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Hey there, my lovelies! ❤
I was lucky enough to get tagged for this by My awesome Yoongi who is not only the creator herself but also the Yoongi to my V! XD Being ARMY and a huge fan of Sabrina and books in general I just HAD to do this! *lol* It took me quite a while to get to this tag but I eventually succeeded and went for it in the form of a BookTube video. I hope you’ll enjoy it and find some new book recs! 🙂
If you want to use the graphics you can find them in Sabrina’s original tag 😉 and if graphics aren’t your jam: Here’s a list of text-only prompts!
‘Life Goes On’: Book to remember 2020 by
‘Fly To My Room’: Book with a new perspective
‘Blue & Grey’: Book with mental health topics
‘Skit’: Book with great banter or made you laugh
‘Telepathy’: Book with strong family bonds
‘Dis-ease’: A comfort read
‘Stay’: A book filled with yearning
‘Dynamite’: Book with a retro cover
Since I couldn’t really tag anyone in the video except of everyone who watches it, I decided to tag people for it in this blog post! (I found some of you through Sabrina’s BTS art so I hope it’s okay that I tagged you!?)
This tag was a lot of fun and I want to thank Sabrina once more for creating it for us ARMYs! The graphics are amazing and I enjoy just looking at them! They totally give me a happy vibe! *lol* Did you read any of the books I mentioned in the prompts or do you want to read some of them?
Today’s Topic is: Places In Books I’d Love to Live
Ahh what an amazing topic!!! ❤ This is going to be fun!
1.) Hogwarts – Harry Potter
Okay, but honestly who wouldn’t want to live in Hogwarts? *lol* I’m still waiting for my letter, because this is THE SCHOOL for me! All the magic and the fact that this castle always changes, not to mention that they teach magic in there! I SO want to live in one of those Gryffindor dorm rooms and I want to eat the amazing food! ❤
2.) Velaris – A Court of Thorns and Roses
I think everyone who read ACOTAR fell in love with this city! It sounds so beautiful and great, I’d love to wander through the streets and to eat in one of all those intriguing restaurants. The fact that it’s at the sea and apparently has a warm climate only makes this even more appealing! Hey Lucien, can I move into that apartment with you? *lol*
3.) Cabeswater/Monmouth Manufacturing/The Barns – The Raven Cycle
Is there a more magical and enchanting place than Cabeswater? I don’t think so! It sounds like such a great place to be and to be honest I wouldn’t mind staying at any of the many places that are mentioned in „The Raven Cycle“. No matter if it’s Monmouth Manufacturing (who wouldn’t want to live in an old factory building and be roomies with the Raven Boys?), The Barns (gosh all the awesome things Ronan created!!!) or 300 Fox Way (Blue’s funny and crazy psychic family!) all those locations would be amazing! ❤
4.) The London Insitute – Shadowhunter Series
I love London and I’m a huge fan of the Shadowhunter Series. 😀 So there are already two good reasons why I’d want to live in the London Institute. 😉 Aside from that it’s also a place with a lot of history and charm. Also let’s not forget that Tessa, Will and Jem and all their friends and their entire family lived there. Just to be able to pick up one of Wills old books with his handwritten notes in it would already be so satisfying. *lol*
5.) The Harbour – The Starless Sea
I’m afraid Erin Morgenstern ruined me with her books! *lol* The mere idea of „The Harbour“ is such a great one that I wish I could actually live there. I mean seriously! It was basically described as some sort of subwaystation with millions of books and thousands of different rooms that all lead somewhere! You never know where you’ll get once you open one of those doors and a curious fox like me probably could get lost in there. Also the cozy atmosphere! Lots of cats and a fireplace! Ahh where is my door to the harbour? XD
6.) Jav & Stef’s flat – A Charm of Finches
This is a totally selfish choice because I love Jav and Stef and their home sounded so warm and comfortable! If I’d be friends with them I’d just crash on their couch and watch those two lovebirds being all sweet while they cook dinner! *lol* And well, of course I’d eat dinner with them too because I’m sure it would be delicous! XD
7.) The Night Circus
And here we go with another Erin Morgenstern book! 😉 The Night Circus was such a great book and I was totally mesmerized by its beauty. The details Erin wrote out for every single tent and it’s purpose, the magic of a wandering circus, the sweets and all the excitement. Ahh to be a part of this and to live with the circus would be so amazing! 😀
8.) Elfhame – The Folk of the Air
I suppose this choice is purely based on homesickness. *lol* But I AM a faerie after all and Elfhame is sort of … well, my home. ;-P I miss those islands and the green hill. And of course I miss Jude and Cardan. XD It’s about time I read the last book! Anyway! Revels, dancing, eating, cavorting, flirting, being in the company of beautiful faeries, trying not to fall for a bargain you’ll regret, watching your back so no one will stab you… Ahh, home sweet home! What’s not to love? *lol*
9.) Camp Half-Blood – Percy Jackson
After reading so many Percy Jackson books I can say that to live at Camp Half-Blood sounds like fun. XD I have no idea in which cabin I’d be sorted but as long as I’d be with my half-siblings it would be okay. 😀 To sit around the campfire at night and to sing songs like „This Land is Mino’s Land“ sounds like a good time, especially after a long day that was full of capture the flag. *lol*
10.) Skarmouth – The Scorpio Races
Okay, admittedly for most people this island wouldn’t be appealing but for me it somehow is? I dunno why, but Maggie Stiefvater wrote this place so well that I could feel the cold wind on my skin and smell the salty ocean breeze! The most interesting thing about Skarmouth are the water horses though! Such beautiful, powerful and frightenting creatures! ❤ I’d love to live on that island just to see them!
Did you read any of the books I mentioned and did you fall in love with those places too? At which bookish places would you love to live and why? Do we have some in common? Is there a bookish place I should definitely read about?
Now that it’s already March I decided to finally go for the „Summer Vibes Book Tag“ which was originally created by Deanna @ The Comfy Reader. The lovely Elli @ AceReader tagged me for this in July 2020 and being the walking and talking oxymoron that I am, I almost wanted to do this in winter. *lol* Well, March is at least a halfway decent time to go for it, right? XD
Anyway! A huge thank you and shout-out to Elli for being so kind to tag me! ❤ It might have taken a while for me to get to it but here I am. Actually spring seems to be the perfect time to go for this because my anticipation for summer is great. I can’t wait to go outside and not to … well freeze. 😂
This said: Let’s to do this!
☀The Beach: A Book Set Somewhere Tropical☀
The plot of this book is quite literally playing on an island in Indonesia so it totally fits the bill. *lol* Not to mention that the chemistry between Kate and Nick is amazing and kind of heats up things as well. ;-P As an FBI agent and con man they shouldn’t even be attracted to each other but as I already said, the tropical heat is actually the least of their worries. XD This is a great series if you want something light in between books. =)
☀Music Festival: A Book with a Focus on Music☀
I think after reading „I Was Born for This“ this book will always be the first thing that pops into my mind whenever I think about a book that focuses on music. I mean it’s about a famous band and their fandom so it really nails that prompt. *lol* Not to mention that it was amazing! Seriously, if you’re a fan of k-pop, part of any band fandom, have an own blog and are active on social media this book is for you! It tackles quite serious topics like social anxiety as well though, so keep that in mind when you pick this up. 😉
☀Watermelon: A Book with a Juicy Secret☀
Haha! This addresses one of the most serious juicy secrets ever: „Who killed Evelyn Hardcastle“! XD And it was such a blast to try to unravel this secret! I swear my mind is still a pretzel but „The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle“ was so worth it. *lol* If you enjoy intricate and multilayered mystery books that make you think and blow your mind: Search no more, this one is for you! ;-P
☀Water Park: A Book Set Near or on The Water☀
Well, this book plays on the water, in the water and above the water so I guess we ticked off all the water settings. *lol* This said I loved „To Kill A Kingdom“ because the sirens in this are bloodthirsty and the prince is a pirate king that doesn’t mind to get blood on his hands. Add an awesome crew and adventure to that and you have a really nice book that will keep you entertained until the last page.
☀Ice Cream: A Book or Genre That is a Guilty Pleasure☀
Definitely „The Selection“ series! I mean book 1 to 3 were already a guilty pleasure but the fourth book seems to have cemented my opinion. *lol* I really disliked Eadlyn, but I liked some of her suitors and even though the fourth book didn’t blow me away I still want to know who’s going to be the man at her side. So I guess this truly makes this a guilty pleasure read. It caters to my girlish side. ;-P
☀Picnic with Friends: A Book About Friendship☀
I’m currently reading „House of Earth and Blood“ and the friendships in this are everything! No matter if it’s between Danika and Bryce or Hunt and Bryce, I just love them. They don’t only feel real but also very relatable. I kinda want more of them now that I’m hooked to this book but since I have no idea where this series is heading (it’s really unlike any book Sarah has written) I’ll just have to wait and find out. XD
☀Road Trip: A Book that Takes You on an Adventure☀
Monty’s and Percy’s Grand Tour through Europe is one hell of an adventure! I loved this book so much because it was very funny and Monty is such an adorable character. His interactions with Percy were so sweet and I loved those two to bits and pieces. Also Felicity, Monty’s sister, is amazing as well and if you want to read a book that takes you on an adventure this is definitely a good choice. 😉
☀Sunburn: A Book that you Regret Reading☀
I really didn’t like „Genuine Fraud“ and after finishing it I felt like I wasted my precious reading time. I still think that it’s a „it’s not the book but me“ thing though. I thought „Genuine Fraud“ would be like „We Were Liars“ but it was something entirely different and it featured two tropes I just don’t like in books: An open ending and it had no central theme, so it’s no surprise I got a sunburn. It just wasn’t for me. *lol*
☀Summer Dress: A Book that is Light and Cute☀
„Red, White & Royal Blue“! Funnily enough this has a lot of serious topics as well but it’s feels so light and cute that it’s the first book that came to my mind. Henry and Alex were just such amazing characters and this book gave me so much hope for the future of the world. *lol* I wish we’d already be at the level of acceptance that’s portrayed in here but as long as we’re not RWARB is a great replacement for an evening star that should guide us just fine! ❤
☀Mosquito: A Book with an Annoying Character☀
I’m sure the Yoongi to my V will read this and agree! *lol* I got so annoyed by a certain someone in this book and to avoid spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read the entire trilogy yet, I’ll just say it was a female character and I didn’t like her. XD You know who I mean, Yoongi! ;-P
As always you don’t have to do the tag! I just thought you might enjoy it. 😉
This was a really nice tag! I should have done this in summer… or well, not! *lol* I like that I did it in March. ;-P Anyway! Did you read any of the books I mentioned or do you want to read some of them?
I can already tell that to find such books is going to be tough. *lol* I read way too many serious books and definitely should go for more fun reads. XD
1.) Carry On – Rainbow Rowell
I remember sitting in the train while I read this and earning a lot of irritated glances and raised eyebrows when I burst out laughing. *lol* But seriously this book made me laugh so hard sometimes. Baz and Simon were just too hilarious and when I wasn’t laughing about their antics I was grinning like a Cheshire Cat because they were so adorable and cute. XD No wonder this book became one of my all time favourites! If you want to read my full review you can do it here!
2.) Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston
Ahhh! „Red, White & Royal Blue“ was such a revelation! I loved this book to bits and pieces and it made me laugh quite a lot! When I went into this I already knew that a lot of people loved it but I wasn’t prepared for all the serious topics this tackled. The world in RWARB is such an open-minded and great world and I really wish things would be like that in real life too. So in some way to read about Alex’s and Henry’s relationship gave me hope and I’m convinced we can reach this kind of contentment and equality one day. If you’re interested in reading my full review just follow the link!
3.) The Hating Game – Sally Thorne
I had so much fun reading this because Lucy and Josh were amazing! They didn’t give each other an inch and their banter and battle of words was so damn amusing I can’t even! *lol* Boy, were they at each other’s throats! XD Their barbs were quite something and I couldn’t get enough of their witty altercations. I admit, I kinda lived and breathed for their little war. Haha! And of course I’m a sucker for the enemies-to-lovers trope, which made this an even more enjoyable read. There’s nothing better than people who are quick-witted and have a sharp tongue. ;-P
4.) Stephanie Plum Novels – Janet Evanovich
Janet Evanovich’s books always make me laugh out loud, especially her Stephanie Plum novels! Stephanie is such an awesome MC and I love Grandma Mazur and Lula! *lol* Plus, Morelli as well as Ranger are both really fine men I certainly wouldn’t say „no“ to. XD Whenever I need a good laugh I’ll pick up this series and just dive right into the fun. I can really recommend it! ;-P
5.) Percy Jackson – Rick Riordan
You just gotta love Percy’s sass and his defiance! Plus he’s super sarcastic and I love characters like that. 😉 This said, every single one of Uncle Rick’s books is highly entertaining and his humour is great! I might have been late to the party but I’ve read a lot of his books by now and so far I’ve enjoyed them all. So what are you waiting for? If you want to read something funny and great this is the right series for you! (And it’s extremely child-friendly too!)
6.) Six of Crows Doulogy – Leigh Bardugo
I think we can all agree that the conversations in this duology are iconic! ❤ In fact they are so iconic that I’m still looking for another series that reaches this level of awesomeness! The banter between the six MCs is hilarious and I’ve rarely come across a book that was as quote-worthy as SoC! If you ever find another book that comes even close to this: I’m ready for your rec! *lol* And just in case you want to read my super long reviews: You can read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by following the links!
7.) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
Ahh I just love this book! Simon is such a relatable MC and even though „Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda“ touches a lot of serious topics it’s still a fun read that had me smiling like crazy. Yes, sometimes I even had to laugh but mostly it’s just a feel-good book that makes you immensely happy and gives you all those papilionaceous feels! Look at me throwing around all those difficult words! Haha! (I’m typing this in the middle of the night btw and my brain is running on too little coffee to think clearly… which come to think of it explains everything about me, yet nothing at all. *lol*)
I requested this as an ARC from NetGalley and I was really happy I got approved for it! This was such a fun ride and Luc and Oliver had me laughing about their „fake-dating“ antics. Their conversation about being fake-boyfriends were hilarious and I’ll definitely watch out for Alexis Hall’s next book! If you’re looking for a short and diverting read this one’s for you. 😉
9.) The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee
Okay, if you have no idea what this book is about and who’s Monty you better get your hands on a copy and start to read now, because this was HILARIOUS!!! I swear Monty’s POV already had me dying of laughter when I was just a couple of pages into the book and it basically continued in that vein until I finished the book. If you love chaotic historical road trips that have just the right amount of adorable „awww“ moments, then you should definitely consider to give this a shot! 😉
10.) The Deal – Elle Kennedy
I know the cover is nice eye candy but don’t let it lead you astray. 😉 The content of this is great and some scenes had me wiping away tears of laughter. XD My dear friend Lia recommended me this book when I was in dire need of something funny and sexy and to say she hit the nail right on the head would be putting it more than just mildly. *lol* This said, I really enjoyed „The Deal“ and I’m looking forward to read the other books of this series too. (Apparently there are 3 more that all feature Garret’s friends and their own stories.)
Is it just me or do most of those fun reads actually have a comic like cover? *lol* Might be just my imagination but it’s interesting how comic covers kinda seem to take over the world. ;-P
Did you read any of the books I mentioned and did you laugh while reading them too? Do you have any hilarious book recommendations I just NEED to read? And are you curious about some of the books I wrote about?
It feels like it’s been ages I last did a tag and considering I was tagged for this in July it most definitely might have been quite a while. (understatement of the century) I swear, my backlog on tags is becoming its own entity. Sooner or later it will start to speak with me. *lol* Anywayyyy! Let’s move on! The lovely Brianna created this Randomness Tag a while ago and tagged me! I’m sorry it took me so long to get to it, but I’m glad I’m doing it now! 😀 So thank you, Brianna! This is going to be fun!
I know this is such a typical choice but it will always be Harry Potter! *lol* I’ve reread this about a thousand times and I’m pretty sure I’ll reread it a thousand times more. I grew up with this series, there’s no book that will ever beat this. XD
Believe it or not, but I never ever DNFed a book. I always read them until the bitter end even if I want to throw them out of the window or burn them to ashes or just want them to be run over by a car. (I’m looking at you „Imagine Me“.) So *lol* no book I’d pick up again. Those that got bad ratings got them for a reason. ;-P
I’d reread „A Charm of Finches“ any day! Just to read Jav’s story and to be a part of his life again would make me so damn happy. Yes, I admit it, I’m Javier Landes and Stef Finch trash and I’m not afraid to admit it. *lol* But seriously, those two were so wholesome! ❤ The world needs more m/m couples like that.
I’m so done with this book! So, so, so, done! I loved „We Were Liars“ but this one was such a disappointment and what was even worse: It had no plot and made absolutely no sense. I just couldn’t with „Genuine Fraud“ and I never want to read it again.
I remember loving this so much when I read it in school. This was probably my first venture into dark fantasy and the mystery of the story had me completely enthralled. My 13 year old me appreciated „Krabat“ a lot, especially because it was so unlike all the other boring books we read at school. *lol*
Cassandra Clare and Maggie Stiefvater! I’ve read almost all of CC’s books (I didn’t get to a couple of her new ones yet) and I’ve read a lot of Maggie Stiefvater books. Or well, most of them tbh. *lol* So I can definitely say: Whatever they write, I’ll read and reread their books over and over again. XD In fact I reread lots of CC’s books already and I’m fairly certain you don’t even want to know how often I reread „The Raven Cycle“. ;-P
My younger self binged this series in no time and I was such a huge „Twilight“ fan back then. I’m so curious if I’d love it as much as I did when I read it for the very first time so I’d definitely reread it for the fun of it. I’ve been toying with the idea for years but so far I didn’t manage to do a reread of „Twilight“. Maybe next year? You never know! It will happen one day! *lol*
There have been a lot of rumours that „The Raven Cycle“ is going to be a series and tbh I really wanted to see it! I think after all the Covid-19 stuff they stopped and dropped the topic though? At least I didn’t hear any news about an adaption ever since so I guess it’s currently off the table which makes me sad but you can’t change it. I might reread „The Raven Cycle“ anyway, because it’s one of my all time favourite series and I’ll never get tired of being with the Gangsey! ❤
I’m not big on audio books because I really don’t like a lot of the voices that narrate them but I heard that „Illuminae“ has a full cast and that it’s amazing to listen to. The format of „Illuminae“ seems to be made for an audio book or even for a movie adaption so I’m pretty sure it would be great! The fact that a lot of people raved about the audio is already promising as well. 🙂
As always I tried to spread the love by tagging different bloggers! And of course you don’t have to do the tag if you don’t feel like doing it. 😉 Also if you want to do this tag and I didn’t tag you: Feel tagged from me now! *lol*
I really enjoyed doing this tag and I hope you liked my answers! Maybe we have some in common?
Talk to me and let me know!
And as always these days: Try to stay healthy and safe!
Today’s Topic is: New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2020 (If you didn’t read 10 new authors, that’s fine! Just do what you can.)
1.) Roshani Chokshi (The Gilded Wolves)
Quote: ”The world has a shit memory. It will never pay its debts unless you force its hand.”
I think Roshani was one of the first authors in 2020 that persuaded me to continue to read her books. When I started „The Gilded Wolves“ I expected it to go into the direction of „Six of Crows“ but it definitely turned out to be so much more than that. After reading the ending that left me reeling I’ve been dying to get my hands on a copy of „The Silvered Serpents“, but so far I didn’t get a chance to read it. (Not for lack of trying. *lol* I even requested and ARC but unfortunately wasn’t approved.) Well, I suppose I will wait until the third book comes out before I read TSS because rumour has it that it ends on a cliffhanger. So in order to spare myself a heartattack I’ll definitely finish this series in one go! ;-P
2.) Kerri Maniscalco (Stalking Jack the Ripper)
Quote: „Fear is a hungry beast. The more you feed it, the more it grows.“
I’ve heard so many good things about this series and got curious about Thomas Cresswell. (Especially after all the swooning from fans. *lol*) So I had to investigate and discovered that the first book was really enjoyable. Sure there could have been a better plot but all things considered this was a nice start into a new series. I’ll definitely read all the other books as well and „Kingdom of the Wicked“ is already on my Book List 2021. =)
3.) Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give)
Quote: „The truth casts a shadow over the kitchen – people like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right.“
This was my first Angie Thomas book and certainly not my last! I already put „On the Come Up“ on my TBR pile and I can’t wait to read more of her other books. She’s such a great own voices author and she tackles super important topics. It’s always important to speak up against injustice and I think Angie is doing a great job with her books! So if you haven’t heard from her yet you better run to your library and borrow this book!
4.) Frederik Backmann (Beartown)
Quote: „It doesn’t take a lot to be able to let go of your child. It takes everything.“
Up until last year I never read any of Backmann’s books and this was the first one I chose to tackle. And let me tell you this: Boy, that man can write! This book was exceptionally painful to read and had me in tears multiple times. Which is why I loved it so much but also the reason why I decided to read only one Backmann book per year. My heart definitely couldn’t take more than one of his heartbreaking books at a time. XD There are plenty of Backmann books out there and I’ll make sure to read them all.
5.) Suanne Laqueur (Venery Series)
Quote: „They shared breath, poised on a shared edge, shaking all their separate pieces into one.“
I found this series through NetGalley because they were promoting the third book and gave away reading copies for the first. And I’m so glad I clicked that request button because otherwise I would have missed out on one of the best book series I ever read! XD Suanne is a master at capturing human nature and what it means to be alive and I consider it a privilege to be able to read her books! Funnily enough we’ve also become some sort of friends after I wrote updates about her books and she stalked them. *lol* (Hey there, Suanne! ;-P) So if you’ve never heard of her Venery Series and you love intricate stories with an LGBTQ+ rep: What are you waiting for?!!
6.) Nora Sakavic (The Foxhole Court)
Quote: „Easy, easy.“ Andrew lifted his hands in a careless shrug. „Why bother? It’s a cruel world, right Neil? You wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t.“ „It’s not the world that’s cruel,“ Neil said. „It’s the people in it.“
I have no idea what it is about this book but I was obsessed with it right from the moment I started to read it! The only reason I haven’t begun to read book 2 and 3 by now is because I don’t want to rush through this series! I want to savour Andrew Minyard and Neil Josten and ahhhh I loved this so damn much. All those broken characters Nora Sakavic invented just tug at my heartstrings. ❤ Those characters are my kryptonite and I’m sooo going to read the rest of her series too! As far as I could see she only wrote this trilogy and another book named „Elysium“. So I really hope she’ll write more.
7.) Courtney Summers (Sadie)
Quote: „For some people, the future ahead is opportunity. For others, it’s only time you haven’t met and where I lived, it was only time. You don’t waste your breath trying to protect it. You just try to survive it until one day, you don’t.“
Courney Summers „Sadie“ was such a revelation! I never read any of her books (apparently there are quite a few) and this was the first one I picked up. And it was so, so good. The atmosphere in „Sadie“ was exceptionally haunting and eerie, the characters either broken or already close to their breaking point. To read this was… painful and I think I’ll never get over this book. If all of Courtney’s books are like that I’ll continue to read them but I’ll make sure only to read one every year as well. *lol* Some books you just have to digest! XD
8.) Stuart Turton (The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle)
Quote: „If this isn’t hell, the devil is surely taking notes.“
To read this was so much fun! I swear I never had as much fun solving a murder as I had while reading this book. „Murder on the Orient Express“ probably came pretty close but this also had a fiction element in it and I’m such a sucker for those! *lol* So yes, to piece this puzzle together caused my brain to go into overdrive. We all know that I love myself a good challenge and thrive when my braincells have to work though, so I actually enjoyed every second of it. ;-P Can I have more books like that, please?
9.) Erin A. Craig (House of Salt and Sorrows)
Quote: ”The very delight of such an evening is being your complete self with a total stranger, don’t you think? Spilling your innermost thoughts – ones too dark and deep to ever speak in the light of day, confessing sins of passion and pleasure, maybe even misbehaving, and none of it matters, because if you don’t know who you’re toying with, then what’s the harm in it?”
„House of Salt and Sorrows“ would have made such a great Halloween read! It was really creepy and sometimes even gory and the old mansion by the sea made for such an intriguing setting! I wasn’t all too attached to the characters but the atmosphere and the mystery of this book were interesting enough to make up for it. If Erin A. Craig releases her next book I’ll definitely be there to take a closer look! 😀
10.) Soman Chainani (School for Good and Evil)
Quote: ”Tonight she would be taken into the woods. Tonight she would begin a new life. Tonight she would live out her fairy tale.”
My dear friend Sabrina raved about this so often that I got really curious and I’m so glad I finally picked this series up when I found it in my library! „The School for Good and Evil“ was so much fun and even though it’s based on fairy tales it had such a unique spin that I couldn’t help but fall head over heels for this world and its characters! Agatha and Sophie are amazing and I really need to read the other books soon! Luckily Soman Chainani obviously wrote a lot of them so I doubt I’ll run out of reading material anytime soon. *lol*
What about you? Which new authors did you discover in 2020 and can you recommend their books? Do we have some authors in common? Are there any new authors you want to read in 2021?
Today’s Topic is: Books I Hope Santa Brings (or the Christkind in my case ;P ) I’m pretty sure it will have to make an effort because some of them are quite hard to get! XD
P.S: In Austria the Christkind is bringing Christmas presents at the night of December 24th. And it’s basically baby Jesus who is an angel and delivers presents. Don’t ask me why our children believe into a little baby angel that delivers presents. *lol* And before you even think about how unrealistic that is, hold that thought and think about who Santa actually is. I suppose the idea of a bearded man who delivers presents by jumping on a slay that is pulled by reindeers is at least as unrealistic as our Christkind delivering them with magic. *lol* So I guess we’re even in the imagination department. ;-P Anywayyyy …. let’s do this! Kids are so adorable! ❤
1.) „The Silvered Serpents“ by Roshani Chokshi
I’ve been dying to read this book ever since I finished „The Gilded Wolves“ and even went as far as to get an account on NetGalley just to request an ARC. Which I obviously didn’t get or I wouldn’t hope the Christkind will bring this for Christmas! *lol* It’s about time I hold this book in my hands so please, Christkind! Could you finally get me a copy? Please?! *makes huge puppy eyes*
2.) „Cemetery Boys“ by Aiden Thomas
I’ve only heard good things about this book but I didn’t manage to buy it yet so I really hope I’ll find it under my Christmas tree! XD The story of „Cemetery Boys“ just sounds too intriguing. An LGBTQ+ rep and a ghost story including a romance?! I love such things! *lol* So yep, I definitely want this for Christmas! 😉
3.) „The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue“ by V.E. Schwab
This book has been all over my feed ever since the first ARCs went out to the blogging community and tell you what? I still have it on my feed! The hype didn’t die down yet and I just can’t wait to read this! Like seriously!!! V.E. Schwab is a queen and a story about a Faustian bargain is exactly the kind of tale I didn’t even know I craved for! ❤
4.) „Felix Ever After“ by Kacen Callender
And here we go with another book that seemingly everyone except of me has read: „Felix Ever After“! 😉 I really want to read this: BADLY, I may add! But of course my library doesn’t have it and if I’d buy every book I want to read my flat would overflow. *LOL* (Not to mention all the money it would cost. XD) So I rarely buy books and if the Christkind brings me this one I’ll be forever grateful! ❤
5.) „A Scarcity of Condors“ by Suanne Laqueur
I love Suanne and her books so much and I needed this like yesterday! 😉 Also it’s the last book in her Venery series and I just want this in my life! Suanne’s books always give me all the feels and I love them so damn much, I can’t even! XD So yep, if the Christkind brings me „A Scarcity of Condors“ it would be really appreciated!!!
6.) „Any Way the Wind Blows“ by Rainbow Rowell
Okay, technically this comes out on July 6th 2021. *lol* So I suppose the Christkind would have to get pretty creative in order to get a copy for me! But I mean, it’s the Christkind after all and if it doesn’t manage to get a copy for me, well, then no one will. XD Maybe an ARC copy? It’s Simon and Baz!!! Baz and Simon! AHHHHH!!! Christkind you can do that, right? ;-P
7.) „Cold Iron Heart“ by Melissa Marr
Irial is one of the best characters ever and I was so glad to find out that this book is about him! ❤ So I definitely want to get this as a physical copy. I just love my cruel faerie king and I’ll always want more of him! Also this is a prequel to the „Wicked Lovely“ series and I might finally find out about how Irial was before he met all the others! I’m curious, guys!!!!
8.) „The Extraordinaries“ by T.J. Klune
This book has a lot of things I love! For instance superheroes, fanfiction and two best friends! „The Extraordinaries“ sounds really great and since I already put it on „My Book List 2021“ I really hope that I’ll get it for Christmas! I’d love to spend my holidays with this gem of a book and considering all the high ratings it got, I’m sure that I’ll love it! 😀
9.) „Sticks & Stones“ by Abigail Roux
Now that is a really special wish and I’d love it if the Christkind would be able to give me this book. It’s not available at the moment, I can’t buy it anywhere and my library doesn’t have it as well. T_T I think the last time I checked you could buy an old copy of it on Amazon for about EUR 92,00 which is way TOO expensive. I mean it’s a soft cover copy, I could buy about 9 other books instead of that one copy. *lol* I’m just laughing because otherwise I’d be crying. T_T I really loved the first book of the series but as it seems I’ll never be able to continue with it… well at least not unless a Christmas miracle happens. >_<
10.) „The Core“ by Peter V. Brett
And here is my last book and another one I still didn’t manage to get into my greedy hands. I borrowed all four former books from my library but they still didn’t get „The Core“. I’ve been waiting for years for them to finally get this last book of the series but no such luck. Apparently no one gave it to them or they just didn’t bother to buy the last book. >_< (WHY, library?! Why?) My library moves in mysterious ways… so yes, I’d really appreciate it if the Christkind would place this under my Christmas tree. *lol*
What about you? Which kind of books do you hope Santa will bring to you? Do we have some in common? Do your kids believe in Santa, the Christkind, Befana or something else? How do you feel about book series you can’t finish because your library didn’t get them? Do you also have troubles to get your fingers on sequels that aren’t produced anymore? Or is it just me?!
It’s tag time and today I’ll go for a special one! Sabrina created this tag a while ago and I thought now that I finially read the first book I might as well go for it! 😉 I’m sure everyone who knows Sabrina also knows that she’s obsessed with ‘The School for Good and Evil’ series by Soman Chainani and so it’s no surprise she was inspired enough to actually go for her own tag! First of all I want to say: THANK YOU, Sabrina!!! Because I feel really honored that you considered me worthy enough to tag me. And secondly I need to tell you how AMAZING those prompt graphics are! Like OMG! I’m in awe. ❤ This said, let’s do this! 😀
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Ahh I can already tell that Sabrina will like that choice *lol*. I’ll go with „Carry On“ here because I really never would have expected to love this book so much! I went into this expecting some sort of Harry Potter fanfic and what I got was so much more!! ❤ Simon and Baz are the best and I just adore this book!!! Also aside from the obvious points it has absolutely nothing in common with HP! XD
I think „Radio Silence“ definitely fits that bill. It was so beautiful to see how the friendship between Frances and Aled gave them the courage to be who they truly are! ❤ It enabled them to embrace their true selves and made them so much braver than they would have been on their own. I just loved their character arcs and I really, really want their clothes and Aled’s hair! *lol*
I’m only about 40% into the book but I love it already!! „The Starless Sea“ is probably the embodiment of a unique and unforgettable book and I love it with every fibre of my heart! Erin Morgenstern’s imagination is epic and I really hope she’ll write even more magical books. They are all so mysterious, mesmerising, beautiful and whimsical!
Another book I’m currently reading: „House of Salt and Sorrows“. It’s some sort of „The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes“ retelling and I’m enjoying it immensely! I mean the original fairy tale already had some sort of dark edge to it, but I think Erin A. Craig lifted it to an entirely different level. This is dark and creepy and I’m so here for it. XD
Since I already used „Carry On“ I’ll go for „Red, White & Royal Blue“ this time around! Henry and Alex were so damn adorable and Henry is the most precious and sweetest thing! ❤ I love this prince and it’s no wonder Alex fell so hard for him. RWRB was one of the best bookish experiences ever and I still think it’s an amazing and hopeful book. 😀
I don’t read many collections or anthologies but „The Language of Thorns“ was a really great collection of short stories. I loved that they were all so dark and cruel, just like the old fairy tales we all know and grew up with. Leigh did an amazing job with this book and the drawings only made this even better. I can totally recommend this if you want to read modern fairy tales. XD
The last girl gang I read about and loved was the one from Sarah J. Maas’s „Catwoman“! I swear Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Catwoman were such a great trio! *lol* They certainly gave Batwing a run for his money and I loved their friendship even though they had quite a few arguments. XD Now that I think about it I’ve to say that there need to be more girl gangs in books. I mostly know mixed bookish squads but almost no girl gang.
Is it weird to say „Fence“? *lol* It’s one of the few collaborations I know about and C.S. Pacat works with Joana LaFuente, Johanna the Mad and Jim Campbell so there are definitely a lot of people involved in this graphic novel. 😉 Plus all those boys are so sweet! I can’t wait to read how it’s going to continue!
„Vicious“ by V.E. Schwab! Don’t tell me you didn’t see that one coming! XD I mean Victor and Eli are the embodiment of complex villains and I just adore Victor so damn much! ❤ This man is dangerous but also hot as hell and he has feelings even though they are buried deep. *lol* Ahh I just love Victor Vale! Period!
„The Impossible Boy“! I’ll never get tired of gushing about this book and how important it was for me to read it! I didn’t even know I needed this book until I read it and I’m so glad I stumbled over it. It helped me to accept myself and to be who I truly am and it came at the right time in my life. So I’ll always be grateful Anna Martin wrote this!
At the risk of feeling the wrath of many readers who love this book to bits and pieces: „The Catcher in the Rye“! I just couldn’t read this book. I mean I did read it, but it was pure torture! *lol* I have no idea why so many people love it and it was the favourite of my English teacher which was the main reason I gave it a try. Whatever the magic of this book, it was totally lost on me. Sorry!
I can’t remember ever being as stressed by a book as I was when I read „Muse of Nightmares“. Seriously, the entire book had me at the edge of my seat and whenever I thought it couldn’t get any worse, it just got … well worse. *lol* Laini Taylor killed me with this and my stress level was off the charts! >_< I’m still recovering from reading „Muse of Nightmares“ which is the main reason I haven’t posted a review yet. I need to calm down first. XD
Of course you don’t have to do the tag if you don’t want to, it would make me happy though. *makes huge puppy eyes* *lol* And if you’re worried you might be spoiled for the series, Sabrina said it’s spoiler free. 😉
I hope you enjoyed reading through the tag! I definitely had a lot of fun doing it!
Today’s Topic is: Characters I’d Name a Pet After (These could be your own pets (present or future), you could pick 10 different animals and tell us the name and animal type, or you could choose 10 names that would make fun cat names, etc. Put your own spin on this one!) (submitted by Nushu @ Not A Prima Donna Girl)
And because I like unique spins I’ll go for: „Bookish Character Names I’d Give My Fave Animals“
1.) Fox – Nikolai (from „King of Scars“)
There’s no better name for a fox than Nikolai! I mean he’s basically „The too-clever Fox“ and I love Nikolai Lantsov so much! So far I only read „The Grisha Trilogy“, but I’m definitely looking forward to read „King of Scars“! A book about Nikolai is what I’ve been waiting for so it’s a dream come true. I just have to stop anticipating and go for the fun instead! *lol* Nikolai Lantsov’s character traits: clever, sly, charismatic and playful
2.) Owl – Dorian (from „The Picture of Dorian Gray“)
„The Picture of Dorian Gray“ is one of my favourite books, if not my favourite book and I just adore Dorian! You might say Oscar Wilde is the reason why I love morally grey characters and Dorian and Lord Henry are as morally grey as they can get. Also owls are such beautiful animals and Dorian is exceptionally beautiful so the name kind of fits. XD
Dorian Gray’s character traits: shy, innocent and later on cunning & cruel
3.) Cat – Lucien (from „A Court of Thorns and Roses“)
And here is another character I can’t help but love to bits and pieces! Lucien is probably the most underrated side-character ever and I really want a HEA for him! Seriously, I hope Sarah J. Maas is currently sitting at home and writing his story because heaven knows he deserves it!!! *lol* This said: Lucien would be such a great name for a cat! It would fit perfectly if you ask me.
Lucien Vanserra’s character traits: intelligent, graceful, crafty, sarcastic
4.) Wolf – Octavian (from „Codex Alera“)
Tavi from Jim Butcher’s „Codex Alera“ was definitely one of my few bookish fantasy crushes! *lol* Because damn that boy is amazing! ❤ I loved him so much and he’s certainly one of a kind. I was so glad this series grew with him (or he grew with the series?!) and that I was able to witness his character arc first hand. 🙂 Also is there any better name for a wolf than Octavian? XD
Tavi’s character traits: honourable, altruistic, protective, adroit
5.) Axolotl – Wylan (from „Six of Crows“)
I know this might be a strange choice but I absolutely adore those tiny little Mexican salamanders. I mean look at its face!!! Isn’t it super cute and precious?! *lol* It totally reminds me of Wylan Van Eck from „Six of Crows“ and that’s exactly why I’d name it after him. There’s no better name for an axolotl than Wylan! ❤ Wylan Van Eck’s character traits: cautious, timid, innocent and creative
6.) Narwhale – Simon (from „Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda“)
I think we can all agree that Simon Spiers is some sort of a precious unicorn and a narwhale is the closest animal I could find to a unicorn so Simon it is! XD Also I really love narwhales because they are fascinating animals. They are akin to the belugas and just in case you wondered: their horn is actually no horn but a tusk that can get 4 – 5 metres long.
Simon Spier’s character traits: funny, guarded, cummunicative and honest
7.) Manta – Lazlo (from „Strange the Dreamer“)
I once met one of those when I was in Mexico and it was amazing! It silently slid through the water like smoke through air and it was so beautiful to watch! ❤ For some reason every time I think of it I have to think of Lazlo Strange too. They both glide through their world of dreams and as an outsider you can only watch it but never be a true part of it. It’s an otherworldly experience and one you’ll never forget.
Lazlo Strange’s character traits: optimistic, persistent, dreamy and candid
8.) Lynx – Javier (from „An Exaltation of Larks“)
I don’t know why but when I read „An Exaltation of Larks“ Jav always reminded me of a lynx. Tuth be told, I kind of think he’d actually enjoy that comparison. *lol* Just in case you’re reading this: Suanne, do you agree? XD Anyway, lynxes are very graceful animals so they at least share that trait with Jav. And I think we can all agree that he’s some sort of predator as well. ;-P
Javier Landes’s character traits: charming, graceful, compassionate and faithful
9.) Cockatiel – Yuki (from „Fruits Basket“)
Ever since I read „Fruits Basket“ I was a fan of the name Yuki. Don’t ask me why. At first I kind of liked Kyo more but Yuki sort of grew on me. Also I always wanted to have a cockatiel as a pet but never got one. *lol* For some reason I think the name Yuki would fit to it perfectly though. I mean look at the picture, isn’t that a Yuki!? ;-P Plus the name Yuki stands for „happiness“ and „snow“ which would fit perfectly.
Yuki Soma’s character traits: quiet, withdrawn, gentle and (later on) slightly cheeky
10.) Humming Bird – Kenji (from „Shatter Me“)
Humming Birds are amazing as is Kenji so it’s no wonder I think my humming bird should be named after him! *lol* Moreover I’m pretty certain they share quite a few character traits and Kenji would be thrilled to know that I named such an awesome bird after him. Kenji’s thoughts seem to fly from one blossom to the next and he’s always in motion. 😉
Kenji Kishimoto’s character traits: forthright, humorous, optimistic and restless
I just noticed that all the names I chose are male. *lol* Must be my current mindset. XD Anyway! How would you name your favourite animals and do we have some in common? Did you enjoy my spin on this TTT and do you agree with some of the names I chose?
I was tagged for this by Riddhi @ Whispering Stories and I want to give her not only a HUGE thanks but also an even bigger shout-out for being such a sweet blogger! I found a lot of interesting other bloggers through her blog post so please check it out and maybe you’ll find other amazing bloggers too! 😉 Also: Me actually doing a seasonal tag during the right season?!! I know it’s unheard of but there’s a first time for everything! *lol* ;-P
Finally Fall Book Tag
In fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I really loved this book and it was such an amazing journey! So creative and beautifully written! Also the world building and magic! Just great! I think I rarely read about such a vivid setting and the only other book I can think of that might play in the same kind of league is „Strange the Dreamer“. XD
Nature is beautiful… but also dying: Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief. We Are Okay
I love this book with all my heart because it captures loss and grief like no other book I ever read. Such a beautiful and touching book! I think it shows that there are many facets of grief and that it doesn’t always have to be loud and screaming but that it can also be quiet and so painful that you can’t seem to be able to speak about it. >_<
Fall is back to school season: Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.
My hubby loves this book and I got curious. Don’t tell him, but I think it’s actually pretty awesome. *lol* There went a lot of effort into the details of „Man-Of-War“ and the black humour you can find in every corner of this book made it a really enjoyable read. If you like history, ships and want to know how they were operated this might be a good fit for you! 🙂
In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: Name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be part of. The Shadowhunters
Oh boy, there are so many but since I’m currently reading „Clockwork Prince“ I’ll go with the Shadowhunters! Just to see Jem and Will interact would make me so damn happy, also I love and adore the friendships and relatinships in TMI and TDA as well. The Blackthorns will always have a special place in my heart and yeah… well you get the idea! *lol*
The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: Show us a pile of fall coloured spines!
I hope that’s enough?! 😉
Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: Share a book wherein someone is telling a story. Moby Dick
I know this might be an interesting choice but hear me out! „Moby Dick“ is probably the embodiment of a book in which someone is telling a story. I mean it begins with the famous words: „Call me Ishmael.“ and is told from Ishmael’s POV. Also it’s a great classic and I learned a lot about whales and the sea while I read it.
The nights are getting darker: Share a dark, creepy read.
I read this in October and it was amazing! So many awesome, dark and creepy fairy tales! It was a lot of fun to read them and they were really good. Plus for a scaredy fox like me this was an awesome Halloween read. It was creepy and dark but not all too much!
The days are getting colder: Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.
„Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda“ will always warm my heart! ❤ I paged through this in no time and it’s such a sweet read. I could reread this forever and maybe I’ll actually reread it soon. I miss precious and relatable Simon and heaven knows we all need a little bit of warmth and happiness in our lives!
Fall returns every year: Name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
I even put this on my Book List 2020 and I’m so going to read it soon! I love this faerie series to bits and pieces and I adored its characters long before Maas’s Rhysand, Tamlin and Feyre even became a thing. This is the first faerie series I ever read and it will always hold a special place in my heart. 🙂 Irial and Niall!!! ❤ My precious babies!
Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: Share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!