Showing posts with label the princess diaries. Show all posts
Showing posts with label the princess diaries. Show all posts

Monday, June 12, 2017

10 Beach Reads For People Who Don't Like Beach Reads feat. Sophie Kinsella, Julie Hammerle & more

I'm one of those dreadful people who are easily bored by straight up romance books unless they are absolutely extraordinarily excellent. 

Here are some of the books that I would bring to the beach.

A really cute story about a girl looking for a rebound crush. Especially recommended for trekkies.

TALON - Julie Kagawa
Okay, listen, hear me out - this may be about shapeshifting dragons turning into humans but it's totally a summery beach romance. Sounds weird, is weird.

In terms of beach reads you can never go wrong with a Dessen book. This is a super light contemporary with a great protagonist!

PLUS ONE - Elizabeth Fama
As a dystopian novel this really isn't a regular pick for a beach read, but listen: This book is so light and easy and pretty much about people stealing babies. It's a weird fairytale-feeling kinda thing.

WEDDING NIGHT - Sophie Kinsella
This is partially set at the beach and kinsella, what more can you want!

FATED - S.G. Browne
The personified fate falls in love and it's absolutely hilarious!

I love this book so much if there is one light, funny book that I have and can read over and over again, it's this.

Such a pleasant surprise!

THE SOUND OF US - Julie Hammerle
A sweet contemporary that's equal parts hilarious and unique. Also classic music!

WE AWAKEN - Calista Lynne
I think dreamy, magical books are always excellent pics for beach reads! This one features two lesbian asexuals and dreaming!

What are your favorite beach reads?

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Emotional Investment, Coolest Book Families, Characters Come to Life | Pixar Book TAG

Here's another lovely book tag, this time focusing on pixar movie inspired questions! Hope you enjoy!

Toy StoryA book where you wanted the characters to come to life.

VAMPIRE ACADEMY by Richelle Mead. How I love, love, love this world.

A Bugs LifeA character who goes through a transformation.

THE SOUND OF US by Julie Hammerle! If you love books about music, you'll adore this.

UpA book that quickly made you become emotionally invested.

THE SEAFARER'S KISS by Julia Ember. I love this world and the characters. Bisexual mermaids!

Finding Nemo“P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney” A book that has an address or quote that’s burned into your memory forever.

I think I'll have to pass on this one, haha.

The Incredibles Coolest Book Family.

Um... probably The Thermopolis-Renaldos from THE PRINCESS DIARIES by Meg Cabot. I grew up with those weirdos, they're basically my extended family.

Monsters Inc.A strong character develops a soft side for someone.

Damon Black from the lovely LUX Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. My favorite alien jerk.

Cars 1, 2, 3A book that keeps getting sequels you feel are not needed.

GRACELING by Kristin Cashore. The sequels really aren't necessary. I mean, they're not even direct sequels but some weird kind of spin-off, why?!

Ratatouille A book featuring a non-human/humanoid.

ALIVE by Scott Sigler. Can't tell you what the protagonist is exactly because I need everyone to read this fantastic dystopian mystery thingy.

BraveName a book with a strong mother/daughter relationship.

ANGELFALL by Susan Ee. I know this might be a little weird because they aren't all love-y dove-y because of the mother's mental illness and the actual apocalypse happening, but this is truly one of my favorite mother/daughter relationships. I dig weird stuff.

Inside OutName a book that could be one of your core memories.

EVERY DAY by David Levithan. C'mon here. My favorite.

If you like the tag, I tag you to do it!
Leave your links below in the comments so I can see!!

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

A-Z Bookish TAG

I saw this tag on The Perpetual Page Turner and thought it could be fun. 

Make sure to check out the original post on Jamie's Blog

Author you’ve read the most books from:
According to Goodreads it's L.J. Smith and it's not a surprise to me. 
I hardly stick with a series until the end or commit to an author for more than five or six books. Unless it's L.J. Smith. Whenever I'm sure that I've finally found the best book she's written I encounter another series by her that takes my by storm.  The Forbidden Game series is my latest obsession and I was baffled at how fast I read it. You should definitely check one of her books out. Guaranteed for a creepy read mixed with a swoon-worthy villain love interest.

Best Sequel Ever: 
Dreamless by Josephine Angelini really redeemed her for me. I absolutely hated the first, but the second one was pretty alright.

Currently Reading:
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

Drink of Choice While Reading: 
Tap water. Always stay hydrated, kids.

E-reader or Physical Book? 
Physical book. I don't own an e-reader.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: 
Dimitri Belikov from the Vampire Academy series. Oops.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Don't be intimidated by the size, seriously, it's really good. I wasn't a fan of the sequel A Clash of Kings though, but the first one is really a gem.

Hidden Gem Book: 
Starters by Lissa Price. So, so, sooo good.

Important Moment in your Reading Life: 
Probably every time I read the last page of a book. So satisfying.

Just Finished: 
Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I'm not a fan of religious books in general. Books about religious topics on the other hand are fine with me. I just don't like patronizing stuff.

Longest Book You’ve Read:
If you don't count three-in-one books, I guess it would be the first Game of Thrones book. I think it's about 850-ish pages.

Major book hangover because of: 
Great world building

Number of Bookcases You Own: 
1 1/2

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: 
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. I have no idea how often I read this, I think I already broke the spine in like 2007.

Preferred Place To Read: 
Couch, Bed, Balcony. Preferably in that order. I like to change places a lot.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“If there's one thing I've learned, it's this: We all want everything to be okay. We don't even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.” 

Damn you, David Levithan. This is from Every Day. If I haven't tried to harass you into reading this, regard this as a gentle nudge.

Reading Regret: 
Trying Jenny Han novels. I'm too old for this.

Series You Started And Need To Finish
Ahahahaha. I'll only list the ones that I would actually bother to finish for the sake of our sanity.
  • Stefan's Diaries Series by L.J. Smith (2/6)
  • The Princess Diaires Series by Meg Cabot (2/15)
  • A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin (2/5)
  • Hourglass Trilogy by Myra McEntire (1/3)
  • Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead (5/6)
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

  • Something Missing by Matthew Dicks
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Life's That Way by Jim Beaver
Unapologetic Fangirl For: 
Vampire Academy. Dear God, please hit me with a shovel. When will this obsession ever die?

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • The Next Together by Lauren E. James!!!!!!!!
"Finding Audrey" is actually already out in English, but I'm still waiting for the German copy to be released by the end of july. I absolutely love Kinsella and can't wait.

Worst Bookish Habit: 
DNF-ing books is the worst. I like to do that.

X Marks The Spot: 
Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Beautiful Creatures by Kami García and Margaret Stohl.

Your latest book purchase: 
Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): 
Hourglass by Myra McEntire. Too good writing. I'm angry.

Thanks for reading and I TAG YOU to do this if you want to. 

Leave your link in the comments if you decide to do the tag, please!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

[Review] Princess in the Spotlight (The Princess Diaries #2) - Meg Cabot

In PRINCESS IN THE SPOTLIGHT, Mia Thermapolis doesn't only have to deal with the public attention that's linked to being the sole heir to the Genovian throne; her mother is pregnant - by Mia's math teacher! Above all, she also has a secret admirer and is dying to find out who's in love with her.
What intrigued me: I love the first one!

Super short read

The first time I've read this I finished it in about a day. The novel is on the shorter side and very easy and quick to read without even rushing through the whole thing. However, I wasn't as thrilled with the second as I was with the first. 

The story picks up right where it left off in THE PRINCESS DIARIES. Just like in the first novel, Mia tells about her day in chapters of varying lengths. The main focus is on the upcoming wedding of her mother and her math teacher Frank Gianini. That's about all that happens in the book. Everyone's busy making plans for the wedding.

Mia seems very lost in this one, hurrying from left to right to please everyone and being constantly looked over. The charm of the first novel doesn't really translate to the second and I don't think I will be rereading this as many times as I reread the first. The character voice is on spot and it just amazes me how Cabot is able to look into the head of a 14-year-old so well that it's actually scaring me.

Unique and Hilarious Writing

Cabot keeps the story extremely witty. There are times when I just laughed out loud or rolled my eyes at the thing her characters say. The humor is just something that's unique to this series and that I haven't encountered in any of Cabot's other novels. The characters are absolutely captivating and interesting and as a fan of the first novel you just need to know what happens next. I've grown to love every single character in the series and even the new characters (Mia's maternal grandparents and her cousin) are absolutely hilarious. 

There's a lot of wasted potential though, because Mia doesn't get a real storyline on her own and is just awkwardly hovering around the action. I'm guessing that she'll get her own story in the next novel again and fall in love and the like, but I'm seriously missing the teenage drama! 




Overall: Do I Recommend?

It's insane how Cabot is able to see right into the head of a fourteen year old teenager. Back when I was Mia's age and even younger I remember being very impressed and wondering how it's possible to write so relatably. I just adore her writing and would recommend this series!

Additional Info

Published: February 1st, 2002.
Pages: 249
Genre: YA / General
ISBN: 9783570125793

"No one ever said being a princess was easy.

Just when Mia thought she had the whole princess thing under control, things get out of hand, fast. First there's an unexpected announcement from her mother. Then Grandmère arranges a national primetime interview for the brand-new crown princess of Genovia. On top of that, intriguing, exasperating letters from a secret admirer begin to arrive.

Before she even has the chance to wonder who those letters are from, Mia is swept up in a whirlwind of royal intrigue the likes of which hasn't been seen since volume I of The Princess Diaries.

Have You Read Any of the Princess Diaries Novels?

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Recommendation: The Princess Diaries (#1) by Meg Cabot

In THE PRINCESS DIARIES, Mia Thermopolis finds out that her father is the prince of Genovia, a small European country that nobody has ever heard of. And because her father can't have kids anymore, this in turn makes her the only heir to the throne of Genovia.  

Essentially teen

No matter what age you are, I guarantee you, you will suffer with Mia. Mia is your typical teenager with typical teenage problems - unrequited crushes, terrible self-image and a weird family. The way Cabot portrays her had me back when I was the same age as Mia and I could identify with her character a lot. Cabot is just great at writing teenagers and the character voice is insanely unique. 

While we do have a lot of cliché characters, Cabot somehow gives the whole thing a twist: the mean cheerleader Lana and her hot boyfriend that Mia is crushing on could be such shallow characters, but they are not cardboard cutouts. Every character in the novel just feels real and you can tell that a lot of character building went into this. I especially loved Mia's best friend Lily with her nerdiness and her therapist parents. Their relationship is the base of this novel to be honest and Cabot cleverly uses Lily as a possibility to give Mia (and the reader) advice without pushing it.

Character growth and entertainment de luxe

Another gem in this novel is Mia's grandmother. Mia goes through so much character development by trying to defy her grandmother and learning to do whatever she wants instead of trying to please everyone. I think that's the main reason why I have and still love this novel so much - because throughout the course of the novel she grows so much in character. When I was her age, I worried about the same things, I identified with basically all of her problems and the way she deals with them helped me a lot and I can imagine that it's the same for other teenagers out there.

I rooted for Mia to get with Josh and the resolution made my heart ache while still being happy that she made the right choice. 

Of course it's a cliché storyline, 
Of course it's your typical high school novel and yeah I'm being subjective and a little big nostalgic when I wholeheartedly recommend this to you guys. 

It's easy to get lost in this novel, even when you're not fourteen anymore, because the writing is just on point. This book has everything: great characters, superb writing and an easy plot that isn't too complicated. Did I mention massive character growth? If you haven't read it yet or simply seen the movie, you should try it. You're not going to regret it, trust me.



Additional Info

Published: June 26th 2001
Pages: 283
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Genre: YA / Contemporary
ISBN: 9780613371650

"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 there's no heir to the throne.)

SHOCK OF THE CENTURY: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.

THE WORST PART: Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmère, 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.

 "(Source: Goodreads)


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