I have some very exciting news. For the past few months, I have been thinking about getting my own domain and create a new blog. I have been debating with myself a lot about whether I really wanted it or not, but there are so many possibilities when I host my own blog instead of this wordpress.com blog that I decided to do it. That’s why from today on, there won’t be any updates on this blog. I moved all my content to my new blog, and all the new updates and posts will be uploaded only on that blog. If you were following me on bloglovin, you will automatically follow my new blog. And if you weren’t following me already, please start following my new blog if you want to keep up to date with what I read and my reviews. I’ll see you over at http://sheblogsaboutbooks.com!
At the end of May and the beginning of June I was so busy with writing essays and taking exams to finish up my first year of college, that I didn’t even have the time to write a short wrap up post. But don’t worry, I will add the books that I’ve read in May to this post as well. I didn’t read that much in both of these months, so this wrap up won’t be too long. I plan on reading a lot more books in July, because I will have a lot more time in July than I had in the past few months. But I won’t be making a TBR anymore, because I found that I just like to pick just whatever I feel like, and not having to keep to a set schedule. But I’m getting ahead of myself, here are the books that I’ve read in May and June!
You haven’t been able to see much of my Summer of 50 Challenge since I announced it last week, but that is because I was in Prague with some friends, celebrating the fact that we finished the first year of college! We saw a lot of this beautiful city, we had a pick-nick in the park, we went dancing in a nice club, and I SAW THE TFIOS MOVIE! The release date of this movie in the Netherlands was initially set on June 6th, but they pushed it back to July 10th! That is more than a month! I was really disappointed when I found out, but then I remembered that I would be in the Czech Republic for a few days, where the movie was already out. So I dragged my friends to the cinema in Prague, and I watched the TFIOS movie with Czech subtitles, which was really interesting. None of my friends had read the book, and during the movie I started feeling guilty that I took them to see this movie because the two friends that were sitting next to me were sobbing loudly throughout the movie. But that also proves how powerful this story is and how amazing this movie is. In the next part I will tell you more about what I thought about it, but WARNING: THE NEXT PART CONTAINS SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the books, the spoilers will be major. If you have read the book but not seen the movie yet, they will be mild spoilers I think.
Last Thursday I had my last final, and today I handed in my last essays, so this means that IT’S SUMMER! Finally, because I’ve been waiting for this moment for weeks. The weather in the Netherlands has been great but all I could do was sit inside and study, instead of going out and enjoy the sun. But it’s all over now and I have plenty of time to enjoy the weather, but I also have time to read and blog again! That’s why I have set up this little challenge for myself: the Summer of 50. Some other bloggers and youtubers have set themselves the challenge to read 50 book this summer, but I want to take this challenge a little differently. I don’t like the idea of pushing myself to read a certain amount of books, because reading should be something I do for fun and not something I have to push myself to. However, I feel like I have to push myself a little more to write more blogs, so therefore I have decided to challenge myself to write 50 blog posts this summer. And it’s not like I don’t enjoy blogging, on the contrary! I love it, but I am also very lazy so I just need that little push to actually do it. So, with this post I am challenging myself to write at least 50 blog posts before university starts again, which will be on September 1st.
Concerning my reading plans for this summer, I don’t really have a set plan. As I already said, I don’t like focusing on a number, but I am definitely planning on reading a lot. My birthday will be on June 29th so I think I will receive either some books or some gift cards so I can buy some books. I also recently bough City of Bones, which I absolutely want to read this summer, and if I like it I’ll probably buy the other books in the series as well. And I think I will also be reading a lot of contemporaries, because somehow contemporaries seem to be perfect for summer. I don’t really have any more plans for reading this summer, but since I will be blogging a lot, I will keep you up to date with what I’m reading! Also, if you want to follow my reading progress during the summer you can follow me on Twitter of add me as a friend on Goodreads
What are your reading plans for this summer?
Some time ago, I came across the instagram of fellow book-blogger Lauren, at laurenreadsYA , and I saw she was dooing the 100 happy days challenge. 100 happy days is a challenge to daily take a picture of something that makes you happy. I decided I’d participate as well, and although I’m not very good at the daily part of this challenge, I am regularly taking pictures of something that makes me happy. But some days, when I just have to work or go to uni the entire day, I don’t think of making a picture for this challenge. And I know this is not entire book-related, but I nevertheless wanted to share this on my blog since there are some pictures in here of books, since books make me happy. 🙂 Click on ‘continue reading’ if you want to see the first 25 pictures that I took in this challenges! Oh, and if you want to keep up to date with this challenge, you should follow my instagram!
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October 16th 2008 by Dutton Juvenile
Young Adult, contemporary, mystery, romance
Paper Towns is about Quentin Jacobsen, and Quentin is in love with the girl next-door Margo Roth Spiegelman who he used to friends with when they were little. But Margo is no regular girl next-door. Margo loves mystery. Quentin and Margo haven’t been hanging out much since they grew older, but one night Margo comes up to Quentin’s window, like she used to do when they were a lot closer. She asks Quentin to come with her because she needs him to go on a mission with her. Quentin comes with her, and they spend the entire night together on that mission. The next day, Quentin goes to school to find out that Margo isn’t there. Margo has ran away. She has done that before, and she always left some sort of clues for her parents on where to find her. But this time, the clues are for Quentin, and he is determined to find her.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Last week was my first time participating in the bout of books read-a-thon, in which I didn’t do as well as I expected I would. But looking back, I think my goals were a little unrealistic, because I planned on reading 3 books in a week, while I usually only read 1 book a week. And I new this week I would have to do a lot of uni work this week as well, so my goals were a little too enthusiastic. However, I read 2 books this week which is actually twice as much as I usually read, so in that aspect you might say that this read-a-thon was a success. I started this read-a-thon with Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, which took me about 5 days to read since I was so busy. However, I did really like this book and I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. I will write a full review of this book soon! The other book that I read was This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. It was my second Sarah Dessen book, because I have read The Truth About Forever about a year ago, and I really loved it. However, I didn’t like This Lullaby as much as The Truth About Forever. My main problem with this book was that I found it really hard to identify with Remy, the protagonist. She is very bitter and doesn’t believe in love at all, and I am a sucker for love so I find it hard to identify with her. But besides from that, the story was really cute and I gave it 3 out of 5 stars. A full review will be up soon!
What books did you read last week?