Help Me Set My October TBR!

Hello, friends! 

We’ve still got another ten days before the end of September but I’m already thinking of my October TBR.

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I’ve got a couple of books in mind already but since I’m reading more than ever (I’ve already finished my September TBR I set last month!) I’m looking for a few more for October.

This is what I’ve got so far…

What am I looking for?

Two things… 

  • A contemporary YA: As you know, I read mostly contemporary YA with the odd classic thrown in. Contemporary YA is what I love and it’ll always be my favourite. I have a long list of contemporaries I need to read someday but I’m asking YOU which one I should read first. So, tell me… what’s your favourite contemporary YA? Which one should I read RIGHT NOW?
  • A non-contemporary YA: Next month, I want to take a little break from contemporary (at least for a couple of days ahaha) and try something different. The problem is….I don’t know where to start.
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My world is limited to YA contemporary….help!

I’ve only read contemporary so far this year, so I’m out of the loop of what’s good and what’s not. That’s where you come in. I’m kindly going to ask you to give me a couple of recommendations, books I should absolutely give it a chance. I’m okay with all genres (but I’d like something space-related maybe??) so go nuts!

Give me all the recs!

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August Wrap-Up: Overachieving, Giveaway & September TBR

Hello, friends!

It’s the last day of the month today which can only mean one thing…

It’s time for another wrap-up. In this post, I’ll be sharing the books I read this month, which ones I’m planning on reading in September as well as some of my favourite non-book related things I’ve enjoyed this month.

Books

I read 8 book this month! GO ME!

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: Literally everyone recommended this one to me. Maybe that’s why I was slightly disappointed. It was good, but I didn’t connect to Cath as much as wanted to (Levi and Reagan were great though!) 
  • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner: I took me a while to get into this one, but it was well worth reading to the end. (Review to come!) 
  • My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Wanger: Depressing read but filled with raw, realistic, and genuine emotions. Very good representation of mental illness.
  • Our Story Begins by Elissa Brent Weissman: Recommended reading for aspiring (children’s) authors and illustrators.
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: The book that started it all.
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: My least favourite HP book, but, come on, it’s still HP so…
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera: A rough, emotional story about being okay with who you are and choosing to be more happy than not.
  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera: Another great book by my favourite author about daring to live and love, even on the very last day (RR: 4,5/5)

AND…

I completed my Goodreads Challenge!! Am I an overachiever or what?

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Obviously, 30 books wasn’t a particularly ambitious goal but I’m still proud of myself. I think I only read 4 books last year, so I guess you could say I’m out of my reading slump. And I have my blog to thank for it!

Speaking of… I’m very close to 400 followers!! Thank you so much to everyone who follows me, reads my posts, and/or leaves a comment. You’re all amazing ❤

To celebrate your amazingness, I’ll be hosting a giveway once I hit 500 followers. And there’s more! If I hit 500 before Christmas, I’ll dig deep into my wallet and do a BIG giveaway.

Blog posts

Infinity Talks

Bookish Posts

Around the Blog

  • #3: Looking for New Blogs
  • #4: Let’s Keep Fighting
  • #5: Aesthetics, Ratings, Reviews & More
  • #6

Tags/Awards

Favourites

Movies & TV-shows

I’ve only got two favourites this month, both TV-shows.

The first is Riverdale. I know, I know, I’m late to the party. The second season kicks off in October but I’ve only now just seen the first season. Confession time: I tried to watch it a couple of months before and saw the first two or maybe three episodes before I stopped. I just couldn’t get into it. But then, after many people recommended it to me, I gave it another shot and I’m so glad I did. I’m in love with all of the characters, Betty and Judhead being my favourites (Go Bughead!)

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but I’ve also got a special place in my heart for Cheryl and Kevin.

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I don’t care what anyone says: I think Riverdale is a good show with a solid mystery plot line, some teenage drama, and beautiful aesthetics. If you haven’t seen it, I don’t recommend watching the trailer. Watch THIS video. It’s pretty perfect.

Second is GAME OF THRONES. I mean, obviously. I’ve put in under favourites but I have to say season 7 definitely isn’t my favourite out of all of them. I understand there were only 7 episodes but everything felt really rushed, which lead to quite a few wonky time lines, plot holes, and deus ex machinas. But the DRAGONS, though…

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WORTH IT.

And Daenerys is QUEEN. Don’t fight me on this one.

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TBR

Since I read twice as many books as I thought I would this month, I’m going to be a bit more ambitious this time around and chose six books.

How was your month? Did you read as many books as you hoped you would? What are you reading next month? Let me know in the comments!

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10 YA September Releases to Look Forward to!

Hello, friends! 

I was scrolling and browsing through Goodreads and I noticed there are A LOT of fantastic (-sounding) YA books that are being released in September. I thought I’d help you all out** by listing ten of my favourite ones so here goes…

(**Though you might hate me for expanding your endless TBR 😀 )

September, 5th

Feral Youth: “Inspired by The Canterbury Tales, Feral Youth features characters, each complex and damaged in their own ways, who are enticed to tell a story (or two) with the promise of a cash prize. The stories range from noir-inspired revenge tales to mythological stories of fierce heroines and angry gods. And while few of the stories are claimed to be based in truth, they ultimately reveal more about the teller than the truth ever could.”

Many fantastic YA authors have worked on this book, including Shaun David Hutchinson, Brandy Colbert, and Marieke Nijkamp. 

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They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera: “On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.”

I’ve already read this and highly recommend it! My review will be up tomorrow. 

LGBTQ Rep (Bisexual + Unspecified) + Biracial main character 

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Right Where You Left Me by Calla Devlin: “In search of the perfect story to put a human face on a tragedy for his newspaper, my dad will fly into the eye of the storm. And now he’s heading to Ukraine, straight into the aftermath of a deadly earthquake. I don’t want him to leave. I don’t want to spend the week alone in a silent house with my mother, whose classically Russian reserve has built a wall between us that neither of us knows how to tear down. But I don’t tell him this. I don’t say stay.

I think I’m holding it together okay—until the FBI comes knocking on our door. Now it’s all I can do to fight off the horrifying images in my head. The quake has left so many orphans and widows, but Mom and I refuse to be counted among them. Whatever it takes to get Dad back, I’ll do it. Even if it means breaking a promise…or the law.”

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If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout: “Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances. Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.”

September, 12th

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren: “Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah.

But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity.”

I’ve heard so many good things about this one. Really excited to read it. 

LGBTQ Rep (bisexual)

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Warcross by Marie Lu: “For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.”

I rarely stray from contemporary YA but I’ll make an exception for this one! 

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September, 19th

Kaleidoscope Song by Fox Benwell: “Fifteen year old Neo loves music, it punctuates her life and shapes the way she views the world. A life in radio is all she’s ever wanted.
When Umzi Radio broadcasts live in a nearby bar Neo can’t resist. She sneaks out to see them, and she falls in love, with music, and the night, but also with a girl: Tale has a voice like coffee poured into a bright steel mug, and she commands the stage.

It isn’t normal. Isn’t right. Neo knows that she’s supposed to go to school and get a real job and find a nice young boy to settle down with. It’s written everywhere – in childhood games, and playground questions, in the textbooks, in her parents’ faces. But Tale and music are underneath her skin, and try as she might, she can’t stop thinking about them”

LGBTQ Rep + set in South-Africa

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu: “Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with a school administration at her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.”

YAY FOR GIRL POWER!! 

Release by Patrick Ness: “Adam Thorn doesn’t know it yet, but today will change his life.
Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam’s life is falling apart.  At least he has two people to keep him sane: his new boyfriend (he does love Linus, doesn’t he?) and his best friend, Angela.

But all day long, old memories and new heartaches come crashing together, throwing Adam’s life into chaos. The bindings of his world are coming untied one by one; yet in spite of everything he has to let go, he may also find freedom in the release.”

This is the US version. Release was published in the UK on May 4th, 2017. 

LGBTQ Rep 

September, 26th

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Starfish by Akemi Dawn Brown: “Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave.”

Own voices

Trigger warnings: anxiety, emotional abuse, childhood sexual abuse, suicide ableism

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Are you going to add any of these to your TBR? Which books are you looking forward to in September? Let me know in the comments!

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July Wrap-Up & August TBR

Goodbye July and hello to August!

I might sound happy about it, but I’m actually not. I don’t know about you but July is one of my favourite months of the year. When I was still in school, it was the first month of summer holidays (something I looked forward to for weeks!) and now that I’m working, July is the month I take two weeks off. I’m grateful I can take two weeks off…but I’m still sad it’s over. No more full days of reading, blogging, and watching Netflix for me 😦

Blogging and reading-wise, July has been an excellent month though. I set out to read 4 books in July which you can read about in my June Wrap-up and July TBR

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Books that are on my TBR…indefinitely

Here’s a snippet of my life as a bookworm and book blogger…  

Someone recommends a book to me?

*Add to TBR*

Scrolling through Goodreads:

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*Add to TBR*

I read a stunning review from a fellow blogger?

*Add to TBR*

Oh, look, a pretty cover!

*Add to TBR*

I know we all have a TBR that could crush us to death, but that’s not what I’m going to talk about. Today, I want to talk about those books you add to your TBR but you never get to. Since our TBR’s are so long it’s almost impossible to keep up. We keep adding new ones, which means that some of the old ones get pushed back. In my case, some of these books get shelved on the TBR indefinitely. These are the books I’m planning to read “someday” but that I fear I’ll never get to.

A few examples…

 

Have you read any of these? Which ones should I bump up on my TBR? Do you have any books that have a permanent spot on your TBR?

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June Wrap Up & July TBR

It’s the last day of the month, which means it’s time for another wrap up. Can you believe we’re halfway through 2017 already? Which means I’ve almost been blogging for six months, which sounds crazy to me.

Anyway, this is what happened in June…

Books I read

  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher: a rare case where I enjoyed the adaptation more than the original material.
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: despite a couple of flaws, this is an emotional book where mental illness (mainly depression) is done justice. Also, Finch ❤
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson: I’d heard so many positive things about this one and read more than a few raving reviews. However, for me, this book was hard to get into and I wasn’t a fan of Nelson’s poetic / lyrical writing style. Having said that, the book grew on me and I did love Noah and Jude.
  • The Outsider by Albert Camus: I’m cheating a little here because I haven’t actually finished it yet, but I know I will by the end of the day.

Blog Posts

Reviews

  • Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I just realized all of their names start with a “J” 😀

Memes

Tags & Awards

Other Posts

Looking Back: Monthly Favourites

Movies

Wonder Woman: This was one of the most hyped superhero movies of 2017 and rightly so because we were finally getting a female superhero lead! There was a lot of pressure on DC for it to be good since the last movies weren’t well-received by the critics / fans (Suicide Squad, anyone?) but they delivered the goods! Wonder Woman is a spectacular movie that celebrates female power. It shows that women can just as easily carry a movie as any male can. So here’s to more female leads!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemThis was my second time watching it. I wasn’t a big fan before, but I am now. I love Newt (as you’ll know if you’ve read my Infinity Talk) and I’m so proud and happy to be a Hufflepuff ❤

My July TBR

I’ve given up hope that I’ll read more than four books in a month, so I’m sticking to four 😀

  • Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone (Hufflepuff edition!): I couldn’t resist, you guys! These editions are so pretty and I need one in my life. In my defence, I’ve never read it in English (I was too young and never reread it in English) and I don’t own a copy of Philosopher’s Stone so I think it’s totally justified.
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman: this has been on my TBR for a while now, but I’ve finally gotten around to ordering it!
  • Wing Jones by Katherine Webber: “With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had.” Yay for biracial protagonists + athletics!
  • One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McMannus: one of the most hyped and reviewed YA novels right now. I’m interested to see if it lives up to expectations and I’m excited about reading something that isn’t just contemporary.

 

Which books did you read this month? Which are on your TBR? Did you have a good month? Let me know in the comments!

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May Wrap-up & June TBR: Time to get back in the game!

Hello, friends! It’s time for another wrap-up post. I’ve said this before, but I’m going to say it again: I can’t believe how fast this year is going. We’re almost halfway through already! It’s crazy, isn’t it?

Today I’m say goodbye to the month of May with a wrap-up post. Usually, this is one of my absolute favourite posts, but I’ve been dreading writing this one for a couple of hours now. As you may or may not know, I took a mini-hiatus this last month. I was in a negative head space, which resulted in not reading and blogging at all for more than two weeks. Two weeks might not seem like a lot of time (and it isn’t) but if you’re writing a wrap-up post, that’s half the month!

Suffice it to say… this is going to be a short wrap-up.

Books read in May

  • Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan: 3/5
  • Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner: rating and review to come (soon, I promise!)

Blog Posts

Reviews

Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan

[Ugh. This is just unacceptable.]

Memes

Tags

Infinity Talks

Miscellaneous

Looking Back: Monthly Favourites

Music

Harry Styles
This one has taken my completely by surprise. I’ve never been a Directioner (that’s what the fanbase is called, right?). Honestly, I can’t name more than two of their songs and I barely know all their names. But, let me tell you something: I’m so glad they decided to split up (sorry: I meant “taking a break” What’s the deal with that anyway?) because I’m loving their solo careers. Especially Harry’s.

It all started with The Sign of the Times, which is an absolutely amazing song, but I reeeallly started crushing on him (That’s right. You heard me! I’m crushing on Harry freaking Styles of all people.) after I saw him in James Cordon’s Carpool Karaoke. I mean… the hair. The accent. That VOICE. *swoon*

For all of you that think I’ve lost my mind…please watch it before you judge.

(Isn’t he like really funny? Just me? Alright, I’ll see myself out…)

TV

The 100

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That season finale left me completely mind blown. It was amazing, the perfect ending to what I think is the best season so far. And now we have to wait another year??? Like, how am I (and my Bellarke heart) going to survive?

12 Monkeys

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This is another show that I’m completely obsessed with and another one you have to wait an entire year for (what’s up with that? Seriously). But it’s so worth the wait, though. Yes, it’s completely abandoned the original material (the movie 12 monkeys with Brad Pitt) and yes it’s a bit wacky (everything is possible with time travel in this show) but I LOVE IT. It’s just a good show to binge-watch with a big bucket of popcorn.

Looking forward: How I’m getting back in the game

First of all, I need to get out of my reading slump. There are so so many amazing books waiting for me to read that all I have to do is pick one up and start reading it. But the getting started part has been hard lately. I’ve been really busy and instead of honouring my reading time during my commute, I’m choosing to listen to music or, you know, to try and fall asleep while I’m travelling to work. Which, ironically, makes me feel even more tired than if I’d read the whole journey. So no more music and no more dozing off.

Second, I’ve come to realize that I need a schedule, a system, a plan of action or…something that’ll help me stay on top of my blogging game. Procrastinating and winging my posts isn’t going to get me anywhere. So that’s what I’m doing right now. I’m trying to come up with a blog schedule so I know exactly what to write and when to publish it. This obviously doesn’t mean I have to stick to the schedule all the time. My schedule is more like what you would call… a guideline.**

** Brownie points if you understood that reference. Hey, there’s another one. Double brownie points if you can guess that one too.

Third, I’m thinking of new content to add to this blog. I’m thinking about writing-related posts (how to finish writing that novel, how to edit, how to brainstorm, how to go from idea to plot, etc.), but also more reviews (maybe reviews for classic books too because I want to add more reviews and I read lots and lots of classics in Uni?) and maybe even guest posts and / or collaborations (any volunteers??). I’m just brainstorming, but if there’s anything you’d like to see, please let me know!

My June TBR

You probably know that I’m really bad at sticking to a TBR. But is that going to stop my from setting a new TBR? Nooo. Definitely not. So here it is.

How was your month? What did you read? What are you reading in June?