To Sum-up: January 2017

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Hello guys!

January was such a weird month for me, it was fast and slow at the same time and that… doesn’t make sense? haha. Anyway. How are you? How is life treating you?

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January is famously known as my torture month. Aka exam month. Aka I don’t know what life is anymore. I’m not going to lie to you, it was brutal. A lot of stress and self-doubt but I ultimately made it through and I AM BACK (in case you missed the post where I announced my return from zombieland ). My exams ended on the 20th and I was so tired that I couldn’t blog last weekend even though that’s when I had planned to go back to my normal schedule.For the past week, I’ve been slowly climbing back to my normal happy self and I’m almost there. There are still somedays when I get stressed over my exam results and that ruins my mood but more often, I’m good.

On a happier note, on the 23rd, the books I ordered with my birthday money arrived and THEY ARE SO BEAUTFUL IT HURT MY HEART. For the curious and curiouser, I got the Six of Crows Duology and I’ll Give you the sun, all UK paperbacks. Although, they sent me different sizes for the duology and that annoyed me a bit. Yes, these are all books I read but Hello Favorites! So I had to own physical copies because I know I will reread them.

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  • Winter – Marissa Meyer                                                                             4 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – John Tiffany & Jack Thorne 2.5 stars
  • The Orphan’s Tale – Pam Jenoff                                                               4 stars

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ME. ALL OF ME.

No but more seriously, the blog will be back to normal with 3 posts a week, replying to comments in time, blog-hopping and everything. You may have noticed that the “Posts from elsewhere” section has vanished but it’s only because I visited zero blogs this month for obvious reasons but not worry, it will be back and -hopefully- overflowing with awesome posts next month.

As I said in my 2017 goals, I will be talking about topics that really matter to me (diversity, feminism, etc…), but I don’t know if I’ll start this month or later, it will depend on inspiration, time and everything else. But that’s something that will happening. Soon.

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That’s it until next time.

Did you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

What books did you read this month? Oh! And if you have any posts you think I should check out, leave them in the comments.

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Word wonders turns ONE: I answer all your questions

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Hello Guys !

I seriously cannot believe I’ve been around for a year and I never would have thought I’d make it to see the day where this little baby of mine would turn one. Because commitment issues and boredom. Yeah, yikes. But by some kind of miracle that didn’t happen with this blog and I don’t see a day where it will be happening because I’m loving it more and more each day. It boggles my mind how quickly time passes by, it genuinely doesn’t feel like a year has gone by. I’ve grown for sure, but I still feel like I just started (which in a way I just did, compared to the people who have been around for years).

Not gonna lie, blogging was harder some times more than others, because of how long writing posts takes and how much work goes into it, but for the most part it has been a wonderful journey that I’d never regret making the decision of starting. To be honest, I’m very tempted to make all this introduction a text of me screaming I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT. But I won’t. Because I want to show all of you how grateful I am that you have made this adventure an amazing one for me.

Thank you to each one of my followers for baring with my lame humor and rambly posts, especially those who always leave comments, you can’t imagine how much your kind words mean to me, they make my days a whole lot better and they put a huge smile on this face of mine.

And a special huge thanks to the friends I’ve made and without whom blogging and being on the internet everyday would never be same. They always have my back no matter what and that’s something I can never forget. Some of my best friends I met through blogging and you know who you are, you’re the ones I talk to everyday and to whom I go to with my every news I have, every new obsession, every rant and rave. Thousands of miles might separate us, but I’m determined to cross them one day and meet you. I LOVE YOU ❤

Okay, now that I’m done with the cheese and emotions, let’s start the Q&A, shall we?

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What would your biggest dream be? What’s your actual dream job? Dream place you’d love to visit?Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books.

My biggest dream is with no doubt to travel all around the world. There are so many beautiful places that I want to visit and I hope I’ll be lucky  one day to go and discover some of them. At the top of that list is either Greece or the Netherlands so yeah that’s my answer for dream place to visit haha. Dream job is the one I’m fortunate enough to be working towards right now which is being a Doctor, I’d also love to go on missions with organizations like Doctors without Borders, that’s my ultimate job goal.

How did you break your laptop screen with a scarf? -Meghan @ Whimsically Meghan.

This was such a ridiculous thing hahaha. So, to keep it short, I always wear one of those huge scarfs at home because it is freezing. A couple of weeks ago, I put my laptop on my desk and didn’t pay attention to the tip of that scarf which got stuck under the laptop (like seriously THE TIP, not even a big chunk), so when I turned around the scarf turned with me and it brought the laptop down with it. That’s how my laptop screen was shattered. Because of a scarf. Yep.

What is your favorite song at the moment? -Chloe @ The Chloe Douglas Blog & Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews.

I’M IN LOVE WITH THE SHAPE OF YOU. Okay, if you didn’t guess it’s Shape of You by Ed Sheeran. It always gets me jamming and dancing, and it instantly puts me in a good mood.

What show would you star in if you could and would your role be like? *cough* I am assuming it will be something in The Royals *cough* -Kat @ Life and Other Disasters.

You already guessed half the answer, didn’t you? hahaha. And I’m pretty sure who I’d want to be won’t come as a surprise either. I want to be Eleanor’s best friend. I love that girl so much and she’s had her fair share of betrayal and heartbreak for a life time so yeah I want to be her loyal royal bestie.

What’s your favorite Tv-show? -Angel @ Bookhearts Forever.

Read the question above hahaha. I’m completely obsessed with the Royals right now. It took over my life while I was binge watching the available seasons and now waiting for a new episode every week is painful and I have Kat to thank for that. She did it to me. And for those of you who don’t know, the Royals is about a fictious English royal family with a LOT of scandals and drama.

If money weren’t a problem, what are the top 3 places you’d want to visit? -Kat @ Life and Other Disasters.

  • Greece
  • The Netherlands
  • Italy

Someone fund my travellings. Please and thank you.

What’s your favorite food? -Reg @ She Latitude.

SUSHIIIIIS. I’ve literally eaten it every one of my birthdays for the past 3 years.

If you could live anywhere in the world other than where you are currently, where would it be? -Reg @ She Latitude.

It would be somewhere with easy access to English books and out of all the places that have that, London sounds the most appealing to me right now.

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How long did it take until you personally felt like your blog was somewhat successful, in your opinion? -Mikaela @ The Well-thumber Reader.

Umm.. This is such an interesting question because I don’t see myself as a successful blogger in the literal sense of the term? But what I can say that I started feeling somewhat like that when I got more confident with my content as well as when I started having real friends that I don’t imagine myself without. That’s pretty much what success is to me. No big number or stats. Although those are really nice too haha.

What is one big lesson you’ve learnt from one year of blogging? -Anushka @ Going Through Books.

It’s not as easy as it seems. When I was thinking about starting, I thought “How hard can it be?”, and though it isn’t hard, it takes a lot of time, effort and commitment. From thinking up post ideas, writing them, graphics, promoting, visiting other blogs, etc… it takes a lot. But I love it so it doesn’t feel like a burden and it makes it all worth it.

Are you reading more of some genres since you started blogging? -Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books & Melissa @ Booknerd Momo.

Fantasy and Historical Fiction. Which is funny because they’re now favorites of mine. I used to side-eye HF so much before even though I’ve always been a History Nerd si I don’t know why I thought I wouldn’t like them. As for Fantasy, I grew up subconciously thinking that they were for boys so I never even tried one before last year.

What kinds of posts are your favorites to write? – Gail @ Gail the Fabulaphile & Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews.

Discussions for sure. I get to ramble at my heart’s desire, I get to make my lame jokes -or be serious, depending on the topic- and I’m generally just more excited when the post I’m writing is a discussions versus everything else. I still love the other types of posts but these have my heart.

What advice would you give someone who is just starting out with their blog? -Tiana @ The Book Raven

Be yourself. I know that this is the generic advice that every blogger gives but it’s the most essential one. Don’t worry about what everyone else is writing about or how people would react to this or that kind of posts. We can’t all be saying the same things, what fun is that?From experience, the posts that have the most interaction are the genuine ones where I get personal and talk about things that really matter to me. Or the ones where my personality really shows.

What’s the first review you ever posted on your blog? And what differences do you see between that and the last one you posted? -Marta @ The Book Mermaid.

Ehehe, the first review I ever wrote was also the first post in general. It was my review for the Martian by Andy Weir and everything about it is different? haha. It didn’t have any structure (not saying it’s a bad thing, I just have the memory of a gold fish so I need structure to remember everything I want to say) while my reviews now are roughly sectioned and I also noticed that I’m way more critical now and I tend to notice things that I used to think back then “How does this blogger notice all those things?”

In an average week, how many hours do you spend reading and blogging? -Reg @ She Latitude.

Oh boy. Can a lot be the answer? No? Okay. I read on average 2hours a night on week days and around 4 on week ends so I read around 18 hours a week, could be more, could be less. As for blogging, I never paid attention but one post takes on average 2 hours + blog hopping, comments, etc… I’d say 10 hours is the minimum.

Is there anything you ever felt scared to post about on your blog?  Any issue you wish you could cover but are unconfident to do so in case of haters? -Hannah @ A Mortal Reader.

Yeah of course, I was really scared to get backlash from people who would twist my words when I posted “To some, access to books is a Luxury” and I also felt REALLY nervous when writing my post about “Reading Books at the wrong time” because I got very personal in that one.

Umm, I don’t think haters will ever stop me from speaking my mind, because at the end of the day this is my blog and I say whatever I want in it as long as I’m respectful and I don’t hurt anyone in the process. Yes I’m scared of being hated on at times, but I still talk about the things that matter to me.

Do you like when book bloggers talk about issues they’re passionate about? Such as feminism, climat change etc… -Hannah @ A Mortal Reader.

100% YES. Those are some of my favorites because they blog about things that are important to them and it can be very educational especially when I’m not very aware when it comes to the topics that are discussed.

What’s the most difficult thing about blogging for you ? -Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews.

Definitely keeping up with other blogs. With the amount of blogs that I follow, posts add up very quickly and with real like things + taking care of my own blog, it gets hard sometimes to find the time to read other bloggers’ posts.

When you started blogging a year ago, did you expect to be where you are now? -Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews.

Honestly? No. Not in the number of followers, not in the stats, not in the design, not in my place in the community, not in the relationships I gained. I NEVER would have thought that I’d get to 500 followers in a year, never would have thought that I’d meet people who’d become my best friends, that I’d get to interact with authors, and so on and so forth. I have so many things now that I never expected my blog to give me.

What’s been the proudest blogging moment of your first year?Sammie @ Bookshelves & Biros.

Umm… This is a really hard one, because I’ve had a lot o small proud moments, like reaching every milestone, changing my bog design and seeing how everyone responded to it, etc… My proudest one recently is when an author I love and admire reached out to me to help her work on something, that was really something very special to me, and something I would’ve never thought would happen.

How do you think blogging changed your personal life and your life as a reader?Sammie @ Bookshelves and Biros.

Well, first of all, I spend a lot of my free time working on my blog haha. No but more seriously, blogging changed me a lot as a person. I’m more confident in holding important discussions, I’m way more open-minded and critical in reading as well as in real life. As for my reading, last year I read more than three times what I used to read before starting my blog, I read more regularly and with a critical eye more often than not.

What’s one thing about blogging that you really struggled with when you first started your blog?Melissa @ Booknerd Momo.

Coming up with discussion topics was a real struggle for me at first. It’s not that I didn’t know what to talk about, it’s that I worried what people would think and if they would care about those things I want to talk about. But once I got over that, discussing different topics on here became a lot easier.

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What Books have you read for your blog that changed your life or your perspective on the world in some way? -Diana @ Diana Prince Reviews.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. They are both books I read last year and I can’t even begin to explain the kind of impact they had on me. That’s not even an exaggeration, I CAN’T FORM WORDS. But I have reviews for them which you can find here and here that try to explain why everyone should read both of those books. I’ll never shut up about them.

What made you want to start reading in English, since it’s not your native language? -Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books.

I’ve never thought about it before but it just felt like the natural course of things, I started being fluent in English so translating that into my reading seemed like the right move to do. To be fair, I never like reading in my native language haha, I used to read in French before that and some translations can be pretty bad, if they are even available that is.

Would you rather have a bedroom with bookshelves all around the walls or an actual room dedicated to books? -Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books.

MARIE I THOUGHT WE WERE FRIENDS! Why you do this to me. I’m very tempted to steal Kat’s answer for this one because it sounds awesome but no. I think I will take a room dedicated to books.

What fairytales/stories do you wish there were more retellings of? -Tiana @ The Book Raven.

The Twelve Dancing Princesses was one of my favorite stories growing up and I only manages to find one retelling for it (which I haven’t read yet) so I definitely want more of it. Hansel and Gretel is one that would definitely be interesting with a modern twist.

What Books did you love reading while Growing up? -Tiana @ The Book Raven.

The Grimm brothers Fairytales, the kid friendly ones obviously not the creepy ones. I also devoured all the Famous Five books by Enid Blyton, I lived for that group of friends’ adventures.

If you could read only one genre for the rest of your life which would it be? -Kat @ Life and Other Disasters.

Why are my friends evil? And why do you hate me? Uuuuh… I’m torn between Fantasy and Contemporary, I love all the the different worlds Fantasy has to offer but contemporary was my first love so that’s probably what I’d choose. Contemporary.

Imagine you had the power to read a character out of a book and get them to live in ours, who would it be? -Kat @ Life and Other Disasters.

Again. Evil. I would probably choose Nina Zenik from Six of Crows because her love for food made my life and I feel like we would be great friends, and she’s relatively harmless… even though those powers of hers are frightening.

If you could take the place of one main character and live their journey who would you pick and why?Beth @ Reading Every Night.

Probably Jordan from Noteworthy by Riley Redgate. The MC is such a funny, relatable girl. She also joins an A capella group and goes on a little cross-dressing experiment that would definitely be interesting. Keep a look out for it once it comes out in May, you don’t want to miss out.

What Book  world do you wish was real? -Beth @ Reading Every Night.

The Wizarding World is a pretty standard answer isn’t it? haha. Well, it’s either that or Red London, though I’m very nervous about this one because of how A Gathering of Shadows ended, I don’t think it’s safe anymore, so it being real is probably a bad idea.

Is there a book you’ve read that was bad that you wish you could go back and stop yourself from picking up? -Beth @ Reading Every Night.

No? Don’t get me wrong, I read my fair share of bad books but I don’t regret any of them because at least I can warn other people, especially in the case of problematic books.

Who is your favorite bookish character and why? -Angel @ Bookhearts Forever.

LILA BARD from the Shades of Magic trilogy. If you read those books, you already know why she is my favorite because how can you not love her? She’s so sassy, witty and cunning. A very flawed but very lovable character.

If you could trade places with any villain in any book, which one would it be and why?Melissa @ Booknerd Momo

I don’t think trading places with a villain would be very smart hahaha. They all end up dead or stripped of power or something. I’d much rather be on the other side of that scenario. So, no trading places with a villain for me.

What’s your favorite bookish quote? Sammie @ Bookshelves and Biros.

It’s a quote from none other than the glorious book that has ruined all fantasy for me, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

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Well, that’s it for this Q&A, I LOVED answering al these questions, some were really fun, others made me think. They’re all around awesome, so thank you for taking time to ask me ❤


That’s it until next time.

Do you have any other questions? I’ll be happy to answer in the comments.

I’d also love to get to know all of you, so answer some of these questions in the comments if you’d like.

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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The Orphan’s Tale – Where a Circus is the last Thread of Hope

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Publication date : February 21st, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Harlequin / MIRA

Genre : Adult | Historical Fiction

Page Count: 368

Synopsis : Seventeen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier during the occupation of her native Holland. Heartbroken over the loss of the baby she was forced to give up for adoption, she lives above a small German rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep.  

When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants, unknown children ripped from their parents and headed for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the baby that was taken from her. In a moment that will change the course of her life, she steals one of the babies and flees into the snowy night, where she is rescued by a German circus. 

The circus owner offers to teach Noa the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their unlikely friendship is enough to save one another—or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything. (From Goodreads)

Rating : 4 stars

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*I received an Arc of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

(No Spoilers)

I’ve had this book for quite a few months now, waiting for the release date to get closer so that I could read it but then came December and it was still two months until the release and it has SNOW on the cover, I just felt in the right mood for it, being on a Historical fiction streak and all, so I read it. The most accurate word for me to describe this book is: Real. The stories, the feelings, the ending. Just, everything felt so real and raw and I absolutely loved that, albeit it ultimately crushed me.

There is no arguing it, the writing in this is beautiful. It is so simple yet hold a lot of emotion and meaning to it, weaving perfectly between 2 POVs that were so similar yet very different from each other. Just so you know, this is a slow book,  but not in a bad way, it was a really nice change and just the pace it needed, though if you don’t like books like that you might not like this one because it tends to get pretty repetitive as the characters settle into a routine.

The Orphan’s Tale (which is a brilliant title for this book) starts with a prologue of which I didn’t see the added value at first, actually I didn’t see it throughout the whole novel, but then as I reached the epilogue everything made perfect sense and it was such a clever thing to do, starting the novel that way. The epilogue’s events come right after the prologue’s so it not only flows smoothly but it also ties the loose ends and gives each character an ending.

What first made me want to read this book is the circus element during the WWII period, it was such a unique concept and I expected it somehow to have some magic in the midst of all the horror (I don’t know how) BUT it wasn’t, it leaned more towards the technical aspects of the circus (especially the trapeze) as well as the general life in it, it being not as exciting as everyone expects to be. Which was as interesting in my opinion, there was a routine, some animosities, etc… What was most peculiar about the circus element, it that once people come to watch the show, time freezes and they forget about the war for a little while, it’s like it is the last thread of hope everyone hold on to. Even the performers.

As I said in the beginning, this is a heartbreaking story, as one is expected to be when it is set during WWII in France (and a bit of it in Germany). There is no light at the end of the tunnel, at least not for all characters, things get so brutal and harsh that some of the characters lose all hope and do some drastic things. And the worst of it is that it is inspired by real events, the author drew pilars of the story from things that happened to actual people, which she had found while doing her research. One last thing that I really appreciated about this book is that the author made sure to remind us that even in time of war people die of other things than the war, which I personally tend to forget because the war just consumes everything.

Now onto the characters. But to be honest, I don’t feel comfortable calling them that because they felt so much like real people that I literally felt uneasy saying they were characters. My brain works in weird ways. I know.

Noa is a 17 year old girl who is “perfect” by the Reich’s standard but after becoming pregnant she’s chassed out of her parents’ house and has to survive on her own. What first stricked me about her is how brave and tenacious she is, having trouble feeding herself and still saving a little baby from the Nazis’ claws. And as the story progresses, she only grows more mature and confident. The thing that bothered me in the whole book is how her romance with french guy Luc (whose name is Lucienne which is a french girl’s name, oups. Lucien would be the boy equivalent) was introduced, it was so rushed and felt so out of place especially when after only two meetings they confessed their love to each other.

Astrid is the older one. She’s a jewish woman in her late 30s whom the war hit hard, she lost everything because of it and the circus was her shelter. She is such a resilient woman and I truely admired her for all she was. She seems like a cold-hearted, harsh person at first but as the story progresses we get to know her and how big her heart is.Now, HER relationship with Peter I absolutely adored. Giving the precariousness of their situation, they lived in the moment because there was no future to be had in that period, which really showed in their interactions and intimate moments. It was passion mixed with fear and urgency.

I LOVED Astrid and Noa’s relationship. It was very improbable because of their rocky start as well as the age gap. They came to be friends, a family to each other and at the end everything they had left in the world. Astrid became like a mother figure to Noa, soothing her, chasticising her, baring with her endless amount of questions.

I truely loved this book and  I would recommend it to any Historical Fiction lover like myself who wants to learn a little more about the WWII time period while diving into a well executed, unique premise.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read The Orphan’s Tale? If so, what did you think?

Did it break your heart as much as it did mine?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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#DiversityBingo2017: My TBR and Recommendations

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Hello Guys !

Today’s post is something I’m so freaking excited about. If you know anything about me, you know how I suck at challenges because I’m a mood reader so a challenge that might sound good to me in the beginning of the year will probably have lost my attention my the time the year ends (2016 is proof of that) but here I am announcing my TBR for a challenge, right? Well, to me, this one is different because it is about Diversity and that is something I care about deeply and I know that that’s not going to change.

So, what’s this challenge about you ask. It is a sheet of 36 “prompts” of books you can read throughout the year and the goal is to complete all the squares by the end of the year. I hope that makes sense haha, but the sheet itself is pretty self explanatory. This was created by the people whose Twitter handles are on the upper right side of the sheet.

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I think this challenge is the perfect place to start for people who want to read more diversely but don’t know where to start and are too intimidated. No pressure, if you ask me. You could either do all of them or some of them to give you a jump-start. You can also use #DiversityBingo2017 on Twitter to find people who are participating as well, chat with them, ask for recommendations etc…

Speaking of recommendations, for the past few weeks while I was completing my own TBR, I worked on gathering quite a few books in each category to make it easier for people who want to do it to make their TBRs so here it is. Most of these books fit in more than one category and you can see from the description for what other categories other than the ones they’re put under you can use them. Also, if any of these don’t fit or have issues, please do tell me so that I can edit my list, and if you have a book you think would fit but aren’t sure you can ask me and I’ll answer you -if I know, or you can use the hashtag.

The books in red are the ones that I’m choosing to read for the challenge. This TBR is just my starting point, knowing me, some of it -if not most- will end up changing.

Note that some of these books aren’t out yet. (Marked with *)

ROMANCE WITH A TRANS MC:

  • If I was your Girl – Meredith Russo : YA, Contemporary, Trans Girl MC, #Ownvoices
  • Coffee Boy – Austin Chant: YA, Contemporary, Trans Boy MC, M/M Romance, #Ownvoices
  • Roller Girl – Vanessa North : Contemporary, Trans Woman, F/F Romance
  • Not your villain* – C.B. Lee (Not your sidekick #2) : YA, SFF, Trans Boy MC
  • Spy Stuff – Matthew J. Metzger : YA, Contemporary, Trans Boy MC, M/M Romance

NON-BINARY MC (OWN VOICES):

  • Roving Pack – Sassafras Lowrey : YA, Contemporary
  • Girl Mans Up – M-E Girard: YA, Contemporary
  • Lizard Radio – Pat Schmatz : YA, SFF (Dystopia)
  • Born Both: An Intersex Life a Hida Viloria : Memoir, Latinx American, intersex Genderfluid

SFF WITH A DISABLED MC

  • Otherbound – Corinne Duyvis: YA, POC MCs, Bi MC, #Ownvoices
  • Stranger – Rachel Manija Brown & Sherwood Smith: YA
  • Accessing the Future: Anthology, some #Ownvoices stories
  • The Unintentional Time Traveler – Everett Maroon: YA, Trans MC with Epilepsia

PRACTICING JEWISH MC

  • Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli : YA, Contemporary, Gay MC, M/M Romance
  • The Rest of us just Live here – Patrick Ness : YA, Fantasy
  • Lauren Vanofsky hates the Holocaust – Leanne Liebermann: YA, Contemporary, #Ownvoices
  • Rules for 50/50 Chances – Kate McGovern : YA, Contemporary
  • Been Here All Along – Sandy Hall : YA, Contemporary, M/M Romance
  • My Year Zero – Rachel Gold : YA, Contemporary, MC from the LGBTQIA+ community, SC with Bipolar Disorder
  • Playlist for the Dead – Michelle Falkoff : YA, Contemporary
  • Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here – Anna Breslaw : YA, Contemporary
  • Hush – Eishes Chayil : YA, Contemporary, #Ownvoices
  • The View from Saturday – E.L. Konigsburg : MG, Contemporary, #Ownvoices

INDIAN MC (OWN VOICES)

  • A time to Dance – Padma Venkatraman : YA, Contemporary, Amputee MC, Written in Verse
  • The Color of our Sky – Amita Trasi : YA, Historical Fiction
  • My Basmati Bat Mitzvah – Paula J. Freedman : MG, Contemporary, Jewish MC
  • Mirror in the Sky – Aditi Khorana: YA, Sci-Fi, Biracial white/Indian American MC
  • Enter Title Here – Rahul Kanakia : YA, Contemporary
  • Child of Spring – Farhana zia : MG, Contemporary
  • Queen of Dreams – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni : Adult, Literary Fiction
  • Soulmated – Shaila Patel : YA, Fantasy

DISPLACED MC

  • The Refugees  – Viet Thanh Nguyen : Adult, Historical Fiction, Vietnamese MC, #Ownvoices
  • The Library of Fates* – Aditi Khoran –YA, Fantasy, Hindu Culture Inspired, #Ownvoices
  • Under a Painted Sky – Stacey Lee : YA, Historical Fiction, Chinese American MC
  • In the Shadow of the Banyan – Vaddey Ratner : Historical Fiction, Cambodian MC, #Ownvoices

MC WITH UNDER-REPRESENTED BODY

  • The Upside of Unrequited* – Becky Albertalli :YA, Contemporary, Jewish MC, F/F Romance
  • Dumplin’ – JuIie Murphy : YA, Contemporary
  • Nimona – Noelle Stevenson : YA, Graphic Novel, Fantasy
  • The Second Mango – Shira Glassman : NA, Fantasy, Jewish MC, F/F Romance, #Ownvoices
  • This Book isn’t fat, it’s fabulous – Nina Beck: YA, Contemporary
  • Fat Girl on a Place – Kathy deVos : YA, Contemporary, #Ownvoices
  • If the Dress fits – Carla De Guzmann: YA, Contemporary, Filipino MC (+Set in the Philippines), #Ownvoices

NEURO-DIVERSE MC (OWN VOICES)

  • Queens of Geeks* -Jen Wilde – YA, Contemporary, Autism, Bisexual MC, F/F Romance
  • Under Rose-Tainted Skies – Louise Gornall : YA, Contemporary, MC with OCD and Agoraphobia
  • History is All you left me – Adam Silvera : YA, Contemporary, MC with OCD

RETELLING WITH MC BELONGING TO LGBTOIA+

  • Beast – Brie Spangler : YA, Contemporary, Beauty& the Beast, Trans MC
  • The Seafarer’s Kiss* -Julia Ember : YA, Fantasy, The Little Mermaid, F/F Romance, #Ownvoices
  • Ash – Melinda Lo : YA, Fantasy, Cinderella, Bisexual MC, F/F Romance, #Ownvoices
  • Braided – Elora Bishop : YA, Fantasy, Rapunzel, Lesbian MC, F/F Romance, #Ownvoices
  • The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist – S.L. Huang : Novella, SFF, The Little Mermaid, F/F Romance

BISEXUAL MC (OWN VOICES)

  • Ida* – Alison Evan: YA, Sci-Fi, Non-Binary Love Interest
  • Our own Private Universe* – Robin Talley : YA, Contemporary, F/F Romance
  • How to Make a Wish* -Ashley Herring Blake : YA, Contemporary, Black Love Interest
  • Hold – Rachel Davidson Leigh : YA, Fantasy, M/M Romance
  • A Darker Shade of Magic : Adult Fantasy, Genderfluid MC, MC of Color

MC WITH INVISIBLE DISABILITY

  • Made you Up a Fransesca Zappia: YA, Contemporary, Schizophrenia
  • Highly Illogical Behavior – John Corey Waley : YA, Contemporary, Agoraphobia
  • 10 Things I can see from here – Carrie Mac : YA, Contemporary, Severe Anxiety
  • Goodbye Days* – Jeff Zentner : YA, Contemporary, Anxiety + Panick Attacks
  • Two Girls Staring at the ceiling – Lucy Frank : YA, Contemporary, in Verse, Crohn’s Disease, #Ownvoices
  • When we Collided – Emery Lord : YA, Contemporary, Bipolar MC, MC with depression, #Ownvoices

MC WITH ANAPHVLACTIC ALLERGY

  • Delicate Monsters – Stephanie Kuehn : YA, Thriller, Food Allergies
  • The Pure Energy Project – C.F Fruzetti: Sci-Fi, Food AIIergies
  • My Year of Epic Rock – Andrea Pyro: MG, Contemporary, Peanut Allergy

MC OF COLOR IN SFF

  • Sorcerer to the Crown – Zen Cho : YA, Fantasy, Black MC
  • The Forbidden Wish -Jessica Khoury : YA, Fantasy, Aladdin Retailing, #Ownvoices
  • Not Vour Sidekick – C. B. Lee : YA, Fantasy, Bisexual Chinese-American MC, #Ownvoices
  • The Young Elites – Marie Lu : YA, Fantasy, POC characters
  • Empress of a Thousand Skies – Roda Belleza : YA, Fantasy, POC Characters
  • Flame in the Mist* – Renee Ahdieh: YA, Fantasy, Mulan Retelling
  • Akata Witch – Nned Dkorafor: YA, Fantasy, Black MC, set in Nigeria, #Ownvoices
  • They Both Die at the End* – Adam Silvera : YA, Sci-Fi, Latinx MC, #Ownvoices
  • Labyrinth Lost – Zoraida Cordova : YA, Fantasy, Latinx MC, #Ownvoices
  • Shadowshaper – Daniel José Older: YA, Fantasy, Puerto Rican MC

OWN VOICES LATINX MC

  • The Education of Margot Sanchez – Lilliam Rivera : YA, Contemporary
  • Juliet takes a Breath – Gabby Rivera: YA, Contemporary, Lesbian MC
  • The Inexplicable Logic of My Life* – Benjamin Alire Saenz : YA, Contemporary
  • North of Happy – Adi Alsaid : YA, Contemporary
  • Wild Beauty* – Anna-Marie McLemore: YA, Magical Realism, Bisexual MC
  • Out of Darkness – Ashley Hope Perez : YA, Historical Fiction, Mexican American MC, interracial romance
  • The Improbable Rise of Paco Jones – Dominic Carillo : YA, Contemporary, African American Love interest
  • The Memory of Light – Francisco x. Stork : YA, Contemporary, Mental Illness

NON-WESTERN (REAL WORLD) SETTING

  • And the mountains Echoed –  Khaled Husseini : Historical Fiction, Modern Classic, set in Afghanistan, #Ownvoices
  • The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak : Historical Fiction, set in Turkey, #Ownvoices
  • The Three Body Problem – Cixin Liu: Sc-Fi, set in China, #Ownvoices
  • Want *- Cindy Pon : YA, Sci-Fi, set in Taiwan, #Ownvoices
  • Wolf at the Door – J. Damask/Joyce Chng : Fantasy, set in Singapore, #Ownvoices
  • Beginnner’s Guide – Six de los Reyes: YA, Contemporary, Set in the Philippines, #Ownvoices

OWN VOICES

  • Any of the books in this list marked #Ownvoices

MC WITH CHRONIC PAIN

  • A Little Life – Hanya Vanagihar: Literary Fiction
  • Ascension – Jacqueline Koyanagi : YA, Sci-Fi, POC characters
  • Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo: YA, Fantasy, POC MCs, MCs from the LGBTQIA+ community, M/M Romance, #Ownvoices (Chronic Pain)

WEST ASIAN SETTING

  • The Wrath and the Dawn – Renee Ahdieh : YA, Fantasy, 1001 Arabian Nights Retelling
  • Persepolis – Mariane Satrapi : Memoir, Graphic Novel, set in Iran
  • If You Could be Mine – Sara Farizan : YA, Contemporary, set in Iran, F/F Romance, #Ownvoices
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon – Saladin Ahmed : Fantasy
  • The Turtle of Oman 7 Naomi Shihab Nye : MG, Contemporary, set in Oman
  • An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir : YA, Fantasy

ARAB MC (OWN VOICES)

  • Mirage* – Somaiya Daud : YA, Fantasy, Moroccan MC
  • Where the Streets had a Name a Randa Abdel-Fattah : MG, Contemporary, Palestinian MC
  • The Servant – Fatima Sharafeddine : YA, Contemporary, Lebanese MC
  • In the Language of Miracles – Rajia Hassib : Literary Fiction, Egyptian American MC

MC WITH WHEELCHAIR

  • Push Girl – Chelsie Hill : YA, Contemporary
  • Mia Lee is Wheeling Through Middle School – Melissa Chang : MG, Contemporary, Chinese American MC, #Ownvoices
  • The Last Leaves Falling – Sarah Benwell (Now Fox Benwell) : YA, Contemporary, Japanese MC has ALS

BOOK BY AUTHOR OF COLOR

  • The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi: YA, Fantasy, Hindu Culture Inspired, #Ownvoices
  • The Weight of Feathers – Anna-Marie McLemore: YA, Magical Realism, Latinx MC, #Ownvoices
  • The Secret of a Heart Note – Stacey Lee : YA, Contemporary, Multiracial MC
  • The Bastard of Istanbul – Elif Shafak : Historical Fiction, Turkish MC, #Ownvoices
  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns – Julie C. Dao : YA, Fantasy, Snow Queen Retelling + Chinese Folklore

BIRACIAL MC (OWN VOICES)

  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved before -Jenny Han : YA, Contemporary, White/Korean MC
  • The Girl from Everywhere – Heidi Hellig – YA, Fantasy, White/Chinese MC
  • Heroine Complex – Sarah Kuhn : NA, Sci-Fi, White/japanese MC

PANSEXUAL MC

  • Seven Ways we Lie – Riley Redgate : YA, Contemporary
  • Out on Good Behavior – Dahlia Adler : NA, Contemporary

BLACK MC (OWN VOICES)

  • The Hate u Give* – Angie Thomas : YA, Contemporary
  • Tiny Pretty Things – Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra: YA, Contemporary
  • Allegedly – Tiffany D. Jackson : YA, Mystery
  • The Boy in the Black Suit – Jason Reynolds: YA, Contemporary
  • Piecing me Together – Renée Watson : YA, Contemporary
  • Dear Martin* – Nic Stone: YA, Contemporary
  • Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi: Adult, Historical Fiction

MC ON THE ACE SPECTRUM (OWN VOICES)

  • Tash hearts Tolstoy* – Kathryn Ormsbee : YA, Contemporary
  • Every Heart a Doorway a Seanan Mcguire : YA, Fantasy (very triggering)
  • Interface – Lucy Mihailich: YA, Dystopian
  • The Bone People – Keri Hulme : Literary Fiction, Maori MC

LGBTOIA+ MC OF COLOR

  • Noteworthy* – Riley Redgate : YA, Contemporary, Chinese American Bisexual MC, #Ownvoices
  • Tell me Again how a crush should feel – Sara Farizan : YA, Contemporary, Persian MC, F/F Romance, #Ownvoices
  • More Happy than Not – Adam Silvera: YA, Contemporary, Latinx Gay MC, Depression, #Ownvoices
  • Seven Tears at High Tide – C. B. Lee : YA, Fantasy, Vietnamese American MC, M/M Romance, #Ownvoices
  • Another Words for Happy – Agay Llanera : YA, Contemporary, Gay Filipino MC
  • When the Moon was Ours – Anna-Marie McLemore: YA, Magical Realism, Trans white-pakistani MC, Latinx MC

VISUALLY IMPAIRED MC

  • Run – Kody Keplinger : YA, Contemporary, #Ownvoices
  • Blind Spot – Laura Ellen : YA, Mystery, #Ownvoices
  • Astra – Naomi Foer: YA, Dystopian
  • Not if I see you First – Eric Landstrom: YA, Contemporary
  • All the Light we Cannot see – Anthony Doerr: Adult, Historical Fiction

BOOK SET IN CENTRAL AMERICA

  • The World in Half – Cristina Henriquez : YA, Contemporary, set in Panama, Panamian-American MC, #Ownvoices
  • Daughter of Fortune – Isabel Allende : YA, Historical Fiction, Set in Chile
  • Eight Days: A story of Haiti – Edwidge Dantica: MG, Contemporary, set in Haiti
  • The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist – Margarita Engle : YA, Historical Fiction, in Verse, set in Cuba

CONTEMPORARY WORLD ARRANGED MARRIAGE

  • When Dimple met Rishi* – Sandhya Menon : YA, Contemporary, Indian American MC, #Ownvoices
  • Written in the Stars – Aisha Saeed : YA, Pakistani American, #Ownvoices
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Husseini : Literary Fiction, Afghan MCs, #Ownvoices
  • (Un)Arranger Marriage – Bali Rai : YA, Contemporary, British/Indian MC, #Ownvoices

INDIGENOUS MC (OWN VOICES)

  • The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf – Ambelin Kwaymullina : YA, Dystopian
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie : YA, Contemporary, Spokane MC
  • Love Beyond Body, Space and Time: An indigenous, LGBT, Sci-Fi Anthology
  • Lightfinder – Aaron Paquette : YA, Fantasy, Cree PC
  • Killer of Enemies – Joseph Bruchac : YA, Dystopian, Apache & Abenaki MC

DIVERSE NON-FICTION

  • When Breath becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi : An Indian-American neurosurgeon’s Memoir
  • Redefining Realness – Janet Mock : Memoir of a Black Trans Woman
  • Lucky Girl – MeiLing Hopgood:  Memoir of a Taiwanese American TransraciaI Adoptee
  • Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I survived and Escaped North Korea – Sunqu Lee : Memoir

POC ON THE COVER

  • The Blazing Star – Imani Josey : YA, Fantasy, Black MC, set in ancient Egypt
  • Amina’s Voice* – Hena Khan : MG, Contemporary, Pakistani-American MC, #Ownvoices
  • I Believe in a Thing called Love* – Maurene Goo : YA, Contemporary, Korean American MC, #Ownvoices
  • Prom Queen Perfect – Clarissa David : YA, Contemporary, Filipino MC
  • That thing we call a heart* – Sheba Karim: YA, Contemporary, Pakistani-American MC

DEAF/HARD OF HEARING MC

  • You’re Welcome Universe* – Whitney Gardner: YA, Contemporary
  • A Quiet kind of Thunder* – Sara Barnard : YA, Contemporary, Selective mute MC, Anxiety
  • 27 Hours* – Tristina Wright : YA, Sci-Fi, LGBTQIA+ & POC Characters
  • Hello, Universe* – Erin Entrada Kelly : MG, Contemporary, Filipino American MC, Japanese American MC

IMMIGRANT OR REFUGEE MC

  • When Michael Met Mina – Randa Abdel-fattah : YA, Contemporary, Afghan Refugee MC
  • American Street – Ibi Zoboi : YA, Contemporary, Haitian Immigrant MC, #Ownvoices
  • Something in Between – Melissa De La Cruz: YA, Contemporary, Filipino immigrant MC
  • The Sun is Also a Star Nicola Yoon : YA, Contemporary, Jamaican Immigrant MC, Korean MC

HIJABI MC

  • Saints and Misfits* – S.K. Ali: YA, Contemporary, Arab Indian-American MC, #Ownvoices
  • She Wore red Trainers – Naima B’ Roberts : YA, Contemporary, British Muslim MC, #Ownvoices
  • Does My head Look Big’ this – Randa Abdel-Fattah : YA, Contemporary, Palestinian American MC, #Ownvoices
  • The Gauntlet* – Karuna Riazi : MG, Fantasy, Bangladeshi American MC, #Ownvoices
  • Sofia Khan is not obliged – Ayisha Malik : Adult, Contemporary, British Muslim MC, #Ownvoices

FREE CHOICE

  • Jerkbait – Mia Siegert: YA, Contemporary, Gay MC
  • The Love Interest* – Cale Dietrich: YA, Thriller, M/M Romance
  • George – Alex Gino : MG, Contemporary, Trans Girl
  • A + E 4ever – I. E. Merey : YA, GN, Contemporary, Gendergueer M
  • The Tiger’s Watch* – Julia Ember : YA, Fantasy, Genderqueer MC, F/F Romance, M/M Romance, GQ/M Romance
  • The symptoms of Being Human – Jeff Garvin : YA, Contemporary, Genderfluid MC
  • Pantomime – Laura Lam : YA, Fantasy, Intersex Genderfluid Bisexual MC
  • A List of Cages – Robin Roe : YA, Contemporary, MC with ADHD
  • We Are Okay* – Nina Lacour : YA, Contemporary, Queer MC
  • Of fire and Stars – Audrey Coulthurst: YA, Fantasy, F/F Romance
  • On the Edge of Gone – Corinne Duyvis: YA, Sci-Fi/Thriller, LGBTQIA+ & POC Characters

Well friends, this is the list! I hope it helps you with your TBRs (for the bingo or in general hehe). And if you know of books you think I should be adding to some of the categories let me know, I’d love to expand the list and keep updating it throughout the year.

One last thing, if you missed my last post, I announced that I’ll be doing a Q&A on Sunday so if you have any questions you might want to ask me leave them in the comments of that post and I’ll be sure to answer.


That’s it until next time.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

Do you have any other books that fit these categories?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Life Update + Ask me Questions

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Hello Guys !

I MISSED BLOGGING SO MUCH !! And I missed visiting all your blogs and commenting on them so so much as well. How have you been? How is your 2017 so far? What are you currently reading?

I’m finally able to breath and get back to blogging so I thought I’d write a quick post to catch up and announce my official return to Word Wonders.

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I know that you probably haven’t noticed that I wasn’t around because posts have been going up… less than usual but they were still there nonetheless but the truth is I haven’t blogged in more than a month -Ah, the magic of scheduling- so I feel like I don’t know how to blog anymore haha, forgive me while I shake off the rust.

So, where have I been? I know I said in my December wrap-up that I’d be going on a semi-hiatus because of my exams but it’s not just that. If you don’t follow me on Twitter (which you should totally do, HERE #selfpromo hehe) you don’t know that I shattered my laptop screen because of a scarf (yeah, long story!) a couple of weeks ago and ’til this day I’m still waiting for it to get fixed. I’m using my sister’s in the meantime.

About the exams, they were all okay, but the last one. It was the shittiest exam I’ve ever had to take and I will probably have to retake it (with 80% of the class) because the prof is vicious and he hates us. Anyway, I won’t bore you with details. I finished on the 20th and I wanted to blog this week-end but I was out of town with no Wifi so THAT didn’t happen either. That’s why there has been no Monday post this week, instead, I’ll be posting it tomorrow. 

After all this rambling, I just want to say that I’ll be back to my normal schedule of 3 posts a week next week 😀

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EXCITING NEWS!! Sunday, this baby blog of mine will be turning ONE. To celebrate that, I want you to ask me all the questions that might come to mind no matter the topic, personal, professional? blogging, reading, anything, everything… I’m open to answer all questions!

I’ll be answering all of them on Sunday, 29th. Bring the balloons and party poppers and come celebrate with me !


That’s it until next time.

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Word Wonders’ Reading and Blogging Round up – 2016

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Hello Guys !

Well, I know I’m late to the party and half January has already passed BUT it’s never too late to do my Blogging and Reading wrap-up. So, this was my first year as a blogger and I loved it, I learnt so much from my time in the community about myself, about books and about other people but it also helped with my reading. IMMENSELY. I’ve never read as much as this year, I normally read only around 20 books and I read almost 4 times that and I’m so happy about it. I also discovered a gazillion new books I’m SO excited about. So without further rambling let’s do this:

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General Stats

  • Number of visits: 12.720
  • Number of unique visitors: 4.514
  • Number of WP followers: 536

Most popular Posts

My Favorite Posts

For the purpose of not repeating myself, I won’t re-use the same posts.

Bookbloggers I discovered and loved

Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secrets – Sammie @ Bookshelves & Biros – Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks – Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books – Sara @ Freadom Library – Louise @ Genie Reads – The Girls @  Happy Indulgence – Liam @ Hey Ashers – Kirsty @ Kirsty’s Book Reviews – Hannah @ Mortal Reader – Jill @ Rant & Rave About Books – Naz @ Read Diverse Books – CW @ Read Think Ponder – Beth @ Reading Every Night – Reg @ She Latitude – Puput @ Sparkling Letters – Stephanie @ Teacher of YA – Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews – Kevin @ Bookevin – Jananee @ Head in her Books – Ava @ Bookishness and Tea – Kat @ Life and Other Disasters – Catia @ The Girl who reads too much – Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions – Meleika @ The Aus. Library – Regina @ The Bibliothèque – Cassie @ AdoptaBookAus – Jess @ JBelksBooks – Summer @ Xingsings – Amanda @ Cover 2 Cover Mom -Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook – Esther @ Chapter Adventures

I’m sure I forgot some people so if I forgot you I’m sorry I love you ❤

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Here’s the thing, at the start of 2016 I had signed up for a bunch of challenges (4 to be exact) most of which I ended up abandoning as my interests changed. So I’m not going to be wrapping those up.

General Stats :

  • Number of Books read: 77 Books
  • Number of re-reads: 8 Books (All the Harry Potters + Eleanor & Park)
  • Number of pages: 26.747
  • Average rating: 3.7 stars
  • Top 3 Genres: Fantasy (31) – Contemporary (19) – Historical Fiction (7)
  • Series Completed: 7

Favorite Books :

I made a post dedicated to them so you can find them here.

Disappointing Books :

Favorite new authors/ new to me:

  • V.E. Schwab
  • Leigh Bardugo
  • Jandy Nelson
  • Ryan Graudin
  • Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Yaa Gyasi

Favorite Covers :

Books with Beautiful Prose

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Books with #Squadgoals

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Books with my OTPs

  • All the couples from Crooked Kingdom are well up there. *sobs*
  • Sam and Miel from When the Moon was Ours are the most adorable pairing I’ve ever seen.
  • Noah/Brian and Jude/Oscar from I’ll Give you Sun make my heart swell from happiness.
  • Isla and Josh from Isla and the Happily ever After are SO CUTE.
  • Lila and Kell from Shades of Magic have the most amazing banter and the best chemistry
  • JESSA from The Infernal Devices I’ll sink with and go to hell and back for them, I don’t care what you say.
  • Malec and Sizzy from The Mortal Instruments are so beautiful. I’m trash, seriously.

As you may have noticed, I ship A LOT.

Mendatory Reading for everyone

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That’s it until next time.

How Did your Reading and Blogging year go?  

How Many Books Did you Read? And Which Books belong in these categories for you?

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – The Book I wish had never Happened

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Publication date : July 31st, 2016goodreads

Publisher : Arthur A. Levine Books

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy | Script

Page Count: 320

Synopsis : Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. (From Goodreads)

Rating : 2.5 stars

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(Spoilery Review)

Why didn’t I leave it alone? Why didn’t I leave it alone? WHY DIDN’T I LEAVE IT ALONE? I started off with a very nostalgic warm feeling inside but as I kept on reading and realized how they screwed EVERYTHING up, I went from warm, to disappointed, to frustrated to straight up angry. I just didn’t get it, like why hurt our feelings like that? 😦 Some parts of it hurt physically to read.

Anyway. I’ve seen a lot of people around saying it reads like a fanfiction but to me it didn’t (that may be because I haven’t read fanfiction in 6+ years). I used to read a lot of plays for school growing up so that felt just like that, the writing was alright even though the narration felt awkward and forced at times but the dialogue made me smile at some points because it was funny and reminiscent of the characters as kids. Mostly for Ron and Hermione because he was very hilarious and kind of the cool uncle and she was still bossy, witty and intelligent, and most of all they still bicker.

A character that I despised most of all was Harry, WHO WAS THAT? That’s not the Harry we know and love, that’s a dull, stuck up, know-it-all version of him that I didn’t enjoy reading about. Not at all. Especially when around his son Albus. I must admit that Albus can be a pain in the ass but he is a teenager, his tantrums are to be expected, the same can’t be told about Harry because he responded like a teenager more often than not. Just look at this:ou

ALBUS: No! I just wish you weren’t my dad.

HARRY (seeing red): Well, there are times I wish you weren’t my son.

WHO SAYS THAT? I get that he was angry and that he regretted it right after but that? Our Harry would never do that. He was also controling of Albus’ life without even hearing him out or taking his feelings into consideration. Oh! And best of all is when he said this to Professor McGonagall:

HARRY: Albus didn’t like me before. He might not like me again. But he will be safe. With the greatest respect, Minerva – you don’t have children –

GINNY: Harry!

HARRY: – You don’t understand.

I just couldn’t. And how did he justify his behavior at the end? “I didn’t have a father so I don’t know how to be one.” For God’s sake! And how are you a good father to James and Lily then? I call bullshit. You can say that I have lots of feeling about what they did with Harry’s character.

Now Scorpius. THAT BOY STOLE MY HEART. He’s the most precious potato I’ve ever read about, I just want to squish him into a hug. He is such a nerdy sweet boy who breaks all Slytherin stereotypes, I felt like he belonged in all the houses. I also loved how Draco just wanted to be happy.

As for the plot, I feel conflicted about it. As a plot of its own, it’s great, it holds itself and all but as a continuation that happens more than 20 years afterwards, it seemed really far fetched, especially since I had just finish Deathly Hollows the day before I just couldn’t separate the two and read it as its own thing. I would’ve preferred Albus and Scorpio to go on their own adventure instead of recycling Voldemort again and him having a daughter with Bellatrix is just so mind boggling to me. I know there have been theories going that way but I’ve never been on board with any of them. I must admit that Delphi being the villain took me by surprise because I didn’t expect it there to be a villain, just Albus and Scorpio screwing up the timeline.

Anyway, I just think they should’ve left the play alone, they just messed it up by releasing the script. I’m sure the actual play is magical and amazing, and if I could watch it I think I would be able to separate it from the original series and actually enjoy it. So, I’m not holding this thing against it. I’ll just pretend it doesn’t exist.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read Cursed Child? If so, what did you think? Did it live up to your expectations?

Did you watch the Play? If so, how was it? 

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Most Bestest Books of 2016. Most Bestest English.

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Hello Guys!

You know what the new years means? I’ll be looking back to memorable things from 2016. I know it was a crappy year and I hope 2017 will be better BUT there were some highlights most of which are bookish, that’s what I’m doing here, highlighting my favorite books of the year,some of which have made it to my favorites of ever. I NEED YOU TO READ THEM ALL. Some of them are popular, some are underrated and most should be required reading. So, without further rambling, let’s list them. Also, I’m not ranking them. I CAN’T. I WON’T. I REFUSE.

Book cover = Goodreads page.

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  • This is required reading number one.
  • The History of slavery in Ghana over 3 centuries + amazing relationships + raw emotions
  • It tackles 61583021 issues without being overwhelming with information.
  • Although, it is emotionally overwhelming. But trust me, you want to read it.

My Review

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  • When I think about how  I was set on not reading these books my heart hurts.
  • THE CHARACTERS ARE ALL SO AMAZING AND DIVERSE AND THREE DIMENSIONAL
  • I can’t choose a favorite, it always changes. For now, it’s Nina Zenik. Her love for food is me.
  • The plot is mind-blowingly good and I still can’t get over how intense it is.

My Review for SoC

My Review for CK

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Stephanie Perkins - (#3) Isla and the Happily Ever After

  • The romance in this is the cutest thing ever and I need me a Josh of my own. Thank you.
  • This is 100% recommended if you’re in need of a dose of fluff. I know I need me some from time to time.
  • The opening scene in the book is one of the funniest and most awkward I’ve ever read.
  • I related to Isla so much and it felt so good.

My Review

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  • Alternate Historical fiction set in a post-WWII in which Hitler won. Need I say more?
  • Okay fine, if you need more, it has one of the most badass MCs I ever read. SHE ROCKS.
  • Oh, she’s also a skinshifter and the whole world depends on her.
  • It’s impredictable and it will have your heart racing. It’ll break it eventually. Multiple times.

My Review for WbW

My Review for BfB

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  • Required reading number two.
  • This is hands down the most gorgeous book I read this year, probably ever.
  • The writing is so beautiful, vivid and emotional, you don’t want to miss out on it.
  • The friendship/love in this book is so pure and innocent, I just want more from Sam and Miel.

My Review

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  • Before we start, please applaud my brilliant puning abilities. Feels and hangover is the new series name.
  • Lila is my queen and the other most badass main character of all times.
  • The plot is fantastic and worldbuilding brilliant, it blows my mind.
  • Also, very diverse cast as well, an A+ villain and characters to make your heart sing.

My Review for ADSOM

My Review for AGOS

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  • Most realistically heart-breaking book I’ve read in my life and I adored it.
  • The MC is amazing and incredibly brave even though he has shit friends.
  • The ability to erase memories is such an incredibly clever piece of the story.
  • I sobbed through the last 1/3 of the book non-stop even though I don’t cry easily.

My Review

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  • The premise of the book is very intriguing and it’ll keep you sucked in.
  • The MC is the most normal character I’ve ever read about in my life and I loved him.
  • He was completely and utterly lost in his life and that’s the story of figuring himself out.
  • It explores family (a shitty one), friendship, meeting new people, etc… pretty routinal day to day life, but still NOT boring.

My Review

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  • Required reading number three and my favorite contemporary of all times.
  • The way it’s formatted is absolutely unique and the writing style is full of imagery.
  • It has a set of twins as main characters and sibling stories are my favorites.
  • It has such a bright happy ending that I just found myself crying because I was overwhelmed.

My Review


That’s it until next time.

What are your favorite books of 2016? What Genre is predominant?

Have you read any of my favorite books? If so rant/rave with me in the comments!

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Winter – The Happily Ever After to our Futuristic Fairytales

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Publication date : November 10th, 2015goodreads

Publisher :  Feiwel and Friends

Genre : Young Adult | Science Fiction – Fantasy

Page Count: 832

Synopsis : Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.
Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.
 
(From Goodreads)

Rating:  4 stars

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Well, I’ve FINALLY had the time to finish the series and it was SO SO good, the perfect wrap-up after all the build-up and the crazy adventures BUT here’s the thing, as much as I loved reading it, I was in a funky mood and didn’t enjoy is much as I expected. I was set on giving it a 5 stars but then as I started reading, something didn’t feel right and I nelt more towards 3.5 stars THEN came the ending and it made me so happy that I decided on a 4 stars.

The book starts slow and lets the tension climb up slowly  but once it picks up, HOLY MOTHER OF MACARONY, it was so so good, everything was happening so fast and when something went right another thing went wrong to make everything all the more difficult for them to get Luna back and THAT, I really appreciated, because as much as this is a fairytale retelling, we can’t make it too easy on our protagonists, can we?

Alright, I’m having a LOT of difficuties reviewing this book, because in other circumstances I would be raving all over the place and now I’m not??? Like I have nothing bad to say but then again all the good things are numbed by this freaking mood I am in. Anyway, this book read fast, life real fast for how long it is, it didn’t feel like 800+ pages at all, I would have finished in half the time I did if I didn’t have to study *sigh* because the action in it was such a page turner that I couldn’t get enough of it and I just needed more. Speaking of which, I LOVED how that final battle scene was handled, as much as it was kick-ass and full of hope, it was also desperate and violent and just GREAT.

Though, one thing that was really peculiar is reading  from Winter‘s POV, it wasn’t bad, I actually really liked it, it was just different from all the others, having the condition that she had, we could witness her drifting between reality and her hallucinations in an instant, and even though she was conscious that those weren’t real she still couldn’t extract herself from them and in those moments even the tone of her narration changed, if that makes any sense. I loved her so so much, she has this wise, calm aura about her that was soothing and graceful. She’s also very innocent and and loveable.

Moving on to my other beloved characters, I LOVED how they all had each other’s back and fought for one another. Iko is still my favorite out of the bunch, she is so hilarious and brave, and I loved seeing her experiencing these new human feelings and relationships and how she delt with them. Scarlet is SO kick-ass, I knew she was from book 2, but here there was this new strength about her, she shone through as a leader. Cress surprised me, she had great character development and grew more confident and mature than she was before, I particularly loved the moment when she confronted Thorne, I just kept screaming YES and flailing. I obviously cannot talk about all of them one by one but these are the ones that stuck with me.

Also, the ships, ALL OF THEM!! Wolf and Scarlet’s reunion scene GAVE.ME.LIFE. Kai and Cinder are KaiandCinder and they deserve to be happy and I love them so much. Winter and Jacin were the cutest because their relationship felt so innocent. As for Cress and Thorne, CRESS AND THORNE, I LOVED how awkward and nervous, confident cocky Thorne got around Cress.

That ending was a true fairytale ending and it made me feel so warm and fuzzy inside which kind of helped with the funky mood, even if it didn’t cure it completely, and to me the 3rd book “Cress” will always be the best. May I add that I feel like Winter’s Arc is the one that stayed the truest to the original Snow White fairytale? It had almost all the elements (if not all).


That’s it until next time.

Did you read Winter? If so, what did you think?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Most Anticipated Books of 2017. A LOT of Books.

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Hello guys!

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR ! ❤ And I hope this year is awesome for all of you and you get to achieve your goals and experience amazing things. As we all know, new year means NEW BOOKS TO LOOK OUT FOR, and you cannot imagine how excited I am for this list I’ve gathered. I must admit I have a LOT of anticipated books, these here are not even all of them and they’re mostly for the first half of 2017, because further releases haven’t been announced yet -not ones that interest me anyway. Most of these are diverse (as well as Own Voices) *pat on the back* which means I’m on the right track to achieve one of my goals for this year. Plus, they all sound SO amazing and I. JUST. CANNOT. WAIT.

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  • Roseblood by A. G. Howard is a Phantom of the Opera retelling and though I have minimal knowledge about it, the hype got to me and I can’t wait to read it.
  • A List of Cages by Robin Roe is so intriguing, the blurb has got me impatiently waiting for the  release, plus I’ve been meaning to read books with aneurotypical characters and this seems like the perfect place to start.
  • A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard is a book I heard only great things about, the premise is amazing and the portrayals are said to be accurate, so WE SHALL SEE.
  • History is All you Left me by Adam Silvera is one of my most anticipated books because ADAM KNOWS HOW TO BREAK ME, and I can’t wait to read what he has cooking up. FOREVER.
  • The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles sounds like nothing I’ve read before, a girl saved by a mysterious bounty hunter? Yes please!
  • Who doesn’t know about Caraval by Stephanie Garber by  now? this is another book that gets A LOT of hype and I’m curious to see if it lives up to it.

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  • Empress of a Thousand Sky by Rhoda Belleza is a book I know almost nothing about, I just know from the synopsis that it’ll be epic.
  • American Street by Ibi Zoboi sounds like a story about the not-so-ideal American Dream and the navigation of a teenage Haitian immigrant through her new life in the US. Very promising.
  • The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera sounds like such a treat. Maybe a coming-of-age story? I don’t know, we’ll see.
  • AAAAAH!! A conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab is my most anticipated book of the year, possibly OF EVER. Because I’m not okay after how AGOS left things.
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement which sets it to be very real, very important and possibly very heartbreaking.

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  • You’re welcome universe by Whitney Gardner is a book I’m sooo excited about, it also has illustrations in it, what more could I possibly want?
  • The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz sounds like it’s going to be another coming-of-age story from this author, and he knows how to write them. I admitedly wasn’t won over by Ari and Dante but I liked it nonetheless.
  • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan sounds very cute but I feel like it will tackle important topics as well. I normally don’t read Middle Grade but this one peaked my interest.
  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde. I don’t even know what to say other than the fact that I KNOW it’s going to be awesome and possibly very swoon worthy.
  • Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry is yet another MG, here again I’m making another exception because the MC has Tourette Syndrome and I don’t know of any other book like that.
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Again. Hype got to me but it really sounds so interesting. The synopsis doesn’t give out much but enough to have me on my toes.

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  • I have a confession. I haven’t read Simon Vs. yet BUT that doesn’t mean I can’t be excited about the Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. Because I am. VERY. It just sounds so cute and I need cuteness.

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  • Girl out of Water by Laura Silverman is one of my most anticipated books this year because the author is SO cool, oh, and the story sounds pretty awesome too. I was lucky enough to get an eArc so I’m diving into this bad boy next month.
  • It’s Not like it’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura seems to have a lot of friendship and maybe, probably, definitely a cutesy romance. GIMME.**
  • The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich caught my interest with “What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.” which means that they’ll probably fall for each other instead of the girl they’re supposed to pursue. YAS!!
  • When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon is the perfect take on arranged marriage from what I gather. The parents are playing cupid and it sounds so interesting and very swoony.

** It was brought to my attention on Twitter that this book is racist towards Mexicans by perpetuating harmful stereotypes and I’ve seen quite a few people getting hurt and for that I am very sorry. That being said, the book is still in the editing process (Sensitvity reading included) and the author said she’s working on that. So FOR NOW, I’m keeping it here until all of that is done and I hope and pray that this time around those things will be gone.

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  • Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee was recommended to me by a fellow blogger and when I asked on Twitter about recommendations for books with an asexual MC. And I’m VERY excited for it.

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  • The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana drew me in because 1/ It has Library in the title and 2/ LOOK AT THAT COVER. And once I read the synopsis I knew I was in for one heck of an adventure. I hope it lives up to that.

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  • Fall Boys and Dizzy in Paradise by Jandy Nelson is a book I need in my life YESTERDAY and… we don’t know anything about it?! Like, I need a cover or something to hold on to, pretty please?
  • Invictus by Ryan Graudin. The author made a Twitter thread about it a short while after she announced it and it sounds EPIC and funny and sassy. AMAGAD GIVE ME IT.

Well that’s it. 26 books. 26 FREAKING BOOKS that I’m dying to read and I hope I got you some new books to add to you TBR *evil laugh* because seriously, you need to be on the look-out for ALL of these.


That’s it until next time.

What is your most anticipated read of the year? What other books are you highly anticipating?

Are any of the books on my lists on your too?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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