T5W: series I (probably) won’t continue | rewind

series I won't continue.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! 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! May is Top 5 Wednesday rewind month; we get to do some of the topics we’ve missed before! So today, I’m going to talk about some series I started and enjoyed, but not enough to finish.

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

labyrinth lostLabyrinth Lost is in my opinion perfect for readers who are new to Young Adult fantasies. Apart from the diversity, however, this novel was just okay for me. Though the sequel Bruja Born will follow a character I liked more than the protagonist in the first instalment, I’m not convinced I’m going to pick it up.

daughter of smoke and boneLaini Taylor’s work has received a lot of praise, so it pains me to say that I most likely won’t continue the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. I actually really liked the fantasy elements, but the romance ultimately ruined the first book for me. Because I don’t own copies of the rest of the series, I especially don’t feel pressured to find out what happens next.

three dark crownsThough I find the premise of Three Dark Crowns premising, the execution bored me. I didn’t enjoy reading this first instalment, so the chances of me continuing this series were slim to begin with. Nonetheless, I was intrigued to find out which of the queens would win. It’s been over a year since I’ve read this book, however, and I no longer care.

and i darkenWhen I read And I Darken back in 2016, I loved it. It was slow at times and there weren’t as many action-packed scenes as I would’ve liked, but I adored the characters. Yet a lot of time has passed since and I don’t think I will continue this series anymore.

geminaI absolutely loved Illuminea, but I couldn’t bring myself to finish Gemina. It’s more of the same and at the end of the day, science-fiction isn’t my cup of tea. I don’t think I’m the only one though. Everyone was raving about the first instalment, but I haven’t seen a lot of people talk about the finale, Obsidio.


Those are five series I started, but most likely won’t finish. Do you think I’m making a mistake, or do you agree with my decisions?

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T5W: recent additions to my TBR | rewind

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! 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! May is Top 5 Wednesday rewind month; we get to do some of the topics we’ve missed before! So today, I’m going to talk about some already published books I recently added to my ‘want to read’ shelf on Goodreads!

When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

home fire.pngHome Fire has received a lot of praise and when Russell @ Ink and Paper Blog mentioned it in his April wrap-up, I was instantly intrigued! I love fiction that deals with complex topics, so my hopes for this novel are high!

the book of the unnamed midwife.pngI have to admit I don’t read science-fiction often, but when Emily @ Possibly Literate praised The Book of the Unnamed Midwife in her April wrap-up, I decided to add it to my TBR nonetheless.

the poppy war.pngThis adult fantasy has been receiving a ton of hype lately, so I’m interested in picking it up! Be careful though because the subject matter can be triggering; I found trigger warnings for graphic descriptions of violence, self-harm, rape and much more!

a princess in theory.pngI usually don’t read romance books, but I’ve heard many great things about Alyssa Cole’s work and A Princess in Theory in particular.

the reader.pngI don’t know much about The Reader, except that so many of my friends absolutely love this Young Adult fantasy series!


Here are five books I recently added to my TBR on Goodreads! Have you read any of these books yet?

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Top 5 Wednesday: authors I’d like to meet | rewind

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! 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! May is Top 5 Wednesday rewind month; we get to do some of the topics we’ve missed before! So today, I’m going to talk about some authors I’d like to meet.

Because I live in Belgium, the chances of me meeting any popular author are very slim. Therefore, I could choose every author whose books I’ve ever read, but I’ve decided to go with authors whose work I admire and have influenced me. These are in no particular order.

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1. Becky Albertalli

It’s no secret that I love Becky Albertalli’s work. Besides the Harry Potter series, her books are my comfort reads. I re-read them yearly at least once and as opposed to J.K. Rowling, Becky seems like a very nice person and I’d love to tell her how much her work means to me. That said, I didn’t love Leah on the Offbeat, but I hope I will change my mind when I re-read it.

2. Ashley Herring Blake

Every single one of Ashley Herring Blake’s books I’ve read so far has taken me by surprise. I never expect to relate to them as much as I do. Out of all the books I’ve read, I think her work represent me the best. Therefore it’s often hard to read her books because they’re so relatable, but it’s also comfortable: it’s reassuring to know I’m not alone and that’s why I will continue to read everything this author writes.

 3. Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is one of my favourite reads of 2018 so far and I definitely plan on re-reading it a lot, which is why Taylor Jenkins Reid is on this list. I’ve also read Maybe in another Life and though it didn’t blow me away, I was impressed by the complexity and originality.

4. Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng is one of my favourite novels of all time and Little Fires Everywhere has stuck with me even though I’ve read over forty books in the meantime. I trust her recommendations and because of Celeste Ng, I want to read adult literature more often.

5. Angie Thomas

I consider Angie Thomas to be one of the most influential authors, so meeting her would leave me starstruck. The Hate U Give is revolutionary and I’m already very much looking forward to the release of On the Come Up.


So those are some of the authors I’d like to meet! Have you met any authors yet? Who would be on your list?

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T5W: unread authors | freebie

unread authors.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! 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 is a freebie, so I decided to go with the following topic:

February 12th, 2014: Top Unread Authors

There are an abundance of authors whose work I haven’t read yet, but I really want to. Today I am going to talk about five authors of which I have multiple of their books on my TBR, but haven’t read before yet.

These are in no particular order.

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Donna Tartt

I own both the Goldfinch and the Secret History by Donna Tartt and I especially have the feeling I’m going to love the latter. It’s one of the books I need to read in 2018, so I hope it won’t disappoint.

Alice Oseman

I have heard nothing but good things about Alice Oseman’s work and I am in particular looking forward to reading Radio Silence. I have to admit that I’ve been postponing picking it up because I’m intimidated by the hype.

N.K. Jemisin

Many of the adult fantasy and sci-fi books that are recommended, are not diverse. So I am very happy that N.K. Jemisin’s work is so well-loved and I am very curious to read the Fifth Season, since it has received so many glowing reviews!

Roshani Chokshi

I own a copy of a Crown of Wishes and I am already looking forward to the release of Aru Shah and the End of Time!

Nnedi Okorafor

I’m especially interested in reading the Binti series because everyone I know loves it. The only reason why I haven’t been able to read this yet is because I find it a bit expensive on Kindle considering each instalment isn’t a full-length novel.


I’m sorry this blog post is rather short. I made it last-minute, unlike my other posts. Anyway, these are some authors whose work I definitely plan to read in the future!

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T5W: 2018 wishlist

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! 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 27th: 2018 Wishlist
Looking forward into the new year, this is a list of the types of books you’d like to see more of in 2018! Try to avoid actual titles, and discuss themes, genres, or tropes you’d like to see more of in the new year!

Honestly, this week’s topic isn’t an easy one because I don’t plan to change the type of books I read in 2018 (besides reading more adult fiction). I will continue to pick up diverse books as I have been doing for the past year, so I didn’t want to write an entire post about that.

Anyway, this wishlist is in no particular order.


1. books inspired by recent events

I love reading books that seem timeless. I remember when I first read Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, I was afraid that the book was going to have an “expiration date” because of the many pop-culture references. If specific pop-culture references or current events are mentioned in a novel, it might be lost on readers who read the book a few years after it’s released.

But you cannot deny that these past few years have been very eventful, significant even for what our future might look like. Take the treatment of Muslims or the Black Lives Matter movement, for example. I am very keen to read more #OwnVoices books exploring current events. The Hate U Give did it in 2017 and I know that books like Tyler Johnson Was Here and Love, Hate & Other Filters will be just as meaningful in 2018.

2. uplifting mental health representation

This might be a bit controversial, but you have to understand where I’m coming from: I am mentally ill. I am in therapy as we speak, but that is a slow process and not as easy as I had expected.

So reading books that represent characters with mental illnesses can often be very triggering for me. Therefore, I want more books where instead of only following a character living with a mental illness in a dark, negative way, we also follow characters who are getting help and are perhaps recovering.

I know that’s not always realistic, I know it’s not always possible. But it’s what I need. The only thing that keeps me going is that I believe that I can get better with help. I can’t do it by myself and I need that hope.

To be honest, I am a sucker for heartbreaking books, but when it comes to sad mental health representation, I can’t handle that at the moment.

3. more standalones

I could probably count the amount of series I have read in 2017 on one hand. Especially in the fantasy genre, I wish more standalones were published. I find duologies a good compromise, but in the case of Three Dark Crowns, for example, a popular series is often extended and I HATE THAT! I 100% understand why authors do that. But as I reader, I hate it. I was going to pick up One Dark Throne, but I no longer will because the series has been extended to four instead of two books.

Because the fantasy genre in particular is lacking standalone novels, I’ve barely read any in 2017. I do have some on my TBR that I really want to get to such as The Epic Crush of Genie Lo and there are series I want to start like The City of Brass and The Bone Witch, but I can’t deny that I almost always prioritize standalones.

Admittedly, contemporaries have become my go-to genre, which is something I hadn’t expected to happen. I certainly want to pick up more diverse fantasy novels in 2018.

4. less allocishet romances

Yes, I’m cheating because this is supposed to be about what we want more of, but I can’t deny that I am tired of so many books including an allocishet romance. This year it has bothered me less because I read a lot of books featuring queer characters, but especially when reading backlist books, this bothers me to no end. Allocishet romances can absolutely ruin a book for me.

I would be fine with no romance at all as well. Give me some kick-ass ladies who don’t have to end up with that arrogant dude they hated at first, please!

5. more authors expanding their horizons

We often put authors in a certain box. When they’ve written YA contemporaries before, we expect all of their book to be YA contemporaries. So I am absolutely living for authors who do things we wouldn’t immediately expect them to do, which seems to be very popular in 2018! Here are some examples of what I mean:

  • collaborations, e.g. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
  • not only Young Adult, e.g. Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed and Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
  • anthologies, e.g. Toil & Trouble and Fresh Ink

So these are some things I will certainly keep my eye on in 2018. What genres, tropes, etc. are on your 2018 wishlist? Please let me know in the comments!

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T5W: Characters on the Naughty List

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! 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 13th – Characters on the Naughty List
These can be villains or just characters you don’t like!

a game of thronesI’ve said this many times before and I will say it again: I HATE TYRION LANNISTER! My annoyance started when I realised everyone adores this man, but why? He doesn’t do anything! He thinks he’s smart, but his enemies outsmarted him a lot. He thinks he’s funny, but the only people who want to be around him, are people he pays. He thinks he’s rich, but that’s all thanks to his family.

Especially when I started reading the books, I couldn’t look past his problematic nature. He is a rapist; wanted to sexually assault under-age Sansa Stark, but only stopped because she was crying and that’s not “sexy”; fantasises about having his sister severely hurt and raped; etc.

Tyrion Lannister reminds me of those male authors who write long paragraphs when having a conversation with women, but without any substance whatsoever. They think they’re better than everyone else, but in reality, no one likes them because they’re honestly not that interesting.

simon vs the homo sapiens agendaIf you haven’t read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda yet, here’s all you need to know (by the way, these aren’t spoilers because it literally happens in the very first chapter): Martin discovers Simon has been emailing a boy nicknamed Blue and blackmails him: if Simon doesn’t make Martin look desirable to his friend Abby, Martin is going to out Simon to the entire school.

But noooo, Martin isn’t homophobic you guys, because his brother is gay! *sarcasm* UGH, I hate Martin so much! I love Becky Albertalli’s writing because it’s so honest and realistic, and Martin is no exception. This dude genuinely thinks he’s a nice guy and ultimately feels victimizes by the entire thing. Thankfully, his behaviour doesn’t go unchallenged.

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If you’ve read my review of Outlander, you know how I feel about Jamie Fraser: he’s an abusive rapist! I don’t want to rant all over again (read my review if you want to know how I feel) but I absolutely fail to see how he is so many people’s book boyfriend.

I don’t care whether he gets better, at the end of the day, he’s never going to apologise for his past behaviour anyway. He always ends up telling a sad story in which he pretty much blames Claire for what happens, and then she apologises to HIM!

daughter of smoke and boneLook, I don’t care enough about Akiva to hate him, but I certainly would’ve enjoyed Daughter of Smoke & Bone more without him. I usually like dual POVs, but even after reading his chapters, I still don’t know what his personality is like. Going into this, I knew there was going to be instalove. I thought I was prepared, but it was even worse than I had imagined. I’m so disappointed because forbidden romances are usually one of my favourite romance tropes! But it didn’t work for me because Akiva is such a flat character and I don’t see why they’re attracted to one another, except for their beauty. But like I said though, I don’t feel as strongly about this character as the others on my list.

the school for good and evilThere were many things I didn’t like about the School for Good and Evil, but it might have been a more bearable reading experience without Sophie. She is convinced she is good because she is beautiful, but she is such a horrible character and throughout the book, she remains selfish. Agatha and Sophie share a platonic true love’s kiss, but seriously, am I supposed to believe these two are best friends when Sophie threw Agatha under the bus time and time again?


So these are some characters I dislike and could live without. All with the exception of Martin are supposed to be likeable, so this list might be a bit controversial.

Which characters are on your naughty list?

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T5W: bookish things I’m a Grinch about

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! 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 6th – Bookish Things You’re a Grinch About
Since being a grinch is a funny thing, try not to make this serious topics that make you angry (like lack of diversity or abusive relationships in fiction, etc) as this is supposed to be more of a petty bookish things you hate. This can be stuff about covers, dumb tropes, etc. Have fun with it.

Thankfully I read the description first, because I already had a bunch of serious topics in mind. So today, I am going to talk about some petty bookish things I hate, but try not to repeat things I have said in previous posts, like cover changes and movie tie-in book covers.

1. real people on book covers

the brightsidersTake the cover of The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde, for example. I love that the colours of the bisexual flag were used, but I’m really not a fan of this cover. I just don’t like real people on covers, okay?! There are some exceptions (like Tyler Johnson Was Here) but bad covers are a dealbreaker for me. I’m not sure yet whether I’ll buy a physical copy, even though I am dying to read this book once it’s released.

2. overused tropes

Most tropes can be very interesting (like the missing princess, the chosen one, etc.) but my problem is that they are so overused, it has made a lot of Young Adult fantasy series incredibly predictable. When a missing princess is mentioned, it’s not that hard to figure out that our protagonist – who happens to be an orphan – is the one they’re talking about.

Like I said, those tropes aren’t bad, but they’re predictable. And more often than not, they’re only revealed towards the end of the book, whereas the reader knew all along. And then you have to read the rest of the series to discover the aftermath of that reveal… meh, I just don’t have the patience to read books like that anymore.

3. disappointing conclusion

I am very difficult when it comes to the end of a book series. I want some heartbreak, but I don’t want it to be predictable (e.g. Crooked Kingdom). I want things that were mentioned earlier on in the series to be addressed (e.g. The Raven King failed doing that). It’s just incredibly disappointing when you invest a lot of your time in something, and the finale is a let-down.

Yes, I do realise that finales must be incredibly difficult to write. But as a reader, I can’t say many final instalments have really satisfied me. Perhaps that’s why I prefer to read standalones these days.

4. overhyped books EVERYWHERE

When looking for bookish merch, when asking for recommendations, when checking out book awards, etc. the same books tend to pop up each time. I sometimes feel very disconnect from the Bookstagram community in particular, because my reading tastes are completely different. It’s so tiring that after so many years, the same book series are still shoved down your throat, just because the authors can’t seem to put an end to it.

Additionally, I wish the community talked more about books that aren’t Young Adult fantasy series. Some readers e.g. refuse to read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas because they don’t like to read contemporaries. Well, that’s fair I guess, but if you only read those overhyped YA fantasies, you are missing out on a lot of great things.

5. books with promising starts that go downhill

Name something more disappointing than picking up a book thinking it’s going to be a 5 star read, only to end up hating it. Why do bad things happen to good people?! I’m just kidding, but it’s still incredibly frustrating.


So these are some bookish things I’m a Grinch about. Honestly, I could’ve added many more things to this list, but I tried to keep it as light as possible 😀

What are some bookish things you are a Grinch about? Let me know in the comments!

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T5W: my problematic faves (book characters)

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November 8th: Problematic Faves
Characters you don’t want to love, but you can’t help liking.

There’s a fine line between my problematic faves and villains I love to hate. I actually find it hard to explain the difference myself, but Bellatrix Lestrange for example is a character I love because she embraces her evilness, whereas I think my problematic faves are more complex. However, that does not mean I excuse their behaviour or pretend it never happened. Also, I don’t consider characters who are merely flawed as problematic, because that’s what makes them human. The characters I am about to mention, have done things I would never be able to look past if they were real people instead of fictional characters.

Anyway, let’s get started! These are in no particular order.

the dream thievesIt has been a while since I’ve read The Raven Cycle, but every time I read it, I couldn’t help but love Joseph Kavinsky. I know, I know, I’m human garbage! Look, I’m not defending what he did, he’s just a character I really loved to read about and I MISS HIM.

a game of thronesEvery single character in A Song of Ice and Fire is complex and that’s one of the reason why I love this series so much. Sansa Stark is my favourite character, but I don’t think she’s problematic. Cersei Lannister on the other hand… She’s even more awful in the books, but I would die for her. When I started watching Game of Thrones, I never expected to love her as much as I do, but like I said, she is one of my favourite characters and I root for her.

six of crowsMatthias Helvar is a former Drüskelle, which are soldiers who hunt the Grisha. You can compare it to the Nazis who abused and murdered Jewish and other people. I wouldn’t be able to root for a character that was a former Nazi, but admittedly, Matthias was probably my third favourite character in this duology, besides Inej and Nina. I’m even more trash because I actually shipped him with a Grisha. Let’s just blame Bardugo for my behaviour, she shouldn’t have written him so well!

deathly hallowsDraco and Narcissa Malfoy were loyal to the Death Eaters, which is once again similar to the Nazis. I recently re-read the Harry Potter series and I was especially shocked by Draco’s behaviour in the earlier books, he was absolutely horrible! He even wished Hermione would die at some point.

Having said that, I truly believe these characters were followers rather than actively involved (not that that’s any better, but still) and turned their lives around in the end.


Damn, sorry for my little outbursts there. I feel very ashamed for loving these characters because I usually really don’t support problematic characters, but here we are 🤷‍♀️

What are some of your problematic faves?

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T5W: books featuring witches on my TBR

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! 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:

October 4th: Books Featuring Witches
So there is a topic later this month about paranormal creatures, but 1. witches aren’t creatures and 2. they deserve their own topic. These can be “witch books” or books that happen to feature witches as characters, whether they are main characters or side characters.

I haven’t been reading a lot of fantasies lately, so instead, I’m going to talk about five books featuring witches on my TBR. Surprisingly, I actually own all of these already! These are in no particular order. truthwitch

synopsis: In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

Truthwitch is on my fall TBR. I’ve been meaning to start this series ever since it was released, so I really need to pick this up soon. On the other hand, however, the release date of the third instalment has been pushed back, if I’m correct. So in fact, I shouldn’t rush myself. the bone witch

synopsis: The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.

The Bone Witch is on my fall TBR as well! I own the audiobook as well, but I think it’s best to actually read a complex fantasy novel myself. Apparently, this is kind of slow, but I’ve managed to read books like A Game of Thrones, so surely, I can get through this as well, right?labyrinth lost.png

synopsis: Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

I started Labyrinth Lost back in April, but because I was incredibly busy, I ended up DNF’ing all the books I was reading back then. I was really enjoying Labyrinth Lost, but I think I’ll have to re-read it before I pick this up again. uprooted.png

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, ambitious wizard, known only as the Dragon, to keep the wood’s powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman must be handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as being lost to the wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows – everyone knows – that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia – all the things Agnieszka isn’t – and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But no one can predict how or why the Dragon chooses a girl. And when he comes, it is not Kasia he will take with him.

Some readers absolutely love Uprooted, other really don’t. Fantasy standalones always peak my interests (I don’t  read many series lately), so I ought to read this one soon! the school for good and evil.png

The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.

This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?

I received this trilogy for my birthday almost two years ago, yet I still haven’t started this series. Middle Grade is either a hit-or-miss for me, but the synopsis sounds so unique. And many readers, including adults, seem to really enjoy these books!


So these are five books featuring witches on my TBR. Feel free to leave a link to your ‘Top 5 Wednesday’ post below, because I really want to discover more books with witches!

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T5W: books I’ve read because of Twitter

books i've read because of twitter.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! 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:

September 27th: Books You’ve Read Because of Booktube/Blogging/etc.
Discuss the books you’ve picked up because you’ve heard of them in the online book community or platform you use

Today, I’m going to talk about five books I picked up because of Twitter. These titles weren’t on my radar at first, but thanks to the people I follow on there, I decided to pick them up. You can find me @romweasleys on Twitter, by the way, though I am currently on hiatus since there’s too much triggering content on there! Anyway, these are in no particular order!

the gentleman's guide to vice and virtueI initially wasn’t planning on reading the Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, because I’d rather read M/M romances by male authors. But everyone was loving this book, so I decided to listen to it on audiobook. Unfortunately, my gut feeling was right and I didn’t enjoy this as much as everyone else has. You can read my full review here.

lambs can always become lionsI follow the author on several social media, so that’s how I found out this wonderful F/F Robin Hood retelling. Though I’m not familiar with Robin Hood, I ended up loving Lambs Can Always Become Lions. I loved the diversity and especially the writing! You can read my full review here.

better at weddings than you.pngYou have no idea how many M/F romances I have bought because of Twitter! I would never reach for those books myself, but when they’re diverse and other readers have loved them, I’m willing to give them a chance. I’ll probably never fall in love with this genre, but as long as the books are entertaining, I’m okay with that. If you do like romances, however, I’d definitely recommend Better At Weddings Than You! You can read my full review here.

how to make a wishAs soon as I found out about How to Make a Wish on Twitter, I requested an ARC on Netgalley. I’m so glad I did, because it’s one of my favourite #OwnVoices books with bisexual representation! At the time, I didn’t fully love this, because the difficult parts of Grace’s live were relatable as well. Having said that, I can’t wait to re-read this beauty! I’m certain I will enjoy it even more the second time around, because I’m now aware of everything this novel deals with. You can read my full review here.

coffee boyAfter reading a lot of harmful New Adult romances a couple of years ago, I stayed clear from the genre. But I really enjoyed the queer ones I picked up this year thanks to Twitter! I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: please don’t neglect diverse books even if the genre doesn’t appeal to you. You might miss out on some great books if you do! You can read my full review here.


So these were five books I picked up because of Twitter. To be honest though, the majority of the books I read, are on my radar thanks to the folks I follow there. I mainly read diverse books today and I wouldn’t have heard of many of those titles if it wasn’t for the book community on Twitter. Unfortunately, the place is too harmful for me at the moment, so I hope I won’t be missing out on any amazing books 😦

Anyway, what are some books you picked up because of Twitter (or BookTube, or bloggers….)?

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