Current Favorites

current favoritesFor the past week or more I haven’t been feeling like writing anything for the blog. Sandra and I recently talked and we scheduled post ideas for the upcoming weeks and every time I sat down to write my posts – I just wasn’t feeling like it. So, instead of forcing myself to write something I’m not feeling, I decided to talk about some of my recent favorites instead! 

Let’s start with the most recent one because I finally caved and checked it out:

Dua Lipa

My Twitter timeline is pretty much in love with her and constantly raving about her and when I saw her video for New Rules pop up on YouTube recently, I had to click on it and I am so glad I did! That song is so good and I haven’t been able to listen to much else these past few days! It’s so fun and catchy and I might be in love with Dua Lipa’s voice! I am currently listening to more of her music too! Let’s hope I find more great songs!

And while we’re on the topic of music, I just want to shout out a couple more songs that I have been absolutely loving recently: Back To You by Louis Tomlinson feat. Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals, Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato, Get Low by Zedd & Liam Payne and Fetish by Selena Gomez! I almost forgot one: Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller – I totally blame Khaled sampling Santana’s Maria Maria for the fact that I am absolutely hooked on this song!


For the longest time, I was convinced that I wasn’t a fan of audiobooks and that I would never get into them. Ha! I’m so glad that I was wrong about it because audiobooks are so freaking awesome and I can’t seem to get enough of them. I’ve actually listened to a total of three this month alone. I want to get all of them and have actually started using the list on Audible to make sure I remember which ones I wanted to get to in the future!

Audiobooks are so convenient and a real life saver when I have to walk to my parents by myself because I can get something productive done while I am walking! I mean, I could technically read a physical book, but that’s just not safe for anyone involved! I also tend to listen to an audiobook I have finished already to fall asleep if nothing else seems to work which is honestly the best way to fall asleep!


Ever since I started getting a bit more of a following on Twitter, I’ve been trying to promote my blog posts on there a bit more often to try and reach a bigger audience, etc. I recently downloaded the app Buffer to my phone (but didn’t really use it for whatever reason) and started using it on my laptop too, to schedule previous posts for the next week or so while also tweeting throughout the day and I definitely think it’s been working okay so far! I definitely need to play around with it a bit more and find a great time to post my tweets, etc but so far so good!


I am a huge fan of social media and have been for so many years and recently Twitter has really become a favorite of mine again! I have been able to connect with so many more book lovers lately and it’s been so much fun? I definitely find myself on Twitter a lot more than I used to! Which usually also means that I am reading a lot less, but that’s okay too!

Tumblr used to be a much bigger part of my day-to-day life a couple of months ago but it’s been really annoying me lately (it’s been loading SO slow and I am the least patient person there is) so I have moved any fangirling over to Twitter – which isn’t much, compared to how much I used to do it.


This, if you know anything about me, isn’t a recent favorite by any means but we’ve been getting such great scenes with these two and such good development for their relationship that I have them on my mind more often again lately and I am loving it! They have been one of my favorite relationships in The Mortal Instruments books and my favorite relationship on Shadowhunters, so obviously I am really happy and excited about everything we’ve gotten lately! And with the most recent sneak peek for tomorrow’s episode – I am over the moon. And slightly afraid about the state I will be in once I finish watching that particular episode.

What about you?

Do you guys have any recent favorites you would like to share? Any new songs you’ve been loving? Let me know in the comments below!

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Book Haul: July 2017

book haul

Usually, you guys would be seeing my monthly book haul in my wrap up posts, but since I read quite a lot of books this month and also bought a lot of books, my wrap up would’ve gotten way too long and I don’t think anyone really wants to read more than 3,000 words in one go so I split those posts up this month!

But I am super excited about all of the books I got this month (a good deal have been read/listened to already so my shelves aren’t being stocked with too many unread books which is always good!) and I can’t wait to read them all at some point this year. Or next year. Who knows when I’ll actually be able to get to some of them as there are also so many new releases coming out in the next few months that I am so excited about! And there are books I want to re-read too. Oh boy. I need more hours in the day!

But now, let’s stop rambling and get into all of the books I got this month! PS: Most of these are actually used books which my bank account was really happy about!

Books I Bought

now i riseNow I Rise by Kiersten White

I have talked about my love for Now I Rise so many times on the blog by now, that I’m sure you guys are tired of me talking about it. But, I did get this book at the very beginning of July and the fact that I bought it after having read it already should also tell you how much I loved this newest release in Kiersten White’s The Conqueror’s Saga and you guys should absolutely pick it up too. If you need some convincing, please check out these five reasons that’ll hopefully convince you to run to your nearest bookstore/library to get your hands on this great book!

simon vs the homo sapiens agendaSimon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Yes, I finally gave in and checked out Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda and I couldn’t be more excited that I did because I absolutely loved this book and am now super excited for more of Becky’s books! I got this as an audiobook on Audible and pretty much stayed up all night to finish this book because I just had to know who Blue was (even though I was kind of spoiled) and the way they finally meet was just so sweet and I loved every second of it!

when dimple met rishiWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I really was on a bit of an audiobook high at the beginning of this month so after finishing Simon VS, I finally picked up When Dimple Met Rishi! If you are part of the book community in any kind of form you’ve probably been hearing about this book left and right and might even be a bit tired of hearing about it, but! I loved this book quite a lot, so you might actually stumble upon it on my blog a few more times in the future! This was such a lovely rom-com type of book that made me really happy and glad that I finally picked this up! Definitely worth the read!

boundlessBoundless by Cynthia Hand

I first read the Unearthly trilogy by Cynthia Hand a couple of years ago, but for some reason, I never picked up physical copies of the books even though I really enjoyed them? I also always wanted them in hardcover because the covers are so pretty and shiny and I wasn’t able to find them anywhere? But then I recently checked my go-to used books website and they had the final book, Boundless, in hardcover and great condition for under 3€. You can’t even imagine how quickly I clicked ‘Add to basket’! My goal is to collect the rest of the trilogy and hopefully re-read all the books after! This trilogy was the first time I read about angels and what got me to read Angelfall by Susan Ee so there’s definitely a bit of nostalgia connected to this trilogy too!

will grayson will graysonWill Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Another used book I bought this month and only the third John Green book I own: Will Grayson, Will Grayson! I’ve obviously heard about this book before and seen it pop up quite often, but I was never really interested in picking it up until I saw it for rather cheap when I placed my most recent order of used books. And this book was in great condition too and matches my copy of TFIOS in height which is a big plus too! I have no idea when I’m going to get to this book, but I like knowing that it’s on my shelves and that I can grab it whenever I feel like reading something else by John Green – I’ve seriously only read two of his books so far: TFIOS and Looking For Alaska. I need to change that!

extremely loud and incredibly closeExtremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

I kept seeing a different cover of this book pop up more recently and when I finally checked it out, I was really intrigued and so I added Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close to my basket too and even though I was hoping to get the other cover, I’m okay with this one too! As long as I get the book in the condition I ordered it in, I’m good. The cover isn’t that important in the end.

I haven’t read a single book that deals with the events of 9/11 so I have no real idea what to expect here, but I am definitely looking forward to reading this book and I know that Lia really enjoyed this one!

the night circusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Around the release of Caraval so many people kept bringing up The Night Circus and talking about how the two books were similar, so I’ve definitely had this book on my radar for a while now. But then once more people had read Caraval people were saying how much better The Night Circus actually is, which had me even more curious. I did enjoy Caraval, but whenever I think back to it now, it has lost some of it appeal to me. I do want to read more stories with a circus atmosphere though (hopefully I’ll be able to read Daughter Of The Burning City soon, as it just released recently!!!) so I jumped at the opportunity to get this book used too! Can’t wait to get to this!

prodigyProdigy by Marie Lu

Up next, we have another book I have read already but don’t own a physical copy of yet: Prodigy by Marie Lu! I read this trilogy years ago too and really enjoyed it but only ever bought a physical copy of Legend and then couldn’t find copies of the other two books that would match Legend. But then I found Prodigy used and in the same edition as Legend, so I – again – jumped at the chance to buy this book! Who wouldn’t right? Gotta show my support for Marie Lu! At least for the books I’ve read and loved. Can you believe we have to wait a few more months for Warcross??? And apparently it’s really good and people keep fangirling over it and I’m just sitting here like ‘I want a copy too! I want to read it now!!!’. Soon, Swetlana. Soon.

strange the dreamer ukStrange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

During Amazon’s PrimeDay they had a great deal for Audible, so I asked my sister if she would sign up with Audible with her account and I’d pay her the monthly fee back so I can take advantage of a great deal even though I don’t use prime (I only ever buy books from Amazon and there are no shipping fees for books) and Strange The Dreamer was the book I got for the first month! I’ve been meaning to read this book ever since it came out but hadn’t picked it up yet and since there is no way of me getting it for under 5€ this audiobook was the best deal ever! I can’t wait to listen to this beauty soon (probably on my way down to visit family next weekend) and find out what the hype is all about!

Oh boy… do you ever realize just how many books you actually bought once you start writing them all down for a monthly wrap up? Because I honestly forgot that some of the earlier books were bought in July too. I might have to take it a bit slow in August after this haul. The only book I’m allowed to buy is Wonder Woman: Warbringer and if you see me talking about getting any other books, please yell at me not to do it? Wait, I’m allowed to get one audiobook too, which comes with my subscription but nothing else. You guys need to hold me to it!

What are some of the books you guys got this past month? Did any of you go as over board as I did? Have you read any of these books? If so, which one should I start with because I have no idea. There’s too much to choose from. Help a girl out!

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Wrap Up: July 2017


You guys, I have no idea what is going on but July is officially the third great reading month for me? And I am not going to include the books I read during the booktube-a-thon in this post, as I have a separate one going up next week all about my experience and what I read. But before I ramble on too much and this post gets way too long – I even had to take out my book haul for this month because I kind of went a bit overboard and bought too many books – let’s jump into the six books I read before the booktube-a-thon started the last full week of July!

Books I Read

the nearest faraway placeThe Nearest Faraway Place by Hayley Long

I was approved for an eARC of The Nearest Faraway Place pretty last minute (aka about two weeks before the release date) so I was just a little bit stressed about getting to it, but luckily I finished this book really quickly! This ended up being such a nice start into my July reading month – I couldn’t be happier that this book started things off for me! I did write a review for this on the blog, so please click here to check it out and if it sounds interesting to you, make sure you get it too! Show the author some support!

every heart a doorwayEvery Heart A Doorway By Seanan McGuire

Every Heart A Doorway was my second read this month and a really quick one too since the book comes in at just under 170 pages! While I did enjoy this story, I really wanted to explore all of the different worlds the characters had traveled to before ending up at the school! But I am still very interested in reading Down Among The Sticks And Bones (which is a prequel) and I hope that we’ll get to experience at least one of the fantasy worlds in that book! You guys can check out my review on Goodreads where I talked a little bit more about my feelings regarding this book!

simon vs the homo sapiens agendaSimon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Some of you guys might know that I read Becky’s The Upside Of Unrequited earlier this year and that I didn’t like it as much as everyone else seemed to, which originally lead to me not being interested in any of Becky’s other works. But then I decided to give Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda a try on Audible and I fell absolutely in love with this book! I quickly found myself unable to stop reading the story! I had developed this need to know immediately who Blue would turn out to be (even though I had somewhat spoiled myself unknowingly) and the payoff was so worth the night of no sleep! And now that I’ve finished this? I am definitely open to reading more of Becky’s books in the future and I’m actually excited about her book revolving around Leah! I did review this book on Goodreads, so please click here to check it out!

when dimple met rishiWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

The beginning of July was definitely rather heavy on contemporary books as I picked up When Dimple Met Rishi on Audible once I finished Simon! After hearing so much about this book earlier in the year I was definitely super excited to finally get started on this and I was not disappointed! I really loved Dimple and Rishi as characters and seeing their opposite personalities come face to face was really fun! As with Simon, I pretty much finished this book in one day because I just couldn’t stop listening to it! I was absolutely hooked and so in love with all of the rom-com elements, this story threw at me! And the Bollywood references! I used to love watching Bollywood movies so it was definitely great to see them in this story too! I also reviewed this book on Goodreads, so please check that one out here!


the gentlemans guide to vice and virtueThe Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

To be quite honest, I shouldn’t even have picked up The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue because I have actual ARC copies waiting to be read but I just didn’t feel like picking them up and instead wanted to read something I chose. I’ve seen this book pretty much everywhere since it was released and wanted to know what the hype was all about, so I randomly picked it up and read it. To be honest with you guys, I was a bit disappointed by it though. This book started out so great and I really loved reading it and Monty was just hilarious but the closer I got to the end the less I seemed to enjoy it? And I still don’t really know why? I did try and make sense of it in my review on Goodreads but I didn’t get too far there either. Maybe time will tell! But I’m still really glad I read this book!

eliza and her monstersEliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Eliza And Her Monsters was such a spur of the moment decision to read and I am really, really glad that it happened! I wasn’t feeling like watching Netflix or YouTube, writing blog posts or do anything else really, so I figured I would see if I was in the mood to read. Turns out, I was absolutely in the mood to read and I didn’t stop until I had finished at 1:30 AM! I really loved the writing, I was a big fan of the art work that is included in this book, fandom was portrayed so, so well in this, internet friendships were done so right and explained so well to the reader and lastly, I really liked the journey Eliza went on throughout this story. This was definitely 7 hours very well spent and I would absolutely suggest you pick this book up – especially if you love fandom and the internet in general! Please, if you think about picking this book up, be aware that suicide is brought up multiple times in this book – both in the past and present. 

As with a couple of other books this month, I reviewed Eliza And Her Monsters on Goodreads, which you can check out here!

What I Posted

July was another really fun blogging month and I want to share some of my favorite posts with you guys in case you haven’t seen them yet!

What was you guys’ July like? Did you read some books you just couldn’t get enough of? Did you read books you just wanted to throw across the room – for whatever reason?

What were some of you guys’ favorite posts you’ve written this month? Share them in the comments below – I feel like I missed out on quite a few this month!

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Mini Reviews: Simon, Dimple And Monty

mini review simon dimple and montyToday’s review is going to be a bit different as I’m going to be reviewing three books at the same time! Woop! Mainly, I didn’t feel like writing full out reviews because I think they might end up sounding similar and no one wants to read or write that, so we’re doing mini reviews of some of my most recent reads!

But before I fully jump into this post, I wanted to ask you guys a quick question: Do you prefer reading full on reviews or do you prefer reading quick mini reviews of multiple books in one post? I’ve made it my goal to review more books this year and I’m currently trying to decide how to best do that without posting too many reviews! You guys’ input would be highly appreciated! Now, let’s get into these reviews!

simon vs the homo sapiens agenda
Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

If you’ve been following our blog for a couple of months, you might remember that I read and reviewed Becky Albertalli’s most recent release The Upside Of Unrequited earlier this year. Unlike so many other people, I didn’t love the book and I was pretty sure that I wouldn’t pick up another book by Albertalli because of it, but then I randomly decided to get the audiobook of Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda at the beginning of the month and I pretty much listened to the entire thing in one night. I seriously couldn’t stop!

Becky’s writing was so great in Simon VS and I loved how she included social media in this book – I feel like if you set a book in today’s day and age you can’t really get around social media, especially in contemporary novels! I was also a big fan of Simon’s and Blue’s emails that they were sending each other throughout the novel! I kept trying to figure out who Blue was, just like Simon and didn’t get it until pretty late. Even though I had been spoiled a bit by the movie.

I feel like this is a great book to be reading while laying out in the sun or to listen to while you’re out and about soaking in that summer air and sunshine! I’m pretty sure that I’m going to go back to this audiobook whenever I want something fun and quick to read/listen to!

After finishing this book, I am also 100% ready for more of Becky’s book and actually can’t wait for her next release all about the character Leah!

when dimple met rishi
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Since I had just finished and really enjoyed a contemporary novel, I figured I might as well chose another one as my next read and went with When Dimple Met Rishi which has been on my TBR for quite a while now and I’m so glad I finally got to it!

This book is a fun rom-com in book form and I couldn’t have been happier listening to this! As with Simon VS, I pretty much finished this in one night.

I really enjoyed getting a look into two characters different views on their shared culture and expectations put upon them. Dimple and Rishi have such contrasting opinions on the expectations put on them by their parents and I loved seeing them come together and explore those differences while also growing as individuals!

Another little aspect of this book I really loved was the references to Bollywood! I used to watch any and all of the Bollywood movies they would air here in Germany and I absolutely loved them, so to see them included in this book was really fun! I feel like pretty much everyone knows who Shah Rukh Khan is, so seeing him mentioned wasn’t as exciting as seeing Priyanka Chopra’s name pop – I’ve come to really love her since watching Quantico!

If you’re a big rom-com fan and want to read or listen to something that is gonna bring you all of the feelings a rom-com movie would check this book out!

the gentlemans guide to vice and virtue
The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

The last book we’re going to talk about today is Mackenzie Lee’s The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue! I feel like this book has been pretty much everywhere since it was released late last month and everyone was reading it and fangirling over Monty and Percy – naturally I had to check out what the hype was all about!

And I did really, really enjoy this book from pretty much the get-go and Monty had me laughing out loud with his dramatics from the very beginning! And I don’t usually laugh out loud when I read books. Nope. I will cry, but not laugh so that’s definitely something!

Monty, his friend Percy and sister Felicity go off on a Grand Tour of the European continent and get themselves into quite the situations throughout the entire book and even though things are constantly happening, I found myself enjoying the book less and less the closer to the end I got. Which really sucked, because it started off so well and I was sure I would love this book so much more! And I honestly still don’t quite know what didn’t work for me?

I’ve started to wonder if maybe I wasn’t entirely in the right mood to read this book? Because even though I finished reading this within four days, something seems to have changed towards the end of those four days which lead me to not enjoy this book as much anymore. I am most definitely going to give this another try though because the majority of this was absolutely up my alley!

And with that, I wrap up my thoughts on three of my recent reads that I’m really happy with overall because I quite enjoyed myself while reading them and they have definitely made me excited for all of these authors upcoming books which is always a great feeling! I’ve already added Leah On The Offbeat, When Ashish Met Sweetie, From Twinkle, With Love and The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy to my ‘Not-Released-Yet’ shelf on Goodreads and I’m most definitely ready for all of them!

Have you guys read any or all of these books? What were your thoughts on them? And do you ever find yourself not enjoying a book as much anymore but having no idea why? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

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The Liebster Award | Take #2


Hello, Everyone! Here are with another edition of this lovely award! We were tagged by NutFreeNerd. Thank you so much for tagging us!

I’ve taken the liberty of answering the questions! Hope you enjoy reading it 🙂



  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions they gave you.
  • Nominate 11 blogs and let them know they’ve been tagged.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.


If you were to stop blogging, what would be the reason?

That’s a very interesting question because if I were to stop doing this there would have to be a big reason for it like not having the time for it anymore, or simply not feeling like I enjoy it any longer and I’d have to talk to Swetlana about it. But fear not, I won’t be doing that anytime soon! I have a lot of fun interacting with everyone here and I’d miss out on writing these fun posts together for our readers.

What are some hobbies you have?

Aside from reading (which is one of my biggest hobbies), I love blogging about my favorite TV Shows/Characters on my Tumblr. I’ve been on there for years now and I just couldn’t imagine not doing that anymore.

Would you rather be dead or die? (Yes, there’s a difference.)

I would rather be dead so I didn’t have to experience inevitable pain of dying. So, yeah that’s what I’d choose. Neither of these are particularly nice options though.

Do you like mangoes?

I do like them yeah. I just don’t eat them really. Maybe I should eat more fruit.

What book would you not feel guilty about stomping on, tearing, and burning in a fire?

Every book I buy I spend quite a bit of money on so even if I didn’t like it very much, I wouldn’t burn it but if I had to do it, I’d go for my old TMI copies because I now own the box set with the new covers and I don’t really have them in my room anymore anyway so burning them wouldn’t hurt me that much.

What blogs do you ALWAYS look forward to reading? (Or, if you’re afraid your dear readers might feel bad: What type of blogs do you tend to follow? ie. book blogs, lifestyle blogs, writing blogs, etc.)

I’m so bad at keeping up with the reader’s section… (I KNOW). However, I don’t really have any particular list of things I look for as long as you post persistently, are nice to your readers, interact with people and post both book and original content – I’m game for your blog!

What’s one moment in your life you’d choose to play over and over again (aka re-experience over and over again?)

The moment I found out I passed my exams. Such a heavy weight lifted off my chest and knowing I achieved this goal I’d been working towards for the past two years just felt really really good.

You have the choice of reading a book you HATE, every single day or reading one good book per year. Which do you choose?

I’d rather read one good book every year because if I don’t enjoy reading the books what’s the point? I don’t want reading to feel like a chore and choosing to read books I’d hate seems a lot like a chore. However, I don’t think I’d ever pick up a book I know I’d hate because I usually read up reviews and look at the general opinion people have of the book(s) before I even pick up a copy.

What’s one food you will never get tired of eating??? (ONE food, people, ONE.)

There’s so much food that I love but my mother makes such good salads and I don’t think I’d get tired of that ever. As long as I don’t eat it every day cause then even the best food becomes annoying.

What would you do if someone walked up to you and gave you 100 bucks?

Obviously, I’d thank them and ask them how I have come to deserve this.

How are you right now? ❤

I’m good, thank you 🙂

This time I’m going to choose some of our followers!

I’m going to pass along these questions as well! I can’t wait to see your answers.

Let me know what you would have answered regarding some of the questions!



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New Releases: August 2017

august releases

Can you guys believe that we’re already talking about August releases??? We’re more than halfway through 2017 already and I have no idea where all that time went? Seriously, the older you get the faster time seems to be moving along!

August also marks the release of one of my most anticipated releases for the second half of 2017 and the start of some ridiculously exciting releases yet to come (I swear, my September and October releases posts will be HUGE) and I’m already trying to figure out how I’m going to read all the books while also making sure to eat, sleep and spend time with the people I love. But it’s gonna be difficult.

But enough chit-chat, let’s get into what you guys are all here for: the upcoming releases!

Release Date: 1st August

the listThe List by Patricia Forde

I first saw the cover of The List on NetGalley and was immediately drawn in and had to check out what this book was all about. The List is a Dystopian Middle-Grade novel about a world where speech is constricted to 500 words and only the Wordsmith and his apprentice Letta are excluded from these restrictions. When the Wordsmith dies and Letta has to fill his shoes, she realizes there is a plan in play to suppress language and rob the citizens of their power of speech. 

This is such an interesting premise and I honestly can’t wait to read this book – hopefully, sooner rather than later! There is another book on this month’s list with a similar premise – apparently, that really intrigued me this month!

Release Date: 8th August

little & lionLittle & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Little & Lion tells the story of Suzette, a girl who just got home from boarding school and her step-brother Lionel who has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. As Suzette settles into her old life she quickly finds herself falling for the same girl that her brother has a crush on. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette has to face her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself.

I haven’t really hurt too much about this book so far, but when I first saw it on NetGalley I was definitely interested so I added it to my Goodreads shelf for August releases. I’m definitely curious to see how this story plays out!

Release Date: 22nd August

wings unseenWings Unseen by Rebecca Gomez Farrell

To be honest with you guys, I have no idea how to summarize the plot of Wings Unseen? There’s political intrigue, magic and people being forced to work together to save the world from an unknown danger. I got this off NetGalley’s Read Now section, hoping to read it before the release but haven’t had a chance to get to it yet – but I’m hoping on reading and reviewing it before it’s release to give you guys more of an idea what this is all about! 

Release Date: 29th August

wonder womanWonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

I feel like everyone in the book community has probably already heard about Wonder Woman: Warbringer a million times and might even be sick and tired of hearing about it, but guess what? You’ll have to hear about it on my blog too! I love Leigh Bardugo and will read pretty much anything she releases and with the recent release of the Wonder Woman movie and all the hype surrounding it, my excitement for this book just went through the god damn roof! I can’t wait to see how Leigh writes Diana’s story and she once again features a bigger girl in her cast of characters and I am freaking excited and ready to read all about Nim and the rest of Diana’s crew!

mask of shadowsMask Of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Mask Of Shadows features a genderfluid main character, Sal, who is a thief and one day steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand – a group of assassins. Sal’s previous experience hasn’t prepared them for the audition but as Sal succeeds in these trials, they realize that they want a different kind of life which they can only get close to by staying alive.

This book is marketed towards fans of both Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo and with the synopsis of Mask Of Shadows I can definitely see the references to SJM books, so I’m definitely interested in checking this out! I wish I was accepted for this eARC so I could’ve read it early! 😦

all rights reservedAll Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

Remember how I said there was a second book on this month’s list with a similar premise to The List? Well, All Rights Reserved is that book! I’m just going to include a short description from Goodreads here to let you guys know what this is all about:

In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society.

The synopsis for this book sounds so freaking interesting and the idea of defying everything your world is built upon by staying silent is so intriguing. I need this book as soon as possible. Why do I have to wait so much longer for this???

How about you guys? What are some of your upcoming August releases that you’re really excited about? Are some of these books on your lists too? Or have you had the chance to read any of them early and can share thoughts? The comment section is awaiting you guys! 😉

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Tropes I Will Read Over And Again

tropes i never get tired ofDo you ever read a book or multiple books in a row and find yourself thinking ‘I will read this exact trope forever and not get tired of it!’? I know I often find myself thinking just that – especially with fanfiction!

There is no way for me to count how many different fanfictions I’ve read featuring the same exact trope and it just never gets old? I am a sucker for tropes. Truly, I am. And whenever I know that a certain trope is part of a book? I am even more excited about it! And if we mix pairings/ships into things? Boy, do I have a pattern – but that’s better suited for a post of its own. I can’t be trusted to stop at a reasonable post length if I get into ships. This is a favor to you guys as much as it’s a favor to myself. But anyways, let’s get back on track: tropes I love to read about!

Trope #1: The Non-Date

The amount of times that I have read about characters having gone out together and pretended it wasn’t a date is a bit ridiculous at this point. And yet, I am still not tired of it! I live for the moment in the conversation when the non-date comes up and our lovely characters are trying to figure out whether it was a date or not (in some instances) or they both straight out agree that it is not a date. Absolutely not. And as the reader I’m just sitting here like ‘Oh, you’ve got it coming!’. When Dimple and Rishi went out together and talked about how they weren’t going on a date I was so excited! It’s my type of content!

Trope #2: Promises Not To Fall In Love

Hands down, this is probably my favorite trope. There is nothing I love more than watching characters come to the realization that they are actually falling for the other person even though they were so certain that it wouldn’t happen. And if things are going really well, person A might’ve already been a bit in love with person B before person B asks person A not to fall in love and then it’s this whole thing of person A suppressing their feelings while person B realizes that they might actually be falling for person A which is horrible, because no way is person A feeling the same way about them! It’s so glorious. I will read a million books all about this.

Trope #3: One Room, One Bed, Two People

This is definitely a trope I come across more often in the fanfictions I read rather than books (unless they are written by Sarah J Maas) but I don’t mind. I live for this trope. Whenever a potential pair is traveling together and they finally come across an inn or something, you can almost bet money on the fact that there is only going to be one room available and that room will, of course, have a small bed that our two characters will have to share. And they will go to bed promising not to let things get #awkward which is exactly what happens come morning because one of them will find themselves all wrapped up in the other, trying to get away without waking the other and does just that and things definitely get #awkward. Give me ten different possible pairings and I will read about all of them. 

Trope #4: Hate To Love

I don’t know how many of you guys know about my love for the broody/’mysterious’ type of character (I know, I should probably be done with them by now but I just can’t seem to escape???) who meets their love interest and they just do not get along what so ever. They might even hate each other. And then slowly, very slowly (preferably, I love my angst too) they start realizing that they are developing feelings for each other and if everything goes according to plan this is going to be combined with any and all of the tropes mentioned above (in whatever combination) and it’s going to be an explosion of awesome!

If I read the romance heavier New Adult novels, I might have gotten a bit tired of reading all these tropes but since they aren’t as heavily featured (usually) in the books I do read, I find that I’m still really excited about stumbling across them.

How do you guys feel about any of these tropes? Do you really like or dislike any of them? Are they tropes you find yourself gravitating towards? What are some of the tropes you love to read about? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

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