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Books, TAG

End of the Year Book TAG

Today I wanted to do a TAG post. This is the End of the Year BookTAG, created by Ariel Bissett.

Let’s go!

Questions:
Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Ready Player One. I read the first chapter and then gave it to my husband to read (because I thought he’d really like it and because I have plenty of other books I wanted to read) I really liked that first chapter, so I want to pick it back up soon.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

I prefer reading classics in autumn, not sure why but it just works better for me. I recently started reading Persuasion by Jane Austen. I only ever read Pride and Prejudice by her and I’m happy to broaden my Austen horizon.

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

I’m forever waiting for Circe by Madeline Miller but it only comes out next year…

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
– The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

– The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

– Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (to finish up the series)

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

Honestly? Any of the three mentioned in the last question. I haven’t had a lot of luck this year. I’ll have to get a serious reading-mood going for the remaining months to get through the books I want to finish and hopefully find some more favourites.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

I’m thinking about choosing five of my favourite books to reread. I rarely reread books, which is a shame really because they are favourites for a reason. The Song of Achilles and The Night Circus will definitely be on the list, the others I’ll have to think about.

 

If you want to answer these questions, let me know so I can read about your autumn reading plans.

Books, Review

Book Review: Eliza and her monsters – Francesca Zappia *****

“You found me in a constellation.”

Eliza and her monsters Francesca Zappia

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

If you haven’t read any blurbs or heard anyone talk about it, I want to stop here for your sake. I feel like the blurb on Goodreads spoils a lot of the story… and I’m glad I went into it not knowing too much.

I have this thing where I pick up popular contemporary YA fiction on a whim whenever I feel like it. Saturday was one of those days. I remembered Eliza and her monsters, looked it up and started reading. It could have gone either way but in this case I didn’t stop until I finished it.

So this is Eliza’s story as she tries to survive her last year of high-school. All her free time is spend on making her webcomic which is hugely popular. Her parents do not understand what she’s actually doing and keep trying to get her out of the house more.

There was so much in this story, I don’t know where to start.

I think it’s a great example of how too much of anything can never be good. Eliza spends every second of every day working on the comic. Yes, she’s very good at it and yes, she enjoys it but when someone asks her what her plans are after the comic is finished, she doesn’t know how to answer that question. When something takes over your life like that, maybe you should take a step back every once in a while.
(I know that’s easier said than done, though… I have to remind myself to step away from some things too.)

Another thing this book does brilliantly is show anxiety and how it can manifest in different ways. I understand that sometimes being around other people is exhausting. Groups can make me feel trapped. I allow myself to feel these things but I have to remember to be careful. You can’t let them ruin your life.
The panic attacks were recognizable, although mine have never been that severe, I get why she reacts the way she does.

But what I liked most of all were the moments where they talked about creativity. Because that’s exactly how I feel. That feeling when a piece of dialogue or a line comes to you and you get so excited. That’s me.

And lastly, it reminded me that it’s okay to take some time off the internet because one of the reasons I get stressed out is because there’s too much information coming my way. Too many impulses. There’s so much pressure on our youths. We also put ourselves under a lot of pressure. In the end, it’s no wonder that anxiety has become so widespread. We’re always busy, always gathering new information, always in touch with other people. I think our brain gets tired and when we let our guard down we get bombarded with negativity.

I can only speak from my own experience here.

This book was everything I didn’t find when reading Fangirl. It made me happy and sad at the same time.

Honestly, I can’t recommend it enough.

Love

Ellen

Books, Review

Book Review: Artemis – Andy Weir ****

Artemis Andy Weir

Like most people, I was completely blown away by The Martian.
It was funny, full of sarcasm and very, very clever. It made me feel smart while reading it. As if I know anything about growing potatoes on Mars. (Well, now I do.. at least a little..)

When I heard about Andy Weir’s new book “Artemis”, I could only hope it would live up to my expectations.

It did.

You see, it had all the elements I liked in The Martian:

  • Snarky and sarcastic main-character? CHECK
  • Lots of fun all the way through? CHECK
  • Clever Plot? CHECK

Even the potatoes were mentioned!

Something I find very important in a story are ‘setbacks’. Mark Watney, everyone’s favorite Space Pirate, had lots of them (things blowing up mostly). Let’s just say that life isn’t easy for Jazz Bashara either. But she makes it work. She’s not some kind of Superwoman. She’s human, she makes mistakes. I really liked her.

There are some great side-characters too. Since most of them live on the moon, where the livable surface area is a bit on the small side, they all know each other well. They all have history, they all have a story to tell.

Maybe the plot isn’t as strong as The Martian was but honestly, what’s the use in trying to figure out if one is better than the other?

This book was so much fun!

You know it’s a good book when you devour it in a day. And that’s exactly what I did.

I hope you’ll enjoy it too!!

Artemis will be available on the 14th of November 2017.

 

I received an ARC through Netgalley. This has not influenced my opinion in anyway. You know me by now.. I say it like it is…

 

Books, Wrap-Up

July 2017 – Reading Wrap Up

July was the month I went on holiday and that meant I got a lot of reading done. I’m going to talk about all the books I read in the order I read them in…

Let’s go!

travel south of france reading wrap up

Strange The Dreamer – Laini Taylor *****

#currentlyreading #books #prettybooks #bookcover #reading #bookblogger

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My favorite out of all the books I read. This was such an amazing book! The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is on its way over to me and I CANNOT WAIT!!!

Full review here.

Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier **

This book was very ‘meh’ for me. The start was promising but it just didn’t do it for me. I had heard that this book is hit or miss and that there are a lot of people who don’t like it at all. I turned out to be one of them…

Full review here.

Trigger Warning – Neil Gaiman ****

Have I done a full review for this book? I can’t remember. If I haven’t already, I’ll write one soon(ish). I read most of this book on the drive back home (which took us 11 hours, so lots of time to read) and I loved it.

It’s a short story collection and of course there were books that I liked better than others. I might have shrieked when I reached the Doctor Who one.

Lock and Mori – Heather W. Petty ***

I read this on a whim. It was fast and fun but not a lot happened really. I mean a lot happened but it didn’t feel like a lot happened. I’m not explaining this very well… am I?

I liked that there were some very heavy topics because some people lead hard lives. I liked that Heather W. Petty managed to maintain the core of Sherlock and Moriarty and didn’t change them completely.

I’m not sure if I want to pick up that other books in the series.. Maybe one day.

The Burial – Courtney Collins ***

Home from work Let's read!! #btat17 #currentlyreading @booktubeathon

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My first BookTubeAThon read. I got up a little earlier every morning to read this and finished it in three days. It was super interesting. I had never read anything set in Australia before and the main-character was great.

There were also some things I didn’t like but I’ll get into those when I do a full review.

Artemis – Andy Weir ***

I got an arc for Artemis from Netgalley and I was so excited because I LOVED The Martian. This was so much fun! It wasn’t as thrilling as The Martian (which stressed me out… a lot…djezes.) but it was funny and interesting and really, really fun.

There were some moments where it was very obvious that this was a man writing a female main character but hey.. I’m not complaining (too much).

Once again, full review coming soon.

And that’s it! Those are the books I read in July. Not bad, not bad at all. Let’s see if I can keep this tempo up in August as well.

Wish me luck!

Love

Ellen

Top 5 Wednesday T5W
#T5W, Books

Top 5 Wednesday: Book Covers You’d Live In

We all love a good cover but what are some covers you’d like to be transported into? 

(All Top 5 Wednesday info here)

I’m not going to do a big intro.
Here we go..

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets JK Rowling

Let’s get the obvious one out of the way. Of course I want to live inside the Harry Potter books…

Winter's tale Mark Helprin

Ssssttt I started reading this book a loooooong time ago and still haven’t finished it. As you can tell, it’s pretty massive. I was enjoying the story too… but for some reason I put it down. The part I read was very atmospheric and if it were winter here, I’d climb right into that book.

tigers in red weather liza klaussmann

This book just screams summer. I wouldn’t want to end up in the story.. just in the general area 😉

Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet jamie ford

I’m not a 100% sure what this book is about. I saw in in the second hand bookstore and I liked it so I took it home. I would definitely walk around in the scene behind that cover!

de man zonder hond hakan nesser

Ah, the sea… I love, love, love the sea. I think once you’ve lived by the coast, you will never be able to shake it off completely. Sometimes I really miss the smell, the wind in my hair, the feeling of the sand between my toes and the roar of the waves.

Which one is your favorite?