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!

Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR // Top Ten Tuesday

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

Today’s theme is Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR. Here are the last ten books that I have added to my Goodreads to-read shelf:

a-gentleman-in-the-street-a.rai1. A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai
I saw this book on my feed a few days ago and it got quite a few good ratings. I also haven’t ventured into the Adult Erotica fiction genre yet and I wanted to try it out.

princess-knight-o.tezuka2. Princess Knight, Vol. 1 by Osamu Tezuka
This is said to be one of the first Shoujo manga out there and as I am a fan of Shoujo manga, this is definitely a must-read.

poison-study-m.v.snyder3. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
A prisoner who gets to choose to die or to become a food tester for a commander. How awesome does that sound? It’s also similar to the Throne of Glass series, as far as I have heard, and that is exactly my cup of tea.

ask-me-how-i-got-here-c.heppermann4. Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
The story of a girl who gets pregnant, decides to get an abortion and the aftermath of this decision, written in verse. I have only read books by Ellen Hopkins that were written in verse and I like this writing style. The YA contemporary fiction genre is also one of my favorites and this book sounds very intriguing.

it's-all-your-fault-p.rudnick5. It’s All Your Fault by Paul Rudnick
A night out lands the main character in jail. This sounds like a fun contemporary and I’m all for it.

how-to-train-your-dragon-c.cowell6. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
I have seen the animated movie a few years ago and loved it. Although I have heard that the book series is quite a bit different from the movie, I am all for a middle grade series.

devious-minds-k.f.germaine7. Devious Minds by K.F. Germaine
A new adult novel that takes place in university and is about gossip and hot guys. I love to read these books from time to time.

the-nightingale-k.hannah8. The Nightingale Kristin Hannah
I love reading historical fiction, especially in the time of WW II. This is exactly the time that it takes place in and I heard nothing but great things about this book.

the-magicians-l.grossman9. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
It seems like this is a book people either love or hate. It is said to be similar to Harry Potter, although this is an adult fiction. Maybe I get to it some time soon and can make my own opinion about it.

not-if-i-see-you-first-e.lindstrom10. Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
This book sounds simply amazing! A blind girl that doesn’t want to be belittled just because she is blind. Plus a possible love story. This is right up my alley and I cannot wait to get my hands on this book.

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂

Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t // Top Ten Tuesday

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

Today’s theme is Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t. Here are some of the books that I (sometimes even pre-ordered) wanted to get to, but unfortunately didn’t:

the-wrath-and-the-dawn-r.ahdieh uprooted-n.novik a-court-of-thorns-and-roses-s.j.maas an-ember-in-the-ashes-s.tahir more-happy-than-not-a.silvera

1. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
This book sounds like so much fun with this adventure and romance story and yet I didn’t get to it last year. I definitely have to read it this year; maybe even the sequel.

2. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I really love fairy tales and this one caught my eye immediately. I want to read it so badly!

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
That’s a funny one. I had this book even before it came out. I got approved for a netgalley of this book and didn’t get to read it. Then it came out and I got myself a copy and I still haven’t read it. There’s practically no excuse to not read it anymore.

4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Slaves? Soldiers? A world inspired by Ancient Rome? I really need to read it asap!

5. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
A story that has elements of the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind mixed in with LGBTQ+? Why haven’t I read it yet?

carry-on-r.rowell a-madness-so-discreet-m.mcginnis lair-of-dreams-l.bray stand-off-a.smith library-of-souls-r.riggs

6. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I wanted to re-read Fangirl before diving into this one and I knew I didn’t have the time to re-read the book and then to read Carry On. It will happen this year. Soon.

7. A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
A historical fiction novel where the main character lives in an asylum sounds not only creepy, but like the perfect read. Have to read it very soon.

8. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
I got this book right when it came out because I loved the previous book in this series, but somehow I didn’t get to it yet.

9. Stand-Off by Andrew Smith
Same as the previous one. I got this book because I loved, loved, loved Winger and I still haven’t read it yet.

10. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
See also above. I have loved the first and second book in this trilogy and I want to know how it ends! It will be on one of my next TBR’s.

I need to find out which book to read first!

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂

Ten Resolutions I Have for 2016 // Top Ten Tuesday

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

Today’s theme is Ten Resolutions I Have for 2016. I already posted my 2016 Resolutions a few days ago. So I wanted to tell you what ten specific books I wanted to read in 2016:

a game of thrones1. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
This book has been on my TBR so often and I even started reading it once, but unfortunately I was afraid to fall behind too much in my Goodreads reading challenge, that I just put the book down and never picked it up again. This year will be the year I am going to read at least the first book in the series.

outlander-d.gabaldon2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I heard nothing but fantastic things about this series. Especially since a TV show adaptation has been released. This seems to be an epic historical fiction combined with a lot of romance and I am definitely in the mood for it. So I’ll hopefully read it soon.

lord of the rings3. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
I have read The Hobbit in January 2014 and I actually wanted to read Lord of the Rings some time after that. It never happened. It needs to happen so that I can also watch the movies and gush about the amazing story and characters and world building.

heir-of-fire-s.j.maas4. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Crown of Midnight was my first read of 2015 and then I read The Assassin’s Blade around summer. I loved both the sequel and the prequel to this series and I really, really want to read on. I just haven’t picked the book up and read it.

this-shattered-world-a-kaufman-m.spooner5. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
I loved the first book in this companion trilogy, These Broken Stars. I had this book on my TBR a lot of times throughout 2015, but I was never in the mood to read it. I hope this year I will be.

city of bones6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
This was one of the books that was on my must-read list of 2015. I even started reading it and got about 150 pages in before something else took my interest more and I put it down and never picked it up again.

the-wrath-and-the-dawn-r.ahdieh7. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
I got this book because I really loved the stories of 1001 Arabian Nights as a kid and I wanted to see what a YA retelling would be like. I never got around to reading it, but I really want to this year.

since-you've-been-gone-m.matson8. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
I have loved Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by this author and I wanted to read her other books, especially this one, as soon as I got it. But of course I never got around to it and then it wasn’t summer anymore and it didn’t feel right to read it during fall. This spring/fall I will read it!

uprooted-n.novik9. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
This is such a beautiful book and it’s about princesses and dragons and I cannot believe I still haven’t read it. Needs to happen very soon.

the-bees-l.paull10. The Bees by Laline Paull
This book has been on my radar since before it came out. When it came out I never saw a copy at my bookstore and I didn’t want to order it. So when I finally saw it in the bookstore, I had to have it. I also got it for my birthday from a dear friend of mine. That was last year. The premise sounds just way too interesting: It’s about the life of a bee from the perspective of a bee. How awesome is that?!

I don’t even know which one to pick up first!

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂

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! 🙂