#AmCurrently – Where I feel like a baby giraffe, finish up my freshman year and fight with webdesign

Who thought it would be a great idea to update you guys on my life? Yes, you’re right. It was the person in the back. Yep, that one. Anyway, I wanted to let you all know how I’m doing, what I’m doing, and what I’d like to do instead.

#AmCurrently feeling like a baby giraffe. I have had surgery a few weeks ago and my cast is now gone, which is nice, but I’m still walking like a baby giraffe. It’s a struggle, really, because it takes so much energy. Whenever I’m at school I’m like: okay, stay cool, be bubbly and then when I’m on the train back home I’m sleeping, because it takes so much of me. I hope to walk normal again by the end of the summer. Lees verder

Review: First Life by Gena Showalter

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Title:
 Eerste Leven (First Life)
Author: Gena Showalter
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Paperback, 446 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Young Adult
Release Date: March 21st, 2016
Buy links: Book depository | Amazon US | Amazon UK
Link to Goodreads
Goodreads Summary:

ONE CHOICE.
TWO REALMS.
NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

4stars Lees verder

Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

I’m going to confess that this will be a difficult topic, since I usually read quite a lot. Nevertheless, there are things I do not like, and I am going to list them for you.
This Top Ten Tuesday is also brought to you with gifs, because gifs are everything.

(Just now realized this was last weeks topic. No hard feelings.)

  1. Zombies. I just don’t like it. I’ve never liked it. To be honest, I’m kind of afraid…
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  2. Instalove. This is a tricky one, since I do read books with instalove, but this usually means I don’t know about it. But yeah, it’s surreal. It’s not realistic and that’s why I don’t like it.
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  3. Horror/thriller. I am such a pussy when it comes to horror/thriller books. Seriously. I don’t even watch horror/thriller movies, because that means I won’t sleep for the next three months. Horror/thriller is a no go for me. I like sleep. I want to keep it that way.
  4. Aliens. I am so sorry. I’ve never been into aliens and I don’t really like it.
  5. Christian books. I hope I don’t hurt people’s feelings with this, because I absolutely don’t want that. It just isn’t my cup of tea.
  6. Erotica.
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  7. Bad grammar. Don’t you just hate it when that happens?
  8. ‘The new…’ I get it. But you can never replace Harry Potter or renew it. Whenever I read this on the backside of a book, I think: “Alright, that’s nice, but why?” I mean, it’s great you do that, but it could never be Twilight or Harry Potter, since those are stories on their own.
  9. Love triangle.
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  10. Super arrogant characters. Okay, buddy. Take it ten steps back and don’t return. I just get so frustrated with super arrogant characters.
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What’s a no go for you?

 

What Have I Been Up To? #2

Hey everyone,

I wanted to do a small update on what I’ve been doing for the last couple of weeks, since I wasn’t here as much as I wanted.

  • University is a mess. My mind says uni, but my heart says isolated sheep herder, you know? University has been extremely busy. We had so many deadlines and projects. I literally cried because of the stress. Thank goodness I got all my EC’s, but still, it was extremely hectic and hard. This was the main reason I couldn’t be here, because I was so extremely busy. I just didn’t have the time to read and to blog and to handle my bookstagram all at the same time. Sacrifices had to be made.
  • I went to the Harry Potter exhibition. And it was so amazing you won’t believe. All those props and facts about the Harry Potter movie. I died and went to heaven, let me tell you that. It was incredible and I want to go back.

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Review: Dreamology by Lucy Keating

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Title:
 Dreamology
Author: Lucy Keating
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: April 12th 2016, 2016
Buy links: Book depository | Amazon US | Amazon UK
Link to Goodreads
Goodreads Summary:

Vibrantly offbeat and utterly original, Lucy Keating’s debut novel combines the unconventional romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with the sweetness and heart of Jenny Han.

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

3.5stars Lees verder

March TBR + More

This is different and somehow new. I haven’t been here for two months and I’m sorry for it, but on the other hand I’m kind of not? It was good to take a break, because I just hadn’t had much time. I abandoned reading and writing reviews and also bookstagram from time to time. It was kind of refreshing, because I hadn’t had something to stress about, you know? I’m always like: oh, I still need to read so many pages and take pictures and write reviews and do this and that and so on. I didn’t have time to do other stuff and breathe. Even though I like doing this, I just don’t always have the time. Maybe I just need to plan everything and make time, but sometimes it’s okay to take a break. Due to stress and loads of deadlines I didn’t have the energy to read.

That’s why this is kind of scary to do, because I’m not sure I even finish my March TBR or even start it. I hope to, though. Kind of missed reading and even finished a book two days ago, so that’s progress. Positive thoughts. 🙂 Lees verder

Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

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Title:
 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 294 pages
Publisher: Little Brown Book Group
Release Date: November 19th, 2016
Buy links: Book depository | Amazon US | Amazon UK
Link to Goodreads
Goodreads Summary:

J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay.

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.

Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader’s bookshelf.

5stars Lees verder

Goodbye 2016

Are we glad 2016 is over? Basically. Many sad things happened, but there were good things, too. Loads, actually.

I know I haven’t been here as much as I should, but school’s been busy and sometimes I need to waste my time and not do anything, you know? I’d like to look back at 2016 and write it all down; the good and the bad. I’d like to share it with you.

First, let’s wrap December up.

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Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Title:
 Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Paperback, 420 pages
Publisher: Hodder Paperback
Release Date: August 5th, 2012
Buy links: Book depository | Amazon US | Amazon UK
Link to Goodreads
Goodreads Summary:

Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.
When Brimstone called, she always came.”

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

4stars Lees verder