T10T: read in one sitting theme (21 March)

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

March 21: Read In One Sitting Theme: ten of the shortest books I’ve read, top ten books I read in one sitting, ten books to read when you are short on time, top ten books that will make you read the whole day away, etc.

I’m going to talk about some of the shortest books I’ve read. I’m not going to include any graphic novels or comic books.

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We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ➳ 52 pages (review)

I read We Should All Be Feminists last year and I absolutely loved it. I ended up buying three copies! Unfortunately, the author made some very transphobic comments a couple of weeks ago. She said that trans women are trans women, implying that trans women aren’t “real” women. You can read more about that here. She recently published another book, but I obviously won’t be reading that one.

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn ➳ 64 pages (review)

Gillian Flynn is definitely an auto-buy author for me. I’ve read all of her books, except for Gone Girl. But I’ve seen the film adaptations multiple times already. While I thought her three other books were okay, I’m always certain I won’t be able to predict the twists and turns. Anyway, I read The Grownup in 2015 and quite liked it.

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell ➳ 96 pages (review)

This one is less than one hundred pages, yet Kindred Spirits still managed to annoy me! Gabe, the male character, is the embodiment of what I hate about male nerds. He believed the main character was a “fake fan” because she is a girl and popular in school. I own every Young Adult novel Rainbow Rowell has written, but I have no desire to read Carry On and Fangirl. I read Eleanor & Park when I was younger and loved it, but now, I would definitely notice the racism and other problematic aspects and therefore absolutely hate it.

Coffee Boy by Austin Chant ➳ 103 pages (review to come on Thursday)

Coffee Boy is a cute M/M New Adult romance with a trans main character! I’m cisgender, so whatever I have to say doesn’t matter at all, but I loved that Kieran, the main character, didn’t always pass. When trans people are represented – which is, let’s be honest, almost never – they often pass easily, but that isn’t the case for a lot of trans people. Obviously I don’t love the fact that people use the wrong pronouns, all I’m saying is that it’s not they get represented as well. Anyway, I’d totally recommend this novella!

The Paths We Choose by M. Hollis ➳ (review)

The Paths We Choose is another novella I’d recommend! M. Hollis writes such cute, diverse F/F New Adult romances. I loved this one even more than The Melody of You and Me. I can’t wait to read whatever Hollis writes next!


Have you read any of these books? Do you have any diverse short story or novella recommendations for me?

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T10T: spring TBR

Hello everyone! Top Ten Tuesday was on hiatus for a couple of weeks, but it’s finally back!  It was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

March 14: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

I’m going to talk about five books that will be released this spring (from March till May) which I’m dying to read! I have no idea when I’ll get to read these, but if I could afford it – which I can’t – I’d buy all of these titles as soon as they are released. Anyway, these are in chronological order:

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You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner (synopsis)
release date: March 7th

You’re Welcome, Universe is about a Deaf Indian-American girl named Julia. Apparently, this book includes illustrations! I don’t really know much more about the plot – I like going into books not knowing much about them – but it’s definitely going to be the first time I read about a Deaf character!

Queen of Geeks by Jen Wilde (synopsis)
release date: today!

Last year, I read a novel published by Swoon Reads and I had to DNF it because it was (in my opinion) quite biphobic. Still, I want to give this publisher another chance because I’ve heard nothing but positive things about Queen of Geeks. This is #OwnVoices, because the author is autistic and bisexual!

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (synopsis)
release date: April 11th

I already read The Upside of Unrequited (I received an ARC) and I absolutely loved it! It’s probably my all-time favourite contemporary. I’ll definitely buy a hardcover when it’s released and might re-read the book as soon as I can get my hands on it. You can read my full review here!

The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember (synopsis)
release date: May 4th

A F/F retelling of The Little Mermaid? Featuring a fat bisexual main character? And a gender-fluid Loki? Yes please to all of that! My expectations are high and I really hope The Seafarer’s Kiss won’t disappoint! I doubt it could though, since it sounds absolutely amazing!

When Dimple Met Rishi by  Sandhya Menon (synopsis)
release date: May 30th

When Dimple Met Rishi is about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married. I’m so excited to read this. Because I live in Europe, I was taught that arranged marriages are a system of oppression and unhappiness. I think this book is going to be eye-opening for Western readers. We frown upon arranged marriages, yet we consider shows like Married At First Sight to be okay. I have my own problems with that show and I also think it’s incredibly hypocritical to judge other cultures who do the same. Anyway, I cannot wait for this book to be released!


These are five spring releases I’m very excited for! I easily could’ve gone for ten, but I’m very busy at the moment and shouldn’t even be writing blogposts right now. Which books are on your spring TBR?

P.S. All the books I mentioned above are diverse!

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T10T: books I liked less than I thought I would (21 February)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

February 21: Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would (recently or all time)  or you could do something like books I liked more/less than everyone else.

I am going to talk about books I liked less than I thought I would. Not all of the books I mentioned were bad (I even rated some four stars), but they certainly didn’t meet my expectations. As usual, these are in no particular order.

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Vicious by V.E. Schwab (review)

I did not finish Vicious. When I read it, I was in the middle of my exams and the characters constantly talked about the paper they had to write, which only made me feel more stressed, which is not the reason why I read books. Furthermore, the protagonist was quite unlikeable and I’ve learnt that those characters and I don’t get along. Which is very unfortunate, because some of my friends and my sister absolutely loved this book.


The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (review)

The premise of The Rest of Us Just Live Here sounds amazing: the book isn’t about the “chosen ones”. Sadly, I didn’t like the execution. It read just like any other contemporary novel, which was not what I had expected. I think I would’ve liked it more if it had actually taken place in a fantasy setting. Either way, I’ve read three novels written by Ness already and didn’t love any of those. Not that The Rest of Us Just Live Here, More than This and A Monster Calls were bad, but they didn’t do anything for me, unlike other readers.


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (review)

To say I didn’t expect to dislike Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is putting it mildly. I already own multiple copies of this book, which is a terrible idea when you haven’t even read it yet! I did not like this novel. I had no clue what was going on: it was complete and utter nonsense, but not in a good way.


The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (review)

I absolutely love The Raven Cycle. Lately, I’ve been learning more and more what isn’t so good about it (lack of POC, racism and LGBTQ representation through the white straight gaze), but I cannot help but continue to adore this series, even though I can certainly address its problematic aspects as well.

Anyway, I wouldn’t say I love The Raven King though. That book was one of the biggest disappointments of 2016. Sure, some very great things happened in TRK, but overall, it missed the charm  the other books in the series do have. Maybe I’ll feel differently once I re-read it, but I doubt I will ever love this instalment as much as the others.


You by Caroline Kepnes (review)

This is another book I just couldn’t finish. Though I want to read more thrillers, I cannot stand characters like Joe. He was absolutely disgusting. I normally don’t judge other readers, but I seriously do not understand how some people root for that guy. Sure, your favourites can be problematic, but Joe took it to the next level.


Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (review)

I actually quite enjoyed Falling Kingdoms, though there were already some things that bothered me. Which only got worse in the second instalment. Even though I read over 75 percent of Rebel Spring, I couldn’t finish it.


Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (review)

Just like The Raven King, this was the final instalment in one of my favourite series. So maybe my expectations were too high. Though I can honestly say that Crooked Kingdom was better than The Raven King, I still didn’t love it. There was much more action than in Six of Crows, and while that is amazing, the twist and turns became somewhat predictable after a while.


The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (review)

My sister wanted me to read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and after about a year, I finally picked it up. Unfortunately, I didn’t like – might even say ‘hated’ – it. The story is set during World War II and the protagonist is a German boy whose father is in charge of a concentration camp. I am not Jewish, but I find this narrative incredibly offensive. Bruno, the main character, stayed ignorant the entire time. Sure, he is still young, but even until the very end, he has no idea what happens to the people in the camps, or why they are even there. I honestly do not understand what this book was trying to teach us. No, I don’t necessarily think every World War II story has to be about a Jewish character (proof: I absolutely loved Salt to the Sea), but I don’t think it’s okay to set your book in World War II and have readers believe it was impossible for Bruno to know what was going on. It excuses what happened to so many people and claims that the German citizens didn’t know about it. Which is untrue.


Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe

I didn’t know anything about Sutcliffe before reading this book, but I was still interested to read this because it is a diverse non-fiction book about a lesbian woman. I had expected it to be similar to We Should All Be Feminists, which is an essay, and Girl Hearts Girl is unfortunately a memoir. But even if I hadn’t thought that, I wouldn’t have enjoyed this. Sutcliffe says some biphobic things and in my opinion she is also arophobic and transphobic. Though, since I am neither aro or trans, I can’t judge that aspect as good. I was going to read this for Diversity Bingo, but I don’t think I should recommend a novel that 1) I didn’t even enjoy and 2) might potentially be harmful to some readers.


Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (review)

Illuminae was the second novel I read in 2016 and it was one of my favourites. Gemina, on the other hand, I couldn’t even finish. I don’t read science-fiction often and I had no idea what was going on. I wasn’t even interested in continuing it, though I still managed to read 260 pages. But at that point, I had to admit I didn’t care about the series anymore. Furthermore, the heteronormativity started to annoy me: whenever a man and woman were having a conversation, they started flirting. It was so annoying and awkward. I no longer want to support Jay Kristoff either. If you are wondering why, just read this well-written post!


Which books did you like less than you had expected? Do you agree with any of my choices? (scheduled on January 28, 2017)

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T10T: love is in the air! (14 February)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

February 14: All About Romance Tropes/Types — top ten favorite hate-to-love romances (from books or movies or tv), top ten favorite (or least favorite) instalove romances, favorite slow-burn romances, favorite starcrossed lovers, etc. etc. Can go so many ways with this one).

I am not a fan of romance. A book might be completely amazing, but the romance could easily ruin it for me. I’m not talking about romance featuring LGBTQ characters here. There are only so many books out there with queer characters, I won’t dismiss them just because it’s a romance. Actually, I love reading those kind of stories, because they make me happy. I’m not only talking about M/M ships here! If you only support gay male characters but no F/F relationships, you need to rethink what you are doing.

Anyway, so for today’s topic, I decided to talk about some M/F relationships I did enjoy! And I couldn’t find that many 😮 None of the relationships I am going to mention are my OTPs (except for the first one). It merely means that for once, I wasn’t actually bothered by the romance while reading these books. As usual, these are in no particular order.

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Nina Zenik and Matthias Helvar (Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo)

I’m a sucker for forbidden romance. Nina is a Grisha, Matthias is a Drüskelle. I loved that they already had a sort of established relationship before the book had even begun. A lot of the relationships we read about in books, are about two characters who only just met. I don’t think that’s necessary.

Anyway, I do realise these forbidden romances can become problematic real fast. If you think about it, you can compare Nina and Matthias to a World War II story: she represents a Jewish person, he a German soldier. And that would be absolutely disgusting. I know there are books out there that romanticise these kinds of relationships and we really shouldn’t promote that. As for Matthias, however, he does redeem himself as soon as he learns to form his own opinion, instead of reciting what the Drüskelle have taught him.

In the second book, we find out that Nina is bisexual and Leigh Bardugo has hinted that she will write a book about Nina in which she is going to explore her sexual orientation further (source)! Obviously, I’m already looking forward to that!


Kestrel and Arin (The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski)

I did not think I was going to enjoy The Winner’s Curse. The romance is very important to the story, but I completely binge-read this book back in April! In the meantime though, I still haven’t read the other two books in this trilogy. The Winner’s Curse definitely needs to be re-read before I pick up the rest of the series.

Lately, however, it has been brought to my attention that this relationship is problematic. The Bookavid wrote a great review and I really suggest you read it! Since I already own the other two books in this series, I think I am going to continue it, but I will point out the problematic aspects as well (by boosting others who have discussed it).


Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

If you haven’t noticed yet, I am very protective of Ron Weasley. Well, I’m protective of nearly all the characters in the Harry Potter series – I age ten years whenever people call Harry ‘whiny’ and ‘rude’ in Order of the Phoenix – but I especially have a soft spot for Ron in particular. Hermione is shipped with many different characters, such as Harry and Draco, and a lot of readers feel the need to discredit Ron while expressing their love for their pairing. Newsflash: you can say you like a character without talking shit about another.

Anyway, even though I am very critical of J.K. Rowling, one of the reasons being the lack of LGBTQ representation, I really like Romione. Hinny, however, not that much. There is quite a lot of sexism in this series, especially in the later books when the romance becomes more prominent. And I’m not here for that.


Gia and Bradley (The Fill in Boyfriend by Kasie West)

The Fill in Boyfriend does not at all sound like something I would enjoy. But when I read it back in 2015, I absolutely loved it. There was no insta-love. Instead, the book started with the ‘fake dating’ trope, which was a lot of fun to read about. If you are a fan of fluffy contemporaries, I’d totally recommend this one!


Kady and Ezra (Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff)

The only reason why I still added this pairing to this list, is because I wanted to have a fifth one. While reading Illuminae, I was rooting for Kady and Ezra. They too already had an established relationship, and I liked that. Why I was hesitant to add them to this list though, is because Gemina tried to do the exact same thing, but between two different characters. While reading the second instalment, I noticed how heteronormative this series really is. Each time a male and female character interacted, they started flirting. Hanna, one of the main characters in Gemina, had a boyfriend, yet Nik, the other main character, constantly flirted with her and it was starting to piss me off. No means no. That’s one of the reasons why I won’t continue this series. I didn’t even care enough to continue it to find out about Kady and Ezra’s fate.


In hindsight, I should have made a post about LGBTQ relationships instead. I had to do tons of digging before I could come up with five F/M relationships I enjoyed, so LGTBQ relationships would have been 1) much easier for me and 2) much more important.

Which books without much romance would you recommend to me? Are you as critical of it as I am? Leave a link to your ‘Top 10 Tuesday’ post in the comments if you want 🙂 (scheduled on 31 January 2017)

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T10T: Books I Wish Had More/Less X In Them (7 February)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

February 7:  Top Ten Books I Wish Had (More/Less) X In Them (the original idea came from Andi who suggested top ten books I wish had more kissing which I thought could be fun but also realize it might not be everyone’s thing! Could also be top ten books I wish had more diversity in them or top ten books I wish had less violence in them or less romance focus in them or top ten books I wish had more dragons in them. IDK! Have some fun with this one!)

Sorry for the very vague title! I couldn’t choose just one topic to focus on, so this post will be divided in two parts:

  1. books I wish had less romance in them;
  2. books I wish had more diversity / less problematic representation in them.

Because those are two things I’m very critical of while reading. When a straight romance is too prominent, it can easily ruin the entire book for me. 

Because it is my goal to read more diverse books, I also have to point out when it isn’t done right. Some of my favourite books feature no or harmful representation. And there is no shame in admitting your favourites are problematic: you can still love something and be critical of it at the same time. However, I think there is also a distinction that should be made here: some books feature problematic lines and if the author hadn’t written that sentence, the book would’ve been better. And then there are those books who are build on racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. And as much editing as you’d like to do, it will always remain problematic. Both are harmful and we should not make light of that. But when I say my favourites are problematic, I hope they don’t belong to the second category.

Anyway, let’s get started! As usual, these are in no particular order. and as usual, it is hard to limit this to merely ten books 😀 By the way: not all of the books I am going to mention are bad! Some of them are actually my favourites! But even though I like them, I can still be critical of it at the same time.


Books I wish had less romance in them

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1. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

I was completely loving Three Dark Crowns, up until the point multiple relationships started to become more important. Especially because everything went so fast. One chapter, two characters meet, the next, they’re kissing and saving each other’s lives.

Furthermore, I absolutely love that this book features multiple strong female friendships. At the same time though, I wish the author had included some F/F romances as well.  I just find it very heteronormative that all characters are straight. Some of them even fell in love when they were merely eleven years old!


2.  The Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

There are multiple reasons why I didn’t continue this series. But one of my main reasons has to be the romance. Everyone was attracted to everyone. There are certain relationships you know are going to happen because it they are typical for every  YA fantasy, yet the author kept dragging them out. I wanted a bad-ass fantasy universe. Instead I got lovesick teenagers.


3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

At first, I praised the books for the female friendships. We don’t see that enough and I loved it. But as the story went on, the other female characters ‘disappeared’: Cinder only had interactions with Kai anymore. I did like the pairing at first, but the prince really started to make me angry: he couldn’t take no for an answer! No means no. It doesn’t matter that Cinder was lying about the reasons why she said ‘no’, he should have accepted her answer either way.

Everyone seems to love this series and I really want to continue it (because I’m an idiot and already bought all the books in the series), but I’m afraid this is mostly praised because of the romance, whereas that is something I’m often not a fan of in books.


4. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Once again, there are multiple reasons why I won’t continue the Red Queen series. Even though I read this back in 2015, when I had just started reading regularly, I could already tell that this book wasn’t the most original one. Most Young Adult series have love triangles, but this one even has a love square! And I wasn’t exactly a fan of any of the pairings.


5. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Oh boy, apparently, I don’t finish a lot of series! Because I won’t continue with this one either. Once again, for various reasons. Adelina, the main character, seemed sexually frustrated! Whenever a boy touched her, she got a tingle or a warm feeling. I cringed at those scenes, it was ridiculous.


books I wish had more diversity / less problematic representation in them

All of the books I am going to mention below, are some of my favourites! Like I have said though, I can still be critical of it. When people point out these books include problematic representation or none at all, I listen. Don’t get personally offended. You can still like them! Just admit they aren’t perfect, that’s all.

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1. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Cycle is one of my favourite series. A lot of the people who I follow on Twitter, do not feel the same way. And that’s fine. I’m still going to re-read this over and over again. At the same time though, I can admit that this series and Maggie Stiefvater in particular aren’t perfect. The Raven King features harmful Asian representation, as you can read here.

The LGBTQ representation isn’t the best either. I absolutely love that the characters’ sexual orientations aren’t a big deal (I prefer that to books which revolve around it), but I wish Stiefvater had included the word ‘bisexual’. It’s as if writers (also of TV shows and films) are afraid to use that word!

Furthermore, this series is often recommended by straight cis girls who do not care at all about the rest of the LGBTQ community.  Fetishising M/M romances is not okay! If you are disgusted by F/F relationships but love reading about M/M ones, you are a part of the problem.


2. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Everytime I dare mention the lack of diversity in the Harry Potter series, it causes a shit-storm. If you disagree with me, there’s no need to let me know. I won’t change my opinion. I’ve done a lot of research on this topic and I listen to the critique it has received from people of colour, gay men and other people who are poorly -or not at all – represented in this series.

Normally, I try to explain why I say this about Rowling and my favourite series, but I feel as if many people don’t even bother reading what I have to say. For those of you who are interested though, there are plenty of articles that provide more information, such as this one.


3. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

I absolutely love The Song of Achilles and didn’t release it was problematic up until a few weeks ago. So I apologize if I recommended this book to you and it hurt you. I really do. So what I am about to say next is a huge spoiler for the book, but if you are familiar with the Iliad, you already know what is going to happen in The Song of Achilles. This book features the ‘bury your gays’ trope. Too often, gay characters (but also other LGBTQ characters) don’t get happy endings, but get killed off instead. And that could hurt people.


4. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

I won’t even get started on Game of Thrones, the TV show adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire. That show is high-key problematic. I still love it though, but damn. Anyway, A Song of Ice and Fire features multiple bisexual characters, but it’s something many people don’t realise, which might mean that the representation is barely there. Either way, as far as I can remember, there are barely any characters of colour.


5. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I’m talking mostly about the TV series here, since I’ve only read 100 pages of Outlander. But I don’t remember ever seeing a person of colour in that show! And the only queer characters are the villain. It’s been a couple of months though so I might be wrong, but if you forget about the representation, that isn’t a great sign either.


Well, this was a controversial topic. Please don’t be personally offended and please don’t try to fight me on this. Even if you didn’t find something problematic, doesn’t mean no one else is allowed to be hurt by it. (scheduled on 30 January 2017)

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Top 10 Tuesday: all about the visuals (31 January)

Happy Tuesday, everybody! Last week, I didn’t upload a ‘Top 10 Tuesday’ post because I was too busy studying and didn’t have one scheduled. But I’m back this week! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

January 31: All about the visuals: Top Ten Favorite Graphic Novels/Comics or Ten Comics on My TBR or Top Ten Favorite Picture Books

I am going to talk about typography on book covers! This isn’t a list of my all time favourites, but some I really love!

As usual, these are in no particular order:

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Since I didn’t enjoy Vicious by V.E. Schwab (I couldn’t even finish it), I’m not planning on reading more of her books anytime soon. But I cannot deny the typography of This Savage Song is absolutely stunning.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (review)

The hardcovers of the Six of Crows duology are gorgeous! The edges are unique and the covers look gorgeous as well! The series itself is very great and diverse, so I’d suggest reading it if you haven’t yet!

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Starfish is going to be released in September 2017. I’m pretty sure I added it to my TBR because it features diversity (it is also written by a woman of colour), but the cover is reason enough to buy it, isn’t it?

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Unfortunately, Of Fire and Stars as received mainly negative reviews. I really want to read this book because it apparently features a F/F romance and is a fantasy, but I don’t want to be disappointed. Still, I really like the cover and how simple it is.

Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski

This novel is going to be released in April and features queer characters! The blurb says they are fans of Star Trek, so I’m unsure whether I should pick this up, since I wouldn’t understand any of the references, because I’ve never seen Star Trek… Please don’t kill me!

To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han (review)

I have already read To All the Boys I Loved Before and I won’t continue this series. It was too fluffy and juvenile for my taste. Having said that, I still like the typography!

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Honestly, I can’t remember why exactly I added Burial Rites to my TBR anymore. But it’s historical fiction and has received raving reviews, so it sounds like my cup of tea! Unfortunately, this cover isn’t available anymore and the new one doesn’t look nearly as good as this one 😦

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

As I have mentioned many times already, I am not the biggest fan of contemporaries. But I cannot deny that those are often more diverse than other genres and therefore, I keep adding them to my TBR. Steffi, the main character, is a selective mute and a new boy at her school named Rhys is deaf. As far as I know, it is not own voices, so I hope the representation is accurate (not that I could know, since I’m not deaf nor mute). So far though, I haven’t seen anyone mention that the representation is inaccurate, so I plan on buying this soon because it sounds incredibly cute (even though that isn’t what I’d normally pick up).

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (review)

Even though I didn’t enjoy Aristotle and Dante as much anymore reading it for a second time, I still want to read the sequel There Will be Other Summers.

Under Rose-Tained Skies by Louise Gornall

I cannot wait to get my hands on a hardcover edition of Under Rose-Tained Skies! I absolutely love that cover and it is an own voices story about a girl who is agoraphobic.


Are you interested in reading any of these novels? Most of them are being released in 2017! What books feature some of your favourite typography?

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T10T: series I started, but won’t or want to finish (17 January)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

January 17:  Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read In The Past Year Or So (up to you if you want it to be those published in the past year or so or just ANY underrated book you’ve read recently)

However, because I mostly read hyped books, I’ll be talking about series I started reading and (don’t) plan on finishing instead! 

This year I do want to read more diversely, including more own voices. Unfortunately, the majority of the books that received hype primarily feature white cishet characters and are written by white cishet authors. And that’s why I plan on reading more hidden gems in 2017.

I’m only going to talk about series that have multiple instalments out, but I haven’t read all of them (yet). I’m not going to talk about all the series I have ever started, but five per category. Beware: there might be some unpopular opinions later on!


Series I started reading and want to finish

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The Winner’s Trilogy

I read The Winner’s Curse in April 2016 and enjoyed it much more than I had expected to. I immediately ordered the order books in the series, but because those took a while to arrive, I started reading other books instead. In the meantime, I’ve completely forgotten what happened in The Winner’s Curse, so I definitely need to re-read that before I continue this series.


The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I’ve only read Cinder and thought it was okay. Even though I know the series gets better, it’s holding me back from continuing it. Still, I already bought the entire series and I do believe the fans, so the rest of this series is on my 2017 TBR. I read Cinder in August though, so I hope I haven’t forgotten everything by then!


Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

As I mentioned last week, I’m very interested in reading Riordan’s books, especially the ones that were released recently. I picked up The Sea of Monsters months ago, but didn’t finish it because I wasn’t in the mood for it. Even though I know it’s my fault that I didn’t enjoy it, I don’t see myself picking it up again anytime soon. Though I really should because I know Riordan’s work only gets better!


Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I love the TV show adaptation of Outlander. Claire is one of my favourite characters ever! I already own 4 books in the series, though I’ve only read about 100 pages of Outlander and that was back in July! The only reason why I haven’t continued this yet, is because I feel a lot of pressure to read shorter books (in order to review them or achieve my reading  challenge).


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I mentioned this series last week as well. I re-read An Ember in the Ashes in August before A Torch Against the Night was released, yet I still haven’t picked that one up! I do really want to, preferable before I forget what happened in the first instalment again.


Series I started reading, but won’t finish

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

My sister love this series, but the only reason why I’d continue it, is to please her. I read The Maze Runner back in 2015 and the many differences with the film adaptation bothered me to no end. That’s not the book’s fault, but I did find it very annoying. Honestly, I really don’t care to find out what’s going to happen next.


The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The Young Elites was the first book I read in 2016 and I unfortunately did not enjoy it. Last year, I realised I don’t enjoy reading about unlikeable protagonists and Adelina is definitely an anti-hero. Furthermore, the novel lacked world-building and the romance was cringe-worthy.


Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know why I don’t plan on continuing either of Maas’ series. Honestly, I never want to read another book written by her. The only exception would be her retelling of Catwoman, but that’s only because I’m a DC fan. Still, I’d wait to find out what other people think about it before I pick it up myself.

Anyway, I read ACOTAR, Throne of Glass and The Assassin’s Blade and though I quite liked them, recent developments in her books (and her silence when it comes to diversity and some of her fans who bully people who don’t like her books) convinced me to not continue both series.


The Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

I’ve also explained plenty of times why I won’t continue the Falling Kingdoms series. Though I liked the first instalment, I DNF’d the second one at 75 percent! I just could not deal with the characters anymore! I found them very annoying and was not a fan of the romance.


The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

I probably own about ten books written by Cassandra Clare and I don’t want to read any of them. The only one I managed to finish was City of Bones and I gave up on City of Ashes halfway. There’s definitely a pattern here: this is another series I won’t continue because I find the protagonist unlikeable. I’ll stick to the TV show adaptation from now on. At least they don’t feel the need to make girls hate each other for no apparent reason.


Honestly, it was quite hard to to only mention five series in each category. Apparently, I struggle finishing them, even though I read more series than standalones 😅 Which series did you start, but don’t want to finish? Let me know!

(scheduled on 24 December 2016)

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T10T: 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (10 January)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

January 10: Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)

As usual, these are in no particular order:

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Even though this has received many mixed reviews, this is one of the 2016 releases I am looking forward to reading most. The main complaint was that is was boring, but as long as the world building and political intrigue is done right, I think I can manage that!


A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Before the release of A Torch Against the Night, I decided to re-read An Ember in the Ashes, because I had forgotten pretty much everything. That was back in August. I still haven’t started A Torch Against the Night and should pick it up soon before I forget everything that happened in the first instalment again! However, I recently found out the third instalment is being released in 2018 😮 


We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

The only reason why I haven’t read We Are the Ants yet, is because I don’t own a copy. I really want to buy one, but it remains quite expensive. As soon as the price drops though, I’m getting it!


Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I’ve talked about this a few times before: I started reading Gemina in November, but I did not enjoy it (at all!). I’ve read about 250 pages and am still debating whether or not I should finish it. It has received many raving reviews, so I guess I should. Not that I’m looking forward to it though… Still, I absolutely loved Illuminae, so it might get better.


Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Happy birthday to Windwitch, the sequel to Truthwitch. Okay, you might think I’m crazy, but I actually pre-ordered Windwitch, even though I have not read (nor even own!) the first instalment yet. Still, I have heard this features an amazing female friendship, so I’m hoping I’ll end up loving it whenever I acquire a copy!


Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Honestly, I don’t know much about Passenger, besides that it received a lot of praise when it was released. The sequel just came out, so I should probably start this series before I get spoiled.


The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Once again, I don’t really know what The Serpent King is about. It’s a contemporary which has a very high rating on Goodreads and I have the feeling it’s going to deal with serious topics (instead of a fluffy contemporary), so I think it might be my cup of tea. We’ll see!


The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Seriously, I need to stop buying books I know nothing about! The reason why I got The Diabolic, is because it is a standalone science-fiction and has received many positive reviews from my Goodreads friends. I don’t know whether sci-fi is my taste, but I’m dying to read more standalones. I plan on posting a list of series I have started, but don’t plan on finishing or still need to finish soon and then you will understand why I got this solely because it’s a standalone 😀

EDIT: the author has apparently decided to turn this into a trilogy… I am very disappointed and instantly less excited to read this. 


The Rose and the Dagger by by Renee Ahdieh

I read The Wrath and the Dawn back in 2015 and even though I quite enjoyed it, I still haven’t read the sequel in this duology. It’s a surprise I haven’t been spoiled yet! I definitely need to re-read the first one before I read this finale though.


The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Even though I’ve only read one book by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief), I already own the majority of his books. I’m more excited to read his work that was released recently (such as The Sword of Summer), but I’ve been advised many times to read his series in order of publication.


This list proves perfectly that I am a mood reader! Even though I want to read all of these books, I need to be in the mood for them. Which 2016 releases did you mean to read, but didn’t get to? Oh, BTW, this list easily could’ve been ten books longer 😉

(scheduled on 24 December 2016)

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T10T: books I had to buy, but still have not read (3 January)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can have a look at the future topics here!

This week’s topic is actually 2017 debuts I am excited for. Because I’m afraid that list would be rather short, I decided to talk about the books I had to buy, but still haven’t read instead.

Honestly, half of this list is probably going to include books I was dying to read, but probably never will!

Because next week’s topic is 2016 releases I meant to read, but haven’t yet, I won’t include any 2016 releases on this list.

As usual, these are in no particular order:

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1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated edition – J.K. Rowling

When I heard about the illustrated edition of Philosopher’s Stone, I immediately bought it. That was back in October 2015, and I still haven’t picked it up. Believe me, I am dying to re-read the series again, but on the other hand, there are so many other books I still need to read for the very first time.

EDIT: In the meantime, I’ve read this book and reviewed it yesterday 🙂


2. Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

When Carry On was released, seemingly every loved it. So, I had to get a copy. But after about fifty pages, I put it down and never picked it up again. It wasn’t bad or anything, but nothing had happened yet. I don’t want to say I’ll never get to it, but I’m not exactly dying to read it either. Besides, the hype has really died down.


3. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Oops, another Rainbow Rowell novel on this list. Back when I read Eleanor & Park, I was dying to get my hands on Fangirl. That was years ago and I honestly have no interest in ever reading it!


4. Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare

Being the idiot that I am, I got the entire Mortal Instruments series before even picking up City of Bones. When I finally read that one, I thought it was okay. They were quite a few things that bothered me though. And that didn’t change while reading City of Ashes. I ended up DNF’ing that one and I have no interest in reading any more of Clare’s books. I don’t like how they’re all connected and if you don’t read one, you’ll get spoiled for the other.

I also own the Bane Chronicles and Clockwork Prince, but like I’ve said, I won’t read those either.


5. the School for Good and Evil series – Soman Chainani

Last year, I got the School for Good and Evil series for my birthday. Back then, some of my favourite booktubers were reading it. Almost one year has passed – my birthday’s February 13th, and I still haven’t started it. Though, I definitely will… one day!


6. The Martian – Andy Weir

I wanted to watch the movie adaptation of The Martian, but decided I was going to read the novel first. Neither has happened. I own them both, but I haven’t watched the film yet nor picked up the book. Still, I want to follow through and read it first, but I’m not familiar with science fiction. I’ve only read The Illuminae Files, which is Young Adult and that was difficult enough!


7. The Secret History – Donna Tartt

A lot of people who love The Raven Cycle, are fans of The Secret History. I tried reading it during the summer of 2015, but the chapters were very long (like, over fifty pages!) and I wasn’t looking for that at the time. I still very much want to read this one, but perhaps whenever I have a lot of spare time.


8. Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus – Rick Riordan

The same can be said of Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus. I enjoyed Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, but couldn’t get into the sequel because I was too busy at the time. Riordan’s books are action-driven and I need to finish those in as few sittings as possible. I have no idea when I’ll get to this series, but they will remain on my TBR!


9. Outlander series – Diana Gabaldon

I already own five books in the Outlander series and started the first book in June 2016. I’ve made very little progress and as much as I want to read the third book before the third season of Outlander starts, I know the chances of that happening are very slim. I really want to continue this series, though I keep prioritizing smaller books instead.


10. The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer

Before starting Cinder, I already knew from other readers that the series got better and better. Still, I thought the first instalment was okay, which doesn’t excite me to continue it. But, just like Outlander, Percy Jackson and The Mortal Instruments, I own the entire series already, so I can’t neglect it! Please make sure I continue this series soon!


What are some books or series you just had to have, but haven’t read (yet)? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your ‘Top 10 Tuesday’ post in the comments.

(scheduled on November 22th, 2016)


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T10T: best books of 2016 (27 December)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

December 27: Top Ten Best Books Of 2016 (you choose — best books overall of what you read regardless of pub date, of a particular genre, 2016 debuts, 2016 releases, etc)

I’m going to make a list of the best books I read in 2016! I won’t take the publication date, genre… into account and I won’t include any re-reads! Still, this is going to be difficult. I struggled with a reading slump for months and the majority of the books were just average. There weren’t a lot of books I absolutely loved 😦 Yes, there were books I enjoyed while I read them, but don’t remember much about now. And I don’t think that’s a good sign, so I won’t talk about those.

You can have a look at all the books I read this year here!

For once, these are in a particular order! I won’t take my ratings into account much. Instead, I will make up this list based on feeling.


5. And I Darken by Kiersten White (review)

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Though there were quite a few things I didn’t like about And I Darken, such as the stereotypical portrayal of a gay character and that it was quite boring at times, I want to include it on this list. I loved the setting and it wasn’t as trope-y as most YA fantasies (though this is actually a historical fiction retelling). The main reason why this is among my favourites of 2016, is because I want to read more books like it. And I Darken wasn’t perfect, but it certainly is going to influence my reading taste.


4. Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard (review)

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Just like And I Darken, Girl Mans Up wasn’t perfect. I already had issues when it comes to the title. But, it was so important for me. Not only Pen’s story, but also Blake’s. This year, I accepted that I am bisexual (though actually pansexual, but I prefer to label myself as bi) and it meant so much to me to read positive bisexual representation, unlike some other books I have read this year (If I Was Your Girl and All the Feels) where we are portrayed as e.g. greedy cheaters.

Though I continue to buy contemporaries which I end up not enjoying, Girl Mans Up made me realise that I should not give up on the genre. I truly want to thank Girard for writing this book, especially for exposing straight white boys instead of making up excuses for their nasty behaviour 🙂


3. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

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I started reading A Game of Thrones (review) in 2015, but only finished it this year. In the meantime, I have also read A Clash of Kings (review) and A Storm of Swords (review). On top of that, I’m currently reading A Feast for Crows, though I had to put it down for a while because I really wanted to achieve my 2016 reading challenge.

Anyway, I already was a huge fan of the TV show adaptation (though I also have a lot of issues with it), but as expected, the books are even better.

A Song of Ice and Fire got me over my fear of reading big books (though I still tend to pick up smaller ones instead) and I plan on reading more adult fantasies in the future.


2. We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (review)

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I knew I was going to love We Should All be Feminists. I didn’t expect, however, to pretty much highlight the entire essay and agree with everything the author mentioned. I was already a feminist before reading this, so it hasn’t changed my life or anything, but it has made me realise that I should read non-fiction more often, and also read more from diverse authors. I already did an effort this year to read diverse books, but I have to pay more attention to own voices in 2017.


1. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (review)

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Salt to the Sea was hands down my favourite book. The only thing I didn’t like were Alfred’s chapters, but other than that, I loved this book. It was truly life-changing. I’m studying to become a history teacher and this has really changed the way I look at the past, and how it is told.


Which were your favourite books of 2016? 

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