WWW wednesday #7

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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: 97
status: project is still going strong!

 

tinman

title: tin man
author: sarah winman
page: 43
status: not sold on this so far

 

What did you recently finish reading?

amyroger

title: amy & roger’s epic detour
author: morgan matson
rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
review: you can read it here

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

thousandthfloor

title: the thousandth floor
author: katherine mcgee
eCopy provided by netgalley

 

throneofglass

title: throne of glass
author: sarah j. maas
buddy read with darque dreamer reads

 

 

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

top 5 wednesday: books from before i joined goodreads

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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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top5wednesday

 

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this weeks topic is: books from before you joined…

these are some of your favorite books from before you joined the online book community, whether that be booktube, goodreads, blogs, bookstagram, twitter, tumblr, etc.
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i LOVE this week’s topic, because i can talk about my favorite books before i joined goodreads, which happened in july 2016. before that time i just read without any community and basically made it to 5-10 books per year. after joining goodreads, reading books really started for me. i joined the traveling book project, i made a bookstagram account, i started watching booktube, i started a book journal and then this blog happened. so in the last year my life changed a lot, but for the good. i love it! ❤ but now it’s time to get to some books that i loved before i even knew, how awesome and huge this book community is. and i will leave “the fault in our stars” out of the picture, because you guys know by now, that that’s my favorite book. 😀

 

1.) “the perks of being a wallflower” by stephen chbosky

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i actually don’t remember when i read this book, but i know that i loved it so so sooooo much. the story and the characters just kept me turning the pages and i remember having this feeling. the feeling, when you know, that you are reading something special. after reading the book, i watched the movie and i loved that one too and have rewatched it many times. maybe it’s time to read this book again. 🙂

 

2.) “extremly loud and incredibly close” by jonathan safran foer

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i have no idea when i got this book. it was a long time ago, but it was one of the first books that i owned in english. i remember how i couldn’t put it down and how oskars journey became very important to me. i know, that i cried a lot and i know the main plot of this book but i need to re-read it to tell you, why this is actually one of my favorites. i just know, that i loved that book back then.

 

3.) “a long way down” by nick hornby

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my roommate had a phase, where he read all books by nick hornby. i was curious what it was about that author, but not all books interested me. but “a long way down” sounded promising and i know that i loved it back then. it was such a bittersweet story, which shows, that there are reasons to live for and everybody deserves a second chance. i read it in german back then, but i would love to read it again in english.

 

4.) “the curious incident of the dog in the night-time” by mark haddon

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the same roommate gave me this book. and i know, the title. try saying that fast 😀 but it is a wonderful book. it’s about an autistic boy who tries to solve a mystery. it’s heartbreaking, the writing is amazing and it’s definitely one you should read! 🙂

 

5.) “it’s kind of a funny story” by ned vizzini

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this one has a similar story as “the perks of being a wallflower” because it was around the same time i read those books. i also loved “it’s kind of a funny story”. it is bittersweet but also full of hope and i loved that about it. i have watched the movie after reading it and i remember really liking it. it’s definitely something special, the book and the movie.

 

 

as you can see, my favorite books are mostly bittersweet stories, that give you hope in the end. maybe since i’ve always liked this, my love for contemporaries never faded. i just love emotional books that give me a good feeling after reading them.

what do you think? have you read any of those books? let me know! 🙂

top ten tuesday – ten books i wish i could have read in school

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 week’s topic is “back to school freebie”. now, what you need to know for this. i went to school in germany and the only books we read were in my german class. all of them were just bad. i hated them and i wasn’t a big fan of it. in my english class we read almost nothing. the only thing was the shakespeare play “much ado about nothing”, which was sooooo cool. we also watched the movie then and i loved it. but unfortunately, there was nothing more. so that’s how this list came to life, because here you can see, what i would have wanted to read in school.

 

“ten books i wish i could have read in school”

 

1.) “the outsiders” by s.e. hinton

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once again this book made it to my list. why? it’s pretty easy. the writing is good, the characters are great and the story is amazing and scary at the same time. i wish we could have read this in school, because it is an important book and i think everybody should read “the outsiders”.

 

2.) “the book thief” by markus zusak

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well, this book came out, when i was already out of school haha. but i wish, that it would have been there back then and that we would have read it. i think there is no better way to understand the cruelty of the second world war than this book. it’s crushing and it’s very emotional and i probably would have been a mess back then in school, but it really brings you close to what was happening back then. it is also beautifully written and i think it should become a required reading in every school.

 

3.) “wonder” by r.j. palacio

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this is another book that just came out a couple of years ago. but i wish, that it would have been there back in my school time. this book is just wonderful and it shows that it’s all about the inner beauty. about how you shouldn’t and how you should be towards other people. i loved auggie’s story and i think it’s a perfect book to read in school.

 

4.) “animal farm” by george orwell

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i think “animal farm” by george orwell is also a perfect book to read in school. first of all it is short, which is important for school, because kids do not like to be forced into reading big books for school. second of all it describes wonderfully, how society can get and it’s written in a way, everybody can understand and even have fun while reading it. i don’t think i would have liked “1984”, but i think “animal farm” is a perfect book for school.

 

5.) “the perks of being a wallflower” by stephen chbosky

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i remember reading “the perks of being a wallflower” and i really loved and enjoyed it a couple of years ago. i think it is a wonderful book and i think that a lot of teenagers can relate to the characters.

 

6.) “thirteen reasons why” by jay asher

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now, i debated with myself, if i should put this book on this list or not. and i think it deserves a spot. it’s a book about bullying and the consequences it has, when one person isn’t treated right. it’s a book where you start to think about other people and if you are maybe hurting them the way you treat them. so yeah, i think this book should definitely be read in school.

 

7.) “wild” by cheryl strayed

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now i know, that this book is hard at some points, but it’s the true story of a woman who got lost. and i think everybody sometimes gets lost and needs to find their way. and i think at the end of high school you are sometimes at a point where you don’t know where to go. so i think that would be a great time to read this book.

 

8.) “the last lecture” by randy pausch

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i remember when a good friend of mine gave me this book and said: “just read it.” i didn’t know what it was about but i started and had goosebumps all the time. it’s about living your life to the fullest. every day. a motto i try to live by every day! 🙂

 

9.) “great expectations” by charles dickens

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awwww, one of my favorites. i know that “great expectations” is a long book. but it is easy to read and it is such a beautiful story, that everyone can get lost in it. i think it is a classic, that many students would enjoy to read, because it is the story of pip and how he grows up. it’s about how he presumes things, that aren’t true and that it isn’t always how it seems to be.

 

10.) “the hunger games” by suzanne collins

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ok, i realize that my list may be a little too serious. 😀 but believe me, i come from a good place and just want that everyone is good to each other and lives their life without regret. but now, let’s add some fun, shall we? 😀 and i think “the hunger games” is a perfect way to do this. i was hooked reading this book, and i was 31 years old, when i first read it. so i can imagine, that kids in school will love this. and i think, since it’s a series it’s the perfect way to get kids to read it and who knows, maybe some of them will turn into bookfreaks like us 😀

 

 

alright, that is my list of books i wish i could have read in school. i am sad, that i couldn’t but at least i was able to do it throughout my life and i am sure there are many more waiting for me, which will maybe be included in some other list in the future. let me know, if you had to read some of these in school and what you think about them. also, which books would you want for kids to read in school? 🙂

book review // “amy and roger’s epic detour” by morgan matson

amyroger
title
: amy & roger’s epic detour
author: morgan matson
genre: ya-contemporary
type: paperback
pages: 344
start: 19.08.2017
finish: 20.08.2017
rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Tomorrow will be better.” – “But what if it’s not?” I asked. – “Then you say it again tomorrow. Because it might be. You never know, right? At some point, tomorrow will be better.”

 

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what it’s about:
after the death of her father amy needs to drive back her mother’s car to their new home all across the united states. roger, the son of a family’s friend, is supposed to accompany amy on the drive. both of them are not looking forward to this trip, which was planned out by amy’s mom. amy and roger decide to take a little detour, where they get to know each other and start to live the real america.

 

what i think:
“amy and roger’s epic detour” by morgan matson made me feel so good. i loved the idea of a roadtrip, because i am a huge roadtrip fan myself and just the premise of this book made me happy. when i started to read, i didn’t know what to expect, but i was totally satisfied with the outcome.

basically there is the story we all now. two strangers are forced into a situation, they don’t want to be. they try to be happy about it and everything is a big messed up situation, but after a bumpy start, they get to know each other and then there is a happy ending.

this book is definitely this kind of book, but there is so much more to it. i can imagine, that many people would have their problems with the predictability, but i didn’t. i wanted a fluffy contemporary but i got so much more. because they go on a roadtrip to so many places, that i personally have been and the feelings this book brought back to me were just amazing. i didn’t want it to end! i had all the feels and i wished all the time, that i could go back and do it all over again.

but this book is not just a roadtrip story. right in the beginning i knew, that this book deals with more than an angry teenager. amy deals with some serious stuff and all her feelings, all her anxiety comes back during the roadtrip with roger. at some points it was really hard to take in, because the situation is one, i never want to be in myself. i was feeling for amy and she was like a little kid, i wanted to hold and hug and just make it better. i liked her character and the development she made. but i will say, that it was way too early or the time period she made her development was way to short. that made it  unrealistic, but i didn’t care so much, because the roadtrip fun was right up my alley.

this book has maps, pictures, playlists in it, that make the reading experience so much more fun and of course i made these playlists myself and listened to all the songs, because i wanted to have the real reading experience. and it was so, so good.

now on to roger. oh roger. this guy is cute. really, really cute. i mean, he is always nice to amy, takes care of her and you definitely wish for them to be together. but it’s not that easy, because roger has his own baggage to carry and that’s a thing, that i didn’t like very much. his intentions were wrong and the outcome of it seemed totally unrealistic, which made me kind of mad. i liked the ending though, the way it led to it, was just not a thing i liked very much.

what i also missed was the interaction of amy and her family. there should have been more and it felt like a huge part to the conclusion was just missing.

 

what you should know:
“amy and roger’s epic detour” is a cute contemporary, that will make you want to go on a roadtrip. the roadtrip elements are amazing and it is so much fun to read. i mean there are pictures and playlists and ELVIS! come on, that’s really all you need.

at some points this book goes deep and it deals with anxiety and grief a lot. so this should maybe be a warning for some people. otherwise it is a really cute read, which is perfect for the summer and which is enjoyable but could have been better, if some elements were worked out better.

 

now the big question: are you going to read “amy and roger’s epic detour” by morgan matson? have you read it? what are your thoughts on this?

 

“amy and roger’s epic detour” on goodreads
morgan matson on goodreads

my pre-ordered books for the rest of 2017

hey guys, today i thought i won’t do a tag post, because sometimes you have to do different things, right? i looked at my amazon list and saw, that i have five pre-ordered books that should arrive this year. and i can’t wait. that’s why i wanted to share my picks with you and why i am anticipating these releases so much! so let’s just get into it:

 

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1.) “turtles all the way down” by john green – release date: october 10th, 2017

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if you’ve read my blog, you’ll know, that “the fault in our stars” by john green is my favorite book. even after the seven times i’ve read it. i love this book. i love everything about this book. i have also read “looking for alaska” and “paper towns” and i love those too. i can say, that i love his writing, his stories, his characters and the feeling i get, after reading his books, which is pretty much wandering around and thinking about my life. 😀 yepp, i am that deep haha!

when i heard, that he has a new book coming out this year, i freaked out. i was so happy and i immediately pre-ordered it. last week, the cover was revealed and i think it’s ok. i don’t like orange, but whatever. it’s a john green book. so yeah, i can’t wait for this and my expectations are already soooooo high, that i am afraid of this book. but one step at a time.

 

2.) “godsgrave” by jay kristoff – release date: september 5th, 2017

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look at this cover! i mean, LOOK AT IT! it is gorgeous! this book should be soon in my arms and i freaking can’t wait. i loved “nevernight” so much. yes, i had problems getting into it, but the first 60 pages don’t count for me. i loved the rest. everything. i had all the feels. crying, laughing, shock, anger, just everything. i can’t wait to see how mias journey will go on. please let it be september soon!!!!

 

3.) “artemis” by andy weir – release date: november 14th, 2017

artemis

i have such high hopes for this book, it really scares me. i loooooooooved “the martian”. i am currently listening to the audiobook again, because i just can’t get enough. the story, the writing, mark watney ❤ love love love. when i heard, that andy weir has a new book coming out, i was dancing. whoooop whoooop! i pre-ordered it immediately. some people in the book world already have an arc of this and the opinions are very different for this book. but i try not to get influenced by it and i am really really looking forward to this book! 🙂

 

4.) “don’t let go” by harlan coben – release date: september 26th, 2017

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since i love a good thriller or mystery and harlan coben is the reason why my book world got to where it is, “don’t let go” was immediately pre-ordered by me, when i found out, there will be a new book by him. i try not to get too much information about the thrillers, because i want to go in blind and be surprised what will happen. since i haven’t read a good thriller recently, this one will be perfect for me. 🙂

 

5.) “release” by patrick ness – release date: september 19th, 2017

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the paperback version of “release” is already available since a couple of months. so you might ask, why i pre-ordered the hardcover. well, it’s pretty simple. i LOVE this cover. yes, i am totally in love with it. and it was on pre-order sale, so i had to take the chance. i recently read “a monster calls”, which was my second book by patrick ness and i just love his writing. that’s why i pre-ordered this wonderful hardcover and can’t wait to start reading it. 🙂

 

 

these are all five books i have currently pre-ordered. i am sure, there will be more, but so far i am really happy about these choices. are you planning on reading some of these books? let me know, which books you have pre-ordered?

the awesome blogger award

so, it’s been a while since i did an award post, but i have been nominated recently by three wonderful bloggers and i thought, now it’s time to do the post. i want to thank noriko @diary of a bookfiend, donna @moms book collection and hannah @peanutbutter & books so much for nominating me. you guys are amazing. please everyone, go and check out their blogs. you will have a lot of fun! 🙂

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this award was originally created by maggie @dreaming of guatemala

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this is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. they have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. that is what truly defines an awesome blogger.
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the rules:

  • thank the person who nominated you
  • include the reason behind the award
  • include the banner in your post
  • tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the reader
  • answer the questions your nominator gave you
  • nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers
  • give your nominees 10 new questions to answer
  • let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated!

 

norikos questions:

1.) what movie have you watched recently? was it good?

haha, just yesterday, i watched the jane austen book club, because noriko reminded me of it and i love this movie. i felt like i needed a break from reading, but with this movie i still felt, like i was doing it. so win-win! thanks noriko! 😀

 

2.) what food would you recommend everyone to try at least once?

oh my god! what a question! i can’t cook at all, so never ask me to give you some food. but since i was born in poland and my grandmother makes the best pierogis, i would suggest everyone to try these with potato filling. awesome and yummy as hell! ❤

 

3.) what are some of your hobbies?

obviously reading and blogging. 😀 but i also count my cats as my hobby. and i love playing games, like family games. i love to sit in the park and just play the whole day.

 

4.) what’s your beverage of choice?

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coffee, coke, tea – in that order

 

5.) do you collect anything other than books?

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back before my book phase, there was a huge movie and tv series phase. i have a huge collection of dvds/blurays of movies and tv series at home!

 

6.) what is your favorite season?

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it’s a mix between summer and autumn. i love summer, because i love to get some tan, go outside in the park, lie in the sun and read. i am a sun girl. if there is water somewhere near, the better. but since i am very sensitive to weather change and the weather does get tricky here in the summer, i prefer autumn, because it can still be warm but you can breathe! 😀 also, the colors in autumn are amazing! ❤

 

7.) what do you spend most of your time doing?

working, reading, blogging, instagramming and socializing with my friends. also listening to music, because music is always playing in my background.

 

8.) what is your favorite book to movie adaptation?

i recently watched “the outsiders” and i have to say, that i am a big fan of that movie!

 

9.) tell us something about yourself?

there is not a month going by, where i don’t arrange something different in my apartment. bookshelves, furniture, whatever. something always has to change.

 

10.) what is your favorite book of 2017 so far?

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still “kids of appetite” by david arnold! ❤

 

 

donnas questions:

1.) what is your proudest achievement?

being where i am doing all by myself.

 

2.) what is your favorite blog post that you’ve written?

i think my “top ten books of 2017 so far” post. it was one of my first posts and i knew, i would have a lot of fun with this blog! 🙂

 

3.) if you could spend a day in any city, where would it be?

london. i have never been there and i always wanted to. also, the bookshopping! can you imagine! :O ❤

 

4.) what is your favorite tv show?

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drama: gilmore girls, sitcom: friends ❤ ❤ ❤

 

5.) do you have any pets? share a photo if you want to.

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yes, i do. i have two cats. brother and sister, named paulchen and pippi. their 2nd birthday is on september 5th and i love them with all that i have!

 

6.) do you prefer reading in first or third person? present or past tense?

first person, because i love to know about the feelings and thoughts of a character. tense doesn’t matter to me.

 

7.) what is your favorite time of the year?

christmas. i love being with my family, eat a lot and spend the days playing games.

 

8.) the best book you’ve read recently?

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my latest five star read was “the outsiders” by s.e. hinton. i still think about this book and i also have the urge to reread it!

 

9.) your favorite item of clothing?

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definitely my converse all star chucks. like all 25 of them! 😀

 

10.) what was your favorite movie to watch as a kid?

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“e.t. the extra-terrestrial” – i loved that movie. i knew it by heart. i watched it, brought the tape back to the start and watched the movie again. i was obsessed with e.t.

 

 

hannahs questions:

1.) what’s your favorite book of 2017 so far?

“kids of appetite” by david arnold (in case you missed the first answer 😀 )

 

2.) what food/drink would you want to try the most from any book?

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definitely all of lara jean’s cookies. oh boy, while reading all about these cookies, i wanted to have them all! 😀

 

3.) what’s your favorite love triangle that actually worked??

NONE! I HATE LOVE TRIANGLES! GO AWAY! BEH! NO! NOPE! NADA! NIENTE! UH-UOH!!

 

4.) what’s your number one #BROTP? (it’s like an OTP, but for bros. as in bromance!! as in wholesome platonic relationships.)

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i’m picking kell and rhy from the “shades of magic” series by v.e. schwab. i mean they are not related by blood, but they are like brothers. i love these two and their relationship and how they would to everything for each other! ❤

 

5.) what’s your number one book-related pet peeve?

i hate it when paperbacks are not floppy. i mean, i get mass market paperbacks, i try to stay away from them. but there are also big paperbacks and for me they always should be floppy. please give us more floppy!

 

6.) what’s one culture you always love reading about?

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the irish. i love the irish! ❤ ❤ ❤

 

7.) which character do you hate with a burning passion?

still haven’t come across that one!

 

8.) which character do you love with a burning passion?

oh my god, where do i even start? :O :O how can you even ask me that question? *startstopanic* (levi, kell, august, kaz, henry, vic, … IT JUST NEVER STOPS!!!!)

 

9.) blandest character you’ve read about this year?

i have read so many books this year. no one in particular comes in mind…

 

10.) favorite smell?

the smell after a summer rain, the smell when you blow out matches

 

 

wow, i made it! 😀 i hope you are still here reading this hahaha 😀 i hope you liked my answers to all those questions and let me know, if you have different answers. 🙂

here are my nominations, because those people are awesome:

 

and here are my questions (a mix of all the above):

1.) what food would you recommend everyone to try at least once?
2.) which character do you love with a burning passion?
3.) do you prefer reading in first or third person? present or past tense?
4.) if you could spend a day in any city, where would it be?
5.) do you collect anything other than books?
6.) what was your favorite movie to watch as a kid?
7.) what do you spend most of your time doing?
8.) tell us something about yourself?
9.) favorite smell?
10.) what’s your favorite love triangle that actually worked??

book review // “they both die at the end” by adam silvera

theybothdieattheendtitle: they both die at the end
author: adam silvera
genre: ya-contemporary
type: eARC provided by harperteen/edelweiss
release date: september 5th, 2017
pages: 384
start: 18.08.2017
finish: 19.08.2017
rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

“I don’t know how to do this. No one gives you lessons on how to brace everyone for your death.”

 

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thank you so much to edelweiss and harperteen for providing me with this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.


what it’s about:
mateo and rufus are about to die. they get a call after midnight on september 5th telling them, this will be their last day. both live very different lives and have very different pasts but they connect via the last friend app and meet each other to be the other ones last friend on a day, that will change their lives.

 

what i think:
“they both die at the end” is my first adam silvera book. yes, i know. i am doing it backwards. but i desperately wanted to read this book and i was so happy and thankful about receiving the ARC for it. it took me two sittings, because i could not put this book down. it was a fast read and i immediately fell in love with silveras writing. it’s beautiful, it’s easy, you fly through it and it’s just amazing what he can bring to paper.

i have to say, that i was a little bit skeptical and i tried to mentally prepare myself for what i was about to read. i am not the best person when it comes to thinking about or dealing with death. it makes me really uncomfortable and when you look at the title, you definitely know, what’s coming at you. also, everyone is saying, that silveras books are emotionally draining and that’s another thing, what i was preparing myself for. i think i shut a little bit down emotionally, so this book wouldn’t hit me so hard.

but it still did. definitely. i had tears in my eyes, but the most thing i took away from this book is hope. every time i read books about living your life i take away this hope and this good feeling and that’s definitely what this book accomplished for me. of course i was really sad but on the other hand i was also happy, that these characters lived through all this and got to experience what they experienced.

rufus and mateo are just adorable. i love them so much. they are deeply in my heart now and i will cherish them forever. i love how different they are and i love how different their pasts were. but they still connect and i love this concept of this book. you can meet your last friend. like a dating app but with a very very bitter ending. still it gave me hope, because even in the worst point of your life you can meet the person, that changes you. i felt very connected to mateo, because i am not a big risk taker and sometimes i wish i would crawl out of my hole and be more open. i love that he took the risk with rufus and those two had all their adventures. my heart was full of love for those two and i could gush a lot more about what they were to each other and how amazing i think their journey on that day was.

i really can’t say anything negative about these characters and i love how they are separate and together. it makes my heart beat faster. so cute! the only negative thing i have to say about “they both die at the end” is the Death-Cast itself. you never get to know what’s behind it, how it developed and how it is working. it’s kind of mysterious and it is just there, which is kind of creepy when you think about it. i wished, there would have been some kind of explanation.

 

what you should know:
“they both die at the end” is a beautifully written book about living your life to the fullest, because it could be over any second. it will definitely make you think. not just about those characters, it will make you think about your own life. it will hit you heavy at some points. it will make you cry. but it’s also a beautiful story about two strangers, who meet and live a wonderful last day together.

this book is written with mainly mateo’s and rufus’ point of views, but there are also different povs from other side characters. those characters are important but their povs are in my opinion unnecessary and just get between the story of mateo and rufus.

i shielded myself from the whole topic of death, so that i probably didn’t have the whole emotional experience. i guess, it could have hit me way harder. so be prepared. this book could be a hard and though read.

are you going to read “they both die at the end” by adam silvera? what are your expectations?

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