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Top Ten Books I Want To Reread

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature created by The Broke and The Bookish. This weeks prompt is  ‘Top Ten Books I Want To Reread’. To be honest I don’t reread a lot of books. I have a pretty large TBR pile and I just don’t know where to find the time to reread stories. Some books were really nice though and I am pretty sure I would enjoy them again if I’d read them a second time. So I did come up with a list. I mostly want to reread many series, but I have added a few single books here and there as well.

Top Ten Tuesday

1. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

These books were so awesome, but it feels like I have read them so fast that I have forgotten most of the story so I would to read it again and remember more of it this time.

2. The Fault In Our Stars – John Green

The first time I have read this book I have read in a couple of hours as I really wanted to know what would happen. Now that I have read it and seen the movie, I want to go back to the book and read it so that I can get more details from it. The book has so many awesome quotes that I forgot about, I am pretty sure I can keep reading it over and over again.

3. Vampire Academy series- Richelle Mead

I want to read the serie Bloodlines, which is a spin off from Vampire Academy. I loved the series a lot, so I would love to read those six books again before starting in Bloodlines.

4. Succubus / Georgina Kincaid series – Richelle Mead

I think Georgina Kincaid is such a kick ass character. I would say I’d love to be her. I loved the relationship that formed between her and Seth and I just want to read this one again, to see if it will be just as awesome when I read it a second time.

5. Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling

In 2008 I have read all the Harry Potter books. The good thing is that I could borrow them from my mother at the time, but the bad things is that the books were all in Dutch. I would love to read the whole series again in English. I prefer reading in English nowadays so I do hope that I will love them even more in the original language.

6. The Thirteenth Tale – Dianne Setterfield

I remember that this was a very lovely book with a surprising ending. I just want to read it again.

7. Eline Vere – Louis Couperus

When I was in high school I have read Eline Vere for Dutch literature. It was written in the 19th century, but to me it was one of the most beautiful books I had ever read. So it’s an obvious choice.

8. Shadow of the Wind (and the  other pars of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series) – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The three books about the Cemetery of Forgotten Books were really awesome, but I never realized it would become a series where things would somehow come together and fall into place. Therefore I would like to read them again.

9. Prozac Nation – Elizabeth Wurtzel

I just love memoirs with a psychological theme and this one really stayed with me somehow. There are a few more that I loved a lot, but I’ve already read those multiple times. This one is still on the list to read again one day.

10. Lorien Legacies – Pittacus Lore

The series are not finished yet, but it’s one of the most exciting series that I have read so far and it’s one of my favorites. So when it is finished, I think I would like to read all of the books again.

No Plot? No Problem! – Chris Baty

No plot? No problem!Title: No Plot? No Problem!
Author: Chris Baty
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Pages: 176
My rating★★★★✫

Two years ago I have read this book in order to prepare myself for NaNoWriMo. I really wanted to know if it would be possible to write without a plot. How do others do that? How can I write something without being stuck all the time?  Is it even possible to write 50,000 words in just one month? Yes it is possible and at the same time it is really hard. This novel will help you to prepare for this crazy but awesome month!

What the book is about

You’ve always wanted to write, but . . . just haven’t gotten around to it. No Plot? No Problem! is the kick in the pants you’ve been waiting for.

Let Chris Baty, founder of the rockin’ literary marathon National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo), guide you through four exciting weeks of hard-core noveling. Baty’s pep talks and essential survival strategies cover the initial momentum and energy of Week One, the critical “plot flashes” of Week Two, the “Can I quit now?” impulses of Week Three, and the champagne and roar of the crowd during Week Four. Whether you’re a first-time novelist who just can’t seem to get pen to paper or a results-oriented writer seeking a creative on-ramp into the world of publishing, this is the adventure for you.

So what are you waiting for? The No Plot? approach worked for the thousands of people who’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo, and it can work for you! Let No Plot? No Problem! help you get fired up and on the right track.

What I thought about the book 

This book will guide you through the ups and downs of NaNoWriMo. Every participant knows what the book is talking about. We all recognize how every week has it’s own problems. For me writing without a plot seems to be a problem, as I can produce loads of text but it won’t be any good. Editting is not necessary, as it just belongs in the trash can. That doesn’t mean I didn’t learn from writing that much. It is valuable to learn to shut down your inner editor and how to just keep writing, even when the words are not there.

If you need something to prepare yourself for the crazy ride we call NaNoWriMo and you need some entertaining, then this book is awesome. If you expect yourself to write a masterpiece in just 30 days, then you should not bother reading this. It is just not going to happen, as writing a novel is more than just writing 50,000+ words. What the book will do is tell you to just start writing. sitting and staring at your screen never helped anyone who wanted to write a novel.

Discern – Andrea Pearson

DiscernTitle: Discern (Katon University #1)
Author: Andrea Pearson
Pages: 294
My rating★★★★✫

I got this book as a review copy from eBooks for Review. It sounded quite interesting and I was definitely in the mood for a good young adult story. I mean, come on: Magic, spiders and other creepy creatures. So I started to read it as soon as I had time.

What the book is about

Nicole Williams is an Arete—a fourth child with magical abilities—yet no matter how hard she tries, she can’t Channel her power. In fact, she seems to be the only student at Katon University who fails at magic.

That doesn’t stop magic from finding her. It starts with possessed books and cursed spiders before moving quickly to freaky shadows and magical currents. Nicole turns to her best friend for help, along with fellow student Austin Young, who is considered by all a magical rarity. He also happens to be the hottest guy on campus and just might be interested in her.

Nicole soon finds herself competing to be included on a university-led expedition to Arches National Park. She is determined to show everyone, but mostly herself, that she does belong. Yet, to qualify for the trip, she must produce at least a speck of Wind magic, and that appears to be impossible.

As the competition progresses, Nicole wonders if she’s making the right choice—especially when she learns that the strange fossils they’ll be studying in Arches might not be as dead as everyone thinks.

What I thought about the book 

I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and I finished it in no time. I instantly liked the main character, Nicole, and her best friend Lizzie. She is a hard working student, who can do awesome stuff with her cello and she’s a sweet friend. If only she could use her magic her life would be even better. If she finds out that she can go on an expedition, she really wants to do it. The only problem is that she will have to be able to use her magic if she wants to be on the team. That might be a problem, but as she is the main character, she will find a way to deal with that. I mean, why mention the expedition if she can’t come?

But OMG the spiders in the apartment gave me the creeps. I was reading this book at night and I am not afraid of spiders, but there were so many of them and it was just creepy. I could nearly see them crawling in my own bedroom. If you are afraid of spiders you might want to think twice before reading this book. Some other moments were pretty scary as well. It does fit the genre, so I didn’t mind.

The end of this book is not the end of the story, as it is the first part of the Katon University series. There is a lot about this story that I still want to know, so I definitely want to read part two of this series. It won’t come out before 2015, so I have to wait a little on that one, but I will definitely put the second book on my wishlist.

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