Belated Top 5 Wednesday: Comfort Reads

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted on Goodreads. It’s had its ups and down, but this month we’re back with new topics! Feel free to join the group here. The topic for this week is “comfort reads” and my list is a combination of middle grade books, classics and books I’ve read a long time ago that make me feel good.


#1 Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

Of course, the first spot is taken by my favourite middle grade book series. It shaped me into who I became as a reader on many steps of my reading journey. It’s a brilliant book series, and I’ve reread at least the first book several times. I will forever think that it’s underappreciated, and will never stop recommending it.

#2 Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Although I read this one much later than the rest of the books on this list, I still think it deserves a spot on this list. When I think about it, I think about baking in a kitchen full of sunlight, picking up flowers in the wilderness, and having a cup of tea with friends (or raspberry cordial!) It’s super heartwarming, and I definitely think it’s an excellent pick up book.

#3 The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Along with PJO, this is hands down one of the best middle grade series that I read when I was a kid. I was OBSESSED with it. When I think about it, I think about Christmas, hot cocoa on a snowy day, friends and family… Okay, so this is mostly an aesthetic from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, but it’s fair considering it’s the one I have reread and rewatched the most. Throughout the books, Lucy also turns into a strong, inspiring young woman and I am also here for it. I will always cherish those books, and just thinking about them makes me feel all sorts of comfortable.

#4 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I don’t know why, but when I think about P&P I always think of a rainy day, reading by the window with a hot drink, and overall feeling very cosy. To be fair, maybe it’s because of the aesthetic of the movie. I can definitely picture Jane Bennett doing all of the above. But anyway, when I think of cosy books and comfort reads, this one almost immediately comes to my mind.

#5 Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Maybe it’s because this is one of the first books that I read in English, or because it’s one of the first non YA/kidlit books that I remember reading, but this one will always hold a special place in my heart. But it may also be because of the fact that I love traveling, or because it’s a book about a woman who realised she was not doing what she wanted, took the matter into her own hands, and did amazing things. All in all, I find this book truly inspiring, and that’s why I thought it deserved a spot on the list.


That’s it for today, thank you so much for reading, and please feel free to comment with some of your favourite comfort reads!

Top 5 Tuesday: Series I Want To Start

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm. The theme for today is series I want to start, and to be fair there are already so many series that I need to finish, I don’t know if starting a new one would be a good idea, but then again I’m pretty sure I can find the answers on my Goodreads TBR shelf and I like the topic, so here we go!


 

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

I have started The Mortal Instruments a few years ago, and while I haven’t read them all yet, I did enjoy them. In addition to that I heard that this particular trilogy was even better. I am certain to like the historical/steampunk aspect of it, and I heard that the characters are really likable, so this one is high on my list of series I’d like to check out.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I’m including this one first because I do own it so I’m more likely to read it. In addition to that, I have read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and though I have not read the sequel yet, I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I’m definitely curious about Strange the Dreamer. And of course, I heard it was amazing.

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Asgard by Rick Riordan

Have I mentioned how much I love mythology inspired books and middle grade series? Because I do. I loved PJO and am also thoroughly enoying Roshani Chokshi’s Aru Shah series. I also wrote (a long time ago) an paper about Norse mythology, and to be fair I have no excuse. I really don’t know why I didn’t pick up this one sooner.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

I absolutely love her other series, and actually it turns out that I have finished them all, and am always looking for more Victoria Schwab books because I know I’ll enjoy them. I am also really curious about the concept of The Archived because I know it has to do with people and books, and although the series is unfinished, I really want to check it out.

Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy) by Ken Follett

I absolutely adore Pillars of the Earth and its sequel World Without End. I’m a huge fan of historical fiction in general, and I know that Ken Follett does it right. I actually do own those books, but they are huge, and haven’t braced myself yet. However, I do know that I will read them eventually, and I’m looking forward to that day, because I know I will have a wonderful time reading those books.


And that’s it for today, feel free to share some series you’d like to check out, and have a wonderful day!

Crier’s War | This Is How You Lose the Time War

I’m starting to really enjoy the whole “I’m talking about two books in one post” thing, so I decided to do that again. Of course, I’m talking about books that have something in common. Something else that just I really like them. Overall, it’s probably mostly going to be books that deal with mental illness, or books with asexual characters. But today, I’m going to talk about something else: I’m here with two science-fiction (ish? are they actually fantasy) sapphic novels, and incidentally, two of my recent reads I fell in love with.

Crier’s War by Nina Varela (2019) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This Is How You Lose the Time War
by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (2019) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Disclaimer: While Crier’s War is definitely YA, This Is How You Lose the Time War isn’t, and doesn’t necessarily target the same audience, and while I did notice that they had quite a few things in common, I just wanted to point that out, because it probably won’t appeal to younger readers as much as it did to me.


Crier’s War had been on my TBR ever since I received it in the October Owlcrate, and like many books on my TBR (this is a recurrent topic these days, and I know it) it had to wait until the confinement for me to actually pick it up, although I was really excited by the concept. And now that I have actually read it, September and the sequel cannot come fast enough.

Crier’s War is set in what seems to be a far future, but could also be an alternate timeline, where the world is divided between Humans and Automae, the latter being people who are not born but Made, who are stronger and more beautiful, and who have since they first appeared, gained power, and started ruling over humans. Lady Crier is a powerful Automae heiress, who is hoping she can built a better world. Ayla is a servant at the palace, and secretly part of a revolution to get rid off Automae authority. Through a series of events, she saves Crier’s life when she meant to kill her, and becomes part of her close entourage. While using it as an excuse to serve the revolution, she soon realises that they are attracted to each other…

I loved this book and the relationship between Ayla and Crier. I am a huge fan of the enemies-to-lovers trope, so of course, I was bound to enjoy it. If you consider the fact that Crier and Ayla are not the same Kind (I’m pretty sure that’s the termination used in the book, to make the difference between those who are born and those who are Made) and considering in the setting of the book, it automatically makes them enemies because apparently one Kind has to serve the other, the book has a bit of a Romeo & Juliet vibe which I loved. It is also a forbidden love because Crier is a rich lady and Ayla is her maid, which is also a soft trope™️ which is my guilty pleasure. On top of that, you can add A LOT of mutual pining (yet another one of my favourite tropes) and there you have it.

There’s also some shady stuff going on involving Crier’s fiancé, Ayla’s long lost family, and a revolution, which of course contributed to make the book amazing. If you haven’t grasped that already, I really enjoyed it and I’m starting to wonder why I gave it four and not five stars. It’s a very good sci-fi / dystopia-ish / fantasy-ish book — the perfect blend just like I like it. I’m also left with many question, and I cannot wait for the sequel!

That being said, I’m so glad I found ANOTHER sci-fi book I absolutely loved. Of course I’m talking about This Is How You Lose the Time War. If you like mutual pining, then you will be fed with this one. If also has a top quality enemy-to-lovers relationship, as Red and Blue are part of enemy factions trying to control the timeline, and met for the first time on the battlefield. Apart from it having my favourite tropes, including the slowest burn of them all, the fact that Blue and Red exchange secret letters AND spread them throughout the different timelines, and the fact that they would DIE for each other, what I LOVED THE MOST about this book is the writing.

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*inserting gif of one of my favourite time-travelers, credit here*

Honestly, I think this is the most beautifully written book I have read in a long time. I had to put it down quite a few times just to swoon. And to write down some quotes. Obsessively.

“I have observed friendships as one observes high holy days: breathtakingly short, whirlwinds of intimate endeavour frenzied carousing, the sharing of food, of wine, of honey.”

The WORDS. The writing style. They made me feel things. It was an incredibly beautiful book, in ways I didn’t expect. And the way Blue and Red would declare their love to one another just made me go all soft deep inside. This book was brilliant. Let me just add one more quote.

“As each letter unfolds inside her mind, she frames it in the palace of her memory. She webs words to cobalt and lapis, she weds them to the robes of Mary in San Marco frescoes, to paint on porcelain, to the color incide a glacier crack. She will not let her go.”

Basically what I’m trying to say is, I didn’t know words could be that beautiful. I’m a huge fan of time-travel stories and this book had a bit of a Doctor Who / Timeless / Passenger vibe (the last two because of the two factions working against one another, and DW just for the hell of it). And while I love them, I often find the concept a bit difficult to grasp in some parts. And yes, it was the case here, but the writing style made up for it one thousand percent. This book was BEAUTIFUL. It was unnecessarily beautiful, and yet I’m grateful for all the emotions it made me feel. It did take me a while to get into the story, but the more I read, the more it got to me, the more beautiful it became. And while the book was not very long, it was intense in its own way, and I was swiftly swept away. I too want a timeless girlfriend who leaves me secret letters into the tea leaves of a fancy London café in the 19th century.

I am only now noticing the fact that both titles include the word “war” which should have given away the possibility of both of them having enemies-to-lovers relationships, and is yet another thing that they had in common. Anyway, I loved them both, and I hope you will too.


That’s it for today, thank you so much for reading, and as for the future I’m hoping to find more of those books I’ll fall in love with!

The Currently Reading Booktag

I saw this booktag on Meggy’s blog @ Chocolate N Waffles and I decided to give it a try because I’m more often than not reading several books at a time! The tag was originally created on Booktube by Charly Reynhorse, and without further ado, let’s get into it!

Question 1: How many books do you usually read at once?

It depends, but often I end up reading three books at the same time: a sometimes bigger one on paperback or hardback, an ebook (on my kindle, or now on Scribd) and an audiobook when I’m in the mood.

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Question 2: If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch to reading the other book (do you read a certain amount of pages in each?)

Here’s the trick: if the physical book I’m reading is too big for me to carry, I’ll just read it at home, and carry my Kindle in my bag. Sometimes I’ll finish my paperback on my way home and pick up a book on my Kindle app, and then pick up something else when I get home. I may have one book for my way to work, and one book to read at home. And audiobooks for when I’m cooking. Or in the mood to knit or do some crafts.

Question 3: Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re part way through a book?

I keep losing my bookmarks, and then find them weeks later when I clean up my room, so yes. I have a huge collection of them, so that’s not a problem. Sometimes I also forget them in a book. I also like to use fancy bookmarks at home, but don’t want them to get damaged in my bag. So yes, anything can happen really!

Question 4: Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?

Either in my bag, or on the huge pile of books that’s sitting by my nightstand.

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Question 5: What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

If I’m going to work it will be: one hour on my way, one hour at lunch, and one hour on my way back from work. If I’m not working, it really depends. (And these days, it can be all afternoon!)

Question 6: How long do you typically read for in one go?

To be fairly honest, I’m not really good at concentrating, and tend to check out my phone a lot. Sometimes I’ll want to share a reaction to what I’m reading on Twitter or Instagram, and get lost. Sometimes, I feel the unnecessary urge to update my reading on Goodreads, and then I end up doing something else entirely. So really, I have no idea.

Question 7: Do you read hard covers with the dust jacket on or off?

I take them off, I’m not some kind of monster!! And if I’m carrying the book with me, I leave it at home.

Just kidding, you do what you want.

Question 8: Which position do you mainly use to read?

Either sitting on my couch, or lying down on my bed.

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Question 9: Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

Yes! At least one of them. And I know I can also read on my phone if for some reason I need to.

Question 10: How often do you update your progress in the book you’re currently reading on Goodreads?

Too often, it’s ridiculous. When I pick up a book. When I reach 10%(ish) because I feel like it’s acceptable to make an update. When I put down the book. When I feel like I made some progress. It doesn’t really make sense. And sometimes I forget. But you get the gist of it: I like using Goodreads.


And that’s it for today, thanks for reading, and feel free to participate as well if you’d like to! Stay safe, and happy reading!

Top 5 Tuesday: Popular Books I Haven’t Read

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm. The theme for today is “popular books I haven’t read”, so without further ado, let’s get into it!


Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I have consistently seen this book on instagram and twitter for YEARS and I hear great things about it. It was quite popular, and still is. On top of that, there were more additions to the series recently, so of course, when you talk about popular books that I haven’t read, I think about this one. However, and like Sara J. Maas books, I don’t think I’m going to read it… We shall see what the future holds.

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Another series I have been seeing around for YEARS! To be fair, I own all books in The Mortal Instruments, and have read four of them. I am taking my sweet time, but one day, when I’m done, I will move on with The Infernal Devices. (Yes, I know, in terms of reading order that’s not the best, but by now I’m doing this in terms of the books I own!)

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston

This one is more recent but it’s probably on this list the one I’m the most excited about (which leads to the following question: what have I been waiting for? I don’t know). I have heard only good things and my hopes are high because come on, a queer romance with the fake dating trope? What else do I need to like a book? Hopefully I get around to reading that one soon!

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis

I’ve been back and forth with this one, wondering whether or not I should read it. I did hear many great things about it, but there’s also this little voice in the back of my head that tells me maybe I have outgrown this kind of YA books (I did read TFIOS back in 2012 after all, and that was a long time ago). So I haven’t made up my mind yet, but it’s definitely popular, and on my radar.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

And finally this one! I heard only the best things about it, and I have read Daisy Jones & The Six which I loved, so I’m pretty sure that I will enjoy it as well. I also know that I have it on my kindle, so really, I don’t know what I am waiting for, but I do know that I will read it one day, and have a great time doing so.


When it comes to the books on my TBR, I feel like the more I talk about them, the less I’m likely to read them, so let’s just stop here I think that’s enough. Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day!

Eliza ans her Monsters | Summer Bird Blue

And on how I’m finding new favourite books ❤

This post is a sort of sequel to a previous one where I talked about books with an asexual MC, and how I wanted to read more books with similar thematics. In my previous post, I talked about Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann, and Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee, which has so far made it to the top books I have read and will have read in 2020 (40-ish books so far) along with the books I’m going to talk about today. With time, and reading experience, the way I relate to characters has become more and more precise. Anxiety often plays a big role, and for example Fangirl will always be a favourite. But now? Give me depictions of thought spiraling process, like in A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard, which is an all-time favourite, or of course, in Turtles All The Way Down by John Gree. Give me a MC who questions their sexuality — bonus points if it’s asexuality. Give me a deep existential crisis. And well, I have found some, and they have become instant favourites.

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (2017) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman (2018) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
[TW: death]

I had heard many great things about Eliza and her Monsters, and to be honest, the reason I didn’t check it out sooner is because I was worried that it was completely overrated. Well, I was wrong. It was worth all the praise — and more. (Now is the moment I realise that I waited too long after finishing the book to write this article, but anyway.)

Eliza leads a double life. At school, she is average, invisible. She is just trying to get through high school before finally graduating. But online, she is the famous author of an extremely popular webcomic. No one knows of her real identity. But things get complicated when she meets Wallace, a new student at her school, who just so happens to write fanfictions for her very own webcomic…

While I am not sure it is ever stated in the book that Eliza has anxiety, she does have panic attacks, which hello, is extremely relatable. (I’m not counting the number of times I ended up in the nurse’s office in high school because I was sobbing uncontrollably…) She’s been through a lot psychologically, and I’m weak for characters like her. Who are creative and find solace in online content and online friendships.

I also LOVED her relationship with Wallace. While the whole romance aspect of the story was cute and adorable, I also loved that they could understand each other, and agreed to take it slow, so that both of them were at ease. I also really loved that Eliza didn’t get better because of a boy because that’s cliché YA romance (although I have to admit, most authors know better by know). She got better because she got help. Because her family finally supported her. Because she took matters into her own hands. She is such a strong character, and I loved that.

Your own mental health > Romance. And also, friendships are super important. This is what I took from this book. And while I’m talking about that, if you liked Eliza and her Monsters, do yourself a favour and check out Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman! It’s a book with an artist as a main character, who also deals with her own issues, and I thought it had a similar message which I LOVED!

As for the other book I wanted to talk about today, Summer Bird Blue, I was worried that Starfish had set the bar too high, and that I was wound to end up disappointed, but I actually liked it even more. It broke my heart even more, and i related even more, which are basically my main criteria when it comes to liking a book. I like to suffer, and this book was brilliant.

Summer Bird Blue is a stunning book about loss and grief. That’s not a spoiler, the main characters, Rumi, loses her sister in the very beginning of the book. Her mother, who doesn’t know how to cope, sends her for the summer to live with her aunt in Hawaii. She barely knows her, and feels abandoned by her mother at the worst moment of her life. The book deals with Rumi’s relationship to music: music was something she created with her sister, and now that Lea isn’t here anymore, she doesn’t know if she can do it anymore. Through the book, she will have to rebuild herself.

One of the things I took from this book was an idea that also is one of my favourite SKAM quotes: people need people. We can’t and shouldn’t suffer on our own. Communication is important. It feels good to have someone who will lend you their shoulder to cry on. Friends are hella important. (Have I said that already? I’m saying it again.)

And of course, the asexual rep was on point. Rumi has known for a while that she probably was asexual (or at least, on the ace spectrum). She thinks she might be aromantic as well. And she also doesn’t want to be defined by labels, especially as she is still figuring things out. Through flashbacks, we see her searching for herself. And maybe she doesn’t have all the answers, but she’s on a journey to understanding herself better, and I thought that was beautiful. You can be ace and still find people attractive. (Her attraction to Kai reminded me a lot of Alice’s cutie code in Let’s Talk About Love!)

In conclusion, I completely fell in love with this book. As I like to say, it completely broke me, but it was worth it.

Other diverse YA contemporaries I have really enjoyed recentlyOpposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds, Frankly in Love by David Yoon and American Panda by Gloria Chao.

Next on my reading quest for more books with asexual charactersEvery Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire.

March Wrap Up

So you probably noticed by now but I’m not really huge on TBRs. I particularly stopped making posts/announcements about them because I know that I never respect them, so it’s a bit pointless and frustrating. However, ever since I started using my Owlcrate reading planner, I somehow started making some TBR planning again. Without any pressure. And somehow it worked out this month so I wanted to share!

The only book I didn’t get to this month was Scavenge the Stars and it was the last one in order of priorities, because I’d gotten Crier’s War first, and the rest of them were settled for a French release in March (or even before that). And anyway, I’ll most likely get to it next month because I’m also really curious about it! And without further ado, here come all of the 14 books that I have completed this month!

YA novels:

Frankly in Love by David Yoon ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book had like three of my favourite tropes all in one: childhood friends to lovers, fake dating AND falling in love with the person your parents picked for you (I honestly don’t know why I enjoy that last one so much, it is for some reason super sweet and cute to me…) Add to that the whole coming-of-age aspect of the story which I really enjoy, sprinkle some drama and BAM you have it. This book was brilliant. (And is partly to blame for my falling-down-the-kdrama-rabbit-hole once again…)

Eve of Man by Giovanna & Tom Fletcher ⭐⭐⭐

Eve of Man is a YA dystopia about a girl called Eve who lives in a world where she is the first girl to be born in 50 years. Basically, she is responsible for keeping humanity alive. I was not sure how to feel about the concept (to be honest, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to read a book with only one female character) but I ended up reading it nevertheless because I was curious. Overall, I was not entirely sold on this book, but I’m still curious as to what will happen next. (Full review)

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I don’t know why I didn’t listen sooner when people recommend this book. Well, actually I know: I was worried that it’d be overrated. Well I was worried for nothing. I absolutely loved it. It was just the right amount of relatable, sweet and inspiring.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Another book that I feel like I am the last one on Earth to read. And I did take my sweet time with the audiobook. I really liked the universe and the atmosphere. It has a witchy vibe which I always enjoy (and it reminded me of Winterwood a little bit, which I’m glad of because I was looking for more books like this!). So anyway, I’m glad that I finally gave this series a try, and I am now listening to The Dream Thieves.

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Y’all, I have found a new favourite book. It is hands down the best book I have read this year so far. I liked it even better than Tash Hearts Tolstoy and I don’t even feel bad about it, because it also had ace rep. I feel like I am reading so many amazing queer books this year and I am THRIVING. Yes, I am absolutely doing it on purpose. Anyway. Summer Bird Blue was amazing. Go read it, it will break you, but I promise it’s worth it.

Crier’s War by Nina Varela ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This one had been on my TBR for the past few months, ever since I got it in the October Owlcrate box if I am correct. And it turned out that it was the F/F fantasy I didn’t know I had been waiting for. I would probably not have picked it up otherwise, and that would have been a pity because I loved it wholeheartedly. It has some good old enemies-to-lovers romance, mutual pining and oh-the-angst. Add a revolution on top of that, some more drama and a cliffhanger… I need the sequel, like, right now.

American Panda by Gloria Chao ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Another book I fell in love with! In this one, we follow Mei, a Chinese-American teenager, as she starts college and contronts what she really wants to do with her life, and her parents’ expectations. There is romance as well, but the focus of the book is mostly on Mei figuring out what she wants, and her relationship with her mother as well as her estranged brother, and I am all here for the complex family relationships! While I did get frustrated a little bit especially in the beginning, it was a really good book which I would most definitely recommend!

Literary fiction:

While I am super happy with the amount of YA I managed to read this month, I’m also glad that I got to read other things as well. These two books were released in France in March, and I really enjoyed them both. Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim (⭐⭐⭐⭐) takes place in Virginia right before slavery was abolished, and centers on the relationship between an enslaved Black woman, and the white girl she raised. I thought that it was a really beautiful book. The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri (also ⭐⭐⭐⭐) was released in 2019 and is the journey of a couple of Syrian refugees as they crossed Europe in hopes of finding a better life. I cried a lot, but it was worth it. This book was really good.

Poetry:

Please Don’t Go Before I Get Better by Madisen Kuhn ⭐⭐⭐

I was glad to discover a new poetry book when I subscribed to Scribd, and I liked it. It was very relatable in some parts — and in some others it was not. Overall I enjoyed it, and it (once again) made me want to read more poetry books.

French books:

Les Fleurs de l’ombre de Tatiana de Rosnay ⭐⭐⭐

I was highly anticipating this book because I love the author. She wrote best-seller Sarah’s Key as well as one my all-time favourite books, The House That I Love, which takes place in late 19th century Paris as the city is being remapped by the authorities, and people are forced out of their homes. Flowers of Darkness, unlike those two, is a dystopia, and while I did love the writing, I was not entirely sold on the story itself.

Impasse Verlaine de Dalie Farah ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This one is a 2019 release which seems to be mostly autobiographical. It follows the author’s mother’s life as she moved from Algeria to France when she got married to a man much older than her. It then follows the author/narrator’s life and relationship with her mother until she graduated high school and moved out. It’s a really good book about family, and one’s relationship with their mother, and I would definitely recommend it to other French readers out there! (As I still haven’t made a reading update in French, at least I am putting it out there.)

Comics & more:

And in addition to the rest I have also read this month one French graphic novel called Flipette & Vénère which is about two sisters’ very different perspectives on life. It was absolutely excellent and I gave it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. And finally, I read volume 3 of Living-no Matsunaga-san by Iwashita Keiko. I’m making my progress with this manga series very slowly, but it’s fun to read, and I gave it ⭐⭐⭐. And there you have it, my March reading wrap up!

Currently reading:

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Kdramas I’ve watched this month:

Healer 9/10 ❤
Crash Landing On You 9/10 ❤
Hyde, Jekyll, Me (almost finished) 8/10 ❤
Pinocchio (rewatch) 9/10 ❤

And in terms of TV shows in general, I’m keeping up to date with Brooklyn Nine Nine, and I watched season 3 of Élite at the very beginning of the quarantine! I also completed season 3 of The Crown with my mom, it took us a while as usual. The plan for April is to watch the new season of La Casa de Papel, probably more kdrama and we shall see!

Top 5 Tuesday: Authors from U to Z

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm. For the month of March, each week will represent five letters of the alphabet, and for today, we have what remains: from U to Z (which makes six prompts, but basically the hardest ones). I will try to share a favourite author for each one of them, so without further ado, here comes the list!


 

The letter U:

I cannot, for the life of me, think of anyone here. We are off to a great start.

The letter V: Suzanne Van Rooyen with Scardust

As I couldn’t think of anything else, we shall go with this one for the letter V. Scardust is a new adult sci-fi set in 2037 (which is actually not that far away now that I think of it, the book was published in 2016 and oh wow, has it already been four years?) around a project that is supposed to send people into space. Two boys meet and it feels like that will change their fate forever…

The letter W: Kasie West with P.S. I Like You

This is the book I discovered Kasie West with. It seemed like nothing much at first, but it had great romance tropes and I couldn’t resist. I have also read Love, Life and the List and really enjoyed it, and plan on reading more of her books. Maybe not all of them because she has written A LOT. But definitely some of them, because they’re great! Did I pick Kasie West because I met her last year and she complemented my hair? Maybe so. She was super sweet ❤

Also beloved: Jesmyn Ward with Sing, Unburied, Sing and Alice Walker with The Color Purple, obviously. I did not expect W to have so many good books.

The letter X:

I am sure there are a lot of authors whose last name starts with an X. I’m just not sure I have read any of them.

The letter Y: David Yoon with Frankly in Love

For this one I have chosen one of my latest reads! By now I’m pretty sure I won’t make a full review of it but it’s still nice to talk about it, because I enjoy it very much. The book follows the life of Frank, who is a senior in high school, as he falls in love, and has to decide what his future will hold. His parents are Korean immigrants who of course, have their expectations for him. The book was both beautiful and moving, and also extremely realistic, and I would definitely recommend it!

Also beloved: Nicola Yoon with The Sun is Also a Star and Jane Yolen with Finding Baba Yaga.

The letter Z: Markus Zusak with The Book Thief

How could I not pick this book. Like many other people, it’s one of my favourites. It’s absolutely beautiful, and heartbreaking, and all of the pain is worth it. It’s a historical fiction set in Germany during WWII. We follow a couple who adopted the daughter of a communist, and are hiding a Jewish man in their basement. Already with that premise, you have to know that you’re going to cry. And it will be worth it. And of course, I really want to check out Bridge of Clay.


That’s it for today! I had a lot of fun with the prompts this month, and I can’t wait to see what we will do in April!

Down the TBR Hole #5

Every time I click on the “Want to Read” button on Goodreads I feel a little bit guiltier these days because I can’t help but be reminded of the fact that my TBR is going to CRUSH me. So I figured it might be time to make another one of those. And yes, I made one at the beginning of the month, but paradoxically, it both seems like I am on a roll, and that it happened FOREVER ago. So here we go.

Down the TBR Hole was created by Lia, formerly @ Lost in a Story. If you want to check out my previous post, here’s the link. And as for the rules, they are as follows:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date Added.
  • Take the first 5 to 10 books (I picked 10)
  • Read the synopsis of the book
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

As I start this post, my TBR contains 748 books, which is 20 less than at the beginning of my last post! I guess that counts as progress. It’s still a lot, obviously, but I believe in myself. We can do this.

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1. The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West

This one is bound to be a cute YA romance, and I really liked other books by Kasie West so I’m going to trust her once more. In addition to that it has come to my attention recently that this book is available on Scribd, so I might even read it in April, who knows! IT STAYS.

2. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Now that I have read an loved The Cruel Prince and the rest of the Folk of the Air trilogy, I have to admit that I am curious about the rest of Holly Black’s books. I also loved the Chronicles of Spiderwick as a kid, and I really want to check out more of her magical universes. So yes, I might actually read that one. IT STAYS.

3. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

This list is so random, but anyway. I know this book is a classic, but when I look at the blurb, it doesn’t really appeal to me. So you know what that means: IT GOES.

4. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

While I absolutely LOVED the Passenger duology, the concept of The Darkest Minds doesn’t really appeal to me anymore. I guess I have outgrown my obsession with dystopia, and can now say for sure that I will not read this book. IT GOES.

5. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Okay so I actually want to read that one. I own the book as a beautiful hardcover, and it’s a sequel to a book that I liked. I’m actually considering picking it up during the confinement, if I’m not drowned in other universes. IT STAYS. Gladly. (The reason why I didn’t pick it up sooner is fairly stupid: as soon as I finished book one, I wanted to order it but I actually messed up and ordered the third one, and then by the time I received this one, I wasn’t in the mood anymore. Congratulations to me.)

6. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

This is another YA book that used to be really popular, but I don’t hear much about it anymore. While it does look great, I am already swarmed in more recent releases, and I know deep inside that I just wanted to read it because of the hype. While I’m sure that it’s a fantastic book, I know that I’m not any closer to reading it now than I was back in 2015. So IT GOES.

7. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

I heard that this one was disappointed compared to To Kill a Mockingbird, so I’m goint to trust the rumors, and come to the quick conclusion that I’m not going to read this book because it’s not worth it. IT GOES.

8. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I know this one is another YA dystopia. In addition to that I know that some people found it disappointing, so I’m just going to go with the flow and remove it from my TBR. IT GOES.

9. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

I added this one because it’s a Peter Pan retelling, but I don’t really feel drawn to it anymore. I do love retellings, but I know I can’t read them all, and it’s okay to be a little bit picky (and realistic) sometimes. IT GOES.

10. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
by Catherynne M. Valente

I know I added this book to my TBR because I loved Deathless but I promptly managed to forget about it, and will do so again as soon as I am done with this article. While I might check out more of Valente’s books at some point in the future, it probably won’t be this one. IT GOES.


And I managed to keep only three books, which sounds more reasonable! After originally completing this post, I stuck to my TBR shelf on Goodreads, and decided to go on a deleting spree. Without second thoughts, I removed 100+ books, and you’ll be proud to know that said shelf now contains 506 books. That’s what I call efficiency. From 2015 we have moved to 2017/2018 and it’s really fun to watch because as I go through the list of books, I see some of them and realise that I had completely forgotten about them. But sometimes I see one and I know I added it because someone recommended it to me, or because it seemed interesting in regards of whatever paper I was writing at that point. And, the closer we get to the present, the queerer it gets so there’s that.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day! Please take care of yourself, stay safe, and stay at home.

Top 5 Tuesday: Authors from P to T

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm. For the month of March, each week will represent five letters of the alphabet, and I will share a favourite author for each one of them. This week, we do letters from P to T, and without further ado, here comes the list!


The letter P: Ashley Poston with Geekerella

I read this book a while ago, and I completely fell in love with it. It is, very obviously, a retelling of Cinderella, and I wrote a paper on that very subject, so of course I was going to read that. My obsession for retellings is never ending. And anyway, this was amazing.

The letter Q: Matthew Quick with The Silver Linings Playbook

This was one of the cases where I watched the movie, and ended up reading the book was well afterwards. Which was worth it, because the book was much better (no offence to Jennifer Lawrence). I remember that it’s one of the first audiobooks I listened to, and I didn’t want to stop.

The letter R: Amy Reed with The Nowhere Girls

This book is so important! It’s about a group of girls who get together to try and change things. To make the world a better place. To bring things to the light. To fight rape and abuse. It’s a powerful story that needed to be told. I simply couldn’t put it down, and I will never stop recommending it.

The letter S: Victoria Schwab with Shades of Magic

Or any of her books, really. I love them all (although I have not read all of them yet) and she is one of my favourite authors. Currently I am waiting for the next installment in her Cassidy Blake middle grade series, and I’m also really curious about her Addie Larue project!

The letter T: Laini Taylor with Daughter of Smoke and Bone

I read this one a few years ago, and I have yet to read the sequel because I’m really bad at finishing series but I really liked it. The universe was unique and fascinating and I completely fell in love with it. I loved the unique main character, I loved the concept, I loved how her backstory was unveiled little by little, and I loved the setting of Prague. I know we are going to see more of the world in the sequels, and I really have to get it together and pick them up because I want to know!


And that’s it for today! Thank you so much for reading, and please take care of yourself in these troubled times.