It’s All About Books



IT’S ALL ABOUT BOOKS… Well, at least books have an important role of my life. They form a way to escape reality; for me to enter a different world. A place where everything is possible, only limited by the imagination of its writer. Like someone famous once said: ‘Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body‘.

I’ve been reading ever since I was three years old, devouring books by dozens at my hometown library. I continued reading all the way through high school, and later decided to study Spanish Language And Culture and read some more. A few years ago I started travelling, and that’s when the idea came up to start keeping track of the books I’ve read… Hence this blog It’s All About Books was born, with reviews of all the books I’ve been reading since November 2012.

Before I leave I would like to say that I’m always looking for new books to add to my TBR list, and I would love any recommendations you might think of. I’m trying to broaden my literary horizon, so I’m open to practically any literary genre… :)

Listing The Reading


listingthereading Below you can find a complete list of the books I’ve been reading since November 2012 in reading order…  Please note that I’m in the process of improving my blog and reviews, and only reviews with link and rating are to be considered up-to-standard. I’m hoping to finish the improvements as soon as possible…

>>>For easy browsing, also check out the lists of reviews by AUTHOR, RATINGTITLE and SERIES.<<<

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ARC REVIEW: Americosis Vol. 2 – by Haydn Wilks


Title: Americosis Vol. 2
Author: Haydn Wilks
Genre: Short Stories, Science Fiction, Thriller
First published: September 26th 2015
Finished reading: September 30th 2015
Pages: 57
Rating 3,5

“That’s why movies suck so bad these days; they’re making them for people who don’t even speak English. Less character development, more explosions and 3D dinosaurs and aliens and whatever.”

*** A copy of this novella was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***


I’ve read Americosis Vol. 1 back in July and I think I enjoyed this second part even better than the first introduction. These novellas are not exactly your standard read and because of the adult themes and swearwords it might not be for everyone, but there is no doubt that Americosis is an intriguing story for those who are up for it. Things get so messed up at points that you just want to keep on reading to find out what on earth is actually going on… This second part gives you a slightly better idea what is happening in this dystopian world, but there are still many questions left unanswered. The pace is fast, Haydn Wilks‘ prose is easy to follow and all in all it’s a quick and entertaining read if you like this kind of dystopian madness. I personally will be looking forward to find out what happens in Vol. 3!


WARNING: Possible spoilers! Please don’t read this summary if you haven’t read Vol. 1 yet. I’ll keep the summary short but it’s almost impossible to keep it completely spoiler-free…

The strange sexually transmitted infection is still spreading and more and more people are infected. The Savior is still not closer to understanding what is happening with the America he came back to from the future and Hank is quite positive the Savior is a danger to society. The presidential candidate still believes he has to save the world and others are simply wandering around to try and find their next victim… Chaos and madness rule the world; who will survive?


Americosis Vol. 2 is the second part of a thriller/horror/sci-fi short story that is full of madness, mildly disturbing and definitely left me wanting for more. This novella is not your typical read and not everyone will appreciate this chaotic and crazy story, but I personally enjoyed reading it Without doubt an interesting novella for those who enjoy the whole thriller/horror/sci-fi genre and don’t mind a healthy dose of madness, adult themes and swearwords.

Teaser Tuesdays #62 – October 6th: The Night Circus


TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at A Daily Rhythm. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is my newest TBR jar pick and it’s a book I have been wanting to read for ages now… I guess the TBR jar was a great excuse to finally pick it up. I’m not too far into the story yet but so far I am really enjoying the descriptions!


My teaser (6%):

“The man appeared younger on the stage, his age buried under the glare of the footlights and layers of makeup. The face in the mirror is lined, the hair significantly greying. But there is something youthful in the grin that appears as he catches sight of the man standing in the doorway.”

What are you reading right now?

BOOK REVIEW: The Winner’s Curse – by Marie Rutkoski


Title: The Winner’s Curse
(The Winner’s Trilogy #1)
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
First published: March 4th 2014
Finished reading: September 29th 2015
Pages: 368
Rating 3qqq

“She saw, yet again, that her friend’s compliments were just bits of art and artifice. They were paper swans, cunningly folded so that they could float on the air for a few moments. Nothing more.”


The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski was my previous TBR jar pick and I was really looking forward to it. There has been quite an hype around this trilogy and unfortunately the first book turned out to be a disappointment. Yet another case of an overhyped book… The Winner’s Curse had a really slow pace and I had the feeling the same story could have been told using a lot less pages. Most of the plot was quite cliche or at least predictable and I’m not sure I liked the characters or prose for that matter. The fact that the daughter of a general (Kestrel) buys a slave (Arin) just to end up falling in love with him was something that I saw coming from a mile away, and the fact that the same slave turned out to be an important rebel was just plain predictable. How both Kestrel and Arin behave throughout the story is not exactly natural either… And the cliffhanger ending was more than frustrating. All in all definitely not a read for me, but if you are a romance fan, you will most likely end up enjoying this story a lot better than I did.


Kestrel is the daughter of a general and has only two choices for her future: join the military or get married. She doesn’t really want either and mostly just wants to enjoy her music and freedom, but her father doesn’t give in. One day Kestrel buys a slave at an auction in a whim and this will change her future forever… Arin is not the normal obeying slave and seems to defy everything with his eyes. Soon Kestrel doesn’t know what to do with him… And she has to hide her growing feelings for him. But Arin has a secret as well as rebels are trying to take back the land that has been stolen from them in the past. What will happen to them?


Keeping in mind that romance is not really my thing, I still couldn’t get myself to give The Winner’s Curse a rating over 3 stars. The pace is just too slow and the storyline too predicable to turn it into a read that is actually worth the hype. Sure, the worldbuilding is quite interesting and the cliffhanger left me wanting for more, but I’m not sure the second is actually a good thing. Many cliches and a love triangle didn’t really help me enjoying this read either. Still, I can understand why some people love this read and I would recommend it to those who enjoy reading romantic stories. I’ve heard the sequel is actually better than the first book, so I will probably try to read it some time soon since I already own a copy.

The Rabbit Ears Book Tag

Book Tag

Rabbit Ears Production Blog created this new book tag called “The Rabbit Ears Book Tag” last month and was nice enough to tag me. Thanks again for the tag! :D I always find it almost impossible to pick just one favorite, so I’ve decided to just pick a title I’ve read within the last year or so for each question…

1. The Fool And The Flying Ship: Book That Made You Laugh


It’s a hard question, but I guess that The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson was definitely pretty funny.

2. The Velveteen Rabbit: Book That Made You Cry


I normally don’t cry that much when I’m reading, but I remember not keeping it dry when I was reading The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand.

3. John Henry: Book That Inspired You


The fact that in The Martian by Andy Weir the main character was able to survive alone on a different planet is pretty inspiring if you ask me!

4. The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow: Book That Scared You


Without doubt The Shining by Stephen King (and Doctor Sleep as well). Delightfully creepy and definitely not the best read if you’re home alone at night! ;)

5. The Emperor and the Nightingale: Book That Took Place In A Foreign Country


I really enjoyed Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas which is set in Aruba. The plot twists and unreliable narrator had me on the edge of my seat until the very end!

6. Follow the Drinking Gourd: Book about Diversity

noneoftheaboveNo doubt one of my most recent reads None Of The Above by I.W. Gregorio. Such an inspiring story about an intersex teenager!

7. East of the Sun West of the Moon: Book about Romance


I’m not really a fan of romance novels but Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell was a pretty cute read.

8. How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin and How the Camel Got His Hump:  Most Unusual Book You’ve Read


I’m still not sure I actually liked this read, but it cannot be denied that Me And Earl And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews is highly original.

9. Pecos Bill: Book That Was Adventurous And Action Packed


Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (and the rest of the series for that matter) was definitely full of action.

10. The Bremen Town Musicians: Book About Friendship


The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a good example of a story about friendship.

11. A Gingerbread Christmas: Book That Was Holiday Themed


I haven’t read many holiday themed reads so far, but A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is without doubt a true classic.

12. Brer Rabbit and the Wonderful Tar Baby: Book With A Rivalry Between Two Characters


Of course one of my favorite childhood series couldn’t be missing is this list… Harry Potter and Voldemort are classic rivals in the series and have their final battle in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows.

13. The Five Chinese Brothers: Book About Family


Wonder by R.J. Palacio is definitely an example of a family that does everything to protect each other.

14. Anansi: Book That Has Animal Characters


Who doesn’t know the lion in the classic The Wizard Of Oz story? Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige is an interesting retelling full of (magical) animals.

15. Rip Van Winkle: Book You Fell Asleep Through


I had a really hard time finishing Black Roses by Jane Thynne without actually falling asleep… Such a shame, because I had high hopes for this read!

And I nominate… YOU! Feel free to do this tag if you want to.

Have a great week everyone! <3

BOOK REVIEW: Queen Of Shadows – by Sarah J. Maas


Title: Queen Of Shadows
(Throne Of Glass #4)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
First published: September 1st 2015
Finished reading: September 18th 2015
Pages: 648
Rating 4,5qqq

“She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.”


It seems like everybody was reading Queen Of Shadows last month! So many posts about the latest installment of the Throne Of Glass series appeared during September that I was afraid to even look at my WordPress feed because of possible spoilers… The only solution being giving in and reading this Sarah J. Maas novel ASAP. Which is just what I did! I started reading it almost as soon as I got my copy, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Queen Of Shadows is full of action, magical and just as good as the previous sequels… I had some minor problems with some of the things that happened and the Blackbeak chapters weren’t my favorite, but all in all this fourth book proved to me this series still belongs to my list of favorite YA fantasy reads. The prose is as good as ever and both the fast pace and the plot twists made me almost angry every time I was forced to stop reading. Some of the romantical love ‘geometry‘ was a bit annoying and I was sad to let the Celaena character go, but I was more than satisfied by it anyway. A mayor bonus: the story doesn’t end with a noticeable cliffhanger, making the wait for the fifth book a whole lot less painful!


WARNING: Possible spoilers! Please don’t read this summary if you haven’t read the first three books yet. I’ll keep the summary short but it’s almost impossible to keep it completely spoiler-free…

Everything Celeana loves has been taken from her, but now she is back in the King’s empire to seek revenge. She wants to rescue her kingdom and save magic, but before she can reclaim her throne in Terrasen she will have to fight and embrace her identity as Aelin Galathynius. Her warrior cousin is currently being held prisoner by the King and Prince Dorian is under his influence as well. Her people are suffering because of the actions of the brutal King and she wants to free them as well… But things aren’t going to be easy, since her powers are not working in the country she has to confront her enemies.


While I had some problems with the first book, I have loved all three sequels so far. Queen Of Shadows is just as good as the second and third book and while I did have some small problems with it, I wasn’t disappointed at all. The Blackbeak storyline still wasn’t my favorite, but it was better developed than in the previous book. I also think I prefer Celaena over Aelin as a character… But I like the fact that magic is playing an increasing role in the story. I won’t say much more because of spoilers, but what I can say is that I was more than satisfied and I will be waiting (im)patiently for the still untitled fifth book.

Ten Books On My Shelves That Are Perfect For Halloween


The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of October is of course Halloween. This creepy holiday is one of my favorites of the year and I decided to celebrate by browsing my scary/thriller TBR pile and sharing the goodies with you. I’m not planning on reading all ten of them this month, but hopefully I will be able to read at least three of these… Here we go!


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BOOK REVIEW: Into The Wild – by Jon Krakauer


Title: Into The Wild
Author: Jon Krakauer
Genre: Non Fiction, Biography, Travel
First published: January 13th 1996
Finished reading: September 15th 2015
Pages: 207
Rating 3,5qqq

“Nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”


Into The Wild has been on my wishlist for ages and after watching the movie last month I thought it was about time I read it. This travel biography written by Jon Krakauer without doubt leaves its mark, although I do think it is one of those exceptions where the movie is actually better than the book. I’m not saying it is a bad read, but I would have prefered to have the story focused on the adventures of the main character Christopher McCandless alone. Jon Krakauer included his own experiences with nature and those of other people as well, which distracted from the main story and didn’t really add anything important. Christopher McCandless’ journey is impressive enough as it is and the other chapters are not necessary or don’t exactly help understanding why Christopher did what he did. Or maybe I was just spoiled by the movie, who knows… I’m not sure I actually agree with his ideas or actions, but I do respect Christopher for thinking outside the box and starting an adventure that most people won’t dare to even fantasize about. Therefore I cannot deny Into The Wild is a very impressive read with a tragic ending that is perfect for those who enjoy reading non fiction and travel/survival stories.


After Christopher McCandless graduated from college in 1991, he decided he was sick of his life chained by money and belongings and he wanted to start wandering around experiencing true nature. He left his family, gave away his money, abandoned his car and possessions and gave himself a new name: Alexander Supertramp. He now felt truly free from his past and society and started traveling around without having a penny in his pocket. He experiences the many sides of the country walking, hitchhiking and meeting a lot of interesting people on the way. McCandless travels both north and south and in April 1992 he decided to hitchhike to Alaska to finally walk alone into the wilderness. He isn’t truly prepared for what Alaska has in store for him, but he is determined to continue his journey anyway…


Christopher McCandless’ journey is truly impressive and unfortunately has a very sad ending. A lot have judged him badly over the years and I’m not saying it was stupid of him to start his Alaska adventure that unprepared, but it cannot be denied that he actually WAS able to survive for a really long time in such a difficult situation. Jon Krakauer‘s writing was interesting in general, although, like I said before, I would have prefered to read just McCandless’ story. I would still recommend this read though if you are interested in the genre. The movie is even better if you haven’t watched it yet!