happy sunday my lovelies ❤ it’s time for our first discussion for “heir of fire” by sarah j. maas. as you guys might know, i am doing a readalong with the wonderful adrienne from @darque dreamer reads and kathy over @books and munches. we’re in the middle of book three in the “throne of glass” series now and it’s time for another q&a. our final discussion will be next sunday, so watch out for the post. 🙂 there will also be a q&a on adrienne’s blog, so go over and check it out! 🙂 Read More »
title: kiss me in new york
author: catherine rider
genre: young adult contemporary
type: eCopy provided by kids can press/edelweiss
release date: 03.10.2017
“We’re looking into each other’s eyes, and I think we’re both a little stunned by how great that kiss was.”
thanks so much to edelweiss and kids can press for providing me with this eCopy in exchange for my honest opinion.
what it’s about:
it’s christmas eve in new york and charlotte is desperately awaiting her flight back home to england. after a bad break up she just wants to leave the place she wanted to study in the future. but you don’t always get what you want. so when her flight gets cancelled, she finds herself in the biggest cities in the world. but she’s not alone. because fate means otherwise. she meets anthony at the airport and witnesses a scene that crushes him. together they go on an adventure in new york and try to forget their past relationships.
what i think:
i love christmas. it’s definitely my favorite holiday. i love new york. it’s one of my favorite cities. i am a romantic. this is a love story. so when i read the synopsis for “kiss me in new york” it was clear: i NEED to read this book. and i had a lot of fun doing it.
charlotte is great character, that i immediately liked. she got dumped by her ex-boyfriend and all her hopes and plans were crushed. it’s totally understandable, that she wants to leave new york immediately. also, i am a huge fan of british characters. so i was a fan of charlotte from the start. her heart broken she needed to make a decision and as fate always does, she meets this cute guy, that’s going to help her. anthony is also very sweet and having his heart broken this way just hit me in the heart. i totally get, why it was a great idea to pair these two together. and the way it was done, is just perfect. i won’t go into too much detail, but i loved the basis of this adventure. it was cute and fun and actually this kind of stuff can really work.
the best part about the story for me was new york though. i mean, it was clear right from the start, that this is a love story and that it will end the way it ended. it’s just predictable from the start. but that doesn’t mean, that it was executed badly. it’s the other way around. it was executed very well. i laughed a lot about everything that happens to charlotte and anthony. i was in love with mistake right from the start and it’s just so much fun going on a tour through new york with them. i enjoyed it very much.
the story also touches some deeper stuff, which i didn’t predict at all and which touched me so much. i teared up and i love how it got resolved in the end. i love it, when there are unpredictable things happening in a cute love story. i mean i could predict the ending, but what happened in between was cute, fluffy, exciting and also emotional. that’s the way it should be.
all in all this book gave me everything i wanted: a cute love story in one of the best cities in the world and all that during christmas. i enjoyed it very much and it warmed my heart. there are only two things i didn’t like, because it didn’t resonate with me personally very much. the first thing are anthonys thoughts during the first part of the book. of course he is crushed, but come on! be a man! i mean, a person who does THAT to him doesn’t desevere his time or thoughts AT ALL!!! i was really mad at some points. the other thing i didn’t like was one part of the ending. it considers charlottes decision. and i know, that the author wanted to let charlotte make her own decision, but i could definitely feel, that charlotte based her decision not on herself. i was sad about that, because that’s also a personal thing for me that i just can’t understand. i think these two things touched me personally too much and that’s why i got emotionally more invested and didn’t like in the end.
what you should know:
“kiss me in new york” by catherine rider is a perfect, cute love story for the christmas time. it’s fun, adventurous and it takes place in one of the best cities of the world – new york. if you like predictable contemporaries, that are fun to read and also deep at some points, then this book is definitely the right one for you.
happy thursday my lovely bookoholics ❤ ❤ ❤ i hope you are all doing very well? 🙂
today, i have something very exciting for you guys! a couple of weeks ago, jay and i posted an exciting poll during the blog tour of “watching glass shatter”. you all know, how much i love jay’s book and i was so happy, that i could to the poll on my blog. we asked you guys, which actors or actresses should play the different characters, if “watching glass shatter” becomes a tv series or movie. i always love picturing different actors while reading a book, so this was very exciting for me. we chose three actors/actresses for each characters, whom you could vote for but you also had the option to put in your own choice.
and now, since the poll is closed, we want you to know, who won. yay!! so without further ado, here are the winners!
Who would play Benjamin?
Frank Langella – 33,3 %
Sam Neill – 33,3%
Martin Sheen – 25%
Liam Neeson – 8,3%
Who would play Olivia?
Meryl Streep – 58,3%
Jessica Lange – 25%
Sigourney Weaver – 8,3%
Joan Allen – 8,3%
Who would play Diane?
Diane Keaton – 75%
Stockard Channing – 16,7%
Lily Tomlyn – 8,3%
Who would play Rowena?
Jennifer Connolly – 41,7%
Amy Adams – 25%
Elizabeth McGovern – 25%
Daniela Nardini – 8,3%
Who would play Teddy?
Matthew Bomer – 58,3%
Ben McKenzie – 33,3%
Allan Leech – 8,3%
Who would play Matt?
Sam Claflin – 50%
Nick Jonas – 25%
Zachary Levi – 16,7%
Paul Rudd – 8,3%
Who would play Caleb?
James McAvoy – 41,7%
Drew Van Acker – 33,3%
Jonathan Groff – 25%
Who would play Zach?
Kit Harrington – 41,7%
Jesse Metcalfe – 41,7%
Zachary Quinto -16,7%
Who would play Ethan?
Eddie Redmayne – 66,7%
Ben Platt – 16,7%
Taron Egerton – 8,3%
Dax Shepard – 8,3%
as you can see, the votes are pretty mixed. the most obvious ones are diane keaton as diane, eddie redmayne as ethan, meryl streep as oliva, matt bomer as teddy and sam claflin as matt. as for me, i am very happy with these results. 🙂
what about you? did you think, the results would come out this way? or did you picture someone completely different?
thanks again to jay, for letting me be part of the blog tour and hosting this exciting poll! i can’t wait for the short stories to come out and read more about the glass family! and to everybody who hasn’t read the book yet – please do so! it’s an amazing family drama with wonderful characters, that will save themselves a spot in your heart. there is mystery and suspense, the writing is beautiful and you won’t be able to put it down.
book title: watching glass shatter
author: james j. cudney
publishing date: october 8th, 2017
The wealthy Glass family lost its patriarch, Benjamin Glass, sooner than expected. Benjamin’s widow, Olivia, and her 5 sons each react to his death in their own way while preparing for the reading of his will. Olivia receives a very unexpected confession from her late husband about one of their sons that could shatter the whole family.
Prior to revealing the secret to her children, Olivia must figure out which boy Ben refers to in the confession he left her in his will. While the family attorney searches for the mysterious Rowena Hector whom Ben says holds the answers, Olivia asks her sons to each spend a week with her as she isn’t ready to let go of the past. When Olivia visits her sons, she quickly learns that each one has been keeping his own secret from her. Olivia never expected her remaining years would be so complex and life-altering, but she will not rest until her family is reunited after Ben’s untimely death.
We all need family. We all want to fit in. We’re all a mix of quirky personalities. Will Olivia be able to fix them or will the whole family implode? What will she do when she discovers the son behind Ben’s secret? Check out this ensemble cast where each family member’s perspective is center stage, discovering along the way who might feel the biggest impact from all the secrets. Welcome to being an honorary member of the Glass family.
let’s update you guys on my reading! 🙂
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?
What are you currently reading?
title: heir of fire
author: sarah j. maas
progress: 167/565 pages
status: weeeell, i am a little disappointed. in the first 100 pages nothing special happened and i missed the feeling of “throne of glass” and “crown of midnight”. last night i read 50 more pages and it’s slowly getting exciting. but nothing i really hoped for. we’ll see, there is still some pages to go.
title: oliver twist
author: charles dickens
progress: 107/531 pages
status: i am really, really enjoying this so far. i love oliver and the writing is so good. i really get lost to hear about oliver’s story. it’s easy to read and i am so happy, i picked this up.
title: dragonfly in amber
author: diana gabaldon
status: sooo, i didn’t plan on this to happen, but i am really determined to finish this book this time. i go it with my audioble credit and listening to it as an audiobook. i hope i will enjoy it more than at the beginning of the year. currently i am still relistening to the part i have already read but i acutally enjoy it so far. 🙂
What did you recently finish reading?
title: the maze runner
author: james dashner
thoughts: i picked this up, because i needed a new audiobook and it was available at my library. i have seen the movie many times by now, because let’s be honest, i love dylan o’brien. 😀 but the book was very different. there were so many things changed in the movie adaptation, i was surprised. all in all it was an ok book for me, but nothing special.
title: kiss me in new york
author: catherine rider
thoughts: this was a cute christmas book set in one of the best cities on earth. my review will be up this friday 🙂
title: the ocean at the end of the lane
author: neil gaiman
thoughts: this was my second neil gaiman book. and i have to say, it was weird. but good weird. and a lot of WTF moments. but it was also weird. hmm…
What do you think you’ll read next?
title: mr. penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore
author: robin sloan
thoughts: this came as a traveling book to me and i want to read it this month so it can travel to the next one.
title: if you dare
author: a.r. torre
thoughts: this also came as a traveling book to me and i want to read it in december, so i can cross of another book series i fully read in 2017. yay!
what are your three www? let me know in the comments! 🙂
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.
this weeks topic is: Bookish Things You’re a Grinch About
— Since being a grinch is a funny thing, try not to make this serious topics that make you angry (like lack of diversity or abusive relationships in fiction, etc) as this is supposed to be more of a petty bookish things you hate. This can be stuff about covers, dumb tropes, etc. Have fun with it.
my lovely fellow bookoholics ❤ today is saint nicholas day in germany and usually kids get chocolate in their boots. i am not a child anymore, so no chocolate in my boots. but that’s ok. i should be in a good mood but i am not. one of my best friend told me something another person said to her (i am not going into detail, because she doesn’t want to). let’s just say, that the other person said something very terrible to her and i just can’t understand how there are people out there who can hurt other people that way. words are so powerful and now my friend is crushed and i am soooooo mad. yes, let’s be a grinch today, which fits perfectly with the topic 😀 (ok, my mood is kind of getting better, because i need to smile about that)
1.) this one specific font
i think i told you before, that there is one font in books, that i absolutely don’t like. you can find it in the uk paperback of “a darker shade of magic” by v.e. schwab. i read all the books of the series on my kindle, because i wanted to avoid that font. and the reason is so stupid haha. i just can’t read books fast with that font. my eye always get stuck and it takes me way longer to read a book. i don’t know why. i’m weird 😀
2.) love triangles
i am not the biggest fan of love triangles. i know, that they can be executed very well. but, the thing is, i am a hopeless romantic. give me a good romance and i am totally down for it. best thing ever! i watch romcoms all the time, i love a great love story. me happy. but, with a love triangle, my heart always breaks. there is always heartache involved and not just on character side, also on my side. i am in between and when someone gets hurt, i get hurt. yes, i am that empathetic. i don’t want anybody to suffer and with a love triangle that’s just not avoidable.
3.) different sizes in a book series
soooo, usually i don’t mind the editions. but when i start a series i want it to match. of course everybody wants that. so one day, i bought the “anna and the french kiss” trilogy by stephanie perkins. i heard about it, bought it and of course i haven’t read it yet. that’s me. but i have all three books on my shelf. the thing is, i bought all three books at the same time. and they all arrived at the same time but book three was bigger than the first books. i asked myself: why? why are you doing this? this doesn’t make sense! it’s a series. it should match!
4.) mass market paperbacks
if you had asked me two years i ago, i wouldn’t have mind mass market paperbacks at all. but since i am reading this much lately, i really do not enjoy them anymore. they are small, they have the smallest font and if you break the spine it doesn’t look good. i mean i don’t mind broken spines at all, but there are nice broken spines and not so nice broke spines. you know what i mean? 😀 it’s more the size of mass market paperbacks that bothers me.
this one could be controversial, but i just need to say it. i read physical books. i read ebooks. and i listen to audiobooks. so i am using three different formats. sometimes i am traveling and i would love to only have my kindle with me. sometimes i am walking long distances and want my audiobook. if i really want to finish a book, i only have one possibility. i get why it’s not easy and why authors deserve their money for their awesome books. but sometimes i wish, that there would be a discount for ebooks/audiobooks if you already purchased the physical copy. i mean it’s the same book and i don’t want to spent more money, just to have the book in a different format. as i said, i know why this isn’t possible, but a discount would be great. i am not even talking about for free. give me the book i already bought for a discount so i can get it in another format. that would make my life so much easier. 😀
that’s it guys! here are some things, i am a grinch about. and it’s ok to be a grinch from time to time. but now, i don’t want to be a grinch anymore and happy times are ahead. have a great day and let me know what bookish things you are a grinch about! 🙂
it’s tuesday and i am again participating in the “top ten tuesday”, which is a weekly challenge hosted by the broke and the bookish. this weeks topic is:
Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit
happy tuesday my lovely bookoholics ❤ considering what’s been going on in the community lately because of netgalley and goodreads, i wanted to say a few words. i maybe once participated in a goodreads giveaway and i request very few arcs, just because i am a mood reader. so although i don’t use that services much i am very mad at this. and mostly sad, because it feels, as if we international bloggers don’t count that much. which sucks. i have met so many people in this community that are all over the world, not just the usa. and we all have one thing in common – books. and it doesn’t matter where we come from, where we live or how we got those books. it just matters that we have something to talk about. that we can recommend books to each other, that we can gush about books. that we learn about new authors. and until now it was easier for us to spread the word. now it won’t be that easy anymore and that’s so sad. and it doesn’t help at all. it doesn’t help new authors or authors in general. everything is limited now and that’s so sad, because we do have things to say. we also can spread the word and help promote authors, discover new favorites and just share the love. we matter too and it’s sad, that this is happening. i know, that for me this changes nothing. i will still buy my books and i will still blog, because i can’t imagine my life without it and you guys. i just wanted to say, that it’s not fair. and makes me sad. and i want these decisions to be taken back!
ok, now that i got that off my chest, i want to talk about books. because that’s why me and you are here. let’s see which bookish settings i’d want to visit today 😀
“bookish settings i’d love to visit”
1.) all the londons in the “shades of magic” trilogy
this one is pretty obvious, isn’t it? i’d want to visit that world, because i want to see kell, haha. but also the whole concept of all those londons is amazing. i have never been to london before and here i would see three, maybe four different ones with some of my favorite characters. sign me up!
2.) scotland from the “outlander” by diana gabaldon
i finally got my hands on the “dragonfly in amber” audiobook by diana gabaldon. i started book two in the series in february but i stopped. i hope this audiobook will help me get through it. but listening to it, i have this huge urge to go to scotland and see everything. i love ireland, you guys know this, but i have never been to scotland! i really, really need to go there and visit this wonderful country. and seeing all the filming locations for the series would be awesome!
3.) the moon from “artemis” by andy weir
there’s a reason, why i am choosing the moon over mars. i mean, mars with mark watney by my side from “the martian” would be pretty awesome. but there is no food. he made the potatoes kaputt. so life would eventually come to an end. but the moon in “artemis” has pretty good conditions. they have food, drinks and there is communication. and since i am a fan of galaxy and space, this would be a great place to visit.
4.) alaska from “the smell of other people’s houses” by bonnie-sue hitchcock
well, it’s alaska. i don’t have much more to say. alaska has been a dream of mine to visit. so of course it’s on this list here.
5.) “warcross” by marie lu
wouldn’t it be great to visit emika and the whole “warcross” game? i mean, YEAH!!!
6.) the grishaverse from “six of crows” by leigh bardugo
i’m just really, really curious about this world. i would love to visit it and the crew. it seems dark and bad, but visiting it would be so cool. also, i could hug kaz, even if he would kill me, i would do it! 😀
7.) the tower from “the thousandth floor” by katherine mcgee
i am not a big fan of heights, but when i read about the tower in “the thousandth floor” i was very fascinated. i mean new york as one huge tower? yes, i’d like to see that!
8.) middle earth from “the lord of the rings” by j. r. r. tolkien
who didn’t want to visit middle earth while reading or watching “the lord of the rings”? i mean the filming locations are still to visit, so heck yeah, that would be a cool trip!
9.) thornfield from “jane eyre” by charlotte bronte
i love victorian classics and it would be amazing to visit them all. but since “jane eyre” is my favorite classic, of course i would love to visit thornfield the most! ❤
10.) the pacific crest trail from “wild” by cheryl strayed
i love hiking and just taking a walk in general. it clears my head, nature is beautiful and imagine all the audiobooks i could listen to while hiking the trail. 😀 it really would be an amazing experience i would love to do one day.
that’s it. these are some of the bookish settings i’d love to visit! 🙂 do you agree? are you coming with me? which setting would you love to visit? let me know!
happy monday my lovely bookoholics! ❤ how are you all doing? it’s the last month of this year and i have to say, that this topic will ruin me. 😀 i have read so many great books this year, all 2017 releases, that affected me so much, that i loved so much, that broke me, brought me tears, made me happy and made me think. i can’t possibly just pick one, can i?? that’s like choosing your favorite child, or in my case my favorite pet. i can’t. i will cry. they are all different but they are all great. i can’t pick my favorite book of 2017 yet. please someone help me *takes a deep breath and tries to calm herself*
– one hour later –
ok, i looked at my stats. i have 8 five star books that were published in 2017. five books are ya-contemporary. one book is fiction/mystery and two books are fantasy. i won’t include the fantasy books, because these are sequels. just accept that and go with me here. that makes six books to choose from. and i don’t knooooooow. help me!
– one more hour later –
(let’s do an introduction first)
calendar girls is a monthly blog event, that was created by melanie and flavia. this book group was inspired by the 1961 song “calendar girl” by neil sedaka and is supposed to motivate bookish discussions among bloggers. every month a theme is chosen by all participants and you are supposed to pick a book that in your opinion fits that theme perfectly. on the first monday in the month you publish your pick and the reasons why you think this book is the best in the chosen category. the hostess’ collect all picks and every third sunday of the month the picks are discussed on twitter with the hashtag #CGBChat at 8pm EST.
if you want to know more about the calendar girls, head over to melanie’s and flavia’s blogs. 🙂
“December, You’re the present ‘neath my Christmas tree.”
the theme for october is: YOUR FAVORITE BOOK OF 2017
– again one hour later –
ok, before i start rambling again, let me just show you all of the books, that were released in 2017 and were my favorite this year:
all of these books got a five star rating from me. i loved them all. they just spoke to me. they got me and made me feel something. (you see, i am rambling)
- “autoboyography” by christina lauren is about bisexual tanner and sebastian who grows up in a mormon family. it’s their story and i learned so much reading this book.
- “words in deep blue” by cath crowley is about rachel who lost her brother and moves back to her old town and meets her old best friend henry. this book broke me. it hit me so hard and i was a sobbing mess.
- “the hate you give” by angie thomas is about starr, who witnesses a brutal crime and needs to decide if she’s going to fight against it or not. i think everybody knows this book by now and how emotional it is.
- “180 seconds” by jessica park was a complete surprise that i read recently. it’s about allison who went through a lot in the past and build up walls around her. after meeting esben and having a life-changing 180 seconds in her life, she starts to break down these walls. this book made me cry so much.
- “starfish” by akemi dawn bowman is about kiko who can’t take her family anymore. she wants to get into her favorite school just to start a new life. it’s not that easy though. but she gets help from her old best friends jamie.
- “watching glass shatter” by james j. cudney is the only fiction novel on my favorites list. i probably don’t have to say how much i loved jay’s debut novel. it’s a family drama, that is beautifully written, has you on edge and let’s you feel all the feels.
– another hour in which i think about all these books –
so now please tell me, which one of those i should choose? i don’t know!!! but i guess i have to. i will do it. yes i am. i am going with the book, that let me walk around a week after reading it, still not understanding all my feelings. why affected me so much. that book, that i wanted to pick up immediately after reading it and reread it again. that book, that made me cry so much. that book that made me tab the s*** out of it. that book that came at the exact right time. and that book is:
“words in deep blue” by cath crowley
this book was a complete surprise, affected me in ways i didn’t even know a book could and i will definitely pick it up again very soon. actually i want to start rereading it right now! so i guess, it was a good choice! 😀
Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.
Now Rachel has returned to the city – and to the bookshop – to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore.
As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.
to all the other books. i love you too. in a different way, because you all are perfect and special. i just had to choose one, which i am still mad about! 😀
this was hard guys. so hard. i’m out of words. please forgive my rambling. but try to pick your favorite, after reading 122 books this year… 😀