#T5W: Bookish Things I’ve Changed My Mind About

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started and I discovered through the lovely Samantha‘s videos. If you’re interested you can join the goodreads group to get the topics for each week.

This week’s topic:

May 1st: Bookish Things I’ve Changed My Mind About
— This can cover any bookish topic you want: tropes, characters, TBRs, genres, anything!


1. Audiobooks

This is probably the biggest change in my reading life. It’s not that I thought audiobooks weren’t valid or bad or anything, I just thought they wouldn’t be for me and I wouldn’t be able to focus on them. Now I always have one audiobook on my currently-reading shelf and I can’t do without them. (Psst, you should read my audiobook guide!)

2. Reading only one book at the time

I used to be someone who could only read one book and wouldn’t start another one until I was done with that one. That’s still somewhat true if we look at the genres of books (I won’t have two contemporaries on my CR shelf, or two high fantasy, etc), but I will generally have a few books that I’m reading at different paces and usually in different formats (audio/ebooks, rarely physical).

3. Writing 

I used to just read whatever sounded good and in a way I still do, but I’m much more aware of how much I like the writing style of the author I’m reading, and sometimes it can make or break my enjoyment of a book. I’m not even talking about the actual prose but more about how the writer seems to treat their readers, if that makes sense? It’ll obviously depend on the genre and age target of the book, but I hate feeling like the author doesn’t trust me to not pick up on clues (especially when it comes to what the characters are feeling, etc) and feeds me redundant information.

4. Contemporary genre

I’m not sure this counts because I’ve always read contemporary, but when I started reading in English I started with YA fantasy and for a while (like…two years??) that’s all I would read. It’s not that I hated contemporaries, I just only wanted to read fantasy! That obviously changed almost to a point where I could barely read any fantasy because it takes me more time and focus, but thankfully audiobooks are helping with that so now I would say I read a healthy amount of both genres.

5. Rating

I’m someone who gives out four and five stars very easily. Looking back at some of the five-star reads I’ve had over the years, I can’t say that they really all deserved such a high rating, especially since I can barely even remember what some of them were about. So I’m trying to always think before giving five stars, “Will this book still be relevant to me in a month? Will I remember it? Has it changed something in me?” Generally speaking I still have a hard time deciding whether to rate purely on enjoyment or on quality, because the two are sometimes very different and I can say that objectively a book is 5-stars-good but I didn’t enjoy it because of personal taste. I see people switching to 10-stars-ratings but I wouldn’t know what that would change for me. So this is not a topic I’ve exactly changed my mind about, but I’m somewhat always working on rating more critically than I did before.

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Have you changed your mind about something book-related? What would your past self say if they saw you now?


The Sunshine Blogger Awards

I was tagged by Alessandra @thebookishmind more than a month ago and I failed at posting this sooner 😦 Thank you so much Ale for tagging me ♥
I love this tag because the questions change all the time: you just answer the eleven questions you were tagged with, and then come up with eleven different questions and tag a bunch of people that will have to reply to them. Also make sure to tag and thank the person who tagged you so they can see your answers


1. Describe yourself with three characters.
Renee Walker, Wylan Van Eck, Adam Parrish.
2. Three books releasing this year that you are most excited for.
The Love Interest, ACOWAR, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
3. What is the last book that you DNF?
Our Own Private Universe
4. One of your 2017 book goal.
I just want to read things that I enjoy, and I won’t put up with books that I honestly feel aren’t going to be enjoyable for me (for example I don’t think I’m going to read Caraval) or that aren’t working for me, even if I’m in the middle of them. So this is probably going to be the year of DNF for me :’D
5. What is the exact number on your TBR? (Not ebook)
Hah. This is a awkward, because most of my TBR is actually in the form of ebooks, so counting those, I have about 100 unread ebooks on my Kindle/iPad.
6. Are you a paperback or an hardback reader?
Neither – I’m an ebook reader all the way! If I’m forced to read physical copies I prefer hardbacks.
7. Who is your last author discovered?
Austin Chant, I loved Peter Darling and I’m definitely curious to read whatever he comes up with next. In the meantime I’m going to have to check out his previous works.
8. Who is your book boyfriend? Why?
Rhysand because he’s the embodiment of how a man should treat the woman he’s in a relationship with; Matt Boyd because he’s not afraid of strong women; Kell Maresh because HOT; Alucard Emery and Nicolai Lantsov because PIRATES,… uh, was I supposed to only choose one?…
9. What is your last bookish-obsession?
I fell in love with graphic novels and mangas! I’d never read many before this year but now I can’t seem to go a week without starting at least one!
10.The Doctor invites you on his Tardis. Where are you going?
This is going to sound really lame, and there are probably smarter answers I could give, but honestly I’d want to meet W.A. Mozart…so around 1780-1790 Austria (but I’m bringing antibiotics and disinfectant).
11.What are your latest TV shows obsession? TOP 3.
They’re not really latest obsessions because, except YOI, I haven’t watched the other two recently, but anyway: Yuri!!! On IceOutlander, Game of Thrones.

My questions are:

1. What is the last book you read until the end but wish you’d DNF?

2. What is one lesson a book taught you?

3. If you could meet any author from the past, who would you meet?

4. What’s your favorite reading spot?

5. What’s your #1 bookish pet peeve?

6. What’s one book you think would work better in a different format (TV show, manga, video game, you name it!)?

7. Name a trope you’ll never get tired of reading.

8. What’s one book you wish you’d written yourself?

9. What’s your favorite person/tense to read (first person present, third person past…)?

10. Multiple point of views or unique point of view?

11. Have you ever changed your mind about a book/author/genre because of a review or discussion you’ve read on a blog or Goodreads? If you did, explain a bit 🙂


I tag:

Jess @beaucoupbooks

Leah @unearthingwords

Stephanie @teacherofya

May @sunsetsandbookfests

Liam @heyashers

Emma @adreamerslibrary

I hope you all haven’t done this tag already (I mean, the questions would be different anyway, but I understand if you don’t want to do the tag a hundred times!).
If I haven’t tagged you please feel free to do this tag as well, just tag me so I can read your answers (since I came up with them I’m super curious to read the answers!)


#T5W: 2017 Goals

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! I’ve been a bit absent on the blog (the holidays do that to me), but hopefully now I’ll get back on track. Let’s start with the first Top 5 Wednesday of the year.

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started and I discovered through the lovely Samantha‘s videos. If you’re interested you can join the goodreads group to get the topics for each week.

This week’s topic:

2017 Goals:
–These do not need to be reading goals specifically, they can be any goals you want to talk about. Reading goals, blog/channel/instagram goals, personal goals…anything!

So here are some of my goals, in no particular order:

  • Keep cultivating meaningful online friendships: when I started finally writing reviews, first only on goodreads and finally on my own blog, I was certainly hoping to find like-minded people to share opinions with. What I didn’t believe was possible was finding true friends, especially within just a couple of months of being an active goodreads user. So I hope this trend will continue ♥
  • Be more supportive: this is both in general and on the bookish community. I really want to help others without expecting anything back, and that’s something I only managed to start doing this past year.

    what terrifies me most is how we
    foam at the mouth with envy
    when others succeed
    but sigh in relief
    when they are failing

    our struggle to
    celebrate each other is
    what’s proven most difficult
    in being human

    Rupi Kaur, from milk and honey

  • Read outside of my comfort zone. I am a Fantasy girl and I don’t want that to completely change, but I also want to find new genres and formats (for example I just read milk and honey and it was great).
  • Find new things that I enjoy doing. In the past few months I’ve found a couple of things that for many reasons I’d never tried (like writing), and I hope I can continue finding more.
  • Be better and more consistent with blogging…but I feel like we’re all on the same boat 😛

I’d love to hear your guys’ goals!

This or That Book Tag

Thank you

I want to thank icebreaker694 so much for tagging me! I’m really new to blogging so it was the first tag I received and it made me happy 💗


  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks)
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
  • Tag (10) other people to do this tag to spread the love!

Reading on the couch or on the bed?

Couch all the way!

Male main character or female main character?

This is hard. I think overall I read/have read more books with female main characters, but some of my all-time-favorite books actually see a majority (if not all) of male main characters (I’m thinking Captive Prince, Raven Boys, Six of Crows…). I really can’t decide on this one!

Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?

Mmh, I typically don’t snack while I read, but if I have to choose, I’d probably say sweet snacks.

Trilogies or quartets?

I’ll go with trilogies simply because I have only read one quartet (The Raven Cycle). In general I think it doesn’t matter how many books a series has, as long as it makes sense for the story and making it a quartet or a five-books series is not just a way to spill more money out of readers.

First person point of view or third person point of view?

I’ve enjoyed many books in first person, but I definitely prefer a third person point of view.

Reading at night or in the morning?

Night night night. I’m a night owl and I can focus better after 11pm, and I find there’s an almost magical atmosphere when I read something that keeps me up after everyone else has gone to bed.

Libraries or bookstores?

Bookstores. I typically don’t go to libraries because we already have so many books in my house and at my grandparents’ house, and if I want to read some classics I can generally find them there. If I want to read YA I’m pretty sure I won’t find much of it in the libraries we have here.

Books that make you laugh or make you cry?

I haven’t read any books whose only purpose is making me laugh. I’ll have to say books that make me cry and laugh are my favorite.

Black book covers or white book covers?

These questions need to stop messing with my brain. I just can’t choose! If I absolutely have to, I’ll say black covers.

Character driven or plot driven stories?

Well, finally! This is an easy one for me: character driven 5ever. If I love the characters, I don’t even care if the plot is somewhat lacking (I’m looking at you, Raven Cycle).

I tag:

Sarah @theyabooktraveler
Emma @cornreviewsbooks
Sarah @ampersandprincess
Raneem @arayofbooks
Sabrina @unicornsreadtoo
Chelsea @romweasley
Emma @adreamerslibrary
Megan @bookslayerreads
Jordan @herpaperadventure

My rating system

Since I’m going to start reviewing books on my blog too, I thought it’d be helpful to copy-paste (sorry but I’m lazy) my rating system from my goodreads page. I know we all have our personal opinion of what a 2-stars or 3-stars book means, so for the sake of not repeating myself over and over in future reviews, I’m just leaving this here. Just note that a book starts being “bad” for me from 2,5 -3 stars down.

★★★★ 5 stars: I absolutely adored this book and I think everyone should read it. This kind of rating often stems from a purely subjective/emotional reason. The book might have flaws but I didn’t care enough about them and they didn’t impact my reading experience.
★★★★✩ 4 stars: I really enjoyed this book! I found some minor flaws that at times made my reading experience slightly annoying, but overall I had an awesome time reading this!
OR: The book was objectively perfect and it had all the elements to be enjoyable but I didn’t feel that spark, that little added something that makes it a 5 stars book for me.
★★★✩ 3 stars: There definitely were flaws that I wasn’t able to overlook. I still enjoyed most of my reading experience but I wished some things were different. OR: I finished this book even though I realized objectively it has no major flaws but it just wasn’t a book for me.
★★✩✩ 2 stars: I didn’t enjoy this book for a number of reason: it was too similar to other books without adding anything to the genre, the characters weren’t well developed and/or weren’t coherent to themselves, there was no character development and/or world building, and so on. I didn’t give it 1 star because I think there might be someone out there (for example an inexperienced reader) who might be able to enjoy it.
★✩✩✩ 1 star: That’s a no-no. I didn’t like it at all, the whole book was a major flop, I wanted to carve my eyeballs out, and I likely couldn’t bring myself to finishing it (DNF). I wouldn’t recommend anyone to read this.


25 Bookish Facts About Me

I saw this tag on a couple of blogs and BookTube videos and I thought I’d join in on the fun! Also it seems like a good way for you to get to know me a bit better. I couldn’t really find who the creator of this tag is, so if you know please let me know in the comments so I can edit this post and link to them.
Here we go:

  1. I can never read more than one book at the time. Really, I don’t know how people can have multiple books on their “Currently reading” shelf without actually only choosing one to read to the end and DNF-ing the other ones.
  2. I mostly read e-books. I plan to get all my favorite series in a physical format later on, but for now the only physical books I read are ones that we already have at home or that I might borrow from friends.
  3. I forget plots so easily it’s ridiculous. It doesn’t matter if I loved the book or I hated it, I’ll forget most details very, very soon. I mean, I obviously remember the idea of the book, but whenever I see someone remembering very specific details about books they’ve read years ago I have to wonder if there’s something wrong with me. However, I never forget the general atmosphere of a book/movie/videogame or my emotional response to it.
  4. I tend to read names of characters/places “the Italian way” unless I know the correct pronunciation.
  5. I love reading big chunks of a book. I’m not really one to read two chapters and then move on do something else, because I know that if I do that I’ll enjoy a book much less. I really need to be completely inside a book, and that means reading at least 1-2 hours without interruptions. That might be difficult sometimes when life gets busy, because usually I’d rather postpone reading than read only a little bit knowing I’ll have to do other things soon.
  6. I spent one summer (I must have been 14 or 15) only reading Harry Potter books 1 to 5 (all the ones that were out and translated at that time). Whenever I finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix I would go right back to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and marathon the series again. Summer breaks are 3 months long here in Italy, so I don’t even know how many times I must have read those five books. Too many.
  7. Speaking of Harry Potter, I’ve still never read it English, so often I see names of creatures or items from the series online and I have to google what they are in Italian because, well, I only know the Italian names for them.
  8. My current favorite genre is fantasy, specifically high-fantasy. That might still change in the future, and sometimes I do get a bit fed up of fantasy (something easily fixed by reading the occasional contemporary novel), but so far I’m really enjoying this trend.
  9. I’m such a mood reader. That’s why I don’t join reading challenges or book clubs. If I don’t feel like reading that specific book at that specific time, there’s no way I’ll enjoy it.
  10. I don’t have a problem lending my books if I trust the person, but since I mostly read e-books, that’s not something I can really do. However, I now own two Kindles, so I’m considering lending the older one to my best friend so he can read a selection of my books I made for him.
  11. I’ve never listened to a full audiobook (I’ve only listened to two chapters of Empire of Storms, chapters 17 and 18…if you’ve read the book you know what I’m talking about).
  12. There are a few very specific things that are like plus points if I’m reading a fantasy set in a different world. For example, I love when characters from different places within that fictional world have different accents/languages and those accents are described. It is just a really realistic thing to mention and I actually get annoyed whenever there’s a big world map and different characters talk and there’s never any mention of how they sound.
  13. My favorite places to read are on the couch or at the beach. I cannot read in a car or bus because I get motion sickness, but I really enjoy reading on trains or planes.
  14. Everyone in my immediate family is a reader, regardless of their degree of education.
  15. I only started reading fanfictions this year, and even now I don’t really read many. The first ones I read were about Captive Prince and since then I’ve also read a couple of #Pynch and #Wesper ones. Also, I recently started writing my own Captive Prince fanfic and I’m loving it.
  16. Sometimes it feels like I like secondary characters more than main characters. I usually take this as a sign that the author is doing a great job.
  17. If I like a series, I need to marathon it. Sometimes I don’t buy/start a book that I want to read because I know that the last book in a series is coming out soon, I’d rather wait a couple of weeks/months and then read the whole series back to back.
  18. Ironically, one of the worst presents I received in my life was a book. Not only is it the second one in a series I haven’t read, it was also a “recycled present” and inside was a pen-written dedication to the person that gave it to me. Like, this person didn’t even bother to open the book that was gifted to them and just gave it to me for my birthday. I don’t mind getting used books but at least be honest about it. Instead they made it look like it was a thought-out gift when it was all but that. I’m still pissed off about it if you can’t tell.
  19. One book was actually dedicated to me! My grandpa wrote a few books about pedagogy, and one of his books was written while I was in elementary school and many of the things he wrote about in it were taken from my experiences with my teachers at the time. So he wrote his dedication to me: “To Silvia, affectionate granddaughter and heroic schoolchild” (this is obviously a translation and it makes more sense in Italian, forgive me but I suck at translating).
  20. I enjoy reading series the most, and I read the standalones on my TBR mostly between two series, especially if the one I’ve just read stole my heart and I feel book-hungover.
  21. For the past three years I’ve mostly read books in English, but I also read in Italian (obviously) and German. Whenever I read something I try to read it in its original language, so even if sometimes I find better deals for Italian translations of books, I still buy them in English because I think the reading experience is better that way.
  22. I still didn’t read any graphic novel. Actually, that’s not true, but I haven’t read any lately. I used to read a lot of Asterix comics when I was little, and probably something else too that I can’t remember. But I’d love to read some more adult ones. I have a few on my TBR (Death Note, Saga,…) but I still didn’t get to them.
  23. I need quiet when I read, especially if the people around me are speaking Italian and I’m reading in English (or German). My brain just can’t!
  24. Popular books I haven’t read include: The Little Prince, The Hunger GamesTwilight, Divergent, and many more.
  25. I generally don’t listen to music while I read, However, I recently started to listen to book playlists if the author creates them, and I find they really add to the atmosphere of a book, but I just can’t be bothered to choose my own music because I don’t know if it will fit the book or not. The most recent playlist I listened to is Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows playlist and I’m obsessed with it. I found so many great songs/bands that I wouldn’t have otherwise and it just made my whole Six of Crows duology experience so much more enjoyable (as if the books themselves weren’t enough!)

Consider yourselves tagged if you haven’t done this already!

Multiple PoVs?

Around this time last year I was reading the same book I’m reading right now –Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. Back then, a few new and weird things were going on in my life, and that’s when The Great Reading Slump of 2k15 happened. I never got to move on to finish that series until now, and I’m enjoying it a lot.

But that’s not what this post is about (I’ll post a series review as soon as I read the third book). As I was reading this morning I started thinking (you know that weird state of mind where you are reading, but you’re also thinking, and by the time you realize you’re doing both you have to go back one page or two because you have no idea what you’ve just read?) -I was saying, I started thinking of how my reading experience has changed in the past year, as I’ve changed too, and I realize I now enjoy some things in books that I didn’t before, and I’m much more aware of why I like the books I do.

Specifically I want to talk about multiple point of views.
Until last year, I’m pretty sure chapters from different PoVs than the main characters’ were met with a little bit of annoyance from my part. Not that I eventually didn’t enjoy them, but the thought was always there, “I wish this chapter was still from the protagonists’ PoV”.
Throughout this year my perception has changed a lot, it seems, to the point where I’m almost annoyed at going back to the protagonist(s)’ PoV. I can’t say it’s always like that, but I think if a book is done right, the secondary characters’ PoVs can be in a way the most interesting ones.

One recent example of this is Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. The Throne of Glass series started moving heavily towards the multiple PoVs structure since book three, Heir of Fire, and so far each book gets more multiple-pov-y than the previous one. Needless to say this is now one of the things that make me love this series so much. But I was almost annoyed every time the chapter went back to Aelin’s PoV, and I think of the reasons is because I feel like her character, after five books, has stayed pretty much the same. Not that she didn’t have any character development, on the contrary. But she stayed consistent to her personality, her I’m-going-to-do-everything-myself-without-telling-anything-to-anyone, and as much as I love her and care about her (I’m not even going to pretend like that’s not weird, but that’s what we book lovers do), I found myself enjoying discovering new things about old characters’ personalities or way of thinking, or just getting to know completely new characters, much more.
The same can be said about the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, especially in this book I’m currently reading, where many new PoVs are added to the two main ones of book one.

I would like to know: am I the only one that feels like this? Do I have to add it to my weirdness list?