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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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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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

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