Wednesday, 25 June 2014

A Book Lover’s Wardrobe — “I was within and without. Simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.”

Hi everyone. It’s approximately 30 degrees Celcius outside, so I thought to myself: What better time than now to buy a nice, cosy winter jumper! Right?!

Now you might ask yourself: What in God’s name happened to the author of this blog? Last time I checked she was too socially inept to talk about anything other than books. And sadly, you are completely right. But don’t worry, I won’t turn this into a fashion blog – I got a GATSBY SWEATER


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Recommendations: 7 Children’s Books That Are Worthwhile (Even If You're Not a Child)

I’m sure that by now you’ve all heard of Ruth Graham’s article that sparked a huge debate about YA literature. If not, it basically states that adults should be ashamed of reading young adult novels.

I don’t want to say too much on that subject, because it’s already been discussed well enough. But I think that the value and profoundness of a novel have nothing to do with its genre or age range. As to that, one may quote Hemingway: “Does he [William Faulkner] really think big emotions come from big words?” There are some true gems in YA lit.
I wouldn’t want to restrict myself to solely reading classics for the rest of my life, even though I love them dearly. That would be monotonous and dull. In the same way, I don’t think that there are many adults who only read YA novels. And even if that was the case, I wouldn’t presume to judge other people’s reading tastes.  If someone merely reads for entertainment, and YA literature is the only genre that accomplishes that, then that’s fine by me.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Stacking the Shelves [#6] – 2nd Birthday Edition

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews that enables people to share the books they’ve recently added to their collection.  

Just so you know: I don’t normally buy that much stuff all at once. But these are the books that I treated  myself to for my birthday.

In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken [sampler]

Book Review: The Raven Boys [The Raven Cycle #1] by Maggie Stiefvater

BASIC FACTS
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic on 18th September 2012
Genre: fantasy, supernatural, mystery [YA]
ISBN: 9780545424929
Pages: 409

SYNOPSIS
Blue Sargent is the only non-seer in a household of clairvoyants. Even though her family’s prophecies normally tend to be vage, they have always been very clear and precise in relation to one matter: When Blue kisses her true love, he is going to die.

Every year on St. Mark’s Eve, she and her mother visit the local churchyard. Blue’s presence radiates an energy that intensifies other clairvoyants’ visions and enables them to see the ghosts of the citizens who will die over the course of the next twelve months.
So when Blue herself sees the ghost of a boy named Gansey, that can only mean one of two things: Either he is her true love, or she is going to kill him – or both.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Home-made Bookmark Collection [Sherlock Holmes, Tardis, London …]

In the past, I belonged to the group of readers who just (ab)use random objects that are in one’s close proximity for bookmarks – such as tissue paper, receipts and so on. I find that readers can get really creative when in desperate need of a bookmark. 
But a while ago, I decided to change that deplorable condition. And so I started to create my own awesomeness of bookmarks – or at least that’s what I was aiming for. :)
Now I'm going to share a few of them with you, in hopes of inspiring you to create something yourself, and thus, celebrating and spreading the love for reading! Yey.

Additionally, I would be absolutely thrilled if this would prevail you to showcase your own bookmark collection on your blog! If so, please leave me a link to it.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Book Review: Ignite Me [Shatter Me #3] by Tahereh Mafi

Note: Ignite Me is the conclusion of a series. If you haven’t read the first two books, I’d strongly advise you not to read this critique. You can look up my review of Shatter Me, though.

BASIC FACTS
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Published by HarperCollins on February 4th, 2014
Genre: dystopia, paranormal romance [YA] 
ISBN: 978-0062085573
Pages: 416

SYNOPSIS
Omega Point is destroyed and the number of people who survived the attack is miserably low. And to top it all, Juliette finds herself stuck with Warner as she is struggling to rebuild her strength in order to take down the Reestablishment once and for all, under these adverse conditions. 

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Comic Review: Rat Queens Vol. 1 – Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch

BASIC FACTS
Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Art & covers: Roc Upchurch
Published by Image Comics on April 28, 2014
ISBN: 9781607069454
Pages: 128
Genre: fantasy, adventure
This trade paperback collects issues 1-5.

SYNOPSIS
This series is about an adventuring group of four female mercenaries who cause a lot of trouble in their home village, Palisade. Hannah, a elven mage; Betty, a smidgen thief; Violet, a dwarven fighter and Bee, a human cleric take a quest of killing monsters, during which they find out that someone is plotting against them in order to eliminate all the adventuring groups in Palisade.

DESCRIPTION IN TERMS OF OTHER STUFF
Take The Lord of the Rings, throw in some alcohol, boisterous parties, sex, pubs, a lot of cursing, and butt-kicking females, and then top it all off with the wit and sass of Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga.
[You all know how appropriate these types of descriptions are – like all the annoying “If you’re a fan of Twilight, you’re going to love this“-stickers – so please don’t take it too seriously.]

Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Self-made The Night Circus bookmark, quote by Oscar Wilde
BASIC FACTS
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Published by Doubleday on September 13, 2011
Pages: 400
Genre: adult fiction, fantasy, magical realism (maybe)


COVER
It is without a doubt a jewel on my bookshelf. The lettering of the title has a holographic sheen. But what I especially like about it is its enchanting character, which goes hand in hand with the story. It’s also a beautiful metaphor: The reader can hold an entire circus in the palm of his/her hand just by picking up this very book.