Ten Books I Recently Added To My To-Be-Read List // Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s theme is Ten Books I Recently Added To My To-Be-Read List. I have 150+ books on my TBR list. It’s quite agonizing to think of that number (and I still have the need to buy more and more books). So I’m going to show the ten books that I’m most excited to read that I purchased recently (in the last few months and still haven’t read):

the-unbecoming-of-mara-dyer-m.hodkin1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
I ordered the complete trilogy off of Amazon and they were somehow different editions and they don’t match. I hate when my books don’t match. Maybe that’s why I haven’t picked up this book? It could also be because everyone seems to love the first two books, but the third one was kind of a let down. I’m still excited to read this trilogy. I hope that I get to it soon.

red-queen-v.aveyard2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
This book was purchased this month. I’m planning on reading it in April; it gets a lot of hype and I love fantasy worlds with two class systems. So I hope that I love it as much as a lot of people do.

the-humans-m.haig3. The Humans by Matt Craig
This is a book that I’ve often seen over on Stefani’s blog @ Caught Read Handed. She always praises this book so much that I had to take it with me as soon as I saw it in the bookshop. I will definitely read this as soon as I can.

slammed-c.hoover4. Slammed by Colleen Hoover
I bought this trilogy because I wanted to see what the fuss is about all of her books. As I wanted to read more New Adult fiction, I thought that this is the best way to start.

the-assassin's-blade-s.j.maas5. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
I want to get back into this world and I have to read this book before I can continue with Heir of Fire. I love this series so far and I want to get on track so that I can read Queen of Shadows as soon as it comes out later this year.

the-glass-arrows-k.simmons6. The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
I actually wanted to read this book for the Bloggers’ Book Club this month, but I didn’t manage to do so. So I’ll hope to get to it in April. The premise sounds very interesting and I cannot wait to get into it.

the-winners-crime-m.rutkoski7. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Although I was underwhelmed by The Winner’s Curse (my review can be found here), I heard that the sequel is much better. Also, these covers are so gorgeous! I couldn’t resist buying it just so I can admire these books on my shelf.

mosquitoland-d.arnold8. Mosquitoland by David Arnold
I have seen this book on several blogs and in various Booktube videos and I just fell in love with this cover. It’s about a road trip and I am a big fan of road trip books, so I have to read this in the summer time.

fixing-delilah-s.ockler9. Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler
I don’t even know what this book is about. I assume it’s a contemporary romance, maybe? I had to get it because I love this author and her books so much that I had to get this book as well. Now I have to make time to read it.

since-you've-been-gone-m.matson10. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
This sounds like such a fun story. Things on a bucket list that have to be accomplished by the end of summer? Yes, please!

What are some of the books that you have added to your TBR recently?

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins // Reviews

A woman takes the train every morning and sees a couple on their terrace, until one day she sees something that changes everything.

the-girl-on-the-train-p.hawkinsGenre: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Adult

Publisher: Doubleday

Publication Date: January 15, 2015

316 pages, paperback

series: –

Synopsis: Goodreads

This book was being titled the next Gone Girl. I did have high expectations for this book and although this story did have some things in common with Gone Girl like an unreliable main character, a missing girl and the book being a thriller, apart from that it definitely wasn’t the same.

I must admit that I wasn’t too interested in this story as I started to read it. The blurb sounded interesting and as I started reading it, Rachel sounded interesting enough, but I liked Megan’s chapters more. I read a few chapters and then put the book down. I was busy with work and life and this book wasn’t gripping. But then I reached about page 50 and I had to keep reading and reading and reading until I fell asleep. Not because the book was so boring, but because I was exhausted. I then came home today after work and sat down and finished the last 100 pages in one rush.

What actually kept me glued to the page until I finally finished this book were definitely the characters. They were all different, none of them were perfect and it was so interesting to get to know them, their lives and their relationships with each other.

We have Rachel, who is divorced, but cannot quite let go of her ex-husband, Tom. She is an alcoholic and that made her do stupid things when getting really drunk. She was our main character, the girl on the train. But she definitely wasn’t likable. I understood that she went through a rough patch in her life, but her husband leaving her happened two years ago and she still couldn’t let go of it. I just didn’t understand why she would be hanging onto something that hurt her so much and why she wouldn’t let anyone help her because she deserved better.
The character growth is definitely noticeable. There are baby steps, fall-backs, getting up again and so on. It’s remarkable what this character goes through and how she isn’t this powerful woman at the end of the story, but simply human. She does what she thinks she has to do and she is persistent and that’s what I especially liked at the end about her, her resilience.

Then we have Megan. Megan is a housewife and she’s bored. She worked in an art gallery, but it closed down and now she sits at home, waiting for her husband to come home and has nothing to do. She was the youngest of the three main characters and one can see that on her bubbly personality, her quirkiness. But that’s not all there is to her. She has a dark place inside her and she lived with it for over ten years. She has anxiety and insomnia keeps her awake at night. That’s the other side of her and it was interesting to see two very different people merged into one person. Her story is nothing but tragic, but I loved how she was headstrong and wanted to do what’s right for her.

Lastly we have Anna. Anna is the new wife of Rachel’s ex-husband, Tom. She is a young mother and the woman who had an affair with a married man. She is so happy in her little bubble. Her little family means everything to her if it weren’t for Rachel, who seems to show up more often than not to seemingly destroy her marriage. I liked seeing both Anna’s and Rachel’s point of views, especially when it came to Tom. How they see one thing so vastly different, how Anna despises Rachel so much although she has clearly gotten what she always wanted: Tom and a baby with him. It was interesting to see how Anna did everything to protect her child, how she acted around Rachel, specifically. It was also interesting to see how much she adored her husband. She didn’t see any faults in him and she saw herself as his saviour, who rescued him when he was almost completely dragged down by Rachel.

The story itself was so interesting and I loved the mystery and thriller aspects of it. I was never sure which character I could trust, who told the truth and who didn’t and I also couldn’t tell who could be the bad one in this. Maybe I wasn’t quick enough to understand the parallels and links between each of the characters, but I just couldn’t pinpoint it. It wasn’t until the characters themselves figured it out that I said: “Ahhh!” When I started reading this book I definitely wouldn’t have thought that this book had this kind of outcome, but I definitely liked the surprise.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It kept me constantly on my toes and I’m glad that I read it. It was a really interesting story with enthralling characters that made the story as great as it is.

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Forever by Maggie Stiefvater // Reviews

This is the conclusion of the story about wolves, true love and freedom.

forever-m.stiefvaterGenre: Paranormal Romance, YA

Publisher: Scholastic

Publication Date: May 1, 2012

386 pages, paperback

series: #3 in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series

Synopsis: Goodreads

As this is the third book in a series, it may contain spoilers for the first two books. So if you haven’t read those yet, do not continue to read. If you’d like to see what I thought of Shiver and Linger, I posted my reviews for these books on my Goodreads account (here and here).

Unfortunately I got in a massive reading slump after I started reading this book. It wasn’t exactly fast-paced and I just had to put it down about halfway through. It was enjoyable, but I wasn’t in the mood to read it. But a few days ago I picked it up again and there was so much happening in a matter of a few pages that I just couldn’t stop reading.

The story was told again in four different perspectives: Grace, Sam, Isabel and Cole. I liked all of their voices. If there hadn’t been any indication whose point of view I’m currently reading from I wouldn’t have guessed it right away, but they were distinctive after reading a few sentences. I also found it fascinating how everyone who could become a wolf (i.e. Sam, Grace and Cole) would be shown in their thinking wolf form. It seemed pretty authentic to me: how they thought about nature, how they communicated with the pack and how they lost their human senses pretty quickly.

At the end of Linger Grace became a wolf and now she is roaming in the Boundary Woods as long as it doesn’t get warmer. Sam suffers because of her disappearance and Cole tries to find a cure.

I loved the characters as much as I did in the last two books.

Grace had to deal with her disappearance, her becoming a wolf and also explaining herself to her parents somehow. She seemed more mature than in the first book, as if this experience has significantly changed her. It was very well done; I loved this new Grace.

Sam seemed to be a wreck after Grace became a wolf. He didn’t know what to do with himself or with his life. He waited for warmer weather so that he could finally see and be with human Grace. He also had an identity crisis because of how Beck, his adoptive father, had kept secrets from him and also that he bit him so that Sam became a wolf. Sam was torn throughout the book on whether he could see Beck as his loving and caring father or whether he could only see him acting selfish and biting Sam lead him to being a wolf.

Cole was superb. I thought he was awesome. He wasn’t as depressed anymore and didn’t have this “I-don’t-care”-attitude anymore. He had this goal: to cure Grace and get rid of the wolf inside her. It was great to see him more happy and content. But he seemed also bit helpless and desperate; trying to get to Isabel and her not answering his calls. I loved that he didn’t give up calling her. It made him less of an asshole and more of a human being.

Isabel is such a great and feisty character. She didn’t want to be let down by Cole, so she avoided every contact possible. She definitely longed for him and that showed her vulnerability as she didn’t want to be hurt by him.
She was also a great friend for Grace. Helping in any way that she could, but being direct and honest at the same time. She may have come around as a little harsh, but actually she was just telling the truth without any sugar-coating.

The story picked up about 180 pages in and then it was non-stop action and things happening here and there. Decisions had to be made, a plan had to be constructed and other things had to be dealt with.

The writing was as beautiful as I expected it. The story and characters were described so wonderfully poetic and I just loved it. I will definitely pick up more of Maggie Stiefvater’s books.

I loved how the story was kind of wrapped up. This was an open ending, but it fit this story perfectly. How the story really ends is up to the reader and in certain books that is just the perfect ending. This was one those stories and I enjoyed it a lot.

Sinner will be out at the end of June in the paperback edition that matches my trilogy and I cannot wait to get my hands on it and see how this companion novel will turn out and whether Grace and Sam will be mentioned in this book.

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Top Ten Books From My Childhood That I Would Love To Revisit // Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s theme is Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit. I loved reading from an early age on, but I don’t know if I can remember all of the books that I have read at that time. Nonetheless, here goes:

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1. Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng
How I loved this book when I was a child! It had this ultra shiny cover and I just couldn’t walk past this book. So I took it out from the library and read it a few times. Two years ago I decided to re-read it in its original English edition and I still loved it. I have to continue with this series!

2. Grimm’s Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm
This was definitely a go-to book when I first started reading by myself and also when I had nothing else to read at the moment.

3. Matilda by Roald Dahl
I loved the movie and when I found this book at the library I had to read it! I’d love to get the whole Roald Dahl collection. These editions are so pretty and I want to read every book that he’s written.

4. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
I remember my mother reading this book to me when I was little. It’s one of the fondest memories that I have and I love Winnie the Pooh to this day.

5. Die Wilden Hühner a.k.a. The Summer Gang by Cornelia Funke
Well, the English title sucks, the German one is more suitable (translated it’s “The Wild Chicks”). I loved this series so much and I wanted to be part of a “gang” as well, with the secret meeting places, the adventures and this solidarity. It was a great series reading while I grew up.

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6. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
This is not a children’s book. I got it from my grandma who got it from a friend or from the flea market or something. I picked it up because I wanted to read it before watching the movie and I loved this book. If you love the movie, then you should also check out the book. It fascinated me and I loved this book.

7. Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
I remember my mother getting this book from an acquaintance and she told me that this was a really great book and I should read it. I did and when we went on vacation I started reading Twilight in English so that I could continue with New Moon (the German version wasn’t released then). It was my first English read and I enjoyed it so much to swoon with Bella over Edward.

8. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Duh. I was really late to the party; my cousin said that I should read the books (the books until Goblet of Fire were released then) and I loved them. I then read Order of the Phoenix when it came out, but was spoiled when the Half-Blood Prince came out, so that I never finished this series. It wasn’t until I was 19 that I completely read this series in English and finished it.

9. Angus, Thongs & Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
So many great memories are connected to this book. This was definitely a series I could relate to. Georgia was so hilarious with her embarrassing family and her annoying little sister and her crushes on the Sex God. It was so much fun reading these books.

10. Making Out series by Katherine Applegate
This was one of the first more mature books that I read. It was about first love, first sex, teenage problems, drinking and smoking. It was a really addicting series that I unfortunately never got to finish because my library didn’t have all of the books available. I want to get all of the books (28 books in total!!) somehow secondhand.

What are the books that you loved as a child or in your early teenage years?

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂

Volition by Lily Paradis // Reviews

A girl flees her Southern comfort home and gets involved in a conversation with a handsome man on the way to New York.

volition-l.paradisGenre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult

Publisher: Empire Books

Publication Date: February 9, 2015

390 pages, e-book

series: –

Synopsis: Goodreads

This is a rather dark contemporary. I have never read a book from the perspective of a girl who seems to drown in her negativity. It was a really fast-paced novel that alternated between Then and Now chapters. It was great how both the past and the present were woven together.

Tate is not your usual likable main character. She is very dark and conflicted because of her connection to her soul mate and her growing love for another man. She tries to start a new life far away from her soul mate and somehow find happiness in New York, where she promptly meets a rather wealthy and well-known man of society.

Hayden was rather charming. I liked him from the start. Although he seemed a bit off sometimes and was gone in an instant, I didn’t think it was rude of him because of how Tate behaved at the beginning of their relationship. He was adorable and stood by his decisions and fought for Tate as best as Tate would let him.

Jesse was a character I just couldn’t understand. Why he was so distant and wouldn’t let Tate near him. Most of the time he seemed indifferent. At the end it was clear why he acted the way he acted. But it still seemed a bit cruel to let Tate suffer like this. There were moments I couldn’t stand him and other moments where he did something for Tate nobody else would or could have done.

Colin and Catherine were great friends. This is the kind of friends that a person can only wish for. I loved their quirkiness and how, although they were a couple, sometimes didn’t approve of the decisions the other made. But in the end, they were really adorable together as well as with Tate.

The story in general was great. I loved the New York setting. I love the idea of New York and it was so interesting to read about the places Tate would go and how she traveled via subway and all of the locations that they would go; it was magical!
This is a story about finding happiness in the darkest of times and how to get out of this dark place. How love is not only one side of the medal and how it can change you for the good and also for the bad.

The writing was very beautiful and had a poetical feel to it. I want to also read Ignite by Lily Paradis, which is already in my possession, and also look out for her works that she will write in the future.

It’s a story that will definitely stay with me for a while and that I will go back to once in a while.

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