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books of the month: july 2017

I again read four books this month. And again It took me half of the month to read the last one. Both of those things are beginning to get boring. BUT I read some good and some very interesting stuff this month so I can’t really complain!

EDIT: I didn’t expect to finish my re-read of The Fault in Our Stars so quickly so I actually managed to read five books?? Wow!

The best

The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2)The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was amazing! I adored The Wrath & The Dawn and was really excited for the second book. I didn’t know at first that there wouldn’t be a third part and that this is the end but the story fit perfectly into two books so it totally makes sense.

The things that I loved so much about the first book appeared just as much or even more in part 2 and I’m SO happy about that!

My favourite thing: the girls. Both Shazi and her sister Irsa are great characters and I’m so glad they are not just damsels in distress or there for the romance. Shazi definitely developed in time and got stronger but she is still snarky and sassy as always and I LOVED her confrontations with everyone. But it is also definitely shown that she has flaws and isn’t good at everything. The same goes for her sister who gets a way bigger role than in book 1 and who has her own plot and has her part in saving the world (well, saving two countries, at least). There are two more female characters that are awesome and badass and who I was very happy to see in the end and I’m also really happy about their endings but I don’t want to spoil anything.

Shazi does explore her magic a bit, I just wished she’d do it even more. But: Magic carpet. I was so happy whenever it showed up. If you need a reason to read this book then that should help. Gosh, I love flying carpets.
It was really interesting to learn a bit more about the magic in this universe and it was nice to have just a little bit of it for a change but… it was such cool magic, I want MORE!

I (again) have to note how beautifully written this book is. Everything sounds like a quote worth remembering or like a poem or an important story. Every sentence matters and it’s not excessively long or too heavily described. No, it’s just perfect.

I must say that the plot wasn’t quite as exciting as in the first book, but almost as good. Everything is a bit sadder and darker and more confusing. Parts of the plot are happening in different places so you’re jumping back and forth a bit and I liked that quite a lot, but it didn’t feel quite as fast paced as I thought it would.

I still really enjoyed everything I read. I’m incredibly happy with the ending. For me, this book was happy and sad and romantic and sassy enough to be just perfect. The only thing that annoyed me was the annoying teenage boys who were way too dramatic and who made everything more complicated and worse. But we already had that in the first book so this shouldn’t be a surprise.
The love drama and the kind-of-love-triangle-but-not-really were dealt with so well! It wasn’t about the girl choosing between two boys, it was more about the girl already knowing what she wants and the boys being kinda stupid so that it takes them way too long to get over it. But it also shows how people can grow and understand and I really enjoyed that.

All in all, an amazing book with beautiful characters and a beautiful plot and THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COVER EVER AHH. And I thought The Wrath & The Dawn looked great in my bookshelf!

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

RE-READ JULY 2017

I haven’t read this book in over two years and I figured now that John Green is finally releasing a new book this fall (I’m so excited) I just go back and read it again. And it felt like coming home.

Even though some time has passed, I still remember everything that happened and so many scenes and so many quotes! And that’s quite unusual for me because I tend to forget specific things about books very, very quickly (it’s quite annoying). But not with TFIOS. I really must have read it seven times, even though I don’t remember all those seven times.

I still cry buckets while reading this book and I’m still surprised with how much I love it. It inspires me and gives me hope but it also makes me sad because life is unfair and cancer exists. Honestly, I could just copy and paste everything I wrote below, it’s all still relevant.

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Doing It!: Let's Talk About SexDoing It!: Let’s Talk About Sex by Hannah Witton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was so interesting! I’ve been watching Hannah Witton’s YouTube videos for a while and I always found them interesting and funny so I knew this wouldn’t be bad at all.

She combined a lot of interesting and important topics about relationships and sex and our bodies in this book. Some things I knew before, some were new to me.
I especially love that she got a lot of super interesting people to write about their experiences or topics they know best. This made this book quite diverse and I definitely appreciate that! Some of those people I knew before and it was really nice to see them again or learn more about them.

Even though some of the topics were quite serious and nothing to laugh about, Hannah managed to get a lot of humour and funny anecdotes in it so Doing It! became more than just a guide.

Definitely a fun read and I’m pretty sure everyone can learn something from this book.

Eurovision!: A History of Modern Europe Through the World's Greatest Song ContestEurovision!: A History of Modern Europe Through the World’s Greatest Song Contest by Chris West
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an incredibly interesting read. Anyone who follows me on Twitter (or any other social media) will probably know by now how much I love the Eurovision Song Contest and how much I care about it.
Another thing that I love very much is history.

I haven’t had a history lesson in three years so I usually compensate by watching YouTube videos about empires and the horrible things they did but switching to this book was an amazing idea. I saw some of my fellow Eurovision-loving friends talk about it and immediately knew I should buy this book.

Eurovision! actually includes way more history than I thought it would. The book has one chapter for every year of Eurovision (1956 – 2016) and every chapter includes what happened in the world of Eurovision and in the world of politics, wars, social changes, and so on. Chris West includes all the plans and ideas to unite Europe, statistics on what people thought about these ideas, which troubles we had with European countries or which troubles European countries had with other nations, and more.
On the music side, he talks about some of the more interesting songs of every year of Eurovision, about the rules and technologies that have changed, about the controversies Eurovision or certain artists or songs caused and on how politics sometimes influenced the contest.

I definitely learned a lot about history. I think in school we don’t learn enough about what happens after World War 2 so I only had an overview about certain things and this book added more facts to these gaps. I also learned more about Eurovision, especially the early years and the controversy that the contest brought with it even back then.
It’s very interesting to see how both Eurovision and Europe developed over the past 60 years and to see which influences contributed to the changes.

Especially in the last 15 or 20 years/chapters I don’t always agree with the author’s opinion on the EU and on certain countries but I still enjoyed reading all of it and I’m glad this book wasn’t dry or boring but in fact not just insightful but also quite witty and generally just really interesting!

Swing TimeSwing Time by Zadie Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

To be honest, I thought I would like this book more. It seemed interesting to me but it’s always a 50/50 chance with me and fiction, it seems. This book and I didn’t agree on a lot of things.

Swing Time is about several women to lead very different lives and who are in contact with each other but not all in the same way or for the same amount of time. It deals with race and class and relationships and so many other topics. These topics on their own are already interesting for me and I really liked how they were tackled and the book definitely made a few points that I found very important but there were other parts I did not enjoy at all.

I couldn’t connect at all with any of the characters. I found all of them rather annoying and it took me forever to get through the first 150 pages. I didn’t particularly enjoy the jumping around in time. The story is always told by the same person (who’s name we never go which annoyed me so much more than I thought it would – why?) but we jump back and forth through her life and I found that pretty confusing and I always forgot when which part is happening and so on – surely that has to do with not reading larger parts in one go, but still.

I got more into it during the second part of the book, finally, but all of my points still remained.

All in all, I still liked this book and it was not a bad read but also not a very good one.

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books of the month: june 2017

This month I’ve read six books! This means that now, halfway through 2017, I’ve already read 34 books aka 10 ahead of my Goodreads goal or 68%. Wow. This is going so well??

The Best

SolitaireSolitaire by Alice Oseman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, I absolutely loved Alice Oseman’s Radio Silence and I really hoped I would like this too and I WAS RIGHT, WHOOOO!

A lot of thoughts I have about this book are very similar to what I thought about Radio Silence so let’s keep this rather short.

I love her writing! So much! Something about it really grips me and makes it feel *real* to me, it’s incredibly relatable, even though I don’t agree with the choices the characters make A LOT, and her characters seem like actual teenagers to me who say what actual teenagers would say. You would think I could say this about a lot of books but I actually think I cannot so this makes me really happy!

The diversity is maybe not quite as strong as in Radio Silence (but this is her first book!) but it’s still pretty amazing. So many hard but important topics are mentioned!
Eating disorders (or OCD? it’s never really mentioned what exactly it is), anxiety, depression, suicide, being kind of a cast out at your school, being smart but not in a way that school likes, etc.

In the beginning, I found Tori (the main character) super relatable. She started to annoy me more and more and so did basically everyone else but I still found them relatable and true and they did the stupid things people do sometimes. That doesn’t mean I didn’t want to throw everyone against a wall at some point… why are you like this, people??

I’m not entirely happy with the ending or the last couple of chapters but I can’t really pinpoint why. And I also don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll be quiet. And that didn’t make me like the book less anyway!

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve been sitting here for what feels like forever, trying to figure out how to talk about this book. Ahhhh.

I LOVED IT, I really did! I already liked Lady Midnight SO much but this one might be even better?? I definitely love this series more than the TMI or TID series. Definitely.

“Okay, and why is this book so good?” you might ask. (You fool, just read it and find out for yourself, it’s worth it)

The plot is so amazing! There are so many subplots and they all align and interweave and collide and separate again and it’s all super interesting and it basically keeps all the characters busy, they are all ACTUALLY doing something and through that, you also get to know the characters way better and that even though there are SO MANY of them. It’s great.

I also really liked the plot?? It was super interesting and there were twists I didn’t expect and the whole Faerie stuff is so cool and I loved learning more about the culture and country and society of the faeries and can’t wait to see the drama of the next book! (Why do we have to wait two years for Queen of Air and Darkness, why oh why??)

I think the Annabel-and-Malcolm storyline, in general, is super interesting. Annabel is kind of badass, very scary AND a poor girl that kinda needs to be protected. Very conflicting feelings here.

I love that there are so many relationships and that not all of them are inherently romantic. I love Kit and Ty! It’s so cool that Kit immediately knew what was up with Ty and that he kind of knew how to handle it and is okay with it and helps him and is there for him all the time. I also like that those two and Livvy got a proper plot and investigated things. Ty would be a great Sherlock. I’ve also really come to love Kit. His sarcasm and annoyance are just great and he really is SUCH a Herondale. Perfect.

Mark + Kieran + Cristina was a plotline that I didn’t think I would love as much as I did. But all three are great and Kieran is so complex and kinda mean but not totally and Mark just needs protection and something nice and I love him and I want him to be happy. Cristina is even more badass and intelligent and sweet and lovely and I’m so happy she and Kieran get along so well?? I definitely know what I want with those three to happen but I don’t know if I will get it.

I’m sooooooo glad not the whole book focuses on Jules and Emma and their relationship. I hate it when that happens and I dislike it when there’s this huge forbidden love thing but it gets blown up way out of proportion. No, it didn’t get as annoying and overshadowing-everything-else as I had feared and I actually really liked it. Especially after a certain talk the two had. (“talk” *eyebrowwiggle*)

I’m so happy we got to know Diana’s backstory! She also deserves soo much happiness and I hope she will get it eventually. She’s a great person and she does a lot for the kids and she really needs to get more love and recognition. I hope her love life works out!

It was great that Alec and Magnus and the kids appeared. They are great characters and it’s lovely to see how much they grew up or changed since TMI and I’m happy Tavvy got some friends to play with!

Only Dru was kind of left out and I found that a bit sad. Her small plot line felt a bit awkward and like Cassie just needed another plot so that she isn’t left out. Hm.

There are a few plot lines that were only hinted on or at least not properly explored and they made me so excited for book 3 and I’m already thinking about theories (Clary + Jace, Magnus, the Faerie object, etc.)

I’m so glad there was so much sass and fun and sarcasm in this book! These are always my favourite moments and they were pretty brilliant!

So yes, all in all I can say that I can’t stop talking and thinking about this book and that I loved it SO MUCH, more than I expected!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

And again I’m so in love with the Harry Potter series and can’t really put my thoughts into words.

I have always loved the last book quite a lot but I’ve seen the movies so many times that I definitely forgot some of the things they had changed from the book. Interestingly, my favourite scenes from the movies don’t appear in the book and my favourite scenes from the book don’t appear in the movies (so I definitely love both (or all three??) a lot!).

I don’t like all the mistrust and sadness in this book but there are so many topics that are so great and important, about love and knowledge and death and society and boxes you put people in and on how complex people are and so on and I loved to revisit these scenes again. So many times I just wanted to shout “YES, this is great!” out loud but the people around me might have minded that.

I’m not sure what else to say. Just that through this reread of the whole series I’ve fallen in love with the Harry Potter series even more and I’m so happy to go back into this universe because it always makes me happy (unless I cry over the various deaths that I’m still not over).

The Rest

The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2)The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
My rating:
4 of 5 stars

Yay, another awesome book by Rick Riordan! It has all the things I love about his books:
– scary prophecies
– DIVERSITY AHHH
– LGBTQ* people (bisexual Apollo!!!! a f/f parent couple!!!!!!!!!!!)
– mythical creatures
– more hilarious scenes than I can count
– death.

Well, not quite as much the last one but I do think all my favourite books include a bit of darkness and tragedy so… I’m okay with it. I was still very sad, though.

I really enjoyed reading The Dark Prophecy, besides wanting to shout at everyone to please be nicer to each other and to stop hitting each other and oh, why does no one in this universe ever get a break? My poor babies.

To be fair, the plot wasn’t the most exciting one (in parts) and not the most original one, but it was still a lot of fun and there are so many moments that made me smile and laugh and wonder if Rick Riordan has a pop culture reference bucket list he wants to cross off before he dies! And some of the characters certainly had a very interesting character development, mostly Apollo. He is still an arrogant prick but he also cares way more about the people around him and that makes him so much nicer. I wonder how this continues.
I would like to order a spin-off about the Waystation characters, please. There is so much to tell there! Or just about the Waystation itself, I’m not picky. (that’s the lie of the year)

Also, is Rick Riordan hinting on another series about a different kind of mythology?? Please tell me he is! And please tell me he’s going to include this character because he is AMAZING!

I don’t really know what else to say. Just that I’m so happy and also slightly amazed that after all these years these books still fascinate me like in the beginning, I still learn more about mythology, I still am thrilled and amused and I always want more.

Half of a Yellow SunHalf of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My rating:
4 of 5 stars

I’ve read Ms Adichie’s Americanah a few months ago and loved it and I immediately knew I had to read more of her books. To me, Half of a Yellow Sun is almost as good as Americanah and at least just as interesting.

Half of a Yellow Sun takes place in Nigeria in the 1960s and it goes all the way from the tension in the first few years, through massacres, the secession of a new country called Biafra and through the following war between Biafra and Nigeria until it ends. I already wrote about Americanah that I barely know anything about Nigeria, and especially not about its history, and through Ms Adichie’s books, I definitely learnt a lot.
This book is told from the perspective of three people: a Nigerian woman (Olanna) who is a university lecturer, her partner’s houseboy (Ugwu) and her sister’s partner (Richard) who is a white English guy. Through this you see different perspectives on the whole situation and also on the society in Nigeria and how people are treated differently and what they feel and think about. I found that incredibly interesting.

There’s so much evil in this book too. The racism in this postcolonial country where most whites think they are better than the natives, the sexism of the 1960s and the misogynistic society in general, the crimes of the war (from betrayal, wounds and starvation to rape, humiliation and death) and so much more. It was hard to read sometimes but that doesn’t make it less important.

This book made me think about a lot of things I never thought about before and it offered such a huge insight into this country, this time and the people living there, in different classes of society.

What I didn’t like so much about the book is that I didn’t like any of the characters a lot. That’s not really a bad thing but it just didn’t make me enjoy the book as much as I would have otherwise (so no five stars). Also, I found it pretty annoying that Ugwu always just thought about how beautiful or ugly every girl or woman is, he never really thought about anything else. I’d be so much more interested in his education and what he thinks about the differences between the life he had in his village and in Nsukka. Or if his beliefs changed. Maybe this is supposed to symbolise what a teenage boy constantly thinks about but… it’s just sexist… and shallow.

All in all, Half of a Yellow Sun is still an amazing book and I recommend it to basically everyone because it’s so insightful.

You Are Here: An Owner's Manual for Dangerous MindsYou Are Here: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds by Jenny Lawson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is so much fun! This is a colouring book but not only, there are also jokes and nice thoughts to remember and small stories and altogether it’s pretty and lovely and positive!

The pictures are so pretty and I’m definitely having a lot of fun colouring them in or reading the words around them. If you find normal colouring books a bit boring, this might be something for you!

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books of the month: may 2017

Help, where did this month go? I swear it just flew by, especially after the first week or so was over. Eurovision week happened and I got sucked into the drama and fun even more than usual and right afterwards I went travelling and to a convention and I basically just got back and the month is coming to an end. What? How?

I read five books so one more than in April and again I would have liked to read more but it took me the second half of the month to read The Name of the Wind (Again, because I went travelling. Also, it’s HUGE). I have now read 28 of 50 books in my Goodreads Reading Challenge aka over half of them! I’m really happy about that.

All of the books I read this month were great and I don’t want to put them into categories but I still do.

The Best

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, this book is long. But I’ve made it! And it’s so good! There are so many cool things about it! I want book 2 immediately! And book 3 but we don’t even have a date for it even though book 2 came out in 2011 WHAT IS THIS? IS THIS GAME OF THRONES OR WHAT ARGH!
So.

The Name of the Wind is narrated in quite a unique way. The plot is basically split into two parts. We have the mysterious innkeeper Kote who after a fun encounter with a creepy spider tells a guy who collects stories and Kote’s friend/student the story of Kvothe aka himself but younger and sometimes the story jumps back to the inn but mostly the book is about Kvothe’s life, his childhood and especially his teenage years.

Kvothe is quite brilliant which is both fun and a liiiittle bit annoying because he’s just *so* good at learning all the things. On the other hand, he does act incredibly stupid sometimes, especially when he’s a moody little teenager. He also always gets himself into trouble and sometimes I really feel like slapping him because OH MY GOSH BOY WHY???
Kvothe loses a lot, has to learn how to survive, attends the University aka a place where you learn amazing things like MAGIC! Everything about the University is sooo interesting to me and I loved reading about it so much. The subjects are interesting, the way how magic works in this universe is also really interesting (but very confusing for me), the Archives are all I ever wanted (please take me there) and all the buildings with their mysterious rooms and underground stuff sound so cool and a bit like Hogwarts.
Of course, Kvothe gets into a lot of trouble at the University but he also finds friends and learns a lot. He is also a really good lute player and music is very precious to him and I really like that about him! He might be a genius but he’s not boring, he likes and hates loads of things and is quite multi-faceted.

I can’t really say that about every character though. I feel like we only meet most characters in passing so we don’t exactly learn a lot about them. Even his best friends at the University appear a lot and he spends more time thinking about that one girl than about any of them which I find a bit sad. Denna is, of course, the mysterious, absolutely beautiful girl. Kvothe’s friends say that she is only like that for him but… there are always men swooning over her and Kvothe constantly talks about her beauty so even though she seems to be quite a strong character and has some awesome qualities about her and has her own business and isn’t just there for him it feels quite boring and cliché-ish sometimes.
I’m happy there are some strong female characters that Kvothe meets along the way and relies on but… there should be more. And it doesn’t really help that everyone makes sexist jokes.

I don’t want to talk about the plot, really, because it’s so interesting and huge and complex, I wouldn’t know where to begin. Just let me say that despite the book’s size I was never bored, always sucked into the story, and always super interested in what happens next. I really can’t wait to get my hands on book 2.

The world-building is incredible! There are all these myths and stories and the history of several countries and languages and culture woven into each other and that was sooo interesting! It really feels like Patrick Rothfuss knows A LOT about this Universe and I so can’t wait to read more!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh, this took me forever to finish but it was worth it. It’s been a while since I read this book and it’s so big… I didn’t know I had forgotten so many details!

I think I now love it even more than I did before (I mean, I gave it 4 stars but it’s definitely worth 5 to me now) and that definitely has to do with how much I love all the characters. Especially Sirius. Which made this book a very, very sad read for me, but I knew this would happen…
As I said, it took me forever to read this book but mostly the first 300 pages. I had several weeks of break (to read other things) after those and then read the rest in a couple of days. After this break, I finally got properly into the book again and fell in love with everyone and everything. I love everyone’s hatred for Umbridge and the DA and all those things and it made me so happy to read about these things. I love how sarcastic everyone is getting (especially Harry)!

Oh, and I cried so much at the end… sigh…

Harry Potter 5 was great to read and I love it a lot, the writing is great and interesting and I love how much we learn about dozens of characters in this one book.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve run out of things to say about Harry Potter. I love this series so much and I feel like I love it more and more with every time I re-read the books or watch the movies or something like that. This whole world is so beautiful and makes me feel at home.
Ahem. So.

Half-Blood Prince is never a go-to Harry Potter film for me and I never really think about the book or something like that but IT’S ACTUALLY REALLY DAMN GOOD! (I’m also really glad it’s not as long as Order of the Phoenix because who has time to read these long-ass books all the time?)

There is a lot of grief and people dying in Half-Blood Prince with big characters having died just before and in this book and mentions of strange and horrible things happening in the wizarding community. In that way, it’s a rather sad prologue for the even sadder and more tragic Deathly Hallows but it also shows that you can move on from the loss you’ve witnessed and that the people that passed wouldn’t want you to get blinded by grief and rage.

I’m so happy that Ginny appears more in this book. It’s so annoying how Ron gets all cliché big brotherly on her and dating but whatever, I’m glad she’s happy and I’m glad she tries things/guys out. She’s a great character and so strong and I love her. She and Hermoine deserve more scenes together tbh.

I’m glad Dumbledore isn’t so much of an asshole in Half-Blood Prince and I find the lessons he gives Harry really interesting, actually, and I like how we find out so many things through them.

I love how the DA and the Order still play a role in this book even though they aren’t present as much. I just wish they had continued with lessons… that would have been so cool and interesting and I’m sure everyone could have learnt so much more.

Harry does some really stupid things in Half-Blood Prince but that’s normal and human – and he’s a teenager, who can blame him? – so I still love him loads and want him to be protected forever, please. His obsession with Draco is quite hilarious, though. It’s incredible how often he mentions and blames him just in this one book. (No wonder people ship them)

All in all, I enjoyed this re-read a lot. The hilarious jokes and scenes that were thrown in here and there are definitely some lights in the darkness and I’m glad to have that.

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ReleaseRelease by Patrick Ness
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is basically a book about the single worst day Adam Thorn could have. Seriously, everything only happens in like 12 hours but they are so full of events and I still got sucked into it and could relate to all the characters! Patrick Ness really is an amazing writer.

I kind of feel like I didn’t completely GET the story but I can definitely appreciate all of it. I feel so sorry for Adam and his shitty day but I’m also so happy for him and glad for him and can relate and want to hug him because he deserves one and also a week without worries or anything like that after this one day.

Adam really deserves a better family. They are very religious and homophobic and don’t understand that being gay isn’t a choice or a sin and they don’t really do anything to help Adam and he’s so lost and ughhhh. Even though I can’t personally relate his struggles felt so real and heart-wrenching I wanted to hit someone several times.

It fascinates me how Patrick Ness always manages to weave mystical elements into his stories without making it a fantasy book or adventure or anything like that. This is really unique to him and I love it!

I loved the alternation between Adam and the mystical story and how they only slightly cross paths but it’s still a complex and whole story with a proper ending and ahhh, that’s so well done! The whole ghost-queen-person thing is super interesting and I love how the writing of that part was so flowery and different but still really good and fitting.

Oh, also, the messages of the book are all about love! (No, not the romantic one, only a bit maybe) It’s all about hope and things getting better or being okay and that you deserve to be loved and that you aren’t wrong just because other don’t love you for who you are and THAT’S SO GOOD TO HEAR YAY!

To Be or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path AdventureTo Be or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure by Ryan North
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is so much fun! I found this via some funny tumblr post and so far I’ve gone around a dozen different parts. You can be Hamlet, Ophelia or a ghost, you can fight pirates or people or ghosts and you are judged by the author on the questionable choices you make. That’s pretty cool.
You can go the path that is the actual Hamlet story (and find out how stupid those choices actually are) so very different paths and it’s so much fun, really.
(The pirate story dragged a bit, though.)
Ophelia is really cool and Hamlet so relatable.
Read this.

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books of the month: april 2017

I didn’t read as much in April as I did in March – mostly due to some travelling and finally starting to watch at least a bit of TV – but I still read four books and they were all great! I’m also still stuck in the middle of Harry Potter 5 and that one takes me ages to read. (I have now read 23 books in 2017!)

The Best

We Are the AntsWe Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is so good and I kind of feel it broke me. I have so many things I love about it but my brain is currently going “ahhhhhhhh” so where do I even begin?

We Are the Ants is written from the perspective of Henry, who is a teenager in high-school who gets abducted by aliens. Those aliens tell him he can save the world or let it die but it’s his choice. And Henry has so many problems and shit to consider that he isn’t sure what to do. And boy, there’s so much going on in his life, the aliens really aren’t his biggest problem.

A huge part of this book is very nihilistic and depressing and sad but it also manages to be funny and interesting and actually inspirational. I probably wouldn’t want to read this on a bad day because I’d just sit here crying for a few hours but I’m so glad I read it. The characters are so well written and interesting and show how complex and not black-and-white everyone (especially the teenagers who are “the nerd” and “the popular guy” but also so much more). It tackles lots of important topics like sexuality, suicide, pursuing your dreams, pregnancy, bullying, abuse.

Oh and yes, because of the aliens there is a sci-fi part to it. I actually really enjoyed that it wasn’t so much in the foreground and didn’t take up so much of the plot, that’s quite unique! And the chapters about how the world could end in a dozen different ways may have given me paranoia for life but it was so interesting!

I feel like We Are the Ants has a super strong beginning and end – especially the ending. I loved reading that so much and it’s such a good quote and yeah.
So if you need a bit of nihilism, teenage problems and sci-fi, this is the thing for you.

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

SECOND READ APRIL 2017

To be honest, I have nothing to add to my review below. I still love this book as much as I did last year and it still moves me deeply. I wish I could read more about all of them RIGHT NOW. Such an amazing book. I’m still a bit in shock maybe.

FIRST READ APRIL 2016

If I were able to give this book six stars, I would. I loved Raven Boys, Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue very much, but seriously, Raven King is even better than those three books. I can’t really pinpoint in which way I liked it more, but I think it has mostly to do with the writing.

Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is amazing in general and I enjoy reading her books so much but in this book, she used even more repetitive sentences and ways to begin a chapter and I find that incredibly intriguing. And her descriptions of dreams/other weird sequences I don’t want to spoil here are just so great. I could reread them all day.

And how casually but incredibly deeply people fall in love in her books… damn. In one moment they are just sitting there, then they are kissing, then they are sitting there again and I’m losing my mind. It’s so perfect.

I have no idea how to talk about this book without spoiling anything so I won’t say much about the plot, or rather, nothing.

From the beginning I hoped it would do justice to ALL the characters and of course I wanted them to be happy and was scared some of the things I hoped for wouldn’t happen and in the end I’m so so happy with it. The Raven King exceeded ALL my expectations, for sure.

I wish I could read more about all those not so big characters, the ones we don’t have in the epilogue (otherwise that epilogue would be endless) but I guess we can’t have all the things.

I was surprised to see new characters being introduced that played crucial parts even though it’s the last book and I definitely didn’t expect Henry Cheng playing such a big role. I like Henry a lot and I’m glad he became friends with the boys and Blue. All the scenes with him are hilarious.

There were quite a few hilarious scenes and jokes in this book but don’t worry, I did cry.

Okay, no I have to stop before I either want to reread the whole book right way (ain’t nobody got time for that) or tell you the whole plot.

(It’s just SUCH AN AMAZING BOOK)

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A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a great read! I’m struggling a bit because I do feel like giving it 5 stars but then again I wasn’t so captivated by everything and so moved or anything like that. And the beginning wasn’t sooo amazing and it was a bit predictable. I think I have to stick with 4 stars. I have the feeling this might change with a re-read so let’s see. IT’S STILL A GREAT BOOK!

V. E. Schwab’s writing is incredible! I heard this before and damn, I just really love it. It feels brisk and close to the action but you still get to learn so much about the world we’re in. Or the several worlds.
The idea of several Londons that are all similar but definitely not the same and that there are these parallel universes and you can only cross them with loads of magic is so cool??? I need more of that! Every time Lila or Kell describe the differences, no matter if they are huge or subtle, I was going “!!!! need to experience”. It was so well described.

The plot is so full of darkness and magic and stabbing people. I totally love dark things and characters that aren’t 100% good, I totally have a soft spot for thieves and murderers, and this book has such great characters that fit into that category!
Lila is amazing. I love her. I want to marry her apart from the fact that I’m way too romantic and soft for her. She’s badass. She should totally conquer the world.
Kell is amazing too! He is so special and kinda pretty soft but has to do so many hard and bad things and he loves his brother so much and he wants to belong. Aww. After all the things that happened in this book someone should really sit him down, wrap him in a blanket and hand him some tea. He doesn’t deserve all this horribleness.

The comebacks and sassy comments Lila and Kell (and Rhys sometimes) make are so great and on point!
And the relationship and trust Lila and Kell are slowly forming ❤

Really, I love the darkness and the magic and the plot is really interesting and I just generally liked the story quite a lot. I have no idea how you get two more books from that plot but I’ll see.

The Prose EddaThe Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There is not so much to say about this. I enjoyed finally reading the “original” of the Norse myths that I had read before in dozens of different versions. The Edda also gives you a huge insight in medieval Scandinavia, you learn a lot about their lives, beliefs and language.
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books of the month: march 2017

I read so many books in March! And because I’m bad at keeping track and remembering things here are some numbers: I read seven books in January, three in February and nine in March which adds up to 19 of the 50 books in my Goodreads Reading Challenge already gone. Wow. I didn’t expect to read this much, honestly, but I’m so very happy I have read all these amazing books.

The Best

Milk and HoneyMilk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is incredible. I got it like three hours ago and read it immediately in one go. The more poetry I read the more I come to love and appreciate it!

Rupi Kaur’s poems are so personal and honest and I felt like each word flew directly into my heart and stabbed it with tiny daggers. The first part of Milk and Honey – the hurting – is really hard to read as it deals with sexual abuse but it’s so well written and such an important topic. The other three chapters – the loving, the breaking, the healing – are easier but also so extremely personal and close and beautiful.

I really love her writing and I’m so in love with these poems!

Radio SilenceRadio Silence by Alice Oseman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book! Why have so few people read this, it’s incredible!!!

I was looking for a birthday present for a friend, I knew it should be a book, something YA or contemporary with diversity, and found this somehow, read the reviews, bought it, read it and !!!!!

First of all, diversity!!! There are characters from all sorts of ways of lives, there are racially diverse people, single mums (they really don’t appear that often tbh), different sexualities, mentions of an agender character, someone on the ace-spectrum (!!!) and more. It’s just great. I love it so much that someone writes more about characters like that and I really wish more books were like this one.

The characters are great, honestly. So real and honest and well-written and fun and complicated and RELATABLE! And not just relatable to a single group of people but various ones because PEOPLE ARE COMPLEX! Ahhh, I really felt like I could relate to all of the main characters in one way or another.

I love the writing as well! It’s good and sometimes just so fun to read and sometimes heart-wrenching and sad but still, it’s relatable and the comments and puns and jokes are perfect.

The plot is amazing and such an original idea and I totally got sucked into it all and had all the feelings about all the characters. I want everyone to be happy, please. PLEASE.
Universe City is the most interesting idea for a podcast ever and I would like to listen to it, please. It

The friendship between Aled and Frances is so pure and beautiful and I’m so happy, this is such a great portrayal of a platonic relationship!!!

At some point the whole thing with the podcast gets big and there is hatemail and stuff like that and this also felt SO REAL. I mean, THIS is how tumblr and twitter and sites like that are, THIS is when fandoms turn ugly! And it’s certainly important to talk about that!

Okay, let’s stop with the gushing but just let me say one last time how relatable and real this book is???!!! Okay, bye now.

What's a Girl Gotta Do? (The Spinster Club, #3)What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a great read! “What’s a Girl Gotta Do?” might be my favourite book of the Spinster Club trilogy. No, actually I’m pretty sure it is my favourite one.

This book is mostly about Lottie, a student who is trying to get into a great university and who is also a feminist who wants to DO STUFF and educate people. She and her friends Evie and Amber set up their Spinster Club in Book #1 and now they formed a FemSoc at their school. Lottie has an incident that shocks her quite a bit and decides she wants to do a feminism project where she has to call out every sexist thing she sees.
Lots of things go wrong and lots of things also go right and in all this trouble it is showed quite realistically how much sexism there is everywhere around us and how people react to that. From students to teachers to parents.

I don’t think I learned so much about feminism itself (apart from cognitive dissonance, that was a really interesting point and something I will definitely have to think about more) but about sexism and even more so activism. Lottie goes through a lot and she is not the unrealistic hero that can go through everything without getting hurt or scared or having doubts.

I like that there is the character of Will who doesn’t agree with Lottie (at all) because he brings up some points that actual people really have. And Lottie argues with him and educates him.

There is also mention of abuse and a few other things that are just really, really important and I’m glad this book is bringing this up so much. The only thing I’m really missing is intersectional feminism. It is all very white, cishet. Holly Bourne actually mentions something like this in her author’s note and says she didn’t manage to include everything. I wish she made a bit more of an effort but okay, it’s still a good book.

I actually feel quite empowered by reading this book which is ALWAYS a great sign. I hope this inspires more people to say something about sexism or something like that.

Also, the style of the book is just great. It’s fun and quick to read and the characters are not that one-sided. I’m really glad I read this!

Let Them Eat ChaosLet Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another poetry book, I know.

I have never read a Kate Tempest book before but I have seen several people talking about her so I thought I give it a go. Good decision!!!

Kate Tempest writes about seven people living in London, all living on the same street, all having different stories and problems that keep them from sleeping. We learn about all these stories and thoughts and in the end, those people meet outside during a storm.

She – or the characters – criticise London, society, capitalism, and so much more and that’s GREAT. I love reading stuff like that! This book certainly made me gasp sometimes.

I love how the poem is displayed! I think it’s hard to describe but you really have to jump around on the page and the text is always on different sides and that is really cool.

I really enjoyed reading this, I just wish it was a bit longer because I feel like there could have been more about the meeting on the street.

The MothersThe Mothers by Brit Bennett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Mothers is a story about life, love, friendships and so much more. It’s about Nadia and Luke and Aubrey who are lovers or friends or both. Their lives intertwine constantly, and their secrets shape the relationships between them. We see their lives evolve from teenagers to adults and I think my favourite part of the book were the characters’ relationships. Aubrey and Nadia’s friendship was so beautifully written and felt so real and tangible to me.

I loved Bennett’s writing, in general, a lot. It was gripping and wonderful and interesting. The only place where I didn’t quite get it was when the Mothers were the narrators. The Mothers are old women in the community of Upper Room (a church) who have their own thoughts on everything in the story, on everything that happens to Nadia and Luke and Aubrey and their families. I love the idea of having them as narrators and I do feel like they made some great points and were a lovely addition but sometimes I took me a while to understand what they meant or that this chapter was in fact from their perspective. I don’t know, they didn’t always work for me.

The main characters as well as everyone around them encounter some quite dramatic events, and this includes abortions, racism, death, injury, betrayal and sexual abuse. Especially in those moments, Bennett’s writing was brilliant. So sharp and sudden and just generally great.

I was quite dissatisfied with the ending but not because it was bad, it just wasn’t what I had wished for. That doesn’t really change much about my opinion on this book, though, the Mothers is still great and I’d definitely recommend it.

Three re-reads that all are amazing books:

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

SECOND READ 2017:

As you can read below it took me a while to get into Raven Boys when I first read it almost exactly a year ago. This time, though, I could finally appreciate this book’s beauty from the start. Honestly, I loved re-reading this book so much, it made me so happy and I really fell in love again with both the incredible writing and the protagonists.
I also want to continue with Dream Thieves immediately! (I won’t though, I already started another book I should finish first.)

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The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

SECOND READ MARCH 2017:

What can I even say here? I love all the characters even more and I want them all to be happy. I have so many feelings for all of them and I just wish Ronan and Adam and Gansey would talk more and get along better and BE HAPPY. Argh.

I think I now like Mr. Gray more than I did before! I’m also so happy Maura and the women in 300 Fox Way have more plot.
But generally I really, really love this book and I appreciate the writing so much more now for some reason. It’s just incredible.

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

SECOND READ MARCH 2017

Is there anything to add? I love this book to pieces, I love all the characters, I love the writing and I can definitely appreciate some bits way more now that I know what’s going to happen and can concentrate on other things.

I’m incredibly fascinated by the dynamics and relationships between the characters, especially in groups like the women in 300 Fox Way and the Raven Boys + Blue and Blue + Mr. Gray and so on. It’s so interesting for me to see how they interact and how important they all are to each other!

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Tales from the Shadowhunter AcademyTales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m not 100% sure what to think about this book.

I liked some stories a lot but some I disliked quite a bit or found them pretty boring.
The last two stories were very good, super adorable and heart-wrenching, full of tears and laughter and cuteness and just generally lots of emotions. But in a way, some of the previous stories felt a bit like a built-up for those later ones. I also wish the focus would have been more on the whole academy and not just a few selected characters that interacted loads with Simon. We barely got any names for characters not in the main focus and we also don’t learn a lot about what they actually learn at the academy or even what their subjects and teachers are called!

What I liked were the references to various characters from Lady Midnight and that story line as well as all the call-backs to the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices. I loved the flashbacks to Tessa’s life and that of the Herondales.

And finally we learn something about Ascension!
I also really like Catarina Loss, she should totally appear in more storylines and sass and call out people on everything.

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books of the month: february 2017

So, I didn’t read as much this month as in January, mostly because it took me ages to finish Here I Am and am away a lot so I don’t have quite as much time but there is still something to talk about!

The Best

Bad FeministBad Feminist by Roxane Gay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book! I wanted to read Bad Feminist for a long time but I never got around to buying it but now I finally did and I am SO GLAD! Honestly, this book thought me a lot and made me think about many things. Oh, and it made me very sad too because in what kind of fucked up world do we actually live??

Anyway.

Bad Feminist is a book on feminism, race, America, Roxane Gay’s life and how all of those things have to do with each other. It is written in the form of essays, some shorter, some long, and in those Roxane Gay often takes books and films and quotes people (often politicians and celebrities) have said apart to show how shit / problematic / racist / sexist / etc. those actually are.

I definitely read a lot of things in this book I never thought about, especially about certain books and films that I know about or watched and enjoyed. I am so glad that Roxane spends so much time talking about race and how white and not intersectional feminism often is!

I now really wonder what Roxane would think about all the horrible events that happened in the last two years or so (since the book was published) but then again it would probably make me even sader.

Not everything about the book was sad and hard to read though, Roxane’s writing is just great and she is funny and honest and interesting! And also quite relatable with everything she says about being a “bad feminist”.

I really want to recommend this book to everyone, especially those who want to know more about feminism or who should know more about it.

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The ABC's of Lgbt+The ABC’s of Lgbt+ by Ashley Mardell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book about lots of LBGT* terms, gender identities, sexual identities, etc. All these terms are explained and there are examples and stories from people who identify with these terms.

It was so nice to read a book about not just the most known terms like bisexual and gay but all the other terms that aren’t talked about a lot but that are just as valid.
I loved the tiny, adorable illustrations and the super interesting stories made by so many different people!

You can totally notice that a lot of research went into this book and that Ashley made an effort to include even conflicting and maybe problematic things. You also get the feeling of this great community with pictures of the contributors and introductions of the editors!

It really is a fun and interesting book to read and I’m glad I read it and could learn so much more about the LGBT* community!

Here I AmHere I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Honestly, my thoughts about this book are so confusing and all over the place I don’t really know what I can say about it.
I don’t read fiction often and every time I do I notice why. Because the books are often rather complicated, complex and written in a way that takes me longer to read and longer to understand. This one here is really good at being super complicated and complex.

You have this family, the Blochs, and this book is basically about all of them. The three boys, their parents (mostly their parents), their grandparents and their great-grandfather. The narrative is jumping back and forth decades in the middle of conversations just to tell you about this one scene and a few pages later you’ll continue in the conversation and lots of stuff like that. That took some time for me to get used to.
I also had to get used to the characters. They aren’t incredibly likeable but they do feel real. They feel complex and have complex feelings and I just love it when characters aren’t one-sided and boring. BUT, especially with the kids, I felt like the book tries too hard. Twelve year old aren’t so wise and complex and intelligent. They don’t know all those things. A lot of the conversations of Max, Sam and Billie were really not my cup of tea. I couldn’t shake the feeling that this doesn’t feel right at all.
The conversation the whole family has all the time are hilarious though. I love the arguing and how everyone is actually talking about a different thing and oh, it’s so fun to read!

I also think I got to know a lot about Jewish traditions, customs, words, legacies, about Israel. That was really interesting!

The plot was honestly so out of the blue. I expected way more of the book to be about the actual event that happens and the war that follows but until like mid-way into the book nothing of that comes up and when it does it’s still not that important. And the whole war thing and how that came to be seems a bit…odd to me. And rushed.

Apart from all the weird things there were some great quotes in there and scenes that made me think and that I will remember a lot.

I still can’t quite bring myself to giving it 4 stars though. Maybe that’s my punishment for ending the book with THAT SCENE. That’s just cruel. Too cruel. Ahem.

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books of the month: january 2017

For ages I have wondered if I should share every book I read or just my favourites and now I’m settling on something in between. Over the last year I have written a few book rec posts but I always forget to do them or I don’t include all the books I would like to include so whatever, here you have all the books I’ve read in January 2017.

It’s more than I imagined, I already read 7 books this year and I rated all of them 4 or 5 stars, wow! So even putting them in the categories “best” and “rest” wasn’t really useful but I did it anyway.

THE BEST

AmericanahAmericanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Where do I start? I don’t read Fiction often because it either doesn’t interest me or it looks very pretentious to me but I watched Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s amazing TedTalk on why we all should be feminists. Check it out! And then I googled her and found this book and now I’ve read it and ohhhh, I have learned so much!

Even though the writing wasn’t my cup of tea 100% of the time and some paragraphs were just so weird, I really enjoyed reading Americanah. I was hooked from the beginning and didn’t really want to put it down for long.

It also really wasn’t what I expected it to be. I thought the focus would be much more on Ifem and Obinze’s love story and that it all would take place only over a couple of years but in fact we learn a lot about both of their lives over many, many years. Both people move abroad and back, both have several partners, both have to face a lot of shit and a lot of good things and it takes a long time until we see them together again.
The chapters jump a bit back and forth between “now” and the years before and that’s sometimes a bit confusing but also very interesting because you can really see how both Ifem and Obinze have developed and changed and what they still think about many years after it has happened.

Also, Ifem is a blogger! And many of her blog posts or parts of them appear in the book! I really like that, her blog posts are great and in my opinion almost the best parts of the book.

I think I learned a lot about race, racism, Nigeria, immigration and all of those things in the US and Britain. Honestly, this really is a book about so many things I’ve never read about before or at least not in so much detail. Just because of that I want to give it 5 stars. I was often in shock about how racist people actually are and how different some countries in certain things are.

I really loved learning so much and I enjoyed the characters too! Both Ifem and Obinze are definitely flawed and they say and do things I don’t like but it really just makes them more believable.

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

WHAT EVEN! I don’t know what to say! Do you know how much I loved Six of Crows last year? Do you know how badly I wanted to read Crooked Kingdom the second I finished the other book? SO MUCH. But I didn’t cause I hoped I would get the book for Christmas (which I didn’t, aka I’m disappointed in everyone) but now I bought it and read it immediately and ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh the feels.

Ahem, anyway, where do I begin?
One of the things I’ve loved most about Six of Crows are the different cultures and how everyone has these different backgrounds and stories and you have different languages and beliefs and all that and in this book it all is woven together and it’s perfect. In Crooked Kingdom this happened again and I think we got to know so much more about Ketterdam itself (I mean, most of Six of Crows wasn’t in Ketterdam but basically all of Crooked Kingdom is there) and about the people living there.

Even though all of the main characters were introduced in Six of Crows we got a lot of flashbacks to scenes that made them who they are now and that’s really cool. I always want to know more about the characters, especially if you can sense some amazing character developement and BOY WE HAD A LOT OF THAT!
Mostly for Wylan and Jesper I think which is BEAUTIFUL and I’m so glad all the things that happened to them happened (no spoilers here) but Matthias too continued to fight with what he learned so many years and what he then witnessed with his friends and ahhhh it warmed my heart, honestly. It’s not his fault how he has been trained and he’s fighting so hard to figure out what’s right and awww. Kaz is obviously always fighting with his dark dark past and we learned some more about the bad stuff he did and also OHHH the bad things he did in this book, wow, he got even darker! (not complaining). Inej also has some fights with her past which is totally understandable and I really loved how she and Kaz talked or not talked but at least understood these things about each other. I wish we could have gotten a bit more than that tbh.
And Nina, oh I love this girl! Her love for waffles and everything sweet gives me life and I think we could talk a lot about food together! She had to deal with the consequenzes of parem and I was very worried for her and she is now a tiny bit creepier than before but still DAMN BADASS!

Speaking of characters and their relationships… there still is a lot of shipping and heartwarming stuff and innoendos or bad jokes and FLIRTING and oh dear…
Matthias + Nina = my heart + stab me
Wylan + Jesper = my heart + stab me again
Inej + Kaz = stab me some more

THE PLOT! Man, this book was gripping af. I love schemes and plotting and backup plans and things falling into place perfectly and ahhh we got so much of Kaz’s amazing schemes and no matter what happened he found another plan and another and IT WAS SO GOOD!
Honestly, I’d love to read just three more books of all the heists and plans Kaz made in his past. I live for this stuff. I also loved that even though we still had this plotting stuff and all that it was a very different plot from Six of Crows. In this one we had ONE main plot that took up most of the book and here we had so many and halfway into the book I was still wondering “with what will it end? where exactly is this going?” and I loved that so much!

I think Crooked Kingdom is a lot darker than Six of Crows and I don’t mind that at all! Honestly, I love this book with all my heart and I think the characters are going to wander around in my mind for ages.
Currently my mind is empty and full of pain (not gonna say why, spoilers), I need to take a break, bye.

A Monster CallsA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

TELL ME HOW TO TALK ABOUT THIS BOOK WITHOUT STARTING TO CRY AGAIN?!

Honestly. Wow. I knew I loved Patrick Ness a while ago, I read More Than This and The Rest of Us Just Live Here and adored them, I follow him on Twitter and love his tweets and I watched BBC’s Class. I really like this guy. And now I love and hate him even more.
Really, this book is heartbreaking. If you don’t like books that tear your heart out, stab it and throw it in your face, don’t read it. (Or do, cause honestly, you have no idea what you’re missing out on.)

Conor is a thirteen year old boy who gets a weird visitor at night, a monster. But Conor is not a hero, the monster is not there to be slayn and the stories the monster tells are far from fairytales. And Conor’s life is quite fucked up too and both things have more to do with each other than you would think.

It is a short book. You could probably read it in a day but because of work I couldn’t do that. And I’m quite glad, actually, because it is a very sad book and I felt a bit more prepared like this.

There are some incredible quotes and scenes and metaphors in A Monster Calls and even though everything is written very shortly and without huge descriptions it comes across with so much meaning. I don’t know, I just really love it.

This only counts half because it’s a re-read but shhh:

The Rest of Us Just Live HereThe Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Honestly, I don’t know what to say here. I still love this book with all my heart, I love it just as much as when I first read it, it’s just SO GOOD!

I wrote a proper – and long af – review of this here, I just want to say again how much I love the whole idea of this book. I love how you have two stories going on, one in the background, one the “main stuff”. I love how this world is almost like ours but supernatural stuff is happening there quite often and people have learned to either live with it or just forgot about it.
I love the diversity of the characters. SO. MUCH. This is not a story about “a mentally ill kid” or “that gay kid” but a group of teenagers, a group of friends, who all have some shit going on.

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here is also quite inspirational. There are so many quotes in there that I want to remember forever and that I want to shout at anyone who is having a bad day.

“Not everyone has to be the Chosen One. Not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world. Most people just have to live their lives the best they can, doing the things that are great for them, having great friends, trying to make their lives better, loving people properly. All the while knowing that the world makes no sense but trying to find a way to be happy anyway.”

How amazing is that? Can I ingrave that in my head? That I don’t have to be the Chosen One and that it’s okay that the world makes no sense?

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Holding Up the UniverseHolding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Holding Up the Universe is great! I loved many things about it but I didn’t find it absolutely fantastic.

First of all, I noticed it because of the very aesthetic cover so please appreciate that.

I really love Jennifer Niven’s style. All the Bright Places was absolutely incredible and I knew this would be a great book. I also hoped it wouldn’t be as devestating as All the Bright Places and thankfully it wasn’t.
I think her writing is very beautiful, very descriptive, very romantic.

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The Dark WifeThe Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ahhhh this book! This was a recommendation made by my best friend who forwarded the pdf to me (it’s a free book! read it!) and when they told me it involves Greek Mythology and wlw I was immediately a fan!

I’ve been loving mythology, and especially the greek one because it’s one of those I know most about (thank you Rick Riordan), for aaaaages.
And, as a wlw myself, I definitely love to read about girls being together, girls kissing, girls being happy together, all that stuff.

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How Hard Can Love Be? (The Spinster Club, #2)How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was very reluctant do read this. I started reading the first 30 pages or so in November, then put it down and read other stuff, then read 20 pages and then put it down again. But yesterday I really started to read it and finished it quite quickly.

This is the second part in the Spinster Club series, after Am I Normal Yet? which I read a year ago and liked quite a lot (the books aren’t really connected plot-wise though, you could totally read them seperately).
And I feel like my thoughts on this book are quite similar to those on Am I Normal Yet.

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What books have you read so far? Any recommendations?

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