Top Ten Tuesday: My Most Recent 5 Star Reads

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I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday post in what feels like forever, so it was definitely time to get back to it again! TTT is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, if you want to know more about it, you can just click on the name! And what better topic to come back to, than one where I can gush about all my recent favourite reads. Here’s the official theme for this week:

10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads (Or Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently if you don’t 5 star stuff…or you could do 5 of my latest five star reads & five of my most disappointing or 1 star reads)

Just for your info, I am going to go on Goodreads and simply go with the last ten books that received 5 stars. Some of them may have gotten something between 4.5-4.9 though. I am not going to be that harsh about only picking true 5 star books!

1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

24926015Right the first one is a book that actually got 4.5 stars from me, but that’s totally okay. Simon vs. was an amazing book and such a fun and fuzzy and warm read! NO REGRETS!

2. The entire Red Rising Trilogy

26818907I don’t have to explain that, right? I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS SERIES! I am still not over half of what happened and reading the final book, it just gave me the worst book hangover ever BUT WHILE READING! I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. I didn’t want it to end and I cried and I was angry and just generally had ALL THE FEELS! Enough caps? I think I got my point across. Just read those books already!

3. Ten Thousand Skies Above You

25348875Ten Thousand Skies Above You was definitely a book I loved reading, but looking back, I am not sure it really deserved those full 5 stars. I think I had to give them though, because I gave the first part in the Firebird series 4.5 stars and I definitely liked this one better. So, naturally, I had to give it more stars as well.

4. Lock & Mori

Lock & Mori (Lock & Mori, #1)Having the whole Sherlock universe in a teenage version made me incredibly happy. They weren’t yet as refined and deductive as their grown-up counterparts, but this story was so much fun to read nonetheless! Mori is an amazing character and I loved seeing the beginning of her twisted nature. (rating: 4.5 stars)

5. Carry On

Carry OnSIMON AND BAZ! Oh my heart, it is bound to burst! I just love all (well, most) of the characters in this book to bits! I adore them! Whenever I am singing a song now, I can’t help but wonder if it would work as a spell. (rating: 5 stars)

6. Did I Mention I Love You?

Did I Mention I Love You? (The DIMILY Trilogy, #1)Okay, totally forgot that this book would be on the list! But yay! I liked it so much, probably because it mentioned like a gazillion places I have actually been to or love and that sort of always makes a book special. Don’t you agree? (rating: 4.5 stars)

7. A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)Fairy tale retellings are my jam! I am so happy this book didn’t have a massive cliffhanger like so many other series do now, but it still managed to make me yearn for the next book in the series. A Court of Mist and Fury can’t come fast enough! (rating: 4.5 stars)

8. The Martian

The MartianRemember how I couldn’t shut up about this book? Well, there is a reason! IT’S JUST THAT GOOD! I laughed and I was at the edge of my seat and I felt like I was reading something really smart and as if I were educating myself … you know, in case I ever got stranded on a planet where nothing grows. (rating: 5 stars)

9. City of Heavenly Fire

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)Too bad I read this after Clockwork Princess, because then it would have made it’s way onto this list, but what can you do? I love everything Cassandra Clare does and I am so happy she invented the Shadowhunter world. I am beyond giddy, if not a little scared as well, to read Lady Midnight soon. I haven’t read any reviews and I don’t want to know what’s going to happen, but I have a feeling that my heart is going to be broken. (rating: 5 stars)

10. My Heart and Other Black Holes

My Heart and Other Black HolesI remember the sadness and hope that was accompanied with this read. Somehow I have the feeling that My Heart and Other Black Holes doesn’t get nearly enough attention as it should. Either way, it was a great debut and I am expecting great things from Warga in the future! (rating: 5 stars)

In hindsight, I don’t think there were all that many true 5 star books in this list. Weird! Makes me wonder if my standards are too high … Which books are on your list? Don’t be shy and leave a link in the comments below!

The Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

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I just saw this tag over at Cristina‘s blog My Tiny Obsessions and it looked incredibly fun. I wasn’t specifically tagged, but she said everyone could do it so here I am!

The rules are simple:

  1. Pick any five books randomly (or not randomly, your choice).
  2. The first name you see when you flip open the book on a random page, will be the person who is the answer to the question.
  3. Each book must answer two questions.

So, I threw some book titles in a hat and the following 5 were chosen to face the Zombie Apocalypse!

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#1: THE FIRST PERSON TO DIE? 

markwatneyThe Martian – Mark Watney

This is the most unlikely outcome ever! Mark Watney freaking survived Mars all by himself and is basically the most resourceful person I have ever read about, so NO!

 

#2: THE PERSON YOU TRIP TO GET AWAY FROM THE ZOMBIES?

quentinThe Magician King – Quentin Coldwater

If it had been the first part of the series (The Magicians) then I might have said yes, but Q has grown on me. I mean I don’t want to trip anyone to be clear, but I guess in an emergency life-or-death-situation … okay. He has magical defense powers,  I bet he’d have better chances in combat with a zombie than I would anyway.

#3: THE FIRST PERSON TO TURN INTO A ZOMBIE?

adam kentUnravel Me – Adam Kent

Well … it’s no secret that Adam wasn’t exactly my favourite person by the end of the Shatter Me series, so … sorry Adam. Hope your life as a zombie is alright.

#4: THE PERSON THAT TRIPS YOU TO GET AWAY FROM THE ZOMBIES?

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Tamlin

Somehow I can’t see him do it. He is a very protective and honorable person and to think that he would let me die in order to save his own life is just highly unlikely. I think Tamlin is better than that.

#5: THE IDIOT OF THE TEAM?

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The Night Circus – Marco

Don’t get me wrong, I like Marco, but he can be a bit silly sometimes. I don’t see him as an idiot – he’s quite the brilliant magician, but in other departments he can be a bit clueless sometimes. It’s not a perfect fit, but somehow … distantly I may be able to see it.

#6: THE “BRAINS” OF THE TEAM?

The Martian – Rick Martinez

So the biggest jokster from the Ares 3 mission is supposed to be the brains of the team? He is a spaceship pilot, so I guess he does have the smarts to pull it off though.

#7: THE TEAM’S MEDIC?

The Magician King – Julia

That totally works for me! I mean she has sort of lost her touch with humanity a bit, but I don’t think she would just leave someone stranded if they are hurt. Also, she’s a really good magician, so she should be able to pull it off ability-vise as well.

#8: THE WEAPONS EXPERT?

Unravel Me – Paris Anderson

As much as I hate the man, he knows his weapons. I’ll go with the flow on that one.

#9: THE BRAWLER?

amaranthaA Court of Thorns and Roses – Amarantha

YES! Again someone I really, really don’t like. She is trouble, I would not want to fight her … but that all makes her perfect for the position.

#10: THE TEAM CAPTAIN?

Celia Bowen by lsmyangThe Night Circus – Celia

She’s pretty bossy but she knows what she is doing and she’s a responsible person, I can totally see it.

 

 

 

So, this was all pretty much hit or miss. I am going to go with what Cristina did and say that if you think that was fun, consider yourself tagged! Leave a link to your post in the comments and I’ll take a look at it!

August 2015 Wrap-Up

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It’s the last day of August which means it’s time to see how I did during the month. Here is what my TBR looked like:

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    I enjoyed reading this, but I don’t love it as much as many other people do. I think it may have been hyped too much for me.
  • Armada by Ernest Cline
    I actually liked this better than RPO and think I am fairly alone with that opinion. Doesn’t matter, I liked it and can’t wait for it to be turned into a movie, because that’s what it felt like while reading.
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
    I LOVE this book!!! It has become an insta-favourite of mine simply because it is so much more hilarious and smart than I thought it would be.
  • The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman (I read the first book, so I see it as an accomplishment)
    The pacing of the first book was a little off and the characters a bit too miserable for my taste but I will still read the other two books.

Additionally to that, I also read:

If you want to know more about my thoughts on the books than just that 1-sentence-review, just click on the titles and you’ll be re-directed to my full reviews. If you click on the covers below, you’ll get to their respective Goodreads pages.

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So, I’d say it was a fairly average month for reading, because I’ve definitely read more but also less books per month before. All in all I am happy with the outcome.

I’ve posted more than usually though by making sure to write on a daily basis (sometimes even more than one post per day) since August 11. I don’t know what inspired me to do that, but it definitely showed in a surge of followers and we are getting really close to a milestone soon! I want to take this chance to welcome everyone who’s fairly new to the blog and thank those who’ve stuck around! You are the ones that make this blogging experience even more fun!!!

I’ll try to keep this up in September ;)! Read you soon!

The Summer Book Tag

Summer is coming to its end and Cristina @MyTinyObsessions nominated me just in time to do the Summer Book Tag (not to be confused with the Summertime Madness Book Tag!) So, let’s do this before autumn sweeps over the lands!

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  1. LEMONADE: PICK A BOOK THAT STARTED OFF BITTER BUT THEN GOT BETTER

1656001The Host by Stephenie Meyer just about bored me to death in the beginning. I don’t know why I had such high expectations but I read it so slowly because it just was terrible and anti-climactic. I don’t know when exactly, but somehow it picked up and turned out to be a really good book with interesting characters. I guess I just couldn’t stand Wanda all by herself. It only got interesting when there were others around.

  1. GOLDEN SUN: PICK A BOOK THAT MADE YOU SMILE BEYOND COMPARE

8475505Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins! That book is just so funny and I read the whole thing in that Southern Belle accent I imagine Harper having – it cracked me up!

  1. TROPICAL FLOWERS: PICK A BOOK SET IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY

18775221I have very few books that are set in Austria, so it seems I have free roam here. Let me think about something vacation-y though … The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morris. It starts out in India, continues in England and then plays out somewhere in the South of France and Paris. I’d say those are some nice holiday destinations! Also, I love the movie because Manish Dayal is just a dream come true!

  1. TREE SHADE: PICK A BOOK WHERE A MYSTERIOUS OR SHADY CHARACTER IS INTRODUCED

23403402Pretty much every character from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab seems either mysterious or shady to me.

  1. BEACH SAND: PICK A BOOK THAT WAS GRAINY AND THE PLOT BARELY DEVELOPED

17332969The 100 by Kass Morgan! I still can’t believe I got through all 3 books  … it was torture. It happens rarely, but here the TV show is a 100 times better than the book!

  1. GREEN GRASS: PICK A CHARACTER(S) THAT WAS FULL OF LIFE, MAKING YOU SMILE

18007564Mark Watney from the Martian by Andy Weir! That man has a will to live and the humour to survive anything! He was in such a dire situation, but he managed to crack me up so many times throughout the book. I never thought it would be that funny!

  1. WATERMELON: PICK A BOOK THAT HAD SOME JUICY SECRETS

16143347We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. Such a good book and perfect summer read too! I can’t tell you anything about the plot though, it would ruin all the fun and emotion in the book …

  1. SUN HAT: PICK A BOOK WITH A VAST, BIG UNIVERSE/SETTING

20873804A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin definitely has a huge set-up. I don’t just get confused with all the characters, but also with the kingdoms and borders and cities. I never actually know where anyone is at the moment (except for people at the wall, that’s a pretty good landmark). But I think every book that has a map in it could be considered for this point.

  1. BBQ: PICK A BOOK IN WHICH A CHARACTER WAS PORTRAYED AS A HUNK

16096824SO many people to choose from and even though Cristina picked the same, I just finished the book and want to go with Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas as well! Deal with it!

  1. SUMMER FUN: PASS THE TAG ON

I’ve done a lot (and I really mean a lot) of tags lately and since we’re really close to summer’s end, I have no idea who did this tag and who didn’t. So, if you think this looks fun and want to do it: CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED! Also, leave a link in the comments below and I’ll be happy to check it out!

A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Review

Everyone is raving about Sarah J. Maas and her brilliant books. I wanted to test my patience and wait until the series are all entirely released, but then I was at the bookstore and they didn’t have any of the books I wanted to buy. So, I ended up buying A Court of Thorns and Roses and definitely did not regret it since!

16096824Feyre is a huntress, not because she enjoys it so much but rather out of necessity to provide for her family. The forest is a dangerous place though, especially with rumours of the much hated faeries returning to the human world. When one day she encounters a wolf on her hunting grounds that’s about to attack the only prey she had seen all day, she kills it. What she didn’t know was that the wolf was a magical creature and that killing it had consequences.
Now she is given a choice: Die on the spot or leave her family forever to live out the rest of her life in the fairie kingdom.
But imprisoned in the foreign kingdom, Feyre’s feelings for her captor Tamlin slowly grow into something else and she may be the only one to help him save his world.

(For a full summary and more details on the book, just click on the cover to be redirected to Goodreads!)

ACOTAR has quite the fairy tale vibe just with actual fairies in it. The main plot resembles very much Beauty and Beast in the beginning and then there are elements thrown in from Cinderella and the Gallant Tailor and who knows what else. Since I love fairy tales of all kinds, I quite enjoyed that. Also, I always say there is nothing wrong with using familiar story elements as long as you add your own twist!

Feyre is the kind of person that’s very popular in today’s culture: badass female who does everything for her family, is responsible, smart and has a thing for archery. I liked her well enough as a main protagonist, but mostly enjoyed her musings about art and colours and light. The only thing that was a bit annoying is that she thought pretty much everything that had to do with faeries was impossible to paint. I got it the first ten times around.

Now, let’s talk about the even more important people in this book: the men! So, Tamlin is apparently super-hot, Lucien has a great sense of humour and Rhys is just really intriguing. Who wants to move to Prythian with me?
Okay no, but seriously, these guys are really easy to fall in love with. Apparently Tamlin is everyone’s favourite, but not mine. I much more enjoyed the scenes with Lucien and/or Rhys. Rhys sort of reminds me of Warner from the Shatter Me series … a bit of a psycho with a good heart. And what was that in the last chapter? I would love to see more of him in the second part, but I just hope that he doesn’t turn out to be some sort of Jacob to Tamlin being Edward Cullen. The mating process sounded a lot like imprinting to me …

So, overall it was a gripping read. It started out very calm, easing you into the world, getting to know everyone. And just when you thought everyone was happy and could live on like that forever the real action begins and there are some more gory scenes. I loved it!

Disclaimer: there are quite some sexy scenes in there! I definitely didn’t mind, but thought I should mention it.

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! Even though there was no cliffhanger, I want the next book RIGHT NOW!

P.S. I love how at the end of the book there is a guide on how to pronounce all the places, names and kinds of faeries. Some were obvious, but for others it was quite helpful!