Bookhaul January 2018

Hey you all! So, yesterday I promised to share my January bookhaul with you guys and girls and here I am 😉 I added 8 beautiful new books to my collection and 5 of them are hardcovers ❤ I know 8 books is a lot, but every year in January I use the Airmiles that I saved in the previous year to buy books, so, eventhough I bought quite a few books it didn’t cost me too much money haha (and besides one of the books is a review copy I got from DVP, which only cost me the shipping). Which books did I buy? Let me show you!!!

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I bought Furthermore and Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi in hardcover ❤ I already owned a paperback copy of Furthermore but I loved the book so, so much that I decided to buy a hardcover copy too. I’m planning on using the paperback copy as a canvas to draw and paint on (in a sense adding to the black and white pictures that are already inside). I’ve never done a thing like this before, so, I’m really curious how it will turn out (if it turns out good I will share my ‘ book defacing’ with you all).

For those of you who don’t know these two books, here are the descriptions:

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Alice Alexis Queensmeadow rates three things most important: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. Father disappeared from Ferenwood with only a ruler, almost three years ago. But she will have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is Oliver whose own magic is based in lies and deceit. Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss. 

Whichwood (Furthermore #2) by Tahereh Mafi

Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days washing the bodies of the dead and preparing their souls for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore the way her hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair, and her own ever-increasing loneliness and fear.

But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appears, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship.

I’m really looking forward to reading Whichwood as I absolutely loved Furthermore.

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And here are the rest of the books I added to my collection! They are so pretty!!! Here are the descriptions for these beauties ❤

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson #10) by Patricia Briggs

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe…

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise… 

Everless by Sara Holland

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

Silver Silence (Psy-Changeling #16) by Nalini Singh

Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater Bears, brings with him.

Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence—her mind clear of all emotion—Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.

Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed…

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

Onzuiver (The Blemished) by Sarah Dalton

A beautiful world comes at a price…

In a world filled with stunning clones Mina Hart is Blemished. Her genes are worthless and that takes away her rights: her right to an Education, her right to a normal life and her right to have a child.

Mina keeps a dangerous secret which she never thought she could share until she meets Angela on her first day at St Jude’s School. But their friendship is soon complicated by Angela’s adoptive brother Daniel. Mina finds herself drawn to his mysterious powers and impulsive nature. Then there is the gorgeous clone Sebastian who Mina is forbidden from even speaking to…

I don’t know about you all but I think these books all sound so freaking awesome ❤ My coming days are booked 😉

Happy reading you all!

 

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Bookhaul November and December 2017

Hey you all! I can’t believe it’s the 31st of December already. 2017 is almost over, so, I thought this would be the perfect moment to share my last bookhaulpost of the year with you guys and girls. My November haul was a bit sad (just two books), so, I decided to do another combined bookhaul. Now, let’s look at my loot 😉

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This is the first pile of new books. I don’t know about you, but I love to read some romance novels in the holiday season. So, what books are these and what are they about?

Jennie Lucas – Oneindig waardevol (A ring for Vincenzo’s heir)

Scarlett Ravenwood takes an enormous risk interrupting Vincenzo Borgia’s wedding. He’s rich and powerful, whereas she’s penniless and alone, but she needs his help…to protect their unborn child! 

Vincenzo’s furious that Scarlett kept the pregnancy from him, but to claim his heir he has no other option than to make her his wife. 

Scarlett hadn’t imagined a 24 carat diamond would feel so heavy; it weighs on the ache in her heart. Because she might not get the one, truly priceless, thing she desires…for his heart is off-limits!

Lynne Graham – Bouquet Christmas special

Gekust door de kerstman (The Italian’s Christmas Child)

Italian tycoon Vito Zaffari is waiting out the festive season while a family scandal fades from the press. So he’s come to his friend’s snow-covered English country cottage, determined to shut out the world. 

Until a beautiful bombshell dressed as Santa literally crashes into his Christmas! Innocent Holly Cleaver sneaks under Vito’s defenses—he wants her like no other before and decides he must have her. 

When Vito finds her gone the next day, he’s sure she’ll be easy to forget…until he discovers that their one night of passion has a shocking Christmas consequence!

Een bruid voor kerstmis (The Greek’s Christmas Bride)

Coldly ruthless and deeply cynical, Apollo Metraxis has made a career of bachelorhood. But when the inheritance of his father’s estate is conditional on a marriage and a child, he is forced to do the unthinkable! 

Unpolished Pixie Robinson is the world’s worst choice of a wife for Apollo. Yet her family’s mounting debts leave her defenseless and therefore uniquely suitable. But when the wedding night exposes Pixie’s untouched vulnerability, striking a chord in the dark reaches of his heart, Apollo is forced to think again.  

And that’s before he discovers that she’s carrying not one but two Metraxis heirs!

Champagne en rozen (The Winter Bride)

Angie Brown loved Leo Demetrios but his desire for her was brief and meaningless. After all, he was heir to a Greek shipping fortune and she was just the butler’s daughter.

For over two years Angie has kept secret the legacy of her stolen weekend of passion with Leo. But then she and her small son are forced to spend Christmas with him. How can Angie not tell Leo that Jake is his child?
 
Maybe Leo won’t guess he’s really Jake’s daddy… If he does, one things for certain – he’ll insist that Angie become his winter bride.

Brenda Novak – De rol van zijn leven (When lightning strikes)

Simon O’Neal’s causing trouble again. And it’s up to Gail DeMarco to stop him.

Gail DeMarco left Whiskey Creek, California, to make a name for herself in Los Angeles. Her PR firm has accumulated a roster of A-list clients, including the biggest box office hit of all—sexy and unpredictable Simon O’Neal. But Simon, who’s just been through a turbulent divorce, is so busy self-destructing he won’t listen to anything she says. She drops him from her list—and he retaliates by taking the rest of her clients with him.

Desperate to save her company, Gail has to humble herself by making a deal with Simon. The one thing he wants is custody of his son, but that’s going to require a whole new image. He needs to marry some squeaky-clean girl who’ll drag him off to some small, obscure place like Whiskey Creek….

Gail’s the only one he can trust. She agrees to become his wife—reluctantly. But she isn’t reluctant because he’s too hard to like. It’s because he’s too hard not to love!

Brenda Novak – Kiezen of delen (When snow falls)

After growing up in cheap motels, moving from town to town with her sister and mother, Cheyenne Christensen is grateful to be on her own. She’s grateful, too, for the friends she found once her family settled in California. But she’s troubled by the mystery of her earliest memories, most of which feature a smiling blonde woman. A woman who isn’t her mother. 

Although Cheyenne has repeatedly asked for explanations, the people who could help aren’t talking. Cheyenne is set on finding answers, but without so much as a birth certificate, it won’t be easy. 

Things get even more complicated when her closest friend is attracted to the man Cheyenne has secretly loved for years. For Eve’s sake, she decides to step aside — which lands her right in the arms of Dylan Amos, oldest and baddest of the hell-raising Amos brothers. He’s the kind of guy she’s sworn to avoid. She can’t afford to make a mistake, not when she finally has a chance to learn who she really is and change her life for the better. But . . . maybe there’s more to Dylan than she thought. Maybe letting him go would be a bigger mistake.

Brenda Novak – Thuis in zijn armen (Come home to me)

Home is where her heart is…

When Presley Christensen returns to Whiskey Creek with her little boy after two years away, she has completely changed her life. She’s made peace with her past and overcome the negative behavior that resulted from her difficult childhood. Now she’s back in the small town that was the closest thing to “home” she ever knew—the town where she can be with the sister who’s her only family. 

There’s just one catch. Aaron Amos still lives in Whiskey Creek, at least until he moves to Reno to open a branch of the Amos brothers’ auto body shop. And no matter how hard she’s tried, Presley hasn’t been able to get over him. Seeing him again makes the longing so much worse. But she hopes she can get through the next few months, because she can’t fall back into his arms…or his bed. She’s come too far to backslide now. And there’s a secret she’s been guarding—a secret she’ll do anything to protect.

Brenda Novak – Beter dan ooit (This heart of mine)

First love. Second chance? As the daughter of a hoarder, Phoenix Fuller had a tough childhood. So when the handsome, popular Riley Stinson became her boyfriend in high school, she finally felt as though she had something to be proud of. Phoenix was desperate not to lose him-especially once she found out she was pregnant. Yes, she might have acted a bit obsessive when he broke up with her. But she did not run down the girl he started dating next. Unfortunately, there was no way to prove her innocence. Now, after serving her time in prison, Phoenix has been released. All she wants to do is return to Whiskey Creek and get to know her son. But Jacob’s father isn’t exactly welcoming. Riley doesn’t trust Phoenix, doesn’t want her in Jacob’s life. He is, however, ready to find someone to love. And he wants a good mother for his son. He has no idea that he’s about to find both!

Jennifer L. Armentrout – If there’s no tomorrow

A single choice can change everything.

Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications, and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when she and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

Johan van den Ende – Witter Zwart (this book is only available in Dutch, so, the description is in Dutch)

Hoe maak je de juiste keuzes? De Italiaan en SS-officier Marco Sebastini Corletti wordt tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog in kamp Dachau en later in het geannexeerde Italië voortdurend met deze vraag geconfronteerd. Door zijn toenemende twijfel over het naziregime gaat Marco op zoek naar antwoorden op essentiële levensvraagstukken, maar meer nog zoekt hij zichzelf. Wanneer hij verliefd wordt op een joodse violiste lijken de tegenstrijdige werelden waarin hij zich begeeft onverenigbaar. Kan hij zijn strijd winnen en zichzelf na zijn keuzes weer in de ogen kijken?

Various – Edge Zero Wonderwaan (this book is only available in Dutch, so, the description is in Dutch)

Twintig fantastische verhalen uit 2016 van de beste nederlandse Science-Fiction-, Fantasy- en Horrorschrijvers, door een vakkundige jury geselecteerd uit meer dan honderd inzendingen. 

Donkere Wolken – Wendy Torenvliet De ijzeren vrucht – Johan Klein Haneveld Eekhoorns komen van Mars – Pen Stewart De lijkenkrabber – Tom Thys En de kwallen glanzend als parels in het maanlicht – Tais Teng Offa’s Bruid – Jan JB Kuipers Teken van leven – Iris Versluis Vrijheid is standalone – Django Mathijsen Onder de rook van duizend zielen – Nienke Pool & Mike Jansen Dode mannen dromen niet – Marcel Orie Knielen in de weide – Roelof Goudriaan Verstilde liefde – Django Mathijsen & Anaïd Haen Meertens & Zn. – Henriëtte Poelman Schedel kussen – Jaap Boekestein Zielenroerselen – Tom Schoonbaert Hoop – Peter Kaptein Algorhythm’n’Blues – Jack Schlimazlnik De val van de Eremast – Floris Kleijne Een schuur vol vermogen – Anaïd Haen De Ariadne Singulariteit – Mike Jansen

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I also got a few books for my birthday and Christmas. Everybody who knows me, knows I LOVE Harry Potter. My paperback copies are almost all first editions and they look terrible haha. Usually I keep my books in pristine order, but I’ve read Harry Potter so many times that the books look well-loved (read: there are some stains, pages have curled bottoms, the pages have become yellow and in the first book the glue has started to come loose). But I wouldn’t trade those old books for all the money in the world. However, I did want the English version too, because I have the beautiful Dutch versions. When I came across the illustrated versions by Jim Kay I knew I wanted those. I bought the first one for myself in November and I got the second and third book from my mom and sisters for my birthday ❤ And lucky bastard that I am, my youngest sister surprised me with the illustrated version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (by Olivia Lomenech Gill) on Christmas eve ❤

They are so, so, so stunning!!!

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In case you’re wondering: the candles are from Book & Nook and the wooden bookmarks from Ink&Wonder

Happy reading you all on this last day of the year 😉 Tomorrow I will write a post about all the books I’ve read in 2017 and what my new bookish resolutions will be, so, see you next year!!!

 

 

Bookhaul October 2017

Hey you all! Today I’m going to share my modest October bookhaul with you guys and girls. I bought two gorgeous hardcovers with a fairytale theme, I received one book filled with romantic YA christmas stories for reviewing purposes and I won a book in a giveaway on Facebook hosted by Chantal de Vries ❤

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So, what are these books about?

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo:

For a review and description of this book see: https://confessionsofaserialreadersite.wordpress.com/2017/10/25/fairytales-the-grisha-way/

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden:

For a review and description of this book see: https://confessionsofaserialreadersite.wordpress.com/2017/10/26/deep-inside-the-woods-ancient-evil-stirs/

Een zomer in Parijs (One Paris Summer) by Denise Grover Swank:

Most teens dream of visiting the City of Lights, but it feels more like a nightmare for Sophie Brooks. She and her brother are sent to Paris to spend the summer with their father, who left home a year ago without any explanation. As if his sudden abandonment weren’t betrayal enough, he’s about to remarry, and they’re expected to play nice with his soon-to-be wife and stepdaughter. The stepdaughter, Camille, agrees to show them around the city, but she makes it clear that she will do everything in her power to make Sophie miserable.

Sophie could deal with all the pain and humiliation if only she could practice piano. Her dream is to become a pianist, and she was supposed to spend the summer preparing for a scholarship competition. Even though her father moved to Paris to pursue his own dream, he clearly doesn’t support hers. His promise to provide her with a piano goes unfulfilled.

Still, no one is immune to Paris’s charm. After a few encounters with a gorgeous French boy, Sophie finds herself warming to the city, particularly when she discovers that he can help her practice piano. There’s just one hitch—he’s a friend of Camille’s, and Camille hates Sophie. While the summer Sophie dreaded promises to become best summer of her life, one person could ruin it all.

I’m really looking forward to reading this book! It sounds so awesome ❤

Wonderland by various authors:

For this book there is no official description, but it is a collection of short YA romantic Christmas stories written by ten popular Dutch YA authors. I’m still debating if I’m going to write this review in Dutch or if I’m going to make a bilingual review in Dutch and English (I’m leaning towards the latter). The review will be posted on 14 November so stay tuned for that one 😉

And that’s all for October I’m afraid. But, eventhough it’s just a small pile, two of the four books were absolutely amazing and I have high hopes for the other two, so, quality makes up for quantity 😉

 

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.  

 

 

 

Bookhaul July 2017

Hey you all! I can’t believe it’s almost August… These last few months just flew by. As it is the last day of the month I’m sharing a new bookhaul with you guys and girls. This month I collected a whopping amount of 10 new books!!! (can I blame this one on heatstroke too eventhough it was quite rainy this month?) But fair is fair I bought four of them with a huge discount (the Nora Roberts books) and one of them was a gift from my little sister, so this months bookhaul didn’t cost me a lot of money.

This month I didn’t only crave romantic books, like Nora Roberts’ Stars of Fortune trilogy, which I already reviewed a couple of months ago when I borrowed them from my mom (no borrowing needed anymore 😉 )

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But I really wanted some supernatural and non-fiction stories too. Something to suit my need for the fantastical, something to quench my thirst for knowledge and something to touch my heart and make me melt away ❤ in short the perfect combo of everything I love 🙂

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So, let me give you the description of all these beauties (except for the Stars of Fortune trilogy) and maybe you will want to put one of them on your to read list too 😉

Sapiens: a brief history of human kind by Yuval Noah Harari

100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. 

How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come? 

In Sapiens, Dr Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical – and sometimes devastating – breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come? 

Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power … and our future.

Onbereikbaar (Eyes turned skyward) by Rebecca Yarros

Since her sister’s death, twenty-year-old Paisley Donovan, who shares her sister’s heart condition, is treated like delicate glass by her parents. But nothing will stop her from completing her Bucket List—even if it kills her. And it almost does, until Jagger Bateman pulls her from the ocean and breathes more than air into her lungs—he sets her soul on fire.

Jagger is enrolled in the country’s toughest flight school. He’s wickedly hot, reckless, and perfect for a girl looking to live life to the fullest. Except that Paisley is the commanding general’s daughter, and her boyfriend is Jagger’s biggest rival. Now Paisley must decide just how much to risk for a guy who makes her heart pound a little too hard.

They’re flying through dangerous territory—and one wrong move could make them crash and burn…

A brief history of time by Stephen Hawking

Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries? These are just some of the questions considered in the internationally acclaimed masterpiece by one of the world’s greatest thinkers. It begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time – from the Big Bang to black holes, via spiral galaxies and string theory. To this day A Brief History of Time remains a staple of the scientific canon, and its succinct and clear language continues to introduce millions to the universe and its wonders.

De Obsessie (the Obsession) by Nora Roberts

“She stood in the deep, dark woods, breath shallow and cold prickling over her skin despite the hot, heavy air. She took a step back, then two, as the urge to run fell over her.” 

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

Just Dreaming by Kerstin Gier

 A dream traveler faces the greatest challenge she’s yet encountered in this gripping third and final book of the Silver trilogy.

The course of dream travel never did run smooth—at least, not in Liv Silver’s experience. Able to visit other people’s dreams (whether they want her to or not), Liv has solved mysteries, unearthed difficult truths, fought madmen, and escaped life-threatening peril, all from the comfort of her own bed. But Liv’s troubles are just beginning.

A rocky romance, a malicious blogger with a hidden identity, a wedding, and a classmate (or two) dead-set on revenge all await Liv in this action-packed conclusion to the Silver trilogy.

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I’m totally in love with these covers ❤ That’s also the reason why I bought the series in English instead of Dutch or German haha.

Strijder (Legion) by Julie Kagawa

The legions are about to be unleashed, and no human, rogue dragon or former dragon slayer can stand against the coming horde. Book 4 of 5 in The Talon Saga from New York Times bestselling author Julie Kagawa.

Dragon hatchling Ember Hill was never prepared to find love at all–dragons do not suffer human emotions–let alone the love of a human and a former dragonslayer, at that. With ex-soldier Garret dying at her feet after sacrificing his freedom and his life to expose the deepest of betrayals, Ember knows only that nothing she was taught by dragon organization Talon is true. About humans, about rogue dragons, about herself and what she’s capable of doing and feeling.

In the face of great loss, Ember vows to stand with rogue dragon Riley against the dragon-slaying Order of St. George and her own twin brother Dante–the heir apparent to all of Talon, and the boy who will soon unleash the greatest threat and terror dragonkind has ever known.

Talon is poised to take over the world, and the abominations they have created will soon take to the skies, darkening the world with the promise of blood and death to those who refuse to yield.

The Storytelling animal: how stories make us human by Jonathan Gottschall

Humans live in landscapes of make-believe. We spin fantasies. We devour novels, films, and plays. Even sporting events and criminal trials unfold as narratives. Yet the world of story has long remained an undiscovered and unmapped country. It’s easy to say that humans are “wired” for story, but why?

In this delightful and original book, Jonathan Gottschall offers the first unified theory of storytelling. He argues that stories help us navigate life’s complex social problems—just as flight simulators prepare pilots for difficult situations. Storytelling has evolved, like other behaviors, to ensure our survival.

Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology, Gottschall tells us what it means to be a storytelling animal. Did you know that the more absorbed you are in a story, the more it changes your behavior? That all children act out the same kinds of stories, whether they grow up in a slum or a suburb? That people who read more fiction are more empathetic?

Of course, our story instinct has a darker side. It makes us vulnerable to conspiracy theories, advertisements, and narratives about ourselves that are more “truthy” than true. National myths can also be terribly dangerous: Hitler’s ambitions were partly fueled by a story.

But as Gottschall shows in this remarkable book, stories can also change the world for the better. Most successful stories are moral—they teach us how to live, whether explicitly or implicitly, and bind us together around common values. We know we are master shapers of story. The Storytelling Animalfinally reveals how stories shape us.

I’m so excited to read all of these books!!!

Happy reading you all and see you next time 😉

Bookhaul June 2017

Hey everybody! I decided to add another new feature to my blog. On most blogs I follow people post all the books they buy every month. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do this too as I don’t buy books every month (and some months I buy very many books and others only one or two). But, I really like these ‘bookhaul’ posts, because it’s a great way to find new books to put on a ‘to read’ or ‘to buy’ list. So, I caved and decided to start posting bookhauls too.

This month I went a little crazy (I’m going to blame it on heatstroke 😉 ) and bought seven books (and a Fairylootbox which will be revealed in my unboxing post)!

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Aren’t they pretty ❤

As you can see I bought a lot of romantic books. I love reading romance stories in the summer. Something about the sun, a cool breeze and all the flowers in bloom makes me crave a lot of love in my books 😉

So, what are all these stories about? Let me tell you!

Like a memory by Abbi Glines:

One memory.
One special summer.
The one thing Bliss had lost herself in when the fear and sickness were too much, moments never to be damaged by the harsh reality that followed… until now.

Bliss York didn’t live a normal teenage life. She didn’t go to Friday night football games, walk the halls with her friends every day, go to her prom or even walk to receive her diploma. It had all been taken from her the fall that she was fifteen years old and she was given the diagnosis no one ever wants to hear.

She had leukemia.

Seven years after spending a summer with a girl who he knew would always be his first love and the one who got away, Nate Finlay returns to Sea Breeze to help his fiancé open her new boutique clothing store. When the new employee walks in Nate is taken back seven years to the girl he thought he’d love forever. The one who never answered his calls or returned his text. The one who shut him out completely with not even a goodbye and broke his heart.

They’ve each become someone different. No longer the young teens with stars in their eyes. But does that matter when your heart still says that’s the one.

Under the lights by Abbi Glines:

Willa can’t erase the bad decisions of her past that led her down the path she’s on now. But she can fight for forgiveness from her family. And she can protect herself by refusing to let anyone else get close to her.

High school quarterback and town golden boy Brady used to be the best of friends with Willa—she even had a crush on him when they were kids. But that’s all changed now: her life choices have made her a different person from the girl he used to know.

Gunner used to be friends with Willa and Brady, too. He too is larger than life and a high school football star—not to mention that his family basically owns the town of Lawton. He loves his life, and doesn’t care about anyone except himself. But Willa is the exception—and he understands the girl she’s become in a way no one else can.

As secrets come to light and hearts are broken, these former childhood friends must face the truth about growing up and falling in love…even if it means losing each other forever.

Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen:

Ruby, where is your mother?

Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she’s been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.

That’s how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn’t seen in ten years, and Cora’s husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future; it’s a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?

Last Chance by Sarah Dessen:

Never in one place long enough to make friends or put down roots, Colie doesn’t expect her trip to the North Carolina coast to change a thing. Always the outcast, she’s resigned to a holiday with only her eccentric aunt Mira for company. But when she finds a job waitressing at the Last Chance cafe, she also finds acceptance, new friends, and the beginnings of romance…

Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry:

One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That’s seventeen-year-old Breanna’s role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully’s line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas “Razor” Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don’t belong. But when he learns she’s being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it’s time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he’ll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she’ll help him seek answers to the mystery that’s haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they’re both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they’re going from here.

Confess by Colleen Hoover:

Auburn Reed is determined to rebuild her shattered life and she has no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to become deeply attracted to the studio’s enigmatic artist, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is hiding a huge secret. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything Auburn loves most, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it—but can she do it?

The Architect of Song by A.G. Howard:

A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

I think I’m going to have a blast of a summer vacation with these books 🙂 Happy reading you all!