Top 5 Tuesday: Books I need to Re-Read

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Let’s see about some books I need to pick up another time!

#1 The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King by Holly Black

I binge-read the first two books in Holly Black’s The Folk of The Air Trilogy. The story was capturing, so of course, I am excited for the next part to arrive. However, I will need to reread The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King to get back into the story before Queen of Nothing is released!

#2 Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead

First of all, I think this is a book that every woman (and man for that matter) should read. Although I don’t re-read books often, I find myself flipping through the pages quite often. It’s a steady reminder of how far we’ve already come but that at the same time we are still not even close to the end.

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T5T: Books for Hufflepuffs

Hello, my darling readers!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a T5T post!
It’s hosted by Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
For this month, we get a very special treat: for the first time ever, there is a theme! So all four T5T posts for February are related to the Hogwarts houses.
Today I’ll try to figure out some books for the guys and gals in Hufflepuff!

#1 The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman:

I’ve had this book in mind for quite some time now but couldn’t figure out which Hogwarts house to pair it with. Hufflepuff seems like a legit choice, though. The kids sorted into that house share many traits with the characters of the novel – they are hardworking, open-minded, giving and practical. Alice Hoffman’s book contains magic, love, and heartbreak. I bet the Hufflepuffs would love it!

Cover from Goodreads

#2 Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert:

Of all the houses, I always considered the Hufflepuff kids to be the most down to earth. Gilbert’s book is a rather practical guide but paired with lots of emotion. She encourages many traits valued by the Hufflepuffs – they’d devour her heartfelt account of her quest for healing!

Cover from Goodreads

#3 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak:

With The Book Thief Markus Zusak ripped out my heart and tore it to shreds. It’s an account of unwavering loyalty and the goodness in people – even during the bleakest of times. Those traits are essential to Hufflepuff, so I’m sure they’d read the book and then sit with me while crying my eyes.

Cover from Goodreads
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Book Review: Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke (Inkheart #3)

Hey guys!
This is the final installment in my series of posts on Cornelia Funke’s wonderful Inkeart trilogy. Let’s dive right in and see whether I liked part 3!

German Goodreads Cover - Inkdeath

German Goodreads Cover – Inkdeath

 

The Plot:
Inkdeath picks up right after the heart wrenching cliffhanger we were left with in part 2. There are several problems at hand that need to be solved asap. The now immortal Adderhead has certainly not turned into a nice ago over the outlook of eternity. Orpheus who considers himself the best thing that ever happened to Ombra get more annoying by the minute. And then there is the little matter concerning Dustfinger…

 

The Rating:
I’ve mentioned it before but I can’t say it often enough. Cornelia Funke created a wonderful and magical world. The story is both every avid readers biggest dream and nightmare. To be able to get sucked into the story – literally – wouldn’t it be amazing? Maybe not according to Inkheart… Continue reading

Book Review: Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (Inkheart #2)

Hello my lovely readers!
Two weeks ago I talked about Inkheart, a wonderful book by Cornelia Funke. I was so fascinated that I immediately grabbed the second part Inkspell. Is it a worthy successor?

Inkspell – Goodreads cover (German edition: Tintenblut)

 

The Plot:
Dustfinger did it. He finally found a way back home. But Orpheus, the reader who brought him back is not exactly one of the good guys. He is about to send Basta and Mortoal back to the Inkworld as well. So Farid calls on Meggie to help him and soon both of them find themselves in a different world. But they are not the only ones who are back…

 

The Rating:
The only word to describe Cornelia Funke’s books is magical. Not only did she create a fantastic world, she also managed to put the feeling into words that every reader has from time to time: the longing to be in your favorite story. I love how she plays with this theme, makes you second guess but ultimately still has you aching for a different world. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Inkheart

Hello my lovely readers!
A few days ago I wrote a post on Cornelia Funke’s wonderful novel Inkheart. I was pretty excited that there is a movie adapation and of course sat down to watch it immediately after I finished the book. But was it worth the time? (By the way, stay tuned for reviews on book 2+3, Inspell and Inkdeath!)

 

The Plot:
Meggie, a twelve-year-old girl, looks out the window of her room and sees a strange man standing in the yard. Little does she know that his appearance is bound to change her life forever.
This stranger is from another world, a world created with ink on paper. And Meggie’s father Mo brought him here. Him, and some darker characters…

 

Book vs. Movie:
I already covered my opinion on the book in detail, so let’s just do a quick summary: the novel as absolutely wonderful. The story is unique, the characters are to die for. It’s simply magical. Inkheart is a special book that connects in a certain way with everyone who loves to read. This novel will never let you go.
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Book Review: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Hey guys!
It’s time for a book review! Today I want to talk about Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, a novel I’ve wanted to read for ages. Despite it being published in 2003, you can already call it a classic.

Goodreads Cover - Inkheart (Tintenherz in the original German version)

Goodreads Cover – Inkheart (Tintenherz in the original German version)

 

The Plot:
Meggie, a twelve-year-old girl, looks out the window of her room and sees a strange man standing in the yard. Little does she know that his appearance is bound to change her life forever.
This stranger is from another world, a world created with ink on paper. And Meggie’s father Mo brought him here. Him, and some darker characters…

 

The Rating:
Before I even read a single page of this novel, I had heard so many great things about it. The story sounded absolutely fascinating, and to be honest, I have no idea what took me so long to finally check it out!
First of all, the plot is simply magical. Everybody who loves to read can connect with the characters and despite all the dark things going on, you will feel a longing. The way things, characters and stories are treated in this novel will make every book-lovers heart beat faster. It really gets across the many things a novel can be, the many different feelings it can cause. Continue reading