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

#49 - The Upside of Unrequited

The Upside of Unrequited - Becky Albertalli

Another important book, with a strong and beautiful message. The storyline was really simple, no big drama (well, teenager drama) and not a lot of action, it was just a story about the life on an ordinary girl, who has a not so ordinary family. Molly has two moms, one twin sister and one baby brother, who people claimed is not really her brother because they don't share a mom, just a donor dad. Molly also thinks people would not say he is not her brother, if he was white like her. You see: many diversity in this book. And It was so great to read about this family, who is not conventional, but is so great. This is not a conventional family because it does not enter the mold of what most people think a family represents. But for me, it is the most typical family there is because it is full of love, and it's what a family should be. 


Molly is also your typical teenage girl: she does not seem to lover her body really much, she thinks she is weird because she has not kissed a boy yet and she has issues with her sister. She is struggling to find herself and she is asserting herself more and more every day. She is such a lovable character! 


This was a cute book with a strong message. For me, the most important thing in this book was that love is what matters the most. I definitely recommend it!

Free Friday (July 21)

Heir of Fire - Sarah J. Maas

HI guys ! Today is national Belgium day and so I should not be working.. except we are going to Paris with my colleagues to visit the headquarters of our company and all our French colleagues. Also two of my Italian friends currently live in Paris so I'm staying there for the entire WE, I'm way too excited !! Happly national day Belgium!

 

So I need a book to bring on the week- end as my copy of my currently reading book (The Narrow Road to the deep north) is a hardback and way too heavy to carry in my small bagpack. And for this I'm going to read Heir of Fire as part of my Throne of Glass re-read.

 

Ok now, it's not even 6 in the morning, time for a Starbucks then off to Paris.. Have you ever been there ? Any great bookstores ?

 

Thanks for reading, 

 

Line.

Booktube-A-Ton TBR

The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh Anna and the French Kiss (Anna & the French Kiss 1) by Stephanie Perkins (2014) Paperback - Stephanie Perkins Saga, Volume 6 - Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples Written in the Stars - Aisha Saeed

If you don't know, Booktube-A-Thon takes place from Monday 24th till Sunday 30th. You can check the Youtube channel for any information. Just know that you do not need to be a youtuber to participate.

 

I really love this readathon and I love readathon in particular, so I decided to join!

 

Here are the challenges as well as the books I chose to read to complete those:

 

#1 – Read a book with a person on the cover: The Wrath and the Dawn (430p) 

#2 – Read a hyped book: Anna and The French Kiss (384p) 

#3 – Finish a book in one day: Saga vol 6 (152p) 

#4 – Read about a character that is different from you: Written in the stars (304p)/ Les âmes grises (280p) 

#5 – Finish a book completely outdoors: Saga vol 6 (152p)/ Three Dark Crowns 

#6 – Read a book you bought because of the cover: Written in the stars (304p) 

#7 – Finish 7 books: Journal d'hirondelle

 

The books not in italic are the optional one. I'm almost sure I won't have time to read 7 books, so I chose books that fit multiple challenges, then add one when required to complete all the chalenges, we will see how it goes!

 

Are you participating in Booktube-A-Thon? 

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

#48 - The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Help - Kathryn Stockett

I feel like I'm reading so many interesting and important books these days. This one was definitely not an exception. 

Seeing the world through Aibileen and Minny's eyes was truly exceptional, I was scared for them, angry at how they were being treated, disgusted by people. And I was impressed by their courage and their will to change something, even while knowing it could be dangerous for them and their family. And I should not forget Skeeter, who is a privileged white lady, and is ready to put these privileges in jeopardy to help those maids. It was truly beautiful. 

Understanding the relationships between the maids and the children they care about was also something. They care about them as if they were their own, even if the parents of these child treat the maids like shit. They are trying to make a difference while educating these children because they know they will turn out like their parents if they don't. 

Mississippi in the 60's was not a good place to live as a colored person. This book is about racism: white people are so sure they are better than black people. It seems so natural for them, it is scary to think it was like that. I do not mean there is no racism anymore today, but it seems so natural in these days. Some people were trying to make a difference, but the majority of people still think black people and white people should be separated. 

Mississippi in those days was neither a good place for a young woman, colored or not. Skeeter is ambitious and wants to pursue a career. She has the privilege of going to college but it seems like she won't be able to use her education, she is destined to be a good little wife, like every woman. They are supposed to live for their husband and reading this as a young woman myself, living in a rich country in 2017, I am so glad it is not the case anymore. I am so grateful for all those people who fought for women's rights, and that thanks to them, I could go to University and start a career. Or I could stay at home and bring up children if I wanted to. 

The main subject of this book is racism and segregation. But there are also other subjects like women condition, upbringing of children, young love, dealing with sickness, betrayal, friendship and so many many more. 

I loved every second of it and I totally recommend this if you haven't read it yet. 

Birthday Haul

Last Friday, I turned 24, yay! I had a wonderful day. When I arrived at work, a big box from Amazon was waiting on my desk, it was from my parents and my sister. I got The Mortal Instruments box set and I'm so happy I finally have all the books in the same edition (I got them twice now, but I love that series so it's not a problem), and The Slytherin edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone wich is GORGEOUS!!

Then my colleagues gave my Written in the Stars, Three Dark Crowns and The Hero of Ages!! My colleague also made me a pikachu cake and it was so amazing! 

 

After work I went back home and my boyfriend decorated it for the occasion. He put Star Wars tinsels, Star Wars balloons and he bought Frozen paper plates and unicorn napkins. It was as if I was 10 again and It was perfect! He got me two funko pops (Lara Croft and Russel from Up), a CD (Obey THe Brave - Salvation) and a pikachu bagpack, not on the picture, but it is really amazing (I do really love pikachu).

 

 

I also got the two first seasons of GOT on DVD, a ticket to go to Dour Festival next week and so many other stuff. But what was really amazing was to celebrate my birthday with all my friends, my friends from primary school were all there, which does not happen often, my family was there as well and I had an amazing party. The only people missing were my friend from camp, but I got to see them the following day, spending the night at camp and celebrating with our annual camp fire. It was perfect.

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

Booklikes-opoly Update (11.07)

I finished my Free Friday read two days ago and got my bank up to 87$! I also finished The Help today for which I got 10$ (print edition is 444pages, I listend to the audiobook). 

 

Bank: 97$

 

Time to roll again :)

 

 


 

I landed on:

 

And for this, I'm going to read The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Richard Flanagan , released in 2013 (and that has been sitting on my shelf since 2013... hmm).

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

 

 

 

#47 - Horizon by Tabitha Lord

Horizon - Tabitha Lord

***Copy provided by Wise Ink Creative Publishing and Netgalley in exchange of a honest review***

 

A book about space, two people coming from different planets falling in love and empathic people who can heal other with their minds. Seems like a lot of fun!

 

And it was. I loved the first part when Caeli meets Derek and she tells him her story. The change between present and flash back was well done and easy to follow. I loved learning more about Caeli's past. 

 

I only gave 3 stars to this book though because the second part was less interesting. I could not really follow what was happening between the different people and why it was happening. I'm not sure if it was not well explained or if I was losing interest, but I did not particularly enjoy the second part.

 

I liked the ending and how it makes you want to know what is going to happen next. But unfortunately, I’m not that excited about learning more. I love the world created by the author, all the different planets, how their societies work etc. but in my opinion, it lacks something to keep my interest.

 

Great characters and great idea behind this book!

SPOILER ALERT!

#46 - Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas (re-read)

Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas

This was my first Free Friday read and I got 6$ for it, yay!

Bank: 87$

 

This is my second time reading this book and I liked it as much as the first time. There were so many details I forgot, I'm so happy I re-read it. In this book, there are way more hints about how Celaena really is and I don't understand how I did not get it the first time reading it. It seems obivous now (well, of course, I know the answer so it helps...).

 

Celaena has some annoying reactions but she is in pain so that is understandable. We get to know her a bit more but we still don't have a lot of information about her past. Her relationship with Dorian is evolving and I love what they are sharing, I know it will get even better later on so I'm excited. I still don't ship Celaena and Chaol, like at all.

 

So many details about the Witches as well and I need to read Heir of Fire now! The witches storyline is one of my favourite in the entire series. I can't wait for Celaena and Manon to meet...

#45 - Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (re-read)

Throne of Glass - Sarah J Maas

I don’t think I need to explain what this book is about as it is really famous by now. I read it for the first time 3 years ago and I did not like it. I did not hate it either, but I thought it was not that good. I don’t know why because after that, I continue on with the series and like each book even more.

 

My second read was way better than the first one, I loved how I got so many more references after reading the entire series. It was so great!

 

I still did not like the romance between Celaena and Dorian, but I love their friendship and their relationship in the next books is so good that it was good to re-discover how they met.

 

I’m excited to re-read the other books!

June Wrap Up

It's July already. It does not feel like it, maybe because of the weather, but no, I'm used to shitty weather in July. It's because I'm not going to camp this year. I've been going there every year for more than 15 years, So it is weird not going. Because I'm an adult now. I have to work. Life sucks..

 

Good thing is, I will actualy get to celebrate my birthday with my family and friends. Every year I was at camp, so I could celebrate with my friends there, but it wasn't the same. I will get to celebrate my 24th birthday, and it means books ;)

 

But enough talk about my personal life, we're here for the books, right?!

 

In the month of June, I read 7 books (including one audibook), plus one DNF. Throne of Glass was a re-read.

 

5 stars:

 

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas  Warcross - Marie Lu  Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Cheryl Strayed  

 

4 stars:

 

Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver  Throne of Glass - Sarah J Maas  

 

3 stars:

 

U4 Jules - Carole Trebor  Feed - Mira Grant  

 

DNF:

 

The Game - Terry Schott 

 

It's not even because the books was bad, I did not find it particularly bad, but not particularly good either. I just did not care. I couldn't connect with any of the characters, I was confused by what was happening and the story did not interest me. Maybe it is something for you, but it was not for me. Have any of you read it?

 

 

 

FREE Friday ! + currently reading

Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas

So, this is my first free Friday read (I don't really know what happened to the last two ones! I was a bit off the internet).

 

For this I'm going to read Crown of Midnight.  I'm currently re-reading the Throne of Glass series and oh my, it is so good to read it again!!

 

I'm currently reading two books (well reading one book and listening to an audiobook). I'm reading Horizon by Tabitha Lord (that I got.on Netgalley) and I'm listening to The Help for my last roll.

 

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful Friday!

 

Line. 

 

#44 - U4: Jules by Carole Trébor

U4 Jules. Audiobok - Carole Trebor

My mom is part of a kind of subscription where she can choose one book every 3 months, so I often look at the catalogue because my mom only reads on holiday (such a pity) so I get to choose the book. I found this one and decided that I would give it a try. I don’t usually read YA in French because it seems off for me. I feel like it’s more childish than in English, maybe because French is my mothertongue. Anyway, last time I read YA in French it was amazing so why not try it again?!

 

The idea behind this book is simple: one virus killed everyone except the teenagers and the important people (military, government…). The power is off and everything is chaos. Jules lives in Paris and found himself alone with corpses in his building, so he is trying to find a way to survive. I told you: really basic and simple idea. What is really interesting is that this book is part of a 4 book series, each book relating the same story but from a different point of view, and you can read them in any order you wish.

The books are in French and I’m not sure there is an English version (yet), but for those of you who speak French it could be something you’re interested in.

 

Like I said, the idea was simple, but great. The characters were likable and seem just ordinary, at least the main character in this one. He is a regular teenager who used to spend time playing games online. The others though are more like badass survivalists and it was weird, especially the girls, it made them seem less real. I’m curious about discovering their stories in the other books.

 

The plot was easy to follow but seems a bit off. As the other characters have their own books, they sometimes meet Jules and then disappear without a good explanation. I did not like that, it did not feel really natural. I guess it was because the other books are centered around them, so they need to have their time “alone”, but it was often rushed.

 

The writing was simple, but not bad. I liked the fact that it took place in Europe (most specifically France) and I was thus really familiar with the cultural references (what can be a problem when I read books taking place in the United States for example where I don’t often get all the references). The book also describes Paris thoroughly and as I’m going there next month for the first time, I’m even more excited now (yes, I live something like 200km from Paris and I’ve never been there, except to Disneyland, which is not really in Paris. Such a shame).

 

It was a great book but some elements were a bit annoying, like the fact that characters disappear suddenly (for the purpose of the other books, I’m sure). Apart from that, I enjoyed it a lot and I will read the other books in the series.

Booklikes-opoly: Update (24.06)

I finished reading U4: Jules by Carole Trébor, my edition was 384 pages long so I earned 6$ for it (thanks to the new rule!).

 

Bank: 81$

 

So, it is time to roll again!

 

 

I got 8 and landed on:

 

 

 

I really had no idea what to read for this spot, then I found out that The Help - Kathryn Stockett   was shelved five times as small town, so I guess it should work.

#43 - Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Cheryl Strayed

I read this book for "Main Street Station". It was recommended by BrokenTune, and it was such a great recommendation!

 

I had heard a lot about this book and about the movie (that I have to watch now that I finished the book). There is an episode of Gilmore Girls were Lorelai attempt to do "Wild". I did not know a lot about it when I watched this episode, so it was great to finally understand what it was about.

 

I love hiking and I always have. With the girls scouts (the equivalent of it in my country) we used to go hiking during our summer camp and it was always the best part of it. I enjoyed a lot walking with my huge bag pack, trying to find food and trying not to get lost. I have so many great memories and this book reminded me of them. Ok, it was often for 2 or 3 days and I was not alone, Cheryl’s experience was really different but still. I have always wanted to do something like that, but I’m way too scared to do it alone. I’m really impressed by what she did and I admire her a lot for that.

 

What I love the most about Cheryl is her honesty. She does not try to be someone perfect, she just tries to find herself and discover who she is. She made mistakes, but she doesn’t seem to regret it, because they are part of who she is. She is also really, really funny. I love learning about her experience.

 

The writing was also so good. I mean, it is just Cheryl walking for 300 pages, you would think it was going to be boring… but it never gets boring! It is always so dynamic and you are anxious about what is going to happen and excited as well. I really did not want to stop reading and I often thought about the book while I was not reading it. My boyfriend was getting crazy because I was always like “yeah, you know that Cheryl lost her toenails?”, “oh, it reminds me when Cheryl lost her boot, it must have been awful”. And I was going on and on; All. The. Time.

 

The day after I finished this book, we went to a festival. I had to carry my bag for like a mile and I thought I was going to die (ok, the bag was full of beer, beers are heavy. But I don’t think my bag was as heavy as Cheryl’s). And every time I was like “can you imagine how hard it must have been for Cheryl?”. My boyfriend just did not answered… (I can be really annoying).

 

Anyway, this ramling review to say that this book was amazing and I really recommend it to everyone. You won’t be disappointed!!

Reading progress update: I've read 308 out of 431 pages.

U4 Jules - Carole Trebor

A couple weeks ago I ended up on a BL spot and got

 

8. Read in the wild! Take your book with you and find a place to read that isn't your living room for an hour

 

 

So here it is! I found this beautiful spot and read there for a bit.

 

I also read this WE at a Graspop Metal Meeting (metal festival in Belgium) and I think it is worth showing you that.

 

I can't wake up late at festival even if I went to sleep at 4 or 6 am. So I wake up and read! This festival was awesome, as usual. I got to see Rammstein for the first time as well as Sum 41, which is not a metal band but it was one of my favourite bands when I was a teenager. I also went to see Evanescence, Alcest, Alter Bridge, A Day To Remember, Opeth, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Alestorm and many, many more. I had such a great time and I'm sad it is already over. 

 

A picture of ADTR which is my all time favourite band:

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

 

Booklikes-opoly: Update (14.06)

I finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed and oh my, it was good! Thank you again BrokenTune for this recommendation, no regrets :) My copy was 355pages so I earned 3$.

 

Bank: 75$

 

Tomorrow I'm leaving for 3 days for a festival so I'm not going to read a lot. But anyway, I want to roll again because I will have some reading time in the car and tomorrow during lunchbreak.

 

 

 

I got 5 and landed on

 

 

For this I'm going to read: U4: Jules. This is a french young adult book that I've been wanting to read for a long time. It will be refreshing to read in French! This series is a collaboration between different authors, they all write the same story but from a different POV, each story being a different book. You can read them in any order you want and I chose to start with this one. I'm excited to see what it will be like!

 

Currently reading

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna & the French Kiss 1) by Stephanie Perkins (2014) Paperback by Stephanie Perkins
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

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