December Owlcrate Unboxing | Tales of Trickery

I haven’t been very active this month for two reasons: number one being that with the strikes going on in France I have been driving to work instead of taking the train, which means much less time to read, and therefore less to talk about; reason number two being that with Christmas happening, I have also been pulling off extra hours at work and been super exhausted! But my Owlcrate arrived on Monday and I am delighted about it. I’m about halfway through The Guinevere Deception and I absolutely love it. I’m all the more happy, because I wanted to read it, but would probably not have purchased it any time soon otherwise!

Here are two extra pictures of my unboxing:

Wish you all the best for the rest of the year, as this will most likely be my last post before 2020!

In Which I Match Songs With Books

Back in April I made a post where I associated songs with fictional characters, and I really enjoyed doing so. I am obsessed with music almost as much as I am obsessed with books, and my most recent reads have really inspired me to make some more of these associations. This time it’s more of a “vibe of the book” rather than the whole matching of a song with a particular character… But anyway, here are eight more songs associated with books!

Red by Taylor Swift // Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

Of course it had to be a Taylor Swift song. She is mentioned so many things throughout the book, she is practically there in the background serenading Shane and Pilot. I chose RED because of all the emotions mentioned — and this book was a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions.

Like a Prayer by Madonna // Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian

Of course, I had to considering how many time this song is mentioned in the book. So of course I listened to it on repeat, and now every time that I hear it I will thing about Like a Love Story. Which you should read, by the way!

Killer Queen by Queen // The Folk of the Air by Holly Black

The Folk of the Air being one of my latest addiction, I simply had to find a badass song that would fit with Jude and the whole badass / murder-y attitude of this book, and what best than Killer Queen by… Queen? Because really, Jude is all gunpowder and dynamite, with an insatiable appetite. Have I mentioned how much I loved those books? Because I did!

Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Lorde // Vengeful by Victoria Schwab

Vengeful introduced an incredible new character in the person of Marcella Riggins. She knew what she wanted, and how an incredible power to achieve it. Drawn by power and revenge, she was mostly unpredictable and dangerous, and could be perfectly summed up with those lyrics:  “It’s my own desire // It’s my own remorse // Help me to decide // Help me make the most of freedom // And of pleasure // Nothing ever lasts forever // Everybody wants to rule the world.”

Ta Reine by Angèle // Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

There is a very line in this song which I wanted to share: “Tu voudrais qu’elle soit ta reine ce soir, même si deux reines c’est pas trop accepté” which translates as: “You’d like her to be your queen for tonight, even if two queens isn’t something that is generally accepted” and this just reminds me of Leah and Abby going to prom together, and Leah pining after Abby, and Abby coming to terms with her own feelings… Every time I hear this song I think about them.

I hate U, I love U by Gnash & Olivia O’Brien // The first books in the Anne of Green Gables series by L. M. Montgomery

The whole love/hate relationship thing is FIRST OF ALL a trope that gets me soft every single time, and it’s the perfect depiction of Anne and Gilbert until they actually get together. “I hate you I love you, I hate that I love you, don’t want to but I can’t put nobody else above you” is a perfect rendition of  Anne realising that she has feelings for Gilbert. (Am I obsessed with that book series? Why, yes.)

Consequences by Camila Cabello // Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

“Loving you had consequences” pretty much sums up Claire’s relationship with Jaime, influencing whether or not she would return to her own timeline and whatnot. I have to admit I am not up to date with the whole storyline, but I can easily assume that the whole consequences thing is everlasting til the end!

Missile by Dorothy // King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

I find that the line “This war is mine” has a very strong Zoya and Nina vibe for starters, and of course, I also wanted to talk about how much I loved it because it’s been a while. I also managed to recommend it to a customer the other day, and they thought it looked really great so I was delighted!


And that’s it for today, thank you so much for reading my endless rambles, and I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Top 5 Tuesday: 2019 Releases I Didn’t Get To

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm. Since the T5W seems to be MIA, and since this particular topic inspired me (I do love talking about books I want to read), I decided that I would give it a go at least for this week!

And without further ado, here are five 2019 releases that I didn’t get to (and witsh that I had… who knows, there is still time!)

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

I have felt a new surge of love for Leigh Bardugo when I read King of Scars (this book was amazing, duh) so of course I immediately added Ninth House to my TBR, and I keep hearing fantastic things about it. Hopefully I get to read it soon, because I’m really excited about it!

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

I feel like I have already mentioned several times how much I wanted to read this book, and yet I still have to pick it up. Despite the fact that I accidentally received two copies of it, it desperately remains unread, and this is quite upsetting. What am I waiting for? I honestly don’t know.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

I actually have a proper excuse when it comes to this one, because it was just released at the beginning of the month, and I have been pretty busy. Nevertheless, I absolutely loved the first book in the series, and I cannot wait to pick up the sequel. I might actually end up reading it before the end of the year… There’s still three weeks left after all!

Crier’s War by Nina Varela

This book was one of the picks in the October Owlcrate box, and I’ve been meaning to pick it up ever since… I even heard many great things about it, and I have to admit that I am really curious. There is simply no excuse for not having read it yet.

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

And finally, another book that was on my list of “Top 5 most anticipated releases for 2019“. I desperately want to read it, as I LOVED When Dimple Met Rishi. But just like the four other unread books on this list, it is still waiting for me to pay attention to it. Why am I like this… This is what happens when I make (somewhat) TBR lists. I just don’t read the books, and then I’m like

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Before I delve into the waves of despair that all of my unread books bring down on me, I just wanted to say that I am DELIGHTED to see that Daisy Jones & The Six has won the Goodreads Award for Historical Fiction. It is also no surprise to see The Wicked King on the list for YA Fantasy! As for the rest, except for Pumpkinheads which was adorable, I haven’t read them yet.

Honorary mention for this top: Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston… Now that I have seen it twice on the Awards list, I want to read it even more, as it seems right up my alley! But enough about the never ending list of books I would like to read. Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful end of the year!

November Owlcrate Unboxing | Through The Enchanted Forest

I haven’t been much active on here lately apparently, except for my monthly wrap ups, but don’t give up on me just yet! Work is tiring and I’m reading a lot (instead of blogging apparently, which is, you know, not that bad because I’m reading books and I have therefore more books to talk about!)

Anyway, back to the TOPIC for today aka the November Owlcrate box, which was themed THROUGH THE ENCHANTED FOREST, which, count me in. I just love this theme so much! It’s magic and mysterious and overall, right up my alley. I absolutely loved the goodies, and before I carry on, here are two extra pictures of my unboxing:

This blanket is honestly one of the best things that has happened to me lately, I am IN LOVE with it. I have also become obsessed with the reading planner, and basically the whole contents of this box! I’m practically taking this new bookmark everywhere with me, and the adorable wooden ornament has found its spot on my door handle. (At least until I find a better idea?)

Since I filmed the video almost two weeks ago, and posted it about a week ago, I actually took the time to read Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw and I completely fell in love with this book. It’s a beautiful story, with a slightly eerie vibe. It’s about magic, and choices, and coming of age. It follows a town that is stuck in the midst of a snow storm. But mostly, we follow Nora Walker, who is coming from a long line of witches, and on the night of the full moon, she finds in the Wicker Wood a boy who has been lost for two weeks…

Can we also take a moment to appreciate how GORGEOUS and STUNNING this cover is?

I feel like this book can’t really compare with anything else I have read, and I loved it for that. It’s slow-paced and mysterious. Little by little, you get to know more about the characters, and I felt like the story was really well-crafted. It has some great twists, and I absolutely loved the writing.

I also realised that the author’s previous book The Wicked Deep has been on my TBR for quite some time and I have yet to pick it up, and oh boy does it look amazing? Hopefully I find the time to check it out soon!

And in conclusion, I feel like I have been BLESSED with this box. Please feel free to share your thoughts if you have also read Winterwood, as I would love to talk about it!

November Wrap Up

Another month has come and gone, and I have read 17 books, so let’s not babble too much because I already have a lot to talk about… Here comes the list!

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This graphic novel was the sweetest thing. It’s fast paced and adorable, and yes the ending was predictable, but was it worth it? Totally!

Living No Matsunaga-San vol.1 by Iwashita Keiko ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I noticed this manga at work a while ago and I wanted to check it out because it looked like the kind of thing I enjoyed when I was in high school. I finally gave vol.1 a try and it was a really sweet shojo. It does not seem like a very long series for now, so I might indulge myself in reading the rest of it at some point!

Wings of Olympus by Kallie George ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This one is a middle grade novel set in ancient Greece. It has a strong Percy Jackson vibe and I am here for it! 100% would recommend. This is the book I’m going to put in the ends of everyone who wants to make a present for third/fourth graders for Christmas! (And the slightly older kids will get Aru Shah and the End of Time as well as Grestone Secrets!)

Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The sequel to City of Ghosts, a middle grade series about ghost hunting! This one is set in Paris, and revolves mostly around the Catacombs, and I absolutely loved it. I cannot wait for this series to be available to French kids!

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Okay, so The Folk of the Air was my obsession for this month. I picked up the series for two reasons: Owlcrate said there would be a Cruel Prince themed blanked in the November box, and the last book in the trilogy was released this month. Well little did I expect that I would fall in love with the story that deeply. I also gave the novella The Lost Sisters  a ⭐⭐⭐⭐ rating. And basically devoured The Wicked King, which also got ⭐⭐⭐⭐. And finally, I bought The Queen of Nothing upon its very release, and finished it on the next day. It also got ⭐⭐⭐⭐. (read full article)

Again, But Better by Christine Riccio ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A book about college life and studying abroad? Count me in! It was a sweet contemporary, with a bit of a magical twist. I read it in the blink of an eye, and I really enjoyed it. (Full review)

Further Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery ⭐⭐⭐

With this one, my listening of the Anne of Green Gables series has come to and end. While this one wasn’t one of my favourite, it still included some lovely tales, and I listened to it eagerly. I still have yet to read Anne of Windy Poplars and Anne of Ingleside as they were not included in my audiobook set, and I will, at some point, because I have irreversibly fallen in love with this universe.

The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Finally I ‘ve been reading some more poetry! I’m so glad to have read the last volume in the Women Are Some Kind of Magic series by Amanda Lovelace. I really enjoy her poetry works, and this one was no exception.

Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book, oh my gods. It is set in NY in 1989, in the middle of the AIDS crisis, and follow three teenagers who navigate senior year, first love, friendships and loss. It’s a FANTASTIC novel and I cannot believe I hadn’t heard of it before I stumbled upon it. (full review)

Literary Witches by Katy Horan and Taisia Kitaiskaia ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book reminded me a little bit of Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, and of the amazing Brazen graphic novels. It’s a series of short biographies, for wonderful authors who can be compared to witches and I absolutely LOVED it. It also has stunning illustrations!

I Want To Eat Your Pancreas by Sumino Yoru ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book is about friendship, and coming of age. It is the beautiful story of a girl who is about to die because of a rare sickness in her pancreas, and how she befriended a classmate, making him the only one aware of her secret: she only had a few month left to live. We know right away that this is no cheerful book, but I did not expect it to break me LIKE THAT. I cried A LOT, trust me. But nevertheless, it was also very beautiful and heartwarming, and I would absolutely recommend it.

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann ⭐⭐⭐⭐

As it seems, most of my reads this month completely wrecked me, and this one was no exception. Alice is getting over her breakup and for the summer, has planned to enjoy her job at the library, and the fact that she is sharing a flat with her two best friends. After her girlfriend ended things when Alice confessed she’s asexual, she is done with romance, thank you very much. What she hadn’t planned for the summer was to meet Takumi. What she hadn’t planned was all the butterflies she felt in her stomach every time she looked at him… I loved this book. I think I kind of needed to read it. It had been on my radar ever since its release, and I’m so glad that I finally picked it up. I feel blessed after such a wonderful read.

And hopefully I find the time and inspiration to write a review for those last two, because I am certainly not done talking about them!

Two French graphic novels:

Surprisingly, I haven’t read many French books this month! I guess it is actually because most books I borrowed from work were translations of American or English books. Whatever the case, this month flew by, and my reads were excellent. Oh and two of them were translated from Japanese, but since they are also available in English, I of course included them in the above section!

Enferme-moi si tu peux d’Anne-Caroline Pandolfo ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This one is a graphic novel about several artists who were mostly misunderstood throughout their lives. I’ve had it on my radar for a while now, and I’m so glad I finally read it because it was super interesting! (more about it in this post in French)

L’Arabe du futur / The Arab of the Future vol.2 by Riad Sattouf ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The author recalls what his childhood was like, growing up Syria with a father who was an intellectual, and a mother who was French and had given up pretty much everything to follow him back to his home country. In this second instalment, the narrator starts attending school, and we also learn a little bit more about his family. It’s really well-made and I would most definitely recommed it!

Currently reading:

Ariel by Sylvia Plath, The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg and Winterwood by Shea Earnshaw ♥

TV shows I’ve been watching this month:

Atypical 💫 The Good Place 💫 The End of the F***ing World 💫The Let Down 💫 La Casa de Papel 💫 Anne with an E


An update on my reading challenges:

Goodreads Challenge: 127/120
Audiobook Challenge: 11 books (currently listening to one)
YARC: 16 books