Top four book series I want to finish (someday)

Books in series frequently end with cliffhangers and loose ends. This can be a motivation to continue the series. Not always, though. Often I read the first book, but I never come around to reading the rest of the series. Despite liking the first book… Most of the time I just find another interesting book and totally forget about continuing a series. Inspired by the Top Ten Tuesday topic of this week, here is a list with all the book series I want to finish. I only listed series from which two or more books are published. (Otherwise I would include lots of book I wrote about last week) Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but it is now managed by That Artsy Reader Girl.

1. The Mapmakers Trilogy by S.E. Grove

The Mapmakers Trilogy

The Glass Sentence was one of my favourite books in 2015. It is set in an amazing world with parts in different time periods. For some reason I have never continued this series. I still want to read the rest of this trilogy!

2. Exodus by Julie Bertagna

Exodus

I found Exodus by accident at a local library sale. It became a new favourite. So I really don’t know why I haven’t finished this trilogy yet! The story is set 2100. The island where Mara lives is slowly flooding. She convinces everyone to leave their home. Nobody foresaw the city they find…

3. The Great Library by Rachel Caine

The Great Library

Ink and Bone was the first book I read this year. This series is set in a world where The Great Library of Alexandria has survived. According to Goodreads The Great Library series will have five books, three of them are already published. I am curious how this story will continue and I hope to read part two soon!

4. The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Girl At Midnight

Three years ago I read The Girl at Midnight. The main charachter is Echo, a pickpocket who lives in a library in New York. I first need to reread this book, but after that I would like to continue this trilogy.

Did you finish any of these series? Or do you want to? Tell me in the comments!

 

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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

So far I have an amazing reading year: I already read 27 books, 2 books ahead of schedule. In this post I am going to talk about some of these books. This tag was originally created by Chami and Ely, but I gave it a slight twist.

Best book you read so far in 2018?
It’s so hard to choose just one… I already read so many fantastic books! I have three new favourites.

Best books I read so far in 2018

There is a hype around Children of Blood and Bone and it is totally worth reading! This book is about Zélie’s mission to bring back magic to Orïsha. It is an amazing fantasy novel with two strong, female main characters, fantastic writing and a great plot. I am looking forward to the sequel!

I got The Travelling Cat Chronicles as a birthday present. The story is told by Nana, a stray cat who is adopted by cat-lover Satoru after a car accident. It started out as a lovely story about cats. Then it turned out to be much more. I absolutely adored this beautiful book!

I love books about bookshops, so it was no surprise that Words in Deep Blue is a new favourite. The perspective alternates between Rachel and Henry. They were best friends until Rachel moved to sea. Now Rachel is back and they meet again in the bookshop of Henry’s parents.

Best sequel of 2018 so far?

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

That must be Obsidio! I am glad the ending of one of my favourite series was so satisfying.

New releases you haven’t read yet, but want to?

New releases I haven't read yet, but want to

I am curious about Pacifica, a dystopian book about pirates and global warming. Ink, Iron, and Glass is the first part of a steampunk duology about “a young mad scientist with the ability to write new worlds into existence.” Sounds good!

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

Orange - Muse of Nightmares

I cannot wait for The Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2)! I NEED to know how this story ends!

Biggest disappointment?
I bought a signed Dutch fantasy book on a cosplay event. De Erfenis van het Steen is set in the times of the Aztecs and sounded interesting. Because I met the writer, I really wanted to like this book, but I didn’t.

Biggest surprise?

1984

For years I intended to read 1984. Especially because the book is said to be still relevant. Last month I finally did. I read the whole book in one day. I didn’t expect that I would find it so interesting.

Newest favourite character?
– Amari from Children of Blood and Bone
– Nana & Satoru from The Travelling Cat Chronicles
– Grace from The Fraud
– Cress form The Lunar Chronicles

Book that made you cry?
Books can make me sad, but they rarely make me cry. I did get teary eyes while reading Words in Deep Blue. A part where Rachel talks about her brother is so sad.

Book that made you happy?

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Despite the sad parts, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was an uplifting book. All the characters are so nice and I love the ending.

Favourite book to film adaptation that you saw this year?
I enjoyed the movie based on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It doesn’t beat the book, but the makers did a great job! They kept the most important parts of the story and the actors are well-chosen.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year?
For the most beautiful cover I would nominate Children of Blood and Bone. The Travelling Cat Chronicles was the most beautiful story I read this year.

What are some books you need to read by the end of the year?
I am still doing the memoir reading challenge and only read one out of the five books I chose. I also want to reread some favourite like the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy.

What is your favourite book of 2018 so far? Did you read one of my favourites? Tell me in the comments!

Top four places in books I want to visit

I love my home too much to have wanderlust, but I do like traveling. The farthest I have been is Guatemala. It is a beautiful country with lots of things to see, like the ancient Maya temples in Tikal and Lake Atitlan. The second best way to travel is with books. I love to read books about travelling characters. In this way you can learn so much about a place without actually going there. This post is inspired by the Top Ten Tuesday topic of this week: Books That Awaken the Travel Bug In Me. Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but it is now managed by That Artsy Reader Girl.  Here is a list with places I would like to visit because of a book.

1. Guernsey
Juliet travels to Guernsey in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. In the movie adaptation of the book we can also see this beautiful island. It seems a nice place to visit. It would be amazing to walk on the beach at sunset. There is also a small church made from shells and shards you can visit. Guernsey has an interesting history too. The invasion of the Germans described in the book really happened. I would love to learn more!

Guernsey XI by somadjinn on DeviantArt
Made by somadjinn

2. Egypt
I liked Rosetta by Barbara Ewing not as much as I hoped, but the book did remind me of my dream to travel to Egypt. As child hieroglyphics and pyramids fascinated me. I still want to see the Sphinx and The Great Pyramid of Giza in real life. The last is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that is still intact. I also would love to visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Last tourists leaving Cheops by 8moments
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3. Japan
The Travelling Cat Chronicles, Memoirs of a Geisha and Geisha all made me interested in Japan. The Travelling Cat Chronicles follows the cat Nana on a road trip with his owner through the country. Especially the beautiful nature of Japan is highlighted in this book. Geisha is written by Liza Dalby, the only non-Japanese woman ever who became a geisha. It is non-fiction book about her experiences. While reading this book I learned a lot about the history of Japan. Liza Dalby helped Arthur Golden write Memoirs of a Geisha. This is the famous fictional account of how Chiyo becomes a geisha.

EPCOT Japan 13 - AreteStock
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4. The Pacific Crest Trail in the United States
Although it is very unlikely I will ever walk the whole trail, Wild made me want to try it. In this non-fiction book Cheryl Strayed describes her journey. The description are so vivid, I really could imagine myself walking the Pacific Crest Trail.

Screenshot Wild

Did you visit one of these places? What place would you like to visit because of a book? Tell me in the comments!

 

Top five unusual character names I like

Character names are quite important, because they are used all the time. If the writer has chosen a name I can’t pronounce, it is a little annoying every time I read it (I still don’t know how to pronounce Kvothe…). But in this post I want to talk about all the well-chosen names. In fantasy and science fiction I do like it when character names are unusual . It is reasonable that people in another world or in the future have different names than we have.  This post is inspired by the Top Ten Tuesday topic of this week. This weekly meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish. It is now managed by That Artsy Reader Girl. Here are five books with unusual character names I like:

Top five unusual character names I like

Issa from Daughter of Smoke and Bone
The books of Laini Taylor are full of names I never heard of. The reason is of course that lots of characters aren’t human. Giving a chimaera a name like ‘Harry’ would be really strange… I like most of the names in Daughter of Smoke and Bone and almost all of them are easy pronounceable. I especially love Issa.

Amari & Zélie from Children of Blood and Bone
I like the names of the main characters from this amazing book. They are a little different, but not to strange.

Daenerys from A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin also created a world populated by people with uncommon names, but they fit the world. Although I am not a huge fan of Game of Thrones, I like the character names.

Estrella from Wild Beauty
I haven’t read this book yet, but I like the name of the main character. It sounds kind of magical!

What are your favourite unusual character names? Tell me in the comments!

My favourite cover for each colour of the rainbow

The story is of course the most important part of a book. But the cover also matters. Books with beautiful covers are more likely to spark my interest. I am certainly not the only one! The Top Ten Tuesday topic of this week is about covers. This weekly meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish. It is now managed by That Artsy Reader Girl. Instead of my favourite color I decided to choose a book for each colour of the rainbow.

Red - Sisters Red

Red: Sisters Red
I like the simplicity of this cover. The combination of black and red is also nice.

Orange - Muse of Nightmares

Orange: Muse of Nightmares
I already saw another version of this book, but just discovered this AMAZING cover. I already was looking forward to this book, but now I am even more eager to read it!

Yellow - Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Yellow: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
This cover has two of my favourite things: it is yellow and has books on it. Another cool thing about this cover is that it glows in the dark!

Green - The Subtle Knife

Green: The Subtle Knife
Sadly my editions of His Dark Materials have covers with the movie characters. I like this cover far more. The drawings are beautiful.

Blue - The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

Blue: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
I love how the illustration and typeface on this cover match with the title.

Indigo - Strange the Dreamer

Indigo: Strange the Dreamer
When I bought this book, I couldn’t stop looking at the cover. The shade of blue and the beautiful golden moth are just perfect. The best thing is that the story is just as beautiful as the cover!

Purple - Goldeline

Purple: Goldeline
As you may have noticed, all my favourite covers have art on them. I especially like the mystery and the composition of this one. I haven’t read this book, but the cover made me curious.

Earth day & three books about the consequences of climate change

I am quite busy, but I did make time to pay some attention to Earth Day. This day was created to make people aware of ecological concerns and to take action. The theme of this year is ‘End plastic pollution’. Most plastics degrade very slowly. So if someone throws plastic on the ground, it takes dozen years before it decomposes in the environment. In the meantime animals accidentally eat the plastic or it ends up in the ocean. Reason enough to reduce the amount of plastic you use! Before I move on to the books, first some tips:

  • Use a re-usable bottle instead of buying new plastic bottles every time you want to drink water.
  • Always bring you own bag, so you don’t have to buy plastic bags.
  • Buy a bamboo toothbrush instead of a plastic one.

Now I want to recommend some science fiction books about the consquences of climate change. I read the first two books myself, and I really want to read the third book.

Earth day & three books about the consequences of climate change

Exodus by Julie Bertagna
In the year 2100 big parts of the earth has flooded due to global warming. The island of Mara is also drowning. She may be able to save the inhabitants, but their journey only begins when they find a city in the middle of the sea. Although this book is a dystopia, it all felt very realistic.

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
In a far future the earth is bare landscape. To search for the remaining resources, cities have got caterpillar tracks. London is hiding to avoid bigger and faster cities. Tom is one of the inhabitants of London. One day he tumbles down the waste chute and finds himself in the Out-Country.

Want by Cindy Pon
This book is set in a future where the place Taipei is plagued by pollution. Rich people can wear special suits, but the rest gets sick and dies early. The main character, Jason Zhou, will do everything to change this. Want sounds so exciting, it is on top of my TBR-list!

I would love to read more books in which the enviroment plays a role! Do you have recommendations for me? And did you read any of these books?

Book cake tag

One of the best things to go with a good book and a cup of tea is of course cake! I especially love apple cake and chocolate cake, but I also like to try new flavours. This tag was originally done on youtube by suddenlylorna. There’s a question for every ingredient. Let’s bake!

The Great British Bake Off gif

Island Beneath the SeaFlour: A  book that was slow in the beginning, but picked up as you progress
Isabel Allende has a beautiful writing style. No matter what she writes, I like to read it. Island Beneath the Sea was the sixth book I read by this writer. It’s set around the year 1800 on Saint-Domingue, now known as Haiti. The main character is Zarité, a slave born on the island. Before we meet her, we first read about how her owner. This part is somewhat slow, but not less interesting. From the start, the story is full of vivid details about the characters and the historical setting.

Butter: A book with a really rich plot
To me the book series with the most fascinating plot is still Harry Potter. It’s amazing how things happening in the first part are connected with the other books. Harry Potter is one of those stories that feels so real! All the details make it easy to imagine myself going to Hogwarts. Although I disagree with some decisions J.K. Rowling made after writing the books (like agreeing on an eight part…), I still love the series.

Eggs: A book you thought was gonna be bad, but turned out quite enjoyable
I didn’t expect The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen to be bad, but I assumed that it could be a little boring. My mother recommended the book, so I decided to give it a try. And this book about people living in an old people’s home turned out to be quite good.

Sugar: A very sweet book
Here I have to mention a book that suits this tag perfectly: Night of Cake and Puppets.  This is a companion novella to the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. It is a lovely book about a first date with a magical touch.

Icing: A book that covered everything you want in a book
I just read Obsidio, and I LOVED it so much! The Illuminae Files is an extraordinary trilogy, it really has everything I want! The books have amazing main characters, morally grey villains, lots of plot twists, and made me laugh and feel sad within a few pages. Furthermore, the format is absolutely unique and made me love the series even more!

Every Heart a DoorwaySprinkles: A book that you can pick up when you’re feeling down –> A book with characters in the LGBTQIA+-spectrum
Since my answer on the first question is probably one of the books I already mentioned, I came up with a new question. A good book with lots of diverse characters, including an asexual protagonist, is Every Heart a Doorway. This novella is set in Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children: a place for children who came back from magical worlds and no longer feel at home in the “real” world. This book reads like a dark fairy tale and is beautifully written. It can be read as a standalone, but I saw sequels about the side characters.

Cherry on top: Your favourite book so far this year
So far I read two books I really loved. One of them is of course Obsidio! The other book is The Guernsy Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. This book is made up of letters written just after WW II. The main character is Juliet, a writer who starts a correspondence with the members of the literary society of the island Guernsey. The format as well as the lovely characters made this book a favourite!

Book Cake Tag - Cherry on top: Your favourite book so far this year

Now it’s your turn! What is your favourite cake? And did you read Obsidio? Let me know in the comments please!