Cover Color Challenge: September – Dark Blue / July & August – Results

The Rules:

  • The Book’s cover must have the color of the month somewhere on it. It’s ok if it’s just the dominate color.
  • You have to read that book during the month the color is chosen.
  • Link up & have fun!

For Rachel’s Books Review‘s Challenge click here.


I haven’t presented my results last month because of the writer’s block and everything, so today I’m doing it for two months (I bet you got that from the title already anyway).

But let us focus on this month first. I know the rules say I have to read books with a dark blue cover, but since I didn’t participate in March (light blue) I might read some books that are a bit lighter. I already read Quidditch Through The Ages (today) and the rest I’m hoping to finish my the end of this month.

Quidditch Through the Ages (Hogwarts Library)Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)The Tales of Beedle the BardYou Had Me At HelloBingeThe Last SongLooking for AlaskaIt Must Have Been the Mistletoe


July Results:

As you can see I’m so lazy I post the same picture twice ‘sigh’. In July I read all the books bellow except from ACOTAR and The Bat, which I see as a success.

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August Results:

As for August I can’t say it was a success, because I’ve been away for 3 weeks and couldn’t take my bookshelves with me ‘sigh’. From the 3 books I read in total, one has slight bright green coloration.

The Wedding (The Notebook, #2)

-Demi xx

 

Monthly Recap: August 2016

Hey there everyone! September is finally here and as you can see I’m a little bit later with this post than usual. School started, senior year, a lot of stress and of course excuses. I’ve been trying to focus on writing, but it didn’t go too well. Although I’ve been reading a few books lately, I found it really hard to write my thoughts on them. On the bright side I’ve finished my Goodreads challenge last month!! On the not so bright side I managed to get a hold of quite a number of books even though I was away for 3 weeks. I’ve managed to watch only 1 movie, but finished a few anime.


Movies I’ve Watched

#555 Gone Girl (2014)       Score: 10       19.08.2016

I was not convinced by the trailer or the synopsis that the movie is great but I really loved it! I think it had a really unexpected twist and was very well thought. A psychological rollercoaster indeed! Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck delivered an outstanding performance.

When I think of my wife, I always think of the back of her head. I picture cracking her lovely skull, unspooling her brain, trying to get answers. The primal questions of a marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? What have we done to each other? What will we do?


TV Shows Anime

August has been mostly about anime and I’m really happy I finally got to see some of my most wanted. I can sincerely say I found some soon to be all-time favourites. Although totally different themes and genres I love them ally equally. I’d love to share thoughts with you in case you’ve watched them. If you haven’t, then what are you waiting for?

These are the on going TV shows that I’m currently watching (which released new episodes in August or I’m catching up with) :


Books I’ve Read

I can proudly say I read 3 books last month (started 2 other books and continued another one), which is more than I imagined I’ll achieve.

  1. Erin Morgenstern – The Night Circus (August 13) 🇬🇧
  2. Nicholas Sparks – The Wedding (August 7) 🇷🇴
  3. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban (August 2) 🇬🇧

I’ve read 1228 pages in total, 39.6 pages a day.

The Night CircusThe Wedding (The Notebook, #2)Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)

Newest Additions To The Bookshelf:

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Another month has passed my dear friends and I want to thank all of you for following my and taking the time to read what I have to say from time to time. I really enjoy blogging and I definitely want to keep on writing, but with the A-levels coming closer each day, I’m not sure how much you’ll read from me from now on (at least till May next year). I’m still going to pop up from time to time to read your posts and post a few things on my Instagram and Twitter page. With that being said I wish all of you a nice September and for those who go to school/university good luck in your new year!

-Demi xx

Monthly Recap: July 2016

If a month starts on a Monday it inevitably makes me totally positive about it, probably because of the symmetry or something . Anyway, I’m glad about writing my 5th monthly recap and although I’ve been pretty much absent this past month I haven’t lost my pleasure for writing. To be honest I hit something like a writer’s block. You would think that by being on summer holiday and having so much free time I’d write twice as much. I’ve only managed the half amount of posts compared to last month and I’m not quite pleased about it. If truth be told, I’ve had guests over for the past 2 weeks and on the first week I was in Croatia. Yes, I know there was still a week, but until now that was my only true week off. Enough complaining and let’s start this recap already.


Movies I’ve Watched

#554 Me Before You (2016)       Score: 9       14.07.2016

There is rule out there that says you should probably not watch a movie after you just finished the book it is based on because of 2 reasons. It will break your heart into a million pieces again and you will probably end up hating it (or parts of it). I’m a logical person, but after reading the book I decided there is nothing better that I can do than letting the story break my heart for a little longer. That being said I recommend watching this movie (and reading the book duhh) because it touches a very sensitive subject and unlike many movies today it is not about a love story. It’s so much more. I know I couldn’t have sounded more vague, but trust me I cannot say more without spoiling it.

Will Traynor: Live boldly, Clark. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Knowing you still have possibilities is a luxury, knowing I might have given them to you. So, this is it. You are scored on my heart, Clark. You have been the first day you walked in with your sweet smile and your ridiculous clothes and your bad jokes and your complete inability to ever hide a single thing you felt. Don’t think of me too often. I don’t want you getting sad. Just live well. Just live. I’ll be walking beside you every step of the way. Love, Will.

#553 The Polar Express (2004)       Score: 9.5       10.07.2016

I know it’s not Christmas, ok. Have you never experienced the crave for something Christmas-y in spring or summer? Maybe even heard a couple of carols? No? Than I must be a really weird person but I don’t mind it. This is going to be one of my favourite movies to watch on Christmas with the family. It pictures the true meaning of Christmas, believing!

Hero Boy: At one time most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.

#552 Zootopia (2016)       Score: 10       09.07.2016

Zootopia, Zootropolis, Zoomania or whatever you wanna call it. A movie that teaches us a little bit about life and what we can do to improve it. Seeing animals instead of humans dealing with bullying, racism, sexism and pretty much our constant daily life does make us see things straighter. The whole movie was fun and very enjoyable, but I’m sceptical on its impact. With all that being said, I still gave it a 10, because up until now it has been one of the best and original Disney animated movie. All the judging came later.

Chief Bogo: Life isn’t some cartoon musical where you sing a little song and all your insipid dreams magically come true. So let it go.

Judy Hopps: Life’s a little bit messy. We all make mistakes. No matter what type of animal you are, change starts with you.


TV Shows

As far as TV shows go, I’ve been watching plenty of it the past 4 weeks. I’ve finally managed to watch the 3rd season of DaVinci’s Demons (2.5 stars) which was agonising. The first season and the first half of the second season were so breathtaking and wonderful I could have easily given the show 5 stars just for those parts. After that though the show took a weird turn, weird in like too much science fiction for me and an entirely unexpected story for Leo that would have made me choose not to watch the show at all from the start. On the brighter side I’ve finished one TV show and one anime that I rated 5+ star and those are Once Upon in Wonderland and Sword Art Online. I can talk about things I don’t like for hours, but when it comes to things I love I often find it hard to find the words. I apologise for that, but do search these 2 beauties and maybe also decide to watch them.

I am also up-to-date with the following shows: iZombie, Pretty Little Liars and Beauty and the Beast; and also continued watching Doctor Who, where I am currently halfway through season 8.


Books I’ve Read

I realised that in the previous recaps I never talked about the books I read, probably because I was planning to review them later on and since that didn’t really happen I decided to comment a bit about them each month. This month I read 6 books in English and 1 in German.

1. Paul van Loon – Das Gruselhandbuch (English: The Spooky Guide) (25.07.2016) 🇩🇪

Following my history teacher’s advise to read more in German, I picked this lovely children’s book about vampires, werewolves, witches, monsters and ghosts. I didn’t learn many new things, but I enjoyed the writing style. What I learned was that Frankenstein’s castle is just 2 hours away from me, where the best Halloween parties take place, that there are cultures that believe in werebears, weretigers, werepanthers and werecrocodiles. I’ve also learned about the witch huntings in the previous centuries which shocked me. I heard of them, but never took much interest in learning more.

If your teacher has gone notably paler recently and you are under the impression that her canines are becoming more pointed, then I advise you to immediately start with the chapter about vampires.

2. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets (July 17) 🇬🇧

No introduction needed. Before starting the series I was afraid I’d knew how it goes as I watched the movies. Once, my bad memory has proved to be a good thing. I was thrilled to keep on reading and it really felt like I heard the story for the first time.

3. Louis Sachar – Holes (July 16) 🇬🇧

I remember reading the blurb and thinking “this sounds really interesting!”. I was a bit sceptical when I learned it had only 233 pages, but afterwards happily surprised to have fallen in love with the story.

4. Jojo Moyes – Me Before You (July 14) 🇬🇧

I already talked about this so I’ll just give some more quotes.

Sometimes, Clark, you are pretty much the only thing that makes me want to get up in the morning.

Some mistakes… just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let that night be the thing that defines you. You, Clark, have the choice not to let that happen.

5. Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist (July 9) 🇬🇧

This book is gold! My highlight this month. I’ve mentioned it already, but I’ll say it again. This book teaches about to never stop pursuing and believing in your dreams and to keep on fighting for them. If you ever feel down this is the best book for you to get back on your feet.

At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.

The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.

6. Stephen King – Bag Of Bones (July 6) 🇬🇧

7. James Finn Garner – Politically  Correct Bedtime Stories (July 3) 🇬🇧

I’ve read 2248 pages is total, 72 pages a day.IMG_1880-001


Newest Additions To The Bookshelf:

As you can see, I couldn’t keep myself from buying books this month ‘again’. IMG_1878-001


Notable Mention:

Pokémon GO! As you can see bellow I’ve also got the Pokémon fever. I live in a small village so there aren’t many Pokémons around, but every time I go to a nearby city I play this game so hard that my parents are starting to worry. Let me know in the comments if you play it too and how far you got.

On Friday I fly to Romania for 3 weeks, which means I might not write so much or maybe write more. I don’t know yet. As for reading, I guess I’ll finally start reading my digital copies.

P.S. I just realised I forgot to mention that I got my first subscription box this month from LootCrate.

-Demi xx

Books With A Purpose Tag

I was tagged by the wonderful chicnerdreads to do this wonderful and pretty hard tag. Thank you 😊!

THE RULES:

  1. Mention the person who tagged you in your post and provide a link to their blog
  2. Fill out the 9 questions in the tag
  3. For each question, insert a gif of how you feel about the book(s) or author.
  4. Tag 5 people and/or everyone to do this tag!
  5. Before you post the tag, do a five-second party dance. Cause you dat awesome

Questions:

  1. Best story premise? The Alchemist by Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemistbelieve
  2. Best world building? The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
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  3. Best character? Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Leeoriginals  smile sam applause clapping
  4. Best series? Lux by Jennifer L. Armentroutlove animation swipe right tiny toons buster bunny
  5. Best tear jerker? The Longest Ride by Nicholas SparksThe Longest Ridesad crying cry pikachu
  6. Best author? Nicholas Sparkssad crying the office cry thank you
  7. Best writing style? Sandra Brown
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  8. Best cover? The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowlingstephen colbert wow jon stewart bravo
  9. Best ending? Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick SüskindPerfume: The Story of a Murderershocked shock michael cera scott pilgrim vs the world

I tag:

-Demi xx

The Liebster Award 2.0


Hello my dear readers! Lately I’ve been having a hard time writing on my blog, not because I didn’t have time (that I have a lot since I’m on summer break), but I’ve been entirely  absorbed by reading and wasn’t in the mood for participating in most of my weekly memes. I’ve also had a hard time starting any reviews (I’ve got like 10 books I’d love to review). I’m hoping that with this blog entry my apatite for writing will come back to me and I’ll be more active, mainly because I’ve decided catch up with the awards and tags I’ve been given recently (recently is pretty relative here, since some of this posts I should have done almost 2 months ago). I apologise to Gretchen@chicnerdreads brad pitt thank you kissfor taking so long and also thank you for nominating me for this wonderful award. I’m very grateful! You should definitely check out her blog for all things bookish. She also writes marvellous poems which always leave me speechless.

The Rules:

  1. Post the award on your blog.
  2. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Answer the questions assigned to you.
  4. Give 10 random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 10 deserving bloggers for the award.
  6. Ask 10 questions to your nominees.

Gretchen’s Questions:

  1. Where are you from?
    Iasi, Romania
  2. What’s your dream vacation?
    My dream vacations would be a cruise around the world. (very convenient Demi)
  3. What is your feel good book?
    I honestly can’t say as I don’t usually read a book twice (I don’t even dare, otherwise my TBR list would probably kill me). However, a book that recently made me feel really good and gave me a self-respect boost was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
  4. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
    An archaeologist. I used to watch Tutenstein as a child and dreamed about being the one person that would find him one day. Of course I eventually found that Tutankhamun had already been found and my interest in becoming an archaeologist faded.
  5. A book that you’re looking forward to reading this year?
    If it wasn’t for this amazing platform I wouldn’t be very much up to date. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
  6. Do you have siblings? If yes, how many?
    One. A smaller brother.
  7. How do you feel about open-ended books?
    Mixed feelings. On one side I’m a wanna-know-it-all kind of person and I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night without some closure, but on the other side (certainly not as prominent as the other side) I like my mind to wonder about what happens after the book is over.
  8. What’s your favorite color to wear?
    Purple or blue.
  9. Do you prefer texting someone or calling them?
    Texting. I like to be careful with the messages I transmit.
  10. What is one random thing about you that you feel like a lot of people don’t know?
    I don’t mind reading with noises around me. Most of the time I’m able to turn off the outside world and focus on my book.

10 random facts about myself:

  1. I’ve had a turtle once. Long story short it’s not among us anymore. His name was Stefan by the way.

  2. I’m afraid of heights. And spiders. And snakes.

  3. I used to be afraid of the darkness and have some really nasty nightmares about the Boogeyman or whatever was lurking in the dark.

  4. I’m a representative for AVON.

  5. Last month I’ve joined the Postcrossing community.

  6. I’m in a couple of fandoms (Whovians, TVD, SPN, Once Upon a Time, Potterheads) and I’ll soon be joining a couple more. Probably by the time I’ll start reading The Mortal Instruments, Divergent and Hunger Games.

  7. I prefer listening to music made before 2011, mainly ’90s and ’80s.

  8. I have a soft spot for horror movies. Stephen King’s It is probably the most fascinating one and the movie Grudge has been the only movie I couldn’t watch.

  9. I’m Orthodox Christian.

  10. After finishing my school I’d want to take a year off and work in poor countries and help people (in Germany it is called a volunteer social year)

I nominate:

Quick notice: if you want the person to be notified that you tagged her/him you should link her/his name to the “About Me” page for example. If you link just bookstraveller.wordpress.com they won’t be notified.

My Questions:

  1. What is your favourite book cover?
  2. Name a book that you wish you had read at a different age.
  3. Describe the perfect reading place.
  4. If you had to choose one book to read for the rest of your life, which would it be?
  5. Who are your favourite male and female heroes? They can be fictional or non-fictional, from a book or movie.
  6. What about favourite villain that you love and villain that you hate?
  7. Which fictional world would you like to visit or live in?
  8. What is the furthest you have travelled? And how long?
  9. What is your favourite animated movie?
  10. Which book and movie release of 2016 are you most happy about right now?

-Demi xx

10 Characters That I’d Name My Children After

Friday 56Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


The lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish decided that this week should be a Freebie Week, which means that we can either do something of our choice or go back and choose an older topic. I feel like I’m going to totally cheat on this one, because I have a tiny obsession with names and I’d probably need to have at least 10 children to satisfy my need of name giving (and all of them would get 2 names). I get my inspirations mostly from TV shows, but a few book names will be recognisable too. (Note: I’m not 100% I’ll choose these exact combinations, so bear with me)

Noah Killian & Abigail Hope

Noah Hutchins from Pushing the Limits; Killian Jones from Once Upon a Time, the BEST TV show there is, in case you love fairy tales. I know this is probably a weird name and my child would probably hate me for it, but he would have 2 names so win-win. Abigail Hobbs from Hannibal. She’s not exactly some one you wish your child would become someday, but I think the name it’s pretty beautiful. Hope Mikaelson from The Originals.

Kai Samuel & Liesel Ariel

Kai from The Vampire Diaries; Samuel Winchester from Supernatural; Liesel from The Book Thief; Ariel from The Little Mermaid

Peter Landon & Lina Sophia

Peter Pan; Landon from A Walk To Remember; Lina from Between Shades of Grey; Sophia from The Longest Ride

Ruth Hermione & Ira Neville

Ruth and Ira from The Longest Ride; Hermione and Neville from Harry Potter

Luna Merida & Kyle Niklaus

Luna from Harry Potter; Merida from Brave, Kyle from The Host; Niklaus from The Originals


Another wonderful Top Ten Tuesday (or should I say 20?). What about you? What names would you choose?

-Demi

Book Review :: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Author: J.K. Rowling

Published: 26th of June 1997 by Bloomsbury Publishing

Pages: 223

Genre: Fantasy

Rating:  

 

Goodreads synopsis: (for the new – 1st of September 2014 – edition)

When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts, a wizarding school brimming with ghosts and enchantments, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

Before heading off I’d like to say this is going to be a mixture of “a walk down memory lane” and my own experience (finally) reading the book, probably not one of those proper reviews. In case this bothers you, you know what you gotta do. Here we go.

Oh you may not think I’m pretty,
But don’t judge on what you see,
I’ll eat myself if you can find
A smarter hat than me.
You can keep your bowlers black,
Your top hats sleek and tall,
For I’m the Hogwarts Sorting Hat
And I can cap them all.
There’s nothing hidden in your head
The Sorting Hat can’t see,
So try me on and I will tell you
Where you ought to be.
You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart;
You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil;
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
if you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind;
Or perhaps in Slytherin
You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folks use any means
To achieve their ends.
So put me on! Don’t be afraid!
And don’t get in a flap!
You’re in safe hands (though I have none)
For I’m a Thinking Cap!

This beautiful song was in fact the first quote from the book that I marked. I had already read 130 pages and didn’t find anything extremely impressing, I know the book as a whole is a masterpiece, but I had a hard time finding quotes. I’ve got 9 in total (compared to The Fault in our Stars, where I had 9 already after the 2nd chapter… awkward…)

Hermione was the last person to do anything against the rules, and here she was, pretending she had, to get them out of trouble. It was as if Snape hat started handing out sweets.

But from that moment on, Hermione Granger become their friend. There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.

I love the book. How can you not? It’s our generation’s legacy. Again many thanks Shannon for making me feel terrible for taking so long to read it😂. There’s not much I can say or advertise, as EVERYONE should know how good this series is, so I’ll give you a couple of more quotes that I liked very much and a few movie scenes, because memories, child wizards and ‘awww…’. Strange fact regarding a book-movie difference: In the movie, Hermione sits with Ron and Harry in the train and gets into larger conversations with them pretty soon. In the book it took like 200 pages (after the troll incident) to get to that level of friendship, which surprised me.

Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. He didn’t realise that love as powerful as you mother’s for you leaves its own mark.

I remember talking to my best friend Irina and trying to convince her to read this book ( poor thing, she’s probably got an even longer TBR list than me😂 and keeps nagging me that I give her to many physical books and book suggestions). She said it would be too weird for her to read a book in which the protagonist is younger than her, especially a teenager in his first years of puberty (those were her words). In that moment I realised why Harry Potter will be eternal and suitable for all ages. There are no childish actions or scenes. Damn it, at 11 years old he was even braver than I am today. He’s a true role model, all the characters are, and they’ll have a special place in my heart forever.


With this I conclude my ahm…should I still call it review… I’m not sure. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed it. Maybe you’ll even want to re-watch the movie right now, because that’s what I’m going to do tonight. Hot chocolate ✓ popcorn ✓ blanket ✓.

-Demi