Ramble #34: Airport Bookstores

If I did a bookhaul this month… actually… if I did a bookhaul these last 2 months I would be telling you how I got all my books at an airport bookstore. Frankfurt airport’s coolest bookstore (yes, there are several) to be exact.

The first time I was on my way to Tallinn and had a 5 hour layover there. I wandered through the airport, entered a few bookstores (most of them with big German sections) and eventually got to one which was half an English section half a German section. “Well, this is new!” I thought. Here in Portugal I also only have one-shelf-English-section bookstores! So, of course, I spent the next hour and a half within those four walls…

You cannot imagine my happiness when I came face to face with books such as “It Ends With Us” and “Honey and Milk”. I just grabbed them all! By the time I was finished looking through every book I had stacked 7 books to bring home with me. OBVIOUSLY that didn’t happen! Firstly because money, secondly because airplane rules. My luggage was already exceeding the weigh limit, to add 7 books to it was nuts! So I had to spend more half an hour reading through synopsis and reviews and going to other picky selection criteria in order to get down to 3 books. I did.

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Then another trip came, with another layover at Frankfurt. This time I only had 2 hours but I already knew exactly where to go! Again, after stacking more books then I should and having to select only some of them, I came home with some more awesome books.

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But why am I telling you this? No, it’s not to make you jealous of the super cool bookstore I found (although it could be 😉 ). It’s to talk a bit about unlikelihood. I never thought I would find the best bookshop I’ve entered so far in my life in a German airport (or any airport at all for that matter!). But I did.

So what I took out of this and wanted to share with you guys is: the weirdest places can turn out to be your favorites. So, no matter how unlikely it may seem to you that the place you’re in might be of any interest to you, look around, keep an eye open. You might just end up surprised and wishing you could stay there longer! 😉

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Review: The Flame and the Arrow by Emigh Cannaday

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Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Detailed Rating:

  •  Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★★☆
  • Cover ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Annika Brisby thinks she knows where her life is going until she steps through a broken portal that leaves her stranded in a realm of fairies, vampires, and other mythical beings.

Unable to return until it’s repaired, she’s rescued by wood nymphs who believe her sudden arrival is no accident. After being taken in by a prominent family of elves, Annika finds herself struggling to resist the seductive spell of their youngest son, Talvi. Equal parts arrogant and alluring, the notorious heartbreaker seems like the perfect distraction for her homesickness. But on the journey home she discovers that there’s a mountain of secrets that he’s not telling her, and Annika can’t help wondering who’s really in danger.

Review:

Publisher: Createspace
Date of Publication:  22nd November 2010
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Page Count: 438
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Interested in reading more of my reviews? Check out my Reviews page!

Apologies

Dear all,

Life’s been crazy around here. Ever since summer started I haven’t stopped for a bit (my friends would have killed me by now if they could even land their eyes on me by more than a second! 🙈). This resulted in me not having time for thinking about how I want to restructure the blog like I had promised I would. My apologies for that.

But I am back. Life is still crazy, my reading rhythm has slowed down significantly but this is a project I care about and that I want to keep working on. I won’t make promises about consistency or frequency at this point because, honestly, I’m still not sure how I want this to evolve. All I know is I want to make it more “me” and more creative while still heavily connected to books and reading and fandoms and all those things that make our heads spin. This “crazy” period of life I’m still going through has been helping me form some general ideas I would like to implement. Let’s see how it goes, shall we? 🙂

All I ask you is to be patient, like you’ve always been so far, this is process for me too and no matter how long and bumpy it might be I’m sure it will end with good results!

Lastly, a million times thank you for sticking around! 😘💕

ARC Review: Warrior by Heather Todd

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Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Detailed Rating:

  •  Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★☆☆
  • Pacing ★★★☆☆
  • Cover ★★★★★

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Mary Houston didn’t expect to come home late at night to see her entire neighborhood in shambles; doors ripped off their hinges, windows smashed, trash on lawns. She’s sure her family has been captured by people who call themselves Warriors, who train humans to become a part of The Platform for World War III.  And she ends up captured herself as well. Now, in order to save herself from losing herself, she must make them believe that she is one of them.

She meets Xavier, who is set to train her one-on-one at The Shelter where she is staying with hundreds of other trainees. Can she survive while hiding her true self behind this mask, risking her entire life in the process? 

Review:

Sooooo, I’ve tried something different this time… Let me know how you feel about it in the comments’ section below! *monkey hiding his face with his hands emoji*

 

Publisher: Createspace
Date of Publication:  9th August 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Page Count: 227
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Interested in reading more of my reviews? Check out my Reviews page!

May TBR Update #1

  • Warrior by Heather Todd – read
  • Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs – 150 pages in
  • Lost in the Labyrinth of my Mind by K. Morris
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schawb
  • Dregs of the Culver Waste by Chris R. Sendrowski

May TBR

  • Warrior by Heather Todd
  • Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
  • Lost in the Labyrinth of my Mind by K. Morris
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schawb
  • Dregs of the Culver Waste by Chris R. Sendrowski