Review: The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison (The Collector #1)

The Butterfly Garden

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommend: Yes, with restrictions

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Horror

Add it to your TBR: Goodreads, Skoob

This book is such a gem! I don’t read a lot of horror, although this one is probably closer to a mystery thriller in my opinion, and I had not heard about it at all, until I saw it on Amazon Unlimited. The story sounded interesting and it was among their most popular and best-rated books in the Unlimited list, so I thought – well, why not?

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Review: Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Recommend: No

Genres: Historical fiction

Add to your TBR: Goodreads

This book had such a promise. The story is a family saga set in Ethiopia, which to me was enough to entice my curiosity and for the book to make its way to my TBR. It took me months to read this, though. Months!

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Anti-TBR #1: Popular books I am not going to read

Hello!

So I thought it would be interesting to write a post on the popular books I’ve been seeing a lot of buzz about but have decided, for one reason or another, not to buy or read it (at least for now! Who knows?)

As a person who reads around 30 books a year and with over 90 books on my TBR (I know, not that much for a blogger, but quite so among other groups), I tend to be quite ruthless when deciding if a book stays on my TBR or not. So the books below aren’t necessarily bad (I haven’t read them, how would I know?), they just didn’t make the cut. Let me know if you’ve read any of them and if you think I should add them to my TBR.

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The Bronze Horseman

The Bronze Horseman
by Paullina Simons

This book tells the story of a forbidden love between Tatiana and Alexander, a soldier for the Red Army. It’s set in Leningrad during WWII, which is what initially drew me to it, and I have been meaning to add more romance books on my list, but this just didn’t make it. It sounds so incredibly cheesy and eye roll-worthy. From the reviews I read, it seems that although the theme of the book is so heavy and interesting, it isn’t executed too well and the characters have cringeworthy personalities.

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Review: Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (The Illuminae Files #1)

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Recommended: Yes

Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Add it to your TBR: Goodreads, Skoob

This book has been quite hyped up and for the past months I’ve seen it everywhere. I was drawn to it for its unique style in reports, emails, audio transcriptions and so on instead of traditional narration. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) is 608 pages long, but I read it in 3 days during a work week. It flows very easily, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t normally read longer books! Continue reading

100 Followers – Thank You!

Dear awesome readers!

I reached yesterday 100 followers! This is absolutely fantastic and I didn’t quite imagine when I started this blog in May that I’d reach 100 followers in a month and half. This is amazing and I am so thankful to all of you! So,

Thank you!

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I don’t think anyone starts book blogging to get their blog super big, popular, famous rockstar, get interviewed by Ellen and put your handprints on the Hall of Fame. But it feels so good to see you guys like my content and interact. I’ve met some pretty awesome people with such amazing blogs and I am happy to be a part of the community. It’s so good to have a group of people that love reading and love discussing books, and I’ve gotten amazing recommendations, seen books I disliked through a different light and participated in fun book tags!

I will not get this too long, I just wanted a short post to say I appreciate you guys a lot!

So… back to reading, then!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

Noriko from Diary of a Bookfiend and Kawther from The Villain Library have nominated me for this cute award! Thank you both so much, you are both amazing bloggers! Do check them out if you haven’t, and be prepared to get addicted.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

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Goodreads Challenge: Do you do it?

Hello book lovers!

When it comes to the Goodreads reading challenge, I’ve seen quite some opinions around, and I thought it would be interesting to see what you guys think about it. Personally I use the feature, since then I can keep track of what I am reading and how much I read that year. It keeps a digital record that allows me to go back to it and analyze it as I will – often in the beginning of the year I check what I read the year before and notice some sort of pattern that I want to explore more or avoid, for example if I read too many thrillers, I will try to vary to other genres, if I read books from too few different countries, I will put an effort and plan to diversify, etc…

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Review: When Dimple met Rishi, by Sandhya Menon

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Add it to your TBR: Goodreads / Skoob

This must be the most adorable book I have ever read. In my life. Dimple Shah has just graduated High School, and has been accepted into Stanford to start studying Computer Science. But her parents have different plans for her – specially her mom, who is quite disappointed on Dimple’s unconventional behavior. She dreams of Dimple finding an ideal husband, settling down, marrying and having children. The mere idea of becoming domestic terrifies Dimple. Continue reading

Comic Con Germany 2017 – My experience

Hello book lovers!

This weekend was the second edition of Comic Con in Germany! To be honest, I was not going to go, initially, as I am not that much into comics, but I was convinced (I must confess I didn’t take that much convincing) by my boyfriend and so we went! I wasn’t sure what to expect, so I just wore a Wonder Woman tee and put some lipstick on. Enough to get funny looks on the train, but once I arrived at Comic Con, I blended with the crowd.

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Soul Ripping Romance Tag

Hello!

Noriko from Diary of a Bookfiend and Chelle from Chelle’s Book Ramblings have nominated me for answering the Soul Ripping Romance tag! Both bloggers are amazing, Norin writes her reviews so beautifully and insightfully, and Chelle’s posts are so relatable and her writing style is fun and so honest. Check both blogs out, they are so worth it! The tag was created by Nel from Reactionary Tales!

The Guide:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and create a pingback to the original author Nel from Reactionary Tales.
  • Share at least 5 (but more are welcome) romances that tugged your heart strings. They can be from books, movies, TV shows, manga; anything you can think of! They can be examples of sad tears, angry tears, happy tears or a combination of all three.
  • Nominate 5 (or more) people to share their emotional traumas.
  • (Note: Try not to spoil the story for your readers in case they would like to check out these romances on their own)

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Poison Study will always be one of my favorite fantasy YAs, as it was one of the first ones I read that impressed me so much with a strong female main character. Unapologetic to her bones and with a strength that impressed me again and again, Yelena caused such an impression on me, that I just couldn’t see how any character would be good enough for being her OTP.

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