Winter 2017 reading update!

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Hello, book lovers! Today I am going to talk about the best books I read this winter and let you know how my Diversity Bingo 2017 progress is doing. I know, I know, March isn’t technically winter, but I am going to talk about the books I read from January 1st 2017 to March 31th 2017.

The Books I read

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During the first quarter of this year, I read a lot of great books. There were only two I didn’t enjoy: Girl Hearts Girl and Three Dark Crowns. I also didn’t finished one novel, See You in the Cosmos. I would recommend all the other books I read!


My Five Favourites

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli ➳  review
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The Upside of Unrequited was hands down my favourite book I read this winter. I loved everything about it and can’t wait to get my hands on a finished copy. I’m so protective over this book. Whenever I see someone who didn’t love it, I cannot help but disagree so much. The Upside of Unrequited is definitely one of my all-time favourite books!

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson ➳  review
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This book deals with very heavy topics such as suicide, depression, bullying, sexual assault, etc. Still, We Are the Ants was a heart-warming and funny read. I definitely had to put it down from time to time because it was emotionally very consuming, but I certainly plan to re-read We Are the Ants one day.

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate ➳ review
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It was Noteworthy by Riley Redgate that made me realise that I do like Young Adult contemporaries, I just wasn’t reading the right ones. Noteworthy was the very first ARC I’ve ever read and I plan on getting a finished copy once it’s released!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ➳ review
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The Hate U Give is probably going to be on everyone’s favourites lists. It absolutely deserves the hype it has received. Just like We Are the Ants, it deals with a very serious topic (police brutality), yet Angie Thomas still managed to write a heart-warming and funny book. I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin ➳ review
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It took me forever to read A Feast for Crows, but once I dedicated my time to it, I loved it! I was planning on reading A Dance with Dragons right away – actually, I’ve already started it – but once again, I’m neglecting this series and reading shorter books instead. I’m hoping to include the fifth book in my Spring wrap-up, so please make sure I read it!


2017 Reading Challenge

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I want to read fifty-two books this year (one book a week) and I’m pleased to see that I’m ahead of schedule. I’m so happy I’ve loved nearly all the books I read so far and I’m not behind on my challenge. Let’s hope it stays that way 🙂

Having said that, I’m (hopefully) going to graduate in June. Which means that I have no idea what is going to happen then. I don’t know whether I’ll find a job right away, so I don’t know whether I’ll have time to read…


Diversity Bingo progress

I’ve read 14 books so far, and 12 of those fit in a category of the Diversity Bingo sheet. Some books fit in multiple categories, so the progress below is not at all final. If you want to know which books fit in which category, you should check out my monthly wrap-ups!

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I didn’t enjoy Girl Hearts Girl and Three Dark Crowns so I definitely plan on reading other books for the categories ‘diverse non-fiction’ and ‘book by author of colour’.

I’m very surprised that I already completed 1/3 of the challenges. I didn’t expect to succeed in Diversity Bingo, but since I’m doing so well and keep buying diverse books, I definitely want to complete the entire grid by December!


Did you like this reading update? It’s the first time I’m doing this and I’m wondering whether it adds anything to my monthly wrap-ups. Is there anything else I could talk about in these quarterly updates?

How many books did you read in January, February and March? If you’re doing Diversity Bingo, how much progress have you made?

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March 2017 wrap-up

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Hello, book lovers! I was incredibly busy in March and as a result, I got into a bit of a reading slump. I never seem to be able to combine teacher training and reading, so I hope I’ll be able to solve this problem once I am a full-time teacher! I definitely don’t want to give up on my hobby. Having said that, I really enjoyed all the books I read this month! It’s no coincidence all books are diverse either 😉 As you know, I am a very critical reader, so I’m absolutely not lying when I say that diverse books are so much better!

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Just like last month, I decided to create a fun graphic about my wrap-up. I was very surprised that to see I only read one physical copy and contemporaries only! For over a year, I’ve been saying that contemporaries aren’t my cup of tea anymore, but I was completely wrong. As long as they are in some way diverse, I can still thoroughly enjoy a YA contemporary novel!


Books I read

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (review)
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I absolutely loved The Upside of Unrequited, even more than Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda! This is probably my all-time favourite contemporary. It’s incredibly diverse, filled with feminist moments and a very positive, heart-warming read. While I was writing my review, I had tears in my eyes because this book means so much to me. I want to re-read it already once it is released on April 11th 🙂

The Paths We Choose by M. Hollis (review)
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Last month, I read The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis and I thoroughly enjoyed it! This author writes such cute and diverse F/F New Adult romances! I received an ARC for The Paths We Choose a couple of weeks ago and I immediately started reading it. I ended up loving it even more than its predecessor! On Monday (April 3th) I am going to post an interview I did with M. Hollis and I hope you’ll check my blog to read it 😀

Coffee Boy by Austin Chant (review)
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I’ve been meaning to read Coffee Boy ever since I heard about this novella! Unfortunately, it was a bit too expensive for me, but as soon as it was on sale, I had to buy it! And it was worth every penny. This is such a cute M/M romance, featuring a trans main character and a bisexual side character.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (review)
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My pre-order of The Hate U Give arrived much later than expected, but I started reading it as soon as I got my hands on it! This book absolutely deserves the hype it has received. Even though this book deals with such a sad topic (police brutality), it still managed to make me laugh out loud multiple times. I cannot wait to read whatever Angie Thomas brings us next!

How To Make A Wish by by Ashley Herring Blake (review)
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Even though How To Make A Wish seemed to be written for me – with a bisexual main character and an absent mother – I didn’t love it as much as I had expected. Don’t be mistaken: it’s a great book! But because of my busy schedule, it took me way too long to finish this and I constantly felt anxious because I was afraid how the author was going to handle the mother-daughter relationship. I shouldn’t have been, since the ending was perfect! I definitely plan to read a finished copy of How To Make A Wish once I have some more time and I’m convinced I will love it more then!


Books I did not finish

My very first DNF of the year is See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng. I blame myself though: I shouldn’t request books on Netgalley without knowing much about them! I feel very bad about not giving this another chance because I received an ARC. This could have been a great diverse Middle Grade novel, but I wasn’t feeling the writing style. On top of that, the mental health representation seemed problematic to me. You can read my full, spoiler-free review here.


Diversity Bingo 2017 progress

Like I said last month, I won’t upload my Diversity Bingo progress just yet. Some books fit in multiple categories, so I’m going to upload a final version in December. In the meantime, however, I’ll talk about the books I read this month and the categories they belong to:

  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli ➳ practising Jewish MC (Molly is Jewish and so is Becky Albertalli), MC with an under-represented body and MC with an invisible disability (Molly takes antidepressants, though we don’t know why)
  • The Paths We Choose by M. Hollis ➳  Own Voices Latinx MC (Lily and M. Hollis are both from Brazil)
  • Coffee Boy by Austin Chant ➳romance with a trans MC
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ➳ book by author of color, black MC (#OwnVoices) and POC on the cover

posts I uploaded in March

Top 10 Tuesday
Top 5 Wednesday
Searching Saturday
book tags
Other

Which books did you read in March? Did you join Diversity Bingo 2017 as well? If so, have you made a lot of progress already?

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February 2017 Wrap-Up

Hello everyone! I hope February was a wonderful month for you! Today, I am going to talk about all the books I read last. I read quite a lot of books. Which actually says a lot of how I’ve been doing, mentally. When I read a lot, that means I am neglecting my responsibilities because I need an escape from reality. And that’s when I turn to books. On the other hand though, I really enjoyed all the books I am going to mention below (except for the first one), so that’s also a reason why I’ve been reading more!

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (review)

Actually, I finished Three Dark Crowns on January 31th. But because I had already posted that month’s wrap-up by then, I decided to include it in this one. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed in Three Dark Crowns. It started out so great and I thought it was going to become one of my favourite books, but the romance is the main reason why I ended up hating this book. By the end of the book, we still don’t know who the new queen is. So there is a possibility I’ll pick up the sequel.

The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis (review)

The Melody of You and Me is a New Adult novella featuring a pansexual main character and the love-interest is a lesbian Filipino. I loved the diversity in this one and want to read more New Adult books because of it! Yesterday, the author send me an ARC of The Paths We Choose and I’m so excited to read it!

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson (review)

Even though We Are the Ants deals with a variety of heavy topics such as sexual assault, depression, suicide, etc., I absolutely loved this book! I binge-read it so I probably won’t remember what happened in it in a couple of weeks, so I definitely plan on reading this book again one day!

A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin (review)

I read the first three hundred pages of A Feast for Crows back in August and finished the rest of the book – over six hundred pages! – this month. Because of the point-of-views, it is quite different from the previous books in this series, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope I will enjoy A Dance With Dragons as much, though I doubt it since I think Dany and Jon are a bit overrated (especially in the TV show, not as much in the books) and I absolutely hate Tyrion.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall (review)

Norah, the main character in Under Rose-Tainted Skies, struggles with agoraphobia, OCD, depression, a possible eating disorder and self-harm. This book discusses a lot of serious topics, so be aware of that if that might trigger you. Having said that, all of this was dealt with very respectfully. You could definitely tell the author knew was she was talking about, especially because some parts were #OwnVoices. You might compare the premise of Under Rose-Tainted Skies with Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, but without the ableist representation (and a mental illness instead of a disease). Anyway, I enjoyed this book, but I can’t say I loved it. Still, I would absolutely recommend this!

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate (review to come on Friday)

Noteworthy was my very first ARC (which I received from Netgalley) and I completely loved it! I always say that I don’t like this genre anymore, but I was wrong: I enjoyed all the contemporaries I read this month and I am absolutely loving my current read The Upside of Unrequited as well.

Anyway, Noteworthy was incredibly fun, original and diverse! While reading, it became very obvious that the author is well-educated on topics such as sexual orientation and gender, so I definitely plan on reading more books by Redgate in the future!


Diversity Bingo 2017 progress

Just like last month, I read multiple books that qualify for Diversity Bingo:

  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake ➳ book by an author of colour (Blake was born in South-Korea)
  • The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis ➳ pansexual MC (the author doesn’t identify as pansexual, but I explain in my review why I still added The Melody of You and Me to my Diversity Bingo sheet)
  • We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson ➳ own voices (I’m 99% sure I read somewhere that Hutchinson is gay) and MC with an invisible disability (because Henry has a mental illness)
  • Under Rose-Tainted Skies neuro-diverse MC & own voices (the author is agoraphobic, just like the main character) and MC with an invisible disability (agoraphobia, OCD and depression)

However, because I had problems with Three Dark Crowns, I won’t add it to my progress. I plan on reading plenty of other books by authors of colour anyway this year.

My Diversity Bingo progress is not at all final. I was going to publish an updated version of the Bingo sheet, but I think I might save that for December. Some books qualify for multiple categories and when I dislike a book, it doesn’t feel right adding it to the sheet.


Posts I uploaded in February

Top 5 Wednesday
Searching Saturday
Book tags
Top 10 Tuesday
Book haul

Which books did you read in February? Do you like the infographic I made? 🙂

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January wrap-up

I don’t know whether any of you have noticed, but I have been very inactive in January. Sure, my scheduled posts were uploaded, but I didn’t have the chance to reply to any of your comments, have a look at my new followers, etc. This month, I had exams so I had a lot of studying to do! On top of that, I also had to hand in my thesis. I hope everything went well. Fingers crossed!

Naturally, due to all of this, I wasn’t able to read much this month. I only read three novels, though that is honestly even more than I had expected.

From now on, I will no longer rate the books I read! I didn’t talk about this in my 2017 goals post, but I was unhappy with my rating system. I had already changed it multiple times and it still didn’t work for me. Since I always write thorough reviews, I didn’t think it was necessary to contribute to what is, in my opinion, a quite shallow way to review books. A rating conveys nothing: it means something different for everyone and cannot get any message across (e.g.such as whether the book includes problematic aspects).


Books I read

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (review)

Naturally this was a re-read, though it was the first time I read the illustrated edition. And I have to say it left me feeling disappointed: there weren’t nearly as many illustrations as in Philosopher’s Stone; there wasn’t even a drawing of Tom Riddle! Chamber of Secrets is my least favourite in the Harry Potter series, but it was still nice to revisited it.

George by Alex Gino (review)

I highly recommend George to everyone! I am generally not a fan of fluffy books, but when it comes to books like George, I am glad I got exactly that! This book features a trans main character and side characters who are POC.

Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe

Unfortunately, I did not enjoy Girl Hearts Girl. The only reason why I finished it, is because I didn’t want to DNF a book this early in the year and fall behind on my reading challenge. Even though I don’t know Lucy Sutcliffe, I was excited to read this non-fiction book. However, it wasn’t as I had expected – it’s about Lucy growing up, whereas I’d rather read about her experiences as a lesbian woman – and there were some things that were problematic: there was bi-, aro- and transphobia. I am bi, but  I’m not sure whether the other two were harmful, but I couldn’t find any reviews by  aromantic and/or trans reviewers. I actually wrote my longest review yet, but stupid Goodreads doesn’t have a draft option and I lost the entire thing! I’m not sure yet whether I have the energy to discuss this novel again, though I do think I should explain why I find it problematic in detail… Let me know what you think I should do!


Books I DNF

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

As I mentioned last month, I wasn’t enjoying Gemina as much as Illuminae. I was unsure whether to continue it, but due to Jay Kristoff’s recent behaviour, I decided I no longer want to support this author. Which is unfortunate, since I already own Nevernight as well. But I cannot support a white author who wants to read racist books to see for himself. As a white person, you cannot judge whether something is racist or not. Furthermore, people of colour already pointed out Carve the Mark was racist, so I don’t see what he could possibly add to that conversation. Especially because his own novel Nevernight is racist as well. So bye, bye Kristoff and Gemina!

I plan on posting a review on why I didn’t finish this novel soon.


Diversity bingo progress

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This year, I am doing Diversity Bingo! The majority of the books I plan on reading for this challenge will be 2017 releases, so I haven’t made a lot of progress yet. In January, I read two books that qualify:

  • George by Alex Gino ➳ own voices (Alex Gino is trans);
  • Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe ➳ diverse non-fiction (Sutcliffe is a lesbian and this is her memoir).

However, since I did not enjoy the latter and think it includes harmful representation, I don’t feel comfortable recommending it to others. Therefore, I will only add George to by Diversity Bingo sheet.


Post I uploaded

This is an overview of all the posts I uploaded in January:

Top 5 Tuesday
Top 5 Wednesday
Searching Saturday
book tags
Book haul

I am going to post my book haul on February 2nd, so stay tuned!


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December Wrap-Up

At the start of December, I had read 41 out of 50 books (Goodreads Reading Challenge). Surprisingly, I didn’t read as many books as I did last year, when I only started reading often halfway through the year. At the beginning of 2016, I set my reading challenge to 70 books, but I quickly realised I wasn’t going to succeed. I’ve been in a reading slump and struggle to enjoy most books I pick up.

Anyway, this isn’t a wrap-up of the books I read in 2016, but of the books I read this month. Because I wanted to achieve my reading challenge, I decided to read some shorter books. I’m very happy that I achieved my reading challenge! There are still some days left in 2016, so I might read even more than fifty books, but I won’t pressure myself.


Books I read (click on rating for review)

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne ➳ ★★☆☆☆

My sister recommended The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas to me, but I unfortunately didn’t enjoy it. I thought the main character was very ignorant. I longed for character development, but it didn’t happen.

Het Kielzog van de Oorlog by Ellen N. La Motte (translated by Erwin Mortier)

I had to read the Dutch translation of The Backwash of War, which was originally written in 1916, for one of my history classes in college. Because this was a mandatory read, I am not going to rate nor review it.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire ➳ ★★★★☆

Every Heart a Doorway features the kind of diversity I’d like to see more of. The author includes asexual, transgender and Asian representation, without the characters’ storyline revolving around that aspect. The plot itself, however, was disappointing. I had expected more. Still, I do plan on reading the sequel (which is actually a prequel).

Pottermore Presents: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies ★★★☆☆,
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists★★★☆☆
and Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide ★★★★☆
by J.K. Rowling

I read these in the first place because I needed to achieve my reading challenge. As expected, I didn’t learn much new information. There was even a chapter on cauldrons! I doubt anyone cares about that…

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll ➳ ★☆☆☆☆

I did not expect to dislike Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Unfortunately, I had no clue what was going on, I even looked up whether I was reading the right book!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them by Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling) ➳ ★★★☆☆

I couldn’t visualise some of the animals and wish more art had been included. Furthermore, too many animals are only found in Europe and North America, which is unrealistic and shows what the world looks like according to J.K. Rowling’s imagination: predominately white countries.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling ➳ ★★★★★

I finally read the illustrated edition of Philosopher’s Stone. This was a re-read and as usual, I absolutely loved it! For some reason though, it takes me much longer to read Harry Potter novels than other books of the same size. Perhaps because the chapters are so long? I don’t know… Anyway, I’ll post my review next week since I already have posts scheduled for the rest of the week.


Post I uploaded

This is an overview of all the posts I uploaded in December.

‘Top 10 Tuesday’ posts
‘Top 5 Wednesday’ posts
‘Searching Saturday’ posts
book tags
book haul

I’m going to post my book haul tomorrow, so stay tuned 😀 I can already promise you it is going to be a big one: over ten books and tons of new merchandise!


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November wrap-up!

I thought November was going to be a good reading month. I finished two books rather quickly, but then stumbled upon some I didn’t enjoy much. I finished three books and DNF’d one. Still, I discovered a new favourite book, so I’m satisfied with my reading in November.


Books I read (click on rating for full review)

 

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Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard ➳ ★★★★☆

I originally rated Girl Mans Up five stars, but after finishing Salt to the Sea, I decided four stars was more fitting.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys ➳ ★★★★★

This was one of my favourite – if not my absolute favourite – books of 2016. It has changed my life, especially as a future history teacher. I immediately ordered Between Shades of Gray, another book by Sepetys.

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo ➳ ★★☆☆☆

Sadly, this was one of the biggest disappointments this year. I really wanted to love If I Was Your Girl: it’s about a trans girl, written by a trans author! Own voices are so important, but I unfortunately didn’t enjoy the plot nor romance. Furthermore, the bisexual representation was awful. I’m bi, so I obviously care about that a lot. Still, the transgender rep was worth it.


Books I DNF’d

 Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (review)

I’m also disappointed I didn’t like Everything, Everything. It’s a diverse read, but there was insta-love and I wasn’t a fan of the characters. On the other hand though, I’m glad I didn’t finish it. I read some spoilers and would not have liked what happened next.


What I am currently reading

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Gemina was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. I absolutely loved Illuminae. Unfortunately, I’m really not enjoying it. I don’t understand any of the science-fiction stuff and don’t really care about what is happening. If this were a first instalment, I would’ve DNF’d it by now. But because of Illuminae, I want to give it a chance. Still, I’m almost 300 pages in and don’t feel like picking it up again.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

Because I didn’t feel like reading Gemina, I started The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Salt to the Sea has made me more interested in World War II and even though I can already guess what is going to happen, I wanted to read it because my sister has been begging me to for months.


Posts I uploaded

Just like last month, I’m going to provide you with an overview of all of the posts I uploaded in November. Naturally, this list is much more extensive than my actual reading wrap-up 😉

‘Top 10 Tuesday’ posts
‘top 5 Wednesday’ posts
Book tags
Book haul

I’m going to post my November book haul tomorrow 🙂


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October wrap-up!

I can’t believe October is already over! Unfortunately, I continued my streak of bad reading months. I only finished three books this month and two both were less than 100 pages long!

Because my wrap-ups are so limited, I decided to include all the posts I uploaded this month as well. So, besides an overview of the books I read in October, I’ll also provide a list of all the posts I uploaded!


Books I finished

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  • We Should All be Feminists by  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (★★★★★)
  • Xenophobe’s Guide to the Belgians
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White

I read the Xenophobe’s Guide to the Belgians in preparation of an assignment. Therefore, I didn’t really want to rate it. We Should All be Feminists was really good though, and I’d recommend it to everyone!

I only finished And I Darken last night, so couldn’t include it in the banner. My review will be up soon!


Books I DNF’ed

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For the majority of October, however, I spent my time reading books I ended up giving up on. College has started again and I struggle finding time to read, let alone actually enjoying what I read. These are the books I started, but decided not to continue:

  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab (review)
  • All the Feels by Danika Stone (review)
  • You by Caroline Kepnes (review)

Posts I uploaded

‘Top 10 Tuesday’ posts
‘top 5 Wednesday’ posts
Book tags
Book haul

This was my October wrap-up. I hope I’ll manage to read more books next month, but that’s what I say every month 😦 Anyway, which books did you read in October? Which one was your favourite? 🙂

September Wrap-Up!

Hi everyone! I am back with another sad wrap-up: I only read four books in September. This is such a huge contrast with the amount of books I read last year. In September 2015, I read 13 books! I probably haven’t read that many books in the last three months combined 😦 You can really tell that I haven’t read much this year when you look at my other posts. I always talk about the same books, characters… And I know that must be annoying for you. College has started again, so I will probably read even less than I already do.

Okay, enough nagging. Here are the books I read last month, with a link to my review:

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What makes this wrap-up probably even sadder, is that three of the four books I read, were re-reads! I unfortunately did not enjoy Ari and Dante as much as the first time and it took me nearly two weeks to re-read Six of Crows 😦

As usual, I won’t do post a monthly TBR. I am a mood reader, so I never know what I am going to read next, and I clearly struggle with my reading tempo lately.


Which books did you read in September? What was your (least) favourite? 🙂

August wrap-up!

I had to study for my exams in August, so once again, I didn’t have a lot of free time left to read. Unfortunately, I only managed to read three books (and a couple of comics). I’m quite disappointed because I was very much looking forward to the summer holidays and I obviously didn’t read as much as I’d hoped.

So, here are the books I read last month:

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(click on the rating if you want to read my full review)

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne ★☆☆☆☆
  2. Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo ★☆☆☆☆
  3. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli ★★★★☆

Clearly, this wasn’t the best reading month. However, I really enjoyed my re-read of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda!


I also read a couple of comics this month. I tend to read those when I know I don’t have time to read a full-length novel. I love DC (our cats are named Harley and Ivy!), so I want to read more of those. Recently, a lot went through a ‘rebirth’, so I decided to pick those up as well. Here are the comics I read in August:

  • Gotham City Sirens (issue #1-5)
  • Harley Quinn (2016) (issue #1)
  • Batman (2016) (issue #1-4)

How many books did you read in August? Which one did you enjoy most? 🙂

July Wrap-Up: another disappointing month…

2016 has not been a good reading year for me. Last year, I once read over ten books in one month. Now, I haven’t even read thirty books in seven months! I can’t seem to juggle work and reading, unfortunately.


In July, I had a summer job and was too exhausted most days to pick up a book. I only managed to finish three books this month:

1. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

I didn’t start reading A Storm of Swords this month, but I did finish it on the eleventh. I gave it 4.5 stars. It was my favourite in the series so far and I want to continue it right away. But I won’t, because I’m very much behind on my reading challenge and should read some smaller books instead. (review)

2. I’ll Give you The Sun by Jandy Nelson

This novel started out great, by I ended up feeling disappointed. There was too much drama towards the end, while the ending was too happy. I gave it 3.5 stars. (review)

3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder started out great! It was so original. But, as the story went on, the plot became very predictable. I didn’t get to know any of the characters and some things just didn’t make any sense (e.g. if Levana can brainwash people, how come Kai still felt so angry when they were together?). I will still continue this series, though not right away. I gave it 3.5 stars. (review)


Unfortunately, I also DNF’ed a book this month:

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

This book has received many mixed reviews. Honestly, this was a cover buy and I was curious to see whether I’d like it. And I really did, at first. But the ‘not-so-subtle’ hints of a future romance really bothered me.  I made it halfway and some things from the synopsis still hadn’t happened yet. I did not plan on quitting this, but I suddenly started reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer instead and that caught my attention more.