T5W – Favourite Buzz Words

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It is Wednesday, which means it’s time for a Top 5 list. This week is about buzz words that get you excited for a book. I didn’t even know I had buzz words that instantly hook me on books, but apparently I do. You can check out the meme hosted by the booktuber, Lainey aka gingereadslainey, on the Goodreads page here.

Fairy Tale Retelling

I love fairy tales of all sorts. Even if it’s the same thing for the millionth time, I am having a difficult time getting bored of it. Well, I do appreciate someone really making it their own and spinning it to an extant where it becomes difficult to recognise the story, but I will be happy with something old fashioned too, as long as it is not falsely advertised.

New Take on Wonderland/Neverland

Seriously, give me anything Alice in Wonderland or Peter Pan related and you have my full attention.

Circus

I LOVE THE CIRCUS. I always used to beg my parents to go to the circus as soon as I saw that it was advertised that one was nearby. We went to a couple and it enchanted me each and every time. I haven’t actually read that many books with a circus in it, except for The Night Circus and Water for Elephants (and a children’s book), but I love the idea. So, I am much more inclined to check something out if there is a circus mentioned.

Fast-paced

I know that description is necessary, but everything is better in moderation. I just completely tune-out if there is a three-page-long essay on the decorations of a room. I just can’t! I much prefer fast-paced books with witty dialogue (uh, maybe ‘witty’ should have been another one of my buzz words …), where you have to keep up with what’s happening. Then again, I don’t want it to be rushed either. As I said, everything in moderation!

Intense

Well, when I read something, I want to feel it too. I am not even sure I care what kind of intense it is. Intense romance or heartbreak or drama or mystery (just not horror … I am not good with scary stuff!). If it is bound to keep me on the edge of my seat for whatever reason, I am happy. I want to feel all the feels, because those are mostly the best stories!

How was your Wednesday so far? Do you have some similar buzz words or completely different ones? Feel free to leave a link to your own T5W post in the comments below!

T5W – Self-Published Books

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So, ever since last week, I have joined the band of Wednesdayers and will do Top 5-lists on a weekly basis. If you want to know more about this, you can check out the meme hosted by the booktuber, Lainey aka gingereadslainey, on the Goodreads page here.

This week’s topic is Self-Published books and I have to say it is quite a difficult one for me. It’s not that I don’t generally support people who want to self-publish, but looking at my shelf there isn’t much to be found … So, while I won’t make it to 5, I am only one book short and that’s not so bad either.

The Martian by Andy Weir

Yes! I can mention this book again and I am so happy about it. While it is a global phenomenon and bestseller by now, it truly did start out as a self-published novel. The Martian just rocks that much! I’ve talked about this book so many times, but click here to read my full post on it!

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Amixipi by Safi Nidiaye

This is one of my most beloved books from my childhood that we used to read in a huge group during summer camp. It’s a beautiful and heartbreaking story about a girl who has to choose between a dream world and her real life. Gorgeous! And the book has a CD with songs as well and I even bought that too!

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Reborn City by Rami Ungar

I reviewed this book just last month (click here to read my thoughts on it) and was pleasantly surprised by it. Reborn City was written by a dear friend of mine, who also has a blog of his own. While we have different opinions on a lot of things, we get along great and I am so glad I liked his book too!

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Rikki by Abigail Strom

I read this book last year and it was my first NetGalley approved eArc. I was super excited about it and really enjoyed it too. It was also my first venture into the whole NA genre, which I don’t dislike but haven’t explored much further. You can check out my review here.

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So, what are some self-published books you enjoy? Share your thoughts and also your links to your own T5W posts!

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

I see it as a huge success that I actually get to post my Top Ten Tuesday post, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish seen as the internet was a real hassle yesterday. I love this week’s theme, because you can just be as creative as you like with it. There are no boundaries as to the “10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me“-topic. Everything is possible and nothing is off limits!!! How awesome is that?

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First things first: I want to introduce you to my genie, Cyrus! Magic usually comes at a price, but I bet he wouldn’t screw me over with my wishes. He’s awesome and kind and good-looking (man, do I miss Once Upon a Time in Wonderland sometimes …). Now, I am already super psyched that I get more than 3 wishes. Let’s do this!

1. Having Enough Money to Get Any Book I Like

Wouldn’t that be awesome? No more worrying about how I best use the money I have. Facing the difficult decision as to what I buy and what has to wait is always cruel. Well, thanks to my genie I no longer have to think about that!

2. Never Ending Library

My perfect library would be like the TARDIS, from the outside it looks like a normal-sized room, but then you go in and it’s bigger on the inside. There’d be rows upon rows of bookshelves. *sigh* Book heaven!

3. No More Waiting for Release Dates

I want a book/sequel/entire series but it’s not out yet? Doesn’t matter, because it seems I can just have it now.

4. A Job That Is Fun, Yet Allows Me to Read/Blog As Much As I Like

Does something like that exist? One would think so, right? There has to be something out there! Is it too much to ask to have a job that I really, really like? I’ve had jobs that I could see myself doing in the future, but blogging suffered a little while doing them and I hated that. Blogging already is sort of like my fun part-time job and I don’t want to give up on it.

5. Super reading-speed

It’s not that I don’t appreciate books and want to take time for each one of them, but there are so many out there and I WANT TO READ THEM ALL. Obviously this takes time, so if I could just read faster, that would make it a lot easier to read everything I want to read.

6. Teleportation Powers to Get to Book Events

It could be a reading, signing, BookCon – whatever! I want to be there and flying takes such a long time and getting through customs and stuff is annoying … you know what I mean, right?

7. Getting to Spend Some Time On Set With the Shadowhunters Cast

I LOVE the Shadowhunter universe Cassandra Clare has created and I am so terribly impatient for the show to come out next January. If you’ve followed the cast on social media just a little bit, you should know that they had a blast on set. I know that they’ve already wrapped and that shooting is over, but I hope there’ll be a second season and I want to be there and just hang out with everyone.

8. Meeting ALL My Favourite Authors

I can’t even name them all, but the list goes something like this: Tahereh Mafi, Cassandra Clare, Ransom Riggs, Victoria Aveyard, Andy Weir, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Stephanie Perkins,

9. Being Able to Read Myself Into a Story/a Character Out of a Story

Have you read Inkheart? That’s pretty much Mo’s and Meggie’s super power and yes, that doesn’t always work out in their favour. However, I’d still like to be able to do that. I could go and spend a day in Wonderland and then, if for some reason I’d need a date for a masquerade ball, I’d read Tamlin or Lucien from ACOTAR out of the book to accompany me. Or I could go and raid the closet of a character I particularly like to get myself some new clothes. That would really open up an infinite amount of possibilities.

10. Books For Everyone

Last but not least, I don’t want to use up all the wishes just for myself. No one should go without the possibility of reading and the great sensation of escapism that comes with it in their lives. I say: BOOKS FOR EVERYONE!

Okay, now I am mostly super sad that I can’t have any of my wishes, but hey, one can still dream. What did you wish for TTT? Share a link to your post in the comments!!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books/Authors I should have quit!

I skipped last week’s Top Ten Tuesday because I really felt uninspired and I am not sure today will be that much easier. The theme is “Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit” but even though we can be as creative as we like with it, I am a little lost. I ended up picking books and authors I should have quit.

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1. The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris

4602032I liked watching True Blood but it didn’t exactly get better as time passed. And the books were the same. I really liked them in the beginning but then they got terribly repetitive. I have to admit that I kind of like the ending though, so I don’t regret it entirely, but reading 13 books when you don’t enjoy the story anymore is a lot. I just as well could have stopped after 4 or 5 books.

2. The 100 Series by Kass Morgan

17332969If you know me, then you know that I love the 100 on the CW! The show is like Lost with teenagers from space and I loved the concept from the beginning. Therefore, I thought I should totally read the series on which the show is based on, but I was wrong! It was a terrible mistake and I can’t believe that I read all three books. There was barely any character development, everything fell flat and was weirdly cheesy. Just no!

3. The Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

11604445I bet you are noticing a theme here, because once again, I really liked the TV show for those books. However, the books were very different and the characters somehow less likable in my opinion. But for some reason, I just can’t seem to stop after one book, no, I have to read all three of them and finish it. In my eyes, the books were only mediocre and I would have much rather had another season of the TV show instead. (Still mad that they cancelled it with a cliffhanger!)

4. The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

10507293As I mentioned in my last post, I did not love America Singer. However, her story was cute and it’s not like I regret reading it at all, but I feel like I should have stopped after the One, because I have strong feelings of dislike towards Eadlyn. I can’t stand that girl, but now I need to read on because I can’t deal with not knowing how the series ends …

5. The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner

6186357I know that I could have never just stopped reading after the Maze Runner, but I did not enjoy the series. I am sorry but it totally fell flat for me! I wrote about the series in more detail before, so, if you want to check that out, click here!

6. Markus Zusak

I LOVE the Book Thief! I usually don’t like stories that are set in that particular time period, but I adore this book. And, as you already know, I have a 3-strike-policy for authors. So, obviously, I went and checked out some more books by Zusak. I Am the Messenger was a good book too, not as great as the Book Thief, but alright. But then I read Getting the Girl, part of the Wolfe Brothers series and it was over. I didn’t like that story. I think I should have just stuck with the Book Thief and stopped after that …

I don’t know but this week had such a negative note, I am really glad that I couldn’t make it to 10! What are some book series or authors you wish you hadn’t gotten into?

My Life in Books! Book Tag

I’ve seen the My Life in Books! Tag float around the bloggosphere lately and since both Cristina @My Tiny Obsessions as well as Ashley @Socially Awkward Bookworm tagged everyone, I decided to take them up on the offer and just do the tag! But just as I was working on this tag, it turned out I even got personally tagged by #lovebooks, so thank you!

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1. FIND A BOOK FOR EACH OF YOUR INITIALS.

Both my initials are K. Trying to find a book starting with K on my shelf was close to impossible. I had to ignore all the “A”s and”The”s and still only found one. So, I decided to go with another that I want to read at some point  but don’t own yet.

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2. COUNT YOUR AGE ALONG YOUR BOOKSHELF – WHICH BOOK IS IT?

I’m 22 and that landed us at: The One by Kiera Cass

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3. PICK A BOOK SET IN YOUR CITY/STATE/COUNTRY.

I live in Vienna and one my favourite books is Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer which is coincidentally set there.

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4. PICK A BOOK THAT REPRESENTS A DESTINATION YOU WOULD LOVE TO TRAVEL TO.

I’ve recently been obsessed with wanting to visit Chicago, so I’ll go with The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, because apparently it is set there. Also, I quite liked the book.

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5. PICK A BOOK THAT’S YOUR FAVORITE COLOR.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell! I like colours that aren’t all up in your face and I like shades of green and blue.

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6. WHICH BOOK DO YOU HAVE THE FONDEST MEMORIES OF?

This one is really hard. There are so many books that I love, but I think I’ll go with Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. That story was everything to me as a kid. It perfectly portrayed my love for books.

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7. WHICH BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE MOST DIFFICULTY READING?

There were a couple of books that were difficult for me to get through. I think one of the more difficult ones was Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. I watched the movie and while it was really cheesy, I loved it. The book just didn’t convey the same charm to me. I tried really hard but at some point I just put it aside. I am not sure I’ll ever finish it or that I even want to.

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8. WHICH BOOK IN YOUR TBR PILE WILL YOU GIVE THE BIGGEST SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT WHEN YOU FINISH IT?

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon! I love the story and the show, but reading this is exhausting. I don’t get anywhere, which is really a shame. I’ll be really glad when I’m finally done with it.

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I’ve done a lot of tags and awards lately, so I am going to TAG EVERYONE! Yes, you right there! If you haven’t done it and want to, you can consider yourself officially tagged by me. Link back here and I’ll gladly take a look at your answers!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want To See As TV Shows

It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for the original weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday created by The Broke and the BookishIf you want to join into the fun, just head over to her website and check out the theme of the week. Since we all get a FREEBIE this week, I chose to do “Books I Want To See As TV Shows“. It’s common knowledge that I love all things TV (even more than watching movies most of the time), so you’re going to get a list of books that I’d like to see as a TV show (some of those will actually be happening!)

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1. Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh announced on a BookTube videoShatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) that the series has been optioned for TV and I just got SO excited! I am cautiously optimistic that it will happen and keep thinking about who may be cast for some of the characters (I might do a post for that soon!). I loved that world so much and I think I would’ve been sad if they just pushed all the content in 3 or 4 movies, this way they can go on even beyond the ending of the books.

2. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

I actually liked the movie, even though it wasn’t like the books. I thought the casting was really good, but hey, it got picked up by Netflix and they have an amazing track record with their original content (still not over the awesomeness that is Sense8)! With more than 13 books out already, this could definitely be a show for the long-run.

3. Rebel Belle Series by Rachel Hawkins

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)To my own shame I have to admit that I still haven’t read Miss Mayhem, but superheroes are really in right now and I consider Harper Price somewhat of a heroine. She has superpowers/super-strenght at least. Then it’s all in a High School setting – I can see it!

4. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

This is another show that’s actually happening under the title “Shadowhunters”. Since the movie was somewhat of a flop (mostly due to seriously bad casting in my opinion), I am glad it gets a do-over on TV. Also, I am totally on board with the casting this time around (except for Kat McNamara as Clary … sorry, I am still hesitant about that one). But I finally want a real trailer now!!!

5. Avalon High by Meg Cabot

Avalon HighThere’s actually a movie for this as well I think, but it was a Disney-channel movie and therefore … well, disney-fied (watch the Trailer for that here). It just looked ridiculous but I love the Arthurian theme of the book and I think it would work very well as a TV show where the story can be stretched out. The book would obviously only serve for one Season, but I bet they could come up with other mystical stuff to do afterwards.

6. Anna and the French Kiss Series by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Can you imagine it? Every book would be a season and after Season 3/Isla everyone would want more and then Stephanie Perkins would be forced to right more books in that universe and I would be beyond happy! Okay, so maybe I just want more books, but I still think it would be a really funny and sweet show.

7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

FangirlI imagine this as a show where not a lot would actually happen, but you just sort of see what Cath is doing all day long with some flashes of her fanfiction in between. Episodes would probably only be like 25 minutes long, but still, the show would go on forever, because people can just relate to her and her geek life so much.

8. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next DoorIn my opinion we would see so much more of the actual life next door if it were a TV show. Also, there is surely a lot of drama they could come up with over the seasons and we could just switch the focus to a different sibling every season and watch as they grow up!

9. The Beautiful Dead by Eden Maguire

Jonas (Beautiful Dead, #1)I could see this being a lot like the teenage version of Ghost Whisperer.

10. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night CircusAs much as I am rooting for the movie to come out (it has been optioned after all), I don’t think that one movie could ever be enough. There are so many different places in the circus itself that I would like to see, that I doubt they could fit them all in 2 hours. They’d have to scratch a lot and I don’t want that. When it comes to the Night Circus I can be really greedy! It’s just so magical!

Honourable mentions

  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman (also actually happening!)
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (but only as a mini-series)
  • Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

So, what do you think? If any of those shows would really happen, I SO want to do the casting. That would be amazing! Have you read some of the books as well and do you share my vision? Would you rather have movies for some of those books or no adaptation at all? What are some books you would like to see as a TV show?

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Didn’t Click With

Okay, you know the drill by now. I am participating in the weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday created by The Broke and the BookishThis week’s theme is “Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With” so, let’s do this!

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(again I just want to remind you that this is not really a ranking, but more of a “numbering”)

1. Quentin from the Magicians Series by Lev Grossman

I’ve talked about this series in the past days because I am currently reading it and I mentioned that I just don’t like any of the characters very much. They are all pretty miserable and a drag, but since Quentin is the protagonist, I chose him.


2. Eadlyn from The Heir (Selection #4) by Kiera Cass

22918050I just do NOT like this girl. For the matter, I didn’t liker her mother much either, but seriously? Eadlyn is a spoiled brat with not a trace of empathy in her body. If the book hadn’t ended with a cliffhanger, I wouldn’t want to continue the series with her as main protagonist. But since I am too curious to stop now, I will have to.


3. Sutter Keely from The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

sutterI like that the book isn’t like every other teenage story out there. It is a lot more cynic than that, but I just did not click with Sutter (not even when he was portrayed by Miles Teller in the movie …). He drinks way too much, is an immensely selfish person and is not nearly as funny as he thinks. Maybe I was just really disappointed with the outcome of the story though …


4. Harriet from Geek Girl by Holly Smale

13621089What is that girl’s problem with being called a “Geek”? I would embrace the heck out of that, but she is just embarrassed about it and let’s it drag her down. Also, she’s too naive for my taste.


5. Greg from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

The book was fine, but I just really couldn’t connect with Greg. He was mopey and in complete denial. Why couldn’t he just say that the others are his friends? What on earth is so bad about caring?


6. Bianca from The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

As much as I like the message behind the story, snarky Bianca is not my kind of person. Her voice definitely wasn’t for me.


7. Teresa from the Maze Runner Series by James Dashner

Seriously? What was the point of that girl? She was supposed to be Thomas (to whom I also couldn’t really connect) soulmate or something but she was barely even there. In book one she was basically in a coma most of the time, in book two she has a couple appearances and in book three the end? Come on!!! If that was her sole purpose and I was supposed to be sad, you should actually have made her do something important during some point in the series before.


8. Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) by Stephanie Perkins

Everybody seems to love Lola or at least prefer her a lot over Isla, but I am not one of those people. As much as I love the series as a whole, Lola was way too eccentric, selfish and also a bit annoying. I clicked with her the least of all three girls.


9. Laurel  from Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

18140047Maybe it was the fact that her whole story was pretty much an identical female version of Charlie’s story from the Perks of Being a Wallflower or maybe it was something entirely different. But I did not really enjoy her as a protagonist. But for the record, I didn’t exactly bond with Charlie either …


10. June and Day from Legend by Marie Lu

I’m sorry, okay! I know how many people love this series, but I just can’t. It’s totally not for me and I did not like either of them very much which is probably the reason I never read farther than volume 1 in the series.

 

 

 

What are some of the characters you just didn’t click with? Leave a comment and let’s talk!