May Book Haul

This is without a doubt my biggest book haul to date. Im not sure why, perhaps May wasnt a very expensive month, or I bought books for really good deals. Either way, heres my May book haul!

Top Ten Tuesday Freebie: Top Ten Favorite Literary Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish. Want to participate? Head over to their blog and find out how it works!

This week's theme is Freebie. Since I've not yet talked about characters on my blog, I decided  to go with Top Ten Favorite Literary Characters!

The Most Extraordinary Bookstore Of All

Last week found me on vacation with my family, which included a trip to Maastricht. Those familiar with the city will know about the peculiar sight of a bookstore in a church. The bookstore in question, Boekhandel Dominicanen is situated in the Dominicanenkerk, which was build in the 13th century. The church has housed many bookstores over the years, among which Polare, and was closed to the public when I last visited Maastricht due to Polare's bankruptcy. Thankfully, it's open again under a new name, and does it look amazing!

Review: The Death Cure

◆ The Death Cure by James Dashner
◆ Read May 2014
◆ English Edition
❝  Thomas knows that Wicked can't be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they've collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test.

What Wicked doesn't know is that something's happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked says.

The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine.
Will anyone survive the Death Cure?❞
I feel like The Death Cure was a decent enough book to end the trilogy. I finished it in one day, so needless to say I liked it. The thing is though, I did not love it, even if it was somewhat better than The Scorch Trials. 

TV Shows Adapted From Books That You'll Love

It's not exactly a secret that I watch a lot of TV series. And by a lot, I really mean a lot (definitely more than 15 at the time, where do I even find the time?). I've taken the liberty of selecting some books that have been adapted into TV Shows that you will surely love if you're into books and TV shows! They are as good as the book(s), sometimes even better in their portrayal! 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Almost Put Down But Didn't

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish. Want to participate? Head over to their blog and find out how it works!

My list is in no particular order today. In addition, today features a top 5 because I could not think of any other books. 

How to: Color-Coded Bookshelves

For the last two months or so my bookshelves have been an absolute and utter mess. Ever since I've become a student my bookcase has been coping with not only books, but with lots of other stuff as well because I lack space. For months now it has contained stacks and stacks of books, untidy because I usually put newly-bought books on existing piles without a seconds thought. In addition, it has contained a box full of food, a vase, a few bottles of lemonade and wine, a box full of paint, pencils and ink, and (in the most unruly of days) little pieces of jewelry. When I sum it all up it really sounds like I'm a crazy person.

Needless to say it was about time I reorganized and reshelved my bookcase and use it again for its original purpose: books! I'm a organize-by-alphabet kind of girl, but - in definite need of a change -  I decided to reshelf all of my books by color!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Covers I'd Frame As Pieces of Art

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Review: The Scorch Trials

◆ The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
◆ Read May 2014
◆ English Edition
❝ Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. 
Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch. 

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. 

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off. 

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.❞
The second book in The Maze Runner-series wasn't as good as the first one in my opinion. The story continues where it left off in the first book, but some of the decisions Dashner made in this book concerning characterization and plot do not sit right with me. 

April Book Haul

This is not so much a haul as a... gift? I was practically broke all through April. But do not fret! My birthdah was on the 7th of April and I've been gifted with something I've been wishing for a long time now (fun fact: somehow my dad did not know this and bought these gems out of own inspiration, oh how you know me well dad!)

Where have I been?

It has been nearly a month since my last post. So where the hell have I been? (down the rabbit hole)

I joke about it, but April has really been a crazy month: celebrating my birthday at my parently house and later that week in my student house, an International & European Law final, Easter, 3 days in Berlin, Kingsday and a trip to Vught. THAT has been my month and there was really no time between all this stuff and actually doing work for uni that I could have possibly spend on this blog.

Enough with the excuses you say? Fine. All I have to say is: I'm back! Apologies for the long wait, but my April book haul will be up later tonight, more reviews are coming up soonand I will continue my top ten tuesday :) Hooray!


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