Questions and Answers Book Tag

I saw this tag about a week ago on the blog of Annemieke of A Dance With Books and it seemed like a fun one to do. Also, I’ve recently been going through my blog posts and I haven’t done a tag in ages. It’s really been so long! The tag was created by Kwante in Wonderland.

There are five questions I’ll have to answer. Let’s get started!

What is the first young adult book you read?

 

Sure, why ease into it. Start of with something ridiculously difficult. I’m honestly not sure. There didn’t really used to be a clear division when I was younger. As far as I knew, there were A, B, and C books, depending on how difficult they were to read. Then there were the adult books and that’s it. That’s how our library would label the books.  I can’t be sure of the first YA book I read. In English, I think it might have been Twilight that got me more or less back into reading.


Post 3 bookish gifs and give them commentary

 

Just like Annemieke, I’m not a fan of gifs. They seems so over the top to me and that’s just not who I am. So, I’ve got none to share.


What was the last (young adult) series you finished?

Uhm… I’ll have to check that. It’s been a while, but I finished The Newsflesh Trilogy at the beginning of this year.


Name one thing you hate and one thing you like in young adult books

 

When thinking of something I hate, the first thing that comes to mind are the love-triangles and insta-romances. I just really can’t do those anymore. There’s too many.

What I love, is the spirit of these teenagers. The confidence they often have (or find) to believe that they can change the world. Wouldn’t it be amazing to have those kind of convictions? I’m someone that questions everything, even my own feelings and beliefs, so something like that is just magical to me.


Do this cover test and post the result

Are You Able To Identify The Real YA Cover From The Fake?

You got 9 out of 10 right!

Golden Bookworm

You’re a gold-standard bookworm! You can definitely identify your YA covers like a BOSS. Never stop getting your read on.

Golden Bookworm
Oh look, a gif after all. I’ve got 9 out of 10 right. However, most of that was pure, unadulterated guesswork. I’ve only had three of those books with those actual covers, so I suppose I did pretty well. Admittedly, some of the photo shopping was a bit easy to spot.


So, that’s all I got. Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you think it’d be fun to do as well!

Blogger Recognition Award

I've been tagged for the Blogger Recognition AwardAnother tag/award post! This time I was tagged by Melanie from Dat Little Blog to do the Blogger Recognition Award. Thank you! The rules are fairly simple and straightforward:

Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.

Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide the link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.

Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you’ve created.

Link to the original post at Edge of Night


I started my blog at the end of May this year (2015). After reading so many blogs, watching so many YouTube channels and looking at all the pretty Instagram pictures on my feed everyday, I decided that it was time to finally write something myself. I already had an Instagram page dedicated to books, but that just didn’t lend itself very well to long captions. Long Instagram captions are mostly just annoying. So instead, I figured I needed a blog to write down all my opinions.

I set up the blog and then… well… nothing. I didn’t really know what to write. So, I started reviewing books. I was going to have a book blog after all and reviews are part of that. Eventually, ideas started to come and so far, they haven’t stopped.


My advice to new bloggers? Well, I’m pretty new at this myself. What I can tell you however, is that a good way to start is just look at others, see what they’re doing and take the parts you like and leave out the parts you don’t. It’s one of the things I did when I got started.

I didn’t quite know what set-up to use for anything, but soon discovered that the pages I like reading through best, were the ones with a simple lay-out, nothing too complicated. If I had to click too many buttons/links to get anywhere, I’d stop looking. Thus, I’ve tried to make the lay-out of my blog as easy as possible (if it needs improvement, please let me know).

Once you’ve figured out what you like and what you don’t like about other blogs, you’ll be much better able to figure out what you want for your own blog (lay-out, but also posts).


People I’ve tagged:

Emily from Emily’s Bookcase
Ashleigh from Miss Book Dependent
Amanda Nicole from amandanicolebooks
Sally from Salboho
Jane Emily from Beyond Seventeen Reviews
Anni from beelovesbooks
Sophie from Sophie’s Web
Varsh from WordsAreMagicGalore
Ellen from Eveningreads
Chelsea from Book in a Nook
Pearl from bibliopearl
Urooj from Urooj Reads
Safia from Safia’s Bookblog
Michaela from floralinkbooks
Clare from Stacks and Shelves

Infinity Dreams Award

I was tagged for the Infinity Dreams AwardI was tagged by Annemieke from A Dance with Books for the Infinity Dreams Award. The idea of this award is to list seven of your dreams that you (at some point in the future) would like to accomplish. I’ve got so many things I would love to do, so I’ll try to narrow it down to seven (as well as trying to keep it realistic).


  1. I would love to have my own place to live (with my own private library). Is anyone surprised? No, probably not.
  2. Learn all the languages! Ok, probably not realistic. How about… become near fluent in German and then pick another language to become fluent in (or as close as possible).
  3. Find a satisfying job, that makes me happy. From the internships I’ve done so far, I know I really do like my field of forensic psychology. However, the place I’m at at the moment just really isn’t for me; the work isn’t practical enough. I’d really like to go back to diagnostics or therapies, not just computer things.
  4. Make a living as a book blogger. Probably not going to happen, but how awesome would that be?
  5. Find a new sport I love, or be able to do pole dancing with a great group of people again (it gets a bit boring/lonely by myself). There are no pole dancing classes in the region, so another (individual) sport to practice with others would be great too. Leave your suggestions below!
  6. Write a book. I’ve thought about this for years, and I’m really quite good at writing papers. However fiction, that’s a real challenge. I’ve got all kinds of ideas, but never feel like any of them are good enough or different enough from what already exists, so…
  7. A road trip through the USA. Honestly, I wanted to say travel the world, but that seems a bit much, so I narrowed it down to this. Strange? Maybe. I’d love it though!

Now I have to tag some other people of course:

Charlotte from charlottebibliophile
Becca from Becca and Books
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iana from Mijn Leven met Boeken

Bookish Theme Park (imagination)

A while back, I watched this video from Jesse the Reader on Youtube. In this video he described a Bookish Theme Park, the kind of rides it would have and what books these would be based on. I thought it was amazing! So, I decided to write my own post about what my bookish theme park would look like. Are you excited yet?

Bookish Theme Park ImaginationWell, Harry Potter is going to have a whole section of the park to itself. There will be shops and a walk-through castle, just like at Universal Studios. Then, there will be some futuristic technology, which enables us to make a petting zoo full of magical creatures (just not the ones Hargid likes). And a hardcore roller coaster based on the flight of either Hippogriffs or Thestrals. Perhaps both, pick your poison!


SilverMoonLight (MondLichtSaga, #1)As it’s always warm in my imagination (I hate the cold), there should be a water park as well. I recently finished reading the MondLichtSaga, where merpeople (or shelleycoats as they’re called in the book) are common. The world Marah Woolf created for this seems amazing. It’s set in Scotland (that works well with the Harry Potter theme as well) and the merpeople have all kinds of strange powers, including super fast swimming in special suits and very pretty water dancing. I think it wouldn’t be too hard to base a couple of slides on this, and some other water-attractions.


Kruistocht in spijkerbroek

I think Kruistocht in Spijkerbroek would be perfect for the theater/show part. I’m fairly certain a few great fights and rescue scenes can be taken from the book to make a fascinating performance! And while we’re in medieval times, I’m sure there’s other books that can be used to enhance this part of the park.


4948Of course, we also need a children’s section. I don’t know about you, but I used to love The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which I think would make a good kids roller coaster for children. Can there be actual monkeys dressed in Curious George costumes on the monkey bars (we can use the super awesome futuristic technology again if necessary)? Because that would be great!


8235178I feel like somewhere, there should still be a more futuristic part to the park. Maybe based on the books by Beth Revis. There could be a space shuttle launch (that then crashes) as one of those tower drop things, a flying saucer that goes high up so you can look all over the park, and a restaurant where you order all your food on the computer, and it’s brought to you by robots (or waiters dressed as robots). Also, a haunted house walk-through, where all the electronics suddenly fail to serve humans but come alive to take over the world (run!). There should also be something with an alien invasion and a new planet, but I’m not sure yet how to work that in.

Oh, this is also where the romantic rides will be, because this is the best love story of all the ones I chose!


Can we also just have individual pods filled with pillows, or a comfortable chair/couch, where you can just lay down and read one of your favorite books from the huge library that is (obviously) also part of the park? Yes? Great! When I need some alone time, you can find me there.

That’s it. I think this would make a great start for a theme park. Of course, if you donate a book to children in need/refugees/another good cause, you’ll get a discount on your entry.

What are your thoughts on this? What books would you use to bring to live your own theme park? Let me know in the comments, or link me to your post if you write one!

A-Z bookish survey

This survey was created by Jamie from Perpetual Page Turner. I saw this floating around the blogosphere and thought I’d give it a shot as well. Most answers were pretty predictable though if you’ve read any of my previous posts about favorite/most read books. Nonetheless, I hope you still enjoy it!


A-Z Bookish SurveyAuthor you’ve read the most books from

J. K. Rowling if different languages count, otherwise it’s Thea Beckman.

Best Sequel Ever

I honestly don’t know. From the ones I’ve recently read, I’d pick: The Storm by Virginia Bergin, because it’s so much better than the first book.

Currently Reading

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

Drink of Choice While Reading

Green tea (hot). The answer is always tea.

E–reader or Physical Book?

Depends on the situation. If I’m at home, physical book. However, on vacation e-readers are so much more convenient; they ensure that I can bring 1000 books and won’t ever have to be without my favorites (and new releases) while I’m on vacation.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School

Uhm… I didn’t date in high school. I still really like Four though.

Glad you gave this book a chance:

Die Mütter-Mafia by Kerstin Gier; I’ve discovered she’s the master of hilarious (literally laugh out loud funny) chick-lit, that’s not just about romance, although it does play a huge part.

Hidden Gem Book

Again, from my recently read list: The Children of Men by P. D. James. Maybe not really hidden, but there’s too few people who know about it.

Important Moment in your Reading Life

I think the most significant was when I learned to read.

Just Finished

World After by Susan Ee. Now I really need the third book!

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read

I usually stay away from contemporary romances, however that doesn’t mean I don’t read them at all, or don’t like one every once in a while.

829139Longest Book You’ve Read

Probably one of the books from the Earth’s Childern series by Jean M. Auel. They’re huge and amazing!

Major book hangover because of

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Number of Bookcases You Own

2; most of my books reside in other people’s shelves.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times

All the Harry Potter books of course!

Preferred Place To Read

In bed

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read

Uhm… I don’t really do quotes.

Reading Regret

None! How else am I to know if I like it!?

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series)

De Toekomst Trilogie by Thea Beckman, and Penryn and the End of Days by Susan Ee.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books

Harry Potter
Kruistocht in Spijkerbroek
Shatter Me

Unapologetic Fangirl For

I don’t like the word “fangirl”, I would never apply it to myself.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others

The Harry Potter illustrated edition!

Worst Bookish Habbit

You should probably ask someone else. I don’t think any of my bookish habbits are bad.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book

Which shelf? I’ll just have a look at my virtual one; all my books are registered on there.

Your latest book purchase

S. by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. This one looks amazing, like a story within a story!

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late)

So many! Pretty much all the books I give 5 stars.

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

I've been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers AwardI’ve been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award by Amy from A Novel Start and Varsh from Words Are Magic Galore. Thank you both so much!

I’ll be answering both of your questions in this post, as well as posing some more of my own for those that I nominate.


  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and add a link to their blog in you post.
  2. Answer the questions provided by the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Nominate ten other bloggers.
  4. Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nomination.

Questions by Amy:

31. What’s your favourite book and why?

Uhm, well… There are a couple of books that would be my favorites. I don’t have just one favorite. If you’ve read any of my previous posts about this you should know that my all-time favorites include: Kruistocht in Spijkerbroek by Thea Beckman and Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling.


281872. Who’s your favourite author?

Again, there’s multiple authors I love. Though the ones that I love the books books of: Thea Beckman and Rick Riordan.


3. When and why did you start book blogging?

A couple of months ago. I’ve been wanted to for years, but was too scared to put my name out there. After discovering the book community however, I knew exactly what I wanted to blog about, though it still took me a couple of years to actually get started.


Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)4. If you could see any book turned into a movie or TV series, which book/series would it be?

Assuming that the book/series will be made perfectly, I’d love to see … uhm … there’s so many. I think I’d go for Angelfall, because I think that would make a good movie. There’s some others that I’d like to see that I don’t think would make a good movie unfortunately.


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)5. Name one book that makes you really nostalgic and why.

Harry Potter, because well, Harry Potter man!


19846. Name three books everyone simply must read.

Why are these questions so hard? Uhm… Harry Potter, 1984, and Cinder.


172346587. Name three books/series you really wish you could be a part of.

This is going to be so obvious: Harry Potter, De Toekomsttrilogie (Thea Beckman), A Thousand Pieces of Me.
I think Harry Potter is pretty obvious. De Toekomsttrilogie (the future trilogy) takes place 800 years after WW3, where the axis of the world has changed due to the nuclear war; most people were wiped out. On Greenland there’s now a nice climate, women are in charge and they forgo technology in favor of nature. It would be such a peaceful world to live in.
A Thousand Pieces of Me; travelling to all those different universes would be amazing!


Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)8. Name three book BFFs.

I only have two: Aaron Warner (Shatter Me) and Tobias Eaton (Divergent).



Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)9. What do you love the most about reading?

Discovering all these new worlds!


Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)10. What’s your top bookish pet peeve?

Physical bookish pet peeve: terrible covers on awesome books. To illustrate: the hardcover of Shatter Me (which is why I have the series in paperback).


Questions by Varsh

1. Why did you start blogging?

I just answered this up there ^^


Für jede Lösung ein Problem2. Summer or winter?

Summer; I hate wearing layers (or clothes, really), and winter is just too cold. Anything under 20 C is too cold to be honest.


3. Favorite Disney character?

I don’t really like Disney… There are several traits I like from different characters, but there’s not one character I actually like. For example: I love Belle for her reading, but then the whole Stockholm thing pisses me off; it shouldn’t be a story even. Or Jasmine for not just wanting to marry anyone, but seriously, how could you not see that Aladdin was Prince Ali?


31146664.  If you had to recommend only one book (other than HP) for the rest of your life, which one would it be and why?

Thea Beckman’s Kruistocht in Spijkerbroek (Crusade in Jeans); historical fiction based on actual events, romance, deception, a deadly road trip, and the search to get home. How is that not amazing?


5.  What has been the best part of your day so far?

Uhm… waking up? All I did so far is have breakfast, it’s still pretty early.


159947116.  Do you read multiple books at once, or do you usually read one book at a time?

Multiple. Currently I’m reading: Pride & Prejudice, The Custom of the Country, Er ist Wieder Da, The Raven Boys, The Queen of the Tearling, The Duality Bridge, The Secret Garden.


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7.  If you could rewrite the ending of any book, which one would it be? Your reasons?

Allegiant by Veronica Roth; I think I don’t need to explain why (otherwise there’d be spoilers). However, I’d like to point out that it’s not (just) because of what happened, but also of how. I thought it was undignified. The event couldn’t been written in a much better way.


8. Are you in the habit of naming your favorite inanimate objects? Like your Laptop, phone, Kindle, etc? If so, what are the names?

They’ve got no names. Do people really do that?


181261989. Ultimate fictional crush?

See above ^^ There’s two


10. Have you ever regretted reading a book? if so, which one and why?

Nope, no regrets. There’s only one way to finding out whether a book is any good and whether you like it; reading it. Yes, that means that sometimes you’ve wasted some hours on something terrible, but how else are you gonna now what you personally think of it.


Hmm, there’s only a couple of books mentioned in here, but they’re all mentioned multiple times. Though I’m fairly sure most of you already knew about my Harry Potter obsession, and the fact that Thea Beckman is one of my all-time favorite authors.

Here are my questions to the nominees:
1. What is your favorite candle scent?
2. What holiday do you most look forward to celebrating?
3. What show are you currently binge-watching?
4. Which books are you currently reading?
5. What’s your favorite book of the year so far?
6. What is something you should really clean out/purge/get rid off?
7. How do you decide what to blog about?
8. Do (did) you do any sports, which ones?
9. How do you feel about the usage of .gifs?
10. Tell us one random fact about yourself.

I think I’ve now come to the point where I’m supposed to nominate people. Let’s see…

Annemieke from A Dance with Books
Melanie from Dat Little Blog
Natalia from Natified
Cath from To All the Books I’ve Read Before
Kimsiang from Lazy Caramel Reads
Alina from Radiant Reads
Pearl from Bibliopearl
Megan from Reading Away the Days
Celine from Irresponsible Cactus
Deborah from Debbishdotcom

Liebster Award

I was nominated for the Liebster Award!I was awarded the Liebster Award by Annemieke from A Dance with Books. Thank you Annemieke for the nomination.

I’ve seen several different sets of rules around the blogosphere for this award and will use the ones I’ve seen around the most. Unfortunately I’ve been unable to find the original creator.

Rules  
1. Thank the person who nominated and link back to their blog.
2. Display the Liebster Award on your blog.
3. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Answer the 11 questions you were asked.
5. Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers for the award, by asking them 11 new questions.
6. Make sure to let the bloggers know you’ve nominated them!

Sounds simple enough, right? Then let’s get started!


Random facts 

1. I’ve yet to find anyone in a foreign country that can pronounce my name (Myrthe) properly. Something to do with the Dutch way of pronouncing the R, and the confusing Y (which is pronounced as an I) and TH (which is just pronounced as a T).

2. I love languages. I took classes in: Dutch (my mother tongue), English, German, France, Spanish, Russian, Latin and Ancient Greek. Though I remember very little from the latter three.

3. I also love science; in high school I took all the science classes. I wanted to go into Aerospace Engineering. Then I found out, maybe I loved science, but not actually doing science.

4. I’m studying Forensic Psychology and I’m almost done with my Masters degree (couple more weeks!).

5. My boyfriend lives and grew up in Germany, but is Scottish (no kilts in the house though… )

6. I studied abroad in Gainesville Florida at the Univerity of Florida (Go Gators!) and did an internship in Toronto, Ontario. I love living in new places for a longer period of time, so you actually get to know the city as a citizen, not a tourist.

7. When I was little I would go to the bathroom and usually ended up being in there for at least half an hour, because it was a good quiet place to sit and read.

8. I do poledancing. It’s awesome!

9. I have the full Harry Potter set in three languages (English, Dutch, German) and a couple of other books in Spanish, French and Greek.

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10. Once I’m fairly fluent and confident in German, I’d like to learn another language. I just don’t know which. I’m struggling to choose between: Spanish (a world language), French (who doesn’t love the sound of French?), Arabic (I’d like to be able to talk more to people from completely different backgrounds), or Mandarin Chinese (might be useful, as China is up-and-coming).

11. I have a brother and a sister, who are both younger than me. I love them, but also want to kill them a lot.


Questions

1. Which books would you recommend to me for the genres historical fiction, contemporary and dystopia (without fantasy elements)?

Historical fiction: anything by Thea Beckman, or the Earth’s Children series by Jean M. Auel (although I suppose that would be pre-historic fiction)
16026493Contemporary: Schizo by Nic Sheff, The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion. PAAZ and UP by Myrthe van der Meer. All of these are mental illness related contemporaries, though The Rosie Project/Effect also involves a love story.
Dystopia: I’d recommend The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, but you didn’t like that much. Or Divergent (just the first book) by Veronica Roth. There are some classics though: 1984 by George Orwell and The Children of Men by P. D. James. Of course there are more classics, but none that I’ve read or would recommend. De Kinderen van Moeder Aarde (by Thea Beckman!) is an amazing dystopian. I’ve just finished the first book and now I need the rest. It doesn’t have any fantasy elements, plays in Greenland (called Thule in the book), and plays about 800 years after a nuclear war that destroyed the Earth and shifted its axis. Also, it’s a matriarchy!

2. What is your favorite book that displays diversity?

Imogene in New Orleans by Hunter Murphy has some amazing gay main characters. I’ve mentioned this before, but the reason I love it, is because their sexuality has no influence on the story itself, just like with all those book where people are heterosexual.

3. Last book you bought?

The Martian by Andy Weir and Angelfall by Susan Ee. And of course my haul from the Deventer boekenmarkt. Kruistocht in spijkerbroek

4. What is your favorite book by an author from your own country?

Kruistocht in Spijkerbroek by Thea Beckman.

5. Who is your all time favorite character?

Uhm… as an avid book reader I cannot answer this. It’s too general. There are so many characters I love for all their different qualities.

6. Do you listen to music when you read? If yes, do you associate certain books with certain music? If no, how come?

No. Well, sometimes. Mostly when someone else has turned on the radio. I don’t care much either way. I just read.

7. What are themes in books you will not (or rather not) read about?

I don’t have any themes that I’d rather not read about. That is, as long as they’re done well. There are a lot of sensitive themes out there and not all authors know how to deal with this.

8. Who taught you how to read?

Must’ve been my mom, as I could read before going to school at 4.

9. Describe your ideal reading spot.

Ideal? Like what I would absolutely love to have, or something more realistic? At the moment, I like to sit/lay on my bed to read. Though I’d also take a hammock on a nice, white, sandy beach in the shade with some non-sweetened ice-tea.

10. What would you like to share with us?

Besides those 11 random facts? Well, my eye sight is terrible. I’m almost at -8 at both eyes, it’s made more difficult because of a cylinder and other stuff, so really hard to correct. Even with glasses I cannot see what’s at the end of a grocery isle. If I’ve told you this and you still ask me I’m the kind of person that just laughs in your face and then gives you a random answer.

11. I only received 10 questions, so I’m done!


Time to nominate some blogs. I don’t know much about any of their follower count, but think I found a few that I could nominate. Here are your 11 questions (feel free to translate):

1. Name one thing you’d love to see more people do. 
2. What subjects did you take/are you taking in highschool?
3. Which languages do you speak?
4. What’s been your best vacation?
5. How much time to you spend editing a blog post once you’ve finished it?
6. When it’s hot, do you like to sleep with a fan on? Why, or why not?
7. Any book recommendations for older books?
8. Can you tell me a random little-known fact about the universe/the world?
9. Are you environmentally aware?
10. What was your first childhood pet (if you had any)? 
11. What’s to your left and what’s to your right while your answering these questions?

I nominate:
Henrieke from Henriekes
Lisa from Leave no Story Behind
Audri from Baked Book Pages
Helene from Books is Wonderful
Lindsey from Reading is for Everyone
Elif from The Written Word
Kerstin from Miss Getaway
Diana from Mijn Leven met Boeken
The lovely ladies from The Book Elves
Sophie from Sophie’s Web