Beauty & The Beast Book Tag

Hello everyone! I was tagged by the wonderful Lilly @lairofbooksblog thank you! (go check her blog out!) for this awesome tag a while back, 28 weeks and 5 days to be precise, which is very frustrating. I have been unjustly putting it on hold and I regret it. However, with the upcoming Beauty And The Beast movie, which will be released on the 17th of March, I will try to make amends by joining the hype.
Let’s get this party started!
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Rules:

» Thank the person who tagged you

» Mention the creator → Kirsty @Kirsty and the Cat Read (check her original post here)

» Match a book to each of the songs/characters below

» Tag as many people as you like


“Tale As Old As Time” – A popular theme, trope or setting you will never get bored with reading.

I’m a hopeless romantic and I have stated before that I am huge fan of Nicholas Sparks. His stories of couples that get together after many hardships to then fall apart and sometimes manage to get back together, is a setting I will never get bored with.
My favourites include:

The Longest RideMe Before You (Me Before You, #1)The Best of MeDear JohnThe Notebook (The Notebook, #1)The Lucky One

Belle – A book you bought for its beautiful cover that’s just as beautiful inside too

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I chose this edition of the book, because it is somehow simple yet very creative and also because blue is my favourite colour. I know. I am that simple. I found myself in this book and was able to connect with the main character in ways I have never done before. It surprised me, made me laugh, made me sad, at times even depressed, made me happy and sometimes all at once.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Beast – A book you didn’t expect much from but pleasantly surprised you

Although I own quite a few and want to read as many classics as possible, I cannot say I was expecting much from Hamlet, with all the it-was-written-so-many-ages-ago and I-will-probably-be-not-able-to-relate-to-it reasons, but it turned out to become one of my all time favourites. It probably helped that I read the No Fear Shakespeare graphic novel version than the original.

Hamlet (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels)

Gaston – A book everyone loves that you don’t

No one’s slick as Gaston
No one’s quick as Gaston

I had many expectations from Looking for Alaska, since my best friend recommend it to me and I did like it in the beginning, but my interest decreased  rapidly as I moved on. It just was not my book. It frustrated me to the extreme and I rarely found a scene or character to connect with.

Looking for Alaska

LeFou – A loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counter part.

Image result for LefouLuna Lovegood was, is and will always be my favourite character from the Harry Potter franchise and I think we can all agree she deserves a little bit more recognition.Image result for luna lovegood book

Mrs Potts, Chip, Lumiere & Cogsworth – A book that helped you through a difficult time or that taught you something valuable

The book that thought me the importance of following my dream and choosing my dream instead of letting a dream choose me was none other than The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I said it before and I will say this for probably the rest of my life: This book should be read by everyone at least once!The Alchemist

“Something There” – A book or a series that you weren’t into at first but picked up towards the end.

The first time I started this book I had to stop after 40 pages, because I found it really boring. It might have been the age, because a couple of years later I started again and loved it!Tunnels (Tunnels, #1)

“Be Our Guest” – A fictional character you’d love to have over for dinner

Image result for Be Our GuestSherlock Holmes. He is my fictional role model and having him over for dinner would be a dream coming true.Image result for Sherlock Holmes

I pass the challenge on to:


Thank you very much for reading and since it is my first post of the year I wish you all a Happy New Year filled with joy! Until next time. Also, feel free to take on the challenge even if I forgot to tag you 😉

-Demi x

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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

Ten Books Set Outside The US

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


A nice and warm afternoon to the north hemisphere! Hello and welcome to another fun Top Ten Tuesday! To be honest this isn’t going to be hard to do and I’ll probably definitely be raving about some specific books again.

Between Shades of Grey by Ruta SepetysBetween Shades of Gray

For those of you who heard about or read The Book Thief this is going to break your heart again. Set in Lithuania and then in Siberia in 1941, this book shows that Hitler wasn’t the only bad guy of that time. I learned so much from this book, things they don’t even teach us in school. I allow myself to say that if you though Hitler was a bad guy, you should wait and meet Stalin.

The Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

Set in Nazi Germany, this book will always have a special place in my heart. It is so unique and heartbreaking and everyone should read it.

Me Before You by Jojo MoyesMe Before You (Me Before You, #1)

Moving onto another heartbreaking novel we’ve got Me Before You, which is set in the UK of our time. This book has been the topic of many discussions lately and I approve that it deserves the attention. I wrote a rather small review on Goodreads and I’m still planning a complete one for my blog.

The Alchemist by Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist

Changing the mood for a happier one (although I can’t promise it will last). This book is set in Andalusia, Spain at first and its main character travels to Egypt. It is a very powerful book that teaches its reader to never lose hope and to keep on fighting for their dream. Under 200 pages this book left me speechless and I wish more people would read it.

Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas SwarupSlumdog Millionaire

This book shows glimpses of the harsh Indian life many find themselves in, but also how one’s life experiences helped him win Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. High recommendation.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick SüskindPerfume: The Story of a Murderer

Set in France this has been one of my favourite books of all time. It is a very dark, bizarre and psychological novel that I wouldn’t recommend everyone to read.

Peony in Love by Lisa SeePeony in Love

A wonderful novel set in 1600 China. A story full of traditions and history, but also love, family and friendship. Most of the book takes place in the after life and I think the whole book teaches a lot about Chinese culture. I highly recommend it.

The Girl of the Sixth Moon by Moony Witcher

Fetita celei de a sasea luni (Fetita celei de a sasea luni, #1)Nina si Misterul Notei a Opta (A sasea luna, #2)Nina si blestemul sarpelui cu pene (Fetita celei de a sasea luni, #3)Nina si Ochiul Secret al Atlantidei (Fetita celei de a sasea luni, #4)

One of my favourite series (like I said before I’m sad they weren’t published in English). The main setting is Venice, but the main characters travel through space and time, so you would travel to ancient Egypt, the Maya civilisation and Atlantis.

The Songs of the Seraphim by Anne Rice

Angel Time (The Songs of the Seraphim, #1)Of Love and Evil (Songs of the Seraphim, #2)

This series opens in the present with a contract killer as the main character (I don’t remember where this present takes place). He is visited by an angle who offers him a way towards salvation which includes time travelling to thirteenth-century England and fifteenth-century Rome.

Dracula and Dracula The Un-Dead by Bram and Dacre Stoker

DraculaDracula, the Un-Dead

One of my favourite classics will always be Dracula because I love stories about vampires and there is none as bad-ass as Dracula. It is set in Transylvania, Romania and also in the UK.


There you have my choices for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. I tried to give as many different locations as possible. My honorable mentions would include: The Harry Potter series, Peter Pan, HamletThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Tunnels series.

-Demi xx

“Thursday Quotables” No°4 – Me Before You

This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in! 
created by Lisa@bookshelffantasies


Hello my dear readers! I hope you’re having a lovely Thursday! I’m back today with a couple of quotes from my recent finished book, Me Before You. I’m so heartbroken I can’t even explain how it was. I also watched the movie and feel even more heartbroken, so I’m not sure when (and if) I’ll write a review on it soon.

Goodreads Synopsis

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

I hadn’t realised that music could unlock things in you, could transport you to somewhere even the composer hadn’t predicted. It left an imprint in the air around you, as if you carried its remnants with you when you went.

Clark, I’ve never seen anyone more uncomfortable with a human body than you. You act like it’s radioactive.

It’s just that the thing you never understand about being a mother, until you are one, is that it is not the grown man — the galumphing, unshaven, stinking, opinionated off-spring — you see before you, with his parking tickets and unpolished shoes and complicated love life. You see all the people he has ever been all rolled up into one.


What quotes have you found this week? Have you read Me Before You? If so, what did you think of it?

-Demi

Cover Color Challenge: July – Brown & Bronze / June – 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.


This month is going to be stressful for me; next week I’ll be in Croatia, after that one week home and then two weeks in Romania. It’s not stressful, it’s holiday, but I’m not certain how and what exactly I’ll be reading this month. I picked 4 books to take with me to Croatia (I know that might seem too much, but I’ll have two 14 hours bus rides and I’ll need something to occupy me) as for Romania, I’m taking me e-book reader with me, which means I might just finally read Divergent or The Hunger Games. I’m really not looking forward to buy any books, as (in case you’ve noticed) I bought a lot of books in the past few months. On my wishlist this month: 1. Don’t pay a cent for any book 2. Hopefully read at least 5 books. (I realise ACOTAR is not brown, but I  have to take this book to Romania for my best friend to read, which means I might get around reading it too)IMG_1410-001.JPG


June Results:

I am so happy that I read 4 books for this challenge and 8 in total! I wish this month I’ll have just as much success.

-Demi

Ten Books I Plan To Read This Summer (On The Beach)

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


Hi everyone! 🙂 I hope you’re enjoying your Tuesday! This week’s “Top Ten Tuesday” theme helps me set some goals for this summer, that I really hope I’ll achieve (although my experience tells me I won’t). I put ‘on the beach’ in brackets in case I might not actually get there (my parents plan a 2 weeks family vacation in Spain, so I might be reading some of this books on the beach). Before I start I want to say that my TBR list is unbelievably long and gets only longer with each day, so it is pretty hard to choose just 10 books. I also decided to pick books I already own.


You Had Me At Hallo by Mhairi McFarlane | Me Before You by Jojo Moyes | Safe Heaven by Nicholas Sparks

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert | The Choice by Nicholas Sparks | Brida by Paulo Coelho

The One I Love by Anna McPartlin | Juliet by Anne Fortier | Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

I realise the last 2 books aren’t the “usual” beach read, but I’m not an usual beach reader either. Besides that, I think a little bit of drama/history and crime/mystery would be the perfect ingredients for a perfect summer.


What about you? Have you read any of this books or plan to read them as well? What other nice books could you recommend me and what do you think about the ones I picked?

-Demi

Seven Books I Picked Up On A Whim

Friday 56Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. (you should definitely check them out)


This week’s theme actually represents me, since most of the books I own have been bought without thorough thought. The ones I chose are some of those that also bare a story. Here we go! ( Note: the order doesn’t play any role and I haven’t yet read the books, so I can’t say to much about the story. Also, if you click on the name, you’ll be sent to the its Goodreads page)

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

I was at the book store because I was looking for The Girl on the Train, which I’ve literally passed by like a 1000 times and finally decided to buy it. There was a “3 for 2” promotion for books from just one publishing house and the second book I chose was Paper Towns, which I knew “a little” about. For the third pick it took me like 10 min to decide. I don’t remember how much I looked into Sharp Objects before buying it. Honestly I was convinced by the cool cover that it was worth it. I can’t wait to read it. (Feel free to tell me your opinions on it, if you read it 🙂 )

Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

Deep Storm by Lincoln Child

I put this 2 books together because the have a similar story. Once upon a time I used to actually go into “real” book stores and look for books, instead of ordering them online. Normally I’d look for more vampire books (I still have a “thing” for them) and end up buying an extra book which appealed to me. On my Mistress of the Art of Death edition is written “Crime, suspicion and revenge in Cambridge, in the Middle Ages.” + the cover = I’m totally buying this. As for Deep Storm, I skimmed its synopsis and came across the word “Atlantis” and that’s why I bought it.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

This is the only exception from this list, because I did read it and I LOVED it. I knew nothing about it before I bought it from a book fair in the seventh grade.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I mentioned before that I watched the movie trailer and 10 min later I bought the book, so I’d say I bought it on a whim, without knowing “too much”.

Juliet by Anne Fortier


A couple of weeks ago I found a German website for second-hand books and I really loved it, because they offer free shipping if you buy books for at least 10€. So I was looking for a book in my school library and saw this beauty. I’m reading Romeo and Juliet in my English class and that’s why I was convinced I want to read this book too. I also read the synopsis, but knew nothing more.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Last but not least. Shout-out to Shannon at ClockworkBibliophile who mentioned this book a while ago on her blog. Only read the synopsis and bought it almost instantly. Thank you Shannon <3! I can’t wait to read it!

So… I gave 7 instead of 10 books, because these are the ones that are almost at the top of my TBR list that fitted the description. I hope I got you interested and I wish you a wonderful week(end)!

-Demi