Books I Wish Were Part of the School Syllabus

Hello, friends! 

For most of you, school has started back up again. I don’t go to school anymore, but the start of the new year always makes me nostalgic. This time, I was thinking about the books I was required to read in school and then that got me thinking about all the books I wish were part of the school syllabus. I had great fun thinking up my fictional school syllabus so I thought, “Why not make a post about it and share it with you all?” and so here I am.

These are the books I wish were required reading in school…

English

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley: How can you not fall in love with English literature after reading this one? Seriously, the book is filled with references to classic (and a few contemporary!) books that will make you want to read all of them.

Geography

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: Violet and Finch grow closer as they discover “the wonders of their state” together.

History

All the Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr because it’s a beautifully written book about both sides of the war, told through the POV of a blind, French girl and a German boy who’s part of Hitler’s army.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank because it’s a real life account (non-fiction) of what it was like to live during WWII.

Maths

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green: There’s so much maths in this one! Why? Because main character Colin “is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.” He uses a lot of mathematical equations throughout the novel, which are explained in the appendix of the book. Fun fact: they are all explained by a real mathemetician called Daniel Biss.

Physics

My Heart & Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga: Aysel is depressed and suicidal, but she’s also passionate about physics. In a way, thinking about her potential energy helps her give life another chance.

Social Studies

More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera because it’s deeply emotional read about finding out who you are and being okay with it even when it’s not “socially acceptable” (meaning: your friends and family might not accept you for it)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: this one is highly relevant in today’s society and a must-read for everyone. The story is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

P.E.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: I never liked P.E., but I’m telling you, reading this book made me wish I’d tried harder. Being physically fit might come in handy after all.

Art

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley: I love this author. I think she has a beautiful writing style and she knows how to tell a story. Graffiti Moon is a great book for aspiring artists or people who love graffiti since it plays a big role in the story. Shadow is both a mysterious graffiti artist and the love interest to main character Lucy.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson: both Noah and Judy are amazing artists which make me wish I had even ONE artistic bone in my body.

What do you think about my fictional school syllabus? Would you dread reading these books? Which ones would you choose? Also, does anyone know of a chemistry-related (YA) book because I couldn’t find any?? Let me know!

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Some of my favourite BFFs in (YA) Literature

Hello, friends!

We all know it’s very, very common to have romantic relationships in YA literature. In fact, it’s pretty hard to find a YA book where there are no romantic relationships whatsoever. Now, I don’t mind romance at all, but there are times where I wish authors would focus more on friendships because, let’s face it, friends usually outlast romantic interests (even though every author likes their readers to believe their love pairing will stay together FOR EVER). They’re going to be their at your best and your worst (hopefully) and they’re going to love you no matter what you look like or who you are.

In short, friendship is important, y’all, and we need to see more amazing and realistic (!) friendships in (YA) books. If anyone were to ask my opinion – which they’re not, but I’m going to tell you anyway – I’d like to see more friendships likes these in ALL YA books…

  • Frances & Aled in Radio Silence: a boy and a girl who’re friends?? GASP. Shocking, I know, but these two NEVER have any romantic feelings for each other whatsoever. They’re both into the same things–mostly the Universe City podcast but they’re also both fangirls/boys and they like a lot of the same “nerdy” things — and I love how Frances never gave up on Aled even when he was kind of being a jerk (though there’s an explanation for that). That’s what friends are for, you know?
  • Frances & Raine in Radio Silence: I know, I know, I’ve already mentioned this book, but Alice Oseman really knows how to write friendship. I love Frances’ dorkiness combined with Raine’s I-don’t-give-a-damn attitude and her sassiness. She had some of the best lines in the book.
  • Cath & Reagan in Fangirl: these two are kind of similar to Frances & Raine. Reagan is blunt, sassy, and kind of mean sometimes whereas Cath is shy, awkward, and a huge fangirl (obviously, hence the title). They’re from two different worlds, but they still make a great pair.
  • Harry & Ron in Harry Potter: the OG bromance as far as I’m concerned.
  • Simon & Abby in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda: I’ve expressed my love for these two many times before and I’m going to do it again. Simon is precious and Abby is a rockstar (not literally, but you’ll know what I mean if you’ve read the book). They’re recent friends but that doesn’t make their bond any less strong, which just goes to show you that you don’t have to know someone a gazillion years for them to be your BFF.
  • Pudge & The Colonel in Looking for Alaska: This friendship is a little one-sided at first with Chip (the Colonel) helping Miles (Pudge) to break out of his shell but things get better as Miles grows more comfortable around his new friends and in his new life. Their frienship really shines when THAT happens to Alaska.
  • Rufus & The Plutos in They Both Die at the End: I don’t want to say too much since the book hasn’t been released yet, but these guys have each other’s back. They’d do anything for each other and it’s beautiful.
  • Mallory & Ainsley in the Problem with Forever: another drama-free friendship between girls. Mallory struggles to talk but she finds a way to be there for Ainsley when she needs her the most and Ainsley always has Mallory’s back even when she has her own issues to deal with.

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While making this list, I was thinking about other friendships I really like and want to share but don’t fit in the YA lit category. But this is my blog and I can do what I like, so here you go…

  • Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas in the Lord of the Rings: Legolas & Gimli have the best ever friendly rivalry and Aragorn is there to lead them and make sure they don’t actually kill each other (at least at first). It’s a great dynamic of fun and brooding.

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  • Mr Bingley & Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice: Mr Darcy is kind of a jerk in the beginning, but if you look at it from his POV, he was just protecting his best friend from what (he thought was) a bad relationship. And he comes around in the end so all is forgiven.
  • Bucky & Steve in Captain America: Talk about never giving up on someone…

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Do you like my choices? Which are some of your favourites that are not on this list? Do you wish we’d have more friendships in YA or do you think there are plenty? Let me know in the comments!

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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
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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.”

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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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Discussion: The Secrets to a Good Book

Hello, friends!

I’ve recently started a new Work in Progress (WIP) and, obviously, I want it to be the best book I’ve written so far. Or the best book ever for that matter. In my dreams, I write it in a couple of months, edit it until I can’t stand to read another word of it, query it, and publish it. It then goes on to become a huge best-seller and I’ll get to quit my job and write full-time.

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Sounds great, right?

There’s only problem: writing “the best book ever” implies that I know what that means. Which then got me to thinking: “What is it that makes a book good? Are there elements or plot points that you have to include to make for a good book? Or is it all subjective?

I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject at all, but I’d like to share my opinion with you and open this topic open for discussion.

For me, “good books” are mostly subjective. By mostly, I mean this: everyone has different tastes. Some people like books with fantasy worlds that are described in great detail. Others like space operas or a good sword fight or a steaming romance or … You get the point. Everyone likes different things. What I like and think is amazing, you might hate and vice versa. I think we can all agree on that.

But, to me, that’s just the top layer.

I wanted to dig deeper and find out if universally acclaimed books from any genre or demographic have certain things in common.

Here’s what I came up with…

The secrets to a good book

1. A Main Character You Can Sympathise With

Note that I’m not talking about a likeable character. Why not? Because I don’t think you need one. There are plenty of good books and even some classics with unlikeable characters. This, again, depends on taste since not everyone has the same opinion on a character.

For example: I don’t particularly like Holden Caufield but Catcher in the Rye is still a great book. Why? Because, to me, Holden is relatable. I can sympathise with him and with his struggles. This is absolutely key. Why else would you follow the main character’s journey if you couldn’t sympathise with them?

Main take-away: good books don’t need a likeable main character. They’ve got a main character you can sympathise and root for.

2. A Journey I’m Invested In

So, you have a main character who might or might not be likeable but is definitely relatable. Great. But that’s obviously not going to be enough. Something needs to happen. You can’t just have a character living his life while nothing interesting happens to them. That would be boring.

No, the main character needs to go on a journey. This can be either a literal journey and / or a metaphorical one. To me, that’s the main difference between a plot-driven book and a character-driven one. In a plot-driven book, you’ll have lots of plot.

– A boy discovers he’s a wizard and must go through different trials before he can defeat the most evil wizard of all time
– A girl volunteers to take part in a dangerous game to save her sister’s life but ends up becoming a role model for a rebellion against a tyranny government
– …

You get the point. Lots of out-of-the-ordinary and / or dangerous things happen to the main character.

But there are also character-driven plots where your main character goes on an emotional journey. In Catcher in the Rye, not much happens to Holden. He spends most of his time wandering around the city on his own, thinking about his family, his past, and his future. But the important thing is that he changes throughout the book. He’s not the same person at the end of the book, which means he’s “been on a journey”.

Something must happen to the main character to make them change, which is key in both plot-driven and character-driven stories.

Main take-away: good books have main characters who go on a journey the readers are invested in.

3. Good writing

This one is nearly impossible to define. After all, what makes for good writing? Sure, there are certain things that are universally frowned upon (using too many adverbs, showing vs. Telling, etc) and things that are praised (three-dimensional characters, beautiful descriptions, etc.).

But that’s all subjective. For one, times change. You can’t expect to write like Charles Dickens and have his success. Second, not everyone agrees on what makes for good writing. Some like purple prose, others can’t stand it. Some hate info dumps, others don’t mind.

So, the question is: “Is there such a thing as a style of writing that’s objectively “good”?

To me, there is, but it’s got nothing to do with the words the author chooses to use or in what order he puts them. For me, good writing need to inspire emotion (of any kind). If the author’s writing can elicite emotion from its readers, it’s good writing.

Main take-away: good books have a range of styles, but they all inspire emotion in the reader

That’s it!

Main Character I Can Sympathise with + Journey I’m Invested in + Good Writing = Good Book

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Now, let’s open this up for discussion. Do you agree with me? What do you think a good book can’t do without?

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Around the Blog #5 – Aesthetics, Ratings, Reviews & More

Hello, friends!

I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday. I’m having a very busy day catching up on blog posts, writing my own, and possibly (hopefully?) working on my WIP. I’ve got a lot to do but not much time to do it. Also, it’s a Sunday which my brain thinks is a lazy day so it hasn’t been easy so far.

But that’s okay because I get to apply my own tips to beat procrastination (shameless self-promo, I know. Sorry) Here’s to hoping they work 😉

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Around the Blog is a weekly post that will feature my top five posts I’ve read during that week. It’s my way of appreciating other bloggers’ content and to share the love for the chosen posts and bloggers with my followers in the hope they’ll love them as much as I do.

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Here are my favourite posts of this week…

How to Rate by Hannah @Mortal Reader: Hannah talks about how she rates books, her opinion on not rating books five stars out of principle, and using half stars.

Let’s Talk: It’s Okay to Write Negative Reviews by Ryann @Ryann The Reader: Writing a negative review is one of the hardest things to do, am I right? Ryann talks about the many different reasons why it’s okay to write a negative review so if you’re feeling guilty, please check out her post.

Author Acknowledgments: Yay or Nay? by Kelly @Kelly’s Rambles: I always read author acknowledgments because it reminds me that writing a book is not a one man / woman show and there are a lot of people who contributed to the finished product. It’s nice to see other people share my opinion.

How to Make Aesthetics 101 by Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff: Have you ever wished you could make a beautiful aesthetic for your favourite character, novel or your WIP? Well, your wishing days are over because Michelle (who’s a pro at making them!) gives you all the tips and tricks for making aesthetics.

That’s it for this week! I hope you’ll go check out these bloggers and give them some love because they deserve it.

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My 7 Bookish & Reading Confessions

  1. 90% of the time, I read on the train. I’ve mentioned this before, but, for those of you who don’t know, my commute to work takes 2+ hours every day. The train ride takes an hour, which means I get two hours of reading time every day. And, to be honest, I think I would’ve quit my job a long time ago if I didn’t have that time to read… Anyway, since I read a lot during my commute I rarely read when I’m home. Sometimes I read during the weekend but only when it’s a really good book I can’t wait to finish. If it’s not, I take the weekend to relax and catch up on my TV shows, watch a movie, and go to the gym.
  2. Sometimes, I dog-ear my page. I know, I know. A lot of people absolutely can’t stand the idea of it so if that’s you, please don’t yell at me 😀 In my defence, I only do it when I’ve lost my bookmark and I know I’m not going to remember where I stopped. And I really hate trying to find my pages, so yeah…

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  3. I don’t have an e-reader so I read digital copies on my laptop. A book blogger who doesn’t have an e-reader?? Weird, right? The truth is I never liked the idea of reading ebooks until recently (when I started getting approved for e-ARCs). So far, I’ve read ebooks on my computer (which is also convenient because I can read during my lunch break and no one even notices) but I have to admit I’m thinking of buying one because 1) I wouldn’t have to bring my book with me anymore (those things can be heavy, you know!) 2) ebooks are cheaper than physical ones and 3) if I’ve finished reading one book, I can start on another right away!

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    I love this movie and him. Mostly him
  4. I hate spoilers…unless I go looking for them myself. So, here’s the thing. I really don’t appreciate people spoiling a book / movie / TV show for me BUT sometimes, I’ll go looking for spoilers myself. This usually happens when I’m really invested in a book and I CAN’T WAIT to find out if my favourite character makes it to the end of the book, my OTP stays together, etc. So, yeah, sometimes I skip to the end and look for signs that everything will be okay.source
  5. I buy all my books. Look, I really wish I lived in an English speaking country where I could go to the library or go to secondhand book shops…but I don’t.giphy (10)Buying books is literally the ONLY WAY for me to be able to read books that aren’t 5+ years old. Does this mean I spend a lot of money on books? Yes. Do I regret it? No. Books are life.
  6. Sometimes I lie about having read a book. I know, I know. Lying is bad and you shouldn’t do it, but I can’t help myself sometimes. I just don’t want to be “that girl/blogger” who hasn’t read this or that book. It’s stupid, I know.

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    Other unrelated confession: I kind of like Kim. She’s not all bad.
  7. I’m kind of a hypocrite when it comes to “read whatever you want”. I’m all for reading whatever you want and I HATE IT when people look down on me for reading YA BUT…I have to admit I sometimes judge people for liking a particular book. Yes, I’m talking about the people who’ve read Fifty Shades of Grey and loved it. Obviously, I don’t tell them, and I know I shouldn’t judge but I just…can’t. I’m sorry.

What are some of your reading and bookish confessions? Let me know in the comments!

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