November Wrap-Up: The Month of Writing

Since NaNoWriMo took place in November and I was busy writing 50 thousand words (which I managed, yay), I haven’t had a lot of time to read. So I’ve been reading a little less than I normally do, but I don’t really mind. Not at all, actually. I think I’m going to try to not read as much as I normally do, is that a weird thing to say? I’ve been reading ~10 books per month for this entire year and it’s a bit crazy. I love reading but I’m constantly trying to push myself to read more, and that’s just not a good thing.

This month I’ve read 6 books, which is a really good amount!

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This book was fun and I really liked one of the main characters and the story, but the other main character I hated and I also didn’t like how halfway through the story, you went back in time to the start and had to read through all of it again before you finally found out what happened after the cliffhanger.

This was mind-boggling and a bit fun too, but sooo weird. I just couldn’t make sense of what was going on at all. I think it’s just not for me. But if you don’t get confused very often or don’t mind being left in the dark, and like books that are a little crazy and all over the place, I think you could really enjoy this! (review)

  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff ★★★★★

Gemina, oh Gemina… I never thought that after Illuminae, Gemina would be able to make me feel all the same things all over again. Illuminae was amazing, Gemina did it again, Obsidio will be the end of me but I can’t wait to let it rip out my heart. This book (this series) is so creative and original, there’s honestly nothing I’ve ever read that was this beautifully made. The characters are so real, the writing style so original, the story so mind-blowing, this series is just a whole new experience. There’s nothing like it.

This is the second book in the duology about Finn and Willa. It was an adorable f/f romance with wonderful characters! The romance was so cute and I loved how it continued on from the former book. I would highly recommend this book if you like diverse romance with a focus on family! But definitely read Future Leaders of Nowhere first! (review)

This book is so amazing and important! The Nowhere Girls tackles rape and feminism in so many ways, I loved it so much! The characters were amazing and the story was great and I think everyone needs to read this book. (review)

Oh boy, I’m going to disappoint people now. Sorry if I’m going to ruin your favourite book for you, but THIS ROMANCE PLOT-LINE WAS SO PROBLEMATIC. I loved the writing style, the way different timelines were interwoven, the magical and mysterious vibe to the story, and most of the story itself… but I hated the romance. And that ended up having such a big role in both the story and the ending that it ruined the book for me.

What I added to my TBR

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Girlhood by Cat Clarke seems like a dark contemporary/mystery and I’m going to buddy-read it! I received an eARC of By A Charm and A Curse by Jaime Questell (February 2018), which is a circus romance story? I think? I’m really not in the mood for that after reading The Night Circus haha. I bought a few ebooks, Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Bernard, Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (which seems like an impactful story about racism) and Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid. Lastly, I got an eARC of Furyborn by Claire Legrand (May 2018)!

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How was your reading month? Got any exciting plans for December? Any of these books you’ve read? What did you think? Any recommendations on what to read next?

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December Wrap-Up + January TBR (& some changes)

First things first, HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope this year will be the best one yet and that all your dreams will come true in 2017.

December Wrap-Up

In December I have read 10 books (of which one I finished 30 minutes before midnight at December 31):

  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman ★★★★★
  • How To Be Happy by David Burton ★★☆
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell ★★★☆
  • Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke ★★★
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas ★★★☆
  • The Rose & The Dagger by Renée Ahdier ★★★★
  • The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies #2) by Pittacus Lore ★★★★
  • The Rise of Nine (#3) by Pittacus Lore ★★★★
  • The Fall of Five (#4) by Pittacus Lore ★★★★
  • The Revenge of Seven (#5) by Pittacus Lore ★★★★

The last four books I read in a week so I’m quite proud of that, it was really fun to binge the Lorien Legacies. I will read the last two books once the last book is available in the library. My favourite book by far this month was Radio Silence. It has become one of my favourite books of all time (so make sure to check it out!). I’ve read some slightly disappointing books that I hoped would be better, like ACOTAR and Fangirl.

January TBR

I have decided to make some changes in my monthly TBRs because of the #beatthebacklist challenge and because I’m a little behind on ARCs. My montly TBR will consist of 2 or more books for beat the backlist, 2 or more ARCs, 1 or more free ebooks or audiobooks, the rest I can fill up with whatever I feel like reading. I am going to try to read 8 or 9 books each month, because my Goodreads goal is set to 100.

My January TBR consists of:

  • Shadow Web by N.M. Browne (beat the backlist)
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (beat the backlist)
  • In The Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers (ARC)
  • The Sixth Event by Kristen More-Osisek (ARC)
  • Fate’s Fables (Special Edition) by T. Rae Mitchell (ARC)
  • Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (audiobook)

Changes in my Blog

As you might have noticed I’ve made new headers (and a new logo)!

I’m going to make some changes in my blogging schedule. At this point I blog once every day of the week (sometimes even more), but that gets a little too much. So I’m going to lay low a little, write some more in-depth posts! I’m going to post at least 4 times a week, of which two will be in the weekend and one on Tuesday (Top Ten Tuesday). I know I once said I was going to talk about different things on here, like science and psychology but that didn’t really happen. But I will write more about writing, and share with you my stories and scribbles. And I will also try to do more discussion posts and talk more about my personal life.

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful 2017! What do you think of my new headers and my TBR?

October Wrap-Up + TBR

I’m a sobbing mess when I’m writing this. I need about three tissues per paragraph I write and can’t read a single page without coughing or having to hold back my tears. It is horrible. Having a cold has never been more annoying.

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What I read in October

  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★ — Great start of the trilogy! I am eager to read more of the Grisha Trilogy.
  • A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe ★★★★ — Awesome story about Kami, ghosts and a girl who grew up thinking she was something, and then it turns out she wasn’t.
  • The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs ★★★★ — Slightly scary and disturbing, will keep you at the edge of your seat the entire time.
  • Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven ★★★★★ — AHHH the cuteness!
  • The Last One by Alexandra Oliva ★★★ — Intriguing but a bit slow
  • Timekeeper by Tara Sim ★★★★ — Clock spirits, Victorian England and a gay main character!
  • The Reader by M.K. Harkins ★★☆ — Okay book with a lot of pet peeves.
  • Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan ★★★★ — Lovely book about two people with 90 minutes of air left. Keep your eyes out for this release!
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen ★★★☆ — Semi-spooky with great characters.
  • Someone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman ★★★☆ — Simply a great summer book.
  • Frenched by Melanie ★★ — Sex. There’s just nothing more to say. (Review up soon)
  • Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant (I have not yet finished this book, but since there is one more day left in October I am determined to finish it tomorrow)

I have a total of 12 books of which 8 ARCs, this has been a crazy month. I first started reading ARCs and I love it! I also started reading a lot.

November’s TBR

Next month I will be starting with buddy reading, and I will finally read some of the books that are waiting for me on my shelves.

  • Infinity by Jus Accardo (ARC from Netgalley)
  • The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdier (Buddy read together with Megan and Jasmine)
  • Emma by Jane Austen (Buddy read together with Tanya and Debbie)
  • Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (Buddy read together with Eve and Lucy)

I will probably also read some of the following books:

  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

I look forward to next month! What is your favourite book of the month? Have you read a lot?

September Wrap-Up + TBR

This month was a busy one, my classes started and with it piles of homework and reading I had to do. It has also been a big change in my life, because I moved out and I am now living in a student house with two lovely people. And above that I started the Blogger’s house cup which is a lot of fun.

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What I read this month:

1984 by George Orwell ★★★ 1984 by George Orwell

This book I picked up because it was on my dad’s shelf and I thought it would be interesting. I read Animal Farm for my English class a few years ago and that was really good too. Anyway, the book was really interesting, but also very slow and quite boring at some points. Especially the parts from some other book were really uninteresting. I skipped those.

 

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. PearsonThe Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson ★★★★ 

Lia is one of my favourite characters of all time, I love her and I love the series. I am currently reading the third book in the series and it’s so good! I would recommend the Remnant Chronicles to anyone! (also the audiobooks are all on youtube so if you like audiobooks, give it a go!)

 

 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling ★★★★

I reread this book, and I LOVED it the first time, but the second time was a little less. Still really good though!

 

 

Everything, EverythingEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon ★★★★★

I loved this book, it was so original and I read it in less than a day. So addictive! I wrote a review here.

 

 

 

 

The Distance from Me to You by The Distance from Me to You by Marina  GessnerMarina Gessner ★★★☆ 

I think this deserves a 3.5 star rating. I really enjoyed the book but the ending was a bit anti-climactic. The book build up from a sort of constant speed to a lot happening and a lot of tension and then the end it was like “we’re out of pages let’s just finish it right now”. Also it was not a happy ending, and not a sad ending but more an okay ending? It kinda ruined it for me.
This book would be an amazing movie!

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Persuasion by Jane Austen ★★★☆ 

I quite enjoyed it but not as much as I enjoyed Pride & Prejudice. It took me a while to get through it. I loved how Anne, the main character, is a lot like me. I feel like we’re almost the same person.

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Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson ★★★☆

I didn’t love it as much as I loved Since You’ve Been Gone, but considering that I was still reading it at night until 1 am it was pretty good 🙂

What I will read next month:

 I am not yet sure what I will read but it will definitely include: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson. You can find what else I might read here.

What I wrote this month: 

Bookish related:
What were my favourite books I read in August
A letter to Marguerite from Ten Thousand Skies Above You (The Firebird Trilogy)
A letter to Cinder from Winter (The Lunar Chronicles)
The “I am the reader” Tag about me being a reader
A letter to Ort from That Eye, The Sky
Ten of my favourite contemporary books
A letter to Day from Legend
Ten songs that I love and fit perfectly with these books
A library book haul
My first time doing WWW Wednesday, what was I reading?
A review of Everything, Everything
Ten books on my Fall TBR
WWW Wednesday: Help me decide what to read next
Book Travelling Thursday: what is my favourite cover for Every Day

Not bookish related:

TV show recommendations
About my new blog theme!
Five very happy quotes
About the first task from the Bloggers’ House Cup
A blog update
New songs I love
About the Milgram Experiment (shocking and fascinating)
Quotes about hope

I marked the posts I enjoyed writing most. I hope you had an amazing month, what did you read, do and write?