Top 10 Books I read in 2015

I read 56 books in 2015, which is making me rather proud, since first of all, I completed my Goodreads challenge which was 50 books, and second of all, I only read 13 books last year because I had some kind of gigantic reading slump… Hopefully I will be able to read even more next year! And I almost forgot that I re read 18 books as well, which makes a total of 74 books. I can barely believe this…

So this is my top 10 books of 2015! They are all linked to their Goodreads page. Feel free to share your opinion on them, and your favourite reads of 2015!

My number 1 has to be All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, and the others are in random order!

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (review)

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (review)

More than this by Patrick Ness (review)

Let it snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Us by David Nicholls

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (review)

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (review)

The Weaver’s Riddle: Mist and Whispers by Claire Marie Lucas (review coming soon!)

Since the choice was rather hard, I also picked three runners-up:

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins

And here are my favourite re reads:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling (which I will be re reading once again in January with the Middle Grade Book Club, more info here)

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

December Wrap Up

I haven’t read a lot in December since I have been busy with college, but I still managed to do some catching up during Christmas break!

I finished:

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn ★★★★★ (review here)

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner ★★☆☆☆

Les Nuits de Paris by Rétif de la Bretonne ★★☆☆☆

Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn ★☆☆☆☆

I read:

The Weaver’s Riddle: Mist and Whispers by Claire Marie Lucas ★★★★★ (review coming soon!)

Movies:

I finally saw Mockingjay Part2 and it was amazing!!

Blog update:

I have now published 50 articles on the blog since I started it in August, and what’s even harder to believe is that I have reached 70 followers… I never thought I would actually get people following this blog and reading my articles… Thank you so much guys for making it possible!

My book haul:

 

Top 10 Books I Want to Read in 2016

Books, books, books, so many books, so little time… I have decided to set a challenge of 60 books for 2016, and aside from the readalong with the Middle Grade Bookclub (details here) here is my top 10 books I want to read in 2016!

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

My friends gave it to me for my birthday and I still haven’t gotten around it… I can’t wait!

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The One by Kiera Cass and the rest of The Selection series

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The 100: Day 21 by Kass Morgan (as well as Homecoming, but I’ll count them as one since they are part of the same series!)

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Dorothy must die by Danielle Paige

I just bought it today, and it simply looks amazing!

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Secrets in Phoenix and How I found you by Gabriella Lepore

I got them earlier this month and they both look amazing (and it shall count as one entry since they are from the same author!)

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Glass Sword and Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

I pre-ordered them on Bookdepository, and I can’t wait for them to be released!

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The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

I started watching the TV show during Christmas break and it’s so good I need to read the books!!

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I still need to get my hands on this one but I REALLY want to read it!

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Stitching Snow by RC Lewis

I would like to work on fairy tale retellings for my Master’s Degree, so obviously, this one is on my TBR. I still need to get my hands on it though!

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And finally…

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

(Yes, shame on me, I haven’t read them yet…)

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I hope I will get to read all those in 2016, and many more! Do you have a list of books you ABSOLUTELY want to read? Have you read any of those, and what did you think of them?

The Hunger Games series: Books and Movies

Rather than a Book vs. Movie article, this is going to be more of an ode to the great series that is the Hunger Games. Yes I finally saw the last movie today. (And yes, my eyes are swollen, I should probably rather by lying in the dark rather than sitting in front of my computer screen, but of boy, it was worth all the crying.)

I am a big fan of The Hunger Games, if you didn’t know that already. However, I was a bit late on the train. I first watched the first movie, and then I wanted more. I borrowed all the books from a friend when I was in senior year of high school. Catching Fire got me crying at 2am and texting her to bring me the last book the next morning at all cost. (They all got me crying in case you were wondering, but the ending of the second book was such a schock!)

And I have to admit, the movies are pretty good adaptations.

Truth is, I don’t really know what to say here, except that I love this series a lot. The Hunger Games introduced me to other dystopian YA such as the Divergent series, and made me love the genre. I am so glad I read those books, they are absolutely brilliant (and a sadly rather good reflection of our society). The Hunger Games is also what got me into tumblr. Whithout this series, I would probably not be writing a bookish blog today, and much less having a bookstagram. I owe a great deal to these great books. (And I need to re read Mockingjay in January absolutely, I have been meaning to do that for months, which you may have seen on my TBR posts…)

Anyway.

My favourite book of the series is Catching Fire, and it’s also my favourite movie because it is such an amazing adaptation. It really struck me as so.

Special mention to Mockingjay part 1 though because I saw the premiere in Paris last year, and even if the actors were not there, it was such a great experience!

And I almost forgot to mention how great the soundtrack of all the movies is. I can’t get enough of it. (And don’t say I’m biaised, it’s amazing!)

To go a bit further in my opinion. I’m not a big fan of Gale, but I have to say Liam Hemsworth portrayed him amazingly! (Which means that he annoyed me just as much in the movies as he did in the books, but I still love him as an actor.) I’am a big fan of all the actors, what more should I say?

This series is something that changes you, that makes you think. At least, that was the case for me, and I believe that was the point too. It’s a bit traumatizing, but it should not be seen as bad. Yes, there are teenagers killing one another in an arena. But there is more than this. Why? First, because they don’t have a choice. It’s a reflection on society, on how to live correctly in a society. It’s a reflection on reality shows, and human beings in general, and all of it makes it immensely precious.

Through the books we can see how Katniss evolves. It’s clearly visible in her narration, and overall her reactions and decisions. Yes, she sometimes has a bad temper. But doesn’t she deserve it after all she goes/went through? She is definitely one of my favourite characters ever. And so is Peeta by the way, I barely talked about him. He is so precious, and I share Katniss’s opinion in every way when she says she wants to protect him. Cinna is also one of my favourite characters. And I love the evolution of Haymitch, Effie and Primrose (loud crying in the background). And of course, Finnick is amazing, his death was such a schock. Like, I didn’t even realise it. I carried on reading and then I was like, wait, where is Finnick and I went back and realised he was actually dead…. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE SUZANNE COLLINS HOW DARE YOU

Nevertheless, it was an amazing trilogy with amazing characters, and it’s a bit sad that this adventure is over, but as the saying goes, some stories stay with us forever, and this one sure will. And I will most likely reread the books and rewatch the movies, and make my kids read the books if I ever have kids. I truly hope the world never ends up so messed up. (It’s enough of a mess right now… I wish people were smarter, but ranting about our messed up world is not the point of this article).

One more thing: I heard a lot of people complain about the ending (both in the books and the movies, since anyway it stayed true to the book). But personally I believe that Katniss and Peeta deserve a happy ending. And I do believe they are a perfect match. A display of peace and happiness doesn’t hurt anyone, and I’m so glad Suzanne Collins had her series end like that!

Open Minds: My Review

Open Minds (Mindjack Trilogy, #1)

Goodreads Summary:

When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.

Sixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can’t read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can’t be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mindreader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf’s mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she’s dragged deep into a hidden world of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.

My opinion:

I got this book in August because it was a free Kindle, and the summary seemed interesting, but I have to warn you, I was highly disappointed. I started it just when I bought it, and finally finished it now, mostly because I don’t like leaving a book unfinished. I really didn’t care what would happen next.

It’s really a pity, because the idea seemed rather good and a bit different. But it didn’t work for me.

The writing style is not my cup of tea (translation: it’s not really good in my opinion) and I think the plot could have been much better developped. I couldn’t really relate to Kira, which is something I find important when I read a book, and I didn’t find the characters really endearing, except for Laney, maybe, and sometimes Simon.

I thought it really had potential, and there was several moments where I got more hope for the story, but I felt it kept letting me down.

My rating:

I gave it only 1 star and I kinda feel bad for giving a book such a low rating. But really, it was not the thing for me.

My apologies if you liked the book, and I would love to hear your opinion on it if you have read it!

The Dragon’s Loyalty Award

First of all, I wanted to thank Rachel from One Little Bookshelf for nominating me for this award! (And I’m sorry it took me so long, my organization seems to be really bad…)

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Rules:

  1. Display the award on your blog
  2. Announce your win with a post and link the blogger who awarded you
  3. Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award
  4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded
  5. Write seven interesting things about you.

Seven facts about me:

  1. I’m a third year student at La Sorbonne in Paris, and I study English Literature. My favourite course is Comparative Literature!
  2. I love Scotland and I’m hoping to go there next year with Erasmus.
  3. I have two brothers, and the youngest one is slowly turning into a bookworm which is making me extremely happy.
  4. I want to write books and get them published but I never managed to write an entire story so far.
  5. Aside from reading and writing I love listening to music and cooking.
  6. I have lived two years on my own and now I’m back with my parents but I miss it a lot.
  7. I’ll be hosting a readalong with two other bookstagrammers for 2016, you can check us out here!

I nominate:

  1. Elena from The Queen Reads
  2. Kristy from The Reader Dragon
  3. Silanur from Aloofbooks
  4. Cherry from Read Forevermore
  5. Jen from My Bookie Journey
  6. Elle from Elle Biblio

Life update: It’s December!

Hello, this is where I ramble and/or talk about non bookish things!

It’s been a while since I last made a Life Update post! Time flies, and the end of the year is already coming, I can hardly believe it. These past two months have been hectic for me, especially with college. But it’s finally Christmas break, and I can relax! (and work on my exams since they’re in January).

In the last few days I came around wonderful things on the Internet and I wanted to share them with you all.

First, this video by Emilie Wapnick: Why some of us don’t have one true calling.

I found it extremely relatable and comforting! I do not feel like I have “one true calling” and I’m a bit lost in my studies, so this is giving me hope. Whether you feel “one true calling” or not, you should watch the video, it’s extremely interesting!

I also found this wonderful article

https://mylifeasitisines.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/the-most-common-mental-illness-in-the-world/

Which is also very relatable and interesting.

Finally I wanted to mention this website: http://www.morningshort.com/

I found out about it over at Nya Reads’ blog (link) It basically sends you a short story every day (or almost) for free! I haven’t actually taken the time to read them all, but it’s pretty cool.

Series update: In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m waiting for Once Upon a Time and The 100 to come back. I also started watching Outlander and I love it!!

Bookish update: I recently finished Les Nuits de ParisGone Girl (review here), and The Sound and the Fury. My next read will be The Weaver’s Riddle by Claire Marie Lucas!

I hope you’re all doing well, thanks for sticking up with my rambles, and enjoy your holidays ♥