Disney Book Tag

It took me over two years to respond to this tag and it might seem very weird I did eventually upload this. Last time I edited this post was also over a year ago. This might show quite clearly that I can get very distracted from things I enjoy, but somehow end up returning to them.


My wonderful friend Iri @irisworldofbooks picked me for this awesome tag. Thank you! To be honest, I see myself as a big Disney fan, but after a recent discussion with her, I realised I have not really watched that many movies, maybe around 100, while she watched at least 300 (Disney released a bit over 600 movies to this day). At first, I felt angry with myself that I did not watch them when I was younger, but then I realised that in fact, I did watch animated movies with Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and so on. However, they were not Disney, but cheaper remakes, since apparently, they could not afford to show Disney movies on Romanian TV. Anyway, I know I may not be the proper Disney fan, but I love it with all my heart nonetheless. Without further ado,
Let’s get this party started!


Sleeping Beauty – A book that has been slumbering in your shelf for 100 years

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This book has been “slumbering” on my bookshelf for more than 10 years. As I child I used to watch the animated series and it was among my favourites, so now I am a little afraid that it will lose some of its magic if I read the book so many years later. For those who do not know, it is a story about a young boy from Sweden who does a lot of mischief around his family’s farm. One day he treats a tomte (from the Norse folklore; a small household spirit) badly, who punishes Nils by turning him into a tomte as well. He would eventually join his family’s geese on a journey through Sweden and have many adventures throughout it.

Rapunzel – A book that has taught you to think outside the box

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Between Shades of Grey by Ruta SepetysBetween Shades of Gray
My best friend recommended me this book and knowing that she would only do that if the book was really worth it, I knew that I would love this book even before I started it. In case you don’t know anything about it, it is a book about a Latvian girl and her experiences throughout WWII. It sounds pretty plain, but I don’t want to give away to much. I chose it as a book that thought me to think outside the box because it portrays the true horrors of Stalin’s impact on Eastern Europe, a subject that was pretty much left out of from our history classes.

Alice in Wonderland – A book that plays in an extraordinary scene.

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The Lion King – A character’s death that you still can’t get over.

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Isn’t this kind of spoiler-y?Me Before You (Me Before You, #1) I hope not… Me Before You by Jojo Moyes tore me apart for its last 50 pages, because I still, until the very end, was hoping for a happy ending. I’m not saying that I don’t respect the author’s choice of ending, because it also made me think outside of the box, but being a hopeless romantic I would have wanted it to end differently.

The Beauty and the Beast – An unequal pair

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I’ll have to go with the same choice as Iri here because I honestly don’t know what other pair to describe as unequal. Fifty Shades of Gray by EL James. Do I need to say more? Can I even choose a book I have never read? I hope so, as I will probably never end up reading it anyway.

The Fox and the Hound – The most beautiful book friendship.

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There are probably better choices for this category, but I don’t always agree with putting different good things one on top of each other, so instead of choosing “the most beautiful” I choose a friendship that I loved and makes me want to read the books, in this case, again. I’m talking about a series not many have heard of (so hey! Kudos to me for introducing you to something you might like). The Secret of Castle Cant: Being an Account of the Remarkable Adventures of Lucy Wickwright, Maidservant and Spy and Escape from Castle Cant by K.P. Bath. You already get a lot about the books only from the titles. The beautiful friendship that I chose is between Pauline and Lucy, Lord Cant’s daughter and her maid, who go through many wonderful adventures together and prove to be so much more than just friends throughout the books.

Cinderella – A character who goes through a major transformation.

The Host (The Host, #1)My choice for this category is Wanda from The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I might be wrong by choosing this, but I really loved this book (more than the Twilight series #fightme) and I don’t remember ever talking about it. Throughout the book we see Wanda turning from an enemy into a friend, an alien entity that decides to help and trust the humans and by doing that she grows a lot as a character. Probably worth mentioning is that Melanie, being Wanda’s host, learns a lot in return from her and goes through a major transformation herself. If you haven’t read this yet, please give it a try.


So there it is. Over a year after I last uploaded a blog post. At this point, I just hope that it will take me less to post another one. I hope you enjoyed this and would like to read your thoughts on this :). I am tagging:

Emily @The Little Book Affair
Joana @Bookneeders
Diana @A Haven for Book Lovers
Yvo @It’s All About Books
Rachel @Journal of a Bibliophile

-Demi

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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

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

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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 Ultimate Game of Thrones Book Tag

Hello everyone! At the beginning of this month Shannon@ClockworkBibliophile tagged me for another fun Book Tag (you can check the Harry Potter Book Tag I did, if you like 🙂 ). Thank you very much for choosing me Shannon 😂 as for the rest, you should totally go give her a follow, in case you’re searching for an awesome bookish blog. As for the reason why it took me so long (and no, it wasn’t school or work)… well, the truth is I wasn’t prepared to say what I’m about to say right now. I don’t like Game of Thrones and I know right now it’s literally the most viewed show, but it’s not my thing. I know it’s kind of childish reason for not participating (we’re all educated and reasonable adults) and it should be ok not to like something. At the end of the day it shouldn’t change somebody’s opinion on me (hopefully?). I’m not saying it’s a bad show or book series, not at all. It’s wonderful and all, but not my style (sorry, too much dying, not a real fan of historical shows, besides Merlin I don’t watch anything that plays in a time long before ours, not a fan of that type of fightings, too complicated alliances, incest, nudity). Again, I’m not saying it’s a bad show and I don’t have anything against people watching it. It’s just not for me. I know there are dragons uuuh, but not that much of a fan of them either 😂. In a way I know most of it because of Internet spoilers and please don’t try to convince me to watch 😂 I’m sorry Shannon 🙈 (Shannon’s post)


Rules:

  1. Mention the creator Orang-utan Librarian.
  2. Answer all the questions.
  3. Tag people and keep it going!

Part 1 – Book Questions

“We do not sow”

A book you would not be willing to invest in.

we-do-not-sowI’m not really sure I read books that I wouldn’t have willingly invested in, but there are 4 books that after quite some time I realised they were actually pretty bad (my own opinion) I could say Game of Thrones, but for that I’m probably getting enough hate already, so why not multiply it by admitting I don’t like the Twilight series sorry-not-sorry. The truth is, I’ve got a love-hate relationship with Twilight, very complicated (probably I’ll explain it another time).


“Fire and blood”

A book that produced strong emotions in you.

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Just like Shannon I’m quite a book crier myself, meaning this choice isn’t easy. The last book that broke my heart into million pieces was Between Shades of Grey (I’m still planning a review on it). The story takes place in the second World War in Russia and for me it’s that side of the history we don’t really learn in school.


“Winter is coming”

Your favorite winter read.

winter-is-comingIt cannot be a book, because I don’t read books twice. My answer is though Nicholas Sparks and if you’ve been following me for a while now, you know that I’m his no°1 fan! I don’t even have all my books with me (6 of them are still in Romania and I’m planning to bring them over this summer.).IMG_1381


“Family. Duty. Honour.”

A book about strong family ties.

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I might have read a couple of books which were partially about strong family ties, but honestly I never pay too much attention to them and always most of the times forget about them. searches through Goodreads comes across some good titles realises she cannot promote a contemporary novel There is actually a book that crosses my mind and that is Wuthering Heights. I got it as a birthday present and read maybe 3 or 4 years ago. It is a bit confusing at first, as it talks about a lot of people and how they’re all related to each other somehow. I had to print a family tree to keep up with it. I blame it all on age.


“Growing strong”

A book you had low expectations of but that grew on you.

growing-strongThere are a couple of titles that I can think of, but I decided to present one that I haven’t seen so much of it on this platform so far (actually nothing). The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time breathes out why the long title Mr. Haddon?. I read this in English class last year and I LOVED it. In case you haven’t, I ask you deeply to check it out.


“Ours is the fury”

A book that made you furious.

ours-is-the-furyI’m not sure I’ve ever been furious because of a book; disgust that eventually turned into something similar to fury happened. Best and most recent example is The Reader by Bernhard Schlink.


“Unbowed. Unbent.Unbroken.”

A book you have unwavering devotion to.

unbowed-unbent-unbrokenI’m going to cheat on this and say Nicholas Sparks again don’t need to roll your eyes very judgy of you she knows she talks a lot about him.


“A Lannister always pays his debts”

A book you feel indebted to.

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The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls *breathes out* *why do some authors have a thing for such long titles*. Some grew up with Hogwarts, I grew up with Sherbet. If you are in need of a childish similar-to-OZ kind of book this is perfect for you.


Part 2 – Fan Theories

Who do you want to win the Game of Thrones?

I realise I’m not actually in any position to make any theories, but as much as I get from the Internet I’d say John Snow *mainstream probably*. He seem like the only nice person on the show. I could also say the dragon lady *I know her name, it’s just toooo long*, but I get the feeling she would be more interested in taking care of dragons than winning the Game of Thrones.

Who do you think will make it to the end and who do you think will die?

Are there people still alive on this show? Or they got to the point where ghosts fight each other? Can they try to keep the 2 above and one bellow alive?


Part 3 – My Game of Thrones

Would you win or die?

Probably die, maybe I should watch it and learn how to survive. *thinks this for a second* *nah*

What house are you?

It’s pretty obvious I had to take the online test suggested by Shannon and the outcome was…..

Martell

You are charming and clever. You are also as close to progressive as Westeros gets, believing in such strange concepts as women inheriting property and children having the right to not be tortured for their parents’ mistakes. Really, you have everything going for you except for the grudge-holding and the cockiness – for the gods’ sake, take the time out of your day to stab your opponent twice, OK? I don’t care how dead he looks.

Hmmm… I don’t know how to feel about this, so I’ll just leave it there.

My Nominees


Although I don’t like Game of Thrones I did enjoy this book tag maybe. maybe I’ll think about watching the first episode. Change of subject. There have been a few changes the past few days, from my blog theme to Brexit. It saddens and puzzles me at the same time. The first for all the nice Brits that aren’t happy at all and the second because it creates an uncertainty. To be a bit selfish, I hope it won’t make it harder for me to go to study in the UK, but then I wouldn’t be the only one. I hope everything will get sorted out and compromises will be found. I think of you and wish you the best my dear friends!

-Demi

“Teaser Tuesday” No°5 : Between Shades of Gray

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My Teaser:

He threw his burning cigarette onto our clean living room floor and ground it into the wood with his boot.
We were about to become cigarettes.

Between Shades Of Gray by Rute Sepetys (page 5 / paperback)

Synopsis:

Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously–and at great risk–documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.

-Demi

“Friday 56” and “Book Beginning” No°4 :: Between Shades Of Grey

Two wonderful memes joined together. The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda at FredasVoice and Book Beginnings by Gilion at RoseCityReader.


Chapter 1

THEY TOOK ME IN MY NIGHTGOWN.
Thinking back, the signs were there – family photos burned in the fireplace,  Mother sewing her best silver jewellery into the lining of her coat late at night, and Papa nor returning from work.

Page 56

The priest looked up, flung oil, and made the sign of the cross as our train rolled away.
He was issuing last rites.

Between Shades Of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

Synopsis:

Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously–and at great risk–documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.


This book has been on my shelves for a while now and I’m super excited to read it! I’d love to read you opinions on it, if you read it.

-Demi

Cover Color Challenge: June – White & Silver / May – 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.


It couldn’t have an easiest colour! I’ve found a bunch of books with a white cover on my shelves, but because I’m kind of lazy I will take pictures from the internet.

This is all I could find in 5 minutes, so there might still be some books with a white cover that I haven’t found yet.

Click here for the results.


As for the results for May I’m glad to say I read all 3 books I planned to read and 2 other books, one for the April Challenge (yellow) and one for the March Challenge (light blue). At the end of the year it wouldn’t count to the whole Challenge because of the second rule, but I wanted to do it for myself as well as to shorten my TBR list.

-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