Mar 27, 2015

Eline's Introduction and Book Haul

Hello everybody!

Before any mishaps can take place, no, you don’t know me yet. I am new to this blog, and to be quite honest, I am new to blogging at all. That doesn’t mean I am not excited though, and I honestly can’t wait to be sharing my love for books with all of you!
My name is Eline, you may call me Ellie if that is easier to pronounce, and I am from the Netherlands. I am very proud to be Dutch and I love my country and language, but I prefer to read the original version of a book. Therefore I tend to read more in English than in Dutch. The fact that English books are way cheaper than Dutch ones play a huge part in that too.
My bookshelves are filled mostly with Young Adult in all shapes and sizes with the occasional Middle Grade thrown into the mix. I do read actual novels from time to time for school, but as I'm only in year 11 (Dutch class 5) and am going to take the Dutch equivalents of A-levels next year, I'm more into the books directed at my age. I am turning 15 in April and before you ask, it is possible to skip grades in this country. I skipped two grades, meaning I am two years younger than my classmates. This has never stopped me from being who I am and reading what I want to read, and I love YA as much as the next teen!
Next to reading I’m into writing, listening to music and watching TV shows. If you know Bastille or Imagine Dragons you immediately score points with me, and NCIS or Supernatural fans are always appreciated. If you dare to spoil me on the latter I shall kill you, like Dean will kill everybody to save Sam once again. That’s harsh but I mean it.
I was browsing twitter some time ago and came across a message requesting someone to guest blog once in a while. I responded, and here I am. Before I get too carried away with this all, I’ll start with the actual post. I hope to be around for some more time to come, so hopefully you’ll hear more about me then.
I have something special to show you for my very first blog post ever. A little while ago I attended a Dutch Book fair (Boekenfestijn) where there are literally millions of books for incredibly low prices. In these enormous quantities I managed to find some gems, and I want to share them with you all.


As you can see, these are the paperbacks of Unearthly by Cynthia Hand and City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. Two close friends of mine have been praising Unearthly so much that I basically have to have it now. And it was blurbed by Richelle Mead, who wrote the Vampire Academy series, so that counts for something too. And in the case of City of Glass, I actually own this book already, but then in Dutch. Adored the first one, but disliked the second. I have the feeling though that I was irritated by the translation more than the book itself. That’s why I got the English edition, to see if this is true. I can’t wait to read either one of them. I paid €2,50 for Unearthly and €3,99 for City of Glass.
 

I am super excited for this buy, I found Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor the first time I wandered by the English books section. Roughly two to three hours later, I walked by again to see if I missed something. And can you guess already? I found this beautiful edition of Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor up for grabs. This is a series that I truly have no idea of what it is about. Something with magic and coolness, I suppose? I bought them because I have heard nothing but great things about this series, because the covers are to die for and because they were both super cheap. €3,99 for Daughter of Smoke and Bone, €2,99 for Days of Blood and Starlight.


Now, I’m basically most excited for these two. White Cat by Holly Black, but especially Panic by Lauren Oliver. I found White Cat thanks to dumb luck. I’d seen the Dutch paperback but couldn’t find it anymore so went to ask where it was. Apparently they had the English one too. And when I spotted Panic on the table, the last copy at that, I couldn’t help myself. I dashed to it, grabbed it and didn’t let go for the first five minutes. The synopsis of Panic sounds amazing, and I have been wanting to read a Holly Black book for ages. The fact that I only paid €3,99 for each made the deal even sweeter. 


Now, as you can see, these books are neither Young Adult nor novels. Yet as I walked past and saw Griekse en Romeinse Mythen en Sagen (Greek and Roman myths)  and Monsters, Een bizar Bestiarium (Monsters, a bizarre beastuarium) laying next to each other, I couldn’t help myself. I am a true sucker for mythology, especially Greek and Roman mythology. I own multiple mythology books, and a book about the Trojan war is one of the first books I ever bought myself at the age of seven. There’s something fascinating about reading about people who didn’t understand the world around them and tried to explain it by creating Gods and other creatures. And the word creatures brings me to the Monsters book. I have peeked inside, and it is absolutely beautiful. It basically exists of full-page illustrations and paintings, creating an eery setting. I thought it simply was too cool to leave behind. And for the small price of €0,99 for the Monsters book and €6,75 for the myths book, I think I did pretty well.


This was mostly a cover buy. It’s pretty, hardcover, has silver pages (!!!) and is full of illustrations. This edition of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson was only €3,59, so I decided to just go for it. Even though I know about the massive twist already, basically everybody knows about the massive twist, really, it is a classic and I have been wanting to read more classics lately. So maybe I’ll give this a shot any time soon.


So basically, that was it, I paid the huge sum of €32,78 for this pile of beauties, and I couldn’t be happier. My TBR isn’t too happy, though. It may have risen above 70, and my birthday is in less than two weeks. Ehm. Oops?

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

~Eline

5 comments:

  1. Hi Eline!
    Nice first post :) Hope to see more from you in the future!

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  2. Very nice first post and great titles!
    Enjoy in your reading Eline :)

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  3. you had more luck than when i attended to boekfestijn in brussels when the english section was not so well furnished. i hope you will enjoy all your new acquisitions

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  4. Wow, that's a really great haul! I went to the Boekenfestijn in Mechelen, and they definitely didn't have those books there - I would have noticed!

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  5. Nice to meet you Eline. Suzanne is wonderful to blog for. My daughter 13 is in the process of writing a review for suuz. Hope you enjoy blogging and hope to see lots more of you on here.

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