Today, I have collaborated with the lovely Ruby from Ruby Rae Reads (check out her blog *hint hint*) for a recommendation post! We both have picked some books, movies and tv series we love and the other will be recommending what books to read based on those! So in the post below, on the left you can see Ruby’s pick and on the left, my recommendations! We have both done this so you can go see her post in which she recommends books for me here!
Guess what, I’m going to post today after all!
Together with Eve and Lucy, I read Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares and it is a lovely, very cute and funny book, which is perfect for Christmas and winter time! You can read the rest of this review on Eve’s blog and Lucy’s blog.
“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”
So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.
Do you like the main character(s) and why?
Lu: I really liked Dash, I loved his extensive vocabulary and how he wasn’t as reserved by the end of the book. I liked Lily, despite her being a bit sorry for herself through the book, she was really fun and unique, and had a positive feeling about her.
Eve: Yes I did! I found I connected to Lily far more; although I liked Dash too he felt a bit pretentious and disconnected from me, idk.
Lia: Both characters were so much fun to read about, they were (like I said in Eve’s post) so unique and quirky!
Do you like the cover?
Lu: I don’t know what covers you have, but I love the New York street sign cover that I have with all of the street lights, buildings and falling snow. I think it shows loads of the story on it.
Eve: I have the blue edition with the silhouette of NYC. It’s quite a nice cover, but there’s nothing Christmassy on it at all which makes me sad! I think I prefer some of the other ones I’ve looked up haha.
Lia: I like the cover but it’s not amazing, I think it’s a bit busy. I like how it looks very winter-ish and reminds you of big cities.
My (mini) Review
This book was so enjoyable to read, it got me in a very festive mood, even though it isn’t even December yet. Usually I am not really a Christmas type of person, I mean I like snow and Christmas trees and lights and things like that, but I don’t really enjoy the family get-togethers. Also, usually I am so busy with school that only when Christmas break starts I get this sudden awareness that it is almost Christmas, and then when it is over I start listening to Christmas music because I hadn’t had time before! But this book changed that and I have been in the Christmas mood for weeks!
The characters were lovely and quirky and they got me laughing out loud a lot of times. The book left me wanting more, because the end was so sudden (probably because I wasn’t keeping track of where I was in the book). So I started reading the next book almost immediately (as in I started two days ago and am almost finished). The second book Twelve Days of Dash & Lily, is almost equally cute and funny. But, I have to say, I didn’t like the beginning that much. Twelve Days is set a year after the first book and a lot has happened in those months, and not just good things. It made me sad that the characters weren’t as happy as in the first book. A plus is, I think, that Dash was a little less mister know-it-all and pretentious. I will finish the book tonight (as in I’ll read it right away). There will be no separate review for this book.
I rate Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares ★★★★☆ (4.5 stars out of 5 stars)! I recommend this book to anyone who loves Christmas and cute contemporary YA books.
I hope you liked this review and check out Eve’s and Lucy’s blogs because they are both super nice and amazing bloggers! Have you read this book/these books?
Together with Jasmine from How Useful It Is, I read The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdier. You can read her review here. The Wrath & The Dawn is the first book in a retelling of 1001 Arabian Nights.
In a land, far away, where a boy-king rules, a new bride is brought to him each night and at each dawn she is killed. Until one day, Shahrzad’s best friend is killed and she leaves her loving fiance to marry the king. To seek revenge, to survive.
*I didn’t post the real synopsis because that one contains way too many spoilers.
Do you like the main character(s) and why?
Jasmine: I don’t like Shahrzad because she’s too moody. She wants revenge but she doesn’t do what she comes for. Even before her feelings goes where it doesn’t supposed to go. She doesn’t take risks. She doesn’t explore forbidden grounds to seek secrets. She doesn’t know anything after staying there for months.
Lia: I loved Shahrzad (aka Shazi), she was the best thing about this book. She is incredibly brave and “gifted with a silver tongue” as they say in the book. She has a way of turning things her way. I admire her for her ways and she definitely made it to my list of favourite bad-ass female protagonists.
“So you would have me throw Shazi to the wolves?”
“Shazi?” Jalal’s grin widened. “Honestly, I pity the wolves.”
What could have been improved in the book?
Jasmine: I wish there were more adventures and challenges. Khalid needs to stand out since he’s one of the main characters. It seems Jalal has taken over the spotlight. If the rug was not introduced further or given any background, why not explain further about the book and sacrifice of the hare.
Lia: I didn’t really like the parts written from Tariq’s perspective, simply because I don’t really like his character. I don’t know what it was but I just was very indifferent about him. But you can’t keep those parts out because they’re quite important for the story. Another thing that could be improved is maybe the pacing of the book, a bit more action might have made it just a little better.
Would you reread, burn or rewrite this book?
Jasmine: I might not re-read but I am interested to read the sequel. I expect book 2 to have more details since book 1 is lacked of it.
Lia: Reread! Also I can’t wait to read The Rose & The Dagger (I already considered ordering it right away)
When I was young I always went to a theme park in the Netherlands called “de Efteling”. In this theme park there’s a ride based on the Arabian fairy tales, you go in a boat and go past all these Arabian people and things, and that is one of my favourite rides ever. I literally know the song of that ride by heart! Anyway this book left me feeling like I was in that ride all the time. I love the magical feeling in the story.
Overall I think The Wrath & The Dawn is a wonderfully written book with great characters. I loved the main character and how conflicted her emotions were. I felt the same way about Khalid. Also the ending was great, the plot twist, it really added something to the story. I think there’s a lesson somewhere in there, you shouldn’t judge too quick.
“No individual can reach the height of their potential without the love of others. we are not meant to be alone Shahrzad. The more a person pushes others away, the clearer it becomes he is in need of love the most.”
I loved Shahrzad’s wittiness, she is quite funny and I found myself laughing multiple times (which is rare). The story is written so beautifully, when I was reading, sometimes I just reread certain sentences because they were just so pretty. Renee has a way of writing that makes me a little jealous..
I am giving this book ★★★★☆ (4.5 stars out of 5), and I would recommend this book for anyone who loves retellings or stories that take place in a completely different world than you (probably) know.
Together with Renuka from Past Bedtime Blog, we decided to make a tag about winter! I love winter time, and it is almost here, so we created 10 questions that have to do with winter. There are no real rules, you can just answer the questions and tag people (if you want). So let’s get started.
- Do you like the cold?
I do, but I don’t. I love the snow and the ice, but I hate being cold. I do love it when the air is cold and when you breathe you see your own breath.
- Favorite Part About Winter
Christmas and Sinterklaas! Technically Sinterklaas is not in Winter but well… Sinterklaas is a Dutch celebration that is a lot like Christmas (there’s also a bearded man with presents). This year (like many other years) I’ll celebrate it together with my family and we will be making presents for each other, which is always fun 🙂
- Does It Snow Where You Live
Sometimes, but not very often, sadly. Usually it is just a little too warm to snow so if it snows it gets all wet and messy.
- Favorite Clothing Item In Winter
I love knitted things, like hats and scarves and sweaters. And I love knitting them myself.
- Your Favorite Winter Memory
I think my favourite memory is that a lot of years ago, I build an igloo in the garden with my dad, brother and little sister. There was a thick layer of snow, of at least a couple of inches, and it was a little icy, so it was perfect for building. My dad got out a shovel and started making blocks of snow and then we made ourselves a little ice house.
- Favorite Hot Drink
I am a hot chocolate girl all the way, although recently I started drinking more tea. But hot chocolate is just a little extra special, for those occasions of curling up with a book in the couch, or when you come in from the cold and you need to warm up.
- Best Winter Book To Read Curled Up In A Blanket
Shiver and the rest of the Wolves of Mercy falls series by Maggie Stiefvater. The story takes place in winter and it is one of my favourite series ever. It’s about (were)wolves and it’s just wonderful 🙂
- Best Winter Movie To Watch
I don’t have one movie in particular I like to watch in the winter, but there are always Harry Potter movies on tv in winter so that’s great!
- Do You Do Any Winter Sports (Skiing, Snowboarding, Ice-Skating)
I can ski pretty well and my ice-skating skills are okay. I am learning to snowboard as well but that is really hard and especially because there is only one week in the year I can ski or snowboard (which is when I go with my family to the mountains).
- Favorite Christmas/Holidays/New Year Tradition
My favourite tradition… I think that would be the Christmas tree. I am not really the person for traditions, but I do love the look of the Christmas tree in our living room. When I get home late and it is dark and everybody is asleep, I love to just look at the tree standing there with all its lights (and maybe even presents). Oh and I love the tradition that everybody has Christmas lights everywhere, that is just wonderful.
And YOU!!! Let the love spread! (btw if you want you can steal my header 🙂 )
So yesterday I asked if someone wanted to buddy read with me and I got a lot of responds so yayyy 😀 I’m exited! I want give this buddy-reading my own swing, so I think it would be cool to do buddy-reads with three persons instead of two. Some people wanted to read the same books, but I don’t want to choose between you so we can just read it together, right? If you hate each other it’s okay to say so then I won’t make you 😉
The buddies & book combinations I came up with are:
- Jasmine & Megan & me: The Wrath and the Dawn
- Tanya & Debbie & me: Emma
- Eve & Girl Who Reads & me: Either An Ember in the Ashes or Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares (You can choose!)
For me it doesn’t matter when I read them, at least if it’s not all at the same time because that would be a bit too much. So let me know what works for you.
I got a great idea last night. I don’t know what is normal when doing buddy reads because I’ve never done it before, but I’m assuming you write a review together at the end. I wanted to do something a little bit different, I wanted to give it a sort of interview style thing. I create nine questions (maybe more?) and we answer them in a chat-like style, like in a conversation. We then split it in three times three questions and we can make a mini-series of reviews on every blog (so three questions per blog). Okay maybe this is weird… or not. Let me know what you think.
Also I thought a general announcement would be easier than sending you all messages (yeah I’m lazy, sorry). If someone else wants to buddy read, check out my previous post, and maybe I can fit you in somewhere 🙂
So if you want to collab and read together I would love that!
Books that I am planning to read soon are:
- An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
- Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan (eARC from Netgalley)
- The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
- The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdier
- Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (Grisha Trilogy #2)
- Graceling by Kirstin Cashore
- Emma by Jane Austen (I will read this in November)
- Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Right now that is all, but if there’s a book on Netgalley I can request to read together, let me know!
Do you want to be my book buddy?
Also if you want to collab for some other project (or literally anything), you can always contact me, because that seems like a lot of fun 🙂
Some other news, I’ve got exams in the next few weeks so I might be a bit more absent here 😦
(At least I hope I am because then I am actually studying.)