End of the Year book tag

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! I apologise for being inactive these past few books. Today, I am doing the End of the Year book tag! I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but it’s the perfect time of year to do this!

1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

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Audiobooks are my jam, but I haven’t been in the mood to sit down and pick up a book lately. That’s why I started The Obelisk Gate a couple of weeks ago, but haven’t made a lot of progress yet. I’d really like to finish reading this trilogy soon though!

2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

harry potter and the philosopher's stone

As a matter of fact, I just re-read the entire Harry Potter series exactly for this reason! I usually didn’t care when I re-read them, but this year, I wanted to re-read it close to December. It seemed like the perfect time to do so!

3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

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There are a million 2018 book releases I have yet to read! As for ones that haven’t been released yet, the only one that’s on my list is Dear Heartbreak, a YA anthology set to be released in December. I’m not a huge fan of romance-centred books, but this sounds very different.

4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

what if it's us

What If It’s Us is on my November TBR, but I don’t think I’ll get around to it. I am hesitant to pick it up because it has received mixed reviews and Leah on the Offbeat was one of my most disappointed reads of the year. I usually love Albertalli’s work, however, so I definitely want to give it a chance.

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Young adult horror novel Sawkill Girls has received tons of hype lately, so I might pick up the audiobook soon. I don’t know much about the plot, but I have faith in my fellow readers: my hopes are high!

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I have quite an extensive Harry Potter collection, yet I do not own a History of Magic. I breezed through it once in a bookstore and wasn’t sure whether it would provide a lot of new information. The audiobook, however, is narrated by the wonderful Natalie Dormer, so I’d like to pick it up because I’m still in such a magical mood from my yearly re-read 🙂

5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

I am a mood reader, so I find it difficult to predict which books I’ll pick up next. There are many books on my bookshelves I think I’ll adore, but I can’t promise I’ll pick them up next month…

6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2019?

Yes, I have! I won’t go into detail – that’s for another time – but I started my 2019 bullet journal several weeks ago and have several reading goals I would like to achieve next year!


If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged by me ❤

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Buzzfeed Unsolved Book Tag

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

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

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

 

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

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

BOOGARA: A book that chilled you to the core.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MOTHMAN: A hyped fave.

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

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

girl made of stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

i'll be gone in the dark

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

HOT DAGA: A trashy fave.

harry potter and the philosopher's stone

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

raven boys

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

HOLLY HORSLEY: A favourite crime/thriller book.

the stranger beside me

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

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

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

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

THE GHOUL BOYS: Your favourite BuzzFeed Unsolved episode.

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

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


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

Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered,

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The Coffee Book Tag

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

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

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

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

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

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

amal unbound

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

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

the stranger beside me

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

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere.

sawkill girls

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

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

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

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

the secret history

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

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

sadie

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

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

everything i never told you

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

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

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

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

11. earl grey: favourite classic

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


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

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Try a Chapter Tag: sci-fi & fantasy

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Sometimes when I’m looking at tags I want to do or topics for Top 5 Wednesday and Top Ten Tuesday, I feel like I can’t always participate because I read so many contemporaries and few other genres. I used to love fantasies, but after a while each book started to seem the same because of overused tropes. Additionally, fantasies require more concentration because of the magic system, world building, etc., which is why I rarely listen to the them on audiobook.

Clearly, I’m intimidated by these books, especially series. Sci-fi on the other hand has never been my cup of tea, but there are some I’d like to read. That’s why I wanted to do the Try a Chapter tag today, which was created by BookParadise!

I chose five fantasies or sci-fi novels I own and read the first chapter of each. Afterwards, I’ll decide which one intrigued me most and I’ll continue. Hopefully, this will lead to me reading these genres more regularly. I’m hoping to read at least one physical fantasy book a month. Because I own these books, I’d obviously like to read them all someday, but I really need to push myself to do so because I’ve been too intimidated to pick them up.

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These are the five books I chose! When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page.

library of fatesThis cover is so beautiful!!! It surprisingly started with the author’s note and it was empowering. The author urged readers to resist and persist. I hope that theme is going to be present in the story as well. I read the prologue which was only six pages long and it didn’t provide a lot of information, so I don’t think this will be the winner.

city of brassThe first chapter of City of Brass – which is adult fantasy, not young adult – was twenty pages long, but I decided to stop after merely eight because 1) it didn’t seem fair to read so much more compared to Library of Fates and 2) I was already very intrigued! The story is told from multiple point-of-views so I only got to know one of the protagonists, but I cannot wait to get to know the others!

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Iron Cast started off with a bang. I read twelve pages and while I didn’t find out anything about the fantasy aspects, I was entertained and I instantly liked the main characters. I’m keen to learn more!

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Want‘s first chapter was twenty-five pages long, but once again I only read nine of it because it wouldn’t be fair compared to the ones with shorter chapters. It certainly wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as intriguing as the previous two.

on the edge of goneNot much happened in the first chapter, but I’m definitely looking forward to continuing this story. I really liked the main character and I’m curious to find out what happens next.


Like I said, I will hopefully read all of these books someday. That said, based on the first chapter, I think I’ll pick up Iron Cast first! While those eight pages of City of Brass were absolutely amazing, I want to start off with the standalone and pick up the adult fantasy next 🙂

Have you read any of these books yet? Do you always read a chapter before purchasing a book, or do you just make up your mind based on reviews and the synopsis like I do?

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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.

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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?

everything i never told you

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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