergent, the Shadowhunter chronicles, and maybe even Twilight. If you want to go with a book as present, I recommend you get him/her Cinder by Marissa Meyer, or if he/she is a little older 1984 by George Orwell may make an interesting read. If you don’t feel like giving them a book, you could always go with a weekend glamping in a forest, and if they fit the description above even a little, I’m sure they’ll love it.

Your dad

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We’ve all been there, it’s the day before father’s day, and you forgot to get him a gift. Ultimately you want give him a book, but the only genre you know much about is YA, and you don’t think your dad is waiting for a book about lipgloss, paladins, and teenage girls. I recommend you get him Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, it’s one of my favorite books ever, and it’s a sci-fi about virtual reality and the eighties (so everyone who’s into tech and older than 30 will definitely dig it). Also recommend by my own dad, who suggested I’d add this category when he saw what I was writing, thanks dad.

The younger YA reader

Let’s say you have a younger sister (or brother) who only recently hit YA age, and doesn’t know that much about the genre yet. This is your chance to get them into reading and join your favorite fandoms, so use it! One of the first YA books I read (and reviewed) was Rooftoppers, by Kristine Rundell, and I remember really liking it. Looking back it’s definitely more a middle grade book than young adult, but I loved it all the same. Another good read for the youngsters under us, is the Selection series. I’ve read that series way to many times, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the last part. It’s kind of my guilty pleasure, and was a very popular read in my little sisters friend group a while back.

That was the post for today! I hope you bookworms enjoyed reading it, since I’ve thought of way more categories than the ones listed above, so a second installment is coming soon (including the seasoned YA fanatic, The uncle in the midst of his midlife crisis, and your cat).

See you 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!

 

 

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

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?

My Ultimate Christmas Wish List

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Hello bookworms,

Today I am going to put together my Ultimate Christmas Wish List book wise. I am going to list seven Christmassy stories that (in my opinion) go together perfectly as gift for this holiday season. Basically, this is just a big pretty please with a cherry on top for my parents, placed on the internet.

Let It Snow by John Green

This is the number one book I want to read on Christmas day, the premise sounds amazing: Three short love stories by a number of writers famous for writing romance, set in a winter wonderland? Sign me up!

The Hogwarts Library box set by JK Rowling

I know I already own this series on my e-reader, and I know it is thirty euros. But come on, it is a hardcover box set by JK Rowling set in the Harry Potter universe. Who wouldn’t want that?

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

I have heard so many good things about this book, and I have very high expectations for it (especially since it is being compared to Ready Player One). From what I have heard it’s a pretty long and complicated book. Something I want to get into having loads of time on my hands, and can finish in one long three hour session. All in all, a perfect book for the holidays (and let’s just take a moment to admire the beauty that is the hardcover edition).

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Another Romance (yay)! This book is very hyped, and even though I didn’t like the Simon Snow excerpts in Fangirl, I did enjoy Eleanor and Park very much, making me want to give this book a chance. Also the I love the quote ‘The worst chosen one ever chosen’, what reminds me of The Rest Of Us Just Live Here, which premise I liked, but sadly didn’t live up to the story.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Yeah, I know I listed two books, but I really want to dig into a good fantasy series, and the blurbs of both of these sound great, making me not able to choose.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Yes, you misread the title, I meant Between Shades of Gray. From what I’ve heard this is a very sad book, nonetheless, I want to read it. And (this may sound kinda weird) it seems more of a winter than a summer book, making the Holidays a good time to start it.

Rebelle Belle by Rachel Hawkins

This book has a pink cover, and I expect there to be a very pink story inside (metaphorically, that is). And I can imagine after reading Between Shades of Gray I will be in the need for a pink story, actually, I am always in the need for a pink story.

Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

I saw this book laying in my local and only English bookstore, and was instantly sold. The cover is gorgeous and the premise fantastic. I don’t know much about this story and author, but either way I am excited to read it.

Oof, this list turned out to be way more serious than I intended it to be (‘The Book of Nutella’ didn’t make the cut), once I started listing books, I could hardly stop! So, mum and dad, let’s just say that after all this I will be very disappointed if I’ll be gifted socks.

Bye, Sophie

\Have you read and/or reviewed any of these books, let me know, I would love to know your opinion before I mail this list to Santa (dad).