Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Storytime: Verpus the Snake

There is a world somewhere that is known for its large jungle. The jungle contains trees that reach the top of the sky, ground so nutritous and green that everything can grow on it and it has the most extraordinary animals.
And one of those animals is a snake called Verpus.
Verpus was a very large snake. His body could wrap itself around four trees in a row and he could pulverize bushes with ease, although he never did such a thing.
He had skin as black as the cave in which he lived and to which no animal dared to come near and he had eyes that glowed green in the dark.
That cave and the rocky and ugly ground that surrounded it was his part of the jungle and no one could nor would come near this part. And he wouldn't leave it either.
Still, Verpus liked to glide through the jungle, to the other parts of it, even though Leon, the King of the jungle, forbid him to. But his black skin made him invisible between the dark bushes and at night.
Whenever he dared to get away from his part of the jungle he would go to the other parts of the jungle as quickly as he could, skimming through every place he went and taking in their beauty and food, while carefully avoiding the other animal clans.
But if he happened to stumble on them accidentally, he couldn't help but to keep his green eyes lingering on them, from the dark bushes where he stood.
And he would see them sitting close to each other. He would hear them laughing. He would feel the warmth the mother radiates as she forces her children to bed.
And he would feel alone.
Because he didn't have clan.
He didn't have a family.
One night, he went through the jungle again and it was this night in particular that he stumbled on what seemed like thousands of families.
First it were the monkeys that happened to live in the trees he passed, then it were the jaguars who happened to live across the bushes through which he moved. There was a fish family in the lake he drank from and even on the ground he saw a family of ants passing by.
And then he stumbled on the biggest family of the jungle.
They were spread around the rock that stood close to their den. The women were leaning close to their men and the children played around them.
On top of the rock sat the King of the Jungle with a little welp next to him. He lay his paw on his head and licked his face. The little welp laughed and tried to push him away, but kept on licking him.
He paid no attention to the other lions around him; he only had eyes for his baby boy.
And Verpus could see how close they were sitting to each other. He could hear them laugh.
He could feel the warmth the King of the jungle radiated as he looked at his son.
And he felt alon again.
Because he didn't have a clan.
He didn't have a family.
But then, he heared a scared roar. His moved his head toward the sound and, to his surprise, a little welp stood a few feet away from him with terror in its eyes.
The other lions snatched their head in his direction and roared out of anger when they saw the black snake with its glowing green eyes in the bushes.
And Velpus hurried away as fast as he could, hoping the lions couldn't catch him.
I mean no harm! he thought as he was moving away quickly. I just want a family!
But the angry lions were nearing him, breaking branches, pulverizing bushes, leaving claw marks on tree trunks.
And soon he felt claws in his skin and one of the lions jumped on his back to prevent him from going further.
And he was forced to lay there, unable to get away.
Then he saw golden paws moving towards him and he looked up to see the King of the jungle looking down on him, his darkbrown and grand mane around his face.
"I thought I banned you to another part of the jungle." His voice thundered as he spoke.
Verpus didn't answer.
"You dare to disobey my order, snake?"
Verpus didn't answer.
"Fine then," he said and he turned away from Verpus. "Kill him."
And they ripped Verpus' body to pieces.
But instead of being envelopped by the darkness that the death brings, a white light came to him.
Suddenly he found himself in a strange, but peaceful place.
And in front him stoof a gigantic snake with golden green skin and yellow eyes.
And she smiled a warm smile at him.
"Hello, my son," she said.
My son? Verpus thought.
His eyes widened. My son!
He scurried towards the golden snake, his mother!, but didn't seem to be able to move.
The golden snake shook her head. "No, Verpus. You cannot come here, not yet. You must return to the jungle."
Verpus shook his head violently. but didn't say anything.
The snake came closer to him. "Yes, you do, Verpus. It is your home."
Verpus shook his head again. 
Why doesn't she want me near? Do I not belong to any family, then?
"You do, my sweet Verpus. But family does not need to share the same blood and looks. Family must be a bond of love."
Love? But how can I be loved when everybody hates me? When they banned me?
"That is only because they do not understand you. You must speak, my son."
Speak? But they won't listen!
"Just speak, my son. This time, speak."
Her voice turned into an echo and the bright place disappeared.
Suddenly he found himself on solid ground, unable to move, a heavy weight on his back, claws in his skin.
He saw golden paws moving towards him and when he looked up he once again saw the face of the King of the jungle, who looked down on him with his darkbrown and grand manes around his face.
Verpus gasped.
And the King asked him the same questions and he didn't answer and his body was ripped into pieces.
He saw the King of the jungle again and he asked him the same questions and Verpus still didn't answer and his body was ripped into pieces.
He saw the King of the jungle again. The King asked him the same questions and this time he did answer. The King listened intently and asked him more questions and Verpus answered them, too.
The King's face had softened when Verpus had finished.
"I'm truly sorry, Verpus. I did not know it was a family you were seeking. If you had told me, I wouldn't have banned you, thinking you were a cruel predator."
"I'm at fault here, too, milord," Verpus said, "I should've spoken up."
The King smiled and invited Verpus to come and eat dinner with him and his family. And Verpus came. And he talked there to the other lions and soon other animals wanted to talk to him, too.
They, too, invited him for dinner and talked a lot to him.
All the animals grew to love Verpus and saw them as a member of their family.
One day Verpus glided through the jungle again in the beautiful daylight. He was on his way to the elephants, because one of them, elephant Mori, had just gotten a son. He carried a little present with him for the baby boy and was very excited to give it to him.
But then, suddenly, a golden green snake appeared in front of him and she wore a warm smile on her face.
"So you spoke," she said.
"Yes, I did," Verpus said and he smiled, too. "Mother."
"Did you find a family you belong to?" she asked.
"Yes, I did," Verpus said, "many of them, actually. The whole jungle became my family!"
The golden snake smiled, "Good."
And she disappeared again.
Verpus smiled to himself and then to the blue sky above him. "But you will always be my true family, mother."
And he set off again towards the elephants.

So that was it for this blog post guys! I hope you enjoyed the little story I made up and I'd love to hear your reactions in the comment section below and on social media and stuff!
Until the next blog post, then! :)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Opposite Books Tag!

Yup - it's time for another tag post today!
So I came across this tag on a blog called DreamlandBookblog, which - can I just say - is just a beautiful blog, and it looked really fun to do!
So here the tag:

First book in your collection/Last book you bought

O, what a surprise! It's the Iron King that is the first book on my shelf - didn't see that one coming! ;)

This is the last book I've bought! I've already started reading it and - even though I'm still at the introduction - I'm quite loving it!

A cheap book/ an expensive book

The cheapest books on my shelf cost literally nothing. No joke.
These are the so-called book gifts you get from the stores around the bookweeks - we have several bookweeks here in the Netherlands - YASS!
...But I never read the book gifts... hehe

O, man - I just remembered how my heart banged in my chest when I was about to buy this book. Normally I don't buy books that are like 20 euro's or so, so this was quuuuiiiiittteee scary for me.

A book with a male protagonist/A book with a female one

It has been ages since I've read this book, Luka and the Fire of Life.
It's basically about a boy who travels through the World of Magic to save his father who has fallen in a deep and deadly slumber. To save his father he needs to steal the Fire of Life.
Ooh - I definitely need to re-read this one!
O, and Luka is a boy, yes.

Well, we all know this one!
I'm thrilled for Yellow Brick War - AAAAHHHH!

A book you read quickly/A book that took ages to finish

I think it took like a day or so to finish this book?
I can't really remember, but I know it felt like just a second had flown by when I finished after mindblowing, heartbreaking and fascinating ending.

I think it's been a month or two since I started this book.
And I'm still not done.

Pretty cover/Ugly cover

Look at this one - it's sooo preeetttyyyy.
It's so blue.
And white-ish.
And green-ish.
And heavenly.

Uhm. Well.
I want to say BLEGH, UGH, IIIEEUUUWWW, but that's just too mean.
So I'll stick to not so pretty.

A national book/An international book

Carry Slee's books were quite hype quite a while back.
Everybody in the country knows about her and her books and I, myself, did enjoy them too. Back then.
Not anymore.

I actually chosen almost any book on my shelf, but I decided to go for this one, because it Patrick Ness.
I still have to read this one, though.

A thin book/A thick book

My self written book is literally the thinnest book on my shelf.
That's what you get when you're o-so excited to publish a book, but forget the whole writing a book part and instead publish a short story, haha.
I'm proud of myself, nonetheless.

Look at this big guy!
I've never read this book.
This was one of my impulse-buys - it looked nice so I bought it.
Tried to read it and lost interest.


Another Patrick Ness, because I can.

"The Art of the Samurai"...
Another book my dad gave to me - it's full of wisdom of samurai-wielders (or do you just call them samurai's?).
I think it's comparable to "The Art of War", but either way it sounds fun!
And the inside is sooo pretty (Sorry I have no picture of it. And I'm too lazy to make one now.)

Very (way too) romantic/Action-packed

Hey, We Were Liars!
Yeah, I'm not a big fan of romantic books.
But I did enjoy this one, so it wasn't way too romantic.

I think these were quite action-packed.
I mean, they are set in Ancient Rome. And those Romans loved to fight.
So I think these books contain tons of fighting scenes.
But then, it has been ages since I've read the first two...

A book that made you happy/A book that horrified you

I get happy tears in my eyes when I think about Auggie and his story - this was sooo moving!

Actually I had to chose a book that made cry for this part of the tag, but since I couldn't think of one, I chose a book that horrified me instead.
I was really pumped to read this book, but then I got to the crazy, really sexual, scenes and I was like: YEAH NOPE!
Although I've read a book that was even more sexual and even creepier...
But perhaps I'll read this one in the future...

Alright - that's it for this blog post!

Until the next one, then! :)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Series I won't finish

That great series that EVERYBODY reads, a new series by your favorite author, a series you just want to try out; you tried. And you failed. You just didn't like it.
In fact, you may have HATED it or no, was DISGUSTED by it. Or you found it too cliché or it just didn't fit in your alley. 
Or you read a spoiler of the series and it made you so angry, because the chick already broke up with a prince and was going to break up with the prince's BFF too now and you just couldn't handle the fact that she was going to have more boyfriends in the future and you just quit. (I'm probably, kind of, not at all, but totally, innocently talking about Throne of Glass...)
ANYWAY - here are the book series I probably won't finish:

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I'll start right off the bat with this extremely hyped series, just to get it over with: Throne of Glass. 
If you follow me for a while, you know that I adored the first book. I thought Celaena was bae and so super badass and I loved her, till I read the second book. And I looked up Throne of Glass on Instagram. 
So I found this spoiler, which I'm obviously not going to share because I don't want to ruin it for the rest of you all, while I was reading the second book and it just pissed me off. It had to do with her current relationship and I wasn't really over how she just broke up with Dorian and I just couldn't do it anymore. Nope, just couldn't. NOPEEEEEE.
In the second book I also could see Dorian struggling with the break-up AND I FELT SO SAD FOR HIM! LIKE, WHY? WHY, CELAENA? WHY DID YOU BREAK UP WITH HIM? WHYYYY?
I also found out that she was going to have a few more lovers (whoops, still gave you a spoiler, hehe. SORRY) and I was like: NOPE - THAT'S IT. GOODBYE, CELAENA.
So I won't finish these series. :$

2. Legend by Marie Lu
Well, Legend is - luckily for me - a less dramatic story: I just find it a bit too cliché.
I mean, I do enjoy reading dystopian themed novels, but the way the story progressed, the type of characters, the way the world was ruled - too much of the same old, same old. But I do think that I don't want to finish it mainly because I've been reading YA, sci-fi and fantasy for a while now, so a book like this one just won't give me the same feelings as the others. It doesn't out in the crowd.
So I think that when you're new to sci-fi or YA, it would be way more fun to read than when you're already into it for a few years.

3. The Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa
Ahh - the one and only Julie Kagawa! The author that made me love fantasy and YA - I love you!(...)
But not this series...
Now, I haven't read many vampire-books, but I've watched a lot of movies about them, like Twilight. And this one was just kind of, sort of, totally like them.
But then, again, it would've been fun to read if I hadn't read or seen much of vampire themed books or movies.
It just has the same vampire-clichés in it that every vampire-movie/-book has and well, it just doesn't turn me on - it doesn't give me the I-NEED-TO-READ-MORE-feels anymore.
The Blood of Eden series are like an introduction to vampires, for me. The same for the Iron Fey series - an introduction to fantasy. But once you've been introduced to them, reading series like these won't turn you on anymore.

4. The Eagle of the Ninth series by Rosemary Sutcliff
I just wanted to try something new, so I thought why not read a book based on Ancient Rome. Well, I shouldn't have thought that.
It just utterly booorrrreeddddd me. I read the first two installments and I had to force myself to finish them. What I can remember of my time reading them, because it's been a looooonnnggg while since, was that I couldn't get the story really or the connection between the first and the second book and it was incredibly boring and intimidating to read. Now these books aren't that thick, but around that time I wasn't really into English reading and well, the English in this book was Oxford English, so it was quite the opposite of fun for me.
And I just don't feel like trying again right now, even though they don't seem as intimidating as then anymore.

5. Tunnels by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams
Another book from which it has been a while since I read it, but it was SOOOO BOORRIINNNGG. It was about a guy whose father went missing and he went after him, because apparantly he disapeared into some tunnels and blablabla (I'm not childish, whaaattt). I had to force myself to finish this book, because it dragged on sooo much and I will never try reading it again. NEVER. AGAIN.

Dramaaaaa! Haha, how a booknerd can dislike - to put it softly - sometimes. And how dramatic they can be about it - jeez.
Anyway - that's it for this blog post!

Until the next one, then! :)

Thursday, April 7, 2016

My Bookmark Collection!

For today's blog post I wanted to share my bookmark collection!
I have these superfun and cute bookmarks, which I actually barely use... 
But I suppose it's a bookish thing, collecting bookmarks. I sure do love having them!
So take a look at my collection!

So this is quite a special bookmark, because it is unique in its kind. My mom made it for me a few years ago and I think it's insanely beautiful (thank you, mom <3).
The only disadvantage of the bookmark is that the stone on the top and the heart underneath it, prevent the book from closing properly. And after a while you find a blob in the pages which is rather annoying...

These two are selfmade bookmarks. 
The one the left is the one I'm currently using.
(The book on the left photo is The Golden Cage by J D Oswald, my current read!)

A lot of the bookmarks I got are from the bookstore in my city. 
This is one of them; it makes me long for vacation...

How did those books become so tiny?...
O wait - they're bookmarks!

What? Me? Reading Dutch children's books?
(By the way this book on this photo is called De dikke bende van De Korenwolf by Jacques Vriens)

Stupid bookmark... You're making me hungry...

Not my favorite bookmarks, but I like the store.
Bruna is a stationary store here in the Netherlands (and maybe in other countries, but I don't know what other countries)

For some reason this bookmarks makes me think of the paintings I made as a kid.
I'm sorry if I offended the one who made it.

Sinterklaas is a Dutch holiday on which we basically get presents from Sinterklaas.
He's like Santa Claus.

Is there even a bookmark on this picture?

Reading between on the flowers on the green green grass...
Never done it before.
Maybe I should give it a shot - it looks like it would be nice.

What do you see there, up in the tree?
Is it nice?

Well, those are my bookmarks!
I hope you enjoyed today's blog post!

Until the next one, then! :)