Top 5 Tuesday: F – G – H – I – J

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
For this month, Shanah came up with something very special. Each Tuesday I share my top 5 books beginning with the respective letters of the alphabet assigned for the day.
This is the second post, so we’ll talk about F, G, H, I and J.

F – Fairest

This year I finally caught up on all extra books that go with Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. Fairest is a prequel that tells the story of evil Queen Levana. A fascinating insight into her deranged mind!

G – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I’ve named this book a couple of times now for different T5T themes. It’s just too good not to keep bringing it up. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is one of the most fascinating, intricate and smart thrillers I’ve ever read.

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Top 5 Tuesday: “Unputdownable” Reads

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 just couldn’t put down!

#1 A Court of Mist and Fury

I wasn’t exactly thrilled by the first book in the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas and had almost quit after that one. However, I kept going and, boy, I am glad I did! After the chapters with Tamlin were finally over, I basically burned through A Court of Mist and Fury as well as through A Court of Wings and Ruin in just three days.

#2 Heartless

Marissa Meyer had already impressed me with The Lunar Chronicles. Trusting that Heartless would be good as well, I picked it up without even know what it was about. Well, I was sucked into the story from the first page on and couldn’t stop reading!

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Top 5 Tuesday: Mind-Blowing Mysteries/Thrillers

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 check out some thrillers and mystery books!

#1 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:

This was such a fascinating thriller! I actually gobbled up the entire Millenium series within days. Lisbeth Salander is such a bad-ass character, I just couldn’t stop reading. The story was fascinating and peppered with plot-twist I certainly didn’t see coming!

#2 Gone Girl:

So, this book wasn’t one of my favorites but I know it’s wildly popular. Although I had my issues with the story, it certainly had some interesting and unexpected moments!

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T5T: Books for Slytherins

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 share some recs for the final Hogwarts house: Slytherin. Believe me, when I say I saved some really good stuff for them!

#1 A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin:

If I had to choose one books series that represent the very essence of Slytherin, it’d be ASOIAF. Those novels scream the word ambition which is a major trait of the Slytherin kids. There’s lots of scheming, plotting and killing going on which I also imagine them enjoying. There are many ruthless and badass characters. It’s almost as if Martin had written the books just for Slytherin. 😉

Cover from Goodreads

#2 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson:

I saved this one exclusively for the Slytherins. It kept popping up in my head with most of the other houses too, but here it’s the ultimate fit. Lisbeth Salander would most certainly be sorted into Slytherin and you can’t convince me otherwise. The books by Stieg Larsson have this dark and unsettling vibe about them the Slytherin would relish. They’d devour the series!

Cover from Goodreads

#3 The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick:

There’s not really a logical reason why I think the guys and gals from Slytherin would like this book. But out of all the Hogwarts houses, I can simply imagine them being the most interested in alternate history. They’d totally spend house debating the outcome of imaginary battles and the aftermath. So TMITHC would be a fascinating read for them, although I am also a little scared it would give them some bad ideas.

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Top 5 Books I read in 2015

Hello folks! We’re one week into 2016. If some of you are still looking for some great books to fill your shelves for this year, check out my 5 favourite novels I read in 2015. I’m sure you’ll love them!

 

#5 – Straight White Male by John Niven:
It’s safe to say I’m a John Niven fan. I read almost all of his books and although Straight White Male only is the #3 of my most beloved Niven books, I still was one of the best novels I came across in 2015. At first the story reminded me a bit of Hank Moody from Californication, but SWM is far more intense. Somehow Niven manages to stay away from all big clichés and to create something that’s emotional, witty and original.

 

#4 – A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin:
I took my about one year to finish his A Song of Ice and Fire series. All of them are simply brilliant. So far A Dance With Dragons is the last book in the series (damn it Georg, hurry up with Winds of Winter!) and I really, really can’t wait for the next part to be released. Martin has a way of composing his stories that is unique. He has so many different plot lines going on, all them would suffice for a book of their own. Still he intertwines them perfectly and once you begin to understand what’s going on, the story simply sucks you in and you are hooked. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009+2011)

Both book and movies are pretty famous by now. But somehow I never managed to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. At least not until a few weeks ago when I stumbled through the library in desperate need for a good read for the weekend. By now I’m almost finished with the last book in the Millenium series! And I caught up on the movies as well 😉

 


(2011 adaptation)

 

The Plot:
The journalist Mikael Blomkvist hit rock bottom. After his magazine Millenium published an investigative report on Wennerström, Blomkvist was sentenced to prison as his allegations turned out to be wrong. While he takes a break, he gets an unexpected proposal. Mikael Blomkvist is asked to investigate an 40-year-old murder case. With the help of the super investigator and social nightmare Lisbeth Salander he discovers some interesting findings… Continue reading