Hi guys! The lovely Prabhleen from Booksarelife987 has nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award, thanks Prabhleen! And so that’s exactly what I’ll be doing today, so let’s dive right in.
Title: Wires and Nerve, Vol 1 (Wires and Nerve #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer (Art by Doug Holgate)
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: January 31st, 2017
Standalone/Series: Volume 1 in the Wires and Nerve duology
Genre: Graphic Novel – Young Adult – Fantasy – Science Fiction
My rating in stars: 4 stars
My rating in words: I really liked it
What it’s about:
In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.
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Hi guys, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s all about authors we’d love to meet.
Now, I haven’t met any author yet in real life.
Scratch that, that’s a lie. There is one Belgian author I ‘met’. I say ‘met’ because the story is just a little embarassing. There was a Belgian author I wanted to meet, so when I heard he was signing at a book fair, I took my book and dragged my husband to said fair to get an autograph. I was expecting a big line and that I could just stand in line until it was my turn, get my signature and go. You know, not stand out in any way, because that’s how I roll. Unfortunately, by the time we got there, there just happened to be no one in line and the author in question was having a chat with his neighbour. Obviously, I didn’t want to go up and get his attention because it would defeat my whole ‘don’t stand out’ strategy, so I devised a whole new strategy: ‘pretend to be browsing nearby and wait until there is a line’. Solid strategy, right? I thought so!
Except my husband is NOT a fan of waiting and had already exhausted his patience watching me browse books for the previous two hours already, and thus not in agreement with my impromptu strategy. So in the end, he basically just went and got my autograph for me while I trailed awkwardly behind him, red as a tomato.
So with that in mind, I give you a list of other authors I’d love to meet, without being an awkward, anxious little tomato if possible!
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Hi guys! Today I’d like to talk a bit about how and why I learned to love eBooks.
Story time: I used to be rather anti eBooks. In my mind, nothing could beat actual physical books. And what’s not to love about them? They feel good in your hands. They look good on a book shelf. They smell good. They are more photogenic than people and perfect for bookstagram. Opening book mail feels like a party. They make a perfect gift. They make perfect heavy self-defence weapons. I mean, the advantages of physical books are plenty, while an eBook is just… bleh.
At least, that’s what I USED to think. Lately, my eyes have been opening to the wonder of eBooks. They definitely deserve a lot more credit. So why not share my new-found knowledge and list some of the reasons why eBooks are actually quite rad too?
Hi guys, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s all about books to read in one sitting.
Now, when I think about one-sitting reads, I think about feel-good YA contemporaries.
Because as much as I love fantasy, I usually try to pace myself a bit more while reading it and make it last. Contemporaries, on the other hand, depend on the subject matter. Heavy, dark contemporaries dealing with tough subjects take more time to read. Because they’re tough and I need time to arm my heart.
But fluffy, adorable, feel-good contemporaries? I INHALE READ THEM. So yes, the books most likely to be read in one sitting by me are the feel-good contemporaries. These are perfect reads for a self-care day. Get a blanket, snacks, drinks and anything else important within arms’ reach, settle in, and GO!
Let’s start with a confession: I love book-to-movie adaptations. I really do.
To be clear: I do usually still prefer the books. They just allow me to immerse myself into the world better and fall in love with the characters more. Most movies lack the time for me to really reach the same level of investment. They have to cut certain scenes, dialogues or even characters (even though I believe most book lovers would gladly watch a 4-hour adaptation containing every single scene of the book) and while it can be done and be done well, it can hardly ever hold a candle to the book.
Nevertheless, I can still really enjoy a good book-to-movie adaptation. I’m ok with them changing or cutting certain things as long as they stay true to the spirit of the book. I just love that this story that I love and adore gets brought to life in a different way. I love how it is able to reach more people and make other people fall in love with the characters that already have a place in my heart. I love getting excited for it, keeping an eye out for casting news, watching the trailer a hundred times over again and finally getting to actually see the movie on the big screen with a giddy heart.
But before I finally see the movie, I also love speculating about it. And that’s the reason for this post, which may eventually become a series.
Today I’d love to talk about the upcoming Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda movie.
Simon is one of my all-time favorite books: it’s cute, adorable, real, diverse and relatable. So of course I am super excited about the movie adaptation, which has recently started filming. There’s already quite a bit of information on casting and such, which can be found on Becky Albertalli’s tumblr.
So here is pretty much my wishlist for the movie, ranging from the general and important to the specific but smaller details:
Warning: May contain some spoilers for the book. Nothing on the identity of Blue though.
Hi guys and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!
Seeing as spring is almost here (and boy, am I ready for spring to begin!), today’s all about the books that I’m planning to read this spring.
I divided this list in two parts:
- New spring releases, because is it just me or is this spring filled with amazing new book releases?
- Books from my backlist, because I’m still trying to tackle that monster of a TBR so while I’m being bombarded with new releases I also still want to catch up with some older books.
Will I succesfully be able to read all these books in the upcoming springtime? Who knows, but I’m already super excited to get to each and every one of them so I’ll definitely be trying!
Title: A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)
Author: V.E. Schwab
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: February 21st, 2017
Standalone/Series: Final book in the Shades of Magic trilogy
Genre: Adult – Fantasy
My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: All-time favorite
Warning: Spoilers for book one and two. Minor spoilers for A Conjuring of Light.
Hi and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s another freebie so I decided to talk about opening lines.
The first sentence in a book is super important. It’s supposed to draw your attention, get you interested, set the tone for the book and get you hooked right away. It should suck you into this new fictional world from the get go. That’s a lot of pressure for one sentence, of course, but it is possible! The proof is in these ten examples:
Hi and welcome to my February wrap up!
February has been filled with many new obsessions. I don’t think I’ve ever read more in my life, I fell in love with a new fantasy book series on Japanese mythology, I got back into some Greek mythology fantasy books, I fell deeper into the black hole that is anime and I discovered some new (to me) music.
But… it also caused a bit of a blogging slump and for that I’d like to apologize to my blogger friends. I’ve been so sucked into my new obsessions that I’ve been slacking on blogging. I haven’t felt like writing a lot of posts so I stuck with just the basic: Top Ten Tuesday posts and reviews. I’ve also been so behind on commenting. So… I’m really sorry! Here’s hoping March will be better on that front.
Anyway, here’s my wrap up of all those obsessions: