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 youโ€™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 Wrightย  (@TristinaWright)ย 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 ๐Ÿ˜€


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 Bloggerย 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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 havenโ€™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 youโ€™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 Beyoncรฉ’s Formation.

What is one blog post youโ€™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 youโ€™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 ๐Ÿ™‚


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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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 โŸถ Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • H โŸถ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  • E โŸถ Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • L โŸถ Legend by Marie Lu
  • S โŸถ Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • E โŸถ Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  • A โŸถ Ash by Malinda Lo
AGE โ€“ 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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ).

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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 Youโ€™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 Clichรฉ 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 Werenโ€™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 โŸถ 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!

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

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

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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… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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


(scheduled in January 2017)

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book covers: make me choose #2

Happy Sunday, everyone! Today, I am back with another ‘book covers: make me choose’ post ๐Ÿ˜€ I did this back in October already, but my sister asked me to do it again!

I’m going to have a look at covers from nine different books and choose which one I like best!


1. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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Honestly, I’m not a fan of either. Even though Truthwitch was only released last year, the cover looks easily ten years older. Still, the US cover (the one on the left) looks much better than the UK one!

winner: The US edition (on the left)!

2. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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No offence, but that cover in the middle is one of the ugliest covers I have ever seen. I dislike real people on covers; it makes it look so cheap. I definitely prefer the other two, as I am a fan of minimalistic art. While the white one on the right has a certain appeal, I love the black cover the most. Has anyone seen the cover exclusive for Owlcrate? It’s the one on the left, but in white. That one is even more beautiful!

winner: cover on the left!

3. Three Dark Crowns

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The cover on the left is the hardcover. The others are paperbacks and represent one of the main characters. Since I didn’t know which sister I was going to like best, I went for the safest option and got the one with the three crowns. I don’t mind though; I love how simple it is! I think I like the green cover best from the other three.

winner: the hardcover edition (on the left)!

4. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard)

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The cover on the right (by Disney Hyperion) is hands down so much better than the one by Puffin. Unfortunately, it was also more expensive, but it was worth it. It’s probably one of the most beautiful covers on my shelves.

winner: Disney Hyperion (on the right)!

5. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

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This book has over three covers, yet somehow, all of them look awful! After reading (and absolutely loving) Salt to the Sea by Sepetys, I had to have Between Shades of Gray right away. Though I had a hard time deciding which edition I’d buy. My mother and sister preferred the one in the middle, but I ended up getting the one on the left. I don’t really like that one either, but I guess more than the other two.

winner: Penguin (on the left)!

6. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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Both these covers are so pretty: I love the combination of red, black and white(-ish). My sister and I bought the paperback edition (on the right), but I’d rather have the hardcover, because it looks even more beautiful! Damn, I can’t stop staring at it, it’s so gorgeous! The one on the right is too, but pales in comparison to the other one.

winner: hardcover (on the left)!

7. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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This is one of my most anticipated releases of 2017! I love that there’s a black woman on both covers; that doesn’t happen nearly as much as it should! Sadly, I’m not a fan of real people on covers, so I’m definitely getting the one on the right.

Still, I don’t know who is in charge of covers (I know it’s not the author), but people of colour need to be included in more books, but also on more covers as well!

winner: the one on the right!

8. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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2017 is definitely going to be the year where I read all of Silvera’s books! Unfortunately, I’m not the biggest fan of his covers, but that’s not going to stop me from buying them.

My high school’s colours were blue and yellow and it was the most awful combination. I always felt embarrassed when we had gym class outside. Maybe that’s why I’m not a fan of these covers. But I quite like the one on the right! I’m not loving the horizontal lines and transition of colour of the US edition (on the left). Though I’ll probably get that one because it’s a hardcover.

winner: UK edition (on the right)!

9. Ash by Malinda Lo

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For months, I thought those were hairs on the cover on the right, but I realise now it might be grass! Well, this is awkward, that was actually one of the reasons I bought the edition on the left. Still, I like that one more, because it looks much more like a fairytale. The one on the right looks much darker and sadder, which I hope won’t be the case since this is a F/F romance and won’t be able to handle a unhappy ending ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

winner: the one on the left!

Do you agree with my choices? ๐Ÿ™‚ I might do another one of these in a couple of months, so stay tuned! (scheduled on 18 December 2016)


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Burn, Rewrite, Reread book tag

The final book tag of January is going to be the Burn, Rewrite, Reread one! I was tagged by the wonderful Heather (@ The Sassy Book Geek) and I am so excited to do this! Thank you for tagging me, Heather!

I chose eighteen books I have read and reviewed and wrote the titles on pieces of paper. Some books I loved, some I unfortunately didn’t.


Rules:

  • Randomly choose 3 slips of paper.
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread.
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six).

Round 1

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BURN: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne (review)

Well, that was easy. I absolutely hated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and wish it didn’t even exist.

RE-WRITE: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (review)

This is a tough one. I have re-read both An Ember in the Ashes and Prisoner of Azkaban and J.K. Rowling is a problematic author, so there is much more I could re-write. I don’t know what I would re-write in this book, but I love Prisoner of Azkaban more.

RE-READ: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (review)

Like I just said, there’s more I could re-write in Prisoner of Azkaban, but it is nonetheless one of my favourite books of all time!


Round 2

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This round is very easy!

BURN: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (review)

Actually, I wouldn’t recommend reading my review, because I loved this book when I read it. Unfortunately, the other books in this trilogy didn’t live up to my exceptions. Looking back on Shatter Me, I can’t even remember what I liked about it in the first place.

RE-WRITE: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (review)

The Raven Cycle is one of my favourite series. I love it and constantly re-read it. Still, if there was one I could re-write, it’s definitely The Raven King. Throughout the entire series, there is tons of foreshadowing, yet the ending didn’t deliver.

RE-READ: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (review)

Salt to the Sea was a life-changing novel. I definitely plan on re-reading it. Though, if I had to re-write it, I would maybe leave out Alfred’s chapters.


Round 3

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Oh boy, this round won’t be easy! All of these were average (3 to 3.5 stars).

BURN: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (review)

I DNF’ed both The Mortal Instruments and Red Queen series, so I’m having a hard time choosing which one I’d burn. I’m indifferent when it comes to Red Queen, whereas there are a lot of things I didn’t like in City of Bones (like Clary disliking Izzy for no reason besides her being another girl.) I probably own ten books written by Clare and never plan on reading them.

RE-WRITE: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (review)

If Red Queen had been more original and therefore less predictable, I would’ve enjoyed it more. I won’t continue this series because I honestly don’t care about it anymore, but it still has some aspects that seemed promising.

RE-READ: The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic (review)

My expectations before starting The Foxhole Court were high. Everyone on Tumblr seemed to love it, but I was disappointed. Still, I liked the characters, especially the girls!


Round 4

round4xBURN: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (review)

Unpopular opinion time: I rated ACOTAR four stars, yet I’d burn it instead of The Young Elites, which I only rated two. Since reading some of Maas’ books, I’ve become more educated and I don’t ever plan on reading any more of her books. Besides her Catwoman retelling, maybe, but that would only be because I’m a DC fan. I have a lot of issues with Maas (e.g. all her main characters are white and straight), and I wish more people realised how problematic she is.

RE-WRITE: The Young Elites by Marie Lu (review)

There are multiple reasons why disliked The Young Elites, such as the world-building (or lack thereof) and romance. Yet, I think if I were to make it less trope-y, I’d enjoy it much more.

RE-READ: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (review)

The Dream Thieves is possibly my favourite book of all time. It certainly is my favourite in the series! Just thinking about it, makes me want to re-read it again!


Round 5

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This is definitely the most difficult one so far! I have no idea which one I want to re-write and which one to burn…

BURN: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (review)

Why do I continue making myself so unpopular? Anyway, I gave A Monster Calls three stars. Honestly, I think I didn’t understand some of the metaphors, because I didn’t get emotional, unlike other readers. Furthermore, I’ve already read three books by Ness and thought all were average.

RE-WRITE: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (review)

I absolutely loved Ugly Love: I cried my eyes out and gave it five stars. Since, however, my opinions on romance novels and Colleen Hoover have completely changed. Now, I realise that the relationships in her books are very problematic. Therefore, I would want to re-write them!

Still, I was thinking about burning this one instead of A Monsters Calls, because I don’t ever want to read a book by Hoover again.

RE-READ: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (review)

I received Crooked Kingdom a few days before the release date, so I rushed myself to read it as soon as possible, because I didn’t want to get spoiled. But, by doing so, I didn’t appreciate the novel enough. I will probably always find the ending disappointing, but do want to re-read it and find out whether I was too harsh (don’t get me wrong, I gave it four stars, but months later, I still feel disappointed).


Round 6

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BURN: Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews (review)

Again, I wouldn’t actually recommend reading my review, because I don’t understand how I rated it three stars. I can’t remember a single thing I liked about this novel. The humor was so vulgar and I just don’t enjoy reading about white straight boys who fantasize over every girl they meet.

RE-WRITE: Aristotle and Dante discover the Secrets of the Universe (review)

Well, to re-write this novel would be offensive, since it’s own voices. However, I generally don’t care about authors’ writing styles. But upon re-reading Aristotle and Dante, I really didn’t like the writing style, so I would change that.

RE-READ: And I Darken by Kiersten White (review)

Actually, I wrote in my review of And I Darken that I didn’t want to re-read it before the sequel comes out, because it was so slow. Since finishing it though, my feelings have become more positive. I really liked the setting and want to read more novels like it! Still, there are some things I’d like to re-write as well: we rarely witness any of the action. Instead, the author just tells us that their plans succeeded, instead of showing us!


This tag was a lot of fun to do! And very difficult as well! If you want to do this, consider yourself tagged by me โ™ฅ (scheduled on 15 December 2016)


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Mystery Blogger Award

Happy Sunday, dear booklovers! I was nominated by Jamie @ Book Pandamonium and Sydney’s Shelves for the Mystery Blogger Award! This award was created by Okoto Enigma and this is what it stands for:

โ€œMystery Blogger Awardโ€  is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

So thank you Jamie and Sydney, for nominating me  โค It means a lot to me!


Rulesmysterblogger1

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
2. List the rules
3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
6. You nominate 10 โ€“ 20 people
7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
9. Share a link to your best post(s)


Three things about me

  1. I used to collect Eeyore stuffed animals, but I don’t anymore because I spend my money on books instead. It’s not like Eeyore has a lot of meaning to me, but someone once gave one to me and I always felt bad when I saw another one in a store but didn’t buy it. So, I started collecting them ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, apparently I live in the Toy Story alternate universe where toys have feelings!
  2. I used to do Booktube, but I gave up on that almost instantly. I feel more comfortable on WordPress.
  3. I prefer writing reviews of books I didn’t like. For some reason, I don’t find it easy to express what I love about something.

Jamie’s questions

1. Whatโ€™s your favorite book genre?

The majority of the books I read, are Young Adult novels. I do try to read other genres as well, such as Adult Fantasies and Non-Fiction.

2. Whatโ€™s your guilty pleasure?

I’m addicted to TLC. I love watching Long Island Medium, Say Yes to the Dress… and I record Teen Mom OG weekly (though that’s on MTV).

3. Dogs or cats?

We have two cats (Harley and Ivy) and two dogs (Sansa and Daisy). I love them all deeply. But if I had to choose between dogs and cats – which Jamie is making me do ๐Ÿ˜‰ – I have to go for dogs. They show their love more often than cats.

4. Best book you read this year?

I scheduled this post on December 11th and at that point, the best book I read in 2016 was Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys!

2. Weird question: What was your favorite/weirdest dream?

Almost weekly, I have this dream that my teeth fall out of my mouth. Those dreams are really strange and I don’t understand why I have them so often ๐Ÿ˜ฎ


My questions

  1. What’s your favourite book that features LGBTQ characters?
  2. What book are you dying to buy?
  3. Which book does everyone love, but you hate? Don’t you dare apologise for expressing your opinion! ๐Ÿ˜˜
  4. Do you read daily (or try to)?
  5. How many books do you buy each month (approximately)?

Nominees

  1. Heather (@ The Sassy Book Geek)
  2. Reg (@shelatitude)
  3. Lauren (@Wonderless Reviews)
  4. Dory (@ Fish that Reads)
  5. Kayleigh (@ Just Page by Page)

Please, do not feel obligated to do this ๐Ÿ™‚ But you’re definitely allowed to feel flattered, because I love your blogs โค


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‘Celebrating the Little Things’ book tag

Today, I am going to do the Celebrating the Little Things book tag! I think it was created by Closet Readers and I was tagged by the lovely Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek, thank you!

If I tagged you in any of my answers, consider yourself tagged to do the Celebrating the Little Things book tag yourself!

Please be aware that I scheduled this post months in advance (on November 23th, to be precise), so none of the answers are accurate anymore. Still, I had to schedule it because my exams are in January, so I won’t have time to write blogposts then.

Who was your very first follower (if you can find out)? Tag them and give them a shout out!

My very first follower is the amazing Kayleigh @ Just Page By Page! That’s so sweet, I had no idea she was the first one who followed me ๐Ÿ˜€


What was the last milestone you reached?

In November, I reached 100 followers! That might not seem like much, but I am still very proud! I only started this blog this summer, so I think I’m not doing too badly ๐Ÿ™‚


What was the very first post you posted on your blog? Share it with us!

I think it was my review of A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin. What an odd post to start a blog with. Why didn’t I introduce myself first? Oh well, it’s too late for that now!


Who was your most recent follower? Tag them and give them a shout out!

On November 23th, Dory @ Fish that Reads started following me! We got to know each other on Instagram, but had no idea about each other’s book blogs. 


What was the last post you posted and who was the very first person who took their time to click the like button? Give them a shout out!

Also on November 23th, I did a ‘Top 5 Wednesday’ post; specifically on books I want to re-readJess @ Beaucoup Books was the first one to like it!


How many months have you been blogging for?

I started this blog halfway July, so by January, I will have been blogging for almost 6 months.


Do you have any bloggers youโ€™re friends with? Give them a shout out.

There are definitely some I’d consider friends, but I don’t know whether the feeling is mutual ๐Ÿ˜€ Therefore, I don’t feel comfortable enough to post their names…


Who originally created the last meme or tag you participated in? Give them a shout out!

On November 20th, I did the Fall Activities book tag, which was created by Ashley @ Dreaming Through Literature.


Do you have any social media related to your blog?

Yes, you can also find me on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and Goodreads! I have more social media besides these, so if you are interested in following me on other platforms, let me know!


Last but not least โ€ฆ. just say thanks to all your followers.

I want to thank everyone who is following me! I tried to create a Booktube, but wasn’t confident enough to keep doing it. I feel much more secure writing down my thoughts and opinions and I am so thankful that so many of you support me! โ™ฅ Don’t ever be afraid to talk to me; I’m always here for you!


(scheduled on November 23th, 2016)

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