Top Ten Tuesday: Author Duos That Should Write Books Together

As you all know by now, I mostly participate in the weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday created by The Broke and the BookishThis week’s theme is “Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together” and while it’s definitely a topic that took some serious thinking, it’s a fantastic idea. I doubt that I’ll get to 10 but here we go!

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1. Tahereh Mafi & Ransom Riggs

Can anybody else imagine the awesomeness of those two creating a story together? I think everyone of us picked them for their list. Whenever I see interviews with them, videos from their YouTube channel or their comments on social media -I just love them so much together and I think they could create something really special and unique. (Also, on a completely unrelated note, they make me believe in true love … just wanted to throw that in there. Has anyone seen their wedding pictures? Gorgeous!!!)

2. Nicholas Sparks & Cecelia Ahern

Do you want full blown romance with a touch of magic sprinkled on top every now and then? Because I think that’s exactly what those two could accomplish together (and maybe Cecelia could get Sparks to break out of his admittedly very well working but nonetheless repetitive theme).

3. Sarah J. Maas & Victoria Aveyard

I don’t know about you, but I think those two could create one heck of an amazing world with characters that you have to watch all the time, because you never know what’s really up with them.

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4. Rainbow Rowell & John Green

This would be the ultimate teen/YA book and we would all drown in all the feels we would feel! I can see it clearly ahead of me! Also, they talked about Firefly and I love that show.

5. Rachel Matson & E. Lockhart

I think that both of these authors are really good at depicting buddy-stories in their books and somehow I would like to see how they would work together. Maybe each one of them could write a certain POV of a character and it would just keep switching between the two? In my head they’d create an amazing friendship story.

6. David Levithan & Rachel Cohn

Putting this duo on the list is a little bit like cheating, because they have already written 3 books together – BUT I WANT MORE!

7. David Levithan & Nina LaCour

Those two have actually announced their collaboration sometime soon and I am super excited. They are both very important authors in the LGBTQIA community and I think whatever the result of their work together will be, is going to be amazing.

I think that’s all I can come up with. Who are some authors you would like to see working together? Share links to your list below if you like!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Auto-buy Authors

Last week I started to do Top Ten Tuesday, which is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the BookishThis week’s topic is Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors, which means authors where I don’t even need to know what their book is about, I’ll buy it either way. So, here we go again!

So, last time I mentioned that I have a 3-strike-rule when it comes to authors. After liking a book, I give them 2 more books to prove to me that they are not just a one-hit-wonder. I usually exclude series, but sometimes I make exceptions. After that I just buy every book that I see (granted I have money). FYI: The following authors are only numbered so that you can see that they are 10, not to show any sort of ranking to be honest.

1. John Green

I don’t own all his books, but I definitely want to. (Only missing Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Let It Snow) I have yet to come  across a book by him that I did not enjoy.

2. Tahereh Mafi

I’ve “only” read her Shatter Me series but I fell in love with her style of writing. It has something poetic and unusual – absolutely an auto-buy!

3. Stephanie Perkins

If she continues to write books like the one from the Anna and the French Kiss series, there is no way I am not buying them!

4. Nicholas Sparks

This one is a bit tricky. I am not actively seeking out Sparks books, but I do enjoy them. Mostly I end up buying them when one of them is being adapted for a movie and I want to read it before the release.

5. Cassandra Clare

I am utterly and completely immersed in the Shadowhunter world. I will read anything she publishes and am happy that she continues to tell stories from this universe.

6. E. Lockhart

I’ve read three stand-alones by her and was not disappointed. We Were Liars is still my favourite, but I could easily imagine reading more from her.

7. Rainbow Rowell

What is there to say? I like her books and I’m going to read more of them.

8. David Levithan

I like both, the books he writes alone as well as his collaborations. If you are especially interested in LGBT-themed books, he’s your man!

9. Ernest Cline

He’s published 2 books, I’ve read both and enjoyed them a lot. I want more!

10. Morgan Matson

Her books are just the perfect books for the summer time! I still haven’t read everything she’s published but I can absolutely recommend Since You’ve Been Gone and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour! They are brilliant!

So, that’s all for today! What are your thoughts? Did some of my authors make it on your list as well? Who are some of the people you can’t resist buying books from?

Summertime Madness Book Tag

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Seen as the heat wave is still going on, it’s a perfect fit that Cristina from My Tiny Obsessions tagged me to do the Summertime Madness Book Tag. I SO CANNOT DEAL WITH THE HEAT! Let’s not waste any time and dive right into it!

1. SHOW A BOOK WITH A SUMMERY COVER!

My Life Next DoorI thought about picking We Were Liars (or really any other of the new covers of E. Lockhart‘s books) but then decided otherwise, because I couldn’t get the image of My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick out of my head! That one has a nice amount of sunshine to me!

 

2. PICK ONE FICTIONAL PLACE THAT WOULD BE THE PERFECT DESTINATION FOR A SUMMER VACATION!

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3. YOU’RE ABOUT TO GO ON A FLIGHT TO YOUR SUMMER VACATION. BUT YOU WANT TO READ A BOOK THAT LASTS FOR THE WHOLE FLIGHT, WHAT NOVEL(LA) DO YOU CHOOSE?

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4. YOU HAVE A CASE OF SUMMERTIME SADNESS WHAT HAPPY BOOK DO YOU PICK UP TO SHINE A SMILE ON YOUR FACE?

Any book of Stephanie Perkins will do! (I like Anna most, Isla second and Lola third, but that’s really only details!) They all just give me this fuzzy-happy feeling inside and I love them!

5. YOU’RE SITTING AT THE BEACH ALL ALONE … WHICH FICTIONAL CHARACTER WOULD BE YOUR BEACH BABE?

nicksThis is so much harder than I thought … Nick Sorrentino from Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. There is the slight awkwardness that he’s a werewolf, but he’s also a major flirt, super funny and sweet. I’d definitely like to spend some time with him. (Also, I’m not blind. He’s seriously easy on the eyes!)

6. TO MATCH YOUR ICE CREAM YOU WANT AN ICY COOL SIDEKICK! WHICH FICTIONAL SIDE KICK DO YOU PICK?

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7. SHARE THE SUMMERTIME HAPPINESS! WHO DO YOU TAG?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the BookishI’ve never participated so far, but since this week’s motto is Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From, I thought it’d be the perfect time to join in the meme-craziness. Let’s do this!

There are actually a couple of authors of whom I have several books, just because I have a 3-strike-rule with authors. After reading one of their books and liking it, they have two more chances to prove to me that they are not just a one-hit-wonder. That way I end up knowing if their future books are an insta-buy or not. Still, 3 is not that big a number and we’ll see how many people actually made it on the list with more than that!

  1. Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler (16 books)
    I devoured the Series of Unfortunate Events books (13 books in total) when I was younger and couldn’t resist additionally buying a collection of poems called Horseradish, The Beatrice Letters and The Unauthorized Autobiography.
  2. Charlaine Harris (13 books)
    I don’t know how many books she’s written in total, but I barely made it through the entire Sookie Stackhouse Series, so I decided not to read another series of hers. It’s not that the Sookie Stackhouse books are bad, but they do tend to get repetitive after a while.
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  3. Cassandra Clare (9 books)
    I’ve read the entire Mortal Instruments Series as well as the Infernal Devices Series and I loved them. I intend to get to the companion novellas and short stories at some point as well!
  4. Nicholas Sparks (7 books)
    I like cheesy romance … SO WHAT? I read The Longest Ride, The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John and A Walk to Remember. This pretty much means that I read most of the movie adaptations. I also own a copy of the Notebook, Message in a Bottle and Three Weeks with my Brother, but I haven’t gotten to those yet.
  5. David Levithan (6 books)
    Okay, so three of the books were co-written with Rachel Cohn, but nonetheless, I really like his books. The co-written ones were more fun to be honest and consist of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. The books I’ve read that were written by Levithan alone were still good books, but didn’t excite me as much: Every Day, The Realm of Possibility and Wide Awake.
  6. Cornelia Funke (5 books)
    I adored her books! I will never get over the awesomeness that is the Thief Lord and the Inkheart Trilogy was basically a book series about fictional characters coming to life. (Dustfinger will always be my hero!) I also read Potilla, but that book was rather forgettable.
  7. Stephenie Meyer (5 books)
    Read the Twilight Series as well as The Host. I liked the books at the time, but I am not sure how I feel about them now. I remember that it took me forever to get into The Host, but I actually remember more about it than I do about the Twilight books. There are supposed to sequels to the Host, but I’m not sure I’d read them now. I think it’s been too long.
  8. Tahereh Mafi (4 books)
    I very much enjoyed the Shatter Me series, so I also read the companion novella Unite Me.
  9. John Green (4 books)
    I have read pretty much the standard books: The Fault In Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines.
  10. Eden Maguire (4 books)
    Eden Maguire’s series the Beautiful Dead is rather unknown as far as I know and I think the ratings aren’t that high from what I can remember. Still, I loved reading it at the time and like thinking back to it. Click here to read the Goodreads synopsis!

Turns out there are a lot more people of whom I’ve read 4 books, such as Georgia Byng, George R.R. Martin, Kiera Cass, L. J. Smith and many more. This list would go on for a while though if I continued like this. By clicking on the author’s pictures, you’ll be redirected to their Goodreads page where you’ll be able to see their entire bibliography. What are some of your most read authors? Any recommendations?

Paper Towns Movie Review

Originally I planned to do one of my typical Book vs. Movie posts for Paper Towns, but it’s been so long that I’ve read the book that I couldn’t remember the details even if I wanted to. Instead you’re getting a simple movie review (with Spoiler-free and a Spoiler section)!

So, I got to watch the UK Preview Screening which did not just include the movie, but also footage from the Q&A that was done with John Green, Nat Wolff and Cara Delevigngne in June. They talked about their similarities with the characters, what the audience should take away from the movie and whether they ever did something as crazy as the road trip in the movie. It wasn’t very long, but it was the perfect way to start the movie.

Now, I don’t know how many of you read the book or watched the movie or just generally know the story, but this is like a little plot summary:

Ever since Margo Roth Spiegelman moved in next to Quentin, who everyone just calls Q, he’s been in love with her. But their lives developed differently and while Q made safe choices and led a fairly sheltered life, Margo threw herself into every possible adventure, becoming a myth herself in the progress.
We are in their Senior Year at High School and Q’s optimism for ever being part of Margo’s life again is low, until one night, when she enters through his bedroom window and makes him her revenge-plot-accomplice. The next day, Q has the feeling that everything has changed, but has to find out that Margo is gone. Now he has to decide whether he’ll continue his uneventful life or if he’ll go searching for her, following the little clues she’s left behind.

First, I want to say that Paper Towns is one of my favourite books of John Green. I know that a lot of people prefer Looking for Alaska, but in my opinion the books are very similar and I read Paper Towns first, so I have a feeling that that impacted my opinion. However, when I heard that the same people who adapted The Fault in Our Stars would do this movie, I was massively excited, because they did a great job with TFIOS. I wasn’t entirely sure about the casting, but ended up really liking everyone they picked! Cara is like a real-life Margo to me, Nat is perfect as Q and I never thought I cared that much about how the others looked but they were also a perfect fit! Especially Justice Smith and Austin Abrams had mad chemistry with their female counterparts as well as a strong bromance with Nat Wolff!

Another thing I absolutely loved was the Soundtrack! Again, the music (just like in TFIOS) was brilliant and I cannot stop listening to it. Whoever chooses the artists and songs, I applaud you!

Now, on to the not so great part. While I did really enjoy myself during the entire movie, it did not have the exact same vibe and emotional impact as the book. I get that they had to make changes and, as I mentioned above, I cannot remember it in that much detail anyway, so I don’t care about that. I liked the ending even though it’s supposedly different from the book, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I was really bothered by how quickly Q and the others figures out Margo’s clues. I do understand that the film might’ve been way too long if they showed the real struggle, but it seemed so easy. They found a clue and within a couple of minutes they knew what to do. From what I could remember those clues were so vague sometimes, Q racked his brain for days sometimes.

This is only a minor issue though and other than that I laughed a lot (who wouldn’t when Black Santas are involved) and generally enjoyed watching the friendship of everyone on screen evolve and grow. The road trip could’ve gone on forever if it were up to me!

SPOILER AHEAD!!!!!! DO NOT READ ON IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE MOVIE

I don’t really want to talk so much about the plot in the Spoiler-section as I want to talk about some cameos!
So, it was announced that John Green would have a cameo in the movie, but I didn’t see him. The thing is, you wouldn’t either. He doesn’t actually physically appear in the movie, he just voices the father of Becca’s father. That was not the cameo that nearly stopped my heart though. I read on Twitter that Ansel Elgort stopped by on set and now it all makes sense, but I did not even think about him being in the movie. I seriously started grinning from one ear to the other, I was so happy to see him.

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All in all, I laughed, I almost cried and I really enjoyed the movie even though it has some flaws. People need to stop comparing it to TFIOS because of course those movies aren’t going to have the same emotional impact. One of them is about teenagers with a terminal illness, whereas the other movie is about not putting people on pedestals, taking risks and finding out who you are. What are your thoughts?

The Book Courtship Tag

Every now and then I tend to throw in a book tag to change up things on my blog. I actually read a lot, but I often don’t get around to posting about it and I’ll admit with shame that I let my Goodreads reviews slide as well. But I’m making up for it now! I forgot who created it originally, but I saw the Book Courtship Tag on jessethereader‘s channel on YouTube and it sounded like fun! The questions are structured according to the different phases of courtship, so here we go!

Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover?
We’ve been over this before: I pretty much buy all my books because of their covers. Most recent acquiries include Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, The 100: Day 21 by Kass Morgan and Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins. Don’t they look just lovely!!

Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary?
That’s actually a little bit of a tough one. Very often, I buy books because someone recommended them to me or it just has a general buzz going on. It’s been a while since I’ve read this book, but I was really intrigued when I read the cover description of the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern! I think it’s because I like vague descriptions rather than full on explanations of the story and the Night Circus was definitely vague!

Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing?
Uuuuh, I like that one! Although I love the writing in Red Queen and the Shatter Me Series, those seem like my go-to answers, so I want to say something different. Is it weird to say Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare at this point? It’s nothing like the books I mentioned before, but I found the writing hilarious! Maybe that’s because I completely and utterly associate it with the performance of Katherine Tate and David Tennant though … (click here to see the Trailer on YouTube!). Also, there’s a Joss Whedon version out there (again, click here for the Trailer) which I liked.

Phase 4 – First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?
If I start a series, the book has to be really, really terrible in order for me not to want to read on. (I stuck with the 100 series and that means something …). Yet, I do know of a book that I loved so much and still love to this day: The Bad Beginning from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket! I love that series to bits, even though I think it’s quite dark and frustrating for children.

Phase 5 – Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night?
Many a book has managed to do that. Nowadays it just happens so often that I can’t remember at what time of the day I’ve read a book. However, when I was little that was a special thing to do (and a real honor for the book). I remember loving the City of Beasts series by Isabel Allende and it being so suspenseful that I just couldn’t put the books away!

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Phase 6 – Always on my mind: A book you couldn’t stop thinking about?
There are two books that’ve stayed with me a while after I was finished with reading them: How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff and Every Day by David Levithan. And here’s why:

  • For me, war is a very disturbing but vague concept. I’ve grown up in a safe environment and I wouldn’t wish for it to be any different, but How I Live Now allowed me a glimpse at how warfare would look like in developed countries nowadays and that just kept me thinking for a while. We are used to so many things these days, the world would go down in a whole different kind of chaos without the communication systems we have now.
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  • David Levithan is one of my all time favourite authors, but he managed something completely new with Every Day. The main protagonist switches body every single day, not willingly, it’s more like a curse. That led to the problem that A never had a gender identity. Try to imagine a character without those typical female or male voices, without a face to go with. It’s really weird. I can’t wait for the rest of the series!
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Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book which you love the way it feels?
You’re going to have to trust me on this one, because I have no way of proving it, but I love the way The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney feels like. It’s as if the book is bound in leather or something and that just feels sooo nice. The book has been turned into a movie with Ben Barnes, Jeff Bridges, Alicia Vikander, Julianne Moore and Kit Harington. I haven’t seen it yet, so if you have, tell me if it’s worth checking out!

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Phase 8 – Meeting the parents: A book you would recommend to your family and friends?
I’m not sure I would recommend it to all my friends (because let’s face it, the tastes vary a lot), but I recommended it to my mum and she liked it: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. It was a change from the usual sci-fi/fantasy/YA stuff I normally read and the old man’s POV just broke my heart. Also, I love stories that take place in a circus.

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Phase 9 – Thinking about the future: A book or series you know you will re-read many times in the future?
I’m not huge on re-reading, but I like to take a look at the Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke and everything written by John Green every now and then.

Phase 10 – Share the love: Who do you tag?
I don’t usually tag people with this, so whoever wants to do it – GO AHEAD! Spread the looove!

Hope you enjoyed this little excursion into my bookshelf-life. Don’t hesitate to comment and discuss below! I’d love to hear what you think.
Read you soon!

Opposite Book Tag

Since people seemed to like my Taylor Swift Book Tag, I searched the internet for another one so that I wouldn’t solely talk about TV shows on here. Believe me, I could talk about them 24/7, but it surely doesn’t hurt to change things up every now and then. That’s why I decided on doing the Opposite Book Tag!

So, the tag is very simple. You have to find books on your shelf for a number of opposing examples. Let’s get started! (And excuse the mediocre photos. I couldn’t find all of the books on the interwebs, so I photographed them myself.)

First book in your collection/Last book you bought

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Hmmm … my first book was probably some sort of picture book, but I have no clue which one, so I’ll go with the first English language book in my collection: I speak English! In many ways I believe that book played a huge role in my ever growing affection for this particular language. And the last book I bought was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Over the holidays, I fell in love with the TV show and couldn’t bear waiting until April to dive back into the world, so I ordered it with the TV cover.

A cheap book/An expensive book

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I got myself a French copy of the Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry at a flee market and it cost me like 2 Euros, so that definitely counts as cheap. Finding a really expensive book is difficult though, since I’m always looking for a way to find the cheapest possibility. If you buy as many books as I do, then you just really have to. I suppose my most expensive book is the complete the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, which cost about 35 Euros and is now used to store my autographs of Ben Barnes and Skandar Keynes.

A book with a male protagonist/One with a female protagonist

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Phew, this is for once a little easier category since I can choose almost any random book I own. Female protagonists most likely prevail in my collection, but I do have books from male perspectives as well. So I choose Bitten by Kelley Armstrong for the female protagonist (click on the title to find out more about the book) and Paper Towns by John Green for the male protagonist. No particular reason for that one, just the first one I saw on my shelf.

A book you read fast/One that took you long to read

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I flew through We Were Liars by E. Lockhart! It was such an easy and unexpectedly gripping read that I could barely stop and was truly sad when it was over. Das Buch (which translates as The Book) by Wolfgang and Heike Hohlbein on the other hand took me forever. It’s not that I didn’t like it though. As of today, it is still one of the most memorable books I’ve ever read, but it took me months to get through it.

Pretty cover/Ugly cover

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I love pretty covers and I get really mad when a series doesn’t match, so I am definitely one of those people who judges a book by its cover. And I doubt that I actually own a really ugly cover, just maybe boring ones. Okay, I own one ugly one, but I need it for a later category and I want to avoid using books twice. So for the pretty cover I choose Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, because I like the use of colour and the style of the cover in general. And for the ugly one, I’ll go with Colorado Kid by Stephen King, because it’s just nothing interesting.

A national book/An international book

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So for all of you who didn’t know, I am from Vienna, Austria and the book I am choosing is called Gut gegen Nordwind (Love Virtually) by Daniel Glattauer, who – big surprise – is Austrian. I love that book so much! It’s comprised of E-Mails between two strangers, click on the English title to read more about it! Again, I can now pick a random book from my shelf (my English language books outweigh my German ones by far). I’ll go with Where Rainbows End (aka Love, Rosie) by Cecelia Ahern, just because the content of the book is so similar to the one of Love Virtually.

A thin book/A thick book

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So, this “book” (I’m not sure it really deserves the name) would have been my choice for ugliest cover, but I needed it for thinnest book. The Greatest Man in the World by James Thurber was an impulsive buy, because I desperately wanted to read the Secret Life of Walter Mitty after watching the movie and it’s combined with the Greatest Man. I was really disappointed when I got it in the mail though. I’m not sure the Host by Stephenie Meyer is really my thickest volume, but the German version has something shy of 865 pages, so I’d say it’s amongst the largest books I have.

Fiction book/Non-fiction book

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This is such a vague category. I’ll go with My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick for fiction and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns) by Mindy Kaling for non-fiction, just because they are some of my most recent reads.

Very (way too) romantic book/Action book

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I have a large Nicholas Sparks collection, so this one is easy. The Best of Me was the last movie adaptation so I’ll take that for romance and The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner for action. That counts right?

A book that made you happy/One that made you sad

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Having books in general makes me pretty happy … okay, I’ll try to take this serious. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. A Good Year by Peter Mayle just gives me a warm and fuzzy happy feeling inside and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak just really gets to me in a more sad way.

Sorry this got longer than I thought. I hope you still enjoyed this little insight in my reading habits and if you want to do it too, consider yourself tagged! If you want to discuss any of the books or have more questions, I am more than happy to talk in the comments!