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Top 5 Wednesday: Books as Event Themes

Today’s topic is Books we would like as event Themes.
I had a few in mind and just went mad on Pinterest 😉 so yeah, enjoy!

I chose books I’ve read and enjoyed, which also have a lot of atmosphere.

The Great Gatsby

Bookish events Great Gatsby

I love vintage looks so anything inspired by the 20s, like The Great Gatsby, is right up my street. It’s chique with minimal colors and it just looks so classy. (source)

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I think the best color scheme is black, gold and maybe some silver. Don’t forget to put a green lantern outside! (source)

Harry Potter

Bookish events Harry Potter

Ow my god. This is just one of a million pictures for a Harry Potter themed wedding and I am so in love. The dress, the location…. it’s amazing!!! (Other pictures here)

Bookish events harry potter

Look at those chocolate frogs on the plates. So incredibly beautiful! (source)

The Night Circus

Bookish events Night Circus

Few books are more atmospheric than The Night Circus. Color scheme here is black and white with pops of red. (source)

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Circus vibes means popcorn, right? (source)

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Mmmmm candy… (source)

Pride and Prejudice

Bookish events Pride and Prejudice

Those flowers! I would LOVE to sit at that table. (source)

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Imagine every guest gets his or her silhouette on their chair. (source)

Bookish events Pride and Prejudice

Throwing this kind of party outside gives it a whole new dimension. (source)

Alice in Wonderland

Bookish events Alice in wonderland

I love the chaotic, messy style of these Mad Hatter tea parties. (source)

Bookish events Alice in wonderland

Mmmmmm cookies!! (source)

Bookish events Alice in wonderland

Love this.. sooooo much. Isn’t that clever? (source)

Bookish events Alice in wonderland

If you want some extra inspiration, this is the place to look. What a great and beautiful set of pictures. (source)

I looked up Game of Thrones parties and they are hysterical!! There are so many funny ideas out there. But I haven’t read the books so I couldn’t add them to this list.

And there you have it. Five ideas for bookish events.

Which one is your favorite?

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Book review: The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood ****

“Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”  

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Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

What really struck me in this book was the truth that radiated from the pages. There were so many sentences that just struck me.

Like this one:

“Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.”

This story takes place in a future so close to ours that our main character still remembers a life, her life before everything went wrong. Image your life where everything is taken from you. Your money, your rights, your freedom, your body. That’s what this story is about and it’s painfully believable.

Our world is changing. You only have to turn on the tv or radio or read the papers to notice this change. The world my children will inherit won’t be the same one I got from my parents.

“Better never means better for everyone… It always means worse, for some.”

There were many moments in this book where I saw my own reflection in the pages. When she’s attending the birth she says:

“But who can remember pain, once it’s over? All that remains of it is a shadow, not in the mind even, in the flesh. Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind.”

And ow my god, yes. This. This right here. It just tore at my heart because it’s so perfectly 100% me. Sometimes, writing is so on point that it hurts.

I think everyone will take something different from this book. You will mirror your own self to these characters. Maybe the male characters will say something that someone once said to you. (Yup. There were several sentences that sounded familiar.) Or they will share their thoughts or feelings and you’ll feel understood.

In the end, I think this is an important book and I’m glad that I read it. I felt a bit let down by the end (I just don’t like that sort of endings so I know that it’s just me) but I’m sure it’ll stay on my mind.

Have you read The Handmaid’s Tale?
Did you like it?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite SFF Cover Art

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and is hosted by Samantha.

All information can be found here.

Today I share with you some of my favorite Science Fiction and Fantasy book covers. I rarely ever buy books based solely on the cover but these once I absolutely adore.

A Natural History of Dragons ( a memoir by Lady Trent) – Marie Brennan

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“You, dear reader, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart—no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon’s presence, even for the briefest of moments—even at the risk of one’s life—is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten. . . .

All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.

Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.

I haven’t read these books yet but the moment I saw them online, I knew that I had to have them. The story also really appeals to me.

The Melancholy of Mechagirl – Catherynne M. Valente

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Science fiction and fantasy stories about Japan by the multiple-award winning author and New York Times best seller Catherynne M. Valente. A collection of some of Catherynne Valente’s most admired stories, including the Hugo Award-nominated novella “Silently and Very Fast” and the Locus Award finalist “13 Ways of Looking at Space/Time,” with a brand-new long story to anchor the collection.

I’m not sure if this is a book I actually want to read. I’m not very good at story collections. But this cover is absolutely stunning!!

Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

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Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

I love the covers of these two books (I liked the content too by the way). I love how the feathers shape the towers and the blood on Crooked Kingdom’s cover. It’s all in the details. The maps inside are also pretty great. The hardcover’s even have colored pages. Unfortunately, I don’t own those. *sad face*

The Gracekeepers – Kirsty Logan

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As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, sending the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance.

In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland (“landlockers”) and those who float on the sea (“damplings”), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives–offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future.

Inspired in part by Scottish myths and fairytales, The Gracekeepers tells a modern story of an irreparably changed world: one that harbors the same isolation and sadness, but also joys and marvels of our own age.

Words cannot describe how much I love this cover. It’s so whimsical. This is another one of those books I’m forever hesitating to buy. I’m not even sure why… The story sounds fascinating. If only I could buy ALL the books…

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.

Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.

Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves.

This is the Dutch cover of The Night Circus. I got a copy like this for my birthday when I was still working at the bookstore. I had been obsessing over it ever since we had received the promotional information. Needless to say, I loved it although I do think I would have loved it more if I read it in English. I found spelling errors and because it was translated into Dutch-Dutch and not Flemish-Dutch (there’s a difference but I’ll explain some other time) I remember getting annoyed with the words they chose.
Anywayssss… All that has nothing to do with the cover of course… I’m still in love with it :).

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You Want to Read More From

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and is hosted by Samantha.

All information can be found here.

This week we talk a little about the authors we want to read more from. I don’t really have favorite authors and I always look at their work one book at a time but there are some that I’d be more inclined to read more from.

Let’s go!

Naomi Novik

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I’ve read Uprooted and really liked it. I’m considering picking up the Temeraire series but I’m a bit reluctant because it’s already a big series. This is a good thing because it means once I start and love it, I can just keep reading and reading and reading but it’s also a bad thing because I’m reading at a slow pace right now so I just don’t have the time to take on a series like that.. I’d get no other reading done whatsoever…

Ernest Hemingway

Author Ernest Hemingway

I’ve only read The Old Man and The Sea (and loved it) but I had For Whom The Bell Tolls on my shelf, so I should read that one soon.

Jane Austen

Author Jane Austen

I read Pride and Prejudice a while ago and I want to something else by her but I’m not sure what exactly. Any recommendations?

Neil Gaiman

Author Neil Gaiman

American Gods is now a TV series but when I tried to read it, I could not get into it. It’s also a massive book so I need some real reading time if I ever want to get through it. I’ve loved Neverwhere and The Ocean at the end of the Lane and I have Trigger Warning sitting on my shelf, so it’s only a matter of time before I pick something else up by him.

Ian McEwan

Author Ian McEwan

If you’ve read my review for Nutshell yesterday, you’ll know that I have a soft spot for Ian McEwan. Although I don’t enjoy all of his work, I’m always in awe of his writing style. I’ll just have to find the stories that really appeal to me.