OWNtober 2018 – how I did!

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Hello readers!

As you know, I took part in OWNtober, a month-long readathon created by Kathy from Books and Munches. So I tried to get as much read as possible from the books I already own. I thought it would be very difficult, because I do not tend to be very good with following TBRs, but it went surprisingly well. Here are the books I already owned and managed to read this month! Continue reading

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Review: Circe, by Madeline Miller

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Fantasy, Mythology

Goodreads / Amazon

Is this one of the best Greek mythology retellings I’ve ever read? Well, I’m not saying it is, but IT DEFINITELY IS.

Circe tells the story of one of the daughters of Helios, a powerful Titan who is god of the sun. All his children are beautiful, with golden skin and perfect faces – but not Circe. She is strange, with a weak voice and yellow eyes, and no god-like powers except for her immortality. Among gods, she is an outcast. Things seem to be bound to be that way for all eternity, until Circe discovers that she does have power – just not one that gods are supposed to have: witchcraft. Continue reading

The Sunday Snuggle Week 43 2018

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Hello readers!

Next week I will be travelling during the weekend, so I won’t be able to have a Sunday Snuggle next Sunday, but I have scheduled another post for that day! The weather has changed quite suddenly here in Germany, and the lack of sunlight till 8h30 plus cold wind is giving me headaches. Which, for spending most of my work time doing high concentration stuff is great…  Ibuprofen is my new best friend. It’s been 3 years and still this change of weather always makes me so exhausted & headachy. Any of you guys feel this too?

On Edelweiss, I got:

notes on a nervous planet matt haig here and now and then mike chen

I can’t believe this is available for download. I LOVE Matt Haig’s books! My week just got 1000% better.

On Netgalley, I downloaded:

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Yessssssss for Debbie Tung! This is as Read Now on Netgalley and I might have squeaked a bit when I saw it.

Aaaand I have no self control and bought the following books:

nine perfect strangers liane moriarty catwoman sarah j maas explorers on witch mountain alex bell provenance ann leckie

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Review: Bird Box, by Josh Malerman

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Horror

Goodreads / Amazon

Bird Box tells the story of an apocalyptic world where people need blindfolds to leave their houses because there is something out there that drives people into viciously attacking one another and themselves. This horror book is less than 300 pages long and quite perfect for an afternoon of reading horror and sipping tea.

This is a book that is constantly added to people’s lists on what to read in October, every year. So I had to keep my expectations in check, since hyping a book up is the surest way to get disappointed. Continue reading

The Sunday Snuggle Week 42 2018

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Hello readers!

The picture above is me listening to An Unkindness of Ghosts while spending WAY TOO MUCH TIME in this puzzle. I swear it took me days. In my defense, I was a bit slow from my illness and medication. But still. At least I got to listen to a few hours of this book!

I finally got better from my infection, so I’m back to work. I did use my time to read more this week, though, and I’m quite happy with that, because being sick is incredibly boring. I’ve also used the time to clean up my TBR. Let’s say I’m too generous with the concept for “being interested in a book” and I don’t actually want to read a lot of the stuff I have there. So, for the first time since I don’t know when, I have fewer than 200 books on my TBR! My objective is to eventually not even need a secondary TBR and have one list only of the books I want to read. Do you guys also have a secondary TBR??

On Kindle I got:

academic curveball james j cudney

I know I’m supposed to be on a book ban, but it’s James’ book and it’s a cozy mystery and I’m not even sorry.

As a physical book, I got:

sourdough robin sloan

I knoww… but it’s such a short book, and it sounds so interesting!

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Quiz: What Kind of Book Blogger Are You?

Hello book bloggers!

Ever wondered what kind of book blogger you are? Ever feel like you follow bloggers who have such different blogging styles from you? I created this quiz for fun so you could figure out your blogging style! See if you agree with your results and let me know in the comments what other kinds of book bloggers there are 🙂

It works like this: choose one of the answers, write down the letter and keep track of how many answers a, b,c and d you have, then see the results below.

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What Kind of Book Blogger Are You?

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Choose 2 book blogging trends:

a) Instagram, lots of gifs
b) Reading challenges, collecting book editions
c) ARCs, bookish boxes
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Bookstores Around the World: Edinburgh, Scotland

Hello book lovers!

This is a new series on my blog that I decided to start because it might help people who, like me, enjoy travelling and taking a few hours in your trip to escape into a bookstore. I love seeing how unique bookstores can be, there are so many beautiful, quirky ones that make book shopping such a fun experience! Really, I can enjoy myself at any bookstore, but it’s a lot more interesting in a place that is cute, or weird, or has amazing coffee (I love those).

So here I will talk about bookstores I visit when I travel! Of course I can’t visit ALL cool bookstores when I’m abroad, and as I said I have other priorities when travelling, but I do always make an effort to go to one or two, and I thought it’d be nice to share them here. As I am constantly looking for recommendations of bookstores to go to, I think it’s nice to have this series where people can go to and get a few inspirations for places to travel to AND with cool bookstores.

So first we start with Edinburgh, Scotland!

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Blackwell’s

Website: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/home
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/DhKjm2gteeC2

This is a regular chain bookstore, so no big quirks there, but I do love the look of this bookstore! It just looks so… British?

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There is a small store with bookish things like games, toys, mugs etc, in which I was lost for a significant amount of time. Continue reading

The Sunday Snuggle Week 41 2018

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Hello readers!

Aaaaand last week’s sore throat is now a full-on cold. But it’s okay, I just took lots of rest and did a bit of reading, when my head allowed. I was not as productive as I wanted, but being honest, I was sleeping a lot of the time…

This weekend my boyfriend and I did a readathon! It didn’t go super well, but I am still tired from illness, so I’m fine with the result. On other news, I have LOTS of videos this time on my recommendations. I was sick and quite bored. I’ve seen so many book recommendations, spooky TBRs and makeup tutorials this week. Please send help.

Despite not having read as much as I wanted to, I still got quite some reading done (do take into consideration I’ve been home all week due to my illness… this is not what I normally read in a week). My TBR is FINALLY under 200!!! Okay so my secondary TBR is still over 100 books, but WHO CARES.

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Spooky Mini-Readathon with my Boyfriend!

Hello readers!

Tomorrow my boyfriend and I will do a 12h readathon! For those who don’t know, he is a bookworm like me. In fact, when we met, he read far more than me, with me reading about 30 books per year and him about 45. After I started book blogging, though (so, less than two years ago), that definitely changed, and he still reads about 45 books, but I’m now on the 100-150 range. I intend to bring those numbers down, but I don’t think I’ll ever go back to 30 books per year only. Continue reading