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#T5W, Books

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

book review strange the dreamer laini taylor

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

book review rebecca daphne du maurier

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!!

 

 

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 *****

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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

Books, Review

Book Review: Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier **

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…

book review rebecca daphne du maurier

Working as a lady’s companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Her future looks bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Max de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding housekeeper, Mrs Danvers…

I’ll just say it like it is. I did not like this book.

While I was reading it, I kept hoping that it would get better, hoping that it would pick up, hoping for an amazing twist. Nothing came.

Let’s start at the beginning. The protagonist is a child and acts like a child. She falls madly in love with some man who’s much older than her. They marry, right there and then.

He takes her back to Manderley where he used to live with his wife, Rebecca, who has sadly passed away. Everyone loved her, everyone still loves her. This is repeated over and over again. Nothing has changed it the year since her death and our child is blown over and accepts all of it.

Then there’s a lot of whining and sighing on the protagonist’s part because she can’t get used to being the lady of the house. She hides from the staff and visitors. Seriously, couldn’t you have thought of that before you jumped into marriage? Oh, wait.. you didn’t think, you just married him on the spot.

Then, finally, the twist comes and what a disappointment it is. There is no way, at all, that you as the reader could have figured this out. The protagonist says that “suddenly all the pieces fit together”. NO! Everything is put into context, a completely different context that you could know nothing about because there was no build-up to that twist. None. It was just thrown at you.

I guess that’s what annoyed me most of all. I love a good twist. I love going back and seeing how it was done. How, if you paid really close attention, you could have known. But that’s not how it was done here and I hate it so much.

Then after everything you’ve learned. Nothing happens. Apparently, some things can just be forgiven? Just like that? Really? Oh right, because she loves him…

I actually don’t know how I managed to get through this book and I don’t understand why so many people love it.

If you love it, please explain to me why. Am I missing something?

I’m sorry for the rant. I did not mean to offend anyone. But why can’t I like the books everyone else seems to like??

Love

Ellen

Books

Books I’m taking with me on holiday

Tonight I’m leaving on holiday. *does happy dance*

We’re driving to the South of France *hurray* with two little kids *sigh* and it will take us about 12 hours… *sigh again* Of course I’m taking books with me!!!

TBR Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier Strange The Dreamer Laini Taylor Trigger Warning Neil Gaiman

I’m in a bit of weird place reading-wise. The last thing I read and finished was the ACOTAR series which means I’m kinda on a roll when it comes to fantasy.

I’m actually in the middle of Strange The Dreamer and that’s the book I absolutely want to finish. Other than that, I had no idea what to bring.

So, I decided to take Rebecca too. I started reading this one a month or two ago and then put down. It’s probably a good time to finish it…

And last but not least, I decided on Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warning. It’s a short story collection, so perfect to pick up every now and then. I already read the first two stories and I’m glad to say that some things never seem to change. I’m still very much in love with his writing.

Have you read any of these? Did you like them?

What books are you currently reading?

Love

Ellen