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Books as First Dates Book Tag!

Hey there, my lovelies!

I got tagged for this by Elli @ AceReader around Valentine’s Day last year and all I’ve to say to that is: YAY, I finally reached 2021 with my tags! *lol* My backlog has been huge but I’m catching up and I’m no longer two years behind. XD

Anyway! This said: Thank you so much for this tag Elli! This looks like it’s going to be a fun one and I can’t wait to dive into it. I need something easy right now and this just seems to be perfect for my mood. I have no idea who created this tag so I can’t give credits to anyone except of the person who tagged me. So without further ado, let’s just go for it! 😉


First and last: a book // A Series you’ve read and enjoyed but can’t bring yourself to read again.

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I really enjoyed this series so much and I absolutely adored Raffaele. Okay Adelina and Enzo were pretty cool too but Raffale owns my heart and I kinda loved Magiano too. Still, no matter how amazing this series was and how much I liked it, I don’t think I’ll ever read it again. XD This is one of those series you read once and love it but then move on. At least for me it is. I dunno how to explain it any better so please bear with me. *lol*


With a friend of mine: a book // Series someone recommended to you that turned out to be different from what you had expected.

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There was a time everyone and their grandma recommended me to read „Divergent“ and I’ve to say that it was actually a good recommendation. At least the first book was. I think the series lost so much after the second book and I didn’t really enjoy the ending anymore. So yeah, it was an awesome start but the initial flame kinda fizzled out at the end?!


Double date // A book whose sequel you ‘immediately’ had to read.

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Probably an unconventional answer but I gobbled this series down like nobody’s business! *lol* Seriously, when I picked up „Shatter Me“ I never expected to love this series so much but boy was I in for the ride! XD I think I immediately read „Unravel Me“ just to jump right into „Ignite Me“ as well. I absolutely love the original „Shatter Me“ trilogy. Unfortunately I can’t say the same for the other 3 books that came after. T_T


Let’s go to the movies // A book series that should be adapted to screen.

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Can Mr. Jay Kristoff get to it already?!! This series would be so perfect for the movies!! Like OMG!!! I mean just imange this series actually becoming a trilogy on screen! Alone the mere thought of it makes me grin like a Cheshire cat! ❤ I would love to see all those characters in action and because of the fast pacing of the series this would be one hell of a action movie. XD


Dreamy Stargazing // A book that made you go ‘ahhhh’ and ‘ohhhh’.

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This book made me go „ahhh“ and „ohhhh“ in the best way possible because it was such a lovely read. Legit my favourite coming-of-age story and I loved how all the different topics in here were explored. Not to mention the beautiful writing style of Mr. Alire Saenz! Truly such a wonderful „dreamy stargazing“ book! ❤


Fun at the Fair // A book full of colours.

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Wow, that’s such a tough prompt. Which kind of colours are we talking about? Actual colours on the cover? Characters that love to express themselves by drawing with different colours? Or the characters in the book themselves that all come with different personalities and therefore are diverse and colourful?! I’ll just go with the last one because I’m so extra and say: „Heartstopper“ because it’s not just a colourful cover but also a series full of diversity and I just love it!!!!


Amusement park adventure // A book that was a rollercoaster.

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ALL. THE. FEELS!!!! AAKDFLASDFJASKDFJASDFKASJDFAKSDFJ! This was such an emotional roller coaster I can’t even! Like seriously!!! I can’t! I finished this book in August 2021 and I’m still not over it!!! I repeat: STILL. NOT. OVER. IT!!! How am I ever supposed to move on to the next book?! Book 3 is going to destroy me for sure. T_T (but I still want to know what happens next… I know what you’ll say: „It’s your funeral“ and you’re so right with it. *lol* RIP my poor soul!

Picnic with cherries // A book whose food descriptions made you feel all *heart eyes*.

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I swear this book made me so damn hungry!!! *lol* All the mentions of „Monster Cake“ and „So Sorry Blondies“ etc. had me almost drooling on the pages and I really would have loved to taste the food Emma Lord invented in this book because it really sounded so freaking delicious! ❤ I’m sure I would have become an instant regular at Pepper’s shop! Haha!


Trip to the museum // A book that taught you valuable stuff.

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At the risk of repeating myself: „Felix Ever After“! I loved this book so much and I hold it so close and dear to my heart! There were so many things I learned from this book (especially a lot of things about myself) and this even though it’s a LGBTQ+ YA contemporary romance. But honestly it’s so good. It teaches you to accept yourself, it tackles lots of serious topics but it somehow still manages to keep the balance between serious and entertaining. Kacen Callender is amazing! ❤ I can’t wait to read more of their books.

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I Tag:

Destiny @ Howling Libraries

BooksWithNatasa

The Yoongi to my V – Sabrina @ Notes From a Paper Plane Nomad

Ashley @ Ashes Books & Bobs

Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books

This was a really fun tag and I actually had to think very hard about some of my answers. XD A huge thank you to Elli once again for being so kind to tag me for this! And to everyone I tagged: You don’t have to do it if you don’t want to, but I thought you might have fun doing this tag as well! =) So what about you? Did you read any of the books I mentioned and if yes did you enjoy them? Which kind of books would you have chosen for the prompts?

Talk to me and let me know!

And as always take care and stay healthy and safe! ❤

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox

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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Haven’t Read, But Want To

TTT was created by The Broke and Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl (click here for upcoming TTT topics!).

Today’s Topic is: Authors I Haven’t Read, But Want To (Submitted by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse)

I know I’m one week late with this T10T topic but last week my hubby tested positive and had to go into quarantine so our life was a little bit chaotic and totally upside down. XD To be confined at home during easter sucked. Yep… And with this said, let’s finally do this!

1.) Brandon Sanderson

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I still haven’t read my first Brandon Sanderson book. I mean technically I started with „The Final Empire“ but I’m only about 10% in and can’t really say a lot about it yet. So yeah, for me Brandon Sanderson is still an author I haven’t read, but want to. 😉 (and am reading now?! *lol*)

2.) T.J. Klune

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I swear, I so need to start reading TJ Klune’s books because everyone and their grandma is raving about them and they must be really good if so many people like them. I want to know if the hype is real and I’ll definitely read my first Klune book this year. Maybe it will even be „The House in the Cerulean Sea“. I’ve been dying to read that one for ages. XD

3.) Morgan Rhodes

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This book and the entire series has been on my TBR AND on my book shelves for ages and I really need to get to it. I heard so many great things about this series and I also heard that you either love it or hate it. Since it was highly recommended to me by two people that know my taste in books because our reading tastes are similar I’m pretty sure I’ll love this. =)

4.) Lev Grossman

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Another series that has been on my shelves for a very long time. I’m not entirely sure if I’ll like it or not, but I guess it’s about time to find out. The tv series was very intriguing so I’m hoping that the books will be good too. I guess the only way to find out if the author is for me or not is by reading the books, right?

5.) Anthony Doerr

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I’m so going to read this book soon! Anthony Doerr has been on my radar for ages and „All The Light We Cannot See“ is definitely going to be the first book I’ll read that was written by him. By now I even placed it on my April TBR so I’ll hopefully get to it soon.

6.) Becky Chambers

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Honestly, this series has been all over my Goodreads feed and so many people seem to read it. I’m very intrigued by the premise of the book and I’m also very curious about the author’s writing style. This seems to be a well-beloved series as well so I can’t wait to dive into it.

7.) Steven Salvatore

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I think this book only got out in March and the author is a very new author. Their other book is „Can’t Take That Away“ and it was their debut which I also want to read and which is still on my TBR. *lol* So yeah, I haven’t read any of their books but I really want to get to them because they all sound so good! XD

8.) Naomi Novik

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This is another case of „I haven’t read any of the author’s books so far but I’m currently 10% into „Spinning Silver“. *lol* I think Naomi Novik is also one of those authors everyone knows and has read at least one book of. Well, not me! 10% baby! Haha! Anyway! I’ll finish this book sooner or later and then I can finally say I have read one of the author’s books. 😉

9.) Xiran Jay Zhao

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So this author has been all over BookTube lately and everyone says you should read „Iron Widow“ because it’s so good. For a debut that’s actually quite something and I can’t wait to get a copy of this into my greedy hands. *lol* I’m looking forward to read about the strong female MC and apparently there’s even an LGBTQ+ element?! I’m ready!

10.) Emery Lee

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This is legit one of my most anticipated reads for 2022, because what’s not to love?! An m/m enemies-to-lovers trope with lots of food?! Sign me up! I can’t wait to read this and if I liked it I might pick up the author’s other book as well. 😉 Wish me luck that this is going to be the foodie romance I craved for! XD

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So what about you? Which authors haven’t you read but really want to get to? Do we have some in common and if yes, which ones? Did you read any of the books on my list and did you enjoy them? Are there any well-beloved authors you still haven’t read and if yes why?! And are you a fan of debut books too?! (I love it, there’s nothing better than to discover a new amazing author!)

Talk to me and let me know!

And as always take care and stay healthy and safe! ❤

*hugs’n’kisses*

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The Gif-y-Love Tag

Hey there, my lovelies!

I was tagged for this by Hundreds & Thousands of Books in December 2020 and I’m only getting to it now because as you all know and must be aware of by now: I’m a snail! *lol*  But yay! I’m heading towards the tags of 2021 now so I’m catching up. Or well, kinda. XD Anyway! Thank you so much for tagging me for this! I’m sure this is going to be fun! Also if you don’t know my fellow book bloggers page yet, please make sure to check it out! She’s a really lovely person and the content on her blog is amazing! ❤ This said, let’s jump right into the fun!

Rules

  1. Thank the person who tagged you and leave a link to their blog.
  2. Mention the creators (Tiction and Nehal).
  3. Make a post, do list the rules.
  4. Use the tag #gif-y-love and choose a GIF you love for each of the provided prompts.
  5. Tag at least 5 people.
  6. That’s it! Make sure you laugh a lot in the process too.

The Prompts!

I’m Bored 

UENR: These 10 Cat GIFs Sum Up How We Feel About The Break ...

Current Mood

It’s early in the morning over here

Reading 

7 Ways Reading Books Helps Managers Improve Their ...

could be me reading a suspenseful book *lol*

Sarcastic

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I swear Dean’s sarcasm is so me sometimes. *lol*

Spongebob 

See the source image

This is just too cute and I found it as well. Rainbow Spongie! ❤

Angry

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Showing off my fangs. *lol*

Scared

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Love Captain Jack Sparrow! Don’t forget the Captain! ;-P

Laughing

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This is so cute. XD

I Nominate

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This was fun and exactly the kind of short and enjoyable tag I needed right now! XD Thank you so much for tagging me @ Hundreds & Thousands of Books! I hope everyone I tagged will have a lot of fun with this too! =) What are your favourite gifs? (I usually would have used a lot of BTS ones. *lol*)

Talk to me and let me know!

And as always take care and stay healthy and safe! ❤

*hugs’n’kisses*

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring 2022 TBR

TTT was created by The Broke and Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl (click here for upcoming TTT topics!).

Today’s Topic is: : Books On My Spring 2022 TBR

1.) Pet – Akwaeke Emezi

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I have absolutely no idea what this book is about but it made it on my March TBR because apparently it has a LGBTQ+ rep and a lot of my favourite bloggers loved it. =) I’m always ready to find new and interesting books and the blurb sounds very mysterious so here I am.

2.) The Silvered Serpents – Roshani Chokshi

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I’ve been dying to read „The Silvered Serpents“ after I finished „The Gilded Wolves“ and even went as far as to make a NetGalley account in order to request an ARC. Unfortunately my request was denied and I was very heartbroken about it. After about two years I finally bought the book though and I’m so ready to dive into it! My precious babies are waiting for me! ❤

3.) Blue Flag – Kaito

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This sounds super interesting and I can’t remember the last time I ever read a LGBTQAI+ manga! I mean apparently there is a love quadrangle and probably some m/f, f/f and m/m action in here?! Honestly, I don’t need more than that! I’m sure I’ll love this! =)

4.) Almond – Won-pyung Sohn

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I started to read this for my #Koreadathon participation and I’m really enjoying it. Katja – one of my favourite BookTubers – and I decided to read this for the „read a book recommended by a Korean celebrity“ prompt, because RM as well as SUGA from BTS read this in their show „In the Soop“! I’m halfway into the book right now and it’s very good so far.

5.) Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik

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I’ve heard people rave about this book for ages and got curious enough to finally pick it up! *lol* Also this is a Rumpelstiltskin retelling and I love my Rumpelstiltskin! XD I only managed to read about 10% so far, but the little I read has me intrigued and I can’t wait to see where this story will head.

6.) The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson

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And here comes another beloved series! Everyone is talking about Brandon Sanderson and after four years of people constantly raving about him I finally decided to give his books a try. I mean this is high fantasy so it will probably take a while to get used to the world building. It’s been ages I fell for a fantasy world though so I’m kinda ready to be swept off my feet! Brando Sando do your worst! 😉

7.) Children of Virtue and Vengeance – Tomi Adeyemi

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I think I read „Children of Blood and Bone“ about two years ago and enjoyed it. There were some weaknesses but the story was still interesting enough for me to want to know how it continues. Plus I want to know if my ship will sail. XD I doubt it, but oh well, you can always hope right?

8.) Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson

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I only just started with this book but I’m already finished! Yeah, I read this like nobody’s business and I regret NOTHING! Oh, well, okay there is something I regret: That there is no second book!!! Like seriously!!?? How can this be a standalone!? Why is there no book two?? I loved absolutely everything about this book and I need more! Forever heartbroken that this isn’t a series! T_T

9.) The Fever King – Victoria Lee

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This book has been on my TBR for ages and I finally preordered it at my library! Magic, two boys that are rivals but fall for each other, high stakes, a tragic background story and a viral magic outbreak? Do I even need to say more? This sounds like it will be right up my alley and I can’t wait to dive into it once it arrives! =)

10.) Empire of the Vampire – Jay Kristoff

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I wanted to read this ever since I first read Jay Kristoff’s review about it. *lol* Jay definitely has a way with words and everything he spoke about in his review screamed „READ ME“! XD Also am I the only one who loves the fact that the title rhymes? I mean „Empire of the Vampire“! The title alone is brilliant. Not to mention the amazing cover art! AHHH! I’m so going for this one in spring! ❤

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So what about you? Which books do you want to read in spring? Do we have some in common and if yes, which ones? Did you read any of the books on my list and did you enjoy them? Are you taking part in some of the many amazing readathons out there? Did you know that the #Koreadathon exists and did you ever take part in one?

Talk to me and let me know!

And as always take care and stay healthy and safe! ❤

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox

Allgemein, Awards, Book Tags

The Outstanding Blogger Award

Hey there, my lovelies!

I just noticed that I got tagged for this by Elli @ AceReader  in 2020 and I can’t even say how shocked I am about my snaildom. *lol* Like honestly! 2020??!!! I’m so behind on tags and awards it’s not normal anymore. XD Anyway! Thank you so much Elli for nominating me for this Award. I’m sorry I’m only getting to it now but oh well, I gotta defend my title as the snail of all snails, right?! *lol* This said, let’s not waste any more time and head straight to the fun part!

The Rules

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (very important: see why in step 5)
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

What book have you re-read the most?

Ha! That’s such an interesting question and I guess my answer for it is even more interesting. *lol* I reread Harry Potter about a gazillion times but I also reread the „Captive Prince“ series at least as much. XD I know those two are very different. But oh well, that’s typical me right there. ;-P Also I constantly reread chapters of „The Raven Cycle“ but I don’t count it as a full reread because I’m not reading the entire book/series. Go figure. Haha!


A popular book you think is overrated?

Mhmm that’s a tough one. I usually tend to like the popular books but if I’d have to choose I’d say „The Maze Runner“ series. I really enjoyed the first book but oh boy, the second and the third one made no sense. I basically spent all of book two and three ranting about how illogical everything is. *lol* It just wasn’t for me. Sorry?!


Translate the title of your favourite book into emojis.

Framed Picture Emoji (U+1F5BC) man | emojidex - custom emoji service and appsHeart emoji" Art Board Print by BlvckBleach | Redbubble (If you’re able to guess that one you’re good. *lol*)


Do you watch booktube? If yes who is your favourite booktuber?

Funny how my answer changed to that one. If I’d have done this tag in 2020 (when I got tagged for it) I wouldn’t have known any BookTubers, but since I started my own channel in 2021 I know way too many now. XD There are so many awesome BookTubers I can’t possibly answer that question. >_< They are all too good!


What’s the best book-ish gift you’ve ever received?

I usually gift myself with bookish things because I always get gift cards and then buy the things/books I want to buy. BUT I got my „The Sassy Library Fox“ sign that’s always in the background of my videos from my bestie and it’s really one of the most amazing bookish gifts I ever received! I love it so much! ❤


If you could travel in time, where would you go?

For some reason I was always fascinated by the 18th century so I probably would go there and satisfy my curiosity? *lol* I dunno why but for me this time period is super interesting. XD There just happened a lot and there were so many interesting kings, etc.


How do you rate books?

I rate them with my paws (or stars on GR) and there are a couple of things that factor into my rating. Of course every book rating is subjective so I have my own personal rating system which is actually written on my blog. Just in case you never saw it:

5 Paws – I loved, loved, loved that book and neither was able to put it down nor wanted it to end. I’ve become a huge fan and will not only reread the book but also search for fanart in the net! XD

4 Paws – I liked the book a lot and enjoyed to page through it. It was an easy and nice read and I’d recommend it any time.

3 Paws – The plot and the characters were good but I might have had some minor issues with the writing or the book didn’t capture me as much as I would have liked it to.

2 Paws – It was okay but there were so many things I didn’t like that I definitely won’t keep it in my collection and also won’t recommend it to anyone.

1 Paw – I hated it and constantly felt an overwhelming urge to either throw it against a wall or to burn it. Thank god it’s over! Good riddance!


I Tag:

Hundreds & Thousands of Books

ella isn’t reading

Brianna’s Books And Randomness

Destiny @ Howling Libraries

Andge @ Down the Rabbit Hole

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Sabrina @ Notes From a Paper Plane Nomad

FangirlFlax

Lyn @ Nomadic Worlds

Alexia @ Right Writing Words


My Questions:

  1. If you could be a bookish villain for a day, which one would you choose and why?
  2. An underrated book that should be known by more readers?
  3. Translate the title of your favourite book into emojis. (Just had to steal that one because it was so much fun. Sorry, Elli! *lol*)
  4. Name a book series you would have wanted to read more of!
  5. What’s the last book you bought and why did you buy it?
  6. The most beautiful book cover you have ever seen?
  7. Which kind of hobbies do you have aside from reading?

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This was a lot of fun! Once again a huge thank you to Elli for tagging me! What would you have answered to those questions and do we have some answers in common? Are you a snail when it comes to book tags as well or am I the only one?

Talk to me and let me know!

And as always take care and stay healthy and safe! ❤

*hugs’n’kisses*

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Top Ten Tuesday:  Books Too Good to Review Properly

TTT was created by The Broke and Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl (click here for upcoming TTT topics!).

Today’s Topic is: :  Books Too Good to Review Properly (I have no words!) (Submitted by Dedra @ A Book Wanderer) Okay, I probably should say that I always review the books I read, sometimes it’s just super difficult. >_<

1.) „Kingdom of Ash“ by Sarah J. Maas

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It took me an entire year to finally sort my thoughts and to write my review of „Kingdom of Ash“. Which is probably the longest it ever took me to write a proper review about a book. *lol* Yes, I was THAT blown away by the ending. I couldn’t cope for months. Haha! That’s what happens when your favourite series ends. T_T

2.) „Sadie“ by Courtney Summers

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I wrote a review about this book but I’m still not over it and I still doubt I actually found the right words to convey how much this book destroyed me. Still not over it. I think I’ll never be. Like ARGH!! The ending!!! There are days I’m still losing sleep over the ending. One of the books I’ll never forget and probably never will find the right words for either.

3.) „The Kite Runner“ by Khaled Hosseini

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This book was so painful to read and my heart bleeds whenever I think about it. T_T One of the most painful books I ever read, but also in some way one of the most beautiful ones. There are no words that could possibly describe how deeply „The Kite Runner“ touched me. >_< Never going to read this one ever again because it’s still in my memory.

4.) Every single one of Suanne Laqueur’s books!

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And I mean it! Suanne Laqueur is one of those exceptional authors you’re looking for your entire life. Her characters are premanently seared into my mind and heart and I’ll think of them until the day I die. I tried to review all of Suanne’s books but I did a really poor job at it… I mean how do you even find the right words to describe perfection?! You can read my attempts at reviews if you follow the links: „An Exaltation of Larks“, „A Charm of Finches„.

5.) „All for the Game“ Series by Nora Sakavic

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I love Neil and Andrew and the Foxes so damn much!!! I can’t even! I’m always so emotional when I think about this series that my heart feels completely raw and fragile. XD I could probably write an entire essay about „The Foxhole Court“ and „The Raven King“ (I actually did *lol*) but no matter how many words I use it will never be enough. T_T Nothing will ever be enough to describe my feelings for this.

6.) „The Poppy War“ by R.F. Kuang

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This book. THIS BOOK! I think I was traumatized when I finished it and I still haven’t picked up book two because book one already killed me. I wrote a review about this, but don’t ask me what I wrote. I probably was still in shock when I wrote it. >_<

7.) „The Hearts Invisible Furies“ by John Boyne

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I always find it so difficult to write reviews about books that accompany a character her/his/their entire life. What do you want to mention, which moments aren’t all too important in the grand scheme of things, what do you really want to talk about?! I guess you can already tell that to review this book gave me a headache. *lol* It’s still so good though! ❤

8.) „My Dark Vanessa“ by Kate Elizabeth Russell

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Now that was another book I had a really tough time to review. My thoughts were all over the place after I finished „My Dark Vanessa“ and to be honest this book is still making me feel uncomfortable and I’m still …. I dunno. I can’t even find the proper words to discribe my feelings so there you go again! So many mixed feelings about this. *shakes head*

9.) „The Song of Achilles“ by Madeline Miller

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Okay, I know, I know! I wrote a super long review about „The Song of Achilles“ which is liked by a lot of people (thank you all btw!! I never thought so many people would enjoy it ❤ ) because they think I expressed their feelings by writing my review. Yet, I’m still not entirely sure if my review actually did this book justice. It is so damn good…. Guess I’m my own toughest critic. XD

10.) „Six of Crows“ Duology by Leigh Bardugo

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Leigh Bardugo killed me with this duology and I think she enjoyed it. *lol* There is so much to be said about all the characters and about the plot etc. I wrote super long reviews – or should I rather say essays – about both of the books but I still think I didn’t even cover half of what I wanted to say. XD And I probably never will. 😉

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So what about you? Which books did you fail to review? Or rather for which kind of books did you never find the right words in order to describe them properly? Do we have some in common? And if yes which ones?! Also is there a book you never reviewed because you just couldn’t?!

Talk to me and let me know!

And as always take care and stay healthy and safe! ❤

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox

Allgemein, Book Tags

Birthday Tag!

Hey there, my lovelies!

Today I decided to do a tag I never did before: The „Birthday Tag“! So yes, today is my birthday! I saw this on IB’s blog when she celebrated her birthday and decided to do the tag once my birthday arrives! So a huge thank you @ It’s IB!  for making me aware of this tag! I’m sure this is going to be fun so let’s just go for it! =)

1. When is your birthday?

February, 12th so today, obviously. *lol*  🎊

2. How old are you turning?

If the thirties are the new twenties then I’m turning 24. *lol* ;-P

3. What was your favorite present that you’ve ever received?

That’s such a tough question because I got so many great presents over the years. I will just pick two of the most recent presents I loved a lot! 1. The Kim Taehyung „Blue & Grey“ painting of the Yoongi to my V, which she gifted me on HER birthday! (My Yoongi is too kind! <3) and the Kim Taehyung calendar I got as a Christmas present from my other bestie who is the JK to my V! My besties know me too well. *lol* As it should be! 😉

4. Are you/did you have a party this year? If so what are you doing?

Unfortunately nope. It’s cold over here and we’re in the middle of a global pandemic, numbers are sky high in Austria and to meet people outside is out of the question. If I’m lucky I’ll be able to celebrate with my sister’s family and my parents. XD

5. How do you usually celebrate your birthday?

My bestie and I have this tradition that we celebrate our birthdays together. Our birthdays are just four days apart so we made it a tradition to go to our favourite Running Sushi restaurant and to eat there. It’s been going strong for years now. 😂 I mean sometimes (especially in Covid times) we had to celebrate our birthday in March or even later but we always, really always celebrate it together.

6. What was the most memorable birthday that you had?

My eighteenth birthday. Memorable in so many ways…. It was the saddest birthday I ever had but it also was one of the nicest because I got the surprise party I always wanted… just without the most important person in my life. (at least back then) Okay, this is getting depressing. Next question!

7. If you had an unlimited amount of money what would you do for your birthday?

Unlimited? Really?! Oh boy, where do I even start? *lol* I think I’d buy a beautiful house for my family and me and I’d travel somewhere nice with my entire family and all my besties. Maybe a nice vacation in an amazing hotel at sea. I don’t even care where. Just somewhere nice where there is an ocean and great food. XD Oh jeez! You give me an unlimited amount of money and that’s all I can come up with. *lol* But seriously, all the money in the world is worth nothing if you can’t share it with the people you love. ❤

8. What’s your birthday wish list?

I think I’ve reached that age when you don’t have all too big wishes anymore. If BTS ever comes to Austria or at least to Germany I’d want a ticket to their concert. XD Except of that? I could wish myself an own house or lots of books etc., but I think the only thing that truly matters to me right now are the wishes you can’t buy with money. I wish for good health for all my family members and friends and of course I want to be healthy as well. And I wish for more time to do the things I want to do, for the things that bring me joy and for more time with my loved ones. This is the most valuable commodity. 😀

 

9. If you only had one birthday left, what would you do for your birthday?

I’d have a huge dinner with the people I love and would spend the entire day with them. Period.

10. Have you changed a lot from last year?

Yes! I truly live „love myself“ now and I don’t take any shit anymore. If something is making me angry or frustrated I address it directly and don’t beat around the bush. I used to be the person that got along well with everyone but last year taught me that many people will take advantage of my kindness and will use it against me. I suffered through a lot of injustice because of that and if there is anything I hate then it’s injustice. (No matter if it’s directed at me or someone else.) All that made me a very unhappy person last year and I definitely learned my lesson. „Kill ‚em with kindness“ doesn’t always work, sometimes you just have to show your claws and teeth. 😉

11. Do you have any birthday traditions?

Yeah, the Running Sushi one with my bestie I spoke about earlier. XD Aside from that there’s only one more tradition: I take a day off from work. That is, of course, if my birthday is during the week and I would have to go to work. This year it’s a Saturday so I have no work anyway. *lol*

12. What’s your favorite part about your birthday?

Okay, that might sound weird now but it’s the fact that I got one year older. I know a lot of people hate that they are getting older and don’t like their birthdays because of that, but as someone who has gone through loss and grief when I was very young I appreciate and value every second I have. Life is so precious, don’t waste it! Every birthday I celebrate is another year I was allowed to live in this beautiful world and I’ll forever be grateful for it. ❤

13. Have you ever spent your birthday in another country?

Nope. Which is pretty sad now that I think about it. *lol* I guess it’s because it’s winter when I have my birthday and you usually go on vacation during the summer?! Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I’ll add that to my bucket list now: Spend your birthday in another country. XD

14. Have you ever been thrown a surprise party or have you ever thrown one for someone?

Both. There was a surprise birthday party on my 18th birthday. And I threw a surprise birthday party for my sister when she turned eighteen. 😉 Hers was a lot of fun because I somehow managed to get all our friends to the garden house of my parents and it was summer and we danced, laughed, had a barbecue, talked and played lots of games. Good times! And of course she had no idea! I’ll never forget her look when we all appeared from behind the house. *lol*

15. Do you know any celebrity who you share your birthday with?

Actually, yes. Christina Ricci, Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln. Those are the three most famous ones I think.

16. What’s the earliest birthday you remember?

I think my 6th or 7th? My parents always made a carneval party when I was younger and every kid that came to my party dressed up. It was fun! Unfortunately I got older and from my 11th birthday on there weren’t a lot of cool parties anymore. Maybe I should make that a tradition in the future? When Covid is over it would be fun to have a carneval party every year. *lol*

17. Do you think a lot of things are gonna change next year today?

I certainly hope so. I really would like to celebrate my next birthday without Covid and I’d love to celebrate it with all my friends and my family. A huge party without any lockdowns or restrictions. I really hope next year we’ll finally all be able to take a step towards each other again and that to hug and cuddle each other without any distance will be the most normal thing in the world. That’s my wish for next year. ❤

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This was a really nice tag and I enjoyed to answer the questions! =) If you have read this far, thank you! XD I know I can never keep things short so I really appreciate you sticking around until the end. Also if any of you has birthday in the near future or wants to do this tag whenever you celebrate your birthday, feel free to refer to me and to use it! 😉

And now I’ll go and eat my strawberry birthday cake, because TaeTae and I have that in common too. *lol*

[BANGTAN BOMB] V's Surprise Birthday Party 🎂 in 2020 ...  (description: Kim Taehyung from BTS blowing out the candles on his strawberry birthday cake!)

Take care and stay healthy and safe!

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox

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Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

TTT was created by The Broke and Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl (click here for upcoming TTT topics!).

Today’s Topic is: : New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021 (And there were so many I had a tough time to decide for just 10. But oh well, those are the ten that made it into the finale! ;-P)

1.) Brigid Kemmerer – „A Curse So Dark And Lonely“

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I read this at the beginning of 2021 and I really liked it?! I mean I was no big fan of Rhen, but I liked Harper and I absolutely adored Grey! This was a great retelling and definitely something different. For instance the beast wasn’t the beast right away and our heroine has cerebral palsy. Plus there was a really mean villain that made me so angry! My absolute favourite character was Grey though, so I hope to see more of him in book two! ;-P

2.) Emily Henry – „Beach Read“

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I remember going into this and expecting a typical romance but in the end this turned out to be so much more than that. I really enjoyed how those two authors got to know each other and I absolutely loved that they got inspired by each other. =) Add a very complicated background story to both MCs and you have a great read!

3.) Lev. A.C Rosen- „Jack of Hearts (and other Parts)“

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I think I’ll never get tired of speaking about „Jack of Hearts“! This book was great! I loved that Jack was openly gay and I absolutely adored his honest and direct approach when it came to his column. I think the world and especially the teens that live in it need more books like this one. Jack was unapologetic, blunt and always straightforward when he answered the anonymous questions that came his way. XD I swear Jack Rothman is amazing!

4.) Sophie Gonzales & Cale Dietrich – „If This Gets Out“

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Okay, this was legit one of my favourite books of 2021! I mean this book had everything I love in my books. Band life, the found family trope, strong friendships, a secret and forbidden romance, an adorable m/m ship, lots of angst, self-discovery, a great fandom portrayal and even the dark side of fame. Like seriously, for me this was so perfect! ❤

5.) Kacen Callender – „Felix Ever After“

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And here comes another one of my favourites of 2021: „Felix Ever After“! This book! I mean THIS book! XD It made me think so much about myself and how I see others, how they see me and how people perceive others and how people want to be seen. Plus, I loved that Felix still questioned his gender and sexuality. I think it’s great if you know exactly who you are and who you want to be, but at the same time it’s also good if you never stop questioning yourself. I swear, I could write an essay about this book and its message but I think I’ll leave it at that. *lol*

6.) Mason Deaver – „I Wish You All The Best“

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Mason Deaver is definitely a new author I discovered last year. I really enjoyed their story and I’m glad there are more and more own voices books out there with non-binary authors that know exactly what they are talking about. =) This book was so soft and I really loved Nathan! Absolutely perfect boyfriend material right there. ;-P He was really one of the most supportive characters I ever saw!

7.) Sylvain Neuvel – „Sleeping Giants“

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Now this book totally came as a surprise and when I picked it up I had no idea I’d enjoy it so much. Actually I was pretty sceptical at first, because when I read about the massive giant hand in the earth I was basically like: WTF?! *lol* If you allow yourself to jump into the story you won’t regret it though. I had a lof of fun reading this and I’m very curious where the second book will go.

8.) Philip Reeve – „Railhead“

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And here comes another surprise! I mean I shouldn’t have been surprised that I enjoyed this so much because it’s one of my Yoongi’s favourite book series and if I trust anyone with my bookish taste, then it’s the Yoongi to my V. *lol* Still, the idea of sentient locomotives and worm holes that connect different worlds sounded super weird and kinda alien to me. Well, until I started to get into the story and began to love this world! XD Honestly, I can’t wait to pick up book two.

9.) Stephanie Garber – „Caraval“

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This book had nothing in common with „The Night Circus“ and this was good the way it was, because I really enjoyed to read „Caraval“! I don’t understand all the reviews that compare it to „The Night Circus“ because quite honestly „Caraval“ isn’t even a circus but rather a show and some sort of interactive game and there is a huge difference between those two. At least if you ask me. XD This said I really liked to explore this world alongside Scarlet, but I’m sure book two with Tella is going to be even more interesting. ;-P

10.) Silvia Moreno-Garcia – „Mexican Gothic“

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I so rarely read in the genre of horror but „Mexican Gothic“ was right up my alley! I loved this dark and twisted tale about an old family in an even older house that falls apart at the seams. Add lots of fog, a cemetery next to the house and heavy nightmares with strange happenings and you have the perfect recipe for a horror book. *lol* I’ll definitely pick up Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s next book too. 😉

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So what about you? Which new authors did you discover last year and do we have some in common? Did you already read some of the new authors I discovered and if yes, can you recommend me some of their other books? (I’ll take all the recs I can get! XD) Was there a new author that failed to convince you to buy more of their books? *lol*

Talk to me and let me know!

And as always take care and stay healthy and safe! ❤

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Winter 2021 To-read List

TTT was created by The Broke and Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl (click here for upcoming TTT topics!).

Today’s Topic is: : Books on My Winter 2021 To-read List (or summer if you’re in the southern hemisphere) Okay, so I decided I’ll mostly go with the books I’m currently reading because *lol* I want to finish them all either before the year is over or during winter! So wish me luck! I’ll need it. *lol* T_T

1.) The Gravity of Us – Phil Stamper

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I’m currently about 24% into the book and I alreadly like Cal! I have no idea where „The Gravity Of Us“ is heading but I’m very intrigued by the concept of a Mars mission and hidden secrets that shouldn’t be exposed into the light of day. Also a m/m love story! I’m always here for a good LGBTQAI+ content. 😉

2.) Mexican Gothic – Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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I was supposed to read this in October but then my library had troubles to get it in time and in the end I borrowed it in the middle of November and only started to read it at the end of it. I recently watched „Crimson Peak“ and the old house and the mystery surrounding it kinda reminds me of the movie. I guess we’ll have to see where this is going. So far I’m 23% in and I didn’t get scared… yet. *lol*

3.) A Court of Silver Flames – Sarah J. Maas

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My reading buddies (Hello Jello & Kaitlyn!!) and I are sooo close to finishing this!! We’ve made it to 83% and I really hope we’ll be able to finish ACOSF during the winter holidays. We started to read this in April but life always seems to get in our way. >_< Still, we’ve come so far we’ll read the rest too. =)

4.) Now I Rise – Kiersten White

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Yes, this is also on my currently read. And yes I have way too many books on my currently read. I’m aware of that. *LOL* But argh! I was in a reading slump and instead of sitting it out and waiting for it to be over I tried to fight it by starting new books and now I have the salad. XD Still, I really like this so far, but I’m very worried about my babies Radu and Lada. Guess only time will tell if they’ll finally find their happiness.

5.) Rule of Wolves – Leigh Bardugo

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I’m sure you already guessed it: Yep, it’s on my current list too. T_T (Someone send help! Please! *lol*) This said I’m kinda undecided whether I like the direction in which this is heading or not. There doesn’t seem to be all too much of a plot but the characters most definitely make up for it. XD Can’t wait to see if my Zolai ship will sail. ❤ I really hope it will even though I have no idea how!

6.) A Small Hotel – Suanne Laqueur

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I am still reading this! *mental breakdown* Why am I such a horrible reader?! I was supposed to finish this in September but you know…. life! >_< I love Suanne’s books but my reading slump was horrible and I just couldn’t read „A Small Hotel“ because I knew I wouldn’t be able to give it all the attention it deserves. Still, I’ll finish it before the year is over! You have my word on this, Suanne! Promise and pinky swear!

7.) The House of Hades – Rick Riordan

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And here comes the last book on my currently reading! „The House of Hades“! You know you’re in a really terrible reading slump when you can’t even read one of Uncle Rick’s books! *lol* Guess that’s what I learned the hard way those last couple of months! T_T I’m so ready to dive into this book now that my slump is over though so my precious sons Nico and Percy here I come! ❤

8.) Girls of Paper And Fire – Natasha Noan

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In My December TBR video on BookTube I asked you which should be the third book I read in December and in the end „Girls of Paper and Fire“ made it on my TBR! So I’m totally ready to tackle this over the Christmas holidays because I’ve been dying to read this f/f fantasy book for ages!! (Don’t ask me why it always takes me so long to get to books! I dunno! *lol*)

9.) The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson

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„The Final Empire“ also made it on my winter TBR and since I’ve never ever read a single Brandon Sanderson book before I’m totally ready to find out what all the hustle and bustle is about! I’ve been told that this is a good start to read Sanderson’s books so I hope I’ll love it as much as all the other people who read this series before me.

10.) Frankly In Love – David Yoon

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This doesn’t only have a fake dating trope but is also about Korean culture and when I found it in my library I just couldn’t resist to borrow it. I’m very curious if this is as good as it sounds and I guess the only way to find out is by actually reading the book, so this is definitely on my winter TBR too. =)

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So what about you? Which kind of books landed on your winter TBR and do we have some in common? Did you already read some of the ones that are on my list and if yes, did you like them? Did you ever fall into a horrible reading slump like mine and how did you get out of it? (Most definitely not by adding even more books to your list, I bet. I kinda dug my own grave there. RIP V.! *lol*)

Talk to me and let me know!

And as always take care and stay healthy and safe! ❤

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Love An Update On

TTT was created by The Broke and Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl (click here for upcoming TTT topics!).

Today’s Topic is: : Characters I’d Love An Update On (Where are they now that the book is over?)

1.) Sadie – Courtney Summers

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Okay, everyone who read „Sadie“ will know why I so desperately want an update on the characters in this book! Especially a certain one!!! XD I won’t spoil anything but I NEED an update on this!!! Or maybe an entire sequel? A short story?! An epilogue? A short paragraph? Breadcrumbs!? Literally ANYTHING will do!!! Please??!! *makes huge puppy eyes*

2.) If This Gets Out – Sophie Gonzales & Cale Dietrich

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I loved this book so damn much because it had everything I love in books: Found family, a LGBTQ rep, band life, music, forbidden love, fandoms, etc. and even more important it had Ruben & Zach!!! I had the feeling that their story was actually just beginning by the end of the book and I’d totally love to get an update on their relationship and how things worked out! I’m so curious!!!

3.) The Queen of Nothing – Holly Black

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After the ending of „The Queen of Nothing“ I can’t help but wonder what Jude and Cardan and their crazy family are up to. I mean ahhh this has so much potential! Holly Black could write 3 more books and I’d read them all! I’d really love to know where all the character stand now and what happened to them. If they found love, who they hooked up with, what their everyday life looks like… So many possibilities!!! XD

4.) Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J. Maas

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I loved the ending of „Kingdom of Ash“ and it was one of the best endings of a series I ever read but I really would love to get even more. *lol* That’s a true fan right there, always thirsting for more. Haha! ;-P Anyway! There were so many ships and I wish I could have watched them all sail! Like, I mean…  ARAAFKADSKFASFAKSFHASKDFHASDFKSAFHAKSDFHAKSDF! That certain ship!!! ARGH!!!

5.) The Kingkiller Chronicles – Patrick Rothfuss

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Haha! Okay I’m joking! Or well, no, actually I’m not! I’m damn serious! I really want to know what happens with Kvothe and since we never got that long promised 3rd book (I’ve been waiting for YEARS, Pat!!!) I just want to know… I mean… I really…. I JUST WANT TO KNOW, okay?! *lol*

6.) Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston

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Why does it always feel like the real story just began when I read standalones? RWARB is another example of I really would have loved to get a second book just to see how the characters and their relationships develop over time. I mean there are so many unanswered questions and potential side-character ships. XD The curiosity is killing me! XD

7.) Lockwood & Co – Jonathan Stroud

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There were 5 books of „Lockwood & Co“ and I would have read another five books if Jonathan Stroud would have decided to write them. Seriously this series was so good! I’d love to know what Lockwood, George and Lucy are doing now. I mean I’m pretty sure they grew up and I so would have loved to see that! Did their agency grow, are they still working on cases? Also the relationships: I would love to see what happened!

8.) The Raven Cycle – Maggie Stiefvater

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My precious Raven Boys!!! What are they up to, did they graduate? Are they still in contact? Did Blue and Gansey travel around the world? What happened with Blue’s mum and her love interest? Is Henry with Gansey too?! I would ask all the same questions about Ronan and Adam but since „Call Down The Hawk“ exists I don’t have to ask them. *lol*

9.) Captive Prince Series – C.S. Pacat

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The last book ended so abruptly and the short story I got was amazing but I just need more!? I want so much more of Laurent and Damen! I want to know if they ever got kids, what happened in the years after, if they married and got their happily ever after?! But I guess since this series is finished and over I will just have to wonder for the rest of my life. xD Ahh just a little bit more of Laurent and Damen! ❤

10.) Autoboyography – Christina Lauren

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I read this book in 2017 and the ending was so hopeful and sweet but …. it was an ending! *lol* I wanted so much more and I still wonder what happened after it. You know, I’m just beginning to realize that I always miss closure in my books. XD If they are standalones you can bet there might be a slightly if not total open ending and I just can’t deal with them! T_T I’m way too curious for my own good. >_<

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So what about you? Which bookish characters would you love to get an update on? Do we have some in common? Am I the only one who has problems with open endings and always wonders what my favourite characters are doing now?!

Talk to me and let me know!

And as always take care and stay healthy and safe! ❤

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox