Showing posts with label All About Books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label All About Books. Show all posts

Oct 19, 2015

All About Books Days: Leather Book Necklace With Owl Charm


Enter this giveaway for a chance to win a leather book necklace made by Fullmoonn. Good luck!

I will contact the winner via e-mail. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here.

All About Books: Books Are My Magic


By Suze

I love books and have taken a photograph of the books that I have stacked on my bookcases. I mix my books with treasures I find on Etsy. There are many moments during the day when I stop doing whatever was keeping me occupied to look at my books. They always bring me joy and a sense of belonging. My house wouldn't be complete without lots and lots of books. I love the good memories and possibilities of great stories they bring me. Books are magical, they manage to enchant me every single day.

I've been raised with books. In my childhood home there were books everywhere. My grandparents had even more of them. I couldn't imagine a life without books and still can't. When I'm visiting someone the first thing I do is taking a look at their bookshelves. The books people have chosen for themselves say a lot about them. It's fun to get to know someone through what they're reading. Of course that isn't the only tool I use, but it's definitely a handy one.

I once visited someone's office and it was covered in books from top to bottom on every wall. There was only room for a door, a desk and a chair. For me that meant this person had the best place to work in the whole world, but the owner of the office confessed he didn't read most of those books and he hadn't made any attempts to start on them either. I couldn't understand as how can anyone own many great books and not read them? Of course I know that not everyone likes reading, but having an office filled with something you don't like is probably a sad place to go to every day while it's someone else's heaven. I learned a lot from that visit about people, about books and about preferences, but I never managed to get it out of my head.

I want to live inside my books sometimes. I wouldn't mind being able to step into stories and look around at all. I love them so much that I can't stop reading. Stories are keeping me going, they're my fuel and my lifeline next to love. It's why I try to show other people how much fun reading can be. I've been lucky enough to have good teachers. In my ideal world nobody would be sad in an office like the one I described. I feel sorry for the books that weren't loved and every single day I wish someone will rescue them. I'm one of those people who feels protective of stories and wonder if that is because of their magic?

All About Books Days: Steampunk Book Necklace Giveaway


Enter this giveaway for a chance to win a Steampunk book necklace made by Siouxsie Sixx Creations. Good luck!

I will contact the winner via e-mail. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here.

Oct 18, 2015

All About Books Days: Book Necklace Giveaway


Enter this giveaway for a chance to win a bookshelf necklace. Good luck!

I will contact the winner via e-mail. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here.

All About Books Weekend: Anniek's All Time Favorite Romance Books

All Time Favorites - Romance - by Anniek

I love thinking back on all the books that I have read and to pick the ones that really made an impression on me. To be on my list of favorites a book really has to be mind blowing, for I have read so many that were all right but didn't stick with me.

It is so difficult to write stories that really moves people and the following 10 absolutely did this for me.

10. Twilight - Stephenie Meyer 

I love a good vampire story so I couldn't resist buying Twilight. I heard a lot about it already, so I was really curious. Even though I was on team Jacob from the start I loved these books a lot. They are full of love with a unique way to keep you focused to the story. These stories really stayed with me. I Must say that I loved the books more than the movies. As for a lot of people this is the love story of the decade I had to put it on my list.

9. The look of Love - Bella Andre

The novels of Bella Andre are the number one bestsellers around the world at the moment. I can totally understand why. When you start a book written by her you will be addicted! Each of the books can be read as a standalone, but you will fall in love so quickly with the characters that you would want to read them all. I have read several and not one of them has disappointed me. Every new edition to the series is just as good as the one before. Bella Andre's writing style is remarkable and her stories will get under your skin.

8. At any price - Brenna Aubrey

I found this book as a freebie when I was looking for new potential fabulous freebies on Amazon.  It turns out At Any Price is one of the best freebies I've ever come across. This story will take you on a roller coaster ride. It will prove to you that finding your other half will not always lead to a happily ever after. In the following books you will read more about the battles that the main characters have to fight together. My advice is to start with this one. The book where their journey together begins. Be ready for your heart to burst out of your chest with love.

  7. Finding Sky - Joss Stirling

This series was gifted to me by Suze. Sometimes it amazes me how well she knows me. I devoured this series! I love the paranormal genre and when it also contains romance then I am sold. At this point there are only three books in this series, but I sincerely hope that Joss Stirling will write more. When you have read these, you know what I'm talking about.
These books are about finding your soul mate, which isn't always easy when there is only one person in the whole world who will make you complete.

 6. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare

If you are into romance novels then you ought to read Romeo and Juliet. I love the books of William Shakespeare. His storytelling takes me back in time. His poetry is also very beautiful. He was a master at this genre and has to be on everybody's bookshelf. I would love to go and see Romeo and Juliet on stage at least once in my life.

5. The Selection - Kiera Cass

Before I bought the box set of The Selection I looked at this series more than a few times. What appealed to me in the first place was the amazing covers. When I saw a good deal on the set I bought it straight away. I devoured all the books, what an amazing story! Loved the writing style and how the story develops. Even though you hope and expect America and the Prince to end up together the stories are full of twists that makes you question everything else. Not only are the covers amazing, so are all the books in this series. Kiera Cass is more than a talented writer and will take you with her on a great journey.

4. A discovery of witches - Deborah Harkness

I found A Discovery of Witches when I was cruising the Internet. Reading what it was about immediately trigged my interest. I knew from the start that this would be a great series. It wasn't easy for me to buy the first book though. I went to a bookstore near my home and the clerk looked the book up in her system and was telling me over and over again that they didn't have it. I looked on their website before I left my house so I knew it was there... It turned out she was looking at the wrong book. I even spelled it out. Oh well, while being a little bit irritated, because I wanted the book, go home and read immediately, I managed to stay friendly. I found this quote on the internet and it took me right back to the story of this great book: 'I would rather have had this moment with you - just this one night - than centuries with someone else'. How much more romance do you want? That is why this book is on my list.

3. The Fault in Our stars - John Green

John Green quote: 'I fell in love the way you fall asleep, slowly and then all at once.' He couldn't be more right. The Fault in Our Stars is really a celebration of life and what better way to do that then with love? I haven't seen the movie yet, but the book touched me so deeply that I hope it won't disappoint. This is a must-read for everyone.

 2. Summer of the Oak moon - Laura Templeton

If you are talking about a story that surprised me then this would be the one. When I read the blurb and started reading I thought it would be about something different. I loved it anyway though. This book touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. Love is not something to divide people but to bring people together no matter what age, race or religion.

1. Bound - Melody Anne

This book is amazing! The whole series is actually. It is without a doubt the number one for me. When I read this one my heart broke for the young woman who lost everything and went to desperate measures to get back the one remaining family member in her life.
Melody Anne has written this story so beautifully that you will be feeling every emotion like it is your own. I Couldn't read this book fast enough and wanted to get the other remaining books as soon as possible. 

All About Books Weekend: Alice In Wonderland Necklace Giveaway


Enter this giveaway for a chance to win a gorgeous hand painted Alice in Wonderland book necklace made by Wildyfraise.


Good luck!

I will contact the winner via e-mail. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here.

All About Books Weekend: Tote Bag With 8 Books Giveaway


Enter this giveaway for a chance to win a tote bag and eight books. Good luck!

I will contact the winner via e-mail. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here.

Oct 17, 2015

All About Books Weekend - Book Review: The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

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Review by Suze

After a traumatic death Okiku has become something murderers ought to fear. She kills them to free the spirits of their victims. She's wandered the earth on her own for centuries and surprises herself when she meets Tark, a boy who carries an angry spirit under his skin, and stays around. His tattoos have been used to bind this evil and even though he carries something awful in his body it doesn't mean he's evil himself. The spirit is getting stronger and Tark needs help, but is Okiku the one who can give it to him?

Tark's cousin Callie believes in spirits. She can see Okiku and she's slowly getting used to the idea of being near her. Tark needs someone he can trust and Callie will do everything she can to save her cousin. Tark's father doesn't want to know about what's happening to his son though. His mother is the one with the answers, but the question is if she'll be able to provide them... 

The Girl from the Well is such a great book. I immediately loved the idea of using the old Japanese legend of Okiku for a contemporary story. Rin Chupeco has done her research and I enjoyed reading her story very much. Everything works really well. There are enough thrilling moments, there is time for the reader to get to know the main characters and the ending is great. The story is both fascinating and gripping. I couldn't put this book down and had to know what would happen to Tark. 

I liked that The Girl from the Well is set in two different countries. That gave the story extra depth. The tattoo aspect is interesting, I was curious to find out more about it. Fortunately this is just the first book in the series. The second part is called The Suffering. I can't wait to see how the story will continue. 

All About Books Weekend - Suze Loves Devouring Books


My love for reading started when I was little. I couldn't get enough of books and liked reading them very much. I used to read books, but I didn't devour them yet. That started with boredom. When I was eleven years old there wasn't much left to learn at school. When I was done with my tasks for the day there was usually plenty of time left. Fortunately my teacher liked books. There were a lot of them in the classroom, but I still managed to get through them all and eventually had to go to other classrooms to borrow books. I tried to work as fast as I could as the books were much more interesting than my schoolwork. It was the last year I read children's books. After that I switched to adult literature and I started a new phase in my life. The devouring stopped, but it left a small hole, I kept missing my beloved books.

When I was a student I had to read a lot. I learned how to read a difficult classic in an afternoon and that was the start of my second devouring phase. I couldn't stop reading and read several books per week. Only I was a poor student and couldn't afford my own reading pace. I was relieved to find English books in online shops as that meant I could increase my number of books. Now I have a lot of them and am always spoiled with choice, which brings a lot of happiness. I like the choosing process and always take the time to find the right book for the right time.

 There's so much choice on my shelves and in online bookshops that I often feel overwhelmed. I want to start ten books at the same time and I don't want to miss anything. I love reading and I enjoy great stories. I challenge myself to read as much as I can, because I want to see, feel and experience. Now I'm reading five to eight books per week and I keep wishing for more hours in a day, so I can read more books. The devouring is even worse because of my blog. It makes me read out of my comfort zone sometimes which adds more stories to my ever growing reading list. I feel blessed that I have this book virus and hope that I can pass it on to some of my readers. 

All About Books Weekend - Book Review: The Artisans by Julie Reece

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Review by Anniek

Raven Weathersby is a beautiful young girl who has to be the adult at home. Ever since her mother died her stepfather Ben is devastated. He tries to numb the pain through alcohol and drugs. Raven is barely coping with school and trying to earn money through their own store. She is a very talented designer. When Ben screws up again and makes a big debt he is summoned to go to the Maddox house. Torn by love and sadness for her stepfather Raven decides to show up at the meeting to try and pay off what he owes.

Gideon is blown away when Raven comes to his house screaming her head off. Nobody has ever treated anyone in his family this way. Intrigued by her he lets her pay the debt. The rules are clear: she needs to live in his house for a year and create a beautiful clothing line for his business. He also agrees to get Ben to a rehab Centre which he will fully pay for. When Raven moves into the house she finds out that there is more to Gideon than what people see on the surface.

Raven is such a sweetheart. She's lost her mother, she has a biological father who is nowhere in sight and her stepfather is more out than in, so she has developed a big wall around her heart. The only people in the world who she shows her true colors are her best friends Maggie and Dane. She vowed never to love, because she doesn't want to feel the pain when someone leaves her again.

Gideon has to keep the business going. Being an orphan and coming from a long and influential family he has a big job cut out for him. But underneath all the coldness he actually is an enormous romantic. I really really really liked this story, a lot! Even though it is written in the present time it feels old. It is amazing how Julie Reece pulls this off. The story begins with a magical trade that happened ages ago which immediately made me curious. Very well done. I laughed out loud more than once because of Raven's silly actions, but I also held my breath at the creepier moments.

If you love stories about ghosts, strong friendships, old magical happenings, finding true love and how people bond and stick together then The Artisans is a must-read.

All About Books Weekend: Book Necklace Giveaway


Enter this giveaway for a chance to win a red leather book necklace. Good luck!

I will contact the winner via e-mail. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here.

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