Ten Books Set Outside the U.S. // Top Ten Tuesday

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

Today’s theme is Ten Books Set Outside the U.S.. Here are ten books that I highly enjoyed:

a_great_and_terrible_beauty_l.bray1. Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray
Set in Victorian England, this story combines proper ladies with magic, mischief and friendship. I have loved reading this trilogy and it is to this day one of my favourites.

ketchup-clouds-a.pitcher2. Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
I feel like this is a hidden gem that is not talked about much. A girl, living somewhere in the U.K., has a dark secret and starts writing letters to man on Death Row in Texas.

tomorrow_when_the_war_began_j.marsden3. Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
A popular series set in Australia. Unfortunately I have only read the first book. What I can say about it is this: a group of friends go camping, when they come back to civilisation, they notice how their family and friends are gone; their country seems to be under attack and it’s their mission to find out what happened and save the ones they love.

just_one_day_g.forman4. Just One Day by Gayle Forman
A book for the one with wanderlust. This book takes places in several countries in Europe as well as in the U.S.; I have loved reading about this trip and about this love story.

the_book_thief_m_zusak5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
One of the most heart-wrenching and truly beautiful stories I have ever read about World War II. The story is told by Death; the characters are amazing; the writing is phenomenal.

sailor-moon-n.takeuchi6. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi
I have loved Sailor Moon since first grade and to this day it is one of my favorite manga of all time. It’s the manga series that shaped my future reading regarding manga. A holy grail, I might say.

solitaire-a.oseman7. Solitaire by Alice Oseman
I have read quite a lot of YA contemporaries, but not one book has come even close to this perfect depiction of young adults today. Tumblr, movies, first loves; everything is covered and everything is on point.

wolf_by_wolf_r.graudin8. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
Another book that is set in an alternative universe, shortly after World War II has ended. The Nazis have won and Yael, a shapeshifter, wants to kill Adolf Hitler. To get close to him she needs to participate in a highly acclaimed motorcycle race.

1984-g.orwell9. 1984 by George Orwell
A classic dystopian which deserves all of the credit it gets. I loved the story itself, the world building was definitely creepy and writing was impeccable!

isla_and_the_happily_ever_after_s.perkins10. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
This is my favorite book out of the companion trilogy. Although it is set partly in the U.S., it also takes place in France. Isla is adorable, Josh even more so!

#BooktubeAThon Summer 2016 // Read-A-Thons

I cannot believe the #BooktubeAThon is upon us again. This time I even managed to be on vacation for the whole read-a-thon, so I hope to get a lot of reading done.

The BooktubeAThon will start on Monday and go until Sunday (17th – 24th), more information can be found on the designated Youtube channel.
I will not be posting any videos on Youtube, but I just might post some pictures on my Instagram account and I will also be participating in the reading challenges:

IMG_45961. Read a book with yellow on the cover. – More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
I got this book in my Owlcrate over a year ago and I still haven’t read it! This books sounds like a lot of fun and I cannot wait to dive into it!

2. Read a book only after sunset. – Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
This kind of creepy conclusion to the Miss Peregrine’s trilogy has been way too long on my to-read shelf and it seems to fit into this category to read late at night.

3. Read a book you discovered through booktube. – Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
This book is highly popular with the booktube community and since I am reading one Morgan Matson book every month until I have read anything by her since May, this seemed like a perfect opportunity to read this book.

4. Read a book by one of your favorite authors. – The Princess Diaries: Sixsational by Meg Cabot
I have loved Meg Cabot for a long time and during the last BooktubeAThon I read the first book in the Princess Diaries series. It just feels right to continue with the series.

5. Read a book that is older than you. – The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
It was not easy for me to pick a book that I already owned and that was older than 25 years and not a classic. I didn’t find a suitable read for a read-a-thon until this book jumped out at me. We’ll see what I think of this choice.

6. Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation. – Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern
I have wanted to read the book and watch the movie since I have gotten a copy of the book and the movie came out. Although the copy of the book that I have looks big, the whole concept is a mixture of letters, e-mails and notes.

7. Read seven books. – Dengeki Daisy, Vol. 3 by Kyousuke Motomi
Something light and fluffy like a romance shoujo manga is never a bad choice, especially if I want a break from reading books with just letters and get to flip through beautiful drawings and a cutesy story to accompany the art.

I am beyond excited to be participating in the read-a-thon! I haven’t been in a great reading mood for the past few months, it seems, and I just need to get back on track.

Hopefully I will also manage to read all of the seven books. Wish me luck!

Until next time: happy reading! πŸ™‚

July 2016 TBR // Bookish lists

Currently I am trying something new with my TBR’s. I set myself a goal of five books I want to read and if I don’t manage to read all of the set five books, the rest of it goes right to next month’s TBR. At the end of the year I want to read all of the books I challenged myself to read over the months of the year. There are four books which I am taking over from June. I didn’t make a post about my June TBR, but I posted a picture of it on my Instagram account. You can find it here.

IMG_45581. Numbers by Rachel Ward
This book has been on my shelf probably the longest since I started reading and collecting books in the English language. It is time to finally read it!

2. George by Alex Gino
I am very much interested in this story, which is targeted towards more younger readers. I want to see how the topic of a transgender girl very early in her life will play out.

3. The Princess Diaries: Sixsational by Meg Cabot
I read book five last month and I loved being back in Mia’s world. It is time to get more into this series. Also, these books are a lot of fun and very quick to read.

4. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
#MonthofMatson continues. I loved her first two books and am more than exited to read this book. Bucket lists, best friends and first loves: this definitely sounds like my cup of iced tea!

I really hope to read all of these books as well as the books I didn’t get to last month. We’ll see how that will go at the end of the month.

Until next time: happy reading! πŸ™‚

June 2016 Wrap-Up // Bookish lists

I had a lot of fun reading last month. I read most of the books near the end of the month during #TBRTakedown 4.0, but I read nonetheless πŸ˜‰

IMG_45571. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
I pre-ordered this book to read it as soon as I got it. Then it took me almost two months to read it. That had nothing to do with the book, though, but with a rather long reading slump. I loved the conclusion: the love story, the friendships, the political war strategies!

2. The Princess Diaries: Give Me Five by Meg Cabot
I have missed Mia! It was time for more hilarious and ridiculous problems with the heir of Genovia’s throne! I read this book in two sittings. That’s how much fun these books are! I cannot wait to continue with the series.

3. Bright Minds Empty Souls by Jennae Cecelia
A collection of poetry which was not bad for a first time published author. Although I had quite a few problems with some of the poems, I also found a few gems in between.

4. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
#MonthofMatson continues for me throughout the summer. This book was just perfect in all its ways. Family, friendship, love, sickness and death and a summer house in a small town is all that I needed to love, hate, laugh and cry while reading this book.

5. Summer Days & Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins
I enjoyed reading My True Love Gave To Me, but the summer edition was much better. I loved so many more of the stories and now I need to check out all of these authors and their great stories!

Overall I had a good reading month. I need to read more like I did during the read-a-thon in at least two out of four weeks next month. It just is so much fun and I need to make time for it.

Until next time: happy reading! πŸ™‚