Top 5 Wednesday – Books to read without the Synopsis

Hello, everyone!

This weeks topic is to discuss the Top 5 Books to read without the Synopsis. I always did this as a teenager. I never actually took the time to read what the book is about. I only judged it by the cover. So if the cover was pretty, I bought the book. And I have to say that I got rarely disappointed. Some of these books were pretty good!

Let’s get started with the list!


#1 – Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Let’s be honest! The synopsis never actually made me want to read this book. It kind of spoiled you. You’re really better off getting into this one blindly and I’m sure that you’re going to like it a lot more!

#2 – State of Emergency by Andy McNab

This book synopsis really disappointed me. It got me so excited and then, in the end, I kind of got disappointed because I thought that something else was going to happen. I probably expected too much after reading the synopsis. The book was still good but it didn’t leave me speechless.

#3 – The Shining by Stephen King

Well the synopsis of this one did definitely not made me want to read the book. I only read it because I love Stephen King’s books. I have more of a love-hate relationship with his book but never mind that was the only reason why I read it and I ended up liking The Shining a lot. But not thanks to the synopsis.

#4 – 11/22/63 by Stephen King

Again, the synopsis told too much. You already know what’s going to happen and for this book, I’m glad that I haven’t read the synopsis before. And as I own this one in German (a complete other title) I didn’t even know that this one was talking about the assassination of Kennedy.

#5 – Netwars – The Code by M.Sean Coleman

Another book where the synopsis isn’t interesting enough! This novel is honestly so good! I read it in German and it got translated in English. This thriller I’d definitely recommend it to everyone.


That was everything for today and I guess that I learned my lesson. You should sometimes trust your heart and not only the synopsis! If you want to buy a book because the title intrigues you or you like the cover, do it!

What are your top 5 books to read without reading the synopsis? Let me know in the comments below!

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Liebster Award – Part one



So I’ve been nominated a few times already for the Liebster Award. Thank you so so much! Which means that I’m going to do this Award in Parts. However, I’m only going to nominate other bloggers for this award one time!  And I know I’m a bit late but I had so much to do these past few weeks that I didn’t have time to do this tag sooner as it is a tag/award that’s a little bit time consuming if you know what I mean!


Huge thanks to Anxiously Me. She was the first person to nominate me. Go and check her blog out if you haven’t already! This tag was created to help new bloggers out.


The Rules:

  1. Recognise who tagged you and promote their blog on your blog. (Anxiously me)
  2. Answer all questions asked of you.
  3. Create 11 NEW questions.
  4. *Nominate 5-11 bloggers with under 200 followers.
  5. Inform them.
  6. Display the award on your blog (put it in your post). You can find free images here.
  7. Write a 150-300 word piece about your favourite blog (not your own). Explain why and leave links.
  8. Optional: include 10 random facts about yourself.

The Questions + Answers:

#1 – How did your blog come about/what or who inspired you to create one?

The Booktubers and Bookstagramers definitely inspired me to create my blog. Before this one, I had already started some blogs but I never actually stuck to them. I just couldn’t. Until I realized that I never actually wrote about something that I was really passionate about. After that, I started my book blog and I’m simply amazed by how many followers I already have in just 2 months and a half of blogging.  Thank you so much! I’m really grateful to the blogging community!

#2 – Who gives you the most #bloginspo (blog inspiration)?

That’s a difficult question to answer because I haven’t checked out any other blogs before I started this one. So I honestly don’t know ^^ But I’d say Cait over at Paperfury. I love her blog and the pictures she uses for it. I wish that I could take such beautiful pictures, I have the camera for it but not the room where I can take beautiful pics.

#3 – Do you have a blogging schedule?

Kind of I want to post three times a week: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. However sometimes on Saturday, I don’t have the time to do anything for my blog so these posts go up a little bit later than planned.

#4 – What do you think about automatic DMs from bloggers you follow on Twitter?

Urgh! I absolutely hate these automatic DMs. Please stop doing that! I beg you, they are annoying and you only risk losing followers by doing that!

#5 – Who was your first blogging friend?

My first blogging friend? That’s a tough one! I’d say that everyone in the blogging community can count so I’m not mentioning anyone in particular. Y’all are! Thanks for your support!! ❤

#6 – If you could trade lives with another blogger, who would it be and why?

No one! I’m pretty satisfied with my own life at the moment! 🙂

#7 – What does your preferred (physical) writing space look like? Is it at a table in café? Is it at a desk/table in your own home?

On a desk in the living room.  I don’t have much work space in my bedroom so I always write in the living room.

#8 – What fictional place would you like to travel to? Why?

Hogwarts, Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley, Ilvermorny, Prythian, ….

There are so many fictional places I fell in love with while reading books.

#9 – If you could be a part of any TV show/Podcast/Movie cast which one would you chose and why?

Pretty Little Liars, Grey’s Anatomy or Riverdale. These are my three favourite TV shows at the moment. And I don’t even know why I want to be a part of these.

#10 –  Do you have a comfort item? For example, a piece of clothing that makes you feel good, a treasured blanket from your past etc?

Is it weird that at 22 I’m still having my Teddy Bear that I got when I was 3 months old? I don’t know I’m crazy attached to it even if it’s deadly used. Soon I have to get rid of it but I can’t just now.

#11 – And last but not least: a silly question. If you were a colour; what colour would you be and what would you name yourself? 

I’d say ginger. I mean my hair colour is orange since I’m a child and so it’s only normal that if I were a colour I’d name myself Ginger.


My nominees:

  1. Fantasy Raiders
  2. Flipping thru the Pages
  3. For the love of books
  4. Tomes with tea
  5. The Bookie Rookie
  6. Glimpsing Gembles

My Questions:

#1 – What country would you like to travel to?

#2 – What is your blog about?

#3 – Do you have a preferred writing time?

#4 – What do you do to relax?

#5 – Mention your favourite bloggers.

#6 – Do you have a cat or a dog?

#7 – Your Top 5 favourite posts of this year? (Can be your own or from another blogger)

#8 – Do you have any goals for this year?

#9 – Do you have a routine?

#10 – Movie or TV show?

#11 – Do you listen to music while reading?


Writing about my favourite blog:

I have so many favourites so this is going to be extremely difficult but I’m going with Paperfury. Just look at that design and these pictures. I’m in love. Cait is extremely funny, you should definitely check her twitter out if you don’t know what I mean. But you also see it on her blog especially with those titles she comes up with. I love how she chooses her design for her blog posts, everything is in perfect harmony and you just want to read what she has to say. Believe me, you really want to read these posts! If you don’t you’re not normal! (only kidding) I’m pretty sure that by now everyone understands why I’m bad at explaining things. Especially when I talk about my favourites. Therefore I’m going to link all her socials here and stop writing. Blog Twitter Tumblr Pinterest Instagram Bloglovin


And that’s all for this Award! You are of course in no way obliged to accept this Award.

Getting to know you better Tag

Hello, everyone! After a week without posting as I’ve been in London I’m back with a Tag!

I’ve been tagged by Naty (Naty’s Bookshelf) to answer the following questions of the Getting to know you better Tag. Go and check her blog out if you haven’t!

This tag has been created by Inkgirlworlds!


The Rules:

  • 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.

The Questions:

#1 – How long have you been blogging?

I’ve been blogging since June 2017.

#2 – Do you enjoy doing tags?

Yes, I do! Some of them are real fun! And you can learn a lot about your fellow bloggers!

#3 – Do you follow the blogs that follow you?

If their blog is making me interested: Yes! I usually follow back though and I read every single one of their posts. It’s my way to support and say thank you to my followers!

#4 – Describe your blog in 5 words?

Bizarre – Bookish – New – Friendly – Openminded

#5 – How many posts have you made on your blog? (Not counting this tag)

30.

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

10 of course! I really enjoy writing about my passion and even though it is a bit difficult to write in a language that’s not your mother tongue I really like blogging. I’ll probably enjoy it less when uni is starting again because blogging is still a lot of work but it will never be under 8/10!

#7 – Post some links to blogs you enjoy reading

I enjoy reading most of the bloggers I follow but I will link my Top 5 favourite bloggers!

  1. Berries & Books
  2. Boston Book Reader
  3. Fantastic Book Dragon
  4. Nose stuck in a book
  5. Book Hooked Nook

#8 – Writing or reading blog posts?

I have to say both. I love to read what my fellow bloggers write and what they think of their recent reads or what they recently bought, etc. Plus I also like to write my own blog posts, otherwise, I wouldn’t have decided to start this Book Blog even if writing is not something that can be done in 5 minutes, it takes time! Nonetheless, I still enjoy it.


Bloggers I tag:

Flipping thru the pages

Between the pages

Berries and Books

The Bookish Librarian

The Caramel Files

& all of you who want to do this tag! Feel free to do it if you like!

 

September TBR

Hello, everyone!
Today I’m back with the books I want to read in September. Or at least try to read because uni starts in two weeks!


What am I currently reading?

#1 – Aaru by David Meredith

Rose is dying. Her body is wasted and skeletal. She is too sick and weak to move. Every day is an agony and her only hope is that death will find her swiftly before the pain grows too great to bear.

She is sixteen years old.

Rose has made peace with her fate, but her younger sister, Koren, certainly has not. Though all hope appears lost Koren convinces Rose to make one final attempt at saving her life after a mysterious man in a white lab coat approaches their family about an unorthodox and experimental procedure. A copy of Rose’s radiant mind is uploaded to a massive super computer called Aaru – a virtual paradise where the great and the righteous might live forever in an arcadian world free from pain, illness, and death. Elysian Industries is set to begin offering the service to those who can afford it and hires Koren to be their spokes-model.

Within a matter of weeks, the sisters’ faces are nationally ubiquitous, but they soon discover that neither celebrity nor immortality is as utopian as they think. Not everyone is pleased with the idea of life everlasting for sale.
What unfolds is a whirlwind of controversy, sabotage, obsession, and danger. Rose and Koren must struggle to find meaning in their chaotic new lives and at the same time hold true to each other as Aaru challenges all they ever knew about life, love, and death and everything they thought they really believed.

The author sent me an e-copy in exchange for an honest review! I only read one chapter of this and for now, I think that I like it. As it is an e-copy I can’t read as much as I would for a physical copy. But I try to finish it in the next two weeks!

#2 – Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

There is was, hanging in the sky above the school: the blazing green skull with a serpent tongue, the mark Death Eaters left behind whenever they had entered a building… wherever they had murdered…

When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort’s darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny.

This is actually a re-read. I read the series in German before and now I give it a try in English. But can we take a moment to appreciate the cover of this book? It’s fricking beautiful!!

#3 – Sherlock Holmes The Collection – read by Stephen Fry

Yep, I’m still listening to this audiobook. I have two parts left to “read”. I’ll probably listen to some on the airplane even though I’m only going to fly one hour.

#4 – A court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Spoiler in the Summary!!

Feyre is immortal.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.

She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.

AFSGHDHH!! I love this series/trilogy so much and Rhys is so lovely! Am I the only one that kinda likes him since ACOTAR?


The Books I want to read this month 


I probably won’t read all these 11 books due to personal reasons. But I’ll try to read as much as possible!

What books do you want to read this month? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. I will be in London next week so there won’t be any posts until the 8th or even the 11th.


All the book covers and summaries come from their respective Goodreads page!

August Wrap-up

Here are all the books I’ve read this month. I can’t even believe that tomorrow is the 1st September and even though I’m too old for Hogwarts I’m going back! Who’s with me? ^^

I’m only going to include the books I’ve actually finished reading this month. There were a few I dnf’ed but I’m not going to include them in my Wrap-up!


#1 – Fantastic Beasts and where to find them by Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling)

A brand new edition of this essential companion to the Harry Potter stories, with a new foreword from J.K. Rowling and an irresistible new jacket by Jonny Duddle.

An approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander’s masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander’s years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail … Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur magizoologist. Dip in to discover the curious habits of magical beasts across five continents …

‘No wizarding household is complete without a copy’ Albus Dumbledore .

I adored this book. The only negative thing I have to say about this is that there were no illustrations for every magical beast.

My Rating: 📖📖📖📖📖

#2 – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife, Amy, has disappeared. Nick is weak, Nick is a liar, and maybe he’s not the very best of husbands — but is he a killer? Amy’s diary reveals turmoil over their marriage, strange sicknesses, and her deep wish to be a mother — but is she telling the whole story? As the evidence slowly mounts, and the police investigation deepens, Nick is incriminated in horrible ways. He swears he didn’t murder his beautiful wife and goes on the offensive to clear his name. The mystery of Amy’s disappearance only gets more tangled as secrets unfurl from the web of their knotty marriage, and it becomes clear that something may have happened more disturbing than death. 

I honestly had my problems with this book. I wanted to like it so much but in the end, I didn’t really like it. I’ll give this book a second try when I have the time.

My Rating: 📖📖 1/2

You can find my review HERE

#3 – Illumine by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

This was such a great reading experience. And if you want to read something that gets you out of a reading slump, I definitely recommend reading a book like Illuminae which is told through files, interviews, e-mails and many more interesting documents.

My Rating: 📖📖📖📖📖

You can find my review HERE

#4 – Wives of War by Soraya M. Lane

London, 1944. Two young nurses meet at a train station with a common purpose: to join the war effort. Scarlet longs for the chance to find her missing fiancé, Thomas, and to prove to her family—and to herself—that she’s stronger than everybody thinks. Nursing is in Ellie’s blood, but her humble background is vastly different from Scarlet’s privileged upbringing. Though Ellie puts on a brave face, she’s just as nervous as Scarlet about what awaits them in France.

In Normandy, the two friends soon encounter the seemingly unflappable Lucy. Scarlet and Ellie are in awe of her courage and competence, but the experienced nurse is well aware of the dangers of the job they’ve chosen—and even she is terrified they won’t make it home alive.

Pushed to their limits by the brutality of a world at war, Scarlet, Ellie and Lucy will need to rely on each other—and the power of their friendship—to survive.

I got this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. And I really liked it. The Romance was a bit too much for me but nevertheless, I enjoyed reading it.

My Rating: 📖📖📖📖

You can find my review HERE

#5 – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Just one word: Abso-bloody-lutely fantastic (Sorry I love that quote so much!) I’m so excited for the other book to come out even though we have to wait some time!

My Rating: 📖📖📖📖📖

My Review will go up sometime in September.

#6 – Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Colour and magic combine in this enchanting new middle grade fantasy from the bestselling author of the Shatter Me series.

Born as blank as canvas in a world brimming with colour and magic, Alice’s pale skin and milk-white hair mark her as an outcast. Because, for the people of Ferenwood, colour and magic are one and the same. And since the disappearance of her beloved father, Alice is more determined than ever to prove herself and her own magical abilities.

To do so she’ll have to travel into the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, with the help of a fiercely annoying boy named Oliver. But nothing in Furthermore is as it seems, and it will take all of Alice’s wits to find her father and return him safely home.

It’s not really my genre but I found the cover pretty so I wanted to have it on my shelf. The reading experience was kind of cute but like I mentioned above it’s not really my genre. And am I the only one that thought of it as an Alice in Wonderland retelling? (vague retelling) I won’t review this book!

My Rating: 📖📖📖

#7 – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

“You are sharing the Dark Lord’s thoughts and emotions. The Headmaster thinks it inadvisable for this to continue. He wishes me to teach you how to close your mind to the Dark Lord.”

Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors’ attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord’s return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the Dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort’s savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time…

This was a re-read and I don’t think that I have to say much about this book.

My Rating: 📖📖📖📖📖

#8 – Extropia: Mind Game by Robin Bootle

An act of sabotage leaves Edward’s father trapped inside a virtual reality game, Extropia. In a bid to save him, Edward follows, entering a world he knows he might never leave. A world of artificially intelligent beings, subjected to a life of misery and fear in the name of entertainment.
Now one of them has learned of the real world, and is determined to have his revenge…

I got this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! I kind of liked it but it didn’t really WOW me. The beginning was great but in the middle of this book until the end I have the feeling that it’s always the same thing happening. My review of this book is going up in September as well!

My Rating: 📖📖 1/2

Review to come

#9 – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Feyre is a huntress.

She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price…

Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor’s body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked – but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre’s feeling for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she’s been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows.

Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.

Who would have thought that I was going to like this book so much? Not me! After reading mixed reviews about ACOTAR I had a feeling that I wouldn’t like it alas I gave it a bloody 4.5 star rating on Goodreads. My Review is also going to be up in September!

My Rating: 📖📖📖📖 1/2

Review to come


In total I read 9 books – 2 e-books, 2 HB & 5 PB – and 4113 pages this month!

What books did you read in August? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. Thank you so so much for 100 followers! You guys are amazing ❤ I’m also going to host a giveaway in the middle of September on my Twitter, so stay tuned!


The Summaries and the book covers all come from their respective Goodreads page!

Book Haul for the Month of August

Hello, everybody! As August is already coming to an end, I’m going to show you the books I bought this month.


#1 – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

I loved this book so much! It was such a great read and I couldn’t put the book down. It was abso-bloody-lutely fantastic! I’ll post my review next week.

My rating: 📖📖📖📖📖

#2 – The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan

It’s the summer after his senior year, and Briggs Henry is out the door. He’s leaving behind his ex-girlfriend and his parents’ money troubles for Lake Michigan and its miles of sandy beaches, working a summer job as a personal assistant, and living in a gorgeous Victorian on the shore. It’s the kind of house Briggs plans to buy his parents one day when he’s a multi-millionaire. But then he gets there. And his eighty-four-year-old boss tells him to put on a suit for her funeral.

So begins a summer of social gaffes, stomach cramps, fraught beach volleyball games, moonlit epiphanies, and a drawer full of funeral programs. Add to this Abigail, the mystifying girl next door on whom Briggs’s charms just won’t work, and “the lake effect” is taking on a whole new meaning.

I got this book for the July (I believe) YA PageHabit Box. I haven’t heard anything about this novel before, so I’m pretty excited to read it soon!

#3 – Les stagiaires by Samantha Bailly (French)

This is a french book that I recently bought. Unfortunately, it has not been translated into English so I’m not going into detail.

#4 – A man of Shadows by Jeff Noon


Below the neon skies of Dayzone
– where the lights never go out, and night has been banished – lowly private eye John Nyquist takes on a teenage runaway case. His quest takes him from Dayzone into the permanent dark of Nocturna.

As the vicious, seemingly invisible serial killer known only as Quicksilver haunts the streets, Nyquist starts to suspect that the runaway girl holds within her the key to the city’s fate. In the end, there’s only one place left to search: the shadow-choked zone known as Dusk.

I have heard nothing about it. I just bought it because of the cover.

#5 – Le Premier Miracle by Gilles Legardinier

This is also a french book and as Les Stagiaires it has not been translated into English. So I won’t talk about it on the blog.

#6 – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Minor Spoiler Alert in the Summary!

Feyre is immortal.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.

She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.

I fricking love the first one. I’m probably going to finish it tomorrow. And I wanted to have the sequel already on my shelf so I bought it today. Even though I won’t read it next. (I know myself)

#7 – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She would rather bury herself in the fanfiction she writes where there’s romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.

Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible.

I heard only good things about Fangirl and because I thought that the cover looked pretty I had to buy it.

#8 – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.

I’m finally having a copy of this book! I’m so excited to read THUG!

 

#9 – Der Vermittler by Robert Karjel (German)

The English Translation of this book – After the Monsoon –  is coming out in 2018. (According to the author’s website it is going to be published by HarperCollins)


If you’re interested in one of these books you can buy them on Book Depository*


What books did you buy this month? Let me know in the comments below.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

I’ve been nominated by Emma from Reading through the night. Thank you! If you don’t know her already go and check her blog out!


The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

The Questions

#1 – What are some TV shows or movies that you would recommend

Oh, that’s difficult. I like so many shows that it’s very hard to choose.

  • Doctor Who
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Criminal Minds
  • Zoo
  • iZombie
  • Broadchurch
  • A series of Unfortunate Events

#2 – For each of the shows or movies you listed above recommendation a similar book

Okay, let’s do this!

  • Doctor Who – Passenger Duology by Alexandra Bracken
  • Pretty Little Liars – Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar
  • Criminal Minds – Every book by Mary Higgins Clark or James Patterson
  • Zoo – Invasion by Robin Cook
  • iZombie – The Troop by Nick Cutter
  • Broadchurch – Again every book by Mary Higgins Clark or James Patterson
  • A series of Unfortunate Events – A series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

#3 – Do you have any reading habits? (like reading with candles or in the bath etc)

Yes, I do! I drink a glass of water every few chapters. I usually don’t eat while reading unless it is a book for uni. I always put bookmarks in my books and I like to listen to themes from movies or to classical music.

#4 – What is the last book you went to a bookshop and bought?

I think that I bought Sleeping Giants in a bookshop the last time I’ve been there. But I’m not sure!

#5 – Do you tend to reread books?

Yes and no. The last and only books I reread were the Harry Potter ones. I don’t really have the time to reread books as I have way too many books on my TBR. However, if I’d have the time I would reread more books.

#6 – Do you use Goodreads? If so how do you use it?

Yes! I use it to keep an eye on the books that I’ve read, that I still have to read. I also have a shelf called Books-I-already-own TBR so that I know which physical books I’ve yet to read. All the books I’ve read are put on separate shelves, like the genre, what copy it is (Physical or e-book), etc.

#7 – What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Fantastic Beasts and where to find them by Newt Scamander & the Quidditch through the ages one. I can’t think of any other book thinner than those.

#8 – What are your favourite fantasy/sci-fi diverse reads?

  • Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  • The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

#9 – What are some of your least favourite book covers?

#10 – Do you annotate or tab your books? If so how? (I am considering doing this myself)

I want to at least put post-it notes in my books because I think that it helps me to gather my thoughts while writing my reviews. I only annotate my required reads.

#11 – Who are some characters you relate to?

  • Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
  • Felicity Montague (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue)
  • Kady Grant (Illuminae Files)
  • Lila Bard (A darker shade of magic)
  • Mustang (Red Rising Trilogy)

My questions

#1 – What is your favourite genre? (Book or Movie)

#2 – Do you have a daily routine?

#3 – What are some of your all-time favourites?

#4 – What is your favourite dish?

#5 – How long have you been blogging?

#6 – How do you stay motivated?

#7 – What was your least favourite school subject?

#8 – Do you prefer TV-shows or movies?

#9 – Your Top 5 movie/TV adaptations that you liked?

#10 – Your Top 5 least favourite adaptations?

#11 – Do you have any reading goals this year?


I tag

Sarah – Book Hooked Nook

All the cool kids read

Angela – Egg Reader

Maggie – The Caramel Files

Kathryn – Noses Stuck in a book blog

Darque Dreamer Reads

And all the other awesome bloggers out there!


If you want to answer these questions feel free to do so 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Wednesdays – Books from before I’d join the Bookblogging Community

Hello, everyone!

Today I’m going to show you my Top 5 books I’ve read before joining the blogging Community.


#1 – Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

#2 – Under the Dome by Stephen King

#3 – The Troop by Nick Cutter

#4 – Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

#5 – Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan


Have you read any of these books yet? And what are your Top 5 books before joining Bookube, blogging, twitter, etc.? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Wives of war – Mini Book Review

Goodreads Summary:

London, 1944. Two young nurses meet at a train station with a common purpose: to join the war effort. Scarlet longs for the chance to find her missing fiancé, Thomas, and to prove to her family—and to herself—that she’s stronger than everybody thinks. Nursing is in Ellie’s blood, but her humble background is vastly different from Scarlet’s privileged upbringing. Though Ellie puts on a brave face, she’s just as nervous as Scarlet about what awaits them in France.

In Normandy, the two friends soon encounter the seemingly unflappable Lucy. Scarlet and Ellie are in awe of her courage and competence, but the experienced nurse is well aware of the dangers of the job they’ve chosen—and even she is terrified they won’t make it home alive.

Pushed to their limits by the brutality of a world at war, Scarlet, Ellie and Lucy will need to rely on each other—and the power of their friendship—to survive.

About the book:

Author – Soraya M.Lane

Title – Wives of war

Publisher – Lake Union Publishing

Publication date – July 1st, 2017

Pages – 350

Special features – /

Price – 4,98 € (e-book) & 8,51 € (You can buy the PB on Book Depository)*

ISBN – 9781503942769 (Paperback)

Series – No

Version – e-book

Genre – Historical Fiction/WW2/Romance

Trigger Warning – War/death/violence

Language – English

My Rating📖📖📖📖


In this story, we follow three young women – Ellie, Lucy & Scarlet – on their journey as nurses in World War II.

This book was such a great read. I have to say that I don’t enjoy reading romance books. However, during summer time I sometimes like to read books in that genre. Did I enjoy this novel so much because of summer? I don’t know but I’m glad that I picked this one up.

The characters and their friendship were well-written and I did not want to stop reading it. The Romance, however, was sometimes really cringeworthy. At least for me. I mean love at first sight for every girl? I don’t know how it was in the 40’s but honestly, love at first sight during the time of war? I know that they had to have at least one happy thought that kept them from becoming mad but falling in love with the first guy that smiles at you? I don’t find it realistic but I believe that everyone has another opinion on that matter.

What I found perfect though was the description of the determination of these nurses to do what they wanted to do. Especially Scarlet. As she lived a more privileged life at home than Ellie and Lucy, her parents did not want her to do her military service as a nurse in the battlefield. Because of obvious reasons back in the 40’s.  Scarlet, however, doesn’t give a **** what her family thinks. She wants to show them that she can do it and she wants to find her fiancé. I think that this was the thought that helped her to survive all the hell she had to go through as a nurse on the field.  And their friendship was honestly so great and perfect. If I have to choose my favourite character it’s probably going to be Lucy. She’s such a sweet girl with a tough character for that period.

The story is written in the P.O.V. of the three ladies. Which is not disturbing at all, it kind of makes sense. Even though I found the romance a bit too much I was really satisfied with the ending for Lucy, Ellie and Scarlet. It was simply perfect! And all three of these girls deserved to be happy at the end of the story.


Have you read Wives of War? And what did you think of it? Please let me know in the comments below 🙂


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Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

The How I choose my Books Tag

Hello, everyone!

I saw this tag on Linda’s blog. a while ago. Please go and check her blog out if you are not already following her!


#1 – Find a book on your bookshelves with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

Morning Star by Pierce Brown. Well, I frickin loved the first two books in this trilogy so I just had to pick the third one up. And now I’m so excited that Iron Gold is coming out in a few months! I can’t wait to continue reading this series.


#2 – Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

The Shining by Stephen King. I have kind of a hate-love relationship with King’s books. Sometimes I like them and at other times I just can’t get through them without having to take a lot of breaks. So I have to admit that I was surprised that I enjoyed this one so much when I finished the story. Because I remember that I had problems to get through the middle of the novel.


#3 – Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I discovered this book through book tube. I heard that it was an amazing time travel novel and being a big Doctor Who fan I just had to get a book about time travel. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy it that much than others.


#4 – Pick a book that somebody personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

The Lake House by James Patterson. I have to admit that I did not read the first book of this series because I did not know that it was the second book. The person that recommended it to me didn’t know either but I had no problems catching up. Unfortunately, I had my issues with this book and I read this one in French. So maybe it is because of the translation. I’m not saying that it is bad I liked it enough to give it 3 stars on GR but it was just not my thing.


#5 – Pick a book up that you discovered through book tube/bookstagram/book blogs. did it live up to the hype?

Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It definitely lived up to the hype! I loved this book so so much that I’m kind of annoyed that I don’t own the second book.

You can find my review here.


#6 – Find a book on your shelves with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I heard a lot about it on book tube and the synopsis kinda got me hooked. So when I started my Audible trial I give it a try and I absolutely loved it.


#7 – What book did you discover through a film/tv adaptation?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I watched the movie before reading the trilogy and I have to say that I prefer the books. I did not really like the adaptation and I never watched the third movie so yeah. But the books happen to be in my all-time favourites.


#8 – Think of your all time favourite book(s). When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

At first, I did not want to choose the HP series but I couldn’t think of any other series/book that I liked more than HP. I read these as a kid (at 10) after watching Movie #1 and #4. I picked them up after the Goblet of fire movie because, even though I had nightmares for several nights after watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone (I was six when the movie came out), the wizarding world fascinated me. I can’t even explain why I decided to read these but I’m just glad that I did. I also have to admit that I haven’t read them in the right order.


That’s all for the tag. I’m not going to tag anybody. However, if you want to participate in the “How I choose my books tag” feel free to do so! 🙂