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Upcoming Readathons

Lately, I have been thinking about participating in some readathons to read some more. The last few weeks have been slow, so this might be a good way to get read! Here is a list of upcoming/current readathons for 2018! Let me know if you participate in any!
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2018
-JUN-
1-14 | SciFi Summer
1-30 | #ReadingWomenMonth
1-30 | Jazzy June
1-30 | EmptyShelfie
1-30 | Booktube ReReadathon
Jun 1-Aug 31 | Riordathon
3-9 | BreReadathon
4-10 | #AYearathon (Catch up/finish series)
8-14 | SapphicAThon
9-15 | Sabaathon
10-16 | Queer Lit Readathon
10-17 | Cram-a-thon
11-17 | Seasonal Series Readathon
17-23 | Manga Readathon
Jun 21-Sep 21 | Seasonal Series Readathon
22-28 | Duodecathon
23-30 | Quarterly Oops-A-Thon
Jun 25-Jul 1 | FinnAThon
Jun 29-Jul 12 | Tome Topple Readathon
30 | Four Seasons 24 Hour Readathon

-JUL-
1-7 | Grab On Readathon
1-7 | #becausedragonsRAT
1-8 | Read-Eh-Thon
1-31 | Scifi July
1-31 | EmptyShelfie
1-31 | High Summer
1-31 | Booktube ReReadathon
2-8 | #AYearathon (TBR catch up)
3-9 | BreReadathon
8-15 | Retell-a-thon
9-15 | #becausedragonsRAT
14 | #ReadYourFaceOff 24 Hour Readathon
14-20 | Biannual Bibliothon
21-22 | 24in48 Readathon
22-28 | Duodecathon
Jul 30-Aug 5 | Booktube-A-Thon

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My Most Anticipated Releases – June | July | August

In 2018 so far, a lot of good books have been released! So here is my list for my most anticipated releases for June, July and August! Some of these books have already been published!

June 5th, 2018
Smoke in the Sun by Renee Adeidh (G.P. Putnam & Sons) 
 

31394243The highly anticipated sequel to Flame in the Mist–an addictive, sumptuous finale that will leave readers breathless from the bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn

After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice–to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.

With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honour, their love and very the safety of the empire. 

Whisper of the Tide by Sarah Tolcser (Bloomsbury)
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Caro and Markos have settled into a routine: Wake up, eat breakfast, and try to figure out who might attempt to assassinate Markos today . . . so the currents aren’t exactly calm. Markos is in constant danger, and his claim to the throne is shaky without the support of an army. But then a powerful Archon offers Markos the military might he needs in exchange for marrying his daughter. Markos and Caro must decide which is more important: their love for each other or the fate of Akhaia.

With shipwrecks, lost treasure, old and new enemies, dark magic, and breathtaking romance, Sarah Tolcser weaves another epic story about chasing your fate and charting your own course.

 

 

City of Bastards by Andrew Shwarts (Disney Hyperion)
35843874While war rages in her Western homeland, Tilla of House Kent is far away, safely cloistered as a ward of the King in Lightspire. She’s best friends with the Princess, treated like nobility, and is even given a spot at the prestigious University, where only the Kingdom’s finest are educated. And yet, she finds herself unhappy, haunted by memories of her beloved brother, Jax, and plagued by a deeper sense of uncertainty, of not fitting in.

Her boyfriend, Zell, who is now a recruit for the City Watch, puts on a brave face to hide the pain of leaving behind his Zitochi identity, while Princess Lyriana, stripped of her role as Mage, has begun rebelling against her conservative upbringing: drinking, partying, and hooking up with random boys.

Then, Tilla returns to her quarters one night to find the cold body of her roommate. The girl was the daughter of an Eastern diplomat, well-known to be troubled, so the school has no trouble ruling it a suicide and sweeping it under the rug. Tilla doesn’t buy it. And despite the urging of just about everyone in her life, she can’t let it go. She digs deeper, along with Zell, Lyriana, and the Archmagus-to-be Ellarion, unearthing a conspiracy that goes from the highest of the nobility to the most dangerous depths of its criminal underbelly…and whose sinister mastermind is a face all too familiar.

June 11th
Rage by Cora Cormack (Tor Teen) 
35677535New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack’s young adult debut series: the second in a captivating new YA fantasy/romance series perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard

Princess or adventurer.

Duty or freedom.

Her Kingdom or the Stormhunter she loves.

If Aurora knows anything, it’s that choices have consequences. To set things right, she joins a growing revolution on the streets of Pavan.

In disguise as the rebel Roar, she puts her knowledge of the palace to use to aid the rebellion. But the Rage season is at its peak and not a day passes without the skies raining down destruction. Yet these storms are different—they churn with darkness, and attack with a will that’s desperate and violent.

This feels like more than rage.

It feels like war.

June 12th, 2018

Soulstruck by Natasha Sinel (Sky Pony Press)   
35804619Seventeen-year-old Rachel Ferguson is trying to get struck by lightning. Hopefully it will lead to finding her soul mate, like it did for her mother. And then maybe her mom will be as devoted to her as she is to her lightning strike survivors group.

When Rachel discovers a journal written by her mother’s soul mate?the man she thought was her father?she begins to question everything she’s always believed, including soul mates, fate, and even her mother. No longer sure of its power, she decides to quit chasing lightning.

Rachel feels abandoned and alone?her best friend has ditched her, her boyfriend has dumped her, and a confrontation with her mom only made things worse. At least she still has her friend Jay?in fact, their growing attraction to each other seems to be the only good thing happening.

But when her relationship with Jay starts to unravel, too, the impulse to get struck by lightning resurfaces.

And there’s a thunderstorm coming.

Set in a small Cape Cod beach town in the off-season, Soulstruck is about the search for love and the risk of losing it while waiting for destiny to happen.

June 19th, 2018

Chemistry Lessons by Meredith Goldstein (HMH)

35721228From advice columnist Meredith Goldstein, a dazzling, romantic, and emotionally resonant YA debut about a teen science whiz in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who tries to crack the chemical equation for lasting love and instead wreaks havoc on herself and the boys in her life.

For seventeen-year-old Maya, the equation for happiness is simple: a dream internship at MIT + two new science nerd friends + a perfect boyfriend = one amazing summer. Then Whit dumps her out of the blue. Maya is miserable until she discovers that her scientist mother, before she died, was conducting research on manipulating pheromones to enhance human attraction. If Maya can finish her mother’s work, maybe she can get Whit back. But when her experiment creates chaos in her love life, she realizes that maybe love and loss can’t be understood using the scientific method. Can she learn to trust the unmeasurables of love and attraction instead?

 

 

June 26th, 2018

The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead (Razorbill)
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The dazzling conclusion to #1 New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead’s The Glittering Court series.

Meet Tamsin, the Glittering Court’s hard-angled emerald. Her outsized aspirations make her a fierce competitor, rising to the top of the ranks. But when the ship she boards for the New World is tragically lost at sea, she is quite literally thrown off-course.

 

 

 

July 3rd, 2018

The Letting Go by Deborah Markus (Sky Pony Press)  
35487657Everyone Emily has ever loved has been brutally murdered. The killer has never been caught, but Emily knows who’s responsible.

She is.

It’s the only possible explanation. Emily is the one thing all the victims have in common, which can only mean that someone—or something—is killing them to make her suffer.

Determined never to subject another person to the same horrible fate as her parents, friends, and pets, Emily sequesters herself at a private boarding school, keeping her classmates at a distance with well-timed insults and an unapproachable air. Day after day, she loses herself in the writing of Emily Dickinson—the poet makes a perfect friend, since she’s already dead.

Emily’s life is lonely, but it’s finally peaceful. That is, until two things happen. A corpse appears on the steps of the school. And a new girl insists on getting close to Emily—unknowingly setting herself up to become the killer’s next victim.

Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine (Berkley Books) 
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To save the Great Library, the unforgettable characters from Ink and BonePaper and Fire, and Ash and Quill put themselves in danger in the next thrilling adventure in theNew York Times bestselling series.

The opening moves of a deadly game have begun. Jess Brightwell has put himself in direct peril, with only his wits and skill to aid him in a game of cat and mouse with the Archivist Magister of the Great Library. With the world catching fire, and words printed on paper the spark that lights rebellion, it falls to smugglers, thieves, and scholars to save a library thousands of years in the making…if they can stay alive long enough to outwit their enemies.

 

 

July 10th, 2018
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (Del Ray Books)

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Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.

 

 

Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen (Candlewick Press)

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They say Château Beaumont is cursed. But servant-girl Lucie can’t believe such foolishness about handsome Jean-Loup Henri Christian LeNoir, Chevalier de Beaumont, master of the estate. The chevalier’s cruelty is soon revealed, however, and Lucie vows to see him suffer. A wisewoman grants her wish, with a spell that transforms Jean-Loup into monstrous-looking Beast, reflecting the monster he is inside.

But Beast is nothing like the chevalier. Jean-Loup would never patiently tend his roses; Jean-Loup would never attempt poetry; Jean-Loup would never express remorse for the wrong done to Lucie. Gradually, Lucie realizes that Beast is an entirely different creature from the handsome chevalier, with a heart more human than Jean-Loup’s ever was.

Lucie dares to hope that noble Beast has permanently replaced the cruel Jean-Loup — until an innocent beauty arrives at Beast’s château with the power to break the spell.

Lisa Jensen’s multilayered novel will make you question all you think you know about beauty, beastliness, and happily ever after.

Bright We Burn by Kiersten White (Delacorte)
22817368Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever . . . and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed . . . and would he even want it?

Lada’s rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won’t rest until everyone knows that her country’s borders are inviolable. Determined to send a message of defiance, she has the bodies of Mehmed’s peace envoy delivered to him, leaving Radu and Mehmed with no choice. If Lada is allowed to continue, only death will prosper. They must go to war against the girl prince.

But Mehmed knows that he loves her. He understands her. She must lose to him so he can keep her safe. Radu alone fears that they are underestimating his sister’s indomitable will. Only by destroying everything that came before–including her relationships–can Lada truly build the country she wants.

Claim the throne. Demand the crown. Rule the world.

July 24th, 2018 
Grace and Fury by Tracey Banghart (Little, Brown) 
32605766In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.

Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace–someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.

Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.

 

July 31st, 2018

The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman (Swoon Reads)
35795898The last thing Elise wants is to start her senior year in a new town. But after her brother’s death in Afghanistan, she and her mother move from San Francisco to a sleepy coastal village.

When Elise meets Mati, they quickly discover how much they have in common. Mati is new to town too, visiting the U.S. with his family. Over the course of the summer, their relationship begins to blossom, and what starts out as a friendship becomes so much more.

But as Elise and Mati grow closer, her family becomes more and more uncomfortable with their relationship, and their concerns all center on one fact—Mati is Afghan.

Beautifully written, utterly compelling, and ultimately hopeful, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US asks—how brave can you be when your relationship is questioned by everyone you love?

 

Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton (Katherine Tegan Books) 
35720690In the ancient river kingdom, touch is a battlefield, bodies the instruments of war. Seventeen-year-old Mia Rose has pledged her life to Hunting the Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood.
Not women. Demons. The same demons who killed her mother without a single scratch.

But when Mia’s father suddenly announces her marriage to the prince, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Only after the wedding goes disastrously wrong does she discover she has dark, forbidden magic—the very magic she has sworn to destroy.

Bree Barton’s HEART OF THORNS trilogy, pitched as Graceling meets Pride and Prejudice, is the story of a girl desperately seeking the truth about her body’s powers and desires. Mia must challenge everything she thought she knew about humans, magic, and most of all, love.

 

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (Katherine Tegan Books) 
35068560Everyone knows what happens in the end.
A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.

The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.

The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken (Disney Hyperion)

 

 

Don’t miss the hotly-anticipated new novel in the New York Times bestselling Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken, just in time for the major motion picture adaptation of The Darkest Minds, starring Amandla Stenberg and Mandy Moore! Told through the eyes of beloved character Zu, now seventeen, this harrowing, standalone story of resilience, resistance, and reckoning will thrill loyal fans and new readers alike.

 

 

 

 

August 1st, 2018
Ruin of Stars by Lindsey Miller (Sourcebooks Fire)
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As Opal, Sal finally has the power, prestige, and most importantly the ability to hunt the lords who killed their family. But Sal has to figure out who the culprits are before putting them down. Which means trying to ignore the fact that Elise is being kept a virtual prisoner, and that the queen may have ulterior motives.
And the tales coming out of north are baffling. Talk of dark spirits, missing children, and magic abound. As Sal heads north toward their ruined homeland and the lords who destroyed everything, they learn secrets and truths that can’t be ignored.
Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton (Margaret McElldry Books)  
32824058Once, a witch made a pact with a devil. The legend says they loved each other, but can the story be trusted at all? Find out in this lush, atmospheric fantasy novel that entwines love, lies, and sacrifice.Long ago, a village made a bargain with the devil: to ensure their prosperity, when the Slaughter Moon rises, the village must sacrifice a young man into the depths of the Devil’s Forest.Only this year, the Slaughter Moon has risen early.

Bound by duty, secrets, and the love they share for one another, Mairwen, a spirited witch; Rhun, the expected saint; and Arthur, a restless outcast, will each have a role to play as the devil demands a body to fill the bargain. But the devil these friends find is not the one they expect, and the lies they uncover will turn their town—and their hearts—inside out.

 

August 7nd, 2018

These Rebel Waves by Sarah Raasch (Balzer and Bray) 
29422091Inspired by the Spanish Inquisition, Raasch’s duology takes place on the magic-rich island of Grace Loray, which five years ago overthrew its oppressor country, Argrid. Argrid is a country ruled by religion and has an inherent fear of Grace Loray’s enchanted properties. So, when an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks, the country quickly places blame on Grace Loray’s people and their magic.

Trapped in the middle of this reinvigorated war are three teenagers: There’s Adeluna, a soldier who helped overthrow Argrid; Devereux, a pirate, or “Stream Raider,” who deals in magic and becomes a target in the Argridian diplomat’s abduction; and Benat, the Crown Prince of Argrid and a heretic, who is obsessed with Grace Loray’s magic.

 

 

Echoes by Alice Reed (Entangled Teen)
36065377They wake on a deserted island. Fiona and Miles, high school enemies now stranded together. No memory of how they got there. No plan to follow, no hope to hold on to.

Each step forward reveals the mystery behind the forces that brought them here. And soon, the most startling discovery: something else is on the island with them.

Something that won’t let them leave alive.

Echoes is a thrilling adventure about confronting the impossible, discovering love in the most unexpected places, and, above all, finding hope in the face of the unknown.

 

 

 

August 21st, 2018

Spendor and Spark by Mary Tarantara (Margaret K. McElderry Books)  
36373555In this exciting follow-up to Shimmer and Burn, Faris has given up love to save her sister’s life and the dying kingdom of Avinea, but will her sacrifices be enough to overcome the poisoned magic and villains surrounding her on all sides?

The fight is just beginning.

Faris has been forced to give up the man she loves for a dangerous but necessary alliance. Her loyalty is bound by a powerful spell to his future bride, the villainous Bryn. And her mother’s powerful spell that could be the key to saving Avinea fights with poisoned magic for control of her heart.

None of that matters though because everything Faris has done has been for Cadence, the little sister she’s been trying to rescue from the king’s slavery. Now they’re finally reunited, but Cadence has a gut-wrenching confession: she remembers everything from while she was under the king’s enchantment, and knows Faris didn’t take her place when she could have. She wants nothing to do with her.

Heartbroken, Faris focuses on tracking Merlock, the king who must be killed to stop The Burn, by manipulating her mother’s spell through her dreams. Before long though, Faris realizes these aren’t normal dreams, they might just be real, and they may show her a way to kill Merlock herself.

But there are things darker than poison that lie in The Burn, and not even the spell deep in Faris’s chest can stop them. Faris will again be faced with impossible choices. Does she risk everything to save Avinea, even if she might lose North and further betray her sister’s trust? Or does she succumb to the poison inside that begs her to think this time, finally, of herself?

Toil & Trouble by Various YA Authors (Harlequin Teen)
36426163A young adult fiction anthology of 17 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era.

Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

Glinda the Good Witch. Elphaba the Wicked Witch. Willow. Sabrina. Gemma Doyle. The Mayfair Witches. Ursula the Sea Witch. Morgan le Fey. The three weird sisters fromMacbeth.

History tells us women accused of witchcraft were often outsiders: educated, independent, unmarried, unwilling to fall in line with traditional societal expectations.

Bold. Powerful. Rebellious.

A bruja’s traditional love spell has unexpected results. A witch’s healing hands begin to take life instead of giving it when she ignores her attraction to a fellow witch. In a terrifying future, women are captured by a cabal of men crying witchcraft and the one true witch among them must fight to free them all. In a desolate past, three orphaned sisters prophesize for a murderous king. Somewhere in the present, a teen girl just wants to kiss a boy without causing a hurricane.

From good witches to bad witches, to witches who are a bit of both, this is an anthology of diverse witchy tales from a collection of diverse, feminist authors. The collective strength of women working together—magically or mundanely–has long frightened society, to the point that women’s rights are challenged, legislated against, and denied all over the world. TOIL & TROUBLE delves deep into the truly diverse mythology of witchcraft from many cultures and feminist points-of-view, to create modern and unique tales of witchery that have yet to be explored.

Seafire by Natalie C. Parker (Razorbill) 
The first in a heart-stopping trilogy that recalls the undeniable feminine power of Wonder Woman and the powder-keg action of Mad Max: Fury Road , Seafire follows the captain of an all-female ship intent on taking down a vicious warlord’s power fleet.

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one misson: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

Pairing gorgeous prose with heart-stopping action, Seafire reminds us of the importance of sisterhood and unity in the face of oppression and tyranny.

 

#Book Blog

My Top 10 Books Of All Time

 

As long as I can remember I’ve been reading, so here is my Top 10 Books of all time. They aren’t listed in a specific order because I love them all <3

 

Hoe overleef ik … – Francine Oomen

This is a Dutch series which I read when I was a kid. I loved this series so much and every time a new book came out I hurried to the store to pick it up! It’s a coming of age story that tells the tale of Rosa who is wondering how to survive – which means Hoe overleef ik in Dutch – life.

   Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling

Of course, this one had to be on the list! When the books first came out, I was very young and my parents used to read me the translated version. When I got a bit older I was able to read them myself and now I’m re-reading them (slowly) all in English! I just love love love this series!

 

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

I’ve read this one twice now and each time I fell in love a bit more with the book! I love Hazel’s and Gus’ story. Every time I read this my emotions run high, but that to me means that’s very well written. I know for sure that this book will be read again in the future!

 

Twilight series – Stephanie Meyer

This series I read when I was in high school and because of this series I started to read in English. I read the first three books in Dutch and the fourth one wasn’t out in Dutch yet, but it was in English. So I went to Nijmegen and I went to literally every bookstore. The last one had the English copy and I was so happy! I read it quite quickly for my first English book and I remember just loving it a lot! This series will always hold a special place in my hard.

 

Eon and Eona – Allision Goodman

My best friend recommended me this series and after months of recommending I finally bought them and finished both in two days! I love how this story unfolds and I love the main character a lot. This will also be on my list to re-read soon!

 

Shatter Me series – Tahereh Mafi

Another series I finish in a few days! I fell in love right from the start with these books. I love the way Juliette develops herself throughout the books and her relationship with Warner and Adam. I’m really looking forward to starting the new book in the series <3

 

 

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

I’ve always found things about the second world war interesting, so I knew going into this book it would draw my interest. Once I started reading it, I wasn’t able to put it back down. I fell in love! And the fact that it was narrated by Death made the book even better! Also, I love that it is a stand-alone because we see so many series these days that reading a stand-alone is always welcome.

 

Divergent Series – Veronica Roth

Even though I truly loved the first one, liked the second one and liked half of the last one, it’s still one of my favourites. I fell in love with this world and the ending was fitting for the books. I loved reading about Tris and Four and their adventure.

 

13 Reason Why – Jay Asher

With this book, I discovered a new type of genre: Sick Lit and this book definitely fits that! I knew this would be a hard pill to swallow and I can remember reading this and be shocked by Hannah’s story. That’s the main reason why I love this book; it’s provocative and sometimes that’s exactly what you need to read.

 

Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead

This is also one of my favourite series of all time! I love love love these books. I remember after finishing the third book, I was shouting to the book because I didn’t agree with what was happening. I had to get the next book because I needed to know what was going to happen next. From page 1 I fell in love with these books and I really want to return to this world soon!

 

<3 Samantha

#Book Blog

Reading Hacks

 

 

Making time for reading can be hard sometimes. Life just gets in the way sometimes, so in this post, I’ll discuss ways to make reading easier, to find time for reading, to prioritize it and how to knock titles of your TBR pile.

 

 

  • When you can’t read… LISTEN!
    • As you might have read in one of my previous posts, I recently got a subscription for Scribd and I fell in love with it. Because of my dog, I walk a lot and nowadays I put on an audiobook while doing that. I love listening to a book while walking with him! Before I never understood why people loved audiobooks so much, but now I’m starting to understand. It’s a great way to get some reading done while doing something else as well.
  • One chapter at a time.
    • Big books can be daunting to tackle, so take it one chapter at the time. Most of the time, I just tell myself I’ll start with one chapter and I end up reading more than one chapter. But starting just that one chapter got me into the book good enough to read more.
  • Read while waiting.
    • Because of my subscription on Scribd, I always have books on me because I have the app on my phone. While I have to wait for an appointment I grab my phone and start reading, sometimes it’s only one chapter and sometimes it’s more. I now read instead of scrolling to Facebook while waiting. If you don’t have a subscription to an eBook seller, just bring a book with you everywhere you go and get reading while you wait!
  • Create a distraction-free zone.
    • Everyone gets distracted nowadays because of Facebook, Netflix and more. When I want to read I make sure my laptop, phone and the remote control to the TV are put away. When I read on my iPad I download the book and switch off my WiFi when I know I’ll be distracted otherwise. Create a space in which distractions are limited, so you can dive into your book!
  • Choose your next read with some creativity.
    • Sometimes deciding what to read next is hard. So many books, so little time. Try choosing your next read by making a TBR Jar or by using the Decide Now! app in which you can make a wheel for a genre, setting, lead protagonist or more and spin the wheel.  Another way that I used in the past was selecting a few books I wanted to read, take a photo and text a friend to choose! There are a lot of fun ways to choose your next read!
  • Get a subscription on an eBook seller.
    • I talk about this quite a bit in this post already, but I love my subscription with Scribd. It’s so easy and I always have books on me to read or listen to. My house is currently a reno-zone and my bookcases are being blocked by things that need to go into the bathroom, so having Scribd makes me actually able to read now because I literally can’t reach any of my books at the moment.

Hopefully, my tips can help you!

<3 Samantha

#Book tags

Disney Book Tag

Hello lovely people!

Valerie from http://www.wonderstruckbooks.nl/ tagged me in the Disney Book Tag about 2 years ago! So here it’s about time I do this tag!.

TAG QUESTIONS

1. The Little Mermaid – a character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water”

Vasilisa – Lissa – Dragomir from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. Especially in the beginning of the series, she is very much in the search of who she is and what her powers are; making her seem like a fish out of water.

2. Cinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation

Juliette from the Shatter Me series by Tahera Mafi.

3. Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman.

4. Sleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep

Armadillo by William Boyd. I had to read this book for school, and it was so boring and I really had to force myself to stay awake and keep on reading – I never fell asleep while reading a book, but this one was close.

5. The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood

This is an easy one: Harry Potter. As we all know, Harry’s parents were killed when he was just a baby.

6. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful

Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer. I remember being 15/16 when this book came out and thinking how huge it was, but I also remember loving the book and this is also the series that started my love for YA and the first book I ever read in English.

7. Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse

?? I can’t think of an answer for this one. 🙁

8. Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not
Eona from EON by Allison Goodman. The book is about Eona who in the first books goes by Eona. She pretends to be a boy throughout the first book of the duo-logy. Why? You will have to find out yourself!

9. Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life

Four from Divergent because: FOUR 

10. Disney Descendants – your favourite villain or morally ambiguous character

Severus Snape from the Harry Potter books. He did some morally ambiguous things but in the end, you can’t help but love him!

<3 Samantha

#Review

REVIEW – A Court of Mist and Fury

Title: a Court of Mist and Fury
Series: 
a Court of Thornes and Roses series
Book #: Book 2
Author: 
Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: 
Bloomsbury
Number of Pages:
624
ISBN:
9781408857885
My rating:
Read / Listened
Date started: 
??
Date finished: 
May 30th, 2018

Summary of the book.
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world torn apart.

My opinion (Spoiler free)
I started this series last year somewhere and while I was really enjoying it, I fell into this huge reading slump and stopped reading for a while. I finished this book on May 30th, 2018 and I immediately started book 3. I love, love, love, love this book! I thought book 1 was good, but this one is even better! I love how the relationships in this book unfolded and I’m in love with Sarah J. Maas’ writing style. When I picked this book up again and I got back into the world, I couldn’t stop reading it. The more I read, the harder it became to put it down.  In the end, I stayed up to finish the book because I needed to know what happened and how things would unfold. I’m super curious about what will happen in the next book and I can’t wait to read it all!

<3 Samantha

#TBR #Wrap Up

Wrap Up – May & TBR – June

WRAP UP: MAY

Slowly, but surely, I’m getting back into reading. I’ve read much in a while but this month I’ve been wanting to read more and more. I still read very slowly, but hey, at least I’m reading, right?

 

During the month of May I listened to “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck” by Mark Manson. I really wanted to read a book from which I could maybe learn something. If you want to know what I thought, click on the book to read my review!

 

 

 

I also read “A Court of Mist and Fury” by Sarah J. Maas. I started the series a while ago and I’m really looking forward to finishing the series! If you want to know what I thought, click on the book to read my review!

 

 

 

I started reading “Frazzled” by Ruby Wax. I’m reading this one in Dutch because I’m reading it for therapy. A review is coming when I’ve finished the book!

 

 

 

TBR: JUNE

For June I plan on reading:

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas;
  • Frazzled by Ruby Wax;
  • Restore me by Tahereh Mafi;
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (audiobook).

<3 Samantha

#Review

REVIEW – The subtle art of not giving a F*CK

Title: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK.

Series: – 

Author: Mark Manson

Publisher: HarperOne

Number of Pages: 210

ISBN: 780062641540

My rating:

Read / Listened

Why I read it?: 

I read this book because my boyfriend has it in his bookcase and the title had intrigued me. It sounded like a good and honest book and I thought I might be able to give me some tips on the matter.

Summary:

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be ”positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. ”F**k positivity,” Mark Manson says. ”Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.
Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited-”not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault.” Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.

There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experiences. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humour, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.

My opinion:

I didn’t have high expectations of this book and I thought I would enjoy it a little bit, but as it turned out I love this book. Maybe it’s because I’ve listened to it or because I listened to at the right time; I don’t know, but what I do know is that I love the brutal honesty of the author. The way to book is written is very well done and by listening to it made me enjoy the book even more. Throughout the book, Mark gave great examples which are very relatable like the one about trust is like a plate, when you break it once it may be fixed again but break it more it keeps getting harder to fix. I also loved Disappointment Panda – and his voice. The narrator of the audiobook did a great voice for him.

I would recommend this book to everyone. There are a few life lessons in there which will help me give a little less fucks and help me focus on what’s worth giving a fuck about!

<3 Samantha

#Book Haul

Book Haul – May 2018

Today an amazing package arrived in the mail: a box with books! So I thought it would be fun to do an unboxing for you guys!

So the books I bought are:

  • One dark Throne – Kendare Blake
  • Restore Me – Tahereh Mafi
  • an Ember in the Ashes – Tahir Razorbill
  • Sightwitch – Susan Dennard
  • Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi
  • The Dark Days Pact – Alison Goodman

<3 Samantha

#audiobooks

Discovering Audiobooks

Hello again!

It’s been a long time since I posted anything on here, but lately, I’ve been getting back into blogging and I want to get back to blogging about books again! So my first blog back will be about audiobooks.

scribd3For a long time, I told everyone I didn’t like audiobooks and that was true. But now that life has gotten busier and I haven’t been reading as much as I want to, I’m discovering audiobooks. Last week, I got a subscription on Scribd. It provides me with a lot of books and audiobooks. Some of the books can be both read and listened to which I love even more.

I’m currently listening to “The subtle art of not giving a fuck” by Mark Manson while walking my dog and I love listening to it. It has been narrated well and I really enjoy being able to walk with my dog and listening to a book at the same time. Right now I have an hour to go before I finish the book and I only started it at the beginning of the week! I usually walk with Dexter 3-4 times a day for half an hour, so at the end of the day, I’m an hour and a half or two hours further along in my book.