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Favorite Book Quotes (7)

Quote the night circus Erin Morgenstern

Last week’s ‘1984’ quote got me thinking about my favorite first lines. This one is certainly up there. I loved The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It’s one of those books that will stay with me forever. I don’t lose myself in books that often but I lost myself in the Cirque Des Rêves.

Today, I saw the trailer for this year’s Tomorrowland. If you don’t know what that is, it’s an electronic music festival held in Belgium which is hugely popular with people from all over the world. The setting is always incredible but this year the theme looks spectacular. You can watch the trailer here and honestly, I recommend that you watch it no matter what your music tastes are. It’s beyond magical.

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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

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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

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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)

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

The Night Circus

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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

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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)

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

Alice in Wonderland

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

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Mmmmmm cookies!! (source)

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

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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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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite SFF Cover Art

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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: Future Classics

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A lot of popular modern fiction already feels like classics so I’m not going with “The Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy” or “Never let me go”. These are books that, according to me, stand a real chance of becoming classics.

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

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I think this one will be on a lot of people’s lists but I couldn’t not put it on mine. The World Wars are topics that will be read until the end of time and the writing style (Death telling you the story) is so memorable, I mean come on.. it’s the perfect pick. It’s already a bit of a classic. It was published in 2006 and there are still people that are only discovering it now so I’m sure there will be people reading it for the first time in ten, twenty, thirty years.

Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

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Dystopian fiction has been a huge thing in recent years so I wanted to put it on this list. The book that stood out the most for me was Station Eleven. I still can’t quite put my finger on why I love it so much but it just stays with me. I think one of the reasons is because it was written with such attention to the humanity of the characters. I will never get over the man who said “I’d thought I was the only one“. Not sure if this book will stand the test of time but it certainly deserves to.

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

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A typical example of – you either love it or hate it – but the people who like it all seem to absolutely love it. That’s why this one has all the potential of becoming a classic. The fans will carry it into eternity.

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

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Let me start by saying that I have not yet read this book so I can not share my own opinion with you. Why then put this book on my list? Well, the reason is simple. Even without having read it, I understand the importance of this book. I really hope it’s as good as everyone has been telling me and I hope that lots and lots of people will read it. The subject matter reflects our world today and I hope that future readers will talk about this book in a “back in the day when….” kind of way. One can dream, right..

Harry Potter – JK Rowling

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books to get you out of a reading slump

Reading slumps are the worst!! I’m in the middle of one right now. I guess I’m just looking for the right book to get things moving again.

If you’re in a reading slump, here are some books to help you out.

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  • Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

You need something sweeter than sweet? Read Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. This story made me smile so much my face hurt.

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  • High-Rise – J.G. Ballard

Want something thrilling? I read this book in a day. There’s no stopping once things start to go wrong.

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  • Fortunately, The Milk – Neil Gaiman

Just a short and funny story about how getting a bottle of milk can be a huge adventure. it only took me an hour or so to read. Sometimes just finishing something can give you that little boost you need to pick up the next book.

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  • Uprooted – Naomi Novik

A fairytale with a snarky female lead. I loved reading this book. It really takes you on a journey. I loved the end and I wanted more, more, more.

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  • Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

This book is 100% atmosphere and that’s what makes it so amazing. When I was reading this book, I could imagine myself walking around the circus.

 

Which book would you recommend to get me out of my current slump?