Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Made Me Cry

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature hosted by The Broke and the BookishEvery other week I will post a list of my ten favorites in a certain category.

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Books break my heart on a daily basis. The characters I love hurt me, leave me or even worse - they die. You'd think I'd get used to getting my heart shattered. Still it hurts every single time and I feel my eyes welling up quite a lot. But when I say books that made me cry, I mean books that made me cry. Non-stop sobbing, puffy cheeks, ugly crying. I don't cry like that a lot. Not in real life, not because of movies, not because of books. It doesn't mean I don't hurt or care - on the contrary. I guess I've just taught myself not to. Most of the time. Here are some (not quite ten) books that resulted in waterfalls anyway.


1. The Order Of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling 
Yes. This one did it. Of all the awful deaths, Sirius' broke me. Completely. And it wasn't the moment when he fell through the veil that pushed me over the edge. It was Harry. I just couldn't handle his pain. The hurt when he started shouting at Dumbledore and throwing stuff and.. My eyes get teary just by thinking about it. I don't know - just the feeling that a boy who had lost so much already, had to lose his last chance at family. 

2. Before I Die by Jenny Downham 
I read this one a couple of years back and I remember more how I felt about it than I remember the actual story. This book is pretty heartbreaking as it is, but I read this book when my best friend was just diagnosed with cancer and well... let's say that was not the best of ideas. Everything felt very personal and relatable and when the girl died, I just couldn't keep it together for a while. The book helped me deal in a lot of ways. 

3. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Same amount of crying for mostly the same reasons. But I was older when I read this and could put everything in a better perspective. I could distance myself slightly more, but the crying got real ugly all the same. Which is mostly John Green's doing. Hazel and Augustus, obviously, but his harsh realism felt like daggers through my heart. Yet I admire him so much for saying the truth. It is a civil war with a predetermined winner.

4. The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Too many deaths and too much heartbreak. But only one that caused me physical pain. Fred. The battle of Hogwarts was really intense, but no other death made me feel like this one. Tears and tears and tears. Fred died the way he was, in the middle of joke he was making at Percy. And that was not something I handled very well. 


5. The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas
So maybe you have realized that I'm just a little bit over-invested in this series. My love for it is not rational, at all. And most characters are beyond great, but the way I felt about Sam.. That was something else entirely. I knew he was going to die, maybe that's the reason. But I fell in love with him anyway and when .. it happened. I was inconsolable. HOW COULD SHE DO THAT TO ME? It was so much easier when I had no idea what he was like.



What books made you cry?

Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard


Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard 
Series: Red Queen #2 
Genre: Fantasy, YA 
Publication date: February 9, 2016 
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind. Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

Friday Finds #8

Friday Finds showcases the books you 'found' and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list. Whether you found them online, in a bookstore, in the library - or wherever! 
Hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

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How have you been? I hardly know where my head's at at the moment. I've been so busy. But I found some time at work to make a friday finds post (shhhh!). I'm thinking about making this a monthly post by the way, because I just don't add enough books every week? Sometimes I don't put any books on my TBR, only to add ten the day after. I also only add the books I really plan on reading. Ah well. Here are my newest additions (or at least the ones I've added since my last friday finds)! So obviously I added Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I don't think there's anyone who's not going to read that. And since I've just finished The 5th Wave, I plan on reading the sequel asap! I also really, really love the cover for Frost Like Night. Let's hope the book is just as good! ;) Any you want to read as well? Any good recommendations for me?

Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave Rick Yancey cover

Title: The 5th Wave 
Author: Rick Yancey 
Series: The 5th Wave #1 
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, YA 
Publication date: May 7, 2013 
Rating: ★★★★½ 

Synopsis: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Review: Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard


Title: Cruel Crown
Author: Victoria Aveyard 
Series: Red Queen #0.1-0.2 
Genre: Fantasy, YA 
Publication date: January 5, 2016 
Rating: ★★★½ 

Synopsis: Queen Song
Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life.

Steel Scars
Diana Farley was raised to be strong, but being tasked with planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected. As she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital, she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation—Mare Barrow.


I’m really glad I read this just before the release of Glass Sword because it sucked me right back into the world of Red Queen. The novellas are a great introduction into this world. Were they good? Well…

Queen Song ★★★

I found this one a bit dull. It tells the story of queen Coriane Jacos-Calore and even though it’s truly interesting to get to know her and explore the circumstances of her death, it just didn’t hook me. It took me 20 pages to really get into the story and the story was only 45 pages long. So while definitely not bad, it is hardly as great as it could have been. I also found I didn’t really like Coriane. She had these principles and ideas she stood for which I appreciated, but overall she felt a bit flat. The romance part between her and Tiberius VI was the best part, but rushed (as this is obviously only a novella). So worth reading, sure, but nothing special.



Steel Scars ★★★★

This one I truly loved! First of all because I genuinely liked Captain Farley. Her personality was well crafted and I just loved the idea of her being a key figure in the Scarlet Guard and the red rebellion despite her young age. I was impressed by her maturity and sense of responsibility and the way she inspired such a strong sense of loyalty and respect in her team. Secondly, I also really loved the plot. We know Mare Barrow is going to end up with the Scarlet Guard but we didn’t really know anything about them until now. What their plans were, how they operated, how her brother came to be part of it. Now we do!
Another plus were the coded messages in between that kept the story fast paced, gave key information and often provided a sense of humor.

Book Announcement: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: J.K. Rowling (& Jack Thorne, John Tiffany) 
Series: Harry Potter #7.5
Release date: July 31, 2016
Publisher: Scholastic

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016 
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.
Okay, I get it. This won't be anything like the brilliant Harry Potter books we fell in love with. Yes, it is based on a play script. Yes, it written with help. But guys. GUYS. It's still J.K. ROWLING and I trust her with my life if there's anyone on this entire planet I trust to make this right, it's her. I have faith. I gotta have. And therefore I can not control my emotions. I simply can't.







Joanne Kathleen Rowling,




Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unfortunate Character Names

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature hosted by The Broke and the BookishEvery other week I will post a list of my ten favorites in a certain category.

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You know the feeling? You meet this person and this person is great and then you learn the name of said person and all you can think is: "Do your parents hate you? No, but seriously.. were they drunk when they named you?" There are some pretty awful names out there and unfortunately they also pop up in some of our favorite books (and in some not so very loved books as well). The order isn't really important here, I hated all these names equally (even though some for different reasons).


1. Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door 
I can not begin to describe what I hate about this name. I couldn't stand Cricket and much has to do with the ABSOLUTELY, HORRIFYINGLY AWFUL name he was given by Stephanie Perkins. I get that the family itself was somewhat 'odd', but there are a million other 'unique' and 'special' names that are not Cricket. Why she would give him the name of an insect is completely lost on me.


2. Bella Swan from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Well, we're all thinking it, no? Even when thirteen-year-old me was still crazy about Twilight I could never understand why Meyer had chosen to name her main character Bella. Of all the names in the world. Isabella is somewhat better, but they hardly ever call her that so it doesn't matter anyway. I don't know, maybe it's because in Belgium the name Bella is almost always associated with cows. Either way, I don't like it and never will. 


3. Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins
I know. Peeta is awesome and adorable and it pains me to include him here. It's such a widely known and loved character. But if we forget about his pure nature for a second, can we really say the name 'Peeta' is beautiful? Or fitting? I don't think it is. Katniss is unique as well and one hundred times more beautiful. Peeta I personally find a bit ridiculous.



4. Cassiopeia Sullivan from The 5th Wave by Rick Yansey
Sigh. It's actually kind of great to be named after a constellation of stars. But Cassiopeia, really? Who'd name his child that? Even if it is extraordinary and powerful. I'm glad the main character mostly went by Cassie. But then again, why name your character Cassiopeia and then call her something else instead? Because even the author most have realized no one in his right mind would ever use a name like that.



5. √Čtienne St.-Clair from Anna and the French Kiss
√Čtienne is the problematic part. I get it. Perkins wanted a French name. There are SO MANY wonderful French names and I can know, because lots of people here have them. But in Belgium people who are called √Čtienne are without exception 80+ years old. So, meet the young handsome love interest with the grandpa name. No. Just No. I love him, but him going by St.-Clair was way 'cooler' than him going by his first name.


6. Marguerite Cain from A Thousand Pieces Of You 
Another author who thought using an 'old-fashioned' French name was a good idea. I hated this book anyway, but on top of that I had to bear with that name.  Not only is it ugly (imagine being called Marguerite), but an ancient name for a story that takes place in the future? Really? SEE MY PROBLEM? No, Gray. The name did not save your credibility. It's just pretentious.




7. Tobias Eaton from Divergent by Veronica Roth
I was completely head-over-heels in love with Four. But then he started going by Tobias and.. meh. He changed. So maybe that's the reason I dislike this name. But it could also be because I somehow associate Tobias with dogs. Maybe I watched a cartoon about a dog called Tobias in my early childhood - I don't know. It's just not a name for a great and stern, powerful guy.



8. Augustus Waters from The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Please don't kill me. *ducks in corner* I just really don't like this name. I get why he chose it. It's pretentious and it was supposed to be. It works, I'm not denying any of that. And it's definitely unique. But I'm sorry, I didn't really feel it. John Green usually chooses 'different' names and I usually like them. But not this one. Unfortunately. 



9. Tamlin from A Court Of Thorns And Roses
So it's not as if I hate this name. I just don't think it fits him very well. He's the High Lord of the Spring Court and I felt like his name should have been more 'Majestic'. Tamlin sounds.. I don't know, commonTake Rhysand for instance, that name is EPIC. (Ooooh, maybe it's a sign ;D) I'm just saying I'd probably have chosen a different name for such an important character. But again, I don't dislike it as strongly as the other ones on this list.


10. Every overused romantic nickname ever.
I am not one for cheesy, fluffy romances. (Even if I am a sucker for romance in general) I do appreciate expressions of love. But if they start calling each other these ridiculous names, I get irritated and start rolling my eyes a lot. I don't care if it is my Mayfly, or my North Star or my Light, Sun or WHATEVER. I don't care if there is an explanation for it. Saying it once is romantic. Saying it multiple times makes me want to throw up. 


Am I overreacting? Maybe. I don't know. It's not as if I can make myself like them. Do you agree with the names on this list? Are there others you would like to add?


Upcoming Releases: February 2016

Upcoming Releases February 2016
How will I ever find to time to read everything I want to read? Another month, and another pile of books to add to my TBR. Some I’m really excited about! Glass Sword obviously. I loved Red Queen and I have been waiting for this sequel for almost a year. I sure hope it’s as good as the first book. Please please please. Which books are you most excited about?

Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard


Title: Truthwitch 
Author: Susan Dennard 
Series: The Witchlands #1 
Genre: Fantasy, YA 
Publication date: January 5, 2016 
Rating: ★★★★★ 

Synopsis: In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well. Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires. Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness. Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

January Wrap Up

February. My god, this year is flying by already. My reading year has not started exceptionally well to be honest. I read only three books in January. Why? Partly because I got into a bit of a slump when Ice Like Fire didn't meet my expectations - but also because I was determined to catch up with my tv shows. And once I start that.. well. 

So let's talk about the things I did do when I wasn't reading. I caught up on the shows I was behind on (because my schedule of 25 shows a week is just impossible to keep up with), watched another three seasons of Doctor Who (HELP ME I'M NOT READY TO SAY GOODBYE TO MATT SMITH) and started three new shows because apparently I have still time to spare. (Omg - I really shouldn't have, but the Shannara Chronicles are really great and I'm crazy about The Expanse even though no one seems to know that one. And then there's also Shadowhunters, which I couldn't just not watch, you know? Its honestly as terrible as I feared it would be, but I'm MADLY in love with ALEC ALEC ALEC ALEC <3) Some other shows finally premiered their new season (THE 100 EVERYONE - BELLARKEFORLIFE) and well, it's safe to say I did not get bored in January.
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