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text 2017-12-28 18:00
Favourite 10 books of 2017
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy) by Taylor, Laini (2012) Paperback - Laini Taylor
Traitor to the Throne - Alwyn Hamilton
Horizons (Phobos #4) - Victor Dixen
The Final Empire. Mistborn Book One - Brandon Sanderson
A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas
The Crown's Game - Evelyn Skye
Warcross - Marie Lu
The Upside of Unrequited - Becky Albertalli
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Cheryl Strayed

Out of the 82 books I read (hopefully 83 if I manage to finish Outlander before the end of the year), those were my favourites (well, I took all my 5 stars read of 2017 and chose 10 out of those, it's not really a scientific rating):


1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: because this book was EVERYTHING. You need to read it if you haven't yet.


2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: and the whole trilogy. I totally enjoyed this unique universe with those amazing characters, a must read!


3. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton: just WOW! This series is just so important for me, I love this world.


4. Phobos4 by Victor Dixen: this is the last book in my favourite series of 2016. This conclusion was epic.


5. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson: I just can't understand how I had never read Sanderson before this year. He is such an amazing author and I can't wait to discover more of his work.


6. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas: well, this series is one of my favourite of all time and this book did not disappoint.


7. The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye: I love this series full of Russian magic. I fell in love with the author's universe.


8. Warcross by Marie Lu: because, Marie Lu + video game = perfection.


9. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli: a beautiful book with a strong message. This book made me open my eyes.


10. Wild by Cheryl Strayed: I think it is the first time ever a non-fiction book is on my top 10. But this was such a great experience, I had to include it.


What were some of your favourite books this year?


Thanks for reading,



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text 2017-12-11 14:32
Square 12 completed!
Horizons (Phobos #4) - Victor Dixen

Square 12: December 23rd  - Festivus / Saturnalia ends (begins 17th) 



Book themes for Saturnalia: The god Saturn has a planet named after him; read any work of science fiction that takes place in space: I decided to read Phobos for this one. It does not really take place in space, but rather back from space and the whole book is based on this journey. So I guess it's ok? :)



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review 2017-12-11 14:20
#80 - Phobos 4 by Victor Dixen
Horizons (Phobos #4) - Victor Dixen

I started this series last year and I was dying to have the last book in my hands. Now I'm just really sad this series is over because it is one that will stay with me for a long time. It is the kind of series I am obsessed about and will want to know everything there is to know about the world, the characters etc. Which means searching extra content on the internet etc. I don't do that for a lot of series so it makes it extras special to me.


Furthermore, this is a French series. As you may know, French is my mothertongue but I tend to read more in English (first of all because there is way more content available in English than in French and I prefer to read in VO than to read translations. In addition, YA in French often sounds childish to me, I don't know how to explain that. However, it was not the case with this series; it was incredibly well written and I enjoyed that a lot.) Those books are not available in English (only in French, Dutch and Polish) for the moment, but it will be in the future (2018), if you are interested!


So Phobos is a sci-fi YA series about teenagers going on Mars for a reality show. 6 girls and 6 boys are chosen among the different ethnicities on earth and send there to build a new society. On the way there (6 months in a spaceship), boys and girls are separated, but they can meet in speed-dating sessions. At the end of the journey, they decide whom they will marry once they arrive on Mars. Of course, everything won't go easily and our pioneers will meet a lot of obstacles.


Without spoiling the story for you (and the first three books of the series), this last book shows how to try to take back your life after something bad happened to you and how to deal with celebrity as well. It was so interesting and a bit darker than the other books in in this series. I may write a review in French soon, if I find the time. I think this series deserve a lot of love. I really enjoyed it!

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text 2017-01-01 12:36
My top 10 of 2016
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling,John Kerr Tiffany,Jack Thorne
An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon
Phobos (Phobos, #1) - Victor Dixen
L'ombre Du Vent by Ruiz Zafon, Carlos (2013) Mass Market Paperback - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo
Empire of Storms - Sarah J. Maas
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas
STARS ABOVE: A Lunar Chronicles Collection (The Lunar Chronicles) - Marissa Meyer

2016 was a great year for me. The year of many changes: I did my first internship and had to move to a different city all alone (it may seems ridiculous because it was only 150km from home and I got back every weekend. I was still in Belgium, but hey, it was a lot of responsibilities and my country is so small that it meant I was living at the other side of it), I graduated from University, I got a job (even before graduating) and I moved in with my boyfriend. I have my own house, I have a job so I get my own money (but I don’t have my own car yet, it’s ok, the bus is great for reading time). Anyway, all these changes also meant I did not get that many books read. And I had not that much time to post reviews, read posts and comment your publications… which is really sad cause I really enjoy Booklikes and this awesome community! My challenge was to read 90 books and I barely managed it.


2016 Reading challenge

In 2015; I read 95 books. But I decided to lower this challenge for 2016 because I knew I would probably have less time to read (which was the case). Still, I did not want to focus that much on the quantity, but rather on the enjoyment of it. I really wanted to read just because I wanted to and I did not want to force myself to read (which is really stupid because you don’t enjoy it then…). I read (and re-read) many great books in 2016. I discovered new authors, new gendra and I tried to just read what I felt like reading. I decided to make a top 16 of the books I read in 2016. But then I chose to include only 10. It was difficult, but here they are (I only included books I had never read before, obviously).


10. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J.K Rowling: just because it was so great to read a new HP story. I liked the new characters but I felt like the old ones were too much changed and it bugged me a bit.


9. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: I absolutely adored this first book and I’m really excited about reading the next one, which I’ll do in 2017!


8. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: It was brilliant, beautiful and unexpected.


7. Phobos by Victor Dixen: I discovered this series, written by a French author. I don’t usually read YA in French, but this one was really great and I’m glad I gave it a chance!


6. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer: I was so happy to be back in the Lunar Chronicles world. I absolutely adored the series and this book was a great addition to it.


5. L’ombre du Vent (Shadow of the Wind) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon: A wonderful author. I wish I could read this in its original version. Unfortunately, I do not speak Spanish well enough. I adored the story and the writing was beautiful.


4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: wonderful world, amazing characters, great plot, excellent writing


3. Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas: No wonders Sarah J Maas is in my top 3. It’s funny to think I did not enjoy the first book first time I read it and almost gave up on the series. I don’t know how to explain what’s so special about this series. I just love it.


2. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum: Yes, I only read this story this year. I don’t know why I never tried it before… Never read it as a kid and I remembered being in Mons for my internship and not having any physical books left I wanted to read, so I looked into my Kindle and found this. This author is absolutely fantastic! I read some other books from the Oz series, I still have a few to go and I’m not going to stop any time soon. I loved it so much.


1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas: and Sarah J Maas again! This book was even better than ACOTAR. I’m so in love with the characters and with her writing that it feels right that this book got the 1st place in my top 10. Can’t wait for A Court of Wings and Ruin.


Here was my top 10 of 2016. The order is not that important, those are just the books that I remembered best from this year.


Did you read any good books in 2016? Discover new authors, started new series? Just tell me if there is one book in particular that made your year


Also, I just can’t realize that 2016 is over… It went so fast! I hope you all had a great year and that 2017 will be a good reading year for you! If 2016 was shitty for you; then I hope 2017 will be better!


Happy 2017 everyone!!

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review 2012-10-12 00:00
Phobos (The Domain Trilogy, #3)
Phobos (The Domain Trilogy, #3) - Steve ... Phobos (The Domain Trilogy, #3) - Steve Alten Still a very good and captivating read; however, as the timelines became increasingly overwritten and enmeshed, I found myself almost skipping the Mayan mythology explanations in an effort to keep up with the story. The ending seemed a bit of a quick wrap, as well as sentimental. Not the quality of the previous two parts but neverthless, I will be reading part four when it comes out. The story still continues and in my opinion, still has something to give.
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