The Lady Janies Book Tag

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Hello my fellow book lovers! The lovely Ellyn @ allonsythornraxx tagged me to do this tag, which she created with Rebecca @ BookishlyRebecca! I haven’t read any of The Lady Janies books yet, but I am nonetheless really keen to do this tag!

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

JANE LYNCH: A favourite book featuring a character on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum

girl made of starsThe bisexual representation in Girl Made of Stars is #OwnVoices and I love that Mara’s attraction isn’t limited to the binary genders. Beside the queer representation, I could also relate deeply to the rape survivors. This book means the world to me and I can’t wait to buy a physical copy!

LADY JANE GREY: A short book that packed a punch

piecing me togetherPiecing Me Together is a pretty short book (it’s only 272 pages long) but damn, does it deal with a lot of important topics in the meantime! The protagonist is black, fat and poor and I absolutely loved following Jade’s story! This is a page-turner you won’t regret picking up.

JANE AUSTEN: Favourite heroine in a classic book

eh… I don’t read classics.

JANE EYRE: Your favourite retelling

Most retellings are fantasies and I haven’t read much of those lately. I have a bunch of retellings on my TBR such as Circe and Flame in the Mist, but I haven’t got around to those yet.

CALAMITY JANE: Your most anticipated release

a large expanse of sea.pngI wasn’t a fan of the Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi, but A Very Large Expanse of Sea sounds entirely different. This YA contemporary follows a Muslim teen post-9/11. Considering I’m a sucker for hard-hitting contemporaries, my hopes are high.

JANE FONDA: A character who upholds feminist ideals

undead girl gangI adore the feminism in Undead Girl Gang because it was intersectional! This book is funny yet serious at times; I’d absolutely recommend it!

JANE KRAKOWSKI: An underrated book you wish more people would read

I have to go with Piecing Me Together again. It isn’t exactly underrated since it has won several awards, but I feel like it deserves more love from the book community. Only a handful of my friends have read it yet whereas I’m sure they’d love it as much as I do!

THE LADY JANIES: Two or more authors you wish would write a book together

I’m already very much looking forward to the release of What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, but I’d love a collaboration between Albertalli and Ashley Herring Blake even more. The Upside of Unrequited is one of my favourite books and Ashley Herring Blake books mean so much to me, so I think that book would be AMAZING.

I tag…

If you want to do this tag, you’re tagged by me! ❤

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MID-YEAR BOOK FREAK-OUT TAG (2018)

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Hello book lovers! I’ve been incredibly busy lately so I’ve been neglecting reading and blogging. I decided to do this fun tag for the third time and hopefully it will motivate me to read more! I wasn’t tagged by anyone but since this is the perfect time to do this tag, I wanted to do it nonetheless ❤

When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page!

1. Best book you’ve read so far?

girl made of starsI read my e-ARC of Girl Made of Stars in one sitting and I SOBBED. This novel is incredibly relatable and complex. If you can handle the heavy topics that are discussed in this book, I’d absolutely recommend it! You can read my full review (including a list of trigger warnings) here.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far?

a dance with dragonsJust like last year, I’ve mostly been reading standalones, so this is a difficult question. That said, I’m very satisfied that I’m finally caught up with the A Song of Ice and Fire series. A Dance With Dragons wasn’t my favourite instalment, but I’m nonetheless very keen to find out what happens next!

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

nice try, jane sinnerWhere do I start? Every month I post a list of anticipated releases and there are so many I haven’t read yet! One of those books I’m dying to read is Nice Try, Jane Sinner. I’ve heard amazing things about it and considering I really enjoy reading Young Adult contemporaries, I think I’m going to love it.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

what if it's us.pngLeah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli was my most anticipated release of 2018 and sadly, it was such a disappointment! I really hope What If It’s Us is going to deliver because I love Becky Albertalli’s writing and hate how her third novel made me feel.

5. Biggest disappointment?

leah on the offbeatLike I just said, Leah on the Offbeat did not meet my expectations. It’s absolutely not my least favourite read of 2018 so far, but I expected to love this novel. Instead, I got an unmemorable book with a biphobic scene that made me really uncomfortable. Additionally, the plot and romance weren’t executed as well as Albertalli’s other books. You can read my full review here.

6. Biggest surprise?

a girl like thatThis was a difficult question, but I decided to go with A Girl Like That. It’s not one of my favourite books (I didn’t like the mental health representation), but I think it deserves more hype than it has received. I picked up the audiobook because the book was on my radar and it’s one of the most unique Young Adult contemporaries I’ve ever read. Perhaps it isn’t recommended as much because of the heavy topics that are discussed in the book? If you want more information, you can read my full review here.

7. Favourite new author? (debut or new to you)

the seven husbands of evelyn hugoI’ve read three of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s book so far and I plan on reading everything she writes! Her other books didn’t blow me away, but The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is phenomenal! Taylor Jenkins Reid manages to write unique stories featuring complex and flawed characters you cannot help but root for.

8. Newest fictional crush?

I don’t really get crushes….

9. Newest favourite character?

Evelyn Hugo! This beautiful Cuban bisexual woman takes no bullshit and isn’t opposed to using her beauty to manipulate others. In another writer’s hands Evelyn could’ve been an easy character to dislike and judge, which is probably the reason why I love this book so much. I know Evelyn is extremely flawed, but I f*cking love her nonetheless.

10. Book that made you cry?

As I already mentioned, I sobbed while reading Girl Made of Stars.

11. Book that made you happy?

undead girl gangUndead Girl Gang deals with a lot of heavy topics such as suicide and death, still, this book made me laugh numerous times! I thought the story was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to see what this author will write next.

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought or received so far this year?

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I’ve bought a bunch of beautiful books this year and I think the hardcover of City of Brass is my favourite one. There’s an even more beautiful edition out there with blue edges, but I think this one looks gorgeous as well! I haven’t read it yet though because I’ve really been struggling reading fantasies lately.

You can have a look at my book hauls here.

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I definitely need to work on my 2018 TBR because I’ve been neglecting it lately. There are a bunch of other books I still need to read though! Thankfully I’ve already completed my 2018 Goodreads reading challenge, so I don’t feel a lot of pressure and can read whatever I want.


If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged by me! I probably won’t be very active in the coming weeks either, but I’ll definitely post my spring book haul and June wrap-up next week!

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the Spring Cleaning book tag

spring cleaning book tag.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! When Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek did this tag, I decided I wanted to do it as well 🙂 This tag was created by Book Syrup on Youtube. You can watch the video here.

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

1. The struggle of getting started: a book/book series that you have struggled to begin because of its size.

There are a ton of backlist book series on my 2018 TBR, but I keep postponing picking them up. I’m much more interesting in picking up new releases :/

2. Cleaning out the closet: a book and/or book series you want to unhaul.

the school for good and evilI actually want to unhaul over fifty books, but it so much work finding buyers since I don’t live in an English-speaking country. Anyway, one of the book series I want to sell is the entire School for Good and Evil trilogy. I read the first book in November 2017 and I really didn’t enjoy it and since I wont be continuing with this series, I want to get rid of it.

3. Opening windows and letting fresh air in: a book that was refreshing.

piecing me togetherYou can argue that YA contemporary is a cliché genre, but I have to disagree. Yeah, they’re usually about a teenager living in the United States, but other than that, I’ve read plenty of YA contemporaries that are refreshing. A couple of years ago I was done with the genre, but ever since I started reading diverse books, my love for the genre has been rekindled!

Piecing Me Together is about Jade who is a fat, black and poor teenager, so I don’t think there are many books like it. This is one of my favourite reads of 2018 so far because it dealt with an abundance of important topics such as racism, sexism, etc.

4. Washing out sheet stains: a book you wish you could rewrite a certain scene in.

simon vs the homo sapiens agendaI absolutely love Becky Albertalli’s books, but I wish I could erase the scene in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in which Simon says it’s easier for girls to be queer because guys find it hot.

5. Throwing out unnecessary knick-knacks: a book in a series that you didn’t feel was necessary.

house of hadesI don’t think the entirety of The House of Hades was unnecessary, but I do think this series could and should’ve been a lot shorter. I already complained about this in my review of this series, but every single one of Rick Riordan’s books I’ve read, follow the same pattern. As a reader, it’s become very easy to predict what’s going to happen, so I felt like a lot of events weren’t necessary since they didn’t affect the plot.

6. Polishing the doorknobs: a book that had a clean finish.

american pandaThe ending of American Panda actually doesn’t wrap-up nicely, but that’s why I loved it so much. I really like realistic endings. In this novel, the main character’s life isn’t magically perfect at the end. And it didn’t have an open ending, so I’m thankful for that as well!

7. Reaching to dust the fan: a book that tried too hard to relay a certain message.

I have to go with the School for Good and Evil again. It seemed like the author wanted to send the message that beauty doesn’t mean you’re good and ugly doesn’t mean you’re bad, but it didn’t work for me? It actually seemed as if those stereotypes were reinforced.

8. The tiring yet satisfying finish of spring cleaning: a book series that was tiring yet satisfying to get through.

a game of thronesObviously I have to go with every single book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series! No matter how much I love this series, it always took me forever to pick up the next book. I’m finally caught up though and I’m looking forward to the release of The Winds of Winter, whenever that will be.


So this was the Spring Cleaning Book Tag! If you want to do this tag, you’re tagged by me 🙂

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20 Questions Book Tag

20 questions book tag.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! I was tagged by Riana @ Fictional Worlds and Me to do the 20 Questions Book Tag! This tag was created by buydebook on Goodreads.

1. How many books is too many books in a book series?

It really depends on the series, in my opinion. I won’t complain about the Harry Potter series being seven books long, but on average, I definitely tend to prefer duologies and trilogies. I’m actually really bad at continuing series unless I’m really invested in them; I mainly read standalones.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I think if it’s done well, a cliffhanger can be amazing. I absolutely hate cliffhangers though when the entire book is building up to an event or a reveal, yet it ends in a cliffhanger and we have to read the next book to found out what the entire first book was about. That’s one of the reasons why I didn’t like Three Dark Crowns.

3. Hardcopy or paperback?

Aesthetically I prefer hardcovers. But because of the pain in my wrist, paperbacks are easier to read. Nonetheless I keep buying hardbacks instead because they’re sturdier and look better on my shelves 🙂

4. Favourite book?

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It’s incredibly hard for me to choose a favourite book, but Everything I Never Told You was definitely the best book I read in 2017! The funny thing is though that I can’t really explain why I love it!

5. Least favourite book?

One of the worst “books” I have ever read was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I get a smile on my face whenever I think of this book because I can’t believe it exists, it’s so bad!!!

6. Love triangles, yes or no?

I’m not a big fan of romances to begin with, so I’d have to say no. It can be done really well though, but more often than not, I think they’re predictable, unrealistic and add unnecessary drama.

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

I sadly had to DNF This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America because the descriptions of sex and pornography in particular were too triggering for me.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

the radical element.pngMy e-ARC request of this anthology got approved, so I’m slowly making my way through it 🙂

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

fifth seasonIt wasn’t a recommendation because I haven’t read the Fifth Season myself yet, but I suggested to my sister to check this out because I think she’s going to love this. Sadly though, she hasn’t read a book in over a year, so I doubt she’ll listen to me.

10. Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Classics aren’t my cup of tea, so I haven’t read a ton of old books. I read Romeo & Juliet in Dutch when I was a teenager, which was apparently published in 1597.

11. Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

like vanessaI got an e-ARC of Like Vanessa which is set to be released on March 13th. I read it a couple of weeks ago and you can read my review here.

12. Favourite author?

There are many authors I absolutely adore, but I think Celeste Ng and Becky Albertalli are my favourites!

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

I would like to borrow more books from the library, but their collection of English books isn’t superb. Additionally, as a mood reader, I don’t like the pressure of having to read a book by a certain time. I am trying to focus on my physical TBR at the moment before I borrow more books from the library, so I guess you can say that I definitely tend to buy books instead of borrow them, but I’m working on it.

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seem to love?

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is such a popular classic, but the book didn’t make any sense to me, and not in an interesting or good way. I didn’t hate Station Eleven, but I don’t really understand why so many people love it. I feel like I read a different book than them.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

I own so many bookmarks (thanks @ Book Depository!) so I don’t need to dog-ear my pages.

16. A book you can always reread?

It’s a cliché answer, but I’m going for Harry Potter. No matter how many times I re-read the series, there are always some details I forget because I tend to remember films more clearly.

17. Can you read while hearing music?

Not really, I can’t even write blog posts while someone is singing. The only type of music I could listen to while reading is instrumental, on low volume.

18. One POV or multiple POV’s?

This really depends on the story, but I really like multiple POVs! I prefer that over a book with a protagonists I can’t stand…

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

I have a lot of time on my hands these days, but I can’t sit down and read all day long. Not because I don’t want to, but because it’s actually really painful for me to sit or lay down for that long. I am still trying to figure out a more comfortable reading position, but it’s because of my disability,so it’s not something I can fix. Anyway, yes, it takes me several days to finish a book.

20. Who do you tag?

As usual, if you are interested in doing this tag, consider yourself tagged by me! ❤

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New Year’s Resolutions book tag

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! It’s February already, but I wanted to do the New Year’s Resolutions book tag nonetheless! I want to post more fun content on my blog and I wanted to do a tag I haven’t done before yet. I wasn’t tagged by anyone and I can’t link you to the original creator because their channel doesn’t exist anymore.

I could find multiple answers for each question, but I’ll try to keep this as short as possible. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also find the synopsis there.

1. An author you’d like to read (that you’ve never read before).

wild beautyI have heard so many positive things about Anna-Marie McLemore’s work, but I am definitely intimidated by the hype. Furthermore, I’m not very familiar with magical realism. I hope to read Wild Beauty soon and want to pick up her other work afterwards.

2. A book you’d like to read.

piecing me together.pngEach month I haul books I am incredibly excited to read, so I have plenty of books on my TBR. One of the books I’d like to get to soon is Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson, which I purchased last month. I don’t really know what it’s about, but I think I really ought to read it during Black History month!

3. A classic you’d like to read.

the secret historyThe Secret History is considered a modern classic, right? Honestly, I don’t like reading actual classics because I am not fond of analysing texts, but I have the feeling I am going to love this novel! I have been postponing reading it for years, so it’s about time I pick this up.

4. A book you’d like to re-read.

harry potter and the philosopher's stone.pngI re-read the Harry Potter series by listening to the audiobooks last summer and I want to do that again this year, but this time in December. As much as I love my editions – including the illustrated ones – I am able to read this series much faster via audiobook and it’s also going to be a great way to catch up on my reading challenge, if need be.

5. A book you’ve had for ages and want to read.

the book thiefI actually made an entire post about this a few weeks ago and I already mentioned a few of those titles today.

The Book Thief was one of the first English novels I ever bought. I got it around the time the film adaptation was released, which is a LONG time ago. I tend to enjoy historical fiction, so I hope I’ll love this one.

6. A big book you’d like to read.

a dance with dragonsI’m slowly making my way through A Dance With Dragons and I’d like to finish it sooner rather than later. Don’t get me wrong, I love this series, but it’s such a huge commitment. I keep putting off reading this, but 2018 will be the year!

7. An author you’ve previously read and want to read more of.

they both die at the end.pngIt’s no secret I love heartbreaking contemporaries, so Adam Silvera’s work is definitely my cup of tea. I read History is All You Left Me last year and I am interested in reading all his other books too.

8. A book you got for Christmas and would like to read.

I only got books I’ve already read last Christmas and I don’t plan on re-reading those in 2018.

9. A series you want to read (start and finish)

the lost heroI’ve been struggling reading series lately, so there are still a ton left on my TBR. One of the series I’d like to read is the Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan. I read The Lost Hero in January 2018 and though I don’t want to binge-read this series, I’d like to finish it soon.

10. A series you want to finish (that you’ve already started)

scarletI read Cinder back in 2016, so it’s about time I continue reading The Lunar Chronicles. Though I own physical copies, I want to listen to the audiobooks instead. If you’ve listened to those, can you tell me whether they’re any good?

11. Do you set reading goals? If so, how many books do you want to read in 2018?

Just like last year, I want to read at least 52 books, so approximately one book each week. My life is very unpredictable at the moment, so even though I surpassed this goal by reading a total of 85 books in 2017, I want to play it safe.

12. Any other reading goals?

Yes, you can read a post about that here!


I know I’m about a month late doing this tag, but I enjoyed it nonetheless 🙂

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the TBR book tag

TBR book tag.pngLast month, I rearranged my bookshelves for the millionth time, but I decided to place my read and unread books in different bookcases because I was getting bored of my previous arrangement.

The results shocked me: I own many more unread than read books! I’ve owned many books for YEARS, but I also cannot stop hauling them. In 2018, I absolutely want to make sure my pile of read books becomes bigger than my unread ones.

I write Down the TBR Hole posts regularly, but those don’t actually help me pick up books from my TBR. It’s a great way to keep track of the books on my Goodreads want ‘to read’ shelf though!

So today, I am doing the TBR tag, which was created by A Perfection Called Books. I wasn’t tagged by anyone. I will mainly be focussing on my physical TBR shelves, because I am determined to tackle those this year!


1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I own many books, but not that many that I can’t keep track of them anymore. When in doubt, I have a quick peak at my bookstagram account and my book hauls.

I don’t have a spreadsheet or anything dedicated to my TBR. Maybe I should make one though, because it’s probably is only going to get bigger and bigger.

2. Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

I don’t buy ebooks except when they’re on sale. So my physical TBR is certainly much bigger than the one on my Kindle.

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

Lol, I don’t. I am a massive mood reader and never know what I want to read next. I can stare at my shelves for hours after finishing a book, yet nothing grabs my attention. I’ve tried writing monthly TBR posts, but I find it hard to stick to them.

If anyone has any advice for this problem, let me know in the comments! I feel like I’ve tried so many things to tackle my mood reading problems (such as a TBR jar), but nothing has helped so far.

4. A book that has been on your TBR list the longest

the book thiefI’ve owned a paperback copy of The Book Thief since 2013. I like reading historical fiction, but whenever I look at my shelves, I forget this one’s there. I own the audiobook as well, so maybe I should give that one a shot?

5. A Book You Recently Added To Your TBR

you bring the distant near.pngEverything about You Bring the Distant Near sounds right up my alley. I love multi-generational stories, I enjoy multiple point-of-views and I am so keen to read about these diverse characters!

6. A Book In Your TBR Strictly Because Of Its Beautiful Cover

the nowhere girlsI’m really trying to be better about this and only buy books I am genuinely interested in. Honestly, I don’t think I own any books solely because of their covers, but they can definitely convince me to make the purchase when I’m in doubt.

After buying the Nowhere Girls, I learnt that this book about rape culture isn’t very intersectional. But because I paid money for this, I still plan on reading it.

7. A Book On Your TBR That You Never Plan on Reading

I am planning to unhaul a bunch of books, but because of my anxiety I haven’t got around to it yet.

I recently read Outlander and The School for Good and Evil and those weren’t  enjoyable experiences. Unfortunately, I own the rest of the series as well, so I feel pressured to read those. But let’s be honest though, the chances of that happening are very slim. I’m not interested in reading something I won’t enjoy, especially not when these series keep expanding!

8. An Unpublished Book On Your TBR That You’re Excited For

Just one?! So many amazing books are set to be released in 2018! One of the books I am very much looking forward to is What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera! These authors are amazing, so I cannot wait to see what the book is going to be like.

9. A Book On Your TBR That Basically Everyone’s Read But You

daughter of smoke and boneWhere do I start? I feel like everyone has read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy already, whereas I read the first book in 2017 and have yet to continue the series. I didn’t love it, but I am intrigued to continue it. I, however, don’t own the second and third book yet, so who knows when that’s going to happen?

10. A Book On Your TBR That Everyone Recommends To You

the long way to a small angry planet.pngI’ve heard nothing but positive things about The Long Way To a Small, Angry Planet, so I have no idea why I haven’t picked it up yet! Maybe I am intimidated by the hype? I’ve had this book on my shelves for quite a while, so I’d really like to get to it in 2018.

11. A Book On Your TBR That You’re Dying To Read

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I am looking forward to reading so many books I recently acquired, but Little Fires Everywhere is on the top of my list. I read Everything I Never Told You in October and it’s one of my favourite books of all time. I really hope Little Fires Everywhere won’t disappoint, because my hopes are high!

12. How many books are on your TBR shelf?

I currently have just under 500 books on my my Goodreads want ‘to read’ shelf , so I’m hoping my Down the TBR Hole posts will prevent that number from growing even more.


So this was the TBR book tag! Consider yourself tagged by me if you want to do this as well 🙂

Do you have any advice on how I can tackle my physical TBR? Let me know in the comments!

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the Emperor’s New Clothes book tag

emperor's new clothes book tag.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Today, I’m doing the Emperor’s New Clothes book tag! I was tagged by Flo @ Flowlessbooks. Thank you so much for tagging me ♥


question_1

the boy in the striped pyjamasThis seems to be my go-to answer, but I really don’t get the point of the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. I read this novel last year and I still don’t understand why this perspective on World War II was needed. Anyway, I won’t go into detail again because I rant about this all the time, so read my review instead if you want to know why I think this book is overhyped.


question_2

daughter of smoke and bone.pngI was loving Daughter of Smoke & Bone, until the romance became the centre of the book. I want to continue this series, but I really hope Akiva won’t be as important anymore. I knew going into this novel that the romance was insta-love, but because the love interest was such a flat character who seemingly has no personality, I disliked it even more. You can read my full review here.


question_3

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Admittedly, Three Dark Crowns was a cover buy. Unfortunately, I didn’t like the actual content of this novel. I was promised a magical story filled with political intrigue and female rulers, but instead got a boring story filled with insta-love, love triangles and cheating. You can read my full review here. I was still planning to continue this duology because I was curious to see how it ended, but in the meantime, it has been announced that there will be four books in this series instead of two. Therefore, I won’t continue Three Dark Crowns.


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eliza and her monsters

Eliza and her Monsters wasn’t initially on my radar, but after hearing only positive things about it, I decided to buy a copy. I haven’t read this yet, but my expectations are high!

Honestly, there are so many other books I could’ve answered this question with, because I am easily swayed by the hype. Even when a book doesn’t necessarily appeal to me, I’m interested to find out why other readers love it so much.


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pretty girlsI have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Karin Slaughter. I’ve only read two of her books, but I already noticed she sensationalises sexual violence. As if rape isn’t bad enough, it has to be as gruesome as possible. I have a lot of issues with that. But in Pretty Girls, it did lead me to care much more about the mystery. The crimes were so horrible, I wanted to see the person who was responsible punished!

Anyway, Pretty Girls was definitely a f*cked up book. I felt physically ill at times while reading it, but it was such a good thriller nonetheless. You can read my full review here.


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There are so many tropes I could choose from. It’s the reason why I am sometimes so done with YA fantasies. A lot of books in that genre rely on the same tropes, which makes them so generic and predictable. One of the tropes I’m especially tired of seeing, is the special snowflake one. Our main character finds out at sixteen that she has special powers. Her family hid it from her all her life. But guess what? She’s much more powerful than everyone else! And she happens to be the missing princess everyone was hinting at throughout the entire book!

Though this trope could work well, it’s so incredibly overdone and has therefore become very predictable.


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Honestly, I think almost every book could use a little rewriting. As much as I love some books, it’s hard to find one that’s perfect. This is especially true when it comes to problematic content. Even one harmful line can really hurt a reader.

the raven kingOne book I would therefore rewrite is The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. I would leave out the racism and give the M/M romance as much attention as the M/F one. Actually, I found this final instalment very disappointing, so there is much more I could change! As much as I love The Raven Cycle, I agree with the criticism it has received.


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cursed child.pngMy most popular review on Goodreads is my review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I hate this “book” so much, there’s nothing redeeming about it. Just thinking about it makes me laugh, because I cannot take it seriously. It’s an insult to fanfiction writers to call this script fanfiction. The only reason why I’d want people to read this, is so we could laugh at how bad it is. I refuse to consider this canon and I will live my life pretending this doesn’t exist. You can read my full review here.


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Being a part of the book community on Instagram has made me realise that community is not all about books, but all about bookish merch instead. Maybe I’m just being petty because I can’t afford to buy bookish candles, bookish stickers, bookish WHATEVER; but posting pics of books isn’t good enough anymore, you need to own tons of merch to get noticed. People can buy whatever they want, I don’t care, but it’s too expensive for my taste. I’ll just stick to books and the occasional Funko Pops!


So this was the Emperor’s New Clothes book tag! If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged by me!

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the Game of Thrones book tag (2.0)

game of thrones book tag II.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! A couple of weeks ago, I did the Game of Thrones book tag, but I discovered another edition of that tag and wanted to do this one as well. This tag was created by Claire Rousseau on Youtube and you can have a look at the video here.

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a game of thronesSorry for staying in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, but I think Cersei is a character who also cares deeply about revenge. If you hurt her or her family, she will hunt you down. I easily could’ve picked her for ‘a villain you just love to hate’ as well, though I don’t consider her a villain. She’s merely a character many people don’t like, but I love her.

VarysI absolutely love political intrigue! But I just had a look at all the books I have read, and I realised there aren’t many featuring a good political intrigue. Do you have any recommendations?

and i darkenThe only book that comes to mind – besides ASOIAF, of course – is And I Darken. I wasn’t fond of the pacing in this novel, but I liked the characters and the political intrigue. I started reading the sequel on audiobook last month, but I think I might have to re-read And I Darken beforehand.

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deathly hallowsLike I said, I don’t consider Cersei Lannister a villain, so I’m going for Bellatrix Lestrange instead. She’s so awful, but she’s so intriguing! She has so much more depth than Voldemort, though Tom Riddle is another villain I love to hate. That makes sense, right?

an ember in the ashes.pngAnother villain I love to read about, is the Commandant from An Ember in the Ashes. I don’t love her because she’s absolutely horrible, but I do find her very interesting. She’s definitely a villain with a background story, instead of just being evil for the sake of being evil.

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simon vs the homo sapiens agendaI have a lot of options, since Young Adult is the vast majority of the books I read. To be honest though, I don’t really know what a coming of age story must be like. I think Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda counts?

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HBPI’m not that big of a shipper, so once again, I have a lot of options. Whenever I read Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, I cannot help but roll my eyes when Ginny and Harry interact. It’s not like I hate the idea of them being together, but I feel like Harry’s attraction came out of nowhere. Furthermore, I’m not too fond of characters always ending up with their “high-school sweethearts”. It’s definitely an overused trope.

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the dream thievesBecause I read a lot of Young Adult fiction, older characters are a bit harder to come by. Maura, Persephone and Calla from The Raven Cycle aren’t that old, but they were very interesting  and kicked ass in their own, unique ways.

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27 hoursThe dragons in 27 Hours aren’t normal dragons, they’re SPACE DRAGONS! I really love reading about them, so does anyone have any recommendations for books featuring dragons?

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For the record: I’ve loved Sansa since the first book and season. It’s difficult for me to come up with an answer, because I don’t usually change my mind about characters. Either I like them, or I don’t. It’s usually the other way around.

pretty girlsAt the beginning of Pretty Girls, I thought Claire was just like any other rich white woman who lives in the suburbs. But she really grew on me. If she hadn’t been so strong-willed and perceptive, this novel would’ve been completely different.

gone girlThough Amy Dunne could easily belong in the category of ‘a villain you just love to hate’, I do kind of root for her as well. Her ‘Cool Girl’ speech is one of the best things I’ve ever read. She’s such an interesting character, I really cannot help but adore her.

melisandreI’m so disappointed in myself, because I haven’t been reading a lot of fantasy lately 😦 I checked my ‘read’ shelf on Goodreads and I’ve mostly read contemporaries this year. So I have to go with my cliché answers again.

deathly hallowsIf there’s one magic system we could be apart of, wouldn’t we all want it to be the Harry Potter universe? All I want is to attend Hogwarts, that’s not asking for too much, right?!

the dream thievesThough this paranormal fantasy isn’t exactly magical, it’s so atmospheric, mainly thanks to Maggie Stiefvater’s writing. For me, it’s not necessary that a magic system is complex. I’d rather read something very unique than some variation on the same tropes you read in almost everyone fantasy novel.

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an ember in the ashes.pngA strong female character doesn’t need to slay dragons or be an assassin in order to be strong! Strength comes in many different shapes and forms. That’s why I adore female characters like Laia from an Ember in the Ashes and Sansa Stark. These ladies may be slow learners, but they survived horrible circumstances even though everyone else considers them weak.


I’m sorry for these incredibly boring answers! Apparently, most question required an answer about a fantasy novel and since I haven’t read a lot of those lately, I had to mention the same books over and over again.

Anyway, do you have any recommendations for books with political intrigue and/or books featuring dragons?

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the ‘A To Z Survey’ Book Tag

SPRINGTIME.pngHello, my fellow book lovers. This Sunday, I’ll be doing the A to Z Survey book tag! I was tagged by the lovely romie we deserve love and this tag was created by The Perpetual Page-Turner. Thank you very much for tagging me!

AProbably J.K. Rowling. I’ve read all the seven books in the Harry Potter series multiple times already and I’ve also read some of her other work, such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

BThe Dream Thieves is my favourite book in The Raven Cycle! I love this series because of the characters, so I don’t mind that the second instalment doesn’t revolve around quest as much.

CI’m currently reading Braced by Alyson Gerber. I received this book thanks to Disability in Kidlit because they needed someone to check how the scoliosis and back brace are represented.

D.pngThroughout the entire day, I drink water. I only drink Ice Tea Green while having lunch and/or dinner. So my drink of choice while reading is probably water. How boring!

E.pngAt the moment, neither. I’ve been struggling sitting down and actually picking up a book. I usually read in the evening, but I’m often not in the mood to read anymore. I have, however, been listening to audiobooks daily. So that’s currently my favourite format. Overall, however, I do prefer physical books. I like that I can add notes and bookmarks in e-books, but there’s just something special about holding a book in your hands.

F.pngTo be honest, I don’t easily get crushes on fictional characters, there are some I really, really love, such as Sansa Stark and Claire Fraser, but I don’t know whether that love is romantic. But when I read Queens of Geek, I thought Jamie would’ve made a good book boyfriend!

G.pngI don’t usually read New Adult romances or novellas. But I’m so glad I picked up M. Hollis’ work! As long as the relationships that are portrayed are diverse, I can enjoy this genre. So I definitely added some similar titles on my TBR!

H.pngHow does How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake not have a thousand ratings on Goodreads?! That book means a lot to me because I have so much in common with the main character. I definitely plan on buying a physical copy (I read this as an ARC) to re-read this.

IJoining the YA book community on Twitter has made me much more conscience about the books I read. Before I joined, I already wanted to read diverse books, but it was so hard to actually find those titles. Not anymore. My TBR is keeps on growing. Sometimes, I do feel a bit isolated from the community and it has exposed me much more to triggering or harmful content. But I’ve learnt so much about books and diversity, and even about myself. I’ve learnt to accept my mental illnesses, disability and sexual orientation more than I used to.

JA couple of days ago, I finished Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. I enjoy listening to autobiographies because the narration is so good and I wouldn’t usually pick up physical copies of those books.

KNever say never, but there are a number of genres I don’t reach for. Classics is one of them. I’ve talked about this before: English isn’t my first language, so classics aren’t easy reads for me. Furthermore, they remind me of mandatory reads in high school and college, and I HATE being forced to read something.

LThat’s definitely one of the books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. Most of the books in that series are over a thousand pages long!

MI get into reading slumps often, but I don’t know whether they’re caused by book hangovers. The only novels I can think of right away, are the ones in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. After finishing one of Martin’s books, I immediately want to pick up the next one, but I don’t because they’re so big and take ages to read. So I end up in this hesitant state of wanting to read the book, but not being prepared to dedicate the time to it.

NI own two Billy book cases from Ikea. I own more book cases than these two, but the other ones contains books I’m planning to unhaul, books I will probably never read, etc. So I only consider the two you see on my Instagram and on my blog as my real bookcases.

OI’ve read many books – especially series – multiple times. I recently read Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli for the third time, this time on audiobook. I love Albertalli so much, she is my favourite author!

PLast summer, I loved to read outside when the weather was very good. Unfortunately, this summer, the weather has been dreadful. So I usually read in bed. Though that’s not actually my preferred place to read, since that gets uncomfortable soon.

Q.pngIn my opinion, Dumbledore was manipulative, but damn, that man had so many good quotes! I have “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” engraved on my iPad because it’s one of my favourite quotes from the series and it something I live by. I don’t see myself as a dreamer. I’m not an optimist. So this quote suits me very well. Though I daydream a lot and because of my mental illnesses, it’s sometimes hard to actually live, but I do think I’m realistic when it comes to my expectations. Oops, I’m rambling.

RThere are a number of books I did not enjoy reading. And there are a number of books I couldn’t even finish. But regrets? That’s a difficult question! Hmm, possibly A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. I had to read this book in college and I absolutely despised it. The premise was a suicide attempt, but all the characters were plain awful (though I don’t think intentionally) and problematic AF. I was the only one who felt that way during the class discussion. And of course, there were those readers on Goodreads who told me that “I didn’t get the novel”. Whatever.

S.pngOh my, there are SO MANY series I can choose from! I’d say A Song of Ice and Fire because I need to read A Dance With Dragons ASAP, but Winds of Winter isn’t out yet, so this series doesn’t count.

I read The Winner’s Curse in one sitting last year and I bought the other books in this trilogy right away. Yet I still haven’t continued this series!

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  1. The Dream Thieves – Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Harry Potter and the I DON’T KNOW WHICH ONE’S MY FAVOURITE – J.K. Rowling
  3.  The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli

UI don’t want to be an unapologetic fangirl, because I believe it’s very important to be critical, even and perhaps especially of your favourites. I mentioned Stiefvater and Rowling above and I could say a lot of critical things about them. But when it comes to The Upside of Unrequited, I have yet to see any criticism I consider valid. I’m incredibly protective of this novel because it’s so very relatable.

VThere are so many books I’m excited for, so it’s hard to pick this one. But I swear, if we don’t get Winds of Winter anytime soon! I love Game of Thrones, but it’s also complete trash at times. I an even bigger fan of the books, so I really hope we don’t have to wait too much longer.

WThese aren’t exactly bookish habits, but rather bad reader traits. I’m a mood reader and I absolutely hate that! Why can’t I stick to a TBR? Why do I have to contemplate for so long what book I’m going to read next? Another bad habit of mine, is being a slow reader. I can’t finish a moderate sized novel in just a few hours! That’s why I’m glad I discovered audiobooks, because reading those goes much faster.

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That’s The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco! I haven’t yet this one yet and I’m wondering whether the audiobook is any good. Let me know if you’ve listened to this one!

YI haven’t been buying many books lately, but I recently ordered FIVE books! Eliza and Her Monsters was one of those.

Z.pngEven though I had to go to work early the next morning, I stayed up very late to finish We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. At first, I was thinking about DNF’ing it, because I wasn’t in the mood for it. Thankfully, I didn’t! I ended up loving it 😀


Thank you for reading my answers. As usual, I won’t nominate anyone, but if you are interested in doing this tag, definitely consider yourself tagged by me!

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the Feelings Matter book tag

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! This Sunday, I’ll be doing the Feelings Matter book tag. I love doing book tags, even though those don’t receive as much as love as my other posts and the answers are often predictable. Anyway, let’s get started!

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upside of unrequited.pngMaybe not exactly confident, but The Upside of Unrequited made me feel so many positive things! Though Molly and I aren’t completely alike, I related to her very much. This book and Becky Albertalli have a very special place in my heart. The Upside of Unrequited is so positive and fluffy, it makes me feel as if everything is going to be okay.

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the hate u giveAs a white person, I will and can never fully understand how different a black person’s live can be from mine, especially in the USA. But The Hate U Give gave me a very good idea of what it must be like. My heart bleeds whenever I read about the injustice that’s being done to them and unfortunately, I don’t see that chance anytime soon, considering who the current president is…

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we are the ants.pngWe Are the Ants is one of my favourite books, but it was also a very hard novel to read. It deals with multiple serious topics such as suicide, depression, bullying and sexual assault. If you’re interested in reading this novel, I’d suggest reading my review, because We Are the Ants includes material that could be very triggering.

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the boy in the striped pyjamas.pngThe Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a highly popular novel, but I honestly don’t understand its purpose. The ignorance in this book annoyed me to no end. Though this is set during World War II near a concentration camp, Bruno, the main character, remains ignorant throughout the entire novel. It bothers me that this story is told from the point of view of someone who is privileged. To make things worse, he never even realizes how lucky he is. You can read my full review here.

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the raven king.pngI’ve mentioned this numerous times already: The Raven King didn’t live up to my expectations. Throughout the entire series, there’s so much foreshadowing and build-up, yet The Raven King is so different from the other books. Some of the characters weren’t treated the way they should’ve and the plot was all over the place and overall disappointing.

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gemina.pngI didn’t finish Gemina for several reasons, one being the sci-fi elements. I don’t read this genre often (or ever) and it had been over a year since I read Illuminae, the first instalment in this series. I had no idea what was going on, so I decided to put it down. You can read my full review here.

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queens of geek.pngQueens of Geek made me feel satisfied because it was such a perfect novel. It gave me everything it promised it would be: fluff, cuteness and diversity! I really want to read more books like it.

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how to make a wish.pngGrace, the main character in How To Make a Wish, is bisexual and her relationship with her mother that is far from perfect. Therefore, I could really relate to her. Unfortunately, I didn’t adore this novel as much as I had hoped, but I will re-read this and I know I will love it more the second time around. I blame my busy schedule.

I also plan on picking up Blake’s other novel, because that one sounds very relatable to me as well.


Those were all the questions! If you want to do the Feelings Matter book tag, consider yourself tagged by me.

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