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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top5wednesday

 

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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

thecatcherintherye

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 🙂

summer book tag

i recently did a summer book tag, but that one had different questions. so when haley @fangirl fury nominated me to do THIS summer book tag, i was like: “oh yeah. it’s summer. let’s do more summer thingys”. 😀 thank you haley so much for tagging me. if you guys don’t know her blog yet, then what are you waiting for, go and check it out, she’s amazing! 🙂

 

tags

 

1.) what book cover makes you think of summer?

thesunisalsoastar

do i even need to explain that one? do i? ok, i will 😀 i mean, look at it. it has “sun” in the title. it has wonderful colors, that just jump right at you. it makes you happy. so yes, i think of summer. and the story is also great. i really loved “the sun is also a star”. 🙂

 

2.) what book has brightened your day?

thehatinggame

i loooved “the hating game” by sally thorne. this book is so funny, i had to laugh all the time while listening to the audiobook. the characters are so adorable and this is a perfect romance chick-lit for the summer.

 

3.) find a book cover with yellow on it

tinman

if you haven’t read a book by sarah winman yet, then it’s really time for you to do so. “when god was a rabbit” and “a year of marvellous ways” are two wonderful stories, that will make you happy. they are beautiful and sarah winmans writing is just magical. i am so happy, that her new book “tin man” is now in my hands and i will read it immediately after the #makemeread read-a-thon is over. ❤

 

4.) what is your favorite summer beach read?

thelightbetweenoceans

there’s no beach near me, so i’ll have to pass on this one. i just remember reading “the light between ocean” last year at the lake and i was mad all the time, so i think that one doesn’t count as a good summer beach read 😀

 

5.) what action book had you running for the ice cream man?

OurDarkDuet

this book guys, this book! :O i read it in one sitting, because i couldn’t put it down! there was so much stuff happening. so much action. so much WHAAAAT? i loved it. read it. it was perfect. ❤

 

6.) (sunburn) what book has left you with a bad and/or painful ending?

mockingjay1

let’s just not talk about this one!

 

7.) (sunset) what book gave you the happiest feelings when it ended? 

geekerella

“geekerella” by ashley poston was just so so so sooooo cute. i was so happy after reading it and it was the perfect book to help me out of my reading slump! yay! 🙂

 

8.) what book cover reminds you of a sunset?

illgiveyouthesun

this cover isn’t bright yellow to me, it’s more a orangy type, so that’s why it reminds me more of a sunset than of the sun brightly shining. does that make sense to anybody other than me? 😀

 

9.) what is one book or series you hope to read this summer?

redrising

i hope, i’ll finally get to “red rising” by pierce brown. maybe not the whole trilogy but at least the first book. i really want to read it and so many people are counting on me to do it. so yeah, this will happen. hopefully 😀

 

 

i hope you enjoyed my summer book tag. have you read any of those books? let me know! and since i want to spread some summer love, i tag these wonderful people:

dreamy book covers tag

a while ago, the one and only james from this is my truth now tagged me for the dreamy book covers tag. jay is an amazing person, i got to know better in the last weeks. i love his writing and his posts, he is always kind and i enjoy communicating with him. please go and check out his blog, it is so worth it! 🙂

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the rules:

  • thank the person who tagged you
  • mention the creator of this tag (tiana @the book raven)
  • use the original tag image in your post.
  • at least tag one fellow blogger for doing this tag!
  • list the rules

 

the questions:

1.) “no ideas but in things” – a book cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside it

martian

well i think, this one is obvious. 😀 this book is about mark watney, an astronaut who is left behind, after a dust storm hits his crew. it’s about mars, the atmosphere color is orange, so yeah, i think this one fits perfectly.

 

2.) “dark and lovely” – a cover that is so creepilicious, that you want to eat it up

thelastone

this cover is so creepy. when i first saw it, i was intrigued. it’s dark, it’s mysterious and it stands out. unfortunately, i wasn’t that excited with the story, but the cover intrigued me a lot.

 

3.) “sugary Sweet” – a CUTE cover that is so fluffy, you want to give it a hug

fangirl

yes, i love this cover. there is levi ❤ there is cath working at her laptop. i love the color of this cover and it’s so cute, it definitely represents the story inside.

 

4.) “the simple aesthetic” – a book cover that stuns with the most minimalist of designs

mansfield park

loooook at this! i really love all the penguin english library editions, but my favorite is definitely “mansfield park” by jane austen. i love this. light purple, nothing much, but still so beautiful.

 

5.) “cover envy” – a book you wish you had on your shelves, but don’t yet

godsgrave.jpg

i mean, do i need to say more?

 

6.) “traveling abroad” – a beautiful book cover featuring a country outside of your own

theotherhand

this book takes place in nigeria and in england. the cover represents a scene from the book and i really love it! 🙂

 

7.) “the colour wheel” – a cover that showcases one of your favourite colours

alice

purple, i mean purple! i love purple. i love a lot of colors, but i love purple very much! 😀 also this edition is just gorgeous!

 

8.) “changing gears” – a cover change you absolutely adore

oh, unfortunately i have no answer for that! :O

 

9.) “oldie but goodie” – a favourite cover of your favourite classic

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oh look, purple again! 😀 “jane eyre” by charlotte bronte is my favorite classic and i love this edition. it’s so so so beautiful! ❤

 

10.) and the winner is – which book cover mentioned above is your favourite

i’d say the edition of “alice’s adventures in wonderland”. although i wasn’t the biggest fan of the story, i love this cover. it totally speaks to me, because it is purple, playful and somehow fits perfectly with my taste – because yes, i am a child. i need such covers 😀

 

 

these were my answers for the “dreamy book covers” tag. do you like the covers? which one is your favorite?

oh, and i tag:

top ten tuesday – books that made me think

i am participating in the “top ten tuesday”, which is a weekly challenge hosted by the broke and the bookish. right now, the challenge is still on a break, so i will be doing one of the older topics. the topic for this week will be:

 

“top ten books that made you think”

 

1.) “thirteen reasons why” by jay asher

thirteenreasonswhy

i heard a lot of things about this book before i read it. the main reason i picked it up was the show on netflix. i wanted to read this book before i watched the show. and i did. in one sitting. i couldn’t put it down. i was captured by hannahs words and clays feelings. i could not handle myself. also, while reading it, my feelings were just like stone, because i couldn’t cope for some reason. i didn’t cry, i wasn’t angry, i just felt nothing. after reading this book i was thinking a very long time about it. i still can’t put a rating on it, because it’s just not possible for me. this book still stays with me and from time to time i think about it.

 

2.) “the fault in our stars” by john green

thefaultinourstars

this should come to no surprise to you, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while. this is my favorite book. i have a very special relationship with it and i reread it very often. i remember reading this book for the first time and it broke my heart. i was sobbing. i was a mess. to this day, this hasn’t changed. i love this book but it breaks me every time. after reading it for the first time i was not myself for many days. i was thinking about my own life, about the chances i did and didn’t take. i remember being in this little bubble, where no one could get to me. i don’t think, that there is one book out there, that did the same thing to me.

 

3.) “dark matter” by blake crouch

DarkMatter

since many years i have this little theory. i know, maybe it’s just some s*** my mind is playing with me. but i was always fascinated with stars and the universe. and i thought to myself: what if every star in this universe is like our sun and it has its earth and we are living on this earth in a parallel universe. everything is the same but there is just one thing completely different. for example me on this other earth isn’t writing about the top ten books that made her think, but another top ten topic. the likes and comments after posting will be different and maybe something else is developing from that. and so on. well, that’s basically what my mind is trying to tell me. so, than this book happened. parallel universes, where in every different world one little detail is different. i was like: “whaaaaaaaaaat?? i need to read this”. and it was amazing. and it blew my mind. and i was thinking again about my theory. a little crazy, how some things just happen 😀

 

4.) “the outsiders” by s.e. hinton

outsiders

i just read this book a couple of days ago, but i can’t stop thinking about it. i can’t stop thinking about ponyboy and johnny and sodapop and all the others. most of all dally. i just can’t stop. things could have been so different, if people wouldn’t label each other. i am mad and sad and i want a different ending to this book. after watching the movie right after, i now have pictures in my head of the boys, which makes it way harder to let them go. i don’t know what is happening, but this book just keeps staying with me.

 

5.) “4 3 2 1” by paul auster

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this book guys. it’s long. very, very, very long. i needed a long time to finish it, but i really enjoyed it. the concept is the four different lives of archie ferguson. each life is different from the other and you see archie going different ways from childhood until he is an adult. i really liked the concept and i enjoyed all four archies. but this book definitely makes you think in the end. what if i had taken this route in my life and so on. i am not a big fan of “what if?” but after reading this book, there was no way around it.

 

6.) “if i stay” by gayle forman

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i wasn’t the biggest fan of this book at all. some characters haven’t had an impact on me and i couldn’t feel a connection. but the biggest problem i had with this book was the topic itself. is there a reason to stay alive or should i just go? man, that is some heavy stuff and i personally felt very, very uncomfortable reading this book. i don’t know, it was not easy for me to read it and i didn’t like how it justified the ending. man, this book didn’t leave me alone for a while and i still think about it some times.

 

7.) “the book thief” by markus zusak

bookthief

i usually don’t like world war II stories. i feel uncomfortable reading about it, because i can imagine, how horrible the time back then must have been. that’s why i usually go into these books already feeling uncomfortable. but “the book thief” is so beautifully written. this is a masterpiece and i read it in one day, because i couldn’t put it down. yes, it broke my heart. yes, i cried like the last third of this book. yes, it broke me. yes, i thought about it a long time after reading it. yes, it was so worth it!

 

8.) “looking for alaska” by john green

lookingforalaska

this book didn’t break me as much as “the fault in our stars” did. but it was still beautiful and like every john green book, it stays with you. you think about your life, about the choices you’ve made. there is no way around it.

 

9.) “the light between oceans” by m.l. stedman

thelightbetweenoceans

this book made me so mad! i don’t remember a book that made me so mad while reading it. of course there were books, where i was mad. but this one just made me mad the whole book. but i also couldn’t put it down. the writing was wonderful and m.l. stedman did such a good job with this book, that you didn’t know, which character you should root for. and after reading it, i was constantly thinking what i would have done in that situation.

 

10.) “wild” by cheryl strayed

wild

since this is a memoir and based on a true story, there is no way around than thinking what i would have done, if i was in her situation. it’s this book, where you think about your own life. about your choices. about everything that impacts you. this is such a good book!

 

 

alright guys, these were my answers. have you read any of these books? did you like them? did you also think about them so much as i did? let me know!