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Top 5 Wednesday: Books You’ve Read Because of Booktube/Blogging/etc.

I have to admit. I find a lot of inspiration on Booktube. So this is an easy topic for me. Now it’s only a matter of choosing five :).

In case you don’t know Top 5 Wednesday, you can find all the info here.

1. Eliza and her monsters – Francesca Zappia

Eliza and her monsters Francesca Zappia

I don’t read a lot of contemporary books so when I feel the need to pick one up, I go looking for recommendations from people I trust.

That’s how I read Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I ended up loving both but today I chose to mention Eliza and her monsters because that book really touched me on a personal level.

You can read my full thoughts here.

2. Everything in the Grisha-verse – Leigh Bardugo

Samantha from Thoughts on Tomes has the best recommendations. She got me to read Uprooted by Naomi Novik and of course everything Grisha-related. I loved the world-building in these books and I’m so glad I picked them up.

3. Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor

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Another big one this year is Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. This book was everywhere on Booktube and it sounded so compelling that I couldn’t help but pick it up. It was a wonderful read and I wish I could forget all about it just so I could read it again for the first time.

I’m now making my way through the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and I’m stuck on book three. I can’t get myself to start reading it. I definitely prefer Strange the Dreamer but it still has the same magical writing. I’m so conflicted…

4. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

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The best example of ‘you win some, you lose some’. This book is one of those classics that keeps popping up every now and then. I HATED IT!!! Sorry to everyone who loves this book but I just don’t understand why…
I 100% picked this book up because of Booktube. By the end I wanted to throw it at a wall… Full rant here.

5. We should all be feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

we should all be feminists Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

One I would never have found without the online community. I live in Belgium. This means that I miss a lot of what happens overseas. Thanks to Booktube, Twitter, blogs,.. I try to keep up and I’m so glad that I caught on to this one (and the whole feminist writing category for that matter). For a book that only takes about thirty minutes to read, it really packs a punch.

So, thank you to everyone who shares their thoughts on books online. I really helps!!

 

 

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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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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

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The book you should read after seeing “Dunkirk”

dunkirk movie review

Last night, I went to see “Dunkirk” and let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

From the first moment I saw the trailer, I knew I had to see this movie and see it on a big screen. You see, we don’t go to the cinema that often. It takes a lot of planning with two kids and a husband who works through the night. But we made it and I’m so glad we did.

If you know nothing about the historical events surrounding the evacuation from Dunkirk, you might want to do a little research, just to give you a bit of an idea. You might be a bit lost otherwise. They don’t explain it, you’re thrown right into the middle of it and have to figure it out on your own, like they had to figure it out on their own.

The story is told from three different point of views, three different timelines moving towards each other and once you see it, once you see how and what, it’s brilliant.

You have the men on the beach waiting, waiting, waiting…
A man steering his little boat across The Channel hurrying, hurrying, hurrying…
And pilots from the RAF searching, searching, searching…

A clock keeps ticking, ticking, ticking and then stops. We’re there and there’s hope.

The scale, the noise, the chaos, panic, desperation… it was all done so perfectly. Honestly, it hurts my heart to write all of this down.

This movie touched me.

Of course, I’m super interested in the wars, especially WWII because we talked about it so often in school. (My school was a hospital during WW II. In one of the halls where we used to study, they used to make gas masks.)

The story is so simple. 300.000 men on a beach, trying to escape the Germans who have them surrounded. 300.000 men trying to get home. You can almost see it from here. This movie makes you feel their fear. And you know that it’s real. You know that real people stood on those beaches waiting, waiting, waiting…

It was beautiful.

I want to see it again. Soon.

This movie tells the story from the British side and if you want to know more, I have just the book for you.

book Weekend at Dunkirk

Weekend at Dunkirk (Week-end a Zuydcoote) by Robert Merle.

It’s an old one. I read it in French at school but there’s an English translation as well. I’m not sure where you’d find it. It probably won’t be easy but if you ever come across it, you now know you have to pick it up!

Set during World War II, it follows Julien Maillat, a French soldier who tries to join the English Army on the Royal Navy flotilla to England by boat. No matter how hard he tries to make it, he and his French partners are hard pressed to get away as the fight is getting harder and the Germans closer and closer. – Goodreads

Have you seen Dunkirk?

Are you planning to go and see it?

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I loved this book. It really takes you on a journey. The kind where suddenly everything’s on fire and you can’t quite make out how that happened.. until you start to think about it and you notice all the little sparks.

The movie was a difficult one to call. I loved the acting but the movie itself was too long. People actually left the theater and I can’t blame them. There were a lot of unnecessary scenes that should have been edited out. Because it was so long, it was easy to lose track of the story line… Not a winner for me, unfortunately.

Have you read the book or seen the movie?

What did you think?

(If you haven’t I really recommend you read the book!)

My book review.
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