Top Ten Tuesday: Books I wish I had read when I was younger

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all doing fine. Today is Tuesday… which means that you get a Top Ten Tuesday post! (And I am absolutely not writing this instead of formatting my notes for college. But I need some joy in my life okay because these past days were… something).

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Jana assigns each Tuesday a topic and then posts her top ten list on her blog. Other bloggers may do the same as well. Today’s topic is “Books for My Younger Self”. It can either be books we wish we had read as a child, books we could have really learned something from when we were younger, books that meshed with our hobbies/interests, books that could have helped us go through events/changes in our life, etc…

As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I won’t be publishing a Top Ten Tuesday post every single week. But I really wanted to do this one. These are books I would have wanted to read earlier because I think I would’ve enjoyed them more then or just books I wish I had read sooner because now I don’t really know if I’m going to read them.

Without further ado, let’s start!

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Percy Jackson – Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

Okay so when I read today’s topic, that was the series I first thought about. I absolutely love this series. It is such a fantastic story and I love the characters so so much. However, I really think I would have liked this series even more had I read it in seventh grade, when I was really into Greek mythology.

A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)

I watched the movie when I was younger and I watched the TV show as it was coming out and that’s when I decided to start reading the books. I really really like this series but it is written for children so I think I would have enjoyed it more had I read it before.

The Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

Okay so I read City of Bones in 2018 which was pretty late compared to other people and I feel like had I read it sooner, I would have had a better experience. If you’ve been following my blog for some time now, you probably know that this is my favorite series of all time, for sentimental values. I absolutely love it. But I believe that, had I read it sooner, I would have become an avid reader earlier and I would have discovered this amazing community years ago (and that would have been a blessing in my life).

The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince

This is probably THE book I would recommend to everyone. I think you can appreciate it at whatever age you choose to read it. However, if I could go back in time, I would have read this book when I was a kid because it’s just a different reading experience when you’re younger.

Mathilda – Roald Dahl

Matilda

I actually watched the movie three times at least, especially when I was younger. But the truth is that I only picked up the book when I was 18 and for some reason I didn’t love it. It was good but it just… didn’t work for me??? That is why I truly believe that I would have enjoyed it so much more had I read it sooner.

Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)

I’ve watched the movie on Disney plus and… what the hell was that?? I just did not like it. I know soo many people love the books so I really want to give them a try but I also feel like I wouldn’t enjoy it now since I am not the target audience? But I mean, I love Percy Jackson and I am not the target audience so I think I need to read it.

The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

Once again, I’ve watched the movies (well at least the first one) maybe three times too but for some reason I never read the books. They’ve always been sooo intimidating to me. I truly believe I should have started reading this series when I was a kid.

Inkheart – Cornelia Funke

Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)

Hum… well… so I also watched the movie but never picked up the books (when I tell you I’m a mess). With that in mind, I think that I would have loved this book if I had read it years ago. Now I’m afraid that if I pick it up, I just won’t like it very much… I don’t know, feel free to let me know if you liked this book and if I may enjoy it now that I am not a kid anymore.

The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

SO MANY people keep yelling at me to read this series. Have I done it yet? Of course not. BUT I may pick it up soon. So you’re wondering why this series is on this list. Because I’ve had this book on my shelves for at least 6 YEARS.

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The Giver – Lois Lowry

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

Everyone has read this book years ago and I feel like I’m missing on something. But I, once again, believe that I would have liked it more had I picked it up years ago.

That’s it for this post! I hope you enjoyed it! What about you? What’s a book you wish you had read when you were younger?

I hope everything is going fine for you and that you are reading books that you enjoy!

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Wrap up: books I read last year but did not mention on my blog #2

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all doing fine! A few days ago, I shared my thoughts on 10 books I read last year and did not mention on my blog. And guess what? Yeah, I read more than 10 books last year. So here’s part 2 (and last part) of my “Books I read last year and did not mention on my blog” series.

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Now, keep in mind that I read some of these books a year ago so my thoughts may be a little all over the place and I may not remember everything correctly about the plot of these books. You’ve been warned.

Anyway, let’s start!

The Shadow and Bone trilogy – Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy, #1)

Rating: as a whole 3.5 stars

It was good but honestly I found myself being very bored at multiple parts of the series. Also, I can’t stand Mal. I know a lot of people like him but I just feel like he only really loves Alina when she has no powers?? Was I the only one to feel this way?

The Darkling was honestly one of my favorite characters. YeAh, I know. He is the villain and he’s done some terrible things but I liked his interactions with Alina and I would have wanted to see more of that. Can you imagine Alina and The Darkling doing evil things together? I mean, as a couple??? That would be fantastic.

One thing that I loved in the series too was the world-building. I was sooo intrigued with this world, so much so that I wanted to remember and understand everything about it (I was trying to memorize the colors associated with each Grisha order but there were too many colors so I gave up 😂). Leigh Bardugo is honestly a master at creating a complex and interesting world.

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Rating: 4.5 stars

Okay but this was so so good. Are we surprised? No. The characters, the world-building, the plot, everything in this book was FANTASTIC! I highly, highly recommend it.

My only real complaint (but that’s only a personal thing) is that I didn’t feel a strong connection to the characters but that was solved in Crooked Kingdom (spoiler alert: I cried. at 3 AM). More on that in my Summer wrap up (if I finally sit down to write my thoughts on the 20 books I read this summer 🙃. This is your reminder to post your wrap ups as soon as you can).

Present Joss wants to personally thank Past Joss for actually taking notes as she was reading the next 3 books. You may now proceed with your reading.

Radio Silence – Alice Oseman

Radio Silence

Rating: 4 stars (but I think I would give it 3.5 stars now).

I really enjoyed this book. I related to Frances in so many ways and I loved the fact that this book features such a diverse cast of characters. The audiobook was sooo great so if you can listen to it, please do! I liked the message of this book: that you don’t have to go college to have a fulfilling and successful life and that you can take a different path than the one society expects you take.

However, I was not blown away. It was good but I just didn’t love it. Another thing that I did not like was Carol. To me, she was almost “too mean to be true” and I remember a scene (well I kind of remember a scene) at the train station (or was it?) where her behavior just seemed unrealistic. However, this is just my personal opinion on this so feel free to comment if you thought otherwise.

Heretics Anonymous

Heretics Anonymous

Rating: 3.5 stars

Heretics Anonymous was fun and entertaining. It was also very informative as I’ve learned so many things reading this book! You can definitely tell that the author did a lot of research and that she put a lot of thought in what she was writing.

However, overall I didn’t feel a strong connection with the characters and I just wasn’t a huge fan of the plot. I also didn’t really like the romance. Michael was saying things like “I still can’t believe she’s here” or “I keep expecting her to change her mind and walk out. Maybe I wouldn’t feel that way if she’d let me take her shirt off”. Yes, these are actual quotes from the book. It just… didn’t work for me. It was also very insta love-y and I didn’t like that.

Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

Rating: 4 stars

It is so difficult to share my thoughts on this book. Here’s the thing: I really liked this book! However, I just wasn’t a huge fan of the writing. Laini Taylor is a very talented writer and her writing is beautiful but it was so flowery that I just had a hard time getting into the story.

That being said, I am SO glad I pushed through because it is a great story. Also, the characters were so complex and fleshed out. The setting was so well-described and this allows the reader to really picture it. I highly recommend this book.

Heartstopper Vol 1

Heartstopper: Volume One (Heartstopper, #1)

Rating: 4.5 stars (but I would give it 3.5/4 stars now)

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was great seeing Charlie and Nick’s relationship develop. It was also very interesting getting to know Nick’s struggles as he was trying to untangle his feelings towards another boy. This book touches upon so many important topics and it does it in a fantastic way. My only complaint, and that might be just a personal thing, is that it was a bit too cheesy for me. I’m planning to reread the first volume before continuing with the series so my opinion on this book may change in the near future.

The Red Scrolls of Magic – Cassandra Clare

The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses #1)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Yeah. This was a bit of a disappointing read. Okay so let me make something clear. I absolutely love Magnus. He is probably my favorite character in the entire Shadowhunter Chronicles and I like his relationship with Alec. However, this book just didn’t do it for me.

My main issue with this book was actually the plot. I honestly think that yes, Magnus could have created a club he doesn’t remember about. However, the rest of the plot felt… weird?? I also didn’t care about Shireen at all and I just wanted to slap her I just didn’t like her a lot.

The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events #3) – Lemony Snicket

The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3)

Rating: 4 stars

Nothing much to say. I had a lot of fun reading it, as per usual. This one is probably one of my least favorite one of the series though.

My Hero Academia Vol.1 – Kohei Horikoshi

My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 (My Hero Academia, #1)

Last year, I was trying to read more mangas so I asked my brother to recommend a manga to me and he gave me this one. I really liked it. It was a very fun read and I want to see how the story evolves so I am probably going to pick volume 2 sometime soon.

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

This is a manifesto written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to one of her friend who asked her how to raise her daughter as a feminist. Honestly, I don’t feel like I have read enough manifestos or essays or just nonfiction books on this topic to give a proper review.

That being said, I personally thought that the advice given were good but it just felt like an introduction to how to raise a feminist daughter and it was, in my opinion, a bit repetitive sometimes. I wanted more from this manifesto. I actually agree with Cindy from readwithcindy, so here’s the video in which she mentions her thoughts on this book and her Goodreads review.

WOW. I did it. I talked about all the books I did not mention on here last year.

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If there’s anything you should take from this post is to not wait a freaking year before mentioning the books you’ve read a year ago.

And what about you? Have you read any of these books? What did you think about them? Feel free to share in the comments!

That’s it for this post! I hope you’re all having an amazing day and that you’re enjoying your current reads! I wish you all the best.

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LGBTQIAP+ books on my TBR whose cover matches a rainbow color

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all doing fine!

A few weeks ago, as I was about to write my blog post on the topic “Books with a color in the title” for Top Ten Tuesday, I thought about twisting the topic and mentioning LGBTQIAP+ books whose cover matches a rainbow color. I had already wrote this entire post but, to honest, I was a bit afraid that my post was way too much of a stretch from the original topic. So I’ve just decided to follow the original topic and leave this blog post for another time. And the time has finally come for me to share this post with you.

I am going to put a brief summary from Goodreads on all of these books. Also, if you click on the cover, it will automatically send you to the Goodreads page of each book so that you can add it to your TBR!

Let’s start!

RED: Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas and With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Cemetery Boys

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free. However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave. (Goodreads)

With the Fire on High

With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free. (Goodreads)

ORANGE: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Felix Ever After

Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many—Black, queer, and transgender—to ever get his own happily-ever-after. When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages—after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned—Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi–love triangle…. But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself. (Goodreads)

YELLOW: I’ll Be The One by Lyla Lee

I'll Be the One

Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn’t dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn’t call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she’s about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for girls like her. She’ll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she’ll do it better than anyone else. When Skye nails her audition, she’s immediately swept into a whirlwind of countless practices, shocking performances, and the drama that comes with reality TV. What she doesn’t count on are the highly fat-phobic beauty standards of the Korean pop entertainment industry, her sudden media fame and scrutiny, or the sparks that soon fly with her fellow competitor, Henry Cho. But Skye has her sights on becoming the world’s first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the competition—without losing herself. (Goodreads)

GREEN: The Mermaid, The Witch and The Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea

Aboard the pirate ship Dove, Flora the girl takes on the identity of Florian the man to earn the respect and protection of the crew. For Flora, former starving urchin, the brutal life of a pirate is about survival: don’t trust, don’t stick out, and don’t feel. But on this voyage, as the pirates prepare to sell their unsuspecting passengers into slavery, Flora is drawn to the Lady Evelyn Hasegawa, who is en route to a dreaded arranged marriage with her own casket in tow. Flora doesn’t expect to be taken under Evelyn’s wing, and Evelyn doesn’t expect to find such a deep bond with the pirate Florian. Soon the unlikely pair set in motion a wild escape that will free a captured mermaid (coveted for her blood, which causes men to have visions and lose memories) and involve the mysterious Pirate Supreme, an opportunistic witch, and the all-encompassing Sea itself. (Goodreads)

BLUE: All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson and I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

All Boys Aren't Blue

In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys. (Goodreads)

I Wish You All the Best

When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they’re thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents’ rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school. But Ben’s attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan’s friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life. (Goodreads)

INDIGO: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are. Explosions will be involved. Science and sharks will be, too. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit. Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson, based on her award-winning web comic. (Amazon)

VIOLET: Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron and You Should See Me in a Crown

Cinderella Is Dead

It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again. Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . . (Goodreads)

You Should See Me in a Crown

Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor. (…) There’s nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington. The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. (…) But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true? (Goodreads)

Other colorful LGBTQIAP+ books on my TBR: The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta and Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

The Black Flamingo

A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen – then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo. A bold story about the power of embracing your uniqueness. Sometimes, we need to take charge, to stand up wearing pink feathers – to show ourselves to the world in bold colour. (Goodreads)

Red, White & Royal Blue

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations. The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. (Goodreads)

That’s it for today! I really hope you enjoyed this post!

And what about you? What LGBTQIAP+ books do you want to read? Have you read any of these books? Feel free to say in the comments!

Just so you know, I won’t post for every Top Ten Tuesday topic anymore. I am still going to post for Top Ten Tuesday from time to time but since school is about to start again in a few weeks, I don’t think I’ll be able to publish 2 posts a week, as I usually do. I aim at posting at least once a week from now on, on Saturdays.

Therefore, I will write for some Top Ten Tuesday topics but I won’t do it every single week and you’ll normally *always* (well at least *most of the times* if I can pull that of) get a new post every Saturday!

That’s all I wanted to share for today. I hope you’re having a nice day and that you’re reading books that you enjoy!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book adaptations I want to see

Hello everyone! How is everyone doing? It’s Tuesday… which means that you get a new Top Ten Tuesday post!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Jana assigns each Tuesday a topic and then posts her top ten list on her blog. Other bloggers may do the same as well. Today’s topic is “Books that Should be Adapted into Netflix Shows/Movies”.

First of all, some of the books I’m going to mention are in their way to being adapted into Netflix Shows/Movies but I am so excited about them that I needed to mention them (sorry not sorry).

Let’s start!

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The Shadow and Bone trilogy + The Six of Crows duology – Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy, #1)

I am so excited about this adaptation and I honestly can’t wait to watch the episodes. I just hope it will do the series justice.

The Ember quartet – Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)

Okay so I had heard we were going to have an adaptation of this series but I can’t find a lot about the adaptation on the internet so I don’t know. Either way, this SHOULD be adapted. I would love to see Laia and Elias on screen.

The Arc of a Scythe – Neil Shusterman

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)

I can’t freaking wait for this. The first book is absolutely fantastic so the movie could be INCREDIBLE if done correctly. Let’s hope for the best.

Saga – Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

Saga, Vol. 1

THAT’s a series I really want to see on screen. WOW.

King and the Dragonflies – Kacen Callender

King and the Dragonflies

This is one of my favorite reads of 2020. It is a middle grade book that tackles so many difficult topics such as homophobia, racism, domestic abuse… I think it would make for a beautiful movie with an important message.

Other Words for Home – Jasmine Warga

Other Words for Home

Once again, this would make for a very meaningful movie. The story is about Jude, a girl that lives in Syria but who is moving to the United States. It is a beautiful book and it shows the struggles of being considered a “Middle Eastern girl”. It was a fantastic read.

The Cruel Prince – Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

Jude and Cardan on TV? Hell yes, sign me in. I would love to see this. OKAY I just saw that an adaptation was announced in 2017 so I hope it’s still happening.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

I absolutely loved this book when I read it last year and it’s getting an adaptation. I WANT TO SEE IT SO BADLY.

Daisy Jones & The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six

This is getting an adaptation too! OK so I’ve mentioned this before but I was not a huge fan of Daisy Jones and the Six (sorry) but I feel like I would love it in a TV show format. So I will definitely watch it as soon as it’s available on Amazon Video.

That’s it for today! I really hope you enjoyed this post! And what about you? What books do you really want to see adapted into TV shows or movies? Feel free to say it in the comments!

I hope you’re having a nice day and that you’re reading books that you enjoy!

Would you rather book tag

Hello everyone! Rach @Anxious Nachos tagged me a few weeks ago to do the Would you rather book tag. So thank you Rach!

How it works:

  • Answer the questions given to you by the person who tagged you
  • Come up with your own questions and tag others

Let’s start!

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Side note: I’ve found how to add GIFs in my posts so… you’re welcome 😁

Would you rather live with magic in a fantasy world or with very cool technology in a sci-fi world?

That’s easy! I would 100% rather live with magic in a fantasy world. I mean can you imagine it? That would be amazing!! Just thinking about it makes me feel sad that this could never happen. Moving on.

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Would you rather only be able to read young adult books or adult books for the rest of your life?

THIS IS HARD! Okay, let’s focus. I think I would rather only be able to read young adult books just because I have not read a lot of adult books (but I love most of the ones I read) and that my favorite series are YA.

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Would you rather meet the villain of your favourite book or the protagonist of your favourite book?

OOOH this is HARD. Okay SO my favorite series of all time is The Mortal Instruments. I know that it’s not perfect and it’s not the best series ever but I read it at a really hard time in my life and it gave me… hope. So, for the sentimental value it holds, it is my favorite series. I do not want to meet the villains in this series (I’m not going to name them to avoid spoilers even if I feel like everyone has read it). BUT I would really like to meet Clary (and Jace if it’s possible of course). I know a lot of people don’t like her but I personally do!

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And a follow up to that, Would you rather BE the villain in your favourite book or be the protagonist in your favourite book?

100% the protagonist. I would not want to hurt my faves.

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Would you rather always being able to guess the twist, or never being able to guess the twist?

I can never guess the twist and I like it that way, so I would rather never being able to guess the twist.

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Would you rather only read books set in the past or only read books set in the future?

HOW AM I GOING TO GIVE A PROPER ANSWER?? I think I would prefer to only read books set in the future. I always struggle to pick up historical fiction books and I can’t even explain why. One example of that is that I’ve seen the Book Thief movie and I really liked it but I can never stick with the book (even if it’s good from what I have read so far). I really need to get through more historical fiction books.

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Would you rather read only during the day, or only after dark?

Hum… only during the day. At least it wouldn’t mess with my sleep schedule (Crooked Kingdom had me crying at 3 A.M.).

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Would you rather be able to reread all your current favourite books but never again find a new favourite, or never read any of your current favourites again, but you’re able to find new favourite books?

I’m going to go with the latter. I just know that there are so many great books out there and I really want to be able to have new favorites.

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Would you rather only read paperbacks or only read hardbacks?

The dreaded question. HUM. I guess paperbacks because they are easier to carry around.

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Would you rather see your favourite book adapted into film or TV (and because rules are made to be broken I’m adding a third option) OR a stage musical adaptation?

OOOH. I LOVE this question! I would love for my favorite book to be adapted as a stage musical. CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT? Margaret @WordZeal actually wrote a post on 7 books that would make great musicals and I really liked it! I am a huge fan of musicals so I would totally be down for stage musical adaptations!

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My questions:

Would you rather only read ebooks or audiobooks?

Would you rather kiss the villain of your favorite book/series or hurt your favorite character?

Would you rather read all the books you want every single month but barely remember the plot or read 2 books a month but remember everything about them?

Would you rather read a book you love while listening to an album you hate or read a book you hate while listening to an album you love?

Would you rather be able to go to your favorite fantasy world but no one can see you or go to a fantasy world you hate but everyone can see you?

Would you rather only read historical fiction novels or sci-fi?

Would you rather only read the books but never watch the movie/TV show adaptations or only watch the adaptations but never read the books?

Would you rather only read backlist titles or new releases?

Would you rather only read standalones or series?

Okay so at this point I honestly don’t know what other question to ask. So I am just going to leave one question asked by Rach: Would you rather always being able to guess the twist, or never being able to guess the twist?

And that is it for today! I’m going to tag Kaya @ A Fictional Bookworm and Rin @ Rin’s reads. But no pressure, do it only if you want to!

Thanks for reading! And what about you? Would you rather be the villain in your favourite book or be the protagonist in your favourite book? Would you rather read only during the day, or only after dark? Feel free to share it in the comments!

I’ll be seeing my family next week which means that I won’t be very active on here and I’m really sorry about that! I’ll try to catch up as fast as I am home with your comments and your posts.

I hope everything is going fine for you and that you are enjoying your current reads!

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 books I read last year but did not mention on my blog #1

Hello! How is everyone doing? Sorry for not posting anything this weekend. I was a bit busy. But I am here today with another Top Ten Tuesday post!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Jana assigns each Tuesday a topic and then posts her top ten list on her blog. Other bloggers may do the same as well. Today’s topic is “Books I Loved but Never Reviewed”

SO if you’re wondering… yes, you’ve read the title correctly.

Last year was a very complicated year for me in many ways and I did not have the time to write posts. And to be honest I was in a bit of a blogging slump (is that a real thing?). I just didn’t feel like writing blogposts.

But I AM SO GLAD that I started blogging again this year because I really like sharing my thoughts on the books I’ve read and I LOVE interacting with fellow bloggers. This is such a welcoming space and I am so happy to be a part of it!

ANYWAY, since I was in a blogging slump (yep, it definitely sounds weird), I did not mention the books I’ve read from May to December… Oops.

That is the reason why I’ve decided to put a spin on today’s topic and instead of sharing my thoughts on books I’ve loved but never reviewed, I am going to share my thoughts on 10 books I did not MENTION last year. Yeah, I know. In another post, I will mention all the other books I did not mention.

I’ve read some of these books a year ago… so I may not remember everything about the plot or the reasons why I gave a specific rating. Therefore, I’m going to briefly describe why I did or did not enjoy a book (SPOILER: I failed). In fact, I did not mention A LOT OF BOOKS last year so this would be way too long if I had to write in-depth reviews on all of these books.

Let’s start!

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before + P.S I Still Love You – Jenny Han

Rating: 3.5 and 3.75 stars

I honestly don’t have much to share on these 2 books. They were entertaining and I liked them but they are just not my favorites. I preferred the last book and I still need to read the last one.

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Rating: 4 stars (but I would honestly give it 3/3/5 stars)

Once again, it was an enjoyable read but nothing special. Cath was relatable in so many ways but I just did not feel a deep connection with her and Levi was nice but I didn’t love him either. Rainbow Rowell did a good job at showing the struggles that come with first going to college.

But to be honest, I don’t really love Rainbow Rowell books as I was not a huge fan of Eleanor & Park either. I’ve read Eleanor & Park forever ago so I don’t really remember everything about it but many people raised some issues on this book such as anti-Asian racism, anti-Black stereotypes and the use of the r-slur (here’s a thread that explains some problems in the books and links to some ownvoices posts). This is why I don’t know if I am going to pick up Carry On. I just don’t feel like supporting an author that has these opinions and buying her books is a way of supporting her so that probably won’t happen.

Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare

Rating: 3.5 stars

This was the first Cassandra Clare book I did not give 4 stars or more to. And believe me, this really saddens me because Cassandra Clare is one of (if not) my favorite writer. The worst thing about this is that there’s not a clear reason as to why I did not love this book.

What I know is that one problem I had with this book was that there was a lot of telling in my opinion. The author would just write entire paragraphs on how the world works, things she has already explained in The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments. Honestly, this wouldn’t be a big issue if it was done in a more restrained and concise way but I personally felt like there were too many explanations on things we were already supposed to know, had we read TMI and TID. But that’s maybe it. Maybe this was done for the readers that were just going to pick The Dark Artifices when first entering the Shadowhunters Chronicles. But in my opinion, it was just too much. Also, I was not a huge fan of Julian and Emma (sorry).

It was still enjoyable, just not as much as usual with her books to me.

Harry Potter (#1-#3) – J.K. Rowling

It was fun rereading the first three books of the Harry Potter series but I honestly don’t want to talk about Harry Potter right now. I am just trying to untangle my feelings towards the series as this is the series that got me into reading. Without it, I would probably not be a reader today. Gosh, I would probably not have this blog or just talk about books on the internet. However, I also have to acknowledge that I do not agree at all with J.K. Rowling’s opinions and I don’t want to support her in any way and I feel like mentioning her books, sharing my thoughts on them is a way of supporting her and I just don’t want that.

This was way longer than I had expected. Basically what I wanted to say was that I do not want to support J.K. Rowling as I do not agree with her opinions but I honestly don’t know how to treat the series that has brought me so much joy in my life for years.

How do you personally treat this series now? Do you still mention it, share your thoughts on it while always making clear that you do not agree with the author’s opinions or did you simply stop talking about it? I would highly appreciate having your thoughts on this.

Sorry for going on a tangent but I am just confused right now and I needed to vent for a bit.

Saga Vol. 6 and Vol. 7 – Fiona Staples, Brian K. Vaughan

Rating: 4 stars and 4.5 stars

I always have an amazing time whenever I am reading any of these volumes. It is honestly becoming one of my favorite series of all time. I just love the characters and I am always pleasantly amazed as to how well some issues are addressed in each volume. It is a fantastic series.

They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera

Rating 3.75 stars

SO this book was good. I really liked it. The characters were great and the plot was interesting.

My only complaint is that I just wanted to know more about the world. I wanted to know how the app was developed, what discussions politicians would have on it… Another small issue I had with this book was that I felt like there were too many connections between all the characters. Basically, all the characters met or had a connection with each other (even “random characters”) and it was just a bit annoying at times. But that might honestly just be me.

The book was still great and provided a lot of beautiful quotes.

WOW I can’t believe I have actually finished writing this post. This took me soo long! But I am glad I shared my thoughts on these books.

If there’s anything you should take from this post is that you should never wait AN ENTIRE YEAR to write reviews or mini-reviews on books you’ve read a year before.

Thanks for reading! And what about you? Did you read any of these books? What did you think of them? How do you feel about Harry Potter? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

I hope you’re doing fine and that you are reading books that you enjoy.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with a color in the title

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all doing fine! Today is Tuesday which means that you get another Top Ten Tuesday post!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Jana assigns each Tuesday a topic and then posts her top ten list on her blog. Other bloggers may do the same as well.

This week’s topic is “books with a color in the title”. I honestly have not read most of the books on this list… so I should probably do that instead of spending too much time on Twitter and Instagram 🙈. MOVING ON.

I am going to put a brief summary from Goodreads on all of these books. If you click on the cover, it will automatically send you to the Goodreads page of each book so that you can add it to your TBR!

Let’s start!

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising (Red Rising Saga, #1)

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class. Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so. (Goodreads)

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

This is a world divided by blood—red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance—Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart. (Goodreads)

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare

The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses #1)

All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke. Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been sidetracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping. (Goodreads)

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Priory of the Orange Tree

A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens. The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction – but assassins are getting closer to her door. Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic. Across the dark sea, Tané has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel. Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep. (Goodreads)

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)

As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever . . . but will the Cuthberts send her back to to the orphanage? Anne knows she’s not what they expected—a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she’ll try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes and blurting out the first thing that comes to her mind. Anne is not like anyone else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special—a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreams of the day when she can call herself Anne of Green Gables. (Goodreads)

The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)

Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal–including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world. Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want–but what Lyra doesn’t know is that to help one of them will be to betray the other. (Goodreads)

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades of Gray

Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions. Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously—and at great risk—documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. (Goodreads)

All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

All Boys Aren't Blue

In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys. (Goodreads)

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

The Black Flamingo

A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen – then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo. A bold story about the power of embracing your uniqueness. Sometimes, we need to take charge, to stand up wearing pink feathers – to show ourselves to the world in bold colour. (Goodreads)

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal Blue

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations. The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. (Goodreads)

That’s it for today! It was a really fun post to write! I really hope you enjoyed it!

And what about you? Did you read any of these books? Feel free to share the books you’ve read or want to read with a color in the title!

I hope you’re having a nice day and that you’re reading books that you enjoy! Stay safe!

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August TBR (Latinx readathon, Avatar the Last Page Turner readathon and Diversify that Shelf readathon)

Hello everyone! I really hope everything is going fine for you! Today I wanted to share with you my TBR for the month of August. I’ve decided to participate in 3 readathons: the Avatar the Last Page turner readathon, the Latinx readathon and the Diversify that Shelf readathon.

Let’s just start by mentioning that my TBR is going to be WAY too ambitious. But honestly, if I just read a decent amount of the books on my August TBR, I would consider it a win. Also, sometimes I am going to use the same book for different readathons (so that’s why you may see a book twice or more times in this post).

Let’s start!

The Latinx Readathon

The Latinx Readathon is a month long readathon taking place in August. It is hosted by @sososalazar, @lazyuniverses, @nikkiereads and @bigblackbooks. The purpose of this readathon is to encourage people to read more books by Latinx authors and/or about Latinx characters. The different prompts are down below. You can pick a book for multiple prompts. If you want to know more about this readathon, here’s the thread that explains it all.

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It took me soo long to make my TBR for this readathon and there is no way I would have made it without Sofia‘s post “265 Latinx book recommendations for the 2020 Latinx Readathon!!” (thank you Sofia for writing this, it is extremely helpful!). Here it is:

Now, let’s be clear, there is NOOOO way, I will have the time to read all of these books (slow reader here) but I am going to try to read as many books on this list as I can. I’ll just do my best to read the other books on here later.

The Avatar the Last Page Turner readathon

To give some context, I’ve recently finished watching Avatar the Last Airbender and I absolutely LOVED it, so much so that I am rewatching it! Therefore, when I saw on Twitter that the Avatar the Last page turner readathon was going to take place from the 1st to the 14th of August I knew I HAD to participate! This readathon was created by @itzkevsnegron and hosted with @benreadsbooks, @ilovebooksokae @Salvatoresadist. The goals of this readathon are to complete as many prompts in order to master all the elements AND to real diversily. It is possible to read one book to complete multiple prompts. If you want to join, everything is explained in this thread. Here are the different prompts:

I’ve chosen a book for each element and I am aiming at completing almost all of the prompts.

Thank you so much for all the persons who posted their TBR for this readathon on social media because I was struggling to come up with a TBR. Special thanks to Brody (here’s their TBR thread) and to Kae (TBR here).

The Diversify that Shelf readathon

The last readathon I am participating in is the Diversify that Shelf readathon. This readathon is hosted by The Perks of Being Noura (please, if you’re not following her blog, go do it!) and it takes place from the 10th to 19th August. I am SOOO excited to participate in this readathon! The goal of this readathon is to read and support diverse books, experiences and authors of color.

What I like about it is that there is no pressure to read a certain amount of books or to complete all the prompts. With that in mind, I am still going to try to complete as many prompts as I can (because I like to set up myself for failure). These are the different prompts you can complete:

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There are also some photo challenges you can complete if you want to. I won’t personally be doing them because I’m not sure I’ll have the time to do them but you should definitely participate if you feel like it!

Here is my TBR for the Diversify that Shelf readathon:

Of course, I will also read a book by a Latinx author.

At some point, I’ll have to finish Crooked Kingdom too… (yeah there’s no way I’m going to read all of these books this month).

WOW this post took way longer than I thought to write so I hope you enjoyed it! Also, if I have made any mistake in this post (if I chose a book without a certain representation for instance), please don’t hesitate to say it!

And what about you? What books are you planning to read this month? Have you read any of these? Feel free to mention it in the comments!

I really hope you’re doing fine and that you are reading books that you enjoy!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book series I HAVE to start reading!

Hello everyone! I really hope everything is going fine for you!

I am FINALLY jumping on the wagon and joining the Top Tuesday trend. I’ve been meaning to do it for SO long but I just had to be honest with myself and realize that I did not have the time to participate then. But NOW, I do have the time to write these posts so that is exactly what I am going to do.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Jana assigns each Tuesday a topic and then posts her top ten list on her blog. Other bloggers may do the same as well.

The topic for this week is “Freebie” which means that every blogger can come up with a Top Ten Tuesday topic. I have personally decided to mention some of the book series I HAVE to start reading! I have not read a single book from all of these series (yes, I know).

Okay, well first of all, I am going to mention more than 10 book series because I couldn’t choose between all of them. However, these book series are from 10 different authors so … that’s fine (kind of). On a side note, these are NOT all the series I want to start, they are just the Top 10ish series I want to read.

Anyway, you are not here to see me ramble, so let’s start!

This Savage Song, Vicious, A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab

Yes, yes, yes, no need to mention it… I NEED to start at least one of these series this year! I know so many people love them with all of their heart and I want to start them so badly. I just hope they will all live up to the hype.

The Daevabad trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty 

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy, #1)

THIS. SERIES. HAS. BEEN. EVERYWHERE. RECENTLY. Okay but seriously, I have seen people mentioning it on Youtube (I LOVED fictionalfates‘ vlog on this series), Twitter, Instagram and on their blog! To say that I need to start this series is a real understatement.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

The Last Magician (The Last Magician, #1)

I don’t know much about this series, the only thing I know is that there’s magic and that’s pretty much all I need to know. It truly seems like a series I would really enjoy!

The Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson (or any book by Brandon Sanderson really)

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)

Here’s a thing about me: I LOVE fantasy. It is BY FAR my favorite genre of all time! That is why I’ve been meaning to read a Brandon Sanderson book for a while now. My big issue with this is that for some reason his books are SO intimidating to me. I am afraid I will struggle to get into the story or that I am not “smart enough” to deeply understand the world. That being said, I really want to try reading his books! Some people mentioned starting by the Mistborn series, Elantris or Warbreaker.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Yeah, I know. Everyone has read this series… MOVING ON (no, I am not trying to hide the fact that I have not read this series yet).

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)

This book has been on my shelves for at least a year at this point so it’s about time that I started it! I can’t wait to finally meet the characters everyone is raving about.

Aurora Rising by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle, #1)

The only I know about this book is that it is sci-fi and that it is set in space. Once again, I’ve heard and seen a lot of positive reviews on this book so I really want to pick it up!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J.Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

*breathes*. I have not read a single book written by Sarah J. Maas. I know I know. The main reason why I didn’t pick any of her books is because I’ve heard that these books don’t feature a diverse cast of characters and I really want to support more diverse books. That being said, I also want to finally get to know the characters everyone loves or hates. That is why I think I am going to read it, while always addressing the problems I have heard about or personally had with these books (I always do my best to do this for every single book I read).

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)

That is probably one of the series I don’t know if I should really pick up. I’ve heard some mixed reviews on it but the premise is really interesting to me. So I think I will still give it a chance.

Daughter of Smoke and Bones by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

I have read Strange the Dreamer last year and while I enjoyed the story, I could not get past the writing. Don’t get me wrong, the writing was BEAUTIFUL. Honestly. The main problem was that it was WAY too flowery FOR ME and it hindered my liking of the book. However, once again, since so many people LOVE this series, I really feel like I need to read at least the first book and see how I feel about it.

That’s it. You’ve reached the end of this (incredibly long) post, congrats! I really hope you liked it! I am trying to change things up a bit on my blog and to share more of my thoughts. Feel free to mention one (or more) series you really want to start!

Thank you SO MUCH for reading! I’ve seen this week that I’ve received a total of a 100 likes on my blog! I know this is not a lot for some people but I am truly grateful! To everyone who follows me or who has ever liked my posts or posted a comment, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! It truly means a lot to me!

I am going to stop rambling now (because you have better things to do than reading a post that is clearly all over the place). I really hope everything is doing fine for you and that you stay safe! Have a nice day!

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BTS Book tag

Ok guys, I should really start scheduling my posts instead of doing them in the moment because this is clearly getting out of hands. SO, we’re in the middle of The Reading Rush and i have not read as many books as I wanted to. Yeah, turns out Instagram and Twitter are NOT your friends during a readathon (no wonder).

Anyway, since I clearly don’t have my life together right now, I’ve decided to do a tag so that I’ll have more time to FINALLY finish another book (well to be fair I am 69% in a book so I’ll probably finish it tonight but still).

Concerning today’s post, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before on here but I am a huge fan of BTS (and of KPOP in general). That is why I’ve decided to do this tag!

I found this tag on Little Wolf’s channel on BookTube (check her out, she’s amazing!). It turns out that it’s a bit of a combination of different tags from sydneyreads, The Booktube Girl on BookTube and Jess.

Without further ado, let’s start:

DNA: Name a book that started your love for reading

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Okay for this one, I have to go with Harry Potter. I HATED reading before picking it up and I will always be grateful that one of my friend recommended it to me because WOW did my life change from that moment on. Now let me just say it once again, I don’t support, by any means, J.K. Rowling’s opinions. I am just mentioning this series because it’s the one that got me into reading.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

But to be fair, the book that made me an avid reader is City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Before picking up that book, I was just reading once in a while and just the series that everyone knew about at the time (Twilight, The Hunger Games…).

MIC DROP: a popular book that deserves the hype

OK well, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Six of Crows totally deserve the hype that they get. Also, An Ember in the Ashes, Scythe and The Cruel Prince!!

To change things up, I am going to mention very hyped books that I need to read. Red, White and Royal Blue has been on my TBR for an entire year now so I have to pick it up. I’ve heard a lot of positive reviews on the Daevebad trilogy too. Also, Chain of Gold is a book I should really read.

FAKE LOVE: A book or character you used to love but now dislike

Hum… maybe Twilight? Or Lady Midnight, I used to love the characters and now I don’t really like them anymore, I don’t know… Maybe I’ll have to read the rest of the series to really get to know these characters.

LET GO: a book or series you were sad to see end

This is hard but I think The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices were the two main series I was so sad to finish. But to be fair, I have not read Crooked Kingdom or finished The Arc of a Scythe… One series that I am pretty sure is going to break me once I am done with it is The Folk of the Air trilogy.

SERENDIPITY: a book or character that makes you feel warm or happy

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Hum, maybe Charlie and Nick from Heartstopper by Alice Oseman.

EUPHORIA: A book that makes you feel nostalgic

Any book from A Series of Unfortunate Events makes me feel SOOO nostalgic, which is weird because I haven’t read them when I was younger but I used to LOVE the movie.

RUN: your favorite coming of age novel

That is a good question and I honestly don’t know so feel free to mention any you can think of in the comments!

I NEED U: A book on your TBR you’re dying read

Oh boy SO MANY. Some of them are Mexican Gothic, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and Crooked Kindgom (yes I still need to read it).

EPIPHANY: Name a book that made you realize something major about yourself

That’s such a deep question! I’m going to go with The Hate U Give. I’ve read this book last year and it opened my eyes on the issue of police brutality, especially towards black people. It made me realize that I need to stand and speak more in order to be a better ally.

21ST CENTURY GIRL: What bookish tropes concerning women would you like to change to improve female representation in literature

Is the “I am not like the other girls” a trope? Because that would totally be a trope I would change. That doesn’t even mean anything. Are “all the other girls” the same? No, so this doesn’t make sense.

Another trope I can’t stand is the “Damsel in distress” trope. I know it’s not common nowadays in literature but it’s still present in some books and I am TIRED of it.

SAVE ME: What fictional character would you bring back to life

(!!! Spoiler for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince !!!)

Gosh, I am blanking right now so I am going to say Dobby because his death broke my heart.

BEST OF ME: What story will always stick with you

The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. I know these stories are not perfect but I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them. I have read them at a really hard time in my life and I just have such a strong connection to the characters that I just know these series will always stick with me.

BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS: Name a book you struggled to get through

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)

The Kiss Quotient was a book I really struggled to get through. It was fine in the beginning but I just ended up being bored and then completely disliking it in the end so there’s that.

That’s it for this post! If you are still here, thanks for reading all the way through, it really means a lot to me!

And what about you? Do you like BTS? What is your favorite song from them? What is your favorite coming of age story?

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