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I am usually in the midst of battling evil overlords or having an epic love story when someone interrupts me to ask: “What is it with you and books?” The typical notion that follows is: “I mean why do you need to escape reality by burying your head between pages?”

My jaw drops at the question, but I’m already prepared to answer. So I do: ” To live a thousand lives before I die.” A quote inspired by George R. R Martin that sums up my book love with such ease.

With each narrative, character and line of thought, which is written on the pages before me, I get to live another life.

I get to see and feel the world (fiction or not) from another perspective. It is odd but I truly feel that this experience has made me more empathic in many circumstances. I have also learned so much about history, geography and literature that no amount of schooling was able to instill in my brain.

Last but not least, reading has made me more creative, motivated and overall happier. I mean… I get to spend time in fantastic places, creating characters and locations simply with my mind. It’s pure exercise for the imagination and a kick in the ass to go out there and experience it for yourself. And I mean happiness? I don’t even have to say anything about it, because it has been said before me – just 6 minutes of reading reduces stress!

So next time you come across a person with a book just ask: “What are you reading?” Trust me you will have an inspiring conversation and maybe a good reference to pick up a book too. 

There is never too much of a good thing! And what could be better than diving into a beautifully written adventure packed fantasy world? If you feel me on that one, then this post is definitely for you. I will be listing my favorite Young Adult Sci-fi trilogies from this year, which means thousands and thousands of pages of fantasy goodness. Here we go! 😄

MY TOP 3 YA Sci-Fi series

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THE LEGEND SERIES BY MARIE LU

The Legend trilogy is about two prodigies – June, a privileged girl destined for great things and Day, a boy who is the most wanted criminal in the Republic. The allure of this series for me lies largely in the two main characters and their dialogue, which Marie Lu has created masterfully. Add some extra punch with an evil regime, hard sacrifices and there you have it – The Legend series.
#1 Legend #2 Prodigy #3 Champion

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SHATTER ME SERIES BY TAHEREH MAFI

Birds don’t fly and the clouds are the wrong color. Juliette is an abomination in a world that is in chaos. Her touch is lethal, she needs to decide – will she be a monster or a warrior! Tahereh Mafi has truly captured the human beings inner fight of trying to be good. Her words and crossed out thoughts made me fall in love with this series. Combine that with tragic battles, unexpected plot twists and you will have a trilogy that will shatter, unravel and ignite you.
#1 Shatter Me #2 Unravel Me #3 Ignite Me

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UNEARTHLY SERIES BY CYNTHIA HAND

Clara has angel blood running through her veins. It makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans. It also means she has a purpose – something she was put on this earth to do. Cynthia Hand has managed to write a beautiful story that captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are. Her ability to combine the real and fantasy world is something I really miss now that the story has ended.
#1 Unearthly #2 Hallowed #3 Boundless

There you go, my top 3 from this year. Let me know in the comments, if you have or plan to read any of these. I would really like to know 🙂

Hello good book… bye bye sleep.

Finding the perfect book is like finding the perfect guy – seems impossible in the beginning but is incredibly rewarding in the end. Now I am not going to get into all the online dating aka Goodreads and Amazon, where you have books lined up based on your personal preferences. I am going to talk about the good old fashion, get out there and find that right one.

how to find a good book

Step 1

Stop wishing and dreaming. Get off the couch and visit a bookshop!

Step 2

Walk around until you spot something you like. Yes, I know this is superficial but let’s all be honest here, we want a book that will read good and also look good on the bookshelf.

Step 3

Sit the acquired target down and spend some quality time together. This step is vital to locking down a good one!

Step 4

Ask all the hard questions. After you have read a couple of pages ask yourself: Do I want to spend the night with this one? Is it likely I would want to introduce my friends to it? Can I stick it out until the end?

Step 5

Seal the deal. If you answered positively to step 4, then it is about time you get serious and take the book home.

Step 6

I hope you guys live happily until the end of the book.

Hope this little post helps you find your perfect match. Let me know in the comments if you have any tips to finding good books. 

Life is short, smile while you still have teeth!

I am a firm believer in the power of happiness. So when I came across a book that had a smiling manifesto in it, I couldn’t help but be excited. The book in question is a quirky little novel by Lucy-Anne Holmes and it is called “Just A Girl Standing In Front of A Boy”. The main character Fanny struggled with depression so her super awesome best friend decided to create a list that she had to follow every single day. That list was called The Smiling Fanny Manifesto.

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Now I truly believe that the ten mandatory steps covered in the manifesto will make for a funner (I want this word to exist so badly) and better life, so I decided to share this particular bit of information.

The Smiling Fanny Manifesto

  1. Phone a friend. You can always call me. Just say, “I am calling you because I have to tick it off my list.” And then we can chat about the usual: what we shall name our future children, our top five sandwich fillings, what you would say to Robbie Williams if you bumped into him on the street.
  2. Grow something – not like something different every day, just always have something growing, like a plant! (Mould on an old cup of tea doesn’t count!!!!)
  3. Count your blessings – before bed you have to think of things from the day that were good and that you’re grateful for. One, very random, off the top of my head example could be “my best friend, Philippa”!!!
  4. Have a face-to-face conversation with somebody. Skype doesn’t count, you actually have to leave the house – it could just be, “Lovely day, today, isn’t it? Do you know what the forecast is for tomorrow?” to the man in the corner shop.
  5. Give yourself a treat (doesn’t have to cost money – a nice bath, a trip to the charity shop to try out new outfits, that sort of thing).
  6. Laugh – my favorite – see attached gift!!! (editor note: the gift was 3 DVDs of Fanny’s favorite stand-up comedians live routines)
  7. Exercise (can just be a ten-minute walk round the block).
  8. Smile or say hello to a stranger (has to be a different person to number 4).
  9. Do a kind deed – either helping someone or going out of your way to be nice to someone.
  10. Watch no more than two hours of telly a day.

Doesn’t it seem like a good idea to try these out? It could be fun. 😀 Let me know in the comments if you would dare to start doing the smiling manifesto!

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istorical fiction never really called out to me – I mean who would love to read about the misery of war, starvation and death. The gloominess that I attached to these novels in my mind always kept me at a distance, until I met “The Book Thief”. This book started a beautiful friendship between me and historical fiction, because I realized that along with suffering comes great determination, that reads beautifully in the hands of the right author.

So I thought I would share my top 3 historical fiction novels from this year. I feel that these are truly an experience I could recommend to any book lover.

TOP 3

  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak // Goodreads
    It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery… Set during World War II in Germany. 

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
  2. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr // Goodreads
    A beautiful, stunningly ambitious bestseller about a blind French girl and a orphan German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
  3. Under The Wide And Starry Sky by Nancy Horan // Goodreads
    At the age of thirty-five, Fanny van de Grift Osbourne leaves her philandering husband in San Francisco and sets sail for Belgium to study art, with her three children and a nanny in tow. Fanny, a woman ahead of her time, meets Robert Louis Stevenson, ten years her junior. A turbulent love affair starts that lasts two decades and spans the world.

If you discovered something new to devour, then let me know which one of these marvelous books you will conquer first.

I also happened to do a book review about number 2 – Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize winning piece, so feel free to take a look 😊