Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Disney Tag

Not a book tag this time but the DISNEY TAG!

Disney Tag:

1. A scene in any Disney movie you wish you could experience
2. An unforgettable experience you’ve had at the parks
3. Which Disney princess do you resemble most?
4. When was the first time you went to a Disney park?
5. If you could choose any of the characters to be your best friend who would you choose?
6. Who is your favorite Disney princess?
7. Name a scene/moment in any Disney movie that never fails to make you cry?
8. What is your favorite Disney movie?
9. Overrated Disney?
10. Underrated Disney?
11. Favorite Disney song?
12. Least Favorite Disney?
13. Favourite Disney villain
14. Favorite classic Disney/ favorite modern Disney?
15. Favorite Disney score?
16. Favorite live action
17. First Disney movie you watched

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Book Title Alphabet Challenge

Another challenge with Margo and I. And we're being very original as we are re-branding our alphabet challenge. Instead of book characters we're doing it with book titles.

The game goes like this:
We're going through the alphabet and we have to match a book with the letter (+ say the author). 'the' and 'a' don't count.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Book Review: After You + MBY Trailer!

4  stars (I really liked it) for After You by Jojo Moyes

“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.” 
How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living? 
Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started. 
Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. 
. . . 
For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await. 
Source: Goodreads

Ever since the news of the sequel came out, I pre-ordered it immediately.
MBY is my favourite book out there. One of the few ones that have managed to make me bawl. I mean, even the little note at the beginning of After You was enough to choke me up. Just the mention of Will's name is enough to make me cry out in despair.
Then the book arrived and I put off reading it, scared of the emotional train wreck I might happen upon. But with the trailer out and the movie only a few more months away (and me being on holiday), there didn't seem a better time to start on this beauty.

I know the story has received mixed reviews and I get it.
If you're expecting a book exactly like Me Before You than you should stop, sit down and think about it. Ask yourself why the sequel would benefit from being like MBY?
It wouldn't.
I think if you start reading this book with that acknowledged, it will keep you from having the wrong expectations.
It's exactly what I did.

We follow Lou in her new life. Only Lou's new life isn't exactly what she had imagined it would be like. With the ghost of Will and his decision still hanging over her life, Lou struggles to find her own place in this world.
When an unexpected guest arrives at her doorstep Lou's life goes in fast forward as she finds herself responsible for another human being all over again. Only this one brings a new kind of troubles with her than Will used to and Lou finds herself more than often struggling to do the right thing.

If having to deal with a teenager isn't enough, she struggles with the arrival of a man in her life which she feels scarily attracted to. Can Lou allow herself to let anyone in again or has her past with Will changed her?

Let me start by saying how emotionally distressed I was from beginning to end. Where MBY was a train headed straight towards heartbreak town. After You is an emotional roller coaster with looping after looping. There are so many little factors present in this story, many small story lines that are entwined together that every time there was a new plot twist. A new tension to be worried about.
I caught myself constantly reading ahead in the hope of finding out what would happen.

It's been such a joy of meeting up with Lou again. She's a breath of fresh air and a pleasure to read about. But what makes me sad is that there wasn't much mention of Will. I mean, there is but not in the way I had hoped there to be. I'm still not over Will, I don't think I'll ever be. And the lack of him made me feel like even though Lou managed to move on I'm not sure I, as a reader, got closure on the subject of Will Traynor (does that sound totally lame?).

However, I wasn't a big fan of the ending. This story has all been about closure and moving on. Not only for the characters but also for the readers. Yet, the story finishes with -what felt to me like- another open ending. Somehow I would've preferred a 'and they all lived happily ever after' because that's what I felt After You was all about. Yet it became another open ending and I'm not sure how I feel about that. It almost felt like she did it on purpose because it felt a lot like the ending to MBY.

The book tells a beautiful story about grief, friendship, honour, values and family.

When you write a sequel to one of world's biggest tearjerker you're bound to bump against some expectations and prejudices from your future readers. But I think Jojo Moyes did a splendid job.

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And what about this movie trailer? Surely everyone has seen it by now! Even people who haven't read the book have seen the trailer! I understand why. The trailer is perfection! If the movie is only half as good as the trailer then I'll know I'll be bowling my eyes out in the theater. (I seriously think I need to go watch this on my own due to a possible overflow of tears).
It looks absolutely perfect and I am really exciting to see what they did with the movie.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Confessions of a Rookie Bloggger

It's officially been a year since I started this blogging adventure.
It involved:
- 36 read books
- an uncountable amount of bought books
- a hiatus or two
- a bunch of new friends
- 2 missed out blogger events
- 1 missed out book launch party
- 3 days of working at the Antwerp Book Fair
- 80% rate at Netgalley (mainly thanks to my hiatus)
- a new book shelf

I've been in this beautiful community for about a year now and it struck me as pretty amazing how much of a family the book bloggers are.
Sure, it's not always unicorns and butterflies as it is in every family.

Though I've been at it for a year, I still feel like the biggest rookie (and assume will be feeling like this for another 5 years or so :p).
I've lacked in posts or have neglected the blog ideas I wanted to create.
I prefer writing stories over blogposts (which I think is how it should be!) and suck at multitasking.
I love to socialize but am socially awkward.
And most of all, I struggle to keep up with a lot of what's going on.

Though I am comfortable in doing things my own way. And I am just incredibly grateful for all the new friends I met, the beautiful authors I have talked to and the brilliant new books I got to read.

Here's to another year of book blogging!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Book Review: Waiting For You

2,5 stars (It was ok) for Waiting for You by Catherine Miller

Waiting for You is an emotional and gripping debut novel you won’t be able to put down… 
You’d never guess that Fliss Chapron doesn’t have it all.
All Fliss wants is to see two blue lines telling her she is pregnant with her much longed for second baby. But as the negative tests stack up, dreams of completing her perfect family feel more hopeless every day. 
After years of disappointment, Fliss’s husband Ben is spending more time at the office than in their marital bed, and Fliss finds herself wondering who could be responsible for their inability to conceive another child. Yet, where do you lay the blame when it comes to having a child – and can anyone really be at fault… 
As Ben becomes increasingly distant, Fliss begins to question whether her desire for a baby is just a sticking plaster to save her marriage. Because in the end, how well can you ever know another person…even the man you’re married to? 
Source: Goodreads

I was kindly given a copy through Netgalley, with many thanks to the publisher.

I'm not sure why this story didn't catch on with me. It had some beautiful elements. It was honest, sweet and filled with love and compassion. Yet, it couldn't get me captured.
In honesty there wasn't anything I didn't like but it still wasn't enough.
I've explained before how there's books that you experience and books you read. This story was one I got to read rather than experience and I think that's why I feel so troubled about this one.

Fliss is trapped in a not so ideal marriage situation. With her husband living in London during the week and only visiting their house in Kent during weekends a strain has landed on their marriage.
This isn't helped by Fliss incredible desire to have a second child and the constant failure she's faced with. After a countless amount of negative tests and some convincing from her friends Fliss decides to sign up for a documentary.
During the months of filming and preparation Fliss finds herself falling in love unexpectedly, confused about her marriage, and finds out her husband has kept secrets from her that has been affecting them both more than she could've known.

There is a blooming relationship in this story that I really liked to read about and gave me the occasional butterflies. I've liked coming back to the two of them and see how things developed.
I just wish it had been enough to completely envelop me in the story.

Sunday, February 07, 2016


Are you singing the song, 'cause I am!

I'm back!
Maybe my absence has gone by unnoticed and that's just fine but I felt an official return post was needed.

My silence is finally over and I'm am hoping to get more blogs posts written! Hopefully I'll manage to stick my intended schedule this time.
But you may or may not have noticed that it's been considerably more quiet on here lately due to educational responsibilities. As for the past 4 months I've been busy doing my internships. But that's all behind me and now it's turned 2016.
So what better way to start the year of with looking at last year's resolutions.

1. Get my book published
2. Figure out my future
3. Get back in shape
4. Keep writing

Well....I did 2/4.
I've kept writing (as it's almost impossible not to). Even finished another successful year of NaNoWriMo and am now trying to wrap my head around some WIP I started two years ago but then put aside.
And I've sort of figured out what I want to do! Obviously the book dream is still there but aside from that I've officially graduated and can now call myself a Speech and Language Therapist!
Not only that, I've also already landed a job and will be starting that soon. First I have to get all the paperwork and other adult stuff in order (which is frightening! School really needs to prepare you better for these administrative stuff no one seems to have a clue about but we all have to do).

Then the other two...
well...I've totally lacked doing exercise and watching my diet. I did fairly well until about April and then I gave up. But Another year, another go and maybe this time I'll manage to stick to it. Better to try and fail, right....

And then there is, of course, the fact I had aimed to publish a book by the end of 2015. Well, quite obviously I didn't.
HOWEVER, I am definitely on the way there.
The manuscript is written. Edited at least 4 times. Beta-read.
And I've even submitted it to a few publishers, who both rejected me.
(I might make a whole other blog post about this, hopefully somewhere next week)
And I've decided that I'll try a few more publishing houses before considering the road of self-publishing. (So, if anyone has any suggestions for brilliant editors etc., then you're more than welcome to drop me a message).

Anyway, 2016 has quite unexpectedly become a whirlwind of new chances and opportunities!
But most of all I'm excited for another year of BOOKS!

I hope you all will be joining me on the new adventure!

Until then, here's my track of the day:

Monday, February 01, 2016

Cover Reveal:

I have a new cover reveal for you all and it's absolutely beautiful: All For You by Kristina O'Grady.
I don't have a blurb yet to share with you all but that just means we can get straight to business and look at the great that's here for you all.