The School Book Tag

Thank you Eve for tagging me! If you’re not familiar with Eve’s awesome blog go check it out now. I haven’t done a tag in ages, but since I’m trying to get back into scheduling posts, what better way to start than with tags? SO LET’S DO THIS.

MATHS

a book that has two characters who equal perfection

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Hmm what (bro)tp to go with today? You know, I haven’t gushed about Percabeth in a long time and they remain one of my favourite book couples. They have a healthy, cute relationship and the build-up was A+

BIOLOGY

a book I would like to dissect

I dunno Les Mis maybe? GUYS DID I MENTION I FINALLY, AFTER FOUR YEARS OR SO OF IT BEING ON MY SHELF, STARTED LES MIS? Cause I did. I’m only like ten pages in but liking it so far. Since I’m not that far in yet I don’t know if I would like to dissect it, but since it’s huge and has a lot of characters I think it would be a great choice to dissect *nods*

PHYSICS

a book with a lot of potential

I’m going with a book I haven’t read yet. There are SO many though, but I recently bought Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley and it sounds amazing. Definitely has a lot of potential so I hope it won’t let me down.

CHEMISTRY

a book I really bonded to

The Perks of Being a Wallflower hands down. I definitely bonded to Harry Potter as well, but I felt that was a bit of a cliché answer haha. I relate so much to Charlie and I love this book so much. Damn, I need a reread.

ENGLISH

a book that should be a modern classic

Aaaah okay I don’t like giving the same answer twice but… The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It is so well-written and such an important book. It definitely should be a modern classic.

P.E.

a book that I raced to the finish with

While I didn’t finish it within a day or anything (because school yay) the last book that I raced to finish was Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor (which I really need to review).

MUSIC

a book that reminds me of a song

Hmm I’m not sure? I do have songs that reminds me of books, but not really the other way around. So I’m going to be boring and not choose an answer here

I’ll be tagging: Lia | Kwante | Hannah

Don’t feel obligated to do this!

What book reminds YOU of a song? And what’s your favourite subject and why? Let me know in the comments!

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Blogsterdam: The Amsterdam Book Tag

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This month’s Blogsterdam will combine Amsterdam and books (actually just like last month’s since then I talked about my favourite bookstore) in a tag I created!

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Seriously guys it’s not funny how many cheese stores there are in the same street. DEFY THE STEREOTYPES AMSTERDAM. Anyway, my choice for this category is The Selection series, which can be quite cheesy but still ‘delicious’. Well the first three anyway, since I still haven’t read the rest.

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I’m torn between Carry On and Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda.

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Since I’m very emotional, a lot of books make me cry, so let’s just go with the most recent one, which was my reread of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Yep, that book does make me very emotional so a good choice for this one.

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That awkward moment you realise THEY SHOULD’VE BEEN HORIZONTAL BECAUSE THIS IS THE FRENCH FLAG And the idiot of the year award goes to…

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For this category you can go with fiction or non-fiction, I’m going with non-fiction since I want to choose De Kunst van Het Woord: Zijn Mooiste Brieven (literal translation: The Art of the Word: His Most Beautiful Letters), which is a book about Van Gogh and contains, like the title says, his most beautiful letters. I haven’t finished this yet since I haven’t been in the mood to read non-fiction lately, but I love Van Gogh so I’ll continue soon. It hasn’t been translated into English I believe (at least I can’t find an English edition on Goodreads), but it might be in the works.

PIGEONS

I have a love-hate relationship with pigeons. On one hand I find them cute, on the other I find them annoying, especially at Dam Square where they tend to accidentally almost fly at your face. I found pretty much every main character in The Crown’s Game annoying to be honest (Pasha was bearable until the end). Review to come soon!

I TAG

Marie | Em | Anne | Kat | Cristina | Cátia | Alex | Whoever wants to do this!

Don’t feel obligated to do this!

Have you ever been to Amsterdam? I hope you had a good time! Also: do you like cheese? Let me know in the comments!

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower Review

the perks of being a wallflowerGenre: Contemporary
Category: YA
Goodreads rating: 4.20
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

Summary (2020)

“I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they’re here. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It’s like looking at all the students and wondering who’s had their heart broken that day…or wondering who did the heart breaking and wondering why.”

Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

Review (2020)

How do I even start this review? I’m so tempted to just write ‘afgagfhjag just read it’ and then insert a lot of gifs that sum up my feelings, but that wouldn’t really be a good review, would it?

I’ve wanted to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower ever since I saw the film two years ago. I have no idea why I kept putting it off for so long. Maybe because I loved the film so much, that I was afraid that the book would be a disappointment? I did expect to love the book – and thank God I did.

I seriously can’t put my love for this book into words. It’s just so perfect. It all just felt so real. Most of all, Charlie felt real. During the entire book I had this big urge to hug him. He went through so much, but thankfully he has his family and most importantly his friends to get him through the day. I love how much he develops through the book. I’m not going into any details, since that would involve spoilers. Even though I didn’t go through the same things Charlie did, I could relate to Charlie a lot. Which made the urge to hug him even bigger. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to hug a fictional character this bad.

There were so many inspirational quotes, not just the famous ones ‘We accept the love we think we deserve’ and ‘And in that moment, I swear we were infinite’, but so many more. I’m going to share one with you guys, because otherwise I’d just quote the entire book (slight exaggeration):

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”

The best thing about this book (besides the character development, the characters, the relationships, the quotes and basically everything haha) is that the story is written as a series of letters from Charlie to ‘Dear friend’, which makes it feel like you’re Charlie’s ‘dear friend’. It made me feel a lot more involved, like I was part of the story.

At the end of the book I was definitely crying. Through the entire book I had moments where I teared up, but at the end the tears were really flowing. I did laugh as well. Don’t think it’s a book where you constantly cry with no laugh or tiny smile. Don’t consider not reading the book, because you don’t like sad books or don’t like to cry. You might not even cry like I did; I’m a very emotional person.

Everyone should read this book. Everyone. I personally believe that Perks is one of those books that changes you. I could go on and on about everything. I haven’t told you about the characters (they’re awesome and real and just perfect) and so many other things, but I think you should just read the book for yourself. I don’t want to spoil too much (not to mention this post would be way to long).

Ps. I’m going to see The Maze Runner tonight!!

Pps. It’s also the fifth day of the Falling for Autumn Read-a-Thon. I’ve changed my goal to finish two books, haha. I love Jane Austen, but for some reason I can’t finish her work in such a short time.

If you’ve read The Perks, what did you think of it? Are you planning on watching The Maze Runner? Let me know in the comments!