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The Monday Musts #3 | Happy Vibes!

Hello everybody!

How are you all doing today? This week, I am going to have a lot more time on my hands. (*hints to more posts to come*) And that means finally some time to read. Yay! I’ve really been enjoying my last couple of reads, too. I am having the opposite of a reading slump. I have so much motivation to read, that I want to read ten books at a time. But that’s not realistic (unless you are superhuman), so I am restraining myself to two.

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For this week’s Monday Musts, I decided to work in a theme. Since I am feeling so joyful today, I wanted to reflect that in this post. I hope you enjoy my picks!!


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This is a must read if you are looking for something light-hearted. This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith is no five-star read and can be cheesy sometimes, but this book was still a very entertaining read to me. It will definitely make you long for the summer also!


MUST WATCH

New Girl is great if you enjoy funny and cheerful series. I am kind of (very much) addicted to this show right now (I’m still on season 1, but I’m moving fast, haha).

PS: I spoiled myself so badly whilst searching for this trailer! 😮


MUST LISTEN

Ooh, don’t you just want to start dancing when you hear this song? Too bad I can’t really dance, haha.


Thank you so much for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful day! liesje

 

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My Dream Book Panels!

Hello everybody!

As a book-lover and aspiring writer, I often wish I could simply talk to authors (or even fictional characters). Some of these people are very talented or have such an interesting life, I would do almost anything to get a chance to meet them. 

Not so long ago, Eventbrite inspired me to write about my dream book panels. I thought this was a wonderful idea and started brainstorming right away. Finally, I’ve succeeded to gather my favorite authors (and other people) on panels of my favorite genres. If this would be real life, I would be super excited. Unfortunately, some of the authors have passed away. But right now, in this dream event, we are going to forget about real life.

The event is now open for visitors!


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Stephen King
Sasha Alsberg
J.K.Rowling

There are so many authors I would want to get writing advice from, but these three came up in my head almost immediately. Stephen King is known for writing very good fiction novels. He would give non-sugarcoated writing advice and I learn best from that kind of advice, even though it’s the hardest kind to accept.

Sasha Alsberg has been a big inspiration to me since I discovered her on booktube. I fell in love with books because of her enthusiasm. No, I became obsessed with books. Thanks a lot for that, Sasha! Now she has written her own book and that makes me so happy!

J.K.Rowling was my third and most obvious choice. Her books are insanely original and have become classics in no time. It would be insane not to include her on this panel.


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Dan Brown
Libba Bray
A.C.Doyle

I am obsessed with the way Dan Brown writes mystery novels. I am so impressed by the originality of his books.

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I haven’t read Libba Bray’s books yet, but I wanted to include her on this panel either way. I am very interested in the twenties and would love to write a story set in that time. Her novel The Diviners is set in that timespan. I would love to ask her how she researched certain things and such. I am trying to read The Diviners very soon!

And lastly, the master of mystery, sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The mystery panel wouldn’t be complete without him. The adventures of Sherlock Holmes are timeless classics. He is one of my biggest idols.


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Jane Austen
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Morgan Matson

For this panel, I’ve traveled back in time. Jane Austen and Shakespeare are two of the most famous authors on this planet. I thought it appropriate to include them. They lived in such an interesting time and only for that I would want to speak with them. But of course, I want to ask them about their writing experience. How they came up with their ideas. How their families and friends reacted on their works, and so on. But I’d probably be way too scared and intimidated to even go up to them.

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I would also love to hear by what Morgan Matson was inspired to write her books. They have really made me happy when I was feeling down. I admire her for that a lot.


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Morgan Rhodes
J.R.R Tolkien
Maria V. Snyder

These three have written some of my favorite books. I really enjoyed the Falling Kingdom series by Morgan Rhodes so far.

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s books I haven’t read, but I did see the movies of Lord of the Rings. I know, it isn’t right. But at that time, my English wasn’t yet good enough to read that type of book. I was amazed by how grand this story is. How he came up with the world, characters and everything else is simply unique.

I’ve heard a lot of great things about Maria V. Snyders book and I would love to hear her talk about fantasy novels.


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Sherlock Holmes
Katniss Everdeen
Will Herondale

Okay, this choice was a hard one. Letting only three fictional characters come to life was the most difficult decision of my life. And it’s not even real. Sadly. I choose Sherlock Holmes because of his geniality. I always try to solve his cases with him, but I never have a clue to who actually committed the murder. He does, of course.

I choose Katniss Everdeen to be on this panel too because she is badass. I would love to hear her take on this society and be inspired by her strength. How cool would it be to be at her side?

And of course, the thirds person to be on this panel had to be a personal one. Will Herondale simply has to come so he can be my boyfriend. It’s that easy.


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This post was so much fun to make! I got totally swept away in my imagination. Would you want to go to this book event?

Thanks very much for reading! Talk to you soon! liesje

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The Goodreads Book Tag

Hello everybody!

Phew, what a week it has been already! Mainly because next week my senior year of high school has planned something absolutely fantastic, phenomenal and crazy. But I’ll be telling more about this in a separate post. Stay tuned for that the coming week!

A special thank you to the incredible The Orangutan Librarian for tagging me to do this one. If you seek great humor and content, you should definitely check out this blog!

What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

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With Malice was a very entertaining read. I would really recommend this book for the ones who love some YA mystery.

What are you currently reading?

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Currently, I’m buddy reading with the wonderful Maddie of Of Reading and Random Things. I’m not far in, but I can tell that I’m definitely enjoying it so far!

What was the last book you marked as tbr?

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I am really intrigued by this book. I do not know so much about the plot, but I plan on reading this one as soon as possible. I ordered it not so long ago. It can come in the mail any second!

What book do you plan to read next?

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Yesss! I am so happy I have this book in my possession. I couldn’t help but peek into this book and I ended up reading the first three chapters (sorry, not sorry). I can’t wait to fully invest my time in this jewel!

Do you use the star rating system?

Yes, I do. Only I have the same issue with it like everyone else. I want to be able to use half stars!

Are you doing a 2017 challenge?

I am, but it is not very high. I want to read more, but sometimes it’s difficult to find the time. That definitely needs to change!

Do you have a wishlist?

Oh yes, haha. It’s endless!

What book to you plan to buy next?

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I am trying to hold back from buying books for a while, but I have a feeling that won’t last long… Currently, I have my eyes on Everland by Wendy Spinale and The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi.

Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
Bernard M. Baruch

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
Dr. Seuss

Who are your favorite authors?

Jennifer L. Armentrout, Morgan Rhodes, Eileen Cook, Maggie Stiefvater, Laini Taylor, Marissa Meyer. I could go on and on.

Have you joined any groups?

I’ve joined a few, but I am not very active in them. That’s something I have to work on. I’m also looking for new groups to join, too.


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Thank you so much for reading!liesje

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Waiting on Wednesday

Good day everyone!

I’m back again with a Waiting on Wednesday post! I get really excited when writing these posts! I become even more impatient for these books to come out, haha.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog feature hosted by Breaking the Spine. What you have to do is spotlight an upcoming release that you’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pick is Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas. I’ve seen this book everywhere. I can’t escape it! The cover is absolutely beautiful, the story sounds promising, what more could I want? I’ve also never read a work of Rhiannon Thomas before. I am very excited to see how it’ll turn out! This book will come out on February 21st this year. 

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Synopsis

Freya was never meant to be queen. Twenty-third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councilors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.


Doesn’t this story line fantastic? Only six more days you guys!

Until next time! liesje

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The Monday Musts #2

Hello everybody!

Who of you watched the Grammys? Adele’s speech was on point, wasn’t it? She is so great.

This weekly tag is created by Lovin Los Libros. In this tag you can share your must read, must watch and must listen. I’m very excited about this week’s because they are all things I am very excited about or love very deeply. If you know (and love) them, you can always let me know in the comments!


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I know this book has been out there for a while, but lately, I’ve realized that a lot of my friends haven’t read this book yet! Like what? This book is too good to not be read. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski was such a phenomenal read. I wanted to tell everyone who hasn’t read this book yet. Go! Let your mind get lost in the world of angry Romans and fiery women!


MUST WATCH

Oooooh my god! I love this show! This is the first (and probably the only) show that has caught me completely off guard. My mind is still blown after watching it so many weeks ago. The trailer doesn’t really do its justice, but trust me. It’s worth it!


MUST LISTEN

In honor of Valentines Day coming up, I wanted to include a romantic song. Ugh, this song is just so perfect!


Thank you for reading! liesje

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12 thoughts every book lover has had at least once

Hello, hello, fellow book lovers!

Books are awesome. No need for me to tell you that. They are that kind of sorcery that can make you feel either empowered or completely empty inside. Little assassins, that is what they are. As book lovers, we have a lot of mixed emotions. Here are twelve thoughts every book lover has had at least once in their life.

1. Which bag can perfectly fit a book (or two)?

I always want/need to bring books with me when I go out. What if my train is delayed or my friend is late? I can’t just sit there when I could spend that time reading?

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2. Plans canceled? Oh well… That’s PERFECT

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3. Work – studying – socialization. When do I get to read?

All this responsibility makes me want to hide in a corner and read a book.

4. When you spilled food or drinks on your book

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5. Your favorite character dies and no one is there to comfort you

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6. Recommending your favorite books to someone

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7. Book browsing through the shop

This is both a blessing and a struggle. If only I had all the money in the world…

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8. Which books do I bring on this trip? And how many?

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9. My tbr pile is so big! *orders five more books*

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10. When people have seen the movie but haven’t read the book

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11. Sleep or books?

There is no time for sleep.

12. When you’ve found the perfect book

There is nothing more beautiful than realizing you have discovered a jewel of a book. Relatable characters, gorgeous writing, a captivating world…

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Thank you so much for reading! liesje

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Thursday’s Quote

Good day everyone!

A few days ago I did the 3 days, 3 quotes tag and I enjoyed it a lot! I really liked showing you some of my favorite quotes. That’s why I would love to do this once a week. I have so many good quotes that I really want to share with you guys. You can join me if you like this idea. And of course, don’t hesitate to share your thoughts on the quotes in the comments!


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Have a great day! liesje

 

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Waiting on Wednesday

Hello everyone!

How’s your day been so far? Mine has been really great! For my psychology course, we got to go to a primary school and observe how the teachers teach. We’re doing this for three weeks, each in different grades to compare different kinds of teaching methods. It’s so fascinating to see how much work actually goes into educating children. I miss really miss those days of primary school! So many good memories…

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog feature hosted by Breaking the Spine. What you have to do is spotlight an upcoming release that you’re eagerly anticipating.

This Wednesday, I wanted to talk about a book that has just come out yesterday. I know that’s not really the point of this feature, but just bear with me and pretend we’re two days back in time. I’m talking about *drumroll* Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan. This is the sequel to Reign of Shadows. I’m so excited to read this book it’s unreal. I am shocked that this book series hasn’t gotten so much attention.

Let me explain why. First of all, the covers are to die for. I promise you, in real life, they are even more beautiful. And second, the plot is so original and interesting. It’s a retelling of Rapunzel. Only her name is Luna and she is blind. (I’ll include the synopsis of the first book for you to read if you’re interested). This is just one of those book series that gives me butterflies when I think about it, just because I love it so much. Does anyone else get that feeling too sometimes? Or am I the only one?


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Synopsis Reign of Shadows

Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.


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Synopsis Rise of Fire

Beware for spoilers if you haven’t read the first book!

Luna and Fowler have escaped the kingdom of Relhok, but they haven’t escaped the darkness. When a battle against the dark dwellers mortally injures Fowler, Luna is faced with a choice: put their fate in the hands of mysterious strangers or risk losing Fowler forever.

Desperate to keep the one bright part of her life alive, Luna accepts the help of soldiers from a nearby kingdom. Lagonia’s castle offers reprieve from the dangerous outside world—until the king discovers both Fowler’s and Luna’s true ties to Relhok and their influence over the throne.

Now pawns in each kingdom’s political game, Luna and Fowler are more determined than ever to escape and build the life they’ve been dreaming of. But their own pasts have a tight hold on their hearts and their destinies. Luna must embrace the darkness and fire within her before she loses not only Fowler, but the power she was destined to inherit.


Thank you so much for reading!Liesje

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Monthly Character Casting | With Malice

Hello everyone!

Have you ever wished you could visually see your favorite book characters? Who would you pick if a book gets made into a movie?

Sometimes, I see someone on the street or in a movie and I think: she could be a great Celaena! Or, he would make a great Jonas Agalon! I wanted to create a feature for these moments. That way we can share our visual interpretations of book characters and discuss them with each other.

monthly-character-casting-logoWhat do you have to do? Well, it’s very simple. Every 7th of the month, you pick a couple of characters from a book of your choosing. Then you link them to an image of a celebrity, a model, one of your friends or yourself, an illustration or a drawing. It’s really up to you. Let your creativity flow! You can explain your choices if you want to. And that’s it, you’ve cast your characters!

Let me know in the comments what you think of this meme and if you want to participate, make sure you tag me in your posts. I would love to see what you made of it!


Today I will be casting the characters of With Malice, a book I’ve recently read. The characters of this book were diverse. They all had different personalities. To me, it was the characters in this book that made the story epic and worthy.

Jill

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Simone

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Nicolo

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Anna

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(Disclaimer) These people do not represent the characters for a full 100%. In your mind, they’ll always look slightly different. They just give a slight idea of how you imagine them to look.

Do you agree with the people I picked for this book?


Thank you so much for reading! Have a great day!Liesje