Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #4: Ten Books I Read In Class


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.   

This week is Back To School Freebie week and although I'm not returning to school right away (I'll be starting Uni mid September) I wanted to reflect on some great books I read in Class. Now to be honest, although I adore reading I hated reading assignments. I did not at all enjoy reading books as homework because they never were the ones I would have picked in a bookstore for myself. There are a lot of books that I didn't actually read for school and just kept along in class thanks to Sparknotes and my friends. But there were a few books I quite enjoyed so let's have a look at those.

# 10 Holes by Louis Sachar

 

I think I read this in 10th Grade. We could decide between Matilda by Roald Dahl, another book I forgot and Holes. The blurb of this one was the most convincing for me so I decided to join the group who read this book and I quite enjoyed it. Also: we got to watch the movie afterwards and I just love seeing young Shia LaBeouf!

# 9 Au revoir, les enfants by Louis Malle


I also read this book in 10th Grade in French class. It's a movie script about a boarding school that hid jew children in 1944. Very emotional! I read lots and lots of books about that time (which almost always left me crying because of the horrible happenings) and this is definitely my favourite one I read in French. 

# 8 Woyzeck by Georg Büchner


I think the reason this was one of my favourite German books to read was that it only has 20 pages. The author died before finishing it so the ending of the book leaves a lot open to interpret.

# 7 Die Physiker by Friedrich Dürrenmatt


Another German Classic and one of my favourites. I read this book about three times and I made a class presentation about it and I even chose it as my Finals book. So there's the proove that I really enjoyed reading it. I think the fact that it plays in a mental hospital and the ending leaves you so confused as to who actually is 'crazy' now made me like it even more. A lot of plot twists and a definitely fun read!

# 6 La petite fille de monsieur Linh by Philippe Claudel

 

I liked this book so much because I basically read it in one sitting the first time through. It's a very cute story and easy to read although the significance of the content is a little darker than it seems at first. 

# 5 Como agua para chocolate by Laura Esquivel

 

Looking back at my review I'm not at all surprised I only gave this one two stars the first time I read it. I've always had a complicated relationship with Spanish books during school. Mostly because they were just weird. Spanish authors had this habit of making up the weirdest of all stories and I just didn't like them. But now I actually quite like this story and I've also seen the movie multiple times (which is even weirder than the book... but oh well). 

# 4 Nichts by Janne Teller

 

Nichts, which means Nothing, was a book I got to read by my own decision in 12th Grade for my German Finals. A friend recommended it to me and I really enjoyed this one. It's actually a pretty new novel released only in 2012.

# 3 Contes by Charles Perrault

 

I've always been fascinated by fairytales and sagas which made reading this book really fun. Charles Perrault was the first person to write down fairytales known today all around the world. Some of these were quite brutal and very different to the versions we know and hear about nowadays. If you ever want to find out what actually happened to Sleeping Beauty or Tom Thumb or other well known characters I recommend you check out these short stories.

# 2 Bodas de sangre by Federico García Lorca

 

My absolute favourite Spanish book ever! I've lost track of how many times I've read this one and I'll probably read it so many more times I don't even want to start counting again. It's short, not so simple and very dramatic. Also: It's not a weird Spanish story so I really enjoyed it for actually being empathizable. 

# 1 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee



What else could it be? My Number One book is of course my all time favourite classic! I read this before reading it in class and it was quite hard to keep myself from spoiling my friends the whole time. Once I blurtet out the ending of a certain character in the middle of class, but not too understood what I was actually saying, thank god. I still haven't read Go Set a Watchman, but I've got the book at home so I'll do read it someday (soon, hopefully!).

I'd like to know

Your turn! Let me know what you think of my list. What books did you enjoy reading in school? Have you made your own TTT for today? Link it up in the comments so I can check it out.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Book Review: Me Before You


About the novel

Title: Me Before You
Series: Me Before You #1
Author: Jojo Moyes
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, Drama
Published: January 5th 2012
Read: August 2016

My Copy

Publisher: Michael Joseph (UK)
Cover: Paperback
Purchase Location: Hugendubel, Germany



My Rating:


Goodreads Summary

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.


Thursday, 25 August 2016

I'm Back & Pokemon Indigo League

Hey there! I'm alive! If you've noticed my absence in the blogging community the past three months then I’d like to apologize from the bottom of my heart. I was on a blogging hiatus because I didn’t feel happy about blogging anymore. June/July were two very stressful months for me with work, dance training and organising my life and everything which didn’t leave me with any spare time to write new blog posts. And then I went interrailing for a whole month, which I’ll gladly tell you all about, but more about this in the next few days.


Today I’d like to sign up for a Read-A-Thon created by Aentee @ Read at Midnight. I’m a little late to the party, but I still hope to get the most out of this because it looks like a lot of fun and I’m a huge Pokemon fan so I just couldn’t resist! (If you click on the picture it will lead you to the official sign up post)

So the Read-A-Thon officially runs between Sunday 14th August to Sunday 4th September, which leaves me just a little more than one week to participate so my expectations aren’t that high. Let’s check out my trainer card.

Trainer Card

Trainer: Yasmine
Blog: swissbookworm.blogspot.ch
Starter: Mareep
CP: 10
Type: Electric
Evolution: 3 Stage

BADGES AND BOOKS


Again: I don’t have the highest expectations as I’ve only got one week to read all of these lovely books.
...

Pewter City: Boulder Badge - The First Book In A Series: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #1)

Cerulean City: Cascade Badge - A Book That Might Make You Cry: TBA

Vermillion City: Thunder Badge - A Book With Thunderous Hype: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

Celadon City: Rainbow Badge - A Book That Focuses on Diversity: TBA

Fuschia City: Soul Badge - A Book With A Great Romance: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Saffron City: Marsh Badge - A Book With Fantasy/Supenatural Elements: TBA

Cinnabar City: Flame Badge - A Book With A Red Cover: Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Viridian City: Earth Badge - A Book With Post-Apocalyptic Setting: The Kill Order by James Dashner

...
So this is my list at the moment, but things might change. I don't want to waste too much time on this that I could be spending reading, so I'll just leave it here. Also, I'll count all the points in the end to make sure I don't have too high expectations of myself.

I'd like to know

Are you currently participating in this (or any other) Read-A-Thon? Tell me about the books on your tbr pile or your progress! Also, have you been obsessing over Pokemon Go as much as I have? Let me know in the comments! Oh and if there's anything els you wanna talk about, go ahead just let me know! I've been gone for a while and I wouldn't mind catching up on stuff I've missed.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Book Review: The Son Of Neptune

About the novel

Title: The Son Of Neptune
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #2
Author: Rick Riordan
Genres: Fantasy, Greek Mythology, Adventure, Young Adult, Middle Grade
Published: September 30th, 2011
Read: May 2016
My Rating: 4.5

My Copy

Publisher: Puffin Books
Cover: Paperback
Purchase Location: Amazon, Online


Goodreads Summary

ONE CURSED DEMIGOD. TWO NEW HEROES. A QUEST TO UNLEASH THE GOD OF DEATH - Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, God of the Sea, has woken from a very deep sleep and come face to face with two snake-haired ladies who refuse to die. But they're the least of his problems. Because Percy finds himself at a camp for half-bloods, which doesn't ring any bells for him. There's just one name he remembers from his past. Annabeth. Only one thing is certain--Percy's questing days aren't over. He and fellow demigods Frank and Hazel must face the most important quest of all: The Prophecy of Seven. If they fail, it's not just their camp at risk. Percy's old life, the gods and the entire world might be destroyed...


Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Mini Book Review: The Lost Hero

Hello there guys! It's been a while and I'm so sorry about that, but it turns out that I didn't get to work less this month. That's why I decided to start posting mini book reviews, because I'm so behind on telling you about all the books I've read the past two months. These book reviews will not contain any spoilery-contents which will make them a lot smaller and quicker to read (and write...). I'm so sorry, but I just don't have the time at the moment to write any thorough reviews, although I'd really love to. Hope I'll be able to do that soon again! Hope you'll enjoy my review nonetheless!



About the novel

Title: The Lost Hero
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #1
Author: Rick Riordan
Genres: Fantasy, Greek Mythology, Adventure, Young Adult, Middle Grade
Published: October 12th, 2010
Read: May 2016
My Rating: 

My Copy

Publisher: Puffin Books
Cover: Paperback
Purchase Location: Amazon, Online


Goodreads Summary

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly? - Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out. - Leo has a way with tools. When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who;s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason's amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?


Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #3: Ten Reasons I Love Comic Cons


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.   

This week we're allowed to talk about anything that we love. Some of you might know that I went to Fantasy Basel 2016, which is Switzerland's own Comic Con. I've wanted to share my experience with this for you guys since then, but never found the time to. That's why I decided to tell you about it today! (Just so you know, this was my first ever time at a Comic Con, so I was a total noob). I realise this is not reall book related, but as I'm going to expand my blog to include comics as well, I think this is a fitting beginning. Hope you'll enjoy!

1. The Atmosphere: It is incredible how many people showed up in amazing cosplay and costumes of all kinds of franchises. I must admit, I did not expect something like that and I’m really glad that I got to meet a lot of amazing people. Everyone was excited and totally friendly. It doesn’t matter where you looked, there were always wizards, orks, superheroes or villains and sometimes even a pokemon or two in your view.


2. Cosplay: The only thing you could do to stand out of the crowd was to not participate in cosplaying. It’s incredible how much time, money and creativity people spent into their costumes and I’m already planning my costumes for next year because I want to leave a better impression and maybe even participate in a competition or two. Oh and if you haven't figured it out yet, I went as Scarlet Witch, but my costume was a last minute idea, which is why it's not near perfect. But people actually recognised me as Wanda, so I was quite happy with the outcome.

 

3. Storm Troopers: That said, some costumes were repeatedly represented. You don’t know how many Storm Troopers I ran into. (Well I don’t know myself to be honest.) Naturally, I asked everyone to take a selfie with me, but now that I think of it I believe that it’s highly possible I just asked the same few guys a hundred times for a photograph. Honestly, you couldn’t tell them apart. My suspicion got clearer when one of the storm troopers eventually started winking at me when I approached him.


4. Selfies: I can’t even count all the selfies I did that day. Usually I’m not the biggest selfie fan (mainly because I’m no good at them and I always cut myself out of the picture), but on that day I took what felt like a gazillion of ‘em. I wanted to memorize all the cool cosplayers and attractions and my memory card was full at the end of the day.

5. Meeting Kevin Sussman: Why is it, that everytime I meet a famous person or just someone I like I get really nervous and behave like a total buffoon? So this is how I met Kevin: I stood in line for my photo to be taken with him (which was way too expensive, but I just had to meet him) and as the line grew smaller in front of me, I still felt normal and calm as the rest of the day. But then it was my turn. I walked up to the woman who held my bag for me and went to say hi to Kevin (I don’t remember if we hugged or shook hands). It felt like I had a toad in my throat because I couldn’t talk clearly. The conversation went like this: Kev: “Hi, nice to meet you!” Me: “Hey, yeah nice to meet you!” – We take the picture and my whole body is really tense and I try not to move – Kev: “Thank you for coming!” Me: “Thank you, really great to meet you. Bye” – I walk and get my bag. I walk past Kevin and he exclaims: “Oh cool bag!” – I had a bag with me with an atom on it so he probably thought it was because of the show (which actually it wasn’t, but I didn’t tell him that of course, well okay, I couldn’t have told him that even if I’d wanted to) – I say: “Thank you. Goodbye” and I just walk away and wait for my picture to be printed. I mean honestly! Why couldn’t I have talked more with him? I could have said so many things and asked him questions and stuff like that, but no I had to stutter the whole time and totally seem uninterested. I can’t believe it. But yeah, I met Kevin Sussman so yay!


6. Photobooths: Another great picture possibility was all the photobooths standing around. They took instant pictures of you and printed them out right away. We had so much fun with these and they were free!


7. My first time on a Hoverboard: I’ve wanted to ride one of these ever since they got on the market, but never had the possibility to do so. However, at Fantasy Basel I got to drive around on one of these for an hour. I didn’t know that I had such a natural talent for these things, but the salesman was totally surprised and didn’t believe me when I insisted still after five questions that I hadn’t driven one before.

8. Comics: Thanks to Fantasy I’m totally into comics again. I used to love them as a child, but in the past few years I never really had the chance to read a lot of them. Now, I’m totally obsessed with DC and Marvel again and it takes a lot of restraint to not just buy all the TPBs of my favourite superheroes.

9. Spending time with my friends: This was such a great way to spend quality time with my friends and freak out over the same fandoms at the same time. We all had a great day and I can’t wait until next year where we’ll repeat it again.



10. All the merch!: Yeah, I don’t think I have to explain this any further, but I got home with so many awesome new things! Have a look! The only thing I regret not to have bought was a big fluffy blue lama which I fell in love with and now can’t stop thinking about -.-


I'd like to know

Have you guys been to Comic Con before? What are your experiences with it? Are you planning on going one day or are you strictly sticking to book cons?

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

May Wrap Up

Hello there! How time flies, huh? It’s already the last day of May which means half of the year is nearly over. I can’t believe I’ve already been blogging for five months. Well, scratch that. The past month I haven’t really been ‘blogging’. There were so many things going on in my life that I hardly found time to read, nor review the books I actually did finish. I also went to my very first comic con and it was absolutely amazing. I’m hooked! Can’t wait for next year where I’ll definitely go again. I’m still planning on writing about that experience, although it’s already 3 weeks in the past.

There are also a lot of books that I haven’t reviewed yet, but I hope that those will be up in the next month. Oh and I achieved my first reading goal for 2016! I read 10 (well now 11) fantasy books for the Flights of Fantasy challenge! So yeah, there are a lot of posts planned for June and I hope I’ll actually be able to write them all. Also, I’m thinking about asking you guys (and other newbies) to help me prepare some posts for July/August because I’m going on my big UK tour and would love to keep my blog going. I’m thinking about something like guest posts. Have you ever let someone guest post on your blog or did you yourself write anything for other blogs? Do you have any tips for me regarding this? Would be highly appreciated!

BOOKS READ


   

1. City of Glass (TMI #3) by Cassandra Clare
2. Die Dunkle Gabe (The Strange Power - Dark Visions #1) by Lisa J. Smith
3. Der Geheime Bund (The Possessed - Dark Visions #2) by Lisa J. Smith 3.5
4. The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan

CURRENTLY READING



The Son Of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympia #2) by Rick Riordan - I'm probably going to finish this book tonight which will make it my number 5 read of May :)

2016 READING CHALLENGES UPDATE


Goodreads Reading Challenge
Progress 24/30 (83%)

Flights of Fantasy
Progress 11/10 (110%)

MOVIE & TV SERIES REVIEWS



Civil War
So this month I watched only one movie in the cinema and therefore I only posted one movie review. Hopefully there'll be more again next month.

Blog Recap


In case you missed it here's a recap of this month's posts and Reviews.

A Shadowhunters Week was held in the last week of April and the first Sunday of May featured the Finale

❥ I talked about 5 Dystopian Books I'm Dying To Read

❥ I shared my Experience with Lovely Letters with you guys

INSTAGRAMMING


 

NEWS AROUND THE BLOG


‣ I finally did it! I designed my very own first Blog Header. It doesn't really look professional, but for the moment I quite like it and it will stay up there at the top of my blog until I find time (and the talent) to design a better header (which probably won't happen in the next few months). It's actually quite embarrasing how long it took me to edit that, which is why I will keep it a secret.

‣ I also made some changes to my side bar and finally designed my own 'Follow Me' Buttons for my social media, which I'm quite proud of because I had no idea how to do it and had to google it for a long time until I found some helpful tutorials.

‣ And the third change I did was to add the 'You Might Also Like...' widget to my blog posts on the Home page. I hope it isn't too annoying and that it will give new readers other posts to check out.

I'd like to know

Now that you know how my month has been I'd love to hear about yours! Tell me all about your life experiences, the books you've read the movies and series you've watched. Anything you'd like to talk about.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Movie Of The Month: Civil War


About the movie

Title: The First Avenger: Civil War
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, ...
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Release: May 2016
Rated: PG12
My Rating:

IMDB Summary

With many people fearing the actions of super heroes, the government decides to push for the Hero Registration Act, a law that limits a hero's actions. This results in a division in The Avengers. Iron Man stands with this Act, claiming that their actions must be kept in check otherwise cities will continue to be destroyed, but Captain America feels that saving the world is daring enough and that they cannot rely on the government to protect the world. This escalates into an all-out war between Team Iron Man (Iron Man, Black Panther, Vision, Black Widow, War Machine, and Spiderman) and Team Captain America (Captain America, Bucky Barnes, Falcon, Sharon Carter, Scarlett Witch, Hawkeye, and Ant Man) while a new villain emerges.


Sunday, 29 May 2016

Lovely Letters ♡ My First Pen Pal Experience

Hey there guys! I'm so excited about today's topic for this blog post. So in March I signed up for a really awesome pen pal program. It’s called Lovely Letters and is hosted by the lovely Claudia at My Soul Called Life. I got the pleasure of getting to know her better for the past two months and I really enjoyed exchanging e-mails with her. So first off, let’s start with the most important question for this whole post, shall we?

What is Lovely Letters Snail Mail?

Lovely Letters is a Snail Mail Exchange Program focused on building new relationships by sending Lovely Letters and packages all across the globe, one new friend at a time. We are bloggers who love connecting through the love of sending and receiving snail mail. This project promotes encouragement, collaboration, friendship, and growth as individuals and as a blogging community. For more information on how you can participate, click here!


Naturally, when I discovered this I had to sign up immediately. Which was such a great decision. I really had a great time and I will definitely sign up for this pen pal pairing again in the future, but sadly not right away because I will be away over the summer and won't have any time to send any parcels anywhere. But who knows, maybe in August I'll be able to join again!


CLAUDIA'S SUPREME PARCEL SURPRISE


I really enjoyed getting to know Claudia better. She's an awesome person and I've been following her blog since I started this blog and joined the 2016 Dystopia Reading Challenge which she is co-hosting. So it was fun to get to know the person behind all those interesting reviews and other posts on her blog. Her parcel totally hit me off guard, though. She totally nailed it and I love every single thing she send me. Let me show you what goodies she sent me.


When I got home only seven days after she told me she mailed the parcel and found this huge package in my mailbox I was totally flabbergasted.

 

Let's just say that I'm a genious that I thought about unpacking this outside on our garden table because there were little glitter hearts everywhere! Seriously, I still find them on the floor in my room although I thought I left them all outside. But don't mistake this for a complaint, because it was totally cute and who doesn't love glitter hearts? Now just imagine me with a huge grin on my face unpacking this. I really took my time because I was so happy about this georgous content.


I was actually really shocked by how much I loved this. Claudia managed to send me goodies that were totally my taste. I do not know how she figured I'd like this so much, but can I just say Claudia: You hit the bull's eye! One of my absolute favourite goodies in this parcel is the donut keychain! I love it!

   

MY FIRST PARCEL SENT TO THE US


I had a few problems with my parcel before I could mail it. Somehow I bought the wrong format for shipping to foreign countries and it got totally messy until I found an official package I could use. But yeah, everything worked out in the end so I'm really glad about that.

This was my first parcel and I felt a little nervous about it because I didn't know if Claudia would like the things I got for her. But in the end I decided to include the following goodies for her:
❥ Lovely Stickers in pastel colours
❥ A cute little notebook with an owl motif (because I adore owls)
❥ A wooden butterfly for her to choose her new favourite spot in the house
❥ Joss sticks with the scent of strawberries and sandalwood
❥ A Minnie Mouse Notepad
❥ A Magnetic Notepad for the fridge
❥ And next to some personal notes I included my favourite songtext by my favourite Swiss singer called Bastian Baker in the hopes that she might come to like a Swiss artist


If you haven't guessed yet, the theme was {Invigorating & New} & the color theme was {Pastels}. I really liked following this themes and now I think I'd do an even better job next time. And I know that there'll definitelly be a next time!

I'd like to know

Do you have any experiences with snail mail programs or pen pals? What are your thoughts on Lovely Letters? Do you think you would want to join this one day? Maybe even the next time slots are open again? If you're ever interested in a pen pal, but don't want to commit to a parcel program, you can always leave me a message! I love pen pals and it would be great to get to know new people this way. And it's really fun!

Monday, 23 May 2016

5 Dystopian Books I'm Dying To Read

Hey there. It's time for another 2016 Dystopia Reading Challenge Discussion Round (I haven't done one for quite a while, so I apologise for that and hope you'll enjoy this post!). Today I want to talk to you guys about one of my favourite subjects in the book world. Any guesses? Why yes, I'm talking about Dystopia (what else?). Here's a list of the top 5 Dystopian Books I really really want to read. Now, because there are obviously many more books on my tbr list, I narrowed them down to the ones that I currently obsess over in my head without having read them yet. Do you do that too or am I the only one who thinks about plots that I can't even really understand yet? Anyways, without further ado, here are my current Top 5!


5. The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi


Shatter Me #1 Summary

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now. Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.




Why I'm interested in this series

I've heard a lot about this series, good and bad, and I want to make my own opinion on these books. The premise sounds real interesting and I think this could be a real interesting story to read. Also it does not yet sound as if there would be the typical love-triangle involved in the story, but who knows. Maybe the boys just aren't mentioned yet. (I'm still hoping though that that will stay that way.)

4. The Matched Series by Ally Condie


Matched #1 Summary

In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die. Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion. Matched is a story for right now and storytelling with the resonance of a classic.




Why I'm interested in this series

This series has been on my TBR list for years now. A friend of mine even included it into her Finals' paper and she keeps pushing me to read it. I just haven't found the time yet, but one day I'll definitely read this series. The blurb sounds typical dystopian and kind of like the Divergent series, just with the slight difference that you don't choose your faction, but your love? Not sure if that's really true, but can't wait to find out.

3. The Selection Series by Kiera Cass


The Selection #1 Summary

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.




Why I'm interested in this series

So many people have told me to read this series. I can't even believe that I didn't start it yet. It sounds a little too girly (not in an offensive way!) for my taste because I'm not that into books who talk a lot about dresses, make up and so on, but if it turns out anything similar to Rebel Belle I'll probably really enjoy it!

2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


Ready Player One Summary

It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them. For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig. And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle. Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape. A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?




Why I'm interested in this book

Okay, have you read the summary? Then I don't think I have to explain any further why I want to read this book so bad! It sounds so awesome I can't believe it's been sitting on my shelves patiently waiting for me to grab it for a month now. I really have to get to it and start this one already!

1. The Last Star by Rick Yancey


The Last Star Summary

The Last Star is the heart-stopping finale to the bestselling 5th Wave series by award-winning author, Rick Yancey. Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner. We’re here, then we’re gone, and that was true before they came. That’s always been true. The Others didn’t invent death; they just perfected it. Gave death a face to put back in our face, because they knew that was the only way to crush us. It won’t end on any continent or ocean, no mountain or plain, jungle or desert. It will end where it began, where it had been from the beginning, on the battlefield of the last beating human heart. Master storyteller Rick Yancey invokes triumph, loss, and unrelenting action as the fate of the planet is decided in the conclusion to this epic series.




Why I'm so excited about this book

IT'S THE FINAL BOOK IN THE 5TH WAVE SERIES! Sorry, I just can't contain myself. I've been waiting for this book to come out for such a long time, I can't even think about anything else. This is by far my most anticipated new release in 2016! And now I'm just waiting for my order to get delivered to my house which I've preordered so many months before the publishing date. Those of you who haven't read a book in the 5th Wave series go and grab a copy and start reading! Seriously, this is my favourite dystopian series and I'm so sad about it ending. But still, I can't wait to finally figure out how it will end!

I'd like to know

So yeah, these are my Top 5 Dystopian Novels I'm dying to read. Which 5 books are on the top of your list? Do we have any in common? Or do you have other suggestions that I should check out? Let me know in the comments and have a great day!