Witchmag's Boekenplank

Witchmag's Boekenplank

My little shelf, created to share all the amazing books I've encountered in my life. To rant about the not so great ones and to meet other people who are as crazy as I am about books.

♥ Top 12 Romance Books On Book Bloggers' Shelves

Romance is one of the most popular literary genre. 84% of romance book buyers are women who choose contemporary and historical romances as their top picks. The majority of romance readers prefer paper copies than e-books and love discussing the plot with their friends and other readers.* Romance books are also highly popular among book lovers' community on BookLikes. 


We've looked through the book bloggers' bookshelves and picked top 12 romance books. The following infographics includes most read and shelved titles by book bloggers on BookLikes. Scroll down to find the blogs and book reviews. 

Happy Valentine's Day to all book lovers! ♥ 






The reviews:

The Great Gatsby

Published 89 years ago, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald still creates discussion and controversy for its brilliant depiction of the characters. The enigma of Jay Gatsby remains still today. What does he want from life? Daisy? The self-assurance of those born to wealth? Acceptance?... read more
The Fault In Our Stars
John Green’s young adult novel, The Fault in Our Stars, is basically a story about teens battling cancer. The elements of a love story come to the front when Hazel and Augustus fall in love after meeting up in a Support Group for cancer patients. Both of them are super intelligent and... read more

Romeo and Juliet

No point in writing a full review, I simply want to say that this is perhaps the most poetic of all Shakespeare's plays. There is nothing forced or laboured, the blank verse just streams from him. To take two examples from Act I, Mercutio's beautiful Queen Mab monologue reads as if it could go on for ever... read more


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Contemporary romance 




The reviews: 

Fifty Shades of Grey 

I could not put this book down - I read it on my phone when I didn't have access to my kindle. When I first dipped into erotica I found a few books I loved, then read several that weren't so good, causing me to look for other genres to read - Fifty Shades of Grey reminded me why I love reading... read more



Anna And The French Kiss

It's a Books World

I obviously loveeeeeed this book! I reread it last year (or was it two years?) and I forgot so many things! These were the things I forgot and now loved:... read more


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The Notebook

It's a very beautiful love story: boy meets girl, boy separates from girl, years pass, boy meets girl again -- throw in a load of pathos and you have a MUST READ story. Seriously, if you believe in love-everlasting, if you are even the least bit sentimental or romantic, you MUST READ this... read more



YA romance 




The reviews:

The Selection

After World War III, America (the country) decides to change its way of running things, so we go back to a monarchy. There are eight castes, with One being royalty and Eight being a beggar on the streets. The monarchy is headed by a King with a Queen at his side. Everything is normal until they need... read more 
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
This book was perfect for the days I chose to read it. It is light, fun, and sweet. Hadley’s parents are divorced and she’s headed across the world to her father’s wedding. She meets Oliver in the airport after missing her flight by four minutes. Oliver is witty, caring, and British causing Hadley to forget all about her worries... read more


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This Lullaby

Another home run from Sarah Dessen! If it wasn’t for just a couple things that bothered me, I would have been ready to say that this was my favorite by her thus far. I am seriously never seems to disappoint me with her stories and the way I feel afterwards. I am seriously wondering where she has... read more 


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 Historical romance




The reviews:

Pride and Prejudice

I don't read many classics any more. Barely any. A while back though I took a notion to read Pride & Prejudice for the first time. I'm a big kindle fan but for this book I wanted my first time to be special :P I hunted down and bought a very nice vintage hardback, complete with gilt trim and... read more


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Gone with the Wind

I never expected to be as drawn to this book as I was - once I started it I had a lot of trouble putting it down again, despite its size! This story of life, loss and love during the American Civil War was absolutely compelling reading, and I guess you could say I become a little obsessed with it!... read more
The Outlander 
Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another...In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that... read more
* Source: RWA survey
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The DNA of a successful Book
The DNA of a successful Book
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19 Quirky Conundrums Only Book Lovers Understand

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 OMG!! How come strangers know so much about me?!


via HuffPost:


1. Finding a comfortable reading position is a never-ending quest. Chair or bed? Side or back? In a box? With a fox?

2. On airplanes, you hesitantly flick on the overhead light while everyone else is napping.

3. Paper cuts may look like minor injuries, but the pain can be excruciating.

4. Walking and reading at the same time requires hand-eye coordination only professional athletes have been endowed with.

5. What on earth are you supposed to do with the jacket on a hardcover while you're reading it? Keep it on and risk damaging it? Take it off and store it in a weird nook, never to find it again?

6. Deciding what to read is a choice that presents you with an embarrassment of riches.

7. The typeface and page length of a book can seriously impact your reading experience, sometimes for the worse (sans-serif font is a huge no-no).

8. A book can be composed of the worst drivel you've ever laid eyes on, you're still afflicted with major guilt when you banish it to the "I Will Never Ever Ever Finish This. Like, Ever." shelf.

9. You lament time that you've wasted in the past; all of those hours scouring celebrity Twitters could have been put towards finally reading Moby Dick!


10. Some people count down the minutes until their lunch hour; you count down the minutes until Jeffery Eugenides or Donna Tartt releases their next book (roughly 5 million for Tartt, but who's counting?!)

11. Finishing a book you loved is like saying goodbye to a good friend. You've been through so much together! And while you may see each other again, it won't be quite the same.

12. Forget finding roommates; the most stressful thing about moving is figuring out a way to transport boxes upon boxes of heavy books.


13. You're constantly rethinking your bookshelf strategy. Should you color-coordinate, or take a more practical approach, such as publication date or alphabetization? Or, if you're feeling ambitious, should you tackle the autobiographical bookshelf, à la Rob Gordon from High Fidelity?

14. Your mood is directly impacted by the mood of the book that you're reading; your friends have learned to avoid you during Dostoyevsky months or Bret Easton Ellis weeks.

15. You take found books home like abandoned puppies, chirping, "Can we keep it?!" That'd be well and good if it didn't happen once a day.

16. One does not simply walk by a bookstore. One must poke around, at the very least, and one usually ends up filling one's tote bag with more books than one can carry.

17. "I don't read" is a relationship death knell, akin to "I loathe my mother" or "I enjoy upsetting kittens."

18. You may or may not own two (or three or four) copies of a beloved book. You can't help it, the redesigned covers are irresistible!


19. Laundry day and other important obligations get completely overlooked when you're in the middle of a great, un-put-downable book. "Same shirt Saturday"? Sorry you're not sorry. 


Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/10/book-lover_n_4562002.html?ref=topbar
What Kind of Reader are you?
What Kind of Reader are you?

Well, what kind? I'm "The Romantic" ^^

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One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.

Carl Sagan

Traditional VS Modern
Traditional VS Modern
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Comments with New Options & Book Blog Directory Update

We’re in holiday spirit but we remember about Thursday features for you. Time for Christmas gifts!


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We love all kinds of books: paper, e-books, audiobooks and we enjoy reading about all of them. We've noticed that some of you are audiobook lovers and/or e-book fans so we've decided to add these two categories to BookLikes Blog Directory.


If you are the one, please add it to your blog profile in Settings/Blog. Click Edit Categories and select category that fits your reading preferences and reviews on your blog. Your blog will be categorized and presented on Explore page according to selected picks. Please remember to choose only the relevant categories that fit your reading taste and books reviewed on your blog.


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Merry Christmas - nothing says Christmas wishes like make-out scenes with hot book boyfriends...

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― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane






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3 Stars
Review: Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder (Study, #3)
Fire Study - Maria V. Snyder

*Originally Reviewed at Witchmag's Boekenplank*


Once again Maria V. Snyder has written an intriguing and captivating story, even when I enjoyed Fire Study not as much as Poison- and Magic Study. The writing style felt a bit too objective, too distant, to get fully into the story and this annoyed me at times. It also made it harder for me to understand, to bond with Yelena. In the end it prevented me from fully creating a vivid image in my head. There was just not enough words spent on emotions and feeling. The pacing was too high, too. Such a shame, cause the story was amazing!


Yelena, too, made me sigh at times. What a transformation! I almost did not recognize the almost dauntless heroine from the previous books! After one “scary” event she suddenly turns into this scaredy cat! Suddenly she’s so scared that she makes wrong decisions, one after the other. She’s pushing everyone away, even Valek and makes bad situations worse… Yeah, it was really frustrating to see this happen, time and time again, 300 pages long. At times I was even amazed that I kept on reading instead of throwing the book away…


However, the plot and the marvelous world that Maria  V. Snyder has created, were too good to put it away. It has fire benders, unknown enemies (or are they friends???). Double spies and traitors. It was never boring. Add to this a huge dose of unfamiliar magic, a hilarious horse and you’ve got something to look forward too, even with flat characters and a main character that keeps working on your nerves.



3 HEARTS. I liked Fire Study less than the earlier books. The almost business like manner of writing did not make me very happy. I missed “feeling” everything. Yelena, too, was not one of my favorite characters in this book with the way she behaved. Fortunately there is still a fantastic story and a magical world that will keep you attention and prevent you from slapping Yelena, hard.

Source: http://witchmagsboekenplank.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/review-fire-study-by-maria-v-snyder
4 Stars
Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy, #1)
Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead

*Originally Reviewed at Witchmag's Boekenplank*


To be honest, I never had any intention of reading Vampire Academy. There was never a spark of interest whenever I saw this book or read the blurb. As I’m more of a werewolf and shifter lover, I tend to pass on books with only cold-blooded, bloodthirsty vampires. Then I read that Vampire Academy would be turned into a movie. So what did I do when I saw this book in the library a couple of days ago? Of course I took it with me and before I knew it I was hooked! Wow, I can’t believe that I waited this long to read it, that I once thought it wouldn’t be worthy of my time! I’m so glad I finally decided to take a chance ^^


What got me hooked on Vampire Academy is the mystery that can be found in this book. From the first page you only get tiny pieces off an immense puzzle and it’s up to you to make all the right connections. Be careful, the smallest of details can be of great importance later. Oh and even when you think you’ve completed the puzzle, don’t be sure. Unexpected events can always happen, pieces can always transform and keep you on the edge of your seat. The ending, obviously, was one BIG surprise, a GIANT revelation and a huge cliffhanger. Oh, how I love it when books manage to surprises me so completely. Even with my love / hate relationship with cliffhangers ^^


The world that Richelle Mead created fit perfectly with the story and enhanced my reading pleasure. All those different rules and habits. The tasks that the Guardians and Moroi have. The horrors that are the Strigoi. How vampires get their daily dose of blood. The rules dhampires are bound to. Richelle Mead obviously spent some time in creating this amazing world. A world that definitely made reading the more interesting. I’m already looking forward to my next visit ^^


I can’t write this review without mentioning Rose, our heroine. Above all I loved how human, how real she felt. She’s just your every other teenager who has to make life altering decisions. She does not always chose the right one, but hey, she’s “human” and not perfect! Rose is also one of the few female leads that are able to ADMIT and APOLOGIZE when she makes a mistake, albeit reluctantly ^^ She’s everything I want to read about in a young adult main character: sassy, knows when NOT to follow the rules, brave and utterly loyal to those she loves. Oh and most importantly: is good in witty and snarky remarks. I look forward to spending more time with her!



4 HEARTS. A superb book, that I unfortunately ignored for a long time. With a thrilling and gripping story, an intriguing mystery included. Set in a world full of vampires and dhampires. Featuring a brave girl trying to protect her best friend, even at the cost of herself. A story that I can recommend to everyone who loves to read about the paranormal, even those who usually like to read about shifters ;)

Source: http://witchmagsboekenplank.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/review-vampire-academy-by-richelle-mead
4 Stars
Review: Marked by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast (House of the Night, #1)
Marked - Kristin Cast, P.C. Cast

*Originally Reviewed at Witchmag's Boekenplank*


Okay, after reading Marked, I can’t do nothing but admit it: books about cold-blooded bloodsuckers can be fun (emphasis on can ;) ). This was the utmost book that I ignored, just because there’s no werewolf or other magical creäture in sight. Once again a fantastic book that I almost did not read because of my reluctance to read books where vampires have leading roles. Not reading this book would have been such a shame! From now on I’ll try to not hold such things against the book and just read it!


Like I said, this book was good. Very good. Marked is a story that will make you forget the world. That will make you forget how hot it is outside and that your melting (yeah, for once we have tropical weather in my dreary country :( ). The plot is too good to stop. It will keep you entertained and bent on reading the next page. I easily finished this book in a couple of hours. That strong was the hold Marked had on me ^^


What made this book so good? Let’s start with the amazing world that P.C. Cast and her daughter created. Where a goddess roams free, vampires walk the earth and handsome male vampires can be admired. A world I would not mind spending some time in, if only to admire all the male treasures ^^ Oh and it became even better when they introduced the five elements! Apparently vampires have a natural connection to them and can use them to perform magic! How cool is that? Another subject I love to read about. I knew then that this was going to be a fantastic book I’d love to read ^^


Zoey, too, is a factor that made reading Marked a blast. Unfortunately, she hasn’t had an easy life at her young age (16 young… oh god I’m getting old ><). With an ass of a stepfather, a spineless mother and no real friends at school (yeah, Kayly, that behavior? That’s NOT how friends act!). Fortunately she has one of the best grandma’s around. I loved that Zoey kept her head high despite everything. Even her sudden transformation to a vampire fledgling doesn’t fade her much. She keeps on making very witty remarks that always had me laughing out loud.


Finally, there is the fantastic and captivating story. Through Zoey’s eyes we read how it feels to be ripped out of your daily life. To suddenly be chosen as a vampire, a transformation you might not survive. To find out that a vampire goddess has great plans for you, which will make you an outsider at your new school. Fortunately not all is bad. There are fun and nice things too for Zoey. Like the new friendships she makes, or that cute boy she meets. Always good to read about stuff like that ^^ Ad all this to the gripping writing style and you’ll have yourself a book that is impossible to put down till the last letter has been read ^^



4 HEARTS. Unexpectedly I enjoyed reading this book, with his unusual description of vampires and its amazing lead, Zoey. The writing style is very easy and definitely catchy. The plot too will stuck it’s claws on you, so be prepared before you start reading, cause you won’t stop any time soon!

Source: http://witchmagsboekenplank.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/review-marked-by-p-c-cast
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