May Wrap Up

Now that works has started again, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to read as much, but for now I have read quite a lot of books in May — 17 actually — and I’m really happy about it!

YA books:

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My reading month started with the rest of Heroes of Olympus. I’ve read all of them within a week or so, and absolutely loved them all. I know I’m always babbling about how much I love Percy Jackson, but I hadn’t actually read HOO yet, and I fell in love with every single one of those books, and new characters.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I had heard about this book, and really wanted to check it out. I finally took the time to read it, and I loved it! It is so full of badass girls, and queerness, and I am here for it. (Full review)

The Fever by Megan Abbott ⭐⭐

It took me such a long time to finish this book, and truthfully, the only reason why I did is because I wanted to see how it ended. And even that disappointed me. The only reason why I didn’t give it simply a one star rating is because I didn’t have the heart. And the writing was okay. (Full review)

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Because I love Heartstopper, I knew that I actually had to check out Alice Oseman’s novels. I finally did with Radio Silence, and I absolutely loved it! It’s a beautiful book with an incredibly queer and diverse cast. It’s extremely relatable, and it totally warmed my heart. I can’t wait to read the rest of her books. (Also, I read this one on Scribd, and I’m really glad I got the app during the confinement, because it’s totally worth it!)

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This one was one of my most antcipated releases of the year, and I read it immediately upon the publication. The main character is a lesbian, and from Bangladesh, and deals with life as a a queer teenager of colour. It’s a really good coming of age book, which also has to do with cultural appropriation, and I would most definitely recommend it.

If you want to check out my previous blog post, I talk about both Radio Silence and The Henna Wars, as well as Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman which I read in April!

Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I read Aurora Rising back in February, and I really enjoyed it. The story is quite catchy, and fun to read (even though, I have to admit, it’s not the best book I’ve ever read, it’s still a good, enjoyable book). So of course, upon the release of Aurora Burning I knew that I had to check it out (and now I have to wait for the sequel, like a peasant). I think I enjoyed Aurora Burning more than the first book. I got to love the characters a bit better, and although the adventure is quite insane, it’s pretty much impossible to put the book down, and I’m really glad that I decided to give it a go!

The Crown by Kiera Cass ⭐⭐⭐

I can now proudly say that I took the time to finish The Selection series. While I really enjoyed the original trilogy, I didn’t like the last two books as much. They were nice, but that’s it. I thought this last instalment was a bit rushed, to be honest. Marid Illea came out of nowhere and was a pain in the ass, and the relationship between Eadlyn and her chosen consort as well as many other plot elements just came out of NOWHERE. Also, I wanted to see more of Kile. And I cried because of some family drama. (Because yes, I don’t cry for romantic drama, but FOUND FAMILY gets me weak.)

What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter ⭐⭐⭐.5

I heard that this book would be released in France by one of my favourite publishers, so I decided to read it in advance, you know, to get ready for work. In the end, I had mixed feelings about it — and I’m also working on a blog post in order to wrap up my final thoughts when it comes to this book. It’s a story about a famous book blogger, and what happens when real life collides with online life.

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen ⭐⭐⭐

I was looking for more Sarah Dessen books to read on Scribd, and this one was available as an audiobook, so I decided to give it a try. It’s one of her first releases, and it deals with teenage pregnancy, as well as one’s relationships with their parents. My favourite things about it was the main character’s relationship with her best friend. The main romance was honestly not that great, and and her relationship with her mother was super frustrating. But it did have some great character development, and I can say that in the end, I enjoyed it.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Not totally last, and definitely not least, I listened to the audiobook for Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. I completely fell in love with the story, and this book will definitely make it to my list of favourite books I’ve read in 2020. It’s about two teenage sisters from the Dominican Republic who just lost their dad in a plane accident. But the trick is, they have different mothers, and didn’t know about the other’s existence in the beginning of the book. One lives with her own mom in the US, and one is still in DR with her own grandmother. This book was absolutely stunning and brilliant, and I loved it.

Manga/Graphic novels:

I have read three volumes of manga or graphic novels this month, and I’m hoping to read as much in June. First, I read Living-no Matsunaga-San vol.5&6 by Iwashita Keiko, which I rated ⭐⭐⭐, and then I finally got my hands on the second volume of The Steel Prince  by Victoria Schwab which I rated ⭐⭐⭐⭐.

French books:

And finally, I read two non fiction French books which I both greatly enjoyed. I will be making a blog post in French about them as well as other French books as soon as I am done with Leila Slimani’s latest book.

Il y a un seul amour de Santiago H. Amigorena ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dehors, la tempête de Clémentine Mélois ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Things I’ve been watching:

When it comes to booktubers, I’ve been watching a lot of Leena Norms and Jessethereader videos. When it comes to Netflix, I loved The Half of It and I binge watched Never Have I Ever which was a lot more fun than I was expecting! I wasn’t convinced by the trailer, but I heard many people saying it was great, and it was definitely worth it 🥰 I’ve also seen Ratatouille, The Great Gatsby and Green Book with my family. And I’m now rewatching New Girl because it’s finally available on French Netflix again.

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: Favourite Opening Lines

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm. Feel free to check out her post where she shares all the topics for this month! The theme for this week is “opening lines” and as I’m not really good at remembering quotes, I’m afraid I’m not going to be super original, but it sounded fun, and it’s a bit different from my usual content, so let’s have a go at it!

In no particular order:

#1 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

I remember I studied this book when I was in high school and we literally spent hours on this sentence. But that didn’t keep me from loving the books, and rewatching the movies countless of times. Jane Austen is a queen and master of irony, and we get it from the get go, and I love that for her and for us.

#2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

I warned you I was going to be very unoriginal, and there was no avoiding this one. You can feel the looming disaster that’s about to unfold and change the Dursley’s life forever. It’s irony at its finest, and I love it.

#3 Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

“Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood. If you’re reading this because you think you might be one, my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try to lead a normal life.”

Another brilliant thing about those books, by the way, is the chapter titles. Since I shared about Harry Potter, of course I had to share about my preferred child Percy Jackson. Especially considering we are finally, at long last, getting a long awaited TV show. I’ve always had a soft spot for this book series, and the older I get, the more I enjoy how sarcastic and ironic Percy is as a narrator. From the very beginning of the books. And I am here for it ♥

Let me share a story with you. As a primary schooler, I was a very avid reader, and took pride in it. But it turns out, I was always a bit of a snob. So I refused to read the Harry Potter books because everyone was reading them, and I thought it was too mainstream. Instead, I read the Percy Jackson books, and fell in love with them. But one day, my younger brother started reading them, and suddenly it was impossible for me to not have read a book that he had read, so I started binge reading them under my desk at school. And yes, I loved them, but Percy Jackson will always have a special place in my heart. (Which is why I don’t know why it took me until this Spring to read Heroes of Olympus, but hey, I have read them now!)

#4 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

“When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold. My finger’s stretch out, seeking Prim’s warmth but finding only the rough canvas cover. She must have had bad dreams and climbed in with mother. Of course she did. This is the day of reaping.”

These first few lines are so intriguing, and you can’t help but want to read more. I have read the books a couple of times, and would recognize them anywhere. Am I sharing this because the prequel is just getting released, and I feel nostalgic? Maybe so, but it’s still worth it, and an excellent opening line. I feel like after the Ballad, I will probably end up rereading those once again. If I’m not rereading PJO in preparation for the TV show. Oh my, this is such an excellent year for all the content I used to love as a child, and then a teen.

#5 More Than This by Patrick Ness

“Here is the boy, drowning. In these last moments, it’s not the water that’s finally done for him, it’s the cold.”

This opening line is so intriguing, and really sets up the pace for one of the best and most unique books I have ever read. If you haven’t read More Than This, then I would definitely recommend it! It’s a really good book that makes you think about death and the possibility of an afterlife in a very original way. And truth is, it’s about so much more, but I don’t want to give it away in case you don’t want to be spoiled, but know that: this book is brilliant.

And that’s it for today! Please feel free to share your favourite opening line in the comments, and have a wonderful day!

The Fever: Rant Review

I bought The Fever by Megan Abbott at Festival America in Paris back in 2016, right before I moved to Berlin. Now that I think about it, and considering where I bought it, I should have figured that I wouldn’t be able to relate, because I would end up finding it too American. But anyway. Maybe this also has to do with how my taste has evolved when it comes to reading.

If you liked this book, be prepared, I’m going to complain a lot, and criticize it. You don’t have to read. Now you have been warned!


Title: The Fever
Author: Megan Abbott
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Release: 2014
My rating: ⭐⭐

The story:

A small town turns to chaos as girls start having seizures at school, and people attempt to find out what caused the sickness. Throughout the book, we follow the points of view of Tom, a popular teacher at school, as well as his two teenagers Eli, who is a popular hockey player, and Deenie, whose friends have gotten mysteriously sick.

My thoughts:

I don’t make a habit of talking too much about books I didn’t like. I’d rather talk about those I enjoyed, and share the love, rather than complain. But I’ll make an exception for today because I really have to get this off my chest, and it’s been a while since I was THIS ANNOYED with a book. To be perfectly honest, the only reason I didn’t give it only one star was because I didn’t have the heart to. And the writing was actually good, unlike the story.

The Fever is supposedly a mystery/thriller kind of book about “bad girls” but honestly, I didn’t see it. I know it has received a lot of praise, and the blurb on the back of the book made it seem really catchy, but it just didn’t work for me. The story WAS intriguing and I kept reading until the end (with diffuculty) because I really wanted to see the cause or the culprit or whatnot, but even that was underwhelming.

Off topic, but if you want to read a YA contemporary about “bad girls” instead, I can totally recommend See all the Stars by Kit Frick instead. The mystery aspect of it was more interesting, and the characters more complex! In my humble opinion at least. But back to business.

First of all, let me get this out of the way because it’s probably the thing that annoyed me the most: throughout a huge chunk of the book, we see people arguing that the mysterious seizures have been caused by a vaccine. The amount of antivax talk I had to go through with this book was INSANE and just made me want to throw the book across the room. This kind of thinking is HELLA TOXIC and if this is something that triggers you in any way, then please stay away from this book. I know it made me super uncomfortable.

On top of the insane antivaxxers that constantly pop up, there is also some mysterious talk about the lake of the town. Apparently the waters are weird, and it ended up not playing a part in the book, and I was confused.

Overall, there was a lot of talk about sex, and a lot of lying, and a lot of hiding the truth from people who were supposed to be your best friends. This book took the whole concept of it’s okay to mess up when you are in high school to a whole new level that I was absolutely not invested in. I guess this was my mistake. I was hoping I would find great family support and/or a sense of sorority among the group of girls. I don’t know, anything that would make me root for them. But it just didn’t happen. Instead, we got girls hating on each other, and trying to put each other down, and I ain’t got no time for this. We stan girls who support each other. The rest is a result of patriarchy and we have to break the cycle.

Another thing I heard this book compared to was the Salem Witch Trials, and considering people spend at least half of the book arguing that those seizures have been caused by a vaccine, yeah, you see where I’m going with this: there was no such thing as a witch trial. I was expecting people to be accused, girls trying to protect each other because they were innocent… I got none of this and once again, I was disappointed as well as thoroughly underwhelmed.

Finally (and once again, this is just personal) this book had a very strong “small American town” vibe that was utterly foreign to me. I remember noticing this in other YA book like This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp for example, and lots of other YA contemporaries that take place in small towns where everybody knows everybody. And usually I don’t really mind. I can’t relate, but I don’t mind. But in The Fever it just sounded too fake and unrealistic. All the school assemblies and whatnot. I don’t know, it just didn’t click right this time. But hey, I still managed to finish the book. And now I’m going to donate it because I need more shelf space.

In conclusion, if you want to read a book with strong female characters going through some shit, read Wilder Girls by Rory Power instead. It also has a weird epidemy that appeared because of unknown reasons, but it’s more mysterious, and has an (almost) all girls cast as it’s set up in an all-girls school that is stuck in quarantine. It has girls standing up for each other, it was much more interesting, and I loved it. Also it’s super sapphic and that’s always a bonus ♥ Basically, they had some ground topics in common, and Wilder Girls handled it much better than The Fever. (Again, that’s only my personal opinion, but if you haven’t read Wilder Girls, I’d definitely recommend it!)

And that’s enough complaining for today! Thank you so much for reading this far, and I hope you have a wonderful day ♥

Top 5 Tuesday: Worst Rulers

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm. The theme for today is a bit different, and I love that! The good thing is, I feel like it’s something I never really talked about, AND it’s a fun topic. So without further ado, here is my list of five of the worst bookish rulers ever, all coming from some of my favourite book series.

The first one that comes to my mind would be Balekin from The Folk of the Air by Holly Black. Maybe that’s because I hadn’t talked about The Cruel Prince in a while. But as soon as I read the prompt, I thought about him. He’s more of an antagonist, maybe, but one thing is sure, he WANTS to be a ruler. And he would make for a terrible one. And while I’m at it: if you haven’t read this series yet, do yourself a favour and go check it out. It’s full of wonderful villains, magical creatres, and complex characters ♥

The second pick came to my mind immediately after was one I pretty sure I have mentioned before, and that comes from yet another of my favourite book series: of course I’m talking about the Dane twins from the Shade of Magic trilogy by my queen Victoria Schwab. They are perfectly evil and super cruel. As rulers, they are absolutely horrifying.

As for my third pick: how could I not mention President Snow from The Hunger Games in a list of utmost terrible villains? Especially now that his prequel is going to get released soon. Which I am definitely curious about. I’m not going to make up my mind before I check out the book, but I have to admit his youth was not something I was curious about when I first read The Hunger Games. But I’m going to trust Suzanne Collins with The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents, and hope I am right in doing so!

For my fourth pick, I’m going with yet another terrible queen: Levana from The Lunar Chronicles. Her prequel Fairest showed how deliciously evil she was. What she did was not forgivable one bit, both to her family, and to her people. And actually, to the rest of the world as well. (Bonus, I got to talk about yet another of my favourite series!)

As for my last pick, I’m going to go with one of my latest reads because it’s still fresh in my mind, and not at all because I’m obsessed with this universe: Gaia, the Earth mother from Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan. In the beginning of times, she used to rule the world alongside her husband Ouranos, the sky. They were then defeater by their children the Titans, who were in turn defeated by their children the Gods. In Heroes of Olympus she is trying to rise to power again, causing all sorts of havoc. While she is not technically a ruler at the time, she has a pretty strong following, and is still a queen albeit a defeated one, and I think she definitely deserves a spot on the list because damn, she’s cruel and terrifying.

And that’s it for today! I had a lot of fun coming up with this list, and I hope you did reading as well. Feel free to share your picks, and have a wonderful day!

Books I Keep Saying I Should Read

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m really bad at TBRs. Every time there’s a prompt about “books I want to read this summer” or “books I want to read before the end of the year” or even “anticipated releases” I will gladly talk about those books, and surely end up not reading them. While browsing through my blog (yes I do that) I ended up coming up with a list of books I keep mentioning that I desperately want to read but ended up not reading. Until, for a few of them, a few weeks ago! And I thought it would be fun to once again talk about those books, because I swear I do want to read them!

The Seven Husband of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

When I originally started this list a few weeks ago, I was strongly considering picking up this one as a next read but then, you know, I didn’t. I’ve been meaning to read it for quite some time now, and that for two reasons: I keep hearing nothing but wonderful things about it, and I read Daisy Jones and the Six last year, and loved it. It’s even been sitting on my Kindle for quite some time now, but I don’t know, it hasn’t happened yet.

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

I have owned this book for YEARS and been meaning to read it for even longer. It’s another one I was hoping to pick up during the confinement, but I guess it didn’t happen. I binge read Heroes of Olympus instead (worth it!) which has nothing to do with it, I know. But hey, it’s sitting on my nightstand pile of books. The ones I’m supposed to pick up soon. So I guess it’s going to happen eventually!

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus

No clue why I haven’t picked up this one yet. I loved her previous book One Of Us Is Lying and was really curious about this one. I love the title. It has gorgeous blue decked pages. It’s on my nightstand pile. It just hasn’t happened yet.

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

I remember saying I couldn’t wait for this one to be released. Look at all the good it has done to me. To be fair, I do have one reason in mind as to why I haven’t picked it up yet: I think I don’t want the story and the magic to be over! But I know that I will pick it up eventually. And binge-read it, probably.

Love From A to Z by S. K. Ali

I’m pretty sure this one was on my list of books I wanted to read last summer. And then on my list of books I wanted to read before the end of 2019 (which was pretty much the same list of books). But the good news is, I have actually read this one! It’s a sweet, beautiful story, but it’s also so much more. It’s a book about fighting for justice, and it also deals with grief. And of course, it’s THE CUTEST love story. Check out my review, and I’m sure it will make it to my favourite reads of 2020 list! So that’s a success.

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

Another book I’d been planning on reading last summer, since like all other Sarah Dessen books I’ve read, it has a strong summer vibe. (The infamous list) I’d probably been planning on reading it the previous summer as well, considering I got it at the Paris bookfair a solid two years ago. The good news is, I’ve finally read it, and I loved it! And that’s another sucess.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

My friends got me this book for my birthday back in 2015. Because they knew that I wanted to read it. And guess what? I haven’t. I’m pretty sure it has actually been on my TBR since 2013, when I heard about it. I’m not giving up just yet. This book sounds amazing, and I will read it at some point. I just don’t know when.

A Column on Fire by Ken Follett

This is the second MASSIVE book on my list, and I know that the reason I haven’t read it yet is just that: it’s massive. Just like The Goldfinch, the book is impressive, and I can’t bring myself to pick it up just yet (although, I know, this confinement would have been a good opportunity. But hey, there’s still summer, and if we can’t travel I guess I will have some free time on my hands!) I absolutely LOVED both Pillars of the Earth and World Without End so there’s no need to say I’m pretty excited about this one.

The Magnus Chase trilogy by Rick Riordan

It’s no secret that I always say I’m a huge fan of Riordan’s work. Until recently, I’d only read the original Percy Jackson series, but I binge read the Heroes of Olympus recently, and now I have absolutely no excuse not to pick up Magnus Chase. On top of that, I LOVE Norse mythology. I just need to finish a couple of my current reads, and then I’m pretty sure I’ll pick up that one (although saying it feels like I’m jinxing it… We’ll see!)

And finally, Fierce Frangile Hearts by Sara Barnard

I’d loved all of her previous books, and how she deals with friendships and families. It’s also nice to read YA books that don’t take place in the US but rather in places I’ve actually visited like Brighton! So yes, this book was on my TBR for last summer. But the good news is, I have actually started it! And as soon as I am done with my OTHER current reads aka Wilder Girls by Rory Power and The Fever by Megan Abbott, I WILL be completing it ♥

I was originally planning on making this blog post a video, since I haven’t filmed in a while. But I realised I didn’t have the energy to film. There’s a reason I mostly gave up on my channel, but have always been persistent on my blog. I like writing better than talking. So here we are, this blog post happened. Thank you so much for reading, stay safe, and have a wonderful day!

Top 5 Tuesday: Cute Romances

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Book Worm. The topic for today is “cute romances” and I thought I would give it a try, but it was not as easy as I thought it would be! When I think about my all time favourite books, they would not necessarily qualify as cute romance stories. One Day for example, is an epic love story, and one of my absolute favourite books, but definitely woudn’t work for the prompt. Anyway.

As I attempted to make a list for today’s top 5 I realised that I don’t actually read that many cute romance books? I find it hard to define my favourite genre, to be honest. I like fantasy, and when it comes to contemporaries, I will be more likely to go for books dealing with mental illness, so not necessarily romance. There is also the factor that we are looking for cute romance, so for example books like This Is How You Lose the Time War would not match the prompt. I’m talking about this one because it’s one of my latest reads, and I absolutely loved it. However, while it’s strong on the romantic side, and stunningly beautiful, it would not qualify as cute.

Nevertheless, here come five favourite picks for this weeks topic ♥

Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali

I’m going to kick off this list with one of my latest reads because I absolutely LOVED it. This book was super cute and sweet. Yes, it absolutely deals with super important topics such as islamophobia and grief. It’s also a book about friendship, and family, and seeing the many wonders of the world. But you can’t also deny that it’s a romance. A very cute and beautiful romance. I binge read it, all the while thinking JUST HOLD HANDS ALREADY.

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

This one is one of my favourite books ever. I think it has to do with how much I could relate to the main character. Heck, I’m sure of it. And also I probably read it at a time when I really needed it. The depiction of thought spiralling and anxiety was absolutely on point. And the romance was beautiful and cute. It was realistic and heartwarming in my opinion. This book will always have a special place in my heart.

Once and for All by Sara Dessen

I felt like I couldn’t write this post without including a book by Sarah Dessen, because she does write some amazing YA romance. The last one I read was Once and For All, and it has so many cliché romance elements but I did not care. Both Louna’s first love and current romantic interest make up for cute stories. On top of that, this book contains a numerous amount of weddings. It’s a feel good book that also has some character developments and deals with grief, because that’s how Sarah Dessen seems to like writing her characters. Some of my favourites also include Along for the Ride and The Truth About Forever and I’m pretty sure they would also have worked here but I wanted to choose something that was a bit fresher in my mind!

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Of course I had to include Heartstopper as well. As soon as it had crossed my mind, it became obvious that this adorable web comic more than belonged on the list. It is the epitome of a cute romance.

Let’s Talk About Love by Kathryn Ormsbee

The romance in this book is so pure and cute. Both Alice and Takumi are pure cinammon rolls. Their relationship was full of adorable clichés, and they cared for each other so much. I’m swooning just thinking about it. Yes, I do love epic love stories, but I’d trade them any day for such a cute romance.

Now that I got started with this list I keep getting more and more ideas of cute romance books. Turns out I actually do read some. So i’m going to include two runner ups that were among my favourite reads of 2019: Don’t Dare Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno, and Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon. And that’s it for today, thanks for reading ♥

April Wrap Up

The only good thing that came out of this confinement: I got to read A LOT of books this month, including some that had been on my TBR for a really long time, and I’m really happy about it. That being said, it also feels like this month has lasted a decade. And I’d love to be able to go back to work. But anyway. I read a grand total of 17 books this month (which makes more than a book every two days), so without further ado, let’s get into it!

YA books:

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I had heard many great things about this one, and was curious about it because I wanted to check out more novels in verse. Well I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a great coming-of-age book about a girl who likes to write poetry, and who comes from a very catholic family. While I wasn’t very familiar with her hispanic background, a religious family is something I can relate too, and always appreciate in a book. And now I can understand why it got so much praise: it totally deserved it!

I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones ⭐⭐⭐

The story of two girls stuck together in the middle of a race riot. They end up at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and will have to stick together if they want to make it out alive. (Full review)

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw ⭐⭐⭐⭐

An amazing witchy book! I’ve seen many people describe it as an “atmospheric read” and I have to agree that it gives off a very unique vibe. I’d been really curious about this book for quite some time, all the more so since I read Winterwood and I really enjoyed it. The universe was unique, although the general plot was mostly predictable. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed it!

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book had been sitting on my bookshelf for two years, and I am so glad that I finally picked it up. I really like Sarah Dessen’s books, they are great feel-good romance stories (kinda what you need when you are stuck at home!) but also have interesting characters, and often great family relationships, which is why I really enjoy them, and Once and For All was definitely what I wanted it to be.

Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was the last Owlcrate book on my TBR. It’s a fantasy genderbent retelling of the count of Monte Cristo, and I ended up really enjoying the story, despite my not really liking Dumas’ book because I was forced to read it for school. In the end, I fell in love for the universe and the characters, and I cannot wait for the sequel.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Do I need to introduce this series anymore? I really enjoyed The Raven Boys, so naturally I picked up the sequel, and I think I might have enjoyed it even better thanks to Ronan’s POV and a bit more of an insight on the Lynch brother’s past. I haven’t picked up book three yet, but I will definitely. At some point.

The Heir by Kiera Cass ⭐⭐⭐

Another sequel I ended up picking up this month! I really enjoyed The Selection original trilogy when I read it back when it was, I think, 2016. It took me a while to pick up this one (which even coincided with the movie or TV show or whatever being announced) and while I did enjoy it, and am planning on reading the last instalment, the magic didn’t work for me as much as it did in the previous volumes. Also I gotta say, it is damn predictable. But it was still a fun read, and I read it in a day!

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab ⭐⭐⭐

I absolutely love Schwab’s books, in case you hadn’t gathered that about me yet. So of course, I was bound to read The Near Witch at some point. Of course, I love books about witches too, so really, there was no escaping it. While I did enjoy it, I felt like maybe something was missing? Or maybe I had set up my expectations too high. Whatever the case, I have to admit that both the writing and the atmosphere were amazing.

Love From A to Z by S. K. Ali ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What can I say? This book had been on my TBR ever since I heard of its release, and I absolutely FELL IN LOVE with the story. It was my first 5 stars rating of the month, and it highly deserved all those stars. It’s a beautiful book, and honestly, I want more like these. Slow pace, hand holding and build-up. That’s all I need. (Full review)

Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I absolutely adored Akemi Dawn Bowman’s previous novels, so I was bound to pick up this one, and I loved it just as much. It did have a different vibe because of the Circus setting, but Bowman’s character building was once again on point. I really liked how she carefully dealt with questions related to mental illness, and thus once again managed to both break me and lift me up. It’s so important to read about characters who feel like me in books, and while I didn’t expect it in a book that took place in a circus, I think it was also really clever, and I absolutely loved this book. Once again, I would definitely recommend Bowman’s work ♥

Middle grade books:

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This one is a middle-grade science-fiction with a background of Korean mythology, following a 13 years old gumiho who will do anything to find her brother who has apparently gone AWOL. It’s fun, well-made, and throughly enjoyable. (Full review)

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

It’s been such a long time since I read the Percy Jackson series for the first time. I’ve always thought that I would reread them before finally picking up Heroes of Olympus. Overall, I think I have read The Lightning Thief three times, but I never ended up rereading The Last Olympian. Anyway. I was in a book slump, and in a mood for Greek mythology after listening to Hadestown on repeat and binge reading Lore Olympus and I ended up picking this up on a whim. I am so glad that I did because I am living my best life reading them!

Graphic novels:

I read two graphic novels this month, the first one was in French: Saison des Roses de Chloé Wary ⭐⭐⭐⭐. It’s about a women’s football team and their struggle to stay afloat because their club is refusing to give them proper funding. It was a really good book, with colourful illustrations, and I really enjoyed it. The second one was Heartstopper Vol.3 by Alice Oseman ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. I absolutely love this web comic, and I cannot wait for the next volume to be released. I’m catching most of the story on tumblr, but I also want my own copy! On top of that, I discovered the webcomic Lore Olympus and completely fell in love with it. I had heard about it on tumblr before, and I finally gave it a try, and in the end, I completely fell in love with it.


Break Your Glass Slippers by Amanda Lovelace ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Any poetry book by Amanda Lovelace is a book that I would like to read, so of course, I got my hands on this one as soon as I could. I absolutely loved it. It was truly inspiring as usual, and on top of that, it also gave me some great tattoo ideas!


This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I stumbled upon this book while browsing lists of F/F fiction, and as soon as I saw that it was a TIME TRAVEL story, I knew that I had to read it. Lucky for me, it was available on Scribd and I read it immediately. It took me a while to really get into the story but oh my, it was so beautiful, I completely fell in love with that book. If you want to see me ramble about it some more, check out this blog post.

Currently reading:

The Fever by Megan Abott, Radio Silence by Alice Oseman and Fierce Fragile Hearts by Sara Barnard. And of course, I’m planning on finishing the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan.

TV Shows:

I’ve been keeping up with the latest season of Brooklyn Nine Nine as well as the new season of Money Heist, which, I have to admit, disappointed me a little bit (Okay, I actually haven’t finished it, and I don’t know if I will). Skam France is back with its sixth season, and I also watched (and loved) The Bonfire of Destiny on Netflix, which I would definitely recommend! I binge watched One Day at a Time, and of course, fell in love with the show. And I also watched one kdrama called My Secret Romance.

I feel like I have read so many books in April, this post was never ending so I’m going to stop now. Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day! ♥

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.


*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!