WordPress is a b***h and deleted all my drafts :(

Okay, first of all, again, I’m so sorry I know I said I’d update regularly but, again, life got in the way and I just didn’t post anything on either my blog or bookstagram for 2 months. Now, I had this glorious idea to maybe finish a few drafts (I had quite a few “almost finished”-book reviews ready and some tags), so I opened my WordPress and all my drafts are gone. No idea why, no idea how but anyway, it sucks and I’m quite pissed off right now.

HOWEVER I’ll seriously take some time to fix things, write down what I remember (luckily I have this old-fashioned habit of taking notes while reading and sometimes writing a short summary in a notebook so I’ll only have to find the right notebook (I totally don’t have way too many.. naaahhh) and I can start drafting some posts again! I have the day off Wednesday and Saturday so I’m hoping I’ll get to finish some.

On another note, I just had an entire week off of work to go on vacation with my dad and sisters and it was GLORIOUS. I had 8 days off (originally 9 but of course things went wrong and shit happened and I had to work the last day before leaving so everything got hectic again yay) and spent most of it relaxing. We did a ton of stuff (I was gonna say  “I’ll post about it later” but I said that about my vacation to London too and that was in July so… *leaves shamefully*), and I read 3 books, fell asleep on the couch almost every night, and best of all, didn’t think about work for one second in the whole week.

I did catch up on reading all your posts, saw lots of fun tags and things to try, so at least I’ll have enough inspiration haha. I also planned on changing a few things, maybe change the account name since I’m using a different one for my bookstagram (and twitter, although I never really use that any more), and some changes around the layout and such. So far, I haven’t been able to catch up with coding either so it’ll definitely take a while before I can make my own theme.

I also have done quite some shameful book buying lately, and I’m most definitely back on my buying ban, but… I do now have another 30 books that don’t fit on my shelves and I’ve got yet to read, next to the other gazillion books I’ve bought but haven’t read yet???? There was a positive side on this, I swear…

TL;DR: I have yet another excuse as for why I didn’t post for two months and this is the (??? Idk how many) attempt at trying to start posting regularly again xD

This time, I’m not sure how much time it’ll take before I’m back on track, but thank you all for those who are still with me ❤ (and thank you for the friend that found my blog and made me realize I haven’t posted in months, otherwise it would probably have taken another month or so whoops)

Alright, I’m off to read now (CR: All The Bright Places, and I’m loving it so far!) ❤

-Luci

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Book review: The Sun Is Also A Star

Hey there! Remember when I said I’d post a review at least once a week…. hahahahahahaha yeah anyways. I keep saying a lot happens in my life, and it does really. I broke up with my boyfriend, was a lil sad about it, worked 13 days in a row had one day free and got back to working 6 days a week (which is actually my regular schedule, I work 40 to 50 hours from Monday to Saturday and I’m free every Sunday), and there’s A LOT of drama at work. Also, since it’s been summer vacation, a lot of my friends wanted to meet up, which we did and I kind of didn’t have a lot of time to read or be active on WordPress?? Bad excuses, I know, but at least I read quite some books before all that, which means I can schedule reviews for the next weeks yay! Now I’ll just have to write them.. xD

HOWEVER, on with the review!!

Title: The Sun Is Also A Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

Goodreads link / Book Depository

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Summary: Natasha is a Jamaican girl who’s about to get deported back at 10pm this day. Daniel is a Korean boy, poet, and hopeless romantic, who is on his way to an interview of a job he doesn’t want. When they meet each other, Natasha doesn’t care about Daniel much. She has all the scientific proof that she shouldn’t care for him. Daniel, however, desperately wants her to fall for him, as he is falling for her. They end up spending the day together, Natasha trying to find a way to stay in the US, and Daniel trying to live the life he wants for himself instead of what his parents want for him.

First of all, would you just look at that cover? This is one of the books I bought because I just wanted to see that cover on my shelves (me, cover buying? Absolutely not, where’d you get that idea? *hides behind pile of books with really pretty covers*). I can tell you, it’s even more beautiful in real life.

This book honestly already started out great, with Natasha and her family who had to leave that night. Her feelings and her family’s feelings felt so real, I could almost imagine how it feels like. Almost. 

Daniel’s life was completely different from Natasha’s. He wanted to live his life, do what he wanted to do, but his parents wanted another thing for him. And since he couldn’t really stand up against them, I understand it must suck.

I loved the way Daniel and Natasha met, and how different they continued to be during the book. Daniel kept convincing Natasha that they were meant to be, while for Natasha nothing actually mattered because she was going away anyway. Not that she told Daniel anything about that. Another thing I really liked was how it’s usually the girl falling in love, and the guy either ignoring it, or playing along, or something like that. With this book, Daniel was the hopeless romantic, believing in love and everything around it.

What makes this book so strong, I think, is the fact that even though their lives are so completely different, both Daniel and Natasha were trying to escape their current lives. And while that’s a thing that happens a lot in YA books, this one felt a little too real with Natasha’s situation.

The ending is something I didn’t expect (don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil anything), but that honestly made it even better. There is one thing in the ending that I was thinking about throughout the whole book, and I’m so glad that part was included too!

I’ve seen some reviews of people who absolutely hated the other POV’s throughout the book. For me, I thought it was amazing. A story isn’t just about two people, there’s everyone around them too, and this book really showed that.

Overall I loved this book, and I’d really recommend it. It’s a somewhat light and cute read, while it made me think about things at some parts too.

Next up is Everything Everything, by the same author. Heard a lot of hype for it so I’ll see (read)!

-Luci


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Book Traveling Thursday: 1st book in a series

Hey y’all! Back again with another Book Traveling Thursdays, and it seems to be all about TBR’s these weeks! *silently cries over my huge TBR while avoiding the real world*

Book Traveling Thursdays is created by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. This weekly meme consists in picking a book related to the weekly theme that is announced in the group Goodreads page (if you want to join click here) at the beginning of each month. After that you can write a blog post where you explain why you choose that book and choose different covers from different countries. To make it a little bit easy you are going to choose different editions of the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover.

July 27th – Choose the first book in a series you want to start soon. 

I’m going with the Shadow and Bone trilogy because I miiiight just bought them….

Original (and favorite) Cover:

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Cover from my country (the Netherlands):

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Least favorite cover:

Can you believe I don’t have one? All covers from this book look so amazing! 😀

Have you read this book?

-Luci


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Top 5 Wednesday: Series that got better

Getting back on track and trying to write my reviews for the three books I’ve read in the next few days! There’s a lot going on in my life at the moment so I do not expect a lot, but I should be able to have at least one review up by the weekend. Note: as I’m typing this, it’s Wednesday night (and it’s 3am oops), and just a day ago on Tuesday I have broken up with my (now ex) boyfriend so I’m not really completely back from that yet.

The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

— We’ve talked about series that went downhill with each book, but talk about series that are worth pushing through the first (or first few…) books to get to the good stuff!

This will be quite a hard one because usually when I read series, I like all the books! However, I did manage to find some 🙂

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1. Legend series by Marie Lu

Gods, I loved this series with the first book, but the second and third were even better! Although there was a little bit of a love triangle, not much happened at that point, which was amazing!

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2. Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead

Ahhh of course, Richelle Mead in the list. I absolutely adored the first book, but when this series went on it just got better and better and better. So many new things were happening and it was so good! I still have to finish it someday but I since I recently bought both Vampire Acacademy and Bloodlines, I might as well start them all over again :p

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3. Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa

While this series also started off great, much more things happened when this series continued. I’m still sad that this series ended after three books though

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4. Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

I must admit, when I first started reading Shatter Me, I honestly didn’t know what to think of it. A girl who can’t touch anyone…. but one person? Who she also seems to hate??? Or not???? However, as the books went on the plot got better and better

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5. Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee

Although I haven’t read this series yet (still missing the third book), this is another great series with a great start and a great middle and as far as I know, a great ending. There is actually no love triangle so far so that’s an amazing thing

 

Honorary mention: Percy Jackson series (and everything else) by Rick Riordan

This is honorary because I already had 5, but also because I didn’t like any other book more than the first one, it’s just that they all are so great! Seriously I can’t tell you enough how much I adore the entire Percy Jackson world ❤

-Luci


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Book Traveling Thursdays: TBR

And another BTT, for this week!

Book Traveling Thursdays is created by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. This weekly meme consists in picking a book related to the weekly theme that is announced in the group Goodreads page (if you want to join click here) at the beginning of each month. After that you can write a blog post where you explain why you choose that book and choose different covers from different countries. To make it a little bit easy you are going to choose different editions of the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover.

– Sometimes our TBRs are too big… choose a book you still want to read this year.

I’m going with This Savage Song, which I bought on my vacation (there was a discount and the cover was pretty, that’s my excuse) and I can’t wait to read it!

Original cover:

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Just the cover itself made me want to buy it!

Cover from my country (the Netherlands):

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Favorite cover:

I love both of these covers so much! I bought the white cover (and the sequels are also equally pretty oh my god)

Least favorite cover:

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After all the pretty swirls, this one just doesn’t do it for me, sadly.

Do you like these covers? Have you read the book? 

Buy this book here on Book Depository!

 

-Luci


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Book Traveling Thursdays: Best read so far

Hey there! Book Traveling Thursdays from last week is here 🙂

Book Traveling Thursdays is created by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. This weekly meme consists in picking a book related to the weekly theme that is announced in the group Goodreads page (if you want to join click here) at the beginning of each month. After that you can write a blog post where you explain why you choose that book and choose different covers from different countries. To make it a little bit easy you are going to choose different editions of the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover.

– We’re halfway through 2017. Choose your favorite book of the year so far.

AHHH I CAN’T CHOOSE! I haven’t actually read a lot of books, so the books I did read were all so amazing!

However, I’m going with Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman because the cover is just too pretty and I want it to be mine forever. Sadly, I can only take some pics with it now because I’ve borrowed it from a friend 😦

Original and only (and favorite!) cover:

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This is just too pretty for words! I really liked this book, and I’ll be reviewing it soon! What did you think?

Buy this book here on Book Depository!

-Luci


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Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Aren’t Set In/Inspired By The Western World

And now for the t5w for this week!

The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

–I know this is a long title, but I couldn’t figure out how else to word it and still get the point across. Talk about books that are set outside of the Western World (so outside of North America and Western Europe) or if they are SFF, books that aren’t inspired by those places (so no medieval setting fantasy!) 

1. The Lunar Chronicles

Of course I’d start with TLC because I LOVE the series! This series starts in New Bejing, and the second book is set in France, and between France and China there’s some flying in outer space 🙂

2. The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner takes place in Afghanistan, and I have yet to read it but I don’t have it at home so yeah. I will read it, I promise. 3. Any Scandinavian Thriller

3. Any Scandinavian thriller

I have no idea if Scandinavian books are set in the Western World  actually, which is why I named it like this. I love these books though, they’re a lot better than American thrillers (in my opinion!)

 

I can absolutely not think of any other books that aren’t set in the Western World, so if you have any recommendations, let me know!

-Luci


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Top 5 Wednesday: Children’s Books

Catching up: Top 5 Wednesday! The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

–This can include Middle Grade (but try to recommend more than just Harry Potter and Percy Jackson!) Feel free to talk about your childhood faves or more recent reads. 

1. Percy Jackson!

This is actually the first series I read in English (which is not my native language) when I was… 14 years old, I think? I had been getting English classes for only a year and a half by then, so I basically always recommend this series when someone wants to start reading in English xD The puns are quite understandable, and I’ll say, I also read the translated version and the puns were still there, so there’s that 🙂

2. Anything by Roald Dahl

This was basically my childhood, reading Mathilda and the Big Friendly Giant and James and the Giant Peach. I remember them all, loved them all

3. The Century series by Pierdomenico Baccalario 

I will include the Goodreads link here, because it took me way too long to find it and I don’t want y’all going through that trouble 😛 This is one of the series I really enjoyed reading when I was younger. I do not remember a lot of it, but the books were big and that’s what was important to me (I’ve always been a fast reader, going through 15-20 books a week at that time).

Unfortunately, that’s about it.. I absolutely don’t remember all the books I’ve read in my childhood. I do have one honorary mention though, for the Dutchies here.

Honorary mention: De Schippers van de Kameleon 

This series was absolutely my entire childhood. It consists of 69 books and I have read all of them, and they were wonderful. They’ve never been translated, which is why I didn’t add them in my original Top 5, but I think almost everyone from the Netherlands has heard of/read this series 🙂

And that’s it! Do you have any favorite children’s books? 

-Luci


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I AM BACK!

Heya guys!! How are you all? I’m back from my vacation to London (which was absolutely amazing by the way) whoo!

Because I was an idiot and waited to pack my bags till the last minute, I didn’t have time for scheduling posts either and I didn’t have any wifi or a laptop so that explains my absence… But I’ll catch up with the T5W and Book Traveling Thursdays!

I got back at 11.30pm on Sunday, and had to work the Monday right after. I’ve mostly just unpacked (I bought so many things), and done laundry so that’s why I’m only now posting. I’ll type up a T5W and Book Traveling Thursday later this night, as well as a post about my vacation because it was amazing (hint: I went to Waterstones 😛 ).

I’m glad to be back and I’ll be reading all your posts from last week too! 🙂

-Luci

Book review: The Thousandth Floor

*standing ovation for writing the title perfectly in one try!* (that’s not true, I kept trying and then I gave up and copy-pasted it from Goodreads)

 

Title: The Thousandth Floor

Author: Katharine McGee

Goodreads link // Book Depository

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Summary: It’s the year 2118, and New York has become one tower building. The tower has thousand floors, and everyone lives on the floor based on their wealth. Avery is a girl who seems to have everything, except the one thing she really desires. Leda is struggling with an addiction, and not only that. She seems to have everything under control, but deep down she knows she doesn’t. Eris’ life seems so carefree and perfect, until her family, and with that her whole life, starts falling apart. Rylin has a simple cleaning job on one of the highest floors, which brings her a lot of new good things. The question is whether the old good things will survive. Watt knows everything about everyone. When he’s hired to spy on an upper-floor girl, he wonders if knowing everything is really worth it sometimes. The lives of these four get intertwined with a destiny – and not a good one.

Okay, let’s just say that I’m usually not great with multiple POV’s. Like, a few I can handle but five can be quite hard sometimes. Especially in this book, where their lives get intertwined and I just don’t know who I’m reading about. However, I survived and this book was really good!

It starts well, with the ending in fact. Yes, it’s one of those books where something happens and then you get the “[insert time] earlier” and I quite like those. Together with the multiple POV’s, it felt a bit like This Is Where It Ends and The Silence Of The Sea

Avery is someone I didn’t like at first, and I’ll be honest, she kept being my most annoying person to read about. I mean, I get it, when people think you are perfect, it’s easier to just keep trying to be that than to change their minds. And the thing she wants is not exactly easy to get, so there’s that. She still kept being mostly whiny and not true to herself and others, and I really disliked that.

Leda is a character I didn’t entirely understand at times, but that’s okay. I can imagine what she was going through and she could’ve done a lot of things different, but it’s hard. She was trying to keep everything under control, even when she actually couldn’t.

I liked Eris. She wasn’t too snobby, and was just living a good life. Until everything went to shit and then she got confused and I understood her. She kept trying to act like everything was okay while she should have just trusted someone to tell them her story. It would’ve made a lot of things easier (but then again, when is a main character’s life ever easy?). I loved how she found herself eventually.

Rylin was another great personage, everything about her just fitted into her story. She tried her hardest to stay true to herself, even when she got the job at the upper-floors and the benefits that came with it. She had great character development and I just really liked it.

Watt was a bit weird at first, but I understand him though. If I had the techniques like he had, I would probably snoop on some people too, and he did earn a lot of money with what he did. He should’ve stopped earlier when the requests had gotten too personal though, but that’s my opinion. He was an idiot for using his techniques for everything, but he too had character development somewhere at the end of the story.

Overall, there was a lot of character development, which I absolutely loved. I’m all in for that. There was a lot of drama going on too, with all the characters and honestly, it’s impossible to avoid with a book like this. The writing was really well done and I could feel myself living together with each of the characters. Of course, I kept wondering what would happen at the end, and the closer I got to it, the less I wanted to read further 😛

This book was so good and I’d hope for a sequel, but sadly, there is none. Which is quite logical after you’ve read it, but I’d love to read what happened after. I think I can only imagine..

Have you read this book? What did you think? Tell me!

-Luci


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