5 Blogging Confessions

Hey, Everyone! Here I am with a somewhat more daring post of mine, which I think is a good thing. We all have things we are weary of sharing with our followers but I feel like there are people out there who might feel the exact same way and knowing that makes me feel less like I’m the only one. On top of that, I like to challenge myself sometimes and there are a few things I do have to confess so let’s get into it, shall we?

  • #1 I have trouble brainstorming for a lot of post ideas

It really helps not doing this alone because if I was doing it alone, I don’t know if this blog would still be here. I’m also not a very creative person so a lot of ideas for posts are inspired by other people or me and Swetlana come up with them together because talking to her about it, helps me get some ideas. We work on this together and it is as much a cooperative thing between us as it is our own ideas coming into it.

  • #2 Writing Reviews for books is hard

It takes me a while to write them because I really want to cover all of my thoughts of each book I review and I try to do it justice but when you read a book you’re very focused on what’s happening that sometimes you overlook things and that can shine through in a review. I do try not to insult or be mean towards the author because I think that disregards the work they put into the book, if I didn’t enjoy a book as much as I hoped to, then I just simply say that, but not with animosity.

  • #3 I’ve considered going premium for our blog but I decided not to because I’m not very good at coding

When it comes to WordPress I literally have no idea how to use simple coding on here (please don’t laugh :D). I’ve always been on Tumblr and I find that whenever I need to customize something on there it’s way easier than on here because when you have a free account you only have so much you can do. I would love to be able to customize our Theme properly to make it totally our own (which it kind of is, but you know what I mean).

  • 4# I tend to overthink things in posts that require a lot of detail and my own thoughts/opinions

The problem with that is how I tend to think too much about everything and sometimes I get very into the topic I’m writing about and maybe you have seen that shine through a couple of times. Whilst writing these posts, I try to write down notes so I know how to expand on them because I know you guys don’t want to read a 2 sentence post. Those posts then often end up being over 1k words (sorry about that :D). As you might have noticed I’m quite the rambler.

  • 5# I do get jealous of people that live in countries where it’s easier to receive ARCs from Authors

To clarify, I live in Germany (we both do) and the shipping costs are just too high for Authors which I totally understand but it doesn’t mean I don’t envy people who get to go to book conventions and meet their favorite authors and also receive ARCs from publishers. So, I stick to buying books myself most of the time. I do have NetGalley but I didn’t really use it yet because I don’t want to go on a requesting spree and end up with 20 books on my back to review (in a certain amount of time). The pressure that comes with that leaves me feeling a bit uncomfortable. Besides, I really only want to read books that I want to read and we have talked about maybe no longer taking review requests.

I have to say, writing this makes me a feel a bit better about everything. It’s good to have a way to write it down and let you guys know how I feel about these things. Taking on this post, was a really good idea and taking a leap and challenging myself is something I want to do more of.

Do you have any confessions of your own? Let’s discuss them in the comments!

 

Books I Would Buy Right This Second With A Giftcard

Say it loud! (22)Hey, Everyone! This was one of our drafts and I thought it’s a fun idea to talk about books we don’t talk about that often and to also have reasons to buy more books, hehe. If someone gave a gift card right now you’re damn right I would be buying books (depending on how much money I get it for but still).

Actually, I haven’t bought any book in a while so this month there won’t be a book haul and a wrap up for that matter. Swetlana has bought a few books and you should really check out her post!

#1 When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon 

28458598I’ve talked about this book before and how the premise of the story really got me wanting to read it. People have had different opinions about it but as I said before we all see things differently. Anyhow, I look forward to exploring it!

I’d totally buy this because reading physical copies is how I prefer to read and that cover is just too cute! (Ngl that drink reminds me of Starbucks)

#2 Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

28245707The story features a convention about nerdy things and comics? Count me in. It’s like another version of Comic Con (I’m forever jealous of everyone that ever went there. I envy you a lot).

They end up competing in a contest which is such a cool idea? This book seems like so much fun! Usually, I’m not for super brightly colored covers but this cover just works for me? I love the hair and the font. It works so well together.

#3 The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

18798983I’d buy this because it’s been on my TBR for quite some time now and maybe having a copy would make me pick it up faster which usually does help me get to certain books faster rather than when I buy them as ebook.

That cover is also really beautiful and kind of fits the story quite well. I know a lot of you love this book and I hope to love it just as much. I have heard a lot of positive things about it.

#4 Geekerella by Ashley Poston

This is a really cool concept of Cinderella but with a ‘Geek’ as the main character? When I 30724132first heard about it I was like ‘I need to read this’ and if given a gift card this would definitely be on my list.

Yet another really well-done cover! For me, covers are the first thing that draw me into a book and if done in a way that I like, chances of me reading that book are higher than when it’s a cover I don’t like so much. We all don’t want to judge books by their covers but in the end, I think we all do. A cover is a form of representing the story the author is telling and it can either be enticing or not. It’s okay to not like every book cover you see.

#5 Gemina by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff

29236299Now I already own the first book in this duology and getting the sequel would be the next step. These books are so cool. When I first started reading Illuminae I was so in awe of everything. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.

Which reminds me I should finish reading the first book. (I KNOW). This would definitely be in my haul and who knows maybe at some point I will actually be doing this with a gift card.

What 5 books would you have on your list? Let me know in the comments!


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The Liebster Award | Take #2

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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 🙂


 

Rules:

  • 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.

Questions!

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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Down the TBR hole #18

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Hey, Everyone! Hope your week has been great and that the book you’re currently reading is really good! Next week there’s going to be a readathon and I’m really excited about it.


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!

Without further ado, let’s get into it.


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  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo definitely has to stay on my TBR because this book has a transgender character and not only that, it’s also written by a transgender author, which an even bigger plus for me. When I finally do get to read it, I think I’m really going to enjoy diving into a character that is trans and how that affects them as a whole.
  • All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater is going to stay as well. I know I said that TRC might be the only books of hers I’m gonna read but finishing that series really changed my mind because I kind of fell in love with it. It just took me a while to get into her writing style because it was so unfamiliar to me.

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  • A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes – This is a spin-off from her series Falling Kingdoms and I’m interested in reading this as well once I read FK. That series sounds really great and you all know how much I love Fantasy so this is right up my alley.
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline sounds like such a cool retro vibe kind of thing and I really like that! The idea of combining virtual reality with a heist is a great concept and people have enjoyed this book a lot so I’m thinking I’m gonna enjoy it since I do love an occasional game so I kind of relate to liking games.

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  • City Of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson is a murder mystery that’s been promoted as Gone Girl meets The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and that sounds very interesting because those two are quite unique stories on their own and to combine elements of both definitely has me intrigued. It can stay for now.
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco has gotten quite the mixed response. I have heard bad things about it mostly though. Having said that, I think I’m gonna drop this one because I feel like if a lot of people did not like this book, I’m going to leave it for now and maybe in the future come back to it, although that might be unlikely.

That’s it for part 18, I hope you enjoyed it! As always let me know what you think about the books mentioned here, knowing what you guys think of them definitely helps me.


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2017 Releases I Wanted To Read – But Never Got To

2017-releases-i-never-got-toHey, Everyone! In today’s post, I will be talking about some releases from this year that I have had my eyes on and been wanting to read but haven’t gotten around to yet. Everytime a really anticipated book gets released we all try to read them immediately and sometimes that works out, but in some cases, it doesn’t.

But on the other hand, there’s no rush right? Unless you’re really trying to avoid spoilers.

Everytime a really anticipated book gets released we all try to read them immediately and sometimes that works out, but in some cases, it doesn’t. But on the other hand, there’s no rush right? Unless you’re really trying to avoid spoilers. I kind of did that when I read ACOWAR (A Court Of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas) because getting spoiled about really important parts of the plot is not fun. Getting to experience it without knowing what’s coming is much more exciting to me.

I’ve been rambling again but let’s get into it because I have selected really lovely books that a lot of you have been loving as well!

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When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

As you might know, this book has gotten a lot of positivity surrounding it and I personally love the fact that the main character has ADHD which I don’t see often in YA Novels so everytime that’s explored within a book it makes me very happy.

It’s also quite emotionally charged which is something I think I’m really gonna like and cry about possibly. (Between you and me, I really love angst or emotional aspects of a story). Seeing a character grow from what happened to them is really interesting and I think as a reader, also quite rewarding or satisfying to read.

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Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

 

Stories that feature kingdoms, queens and different territories that get taken over or a where a war breaks out are always really interesting to me because this concept is a reason why I fell in love with Fantasy in the first place.

Based on the synopsis the main character finds herself on the throne and she becomes Queen and is put in a leadership role that she’s had no practice or experience with before. I think that’s going to be really cool to read.

I’m hoping to get to reading this sometime in the second half of the year.

31145148There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: the boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: the brooding, dark-souled guy who is dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose the Nice or the Bad?

 

What really draws me into this is the concept of that secret organization hiring spies to work for them and in order to find them they have to pass this test and become Love Interests. Who she doesn’t end up choosing will have to die? What a twist and what a game to play.

I’ve heard mixed things about it but that’s not going to stop me from giving this a chance because I’d like to think that there are good aspects in each story.

Having two guys developing feelings for each other and maybe having a relationship along the way? Count me in!

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Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

 

This has such a great premise? About family tradition and the topic of arranged marriage also plays heavily into this story. I’m not gonna lie this gives me serious Sense8 vibes which also has an Indian main character that is put into a arranged marriage (despite developing feelings for someone else.)

I’ve seen so many positive responses which make me want to read it even more. It’s definitely on my radar for sure. That cover is so cute and bright too! Whoever came up with the idea definitely deserves credit for it.

25701463When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

 

A book with a deaf character? Sign me up! I’ll take any book that explores different kinds of mental illnesses or disabilities because it should be represented due to the fact that these are things a lot of people have to deal with all their lives. Not everyone has the same luxury as someone like me who can speak and is not deaf. That should be reflected in YA too.

Looking at reviews the response seems to be really good. Whenever I look at a book that interests me I tend to look at the ratings because it helps to know what others thought of it so I kind of know what I could expect.


Writing this post really makes me feel inspired to read more and get out of this reading slump.

*Let me know if you have already read any of these and what you thought of them!

SIDENOTE: Thank you for your lovely comments on yesterdays post about my exams! I’m very proud of myself for passing.


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Life Update: How my exams went and what I’ve been up to

update exams etcHello, Everyone! As you might have noticed I haven’t been as active on here lately due to being busy with my exams and work. Now that both of those things have ended, I can take my time to dive back into things on here. I missed interacting with you guys!

Fortunately, my exams went very well! I ended up passing for both and now my apprenticeship is officially over. I’m feeling extremely proud of myself, not gonna lie. Having achieved this goal of mine feels so nice.

There were certain things during these exams that I haven’t done before so it was a challenge for me but I gladly took it because I wanted to prove to myself that I could do this, to succeed.

As far as work goes, I said goodbye to my coworkers and they wished me well for the future! I’m really going to miss them because we had a good relationship with each other and you don’t find that very often. To have them support me, when I needed it, meant a lot to me.

The only kind of slightly less positive thing is that I haven’t been reading much lately or rather not feeling like it. I get that sometimes when I read a lot of books after another. My current read that I haven’t continued on with is “Our Dark Duet” by Victoria Schwab and I hope to finish it soon so I can share my thoughts on because after having read TSS I just really wanted this book in my hands but the delivery took longer than expected.

However, I hope you guys have had a good time whilst I was absent. Tell me about a really challenging thing you had to do!


 

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Down the TBR hole #17

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Hey, Everyone! Another week has gone by and I have to say my reading slump hasn’t gotten any better and I really don’t like feeling like this. Reading is a lot of fun and not feeling like wanting to do it, it’s not great. Anyhow, I’m optimistic that it will end soon.


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!

Without further ado, let’s get into it.

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  • Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley – A book with a bisexual main character? I’m game. I have to add that the cover is really nice. There’s just something about it, that really draws me into this book.
  • The Archived by Victoria Schwab – I almost forgot about this one. Now that I have already read a book of hers, she has become one of my auto-read authors if that makes sense? I bet this book is another great read.

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  • In The Present Tense by Carrie Pack – time travel, lgbtqia+ rep and all kinds of hijinks that have to do with traveling through time. Sounds like a book that’s worth a chance. (If you read this, tell me what you thought of it)
  • My most excellent year by Steve Kugler – doesn’t really appeal to me anymore. I hope that maybe some of you have read it or might enjoy this book. For me, it’s going.

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  • Not your Sidekick by C.B. Lee – I’ve heard so many great things and it has been on so many lists of recommended reads that I just have to find out for myself what great book this is/could be. Besides, that cover looks so good!
  • The one hundred nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg – This is a graphic novel but also a re-telling of 1001 nights. When I found this book I knew I just had to read it some day.

That’s it for this week! Hope your reading month is still going great ❤


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