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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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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

 

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NY Times By The Book Tag

This tag was originally created by Marie Berg on Youtube.

1. What book is on your night stand now?

I don’t have any books on my night stand because I don’t tend to read in bed. It makes me too excited and results in me not being able to sleep. Nope, my bed is made for sleeping… I am however in reading two books right now. The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende which I’m just not sure about.. I’m stuck in the middle and can’t bring myself to continue reading. The other book, I only just started and it’s The Puppet Boy of Warsaw by Eva Weaver and this story has me intrigued. As soon as I finished answering these questions, I’m going to continue reading it 😉 .

2. What was the last truly great book you read?song of achilles

The first book that comes to mind is The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I still think
about it every now and again. That book had everything for me. A great story combined with some of the most amazing writing I’ve ever read.

 

 

3. If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know?

Not sure. There isn’t anyone that comes to mind immediately. I don’t have a favorite author. I’d like to talk to different people about writing and how they went about writing the books they wrote. What they found difficult. If, years after having published this book, they are still happy with the finished version..

4. What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?

Not really a surprise if you know me but if you’re new to this blog, you might be surprised to find Dutch fiction on my shelves. I’m Belgian and although I tend to gravitate towards English fiction, I do enjoy reading Dutch or Belgian authors every now and again..

5. How do you organize your personal library.

I split them by height because the bookshelf we built has bigger and smaller shelves to organize the books that way. Then they are split into read, to be read and classics.
The read books and classics are organized alphabetically by author.
The to be read books are organized by color (it’s not that impressive right now because I got rid of some of my tbr pile..).

6. What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around yet? Anything you feel embarrassed never to have read?

I’ve been meaning to read The narrow road to the deep North by Richard Flanagan for quite a while now but I haven’t gotten around to it… One day soon!

I’m not embarrassed about the books I haven’t read yet. There are so many great books out there and everyone enjoys different ones. I’m happy with what I’ve read so far and I’m looking forward to everything I am yet to read.

 

7. Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but didn’t? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?

16a9fa60b8d710c9e81e3f044a1660e2I did NOT like Paper Towns by John Green. Everyone had been talking about it and loving it especially around the time the movie was coming out and I just didn’t like it at all…

The last book I put down without finishing was Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi which I was going to read for the Book Club I recently joined. I wrote a little update on both the book club and the book. I think that was the last post I put up (depends on how I will schedule this Tag..). Reading Lolita just wasn’t what I expected. Unfortunately…

 

8. What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

I like historical fiction because I find it really interesting and I like to learn but I enjoy a wide variety of genres from fantasy to YA..

I don’t read horror because I suffer from an overactive imagination so they keep me up at night or give me nightmares..

9. If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

From what I’ve heard, President Obama is a well-read man so I’m not sure what I would recommend for him to read. Maybe something not set in the US so that it would remind him of the struggles everyone around the world deals with and the importance of international relations? Not sure what book that would be though 😉

10. What do you plan to read next?

I still have Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay, Days of Grace by Catherine Hall and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand on my tbr pile for April.
And the next book I’m supposed to read for the Book Club is Jij zegt het by Connie Palmen.

So much to read, so little time…

That’s it! These were my answers to the NY Times by the book Tag.
If you want take on this Tag, feel free to answer them. (Leave me a link to your Tag, I’d like to know your thoughts!)

See you soon!

Love

Ellen

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Book ♡ Tag

My husband and I have been together for almost eight years now.
It’s wonderful and weird at the same time. Eight years seems so long and yet it feels like no time at all.

We don’t really do Valentine. The past years, he was always working on Valentine’s day and I don’t like crowds so when all the restaurants are super busy, I’m pretty happy just staying at home.

Next to my family, the thing I love most is books. So, I thought why not celebrate the day of love by talking about my love for my bookshelf.

I found this TAG and I don’t think I’ve answered it yet. It was created by Sanne (@booksandquills) and Jean (@bookishtoughts) last year.

Q U E S T I O N S

1. Who is your favourite literary couple?

Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy. Pride and Prejudice is such a wonderful book and snarky, pompous Darcy is amazing. I love the bickering between the two and how they eventually get together. I still kick myself mentally for waiting so long before I finally picked this book up.

2. What’s your Top 3 of fictional boyfriends/girlfriends?

Three: James Fraser (Outlander). I enjoyed reading this book so much. Jamie is strong but also a bit naive at some points. The way he cares for Claire, up to the point where he’s willing to let her go so that she can be happy even if it destroys him, is swoon-worthy. (But if he picks up his belt, I’m out..)
Two: Draco Malfoy, I can’t help it.. he was my crush when I was young and I will love him always. 😉
One:  Mr. Darcy… dark and brooding but ultimately a very loving character. What’s not to love?

3. What’s a romantic trope you wish people would stop using?

Like it was said in the original video: “You’re not like the other girls” Really? What does that even mean? My thoughts are beautifully summed up by Leena (@justkissmyfrog) here.

4. Which literary couple are terrible for each other?

Tom and Daisy Buchanan (The Great Gatsby). Of course, you want Jay Gatsby to find happiness but from the first moment you see Tom and Daisy as a couple you know they’re bad for each other. They have no respect for their other half, they both cheat.. Seriously, why are these two even together at all?

5. Best romance book to movie adaptation?

I’m a difficult person to please with book to movie adaptations so there are not a lot of contenders here. I love the BBC mini series of Pride and Prejudice and I love The Great Gatsby movie with Leonardo Di Caprio (although it’s not a happy happy romance).

6. What is the best book to read to your boyfriend/girlfriend?

The first thing that comes to mind is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It’s a story consisting completely of letters. So that seems like a good book to read out loud. It has history (based on true events after the second world war) and a bit of love. Sounds perfect, no?

7. Which book would you say is your favourite on a first date?

Harry Potter… because, why lie?
(My husband knows how much I love HP. He’s never read the books but has seen the movies and he’s okay with me getting upset about all the things they left out and crying over the deaths…)

8. Best book to read after a break up?

I’d say either something funny or something very depressing depending on your mood…
Funny? Maybe Bridget Jones’s Diary? It has a lot of awkward moments and some post-breakup sulking. It also has a happy ending and if you don’t want to read anymore, you can  just skip to the movie.

Depressing? Wuthering Heights?

9. What is your favourite same sex or queer couple in literature?

Achilles and Patroclus in The Song of Achilles. Oh, how I love their relationship. It’s so delicate and it builds beautifully. They respect each other and.. just thinking about it gives me aaaaaaaall the fuzzy feels. I’m seriously thinking about reading that book again this year. Maybe during the summer…

10. Which book would you give to someone as a symbol of your affection?

I’m giving my husband the sixth Dexter book. Not for Valentine (because, like I said, we don’t do Valentine) but because he mentioned wanting to continue the series… So yes, the symbol of my affection is a serial killer… hmmm…

 

There you go..
A little bit of love thrown at you for Valentine.
You’re welcome.

Love

Ellen