Uglies (Uglies #1) by Scott Westerfeld

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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Series: Uglies (#1)
Publisher: Simon Pulse (February 2005)
Genre:
Dystopia, YA
Pages:
425
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After Delirium and the Maze RunnerUglies was one of those other hyped-up dystopian young adult books that I hadn’t read yet. So in an attempt to clear out my to-read list I decided to pick this one up. Not that it did any good for my list, as I add at least two to three books for each one I read, but at least I’m trying. Continue reading

Book review: Trust (Between the Lions #1) by Jodi Baker

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Trust by Jodi Baker
Series: Between the Lions (#1)
Publisher: Between Lions Press (June 2015)
Genre:
Fantasy, YA
Pages:
214

I was not really looking forward to reading this book. I requested the ARC from Netgalley and by the time I was accepted the urge to read it was gone. Maybe because I already have so many books to read, maybe because I don’t really like the cover? Anyway, to fulfill my side of the deal, I gave Trust a try anyway. And it wasn’t even that bad! I actually enjoyed reading the tale of contemporary fantasy, interwoven with parts of my favorite ancient culture, that of Egypt. Continue reading

Book review: Bill Bryson’s African Diary by Bill Bryson

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Bill Bryson’s African Diary by Bill Bryson
Publisher: Broadway Books (December 2002)
Genre:
Travel, Non-Fiction, Diary
Pages:
55

A short review for a short book. Bill Bryson was invited in 2002 to visit Kenya on behalf of CARE International. CARE is a humanitarian organization fighting global poverty with effective methods, by eliminating the causes instead of fighting the symptoms. Continue reading

Book review: Miss Mabel’s School for Girls (The Network Series #1) by Katie Cross

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Miss Mabel’s School for Girls by Katie Cross
Series: The Network Series #1
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services (March 2014)
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Pages: 316

Another magical school, woohoo! It’s always a bit of a challenge to write a book about a school where magic is being thought. Due to the enormous success of Harry Potter, a lot of people are interested in similar books. On the other hand, the danger lurks in the fact that it might end up being a comparable story or even a dupe. Continue reading

Summer reads 2015 – Part two

I don’t believe it, it’s time for the second part of my summer to-read list! Since I live in Lausanne, where the weather is so much better than in the Netherlands, I read a lot more. Just after work I like to go to Lake Geneva, and dive into a book while enjoying the natural beauty around me.

For this list I decided to choose the books that have the highest average rating on my Goodreads to-read list. I wrote recently that I thought that most books on Goodreads have comparable ratings (see this post), but these are the exceptions. All of the ones I have selected now, have average ratings higher than 4.50 (except the last one). Can you believe it?! They must be amazing. I had to skip some that where rated very high, either because they were not published yet (why do they have ratings already?) or because I could not get my hands on a copy. Continue reading

The Forest of Book Reviews: three tips that will help you find your way

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Looking through book reviews is like walking through a forest. Some of the trees are long, some short. There are a variety of species, each with their own beauty. But there are many. For a popular book like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, as many as 3.237.147 people have giving their rating, 47.855 of them included a review. Of all those people, some are bound to have different opinions. Almost 50.000 people even gave this jewel only one star. Continue reading