Frankfurt Book Fair 2017 #fbm17

Hello, bookworms!

As some of you know from my Twitter, I was at the Frankfurt Book Fair this weekend, and I’m here now to tell you guys how it went! My first surprise was at how big the event was! You see in the picture below the building, which is far away because I only thought of taking a picture of it as I was leaving and I was too lazy to go back, also I like trees during fall, so.

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Review: Bring up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell #2) by Hilary Mantel

Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Historical Fiction

Add to your TBR: Goodreads, Skoob

I don’t suppose this review will be a surprise if you read the Wolf Hall one. I absolutely loved this book. It follows the downfall of Anne Boleyn, and as Wolf Hall, through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell, who is under the favor of Henry VIII. The Boleyn family will not allow Anne to be replaced so easily and will use any power and influence they have to prevent it. At the same time, a shy, quiet girl catches the eye of the King: Jane Seymour. Continue reading

The Book Blogger Test Tag

The lovely Chelle from Chelle’s Book Ramblings has tagged me on this fun tag! Thank you so much, Chelle!! I love the way she expresses what she thinks in thoughtful, measured and honest ways in her blog, and I particularly enjoy Chelle’s discussion posts! Here are a few I loved reading: Strong Female Lead Vs Damsel in Distress, Reviewing New Releases vs “Older” Books, The Appeal of the Fictional Bad Boy.

Rules

1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog

2. Answer the ten questions asked on this post

3. Nominate at least five people to do it also

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12-hour Readathon: How it went!

Hello Bookworms!

Last weekend my boyfriend (who wishes to remain anonymous… but I swear he exists) and I decided to do a Readathon and read for 12 hours straight (we didn’t take books to the bathroom breaks though… if you must know). It was the first time we did that, so we prepared ourselves and got lots of snacks, coffee, wine and comfy pants. Here were our choices of reading, his on the left and mine on the right:

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His:

Mine:

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Review: The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Classic Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Alternate History

Add it to your TBR: GoodreadsSkoob

“Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”

The Handmaid’s Tale is a speculative fiction about what would happen to the world and human rights if religious extremists took over. It’s told through the eyes of Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. Her sole purpose is to breed – she is sent to the house of a Commander to generate a child by him. Women are no longer allowed to read, to hold jobs, to own things. But Offred remembers life before that, her family, her job, her financial independence, her easy access to knowledge. Continue reading

AWARD: Growing Self Blogger Award

Thank you so much to Noriko @ The Bookfiend’s Diary for nominating me for this very sweet award! When I read what you wrote on your post, I thought I was going to cry. You have a real talent for writing, and it shows both on your reviews and in your sweet words to me. You’re an awesome person and I’m incredibly lucky to be friends with you, talking to you makes me want to improve myself, to be better. Your blog has a distinct voice that will take you far. Thank you ❤

What is the Growing Self Blogger Award?

“The Growing Self Blogger Award has been created to acknowledge and celebrate amazing individuals, in the blogging community, who are persevering through life’s challenges not only to GROW as individuals, but to reach out and help others GROW as well.” ~Roda

How Does It Work:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank the individual that nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Describe the award and mention the creator: Roda @ Growingself.blog
  • Nominate up to 5 blogs. Remember, the purpose of this award is to specifically celebrate those individuals that make a difference in the lives of others.
  • Give 1 reason why you nominated each individual.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

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Review: The Last Tudor, by Philippa Gregory

The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommended: Yes

Genres: Historical Fiction

Add it to your TBR: Goodreads

I wanted very much to read this book, so when I saw this gorgeous edition, it was impossible not to get it immediately.

The Last Tudor is not the story of Queen Elizabeth I, but of three of her cousins: Jane, Katherine and Mary Grey. Jane Grey is to inherit the throne when her cousin King Edward VI dies and famously becomes the Nine Days Queen, a martyr for the protestant faith. Katherine was a carefree beauty that sparked jealousy in Elizabeth and her fury when Katherine secretly marries for love. Mary was a little person, no taller than four feet, who possessed extraordinary ability to survive the unpredictable wrath and jealousy of Elizabeth. Continue reading

The Unofficial Catalog of Stereotypical Characters

Hello bookworms!

Do you sometimes feel like you’ve seen that character before? Do you get déja-vù constantly while reading certain books?? Well, your problems are over! I present to you the Unofficial Catalog of Stereotypical Characters, along with some books where they show up. Maybe you have seen this character before – find out below!

This post will be continuously completed and expanded. (and is full of sarcasm!)

“Badass” Damsel in Distress: This one is an evolution to the Damsel in Distress. She is allegedly badass, maybe has combat training or so, but really can’t deal with anything without her male love interest.

Example: Lia (The Kiss of Deception), Clary (The Mortal Instruments),

Best Friend With No Personal Life: This character solely exists with the purpose of listening to the main character’s complaints, helping in whatever way they can, giving words of wisdom and never caring for their own life and needs. Bonus points if they literally die for the hero/heroine.

Example: Reagan (Fangirl), Pauline (The Kiss of Deception), Sam (The Lord of the Rings) Continue reading