Monday, 9 April 2012

Stacking the Shelves [#4]

Yeah, I did it again. One book was a easter gift though, and the others are paperbacks, so my purse didn’t suffer that much. Since I’ve finished reading The Fault in Our Stars, I had this urge to complete my collection of John Green books. It cannot be ignored, that’s for sure!

Book Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

[Update, May 2014: I just reread Shatter Me and then read Unravel Me, because I wanted to know what the fuss regarding this ominous Warner person was all about, because Tahereh Mafi seems like a lovely person on her social media and because I couldn’t resist the new covers, so I decided to give it another shot. While I still think that Shatter Me has its flaws, I was pleasantly surprised by Unravel Me. I found the sequel to be a lot more thoughtful & well-conceived, and I could even relate to the main characters. Let’s just say that it kept me up all night marking beautiful passages – I’ve come to appreciate Mafi’s writing style. So if you didn’t like Shatter Me, even though it’s a book you’d normally enjoy, do give it another chance once you have some time to spare.]

BASIC FACTS
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Published by Penguin Books on November 15, 2011
Pages: 368
Genre: YA, dystopian

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Stacking the Shelves [#3]

I couldn’t manage to write any blog posts in March because I had to prepare for my advanced course tests for school. So, whenever I didn’t study, I read books instead of writing reviews. Sorry for that! Thank god there’s two weeks of Easter holidays now and I’ll hopefully be able to post some reviews later next week. But anyways, since my last Stacking the Shelves post is about six weeks old, I have a bunch of new books to show you!

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

BASIC FACTS:
Author: Veronica Roth
Published by Harper Collins on May 3, 2011
Pages: 496
Genre: young adult, dystopia

SUMMARY: Beatrice lives in a dystopian society where people are divided into five factions: Abnegation (selfless), Amity (peaceful), Candor (honest), Dauntless (brave) and Erudite (intelligent). At the age of sixteen, every person has to absolve an aptitude test which should help you decide which faction to choose.
When Beatrice takes the test, something unusual happens: Her results are inconclusive, she is a so called Divergent. Now she has to decide whether to stick with her parents’ faction, Abnegation, or to pick another one and to turn her back on her family for the rest of her life.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Tag [#1]

I’ve been tagged by Miri! She came up with some really interesting questions, so thank you for that. :-)

RULES:
  1. You must post the rules.
  2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
  3. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post.
  4. Let them know you’ve tagged them!

Monday, 13 February 2012

Stacking the Shelves [#2]

Oh, how I hate it when the DHL tracking service says that my package is going to be delivered that day and yet it does not arrive because the postman is such a silly slowcoach! Anyway, my Amazon book order is finally lying right next to me.

I should really make a rule not to buy a book, unless I read another one. How will I ever be able to reduce my stack of unread books?


Saturday, 11 February 2012

Book Review: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

BASIC FACTS

Authors: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 26, 2010
Pages: 276
Genre: contemporary, romance [young adult]

SYNOPSIS

Lily and Dash each spend their Christmas holiday at home without their parents. Lily isn’t the most popular girl in school and she has no experience in love matters. The thought of spending Christmas Eve alone with her brother, without any friends she could invite, saddens her, even more because it’s her favourite festivity. 
So her brother comes up with the idea to find Lily a boyfriend by hiding a Moleskine notebook with some clues at her favourite bookstore. Dash finds it, they start communicating through the book and switch it back and forth until they finally meet in person. Will they get along with each other or will their expectations be too high?
 

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Stacking the Shelves [#1]

I usually get a certain amount of extra money each month which I’m only allowed to spend on books —well, as if I wanted to use it for anything else ... 
But I’ve been drooling over Kindle eBooks for quite some time now and then my mother came up with that cool idea not to pay any of my books this year. That alone would definitely not be a reason for great delight. Buuut—look what I got instead! :-)

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Book Playlist: Lola and the Boy Next Door

I cannot read a book without listening to music! It just helps me to block out my surroundings and to plunge deeper into a story. Also, I use it to intensify a certain mood that goes well with the plot. Therefore, I create a playlist for nearly every book, before actually reading it, and adjust it once I get further into the story. The lyrics don’t have to suit the story, although it’s cool if they do. 
When I read a book that is hard to understand, though, it has to be gentle music, like classical stuff or songs from my favourite icelandic band, Sigur Rós—so I cannot get distracted by the lyrics. Otherwise, I’d watch myself constantly having to read sentences twice or thrice …

So, with Lola, I wanted to have some positive music that captures the book’s lightness but also the troubles between Lola and Cricket. Enjoy & tell me if you think it fits. I’m totally interested in knowing which music other people link with it!

Book Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door

BASIC FACTS
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published by Dutton Juvenile on September 29, 2011
Pages: 338
Genre: romance, contemporary (YA)

BOOK PLAYLIST
Check out the playlist I created of the songs I listened to whilst reading the book.

SUMMARY
Lola is a seventeen year-old girl who likes to dress up with extraordinary costumes she sews herself. She has to deal with convincing her two strict fathers that her 5-years-her-senior rocker boyfriend Max is the right one for her. But then everything is thrown out of balance when the love of her live, her ex-neighbor Cricket, moves in next door again and brings along all those nasty old memories and feelings Lola has desperately tried to block out.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Introduction Or “Yet Another Book Blog”

Hi. Hey. Hello everyone! 

I’d like to introduce myself: I am a seventeen year-old girl and I currently live in Germany.
I love music, movies, tv shows, art and fashion, but, most of all, I definitely enjoy reading books. The reason I don’t create a fashion blog is that I do not claim to look fashionable every single day, the reason I don’t create a blog about art is that I do not think my drawings are remarkable enough for others to look at, the reason I don’t create a music blog is that I think it would be boring after a while and the reason I don’t create a blog about movies or tv shows is that I do not have enough time to watch them because I spend most of it reading books!