the Emperor’s New Clothes book tag

emperor's new clothes book tag.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Today, I’m doing the Emperor’s New Clothes book tag! I was tagged by Flo @ Flowlessbooks. Thank you so much for tagging me ♥


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the boy in the striped pyjamasThis seems to be my go-to answer, but I really don’t get the point of the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. I read this novel last year and I still don’t understand why this perspective on World War II was needed. Anyway, I won’t go into detail again because I rant about this all the time, so read my review instead if you want to know why I think this book is overhyped.


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daughter of smoke and bone.pngI was loving Daughter of Smoke & Bone, until the romance became the centre of the book. I want to continue this series, but I really hope Akiva won’t be as important anymore. I knew going into this novel that the romance was insta-love, but because the love interest was such a flat character who seemingly has no personality, I disliked it even more. You can read my full review here.


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Admittedly, Three Dark Crowns was a cover buy. Unfortunately, I didn’t like the actual content of this novel. I was promised a magical story filled with political intrigue and female rulers, but instead got a boring story filled with insta-love, love triangles and cheating. You can read my full review here. I was still planning to continue this duology because I was curious to see how it ended, but in the meantime, it has been announced that there will be four books in this series instead of two. Therefore, I won’t continue Three Dark Crowns.


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Eliza and her Monsters wasn’t initially on my radar, but after hearing only positive things about it, I decided to buy a copy. I haven’t read this yet, but my expectations are high!

Honestly, there are so many other books I could’ve answered this question with, because I am easily swayed by the hype. Even when a book doesn’t necessarily appeal to me, I’m interested to find out why other readers love it so much.


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pretty girlsI have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Karin Slaughter. I’ve only read two of her books, but I already noticed she sensationalises sexual violence. As if rape isn’t bad enough, it has to be as gruesome as possible. I have a lot of issues with that. But in Pretty Girls, it did lead me to care much more about the mystery. The crimes were so horrible, I wanted to see the person who was responsible punished!

Anyway, Pretty Girls was definitely a f*cked up book. I felt physically ill at times while reading it, but it was such a good thriller nonetheless. You can read my full review here.


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There are so many tropes I could choose from. It’s the reason why I am sometimes so done with YA fantasies. A lot of books in that genre rely on the same tropes, which makes them so generic and predictable. One of the tropes I’m especially tired of seeing, is the special snowflake one. Our main character finds out at sixteen that she has special powers. Her family hid it from her all her life. But guess what? She’s much more powerful than everyone else! And she happens to be the missing princess everyone was hinting at throughout the entire book!

Though this trope could work well, it’s so incredibly overdone and has therefore become very predictable.


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Honestly, I think almost every book could use a little rewriting. As much as I love some books, it’s hard to find one that’s perfect. This is especially true when it comes to problematic content. Even one harmful line can really hurt a reader.

the raven kingOne book I would therefore rewrite is The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. I would leave out the racism and give the M/M romance as much attention as the M/F one. Actually, I found this final instalment very disappointing, so there is much more I could change! As much as I love The Raven Cycle, I agree with the criticism it has received.


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cursed child.pngMy most popular review on Goodreads is my review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I hate this “book” so much, there’s nothing redeeming about it. Just thinking about it makes me laugh, because I cannot take it seriously. It’s an insult to fanfiction writers to call this script fanfiction. The only reason why I’d want people to read this, is so we could laugh at how bad it is. I refuse to consider this canon and I will live my life pretending this doesn’t exist. You can read my full review here.


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Being a part of the book community on Instagram has made me realise that community is not all about books, but all about bookish merch instead. Maybe I’m just being petty because I can’t afford to buy bookish candles, bookish stickers, bookish WHATEVER; but posting pics of books isn’t good enough anymore, you need to own tons of merch to get noticed. People can buy whatever they want, I don’t care, but it’s too expensive for my taste. I’ll just stick to books and the occasional Funko Pops!


So this was the Emperor’s New Clothes book tag! If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged by me!

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Down the TBR Hole #31-40

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Hello, my fellow book lovers. Today, it’s time for round 4 of Down the TBR Hole, which was created by Lost in a Story. You can have a look at the previous rounds here. From time to time, I’ll go to my Goodreads to-read shelf and change the order to ‘ascending date added’. I’ll pick ten books on that list and decide whether or not they’ll remain on my TBR.

Very Good Lives The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination.pngLook, I absolutely love the Harry Potter series, but I do not support J.K. Rowling. I don’t want to get into it because she’s the author equivalent of a queen for some people, but I have no interest in reading one of her speeches.

verdict:  remove from wishlist

the queen of the tearling.pngI don’t know much about the Queen of the Tearling. Either people seem to love or hate it. Apparently, it contains a lot of political intrigue, so that definitely sparks my interest. I’ve been looking for books similar to A Song of Ice and Fire. Fantasy isn’t necessary, I just want to read a good book with royalty filled with twists and turns.

verdict: remains on wishlist and TBR

a darker shade of magicI feel very conflicted when it comes to V.E. Schwab’s work. So many readers – including my sister – love her work, but I cannot support this author. A few months ago, she made some aphobic comments and as far as I know, she never genuinely apologised. Furthermore, I couldn’t even finish Vicious. So on the one hand, I’m interested to find out what the hype’s about, but I don’t think this is going to be my cup of tea.

verdict:  remove from TBR

illusions of fateI just read the synopsis of this one and it’s very clear this is a M/F romance. Even though magic intrigues me and this is a short book, I doubt I’d end up loving it.

verdict: remove from TBR

the rose & the daggerI read the Wrath & the Dawn back in 2015. So I definitely have to reread that one if I wish to pick the sequel up. I remember enjoying it, but I can’t help but think “Chelsea, it’s a romance???”, because I usually really don’t enjoy that. I think I’ll just re-read the Wrath & the Dawn first and then decided whether I’ll read the Rose & the Dagger afterwards.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

brokeback mountainBrokeback Mountain is only fifty pages long and I have access to the audiobook thanks to Storytel, so I might as well pick this one up one day. Even though I loved the film adaptation when I watched it a few years ago, I don’t think I’ll love this. People keep saying this is a gay love story, but aren’t they bisexual? And if that’s the case, this is the prefect example of the cheating bisexual trope :/

verdict: remains on TBR

the murder complexI was convinced this was a YA mystery, until I read the synopsis. Apparently this is a YA dystopia series? Well, that’s definitely not something I tend to read.

verdict: remove for TBR

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Though I want to read more mysteries, Dare Me has received more negative than positive reviews from my Goodreads friends. And I definitely want a thriller to pack a good punch, so I don’t think Dare Me is what I’m looking for.

verdict: remove from TBR

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Theme of this week’s Down the TBR hole? I don’t like M/F romances. So I doubt I’d enjoy These Broken Stars. Furthermore, this is a sci-fi series, and I really struggle with that genre. Though this book has received many positive reviews, I don’t see myself ever pick it up.

verdict: remove from TBR

the carrie diaries.pngI bought this book when I started re-watching Sex and the City a few years ago. I thought the show was empowering and filled with feminist moments, but it’s so incredibly problematic. I had to stop watching it, so I don’t have any interest in reading the books either.

verdict: remove from TBR


I’m proud of myself for removing so many books from my TBR. Do you think I made any mistakes in my verdicts? Let me know in the comments!

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T10T: some books on my fall TBR

fall tbr.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

September 19: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

I hesitated whether I wanted to do today’s topic. I don’t do TBRs. I’m a mood reader and as much as I want to, I just can’t stick to them. So I thought that maybe I could talk about some fall releases I’d like to read. But since I’m currently unemployed, I have no idea whether I’d actually have the money to buy those releases this fall.

That’s why I’m going to talk about some books I recently bought, that I’d like to read soon. Obviously, I’d like to read more than five books this fall, but like I said: I DON’T DO TBRs! These are in no particular order.


library of fatesI bought Library of Fates in August, which is a diverse Young Adult fantasy. Many of the people I trust have enjoyed this. Strangely, I haven’t read many fantasies yet this year, and I’d really like to change that in the months to come. As much as I like contemporaries these days, I really miss reading a good fantasy book!

eliza and her monsters.pngI also got Eliza and her Monsters last month. It initially wasn’t on my radar, but I’ve only heard positive things about it! Because it represents mental health (depression and anxiety), I’m very excited to read this novel.

the bone witch.pngThe Bone Witch has received many mixed reviews, but that still didn’t stop me from buying a copy back in April. I own the audiobook as well, but I think it’s best to actually read a complex fantasy novel myself. Apparently, this is kind of slow, but I’ve managed to read books like A Game of Thrones, so surely, I can get through this as well, right?

truthwitch.pngI bought both Truthwitch and Windwitch back in January. I was dying to start this series, but well, here we are: nearly ten months later and I still haven’t picked it up. Thankfully, I’m much more in the mood to read fantasies now, so I think it might finally happen!

the vegetarian.pngIt’s not like I’ve been dying to read The Vegetarian (which I got last month), but since it’s only 188 pages long, I will read this very soon.


So these are some of the books I’d like to get to this fall. Which books are on your TBR? Have you read any of the books I mentioned yet?

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the Game of Thrones book tag (2.0)

game of thrones book tag II.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! A couple of weeks ago, I did the Game of Thrones book tag, but I discovered another edition of that tag and wanted to do this one as well. This tag was created by Claire Rousseau on Youtube and you can have a look at the video here.

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a game of thronesSorry for staying in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, but I think Cersei is a character who also cares deeply about revenge. If you hurt her or her family, she will hunt you down. I easily could’ve picked her for ‘a villain you just love to hate’ as well, though I don’t consider her a villain. She’s merely a character many people don’t like, but I love her.

VarysI absolutely love political intrigue! But I just had a look at all the books I have read, and I realised there aren’t many featuring a good political intrigue. Do you have any recommendations?

and i darkenThe only book that comes to mind – besides ASOIAF, of course – is And I Darken. I wasn’t fond of the pacing in this novel, but I liked the characters and the political intrigue. I started reading the sequel on audiobook last month, but I think I might have to re-read And I Darken beforehand.

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deathly hallowsLike I said, I don’t consider Cersei Lannister a villain, so I’m going for Bellatrix Lestrange instead. She’s so awful, but she’s so intriguing! She has so much more depth than Voldemort, though Tom Riddle is another villain I love to hate. That makes sense, right?

an ember in the ashes.pngAnother villain I love to read about, is the Commandant from An Ember in the Ashes. I don’t love her because she’s absolutely horrible, but I do find her very interesting. She’s definitely a villain with a background story, instead of just being evil for the sake of being evil.

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simon vs the homo sapiens agendaI have a lot of options, since Young Adult is the vast majority of the books I read. To be honest though, I don’t really know what a coming of age story must be like. I think Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda counts?

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HBPI’m not that big of a shipper, so once again, I have a lot of options. Whenever I read Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, I cannot help but roll my eyes when Ginny and Harry interact. It’s not like I hate the idea of them being together, but I feel like Harry’s attraction came out of nowhere. Furthermore, I’m not too fond of characters always ending up with their “high-school sweethearts”. It’s definitely an overused trope.

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the dream thievesBecause I read a lot of Young Adult fiction, older characters are a bit harder to come by. Maura, Persephone and Calla from The Raven Cycle aren’t that old, but they were very interesting  and kicked ass in their own, unique ways.

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27 hoursThe dragons in 27 Hours aren’t normal dragons, they’re SPACE DRAGONS! I really love reading about them, so does anyone have any recommendations for books featuring dragons?

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For the record: I’ve loved Sansa since the first book and season. It’s difficult for me to come up with an answer, because I don’t usually change my mind about characters. Either I like them, or I don’t. It’s usually the other way around.

pretty girlsAt the beginning of Pretty Girls, I thought Claire was just like any other rich white woman who lives in the suburbs. But she really grew on me. If she hadn’t been so strong-willed and perceptive, this novel would’ve been completely different.

gone girlThough Amy Dunne could easily belong in the category of ‘a villain you just love to hate’, I do kind of root for her as well. Her ‘Cool Girl’ speech is one of the best things I’ve ever read. She’s such an interesting character, I really cannot help but adore her.

melisandreI’m so disappointed in myself, because I haven’t been reading a lot of fantasy lately 😦 I checked my ‘read’ shelf on Goodreads and I’ve mostly read contemporaries this year. So I have to go with my cliché answers again.

deathly hallowsIf there’s one magic system we could be apart of, wouldn’t we all want it to be the Harry Potter universe? All I want is to attend Hogwarts, that’s not asking for too much, right?!

the dream thievesThough this paranormal fantasy isn’t exactly magical, it’s so atmospheric, mainly thanks to Maggie Stiefvater’s writing. For me, it’s not necessary that a magic system is complex. I’d rather read something very unique than some variation on the same tropes you read in almost everyone fantasy novel.

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an ember in the ashes.pngA strong female character doesn’t need to slay dragons or be an assassin in order to be strong! Strength comes in many different shapes and forms. That’s why I adore female characters like Laia from an Ember in the Ashes and Sansa Stark. These ladies may be slow learners, but they survived horrible circumstances even though everyone else considers them weak.


I’m sorry for these incredibly boring answers! Apparently, most question required an answer about a fantasy novel and since I haven’t read a lot of those lately, I had to mention the same books over and over again.

Anyway, do you have any recommendations for books with political intrigue and/or books featuring dragons?

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T10T: books I used to love, but not anymore

books i used to love, but not anymore.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

September 12: Throwback Freebie: Ten Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog, Favorite Books Published 5 or 10 or 15 Years Ago, Ten Older Books I Forgot How Much I Loved, etc. etc. Tweak however you want!

I’ve been reading books regularly since 2015. Since then, my reading taste has changed a lot. On top of that, I’ve learnt much more about problematic content and diversity in fiction. That’s why I’m going to talk about some books I used to love, but not anymore. These are in no particular order.

the helpI chose to read The Help for an assignment back in college. This novel definitely got me into reading much more regularly, which I’m very thankful for. Beforehand, I only read like one book a month. While preparing for my assignment, I came across negative reviews and I thought “Eh no, you’re being too sensitive, that’s not what the author tried to do”. Thankfully, I know better now. This novel is filled with the white saviour trope and it’s quite frankly not a story that should be told by a white person.

ugly love.pngWhen I read Ugly Love, I was in an emotionally abusive relationship. I did everything to make sure my partner loved me, even things I didn’t want to do. That’s why I could identify with Tate, the female main character in this novel. She did everything to make sure Miles loved her. They had a happy ending, so I could have mine as well! But in real life, it didn’t work out that way, which I’m thankful for now. All the reasons why I initially loved this novel, were so problematic. This novel made me wish that my abusive relationship could work out! That is incredibly harmful and dangerous and exactly the reason why I will never read another book by Colleen Hoover.

all the bright places.pngI was in the middle of my exams when I read All the Bright Places, but I COULD NOT put it down! I devoured it and absolutely adored it. But since then, I’ve come to terms with my mental illnesses. I’m not quite there yet, I still have to seek help, but I realise now that this novel should not get into the hands of people with mental illnesses. It romanticizes them and the characters were defined by their MIs. Furthermore, Niven continues to write somewhat “diverse” stories (featuring fat character, disabled characters, etc.) but those are not her stories to tell, especially with a lack of research.

TFIOSLast year, I wanted to re-read The Fault in Our Stars, because I knew I wouldn’t love it as much anymore as I used to. I ended up DNF’ing my re-read. On almost every single page, cancer was mentioned. That’s what defined the characters. When the film was released, my friends and I were obsessed with it. They still are, but whenever they praise it, I think “Eh, it actually wasn’t that great…”. Furthermore, the way Augustus in particular talked, was so unrealistic. There’s not a single teenage boy out there that talks like that.

eleanor & parkThis is another book I initially loved, but since learnt how problematic it is. If you were to go on Goodreads and read some negative reviews, you will learn that Eleanor & Park is racist. Because I’ve also heard negative things about the bisexual representation in Carry On, I don’t want to read any more of Rowell’s books.


These were five books I used to love, but not anymore. There are probably more I could’ve added to this list, but oh well. Anyway, should I change my initial reviews? I didn’t do that, because I’d have to change every single one of my earlier reviews since there are so many things I disagree with now, but maybe it’s best to be as transparent as possible towards other readers. What do you think?

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5 Popular Books I Didn’t Love

popular books I didn't love.pngI love unpopular opinions. It says as much about someone as their favourite books. That’s why I wanted to talk about some books everyone seems to love, but I didn’t. I won’t go into detail since I wrote reviews for all of the titles I’m about to mention, but I still wanted to talk about this today. These are in no particular order!

alice's adventures in wonderland.pngAlice’s Adventuress in Wonderland is probably the weirdest book I’ve ever read, but not in a good or interesting way. I had no idea what was going on; I even thought I had picked up the wrong edition! Everything I thought I knew about Wonderland, was only briefly mention in this novel, such as the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat. Even upon finishing this novel – which was a struggle – I still have no idea what it was about. I own the sequel, but definitely do not plan on picking it up. (review)

to all the boys i've loved beforeI read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han back in June 2015, so I don’t remember perfectly why I didn’t like this novel, especially because my review wasn’t as thorough as they usually are. But I remember that this novel seemed so safe, so bland. Even though I hadn’t read a lot of books yet at that point on my life, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a story I felt I already knew by heart. Apart from the Korean-American characters, there was nothing that stood out for me. I thought there was a lack of female friendships and the main character was so pure and innocent, which isn’t my cup of tea either, especially when that’s used to look down on other female characters.

Having said that, I read this book over two years ago and my reading preferences have changed. But would I enjoy To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before if I were to read it now? Probably not.

red queen.pngShortly before reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I picked up Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Like I said, back then, I had only just got into reading for the first time in my life. I didn’t dislike Red Queen, yet it felt entirely generic and unoriginal. I won’t continue this series, especially after finding out that the only bisexual character is the villain and after the author claimed that the main character Mare is or could be a person of colour, even though that’s not canon in the book itself.

the boy in the striped pyjamasThe Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is such a beloved book, so I’d definitely suggest reading my review if you want to know why I didn’t enjoy this novel. I won’t go into detail again, but I didn’t understand its purpose. Throughout the entire book, the main character remains ignorant about the events during the Second World War, even though he lives right next to a concentration camp. I found that very disrespectful and still wonder what the author tried to achieve by writing this novel. (review)a monster calls.pngI’ve read three novels written by Patrick Ness: More Than This, The Rest of Us Just Life Here and A Monster Calls. Unfortunately, I felt meh about all three of those. I can’t put my finger on it, but somehow, I just don’t click with his books. In the case of A Monster Calls, the book didn’t leave an impression on me, unlike many other readers. I had the feeling as if this novel was one big metaphor, and I didn’t understand it.

Clearly, books that are odd and contain a lot of metaphors, don’t work for me. It makes me feel stupid. It’s why I don’t pick up poetry either; I don’t like having to dissect every sentence I read.

blue-watercolor-border-line-coverSo those were five books I didn’t enjoy as much as other readers seem to. Do you like these kind of posts? If so, I definitely have more unpopular opinions I’d like to share 😀

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T10T: books I struggled to get into, but ended up loving

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

September 5: Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving or Ten Books That Were A Chore To Get Through or Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Put Down (the theme is…books you had a hard time with…tweak it how ever you need)

So today, I’m going to talk about five books I struggled with at first, but ended up loving! These are in no particular order.

we are okayI initially wanted to DNF We Are Okay. It’s set during a cold winter and as I picked this up in summer, I just wasn’t in the mood for it. Thankfully, I gave this another chance, because I ended up devouring it practically in one sitting. You can read my full review here.

the dream thieves.pngWhen I read The Dream Thieves for the first time back in 2015, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted continue reading it. I’m so happy I did, because it’s my favourite instalment in the series! Since, I’ve re-read it multiple times and every time, I end up loving it even more. I really should re-read this series again soon.

a game of thrones.pngNo matter how much I love this series, I struggle to get into every single book. They’re so huge, and therefore terrifying! I keep postponing picking them up because I don’t want to dedicate all my time to it. I thought about listening to it on audiobook, but I really don’t like the narration, so I have to keep pushing through. Thankfully, I know it’s worth it.

six of crows.pngI hadn’t read the Grisha trilogy before picking up Six of Crows, so I was very confused. I didn’t really know how the Grishaverse worked. Halfway through it got easier, as the heist became more important.

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It took me over two weeks to read And I Darken. Though it contained a lot of things I love (queer representation, historical retelling, bad-ass female character, etc.), I wasn’t ever in the mood to pick it up. It ended up as one of my favourite reads of 2016, however. But now, I feel kind of indifferent towards it. I do plan on reading Now I Rise, but I’m in no rush to do so.


So these were five books I struggled with at first, but ended up loving! Did you struggle getting into any of these books as well?

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Down the TBR hole #21-30

round 3.pngHello, my fellow book lovers. Today, it’s time for round 3 of 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 ten books on that list and decide whether or not they’ll remain on my TBR.

emmy & oliverEmmy & Oliver is a Young Adult contemporary romance. Last year, I would’ve taken this off my TBR, but I’ve been enjoying that genre a lot lately, even though M/F romances aren’t my cup of tea. Furthermore, I bought a physical copy only a few months ago, so I definitely don’t plan on getting rid of it yet.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

forbiddenThis is a book about incest. INCEST. Yet the average rating on Goodreads is 4.06, with over 40,000 ratings! The topic doesn’t appeal to me at all, but I am curious to see why people love this. So I’m feeling very conflicted. Like I said, I don’t want to read it, but I want to know why this has received such raving reviews.

verdict: ???

sea of monsters.pngI’ve only read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, so the rest of the series is still on my TBR. I know for a fact I would’ve enjoyed these books much more when I was a kid, but I have to get through them to get to the even better stuff. I really want to read Riordan’s books, but I’ve been postponing it for over a year. Has anyone listened to the audiobooks yet? Maybe those will motivate me to continue this series.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

tiny pretty things.pngTiny Pretty Things was released back in 2015, but I’ve only recently heard very positive things about it. Apparently, this is filled with drama and unlikeable characters, which isn’t exactly my cup of tea, but I’m willing to give it a shot thanks to the positive reviews.

verdict: remains on wishlist and TBR

forgive me leonard peacock.pngI’m so uninterested in Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, I can’t even be bothered to read the blurb. I don’t enjoy reading novels from the perspective of male characters, especially not teenage boys. And apparently, this novel deals with depression and suicide. A few years ago, those topics were very popular in the YA community, but also very romanticised or vilified. Therefore, I’m incredibly wary to read this. I am depressed, so I don’t want to read something that could harm me.

verdict: remove from TBR

cruel beauty.pngI know everyone loves Beauty and the Beast retellings, but I feel rather indifferent towards them. I don’t stay clear from them intentionally, but I’m not dying to pick them up either. I could be wrong, but Cruel Beauty sounds like a very generic YA fantasy novel. Even though I’m not exactly opposed to reading this, I honestly don’t see myself pick it up.

verdict: remove from TBR

the night circus.pngI don’t know much about the Night Circus and I’d like to keep it that way until I read this novel myself. It has received so much praise! Everyone constantly compares any novel starring a circus to this one, so it must be good. The only reason why I haven’t read this one yet, is because I own a mass paperback copy, and I don’t like reading those. I really want to get a hardcover copy, but they’re so expensive and rare!

verdict: remains on TBR

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A couple of readers have mentioned that The Bone Season romanticises slavery. Unfortunately, I already owned the first two books and had pre-ordered the collector’s edition of the third before I found out about it. I know this sounds incredibly selfish, but unhauling three hardcovers – including a signed collector’s edition – would mean I’d lose money. So even though I’m not interested in reading this series anymore, I want to read the first instalment and decide whether or not this series is worth continuing.

When a book or author is called out for being problematic, I usually remove it from my TBR immediately. That’s what I did with for example Nevernight and The Final Empire. But I cannot help but think about the money I’d basically throw away. It’s the same reason why I didn’t get rid of the Outlander series when Diana Gabaldon made those awful comments a few months ago. I’m so sorry for prioritizing money, but I’m currently unemployed, so can’t just keep on unhauling unread hardcover copies.

Anyway, I’m rambling. The verdict: remains on physical TBR (unless I can get a good price for them)

golden boy.pngGolden Boy is a book about a boy named Max, who is intersex. I just read a review by someone who is intersex and they loved the book, so I will definitely read it.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

the kiss of deception.pngI have a feeling I’m not going to love The kiss of Deception. I struggle with YA fantasy romances that were released around that time, because they’re very trope-y and unoriginal. But I want to give this series a chance nonetheless. It doesn’t hurt that I really love the covers!

verdict: remains on physical TBR


Do you think I made any mistakes in my verdicts? Let me know in the comments!

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the ‘A To Z Survey’ Book Tag

SPRINGTIME.pngHello, my fellow book lovers. This Sunday, I’ll be doing the A to Z Survey book tag! I was tagged by the lovely romie we deserve love and this tag was created by The Perpetual Page-Turner. Thank you very much for tagging me!

AProbably J.K. Rowling. I’ve read all the seven books in the Harry Potter series multiple times already and I’ve also read some of her other work, such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

BThe Dream Thieves is my favourite book in The Raven Cycle! I love this series because of the characters, so I don’t mind that the second instalment doesn’t revolve around quest as much.

CI’m currently reading Braced by Alyson Gerber. I received this book thanks to Disability in Kidlit because they needed someone to check how the scoliosis and back brace are represented.

D.pngThroughout the entire day, I drink water. I only drink Ice Tea Green while having lunch and/or dinner. So my drink of choice while reading is probably water. How boring!

E.pngAt the moment, neither. I’ve been struggling sitting down and actually picking up a book. I usually read in the evening, but I’m often not in the mood to read anymore. I have, however, been listening to audiobooks daily. So that’s currently my favourite format. Overall, however, I do prefer physical books. I like that I can add notes and bookmarks in e-books, but there’s just something special about holding a book in your hands.

F.pngTo be honest, I don’t easily get crushes on fictional characters, there are some I really, really love, such as Sansa Stark and Claire Fraser, but I don’t know whether that love is romantic. But when I read Queens of Geek, I thought Jamie would’ve made a good book boyfriend!

G.pngI don’t usually read New Adult romances or novellas. But I’m so glad I picked up M. Hollis’ work! As long as the relationships that are portrayed are diverse, I can enjoy this genre. So I definitely added some similar titles on my TBR!

H.pngHow does How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake not have a thousand ratings on Goodreads?! That book means a lot to me because I have so much in common with the main character. I definitely plan on buying a physical copy (I read this as an ARC) to re-read this.

IJoining the YA book community on Twitter has made me much more conscience about the books I read. Before I joined, I already wanted to read diverse books, but it was so hard to actually find those titles. Not anymore. My TBR is keeps on growing. Sometimes, I do feel a bit isolated from the community and it has exposed me much more to triggering or harmful content. But I’ve learnt so much about books and diversity, and even about myself. I’ve learnt to accept my mental illnesses, disability and sexual orientation more than I used to.

JA couple of days ago, I finished Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. I enjoy listening to autobiographies because the narration is so good and I wouldn’t usually pick up physical copies of those books.

KNever say never, but there are a number of genres I don’t reach for. Classics is one of them. I’ve talked about this before: English isn’t my first language, so classics aren’t easy reads for me. Furthermore, they remind me of mandatory reads in high school and college, and I HATE being forced to read something.

LThat’s definitely one of the books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. Most of the books in that series are over a thousand pages long!

MI get into reading slumps often, but I don’t know whether they’re caused by book hangovers. The only novels I can think of right away, are the ones in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. After finishing one of Martin’s books, I immediately want to pick up the next one, but I don’t because they’re so big and take ages to read. So I end up in this hesitant state of wanting to read the book, but not being prepared to dedicate the time to it.

NI own two Billy book cases from Ikea. I own more book cases than these two, but the other ones contains books I’m planning to unhaul, books I will probably never read, etc. So I only consider the two you see on my Instagram and on my blog as my real bookcases.

OI’ve read many books – especially series – multiple times. I recently read Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli for the third time, this time on audiobook. I love Albertalli so much, she is my favourite author!

PLast summer, I loved to read outside when the weather was very good. Unfortunately, this summer, the weather has been dreadful. So I usually read in bed. Though that’s not actually my preferred place to read, since that gets uncomfortable soon.

Q.pngIn my opinion, Dumbledore was manipulative, but damn, that man had so many good quotes! I have “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” engraved on my iPad because it’s one of my favourite quotes from the series and it something I live by. I don’t see myself as a dreamer. I’m not an optimist. So this quote suits me very well. Though I daydream a lot and because of my mental illnesses, it’s sometimes hard to actually live, but I do think I’m realistic when it comes to my expectations. Oops, I’m rambling.

RThere are a number of books I did not enjoy reading. And there are a number of books I couldn’t even finish. But regrets? That’s a difficult question! Hmm, possibly A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. I had to read this book in college and I absolutely despised it. The premise was a suicide attempt, but all the characters were plain awful (though I don’t think intentionally) and problematic AF. I was the only one who felt that way during the class discussion. And of course, there were those readers on Goodreads who told me that “I didn’t get the novel”. Whatever.

S.pngOh my, there are SO MANY series I can choose from! I’d say A Song of Ice and Fire because I need to read A Dance With Dragons ASAP, but Winds of Winter isn’t out yet, so this series doesn’t count.

I read The Winner’s Curse in one sitting last year and I bought the other books in this trilogy right away. Yet I still haven’t continued this series!

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  1. The Dream Thieves – Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Harry Potter and the I DON’T KNOW WHICH ONE’S MY FAVOURITE – J.K. Rowling
  3.  The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli

UI don’t want to be an unapologetic fangirl, because I believe it’s very important to be critical, even and perhaps especially of your favourites. I mentioned Stiefvater and Rowling above and I could say a lot of critical things about them. But when it comes to The Upside of Unrequited, I have yet to see any criticism I consider valid. I’m incredibly protective of this novel because it’s so very relatable.

VThere are so many books I’m excited for, so it’s hard to pick this one. But I swear, if we don’t get Winds of Winter anytime soon! I love Game of Thrones, but it’s also complete trash at times. I an even bigger fan of the books, so I really hope we don’t have to wait too much longer.

WThese aren’t exactly bookish habits, but rather bad reader traits. I’m a mood reader and I absolutely hate that! Why can’t I stick to a TBR? Why do I have to contemplate for so long what book I’m going to read next? Another bad habit of mine, is being a slow reader. I can’t finish a moderate sized novel in just a few hours! That’s why I’m glad I discovered audiobooks, because reading those goes much faster.

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That’s The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco! I haven’t yet this one yet and I’m wondering whether the audiobook is any good. Let me know if you’ve listened to this one!

YI haven’t been buying many books lately, but I recently ordered FIVE books! Eliza and Her Monsters was one of those.

Z.pngEven though I had to go to work early the next morning, I stayed up very late to finish We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. At first, I was thinking about DNF’ing it, because I wasn’t in the mood for it. Thankfully, I didn’t! I ended up loving it 😀


Thank you for reading my answers. As usual, I won’t nominate anyone, but if you are interested in doing this tag, definitely consider yourself tagged by me!

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Down the TBR Hole: #11-20

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Hello, my fellow book lovers. Today, it’s time for round 2 of 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 ten books on that list and decide whether or not they’ll remain on my TBR.

angelfall.pngMy sister read the Angelfall series a few years ago and she loved it. Besides her, however, I haven’t seen that many people talk about this series. I know nothing about the plot and I’m afraid it’s going to contain many of the same tropes as the other YA dystopia/fantasy novels that were released around that time.

verdict: remove from TBR

the secret history.pngI started The Secret History one night a couple of summers ago, but when there came no end to the first chapter, I decided to put it down. And I haven’t picked it up since! I have the feeling I’m going to love this novel, but I just haven’t had the time to read it. Which is bullsh*t, because I have read much bigger novels such as A Game of Thrones since, but still 😀

verdict: remains on physical TBR

the girl on the train.pngI’ve heard so many mixed opinions on the Girl on the Train: some compare it to Gone Girl, others were very disappointed by it. That’s why I want to see for myself whether this novel lives up to the hype. I haven’t seen the film yet, so know nothing about the plot. I’m thinking about listening to it on audiobook.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

the final empireI mentally removed The Final Empire from my TBR a couple of weeks ago when I learnt that Sanderson is very queerphobic. A simple Google search will let you know what I’m talking about. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series, but how can I support an author that doesn’t even support my very existence? I could try and separate him from his work, just like I do with Maggie Stiefvater and J.K. Rowling, but what would that say about me? That I’m willing to overlook queerphobia as long as the books don’t disappoint me? No thank you.

verdict: remove from TBR + to unhaul

amy and rogers epic detour.pngI don’t know much about this novel, but it’s seems like an enjoyable read on a warm summer’s day. I’m usually not a fan of YA contemporaries that revolve around an allocishet M/F romance, but like I said, this book might be fun.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

carry onWhen Carry On was released, I had to have this book right away! Everyone was raving about it. When it arrived, I quickly put it down because I wasn’t in the mood for it. I haven’t picked it up since, and I don’t think I ever will. Carry On seems like the peak of fetishisation: allocishet it’s hyped by fangirls who just love reading about boys falling in love, but wouldn’t ever willingly pick up a novel featuring a F/F relationship. Furthermore, I haven’t heard many positive things about the queer – especially bi – represenation in this novel.

verdict: remove from TBR + to unhaul

the art of being normal.pngI don’t know why the Art of Being Normal is still on my TBR, since I unhauled my copy a few months ago. I’m not interested in reading a cis author’s portrayal of a trans character in which the wrong pronouns are used throughout the entire blurb and the character is deadnamed!

verdict: remove from TBR + unhauled

the knife of never letting go.pngI own a cover of the Knife of Never Letting Go, but I’m never going to read it. Admittedly, I don’t know what it’s about, but I honestly have no interesting in finding out. Furthermore, I’ve read multiple of Ness’ novels and didn’t love any of them. So I guess this author just isn’t my cup of tea…

verdict: remove from TBR + to unhaul

the casual vacancy.pngI started reading the Casual Vacancy many, many years ago, back when I was still a J.K. Rowling fan. But I wasn’t able to finish it in time when I had to return it to the library. Since then, I’ve acquired my own copy and since I’m still a Harry Potter fan, though no longer a fan of the author, I do want to read this novel, even though it’s probably incredibly dill. However, just like The Cuckoo’s Calling, these books will probably remain unread for a very long time to come.

verdict: remains on physical TBR

the darkest minds.pngI have mixed feelings about this series. On the one hand, I want to know why everyone loved it a few years ago, but on the other, I’m afraid this is going to be terribly trope-y. But isn’t this being adapted to film soon? if so and I’m interested after seeing the trailer, I might want to read this book.

verdict: remains on physical TBR


So this was my second Down the TBR Hole post. Once again, I kept way too many books on my TBR! Do you think I made any mistakes in my verdicts? Let me know in the comments!

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