Bookshelf Tour #15 // Perfume – Patrick Süskind

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In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift — an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs.

But Grenouille’s genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and fresh-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the “ultimate perfume” — the scent of a beautiful young virgin.

I still remember when I read this book. It was a few years back, I was still in school and had just seen the movie on TV and liked it.

Obviously I had to read it.

Now, usually I wouldn’t pick up a book that doesn’t take place in our time. A book set in the 19th or 18th century? No way. But this book … Damn this book was so freaking good. The writing was excellent. The characters were amazingly written. And the story was just as unique and original as it was creepy and sick.

Bookshelf Tour #14 // Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

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Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.
That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.
Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters. (x)

Fangirl was one of my favourite books in 2015, so once I read that Carry On would be published I knew I HAD to get it.

And let me tell you, this book was so f*cking good. I’m pretty sure I had a huge smile on my lips while reading this book (Fun story: It took me a few days to finish this book because I was only able to read when I was on lunch break. So I was sitting in our staff room with this book in my hand and everyday a colleague would ask me what I was smiling about and I told them just how good this book was).

Long story short, if you haven’t read this book yet you totally should give it a go!

Bookshelf Tour #13 // Slated – Teri Terry

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Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank,
her memories lost for ever.

She’s been Slated.

The government claims she was a terrorist and that they are giving her a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth? (x)*

Yet another book on my endless list of “books I bought because I really really want to read them but still haven’t”. I wanted to read this book ever since I started to work in 2013.. this book has been on my “books I want to read” list for 4 f*cking years. And it has been on my bookshelf since May 2015.

If you could win an Olympic medal for ignoring your TBR pile … I’d be in the run for gold.

But jokes aside, I really want to get to this book either this or next year. I find this plot still as interesting as when I first held the book in my hands and can’t wait to start with this trilogy.

Bookshelf Tour #12 // Landline – Rainbow Rowell

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Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.
Maybe that was always besides the point.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.
When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .
Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

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Bookshelf Tour #11

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“How about making a bargain with me?” said the demon. “I’ll break your spell if you agree to break this contact I’m under.”

In the land of Ingary, where seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, Sophie Hatter attracts the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste, who puts a curse on her. Determined to make the best of things, Sophie travels to the one place where she might get help – the moving castle which hovers on the nearby hills.

But the castle belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl whose appetite, they say, is satisfied only by the hearts of young girls..

Maybe some of you know the anime Howl’s Moving Castle. And maybe some of you have watched this movie a few times. Or like a thousand times like me. Only in 2015 I found out this anime was based on the story of Diana Wynne Jones. I watched this movie for years and never noticed the “based on the story of …” gaaah..

Anyway, of course I had to get and read this book. But I was a bit hesitant at first. Howl’s Moving Castle is one of my favourite anime movies ever and I didn’t want the book to change my love for it. It didn’t.

The book gives you a lot more details to the story you already know. And I liked reading more about Howl’s and Sophie’s relationship. About Sophie’s relationship with her family. About the truth behind the Witch of the Waste. Gosh I really enjoyed this book.

And guess what? I just found out today that this book is only the beginning in a trilogy. Like, how have I only learned about that now??? I NEED TO GET THOSE BOOKS!!!

Bookshelf Tour #10

The Martian

A mission to Mars.

A freak accident.

One man’s struggle to survive.

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 nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, 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.

But Mark’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills—and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength–he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.

As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive.

But Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet. (x)

I only picked this book up because one of my favourite musicians tweeted about it and said how amazing it was. Now I know he doesn’t read much so I had to check this book out. Now I haven’t read many Sci-Fi books. Okay I don’t think I’ve ever read a Sci-Fi book before..

But I’m so glad I picked this book up. It was incredibly well written. The characters were so realistic. And the story was well paced. All in all it was a perfect read for me.

Bookshelf Tour #9

Red Rising

“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”
“I live for you,” I say sadly.
Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.
Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

Okay .. I might need to extend my book buying ban to catch up with my tbr-pile.

I saw this book in quite some YT videos and what they were saying about this book sounded absolutely amazing. Also I’m a sucker for a good Sci-Fi book. So of course I had to get myself a copy of this book. And ever since then it has been sitting on my bookshelf, silently judging me..

I know I say for almost every book I show you guys on my Bookshelf Tour but I really want to read this book this year.

Bookshelf Tour #8

Everything Everything

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. (x)

I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK!!!

Honestly I have no idea why I haven’t read this book earlier – and I’m quite mad at me for that. Anyway.. this book landed on my “to be read”-list only a few months ago. A close friend of mine had read it and told me about it.

What she told me about made it sound like a fun and good read. And it was all that and more. I’ve been in love with the characters from the first page on and connected with the story easily. I really really enjoyed it.


Have you read Everything Everything? What are your thoughts on it?

Bookshelf Tour #7

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We have fought battles that left more than a hundred corpses on the ground and not a word of it has ever been set down. The Order fights, but often it fights in shadow, without glory or reward. We have no banners.

Vaelin Al Sorna’s life changes forever the day his father abandons him at the gates of the Sixth Order, a secretive military arm of the Faith. Together with his fellow initiates, Vaelin undertakes a brutal training regime – where the price of failure is often death. Under the tutelage of the Order’s masters, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly.

Now his new skills will be put to the test. War is coming. Vaelin is the Sixth Order’s deadliest weapon and the Realm’s only hope. He must draw upon the very essence of his strength and cunning if he is to survive the coming conflict. Yet as the world teeters on the edge of chaos, Vaelin will learn that the truth can cut deeper than any sword.

This book has been on my “Fantasy books I need to read”-list for .. well for quite some time now. A good friend recommended it to me, saying I can’t miss out on this book. And after reading some of the reviews on Goodreads I’m even more excited to finally pick this book up some time this year (I feel like I say this to every book haha).

Bookshelf Tour #6

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The first installment of an adventure featuring stolen books, secret agents and forbidden societies – think Doctor Who with librarian spies!

Irene must be at the top of her game or she’ll be off the case – permanently…

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she’s posted to an alternative London. Their mission – to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it’s already been stolen. London’s underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested – the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene’s new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own.

Soon, she’s up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option – the nature of reality itself is at stake.

Doesn’t this synopsis just sound amazing? That’s just what I thought when I bought this book last year. But have I read it yet? Of course not.. I’m still a little hesitant about picking it up, because two close friends have read it already and they haven’t liked it very much. And we usually have a similiar taste in books.

Have someone read this book yet? What are your thoughts on it?