wrap-up | February 2018

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! In February, I read a total of 10 books! Because it’s Black History Month, I read a couple of books written by black authors and I participated in ContemporaryAThon. The latter wasn’t a huge success, which is why I didn’t post a wrap-up post.

I also read ten books last month, so I will try to read that many books each month from now on. I have no idea whether that’s going to be possible, but I want to try nonetheless for two reasons:

  1. It’s easier to keep track of my progress;
  2. Once I finish those ten books, I can read a big book for the rest of the month. That way, I’ll finally have a chance to pick up those intimidating reads.

I will start with the books I enjoyed the least and end with the one I liked the most. I didn’t hate a single book I read this month, but the majority was just okay… When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page.


forest of a thousand lanternsSadly I didn’t enjoy reading Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. The sequel Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix features Jade whom I find more intriguing, but since I didn’t like anything about this novel, I doubt I’ll give it a chance. I rated this two stars because it certainly isn’t an awful book, but I just wasn’t a fan. You can read my full review here.

take your medicine.pngTake Your Medicine was a typical three star read for me: it was okay. I absolutely adore the cover; unfortunately the story didn’t live up to it. You can read my full review here.

an american marriage.pngI wanted to love An American Marriage but mainly because of Roy’s sexist behaviour, I ultimately didn’t enjoy this. I gave this novel three out of five stars because I was invested enough to finish it, but the third part in particular ruined the book for me. You can read my full review here.

like vanessaI enjoyed this middle grade novel, but there were a lot of (in my opinion) problematic content I could’ve lived without. You can read my full review here.

wild beautyI definitely recommend reading Wild Beauty if you haven’t yet. This was my first magical realism story, so it was very unique. I especially liked the characters. That said, it didn’t live up to the hype for me. I didn’t get used to the writing style, but I plan on reading more of this author’s work in the future. You can read my full review here.

love, hate and other filtersI enjoyed reading Love, Hate and Other Filters, but didn’t absolutely love it because of personal reasons. Those won’t stop me from recommending this book, especially to fans of young adult contemporary romances. You can read my full review here.

they both die at the endI was bored at times while reading They Both Die At the End, but I would still recommend this novel because it’s about celebrating life. It’s really sad and stressful at times, so keep that in mind. I rated this four stars. You can read my full review here.

a kind of freedom.pngI listened to the audiobook of A Kind of Freedom on a whim and I am pleased I did. This is a multi-generational story about three members of an African-American family, written by a black woman. I liked each point-of-view equally: each character had a distinct voice and was complex. Authors who are able to pull that off seamlessly deserve a lot of praise in my opinion. You can read my full review here.

the witch doesn't burn in this one.pngThe Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One absolutely took me by surprise! I never read poetry because it isn’t my cup of tea, but I plan on buying a finished copy of this and The Princess Saves Herself in this One. You can read my full review on Goodreads!

piecing me togetherPiecing Me Together is my first five star read of 2018! I read this during ContemporaryAThon and it absolutely deserves the hype it has received! In my opinion, this book is perfect, so check it out if you haven’t yet! You can read my full review here.


It has been a while since I didn’t finish a book, but sadly, I had to DNF a couple of books in February:peculiar childrenMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was on my list of books I need to read in 2018. I started listening to this on audiobook, but I gave up halfway through. I didn’t care about it and since I don’t own physical copies of the rest of the series, I didn’t feel pressured enough to continue it. I wrote a short review on Goodreads, which you can find here.

this will be my undoing.pngI didn’t want to DNF This Will Be My Undoing, but I had to because of self care reasons. I don’t want to elaborate since this is all very new for me, but the mentions of sex and pornography in particular were very triggering. I really wish I could continue this, but I tried and it was too difficult for me. I wrote a short review on Goodreads, which you can find here.


I also post other content besides reviews 🙂 Check out these blogposts if you haven’t yet:

  • Anticipated February 2018 book releases (x)
  • New Year’s Resolutions book tag (x)

  • My bookshelves – January 2018 (x)
  • Down the TBR Hole round 8 (x)
  • Top 10 Tuesday: books with queer characters of colour on my TBR (x)
  • 20 Questions book tag (x)
  • Bookstagram: Should I Stay or Should I Go? | book chat (x)
  • Books I Want to Read Because of Certain Readers | on my TBR (x)
  • February 2018 book haul (x)

So this was my February 2018 wrap-up! Which books did you read this month?


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January 2018 wrap-up

january 2018.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! I read a total of 10 books in January! I have to admit I didn’t read as many books as I could’ve 1) because I still needed to post so many reviews and 2) I just haven’t been in the mood to read lately. Still, I am well ahead of my Goodreads reading challenge, so no harm done.

I will start with the books I enjoyed the least and end with the one I liked the most. January wasn’t the best reading month: I didn’t enjoy a lot of books as much as I had expected and I didn’t fall in love with anything. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page.

and then there were none.pngI was very disappointed by And Then There Were None. It was intrigued while reading, but the reveal wasn’t as shocking as I would’ve hoped, even though I hadn’t expected it. In the meantime I have watched the BBC adaptation and though there’s more tension in that one, it didn’t chance my mind. I doubt I’ll read any more of Agatha Christie’s work, considering this is her most popular novel. Anyway, you can read my full review here.

a torch against the nightSadly, the year started of with what could be one of the most disappointing reads of 2018. I’ve been struggling to finish A Torch Against the Night since March 2017 and I considered DNF’ing it multiple times, though I was able to read the entire thing thanks to the audiobook, even though I wasn’t a fan of the narration. As much as I love An Ember in the Ashes, it’s unlikely I’ll continue this series. You can read my full review here.

the lost heroI feel so conflicted about Rick Riordan’s books. I love the idea of incorporating Greek mythology  – and in this series Roman as well – but the execution isn’t what I had hoped. I am sick and tired of these quests! It makes the books so predictable and tedious, while they could be great. I will continue to read his work, but I am afraid I’ll never feel completely satisfied. Nonetheless I did enjoy The Lost Hero; you can read my full review on Goodreads!

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Another disappointment I didn’t see coming this month… Wonder Woman: Warbringer isn’t a bad book, but it certainly didn’t live up to my expectations. This could’ve been amazing, but it wasn’t dark enough for me. You can read my full review here.

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Stay With Me was the final book I finished this month, so I haven’t been able to write a review of it yet. Unfortunately, I felt a bit passive while reading this book. I was interested to find out more, but I wasn’t invested. I have a lot of thoughts about this book and I suggest reading my review once I upload it.

the underground railroadI had a hard time reviewing The Underground Railroad. I loved how it gave agency to slaves and how it humanised them, but the book was even grittier than most of the heartbreaking  novels I read. Therefore, I wouldn’t feel comfortable recommending it to everyone, but suggest reading reviews beforehand and determine for yourself whether this novel is for you, especially considering the list of trigger warnings is very extensive. You can have a look at those and my review here.

the son of neptune.pngThe Son of Neptune absolutely took me by surprise. I enjoyed it a lot more than I had expected! Learning more about Camp Jupiter was awesome and I was almost in tears when we got so see Nico di Angelo again, because he and Leo are probably my favourite characters in this universe. You can read my full review on Goodreads.

a dash of troubleI mentioned A Dash of Trouble when discussing my most anticipated January 2018 releases and I was able to read this new release already thanks to my audiobook subscription. This middle grade novel was so adorable. It was fast-paced, magical and I love the friendships and family dynamics. You can read my full review on Goodreads.

maybe in another life.pngEveryone has been raving about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo lately, though sadly I am not able to purchase it yet (adult literature is so expensive!). I decided to pick up the audiobook of Maybe in Another Life on a whim instead and I was pleasantly surprised. Though this book was nothing like I had expected, I really liked the execution. You can read my full review here. I definitely plan on reading the author’s other work soon!

little fires everywhereEverything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng was my favourite read of 2017, so I was very keen to read Little Fires Everywhere. I didn’t love it as much as this author’s debut novel, but it was really good nonetheless. You can read my full review here. Ng’s writing is superb: she writes characters who are flawed and complex, yet not unlike-able. No matter what happens, the events never seem far-fetched or unrealistic. I will read everything she writes!

So this was my January wrap-up! I hope February is going to be better… Which books did you read in January?


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December 2017 wrap-up


Hello, my fellow book lovers! Last month I was in a reading slump and barely managed to read anything, but I “recovered” in December. I read a total of eleven books this month. I already posted my 2017 wrap-up posts (except for my favourite reads of 2017), so I didn’t read much during the final weeks of the month.

Because the end of the year is a busy time on my blog, I haven’t posted reviews for all of these books yet. Don’t worry, I definitely will, but it will be in January instead.

I will start with the books I enjoyed the least and end with the one I loved the most.

station eleven

synopsis: An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains – this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

Station Eleven is an immensely popular novel, with an average rating of over 4 stars on Goodreads. Sadly, this book didn’t live up to the hype for me. I didn’t find the characters compelling and the Post Apocalyptic setting could’ve been developed further. Overall it was okay, but it wasn’t anything special. You can read my full review here.

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synopsis: Daisy Grace Webber’s life hasn’t exactly turned out how she thought. She didn’t think she’d drop out of college and come back to the small town she grew up in. To be fair, she didn’t think her love of baking would turn into a job at the Violet Hill Cafe either, but it did.

Something else she didn’t expect was for Molly Madison to walk back into her life, eight years after she moved away. They’d been best friends forever, or so she’d thought. But Molly is back in town and she’s looking… really good, actually. And that reminds Daisy of that one time at a sleepover when they’d kissed during a game of Spin the Bottle. That one kiss has been on her mind since then, but it’s irrelevant. Molly isn’t into girls.

But as Daisy and Molly spend more time together, feelings start to grow, and Daisy is wondering just how “straight” Molly really is…

I actually read the entire Violet Hill series this month, not only Second Kiss. Though it was nice to finally read some more F/F novellas, I don’t have any strong feelings when it comes to this trilogy. They were enjoyable reads, but not memorable or very compelling. Full reviews of each novella individually to come!

labyrinth lost

synopsis: I was chosen by the Deos. Even gods make mistakes.

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 she can’t trust, but who may be Alex’s only chance at saving her family.

I started Labyrinth Lost back in March and I was finally able to finish it thanks to Sapphicathon, the readathon I participated in this month. I didn’t read many fantasies in 2017 and Labyrinth Lost reminded me why. Though I loved the diversity, the plot and characters’ personalities weren’t very strong. Full review to come in January!

everything leads to you

synopsis: A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

Everything Leads to You was such a disappointment. It certainly wasn’t a bad book, but after loving We Are Okay by Nina LaCour, it just didn’t live up to my expectations. The characters nor the plot were realistic or relatable, and I find that rather important while reading contemporaries. Full review to come in January!

ripped pages

synopsis: Princess Valentina lives a reasonably comfortable life, but after her mother’s death, her father gets tired of taking care of her and locks her in a tower. She spends years on her own, talking to the birds on her windowsill, and reading books with adventures she will never experience. Her plans of running away are usually left for another day because she knows the vast forest surrounding her tower is too dangerous to cross alone.
Until one day, another girl passes by on her horse and Valentina wonders if she’s finally brave enough to seize her chance of freedom.

Ripped Pages is an enjoyable F/F retelling of Rapunzel. Though this novella isn’t very complex or innovative, I liked reading it. I will continue to read everything M. Hollis writes. Full review to come in January!

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synopsis: Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

It’s the fourth time I’m re-reading The Raven Cycle, with the exception of The Raven King, which I’ve only read once (and didn’t love). This is one of my favourite series but perhaps because I’m listening to the entire series on audiobook this time around, I’m not as invested as I used to be.

the dream thieves

synopsis: Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

Actually, the more I think about it, the more I doubt what I just said. I still really love the Dream Thieves, Ronan’s point-of-view in particular! Unpopular opinion, but I really like his interactions with Kavinsky. I really wish the “villain’s point-of-view” wasn’t included in each book, though. I really don’t care about Mr. Gray. Never have, never will.

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A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he? As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And that’s when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawn’s gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn’t know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Buck’s in the elevator? Just as Will’s trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck’s cigarette. Will doesn’t know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES.

And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END…if WILL gets off that elevator.

That’s a long synopsis for such a short book! Thanks to Long Way Down, I was finally able to get out of my reading slump. The way the “rule of revenge” was explored was very beautiful. It was a bit unconventional at first, but if you just go with it, it’s a wonderful story. You can read my full review here.


synopsis: Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

It took me a while to read Homegoing, but I’m so glad I persisted. I feel like I’ve been gushing about this novel all month on my blog. Though I personally didn’t enjoy each point-of-view equally, I couldn’t give this any less than fives stars. I would recommend this literary masterpiece to everyone, though do beware that the content could be triggering. Check out my review for more information.

So this was my final wrap-up of 2017! Do you have any suggestions for how I could improve my wrap-ups in 2018? Feel free to leave them in the comments!


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fall 2017 reading update

fall 2017.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! It’s the first day of winter, so I am going to update you on the books I read this fall.


From the first of October until the twentieth of December, I read a total of 24 books. This isn’t as many as my summer reading update, because I was in a massive reading slump in November. I’m still very satisfied with this number though, it’s almost half of the amount of books I wanted to read this entire year!

Check out my wrap-ups if you want a discussion on each book I read separately.


My top three books of fall 2017 don’t include any re-reads because that wouldn’t be fair. Anyway, as if I haven’t raved about these books enough yet, here’s my top three:

written in the stars

synopsis: Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.

Written in the Stars is a heartbreaking must-read. I loved this book and would definitely recommend it, though I suggest reading my review beforehand because this novel does deal with a lot of potentially triggering content.


synopsis: Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader’s wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel – the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and through their lives the very story of America itself.

It took me ages to finish reading Homegoing, but I ended up loving it. Though I had a few remarks, I couldn’t give this book anything less than five stars. This is a masterpiece that clearly took many years to craft. You can read my full review here.

everything i never told you

synopsis: “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

I can’t express how much Everything I Never Told You means to me. It was absolutely the right book at the right time. You can read my full review here. I loved how emotional this made me feel and I will read everything Celeste Ng writes! Because of this novel, I want to read adult fiction more regularly. Don’t worry, I won’t abandon young adult literature, but I do want to expand my horizons a bit more.


I completed my reading challenge this summer, so even my reading slump couldn’t ruin that.


This was my fall 2017 reading update! How’s your Goodreads reading challenge going? Will you be able to complete it by the end of next week?


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November 2017 wrap-up


Hello, my fellow book lovers! If you’ve read my most recent posts, you know I am in a massive reading slump. Besides that, my personal life is still a big mess and because of the release of the Cats & Dogs expansion, I have been playing The Sims 4 non-stop lately. I actually don’t love the expansion that much (it’s rather limited) but my love for the game has been rekindled.

I did manage to read four books in November, but I didn’t read a single book in physical form. I only picked up those audiobooks because I didn’t want to pay for my subscription without actually using the app, so that’s why I forced myself to at least read something in November.

the school for good and evil

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 finally finished the School for Good and Evil, but I unfortunately did not enjoy this at all. I was very excited to start this middle grade fantasy series because of all the raving reviews. I own the entire trilogy already, but I don’t see myself continuing it. The book seemed like it was building up to tackle fairytale clichés like “if you’re ugly and/or disabled you are evil and if you are conventionally beautiful you are good”, but it ultimately didn’t do that. There was a lot of problematic content (such as fatphobic comments) that completely went unchallenged, so this wasn’t an enjoyable reading experience. The plot was incredibly repetitive as well. I will definitely write a full review on this book, because I have a lot of thoughts.

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Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

In a dark vision of the near future, twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live TV show called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

May the odds be ever in your favour.

I re-read the entire Hunger Games trilogy in November. At first I wasn’t a fan of the audiobook narrator – she sounds a bit old to portray a sixteen-year-old – but I got used to it. I find a lot of popular books from back then overhyped (especially upon re-read), but I still love this series! THE CHARACTERS, Y’ALL! Peeta Mellark, my son, who has never done anything wrong in his life. And Katniss Everdeen, who would do anything for her sister. And Finnick Odair, who might seem cocky at first, but has so many layers. I absolutely love how each character was multidimensional, fleshed-out and complex. I am looking forward to re-watching the film adaptations again.

I won’t write a full review for this series because 1) it’s a re-read and 2) everyone has probably read it already anyway.

So this was my November wrap-up. I hope my reading slump will be over in December, but I very much doubt it. Anyway, which books did you read in November? Which ones were your favourites?


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October 2017 wrap-up

feature image.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! In October, I read a total of 11 books. I joined one readathon (#Spookathon) and you can find that wrap-up here.




I’ll start with the books I liked the least and end with the ones I liked the most. For the first time in months,  I read more non-diverse than diverse books, and it clearly shows: I read a lot of books in October I didn’t enjoy that much…


Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but endorsing Outlander as a romance novel is incredibly harmful. There are numerous sex scenes in this novel, but I can count the consensual ones on one hand. In my review, I included multiple examples of times Jamie has raped Claire, so it frightens me that rape culture is so normalised, so mainstream that we can’t even recognize outright rape while we’re reading it. Furthermore, I wasn’t pleased with the way the queer characters were portrayed, either. You can read my full rant review here.

the vegetarianI wish I had known beforehand the Vegetarian deals with mental illnesses, as this turned out quite triggering for me. I didn’t appreciate how the entire novel was about someone with mental illnesses, but we never once got to read their point-of-view. Furthermore, the male characters in particular were very unlikeable and I wish their behaviour had been called out on page. You can read my full review here.

bird boxBird Box has received so many raving reviews and I honestly don’t understand it. I get scared so easily, yet I felt indifferent throughout this entire novel. It should’ve been a short story instead. There’s just so many things I would’ve done differently. I mean no offence, but I thought the author was quite lazy when he decided never to specify what the treat exactly was. Sure, it makes a reader wonder, but I wanted more answers.

I read Bird Box during #Spookathon and you can read my full review here.

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I’ve heard so many great things about Shari Lapena’s other novel The Couple Next Door, so I was very keen to pick up A Stranger in the House. Sadly, this mystery wasn’t memorable at all. A lot of ableist language was used and I found the ending quite problematic.

Stranger in the House was one of the books I read during #Spookathon. You can read my full review here.

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The Child Finder is another thriller that has received a lot of hype, yet I thought it was very ‘meh’. It was predictable and boring. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t memorable at all. I even considered DNF’ing it. You can read my full review here.

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I listened to the audiobook of Living History, which is narrated by Hillary Clinton herself. This memoir taught me a lot and I’m looking forward to reading her other books. I didn’t review this on my blog, but I did post a full review on Goodreads.

like water

I didn’t love Like Water as much as I had expected to, but it was still a very decent YA contemporary. I tried writing a review, but I just can’t explain why I felt a bit disappointed in the end.

Nearly every character in Like Water is Latinx, so that was refreshing. Savannah Espinoza, the main character, starts identifying as bisexual throughout the novel and her love interest Leigh is genderqueer, though that isn’t “confirmed” until the last thirty minutes of the novel.

I listened to this on audiobook and I think the narrator did a great job!

content and trigger warnings for underage drinking, smoking marijuana, ableist language, anti-lesbian and anti-bisexual remarks

the killing lessonsThe Killing Lessons was a captivating  and unpredictable thriller from start to finish. The crimes committed in this novel are absolutely horrible and very graphic, so be aware if you consider picking this up. As you can tell, a lot of the mystery thrillers I picked up this month disappointed me, but I couldn’t put The Killing Lessons down! I did have a lot of other issues with this novel, but I was very satisfied with the mystery nonetheless.

I read this book during #Spookathon and you can read my full review here.

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I really hadn’t expected The Kind Worth Killing to be such a wild ride! There were multiple twists-and-turns I did not see coming. I would definitely recommend this novel and will pick up more of this author’s work in the future. You can read my full review here.

written in the starsOctober went by so quickly, yet I can’t believe that I read Written in the Stars this month! It seemed so much longer ago. Anyway, Written in the Stars is a heartbreaking must-read. I loved this book and would definitely recommend it, though I suggest reading my review beforehand because this novel does deal with a lot of (potentially) triggering content.

everything i never told youEverything I Never Told You instantly became one of my favourite books of all-time. I love this book so much and am very much looking forward to reading Little Fires Everywhere soon. It was so beautiful yet heartbreaking and made me realise that I love reading diverse, character-driven contemporaries that deal with grief, such as We Are Okay and Far From You and also include some sort of mystery. Do you have any recommendations for books similar to these three?

Anyway, you can read my full review here. I would obviously recommend it to everyone.

So these are all the books I read in October. I would recommend Written in the Stars and Everything I Never Told You in particular. Which books did you read? What were your favourites?


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Summer 2017 reading update

summer.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Autumn has officially and very clearly started, so today I’m going to discuss the books I read in July, August and September. Each season, I talk about how many books I read, my favourite reads (excluding re-reads), how my Goodreads reading challenge is going, etc.


Last season, I read a total of 36 books! That’s a huge amount for me, so I am proud of myself. Even though the reason why I’m reading so much, isn’t something to be proud of. My depression and anxiety are getting increasingly worse, and I find my escape in books. Anyway, I won’t discuss each title individually as I post wrap-ups at the beginning of each month, so check those out if you’re interested to see which books I read.


Choosing only three favourites out of 36 books isn’t easy. The majority of the books I read, were audiobooks. I feel ‘meh’ towards most of those, since I just can’t seem to focus on audiobooks as much as I do while reading a physical copy. But because of my mental health, it’s very hard to actually do the latter lately.

Well, I’m rambling again. Here are my three favourites read:

we are okayI was initially planning on DNF’ing We Are Okay, because I wasn’t in the mood for it at the time. Thankfully, I gave it another shot because this beautiful novel blew me away. It had been a while since a book made me cry like that. We Are Okay is a story about grief, featuring queer female characters and a bit of a mystery. You can read my full review here.

far from youI didn’t realise it before, but Far From You is a bit similar to We Are Okay, because it also includes queer female characters, a mystery and deals with grief. It was especially the main character Sophie that made me love this novel so much. My full review will be posted sometime this or next week! I already wrote it, but at the end of each month, my blog is swamped with blogposts!

pretty girlsHonestly, I have quite a lot of issues with Karin Slaughter’s writing. I read both Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter back in July and the sexual violence always has to be as gruesome as possible.

Having said that, I cannot deny that Pretty Girls blew me away. The mystery was very enthralling, original and unpredictable. You can read my full review here.

I plan on joining Spookathon from 16 to 22 October, even though I don’t usually do readathons. I’m very excited to finally pick up some more mysteries and thrillers!



I already finished my 2017 Goodreads reading challenge! I planned on reading approximately one book a week, but thanks to all the audiobooks I’ve listened to, I’m very much ahead of schedule. Maybe this is a sign I should finally pick up A Dance With Dragons again? 😅


This is where things get tricky. I find it very difficult to keep track of my Diversity Bingo progress. Some books fit multiple categories and for others, I have to buy more books in order to succeed. And sadly, I’m not supposed to buy many (or any, honestly) right now. So unfortunately I can’t provide you with an update today.

At the end of the day, I find it more important for me to read diverse books, instead of just trying to tick of the boxes. The majority of the novels I buy and read are diverse, so I don’t consider this a failure.

So this was my Summer reading update! What were your favourite reads last summer? How’s your Goodreads reading challenge going?


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September 2017 wrap-up


Hello, my fellow book lovers! Today, I’m going to talk about the books I read in September. I read a total of 10 books! As usual, let’s get started with some statistics.




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synopsis: For readers of Rupi Kaur (Milk and Honey) and Atticus (Love Her Wild), a book small enough to carry with you, with messages big enough to stay with you, from one of the most quotable and influential poets of our time.

Andrea Gibson explores themes of love, gender, politics, sexuality, family, and forgiveness with stunning imagery and a fierce willingness to delve into the exploration of what it means to heal and to be different in this strange age. Take Me With You, illustrated throughout with evocative line drawings by Sarah J. Coleman, is small enough to fit in your bag, with messages that are big enough to wake even the sleepiest heart. Divided into three sections (love, the world, and becoming) of one liners, couplets, greatest hits phrases, and longer form poems, it has something for everyone, and will be placed in stockings, lockers, and the hands of anyone who could use its wisdom.

I requested an e-ARC of Take Me With You on Netgalley because it was shelved as ‘queer’. I wish I hadn’t, because I just can’t seem to get into poetry, which is not at all this book’s fault. That’s why I decided not to review this on Goodreads or my blog. It’s not fair to be critical when the fault lies with me.

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synopsis: After a savage attack drives her from her home, sixteen-year-old Mnemba finds a place in her cousin Tumelo’s successful safari business, where she quickly excels as a guide. Surrounding herself with nature and the mystical animals inhabiting the savannah not only allows Mnemba’s tracking skills to shine, it helps her to hide from the terrible memories that haunt her.

Mnemba is employed to guide Mr. Harving and his daughter, Kara, through the wilderness as they study unicorns. The young women are drawn to each other, despite that fact that Kara is betrothed. During their research, they discover a conspiracy by a group of poachers to capture the Unicorns and exploit their supernatural strength to build a railway. Together, they must find a way to protect the creatures Kara adores while resisting the love they know they can never indulge.

Unicorn Tracks is a short fantasy novel inspired by South East African culture. I really adored the original setting, but unfortunately, the rest wasn’t as memorable. The characters didn’t grow on me and the actual plot fell a bit short. The F/F romance was actually the reason why I picked this up. Though it was cute, I just didn’t really care all that much about their relationship. You can read my full review here.beauty queens.png

synopsis: Teen beauty queens. A “Lost”-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to e-mail. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.

The audiobook of Beauty Queens is narrated by Libba Bray herself, and it was amazing: each character had a very distinct voice and special sound effects were used. Sadly, I wasn’t a fan of the queer representation. I really suggest reading my review if you are interested in picking this up. Though I can’t deny this novel is unique and tackles themes such as feminism and racism, the execution could’ve been better.

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I finally did it! I finally finished reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I listened to the audiobooks of the second ’till fifth book and while this series didn’t blow me away, I’m happy I’ll finally get to read Rick Riordan’s other work. I posted a review for this entire series at the beginning of the week, so check it out!

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synopsis: Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

When I read the first part of Daughter of Smoke & Bone, I thought this was going to become my new favourite series. I fell in love with Karou, her family in Brimstone’s shop and the fantasy elements. But when the romance became the centre of the story, I lost my interest. I hope the sequel is going to focus more on the fantasy elements rather than the romance. You can read my full review here.

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synopsis: Mr Willy Wonka is the most extraordinary chocolate maker in the world.
And do you know who Charlie is? Charlie Bucket is the hero. The other children in this book are nasty little beasts, called: Augustus Gloop – a great big greedy nincompoop; Veruca Salt – a spoiled brat; Violet Beauregarde – a repulsive little gum-chewer; Mike Teavee – a boy who only watches television.
Clutching their Golden Tickets, they arrive at Wonka’s chocolate factory. But what mysterious secrets will they discover?
Our tour is about to begin. Please don’t wander off. Mr Wonka wouldn’t like to lose any of you at this stage of the proceedings .

The audiobook of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is amazing! This famous story is so fast-paced, magical and timeless. I didn’t review it on my blog, but I did on Goodreads. You can find that review here. I will pick up the audiobook of the sequel soon!

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synopsis: Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.

That’s how long recovering addict Sophie’s been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong – a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.

Forced into rehab for an addiction she’d already beaten, Sophie’s finally out and on the trail of the killer—but can she track them down before they come for her?

I had expected to love Far From You and thankfully, it did not disappoint! I’m  going to post my review this or next week, so hang in tight! Though you can consider this a Young Adult mystery novel, it’s very character-driven as well. I loved that Sophie’s personality and actions reflected everything she has been through, from her drug addiction to witnessing a murder.


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synopsis: In downtown Chicago, Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her roommate Quinn Collins to question how well she really knew her friend. Meanwhile, in a small town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more sinister.

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger’s spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us.

I picked up Don’t You Cry on audiobook and though I was over 20% in, I had the feeling nothing had happened yet. I was quite frankly really bored. It doesn’t help that one of the most popular reviews on Goodreads says that nothing happens until the final 30 pages. I might pick this up again someday, but I might have to re-read the beginning because it really didn’t leave an impression.

So these were the books I read in September! What were your favourite reads this month?

I usually don’t include a synopsis, but I thought it might be better to actually know which books I’m talking about. Should I continue doing this in the future, or does it disrupt the flow of the wrap-up?


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HUGE August wrap-up (2017)


Hello, my fellow book lovers! August was a very good reading month for me! I read eighteen (!!!) books in total, mainly thanks to Storytel, which I subscribed to so I can listen to audiobooks. Here are this month’s stats:

Because the majority of the books I read this month were audiobooks and there were so many, I didn’t review all of them on my blog. I’d be posting reviews every other day if I did that. But I did review every title on Goodreads, so you will find links below. Furthermore, reviews for books I read towards the end of August, will be posted in September. I already have a couple of them scheduled!

we are okay.pngI actually finished We Are Okay on July 31th, but it was too late to add it to my July wrap-up. I considered DNF’ing this novel because I wasn’t in the mood for it, but I decided to give it another change. Thankfully I did, because I ended up loving it! This is such a beautiful novel about grief, without any unnecessary drama, plots or characters. Everything it needed was there, nothing more. And I mean that in a good way. You can read my full review here.

bad feminist.pngBad Feminist certainly is the perfect title for this collection of essays. I appreciated how Gay discussed both race and feminism, but it was flawed. She primarily focussed on allocishet women and I completely disagree with her stance on trigger warnings. Just because she doesn’t need them, doesn’t mean she shouldn’t protect others.

Since I’ve read this, I no longer have any intentions to read more of this author’s work. She boosted a very negative and untrue article on YA Twitter on her social media and then started a discussion with a teenager, while the power balance between the two is obviously huge. You can read my full review here.

the princess diarist.pngMy favourite thing about the Princess Diarist, was the way Carrie Fisher narrated it. It was as if she was telling us some anecdotes, instead of merely reading her book aloud. I know she’s an actress, but I cannot help but think of her as a comedian as well. Memoirs by comedians never make me laugh as often as hers did. You can read my full review here.

dear ijeawele.pngI no longer support this authors since the transphobic comments she made a few months ago. But the audiobook of Dear Ijeawele, was only one hour long, so I decided to give it a shot. I was also curious to see whether her transphobia was present in her books as well. And the answer is yes. I think Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie makes some very important points, so I think this is useful for parents who want to raise their child as a feminist. But, as a queer woman, I believe this was heteronormative and allocishet-centred. I would only recommend this to people who can acknowledge that Adichie’s feminism is very flawed. You can read my full review here.

simon vs the homo sapiens agenda.pngI’ve read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda three times already, this time on audiobook. It’s no secret that Becky Albertalli is one of my favourite authors. She writes teenagers’ experiences perfectly. Her books are just so much FUN. They aren’t exactly fluff because they deal with serious topics as well, but they’re very relatable and highly enjoyable. If you haven’t read this novel yet, what the hell have you been doing?!

wishful drinking.pngWishful Drinking was the second memoir by Carrie Fisher I listened to this month. The narration was just as good! In this one, she primarily discusses her mental health and addiction. Unfortunately, she uses a lot of ableist language doing so. Furthermore, she made a transphobic joke and also appropriated ‘tribe’ You can read my full review here.

Why not me.pngBecause of Carrie Fisher’s books, I wanted to listen to more memoirs this month. So I decided to give Mindy Kaling a shot, even though I’m not exactly a fan. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike her or anything, but I don’t know much about her besides her portraying Kelly in The Office and that she has her own TV series. Apparently, I have this bad habit of reading memoirs out of order, because I listened to Why Not Me? first. I have so many issues with the things she said. She was fatphobic, she made ableist comments…  But I did like the way she narrated it, so did want to read more of her work, even though I didn’t particularly enjoy the content. You can read my full review here.

is everyone hanging out without me.pngSo I listened to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? next. Unfortunately, I didn’t adore this one either. There were a few funny moments, but Kaling rarely managed to make me laugh out loud. I’m also very disappointed by the amount of problematic things she said. So I don’t plan on reading any more of her future work. You can read my full review here.

upside of unrequitedI also re-read The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli in August. I don’t think this second read made me love the book more, but certainly not any less. Albertalli’s work doesn’t feel like fiction, but rather a teenager’s diary. It all seems so real and honest! I enjoyed listening to the audiobook, but the way Mina was narrated, was annoying. She sounded like Xan from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. You can read my original review of this book here.

gone girl.pngI’ve seen the film adaptation of Gone Girl multiple times and I love it. I finally picked up the book, and it was just as good as the movie. I wish I had read it first, however, since the adaptation stays so true to the book. If you’ve seen the film, I don’t think the book adds that much more to the experience. If you haven’t, however, I’d certainly suggest reading the book first. You can read my full review here.

NotYourPrincess.pngI read an ARC of #NotYourPrincess and I would recommend it to everyone, though do be aware that it contains possibly triggering content such as sexual assault, rape, alcoholism etc. This book educated me, but it more importantly gave Native American women the chance to express themselves, which was much needed. You can read my full review here.

pretty girls.pngPretty Girls is one of the best thrillers I have ever read. This mystery novel is filled with twists and turns and so many fucked-up moments. I have never read anything like it! But because of that, I wouldn’t recommend this book to everyone. It contains graphic descriptions of animal abuse, murder, rape, abduction, etc. At one point, I felt physically sick and was doubting whether or not I should continue reading. You can read my full review here.

the good daughterEverything I disliked about Pretty Girls was present in the Good Daughter, but the good parts weren’t. Slaughter’s work is so unnecessarily gruesome. Though the premise was good, both mysteries didn’t pack a punch. This novel was very disappointing, but I do want to read more of Slaughter’s work in the future. You can read my full review on Goodreads or wait until it’s posted on my blog in September.

bracedI received Braced from the publisher thanks to Disability in Kidlit. This is a wonderful #OwnVoices novel about a girl who has to wear a back brace because of her scoliosis. It brought back so many memories and definitely resembled a lot of my experiences. I would recommend this to everyone. You can read my full review here.

the gentleman's guide to vice and virtue.pngUnfortunately, I didn’t enjoy the Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue as much as other readers seem to. The protagonist Monty was unlikeable and I didn’t care about the plot. I wasn’t fond of the bisexual representation and I don’t like how the racism was portrayed. I’m  white, so I could be completely wrong about this, but I had the feeling the racism towards Monty’s love interest was there to further the white character’s development. Furthermore, he used the N-word and even though that might be historically accurate, I don’t think it was challenged as much as it should’ve. You can read my full review on Goodreads or wait until it’s posted on my blog in September. 

shadowshaper.pngShadowshaper is a diverse and incredibly fast-paced YA urban fantasy novel. Because the side-characters and plot could’ve been developed further, I’d especially recommend this to younger readers who are new to this genre. I’m certainly planning on continuing this series. You can read my full review on Goodreads or wait until it’s posted on my blog in September.

27 hours.png27 Hours was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, so I was really excited when the publisher offered me an e-ARC for review. I absolutely loved the queer representation and even though science-fiction isn’t usually my cup of tea, the plot could certainly hold my interest. Sadly, the racial representation is problematic, as readers of colour have already pointed out. You can read my full review on Goodreads or wait until it’s posted on my blog closer to the release date!

a quiet kind of thunder.pngI absolutely loved the first half of A Quiet Kind of Thunder. I thought it was going to be a five-star read for sure. Unfortunately, I didn’t like the second half nearly as much, because the M/F relationship became the centre of the plot. Still, I would absolutely recommend this novel to fans of YA contemporary romances! You can read my full review on Goodreads or wait until it’s posted on my blog in September.

At the beginning of August, I posted a TBR of the books I’d like to read. I planned on joining #ARCAugust and Tome Topple. You can read that post here.

So how did I do? I didn’t finish any of the books on my TBR! I completely neglected it because I mostly listened to audiobooks this month and none of those were available on Storytel. Still, that’s no excuse. I’m just not very motivated to read ARCs from months back and I’d rather focus on the ones that still need to be released.

I did, however, DNF two of the ARCs on my TBR. I gave up on Optimists Die First (review) because I had heard many negative things about the mental health representation and I didn’t care to continue it after a few chapters. I really tried to push through Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud (review). Even though the author attempted to write intersectional pieces on feminism, she missed the ball quite a few times. Ultimately, I decided to skip chapters and DNF this book altogether because I didn’t understand the aim of these essays. They weren’t empowering, but rather biographies of these celebrities, who weren’t involved in the making of this book.

So this was my very lengthy August wrap-up! How many books did you read? Which ones were your favourite?


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July 2017 wrap-up


Hello, my fellow book lovers! It’s the end the month, so I’m going to talk about all the books I’ve read in July today! But first, I’ll show you a chart of this month’s genres and formats:


I was very surprised when I learnt that I had read eight books this month! That’s a lot for me, especially since I had to go to work almost daily. Thanks to audiobooks, however, I was able to read so much! It has also been a long time since I’ve read more fantasies than contemporaries.

So let’s have a look at those eight books:

OOTP.pngThis month, I continued my re-read of the Harry Potter series. Thanks to the audiobooks, I was not only able to read Order of the Phoenix, but read Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows as well! I would absolutely recommend listening to this series on audiobook! I loved it and I’m constantly looking for similar narrations. I find it very important that the narrator uses a different voice for each character, otherwise, it gets too confusing.

As for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: I’m so protective of Harry in this one. A lot of readers say he’s whiny and rude, but he has every right to be so. He’s obviously traumatised from all the things he’s been through!

HBP.pngOne of my favourite things about the Harry Potter series, are the back-stories. Yes, it’s often more tell instead of show, but I can’t help but love them. Learning more about Tom Riddle and the horcruxes was very interesting.

Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of the romantic developments in this novel. J.K. Rowling tried to include feminism in this instalment, but very much failed. That was clearly noticeable by the way the girls treated their “competition”.

Furthermore, I don’t understand Harry and Ginny. Where did that come from? I know nearly everyone loves that pairing, but at least with Cho, we know he liked her beforehand. Don’t even get me started about the way he treated Cho and made fun of her for crying often. Like I said, J.K. Rowling tried, but failed.

deathly hallowsFinal instalments are very tricky, but I don’t think Deathly Hallows disappoints. The final chapter might have reminded me too of Cursed Child *shudders*, but other than that, I loved it. The final battle in the castle was so much better than the one in the film! I also loved that this one showed how complex characters can be; Dumbledore, Snape and Lupin in particular. Having said that, I think that complexity goes lost when Harry practically adores Dumbledore and Snape in the end. Honestly, I could keep talking about this series! Every time I re-read it, I have even more things to say!

lambs can always become lions.pngI wrote a review for Lambs Can Always Become Lions, so I won’t discuss this one as thorough as the previous titles. This novella, however, did not disappoint! It features an established F/F romance and the writing was gorgeous! I would recommend this to everyone. I will definitely re-read Lambs Can Always Become Lions once the sequel comes out. (review)

little monsters.pngIf you are a fan of Pretty Little Liars, Little Monsters is the book for you! I received an ARC via Netgalley and while I found the ending a bit of an anti-climax, I still thought this was a decent YA thriller! It has certainly convinced me that I should pick up this genre more often. (review)

when dimple met rishi.pngI had expected to love When Dimple Met Rishi, but unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. If you enjoy M/F romances, I’d suggest picking this book up, but don’t do it if the competition appeals to you, because you will end up feeling disappointed. Furthermore, a lot of ableist language was used and in my opinion, the queer representation was harmful. (review)

down among the sticks and bones.pngSomeone recommend the audiobook of Down Among the Sticks and Bones to me and it did not disappoint! I really liked how the author narrated it, but I unfortunately found the plot rather dull. Perhaps I should’ve re-read Every Heart a Doorway beforehand. My full review will be posted on Saturday!

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Finally, I read an e-ARC of What Does Consent Really Mean, a graphic novel about consent. Unfortunately, the formatting was absolutely awful, so I couldn’t enjoy this as much as I had hoped to. I might re-read this once final copies are released, because I thought this was a good introduction to the topic of consent. My full review will be posted on Thursday!

So this was my July 2017 wrap-up! Which books did you read this month?


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