Epic Reads Tag


Hello! I saw this tag a few weeks ago on Going Through Books (loved her answers, click to get to her post) and thought I’d give it a go. It should be a fun one. Hope you enjoy.

If you could invite one author and one of their fictional characters to lunch, who would you invite and what would you serve them?
Oooh so many, I think Markus Zusak would be fun, since I practically know nothing about him personally and I feel like he’s got some great stories to tell. And I would ask him to bring Rudi from The Book Thief with him (SPOILER: it would be great to see him alive again) and I would like to think that he grew up (I know, I know). It sure would be a funny evening with him. We’d get a nice steak since I don’t think Rudi’s seen much meat during the war and after it (I know, living in denial here).

What book do you wish the author would write a prequel for?
I think prequels make most sense with dystopias and sci-fi since with contemporaries and such there wasn’t really “happening” much before, to be harsh. And I feel like most of the books were prequels are really exciting already have one (The Maze Runner, Throne of Glass…). So, I’d go with Divergent. Maybe about how they started the whole “project” from the perspective of Tris’ mom.

Which two characters (not from the same book) would make a good couple?
Kenji from the Shatter Me series and Nehemia from Throne of Glass. Just because Kenji is an absolute amazing and loveable guy, although he doesn’t always seem like it. He likes to cover up his feelings with humour and I feel like Nehemia could totally deal with him and get him to talk about personal stuff. And I feel like they’re quiet opposites so they have what the other needs but also have enough in common.
This is the first time I ever thought about this, but I actually do think they fit! Where’s the fanfiction?

If you ran into your favorite author on the subway and only could say one sentence to them, who is it and what would it be?
I would never just talk someone up in public, even if they were my favourite celebrity ever. I wouldn’t know what to say at all, especially not in one sentence only.

What book made you a reader and why?
I’ve been a reader since I can remember, so it wasn’t any book in particular. Already in kindergarden I’d spend a lot of time looking at (and trying to read) books. I’d always go to the library a lot and pretty much read everything that was for my age. But of course, as for so many 0f my generation Harry Potter was very important.

Your bookshelf just caught fire. Show the book you’d save.
What a nightmare. I’d try to grab as many books as possible tbh. But one of the favourite ones I own is definitely my copy of Clockwork Princess which is signed and is generally just beautiful and shiny and that I’ve actually held so often, hah. And to cheat a little, also the boxset of the first four Harry Potter books that I’ve had since I was a kid (by the time I could read well enough the first four books were out already I suppose).

Which dystopian world would you want to live in if you had to choose one? Why?
Dystopia? Honestly? None. They’re all horrible to actually live in. I’m not nearly badass enough to survive in any of them for even a day. There are some pretty nice fantasy worlds, but dystopia definitely not.

What is your most epic read of all time?
Hmm, well some of my favourite books I definitely wouldn’t describe as “epic”, they’re rather quiet but in the best way possible. As for epic, I think it must be The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which everyone who’s read it knows that this doesn’t need an explanation. It’s pure magic.

Aaaaand that was it. Either this tag is older already and that‘s why I haven’t seen this tag around much or not many people have done it. Anyhow I’ll nominate a few, feel free to do it or not:
Kayla @ kdrewkthebookworm
Calliope @ Calliope The Book Goddess
Louise @ geniereads
Ashleigh @ A frolic through fiction

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Published by Indigo – 2013 – 419 pages

Most big cities have  a quarantined part called Coldtown. In them vampires live but also humans who got infected, hope to be turned or simply want to be part of the big and glamorous party world, that is being streamed live out of the Coldtowns. After a party in the “real world” Tana’s life has been turned upside-down. She has to learn whom to trust and decide what she really wants. Shecoldest girl takes all the risks but will she be able to protect the people she loves, and herself?

I started this book a few years back when it only just came out and was all over. I loved the title and still believe it’s so intriguing. However, I must have been in some really bad reading slump because I only made it a few pages in and then abandoned it for another time. Therefore, I was quiet hesitate about starting it again remembering how badly I did with it before. In the end, curiosity won, and I picked this up again after 3 years.

First of all, I lovelovelove when books have a quote at the beginning of each chapter but the font was so adorned and curvy some words were so hard to read which was simply maddening. Why would you chose a font you can barely read when there are so many beautiful ones out there that you CAN read? I know, Holly is friends with Cassie Clare and the quotes at the beginning definitely reminded me of her (though she didn’t invent that of course) and there’s also a character that reminded me of Simon Lewis, oh well.

Every hero is the villain of his own story.

While the cover says it is not suitable for younger readers the writing style reminded me of Middle Grade books, which makes sense since Black has written books for children before. There wasn’t much going on sexually either, well excpet for some kissing and seductivelly getting bitten. However, me being a Person that hates needles and having their blood drawen and really can’t think about much worse Things than a needle going into my veins or seeing it happen to anyone else, some scenes for me were a bit like “make it stop. make it stop. make it stop”. But that’s a personal thing, generally I don’t believe there’s much of anything explicit or triggering in this book.

Clever girl. You play with fire because you want to be burnt.

Now, the idea in general and some passages were really good, but I don’t feel that this book really lived up to ist potential. Some of the secondary characters I loved and wished to get to explore their story a bit more, but the main characters were quiet flat in my opinion. Seriously, what is it with all those teenage protagonists having such a death wish?

So, as I mentioned there were some really nice and interesting parts and this book definitely had potential but it wasn’t done well through all the parts. And the writing style was too childish for me (although, I do love MG) and some parts simply made me cringe.

Rating: 3 out of 5

The Neverending Story: Books I Didn’t Finish


Hello people! Listen, I’m one of those people that are quiet fussy and like everything to be orderly and finished a and therefore, it doesn’t happen often that I DNF a book, even if I hate it. So today’s list won’t be too long but I thought it might still be interesting to see. Especially since it seems me DNFing a book has a lot to do with what else is going on in my life and my general mood, and doesn’t always have to do with the book itself, though sometimes it does.

So, ironically, the book that gave this post its title is The Neverending Story by Michael Ende (I read it in the original German: Die Unendliche Geschichte), which for me indeed is neverending since I never finished it. I started reading this as a kid (maybe some 8 years ago?) and I honestly don’t know why I didn’t manage to finish this one. It is exactly the kind of story that I like (Fantasy) and I never had problems with long books (this one is around 500 pages). All I remember is that I did like it and that I read pretty much every day and yet I never seemed to make progress, so I ended up ditching it. And up to that time it was the first book I ever didn’t finish, so it must have been really frustrating. So it wasn’t that I didn’t like the book really. I think I might come back to this one, one day.

Now to a book that I actually did hate and therefore DNFed pretty early on: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. I’ve seen the movie (which was hyped a lot) before I read the book (or didn’t read it) but it doesn’t really Count since I’ve only seen like the first 15 to 20 minutes. At one point my mom and I just looked at each other and said “Shall we watch another movie?” The story just didn’t seem to go anywhere, which I think is just the worst in movies. Before I tried watching the movie I picked up the book at a second-hand shop. So afterwards I was curious to see whether the book was better. I really thought I might understand the movie better then and it all would make more sense. But the book was pretty much the same for me. I couldn’t get into it at all. And I’m all for suspense obviously, but this book just almost didn’t tell you anything. A lot of people I know also enjoyed this book a lot, but it just makes me shake my head.

A book that I didn’t mean to DNF but it just so happened: Brisingr by Christopher Paolini, the third book in The Inheritance Cycle, or as I just call it The Eragon Series. It must have been around 6 years ago I started reading this (having loved the two previous books in the series) and it was right around the time we moved house. And everyone who’s already moved knows how much work it is, how much time it consumes and how tired you are all the time. So, after everything was finally more or less set in my room I somehow randomly flipped through Brisingr and found a bookmark in the middle of it. I had completely forgotten that I was reading it, and had no time at all to read during the weeks and months of the move (including preparation). Excitedly, I wanted to continue but it was so hard to get into. Everyone who’s read the series knows how many names (and complicated ones at that) and places there are, and I simply didn’t remember them all anymore. So I had to decide to stop reading it. Now, even a fourth book came out, so I’ll definitely have to read the whole series from beginning again one time.

And lastly, one I do not regret leaving unfinished: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I was so excited to read this one, it was a bit before the movie was annoucned, I believe. But I in all honesty just couldn’t get past the first 30 pages, God knows why. I usually don’t give up a book very quickly (and certainly not even 30 pages in) but I just couldn’t read it and I have no real explanation for it.

Anyhow, people, it’s okay not to finish a book or not to like a book. Just because everybody else seemed to love it it doesn’t mean something’s wrong with you if you’re not liking it, it’s absolutely okay. Life’s too short to read books you don’t enjoy, since there are so many books out there that you will enjoy!

What books did you DNF and out of what reason? Do you also have books you didn’t finish but actually enjoyed? Have you read any of the books I DNFed?

The Liebster Award

liebster award

Hello my dearest bookbloggers (fun fact: “liebster” means dearest in German)! First of all a big thank you to Paperbacks for Life for nominating me for this awesome award, whose aim it is to discover new blogs.

There weren’t any rules in the post but I take it that they are as followed:

  • As always, thank the person who nominated you
  • State 11 facst about you
  • Answer the 11 questions you got
  • Nominate, I suppose, 11 people
  • And give them 11 new questions

So, 11 random facts about me:
1.  I have three different passports and in one of them I have a completely different first name.
2. I was a very late bloomer when it came to swimming, I never learned it in swimming class (or before) and ended up teaching it to myself one summer when I was at my aunt’s house who has a swimming pool.
3. I won several maths contests in primary school, in secondary school I was still good at it because I had a teacher who pushed me. In high school I had a teacher who didn’t really care what we did and I ended up having the worst grade in the whole year probably (teachers matter!).
4. Because of a “traumatic” incident in my childhood my biggest fear is of wasps.
5. I really hate trampolins.
6. I’m not much of a cooker at home but I love watching cooking shows so much.
7. I was a hardcore swiftie up until probably like a year ago (been one for about 5 years) and I still love Taylor a whole lot I’m just not into music fandoms that much anymore.
8. I had a phase where I woke up between 4.30 and 5 am every day so I could read a bit before going to school. Honestly, who was I.
9. I’ve been probably like 7 times or so to Italy but I’ve still never been to Rome. It’s definitely up there on the list though.
10. I love rollercoasters.
11. I don’t like taking Pictures at all, not of myself, not of other People, not when I’m on Holiday, just generally not. And I hate when people push me to take pictures or keep nagging me about it. I just like absorbing moments in themselves, but I’m not preaching, you do you, you know.

On to the 11 questions I got

1. Who are you? (in one sentence only)
Someone who’s still trying to find who they are. (look at me being deep)

2. If you could start over, what would you change?
Oh, a lot of things. I wish I could be more outgoing. Say “yes” more often. I wish I had kept in touch with some of my old friends. But at the end, it is how it is and I’m okay with that.

3. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
How much I can talk and talk and not stop talking when I’m with my mom, since I usually talk very little and won’t initiate conversation with other people. But with my mom it’s non-stop talking sometimes.

4. If given the chance to be invisible, what would you do?
If you are a quiet person then a lot of times you already are kind of invisible, which can be great, I could listen in on so many great conversations because of it. So, I don’t really know what I’d do, there’s no one I’d want to spy on or something. Sorry, for being lame.

5. What is happiness for you?
I don’t think people every really are completely happy. There’s always something more that we’d want. But I think for me being happy means acknowledging that you still have dreams and things you’d want but to be conent with what you have. Being at ease and not having to worry.

6. Your inspiration and why so?
Well, I do love Audrey Hepburn and I think she was a wonderful person who helped and did so much. But generally it’s just the little things, like a quote I’ll see somewhere that stays with me. Or when I’m out and see a person that just has something about them, the way they hold themselves, or when I see someone helping someone or talking to a stranger, all those small things.

7. Your favourite song?
That’s the hardest question ever. I could list like 30 songs right now. I suppose it has a lot to do with what mood and situation you’re in at the moment, so currently for me it is

8. If given a chance to go on a date with a celebrity, who would that be?
I’m really not the dating kind. And if I ever would meet a celebrity, let alone date one, I don’t think I could get a single word out so that wouldn’t really work.

9. Are you happy with your life?
As I said in #5 I don’t know whether complete happiness exists. But my life has been worse, it has been better, too. But generally I’m okay with how it is, sure there are things I’d like to be different, but we’re getting there.

10. What is the biggest achievment of your life till now?
There were a few competitions in gymnastics that I’m really proud of. But generally, every day that I manage to drag myself out is an achievment. Every time I don’t bail on someone and do go out and see a friend. Everytime I make myself go to a concert or a book signing or whatever to see someone I adore. Every day is an achievment.

11. Who came first, the egg or the chicken? Explain why.
Okay, listen guys, it’s the chicken. Obviously. I don’t know why, it just is. There must be some super scientific answer to this because life is scientific and such, you know. Like we’re all made up of molecules and atoms and God knows what and it just makes sense that they’d make the chicken first, otherwise there wouldn’t be anyone to keep the egg warm and make it hatch. Makes total sense, see.
I need to google this.

Listen y’all not to absolutely lazy and such but while creeping on all of your blogs I found that pretty much all of you have done this one already. So, that’s it. No questions and nominees from me. See you next time around!

NY-Times By the Book Tag

NY times

Hello, I’m back with another Tag Tuesday. For once I was actually tagged and that by the gorgeous Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews so have a look at her post with some really great answers!
The tag was created by the booktuber Marie Berg so have a look at her original video.
This one has a lot of questions and long answers so grab some drinks and food, lean back and hopefully enjoy!

What book is on your nightstand now?

Well, for once since pretty much 3 months Film Art – an Introduction by Bordwell and Thompson is on there since I have to read this 500 pages monster for a course at Uni and the exam is on friday (only a few pages left now,phew). If any of you guys are interested in how movies are made, what decisions directors face, why we understand that a flashback is a flashback etc etc etc, this is a really good introduction!
As for more light reads I just got The Jewel by Amy Ewing from the library (I haven’t gotten books from the library in such a long time, feels weird but somehow comforting).

What was the last truly great book you’ve read?
I had to look through my read books on Goodreads since I don’t think there’s been one very recently.
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson I adored, it was brave, maddening and heart-breaking and had everything in it that I want in a book.

If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know?
Aaaah, this is a tough question. And I feel if I actually met any of them I wouldn’t get a single word out.
I’d probably go for someone who’s been dead for a long time since we don’t really know much about them on a personal level. Maybe, Jane Austen? And I’d just want to have a very personal chat, not ask her anything about her books but rather trying to get to know her.

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelf?
I haven’t been blogging for very long yet so you guys might be surprised by a lot, I don’t know. I have a lot of history books, non-fiction as well as historical fiction, mostly about Marie Stuart (whom I love).

How do you organize your personal library?
I don’t really. Since I have one of those IKEA bookshelves that has like compartments I’m just trying to fit as many books into one as possible. I do put all the books of one series next to each other but otherwise, other books by the same author can be at a different place. I once tried to do the rainbow thing and I liked it a lot at the beginning but then it started to bother me. I like it the most when it looks random, so I just stack it randomly, too. Although, lately I tried to put all the books that I have read and those that I haven’t yet seperately so I have a better overview.

What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet?
There definitely are a lot of classics, I’ve caught up on a few but there still are some that I’ve been wanting to read for years. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, for sure. As for more modern books, I saw The Archived by Victoria Schwab at a bookstore probably some two years ago and really wanted to pick it up but somehow ended up picking up other books. But the synopsis sounded so interesting and the cover was beautiful.

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but didn’t?
I loved To Kill A Mockingbird, and (as a lot of people I believe) I unfortunately didn’t enjoy Go Set A Watchman at all, it was very disappointing. Also, Eat, Pray, Love after having seen the movie for a few times I really expected the book to be great but I kinda have to say that I hated it.

What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?
Oh, I do read pretty much everything. I especially love Fantasy and Sci-Fi, but I’ll also read historical fiction and biographies, crimes and mysteries. I’d say I probably enjoy contemporaries the least, once in a while I like to read some but for me they’re often too “ordinary” and make me cringe, welp.

If you could require the President to read one book, what would it be?
The answer should probably be something with morals and whatelse. But honestly, I’d just tell him, “mate you read whatever you want. Tell me what genres you like and I’ll hit you up with some recommendations.”

What do you plan to read next?
I’m bad at planning I usually just pick up whatever I feel like reading right now. But I think I’ll either pick up Anna and the French Kiss or The Song of Achilles next. But who knows…

*Wipes sweat off forehead* congrats you made it to the end!

And I nominate:
Hannah @ Mortal Reader
Lisa @ The Not So Secret Life Of A Fan Girl
Nina @ By Page or By Plane

And as always, no pressure.

The Book of Shhh by Lauren Oliver

Published by HarperCollins – 2016 – 49 pages

Hello Delirium fans you guys probably know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t read the Delirium trilogy, book of shhhlet me tell you real quick what the setting of the story is.

It’s the United States of the future (that’s new, right) and love is seen as a disease. It makes us lie, be irrational and commit crimes (and other horrible things). So the government experimented for a cure and found it. Everyone over 18 must get the cure (which consist of brain surgery) and will then get matched with a partner. But wait, there’s 18 years you have to live in fear of getting infected with Amor Deliria Nervosa. Thank God, there’s The Book of Shhh, The Safety, Health, and Happiness Handbook who will tell you exactly what to do when you think you’re infected, what the symptoms are and how you can detect them in other people who might refuse to believe that infected they are a danger to other people.

First of all, let me tell you guys, this little 80 pages ebook is for free! Lauren kindly left this as a gift to all the Delirium fans, so you can get it for free wherever you buy (or in this case don’t buy) your ebooks!

Now, back to Business. So, The Book of Shhh is mentioned a few times in the trilogy but we only get to “read” very few of it. So, this ebook should be a bigger excerpt, still however only an excerpt though. They call it the pocket companion for every day. You know, like there are those small Bibles, but then at home you’re supposed to have a bigger one? Yeah, that’s kinda like that. I suppose (it is stated however, that this is NOT a Bible, this is a word from the old world, away with it!).

First we get a little bit of history about the disease and the cure in the United States, including case studies, from single moms, suicides and crimes of passion (see? love is badbadbad!). Then we get a little part about the importance of community and how you, yes you!, should form your own group to control people in your neighbourhood (isn’t that lovely? *sigh* I love dystopia.). Then how you recognize the disease and the symptoms and how to respond to people who don’t believe it’s a bad thing. My favourite chapter title: “For Parents: How to Discourage Curiosity in Children”.

So, there’s lots and lots of stuff like this, my favourite favourite favourite part however the quotes and proverbs sections where there have been made “minor updates and additions”. Here 3 of my favourite one’s (including the original quote):

1. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and be grateful. – Mark Twain
(Original: Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.)

2. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one indicated safer by a sign, And that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost
(Original: Two roads diverged in a Wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.)

3. Think different and you risk an all-too-common devastating fate. – Steve Jobs
(I couldn’t find a certain quote for this one, but Jobs made a whole “Think different” campaign!)

So, obviously this book isn’t anything life changing or something that stays with you for a long time but it’s great for Delirium fans. I at least, love getting some background info on the whole world that has been created. It was very cleverly written, too, with a lot of references to modern life. And I have so much respect for Lauren for making this for free for her fans and I feel like these kind of books aren’t very easy to write (but what book is?).

In other news, it’s now exactly been a month since I started my blog. Thank you, to all of you for liking and commenting and generally being lovely people. I couldn’t imagine a cooler group to share this space with!

My Top 5 Favourite Books by French Authors

my top 5 favourite.

It’s happening! All you guys in Europe, or anyone with a mild interest in football (not the American kind) will know what I’m talking about. Today’s the opening game of the European Football Championship, which is in France. So I thought what better time to choose to talk about some of my favourite books that were originally written in French (but you can read them in English, too!).

5. L’étranger by Albert Camus (The Stranger)
Now, this book my dear people is still and always will be relevant. It is about a guy who doesn’t react to a certain Situation how he is supposed to react or how it would be “socially correct” to react, and so he is condemned.It is so hard to describe what this book did to me, it wasn’t always very fast-paced, but it’s just done something to me. Read it.

4. Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (The Little Prince)
Most of you probably know of this children book. It is such a lovely and heart-warming tale. Beautifully written and full of metaphors (the good kind, not the John Green kind). It is about a little boy who leaves his own little planet to visit other planets, where he various encounters, each one teaching him something about human behaviour.

3. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
This one from the tone is a bit similar to my #1. However, the characters are allowed a very short while of happiness. The female Protagonist, Emma, however only manages to be happy and content for a very short while, then she wishes for something else already and believes if only things could be that way then she’d be finally completely happy – but she isn’t. Always chasing after contentment Emma longs for her life to be a bit more like one of the many romance novels she reads, and her husband to be a bit more like the knights in those.

2. Le Malade Imaginaire by Molière (The Imaginary Invalid)
We read this one in French class and most of my classmates really didn’t like but I have to say this is the book that I enjoyed most that I ever had to read in class. It’s somewhat of a comedy about how doctors make profit of people. There’s a lot of sarcasm in there and it is generally a lovely and kind of funny book, in the form of a play.

1. Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola
So, this book you guys. I had to read this one for my final oral exam for French class last year. But I’m so glad I picked this one because I adore this book. Let me tell you, Zola either does not know what happiness is or just doesn’t wish it on anyone, because none of his characters are allowed even a little bit of it. The descriptions are so detailed and create a really sinsister and dark atmosphere and there’s a lot of suffering. It really isn’t much of a summer read, but so good. I wouldn’t stop talking about it for about a month after I finished it. This book has it all, family drama, an unhappy marriage, an affair, run-away plans, jealousy, madness and murder.

Some honorary mentions go out to some books that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet, but I suppose (hope) are going to be great:

  • Les Misérables by Victor Hugo – one day I’m going to read this monster of a book
  • Le Comte de Monte-Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (The Count of Monte Cristo) – I bought a beautiful version of this book at a second-hand shop last month
  • Candide by Voltaire – I’ve read some of Voltaire’s shorter stuff and I’d love to read one of his proper novels
  • Le Tour du Monde en Quatre-Vingts Jours by Jules Verne (Around the World in Eighty Days) – Also bought a beautifully illustrated copy of this a few months back

And if you’re into poetry you might want to have a look at: Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire (Flowers of Evil). It is a collection of 52 (or such) poems of his.

By the way since most of these books were released quiet a while ago you can get the ebooks of most of these for free, for example on ibooks!

These were pretty much all classics so if you’re looking for some modern contemporary then Marc Levy is your guy. I’ve only read one of his books so far but he’s pretty much the male and French Sarah Dessen. He’s released tons of books, here’s a Goodreads page with some of his most popular books. Have a look, if you’re interested.

Have you read any of these books? Are any of them on your reading list? What are your favourite books by French authors?

The Sunshine Blogger Award

the sunshine blogger award

It’s not very sunny out today so this tag is perfect for today. Thanks a lot to the lovely Lisa from The Not So Secret Life of a Fan Girl for nominating me. So, let’s get to it!

1. Which Hogwarts house are you a part of?
First time I’ve done the test on Pottermore I got Hufflepuff and was so disappointed about it, but after a while realized how great Hufflepuff actually is and developped some real pride. A few years later however I did the test again and got Ravenclaw and my whole life had been a life. Anyhow, I think I’m most of a Ravenclaw. I’d love to be a real Hufflepuff though I don’t think I am a full one. I also have a little bit of Slytherin in me. The only house that I don’t belong in at all is Gryffindor.
I think everyone is a combination of several houses, nobody is just black or white , maybe we’re all a bit cunning when we see our chance, but can also be compassionate and loyal to the right person. Then again, in certain situations we try to be rational and think about all the consequences, but at other times we can be reckless, too.

2. A book everyone loves that you hate?
Well, there’s Looking for Alaska that I absolutely hate with a passion, but then again a lot of people didn’t like it either (as it is with John Green, you love it or you hate it). So, another one that all my friends and all the people online I know loved is Cloud Atlas which I DNFed.

3. Your most anticipated release this year?
Listen, is another answer than The Cursed Child even legal?

4. Most loved and hated characters?
Again, all the characters in Looking for Alaska I hated, especially Alaska (I know, I know, people LOVE talking about things they hate, and I’m not an exception, sorry!). But also (this might be an unpopular opinion, might also not) I really really do not like Severus Snape and Albus Dumbledore, these men give me so much rage. I discussed this with my mom (who likes them both) so many times and I always end up in tears like “why can’t you see it?? They are the WORST!!”.
Anyhow, now to the most loved ones, this is sooo hard. To stick with the HP theme, I have so much love for Ron (he might be my all time favourite character in all the books). Lyra from the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman is also a fave.

5. A book pairing you hate?
This is so 2000 and late but Bella and Edward, no. Okay, just no. Team Jacob all the way. Listen, I know no one cares about Twilight anymore but I never hated endgame as much as that one.

6. Your pet peeve?
People who take stuff and don’t put it back the same way and place as it was before.

7. A bad habit you have?
When something’s really important to me I can be very stubborn and get upset easily.

8. Your favourite season?
Autumn. Perfect weather (well, not really but in an ideal world it would be perfect weather in autumn) and nature looks the prettiest at that time, one last burst of colour before it all goes away.

9. A simple thing that makes you smile (like being inside on a cold, wet day)?
I watch a lot of TV shows (like cooking or fashion shows) where you also get to go inside people’s homes and I love when I spot a book on bookshelves that I know and love (Harry Potter definitely happens a lot, and you can spot those so easily). This is the only thing I can think of right now, oops.

10. Favourite thing to blog about (tags, reviews, hauls…)?
I haven’t done too much yet. But I think I enjoy the posts the most which aren’t really classified. The ones, where I can choose a new topic each week. Maybe some Top 10 list, or my favourite quotes, or talking about an author I love and why I love him or her. That gives me the most freedom and I can always choose something that I enjoy writing about and am in the mood for.

11. Your favourite super hero and villain?
I’m honestly not much of a super hero kind of girl. I haven’t read any comics are such. I’ve seen the old and new Spiderman movies and some of the Marvel movies, which was okay to watch but they were never any of my favourites. Anyhow, I remember a year ago when I was in Poland visiting my grandparents, we watched Iron Man and we were all laughing so much. So, I do love Iron Man (also I haven’t seen Civil War but #TeamIronMan), he might actually be the only super hero I love. Maybe because he isn’t much of a typical super hero.
So, villain. Again, I don’t know too many, so I might have to go with the most basic answer ever, Loki. As for villains in general. they are great and stories need them.

So, here are my questions:
1. Which is your favourite fairytale?
2. You can choose any character to go to a concert with (as a friend, as a sibling, as a date, whatever). Who would you choose and what concert would you go to?
3. Do you have any quirks (movements you do a lot, or something you do when you’re nervous…)?
4. Is there a movie that you enjoyed more than the book it was based on?
5.  When it comes to books, do you prefer an open ending or one where everything is resolved?
6. Favourite ice-cream flavour?
7. If you could bring back one TV Show from your childhood which would it be?
8. A book a lot of people didn’t like but you did?
9. Rainy or sunny days?
10. What did you want to become (job-wise) when you were a kid?
11. Favourite book friendship (two or more people)?

And, I tag:
Jaed @ The Bibliophile Blogs
Clémence @ Clemi’s Bookish World
Demi @ Bookstraveller
Ashleigh @ A frolic through fiction
Kathie @ Fabled Haven
Rine @ Rine Reads
Orang-utan Librarian
Esther @ Chapter Adventures

As always feel free to sit this one out if you’ve already done it or don’t feel like doing it!

This or That Tag


Okay, as your next person, I love this or that games. So, when  Louise from geniereads said she tags everyone (this might have been a while ago, so many tags, you guys) I was straight on board. Also, check out her blog it’s gorgeous.

So, here are the simple rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks).
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • Choose one of the options.
  • Tag 10 other people to do this tag and spread the love!

1. Reading on the couch or the bed?
The bed, since there’s only a couch in the living room, there’s usually someone cooking or watching TV or talking, so I prefer reading in my room on the bed.

2. Male main character or female main character?
This one I really don’t mind. I’ve read great and bad books with both. And since there’s quite good representation in both genders, I like both.

3. Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?
I do love both but I probably have more of a sweet tooth. Although, I generally don’t eat much while reading.

4. Trilogies or quartets?
Trilogies, definitely, yes. I like it when there’s a middle, so either 3 or 5 books are great. But in the end, it doesn’t really matter much, if the series is good, I’ll read any number of books.

5. First-person point of view or third-person point of view?
I’ve enjoyed both so far. But generally I’d probably prefer first-person, since you seem closer to it all. Third-person can be amazing when it’s done well, which is difficult though.

6. Reading at night or in the morning?
I LOVE reading in the morning. As a kid I used to wake up at 5am every day so I could read a few hours before leaving for school (I’m serious, I did that). And there’s a certain something about the early morning hours, when the day is so fresh and not even the birds are up yet, it’s so beautifully quiet (well, when you live in the country side, that is). But, now most of the times I can’t get myself to wake up earlier than I have to, so I read mostly at night or in the evening. But, I definitely prefer morning.

7. Libraries or bookstores?
I used to love libraries as a kid, and I still go to one with my mom, but since I started actually buying books, I don’t like checking books out at the library much anymore since I’ll have to give them back again.

8. Books that make you laugh or make you cry?
Oh, crying, definitely crying. The joy, of crying. No seriously, I strangely do like crying. Books definitely don’t make me laugh as much as they make me cry, and both is great, but I love myself a good cry.

9. Black book covers or white book covers?
This is a hard one. My first thought was “white covers, obviously”. I love a simple and clean look. But looking through my books on my shelves, I found that white can also very fast look not so nice, whereas black ones usually do look stunning, especially if they have some gold or silver in it. So, I want to say white but it’s probably black.

10. Character-driven or plot-driven stories?
Character-driven, definitely character. I found, I can enjoy a book that doesn’t even have much of a plot, when the characters are great and believable. I also love books that simply are about a character discovering themselves etc., and doesn’t have much of another plot.

So, that was a lot of fun and harder than I thought! Do you totally disagree with me on some point? Let me know in the comments.

It’s always so difficult with tags and so many people already having done a lot of them. Since I don’t really have the overview, I’ll let you decide whether you want to do this tag. You do? Then you’re tagged.
You don’t? No worries, hope you enjoyed reading anyway.
You’ve done it already? Link your post below, if you want to, I’d love to read your answers.

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Published by Little, Brown and Company – 2012 – 503 pages
(German copy on the picture published by Carlsen – 2012 – 575 pages)

As a member of the city council dies a sudden death, the small town of Pagford is launched into an internal war. While in company of other people everyone is eager to show themselves from their best side but not everything is as it seems. Behind closed doors lurk lies, violence and betrayal. It’sthe casual vacancy the poor against the rich, kids against their parents, teachers against students and wives against their husbands. Who will win the election, and maybe even more importantly what secrets about your neighbours will be revealed?

I went into this book very carefully, since a lot of people did not enjoy this book and I had to ask myself if I really wanted to risk not liking something from J.K.R. But I believe that these are seperate projects and one does not influence the other, so even if I won’t like it, it won’t invalidate the Harry Potter books. So, I guess, why not try reading this one?

First of all, I haven’t really read any proper reviews of it, only heard what people generally and friends and family said about the book (they DNFed it or they didn’t like it, or both). And the blurb is quite vague, too, what kind of “war” is the town getting into? It is something with the election, filling the casual vacancy (damn, I love when titles do that). But I couldn’t really imagine how the election of a small town council could fill a 500+ pages book.

He never seemed to grasp the immense mutability of human nature, nor to appreciate that behind every nondescript face lay a wild and unique hinterland like his own.

Let’s get to the beginning, which I actually loved but was also very confusing. There are A LOT of people introduced and perspective jumps from one person/family to another. Often only realizing after a couple of paragraphs or even pages who you’re with right now. Also, people are being introduced with their first names sometimes, then they are called by their family names and then they suddenly have a nickname and it’s all difficult to keep track of at the beginning. But I suppose it makes sense, since I think the beginning is supposed to show us how the different people in the town react to the dead of Barry, and all of them have different relations to each other, thus calling them differently.
Anyhow, what I did love about the beginning was that it kept up quiet some suspense. Although, it was like we were slowly, very slowly, crawling towards the plot and I kept wondering “What actually IS gonna happen?”, having no idea in which direction this was gonna go.

Some while ago I remember reading someone describing this book as it being the world Dudley was left in after Harry went to Hogwarts. And how sure, Harry Potter deals with a lot of serious issues, but it is by partly dimmed by the magic and the creatures and all the fantasy elements. Which is not the case in The Casual Vacancy.

But who could bear to know which stars were already dead, she thought, blinking up at the night sky; could anybody stand to know that they all were?

All in all, this book is not very plot-centered, what’s important are the characters. How they act and react, and how none are really good or bad. Everyone is kind of both in at least some part of the story. In the beginning of the story, most people will probably side with certain people, but by the end you’ll just be like “honestly, you all are horrible”.
Due to this book being more of a character study the book is quiet slow so if you need a lot to happen, this book isn’t for you. But I personally really enjoyed how everything was revealing itself slowly. It honestly might had to do with me only just having come out of a reading slump and therefore was very keen on reading. I might have reacted differently otherwise. Also beware, this is a book for adults and there is quite some sex talk, vulgar language and violence.
On a side note: I did love how the dust jacket is all colourful and then the book itself is black. Showing how everything’s prettier on the outside. Or well, maybe it was just done randomly?
I can say however, that I am generally very pleasantly surprised after having heard so many bad things about this. I’ll definitely go on and read the other Rowling series that came out.

Rating: 4 out of 5