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Standalone Sunday: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books, that are not part of a series, that we loved.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower“I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they’re here. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It’s like looking at all the students and wondering who’s had their heart broken that day…or wondering who did the heart breaking and wondering why.”

Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor


Lets start this post with saying that The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of my all time favourite books. I vividly remember reading it for the first time, it’s just one of those books that sticks with you. So when did I read it for the first time? In my 3rd of high school. (there are 4 years of high school in the country that I’m from – just some random information) Near the end of the year I decided to bring this book with me to school. I literary managed to finish it in during school as well, I could not put this book down.

And ever since I first read this book I have only reread it once. (Though I definitely plan on changing that soon.) I related to Charlie sooo much and I could understand his struggles. The other characters were amazing as well. Just thinking about this book makes me emotional, as I already said it’s one of my favourites. I think I simply read this book at the perfect time for me to fully appreciate it. I’m very curious to see what I will think of it once I decide to reread it.


Have you read The Perks of Being a Wallflower? What did you think of it?

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Standalone Sunday: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books, that are not part of a series, that we loved.


The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.


This is one of the rare books that I managed to read in one sitting. Once I started it, I just couldn’t put it down. Neil Gaiman has a way of writing that just pulls you in. And he creates magical and fascinating stories, so far I haven’t disliked a single book that I have read by him. I definitely need to pick up more of his works in the future!

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a rather short book, but magical non the less. It was also a lot creepier than I thought it would be (but not too scary at the same time?), which is always a plus for me. I just loved the descriptions of everything within this book. And, as I already mentioned, the story simply sucked me in! I would highly recommend this book to everyone.


Have you read The Ocean at the End of the Lane? What did you think of it?

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Standalone Sunday: The Book Thief

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books, that are not part of a series, that we loved.


Today is actually Easter and it’s the first time that I’m spending it away from my family, which is a really weird feeling. We aren’t that religious, but usually on this day we have a big family diner and just spend time together, so it’s kind of weird to be on my own today. My parents did visit me yesterday and we spent all day together. We explored Vienna a bit, as it was the first time my mom was here and we just enjoyed each others company. It was simply a wonderful day and I had an amazing time!

Okay, I just felt like sharing that for some reason. Now let us talk about the actual book that I want to feature in this Standalone Sunday!


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

HERE IS A SMALL FACT:
YOU ARE GOING TO DIE.1939.

Markus ZusakNazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death hs never been busier.

Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with her foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.

SOME MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH.

It’s a small story, about:
a girl
an accordionist
some fanatical Germans
a Jewish fist fighter
and quite a lot of thievery.

ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW:
DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES.


The Book Thief is one of my favourite books and the one that made me cry the most. I actually remember having to stop reading it, because I couldn’t see through all the tears. And that NEVER actually happens. (It only happened with one other book in my whole life.) Usually when I cry I can still read, but this time I just couldn’t. This book destroyed me emotionally, in the best way possible. (If you can even say it like that!)

I just love everything about this book. From the writing style, to the setting to the characters – everything was simply wonderful. And tragic and sad and heartbreaking. (I think you get it by now…) I would highly recommend everyone to read this book! Literary EVERYONE! And then come and talk with me. This is the only books that I have wanted to reread for years, but not actually done so since I’m not emotionally ready to do it yet. (Sorry for my English in that sentence, I have nooo idea how to word it properly!) Hopefully I’ll be some time in the future, we shall see!


Have you read The Book Thief? What did you think of it?

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Standalone Sunday: The Night Circus

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books, that are not part of a series, that we loved.


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night CircusThe circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.


First of all I would like to start by saying that The Night Circus is one of my all time favourite books. If I had to pick one favourite book of all time (which seems to be a popular question) I would definitely pick this one. Yes, I just love it that much!

I just adore everything about this book – the writing, the characters, the story, the magic, everything is simply stunning. The atmosphere in this book is magical and captivating. Plus I love stories that are set in a circus! I definitely need to read more stories with that setting, as I definitely haven’t read enough of them. Even though I read this book over 3 years ago, the story and characters stayed with me all this time. (Which doesn’t happen that often!)

I plan on rereading this book some time this year and I’ll definitely be writing a full review for it, so if you’re interested in more in-depht thoughts on this book you can look forward to that! (Even though I’m not really sure when the reread is going to happen.)


Have you read The Night Circus? What did you think of it?

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Standalone Sunday: The Graveyard Book

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books, that are not part of a series, that we loved.


Neil GaimanThe Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family.


This is the first ever Neil Gaiman book that I read and the one that made me fall in love with his writing and way of story telling. I read it in high-school, which means at least over 4 years ago. It doesn’t feel like it was that long ago. (Time goes by sooo fast!)

I loved this book, it was simply fantastic! The setting was unique, the characters very interesting and I found the story engrossing, I was unable to put this book down while reading it. I didn’t really know what to expect of this book, but it ended up surprising me in all the best ways possible! This is a book I would highly recommend everybody to read.


Have you read The Graveyard Book? What did you think of it?

Thank you very much for reading, I hope you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Standalone Sunday: ‘Salem’s Lot

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books, that are not part of a series, that we loved.


‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Stephen King

‘Salem’s Lot is a small New England town with the usual quota of gossips, drinkers, weirdos and respectable folk. Of course there are tales of strange happenings—but not more than in any other town its size.

Ben Mears, a moderately successful writer, returns to the Lot to write a novel based on his early years, and to exorcise the terrors that have haunted him since childhood. The event he witnessed in the house now rented by a new resident. A newcomer with a strange allure. A man who causes Ben some unease as things start to happen: a child disappears, a dog is brutally killed—nothing unusual, except the list starts to grow.

Soon surprise will turn to bewilderment, bewilderment to confusion and finally to terror . . .


I have mentioned before on my blog how much I adore the works of Stephen King. So far I have read 14 of his books so far and I have enjoyed the majority of them. I do plan on reading many more of his works in the future. But today, let’s talk about the first ever Stephen King book I read and the one that made me fall in love with his stories. Let’s talk about ‘Salem’s Lot!

I was always a big fan of horror movies and creepy stuff in general. Many people have said to me that Stephen King’s books are very scary and that I would enjoy them. So I decided to read something by him. I honestly had no idea where to start with his books, as there were a ton of them and many sounded interesting to me. I picked up ‘Salem’s Lot at random, as it drew me in the most when I read it’s description.

Yes, the first book I read by Stephen King was over 1000 pages long. But in the end I’m very glad that I decided to read this one first. I fell in love with it from the beginning and it seriously creeped me out, which I loved. I love the way Stephen King tells stories and creates characters. I’m also aware that his books aren’t for everyone, as the tend to be quiet scary and gory. So read this book at your own risk!


Have you read ‘Salem’s Lot? What did you think of it?

Thank you very much for reading, I hope you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Standalone Sunday: The Martian

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books, that are not part of a series, that we loved.


The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’s surface, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, Mark won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

Armed with nothing but his ingenuity, his engineering skills–and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength–Mark embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?


It’s been a while since I have written about this book, hasn’t it? It certainly feels that way.

Anyway, The Martian is one of the most amazing and fantastically funny books that I have ever read. It’s also a book that I would consider a favourite of mine. I didn’t know what exactly to expect from it going in, as I only knew that it’s about a guy that gets stuck on Mars for some reason. Don’t get me wrong, it was exactly that but also so much more!

Mark Watney is the single most hilarious and resourceful character that I have ever read about. As he is stuck on Mars by himself, he obviously encounters a lot of problems that he has to solve on his own. And man, does he solve them! He is highly intelligent and manages to come out of even the toughest situations. And, as I already mentioned, he is simply hilarious while doing it. It was a pleasure reading from his point of view.

This is a book I would recommend to everyone, no matter if they are a fan of science fiction or not. There are quiet a few technical terms and scientific explanations (obviously I mean it’s about space and spaceships), but they are written in a way that’s easy to understand and it doesn’t take you out of the story. The Martian is simply amazing and everyone should definitely read it!


Have you read The Martian? What did you think of it?

Thank you very much for reading, I hope you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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Standalone Sunday: Ready Player One

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books that are not part of a series that we loved.

In the most recent personal life update I mentioned that I wanted to start doing more features on my blog. This is one of them! You may know that I love reading series (as fantasy is my favourite genre and those books tend to be series), but I adore standalone books as well. And I’m very happy that this feature allows me to showcase the ones I loved. For my first post I decided to chose one of my favourite books of all time!


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player OneIt’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We’re out of oil. We’ve wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS – and his massive fortune – will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle.Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions – and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.


I read Ready Player One in the beginning of 2015, I believe that it was the first book I read that year, and I absolutely ADORED it! The whole concept of the story speaks to me, as I’m quiet a big gamer as well. (Plus I do love all things nerdy!) This book managed to grip me from page one, which doesn’t happen that often.

I loved all the characters, the more I read about them the more I loved them. I was fascinated by the world created within this book, and I mean both the real world and the virtual one. There were many surprises as well, that I never saw coming. The whole quest of finding the answers to the riddles was captivating, I greatly enjoyed reading it and I just couldn’t put this book down. (I read it in a day or two.)

I definitely need to reread this book some time in the future, it’s been way too long since I first read it and for some reason I have never gotten around to rereading it. This is a book I would definitely recommend to everyone, as I have a feeling a lot of people would enjoy it.


Have you read Ready Player One? What did you think of it?

Thank you very much for reading, I hope you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥