I’m terribly late to the party but hey, is there really a precise time where we’re supposed to be talking about great books? Nope, unless that precise time is “always”. I am not going to put them in any particular order. Each book has his own particularities and each book  was a real pleasure to read.

All in all, I can say that I’ve had a really great reading year. If I look back to my 2017 resolutions and challenges, I failed miserably though. I am not upset about it because I simply came to the conclusion that challenges and TBRs are just not a thing for me. I am a moody reader who ends up picking up new books on a whim so I can’t ever follow a list. I don’t see how this is a bad thing especially now that I ended up with so many favourites. I also learned a bit more about my taste and loved how me giving up on the Goodreads challenge made me not focus on the number but on the quality.

Since I also read lots of great graphic novels, I’ll probably make a post about them as well as my favorite shows. I watch an unhealthy amount of shows but they’re awesome, I can’t help it.

Without further ado, here are my favorite reads of 2017:

  • THE UNSEEN WORLD by Liz Moore. I came across it while watching a few Booktube videos. This book has received A LOT of hype but it totally deserves it. Liz Moore did an amazing job at creating the characters, giving them depth and wrapping up the story in a magnificent way.
  • THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss. Is this my first adult fantasy book? I can’t say for sure really but I don’t remember any that I’ve read before. I can’t wait to read the sequel to this book. It is brilliant and I don’t think I can do it justice by just talking about briefly. Go read it!
  • WORDS IN DEEP BLUE by Cath Crowley. This book made me develop a new opinion about YA. I stopped reading the genre for a while because somehow most books I picked up didn’t have a rich writing style which I’ve started to crave. It is a beautiful story that gave me an incredibly sweet idea. In the book, Henry, one of the main characters planned a trip around the world based on literary places to visit.
  • ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell. Can’t believe it took me forever to get to this book. Always thought that 1984 was Orwell’s best work. This book proved me wrong.
  • STAY WITH ME by Ayobami Adebayo. This isn’t just a 2017 favorite read but an all-time favorite. I was incredibly lucky to store an ARC of this book.
  • BAD ROMANCE by Heather Demetrios. I can’t lie and say it wasn’t the cover that made me read this book. I was pleasantly surprised when I realized the book was amazing too. The actual content. I have to say that it is very triggering though and abuse is a very big part of this book. It is very emotional too.
  • CRAZY RICH ASIANS  by Kevin Kwan. This is very different from what I usually read. Very fun to read about rich people though, haha. It was very entertaining.
  • BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah. I don’t read lots of nonfiction but this was beautiful. Very fun and compelling! And this is coming from someone who doesn’t even like autobiographies/memoirs.
  • BURIAL RITES by Hannah Kent. The moment I realized that this was based on a true story broke me. It took me a while to get into it but once I did, there was no turning back.
  • THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES. This is one of the last books I’ve finished in 2017 and also one of the best. It is powerful but also graphic. If you’re not into that, you might not enjoy it.
  • THE FINAL EMPIRE by Brandon Sanderson. Another Fantasy favorite. I can’t tell you how much I’ve loved this book! It took me a while to get the magic system but once I did, I could not stop reading!

What about you? What are some of your favorite reads? Do you have any of these in your TBR?

I wish you all a happy new year with lots and lots of great reads!


Booktube-A-Thon 2017 // TBR

Hola! 💖

I’ve know about the Booktube-A-Thon for a while now but I didn’t know if I was allowed to participate as a non-Youtuber but right now I’d take any occasion that will motivate me to read more before starting my new job. Luckily, the week of the booktube-a-thon will be my last free week and so I hope I will take full advantage and read as much as I can!

The challenges seem like a lot of fun too! I’m so excited to be part of this! Thanks to my exams, I haven’t been able to read so many ARCs that I have received so I guess this is my chance to read em aaaall! Therefore I present to you my full-of-ARCs TBR for the Booktube-A-Thon!

1// Read a book with a person on the cover


The Leavers by Lisa Ko. I am already halfway in and might finish it before the start of the Booktube-A-Thon and so not to be “cheating”, I’ll add in another book and that would be City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson.

2// Read a hyped book


Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo. I’ve heard about this book for so long! It has been shortlisted for the Baileys’ Women’s Prize For Fiction and I just can’t wait! I will probably keep it for last though because it sounds like the kind of story that would make it hard for me to get back into reading. (Can you feel how high my expectations are? I can’t help it. 😭)

3// Finish a book in one day


Okay so if you’ve read my review of The Accomplished Guest, you’d know that my last experience with short stories was a disaster but I am not going to give up on them altogether since I’ve previously very much enjoyed Ali Smith’s short stories. For this challenge, I’m picking up The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories by Penelope Lively.

4// Read about a character that is very different from you


What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons. I didn’t know how different exactly are we talking here. For now, I have chosen What We Lose because the main character is African-American living in Pennsylvania and even though I suppose it doesn’t seem crazy different buuuut I am really interested in reading this book asap sooo yeah!

5// Finish a book completely outdoors


Outdoors? Hum! Now that’s challenging, haha. I suppose I could listen to an audio book for this one. Perhaps I should finish one I had started ages ago: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. It’s not that I didn’t like it! I just have a hard time with audiobooks for some reason… 🙃

6// Read a book you bought because of the cover


Technically, I haven’t bought this book. Buut, looking at my TBR, I chose to pick this one for its pretty cover and it’s See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt. It’s really really pretty + it’s Mystery! I love mystery 💖

7// Read 7 books


I’m going to go again with mystery becauuuse I love mystery and I have a feeling that I am able to go through them a lot faster than other books. I am very excited about this book and it’s Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown. I still haven’t read it, yes! Shame on me! 🙈

And that’s it for my very ambitious TBR! I would like to mention though that in case I do not complete this TBR, there are some books that could fit in other challenges as well so I might not stick with a book for the category I put it into in the first place. In other words: I might still change this because I’m the worst at TBRs. Absolute worst! 🙈 Like just yesterday, I was planning to finish The Leavers but I’ve decided to start A Court of Mist and Fury on a whim and now that’s what I’m reading and I’m surprisingly not regretting my choice!!

I know there are a few challenges on Instagram and Youtube too but I’m a sad person who mainly reads ebooks and can’t take pretty book pictures. I’ll stick to what I know best and just read. 😂

Have you guys decided to participate in booktube-a-thon or in any other readathon? If so, what is it you’re planning to read and what are you most excited about?

down the tbr hole #3

-One kind word can warm three winter months.-

It has been quite some time since I’ve done one of these but now it’s time for Down The TBR Hole! TBRs on Goodreads getting all insane… I think a lot of people experience that. There are lots of books that I find really interesting but over time, I just forget about them because other interesting books show up and the cycle continues. It’s a meme created by Lia @Lost in A Story and it basically consists of going through your TBR Pile on Goodreads and see whether the books on there are good to stay or not.

Now, here’s what you need to do for the Down The TBR Hole:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Image result for Censoring and Iranian Love StoryCensoring and Iranian Love Story by Shahriar Mandanipour

SYNOPSIS: The novel entwines two equally powerful narratives. A writer named Shahriar—the author’s fictional alter ego—has struggled for years against the all-powerful censor at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Now, on the threshold of fifty, tired of writing dark and bitter stories, he has come to realize that the “world around us has enough death and destruction and sorrow.” He sets out instead to write a bewitching love story, one set in present-day Iran. It may be his greatest challenge yet.

Beautiful black-haired Sara and fiercely proud Dara fall in love in the dusty stacks of the library, where they pass secret messages to each other encoded in the pages of their favorite books. But Iran’s Campaign Against Social Corruption forbids their being alone together. Defying the state and their disapproving parents, they meet in secret amid the bustling streets, Internet cafés, and lush private gardens of Tehran.

Yet writing freely of Sara and Dara’s encounters, their desires, would put Shahriar in as much peril as his lovers. Thus we read not just the scenes Shahriar has written but also the sentences and words he’s crossed out or merely imagined, knowing they can never be published.

VERDICT: So I’ve just finished this book “Words in Deep Blue” where there was a love story happening in a bookshop. And it regularly happened over messages/letters left inside books. It’s an idea that I LOVED! I didn’t know it was something I’d find so quickly in another book without much of research (since it was already in my Goodreads TBR for years now) so I’ll definitely keep it and I’m looking forward to reading it. It seems rather enticing!

Image result for i am malalaI Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

SYNOPSIS: I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

VERDICT: I think it’s one of the books that must be a must read so I’ll definitely keep it. I don’t really know why I’ve been postponing reading it. I’m just waiting for my “non fiction mode” to switch back on.

Image result for lean inLean In by Sheryl Sandberg

SYNOPSIS: Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In is a massive cultural phenomenon and its title has become an instant catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of bestseller lists internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. Sandberg packed theatres, dominated opinion pages, appeared on every major television show and on the cover of Time magazine, and sparked ferocious debate about women and leadership.

Ask most women whether they have the right to equality at work and the answer will be a resounding yes, but ask the same women whether they’d feel confident asking for a raise, a promotion, or equal pay, and some reticence creeps in.

The statistics, although an improvement on previous decades, are certainly not in women’s favour – of 197 heads of state, only twenty-two are women. Women hold just 20 percent of seats in parliaments globally, and in the world of big business, a meagre eighteen of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women.

In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business – draws on her own experience of working in some of the world’s most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale.

VERDICT: I want to read this one. In fact, I’ve tried and many times! But I always end up giving up on it for more fiction. Since the answer to “Do you really plan on reading it?” is: I don’t know, I think I’ll just have to remove it from the list. That is, unless anyone recommends it and thinks it’s fascinating for someone who mostly reads fiction.

Image result for i've got your numberI’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

SYNOPSIS: I’ve lost it. 😦 The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. And now the very same day his parents are coming, I’ve lost it. The very same day! Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive 🙂 !!

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

VERDICT: Should I keep this one? The synopsis isn’t really encouraging me. The books I’ve previously read by Kinsella neither… So I guess, I’ll pass.

Image result for Please Ignore Vera DietzPlease Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

SYNOPSIS: Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.

So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?

Edgy and gripping, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising.

VERDICT: I’ve never read anything by A.S. King. A shame! I’ll definitely keep this one.

Image result for #scandal sarah ockler#scandal by Sarah Ockler

SYNOPSIS: Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation.

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love…

VERDICT: To be honest, I’m really really not sure about this one. It doesn’t feel like something I’d be excited to read really… I’ll just delete it.

Image result for landline rainbow rowellLandline by Rainbow Rowell

SYNOPSIS: Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.

Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts…

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

VERDICT: I have been meaning to read this one since forever! And many books by Rainbow Rowell in fact. I’ll keep it because it has been recommended to me by a lot of people and I need to know what it’s all about.

Image result for A Little Something DifferentA Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

SYNOPSIS: The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together…

VERDICT: I don’t think I’ve ever read the synopsis to this one. The cover was just too beautiful so I had to add it haha. It does sound interesting even though I don’t really like books that are full romance. I am going to keep it. Sounds like a great summer-y read too!

Image result for Between the Devil and the Deep Blue SeaBetween the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

SYNOPSIS: You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard.

Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery… who makes you want to kiss back.

Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

VERDICT: I did say that I did not like books that are full romance but this sounds like very creepy romance! Verdict? Keep.

Image result for earthbound bookEarthbound by Aprilynne Pike

SYNOPSIS: Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told.

Tavia immediately searches for answers, desperate to determine why she feels so drawn to a boy she hardly knows. But when Tavia discovers that the aunt and uncle who took her in after her parents’ death may have actually been responsible for the plane crash that killed them – and that she may have been the true intended victim – she flees for the safety of Camden, Maine, where the boy she sees in her visions instructs her to go.

Now, Tavia is on the run with no one to trust. No one, that is, except for her best friend and longtime crush, Benson.

Tavia feels torn between the boy who mysteriously comes to her at night and the boy who has been by her side every step of the way. But what Tavia doesn’t know is that the world is literally falling apart and that to save it she will have to unite with the boy in her visions. Only problem? To do so would mean rejecting Benson’s love. And that’s the one thing Tavia Michaels swore she’d never do.

VERDICT: Visions, a plane crash and family turning against her? I’m sold! Keep!

Well, so I deleted a few, which is really great seeing how bad I am at this haha!

Let me know if you have read any of those and if you thought I made the right decision about them!

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Down The TBR Hole #2

And here we go with the second Down The TBR Hole! It’s a meme created by Lia @Lost in A Story and it basically consists of going through your TBR Pile on Goodreads and see whether the books on there are good to stay or not. I loved doing this the first time and I think I’ll go this time around with even more books so that I can go through them a bit faster. Yes, I’m impatient! 😂 I have a list of 1100+ books and it keeps growing. Some books were added three or even four years ago!

I will soon post a discussion about A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas that I finished yesterday. I’m sorry I’m not posting regularly but May is just full of exams and now is just the time to get ready for them. 😔 Still, somehow I can’t help myself but keep reading. 😂 For those of you who have read it, I’d love to know your opinions, whether you’ve loved it or not at all. Personally, I’ve noticed lots of problematic things about it, it almost got me in a slump :/ That’s a topic for another day though :p

Now, what you need to do for the Down The TBR Hole, just as intructed on the blog:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Now, let’s get down to it!

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy SoldierA LONG WAY GONE by Ishmael Beah

SYNOPSIS: In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them.
What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived.
In A Long Way Gone, Beah, now twenty-five years old, tells a riveting story: how at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he’d been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts.
This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.

VERDICT: Now this definitely sounds interesting even though I don’t really read lots of non-fiction. KEEP.

Why Liberty: Your Life, Your Choices, Your FutureWHY LIBERTY by Tom G. Palmer

SYNOPSIS: “We are seeing an explosion among college students committed to the ideas of liberty — there’s no other word to describe it,” says Palmer. “And today’s students are not only interested in discussing these ideas, they want to do something about it. That’s why this new book so strongly represents the voices of today’s student leaders, some very impressive young people who have developed their own vision for freedom, one that transcends old political divides, and who know how to get organized and to do something constructive to make their vision happen.” Dr. Palmer will be traveling the U.S. and internationally for book events and is available for interview upon request. As with previous editions in the same series, the books are not only recommended reading for students, many think tanks and business organizations host book events attracting politicos, professionals, academics, and journalists to discuss the ideas in the book.

VERDICT: Doesn’t really sound like something I’d read to be honest. Self help books are not for me. Well, not now. NOT KEEP.

Life of PiLIFE OF PI by Yann Martel

SYNOPSIS: Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, a Tamil boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

VERDICT: I have to admit that the synopsis doesn’t seem interesting to me at all but I’ve heard so much about the book and I’ve been putting off watching the movie for the sole purpose of reading the book first so KEEP. Hopefully, I’ll end up reading it some time soon.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)CINDER by Marissa Meyer

SYNOPSIS: Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived. But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.


SteppenwolfSTEPPENWOLF by Hermann Hesse

SYNOPSIS: Steppenwolf is a poetical self-portrait of a man who felt himself to be half-human and half-wolf. This Faust-like and magical story is evidence of Hesse’s searching philosophy and extraordinary sense of humanity as he tells of the humanization of a middle-aged misanthrope. Yet this novel can also be seen as a plea for rigorous self-examination and an indictment of the intellectual hypocrisy of the period. As Hesse himself remarked, “Of all my books Steppenwolf is the one that was more often and more violently misunderstood than any other”.

VERDICT: I’ve heard so many great things about this book so definitely KEEP.

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi

SYNOPSIS: Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

VERDICT: I still have read nothing by Tahereh Mafi and I’m very curious about her. There are lots of people who recommend this series so I might give it a chance later on. I just hope the first book won’t be as disappointing as ACOTAR (I know they have nothing in common but they’re both extremely hyped). So, KEEP.

I'll Give You the SunI’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson

SYNOPSIS: Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

VERDICT: I seriously can’t believe I’d added this book on Goodreads in 2014 and still haven’t read it, lol. I heard so many great things about it. I do usually like stories about family. Especially twins! KEEP.

The Lovely BonesTHE LOVELY BONES by Alice Sebold

SYNOPSIS: The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder — a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family’s need for peace and closure.

The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.

VERDICT: Mystery, Crime… Those are things I love. I haven’t heard much about this book but if I can lay my hands on it, I’ll definitely give it a try. KEEP.

No and MeNO AND ME by Delphine de Vigan

SYNOPSIS: Parisian teenager Lou has an IQ of 160, OCD tendencies, and a mother who has suffered from depression for years. But Lou is about to change her life—and that of her parents—all because of a school project about homeless teens. While doing research, Lou meets No, a teenage girl living on the streets. As their friendship grows, Lou bravely asks her parents if No can live with them, and is astonished when they agree. No’s presence forces Lou’s family to come to terms with a secret tragedy. But can this shaky, newfound family continue to live together when No’s own past comes back to haunt her?

VERDICT: I have already read a book by Delphine de Vigan but in French. If I’m gonna read this book, I’ll probably do it in French too. The synopsis is really interesting and I’m very curious about how the author pictures the friendship developing. And the “secret tragedy” is making me curious too. KEEP.

Drinking and Dating: P.S. Social Media Is Ruining RomanceDRINKING AND DATING by Brandi Glanville

SYNOPSIS: Drinking and Dating chronicles Glanville’s misadventures stumbling through today’s dating world. From social media blunders to bedroom escapades, Brandi withholds nothing. Each chapter is inspired by a relationship encounter she has had since her sensational divorce from actor Eddie Cibrian. Hilarious, surprising, vulnerable, and outspoken, Glanville’s unexpected take on dating after heartbreak – and life in general – is as unique as she is. Just like Brandi herself, Drinking and Dating is sexy, funny, and eyebrow-raising.

VERDICT: Okay to be honest I don’t even know what I was thinking when I added this book to my TBR. NOT KEEP.

I’m really bad at this, haha. But you know, it doesn’t feel right to just throw away a book even if I don’t physically own them all. If I physically owned them, it would be way harder.

Let me know if you have read any of those and if you thought I made the right decision about them! ❤

Down The TBR Hole #1

Okay, so I was looking for more blogs to follow and I came across Lia@Lost in A Story and her amazing idea to keep going through your Goodreads TBR 5 or even 10 books at a time and see if you decide to keep them or delete them. I immediately loved the concept! I don’t know about you but I keep adding new books to the list and now that there are 1141 books, I rarely go back to check them out and sometimes, I don’t even know what are they about, why I added them and whether they are what I like to read or not.

Now, what you need to do, just as intructed on the blog:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

So, without further ado, let’s get started!

Midnight's Children MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN by Salman Rushdie

SYNOPSIS: Born at the stroke of midnight, at the precise moment of India’s independence, Saleem Sinai is destined from birth to be special. For he is one of 1,001 children born in the midnight hour, children who all have special gifts, children with whom Saleem is telepathically linked.
But there has been a terrible mix up at birth, and Saleem’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns. As he grows up amidst a whirlwind of triumphs and disasters, Saleem must learn the ominous consequences of his gift, for the course of his life is inseparably linked to that of his motherland, and his every act is mirrored and magnified in the events that shape the newborn nation of India. It is a great gift, and a terrible burden.

VERDICT: Hm, OMG? This sounds amazing? Or at least like it has the potential to be amazing! Why haven’t I read it yet?  Definitely KEEP!

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger

SYNOPSIS: Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

VERDICT: This one is fairly popular. I’ve heard so many great things about this book so I definitely want to read it. KEEP!

number9dream NUMBER9DREAM by David Mitchell

SYNOPSIS: In outward form, number9dream is a Dickensian coming-of-age journey: Young dreamer Eiji Miyake, from remote rural Japan, thrust out on his own by his sister’s death and his mother’s breakdown, comes to Tokyo in pursuit of the father who abandoned him. Stumbling around this strange, awesome city, he trips over and crosses—through a hidden destiny or just monstrously bad luck—a number of its secret power centers. Suddenly, the riddle of his father’s identity becomes just one of the increasingly urgent questions Eiji must answer. Why is the line between the world of his experiences and the world of his dreams so blurry? Why do so many horrible things keep happening to him? What is it about the number 9? To answer these questions, and ultimately to come to terms with his inheritance, Eiji must somehow acquire an insight into the workings of history and fate that would be rare in anyone, much less in a boy from out of town with a price on his head and less than the cost of a Beatles disc to his name.

VERDICT: Now this definitely sounds mysterious and intriguing, my cup of tea! KEEP! (I’m afraid I’m going to keep everything, lol)

RoomROOM by Emma Donoghue

SYNOPSIS: To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

VERDICT: I really want to read something by this writer and I want to start with Room. I’ve been putting it off for years now! I should definitely read it sooo KEEP!

The Great Gatsby THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald

SYNOPSIS: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.

VERDICT: Naturally, KEEP. I want to know what it is about that book that made it a classic.

And Then There Were None AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Agatha Christie

SYNOPSIS: First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

VERDICT: Aghhh, shame on me I haven’t read it yet! Been on my shelves forever! KEEP KEEP!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Stieg Larsson

SYNOPSIS: Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there’s always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson’s novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don’t want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.

VERDICT: KEEP! Luckily, I haven’t seen the movie so I’ll still be able to read it. (Because I usually can’t read a book I’ve seen a movie of, ouch)

The Perks of Being A Wallflower THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky

SYNOPSIS: Read the cult-favorite coming of age story that takes a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always honest look at high school in all its glory. Now a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a funny, touching, and haunting modern classic.

The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

VERDICT: NOT KEEP. I’ve seen the movie and oh boy did I find it extremely boring… So, not only have I already seen the movie first (which makes the reading experience to me not possible) but I also have been postponing this book forever because… I don’t know, not feeling like reading it.

Bridget Jones's Diary (Bridget Jones, #1) BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY by Helen Fielding

SYNOPSIS: Meet Bridget Jones—a 30-something Singleton who is certain she would have all the answers if she could:

a. lose 7 pounds
b. stop smoking
c. develop Inner Poise

“123 lbs. (how is it possible to put on 4 pounds in the middle of the night? Could flesh have somehow solidified becoming denser and heavier? Repulsive, horrifying notion), alcohol units 4 (excellent), cigarettes 21 (poor but will give up totally tomorrow), number of correct lottery numbers 2 (better, but nevertheless useless)…”

Bridget Jones’ Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget’s permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement — a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program the VCR.

Over the course of the year, Bridget loses a total of 72 pounds but gains a total of 74. She remains, however, optimistic. Through it all, Bridget will have you helpless with laughter, and — like millions of readers the world round — you’ll find yourself shouting, “Bridget Jones is me!”

VERDICT: KEEP! I’m very curious about whether I’ll like it or not, especially the writing.

Gone with the Wind GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell

SYNOPSIS: Gone with the Wind is a novel written by Margaret Mitchell, first published in 1936. The story is set in Clayton County, Georgia, and Atlanta during the American Civil War and Reconstruction era. It depicts the struggles of young Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner, who must use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of the poverty she finds herself in after Sherman’s March to the Sea. A historical novel, the story is a Bildungsroman or coming-of-age story, with the title taken from a poem written by Ernest Dowson.

VERDICT: I don’t even need to think about it twice, KEEP! I’ve been told to read this book soooo many times! It’s just that it’s too big and kinda scary? :c

Well, that was the tenth and final book for this list. I’ve managed to remove one so I guess yaaaay haha I can somehow feel that I’ll be terrible at this. But seriously, don’t they all sound nice?

Let me know if you have read any of those and if you thought I made the right decision about them!

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20 Series I Have Yet To Read


Now that I’m looking back on February, it’s not really the best month when we get to see numbers of books read but, you know what? It doesn’t matter! I’ve finally had the courage to pick up a chunky book and I’m enjoying it a lot! I’m talking about David Copperfield of course. An absolute favorite even though it’s taking me some time to read it because there are moments where it’s just too much. I’m so engulfed in the story that I’ve taken David Copperfield as my child and… too much feelings! I have a feeling I’ll maybe do a discussion instead of a review because I don’t think I can shut up about the spoilers. 😥  Anyways, this stands as an update but is not today’s topic of discussion.

I don’t know if you have noticed but I don’t really talk much about series. The only one I would’ve probably mentionned was Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo but I haven’t even finished the duology and I think I should probably reread Six of Crows because I picked it up in the wrong time and was not focused at all. There’s also another duology ( I think there are only two books :p ) called Wolf by Wolf that I’ve started after seeing Fadwa @wordwoonders rave about Blood for Blood which is the second book by Ryan Graudin. I have only read the first one but I adored it so much that I thought that, yeah, maybe I AM missing out on so much by not reading series! I don’t know but after Harry Potter, I didn’t feel like getting invested in an other series. I have commitment issues and I get very paranoid about starting a series that gets worse and worse, and that could be anyone of them. There are authors that I’ve known from their standalones and I know I would love their series but I’m always like “Well, later, maybe… Now let’s see this other cool standalone!”.

I have decided though that this year I will try to complete at least two series, and not from those I’ve mentionned before or the ones I’ve already started. There are so many though and I don’t really know where to start. I have my eye on Finnikin of The Rock, Mistborn and Passenger since they are the ones I actually own but I’m not suuure. Here comes the list of series I have not read yet and that I’m looking forward to. (I went a bit too strong with the graphics)













Aaaand that’s it! I feel like I’ve listed all series haha but there were so many on the first list I’ve made! SO behind.

I would love to know if any of you have read one of these or more and perhaps recommend it/them! 

#T5W: Say Bye to The Slump!

I have never done this meme before but I was reading some blogs and I came accross it and then went to check more details and saw that for this week, the theme was those books that could get you out of a reading slump and… Perfect! I wanted to talk about these at some point anyways because who likes reading slumps? I think it’s safe for me to assume that the answer is: No one. So, if God forbid, you’re in a reading slump, I hope you’ll get out of it as quickly as possible. And to maybe help, I’ve decided to do this meme. It was created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to get more information on it and perhaps do a T5W yourself, you should visit the Goodreads group right herehere. I just wanna mention that you could go ahead and listen to audiobooks or read graphic novels while waiting to find the courage to dive into another book. It usually does the trick for me when in a mini-reading slump. But without further ado, here’s the top 5 books to get you out of one.


Do you know the feeling when you’re just so stressed about everything and you can’t find the courage or the desire to dive into a new world so you just go back to what’s more comforting to you? Well, that’s exactly why you should pick up The Harry Potter books and reread them whenever in a reading slump.

I know I haven’t personally tried it to get out of a reading slump but I bet it will. It may be a lot darker than the Harry Potter series and less “familiar” but I think any mystery book will do as well because it really catches your attention and you are not able to put it down so you get invested real fast and that book has done it all for me. I’ve posted a review of this book if you ever wanna check it out.


After the comfy, friendly and lovely story and the dark and mysterious one, here comes another cute story where you can find absolutely amazing characters, a beautiful writing and a great story. (The audiobook is also really cool if you want to give it a go) So definitely pick this one up!


Rainbow Rowell has some real sweet characters. Her writing is also very simple so it’s nothing that is very overwhelming. It’s very fun and very relatable also. (I don’t know if it will apply for everyone but I found Cath very relatable) Highly recommend it.


This also falls in the category of words to rediscover, just like HP, if you’ve already read it. If not, then what are you waiting for? This is the time to do so. It is a beautifully written book with an amazing story and I doubt it needs an introduction anymore! Bonus: It’s a book about books!

And those are my recommendations to get out of a reading slump. I hope you’ve enjoyed and let me know what are the books that are your go-to whenever you’re trying to get out of one.