Dear Reader,

FROM: B
TO: MY LOVELY READERS
SUBJECT: YOU’LL NEVER GUESS WHAT I DID!!

Dear Reader,

You are never going to believe what I did this week! surprise, surprise… I’ve read a book. Since my social life is non-existent with my school schedule and all the after school preps for the day after, my little free time goes to reading these day (as you may noticed since this is the third book review in a row, if it’s boring just let me know and I’ll stop). I read in every sort of spare time I have. 10 min before class? Read. waiting in the elevator? Read. Breakfast? Read. I hide in the ‘tower’ at school so I can have some quiet time to read. I HAVE NO LIFE ANYMORE! But hey, reading is the best thing ever!

why am I writing in email form, you ask? well, that is because it is the way my latest book and today’s subject is written. This week I’ve read the book “Love, Rosie” by Cecelia Ahern. The movie adaptation has been one of my favorite movies for years! and since lately my book genre preference is noticeably changing I gave the book a go, and I absolutely LOVED it.

The whole book is writing in letter/email/postcard/chat/call form, which is a bit weird in the beginning (especially when you saw the movie), because you only know what’s been told in the letter nothing more and nothing less. But once you are adjusted to the writing style you are so absorbed in the story that you just want to keep reading and reading! The story is in big lines the same in the movie, some other chronology. But it is far more ‘real’, as far as I can relate, you know I’m not a mother at the age of 19. But it is way more realistic than the movie (logical of course). (It also a great book if you, like me, read for 5 minutes a time, because after every letter you can stop without having the problem of stopping in the middle of a paragraph)

Rosie’s life, the ups and down get revealed through the letters, which makes it more personal, in my opinion. Everybody’s life gets into the story. Not just Alex’s and Rosie’s. I think reading the book made me appreciate the movie more. The movie is of course awfully americanized, it really romanticized the ‘being a  teen mom without a diploma’ a lot. The actual story doesn’t completely revolves around the love life of Alex and Rosie. There is so much more to it. Meeting people, making friends when you have a kid while having no job nor education. The story covers the ‘whole’ life of Rosie, also with some time jumps.

I think it is an inspirational, yet funny story about a woman trying to achieve her dreams, no matter how life turns her world upside down. Always wanting the best for everybody around her, without trying to forget her own happiness. Nobody’s life is a fairy tale, everybody has obstacles. But that doesn’t mean you are defeated even though it might feel that way. Just push through and never forget your dream, even if life gets in the way. And yes, I did cry on multiple occasions.

Love,
B ❤

 

Some Nerve and a little bit Charisma II

Hi bookwurms!

Here we are again with the next book review in line. Last time I wrote about Nerve by Jeanne Ryan. She has another book which is on the program today!

This story is also about a shy girl, Aislyn. Her shyness is actually so bad, she feels like she’s missing out on life too much. Her little brother has an illness which get threatened with gene therapy.

On one eventful day her brothers doctor takes her to her office and ask if she wanted an out of her shy self. She would become charming, popular, make her shine and yes, become charismatic. After a couple of weeks she started to notice other people having similar experiences as her. But the gene therapy they got was not as safe as they were promised.

Again I found this story very fun to read. Also not TOO much going on, you knew exactly what was happening when and why… yet there was some tension en suspense in it. It has a mystery component to it, but not in a murder mystery kind of way. It’s more an YA kind of way. They’re not going to look for murderers by themselves.

I prefered this book over Nerve, maybe because the story wasn’t that ‘far-fetched’, I know gene-therapy isn’t the nr. 1 topic,  but if that sort of therapy was available, it might just happen to you.

I think that’s why I like her books. I’ve outgrown the ‘every chapter needs something spectacular or it will get boring’- stage, like I think is quite a lot of YA fantasy books (in my own very personal opinion of course). These books were casual, no over the top unneccessary scenes. It is simple and beautiful.

I can’t really pin-point a reason why I like it so much. Maybe because I’m rather shy myself and could see myself getting extrovert, liked and popular. Who doesn’t want to be liked by others?

This short review was it for this time, more books coming soon! Hope you like them 😀

read y’all later

Lovies

Some Nerve and a little bit Charisma

Hi booklover!

This one is for you guys!! Since I made the switch from paper to digital I have more opportunities to read, which is very awesome! I’ve set myself a reasonable Reading Challenge on Goodreads in Januari and I’m back on track!

You may or may not have guessed which books I’m going to review today. But two of my recent readings were Nerve and Charisma by Jeanne Ryan. You may know Nerve from the movie adaptation with Emma Roberts and Dave Franco. Well, there was indeed a novel first!

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NERVE
To survive this game, choosing DARE is your only option…

Let me start by saying that if you’ve watched the movie and (like me) do not like book after movie, but feel stupid because you didn’t know there was a book, GOOD NEWS. The book is NOTHING like the movie. honestly I don’t think the producers even read it.

The story is about a girl, Vee, who is a shy ‘behind – the – scenes’ kind of girl. And like any teenage gal she has a best friend and of course a hubba hubba crush. While they are performing there schoolplay, there are prelimination for this super exciting and mega popular game called NERVE.

Things get a little out of hand at the schoolplay, and in a rage Vee sign up for her first DARE. She get selected and chosen for the live rounds where she can win amazing prizes. And to top that all, she gets partnered with Ian…

But how far will you go to get what you want?

Althought it is COMPLETELY different than the movie (which is one of my faves) I really liked it! It was exciting to read without needing constant action prompts. There is like this ‘suggestion’ build up to every dare. You read the reaction of the characters and your mind immediatly goes to ‘what will they have to do now?’ ‘How will they do it?’.

It has this psychological part in it, which makes you think what you would do if you were Vee. It also has enough action and detail. Unlike the movie there is a lot of background in this story, which really puts the story in a different perspective. The fact that you discover new pieces of those background ’till the very last chapter makes the character more interesting.

Also I really like Jeanne Ryans writing style, it’s easy to read, yet diverse. I can’t really discribe it, I’m not an expert. You could just keep reading, no complicated sentences or chapters that take a century to get through.

I just really really liked it!

This was part one of the Jeanne Ryan reviews, next time I will review Charmisa.

Hope you like it! I’m not a pro in writing review, just sharing some of my books :p

read y’all later

Lovies

 

I left Papertown

Hello everybody!!

As I already said in one of my last post, I didn’t get to reading quite as much as I would’ve like these past years. So about a month ago I did something I told myself to never get into…. I bought an e-reader… *DUMDUMDUUUUM*

Why did I buy an e-reader? well for the simple reason that I am a student, I don’t have money to spare and sadly book are expensive 😥 and e-books are generally cheaper or even free. And with the whole ‘living on my own’-thing I spend quite some evenings alone in my little studio, not seeing my friends as much, I just crave books.So with that reasoning in mind I just went straight in and bought one.

Well… I didn’t just buy the first one I googled of course! I researched for a couple of weeks, intensively. Because even though my dad knows his shizzle about technology… yet he always tells me I have to research everything. Fun right? trying to figure out what an CPU is and if 1 GHz Freescale i.MX507 is good or not? Having a blast googling processors and resolution comparisons!

Anyhow, I already had 2 brands which I knew were ‘the best’ when it comes to e-readers. The all around famous Kindle from Amazon and Kobo. There are other brands but all the tech sites had these, so let’s go trust the internet. After comparing all the e-reader, in my budget of course, I chose the Kobo Aura second edition (my second in line was the Kindle paperwhite). This one isn’t the best best of the best, but a really good one for the prize. There was an Kindle alternative, but I’ve read Kindle doesn’t open epub-formate books, which I already have.

But why do I write this post?
Just to let you know that e-readers aren’t really that bad. I’ve come to love mine. he doesn’t have backlight or color, so no hard time on your eyes. It has stats, for example it tracks your progress, you’re ‘hours read’, ‘books finished’, it even gives you awards Looks like ‘real’ paper print. I do really like that you can change the font, the size, the line spacing and the margins And I LOVE how in most of the books I have on my Kobo have the font ‘open dyslexic’. My nurse told me last time that she hated it that she never got to read books because she has severe dyslexia and she has to concentrate so hard on reading the words right, that she doesn’t know what she is reading. So I set one of my books in that font, made it bigger and add more line spacing and she liked it!

okay, the anecdote was maybe a bit boring, but dyslexia is a part of my education, so I found that really cool. And I may be going a bit overboard with the love of my Kobo. But it comes in really handy in boring lectures, cuz no teacher sees it. And it’s small (6 inches) so you can take it anywhere (and I do), the battery goes one for weeks.

I’m gonna stop, cuz this is probably not interesting to read. But I’m over excited while writing it.

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I still have my old beautiful actually printed book and I even go old school and handwrite my blog post

Read y’all later

Lovies

 

FairyLoot unboxing

Hi everybody!

After a month of exam stress, it is finally over and I can go back to fun things! YAY! Before exams started I bought myself a christmas present, and a motivation to look forward to during exams! I ordered my first FairyLoot book box! 

Although it was a little expensive with shipping added, it was really worth buying it ! It had so many fun gadget it in, any booklover would love it! All the gadgets are related to the book or the theme of the book, so it all fits together when your finished reading the story 😀

What is in the box, you ask? Well…

The first gadget I saw was the Meraki Candle ‘COME BACK YESTERDAY’. It smells amazing! like cocoa, berries and musk, to be exact. It was named by the author herself, which make it even cooler, in my opinion.

Next there I found the Funko Mystery Mini box, I got a mini Hermione Granger!!! This was also my first Funko Pop! item I got :p

Then came jewelry!!! Oh Panda Eyes, made a beautiful rose necklace for FairyLoot. I think it’s very pretty and I really like the lock as well. It’s not a standard little one, but a big one in the same style as the rose! I love it!

To eveyone surprise… THERE WAS A SECOND BOOK!!! ‘HOW TO THINK LIKE SHERLOCK’ by Daniel Smith. In this book they explain the personaly and the mind of the great Sherlock Holmes, with actually excisiting karacter and personality theories and neuroscience. But don’t worry it’s not a schoolbook in disguise, after the scientific insights there are puzzles to help you to observe, not just to see.

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Final item before the book reveal… a beautiful pillowcase! It was placed in bed by the time I went to bed.

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BOOK BOOK BOOK!!!!

I was already hoping it would be this book. Because for some reason my whole instagram was filled with pictures of it! And I was not so secretly crossing my fingers when I opened the bag.

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber! along with the drawing of this month’s book, Fairyscoop, the letter form the author and 2 super pretty bookmarks (which are already placed in several others books I’m reading (oops?). I’m so happy with the whole box! I’m definitely going to buy another one! Sadly it is too expensive for me to really subscribe to it every month 😦 but maybe someday I will!

I’m already writing 2 other post, and hopefully I will keep up writing regularly!

read you later!!

Lovies

 

 

 

Anna Dressed in Blood

Hello there!

Another book review for you! Again a book I read a while ago, but I recently read the sequel,
so why not make a post about it!

Cas Lowood has an unusual calling: He kills the death. Just like his father did before him, until he got
brutally killed by a ghost. Now, along with his mother and armed with his fathers ghost-killing knife, they
travel around the world. He is looking for a local ghost named Anna Dressed in Blood, and finds a ghost
like he has never seen before. She still wears the dress in which she got killed in 1958: Then innocent
white, now dripping blood. Since her death Anna killed everybody who steps inside her
abandoned victorian house. But then… She saves Cas’ life

I though Anna Dressed in blood was a great book. Thrilling, romantic and easy to read. It’s was a cliché
love story with a twist. I loved how the story builds up to the truth about Anna’s death and her life

in the inbetween, the house and the killing machine.

It’s not only the legend of Anna that is told in the book, also the story of Cas’ father. He has been looking for
information about the strong ghost who killed his father his whole ghost-killing carrier. And as always:
the truth is hard.

Another aspect of the book that I absolutely loved was friendship.
Cas wasn’t used to make or have friends, because he didn’t had time for that. He moves; kills the ghost and
moves again to another place. He though friends were a waste of time and energy. But this time he doesn’t
have a choice, people got involved and insisted to help.

That was the first time he had friends. Lucky for him! Without his new friends he would not have succeeded!

Anyway, I loved the book and I was so excited when I found out there is a sequel “Girl of Nightmares”. Also I
hope the upcoming movie of this book is going to be even amazing!

Waiting for the movie!!!

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The Dark Heroine

Hello there!

Today I’m gonna introduce you to an amazing book, I read it a while ago, but it is absolutely worth mentioning! 😀

Because of an accidental on a distorted square, Violet tumbles into a worlds beyond anyones imaginations – A world full of gracefulness and beauty, where aristocratic vampires live. A place with no escape possible… But underneath this beautiful facade hides a darkness, incorporate by the dangerous and mysterious heir of the throne, Kaspar Varn. When Violet and Kaspar admit to their passion, that exceeds their worlds, they find out that passion has a price.

A brief summary of the amazing book of Abigail Gibbs, and then 18-year old author. Her book has been liked over 17 million time in only 3 years on Wattpad (amazing site, by the way! Check it out).

I really loved this book. I couldn’t stop reading. It was so romantic, exciting and thrilling. It’s been writing from 2 POV’s (point of view’s), Violet’s and Kaspar’s (shocking!). Normally I don’t like multiple POV’s, because in the books I’ve read, it was just repeating the chapter. In this book it completely fitted. And it was easy written, so easy to read.

I’ve read quite a lot of vampire books, so they have to be refreshing and it absolutely was! There was of course the basic cliché story: Girl meets boy, they hate each others guts. Eventually fall in love, but can be together. But still there were some unexpected and chocking things. Things you never see coming. And those books are the best!

In the book you get hints, little pieces of information, like a part of a profecie or some family history, but you won’t know how everything fits together until the end, where you find the answers to all your

questions.

I hope you’ll like it as much as I did! 🙂

My Addictive Personality

Hello there!

 

At the moment I have BHS and I need to talk about it!!

Allow me to explain… BHS stands for “Black Hole Syndrome” I don’t know it is real, okay I made it up  but it is the best way to describe how I feel. It is the feeling you have when something is over, like your life has no meaning anymore, like nothing can replace that and you just lay in your bed days in a row questioning the meaning of life. (This is not the definition that Urban Dictionary said, so I added it :p)

There are a few things that make me have BHS. I have it every week, the first couple hours after I watched the latest Teen Wolf episode. (Also after a big recap and discussion about it all with my lil sis, of course)

I have it when I come back from a camp.  After a week of activity and incredibly fun things You get home, there is nothing to do there, you just lay there and when you start missing the people.

But the worst thing that gives me the Black Hole Syndrome is a book. You see I don’t read books twice, I can’t because I know what’s gonna happen and the excitement is gone. But when I finish a series of book that I loved so much, that when you reached the last page, stare at the final sentence for a while, then eventually close the book very slowly and gaze at the black wall in front of you wandering how you move on with your life. Then I feel the need to talk about it, to make it seem like it isn’t gone. I look things up, search if they’re gonna make it into a movie. But for that there sometimes is a cure. A cure which can help u move on. And that amazing cure is called FANFICTION! By reading fanfics the feels like it’s still here. And that is the best feeling in the world on that moment.

Another thing that gives me BHS is finishing a book of a series, but it isn’t the last one. And you have to wait for days before the next book arrives. Well for that fanfics won’t help. Because then they become a curse… Stories full of spoilers!!!

By the title of this post you can maybe guess that this all is a side effect of having a addictive personality. This has a good and a bad side.

The good thing about an addictive personality is that when you’re really into something, you are gonna go for it and work hard for it to succeed. Which is a very good quality.

But the downside of this is that when your energy in something like a book or tv-show or movies. It is a major distraction. It consumes time you can (should) spend on more important things like studies and/or work. Which for me is the biggest problem.

But it isn’t only that. I have a theory, it might be just something I tell myself to keep doing it. But I find it very logical. I think I need that distraction, I need something to take my mind of things. That when I come home from a long boring school day and that homework, I need something to look forward to something that makes me happy.

I’ve been like this as long as I remember. I had always something I was collecting or “obsessing” about. The first I remember were Diddle sheets (Diddle is a mouse, used to be very popular in Belgium and the Nederlands). And then came High School Musical, followed by Twilight (for a really long time), Then Harry Potter. Then came another long period of One Direction. And then Harry potter again. I have boxes full of stuff about these things.

And right now it is still Harry Potter, plus Teen Wolf and The Maze Runner series. (But the materialistic side of my addictions is gone, though) I know there are quite a few people just like me and I hope I explained it right. That’s all! Thanks for reading!!

 

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Happy Little Pill

Hello there!

I have something new to share with you!!

I am since a couple years really into YouTubers, I watch them a lot and have many many subscriptions to loads of different people.  Because of them I started with making blogs. I wanted to be a YouTuber really bad (I still do, actually) but it’s so much harder to make it as a successful YouTuber ever since it became so popular. A lot of people do it now and it’s difficult to keep your content interesting.

If you are a successful YouTuber and you have enough subscribers to make it your full-time job, you get loads of amazing opportunities. Like helping in project or others. Currently there are a lot of them going on. Because they have a lot of influence on the younger generation, they focus on charities and helping others.

But today I wanna talk about one YouTuber in particular… Troye Sivan. He has over 2 million subscribers and has gotten a great chance. If you visit his channel you’ll see he’s a great singer and soon his first album will be out!!

And the get us excited for his first album, he relaesed one of his songs now!! I absolutly love it and I keep replaying it.

Here is a link to his first song Happy Little Pill

On his YouTube channel

On SoundCloud

https://soundcloud.com/troye-sivan/happy-little-pill

I hope you love it as much as I do

 

The Maze Runner

Hello there!

 

I’d like to present my current favorite!! “The Maze Runner“!! by James Dashner

One of the things I absolutely love is reading, I can read for hours and hours (accept for food, I’d drop anything for food :3)

but yeah I love it. I love getting sucked in into the story and carried away so much you don’t even know what time it is. Until you’re stomach makes that awful sound, like “Hey, Helooooow! I’m still here. FEED ME!” It’s like a cat, it doesn’t bother you, unless it’s hungry or bored. Annoying I know 😦

When I can’t put a book away before finishing it, I assure you it’s a good one. 😀

So… The Maze Runner, I’ve been reading until 2 am, fell asleep and picked it back up at 7, I swapped reading for sleep… yep it was that good.

 

If you’re into action, adventure and a little mystery, I definitely recommend it.

 

Here’s a little summary to get y’all excited!

 

So there’s this kid who wakes up in an elevator with no memory of his past other than the fact that his name is Thomas. When it the elevator doors open, he is pulled into a huge glade by a bunch of teenage boys who also have no memories besides what they should be called. They all share a strange vocabulary, a fondness for capitalizing words to make them special, and the same mysterious fate.

Thomas gradually discovers that the Glade (see what they did there? Capitalize it and BOOM, you got yourself a name) is run by two boys, Alby and Newt, who maintain order by enforcing strict rules and keeping all of the boys busy harvesting food and whatnot. This is important because outside the Glade is the Maze, a terrifying labyrinth of high walls covered in ivy that houses strange, lethal creatures known as Grievers. So the boys are stuck trying to stay alive as well as “solving” the Maze by running through it as fast as they can while tracking movements of the walls and trying to find an exit.

Then, a day after Thomas’s arrival, a girl is delivered through the elevator into the Glade. The boys are stunned, perplexed, worried, and perhaps a little excited to have someone who doesn’t smell like day-old socks and Axe body spray (just kidding, geez). However, unlike each of the boys, she shows up mumbling strange prophetic words and then lapses into a coma.

( summary from http://www.shmoop.com/the-maze-runner/summary.html , if you haven’t read the book, don’t read the entire artikel it has spoilers )

 

This is the first book of a trilogy, and don’t worry all books are already out in the shops, there is also a prequel. 😀

And if that isn’t already enough good news, there is more… they’re making a film of it, with as main character DYLAN O’BRIEN. If you don’t know who he is, please go educate yourself! (sorry, fangirl genes took over)

So yeah, if you do know who he is, you’ll probably be 267 572 893 times more excited to read and/or watch it. 🙂

little tip: If you’re halfway through and you think this book is awesome, order the second and maybe the third already. You’ll just want to keep reading 🙂

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