Did I like the books my best friend chose for me?

Bookish Talk (2).png

Hello friends!

Around the start of this year (2019), my best friend, Laura from Green Tea and Paperbacks, and I had given each other 5 books to read during the year, in this post here, to 1/ force the other one to read our favourite books and 2/ see if we know each other’s taste in books well enough. So the year has come and gone (seriously, wtf?) and I’m here today to wrap it up and let y’all how good/bad Laura fared. If you’re curious to know how *I* did on Laura’s TBR, you can check out her wrap-up here. Continue reading

23. Reflecting on a transformative year.

Life Talk

Hello friends!

Another year has come and gone and it’s my birthday again. And this year has surprisingly been…good? At least the second half of it. The first half was an extension of last year so we don’t know her. And to be frank, last year’s birthday post was so depressing that I do not want to focus on the negatives of this year too. I, instead, want to celebrate myself and the long long way I came compared to where I was last year. Continue reading

Work for It – Steamy romance with brilliant mental health representation

Reviews (9).png

Publication date :  September 3rd, 2019

Publisher : Nixon House

Genre : Adult | Romance

Page Count: 237

Synopsis : For men like us, trust doesn’t come easy.
In this village, I’m an outcast: Griffin Everett, the scowling giant who prefers plants to people. Then I meet Keynes, a stranger from the city who’s everything I’m not: sharp-tongued, sophisticated, beautiful. Free. For a few precious moments in a dark alleyway, he’s also mine, hot and sweet under the stars… until he crushes me like dirt beneath his designer boot.

When the prettiest man I’ve ever hated shows up at my job the next day, I’m not sure if I want to strangle him or drag him into bed. Actually—I think I want both. But Keynes isn’t here for the likes of me: he makes that painfully clear. With everyone else at work, he’s all gorgeous, glittering charm—but when I get too close, he turns vicious.
And yet, I can’t stay away. Because there’s something about this ice king that sets me on fire, a secret vulnerability that makes my chest ache. I’ll do whatever it takes to sneak past his walls and see the real man again.
The last thing I expect is for that man to ruin me.
 (from Goodreads) Continue reading

Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune & Ayesha at Last – Two ~romances~ that were slightly disappointing

Reviews (7)

Okay let’s do this! It’s been…quite a few months since I last read both these books! August? I think? So I have a hard time recalling the details of each one of them but what I do recall are the positives and negatives of each and the way they made me feel, which, wasn’t all that good. But not completely bad either. A mixed bag if you will. Continue reading

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them & Color Me in – Books worth the detour

Reviews (8).png

Yes, YES! I still know how to write positive reviews, I promise, I did not turn into a grump-who-likes-nothing in the time I have been away, I was just unlucky in the book I’ve been picking up the last few months and that reflected in the review I posted, but today I’m talking about books I actually LIKED. Continue reading

Color Outside the Lines – Why must anthologies always make me sad?

Reviews (6).png

Publication date :  November 12th 2019

Publisher : Soho Teen

Genre : Young Adult | Anthology

Page Count: 312

Synopsis : This modern, groundbreaking YA anthology explores the complexity and beauty of interracial and LGBTQ+ relationships where differences are front and center.
When people ask me what this anthology is about, I’m often tempted to give them the complicated answer: it’s about race, and about how being different from the person you love can matter but how it can also not matter, and it’s about Chinese pirate ghosts, black girl vigilantes, colonial India, a flower festival, a garden of poisons, and so, so much else. Honestly, though? I think the answer’s much simpler than that. Color outside the Lines is a collection of stories about young, fierce, brilliantly hopeful people in love.

—Sangu Mandanna, editor of Color outside the Lines
 (from Goodreads) Continue reading

50+ 2020 releases I am excited about

Bookish Talk (1).png

Hello friends!

It’s finally that time again! The time I both love and hate! Love because I GET TO SHARE BOOKS I CAN’T WAIT FOR WITH YOU!!! And hate because the formatting of these posts is the bane of my existence. So yes, here were are today, gathered to share my most anticipated releases for the first half of 2020, and let me tell you, there are so many brilliant sounding books coming that I just know already that I won’t be able to read half of them, let alone all of them. Continue reading

To sum-up: November 2019 + Changes are coming to the blog

November wrap-up

This post is much later than my wrap-ups usually are, but what’s new? I’ve become a mess who has no control over anything ever and has barely anytime for blogging anymore. More explanations below and at the end, so enjoy? I guess?

Stay tuned for the “What’s Coming?” section, I have quite a few things to announce hehe.
Continue reading