Review: The Other Girl, by Erica Spindler

The Other Girl Erica Spindler

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommended: Yes, with restrictions

Genres: Thriller, Crime

Add it to your TBR: GoodreadsSkoob

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Other Girl comes out today! I read this book in one sitting. Need I say more?


Goodreads Synopsis: 

Officer Miranda Rader of the Hammond PD in Louisiana is known for her honesty, integrity, and steady hand in a crisis—but that wasn’t always so. Miranda comes from Jasper, just south of Hammond, a place about the size of a good spit on a hot day, and her side of the tracks was the wrong one. She’s worked hard to leave the girl she used to be behind and earn respect in her position as an officer. Continue reading

Books I’m Not Sure If I Should Add to My TBR #1

Hello readers!

I would like your help! As explained on my Anti-TBR post, I am quite critical of the books that make it to my TBR. A lot of times they don’t make it, and a lot of times they do. Most of the time, however, the books simply remain on a sort of limbo, where I am not sure if to read them or not. So I convince myself I will add them if I keep hearing about them and if I still want them after a few weeks, but sometimes it isn’t that simple!

Some of the books below I have simply been unable to decide for years. Because I normally don’t take note of the “limbo” books, I had to force my memory a bit here. I’m sure there are many more that I will remember, which is why I wrote this post as a series.

If you’ve read any of the books below, please let me know in the comments what you thought!


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The Princess Saves Herself in this One, by Amanda Lovelace 

I don’t like poetry a lot and I hardly ever read them. So I am very hesitant to add one to my TBR, but this one sounds so interesting! I’ve read very few reviews, and they either say “I hate this, it’s not even poetry”, or “I love it so much, it resonates with me a lot”. It tells a story through four point of views: the princess, the damsel, the queen, you. It sounds like a wonderful feminist piece, but it also sounds like it could be underwhelming.

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Getting to Know You Better Tag

I have been tagged by Mia the Book Addict to answer Getting to Know You Better, and I am so excited! This is such a cute tag, and I love talking about blogging and book habits!

Rules:

  • Answer the questions down below.
  • Credit the creator of  the tag (Ink Girl and Words).
  • Nominate as many blogger as you want, it has to be 5+ though.

How long have you been blogging?

Since May this year – so about 3 months!

Do you enjoy doing tags?

I do! It’s such a nice way to get to know one another, find out more things we have in common with fellow bloggers and find out other people’s bookish habits.

Do you follow the blogs that follow you?

Most people!

Describe your blog in 5 words?

Passionate, random, friendly, cozy (?), opinionated

How many posts have you made on your blog? (Not counting this tag)

Around 55.

On a scale of 1-10 how much do you enjoy blogging?

Honestly, I am still pretty fresh in the blogging community, so for me it’s a 10. I love talking about books, getting book recommendations and spending time editing previous reviews, working on social media, reading other people’s posts… I could literally do this all day, every day. This will probably change with time, though!

Post some links to blogs you enjoy reading

Honestly I tend to click on posts without really checking who posted it… but some of my auto-like (like before even reading) blogs are: Diary of a BookfiendThe Introverted Book Nerd, Clues and Reviews, Darque Dreamer ReadsChelle’s Book Ramblings, Paper Fury

Writing or reading blog posts?

Both? I started this blog because I love writing & books & I talk too much about books, so eventually decided to create a blog where my thoughts could be shared and maybe find a person or two who read similar genres so I could get inspiration from. The blogs I found out because of it absolutely blew. My. Mind. So many creative posts, from honest and thoughtful discussions to hauls (I love those!), funny tags, reviews with such unique styles. I always look forward to sharing my posts and it gives me a bit of a butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling to post something and hope you guys enjoy the content. But finding out there’s people out there being as in love with reading as I am, and even more, was and is so awesome.

I am tagging some of the last blogs I started following recently:

A Taste for Books

Boston Book Reader

Linda’s Little Library

Phannie the Ginger Bookworm

City of Novels

Of course, if you don’t want to answer the tag, you absolutely don’t need to.

Mental Health Break

Hello guys,

I’m taking the next few days off. I’ve been dealing with some personal issues that need my attention now, and I am not sure when I will be back entirely – could be this weekend, next month, no idea. I don’t think I will be 100% off (I love blogging, after all), but will decrease the frequency of my interactions a lot. There are 3 weeks worth of posts already programmed here, so the blog won’t suffer too much from it. Just letting you guys know.

With love,

Naty

Update: I’ve been getting lots of love from you guys, thank you so much! ❤ you are awesome!

 

Review: And I Darken, by Kiersten White

And I Darken Kiersten White

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommended: Yes

Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Alternate History, Young Adult, LGBTQ+

Add it to your TBR: GoodreadsSkoob

This is a great year for fantasy YA for me. I’m discovering a bunch of books I had heard some blurb about before but hadn’t picked it up because I was for a while all about contemporaries, literary fiction and historical fiction. Do get ready for another review where I swoon a lot. Spoiler alert: And I Darken is awesome. Continue reading

Why I read classics + Why you don’t need to

Hello readers!

Most of us have books in our to-read lists that we feel we should have read by now. Some books that everyone knows a bit of the story already and a lot of people pretend they’ve read because it’s almost embarrassing not to. That kind of book we call classic. Or, as Mark Twain puts it:

‘Classic’ is a book that people praise and don’t read. – Mark Twain

The other day I was going through my to-read list with the spirit of Let’s Get This Organized and realized that most of the books I deleted from it were classics. It got me wondering why it was that I seemed to have put so many classics on my list that I clearly didn’t want to read, and why I didn’t seem to be so attracted to classics in general.

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I came to the following conclusions:

  1. The blatant racism, misogyny and ableism which are very common in such books bother me a lot. Putting the stories in the context in which they were written only works so far for me – I lack patience and excel at being critical. Which means I have to put myself in a very particularly lenient mood to read a classic.
  2. Most of those stories I know by now, including how they end. There are movies, discussions, articles everywhere, and it feels a bit useless to read I book whose story I already know.
  3. I find many classics’ writing style boring. Too many rely on far too much description and introspection, meaning not all that much happens. Which is ok for most of them, I just need to be in the mood for that.
  4. Some of those I felt like I “needed to read” to complement my literary education. Nowadays I don’t think I need to read anything in particular, especially if I don’t want to.

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Review: Uprooted, by Naomi Novik

Uprooted Naomi Novik

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Add it to your TBR: GoodreadsSkoob

I don’t know why it took me so long to read this book – it is probably the fantasy novel that has been the longest on my to-read list, I keep hearing about it from time to time, and I haven’t really met a person who didn’t wholeheartedly love it.


Goodreads Synopsis:

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Continue reading

Review: Arena (Arena #1), by Pavan Lewis

Arena by Pavan Lewis

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Recommended: Yes, with restrictions

Genres: Horror, Dystopia, Young Adult, LGBTQ+

Add it to your TBR: Amazon

I have received a free copy of Arena from the author of this book. This in no way affects the opinions reflected on this review.


Amazon Synopsis: 

When seventeen-year-old Tasa Strong is ‘taken’ by the dreaded Iron Cart, she finds herself in a vast arena filled with wild animals and grotesque killers. In order to survive, and save her beloved friend Valeria, Tasa must work with eleven other children to find a way forward – even as she comes to understand that many of them cannot be trusted, and may also be a danger to her life. As they struggle to survive, and compete, they are forced to make horrifying life and death decisions; voting on which in their company should be killed. This act threatens to tear any potential alliances apart; and factions form within their group. Yet still Tasa must struggle forward, led by a boy who seems to want to save her and her friend: yet also clearly has his own secret reasons and brutal abilities – until at last she faces a final and terrifying round of dangers that will reveal the most unexpected and shocking betrayal, and potential reward… Continue reading

Review: Flame in the Mist, by Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommended: Yes

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Add it to your TBR: GoodreadsSkoob

This book got intensively hyped up in the bookish community, and I was so very curious about a retelling of Mulan set in a fantasy Japan. I simply had to see what the fuss was about. All I have to say is – I’m addicted. Okay, that’s not all I have to say, but it does sum up my feelings pretty well. Now that I am done with Flame in the Mist, I can’t believe I didn’t read it slower, and I am so happy it’s a series. Continue reading