Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas BookTube-a-Thon!!!

Hi guys,

First of all, let me apologize for my absence on my blog this month. I had a lot of internet-connection problems, which were very frustrating!
Fortunately that problem is finally resolved, so I can continue to be online :)

Did you guys here about the Christmas BookTube a Thon?

It's a Read-a-Thon, created by some booktubers, like Ariel Bissett and Jesse the Reader. They created this mainly to have an opportunity to get a lot of reading done before the end of the year. Many of us have a yearly goal to reach and many(including me) need to read a lot of books to achieve that goal.  This read-a-thon takes place from Friday the 20th until Sunday the 22nd of December. It's from midnight til midnight.

I never participated in a read-a-thon before, but was really excited about this one. I still have this entire Sunday to read and I thought I'll share my progress so far.

I didn't have any time to read Friday, but I've read some Saturday. I've read about 100 pages of Spirit Bound( the fifth book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead) and I'm really loving it. I'm currently on page 227 (48 % done according to Goodreads) and I'm going to try to read as much of the book and hopefully finish it today.

If you want to participate and it's still Sunday  were you live, you can check out the twitter BookTube-A-Thon and follow the sprints they host over there.

Happy reading and have a very nice Christmas everyone!!!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Review: Gossip Girl

Title: Gossip Girl
Series: Gossip Girl #1
Author: Cecily von Ziegesar

Release date: April 2002
Age group: Young adult
Pages: 224

I've started this book years ago, but didn't feel like finishing it. I'm going to give it another go without expecting much. I'm gonna read it as a light, fluffy chick-lit read.

The whole scenery of the rich people is very selfish.
For me, the characters had little to connect with. Mostly I find reading a book enjoyable because of the character-development and the writing-style. The characters were mostly shallow and didn't seem to care about anything but their money and what the people in the Upper Class might think of them.

I think the only way to read this book and be able to enjoy it, is not to take it seriously at all. If you would take it seriously, there are so many aspects that are very wrong about it. The way the characters see alcohol, sex and drugs is really worrying,even disturbing. 

Chuck doesn't know his boundaries when it comes to girls and I think it's mainly because the girls doesn't give him any boundaries. An example from the book:

"'You really do look good' he said again, staring at Serena's legs like he wanted to eat them.
'Thanks' Serena said and laughed. It was kind of a relief to see that Chuck was still exactly the same, even if everyone else was acting like freaks. She had to love him for that." 
I didn't know what to think after reading lines like that.. 

Most times the writing-perspective was unclear, with parts written from Blairs or Serena's character(and a lot of other characters), and  other parts from a third person perspective. Other times you would think it's from the anonymous Gossip Girl. The many different perspectives often intertwined and caused confusion on who was talking.

While there are a lot of rich and spoiled kids, there are some characters( like Dan and Jenny) that doesn't live those luxurious lifestyles. I found that Dan was a depressing character ( if you don't count the moments he sees Serena). He had some very different thoughts than the rich kids.

I did enjoy this book because I realized the ridiculousness of it all. These kids are like 17 years old and acting like they own the world. It's sad to realize that these kind of environments do exist in the real world. I  thought about giving it 2,5 stars, but I don't rate my books with half stars. So I'll give this one 3 stars, because I did enjoy reading it, but it wasn't a great read. 
Did you read this book? Share your thoughts in the comments below!!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Last TBR of 2013!!

I can't believe is already December!! This year has gone by so fast.

I have a yearly goal on Goodreads of reading 26 books in 2013. I know that doesn't seem like a lot for most bookbloggers, but for me it's a decent goal. I've read 19 books so far and need to read 7 more. I'm going to choose some small books to be able to achieve my goal.

I've started reading this book and I'm about 40 % done. I want to finish this book in December.

I'm going to cheat a little bit by reading the gossip girl series.
These are pretty thin books and I hope I will fly through them.
I'm going to read three or four gossip girl books.

I want to read the last two books of the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.

I hope I will be able to read all the books this month and reach my goal of 26 books.

How many books do you want to read in December? Share your TBR-pile in the comments below!!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Author: Mark Haddon
Release date: May 2004
Pages: 226

I heard a lot about this book. Many people in the book community read it, so I thought I will give it a go. I'm very interested in Autism and have worked with children with Autism before.

It was amazing to truly get inside someone's mind and experience what they're experiencing every day. It would drive me insane to thing like that about pretty much EVERYTHING. But it does gives other people great insight in the live of an Autistic kid ( I'm not trying to say every child with Autism thinks exactly like Christopher did!). story begins with a great introduction. The dog of Christopher's neighbor has been killed and Christopher is dedicated to find the person who is responsible for killing this dog.
The way he handles problems is fascinating to me. He always tries to create a (for him) logical explanation for why he's doing what he's doing without breaking any rules.

It's a very interesting read that I recommend to everyone!!

Friday, November 22, 2013

My thoughts on the Harry Potter Companion Books!

J.K.Rowling wrote three short companion books to the Harry Potter series. I love the Harry Potter series and read those numerous times, but for some reason I never read the companion books. Each one gives us more insight in the area of expertise. Recently I finished all three and I'm giving you my thoughts on each book!

Fantastic Beasts and where to find them
Harry Potter Companion Book 1

A copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them resides on almost every wizarding household in the country. Now, for a limited period only, Muggles too have the chance to discover where the Quintaped lives, what the Puffskein eats, and why it is best not to leave milk out for a Knarl.
Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to improving and saving the lives of children around the world, which means that the dollars and Galleons you exchange for it will do magic beyond the powers of any wizard. If you feel that this is insufficient reason to part with your money, I can only hope most sincerely that passing wizards feel more charitable if they ever see you being attacked by a Manticore.
-Albus Dumbledore

This book was meant to be a study book used at Hogwarts and it sure felt like it.  I really LOVED the notes made by Harry, Ron and Hermione inside this book. I was excited to find every note :). It was interesting to read about the different creatures, but after some time that started to bore me just a little. That of course can't take away the awesomeness of J.K.Rowling's writing style.

Quidditch through the ages
Harry Potter Companion Book 2

Did you know that: there are 700 ways of committing a foul in Quidditch? The game first began to evolve on Queerditch Marsh - What Bumphing is? That Puddlemere United is oldest team in the Britain and Ireland league (founded 1163). All this information and much more could be yours once you have read this book: this is all you could ever need to know about the history, the rules - and the breaking of the rules - of the noble wizarding sport of Quidditch.

This book shows again the imagination J.K.Rowling has. She really dives deep to tell the history and rules of Quidditch and it's just lovely to read about it all. It was really nice to read about the development of the Quidditch game, Rowling makes it seems so real. It was a nice little book.

The Tales of beedle the bard Harry Potter Companion Book 3

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.

This is definitely my favorite out of the three companion books. The stories were full of magical elements and creatures and made me feel like I was back in the Harry Potter adventures a little bit. My favorite story is the Tale of the three brothers, but I enjoyed the other stories in the book as well!

Have you read these companion novels? Let me know what your thoughts are about them in the comments!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Review: Blood promise

Title: Blood Promise
Series: Vampire Academy #4
Author: Richelle Mead
Release date: August 2009
Age group: Young Adult
Pages: 503

If you haven't read this series, I recommend reading my review on the previous books;
book 1: Vampire Academy
book 2: Frostbite
book 3: Shadow Kiss

You can also check out my post about the movie: Vampire Academy, the movie!

Expectations'm really curious how this story goes on. The end of book 3 nearly killed me. It was such a good book. Book 3 was for me the best read of the first three books, and a lot of readers say that the story only grows greater!! It's save to say I have pretty high expectations for this one..

It was really nice to be away from the Academy life and exciting for Rose to be in Russia. I had no idea as to how this story was going to continue which made me even more curious and excited to read the rest of this series. Rose goes on a mission to find Dimitri, her soulmate, and first ends of finding his family. I really liked this part because it seemed so real. The emotions of the family were described with great detail and that made it very realistic. I did find the time Rose spends at his family a bit long.

I love that we get to see Rose struggle with her emotions. You see a very different side of her, one that doesn't know what to do most of the time and just follows her instincts. The so confident Rose we got to know finds out she doesn't always has the answer to every problem. Sometimes she just doesn't know what to do..

Her whole journey in Russia is all about finding Dimitri and creating some kind of plan to do so. When she finally find him, the story becomes very intense. I was reading on the edge of my seat. You can just feel the tension between them which makes the story so great to read!

The way Rose deals with Dimitri is such a good example of what people do when you're in love. When she's with him ,she can't think rationally and I think most of us know how that feels. It was nice to be able to relate to Rose even more.

We still have some connection with the Academy because now and then Rose visits Lissa's mind and we get to see life at the Academy. Every time this happened in the book, it was a nice change in the story. I've become to like Adrian's character more and more. Rose also sees a better side of Adrian every time she visits Lissa. I don't think I've mentioned this much in the previous reviews of this series, but I also really like Christian's character.

Near the end, Rose finds her true self again and tries to hold on to that. She worries about Lissa again and recognizes what she needs to do.

Just when I think I've figured everything out, something new comes into the story. The ending was just amazingly written.. and it makes me want to read the next book ASAP.

What else can I say? This series is getting better by each book and I really loved the third one! I'll rate this book 5 stars out of 5.

Have you read this series? Share your thoughts on this book in the comments below!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Nominated for the Liebster Award!!

I'm so excited to tell you guys Erica from her blog Highway-YA nominated me for a Liebster Award!
The Liebster Award is an Award for new bloggers to connect with other bloggers in the community.

Rules for accepting the award
If you've been nominated , this is what you need to do:
- Link back to the blog that nominated you.
- Answer the questions they set for the blogs they nominated.
- Nominate 10 blogs of your own, and be sure to let them know, with a link to your post!
- Ask 10 questions for the blogs you nominate to answer in their post.

Erica's Questions:
I will anwser Erica's questions:

How long have you been blogging?
I've started this bookblog since October 2013, but I had a previous blog before that. I didn't post anything on that blog in months because of my final thesis before the summer. I decided to start over again and I'm really glad I did!

What inspiration do you get from blogging?
I love to share my thoughts on books and bookrelated topics with other booklovers and the bookcommunity is so great to communicate with!

What is your favorite book series?
Just one? I'll have to say the obvious, Harry Potter. I've read the series about 5 times total and I really want to read it again in 2014!
I also loved the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins and I'm looking forward to see the movie of Catching fire!
In the Summer I read the Percy Jackson series, which I really love as well.
You see, I can't name just one..

If you could meet one author which one would it be?
although I haven't read anything by him, John Green would be an author I would like to meet. He's so funny and awesome on his vlogbrothers channel :D

While you are reading which is better: Coffee or Tea?
I kind of love both.. I drink more tea though, so I guess I'll go for that.

Besides blogging what other things are you passionate about?
I love music and being creative. I play the piano and like to draw. I suppose I don't have to say I love books ;)

What book would you like to see turned into a movie?
I'm currently reading the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead and they already turned the first book into a movie that will be released in february 2014. I'm so excited to see that one!!

Paranormal Romance or Science Fiction?
I think I'll go for Paranormal Romance. Just because I didn't read a lot of Science Fiction books yet. I also just love the Paranormal Romance genre :)

What is considered to be the perfect day to just cuddle up with a good book?
On a rainy sunday, when I don't have to go out of the house. I'll make my cup of tea( or Coffee) and get lost in a good story :D I also love to read when it snows!!

What is your favorite genre of books?
Hmm.. I really like the Young Adults books. I like books with fantastical elements in it. Like Percy Jackson with Mythology. And I like some amount of Romance (doesn't have to be in all of them).

And the nominees are.....
Abominable readers
Lost in a book
Merlin's Booknook
Mo Books
My Library life of living through books
Roxy's Reviews
The Book reader's Cave


When did you start blogging & why?
What's your favorite book ever?
Do you study or work & what kind of study/work do you do?
How may books do you estimate you own?
What's your favorite place to read?
What book are you reading right now?
Do you prefer series or stand alone books?
Favorite hobby besides reading?
Favorite book to movie adaptation?

Check out all the blogs I've named in this post, the're all amazing :D
Thanks again to Erica, for nominating me!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

TBR pile for the month of November!

Today I'll describe the books I'm planning to read in the month of November!
I'm not sure if I'm actually going to finish all of them, but we'll find out at the end of the month. 

Currently I'm still reading the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I've read the first three books in October and I want to read the last three books this month.
If you haven't read this series, check out my reviews on the first ones:
Vampire Academy #1
Frostbite #2
Shadow Kiss #3
That means I want to read
Near the end of October I started the City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and I'm about 100 pages in. I really want to finish that book this month as well.

I'm almost done with reading the three Harry Potter companion books. I will write a review about the three little books.

Once I'm done with all the books I named above, I will start reading the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime by Mark Haddon.
That's about all I think I'm going to read this month. Did you read any of the books I'm planning on reading? Leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of them! If you have any book recommendations, please let me know. I'm always curious about new books!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday; Scariest Looking Book Covers

Top ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday we make up a top ten, answering the question or theme on their website. To see were this is all about, just click on their website and it will take you to the website and the Top Ten Tuesday post. I only have a couple of covers, not ten.

This week my list is about:
The Scariest Looking Book Covers
There's just something creepy about this little kid all by himself in some kind of woods. This book is by Unni Lindell , a Norwegian writer. This is the dutch-cover edition I own.
 This is such a disturbing cover. To me, it looks like some spooky sonogram of an alien baby..

 You can tell me what you want, but I wouldn't go inside that house.. even if they SAY its a safe house. This is a psychological thriller by Nicci French. It looks very thriller-like to me..

Another Nicci French cover. This cover seems to be beautiful and scary at the same time. The dark nightfall looks nice and creepy to me.

That's all for this list, not much I know. Maybe next Tuesday I'll have a list with actually ten things on it!
Tell me if you agree on these covers and don't forget to check out the original blog to see were top ten Tuesdays are all about!

Review: Shadow Kiss

Title: Shadow Kiss
Series: Vampire Academy #3
Author: Richelle Mead
Release date: November 2008
Age group: Young Adult
Pages: 443

If you haven't read this series, I recommend reading my review on the previous books;
book 1: Vampire Academy
book 2: Frostbite
book 3: Shadow Kiss
book 4: Blood Promise
book 5: Spirit Bound

You can also check out my post about the movie: Vampire Academy, the movie!

I would like to see more Dimitri in the story and I would also like to know more about Adrian. He's a mysterious character which I liked in Frostbite. The ending of Frostbite could lean towards a different Dimitri-Rose relationship. I'm really curious to see how this will all work out.

I don't even know were to start with this one..
So many things had happened in this book and it is written in an amazing and beautiful way. I'll try to describe this without giving anything important away(which is really hard).

Our main character Rose slowly notices more dark feelings within herself instead of Lissa's. She has a lot of outbursts and she doesn't understand why she reacts like that. She's really glad Lissa has become her happy self again and doesn't show signs of darkness within her.

I've always liked Rose, however in this book she managed to get me to like her more than I already did. She's really growing up in this book, she learns more about herself and handles every situation as best as she can. I was glad to find a lot of humor coming from Rose. I caught myself laughing out loud at times. She can be very sarcastic, which I really like about her!

I'm finding myself liking the Adrian commentary now and then. I can just imagine his face all cocky and confident. He represents guys who has this kind of demeanor as some kind of shield and have a vulnerable and fragile soul underneath.

Dimitri really opened up to Rose at moments in the book. Sometimes he would say the sweetest things and she just didn't know what to do with it. I was like: SAY something NICE Rose. But often, she couldn't really get anything good across. They grew closer together and throughout the book you can see their relationship changing.

This book shows more dark moments than the previous ones did, which really contributed to the story.About halfway into the story it becomes much more darker than I'm used to in this series. This really startled me for a chapter or two. Although I'm not into scary stories, I think this part added a seriousness to the story and helped to create more depth.

Near the end of this book I was involved emotionally and read the last 100 pages really fast.
The ending was somewhat shocking to me. If you want to know what happened, you should READ THIS SERIES!

I thought I liked this series after the first two books, but now I realize I'm falling in love with this story. It's an amazingly creative outlook on vampires, a very detailed world, a kickass main character, a beautiful written story..what more can I say?

O, I know, I'll give it 5 stars! But really, if I could I would give it 10 stars!

Favorite quote:
There are a lot of favorite moments in this book, but which most of them it's hard to stay away from spoilers. So I chose the next quote:

'When we were almost to the other campus, I felt the weird nausea hit me again. I called a warning to Christian, just as a Strigoi grabbed him. But Christian was fast. Flames wreathed the Strigoi's head. He screamed and released Christian, trying frantically to put the flames out. The Strigoi never saw me coming with the stake. The whole thing took under a minute. Christian and I exchanged looks. Yeah. We were badasses.'

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Review: Cursed

Title: Cursed
Series: The Devil's Roses #1
Author: Tara Brown
Release date: December, 2012
Age group: New Adult
Pages: 287

Synopsis from Goodreads:One tragic event can change everything in a life.
It can change the way we see the world around us.
Sometimes it can change the worlds we see.
Worlds we didn’t know existed.

When she slips into the In-Between for a few seconds she sees him. He's more beautiful than anything she has ever seen before.She's drawn to him in a way she's can't explain.

Between the popular girls being poisoned and loves first kiss, she hardly has time to chase down a mystery man.
As the poison that sent her to the In-Between wreaks havoc on her body, the man she met there is equally damaging on her heart.

I've got this book of Amazon for free and I really hope I like it. The synopsis sounds exciting, although a little familiar, like the twilight story. I like the cover, it looks mysterious and beautiful at the same time.

The books starts out with a short look into the future, two years from the actual story. It was an action-packed and intriguing start. The first 60 pages or so really got to me. I got a clear view of the main character Aimee and sympathized with her very quickly. It felt like a honest story, in which she shares the tragic event. After that I liked the love-interest she had and I could understand how she must be feeling. I really liked this story so far.

Then things became weird and I slowly started to care less about the plot. Some things were really predictable and other things just didn't make any sense. Some moments were nice, but most of the last 100 pages were just not for me at ALL. I really needed to make myself finish the book.

The sympathy I had for Aimee started to fade with her making decisions I couldn't understand.I liked the Shane-character. To me he was the best character in the book. The other characters had no realness and I couldn't really relate to them.

The portrayal of her sister really annoyed me. She was such a stereotypical girl who cares about nothing but boys and clothes. At first I thought she was going to develop in a more meaningful character, but she just stayed the same, even when bad things happened. To me it seemed very unrealistic.

Maybe it's me, but I didn't like the angel and the relationship between Aimee and him. It just all felt very weird to me, and sometimes the plot seemed rushed. A lot of sentences were just not right and I found myself checking if I missed a page quite often.
I'm not interested in the rest of this series and I wouldn't recommend this book, although on Goodreads there are quite some people who really liked this book. If you like the synopsis, you should try reading it yourself.

For me, this book was a good start with a disappointing finish. Therefore, I give it two stars.

Did you read Cursed? What are your thoughts on it?
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