Bye 2018, You Rocked My Reading World — My Favorite Books of 2018 {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Happy New Year, everybody! May your 2019 be awesome and filled with everything you love and are passionate about!

For most of us, that of course includes books, but first let’s look back at some of the books of 2018, shall we? Here are the books that made my 2018 awesome!

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Books, Music & More I’m Thankful For In 2018 {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s post is in honor of Thanksgiving in the US. While we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Belgium, I do think it’s a nice idea to take a minute and think about everything we’re thankful for. So that’s the meaning of today’s post. To take a minute and reflect on the things that I’ve been thankful for in 2018.

Now, obviously I’m mostly thankful for the people and love in my life. My husband, my family and my friends. They mean the world. Buta post thanking them would end up being an incredibly mushy and sentimental post and since this is in fact a bookish blog, I instead decided to list some books and other forms of entertainment I am thankful for. Because cheesy as it sounds, I am thankful for these. They have helped me in so many ways, so I’m taking the time to spotlight them and tell you why I’m thankful. Let’s go!

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The Ten Best Books I’ve Read in 2018 So Far {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Today is all about the past year and the books I read so far that I loved the most. Here are the books that made me all happy, or emotional, or both. The books that I still think about, long after finishing them. The books that will stay with me for a long time still and the books I’m most likely to pick up for a re-read.

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Holy Plot Twist Batman! — Books That Surprised Me {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Reading a lot has many benefits. You learn a lot, you travel the world without leaving your couch, you make lots of fictional friends and you get to fall in love with so many different worlds. I would say there are no downsides to reading a lot… except maybe that after a while, you’ll become better and better at predicting the way the plot will go. The journey is still fun, but it’s not always fun when you can already predict most of the plot 20% into the book.

Luckily, this is not always the case. Some books still manage to surprise me. Some things I did not see coming AT ALL. And I love it when this happens. Of course what surprises me, may not surprise you, or vice versa. But here are some of the books that surprised me in some way.

Note: this post does not contain any actual spoilers, meaning I will not say what exactly surprised me (like: character X died, or X and Y got together, or THIS THING happened). However, if you consider the fact of a book having a plot twist to be a spoiler or to lessen your enjoyment of the book in any way, then I advise you to not continue reading this post.

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February 2018: The Month Of Cruel Fae, Ace Heroines & Oscar Nominees {Monthly Wrap Up}

February 2018

Hi everybody, and welcome to my February wrap up!

Is it just me, or did February just fly by? I mean, January dragged on FOREVER and then there was February which was over before I knew it. Not that I’m complaining, because I have had it with winter so the sooner we get to be April-May, the happier I’ll be 🙂

Either way, I did read some pretty good books this month, discovered some new addictive music and saw some absolutely gorgeous movies, so I guess that despite the cold, February was pretty great. Here’s what I’ve been up to this month!

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Cruel, Bloody, Deceptive & Deliciously Morally Grey — The Cruel Prince by Holly Black {Book Review}

The Cruel Prince by Holly BlackTitle: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Release Date: January 2nd, 2018
Standalone/Series: Series
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

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

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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2018 Releases I’m Looking Forward To {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today we are looking ahead at some of the many, many amazing new 2018 releases that will make our TBR grow and our book-loving hearts burst with excitement (and ok, maybe a little stress). I’m already looking forward to taking a look at everybody else’s lists and making my TBR explode but in the meantime, here’s my list:

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