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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 :).

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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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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Fancasts

Discuss your preferred fancasts for some of your favorite characters. (Fancasts means actors you’d like to play your favorite characters or imagine your favorite characters as)

I chose to pick out my favorite male characters (with one exception).

Let’s Go!!

Rhysand (ACOTAR) – Tom Ellis

Tom Ellis

Kaz Brekker (Six of Crows) – Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy

The Darkling (Grisha Trilogy) – Ben Barnes

ben barnes

Kell (A darker shade of magic) – Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne

Marie Laure & Werner (All the light we cannot see) – Audrey Tautou & Daniel Bruhl

Books, Review

Review: Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo ****

No mourners.
No funerals.

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes 

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

I made the right call in buying Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom at the same time. The moment I finished the first book, I picked up the next.

This is the story of Kaz and his group of criminals who attempt an impossible heist. They are to break someone out of the most secure prison in the Grisha world. The journey to the Ice Court was more fun than the actual heist but I flew through this book so fast that I couldn’t bring myself to care.

The one thing I really had to get used to were the Dutch names. I know a Joost and I know a Heleen (she’s one of my best friends and had a good laugh when I told her about Tante Heleen of the Menagerie). I understood the names of the bridges and canals and it all made me think of Amsterdam so that’s what Ketterdam looks like to me. There were a couple of moments where the Dutch words took me out of the story but eventually I got used to it and I found it comforting in a way.

What this book (and every book in the Grisha verse for that matter) does really well is remember to give the characters ups and downs. Nothing is too easy, nothing ‘just happens’, they have to work for their achievements. Things go wrong and they have to adjust their plans. This gives the characters room to grow.

All the main characters have a story to tell. Their history is told throughout the book. It makes them believable, solid. It doesn’t happen very often that I like ALL the characters. There’s Kaz, the mastermind who happens to walk with a cane. Inej is a super spy, her knives are named after saints. Nina can affect people’s feelings, her own feelings are… complicated. Matthias is a prisoner. Jesper a sharpshooter and Wylan is… Wylan. Out of the six main characters, I liked Kaz and Inej best but it’s a close call to make. They are all different and all amazing.

Right now, I’m about a quarter into the second book, Crooked Kingdom, and I already know I’m going to like it as much as this one.

Why four stars and not five? It didn’t take my breath away. It was really, really good but not mind-blowing.

Maybe Crooked Kingdom will achieve what Six of Crows did not.
Fingers crossed! It’s looking good so far.

Love

Ellen