March 31, 2014

March Wrap Up

Hey there! It's that time again, March is almost over and to me it has been an amazing month. Also in the reading department, I've read a total of 7 books in march. All the books I've read are part of a series and I haven't finished any of them yet, I'm trying to spread it out a bit.

So this is what I've read:
  • Cinda Williams Chima - The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms, #2)
  • Michael Scott - The Necromancer (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #4)
  • Veronica Roth - Divergent (Divergent, #1)
  • Cinda Williams Chima - The Grey Wolf Throne (Seven Realms, #3)
  • Michael Scott - The Warlock (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #5)
  • Tahereh Mafi - Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
  • Veronica Roth - Insurgent (Divergent, #3)
Okay, so I've started two new series, Divergent and Shatter Me and I really liked the first books! Can't wait to read more. I also finished Insurgent, but I didn't like it as much as Divergent, so I'm hoping the third book will be better! It's too much about love, insecurities in love and stuff like that. I kinda miss the though Tris. I liked Shatter Me very much, although it is definitely a 'girly book' in my eyes, I did like the beautiful writing style and the set up of this dystopian world.

I almost finished The Nicholas Flamel series, only one book to go, which I don't own yet. These books were as fast paced as the previous ones and I liked that very much. I'll probably buy the next and last book very soon, since I can't wait to finish it. There's also only one book left from the Seven Realms series. I own the full book set, so I'll start the last book in april for sure. The books are amazing, I love the characters, the fantasy world they live in. It's amazing. Again, I can't wait to see how all of it ends..

Well that's it. The books I've read in march. If you want to see my TBR for April, make sure you come back here in a couple of days! :)

March 27, 2014

Book Haul: Divergent series

Hey there! When I started watching booktubes and reading bookblogs I couldn't just ignore this bookseries anymore. Some people said it was similar to The Hunger Games Trilogy, which I loved.. and some people told me it's even better. On GoodReads I saw a lot of mixed opinions, but a high star rating, so after looking at my wishlist a little bit too long, I finally decided to buy it. I choose the hardbacks, because I love hardbacks and it came in a box with a little booklet The World of Veronica Roth's Divergent series.

I can't tell you much about this series, since I haven't read them yet (I probably have by the time this post gets online). But from what I've heard it's about a distopian world (Chicago) where people are devided in 5 fractions. When 16 years old you do a test in which you'll find out to what fraction you belong. Beatrice has the choice to do what she feels she should be doing, but she'll have to leave her family for that. She has to carry with her a big secret about herself with which she can save the lives of others.
I can't wait to start it!

Let's get those dust jackets of and see what's underneath:
I'm guessing these are the logos of fractions..
All of them in a box and the extra booklet.

March 24, 2014

Amsterdam Book Adventure

A couple of weeks ago I went to two of my favorite bookstores in Amsterdam. On my way there I've filmed a little bit and I've finally made a little movie with it! This is the very first movie I've ever edited and I like how it turned out and I'd definitely like to make more movies like this. I still feel really uncomfortable in front of a camera, so booktubing isn't really something for me right now, lol.

March 21, 2014

Review: Menu kettle teapot and heater

Some weeks ago The Mister bought us this amazing teapot. And since my blog is named Drink Tea, Read Books, why not write a review about it? We were eying this teapot for a while now, mostly because of it's amazing design (Scandinavian) and the fact that I like to drink Clipper Tea, which comes in bags without strings.

We've been  using this for a while now and it works perfect! You can put loose tea (or a bag without a string) into the egg, add hot water and pull the egg up when your tea is like you want it to be. Because of the glass (borosilicate/pyrex) you can tell how dark it is. But unfortunately because of the glass this teapot is fragile too and needs to be handled with care.

We also got the matching heater which does it's purpose; keeping the tea warm.

March 6, 2014

Book review: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

"At the heart of nature's mystery lies another mystery." -Perplexus Anomalus
This book takes of where Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children ended. They've lost their loop and have to save Miss Peregrine, who is captured in bird form and can't go back to human form. Jacob and his peculiar friends have to travel to London in the 40-ies, in order to help Miss Peregrine. Not only there's the danger of falling bombs, but there are Wights and Hollows all over the place and they're even stronger than the ones in the previous books. On their travels they meet gypsies and other peculiars.

As in the first book, the eerie photographs are giving the book a magical atmosphere, complementing the story, making it even more amazing. The book is fast paced and more exciting than the first book and I like Hollow City more because of that. I liked that we get to know more about the peculiars and their world(s) and I'm still hungry for more details. The writing and description of the surroundings are beautiful. The book itself is beautiful, high quality print and binding with a hidden message beneath the dust cover.

The ending with it's twist and cliffhanger makes you long for more. Let's hope we don't have to wait long for that! If you haven't read this book yet, I highly recommend it and I also recommend you'd buy it in hardcover, because well, it's beautiful and worth every penny.

Love, loved it!

March 2, 2014

March TBR

Hey there! Today I want to share my March TBR. I decided to list only 5 books, that should be an easy goal, so I won't push myself to finish books just because I want to kick my TBR list's butt. Anyways.. Here it is, this months TBR!

  • Neil Gaiman - American Gods (e-book), I'm reading this one with a group on GoodReads; Booktube Reading Buddies and I'm pretty excited to start. I've never did a group read before and I can't wait to get more into the reading community :) 
  • Ransom Riggs - Hollow City, I actually started this book at the end of february and so far I'm loving it. The photographs make the book even more amazing and magical!
  • Cinda Williams Chima - The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms, #2), I wanted to read is right after I finished the first book, but I forced myself to read a different book, so I can enjoy this series a bit longer.
  • Karin Slaughter - Faitless (Grant County, #5) (e-book), I'm re-reading this series and I want to finish at least one book a month, so I'll be up to date when the new book comes out.
  • Michael Scott - The Necromancer (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #3), it's no surprise I'll be reading further in this series too!