Bookish Boardgames Recommendations #1 + a guest!

Hello bookworms!
Ha, this post is and isn’t about books. How mischievous. For this one, my very good friend Clio @ Clio’s Boardgames and I came together with a few boardgames with bookish themes as ideas for what to give to people for Christmas or, most likely, for yourself. Games are great for getting people together and, contrary to popular belief, boardgames don’t ALWAYS have to end up like Monopoly, with broken families and friends turned enemies, as well as a terrible idea of how going to jail works. No, sir! Games can be actually fun, and to me it’s twice the fun if the game also has a fun theme and you spend the first 20min deciding who you’re going to play because you just wanna be all of them.

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My Christmas socks and my Christmas mug (well… one of them)

Joking apart, boardgaming has really come far the past few years, with the introduction of a lot of games where you play in a collaborative way instead of against each other for example, if you and your siblings simply are too competitive and will turn Christmas into Apocalypse-mas.

There are many more games we’d like to try out, but we’ll leave them for a next post so we can have this one up before Christmas! 🙂 Continue reading

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Review: Watching Glass Shatter, by James J. Cudney

Watching Glass Shatter James J Cudney

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Contemporary, Mystery

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Disclaimer: I bought this book myself and, although I know the author and had in mind to publish my review to help spread the word about this book, the author didn’t ask me to, neither did it influence my opinions.

When I started Watching Glass Shatter, I actually didn’t know much about it. I’d read the synopsis before and a few reviews, but the week before I actually picked it up, I avoided reading anything about it to be more surprised. Well, I could have read all the reviews I wanted – I am sure I still wouldn’t have seen the twists coming! Continue reading

How My Book Ban Went + Book Haul (hahaha)

Hello, bookworms!

So I went on a book ban. My boyfriend challenged me to go not buy books for a month, and despite the misleading title (hehe), I made it!!

It was not too easy, really, especially on the first week it was borderline impossible not to buy a lot of books. I must have added like 50 books to my TBR in the meantime (probably more), and while I really wanted to get a few of those quite badly and there are one or two I actually still want to read this year, it was a good decision!

I went through the books I already had and made a big dent on my physical TBR, so I’m very proud of myself! Continue reading

ARC Review: The Doll House, by Phoebe Morgan

The Doll House Phoebe Morgan

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Thriller, Mystery

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

Corinne has been on edge since her father died, almost a year ago. She and her husband Dominic have been trying for a baby since before that, and after three unsuccessful IVFs, they both feel exhausted. And then, Corinne finds a small chimney in her house, identical to the one from her doll house her dad built. It’s odd and some sort of sign, but Corinne doesn’t know what of. Strange things start happening in her life and in Ashley’s, her sister, and Corinne starts to get a feeling that someone has been watching them, for a long time. Continue reading

ARC Review: Artemis, by Andy Weir

Artemis Andy Weir

EDIT [2018/09/19]:

Rating: ★★★☆☆

I’m deducting a star from my original rating because, upon reflection since I read the book, I realized that the things that bothered me about this book are more important than I initially thought.  I truly didn’t like how Jazz was written and, to quote from a few reviews, she’s more like a stereotypical thriller/sci-fi guy, but with breasts. She’s not written as a woman, really, and while I didn’t mind the lack of women in The Martian so much, it bothered me that Artemis seemed to try to make up for it in such a way.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller

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

Jazz is a criminal – she makes deliveries and some of those are – well, less than legal. After a falling out with her father, she lives in an awful, tiny place in the only city in the Moon – Artemis. When she fails her EVA master test, she needs to start saving all over again to buy a new suit and be able to get a better job. But then, she’s offered a million for doing a dangerous job. It’s risky and she’s never done a heist before, but with that kind of money, all her problems would be gone. But her job is far more dangerous to her and the city than she knows. Continue reading