🏝️ Oh, The Places My Bookmarks Have Gone! 🏝️

Hey everybody! Today I am here with a post about my bookmarks, clearly since you’ve read the title xD. Two months ago I posted 🏝️ Oh, The Places My Books Will Go! 🏝️where I talked about the books that I’ve taken with me on vacation/my books that my friends have taken on their vacations. I was inspired by my own post to post this post of all the places that I’ve gotten my bookmarks/places my friends have gotten bookmarks for me.

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I indirectly started collecting bookmarks when my sister brought me one from New York. She asked me what I wanted from New York, and I had no idea what to tell her. While she was in New York, she asked again and I still had no answer, and then she said that she found something and that she would surprise me. I of course was very excited to see what it was and it turned out to be the cutest bookmark. It’s kinda small and metallic, but it has all of the iconic New York skyscrapers and landmarks on it, I love it so much and I will forever treasure it.

Then, while I was on a class trip to Nice, I was in this gigantic souvenir shop. I found magnets, souvenirs that I always bought, and I hadn’t even planned on picking up a bookmark but then I saw this one hidden away near shot glasses, and I instantly loved it. It took me a little while to notice that the bottom part is only color and not part of the picture, as you can see, but I really love how straight to the point this bookmark is. Plus, I feel like it really grabs the essence of the Cote d’Azur and I always use it when I’m reading. The New York bookmark is a little small, so I have to be really careful with it, especially since it once fell out of the book in my bag and got caught to something, causing the yarn to tear at the end.

Over the summer this year, my sister was in Dubrovnik. She went there on vacation and I told her I maybe wanted a bookmark or magnet from Dubrovnik and then she found this one for me. It’s a bit bigger, (it’s exactly the size of a UK paperback) so I like using it for my larger hardcovers (like ACoTaR or Six of Crows). The funny thing about this bookmark is that the tassle is on the bottom as opposed to being on the top. My sister said she didn’t notice it until after she bought it, but I really don’t mind because it makes it really unique. Plus at the top as you can see it has a little dent in it because she crumpled it slightly into her backpack xD.

Not only my sister was traveling, but my best friend was too. She was in Pennsylvania visiting her relatives for almost the entirety of the summer and literally on her last day in America, she texted me that she was looking for souvenirs for our friends and if I wanted anything. I obviously did, so I asked for a bookmark. And then she found this really gorgeous bookmark in Barnes & Noble and she said that she really wanted to keep it when she saw it and that it was the last one there, but she ended up giving it to me :). I really love this bookmark so much, I used it recently while I was reading Gemina because it’s also slightly bigger and I loved playing with the felt yarn at the top.

On September 18th this year I was in Bratislava with my class. It was just a day trip since Slovakia is next to Austria. We had 3 hours of free time where we went to eat, I had really good food, it tasted real nice, we went to a place where you could like design your own ice cream, like you could pick out the toppings and they had a chocolate fountain, it was really tasty. Then we went to an English bookstore, as we always do no matter where I go. I could literally also make a post about the books that I’ve bought in foreign countries because every time I travel I somehow find myself in a bookstore? I really don’t know how that happens. In the book store I bought They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, which you can see next to my John Green collection. TBDATE is going to be the first book that I’ve ever read by Adam Silvera and I can’t wait to read it, especially since Becky and Adam are bringing out a collab book together! I can’t wait until What If It’s Us finally comes out! Anyway, after the bookstore we went into a really big souvenir store, but they didn’t have any good bookmarks. They just had generic ones and none of them showed that it was like Slovakia/ Bratislava, so we went into another little souvenir store that was literally right across the first one, Bratislava is literally 50% restaurants and 50% souvenir stores, it’s insane. But I went into this tiny souvenir store and by the cashier they had this little box filled with bookmarks and I saw this one and it’s so prett I had to buy it. And I did.

These are the bookmarks I wanted to talk about today, I can’t wait to start collecting more. I still collect magnets, but bookmarks are somehow more fun because I can actually use them and they’re really nostalgic so I can’t wait to expand my collection. I hope you enjoyed my blog post 🤗🤗

P.S. I hope that everybody knows that I only painted the nails on my left hand. I painted them specifically for this photo set. I’m currently typing this with one set of black nails and another set of natural nails. 😂

WWW Wednesday: September 26th, 2018

Hey everybody, today I am back with my favorite weekly book meme and omg I have so many books to show I can’t even. I am so amazed. I really thought that when the school year started I would be overtaken with school work, which I still am, but I am really prioritzing reading and apparently I’m doing a great job at it? BTW, WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over on Taking On A World Of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading: I’m currently reading Six of Crows and I have some thoughts. I’m really not enjoying it as much as I hoped I would, which is so scary to me, but I really love the characters. I think the characters are great and they have phenomenal personalities. But the plot, is just so, for the lack of a better word, boring. I can’t even get myself to read it during the week. It’s only about a heist. And I get that, that’s what it says in the blurb, but there’s literally nothing else going on, the lack of subplot bothers me soooooooooo much.

Plus, for school I am reading Dead Poets Society. It’s also a bit boring, but I feel like the story will pick up soon!

Recently Finished: I have two books to talk about, first one being Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Such a great book. I honestly thought the second book was amazing. I can’t wait to finish the series next month/ November. I love all of the new characters, plus I feel like in this book I understood so much more what was going on than in Illuminae, so that was great.

I then randomly picked up Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone. Honestly, one of my favorite books of the year. It was so good. I read it so quickly. I was constantly thinking about it, I was drawn into the story so quickly and I enjoyed every single second of reading it. I cried so hard at the end, it’s not even funny. I stayed up until 10pm reading the book, I cried, and then I fell asleep. I literally woke up sick the next morning because of how stuffed my nose was from the crying. That’s how devoted I am to stories. I feel like this story showed great representation of OCD, plus you were also there at the therapists office and it felt more like a slow story of recovery, which was so great. I loved it so much.

Next Read: I don’t know what my next read will be, I can’t because I can’t choose between Vampire Academy #4, although I think I’m gonna pick that up next because it’s like the perfect time for it right now, Renegades or The Demon King. I think I’m gonna go for Vampire Academy #4 though.

Thanks for reading my WWW post, let me know what you’re reading! Bye, 🤗🤗

 

Final Draft by Riley Redgate

final draftTitle: Final Draft

Author: Riley Redgate

Genre: YA, Contemporary, LGBT

Publisher: Amulet Books

Release Date: June 12th, 2018

Rating: ⭐️⭐️

Goodreads Summary: The only sort of risk 18-year-old Laila Piedra enjoys is the peril she writes for the characters in her stories: epic sci-fi worlds full of quests, forbidden love, and robots. Her creative writing teacher has always told her she has a special talent. But three months before her graduation, he’s suddenly replaced—by Nadiya Nazarenko, a Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist who is sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed.

At first, Nazarenko’s eccentric assignments seem absurd. But before long, Laila grows obsessed with gaining the woman’s approval. Soon Laila is pushing herself far from her comfort zone, discovering the psychedelic highs and perilous lows of nightlife, temporary flings, and instability. Dr. Nazarenko has led Laila to believe that she must choose between perfection and sanity—but rejecting her all-powerful mentor may be the only way for Laila to thrive.

Wow, I had such high hopes for this book, it really hurts how let down I was. I was super intrigued by the story, I thought: wow this could be one of the most relatable things for me maybe,’ but it really wasn’t.

I couldn’t really get into the story to begin with, at first I thought it was a little boring, but I was optimistic because it was the beginning. I really did not care for the rest of the story, it kind of just when downhill from there. I went from originally wanting to give it a 3 star rating at the beginning, to a 2 star, briefly to a 1 star, but then the ending was kind of okay and it’s not like this is a terrible book, so it’s a 2 star.

The entire time, when I was like 100 pages in (which is almost half of the book since it’s only 260 pages long), I thought to myself: I could put this book down right now and not pick it up until 4 more years and I would be totally okay with that.’ The entire time while reading I just didn’t give two shits. I only wanted to have the book done and the fact that it took me 3 days to read a 260 page book is indicator enough that I did not enjoy it.

I was constantly so bored. I know that contemporarys are slightly predictable, almost always the main character gets together with the love interest, but you still read it because you love being along for the ride. I’m kind of an oblivious person, I never see plot twists or anything like that coming, but this one was to predictable, even for me. This book was too damn predictable. Plus, the relationship between the love interest and the main character felt so forced and had absolutely no chemistry.

I did love the friendship in this book, the diversity of it is amazing, I thought it was really well done, and it did have a sort of impact on me which is why I gave it 2 stars, but I cannot recommend this book. It’s boring, it’s too predictable and it really hurts me to say that because of how much I was looking forward to reading this book. I will still pick up other Riley Redgates books because I didn’t have a problem at all with the writing, I really had a problem with the story, but none of her other books are like this story, so I feel like I’d be ready to give her another chance, but I will need some distance for now. 🤗🤗

📚 Biggest Books On My TBR 📚

Hey everybody, two months ago I made a post where I listed up the highest rated books on my TBR and I really liked doing that because it gave me a better overview of my TBR. Currently, my bookshelves are completely mixed up, I don’t have a TBR shelf, and writing these posts really helps me remember which books I have yet to read. So, let’s jump right in!

Dance of Thieves_FINAL 9.18Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Page Count: 500

This book is the first book in a spin off series of The Remnant Chronicles. In this book we follow a whole new cast of characters I assume because in the blurb they didn’t mention any of the old ones xD. I’m really excited to read this book because I finished The Remnant Chronicles this year and I loved the world building and the story telling, her writing is amazing, I can’t wait to read this book!

crooked kingdom.jpgCrooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Page Count: 542

This is the second book in the no longer Six of Crows duology since a third book is coming out soon? I haven’t read Six of Crows yet, but it is actually the next book on my tbr. I’m currently reading Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone and that’s going to be my 199th book on Goodreads, so it’s finally time for Six of Crows! I read The original Grisha trilogy in February and I reaaaaally enjoyed it so I can’t wait to read Six of Crows and experience the six outcasts and the heist!

RenegadesRenegades by Marissa Meyer

Page Count: 556

I don’t know how long I have been talking about this book. Oh wait, yes I do. Ever since it was announced. I am a huge fan of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles so I’m really excited to read this book by her too especially since the main characters have code names and superpowers, I’m just really excited for it. I’ve been putting it off for so long because of it’s length but I think I’m gonna pick it up soon since I’m not as held back by WWW Wednesday as I used to be! Honestly, posting WWW Wednesday has really set me free and I’m so thankful for it.

the demon kingDemon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Page Count: 573

The page amount might be different for the english version, but I only own the German edition so the German edition is 573 pages long. I’m really interested in this book even though I don’t 100% know what’s going to happen. It has great reviews on Goodreads, I really want to check out some of Cinda Williams Chima and I have to improve my German so it’s kind of a win win situation.

obsidioObsidio (Illuminae Files_03) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Page Count: 615

I finished Gemina and I have so many thoughts but I really want to know how this series ends. I really don’t want this series to end because there isn’t anything like it out there and that makes me really sad, but I need to know what happens. I’ve grown super attached to the characters and I’m so scared that people might be killed off that I really love.

a gathering of shadowsA Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Page Count: 628

And finally, A Gathering of Shadows takes the cake with 628 pages (well, the German edition has 628 pages xD) I literally just read A Darker Shade of Magic and I really, really enjoyed it. I think that if the next two books are as good as the first one, it will be on my favorite series list. A Darker Shade of Magic follows Kell, an Antari, a very powerful magician who can travel between worlds. There are four Londons, a lot happens and it’s really good. I can’t wait to continue the series!

Writing this post honestly got me really pumped for reading some of the books on this list. I know that they’re all really long, but it’s doable I mean I read Winter in one week and that book has over 800 pages. I still don’t know how I did that, I was in the middle of exam season at the time, but I didn’t fail anything so go me! 🤗🤗

 

🏷 Book Blogger Test Tag 🏷

Hey everybody, today I am back with another Tag Tuesday to do the Book Blogger Test Tag, that I found over @ Booknut ‘s Blog. I really like the questions for this tag and let’s just jump right into it.

What are your top three book pet peeves?

  • I hate it when there’s a cover change in the middle of the series (still upset about the lux series tbh).
  • I also do not understand why there are different sizes when it comes to books? I mean I get it that hardcovers are taller than paperbacks, but there are just too many sizes and even though I made it work on my shelf, it would look better if it were more in sync.
  • Plus I hate it when there are ‘sequels’ that are just the exact same book told from a different perspective.

Describe your perfect reading spot.

I think my perfect reading spot would be in a comfy chair where I could change my position a lot and still feel comfortable and have natural light flowing in from the window, much like the chair in my living room. Trying to get a comfortable chair in my room for this sole purpose!

Tell us three book confessions.

  • I hate finales to series. I get really attached to series and I hate reading the finale because that indicates the end and not going back, I hate thinking about finishing the Illuminae Files series because there are no books like it (format wise) and I love them so much but at the same time I need to know what happens. Plus most of the time they’re underwhelming because they’re all almost always the same and I don’t care for them oops.
  • I hate not being in the know when it comes to books. I don’t know why, I just hate it when a lot of people have read a series and I can’t talk with them or understand the jokes, I don’t know, it’s weird.
  • I have a serious spoiler complex. If you spoil me for the tiniest thing in a series, I will be thinking about it the entire time with no end. It’s going to take over my thoughts the entire time while I’m reading the book, I can’t stop it. I can’t stand spoilers.

When was the last time you cried at a book?

I cry a lot while reading books, and the latest one was The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. I cried three times when it came to that book. I cried while reading it, I cried while talking to my friend about it and then I cried again while writing my review for it. That book really wrecked me because usually I don’t cry that much after a book, but the tears are already starting to come and I can’t.

How many books are on your bedside table?

I have two levels when it comes to my beside table if that makes sense. Anyway, on the top I have Gemina, the book that I’m currently reading but might already be done with by the time this post goes up. And on the bottom level I have 4 more books that I’m planning on reading next.

What is your favorite snack whilst you’re reading?

I hate eating when reading, it bothers me since I have to hold the book with both hands usually and if I eat too much I’m too concentrated on eating so I watch a video, but I always drink water. I don’t know, for some reason reading makes me so thirsty. Every time I’m reading I need a glass of water next to me that I will fill up repeatedly as if reading were an intense sport. Maybe I’m fueling up for the inevitable tears, who knows?

Name three books you’d recommend to everyone.

  • Percy Jackson. I feel like it’s such a staple to have already read Percy Jackson and it’s really informative and honestly really hilarious.
  • Illuminae. I know absolutely nothing about sci fi and I have little to no experience with sci-fi, but Illuminae really works for me. It’s face paced, action packed, hilarious and has a great plot. Plus it makes reading 10 times more fun since it doesn’t 100% feel like reading a book.
  • A Darker Shade of Magic. Honestly, this book had my attention the entire way through. The story is really good, the characters are amazing, the world(s) is amazingly developed and it’s really magic based.

Show us a picture of your favorite shelf of your bookshelf.

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Surprise, surprise, my favorite shelf on my bookshelf is my Harry Potter shelf. I love it so much because it’s 100% dedicated to Harry Potter and you can see all of the books and my illustrated editions that I got for my birthdays and I just love it so much.

Write how much books mean to you in three words.

They’re my everything.

What’s your biggest reading secret?

I don’t have one? I’m open about everything that I read, I don’t doggy ear pages, I don’t set books that I hate on fire, I really don’t have one.

This tag was super fun! I had the best time, this was great. Tags take a bit longer to do, but I just love them so much because I always have fun doing them. If you thought the questions looked fun, then I tag you! 🤗🤗

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

the wicked deepTitle: The Wicked Deep

Author: Shea Ernshaw

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: March 6th, 2018

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads Summary: Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

My third read for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon 2018, and let me tell you, if this weren’t the group book or if I hadn’t already set my challenges and it was too late to change them, I really would have DNF’d this book.

Now overall, it’s a good story, it has a good idea behind it and that’s what motivated me to finish this novel in the first place, but I think the execution was a little poor. But, as far as plot twists in books go, this one has a hell of a plot twist.

For the majority of the book, it felt like we just kept going in circles, the main character Penny couldn’t trust Bo because she had secrets and Bo couldn’t trust Penny because he had secrets, and it was just a really annoying back and forth. If you asked me anything about Bo, I could only tell you his last name and his eye color, since that had to be described ten thousand times, otherwise he fell really flat for me.

This book is a really dark fantasy, it definitely has that undertone to it and I think that’s really well done. I really liked the flashbacks that we got which is saying a lot since I usually hate flashbacks. I kind of enjoyed the flash backs much more than I did the current time, I would have really liked to actually get a story on the sisters, but that’s not the point of the book. Plus, the book is kind of slow paced for the fact that it’s set within the time span of 3 weeks. Sometimes the days were described way too detailed and then a week goes by and then another way too detailed day comes.

Up until the plot twist, I was kind of bored with the book and I was calculating the entire time how much longer it will take me until I finally finish it. The book does pick up but I think personally it just really wasn’t my cup of tea. This is in no means a bad book, I just didn’t like it as much as I thought I would, and I feel like it’s still worth while reading but I personally won’t ever read it again, I have no inclination. The book is truly unique, there’s nothing like it out there, but the book made me feel virtually nothing until the epilogue where I just felt so bad for one of the characters.

I’m probably going to forget about reading this book soon because I have it on ebook, and to me it’s just a really meh read. Personally, I have been noticing that every ebook I read I rate “poorly” so maybe it also has something to do with the ebook? But my thoughts would probably still be the same. 🤗🤗

 

Books I’m Currently In The Mood For // A Kind-Of-But-Not-Really TBR

Hey everybody, I haven’t been posting as much as I usually do, and it feels oddly freeing I feel so great. Plus, the weirdest thing is I don’t feel as pressured to read and have a book finished for WWW Wednesday, since I’m only posting WWW Wednesday now every other week and I feel myself gravitating towards the weirdest books and I’m not at all intimidated by length, I’m just in such a reading mood! So today I’m sharing with you the books that I’m currently in the mood for and that I want to pick up soon. It’s kind of like a tbr but it isn’t time restricted and half of the books I’m not 100% sure that I will be picking up right away, I’m just in the mood for them.

geminaGemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

!! Don’t worry, this is spoiler free !! So part of the reason why I wanted to write this blog post was to talk about Gemina. I’m really enjoying the book and I’m having a great time reading it. What I love so much about this book is the extra content and for this book we even get journal illustrations from Marie Lu and they’re super cute and I love them. The entire time while I was reading A Darker Shade of Magic (And completely loving it don’t get me wrong) I was hoping that it had a good ending so that I could finally pick up Gemina and it had a good ending so here I am. So far this book follows a different cast of characters, and I really like them so far. It’s not taking me a while to adapt to them and I’m already lowkey a huge fan of Niklas Malikov. Plus, I never really noticed until now how no one really takes drugs or anything in books, except for two books that I’ve read by Holly Bourne, until I read this and I’m lowkey shook.

RenegadesRenegades by Marissa Meyer

Before when I wanted to read it, I was 100% on board with reading it, but also not really because of its length and I was scared of not finishing it in time for WWW Wednesday, but I don’t have to worry about that at all now. I follow Marissa Meyer on Instagram and she’s promoting Archenemies (the sequel) a lot and I would actually really like to be up to date when Archenemies comes out. I don’t know a whole lot about this book, I just know that it’s kind of a superhero story and I am so on board with that.

the demon king.jpgThe Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

This is such a random book, because I have literally never talked about it before on my blog until now and I’ve owned the book for over 2 years (the pages are slowly starting to yellow, oops). I had a huge interest in this book 2 years ago and I have ever since I bought it because it does have a really high star rating but it kinda dropped from my radar because its over 570 pages and I bought it in German so that’s like twice the length for me. But recently, I’ve just been really into wanting to read it, kind of like what happened to me with The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson. I really have no idea what this book is about, (but if you click on the cover it will redirect you to the goodreads page and give you a better feel for the book than me), but I’ve recently been seeing it around more in the most random settings and Regan, one of my favorite booktubers, I love her reading vlogs, really liked it and we’re pretty much on the same page when it comes to Fantasy so I will definitely keep you updated on what my thoughts are!

children of blood and boneChildren of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

I’m not 100% sure when I will be picking this up, but I kind of want to read it before the goodreads awards close because I feel like this will definitely be in the YA Fantasy section. I’m interested in the story, but recently I’ve been hearing a few mixed things about it so I’d like to know what my take is on the book. Plus, I really want to have a book to vote for for the YA Fantasy section, because I feel like Children of Blood and Bone will be on the list, as well as Cruel Prince and ACoFaS and probably Kingdom of Ash, but I don’t really know if I’ll vote for Kingdom of Ash even though I’m slightly leaning more towards no, so I want to wholeheartedly vote for something. This is the most bizarre reason to read something, but this is my reason.

blood promiseBlood Promise by Richelle Mead

I was total trash for the Vampire Academy series back in May, but then the fourth book was kind of boring and I didn’t feel like being in the Vampire Academy universe anymore, but I’m more in the mood for it now, I don’t know, I feel like it has something to do with the changing of seasons. My friends all really want me to continue because of what happens at the end of the book and I have no idea what they mean but I only have 300 pages left (which compared to all the other books on this list is literally nothing) so I think I’ll pick it up after I’ve picked up Renegades/The Demon King.

every last word coverEvery Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

This is the same as The Demon King, I’m just in the mood for reading it. I remember getting this book last year and being so excited to finally have it after I’ve spent years looking at it online and dreaming of having it, and the book was a bit too serious for me for the summer, but I’m really in the mood for it now. Finally a book I can actually say what it’s about since I’ve read the summary 300 times and it’s kind of in my brain at this point, but this book follows Sam and she’s this really popular girl in her junior class, but she’s hiding the fact that she has purely obsessional OCD. Sam is really pressured with the whole popularity thing and she makes this new friend Carole, who is nothing like her other popular friends, but is refreshing and introduces her to Poet’s Corner so Sam really gets into poetry and apparently there’s a cute boy in the Poet’s Corner and I can’t wait to read this book. Plus, I just flipped through it and I saw like notes and actual poems so that kind of makes me want to read the book even more.

These are the books I’m currently in the mood for! I’ve definitely got the reading bug and I’m so happy that it’s back because I’ve really missed wanting to always read and just reading a ton. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and comment which one I should pick up! 🤗🤗