Bookshelf Tour + Recommendations Part 2

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Bookshel nr. 2….

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…and 3

Welcome to the second part of my bookshelf tour/recommendations-thingy (you can find the first part here). :) I hope you enjoyed it, because I had a lot of fun making it :).

But yeah, let’s get straight to it.

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians + The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

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The Heroes of Olympus

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The Thoughts

Please give me the last one right now.

Anyone who like middle grade should read these.

The Books
  • The Lightning Thief
  • The Sea of Monsters
  • The Titan’s Curse
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • The Last Olympian
  • The Lost Hero
  • The Son of Neptune
  • The Mark of Athena
  • The House of Hades
 The Synopsis:

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

You should read this if you like:
  • Middle Grade
  • Greek mythology
  • Roman mythology
  • Friendship
  • Action
  • Laughing
  • Crying
  • Adventure
  • Quests
  • Prophesies
  • Funny
  • Funny
  • Funny
  • Sad
  • Pen-swords
  • Invisibility caps
  • Satyrs
  • Danger
  • Gods
  • Monsters
  • Blue food
  • Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

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Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger

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The Thoughts

As you can see, I have the Swedish edition of these books, which I love since they’re in hardcover and have black edges. The sad thing is that it’s going to take years before they’re all released and I can put them on my shelf. :( Sad.

The Books
  • Soulless
  • Changeless
The Synopsis:

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations.

First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire–and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

You should read this if you like:
  • Steampunk
  • Victorian England
  • Scandals
  • Warewolves
  • Vampires
  • Soulsuckers
  • Laughing
  • Hilarious characters
  • Craziness
  • Ridiculousness
  • Tea
  • Parasols
  • Hats
  • Air travel
  • Scotland
  • Treacle tart

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The Host by Stephanie Meyer

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The Thoughts

It has been a while since I last read this, but I did keep loving it even after my interest in Twilight died.

The Books
  • The Host
 The Synopsis:

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.

You should read this if you like:
  • Sci-fi
  • Love square
  • Aliens
  • Walking
  • Deserts
  • Caves
  • Seriously, though, this book is actually good

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The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer

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The Thoughts

As you might know, I don’t particularly like these anymore, but there was a time when I loved them more than anything, and I’m not ashamed of that. They changed my reading life in huge ways (among other things, Twilight was probably the first book I read in english, and I also started re-reading books I liked), and therefore I’ll never forget them.

The Books
  • Twilight
  • New Moon
  • Eclipse
  • Breaking Dawn
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
The Synopsis:

When Bella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret.

What Bella doesn’t realize is the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And it might be too late to turn back…

You should read this if you like:
  • Addicting story
  • Vampires 
  • Werewolves
  • Love triangle
  • Romance

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The Edelstein Trilogie (The Ruby Red Trilogy) by Kerstin Gier

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The Thoughts

I’m kind of sad because my copy of Ruby Red doesn’t shimmer like the others. :(

Still, beautiful covers! They’re also kind of smaller than regular hardcovers, not in height, but in width.

The Books
  • Ruby Red
  • Sapphire Blue
  • Emerald Green
The Synopsis:

Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

You should read this if you like:
  • Time travel
  • England
  • Dresses
  • Romance
  • Funny characters
  • Mystery
  • Secrets
  • Stalker gargoyles
  • Fabulous ghosts

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Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

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The Thoughts

Definitely the ugliest covers I have the pleasure to own, but the story makes up for it.

Also, The Golden Lily=Signed!

The Books
  • Bloodlines
  • The Golden Lily
  • The Indigo Spell
  • The Fiery Heart
The Synopsis (You probably want to read Vampire Academy first):

Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty – a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning…

You should read this if you like:
  • Vampires
  • Magic
  • Addicting stories
  • Adrian Ivashkov aka Swoony McSwoon
  • Books taking place at schools
  • Romance
  • Witches
  • Smart and kick-ass main characters
  • Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (obviously)

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

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The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

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The Thoughts

It bothers me a little that I only have the last one, but not enough to make me buy nine hardcovers.

Also, a new one is being released next year! :O

The Books
  • Forever Princess
The Synopsis (The Princess Diaries):

She’s just a New York City girl living with her artist mom…

News Flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that’s why a limo meets her at the airport!)

Downer: Dad can’t have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.)

Shock of the Century: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.

Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmére, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.

Well, her father can lecture her until he’s royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty–no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what’s a girl to do when her name is Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo?

You should read this if you like:
  • Fun stuff
  • Princesses
  • Awkwardness
  • Awkward princesses
  • Hilarious characters
  • Friendship
  • Highschool
  • Romance
  • French grandmothers…with tattood eyeliner

Foretold by A Lot of Authors

The Thoughts

Only read the Richelle Mead one….don’t judge me.

The Books
  • Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction
The Synopsis:

Have you ever been tempted to look into the future? To challenge predictions? To question fate? It’s human nature to wonder about life’s twists and turns. But is the future already written—or do you have the power to alter it?

From fantastical prophecies to predictions of how the future will transpire, Foretold is a collection of stories about our universal fascination with life’s unknowns and of what is yet to come as interpreted by 14 of young adult fiction’s brightest stars.

You should read this if you like:
  • This is awkward because I’ve actually not read this one
  • Novellas, I guess
  • The Future?

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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The Thoughts

Blue is the colour of sadness.

The Books
  • The Fault in Our Stars
The Synopsis:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

You should read this if you like:
  • Ridiculously photogenic covers
  • Amazing-ness
  • Sadness
  • Touching stories
  • Stories that will break your heart
  • Stories about cancer
  • That are not only about cancer
  • Love
  • Friendship
  • Books that trick you into laughing when all you want to do is cry
  • *cries*
  • Contemporaries

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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The Thoughts

I love these covers.

The Books
  • Fangirl
The Synopsis:

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

You should read this if you like:
  • Contemporaries
  • Fanfiction
  • Romance
  • Cuteness
  • Happiness
  • Sadness
  • College-stories
  • “Real” characters
  • Harry Potter
  • Family
  • Unexpected friendships
  • Stephanie Perkins

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

The Thoughts

Love love love these covers.

The Books
  • Eleanor & Park
The Synopsis:

 Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

You should read this if you like:
  • Adorable-ness
  • Alternating PoV
  • Contemporaries
  • Awkward teenagers
  • Slow-building love
  • Crying
  • Travel by bus
  • 1986
  • Comic books
  • Music
  • Stephanie Perkins
  • Oh dear god this is so good

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Finite!

Well, that was fun :). If you want me to do this kind of thing with other books in the future, in this format or in my reviews for example, please let me know down in the comments. :)

Have a nice week. :)

9 thoughts on “Bookshelf Tour + Recommendations Part 2

  1. Oh man do I wish they had released the Parasol Protectorate series in hardcover in the US! Just… I want! And that was seriously my first thought upon seeing the overall picture XD

    Also, why doesn’t your copy of Ruby Red shimmer? Though I now can’t remember if mine does or not. I’m going to have to check later…

  2. Hey Beatrice, do you mind showing The Heroes of Olympus without the jackets? I would love to see the colors of the cover. Thanks in advance! :)

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