Bookhaul August & September 2017

Hey you all! You may have noticed that my bookhauls for the months August and September were missing. I decided to wait with posting these hauls because they were kind of … pathetic haha. If it wasn’t for giveaways and review copies I probably wouldn’t have had any books to show you guys and girls. Luckily, Lady Luck favors the broke 😉

When I wanted to take a picture of the spines of the books in my bookhaul the pile of books promptly keeled over, which resulted in this picture that made me laugh really hard, because somehow it looks kind of cool.

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Four of these books I got for free 🙂 I won Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus in a giveaway by the magazine Libelle, I won Bloedwetten: Verlossing (English translation: Bloodlaws: Redemption) by Sophia Drenth in a Facebook giveaway by the author and Nienke Pool, I won Een fijne neus voor liefde (The secret of a heartnote) by Stacey Lee in a giveaway by HarperCollins Young Adult and I got Ster van Acht (Angel Star) by Jennifer Murgia as a review copy for Dutch Venture Publishing. The remaining two books I bought for a project I’m working on and will tell you more about when I’m finished 😉

So, what are these books about? (note: I added two descriptions in Dutch because these books will probably not be translated to English any time soon)

Homo Deus: A brief history of tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari:

Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style—thorough, yet riveting—famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda.

What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.

Bloedwetten: Verlossing by Sophia Drenth (description in Dutch):

Neerlanders hebben hun angst verloren voor de bloeddrinkende Ath’vacii. Burgers gebruiken nu zelf gretig het pulver dat wordt vervaardigd uit Ath’vacii-bloed en bewonderen de machtige stem van een monsterlijke operazanger die eeuwen geleden onsterfelijk werd gemaakt.

Roan Storm is recent door de Ath’vacii tot het eeuwige leven veroordeeld. Hij verliest zijn grote liefde Maïa aan een sterfelijke mens. Samen met zijn staaljagers staat hij machteloos als zijn Bloedwet wordt misbruikt door zijn aartsrivaal.

Wanneer bloedhongerige mensen Ath’vacii beginnen aan te vallen en Maïa’s leven in gevaar komt, valt Storm dieper dan zijn resterende vrienden ooit hadden kunnen vrezen.

Structuring your novel: essential keys for writing an outstanding story by K.M. Weiland:

Is Structure the Hidden Foundation of All Successful Stories?

Why do some stories work and others don’t? The answer is structure. In this new guide from the author of the bestselling Outlining Your Novel, you will discover the universal underpinnings that guarantee powerful plot and character arcs. An understanding of proper story and scene structure will help you to not only perfectly time your story’s major events, but will also provide you with an unerring standard to use in evaluating your novel’s pacing and progression.

Structuring Your Novel will show you:

• How to determine the best methods for unleashing your unique and personal vision for your story.
• How to identify common structural weaknesses and flip them around into stunning strengths.
• How to eliminate saggy middles by discovering your “centerpiece.”
• Why you should NEVER include conflict on every page.
• How to discover the questions you don’t want readers asking about your plot—and then how to get them to ask the right questions.

Story structure has empowered countless bestselling and classic authors. Now it’s your turn!

Ster van Acht (Angel Star) by Jennifer Murgia:

See https://confessionsofaserialreadersite.wordpress.com/2017/09/01/to-fall-in-love-with-an-angel/ for a description and review of the book.

Een fijne neus voor liefde (The secret of a heartnote) by Stacey Lee:

See https://confessionsofaserialreadersite.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/love-is-in-the-air/ for a description and review of the book.

Storytelling in 12 stappen (English translation: Storytelling in 12 steps) by Mieke Bouma (description in Dutch):

Storytelling in 12 stappen is gebaseerd op de monomythe van Joseph Campbell en The Writer’s Journey van Christopher Vogler, ook wel bekend als ‘De Reis van de Held’. Voor schrijvers en verhalenvertellers vormt deze mythische verhaalstructuur een onuitputtelijke inspiratiebron.
In deze praktische schrijfgids behandelt scenarioschrijver en schrijfdocent Mieke Bouma dit verhaalmodel stap voor stap. Storytelling in 12 stappen biedt schrijvers en verhalenvertellers richtlijnen voor het construeren van sterke plots en het creëren van universele en levensechte karakters. Oefeningen en praktische opdrachten helpen bij het oplossen van schrijfproblemen, zorgen voor inspiratie en prikkelen de verbeelding.
Dit boek is niet alleen een avontuur voor auteurs, scenaristen, toneelschrijvers en producenten, maar voor iedereen die van verhalen houdt en ze wil (leren) schrijven of vertellen.  

 

 

 

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