How I choose Book Tag

I should really, really be catching up on my reviews. But I’m really, really not in the mood to write a review right now, so here I am with another book tag. I stole this (as I often do) from Thrice Read. If you don’t follow their blog, you really should, because it’s great! Anyway, let’s get to it.


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

Rebel of the SandsRebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I’m not sure why i bought it. I think it had something to do with it being set in a desert setting and being western-y and also very pretty. I did end up really enjoying this book though, so I have no regrets.

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

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This is the answer I usually give to this question, but Tangled by Emma Chase. I honestly have no idea why I read it at all. Because it’s not a genre that I generally enjoy and it didn’t even have a pretty cover. I remember finding it on Goodreads and I think I read a review that was really positive and I was really bored, so I was like… “Eh, might as well.” And I ended up really enjoying it.

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

This is pretty hard to do, since a) I have 2 bookshelves in 2 different places; b) I have way too many books for just the two bookshelves and therefore, they’re double stacked like nothing else and c) I know where all my books are on the shelves. So instead, to make it more random, I’m gonna go to my Goodreads owned books shelf, set it on random and get the first book on there.

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I won this book in a giveaway and I discovered it when entering that giveaway.

Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

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The Bat by Jo Nesbo. A friend of mine recommended it to me and I bought it, but I haven’t read it yet.

Pick a book up that you discovered through booktube/bookstagram/book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

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Oh man, there are so many for this one! Um… Illuminae by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff and absolutely fucking YES! You can read my review of it, if you are interested.

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

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Temeraire by Naomi Novik. This is another one that i heard of through booktube. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s about dragons in Napoleon’s time so… as far as I’m concerned, that’s all you need to know really.

What book did you discover through a film/TV adaptation?

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The Hunger Games, believe it or not. I wasn’t much into YA at the time, so I only found out about it when the first film came out. I watched the film and I thought it was meh, but decided to read the books. It’s interesting, because I liked the first film a lot more after reading the books than before, which is unusual.

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

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This one’s hard. There are so many! Well, The Lord of the Rings definitely has to be on this list. I’ve read them 3 times, the first time I was maybe 12? I’m not sure. I picked them up because I loved the films.

The ACTOAR series by Sarah J. Mass should probably also be on here. I picked it up when the first book came out (well, a bit later that year) because I’d read ToG and I loved it and I wanted to see what else Sarah had in store. Also, Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite stories, so when I heard it was a retelling… I just had to.

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A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis. Someone had lent it to my mum a few years back and of course I wanted to read it because it was a book and it was C.S. Lewis. And I read it twice in two days.

I could continue this list, really but I’ll stop here for the sake of brevity.

Year in Review 2016

I’m a bit late with this, but better late than never, right? Besides, it’s a perfect opportunity for me to abuse gifs.

2016… not my best reading year. Massive reading slump for the first half or so of the year. Didn’t manage to finish my reading challenge. However, I did read some amazing books this year, so it wasn’t all bad. First, let’s get the stats out of the way. I read 74 books in 2016 (80-ish, if you include re-reads) out of my goal of 100. I’ll just leave a link to that nifty year in books thing GR offers if you want more details. Now, let’s get on to the reading.

Let’s see… I think the crown has to go to ACOMAF. I mean, I’ve read the book three times, THREE TIMES, in less than a year. That book just adsjhfk. And still, I have not managed to write a proper review of it. I wiiiiillll, I promise. third time’s the charm. As soon as I catch up with all my other reviews. It’s just that… how do I convey my love for this book in words?

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SIX OF CROWS! Six of Crows is right on its heels. Aaahhh, that series killed me! (I have reviews for both of them.)

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Then, I read some painfully beautiful books such as The Book Thief, The Nightingale and The Giver.

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2016 was also the year I was introduced to V. E. Schwab and found myself a new favourite author. A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows have left me wanting more, more MORE of Schwab’s writing in general and that series in particular.

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And last, but most certainly not least, 2016 is the year I took my first steps (and then marathoned through the whole damn thing) into the rich and magical world of the Kingkiller Chronicle. Ahh, yes… The Name of the Wind, my newest obsession. Despite the sheer size of if, it only took me about a week to finish The Wise Man’s Fear, and now I am left waiting… waiting… waiting…

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Unfortunately, there have also been a few books that I hated. Not as many as those that I loved, but alas, still a few. The crown for the absolute most infuriating book I have read this year goes to Glass Sword. This book pushed all my buttons and invented a few more buttons just so it could push them.

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Eldest comes right after it. I just could not wait to finish this book. Goodness, I have read many books over the years, but few have managed to annoy me quite so much.

Another vast disappointment was The Sin Eater’s Daughter. I had expectations for this, but it was just… no.

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The Game by Terri Schott was probably my only DNF of the year. I just could not be bothered to finish it.

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Okay, just one more absolutely cringe-worthy book. I am not even sure why I read it… it was just so bad it was funny. I’m talking about Touch a Dark Wolf by Jennifer St. Giles. I don’t even… this book was just ridiculous.

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So, there you have it. The best and the worst of 2016. How was your 2016?

Top 10 Tuesday – Top 10 Standalone Fiction Books

Top 10 Tuesday – Top 10 Standalone Fiction Books

I finally return to Top 10 Tuesday after a few weeks of absence. Because I didn’t like the topics. Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top 10 all time favourite books from X genre”. What? What do you mean “standalone” is not a genre. Of course it’s a genre.

The truth is, I read a lot of series and I read a lot of fantasy. So I’m obviously not going to be able to pick my favourite from those genres. But I also don’t know if I read enough of other genres that I can pick 10 all time favourites from any individual one. So this is my workaround. I added in “fiction” as a genre. Are you pacified? Okay, let’s begin, then.


1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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I love this book for so many reasons. It’s so beautiful and also unique. You should read it. Everyone should read it. I have a review of it here.

2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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I love WWII books. Both fiction and nonfiction. Because I think that it’s a part of history that everyone should be familiar with. And it’s also a very recent part of history. In any case, The Nightingale is a beautiful WWII book and even though it is fiction, it’s inspired by real events. I recommend this book to everyone.

3. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

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This is one of my favourite classics. If you love stories of revenge and daring prison escapes and love and swashbuckling adventures (but mostly revenge), then this is the book for you. I think I’ve read it 3 times,even though it’s a fairly large book, but I just love it.

4. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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One of my favourite mysteries and certainly my favourite Agatha Christie mystery. It just always kept me guessing and it was so neat. Great book.

5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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One of my favourite romances. I am obsessed with this story like so many people, for some unfathomable reason. I honestly couldn’t tell you exactly what it is that appeals to me so much about it, but I just love it.

6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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Another great mystery. I listened to this on audiobook and I really loved it. It created so much suspense and the narration was great and I think that’s why I enjoyed it as much as I did. I have a review of it here.

7.  The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Dissapeared by Jonas Jonasson

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If you enjoy Nordic humour, this book is amazing. I honestly laughed out loud on so many occasions. The absurdity of some of the things that happen is genius. I have a review of this one as well.

8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Among my favourite contemporary books that I’ve read. I loved the characters and the story and the slap of reality that this book was. Also, it was really funny. John Green has a talent for that.

9. The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin

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This book freaked me out. It was a really good thriller, but it was messed up. Seriously messed up. I couldn’t put it down.

10. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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I love Charles Dickens. And this is my favourite of his books that I’ve read. If you don’t know this story, then I don’t know what you’ve been doing all your life.

So, this is my list of top 10 fiction standalones. To be honest, if you asked me next week, I’d probably give a different answer. But I’m just really terrible at picking favourites.

 

 

Book Recommendations Based on the Seven Virtues

A while ago I made a post recommending books based on the Seven Deadly Sins. You can check that out here if you missed it. So today, I thought I would turn that idea on its head and recommend books based on the Seven Virtues.


1. Chastity

pride-and-prejudice_bnPride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I love this book. I love the story and I love the characters and it takes place in Victorian England, so it’s pretty chaste. This is one of my favourite love stories and if you haven’t read it, or at least watched the film (the Kiera Knightley one!), then what are you doing?

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2. Temperance

darker shade of magicA Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab. Kell is probably the most level headed and tempered character I’ve come across in a while. This book and this series is absolutely amazing, I loved it! I literally cannot wait until the next one comes out! I love the world and the characters that Victoria has created and I can’t wait to read more of her books. She’s awesome! (Pst, I also have reviews for both books in the series. Here and here.)

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3. Charity

nightingaleThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. This book was so beautiful and if any book portrays charity, it’s this one. The girls both sacrificed so much for other people and they gave so much in a time when there was scarcely anything to give but one’s life. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone.

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4. Diligence

the-raven-boys-maggie-stiefvaterThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Gansey’s diligence when it comes to his search for Glendower is remarkable. This is a YA paranormal book. I’ve only read this one in the series and I really enjoyed it, but I hear the rest are even better. I have a review of the book here.

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5. Patience

acotarA Court of Thorns and Roses By Sarah J. Maas. I chose this series for two reasons. One, because there are quite a few characters who patiently bid their time, waiting for the perfect opportunity. And since the characters in this series have quite the long lifespan, they were really, really patient. The second is that patience is the virtue I need to exhibit while waiting for the next one and it’s proving to be problematic. I love Sarah J. Maas! I recommended her other series in the deadly sins post, so it seemed fitting to put this one here. Also, did I mention I will be meeting her in less than a month? *squee*

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6. Kindness

the book thiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Definitely a book about kindness and the power of words. Another one that I universally recommend. There are just some books that everyone should read and this is one of them. I have a review of it here if you would like to hear more of my thoughts on it.

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7. Humility

the-ascendance-trilogy-the-false-prince-35473004-935-475The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen. I’ve talked about this series before, although I haven’t really seen or heard much about it around the community, which is a shame because I really loved it. And Sage, the main character is probably one of the most genuinely humble characters. In the sense that he puts everyone else before himself and he genuinely does not believe himself to be better than they are, not in the sense that he is self deprecating.

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These are my recommendations based on the seven virtues. Do you agree? What books would you choose?

Top 10 Tuesday -Ten books that take place outside the US

Top 10 Tuesday -Ten books that take place outside the US

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Books that take place outside the US. If you want to see my answers to last week’s topic, click here.

I read a lot of high-fantasy so nearly every book I read happens somewhere other than the US. But for this post, I will limit myself to books that actually happen in this world, just not in the US.

1. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

inferanalThis takes place in London and occasionally other parts of the UK. It’s also one of my favourite series ever.

 

 

2. The Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer

artemis_fowl_first_edition_coverThis is an amazing series that is severely underrated in my opinion. It takes place pretty much all over the world, but the main character is Irish, so every book  takes place in Ireland at least some of the time. But really, there’s a lot of travelling involved in the series and it takes place everywhere from the Arctic Circle to the bottom of the ocean, it’s awesome!

 

3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

f763e993641761bb9a97f3f18bf6824eThis one takes place in Nazi Germany. It’s an amazing, powerful book that I recommend to everyone and anyone. Even people who aren’t avid readers should read this one in my opinion, because it’s just so beautiful and powerful. You can read my review of it here.

 

 

4. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

me-before-you-book-coverI love this book so much. It broke my heart. Maybe broke me a little too. It takes place in the UK and there is some travelling involved to some exotic beaches. Definitely reccomend it, especially if you like contemporary. But really, if you’re a human being with a heart (even if it’s Grinch-sized like mine), this book will probably going to move you. Read my review of it here.

 

6. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series by Laini Taylor

ukdsbhcMoving on from books that make you cry, this is a beautifully written fantasy series that takes place in Prague. Some of the time. Also in some other places of the world and sometimes in another world altogether. But it’s really beautiful and the setting always feels so magical. Lovers of fantasy will probably enjoy this very much.

 

 

6. Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

25876872-_uy200_This is a really funny book that takes place in the UK and in the past and in some other places (like a jungle full of dinosaurs). I really loved it, it was so funny, but it was also dark. It’s an adult series, I think. Or NA at the very least. I’ve only read this book in the series, but I do intend to read the rest of it eventually, because it was great.

 

 

7. The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

13486632This is a dark humor book that takes place in Sweden and around the world, everywhere from China, to Iran to Spain. If you enjoy Nordic humor, you’re going to enjoy this. I’m about halfway through it at the moment and I’m really enjoying it.

 

 

8. The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer

2016-07-01-23-57-27.jpgThis takes lace in the future, in a place called New Beijing. I’m assuming New Beijing is geographically related to the old Beijing, so it takes place in China. At least the first book does. The other ones, I’m not sure exactly because I haven’t read them yet, but I think some might even happen on the Moon.

 

9. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

23403402-_uy200_This one happens in London. Sometimes, it’s even our London. I really, really love this series. It’s one of my newest finds and I am a little bit obsessed with it at the moment. I wish I could get the third one already. But yeah, definitely not the US. The US doesn’t even exist in most of the worlds this takes place in. You can read my review of it here and also my review of its sequel here.

10. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

7126Finally, I thought I’d finish off with a classic. This is one of my favourite classics and it takes place in France and Italy and sometimes more exotic places, and obviously, Monte Cristo. It’s a story about revenge and love and badassery.