Friday Finds #9

Friday Finds is a meme that features 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.

It's been a while since I've last done a Friday Finds post, but I haven't added all that many new books in the mean time. Maybe it had something to do with march' reading slump (that I'm glad to say I got out of pretty nicely). Anyway, here are my newest additions. Are these on your list to? Any books you'd like to recommend me? I'm always up for new suggestions!

Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #1 
Genre: Fantasy, YA 
Publication date: August 31, 2010 
Rating: ★★★½ 

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series. The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them...

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookworm Delights

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

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I can't begin to express how much I love this week's theme. Bookworm delights - ten reasons why reading and being part of a book community is the best thing in the world. I could name a hundred to be honest. Experiences that can bring a smile on my face even on the darkest of days. If you're a bookworm like me, you'll sure recognize some of these. What makes you glad to be a bookworm? What are your bookish delights?

1. The smell of a book
It's the simplest of pleasures, really, but there's nothing like the smell of a book to take you places. At work I deal with lots of paper stacks, but none of them are the same. A book is different. Its smell is unique. I can't even begin to describe what it is like. Like a book. And like nothing else. It makes me think of places far away and worlds full of magic. Whenever I open a new book, I smell it first. It may seem ridiculous but it makes me happy every time. And that's all that matters to me. Life is about enjoying the simple things, right?

2. Reading in bed on rainy days
To-tal. Cli-che. I'm well aware and I couldn't care less. Whenever it rains all I want to do is crawl up in bed. It doesn't matter if it's the middle of the day or the middle of the night. I could read an entire day like that or read an entire book in one sitting. The rain ticking on the roof and windows, my favourite pajamas on, nestled in blankets and pillows and drinking a warm cup of tea. I swear, you'd almost wish for it to start raining.

3. Falling in love (again and again and again)
This has to my absolute favourite thing about reading. Falling in love with characters and worlds. I'm generally a really introvert person. As in I could probably tell you guys more about my feelings than I would ever tell people in real life. But I'm also really emotional. I've got so many feelings bottled up inside of me and reading is a way to let them.. free, I suppose. Writing helps a lot too. But when I read a (good) book, I fall in love with the characters. Sometimes in that perfect head-over-heels-i-want-to-marry-you-and-hug-you-and-never-let-go way. Sometimes in a sibling kind of way. It doesn't really matter which. I fall in love, I live their lives, I feel their pain and insecurities, their joy and fear. Being able to live through a book is the most beautiful experience there is.

4. Fangirling
And is there anything better than sharing the love? When you find another person who feels about a book the exact same way you do, it's almost like finding one of your missing puzzle pieces. Whenever I finish a really good book, I go looking for reviews that resemble mine, random info and fan art, but mostly PEOPLE who are just as childishly enthusiastic about the same thing. At which point I usually start screaming (typing) in caps with lots of heart-eyed emoticons and exclamation points. Sorry not sorry.

5. Getting a book in the mail
I buy 99% of my books online. Not because I don't like bookstores, but because Belgian bookstores usually don't have what I'm looking for. Which doesn't keep me from visiting them anyway. But it does keep me from actually buying any books there. With great websites like Amazon and Bookdepository, online ordering has become a sort of second nature. I think I'm driving my parents mad with all the packages that are being delivered for me. But how can I explain them just how much I love getting books in the mail? It's like it's my birthday every week. Obviously I always know what I've ordered, but there's a huge difference between seeing something on a screen and actually holding it in your hands. That moment you open the box and hold the book for the first time. I love it so much.

6. The 'new' favourite book feeling
I'm not too picky when it comes to books. I love a lot and I'm not so very hard to please (I think). So there is an endless amount of books that I love. And yet... Sometimes there are books that blow your mind, that touch you so deeply you feel like it's going to hold a place in your heart forever. Or one gets you so emotionally invested it's all you can think about when you're stuck in ordinary life. There are days when I'm at school and I just can't concentrate because I keep thinking about a story or a certain character. Maybe it's not entirely healthy, but I bet you all know the feeling I'm talking about. And it gets even better when you feel this way about a book you didn't expect if from.

7. Finally reading that long anticipated sequel
This I'm sure you know. The excruciating wait for a next installment in a series to release. You finish a book and all you want to know is WHAT THE HELL WILL HAPPEN NEXT. Unfortunately books have to actually get written first. Real pity. Because it means writing, re-writing, editing, production processes and .. months and months of time. And in the mean time you're anxiously waiting for it, talking about it all the time and stretching your patience until it's almost nonexistent. But then - then the moment comes when everything in the world makes sense again BECAUSE THERE IT IS. Sometimes I literally jump up and down when I can finally lay my hands on a sequel.

8. Bookstagram
I haven't been on bookstagram for a very long time, but I've fallen madly in love with it. Every day I'm astonished at the talent some people have. All these pictures are like perfect little gems I want to cherish and stare at over and over.. There's so much unappreciated talent out there. A lot of these people could be real artists one day. Also, everyone is so nice to each other it almost feels like some kind of Utopia. (Or maybe I've just been lucky not to have seen the bad side yet. Either way, please let me dream on a little longer). It's also a great way to find recommendations and inspiration. I've got to know many new books through bookstagram.

9. Book subscription boxes
ARE THE BEST. There are so many out there and every time I look at someone's picture of a box they received I get a little jealous. I subscribed to Owlcrate for a couple of months and it was with pain that I eventually cancelled my order. But now I've been ordering Fairyloot boxes instead and they are proving to be just as great. I know they are crazy expensive. All of them. BUT THEY ARE SO MUCH FUN. Order one. Even if you only do it once, I promise you it'll be worth it. It's the best thing because you never know what you're going to get. It's a complete surprise (if you avoid spoilers obviously) until you lift the lid of the box. It really can't get any better.

10. Writing book reviews
I told you I loved fangirling. Unfortunately sometimes you read something none of your friends has read yet. And since you're a nice person you don't want to start shouting everything at them because they'd get spoiled and that's not something you do. Not on purpose at least. So where do you go with all your feelings and impressions? Right, you put them on the page. It's great to get your thoughts straight and to get all those emotions out of your system. And when people actually read them and interact with you, it almost feels as if your life is complete. ;D It's also great to get rid of anger issues when a book was absolutely horrible. That happens too. (a)

Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Title: Outlander
Author: Diana Gabaldon 
Series: Outlander #1 
Genre:  Historical Fiction, Romance, Fantasy 
Publication date: June 1, 1991 
Rating: ★★★★

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Upcoming Releases: April 2016

The Rose And The Dagger Renee Ahdieh
It's april already which means ONLY ONE MORE MONTH UNTIL MAY AND ACOTAR2! But until then we have some really great releases to enjoy! THE RAVEN KING should be out in twenty days.  MYGODFINALLY. The release has been pushed so many times that I will only believe it's out when I can actually hold it in my hands. But there's also The Rose and The Dagger because the release has been set earlier. I still need to read the first one, but I'm already excited about the sequel. Basically my life. I've heard really great things about When We Collided as well. So basically lots of AWESOME stuff coming up. Which ones are you excited about?

March Wrap Up

Sooooo... March was a disaster. I didn't get any reading done. No, that's not true. I kept reading Outlander, but as of today I still haven't finished it (real close, though!) It's a good book actually, but it's really damn long and I usually don't mind - but somehow this one has gotten me into a HUGE slump. I really wish I'd get out of it already.

I didn't read and I didn't buy a lot either. The books I bought in March are The Serpent King and Saturday Requiem. The first one was part of the March Owlcrate box and I'm really excited to read it. People are pretty wild about it. The second is the sixth installment in the Frieda Klein series by Nicci French. Not young adult but pretty damn great all the same.

Meanwhile april is proving to be an expensive month. I bought a lot of books in this first week already. I even had to rearrange my shelves. There really isn't enough space, but my room is very small so.. :(

What have you guys been reading this past month? Hopefully more than me.

All These Lives 2.0

Brand new layout, new address, new title and same old me.

Those of you who have visited my blog over the past week may have noticed that there were quite a lot of changes. And then those changes changed, only to change again a few days later because I couldn't make up my mind. But now it's time to present you All These Lives 2.0.

It's taken me hours of daylight and hours of sleep to get everything exactly (or at least mostly) the way I wanted it. Blogger downright sucks when it comes to layout, since there are so very few options and templates available. But I'm glad to say that I've improved my status of html-dummy to not-so-very-dummy anymore. I spent hours on things that other people could have fixed in 5 minutes, but I don't care. I did it and I'm a more than a little proud of myself. The hardest things to do/find were probably the things you won't even notice. E.g. fixing blurry thumbnails in the comment/popular posts sections. That really was a bitch. But - all solved. Yay. And I've learned a lot. Next time it'll definitely go a lot faster! My main layout-goal was to get a 'clean' look and.. I think that worked out? 

I've also decided to change my blog's name. I had been unhappy with All These Lives I Live for a while because it was too long and didn't look/sound right. So - shorter! If anything, it's easier to remember. Maybe you don't think it sounds very bookish, but it actually is. It's based on a quote by George R.R. Martin. I've always liked it a lot and I really couldn't come up with anything literally 'bookish' that was original - or available. 

Finally deciding on a (sort of) new name, made it worth the trouble of changing my url and FINALLY joining bloglovin'. As of today you can follow me there! I'm really looking forward to getting to know what all that is about. 

& All this to celebrate my blog's birthday. I'm happy to say All These Lives is turning 1 tomorrow!

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