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T5W: Books you disliked but love to discuss

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

Some books we disliked or they were just okay, but they still have a lot of discussion points to sink your teeth into. 

I actually had to check my whole Goodreads shelf for this instead of easily coming up with some titles.

1. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

I absolutely loved the first three books in the series, and liked the last two fairly enough as far as I remember (and as always, yes I do plan on rereading ^^; ), but this one… nope. I remember talking to quite a few people after reading this book, and we all agreed that this one was just the downfall of the series. It wasn’t particularly too bad (I think. I gave it one star, but that might change after my reread), but I just really didn’t like this one.

2. The Selection by Kiera Cass

Would you believe me if I said I actually read the first three whole books to see if maybe it was just the first book that I didn’t like? I stopped reading when I got to the fourth one and everything happened again, just with the daughter. I really didn’t like anything in these books, they were too predictable and boring to me.

3. Waterfall by Lauren Kate

Excuse me, but what the hell. I liked Teardrop, and besides the weird things that happened, I thought there was some good potential for the next book, then I read it and I just.. didn’t read any further. Every time I tried to pick it up, I either read without actually reading a word, or I fell asleep, and it almost got me into an actual reading slump. The story went a completely different way, and for some reason, I really couldn’t concentrate on it any more. I don’t plan on rereading it, since I didn’t love the first book that much already.

4. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I’ve actually written out a review for this one, over here. I liked the book, the story itself was quite nice, I just didn’t like so many other things about it. The whole point of the book (to me, at least) got ruined, and it was too predictable (hint: I hate it when books get too predictable, which might have shown so far).

That’s all I could think of, I’m actually quite glad I’ve read mostly awesome books 🙂 What are your thoughts on this list? Do you agree with me, or not at all? Let me know!


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Book review: Everything, Everything

First review of the year!! etc etc etc, excuse the sarcasm please. This is a book I’ve read 6 months ago and I’ve only written the review now because well… *earlier post with all my excuses for not posting*. However, I have a few reviews written and scheduled and I think I could keep this up 🙂

(spoiler-free review over here at Goodreads, spoiler is marked if you still want to read it here)

Title: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Goodreads link / Book Depository


Summary: Madeline is allergic, to the whole world. If she goes outside, she will probably die because of her allergies. She lives inside her room and her best friends are her mom and Carla, her nurse. One day, there are people moving into the house next door, a family with a boy. He is called Olly and Madeline is falling for him, hard. They keep contact by texting, since Madeline can’t ever meet him in person. Or can she…?

Since I loved The Sun Is Also A Star  so much, I expected a lot of this book. I heard a lot of good things about it, and was damn excited to start it. But, I’ll be honest…. I was a bit disappointed ._. I felt like this book was too predictable and didn’t feel a lot while reading it.

Madeline is sick, that’s been clear since the beginning. I loved how the set up of the book was partly text, but also partly her diary and things like that in the beginning. I felt as frustrated as she did about her allergies, and I don’t know how I would’ve handled it (okay, obviously by reading all day, probably like any of us would).

Her mom is a bit overprotective, but honestly, I can imagine why. If I would have a daughter with allergies like that, I would never leave her out of my sight, worrying about her all day and night. On the other hand, I would probably give her a bit more freedom too.

Carla is the one character I really liked, she seemed sympathetic but also really cool and I was so sad when she had to leave. I loved that Madeline did get to see her for a bit later during the story.

Olly.. I understand him. But I also don’t. I wouldn’t ever dare to do take her out like that, I would be way too afraid anything would happen. And sure, everything went well, but what if it wouldn’t have? What if anything would’ve happened? That would be on him, and I wouldn’t ever risk that for the world. And with the situation going on along him, I know he feels the need to protect Madeline, but… that’s not the way to do it. 

Overall, I thought this book was nice, I didn’t hate it, but I did expect a few things to happen and they happened exactly like I thought they would. Now, it could be just me, but I hate it when I think “oh what if [insert thing here] would happen” and it does exactly that. Multiple times.

Another thing I don’t really like is the “instalove” thing that happens here. Sure, love me some super-cheesy love that’s bound to fail, like All The Bright Places, or even The Sun Is Also A Star, but I just don’t like it when two characters fall in love as soon as their eyes meet each other. To me, that’s just unrealistic.


And then, there’s the ultimate plot-twist.. IT WAS ALL A LIE. Which is what I did expect. There are no records found anywhere, and even though her mom is a doctor, that should not be enough reason. It was a good plot-twist, sure, but I just didn’t like the reason at all.

I think I’m mostly disappointed that this book wasn’t a realistic story about such an illness. Life doesn’t work that way, and I know that not every book has to be exactly true to the real world, but I hoped for it with this one, because it started off quite strong.



I think I was just way too overhyped by everyone that it turned out to be so disappointing. It’s not that I particularly hated it, it was an enjoyable read. I most probably will read anything new from Nicola Yoon, since I loved her other book and her writing style is something I enjoyed too.

The good thing is, the cover is still damn beautiful so I’m just gonna keep it on my shelves for that purpose :p

Did you read this one, or The Sun Is Also A Star? Did you like them?


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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


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)!


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Book Traveling Thursdays: Spring is here!

Hello! Today I’m here again with the Book Traveling Thursdays 🙂

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.

April 6th – Spring is here! Choose a book you want to read this Spring.

I’m going with The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. I’ve been wanting to read it for a long time, and I’ll admit it, once it came in the mail I kind of already started, but I have already too many books that I’m currently reading so I stopped myself. The other reason I chose this book is because it just has a gorgeous cover!

Original (and favorite) cover:


Just look at it! The colors flowing and prettiness, it’s an amazing book to photograph in just any picture to be honest. It’s also one of the few original covers that is just so pretty, I almost don’t want to search up any other covers to ruin my mood haha

Cover from my country (The Netherlands):


IT”S THE SAME OH MY GOD it makes me so happy! I don’t really read any Dutch books these days, but for my fellow Dutchies, I’m just happy the cover is as pretty as the original one 😀

Least favorite cover:


Honestly, this is just plain bad. Not even more than one color on the cover and so much white space too 😦

Honorable mentions:


Not as pretty as the original one, but I do love the first one too. The second one kind of looks like the one time I tried a nail art look that went a little wrong haha. Still, they have the flowing colors and they’re pretty nice to have on your bookshelves!


Tell me I’m not the only one obsessing over this cover? I’m so excited to read it!


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2017 standalones TBR

Find my 2017 series TBR here

Besides series, there are also a lot of standalones I really want to read in 2017. Most of them have been recommendations from friends, and some of them I’ve been wanting to read for a while already

  • Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven


  • All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven


  • I’ll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson


  • This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp


  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell


  • Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon


  • The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon


  • November Nine by Colleen Hoover


  • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover


  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


As you may notice, I have a thing for pretty covers… Also the last two are English classics, and I’ve bought them already. Now I just need to read them!

Do we have any books in common? Or have you read these already? What did you think?


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