Fanmix Friday: Gone Girl

In Fanmix Friday, literature and music are combined. Some particular scenes in books make me think of certain songs. I collect these ideas and incorporate them in a fanmix for a particular piece of literature. In this case, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

September Book Haul

I've got two more books to add to my bookcase! It's about time I start to stack my books more efficiently, because my shelves are overflowing with books. Any ideas, tell me in a comment! For now, here is my September book haul. 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish. Want to participate? Head over to their blog and find out how it works! In no particular order:

One Year Anniversary Giveaway: Results

Congratulations girls! Along with the books you've chosen, you will receive a bookmark I picked for you.

I will be hosting more giveaways in the future, so for those of you who did not win, look out for that! You're always free to request or suggest something. 

Review: Zone 22

◆ Zone 22 by Tig Hague
◆ Read September 2014
◆ Dutch Edition
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❝ When Tig Hague kissed goodbye to his girlfriend Lucy, he was already thinking of his return. The couple were going house-hunting, looking for their first home together. Tig was only going to be gone a few days on a routine business trip - the annual highlight of an otherwise unglamorous job working on the Russian desk of a London bank.
But just hours later something went wrong at Moscow airport. Very wrong.

Misunderstanding a request from customs for a backhander to speed his progress into the country, Tig was pulled to one side to have his bag searched. A deliberate inconvenience, he thought.

But Tig's world was about to implode with dizzying, terrifying speed. A tiny lump of hashish, nothing more than detritus from a recent stag weekend, was discovered in the pocket of an old pair of jeans. Too small to warrant anything more than a slapped wrist back home, he hadn't even known it was there.

Tig was in Moscow's notorious Piet Centrale jail by nightfall - and that was just a stepping stone on his way to prison camp Zone 22 in the bleak, remote wastes of Mordovia.

He wouldn't be returning home for years ...
The thing about Zone 22 is that it isn't a great book, but it does tell a very interesting and horrifying story. It is a true story about a British man who ends up in a gulag-like camp in Russia.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish. Want to participate? Head over to their blog and find out how it works! In no particular order:

From Paper To Screen: Fall 2014

From Paper To Screen is a seasonal post about upcoming movies that are based on books. This post deals with noteworthy movies that will be released this fall (some technically still in the summer). You might want to check out the books before visiting the theater!

Fanmix Friday: Scarlet

In Fanmix Friday, literature and music are combined. Some particular scenes in books make me think of certain songs. I collect these ideas and incorporate them in a fanmix for a particular piece of literature. In this case, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Five Underrated Contemporary Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish. Want to participate? Head over to their blog and find out how it works! I switched it up a bit and picked underrated contemporaries in general, instead of just Young Adult. The list only has 5 items because of lack of time (Tuesday is officially over, oops). In no particular order:

Recommendations: World War II Non-Fiction

These books are recommendations for non-fiction books about the second world war. Some are well-known, others perhaps not, but they all tell you what life was like during the war, from all imaginable perspectives. 

Review: The Queen of the Tearling

◆ The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
◆ Read September 2014
◆ English Edition
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❝ Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother - Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid - was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea's uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea's 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother's guard - each pledged to defend the queen to the death - arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding...

And so begins her journey back to her kingdom's heart, to claim the throne, earn the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother's legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea's story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance - it's about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive...
The Queen of the Tearling is a very engaging read from beginning to end. Many aspects of the book were slightly different from the average book in the fantasy genre and literally made me grin in delight. I really appreciate the choices the author made in her book and certainly hope some other authors will take note. In fact, if it weren't for one point of criticism, I would have given this book five stars.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish. Want to participate? Head over to their blog and find out how it works! (Due to lack of time I chose 6 characters today)
 

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