Top Ten Tuesday: best books of the year!! | 2018 wrap-up

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Hello my fellow book lovers! Happy New Year!! It’s time for a very important blog post: my favourite reads of 2018!!!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. You can have a look at the future topics here!

I read a total of 100 books last year and today, I am going to talk about my favourites (in no particular order). When you click on the book’s title, you will be brought to my review, which includes content and trigger warnings.

girl made of stars

I received an e-ARC of Girl Made of Stars and I read it in one sitting. Ashley Herring Blake is one of my favourite authors and her newest release did not disappoint. In fact, it’s my favourite work so far. This novel deals with sexual assault, so be careful if you want to pick this up. That said, the subject matter was handled perfectly. I sobbed while reading this, because it was so relatable. I definitely plan on re-reading Girl Made of Stars someday.

sadie

Sadie took me by surprise! As you must know by now, the audiobook is PERFECT. As a fan of true crime podcasts, this was right up my alley. I read All The Rage soon afterwards and am keen to read more of Courtney Summer’s work.

radio silenceI was nervous to pick up Radio Silence, because I desperately wanted to love it as much as my friends do. Thankfully, it did not disappoint! This novel was incredibly relatable and made me tear up multiple times. I plan on reading more of Oseman’s books, but I doubt they will top my love for Radio Silence.

the stranger beside me

The only non-fiction book on this list is The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule. I discovered my true crime obsession this year and now regularly pick up non-fiction. Ted Bundy is one of the most famous serial killers, so I decided to pick up The Stranger Beside Me to learn everything about him. Considering Bundy and Ann Rule where friends, this is a must-read for Murderinos! In 2019, I will continue to read more of her non-fiction work.

the seven husbands of evelyn hugo

I loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo so much, I’ve read it twice already! I’m relieved I enjoyed this as much as my friends. I’ve read quite a few of Reid’s novels and this is certainly her best work so far. The characters don’t seem fictional, they’re so realistic and the pacing is perfect. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a book I will re-read many times throughout my life.

piecing me together

I’ve said this a million times before, but I will say it again: Piecing Me Together deserves more hype! If you are looking for a short, diverse Young Adult novel, I highly recommend this! I thought everything was executed perfectly and I cannot wait to read more of Watson’s work.

little fires everywhere

I didn’t love Little Fires Everywhere as much as Everything I Never Told You. That said, this was the second book I read in 2018 and I still think about it often. Considering I read one hundred books, that’s quite an achievement. Celeste Ng is one of my favourite authors and I will continue to read everything she writes.


Have you read any of my favourite books yet? Do you love them as much as I do?

What are your favourite reads of 2018?

Thank you for reading,

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Top Ten Tuesday: backlist books I want to read

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

November 6: Backlist Books I Want to Read

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

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

These are in order of publication year.

helter skelter

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

the book thief

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

between shades of gray

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

open mic

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

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

more happy than not

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

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

under the udala trees

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

the obelisk gate

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

suffer love

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


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

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Top Ten Tuesday: spooky covers | Halloween Freebie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered,

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books By My Favourite Authors I Still Haven’t Read

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

September 25: Books By My Favourite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

So today, I’m going to talk about books I have yet to read by authors whose work I have previously enjoyed. I won’t include books that haven’t been published yet, otherwise, this list would be endless.

These are in no particular order. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page.

circeI read The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller many years ago and I loved it! I ought to re-read it soon and I want to pick up Circe by the author as well. It has received many glowing reviews, so I hope it won’t disappoint.

suffer love.pngSuffer Love is a YA contemporary featuring a M/F romance, which is usually not my cup of tea. Nevertheless, Ashley Herring Blake is one of my favourite authors, so I need to read her debut novel! I actually purchased a copy last week.

i was born for thisI’ve only read Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, but I absolutely loved it! I’d like to read all of her work, but I Was Born For This is my priority considering many of my friends rated it five stars and I own a physical copy.

between shades of gray.pngI read Salt to the Sea back in 2016, but to this day, it’s still my favourite historical fiction novel. I bought Between Shades of Gray immediately afterwards, but I haven’t picked it up yet. I think fall and winter are the perfect time to read war stories, so hopefully, I will finally read this book!

toil and troubleToil & Trouble is an anthology, so these stories aren’t written by Tess Sharpe. As if the synopsis isn’t exciting enough,  Sharpe is one of the editors, so I’m keen to read it soon! Far From You is one of my favourite books! Her adult thriller Barbed Wire Heart wasn’t my favourite, but it’s nonetheless a solid suspense novel.

after i do.pngI don’t know much about After I Do, but I’ve read almost all of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s work, so I want to pick up this one as well. It very likely won’t exceed my love for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, but that’s okay.

one true loves.pngOne True Loves is another one of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books I have yet to read. According to many readers the love triangle is one of the best they’ve ever read, so I’m intrigued!

this side of home.pngIn all honesty, I didn’t know about This Side of Home until I did research for this week’s topic. Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson is a beautiful novel, however, so I immediately added this to my TBR!

all the rageI read Sadie by Courtney Summers a few weeks ago and it was amazing! I own a physical copy of All the Rage, so I want to read it ASAP. Considering it’s on my Contemporary-A-Thon TBR, I might have read it already by the time I upload this 🙂

more happy than notI wouldn’t call Adam Silvera one of my favourite authors, but I rated both They Both Die at the End and History is All You Left Me about four stars, so I certainly still want to pick up his debut novel. It has actually been on my TBR for YEARS, but I still don’t own a copy.


Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments! ❤

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall 2018 TBR

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

September 18: Books On My Fall 2018 TBR

When I did this topic last year, I ended up reading only one of those books! The others are certainly still on my TBR, so you can read about those here. Nonetheless I wanted to participate today because I bought a lot of exciting books I’m very keen to read!

Because I’m a mood reader, I usually don’t post TBRs. But like I said, I’m excited to read these books, so I hope I won’t postpone picking them up – like I usually do.

These are in no particular order. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

what if it's usWhat If It’s Us hasn’t been released yet so I don’t own it, but I did pre-order a copy! Sadly Leah on the Offbeat was one of my most disappointing reads of the year so far, so I’m hoping I will enjoy this novel much more.

bad romance.pngBad Romance is a Young Adult contemporary that deals with abuse, so this certainly won’t be an easy read. That said, I nonetheless want to read it soon! It has received many glowing reviews, so I strongly believe the subject matter will be dealt with respectfully.

the obelisk gate.pngI read The Fifth Season last week and I loved it! You can read my review here. I don’t own a copy of The Obelisk Gate yet, but I want to buy the boxset soon! If I don’t, I might forget what happened in the first instalment…

you bring the distant nearDiverse multi-generational novels are some of my favourites, so I’m convinced I’m going to love You Bring the Distant Near!

you'll miss me when I'm goneYou’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone is another hard-hitting Young Adult contemporary I recently purchased. I don’t know much about it, but I love those kinds of books, so my hopes are high!

all the rageI listened to the audiobook of Sadie by Courtney Summers last week and it was f*cking AMAZING! All the Rage by the author has been on my TBR for years, so I’m hoping to pick it up ASAP!

harry potter and the philosopher's stone.pngIn December, I would like to re-read the entire Harry Potter series. I listened to the audiobooks for the very first time last year and I absolutely fell in love with them, so that’s how I’ll be reading them this year as well!

tyler johnson was hereI’m currently participating in ContemporaryAThon and Tyler Johnson Was Here is one of the books I’d like to read.

pieces of her.pngKarin Slaughter’s newest release Pieces of Her is incredibly popular in my country’s bookstores, so I’d like to listen to the audiobook. I liked Pretty Girls by this author, but wasn’t a fan of the Good Daughter.

far from the treeLast but not least, Far From the Tree is another YA contemporary I’d like to read this fall 🙂


So these are some of the books I’d like to read soon! I might be getting a job starting October, however, so I probably won’t have as much time to read as I do now.

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Top Ten Tuesday: best books I’ve read in 2018 so far

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

July 10: Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far)

I’ve read quite a few amazing books this year already and I’ve gushed about all of them plenty of times before! Nonetheless I’m taking the time today to talk about them again 🙂 Please check these books out if you haven’t yet! When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

I’ll start with number ten and end with my absolute favourite read of the year so far!

ivy aberdeen's letter to the worldIt took me a while to get through Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World because I’ve been in a massive reading slump since the end of May, but that didn’t really get in the way of my enjoyment. This queer middle grade story was cute and heart-warming and I absolutely plan on reading The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James when that’s released. You can read my full review here.

a girl like thatI rated A Girl Like That four stars because I had some issues with it, but overall, this novel has really stayed with me. In my review I said I probably wouldn’t re-read it because the subject matter was so heavy, but I would like to revisit this story again someday. You can read my full review here.

anger is a giftThe reason why Anger is a Gift is on the “lower” side of my list is because I don’t remember much about it because I pretty much binge-read it. That said, this novel deals with many important topics such as racism and education, so it absolutely deserves a spot on this list. You can read my full review here.

american pandaAmerican Panda took me by surprise because this novel absolutely isn’t as fluffy as the cover implies. It’s no secret that I tend to love YA contemporaries that deal with tougher subjects, so American Panda was really my cup of tea! You can read my full review here.

undead girl gangThough Undead Girl Gang deals with a lot of serious topics such as death and suicide, this book was a lot of fun! The feminism was intersectional and I really liked the female friendships. You can read my mini-review here.

amal unboundAmal Unbound is by far my favourite middle grade novel I have ever read! Usually the genre doesn’t fully work for me because I prefer a lot of depth to fluffiness, but Aisha Saeed’s approach was phenomenal. You can read my mini-review here.

little fires everywhereWhen I finished Little Fires Everywhere, I was a tiny bit disappointed because I didn’t love it as much as Celeste Ng’s debut, Everything I Never Told You. It was the second book I read in 2018, however, and it’s one I still think about often. Though the adoption case that’s portrayed in this book isn’t the main focus, the topic was so complex that I still think about it regularly. You can read my full review here.

piecing me togetherWhy haven’t more people picked up Piecing Me Together yet?? It’s a short yet powerful YA contemporary that deals with so many subjects (race, feminism, poverty, etc.) perfectly. Words cannot express how amazing this book is, but I tried in my review nonetheless.

the seven husbands of evelyn hugoI bet you’ll see The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo on many favourites lists! I’ve been meaning to read it ever since it was released and I was so happy when I got a hardcover copy for my birthday back in February. Taylor Jenkins Reid writes flawed yet likeable characters wonderfully. I can assure you that I will re-read this novel many times throughout my life. You can read my full review here.

girl made of starsI cannot even begin to explain how much Girl Made of Stars means to me as a rape survivor. Having been denied the professional help that I need to recover from my trauma, it’s so comforting to know that this book exists. Girl Made of Stars made me sob so badly, but it also made me feel seen for probably the first time. To my fellow rape survivors: this for sure isn’t an easy read, but in my opinion, Ashley Herring Blake dealt with the subject matter respectfully and maybe it will mean as much to you as it did to me ❤ You can read my full review here.


So these are my ten favourite reads of the year so far! I’ve been prioritising reading diverse books for over a year now and that was an amazing decision! I’ve never enjoyed reading as much as I do now – aside from my current reading slump – and if you haven’t yet, I really suggest you diversify your TBR as well.

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Top Ten Tuesday: books I DNF but still want to read

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

June 5: Books I Decided to DNF (did not finish) too Quickly (are you questioning your DNF choices on any books? If you have a policy to not DNF, put a spin on the topic to make it fit you.)

Of the books I have DNF’d, there are a couple I want to pick up again in the future. The main reason why I didn’t continue these books was because I wasn’t in the mood for them at the time, but I still want to read them someday.

These are in no particular order. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

children of blood and boneI picked up Children of Blood and Bone on a beautiful day in April because I needed a physical copy so I could sit outside and read instead of listening to an audiobook or reading an e-ARC. As usual in Belgium, the nice weather didn’t last for long so I read audiobooks and e-books in the meantime. By the time I could sit outside and read Children of Blood and Bone again, I had forgotten so much already! On top of that, I’ve been struggling reading fantasies for over a year now. Because of the hype I definitely want to start this book again, perhaps closer to the release date of the sequel.

shadow and boneI started reading Shadow and Bone back in 2015, and ever since I’ve told myself I would pick it up again. I haven’t done that yet, but this trilogy is on my 2018 TBR. I know this series isn’t as good as the Six of Crows duology and I’ve already seen so many spoilers, but I hope it will be worth the read nonetheless.

ashAsh is the victim of one of my many reading slumps. I wasn’t in the mood to read at all when I started this book, so I never continued it. Considering this features queer ladies though, I definitely want to pick it up again!


So here are some books I DNF but want to give another chance! Feel free to leave a link to your ‘Top Ten Tuesday’ post in the comments ❤

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Top Ten Tuesday: bookish confessions | freebie

bookish confessions.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. You can have a look at the future topics here! This week we get to choose our own topic, so I decided to share some bookish confessions with you! This was a Top Ten Tuesday topic on August 28th, 2012, when I wasn’t even an avid reader yet! 😮


1. I never read books in my first language, which is Dutch. Primarily because most books are written in English anyway, but also because it just doesn’t appeal to me.

2. I only buy books online. I realise that I should probably support my local bookstores, but their selection of English books is limited and they’re twice as expensive as online!

3. I judge books by their covers *gasp!* Pretty ones can convince me to purchase a book when I’m in doubt and I probably won’t purchase ugly ones, unless they’re really, really popular.

4. When I DNF books, I don’t put them on my read shelf on Goodreads nor do I rate them. It really doesn’t matter to me whether I’m 20 or 75 percent in. That said, I might write a review for it despite not finishing it (though of course I’d mention I DNF it).

5. I only became an avid reader back in 2015. I started reading regularly when I started college, but it took me a while to actually read multiple books a month. Since then, reading has been my most important hobby.

6. This is probably controversial since I graduated as an English teacher, but I don’t enjoy reading classics. The language is definitely a barrier, but I don’t find them very interesting either. Naturally, there are some classics I consider picking up, but not many.

7. I’m terrible at reading other people’s blog posts. I don’t do it regularly and actually have to remind myself to check out the blogs I follow. I know this is absolutely horrible, especially since I feel insecure about my own blog.

8. I tend to hold a grudge. When an author f*cks up on Twitter for example, I usually don’t forgive them (unless they apologise and it’s very sincere). So whenever I see their books, I’m like ‘yikes…’.

9. I have no intention to ever write a book myself. Many of my bookish friends write, but that doesn’t appeal to me.

10. Since June, the vast majority of the books I read are audiobooks. Funnily enough, the amount of physical books I purchase hasn’t decreased.


So these were some bookish confessions about me! Feel free to share some of your confessions in the comments 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: books set in Africa on my TBR

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

March 27: Books That Take Place In Another Country

I don’t really know what this topic means since almost every single book takes place in another country than my own? Or maybe the creator just assumes everyone participating lives in the United States… So I decided to talk about some books set in Africa in my TBR. I know that Africa isn’t a country, but I didn’t want to prioritize one nation; I’d rather read a variety of experiences.

Unfortunately, I can’t cover every single country in Africa in this post. I got my information through Goodreads and other readers, so please let me know if something is incorrect! Additionally, I didn’t find many books set in e.g. North Africa, so I apologise for that.

These are in no particular order. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.


under the udala treesUnder the Udala Trees is about two girls from different communities in Nigeria who fall in love. I can be a sucker for star-crossed lovers, so I think I might love this one! The author was born in Nigeria and moved to the USA when she was ten years old.

born a crimeI watch The Daily Show regularly, so I am familiar with Trevor Noah and would definitely like to learn more about his childhood in South Africa as a biracial child. I don’t think he’s perfect (e.g. ableist jokes) but I have heard nothing but good things about this memoir, so my hopes are high!

one shadow on the wall.pngOne Shadow on the Wall is a middle grade magical realism story set in contemporary Senegal. It has less than one hundred ratings on Goodreads and none of my friends have read it yet, but I am interested nonetheless.

the book of memory.pngMemory is an albino woman who has been convicted of a murder. The novel is set in Zimbabwe and is written by a Zimbabwean author. I purchased this last month because squibblesreads mentioned it in one of her videos and I was instantly intrigued.

city of brassCity of Brass is a historical fiction/fantasy novel set in the 18th century in Cairo, Egypt. This has received a ton of hype, so my expectations are high! I bought the UK edition because it looks even more beautiful than this one.

city of saints and thievesI received an e-ARC of City of Saints & Thieves ages ago and I still haven’t read it yet 😮 This is a YA mystery thriller about Tina and her mother who fled Congo as refugees and arrive in Kenya. As far as I know the representation isn’t #OwnVoices, but the author did work with UN on refugee relief and development.

what it means when a man falls from the sky.pngWhat It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky is a collection of magical realism short stories, the majority set in Nigeria. The author was born in the UK, but her parents are Nigerian and she spent a lot of time in Nigeria growing up. These stories sound confusing, but I want to give it a chance nonetheless because it has received many awards and positive reviews.

akata witch.pngAkata Witch is fantasy novel about a girl named Sunny who lives in Nigeria and is albino. I have especially heard many positive things about Okorafor’s Binti series, so I hope this is going to be just as good.

solo.pngSolo primarily takes place in the United States, but is also set in Ghana. None of my friends have read this yet but I want to read it nonetheless because I’d like to read more books written in verse.


So these are some books set in Africa on my TBR! Do you have any more recommendations? I’d definitely recommend Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, which is set in Ghana (and the USA)!

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Top Ten Tuesday: books that surprised me… in a bad way!

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

March 13: Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way)

So today, I am going to talk about books that surprised me in a bad way. These aren’t necessarily bad books, but books I thought I’d enjoy so much more! I guess you could call this ‘books that didn’t live up to my expectations/the hype’ instead.

These are in no particular order. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

and then there were noneI actually enjoyed reading And Then There Were None, until the reveal happened. Though it took me by surprise, it also ended up ruining the book for me. It wasn’t as shocking as it could’ve been and since this is Christie’s most popular work, I don’t plan on reading more of her books in the future. You can read my full review here.

station elevenI didn’t hate Station Eleven, but I really don’t understand why it’s so popular. It seems as if I read a different book than everyone else! I guess its profoundness was lost on me… You can read my full review here.

a torch against the nightThis one breaks my heart because I loved An Ember in the Ashes. Its sequel on the other hand, took me several attempts to finish and dragged. Sadly, I don’t think I will read the rest of the series. You can read my full review here.

alice's adventures in wonderlandAlice in Wonderland is incredibly popular, so I really hadn’t expected to dislike this book as much as I did. It just didn’t make any sense to me, and not in an interesting way! You can read my full review here.

wonder woman warbringerI love DC, so I had expected to enjoy Wonder Woman: Warbringer much more. I found it pretty plain and predictable, which is unlike Leigh Bardugo’s writing in the Six of Crows duology. You can read my full review here.

the boy in the striped pyjamasThe Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is another book that is incredibly popular, so I was surprised that I didn’t like it. I’m not Jewish so maybe I’m angry for no reason, but I truly didn’t understand the purpose of this novel. I didn’t like that it centred a privileged boy who remained ignorant throughout the entire book. I found that unrealistic and disrespectful. You can read my full review here.

the mark of athenaI enjoy reading Rick Riordan’s work, but it doesn’t live up for the hype for me. I know I am not the target audience, but there are plenty of middle grade and young adult novels I enjoyed much more. I cannot help but feel disappointed… Nonetheless, I still plan on reading his work. You can read my full review of the Mark of Athena on Goodreads.


So here are some books that surprised me in a negative way. Like I said, I didn’t hate most of these books, they just didn’t live up to my expectations. So please don’t leave comments saying “Oh, I’m sorry you didn’t like [insert book title]”, because this isn’t a list of my least favourite books, just disappointing ones.

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