T5W: books I felt betrayed by (15 March)

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March 15th- Books You Felt Betrayed By
Beware the Ides of March! What books (or characters) did you feel betrayed by, for whatever reason…big or small.

Last month, I posted a list of books I was disappointed by (which you can read here). So today, I’m not going to talk about books that I liked less than I thought I would, and therefore felt betrayed by them. This topic is probably not that easy when I narrow it down 😀

These are in no particular order!


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The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

I haven’t even read The Diabolic, yet I already feel betrayed by it! I bought this book because this was a science-fiction standalone. In the meantime, however, this has been turned into a trilogy! I never would’ve bought this book if the author had told us from the start! I feel so betrayed by it, I don’t even want to read this book anymore…

The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic

I started The Foxhole Court because I was in the mood for a M/M romance at the time and The Foxhole Court is shelved as such on Goodreads. The relationship between two male characters doesn’t happen until the final book in this trilogy though! While I did find this series enjoyable, it wasn’t what I had expected.

Since, I’ve learned that the genres on Goodreads’ sidebar and not at all trustworthy. Last month, I received The Heroine Complex for my birthday. A friend bought it for me because – according to Goodreads – it was a graphic novel, but it is in fact a ‘regular’ novel. I don’t mind since I prefer those anyway, but it proves that Goodreads isn’t always correct!

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I read An Ember in the Ashes in 2015 and re-read it last summer in anticipation of the release of A Torch Against the Night. While I loved An Ember in the Ashes both times when I read it, I have yet to read the sequel. In the meantime, I’ve discovered the third instalment in this series is set to be released in 2018 instead of this year! So there is no rush for me to read the sequel. I completely understand how difficult it must be to write an entire book in one year, but I have to re-read so many books because of it.

However, one year is nothing compared to the amount of time we have to wait for George R.R. Martin’s novels, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

any addition to the Harry Potter universe by J.K. Rowling

Obviously, I will never get enough of the Wizarding World. But if I am being honest – and when am I not? – the latest additions have been disappointing. I didn’t learn much new information from the Pottermore Presents collections and don’t even get me started on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!

At the end of the day, I’d rather have no additions to the universe than disappointing ones. Even though I quite liked the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie, I am very angry that J.K. Rowling continues to make the same mistakes over and over again. The film is white-washed, feature barely any diverse characters and the author supports the casting of abuser Johnny Depp.

I feel very betrayed by J.K. Rowling. I grew up loving this woman because she created this universe, but I now realise I don’t have to support her. Just because I am critical of her, doesn’t mean I’m not a fan of Harry Potter.


What books did you feel betrayed by, and why?

(scheduled on 25 February 2017)

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T5W: favourite science-fiction and fantasy books (8 March)

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March 8th – Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books *BooktubeSFF Awards Crossover Topic!*
In collaboration with the BooktubeSFF Awards, talk about your favorite science fiction and fantasy books of all time!

I’m pretty sure I posted fantasy recommendations a couple of months ago, but I decided to post an updated list today 🙂 Though, if you have been following me for a while, there won’t be any surprises here! As usual, these are in no particular order.


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

genre: adult high fantasy

Even though this series and the TV show adaptation are immensely popular, I have the feeling as if I am one of the only people who has read it in the book community. I completely understand how intimidating these books are – I still struggle finding the time to read them – but they are so. freaking. good! And much better than the TV show, though it did help that I already knew all the characters before I started reading the books.

Just a heads up though: the world in A Song of Ice and Fire is incredibly brutal. I love the way Martin writes female characters, but there is a lot of violence and rape.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

genre: paranormal young adult fantasy

No list is complete without me mentioning The Raven Cycle. You all know how much I love this series. It’s not perfect (there’s racism and a lot of people dislike the way the LGBTQ characters are written) and while I agree with the critique, I cannot help but love this series. I want to re-read it again, but I have tons of unread books on my TBR I should get to first 😦

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

genre: fantasy

Obviously, the Harry Potter series is on my list. Whenever I re-read the books, I notice things I don’t like about it (the sexism, lack of diversity, etc.) and I am very vocal about that, but I’m still a die-hard Harry Potter fan. My collection continues to grow and these books will always be important to me.

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

genre: young adult science fiction

I read We Are the Ants last month and I absolutely loved it, just as I had expected. This might seem like a contemporary novel, but it also features some science-fiction elements. Just like all the other books I mentioned above, it’s not perfect (e.g. bi-erasure, in my opinion), but I loved how this book managed to be funny and heart-warming while discussing serious topics such as bullying, physical and sexual assault, suicide and depression, etc.

Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

genre: young adult fantasy

I’m so predictable: there are zero surprises on this list. Oh well, I can’t lie: I love all the books I mentioned. Even though I was disappointed with Crooked Kingdom, I want to read more books like it. I love the multiple perspectives and how it isn’t as predictable and trope-y as most young adult fantasies released lately.

On top of that, the cast of characters is incredibly diverse! I discussed the Six of Crows duology in my thesis on diversity and it was clear that Bardugo did a lot of research.


I’m sorry this list was so predictable! I plan on reading many more fantasy (though less science-fiction) novels this year, so I hope this list of favourites is going to grow! What are some of your favourite SFF books? (scheduled on 25 February 2017)

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T5W: book trends I’m tired of (8 February)

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February 8th: Book Trends You’re Tired Of
What are some things you are tired of seeing that are trends in publishing? Maybe something that pops up on a lot of covers these days, or the popularity of certain tropes in a particular genre? Let it out!

Sorry I didn’t post anything for Top 5 Wednesday last week! The topic was current favourites that aren’t books, but since my blog is dedicated to reading, I didn’t think it was necessary to post anything. Furthermore, I’m not sure whether I will do the rest of the February topics. Normally, when I don’t like a topic, I do another one instead, but maybe it’s okay to skip a couple of weeks when I don’t feel like posting.

Anyway, there certainly are book trends I am tired of seeing. There are also some things I am tired of seeing in the book community which I would like to talk about, but I’ll try to stay on topic. Not all of these are trends though, but rather things I’ve noticed about publishing lately. As usual, these are in no particular order.


Romance and heteronormativity

Even when you don’t read romance novels, it is nearly impossible to avoid romance in books. I’m talking about heterosexual relationships here. Even in fantasies, there are love triangles, insta-love, overused tropes, etc. and I am sick of it. Thankfully, I am reading more diverse books this year, so it won’t be as bad anymore. Still, I find it very annoying that almost every author feels the need to add unnecessary romances and angst to their novels. I’m not a fan of romance, so I find it very annoying that it is nearly impossible to find a book without it.


Trilogies

I was so excited when I heard about The Diabolic: finally a fantasy standalone! In the meantime, however, the author has changed her mind and decided to write a trilogy instead. I’m instantly less excited to pick up this book. I understand the (financial) success of trilogies, but especially within the fantasy genre, standalones are actually refreshing. Don’t get me wrong: I love reading series. But almost every book you pick up lately is a part of a series and I can’t keep up anymore.


Marketing and merchandise

Many books which are published by huge publishers, come with pre-order merch, signed copies, special editions, etc. But because I live in Europe, I don’t ever get to enjoy those promotions. They’re always limited to the USA and/or UK, or the shipping costs are insanely high. 

As someone who is also active on Bookstagram, buying books isn’t enough anymore. You have to buy tons of merchandise in order to ‘fit in’ with the rest of the community. Furthermore, it takes away from the actual content of the book. As long as the packaging is pretty, people are going to hype it up. Who cares about the content of the book, right?


Where’s the diversity?

Obviously, there is a lack of diversity in novels. But even if a novel is diverse, it is often-times not advertised well enough. I’ve read multiple books I didn’t know e.g. included LGBTQ representation, because the blurb didn’t tell me, nor other reviewers. Do you have any idea how much more likely I am to read a book if I know it includes representation? I don’t understand why everyone is so mysterious about it.

However, I am absolutely not talk about headcanons here. As great as those can be, headcanons are not the same as representation on the page. Sometimes, people will say things like “read this book because character X is bisexual”, but when that representation isn’t explicitly included in the novel, you are misleading people. They might buy it because they think they are represented, when in fact it is only a headcanon.

Furthermore, I don’t think there is anything wrong with telling readers whether or not a book is own voices or not. In my opinion, you sometimes have to do a lot of research in order to find out something about the author. No, I absolutely do not think authors have to out themselves in order for their book to receive recognision, but when they are openly a part of the LGBTQ community, I think it’s okay to add that to a blurb when necessary.


Character tropes

My ‘favourite characters’ list rarely grows. So many characters I read are carbon copies of each other. The love interest is a mysterious, sarcastic bad boy, who at first is the villain of the story. As the book or series goes on, however, he and the main character, who were enemies at first, fall in love and it turns out he wasn’t bad at all. The female main character is “not like other girls”: she has boring brown long hair, big lips, is thin, but still has the necessary curves… Obviously (*sarcasm*), she is unattractive and bland. All I’m trying to say is that these characters are hard to distinguish from; they all seem the same.


Actually, it was very hard to limit this to merely five trends I am tired of seeing! I’m looking forward to reading other bloggers’ post, so feel free to leave a link to yours in the comments! (scheduled on 29 January 2017)

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T5W: series I’d like to start in 2017 (25 January)

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January 25th: Favorite Underrated Books
–Give some love to those books that aren’t as widely talked about. Those hidden gems. Those books that maybe used to be popular but people have forgotten about and they still deserve some love.

Once again though, I will not do this week’s topic but do another one instead. As I have mentioned a few times before, most of the books I read are hyped. I prefer to get physical copies and want to make sure enough people enjoyed the book before I buy it. This year, however, I want to read more books featuring diversity and more own voices, so I will pick up underrated books more often.

Anyway, instead I am going to talk about the series I’d like to start in 2017. I kind of have a book buying problem and there are many series on my shelves I still haven’t started yet. To prevent this list from becoming endlessly, I will only talk about series that have multiple instalments out already (so no recent releases). Furthermore, I’m not going to include any series I already started, but still need to continue. I already talked about those last week.


As usual, these are in no particular order:

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Honestly, I was never that interested in this series. But that’s probably because it hasn’t been on my radar yet; not a lot of readers talk about it. When I found out the series went through a cover change though, I instantly became more interested. I really need to find out whether it’s worth buying the special edition of the third instalment (which matches the editions I already own).


The School for Good and Evil by by Soman Chainani

Last year, I got the entire trilogy for my birthday. Back then, quite a few Booktubers were reading it, so it caught my attention. I can’t believe I still haven’t started this!


Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

I started reading Shadow and Bone in September 2015, but wasn’t in the mood for it and therefore didn’t finish the book. I’m a fan of the Six of Crows duology, so I want to give this trilogy another chance. I know it’s not as good as Bardugo’s newest books and I’m aware that many readers are unhappy with the ending (which I’ve been spoiled for) but I still want to read it in order to understand the Grishaverse even better.


The Witchlands by by Susan Dennard

I pre-ordered Windwitch before I had even read or bought Truthwitch. So I really ought to buy the first instalment ASAP so I can justify why I buy books in a series without even owning the first one… I know, I have problems!


Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Honestly, I don’t know much about this series, but a lot of people seem to love it.


Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Many people compare the Red Rising trilogy to The Hunger Games, which I find very interesting! I rarely read books written by male authors or about male main characters, so I’m kind of wary. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not as if I intentionally avoid them, but I’m afraid it’s going to be filled with misoginy, which is something I cannot stand.


To be honest, there are many other series I’ve yet to read. Which series do you want to start this year?

(scheduled 30 December 2016)


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T5W: Books I Read in One Sitting (18 January)

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January 18th: Favorite Polarizing Books
These are books that people either tend to love or hate, with no in between. Pick some of your favorites that fall into this category.

However, I decided not to do this week’s topic because I tend not to love a lot of those polarizing books. The only one I could think of that I enjoyed was the Captive Prince trilogy, but I completely understand why people hate it and have problems with it myself, so I didn’t think it would be interesting if I were to talk about that.

Instead, I am going to talk about books I read in one sitting (or close to). This was the topic on 17 June 2015, when I wasn’t a member yet.

I only manage to read books in one sitting when I have a lot of spare time, which is primarily in the summer. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen often, so I don’t finish books in one sitting regularly. I’m not going to include any books that are very short (such as We Should All Be Feminists) which I therefore finished quickly.

These are in no particular order:

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

The first time I read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, I stayed up all night reading it! Since, I have re-read it and I unfortunately didn’t enjoy it as much as the first time. For some reason, the writing style bothered me very much, while I never noticed it before.


The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

I’ve mentioned this a few times before: I read The Winner’s Curse at home while recovering from a surgery. I was on a lot of pain medication back then, so I don’t remember anything that happened in the book! I definitely need to re-read this before I continue the series.


None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

I recently ordered a physical copy of None of the Above because I’ve been meaning to re-read it. I read it in 2015 and I absolutely love that it’s written by a doctor: the main character is intersex and that way, you know that all the information is correct.


Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I originally read Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda in 2015 and really enjoyed it. Last summer I re-read it and though it took me longer to read (since I’m much busier now), I enjoyed it even more the second time around!


Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugh, I cringe while reading my review of Ugly Love: I constantly praise Hoover, whereas I’m really not a fan of her anymore. This is another book I read in 2015 and it was my first (and last) Colleen Hoover book. I absolutely loved it, but my taste has changed since then. I’m afraid that if I were to re-read it now, I wouldn’t enjoy it anymore.


bonus: Captive Prince trilogy

It only took me three days to read the Captive Prince trilogy. While I completely understand the critique is has received, I did really enjoy the second book in the series.


Apparently, I (want to) re-read every book on this list! Clearly, reading books in one sitting might not be the best way to read for me, since I tend to forget everything that happened 😀 Which books did you read in one sitting?

(scheduled on 24 December 2016)


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t5W: 2017 Debuts I am Excited For (11 January)

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January 11th: 2017 Debuts You Are Excited For
There is already a ton of hype for well established authors, but here is an opportunity to discuss some debut (new) authors and showcase their books. There are plenty of debut author challenges and lists you can find if you are having trouble with this one.

At first, I wasn’t planning on doing today’s topic. I didn’t think there were many debuts on my TBR. But I’ve been trying to read more diverse books and there are quite a few debuts on those recommendation lists. These are merely five of the debuts I am excited for, there are many more. Surprisingly, most of these are contemporaries, though I tend to not be a fan of that genre anymore.
On December 13th, I already talked about some 2017 releases I am looking forward to!

Anyway, these are in no particular order:

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

publication date: May 30th 2017

A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

As someone who grew up in Europe, I was taught that arranged marriages were a bad thing. On some level, I agree: forcing someone to marry someone who they don’t know, doesn’t seem like a good idea. But I doubt modern day arranged marriages are like that.  Therefore, I am very excited to read When Dimple Met Rishi. It’s not the book’s or author’s job to educate me, but I hope their relationship is going to have a happy ending, as opposed to the Western idea that all arranged marriages are miserable.


The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

publication date: May 16th 2017

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

So these guys are supposed to make a girl fall in love with them, but they fall in love with each other instead?! That sounds amazing!


The Hate U Give by by Angie Thomas

publication date: February 28th 2017

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.

This book hasn’t even been published yet, but the movie rights have already been sold! I’m very excited to read The Hate U Give. This novel is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and this year, my opinion on it has changed a lot. My father is a cop – not in the USA though – and at first, I couldn’t believe that policemen were that racist. But we can’t deny what is happening anymore. Those shootings are far from normal and should not be excused. Murder is murder, it doesn’t matter whether you are wearing a uniform in the meantime. I hope everyone is going to pick this up when it comes out.


You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

publication date: March 7th 2017

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

Told with wit and grit by debut author Whitney Gardner, who also provides gorgeous interior illustrations of Julia’s graffiti tags, You’re Welcome, Universe introduces audiences to a one-of-a-kind protagonist who is unabashedly herself no matter what life throws in her way.

Like I’ve said, I’m not the biggest fan of contemporaries anymore. But when I read this synopsis, I was instantly intrigued.


27 Hours by by Tristina Wright

publication date: October 3rd 2017

Rumor Mora wants revenge. He’s lived all of his seventeen years on the colonized moon of Sahara, and he can’t remember a time when humans weren’t warring with the gargoyles—frightening beasts that attack human colonists during the night. Now the gargoyles have gone too far—they attacked his city and burned it to the ground. The sole survivor of the attack, Rumor is determined to avenge the death of his father, and no one is going to stand in his way. No one. Not even the incredibly hot boy who keeps trying to tell him that the gargoyles aren’t the monsters he thinks they are.

Nyx Llorca wants understanding. She was born deaf, and the moon vibrates under her feet in an urgent language she can’t figure out. As war between humans and gargoyles rages around her and the vibrations grow more insistent, she’s terrified that the moon is trying to warn her of something much bigger and more terrible to come. And if that isn’t enough, she’s fallen in love with her best friend and is terrified admitting the truth will destroy their friendship.

Jude Welton wants peace. He has lived most of his life in the forest community of Azrou, far from the colonies, and the bias of the humans who use the slur “gargoyle” to describe the creatures who live on Sahara. He belongs to a group of people who believe that the humans and creatures—called chimera—can exist together in peace. But when his chimera friend, Vala, goes missing, Jude must step out of his peaceful existence and directly into the war. And the angriest boy he’s ever met just happens to know where Vala is. Rumor is Jude’s key to getting her back—if only Jude can convince him that not all chimera are evil.

Braeden Tennant wants belonging. As the son of a colony commander, he’s grown up with expectations of a military future, of continuing the unending war against the gargoyles. All he wants to do is steal a spaceship and leave Sahara—maybe take an automata cat with him. But when he finds the seeds of friendship with Rumor’s arrival and is pulled into a vast conspiracy involving his friends, the gargoyles, the forest rebels, and his moms, he has to decide where his loyalties lie once and for all.

27 HOURS is a sweeping, thrilling story featuring a stellar cast of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara as the clock ticks down to zero.

I’ve read somewhere that 27 Hours has an all diverse cast! That makes me very excited 😀 I’m still not sure whether science-fiction is my cup of tea, but I really want to give this book a chance! Unfortunately, the cover hasn’t been revealed yet, so I couldn’t include it in the banner.


Which 2017 debuts are you excited for? Do you plan on reading any of the books I mentioned? Feel free to leave a link to your ‘Top 5 Wednesday’ post!


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2017 goals: Diversity Bingo, Book Hauls and more!

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January 4th: 2017 Goals
These do not need to be reading goals specifically, they can be any goals you want to talk about. Reading goals, blog/channel/instagram goals, personal goals…anything!

I was planning on doing this topic anyway, so this is great! Every year, I have some new plans (such as book buying bans) and I often fail miserably. This year, I am set to graduate and I will have to go job-hunting. So I have no idea what 2017 is going to bring and how that is going to affect my reading. That’s why my goals are going to be pretty safe and manageable. Anyway, let’s get started!


Goodreads Reading Challenge

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Last year, I lowered my reading challenge twice. I planned on reading 70 books, but only managed to read 50. Which is odd, since I read more in 2015 though I only started reading often that summer.

Because I don’t want to set myself up for another disaster, I plan on reading 52 books in 2017. That’s one book a week and though I know I won’t be able to do that (because I plan on reading big books such as A Dance with Dragons as well), I hope to read more during the summer than in 2016.


Diversity Bingo 2017

As I have mentioned a few times before, I want to read more diverse books. I already tried in 2016, but I especially need to do more effort to pick up own voices. So, I thought it might be a good idea to join Diversity Bingo 2017, which was created by a bunch of awesome people on Twitter (who you should definitely follow!).

I already know, however, that I will never be able to complete the entire square. Thirty-six books is a lot! I also plan on re-reading the entire Harry Potter series and The Raven Cycle again and have other books on my TBR which don’t feature diversity. And that is very unfortunate. But I simply can’t afford to not read the books I already have on my shelves and get tons of new ones. However, I’m not talking about books that include harmful rep though, such as Carve the Mark or The Continent. I will never read those. I will continue to use my voice to aim for more diversity and hope it becomes the norm, even when I don’t read diverse books all the time.

Having said that, instead of reading 36 books in order to succeed in Diversity Bingo 2017, I plan on buying those books instead and I will read them whenever I want to. Just because I don’t read them in 2017, doesn’t mean I don’t want to support those authors.

Another reason why I won’t pressure myself too much, is because I am a mood reader. The majority of those books are contemporaries and I’m not the biggest fan of that genre anymore. I’m not saying there isn’t any diversity in other genres, but of the research I’ve done so far, the majority were contemporaries.

Anyway, I hope this doesn’t sound as if I am coming up with excuses not to do Diversity Bingo 2017. I really want to join and I urge you to check it out as well. I just know that whenever I feel pressured to read something (even when it’s a book I’m excited for!), I tend to enjoy it less. I can’t really explain it, but it’s the reason why I couldn’t enjoy mandatory reads in college either.

Yikes, I hate how I sound right now. All I want to say is that I am going to do Diversity Bingo, but I know I won’t be able to complete the entire challenge, due to the books I already have on my shelves which lack diversity.

P.S. I have zero spare time at the moment due to my exams, so I haven’t been able to do much research yet to decide which books I’m getting for Diversity Bingo 😦


Book Hauls

As I’ve already mentioned, I’m graduating this year. I’m currently living at home, but when I have a job, I’d like to move out on my own. Therefore, I think it might be wise to keep track of my spendings, more specifically the amount of money I spend on books.

In the past, I’ve tried to limit my book hauls plenty of times. I tried ‘read one, buy one’ and ‘only x amount of books a month’ but that hasn’t worked for me.

So I need a new system to limit my spendings. If you have any recommendations, please let me know!

Though I’ll try to keep track of the money I spend on books and merchandise each month, I doubt I’ll be able to do that for a long time. I can already predict it is going to be through the roof and I am going to give up on it because it is too depressing. Still, I want to try.


2017 TBR

I never post TBRs. I’m a mood reader, so I never know what I am going to read next. I’m not going to post a list of the books I want to read in 2017 either. Sure, there are plenty of books I plan on reading, but who knows whether I will actually get to them.


WordPress

I created this blog in July 2016 and I plan on doing it for a very long time! I really enjoy expressing my opinions this way (and feel much more comfortable doing this than Booktube). I will continue to post regularly – you can have a look at my posting schedule here – and if you have any feedback for me, that is always welcome!

So please, if there are posts you’d like to see more or less of, or you have any other kind of feedback, don’t be afraid to share it with me 😀


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T5W: most disappointing books of 2016 (28 December)

Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes ! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! This week’s topic is:

December 28th – Characters You’d Invite to Your New Year’s Eve Party
Pretty self explanatory. Who would you want to your NYE bash and why?

However, I am going to deviate from the original topic once again. I’d only end up talking about my three favourite series anyway. Instead, I want to discuss some disappointing books I read in 2016. You can have a look at all the books I read this year here.

I won’t take my rating into account much. Honestly, I’d change almost all the ratings if I could. I don’t want to start doing that, because I’d be a never ending job. Instead, this is more based on feeling. It doesn’t necessarily mean that these books were bad, but that I perhaps expected more. So to be clear: I’m not talking about the worst books of 2016, but the ones that were disappointing! Furthermore, I will only talk about books I finished, not DNFs (except for Gemina).

As usual, these are in no particular order:

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

rating: ★☆☆☆☆

I read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland last week and I still have no idea what I read. I picked it up a few times as a child, but never finished it. I never saw the original adaptation by Disney, only the one released in 2010. Everything I thought I knew about Alice in Wonderland before I read this, wasn’t even that important (such as the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat). I was so confused, I even checked whether I was actually reading the right book!


2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (review)

rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Thankfully, I read some spoilers beforehand and was prepared that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child wasn’t going to live up to the original series. Still, it was even worse than I could’ve imagined. It was filled with plot-holes, characters behaving out-of-character… Clearly, I didn’t like it at all. It was actually the first time I rated a book so poorly.

Honestly, this could’ve been good (in an alternate universe, written by different people), if they’d focussed more on life at Hogwarts, instead of trying to re-live the events of the original series. 

That’s what I didn’t love about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: the entire movie is basically about Newt’s two days in New York City. I prefer a more in-depth storyline. Still, Fantastic Beasts was much, much better than Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I never want to touch that script again. I bet it’s much better when watching the play, but that’s no excuse for publishing such a poorly done script.


3. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (review)

rating: ★★★★☆

Don’t get me wrong: I enjoyed The Raven King much more than Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. After all, it’s part of my favourite series. Still, I was very disappointed after finishing it. Even though I got what I wanted, I didn’t like the conclusion to the quest. Nor was I satisfied with the epilogue. Don’t even get me started on remembered. Remembered, my ass!

Perhaps my expectations were too high. Still, there was so much foreshadowing in the previous books, The Raven King didn’t live up to it. Too many new antagonists were introduced and Henry Cheng should’ve become more prominent earlier on.

However, my opinion might change once I re-read it. When I re-read the other books, I loved them even more than the first time. So, there’s hope. 


4. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (review)

rating: ★★★★☆

I felt the same way about Crooked Kingdom: I expected more. By no means is it a bad second and final instalment. But it’s been months since I’ve finished it and I haven’t thought about it once. And that’s not a good sign. I was very attached to the characters after reading Six of Crows and that is sadly no longer the case after reading the finale.

Having said that, if Bardugo decides to add books to the universe, I’ll definitely read them. Furthermore, I also plan on giving the Grisha trilogy another chance.


5. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

status: ‘currently reading’ shelf

I’m still reading Gemina, but haven’t picked it up in over a month. I am still hesitating whether or not I should continue it. I loved Illuminae, but I have no clue what’s going on in Gemina and didn’t connect to the new protagonists. Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes, my favourite Booktuber, felt the same way about it, but still ended up giving it four stars (as she mentioned in her review). So, because of that, I might give it another chance, even though I’m disappointed that I didn’t enjoy it from the very beginning.

I also learnt that Nevernight by Jay Kristoff is racist (you can read more about that here), which doesn’t make me excited to read any more of his books either.


(not-so-)honourable mentions: Sadly, I also didn’t enjoy the Falling Kingdoms series, You by Caroline Kepnes, All the Feels by Danika Stone, Vicious by V.E. Schwab


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T5W: fictional items I want (21 December)

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This week’s topic is fictional items you’d give as gifts. On March 16th, the topic was fictional items you want for yourself. Since I wasn’t a member of Top 5 Wednesday at the time, I wanted to do it today instead! I’ve read some other readers’ answers and unlike some of them, I won’t include any fictional animals. That’s a great idea though and might write a post about that some other time.

So here are some fictional items I want, in no particular order!

1. wand (Harry Potter)

Obviously, the first thing I’d want is a wand. And naturally, the ability to do magic. Otherwise, it’s useless and I already own two. If there’s any fictional universe I’d want to join, it’s for certain the Wizarding World. So sorry not sorry, you’ll see many more items for the Harry Potter franchise on this list!


2. time turner (Harry Potter)

One of my worst qualities is procrastinating. Surprisingly, that doesn’t happen while blogging. Some posts are even scheduled months in advance. That’s because I enjoy writing about books and it’s relaxing. Studying on the other hand, isn’t. So, I could definitely use a Time Turner. No need to worry: I rarely leave the house, so there’s no danger of exposing the Wizarding World 😀


3. Marauder’s map (Harry Potter)

I already own two Marauder’s Maps, but I want the real deal. Unfortunately, I still haven’t received my Hogwarts letter (I’m 21 years old, it should’ve been here by now…) so it’s kind of useless if I don’t get to attend my favourite Wizarding school in the meantime.


4. Invisibility Cloak (Harry Potter)

Okay, okay, I could go on, but I swear this is my final Harry Potter-inspired item on this list. Though I could add many more. When asking someone about the superpower they’d want, invisibility is a popular answer. So yes, it be pretty cool to have an Invisibility Cloak! However, not to do anything creepy or pervy!


5. Lightsaber (Star Wars)

I’m very new to the Star Wars fandom: I only watched the films for the very first time in January 2016. But I instantly became a fan and have come close to buying a Lightsaber many times. If only my mom didn’t stop me… Still, all those toys can’t compare to the real deal!


6. Daenerys’ dragon eggs (A Song of Ice and Fire)

I’m going to do a sixth fictional item because the majority were from the Harry Potter universe. Daenerys’ dragon eggs look stunning and I really want to buy some replicas. I wouldn’t mind real dragon eggs either, though I doubt my mother would allow fire-breathing dragons in the house.


Which fictional items do you want? And which ones would you give as gifts? Let me know! I bet you’ll come up with many awesome answers that I forgot.

(scheduled on 30 November 2016)


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Series That Got Worse with Each Book or Season (14 December)

Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes ! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! This week’s topic is:

December 14th – Series That Got Worse with Each Book/Season
I opened this topic up to TV as well (which T5W is always open to by the way if you can’t think of book answers), but I think this topic is especially good for books and TV. What series started out strong but got increasingly worse with each book?

I am so excited for this week’s topic! Finally, I won’t end up talking about The Raven Cycle, Harry Potter and A Song of Ice and Fire! I’m going to divide this in two parts: first, I will talk about the book series that got worse; then, I will talk about TV series.

Naturally, these are merely my own opinions. I’m sorry if you like these series, so please, don’t take it personally  ❤

As you know by now, these are in no particular order:

Books

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1. Shatter Me trilogy

Back in 2015 when I read this series, I gave Shatter Me five stars  and Unravel Me and Ignite Me two. I thought Shatter Me was very promising, but as the series went on, the romance became very dominant and I got to dislike Juliette. Furthermore, I was absolutely no fan of Warner.

Having said that, if I were to re-read Shatter Me today, I would never give it five stars again!


2. Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Taryn Fisher

The Never Never novellas started out so promising, but the third and final installment was so disappointing.


3. Throne of Glass series

Okay, I’m completely cheating here. I’ve only read Throne of Glass and The Assassin’s Blade. But from people I trust, I know I won’t like what is going to happen next. Therefore, I have no interest in ever continuing it. Even though I quite enjoyed the books I read, I’m not going to force myself to read something I know I won’t enjoy.


I can’t think of any more book series. If I liked the second instalment less than the first one, there’s a big chance I didn’t continue it. For example, I DNF’ed the Mortal Instruments series, Falling Kingdoms series, Young Elites trilogy…

TV series

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1. Shameless U.S.

A couple of years ago, Shameless U.S. was my favourite series. But every season, they did the same stuff over and over again (like Frank’s shitty behaviour and Fiona saying ‘fuck it’ and prioritizing herself over her siblings). Furthermore, I absolutely hated the way they treated Mickey (and Mandy, for that matter) and didn’t watch season 6 and 7 anymore. Now that Mickey’s back, however, I am going to watch his scenes. But only his! I don’t care about any of the other characters anymore.


2. The Walking Dead

The same can be said of The Walking Dead. They’ve run out of ideas, so each season features the same idea: they need to find a new place, but encounter bad people. Furthermore, there is the moral dilemma each character has underwent, some multiple times.

Besides, I hate the stuff they do for shock value. Killing beloved characters in the most gruesome way is not good writing. And don’t even get me started on them only killing off people of colour and queer characters!

After the season 7 premiere, we decided we aren’t going to watch The Walking Dead anymore. Like I said, shock value does not equal good writing. We didn’t enjoy what we saw and there’s no need to continue watching something you know won’t get better.


3. Teen Wolf

My sister and I watched Teen Wolf until about half of season 6. The storyline was all over the place and we didn’t care much about the characters anymore.

I’m not saying that the first season of TW was the best, but after the third season, everything sure went downhill.


4. Supernatural

Honestly, I’m only mentioning series my sister forced me to watch here 😀 She used to love Supernatural, but also doesn’t watch it anymore. I guess showrunners never know when enough is enough.


Okay, I’m sure there are more examples, but my brain must’ve blocked them out 😉  Which series do you think got worse with each book or season?


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