Bout Of Books 11 – Wrap Up

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Monday has come, and with that the Bout Of Books read-a-thon has ended!  I was able to reach my goal of reading 3 books and only reading YA, so I’m one happy camper. Yay! I’m also half way done with Discovering Daniel by Nadine Christian, my very first ARC ever! So all in all this read-a-thon was very succesful for me. 😀

  • DAY 7: SUNDAY AUGUST 24th

discoveringdaniel# Pages read today: 110
# Total pages read: 1178
#Book continued: Dicovering Daniel by Nadine Christian
# Books finished: Eleanor And Park by Rainbow Rowell, Looking For Alaska by John Green and Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Bout Of Books 11 – Day 6 Update

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On day 6 of Bout Of Books read-a-thon  I was able to reach my goal of reading 3 books by finishing Eleanor & Park! Yay! I definitely enjoyed this one, and will be writing a full review by Tuesday. For my next book I decided to read one out of the list, since I probably won’t be able to finish it in time anyway. It’s Discovering Daniel by Nadine Christian, my very first ARC ever! 😀

  • DAY 6: SATURDAY AUGUST 23rd

discoveringdaniel# Pages read today: 213 (183 /30)
# Total pages read: 1068
#Book started: Dicovering Daniel by Nadine Christian
# Books finished: Eleanor And Park by Rainbow Rowell, Looking For Alaska by John Green and Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

 

 

I don’t have time for the challenge today… Happy reading!

Bout Of Books 11 – Day 5 Update & Day 6 Challenge

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On day 5 of Bout Of Books read-a-thon  I realized a bit late A Discovery Of Witches wasn’t YA; so I had to put that one on hold since I made it part of my challenge only reading YA. Oops! So I decided to start reading Eleanor & Park instead:

  • DAY 5: FRIDAY AUGUST 22nd

eleanor# Pages read today: 145
# Total pages read: 873
#Book started: Eleanor And Park by Rainbow Rowell
# Books finished: Looking For Alaska by John Green and Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

 

 

  • DAY 6 CHALLENGE: Spell It Out

Kimberlyfaye Reads is hosting the Spell It Out challenge for today: a challenge where you have to spell out your name, birth month, zodiac sign etc with the first letters of book titles.

Use the first letter in any book you’ve read or want to read to spell out a word. You can choose first name, initials, your birthday month, or your zodiac sign.
Take a photo, make a graphic or even a list and share your word on your blog, Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads.

My full name Yvonne is WAY too difficult to spell out (it’s surprisingly hard to find books starting with Y or V), so I decided to stick with my zodiac sign: PISCES. I didn’t have time for a photo, but here is a list with the titles:

  • Books I’ve read:

P: Pop Goes The Weasel by James Patterson
I: Insurgent by Veronica Roth
S: Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo
C: Carrie by Stephen King
E: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
S: Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally

  • Books that I own and are waiting to be read:

P: Prodigy by Marie Lu
I: It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
S: Siege And Storm by Leigh Bardugo
C: City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare
E: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (currently reading, but still…)
S: Silence by Michelle Sagara

BOOK REVIEW: Looking For Alaska – by John Green

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Title: Looking For Alaska
Author: John Green
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
First published: 2005
Finished reading: August 21th 2014
Pages: 262
Rating 3

“It’s not life or death, the labyrinth. Suffering. Doing wrong and having wrong things happen to you. That’s the problem. Bolivar was talking about the pain, not about the living or dying. How do you get out of the labyrinth of suffering?”

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I can’t exactly put my finger on the why, but this book just wasn’t for me. Maybe it was the wrong time to be reading Looking For Alaska, maybe it’s just that I don’t find the whole boardingschool theme attractive in general. Whatever it was, I just couldn’t warm up to this book. Sure, the story is interesting enough. The fact that John Green divided the book in two parts (before and after) makes you want to continue reading to find out what mayor event causes the division. But somehow the main characters felt a bit cliche, and I suffered of the raised-eyebrow-syndrom during various parts of the book. Miles being the typical outsider trying to fit in and hanging out with the wrong crowd; Alaska being beautiful AND smart… (Supposedly because she reads a lot and is a feminist, can it get more cliche than that?) That just didn’t do it for me. Sure, the main event was definitely shocking and I have to admit I didn’t see it coming. There were some interesting philosophical quotes included in the books as well… But I unfortunately cannot give Looking For Alaska more than the three stars I ended up giving. Don’t give up on reading this book though; if you liked other books by John Green before, you might enjoy this one as well!

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The life of Miles Halter changes drastically when he decides to attend the  Culver Creek Boarding School. Miles has been a social outcast at his old school, with the strange habit of remembering the last words of famous death persons. But things change when he arrives at Culver Creek and has to share his room with Chip, or the ‘Colonel’. Now being called ‘Pudge’, the Colonel quickly introduces him to Alaska and Takumi… Pudge realizes these three are exactly the troublemaking people his parents warned him about, but he continues hanging out with them anyway… Starting to smoke and drink under their bad influence. Pudge is fascinated by Alaska, a girl both beautiful and intelligent (sigh). She has a boyfriend though, and arranges a date for Pudge instead. Together they go through the highs and lows of puberty and school… All things go well and they are planning one of the biggest pranks ever seen at Culver Creek; a plan Alaska has created. But one night when the Colonel, Pudge and Alaska are drinking, things go horribly wrong when Alaska gets a phonecall… A call that ends up changing the life of everybody.

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I won’t discuss what happens next so I won’t ruin the surprise for those who haven’t read Looking For Alaska yet… But what I can say is that the second part is the most interesting one. If you like contemporary YA and romance, you will probably love this book. People seem to either hate or love Looking For Alaska, so don’t leave this one unread just because my review… Like I said before, this book just wasn’t for me!

BOOK REVIEW: Throne Of Glass – by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Throne Of Glass
(Throne Of Glass #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Magic, Romance, Paranormal
First published: August 2nd 2012
Finished reading: August 19th 2014
Pages: 406
Rating 4

“Something wild and foreign issued a cry within her, shattering through the pain in her head, and thoughts of poppies and cages faded away.
She must do what was necessary to save the crown – and her future.”

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This book has been mentioned quite a lot lately, and after some false starts, I finally came around reading this one during the Bout Of Books read-a-thon. I didn’t know exactly what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that the main character Celaena wasn’t just the typical girl heroine. Although the ‘flirting’ with Prince Dorian was a bit annoying (why do the girls always have to fall for the prince?), in general she was definitely a cold and kick-ass assassin. She is focused on her goal to reach freedom and it’s hard to distract her from reaching it… Although dark powers might be involved that are working against her. I enjoyed the overall storyline and characters, but there were some parts that bothered me and were on the edge of cliche. I already mentioned the part of the beautiful ‘low-born’ girl falling for the prince; and what about naming the bad guy Cain? Only Abel was missing for the full Bible reference. Those and other little annoyances made me give Throne Of Glass only four stars, which still means you should read it if you have the chance.

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At eighteen, Celaena is probably the youngest assassin around, and the best at her job. Unfortunately she got caught last year and was sent to the mines of Endovier… A place where rebels are enslaved and are forced to work to death. Against all odds Celaena survives a full year, and one day Prince Dorian comes to visit her with a proposition. If she wins a tournament held among thieves and assassins and afterwards accepts being the King’s personal assassin for a few years, she will win her freedom back. Celaena sees there is no other way out of Endovier, and even though accepting the job goes against everything she believes in, she still agrees with the conditions of her freedom. Dorian takes her back to the glass castle and his father, where the preparations for the tournament already are taking place.

Celaena is given a different name so others don’t know she is actually the most famous assassin of the bunch, and is left under the care of Captain Chaol. Her year in Endovier has weakened her, but with the help of Chaol she is able to train and get back into shape. Soon the tournament starts, and the competition is tougher than Celaena was expecting. The main threat is Cain, a nasty big fellow and favorite of the King, and Celeana soon finds out his size is not the only thing threatening about him. Meanwhile, both Prince Dorian and Chaol seem interested in her although both deny that fact, and Celaena doesn’t seem interested in either of them… For now. She also makes friends with Princess Nehemia, known for her contacts with rebels, and the girl becomes really important to her. In fact she might become lifesaving in the future…

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Like I said before, I loved the story in general, but some of the cliches made me decide not to give the full five stars. It is still a great read and I’m looking forward to be reading the rest of the series… And I would definitely recommend it those who enjoy fantasy YA and like reading about a strong female heroine!

Bout Of Books 11 – Day 4 Update & Day 5 Challenge

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Day 4 of the Bout Of Books read-a-thon wasn’t as succesful as previous days, but at least I was able to finish the second book! I also started with A Discovery Of Witches, although I’m having second thoughs whether it was the read book to read next.

  • DAY 4: THURSDAY AUGUST 21st

adiscoveryofwitches# Pages read today: 124 (64 / 60)
# Total pages read: 728
#Book started: A Discovery Of Witches by Deborah Harkness
# Books finished: Looking For Alaska by John Green and Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

 

 

  • DAY 5 CHALLENGE: Book Chain

Christian Bookshelf Reviews is hosting the Book Chain challenge for today: a challenge where you have to link four books using the last word of each title.

You must link four books by using the last word of the previous title to the first word of the next one. To start, pick a book (ANY book; your choice!) and start linking! A, An, and The don’t count, so if your book starts with one of those, just use the next word.

It’s more dificil than it seems! I came up with these two chains:

Gone For Good by Harlan Coben
Good As Gone by Douglas Corleone
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman
The Woman In Black by Susan Hill
Black Roses by Jane Thynne
Roses Are Red by James Patterson

Bout Of Books 11 – Day 3 Update

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Yet another day of the Bout Of Books read-a-thon! And although I didn’t get as much reading done as I would have liked, I’m still only 64 pages away of finishing Looking For Alaska, which isn’t THAT bad…

  • DAY 3: WEDNESDAY AUGUST 20th

lookingforalaskaUK.indd# Pages read today: 168
# Total pages read: 604
#Book continued: Looking For Alaska by John Green
# Books finished:Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

 

 

Happy reading everyone! 😀