The Netgalley Book Tag


I was tagged by Emily at A Keyboard And An Open Mind the other day, and I thought it was appropriate to follow up since I have been reading so many Netgalley titles lately in the first place. Thanks again for the tag!


  • Link back to the tag’s creator (Kourtni Reads)
  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you
  • Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!

# Auto-Approved: Who’s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they’re about?


Hmm tough question. Right now that would probably be between Barry Lyga (Jasper Dent!!!), V.E. Schwab (Shades Of Magic) and Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha/Six Of Crows). Although there are many many authors I love…

# Request: What makes you want to request a book that you see on NetGalley?

Call me superficial, but the cover is normally the first thing that attracts my attention. That and the description and known publishers… Bookouture is one of my favorite Netgalley publishers so far with all those awesome mystery/thriller ARCs.

# Feedback Ratio: Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?

Yes, I always review the books I read. Especially if they are ARCs, because somehow it feels wrong and disrespectful to ignore the fact that the publishers/authors were kind enough to send a free copy in the first place. I do admit I’m a bit behind right now with my pending reviews haha.

# Badges: If you could create your own badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?

I don’t know?! I liked Emily’s idea of favorite genres; it does help publishers understand what sort of books you would probably enjoy reading.

# Wish for It: What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?


Most definitely Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I have a copy waiting for me on my kindle, but I want to reread Six Of Crows and I’m kind of drowning in a pool of ARCs right now. I’m determined to make time before the end of the month though!

# 2016 NetGalley Challenge: What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed? If you’ve never received an ARC, what’s the last book you reviewed?


The last ARC review I finished is The Honor Was Mine by Elizabeth Heaney, which will be posted tomorrow. It’s a brilliant memoir where the author tells us about her experience counseling soldiers and their family members as well as personal experiences of the soldiers themselves. Highly recommended!

That’s it for this tag! Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you want to join the fun. Have a great week everyone!

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag


I was tagged for the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag earlier this month by Ajoobacats Blog and I thought it was a great way to review the books I’ve read so far this year! Here we go…

1. Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2016.

I seriously can’t narrow it down to just one… So I’m going to cheat and pick a favorite for various genres.

  • Fantasy


A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab

  • Historical Fiction


All The Light We Cannot See by Antony Doerr

  • Contemporary / Romance

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

  • Mystery /Thriller


All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

YA (Ok, I cheated a little with this category, but I couldn’t NOT mention this book)


The Conspiracy Of Us by Maggie Hall

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2016.


That would be between A Gathering Of Shadows by V.E. Schwab and Map Of Fates by Maggie Hall. Both sequels weren’t as strong as the first book, but still great reads!

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To.


There are SO many new releases I want to read! But this month I’m definitely going to try The Fire Child by S.K. Tremayne.

4. Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year.


Without doubt Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

5. Biggest Disappointment.


That would be between All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders and Daughter Of Smoke And Bone by Laini Taylor.

6. Biggest Surprise.


All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry

7. Favorite New Author.

I’ve discovered many great new authors this year, but my favorites would be both Maggie Hall and V.E. Schwab.

8. Newest Fictional Crush.

Ehm, I don’t know? I have to confess I never actually have a crush on characters… Call me cheesy, but I’m already too in love with my hubby. 😉

9. Newest Favorite Character.


I love the Shades Of Magic characters!

10. Book That Made You Cry.


Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

11. Book That Made You Happy.


Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

12. Favorite Book to Film Adaptation.

I’m not sure I have seen any of this year’s book to film adaptations yet… Shocking, I know.

13. Favorite Post You Have Done This Year.

Call me a nerd, but I love numbers and graphics. 25 TBR Jar Picks: The Numbers was a fun post to write! As was January-April 2016: The Numbers

14. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year.

I think it’s impossible to pick just one or even a few favorite covers. There are so many gorgeous ones out there!

15. What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year.

What about all the books on my TBR pile? Something impossible, I know I know. But these below are a few that are on my priority list:

  • A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  • An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Broken Hearts, Fences And Other Things To Mend by Katie Finn
  • Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
  • More Than This by Patrick Ness
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
  • Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  • Talon by Julie Kagawa
  • The Bird And The Sword by Amy Harmon
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  • The Museum Of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you’d like to join as well. Have a great week everyone! ❤

This Or That Book Tag

ThisThatAppleAndroidI saw this tag over at Marvel At Words back in April, but I only recently found the time to actually sit down and answer these questions. Oops! Let’s do this shall we?

Reading on the couch or on the bed?
Most definitely my bed, especially now it’s freezing outside! And preferably with a hot beverage close and my cat Jasmin keeping me company.


Male main character or female main character?
I don’t really care if the main character is male or female, but I do tend to read more books with female main characters and also books written by female authors.

Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?
I normally don’t really eat while I’m reading, but I normally prefer eating salty snacks. Unless it’s brownie. Brownie ALWAYS wins. 😀


Trilogies or quartets?
I don’t really care if it’s a trilogy or quartet, as long as the story doesn’t feel like it’s dragging in order to squeeze the extra book out. Also, I have been trying to read a lot of stand-alones this year, because I almost never seem to read the whole series together anyway.

First person point of view or third person point of view?
It really depends on the genre and the kind of story, but if I really have to pick one, I think I like third person POV stories better in general.

Reading at night or in the morning?
I’m not really a morning person… So definitely reading at night.


Libraries or bookstore?
I love both, although the library where I live doesn’t really have anything to offer when it comes to English books.

Books that make you laugh or make you cry?
Definitely laugh; I don’t mind a sad book or two, but I prefer action and humor over drama.

Black book covers or white book covers?
Ehm, blue? Seriously, I have been browsing my favorite covers and a lot of them are blue… As for black or white; most covers either have both or look equally gorgeous. I mean, how can I choose between covers like the ones below?


Character-driven or plot-driven stories?
Definitely plot. I like it when the character development is really well done, but I prefer a book having a well written plot. I can get over a character being flat or unlikeable, but when the plot is bad, in general I’m having a really hard time to keep on reading.


That’s it for this tag! Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you want to answer a few random bookish questions. Have a great week everyone!

Scavenger Hunt Book Tag


I was tagged by Poppy over at Poppy’s Best Of Books last month (thanks again! <3) and since I don’t have a lot of pending reviews due to lack of reading time, I decided to finally give this tag a go. I love scavenger hunts in general, so this was a really fun one! I decided to pick two titles for each prompt to show off more pretty covers. 😉

Here we go!



I found one of both. The first is The Improbable Theory Of Ana & Zak by Brian Katcher, which a Z in the title. The other title is The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza (Z in the author’s name). Both books were great reads as well by the way!



There are a lot of classics that I could mention here, but I’ll go with two of my favorites: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.



I’m not sure what exactly the oldest books on my shelves are, but these are two of the oldest reviews of my blog: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.



I cheated a little with this one since I don’t have any already read titles with a key on them… But technically Melophobia by James Morris has a musical key on the cover, right? And I will read The Ex by Alafair Burke some time this month, so that one ‘almost’ counts as finished as well. 😉



One of the things that’s on my shelves is this old milk container I decorated where I store my cat food. I keep my kindle on my shelves as well; does that count?



These were two reads I really enjoyed earlier this year: Out Of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper and Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. Both are recommended for different reasons!



This one was easy since there must be millions of book covers with girls out there. Again these are two books I really enjoyed: See How They Run by Ally Carter and The Conspiracy Of Us by Maggie Hall. Especially the second one is brilliant.



Two easy choices and really good reads as well: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and The Reader On The 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent.



This time two titles I wasn’t fully convinced with, but I do love the covers. Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira and All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders.


Anyone who wants to go on a book scavenger hunt as well. Feel free to consider yourself tagged! 😀

Book Sacrifice Tag


I saw this tag about book sacrifice in extreme situations over at The Belgium Reviewer and I thought it would be an interesting one to think about (recent) disappointing reads. Make sure to check out her answers as well!

Here we go…


Situation: You’re in a store when the zombie apocalypse hits. The military informs everyone that over-hyped books are the zombies only weakness. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you disliked would you start chucking at the zombies?

the5thwaveUnfortunately, I have so many titles to choose from! The Girl On The Train, Gone Girl, We Were Liars, A Thousand Pieces Of You, The Maze Runner… But since it’s all about chucking overhyped books at zombies, I’ll go with the thickest book of all since it will probably hurt them most. Which one? The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. (Or the sequel for that matter; I didn’t like either of them.) Here’s a part of my review that will explain the main reason why I didn’t like this one:

Don’t get me wrong, the first part of The 5th Wave was pretty awesome and definitely lived up to expectations. But then Cassie had to meet Evan. Le sigh. Why o why does a book like this need cheesy romance scenes?! I was completely convinced I was going to love this book, but the scenes between Evan and Cassie made me want to bang my head against the wall. Cassie is supposed to be a survivor and not trust anyone; then she meets Evan, trusts him almost immediately and even falls in love with him? Yeah right.


Torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

That would be either of these two recent disappointments: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard or Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch. Why?

glassswordFirst of all Glass Sword. I have to admit I didn’t like Red Queen as much either the second time I read it, but I still managed to enjoy it despite the fact Mare was quite annoying. As for the sequel… this bit of review will explain exactly why I would use it as an umbrella:

Not only becomes Mare more whiny and self-centered than ever, she also doesn’t stop craving for the guy that betrayed her in the first place. (Is that a spoiler? I promise I won’t be giving names…) On top of this, the pace of the second book is a lot slower than the first and the plot is really repetitive. The sequel is basically a repeat sequence of the following: Mare blindly trusts someone –> person betrays Mare –> Mare is in deep trouble –> somehow she manages to not get killed. Sure, the new special powers spice things up a bit, but that doesn’t take away that Glass Sword is basically one big disappointment.

icelikefireAs for Ice Like Fire... I actually really enjoyed Snow Like Ashes despite the love triangle and LOVED the worldbuilding, but I kind of wish the book would have been a stand-alone. Why is Ice Like Fire the perfect umbrella material? On to part of the review…

It has a slow pace, a love triangle and main character (Meira) that are both terribly annoying and I don’t really like the new plot either… It all feels a bit chaotic, unnatural and not really believable. While I liked Meira in the first book, in Ice Like Fire she seems to have lost her charm and she really started to bother me. I don’t particularly like her new ‘mission’ either and the many plot twists didn’t make a lot of sense other than being able to confuse you even further.


Situation: You’re in English class and your professor raves about a Classic that “transcends time”. If given the opportunity to travel back in time, which Classic would you try to stop from ever publishing?

treasureislandI’m keeping this to classics I’ve actually read since it doesn’t seem fair to judge those I haven’t even tried to read yet… And the first that comes to mind is Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would… Here’s why:

I was unable to warm up to the main characters and there is a significant lack of action during the whole novel. I mean, the story is supposed to be about a treasure hunt, but they all seem to talk more than they actually ‘hunt’. To be honest, I cannot see why Treasure Island would actually be considered children literature… I felt bored during most of the story (not counting the final chapters), so I wonder how children will be able to pay attention for so long.


Situation: Apparently global warming = suddenly frozen wasteland. Your only hope of survival for warmth is to burn a book. Which book will you not regret lighting?

DNFtheliarschairI will go for my very first DNF read ever: The Liar’s Chair by Rebecca Whitney. I NEVER DNF a book and in a way I still feel a bit guilty, but I really couldn’t bring myself to actually finish this story. Why?

Unfortunately, as soon as I began reading the unnatural and forced prose started to irritate me. I don’t mind an unreliable or unlikeable character if it’s done well, but Rachel Teller crossed the border to I-simply-cannot-stand-you land. Both her voice and her actions really annoyed me and I truly struggled to keep reading this story. The plot itself is unbelievable and both the characters and their development don’t feel natural.

Feel free to consider yourself tagged… Have a great week everyone!

100 Questions Nobody Ever Asks Tag


I saw this tag over at Magic Of Books and I thought it would be a fun way to spend some time on this rainy Sunday. Make sure to visit her blog if you haven’t! 🙂

On to the tag!

1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

Closed, but just because I can’t leave any doors open in the first place because my cats loooove ‘discovering’ new dark places and make a mess of everything. 😉

2. Do you take the shampoo or conditioner bottles from hotels?

Yes, although I never use them myself… My hubby tends to use them for rugby practice since they are practical.

3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?

Definitely out because they will end up that way anyway. (I move a lot in my sleep haha)

4. Have you ever stolen a street sign before?

Nope, although I’ve seen some really cool llama signs during my travels that would look great on a wall. (Or any other animal crossing warning basically.)

5. Do you like to use post-it notes?

I used them a lot during Uni, but not anymore.

6. Do you cut out coupons but never use them?

I don’t think they really do coupons here in Argentina… 😉

7. Would you rather be attacked by big bear or bees?

I think I actually prefer a bear since I’m somewhat allergic to bee stings. Although a bear would probably kill me anyway.

8. Do you have freckles?

Yes, although nearly none on my face.

9. Do you always smile for pictures?

I don’t really like having my pictures taken, but I guess I do mostly smile when someone does.

10. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Disrespect in the general sense, both for someone or their property.

11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?

Not exactly.

12. Have you ever peed in the woods?

Yes. Trust me, after traveling in remote locations you learn to just go wherever you need to go… As long as it’s still private of course. 😉

13. What about pooped in the woods?

No, that would be taking it one step too far haha.

14. Do you ever dance when there is no music playing?

I’m sure that must have happened at least once after having one drink too many.

15. Do you chew your pens and pencils?

No, gross.

16. How many people have you slept with this week?

I have been living together with my hubby for over three years now, so you can guess the answer: one. 😉

17. What size is your bed?

Normal double bed?

18. What is your song of the week?

I’m not sure if it’s the song of the week, but I always listen to Happy by Pharrell Williams whenever I feel down. I have been listening to a lot of Saliva and Nickelback lately as well…

19. Is it okay for guys to wear pink?

I believe everyone is allowed to wear just whatever they feel comfortable in, so yes.

20. Do you still watch cartoons?

Basically we end up watching cartoons all the time since there isn’t much on TV in the first place haha.

21. What’s your least favorite movie?

Basically anything romance, but if I have to name one the first one that pops into my mind is Titanic. Please don’t hate me!

22. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had any?

Somewhere nobody would find it but me of course.

23. What do you drink with dinner?

Either water or juice… I always leave coffee, tea or milk for later.

24. What do you dip a chicken nugget in?

I don’t actually eat a lot of chicken nuggets, but anything involving cheese or garlic would do.

25. What is your favorite food?

There is no way I can name only one favorite! I love the Spanish, Italian and Latin kitchen and never say no to a good curry either… And it really depends on my mood what my favorite food is.

26. What movies could you watch over and over again and still love?

The first ones I can think of are the Harry Potter movies and anything animation (Despicable Me, Up, Megamind etc etc)

27. Last person you kissed/kissed you?

Hubby. ❤

28. Were you ever a boy/girl scout?


29. Would you ever strip or pose naked in a magazine?

No way!

30. When was the last time you wrote a letter on paper?

I honestly don’t know, so I guess it was a long time ago.

31. Can you change the oil on a car?

Nope. I still don’t have my license…

32. Ever got a speeding ticket?

See above: I don’t have my license and that might be for the best because I like going fast. 😉

33. Ever ran out of gas?

See above.

34. Favorite kind of sandwich?

I don’t think I have just one favorite kind of sandwich… If you’re talking about a weird combo: I love a ham, cheese, onion and banana sandwich, but anything involving dark bread and cheese basically makes me happy.

35. Best thing to eat for breakfast?


This was basically one of my best breakfasts ever. A fresh strawberry shake with a huge cup full of all kinds of different fruits, oatmeal, almonds, nuts and yogur. Yum!

36. What is your usual bedtime?

Normally somewhere between 11PM and midnight.

37. Are you lazy?

Sometimes, although it’s mostly more procrastinating rather than being lazy.

38. When you were a kid what did you dress up as for Halloween?

They don’t really celebrate Halloween in Holland so I didn’t dress up as a kid. A went to a few Halloween parties as an adult though, and mostly dressed up as something scary. My best memory would be me and my friends all dress up as vampire nuns; hilarious!

39. What is your Chinese astrological sign?


40. How many languages can you speak?

Dutch since I’m a native, although it’s quite rusty after not having used it in a long time. English for a long time now (hopefully fluent haha) and Spanish ever since I first started studying it at the age of fifteen and now I live in Argentina it’s the language a use most. I also speak a bit of Portuguese, French and German, although I’m not really fluent…

41. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?

Not anymore and I prefer books anyway.

42. Which are better, legos or lincoln dogs?

I don’t even know what lincoln dogs refers to, so I’ll go with lego.

43. Are you stubborn?

Yes, and I know it’s a problem. 😉

44. Which is better Leno or Letterman?


45. Ever watch soap operas?

I have a STRONG dislike for anything soap opera, so no.

46. Are you afraid of heights?

I used to be afraid of heights, but got over it by forcing myself to go on a rollercoaster with a friend. She is still afraid, but in my case it worked.

47. Do you sing in the car?

Only if I would be alone, because it sounds terrible.

48. Do you sing in the shower?

Same as above.

49. Do you ever dance in the car?

There isn’t exactly enough space in the first place right?

50. Ever used a gun?

Only once, a shotgun, but I didn’t particularly enjoy it.

51. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?

Must be last time I needed a photo for a new passport.

52. Do you think musicals are cheesy?

It depends on the musical I guess.

53. Is Christmas stressful?

I don’t particulary like Christmas, but it depends on the situation if it’s really stressful.

54. Ever eat a Pierogi?

I don’t know what that is, sorry?

55. Favorite type of fruit pie?

Difficult choice! But I’ll go with my apple crumble pie with a touch of lemon.

56. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?

I wanted to be a vet until I realized that I would have to see animals suffering…

57. Do you believe in ghosts?

I’m not a strong believer or anything, but never say never.

58. Ever had a deja-vu feeling?

Yes, and it was kind of scary.

59. Take a vitamin daily?

I try to eat balanced so I don’t need any vitamins, but sometimes I take an omega-3 complex.

60. Wear slippers?

Nope, although I should buy a pair for the upcoming winter.

61. Wear a bath robe?


62. What do you wear to bed?

Clothing bothers me when I sleep, so…

63. First concert?

I can’t really remember.

64. Wal-Mart, Target or K-Mart?

Don’t have any of these in Argentina or any of the other countries I’ve lived in, so neither.

65. Nike or Adidas?

100% Adidas; by running shoes are SO comfy!

66. Cheetos or Fritos?

Cheetos, but only because I never tried Fritos.

67. Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?

Depends on the moment, but I think I prefer peanuts.

68. Ever heard of the group Tres Bien?

Not really.

69. Ever take dance lessons?

Yes, but let’s just say I wasn’t made to follow dance instructions.

70. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?

Inrelevant since I already know what my hubby does for a living.

71. Can you curl your tongue?


72. Ever won a spelling bee?

They never organized spelling bees at school in the first place, so no.

73. Have you ever cried because you were so happy?


74. Own any record albums?


75. Own a record player?

Would be a waste of money since I don’t own any record albums in the first place.

76. Regularly burn incense?

No, they give me a headache.

77. Who would you like to see in concert?

Any of my favorite rock/metal bands.

78. Hot tea or cold tea?

Definitely hot tea, although I can appreciate a cold glass of ice tea during summer.

79. Tea or coffee?

If I can only have one of the two for the rest of my life, I would go for tea. But I like coffee as well as long as it’s not too strong.

80. Sugar or snickerdoodles?

Snickerdoodles? I don’t even know what that is lol, so I’ll go with sugar.

81. Can you swim well?

Yes, ever since I was little. Swimming lessons are actually obligatory in Holland.

82. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?


83. Are you patient?

It depends on the situation I guess.

84. DJ or band at a wedding?

Probably a DJ since most bands that play at weddings her in Argentina involve ‘cumbia’ which I hate.

85. Ever won a contest?

A few when I was little, but nothing big.

86. Ever had plastic surgery?

Nope, and I don’t think I will.

87. Which are better, black or green olives?

Neither! I literally feel sick whenever I even smell olives, so I keep them far far away from me.

88. Can you knit or crochet?

Yes, although I don’t claim to be particularly good. I LOVE the multicolor bed spread I made last year though! ❤

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89. Best place for a fireplace?

?? If it’s about which room at home, I would go for any place with a cozy chair closeby so I can read books close to the fire.

90. Do you want to get married?

I guess so, although I don’t think a paper adds much to a relationship if you’re already happy and living together.

91. If married how long have you been married?

Not married, although I have been living together with my boyfriend for over three years now.

92. Who was your HS crush?

I didn’t really have a HS crush… Long story.

93. Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?

Not really.

94. Do you have kids?


95. Do you want kids?

Maybe someday, but we’re not really in a hurry if you know what I mean.

96. What’s your favorite color?

Easy question: blue!

97. Do you miss anyone right now?

Any friends that don’t live close to me so we can’t see each other whenever we want.

Ha! So I was numbering these questions as I answered them and it turned out this tag has actually ‘only’ 97 questions! Which still is a lot; feel free to consider yourself tagged if you are interested. 🙂

The Seasons Of Book Blogging Tag


Birthday post! 😀 I was tagged by awesome Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm to do this The Seasons Of Book Blogging Tag aaaaaages ago… I mean, I’m talking about November last year; Oops! That doesn’t take away that I’m really looking forward to finally do this tag, so here we go! 😀

…is the month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book/series you would like to re-experience as if you’d never read it.


This question is supereasy and has the same response as Ashley: the Jasper Dent series by Barry Lyga. I absolutely LOVED reading that series last year!!! But I think I have said that so many times already that it is starting to become annoying haha. I would love resetting my mind so I can rediscover Jasper Dent and his world… This series is without doubt one of my all time favorites. ❤ (If this one isn’t possible, the Harry Potter series would be a close second).

…is a spectacularly ordinary month. Name a book that was so over-hyped that it just could not live up to your expectations


There are actually quite a few titles I would include in this category (including Me Before You, Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train), but if I have to pick just one I would go with We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. When it was first published, I saw one raving review after the other… I waited a bit until the hype slowed down, but even then this story turned out to be a huge disappointment. I had a strong dislike for the prose and couldn’t connect to the characters either… All in all not what I expected.

…is the month when the flowers start to bloom. Name a book that was a pleasant surprise to you.


Part of the problem was me not reading the blurb before picking it up, but I was more than surprised to find out All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry was actually a historical fiction story instead of the contemporary fiction I was expecting. And it was such a beautifully written and interesting story as well; definitely recommended!

…is the time to take a break. Name a book or genre that you like to read when you just need to check out.


If I really need a break, I try anything fantasy to escape to a different world… Either that or TV, especially when it’s animation (I LOVE minions! 😀 )

…is the time to celebrate your independence! Name a book that made you see fireworks.

I wasn’t sure what I was expecting when I started I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios, but I remember I was afraid it was going to be a sappy romance story. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I’ll Meet You There is well written, full of raw and honest emotions, flawed characters you cannot help but fall in love with and just the right dose of romance. I practically flew through this book and without doubt it will appear on my list of 2016 favorites.

…is the hottest month of the year. Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing.


Those who follow my blog will already know how much I loved Becky Albertalli‘s debut novel Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, and I’m sure that if she decides to publish another one it will be a big hit as well.

…is time for students to go back to school! Pick a book you read for school that you actually enjoyed.


I remember having to read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley for English literature during high school and I really enjoying it. I’ve reread it once or twice since and every time the story manages to intrigue me yet again!

…is time to celebrate Halloween! Pick one character that you would love to dress up as.


I like my Halloween costumes to be scary, so I would go with Anna in Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake. Although I’ll have to make sure to stay away from the younger ones. 😉

…is the month when we’re reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Choose one book you’re grateful for having read and give a shout-out to the person who recommended it!


I am going to do things slightly different and name an author instead: Roald Dahl. I think his books were among the first I read when I was little and have both really nurtured my love for reading and helped it grow into the full grown book mania it is today. 😀 He was without doubt a wonderful author.

…is a time when friends and families come together and celebrate. Name one book you would give as a gift.


That’s a really tricky question, because it would really depend on the person which book would fit. Any of the titles above (a few of my favorite 2015 reads) would work, adding All The Light We Cannot See and Neverwhere as well.

…begins a new year. Name a resolution you made this year and if you’ve kept it or not!


To be honest, I’m terrible with resolutions… Like most people haha. But I have been working towards my new goal to participate in a 5km run. With bad knees and ankles, I never tried to successfully run before, but now I’ve started I’m loving it. I made it to the 2,5km mark, and hopefully I will double that number by the end of 2016! 😀

…is the month for relationships. Name your favorite book relationship: romantic, platonic, or familial, your choice!


I’m going to go for Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli again. Simon and Blue are just so cute together and I love their characters!

I tag:

Anyone who wants to do this tag as well. Feel free to join! ❤

Burn, Rewrite, Reread Book Tag

I saw this tag over at Betwixt These Pages and The Bookkeeper’s Secrets and it sounded like a fun way to think about the books I’ve read in the past. The rules are easy:

The Rules:

  • Randomly choose 3 books you’ve read. (Use the ‘random’ option on your Goodreads “read” shelf.*)
  • For each group of three books, decide which book you’d burn, rewrite, or reread.
  • Repeat until you complete three rounds (or five)

Here we go!

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This Or That Book Tag


I saw this tag over at Alyssa Is Reading and I decided to join the fun. It’s a super simple tag: just decide which of each two you prefer.

  • Audio of physical book?
    That’s easy: physical book. I’ve just never been able to really get into audiobooks… Somehow with the few I’ve tried I didn’t like the voices.
  • Paperback or Hardback?
    Hardback copies are prettier, but I think I prefer paperbacks because they are ‘easier’ to read and cheaper as well.
  • Fiction or non-fiction?
    I enjoy both genres, but if I have to pick just one I will stick with fiction since most books I read belong to that genre.
  • Fantasy world or real life issues?
    Though question. I actually like both genres equally and it really depends on my mood which one I would prefer. If I have to pick one right now, I would go for a fantasy world.
  • Harry Potter or Twilight?
    Is that even a question? Harry Potter, duh! Harry Potter is one of my favorite childhood series and it’s hard to beat that… And Twilight really hasn’t got a chance in the first place.
  • Borrow or buy?
    I prefer buying a book so I can read and/or reread it whenever I want, but if it’s a title I’m not sure I would like I prefer to borrow it first.
  • Monster reads or short & sweet?
    I tend to read mostly shortish reads between 250-400 pages, but I don’t mind a monster read every once in a while.
  • Starry eyed romance or full of action?
    Those who follow my blog will already know I normally don’t like romance… So this one is easy: ACTION!!!
  • Curl up in your snuggle or bathe in the sun?
    I have very light and sensitive skin so me bathing in the sun normally means I end up resembling a tomato/lobster/anything red… So I will go with curling up some place cozy.
  • Coffee or tea?
    I do like a cup of coffee (I’m a huge cappuccino/mocaccino fan), especially during winter… But if I have to pick just one I will go for tea since I drink it most.

Tag… You’re it! Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you want to join. 😀