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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the Game of Thrones book tag

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Today, I’m doing the Game of Thrones book tag, which was created by

I tried to re-read The Fault in Our Stars last summer, but as I had expected, John Green’s work  isn’t my cup of tea anymore. My friends and I were obsessed with the book and film a couple of years ago, but now, I realise how problematic both are.

There are many other books I know I won’t enjoy anymore upon a re-read, such as Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

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It’s hard to narrow this down to one book, but I’m very excited for 27 Hours by Tristina Wright.  I have the feeling as if every single person I follow on Twitter has read this already, though this is set to be released in October!

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I know The Raven Cycle isn’t perfect, but I cannot help but love this series. The characters are phenomenal and so fleshed-out, the atmosphere is breathtaking and the plot is unlike anything I have ever read before. Unfortunately, The Raven King, the final instalment, was a huge disappointment, but I still adore the other books in this series and want to re-read them soon again.

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I had expected to love Three Dark Crowns, but it was a biggest disappointment of 2017 so far. There are multiple reasons why I didn’t enjoy this novel, one being that at the end of the first instalment, we still don’t know which queen ends up on the throne, whereas that’s supposed to be the plot of the book. On the one hand, I want to read the sequel to find out who wins, but on the other hand, I don’t want to read something I probably won’t enjoy…

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Rick Riordan’s books! Shame on me for only having read Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief. I’ve actually only bought one book in July, and it was The Hammer of Thor, even though I want to read Riordan’s books in the right order :/

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It’s been a while since I’ve read Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, but I remember that the book included graphic descriptions of animal cruelty. I had a look at my review, and apparently, it also features gore murder scenes and mentions of molestation and rape.

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Except for The Raven Cycle and Harry Potter, there aren’t a lot of books I’ve re-read multiple times. Both series I mentioned, however, do get better and better with every re-read. I have issues with J.K. Rowling and Maggie Stiefvater, but both write foreshadowing perfectly!


If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged by me! It’s a lot of fun and on top of that, the questions are very refreshing! Do you know any other book tags I haven’t done yet that are unique? Let me know in the comments, please.

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July 2017 book haul

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This month’s book haul couldn’t be more different from my very first haul on my blog. I acquired over 20 books last July, whereas I only got two this month!


all photos are my own!

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The lovely romiewedeservelove send me her copy of The Upside of Unrequited, after I mentioned on Twitter that I didn’t own a physical copy of my favourite book yet. Thank you so much, sweetie! This means the world to me and I can’t wait to re-read this wonderful novel!

I read the ARC of The Upside of Unrequited a few months ago and I absolutely fell in love with it. You can read my full review here.

 

magnus_chase.pngI’ve only read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, yet I’m hoarding Rick Riordan’s books as if they might go out of print at any time 😀

When I received a notification from The Book Depository that the price of The Hammer of Thor had dropped, I had to buy this beauty instantly. I love these hardcovers so much and am wondering whether I should get the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series in hardcover as well, but I should probably be patient and read the books first before I do that!


This was my very small July book haul. Which books did you get this month?

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Down the TBR Hole (#1 – 10)

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You probably know the feeling: looking at your Goodreads TBR and being overwhelmed by the amount of books on those shelves. Last year, I tried to remove books I wasn’t interested in from that list, but I currently have 378 books on it, which is way too much. That’s why I decided to join Down the TBR hole, which was created by Lost in a Story.

From time to time, I’ll go to my Goodreads to-read shelf and change the order to ‘ascending date added’. I’ll pick the first ten books on that list and decide whether or not they’ll remain on my TBR.

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I haven’t even read the The Cuckoo’s Calling, the first instalment in this series, yet, but I do own a paperback copy of both. I want to read this book someday, but it certainly won’t happen anytime soon.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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The Book Thief was one of the first English novels I bought. I got it around the time the film adaptation was released, but I obviously haven’t picked this up yet. I definitely enjoy historical fiction from time to time, so I won’t get rid of this one.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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The Mara Dyer series is a paranormal fantasy/romance and therefore, I’m unsure whether I want to keep it. If it’s similar to The Raven Cycle, I might enjoy it, but if the romance is too prominent, this most likely won’t be my cup of tea. What do you think? Should I keep this series on my TBR?

verdict: unsure, but will probably remove from TBR

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I’ve owned this book for over two years, yet have never been in the mood to pick it up. Still, I want to know what the hype’s about. Just like the first two titles I mentioned in this post, I want to read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but it probably won’t happen anytime soon.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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I never, ever reach for classics. They remind me of mandatory reads and I rarely enjoyed those. Still, The Great Gatsby is one of the few classics I might pick up. I feel like I have to, as an English teacher. Besides, I quite enjoyed the film adaptation with Leonardo Dicaprio.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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Science-fiction is another genre I rarely reach for. So when I ultimately do pick up a sci-fi novel, I have no idea what’s going on, because I’m not familiar with the genre. But a lot of people seem to love this novel, so I want to give it a chance. Perhaps on audiobook?

verdict: remains on physical TBR

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I feel conflicted about Every Last Word . On the one hand, I want to read this because the main character has Purely-Obsessional OCD, but on the other hand, I’m wary because this isn’t an #OwnVoices novel. Furthermore, this novel was released several years ago, when book with unhappy endings such as The Fault in Our Stars and All the Bright Places were very popular. And I’m not looking for a book that portrays OCD in a negative or inaccurate way.

verdict: remove from TBR

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I bought Legend a few months ago because it was very cheap, but I have honestly no intention of reading it. I didn’t enjoy The Young Elites and Legend appeals to me even less. I’m not even as excited for Warcross as most readers (partially because I detest the cover) but if that one receives raving reviews, I might check it out. As for Legend, I probably won’t unhaul it, but I won’t read it either.

verdict: remove from TBR

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All the Rage is a novel about sexual assault and therefore, I’m so scared to read this. First of all, this story is going to enrage me either way, because no one deserves to get sexually assaulted. Secondly, if the author handles this topic the wrong way, it can cause a lot of hurt. So I’m convinced I won’t enjoy this novel,  but I’m okay with that. Still, that’s the reason why I keep postponing reading books that deal with similar topics. They need to be discussed, but it makes me angry and scared nonetheless.

verdict: remains on wishlist and TBR

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This year, my love for contemporaries was rekindled. So I want to read Since You’ve Been Gone. But because this novel is almost 450 pages long, I keep postponing it. I only read a handful of books each month, and I think that’s quite a lot of pages for a YA contemporary. If I had more time to read during the summer, however, I would’ve picked this up already!

verdict: remains on physical TBR

blue-watercolor-border-line-coverSo that was my first Down the TBR Hole post. Do you think I made any mistakes in my verdicts? Should I do this weekly, or whenever I feel like it? Let me know in the comments!

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Popular book series I won’t read

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Today, I’m going to talk about five book series I have no intention of reading. I know, I know, never say never…. but I’ll probably never pick these up!

I’ll only discuss five series, so obviously won’t be able to include all the series in the world I don’t want to read, such as Fifty Shades of Grey. Furthermore, I’m not going to discuss series I don’t want to continue, such as Throne of Glass and The Mortal Instruments.

These are in no particular.

the selection.pngThe Selection series was very popular when I first joined the book community. The plot never appealed to me – I’m not a big fan of books that are allocishet romance-driven – but I wanted to give them a chance because I liked the covers. I never actually bought these books, however, and I definitely don’t plan to anymore.

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I joined the book community around the time the Divergent movie adaptation was released. I watched the film, but I didn’t find it interesting enough to continue watching them or to pick up the book series. This genre doesn’t really appeal to me, except for The Hunger Games, which I do want to re-read and re-watch (again!).

infernal devices.pngI’ve mentioned this a few times already: I don’t plan on reading any of Clare’s books. I got rid of the entire Mortal Instruments series and a few of her other books a couple of months ago and I haven’t regretted it once. I read City of Bones and half of the sequel, but I wasn’t enjoying it. Furthermore, all of her books are set in the same universe, so I’d feel forced to read them all. I know many readers are a fan of her work, but I don’t feel as if I’m missing out on anything.LOTR.pngTolkien’s work is the biggest maybe on this list. I’ve watched The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies a few times, but I can’t say I’m exactly a Tolkien-fan. Therefore, I don’t plan on reading these books. In a few years, I might feel differently, but for the time being, I’m much more interested in other fantasy novels. I prefer political intrigue and that’s probably what’s missing for me in his work.

twilight.pngWhen I was a teenager, the Twilight books and especially films were so popular. At first I was into the films, but after a while, I couldn’t even be bothered to watch them all. I think I skipped the last one or two. Anyway, there’s nothing about Twilight that seems appealing to me. Once again, this one is very allocishet romance-driven and I don’t tend to enjoy such books.


What are some series you don’t ever plan on reading?

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book chat: ratings + how I rate diverse books

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Today, I am going to talk about book ratings. First, I’m going to discuss how I feel about them. Secondly, I’m going to talk about how I rate diverse books, since I’m reading such novels almost exclusively this year. This is not a post with advise on how you should rate books. I’m only going to talk about how I do it.

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At the beginning of 2017, I announced I would no longer rate the books I read. In my opinion, a star rating is a rather shallow way to express how you feel about something. There are so many things that a rating isn’t able to convey, such as whether a novel contains harmful content.

Another reason why I dislike book ratings, is because they mean something different to everyone. Especially three star ratings are tricky. People often consider that a low rating, while the reviewer might still recommend the novel.

However, I soon noticed that my Goodreads reviews didn’t receive as much love as they used to once I stopped rating the books I read. Furthermore, I started requesting e-ARCs on Netgalley, and you have to rate the books you receive there. That’s why I decided I would still rate books, but only on Goodreads and Netgalley. As you may have noticed, I don’t include my book ratings on my blog anymore. My reviews are more often than not very thorough, so if you want to know how I feel about a novel, my reviews are able to tell you that.

I won’t go into detail what my star ratings mean exactly. It’s mostly based on feeling, though, as you will find out soon, I have a different system when it comes to diverse literature.

I know that many people want Goodreads to had half star ratings, but I won’t bother with those anymore. I really don’t want my reviews to revolve around the rating, because my reviews convey my thoughts much better than a number of stars ever could.

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Confessing this might be controversial, but yes, I do rate diverse books differently. Like I said, ratings mean something different to everyone. If I were to rate a diverse novel three stars based on MY enjoyment and not whether or not it contains intentionally harmful content, a lot of people might not be interested to pick the diverse book up again.

As a reviewer, I think you have to be conscious of that. Especially if you have a lot of followers. A couple of weeks ago, a popular BookTuber rated a diverse F/F novella only one star, primarily because she disliked the writing. The author’s first language isn’t even English, but because this is the first review you see on the Goodreads page, so many people won’t buy this wonderful novella.

And that’s exactly why I rate diverse books much more mildly. If the novel didn’t contain much or any harmful content, I will rate it at least four stars, even if I personally didn’t enjoy it as much.

However, I don’t hide anything in my reviews. If I think a book contains hurtful material, I will discuss that. Diverse books are no exception when it comes to that.

I understand that some people might think that this is misleading, but there are enough trolls out there that rate diverse books harshly and unfairly just because they’re diverse books. If a book isn’t harmful, I don’t want to turn others away from reading it, even if I personally didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped to.


I’ve only been rating books like this for a few months now, so my opinion on book ratings might change one day. But this is how I feel about the matter for the time being.

Before I wrote this blogpost, there were many other things I wanted to discuss, but I forgot so many points I wanted to make 😦 I’ve been planning to write this blogpost for months and should’ve kept track of my thoughts better.

Anyway, what’s your opinion on rating books? Let me know in the comments 🙂

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T5W: books that aren’t inspired by the Western world

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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:

July 19th: Books That Aren’t Set In/Inspired By The Western World
I know this is a long title, but I couldn’t figure out how else to word it and still get the point across. Talk about books that are set outside of the Western World (so outside of North America and Western Europe) or if they are SFF, books that aren’t inspired by those places (so no medieval setting fantasy!)

So today, I am going to talk about five 2017 releases that aren’t inspired by the Western world and am exited to read! These are in no particular order. All books are written by authors of colour. I don’t know whether they’re all set outside of the Western world, but I do think all novels were inspired by the authors’ cultures.

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A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

A Crown of Wishes is the companion novel to The Star-Touched Queen, which I haven’t read yet either. But I’ve heard many positive things about this one especially, so I guess I’ll pick up the “sequel” first and then decide whether the first one is worth picking up. Anyway, I absolutely love the cover!

The Library of Fates by by Aditi Khorana

Look at that cover! It’s one of my absolutely favourites! The Library of Fates was released yesterday and is inspired by Indian folklore. Yes, romances aren’t usually my cup of tea, but this is a YA fantasy after all and I really ought to pick that genre up again!

Want by Cindy Pon

This novel is set in futuristic Taipei and was released last month. I bought a copy for my dear friend Laura (@ Green Tea and Paperbacks) but I haven’t to buy a copy for myself yet. I’ve mentioned a few times before that I don’t usually read sci-fi novels, but I’m always willing to give diverse authors and books a chance nevertheless 🙂

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

The Gauntlet is described as “a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair“. I don’t know what Jumanji is, so I’m intrigued 😀 This novel received a lot of hype when it was released, but unfortunately, that has died down. That always happens and I hate that about the book community. Not everyone is able to read or buy books as soon as they’re released. It makes me feel left out… Anyway, this is a middle grade novel and though I don’t read that genre often, I really should because it makes me even more excited to pick this novel up!

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Everyone’s excitement for Wild Beauty has made me really excited as well, even though I have no idea what this novel is about! I do know it features queer characters and that the cover looks absolutely stunning 😀


Are you excited for these novels? Have you read any of the books mentioned above yet? Obviously, I could have added many more books to this list, but it’s Top FIVE Wednesday after all 😉

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ARC REVIEW of Little Monsters: a YA thriller that got me hooked

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Little Monsters

by Kara Thomas

read in July 2017

format: e-ARC

release date: 25 July 2017

spoiler-free review!

I received an e-ARC in from Delacorte Press through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

Little Monsters is pitched as a psychological thriller for fans of Pretty Little Liars. So if that’s your cup of tea, you’ll definitely enjoy this novel.

Unfortunately, it was more like Mean Girls that I had expected. Girls being nasty for the sake of high school drama is a very overused trope, in my opinion. It certainly made the characters in
Little Monsters more interesting, but also more stereotypical at the same time.

Nevertheless, this novel had me hooked. As soon as my shift at work ended, I had to continue reading it. I even read it on my phone, which is something I never do! Unfortunately, the big reveal towards the end wasn’t as convincing as I had wanted it to be. I certainly hadn’t expected it, but the explanations that were given, didn’t exactly satisfy me.

Still, this book convinced me that I ought to read more thrillers! It’s hard to find ones that will satisfy all readers, because we all come up with different theories while reading such books. I suspected almost everyone at a certain point. I think some of my theories would’ve been more shocking and interesting!

Sadly, a lot of ableist language was used (such as cr*zy over ten times), there was a lot of unnecessary girl-on-girl hate and the formatting of the e-ARC was horrible. I hope that’s going to be fixed in the final copy. Furthermore, this book is extremely white and allocishet. This year, I’ve been reading diverse books almost exclusively and this novel is unfortunately not diverse, except for the main character’s stepbrother who is Korean-American and very few minor characters.


So while I found the ending a bit of an anti-climax, I still thought this was a decent Young Adult thriller! It has certainly convinced me that I should pick up this genre more often.

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The Nintendo Book Tag

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It’s Sunday, so time for another book tag 🙂 Thank you Nikki (@ The Night is Dark and Full of Books) for tagging me! This tag was created by Sam’s Nonsense on Youtube.

NES (NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM): A CLASSIC YOU WANT TO READ

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I’m not a fan of classics, but And Then There Were None is on my TBR. I started it last year, but it was so confusing, I decided to put it down for the time being.

SNES (SUPER NINTENDO): A SEQUEL YOU LIKED MORE THAN THE FIRST

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Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love The Raven Boys, but The Dream Thieves is one of my all-time favourite books. I really want to re-read this series again soon and I hope I’ll enjoy The Raven King more this time around.

NINTENDO 64: A BOOK THAT REVOLUTIONIZED THE WAY YOU LOOK AT THE WORLD

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As a history teacher, I can honestly say that Salt to the Sea changed my life. Though World War II is one of the most documented events ever, there is still so much I don’t know. That’s the lesson I learnt from this beautiful novel.

GAMECUBE: A POPULAR BOOK THAT DID NOT GO OVER SO WELL WITH YOU

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I was so excited to read Ramona Blue, but this book ended up hurting me very much. I’d suggest reading my review if you want to know why. I’m unfortunately used to books being biphobic, but when a bisexual author does this, it hurts even worse.

WII: A NEW FAVORITE

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I used to think that fluffy YA contemporaries weren’t my cup of tea, but this year, my reading taste has changed completely. Queens of Geek is a wonderful story about two best friends who go to SupaCon, which was a lot of fun to read about, but on top of that, this book is also diverse!

NINTENDO POWER:  A SERIES YOU WANT TO START

 

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I own both Truthwitch and Windwitch, but I still haven’t started this series yet. I have the feeling I’m going to like it, but I haven’t been in the mood to read YA fantasies lately, and especially not ones that aren’t diverse. If Truthwitch is indeed diverse, I haven’t seen anyone mention it.

SUPER MARIO: A CHARACTER THAT YOU’D LOVE TO SQUISH LIKE A GOOMBA

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Assuming this is a negative thing (I don’t know, I’m not overly familiar with Nintendo!), I have to go with Tyrion Lannister from A Song of Ice and Fire. Unpopular opinion,  but I absolutely hate him. He’s so overrated – he literally does nothing besides drink, talk and pay women to have sex with him – and on top of that, he’s a rapist and has done multiple horrible things. Look, Cersei Lannister has done horrible things as well, but at least she doesn’t think she’s the good guy, whereas Tyrion really believes he’s being treated unfairly. It amazes me that this series is filled with many amazing characters, yet people manage to hype up the most mediocre ones…

ZELDA: A NEWER FANTASY THAT YOU CONSIDER TO BE A MODERN CLASSIC

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Besides Harry Potter and A Song of Ice and Fire, I believe the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan will one day be considered a classic (for children’s literature). I’ve only read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (I know, shame on me!), but I own many of Riordan’s books and definitely want to get to them… someday 😀

SAMUS-ARAN: FAVORITE SCI-FI NOVEL OR ONE YOU WANT TO READ

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Sci-fi is not a genre I usually reach for, but there are a couple of diverse sci-fi books I do want to read, such as Empress of a Thousand Skies and The Long Way To a Small Angry Planet. Whenever a book is diverse, I’m willing to give it a chance, even if the genre usually isn’t my cup of tea.

POKEMON: BOOK EDITIONS THAT YOU WANT TO COLLECT

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If you follow me on Instagram, it won’t come as a surprise that I own multiple editions of the Harry Potter series. I’d always like more, but I’m currently reorganising my bookshelves and there honestly isn’t much room left to collect more. But one or two additions won’t hurt, right?

DONKEY KONG: A BOOK WITH ORIGINAL CHARACTERS

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I know, I know, why must I mention The Raven Cycle AGAIN? But there aren’t many characters that are as fleshed out as these ones. They seem so very real. They’re flawed, but I still love them all so very much.

NINTENDO FANDOM: FAVORITE NINTENDO GAMES

Nintendo wasn’t a big part of my childhood, nor is it now, so this question isn’t easy to answer. I did play the Pokémon games a few years ago and enjoy them. I got into the games because of the person I was dating at the time, but when we broke up, I lost my interest. Sometimes I want to pick the hobby up again, but I always choose to read or do crafts instead.


Thank you Nikki for tagging me! If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged by me! I’m serious! You can say in your post that you were tagged by me, don’t worry 😉

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recommendation: Lambs Can Always Become Lions

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by Charlotte Anne Hamilton

read in July 2017

format: Kindle

spoiler-free review!


I’m not familiar with Robin Hood. I know the name, that he steals to help the poor… but that’s probably where my knowledge ends. Thankfully, that wasn’t a problem while reading Lambs Can Always Become Lions. This retelling got me hooked right from the start!

I absolutely love that Lambs Can Always Become Lions featured an established F/F relationship. It’s hard enough to find books with established relationships, let alone F/F ones. Furthermore, the relationship between Robin and Marian is so adorable. This isn’t a New Adult novella, so is appropriate for anyone to read.

Besides the queer main characters, there is also diversity among the side characters. Little John appears to be asexual, Edda wears a hijab and is black, Will is referred to as they/them, etc. I know this author is often involved in discussion on diversity because I follow her on several social media, so it’s very nice to see that’s noticeable in her work.

Furthermore, I loved the writing style. I tend to enjoy dual point-of-views and third person perspective most of the time, and Lambs Can Always Become Lions is no exception. The writing seemed so mature, yet not dense or difficult to understand. Therefore I’m sure we can expect many more great things from this author!

Unfortunately, it did take me very long to read this short novella. It’s not the book’s fault, however. I’ve been in a reading slump for MONTHS. Once I get back into my reading mood, I definitely plan on re-reading Lambs Can Always Become Lions in one sitting. Having said that, I remembered everything clearly even though I didn’t pick this up for weeks at a time. There are novels I have finished and can’t even remember the protagonists’ names of anymore, so that’s a good sign.


I would recommend Lambs Can Always Become Lions to everyone. It’s a very enjoyable, well-written novella and on top of that diverse. I will definitely continue this series and plan on reading whatever Hamilton writes next!

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