Recent Reads

I used to love reading so much when I was younger. I´d even read the books we were assigned in class. It´s always been a way to get out of my life and forget my worries for a few hours (because I was a very worryful child). Then life happened, I guess, and I had so many other things to do instead of reading. The internet and TV shows got a lot more interesting all of a sudden and that´s where I´ve been spending all my free time for the last few years. But with the new year I planned on reviving this old love of mine again and I made a Goodreads account and set myself a target for 2016. Shame on me that I´m already two books behind on that but oh well....



All the Bright Places - Jennifer Niven
"The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die." (Goodreads)
I´ve heard so many people (including Zoella) speak so highly of this book that I just had to read it myself. In all honesty, I started this book in August last year and still haven´t finished it. I tend to just read a chapter or two and then put it aside for weeks before I pick it up again. I just can´t find a way to get into the story. I don´t know if it´ll pick up in the end but as I´m halfway through already, my hopes aren´t too high. Still I know this book would´ve been perfect for younger me! It has a John Green vibe to it and maybe I´m just too old to relate to the characters now.

Looking for Alaska - John Green
"Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words–and tired of his safe life at home. Much awaits Miles at his new boarding school Culver Creek, including Alaska Young who will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps." (JohnGreenBooks.com)
Speaking of John Green, I do really love his books. The Fault in Our Stars will always be a favourite of mine (and not just because Shailene Woodley plays Hazel). I did really enjoy Looking For Alaska as well. Personally, I didn´t find it too heavy as I could predict the story just a bit. Although in the second half of the book the atmosphere and mood drops and it gets a bit tense, it was still a really nice evening read for me. I loved how unique the characters and their constellations are and I enjoyed the way of storytelling that was used. Again, I found it quite hard to truly identify with the characters but I could relate. It felt more like someone was telling me a great story about this group of friends.

Seriously... I´m Kidding - Ellen Degeneres
"Degeneres' first book in eight years, brings us up to date about the life of a kindhearted woman who bowed out of American Idol because she didn't want to be mean. Lively; hilarious; often sweetly poignant. " (Goodreads)
Who doesn´t love Ellen?! If you answered that with "me" I´m sorry but we can´t be friends anymore. I love Ellen because whenever I see clips of her show I end up cry laughing. She just meets my exact kind of humor. It´s no wonder that I love her third book as well. It´s full of short chapters about everything and anything and tiny insights into her life. But Ellen always puts her spin on the topics which I found amazing to read. There wasn´t one chapter that didn´t make me smile. She writes just like she talks and that´s amazing, I think. It was absolutely perfect as a read before bed as it has only ever left me feeling great and happy.

Divergent: Allegiant - Veronica Roth
"After finding out about a world behind the fence we follow Tris and Four on their journey past the city´s boundaries. But  this new reality is even more alarming than the one they left behind. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend to complexities of human nature." (Goodreads)
My current read is the third book of the Divergent series. I´m so behind on this whole series as I always just get around to reading the book right before the film comes out (oops!). But I won´t go into book-film comparisons here (that is a topic for another day and maybe a full book). So far I love the continuation of the storyline and how the reader slowly gets to know more about the world Tris grew up in. Basically just throw in "human experiment" and you´ve got me hooked. I love that we finally get to see what goes on in Four´s mind! When I first started reading this book I felt a bit out of it for some scenes but as the book goes on it gets better and better. I guess, I just haven´t "seen" these characters in a long while. I´m very excited to finish it and then see the film a few days later!

So far I´m feeling very good about getting back into reading. It has become a very good part of most of my days now. I´m hoping to catch up on my goal on my little vacation trip to Berlin next week. I still have a few more books from Christmas lying around to read after I finish my current ones. But as I´m always looking for more books to add to my wishlist, leave me your recommendations! I honestly have found my love for reading again and I couldn´t be happier about it.


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  1. Ellen is just a sweetheart, watching her shows always brighten my mood! I'd have to read her book some day. The only book I've read on your list is Allegiant, which I love (though not as much as the first books).

    xx Anne / Annesmiles

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    1. She truly is. Her book is amazing as well. I really loved reading it. I´m almost through with it and I have to say it´s not as great as the first two but it´s still enjoyable for me with its little twists and turns.
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  2. I'm adding all of these to my wishlist, they sound like great reads! Lovely post.

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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    1. Thank you. Yes, I´ve enjoyed reading them. I think the themes are very interesting too.
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  3. I used to read a lot when I was younger too! I should really get back on that! X

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    1. So far it´s been amazing being back to reading so much. I really did miss it a lot.
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  4. Sounds great, adding all of these to my wishlist darling. Lovely post, thank you for sharing this with us. Whenever you have time visit me at: www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk !! Have a lovely week. xXx

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    1. Thank you. I really did enjoy reading them.
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  5. I need to get back into reading, I was just reminiscing with my nan about some great books and telling her about some she needed to read and every time I was like 'Omg I need to reread that'.

    Meme xx

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    1. I so wish I could read some books for the first time again! I just miss that feeling a lot.
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