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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the Game of Thrones book tag

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Today, I’m doing the Game of Thrones book tag, which was created by

I tried to re-read The Fault in Our Stars last summer, but as I had expected, John Green’s work  isn’t my cup of tea anymore. My friends and I were obsessed with the book and film a couple of years ago, but now, I realise how problematic both are.

There are many other books I know I won’t enjoy anymore upon a re-read, such as Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

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It’s hard to narrow this down to one book, but I’m very excited for 27 Hours by Tristina Wright.  I have the feeling as if every single person I follow on Twitter has read this already, though this is set to be released in October!

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I know The Raven Cycle isn’t perfect, but I cannot help but love this series. The characters are phenomenal and so fleshed-out, the atmosphere is breathtaking and the plot is unlike anything I have ever read before. Unfortunately, The Raven King, the final instalment, was a huge disappointment, but I still adore the other books in this series and want to re-read them soon again.

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I had expected to love Three Dark Crowns, but it was a biggest disappointment of 2017 so far. There are multiple reasons why I didn’t enjoy this novel, one being that at the end of the first instalment, we still don’t know which queen ends up on the throne, whereas that’s supposed to be the plot of the book. On the one hand, I want to read the sequel to find out who wins, but on the other hand, I don’t want to read something I probably won’t enjoy…

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Rick Riordan’s books! Shame on me for only having read Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief. I’ve actually only bought one book in July, and it was The Hammer of Thor, even though I want to read Riordan’s books in the right order :/

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It’s been a while since I’ve read Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, but I remember that the book included graphic descriptions of animal cruelty. I had a look at my review, and apparently, it also features gore murder scenes and mentions of molestation and rape.

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Except for The Raven Cycle and Harry Potter, there aren’t a lot of books I’ve re-read multiple times. Both series I mentioned, however, do get better and better with every re-read. I have issues with J.K. Rowling and Maggie Stiefvater, but both write foreshadowing perfectly!


If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged by me! It’s a lot of fun and on top of that, the questions are very refreshing! Do you know any other book tags I haven’t done yet that are unique? Let me know in the comments, please.

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The Nintendo Book Tag

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It’s Sunday, so time for another book tag 🙂 Thank you Nikki (@ The Night is Dark and Full of Books) for tagging me! This tag was created by Sam’s Nonsense on Youtube.

NES (NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM): A CLASSIC YOU WANT TO READ

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I’m not a fan of classics, but And Then There Were None is on my TBR. I started it last year, but it was so confusing, I decided to put it down for the time being.

SNES (SUPER NINTENDO): A SEQUEL YOU LIKED MORE THAN THE FIRST

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Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love The Raven Boys, but The Dream Thieves is one of my all-time favourite books. I really want to re-read this series again soon and I hope I’ll enjoy The Raven King more this time around.

NINTENDO 64: A BOOK THAT REVOLUTIONIZED THE WAY YOU LOOK AT THE WORLD

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As a history teacher, I can honestly say that Salt to the Sea changed my life. Though World War II is one of the most documented events ever, there is still so much I don’t know. That’s the lesson I learnt from this beautiful novel.

GAMECUBE: A POPULAR BOOK THAT DID NOT GO OVER SO WELL WITH YOU

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I was so excited to read Ramona Blue, but this book ended up hurting me very much. I’d suggest reading my review if you want to know why. I’m unfortunately used to books being biphobic, but when a bisexual author does this, it hurts even worse.

WII: A NEW FAVORITE

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I used to think that fluffy YA contemporaries weren’t my cup of tea, but this year, my reading taste has changed completely. Queens of Geek is a wonderful story about two best friends who go to SupaCon, which was a lot of fun to read about, but on top of that, this book is also diverse!

NINTENDO POWER:  A SERIES YOU WANT TO START

 

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I own both Truthwitch and Windwitch, but I still haven’t started this series yet. I have the feeling I’m going to like it, but I haven’t been in the mood to read YA fantasies lately, and especially not ones that aren’t diverse. If Truthwitch is indeed diverse, I haven’t seen anyone mention it.

SUPER MARIO: A CHARACTER THAT YOU’D LOVE TO SQUISH LIKE A GOOMBA

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Assuming this is a negative thing (I don’t know, I’m not overly familiar with Nintendo!), I have to go with Tyrion Lannister from A Song of Ice and Fire. Unpopular opinion,  but I absolutely hate him. He’s so overrated – he literally does nothing besides drink, talk and pay women to have sex with him – and on top of that, he’s a rapist and has done multiple horrible things. Look, Cersei Lannister has done horrible things as well, but at least she doesn’t think she’s the good guy, whereas Tyrion really believes he’s being treated unfairly. It amazes me that this series is filled with many amazing characters, yet people manage to hype up the most mediocre ones…

ZELDA: A NEWER FANTASY THAT YOU CONSIDER TO BE A MODERN CLASSIC

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Besides Harry Potter and A Song of Ice and Fire, I believe the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan will one day be considered a classic (for children’s literature). I’ve only read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (I know, shame on me!), but I own many of Riordan’s books and definitely want to get to them… someday 😀

SAMUS-ARAN: FAVORITE SCI-FI NOVEL OR ONE YOU WANT TO READ

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Sci-fi is not a genre I usually reach for, but there are a couple of diverse sci-fi books I do want to read, such as Empress of a Thousand Skies and The Long Way To a Small Angry Planet. Whenever a book is diverse, I’m willing to give it a chance, even if the genre usually isn’t my cup of tea.

POKEMON: BOOK EDITIONS THAT YOU WANT TO COLLECT

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If you follow me on Instagram, it won’t come as a surprise that I own multiple editions of the Harry Potter series. I’d always like more, but I’m currently reorganising my bookshelves and there honestly isn’t much room left to collect more. But one or two additions won’t hurt, right?

DONKEY KONG: A BOOK WITH ORIGINAL CHARACTERS

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I know, I know, why must I mention The Raven Cycle AGAIN? But there aren’t many characters that are as fleshed out as these ones. They seem so very real. They’re flawed, but I still love them all so very much.

NINTENDO FANDOM: FAVORITE NINTENDO GAMES

Nintendo wasn’t a big part of my childhood, nor is it now, so this question isn’t easy to answer. I did play the Pokémon games a few years ago and enjoy them. I got into the games because of the person I was dating at the time, but when we broke up, I lost my interest. Sometimes I want to pick the hobby up again, but I always choose to read or do crafts instead.


Thank you Nikki for tagging me! If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged by me! I’m serious! You can say in your post that you were tagged by me, don’t worry 😉

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The Liebster Award

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Hello, my dear book lovers! I was nominated ages ago by

The Rules

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  • Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the Award.
  • Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you
  • Nominate 11 people
  • Ask the people who you have nominated 11 questions

Jess’ questions

1. An item you can’t live without?

Let’s start off with a cliché answer right off the bat: my phone. I have tons of pictures on there from my cats and dogs I would hate to lose. Other than that, I wouldn’t be able to sleep without earplugs and a sleeping mask anymore.

2. Favourite children’s TV show growing up?

There are so many, though I’m not sure whether they’re well know abroad. Honestly, there are a thousand TV shows I could mention, such as The Smurfs and the Teletubbies.

3. A song you associate with a happy memory?

There are a lot of songs from a Belgian/Dutch group aimed for children that remind me of my childhood. My sister and I listened to their CDs every single day during summer! They even had a song about Leonardo Dicaprio!

4. How did you come up with your blog name?

I had been on Tumblr for many years when I decided to create an Instagram account dedicated to books. I knew it was impossible to get a canon URL, so I just switched the ‘n’ with ‘m’ and became ‘romweasley’ 😀 I sometimes wonder whether my username is relevant enough, since I surely do like Ron Weasley, but he’s not my all-time favourite character. But I’m ‘romweasley’ on almost all my social media, it’d be too much work to change it now.

5. Sunset or sunrise?

Sunset 🙂 Though sunrise can be very beautiful a well!

6. Current fictional character crush (if any)?

I honestly don’t get crushes often, but I have to go with Claire Fraser. I absolutely love her and she’s definitely under-appreciated. Jamie who?

7. Do you have any pets?

Yes, we have two Chihuahuas, Daisy and Sansa (named after the one and only Sansa Stark) and two cats, Harley and Ivy (named after Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy).

8. How do you usually spend your Saturday nights?

I spend them at home and usually watch TV, a movie, read a book or do crafts.

9. Favourite season?

Definitely summer. Though this year summer hasn’t been treating me well, because my allergies are out of control and I can’t go outside without my eyes hurting VERY BADLY. Still, I’ll take that over the constant cold during winter.

10. A novel or movie that moved you to tears?

My mind has gone blank. I cry all the time, yet I can’t think of anything right now!

11. Who was your best friend growing up, and are you still friends with them?

Nah, I’ve lost contact with as good as anyone I’ve ever been friends with. My sister is the only one I’ve stayed close with and I hope we will remain that way once I move out of the house.


Ellyn’s questions

1. What was the last song you listened to?

I’m currently listening to Halsey’s album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom and Sorry is playing.

2. Why did you start your blog?

I tried BookTube first, but I didn’t feel comfortable doing that. A few months later, I found out that a lot of readers blogged about books, so that’s when I decided to join.

3. Are you excited for the new Star Wars movie?

I’m a fairly new Star Wars fan (I only watched all the films one or two years ago for the first time) but yes, I’m excited! I’m a bit afraid they’re going to queerbait us with Finn and Poe though… :/

4. Did you enjoy high school?

I’d say no, but I recently graduated as a high school teacher, so I must have enjoyed it on some level. But other pupils could be very harsh. My fourth year was the worst. My parents had recently divorced and I had no one to turn to in my class. On top of that, they were making fun of the way I walk (I have scoliosis and I therefore don’t walk like most people do) and bullied me in other ways as well. I absolutely hate looking back on that time.

5. What’s your most anticipated movie for the year?

Justice League! I don’t care what anyone says: DC is amazing and I absolutely loved Batman vs. Superman, so I’m very excited. Except for the fact that Joss Whedon has now joined DC… Ugh, he’s going to ruin everything!

6. Are you a neat person or do you prefer organised chaos?

During teacher training, I was always told that I’m a very organised person. My bedroom and desk might not always look like it, but I bet there are people who are much more chaotic than I am 😀

7. Do you prefer reading tags or discussions?

Honestly, I rarely read other people’s blog posts… I know, I know, that’s absolutely horrible! It’s just not something that crosses my mind when I’m feeling bored.

8. What’s your opinion on candles?

I like them and I have quite a few candles in my bedroom, but I really don’t understand the hype surrounding bookish candles. They’re so expensive! I would never be able to spend so much money on a damn candle.

9. What did you read last?

The last book I finished was When Dimple Met Rishi.

10. How do you feel about bullet journalling? Would you ever do it?

I’m trying to get into it! I quite enjoy it, but feel like sh*t when I compare myself to other people’s work.

11. Do you enjoy writing reviews?

Yes! I usually write them right away, except for in April and May, when I didn’t review any books because of my busy schedule. While reading books, I take notes on my phone. The downside is that I usually only take notes of the things I don’t like though.

On the other hand though, reviewing books has made me even more insecure. I’m afraid people will attack me for expressing my opinion (you know those folks who just love defending problematic books? I’ve been attacked by those people on multiple occasions) or whether my feelings are valid.


I was nominated by a third person, but I can’t find their blog anymore… Oh well, thank you for nominating me!

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MID-YEAR BOOK FREAK OUT TAG (2017 edition)

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! I don’t know whether anyone has noticed, but I have been absent for quite a while. I have been focussing on my teacher training and exams non-stop, but I’m finally back! This tag is the perfect way to get into blogging, because I’m very much freaking out about my reading progress! I’ve been in a massive reading slump and hopefully, blogging about books will get me in the mood to read again. Anyway, let’s get started!

divider-pink1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017.

I read an e-ARC of The Upside of Unrequited and it is probably my all-time favourite book! I haven’t acquired a physical copy yet, but as soon as I get my hands on it, I’ll re-read this beauty.


2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017.

I’ve primarily read contemporaries this year, so not a lot of sequels for me. But I’m slowly – very slowly – making my way through A Song of Ice and Fire and each book is better than the last. So I have to pick A Feast for Crows, though that technically is not a sequel, but the fourth instalment in the series.


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

There are so many books I could choose from! One of my most anticipated reads is When Dimple met Rishi. I recently bought a hardcover copy and I can’t wait for it to arrive.


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

Once again, there are many books I could choose from. I follow Tristina Wright  (@TristinaWright) on Twitter and I adore her. So I’m looking forward 27 Hours, which is set to be released in October.


5. Biggest disappointment.

Except for my reading slump, my reading year has been quite good! I’ve enjoyed most of the books I read. But Three Dark Crowns was a very big disappointment. At first, I thought it was going to become my new favourite fantasy series, but it didn’t deliver. You can read my full review here.


6. Biggest surprise.

This is a difficult question, but I think I’ll go for The Melody of You and Me and The Paths We Choose by M. Hollis. I never, ever read new adult books or novellas, and certainly not romances. But I really need to see more queer women and F/F relationships represented in books (or in all media in general), so I decided to give the genre a chance and I certainly don’t regret it! I can’t wait to see what Hollis brings us next. By the way, make sure to check out the interview I did with her.


7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

How can I choose just one?! Though I rated How To Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake four stars, this book means a lot to me, because it hits very close to home. That’s probably why I couldn’t fully enjoy it; it made me feel very anxious, but I shouldn’t have been. Anyway, Blake’s first book is about a girl whose father cheated on her mother, and that is – unfortunately – also very relatable content. Her books honestly seem written about and for me.


8. Newest fictional crush.

Sorry to disappoint, but I rarely get fictional crushes. I’m bi, but that doesn’t mean I have twice as many crushes 😀


9. Newest favourite character.

Molly Peskin-Suso! I love her. She’s one of the most relatable characters, ever!

I’m currently re-reading the Harry Potter series and Goblet of Fire used to be my least favourite instalment. But this year, it has become my favourite book and probably for the first time while watching the movie, I had to cry. [spoiler-alert!!!] Cedric’s death makes me so sad. It just isn’t fair… So yeah, he surprisingly became one of my favourite characters.


10. Book that made you cry.

Like I just said, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. While writing my review of The Upside of Unrequited, I also got very emotional, because that book means the world to me.


11. Book that made you happy.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde is such a cute and fluffy contemporary, while dealing with topics such as fatphobia and anxiety at the same time. This year, I’ve truly fallen in love with books like this.


under-rose-tainted-skies12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

I absolutely love the cover of Rose-Tainted Skies. I’m obsessed with watercolours, so this design is right up my alley.

Actually, water-colouring is another reason why I have been so absent. I recently picked up a new hobby (hand lettering, painting with watercolours…), which definitely gets in the way of reading.


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

A million. There’s never enough time to read everything you want, especially if you get into reading slumps as easily as I do.

I’ve been postponing picking it up again, because it will be so time-consuming, but I’d really like to read A Dance With Dragons soon. I really have to dedicate some time to that one, but it’s going to be worth it.


I’m so sorry some of these answers are repetitive, but I’ve only 22 books so far and most of those were in the beginning of the year. Have a nice day!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

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I was nominated by Charlotte Annelise and Laura for The Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you so much for nominating me!

Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Charlotte Annelise’s questions

How often do you read?

I try to read daily, but when I’m tired, that’s not always possible. I never go days or weeks without reading though. Lately, however, I’ve been in a reading slump 😦 It’s not the books’ faults, I’m just too busy and tired to read.

What is your favourite TV show?

Even though it’s very problematic, I absolutely love Game of Thrones. There are other TV shows I adore as well, such as The Get Down, but none compare to my obsession with that one.

What is the first book that you were obsessed with?

I wasn’t a big reader as a child. I actually only got into reading when I started college! But, even when I was young, my parents bought me the Harry Potter books. My obsession never went away 😉

When and why did your passion for blogging begin?

I started blogging in July 2016. I had tried BookTube before, but I didn’t feel confident enough to continue it. It was also very time consuming! I don’t remember how I stumbled upon the book community on WordPress, but I’m very glad I did!

Do you have any pets?

Yes, we have two cats named Ivy and Harley and two dogs, Sansa and Daisy 🙂

What is your opinions of the last movie you watched?

The last film I watched was actually a documentary: Before the Flood. It’s with Leonardo DiCaprio and it was very educational! I had to teach about global warming and this documentary was the perfect way to gather more information about it.

What is your favourite season and why?

Definitely summer! We don’t have to go to school in July and August and I love the hot weather!

What book are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading The Hate U give by Angie Thomas!

What book has been on your bookshelf the longest that you haven’t read?

Excluding Dutch translations – I don’t keep those on my shelves anyway – I think it might be An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. When I joined college and started reading more often, I absolutely fell in love with The Fault in Our Stars. I immediately bought his other books. An Abundance of Katherines and Let it Snow are the only ones I haven’t read yet. Since, however, my reading preferences have completely changed and I couldn’t even get through The Fault in Our Stars when I tried re-reading it! So I’m not sure whether I’ll ever read any more books written by John Green…

Which book character would you choose to be your best friend?

That’s a difficult question! I think the Golden Trio from the Harry Potter series or the Gangsey from The Raven Cycle!

What is your favourite book that you read for school?

When I read The Help back in 2015, I absolutely loved it. I couldn’t put it down and this book is responsible for me reading more often. Before I read that novel, it took me weeks or months to finish a book. In hindsight though, this book is very problematic, because black people don’t need a white person to save them.


Laura’s questions

If you had to make a playlist for the book you’re currently reading, what 3 songs would be on there?

Oh boy, I have no idea since I just started it. Definitely songs by artists who support the Black Lives Matter movement, such as Beyoncé’s Formation.

What is one blog post you’re incredibly proud of?

I really like my book chats, though it has been months since I’ve done on. I’m a very opinionated person and even though I can’t handle confrontations and want to please everyone, I’m not going to be fake. When I dislike a book or author, I’ll be honest about that. Anyway, you can read my book chats here. It’s been a while since I posted them, so my opinions might have changed (though I doubt it).

What book has been on your TBR the longest?

There are so many books I bought years ago, but I don’t plan on reading a lot of those. This month, I bought the second instalment in the Cormoran Strike series and I plan on reading that series someday (though not any time soon). I have my problems with J.K. Rowling, but since I love the Harry Potter series so much, I want to give this one a try.

What, besides reading, is your favorite thing to do?

I’m currently very much obsessed with Pinterest. You can have a look at my boards here. I have tons of hidden boards filled with ideas for crafts, water-paining, etc. I’m considering creating a second Pinterest account dedicated to those boards, but it seems like such a hassle.

What is one book that you wanted to love, but ended up hating?

The biggest disappointment of the year so far was Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. It started out great and I thought it was going to become my new favourite book, but I ended up hating it. You can read my full review here.

What is your favourite reading snack?

I always read in my bed, right before I go to sleep. So I don’t eat any snacks then. When I do feel hungry, I put the book down for a while, grab something to eat and watch BookTube instead.

What made you start blogging?

I created a BookTube account in September 2015, but it was too time consuming. I don’t remember how, but last summer, I discovered book blogs and I instantly created a blog myself!

Do you think you’ll still be blogging a year from now?

I very much hope so. I’m even considering self-hosting my blog, but since I have less than 300 followers, that’s probably not a smart idea. Anyway, I really love talking about books and I hope my blog will continue to grow. I’d for instance love to post bookish pictures on here instead of Instagram, but I’m not sure whether my followers would like that.

If you had to pick 3 non-Harry Potter characters to share a room with at Hogwarts, who would you choose?

I’m going to say the first three characters that come to mind: Ronan Lynch, Sansa Stark and Molly (from The Upside of Unrequited). I love these characters and I’m convinced they’d make an interesting combination!

What is your favourite first sentence of a book?

I recently read a book with a really good first sentence, but I can’t remember which novel it was! To be honest though, I rarely pay attention to first sentences. The only one I know is the first sentence of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. And We Are the Ants also has a great first line: Life is bullshit.

Do you read poetry? If so, who is your favourite poet?

No, I don’t. But I really want to get into it. Poetry has become popular lately and I want to know what all the hype is about 🙂


I know I’m supposed to nominate people and write eleven questions, but I’m rather busy right now with teacher training. I’m so sorry!

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Bewaren

the Blogger Recognition Award

Blogger Recognition Award.pngHappy Sunday, everyone! I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by I Am a Book Drunkard! Thank you so much for the nomination! I couldn’t find who created this award nor did I find badge, so I created one myself 🙂

Award rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How romweasley started:

Back in September 2015, I started a BookTube channel. But I found filming videos and especially editing very time consuming, so I quit after posting only a handful of videos. In July 2016, I discovered that many people blogged about books as well. I’ve been active for quite a while on Goodreads and Instagram, but was looking for another way to talk about books. And blogging is perfect for me. It’s not as stressful as filming videos and it’s easier to connect with people.

Advice for new bloggers:

Well, I’m not a popular blogger myself, but there are some things I am passionate about while blogging:

  1. Always be honest. Don’t be afraid to talk about a book you disliked, even when many people love it. I get sad when I see people put a disclaimer at the beginning of a negative review. People have to learn that disliking a book does not mean that you dislike the readers who like it. So, speak your mind and don’t apologize when you express your unpopular opinions.
  2. Read books by diverse authors and/or about diverse characters and follow marginalised people on social media, including WordPress. Use your voice to talk about things that matter. Blogging should always be fun, but it can also be a platform to bring about change. Not everyone might like your message, but at least you are doing something good for this community.

My nominations:

Of course, you don’t have to do this tag if you don’t want to!


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‘My Life in Books’ tag

Hello everyone! Today, I’m doing the ‘my life in books’ tag! Unfortunately, I couldn’t find who created this, but naturally, the credit goes to the creator. I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I still wanted to do this.

BOOK FOR EACH INITIAL

I’ll just pick seven random books that I own/have read:

  • C ⟶ Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • H Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  • E Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • L Legend by Marie Lu
  • S ⟶ Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • E Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  • A Ash by Malinda Lo
AGE – COUNT ALONG YOUR BOOKSHELF

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The 22nd book on my shelves is Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins!

BOOK THAT REPRESENTS A DESTINATION YOU WOULD LOVE TO TRAVEL TOO.

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Obviously, I would love to visit Hogwarts. Unfortunately, I still haven’t received my Hogwarts letter yet – I’m 22 years old, so I doubt it’s going to happen – so I might have to settle for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter parks instead. I live in Belgium though, so I don’t see that happening any time soon either (or ever 😦 ).

FAVORITE COLOR

You will probably see a lot of blue books on by bookstagram! Though I never buy books for a particular colour, that colour is probably my favourite (but I love pink, mint and black as well).

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FONDEST MEMORIES OF
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There are multiple books I could choose from, but The Dream Thieves is probably my all-time favourite book. As you know, I love The Raven Cycle and the second instalment in particular, because it focusses more on the characters instead of the mystery and fantasy. When I think of this book, I think of summertime in Henrietta. I honestly have no idea when or where I read this one, because it is so atmospheric and you have the feeling you are really there.

The first time I read The Dream Thieves, I actually didn’t want to finish it! Obviously, I’m very glad I did 😀

MOST DIFFICULTY READING

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I don’t think A Song of Ice and Fire is hard to read, but I do find it difficult to find time to read it! All the books in the series are HUGE and I am a very slow reader. I feel so much pressure to constantly read and review books, so I pick up smaller books instead. Reading multiple books at the same time doesn’t work for me, so I really have to devote myself to these books in order to finish them.

Having said that, I absolutely love this series and really enjoy reading them. As intimidating as it might be, I want to read more adult high fantasy series once I’m finished with this one.

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As for a book I think is really going to be difficult to read, I have to go for Asking for It by Louise O’Neill. This book is about a girl who gets raped and that’s the reason why I want to read it, but at the same time I don’t. Because I know it isn’t going to be enjoyable. That book is going to piss me off. But it’s such an important topic at the same time!

WHICH BOOK IN TBR PILE WILL YOU GET THE BIGGEST SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT FROM?

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Besides A Song of Ice and Fire, I also want to read the Outlander series, though I haven’t finished that one either because the books are so huge. The main reason why I want to read this series, is because of Claire. I watch the TV show and I love her so much! Most readers say Jamie is their favourite, but I have some problems with him. Let’s call him a problematic fav 😉 Anyway, I’ve only read one hundred pages in Outlander and that was last summer! I already own the majority of the books in this series, so I really should continue it. Who am I kidding though? That’s not going to happen anytime soon!


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The ‘I Messed Up’ Book Tag

Today’s tag was created by ReadLikeWildfire and is called the ‘I Messed Up’ book tag!

A Character Appearance You Misread or Imagined Differently?

I’m terrible with character appearances. Which might be very problematic, because I could completely miss that a character is e.g. a person of colour. Because I want to read more diversely, I try to pay attention to this, but it is still too easy for me to skim over those descriptions. On the other hand though, if it’s so easy to not spot, maybe the author should’ve tried harder to make it more obvious.

Having said that though, that’s no excuse for e.g. whitewashing characters. Whenever I see Inej drawn as a white woman or Nina as a skinny girl, I age twenty years.

Anyway, as for character appearances I completely misread, I have to go for Juliette from the Shatter Me series. I imagined her as this very short girl of colour, but that’s not at all what she actually looks like in the books.


A Character Name That You’ve Been Pronouncing Wrong?

Once again, I pronounce so many character names wrong. It is very hard to know how they have to be pronounced though. Even the most simple names, like Matthias from Six of Crows, I mispronounced. That’s because some Belgian kids are also named Matthias, but the pronunciation in English and Dutch is different.


An Overused Trope That Is Your Guilty Pleasure?

When books feature female friendships, the female side-character is often much more confident than the main character. She is beautiful, flirty and sex-positive. When those characters are appreciated and not being ‘slut-shamed’, I absolutely love them! In contemporaries, those girls will be bullied or be the bully, but fantasies often treat them much better.


A Cliché Character That You Like Better On Screen Than Reading About?

I think characters who are sarcastic. I’m sarcastic, but when I read about such characters, I often find them plain rude.


A Word Or Phrase That You Learned Because of Its Use In Books?

Since English isn’t my native language, I’ve probably learned much new vocabulary while reading. Though I can’t think of any words or phrases in particular. Thanks to the book community, I’ve also learned so many new words, such as ‘gush’, ‘ARC’, ‘haul’, etc.


Have You Ever Read/Not Completed A Required Reading Book For School?

As an English teacher who wrote a thesis on books which can be used in the classroom, it is probably not best to admit that I have trouble finishing required reading. Even in college, I didn’t read all the books I had to discuss for my English courses. One of the books I had to read was Pride and Prejudice, but I couldn’t finish it. I don’t enjoy classics and especially not romances.


How You Ever Skipped (Or Wanted To) A Chapter From The Point Of View Of A Character You Weren’t Interested In?

Yes, but I’ve never actually skipped them. As I’ve mentioned a few times before, I struggle reading about characters I do not like. Even when they are intentionally anti-heros or even villains, I will probably not like the book because of it (hence why I didn’t finish Vicious by V.E. Schwab or You by Caroline Kepnes).

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys is one of my favourite books, though I didn’t enjoy reading about Alfred. Thankfully, those chapters were very short.


Have You Ever Cancelled Social Plans To Read A Book?

Honestly, I rarely have social plans. Some people might find this sad, but I’d rather stay at home and watch TV or read a book than go out. That’s just not my cup of tea.


(scheduled on 30 January 2017)

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‘Seven Deadly Sins’ book tag

Happy Sunday! Today, I’m doing the ‘7 Deadly Sins’ book tag! This was created by malarayofsunshine. Let’s get started!

GREED What is your least inexpensive book? What is your most expensive book?

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Excluding any used books (not that I have many), I think the cheapest book I own is We Should All be Feminists. If I remember correctly, it was less than three euros and I ended up buying three copies!

page-to-screen

The most expensive book I own is Harry Potter: Page to Screen. It’s a guide to the making of the movie adaptations and it is huge!


WRATH What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

harry-potter

The one and only J.K. Rowling. As you know, I absolutely love the Harry Potter books and films! It is my favourite series and I don’t think those feelings will ever chance. But other than that, I can’t say many good things about the author. I’ve mentioned many times already why I feel this way about her and would rather not get into it again, because every time I do, people end up disagreeing with me (in a rude way) anyway.

I wish people understood you can like something without having to excuse all its faults and mistakes. I love Harry Potter, but that won’t stop me from being critical of Rowling.


GLUTTONY What book have you deliciously devoured over and over with no shame whatsoever?
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Besides Harry Potter, I constantly want to re-read The Raven Cycle! I’ve read the Raven Boys trice already and The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue twice. The series is very atmospheric and I love the characters, so I constantly want to revisited Henrietta.


SLOTH What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

Being a reviewer and being active in the book community, I feel a lot of pressure to constantly pick up new books. I’ve unfortunately neglected A Song of Ice and Fire and the Outlander series due to that. Those are big books and even though I am very interested in reading them, I continue to prioritize smaller books. I started A Feast for Crows back in August and I haven’t picked it up much since!

So I didn’t really neglect these books due to laziness, due to the pressure to read and review often.


PRIDE What book do you most talk about in order to sound like a very intellectual reader?
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This was a very difficult questions! I think I’ll go for A Song of Ice and Fire. Not because it makes me feel intellectual, but because I am proud that I have already finished three books in this series. I think many people are interested in it, but too intimidated by its size to start it. Which I completely understand! As I just mentioned, that is exactly the reason why it is taking me so long to read these books.


LUST What attributes do you find most attractive in male or female characters?

Honestly, I am rarely attracted to book characters. Maybe because I mostly read YA. I actually find it easier to talk about the attributes I do not find attractive. I’m a very sarcastic person myself, but for some reason, in books it often comes across as rudeness. So yeah, I’m typically not a fan of those cocky characters who the majority of the readers do seem to like.


ENVY What books would you most like to receive as a gift?

we-are-the-ants

There are so many books on my wishlist, but I am dying to get my hands on We Are the Ants! It’s my birthday tomorrow, so if anyone is feeling generous… 😉

edit: In the meantime, I’ve bought this book for myself!


(scheduled in January 2017)

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