Books I DNF’d in 2018

I haven’t talked about my DNF’s for a while, so I thought it would be cool to take a look back at what I DNF’d this year.

Back in 2017 I DNF’d a total of 10 books (all ARCs). This year they were only 8, which is less than last year but I know it’s a lot for some people. They were also both ARCs and books that were free online for a time or books I managed to return, so I didn’t waste any money on them fortunately.

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36406908-2Curved Horizon (The Camellia Clock Cycle #2) by Taylor Brooke

My first DNF of the year was something I should’ve seen coming. After not loving the first book in this series I wanted to give the author another try but it seems their style is just not for me.| full review

 

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Concerto in Chroma Major by Naomi Tajedler

This is the only DNF rant review I’ve written this year because this book made me all kinds of angry. Who the fuck goes “I’m going to write a book for fat queer girls………..and I’m going to fill it with fatphobia and biphobia on every page!” I’m still so angry just thinking about it. | full review

 

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The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

This was my first audiobook DNF ever. I could have finished it, I was probably halfway through. I put it on hold for a bit and after a couple of months I realized I couldn’t care less about continuing the story, so I ended up returning it.

 

34927042Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

This was free on Riveted for a while. I started reading it and it was kind of predictable and I just didn’t really care about any of it. I didn’t spend any money on it so I gave up before I ended up wasting too much time on it.

 

41460723Found at Sea by Jaclyn Osborn

This sounded like my exact cup of tea. M/M romance between pirates? But nah it was kind of bad. First of all the age gap (29/19) made me uncomfortable, then the characters weren’t that well written and the writing style was just not great. I was still on time to return the ebook so I did before wasting more time on it.

 

40183920Love Like This (Seven Shores #4) by Melissa Brayden

This is a book I could’ve kept reading if I had more patience but I just don’t. Parts of it were really sweet and at first I really liked it, until I realized some things made me very uncomfortable, like the non-consensual kissing that was romanticized. After that it was all I could think about and it was annoying me so I decided to put it down forever.

 

23462649Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

My second audiobook DNF and I’m kind of sad about it. My previous experiences with Neil Gaiman were a five stars to Norse Mythology in audiobook format, where I discovered how sexy nice Gaiman’s voice is, and a three star to The Ocean at the End of the Lane (read in paperback). I thought that Neverwhere should’ve been at least a 4 stars read because Gaiman was reading it, but I had some issues getting into it because I couldn’t understand the names of the characters without seeing them written, and once I got a little more into the story I still couldn’t care less about the characters or the world. I’m not in the business of wasting time and money on books I’m not enjoying so I decided to stop reading and return it to audible with no regrets. Also Neil Gaiman seems like the kind of guy who wouldn’t mind if someone decides one of his books are not for them so I don’t feel bad. His voice is still sexy though.

 

39298105Fake Out by Eden Finley

Ughhhhhhh this book. When I start a book because of a specific trope (fake boyfriends) I kind of want that trope to drag until after the 50% mark. I also wish m/m writers stopped filling their books with a lot of casual transphobia. Get woke y’all. | full review

 

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Do you often DNF books? Why/why not? Have you read (or DNF’d) any of the ones I mentioned above? 

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ARC Review: Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler

I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. 

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Summary: Josh Chester loves being a Hollywood bad boy, coasting on his good looks, his parties, his parents’ wealth, and the occasional modeling gig. But his laid-back lifestyle is about to change. To help out his best friend, Liam, he joins his hit teen TV show, Daylight Falls … opposite Vanessa Park, the one actor immune to his charms. (Not that he’s trying to charm her, of course.) Meanwhile, his drama-queen mother blackmails him into a new family reality TV show, with Josh in the starring role. Now that he’s in the spotlight—on everyone’s terms but his own—Josh has to decide whether a life as a superstar is the one he really wants.

Vanessa Park has always been certain about her path as an actor, despite her parents’ disapproval. But with all her relationships currently in upheaval, she’s painfully uncertain about everything else. When she meets her new career handler, Brianna, Van is relieved to have found someone she can rely on, now that her BFF, Ally, is at college across the country. But as feelings unexpectedly evolve beyond friendship, Van’s life reaches a whole new level of confusing. And she’ll have to choose between the one thing she’s always loved … and the person she never imagined she could.

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★★★★.5

This is a book that surprised me because of its unique format: the two POVs aren’t the MC and the love interest, but two MCs who happen to be (somewhat) friends.

Vanessa is a Korean-American actress and the protagonist of a TV show. All of her moves are monitored by the media and regulated by her publicist Jade. When Jade’s daughter Brianna gets close to Vanessa things get confusing for Vanessa, who’s always thought she was straight.

Josh is the son of an actress who’s down on her luck and wants him to be on a reality show about her family, something Josh reluctantly has to do unless he wants his Malibu house to be taken away from him.

I started out not really liking Vanessa and almost hating Josh, but I knew I’d end up loving both of them, and I have to say that even when Josh was at his worst I got attached pretty much right away and I wanted to keep reading and get that sweet character development.

There’s three main aspects to this novel:

• Vanessa’s story: her life as a Hollywood star, how this affects her relationships, and what it means to be a Korean-American actress and what it might mean for her career when you add “gay” to the equation. I loved Vanessa’s whole arc from denial to questioning to finally accepting her attraction to a girl and to being okay with coming out publicly. I also loved the romance between her and Brianna, it was very cute and the chemistry and communication between them was great.

• Josh’s story: his (non-)relationship with his family, his wild parties, the not really knowing what to do with his life or even who to be. I think Josh’s development was amazing especially considering there’s no romance for him in this book. Usually one way to show a character’s growth is to give them a partner and show how they are with them, how they become better people. With Josh, he does this on his own and with the help of his friends, and I think that’s a nice and important message that should be in more YAs.

• Vanessa and Josh’s friendship: in an alternate universe, Vanessa and Josh have a beautiful enemies-to-friends-to-lovers arc. Here, they get a beautiful enemies-to-friends arc that was incredible and rare to see. I love how they had to forcibly spend time together at first but then because of different circumstances they spent more time together, mostly helping each other out, and from that a feeling of friendship bloomed. This was one of the few books where it’s clear that friendship is a feeling before it becomes a type of relationship between two people, and although it kind of served Josh’s character arc the way a romantic relationship would have, I feel like it was much more than that and it’s just as important as the actual romance that happens within the book.

Overall I’m so happy with this book. I don’t really care for Hollywood and celebrity stuff so sometimes at the beginning I was a little bored with it, but that never made me want to stop reading. All I can say is: come for the f/f romance, stay for the beautiful variety of relationships and themes portrayed here.

ARC Review: Odd One Out by Nic Stone

I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. 

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Summary:

Courtney “Coop” Cooper
Dumped. Again. And normally I wouldn’t mind. But right now, my best friend and source of solace, Jupiter Sanchez, is ignoring me to text some girl.

Rae Evelyn Chin
I assumed “new girl” would be synonymous with “pariah,” but Jupiter and Courtney make me feel like I’m right where I belong. I also want to kiss him. And her. Which is . . . perplexing.

Jupiter Charity-Sanchez
The only thing worse than losing the girl you love to a boy is losing her to your boy. That means losing him, too. I have to make a move. . . .

One story.
Three sides.
No easy answers.

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★★★✩

It was messy but I feel like the message it was trying to give is very important. I just didn’t love the execution.

This is a book about how complicated it is to navigate personhood, relationships, past trauma, identity, social pressure, and basically everything else you might find yourself having to deal with in addition to your daily life as a teen. Books like this are the reason I, in my mid twenties, love reading YA. Because sometimes this “typically teenage” struggle doesn’t stop, or (some of it) is delayed until later, and seeing things through the eye of a teen can be both refreshing and healing.

We get three point of views in this book, not in alternating chapters but in three blocks. I wasn’t sure about this choice at the beginning but it ended up being both the best and worst thing about the book.

🐣 Courtney “Coop” Cooper – Black teen in love with his best friend, deals with past trauma and loss, intends to keep a promise he made as a kid even though it seems impossible that the conditions will ever be right for that to happen.

🐣 Rae Evelyn Chin – biracial Irish/Korean new girl at school, people-pleaser, abandonment issues, not as straight as she thought.

🐣 Jupiter Charity-Sanchez – Black out and proud lesbian, adopted daughter of two dads, caught between new and old friendship, number one fan of Queen.

First off, I thought that the POVs served their part of the storywell, they also were distinct enough and didn’t feel like an excuse to reveal things that the previous POV character didn’t know. But as things got messy (more on this later), I couldn’t help but feel that, a) I liked each POV less than the previous one; b) things had to be told instead of shown, and I couldn’t detect character agency for the previous characters.

Every main non-POV character felt like a plot device that served the current POV character. It was as if only because the focus had shifted on someone else, the other two’s ambitions and personalities were forgotten.

By the third and last POV, having previously been in the head of the other two POV characters, I couldn’t recognize their actions as their own and they felt only driven by what Jupiter wanted, and worst of all, most of it was just for the sake of drama. Now look, I know everyone makes bad choices and I’m not against that at all. I feel like I need to point this out because I’m aware that there’s a tendency to be less forgiving of POC characters as opposed to white ones when they do shitty things. But their actions, combined with the fact that the only POV I was reading from at that point wasn’t giving me any reason to sympathize with any of them, made it really hard to enjoy reading the last third of the book, as opposed to the first one which made me laugh and love Courtney so much.

It’s kind of hard to explain myself without spoilering anything so I’ll leave it that: this book got messier and messier and if you’re easily frustrated it could affect your enjoyment by a pretty big factor

A list of things I didn’t like paired with things I did like:

• I think having two questioning queer people in one YA book is amazing. The questioning queerness was the strongest point of this book and the reason despite all of its flaws this is a three star for me.

○ While it’s great to have different people question and explore their sexuality in different ways, some of the surrounding queerness (in side characters) was sometimes something that didn’t sit well with me. For example, a lesbian girl says she doesn’t mess with bisexual girls who have “touched the D” or something like that. This is something that might be called out later but not right away and I didn’t see the point of this. Another example of something that was personally a bit hurtful to see was the assumption from Jupiter’s part that every girl who wanted to “experiment” with her was actually straight. For being so openly against heteronormativity, she sure assumed that straight is the norm.

• The talk about labels came late but it was powerful and important enough to somewhat fix that ending for me. Labels can change and it can be scary to change them or to go without for a bit, regardless of your experiences with your previous labels.

○ This might be me overthinking things, but at some point I felt like a correlation was made between being attracted to one specific gender through attraction to their genitalia, and even discovering said attraction because of uhh…having seen their genitals. This felt cisnormative and I think too much focus was put on body parts.

• All books need as many Queen references as this one.

○ This is not exactly a thing I didn’t like (at least until some point) but I need to point out that this is a love triangle, and not the best one I’ve read, but it’s a love triangle among queer teens of color, which is something that I’m glad got its own spot in YA.

So overall, would I recommend this book? It depends on what you’re looking for and your tastes (who would have thought?!), and I hope my review gave you an idea whether you might like this or not.

Webcomic Review: No End by Erli and Kromi /// the zombie apocalypse has never been gayer

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Summary: No End is a webcomic about a group of people struggling to survive in a post apocalyptic country ravaged by an unyielding winter and hordes of undead. Living amid a world of horror doesn’t erase the cast’s day-to-day worries about identity, family, friendship and betrayal, as they seek people they can trust, as well a legendary place called “Haven” rumored to be free of the cold and horror.

Just as none of them are sure that it even exists, they aren’t sure what their place in their world is. But each step forward leads towards who they are, who they should become, and where they belong.

Due to it’s initial inspiration from an RP shared by the creators, No End has always strongly focused on its characters – their growth, their motivations, and the bonds woven between them. The post-apocalyptic setting is used to add suspense, and to put emphasis on the character’s internal struggles. This webcomic also features LGBTQA+ themes and characters – all the characters in the main cast are queer.

The comic updates every Sunday and Wednesday!

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★★★★

Ever watched The Walking Dead and then got fucking bored of it but you’re sort of missing those zombie vibes?

Look no further, this extremely queer webcomic is just the right thing for you.

The story follows a main cast of five: Modra, Benny, Wight, Jenn and Cotton, as they team up and travel to search for the mythical town of Haven.

It’s been decades since the zombies appeared so things are somewhat static (as opposed to those “the zombie apocalypse just started” plots), with towns run by the military and towns run by civilians, and spread out between them a wasteland that not many like to venture.

Of course, all of the main characters have some secrets, things they are running from and things they can’t outrun, and things that catch up with them as they visit new towns and meet old and new people.

The main squad that I mentioned above is supported by an amazing cast of secondary characters. There’s honestly not one that you won’t fall in love with, and best of all, they’re all diverse and the allocishet have never been heard of in that world ever. Yes, everybody is queer and there’s both sweet and endearing romances and frustratingly (in the best sense) angsty romances that will make you yell at your screen quite literally.

This is very much a character-based webcomic (just how I like my webcomics tbh), but it has some truly heart-stopping moments and some seriously scary characters and plot lines. I wouldn’t say this is horror but there is some gore sometimes and personally one storyline creeped the hell out of me.

Meet the characters:

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Modra, actual cinnamon roll, blue aesthetic gay, comes from a privileged family and needed a change of air. Wouldn’t know how to survive on his own but is trying to learn.

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Benny, angry bisexual, biracial white/Korean, a disaster at romance, needs to work on communication.

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Wight, tragic gay, will make you want to kill everyone in the room and then yourself if something happens to him, doesn’t always smile or laugh but when he does you can see it in his eyes, actually makes you want to cry.

 

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Jenn, asexual queen of not trusting anybody, actually a mom friend, level-headed, Cotton’s best friend, relatable because of her love for her brother Wight.

 
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Cotton, fingergun bisexual, Iranian, bad puns and double-entendres, can read people except when it directly affects him, I actually yelled at him?? needs to learn coping mechanisms, always puts the others first.

 

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Ramona, Black lesbian, accidentally adopted a son at 15, backbone of our society really, looks like a cinnamon roll but might kill you.

 

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Maverick, puts the “foul language” in “pansexuality”, looks like he might watch you die without raising a finger but is actually always ready to help, loves his mom and cats.

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Jerry, charming pansexual, steals the scene whenever he’s there, smoothest flirting game, needs to quit smoking tbh.

 

 

The comic is already really long with 9 full chapters but it’s also ongoing and I know there’s still a lot of characters we’re gonna meet and I can’t wait, but this is already in my top 3 “webcomics with the best characters” list. Seriously, it’s been weeks and I can’t stop thinking about them, and while I was reading it and had to pause to like, go to uni or shower I kept finding myself thinking about them as if they were real people.

Also, I love the art so much?? I don’t know how to describe art but I love the colors used and how the artist draws expressions. Even in Wight it’s always so clear when he smiles (please make him smile more) or his expression changes because it’s all in the eyes.

GSHGSHSGHSLGSLHLFSHG I just love this so much, please don’t even waste time adding it to your TBR and go read it immediately (and then come back and talk to me about my children).

A look at my 2018 bookish resolutions – how well did I do?

2019 is almost upon us so I thought I’d do a typical end-of-the-year post. Back in January I wrote a post about my reading and blogging resolutions and now I wanted to take a look at my goals and see if I’ve kept my word or not.

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1. Start reading audiobooks ✔️

Did I do it? Yes!

How well did I do? ✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️/5

I not only started reading audiobooks early this year, it’s also become one of my favorite ways of reading books and I’ve become completely dependent on them to motivate myself to do my chores. I have a full post planned on audiobooks and what I’ve learned in the past year of listening to them so I hope that’s something you guys can look forward to.

2. Squeeze in some reading time whenever possible ✔️

Did I do it? Yes!

How well did I do? ✔️✔️✔️✔️/5

While sometimes I still waste time on twitter when I’m stuck on a tram or subway, I think I got much better at this, also thanks to the fact that I can sit most of the time instead of having to stand like I have to do when I’m on the bus in Italy.

3. Having more than one current read of different genres (but not too many) ✔️

Did I do it? Yes!

How well did I do? ✔️✔️✔️✔️.5/5

I’ve done much better at this than I thought possible for me. Sometimes I did have too many current reads going on but they were still all different genres and/or books for different occasions (like, books I can read while I’m on public transportation VS books I want to read when I’m home, anthologies VS novels….).

4. Manage my time better ❌

Did I do it? ……………..not really

How well did I do? ✔️.5/5

That…didn’t happen. This was more of a general goal than a purely bookish/blog goal and I’ve failed in all areas. The good (?) news is that I have started questioning whether all this (plus other stuff) comes from maybepossiblyperhaps being ADHD, something I want to work on figuring out in 2019.

5. Learn how to read faster

Did I do it? Not unless it’s audiobooks

How well did I do? ✔️✔️/5

The only thing I’ve learned how to do is listening to audiobooks at 1.5x to 2x speed, which makes it incredibly faster than I would on my own. I still can’t read faster than I do when I read myself, the only thing I feel like I’ve learned a bit is how to skim more effectively when a book or scene doesn’t interest me, but that’s not something I’m willing to do with books I’m loving. I’ve also learned to be okay with the fact that in order to enjoy a book I need to go to my own pace so that’s okay.

6. Write one discussion post every month 

Did I do it? nah

How well did I do? ✔️/5

I only did this in the early months of 2018. Life happened in more ways than one so I haven’t been able to keep up with this but I don’t feel bad about it.

7. Post mini reviews ✔️

Did I do it? yes!

How well did I do? ✔️✔️✔️✔️/5

I still don’t cross-post all the mini reviews I write on GR here, but that’s just because I’m lazy and forgetful. I love reading others’ mini reviews and I want to keep posting my own here even if they’re written in more of a tumblr style (btw, RIP tumblr). I just don’t want to pretend to be a type of blogger I’m not when it’s too easy to find my goodreads/twitter personality if you click a few links on my blog’s side bar.

8. Read my ARCs diligently and only request ARCs if I’m 100% interested in them 

Did I do it? uhh,,

How well did I do? ✔️✔️/5

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9. Read one German book a month 

Did I do it? big sigh

How well did I do? ✔️/5

I read one German book……………………….a year………………………………………………………..

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I don’t want to make anyone feel good or bad about themselves in this post, least of all myself. I just thought this was the only way I could look back at 2018 in a productive way instead of just thinking about all the good and bad stuff that’s happened.

Whether you’ve set goals for this past year and achieved them or not, I’m proud of you and I know you’ve done your best, and you’re allowed to feel everything you’re feeling about your goals. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

Another Used Books Haul // y’all better not get used to it

Hi friends! Today I’m back with another book haul, the second ever, because I got more physical books for very cheap this past month and I think it’s fun to share them with you.

This time they’re all used ones with the exception of one, so let’s get right into it.

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📕 Fingersmith by Sarah Waters – I don’t know much about this, only that it’s f/f historical romance (but please correct me if I’m wrong) and a few of my friends really liked it. My copy shows a few signs of having being moved around a bit but I don’t think anyone ever read it. What’s cool is that inside I found a tiny bookmark with the address of a Munich based bookstore which apparently only sells English used books…if this isn’t used-books-store-inception then I don’t know what is, plus free bookmarks are always cool (even though I always use post-its instead lmao)

📕 The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis – all I know about this is that it’s brutal and feminist and looking at the inside it seems to have a few POVs (I love stories told in multiple POVs). It gives me The Nowhere Girls meets Sadie vibes and I’m here for this. This also was in very good condition, I hope someone has read it before me but if they did they definitely did a good job at not cracking the spine.

📕 Ash by Malinda Lo – this is another f/f romance set in a fantasy world and I wasn’t sure I would like it but it was so cheap I just had to buy it. It shows a few signs of being used and read and I love it, it’s just a nice feeling knowing someone read the same copy before you.

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📕 Das Mozart-Mysterium by Christoph Öhm – this was actually the only not-used book I bought, but for the price of one. I found out that at the discount where I sometimes go to buy groceries they have this box with a lot of books that they sell for 2.99€. They are basically new books but from what I understand they have some flaw, maybe during transportation they got a bit damaged (maybe the cover got a bit dog-eared, or there’s a scratch somewhere), so they can’t sell them at normal bookstores for their normal price. I always take a look whenever I go but I never found anything that I wanted to read, but this one caught my eye because of the cover and because Mozart is my favorite composer. It’s apparently an historical mystery featuring Leopold Mozart (W.A. Mozart’s father) as a protagonist/investigator and it’s supposed to have to do with music? I don’t know, it honestly sounds a bit trashy but a) I need to grow comfortable reading in German regardless of quality; b) …it was cheap lmao?

📕 Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search by Gene Luen Yang – this is a story set after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender and it’s about Zuko’s search for his mother. There are other comics set after the cartoon but I was mostly interested in this one because I love post-redemption-arc Zuko, and when I was notified that they had it in stock, used for a reduced price (although stil somewhat expensive) I decided to go for it. It was mostly an impulsive purchase but the book is honestly massive and what’s even better is that every page has comments by the creators on the margins, so I don’t regret it. I also don’t think anyone has read it or even opened it before me, which is honestly a shame.

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And that concludes my haul! Have you read any of these? Do you like reading used books?

November 2018 Wrap-Up

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So this month I’ve read considerably less than in the past months, but keep in mind that one book was 1000 pages long and I was busy with uni. Also, I would be NOTHING without my audiobooks ♥

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My month in numbers:

○ 4 audiobooks

○ 4 rereads

○ 2 graphic novels

○ 0 ARCs (???????????????????????????? wow this hasn’t happened in years)

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📖 The King’s Men by Nora Sakavic – I finally finished my AFTG reread and wow I am always so emotional about these gays I can’t. ★★★★★/5

📖 Kingdom of Ash by SJM – I have no intention to like, do a review or anything. It was what it was and I enjoyed listening to it a lot because I needed to see this series through. That said, I can’t give it five stars because of a number of things that bothered me and I didn’t agree with, but what else is new? I’m just glad that it’s over and I want to keep a good overall feeling about this series that in the past meant so much to me. ★★★★✩/5 

📖 Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty – this was one of my most anticipated books this fall and it didn’t disappoint. I’m so glad I chose to listen to it because the audiobook was awesome and it really made me enjoy more than I would’ve otherwise. Definitely read it if you’ve loved Big Little Lies and if you love multiple point of views and basically a whole lot of character study. ★★★★★/5

📖 The Steel Prince #2 by V.E. Schwab – GSHGHSLGHSGFHSLGHSFLGHSLH my god this is stunning. The art is incredible and it fits the world so well, plus the dialogue is amazing. I knew V’s style would work well in this format and I can’t wait for the next issue. ★★★★★/5

📖 Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – I’ve decided to reread the Grisha Trilogy in preparation for King of Scars which is coming out in less than two (!!!!!!!!!!!) months. I remembered very little about it and I have to say the first two books aren’t great, but they do get better and I know Ruin and Rising will probably be a five stars again this time around, but I lowered my original rating for both S&B and S&S. ★★★★✩/5

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🔖 A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole – I’d wanted to read this and its sequels forever and what finally pushed me to start it was the fact that apparently the sequel has an ADHD main character! Anyway, this is so delightful and I love all the tropes used in it. I’m around 50% but I can say that I have found a new favorite romance author.

🔖 Odd One Out by Nic Stone – I got an ARC of this a little while back but in the meantime I saw not-so-positive reviews from my friends, so I postponed it. Then I was with nothing else to read on my commute and decided that I would start it and if by 5% I didn’t like it I would DNF it. I don’t know if my low expectations tricked me into liking it but I actually am enjoying it quite a bit and flying through it fast even though I only read it on my 20-minutes commute.

🔖 Herr der Diebe [in English The Thief Lord] by Cornelia Funke – bear with me, I know I’ve been reading this since August but this month alone I’ve managed to read 50% of it and I’m now on 80% and I feel like I might manage to finish it before the end of the year. I’m so proud of me for finally (almost) finishing another book in German.

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I didn’t blog a lot this month and you know what? That’s okay. I’m adjusting to uni life and my mental health has ups and downs and if I can only write a few posts a month instead of 4 posts a week like I did last year that’s fine.

Here’s the posts I did write:

📜 Book Blitz of The Fever King by Victoria Lee – read an excerpt from chapter 1! I loved this book and the full review is coming a bit closer to the release date.

📜 I did my first Book Haul! Turns out physical books are nice to touch and show off, especially when you paid them like, 3€.

📜 ARC Review: Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi

Even if I didn’t write much, I do have something exciting to share with you all! Back in October I met with Lea @ DrumsOfAutumn and we filmed a bookish video for her channel! The video finally came out a couple of weeks ago and although I’m incredibly shy I thought I’d give you all a chance to like, see me “in person”. Also, Lea is an incredible BookTuber and if you’re not already you definitely need to go follow her!

 

 

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Please pretend to be surprised if you follow me on twitter: I watched She-Ra and the Princesses of Power!

This show…this show. Please understand that the only reason I haven’t rewatched it already is because I’ve been incredibly busy with uni and other commitments. But I’m going to rewatch it soon because it’s just That good.

If you need one (1) reason to watch it, just know that it pissed off a lot of allocishet white dudes (who, by the way, are the real snowflakes here).

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Just please? Go? Watch? It? It’s conveniently on Netflix and it takes my absolute favorite trope (friends to enemies to lovers) and makes it f/f. Now before you pee your pants, it’s not f/f yet (it might never explicitly be since it’s a kids’ show) but there’s little mistaking Catra and Adora’s relationship as purely friendly. Hopefully season 2 will be announced soon and we’ll get to see all that good character development and redemption arc.

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That’s not the only reason the show is so good though: the characters have never heard of toxic masculinity, there’s one side f/f canon pairing, the characters are diverse, every princess has her own set of skills and strengths and not one is seen as better or lesser than others.

 

3ok-1-770x578Well, She-Ra took up most of my mental space in November, but towards the end of the month my friend came over for the weekend and we started watching Adventure Time! I’m taking it slow, only watching a few episodes when I have 10 minutes to spare, but it’s so funny and random??? Liking it is definitely a matter of how you react to its humor because it’s very weird! If you like weird and kind of nonsensical millenial humor it might be worth trying to check it out, and now it just occurred to me that I’m writing this stuff as if I’m not the literal last person on the planet to watch it, but whatever.

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What was your favorite thing that happened in November? You’re totally going to watch She-Ra now that I talked about it, right? Are you excited for 2019? I hope you had a great month and are having an even better December!