Top Ten Tuesday: 10 books I have not mentioned on my blog last year #1

Hello! How is everyone doing? Sorry for not posting anything this weekend. I was a bit busy. But I am here today with another Top Ten Tuesday post!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Jana assigns each Tuesday a topic and then posts her top ten list on her blog. Other bloggers may do the same as well. Today’s topic is “Books I Loved but Never Reviewed”

SO if you’re wondering… yes, you’ve read the title correctly.

Last year was a very complicated year for me in many ways and I did not have the time to write posts. And to be honest I was in a bit of a blogging slump (is that a real thing?). I just didn’t feel like writing blogposts.

But I AM SO GLAD that I started blogging again this year because I really like sharing my thoughts on the books I’ve read and I LOVE interacting with fellow bloggers. This is such a welcoming space and I am so happy to be a part of it!

ANYWAY, since I was in a blogging slump (yep, it definitely sounds weird), I did not mention the books I’ve read from May to December… Oops.

That is the reason why I’ve decided to put a spin on today’s topic and instead of sharing my thoughts on books I’ve loved but never reviewed, I am going to share my thoughts on 10 books I did not MENTION last year. Yeah, I know. In another post, I will mention all the other books I did not mention.

I’ve read some of these books a year ago… so I may not remember everything about the plot or the reasons why I gave a specific rating. Therefore, I’m going to briefly describe why I did or did not enjoy a book (SPOILER: I failed). In fact, I did not mention A LOT OF BOOKS last year so this would be way too long if I had to write in-depth reviews on all of these books.

Let’s start!

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before + P.S I Still Love You – Jenny Han

Rating: 3.5 and 3.75 stars

I honestly don’t have much to share on these 2 books. They were entertaining and I liked them but they are just not my favorites. I preferred the last book and I still need to read the last one.

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Rating: 4 stars (but I would honestly give it 3/3/5 stars)

Once again, it was an enjoyable read but nothing special. Cath was relatable in so many ways but I just did not feel a deep connection with her and Levi was nice but I didn’t love him either. Rainbow Rowell did a good job at showing the struggles that come with first going to college.

But to be honest, I don’t really love Rainbow Rowell books as I was not a huge fan of Eleanor & Park either. I’ve read Eleanor & Park forever ago so I don’t really remember everything about it but many people raised some issues on this book such as anti-Asian racism, anti-Black stereotypes and the use of the r-slur (here’s a thread that explains some problems in the books and links to some ownvoices posts). This is why I don’t know if I am going to pick up Carry On. I just don’t feel like supporting an author that has these opinions and buying her books is a way of supporting her so that probably won’t happen.

Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare

Rating: 3.5 stars

This was the first Cassandra Clare book I did not give 4 stars or more to. And believe me, this really saddens me because Cassandra Clare is one of (if not) my favorite writer. The worst thing about this is that there’s not a clear reason as to why I did not love this book.

What I know is that one problem I had with this book was that there was a lot of telling in my opinion. The author would just write entire paragraphs on how the world works, things she has already explained in The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments. Honestly, this wouldn’t be a big issue if it was done in a more restrained and concise way but I personally felt like there were too many explanations on things we were already supposed to know, had we read TMI and TID. But that’s maybe it. Maybe this was done for the readers that were just going to pick The Dark Artifices when first entering the Shadowhunters Chronicles. But in my opinion, it was just too much. Also, I was not a huge fan of Julian and Emma (sorry).

It was still enjoyable, just not as much as usual with her books to me.

Harry Potter (#1-#3) – J.K. Rowling

It was fun rereading the first three books of the Harry Potter series but I honestly don’t want to talk about Harry Potter right now. I am just trying to untangle my feelings towards the series as this is the series that got me into reading. Without it, I would probably not be a reader today. Gosh, I would probably not have this blog or just talk about books on the internet. However, I also have to acknowledge that I do not agree at all with J.K. Rowling’s opinions and I don’t want to support her in any way and I feel like mentioning her books, sharing my thoughts on them is a way of supporting her and I just don’t want that.

This was way longer than I had expected. Basically what I wanted to say was that I do not want to support J.K. Rowling as I do not agree with her opinions but I honestly don’t know how to treat the series that has brought me so much joy in my life for years.

How do you personally treat this series now? Do you still mention it, share your thoughts on it while always making clear that you do not agree with the author’s opinions or did you simply stop talking about it? I would highly appreciate having your thoughts on this.

Sorry for going on a tangent but I am just confused right now and I needed to vent for a bit.

Saga Vol. 6 and Vol. 7 – Fiona Staples, Brian K. Vaughan

Rating: 4 stars and 4.5 stars

I always have an amazing time whenever I am reading any of these volumes. It is honestly becoming one of my favorite series of all time. I just love the characters and I am always pleasantly amazed as to how well some issues are addressed in each volume. It is a fantastic series.

They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera

Rating 3.75 stars

SO this book was good. I really liked it. The characters were great and the plot was interesting.

My only complaint is that I just wanted to know more about the world. I wanted to know how the app was developed, what discussions politicians would have on it… Another small issue I had with this book was that I felt like there were too many connections between all the characters. Basically, all the characters met or had a connection with each other (even “random characters”) and it was just a bit annoying at times. But that might honestly just be me.

The book was still great and provided a lot of beautiful quotes.

WOW I can’t believe I have actually finished writing this post. This took me soo long! But I am glad I shared my thoughts on these books.

If there’s anything you should take from this post is that you should never wait AN ENTIRE YEAR to write reviews or mini-reviews on books you’ve read a year before.

Thanks for reading! And what about you? Did you read any of these books? What did you think of them? How do you feel about Harry Potter? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

I hope you’re doing fine and that you are reading books that you enjoy.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with a color in the title

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all doing fine! Today is Tuesday which means that you get another Top Ten Tuesday post!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Jana assigns each Tuesday a topic and then posts her top ten list on her blog. Other bloggers may do the same as well.

This week’s topic is “books with a color in the title”. I honestly have not read most of the books on this list… so I should probably do that instead of spending too much time on Twitter and Instagram 🙈. MOVING ON.

I am going to put a brief summary from Goodreads on all of these books. If you click on the cover, it will automatically send you to the Goodreads page of each book so that you can add it to your TBR!

Let’s start!

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising (Red Rising Saga, #1)

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class. Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so. (Goodreads)

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

This is a world divided by blood—red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance—Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart. (Goodreads)

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare

The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses #1)

All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke. Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been sidetracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping. (Goodreads)

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Priory of the Orange Tree

A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens. The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction – but assassins are getting closer to her door. Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic. Across the dark sea, Tané has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel. Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep. (Goodreads)

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)

As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever . . . but will the Cuthberts send her back to to the orphanage? Anne knows she’s not what they expected—a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she’ll try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes and blurting out the first thing that comes to her mind. Anne is not like anyone else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special—a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreams of the day when she can call herself Anne of Green Gables. (Goodreads)

The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)

Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal–including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world. Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want–but what Lyra doesn’t know is that to help one of them will be to betray the other. (Goodreads)

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades of Gray

Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions. Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously—and at great risk—documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. (Goodreads)

All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

All Boys Aren't Blue

In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys. (Goodreads)

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

The Black Flamingo

A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen – then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo. A bold story about the power of embracing your uniqueness. Sometimes, we need to take charge, to stand up wearing pink feathers – to show ourselves to the world in bold colour. (Goodreads)

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal Blue

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations. The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. (Goodreads)

That’s it for today! It was a really fun post to write! I really hope you enjoyed it!

And what about you? Did you read any of these books? Feel free to share the books you’ve read or want to read with a color in the title!

I hope you’re having a nice day and that you’re reading books that you enjoy! Stay safe!

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August TBR (Latinx readathon, Avatar the Last Page Turner readathon and Diversify that Shelf readathon)

Hello everyone! I really hope everything is going fine for you! Today I wanted to share with you my TBR for the month of August. I’ve decided to participate in 3 readathons: the Avatar the Last Page turner readathon, the Latinx readathon and the Diversify that Shelf readathon.

Let’s just start by mentioning that my TBR is going to be WAY too ambitious. But honestly, if I just read a decent amount of the books on my August TBR, I would consider it a win. Also, sometimes I am going to use the same book for different readathons (so that’s why you may see a book twice or more times in this post).

Let’s start!

The Latinx Readathon

The Latinx Readathon is a month long readathon taking place in August. It is hosted by @sososalazar, @lazyuniverses, @nikkiereads and @bigblackbooks. The purpose of this readathon is to encourage people to read more books by Latinx authors and/or about Latinx characters. The different prompts are down below. You can pick a book for multiple prompts. If you want to know more about this readathon, here’s the thread that explains it all.

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It took me soo long to make my TBR for this readathon and there is no way I would have made it without Sofia‘s post “265 Latinx book recommendations for the 2020 Latinx Readathon!!” (thank you Sofia for writing this, it is extremely helpful!). Here it is:

Now, let’s be clear, there is NOOOO way, I will have the time to read all of these books (slow reader here) but I am going to try to read as many books on this list as I can. I’ll just do my best to read the other books on here later.

The Avatar the Last Page Turner readathon

To give some context, I’ve recently finished watching Avatar the Last Airbender and I absolutely LOVED it, so much so that I am rewatching it! Therefore, when I saw on Twitter that the Avatar the Last page turner readathon was going to take place from the 1st to the 14th of August I knew I HAD to participate! This readathon was created by @itzkevsnegron and hosted with @benreadsbooks, @ilovebooksokae @Salvatoresadist. The goals of this readathon are to complete as many prompts in order to master all the elements AND to real diversily. It is possible to read one book to complete multiple prompts. If you want to join, everything is explained in this thread. Here are the different prompts:

I’ve chosen a book for each element and I am aiming at completing almost all of the prompts.

Thank you so much for all the persons who posted their TBR for this readathon on social media because I was struggling to come up with a TBR. Special thanks to Brody (here’s their TBR thread) and to Kae (TBR here).

The Diversify that Shelf readathon

The last readathon I am participating in is the Diversify that Shelf readathon. This readathon is hosted by The Perks of Being Noura (please, if you’re not following her blog, go do it!) and it takes place from the 10th to 19th August. I am SOOO excited to participate in this readathon! The goal of this readathon is to read and support diverse books, experiences and authors of color.

What I like about it is that there is no pressure to read a certain amount of books or to complete all the prompts. With that in mind, I am still going to try to complete as many prompts as I can (because I like to set up myself for failure). These are the different prompts you can complete:

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There are also some photo challenges you can complete if you want to. I won’t personally be doing them because I’m not sure I’ll have the time to do them but you should definitely participate if you feel like it!

Here is my TBR for the Diversify that Shelf readathon:

Of course, I will also read a book by a Latinx author.

At some point, I’ll have to finish Crooked Kingdom too… (yeah there’s no way I’m going to read all of these books this month).

WOW this post took way longer than I thought to write so I hope you enjoyed it! Also, if I have made any mistake in this post (if I chose a book without a certain representation for instance), please don’t hesitate to say it!

And what about you? What books are you planning to read this month? Have you read any of these? Feel free to mention it in the comments!

I really hope you’re doing fine and that you are reading books that you enjoy!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book series I HAVE to start reading!

Hello everyone! I really hope everything is going fine for you!

I am FINALLY jumping on the wagon and joining the Top Tuesday trend. I’ve been meaning to do it for SO long but I just had to be honest with myself and realize that I did not have the time to participate then. But NOW, I do have the time to write these posts so that is exactly what I am going to do.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Jana assigns each Tuesday a topic and then posts her top ten list on her blog. Other bloggers may do the same as well.

The topic for this week is “Freebie” which means that every blogger can come up with a Top Ten Tuesday topic. I have personally decided to mention some of the book series I HAVE to start reading! I have not read a single book from all of these series (yes, I know).

Okay, well first of all, I am going to mention more than 10 book series because I couldn’t choose between all of them. However, these book series are from 10 different authors so … that’s fine (kind of). On a side note, these are NOT all the series I want to start, they are just the Top 10ish series I want to read.

Anyway, you are not here to see me ramble, so let’s start!

This Savage Song, Vicious, A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab

Yes, yes, yes, no need to mention it… I NEED to start at least one of these series this year! I know so many people love them with all of their heart and I want to start them so badly. I just hope they will all live up to the hype.

The Daevabad trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty 

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1)

THIS. SERIES. HAS. BEEN. EVERYWHERE. RECENTLY. Okay but seriously, I have seen people mentioning it on Youtube (I LOVED fictionalfates‘ vlog on this series), Twitter, Instagram and on their blog! To say that I need to start this series is a real understatement.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

The Last Magician (The Last Magician, #1)

I don’t know much about this series, the only thing I know is that there’s magic and that’s pretty much all I need to know. It truly seems like a series I would really enjoy!

The Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson (or any book by Brandon Sanderson really)

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)

Here’s a thing about me: I LOVE fantasy. It is BY FAR my favorite genre of all time! That is why I’ve been meaning to read a Brandon Sanderson book for a while now. My big issue with this is that for some reason his books are SO intimidating to me. I am afraid I will struggle to get into the story or that I am not “smart enough” to deeply understand the world. That being said, I really want to try reading his books! Some people mentioned starting by the Mistborn series, Elantris or Warbreaker.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Yeah, I know. Everyone has read this series… MOVING ON (no, I am not trying to hide the fact that I have not read this series yet).

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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

This book has been on my shelves for at least a year at this point so it’s about time that I started it! I can’t wait to finally meet the characters everyone is raving about.

Aurora Rising by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle, #1)

The only I know about this book is that it is sci-fi and that it is set in space. Once again, I’ve heard and seen a lot of positive reviews on this book so I really want to pick it up!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J.Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

*breathes*. I have not read a single book written by Sarah J. Maas. I know I know. The main reason why I didn’t pick any of her books is because I’ve heard that these books don’t feature a diverse cast of characters and I really want to support more diverse books. That being said, I also want to finally get to know the characters everyone loves or hates. That is why I think I am going to read it, while always addressing the problems I have heard about or personally had with these books (I always do my best to do this for every single book I read).

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)

That is probably one of the series I don’t know if I should really pick up. I’ve heard some mixed reviews on it but the premise is really interesting to me. So I think I will still give it a chance.

Daughter of Smoke and Bones by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

I have read Strange the Dreamer last year and while I enjoyed the story, I could not get past the writing. Don’t get me wrong, the writing was BEAUTIFUL. Honestly. The main problem was that it was WAY too flowery FOR ME and it hindered my liking of the book. However, once again, since so many people LOVE this series, I really feel like I need to read at least the first book and see how I feel about it.

That’s it. You’ve reached the end of this (incredibly long) post, congrats! I really hope you liked it! I am trying to change things up a bit on my blog and to share more of my thoughts. Feel free to mention one (or more) series you really want to start!

Thank you SO MUCH for reading! I’ve seen this week that I’ve received a total of a 100 likes on my blog! I know this is not a lot for some people but I am truly grateful! To everyone who follows me or who has ever liked my posts or posted a comment, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! It truly means a lot to me!

I am going to stop rambling now (because you have better things to do than reading a post that is clearly all over the place). I really hope everything is doing fine for you and that you stay safe! Have a nice day!

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BTS Book tag

Ok guys, I should really start scheduling my posts instead of doing them in the moment because this is clearly getting out of hands. SO, we’re in the middle of The Reading Rush and i have not read as many books as I wanted to. Yeah, turns out Instagram and Twitter are NOT your friends during a readathon (no wonder).

Anyway, since I clearly don’t have my life together right now, I’ve decided to do a tag so that I’ll have more time to FINALLY finish another book (well to be fair I am 69% in a book so I’ll probably finish it tonight but still).

Concerning today’s post, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before on here but I am a huge fan of BTS (and of KPOP in general). That is why I’ve decided to do this tag!

I found this tag on Little Wolf’s channel on BookTube (check her out, she’s amazing!). It turns out that it’s a bit of a combination of different tags from sydneyreads, The Booktube Girl on BookTube and Jess.

Without further ado, let’s start:

DNA: Name a book that started your love for reading

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Okay for this one, I have to go with Harry Potter. I HATED reading before picking it up and I will always be grateful that one of my friend recommended it to me because WOW did my life change from that moment on. Now let me just say it once again, I don’t support, by any means, J.K. Rowling’s opinions. I am just mentioning this series because it’s the one that got me into reading.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

But to be fair, the book that made me an avid reader is City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Before picking up that book, I was just reading once in a while and just the series that everyone knew about at the time (Twilight, The Hunger Games…).

MIC DROP: a popular book that deserves the hype

OK well, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Six of Crows totally deserve the hype that they get. Also, An Ember in the Ashes, Scythe and The Cruel Prince!!

To change things up, I am going to mention very hyped books that I need to read. Red, White and Royal Blue has been on my TBR for an entire year now so I have to pick it up. I’ve heard a lot of positive reviews on the Daevebad trilogy too. Also, Chain of Gold is a book I should really read.

FAKE LOVE: A book or character you used to love but now dislike

Hum… maybe Twilight? Or Lady Midnight, I used to love the characters and now I don’t really like them anymore, I don’t know… Maybe I’ll have to read the rest of the series to really get to know these characters.

LET GO: a book or series you were sad to see end

This is hard but I think The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices were the two main series I was so sad to finish. But to be fair, I have not read Crooked Kingdom or finished The Arc of a Scythe… One series that I am pretty sure is going to break me once I am done with it is The Folk of the Air trilogy.

SERENDIPITY: a book or character that makes you feel warm or happy

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Hum, maybe Charlie and Nick from Heartstopper by Alice Oseman.

EUPHORIA: A book that makes you feel nostalgic

Any book from A Series of Unfortunate Events makes me feel SOOO nostalgic, which is weird because I haven’t read them when I was younger but I used to LOVE the movie.

RUN: your favorite coming of age novel

That is a good question and I honestly don’t know so feel free to mention any you can think of in the comments!

I NEED U: A book on your TBR you’re dying read

Oh boy SO MANY. Some of them are Mexican Gothic, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and Crooked Kindgom (yes I still need to read it).

EPIPHANY: Name a book that made you realize something major about yourself

That’s such a deep question! I’m going to go with The Hate U Give. I’ve read this book last year and it opened my eyes on the issue of police brutality, especially towards black people. It made me realize that I need to stand and speak more in order to be a better ally.

21ST CENTURY GIRL: What bookish tropes concerning women would you like to change to improve female representation in literature

Is the “I am not like the other girls” a trope? Because that would totally be a trope I would change. That doesn’t even mean anything. Are “all the other girls” the same? No, so this doesn’t make sense.

Another trope I can’t stand is the “Damsel in distress” trope. I know it’s not common nowadays in literature but it’s still present in some books and I am TIRED of it.

SAVE ME: What fictional character would you bring back to life

(!!! Spoiler for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince !!!)

Gosh, I am blanking right now so I am going to say Dobby because his death broke my heart.

BEST OF ME: What story will always stick with you

The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. I know these stories are not perfect but I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them. I have read them at a really hard time in my life and I just have such a strong connection to the characters that I just know these series will always stick with me.

BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS: Name a book you struggled to get through

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)

The Kiss Quotient was a book I really struggled to get through. It was fine in the beginning but I just ended up being bored and then completely disliking it in the end so there’s that.

That’s it for this post! If you are still here, thanks for reading all the way through, it really means a lot to me!

And what about you? Do you like BTS? What is your favorite song from them? What is your favorite coming of age story?

I hope you’re enjoying what you are reading and that everything is fine for you. Stay safe!

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Series I have started and NEED to finish

Hello everyone! This week I wanted to share with you all the series I haven’t finished reading. But here’s the thing: when I started writing this post I realized that there were way too many series I hadn’t finished yet. SO I’ve decided to start mentioning all the series I WANT to finish. In my next posts, I’ll mention the series I don’t know if I want to finish and the series I want to start. Without further ado, let’s start!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

Okay so I’ve read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You and I thoroughly enjoyed them. They weren’t by no means some of my favorite books of all time but they were fun and I really liked the movies too. Therefore, I want to finish reading this series.

The Folk of the Air trilogy – Holly Black

I have fallen head over heels for The Cruel Prince. It is my favorite book of the year so far and I CAN’T wait to read The Wicked King and The Queen of Nothing.

Percy Jackson – Rick Riordan

Okay so this is pretty obvious because I’ve read the first four books in the series. Still, I NEED to finish this series and I am planning to do so during The Reading Rush.

Scythe – Neal Shusterman

Once again, I absolutely loved Scythe but since I am so bad at keeping up with series, I still haven’t picked up Thunderhead, even if I have heard so many great things about it!

An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night were some of my favorite reads of last year. To be completely honest with you, I’ve seen some mixed reviews on A Reaper at the Gates so that is way I’ve been so hesitant to pick up this book. However, I love the characters so much that I need to read this book and the final one in order to see how this series ends.

A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket

OK so I have never read these books when I was younger but I’ve watched the movie and I really liked it! Now, I know it doesn’t really stick to the books, however, I still have a strong connection to this story. I have recently finished reading The Ersatz Elevator (which is the sixth book in the series) and I can’t wait to read the other… seven books in the series. So yeah, that might take me a while (or not because every book is quite short).

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

This is THE series I NEED to finish this year! I have read Six of Crows a year ago… A YEAR AGO, how crazy is that. I loved it so much but then law school started and I just didn’t have the time to read a fantasy book (or any book for that matter). Therefore, I HAVE to read Crooked Kingdom as soon as possible!

Saga – Fiona Staples, Brian K. Vaughan

Saga, Vol. 1

This is a graphic novel series. I’ve read the first 7 instalments and I like the characters with all of my heart. I am planning on continuing this series during The Reading Rush too.

Thank you so much for reading this post! And what about you? Have you read any of these series? What series do you NEED to finish? Feel free to share it in the comments.

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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!