Book Tag

Theme Thursday – Time Travel

Hello everyone!

I am very late for this tag hosted by the brilliant Sophie @ Blame Chocolate but here is my great selection of books including Time Travel! I realized I do not read a lot of books about time-travelling, but this tag made me discover so cool books! Hope you enjoy!

Books I’ve Read

The Edelstein Trilogy/Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Gwen lives with her extended – and rather eccentric – family in an exclusive London neighbourhood. In spite of her ancestors’ peculiar history, she’s had a relatively normal life so far. The time-travelling gene that runs like a secret thread through the female half of the family is supposed to have skipped over Gwen, so she hasn’t been introduced to “the mysteries,” and can spend her time hanging out with her best friend, Lesley. It comes as an unwelcome surprise when she starts taking sudden, uncontrolled leaps into the past.
She’s totally unprepared for time travel, not to mention all that comes with it: fancy clothes, archaic manners, a mysterious secret society, and Gideon, her time-travelling counterpart. He’s obnoxious, a know-it-all, and possibly the best-looking guy she’s seen in any century… (Goodreads)

I LOVED THIS TRILOGY SO DAMN MUCH. It’s incredibly well-written, the characters are spectacular and the plot is amazing! The books are initially written in German, which makes them even cooler. Go check it if you haven’t yet! They have been adapted to the scream and the cast is incredible! My favourite movie of the three is Sapphire Blue, but my favourite book is Emerald Green.

5Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Since Hermione has the Time-Turner in this book, which allows her to travel back in time, I figured it counted as time-travelling. Also, this is my favourite book out of the Harry Potter series, so there’s that.

Books I want to Read

10964._SY475_.jpgOutlander by Diana Gabaldon

Summary: 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. (Goodreads)

I heard the TVshow was very good and the book even better! What more do I need? Oh, right: TIME.

18081809.jpgLandline by Rainbow Rowell

Summary: Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.
Maybe that was always beside 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 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…(Goodreads)

Bonus TV show

doctor-who-photo-doctor-who-saison-11-jodie-whittaker-1035253Doctor Who (2005-present)

Okay so I don’t read a lot of books involving time-travelling but I sure as hell watch Doctor Who! What better show for this tag than a thousand-year-old alien called The Doctor, who travels aboard the “it’s bigger on the inside” Tardis which he stole, with his companions, throught time and space?! You’re right: nothing. Also for some weird reason, Peter Capaldi’s Doctor is my favourite, though David Tennant’s is very emotional and Matt Smith’s is the best and I loooove Jodie Whittaker’s performance.

Reading Year

My 2016 Reading Year in Review

Happy New Year 2017!! Yay we survived 2016, I am grateful for all the things I got to experience, the people I got to meet and the wonderful books I got to read! But here’s to all the beautiful books I will read in 2017! I plan to read 50 books this year and hopefully I’ll succeed. In 2016, I’ve read much more books than I did in 2015 and I’m really happy about it! So I guess 2016 wasn’t completely bad!


READING STATS:

Read: 49 books – 16,200 pages

Shortest Book: Oedipe-Roi by Sophocle – 80 pages

Longest Book: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling

Average Length: 345 pages

My Average Rating for 2016: 4,1/5 stars


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Book Review

The Precious Stone Trilogy by Kerstin Gier – Book Review

Hello everyone!

This is the little story of how I came across the series:

Fun fact, my twin sister and I are born in Germany but now we live in France, and my sister’s name is Kerstin, now this name is not common in the world but it is in Germany where the author, Kerstin Gier comes from; consequently my sister and the author share the same name how cool is that?! So my said-sister picked up the books in 2014 and really enjoyed them! Two movies adaptation were made from the two first books  and my sister enjoyed them so much that she shared them with me! And I fell in love with the movies. Accordingly, since the third and last movie comes out this year, I decided to read all of the books before the movie release.

8835379 Synopsis: The story is about Gwendolyn Sheperd who unexpectedly inherits the time traveling gene, instead of her cousin Charlotte, and Gideon de Villiers the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through the male line. Together, Gwendolyn and Gideon, unravel secrets from the past and present.

Originally published in: (whole series) 2009-2010

Read: (All three books) during May and June 2016

My review: 4/5 stars (for the three books, even though the third one is my favorite).

Thoughts about the plot: This was my first time reading about time travelling and I am pleasantly surprised! I really enjoyed learning about the past and as Mrs Rossiny would say: it’s all about authenticity. One of my favortie thing about the books were the quotes, or various documents related to the story before each chapter. It enriched the books.I laughed at loud MANY TIMES and I have not been bored one second. I even thought that the first book was too short.

I really enjoyed Kerstin Gier’s writing, it was absorbing and captivating and I thought it ended well too soon. I deeply cherish these books and I wish more people had read them.

“-Bereit?

– Bereit wenn du es bist.”

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