TTT: Books I Picked Up on a Whim

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Top Ten Tuesday 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! It’s all about books we picked up on a whim:

Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim (however you decide to interpret that (bought or read or something else) — I know most people read based on recommendation but we want to know those books you picked up without really hearing about or knowing much about!)

For today’s post I am going to stick with books that I bought on whim, because I am very much a mood reader and just read whatever I want whenever I want, even if it doesn’t fit with my planned TBR at all. However, I usually do have my book budget planned really neatly, so I don’t just buy random books all that often.

The Siren by Kiera Cass

The SirenOkay, it’s not like I didn’t know about this book at all or about Kiera Cass as an author. I have read the Selection series, but I knew virtually nothing about The Siren. I thought it was a series as well, which is so not true and I was a little afraid that I wouldn’t like it. But in the end I walked out of the store with the book held tight to my chest. I am so glad I bought it. It is still one of my most favourite melancholy reads!

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

We All Looked UpI have no idea how I found out about this book! I seriously don’t. I just saw it, read the blurb at least a little bit and then I needed to have it.

Quiet by Susan Cain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop TalkingThis is one of my all time favourite non-fiction books. It taught me so much about myself and how I can feel more comfortable with who I am. It also showed me some of the most important differences between extroverts and introverts and how we can make each other’s lives easier, simply by listening to our own needs and not letting us be forced into a role we are not.

Avalon High by Meg Cabot

Avalon HighI remember clearly that I discovered this book around the time when I decided to read more books in English instead of the German translation and I was in the shop and the cover is bright and shiny pink. It definitely got my attention and it was awesome. So here’s to that!

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

The Time KeeperThe Time Keeper is a book that I had seen in the shop a couple of times before I actually picked it up. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t want it right away – because I definitely did – but it was so expensive. And then, I finally bought it, not thinking about the money.

The Film Club by David Gilmour

The Film ClubThat day I went into my favourite book store and told the person what I had read before and that I was looking for something similar. She had no idea what to recommend and I don’t blame her. I hate it when customers ask me that sort of thing, I never know what to say either. At least in most cases it is fairly difficult. But we got talking and in the end she recommended this as a summer read and I enjoyed it. There was not much content or story to it, but he feeling was the right one.

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

My Sister's KeeperBack during my exchange semester I read a lot. I even sent home a moving box with magazines and books because I knew that my luggage would otherwise be overweight. This book, however, I got during my last few days. I was staying with my liaison instead of my host family by that time and I had been seeing the trailer for the movie adaptation for weeks now. I wanted to go watch it, but we didn’t have time. She took me to Barnes & Nobles though. I didn’t have all that much money left, but that book I couldn’t resist buying. I saw it and wouldn’t let go anymore.

Angel Uncovered by Katie Price

Angel Uncovered  (Angel Summer, #2)Ha! This one is a bit of an embarrassing one, but it actually wasn’t the most terrible book I have ever read. I think it mostly made me laugh, whether that was intentional or not, I cannot tell. Either way, I got it during my time in France. I didn’t quite feel ready to read a whole book in French and the English section was really small, so that’s what I ended up getting. I think I could have picked something worse.

How to be a Time Lord

Doctor Who: Official Guide on How to Be a Time LordOh boy, this brings back all the happy feels from being at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff. I think I could have spent hours in that merchandise store, but I knew that I had to make a decision at some point or another. Well, a book seemed to be the right item for me (I got tons of other stuff too though).

The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Last TycoonEveryone mostly only ever talks about The Great Gatsby, but I actually really liked The Last Tycoon. I was in one of those very rare classics-moods and I just bought this one because I wanted to be different and not just read the most well known book by the author.

Which books did you just have to buy as soon as you saw them? Are there some where you didn’t even read the blurb? Tell me all about your TTT!

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite New-to-me Authors of 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I am sure there won’t be any surprises on this list, since I keep talking about the same books by the same authors over and over, but to clarify the theme is:

Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

Let’s get started! As always, this is not a ranking, but simply me listing authors/books/whatever!

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1. Andy Weir

18007564Okay … do I still have to explain this one? I have been going on about the Martian for months now. The book probably wasn’t even that great, but I kept hyping it in my head more and more anyway. Either way, I love Mark Watney and the effortless, funny writing of Weir.

2. Sarah J. Maas

16096824Sarah J. MaasI know that everyone keeps talking about how amazing Throne of Glass is and I swear that I’ll read it soon, but I was already convinced through A Court of Thorns and Roses, so I don’t have any doubt that I’ll like Maas‘ further writing.

3. Lev Grossman

6101718My relationship with the Magicians may be a rocky one, but I can’t deny that those books sort of stuck with me, so Grossman definitely must have done something right!

4. V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)Victoria SchwabI’ve read A Darker Shade of Magic this year and I was really enthralled by it but also confused, mainly because I didn’t know it was a trilogy. I have no idea why I haven’t read anything by Schwab earlier.

5. Ernest Cline

16278318Ernest ClineWhile neither Ready Player One nor Armada made it onto my favourite-book-list, I can appreciate an author who knows how to geek out. Ernest Cline most certainly knows how to do that!

6. Claudia Gray

17234658I NEED TO GET TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU!! Even though A Thousand Pieces of You wasn’t in any way what I expected it to be, Gray got me hooked on the Firebird series!

7. Ransom Riggs

9460487Ransom RiggsRansom Riggs is such a quirky and lovable person. I am so torn about the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children though … on the one hand, I really want to know how it ends, but on the other hand, I have such a confused image of the characters. It’s weird, but he still made it onto the list.

8. Huntley Fitzpatrick

12294652Huntley FitzpatrickI can’t tell you how much I love My Life Next Door! It’s such a lovely story with such great characters and I am so thankful that Fitzpatrick decided to stay in the universe. I have to get that book soon as well!

9. Jasmine Warga

Jasmine WargaMy Heart and Other Black Holes18336965 was an amazing debut novel and I expect great things from Warga in the future!

10. Rachel Hawkins

8475505Rachel HawkinsRebel Belle is hilarious and that’s obviously due to Hawkins‘ writing!

 

 

 

The list is surprisingly more even in terms of male/female representation than I thought, which makes me immensely glad. Who are the awesome people listed on your TTT? Leave a link below and I’ll gladly take a look at it! 

Top Ten Tuesday: Thanksgiving

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is as follows:

Thanksgiving themed Freebie — ten books I’m thankful for, authors I’m thankful for, Ten fictional families I’d like to celebrate Thanksgiving with, a personal non-bookish thankful list, etc. etc.

I am not American, I’ve never celebrated Thanksgiving in my life and even though I definitely grateful for a lot of books I’ve read, I wanted to do something different. So, I saw a great post over at Victoria’s blog @Addlepates and Book Nerds and I decided to steal her topic – with permission of course!!! She went with Americans who can teach her the way of Thanksgiving and I’ll go with Americans/Bookish Characters I’d Like to Spend Thanksgiving With!

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(As always, this is not a ranking just a list that happens to have numbers!)

1. The Lightwood Siblings (incl. Jace)

Victoria actually had that answer as well, but I simply couldn’t resist. I love Alec, Izzy and Jace together and they are a little family of their own. I bet it would be a very memorable occasion (even though I can’t remember if Shadowhunters celebrate Thanksgiving …).

2. Cath and Levi from Fangirl

CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW CUTE THAT WOULD BE? I think of it and I see it as being all cuddly and nice. It would smell like delicious food everywhere and everyone would just be happy and comfortable.

3. Mark Watney (and the Ares 3 crew) from the Martian

I just love that guy so much! I bet people would barely get to eat because everyone would be laughing so much. I am sort of imagining it in space right now, but that’s not a must. However, we probably wouldn’t eat anything that involves potatoes … I kind of like potatoes. Sweet potatoes aren’t real potatoes so they would still be there, right? I think I just sort of dissuaded myself from really wanting that Thanksgiving-get-together.

4. The Beauchamp Family from Witches of East End

This one is maybe a bit of a strange one. It’s just that ever since I did the Your Future – Book Tag, I started liking the Beauchamps a lot better. They are technically not American, but they’ve spent so much time there, I am sure they celebrate Thanksgiving. Also, the women of this family are formidable at cooking!

5. Dash and Lily from Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

Already having experienced their Christmas with them, I kind of imagine they have a pretty epic Thanksgiving as well. Maybe another scavenger hunt would spice things up as well.  I would seriously love that!

6. Waldorf Family from Gossip Girl

Okay maaaybe this is a lot more influenced by the show than it is by the books, but whatever! There is so much food! The whole upper east side society is there and there’s always drama!

7. Ira and Ruth from the Longest Ride

They don’t have children of their own, but they have such a big heart. I bet they would open their door for me and that we would have a lovely Thanksgiving because they have so much love to give!

8. The Pack from Bitten

The pack is a family of their own and they are hilarious and bantery and fun together. They eat so much, I hope they can spare something for me, but spending my time with them would sure be great. I am not sure I can handle the activities they surely have planned afterwards though.

9. Everyone from A Good Year

So, for those of you who don’t know, A Good Year takes place in France. There aren’t even that many Americans in the story, except one, and I bet she would persuade the others to celebrate Thanksgiving with her. I bet it would be chaotic but nice because half of the village would be there and there would always be good wine around.

10. Charlie and Tess from Charlie St. Cloud

I actually have no idea why I chose those two. They just sort of wouldn’t leave my head and I thought, why not? We’d probably have a very improvised Thanksgiving on a boat somewhere, but that would definitely be a nice change as well!

 

Who are some people you want to spend Thanksgiving with? What does your TTT look like? Leave a link below and I’ll gladly take a look at it! And while we are at it, also know that I am very grateful for all of you!

Top Ten Tuesday: Book To Movie Adaptations I Am Looking Forward To

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday!!! (originally created by The Broke and the Bookish) Compared to some of the last weeks we’ve had, this theme is actually pretty “easy” for me:

Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch

I went with Book to Movie Adaptations I am looking forward to, because I don’t think I’ve missed 10 adaptations that have already been released. Okay, maybe I have, but I still like to concentrate on the future with this one. Again, I want to remind you that my lists are never really a ranking though. I am almost equally excited for all of these!

1. Me Before You (Jojo Moyes)

A cast that includes Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman, Charles Dance, Brendan Coyle and Matthew Lewis has me sitting in a movie theater in no time! I haven’t read the book yet, but I really, really, really want to because I think it seems to be right down my alley.

2. The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)

The book has been optioned a while ago and since then there were NO news whatsoever! It’s torture! I would love to see this book come to life, even though I think it might work better as TV show, simply because there can’t be enough circus. It’s so gorgeous and enchanting! They probably take so much time, because they want to do it right.

 

3. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)

It’s being directed by Tim Burton and has a really interesting cast. I still can’t quite picture it, because the images in my head for the book characters are all confused and jumbled up in my head. Still, I am excited about this one!

 

4. Red Queen (Victoria Aveyard)

Another book that has been optioned. I loved reading Red Queen and even though we are still far away from knowing the conclusion to the series, I wouldn’t mind filling the gaps between the books with movies.

 

5. The Rosie Project (Don Tillman)

The movie is still categorized as “in development”, but everyone seems to love the book and I really want to read it. Jennifer Laurence is supposed to star as Rosie and I see that as a good sign as well.

 

6. Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell)

Rainbow Rowell wrote the script for Eleanor & Park, so I have high hopes of the movie being faithful to the book. It’s not my favourite book of hers, but I do believe it would be cool to watch. Also, maybe we will get a bit of a different conclusion than the one in the book? Maybe it will spark her interest in writing a sequel? One can always dream …

7. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (J. K. Rowling)

Does it need explaining? *sigh* Eddie Redmayne.

 

 

8. Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)

As much as I had problems with the book while reading it, I could really imagine it as a movie. I think the pacing would work better and Cline just has that certain way of telling a story that makes it seem like a film anyway.

 

9. The 5th Wave (Rick Yancey)

I’ve already written a post about that particular book to movie adaptation (click here to read it and watch the Trailer!).

10. The Choice (Nicholas Sparks)

I have yet to miss a Sparks movie. ‘Nough said!

Honourable Mentions

What are some movies you are looking forward to? Are there some recent ones you have missed and would like to see? Post a link to your TTT below!

Top Ten Tuesday: Debut Authors Who’ve Convinced Me With Their First Work

It’s Top Ten Tuesday!!! (originally created by The Broke and the Bookish) This weeks theme is as follows:

Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel (because when you love a debut you just are ITCHING to get your hands on the author’s second book) or Top Ten Sophomore Novels That I Loved Just As Much If Not More As The Author’s Debut (no one hit wonders heeeere!)

So, I am not sure if this counts for series as well as standalones, since they are not technically just one book, but I am taking them into account as well. My list will be split in two parts and will include all authors that have somehow convinced me with their first book that everything they could possibly write in the future will be awesome. And the other part is about authors that I am sure will be able to convince me, but that I hadn’t had a chance to check out yet. As always, this is not so much a ranking, but rather a list that is coincidentally numbered.

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Authors Who Have Convinced Me:

1. Tahereh Mafi

I’ve raved about her books countless times now. I simply cannot wait for her to write something new in the YA genre, because I am pretty darn sure that it’s going to be amazing!

2. Victoria Aveyard

I love, love, love Red Queen! That twist in the end … I still can’t quite forgive her for that betrayal, but I NEED MORE!

3. Erin Morgenstern

Rarely in my life have I been so enchanted by a story, but there are not enough words to describe the Night Circus. It is magical, intriguing, beautiful, addicting and simply gorgeous. Please, write more! Or a different story! I don’t care, I just need something.

4. Jasmine Warga

Reading My Heart and Other Black Holes was an emotional ride and I am sure that Jasmine Warga has a bright future with a ton of heartbreak on my part ahead of her.

5. Morgan Matson

I know that Matson has several books out, but I loved her from the get go and I wouldn’t hesitate one second to pick up another book by her.

Authors Who Surely Will Convince Me:

6. Becky Albertalli

I’ve heard so many good things about Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and now it’s been optioned to become a movie and I think I have to am going to read it without a doubt.

7. Adam Silvera

Same with More Happy Than Not. So many good books came out this year and I feel like I am majorly behind on most of them …

8. Renée Ahdieh

For this one I actually have a legit excuse for not having read it yet. First, the book was nowhere to be found in any of the dozen bookstores I went to. Second, I didn’t want to order it with 1 month delivery time. Third, I am terrible with cliffhangers and I have heard certain … things.

9. Sabaa Tahir

I am so curious about An Ember in the Ashes and I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet. I JUST DON’T KNOW!

10. Marissa Meyer

Marissa MeyerOh my … I am at a loss again. The Lunar Chronicles sound right up my alley with the futuristic fairy tale theme. Maybe it was some sort of money reason again?

In hindsight, I see that there is a lack of male author representation on my list, but what can you do. The heart likes to read books that it likes and apparently a ton of those are by women? That was a silly sentence, forget I ever wrote it! How are your TTT lists looking? Post links in the comments and I’ll check them out!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Supernatural & Magical Beings

You know the drill for the Top Ten Tuesday post, originally created by The Broke and the BookishThis week we got a Halloween-themed freebie and I have to admit that I am mostly at a loss when it comes to freebies. I always want to do something really creative and cool, but my mind is mostly blank. I don’t read any scary books, because I don’t like the feeling of being scared … So, all I could think of were books that included some sort of supernatural creature or magical being (be it vampire, ghost, werewolf, witch, fairy, etc.). Hope you enjoy!

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1. The Mortal Instruments/The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare

Okay, so what do you want? Werewolves, faeries, vampires, demons, warlocks? You name it, because that book very likely has it!

2. The Magicians Series by Lev Grossman

There are a ton of fantastical creatures in the books that I did not know before, but they also have quite regular ones like demons.

3. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

I don’t know about you but the title already suggests werewolf and werewolf it is. If you continue with the series though, witches and the likes will appear.

4. The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris

Those are the books the TV show True Blood is based on. Vampires! ‘Nough said!

5. Witches of East End by Melissa De La Cruz

Okay, the title is obvious enough, right?

6. The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer

You see me grasping at straws now …

7. The Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

The book has ghosts in it, but they are not the real focus of the story.

8. Tithe by Holly Black

Faeries!!! Because well, the series called Modern Faerie Tales, but I haven’t read any of the other books.

9. Cirque du Freak Series by Darren Shan

Again vampires. There are a lot of books with vampires.

10. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

I just threw this in for the fun of it. There’s a sort of ghost in the story, but for the sake of not spoiling anyone, I am not going to say who it is!

I know, I know … I’ve done better and there were a ton of books I didn’t mention. What about Harry Potter or Vampire Academy you may ask? Well, I didn’t want to put in any books that I haven’t read. Now, please don’t shame me for not having read HP and tell me all about your TTT lists instead!

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!!