Halloween Readathon 2017 TBR

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How much do I love Halloween? Well, nobody explains it better than Sarah Anderson:

Sarah Andersen Comic

Comics by the amazing Sarah Andersen.

Needless to say, I’m obsessed with Halloween. I love it so much I decided to be born on it, so I could celebrate even more (#logic)

So given this obsession of mine with all things Halloween I’ve decided to once again participate in the Halloween Readathon. This readathon is organized by Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews and runs from October 10th until October 31st. The readathon focuses on trillers, horrors and paranormal books – basically perfect books to get in the Halloween spirit!

Here’s my TBR:

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Top Ten Character Crushes – The TV Edition {Top Ten Tuesday}

171003 Character Crushes TV

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

Today is all about those fictional crushes! You know, those characters that you love and adore and get under your skin so much you wish they were real? Exactly, who I’m talking about here! Now, I did a top ten fictional crushes not too long ago, so for this topic, I decided to veer off a bit and explore some of my TV crushes in particular.

The TV crushes I mentioned in my previous Top Ten Tuesday, Pacey Witter (Dawson’s Creek) and Bellamy Blake (The 100), are of course still very high on my fictional tv crush list, but to switch it up a bit, I present to you: ten MORE fictional tv crushes! (Also, yes, there are plenty more where they came from. I love a lot of fictional characters, okay?)

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September 2017: The Month The Reading Slump Dragged On {Monthly Wrap Up}

September 2017

Hi guys, and welcome to my September wrap up!

Well, the good news is that I managed to more or less get back on track with posting regularly in September. HUZZAH! The bad news is that my reading slump is still on and off. I mean, I WANT to read. I took 7 books with me on my 6-day holiday and I was super excited to read each and every single one. But I read just one. ONE. Plus one more during the rest of the month, which makes for a total of 2 books read this month. And boy, do I feel guilty. Am I still allowed to even call myself a book blogger here? (#dramaqueen)

Anyway, I am so looking forward to October (also known as Halloween season), so here’s hoping the October magic will work on me and turn me into a lean, mean reading machine once more. But first, let’s wrap up September!

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#LovedIt — Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee {Book Review}

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn OrmsbeeTitle: Tash Hearts Tolstoy
Author: Kathryn Ormsbee
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: June 6th, 2017
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary

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My rating in stars: 4,5 stars
My rating in words: LOVED this book!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.

Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?

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Books Featuring Characters With A Mental Illness {Top Ten Tuesday}

170926 TTT Mental Illness

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

Today I’d like to talk a bit about books featuring characters with a mental illness. Even today, mental illness is still stigmatized, judged and misunderstood. I think it was only last week when I saw a Twitter discussion where someone was saying depression was a choice and people suffering from depression should just ‘get over it’. And sadly, thoughts like this are not an isolated event. We need to talk more about mental illness. People need to be educated and there needs to be more understanding.

Though it of course can’t solve everything, I do believe that literature can play a big part in helping overcome that stigma and misunderstanding. Not only could it help educate people, but it could also help people with a mental illness in seeing that they are not alone.

So for today I’d like to spotlight some books featuring characters with a mental illness. I would like to say that I am no expert, so while I do think these have some good representation, they might not be 100% accurate or could potentially be triggering in some cases. Also, I know this is only a small selection and I am always looking for more stories with great mental health rep, so feel free to comment with some recs!

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An Epic Heist Story Set in Futuristic Taipei — Want by Cindy Pon {Book Review}

Want by Cindy PonTitle: Want (Want #1)
Author: Cindy Pon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 13th, 2017
Standalone/Series: Duology
Genre: Young Adult – Sci-Fi

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My rating in stars: 4,5 stars
My rating in words: LOVED this book!

What it’s about:

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother, who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is or destroying his own heart?

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Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List {Top Ten Tuesday}

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

Today’s all about my favorite season: FALL. And what goes perfectly with fall? That’s right, reading! So naturally my fall TBR is huge and intimidating. But here’s the top ten books I’m planning to tackle first this fall!

(Sidenote: as this post goes live, I’ll ironically be enjoying my last taste of summer for this year while I’m on holiday in Tenerife (and hopefully getting a lot of reading in…). So please excuse me if I’m a bit late in replying to comments and bloghopping – I promise I’ll catch up soon!)

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Ten Reasons Why I Love K-Pop Boyband BTS

Ten Reasons Why I Fell In Love With K-Pop Boyband BTS

Hi everybody and welcome to a new Something Different Sunday, where I talk about… well, something different than books.

If you’ve been following my blog, you probably already know I love music. Music of soo many different genres. You’ll probably also already know that I recently discovered K-Pop and to my surprise, fell in love with the genre. I already talked a bit about K-Pop in general in previous editions of Something Different Sundays, but this time I wanted to go a little deeper into my love for one band in particular: BTS.

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Castle Plots, Forbidden Magic and Chocolate Mysteries — Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder {Book Review}

Poison Study by Maria V. SnyderTitle: Poison Study (Study #1)
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Publisher: Mira
Release Date: March 1st, 2007
Standalone/Series: Series
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 4 stars
My rating in words: Really liked this book

What it’s about:

Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…

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