Bookish Playlist: The Wolves of Mercy Falls

I have been thinking about this month’s playlist for a long time now and I’ve finally decided to make this month’s playlist “The Wolves of Mercy Falls”-themed. The Wolves of Mercy Falls is a series by Maggie Stiefvater (yeah sorry again a Maggie Stiefvater Playlist) that consists of Shiver, Linger and Forever and the companion novel Sinner. I have recently read Sinner and I’m completely back to low-key obsessing over the characters.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor the wolves of mercy falls series

This is a monthly feature here, and each month I’ll make a playlist related to a book or series I read. My music taste varies from folk, to indie, to rock, to a bit of punk so that is mainly what you can expect. I will post my playlist here and do a shout-out to some songs on it, and why I think they fit the book(s).

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Discussion: Reasons to write: Fantasy vs. Contemporary

So far I have attempted to write a contemporary novel and I am currently working on a fantasy novel. It is very different from my contemporary story and so far I am loving it. For this discussion, I wanted to discuss some of the differences and pros and cons of writing these two genres and compare them.

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Camp NaNoWriMo Weekly Update #2

Week two of Camp NaNoWriMo has just ended. For those who don’t know what it is, Camp NaNoWriMo is basically a smaller version of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), in which you can set your own goal. For NaNoWriMo your goal is 50k, but for Camp NaNoWriMo I set my goal to 15k. This is not a lot but I’ll be going on a vacation in the middle of July and won’t be able to write from then on.

I am currently in a small writing slump, I’m at a chapter and I don’t really know how to finish it. I’m sure I’ll figure it out once I get myself to actually write some more. Yesterday I wrote only 60 words and that’s a big disappointment for me. I can do better! I’m going to try to write at least 1000 words today but I’m pretty sure that won’t reach it. It’s already late afternoon, and I haven’t written more than 150 words… I’ll try though!

I found that I am really good at randomly improvising and adding in characters or storylines on a whim. Sometimes it just clicks and I write a thousand words about stuff that isn’t even in my outline. I created a character that I think will have quite an important role later in the story. I’ve also gotten to know my characters better, especially Noa. I really like how all the characters come alive on the paper.

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Newbie Bloggers: Fran (@wheelchairvista) | Daniel Blake and the fight afterwards

This is the third installment in a hopefully long series! I have received a lot of submissions lately so it might be a while for everyone to get their turn. You can still submit, but keep that in mind!

Now I give the word to Fran from Wheelchairvista!


Who is Fran?

Tell us something about yourself: Who Are You?: Hi, I’m Fran, a Disability Blogger, Activist, Trainer, Advisor, and Information Guru.
My professional background is in nursing and I’m a highly experienced trainer, with over 25 years of experience. I can come into any setting to help educate and inform people about disability issues. I can also work with organizations to help them ensure compliance with the Equality Act 2010.
I live in London, England, and love exploring this great city and enjoying the variety of cultural events we are so lucky to have on our doorstep. But, traveling in London is challenging, not so much the getting there, but dealing with the myriad of parking regulations in each London Borough.
I try to be as independent as possible, but life, bureaucracy, and other obstacles often get in the way.
I’m also a cat lover and enjoy travel and photography. I’m an avid reader and love going to galleries and exhibitions.

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Review: Fallen Flame: a bit flat and unoriginal but a decent start for a series

Fallen Flame by J.M. Miller is an action-packed YA fantasy story about a girl with magic, in a world without magic. The premise sounds a little unoriginal and now that I think back of it, the whole story isn’t really that original, it is a fun book though.


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Nineteen years ago, on the island kingdom of Garlin, a girl was born. With charred skin as rough as rock, Vala was instantly feared. For how could one be scorched by magic when it had perished ages before?
Recognizing an asset, the royal family welcomed her on their Guard. Her detail: the prince.
To watch. To protect. She has grown with him, lives her life for him.
When the high kingdom’s princess comes to assess the prince, assassins of rival courtiers come to claim his life. One nearly succeeds in his mission. But with shadowy movements and charred skin like her own, Vala knows he is not like the rest.
As threats to the prince continue and questions about Vala’s life begin to rise, she faces a fear worse than fire or water, worse even than losing him.
She fears finding out who she truly is.

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My Summer (Reading) Plans (aka my Summer TBR)

I’ve been wanting to make this post for weeks now but I got kind of anxious about it. Idk why. But I finally figured out which books I’ll be bringing on vacation and I’m going to talk about them!

In the past couple of months, I’ve read quite a few ARCs and I have bought a lot of books I wanted to read, but never got to actually read those. A lot of those backlist books I’ll be bringing with me, and I’m trying to read all my ARCs before I leave so I can write and schedule all the reviews.

In a couple of weeks, I will be away on vacation, and I do not know to what extent I will have access to internet so sorry in advance if I reply late to your email/comment/message. I will most likely not catch up with all your wonderful blogs, because that is just not doable (and it’s a vacation so it’s time to just relax and read). I will try to reply to all of the messages at least when I get home.

What I will do on vacation is hopefully read a lot of books! I’ll be going to Vienna and Budapest (and the rest of Hungary) with my parents and without the rest of my siblings, so that’s weird for me. But the pup is going so I won’t be lonely 😛

Be prepared for a long post!

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The Perks of Being A Book-Nerd | Going to The Movies

If you are in love with books, like I am, this can cause some awkward and funny situations. So I’ve compiled a list of a few situations (slightly dramatised, I must admit) that you might relate to as a book worm.

I was actually going to write a discussion today but I kind of forgot, so forgive me and enjoy this very different post! I did a similar one a few months ago which you can find here.

// The “Going to The Movie” Edition //

Other person: “Have you seen it? There’s a movie coming out, [name of movie]”
Me: “Isn’t that based on a book? I think I read it / heard of it.”
Other person: “Oh. I don’t know, I don’t read books.”
Me: *stares at other person in shock*

Other person: “Hey, do you want to go see [name of movie]?
Me: “Uhm, sorry, I can’t.”
Other person: “Oh some other time then?”
Me: “Uhhm actually… I haven’t read the book on which it is based yet so I can’t go.”

Me: “I can’t wait to watch [name of movie], it’s based off on one of my favourite books!”
Also me (three months after movie came out): *hasn’t watched the movie because of fear that it doesn’t hold up to expectations*

(I still haven’t watched Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children… and I love the book but argh expectations.)

Me: *watches movie with other person*
Me:  You know in the book the character actually does [continues to complain and discuss differences]
Other person: *tries to hint that they want to continue watching without interruptions*
Me: *continues talking*
Other person: *slightly annoyed* I’m trying to watch a movie here
Me: Oh *suddenly quiet and tries not to say anything during the entire movie and fails miserably*

Do you relate?