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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the Feelings Matter book tag

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! This Sunday, I’ll be doing the Feelings Matter book tag. I love doing book tags, even though those don’t receive as much as love as my other posts and the answers are often predictable. Anyway, let’s get started!

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upside of unrequited.pngMaybe not exactly confident, but The Upside of Unrequited made me feel so many positive things! Though Molly and I aren’t completely alike, I related to her very much. This book and Becky Albertalli have a very special place in my heart. The Upside of Unrequited is so positive and fluffy, it makes me feel as if everything is going to be okay.

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the hate u giveAs a white person, I will and can never fully understand how different a black person’s live can be from mine, especially in the USA. But The Hate U Give gave me a very good idea of what it must be like. My heart bleeds whenever I read about the injustice that’s being done to them and unfortunately, I don’t see that chance anytime soon, considering who the current president is…

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we are the ants.pngWe Are the Ants is one of my favourite books, but it was also a very hard novel to read. It deals with multiple serious topics such as suicide, depression, bullying and sexual assault. If you’re interested in reading this novel, I’d suggest reading my review, because We Are the Ants includes material that could be very triggering.

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the boy in the striped pyjamas.pngThe Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a highly popular novel, but I honestly don’t understand its purpose. The ignorance in this book annoyed me to no end. Though this is set during World War II near a concentration camp, Bruno, the main character, remains ignorant throughout the entire novel. It bothers me that this story is told from the point of view of someone who is privileged. To make things worse, he never even realizes how lucky he is. You can read my full review here.

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the raven king.pngI’ve mentioned this numerous times already: The Raven King didn’t live up to my expectations. Throughout the entire series, there’s so much foreshadowing and build-up, yet The Raven King is so different from the other books. Some of the characters weren’t treated the way they should’ve and the plot was all over the place and overall disappointing.

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gemina.pngI didn’t finish Gemina for several reasons, one being the sci-fi elements. I don’t read this genre often (or ever) and it had been over a year since I read Illuminae, the first instalment in this series. I had no idea what was going on, so I decided to put it down. You can read my full review here.

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queens of geek.pngQueens of Geek made me feel satisfied because it was such a perfect novel. It gave me everything it promised it would be: fluff, cuteness and diversity! I really want to read more books like it.

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how to make a wish.pngGrace, the main character in How To Make a Wish, is bisexual and her relationship with her mother that is far from perfect. Therefore, I could really relate to her. Unfortunately, I didn’t adore this novel as much as I had hoped, but I will re-read this and I know I will love it more the second time around. I blame my busy schedule.

I also plan on picking up Blake’s other novel, because that one sounds very relatable to me as well.


Those were all the questions! If you want to do the Feelings Matter book tag, consider yourself tagged by me.

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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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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

all the rage

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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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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The Liebster Award

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Hello, my dear book lovers! I was nominated ages ago by

The Rules

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  • Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the Award.
  • Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you
  • Nominate 11 people
  • Ask the people who you have nominated 11 questions

Jess’ questions

1. An item you can’t live without?

Let’s start off with a cliché answer right off the bat: my phone. I have tons of pictures on there from my cats and dogs I would hate to lose. Other than that, I wouldn’t be able to sleep without earplugs and a sleeping mask anymore.

2. Favourite children’s TV show growing up?

There are so many, though I’m not sure whether they’re well know abroad. Honestly, there are a thousand TV shows I could mention, such as The Smurfs and the Teletubbies.

3. A song you associate with a happy memory?

There are a lot of songs from a Belgian/Dutch group aimed for children that remind me of my childhood. My sister and I listened to their CDs every single day during summer! They even had a song about Leonardo Dicaprio!

4. How did you come up with your blog name?

I had been on Tumblr for many years when I decided to create an Instagram account dedicated to books. I knew it was impossible to get a canon URL, so I just switched the ‘n’ with ‘m’ and became ‘romweasley’ 😀 I sometimes wonder whether my username is relevant enough, since I surely do like Ron Weasley, but he’s not my all-time favourite character. But I’m ‘romweasley’ on almost all my social media, it’d be too much work to change it now.

5. Sunset or sunrise?

Sunset 🙂 Though sunrise can be very beautiful a well!

6. Current fictional character crush (if any)?

I honestly don’t get crushes often, but I have to go with Claire Fraser. I absolutely love her and she’s definitely under-appreciated. Jamie who?

7. Do you have any pets?

Yes, we have two Chihuahuas, Daisy and Sansa (named after the one and only Sansa Stark) and two cats, Harley and Ivy (named after Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy).

8. How do you usually spend your Saturday nights?

I spend them at home and usually watch TV, a movie, read a book or do crafts.

9. Favourite season?

Definitely summer. Though this year summer hasn’t been treating me well, because my allergies are out of control and I can’t go outside without my eyes hurting VERY BADLY. Still, I’ll take that over the constant cold during winter.

10. A novel or movie that moved you to tears?

My mind has gone blank. I cry all the time, yet I can’t think of anything right now!

11. Who was your best friend growing up, and are you still friends with them?

Nah, I’ve lost contact with as good as anyone I’ve ever been friends with. My sister is the only one I’ve stayed close with and I hope we will remain that way once I move out of the house.


Ellyn’s questions

1. What was the last song you listened to?

I’m currently listening to Halsey’s album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom and Sorry is playing.

2. Why did you start your blog?

I tried BookTube first, but I didn’t feel comfortable doing that. A few months later, I found out that a lot of readers blogged about books, so that’s when I decided to join.

3. Are you excited for the new Star Wars movie?

I’m a fairly new Star Wars fan (I only watched all the films one or two years ago for the first time) but yes, I’m excited! I’m a bit afraid they’re going to queerbait us with Finn and Poe though… :/

4. Did you enjoy high school?

I’d say no, but I recently graduated as a high school teacher, so I must have enjoyed it on some level. But other pupils could be very harsh. My fourth year was the worst. My parents had recently divorced and I had no one to turn to in my class. On top of that, they were making fun of the way I walk (I have scoliosis and I therefore don’t walk like most people do) and bullied me in other ways as well. I absolutely hate looking back on that time.

5. What’s your most anticipated movie for the year?

Justice League! I don’t care what anyone says: DC is amazing and I absolutely loved Batman vs. Superman, so I’m very excited. Except for the fact that Joss Whedon has now joined DC… Ugh, he’s going to ruin everything!

6. Are you a neat person or do you prefer organised chaos?

During teacher training, I was always told that I’m a very organised person. My bedroom and desk might not always look like it, but I bet there are people who are much more chaotic than I am 😀

7. Do you prefer reading tags or discussions?

Honestly, I rarely read other people’s blog posts… I know, I know, that’s absolutely horrible! It’s just not something that crosses my mind when I’m feeling bored.

8. What’s your opinion on candles?

I like them and I have quite a few candles in my bedroom, but I really don’t understand the hype surrounding bookish candles. They’re so expensive! I would never be able to spend so much money on a damn candle.

9. What did you read last?

The last book I finished was When Dimple Met Rishi.

10. How do you feel about bullet journalling? Would you ever do it?

I’m trying to get into it! I quite enjoy it, but feel like sh*t when I compare myself to other people’s work.

11. Do you enjoy writing reviews?

Yes! I usually write them right away, except for in April and May, when I didn’t review any books because of my busy schedule. While reading books, I take notes on my phone. The downside is that I usually only take notes of the things I don’t like though.

On the other hand though, reviewing books has made me even more insecure. I’m afraid people will attack me for expressing my opinion (you know those folks who just love defending problematic books? I’ve been attacked by those people on multiple occasions) or whether my feelings are valid.


I was nominated by a third person, but I can’t find their blog anymore… Oh well, thank you for nominating me!

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Spring 2017 reading update

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

The Books I read

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

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

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

My Favourite

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

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

2017 Reading Challenge

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

Diversity Bingo progress

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

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


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

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

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Cover reveal: Ripped Pages by M. Hollis + my fan art!

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Hello, my dear book lovers. I have some very exciting news today: I’ll be revealing the cover of Ripped Pages, M. Hollis’ new novelette! Ripped Pages is a F/F retelling featuring a lesbian main character, bisexual love interest and a side M/M ship!

This is the book’s summary:

Princess Valentina lives a reasonably comfortable life, but after her mother’s death, her father gets tired of taking care of her and locks her in a tower. She spends years on her own, talking to the birds on her windowsill, and reading books with adventures she will never experience. Her plans of running away are usually left for another day because she knows the vast forest surrounding her tower is too dangerous to cross alone.

Until one day, another girl passes by on her horse and Valentina wonders if she’s finally brave enough to seize her chance of freedom.

Make sure to add this book on Goodreads!  And now, of course, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: THE COVER REVEAL!

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ripped pages fanartI absolutely adore the blue tones and how whimsical it looks! It definitely suits a retelling of Rapunzel. Because I wanted to celebrate this opportunity M. Hollis has given me once again (we already did an interview together a few months ago), I decided to get a little crafty and re-create this cover using my watercolours and Tombow brush pens. On the right, you can see the result. It’s not perfect, but I had a lot of fun creating it 😀

Ripped Pages is set to be released at the end of 2017 and in the meantime, I’d really suggest checking out her other novellas: The Melody of You and Me and The Paths We Choose. Both feature F/F relationships as well. If you’re usually not a fan of New Adult, I’d still highly recommend picking up Hollis’ work!


I hope I was able to convince you to check out this wonderful author’s work. What do you think about the cover? 🙂

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