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

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

Review: They Both Die At The End, by Adam Silvera [Audiobook]

They Both Die At The End Adam Silvera

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, LGBT+

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What would you do if you knew you had less than 24h before you die?

They Both Die At The End is a lovely, sad and hopeful story that follows Rufus and Mateo on the last day of their lives. When Death-Cast calls them on September 5th, both boys need to decide how to spend their last day, and they end up signing up for the Last Friend app, in hope of getting company one last time and try to live their whole lives in less than 24h.  Continue reading

The Playlist Shuffle Tag

 

I’ve been seeing this tag around and it’s so fun to read people’s answers, so I was pretty excited when Birdie @ Birdie Bookworm tagged me! Her lists is so fun, I was such a big fan of Jewel and Michelle Branch as a teen, her playlist made me add a few more songs to my own 🙂

Sooo, I’ll start saying that my playlist has A LOT of stuff I listened through various phases of my life… from my 2000s Pop phase, going through my Classic Rock phase, all the way to my Depressive Songs Are Everything phase… you’ll see.

Rules

  • Put your music on shuffle and list the first 15 songs to play (no cheating).
  • Tag 10 others to do it as well.

My Playlist

Most Girls – Hailee Steinfield

This is a new addition, and it’s such a fun, positive song I was very surprised when I heard it last year… (or this year?) and it immediately made it to my playlist! Continue reading

10 Things That Changed Since I Started Blogging

Hello readers!

What has changed for you since you started blogging? Did you expect your habits to change at all? Did they come as a surprise for you?

Here’s what changed for me!

  1. I now use words like “enthralling” and “gripping”. It seems like “SO GOOD” isn’t an entire review, after all. Also “unputdownable” is a word??
  2. I read more critically. Not only analyzing if it was a good book or not, or what has called my attention about it, but also more pointed things, like writing style, book tropes, pacing. Probably because of that, I recommend books to people more confidently. Because now I know what I found good or bad about what I read, so it’s easier to see if someone will like it or not. Although sometimes my brain just goes a bit stupid and all I can think about after reading is “SO GOOD” and writing a review becomes very difficult! 
  3. I read a lot of new releases! I’m 100% a mood reader, and seeing a book going around on Instagram, Book blogs, Booktube etc will definitely make me want to read it more. This happens far more often with new releases than older books, soo…
  4. I tried audiobooks! Really great experience, which I definitely would not have tried without blogging!
  5. I read more YA and fantasy. After having a couple disappointing experiences with YA, I’d become more cautious with the genre, and found myself inclined towards women’s fiction far more. But now I get awesome recommendations that definitely don’t disappoint at all. Fantasy also sometimes can be a hit or miss for me, but with reading more reviews I get far more hits now! 
  6. I learned and use acronyms daily, like TBR, YA, NA, ARC, MC… book blogging has its own language.
  7. I created Twitter, something I never thought I would. And Twitter is more fun than I thought. So hard to keep your thoughts to 140 characters, though. (when I wrote this post at least… now it’s 280 characters, but I’m team 140)
  8. I also created a public Instagram account, which means I now take photos of books randomly in places I go to, while looking like a weirdo who photographs books on top of pumpkins while an old couple judges me. #truth
  9. I use lots of my spare time to read and blog, and have no idea what I did before with said spare time. Did I have friends? I vaguely remember faces. 
  10. I am more lenient with my ratings. As now I start listing exactly what I like and dislike about a book, sometimes small things that made me very petty with the rating seem very small. Though twice it did happen that I had given a better rating and changed for a worse one when writing the review. The majority of the ratings tend to go up, though.

ARC Review: Dear Martin, by Nic Stone

Dear Martin Nic Stone

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

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

Dear Martin is the story of Justyce, who gets top marks at school and dreams of going to Yale. One night, his ex-girlfriend Melo gets very drunk and he attempts to take her home and not let her drive in that state, but before he knows it, two cops arrive and handcuff him, under allegation that he was trying to carjack her. Assaulted and mistreated, even Melo’s testimony for him barely is enough to get him out of jail. After that, Jus can’t ignore anymore the microagressions at school and the major problems in the system and the police when dealing with black people. So he starts writing letters to Martin Luther King, in the hope of becoming more like him. But it won’t be easy, and much more awaits him. Continue reading

Review: The Female of the Species, by Mindy McGinnis

The Female of the Species Mindy McGinnis

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Thriller, Contemporary, Young Adult

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This was excellent! I bought this novel when it was on sale at Amazon, but now I crave to have the physical copy, too.

The Female of the Species is the story of Alex Craft, whose sister was brutally raped and murdered three years before and the culprit walked away for lack of evidence. Alex knows the language of violence well, and is decided to take justice to her own hands. She can’t stop being this way, and knows she’s a danger to normal people and cannot trust them with her secret. But when she befriends Peekay and starts to fall in love with Jack, things get out of control, and it will change their lives forever. Continue reading