Bookception

Are books ever enough?

As avid readers, we sooner or later realise that there are some small things in books that can take the act of reading to the next level. More or less, most of us have read or heard about a book that is the ultimate reader’s dream: This comes in two equally magical variations:

♥ Firstly, there are the captivating stories about readers jumping into books and becoming one with the story!

♥Then, there are the stories that take place in a library, or a bookshop!

Both of these book types are slowly winning more and more fans worldwide, so I decided to devote a post at my most favourite ones, and the ones that are on the top of my TBR!

The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser

Amy Lennox doesn’t know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother’s childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay. Amy’s grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House-but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy’s new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper, Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts-at whatever cost.

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By your side by Kasie West

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her.
Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

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The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

The story begins with a lonely boy named Bastian and the strange book that draws him into the beautiful but doomed world of Fantastica. Only a human can save this enchanted place by giving its ruler, the Childlike Empress, a new name. But the journey to her tower leads through lands of dragons, giants, monsters, and magic and once Bastian begins his quest, he may never return. As he is drawn deeper into Fantastica, he must find the courage to face unspeakable foes and the mysteries of his own heart. 

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Myth by Terri Todosey

Hi! It’s me, Tali. Tali Jacobson. I have no idea where I am or how old I am when you read this, but if you’ve experienced time travel, you’ll know it’s not that significant anyway. I’m writing rather about a much more important matter – this book, and I don’t know how long I have to write, so I’ll get straight to the the point. Whatever you do, DON’T read this book. I know it seems odd there’d be a book that is not for reading, but I feel obligated to at least warn you that strange things can happen and in fact did happen to me when I read it. Some of it good… actually really good, but some of it was horribly frightening, and the problem is, once you start, there’s no turning back.

I know there are some who would argue that it’s already too late. That fate has taken notice of you and entangled you in its web. Either way, you’re here now, holding this book and reading this letter, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll probably end up doing what you’re not suppose to do. So, I’ll tell you this – there is one way to read this book safely, but you have to trust me and do it exactly as I tell you.

First get a pen, and open it to the very last page. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT READ any other page. If the words ‘The End’ appear on the last page, then it’_ 

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The Forgotten Book by Mechthild Gläser

Emma is used to things going her way. Her father is headmaster of her prestigious boarding school, her friends take her advice as gospel, and she’s convinced that a relationship with her long time crush is on the horizon. As it turns out, Emma hasn’t seen anything yet. When she finds an old book in an abandoned library, things really start going Emma’s way: anything she writes in the book comes true. But the power of the book is not without consequences, and Emma soon realizes that she isn’t the only one who knows about it. Someone is determined to take it from her-and they’ll stop at nothing to succeed. A new boy in school – the arrogant, aloof, and irritatingly handsome Darcy de Winter – becomes Emma’s unlikely ally as secrets are revealed and danger creeps ever closer. 

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Between the lines (#1) & Off the page (#2) duology by Jodi Picoult and Samantha VanLeer

What happens when happily ever after…isn’t? Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book–one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah. And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom. A romantic and charming story, this companion novel to Off the Page will make every reader believe in the fantastical power of fairy tales. 

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Traveler(#1) & Dreamer(#2) duology by L. E. Delano

Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favourite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all cupcakes, pirates, and fantasy lifestyles …Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it…this Jessa is going to live. 

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♥Have you read any books wih a similar topic? Leave your recommendations below so that we can widen this list! I can’y wait to find more amazing books!♥

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Review: Safely Endangered Comics

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Title: Safely Endangered Comics

Author: Chris McCoy

Pages: 144

Get the book here at Bookdepository

***I was sent a digital copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

As always, another webcomic that turns into a book that I loved! In this book you can find the collection of Chris McCoy’s comics that will leave you laughing out loud! The jokes are clever and funny and I am happy to say I can’t remeber seeing them around before so they still seemed new to me and I enjoyed them deeply. I also liked how the humour wasn’t isnultive as it happens to be in similar comics at times. Adult at times, but not triggering. It sometimes was sort of macabre but I like that 0:)

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It was very rare not to understand a panel, I think it only happened once and it most possibly was because I am a caveman and sometimes don’t know what’s going on in the world 0:)

Honestly, I am that kind of person that doesn’t know anything and wouldn’t recognise RHCP at photos because I only know their songs (and love them btw)tenor.gif

I totally read it in one sitting so I definitely recommend buying it when it comes out on April 9th! You can preorder it at the Bookdepository ♥

Rating: 5★/5★

Bookstagramming on a budget!

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by all the amazing pics you see at bookstagram? Have you found youself thinking: “Okay, these accounts are so lucky to have all these beautiful items for their pics, I could never spend so much for books and props”? Because I have! But when I looked closer I realised that everyone can find their way if they know what to use and where to shop!

First of all, there is already plenty of choices that can be used as bookish photos’ embellishments that we may oversee:

Use what you already have at home:

♥Dried orange slices. They are so easy to make, and go great with a brown or white background!hearΚαταγραφή.PNG

♥Cinammon sticks. I sometimes like to wrap them in twine-the brown one being my favourite!hearΚαταγραφή.PNG

♥Book page rolls, wrapped with twine or lace ribbon ^_^

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♥Mugs with nuts! This is my favourite ♥ I like to fill my cups with hazelnuts or whatever we have at home, or sometimes place them as if the nuts were spilling out of the cup and I love the result!

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♥Book crowns! Easy and cheap!

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♥Coffee shapes. For these, I cut a shape on paper (for example a heart) and then pour coffee in the hole so that a coffe heart is shaped on the table I use for my pics!

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♥Pine cones, if you live close to a forest! I have spray-painted mine to look silver!

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Buy props at the lowest prices:

I did a little research for you, and I have some ideas that you can use as props for your pictures! These items I suggest below include free shipping!

You can get 13 vintage keys for as low as 0.87€!

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You can get this bookish pendant for only 0.70€!

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Sprinkle your photos with 100 wooden hearts for 1.14€!

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100 fake leaves for 1.76€, to have an autumn vibe!

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Or if you are a spring person, get 24 flowers for 0.84€!

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For HP fans, this is a steal! A cute plush for 2.22€? Heaven!

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And because I know how expensive bookish pins can be, these cost less than 1.00€!

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And generally, if you do a research at eBay you will find anything you can imagine! The variety is so wide and the prices so low that you can only spend 5€ and get as many props as you’d otherwise get with 50€! I also recommend this retro map watch that I own too and always use it in my photos (2.17€), scrabble letters (2.63€) and this light letter box (4.61€)!

And for extra savings…

I know we all want more and more books, and I know you’ve heard of the following options before, but they do help in being a bookworm and bookstagrammer without emptying your bank account!

♥Enter giveaways! What did you say? You haven’t ever won one? Most people that enter many of them have won not once, not twice but several times! So don’t get discouraged, if you insist you’ll make it! I can’t afford buying books, I was only able to buy 3 last year. So how do I get my books? I enter giveaways and have faith! Just be careful though, and don’t let yourself fall down the rabbit hole after you start winning: enter only if you are really interested in the book or bookish prize. Otherwise your place will fill with uninteresting books, and we don’t have money for new shelves! :’)

♥Wait for sales. Personally, I buy most of my books at the bookdepository because of the low prices. If you make an account on their page, they’ll email you coupon codes whenever they’re available, so you’ll be able to save a lot! plus, they even have a bargain section that is always updated with new books!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope these helped!!! If you have any recs on other ways to save let me know in the comments! ♥♥♥

Kisses,

Paty xoxoxo

Review: “Life on the Refrigerator door” by Alice Kuipers

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Title: Life on the Refrigerator door

Author: Alice Kuipers

Pages: 240

Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

Link to book: Find it here

I MAY HAVE FAILED AN EXAM BECAUSE OF THIS BOOK

But don’t worry, this review will be a 5 star one!

I am still waiting for this exams results, but I just couldn’t resist this new book staring at me? And then it made it impossible to study after reading the last page? It was an absolutely bad decision to read this in the middle of the night instead of preparing for the next days important exams but… that’s priorities right? 0:)

Mom,
I went to the store. See inside the fridge. I watered the plants. I cleaned out Peter’s cage. I tidied the sitting room. And the kitchen. And I did the washing up.
I’m going to bed.

Your live-in servant,
Claire

A BIT ABOUT THE BOOK: Have you ever read a book written solely in notes? No. not like Everything, Everything that had many of them. I mean just notes, no full pages- just notes attached to the refrigerator door! I found the idea very appealing and I knew I had to get this book. Then the plot came in and I got an extra reason to need it. Through the notes that are found each day on the refrigerator door, we get to know the relationship between Elizabeth and her daughter, Claire. They make their small family, just the two of them, but they never have enough time for each other. Elizabeth is a doctor and Claire a student that spends her free time with her friends or babysitting. And then… a different note is found on the refrigerator door… A note that lets Claire know her mom got an appointment with a doctor because she noticed something at her breast. And life changes.

I told you it wasn’t going to be a happy story. Oh, oops, I didn’t, and you just fell in my handcrafted lake of despair.

Likes: 

♥ I promise I have feelings but for some reason I love heart breaking books. They just depict the real world that isn’t always perfect. Someone may get sick. Someone may even die unexpectedly and we can do nothing to predict or prevent it at times. So the only thing we can do, is make our lives worthy. Memorable. I don’t know when saying I love you to our family or friends became something to feel but not something to be expressed. I thought of it a lot while reading this book.
The fact that the whole book was written in so few words is something I found absolutely admirable. Telling a story that touches the reader’s heart within a book that doesn’t contain a full page-this takes some talent. And it’s not that the plot lacked in any part, everything you need to know is written in the exchanged notes. The good and the bad times, the fear and hope all live their mark on their refrigerator.
♥ I have never read a whole book in a day, and the fact that I even neglected my studies to finish this one in one sitting should mean something. It really made my heart be shattered in pieces and I wanted to wake up my mom and hug her. I was sobbing. If a book is so powerful, it may be actually able to change lives and bring us people together- What a blessing it would be!
It also has something to teach to teenagers. Adolescence is the time when we start to feel we need to strengthen our bonds with peers, and this is acceptable and so natural. But in the process of seeking independence and freedom, teens can sometimes neglect their parents. Growing up should build the age gap and not enlarge it. When Claire spent all time with her friend and bf, I felt her mom was so alone… and I cried again.

THE COVER IS DAMN SILVER!

♥♥♥If you want to try a one of a kind book, you can get “Life on the refrigerator door” HERE ♥♥♥

Review: “By your side” by Kasie West

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Title: By your Side

Author: Kasie West

Pages: 346

Link to book: Find it here

I’d never expected I’d fall into the “trap” of listening to audiobooks, they always seemed too weird to the old grandma Paty (=me). Better late than never, they say, and the saying couldn’t be any more right! Because audio books have become my motivation to spend endless hours in the lab – while indulging to listening to a good book!♥ 

VERDICT: I’ve started to really like Kasie West books!

A BIT ABOUT THE BOOK: Who wouldn’t love to spend a day trapped into a library and why is it a misfortune instead of a blessing? Well, I’d love to enjoy myself among books, but this isn’t the case for Autumn. She has big plans for the weekend – she, her friends and her not-yet-boyfriend are having a campfire, and she can’t wait for her romance to finally start! However, when they stop at the library, she takes some extra time and poof! she’s locked in there (blame the female need to pee every ten minutes for her unlucky case). She wishes her friends will soon find out she’s missing but… it isn’t the first time she disappears, so they don’t get back. Had she let them know about her anxiety disorder, they would have cared more each time she left them without any explanation.
It’s just a day at worst, that’s what she kept telling herself to not freak out. And at least she was locked, so she was safe. No one could enter the building… But here’s Dax, the druggie, stuck in there with her. She may be scared, and not trusting him but… is he really how his popularity wans him?


OKAY I WANTED THEM TO END UP TOGETHER AND EACH TIME THEY DIDN’T KISS I WANTED TO THROW MY PHONE ON THE WALL :’)

Likes: 
The kind of Romance that makes your heart remember its first love
It’s the bookworm’s dream print in paper, because it’s written around spending days in the library, with the cherry topping of adding a hot guy in the bookish prison *blushes*
The audiobook narrator has a very pleasant voice and she even changed it a bit to make Dax’s more masculine, but not in an annoying way – I actually loved this!
Dax is so cute and made my heart skip several beats 0:) I loved him so much, especially his tenderness and how he cared for Autumn and offered her his sleeping bag while he hid his chattering teeth♥♥♥

Plus I love it when there are issues like an anxiety disorder repped in a good book♥

You’ve undoubtedly understood that I loved the book, (mostly because of the rain of hearts I used), but I’ll try to be subjective and list some cons of this lovely sweet amazing book (please don’t scroooooll 0:) )

Disikes: 
Autumn’s friends were jerks. Even if someone doesn’t have anxiety issues, there are limits to how far you’re allowed to pressure someone into doing sth you want. Dallan was so childish and jealous, as if he’s a 5-year-old! I wouldn’t want to be a part of their group.
Jeff had no depth at all at his character – I feel I have to mention it but to be sincere, I never cared about him so I was okay with that 0:)
The concept was familiar, good girl falls for bad mysterious guy who isn’t bad after all… BUT I LIKE THESE STORIES, WHO CAN BLAME ME?

So, practically my dislikes aren’t actually dislikes, just stuff I guess might annoy some of you. If you want to try Kasie West, definitely start with this book! In the case you’re persuaded or just curious, you can get the book HERE

Rating: 5★/5★