10 Books for the Summer

Books for the Summer

To me, the best thing about summer is the time I get to spend reading. Whether it’s on the beach, in my garden or just in my room, the good weather always makes me want to get away from my laptop and enjoy my day. Maybe it’s because being on holiday that truly allows me to escape because I have less things to worry about (although let’s be honest I’m never 100% relaxed haha). I thought I’d share with you a little selection of books that are perfect for your Summer.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

1 – Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

I mean if you’ve been following me on social media for a while, you know that I’ve had an obsession for The Sisterhood last year. Such an obsession that I’ve been putting off watching the movies this year by fear of going back to this state haha (I feel sorry for my family tbh) Although The Sisterhood movie is a childhood favourite of mine I never read the books so last year, I decided to buy the first one and I really enjoyed it. It’s a really quick read and combines really sweet stories of friendship, love and family. I really liked the fact that we followed the four girls’ summer and their different adventures. Also, I was really surprised to see how different Lena’s love story was compared to the movie ! I haven’t bought the second book yet, nevertheless the rest of the series but don’t worry, you’ll know about it if you follow me on my social media 😉

The Most Beautiful Thing

2 – Fiona Robyn – The Most Beautiful Thing

Alright, this book is for older readers but I absolutely loved it. My cousin bought it for Christmas a few years ago, along with a few others but this one the first one that I read. The book tells us about Joe Salt and two summers he spends in Amsterdam, at his aunt’s house. He’s only fourteen when he first goes there, and there are a few confusing things but don’t your worry, everything will make sense once you get to the second part, when Joe returns years later 😉 I really liked the growing relationship between Joe and his aunt Nel, it was probably my favourite thing about the book to be honest. Plus, the way the author portrayed mental illnesses like depression in the book felt very honest and I really enjoyed her style.

Eleanor & Park

3 – Rainbow Rowell –  Eleanor & Park

I haven’t finished this book yet, I’m only halfway through but I’ve been really enjoying it. There is something about Summer that makes me want to read love stories and Eleanor & Park’s relationship is just so pure and innocent, I love it. I’m really fond of the two characters, especially Eleanor who is just going through so much regarding her family. To be honest, except for the tapes the characters listen to and exchange, I don’t really feel like the story took place in the 80s ! I can’t wait to see where the book is going to take me !

Journey to the River Sea

4- Eva Ibbotson – Journey to the River Sea

I read the book about two years ago and if I’m not mistaken, finished it in a couple of days. Ibbotson tells the story of Maia, an orphan sent to her distant relatives in the Amazon. Maia will be extremely disappointed in them (trust me, you’ll hate them) and the young girl will instead befriend the local Indians and especially a boy planning to find his Indian mother’s people after his European father died. This story of dreams and adventure is so well written, I can’t see how you could dislike it.

We Were Liars

5 – E. Lockhart – We Were Liars

I have recently written an entire post about this book recently, which you can read here but I still had to include it in this list. I mean after all, the entire plot is about a Summer that the protagonist forgot about and tries to remember. You’ll totally get the Summer vibe you’re looking for, along with some mystery (do I have to remind you that the plot twist blew my mind?) and family relationships (with a bit of romance but it’s not the most important part).

A Year of Marvellous Ways

6 – Sarah Winman – A Year Of Marvellous Ways

I bought this book last year, mostly because it was the only book in English in the bookshop haha. I was amazed by the way the author wrote, how magical it was. I love knowing about all the character’s backstory and then have them all meet but that does mean that the story has a slow start. Let me tell you that if you keep reading, you won’t be disappointed by this beautiful story.

Girl Online

7 – Zoe Sugg – Girl Online

This book series is the only youtuber books I have bought, mostly because I knew that Zoe had wanted to be an author for a while and because it was fiction. This book is actually the reason why I wanted to really start this blog. I could relate so much about the main character and really appreciated the way she portrayed her anxiety because it made me feel less alone in this. I haven’t read the last book yet, but I need to do so as soon as I can !

Maybe Someday

8 -Colleen Hoover – Maybe Someday

I posted about this book almost two years ago (how crazy is that???) so if you want to read a much bigger review about it, you can find the post here. Basically, I really enjoyed this love story  and had a lot of emotions when I read it (don’t worry, I only cried once, the rest was mostly laughter !). Plus, the songs mentionned in the book were recorded by Griffin Peterson and they’re quite amazing as well so listen to them as well ! 😉

The Girl On the Train

9 – Paula Hawkins – The Girl On The Train

This is probably the most different book from the list but not everyone loves stories about relationships and people in general. If you’re more into thrillers, than this book might be perfect for you ! I also have a post on this one that you can read here. My favourite part about the book was probably that you could read from three different point of views and so see the characters not only the way they’re portrayed by the protagonist but as they really were, which I thought was interesting. Also, I definitely wasn’t expecting the ending ! If you don’t know if you should stick to the movie than I suggest you read the book because it’s much better than the movie (at least in my opinion !)

The Raven King

10 – Maggie Stiefvater – The Raven Cycle

If you’re looking for adventures than I suggest you read the Raven Cycle series. This is probably one of my favourites book series ever ! All the characters grew on me and now that I’ve finished the book, I miss them a lot haha. The story was so different than the usual young-adult fiction, it was refreshing. There are so many things happening though (all the characters having their own particularities) I wouldn’t know how to explain the books to anyone tbh ! It’s apparently going to be adapted in a TV Show which I’m looking forward to, except if they screw it up because I’m going to be extremely mad if they do haha

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We Were Liars

I went to WHSmith a few weeks ago to buy some books, especially since I knew I would be going to England soon and honestly, I can’t go on a holiday without at least three books. We Were Liars was on my list of books to read for quite a while now so when I saw it at the store, I instantly grabbed it. Out of all the books I bought that day, I decided to start with this one, just because of how intrigued I was by it. Keep in mind that I didn’t know anything about the story and the back of the book kept a certain mystery that intrigued me even more.

We Were Liars is about a family who spends their summer on their private island. The ‘Liars’ mentionned on the title are the three older cousins in the family (Johnny, Mirren, Cadence) and their friend Gat. One summer, an accident happens that leaves Cadence in the hospital. Cadence, who is the narrator of the story, has no memory of the summer of the accident and when  she finally goes back to the private island, she decides to find out what happened to her.

I really liked the plot of the book, first of all because I love family stories. Having a family house on an island where we usually see each other every summer (I mean we don’t own the island the way they do in the book but still haha), I could relate to Cadence being excited to go there, be cut out of the world and enjoy the time spent with her cousins. I truly felt like the Liars were my family. I also find it funny how they call their little cousins  « the Littles » because that’s what I call my cousins’ children. I really appreciated that the book included a family tree and a map of the island, so we can more easily understand and picture the story – I tend to get easily lost if the story has too many characters haha.

Just like Cadence, we really want to know what happened that Summer. There are so many moments in the book when just like the main character, you sense that something isn’t right, in the way her family is behaving around her, especially because everything seems to have changed since Cadence last came to the island. You can honestly feel like they’re all hiding something and you just want to know what it is. I had so many theories going on in my head everytime Cadence had a new memory or her family said something odd, but let me tell you that I didn’t expect it to end this way.

The ending was so surreal to me that I had to read it twice just to make sure I didn’t misread it. WHAT A PLOT TWIST ! (don’t worry I won’t spoil) It’s one of those books which have you confused the entire time but when you finally have the answers, everything just makes so much sense !

I absolutely loved this book and want to read more of E. Lockhart’s work because if it’s anything like this one, I know I’m going to love it. I actually read the book in one day, just because of how addictive it was. Definitely recommend it, even though I wasn’t a complete fan of the writing style of the author – the story is completely worth it.

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April Favourites 2017

I can’t believe it’s already the end of April. This month went by so fast ! I thought I’d share with you some of the things I’ve loved the most throughout the most. Unfortunately, I haven’t been wearing makeup much (I don’t usually wear makeup when I have exams and let’s just say I’ve had exams all months haha) so there won’t be a beauty part in the blogpost but don’t worry, I have a few other things to talk about 😉

MUSICMusic

Cheat Codes ft Demi Lovato – No Promises

This song has been stuck in my head for weeks now. Such a fun song to listen to when you’re in a good mood and just want to dance around your room ! I feel like it’s gonna be one of the songs I’m going to listen to the most this summer !

Selena Gomez – Only You

The whole 13RW soundtrack is absolutely amazing but this one is probably y favourite – it just suits the show so much ! Selena’s voice is so relaxing I swear I could fall asleep just by listening to it.

The Moana Soundtrack

Alright, I’ll talk about the movie later in the post but I felt like the soundtrack deserved its recognition. I am absolutely obsessed with it ! All the songs have been stuck in my head and I’m not complaining ! But then again, I love all Disney soundtrack so it doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone haha

TV SHOWS

Tv shows favourites

Thirteen Reasons Why

Everyone has heard about Thirteen Reasons Why but I couldn’t not mention it. I read the book years ago and it’s been one of my favourites ever since. I had been waiting for the adaptation for so long but was nervous when it came out because I didn’t want to be disappointed. It’s been weeks since I finished it and I’m still broken by it. I can’t even begin to tell you how important this show is to me ! Definitely became one of my favourites.

Revenge

I first began to watch Revenge years ago but it took me a while to finish it just because I suck at keeping up at shows and take 6 months breaks at the middle of a season haha. I loved how original this show was compared to most shows. I’ve always been interested in books/movies/shows around the subject of revenge so it was perfect to me haha.

Broadchurch

The last season of Broadchurch finished airing and I still can’t believe it’s over for good. To be honest, I like crime shows but tend to get quite bored with them. I didn’t get bored with this one, that’s for sure. I  love how different the three crimes were (one per season) so it didn’t feel repetitive. Also I liked the way they showed the impact of the crimes on the town, that even years later you could still feel the loss. The way the show is shot is also so amazing I can’t get over it !

MOVIES

Movies favourites

Rogue One

My brother bought the Rogue One DVD a few weeks ago and since I hadn’t seen it (my brother and my dad went to see it on Christmas Day, whilst I was working) I was really excited to finally get to. I knew nothing about the movie except for when it took place, so it was a total surprise to me. I don’t want to spoil it to anyone but boy I wasn’t expecting to cry this much near the end haha

Moana

I watched Moana last night. I’ve been wanting to for months now but every time I was looking for a movie to watch, I just forgot about this one. I watched it with my entire family and we all loved it. It was absolutely beautiful in every way, and very different from other Disney movies. I just wish we could’ve seen more of the pig.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I know, I’m late to this one as well, what a shame. My cousins came for Easter and since we’re all such fans of the Harry Potter universe, we decided to watch it together. I loved absolutely everything about it. I just thought it was funny how Newt was a Hufflepuff raising magical creatures because every one knows that’s what I would’ve done too. I guess it’s a Hufflepuff thing 😉 I can’t wait for the next movie !

BOOKS

Books favourites

E. Lockhart – We Were Liars

This book was one my list of books to read for quite a while now, so when I went to WHSmith and saw it, I immediatly grabbed it. I didn’t know anything about the book. I actually have so much to say about it, I’m thinking about dedicating a whole post just about it so the only thing I’ll tell you about it is  : WHAT A PLOT TWIST !

HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTH

My favourite part of the month was definitely going to England to see my family and celebrate my little cousin’s birthday. I miss them so much and England has always felt like home to me ♥

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My Current Evening Routine

Having worked on my Christmas break and then being sick on my last days before going back to uni, I knew that I didn’t have the chance to rest enough and that I had to make sure I could make it through this new semester without breaking/failing. For that reason, I have decided to put in place an evening routine, to make sure I would get as much sleep as possible during the week – I may only have 2 and a half days of class per week, but I do get up early anyway and make my days as productive as I can. Setting up a night routine is the best way for me to wash off my day and prepare my body and mind to go to sleep – I actually do find it effective, considering that I used to spend hours in bed before fallig asleep when it only takes me about 30 minutes now.

I usually start my evening by taking a shower, just to wash off my day and feeling more relaxed – there’s nothing better than a warm shower after a hard day, especially when it’s cold outside. I actually only take a shower in the evening when I have school the next morning, or else I’ll just stick to a skincare routine – I also like to have a pamper night every Sunday to feel fresh and ready to start a new week.

I then head into my room and that’s when I consider my evening routine to truly begin.The first thing I do is to put some music on and only turn on the light on my bedside table, which sets a more relaxing mood. I find that the music I like to listen to the most at this time of the day is mostly movie soundtracks, because they mostly include more relaxing music – but then it’s just what works best for me, it might be different for everyone. Lately, I’ve been listening to the Fifty Shades Of Grey and A Walk to Remember soundtracks, which are some of my favourites.

My Current Evening Routine

When the mood is set, I then begin with the first part of my routine which is my skincare one. My skincare routine is quite simple at night, I usually just put my hair up, take my makeup off and hydrate my face and lips, which tend to get quite dry at night otherwise. Plus, for some reason not having anything on your face and just feeling fresh in general makes me feel way more relaxed.

My Current Evening Routine

Being the control freak that I am, I then like to make sure I have done everything I was supposed to and I’m ready for the next day. How many times have I gone up in the middle of the night just to check if I had everything for the next day? Thought about everything I needed to have done throughout the day just to make sure I wouldn’t have to do it the next day or worse, that it was my last chance of doing so and I’d get in trouble for not doing it (that’s usually how my anxiety kept me from sleeping for hours). To make sure that wouldn’t happen again, I now have a planner in which I write everything I have to do throughout the day and just check it off as it gets done. Not only does it make me feel more productive, it also helps with my anxiety. I like to take my planner just to check if I haven’t forgotten anything in the day and just plan ahead for the following days. That’s usually when I also make my bag for uni and plan mmy outfit for the next day (that gives me more time to sleep in the morning)

My Current Evening Routine

Finally, once I feel physically and mentally relaxed, I get into bed. I usually check on social media (just to see what my friends posted on Twitter and Snapchat) but make sure not refresh them so that I don’t spend hours on my phone, which is really bad if you want a good night sleep. I then like to take time to read a book.  I hated not taking the time to read books I actually wanted last year and so I want to make sure I do now. I’ve reached for The 100 by Kass Morgan, just because I was excited about the show being back this week. Reading actually helps me to fall asleep – although I have to admit it can be hard to put the book down sometimes – because I like to make up scenarios in my head until I fall asleep and reading helps with my imagination.

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My Classic Literature Wishlist

Being a literature student, people often think that I have read every single book that was ever written, which is the most stupid thing I have ever heard. Thinking about it, most of the books I have to read for my different classes aren’t even the ones I actually want to read. For that reason – and also the fact that I am broke and can’t afford to buy anything right now – I have a selection of book on my wishlist, just waiting for me to add them to my basket. I thought I’d share this little wishlist with you! I only listed their name and cover because you’ll know most of them anyway so I don’t feel the need to go in details 😉

The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

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Dracula, Bram Stoker

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Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen

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To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

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The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

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5 Christmas books I want to read

Is it too early to post about Christmas? Probably for some people, but let me tell you that I have been waiting for this for a looooong time and I can’t wait any longer. Christmas is my favourite time of the year, I just love everything about it. Given that I also like reading a lot – I mean thank God, I am studying literature after all haha – I thought that  getting in the Christmas spirit through a good book would be the perfect thing – after all, using My True Love Gave To Me as a book advent calendar last year was the best idea I ever had and I actually want to do it again this year haha. I probably won’t have time to read all these books by New Year’s Eve but at least I’ll have some saved for next year ! Don’t forget to add me on Goodreads if you want to see what I read and don’t forget to recommend any other book you think I’d like – Christmas related or not !

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

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DASH & LILY’S BOOK OF DARES,  Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

This book has been on my to-read bookshelf for about a year now, and it’s probably the first one I’m going to read this year. I mean, a book with romance, Christmas and dares? It just screams my name. Being the coward that I am, I never do dares – playing Truth or Dare with me was the most annoying thing ever when I was a kid haha – but love watching or reading about people filling a book of dares. I just love the concept of finding a random notebook and having it change your life. Can’t wait to read it !

What Light

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WHAT LIGHT, Jay Asher

I have known Jay Asher through his book Thirteen Reasons Why, which is one of my all-time favourites, and when I heard that he published a Christmas book last month, I just knew I had to get it. I probably should prepare the tissues, after all Jay Asher knows how to make me feel too much. Plus, it’s a romance novel at Christmas time, it doesn’t get any better than that, does it? 😉

Winter Street

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WINTER STREET, Elin Hilderbrand

I actually just found out about this book whilst scrolling on Christmas books on Goodreads and came across this one which is actually the first book of the Winter serie. I mean, it’s called Winter so obviously you know when it takes place. Reading the plot was interesting to me because I love family dramas – just look at the shows I like to watch haha. I love when books tell the stories of different people and have them connected, reunited so you realise that everyone has something going on in their life that no one could know about. I don’t know much about it though, so I’ll have to get back to you on this one 😉

Let It Snow

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LET IT SNOW, John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

How long has this book been on my to-read bookshelf? Too long, that’s for sure. As I’ve said about My True Love Gave to Me, I love short stories about Christmas. Unlike other novels, you don’t need it to last forever –  I wouldn’t mind if it did though – to feel your Christmas spirit growing. Plus, books like theses are amazing to me because I get to discover new authors quite quickly – I mean if you don’t like an author in these books, it’s easier to just skip to the next one rather than have to close an entire book that will end up hidden behind the others and never be touched again, you know? Even though I already know John Green’s work, I’m looking forward to see what he has planned for me this time and if I’ll like the two other authors of the book !

Fairytale of New York

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FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK, Miranda Dickinson

I just found out about this book and so I don’t know much about it. One thing  I know is that I love Christmas time in New York and it has always been a dream of mine to go there as I’ve mentionned in my Places I Want to Go to Before I Die. I also love stories in which people get caught up with their past even though they try to run from it and it seems to be the case here so why not give it a try? Plus, one of the character has the same name as me and that never happens haha

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My Working Space

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With my classes starting tomorrow and studying being such a huge part of my life, I thought that I’d share with you one of the most organized parts of my room. It can sound quite cliché but having everything organized on my desk definitely helps me being more productive on my work.  Although I have to admit that I’ve been working a lot more on my bed since I got inot uni since I do everything with my laptop, I always head to my desk when I have serious work to do – especially during my finals ! Having everything at my reach – whether it’s all my school stuff, food or water – means that I have no excuse to stop every five seconds to go get something I « need ».

Although the left side of my desk is all about uni – the books on the top left are the onesI studied in class that I actually own which can seem only a few given that I’m a literature student but it’s due to the fact that I borrow most of them at the library so I don’t have to spend much money on them – the right side is also meant for some of my DIY projects. The washitape you can see in the pics is homemade and so is the pencilholder on its right – let me know if you’d want me to show you how to recreate either one.  I mostly use this kind of stationery when I work on my bullet journal since I just started to use mine these last couple of weeks. I’ll definitely post something about bullet journals and how they help me on a daily basis if you want me to but until then, I have a tumbr in which I post my weekly spreads and reblog posts in relation to organisation, school and everything like that. If you’re interested in seeing it, click here .

I try to keep my desk as clean and organised as possible since I find it so much more appealing and will then make me want to work on it a lot more often. The colours I use in general are quite neutral and harmonious, except for my pinboard on which I use colours fitting the season. Yes, it is automnal right now even though it’s not officially here yet but I couldn’t wait any longer ! I actually have an art-work for each season and they’re really different from one another, some having the season obvious on them when others like this one remind me of the seasons through the colours used on them.

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Summer Books Haul 2016

Even though I read all year round, not only for my own pleasure but also for my classes – I’m a literature student after all – I must admit that Summer is the time I get to read the most. Between all my classes, papers to write, time spent juggling between my different groups of friends and trying to keep up on all my tv shows (priorities, people 😉 ), finding time to just sit and read has been more difficult than ever this year. I spent most of my free time sleeping to be honest. But as soon as all this madness stopped, the happiness I felt as soon as I opened a book was overwhelming. Obviously, going on holidays where I had no internet or tv was definitely helpful in order to force me to read – well, force seems like a harsh word given that I love reading but I tend to get lost in technolgy.

I feel like I had never had so many new books just for the summer, but I got most of my books for free – all the French ones were given to me by my best friend or just old books I found in my house. To be honest with you, I haven’t read all of them. I can’t explain why but these last few have been difficult for me to find a book I actually wanted to read. I’ve been so indecisive when it comes to my books, I just don’t know what kind of books I want to read. Lately, I’ve been looking for something which would make me feel happy and when most of my books contain characters dying or suffering in any way, I think my problem is quite obvious. So if you have any suggestions of happy books, pleaaaaase let me know !

Terry Books – The Sword of Shannara 

John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men

Sarah Winman – A Year of Marvellous Ways

Demi Lovato – Staying Strong : 365 days a year

Maggie Stiefvater – The Dream Thieves & Blue Lily, Lily Blue

John Green – Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Paper Towns & An Abundance of Katherines

Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of  the Traveling Pants

Lara Parker – Dark Shadows

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The Night School Series

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Ever since I got into Harry Potter, I fell in love with stories about boarding schools. Obviously, Night School is about a school as well, I mean, you can tell by the title, and that’s probably the reason why I picked it up for the first time. I actually don’t remember why I bought this book, or if it had been given to me as a gift. It has been about four years, after all !

Summary (from Goodreads) : Allie Sheridan’s world is falling apart. Her brother’s run away from home. Her parents ignore her. And she’s just been arrested.

Again.

This time her parents have had enough. They cut her off from her friends and send her away to boarding school, far from her London friends.

But at Cimmeria Academy, Allie is soon caught up in the strange activities of a secret group of elite students.

When she’s attacked late one night the incident sets off a chain of increasingly violent events. As the school begins to seem like a very dangerous place, she finds out that nothing at Cimmeria is what it seems to be.

And that she is not who she thought she was.

My thoughts :

The thing I liked about this book serie is the mystery around the Night School. I mean, you know quite from the beginning what they’re doing and their main goal, but you can’t help but wonder how they’re going to fix the situation. Because, although everything might seem simple in the book, it gets more complicated book after book. Let’s be honest, the main plot revolves around power and money, and I’ve always been fascinated by those. Not in a way that I’d want to be the most powerful and rich person in the universe (obviously I wouldn’t say no to a little a bit of money but power is just not for me, thank you), but I find it fascinating how much influence they can have on people. How far some people are willing to go for those. It’s quite scary when you think of it, and the book shows it quite well in my opinion.

The funny thing about the fact that I read the five books every time one got published, was that I had time to grow both as a reader and a person between each book, and it changed my point of view concerning a few things concerning this book. For example, when I read the first and second book and they installed a love triangle, I actually liked it because I was young and really into this sort of stuff at the time. But after that, I was just done with it. MAKE UP YOUR MIND, GIRL ! It’s probably the only thing I hated about these books. Plus, these books had so much more potential than being turned into a typical teenage romance drama. I mean, they’re basically fighting a war, who cares about boys?

Concerning the characters, I have to admit most of them grew into me. One thing I struggled with though, was my love-hate relationship with Allie. I mean, it’s probably not the character in herself but the way they portrayed her, mainly in the first book if I remember correctly. The book begins by telling us about a teenager, who seem to be a troublemaker at first, but then as soon as they put her into this boarding school, Cimmeria, she just seems to turn instantly into a good girl, and I have to admit, that pissed me off a bit. I just can’t figure her out.

About the school in itself, after all, that’s the reason why I started reading these books, I wasn’t disappointed. The picture I have in mind for it, from the descriptions and my own imagination, makes me want to live there so badly. Especially for the library, I’d probably be in it all the time to be honest. But honestly, am I the only one attracted by a school in which you don’t have the kind of technology we have, you have the best teachers possible and make friends for life (and read so much books !!!!) ? I read some of the comments about the book in which people complained about the fact that there wasn’t always action, and it made me smile because.. It’s a school, they obviously had to add this aspect of normal life for the teens in the book in order to make it more realistic because honestly, it would’ve made no sense to make it happen in a school and yet not making the kids go to class and have homeworks, right?

One thing that made me laugh is that, if you look at the aspect of the book and the categories it’s put in on Goodreads, you actually expect a young adult fantasy novel, with supernatural creatures and everything, when that’s actually not the case AT ALL. So if you’re looking for some paranormal stories, I know there’s a lot of them but this one isn’t. Sorry 😉 (but that doesn’t make it any less good if you ask me !)

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The Book Thief

The Book Thief

The Book Thief has been on my to-read list for years now. More precisely ever since I saw the movie in the cinema and never really recovered from it. Considering that most of the time, the books are better than the movie, I just couldn’t wait to read it, but pulled it off because I worried I might get disappointed.

Summary (from Goodreads) : It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

My thoughts :

As I’ve said in my previous post, books and words in general are one of the most important part of my life, so of course I felt even more interested when I saw that this was one of the most important part of the book, especially given that the action takes place during World War II. I loved that the different parts of the book are named after the books Liesel reads throughout them, because it shows their impact on her. Her relation towards words is also a great way to realize how much time has passed in the book, and how much the character has evolved as well. We go from Liesel not being able to read, to her stealing books, to her writing her own book. One of my favorite quotes from the books is from Liesel herself “I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” I also loved the way the author showed the importance of words through Max, who is the Jew in their basement, when he asks Liesel to constantly tell him about the weather. It can seem like nothing to us, but to someone who stays in the basement for as long as him, you understand why this is so important to him, how the words can make it seem almost real to him, as if he could actually picture it.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this book is the fact that the story is told by Death itself. It seems so appropriate, given that it takes place in World War II, and it adds importance to the characters, because we wonder « What is so interesting about them that Death pays this much attention to them? » Of course it also worries you whilst you read the book, having Death so close to them, because you don’t want them to get hurt. But you know some of them will, Death warns you in the first pages.

The only thing I’d have to say about this book is that it took me a while to read this, so if you’re looking for a quick read, maybe this isn’t the right book for you. Then again, maybe it’s just me and you’ll read it in two days. I also think it’s a great way to add realism to the book. As one of my friends and I said not long ago, we know how long the war lasts, but for them, it feels endless. Maybe the author wanted to show us how long the war could feel. If you want to know the main lines, you can still watch the movie, which is a good adaptation in my opinion. I have watched it again yesterday, and it’s crazy to realize how quickly things seem to go in it. But then again, they couldn’t add everything into it, or it would be too long. Better make it all in your own mind.

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