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Favorite Book Quotes (12)

Quote Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

The new Doctor is a girl!

THE NEW DOCTOR IS A GIRL!!!

I’m so happy, so, so happy.

I know that a lot of people are not but honestly it’s only logical. Every regeneration, it’s a 50/50 chance, male/female,.. Time Lords don’t have gender.

Anyway… I’ll save you the complete rant but I wanted to mention it.

I’m glad we’re getting some more female role models in books, movies and on tv. Feyre from ACOTAR is one of them. Although her badassness was somewhat dimmed in the second half of the last book (such a shame), I really enjoyed how she got to find her true self in A Court of Mist and Fury.

And one can only hope right, that the future is looking bright?

Books

Book-Tube-A-Thon TBR 2017

This year the BookTube-A-Thon is taking place from July 24th – July 30th.

All information can be found here (Youtube) and here (Website).
Let’s get on with it.
Here are the books I will try to read next week. I have to say, it’s a very ambitious TBR because I’m working full-time… But we’ll see how it goes.
Challenge 1: A book with people on the cover
The Hurricane Party – Klas Östergren (buy)
the hurricane party klas ostergren
Lots and lots of people on this cover.
Hanck Orn’s son is dead. When they come to the door they tell him it was a heart attack, but he knows they are lying. So he travels to the archipelago at the outermost reaches of the land to find out what really happened. He lands on an island and is met by a young woman, hair streaked with blood, raving like a lunatic. She is one of the sisters, who tell him the story of how his son died in the great hall of the Clan, the Norse gods, who were holding a party. But the festivities soon got out of hand, the guests began to argue with one another, and the mischievous shapeshifter Loki dealt a deadly blow. Set in a dystopian future that recalls Orwell and Zamyatin, Klas Östergren has weaved a dizzying story of magnificent scope and foul play. Moving from the golden halls to the depths of the underworld, it is about one man’s search for justice for his son in a world on the brink.
Challenge 2: Read a hyped book
Our Endless Numbered Days – Claire Fuller (buy)
our endless numbered days claire fuller
This has been everywhere on YouTube for a while so I’m counting this as my hyped book.
1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children and listening to her mother’s grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change.

Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared.

Her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is Everything.

Challenge 3: Read a book in one day
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – Douglas Adams (buy)
the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy douglas adams
A short and fun book. Can’t believe I haven’t picked this up yet.
On 12 October 1979 the most remarkable book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor (and Earth) was made available to humanity – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It’s an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards to make way for a new hyperspace bypass and his best friend has just announced that he’s an alien. At this moment, they’re hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed with the big, friendly words: DON’T PANIC. The weekend has only just begun…
Challenge 4: Read a book where the main-character is different from you
Maus – Art Spiegelman (buy)
maus art spiegelman
Different from me in that this story takes place during the Second World War and it’s told in a specific way with cats and mice.
Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II – the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler’s Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival – and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents.
Challenge 5: Read a book outdoors
Makkelijk leven – Herman Koch
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You may know him from “The Dinner”, “Summer House with Swimming Pool” and “Dear mr. M.”. Makkelijk Leven or ‘Easy Life” is a little book he wrote as a book-day-present. I don’t think it has been translated though… but it’s veeeeery short 😉
Tom Sanders writes popular self-help books. His books “Crime without borders” and “Easy Life” have sold over 40 million copies. He leads a comfortabel life with his wife Julia and two grown-up sons of which Stefan – his youngest- is his favourite.
During Julia’s birthday party, they get a visit from Hanna, Stefan’s girlfriend, on whom Tom and Julia are not too keen. She tells them how Stefan has hit her and how it was not the first time. Does Tom address the issue? Can he find a way to talk to his son based on his own self-help books?
Challenge 6: A book you bought for the cover
The Burial (new title: The Untold) – Courtney Collins (buy)
the burial courtney collins
I had never heard of this book but it looked amazing so I bought it… I don’t normally do that but look at it. It’s so beautiful!
It is 1921. In a mountain-locked valley, Jessie is on the run.
Born wild and brave, by twenty-six she has already lived life as a circus rider, horse and cattle rustler, and convict. But on this fateful night she is just a woman wanting to survive though there is barely any life left in her.
Two men crash through the bushland, desperate to claim the reward on her head: one her lover, the other the law.
But as it has always been for Jessie, it is death, not a man, who is her closest pursuer and companion. And while all odds are stacked against her, there is one who will never give up on her—her own child, who awaits her.
Challenge 7: Read seven books
Heldere Hemel – Tom Lanoye
heldere hemel tom lanoye
Officially the shortest book I have on my shelf. So perfect for a read-a-thon..
Based on true events. During The Cold War, a Russian Sovjet fighter plane crashes in a small Belgian village. A small event on a global scale but it has a massive impact on one family.
Well, wish me luck!
Are you participating in the Book-Tube-A-Thon?
What are you reading?
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Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Aren’t Set In/Inspired By The Western World

Talk about books that are set outside of the Western World (so outside of North America and Western Europe) or if they are SFF, books that aren’t inspired by those places (so no medieval setting fantasy!)

I’m ashamed to say that I have read almost no books that fit this description. So I’m filling my list with 5 books I have on my shelf and want to read in the near future.
You can tell me which one I should read first.

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

life of pi yann martel

After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, one solitary lifeboat remains bobbling on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orangutan… and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.

The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

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The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it — from garden seeds to Scripture — is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet – David Mitchell

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In 1799, Jacob de Zoet disembarks on the tiny island of Dejima, the Dutch East India Company’s remotest trading post in a Japan otherwise closed to the outside world. A junior clerk, his task is to uncover evidence of the previous Chief Resident’s corruption.

Cold-shouldered by his compatriots, Jacob earns the trust of a local interpreter and, more dangerously, becomes intrigued by a rare woman—a midwife permitted to study on Dejima under the company physician. He cannot foresee how disastrously each will be betrayed by someone they trust, nor how intertwined and far-reaching the consequences.

Duplicity and integrity, love and lust, guilt and faith, cold murder and strange immortality stalk the stage in this enthralling novel, which brings to vivid life the ordinary—and extraordinary—people caught up in a tectonic shift between East and West.

The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

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The year is 1969. In the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India, fraternal twins Esthappen and Rahel fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family. Their lonely, lovely mother, Ammu, (who loves by night the man her children love by day), fled an abusive marriage to live with their blind grandmother, Mammachi (who plays Handel on her violin), their beloved uncle Chacko (Rhodes scholar, pickle baron, radical Marxist, bottom-pincher), and their enemy, Baby Kochamma (ex-nun and incumbent grandaunt). When Chacko’s English ex-wife brings their daughter for a Christmas visit, the twins learn that things can change in a day, that lives can twist into new, ugly shapes, even cease forever, beside their river…

The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan

the narrow road to the deep north richard flanagan

Richard Flanagan’s story — of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian doctor haunted by a love affair with his uncle’s wife — journeys from the caves of Tasmanian trappers in the early twentieth century to a crumbling pre-war beachside hotel, from a Thai jungle prison to a Japanese snow festival, from the Changi gallows to a chance meeting of lovers on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Taking its title from 17th-century haiku poet Basho’s travel journal, The Narrow Road to the Deep North is about the impossibility of love. At its heart is one day in a Japanese slave labour camp in August 1943. As the day builds to its horrific climax, Dorrigo Evans battles and fails in his quest to save the lives of his fellow POWs, a man is killed for no reason, and a love story unfolds.

 

So which one should I read first?

Love

Ellen

Books, Review

Book Review: Strange The Dreamer – Laini Taylor *****

“I turned my nightmares into fireflies and caught them in a jar.”

book review strange the dreamer laini taylor

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

Hurray!! I have found my first 5-star book of the year. From the first page I knew I was going to love it. The way it is written is so beautiful and so magical. It was brilliant!!

First of all, let’s talk about the sweet gem that is Lazlo Strange. He was so relatable, the way he cherishes stories and doesn’t want to do anything other than read. I caught myself smiling whenever he would talk about books.
I also think his character arc is beautiful. From the boy fighting shadows to well.. you’ll have to read the book to find out.

Then there are all the other characters and the roles they play. (I’m being really careful here because I don’t want to give anything away.) Of course, this is only the first book in a series, so there’s a lot left to be told in the next books. They are such a varied bunch of people and they all have their special abilities. You’re always going to like one more than the other but overall, they were all a perfect fit in the story.

And then it all comes back to the writing which, let me tell you, was something else. Laini Taylor’s writing is so vivid and lyrical and downright beautiful. I loved it more than I can tell you. Honestly, how can I even put this into words…

Even though the ending broke my heart, it was perfect in its own way. It all just comes crashing down once you realize what’s going on. So, so cleverly done!

I wish I could just pick up the next book.

So now… we wait…