The Sunshine Blogger Award!

Hey, Everyone! Beth over at readingeverynight kindly nominated us for this award! Again: Thank you! We’re both honored you enjoy our blog and thought of us 🙂

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Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.

Beth’s questions:

  • 1) Would you rather witness the beginning of the earth or the ending of the earth and why?

I think I would rather witness the beginning of the earth because it would be really interesting to see how everything started, how water,- how forests,- how animals – everything was created. Witnessing the ending of the world would certainly not be as good. All life would cease to exist and I don’t think I like that thought.

  • Why did you call your blog what you did?

Swetlana actually came up with the idea but it’s basically about reading books way into the night, being so invested in books that not even sleep can stop us from reading. I think it’s a really suitable URL for us 🙂

  • What social cause do you feel the strongest about (e.g. LGBTQ+ rights, animal rights, etc.)?

LGBTQ+ rights are something that is quite important to me (as a bi woman) because I witness that erasure daily. But overall I keep an eye on all kinds of social issues, that are being talked about on the news or within Tumblr.

  • Give five amazing bloggers a shout-out, share the love.
  1. Mikaela over at thewellthumbedreader
  2. Lia over at imaginaryplacesonpaper
  3. Anushka over at goingthroughbooks
  4. Analee over at booksnacksblog
  5. May over at foreverandeverly
  • Post a picture of a beautiful book cover.

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That bird and the colors look amazing on that black background. It gives the book a very magical feel to it, which I think is what the author is going for here! Flame in the Mist has been on my radar for quite a bit but I’m in the middle of going through my books on my shelves so we’ll see when I get to it.

Pick your two favourite characters of all time. Now sacrifice one! (The universe is at stake)

First of all, this is quite cruel you know that?! 😀 Just because I can’t ever sacrifice one of my faves I’m gonna keep Magnus Bane alive and sacrifice Sebastian Morgenstern. Do we have a deal? 😀

  • If the apocalypse was coming and you had to evacuate Earth, what are three things you would take with you (both bookish and non-bookish items accepted)?

Probably a spaceship of some kind to get away, some clothes and food/water that would help me survive whilst I search for some planet that has oxygen (suitable for Humans) and of course I would take some books with me.

  • What would you do if you won the lottery?

I’d buy us off the house that we’re still paying for, spend money on renovating it, give some of it to my mom and my siblings, and keep some of it on the side just so I don’t spend all of it.

  • Share one of your favourite quotes!

“Maybe some people are meant to be in the same stories” – Jandy Nelson

  • Tell us about the last book you read; what did you love/hate about it?

I recently just finished reading A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN by Sarah J. Maas. This book definitely didn’t let me down. One thing I might have changed was to give Rhys more chapters from his POV because there was so little of that. It would have been nice if Morrigan had gotten the chance to explore her sexuality a bit more. To keep it short, overall I really enjoyed it and I’m so happy for these characters. More about this book in my Wrap Up – I promise!

  • Share one song that you feel would be a perfect fit for your favourite book character.

It’s really hard to pick just one character because there are so many that I love in different ways, but for this one, I’ll go with Magnus Bane again because he’s so near and dear to my heart. This song reminds me of how he’s been affected by pivotal moments in his past that made him the person he is on the show (I’m talking about show!Magnus here because I prefer the show but he’s originally from The Mortal Instruments books so it kinda counts, right?)

Alive by Sia

I was born in a thunderstorm
I grew up overnight
I played alone
I played on my own
I survived

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I wanted everything I never had
Like the love that comes with light
I wore envy and I hated that
But I survived

My Nominations:

My Questions:

  1. If you could have personally witnessed any event from the past, what would it be and why?
  2. What is the last movie you’ve seen and did you like it?
  3. Name a book you have wanted to read once but don’t want to anymore!
  4. Recommend me an author
  5. Which book character is your favorite? (one that you will always remember)
  6. Pick a song that best describes the last book you recently read
  7. What do you look for in a book? The Writing, The Characters or The Plot?
  8. If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?
  9. What’s the last TV Show you watched?
  10. Name the book you want to read next
  11. Do you work or are you currently in school/uni?

Thank you so much for nominating us (again). Doing this was so much fun for me 🙂 I hope you guys are having a great day and time answering my questions 😀

Down the TBR hole #11

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Every week I go through my TBR and decide which books to take off or keep. This meme is hosted by Lia over at imaginaryplacesonpaper. You should check out her blog!

Here we go!

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  • Spark by Rachel Craw has a good premise but I’m not picking this one up anytime soon! I’d rather make room for other books.
  • The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis deals with r*pe culture and it got a lot of positive reviews on goodreads. Sounds good enough for me to keep it.

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Let me know your thoughts on any of these books if you read them!

Hope you had a good week!

Struggling To Find My Blogging Voice

The month of May marks my fifth month of blogging and I am honestly still struggling to find my voice. I feel like one of the most popular tips when it comes to blogging is to find your voice. I know I’ve read it on multiple posts I read regarding blogging advice. And I feel like I should know what I want to come across like by now. Am I the always happy and fun blogger? Am I the ALL CAPS and BIG TEXTS blogger? am i the kind of blogger who doesn’t use capitalization and pisses off her grammar checking program? What kind of blogger am I?

I honestly don’t know what kind of blogger I am or what kind of blogger I want to be.

What I do know is that I love bloggers who have a distinguishable voice within the community. One example that I keep going back to is Cait over at paperfury! I love the way she formats her posts and just the way she writes in general! Her love of cake and dragons is everything! I find her blog to be one I visit when I want a bit of a boost to my mood. And her bookshelves are to die for. Seriously. Just look at her Instagram!

Another blogger that stands out to me is Reg over at shelatitude! The amount of time I have spent on her blog reading through a ton of her advice posts, her reviews and everything else has gotten a bit out of hand, but I just really love the way she writes – and her GIF game is on point. Seriously! Have you seen it? If you haven’t, here’s just one example.

To me, those are two of the bloggers that I think have a distinguishable writing style and make me wonder what mine should be like.

I often find myself thinking that it would be super fun to have a similar style to Cait’s but then I don’t want to copy it. Because then I wouldn’t be me anymore and rather a copy of what somewhat else is already doing and that’s no fun for anyone involved, right? Or I will wonder if I should include GIFs in my posts the way Reg does – but I would have to look for all of the GIFs first. I haven’t had any saved to my laptop in years. Oh, the good old days of my folders and folders full of Supernatural reaction GIFs!

And just thinking about Supernatural and myself back in probably the very beginning of the 2010s makes me wonder if maybe I should be a fangirl? Like, yes I am obviously still a fangirl but I don’t think that part of me really comes across on the blog (apart from the many, many times I talk about The Infernal Devices) as much. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably witnessed my fangirl tendencies at one point or another. The same goes for Goodreads to some extent.

But does anyone really want to see a 27 year old losing their mind over a book or series? Or see me go on and on and on about how much I love certain characters (most recent example: Cassian from ACOMAF & ACOWAR)? I know I enjoy watching people share their love for their favorite books on Booktube! And I love seeing them go on the longest rants about how a series did them wrong (I recently watched a thirty-minute video about how Maximum Ride didn’t live up to fan expectations and more by Piera Forde and I haven’t read or heard about that series before). I feel like Piera has quite her own voice too in the community and I’ve come to really enjoy her videos!

How many people have said to do what you love? So maybe I should be more of a fangirl on here and let that side of myself come through more often. Would you guys mind that? I don’t know exactly how that’s going to work without sounding too much like someone else – which is honestly the last thing I want to do. People have earned their spots in the community for being exactly who they are and for their unique style and I don’t want to ever piggy-back off of that.

How did you guys find your blogging voices? Or are you still struggling with that yourselves? Let’s talk about it in the comments and help each other out a bit!

PS: Does anyone else get the most random blogging ideas while in the shower? Because that’s exactly where this idea came from.

The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

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I found this great tag on literaryweaponry and decided to join in! You guys know I love doing book tags, they are a lot of fun and people really get to talk about certain things without having to make an entire post about it, you know.

A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT YOU DIDN’T LIKE

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater is kind of the only one I can think of that didn’t sit as well with me as with everyone else, it seems like. It’s not that it’s not a good series or anything – I really enjoy Ronan’s character and I do plan on finishing this series – but there’s just something about the writing that bored me throughout Blue Lily, Lily Blue because the plot was moving so slowly it was getting tiring to read. Bottom line is, I don’t like it as much as I wanted to. But that happens sometimes.

A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO HATE BUT YOU LOVE

The only one I can think of is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Personally, I loved these characters so much because they aren’t perfect – nor are they trying to be anything other than who they are. It’s been quite some time since I finished it and I already want to re-read it because those characters are so close to my heart already. BUT just like with every book there are people that don’t like it and that’s okay. It was pointed out that this series has a general positive response from people but I was thinking along the lines of “what I read so far”.

AN OTP THAT YOU DON’T LIKE

I’m gonna go with Feyre/Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas because when I read ACOMAF (the second book in the series) I just couldn’t believe why anyone would ever like them together after everything he did to her. ACOTAR is one of those series that, when you read the first book, don’t let it make up your mind about everything completely because the second book turns everything around and more. Edit: I chose Feyre/Tamlin because they are a pairing I used to enjoy but I no longer do.

A POPULAR BOOK GENRE THAT YOU HARDLY REACH FOR

I don’t read a lot of romance based books because I’m more of a plot kind of reader like fantasy or dystopian. Those books that are purely based on a romance between a girl and a guy bore me – I need more than that. Besides I’m getting tired of straight romance everywhere – I want more LGBT characters in books!

A POPULAR/BELOVED CHARACTER THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE

Snape from Harry Potter. Boom, there it goes. After getting into the books I even disliked him more than before because of the way he abused Harry not only verbally but also emotionally is just not something I can get over. I don’t care what he’s been through in his life, it doesn’t excuse abusing a child.

POPULAR AUTHOR THAT YOU CAN’T SEEM TO GET INTO

Maggie Stiefvater and to be honest – I don’t even know why. It’s not like I hate her writing but The Raven Cycle will be the only books of hers I’m gonna read.

A POPULAR BOOK TROPE THAT YOU’RE TIRED OF SEEING

The guy who saves the girl and they fall in love in a matter of seconds. No, thank you. Women don’t need men to exist, and have a good life. I just don’t like how it contributes to the idea that women aren’t vaild without a man on their side. Give me a romance where the guy lets her make her own decisions without belittling her intelligence altogether. Give me a romance where they make each other happy with mutual respect and healthy communication.

A POPULAR SERIES THAT YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING

Ever since The Hunger Games became so big, it never interested me in the slightest. Now, I can’t say I might not pick it up someday out of curiosity but it’s nowhere near on my radar.

THE SAYING GOES “THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE”, BUT WHAT MOVIE OR TV SHOW ADAPTATION DO YOU PREFER MORE THAN THE BOOK?

This one is easy because it’s definitely Shadowhunters which is based on The Mortal Instruments books. The way the author wrote certain things and relationships in the books is racist, homophobic/biphobic and romanticizing inc*st. I read the books in 2014 not being aware of these things which I now regret since I can see it clearly more than ever. The TV Show has taken these characters and not only aged them up but made them more likable, relatable and a joy to watch every week. I love this show so much!

If you want to do this tag, feel free to do it! You can say I tagged you 🙂

 

5 Reasons To Read The ACOTAR Trilogy

I think it’s no surprise to any of you guys that I really love the A Court Of Thorns And Roses trilogy by Sarah J. Maas and since I just finished reading the final book in Feyre and Rhysand’s story I thought it would be fun to share some reasons for you guys to read it too! I don’t know how up to date with series/authors you stay that you aren’t reading so you may or may not have heard that Sarah is writing three more companion novels set in the world of Prythian starting next year, plus two more novellas once those are all released. But Sarah herself has said that this trilogy was Feyre and Rhysand stories and that is over (which I am so sad about!).

No matter if you keep up with authors you don’t read or not, you have probably heard about the lack of diversity or the way minorities are treated in some of Sarah’s books which is obviously something I wish wasn’t a problem with one of my favorite trilogies, but unfortunately it is. But! Sarah did try to improve on the issue of diversity in A Court Of Wings And Ruin – but I can’t speak to how well she handled it, as I am a straight, white woman.

If you decide you can’t support a trilogy for those reasons, that is absolutely understandable and I won’t push this trilogy down your throat! But if you’re still interested in what these books are about, let me give you some reasons why you should read the A Court Of Thorns And Roses trilogy!

Reason #1: The Characters

I am honestly so in love with almost every character we meet in this trilogy – some may have taken a bit longer to grow on me (Nesta and Elain), but I still really love them and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them over the course of the story! And before I get into my favorite group of people since the characters from Six Of Crows, I want to talk about Lucien.

The first time I read ACOTAR I liked Tamlin as a character (that has since changed quite a bit), but I loved Lucien! He is snarky, he isn’t afraid of talking back and he was a great friend to Feyre while she was at the Spring Court and Feyre cared a lot about him too. I was a bit worried about where his character was going for a little while, but we’re still good. I love his guy and I hope we learn more about him and his past in one of the upcoming books!

And now, let’s talks Inner Circle! I think I feel in love with this group of people almost immediately! They all have their own personalities and are definitely distinguishable from each other which I sometimes find difficult whenever there is a group of people that is being introduced to the reader. But all of them, Cassian, Azriel, Morrigan and Amren are their own people and have their own stories and motivations. 

Let’s talk about Rhysand! I remember being intrigued by him when I first read ACOTAR but I was still pretty set on Tamlin being a good guy and I wasn’t sure about Rhysand but then I read ACOMAF and I was sold on the guy. I love him with everything I’ve got! He is such a great character with a story to him and I don’t know what to say without spoiling anything for you guys. Just know that I love him a lot.

We can’t forget to talk about Feyre who was such a kick ass character! She was thrown into a world that was utterly new and at the beginning terrifiying to her but she grew so much over the course of the story and the woman that she is by the end is so awesome! She really did go on quite the journey and learned so much about herself and what she wants and more importantly: what she deserves in life!

Reason #2: The Character Dynamics

UnbenanntThe ACOTAR trilogy really gave me some interesting and fun relationships that I am so happy to have! The Inner Circle in itself was such a fun dynamic to witness (if you look at my copies of ACOMAF & ACOWAR you can see just how much I love them – there are TONS of tabbed scenes!) and then to see Feyre thrown into the mix and how they included her and treated her was great too! I also really appreciated the relationships Feyre has with both Mor and Amren!

Seeing Rhysand and Feyre go from where they started off in ACOTAR all the way to ACOWAR was also a fun experience! I loved that they actually communicated with each other and shared things about themselves – including the ugly things. Rhysand is #TeamFeyre from pretty much the start and I loved seeing that develop and change.

As the story continues into ACOWAR we also get to see all of our characters interact with a lot more characters and we get to see them adapt to the new circumstances.

Reason #3: The World Building

Unfortunately for all of us, Feyre is stuck at Tamlin’s manor for the majority of ACOTAR and it really takes us until the next two books to get to see more of the world of Prythian but once we finally do? It’s really stunning! We get to visit multiple courts after which I was ready to pack up my backs and move to one in particular. I am still waiting for someone to come and whisk me away in their strong Illyrian arms (and no, I’m not talking about Rhysand. I want Cassian).

Reason #4: The Magic

Unbenannt1This is a fantasy trilogy, so magic is obviously a big aspect of the story and I really loved that it was specific to the different courts in a lot of ways and I loved seeing it manifested in different characters! We also see characters learn to use their magic which is something I always appreciated! Give me all the training montages! And with magic come all kinds of different creatures and does this trilogy have a good amount of them! Some of them are really quite terrifying and disgusting and I was hoping they would suffer a slow death and other really grew on me the more we saw of them! There’s also this creature in the third book that Cassian is TERRIFIED of which was hilarious to read! 

Reason #5: The Writing And The Story

This is definitely something that is important to me. I love it when an author makes me turn page after page because I need to know what happens next and often it’s a combination of a great story and great writing! I love the addicting kind of writing so much and I feel like Sarah definitely has that kind of writing! I read all of her books within days of recieving them and even stayed up nights just to finish them – sometimes not even realizing I was doing it (Heir Of Fire, I am looking at you). And Sarah’s storytelling and writing have definitely improved over the nine books she has published so far and I can’t wait to see where she is going to go in the future! 

So yes, if you haven’t read this trilogy yet but you are willing to give it a try – I hope I was able to give you a few reasons why you should pick it up! It’s been a couple of days since I finished ACOWAR and I am still thinking about these characters and I honestly can’t wait to be reunited with them soon! I already miss Cassian a lot. The guy seriously grew on me so much – especially during ACOWAR! 

This or That Book Tag

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I was going through the reader section for post ideas & then I found this on literary weaponry. So, here we go!

Rules

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks)
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.

READING ON THE COUCH OR ON THE BED?

Definitely reading on the bed. It’s more comfortable.

MALE MAIN CHARACTER OR FEMALE MAIN CHARACTER?

Depends on what the character is like but I don’t really have a preference. I enjoy reading from both female and male perspectives unless I don’t like the character.

SWEET SNACKS OR SALTY SNACKS?

Sweet Snacks! I don’t eat snacks every time I read though.

TRILOGIES OR QUARTETS?

I think that depends on if the story drags on for too long if it’s 4 books instead of 3. But I do really enjoy trilogies.

FIRST PERSON POV OR THIRD POV?

For some reason, first person POV works very well for me in books but not when I read fanfiction. I don’t know why that is.

READING AT NIGHT OR IN THE MORNING?

Reading in the morning where everything is quiet and I’m awake and not too tired.

LIBRARIES OR BOOKSTORES?

I’m gonna go with bookstores on this one.

BOOKS THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH OR BOOKS THAT MAKE YOU CRY?

Both. I like a good emotional roller coaster.

BLACK BOOK COVERS OR WHITE BOOK COVERS?

It’s funny because looking at my shelf I do own a lot of books with black covers. I just think that black works very well with red and bright colors.

CHARACTER DRIVEN OR PLOT DRIVEN?

Both are equally important because without a plot you don’t have characters and vise versa.

I’m hereby tagging you if you want to do this!

Review: The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic (Book #1)

Hey, Guys! I’ve really missed writing reviews and after my reading slump at the beginning of April, I found my way back! So here we go again!

Plot

17259690“Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.

Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.”

We dive straight into it when Neil basically has no choice but to sign with the foxes to be a part of their team after they’d had a disastrous season and needed to get back on track. The author dove right into things without stalling for at least 100 pages as most authors do but, this book moved quickly which I really liked.

Characters

Neil as a protagonist and all of that mystery and secrets made me want to know more about him and why he is the person he is at that point in the beginning. He’s one of those characters who isn’t inherently bad or good because most of what he’s done was so he could survive every day. Which reminded me a lot of Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows.

Andrew intrigues me so much. I really enjoyed his dynamic with Neil and I think going forward it’s going to be interesting to see how that develops. He also has a lot of secrets that need exploring. I didn’t mind that this book was quite short but it would have been great to get some answers about Andrew before going into book 2.

Kevin already became one of those characters that didn’t deserve anything that happened to him and I just want to protect him from all of it. Hopefully, the second book, The Raven King will give Kevin some well-deserved happiness once in a while.

What I want to see going forward

Having only over 200 pages made this book more of a quick introduction read to me which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because I did really enjoy it, overall.

Going into The Raven King it would be great to see more of Neil’s past and what his parents did to him, what his childhood was like, as sad it is. That’s what was missing in TFC because Neil is a really big pile of secrets at this point, that could use a bit of unfolding if you ask me.

With how things ended between Andrew and Neil it makes me really look forward to what’s going to change between them over the course of the next book. I’d like them to get to know each other better and be able to actually trust each other.

Rating

My rating ended up being 4.5 Stars because I did really enjoy it but it needed more depth for me to be able to give it 5. I definitely recommend you guys check out these books I think they have great potential.

Did you read this series already? If yes, let me know your thoughts on book 1! (No Spoilers, please)

Down The TBR Hole #11

Hey, my name is Swetlana and I completely forgot to write and post this yesterday. I feel like I haven’t really been writing posts lately and so I honestly just forgot all about this week’s TBR Take Down post! But I guess it’s better a day late than not at all, right? This weekly meme is hosted by Lia over at Lost In A Story! You should definitely check out her blog and see which books she’s gotten rid of over the weeks!

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Book #1: Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Up first this week we have Strange The Dreamer and honestly, this story sounds a bit out there and I love it? I’ve seen so many people rave about this book and it was on countless anticipated releases lists too! And I know that a lot of people love Laini Taylor and that definitely makes me want to read this even more! This is staying on my TBR!

Book #2: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

I swear, this week is made up mostly of books that are really beloved or the author is really beloved and obviously Furthermore fits that category too! So many people love Tahereh and from what I’ve seen, she seems like a pretty cool person (can we just mention her pregnancy announcement with Ransom Ricks? so cute.) and we’ve talked about this before. Whenever I like an author as a person I want to read their books too, so this is staying on my TBR as well!

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Book #3: Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

I’ve read the first two books in this trilogy and I really enjoyed them which makes me want to read Frost Like Night too! And I don’t really like leaving series I enjoyed unfinished, so that might play into my decision too. That and the stunning covers. Looking at them all together results in the heart eyes emoji! This is staying on my TBR!

Book #4: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Oh, look! Another book by an author I find really awesome! Up next we have Red Rising and I recently talked about how I want to read this sometime this year and that feeling is still absolutely true! I’ve actually seen more people recently talk highly of this series, so that definitely has me more excited too! This is staying on my TBR as well!

Book #5: Wires And Nerve by Marissa Meyer

The last book on this week’s list is Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer! This features one of my favorite characters from The Lunar Chronicles: Iko! She was such a fun character to get to know and her interactions with the other characters were always so much fun! I can’t wait to get to this sometime soon – this is staying on my TBR!

I feel like this is the first time in eleven weeks that I am keeping all of the books on my TBR! I honestly didn’t even look at the synopsis for any of these books because I already knew that I really wanted to read them and they are all fairly recent additions to my TBR (about a year at most) which means that my interest in them is still fairly new!

Have you guys read any of these books? Which one should I get to next (after I read Lady Midnight, Lord Of Shadows and hopefully This Savage Song)? Please let me know in the comments below!

Down the TBR hole #10

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I’m pre-writing this because I have an upcoming exam I need to study for. I hope you’re all doing well! Let’s get right to it, shall we?

This meme is hosted by Lia over at imaginaryplacesonpaper. Every week I go through my TBR to either take some books off or keep them. That way I can easily reduce my TBR pile in a fun way!

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  • You know me well by Nina Lacour & David Levithan is about Mark and Kate who have never spoken much in school but suddenly their paths cross and their lives intertwine. Little do they know, they need each other. + lesbian & gay relationships. What more do I want?
  • Colorblind by Siera Maley is about a girl named Harper (who can see when people are going to pass away. Then she falls for Chloe foresees that Harper is going to be dead by the end of the summer unless she does something to stop it. This sounds so interesting?! I have to keep it. 

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  • The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead is about Adelaide who is a countess who wants to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life. To be able to do that she has to join the glittering court. I’m gonna scratch this one. Sorry, Richelle!
  • Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch is staying without even a second of hesitation! It has a great premise and besides, Swetlana really enjoyed it so, all the more reasons for me to read it.

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  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon is about a girl who works for a criminal underworld to break into people’s minds and get information. Sounds interesting but the rating on Goodreads is quite concerning. For now, It’s going!
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor got a lot of mixed reviews but I’m willing to give it a chance!

Have you read any of these? If yes, what did you think?

Getting Out Of My Apartment For The Day

This post is going to be super different from what we usually post on here, but I feel like I want to document today on here too as it was different from what I have been doing lately and I want to make sure to document that.

I don’t really talk too much about the most personal things about myself on here or to people online in general, but towards the beginning of this year, after months and months of not feeling like myself entirely, I finally talked to my doctor and we got me started on medication for what my doctor believes to be a depression. We started out with something mild and plant based, to see if that would improve how I was feeling. It didn’t do anything, so we changed to something else and I’ve been taking it for about 3 weeks or so now and I think I can finally feel a difference in myself. 

It’s really difficult to explain to myself, let alone someone else. But I feel more balanced? Like, I feel like my brain and everything that is going on in there is more balanced and calm which has been such a nice thing to feel lately! My mom doesn’t really seem to understand what depression does to someone and she keeps telling me to just simply go outside and do something. But it’s really not that easy. And I don’t blame her for saying it, she has the best intentions!

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Last night, I was watching Alfie Deyes’ vlog that he uploaded and he talked about how great it felt to be walking outside and just taking in his environment and not letting yourself get distracted by music or anything else on your phone and that really spoke to me in some way. And so when I woke up this morning I kept thinking about getting on the bus and going to this town 20km from where I live and hang out there for a bit. I originally planned on going to the park there and just read and take in all of the sounds around me.

But then the idea of being by myself in a park kind of didn’t sound as good anymore, so I ended up walking around town and sitting on a bench near this ice cream place and I just read for about an hour and it was awesome. I usually find that I easily get distracted by the sounds around me, but I didn’t mind the people talking at the ice cream place or the cars driving past.

My sister had decided to go visit our sister and nephews today, so she came to pick me up and while I waited for her, I got myself some nice ice cream and sat around and finally listened to some music and that was great too. We all know I love my music! As we arrived at my sister’s, she and the boys got dressed and we walked over to the playground near her house and spend a good half an hour to an hour just chasing my nephews around the playground, pushing them on the swings, going down slides and just soaking up all that sun we got today! 

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Today honestly felt like the best kind of medicine anyone could have asked for. I love the sunshine and usually, my overall mood starts to brighten up as soon as the days get longer and it’s not constantly dark outside (seriously, I hate winter simply for all of those long dark days) anymore! And I love my nephews even more than that! Getting to spend time with them is really the greatest thing! 

So yes, today was a really great day and even now, a couple of hours later, I still feel really good! I have all the windows in my apartment open to let in some more of that fresh air as I sit in bed, writing this post. I might actually do some more reading once I hit ‘Publish’ because I already find myself missing all of the characters from A Court Of Wings And Ruin.

Reading this final book in Feyre and Rhysand’s story has been such a great experience so far and I am honestly so in love (or, even more in love) with the Inner Circle and I feel like Cassian has grown on me so much more in this book! And the more I start loving a character the more I worry for their well-being. I am basically in a constant state of worry while reading this book. I need them all to be okay. Well, almost all of them.

I feel like this post is already getting a bit out of hand so I will stop now. I hope you guys don’t mind this little post that isn’t part of what we usually post on here. How have you guys’ days been? Tell me about them! What are some of your favorite ways to spend time outside of your apartments?