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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Tag: The Harry Potter Book Tag

Hello and welcome! I was tagged for this wonderful tag by the more wonderful Shannon @ClockworkBibliophile, which you should definitely follow👍. Confession hour: I haven’t yet read the Harry Potter series (I did watch the movies though). I’m planing to read them very soon. You know what? For you Shannon (maybe also thanks) I’ll borrow the first book from my school library on Monday.


Flagrate

A book that you found interesting but would like to rewrite

Skellig by David Almond

The synopsis gave me some expectations that were later not to be fulfilled. The fact that I can’t point out the reason why I want it to be rewritten, or what exactly should be, proves that this book didn’t have an impact on me. (Goodreads synopsis: Unhappy about his baby sister’s illness and the chaos of moving into a dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel…)

Alohomora

The first book in a series that got you hooked

The Awakening by L.J. Smith


THE VAMPIRE DIARIES IS EVERYTHING! Maybe it’s not best to talk about this series like this on a tag about HP, but one can love more books at once and for the past 6 years TVD ment the world to me in matter of books. I remember buying the book and starting reading it in the car. I continued throughout the night. 5-6 hours later I was finished with it and I WANTED MORE. I blame it all on the hormones, I used to be very hyperactive. Now 6 years have passed and I achieved a number of 15 books, main, prequel and sequel stories, an obssesion for 2 TV shows (TVD and The Originals) and a wall full of TVD posters.

Accio

A book that you wish you could have right now

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Ughhh… I’ve heard so many good things about this book, but it’s not yet available for me to buy.

Avada Kedavra

A killer book

Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer by Patrick Süskind

This book is one of my all-time favourites, it’s pretty killery and I’m definitely not going to spoil it. So, check it out!

Confundo

A book you find confusing

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brönte

I couldn’t think of any other book. To be honest, the confusing part was the whole familial relation, like who’s relate to whom and how. Eventually I had to print a fan-made family tree from the internet, for better focusing.

Expecto Patronum

Your spirit animal book

Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

A book which I also reviewed. As I explained in the review, I felt a strong connection with the main female character, which had a similar high-school social life as me. Although there are no similarities in appearances, there are quite a few in character and personality.

Sectumsempra

A dark, twisted book

Dracula by Bram Stoker


Just as Shannon I haven’t read that many dark, twisted books, but I think this one fits very good. I don’t think I need to make any introduction for the literary father of vampires. I think it represents one of the best vampirism portrayal in literal history.

 Aparecium

A book that surprised you in a great way

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

We had to read this in English class and I guess everyone knows how it feels “having” to read a book instead of “wanting” to read a book, but this book didn’t give me that feeling. I really enjoyed and I’m sure I’ll read it again some day.


I Nominate:


Thank you for reading this. It’s been real fun writing it! Wish you all a wonderful week!

-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

Ten Books Every “Wow Seeker” Should Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. “This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!”

I was really happy that The Broke and the Bookish gave us the freedom to choose what category of people we want to recomand books to. By “Wow Seeker” I mean people that look for books which you start reading and don’t want to put down or books that after reading them, you are left breathless. This, in fact, is a list of my favourite books and some belong to series, from which I only presented the first book, but I totally recomand the whole series. (Note: there are so many other book I wished to add, knowing of their greatness, but… ahm… I haven’t read them yet). Since I am not the best presenter/ describer,  I recomand you to click on each of the books names and read the blurbs.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak51a99tea6il-_sx317_bo1204203200_

There are no words to fully explain how much I loved/love/will always love this book. The whole idea of Death being the narrator is just fantastic. In my opinion, this is by far one of the best fiction books that takes place during WWII and I totally recomand it to… well… EVERYONE! (Personal Rating  5+ Stars)

The Host by Stephenie Meyer1656001

So… before you say “wait a minute, that’s the chick who wrote the ‘Twilight’ series” (for those out there, like me, who didn’t find any greatness in that series; no ofense to anyone that likes/loves the books) I’m here to tell you that this book has NOTHING, good or bad, in common to Edward Cullen’s vampire world. It is not like any other book that has something to do with aliens taking over the planet, it has a beautiful love story and an interesting plot all-in-all. If you like futuristic/ dystopian-like books this is definitely something you should read. (Personal Rating  5+ Stars)

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind343

One of the reasons why I liked this book so much is the wonderful illustration of the young murderer Baptiste Grenouille, which was gifted with an absolute sense of smell (another great plot idea). His journey in becoming a skilled parfumier, his depraved mind and the way he sees (smells) the world are utterly fascinating and I recomand this book, not just to mystery/crime fans, but… well…to everyone, since it is an excelent psychological story. (Personal Rating  5+ Stars)

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks17407748

I wrote in previous posts that I am HUGE fan of Nicholas Sparks and I will never pass a chance of expressing how fond I am of his books. Among the 10 books I already read, this one is my favourite. It tells the story of 2 by-time separated love stories, which are beautifully connected in a very unexpected way. You might think I promise a lot and maybe you’re right, but that is how I see the book. It made me cry so much and even though I anticipated the end, it still left me breathless. I recommend to start with this book, in case you haven’t read any of Sparks’ novels, because it is a happy love story (mostly… but it has a happy ending). (Personal Rating  5+ Stars)

Peony in Love by Lisa See

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I read this book like eons ago (not really… maybe 6-7 years ago actually) and I instantly got fascinated with its story. This book is as fantastic as it is unexpected. It addresses themes like love, friendship, the role of women in society and the afterlife. It is based on actual historical events and that makes it even better. If I didn’t get you interested in this book by now, I don’t know what else to say to convince you. (Personal Rating  5 Stars)

The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman7116709

“Listen. The Sanctuary of the Redeemers on Shotover Scarp is named after a damned lie for there is no redemption that goes on there and less sanctuary.” This time I really have no words to describe this book, but I can tell you that even my father took time to read it (when we were on holiday) and something like that never happend again (he’s more of a conspiracy theories fan lately and has even less free-time for reading now). Last summer I found there is a sequel to it (apparently even a third book exists – sometimes I believe I live under a rock). You should definitely check the series out! (Personal Rating  5 Stars)

Angel Time by Anne Rice6282915

This is the first book in “The Songs of the Seraphim” series and is written by the same autor that wrote “The Vampire Chronicles”. Although it has nothing to do with vampires, its time-travel plot is truly gripping. It is a story about angels and assassins, loyalty and betrayal, selflessness and love. (Personal Rating  5 Stars)

The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls by Elise Primavera290992

You are never too old to read a great book (it is recommended for ages 8-12, but so is Harry Potter a “children’s” book). It is true that I read the book around the age of 12-13, but all I remember are happy thoughts. It might seem “childish” for me now, but I would still love the story. So if you, like myself, have the soul of a child trapped inside an adult’s body, you should read this book. 🙂 Well, not just because of that. It is a beautiful story about friendship and trust, full of fun and adventure. (Personal Rating  4.5 Stars)

The Recruit by Robert Muchamore2158604

The first book (12 in total) in the series “Cherub”. “CHERUB spies, 17 and under, hack into computers, bug houses, download crucial documents, and Do Not Exist. James, recently orphaned, is their newest recruit, and brilliant in math. After 100 days gruelling training, his mission begins.” I only recently found out there are more books than the only 2 I have and right now 5 of them are on the way. I loved the first 2 books and the whole idea of children spies. (Personal Rating  5 Stars)

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis100915

“They opened a door and entered a world–Narnia–the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy.” Narnia, what a wonderful world! Wait… wasn’t that enough to understand why this book (series) is a masterpiece of our time (ahm… I know 1950–1956 isn’t quite our time, but I don’t care 😂). From the 7 books, only 3 were turned into movies (it is said that a forth movie should be released) and they are almost as awesome as the books, so if by any chance you have seen the movies, you should definitely read the books! (Personal Rating  5+ Stars)

If you actually managed to get to this point I am grateful for that, I hope you like my picks and maybe even found some books to add to your To-Read list. I wish you wonderful week. (click here if you wish to participate in this week’s “Top Ten Tuesday”)

-Demi