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I love reading books, especially dystopia, sci-fi and (YA) fantasy. I also love graphic novels and comics.

#79 - Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling (Slytherin Edition)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Slytherin Edition - J.K. Rowling

No need to write another review about this book, I have read it a million times (Goodreads says 4, but it is way more than that). I just wanted to mention this edition because it is a cool one. Well, if you love collecting books (and I guess many of you here do) it's great, other than that, there are not a lot of bonus contents (still, you get some cool stuff about your favourite house!).

  

This is the Slytherin edition and at the beginning, you get different stuff about this house. Like the characteristics, the ghost etc. There is also a list of important wizards and witches of this particular house. Plus, it is extremely pleasing to the eye.

I would like to have all the house editions because I really enjoy collecting Harry Potter books, but of course, I got the Slytherin one first.

  

I definitely recommend this edition, it would also make a great present (I’m actually giving one myself this year, but I won’t tell to whom just in case that person is reading. I don’t think so but you never know)

Square 7 completed!

The Thousandth Floor - Katharine McGee

International Human Rights Day (10th) / St. Lucia’s Day (13th)  

Read a book set in New York City, or The Netherlands (home of the U.N. and U.N. World Court respectively). 

  

 

 

For this one, I chose to read The Thousandth Floor that takes place in NY (in 2118 right, but it is still New York City!) I posted my review last weekend if you want to read my thoughts about it. 

 

I did not complete any task for this square though (or not yet anyway ;)).

November Wrap-Up

In the month of November I read a total of 7 books: 5 physical books, 1 e-book and 1 audiobook.

 

5 stars:

 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Slytherin Edition - J.K. Rowling 

 

4 stars:

 

Addicted to You - Krista Ritchie,Becca Ritchie  The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson  Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnis  

 

3: stars

 

The List - Siobhan Vivian  The Thousandth Floor - Katharine McGee   Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor (Book 2) - Rick Riordan  

 

 

It was not a bad reading month and I had so much fun re-reading Harry Potter! I think my favourite was Not A Drop To Drink, I really am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

 

 

#78 - Magnus Chase and The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor (Book 2) - Rick Riordan

If you already have read one of Rick Riordan's books, you know they are really funny. They also always have the same kind of structure; they are fast-paced and hilarious. Well, you always know what to expect (and that is a good thing).

 

I marathoned the entire Percy Jackson and The Olympians series so I thought I would love Magnus Chase, and I did love the first book. However, this one did not work really well for me. Don't take me wrong, I enjoyed reading it, I often laughed out loud and I thought the chapter names were amazing, but I had trouble getting really into it. I'm not sure it was the perfect time to read it. Still, I definitely recommend this series because it is HILARIOUS!

#77 - The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

The Thousandth Floor - Katharine McGee

Welcome to Manhattan 2118. I knew I would like this book the second I read this line. I totally adore futuristic worlds and I love drama… and this book is full of it, trust me.

 

I love how the book starts, you know something terrible is going to happen, but you do not know to whom. The further you go into the book, the more assumptions you have about who this person might be (I was honestly wrong).

 

This book is full of tension; it would make a perfect movie in my opinion because I thought the structure was similar to a movie. I liked how the tension was growing more and more and it kept me on the edge of my seat. The ending was perfect, you could sense it was coming and it was exciting and nerve-racking at the same time.

 

The characters all had their flaws (and some good qualities, but it's not what was noticeable about them...), but I still was really attached to some of them.

 

However, I was expecting a bit more for this book. I would have liked some things to be a bit more developed for example. Still, I totally recommend this book if you enjoy rich kids drama (and so much more), totally worth it!

Square 2 completed!

Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnis

Bon Om Touk: The Cambodian Water Festival Bon Om Touk is celebrated in early November and commemorates the end of the country's rainy season, as well as the annual reversal of the flow of the Tonle Sap River, the central part of a hydrological system in the Lower Mekong Basin which the Mekong River replenishes with water and sediments annually. The Water Festival was first celebrated in the 12th century, around the time of Angkorian King Jayavarman VII, when the King’s Navy helped usher in the Cambodian fishing season. The festivities made the gods happy and secured good harvests of rice and fish in the upcoming year. Another interpretation is that Bon Om Touk was a way for the King to prepare his navy for battle. -- The biggest celebrations take place in Phnom Penh, lasting night and day for three days, with boat racing along the Sisowath Quay and concerts..

 


Book themes for Bon Om Touk: Read a book that takes place on the sea, near the sea, or on a lake or a river, or read a book that has water on the cover: Not A Drop To Drink: I thought it was kind of ironic to choose this book... But it has water on the cover! 


Tasks for Bon Om Touk: my favorite vacation on the sea is in Spain (Catalonia) where I spent one or two weeks each year with my family (since I'm a child). But I'll post a picture about my most recent one, which was in Miami Beach. It's really special for me because it was the first time I went to the United States (the first time I left Europe actually) and I had an amazing time there even if it was really really short (we arrived on Saturday afternoon and left on Tuesday morning.. I know 10hours of flight for less than four days, but it was worth it!). My sister is a fying attendant and I got to spent time in Florida thanks to her job. We also visited Universal Studio and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so it was amazing (can you imagine i've been to Middle Earth and Hogwarts in the same year?!)

 

 

(Yayyyy, thank you Murder By Death!)

 

#76 - Not A Drop To Drink

Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnis

I had such a great time reading this book. I’m a sucker for post-apocalyptical novels and even more when it is realistic and it involves bad-ass female characters. Lynn lives with her mother in a world where water has become rare and expensive, they have a pond and will do everything to protect is as it is their only source of water. Lynn was born after all this and has never seen water running from the tap. She also does not know a lot of people and Mother is the only person she trusts. As you can imagine, something will happen and disrupt Lynn’s world.

 

I enjoyed this book so much, it was easy to read, the pacing was great, the characters were really realistic and the world created was flawless (now I want to tell you that this is a debut novel, I’m so impressed). I love the clash between country people and city people. Lynn does not know a lot about the outside world, she lives secluded in her little house (she has never heard music for example). I think the author did a really great job depicting a young teenager having only known her mother and poetry books her whole life. She, for example, have no idea that she is pretty, not having seen other women except her mother. She is clueless as what a man would want to do with women… I think this part was really well done.

 

My only complain about this book is that it was too short and I wanted more! Thankfully, there is another one and I have it on my shelf!

 

(+ this cover is one of my favourite ever!!)

Square 16 completed!

The Well of Ascension  - Brandon Sanderson

Kwanzaa honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1. Is there any place in the world that doesn’t celebrate New Year’s Eve? But Hogmanay is the unique Scottish take on New Years Eve and Day and might be new to many of us, as might be St. Sylvester’s Day, the feast day of Pope Sylvester I, and Watchnight, a late-night Christian church service that starts late on New Year's Eve, and ends after midnight.

 

 


Book themes for Hogmanay / New Year’s Eve / Watch Night / St. Sylvester’s Day: a book about starting over, rebuilding, new beginnings, etc.. For this I read The Well Of Ascencion, which is all about the rebuilding of the society. Elend, with the help of Vin and the crew, has to create a new way of life for his citizens and start building a new society. I think it fits this task nicely :)


Tasks for Hogmanay / New Year’s Eve / Watch Night / St. Sylvester’s Day: I cannot do this one yet because I have to wait for January 1st but I really want to talk about it! (I would of course post picture when the time comes). It is a tradition where I live to eat choucroute (or sauerkraut, I don't know the proper term in English but it is kind of fermented cabbage) on January 1st. We eat it with sausages (frankfurter) and mashed potatoes and we have to put a coin (1 or 2€ wrapped in aluminium paper) underneath our plate, it is supposed to bring money during the year to come. We have done this as long as I know, we used to eat at my grandmother's before she passed away and now my mother always does it at home. It is one of my favourite time of the year, what better way to start the new year than with my family eating one of my favourite dish ?! Now, you'll think I'm from Germany, because it is a typical German dish, but I'm actually from Belgium but on the eastern side and we are really close to Germany so it must come from there (I'm not sure if German people do that, but it's really common in Liège, the region where I live). Can't wait for January 1st now!

#75 - The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

The Well of Ascension  - Brandon Sanderson

I started the Mistborn trilogy earlier this year and I immediately fell in love with the world Sanderson created. It was also the first book by him that I read. I really wanted to learn more about the storyline and I was not disappointed by this second instalment.

 

The Well of Ascension is massive, there are more than 700pages and I'm not used to reading such long books. I much prefer smaller books because I don't like spending too much time on the same book. No matter how good it is, I get bored easily. I still really enjoyed reading this.

 

Vin is an amazing character, I like how she has doubts and flaws. She is probably the most powerful women in the world but she still doubts herself. I love that this aspect of her personality was so much developed. What is even more amazing about Vin is that she loves Elend, but her world does not consist of only him. She cares about herself and she knows she has important things to do (like saving the world or something). What really gets on my nerves in YA books is when female character relies so much on their love interest it is scary, so it was refreshing not to have to read about that. Vin is also one of the most selfless character ever without even knowing it.

 

As far as the other characters are concerned I still keep mixing them (apart from Sazed who is way more developed in this book). There are new characters as well and Allriane was really intriguing, I can’t wait to learn more about her in the next book.

 

I had fun reading this book and I definitely recommend this series if you haven’t read it yet. The fact that this book was so long was a problem for me, but the pacing was really well done, it’s just because of my personal tastes.

 

Square 10 Completed!

The List - Siobhan Vivian

Pancha Ganapati, is a modern five-day Hindu festival in honor of Ganesha that comes to an end on the 25th. The festival was created in 1985 as a Hindu alternative to December holidays like Christmas by Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (born Robert Hansen), a Westerner who embraced Hinduism.

 

 

Book themes for Pancha Ganapati: 

Ok, it is kind of lame but I read The List which has blue on the cover. It could also qualify for the need for forgiveness because obviously, writing the list or mocking people on the list is not really nice and most of the characters could have a need for forgiveness, but it is not expressly said.

 

Tasks for Pancha Ganapati: I wanted to post a picture of those books but 2 of them are e-books and one of them an audiobook, so I will add the pictures here. Those are my 5 favourite books (so far) that I read in 2017:

 

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomasan amazing book about racial issues in the US (review here)

  Warcross - Marie Lu Marie Lu + video games... nothing to add (review here)

 A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas  One of my favourite series of all time (review here)

Traitor to the Throne - Alwyn Hamilton This book was amazing and will probably be one of my favourite book of 2017 (I wrote this in January and have not changed my mind! Review here)

 The Final Empire. Mistborn Book One - Brandon Sanderson  My first Brandon Sanderson book ever, but not the last (review here)

#74 - The List by Siobhan Vivian

The List - Siobhan Vivian

Every year at Mount Washington High School, a list is published with the four prettiest and the four ugliest girls of the school, one for each grade. This book shows how the list affect every one of these girls.

 

I really enjoy the concept because it is so realistic. It also shows how important the opinion of other matters to teenagers. I think it is scary because it is so true. What other people think of you will always affect you, but even more so as a teenager. Even if you think it does not matter to you (like Sara in the story), you know it does.

 

All these girls know each other in some way and I like the fact that you get to know every one of them. My only complaint is that with eight characters, it can get confusing and it also did not go as deep as I wish it would. Also, I listened to it as an audiobook and it was even more difficult for me to understand who was whom (I have a visual memory so it is easier to remember names when I read).

 

I enjoy this book but it could have been even better in my opinion, I was expecting more.

#73 - Addicted To You by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie

Addicted to You - Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie

This book was sitting on my Kindle, once again, I don't remember how I got it but I wanted to read some contemporary. I needed a light read to take my mind off things.. It was definitely not a light read, but it was really great.

 

I liked how honest this book was. Our two main characters have an addiction, one to alcohol, the other one to sex. And it is not glamour at all. I was afraid it would glamorize sex addiction but it did not. It was really interesting to read about it.

 

I got really attached to the characters, something I think would not happen at first. But the more I read, the more I was anxious about what was happening and I really wanted the characters to be happy and get better.

 

It is one of those books that surprised me in many ways. I'm more used to read fantasy or sci-fi and I read contemporary/romance when I need a break. So it was a great surprise to enjoy it as much as I did. I am really glad I decided to pick this up. I definitely recommend it.

16 Festive Tasks: Square 1

Addicted to You - Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie

 

 

For All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos / Calan Gaeaf, I decided to read a book where one of the character was named "Rose", which is the reading task for Calan Gaeaf. I actually had never heard of this holiday before and I'm so glad I did because it so interesting!

 

 

I read Addicted To you, which was surprisingly really good (I wanted some easy contemporary to relax, but it was actually quite a heavy book.). One of the MC's sisters is called Rose, which fitted perfectly this task so, Square 1 completed!

 

I will defenitely look at the other tasks and try to plan some things, for this one, it was actually a coincidence, I was not a lot on the internet last week because of work, but I will defenitely plan ahead now (and I'm so read for this!!) Thank you for creating this amazing game again, I can't wait to see what everyone will be reading :)

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

October wrap-up

In the month of October I read a total of 8 books, yay! 6 physical books, 1 e-book and one audiobook. I had a blast!

 

5 stars:

 

Koridwen - Yves Grevet Morning Star - Pierce Brown 

 

4 stars:

 

One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns) - Kendare Blake A Torch Against the Night - Sabaa Tahir They Both Die at the End - Adam Silvera U4. Yannis - Florence Hinckel 

 

3 stars:

 

Fangirl by Rowell, Rainbow (2014) Paperback - Rainbow Rowell Rumor Has It - Elisabeth Grace   

 

 

All my reviews are posted here and also on my Goodreads.

 

Did you read anything particularly good in October? Let me know!

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

#72 - U4: Yannis by Florence Hinckel

U4. Yannis - Florence Hinckel

U4 is a post-apocalyptic novel taking place in Europe, mostly in France. A virus decimated 90% of the population and the survivors are mostly teenagers. We follow four characters trying to survive in this dangerous world and maybe trying to save the world.

U4 is a series of four books telling the same story from four different POv’s (and by 4 different authors). I found the concept really interesting and read the one about the character Jules a few months ago. I decided to pick up the one about Koridwen next. What is really interesting about this series is that you can read the books in any order you like. I immediately picked up the one about Yannis next, because it was the last one I had on my shelves (still need to buy the one about Stéphane).

 

Yannis is the weakest character in these four books in my opinion. At least at the beginning of the story. But Yannis' journey is maybe also the most impressive; he grows so much during this book, especially since the events take place during less than two months. I still have to read the one about Stéphane, but I think she is a strong badass (who has a weak spot as well and I can't wait to read about her!)

 

Yannis is coping with his heritage, we don't precisely where his parents come from but he mentions the fact that his father cannot write French properly and that her mom used to sing to him in Arab. This heritage of him will actually have an impact on how he is seen by the kids from the poor areas in Marseille. These gangs of poor kids will make the rich kids pay for the lifestyle they use to have and Yannis will be saved thanks to that, because they think he is "one of them"… because of what he looks like. I think this part was really interesting.

 

The writing style of this book was amazing, I really had a lot of fun reading this and I could not put it down.

#71 - U4: Koridwen by Yves Grevet

Koridwen - Yves Grevet

U4 is a post apocalyptic novel taking place in Europe, mostly in France. A virus decimated 90% of the population and the survivors are mostly teenagers. We follow four characters trying to survive in this dangerous world and maybe trying to save the world.

U4 is a series of four books telling the same story from four different POv’s (and by 4 different authors). I found the concept really interesting and read the one about the character Jules a few months ago. I decided to pick up the one about Koridwen next. What is really interesting about this series is that you can read the books in any order you like. I picked Koridwen because she is more present in Jules’s story than Stephane or Yannis.

 

Koridwen is from Bretagne, a region in the north of France. She lives in a farm and continues to take care of the animals after all her family died of the virus. She used to play this game online called WOT (Warrior Of Time), and before losing the internet connection, she received an e-mail from the creator of the game, telling her to go to the oldest tower of Paris on December 24th in order to go back in time and save the world. All the “experts” of the game also received this e-mail and Koridwen decides to go to Paris (with her tractor!) to meet the other.

 

I totally enjoyed this one! Kordiwen is a really interesting character. She is a badass without even knowing it (I had some Katniss’ vibes from time to time) but she is also just a teenage girl who has some teenage girls’ interests (let’s be honest, I’m talking about sex here). I liked that. She is quite solitary but she likes taking care of other people, she has her cousin Max, who is a bit older than she is, but who has some mental deficiency. She sees him as a younger brother and feels like she needs to take care of him. She also meets other people but she always prefers to be alone. I preferred reading about Koridwen than about Jules, maybe because it was easier for me to connect with this character.

 

Another really interesting thing about this book was Kordiwen’s heritage. Her grandma (her mamm-gozh) was a kind of guerisseuse (a kind of healer), but mostly people says she was a witch, and she wants Koridwen to take after her and be a witch just like she was. Koridwen does not really believe in this magic at first, but after seeing all the signs, she can’t ignore the fact that some magical force is in action. All the little details about her heritage were really interesting. Bretagne is not really far from where I live and I don’t know a lot about its culture and its really particular language. I liked to learn more about it through this book.

 

I am currently reading the book about Yannis and I can’t wait to read more about him. He meets Koridwen at some point, and I am really excited about reading their common scene from his POV’s.

 

I definitely recommend this book to lover of YA post apocalyptic. It is a really honest book about what happened and what to do when the world as you know it totally disappear.

 

I read this book in French and unfortunately, I don't think it has been translated into English (but maybe I'm wrong)

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