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‘Paper Towns’ – John Green

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What is this story about?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…

Genre: Mystery, Romance
Pages: 304
Released: October 2008

My rating? 3,5/5

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‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’

“How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”; The name of Florence + The Machine‘s new album. And I couldn’t be more excited about it. I’ve been waiting for a new album of this band for ages!

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I first heard of Florence + The Machine when they appeared on the ‘Twilight: Eclipse’ soundtrack in 2010. I was immediately in love with the sound of ‘Heavy in your arms‘ so since then I sort of started following this amazing band. But this british band has been around much long than 2010. Florence Welch and Isabella ‘Machine’ Summers first appeared in the charts in 2008 with their hitsingle ‘Kiss with a fist’ from the first album ‘Lungs‘. Another well known song from that album is ‘The Dog Days Are Over’. 

In 2011, their second album ‘Ceremonials‘ was released and it was just as big a success as ‘Lungs’. ‘Shake it out’ became a quick hit everywhere and even I was completely enthraled by them. In 2012, Florence + The Machine appeared on another soundtrack of a movie I adored; ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’. ‘Breath Of A Life’ is still one of my favorite songs of this band.

And now, finally, after a long wait; their next album. And it was well worth the wait. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful is another piece of perfection.

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Côte d’Opale

Last week I had an entire week off work, and no specific holidays planned. Of course, I just couldn’t resist making a little trip because once the travel bug bites…

I had promised my grandfather a while ago that when the weather was fine, we would one day do a little road trip along the Côte d’Opale (Opal Coast). This is a 120-kilometer long coast in the North of France (Region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais) and is the closest point to England. When the weather is clear, you can see the cliffs of south-east England.

Last Thursday was finally a lovely day which we were all available, so we hopped in the car and headed to the Côte d’Opale.

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‘Confess’ – Colleen Hoover

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What is this book about?

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

Genre: Romance, Chick Lit
Pages: 306
Released: March 2015

My rating? 4/5

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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ – Harper Lee

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What is this book about?

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ tells the childhood story of Scout Finch who lives with her brother Jem and father Atticus in Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930s. During that time, the town is racially devided, so when her father – who is a lawyer – decides to defend a black man who has been accused of raping a white woman things change.

Genre: Classic, Historical
Pages: 500
Released: 1960

My rating? 4,5/5

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AccordingtoEllen renewed!

Yes yes, your eyes are not mistaken. I have sort of changed the look of my blog last week.

I was becoming quite tired of that old header and those colors so I decided to shake it up a bit. It’s a bit more simple than before but right now I feel a lot better about it this way. Less is more, right?

Don’t worry though, the content of this blog is still the same. That hasn’t changed, and probably won’t anytime in the near future. The navigation is also still the same, so no risk getting lost.

I hope you all like it and are still enjoying this blog as much as I enjoy it.

Until next time,

With love, Ellen

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‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ – Audrey Niffenegger

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What is this book about?

‘The Time Travelers’ Wife’ is the story of Clare, a beautiful, strong-minded art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: his genetic clock randomly resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous and unpredictable, and lend a spectacular urgency to Clare and Henry’s unconventional love story. That their attempt to live normal lives together is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control makes their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

Genre: Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 500
Released: January 2003

My rating? 3,5/5

What I thought of it?

Since I’ve always loved these kind of Science Fiction stories, I just had to read this book at least once in my life. It has probably been on my to-be-read pile longer than I have that actual list, but I never actually got around to picking it up. But when I heard they were soon playing the on-screen version on Belgian television, I decided to finally give this one a go. And I don’t regret it one bit. (I do regret forgetting to record the damn movie when it actually played last Friday. *sigh*)

While indeed it is quite a long book and it does seem to drag at some bits, I really enjoyed this book. It’s such a unique love story and although the writing itself is nothing special it still managed to keep me interested. You always seem to know a bit about what’s coming – because of Henry’s timetraveling of course – but still you don’t know everything, which keeps you on your toes the entire time. Just the right amount of suspence.

To be honest when I started reading, I had quite some difficulties to get used to how it was written, but after a few chapters, I had adapted well. So don’t give up after a few pages if you’re experiencing the same problem. It does get better.

The concept of time-traveling has always intrigued me, and this book actually made me look at it in an entirely different way. It made me not want to be able to time travel. While I’m sort of sad that it put it in a negative daylight, it’s still nice to see it being used in a different way.

I felt so bad for both the main characters during the entire course as it’s so hard to understand their struggle and feelings. Henry of course was the most intriguing of the two, but Clare was also quite interesting. But to be honest, I would never ever want to be her. I would probably die of anxiety every time Henry disappeared.

Now that I’ve finished it, I wonder why I didn’t read it sooner. It’s such a classic in a genre that I very much enjoy. Either way, I got around to it now, and I can only advice you to do the same soon. While it’s no literary masterpiece, it’s still such a nice story.

Until next time,

With love, Ellen