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Hype or Like Friday: Best Reads of 2016

It is time. Wrap-ups, recaps, the big self-questioning to see if you’ve made the best of 2016, list of achieved goals… I smell the end of the year and the assessment that comes with it.

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Larkin, Britt and Jill . Check out the Goodreads group to know more about it and stay up to date with the weekly discussions and book of the month.

December 23rd : Best Reads of 2016 – Tell us your top favorite books that you’ve read this year! 

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Suntag: This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Book Tag

So Marshie has decided to jump on the adult-blogger pool and created his very own tag! If you don’t know Marshie, or Drew for the rest of the world, you can find his brilliant poems and reviews @The Tattooed Book Geek, fans of gore, fantasy and blood won’t be disappointed, but everyone can find their fun on his blog!

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The Rules

  • Credit Bad Bad Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek as the creator of the tag. Either use the created tag name graphic or create your own and link back to his blog.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.

What’s your favorite genre?

I’d give everything up for my psychological thrillers.

Who is your favorite author from the genre?

I’m not comfortable stating there is ONE favorite author. I don’t read enough series to say there’s one author that gets me every time. If The Fire Child had been as good as The Ice Twins, I might have answered S.K. Tremayne, but I learned the hard way that one brilliant book from an author doesn’t guarantee success all the way. Instead I’ll give you a few names that for me nailed the psychological thriller genre:

Louise Jensen, Michael J. Malone, Camilla Grebe, Chris Brookmyre.

What is it about the genre that keeps you pulling back?

The thrill. The deep troubles of the mind. The question of how far can someone go and how deep can someone fall. The intricate plots, the unreliable characters, the atmosphere. The idea of reading to try and understand what people are capable of.

What’s the book that started your love for your favorite genre?

Do you want the short story or the long story? As we’re all readers here, I’ll go with the long (and boring) story. A long long time ago (10 years ago), far far away (800km from where I am now) lived a lonely but gorgeous (what? They say you should compliment yourself daily, I’m just following the advice) teenager who stumbled upon her very first Kay Scarpetta book. This teenager became fascinated with the crime aspect, the forensics, but most of all, with the motivation behind the killer’s actions. One might argue this book was more of a crime than a psychological thriller, but the teenager would reply it is her story and she is the one to decide what’s what.
Years later (11 months ago for you), clicking from a Scarpetta novel’s page to a recommended book on Goodreads, she discovered psychological thrillers and fine-tuned her favorite genre.

If you had to recommend at least one book from your favorite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading the genre, what would you choose and why?

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Because the writing is good, because twins are fascinating, because the characters are likeable and easy to relate to, because it’s gripping and surprising, and because it gives you a taste of what psychological thrillers look like at their best without the intimidating feeling of being too intricate for beginners.

Why do you read?

I read to live lives I wouldn’t normally experience. I read to meet characters and fill my head and heart with faces and memories, I read to feel emotions, I read to question myself, my beliefs and the world around me. I read to open my mind. I read for fun. I read to escape reality. I read to fathom the unfathomable. I read to give my hours a meaning. I read to find solace. I read because I want to.

Some people assume you read because you don’t know what else to do, because you’re bored. This makes me so angry I would throw a book to their head if books weren’t so precious to me. Yes, we all try to get rid of boredom and fill our hours with interesting things to do, but is it so hard to believe one can choose to read because they actually want to, not just because it’s the only thing you can do when you’re stuck on a waiting room?

I Tag!

Amy @ Novel Gossip

Kate @ Bibliophile Book Club

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

Kate @ The Quiet Knitter

Gretchen @ Chic Nerd Reads

Beth @ Reading Every Night

And everyone who wants to give it a go!

 

 

Posted in This week in books

This Week In Books (September 28th 2016)

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This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

This week again, there were changes of plan regarding my reading schedule. When I was told Carry On was 500 pages long, I knew I had to start it early enough to save a day to review. It turned out it was useless, but I did not know it at the time!

∧ Then ∧ Carry On, Rainbow Rowell/ The Fire Child, S.K Tremayne

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Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

21%. I reached 21% before I decided to give up and erase this book from my Kindle. You cannot say I did not try. Boy did I try. It would have been fun to write a review of why I DFN’ed it but I don’t believe I have enough material except for “why does a bad Harry Potter fanfiction have such a good rating?” I opened the book (virtually of course, I am so glad I did not by a physical copy) not knowing a thing about the story. Maybe I should have read the synopsis before! Nothing convinced me – neither the million Harry Potter parallels, not the characters. The writing itself could not save the book. I am aware I am on the very unpopular side of the general opinion right now, but I just did not see the point of finishing a book that bored me to death. Really, I literally fell asleep reading it. That never happens to me. Never.

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When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall into place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love, and an affectionate stepson, Jamie.

But then Jamie’s behaviour changes, and Rachel’s perfect life begins to unravel. He makes disturbing predictions, claiming to be haunted by the spectre of his late mother – David’s previous wife. Is this Jamie’s way of punishing Rachel, or is he far more traumatized than she thought?

As Rachel starts digging into the past, she begins to grow suspicious of her husband. Why is he so reluctant to discuss Jamie’s outbursts? And what exactly happened to cause his ex-wife’s untimely death, less than two years ago? As summer slips away and December looms, Rachel begins to fear there might be truth in Jamie’s words:

‘You will be dead by Christmas.’

What is best to fight a slump than your most anticipated story of the year? I cannot believe I waited three months to read this. I’m amazed at my willpower! (Well, it has more to do with the numerous ARCs I needed to read than pure willpower, but shush, let’s keep it a secret.) Unfortunately, I was slightly disappointed with the story.

≈ Now ≈ Manipulated Lives, H.A Leuschel

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Five stories – Five Lives.
Have you ever felt confused or at a loss for words in front of a spouse, colleague or parent, to the extent that you have felt inadequate or, worse, a failure? Do you ever wonder why someone close to you seems to endure humiliation without resistance?
Manipulators are everywhere. At first these devious and calculating people can be hard to spot, because that is their way. They are often masters of disguise: witty, disarming, even charming in public – tricks to snare their prey – but then they revert to their true self of being controlling and angry in private. Their main aim: to dominate and use others to satisfy their needs, with a complete lack of compassion and empathy for their victim.

In this collection of short novellas, you meet people like you and me, intent on living happy lives, yet each of them, in one way or another, is caught up and damaged by a manipulative individual. First you meet a manipulator himself, trying to make sense of his irreversible incarceration. Next, there is Tess, whose past is haunted by a wrong decision, then young, successful and well balanced Sophie, who is drawn into the life of a little boy and his troubled father. Next, there is teenage Holly, who is intent on making a better life for herself and finally Lisa, who has to face a parent’s biggest regret. All stories highlight to what extent abusive manipulation can distort lives and threaten our very feeling of self-worth.

Starting this one today!

∨ Next ∨ Queen of Shadows, Sarah J. Maas

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The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

It is time to meet Celaena again and hope she does not annoy me as much as she did in the last book. And the book before. And the first book. A girl can hope.

Have you read any of these books? What is on your list this week?
Do share in the comments:)
Happy reading
!

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The Goodreads Book Tag

Hello lovelies. It’s currently 3-ish pm on a Sunday and I am writing my Suntag post. I was sure the tag of the week had been prepared, written, formatted and scheduled. Turns out I only hallucinated or dreamed doing all of this (probably both). I was tagged by the adorable Michelle @ Book Adventures to do the Goodreads Tag, thank you dear 🙂

My love story with Goodreads started slow. No love at first sight. Rather a “what the hell is this and how do I keep it organized” kind of first date. It took us some time but we’re doing good now. My shelves are not perfect and I keep forgetting to add books to read, but my Read shelf is up to date and my reviews feel at home on the website.

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Suntag : Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

When I opened my eyes today, the calendar marked July, 3rd. How come? Only yesterday did I create my blog and discovered I had no talent whatsoever for design. Only yesterday did I learn what a TBR was and decided I needed one too. Six months have come and gone in the blink of an eye. My favorite Orang-Utan knows the feeling and nicely tagged me for some freaking out time! Thank you so much, my dear! If you like bananas and brilliant posts, make sure to pop a visit to her blog!

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