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

 

This the season to be jolly…

Hello everybodyyy!! (sorry for the lay-out, I cant seem to fix it :/ )
Never in my life have I felt less christmassy than this year! It sucked cause I absolutely loooove Christmas spirit! I had all my stuff ready to make a christmas haul, because for some reason I had a lot of stuff. Didn’t impove the feeling though. Anyway I had all these blog ideas but literally no time.
Since this year Winterbreak turned into study season. I think I studied more in 2 weeks than I did all 7 years of high school combined. And still I’m going to fail hard. Even with my highly orginazed planning (yes, I’m one of those people, and yes I stick to it. Even worse, I’m a day ahead, you can imagine the hate of others when you tell them that :p ). So my planning AND watching Grey’s anatomy, I still don’t get it. And I have 3 subjects of anatomie, so please kill me now!
I do am proud of myself a little, because I do study as much as I can fysically handle (which is going to bed at 10pm, or I can’t function at all in the morning), and my breaks are not binge watching series, like I normally would. It was like an early new years resolution, being productive on breaks. So that means reading… the high quality literature of wattpad fanfiction, if you like Harry Potter fanfics look up kmbell92. Also I started knitting again, still nog any further than last year… just knitting patches, I can make a blanket with is, someday when I have 1000 patches. And writing as uch as I can with the limited creativity I have, during these boring times.
But studying during christmas and new year sucks really hard. Seeing my cousins get drunk, even my mum doing a shot, and you just sit there. Nah, I have to study tomorrow. And I’m saving my day for New Year (which was a good choice btw). But christmas was very fun, I got my uncle and I got each other for secret Santa and we got each other Harry Potter gifts. There was a lot of martini bellini, and it was fun seeing everybody again. But god, I can’t wait until all those children are a bit older, it’s a miracle I’m not deaf!
Then after a week of hard work, studying and liters coffee, IT WAS NEW YEAR! We all really looked forward to it. This was the second year we did this, and just like then we made food (this year was macaroni) had some drinks (waaaay less than last year, cuz studying). It was the best time of the holidays. Also did a secret santa And I got awsome gifts!Around 11pm, the boyz came (the boyfriends and their friends) wished happy newyear and left to the pub :p I was freezing my toes off!!

In my opinion studying during holiday season should be illegal, how can I znjoy my Harry Potter gifts when I have to learn. And now the holidays are almost over and I getting panicked about exams starting Monday, just hoping I won’t cry in the middle of my exam… at least wainting til I get home for that

Anyways read y’all later if my parents didn’t kill me because I failed everything! Lovies<3

Party, Books and Party

Hello there!

I know I’m late again, but this time I have a good reason to be. It was my birthday and I wanted it to be in my post! I turned 17 yesterday! Almost an adult! But besides my birthday, there are some other stuff I want to mention as well!

Let’s begin with friday night, because nothing interesting happens at school, so let’s skip that! So friday night there was a party and because I’m being more sociable this year,  I went along with my friends. Because I doubled my year, I’ve also doubled the people I know and that makes being social much more easier.

I’m always surprised on parties, because I seem to enjoy them more than I expected. Maybe it’s the people or the alcohol? I don’t know (in Belgium you can legally drink from the age of 16). Or the people who buy you drinks, free drinks are always better (unless it’s from a stranger, don’t take it. It can be drugged!!). But yeah, going out is the best way to meet new people, so you won’t be forever alone for the rest of your life 😉

The next day was less easy going. After 4 hours of sleep and feeling nauseous from that one beer to many, we had to get up. Getting ready for the book fair. We had a 2 hour train ride ahead of us and not much to talk about, because our parents were with us. In other words, no recalling of memories from last night (not that I was drunk, I remember everything clearly. We’re just the ‘weird’ kind of people). She every time something came up about it, the universal hand-signal for “shut it, my parents don’t know about this.

my parents don't know

But we make it to the book fair. Saw some really interesting books, saw some celebrities. How cool are we! And after 4 years of going there we finally found and actual restaurant to eat, it was really packed but we were lucky. 6 people at a table of 4. cosy 😀

I bought a book, a thriller, called “The Three” from Sarah Lotz it seems really fun. It isn’t only plain text, there are like these chatbox dialogues as well. But the theme is super cool. quick summary!

“4 planes crash down within a couple of hours, all on a different continent. None of the planes have something in common. Except that somehow on 3 of the 4 planes a little child survives the crash. But they change and strange things happen, they start acting weird.”

I found this very intriguing. I like thrillers, it’s my favorite genre. I don’t know if this is weird, but I love it when a thriller is so deep and scary it keeps me awake at night. When you start thinking about the conspiracy theories in the book and try to figure out what happened before you’ve read it. Or maybe that just the creepster in me, who will tell.

And I got “Fantastic Beasts and where to find them” from J.K. Rowling for my birthday!!

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But then after 2 long and boring days of making homework and studying, it was my birthday! Pancake breakfast, Chinees left over at noon. Cake at my cousin’s house, and waffles for dinner. Somebody asked me how it felt being 17, the only thing I could think of was FAT. I probably gained 3 kilo (6.6 pound)!

So on my birthday we went to my cousin, because his little son’s birthday is on the same day as mine. He turned 1 and got a cake, so they gave me a cake as well, with my name and everything! They thought it would be funny :p

So now I have to get all the extra pound off, somehow. If it could without getting exhausted, or movement at all. As long as they’re gone by Christmas it alright! 😀

I hope you liked it!

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!!!

anna dressed in blood poster afgewerkt

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! 🙂

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 🙂

The maze runner-book cover