Books I can read over and over again

There are some books you read which you throw in your bookshelf and never acknowledge again. Then there might be books you actually enjoyed but don’t feel the need to read again. Then, and those are the most important ones, you own books which are so brilliantly written you can read them over and over again! Here’s a list of books in my bookshelf which I can read OVRER AND OVER AGAIN:

  1. SILVER by Kerstin Gier

Silver is a series so brilliant I fell in love with it completely! There’s no thing in this book I would’ve liked differently or would’ve changed because this series has everything a bookworm desires: a great plot with a little fantasy, amazing characters, hilarious jokes , love and suspense.

There are only a few books I’ve read so far where the characters have amazed me that much as the Silver characters have because they are presented which such detail and love, everybody would fall in love with them!

Here’s the plot:

As Liv Silver moves to London with her small sister, her nanny, her dog and her mum, she isn’t excited to be at a new Highschool and things get worse for when her family moves in with her mum’s new boyfriend and his two seventeen year old twins Florence and Grayson. Wearing Grayson’s sweatshirt one night, she explores a corridor with doors while she is sleeping. Not knowing what she is doing, she falls into a mystery full of the dreams of other people, demons, a crazy girlfriend and Grayson, alongside with his friends!

Here’s the link to my blog entry – but it’s in GERMAN!!!:  Silver Blog Entry

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As the book is originally written in German, I recommend it to all people speaking German to read it in German!!!

2.  THE PENDERWICKS by Jeanne Birdsall

Anyone who has been reading my blog knows that the Penderwicks are my favorite books ever! The story about this family has formed me the way I am today and has always and still plays a big role in my life! I adore this series so much because these books don’t involve mysteries of any kind (like Harry Potter/ The Hunger Games/ Percy Jackson etc.) but just tell the little adventure and daily lives of the four sisters Rosalind, Skye, Jane and Batty. The most detailed sisters would be Skye and Jane which have always been my favorite because I can relate to both of them and always considered myself as a mixture of these two characters.

The Penderwicks series involves five books ( there won’t be more) which are called The Penderwicks: a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits , and a very interesting boy ; The Penderwicks on Gardam Street; The Penderwicks at Point Mouette; The Penderwicks in Spring; and The Penderwicks at Last.

The first three originals are my favorite because the main characters and in their young teens and even though Rosalind is just 12, Skye 11, Jane 10 and Batty 4; you don’t even acknowledge their youth because the older three behave like 15 or sixteen. In the following two books, the characters grow older one year each which isn’t that different from the first book. But then, in book four, the sisters grow older seven whole years and the book focuses on Batty – the youngest one – alongside with new family members which I found very sad because Jane and Skye will always be the most interesting characters. Book five wasn’t good to be honest because it focuses on a younger member of the family – Lydia – which we’ve only come to know in book four.

So: the first three books are the best, the fourth one is good as well but can’t cope with the originals and book five – I’ve stopped reading!

Here’s the link to my blog entry – but it’s in GERMAN!!!: The Penderwicks Blog Entry

Here’s the link to my blog entry The Penderwicks at Last: The Penderwicks at Last Blog Entry

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3. BLACK BLADE by Jennifer Estep

Black Blade is a trilogy you can read at ANY TIME and EVERYWHERE. It’s the story of the orphan teenager Lila in a world where everyone in Cloudburst Falls has a magical power of any sort and where the city is divided in families – strong, good or evil – which rule the city. As Lila defends a boy being attacked in a store, she has no clue that he’s Devon Sinclair, the son of the Sinclair boss – one of the two ruling families in the city. She unwillingly gets hired as his bodyguard when she finds herself in the middle of intrigues…

Alongside Devon, she has to find out who’s trying to kill Devon Sinclair, what the evil family Draconi has to do with it all and what role her dead mother played in this…

This book is a perfect combination of fantasy and reality, mystery and love, good and evil and the will to have power.

Here’s the link to my blog entry – but it’s in GERMAN!!!: Black Blade Blog Entry

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4.  HARRY POTTER by JK Rowling

I don’t think I have to explain the fact that I can read Harry Potter OVER AND OVER AGAIN because probably half of the world’s population feels the same way as I do. JK Rowling creates a world full of wonder, magic and tragedy, nobody can escape her thrilling stories. Never have I seen such a completed world that is not reality that has such a love for detail as the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

Here’s the link to my blog entry – but it’s in GERMAN!!!: Harry Potter Blog Entry

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5.  SHADOWHUNTERS by Cassandra Clare

The Shadowhunter world has amazed me that much that I’ve read all of her books multiple times. My favorite Shadowhunter series is Cassandra Clare’s latest work: The dark artifices.

For those who haven’t read one of the three Shadowhunter series, here’s a quick overview to understand the entry: “Shadowhunters” are people half angel / half human who protect the humans against demons. Although “Shadowhunters” are good warriors, not everybody uses their abilities for good causes.

The dark artifices takes place a couple of years after the Great War against the “bad” shadowhunters Valentin and Sebastian. It concentrates on two teen shadowhunters ( the protagonists are teenagers in all three series) Emma and Julian,  living in the Los Angeles Institut. Emma’s parents died in the war, but Emma is convinced the war wasn’t their cause of death. A couple of years after their death, Emma and Julian finally find a lead – and tremble into an adventure much bigger than just a murder of two innocent people.

The first series named Shadowhunters is probably the most famous one and I’ve also loved this series. It concentrates on a girl, Clary, who finds out she’s a shadowhunter after eighteen years. Being the daughter of the villain Valentin, her mother escaped the shadowhunter world and raised Clary as a human. But with Valentin returning, Clary has to face her heritage as a shadowhunter and has to fight her father alongside her friends Jace, Isabel, Alec and Simon. Although this story might sound simple as I tell it, it actually faces multiple problems at once: Simon – Clary’s human best friend – gets bitten and turns into a vampire; Valentin tells Clary that Jace is her long lost brother; more to reveal would spoil the books.

All in all, Shadowhunters enters a world full of magical powers, love and hate, mystery and lies and is truly recommend for everyone who loves the category fantasy!!!

Here’s the link to my blog entry – but it’s in GERMAN!!!: Shadowhunters Blog Entry

 

6. RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard

My last blog entry was about the last novel of the Red Queen series War Storm. One example of how this series makes me feel: After I finished War Storm I started to read another novel I’d wanted to read for a couple of weeks. I read approximately the first thirty pages but had to stop because it was written soooo badly. What I’ve come to realize only minutes after is, that the book wasn’t written badly, Red Queen was just a series on a whole different level of literature. I can’t describe how much I enjoy reading Victoria Aveyard because all you can do is read it yourself and convince yourself of the quality.

When somebody says “What books do you recommend?”, I tell them this series because it carries you away like no other. It tells the story of a world where people have either silver or red blood. Silver blooded people have special powers and are the elite while reds are treated like slaves. Although the whole world is established like this, the books only tell the story of the monarchy Norta. Mare Barrow, a red girl living in a slum, starts to work in the palace to earn money for her family as she discovers that she has the power to call lightings upon herself. To cover up this new race – redblooded people who have powers (called new bloods) – the palace creates a new identity for Mare, a longest princess. Mare is supposed to marry the younger brother of the heir Maven when she decides to join the underground organization The Scarlet Guard which want to overthrow the crown and start a revolution to equalize red and silver…

With political intrigues, a love triangle and a powerful revolution, this series has everything one needs to be blown away!!!

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DNF

I just came across this funny abbreviation DNF – did not finish – and I decided it was time for a new blog post! So here a couple of books I started reading but DNF!

  1. “Divergent” by Veronica Roth

To be honest, I didn’t quiet love this series, although I watched the first movie. The movie was actually great so I decided to read the book series to it (I usually read the books first though). However, the books didn’t really impress me that much and I stopped the book after approximately thirty pages and started reading something else. A couple of months ago, I decided to watch the second movie of the series but to be honest, it bored me. I can’t really describe why the story didn’t blow me away because I loved Veronica Roth’s other novels – Carve the mark -, but I guess I just didn’t bond with this story than how I do with others…

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2.  “The Penderwicks at last” by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwick sisters have accompanied me through my whole childhood, up until now. And therefore I was extremely excited when I saw the fifth novel of the series in store, after more then ten years, when I first started to get to know this family. Although the previous books (actually only the first three :)) are my favorite books in the world, I didn’t finish the fifth due to several reasons… I am only going to list two because I have already reviewed this book (the link is down below!).

It really upset me that Skye is not marrying Jeffrey because they were the cutest couple ever invented!! They were perfect  for each other and I have loved them both for as long as I can remember and therefore, when Jeanne Birdsall let Skye marry Dusek (like come on?!), my world collapsed!

I absolutely hated the fact that little Lydia was the leading role in this novel and not the original four Penderwicks because I couldn’t bond with her AT ALL!!!

Here’s the link to my review:

https://bloggerbooks.net/2018/05/28/the-penderwicks-at-last/

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3. “Harry Potter and the cursed child” by JK Rowling

This book actually doesn’t count because I finished it after all! But I decided to list it up as  well because I laid it away for a couple of months before I gathered my strengths and finished it! Here’s the reason why:

First of all, why I stopped reading it: I wasn’t quiet blown away with the story tbh, because come on: they travel back in time to capture Voldemort’s bad daughter but didn’t come up with the idea to stop Voldemort from even killing Harry’s parents??? Why not? Sirius wouldn’t be dead, Remus wouldn’t be dead, Dumbledore wouldn’t be dead, Fred wouldn’t be dead and of course: Harry wouldn’t have been an orphan! And why does Voldemort even have a daughter, that’s so out of the blue – and with Belatrix? Meaning, Sirius would be the uncle! Ghhhh… How is it even possible that Belatrix is pregnant when she dies at the battle of Hogwarts??? I just don’t like this idea….

Second of all, why I continued to read it after all: I have always been a huge fan of the Harry Potter books and movies equally and could therefore never live with myself knowing I didn’t finish Harry’s last story – I know I’m dramatic.

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4. “The Physician” by Noah Gordon

I watched the movie for a preparation of a presentation for school due to the upcoming plague and actually very much enjoyed it. Because of the movie, I started reading the book but stopped after 200 pages – just like my father – because the story wasn’t worth the attention. I don’t really  know why I liked the movie so much more than the book, but the book made a big deal about his childhood and youth with the doctor which was very boring for me. Turns out, some movies are better than the actual books, just like the DaVinci Code – but usually I stick to the belief, that the books are better or (in Harry Potter’s case) equal to the movies!

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The Penderwicks at last

If someone would ask me what has most influenced my early years (but I doubt anyone ever will), I’d say this family. I have been reading Jeanne Birdsall’s Penderwicks since I was five years old and they have had a major impact on my life. This is the reason why I was so enormously thrilled to finally see the fifth book in store!

The leading role is sadly Lydia and not the four original Penderwicks what I thought was a huge mistake. From my point of view, Lydias life isn’t as interesting as the stories of Rosalind, Skye, Jane and Batty who you have come to know and love. Although Lydia is now as old as Skye was in the first and Jane was in the second novel, she neither has the mental maturity nor is she integrated enough in the family to seem interesting.

SPOILER – don’t read if you still want to read the grand finale!

Skye is now 26 years old, studies astrophysics and has Czech boyfriend named Dusek. The most annoying thing of this novel was the fact, that Skye ends up marrying Dusek instead of my long lost dream of marrying Jeffrey! It is unbelievable that Jeanne Birdsall doesn’t follow up the hint of the love for Skye and Jeffrey, starting with an enormous friendship lasting through thick and thin!

Rosalind is finally marrying Tommy Geiger – at least one of my dreams came true! Jane is still writing books, not wanting to marry for now, maybe not ever!

Jane and Skye have always been my favorite characters as I could often identify myself with the two sister, looking at myself as a mixture! Therefore I was sad these two weren’t mentioned enough and if they were, they had nothing to do with the two people I’ve come to love!

Therefore, this book isn’t quite what I’d imagined it to be: Lydia plays the leading role, Skye and Jeffrey have no future as Skye marries Dusek and Jane and Skye are mentioned way to little! So: no book I can recommend.

Although this book wasn’t fulfilling my expectations, this has no impact on my thoughts about the first three novels which have changed my life for the better!

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Die Penderwicks

Die Serie, die mich am meisten berührt und fasziniert hat, ist die Reihe der Penderwicks von Jeanne Birdsall. Ich bin der Meinung, die Serie kann man in jedem Alter lesen, da sie weder Fantasie noch ein Thriller ist, sondern das Leben dieser Familie Penderwick beschreibt.

Es geht um die vier Schwestern Rosalind, Sky, Jane und Batty, deren Hund Hound und deren Vater Martin Penderwick. Die Mutter der Kinder starb kurz nach der Geburt der letzten Penderwickschwester Batty an Krebs. Die Charaktere sind von Grund auf verschieden, was die Bücher so liebenswert und interessant macht, da man sich in alle der Charaktere hineinversetzten kann.

Die Charaktere: 

Die im ersten Band 12 jährige Rosalind ist die älteste der Schwestern und übernimmt damit die sogenannte Mutterrolle. Sie ist schlau, fleißig und gutmütig.

Die zweitälteste Schwester Sky (11 Jahre im ersten Band) ist das genaue Gegenteil von Rosalind. Sie kommt nicht gut mit den Gefühlen anderer klar, ist sportlich, ein Matteass und sehr gerissen, doch auch sie muss man einfach lieb haben.

Die drittälteste Schwester Jane (10 Jahre im ersten Band) möchte später einmal Schriftstellerin werden, ist tiefsinnig, lustig und sie spielt mit Sky Fußball.

Batty, die jüngste Schwester, ist im ersten Band erst vier Jahre alt, weshalb ihr Charakter noch nicht ganz ausgefeilt ist. Doch auch sie ist liebenswert, liebt Tiere und ist fröhlich.

Die Plots der Bücher: 

Band 1, Die Penderwicks: Dieser Band spielt in den Sommerferien, in denen sie auf ein Anwesen namens Arundel fahren und sich dort ein Ferienhaus mieten. Dort freunden sie sich mit dem Sohn der schrecklichen Hausherrin an, Jeffrey Tifton. Zusammen mit Jeffrey erleben sie viele Abendteuer, bauen eine großartige Freundschaft auf und setzen sich mit Jeffrey grässlicher Mutter auseinander.

Band 2, Die Penderwicks zuhause: Dieser Band trägt sich bei den Penderwicks zuhause in Massachusetts in der Gardam Street zu. Als die geliebte Tante Claire zu Besuch kommt, bringt sie schlechte Nachrichten. Die Mutter der Mädchen hatte vor ihrem Tod mit der Tante vereinbart, dass ihr Mann nicht für immer Witwer bleiben sollte, sondern mit Frauen ausgehen soll. So entwerfen die Schwestern den “Daddy – Rettungsplan” um ihren Vater aus den Fängen der Blinddates zu retten.

Band 3, Die Penderwicks am Meer: Die Penderwicks werden auseinander gerissen. Nur für zwei Wochen, denn während die älteste Schwester Rosalind mit ihrer Freundin über die Ferien nach New Jersey fährt, fahren die anderen Schwestern zusammen mit ihrer Tante und Jeffrey nach Maine. Dort erleben sie vielerlei lustiger und spannender Sachen, nicht zu vergessen ist Jeffreys lange Zeit unbekannter Vater.

Band 4, Neues von den Penderwicks: Dieser Band spielt 4 Jahre später, Rosalind ist auf dem College, Sky und Jane fast erwachsen und Batty acht Jahre alt. Die nicht mehr ganz kleine Batty steht hierbei im Fokus: Sie entdeckt ihr Talent zum Singen und befindet sich in einer trostlosen Phase, als sie glaubt zu hören, der Tod ihrer Mutter sei ihre Schuld gewesen. Dieser Band ist der traurigste und tiefgründigste der vier Bände, auch da der geliebte Familienhund Hound gestorben ist, was Batty sehr nahe tritt.

 

Meiner Meinung nach, ist Die Penderwicks zuhause der beste Band der Serie, da er am lustigsten und einfallsreichsten ist. Die Situation der Penderwickschwestern ist nachvollziehbar, gut beschrieben und spannend. Auch gibt es mehrere Nebengeschichten, die eine wichtige Rolle für das Ende nehmen.

Meine Lieblingsfigur ist Jane, denn sie träumt, genau wie ich, eines Tages Schriftstellerin zu werden. Früher fand ich Sky total super, denn sie ist lustig, ehrgeizig und keck.

Also, alles in einem, die Penderwicks sind super Bücher für alle Altersklassen, da sie nachvollziehbar und humorvoll sind. 🙂

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