Monday, November 29, 2010

Challenge: Off The Shelf!

Off The Shelf!

So I saw this challenge on The Reader Room and it sounded like just the thing for me! I love buying books, even though when I haven't read over half of the books I own now, because I love pretty covers and I just can't leave a good story on the shelf.. So I end up buying more than I can read - or my book closet can store, really! I've signed up for the challenge so I actually end up reading the books in my closet!

I already have a page on this blog where I list my to-read books (The Reading Pile) but I thought this would give me a bigger kick in the butt.

Since I've already signed up for the Debut Author Challenge 2011 at The Story Siren, I've decided to go for reading 30 books I already own: Making a Dint. That's already a total of 42 books to read next year!

So here's my list so far (I have books coming in the next couple of weeks which I hope to include as well):
1. The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern
2. Night World 01 by L.J. Smith
3. Night World 02 by L.J. Smith
4. Night World 03 by L.J. Smith
5. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
6. The Sorceress by Michael Scott
7. Physik by Angie Sage
8. Queste by Angie Sage
9. Weg van Lila by Patrick van Rhijn (Dutch)
10. My Sisters Keeper by Jodie Picoult
11. The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
12. Playing With The Grownups by Sophie Dahl
13. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
14. Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger
15. Syren by Angie Sage
16. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
17. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
18. Percy Jackson and the Titan´s Curse by Rick Riordan
19. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
20. Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
21. Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
22. Chosen by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
23. Untamed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
24. Need by Carrie Jones
25. Beautiful Creatures by Kimi Garcia & Margaret Stohl
26. Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
27. Thirst no 1 by Christopher Pike
28. Animal Farm by George Orwell
29. The Vampire Diaries: The Return - Shadow Souls by L.J. Smith
30. Evermore by Alyson Noël
31. The Magician by Michael Scott

That´s a pretty big list already.. I need to keep myself from reading those while picking new books to read lol!  The challenge starts at January 1st, 2011 so I still have a month to go.. The last two books are not entirely unread: I read Animal Farm about 10 years ago and didn't understand it and I started in Shadow Souls, but I was unable to finish so I'll be picking it up in 2011 again.

I will be adding books (and maybe even changing titles) during the next couple of weeks. This is my draft list, so to say. Wow, that are the books I *have* to read! I'm looking forward to it, I might not even be able to wait to begin with in the upcoming month.. Maybe I should re-read my Harry Potter books to keep me busy haha!

Are you joining in? If so, how many books are you planning on reading?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

In My Mailbox! (5)

Sunday again! I didn't get much in my mailbox, nothing actually.. But I did borrow a book from my sister, so that's what I'm sharing with you today!

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. This is what Bookdepository says on this story: "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger's, a form of autism. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

My sister bought this when she was in the UK, two or three years ago. She loved it and since she doesn't like to read books, I'm really curious about this book! 

That's it for this week, what did you get in your mailbox?

Friday, November 26, 2010

NaNoWriMo Crisis

So it's only four days til the deadline of NaNoWriMo and while everyone is validating their wordcount, I'm stuck. I can't write a single thing anymore, and it's REALLY frustrating. I don't know what is going to happen next, or how to end my last scene. Should it be real? Should it be a dream? Jeesh, I can't figure it out! I don't even know if I want my MC to find out who her best friend really is in this story, or what the last part of the story should be all about..

I started out with NaNo a little late, I believe I started 5 or 6 days in the challenge, so I was behind from the start. I'm still somewhere near 15,000 words behind on my schedule and I feel like I'm never going to make it. It feels like failure.

Last time I was stuck, the person that was running the sprints on NaNo's sprintaccount on twitter inspired me with some dares and I actually managed to write an enitre chapter based on a dare that seemed too ridiculous to even consider to put into the story. But now, the sprinters are gone because of Thanksgiving weekend and now I feel completely lost. I need some inspiration. When I get the inspiration I'll be fine for a bit and even find the inspiration to write maybe even another chapter.

But not now. I feel alone. I feel like I'm failing.


I just wanted to vent a little, it's really bothering me that I can't write the 50,000 words in time! *shakes fist*

Monday, November 22, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010

Maybe you've already noticed that I've placed a widget of NaNoWriMo 2010 on my right side bar, saying that I'm participating in NaNo 2010. I've signed up late, but I'm still writing and to be honest, I never thought I would still be writing!

According to the NaNo stats thingie on my profile, I'm 13,000 words behind on schedule and my story will be finished on December 23th - finished as in, 50,000 words written. The challenge is to write 50,000 words in one month and I can assure you that that is a lot! I've only written short stories so far, but I get bored easily so I'm really proud of myself that I've made it so far.

My story is about a girl who discovers that she is not fully human. I'm not telling any more things about the story than that now haha. I'm hoping I can set up a rough draft in November and then work on it to get it to a proper book in the upcoming months. NaNo allows me to write crap and ridiculous plot turns in my story without being distracted, and the sprints I've joined in allowed me to include some plot twists that sounded ridiculous at first, but worked out perfectly later on in the story.

I'm 20,000 words into the story now and I'm wondering how I should continue. I won't even try to put everything I want to happen into one "book", because I think it's too much to include in the first story. Yes, I'm already thinking about writing a second book after this. I hope I will make it through the month and win the NaNo this year. It's my first time, but hey, I want to win right away!

Are any of you participating in NaNoWriMo 2010?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

In My Mailbox! (4)

It's Sunday again! That means it's time for another In My Mailbox! I've had an exhausting week, been in bed with migraine for two days and I'm still exhausted from it, but before I landed into bed for almost half of the week, I found a bunch of nice and pretty books! For more information about the meme In My Mailbox, check out The Story Siren.

I walked past an English bookstore after watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in the cinema this week, and decided to take a peek, since I had never been there before. I walked in there and it felt like heaven! A ton of books, mostly paperbacks, and all for cheap! I checked Bookdepository before I bought something, and all the books I had seen there were at least € 1,50 cheaper than when buying it in the UK. Win!

I'm sorry I forgot to take the price tags off.. Whoops!

The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern. Isn't this a pretty cover? It looks so delicate and sophisticated! The book is about Tamara Goodwin who had always lived in the here and now, never thinking about tomorrow. Until a travelling library arrived in her tiny village, bringing with it a mysterious, large leather-bound book locked with a gold clasp and padlock. What she discovers within the pages takes her breath away and shakes her world to its core (this comes from the backside of the book).
I have a couple of Cecelia Aherns books, I think I'm only missing one now (A Place Called Here) and I'm looking forward to reading this book! 

On Bookdepository | Amazon

 The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb. I'm sure I've looked this book up several times before I bumped into it in the bookstore this week, because it was all over my Bookdepository search results haha. Anyway, this is what the backside of the book says: Guided by the dragon Tintaglia, they came from the sea: a Tangle of serpents fighting their way up the Rain Wild River, the first to make the perilous journey in generations.
For Thymara, a Rainwilder born with scales and claws, the return of dragons symbolises the return of hope to her war-torn world. Leftrin, captain of the liveship Tarman, also has an interest in the hatching; as does Bingtown newlywed, Alise Finbok, who has made it her life's work to study dragons.
But the creatures which emerge from the cocoons are a travesty of the dragons of old. Soon, they become a danger to all: it is decided that they must be moved. Far upriver lies the legendary Elderling city of Kelsingra. Perhaps there the dragons will find their true home.
However, if the dragons get there, a band of dragon keepers must be recruited to attend them. None are expected to return, or even survive, but Thymara is certain it's her destiny..
This is the first book in the Rainwild Chronicles Series, the second book (Dragon haven) is already released as well.

On Bookdepository | Amazon

 Night World, Volume 1 by L.J. Smith. This book holds the first three books, Secret Vampire, Daughters of Darkness and Enchantress. I've been wanting to order the series for quite some time now and I found them for way cheaper than online! I was thrilled to see them lying there on the shelf. From the backside: The Night World is a secret society of vampires, werewolves, witches and creatures of darkness - a place too dangerous to fall in love.

On Bookdepository | Amazon

 Night World, Volume 2 by L.J. Smith. This book holds the first three books, Dark Angel, The Chosen and Soulmate. From the backside: The Night World is a secret society of vampires, werewolves, witches and creatures of darkness - a place too dangerous to fall in love.

On Bookdepository | Amazon

 Night World, Volume 3 by L.J. Smith. This book holds the first three books, Huntress, Black Dawn and Witchlight. From the backside: The Night World is a secret society of vampires, werewolves, witches and creatures of darkness - a place too dangerous to fall in love.

On Bookdepository | Amazon

I´ve read the Vampire Diaries, also by L.J. Smith, and I loved that! I still have to get a copy of Stefan´s Diaries: Bloodlust, but I'm waiting for the 'original' black cover to come back because I want the series to look the same in my book closet. I'm weird like that.

Well, that's all for what I got in my mailbox this week! What did you get in yours?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Debut Author Challenge 2011

Kirsti over at The Story Siren is hosting the Debut Author Challenge 2011 and I'm joining in! The idea is to read at least 12 novels from debut authors in the YA/middlegrade segment. It looks like a great way to discover 'new' authors and books!

The books I plan to read:
- "The Trouble with Half a Moon" by Danette Vigilante
- "A Touch Mortal" by Leah Clifford
- "The Iron Witch" by Karen Mahoney
- "Falling Under" by Gwen Hayes
- "Between Shades of Gray" by Ruta Sepetys
- "Jane Jones: Worst. Vampire. Ever." by Caissie St. Onge
- "Possession" by Elena Johnson
- "Choker" by Elizabeth Woods
- "Across the Universe" by Beth Revis
- "Born at Midnight" by C.C. Hunter
- "Ruby Red" by Kersten Gier
- "Ashes, Ashes" by Jo Treggiari
- "Entangled" by Cat Clarke
- "Paranormalcy" by Kiersten White (UK Debut)

I may add or remove some books from the list, as this is the US list for debut novels in 2011 and I don't have the UK list yet, or the Dutch list for that matter. There are also some books that come out in December 2010 in the US, but they might be released in 2011 in the UK and/or The Netherlands.

For more information, please check out this post at!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Harry Potter Film Wizardry by Brian Sibley

On the day that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 shows in cinemas for the first time in The Netherlands, I thought it would be nice to post my thoughts on Harry Potter Film Wizardry by Brian Sibley.

I bought this book on Amazon as soon as I saw it available for preorder. It cost me around $ 21 then instead of the $ 40 that it would cost me when preordering was closed, so for a Harry Potter fan like myself, the decision was easily made.

The book covers the making of the films during the years. It shows pictures of the little Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint when they started filming for the first movie. It has background information on the actors and shows what was the reason behind casting, the character and everything! It shows how the Hogwarts was made, how they created dragons and Buckbeak and it also offers a sneak peek to Deathly Hallows - even part 2! I don't want to tell too much about it, because I think it's nicer to discover everything yourself :)

I had to make myself slow down in reading this and looking to the pages. It's really wonderfully made, with high quality images and pictures of some of the objects used in the films. It even holds some extra's like a programme of the Yule Ball and the Marauder's Map.

If you ask me, this is a must have for every Harry Potter fan out there! I just saw that it's still for sale on Amazon for $ 21.99! If you're outside the US, bookdepository is probably the cheaper option. 

You can buy your copy on Amazon or on Bookdepository.

My rating: 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

In My Mailbox! (3)

It's sunday again! Jeesh, the time flew by.. I've been really busy this week. I didn't get in much this week, but I thought I'd share it with you anyway with another In My Mailbox! For more information about the meme In My Mailbox, check out The Story Siren.

 Wolfling by Di Toft (Original title: Wolven). I saw this one in the book store when I was there to buy a gift for my sister's birthday. I browsed the store and found this one! It's in Dutch, but I really really liked the cover and the story on the back. It's about Nat who brings home a huge dog that he got from his grandfather as a gift. The dog, Woody, turns out to be a little more than a dog: he is a Wolven, the last one on earth.
Woody escaped some kind or really secret science project.

The image on the cover changes from dog (wolf) to boy when you look at it and move the book. Nice eh? I'm a sucker for nice covers. This book is for younger readers than I'm used to, but so far, so good!

That's already everything that I got in my mailbox! Not so much, but it's an awesome book. I got a 10% off voucher for bookdepository this week though so I see some books in my mailbox in the future..

What did you get in your mailbox?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

In My Mailbox! (2)

It's sunday again! Jeesh, the time flew by.. I wanted to do a ton more for my blog here but I've been busy so that's why.. But I got some books in this week so I thought I'd share it with you with another In My Mailbox! For more information about the meme In My Mailbox, check out The Story Siren.

This is what I got in this week :)

 Lea Saskia Laasner - "Ik was pas dertien" (Original titel: "Allein gegen Seelenfänger- Meine Kindheit in der Psychosekte"). This is the true story of a girl that ends up in a cult when she's only thirteen - her parents decide to join the cult. Her parents don't do anything about the situation when she ends up being the personal sex slave of the cult leader. She managed to escape, and she wrote this book to tell her story. 

"The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett. The book is about the realization of building a huge cathedral in 12th century England. I've heard great things about this book, but I was taken by surprise when I saw that the book has almost a 1,000 pages (whoops, forgot to check that when I ordered). I guess I will have to take a complete week off to read this big boy ;)

"Percy Jackson and the Olympians" box by Rick Riordan. This box contains "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief", "Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters" and "Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse". I know there are more books in the series, but I wanted to try this box first. I'm hoping this will be an amazing series - I loved Harry Potter and I'm really digging the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott, so let's hope that this series fits in that category too!

I took a picture of the other side of the box because I like nice boxes! The box shows two of the three covers that are in the boxset. Me likes! I have to find a way to put this in my book closet and show the images at the same time.. Hm.. *thinks*

Well, that's all I got in my mailbox this week, what did you get in yours?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Something new

So today I was browsing on the internet when I finally gave up on solving my computer problems and I stumbled upon a Tumblr account: prettybooks. She posts a ton of pictures with pretty books on her Tumblr and also answers questions like what books she'd recommend to you. Be sure to check her out if you don't know her yet!

I got inspired and created a Tumblr account myself. I'm gonna try to post stuff that's on my wishlist, what I'm currently reading and maybe snap some pictures of my own books and put them on there. I don't know if I'm gonna post my blogposts on there, but if I will, I will let you know.

You can find my Tumblr account here: *click!*.

Until next time, keep on reading!

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