Favourite new-to-me authors | 2018 wrap-up

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Hello my fellow book lovers! First of all, I want to apologise for being so inactive lately. Honestly, I haven’t been in the mood to read, AT ALL. In the meantime, I’ve been focussing on some of my other hobbies instead. I revived my other blog, created a second Twitter account and have posted daily on my other Instagram. Please check those out if you’re into bullet journalling, hand-lettering and art, it would mean a lot to me.

Anyway, just like last year, I am going to do a series of blog posts wrapping-up my 2018 reading year. Today, I am going to talk about my favourite authors I discovered this year! These are in no particular order. When you click on the titles, you will be brought to my reviews (which include content and trigger warnings).

sadie

I read two Courtney Summer novels this year: Sadie and All the Rage. Both were great and right up my alley: I love hard-hitting contemporaries. They come with a lot of trigger warnings though, so make sure to read my reviews before you decide to pick these up.

the stranger beside me

In 2018, I discovered my love for true crime. I’ve always been into documentaries, but this year, I also started listening to podcasts and reading non-fiction books. The Stranger Beside Me about serial killer Ted Bundy was amazing and I am definitely going to read every book Ann Rule ever wrote.

i'll be gone in the dark

Because Michelle McNamara past away while writing this book about the Golden State Killer, this is her only work I’ll ever get to read. That said, I nonetheless thought she deserved a place on this list. I had some issues with the timeline of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, but it was truly captivating and very atmospheric. This book started my love for true crime books, and Michelle made me completely obsessed with the Golden State Killer.

radio silence

I had been meaning to read Radio Silence for years and I’m happy to say it did not disappoint! It was incredibly relatable and the characters felt like real people. I own I Was Born for This, which I ought to pick up in 2019.

the seven husbands of evelyn hugo

I’ve read the majority of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s work and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is definitely my favourite novel so far! In fact, I’ve read it twice this year and know I’m going to re-read this many times more.

piecing me together

Are you looking for a diverse, short contemporary novel? Piecing Me Together is the one you’re looking for! I am so excited for Watch Us Rise, which is set to be released on February 12th.

fifth season

As you can tell by this list, fantasy is not my go-to genre. The Fifth Season, however, blew me away. It wasn’t quite a five star read because there were many elements I couldn’t comprehend, but I am nonetheless very keen to continue this series and read Jemisin’s other work as well.

burial rites

At the beginning of 2018 I made some five star predictions and Burial Rites was the only one that actually came true. I love historical fiction, but I rarely read it. Because I loved this novel though, I am certainly going to check out Hannah Kent’s other work too.


Here are some authors I discovered in 2018! Have you read any of their work yet?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Most Anticipated 2019 Releases

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

December 19: Most Anticipated 2019 Releases
Pretty explanatory. If you can’t narrow it down, give your selections for only the first half of the year or even just for winter 2019.

So many books are set to be released in 2019, it’s impossible to mention them all in one post! So next year, I’ll continue my monthly most anticipated releases post. Today, I am going to talk about some books I can’t wait to get my hands on! These are in order of publication date.

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When Rukhsana Ali’s conservative Muslim parents catch her kissing her girlfriend, they are devastated and send her to Bangladesh. The premise reminds me of Written in the Stars, which is a beautiful yet heartbreaking novel and was one of my favourite reads of 2017. The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali has #OwnVoices Bengali representation and apparently, the lesbian representation was inspired by the author’s daughter. (publication date: January 29th)

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On the Come Up by legendary author Angie Thomas is probably going to be on everyone’s most anticipated releases list. This novel is said to be a “homage to hip-hop”. I love that the cover matches the cover of The Hate U Give ! (publication date: February 5th)

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Renée Watson’s Piecing Me Together is one of my favourite reads of 2018; I can’t wait to read Watch Us Rise. It’s set to be released the day before my birthday! Coincidence? I think not! This novel is about two girls who go viral with their Women’s Rights Club. Soon they experience backlash and trolls, but they refuse to be silenced. (publication date: February 12th)

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While Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman isn’t one of my favourite books, You Asked for Perfect is one of my most anticipated releases of the year! I managed to graduate college (twice, in fact), but I completely fell apart afterwards. I still haven’t been able to find a job because of it. That’s why this novel is certainly going to be incredibly relatable, as it deals with perfectionism and academic pressure. And look at that cover!! I absolutely love it! (publication date: March 5th)

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I know it’s not fair to compare this to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, but because it’s one of my favourite books of the year (and of all-time!), I obviously cannot wait to get my hands on Daisy Jones & The Six. Taylor Jenkins Reid is an auto-buy author and I’m pleased that this novel is historical fiction as well. (publication date: March 5th)

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While I loved the synopsis of Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed, the story focussed too much on the romance for my taste. Internment, however, sounds even better and might be as influential as novels such as The Hate U Give: in a near-future United States of America, Muslim American citizens are detained in internment camps. (publication date: March 19th)

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Ashley Herring Blake is one of my favourite authors, so obviously, The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James has to be on my list! This is Blake’s second queer middle grade novel and I hope I’ll enjoy it as much – if not more – as Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World. (publication date: March 26th)

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Look. Look and listen. This cover is terrible! It looks unfinished, as if it’s a place-holder until the real cover gets revealed. That said, I’m nonetheless really looking forward to Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered. I love the My Favorite Murder podcast and I’m keen to learn more about their past. (publication date: May 28th)


Those are just a couple of the upcoming book releases I am looking forward to! Which are your most anticipated releases of 2019?

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Chelsea’s Crime Corner: Mindhunter

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Hello my fellow true crime lovers! I recently watched the first season of the Netflix series Mindhunter and read criminal profiler John DouglasMindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit.

Today I am going to discuss some elements I find worth exploring. This post might contain spoilers. Please keep in mind this is not a summary, but merely my rambles as a true crime lover.

I absolutely love criminal profiling. It’s amazing how accurately profilers can predict who the perpetrator is, from their job, social life to upbringing.

Because I find this such an interesting investigate tool, I immediately watched the pilot of Mindhunter when it was first released on Netflix. Due to the racial slurs and sex scenes, I decided I didn’t want to continue it. Because I find this field so interesting, however, I ultimately did watch the rest of the season almost a year later, and I’m glad I did. The interviews with the serial killers and the murder cases in which they proof the effectiveness of profiling, are by far my favourite parts of the show.

Those scenes are based on Mindhunter by John Douglas. I was surprised that certain shocking scenes from the series – such as Richard Speck flinging his favourite bird into a fan – did occur in real life!

I listened to the audiobook of Mindhunter and I liked the narration. It’s definitely also a memoir of Douglas’ life, which some readers don’t like. I understand that he seems self-obsessed, but I can’t really blame him: look at everything he achieved in his career! Furthermore, he’s quite funny, which you wouldn’t expect from such a book!

As I have mentioned before, I love learning more about serial killers. In the book, Douglas talks about his interviews with notorious criminals such as Ed Kemper, Charles Manson, Richard Speck, Jerry Brutos and the Son of Sam. These interviews are incredibly fascinating and I love that the Netflix series explores them even further. Like I said, I found it shocking that scenes I thought were inserted for shock value, were actually historically accurate!

Why do people kill? Is it nature, or nurture? Perhaps we’ll never know for sure. Douglas stresses that it could be nurture (such as parental abuse) rather than nature, but that doesn’t mean the crimes are justifiable. Many people have abuse parents, a horrible upbringing, etc. but they don’t kill. As Douglas says himself: women experience these things as well, yet almost all serial killers are men.

Additionally, Douglas believes certain violent sexual offenders cannot be rehabilitated. I know this is controversial, but I agree with him. After having listened to so many true crime podcasts and having watched numerous true crime documentaries, it’s infuriating to see how many men continue to rape and kill once they’re released from prison. Those victims could’ve been avoided, and we shouldn’t be lenient.
That said, I do not feel the same way about justifiable homicide, drug charges, burglary, etc. I am only talking about violent sexual offenders.

Which brings me to the death penalty. We don’t have this in my country, so it’s not something I think about regularly. I actually still don’t know how I feel about it. But horrible serial killers such as Ted Bundy, Ed Kemper, Richard Speck, etc. could never be released. They don’t want to die – hence why men such as the Green River Killer accept plea deals to avoid the death penalty – so wouldn’t the death penalty be the ultimate punishment?

On the other hand, the interviews with serial killers prove we could learn much from them. If they are willing to cooperate, they’re more valuable alive than death. Additionally, if it weren’t for those plea deals, some wouldn’t talk at all, and victim’s families would never know the truth.

To avoid his execution, Ted Bundy finally admitted his crimes after years of proclaiming his innocence. I talk about this more in my first Chelsea’s Crime Corner. If he wasn’t on death row, he probably never would’ve spilled the beans. If he hadn’t been executed, however, perhaps we would’ve found out even more about his crimes, such as the exact number of victims.

These are just some thoughts I have about the death penalty. I’m not in favour of it, but these despicable human beings would give everyone some second thoughts, I think.

Anyway, back to the book. Douglas discusses many murder investigations in which criminal profiling was helpful. While those cases illustrated the importance of the investigative field, there were A LOT of cases, it was a bit hard to keep track of them.

Additionally, I would’ve liked even more information about the serial killer research. While criminal profiling and the research go hand in hand, I think he could’ve written individual books about each subject, in order to go into more detail.

content and trigger warnings for murder, rape, suicide, animal cruelty, ableism, n-word (quotes from murderers), kidnapping, mutilation


Have you watched or read Mindhunter? What are your thoughts? Do you agree/disagree with what I said?

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mini-reviews: Milk and Honey, Since You’ve Been Gone, Pride and more!

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Hello my fellow book lovers! I usually write reviews shortly after finishing a book, but especially when I didn’t take that many notes or towards the end of the month when I have so many other posts to write, I tend to postpone writing them. That’s why I’ll be briefly reviewing a bunch of books today! Some of these I finished at the beginning of September, so bear with me while I try to remember as much about them as I can!

These are in no particular order.

evidence of the affair

I love Taylor Jenkins Reid’s work, so I had to read this short story. We read letters to and from two people whose spouses are cheating on them.

Because it hits close to home, I’m usually not a fan of cheating storylines. Though I probably wouldn’t have made the same decisions as these characters, I rooted for and respected them. I really appreciate Carrie reaching out to her husband’s lover’s spouse. It’s the right thing to do.

rating: ★★★★✩

CW/TW for cheating, ableist language (e.g. cr*zy), fertility problems

we have always lived in the castle

It took me longer than expected to read this short book, but luckily, I didn’t give up. We Have Always Lived in the Castle was a page-turner (despite what I just said); I needed to find out what happened next! In hindsight the plot twist seems obvious, but I didn’t see it coming!

rating: ★★★★✩

CW/TW for bullying, amnesia, poisoning, murder, ableism, arson, death

milk and honey

Poetry is not my cup of tea, but Milk and Honey was rather accessible. I finished it in less than an hour and highlighted a number of poems. The drawings were a nice addition. That said, I thought some poems were a bit cissexist and heteronormative. Additionally, I don’t like the message that no one can love you until you love yourself. As I’ve only had one relationship and it was a bad one, I couldn’t relate to the Loving poems.

rating: ★★★✩✩

CW/TW for sexual assault, rape, paedophilia, alcoholism, sex

since you've been gone

Since You’ve been Gone had been on my TBR for years, though I have to admit this book never crossed my mind when I was thinking about what I wanted to read next. I picked up the audiobook on a whim in September and I quite enjoyed it. M/F romances usually aren’t my favourite, but I thought the love interest Frank was adorable, apart from him kind of cheating on his girlfriend… The anxiety representation was relatable. Unfortunately, this was an entertaining read, but not a memorable one. I can’t even remember the main character’s name.

rating: ★★★.5

CW/TW for underage drinking

pride

I initially wasn’t very interested in reading Pride as I don’t care much about Pride & Prejudice, but I decided to pick this up anyway because it nonetheless features many other intriguing elements such as poverty and gentrification.

Many reviewers didn’t like the characters. I understand their feelings, but I have to disagree. Each character was merely flawed. For instance, I could relate to the main character’s feelings about her sister when she was dating someone. Her thoughts weren’t nice, but I understood perfectly why she was protective.

As I had expected, I didn’t dig the romance. The hate-to-love development was a bit sudden, the main character constantly changed her mind whether she wanted to be with him and the “you’re not like other girls” sentiment was annoying.

I really liked the diversity elements – the story is set in Brooklyn and the main character is Haitian-Dominican American – and I’m certainly still interested in reading Ibi Zoboi’s American Street.

rating: ★★★.5

CW/TW for character death, slut shaming, mentions of racism


Have you read these books? Did you like them?

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2018 book releases I haven’t read yet

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I post a list of my most anticipated book releases at the beginning of each month. That doesn’t mean, however, that I have read all of those books. Here are just a handful of 2018 releases I didn’t get to, but am certainly still keen to read!

Though there’s one month left in 2018, I already know I won’t be able to pick up these titles. I already posted my December TBR and don’t want to read over 100 books this year: it’s such a perfect number to end my reading challenge with!

fire and blood

Fire and Blood – a prequel to the a Song of Ice and Fire series – was released only a few weeks ago, so it’s okay I haven’t read it yet. It’s so expensive though, and I hope it’s one of the presents Santa brings me this year! Perhaps I’ll pick up the audiobook in the meantime.

what if it's us

Though it was on my November TBR, I haven’t read What If It’s Us yet. Considering I already decided which books I’ll pick up in December, I’ll have to read this novel next year instead. While I am curious to see whether this is going to be as disappointing as Leah on the Offbeat, I’m not too keen anymore to pick this up ASAP because this doesn’t really seem like a winter-y read.

i was born for this

I read my first Alice Oseman novel this year, Radio Silence, and I absolutely loved it! I’ve been meaning to pick up her other work ever since, but haven’t yet.

circe

When I read The Song of Achilles several years ago, it instantly became one of my favourite books! I’ve been meaning to re-read it for a while and am glad to see Circe by Madeline Miller has received similar praise.

the astonishing colour of after

The Astonishing Color of After is a Young Adult magical realism novel, which is honestly quite intimidating. I often don’t understand themes that are explored in magical realism, literary fiction and poetry, which is really unfortunate, as I desperately want to love these genres! That said, I won’t let that stop me from picking up this beautiful book.

let's talk about love

Let’s Talk about Love is one of those books I’ve been meaning to read for AGES, but somehow still haven’t picked up yet! Though I usually don’t tend to be interested in books about romance, this novel is certainly going to be different and more relatable: the protagonist Alice is biromantic asexual.

nice try, jane sinner

I don’t know much about Nice Try, Jane Sinner, but I nonetheless think I’ll love this book! It explores themes such as depression, which are surely going to break my heart but be relatable at the same time.

reign of the fallen

I am not a huge fantasy reader, which explains why I haven’t read Reign of the Fallen yet. That said, it has bisexual representation and many of my friends love it, so I am definitely going to give this series a chance.

tyler johnson was here

The release of Tyler Johnson Was Here didn’t receive as much hype as the cover reveal did… I nevertheless bought a copy as I am interested to read more books dealing with police brutality and racism. I hope the story is going to be as good as the cover is!

a large expanse of sea

Despite not being a fan of the Shatter Me series, A Very Large Expanse of Sea was one of my most anticipated 2018 releases! Why haven’t I bought a copy yet?!? I am so keen to read a book about a Muslim girl post-9/11 and based on the reviews it has received, this won’t disappoint!


So here are only a handful of the 2018 releases I haven’t read yet. Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What were your thoughts on them?

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TBR | December 2018

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Hello my fellow book lovers! Last month’s TBR wasn’t the biggest success, but I’m nonetheless back with another one today! I would like to reach 100 books in 2018 ASAP – I’m currently at 92 – in order to start my best/worst books of the year lists, so I plan on reading a bunch of short books this month.

Because I am a mood reader, I want wiggle room, so here are some of the books I’d like to read in December!

non fiction

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I got a River in Darkness a couple of weeks ago on Kindle because it was on sale. I don’t know much about it, but this memoir about a man’s escape from North Korea has received quite a lot of praise. It was released back in 2000 and is less than 200 pages long, so I shouldn’t take me too long to read this. Because I don’t know a lot of details about the regime in North Korea, I hope this is going to be an insightful read.

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I finally gave the Netflix series Mindhunter a chance and wow, it was so much better than the pilot led me to believe! I love true crime and am especially interested in serial killers and FBI profiling, so I’m very keen to read this book! It’s not a short read, but because I plan on picking up the audiobook, it’s going to be fine.

anthologies

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A while ago I posted a list of anthologies and short story collections I’d like to read, but I haven’t started any of them yet! Because I’d like to reach my new reading goal ASAP, I though this would be the perfect time to finally pick up Open Mic!

fresh ink

Fresh Ink is another anthology I’d like to get to this month. It was made in partnership with We Need Diverse Books and stars authors such as Jason Reynolds and Malinda Lo.

contemporary

the incendiaries

The Incendiaries is a short literary fiction novel that has received tons of praise! I’m a bit hesitant because I don’t always understand literary fiction, but I nonetheless want to give this a chance!

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What We Lose is a coming-of-age novel about a light-skinned black woman named Thandi who always feels like an outsider. Once again, I hope I am mature enough to understand the themes discussed in this literary fiction novel.


These are the books I would like to get to in December! Despite the number of short books on my TBR, it’s nonetheless daunting because I own physical copies of most of these books, so I’ll have to sit down and read them as opposed to listening to them on audiobook.

Have you read any of these books? Which ones are on your TBR?

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Wrap-Up | November 2018

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Thank god audiobooks exist, otherwise, this would’ve been another disappointing reading month! I managed to read a total of 10 books in October. I have read 92 books in 2018 so far, which is absolutely the most I’ve ever read, and I would like to reach 100 by the end of the year 😀

I will start with the books I enjoyed the least and end with the ones I liked the most.

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children of blood and bone

I finally finished Children of Blood and Bone! I wasn’t sure whether I was going to, but I’m pushed through. The final hour of my audiobook was entertaining and fast-paced, so despite not loving this YA fantasy debut, I am a wee bit intrigued to see what’s next for these characters. You can read my review here.pride

I initially wasn’t going to read Pride because it’s a Pride & Prejudice retelling and I don’t like reading romance-centred stories. Thankfully, however, I gave it a chance because it has many other elements I found more intriguing, such as the discussions surrounding gentrification. That said, this novel didn’t blow me away and wasn’t very memorable, but I still plan on reading American Street by Ibi Zoboi as well. Mini-review to come.

burial rites

Burial Rites was the only book from my first five star predictions post I actually rated 5 stars! Kent gave us a complex portrayal of a woman accused of two murders, based on true events, which was done beautifully.

I immediately ordered a hardcover copy with this cover on Better World Books, since it isn’t being printed anymore. Sadly, when my package finally arrived, I got a completely different and useless book instead!! I’ll probably never own this edition 😦 It was the first time I ordered from them, and the last time.

harry potter and the philosopher's stone

Finally, I re-read the entire Harry Potter series again this month by listening to the audiobooks. They’re my favourite and this re-read – unlike The Crimes of Grindelwald – didn’t let me down. It certainly has it flaws such as the fatphobia and lack of diversity, but this re-read was nonetheless really enjoyable!

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Sadly, I didn’t manage to read all the books I wanted to read this month. Like I’ve said in the beginning of this post, I mainly listened to audiobooks, whereas I own physical copies/e-books of most of the books I wanted to get to in November.

Of the five books on my November TBR, I managed to read two.

currently reading

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When I read The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule, I immediately knew I wanted to read more of her work! This true crime book is about the Green River Killer, who killed about fifty sex-workers and was able to evade capture for almost two decades!

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I post other content beside reviews! Please check out November’s other posts if you haven’t yet:


Which books did you read this month?

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5 Star Predictions (round 1) | UPDATE

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Hello my fellow book lovers! At the beginning of 2018, I shared with you which books on my TBR I expected were going to be 5 star reads. You can read the original post here. I have finally read those five books and today, I’m going to share with you whether I actually loved them as much as I thought I would!

wild beautyIn my original post, I wrote the following: I’m not familiar with magical realism, so I don’t know what to expect from this novel. As a result, I didn’t love Wild Beauty as much as my fellow readers. Don’t get me wrong, I gave it a positive rating – you can read my review here – but it wasn’t very memorable. Though I might struggle with the genre, I am definitely going to give McLemore’s other books a chance and hopefully, I will grow more used to it.

the secret history

Oh boy, I was so surprised I didn’t enjoy The Secret History! For literally YEARS, I strongly believed this would become one of my all-time favourite books, but sadly, it didn’t work out that way. You can read my review here. I didn’t care about the characters and the plot wasn’t as intriguing as I had expected.

girl out of waterGirl Out of Water wasn’t a bad book – I rated it 3.5 stars – but I personally couldn’t really connect to it. I liked the family dynamics, however, and I will certainly pick up Silverman’s next book, You Asked for Perfect. You can read my review of Girl Out of Water here.

amina's voiceAmina’s Voice is a fast-paced diverse read and I really enjoyed it. The Muslim and Pakistani-American representation are #OwnVoices. Because I was able to finish this book in a handful of hours, however, it wasn’t quite a five star read as it could’ve been more fleshed-out. That’s probably to be expected from a book aimed at younger audiences though. Still, I’d recommend Amina’s Voice and I rated it four stars!

burial rites

Thankfully one of my predictions came true!! While reading I was going back and forth between rating it four or five stars, and the author’s note made me bump up my rating. Kent gave us a complex portrayal of a woman who’s accused of murdering two people, which I really appreciated. You can read my full review here.


Clearly, I’m not very good at predicting which books I’ll love. That said, I do plan on doing a round two very soon 🙂 Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts?

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End of the Year book tag

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! I apologise for being inactive these past few books. Today, I am doing the End of the Year book tag! I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but it’s the perfect time of year to do this!

1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

the obelisk gate

Audiobooks are my jam, but I haven’t been in the mood to sit down and pick up a book lately. That’s why I started The Obelisk Gate a couple of weeks ago, but haven’t made a lot of progress yet. I’d really like to finish reading this trilogy soon though!

2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

harry potter and the philosopher's stone

As a matter of fact, I just re-read the entire Harry Potter series exactly for this reason! I usually didn’t care when I re-read them, but this year, I wanted to re-read it close to December. It seemed like the perfect time to do so!

3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

dear heartbreak

There are a million 2018 book releases I have yet to read! As for ones that haven’t been released yet, the only one that’s on my list is Dear Heartbreak, a YA anthology set to be released in December. I’m not a huge fan of romance-centred books, but this sounds very different.

4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

what if it's us

What If It’s Us is on my November TBR, but I don’t think I’ll get around to it. I am hesitant to pick it up because it has received mixed reviews and Leah on the Offbeat was one of my most disappointed reads of the year. I usually love Albertalli’s work, however, so I definitely want to give it a chance.

sawkill girls

Young adult horror novel Sawkill Girls has received tons of hype lately, so I might pick up the audiobook soon. I don’t know much about the plot, but I have faith in my fellow readers: my hopes are high!

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I have quite an extensive Harry Potter collection, yet I do not own a History of Magic. I breezed through it once in a bookstore and wasn’t sure whether it would provide a lot of new information. The audiobook, however, is narrated by the wonderful Natalie Dormer, so I’d like to pick it up because I’m still in such a magical mood from my yearly re-read 🙂

5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

I am a mood reader, so I find it difficult to predict which books I’ll pick up next. There are many books on my bookshelves I think I’ll adore, but I can’t promise I’ll pick them up next month…

6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2019?

Yes, I have! I won’t go into detail – that’s for another time – but I started my 2019 bullet journal several weeks ago and have several reading goals I would like to achieve next year!


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book review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi | mixed feelings

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Afbeeldingsresultaat voor children of blood and boneChildren of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, book one)

by Tomi Adeyemi

read in November 2018

format: paperback/audiobook

rating: ★★★✩✩

This is a spoiler-free review!synopsis

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

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I gave Children of Blood and Bone so many chances. I first started reading it back in April or May, but after reading the first one hundred pages, I forgot about it and picked up other books instead. I decided to DNF it for the time being and started the book all over again on October 1st, this time on audiobook. It took me over a month to read it, which is very much unlike me!

Though there are many unique elements, I was rather bored while reading this. I just didn’t care… When I first started Children of Blood and Bone, I thought Zélie was about thirteen years old, until her age was explicitly mentioned. She does grow throughout the book, but I nonetheless thought the characters seemed younger than they actually were. The romance, however, was much more mature. Nothing’s explicit though, but there are several make-out sessions.

Talking about the romance: yikes. It’s no secret I don’t tend to enjoy M/F romances and Zélie and Inan’s relationship is no different. For a enemies-to-lovers romance, it was very insta-love! Also, I couldn’t care less about Inan. If I could’ve skipped his chapters, I would’ve.

Some elements seemed written for a younger Young Adult audience, others (such as the romance and many character deaths), not. Unfortunately, those deaths didn’t move me. They were a bit predictable and didn’t affect the plot much. That said, the author’s note did explain why the author killed those characters, and that was interesting.

However, I certainly didn’t hate this novel. I actually really love Amari, her chapters were my favourites! And as I’ve mentioned before, Zélie grew on me. I was especially fond of reading about her magic, I love that she has a connection with the dead.

The final hour of my audiobook was very action-packed, I loved it! It was entertaining and finally, some plot-changing stuff happened! I considered DNF’ing this book many times and I wasn’t sure whether I would continue the series, but the ending is redeeming. I’m keen to find out what’s next for Amari!

content and trigger warnings for mentions of sexual assault/rape threats, slavery, racism, murder, torture, kidnapping, fire, self-harm (blood magic ritual), PTSD


While I definitely struggled reading Children of Blood and Bone, there are promising aspects that make me want to read the rest of the series after all.

Have you read this book yet? What are your thoughts?

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