Wednesday, 17 January 2018

My top ten reads of 2017.

Hi booklovers

Since we're at the beginning of a new (reading) year, I thought I'd share my top 10 reads of the previous with you.

I purposefully put the word 'reads' in the title, because not everyting in this list are books, there are also graphic novels. 
#10: I'm already cheating with my number 10 favourite read because it's actually a trilogy: the Firebird trilogy by Claudia Gray.
          1) A Thousand Pieces of You - 5 stars
          2) Ten Thousand Skies Above You - 4 stars
          3) A Million Worlds With You - 4.5 stars
This is one of the few trilogies I actually read backt to back, which is saying a lot! The parallel universe travelling concept was really exciting and I really like Marguerite as a main character.

#9: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, 4.5 stars. I know there are some problems with this series, but I liked this third book a lot. I'm very much looking forward to the novella that's coming out this year: A Court of Frost and Starlight. (And I reaaaalllllyyyy want Azriel to have his own book!!)

#8: Alex + Ada: volume 1 - 3. These graphic novels are my favourite graphic novels of last year (I gave all three 5 stars). I loved this story so much, it was really heartbreaking at times, the drawings are so nice. I'm actually sorry that there aren't more than three volumes :'-(

#7: Amour Amour and Infini by Becca & Krista Ritchie, both 4.5 stars. This is actually becoming an annual tradition :-) although these books aren't part of the Addicted / Calloway sisters series. I loved these books and I'm hoping there are going to be more in the Aerial Ethereal universe.

#6: Second Position and Finding Center by Katherine Locke, both 4.5 stars. This is an angsty, but also very good NA duology and I enjoyed it very much.

#5: Heartless by Marissa Meyer, 5 stars. This was the first book I read for the Of Wonderland Bookclub on Goodreads and I loved it. Marissa Meyer is the queen of retellings! You can find my spoiler-free review here

#4: The Others series by Anne Bishop.
          1) Written in Red - 5 stars 
          2) Murder of Crows - 5 stars
          3) Vision in Silver - 5 stars 
          4) Marked in Flesh - 5 stars 
          5) Etched in Bone (audio) - 5 stars
This series is so very addictive and the refreshing part is that there isn't a full-on romance in this book. You follow along how the relationship between Meg and Simon evolves, but it's so special and it only 'starts' at the very end of book 5. The humor is also one of my favourite things about this series. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, although it won't be about Meg and Simon.

I'm not going to put my top three in any specific order, because all the books were my absolute favourites of 2017.

#The Finale Empire by Brandon Sanderson, 5 stars. The worldbuilding, the characters, the magic system, everything is just perfect. (I've actually just finished my reread of this book so I can finally continue with the trilogy (series).

#Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, 5 stars. This story is just as good as the first one and I can't wait to read the conclusion to this trilogy, although it will be bittersweet to say goodbye to this adventure. I'm actually going to reread Illuminae this month and Gemina next month (I'll be listening to the audiobook for this one) so I'm all prepared for Obsidio to come out in March.

#Nevernight and Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff,  both 5 stars. Holy crap, these books are soooooooo good. They are gritty and raw but also very witty. I love the sarcasm of Mister Kindly and how nothing in these books is sugar-coated. Mia is one of the sassiest and bad-ass female characters out there! 
I'm eagerly awaiting the release of the third book, but again, reading the final book in the trilogy will be bittersweet. Jay has definitely become an autobuy author for me and I want to pick up his The Lotus Wars trilogy and his upcoming book LifeL1k3.

I had a really good reading year, I only DNFed one book which was Vassa in the Night. I was really intrigued when I started this book, but at some point it just got too confusing and I completely lost intrest in it.

How did your reading year go? What are some of your favourite books? Let me know in the comments.

Bye for now

Annelies
 

Sunday, 14 January 2018

My current TBR list

Hi booklovers

Long time no see. Since it's the new year, I wanted to post my updated TBR list.

Like last year, this list will be updated throughout the year.

Currently reading
Read
Added in 2018

TBR list - physical books:

*Renee Ahdieh - Flame in the Mist

*Josephine Angelini -Trial By Fire

*Brodi Ashton - Everneath
                       Everbound

*Jane Austen - Emma
                      Mansfield Park
                      Persuasion
                      Pride and Prejudice
                      Sense and Sensibility

*Leigh Bardugo - The Language of Thorns

*Malorie Blackman - Noughts & crosses

*Elly Blake - Frostblood

*Kendare Blake - Three Dark Crowns

*Alexandra Bracken - The Darkest Minds
                                Passenger

*Anne Brontë - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

*Emily Brontë - Wuthering Heights

*Charlotte Brontë - Jane Eyre

*Terry Brooks - Het Wenslied van Shannara
                       De Elfenstenen van Shannara
                       De Nazaten van Shannara
                       De Druide van Shannara
                       De Elfenkoningin van Shannara
                       De Wakers van Shannara
                       De Eerste Koning van Shannara
                       De heks van Shannara
                       Antrax (English)
                       De Schaduw van Shannara
                       Jarka Ruus
                       Tanequil
                       Straken (English)
                       Dragers van de zwarte staf 
                       De Elfen van Cintra
                       Vluchtelingen van Shannara

*Trudi Canavan - The Magician's Apprentice
                          Priestess of the White
                          Last of the Wilds
                          Voice of the Gods

*Cora Carmack - Roar

*Blake Charlton - Spellwright


*Cassandra Clare - City of Lost Souls
                            City of Heavenly Fire
                           
                            Clockwork Prince
                            Clockwork Princess

*Susanna Clarke - Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

*Jenny Colgan - Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe

*Katharine & Elizabeth Corr- The Witch's Kiss

*Julie C. Dao - Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

*Susan Denard - Something strange and deadly

*Charles Dickens - David Copperfield
                            Nicholas Nickleby
                            The Old Curiosity shop

*Heather Fawcett - Even the Darkest Stars

*Anne Easter Smith - Daughter of York

*Elisabeth Gaskell - Cranford
                              Return to Cranford

*Sophie Gee - The Scandal of the Season

*Jeff Giles - The Edge of Everything

*Alison Goodman - Eon
                            Eona

*Seth Graham-Smith - Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter
                                  The Last American Vampire

*Claudia Gray - Defy the Stars

*John Green - Let it snow

*Philippa Gregory - The Kingmaker's Daughter
                             The White Princess
          
                             The Other Queen
          
                             Wideacre
                             The Favoured child
                             Meridon
          
                             Changeling

*John Gwynne - Malice

*Alwyn Hamilton - Rebel of the Sands
*Bernhard Hennen - De elfen
                              Elfenlicht

* Wendy Higgins - The Great Hunt

*Robin Hobb - Royal Assassin
                     Assasssin's Quest

*Amanda Hocking - Frostfire

*A.G. Howard - Unhinged
                       Ensnared

*Vic James - Gilded Cage

*An Janssens - Drakentovenaar

*S. Jae-Jones - Wintersong

*Erika Johansen - The Invasion of the Tearling
                           The Fate of the Tearling

*Robert Jordan - The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time
                         The Shadow Rising
                         The Fires of Heaven
                         Lords of Chaos
                         A Crown of Swords
                         The Path of Daggers
                         Winter's Heart
                         Crossroads of Twilight
                         Knife of Dreams
                         The Gathering Storm
                         Towers of Midnight
                         A Memory of Light

*Sophie Jordan - Firelight

*Robert J. King - Artifacts Cycle I: The Thram & The brother's War

*Giles Kristian - Blood Eye

*Stephanie Laurens - The Lady Risks all

*Mark Lawrence - Prince of Thorns

*Theo Lawrence - Mystic City

*Claire Legrand - Furyborn (ARC)

*Scott Lynch - The Lies of Locke Lamore

*J. Lynn - Wait For You

*Sarah J. Maas - Queen of Shadows
                         Empire of Storms

*Gail Z. Martin - The Sworn 
*George R.R. Martin - A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow
                                A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold
                                A Feast for Crows
                                A Dance with Dragons
                                De ijsdraak

*Taran Matharu - The Novice
*Louise May Alcott - Little Women & Good Wives

*Marissa Meyer - Stars Above
                        
*Richelle Mead - Bloodlines

*Jennifer Niven - All the bright places

*Garth Nix - Clariel
                   Goldenhand

*Christopher Paoline - Brisingr
                                 Inheritance

*Alexey Pehov - Shadow Prowler

*Stephanie Perkins - My true love gave to me (I've read some of the stories)

*Jodie Picoult and Samantha Van Leer - Between the lines

*Lana Popovic - Wicked Like a Wildfire

*Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic

*Laura Resnick - A Planeswalker Novel: The Purifying Fire

*Patrick Rothfuss - The Name of the Wind

*Rainbow Rowell - Attachements

*J.K. Rowling - The Tales of Beedle the Bard

*Angie Sage - Magyk

*Malinda Salisbury - The Sin Eater's Daughter

*Brandon Sanderson - The Well of Ascension
                                 The Hero of Ages

*Andrezj Sapkowski - De Laatste Wens
                                Het zwaard van het lot

*F. Scott Fitzgeral - De Grote Gatsby

*Victoria Scott - Fire & Flood

*Samantha Shannon - The Bone Season

*Neal Shusterman - Scythe

*Evelyn Skye - The Crown's Game

*Megan Spooner and Amie Kaufman - These Broken Stars

*Matthew Sturges - Midwinter
                             The Office of Shadow

*Michael J. Sullivan - The Crown Tower

*Laini Taylor - Daughter of Smoke And Bone

                   - Strange the Dreamer

*J.R.R. Tolkien - The Two Towers
                         The Return of the King
                         The Silmarillion
                         The Unfinished Tales

*Brent Weeks - The Way of Shadows

*Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman -
                                                  Draken van de herfstschemer
                                                  Draken van de winternacht
                                                  Draken van de lentedooi
                                                
                                                  Het tijdperk van de tweeling
                                                  De strijd van de tweeling
                                                  De Beproeving van de tweeling
                 
                                                  Bones of the Dragon
                                                  Secrets of the Dragon
                                                  De Furie van de Draak
                 
                                                 Dragons of the Dwarven Depths
                                                 Dragons of the Highlord Skies
                 
                                                  Wachters van de leegte
                                                  Reis voorbij het einde
                 
                                                  Vuurzee
                                                  Toverslang
                                                  Chaosschepper
                                                  Dwaalwegen
                                                  Meesterpoort
                 
                                              De schepping van het doodszwaard
                                              De doem van het dooszwaard
                                              De triomf van het doodszwaard
                                              De erfenis van het doodszwaard

*Tad Williams - De Drakentroon
                       De Steen des Afscheids
                       De Groene Engeltoren: De Belegering
                       De Groene Engeltoren: Het Ontzet

TBR - e-books:

*V.M. Black - Life Blood
   
                  - Taken: The Alpha's Captive

*Sarina Bowen - The Year We Fell Down

*Chelsea Cameron - Nocturnal
  
*Nyrae Dawn - Charade

*A.G. Howard - A Moth in the Mirror

*Elle Kennedy - The Deal

*Alex Lidell - 
 
*J.K. Rowling - Short stories of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies
                      Short stories of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists


*Jeana E. Mann - Intoxicated

*Krista & Becca Ritchie - Damaged Like Us

*Morgan Rhodes - Crimson Dagger 

*Jessica Sorensen - The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden 

My total number of physical TBR books is 183 (which is actually a higher number than last year :-s ) and I have 14 e-books I still need to read.

Will 2018 be the year that I finally reduce my TBR? We'll see.
I've set my Goodreads reading goal at 60.

How many TBR books do you have? What's your (GR) reading goal? Let me know in the comments.

Bye for now

Annelies

Friday, 10 November 2017

Anti Bullying Readathon 2017 + TBR

Hi booklovers

Today I'm coming to you with an annual tradition:
Sarah Churchill is hosting another edition of the Anti Bullying Readathon. Check out her announcement video and the Goodreads page.
 
The first year I participated I only managed to read one book, but last year I discovered audiobooks so I was able to read two books. Two books might not seem a lot, but I usually read only one book a week. This year I hope I can read four books.
 
This is my tentative TBR:
 
Physical books
 

Audiobooks

I might not get to this one, but I wanted to add it anyway:
 
Fingers crossed I'll get around to all of them. I'm going to try and give you some updates during the week.
 
Will you be joining in this Readathon? Let me know in the comments (and good luck if you are!)
 
Bye for now
 
Annelies

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Halloween book tag.

Hi booklovers

Tonight is Halloween and even though we don't celebrate it over here I wanted to do this tag I saw at thriceread.com.



1. Carving Pumpkins: What Book Would You Carve Up and Light On Fire?
Hmm, I haven't read that many bad books lately, but maybe 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before' and 'P.S. I still love you by Jenny Han. The main character was just too juvenile for me.

2. Trick or Treat: What Character Is A Trick and What Character Is A Treat?
Trick: Ashlin from Nevernight towards the end of the book.
Treat: Azriel from ACOMAF/ACOWAR and Matthias from SoC / CK. 
 
3. Candy Corn: What Book Is Always Sweet?
I don't read that many contemporary books but Amy & Roger's Epic Detour is such a sweet book. 
 
4. Ghosts: What Character Would You Love To Visit You As A Ghost?
SPOILER ALERT: Matthias from SoC / CK.

 
5. Costumes: What Character Would You Like To Be For A Day?
Mia Corvere. Can you tell that I just read Nevernight and Godsgrave and that I loooooved it :-D 

 
6. Wizards and Witches: What Is Your Favourite Harry Potter Moment?
This is a difficult one, there are so many to choose from. One of the funniest moments in the book is when Ron gets his Prefect letter and badge:
Molly Weasley: " I don't believe it! I don't believe it! Oh, Ron, how wonderful! A prefect! That's everyone in the family!"
George Weasley: " What are Fred and I, next-door neighbours?"
 This always makes me laugh so hard.
 
7. Blood and Gore: What Book Was So Creepy That You Had To Take A Break From It?
I don't read creepy books, so I this hasn't happened to me yet. I have put Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter down this morning because before I was intrigued by the story but now I just got so confused. I'm not sure if I'll finish it (soon).


Let me know your answers to some of the questions in the comments.

Happy Halloween / All Hallow's Eve!

Bye for now

Annelies