Ten Tips and Tricks To Beat That Terrible Reading Slump {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Today’s all about the dreaded reading slump. We all have them. Even the biggest bookworm will eventually face it. But don’t fear, a reading slump is never forever. There are ways to help it go away even faster.

As someone who’s had and gotten through several major reading slumps (I still remember ‘The Great Summer Slump of 2017’…), I do have a few little tips and tricks in my sleeve on how to beat that terrible reading slump back into oblivion. Here they are:

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Don’t You Know Who You Are, You’re My Shooting Star — Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett {Book Review}

Starry Eyes by Jenn BennettTitle: Starry Eyes
Author: Jenn Bennett
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: April 3rd, 2018
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary

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My rating in stars: 4,5 stars
My rating in words: Loved it!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain {Quote It Wednesday}

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Today’s post is in honor of all my fellow introverts out there! The quote comes out of a book by Susan Cain called Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking and it just stood out to me so much (though this book was full of quotes that stood out).

I’ve been an introvert my whole life, and as such I’ve always felt insecure about that aspect of my personality. It’s true that introverts get a whole lot of “You should talk more”, “You should open up more” or “Why can’t you be more like X, (s)he’s so social” and that can be a real confidence breaker.

This book truly helped me deal with that aspect of my personality though. I began to truly understand myself as an introvert and began to really accept and love myself for who I am. (Though it’s still hard to do every day. Just recently I was told I should open up more and talk more and when I replied that I am an introvert, that is my personality and it’s who I am, I was told “You know, alcoholics say that too, that it’s just who they are. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to be better.” Cause yeah, introversion is so very comparable to alcoholism… But anyway)

So this post goes out to both my fellow introverts ánd my extraverted friends. Because all of us are great the way we are, and there is no need to change anything about us! Everyone shines, given the right lighting! <3

Need a little preview of this book? Check out Susan Cain’s TED talk:

Are you an introvert, extravert or ambivert?
Have you ever felt shamed for being one of them?
Here’s my reminder you are amazing the way you are and you don’t need to change for anybody!

Ten Awesome Book Bloggers You Need To Check Out {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Today’s all about spreading the love! It’s been 2,5 years since I started this blog and though I could write up an entire post about all the wonderful things it brought me (note to self: write this post), today I’d like to talk about probably the best part of becoming a blogger. And that is the blogging community!

Honestly, this community is filled with so many amazing, talented and wonderful bloggers that it’s just a shame not to hype them up. So this post is filled with a lot of hype. Below I share with you some awesome book blogs I definitely hope you’ll check out. Not only is each and every one of them super talented, kind and amazing at the blogging game, I also consider them my online friends. They deserve all the love, so if you’re reading this post, please go check out their blogs and give them some love by leaving them a comment and/or follow!

(Note: though I love the idea behind this post and I love spreading the love, this post also gave me quite some anxiety. Because as much as I want to, I can’t mention every single book blog I know and love here. I already cheated and listed twelve instead of ten. And there are so many good ones that I adore, not just the ones listed below. So I’m thinking of making this into a regular feature, or add in some book blogger love in my monthly wrap-ups or something. In the meantime, if your blog is not on this list, but we still interact regularly, rest assured, you are awesome and I love you )

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken {Quote It Wednesday}

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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Today’s quote is in honor of last week’s international and today’s Belgian release of The Darkest Minds movie adaptation. I loved this book series so I definitely hope to be able to watch this one soon as well!

If you haven’t heard about it yet, here’s the trailer:

Are you excited for the darkest minds movie adaptation?
Let’s all carpe the hell out of this diem!

Contemporary Elements I Want To See More Of In Fantasy {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Today’s topic is a super fun one, but honestly also one I struggled with, because  my creative well is a little dry at the moment and also because when faced with this topic I suddenly forgot about every single book I’ve ever read. But since I did want to post something today, I decided to tweak it just a bit and talk about some elements or tropes that are most often used in contemporary books, that I want to see more of in fantasy. Because I already love these things, so imagine if you add dragons and magic to the mix!

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July 2018: The Month Of Fluffy Reads, The Fab Five & A Korean Odyssey {Monthly Wrap Up}

July 2018

Hi everybody, and welcome to my July wrap up!

Honesly, my July felt like it lasted foreeever. Why that is, I’m not sure, because I did feel like I did a lot of things, but time just didn’t seem to go by at all. Perhaps it has something to do with the weather, since we’ve been in a heatwave pretty much all month and the high temperatures are making everything feel slow. Though I didn’t read that much, I did get to read 2 new books and re-read 2 old favorites, so I’m happy about that. I also watched quite some TV and listened to some new music. So let’s just dive in: here’s what I did in July!

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy {Quote It Wednesday}

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Hi everybody and welcome to a new Quote It Wednesday!

I’m kind of cheating a little bit with this week’s quote, since I have not actually read Anna Karenina myself yet. Nor have I seen the movie (though I definitely intend to). But I found this quote in another book, namely Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee.

Since that is a story about a romantic asexual character, I thought this quote was really nice and fitting. And yes, I think society in general definitely needs to learn that there are different kinds of love, and there is not one right love. There is eros, sexual love, but also agape, unconditional love. There is philia, friendship which is also love. And many more kinds of love. Love is not limited to any kind of sexuality. Love can definitely even be inherently asexual. Love is love and love is unlimited.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS QUOTE? Do you also believe that there are many kinds of love?

A Trip Down Memory Lane, Featuring… Books! {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Today’s all about books with sensory memories, meaning I have vivid memories of where I was and what was going on while I was reading them. Sometimes the reading of a book becomes just a vague memory, where you know you read that book but you no longer have any idea when you read it or what was going on while you read it. But sometimes, for some reason, a book still brings back vivid memories of the time you read them. Here are some of mine!

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The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo {Quote It Wednesday}

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Though the quote above is quite dark, I have to say I love the imagery of it. And even though I am a generally happy person, I do understand and relate to having days where there’s a hollow place inside of you. Though a little dark, I think most people have moments where we really relate to this.

It also perfectly showcases the gorgeous writing in The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo: whimsical, yet dark.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS QUOTE? Do you love it or is it a bit too dark?