Sunday, February 01, 2015 12:24

February link-up reading challenge.

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One month is done already, how did you do? Any books you highly recommend? I'm so happy to announce that there are 135 participants! I never imagined it would become so big, thank you all for joining. At the end of this post you can put links to your challenge page/post and every review you post on your blog. Please make this easy to navigate by putting it like this:

UPDATE  @ your name/blog name. This is the link to your master post.
REVIEW – book title @ your name/blog name.

Welcome to this test from the Girls University of Seven Kingdoms. Please make sure you answer all these questions with honesty, so we can decide in which classes we have to put you. The test results will decide what your fate is going to be and it’s up to us to make you ready for your ending. Don’t forget to fill in the back.
Name:
Age:
Kingdom:

1. You are invited to a coronation party in a neighbour kingdom, you:
a. are thrilled! Dancing, food, drinks, you can’t wait.
b. are going, but only because it’s your duty as a princess.
c. try to fake a sickness in the hope you don’t have to go.
d. make a deal with a witch so you can stay home.

2. Your parents want you to marry, you:
a. are more than happy. Where is your true love?
b. will accept and you let them pick a guy your country can benefit from.
c. try to delay by coming up with excuses.
d. run away. You make your own rules.


3. Your best friend wants to go on an adventure, you:
a. already packed your bags and are ready to go.
b. first want to see her planning to see if it doesn’t interfere too much with your schedule.
c. pass, you can’t handle too much excitement.
d. just returned from your own adventure, so you need to take a break.

4. You are captured by a villain, you:
a. think it’s quite exciting and start day-dreaming about being saved by Prince Charming.
b. try to make a deal. What else does he want. Money, political influence?
c. faint and cry. You feel sorry for the villain, he must be so lonely to turn to the evil side.
d. kick his ass. You learned some fighting moves from your best friend.

5. There is a table with magical items in front of you, you pick:
a. the mirror; mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?
b. a book. Practical and it could always come in handy.
c. nothing. So many choices, what if you take the wrong item?
d. the knife, because you like to sneak out of your room to explore the woods.

6. If you have to pick a best friend, you:
a. want someone who is just as pretty as you are.
b. want someone intelligent.
c. want someone sweet and quiet.
d. want someone tough and strong.
*turn to the back*

7. What is your favorite fairytale location?
a. a big castle with lots of decorations.
b. a castle on the mountains to oversee your people.
c. a house hidden in the woods.
d. a castle near the water on a high cliff.

8. What is your best quality?
a. I have beautiful hair and a pretty voice.
b. I am smart en determined.
c. I can sit in a room and nobody will notice me?
d. I am brave.

9. How would you describe your Prince Charming?
a. He must be gorgeous and he will do anything to make me happy.
b. He must have a lot of money and power.
c.  He must be nice to animals.
d. He must know how to fight.

10. What is your ideal gown?
a. That doesn’t matter, I look good in anything.
b. Something classic and timeless.
c. It must be simple and plain.
d. Something comfortable.

Thank you so much for answering our questions. We will send you your lists of approved lessons in two weeks. We look forward to help you to make the best out of your ending, whether it will be happy or not!

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I managed to sneak into the building and I snatched this file from the Headmistress desks. Let’s find out what your ending is going to be, right?

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Let me know in the comments, even if you aren’t part of the reading challenge, what your fate might be?
Saturday, January 31, 2015 06:00

Monthly Recap. January.

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I always enjoy watching recaps from other bloggers, so that’s why I’ll be posting my own recaps. This wrap up is also my new ‘Showcase Sunday’ since I don’t have the time to do weekly hauls. Instead, I hope to capture
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largeThis was a pretty quiet month. One of my highlights was an hour diving instruction! I LOVED it and I can’t wait to return this year; I want to get a license. You might not know this about me, but I’ve wanted to dive for a long time and I’m so happy I finally did it. Navigating required some patience, but after a while I felt like some kind of mermaid.

I had a couple of diners. First, I went to diner with my boyfriend, sister and her boyfriend. It was fun and we had nice food, especially the chocolate dessert. We ordered Indian food and it was good! Later that week, my parent’s invited their friends and we ordered sushi, yum. I should have gone to the gym to train all the food off, but we (sister) couldn't find the right time to go together and I hate going alone, so in February we're back in action. I had my book club meeting and we went back to a place that seems to become our favorite; the food is delicious there. We ranted, we laughed, we talked books; it was great. I went to a book fair with Debby & Daph and we stayed for diner at Debby's new place.

My internship had it’s ups and downs. My materials didn’t arrive on time, which meant I had to sit down and wait, because I couldn’t do a single thing without it. This was stressful, but I had a positive conversation with my internship mentor and I feel better now. They even gave me a letter of recommendation to use after graduating and I will be highlighted on the website. I also had to give a final presentation in English for 14 people. I was so nervous I felt sick, but I did it without screwing up! Good feedback and I feel more confident for my thesis defense.

Thursday, January 29, 2015 16:24

Fairytale News 46. My bullying story.

This is a 'new' feature I came up with. I will be talking about everything that has to do with reading. From pretty new covers to discussions about books. I will post them randomly.

This is a serious matter I want to talk about today. I sometimes look at my Google Stats to see the words people use to find my blog. I was shocked when I found this one between normal looking search words: “bullied by everyone in my life want to die” It makes me sad that someone has to Google for this and mad how little attention there is for bullying. This is something that should be addressed more in the media, because it's not a topic you can push away like it doesn't matter.

Whoever searched for this, let me tell you one thing: YOU MATTER. You are important. You are special, unique and wonderful. I have been bullied and I know how hard it is. I know how it feels like to look in the mirror and feel worthless and ugly. I know what it is to think you are never good enough and to feel that you don’t belong. I have talked about this before in the letter to younger Mel and when bullying isn’t bullying but here is the whole story. This is a bit scary for me to post, but I hope I can help someone with it.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 14:52

Review 211. Samantha Shannon – The mime order.

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Author: Samantha Shannon.
Pages: 528.
Published: January 27th 2015 by Bloomsbury
Sort: The bone season #2.
TBS #1. The bone season.
Source: I borrowed an ARC copy from sweet Debby. Thank you!
Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London. As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.
Rating:

I enjoyed this book much more than the previous book. The bone season felt a bit overwhelming with the information-dumps in the beginning, but I had no problems with The mime order. The details are spread throughout the story and instead of being lost, I felt wrapped inside this world and its characters. Spoiler-free if you haven't read both books.

Monday, January 26, 2015 23:04

TBR pile tag.

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I was tagged by Sana from artsy musings of a bibliophile to do this tag a lot time ago, so you can all laugh at me and my methods to tackle my never-ending, always growing TBR pile. I tried to find the creator from this tag, but I couldn’t find anything.

HOW DO YOU KEEP TRACK OF YOUR TBR?
I use a Goodreads shelf called ‘owned-tbr’ and when I finish a book I move it to my ‘owned’ shelf. Lately I’ve been using my boyfriend’s apartment to stack most of the books from my TBR pile. Here are some of the books I plan to read soon:

IS YOUR TBR MOSTLY PRINT OR EBOOKS?
Print. I don’t like to buy a lot of ebooks, because I always want a print if I love the book and that’s more expensive than buying the print right away. E-books also don't end up on my 'owned' list, because I don't feel I truly own them. Does that make any sense?


Friday, January 23, 2015 00:10

A court of thorns and roses movie casting.

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Title: A court of thorns and roses.
Author: Queen Sarah J. Maas.
Expected publication: May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury Children's
Source: Judith was kind enough to let me borrow her copy <3
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
I started this book the moment I got it in the mail and I couldn’t put it down. Don’t ask if I like it more than Throne of glass, because I have an equal love for both series for different reasons. My review will be up closer to the publication date (okay, let's be real here: it's more the rambling of a raving fangirl trying to sound reasonable), but I already want to show you my ultimate cast in the hope to make you even more excited. I know I can't wait to get a published copies in my hands so I can re-read this. The prose, the world-building, the hot chemistry.. Okay, I'm drifting off. Here we go:
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