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Top 5 Wednesday: Book Covers You’d Live In

We all love a good cover but what are some covers you’d like to be transported into? 

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I’m not going to do a big intro.
Here we go..

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets JK Rowling

Let’s get the obvious one out of the way. Of course I want to live inside the Harry Potter books…

Winter's tale Mark Helprin

Ssssttt I started reading this book a loooooong time ago and still haven’t finished it. As you can tell, it’s pretty massive. I was enjoying the story too… but for some reason I put it down. The part I read was very atmospheric and if it were winter here, I’d climb right into that book.

tigers in red weather liza klaussmann

This book just screams summer. I wouldn’t want to end up in the story.. just in the general area 😉

Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet jamie ford

I’m not a 100% sure what this book is about. I saw in in the second hand bookstore and I liked it so I took it home. I would definitely walk around in the scene behind that cover!

de man zonder hond hakan nesser

Ah, the sea… I love, love, love the sea. I think once you’ve lived by the coast, you will never be able to shake it off completely. Sometimes I really miss the smell, the wind in my hair, the feeling of the sand between my toes and the roar of the waves.

Which one is your favorite?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Aren’t Set In/Inspired By The Western World

Talk about books that are set outside of the Western World (so outside of North America and Western Europe) or if they are SFF, books that aren’t inspired by those places (so no medieval setting fantasy!)

I’m ashamed to say that I have read almost no books that fit this description. So I’m filling my list with 5 books I have on my shelf and want to read in the near future.
You can tell me which one I should read first.

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

life of pi yann martel

After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, one solitary lifeboat remains bobbling on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orangutan… and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.

The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

the poisonwood bible barbara kingsolver

The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it — from garden seeds to Scripture — is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet – David Mitchell

the thousand autumns of Jacob de zoet david mitchell

In 1799, Jacob de Zoet disembarks on the tiny island of Dejima, the Dutch East India Company’s remotest trading post in a Japan otherwise closed to the outside world. A junior clerk, his task is to uncover evidence of the previous Chief Resident’s corruption.

Cold-shouldered by his compatriots, Jacob earns the trust of a local interpreter and, more dangerously, becomes intrigued by a rare woman—a midwife permitted to study on Dejima under the company physician. He cannot foresee how disastrously each will be betrayed by someone they trust, nor how intertwined and far-reaching the consequences.

Duplicity and integrity, love and lust, guilt and faith, cold murder and strange immortality stalk the stage in this enthralling novel, which brings to vivid life the ordinary—and extraordinary—people caught up in a tectonic shift between East and West.

The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

the god of small things arundhati roy

The year is 1969. In the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India, fraternal twins Esthappen and Rahel fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family. Their lonely, lovely mother, Ammu, (who loves by night the man her children love by day), fled an abusive marriage to live with their blind grandmother, Mammachi (who plays Handel on her violin), their beloved uncle Chacko (Rhodes scholar, pickle baron, radical Marxist, bottom-pincher), and their enemy, Baby Kochamma (ex-nun and incumbent grandaunt). When Chacko’s English ex-wife brings their daughter for a Christmas visit, the twins learn that things can change in a day, that lives can twist into new, ugly shapes, even cease forever, beside their river…

The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan

the narrow road to the deep north richard flanagan

Richard Flanagan’s story — of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian doctor haunted by a love affair with his uncle’s wife — journeys from the caves of Tasmanian trappers in the early twentieth century to a crumbling pre-war beachside hotel, from a Thai jungle prison to a Japanese snow festival, from the Changi gallows to a chance meeting of lovers on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Taking its title from 17th-century haiku poet Basho’s travel journal, The Narrow Road to the Deep North is about the impossibility of love. At its heart is one day in a Japanese slave labour camp in August 1943. As the day builds to its horrific climax, Dorrigo Evans battles and fails in his quest to save the lives of his fellow POWs, a man is killed for no reason, and a love story unfolds.

 

So which one should I read first?

Love

Ellen

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books For Your Hogwarts House

I used to be a Hufflepuff but last year I took the new Pottermore test and I got Ravenclaw. There was a lot of commotion surrounding that new test but to me, it was perfect. Hufflepuff is the person I used to be. I made decisions based on how it made me feel, I was extreeeeemely loyal. Now, I’m still those things but I’ve learned a lot, I have become wiser over the years. Not everyone deserves my loyalty. I’m smarter than I used to be. So I’ve decided that I’m a Huffleclaw, a Ravenpuff.

So I’m giving you books for both of them 😉

hufflepuff books

The Princess Bride – William Goldman (buy)

book the princess bride

A story about adventure, loyalty, love and friendship.. It doesn’t get more Hufflepuff than this..

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green (buy)

book the fault in our stars

Same. Friendship.. You get it..

Uprooted – Naomi Novik (buy)

book uprooted

Let’s say I’d have to recommend this book in the HP world. I’d recommend it because it’s a different magic system from theirs. Earth magic, nature magic.. and I think they’d really like it.

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The Martian – Andy Weir (buy)

The Martian - Andy Weir

Figuring out the science in this book can be seen as a challenge, you don’t HAVE to understand ALL of it but it’s fun to try. Also, sarcasm… lots and lots of sarcasm.

Any book by Dan Brown (buy)

inferno dan brown book

I know that there are a lot of different opinions on these books but when I read Inferno, I really enjoyed myself. I put it on the list because of the details, the information and the history in these stories. I always feel like I learned something and had a good time.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Fandoms You Are No Longer In

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Supernatural

Loved this show, but they keep on doing the same things over and over and over again and I’m just so sick and tired of it all. Castiel used to be one of my favorite characters but he’s become very predictable and annoying. So no more Supernatural for me.

Doctor Who

This is one I’m not completely out of yet… but it’s a close call. I hate Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. (I think Peter is an amazing actor, I thought he was great as Cardinal Richelieu in The Musketeers!)
Maybe it’s the fact that I loved Matt Smith’s Eleven and all the characters related to him.. The Ponds, River,.. I also loved the humor and how it balanced out the sadness. Now, I feel like I have lost my connection to the show. I hope that it’ll get better with the next Doctor. I’d hate to fall out of love with this show.

Pirates of the Caribbean

What was not to love? There was the music, the scenery. There were the costumes and the great actors. Now there’s a new movie coming out…. again…seriously?? Just.. nope.

True Blood

I never read the books so I can’t judge them. I only saw the tv show and man did I love it. That theme song is still on my favorites-playlist. I watched it until the faeries were brought up. By then I had lost interest and it just really didn’t speak to me so I gave up. Also, I hated Bill so, so much. Whenever he was on screen, I felt like turning of my tv.

The Vampire Diaries

Here I did read the books and let me tell you, that’s some creepy **** right there!! Seriously, it gave me nightmares. I still remember something about a tree attacking a car and the branches growing through it until it broke and smothered everything inside.
I read the books until they changed writers and after that it just wasn’t the same. The tv show, I watched until they went to University and by then I couldn’t care less. I had, however, completely fallen in love with Klaus.. So I went and watched The Immortals instead but.. same writers, same problems and I haven’t build up the courage to watch the latest season.. maybe someday soon…

 

And that’s it.

Five fandoms I once considered myself a part of which have now disappeared from my radar. I thought this was going to be a difficult one but once I started, I just couldn’t stop.

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Summer Reads

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The weather’s heating up, the days are getting longer. Even if it’s not sunny, even if it rains all the time (Thank you, Belgium), we still have our summer reads to get us in the summer-mood.

Here are five books I’d recommend.

Tigers in Red Weather – Liza Klaussmann (buy)

tigers in red weather Liza Klaussmann

Nick and her cousin, Helena, have grown up sharing sultry summer heat, sunbleached boat docks, and midnight gin parties on Martha’s Vineyard in a glorious old family estate known as Tiger House. In the days following the end of the Second World War, the world seems to offer itself up, and the two women are on the cusp of their ‘real lives’: Helena is off to Hollywood and a new marriage, while Nick is heading for a reunion with her own young husband, Hughes, about to return from the war.

Soon the gilt begins to crack. Helena’s husband is not the man he seemed to be, and Hughes has returned from the war distant, his inner light curtained over. On the brink of the 1960s, back at Tiger House, Nick and Helena—with their children, Daisy and Ed—try to recapture that sense of possibility. But when Daisy and Ed discover the victim of a brutal murder, the intrusion of violence causes everything to unravel. The members of the family spin out of their prescribed orbits, secrets come to light, and nothing about their lives will ever be the same.

This book is all about secrets. Everyone has details about their life they’d rather keep hidden. I loved the atmosphere in this book, it felt like I was there on that island. Don’t expect a super in dept murder mystery because that’s not what this is. It’s about a family that doesn’t really get along. About putting on masks to protect yourself. Intrigued? Go on, give it a go…

This is what happy looks like – Jennifer E. Smith (buy)

this is what happy looks life Jennifer E Smith

When a young movie star accidentally sends a small-town girl an email about his pet pig, the two teens strike up a witty correspondence during which they share their views on everything without revealing their actual identities, an episode that causes a relationship to develop which ultimately transforms when the actor chooses the girl’s hometown for the setting of his latest film.

This was cute and fluffy and the story takes place over the summer. I’m not a big contemporary reader but there’s just something about summer and contemporary fiction that makes them fit together perfectly.

Outlander – Diana Gabaldon (buy)

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The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

I’m putting this on my list because I started reading it while on holiday in the Provence. I FLEW through it. I haven’t read any of the other books in this series since but I really enjoyed this one! If you want something you can immerse yourself in, this might be the one.

The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd (buy)

The secret life of bees Sue Monk Kidd

Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina–a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come

This.is.such.a.great.book!!! I LOVED this book when I read it and I can still see myself sitting in the sun being completely overwhelmed by this story. If you haven’t read it yet, you’re missing out!

Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel (buy)

station eleven emily st john mandel

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as The Travelling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

If you would like something more thrilling to read on those hot summer days, this is one to put on your list. I know that a lot of people have already read this one but I couldn’t not include it. This is a beautiful dystopian story about the different ways someone can ‘survive’. It’s also the next book for Sanne‘s #EndOfTheWorldBookClub , you might want to check that one out 😉