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

Ten Facts About Me

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


Hello everybody and welcome to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. I’ve previously posted facts about me (A-Z About Me Tag and The Liebster Award) so I’m hoping I’ll give away some new facts. Let’s get this started.

1. I’ve got a tiny obsession with candles. I mentioned this before, but they are so perfect they deserve to be mentioned more than once.

2. I fancy Funko Pop vinyl figures a lot, although I only bought one, Captain Hook, but I’m planing on buying more.IMG_1804-001.JPG

3. I don’t fancy reading series, especially those longer than 3 novels. I always think I don’t have enough time to invest in reading them in a row.

4. I’m a dog person, although I never had a dog. I’d like to buy a Pug and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

5. I love playing Sudoku and doing puzzles, which I also hang in our house. I created a small art gallery at home.

6. I have a mark in form of a crescent moon on my left side of the stomach, that I got after an accident when I was little.

7. I like playing video games, especially Sims (no judging) and Terra. I’ve also got a PSP and recently started playing Pokémon GO!

8. I like watching anime. My favourite is No Game No Life.

9. I’m not really into YA and beside Nicholas Sparks’s books I don’t think I have anything after 2013 in my bookshelves (’90 and ’00 dominate)

10. I’m pretty artsy or at least I try to be. I’ve got my room full of decorations: bookish, posters, Tumblr style.


So those were some general facts about me. Now I’d like to know what you think? Is there any point that we are alike? Would you like to share some facts about you?

-Demi xx

9 Books I Enjoyed And Are Underrated

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Hello everybody and welcome to another fun Top Ten Tuesday. I’m so happy to promote some lovely books that I read (most of them a long time ago) and are underrated (under 2000 ratings on Goodreads).

I’m starting off with one of my all-time favourite series (unfinished… I still have the 4th novel to read). As you probably already noticed it is not in English. It was originally written in Italian, but you can find it in Romanian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Serbian and French. If by any chance you speak one of these languages I strongly recommend reading this series. It is called The Girl of the Sixth Moon and (although I don’t really agree to this) many say it is the female version of Harry Potter. I’ll let you decide that. I’m planning on reading the series again this summer, so I might review it as a whole later on.


The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls by Elise Primavera

I previously mentioned this book in another Top Ten Tuesday post. I recently learned that it resembles the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which I can accept, I mean look at the dog on the cover. It definitely looks like Toto. Anyway, this was a book that made a huge impact on my childhood (probably there could have been better books ‘ahmm…’ Harry Potter for example, but I can’t change the past).


The Book of Lies by James Maloney

Another book that shaped by childhood, although I can’t remember much of it… I will re-read it this summer too. Downside: I learned it is part of a trilogy, which means I’ll have to break my rule and buy at least 2 books this summer. Back to the book. It is a wonderful story filled with magic, friendship and the value of truth.


The Secret of Castle Cant and Escape from Castle Cant by K.P. Bath

I read this books in the summer of 2010, so again I can’t remember everything about them, beside that I loved them. “Lucy Wickwright, hardworking maidservant to Lord Cant’s daughter, does what she’s told, never lies, and always takes the blame for the whims of her mistress. But Lucy’s eagerness to please leads her to become an unwitting ally of a mysterious rebellion that threatens to shake the foundations of the Barony and forever change her life in Castle Cant. When Lucy discovers a shocking secret at the heart of the revolution, will she choose to foil the forces that would exalt her, or betray the one she loves most in the world?” (Goodreads synopsis)


Romeo And Juliet and Hamlet (Graphic Novels)

This books are gold. They blew me away and I recommend them to EVERYONE. I’ve known of their existence for almost 4 years, but only recently I gave them a try. I couldn’t have been more surprised. Matt Wiegle (Romeo and Juliet) and  Neil Babra (Hamlet) did an astonishing job and are worthy of a round of applause. I’ve never read a graphic novel before and they convinced me that I should look for more.


So, my dear friends, this were my picks for this Top Ten Tuesday. I hope you enjoyed it and I’d love to read your opinions on them. I’m currently in Croatia on a class trip 31°C/87°F (or at least that’s what the forecast tells – I programmed this post on Sunday, so things might have changed).

-Demi

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 I Plan To Read This Summer (On The Beach)

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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

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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

Top Ten Five Bookworm Delights

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


This week’s “Top Ten Tuesday” topic is so wonderful and funny, because it’s about books and what I love about them and it’s definitely going to get weird. Let’s start this top! (Note: the chosen order doesn’t play any role)

1°) Buying books
I guess it is pretty obvious, right? If you love reading books, you definitely love go shopping for them once in a while. I actually find myself every day on online book stores and it’s really hard sometimes to convince myself not to buy any.

2°) Libraries
Well… if you love reading, you definitely love visiting libraries more often than book stores. That’s my case anyway. Although I haven’t lend a book in a while, as a volunteer in my school’s library, I go there almost every day. I really love this library, since they have such a huge variety of books and many new as well. Whether I’m not sure about buying the book or I just cannot afford it at the moment, the library is the best place for me to go.

3°) Book fairs
There was a book fair in my home town I visited 3 years in a row and it was around the time I gained a passion for reading. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to keep up the tradition since I moved to Germany, but that’s about to chance. I’m planing to visit the Frankfurt book fair this October with my best friend and her other best friend (that sounds weird), so I’m really excited about it!

4°) Sniffing (“this sounds very normal”)
Every bookworm I’ve met has always told, that one of the best things about books, mainly new books, is their smell. I wouldn’t call myself a true bookworm, if I didn’t agree to that. The perk of buying a new book gives one the honour of being the first sniffer (“this post is just getting better”)

5°) BookmarksIMG_1151
Collecting bookmarks has become a hobby and I even got to the point where I buy bookmarks as souvenirs from trips, but they are so wonderful and precious that they end up not being used, which I know it should change. I normally fell in love with one specific bookmark and over-use it until it’s so worn it could be considered a museum relic.

This is my top five book delights! Let me know in the comments if you like the same things or maybe different and I wish you a wonderful week!

-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