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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.

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I Dare You – Book Tag

I discovered Piera Forde‘s Youtube channel (I’m now obsessed with her) and saw her do this TAG. The questions were great so I thought I’d answer them too.

1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Rascal by Sterling North. It’s THE book from my childhood (In Dutch it’s called De Kleine Wildernis). I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve read that book and how many fond memories are attached to it.

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Current read = Nutshell by Ian McEwan
Last read = Harry Potter and the cursed child = not by JK Rowling
Next read = I have The Twelve and City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin from the library so probably those

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

Noughts & Crosses, Paper Towns, I capture the Castle

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

Jane Eyre. I have tried to read it before and I just can’t get into it. I keep it on my shelf because I want to read it one day but who knows…

5. What book are you saving for retirement?

I will always read whatever I want, whenever I want. I think I’ll reread a lot of my favorites or whatever I’m in the mood for when I get there.

6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

Wait ’til the end.

7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

Not necessarily interesting but I understand that when you’ve spend a long time writing this book, you want to acknowledge the people who’ve been there for you. I rarely read them..

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

I can’t really think of anyone. I’d have to say a not very well-known wizard who was nowhere near the battle of Hogwarts. Who didn’t lose anyone in the war either. Just a nobody really but still a wizard. You know what, I want to switch places with the owners of Flourish and Blotts Bookseller. That’s it!!

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

I picked up The Book Thief in Moscow while I was there for a congress (ICYB, I made a video explaining what it’s about if you’re interested.). It was the first time I ever travelled somewhere far alone and I loved every second of it. I met so many nice people too. It was an amazing trip. My copy is signed by all the people who were there, they wrote little notes in it. Just thinking about it makes me so happy.

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

The Time Traveler’s Wife. Almost five years ago, my husband and I travelled to the Lake District in the UK. We went hiking on the sunny days and drove up to Carlisle on the rainy day. I convinced my husband that we should drive a little bit further to see Hadrian’s wall. There was an abbey there, build with stone that was taken from the wall and next to the abbey there was a little church. We had an amazing time and super interesting conversations with the people who worked there and in the church there was a tiny bookshelf with books that were donated which you could then buy to support the church. The Time Traveler’s Wife was one of them and since I had been wanting to read it for a while, I picked it up.

11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Not really. There are a couple of people who borrow books from me but I rarely ever buy books for someone else. I bought the Dexter books for my husband to try and get him to read. (they are the only books he’s read in those eight years that we’ve been together) And I’ve bought a tattoo-art-book for my friend because we’re always talking about how we’re going to get a tattoo together. (I should really get to that..I’ve been talking about it for years)

12. Which book has been with you most places?

I take books with me everywhere I go, so this is a difficult one. I’d say my original copy of Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix (the Dutch version so Harry Potter en de orde van de feniks). It’s the only one in the series that I actually bought, or that my mother bought for me. The other ones I borrowed from the library of friends. It’s only recently, as in last year, that I bought the complete series for myself. So that copy has travelled from home, to where I studied in Ghent, to our apartment in Ghent, to the house we rented here in Bruges to the house we bought and live in now.. still in Bruges. I think that’s the one who travelled the most.

14. Used or brand new?

I really like used copies. I don’t know why.

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Yes, I read Inferno and actually really liked it. It was fast paced and it wasn’t something I had to really focus on. It was fun.

16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

I really liked The Hunger Games movie (first one). I saw it before I read the book so I think that helped. Usually, if I read the book first, I won’t enjoy the movie.

17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Yes! Julie and Julia by Julie Powell. I’m not sure if I ever finished it now that I think about it but I really enjoyed what I read. It’s the story of Julie who sets herself the challenge of cooking every single recipe from one of Julie Child’s cookery books. I remember it was very funny and made me very, very hungry.

18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

Sophie Carlon. Her reading tastes resemble mine very closely. I’m currently reading Nutshell because she liked it a lot and I have to say.. it’s pretty phenomenal.

19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

I don’t read a lot of contemporary YA but I loved Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I liked that it was a parodie (the plot was a bit nonsense) but still it’s own thing. And my god, I loved Baz…

Any chance you want to answer these questions?
If you do, let me know so that I can come over and read your answers.

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Rapid Fire Book Tag 2016

No review today, simply because I haven’t finished reading anything… 🙂 So here’s a little something different.

Here are my answers for the Rapid Fire Book Tag. In a way it’s to close off my reading year of 2016.
I’m not going to tag anyone because it has been going around for so long… If you want to answer the questions, feel free (and let me know because I love hearing the different opinions).

E-Book or Physical Book?

I prefer physical books because I find that I can focus better when I read something on paper. I do sometimes read E-books, though they are mostly ARC’s.

You can’t put E-books on your bookshelf! And I do love my bookshelf :).

Paperback or Hardback?

Paperbacks. I don’t have the money to buy hardbacks. Although I really like the way they look, I just can’t justify the cost.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

Both. A couple of years ago I would have frowned at that answer, working at a bookstore really made me appreciate that side of the industry. I still love wandering around bookstores and when I do, I always pick up a couple of books. But sometimes… it’s just easier to buy them online… I’m sorry… Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in a day..

Trilogies or Series?

I don’t know really. There are a couple of trilogies that have let me down. The first book is great and then it just goes downhill. On the other hand, I don’t read a lot of series… So the answer will have to be trilogies, only because I’ve read them, not because I prefer them.

Heroes or Villains?

Villains!! 100%, without a doubt, villains. I’m always drawn to them. Too bad they always lose or end up dead.

(The last Thor film is coming soon and I swear, if Loki dies, I will lose it!!)

 A book you want everyone to read?

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I’ve been recommending it to everyone and those who read it, all liked it a lot… So read it 😉 It’s great!!

Recommend an underrated book?

City of Thieves by David Benioff. I thought it was an interesting, engaging and beautifully written book. I would recommend it to everyone who likes reading historical fiction. (I you like the books by Ruta Sepetys, you’ll like this one)

The last book you finished?

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I liked it a lot and had a fun time reading it.

The Last Book You Bought?

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by him and I’m planning on reading American Gods before I watch the series.

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

The back of our couch? I put my books facedown when I don’t have a bookmark. And I usually read on the couch so yeah…

Used Books: Yes or No?

Yesssss, I love used books. Not just because they’re cheap but because I like old books. The have to be in decent condition though. When they are barely in one piece, I leave them be.. that’s one step to far.

Top Three Favourite Genres?

Historical fiction, fantasy and classics

Borrow or Buy?

Buy. When I borrow them from the library, I always forget to take them back on time. When I borrow them from friends, I’m never in the mood to read them right there and then so they end up on my shelf and then I feel bad about not reading them.

Characters or Plot?

I’d have to say characters. I need that connection. Without it, it’s just not going to work for me.

Long or Short Books?

Both. As long as it’s the correct length for the story. And sometimes I just need a tiny book to feel like I’ve actually read (and finished) something.

Long or Short Chapters?

Somewhere in the middle? When the chapters go on and on and on, I get a bit desperate for that bit to end. But when they are only a page long, it sometimes feels like nothing is being said. Of course this all just depends on the book. I adored Grief is the Thing with Feathers and that had really short chapters.

Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

1) Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix – because I’m in the middle of it now.

2) The Martian by Andy Weir – because I’m trying to convince my husband to read it.

3) Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – because I just found out that her new novel The Good People is coming out in 2017. I have no idea what it’s about but I already want to read it!

Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

Books that make me cry. Like I said, I need that connection with the characters. The books that stay with me the longest are the ones that make me cry.

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Wouldn’t it be great if we could go on holiday to a fictional world? If all the books were really just travel guides?

If I could be a witch in a world where Hogwarts was real, I’d happily go there.

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

I have never listened to an audiobook.. but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to try it.

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

All the time. I want my books to look pretty. If I don’t like the cover, I won’t pick it up.

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Book to TV. I saw The Night Manager as a mini series and OW MY GOD it was brilliant!!!

(I saw a lot of movie adaptations this year and they all left me feeling disappointed.)

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

Maybe The Night Manager… but most of the time I prefer the book.

Series or Standalones?

I mostly read Standalones, but maybe I just haven’t found the right series yet?

 

And that’s it for this TAG.

If you decide you want to answer the questions too, let me know when you post them.

Love

Ellen

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Amy’s Tea Book Tag

(Originally created by Amy from TheDustyBookShelf )

I found this Tag on Eunice’s blog NerdyTalksBookBlog and decided that, since it had been a while since the last time I did a BookTag, I should answer the questions myself.

I do like a good cup of tea, so why not 🙂

1. Double Bergamot Earl Grey – A robust, deep, intellectual and flavourful book

HHhH by Laurent Binet. This is an intellectual book. There is no way he could have delved deeper into the subject of Heydrich’s assassination than he did in this book. You get tons and tons of information and so many details that you can imagine yourself there, walking the streets, sensing the people’s fear. I thought this book was remarkable. It constantly crosses the line of fiction and non-fiction.

2. Tim Horton’s Steeped- A book you read on the go, that you come back to again and again

Harry Potter. The only books I have reread multiple times. I love them so much and I keep discovering new little details.

3. Meyer Lemon- A tangy, fast-paced read. Gone before you’ve fully savoured the flavour.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. I read this book in one go while I was travelling back home from London. I finished it just as we were pulling up at my mother’s house. I sometimes think I read it too fast but then again, that’s just the way it flowed.

4. Chamomile Lavender- a relaxing, calming late night read

Uprooted by Naomi Novik or the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. They make me feel the same way. Great books with fantastical elements and fun-to-read characters. Time goes by so fast that suddenly you realize you should have gone to bed an hour ago.

5. Lady Grey- A smooth, subtle, classic book, perfect for a serene winter morning

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I’m actually thinking about rereading this. But then again, I always say that about the books I like and never end up doing it…

6. Orange Pekoe- A popular novel that everyone’s read

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. This was such a hyped book and honestly.. I loved it. It was so cuuuuuuuuute!! 🙂

8. Canadian Breakfast- a title that tastes a little like English Breakfast, but read’s like the New World (an early Canadian-or American-work)

Woops, I have read nothing that would qualify for this question..

9. Green- A healthy book that feeds your mind.

The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd. I feel like this book gave me so much. It made me happy, it made me sad and it gave me a sort of energy, to live my life to the fullest.

10. Iced- a sweet summer treat, brewed for the lazy brief days of summer.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I don’t talk about this book enough. It’s always the dramatic, classic books that blow me away but this book was so beautifully constructed that it stayed with me for a long time after I finished it.

 

I tag everyone! If you do the tag, please let me know in the comment section. I’d like to see your answers.

Love

Ellen

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To be Read Book TAG

Thank you to Erin (Reading with Wrin) for tagging me in her blogpost.

I love books. I love reading them, browsing for them in shops and just looking at them on my shelf. Loving books can be dangerous.. Before you know it, you have a wall filled with books you are yet to read.

I try to keep my TBR shelf under control but every now and then, I give in to the temptation and I buy all the pretty books.

How do you keep track of your TBR pile.

I have a little list of the books on my phone. (I love Wunderlist as a list-making app) Those are the ones I really, really, really want to read so when I do go into a bookstore, I know what books to look for specifically.

Other than that, I do occasionally add titles to my Goodreads page but honestly, I’m not a huge Goodreads user. I always forget to add reviews. It’s enough of a struggle as it is to try and remember to add the books I’ve read to my reading challenge. (Only 50 books this year, nothing crazy)

But most of my TBR is on my bookshelf. Like I said, I love looking at books. I have always dreamed of having a library of my own (Like Belle in Beauty and the Beast) and I’m slowly but surely collecting the books I loved reading to create a representation of myself.

Is your TBR mostly print or ebooks?

I’m not an ebook person. I like the feel of the books and the paper when I’m reading them. So most of my TBR pile is in Print. I do have some ebooks but they are mostly free copies. By the way, do you know Riveted? I discovered them last week and it’s all kinds of amazing! The same goes for Glose. Both are reading community platforms and both offer a selection of free ebooks. Definitely worth checking them both out!

A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest.

*walks over to her bookshelf and stares at the books*

Possession by AS Byatt. I remember the film vaguely but I know that I loved the story. I picked it up when I was at college, so probably about eight years ago. (Ow my god, I’m getting old!)

A book you recently added to your TBR.

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Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler. I keep saying that I want to read more Shakespeare and I never come round to it. So why not read the original side to side with an adaptation? This one is based on The Taming of the Shrew. (I have no idea what that play’s about) Equally as important, have you seen that cover. *sigh*

A book in your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover.

Well, I could have said Vinegar Girl but let’s see…

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I saw this picture on Lauren‘s Twitter and I completely fell in love with The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride. I have no idea what the story is about but my god, that cover is GORGEOUS!!!

A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. It’s the sequel to The Shining (which I have on my TBR as well, but am not feeling like reading any time soon).

I got it for my birthday five years ago and it never really spoke to me but it’s this beautiful hardback version so I’m not ready to give up on it yet.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you are excited for.

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Monterey Bay – Lindsay Hatton.

In 1940, fifteen year-old Margot Fiske arrives on the shores of Monterey Bay with her eccentric entrepreneur father. Margot  has been her father’s apprentice all over the world, until an accident in Monterey’s tide pools drives them apart and plunges her head-first into the mayhem of John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row

It just speaks to me.. and it comes out on the 19th of July (I think).

A book on your TBR that basically everyone’s read except for you.

*Prepares herself for the storm*

Jane Eyre.
I know, I know, I’ve actually started it several times and every time I put it back down. One day, though, one day…

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.

Hhmm not sure. The last book I bought because someone recommended it was The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber. I heard about it on Jen Campbell‘s Youtube Channel.

I don’t get a lot of recommendations at the moment. So if you want to recommend me something. Feel free to leave it in the comment section below.

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read.

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I’m actually reading it right now. It’s called Ragnarok and it was written by AS Byatt. The story combines the life of a girl during WW II and Norse mythology. I’m loving it so far!

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf.

Like I said, I don’t use Goodreads frequently enough to give a correct representation of my TBR list but I promise to work on it. Right now, the TBR shelf stands at a meagre 23 books. 🙂 And they’re mostly classics…

So I guess this is the point where I tag people.

I tag:

Eunice @ Nerdy talks book blog

Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner

Amy @ Read a Latte

 

Anyone who wants to share his/her TBR shelf, feel free to do this TAG.
Let me know when you do. I’m always on the lookout for new books.

Love

Ellen