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

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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

Most Likely To… Book Tag

The Character Most Likely too... (1)Hello every one!

I wasn’t actually personally tagged, Louise@GenieReads was and basically tagged every one and I decided to accept the challenge, because I liked it a lot! You can click here to read her post. Thank you Louise for participating and spreading the fun! 🙂 Also, you should check her blog for more, because it is wonderful!


Rules / Instructions

  1. Put 18 book characters into a jar and shake it up.
  2. Have the first three most likely to… categories ready. Pick three names from the jar and apply them to the first three categories.
  3. Keep going until you have none left!

ROUND 1

Who’s most likely to…

  1. Have kids first
  2. Cry at a movie
  3. Get arrested

The Characters: Lauren Holbrook from Hidden Fires, Ira Levinson from The Longest Ride and Liesel Meminger from The Book Thief

Lauren will definitely have kids first, because 1. she is a young married women and ahm.. I’m not going to spoil the book 2. she lives in the 19th century, which is long before the other two were born.
Ira is going to cry at a movie, because men cry at movies too, especially if they watch Fast & Furious (7).
Liesel will definitely get arrested, because she lived in Nazi Germany and she was stealing books.


ROUND 2

Who’s most likely to…

  1. Become a crazy cat lady/man
  2. Become a multi-millionaire
  3. Start knitting as a hobby

The Characters: Sherlock Holmes, Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit and Grenouille from Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Sherlock will become a crazy cat man, because he’s a high-functioning sociopath and he’ll need company after Watson leaves him.
Grenouille will become a multi-millionaire with the help of his perfumery skills.
Bilbo will start knitting as a hobby, because he’s old, bored and most probably Gandalf won’t take him on a trip again.


ROUND 3

Who’s most likely to…

  1. Be a closet nerd
  2. Become an actor/actress
  3. Fall down the stairs

The Characters: Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird, Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia and Ram Mohammad Thomas from Slumdog Millionaire

Hard choice…. I would say the nerd would be Scout; we only knew her when she was small, so maybe she will become one when she grows up.
Lucy would become an actress with the help of her experiences gained in Narnia.
Ram will fall down the stairs, because he might be clumsy (?) or drunk (?)


ROUND 4

Who’s most likely to…

  1. Collect that many books they have a personal library
  2. Win the Hunger Games
  3. Be tumblr famous

The Characters: Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries, Christopher Boone from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Robert Langdon from Angels & Demons.

Christopher will probably collect a lot of books, because of having Asperger syndrome. He’s also very smart and introvert.
Damon would totally win the Hunger Games, because he’s a vampire.
Robert would be tumblr famous with his symbolistic knowledge; I’d definitely follow him.


ROUND 5

Who’s most likely to…

  1. Go through a goth phase
  2. Have a one night stand
  3. Go to comic con

The Characters: Edward Cullen from Twilight, Romeo Montague from Romeo and Juliet, Hanna Schmitz from The Reader.

(Sorry Twilight fans) Edward will be going through a goth phase (or he did already).
Hanna would be having a one night stand, because she doesn’t really get attached to people.
Romeo would go to comic con, but I can’t decide which comic would be his reason.


ROUND 6

Who’s most likely to…

  1. Get married
  2. Have a cool mug collection
  3. Be a night owl (stays awake most of the night)

The Characters: Augustus Water from The Fault in our Stars, Voldemort from Harry Potter and Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

THIS is a hard choice… for Augustus there would an obvious easy choice, but then I’m left with two men that don’t fit the other 2 scenarios. I’ll say he would get married first, since he’s the one with the highest chances of ever finding somebody. Wonka would own a cool mug collections and probably invent some really crazy ones. Voldemort would be a night owl, because he’s not actually a man and doesn’t need sleep at all.



This was really fun, although my luck failed me and didn’t get to make some really funny questions. Putting that aside I’d like to nominate the following people:

Mikaela @itsmemikaelaKelly @mynameisnotkatieSheri @readinaflashGretchen @chicnerdreads, Shannon @ClockworkBibliophileMia, Lynette and Vibha @geekyfangirls, Diana @nighttrainbooks and YOU!

-Demi

A-Z ABOUT ME TAG

Thank you geekyfangirls for tagging me! You should definitely pay them a visit!


A – Age: I am 18 going on 19.

B – Book I’m currently reading: I just finished reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (here is my review)

C – Chore you hate: Should a teenager even like any? It’s not that I hate or love them, it’s just that there are some I’d prefer not to do.

D – Dessert you love: Chocolate Pudding

E – Essential start your day item: My daily cappuccino.

F – Favourite author/book: My favourite author would be Nicholas Sparks, because I love each and every book he writes, but my favourite book is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

G – Gold or silver: I prefer gold.

H – Height: 168 cm

I – Instruments you play: I like pretending I can play a bit the guitar and piano, but in reality I have no musical skills.

J – Job title: I’m a student.

K – Kids: None.

L – Living Arrangements: With my family.

M – Most overused word/phrase in your vocabulary: In writing ‘definitely’, probably because I like the word for some reason. In speaking ‘so’ and ‘like’. I’m trying to get rid of this habit.

N – Nicknames: Demi and Bubu.

O – Overnight hospital stay other than birth: No.

P – Pet peeve: Pen clicking, but mostly my friend asking ‘What?’ after I had just asked ‘What?’. He never repeats anything he says to me, although I did not fully understand it.

Q – Quotes I Like: Carpe Diem. – Seize the day.

R – Right or left-handed: I’m right-handed. I don’t think I do anything specifically with my left hand.

S – Siblings: I have a little brother.

T – Time you woke up today: So… now it’s past midnight, technically I haven’t slept today yet. I’ll have to be up at 7 a.m. latest.

U – Unique thing about you: Other than my DNA? Depending on how you look at it, I am the only Romanian girl in my school year.

V – Vegetable you love: Tomato

X – X-rays you’ve had: A bunch of. At the dentist. Last Wednesday I had 3 for example.

Y – Yummy food you make: I’m not the cook in the house, but I make some delicious ANZAC-biscuits and an English meal based on eggs, toast and bacon.

Z – Zodiac sign: Scorpio

My nominees:

-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