book review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi | mixed feelings

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Afbeeldingsresultaat voor children of blood and boneChildren of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, book one)

by Tomi Adeyemi

read in November 2018

format: paperback/audiobook

rating: ★★★✩✩

This is a spoiler-free review!synopsis

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

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I gave Children of Blood and Bone so many chances. I first started reading it back in April or May, but after reading the first one hundred pages, I forgot about it and picked up other books instead. I decided to DNF it for the time being and started the book all over again on October 1st, this time on audiobook. It took me over a month to read it, which is very much unlike me!

Though there are many unique elements, I was rather bored while reading this. I just didn’t care… When I first started Children of Blood and Bone, I thought Zélie was about thirteen years old, until her age was explicitly mentioned. She does grow throughout the book, but I nonetheless thought the characters seemed younger than they actually were. The romance, however, was much more mature. Nothing’s explicit though, but there are several make-out sessions.

Talking about the romance: yikes. It’s no secret I don’t tend to enjoy M/F romances and Zélie and Inan’s relationship is no different. For a enemies-to-lovers romance, it was very insta-love! Also, I couldn’t care less about Inan. If I could’ve skipped his chapters, I would’ve.

Some elements seemed written for a younger Young Adult audience, others (such as the romance and many character deaths), not. Unfortunately, those deaths didn’t move me. They were a bit predictable and didn’t affect the plot much. That said, the author’s note did explain why the author killed those characters, and that was interesting.

However, I certainly didn’t hate this novel. I actually really love Amari, her chapters were my favourites! And as I’ve mentioned before, Zélie grew on me. I was especially fond of reading about her magic, I love that she has a connection with the dead.

The final hour of my audiobook was very action-packed, I loved it! It was entertaining and finally, some plot-changing stuff happened! I considered DNF’ing this book many times and I wasn’t sure whether I would continue the series, but the ending is redeeming. I’m keen to find out what’s next for Amari!

content and trigger warnings for mentions of sexual assault/rape threats, slavery, racism, murder, torture, kidnapping, fire, self-harm (blood magic ritual), PTSD


While I definitely struggled reading Children of Blood and Bone, there are promising aspects that make me want to read the rest of the series after all.

Have you read this book yet? What are your thoughts?

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Buzzfeed Unsolved Book Tag

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I wasn’t tagged to do this tag, but when I saw

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The Buzzfeed Unsolved book tag was created by Sarah @ The YA Room. Click on the link to watch their video on YouTube! Lauren added some awesome bonus questions, which I’ll be answering as well!

I’d like to think I’m a Shaniac, but when it comes to ghosts, I’m more of a Boogara. I don’t want to believe in them, but everything scares me!

 

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SHANIAC: A book you don’t think is deserving of its hype.

the secret history

Look. Look and listen. If you love The Secret History, I’m glad you did because I really expected to as well! That said, I was so bored while reading this! I feel like I read a different story; I don’t understand why this is popular. You can read my spoiler-free review here.

BOOGARA: A book that chilled you to the core.

the stranger beside me

I could go with I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, but that’s more fitting for a different question. The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule about Ted Bundy, however, is equally chilling, though I wasn’t as scared. Despite so many signs, people closest to Bundy never expected he was the serial killer police were looking for. Even while reading this book and knowing about his horrifying crimes, I understand why people were charmed by him.

SHITFISH: A book you’re not sure where you stand on.

the miseducation of cameron post

I agree that The Miseducation of Cameron Post is an important novel. That said, I can’t say I enjoyed reading this. The pacing was odd and I didn’t feel attached to Cameron, despite the entire book being from her point-of-view. You can read my spoiler-free review here.

HEY THERE DEMONS, IT’S ME, YA BOI: A book that kept you up at night.

burial rites

Lately, I fall asleep as soon as I hold a book in my hands, so it’s been a while since one kept me up at night. I’m currently reading Burial Rites, however, and because of the multiple perspectives, this is quite a page-turner. Usually I’m not in the mood to read once I’m lying in my bed, but Burial Rites is helping me get out of that slump.

(WHEEZE): A book that made you laugh out loud.

undead girl gang

Undead Girl Gang was the perfect amount of fun for me! I don’t tend to like books that are mainly light and fluffy, so I liked the combination of humor and… death. I can’t wait to see what this author writes next! You can read my mini-review here.

MOTHMAN: A hyped fave.

the seven husbands of evelyn hugo

Ever since The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was released, it has received tons of hype! I always wanted to read it, but couldn’t afford to buy a copy and had to wait until I got it as a gift for my birthday in February. Since, I’ve read it twice and it’s one of my favourite books of all time! Whenever anyone mentions old Hollywood, I’m like “Did someone say Evelyn Hugo?? 👀” You can read my spoiler-free review here.

HOLY WATER: A book you’d protect with your life.

girl made of stars

There are several books I love very dearly, one of which is Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake. Oh, how I sobbed while reading this! This is without a doubt a difficult read for sexual assault survivors, but in my opinion, it’s worth the pain. At the end of the day, this book made me feel seen; I’m not alone and only I can decided whether I tell someone and who I tell. Anyway, you can read my spoiler-free review here. I definitely plan on re-reading this someday.

DEMONS: A book you’re too scared to read.

what if it's us

While demons aren’t the reason why I’m afraid to pick up What If It’s Us, I’m wary to read it. Don’t worry, I will ASAP because it’s on my November TBR. That said, Leah on the Offbeat was one of my most disappointing reads of the year and What If It’s Us has received mixed reviews as well.

BUT FOR NOW, THIS MYSTERY WILL REMAIN… UNSOLVED: A book you needed more from / didn’t want to end.

sadie

This is a difficult question to answer, because I actually prefer standalones and rarely wish there was more to them. That said, many people weren’t satisfied with the ending of Sadie, which I understand. I thought it was realistic, but I totally get it. You can read my spoiler-free review here.

BUZZFEED UNSOLVED POSTMORTEM: A book you still have questions about.

i'll be gone in the dark

In I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, the identity of the Golden State Killer was still unknown. Shorty after the book’s release, however, the killer was finally caught. I have so many questions: what made him stop? Was he at any time a suspect before familial DNA incriminated him? You can read my spoiler-free review here.

HOT DAGA: A trashy fave.

harry potter and the philosopher's stone

Obviously, I love Harry Potter. That said, it has a lot of issues, the main one being author J.K. Rowling. I wish she would just let it go and forever shut up about this universe. Yes, I know she created it and can do whatever she wants, but she’s ruining it!

raven boys

I used to re-read the Raven Cycle all the time, it was one of my favourite series. Many readers have talked about its many problematic aspects though, and I agree. Additionally, Maggie Stiefvater’s behaviour is very similar to that of J.K. Rowling, which is unfortunate.

HOLLY HORSLEY: A favourite crime/thriller book.

the stranger beside me

I don’t like repeating the same answers, but I can’t lie: this book is f*cking amazing. I want to read everything Ann Rule wrote and am constantly looking for more true crime recommendations!

RICKY GOLDSWORTH: A character you love with your entire being but they could potentially want to kill you.

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I love a great number of characters, but most of them aren’t the types to kill, unless you really, really deserve it: Sansa Stark, Evelyn Hugo, Remus Lupin, etc. I thought of Ronan Lynch because he’s a bit of a bad boy, but a killer? I’m not sure.

So I’m going with Cersei Lannister instead. She’s incredibly flawed and selfish, but I f*cking love her. I’d be her ally, except she can’t be trusted and I’d like to think I’d care more about the common folk than she does. So yeah, she’d probably kill me, but I’m okay with that 😀

THE GHOUL BOYS: Your favourite BuzzFeed Unsolved episode.

I’ve seen all the Buzzfeed Unsolved True Crime episodes, but only a handful of the Supernatural ones. I’m sorry, but like I said in the beginning, I’m SCARED. Hell, even the true crime episodes scare the shit out of me. I’m so much better at reading about or listening to crime stories as opposed to seeing footage.

Anyway, I really can’t tell which one’s my favourite at the moment. It’s been a while since I’ve seen them, so I guess it’s time for a re-watch!


If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged by me! Do you watch Buzzfeed Unsolved? Which episode is your favourite?

Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered,

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The Coffee Book Tag

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When I first created my blog, I did book tags every single Sunday. Now, I can’t even remember the last time I did one. I have to admit I never drink coffee, but when the lovely Romie @ romiewedeservelove tagged me, I had a look at the questions and thought this would be fun 🙂 Thanks for tagging me, Romie!

1. Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

children of blood and boneChildren of Blood and Bone is the only book that has been released in this series so far, but many readers love it. I want to too, considering the hype and the diversity, but I can’t seem to get into it. I’ve tried on multiple occasions, and hopefully, I will be able to finish it in November as it is on this month’s TBR.

2. Peppermint mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.

harry potter and the philosopher's stone

This year, I am determined to re-read the entire Harry Potter series by listening to the audiobooks in December. Previously I never cared when I re-read the books, but they’re so cosy and perfect to catch up on my reading challenge if need be.

3. Hot chocolate: What is your favourite children’s book?

amal unbound

Apart from the Harry Potter series, I wasn’t a huge reader as a kid. I did start several books, but I never finished them. I have read several phenomenal middle grade novels in the meantime, however, and Amal Unbound is probably my favourite.

4. Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

the stranger beside me

I want to read more non-fiction for my Chelsea’s Crime Corner series and The Stranger Beside Me was the perfect book to start with! This true crime book is about serial killer Ted Bundy, written by Ann Rule who personally knew him. I can’t wait to read more of her work and despite having finished it over a month ago, I can’t stop thinking about it.

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere.

sawkill girls

Last month Sawkill Girls was released and considering it was a perfect read for Spook-a-thon, I feel like so many people have been talking about this book lately! I own it on audiobook, so I’d like to get to it soon as well.

6. That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout

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I read Coffee Boy by Austin Chant – a M/M romance starring a trans protagonist – a long time ago and quite enjoyed it! I’ve been meaning to read Peter Darling, which is a queer Peter Pan retelling, ever since, but unfortunately haven’t yet.

7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.

the secret history

The Secret History has been on my TBR for years and I wholeheartedly expected to love it. I finally picked it up last month but sadly, I did not live up to the hype for me. I was very bored and while I respect other people’s opinions, I don’t understand why this book is so beloved.

8. The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.

sadie

Everyone has been talking about Sadie lately and it deserves all the hype it has received. This book is realistic and the execution is so unique! I know some people don’t love the ending, which I understand, but I was okay with it. If you want to read Sadie, I highly recommend the audiobook!

9. Green Tea: a book or series that is quietly beautiful

everything i never told you

I find it difficult to explain why Everything I Never Told You is one of my favourite books of all time, but ‘quietly beautiful’ sounds appropriate. This novel is complex, mature and beautifully written; I can’t recommend it enough.

10. chai latte: a book or series that makes you dream of far off places

a dance with dragons

This a difficult question to answer, but I’m going with a Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. Having watched several seasons of the TV show adaptation before picking up the books, I found it easy to visualise the locations and keep track of the huge number of characters. It’s hard for me to get into these books, but once I’m dedicated to reading them, I’m hooked and cannot stop thinking about them.

Westeros isn’t exactly a dreamy location, but in over thousands and thousands of pages, Martin certainly manages to transport readers there.

11. earl grey: favourite classic

Unfortunately, I never read classics, so I’m not able to answer this question. There are some I want to read, but I know that I’ll always prioritise newer releases because those tend to be my cup of tea.


Thank you once again for tagging me, Romie! As usual, if you want to do this tag, you can say in your post you were tagged by me ❤

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Top Ten Tuesday: backlist books I want to read

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. You can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

November 6: Backlist Books I Want to Read

I have done this topic in the past and I’m convinced that if I had a look at my choices, I probably still haven’t read the majority of those books yet… I hate being a mood reader!

Anyway, I find it hard to define which books classify as ‘backlist’. Books that were released pre-2018? If so, that’s the vast majority of the books I own. In any case, today I am going to talk about books that were released a while ago that I want to read soon. I always say that, but let’s hope I’m not lying this time around.

These are in order of publication year.

helter skelter

(1974) I love true crime as much as I love to read, so I’d really like to combine my two hobbies and read more non-fiction books. One of the many true crimes stories I’d like to dive into is Charles Manson. I know of him, know some details of the crime, but my knowledge is very limited. Manson is such an infamous criminal, I need to know more about him in order to call myself a true fan of true crime.

the book thief

(2005) The Book Thief is one of the first books I purchased and added to my Goodreads TBR, yet I still haven’t read it yet! I’m definitely intimidated by the hype; I want to love it as much as everyone else does. I plan on doing monthly TBRs again, and hopefully, I’ll remember to add The Book Thief to one of those.

between shades of gray

(2011) Salt to the Sea is one of my favourite historical fiction novels I have ever read; I’d like to read everything Ruta Sepetys writes! Once again, I’m afraid my expectations might be too high, considering I loved one of her other novels so much. That’s exactly why I haven’t read this yet, despite owning a copy for years.

open mic

(2013) I’ve talked about this YA non-fiction anthology quite a lot on my blog lately. It’s only 144 pages long and diverse, which sounds perfect!

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(2014) Starring an Indian immigrant, The Story Hour is about a woman who becomes friends with her psychologist. It seems like a rather character-driven novel and the cover is so pretty!

more happy than not

(2015) I’ve read every single one of Adam Silvera’s novels besides More Happy Than Not (and What If It’s Us, his collaboration with Becky Albertalli which was only released last month). I finally own a copy and considering this is a heart-breaking YA contemporary, it’s safe to say I’ll read it soon.

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(2015) I love historical fiction, but I don’t read it nearly as often as I’d like to. Under a Painted Sky is a diverse debut novel and has received glowing reviews from many of my friends, so this sounds like it’ll be my cup of tea!

under the udala trees

(2015) This is another diverse historical fiction novel I’ve talked about plenty of times on my blog; I can’t believe I still haven’t read it yet! Actually, I can because I’m a terrible mood reader and constantly neglect my TBR… Anyway, this book features queer ladies, so my hopes are high!

the obelisk gate

(2016) The Obelisk Gate is the second book in the Broken Earth trilogy. I’ve had a difficult time reading fantasies for two years now, but The Fifth Season got me hooked! I’m actually currently reading this book and I’d like to read The Stone Sky afterwards.

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(2016) Ashley Herring Blake’s debut novel Suffer Love is the only one of her books I have yet to read. She’s one of my favourite authors, so naturally, I’ll read everything she writes!


Apparently, I have a whole bunch of backlist historical fiction I need to read! What are some backlist books you need to get to? Have you read any of the books I mentioned?

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book review: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent | final 5 star predictions read!

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Afbeeldingsresultaat voor burial rites coverBurial Rites by Hannah Kent

read in November 2018

format: e-book

rating: ★★★★

This is a spoiler-free review!

synopsis

Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes’s death looms, the farmer’s wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they’ve heard.

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Burial Rites was the final book of my first batch of 5 star predictions I had yet to read. Because those other books didn’t live up to my expectations, I was nervous to pick it  up. I was desperate to love this novel; I didn’t want to be disappointed once more.

Though this isn’t one of my favourite books I’ve ever read, this was a beautiful novel! I was going back and forth between four and five stars, and the author’s note made me bump up my rating. While reading, I had forgotten this book is based on true events. Kent wrote a fictional story, but did a tremendous amount of research, which I really appreciate. She definitely succeeded in offering readers a more ambiguous portrayal of who Agnes was.

Agnes was a wonderful protagonist. She’s without a doubt flawed and has made many mistakes, but she is nonetheless loveable. I also liked the parts from Margrét’s point-of-view. The priest Tóti‘s parts were my least favourite, but that’s not surprising considering I prefer reading from women’s point-of-views, anyway.

I adored the writing. Despite it’s slower pace, Burial Rites was a page-turner. It’s also a great book to learn more about Iceland. Kent transported me to Iceland circa 1829; this is such an atmospheric read.

Because of this, there are some passages we would considering problematic today, but were normal for that time period (e.g. the sexism). Additionally, much of this story takes place on farms, so there are scenes were animals are killed, meat is described, etc.

content and trigger warnings for Christianity, binary language (“his or her”), death, murder, arson, death penalty, physical abuse, cissexist language (“I have stopped bleeding. I am no longer a woman”), ableism, sexism, mentions of masturbation, rough sex (bruises, M/F), epilepsy, death in childbirth, rape, animal slaughter, descriptions of meat, hunting, animal cruelty


Burial Rites is a hauntingly beautiful historical fiction novel, based on true events. I loved how Kent incorporated so much history while showing us that Agnes is more than the crime she’s accused of committing. I’m definitely interested in reading more of this author’s work!

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TBR | November 2018

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I haven’t done a monthly TBR since May and I can definitely tell the difference. I am still a mood reader, but I am falling behind on my physical TBR and am in dire need of keeping track of it. I recently rearranged my bookshelves in order to help me with this issue and plan on discussing this further in an upcoming post.

Anyway, when I spotted Jamieson’s structured TBRs, I knew that would be a good system for me as well. This month’s TBR isn’t as carefully put together, but it’s definitely one of my goals in 2019 to decide my TBR based on specific genres.

When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

fantasy

children of blood and boneAt this point, I’m not even sure whether I should continue Children of Blood and Bone. I have given the book numerous chances already, but I can’t seem to get into it. Isn’t it a waste of time to read a book if you know the chances of you continuing the series are slim anyway? When and if I continue listening to the audiobook, I hope I’ll enjoy it more.

the obelisk gateI read The Fifth Season in September and it truly lived up to the hype! I’ve borrowed The Obelisk Gate and The Stone Sky from the library in the meantime, so I have to read them soon.

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what if it's usAs I mentioned in my books I want to love, but am afraid I won’t post, I am hesitant to pick up What If It’s Us. I very much hope it’s going to live up to my expectations. I own a paperback copy, but could also read the audiobook.

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burial ritesBurial Rites is the only book from my five star predictions post I have yet to read. If this one doesn’t live up to my expectations, those predictions were a complete disaster…

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insaneI had never heard of Insane until I saw it in my audiobook service’s collection. I immediately knew I wanted to read it, as it examines the treatment of mentally ill people in courts, jails and prisons. It’s a rather gruesome read at times though, so be careful if you want to pick this up as well.


These are the books I would definitely like to get to in November. Which books would you like to read this month? Have you read any of the titles I mentioned?

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anticipated book releases | November 2018

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Hello my fellow book lovers! Today I am going to share with you some November book releases that sounds incredibly interesting! My favourite release of the month isn’t book-ish, it’s the release of The Sims 4 Get Famous expension pack 😀 Did you know that I have a Tumblr blog dedicated to The Sims 4? You can check it out here!

Anyway, these are in order of publication date. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page.

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This is What it Feels Like looks more fluffy than the contemporaries I’m usually into, but I can’t say no to sapphic girls!

Publication date: November 6th, 2018

girls of paper and fire.png#OwnVoices Asian-inspired fantasy with queer representation? Sign me up! Girls of Paper and Fire has received many glowing reviews from people who have read ARCs, so I hope this is going to be a fantasy I will enjoy, considering I’ve been struggling with the genre for a while. I absolutely love the colours in this cover! Trigger warning for sexual abuse and violence.

Publication date: November 6th, 2018

becomingBecoming is former first lady Michelle Obama’s memoir. This isn’t the type of book I’d buy in a bookstore, but if it becomes available on audiobook, I’d definitely want to check it out!

Publication date: November 13th, 2018

empire of sand.pngThis debut adult fantasy is inspired by Indian history. I added Empire of Sand to my TBR because it is a standalone – though a companion novel is being made – and the ARC has received positive reviews.

Publication date: November 13th, 2018

fire and blood.pngThis is without a doubt my most anticipated book release of the month! It’s no Winds of Winter, but Fire and Blood, which tells the history of the Targaryens in Westeros, is going to do just fine in the meantime. I haven’t pre-ordered it because it’s incredibly expensive, so this will most likely be on my Christmas wishlist.

Publication date: November 20th, 2018

Are you looking forward to these book releases as well? Which ones are on your TBR?

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wrap-up | October 2018

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Hello my fellow book lovers! October was a rather disappointing month. I participated in Spook-a-thon, but I didn’t get to read all the books on my TBR. I managed to read a total of five books this month, but three of those were rather short, so I’m frustrated. Additionally, I didn’t LOVE any of them.

I have read eighty-two books in 2018 so far, which I am proud of! I am so close to one hundred, I really hope I’ll be able to read more in November and December!

Anyway, I will start with the books I enjoyed the least and end with the ones I liked the most. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page.

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the secret historyI had expected The Secret History would become one of my favourite books – I mentioned it in my five star predictions post – so I am quite surprised I didn’t love this. I was bored, not fond of the characters and the plot was much more straightforward than I had anticipated. You can read my full spoiler-free review here.

pieces of herPieces of Her is a best-seller in my country, so I thought it would be as wild as Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter. Unfortunately, this didn’t live up to the hype. There were some twist and turns, but I wouldn’t call this a mystery novel nor a thriller. You can read my spoiler-free review here.

we have always lived in the castleIt took me quite a while to read We Have Always Lived in the Castle, despite it being so short. One afternoon I decided to say f*ck to my reading slump and read the majority of this book in one sitting. The mystery was done well. I was keen to find out why these sisters are so hated and what truly happened. There’s a plot twist that seemed obvious, but I never saw it coming! Review to come!

city of ghostsCity of Ghosts was an entertaining and fast-paced read! Middle grade isn’t exactly my favourite genre, so this wasn’t very memorable, but it was fun. The friendship was adorable! You can read my spoiler-free review here.

evidence of the affair.pngI love Taylor Jenkins Reid’s work, so I had to read this short story. We read letters to and from two people whose spouses are cheating on them. Despite the controversial topic, the characters were compelling and though I probably wouldn’t make the same decisions as them, it was an interesting read. Short review to come!

currently reading

children of blood and boneThis is the second time I have started Children of Blood and Bone and I can’t seem to get into it! I’m contemplating whether I should DNF it or push through, especially because it has once again been several weeks since I picked it up. What should I do?!

insane.pngMeanwhile I am also listening to the audiobook of Insane, an eye-opening non-fiction book about the treatment of mental illness in the USA’s justice system. It’s rather disturbing at times though, so I’d recommend doing research before picking it up.

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Which books did you read in October?

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Top Ten Tuesday: spooky covers | Halloween Freebie

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. You can have a look at the future topics here! This week, we get to choose our own creepy topic!

In my opinion, a lot thrillers and true-crime covers look very generic and outdated. There aren’t many that I genuinely like, which is one of the reason why I don’t own many physical copies of books in those genres.

That’s why I want to talk about some of my favourite spooky covers today! All of these books are ones I’m interested in reading or have already read. These are in no particular order. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page.

toil and troubleToil & Trouble is a Young Adult anthology filled with stories about witches! Petition to make more purple covers, my bookcase is seriously lacking those!

the child finderI listened to the audiobook of The Child Finder last year and sadly, I like the cover much more than the actual story. You can read my full review here.

sadieSadie is a Young Adult mystery novel about a girl looking for her sister’s killer. This is without a doubt the best audiobook I have ever listened to, and because I loved it so much and I really like the cover, I want to own a physical copy as well. You can read my full review here.

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Though The Perfect Mother has received rather mediocre ratings from my friends, I nonetheless am still interested in reading this domestic mystery. My expectations aren’t high, but because of the lovely cover, I really want to give it a chance.

still lives.pngThe synopsis of Still Lives sounds incredibly intriguing, as it mentions the glorification of violence against women. It, however, seems like a rather divisive book – either people love it, or they hate it – so I am apprehensive. That said, this mystery thriller is less than three hundred pages long, so if I end up disliking it, it wasn’t the biggest waste of time.

burial ritesThis mysterious historical fiction novel has been on my TBR for as long as I can remember. Burial Rites is set in Iceland and has received nothing but praise from my friends, so I’m still very keen to pick it up!

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While doing research for this week’s topic, I came across Where the Crawdads Sing. I had never heard of it before, but after reading reviews and the synopsis, I was instantly intrigued. Many reviewers call this book “heart-breaking”, which sounds right up my alley!

six stories.pngSix Stories is a thriller that is told as a podcast. I love this minimalistic cover and I’m a huge fan of true-crime podcasts, so my hopes for this are high!


So here are mystery novels who I have read/want to read whose covers I adore! Have you read any of these books yet? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments ❤

Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered,

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book haul | October 2018

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! I bought too many books this month, seven to be exact 😮 On the upside, they’re all paperbacks, unlike my other hauls.

When you click on the picture, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

adam silvera

I finally own all of Adam Silvera’s books. His debut More Happy Than Not is the only one I have left to read, so I’m glad I was finally able to buy a copy!

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I read the first book in the Broken Earth trilogy last month and I highly enjoyed it. In the meantime, I’ve borrowed the second and third book from the library and plan to read them in November. I originally read The Fifth Season on Kindle, but bought a paperback copy while it was one sale. I love buying books after I’ve already read and enjoyed them!

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I never, ever buy Dutch books, which is my first language. But, when I saw “The Right Track” by Marieke Nijkamp & Corinne Duyvis in my local bookstore for merely 5 euros, I decided to get it nonetheless. After all, I know these authors because they write English books as well.

mythos

I am a history nerd – I graduated as a history teacher! – though sadly, I haven’t read a ton of mythology yet. Stephen Fry’s retelling of these Greek myths will probably be more accessible than the classics, so I definitely want to give them a shot and perhaps read one story each night.

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I like this pic 🙂 Anyway, while doing research for my ‘anthologies & short stories on my TBR’ post, I discovered Open Mic and immediately ordered a copy. This is a tiny, diverse non-fiction anthology.

rainbirds

Rainbirds is a mystery written by an Indonesian-born Singaporean writer. None of my friends have read it yet, but when Joce @squibblesreads mentioned it in one of her videos at the beginning of 2018, I knew I had to read it! I absolutely adore the cover 🙂

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Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera’s highly anticipated collaboration What If It’s Us was finally released this month. I talked about this book in my ‘books I want to love, but am afraid I won’t‘ post and I plan on reading it ASAP.


This was my October book haul! Did you get any books this month?

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