The Gilded Wolves: My Review


As soon as I heard about this book, I knew that I had to read it. It is set in Paris during the Exposition Universelle, and that’s basically my favourite thing to read about (even if it must not have been that great a place to live in terms of HUMAN RIGHTS, I still find it absolutely fascinating). So like the good bookworm that I am, I preordered it on my Kindle so that I would get it right away upon its release, and believe it or not and probably for the first time ever, I started reading it on its release day!

Written by an author of both Filipina and Indian descent, The Gilded Wolves is the second book on my list for YARC 2019 (link to my announcement post). It also features an incredibly diverse cast of characters from all over the world, many of them struggling with their identity as their parents come from different origins (for example, Enrique is Spanish and Filipino, and Séverin’s father was French while his mother was Algerian). This is the first time I read one of Roshani Chokshi’s books, but it definitely will not be the last!

Oh and before I dive further into the ramble of emotions that this book turned me into, and I know that my black & white kindel doesn’t do it justice, HOW GORGEOUS IS THAT COVER? I love it so much.

Title: The Gilded Wolves
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Release: January 2019
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Possible trigger warnings for racism and antisemitism

Goodreads summary:

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

I tried to make my own summary of the story like I usually do, but it didn’t do the story justice so I picked up the one from Goodreads, hopefully it makes more sense than whatever ramble I would have written.

My opinion:

Secret societies? Magic-like powers? Paris during the Exposition Universelle? An incredibly diverse cast of characters? Count me in! For every single one of those aspects! This book really awoke the history nerd in me, I was just reading and fangirling about the 19th century Paris streets, and Zofia’s science lab, and the Tuileries Garden, and the Eiffel Tower having just been built, and all the fantastic buildings the characters walked into. I really appreciated how historically accurate the setting was, it was full of little references, and at the same time challenging the mentality of the time, with its racism — Séverin being denied his father’s title because of his Algerian mother, or the idées reçues against Laila because of her origins, and how she challenged them — or antisemitism with Zofia’s character being unfairly judges by her classmates because of her origins. Overall, that made for a very accurate portrayal of the timen while challenging its problematic aspects. I also appreciated how much it dealt with mental health through the characters of Tristan (PTSD symptoms) and Zofia (autism spectrum). And of course my heart was warmed by my precious bisexual and nerdy baby Enrique. He was relatable in many aspects.

“Enrique used to feel a twinge of shame when it came to his feelings… He used to pray that when it came to attraction, his body would just choose between men and women, and not both.”

There is so much I want to say about this book, I don’t even know where to start. I absolutely loved the amazing cast of characters, which sometimes reminded me of the just-as-fantastic team of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo — mostly in the first half of the book. I really loved the setting, both geographical and historical. The Gilded Wolves was there to remind its reader of how glamourous 1889 Paris could be, but also how flawed it still was when it came to colonialsm for example: in case you didn’t know, the Exposition was also a “Colonial Exhibition” including villages of actual people who were there just to be observed, basically like a human zoo. This is not glamorous at all, this is so blatantly problematic and it is important not to forget about this very sad aspect of our history, and I’m so glad Roshani Chokshi decided to deal with it in her book.

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An accurate representation of me every time something remotely bad happened to any of the characters… Although they can pretty much all KICK ASS and don’t need my protection!!

The plot of the book was full of twists, and the main villain entity was not clear from the start which is something I really appreciated, as it can be really refreshing compared to other books I have read! I didn’t find it predictable at all, which was definitely a plus. I also really enjoyed the writing. There were some times where the plot confused me a little bit, but I didn’t really mind that much, and I still wholeheartedly think that The Gilded Wolves deserves FIVE STARS. It was brilliant and original, while also heartbreaking sometimes — but isn’t it what makes a good book?

5/5, definitely would recommend, possibly with a box of tissues by your side

Top 5 Wednesday Freebie: Fandoms You Are No Longer In

Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @GingerReadsLaineyand she has passed down the torch to Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. For more information and for future topics you can check out the goodreads group.

This week is a freebie, and after going through a lot of past themes, I found the perfect one: Fandoms You Are No Longer In. It’s actually from quite along time ago, but it really inspired me. I have been very active on tumblr fandom-wise since I joined the website back in 2012, so of course there have been things coming and going, which is why I thought that this topic was so perfect. Through the years, Harry Potter has been quite consistent, but I think it’s the only fandom that has, really, been showing up on my blog regularly. Along with shitpost but, you know, that’s not a fandom. Anyway, this topic also gives me the opportunity to talk about TV shows along with books, and I hope you enjoy it! Here are five fandoms are am no longer (actively) part of.

The Hunger Games

Both the books & the movies. I remember when I first joined tumblr, THG was all over my dash, featuring #everlark and so on. I loved those books so much when I first read them. I remember crying at 2am when I finished Catching Fire, and texting my friend so she could bring me the sequel on the very next day. I even went to the premiere of Mockingjay part.1, that’s how dedicated I was. I have reread the books several times. And my mockingjay pin is one of the first book merch I ever got, back when I joined Bookstagram. So yeah, this fandom was really important to me, but for some reason I have now drifted away from it.



I remember when I first read Divergent, one of my friends had told me she had been disappointed, so I didn’t set my hopes too high, but I ended up really loving it. Insurgent was fine, and so was the collection of short stories. I believe my Book vs. Movie post about Allegiant is actually one of my most viewed posts. But as the fandom slowly died away, so did my interest in this series it seems. I honestly wasn’t a huge fan of the ending, and was confused by a lot of aspects of this series. I even ended up giving the books away to my cousin, because I know she loves them way more than I do.

Once Upon A Time

I got into this show when I was in my second year of college I believe, and binge-watched it in a few weeks. Then I had to wait every week to stream the episode on Monday nights. I really loved it at that point, I even started to write some fanfiction about it (which I never finished). Truthfully, one of my favourite characters died in season 3 and it really broke my heart but I kept watching, although the story really went all over the place. I think I stopped watching around season 5 and now I have no idea if this show is even still happening? I completely lost interest in it, which is surprising to myself, considering how much I love retellings.


Merlin (BBC series)

Along with The Hunger Games, Merlin was one of the things I was really obsessed with when I first joined tumblr. I was reblogging so many gifsets, and I think it’s with this show that I truly discovered the beauty that is shipping a technically non canon couple to your death bed (Merthur anyone?). Now I haven’t completely lost interest in the series, and to be honest, I really consider rewatching it at some point because I really loved it. I just incuded it on the list because I wanted to talk about it. Nowadays, the fandom is rare on my dash, but I still reblog it sometimes with fondness. ♥

The KDRAMA Fandom

And finally, last but not least, how can I talk about fandom without talking about kdrama? Kdrama got me through high school, and my first years of college. I spent so much time binge watching them, and fangirling over them with my best friend, and on forums. It was amazing. A good example of that is how I watched Reply 1997 in one sitting. It has 17 episode of one hour. I was that dedicated. I was also such a huge fan of School 2013. I actually had a blog with my best friend, back in the days, where we talked about kdrama. I invested so much of my time in this fandom, it was wonderful. Now it’s not really the case anymore, but I still watch a drama or two from time to time, and definitely enjoy them!

And that’s it for today! I really had a lot of fun writing this article & I hope you enjoyed it!

Top 5 Wednesday: Top of my TBR

Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @GingerReadsLaineyand she has passed down the torch to Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. For more information and for future topics you can check out the goodreads group.

The theme for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday is “Top of your TBR” and it feels like I’m going to talk about the same books I’ve been wanting to picks up for weeks months and still haven’t picked up but here goes the list! And hopefully I WILL pick up those very soon!

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

I’ve been talking about this book ever since its released day, I had even preordered it, and its been sitting on my shelves ever since… I promise I will pick it up soon, I have no excuse, really. I just need to finish some of the books that I’m currently reading, and they’re all so good, and then, I’ll read City of Ghosts.

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

I’ve been meaning to read this books for years, and I have now owned it for a bunch of months, and yet I haven’t read it yet. It deals with a topic that is dear to my heart as I’m a vegetarian, and it honestly looks super interesting. Hopefully I pick that one up soon as well. I know it was already on the list the last time I did a TBR related T5W.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Another book I was highly anticipating, and actually haven’t read once it was released. I honestly heard so many great things about this one, I can’t wait to dive into it. I really think Hank Green is awesome, so his book can only be awesome too, right?

Wildcard by Marie Lu

I read Warcross soon after its own release date if I remember correctly and really enjoyed it, so of course I was highly anticipating its sequel. I was really waiting for it, and then it was released and I somehow forget about it. I heard mixed reviews about it but I personally can’t wait to see what happens to Emika. Hopefully I will pick up this one soon as well — for now it’s quietly waiting on my Kindle.

Unsouled by Neal Shusterman (Unwind #3)

I started reading the UNWIND dystology over the summer, knowing that they were my cousin’s favourite books, but somehow with low expectations. I ended up really loving the first and the second book, but I never got around reading the third one for some reason. I also have it on my Kindle, so hopefully I read this one sooner than later as well!

Thanks for reading, feel free to share the books on top of your TBR in the comments, I’d love to talk!

Starfish: My Review


I feel like I haven’t posted a book review in forever, so it was time that I did. After scrolling through my blog, apparently my last review was for Tess of the d’Ubervilles on December 10th, so it HAS been a while. Starfish is officially my third read of 2019, and also happens to be a new favourite. This book really left its mark on me, and I’m here to share why.

Title: Starfish
Author: Akemi Dawn Bowman
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Release: 2017
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Trigger warning: sexual abuse, parental abuse, suicide, racism

What this book is about:

Starfish is the story of Kiko, a Japanese-American senior in high school who dreams of going to Prism, a very selective art school. She lives with her abusive mother and her two brothers — her parents are divorced and her dad remarried. Kiko deals daily with her social anxiety and her self-centered abusive mother. She’s not really close with her brothers, and sees it as a way of protecting herself from getting hurt. It also becomes clear very early in the story that Kiko was abused by her uncle when she was a child, although her mother never believed her. And she also thinks herself responsible for her parents divorce.

To sum it up, it’s basically a coming of age story featuring a Japanese-American teenage girl with an abusive mother, a childhood trauma, anxiety and a passion for art. Add to the mix a fantastic best-friend, a trip to California, and a childhood crush she meets again year later, and you have the essence of Starfish.

Further info:

Starfish is available as a free read on Riveted Lit until the end of the month!!

It is also my first read for YARC 2019, a challenge hosted by Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams, CW @ The Quiet Pond, Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea, and Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads.

My thoughts ❤️

This book was such a powerful, beautiful rollercoaster of emtions. I really loved it.

This review may contain spoilers!

As someone who has anxiety, Kiko’s struggle with it hit extremely close from home and I really appreciated that. The rep was done perfectly when it came to that, and I probably cried more than a few times because of it. I could relate to her so much, and it doesn’t happen to that extent that often.

On a daily basis, Kiko also had to deal with her self-centered mother who didn’t really give a shit about her, to the point that she would literally direct racist comments towards her, and criticize her Asian-ness, which really broke my heart every single time. Kiko’s mom is a villain with no arc of redemption, and who only briefly supports her children when it can benefit her. She has been harmful to the point that Kiko doesn’t really talk with her brothers, scared that if she gets too close, she might get hurt. It also led to her having very little self-confidence, and building a carapace. Her dad hasn’t been much around for the past few years. She does visit him from time to time, but never confided in him.

When Kiko gets the opportunity of going to California with her childhood best friend Jamie, she sees it as the opportunity of a lifetime, to finally get some freedom. All the while through, though, she is burdened by her anxiety and her childhood trauma, in a very realistic way.

Throughout the book, Kiko struggled with her own identity, and also tries to reconnect with her Japanese roots. It was both beautiful and moving (and also a little bit heartbreaking).

“Dad’s the only person I know from the Japanese side of the family — the side I feel like I’m supposed to be connected to, even though I don’t know anything about it. Everyone expects me to be Asian, not white, because of the way I look. But I’m only half Japanese — I’m the same amount of Asian as I am white. Why doesn’t anyone ever call me half white? It’s confusing. I wonder if it will always be confusing.”

It just feels so real reading this. I don’t know how else to say it. Starfish points out how racist people can be, and how people of mixed ethnicity are massively misunderstood and mistreated. All the while featuring very beautiful writing, and fascinating characters.

It’s so easy for the reader to keep believing along with Kiko that her mother will somehow get better, somehow believe her & believe in her, somehow start to care, yet she is a villain to the core and she gets no arc of redemption. That was also really realistic.

Eventually, I also really appreciated Kiko’s need to be her own person, and not rely on others to help her feel better. It would have been so easy for the story to to like: Kiko meets with her childhood crush after years spent apart and suddenly all of her problems were gone. While Jaimie did help her, like her friend Emery used to, she realised that getting better & stronger was a journey she had to do herself. Again, that was not only beautiful, but also realistic. And made her a good role model for the readers!


This pretty much sums up how I feel about this book. I loved the story from beginning to end — the ending was also really refreshing and full of hope. I loved the writing style, the plot, the character development. I also really loved the metaphor of the starfish (not going to spoil you on that one, but when you find out where the title comes from it really does make sense, and fit the book perfectly!) I also really enjoyed all the descriptions of Kiki’s art. And of course, I loved the cover as well, how gorgeous is it?!

This review doesn’t even begin to show how much I felt while reading this book, but I hope you will pick it up as well because it’s totally worth it.

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019


Did I just decide to take part in another reading challenge for this year? Why yes. Along with the Audiobook Challenge, I have decided to take part in th Year of Asian Reading Challenge, also known as YARC 2019. This challenge is hosted by Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams, CW @ The Quiet Pond, Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea, and Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads.

The aim is simple: read as much books by Asian authors as you can! I will keep track of my reading progress on a new shelf on Goodreads, and obviously in my monthly reading wrap ups.

As it turns out, one of my first reads of the year was Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman, and it matches the challenge perfectly! The January prompt is family, which is one of the theme of Starfish from my point of view. This book was an emotional roller coaster, and I absolutely loved it. I will have a review coming up soon. [TW: abuse]

In addition to monthly prompts, you can attempt to reach a level by the end of the year:

  • Philippine tarsier: 1 to 10 books read
  • Indian cobra: 11 to 20 books read
  • Malayan tapir: 21 to 30 books read
  • Giant panda: 31 to 40 books read
  • Asian elephant: 41 to 50 books read
  • Bengali tiger: More than 50 books read


I’m aiming for the cobra level. Considering the amount of books I read per year (something between 80 and 100 these past few years), that seems like something I can reach!

The challenge will also host events as the year goes by, and I guess I’ll figure it out as I go!

Top 5 Wednesday: Disappointing Reads of 2018

Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @GingerReadsLaineyand she has passed down the torch to Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. For more information and for future topics you can check out the goodreads group.

These were not necessarily my least favourite books of 2018, but rather books for which I had built up high expectations, and which ended up disappointing me. I know I shouldn’t get my expectations high, so that would only leave me room for a good surprise, but sometimes you simply just hear too many great things about one book, and you can’t help but thinking you will like it as well. Here’s my list!

Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy

A classic! I don’t read that many classics, unfortunately, but this one had been on my TBR for quite some time, especially since I had hear many great things about it from the Bookstagram community. I don’t know if I simply didn’t get the message this book was trying to give, or if it simply wasn’t the book for me. But I ended up disappointed.

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

This is another book that had been on my TBR for quite some time. I was planning on reading the book and then watching the movie (years after everyone else). One of the main reasons I wanted to read & watch the story was because I really like Shailene Woodley. The book was also really hyped when the movie was released, and I wanted to see what it was all abaout. Now maybe I waited too long, and maybe I grew too old to enjoy this kind of YA book. But really, honestly, I couldn’t stand the main character, and didn’t understand what the fuss was all about. I don’t think I’ve ever been this disappointed in a book to be honest.

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

This is another book that has been receiving a lot of hype recently, partyly because of the fact that the author is an anonymous figure. It’s a historical fiction set in Italy in the second half of the th century, and it’s supposed to cover the life of two friends from their childhood to their old age. I was really looking forward to reading this book, first of all because I heard many great things about it, and second of all because it just seemed right up my alley. Well, it wasn’t. I still read the second book in the series, and will probably finish it one day because I’m still curious about a few things, but I can still feel the bittersweet taste of disappointment in my mouth when I think about this book.

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

I hadn’t read any Murakami book before, and I felt it was time I did. One of my friends had recommended me Norwegian Wood, so I figured I might as well start with this one. While I did like the concept of this book, I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. Many parts made me feel uncomfortable – especially when it came to the mental illness rep – and I know that I definitely built my expectations to high for this book. In the end, I was just disappointed.

The Hit-Girl comic book by Mark Millar

The concept of this comic series really got me curious. I also had read and enjoyed another comic by Mark Millar earlier this year, and figured I should give this one a shot. I should have read the reviews on Goodreads first before buying it, because that would have prevented me from such a waste of my time. I honestly feel that this book really let me down, and I’m very disappointed.

That’s it for today! Thanks for reading, and feel free to share some of your favourite or least favourite reads of 2018 in the comments!

Audiobook Challenge 2019

2019 Audiobook Challenge
Join Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer for the 7th year of audiobook fun.

This is my first year actually doing this challenge, and I thought it might be fun! I used to listen to audiobooks more often, like, back in 2016, but haven’t really been listening to them this past year, and I have decided to change that for 2019!

I am currently listening to Michelle Obama’s book Becoming, which she narrated herself, and I REALLY enjoy it.

Anyway, here are the challenge details:

  • Runs January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. You can join at any time.
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2019 than you did in 2018.
  • Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
  • ANY genres count.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc.
  • If you’re a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.
  • Updates plus a giveaway will be posted twice during the year. The first update will be June 30, 2019, and the last update will take place on December 15, 2019.

Achievement levels:

  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multitasking) 10-15
  • Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  • Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  • My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
  • Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+

I renewed my audible susbcription at the beginning of the month, which means that I will have at least one audiobook to listen every month, but maybe I will try other things (like a Scribd subscription? I don’t know, we shall see what happens). My plan is also to listen to longer books. I was considering picking up the sequel to Outlander but I’m not sure yet as I had mixed feelings on the first book (see my rant). I will also look for more books narrated by Davina Porter because she is a FANTASTIC narrator, and I can’t get enough of her.

In terms of my goals I’m aiming for the “Stenographer” level, because it matches my idea of listening to at least one audiobook each month and also because I can definitely listen while multitasking, I do it all the time, mostly while driving, cooking, or folding my laundry. So hopefully, that helps me listen to more audiobooks!

And that’s it for today’s post, feel free to join as well on Caffeinated Reviewer’s Blog!

Latest Netflix Bingewatch: YOU

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I’m sure by now you have probably heard about Netflix’s new show YOU, which was released on the platform at the end of December. Truth be told, I read an article about it a few month ago, and I was waiting for Netflix to upload it, because I was really curious about it.


TRIGGER WARNINGS: Abuse, Violence, Substance abuse, Death and more

The plot:

Basically, YOU is told from the perspective of Joe, your typical bookstore manager who has a meet cute with a customer and develops a crush on her. Except Joe is a psychopath. He starts stalking her, stating he “will do anything to protect her”. And when he says anything, he really means her. That includes breaking in, stealing her phone, and obviously, killing people because why not.

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I got to say, as obsessed as I am with social media, it’s always a little bit scary to see shows such as YOU. But as scary as the portrayal of twitter, facebook and the likes of it can be in YOU, that portrayal is also very accurate: they really open the door to anything. Some people do think like Joe, and it’s kind of scary. (i.e. “Oh she told me her name and her instagram profile is public which means she wants to fuck me, obviously” Please can you not? But I know some people’s minds work like that. So again: Can you not?) And the whole checking-one-out-on-social-media thing is only the slightest part of Joe’s mastermind plan to get Guenivere Beck to be his girlfriend. That plan also involves following and stalking her pretty much everywhere she goes, stealing her phone, killing her ex, breaking into her place, stealing her underwear and other personal belongings, reading pretty much all of her texts, more following her, and more killing. Oh and eventually framing her thereapist for a murder you committed.

And yes, Beck was not necessarily a good person. She did some not so good things, like cheating. She was messed up in her own ways, but aren’t we all? That doesn’t mean she deserved any of that. And I’ve seen some people saying that the characters in this show are not likeable (which I’m going to object immediately because first of all, Ethan and Blythe are absolutely adorable, and second of all, how can you not like Paco? Or Karen for that matter?), but that’s not really the point of the story. It’s a show through the POV of a psychopath, who wears the face of an angel – kudos to Penn Badgley for such a fantastic performance. Even his name is kind of boring: Joe, that’s such a plain, random name for such a psychopath. But that only makes it more interesting: the psychopath is the person you least expect to be.

YOU was such a fascinating show. It did make me uncomfortable sometimes, but I kept wanting to know more. It’s so creepy and interesting, partly because it’s told through the POV of a psychopath who keeps justifying himself, and partly because if it were not for how intense and stalkerish and murderous he was, that is, if we actually didn’t get his own point of view, his story with Beck was actually pretty cute in the beginning. But what’s even more disturbing is that I couldn’t help but empathy with him sometimes: he had a terrible childhood, and was trying his best to help the kid neighbour not have a terrible childhood for example. For the most part, he was a bad person who also happened to do good things, and that just shows how complex the human psyche can be. And here comes the other disturbing aspect: if you kill bad people, can’t you just say they deserved it and move on with your life? I’m not saying all the people who were killed by Joe where bad people, but come on, did anyone like Benji? That guy was a human trashbag. Did he deserve to die like this though? No he didn’t, and yet I was so sure that this was how he would die, and it was kind of satisying! (It’s fine, it’s just a show, I’m not a psychopath okay).

I guess what I’m trying to say is that this show portrays a psychopath and a murderer, but attempts at the same time to make the viewers empathy with him, while showing the events through his own perspective, and it is so utterly, disturbingly fascinating.

Joe Goldberg is a terrible person. But he is also fascinating. His mind functions in the scariest ways and yet it makes me curious. So overall, I would definitely recommend this show if you don’t mind the abuse and violence, and are fascinated by morally complex characters. And bonus: all the scenes set in the bookstore. They couldn’t have picked a setting more perfect than this one.

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Book recommendations:

I could not write this article without including book recommendations. First of all, you have to know that this show is based on the book You by Caroline Kepnes, which also has a sequel called Hidden Bodies. I haven’t read either of those but I’m definitely planning on doing so, because obviously I really enjoyed the show, and I’m also curious as to how such a perspective would turn out through a written POV.

And while we are talking about books, I also wanted to recommend the YA novel Stolen by Lucy Christopher, which takes place in the middle of the desert in Australia, and follows the relationship between a teenage girl and the man who kidnapped her. It is a surprising novel which deals with Stockholm Syndrom and I found it absolutely fascinating. It gives off a vibe similar to the one in YOU, and if you liked the show then I would definitely recommend you check it out!

My Favourite Reads of 2018

2018 was a great reading year for me, although I definitely read more at the beginning of the year than I did at the end. I have discovered new authors, and picked up audiobooks again. I have also met some of my favourite authors, and it was such an amazing experience! In terms of what I’ve read, there is still a lot of Young Adult fiction, but I also started reading (and loving!) more literary fiction, and essays, which surprised me in the best possible way. I’m still trying to read more and more diversely. I have read a total of 90 books, which is less than what I read in 2017, but still a decent amount of books, and I am perfectly happy with that!

Here’s a list of my ten favourite reads of 2018!


Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates


Finding Baba Yaga by Jane Yolen

Literary Fiction:

Crudo by Olivia Laing

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Young Adult:

Goodbye Perfect by Sara Barnard

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

New Adult:

The Image of Deception by Charlotte Anne Hamilton

There is still so many books I wish I had picked up this year, so many titles sitting on my shelves unread, and hopefully 2019 will be the year I finally pick them up. Who knows? Cheers to a New Year full of opportunities, and may it be filled with amazing books!

December Wrap Up

Hi readers, and happy new year from Berlin! I can’t believe it’s already 2019, I feel so old. Anyway, I wish you all the best for this new year, and obviously all the books! Now here comes my short December wrap up.

Books I read:

Heartstopper vol. 1 by Alice Oseman ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Lou! vol.8 by Julien Neel ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Hit-Girl vol.1: Colombia by Mark Millar and Ricardo Lopez Ortiz ⭐⭐

La Route Des Coquelicots by Véronique Biefnot and Francis Dannemark ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A Blade So Black by L. L. Mckinney ⭐⭐⭐

Currently reading:

We Should All Be Feminists by June Eric-Udorie (which I started many weeks ago and will hopefully finish soon)

Romanesque by Lorant Deutsch (a book about the history of the French language)

December Watch List:

The Hook Up Plan (thoughts), Call My Agent season 3, Friends rewatch, Timeless series finale, and probably more!

My last book review:

Tess of the D’Ubervilles

I have read something between 80 and 90 book in 2018, which is quite decent. Cheers to another year of reading! 🍻🎉