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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August Releases: 5 YA Books You Should Add to Your TBR Right Now

Hello, friends!

How are you today? Ready to tackle the new week?

No?

Then let me cheer you up by talking about some new releases to look forward to this August! There are a lot of good YA books coming out this month but, no worries, I’ve only picked out my top 5 because your TBR is probably too long already, am I right? (and I don’t want you to hate me for adding 31205454 new books)

  1. A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor: “Emma had always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two had always been best friends. Until something happened that wrecked them.”
    Literally since they’re wrecked on an island together…with a boy. Yes, the boy drives them apart (didn’t see that one coming, right?) but I’ve heard the relationship between the sisters is strong and it’s not as cliché as it sounds. (Also, the cover is gorgeous. You need it in your life.)
  2. Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens: “As the tomboy daughter of the town’s preacher, Billie McCaffrey has always struggled with fitting the mold of what everyone says she should be. She’d rather wear sweats, build furniture, and get into trouble with her solid group of friends: Woods, Mash, Davey, Fifty, and Janie Lee.  But when Janie Lee confesses to Billie that she’s in love with Woods, Billie’s filled with a nagging sadness as she realizes that she is also in love with Woods…and maybe with Janie Lee, too.”
    A YA book about a girl who isn’t sure about her sexuality. Religion also plays a (big?) part, I believe.
  3. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert:When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support. But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with.”
    Yay for a brother-sister relationship (we need more siblings in YA!), albeit a complicated one.
  4. Wonder Woman – Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo: “She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .”
    It’s a book about Wonder Woman. Enough said.   
  5. A Change is Gonna Come: “Featuring top Young Adult authors alongside a host of exciting new talent, this anthology of stories and poetry from BAME writers on the theme of change is a long-overdue addition to the YA scene.”
    I suspect this to be an important and inspiring read.

Are you looking forward to any of these books? Which books are you excited for in August?

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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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Waiting on Wednesday #4: He’s back!

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re all excited about! This week I’m waiting for…..

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Title: Turtles All the Way Down
Author: John Green
Release Date: October, 10th 2017
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (Penguin)
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It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward.
Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Why am I waiting?

This is the best bookish news I’ve heard this year and also my most anticipated read for 2017. I can’t believe I’ll get to read a new John Green in less than three months after FIVE years of waiting. I knew he was writing again because he’s mentioned it several times on “the pod”* and in his YouTube video’s** but I had absolutely no idea it would be published so soon. So it was actually a BIG surprise when he announced it.

Having said that, I’m scared because there’s a lot of hype surrounding this book. There are a lot of expectations and there’s a lot of pressure for this to be good. John actually admitted being really scared of the reactions because it’s his most personal book (for those of you who don’t know, John Green also has OCD, like the MC, and social anxiety). So, yes, I’m scared and nervous that it won’t be as good as I’m imagining it to be. I’m worried it won’t live up to the expectations, but I’ll try not to think about it too much and treat Turtles All the Way Down like any other book.

I hope you’ll read it too so we can share our thoughts.  I know John isn’t the most popular in the blogging community, but even if you didn’t love his previous books, I think you should give this one a chance. It’s been five years after all.

On an unrelated note: did you know he’s signing 200.000+ copies? If you live in the US and Canada (as an international book blogger I’m so jealous!) , here’s information on how to get your hands on a signed copy!

*Dear Hank and John (or as John prefers to think of it, Dear John and Hank). It’s a comedy podcast about death where Hank and his brother John answer all your questions, give dubious advice, and give you all the week’s news on both Mars and AFC Wimbledon.

**Vlogbrothers, Hank and John Green’s YouTube channel

Are you excited about Turtles All the Way Down? What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

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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:

*Add to TBR*

*Add to TBR*

*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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