When The Struggle Is Real… The Nine Times I Had A Book Hangover In The Last Year {Top Ten Tuesday}

20200218 The Nine Times I Had A Book Hangover

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s all about book hangovers. So first of all, what’s a book hangover? (she asks as if we don’t all suffer from this affliction on a monthly basis)

I’m going with the below definition for this post, namely a book hangover is the inability to start a new book because you’re still living in the last book’s world.

Book Hangover

So while sometimes book hangovers can last weeks or even months, a small book hangover is still a book hangover. And boy, do I have a lot of small book hangovers. I often struggle with starting a new book because I JUST DON’T WANT TO LEAVE MY LAST READ’S WORLD JUST YET. And when I say often, I mean about 9 times a year, because I checked all my book hangovers of the past year and hey, I have nine examples for you!

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Fifteen Recent & Upcoming Romance Reads For All Your Swooning Needs

Fifteen Recent & Upcoming Romance Reads

Hi everybody!

For about the last year or so I’ve been on a real romance kick when it comes to my reading. Though I’ve always loved a good romance, I usually  had my dose of romance smothered in dragons, rebellion and all that magicky goodness. But lately, those contemporary romances, YA and adult alike, have been pretty high on my reading list.

So while it’s probably very cliché to release this post on Valentine’s day (and who even likes Valentine’s day anyways?) it’s still the season of love for my romantic soul. So I present to you fifteen recent or upcoming romance reads for all your swooning needs (and surprisingly all dragon-free!)

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And Thus, Fanfiction Was Born… – The Non-Canon Ships Of My Heart {Top Ten Tuesday}

20200211 Non-Canon Ships of my heart

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

This week is all about love and I decided to highlight some of the ships (as in relationships) that were sadly never meant to be (or survive).  They are non-canon.  A little definition:

“Simply put, “canon” or “canonical” is a word used to describe the official continuity of events and stories within a body of fictional works, while “non-canon” refers to anything that is not recognized as being part of the official timeline.”

So while these relationships didn’t happen in the actual story (or I have a few which did but were sadly not endgame)  I just love them so much that I’ll forever be sad about them. Thankfully, we do have fanfiction and they can live on in my head!

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The 2020 Books I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads {Top Ten Tuesday}

20200204 5-Star Predictions

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s all about the 2020 books we predict that’ll be 5-star reads. And at first I was really excited about this, because I’m excited about a lot of books but then… it turned out it’s no so easy to predict which books will be 5-star reads and which won’t. I may love a book, but the difference between a 4-star or 4,5-star rating and a 5-star rating is hugely emotional for me and often not only has to do with the book itself, but the emotions I felt while reading it, how invested in the characters I am, how big my book hangover is… Basically, IT’S HARD.

But I tried! So while this list is a little shorter than usual, I think most of these will become 5-star reads for sure. Let’s check in again at the end of the year 😉

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Calendar Girls – February 2020 – Meet Cute: Favorite Romantic Comedy

Calendar Girls

The Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event that was created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile, and is now hosted by Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile, and Dani at Mousai Books. It was inspired by the 1961 classic song by Neil Sedaka and created to ignite fun bookish discussions among readers and bloggers.

So, just like the song, each month a new theme is chosen (participants will get to vote between two choices), and participating bloggers get to choose their favorite book within the theme, or the book they think best fits the theme, to talk about in a blog post on the first Monday of each month.

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January 2020: The Month That Lasted A Year {Monthly Wrap Up}

January wrap up

Hi everybody, and welcome to my January wrap up!

I don’t want to add to the thousands of people and memes saying that January took forever, but really though… January took FOREVER! I do think that the months of January and February usually are the worst months of the year – it’s dark, it’s cold, the excitement about the holidays is over. But that just means we have to focus on all the good things some more, don’t we? And the good thing is that I actually got quite some reading done in January, which I’m happy about. And I got back into blogging, after 1-2 months of semi-hiatus. (I realize I never did a post announcing my return but oh well… HERE I AM!) So pretty good right?

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to in January:

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Dark, Brutal, Vindictive & Gory… And Oh So Good – Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo {Book Review}

Ninth House by Leigh BardugoTitle: Ninth House (Alex Stern #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Flatiron Books
Release Date: October 8th, 2019
Standalone/Series: Series
Genre: Adult – Fantasy – Mystery


My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: New all-time favorite


Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

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The Book Covers I Love And The Things They Have In Common {Top Ten Tuesday}

Book covers I love

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today was a cover freebie and though the options were limitless, I was in the mood to just randomly talk about all the covers I love. But when I just added all my favorite covers to this post, it turned out I’m also still me and I needed to find patterns and bring order to the chaos. And so I discovered a few things that my favorite covers have in common.

Basically, what are the secret ingrediënts to make me love a cover?

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