I was inspired by Kelly’s post to keep track of things books have taught me during 2020… So the next time someone dares to ask me why I read fiction and how it’s not useful, I shove this post under their noses haha. I confess that with all the COVID-19 madness, I have been REALLY bad at keeping track after March/April, but I still wanted to share those facts I did manage to gather. Fiction can indeed teach us new things every day! Wonder what were some of the little facts I learned/was reminded of this year? Let’s get this party started!
First of all a big round of applause for Kelly @ From Belgium With Book Love and Danielle @ The Reading Closet for creating Orentober month and giving us a whole month to share our love for both a fantastic publisher and a fantastic collection of books! Make sure to visit the blogs of both lovely ladies to get a proper idea what #Orentober is all about, and don’t be afraid to join the fun and celebrate all things Orenda Books related during October! #TeamOrenda
Soooo… The big question is: what do I have planned for Orentober month? First of all, I’m part of the blog tour for Betrayal (my stop October 14th). I’ve also added another 2020 release to my TBR: The Waiting Rooms. And I’ve added a further three Orenda backlist titles as well: The Lingering, The Bird Tribunal and Maria In The Moon. These five titles will my priority this month, but if I can squeeze in a few more I won’t be complaining! 😉
I will also be resharing reviews of a selection of ten of my favorite Orenda titles I’ve had the chance to read earlier this year… Each and every single title below blew me away, and if you are looking for something to read to celebrate Orentober month yourself, each of these would be a fantastic choice.
Prepare yourself for an overdose of Orenda love to be shared this month!! What about you: are you joining #Orentober? What are your favorite Orenda titles?
❤ ❤ Happy Valentine’s Day!! ❤ ❤
Wait, what?! A romance post on It’s All About Books?! I know, I know, I think most of you are already aware of the fact I’m not a big romance fan, and I normally tend to stay well away from the genre… Especially if there are steamy/sexy scenes involved and most definitely if the book involves one or more shirtless dudes on the cover. BUT. There have been exceptions in the past where I really enjoyed and even loved a romance story. There are a select few authors that have made me fall in love with a genre that is normally not for me, and I thought today would be a perfect excuse to share some of those books and authors with you… And maybe help fellow allergic-to-romance reader find a title they might enjoy too.
The books below belong to a selection of different subgenres, but all have romance as an essential part of the plot. I’ve decided to stick with adult titles only this time around; some light on the romance while others are definitely more steamy, but all books that have received at least a 4 star rating from me. Ready to see my recommendations? Click on the links to go to my full reviews of each title!
It’s not the first time I’m writing one of these posts, but sadly I’ve had to make the decision to take a little step back from the blogging world and focus on self care and the simple joy of reading in the next eleven months of 2020. I’ve been struggling with a blogging slump for a long time now, and I’ve tried all kinds of tricks to overcome it, but none seemed to work properly and keeping up with all things blogging has increasingly become a chore instead of a hobby. That’s why I have decided to go ‘light’ during 2020 and limit my time blogging and using bookish social media… Although it’s not the only reason.
I’ve also decided to take a step back to focus on my health again. Most of you don’t know, but I have the Hashimoto disease, which basically means my thyroid hormones are under constant attack from antibodies, leaving me without sufficient thyroid hormones for my body to function properly. I’m medicated, but antibodies can flare up and it’s kind of a vicious circle… And with an already slow metabolism, Hashimoto (a form of hypothyroidism) makes it even harder to keep that weight in check. The thing is… I’ve been neglecting aka ignoring my health in recent years and it has really come up to the point that I have to kick myself and do something about it. I finally started about two weeks ago, changed my eating habit to mostly fruits and vegetables and doing exercise for 1-3 hours a day… This time has to come from somewhere, and I’ve been having even less time to blog and read.
So: what will this whole going light mean for It’s All About Books?
# I will still post quite frequently thanks to the magic of scheduling posts, although I probably won’t be posting daily anymore…
# I will still join a select few blog tours and still read a limited amount of ARCs, but only of books I’m superexcited about and would read anyway as soon as they come out. This means I will only accept a select few ARC review requests for the rest of the year.
# Instead of ARC obligations, I will be mostly reading my own titles and I hope to rediscover the joy of reading just for myself again. Backlist and new releases alike, but without obligations that can take the fun out of reading.
# I’m going to try and bloghop and answer comments 1-2 times a week (or more if I can), but not stress out if I can’t because I don’t have time. Real life and self care comes first in 2020!
# Social media time will be severly restricted. I don’t think I will be active on my bookstagram account much, as it simply takes up to much time… Likewise, I have been and will be less active on Twitter, although I will probably still be there lurking around at least once a day.
I will miss being around more, but I hope taking this step back will have me fully refreshed and healthy again by 2021. A huge thanks to everyone in the book community for being so fabulous!! ❤ ❤ ❤
I’ve mentioned it already in the last two weeks, but I’ve decided to take a break from blogging in November as the blogging slump has been killing me. I’ve been struggling with a blogging and social media slump for months now, and even going light for the Winter season didn’t give me my blogging mojo back… So I’ve decided to go on a full blogging and social media break during the rest of the month (with the exception of two blog tour reviews which will go up on the 16th and 26th). I will also most likely cut back on blogging in December as well, hoping that this way I will be able to start 2020 refreshed and ready to read and review all the books again.
The funny part of this blogging slump is that I still enjoy reading, but I’m currently dreading actually finishing books because it means I have to write review afterwards. I’ve been considerably struggling with my reviews for a while now, not being able to write them straight away as usual and not wanting to read just so I wouldn’t have any new books to review. I’m hoping this break will give me my blogging mojo and review writing inspiration back! Right now, blogging has been feeling like a chore instead of a hobby; the sheer pressure of deadlines and posting every day driving me away instead of making me love blogging again. I’m sure you have noticed I’ve been around less these past few months, bloghopping and answering comments a lot less than usual… That’s 200% the slump talking, as somehow I’m finding it impossible to find that motivation to blog. I’m hoping that this break will help me fall in love with blogging again!
So that’s why It’s All About Books will be mostly silent during the month of November… If you need me for anything, your best bet would be Twitter as I’ll probably still be lurking around there. Thanks for taking the time to read my rambles and I hope you will all have a wonderful month!! ❤ ❤ ❤
First of all a big round of applause for Kelly @ From Belgium With Book Love and Danielle @ The Reading Closet for creating Orentober month and giving us a whole month to share our love for both a fantastic publisher and a fantastic collection of books! Make sure to visit the posts of both lovely ladies to get a proper idea what #Orentober is all about, and don’t be afraid to join the fun and celebrate all things Orenda Books related during October! #TeamOrenda
I know I’m still kind of new when it comes to Orenda Books, but better late than never right? And what I can also say is that each and every one of the twelve titles (yes, I have counted them) I have had the pleasure to read so far was absolutely brilliant. Two elusive 5 star ratings (I only hand out a couple a year for absolute favorites, think of them as an A++), nine 4,5 star ratings (which is basically a 5 star rating for anyone else) and one solid 4 star rating… Talk about a 100% success rate! ❤ If you are curious about which titles I already read and what I thought of them, you can find a full list and links to my reviews below in the order I read them.
Deep Blue Trouble – by Steph Broadribb // Exquisite – by Sarah Stovell // The Courier – by Kjell Ola Dahl // Breakers – by Dough Johnstone // Call Me Star Girl – by Louise Beech // Six Stories – by Matt Wesolowski // Wolves At The Door – by Gunnar Staalesen // The Closer I Get – by Paul Burston // Block 46 – by Johana Gustawsson // Keeper – by Johana Gustawsson // Blood Song – by Johana Gustawsson // Snare – by Lilja Sigurdardottir
So many fantastic titles! And I’m convinced Orentober will give me even more new favorites. ❤ Soooo… The big question is: what do I have planned for Orentober month? First of all, I’m part of the blog tour for both Cage (my stop October 4th) and Little Siberia (my stop October 12th). I will also publish my review for Trap the day before my blog tour stop, as I’m binge reading this series at the moment. (The review for the first book Snare will be up in a few days and I might have already finished reading Trap by the time this post goes live as well…) I will also most likely join a #WesolowskiWednesday edition with Hydra and maybe even Changeling if I have the time. And of course I’m picking up my next Louise Beech read as well: The Lion Tamer Who Lost. And what about a dose of bounty hunter with the Lori Anderson series? I read the second book last year, and I’ve been wanting to (re)read the whole series from the start ever since. Likewise, a couple of other Orenda titles are waiting impatiently to be read as well… Below a picture of my personal Orenda TBR collection!
Are you joining #Orentober next month? What are your favorite Orenda titles? Which Orenda title on my TBR do you think I should read first?
(Impossible question, I know. xD)
With the start of a new season, I thought it was a good time to make a personal announcement. I’ve been struggling with this for a while now… And it has come to the point that I have to do something about it. The thing is… I’ve been dealing with a blogging and social media slump for months now. With my blog stats plummeting, my attempt to grow my Instagram account a total failure and a general lack of motivation working against me, I’ve been seriously considering an unlimited hiatus. Blogging has been feeling like a chore instead of a hobby, the sheer pressure of deadlines and posting every day driving me away instead of making me love blogging again… I feel like I’m standing at a bifurcation in the road, and the future of It’s All About Books depends on what decision I will make.
I don’t want to do anything drastic yet and I know I would miss the book blogging community too much so I’m not going on a full hiatus… Instead I’m meeting myself in the middle and I’ve decided to go ‘light’ for the duration of this new season. What do I mean with that? Well, I’ve been working hard to get through my ARCs in the last few months, and I managed to mostly clear my schedule. I still have a few left (and a couple will appear soon; I’m looking at you Bookouture!), and also two blog tours in the next months, but mostly the rest of June, July, August and part of September will be all about reading my own books again. I’m hoping that the absense of pressure of deadlines and writing longer reviews will help me relax and get my blogging mojo back.
I’m also looking forward to participating in the Magical Readathon N.E.W.T.s edition again in August, and I hope a month of all fun and almost no blogging obligations will help do the trick. Likewise, I’m going to make myself stop trying to post every day and only post when I feel like it. The same goes for social media… I’ve been doing this basically already, but for the next couple of months I’m only going to post on Instagram whenever I feel inspired to take photos and I’ll probably not be as active on Twitter either. I need some time to focus on myself and make myself love blogging again… And I hope I’ll be ready to make a fresh start by the time the next season is around the corner.
So that’s why you will probably see less of me and It’s All About Books this season, but I will still be here and I will still be reading. Thanks for taking the time to read my rambles and I hope you will all have a wonderful Summer (or Winter like me)!! ❤ ❤ ❤
June is PRIDE MONTH and I wanted to join the celebration and put together a little post to spread the love. I’ve decided to share both my favorite LGBTQ+ recommendations I read since I started It’s All About Books and a few titles that are on the top of my LGBTQ+ TBR.
PRIDE MONTH RECOMMENDATIONS
I have read a lot of stories with a LGBTQ+ rep over the years, and I’m sharing my favorite stories with you today. It was hard narrowing it down, but below you can find a total of 20 wonderful titles that each received a 4 or 5 star rating! Click the links to read my full reviews on each of them.
- The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid REVIEW
- Exquisite by Sarah Stovell REVIEW
- The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller REVIEW
- The Vanishing Season by Dot Hutchison REVIEW
- And I Darken by Kiersten White REVIEW
- Queens Of Geek by Jen Wilde REVIEW
- Beneath The Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire REVIEW
- Binge by Tyler Oakley REVIEW
- None Of The Above by I.W.Gregorio REVIEW
- The Fever King by Victoria Lee REVIEW
- Carry On by Rainbow Rowell REVIEW
- Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli REVIEW
- What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera REVIEW
- Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown REVIEW
- Aristotle & Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz REVIEW
- They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera REVIEW
- The Art Of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson REVIEW
- George by Alex Gino REVIEW
- I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman REVIEW
- History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera REVIEW
There are quite a few titles perfect for Pride Month still on my TBR, but I’ve made a selection of ten books I hope to get to soon. I might have even finished one of these by the time this post goes live!
- Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
- We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
- Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
- Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
- The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
- The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
- Darius The Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
- We Set The Dark On Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
- Girls Of Paper And Fire by Natasha Ngan
- I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman
Do we share any favorites? Is there a title on my TBR I should give priority to? Feel free to comment with your own Pride favorites!
Let’s do something different today… It’s something I’ve been working on recently after playing the procrastinating game for months. What do I want to ramble about today then? Bookstagram. While I’ve been lurking the bookish Instagram community for a long time, it has been only two years since I started posting on my own account. Mostly kindle shots featuring my garden, and nothing fancy at all… Things progressed over time, but I’ve always felt like a complete failure compared to all those gorgeous photos out there. I admit I wasn’t all that bothered by it as I thought I would be, mostly because I was having fun taking those ‘lousy’ shots anyway… But recently I’ve been thinking I should pull my act together and try something different.
So what does that something different mean? Well, one thing I’ve been seeing in all those gorgeous and successful accounts is that (other than having those stunning photos) they all seem to have a theme; something that makes the photos connect and makes their feed look great as a whole. Confession: my feed was a total and complete mess, me just taking those photos in whatever way I felt like at that moment and not thinking about if they would look good with the previous ones. I thought it was a safe bet that if I wanted to improve my bookstagram account and stats, I should probably do something about that.
But how to decide on just one theme? I struggled more with this than I thought, but in the end I decided to go with what I love myself. Which is basically a black & white background and if I want one or more color splashes popping up to contrast that; always making sure to maintain a minimalist feel. I love my black & white decoration and clothes, so finding suiting backgrounds wouldn’t be too difficult… And with the (rainbow) paper roses I made as a DIY project recently, I had lots of props ready to use. (I LOVE the rainbow roses by the way; they are so pretty! ❤ )
So below my recent feed after I decided to finally stick to a theme!
Now my question to you is: what do you think of my decision to change my feed and stick to a genre? Should I continue with it? Do something different? Honest opinions are more than welcome as I have no clue as to whether I’m doing things right here. xD
Also, if you have a bookstagram account feel free to leave me your username so I can follow you! My details are below. 🙂
It’s March 19th today, which means I’m now officially one year older and have reached the ripe age of thirty plus one… Not sure when that happened. xD I confess I have nothing special planned today but there definitely will be fudgy brownies and books involved. 😉
So I completely forgot to share my recent Book Depository hauls on my blog and I thought, why not celebrate by showing what is new on my shelves? I actually have a birthday order on its way right now, but it won’t get here for another week or two so I’ll leave those for next time. 😉
So what did I get?