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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Book Traveling Thursday: A Favorite

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 that many books yet, so most books I did read were so good haha I’m gonna go with Geekerella though, because that book was seriously amazing and I need it!

Original, only and favorite cover:

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Have you read this book? What did you think?

-Luci


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Top 5 Wednesday: Books without romance

Hey there! I’m here again with a T5W!

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

— A few (very, very few) people complained about the “shipping” topics lately, so I thought it would be good to talk about books that don’t have a romantic subplot! This is a really hard one, so if you can’t find any, you can talk about some where the romance is super super minor. Like barely mentioned… at all…

Whoo! I’m excited for this one, although I can say I haven’t really read a lot of non-romance books so far haha. I’m gonna do my best though!

1. The Novice – Taran Matharu

Of course I’d include my most recent discovery in the bookworld: The Novice! This book is really good and has everything I need, minus the romance. I don’t really need romance to like a book so that’s good :P) You can find my recent review here

 

2. The Riyria Revelations- Michael J Sullivan

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One of my favorite series from years ago! I stopped reading them once, and recently found out more books had been published 😀 Now, I don’t know if the latest books have no romance too but as far as I remember, the first books in this series do not!

3. Ranger’s Apprentice – John Flanagan

 

I’ve only read the first three books so far (my library didn’t have the other books…) but they also had no romance at all and it was glorious.

4. It’s Kind Of A Funny Story – Ned Vizzini

I’ve seen the movie (yeah I know, saw the movie before I read the book but in my defense, I DIDN’T KNOW THERE WAS A BOOK TILL I WATCHED THE MOVIE), and there is a girl around Craig, but there’s no romance. It’s basically a book/movie about recovering from/learning about depression, and usually with something like that, there’s not really any romance involved. I reviewed the movie here if you’re interested.

5. The Knife Of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

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A series where there is a girl, and a boy, and they’re basically the main characters but they’re also fourteen years old and trying to have a life and it’s great. Some may say that this is a kid’s book, but I really enjoyed it too!

And that’s all already! Do you like books with or without romance more? Have you read any others than the ones I named here? Recommend me some!

-Luci


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