July & August Wrap-up | Warning: it’s a long one

Since I’ve been on vacation for half of July and August, I’ve decided to it wrap it up at once, but that means this will be a very long wrap-up. I have read a lot over the summer (by which I mean A LOT). So I hope you will still enjoy this, even though it’s very long! Continue reading “July & August Wrap-up | Warning: it’s a long one”

June Wrap-Up

The end of June is approaching really fast, which means three things: 1) it’s almost summer break for me!!! Only one more exam and I’m done! 2) Camp NaNoWriMo is around the corner 3) My blog will turn 1 soon! Yay! My blog’s first birthday 🙂 I promise to make this month special (I got big plans, including a blog makeover and giveaway).

What I read in June

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I read a total of eleven books! I read four ARCs (Starfish, The Thieves of Nottica, Something Beautiful and City of Strife) and I am currently reading two others. I read quite a few books that have been at the back of my tbr, including the final two books of The Raven Cycle, the Lara Jean trilogy and the Lorien Legacies. I also read Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater, which is the companion of the Wolves of Mercy Falls and I have been dying to read since forever.

  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (#3) ★★★★- SO GOOD. I love this series.
  • The Raven King by Maggie Stievater (#4) ★★★★☆ – This was a perfect conclusion to a perfect series. The only thing I didn’t really like was how a character was suddenly introduced near the end of the series. I didn’t like him very much.
  • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (#2) ★★★★☆ – I loved it, I loved the Covey girls and the other characters (well, except Chris, Stormy and Genevieve), but Kitty is seriously the best! She’s so funny and sassy. And I love the development Lara Jean is undergoing, she’s growing up and I love seeing that happen.
  • The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore (#6) ★★★★ – The ending broke me *cries* I still can’t believe that happened. This series is very long but so good!
  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (#3) ★★★★☆ – I love the story and though it was quite predictable, I loved every single minute I spend reading it. I would definitely 100% recommend this series if you like contemporary love stories about family and growing up. Also, Jenny Han, I need more. I need the Lara Jean goes to college stories. I NEED IT.
  • United as One by Pittacus Lore (#7) ★★★★☆ – This book is a perfect conclusion, it was even more action-packed than the previous ones and I really enjoyed it. At some moments I just couldn’t put it down. I loved John in this book, I mean, I probably wasn’t supposed to, but I loved this “I don’t care if I live or die, let’s kill some mogs” attitude. It was just awesome.
  • Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman ★★★★★ – I ADORED THIS BOOK. The main character was so relatable and it was just amazing. I was so happy to have won an ARC of this book! Review will be up soon (ish?).
  • The Thieves of Nottica by Ash Gray ★★★★☆ – This book surprised me in many ways and I loved the characters, I loved the world, I loved the diversity. Review here! (if you want to win an ecopy, the giveaway is still open!)
  • Something Beautiful by Amanda Gernentz Hanson ★★★★ – I won this book and started reading this because I was curious and wanted to get a gist of what it was about. Then I accidentally ended up reading the whole book *grins awkwardly* It was really good and a review will be up soon!
  • City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault ★★★☆ – It was a little hard to get into because there were so many characters to follow. It was really good though! I’m currently reading the second book and will post a combined review of the both of them in a few weeks or so.
  • Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★★ – The Wolves of Mercy Falls series was my absolute favourite series in my teenage years. I read it over and over and loved it so much. And yes, it’s a bit cheesy, but I love it. The only thing that could have made this little reunion with this series would be more Sam and Grace, because I need more Sam and Grace ❤

Look at all those stars though! So many great books 😀

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A quick look at my tbr

I decided to introduce a new section in my wrap-ups which is to take a look at what’s on my tbr and what I added this month. I just introduced a few new shelves on my goodreads and I love shelving books 🙂 I added a diversity shelf to show off some of my favourite diverse books and also an anticipating releases shelf to keep track of books I want to read in the future but aren’t out yet. It really helps me to declutter my tbr.

What I added to my tbr (and haven’t read yet): 

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I was already planning to read The Butterfly On Fire because I got an ARC but I never added it to my tbr (oops). Chasing Eveline I won in a giveaway. A Million Junes sounds like a wonderful and magical book about family and the cover is to die for. Truth or Dare I added because it has asexual-aromantic representation and you guys know how much I want to read about ace characters! Symptoms of Being Human I only very recently after finding out it’s about a person with fluid sexuality and I am so in for that (I don’t like the cover but still…). I’m planning on reading at least Chasing Eveline and The Butterfly on Fire this month, and probably not the others since I don’t have a copy of them, and I’m trying to not buy more books.

My TBR is currently at 33 books which is 4 books less than last month 😀

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Have you read any of the books I read this month? What’s your favourite? Did you have a good month for reading?

May Wrap-Up

May was an eventful month. I started drawing again, mostly hand lettering and illustrating, but I really enjoy it. I also continued writing, but not as much as I had hoped. As I’m writing this I have written about 7 thousand words this month, which is less than half that I had hoped to write. But that’s okay, as long as I am still making progress. I have also started writing a bit of poetry, which is something I’ve never done before, but more about that in a later post.

About my life, I’m trying to figure out what master’s I want to do, since I am almost starting my final semester of my bachelor’s degree. This has caused me to loose quite some sleep, but I think I can figure it out (I might need some help though). I also finally heard I can take my driver’s exam in the summer, so I’m super excited about that.

Blogging wise, I started a new project, which is not really working out yet as I’d hoped but it’ll be fine. I also got 500 followers (almost 600 now!), which is amazing, and I’m still thinking about how to celebrate. It is almost (sort of almost) my blog anniversary so maybe I’ll celebrate it then by doing a giveaway or such.

Anyway, we’re here to talk about books! This is what I read this month:

  • The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion ★★★- This book was a little less fun as I thought it would be. I loved The Rosie Project and this book didn’t meet the same bar. Review here.
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★☆- I love this book, I’ve made a playlist, and have been listening to it literally all the time. I love the vibes and the characters and the worldbuilding and I can’t wait to start Crooked Kingdom!
  • None Of The Above by I. W. Gregorio ★★★★- I thought this book was so interesting and diverse, I really enjoyed and I think more people should read this book. Review here.
  • The Way Back Home by Allan Stratton ★ – Gosh, I hated this book so much, and I’m not going to rewrite again why, so check out my review if you want.
  • The Color Project by Sierra Abrams ★★★★☆ – This book is too cute for words, it’s so lovable but at the same time sad, you’ll have to read it! My review will be up this Saturday!
  • The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon ★★★★★- This book is so original and fun, I read it in about 24 hours and it lived up to all the expectations! I will definitely recommend. Review here.
  • Finding The Phoenix by Caitlin O’Connor ★★★- I have yet to write my review and right now I’m still a bit confused by what my opinion is. It was quite good but at the same time, I was completely oblivious to the worldbuilding, I just had no idea what was going on.
  • Sovereign by April Daniels ★★★☆ – I enjoyed the first book in this series and this book was pretty much equally fun. I loved the diversity! Review here.
  • We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson ★★★★★- I have been anticipating this book for ages and it completely lived up to my expectations! I loved this book, I loved the writing style and the characters (you might have noticed all the quotes in my instagram story… sorry not sorry).
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★★- This is a reread, I read it years ago and I wanted to continue the series (which I am marathoning right now) and I loved it!!
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★★- Same as above!

Only when I write these wrap-ups I always realize how much I actually read in a month. It’s ridiculous! Next month I’m planning on finishing The Raven Cycle for the Series Crackdown Readathon that’s hosted by The Book Moo. But for the rest… I don’t know yet? Maybe Crooked Kingdom? Maybe I’ll try to finally finish some of those series that have been on my tbr for ages: The Lorien Legacies (currently I am reading the 6th book, but I’ve yet to read the 7th and final book), Isla and The Happily Ever After, the Firebird series…

How was your month? Have you read (or are planning to read) any of these books?

April Wrap-Up with Mini-Reviews

You probably noticed the lack of the “& Next Month’s TBR” part above in the title, I don’t feel like making a TBR this month.

In April I was not only very busy with writing (30k yay!), I’ve also read 8 books and dnf’ed 2. This is something I’m quite proud of, though I did not read all the books that were initially on my Monthly TBR. Therefore I have decided not to give myself a TBR this month. I have several ARCs yet to read and that’s quite pressuring, so when I’m done going through all of them, I’m going to take a little break from ARCs. I will attempt to not go to NetGalley and request new books, unless they are books I’ve been anticipating, and I will also not be taking any review requests this month.

Let’s take a look at what I read this month:

  • Fuse by Julianna Baggott – I’m slowly making my way to the end of the series, which is really good by the way.
  • Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira – This was an impulse borrow from the library, and it was very different than I thought it would be. It looks like a fluffy contemporary, but it’s way heavier. I didn’t really like the characters but the story was great.
  • Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne – Awesome book with great rep. Check out my review here: Review | Future Leaders of Nowhere: A+ Characters & LGBT romance.
  • Rabiah: The Gift by Lisa Lagaly – A surprising and great book, I reviewed it here: Review Rabiah: The Gift: A surprisingly great romance fantasy with a badass protagonist.
  • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner – Another impulsive decision in the library but oh boy this book was good. Seriously good. I think this is one of my favourite books. I don’t know what about Jeff’s newest book made me miss the mastery of his writing but this one hits every mark. It broke my heart, mended it, broke it again, stamped on it and attempted to stick it all back together with duct tape. (read more of my thoughts here). Now all I need is a physical copy so I can stare at it and cry some more.
  • The Agony of Bun O’Keefe by Heather Smith – I got an eARC of this book and I’m slightly mad at myself for reading it then, because it apparently comes out in forever, while I have many ARCs that come out really soon and haven’t read… It was quite good though, but you’ll have to wait for the review.
  • Starflight by Melissa Landers – When I started it, I thought I wasn’t going to like this book at all. The characters were annoying and I didn’t like them, but then character development happened and I love them now. Praise for the amazing development. I would definitely recommend this book if you like the tv show Firefly, since it’s equally awesome and set in a spaceship with a diverse and amazing crew. I look forward to reading the next book.

What I didn’t finish:

  • Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer – If you know me well, you know I love Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, but I haven’t seem to be liking any other book by Foer since. This book is about a Jewish family and oh gosh so much drama. The parents are on the verge of a divorce and they both want to stay together but they don’t communicate. Like: just t.a.l.k. It’s not that hard. I quit reading after about 140 pages I believe because I couldn’t stand it anymore and the story didn’t really seem to be going anywhere.
  • Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman – This book is about a young boy and one day one of his classmates dies and then he’s going to try to solve the murder. Something like that? It supposedly is like A Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time, which I love, but it was way more cursing and violent, not cool, guys, not cool. I own a copy so I might pick it up one day but that won’t be any day soon. I think I quit around 150 pages in.

So that was my month!

March Wrap-Up & next month’s TBR

I had a very good reading month, again! I’m on a roll! I read a lot during my week long break in Austria, which was so much fun! I’ve gotten to a point that taking more than 5 days for one book feels like a lot, which is kinda weird because that is a completely normal amount for me. Maybe even a little fast. So let’s see what I read this month.

March Wrap-Up

  • A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Bernard ★★★★★ This is such a cute book, I loved the representation and I weirdly connected to Steffi’s muteness. I’ve had a similar phase (a little less drastic though, but I barely ever talked).
  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★★ I just spent half the book swooning over how awesome Nikolai is and the other half being dragged into this awesome story.
  • A List Of Cages by Robin Roe ★★★★★ This book is simply amazing, you have to read it! It has a great brothers-like friendship and it’s very sad and beautiful. It has great ADHD representation and deals with topics such as abuse and loss.
  • The Baker Street Peculiars by Roger Langridge ★★★★ This is a graphic novel set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and I loved the feministic aspect to it! It has great diversity and also has supernatural aspects to it!
  • Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner ★★★★ This book was supposed to break my heart, but didn’t. It was still very beautiful and sad.
  • Geekerella by Ashley Poston ★★★★ It has the perfect level of cuteness and adorableness to make you smile all the way through the night as you keep reading until you’re finished.
  • Pure by Julianna Baggott ★★★★ I reread this book because I wanted to start the second book in the series, but I completely forgot what happened. I think it was a very good idea because I’m now reading the second book and I definitely needed a (large) reminder.
  • Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli ★★★★☆ This book was even better than The Upside of Unrequited. I simply couldn’t put it down!
  • In Ageless Sleep by Arden Ellis ★★★★ This is a wonderful short novella which is a futuristic Sleeping Beauty retelling set in space! The only reason I’m not giving it 5 stars is because it could have been more, I needed more of the world and characters!
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber ★★★★ The huge hype around this book left me feeling slightly disappointing, I simply wasn’t as dragged into the story as I expected to be. It was quite good though and I will definitely continue the series.
  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphey ★★★ It was a little “meh” for me, the characters weren’t really to my liking and the story was a little flat. Not a huge success.
  • Give Up The Ghost by Megan Crewe ★★★★ I technically haven’t finished this yet as I’m writing this (I’ve got two days to finish and it’ll be April), but I’m 99.9% sure it’ll be a 4 star read for me. It’s really good and I love the ghost aspect to it! It reads like a contemporary with paranormal elements to it.

Long list huh? I read so much!

Next Month’s TBR

This is what’s on my tbr this month! Rabiah: The Gift is an ARC, Fuse is the second book in the series I’m currently reading, the other books were voted on my twitter polls (I didn’t know what to put on there, but this seems like a good list!): More Happy than Not, A Monster Calls, Heartless and Six of Crows!

 

Beat The Backlist Update

Title

Author

Pages

Reviewed

Ruin and Rising

Leigh Bardugo

422

No

Pure

Julianna Baggott

431

Yes (here) (also on Amazon.nl)

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Becky Albertalli

320

Yes (here) (also on Amazon.nl)

Dumplin’

Julie Murphy

384

No

Which brings me to 285 points for March! Yay! The Gryffindors are pretty close to winning this month, so maybe this will bring us closer to winning 🙂

How was your month?

February Wrap-Up, March TBR & Challenge Update

Is it just me or did February just fly by? For some reason my month started off really slow (reading wise) but ended up being super busy. I finished 7 books in my week-long vacation alone, which is a lot! I’m a little late with my wrap-up and tbr so some of the books on my TBR I have already read and finished, and it seems like this month will be an amazing reading month.

What I read in February

  • All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr ★★★★
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (ARC, review will be up soon!) ★★★★
  • SeQuence by M.L.M. Lorraine (ARC, review here) ★☆
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams ★★★★
  • Dreadnought by April Daniels (ARC, review here) ★★★★
  • Serpent by Sarah Fay Olson (ARC, review here) ★★★★
  • The Restaurant at the End of The Universe by Douglas Adams ★★★★
  • The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace (poetry) ★★★★
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (buddy read) ★★★★

Look at all those 4 star books! Almost all of the books I read were great! I’m thinking of maybe doing mini-reviews for the non-ARC books, if so these will be up soon.

March TBR

  • A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Bernard (finished) ★★★★★
  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (finished) ★★★★★
  • A List of Cages by Robin Roe (finished) ★★★★★
  • The Baker Street Peculiars by Roger Langridge (finished, ARC, graphic novel, not yet reviewed) ★★★★
  • Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner (finished) ★★★☆
  • Geekerella by Ashly Poston
  • Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
  • Fuse by Julianna Baggott
  • (maybe) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (buddy read)

Some other books maybe? I just don’t know yet. If I will finally buy We Are The Ants, I’ll probably read that one too. Since it’s only the 7th day of the month and I’ve already read over half the books on my montly tbr, I will probably read some more.

My vacation in 7 bullet points

I had a wonderful time in Austria, and I think you can summarise it like this:

  • Snowboarding horribly (I didn’t dare to go beyond the baby slope), I fell a lot and couldn’t make decent curves so I gave up after a day. Maybe next time I should take classes and not be stubborn and think I can figure it out by myself haha.
  • Skiing a lot. We went skiing about 4 days I think and I love skiing! I’m currently at the level that even black slopes are doable, but blue ones are the most fun (you can go super-fast and you basically have to try to avoid all the slow skiers but so much fun). We went to a glacier, which was fun and super cold (it was about 15 degrees below zero (Celsius)).
  • A lot of hot choco.
  • READING READING READING. I have been reading so much and I loved it. With barely any internet and only four tv channels to watch, there was not much distraction.
  • Some Gilmore Girls (my latest obsession) and this Swedish-Danish show called The Bridge (Bron/Broen). My dad had a dvd of the third season so we watched some of it. And I have to say, although I thought it was boring in the beginning, it has started to grow on me. It’s about a detective Saga (isn’t that an awesome name?!?!) who has autism and she solves murders. It’s not like the usual detective series because it’s one case for 10 episodes. Ooh and I love the intro tune, it’s so calming: Hollow Talk by Choir of Young Believers
  • Sledding! This was by far the most fun activity we’ve done. My mom didn’t dare to go any further after like 10 meters, so me , my siblings and dad went all the way down the mountain, which is about 7 kilometers (that’s like 1.5 hours to walk). And then we went back up to do it all over again. I had the best time, but it was so tiring and I still have bruises from trying to brake.
  • Food! The food is so good. Toast and kaiserschmarren are the best things for lunch. Kaiserschmarren are sooooo good, seriously. They’re like pancakes but then shredded, with jam and often applesauce.

Challenge update

Title

Author

Pages

Reviewed

All the Light We Cannot See

Anthony Doerr

530

No

SeQuence

Lorraine M.L.M

291

Yes

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy

Douglas Adams

216

No

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Douglas Adams

250

No

The Princess Saves Herself in this One

Amanda Lovelace

156

No

Siege and Storm

Leigh Bardugo

435

No

An Ember in the Ashes

Sabaa Tahir

446

No

Which brings me to 282 points! Even more than last month 🙂

I had a great month! Both for reading and personally (especially the ending was great). How was your month? Any great books you’ve read?

It’s A Wrap(-up)! TBR & Challenge Updates January

I have loved and I have hated January, but overall I had a lot of fun! AND GUESS WHAT?! I actually was able to read almost every book on my January TBR!! I’m weirdly excited about that. So let’s see what I read this month:

  • Fate’s Fables by T. Rae Mitchell ★★☆ (review)
  • In The Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers ★★★★★
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde ★★★★☆
  • Wucaii by Pembroke Sinclair ★★★★ (review)
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness ★★★★
  • Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen ★★★★ (review yet to come)
  • The Sixth Event by Kristen Morie-Osisek ★★★☆ (review yet to come)
  • Stars Above by Marissa Meyer ★★★★★
  • Escapades in Bizarrchaeology by Adrian Burrows ★★★ (review yet to come)

Next month’s tbr:

  • Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  • Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (buddy read!)
  • Dreadnought by April Daniels (arc)
  • Sequence by Lorraine M.L. (arc; I’ve already started but got stuck so I’m going to try again)
  • Serpent by Sarah Fay Olson (arc)
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (audiobook, maybe?)
  • All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I really want to finish all my arcs and then focus on reading more of the books I already own, and maybe buy new books 🙂

Challenge Updates

The Beat The Backlist Challenge

I’ve read a total of 6 books for this challenge, which is something I am quite happy with. Even though I haven’t reviewed a lot of them, I’m okay with it (yayy, some points for Gryffindor)

Title

Author

Pages

Reviewed

Fate’s fables

Mitchell T. Rae

495

Yes

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde

254

No

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Patrick Ness

343

No

Stars Above

Marissa Meyer

369

No

Shadow Web

N.M. Browne

312

No

Escapades of Bizarrchaeology

Adrian Burrows

169

Not yet

Which brings me to a total of (let me grab my calculator) 244 points for January! (calculated by (total # pages)/10 + 50*(# books reviewed)).

I’m planning on doing the Hermione’s Library treasure hunt, which means you read a book with each letter of the alphabet, so I’ve now covered the F, the P, the R, the S and the Z (because that one could be anywhere in the title).

The Harry Potter Writing Challenge

I have to admit, I failed miserably in this challenge. I wanted to participate in all of the chats but I FORGOT. Every. Single. Time. ARGH *angry face*

However, I hope I make it up a little by having earned a lot of points for Hufflepuff! My word counts:

  • Stories/fiction writing: 849 (that’s a sad amount…)
  • Blog posts: 10284 (including this post)
  • Character descriptions (I hope this counts): 2003

How was your month?