Characters I can’t let go

There are billions of books out there. Some of them, I have read. Others, I shunned. Still others, I wish I had in every possible edition. Some of those beloved books hold characters, I will probably never forget, no matter how much time passes. In this little post, I want to you to get to know some of them.

The order is no ranking.

Ähnliches FotoBilbo Baggings from the Shire. Is probably my all-time favourite character. I loved his struggles, his bravery, his snobbish attitude, his love for smoking weeds and cakes. He is a hero of many sorts and I would be lying if I’d say I haven’t dreamt of writing my Bachelor Thesis about him. He is so afraid and wants to go home and snuggle up to his coziest blanket and forget the evil and dangerous world outside the Shire but he keeps going, saving his friends, showing how cunning he truly is and staying true to himself and his (moral) standards. I just adore him ❤

I guess all of you know the book he is from but I’ll post a picture anyway 😉 FUNfact: J.R.R Tolkien painted this cover himself.

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Bildergebnis für samwell tarly I know that this might come a little unexpected, but I love Samwell Tarly with all my heart. Just like Bilbo ( I can’t help it, I know, I know ), or probably even more like Bilbo, Samwell struggles to find his place in a world that is alien to him. He says he is a craven but the old gods and the new know that he is a hero in his own right. He is brave, loyal and strong, even though he is a fat little fella who can’t carry his own weight around. Even though I am more a fan of the books than of the series, I just love the makers of Game of Thrones because they made Sam look just as I have always imagined him to be ❤

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Bildergebnis für Ronan and adamI want to mention Ronan Lynch and Adam Parrish together because they belong to the same books. Ronan is somebody who is very.. socially awkward in a way that isn’t really obvious. He can’t express his feeling very well and some of his school mates even call him ‘soulless’ but that’s just the only way he knows how. He was different, at some point in his life before everything came crashing down and I just felt for him, his story, his life. I felt so connected to him that it physically hurt to read the books sometimes. Ronan is love, silent, dark and frail love ❤

Bildergebnis für raven boysI can say the same thing about a character I didn’t really like in the second book of the series. I don’t know why, but he annoyed me at that point. But later on, he turned out to be the spark that lit my heart on fire. I love this series and I love Adam and Ronan. Adam is a frail character in so many other ways than Ronan, but he struggles and struggles…. and he pulls through it all. He’s the one lesson everybody should keep in mind. It’s “Keep going and it’s going to be alright”. That’s the most important message of all I believe. Adam also represents a part of me that I never really acknowledge because I ignore it most of the time. There is a life-changing encounter he has with somebody ( no spoilers here ;)) that change him and I went through something very similar, so we’re basically stuck with the same problems. That was what really made me love Adam Parrish ❤

 


Bildergebnis für Rhysand Last but not least: Rhysand, High Lord of the Night Court. This is probably the guy who doesn’t quite fit in the lot but I had to mention him here nonetheless. From the first book onward I just knew there was more to this guy than he let on but to what extend- I never truly knew untill I read he second part of the ACOTAR series. I don’t think it’s about him being sexy. It’s more about giving up everything for the people he loves, his people. He is the one who would never hesitate. Even though his might be an odd thing to say, I hated Tamlin from the start, so it really wasn’t hard for me that he did… what he did haha don’t want to spoiler anybody 😉

Rhysand s just funny, brave, loyal and independent, smart, what more would anybody want? ❤

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Interview with M. Tara Crowl & Giveaway

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Hey chumps! Today I want to present you M. Tara Crowl’s books Eden’s Whish and Eden’s Escape of the Eden of the Lamp series. The books may not be my usual YA/ Fantasy post but they’re no less unique and interesting;) I interviews the author of the two books and of course I don’t want to leave you out 😉

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Interview

Why did you start writing stories?

As a child, I read constantly and dreamed of writing my own books. In high school, I changed direction and decided I wanted to make movies, so I moved to Los Angeles and went to film school at the University of Southern California. After graduating, I worked in Hollywood for a producer and a literary manager, and then at a talent agency. That was when I realized that my dream of writing books hadn’t gone anywhere; it was still alive and well. So I dropped everything in LA and moved to Sydney, Australia for a Master’s program in Creative Writing.

What gave you the idea for the Eden of the Lamp series?

I was on a plane, listening to the audio book of Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder. It mentions the prospect of meeting a genie and being able to make three wishes. When we think about the genie myth, I think most of us do usually see it from that perspective, and dream about what we’d wish for. But that day, I started to imagine what it would be like to be a genie. You’d have no friends, no fresh air, and no freedom. You could only leave the lamp when some random person rubbed it, and you could only stay on Earth for as long as it took to grant their wishes. You could give people their greatest fantasies, but you’d have no power over your own life. That was infuriating to me.

From there, I started to dream up the character of Eden. She’s in love with the world, but she can’t explore it until she’s completed her career as a genie. The story started with her character, and grew from there.

Do you have a favourite author?

If I have to choose one, I’d say Roald Dahl.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

There’s a middle-grade book that I wrote before I went to school to study writing. I finished a draft and revised it a little, but never completed revisions. I haven’t looked at it for years. Currently, I’m halfway through a new manuscript.

Is there an Eden in real life? Or somebody the main character is based on?

No, Eden isn’t based on anyone. She’s just the character I dreamed up when I came up with the book’s premise and started to imagine someone in her circumstances.

If you had three wishes free, what would you wish for?

1.The ability to travel to the past — not to change anything, just to experience it.

2.Perfect control over my memory, so I could remember everything I want to remember, and forget what I want to forget.

3.For every person on Earth to experience real, true love.

What kind of research do you do and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I think experience is the best research. For me, being in the place where the story is set is really helpful. Seeing the buildings and the terrain, hearing its sounds, feeling its weather, meeting people who live there. It’s hard for me to write about a place if I don’t feel like I’m familiar with it.

Beyond that, it depends what the book is about. I try not to get too bogged down in research, but there always ends up being more than I anticipate. For the story to ring true, you’ve got to get details right, no matter how inconsequential they might seem. Every bit of incorrect information has the power to break the story’s spell for a reader.

 

ABOUT THE BOOKS

edenswishEden’s Wish

(Eden of the Lamp #1)

By M. Tara Crowl

From Disney-Hyperion

Release Date: September 1, 2015

Ages 9-12

All twelve years of Eden’s life have been spent in an antique oil lamp. She lives like a princess inside her tiny, luxurious home; but to Eden, the lamp is nothing but a prison. She hates being a genie. All she wants, more than anything, is freedom.

When Eden finds a gateway to Earth within the lamp, she takes her chance and enters the world she loves. And this time, she won’t be sent back after three wishes.

Posing as the new kid at a California middle school, Eden revels in all of Earth’s pleasures–but quickly learns that this world isn’t as perfect as she always thought it was. Eden soon finds herself in the middle of a centuries-old conflict between powerful immortals. A ruthless organization run by a former genie will stop at nothing to acquire the lamp and its power–even hurt Tyler and Sasha, the new mortal friends who have given Eden a home. To save her friends and protect the lamp’s magic, Eden must decide once and for all where she belongs.

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edensescapeEden’s Escape

(Eden of the Lamp #2)

By M. Tara Crowl

From Disney-Hyperion

Release Date: September 6, 2016

Ages 9-12

Eden’s new life on earth begins in New York City under the guidance of her new guardian: Pepper, a petite, bubbly genie alum who’s also a Broadway actress. Before she has a chance to settle in, though, Eden is whisked away for a granting–only to find herself trapped in a laboratory. David Brightly, owner of the world’s leading tech company, cares more about tapping into the lamp’s power than making a wish and starts performing tests on Eden. With Brightly’s plasma shield around the lamp, Eden has no way home. Left without a choice, she escapes the lab and goes on the run. After her daring exit, Eden finds herself on the streets of Paris–home to Electra’s headquarters. Left in a strange city with a price on her head (courtesy of scheming Brightly), Eden has to keep her wits about her. She dons a chic disguise and flits around Paris incognito, investigating Brightly Tech. Assisted by Pepper and her old adversary Bola, as well as some new friends, Eden embarks on a quest to retrieve the lamp and protect the secrets of the genie legacy.

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PRAISE

“Crowl’s imaginative storyline rings with both perception and humor.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Middle grade readers will enjoy the children’s autonomy and Eden’s humorous difficulties in grasping how school works…Hand this to readers who like their magical fantasy combined with middle school drama.”

School Library Journal

“An imaginative romp with a smart, snarky protagonist and a humorous interpretation of the world as we know it…[Eden] is also just plain entertaining, with a sassy attitude and a clever wit that saves her on more than one occasion.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

M. Tara Crowl grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She studied Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, then received an MA in Creative Writing at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She lives in New York City.

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How Audiobooks Changed My Life as a Blogger

I have mentioned in a few comments over the last few weeks and I wanted to dedicate a whole post to the wonderful realm of audiobooks.

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The thing is, I have never really liked audiobooks to begin with. I listened to one audiobook all the time before I started blogging and that was The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Much later, when I had been blogging for about two months, I read a post about audiobooks and even though I was interested, I was also sceptical.

How could a story that you didn’t read yourself be as fascinating and as captivating as something you have read on your own? As I listened to The Hobbit every once in a while though, I though I’d just give it a try.

And that’s what I did.

I listened to the Harry Potter series and I fell in love with the books all over again. Immediately after, I started to listen to Halfway Dead, which turned out to be not my thing ( I might write a review about the audiobook a little later), because the narrator is extremely important.

Even if I “only” listen to an audiobook, the feels are real!

I thought I couldn’t listen to women narrating a story but then I listened to Ruin and Rising and I loved it just as much with a male narrator. So I realized it depended more on intonation and the way they talked than on the voice itself.

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How did this help me become a better blogger?

I’m actually not sure if my reviews have a better quality of if I’m writing better. But what I do know is that it helps me to plan posts better. I don’t have to stress about not having time to read, especially now that my finals are ringing at my doorbell like nasty neighbor’s boys. I can dedicate much more time to the audiobooks than I currently can devote to physical books . I can still enjoy great books without loosing too much sleep during the week.

But what about the argument that I might not really listen to the book, or that I could get distracted more easily? Well the thing is, I only listen to audiobooks when I do tasks that don’t require much thinking.

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  • Doing the Laundry
  • Vacuuming the house
  • Driving my car
  • Preparing sandwiches for me and my boyfriend
  • Getting ready in the morning (showering, putting on some makeup, eating breakfast(when alone))

This way, I can’t get distracted and stop listening because all these task are so automated that I don’t need two brain cells to accomplish them haha. But they make these tasks so much more enjoyable and exciting!

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So put your fears aside chumps! I bet all of you know at least one book they’d like to read immediately but don’t have the time. Next time you’ll get on the bus, train or do the laundry, listen to it! I’m sure it will be great 😉

 

Audiobook Tour: Halfway Dead by Terry Maggert

 

Author: Terry Maggert

Narrator: Erin Spencer

Length: 7h 12m

Publisher: Terry Maggert⎮2015

Genre: Paranormal

Release date: Aug. 07, 2015

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Carlie McEwan loves many things. She loves being a witch. She loves her town of Halfway, NY – a tourist destination nestled on the shores of an Adirondack lake. Carlie loves her enormous familiar, Gus, who is 25 pounds of judgmental Maine Coon cat, and she positively worships her grandmother, a witch of incredible power and wisdom. Carlie spends her days cooking at the finest – and only – real diner in town, and her life is a balance between magic and the mundane, just as she likes it.

When a blond stranger sits at the diner counter and calls her by name, that balance is gone. Major Pickford asks Carlie to lead him into the deepest shadows of the forest to find a mythical circle of chestnut trees, thought lost to forever to mankind. There are ghosts in the forest, and one of them cries out to Carlie across the years. Come find me.

Danger, like the shadowed pools of the forest, can run deep. The danger is real, but Carlie’s magic is born of a pure spirit. With the help of Gus, and Gran, and a rugged cop who really does want to save the world, she’ll fight to bring a ghost home, and deliver justice to a murderer who hides in the cool, mysterious green of a forest gone mad with magic.

 

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Left-handed. Father of an apparent nudist. Husband to a half-Norwegian. Herder of cats and dogs. Lover of pie. I write books. I’ve had an unhealthy fascination with dragons since the age of– well, for a while. Native Floridian. Current Tennessean. Location subject to change based on insurrection, upheaval, or availability of coffee. Nine books and counting, with no end in sight. You’ve been warned.

 

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Erin loves audiobooks!  As an actress, they have allowed her to creatively stretch by playing all kinds of characters, all kinds of ages and all kinds of accents!  She voiced roles in the Audie award winning title, Illuminae and was also nominated for a Voice Arts Award in the romance category.  She has narrated over 100 titles and as an audiobook director has worked on at least 100 more.  She has worked for most of the major publishers and also enjoys working with indie writers who are some of the most talented writers out there! Follow her on Twitter @ErinSpencerLA or find her on Facebook, Erin Spencer Actress.

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Jan. 2: Dab of Darkness (Review)

Jan. 3: The Desert Bibliophile (Review, Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

Jan. 4: Que Sara Sera (Review & Spotlight)

Jan. 5: Terri Loves Books (Review & Author Interview)

Jan. 6: Guilty Indulgence Book Club (Review)

Jan. 7: The Owlery (Review)

Jan. 8: Ribbon Reviews (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

Jan. 9: Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm (Review, Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

2 Girls and A Book (Review)

Jan. 10: Chapter Break (Review & Author Interview)

Jan. 11: Jorie Loves A Story (Review)

Jan. 12: Smada’s Book Blog (Review & Audio Excerpt)

Jan. 13: Mama Reads (Review & Author Interview)

Jan. 14: Bound 4 Escape (Review & Audio Excerpt)

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New Year’s Resolutions And The Virtues of a Book Blogger

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you had a great party, or a wonderful, cozy evening. Whatever you prefer more. But the thing is, all of us know that in truth, nothing much has changed from yesterday to today. I’m still sitting at my laptop and try to study, you might still be reading the same book as you did yesterday.

The only difference is really, that some of us set up a few (or lots of ) new year’s resolutions. But who can actually live according to them throughout the next year? The truth is, some might not even make it till the end of January.

Be it more sports, less smoking, losing the five pounds you gained in December or something else, successful are the least of us. That’s why I actually didn’t bother for quite some time to come up with any resolutions at all. I’m just not that disciplined ( except if I want to study, I just love my books ❤ ) I’ll show you what I want to do better in 2017 – and how I’m going to accomplish it!

This year, I want to change a few small things:

  1. I want to do some sports
  2. I want to eat a little bit healthier
  3. I want to take better care of myself
  4. Get rid of my TBR mountain

Why?

  1. In 2016, I had a big surgery and wasn’t able to do any sport at all. Before, I was fine and I went to the gym about twice a week. I want to go to the gym again, and do a few short exercises a few days a week at home. My cousin will get married this summer and I want to look my best.
  2. After the same surgery, I couldn’t really move or lift, well a purse, so me and my bf only ever bought things when there was really nothing left in the house. Chips, cans, bread and bread, bread, bread! I want to eat more fruits and less milk, cheese and eggs, maybe even less salty. 
  3. 2016 was a good year, even though I had extreme health issues. Everything turned out fine in the end, but I think I should try not to stress and fuss over things. I want to try to take more ME time during the week and do more with friends.
  4. It’s growing way too fast

How?

  1. I started this morning, after sleeping in, with five minutes of biceps, triceps and back muscle training. I talked to my bf while I did it to not over do it. This will be this first thing every second morning, because when I’m still a little tired and sleepy, I tend not to think so much so I can’t say ‘I have too much to do’. I will always have 5 minutes for that.
  2. We do cheat days every week and I want to start cooking on cheat days instead of eating chips and ice-cream all day. Just things that you normally think have too much calories like burgers, lasagna or chips. But if I make them myself, I can decide what to put in them and how much fat you use. It’s not the healthiest food, but the ingredients will be better. Also, I bought a few veggie spreads so I don’t rely too much on cheese.
  3. I think this will be the hardest part of all. But the first step has already been taken a few days ago. I quit my old job. In Germany, after you quit, you have to work for the company a few weeks longer. So they can find replacement and you a new job. I have written a few applications and I’ll go from there. I hated this job and the people made me angry all the time. I’m searching for a job where I can work fewer hours per week. Then I’ll have more time for my studies and won’t be so stressed out and always behind schedule. I actually hope to read a little more, take a bath sometimes. Nothing special, just more listening to what I want instead of always doing what has to be done. 
  4. Read more, of course. But I also want to write a few posts about my TBR to get me going 😀

Celebrating The Little Things Book Tag

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I was tagged by my friend Debby @ Always Booking. She has entertaining reviews and all kinds of other cool stuff on her beautiful blog! You should take a few minutes and go visit it 😉 Sorry for doing it so late but better late than never 😉

Who was your very first follower (if you can find out)? Tag them and give them a shout out!

I was quite lucky, because my first follower was the author Aiden J. Reid He wrote some awesome books I’m sure you’ll enjoy 😉

What was the last milestone you reached? 50 posts

What was the very first post you posted on your blog? Share it with us!

winnipegThis was a review of a book I really enjoyed. Everybody interested in romance should read this one! It’s The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata 

Who was your most recent follower? Tag them and give them a shout out!

That would be ichabod2014ic. Thanks for the follow!

What was the last post you posted and who was the very first person who took their time to click the like button? Give them a shout out!

Hey Tina ! I just saw your blog and I really like your poetry 😀 Guys, you should really take the time to go visit. Her blog is beautiful 😀

How many months have you been blogging for?

I think I have been blogging for about three months.

Do you have any bloggers you’re friends with? Give them a shout out.

Of course! I’m so glad I got to know Debby @Always Booking and Jasmine @ How Useful It Is I love the little chats I have with Reg @ She Latitutde and Cassiopeia’s Moon.

Go check out their blogs, they’re all amazing and entertaining 😉

Who originally created the last meme or tag you participated in? Give them a shout out!

Tthat would be the This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Tag which was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

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Have you any social media related to your blog?

Sure I do 😉 I’m all yours at Twitter and Instagram. Feel fre to explore and follow me anytime 😉

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Last but not least …. just say thanks to all your followers.

Thank you to EVERYONE who has followed me, commented or liked any of my blog posts. It wouldn’t be as much fun as it is without you ❤

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All of the people I mentioned are tagged! And YOU, if you want to give your followers and fans a shout out, who am I to deny you this? ;)