TTT: Books I Picked Up On a Whim


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is ten books I picked up on a whim. So these are the books I wasn’t recommended but just picked up randomly.

There are a few books in here that I didn’t really enjoy but there are also books in here that I did enjoy and would recommend if you’re into that genre. I added links to all the goodreads pages, so if you’re interested you can check out the book.

Armada by Ernest Cline. I have of course heard a lot of things about Cline’s other book Ready Player One, however, I hadn’t really heard of this book before. When I saw it in the bookstore I decided to pick it up just because, I really ended up enjoying the story and the writing. I would definitely recommend this book if you enjoyed Ready Player One.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. I read this book a few years ago before I was really in the book community. I picked it up because I was going on vacation and needed a light book to take with me. I really enjoyed this book and ended up buying the rest of the series when I got home. If you’re interested in a fun summer contemporary that does have some substance then I would recommend this series.

Kissing Annabel by Steven Herrick. I bought this book simply because it had my name on it. It is a verse novel about a relationship between Jack and a girl named Annabel. It was a quick read and they were pretty cute poems but nothing special.

Wake by Amanda Hocking. This book I haven’t read yet. I did, however, pick it up on a whim. I needed a few more dollars to get free shipping so I ordered this book because it was really cheap. I will probably be getting to it soon, though.

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. This books I have been seeing a lot around booktube the past few weeks. I however, bought it a while back simply because it was written by a Dutch author. I didn’t really enjoy the book because of the way it handled a very heavy subject, a school shooting, poorly. I have a full review on why I didn’t enjoy this book here.

UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn. I picked up this book because it was a free e-book. However, I didn’t really enjoy it. There were a lot of spelling and grammatical mistakes throughout the book. I also thought the story was boring and didn’t have much substance.The Raft by S.A. Bodeen. This was a book I saw lying around my house, at the time I was feeling sick so I wanted something light to read so I picked it up without really knowing anything about it. I can’t say I really enjoyed it because I thought the main character was very annoying, but it was an okay read for how I was feeling.

The Raft by S.A. Bodeen. This was a book I saw lying around my house, at the time I was feeling sick so I wanted something light to read so I picked it up without really knowing anything about it. I can’t say I really enjoyed it because I thought the main character was very annoying, but it was an okay read for how I was feeling.

I could only find seven books that I picked up on a whim, all of my other books I bought for a reason. Let me know if you picked any of these up on a whim or what books you picked up on a whim!


TTT: Ten Websites I Love


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is the ten websites I love that aren’t related to books. I guess some of these are kind of cheating because I mostly use them for bookrelated things like twitter and youtube. But they weren’t made to be used for books, so I thought I might as well include them.

  1. Facebook – obviously haha, I think this will be on most people’s list.
  2. Twitter – I mostly use twitter to read updates about upcoming books and have contact with other book bloggers.
  3. Youtube – I love to watch booktube videos on there. My favorite booktubers to watch at the moment are Hails Hearts NYC, abookutopia, Tilly andherbooks, A Clockwork Reader,  and chelseadolling reads
  4. Netflix – this is probably also on everyone’s list.
  5. Pintrest – I don’t use this a lot, but I love to cook and when I’m looking for a new fun recipe to try I’ll look something up on pintrest.
  6. – this is kind of like the Dutch version of amazon.
  7. World of Wanderlust – I love this blog, I am a huge travel fanatic and I just love watching Brooke’s video’s on youtube and reading her blog posts on her blog.
  8. Wat een Studentje S’Avonds Eet – This is a Dutch food blog that I love to visit. Leonie always has cheep and tasty recipes on her blog that are perfect for students who are looking for some good meals on a budget.
  9. Sky radio – I listen to a lot of music when I’m doing stuff at home, reading or doing my homework. This is my favorite Dutch radio station.
  10.  Aspyn Ovard – I absolutely love her video’s on youtube and occasionaly I will read some posts on her blog as well.

TTT: Childhood Characters


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is childhood characters you’d like to revisit. Or characters you’d love to revisit ten years from now.

The characters I would love to read about 10 years down the line. I usually long for more at the end of a good book or series. I always want to witness the ‘happy ending’ for myself in a new book so that I am assured things don’t go horribly wrong after the end of the book. I know this isn’t possible and we’ll just have to trust the authors that everything ends happily, but sometimes I just need that little bit more. These are the books for which I need to witness that happy ending:

I would love to see a book written about Prince Maxon and America Singer after the selection. Maybe before they had their children. I loved the Selection series I was just a bit upset with the ending. I felt like the whole series led up to them finally being in love with each other and admitting it but we never got to see much of their happy time together, only in the Heir and then there wasn’t much attention fixed on them.

Same goes for the Harry Potter series. I would have loved to see a full-length novel on the gang’s children and their time at Hogwarts. I know I’m not alone on this one but that would have been awesome!

The Hunger Games, I would dieee for a follow up book about Katniss and Peeta. I would love to see what happens after the revolution and how the country builds itself back up. I want to see Katniss and Peeta live happily ever after and experience their love for each other when there are no restrictions or anything holding them back. I think it would make for an amazing book.

Now to answer the actual Top Ten Tuesday question of what childhood characters I’d like to revist as an adult. These are my seven picks:

Magic Tree House. I know these weren’t the best books ever, but I seriously loved them as a kid. It would be pretty cool if there was a more adult version of the series I think.

Charlotte’s Web. This book was awesome as a kid, even though I remember having to read it for school, I loved it.

Narnia, I think there are a lot of things in these books that I may not have picked up as a child. I think if we could see the characters a few years down the road that would be pretty awesome. Just thinking about this book really makes me want to watch the movie tonight 🙂

The Ramona series. I used to love reading these books, though I don’t really remember much of them now, I guess it would be pretty entertaining to read about Ramona and Beezus a few years down the road.

Bridge to Terabithia, I cried so hard for this book. I really would love to know how things are 10 years down the line. This book really opened me up to reading. I have such amazing memories of reading Bridge to Terabithia.

Matilda from Matilda of course. Who didn’t love Roald Dahl’s books growing up? I would love to see a snippet of Mathilda’s life after growing up.

Lastly, I’d love to see Max from Where the Wild Things Are as a grown up. I think this could make for a cool book and I would definitely read it.

What characters would you love to revisit in 10 years and what childhood characters would you love to see as grown ups?

TTT: Top 10 Bookworm Delights

This is a weekly feature hosted on The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is top 10 bookworm delights.

  1. Receiving new books in the mail, of course I think everyone loves receiving packages in the mail. But bookworms become especially excited when these are new books!
  2. That new book feel, we all know very well that a new book, just feels different. It almost hurts to have to start reading the book, but we just have to know the story. But as long as we don’t break the spine!
  3. New book smell.  I mean come on, what booknerd does not love a new book smell? I just can’t help it sometimes, the smell just reminds me of all the amazing experiences I’ve had while reading these books. I even found out this week that I love new (just built) bookshelf smell..
  4. Book discussions. I just love to be able to talk about awesome books with other awesome book people. Being able to share your feels and theorize what sequels might be like is amazing.
  5. BOOKMAILLL. Getting new books in the mail just rocks!tumblr_o232bpQyhf1u95rdno1_400
  6. Library books.  There is something magical about library books. For some reason it’s just so awesome to be able to borrow a book and then read it and be able to return it for someone else to read. Sharing is caring.
  7. Buying new books your wanted, on sale. For me this really isn’t different from when I’m buying clothes, either way it just feels awesome to find something you wanted in the sales section and paying much less than you would have paid for it anyway.
  8. Reading in bed on a rainy day. I love being able to snuggle up with a good book on a rainy day. And luckily for me, since I live in the Netherlands it’s usually terrible weather, so I get to enjoy this pretty often.
  9. Finding underhyped books, and being able to recommend them to people. This is just awesome being able to find an amazing book that people just aren’t talking about.
  10. Everything else book related.  To be honest, for me almost everything about books is a delight. Besides maybe papercuts. So anything related to books and stories really can make me  a very happy camper.