T10T: read in one sitting theme (21 March)

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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:

March 21: Read In One Sitting Theme: ten of the shortest books I’ve read, top ten books I read in one sitting, ten books to read when you are short on time, top ten books that will make you read the whole day away, etc.

I’m going to talk about some of the shortest books I’ve read. I’m not going to include any graphic novels or comic books.

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We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ➳ 52 pages (review)

I read We Should All Be Feminists last year and I absolutely loved it. I ended up buying three copies! Unfortunately, the author made some very transphobic comments a couple of weeks ago. She said that trans women are trans women, implying that trans women aren’t “real” women. You can read more about that here. She recently published another book, but I obviously won’t be reading that one.

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn ➳ 64 pages (review)

Gillian Flynn is definitely an auto-buy author for me. I’ve read all of her books, except for Gone Girl. But I’ve seen the film adaptations multiple times already. While I thought her three other books were okay, I’m always certain I won’t be able to predict the twists and turns. Anyway, I read The Grownup in 2015 and quite liked it.

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell ➳ 96 pages (review)

This one is less than one hundred pages, yet Kindred Spirits still managed to annoy me! Gabe, the male character, is the embodiment of what I hate about male nerds. He believed the main character was a “fake fan” because she is a girl and popular in school. I own every Young Adult novel Rainbow Rowell has written, but I have no desire to read Carry On and Fangirl. I read Eleanor & Park when I was younger and loved it, but now, I would definitely notice the racism and other problematic aspects and therefore absolutely hate it.

Coffee Boy by Austin Chant ➳ 103 pages (review to come on Thursday)

Coffee Boy is a cute M/M New Adult romance with a trans main character! I’m cisgender, so whatever I have to say doesn’t matter at all, but I loved that Kieran, the main character, didn’t always pass. When trans people are represented – which is, let’s be honest, almost never – they often pass easily, but that isn’t the case for a lot of trans people. Obviously I don’t love the fact that people use the wrong pronouns, all I’m saying is that it’s not they get represented as well. Anyway, I’d totally recommend this novella!

The Paths We Choose by M. Hollis ➳ (review)

The Paths We Choose is another novella I’d recommend! M. Hollis writes such cute, diverse F/F New Adult romances. I loved this one even more than The Melody of You and Me. I can’t wait to read whatever Hollis writes next!


Have you read any of these books? Do you have any diverse short story or novella recommendations for me?

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

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I was nominated by Charlotte Annelise and Laura for The Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you so much for nominating me!

Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Charlotte Annelise’s questions

How often do you read?

I try to read daily, but when I’m tired, that’s not always possible. I never go days or weeks without reading though. Lately, however, I’ve been in a reading slump 😦 It’s not the books’ faults, I’m just too busy and tired to read.

What is your favourite TV show?

Even though it’s very problematic, I absolutely love Game of Thrones. There are other TV shows I adore as well, such as The Get Down, but none compare to my obsession with that one.

What is the first book that you were obsessed with?

I wasn’t a big reader as a child. I actually only got into reading when I started college! But, even when I was young, my parents bought me the Harry Potter books. My obsession never went away 😉

When and why did your passion for blogging begin?

I started blogging in July 2016. I had tried BookTube before, but I didn’t feel confident enough to continue it. It was also very time consuming! I don’t remember how I stumbled upon the book community on WordPress, but I’m very glad I did!

Do you have any pets?

Yes, we have two cats named Ivy and Harley and two dogs, Sansa and Daisy 🙂

What is your opinions of the last movie you watched?

The last film I watched was actually a documentary: Before the Flood. It’s with Leonardo DiCaprio and it was very educational! I had to teach about global warming and this documentary was the perfect way to gather more information about it.

What is your favourite season and why?

Definitely summer! We don’t have to go to school in July and August and I love the hot weather!

What book are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading The Hate U give by Angie Thomas!

What book has been on your bookshelf the longest that you haven’t read?

Excluding Dutch translations – I don’t keep those on my shelves anyway – I think it might be An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. When I joined college and started reading more often, I absolutely fell in love with The Fault in Our Stars. I immediately bought his other books. An Abundance of Katherines and Let it Snow are the only ones I haven’t read yet. Since, however, my reading preferences have completely changed and I couldn’t even get through The Fault in Our Stars when I tried re-reading it! So I’m not sure whether I’ll ever read any more books written by John Green…

Which book character would you choose to be your best friend?

That’s a difficult question! I think the Golden Trio from the Harry Potter series or the Gangsey from The Raven Cycle!

What is your favourite book that you read for school?

When I read The Help back in 2015, I absolutely loved it. I couldn’t put it down and this book is responsible for me reading more often. Before I read that novel, it took me weeks or months to finish a book. In hindsight though, this book is very problematic, because black people don’t need a white person to save them.


Laura’s questions

If you had to make a playlist for the book you’re currently reading, what 3 songs would be on there?

Oh boy, I have no idea since I just started it. Definitely songs by artists who support the Black Lives Matter movement, such as Beyoncé’s Formation.

What is one blog post you’re incredibly proud of?

I really like my book chats, though it has been months since I’ve done on. I’m a very opinionated person and even though I can’t handle confrontations and want to please everyone, I’m not going to be fake. When I dislike a book or author, I’ll be honest about that. Anyway, you can read my book chats here. It’s been a while since I posted them, so my opinions might have changed (though I doubt it).

What book has been on your TBR the longest?

There are so many books I bought years ago, but I don’t plan on reading a lot of those. This month, I bought the second instalment in the Cormoran Strike series and I plan on reading that series someday (though not any time soon). I have my problems with J.K. Rowling, but since I love the Harry Potter series so much, I want to give this one a try.

What, besides reading, is your favorite thing to do?

I’m currently very much obsessed with Pinterest. You can have a look at my boards here. I have tons of hidden boards filled with ideas for crafts, water-paining, etc. I’m considering creating a second Pinterest account dedicated to those boards, but it seems like such a hassle.

What is one book that you wanted to love, but ended up hating?

The biggest disappointment of the year so far was Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. It started out great and I thought it was going to become my new favourite book, but I ended up hating it. You can read my full review here.

What is your favourite reading snack?

I always read in my bed, right before I go to sleep. So I don’t eat any snacks then. When I do feel hungry, I put the book down for a while, grab something to eat and watch BookTube instead.

What made you start blogging?

I created a BookTube account in September 2015, but it was too time consuming. I don’t remember how, but last summer, I discovered book blogs and I instantly created a blog myself!

Do you think you’ll still be blogging a year from now?

I very much hope so. I’m even considering self-hosting my blog, but since I have less than 300 followers, that’s probably not a smart idea. Anyway, I really love talking about books and I hope my blog will continue to grow. I’d for instance love to post bookish pictures on here instead of Instagram, but I’m not sure whether my followers would like that.

If you had to pick 3 non-Harry Potter characters to share a room with at Hogwarts, who would you choose?

I’m going to say the first three characters that come to mind: Ronan Lynch, Sansa Stark and Molly (from The Upside of Unrequited). I love these characters and I’m convinced they’d make an interesting combination!

What is your favourite first sentence of a book?

I recently read a book with a really good first sentence, but I can’t remember which novel it was! To be honest though, I rarely pay attention to first sentences. The only one I know is the first sentence of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. And We Are the Ants also has a great first line: Life is bullshit.

Do you read poetry? If so, who is your favourite poet?

No, I don’t. But I really want to get into it. Poetry has become popular lately and I want to know what all the hype is about 🙂


I know I’m supposed to nominate people and write eleven questions, but I’m rather busy right now with teacher training. I’m so sorry!

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T5W: books I felt betrayed by (15 March)

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:

March 15th- Books You Felt Betrayed By
Beware the Ides of March! What books (or characters) did you feel betrayed by, for whatever reason…big or small.

Last month, I posted a list of books I was disappointed by (which you can read here). So today, I’m not going to talk about books that I liked less than I thought I would, and therefore felt betrayed by them. This topic is probably not that easy when I narrow it down 😀

These are in no particular order!


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The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

I haven’t even read The Diabolic, yet I already feel betrayed by it! I bought this book because this was a science-fiction standalone. In the meantime, however, this has been turned into a trilogy! I never would’ve bought this book if the author had told us from the start! I feel so betrayed by it, I don’t even want to read this book anymore…

The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic

I started The Foxhole Court because I was in the mood for a M/M romance at the time and The Foxhole Court is shelved as such on Goodreads. The relationship between two male characters doesn’t happen until the final book in this trilogy though! While I did find this series enjoyable, it wasn’t what I had expected.

Since, I’ve learned that the genres on Goodreads’ sidebar and not at all trustworthy. Last month, I received The Heroine Complex for my birthday. A friend bought it for me because – according to Goodreads – it was a graphic novel, but it is in fact a ‘regular’ novel. I don’t mind since I prefer those anyway, but it proves that Goodreads isn’t always correct!

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I read An Ember in the Ashes in 2015 and re-read it last summer in anticipation of the release of A Torch Against the Night. While I loved An Ember in the Ashes both times when I read it, I have yet to read the sequel. In the meantime, I’ve discovered the third instalment in this series is set to be released in 2018 instead of this year! So there is no rush for me to read the sequel. I completely understand how difficult it must be to write an entire book in one year, but I have to re-read so many books because of it.

However, one year is nothing compared to the amount of time we have to wait for George R.R. Martin’s novels, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

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Obviously, I will never get enough of the Wizarding World. But if I am being honest – and when am I not? – the latest additions have been disappointing. I didn’t learn much new information from the Pottermore Presents collections and don’t even get me started on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!

At the end of the day, I’d rather have no additions to the universe than disappointing ones. Even though I quite liked the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie, I am very angry that J.K. Rowling continues to make the same mistakes over and over again. The film is white-washed, feature barely any diverse characters and the author supports the casting of abuser Johnny Depp.

I feel very betrayed by J.K. Rowling. I grew up loving this woman because she created this universe, but I now realise I don’t have to support her. Just because I am critical of her, doesn’t mean I’m not a fan of Harry Potter.


What books did you feel betrayed by, and why?

(scheduled on 25 February 2017)

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T10T: spring TBR

Hello everyone! Top Ten Tuesday was on hiatus for a couple of weeks, but it’s finally back!  It was created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

March 14: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

I’m going to talk about five books that will be released this spring (from March till May) which I’m dying to read! I have no idea when I’ll get to read these, but if I could afford it – which I can’t – I’d buy all of these titles as soon as they are released. Anyway, these are in chronological order:

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You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner (synopsis)
release date: March 7th

You’re Welcome, Universe is about a Deaf Indian-American girl named Julia. Apparently, this book includes illustrations! I don’t really know much more about the plot – I like going into books not knowing much about them – but it’s definitely going to be the first time I read about a Deaf character!

Queen of Geeks by Jen Wilde (synopsis)
release date: today!

Last year, I read a novel published by Swoon Reads and I had to DNF it because it was (in my opinion) quite biphobic. Still, I want to give this publisher another chance because I’ve heard nothing but positive things about Queen of Geeks. This is #OwnVoices, because the author is autistic and bisexual!

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (synopsis)
release date: April 11th

I already read The Upside of Unrequited (I received an ARC) and I absolutely loved it! It’s probably my all-time favourite contemporary. I’ll definitely buy a hardcover when it’s released and might re-read the book as soon as I can get my hands on it. You can read my full review here!

The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember (synopsis)
release date: May 4th

A F/F retelling of The Little Mermaid? Featuring a fat bisexual main character? And a gender-fluid Loki? Yes please to all of that! My expectations are high and I really hope The Seafarer’s Kiss won’t disappoint! I doubt it could though, since it sounds absolutely amazing!

When Dimple Met Rishi by  Sandhya Menon (synopsis)
release date: May 30th

When Dimple Met Rishi is about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married. I’m so excited to read this. Because I live in Europe, I was taught that arranged marriages are a system of oppression and unhappiness. I think this book is going to be eye-opening for Western readers. We frown upon arranged marriages, yet we consider shows like Married At First Sight to be okay. I have my own problems with that show and I also think it’s incredibly hypocritical to judge other cultures who do the same. Anyway, I cannot wait for this book to be released!


These are five spring releases I’m very excited for! I easily could’ve gone for ten, but I’m very busy at the moment and shouldn’t even be writing blogposts right now. Which books are on your spring TBR?

P.S. All the books I mentioned above are diverse!

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School Subjects Book Tag

Today, I’m doing the School Subjects Book Tag, which was created by not-so-modern girl! When I saw this tag for the first time, I was instantly intrigued, especially as a teacher! I graduated as an English and maths teacher and am currently studying to become a history teacher as well 🙂

1. Maths- What’s a book that left your head spinning in circles

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys was a life-changing book. It’s historical fiction, but based on true events. And I cannot believe I had never heard of what happened before. It makes you wonder what else has been kept a secret and changes the way you look at history.

2. English- Which book do you think has beautiful written expression?

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Whenever I think of The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, I imagine Henrietta. The writing is so beautiful, you really have the feeling you are there. Of course, every book should be/is like this, but Stiefvater somehow took it to the next level.

3. Physics- Who is your favourite scientifically minded character from a book/film?

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Honestly, I’m not sure what is meant by this. My guess is Wylan from the Six of Crows duology, written by Leigh Bardugo. He is incredibly smart!

4. Chemistry- Who is your favourite literary couple?

No, don’t ask this of me. I can’t pick just one OTP!

I think my favourite M/M relationship is Adam Parrish and Ronan Lynch from the Raven Cycle. I hate choosing this couple because it was written by a heterosexual woman, but I’m not going to lie: I love Pynch. I completely understand why people are critical of it as well, since the words ‘bisexual’ and ‘gay’ are never mentioned. Not even once. On the one hand, I love that sexual orientations weren’t a big deal, but at the same time, it’s a bit of a cop out.

My favourite F/F relationship so far was the one in The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis. I say so far, because I unfortunately haven’t read many books yet about queer women 😦 Whenever someone says “this book has LGBTQ representation” and you ask them to be more specific, they’ll tell you one of the male characters is gay. It’s great that they’re represented, but LGBTQIA+ stands for more than just the “G”.

As for favourite M/F couple, I have to go for Nina and Matthias from the Six of Crows duology. Nina is bi/pansexual and I love her forbidden romance with Matthias!

5. Biology- Who is your favourite book/film/series character?

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Damn, these questions are difficult. Again, it’s really hard to pick just one! But I have to go with Sansa Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. I am incredibly protective over her. Fandoms have no problem defending villains and cocky characters, but when it comes to emotional characters – and women in particular – they are too “whiny” and “annoying”.

6. French- What is your favourite foreign book/film/programme?

I can’t think of any right away. I live in Belgium, but I never watch TV shows and films produced here or read books written in Dutch. Which explains why I wanted to become an English teacher instead of a Dutch one. Since I want to read more diversely though, I might pick up a foreign book later this year.

7. Art- Have you ever judged a book by its cover, even if you weren’t meant to?!

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Yes, absolutely. There are books I can already guess I won’t like, but I still buy them because the cover convinced me too. Or books that sound very interesting, but I don’t want to buy because I don’t like the cover.

I recently bought A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I don’t even know what this children’s classic is about, nor am I very interested in reading it. Yet I still bought it because it looks so pretty!

8. History- What was the last historical book you read?

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The last historical book I read – excluding the ones I had to read for my history courses – was Salt to the Sea, which I read back in November. I really love historical fiction, so I should pick up this genre more often! I always say that, but never actually do it 😮

9. Geography- Which literary destination would you really like to visit? (They can be real or fictional!)

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Hogwarts, obviously. Imagine how much better Harry Potter and the Cursed Child could’ve been if it had focussed on Albus and Scorpius in Hogwarts, instead of that time-travelling disaster.

10. Drama- What’s a book that you think has a lot of over-dramatic hype?

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All books written by Sarah J. Maas, for sure. I have a lot of issues with her books – hence why I won’t continue both her series – yet they are impossible to avoid. I wish there was an option to blacklist books on Goodreads and Bookstagram.

Talking about drama: whenever someone does something problematic in the book community, it is always a SJM stan. Some of my favourites are problematic too, but a lot of her fans absolutely refuse to accept that. I don’t understand why people are so protective of it. Admitting something could be better, doesn’t make you any less of a fan!

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(scheduled on 22 February 2017)

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Searching Saturday: high Goodreads rating (11 March)

Searching Saturday was created by The Night is Dark and Full of Books and you can have a look at the topics here. Its goal is to discover new books every week! This week’s topic is:

11th: 4+ Rating on Goodreads
Personally, I do not pay too much attention to the average Goodreads rating when researching a book. Though I do think it’s interesting to see which books get a high rating. This week we are judging books by these ratings. Search for books with a Goodreads rating of 4.00 or higher.

For each topic, I discuss one book that I added to my TBR thanks to Searching Saturday. Since January 2017, all these posts feature books written by diverse authors and/or diverse characters.


Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin

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Synopsis

Trayvon Martin’s parents take readers beyond the news cycle with an account only they could give: the intimate story of a tragically foreshortened life and the rise of a movement.

On a February evening in 2012, in a small town in central Florida, seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking home with candy and a can of juice in hand and talking on the phone with a friend when a fatal encounter with a gun-wielding neighborhood watchman ended his young life. The watchman was briefly detained by the police and released.

Trayvon’s father, a truck driver named Tracy, tried to get answers from the police but was shut down and ignored. Trayvon’s mother, a civil servant for the city of Miami, was paralyzed by the news of her son’s death and lost in mourning, unable to leave her room for days. But in a matter of weeks, their son’s name would be spoken by President Obama, honored by professional athletes, and passionately discussed all over traditional and social media. And at the head of a growing nationwide campaign for justice were Trayvon’s parents, who driven by their intense love for their lost son discovered their voices, gathered allies, and launched a movement that would change the country.

Five years after his tragic death, Trayvon Martin’s name is still evoked every day. He has become a symbol of social justice activism, as has his hauntingly familiar image: the photo of a child still in the process of becoming a young man, wearing a hoodie and gazing silently at the camera. But who was Trayvon Martin, before he became, in death, an icon? And how did one black child s death on a dark, rainy street in a small Florida town become the match that lit a civil rights crusade?

Rest in Power, told through the compelling alternating narratives of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, answers, for the first time, those questions from the most intimate of sources. It s the story of the beautiful and complex child they lost, the cruel unresponsiveness of the police and the hostility of the legal system, and the inspiring journey they took from grief and pain to power, and from tragedy and senselessness to meaning.

How did I find out about this book?

Mason (@masondeaver on Twitter) posted a picture of this book and I instantly wanted to read this. I had no idea this book existed, so I’m very thankful they took a picture of that beautiful cover!

I’m very disappointed no one in the book community is talking about Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin though.

Why did I add it to my TBR?

Because I support Black Lives Matter. Even after five years, we remember Trayvon Martin’s name and that should never change. If we want to be good allies, we have to listen to what marginalised people have to say.

I could go on about how important this movement and book is, but as a white person, I don’t really think that’s my place. All you have to know is that this book exists and you should read it! Unfortunately, it’s quite expensive at the moment, but I will buy it as soon as my wallet allows me to.

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T5W: favourite science-fiction and fantasy books (8 March)

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:

March 8th – Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books *BooktubeSFF Awards Crossover Topic!*
In collaboration with the BooktubeSFF Awards, talk about your favorite science fiction and fantasy books of all time!

I’m pretty sure I posted fantasy recommendations a couple of months ago, but I decided to post an updated list today 🙂 Though, if you have been following me for a while, there won’t be any surprises here! As usual, these are in no particular order.


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A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

genre: adult high fantasy

Even though this series and the TV show adaptation are immensely popular, I have the feeling as if I am one of the only people who has read it in the book community. I completely understand how intimidating these books are – I still struggle finding the time to read them – but they are so. freaking. good! And much better than the TV show, though it did help that I already knew all the characters before I started reading the books.

Just a heads up though: the world in A Song of Ice and Fire is incredibly brutal. I love the way Martin writes female characters, but there is a lot of violence and rape.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

genre: paranormal young adult fantasy

No list is complete without me mentioning The Raven Cycle. You all know how much I love this series. It’s not perfect (there’s racism and a lot of people dislike the way the LGBTQ characters are written) and while I agree with the critique, I cannot help but love this series. I want to re-read it again, but I have tons of unread books on my TBR I should get to first 😦

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

genre: fantasy

Obviously, the Harry Potter series is on my list. Whenever I re-read the books, I notice things I don’t like about it (the sexism, lack of diversity, etc.) and I am very vocal about that, but I’m still a die-hard Harry Potter fan. My collection continues to grow and these books will always be important to me.

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

genre: young adult science fiction

I read We Are the Ants last month and I absolutely loved it, just as I had expected. This might seem like a contemporary novel, but it also features some science-fiction elements. Just like all the other books I mentioned above, it’s not perfect (e.g. bi-erasure, in my opinion), but I loved how this book managed to be funny and heart-warming while discussing serious topics such as bullying, physical and sexual assault, suicide and depression, etc.

Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

genre: young adult fantasy

I’m so predictable: there are zero surprises on this list. Oh well, I can’t lie: I love all the books I mentioned. Even though I was disappointed with Crooked Kingdom, I want to read more books like it. I love the multiple perspectives and how it isn’t as predictable and trope-y as most young adult fantasies released lately.

On top of that, the cast of characters is incredibly diverse! I discussed the Six of Crows duology in my thesis on diversity and it was clear that Bardugo did a lot of research.


I’m sorry this list was so predictable! I plan on reading many more fantasy (though less science-fiction) novels this year, so I hope this list of favourites is going to grow! What are some of your favourite SFF books? (scheduled on 25 February 2017)

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the Blogger Recognition Award

Blogger Recognition Award.pngHappy Sunday, everyone! I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by I Am a Book Drunkard! Thank you so much for the nomination! I couldn’t find who created this award nor did I find badge, so I created one myself 🙂

Award rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How romweasley started:

Back in September 2015, I started a BookTube channel. But I found filming videos and especially editing very time consuming, so I quit after posting only a handful of videos. In July 2016, I discovered that many people blogged about books as well. I’ve been active for quite a while on Goodreads and Instagram, but was looking for another way to talk about books. And blogging is perfect for me. It’s not as stressful as filming videos and it’s easier to connect with people.

Advice for new bloggers:

Well, I’m not a popular blogger myself, but there are some things I am passionate about while blogging:

  1. Always be honest. Don’t be afraid to talk about a book you disliked, even when many people love it. I get sad when I see people put a disclaimer at the beginning of a negative review. People have to learn that disliking a book does not mean that you dislike the readers who like it. So, speak your mind and don’t apologize when you express your unpopular opinions.
  2. Read books by diverse authors and/or about diverse characters and follow marginalised people on social media, including WordPress. Use your voice to talk about things that matter. Blogging should always be fun, but it can also be a platform to bring about change. Not everyone might like your message, but at least you are doing something good for this community.

My nominations:

Of course, you don’t have to do this tag if you don’t want to!


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Searching Saturday: Important Topics (4 March)

Searching Saturday was created by The Night is Dark and Full of Books and you can have a look at the topics here. Its goal is to discover new books every week! This week’s topic is:

4th: Important Topics
Reading books about important topics is… important. How intelligent of me. Which topics are important to you? Which topics would you want to know more about? Which topics would you want others to know more about? Search for books that discuss a topic that is important to you. What classifies as ‘important’ is completely up to you!

Each week, I discuss one book that I added to my TBR thanks to the topic. Since January, all my Searching Saturday posts feature diverse books and/or diverse authors.


Paperweight by Meg Haston

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Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Stevie is trapped. In her life. And now in an eating-disorder treatment center on the dusty outskirts of the New Mexico desert.

Life in the center is regimented and intrusive, a nightmare come true. Nurses and therapists watch Stevie at mealtime, accompany her to the bathroom, and challenge her to eat the foods she’s worked so hard to avoid.

Her dad has signed her up for sixty days of treatment. But what no one knows is that Stevie doesn’t plan to stay that long. There are only twenty-seven days until the anniversary of her brother Josh’s death—the death she caused. And if Stevie gets her way, there are only twenty-seven days until she too will end her life.

How did I discover this book?

emmmabooks posted a video on YouTube with recommendations for books that feature eating disorders. Paperweight was one of the books she mentioned.

Why did I add this book to my TBR?

I noticed The Bookavid wrote a raving review on Goodreads (which you can read here) and I always trust their* judgement. Apparently, this book is an #OwnVoices story, which makes me much more excited to read this! Eating disorders are a very delicate subject and I wouldn’t want to support something with inaccurate representation.

(* I couldn’t find The Bookavid’s preferred pronouns so I use ‘they’ pronouns to be safe.)


Have you read this book yet? Did you like it? 🙂

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‘My Life in Books’ tag

Hello everyone! Today, I’m doing the ‘my life in books’ tag! Unfortunately, I couldn’t find who created this, but naturally, the credit goes to the creator. I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I still wanted to do this.

BOOK FOR EACH INITIAL

I’ll just pick seven random books that I own/have read:

  • C ⟶ Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • H Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  • E Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • L Legend by Marie Lu
  • S ⟶ Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • E Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  • A Ash by Malinda Lo
AGE – COUNT ALONG YOUR BOOKSHELF

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The 22nd book on my shelves is Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins!

BOOK THAT REPRESENTS A DESTINATION YOU WOULD LOVE TO TRAVEL TOO.

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Obviously, I would love to visit Hogwarts. Unfortunately, I still haven’t received my Hogwarts letter yet – I’m 22 years old, so I doubt it’s going to happen – so I might have to settle for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter parks instead. I live in Belgium though, so I don’t see that happening any time soon either (or ever 😦 ).

FAVORITE COLOR

You will probably see a lot of blue books on by bookstagram! Though I never buy books for a particular colour, that colour is probably my favourite (but I love pink, mint and black as well).

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FONDEST MEMORIES OF
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There are multiple books I could choose from, but The Dream Thieves is probably my all-time favourite book. As you know, I love The Raven Cycle and the second instalment in particular, because it focusses more on the characters instead of the mystery and fantasy. When I think of this book, I think of summertime in Henrietta. I honestly have no idea when or where I read this one, because it is so atmospheric and you have the feeling you are really there.

The first time I read The Dream Thieves, I actually didn’t want to finish it! Obviously, I’m very glad I did 😀

MOST DIFFICULTY READING

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I don’t think A Song of Ice and Fire is hard to read, but I do find it difficult to find time to read it! All the books in the series are HUGE and I am a very slow reader. I feel so much pressure to constantly read and review books, so I pick up smaller books instead. Reading multiple books at the same time doesn’t work for me, so I really have to devote myself to these books in order to finish them.

Having said that, I absolutely love this series and really enjoy reading them. As intimidating as it might be, I want to read more adult high fantasy series once I’m finished with this one.

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As for a book I think is really going to be difficult to read, I have to go for Asking for It by Louise O’Neill. This book is about a girl who gets raped and that’s the reason why I want to read it, but at the same time I don’t. Because I know it isn’t going to be enjoyable. That book is going to piss me off. But it’s such an important topic at the same time!

WHICH BOOK IN TBR PILE WILL YOU GET THE BIGGEST SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT FROM?

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Besides A Song of Ice and Fire, I also want to read the Outlander series, though I haven’t finished that one either because the books are so huge. The main reason why I want to read this series, is because of Claire. I watch the TV show and I love her so much! Most readers say Jamie is their favourite, but I have some problems with him. Let’s call him a problematic fav 😉 Anyway, I’ve only read one hundred pages in Outlander and that was last summer! I already own the majority of the books in this series, so I really should continue it. Who am I kidding though? That’s not going to happen anytime soon!


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