Women’s History Book Tag

I found this tag on ZeZee with Books and really love it! The Women’s History Book Tag is created by Margaret at Weird Zeal. History has always been one of my favourite subjects in high school. I still love to learn about history, especially about women. Learning and reading historical women is also a great way to celebrate Women’s History Month!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post.
  • Link to the creator’s blog in your post
  • Answer the questions below using only books written by women
  • Feel free to use the same graphics
  • Tag 8 others to take part in the tag

 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder - Marissa Meyer

It was hard to choose just one. The four main characters in the Lunar Chronicles are all strong girls who don’t do what they are thought.

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

This Mortal Coil - Emily Suvada

Catarina lives in a future when people are able to recode their DNA and change their bodies. She is the daughter of a legendary geneticist and a talented hacker herself. Her father may be the last hope to defeat a terrible plague that causes people to literally explode in toxic clouds. The problem is that Cat’s father was kidnapped by a shadowy organization…

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch - Rin Chupeco

When Tea finds out that she can raise the dead, she has to learn how to handle this gift. In her world having magical powers is common, but necromancy is quite rare. Bone witches are feared for the power they have. But they are the only ones who can defeat  demons that come back to life every so many years. The world in this book is fascinating! Although the pacing is a bit slow, the world-building is great.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor

This tag wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Laini Taylor. Her writing feels just as magical as the things she writes about. It’s poetic and dreamy and just perfect!

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

The Poppy War - R.F. Kuang

It’s a surprise for every one when Rin, a poor war orphan, passes the test to get into the most elite military school in Nikan. She worked hard for it and is prepared to do anything to succeed. Next to fighting skills, Rin also has to learn to control her shamanic powers. She is an incredibly strong, ambitious and well-developed character.

An honourable mention for Mia from Nevernight. Since one of the rules of this tag is to only use books written by women, I actually couldn’t use this book by Jay Kristoff. But I do want to mention this fierce female murderer.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers

This is a feel-good book with amazing characters! It’s about a crew of a spaceship with five humans and four non-human characters. It was interesting to read about the alien cultures. Due to the details that Becky Chambers integrated in the story, all the characters felt so real! I truly loved every one of them.

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

On the Edge of Gone - Corinne Duyvis

This book starts a few days before a comet is scheduled to hit the earth. Denise, her mother and sister Iris have to go to a temporary shelter. But Denise’s drug-addicted mother isn’t in any hurry and they don’t know where Iris is. In this way they won’t reach the shelter in time… It is an exciting and realistic story with a good plot. But what makes the book really special is the narrator. Denise is a biracial girl who has autism (just like the writer). This was an interesting point of view I don’t see often in books.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You the Sun - Jandy Nelson

The chapters of this book alternate between twins. Noah tells the reader about his life when he and his sister are thirteen years old. Jude’s story is set three years later. The story is beautifully written and the characters grew on me.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway

I usually don’t pay much attention to book awards. So I just found out that this book won  the Hugo and Nebula award in 2017. It totally deserved this! The premise of the story is so unique: What happened to children that came back from magical lands? Every Heart a Doorway has a diverse cast of children that can’t find their way back to their own fantasy world. They are all welcome in Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.

Helen Keller

Helen Keller (1880 – 1968)

Of course there are many women to choose from, but I like to mention Helen Keller. She was deaf and blind, but she never let that stop her from earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, traveling the world and writing books. Helen coudn’t do this without her teacher and lifelong companion Anne Sullivan.

My Life in Books Tag

Time for a book tag! As far as I know, Hannah from One World, Too Many Pages was the first who did this tag. Here are my answers to the questions.

1. Find a book for each of your initials
Books for my initials
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
The Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel
My initials are ASV. It was easy to find a book for the A and S, but the V was a bit harder.

2. Count your age along your bookshelf: What book is it?
My books are sorted on colour, from red to black. The 25th book is a green book, Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire.

3. Pick a book set in your city/country
Last December I made a post about three books set in the Netherlands.

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to
Books set in Greece
I have plans to go on vacation to Greece with my boyfriend this summer!

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color
Yellow books

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?
Harry Potter! I have read the books so many times. The characters feel very real to me. By now the story actually transcends the books. As child I loved to play Harry Potter video games and last year I participated in two Harry Potter-themed readathons.

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?
The last book I remember is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. The fact that many characters share the same name, made this story quite difficult to read.

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?
It is not on my actual TBR pile yet, but I’d love to finish Darkdawn. It’s the end of The Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff. I’m always a bit proud when I finish book series.

What Cats Do book tag

I love a lot of animals, but cats are without doubt my favourites! So I couldn’t pass the opportunity to do this book tag. I wasn’t tagged myself, but I found the tag on A Dance with Books. The rules are:

What Cat Do book tag - Time for tales and tea
The lovely cat from neighbors who occasionally brings us a visit

Purr – As cats do this when they’re happy or relaxed, what is the book that makes you happiest or relaxed?
A book that made me feel happy and relaxed is The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. It’s a character-driven story set on a spaceship. I think it’s the best comfort read!

Sleep – What is a book that put you to sleep or was just boring?
A big part of The Heart Has Its Reasons by María Dueñas was quite boring. The pacing was too slow and I didn’t really like the characters. Only in the end the story became interesting. This was a disappointment, because I loved The Time in Between from the same writer.

Twitch while dreaming – Have you ever dreamt of a book you read?
Yes, I have! I usually don’t remember my dreams, but I once dreamt I was a student at Hogwarts. I can’t remember any details, but it was a nice dream!

Seems to play nice… until the claws are out – Which book had the biggest plot twist(s)?
The last book I read with a big plot twist was This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada. What happens near the end of the book was totally unexpected!

Cuddles – Which book character would you give a hug to?
Sam from The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews definitively deserves a hug!

Catnip – What’s a book that made you have warm and fuzzy feels?
A book that made me feel really happy is Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. It’s a feel-good story with one of the most charming and funny main characters I know.

Cat breeds – What are your favorite books?
There are so many books I love! I feel like I’m forgetting lots of books, but here are some of my favourites:

Indigo - Strange the Dreamer Orange - Muse of Nightmares Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor Phase 9 - Thinking about the future: A book or series you know you will re-read many times in the future? Dreams of Gods and Monsters
The Neverending Story - Michael Ende Illuminae - Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff Gemina - Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers

Getting the cat – How did you find your favorite book(s)?
I discovered the Dutch edition of Daughter of Smoke and Bone at my library. After that I bought the whole trilogy. By now Laini Taylor is one of my few auto-buy writers. The Neverending Story is a childhood favourite. I can’t remember how I found the book. Illuminae and The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet were both recommended to me on tumblr.

The vet’s office – Your least favorite book:
My least favourite book of 2019 was The Loneliness of Distant Beings by Kate Ling. The main reason were the characters, I didn’t like them at all.

Being in places they shouldn’t – Least favorite cliché:
I think love triangles and ‘the chosen one’ trope are used too much. But if a book is well-written, I can forgive writers even the worst clichés.

Final question: the good old cardboard box – Most underrated book series?
The Mapmakers Trilogy by S.E. Grove is a beautiful trilogy that deserves much more attention. These books are set in a unique world. Due to the Great Disruption parts of it were flung to another time periods. Travelling to other places means travelling through time. That’s why maps play a crucial role in the trilogy.

The Glass Sentence - S.E. Grove The Golden Specific - S.E. Grove The Crimson Skew - S.E. Grove

The Pancake Book Tag

The Pancake Book Tag

Earlier this year Marie from Drizzle & Hurricane Books did this tag. Since I love pancakes, I thought I should do it too! I like to make pancakes myself, but occasionally I also go to a pancake restaurant. The last time I got a huge pancake with warm cherries, ice cream and whipped cream. So delicious!

The rules
– Link back to the original creator in your post.
– Feel free to use any of my pancake graphics in your post, or create your own!
– Tag 5 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them.

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Indigo - Strange the DreamerAll books by Laini Taylor are beautifully written. My absolute favourites are Strange the Dreamer and its sequel Muse of Nightmares. I believe she can do magic with words. Her descriptions of the characters are excellent. Just read what Laini Taylor writes about Lazlo Strange: “Lazlo couldn’t have belonged at the library more truly if he were a book himself.” & “His nose was broken by a falling volume of fairy tales his first day on the job, and that, they said, told you everything you needed to know about Lazlo Strange: head in the clouds, world of his own, fairy tales and fancy.”

(By the way: sugar is simple, but delicious on pancakes)

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Nevernight - Jay KristoffMia, the main character of The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff is definitively sharp in wit. After the execution of her father, she wants revenge. That’s why Mia becomes an apprentice of the Red Church, a school of assassins. She has to be smart to survive. During the lessons teachers poison their students and let them fight with each other. Furthermore, an unknown killer is after the students.

(I never had lemon drizzle on my pancke, and it doesn’t sound very appealing…)

The Pancake Book Tag - 3. Pancakes & Chocolate Nutella Drizzle

The Neverending Story

I could choose multiple books here, but I will go for The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. It’s not a book I reread very often, but it is a childhood favourite I still love. In this book, Bastian reads a book called The Neverending Story. He slowly discovers that he plays a role in this story. At a certain point he gets into the book!

(What food doesn’t get better when you add chocolate? Well, I can name a few dishes, but pancakes isn’t one of them!)

The Pancake Book Tag - 4. Pancakes & Golden Syrup

Between Shades of Gray - Ruta SepetysThe last novel that left me with a serious book hangover is Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. It’s set in the Second World War, so the theme is quite heavy. The book is written in such a way that it’s easy to read, but the story still gave me so many feelings. After finishing this book I kept thinking about it for a long time.

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Tilly and the Bookwanderers - Anna JamesTilly and the Book Wanderers by Anna James felt like an unexpected present! It’s an amazing book about books that reminded me of Matilda and The Neverending Story. Main character of this story is the eleven year-old Tilly who lives above her grandparents’ bookshop. One day a character from the book she’s reading appears in the shop. Basically the dream of every booklover!

(Pancakes and fruit are a great match! I also love pancakes with apple, raisins and cinnamon)

The Pancake Book Tag - 6. Pancakes & Blueberries

Ship op Magic (Liveship Traders, #1) - Robin HobbIn Ship of Magic, written by Robin Hobb, the thirteen year-old Malta is a spoiled and cunning girl that is obsessed with boys and clothes. In this book I didn’t like her as a character. But Malta’s character development in the second part of The Liveship Traders trilogy is amazing. She learns from her mistakes and turns into a brave, young woman. Malta became one of my favourite characters of the trilogy.

The Pancake Book Tag - 7. Pancakes & Banana Toffee

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg LarssonThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first part of the Milennium Trilogy written by Stieg Larsson. The main character is Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist. He is hired to investigate the disappearance of a member of a wealthy Swedish family. Usually I prefer other genres, but this mystery is so good. It’s a complex book that takes its time to introduce the characters to the reader. But the book also is exciting and it kept surprising me. Only in the end we get all the answers.

(I never ate a pancake with banana toffee, but it sounds good)

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A Thousand Pieces of You - Claudia GrayMarguerite & Paul from A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray didn’t really seem a good match at the start of the book… Marguerite’s parents are scientists and invented the Firebird. This is an instrument that can be used to jump into multiple universes. When Marguerite’s father is killed, Paul is the main suspect. With the Firebird he escapes to another dimension. Marguerite follows him. On this journey she meets alternate versions of people she knows, including Paul…

(Since I’m vegetarian, I wouldn’t choose a pancake with bacon. In any case, I rather have something sweet!)

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The Loneliness of Distant Being - Kate LingI strongly disliked Seren, the main character from The Loneliness of Distant Beings by Kate Ling. The whole story wasn’t my thing. The book is set in a spaceship that is on long journey to a new planet. Most people on the ship were born there and will never leave it. Interesting idea, but I don’t think it was very well executed. My main problem is the characters. I didn’t like any of them, especially not Seren. She is selfish, annoying and constantly complaining about everything. On top of this, the book also has a bad case of insta-love.

(I do like peanut butter, but I woudn’t combine it with pancakes)

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On the Edge of Gone - Corinne Duyvis.jpgOn the Edge of Gone by Corrine Duyvis is a great book with a diverse cast of characters. The story starts a few days before a comet is scheduled to hit the earth. Denise, her mother and sister Iris have to go to a temporary shelter. But Denise’s drug-addicted mother isn’t in any hurry and they don’t know where Iris is. In this way they won’t reach the shelter in time… The book is narrated by Denise, a biracial girl who has autism, just like the writer. Reading this story really helped me to understand how it is to have autism. Iris is a bisexual trans girl, and the story also features lesbian, Muslim and Jewish characters.

I won’t tag anyone, but feel free to this tag if you like pancakes! 🥞

The Disney princess sidekicks tag

Today seems like a good moment to do this funny book tag! I found it on The Literary Phoenix. The tag was created by Mandy and Sha from Book Princess Reviews. It’s all about the sidekicks. We start with my favourite childhood movie!

Mushu from Mulan

The comic relief: Name your favourite hilarious character or your favourite comedy/funny  book

Mushu from Mulan  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli

A book that made me smile a lot while reading it was Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I wouldn’t call it a funny book, but it did make me happy.

The Seven Dwarves from Snow White

Favourite group/ensemble

The Seven Dwarves from Snow White  Illuminae - Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The characters from The Illuminae Files are a great team! My favourites are Kady and Ezra, but I love to see how they worked together with the others in Obsidio.

Pascal from Tangled

The loyal cheerleader chameleon (not a frog, Flynn Rider): Name a book that started one way but changed for you

Pascal from Tangled  A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas

Sometimes I don’t like a book at the beginning, but I come to like it later on. This was the case with A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Meeko from Pocahontas

Pocahontas’ sly and sneaky raccoon friend: Name a plot twist that you didn’t see coming

Meeko from Pocahontas  Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor

One of my favourite plot twists is the ending of Strange the Dreamer. I don’t want to spoil it, so I can’t tell more about it… But if you read the book, you definitively know what I mean!

Rajah from Aladdin

Gentle with their princess but protective with everyone else – Name your favorite best friend in a novel

Rajah from Aladdin  Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor

That must be Zuzana in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy! She was a great friend for Karou when she needed it most.

Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, & Chip from Beauty and the Beast

The Musical Bunch – Name a novel where music played a big part or made you want to sing its praises

Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, & Chip from Beauty and the Beast  De erfenis van Richard Grenville - Natalie Koch

The Dutch book De Erfenis van Richard Grenville is set on a small university in London. Hidden between the regular students, some of the students secretly study magic. One of them is Alexa. But even stranger things start to happen: people suddenly loose conscious without waking up. Music plays a role in the plot of this original story.

Maximus from Tangled

The obstacle in Flynn Rider’s way – Name a character that faces a lot of obstacles

Maximus from Tangled  Assassin's Apprentice

Fitz from the Farseer trilogy doesn’t have an easy life. There are many people, enemies as well as friends, in his way that prevent him from becoming happy.

Hamish, Hubert, & Harris from Brave

Favorite family dynamics in a novel

Hamish, Hubert, & Harris from Brave  The Boy Who Steals Houses

The chaotic Delainey family in The Boy Who Steals Houses is amazing! This is a big family with a father, lots of boys and one girl. They do have their quarrels, but they are great together.

Three Fairies from Sleeping Beauty

The Advice Givers – Book that most impacted your life

Three Fairies from Sleeping Beauty  Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone  The Creative License - Danny Gregory

It was so hard to choose one book! When considering fiction, the Harry Potter books were important in my life. I read each of them so many times, that the characters feel very real to me. A non-fiction book that changed my life is The Creative License. This book was the reason I started an art journal, and have been keeping one for years.

Hei Hei from Moana

Name a character that steals the show

Hei Hei from Moana  Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green & David Levithan

The book Will Grayson, Will Grayson has two protagonists with the same name. One of them is befriended with Tiny. You could argue that he is the main character. Tiny definitively steals the show in both story lines!

Gus & Jaq from Cinderella

Opposites Attract – Name your favorite or worst opposite attracts pairing

Gus & Jaq from Cinderella  Cress - Marissa Meyer

Cress and Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles are an amazing example of opposites attract. Cress is an introvert girl, while Thorne is a sarcastic thief. Despite their differences, they are a great couple.

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag 2019

It has become a tradition among book bloggers to do the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag every June or July. It’s a great way to give an update of the books I read so far. This year I already managed to read a lot of books. So it will be hard to choose!

Best book(s) you read so far in 2019?
Best books I read so far in 2019
And this was the first hard choice to make. Just like last year I can’t limit myself to one book. I have three favourites so far:
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James
The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews (click on the title to read my review)

GodsgraveBest sequel of 2019 so far?
I enjoyed reading Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, and I loved Godsgrave even more. There were some plot twists I really didn’t expect! The mysterious, sarcarstic narator and the characters are still amazing.

New releases you haven’t read yet, but want to?
It was published last year, but I haven’t read Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno yet.  This book is about a witchy family on an island.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
Most anticipated releases for the second half of the year
I am looking forward to reading Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi. After reading the first part I am curious how the story will continue. I also can’t wait for Darkdawn, the last part of the The Nevernight Chronicles. Godsgrave ended with a huge cliffhanger!

Biggest disappointment?
I happened to find The Loneliness of Distant Beings by Kate Ling at my library. I had no high expectations for this book, but it was still disappointing. The main character was so  annoying and I also didn’t like any of the other characters. There was a very bad case of insta-love too.

The TestingBiggest surprise?
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau was a book I thought I would enjoy. I didn’t expect a lot from it. In the end I loved the book and read the whole trilogy! The main character, Cia, is chosen as Testing candidate. If she’s able to pass the Testing, she can become a University student. But she is not sure who she can trust. And what happened to the people who failed? The story is fast-paced, set in an interesting world and has good characters. Especially Cia became a new favourite.

Favourite new author? (debut or new to you)
Between Shades of Gray impressed me. It may be a fictional story, but it’s about crimes that were actually committed during the Second World War. This sounds like a heavy topic, but the book was easy to read. I definitively want to read more from Ruta Septys! I think I’m also going to like Salt to the Sea.

Newest favourite character?
Cia from The Testing was a character I could easily identify with. She is sympathetic, intelligent and her decisions are well-thought out.

The Dollmaker of KrakowBook that made you cry?
I seldom cry when reading books. But the ending of The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero really touched me. It’s a book set in the Second World War with a dollmaker and a living doll called Karolina as main characters. The dollmaker is a kind-hearted, but shy man. Karolina, helps him to make friends. Everything changes when the Nazis invade Poland.

Book that made you happy?
I love books about books and Tilly and the Bookwanderers was amazing! Main character of this story is the eleven year-old Tilly who lives above her grandparents’ bookshop. One day a character from the book she’s reading appears in the shop. Due to the characters, the references to other books and of course the bookwandering, this book was fun to read!

Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year?
When I spend so much time reading, I don’t watch a lot of movies. I did see the movie Esio Trot, based on the book with the same title written by Roald Dahl. I haven’t read the book (yet), but the movie was hiliarious and also had a beautiful story.

What book(s) do you need to read by the end of the year?
Books I need to read by the end of the year
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Assassin’s Quest (Farseer Trilogy, #3) by Robin Hobb
Want by Cindy Pon

Consider yourself tagged if you want to do this tag! And share your link in the comments. I love to read your answers on the questions!

Literary Dinner Party tag

I love the idea of a dinner party with book characters! I wasn’t tagged, but I found this tag on youtube. It’s created years ago by NEHOMAS2. In celebration of Wyrd & Wonder I have chosen only characters from fantasy books.

The rules: you must invite 11 guests, and there must be one from each category.

1. One character who can cook/likes to cook
Some fantasy books feature delicious food, but it isn’t always clear who made it. That’s why I couldn’t think of a character… But I do know that hobbits love to eat. So I guess they are also good cooks. I would like to invite Samwise. I’m sure he will do his best to make a delicious meal for us.

2. One character who has money to fund the party
Most of my favourite characters in fantasy books aren’t very rich. But I just read Royal Assassin and I loved Kettricken. She is a tough princess who would do anything for her people. As part of the royal family she has the money to fund this party.

3. One character who might cause a scene
As a thief and professional trouble-maker Locke Lamora will probably shake things up.

4. One character who is funny/amusing
A character that made me laugh multiple times while reading The Lunar Chronicles is Thorne. Initially some of the other guests may not like him. But he is so hilarious that he could make them laugh anyway.

5. One character who is super social/popular
I wouldn’t call him super social, but Lazlo from Strange the Dreamer is so kind that everyone likes him. He can also tell great stories.

6. One villain
This twelve year-old criminal mastermind kidnapped a fairy to hold for ransom. So I can invite Artemis Fowl in the category villain, right?

7. One couple – doesn’t have to be romantic
I want to invite my favourite couple: Zuzana & Mik. They brought light in Karou’s dark life in Days of Blood and Starlight. I’m sure they will brighten up the party too.

8. One hero/heroine
So many to choose from! I’ll go for Lyra from His Dark Materials.

9. One underappreciated character
Almost no one in Whichwood appreciates Laylee. She is the only mordeshoor left. Her job is to wash dead bodies and prepare them for the afterlife. That’s important work. She’s also just thirteen. But she barely gets paid and no one in town wants to help her. Laylee definitively deserves an invitation to this party.

10. One character of your own choosing
I would love to meet Luna Lovegood! She so nice and quirky. I admire the fact that she doesn’t care what everyone thinks of her.

One character of your own choosing - Luna

Consider youself tagged if you like to organise your own literary dinner party!

The Sims Book Tag

I don’t play a lot of computer games, but there is one I love: the Sims! As child I started playing Sims 1. I spent hours building houses. There also was an amazing expansion pack where your sim could do magic! By now I play Sims 4. I still waste hours play it a lot. I found The Sims Book Tag on YouTube and immediately liked the tag. It was created by Hailey in Bookland.

1. The original Sims: the best author debut.The Glass Sentence
There are many good debuts, but I choose The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove. The world she has created in her first book is totally unique. Due to the Great Disruption some parts of the world are flung into other time periods. So when the characters travel to another part of the world they also travel through time.

2. The grim reaper: the saddest character death.
Certain deaths in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows really broke my heart 😭

A Clash of Kings3. Sims getting stuck: a character that just got in the way.
The book series that come to mind is A Song of Ice and Fire. Years ago I read A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. I quit reading halfway through A Storm of Swords. There were just too many unlikable characters. I hated to read about Joffrey, and I didn’t care about most of the other male characters. 

4. Simlish: a book with amazing writing.
As most of you know, one of my all-time favourite writers is Laini Taylor. Her writing style is beautiful! I can’t stop mentioning her.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix5. Expansion packs: a series where the books kept on getting better.
There are just a few series where a sequel is better than the first book. Harry Potter is certainly one of them. My favourite part was the Order of the Phoenix. Some reasons I loved this book so much: Harry’s character development, Luna Lovegood, Dumbledore’s Army, the Weasleys and the sarcasm of Professor McGongall.

6. Sims romance: the worst case of insta-love.
Usually I am not that annoyed by insta-love. But in Twilight I couldn’t ignore it. I read this book, because I was curious where all the fuss was about. Well, I wasn’t impressed. After a week Bella is basically ready to sacrifice herself for Edward. I really don’t understand why she was attracted to him in the first place.

Divergent7. Cheats: a book that was entirely unrealistic.
Divergent. I must admit I only read the first part. Maybe some things are explained in the other books. But a lot didn’t make sense to me. Why would anyone divide a country into five factions based on one personality trait? The test used to decide who belongs to which faction is even more unrealistic. And why is being divergent so special? In real life (almost) everyone would fit in multiple factions.

8. Needs fulfillment: a character who made all the wrong decisions.
The premise of Numbers sounded pretty interesting: Jem can see the day people will die. For this reason she avoids relationships. That’s understandable. But I didn’t get all her other decisions. Jem is so impulsive and apparently not very smart. I can’t stand it when a character keeps making wrong decisions.

9. Error code 12: a series that started off great but went downhill from there.
I loved the first part of The Queen of the Tearling, but the rest of the trilogy was a bit disappointing. In this review I explained why.

10. The Sims vortex: a book/series that completely engrossed you.
The Illuminae Files were totally amazing!

11. Who do you tag?
I tag everyone who has a book blog and plays the Sims!

Sim waving

The Cookie Book Tag

Books and cookies are a great combination! Especially if there is also tea involved. I don’t really have one favourite kind of cookie, because I can’t choose. I love chocolate chip cookies, but also oreos, and stroopwafels too! The last one is a Dutch cookie, I’m not sure you can buy it outside the Netherlands. However, here is The Cookie Book Tag. It’s originally created by Sorry, I’m Booked.

The rules:

  • Link back to the creator
  • Pick a book that corresponds to the cookie’s ‘theme’
  • Have fun!
  • Tag 1-3 people

Cookie monster

Chocolate Chip | A Classic Book That You Love or Really Enjoyed1984

Last year I read 1984. This is a dystopian story written in 1948. In the book everything is controlled by the state: what and when people eat, what kind of work they do, even the past and their language. People no longer have to think for themselves, because The Party decides everything. It’s interesting, and also quite disconcerting, how relevant this book is in our own time.

The Raven Boys

Thin Mints | A Fandom That You Really Want to ‘Join’ and/or a Hyped-Up Book You Want To Read

On Tumblr I follow a couple of book bloggers who often talk about The Raven Cycle. Because I haven’t read the books, I don’t really get it. The book series does sound good. I did read other books by Maggie Stiefvater (Lament, Shiver and The Scorpio Races) and liked all of them. So I really want to give The Raven Cycle a try.

Shortbread | An Author You Can’t Get Enough Of

That has to be Laini Taylor, of course! I would read everything she writes.

Books written by Laini Taylor

Words in Deep BlueSamoas | An Emotional Rollercoaster

Many books would fit this category, but I choose Words in Deep Blue. It’s one of the few stories that made me cry at some point. The book also made me happy, because a secondhand bookshop plays an important role in this story. This bookshop has a letter library: a bookcase in which people can leave messages and letters between the pages of the books.

Wildwood

Oreos | A Book Whose Cover Was Better Than The Story OR Vice Versa, Where The Story Was Better Than Its Cover

Wildwood has a beautiful cover and lovely illustrations throughout the book.  It’s a Middle Grade story about Prue and Collin. Prue’s baby brother is kidnapped by crows and brought to Wildwood. The two children are going to save him. The story was okay, but not as great as I hoped. The world building was good, but the plot didn’t always make sense. Prue and Collin also weren’t very interesting characters.

The Map of TimeTagalongs / Peanut Butter Patties | A Book That Wasn’t What You Expected

I expected a good science fiction book about time travel, but The Map of Time was not. The whole book is set in Victorian Era London. It’s divided in three parts, each story with a different main character. Time travel and H.G. Wells play a role in every part of the book. The plot was the biggest problem. It was confusing and the time travel was handled in a very weird way.

The Neverending Story

Snickerdoodles | A Book You May Never Stop Rereading/ Loving

It was hard to choose just one book. I went for a story I loved as child that is still one of my favourites: The Neverending Story. It’s about Bastian, who goes inside the book he is reading. The dream of every book lover! Bastian finds himself in Fantastica. This world needs to be saved by a human who can give the emperor a new name. On his journey, Bastian meets all kind of magical creatures, but most of all learns about himself.

 

I love to see what books you choose! So consider yourself tagged, if you also want to do The Cookie Book Tag 🙂

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag 2018

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!