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T5W: Forgettable books

Back 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.

Whether you loved or hated them at the time, these are books that you just don’t really remember…

Well, this should be easy enough for me since I don’t remember half of the books I read 😉

1. House of Night by P.C. Cast

I used to be such a big fan of this series, now all I remember is that the girl (Zoey?) becomes a vampire? And a lot of stuff happens. Cool stuff, I guess xD

2. Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Ahhh I absolutely loved this series, and I actually kinda want to read it again. I do remember the first book quite clearly (I’ll admit, I’ve seen the movie a year ago so that helps too ^^; ) but the others… No idea. I’d love to go back to them, honestly

3. The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater

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Maggie Stiefvater ❤ I sadly don’t remember a lot of this series (the 4th part has come out and I’ve never read it??), but I do want to read it again since this started my Stiefvater obsession 😉

4. Divergent by Veronica Roth

A series I have on my shelves purely for rereading purposes xD I’ll be honest, I have read the entire series a few years ago.. and everyone I know is still all like “oh no but the ending of Allegiant was the worst!” etc and… I literally don’t remember what happened at the ending. So, yeah, there’s that XD

5. Angel by L.A. Weatherly

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Another series where the 3rd part has come out, and I’ve never read it. But, let’s be honest, those covers already make me want to read it again, so I just might do that sometime.

 

Alright, it’s just halfway through January and I’ve already added so many books to my TBR and we all know I am never gonna read them all xD Ohwell

I could literally add so many more books to this list, since I just scrolled through my goodreads Read-list and picked out a few, but there are SO MANY books I didn’t remember.. even books where I just sat here thinking “I’ve read this?? When did I read this? What is this book even about?”. I might even make a new post for it *adds it to list of post ideas that never get written because.. I don’t even have a legit reason*

-Luci


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T5W: Books you didn’t get to in 2017

Hey there! As promised, another T5W. The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

These are books you didn’t end up getting to in 2017, but really want to prioritize in 2018

1. The Hate U Give
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I’ve heard so many good things about this book and I already have it at home, but I just haven’t read it. Which I do feel bad about, since I’ve been wanting to read it ever since it came out xD

2. The Raven Cycle

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Technically not a book, but hey, let’s be real.. when am I ever holding back when it comes to books I want to read… I do finally have the whole series complete though, so I’m ready to be swallowed up in the whole world of the Raven Cycle!

3. Renegades by Marissa Meyer
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Ahhh I was so enthusiastic about this book when I heard about it! And I’m a huge Marissa Meyer fan in general so that works too. I picked it up at the bookstore late December so that’s quite a good excuse as for why I haven’t read it yet.

4. Wayfarers by Becky Chambers
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I’ve heard so many good things about this duology and I’m so excited to start it… I just haven’t yet xD shame on me

5. The Talon Saga by Julie Kagawa
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Last but not least… Another favorite author. I secretly already wanted the books before I even knew what they were about, because let’s be real, those covers look amazing on any bookshelf. There’s a 4th part that’s not on the picture, and a 5th part coming soon<3
Have you read any of these books? Or do you want to? Let me know!

-Luci


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Top 5 Wednesday: reading resolutions

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

— Self explanatory. Let us know 5 of your reading goals for the year. 

I don’t really do any new years resolutions, but I do want to reach a few reading goals so here goes 🙂

1. Reach my Goodreads challenge of 50 books

Last year, I put my challenge on 50 books, ended up in a reading slump for months and had to lower it to 30 books, which I just reached before the end of the year. It’s still fine, I’m happy I could read 30 books but I’d love to read a bit more

2. Read more of what I already own before buying new books

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I know myself, I’ll always buy new books because.. new books. Aren’t we all guilty? But I know I haven’t read at least half of all the books I own yet. And I know I own at least three full series that I only own because I want to read them in English (used to always get my books at the library, resulting in me only reading the Dutch translation of everything). I’m not setting a goal for “read at least [fill in]% of books I own” because that won’t work for me, I’ll just try to read what I already have first.

3. Finish at least half of the Discworld series

As you might know, I am currently very obsessed with Discworld, and I’m reading the 13th book (out of 41), so there’s 7 more to go! Now, this will probably be an easy one, since I usually read another book and a Discworld book at the same time.

4. Keep on track with weekly memes and posts

Last year I was doing quite well with both the Top 5 Wednesday and Book Traveling Thursdays but BTT seems to not exist any more ._. I also had a nice schedule of reviews being posted once (or twice? I don’t remember) a week, and I’m hoping to keep that up. I scheduled my coming reviews for Sunday, and I am continuing the Top 5 Wednesday, and I’m planing to go back to posting wrap-ups and monthly TBR’s. I also have a few challenges and other blog posts planned to write out, so I think those will be posted at random, somewhere between Wednesday and Sunday. To me, that’s quite the schedule since I do have a pretty busy life nowadays (secretly I just still spend 200 hours per month working but shhh no one knows), so I really hope this will work out for me

5. Following no.4, Keep on track with book reviews

How many times have you read “I honestly read this book so long ago I don’t remember”? Way too many times. I am terrible at posting reviews on time, or, if I’m really honest, writing them on time. I do keep track of what I read in Goodreads and write a little summary in a notebook when I’ve finished the book (most times ^^;), but actually writing the review generally takes place at least a month after I read the book. Which is not a good thing. Right now, I have reviews scheduled for books that I read during my vacation, which was at the beginning of July last year. And I can honestly say that yes, I am ashamed, and I do hope I will get better at this. I like to review my books, but I know this blog is not for me only (thank you for the ones who keep reading my posts <3), and I’d feel a lot better if I could actually post an accurate review instead of the “I don’t remember all these details”.

Soooo, let’s take a look at this post further into the year and check if I can keep up 5 simple things xD Do you have any resolutions? Any tips for me?

-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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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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