Maand: januari 2016

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han

Hi, everybody!

I’m back with a new book review. Enjoy!

Titel: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Author: Jenny Han

Publishing Date: April 15th 2014

Pages: 288

Rating: 4/5


Synopsis (Goodreads)

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.


My Review

I’ve seen this book a lot on Bookstagram and it seemed a very cute read for me. So when I saw this book at the bookstore I bought it on a whim in case I wanted to read a cute contemporary. And let’s be honest here, I always enjoy a cute comtemporary.

The mother of Margot, Lara Jean and Kitty died years ago and together with her dad, Margot takes care of her two younger sisters. She’s very caring and actually a perfect mom. She’s always strong for her sisters and never shows them when she’s hurt. But then she goes to college and leaves her family behind.
Lara Jean and Margot aren’t just sisters, they’re also best friends. They don’t have any secrets for each other. Lara Jean feels abandoned by sister when she leaves but she tries to be as strong as her for their little sister, Kitty.

When you read the synopsis you may think it’s only about love and boys, and of course it is a big part of this book but family is also very important. Their family really sticks together and there’s nothing that can break the bond betweet the three sisters.
I

t was a very enjoyable read and there were even some funny moments. If you’re looking for a book with deep meaning this probably isn’t for you but if you just want to have a good time reading a good story you should definitely pick this one up. 🙂


That was this week’s review! I hope you enjoyed and I will see you on Wednesday (hopefully, because I have yet anothe bussy week ahead of me)

Love

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

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This or That? Challenge #25

Hi, everybody!

I’m back with a This or That? Challenge created by Bookmarkchronicles. If you want to know more about this challenge just click the link and it will bring you to Rae’s post.


This week’s topic is…

Libraries

OR

Bookshops


I have to admit… I never go to the library. The library is great and it’s a wonderful oppurtinity to let people read without spending money. But I live in Belgium and mostly the libaries don’t have new releases and stuff I see a lot on Bookstagram and Booktube. Also, I hate how the books look. They’re damaged and if I don’t own the book it feels like I don’t get to bound with it. If I don’t see it on my shelves, I forget about it and books don’t deserve that.

So definitly bookshops. I go to the bookshop every week and I love to look at the books. When I see a book I really want to read I feel so warm inside to know I can buy and own it so I can see my collection grow.


That’s it! I hope you enjoyed it and make sure to check out Rae’s post (linked above)

Love

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

Book Review: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Hi, everybody!

I’m so sorry for not posting on Wednesday but it was a very hectic day.

Anyway, I have a new book review for you today.

Titel: The Raven Boys

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publishing Date: September 18th 2012

Pages: 416

Rating: 4.75/5


Synopsis (Goodreads)

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.


My Review

On my blog I once said I had no interest in reading this book, but then I saw it in the bookshop so I though: “Well, why not?” So I read the synopsis and was sold immediatly and bought it.
It’s an incredible exciting book with complex but lovely characters.
It’s impossible for me now to choose a favorite Raven Boy. They’re all so different and special.

Gansey enjoys a luxurious life. But a thing you wouldn’t expect from him at first is that he’s obsessed with finding a king. For months he looking for ley lines and that way he hopes to find and wake the king. Gansey looks very confident and he kind of is but he want everyone to like him and that’s why he’s a little afraid of Blue.
Bleu is the daughter of a psysic and lives with several other ones. Blue does everything to not attract boys’ attention because of the prophesy but then she’s drawn into the Raven Boys’ life. She doesn’t really like Gansey but she does seem to like Adam.
Adam, in contrast to his friends, hasn’t got much money. Despite that he does go to the elite school Aglioby. Adam doesn’t want others to look out for him and he wants to have his life in his own hands. This was on a lot of moments quite frustrating. He has problems at home, with himself and there’s anger and frustration inside him. It’s cute though how he feels about Blue.
A third Raven Boy is Noah. He doesn’t has a big role in the first part. He’s a quiet person and is a lot seperated from the others.
The last Raven Boy is Ronan. Even though he does appear much more he is a lot more mysterious than Noah. After the death of his father he’s changed a lot. He mostly looks very unkind and it seems as if he’s built a big wall around him to keep all his secrets safe. I’m very curious what will happen to him in the next books.

Magie Stiefvater has a very beautiful writtingstyle although I think some parts are a little bit too unclear.

This book was so good! It totally surprised me and it’s something I’ve never read before. Definitely recomend it if you look for something different. 😉


Did you read this book? What did you think of it? Comment below or send a link to your review if you have one. I’d love to read it! So, I will see you (hopefully :p ) on Wednesday. 🙂

Love

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

Book Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Hi, everyboyd!

Weekend = new book review! I hope you enjoy. 🙂

Titel: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Author: Jesse Andrews

Publishing Date: Marsh 1st 2012

Pages: 295

Rating: 4.25/5


Synopsis (Goodreads)

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.


My Review

I had seen this book many times on Bookstagram already and it seemed like something I would like. (Also the titel kept buzzing through my head)

The book surprised me in a good way. Obviously the book is about something very serious but Jesse Andrews made it something light although you know what’s hanging above the characters’ heads. It’s a book full of funny moments that make you laugh out loud. But most importantly, it is real. Nothing is made more beautiful that it is.

Earl is my favourite. The way he talks and the things he says are hilarious. When we got to the end of the book he really surprised me. There’s is much more to him than you would thing first.

Greg tells the story. Not my favourite character. He is, just like his friend, funny but he can be quite selfish. In the first part and the middle I thought he was ok. But then Earl showed me how Greg really was. I don’t say I hate Greg, I just don’t like him that much.

I did like Rachel. She’s very honest and, in contrast to Greg, she cares about others. It hurt when Rachel got kind of depressed when she started the chemo therapy but this was also why this book was so real.


That’s it! See you on Wednesday!

Love

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

This or That? Challenge #23

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Hi, everybody

The amazing Bookmarkchronicles has another This or That? Challenge this week! If you want to know more about this click here to see Rae’s original post of this week.

This week…

Do you use a bookmark

OR

Do you “dog-ear” the corner of your page?


I’ve never dog-eared a page on purpose in my whole life! The horror! Why would you even damage a book like that? If you do so, I don’t judge you (ok, maybe a little) you do with your books whatever you want. :p

So, definitely a bookmark. I don’t really have special bookmarks. Mostly I just use the ones I get at the store for free. It’s very nice to have a cute bookmark but I think it’s kind of a waste of your money. (Although I wouldn’t mind if someone gave me one ;p )


That was it for this week! What do you do? Comment below or on Rae’s post (linked above) or make you own post about it (make sure to link it to Rae) and I will see you in the weekend. 🙂

Love

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

Book Review: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Hi, everybody!

Today I have my first book review in a long time! I hope you enjoy. 🙂

 

Titel: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Author: Karen Joy Fowler

Publishing Date: June 19th 2014

Pages: 336

Rating: 3/5


Synopsis (Goodreads)

What if you grew up to realise that your father had used your childhood as an experiment?

Rosemary doesn’t talk very much, and about certain things she’s silent. She had a sister, Fern, her whirlwind other half, who vanished from her life in circumstances she wishes she could forget. And it’s been ten years since she last saw her beloved older brother Lowell.

Now at college, Rosemary starts to see that she can’t go forward without going back, back to the time when, aged five, she was sent away from home to her grandparents and returned to find Fern gone.


My Review

When I read the synopsis of the book I was sold immediatly. It sounded like a very interesting story and I couldn’t wait to start reading.

The story begins in the middle. This “middle-part” is a very important aspect in the book. Rosalie, the protagonist, is now at college. She tries to live a normal live but Rosalie realises that she can’t go forward without going back. And with that we land at the beginning of her story.
Rosalie is five and she tells about her sister who dissapears out of her life all of a sudden and, later, about her brother who ran away from home. She wouldn’t see him for ten years.

The first 100 pages of the book were like I expected them to be. But then we discover what this book is really about. When I read about it the first time I was just like: “Siriously?” I had no idea what I really thought about it but on the other hand I hadn’t got any idea that those things really happened.
The “Seriously?-feeling” stayed a while and I had no idea if I actually was enjoying the book.

The only thing that I do know is that this book is terribly well written. Karen Joy Fowler’s writingstyle is so intelligent and allthough this isn’t a story that had really happened, it did seem so very real. I have no idea how she could write a book that felt so real.

Like I said previously, the “Seriously?-feeling” kept lingering. When we got to the end the feeling faded almost completely but I still don’t know if I really enjoyed it. It certainly was smart and intelligent, but it didn’t touch me as much as it might touch other people.

It is worth reading but I wasn’t really for me.


Did you read this book? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments or send the link to your review if you have one. I’d love to  read it. 🙂

Love

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

This or That? #22

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Hi, everybody!

YES! I’m starting the This or That? Challenges again made by Bookmark Chronicles if you want to know more about these challenges click here.

Also, because of the holyday chaos I didn’t post a lot and now school has started I made a change in my blogging schedule again. On Wednesdays I’m going to do the This or That? Challenge like usual but I’m not going to do Book Tags any more. I’m just going to post one book review every week and I hope you’re okay with that. 🙂

So, let’s get started!

Original Book Covers

OR

Movie Covers


Definitely the original book covers. There are so many beautiful book covers out there. Illustrators put their work in it and mostly it really pays off!

Movie covers can be gorgeous too but they look like a movie, you know what I mean? It mostly just doesn’t look like a book cover. Also, don’t take this personal please, I think the movie cover is a little hipster. You can say that I’m totally wrong but it just feels like that to me. :p


That was it for today! I’m very happy to do these again! 😀 What do you like most? Make sure to check Rae’s blog out (linked above) and if you like to share your opinion you can make your own post about it!

Love

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx