November 2017 wrap-up

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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!

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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.


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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.


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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!


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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? 😅


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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

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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)

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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

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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:

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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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Spring 2017 reading update

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Hello, book lovers! Since I was inactive for almost three months, I’m going to talk about all the books I read in April, May and June today.

The Books I read

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During winter, I had read 14 books. In spring, I only read a total of 9. Because of my exams and teacher training, I was too busy to read. Even though I’m graduated now, I’m still having trouble getting back into reading. I do hope I’ll be able to read more books during the summer.

All the books I read were contemporaries, except for Salt., which is a poetry collection and Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire, which I re-read by listening to them on audio-book.

Due to my reading slump, I DNF’d a couple of books, but I plan on picking those up again someday, so won’t discuss them today.

My Favourite

queens of geekLast time, I discussed my five favourites, but because I only read nine books this spring, I’ll only be chosing one novel that stood out for me. Of course, I’d be able to include Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire as well, but you already know how much I love the series.

Queens of Geek was the first book I read in Spring and it was my favourite. So cute, fluffy and adorable, yet still able to tackle serious topics such as fatphobia and anxiety. I would absolutely recommend this fast-paced YA contemporary! You can read my full review here.

2017 Reading Challenge

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I am no longer ahead on my 2017 Goodreads reading challenge. I really don’t want to rush myself like I had to last year, so I hope I’ll be able to catch up soon. Still, my life is very unpredictable at the moment. I just graduated, so I don’t know how soon I’ll be able to find a job, whether I’ll have time to read…

Diversity Bingo progress

To be honest, I kind of forgot about Diversity Bingo. I’ve been too busy to check which category each book qualifies for. Having said that, I’m not disappointed in myself, because I have been reading diverse books exclusively, with the exception of the Harry Potter series. Though I might not have ticked off every square by the end of this year, I’m still proud of myself and I will continue to pick up diverse books (as you can tell by yesterday’s book haul).

So I won’t post my progress yet. I still have to decide whether I’ll try to complete the challenge, or whether I’ll just pick up whatever diverse book I’m in the mood for like I’m doing now. At the end of the day, I think that’s what the creators tried to make people do, so I wouldn’t feel to bad for not completing every square on the grid.


From now on, I plan on doing my monthly wrap-ups again. Spring was an exception because I was too busy to read, let alone to write a blog-post telling you how far I’m behind on my reading challenge.

Anyway, what was your favourite book you read in spring?

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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
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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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