December TBR

Hello there!

It’s December, the last month of the year and I’m planning to read a few books. Not a lot, because December is a busy month and I won’t have a lot of time for reading, sadly 😦

First of all, I want to finish the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, which I started in November. I already read them before but I can absolutely not remember what happened so I’m rereading them. I am now reading the 5th book so it’s going really well. I was hoping I could read the spin-off series (Bloodlines) too, but they never have the first book in my library 😦 It really sucks to be depend on my library as for what I can read or not read.

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Anyways, other than those books, I want to reread the Legend series by Marie Lu too. Same as VA, I don’t really remember what happened so that’s a good enough reason for a reread, right?

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And you? What do you want to read in December? Recommend me some books! 🙂

-Luci


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Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2!

GUYS THE NEW TRAILER IS HERE AND I AM SO EXCITED!!!!

As you all may know, I am a HUGE Marvel fan and I’ve watched Guardians of he Galaxy about 4 times already, and now volume 2 is finally here!

You can watch the trailer here (or down below)

I can’t even express my excitement right now, baby Groot is the absolute cutest and I am so happy vol. 2 is in the making! I am definitely going to watch it as soon as it comes out in the Netherlands.

And you? Are you gonna go watch it?

-Luci

Beyond the Books – November

Hello! It’s December already, is it just me or does this year seem to fly by?

This wonderful idea is brought to you by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much. Go give her a follow!

TV

  • As for TV I continued watching Breaking Bad but there’s so much dialogue, I can’t concentrate on it anymore! We usually watch it at late evenings or night and at that point I’m already tired from the day so yeah we kind of paused that
  • We did start Mr. Robot, which is a really nice series but it is starting to get weirder and weirder. Unlike Breaking Bad, this series doesn’t have a lot of dialogue. What it does have a lot is monologue haha.
  • I’m still watching Once Upon A Time, and oh my god all the plot twists! I’ll try to avoid giving any spoilers but if you watch it, please tell me!

 

Movies

This month I actually didn’t watch any movies, shocking, I know 😛 I was busier with sleeping and actually reading books again, so maybe next month!

 

Nails

Even my nails didn’t get a lot of attention! I did do some art, and even though it was only November, I was already in the Christmas spirit haha

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Music

I recently got obsessed with Hammerfall again (mainly because it’s the first upcoming concert YAY) and I reviewed the new Green Day album, Revolution Radio, which you can view here.

And that’s already it! To be honest, December can go by fast af for me, I don’t really celebrate Christmas (got invited at my boyfriend’s parents though so that’s nice), and I just really want to be done with 2016 already.

How was this month for you?

-Luci


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Cliches Book Tag

So I got tagged (a LONG time ago, sorry for that! I couldn’t find the post oops) by Ugnè @MY PASSION IS HAPPINESS, thank you! Also, give a follow right away because I love her blog!

On to the actual post 🙂

 

Actions speak loud: A book that wasn’t or couldn’t be better than the movie

I’m going to cheat here and choose a series: The Mortal Instruments. I haven’t watched the series myself yet, but I’ve heard so many good things about it and I’ve seen some posts and I was just like “yeesss!” Even people who didn’t like the books at all loved the series so I’m really excited to start it. I personally really liked the books so I’m curious what the series will be 😀

The grass is always greener on the other side: A rags to riches, or a riches to rags story

The Hunger Games, I don’t know if that’s what this means, but Katniss went from poor and having to hunt for food to living in the richest part of the District and I think that’s pretty much rags to riches.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree: A parent-child relationship that you loved

I’m also kinda cheating here because I can’t come up with anything and choose Blood of Eden. The kinda parent-child relationship between Allison and Kanin is just amazing. Not trying to spoil anything but oh my god. (I always find a way to put Julie Kagawa in my blog posts don’t I 😛 )

You can’t judge a book by its cover: A great book that needs a better cover

The book Numbers, where the cover from my country looks like this:

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I mean, yeah, now that I’ve read the books they’re awesome but this cover seems, to me, not that interesting. Good thing the title was kinds cool and the book sounded interesting from what I read on the back, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have picked it up.

You can’t please everyone: A book that you hated/loved that everyone else hated/loved

The Selection. Almost everyone I know is in love with this series and I’m just here like.. “??” I mean, I read the books (not all of them to be honest), I even reviewed the first book here, thought they’d get better, and finally reviewed the entire series here. But I just don’t see what makes this series so great.

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger: A book you are a better person for having read

The Help, for sure. This book is simply so amazing and also so painful sometimes. It made me think about how bad the situation was, and how glad I am that it has somewhat bettered, but not enough yet. If you haven’t read it: go read it! There’s been a movie made out of it too, and it’s surprisingly amazingly done.

Love is blind: A book you know is bad, you don’t want to admit it, or a book you don’t want to read in case it’s bad

I am going to agree with what Ugnè (please tell me I got your name right) wrote on this one wit House of Night. I started the series once, and they were really great but after a few books it just got more confusing and there were a lot of plotholes. I didn’t really like it anymore, and I stopped reading. I think I got to book 5 or something. I may start reading this series again sometimes, but it’ll definitely not happen within this year.

There is no time like the present: Your favorite contemporary book

Hate List. This is one of the few books I can come up with, because so many books I read are absolutely not contemporary haha! It’s an amazing book to be honest, y’all should read it.

Better safe than sorry: A book you don’t want to read in case it’s bad

I’m going with Angelfall here. I have started it, but I just really can’t get through with it and I’m afraid it really sucks 😦 The story sounds really awesome and I honestly don’t know what’s holding me back..

And that’s all! I loved doing this tag, and I hope you enjoyed reading it 🙂

I tag:

Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much

Sahiba @Susannahhtaylor

Ali @I Wuv Books

And everyone else who wants to do this! 😀

-Luci


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Music review: Revolution Radio

I’ve always had a dream of running a blog where I would have a weekly album review on Sunday… I might actually do just that 🙂

 

On October 7th 2016, something magical happened: Green Day released a new album called Revolution Radio. It has been 4 years since the last albums in 2012, Uno, Dos, and Tré. The single Bang Bang was released on August 11th, before the album title was even revealed. The tracks Revolution Radio and Still Breathing were already released throughout September, getting all the fans enthusiastic. It sounded like the “old Green Day”, like the way they sounded on the album American Idiot. I, too, got really excited for the new album. Not because I only like the old Green Day (I love everything about them to be honest), but also because a new album was not only really awesome but also meant a new tour.

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From Left to Right: Mike Dirnt, Billie Joe Armstrong and Tré Cool

Track list:

  1.  Somewhere Now
  2. Bang Bang
  3. Revolution Radio
  4. Say Goodbye
  5. Outlaws
  6. Bouncing Off The Wall
  7. Still Breathing
  8. Youngbloood
  9. Too Dumb To Die
  10. Troubled Times
  11. Forever Now
  12. Ordinary World

This album is a lot different from the previous trilogy, and it actually does sound a lot more like American Idiot. However, it’s not the same. American Idiot is a lot angrier, and while Revolution Radio still has an important message in it, the way it is addressed has changed.

As lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong said, the album is meant to reflect the current state of violence in the United States. Bang Bang is is about “the culture of mass shooting that happens in America mixed with narcissistic social media.”

As for the songs, some are the hard rock we know from Green Day, and some (like Ordinary World) are just beautiful and slow. That doesn’t take away the power they have though. They really put their energy into this album and they did a wonderful job on it.

My favorite songs on the album are Still Breathing and Revolution Radio. The energy I get from Revolution Radio is amazing, and the lyrics from Still Breathing get me every time. My favorite songs can change though, it happens a lot.

Now, as I was expecting: a new album meant another tour and they’re finally coming to my country (The Netherlands) again! The last time they were here was in 2013, on Pinkpop. Sadly, I was not allowed to go to concerts back then 😦  The day of ticket sale I sat behind my laptop 15 minutes before it began, all ready to fight for those tickets. And, good news, I got them!!

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I have been a fan of Green Day since I was about 12 years old so this is like a dream coming true, I am already so excited for January 31st 😀 3 more months now!

Have you heard the album? What do you think? Do you have favorite songs? Or do you want me to review a specific album? Tell me in the comments! 🙂 

-Luci


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Book review: Eleanor & Park

My dear internet friend told me I should read it and it was amazing.

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Summary: Eleanor is a girl with red hair who always seems to wear the wrong clothes. Park is a boy with a love for comic books and music. Together, they make it through the school year.

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Goodreads link: Eleanor & Park

When I started this book, I didn’t really know what to expect. My friend told me it was really cool and such, but I just thought it was a bit weird. Park seemed pretty judging at first, but later I realized that was just something I had to read through. I really hated Eleanor’s stephfather, but I think that counts for everyone who read it.

While I didn’t really know what to think of Park’s parents, I loved how Park wore eyeliner. That was something I absolutely did not expect.

The whole book is a mixture of positive and negative things, parts where you want to cry and parts where you smile while reading it, but the end.. Oh man. I can’t even with the ending, it was definitely not what I expected.

Overall: Really nice book, so fluffy and also so sad

Have you read it? Let me know what you thought in the comments!

-Luci


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Book review: Fangirl

Someone recommended me this book and I thought “why the hell not”

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Summary: Cath is a Simon Snow fan, just like everyone else. Yet, Cath is just a little more. She’s obsessed, and not a little bit. She is a popular fanfic writer on the internet and together with her sister, Wren, she can do everything. But then the moment comes where they go to college -and thanks to Wren end up in different dorm rooms. While Wren seems to have it all easily come to her, Cath has to make some really hard choices, on her own. Is she able to leave Simon Snow behind her to start her own life now?

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Goodreads link: Fangirl

This book is honestly so accurate for about every fangirl everywhere. I heard a lot of good things about it and people told me this book seemed like it was written spefically for or about them and I must say, I kind of had the same feeling. Not everything was the same for me but I do try to write some fanfiction while also trying to keep my life together for as long as I can.

I loved how Cath had so many problems (yeah I know how cruel that sounds), and I love more how she dealt with them because I would probably do the same. In the book, there are excerpts of the fanfic she is writing about Simon Snow. Rainbow Rowell has also written a book called “Carry On” (link), which is about the same Simon Snow, as I heard. I think I might read that book soon too 🙂

Overall: This book was lovely, perfect for an evening where you just want to curl up on the couch with a book and a cup of coffee/tea/hot chocolate. Really enjoyable!

Have you read it? Let me know what you thought in the comments!

-Luci


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Beyond the Books – October

Because I do a lot of other thinbgs besides reading 🙂

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This is an idea by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much, go give her a follow!

I didn’t really blog this month because I went on a vacation and got sick so I didn’t really feel like doing anything. But, I have some post ideas ready and I’m all back again!

 

TV

  • I started Breaking Bad with my boyfriend, and I must say: 2 episodes in, and I am very confused haha. I do like it though, so I hope we can watch all of it soon!
  • I am still not watching anything else besides Once Upon A Time, but honestly, that show, oh man. Every episode is just one big mess of happiness, sadness, and “oh-my-god-you-did-not-just-do-that”-moments. Y’all should watch it though, it’s amazing
  • I’m also considering watching Doctor Who again, I stopped watching somwehere halfway through because I didn’t have time any more but I’m working a little less now so I should be able to watch something again

 

Movies

  • I watched Groundhog Day, about a TV weatherman who relives the same day (which is Groundhog Day) over and over and over and over again. I got the idea to watch it from an episode of Supernatural (3.11 Mystery Spot), and it was a really funny movie
  • Other than that, I only rewatched Life As We Know It, where a man and a woman gotta take care of a baby when the baby’s parents died in a car crash. It’s a typical chick flick and I loved it as much as the first time I watched it haha

 

Nails

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I did do some nail art this month, and as you can see, I’m very fond of dots (mostly because they’re easy to do and don’t take up a lot of time).

 

Music

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I bought another CD (because why wouldn’t I.. It’s not like I have any place left on my shelves oops), and I went to a concert, Lacuna Coil. They’re a really awesome band, check them out!

Also, Green Day’s Revolution Radio came out, and I love it! I’m really excited for the concert in January (did I tell you I got concert tickets for Green Day?? Because I did 😀 )

another release was Avenged Sevenfold’s The Stage, which is also really awesome. They’re coming to the Netherlands too, but I’m not sure if I’m going because it’s really expensive.. 😦

 

Other stuff

  • My sister’s birthday was friday the 28th, and so was my boyfriend’s graduation (for a bachelor at the uni), so I baked one carrot cake and one apple pie and they were delicious! I hadn’t baked in a while and it was really nice to do it again. Maybe I’ll share a receipe someday in the near future 🙂

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  • For those who wonder, I don’t celebrate Halloween. I spent the night working and then straight up going to bed because I was so tired. I do hope y’all had a nice Halloween though!

 

What did you do the last month? Anything we have in common? Tell me in the comments!

-Luci


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Beyond the Books – September

Because I do a lot of other things than Reading 🙂

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This is a monthly thing created by this lovely blog, to show what else happens besides the reading and book blogging. I am actually a whole week too late with this, but still going for it 🙂

Movies

I didn’t watch that much movies, but I did watch some and they were awesome!

  • First of all, one of the new chick flicks I found, Crazy, Stupid, Love. It was really amazing and damn, there is this one plottwist I actually didn’t see coming, and that doesn’t happen a lot with chick flicks 😛
  • Drinking Buddies, a 2013 movie. It seemed like a huge chick flick at first, but didn’t end like one. The ending really surprised me, but I liked the movie nonetheless
  • It’s Kind Of A Funny Story, which I reviewed here.
  • No Strings Attached, another really funny movie, which I really enjoyed
  • And last but not least, The Italian Job, a movie about a group of thieves who are planning revenge on an ex-friend. I can’t way too much because spoilers, but if you like classic action, you should watch this one!

Nails

This month I did more nail art than less month, even though it doesn’t even last a week.

It isn’t by far as professional as some other nail art I’ve seen on Instagram, but I don’t have all those fancy brushes because they are way too expensive haha

Music

I’ve found out that I didn’t have Nightwish’s album Angels Fall First already, so I had it in my downloads immediately. I recommend you all to listen to Nightwish by the way, even if you don’t like metal, you should just her the voice of the lead singers ❤

Also, the webshop I usually buy my stuff from had a nice sale in CD’s so I kind of spent 60 euros on Cd’s.. oops 😉 It was all worth it though!

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Other stuff

  • Well, not something to be proud of, but I made the 200 hours of working in September. Which is kind of 50 hours a week, and that may be a regular full-time job for some, but for me, as an 18 years-old who works at Subway, it’s quite much. Luckily, I am planning to go on a holiday halfway though October so yay! 🙂
  • Other than that, I haven’t done that much (which is understandable since I worked that much haha) but I made some really cute pics of kitties I saw!

First two are my friend’s cat, he’s a real cutie (and he used to be so small you could hold him in one hand! I’ll try to find the pics I took then because damn, cuteness), the 3rd is my boyriends cat (so cute but not that pettable haha) and the last one is my own smol baby, trying to have me pet her through the window

What did you do the last month? Anything we have in common? Tell me in the comments!

-Luci


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T5W – Characters you WOULDN’T wat to trade places with

We all know them, wich characters would you wanna trade places with? What would you do if you’d live the (amazing) life of [insert character]?, what book would you wanna live in?, so now we got something entirely different to think about, and I love it already!

T5W is hosted by  gingerreadslainey and thoughtsontomes, for more info go to  this wonderful Goodreads group.

I went with mostly (or all, haha) main characters because it’s honestly easier to imagine what it would be like.

Note: this contains spoilers for mentioned characters and series

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