MID YEAR BOOK FREAK OUT TAG!

Hello everyone! I really hope that you’re doing fine and that you’re reading books that you like!

SO, I love this tag. I wanted to do it before but I didn’t feel like I had read enough books yet. That is why I’ve decided to wait a while before posting it. This tag was created by Ely and  Chami. There’s a lot of questions so let’s jump right in!

Best book you’ve read so far in 2020.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I have fallen head over heels for this book. I loved the plot, the characters and the world-building was great. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020.

Well. I haven’t read a lot of sequels this year. That being said, I really liked The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson #4)! The Percy Jackson series is always a great read!

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

OOOOOH there are SO MANY new releases I want to read. Some of them are:

Mexican Gothic
Mexican Gothic – Silvia Moreno Garcia
All Boys Aren't Blue
All Boys Aren’t Blue – George M. Johnson
Clap When You Land
Clap When You Land – Elizabeth Acevedo
The Vanishing Half
The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

I think I’ll do a separate blogpost for this. But one of my most anticipated releases for now is The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab.

Biggest disappointment.

OKAY so I did not like My Lovely Wife at all. I was bored for most of the book and I didn’t care about any of the characters. I picked up this book because I wanted to read more thrillers but this one just didn’t work for me… That being said, I still want to read more thrillers! So feel free to recommend books you liked!

I was also disappointed with The Kiss Quotient. My main issue with this book was… Michael. I did not like the way he treated Stella. He was so possessive and I didn’t like his reaction at a particular moment of the story. From that moment on, I just couldn’t stand him anymore.

Shatter Me was also a book I had big hopes for but I ended being so underwhelmed with it… As I’ve mentioned in my most recent wrap up, even though I know that Tehereh Mafi is a talented writer, I did not like the writing in this particular book. Apart from this issue, I just wanted more from the book in general. I wanted to know more about the characters, more about the world they live in, … However, I really want to give a chance to this series so I think I am going to read the rest of the first trilogy at least and see how I feel about it.

Biggest surprise

Maybe The Poet X? Elizabeth Acevedo is a very talented writer! I loved her writing and I was impressed by the way she was able to develop the characters she created in such a short book (and in verses!)

Favorite new author (Debut or new to you)

Holly Black and Elizabeth Acevedo. They are both such talented writers!

Newest fictional crush

I’m so sorry to inform you that I do not have a new fictional crush. The only one that is close to being a crush is Cardan from The Cruel Prince but I just don’t consider him a crush to be honest, he’s just a character I’m really intrigued with.

Newest favorite character

This is hard too! Jude from The Cruel Prince was a great character! I also liked Cardan (of course).

Book that made you cry

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D.Jackson destroyed me! (I have to mention that there are huge trigger warnings for this book: homophobia, racism, substance use, abuse, domestic violence).

Book that made you happy

Is it weird if I say none so far? I really liked some books this year, they just weren’t “happy books”. But you know what made me happy (before destroying me all over again)? Hamilton on Disney +. July 3rd was a happy day to say the least.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

OK so I was about to mention The Cruel Prince again. SO to change things up, I am going to go with The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah! The cover is really simple but I really like it!

The Nightingale

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

SO MANY. Apart from the new releases I want to get to, I would really like to read Crooked Kingdom, Children of Blood and Bone, Lord of Shadows and so many others!

THE END. Thank you so much for reading! And what about you? What is the best book you’ve read so far in 2020? Feel free to say in the comments!

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July TBR (Pop Culture Readathon and The Reading Rush)

Hello everyone! I really hope you’re going okay. Today I wanted to share with you my TBR for the month of July! I want to participate in 2 readathons and I really hope I can read books that have been on my TBR FOREVER. To save time, I won’t put a summary of each and every book I mention but if any book sounds interesting don’t hesitate to read the summary on Goodreads!

Currently reading (aka books I haven’t finished in June):

In June I’ve started A LOT of books but hardly gotten to a few of them. I think I was just reading too many books simultaneously. Conclusion: it was so overwhelming that it prevented me from reading much. So yeah.

Here are the books that I HAVE to finish. Some of them fit some prompts for the Pop Culture Readathon so I think I will read them for that readathon as I don’t want to feel overwhelmed by the number of books I want to read:

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

This book goes through the history of racism mainly in Britain and explains what white supremacy, white privilege and so many other concepts that I really needed to know more about are! I would highly recommend it. It truly is an eye-opening book.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck – Mark Manson

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Well, this is clearly a nonfiction book. I really needed to read other genres and that’s why I decided to pick up this book. So far, I think it is a good book even if it is a bit repetitive at times to me.

Of Fire and Stars – Audrey Coulthurst

Of Fire and Stars (Of Fire and Stars, #1)

Of Fire and Stars is about Princess Denna who is betrothed to a prince. However, things don’t go as planned and she ends falling in love with the prince’s sister.

I am currently 36% in and it is a really great fantasy book in my opinion. I hope I’ll continue liking it as I’ve seen so many mixed reviews on this book recently.

Pop culture readathon:

I won’t go into much detail as to how the readathon works, otherwise, this post would be WAAYY too long. But here’s the thread on Twitter that explains it all: https://twitter.com/PopCReadathon/status/1264955273371963399.

That being said, to sum it up, it is a pop-culture inspired readathon. It was created by @lifeWhitMe and is co-hosted by @readingparent

You have to choose a team and the goal is to get as much bingos as you can. Bingo is 4 in a row whether it is diagonally, horizontally or vertically. For this readathon I chose the Thrill ride team. Here is the board for my team:

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Ok so I’ve chosen to get at least a bingo but I will try to get as much bingos as I can. But, for now, let’s just start with the 4 books I plan on reading for this readathon:

Book by one of my favorite authors: Saga #7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

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A chosen one trope: Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Of Fire and Stars (Of Fire and Stars, #1)

Book with Supernatural creatures: Percy Jackson and the last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)

Book with a black or white cover: Why I don’t talk to white people about race anymore by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

The Reading Rush:

The Reading Rush is a readathon hosted by Ariel and Raeleen. It takes place from July 20th to July 26th! Here’s the video presenting all the challenges if you’re interested in joining!

But if for some reason the video doesn’t work, here are the different challenges:

1/ Read a book with a cover that matches the colour of your birth stone.

2/ Read a book that starts with the word “The”.

3/ Read a book that inspired a movie you’ve already seen.

4/ Read the first book you touch.

5/ Read a book completely outside of your house. (you can tweak this one: https://www.thereadingrush.com/post/a…)

6/ Read a book in a genre that you’ve always wanted to read more of.

7/ Read a book that takes place on a different continent than where you live.

King and the Dragonflies – Kacen Callender

King and the Dragonflies

This one fits the challenge of picking a book with a cover that matches the color of my birthstone. I struggled so hard to find a book for this challenge, that’s why I asked for help on Twitter and so many people recommended some really great books. So if you struggle to find a book that matches the August (or May) birthstone, don’t hesitate to look at the recommendations.

This book also fits the challenge of reading a book that is set on a different continent than where I live. I live in Europe and this is set in America (in the United States), so we are all good.

The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X

Not much to say, this has been on my TBR forever and I HAVE to read it. Plus, it is supposed to be a quick read. It also fits 2 challenges: a book that starts with the word “The” and a book in a genre that I’ve always wanted to read more of.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1)

So I was trying to find a book that inspired a movie I’ve watched and I had NO IDEA as to what book to pick. Therefore, I just thought about the movies I’ve watched when I was younger and this is the one I remembered about. To be fair, now that I really think about it, I could have picked the first book in the Spiderwick Chronicles since I’ve recently watched it.

This fits the challenge to, of course, read a book that inspired a movie I’ve watched and to read a book completely out of my house (maybe I’ll read it quickly at my library or in front of a window. I don’t know).

What if it’s us – Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

What If It's Us (What If It's Us, #1)

This is the first book I’ve touched and to be honest I am not so happy about it since I have tried to read it not once but twice and it did not work for me. I really hope that I will be able to get through it this time!

Thank you so much for reading (if you’re still here)! And what about you? What are you planning on reading during the month of July? Do you plan on participating in any readathon? Feel free to say in the comments!

Recent reads 2020 #1 (wrap up January – May)

Hey everyone! I wanted to share with you what I’ve read so far in 2020. I haven’t put a lot of books yet because school has been really intense this year. But I still managed to read some books, especially when my semester was over.

Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

I’m pretty sure everyone knows what this series is all about. But in case you didn’t, it it is about Juliet, a young girl with a lethal touch. Basically, if she touches people, she could kill them.

I was a bit underwhelmed by this book. I wasn’t a huge fan of Juliet or Adam and I didn’t really care about their relationship. Also, the writing didn’t work for me. Let me make something clear: I know that Tahereh Mafi is a talented writer. In fact, last year I read A Very Large Expanse of Sea and I had no problems whatsoever with the writing. However, in this particular book, it just wasn’t my thing.

I also wanted to see more world-building and to just know more about how the world became that way.

That being said, I did enjoy *most of my time* reading it. But I honestly don’t know if I’m going to pick up the rest of the series. I know a lot of people love this series. I just don’t feel like it is a series I would really love. If you’ve read it, feel free to tell me if I should continue it.

MY RATING: ⭐⭐⭐

Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth – Rick Riordan

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)

Contrary to Shatter Me, I absolutely loved Percy Jackson and the Battle of Labyrinth! I enjoyed following Percy Jackson and his friends through the labyrinth and seeing how they overcame the obstacles on their path. Rick Riordan really knows how to right a fantastic series. I can’t wait to read the end of this series but I am also a bit sad to finish it.

MY RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4) – Lemony Snicket

The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #4)

I don’t know why I feel such a connection to this series since I haven’t read it when I was young but I do care about this story and about the characters. To be 100% honest, this wasn’t my favorite book in the series so far. I just don’t like the hypnosis plot and well… the fact that they work in a mill.

Also, I have watched the entire show on Netflix and I didn’t realize how different the series was from the books (duh, since I hadn’t read the books when I watched it). I have to say that it added a lot of elements that are not present in the books. So far, I really appreciate the additions and I hope I will continue to!

MY RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Lovely Wife – Samantha Downing

My Lovely Wife

The story is about a couple that fell in love and had kids. But the couple has a secret… they kill people.

I was really disappointed with this book. I was looking for a thriller to read since I wanted to challenge myself and read a genre I don’t usually reach out to. Unfortunately, this book didn’t work for me. I didn’t care about any of the characters. Indeed, they felt really one-dimensional to me and by the end of the book I didn’t even want to know what happened to them.

Also, we don’t even know the name of the main character. I think the author did it on purpose but it was just… weird in my opinion.

To be honest, I was bored during most of the book and the plot twist didn’t shock me. Another thing that didn’t sit well with me was the main character’s son blackmailing him? Even if it was just a subplot, I didn’t like it.

Concerning the ending, I was not a fan of it AT ALL. It just felt like the story had no purpose at all…

I know a lot of people really enjoyed this book, so, please, if you think the plot is interesting give it a try.

RATE: ⭐⭐.5

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire + Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling

I did enjoy rereading these books. But that’s only until the author decided (once again) to tweet how she felt about trans and non-binary people and I couldn’t disagree more with her beliefs. I am going to mention it again if it wasn’t clear: “trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary people are themselves”. If Rowling’s tweets hurt you, please know that you matter, you deserve safety and respect.

I want this blog to be open to everyone, and I mean EVERYONE. That’s why I don’t want to evoke this series or the author. I don’t even know what I am going to do with my physical copies of the series. What I do know is that I don’t want to support her or her work in any sort of way.

MY RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

And what about you? Did you read any of the books I read so far in 2020? If not, what books did you read this month?

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you’re enjoying what you’re reading right now.

Ranking all the book series I’ve read

Hi everyone! I really hope you’re doing the best you can in these crazy times.

I’ve seen a lot of people rank the series they’ve read (or at least started) and I wanted to do it so badly. So here’s my ranking of all the series I’ve either finished or started.

God tier: my favorite series of all time are definitely The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, Scythe (I need to read Thunderhead and The Toll!) and An Ember in the Ashes (I still have to read A Reaper at the Gates). I feel like these series are a part of me and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them.

Demi-god tier: these are the series I love, they are just not as dear to my heart as TMI, TID, An Ember in the Ashes or Scythe. To be honest, I have not finished reading Six of Crows and Percy Jackson and the Olympians so, who knows, they might be part of the god tier in the future. As for The Hunger Games, it is a FANTASTIC story, it just doesn’t have as much sentimental value as the books I put in the god tier.

Great tier: Saga is a fantastic series. I really need to finish it!

Good tier: Strange the Dreamer, Witch Hunter, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Shadow and Bone, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Enjoyable: The Red Scrolls of Magic, Shatter Me, Red Queen, Lady Midnight, Heartstopper. Here’s the thing: these are books that I enjoyed but not as much as I wanted to. I did like all of them but they didn’t quite live up to the hype.

Thank u, next: Okay so these are books I liked the first time I read them but that I don’t enjoy as much now. I consider Twilight, The Selection series and Divergent to fit in this tier.

Not my thing: After and Fifty Shades of Gray (which I forgot to put in the template) are two series I DID NOT LIKE AT ALL. To be fair, I’ve just read the first book of each of this series but I think it was enough for me to know that they are clearly not my thing.

Side note: I’ve read Harry Potter and a few months ago I would have put it in the god tier. However, because of J.K. Rowling’s transphobic tweets I just don’t know how I feel about the series right now. What I do know is that I won’t support her or her work in any kind of way. Trans women are women, trans men are men. Non-binary people are themselves.

And what about you? What series would you put in the god or demi-god tier? Do you disagree with me concerning some series I’ve mentioned? Feel free to say it in the comments!

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you like what you are reading right now!

Just a books by Black authors TBR and sharing some resources

Hello everyone ! I really hope that you are doing the best you can in these times. I initially wanted to talk about the books I’ve read during the month of May. However, even if my platform is small, I really needed to touch upon what has happened in the past few weeks. That is why I won’t do my May wrap up in this post.

First of all, I’ve already mentioned this on my social medias but I wanted to make clear that I absolutely stand with the fight against racism. I stand with all the black people and I am actively trying to be the best ally I can be. Everyone of us has the power to speak up and fight for what is right, which is a world where Black and White people are treated equally and can have the same opportunities. 

I feel that the best thing to do right now is sharing helpful resources that can really help make a difference. Please, sign some petitions and donate if you can. Here’s some links : 

https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/# : this link comprises a lot of resources (petitions, donations…) 

– I’ve also come across this document on Twitter and I’m sharing it since it contains a LOT of resources too: https://twitter.com/botanicaldyke/status/1266395798637621251?s=20

– You can also donate for free by watching this video (please, don’t skip the ads): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCgLa25fDHM&feature=youtu

I’ve mentioned before that I wanted to read more books by Black authors. These past few days I’ve realized that learning more about Black history and Black struggles couldn’t wait. That is why I’m sharing with you 10 books written by Black authors. 5 of them are non-fiction books and 5 of them are fiction books. This is by no means an exhaustive list. In fact, please feel free to recommend other books by Black authors or documentaries and films you’ve watched on these topics! I will probably do another one in the future. But for now, let’s just start with 10 books. 

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

“Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism. It is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.” (Goodreads)

I have actually started reading this book and it is really enlightening! It actually begins with an entire chapter on the history of Black people in Britain and the author explained so many facts I did not know about. I can’t wait to read more!

Black and British: A Forgotten History – David Olusoga

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“In Black and British, award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga offers readers a rich and revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa. Drawing on new genetic and genealogical research, original records, expert testimony and contemporary interviews, Black and British reaches back to Roman Britain, the medieval imagination and Shakespeare’s Othello.” (Goodreads)

The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcom X

“In the searing pages of this classic autobiography, originally published in 1964, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement. His fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its nonwhite citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issues of our own time. The Autobiography of Malcolm X stands as the definitive statement of a movement and a man whose work was never completed but whose message is timeless. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand America.” (Amazon)

The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

” “Jarvious Cotton’s great-great-grandfather could not vote as a slave. His great-grandfather was beaten to death by the Klu Klux Klan for attempting to vote. His grandfather was prevented from voting by Klan intimidation; his father was barred by poll taxes and literacy tests. Today, Cotton cannot vote because he, like many black men in the United States, has been labeled a felon and is currently on parole.”

As the United States celebrates the nation’s “triumph over race” with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status–much like their grandparents before them.” (Goodreads)

White rage – Carol Anderson

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“Since 1865 and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances towards full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains. The end of the Civil War and Reconstruction was greeted with the Black Codes and Jim Crow; the Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision was met with the shutting down of public schools throughout the South while taxpayer dollars financed segregated white private schools; the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 triggered a coded but powerful response, the so-called Southern Strategy and the War on Drugs that disenfranchised millions of African Americans while propelling presidents Nixon and Reagan into the White House, and then the election of America’s first black President, led to the expression of white rage that has been as relentless as it has been brutal.

Carefully linking these and other historical flashpoints when social progress for African Americans was countered by deliberate and cleverly crafted opposition, Anderson pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, rendering visible the long lineage of white rage. Compelling and dramatic in the unimpeachable history it relates, White Rage will add an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America.” (Goodreads)

Monday’s not coming – Tiffany D. Jackson

Monday's Not Coming

“Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help. As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?” (Goodreads)

I have also started reading this book. To be honest, the structure of the book is a bit confusing to me. However, the story is really captivating!

The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X

“A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo. Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems. Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.” (Goodreads)

Dear Martin – Nic Stone

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“Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out. Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.” (Goodreads)

Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy. ” (Goodreads)

On the come up – Angie Thomas

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“Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral . . . for all the wrong reasons. Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it—she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.” (Goodreads)

If you are interested in reading more fiction books by Black authors, emmmabooks did 2 videos (most of the fiction books I recommended are mentioned in this video):

I’ve also watched these 3 videos :

Here’s some documentaries and movies/TV series you can watch:

Atlanta’s Missing & Murdered Docuseries
Dear White People
Blacks Brittanica
13th
I Am Not Your Negro

Black BookTubers you should definitely subscribe to:

NayaReadsandSmiles
LovelyReads101
Books With Brandie Shanae
iLivieforbooks
Tiana Tea
Mina Reads
myonna reads
Mika Auguste
The Novel Lush
Christina Marie
Francina Simone
Bowties and Books
mynameismarines

If you know other Black authors or documentaries, don’t hesitate to mention them in the comments below. Also, feel free to tell me if you think I didn’t say something correctly or if I hurt you. That was clearly not my intention.

That’s it for this post, I really hope you got something from it! Please sign petitions, donate, support Black people and educate yourself.

Make your myth taker TBR (aka my June TBR)

Hey everyone, I really hope everything is going fine for you in these crazy times! I saw on A Frolic Through Fiction‘s BookTube channel that she was hosting a readathon with Bookmarks and Vlogging called the Make Your Myth Taker and it sounded like a lot of fun. This is why I’ve decided to participate! I’m going to follow the goddess path but I would love to get some other skills by completing prompts for the other paths!

I’m not going to explain the rules for this readathon, otherwise this post would be WAAYYY too long. If you want to know more about the readathon, here’s the video that explains it all:

So without further ado, here’s my TBR for this amazing readathon:

Nonhuman main : This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

I’ve been meaning to read this book for SOOO LONG! Therefore I’ve decided to include it on my TBR for this readathon. One of the main character is a monster so it is perfect for this prompt!

Read a book with a foiled cover: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

I don’t physically own this book but from the reviews I’ve seen on BookTube the cover is foiled (please don’t hesitate to tell me I’m wrong if you have a physical copy of this book). I can’t wait to finally know what the hype is all about!

Highest rated: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Surprisingly this was the highest rated book on average on my TBR and since there was a discount on it for the Kindle version I thought I would give it a go. I just hope that it won’t take me too long to get through it.

Randomize your TBR: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

For this prompt I just picked the next book that I owned on the highest rated books of my TBR and it turned out to be The Poet X. I’ve heard so many positive reviews on this book so I can’t wait to dive right into it!

I’m actually quite happy to read the books that are on my TBR. And what about you? Are you participating in this readathon? What books are you going to read in June?

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you’re having a fantastic day!

Quotes I like from 3 fantasy books

Hello everyone! So today I wanted to do something a bit different (well kind of). In fact, I would like to share with you my favorite quotes from 3 fantasy books. I LOVE writing down the quotes that make me laugh or think or both and the ones that are the most meaningful to me when I am reading.

Now just to make things clear I will share some quotes from a particular installment of the series and not from the series as a whole (otherwise this post would have been WAYYYY too long). I really hope you’re going to enjoy this post! I started with 3 really popular books. Let’s start!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare

An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

And what about you? What are some of your favorite quotes? Thank you so much for reading and I really hope you’re having a great day!

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Welcome back! I was tagged forever ago by Louise @Foxes and Fairy Tales to do The Sunshine Blogger Award. AND YES, I’m late, I know, but I really wanted to do it since it sounded like so much fun! Let’s go!

If you were writing the book of your life what title would you give it?

Oh man this is hard. I have no idea! Well to be fair, my life is not that interesting so something along that lines.

What is your favorite type of character?

That is a very vast question! But I guess I like characters that learn from their mistakes and become better. However I also like evil characters so honestly I don’t know. I guess I like characters you can have empathy for.

What type of blog post do you enjoy writing the most?

Hum I mean probably wrap ups or recommandations since you give your opinion on books you’ve read. And I LOVE writing tags too for the same reason.

Due to the technological advancement you can enter any book world/plot you want in a dream like state for a day. You have ONE ride. Where are you going and are you yourself or live through the character?

I mean… The Wizarding World of course! I would love to visit Diagon Alley, Hogwarts and the Ministry of Magic. That would be FANTASTIC!

What’s your feel-better book? (If you have one)

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Everytime I reread that book I just remember why I love reading. I know it’s probably not the best Cassandra Clare’s book but I love it so much and it means so much to me.

A post you’re most proud of!

Honestly I think it is The Hamilton Book Tag. I spent SO much time trying to find the right book for each question and I’m glad of how it actually turned out. Plus, I LOVE Hamilton.

If you had to pick the best 3 books from your 3 favorite genres, which ones you’d choose?

Fantasy: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, Clockwork Princess and City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. But to be fair this is hard since I read a LOT of fantasy. Another one of my favorites is An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.

Dystopian: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Scythe by Neil Shusterman, The Selection by Kiera Cass (but honestly I don’t really like it as much as I did before).

Contemporaries: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (adult contemporary), The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard. I highly recommend them.

What’s the best setup for reading in your opinion? (Place, sounds, food/drink, time of day, etc.)

Somewhere quiet since I can’t read if there’s any noise around me, so basically my room (especially on my bed) or in a library. I would LOVE to be able to read in cafe but the noise distracts me way too much.

Do you write? (Or do you have any other artistic hobby?)

I do write from time to time but nothing I want to publish.

Your favorite f/f book (if you haven’t read any find one you would like to instead!)

I haven’t read much (if any) f/f book so one that I’m really interested in reading is Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst.

Of Fire and Stars (Of Fire and Stars, #1)

Write an alternate blurb (or a tagline, or AO3 tags!) for one of the books you love!

Okay so let’s do it for Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. “A book that will destroy you for years to come and one you won’t be able to forget. Also, probably the best story on friendship and love you’ll ever read in your life”.

Some other questions asked by @Foxes and Fairy Tales:

What’s your favorite book with a POC protagonist?

The Hate U Give. But I’d like to read more books with a POC protagonist!

Do you bulk write blog post in advance or off-the-cuff?

I’m trying to schedule most of my posts so that I don’t panick thinking about what I will write about.

Which character would you most like to dress up as?

Katniss Everdeen? I feel that she has so many fancy dresses that I would love to try.

Two thin books or one clunker?

Definitely two books.

Thank you so much for reading! I really hope you enjoyed this post. If you want to do this tag, then consider yourself tagged. Thank you so much again to Foxes and Fairy Tales for tagging me!

And what about you? What are your three favorite books from your three favorite genres? What’s your feel-better book? What books are you dying to read?

I hope you’re having a nice day! Byye.

TBR : Top 20 Books I really want to read now that I have the time to do so

Hello everyone ! So yeah, it’s been a while but let’s just say that school was A LOT this year… But hey, I’m back ! Since the world has literally shut down I think I will be able to finish more books than I usually do. Therefore here’s my Top 20 of the books I want to read, if not during the next few months at least this year. I won’t talk about every single book mentioned as there’s not much to say for some of them.

Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. (Goodreads)

Yeah I know, I NEED to finish this duology!

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. (Goodreads)

This book sounds so interesting and I think it is something I would really enjoy if I just gave it a chance.

Renegades – Marissa Meyer

Renegades (Renegades, #1)

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Thunderhead – Neil Shusterman (Arc of a Scythe #2)

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2)

Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythesnot only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero nowScythe Lucifera vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames. (Goodreads)

OK so Scythe was FANTASTIC and I’m dying to know how this series ends!

The Diviners – Libba Bray

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. (Goodreads)

Now to be fair, I really want to read this series but I’m also afraid that I won’t really enjoy it since I don’t really like historical fictions … I will definitely give it a chance though.

The Cruel Prince – Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences. (Goodreads)

Now this series on the other side sounds like something I would really enjoy. I mean evil fairies? Hell YES.

Red White and Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal Blue

When his mother became President of the United States, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with an actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex/Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse. (Goodreads)

The Battle of the Labyrinth – Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4)

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)

Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears at his potential new school, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse. (Goodreads)

A reaper at the gates – Sabaa Tahir

A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes, #3)

(Spoilers if you haven’t read An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night): Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.
And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion–even at the cost of his humanity.
(Goodreads)

I absolutely LOVED the first book and even though the second installment didn’t quite live up to my expectations it was still a compelling sequel.

Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love. Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides ? (Goodreads)

Honestly, I don’t really know how I feel about the Shadowhunter Chronicles. I mean, I absolutely LOVE TMI and TID but I just don’t know if I want to keep reading the other series. That being said, I read Lady Midnight last summer and I undeniably want to know what happens next.

Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

Carry On (Simon Snow, #1)

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen. That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right. Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up. (Goodreads)

I’ve been wanting to read this book for SO LONG. This is probably THE book I absolutely HAVE to read this year.

The next three books are from the same author: Victoria Schwab. I really need to start reading her books since I’ve heard so many great things about them!

Vicious – V.E. Schwab

Vicious (Villains, #1)

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates (…). In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. (Goodreads)

This savage song – Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives. (Goodreads)

A Darker Shade of Magic – Victoria Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see. After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard (…). She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive. (Goodreads)

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

This is THE classic I have to get to! It doesn’t need a summary for everyone already knows it and has surely already read it.

Sadie – Courtney Summers

Sadie

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him. When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he … starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late. (Goodreads)

Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. … Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orïsha. … Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.
(Goodreads)

I ABSOLUTELY NEED to read this book. I just hope that the hype won’t ruin it for me because this is definitely one of the most talked about series.

The Afterlife of Holly Chase – Cynthia Hand

The Afterlife of Holly Chase

On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways. She didn’t. And then she died. Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge–as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past. Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable. But this year, everything is about to change. . . (Goodreads)

Again But Better – Christine Riccio

Again, but Better

Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that? Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure! Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart. Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless. (Goodreads)

Good Omens – Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

People have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so it’s only natural to be sceptical when a new date is set for Judgement Day. But what if, for once, the predictions are right, and the apocalypse really is due to arrive next Saturday, just after tea? (Goodreads)

Thank you so much for reading this post! And what about you? What books do you want to read in the next months? Hope you’re having an amazing day!

My favorite books of 2019

Hi everyone, I hope everyone is doing fine! Life has been kind of a mess for me recently but I really wanted to share my favorite books of 2019 with you. To be fair, I’m a little disappointed because I expected this list to be a bit longer than it is. But that’s okay, let’s start!

Scythe – Neil Shusterman

I LOVED Scythe. It was all I needed : there was action, a strong plot and the characters were really well developed. I gave it 4.5 starts just because I didn’t like the romance. I had the weird impression that it came kind of nowhere… Still, I highly recommend this series and I can’t wait to read the rest of it once I’m out of this annoying reading slump!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

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This book was such a surprise! Honestly, I didn’t expect it to rip my heart the way it did it. I’ve heard it a few times online and I have to agree with what basically everyone is saying : Taylor Jenkins Reid is so great at writing stories that make you feel as if the story was real. I wish I enjoyed Daisy Jones and The Six more though… Anyway, this book is an absolute gem and you should definitely pick it up if you haven’t yet.

What I Lost

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This book was kind of an emotional one for me. I read it at the perfect time and I’m so glad I did. Eating disorders are portrayed in such an accurate way and I would recommend it to anyone struggling or that has struggled with an eating disorder. However, it can be triggering for some of you, so please don’t read it if you’re not currently in the right place.

An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

OH BOY. I LOVED AN EMBER IN THE ASHES!. The plot, the characters, the setting… I don’t have the words to describe how much I enjoyed the first book (and Elias mainly to be fair -well and Laia too…). However, that’s also why I’m so disappointed since I didn’t like the second installment as much as the first one. Let’s just hope that the rest of the series will be AMAZING.

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

Now, quite frankly I don’t think I have to say anything about this book since everyone has already read it. But if you didn’t, please read it. The message of this novel is extremely important and should be spread as much as possible!

Heartstopper – Alice Oseman

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I’ve spend such a wonderful time reading Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. It was really sweet and adorable. Though I have to admit that sometimes it was a little bit cheesy for me. But still, I am going to read volume 2 as soon as possible.

Six Of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Okay, yeah I know, everyone has read this book. But if you haven’t, please pick it up! My only complaint is that I didn’t feel a strong connection to the characters, but hopefully I will when I’ll have read Crooked Kingdom.

And that’s it. I know, a little bit short but it still is something. To be fair, the reading slump hit me hard in September and I really struggled to read anything. Anyway, I hope you are having a wonderful day and that you’ve read some amazing books in 2019. Don’t hesitate to share them with me as well!