Goodreads Monday (August 2017)

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I saw this meme on Books, Vertigo and Tea and I thought this one seemed fun to join and feature on my blog from time to time as well! The original post of Goodreads Monday was posted by Lauren’s Page Turners. Thank you Lauren for this great idea. This really is a great way to help me take another look at all the books added to the wishlist so long ago and at the same time I can share some interesting titles.

There’s only one rule: Simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to link back to Lauren’s Page turners and add your own links!

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Added on 02 June 2016 : Precarious Infatuations by Anthony Hulse

This novel has a 4.47 star rating on Goodreads (24 out of 30 are five star ratings) but there’s no real review. I don’t like having nothing to compare to, especially because I’m not a big fan of the cover. I’m not into horror and this sure feels like it. The fact that so many people seem to really love this one wins me over this time.

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Three people from dissimilar backgrounds are destined to meet under unusual circumstances.

A serial killer, a seller of computers and a young Muslim girl’s lives are connected by a series of tragic events.

DC Rosie Probert investigates the gangland shooting of a Brixton man, but could his brother really be responsible for a number of vigilante reprisals?

A story of coincidence, murder, terrorism, and vengeance, Precarious Infatuations will thrill, frighten, and enthral you.

What do you think? Sound good or doesn’t make you tick? After re-reading the blurb, I’m not entirely convinced but I’ll keep it for now!

New BFF: Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads

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Today on the blog I’d like to welcome Delphine who is the babbler on Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads. If you don’t know her yet, you are going to be so impressed with this girl! She is so clever, she reads all kinds of genres, I mean she knows all the classics, she’s a fan of Alice,… she has great (and expensive) taste in shoes, she loves to use sarcasm, she likes books over movie adaptations (because movies wouldn’t even be there without the books), she loves pearls, not diamonds, and has 4 tattoos, and one of them are words in French. Yeah she has a thing for France and even wants to live there ;-). If you want to see her tattoos (go on, I know you do) or read more fun facts go on over to her blog and give her a like and a follow, she so deserves it!

Okay, so I asked her a couple more questions myself, and here they are:

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Name: Delphine Cheikosman

Age: 22

Birthday: February 28

What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job?

I recently graduated from UCLA (Class of 2017). I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature & French. Right now I’m interning for TOKYOPOP Publishing and I’m book blogging full time. I may decide to go to grad school and pursue marketing, but I’m still debating. In the end my dream is to work for a major publisher so I’m doing everything in my power to get there, but some pixie dust, if anyone is willing to offer it, is always welcome.

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Do you have any other hobbies?

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You mean besides reading all day everyday? Hmm. That’s a toughie because it seems as though everything I do has some connection to reading. For example, my book blog is all about my bookish thoughts and reviews. And my shopping is really book-based. On the flip side, I do enjoy hiking and gardening – those are some outdoor activities that keep me from laying in bed all day snuggled up with my kitty.

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Your favourite color?

I like light colors and pastels so can we count white?

Do you collect anything (besides books)?

Shoes. If it’s not books it’s shoes. I’m a sucker for designer brands like Charlotte Olympia and Kate Spade – hence the negative amount in my bank account right now *eek*.

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What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it?

That’s sorta hard because: 1. I don’t remember, as I’ve added lots to my collection over the past years. 2. Some of my books have yet to be taken from my parents house and into my new apartment. 3. When I was really young, there was a disaster that lead to the majority of books I owned being destroyed. Looking at my bookshelf now, the book that, for me, stands out the most as being the most aged would be a Border’s edition (remember when Barnes & Noble wasn’t the only major bookstore out there?) of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Yes, of course! It’s my all time favorite classic – just goes to show the positive affects that heroine can have on the creative mind… (For those of you that don’t know Lewis Carroll was a major heroine addict).

Have you ever regretted a book you purchased? A book that sounded so promising but you wished you’d have spent your money on another book after reading it?

Dave Eggers, The Circle. That book was a disaster x 1000. The premise was so promising and the fact that a movie of it was recently released starring Emma Watson made it seem like it was going to be a masterpiece… WRONG! I hate this book with a burning passion and I rant about it to my book buddies at every opportunity.

Do you listen to audio books?

Nope, I like the pleasure of reading at my own pace and hearing my own voice in my mind of characters and the effects of situations.

Do you have a favorite genre?

I’ve been changing between genres a lot lately. I used to be only into classics such as Emile Zola and Balzac. Now that I’ve graduated university and am more free in terms of my reading, I’ve been jumping a lot between genres. I recently became a huge fan of Young Adult, following my reading of Lang Leav’s Sad Girls. She is also one of the most brilliant new contemporary poets in the industry today!

School is almost out for Audrey, but the panic attacks are just beginning. Because Audrey told a lie and now her classmate, Ana, is dead. Just as her world begins to spin out of control, Audrey meets the enigmatic Rad – the boy who could turn it all around. But will their ill-timed romance drive her closer to the edge?

And then there’s my new infatuation with Donna Tartt who falls into the Adult Contemporary genre. She has only published three books so far, but I have been immensely pleased by her illustrative writing style and intriguing plots. Right now I’m trying to get into Fantasy and Science Fiction. I’ve read lots of awesome reviews lately of the Shades of Magic trilogy so I just may give it a go pretty soon!

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What is the book highest on your wishlist right now?

Ahhh so many to choose from. I think I’ll have to say Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore. It expected release date is October 03 and I can’t wait. I mean, look at the cover – so pretty! I just requested an ARC copy from Netgalley, which just goes to show my level of impatience. Hopefully I’ll receive an affirmative answer soon.

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How is your library organized?

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I’ve been purchasing so many books over the last couple of months that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to come up with a strategic way to set out my books that is at the same time functional and pretty (who doesn’t want an attractive looking bookshelf, anyway?). At the moment, I have quite a few scattered titles due to my last book-buying binge. In my flat I have two complete bookshelves that reach the ceiling. I sort of organized the first shelf to include my reference books and anthalogies that I used a lot in university. There are also quite a few french novels and classics from Hugo, Balzac, and, of course, Proust.

My second shelf includes more contemporary collections as well as books that I’m proud of and make me happy. As you can see, there’s a lot going on here…

Do you read more ebooks or physical books?

I prefer physical books, but I’ve been reading kindle versions a lot lately for my ARCs.

Do you have a favorite book?

Don’t gotta ask me twice: The Goldfinch from Donna Tartt.

What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of?

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A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.

Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200, >300 …?

 >200 and counting – a gal can never have too many books… bring it on!

What’s the title of the last book you purchased?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Not something I would typically pull off the shelf, but given all the hype that has been circulating lately I felt that I absolutely HAD to buy it just so I can join in on all the ‘cool’ bookish discussions about it.

What was your favorite author when you were a child?

Barbara Park, author of the Junie B. Jones series.

From which author do you have most books?

Haruki Murakami. I own ten of his books.

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He has become my favorite new author of 2017 following my first encounter with Kafka on the Shore. As a warning to my fellow readers out there: his books are definitely not for everyone, given the elaborateness and often complex allusions twisted in his writing style. There are often times where I find myself pausing and even having to walk away totally and utterly confused – sometimes never really being able to make sense of what I’m reading. However the surreal quality and evocative ways in which he describes his characters and plots is beautiful and blows me away every time.

Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times?

The French Gardener by Santa Montefiore was my favorite book when I was in high school and I wrote a number of different essays and book reports about it because I felt a connection with the narrative which follows a family that falls apart but is brought back together by the presence of a handsome and mysterious French gardener. I think I’ve read Alice in Wonderland like 4 times as well. The new movie that came out with Johnny Depp caused me to reread the novel the second time and then the third and fourth were on my own accord because I just really love books that go beyond reality and create a whole other universe where just about anything is possible. I’ve been meaning to reread The Goldfinch for the longest but, like, the book is almost 800 pages and there’s just so many other books that is on my TBR.

How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already?

There’s 100 at the moment and I’ve read 32. I’m almost sure that I’m not going to make it to 100 by the end of the year. In my defense however, I just graduated so cut me some slack! Senior year was super stressful with thesis’ popping up left and right – so glad that’s over and now I have time to concentrate on reading and book reviewing.

Can you spell your name with the first letters of titles in your book case?

I have over 200 books, come on now – of course I can! And you best be sure that Haruki Murakami is included:

D: Dracula, Bram Stroker
E: Eiffi Briest, Theodor Fontane
L: Love & Misadventures, Lang Leav
P: Paris, Edward Rutherfurd
H: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of The World, Haruki Murakami
I: I Am A Cat, Sōseki Natsume
N: Nausea, Jean-Paul Sartre
E: Emma, Jane Austen

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In case you missed it, these are the BFF’s (Blog Friends Forever) I posted about before :

Martina – The Mystery Corner
Liis – Cover to Cover
Anne – Inked Brownies
Danielle – Books, Vertigo and Tea
Drew – TheTattooedBookGeek
Jillian – Rant and Rave About Books
Meg – Magic of Books
Betty – Bookish Regards
Anais – Zeezee with Books
Nicki – Secret Library
Donna – Chocolatenwaffles’ Blog
Chitra – Books & Strips
Annie – The Misstery
Dee – Novel Deelights
Stephanie – Teacher of YA
Tina – Reading Between the Pages
Savanah – Off-Color Lit

I don’t want my BFF club to be complete just yet! There’s still plenty of room for plenty more so give me a shout if you want to be added!

WWW Wednesday (09-08-2017)

WWW Wednesday is a book list hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and I’m happy to participate today.

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Three W’s:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What I’m reading:

I had a (first) DNF on Netgalley which made me feel kind of bad. This never happens to me, I always choose carefully and I normally like all the books. So I thought it would be best to read something completely different and what better than something uplifting and funny instead of crime? When I was flicking through the pages of my ereader I saw this one and decided to give it a go. I loved Six of Hearts last year so I’m hoping I can repeat the experience.

The Hooker and the Hermit by L.S. Cosway & Penny Reid

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What I (recently) finished:

This one was my most recent buy. I’ve seen it everywhere and I just wanted to know too! I’m not over the moon about this one like some but it is enjoyable. Review to come ;-).

The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis

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What I’ll probably read soon:

I love the Tracy Crosswhite series, and reviewed number four not so long ago. This is book 5 already and when I happened to come across this one by accident on Netgalley I requested it without any hesitation. It’s the only book on Netgalley I have now (I just have too much to read in paperback to request any new books, unless it’s really special).

Close To Home by Robert Dugoni

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While investigating the hit-and-run death of a young boy, Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite makes a startling discovery: the suspect is an active-duty serviceman at a local naval base. After a key piece of case evidence goes missing, he is cleared of charges in a military court. But Tracy knows she can’t turn her back on this kind of injustice.

When she uncovers the driver’s ties to a rash of recent heroin overdoses in the city, she realizes that this isn’t just a case of the military protecting its own. It runs much deeper than that, and the accused wasn’t acting alone. For Tracy, it’s all hitting very close to home.

As Tracy moves closer to uncovering the truth behind this insidious conspiracy, she’s putting herself in harm’s way. And the only people she can rely on to make it out alive might be those she can no longer trust.

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So that’s it, what are you reading this week? Share your link in the comments below so that I can come and take a look !

Book folding tutorial: a simple heart / home

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So I saw some examples of book folding (from someone selling some books) a while ago and I love the idea so much that I wanted to try it myself. I have clicked on numerous sites and read hours and hours about patterns and inversed letters and all and I’m just going to share a little bit of the basics today.

I found there are two different ways to conduct book folding. The first one is simply with a chart that tells you where you have to measure with a ruler. I’m going to do it this way later on and is method 1.

The second method is actually putting a picture with lines under your page and fold to the tip and bottom of each line. See where I put the pencil marks on the book, you have to fold there.

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We’re not there yet though, I also found you can fold in two different ways as well. You can eather fold your page in a 45 degree angle (which I will be doing with the heart because it was shown like this in the instructable I followed), or you can create a notch (with a knife or some sharp object that creates an indent) at a similar distance on the top and bottom pages and fold towards that point. I think this will create an even neater and more even look.

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Now let’s start !

What you will need:

  • An old book – preferably a hard back because it stands better on its own. Most designs ask for books with 400-500 pages but this beginner’s design only has 40 folded pages so a thin book is fine in this case
  • a ruler
  • a pencil
  • measurements (or a patterned design)

I agree, it’s not easy to ‘sacrifice’ a book but I had a very old copy of a novel (the Cal one) that was a mandatory read in school almost 20 years ago. I think it’s okay to let go now :-). The pages are all yellow as well so nobody would want to read it anyway.

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Turn the book so the left side is facing up:

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And then you make pencil markings, where you’ll have to fold. Now page 1 is not the first page of your book. You’ll have to calculate (or guess) where you’ll have to start so that it evens out on both sides a little. In this case it’s not hard because you know it’s 40 pages so count the middle of the book and 20 pages back.

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You can see here where I put the first marking (in centimeters as this is the metric system here) from the top and the second one (also from the top!). After marking you can fold both in as much of a straight line as possible, or you try the other method where you can fold towards the point where you made an indentation.

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This pattern is the easiest there is but Words are harder because some most letters like an R have interruptions and every time a letter crosses more sections on the same line it’ll need another fold on another page, so the page count for your folds increases fast this way.

If you have an inversed heart or other design it is done with little cuts in the paper’s edge and folding it back. I really like the way that looks as well. More for my to do list.

So you want to see the result? Here it is. Not too bad for a first try I think.

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So when I finished this I wanted to do another one 😉 and this is how I did Home using the second method :

And the result:

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So my experience so far:

  • The heart one was quite fun and easy to do! No frustrations here !
  • I guess you have to have a lot of patience if you do big designs but you can mark where you ended and restart another day easily
  • One of the most difficult things is figuring out where you have to start in a novel with folding the pages. You’ll have to count out how much pages you need before you start and with a graphic design it’s not so easy. And then you have to figure out on what page to start the folding. It must be horror if you’ve been folding for hours and you run out of pages ;-).
  • It’s not so easy to find (free) patterns. I found a lot about making your own designs with Photoshop and even in Word and tried some of it out but still didn’t manage to get an actual good design out of it.
  • You can find quite a few patterns on Etsy but again, they are mostly for thick books (450-500 pages) and they have to have a certain height as well.
  • There are plenty of youtube videos but the best tutorial, info and free templates (also the home one) I found on the site of Scrappy Sticky Icky Mess
  • I also found a template for Read and Love on the above site but I’m still troubled with counting out how many pages I need. I think a lot of pages and I don’t have a book now so it’ll have to wait until I find an old novel nobody wants anymore 🙂

 

So what did you think? You like the results of book folding? Tempted to try it out yourself? Let me know!

Goodreads Monday (July 2017)

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I saw this meme on Books, Vertigo and Tea and I thought this one seemed fun to join and feature on my blog from time to time as well! The original post of Goodreads Monday was posted by Lauren’s Page Turners. Thank you Lauren for this great idea. This really is a great way to help me take another look at all the books added to the wishlist so long ago and at the same time I can share some interesting titles.

There’s only one rule: Simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to link back to Lauren’s Page turners and add your own links!

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Added on 02 March 2016 : Dead Silent by Mark Roberts

This novel has a 3.86 star rating on Goodreads (of which 68 five stars and 70 four stars). I completely forgot all about this novel but after reading the blurb again.. I’m still intrigued and I really like books with symbolism so it’s still a keeper :-).

 

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HIS LIFE WAS DEVOTED TO ART.
HIS DEATH WAS A MASTERPIECE.

Leonard Lawson was a respected professor of medieval art. He lived a quiet life in a suburb of Liverpool with his grown-up daughter. As far as anyone knew, he had no enemies.

Louise Lawson watched her father die. Before she blacked out, she saw his body mutilated and deformed, twisted into a hellish parody of the artworks he loved.

Investigating a killer bringing medieval horror to Merseyside, DCI Eve Clay must overcome her own demons to unpick the dark symbolism of the crime scene. A fifty-year silence has been broken – with a message written in blood…

So what do you think, would you read it or not? I might be mistaken but it’s got a bit of a Dan Brown vibe for me. 

Book bliss nr. 9: Keep calm and wait for Solden

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I have no idea how things go in your country but in Belgium there are two sale periods that run a month each. One of them is in winter and starts the 1st of January, the other in summer on the 1st of July. Need I remind you that was last week?

Unlike other people I don’t go jumping for clothes, no the book shop is actually highest on my list and I go there first and then I’ll see if there’s still time and money left :-). So last week on the first weekday of the sales I made my way to the Sterling bookshop and guess what I found…

All the books on the floor were on discount!

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So you want to see what I bought? I’ve (only) bought 3 books on sale and I chose them completely at random.

I wanted You Sent Me A Letter (in the picture) by Lucy Dawson too but 3 was a good number to stop.

And then suddenly my eye fell on one that wasn’t on sale but I really really want to read this one (to be honest there were more but I settled for just one) so I bought this one too.

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I’ve finally got it! I’ve heard so many amazing things about it, it better be great now! I’m pretty sure you won’t have to wait long for a review either.

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So what do you think, have you read any of these yet? What did you think of them? All opinions are welcome you know ;-). Do you have a sales period too and do you go overboard then and what is your definition of going overboard exactly?

WWW Wednesday (12-07-2017)

WWW Wednesday is a book list hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and I’m happy to participate today.

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Three W’s:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What I’m reading:

Well this is not my usual genre but I was intrigued by the cover and the blurb and I was more than a little interested how my sign in this society’s hierarchy would be faring. So far I haven’t seen much references but if you are Aries, Taurus and Capricorn you are in for a treat. One of them is the lowest sign of all, are you either of the other two then you’re sitting in a golden seat.

Zodiac by Sam Wilson

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What I (recently) finished:

I love this UK cover much better than the US one. Who’s with me? I really liked this one and I’ll be sharing my review later this week.

The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker

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What I’ll probably read soon:

Another great detective duo here: DI Mike Lockyer and DS Jane Bennett. This is a detective series (and this is Book 4) where there’s also a lot of attention given to their personal lives. Bennett has an autistic son and we get to see plenty of him as well in this one.

The Night Stalker by Clare Donoghue

The Night StalkerDead Woman’s Ditch. The site of a grisly two-hundred-year-old murder – and a recent hit and run. When a young woman’s body is found at the macabre landmark in Somerset’s Quantock Hills, DI Mike Lockyer and Sergeant Jane Bennett are called in to investigate.

They find a community gripped by fear and superstition. The locals won’t venture out at night, believing there’s a man stalking the hills; a phantom cloaked in folklore and legend, keeping the sinister legacy of Dead Woman’s Ditch alive.

Confronted by a hostile CID team and a murder victim with close ties to their own squad, Lockyer and Bennett will have to accept what they can’t see before they can find what’s really there . . .

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So that’s it, what are you reading this week? Share your link in the comments below so that I can come and take a look !