WWW wednesday #6

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www wednesday is hosted by sam on Taking on a World of Words. everyone can participate in answering the three questions below and posting a link on sams website or just answer the questions on her post, if you do not have a blog.

the three questions are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?
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wwwwednesday 

What are you currently reading?

WARANDPEACE

title: war and peace
author: leo tolstoy
page: 63
status: project is still going strong!

 

redrising

title: red rising
author: pierce brown
page: 75
status: the beginning was confusing, but know i need to know, what’s going to happen!

 

What did you recently finish reading?

carryon

title: carry on
author: rainbow rowell
rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

theybothdieattheend

title: they both die at the end
author: adam silvera
eARC provided by edelweiss+

 

 

what are your three www? let me know in the comments! 🙂

top 5 wednesday: characters’ fitness routines you want

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top 5 wednesday is a weekly challenge where you can pick your top 5 for the topic of the week. you can find more information about it on goodreads.
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this weeks topic is: characters’ fitness routines you want

this can be interpreted a bunch of different ways! fitness comes in many different packages. this can be about characters who are super fast, strong, agile, good at dancing, good at climbing, athletes, or foodies! whatever it means to you. this is inspired by those routines you see in magazines for actors, but with more of an open mind and less body shaming
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so, let’s just be honest with ourselves. i am not the biggest fitness person. the most sports i do is turning around while reading 😀 no, it’s not that bad, but i am really not the biggest sports person. so therefore, i’ll choose characters, that are way better than me 😀

 

1.) “nevernight” by jay kristoff

Nevernight

did you see, what mia corvere can do? that girl is so badass. not only as a person, she has also amazing skills and does what she thinks she needs to do! i mean, she’s attending a school for assassins. i think you couldn’t get more fit than there. 😀

 

2.) “catching fire” by suzanne collins

catchingfire

the skills these kids have in this series are amazing. i am specifically talking about katniss everdeen and finnick odair here because i love them 😀 “catching fire” is my favorite book of the series and i love how katniss and finnick work together, become friends and fight everything and everyone who comes their way!

 

3.) “six of crows” by leigh bardugo

sixofcrows

i had to include inej ghafa in this list. inej is another female badass character whom i love very much. she is known as “the wraith” and she sometimes is invisible, at least that’s how it feels like. she can climb and get to places no one else can. and she doesn’t make a sound, which makes her the perfect spy.

 

4.) “a gathering of shadows” by v.e. schwab

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i think i have a theme here 😀 i guess i like badass female characters haha. but i mean, come on. lila bard. that girl. first of all she is a thief, a very, very good thief, which is a bad skill, but it’s a skill she’s really good at. but then in the second book “a gathering of shadows” she can do so much more. i am just saying this: elements!

 

5.) “outlander” by diana gabaldon

outlander

james alexander malcom mackenzie frasier. yes! this man! maybe he doesn’t have the greatest skills, but this guy is a very strong man and he can fight. and he can take. a lot. he’s going to do everything for the people he loves and that counts for so much more! ❤

 

 

so these were my character choices. what do you think? who is missing here and who would you choose? let me know! 🙂

top ten tuesday – ten book recommendations if you want to get into classics

i am participating in the “top ten tuesday”, which is a weekly challenge hosted by the broke and the bookish. the challenge is back after a summer hiatus and now we can dive back into new topics. this weeks topic is “ten book recommendations for…”. since i became a reader of classics in the last year i thought about giving recommendations about where to start.

 

“ten book recommendations if you want to get into classics”

 

1.) “the outsiders” by s.e. hinton

outsiders

so this isn’t technically a classic classic. but it’s a modern classic and you have to start somewhere. 😉 i recently read this book and it is amazing. the writing is great and the story will make you feel all the feels. it’s a great book to start and i really recommend it to everyone!

 

2.) “the catcher in the rye” by j.d. salinger

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this is another modern classic, which i really enjoyed. it’s dark and depressing, which seems to work for me, haha. i think this book is a hit or miss. either you’ll love it or you’ll hate it. i loved it. i think holden caulfield is a complex character and his story moved me very much. just give it a try.

 

3.) “on the road” by jack kerouac

ontheroad

yeah, another modern classic. we’ll get to the real classics haha. “on the road” is a perfect read if you are into roadtrips. i really enjoyed sal’s adventures, which were sometimes confusing and totally crazy. it’s not easy to get into this book but once you get to a certain point it’s impossible to put it down. it’s not written that easily and may be a challenge but the story is great and is developed very well.

 

4.) “animal farm” by george orwell

animalfarm

most people will tell you to read “1984” by george orwell. but i am not most people. 😀 honestly, i didn’t enjoy “1984”. it dragged and was boring and i wasn’t the biggest fan of it. “animal farm” on the other hand was really, really good. it’s an easy read and you can get quickly through it. it will also show you, how society can become when things go wrong. i really recommend this one.

 

5.) “to kill a mockingbird” by harper lee

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i read this book many years ago, when i wasn’t into classics at all. but i remember that i really enjoyed it. it was a good and shocking read at the same time, but it wasn’t hard, because the writing was good and i could follow the story easily. i really need to re-read it again and i am looking forward to find out, if i still like it. this one is also a book, which is loved or hated.

 

6.) “the great gatsby” by f. scott fitzgerald

greatgatsby

alright, now let’s go a little bit more back in time. “the great gatsby” was published 1925. it’s an easy and quick read, which is entertaining and fun. i really enjoyed the story of nick carraway and the influence gatsby made on him. this book is also a hit and miss, because i know people who loved it and i know people who hated it. as for me, i enjoyed it and would recommend it, if you want to get into classics. the writing isn’t that difficult and you can get through it pretty quickly.

 

7.) “northanger abbey” by jane austen

northangerabbey

this year i decided to read all of jane austens novels. i started with “pride & prejudice” and i wasn’t the biggest fan of it. my favorite austen until now is “persuasion” because i just love the story. but i am going to recommend “northanger abbey” to you. why you ask? because it’s a fun read. this book has passages that are hilarious and the characters are really great. it’s also one of austens shorter stories, so i think it’s easier to get into it. you’re going to have fun with this one. 🙂

 

8.) “mansfield park” by jane austen

mansfield park

another austen i am going to recommend to you is “mansfield park”. it’s one of austens longer novels but it is really good. fanny price is a great and strong character and her story is beautiful. the journey you’re going to take with her is interesting and she will totally grow on you. it’s a coming of age story and the romance part is also great. i really enjoyed this austen novel and i can recommend it, if you’re more familiar with her writing.

 

9.) “great expectations” by charles dickens

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“great expectations” was my first long novel by charles dickens and i loooooooved it! the writing is really good and you have no problems following the story. pip is an amazing character, that grows up to be this man, you’re not sure if you like or not. there are a few WTF moments and it’s so interesting how the story unfolds and everything comes together. i really, really enjoyed this novel and dickens will be my next project when it comes to classic authors.

 

10.) “jane eyre” by charlotte brontë

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and last but definitely not least we have my favorite classic of all time. “jane eyre”. i love this book so so much! i read it last year and i flew through it, although it is a long book. i loved jane’s story, i loved the mystery, i loved her feelings, i loved mr. rochester and this book was just everything to me. i try to recommend it to everybody, because it’s a wonderful coming-of-age story, that is beautifully written.

 

 

so guys, these are a few of my classic recommendations. i hope you liked this post and let me know, if you have read any of these books or if you plan on picking up some of those. 🙂

#makemeread read-a-thon wrap up

so, last week the MAKE ME READ IT READ-A-THON happened. this readathon was hosted by ely @tea and titles and val @the innocent smiley. in this readathon you were supposed to choose a couple of books from you tbr and let your bookish friends vote for the books. the book with the most votes had to be read first and so on.

readathon

 

my top 4 votes were:

  • “crooked kingdom” by leigh bardugo
  • “carry on” by rainbow rowell
  • “more happy than not” by adam silvera
  • “red rising” by pierce brown

 

my stats:

books read: 2
books started: 1
pages read: 1103
average star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
female authors read: 2
genres: ya-fantasy

 

books

 

1.) “crooked kingdom” by leigh bardugo

crookedkingdom

as you all wished, i started with “crooked kingdom”. i had my problems reading it, because first of all, i wasn’t feeling very well last week and i had problems concentrating on reading. on the other hand, the beginning of the book was boring for me and i only got really into it, when the last third came around. my full review for this book can be found here.

 

2.) “carry on” by rainbow rowell

carryon

my second book went way better. i fell in love with the story and the characters and i finished this book in two sittings, because i needed to know, what would happen. i love simon and baz and in my review here you can read how i am gushing about this book. this was perfect for a readathon and i am happy that i finally read it. if it weren’t for you guys, it would probably still sit on my shelves. so, thank you! 🙂 ❤

 

3.) “red rising” by pierce brown

redrising

so after reading my two books i had to decide, which one i will be reading next. i decided on “red rising” by pierce brown, because some very good friends really want me to read this. and i started and tried. but, first of all, i was a little burned out. still didn’t feel very good and i somehow needed a break. secondly this book had a tough start for me. the writing didn’t feel smooth and i had my problems getting into it. i was also very confused about what was happening. BUT, last night before i went to bed, this book picked up. and oh my god did it pick up. i needed to put it down, because otherwise i would have read through the night. i wish, i wouldn’t have spent the whole doing other stuff than reading. i am on page 50 now and i can’t wait to get back into it. i NEEDs to know what is happening! :O

 

my summary:

i am very happy, that i participated in this readathon. this was such a cool idea and i think i will do this again in the future. let my friends decide what i should read. that was fun. i am pretty sure, i wouldn’t have picked up these books, if this readathon hadn’t happen. so yay! i also went on twitter and had some interaction, but i wish, there would have been more. i am still new to this twitter thing, so maybe it was just me 😀
all in all, i am very happy. i mean, i read two huge books and i started a book, that i now can’t wait to get back to it. i read 1103 pages, which is not bad at all. i am happy with myself and i am looking forward to another readathon like this. 🙂

 

 

did you participate in the #makemeread read-a-thon? how was your experience? are you happy with the result? let me know!

wonder woman book tag

happy sunday my friends! i hope you are doing great and that you are healthy and happy! ❤ since this is the last day of the #makemeread read-a-thon i thought i would celebrate this with a tag, because apparently i love to do tags and why the hell not? 😀

i got tagged for the wonder woman book tag by haley @fangirl fury and donna @moms book collection a while ago and now it’s finally time. thanks so much girls! ❤ if you haven’t checked them out, please do, because they are amazing. the tag was originally created by amber @amber’s books and more on booktube.

 

tags

 

1.) wonder woman: your favorite badass female book character

nevernight

hands down mia covere from “nevernight” by jay kristoff! that girl is like whaaaaaaat? i love her. she knows what she wants. she takes what she wants and she doesn’t listen to anybody. go girl!!!

 

2.) fantasy island: a book setting you want to escape to

darkershade

i choose red london from the “shades of magic” series by v.e. schwab. i think the whole world in this series was created perfectly and i think it would be so amazing to be part of it. of course i would need to be an antari, because i want to see the other londons too 😀

 

3.) london: a hyped book that let you down

crookedkingdom

i recently finished “crooked kingdom” by leigh bardugo and if you read my review, you’ll know why this book let me down. i wanted it to be so much more! 😦

 

4.) steve trevor: a book that has a beautiful cover and a great story (i.e. great personality)

wearetheants

i haven’t talked a lot about “we are the ants” by shaun david hutchinson on this blog and i don’t even know why! look at this cover! and have you read it? the story is beautiful and you will cry and it’s just wonderful! ❤

 

5.) lasso of truth: a book you hated

janesteele

hate is such a strong word! i don’t hate books. some i don’t like but i think every book gives something to the reader, so hate is not a good word. but “jane steele” by lyndsay faye is a book i didn’t enjoy recently.

 

6.) wonder woman’s shield: a book so sad you need a shield

bookthief

there’s no way you won’t cry when reading this book. your heart will break. there’s no way around it.

 

7.) no man’s land: a book that you want to send through no man’s land (i.e. shoot it to death)

i could never do that! every book deserves it’s existence. (i say that now because i haven’t read a book so far that proved me otherwise 😀 )

 

8.) ares: a villain that is scary, but you can’t seem to hate

you

maybe we shouldn’t talk about this one. because it’s disturbing. and i don’t know what’s wrong with me. but it just seems, i can’t hate joe from “you” by caroline kepnes. *facepalm* 😀

 

9.) dr. poison: a villain that has no reason to exist

this one is hard as well, because i love a good villain. you put so much more emotion into a book, when there is a good villain that wants to hurt your favorite characters. so yeah, i wouldn’t want to miss any of my favorite villains. 🙂

 

10.) the amazons: a book that you wish had more/better LGBT+ representation

wow, seems like i can’t answer these questions 😀 i know, that a lot of people wish that the “a court of thornes and roses” series by sarah j. maas would have better LGBT+ representation. but i haven’t read this series, so i can’t say much about that…

 

11.) justice league: what superhero book friends do you tag?

 

 

that was it guys. i know i haven’t had answers for everything, but well, sometimes it is how it is 😀 what would your answers be? feel free to do the tag or let me know in the comments 🙂

book review // “carry on” by rainbow rowell

carryontitle: carry on
author: rainbow rowell
genre: ya-fantasy
type: paperback
pages: 517
start: 11.08.2017
finish: 12.08.2017
rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

 

“You have to pretend that you get an endgame. You have to carry on like you will; otherwise, you can’t carry on at all.”

 

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what it’s about:
simon snow is supposed to be the chosen one. the one who saves everything. in his last year at watford school for magicks he has a new duty – find out who killed his roommate’s mother. the only problem: simon and baz can’t stand each other. they call it a truce and work together with simon’s best friend penny to find out the truth. of course it’s not that easy, because there is another great danger waiting for simon. after all he is the chosen one. but the chosen one for what exactly?

 

what i think:
first of all i have to say again, that i haven’t read “harry potter”. since “carry on” is kind of a fanfiction for “harry potter”, i went into this completely blind and i can’t compare any of the story to “harry potter”. for me this was a totally new experience. but since i have enjoyed this so much, i think, that i really might like “harry potter”. but that is something for another time.

“carry on” is written very well and i flew through it. it gripped me right from the start and i couldn’t put it down. i read it in two sittings, and this book has over 500 pages. that’s how much i enjoyed it.

it think the book does everything right with the different point of views. because you get all the information right from the start. who is who. what is what. but you also get a mystery right from the start and the task is to figure out how everything comes together. and i loved it. i love a good “let’s-guess-the-hell-out-of-it”-book and with these characters on top, this book was so much fun.

simon is so cute and i loved the fact, that he wasn’t perfect. he is struggling with himself, his personality, his abilities. he tries to figure out who and what he is and i think, rainbow rowell portrays him very well. he had a place in my heart right from the start and of course throughout the book i learned what he is and the process in which he is developing has the right pace. everything was done great. i loved simon! ❤

baz is another character who got his place in my heart. i didn’t know what to expect from him, but i now love this guy so much! he also makes a huge development throughout the book, he is funny and bad at the same time and i just love how he and simon work together and how they are together. there is a scene pretty early in the book, where my heart just couldn’t take it. i was so happy and my heart was filled with joy and love. aaahhh – so, so, so cuuuuute! ❤

penelope is badass. i mean it. this girl has it all. i love how bold she is and i love how smart she is. this girl looks out for simon and she is just what she’s supposed to be. the bestest friend anyone could wish for. i love how she stands up for simon, helps him no matter what. the relationship between them is precious and i love these two together.

the mystery behind everything is executed very well. i was excited right from the beginning and i was rooting for the characters to figure everything out. of course i was scared for them and i hold my breath a couple of times, but that’s what’s so great about it. i had no idea what was happening and how it all will unfold. and i kept turning the pages, because i wanted to know, how it all will come to an end.

the only negative thing, that bothered me a little bit, is the mix up with simon’s and baz’s story. in the end i was trying to connect the dots and i got a little bit confused, because i didn’t know what was important, which clue was the right clue and how everything came together. this messed a little bit with my head because there were a lot of side characters involved and in the end i was confused. the big showdown makes everything clear though, but the confusion is the reason why i can’t give this a full five stars.

 

what you should know:
“carry on” by rainbow rowell is a cute ya-fantasy, that is written very well and gripping and has an amazing cast of characters, who will make you happy. you immediately root for them and they easily grow on you. the relationships between those characters are precious and there is so much cuteness involved, that your heart will almost burst. this is no literary masterpiece, but it’s a cute read, which features diverse characters and a great story, where you completely get lost in.

 

have you read “carry on” by rainbow rowell? please let me know in the comments and we can discuss! 🙂

 

“carry on” on goodreads
rainbow rowell on goodreads

book review // “crooked kingdom” by leigh bardugo (spoilers)

crookedkingdomtitle: crooked kingdom
author: leigh bardugo
genre: ya-fantasy
type: paperback
pages: 536
start: 06.08.2017
finish: 11.08.2017
rating: ⭐⭐⭐.75

 

“Fate has plans for us all.” – “And sometimes fate needs a little assistance.”

 

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what it’s about:
after pulling the biggest heist in their lives, kaz brekker and his crew have no time to rest, because there are new dangers coming at them from all different sides. they need to summon their strengths, find a new plan and defeat all the enemies, that are coming their way to get what they want.

 

what i think:
i’m kind of afraid of writing this review, because i feel like everybody has already read “crooked kingdom” and loved it way better than “six of crows”. i am not one of those people and i will explain myself with spoilers, because otherwise there is no way for me to express my feelings towards this duology ending by leigh bardugo.

first of all i really loved “six of crows”. i didn’t expect to love it, but i did. i fell in love with kaz. he’s the bad boy and i love bad boys. why? don’t ask me. but i also fell in love with inej, because she is a badass female character that blew me away. i fell in love with jesper, because he was so funny, that i laughed out loud all the time. and then there were nina, matthias and wylan, who i liked, but they did not stand out to me.

this was a little pre story. with all these feelings i went into “crooked kingdom”. and since the starting point was a kidnapped inej, i was so excited, what the crew would come up with. so i started reading. and reading and reading. and somehow i had to realize pretty early in the book, that the point of view of kaz was missing. all the other characters got their time, their chapters. but inej was kidnapped and kaz had nothing to say? i was somehow irritated. and then i got mad. at some point, let’s say it was exactly page 127, i finally got, what i wanted. i got kaz’s point of view. and it was exactly for 8 pages. i was furious. i thought: “you’ve got to be kidding me?” but i stayed calm. i went on with the book. but it dragged. oh my, i have to admit, that i was bored. somehow nothing happened. there was no real exciting plot twists and i had a feeling, that nothing is happening at all. there were just filled pages, that had not much to say.

i realized, that i didn’t tab any pages, which is crazy, because i tabbed the hell out of “six of crows”. and here? nothing. i was starting to be afraid. what if this was all there was? i was scared, because i did not enjoy myself very much. i had a feeling that all chapters were just too long and nothing really happened that had me alarmed and focused and that made me hold my breath. nothing.

then page 357 happened. yes, i marked it, because it was the best chapter in the entire book for me. it was kaz’s point of view. it was emotional. it was gripping. it was wonderful. it was exactly what i was looking for. thank you! i was back again and i had new joy for this book. i even wrote down: “finally the chapter i wanted to have!”. here’s the evidence 😀

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you may be asking yourself, why this book still got 3.75 stars from me. that’s pretty easy. the last third was strong. really strong. it saved a lot, it just came too late. because from this point on, the book got better and better. there was more action, more suspense and i was looking forward, which plan kaz and the group would come up to. i knew, i shouldn’t take everything seriously, because there would be plot twists, and yes, they happened. and i was so happy about that, because the final pages of this book saved it for me. bardugo wrote them beautifully and i was hooked. i really enjoyed how the plan played out. of course i was flinching and of course i hurt when they hurt, but it was good. it was what i wanted from the start.

inej was a character that also saved this book for me. she was still badass and i loved her so much. she was always there for kaz and i loved how they both worked together. the nothing-lovey-dovey-is-happening-thing was perfect, because everything that stood between the lines mattered so much more. thank you leigh bardugo for that. also the way inej is doing her work and how she feels and behaves is amazing. i love this woman so much.

another good thing for me was the way the situation between nina and matthias was executed. since i wasn’t the biggest fan of these characters, the ending didn’t hit me as much as it may have hit other readers. but i was happy how it was executed and i think leigh bardugo did the right thing here. many people may be disagreeing with me, but i really liked this development and how it was wrapped up.

but unfortunately, all that came way too late for me. all the suspense and action should have happened right from the beginning. i mean, that had a hell of a villain but even he couldn’t be the badass villain he should have been. instead i was bored and that is something the last third of the book can’t make up for. even the tears i’ve shed because of you know what, can’t make up for it. and that makes me mad and sad, because this book could have been so much more for me.

 

what you should know:
“crooked kingdom” by leigh bardugo focuses on all the characters in the crew and goes deep into their lives and into their past. you get to know them very well and if you love certain characters, this book is right for you.

if you are a big fan of kaz brekker, this book won’t be enough for you. i counted. from all 45 chapters, kaz got exactly 8. that is way too less for me. his background story in “six of crows” had me shook. that was mind blowing, but “crooked kingdom” focuses more on the other characters. that’s a thing you should know, going into this book, because you won’t get as much kaz as you got in “six of crows”.

you should also know, that it’s not as funny as “six of crows”. i didn’t laugh often and i only tabbed three funny quotes, and one even didn’t come from jesper. that was a disappointment, because that was something i loved about him in the first book. here, he wasn’t that funny and i missed it a lot. he didn’t stood out for me in “crooked kingdom”, which is a real disappointment.

you may be thinking, that i didn’t like this book. but i did, at least the last third. that was what i was hoping for. but it came too late. if you are interested in the backgrounds and past of all the characters, you will enjoy this book. but don’t expect it to be suspenseful and full of plot twists right from the start. it needs its time to get there and in my opinion this time just came too late.

 

what did you think about “crooked kingdom”? please let me know and we can discuss! 🙂

 

“crooked kingdom” on goodreads
leigh bardugo on goodreads