Scribd: Is it worth it?

Hello readers!

So I have gotten Scribd for a free month trial after reading about it in Misty’s post Apps I Use For All Things Bookish, and decided to write this post about how it went, what I read and how it compares to Kindle Unlimited and Audible! If you’re anything like me, the words “Netflix for books” is sure to catch your attention. So – is Scribd your long-dreamed-of Netflix for books??

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So, starting from the beginning, here is what the app looks like on my phone:

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(yes, I only had 72% of battery at 10:18 AM… but not to worry, I always carry a charger with me)

You have an overview page, where basically shows the books you’ve saved (which works like a wishlist, or a TBR), and you can see recommendations there. You can also go to the other tabs to select recommendations filtered by the format you want: audiobooks, ebooks, magazines…

I do recommend that if you want to try it out, download it on your phone if you can! It’s far more practical to listen to books on the go. Continue reading

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Review: Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, by Balli Kaur Jaswal

32075853Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Contemporary Fiction

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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows has definitely made it to my list of favorite contemporaries!

This book tells the story of Nikki, a daughter of Indian immigrants who has very Western thoughts and behavior, which very often clashes with her family’s traditional ways. She works at a bar and, at twenty-something, she doesn’t know yet what to do with her life. She decides to give English story-telling classes for Punjabi widows – which turns into a moment of sharing erotic stories from the widows’ fantasies. This unpredictable turn of events makes Nikki realize there is much memory, fantasy, desire and a strong community sense among those widows. Continue reading

Review: House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genre: Classic

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This classic was recommended by a fellow book blogger, and I was curious by it, although not entirely convinced. So I listened to it as an audiobook during my Kindle Unlimited month.

House of Mirth tells the story of Lily Bart, a beautiful girl at the age of 29, who worries about her need to marry soon. To maintain her luxurious lifestyle she must marry rich. She isn’t old money, and is well-aware of the limits of freedom and choice of her sex, so her suit isn’t as easy as she thought. Continue reading

The Sunday Snuggle W37/2018 #TheSundaySnuggle

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Hello readers!

So this week I reached 600 followers on WordPress! These past months it’s been difficult to do the more social part of blogging, namely commenting on other people’s blogs, self-promoting and so on, which I believe strongly affected the rate at which my followers numbers grow: in May I reached 500, and now only in September I get to 600. Do you guys have the same experiences with book blogging? I post with the same frequency as before, so surely my reduced growth comes from my lack of socialization online (which I will improve upon, I promise). After reading this post from Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books (also linked below!), I’m thinking it probably has something to do with the fact that I stopped taking part in memes & tags so much as before. As I schedule my posts WAY in advance (I have drafts for posts all the way to February next year and could easily disappear for a month from WP and only my Sunday Snuggles would be delayed), it’s difficult for me to follow those too closely. There’s no way I can conciliate a healthy lifestyle + a full-time job + reading a lot + blogging without scheduling things in advance. What do you think?

Do you feel like Instagram is a useful book blogging social media, by the way? I have been considering deleting my account, for a few reasons: so much work to get lighting etc, needs to be updated constantly, doesn’t get me significant clicks to my blog, is more “popular” if you have lots of hardcovers and natural light (which I don’t), stagnant number of followers. However: I love photographing books. I started a poll on Twitter about it, to see what other people think about Bookstagram:

I received this from Netgalley:

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Netgalley & Edelweiss say no!

Hello readers!

I saw a post like this a while ago, and thought it was so interesting. As a reader outside of the UK and the US that reads almost exclusively in English, a lot of books on Netgalley and Edelweiss are limited – in case you don’t know, some of the most requested books on Netgalley aren’t possible to be requested by people outside of the US/UK anymore.

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  • I couldn’t even request Girls of Paper and Fire on Netgalley, really, so Edelweiss was my only chance, and I was swiftly denied this wonderful book. I mean, I probably will eventually buy it because THAT COVER, but still, very disappointed.
  • Tangerine sounds atmospheric, vintage-feeling with a hint of glamor crime novel. It also looks like a perfect summer mystery read. But oh well – I got declined both by Netgalley and Edelweiss, so maybe the universe just doesn’t want me to read it. But I will! …maybe.
  • I wanted to read Daughter of the Burning City so badly, but it just didn’t happen. I will get it this year still, because it still sounds amazing and I desperately want to read it!

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Review: Pestilence, by Laura Thalassa

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Romance

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The Four Horsemen will destroy humanity. After five years since they last came, the world has been in a post-apocalyptic state: there is barely any electricity, cars stopped in the middle of the road, planes fell down. Now, one of the Horsemen returns with plans to finish what was started: Pestilence. Bringing death in the form of a plague, he’s as cold as he is painfully beautiful. But Sara Burns won’t let him destroy humanity without a fight – and shoots him dead. Except, he cannot die, and now she is his prisoner. Continue reading

The Sunday Snuggle W36/2018 #TheSundaySnuggle

Hello readers!

I’m getting super excited already for Halloween. My boyfriend and I will be hosting a small party at our place (Clio’s Boardgames will be there!) and play boardgames and have pizza and wear costumes. I decided this year to go as a witch, but I can’t decide if I go as a cute-goth witch or as an “old hag” witch. The second takes lots more effort to do the makeup, and I’m not sure I’ll have that much time (since I’m doing some other people’s makeup too), but it sounds so much fun!! What do you guys think?

I listened to Book Riot’s Get Booked and also SFF Yeah! podcasts! I hadn’t listened to podcasts forever, so that was nice! 🙂

I wrote a list of cheap books on Twitter this Thursday, so I’m sure most of these are still cheap today, in case you wanna get new books but not pay much money:

I’m trying now to work on my Netgalley ratio (it’s at 62% omg), so I will be focusing for the next weeks on the NG books I downloaded already! A few of them will also be on my Spooky October TBR, which I am so excited for!! Because of that, I’m not getting any new books for now, except for the stuff on Scribd, which I have signed up for until 17.09 anyway.

But I did buy a few ebooks, because they were free on Amazon (click on the covers to go to the Amazon page):

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The Scarlet Letter (AmazonClassics Edition) by [Hawthorne, Nathaniel]

And I also got Crooked Kingdom, because I want to finish the duology this Fall!

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Review: The Poppy War, by R. F. Kuang

the poppy war r f kuangRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Fantasy, Adult Fiction

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The Poppy War tells the story of Rin, who against all odds passes the Keju and got a placing in Sinegard, the most prestigious military school. As she trains to become a soldier, the Third Poppy War is going to start, and it might cost her everything: her friends, her blood, her humanity.

This is an intense fantasy story! This book is an epic based on Chinese history, more specifically on the Opium Wars. Before you decide if you want to read this, do know that this is an adult book, a very, very dark story and full of trigger warnings, especially for drug addiction and violence. Continue reading

My Least Favorite Book-to-Screen Adaptations

Hello bookworms!

We all have had this experience: we read a book, we love it, we obsess over it, and then! they make a movie out of it! and we are sourly disappointed. It happens far too often, even if we try to manage our expectations! So here are the ones that I disliked!

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Eragon

Huuummmm…. can we just get a whole new Eragon movie and pretend this never happened???

Divergent

The Divergent movie felt so generic to me… I remember reading the books one after the other until late hours on workdays, because I was so obsessed with them! But the movie disappointed me. I couldn’t relate to the characters or care much for the story.

Alice in Wonderland

Okay, so I’m not the biggest fan of Alice in Wonderland in the first place. And then this movie made the already whimsical story and made it dark and, in my opinion, a bit too ridiculous. I know people who LOVE this movie, but I disliked it so much. I don’t mind dark movies at all, or dark fairy tales. But this was too whimsical for me, too nonsensical.

The Golden Compass

Ugh… this is still one of my favorite book series ever. I LOVED Nicole Kidman in the movie, but that is about it. I expected this movie to become one of my favorite ones ever, but I was so disappointed. Another one to pretend never happened and re-film, in my opinion!

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What are your least favorite book adaptations?