The End of the Year Book Tag


Hello There

As I’m typing this, the weather is quite gloomy and I’m listening to Frozen: The Broadway Musical, so yes, we’ve quite moved on from autumn to winter for me. I haven’t been blogging for about a month and a half, mainly because my mental health hasn’t been at its best to say the least, then I got laptop troubles, but I’m finally ready to get back into it, as I’ve missed blogging a lot.

I thought that I’d take it easy coming back, so that’s why I decided to do The End of the Year Book Tag, which was created by Ariel Bissett. I keep seeing this tag everywhere, so I thought it would be fun to do it as well. Without further ado, let’s get into it!


Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Sadly… Yes. I’m terrible at reading my non-fiction books consistently, so I have two on the back burner at the moment. 🙈 I’m still reading The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos, as well as Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon (extraordinary is the key word here apparently). I haven’t read either of them in a few weeks, but I want to finish at least one of them before the end of the year, so we’ll see how it goes!


Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

I’d say The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield! I adored this gothic novel so much when I read it at the beginning of the year and it starts in November, so it’s perfect for the season! Moreover, it has spooky elements and bad winter weather, which makes it a perfect book to read next to a fire while it’s really cold outside.


Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

I can’t wait to get my hands on The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black, though I only have two days left to wait for it to be released! 😱 I loved the first two books in this trilogy so much, so I can’t wait to go back to Elfhame, to see Jude and Cardan again and to know how their story will end.


What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

I’m in a huge fantasy mood at the moment and really want to catch up on some series, so that’s what I’m planning to do during the last few weeks of the year. I’m planning to get The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon, the third book in her Bone Season series, when I’ll travel to London next month, because it’s set there and I want to start it then. Moreover, it’s time I catch up on the series as the next book in it will be released in 2020! I also really want to get to Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff, because I loved Nevernight and I so want to continue this trilogy. Last but not least, I’m currently reading The Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb and want to read the whole trilogy while I’m at it, so I’m planning on getting to The Mad Ship as well.


Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite of the year?

Well, my favourite book of the year has been The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon since March and the only other book I gave five stars to in 2019 was The Thirteenth Tale, so I highly doubt any book will do better than Priory before the end of the year. That being said, I finally started Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders trilogy last week and I’m adoring it so much! Her Farseer trilogy got me out of my fantasy slump around the same time last year, so the Liveship Traders trilogy might end up being my favourite series I’ve read this year (I mean, talking ships, magic, pirates and somehow a family saga? I am so in!), but that’s about it!


Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?

My reading plans for 2020 are to be as relaxed about reading as I can, I don’t want to pressure myself with what and how much I read, so for the third year in a row, I’ll set my Goodreads reading goal at one book and we’ll see how the year goes!

What about you? What are your reading plans for the rest of the year and do you have reading plans for 2020?

lots of love

Mamma Mia! Book Tag

Hello beautiful people!

A few days ago, Romie @ Romie We Deserve Love did the Mamma Mia! Book Tag and not only did I scream, because that’s all I wanted and it gives me a reason to talk about how much I love Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and to write a post with gifs of Lily James, but also because I didn’t know it existed (okay, it was only created recently, but still)?! Thank you, Romie, for bringing it to my attention, you’re amazing! So of course, I’m doing this tag today, because how could I not? This tag was created by Ashley @ Ashley Outpaged and you can find the original video here.

Like so many people, I adore Mamma Mia and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. I was so excited about the sequel coming out, even more when they announced that Lily James would play young Donna, because I’ve loved her since Downton Abbey and will watch anything she’s in. She’s such an amazing actress and I’m so glad she’s finally getting more recognition! I’ve been so obsessed with the movie and have been listening to the soundtrack all the time for the past month. I can’t wait until the DVD release, so I can rewatch it again and again.

But anyway, time for the tag!

Side note: I couldn’t find gifs for all the songs, but I did my best haha. Also, as I put gifs, minor spoilers for the movie I guess?

When I Kissed the Teacher | Name a book with a shocking plot twist

I’m usually quite good at figuring out plot twists, but The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid had a shocking plot twist for me! It kinda made it easier for me to predict the twists of that type of books now though, but I’m not mad, as it was splendidly done in that one. But maybe the most shocking plot twist was that I knew I wanted to reread it a hundred pages into it? How did you do that, Taylor Jenkins Reid? Um… I was also trying to find a way to mention it, as it’s one of my favourite books and Evelyn would totally have kissed the teacher too, so… you know… 

Waterloo | Name a book you’re positive you’ll be in love with

Am I supposed to think of the books in my TBR? That I have added on Goodreads? Well, we’ll just take into consideration my enormous TBR, which is made of… two books (at long last, I won’t have a TBR by next Monday and I’ll be able to conduct a very interesting I-don’t-have-a-TBR experiment, but I digress). Anyway, I’m quite positive I’ll love Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, I’ve been so excited about this one and it’s actually set during the Napoleonic Wars, so I find even funnier that it’s my answer for the Waterloo question. Now, I better love it, or it’ll be awkward.

Why Did It Have To Be Me | Name a book you went to 
to get over a reading slump

I don’t have reading slumps really often and the last really bad one happened in 2015. The book that got me out of it was Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, I read it in one or two sittings. Since then, it has ignited a love for everything Becky Albertalli writes and I adore the movie, so it’ll always have a special place in my heart.

I Have a Dream | Name a book character that inspires you

It’s not going to be very original, as I already mentioned this character in the Mid-Year Freakout Book Tag, but she means so much to me. Juliet Ashton from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society inspires me all the time, through her personality, through her writing, through her whole story. I also picture her as Lily James because of the movie, so it’s true it fed my love for her even more. If I had to pick another character, so my answers would be
a bit more original, Frances Janvier from Radio Silence also really inspires me to work hard, pursue what I love and put myself out there, even when it means going out of the path most people take.

Andante, Andante | Name your current read

I’m currently reading two books. First, I’m reading The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, which I’m planning to finish today (I have a hundred pages left, so), as there is a 24h readathon happening tomorrow. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by it, as I haven’t been screaming at the historical inaccuracies that much, it’s quite easy to read once the plot has really started and it’s so entertaining. I’m also slowly making my way through Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales: a Selection, I’ve been reading tales here and there. Can you tell that we’re in August and I’m participating in the #classicsathon?

Knowing Me, Knowing You | Name a book you had to break up with and DNF

I recently DNF-ed The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy, which made me a bit sad because I so wanted to read it, but I didn’t click with her writing at all and as it was about her life (which was so heartbreaking), I didn’t want to force myself to read it. I started it during my 31 books in 31 days challenge, I didn’t want to drag it behind me all month, and it was a wise decision. Sorry, little book.

Mamma Mia | Name a book you recently read again

I reread The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows at the beginning of the month (what a surprise) and fell in love with it even more than the first time around. It’s definitely one of my favourite books of all time and such a gem, I already want to reread it, which might be a problem, as I just did. I almost wish I could keep this treasure to myself at times, even though many people fell in love with it before I did, haha, I’m a bit possessive when it comes to it. *hides* Also, Juliet Ashton is probably my favourite book character ever, but I already said that.

Dancing Queen | Name a book that made you want to dance around the room

I had trouble finding an answer to this question, until I got through my Goodreads shelves, saw Autoboyography by Christina Lauren and realised it was the perfect answer. It is quite a hyped novel, but I totally agree with it and this book made me so happy (and broke my heart several times, but oh well). Not only was the bi rep absolutely amazing, but I related to Daniel so much, which was quite unexpected. I adored the way the romance was written, but also seeing present and supportive parents, it made my heart full. I need more contemporary novels like this one. Tanner and Daniel, I miss you.

Super Trouper | Name a series you haven’t finished due to its intimidating size

I still need to finish some trilogies, but that’s not because of their size, so I’m not quite sure it counts. However, I still haven’t started the A Song of I
ce and Fire
by George R.R. Martin, nor Robin Hobb’s huge Realms of the Elderlings series (there are three trilogies and two spin-offs series or something? WHAT?) due to their intimidating size. I am finally finding motivation to read fantasy again, though, after such lack of that this year (for me, that is). The book coming out this Fall about the Targaryens makes me want to pick up the A Song of Ice and Fire series really soon and it’s on my reading bucket list of 2018, so it’s time. I think I also got the final push from my boyfriend to read Robin Hobb’s books, he just read the first one and adored it (he literally said he loved it more than Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone? He only read the series last year, but still?), and my parents have been obsessed with it for years. Time to stop putting those series off.

Writing this post has been so much fun, as I had no choice, but to listen to the soundtrack yet again to type my answers! I’m not tagging anyone in particular, but if you’re obssessed with the movie like I am and want to do this tag, bam, you’ve been tagged!

That’s it for me today y’all, now I’ll go back to singing along to the soundtrack!

Have a nice day,

Lots of love,

Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

Hello, beautiful people!

June is over, which means that we’re officially halfway through the year.

To celebrate that and reflect on the books I’ve already read since the beginning of the year, I decided to be very original and to do the mid-year freak out book tag, because I love this one so much! Did I really wait until July to post it? Why, yes.

Best book you’ve read so far in 2018

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Oh, how happy I am to have read this book in June, because even when I wasn’t quite done with it yet, I knew it would be my answer. If you want to know how obsessed I am with this one, I wanted to reread it when I was a hundred pages in. It was such a thrilling and emotional novel, it broke my heart many times, introduced me to one of the most memorable characters ever with Evelyn Hugo and it made my little bisexual heart so happy. 

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018

I haven’t had the best of luck with series since the beginning of the year. I did read first books in several series (the sequels aren’t out yet anyway), but picking up sequels has been hard, it might be because I’m in the mood for standalones, or sequels can often be disappointing (it depends, of course, but lately, I’ve been more disappointed than pleased). However, there are some exceptions to this rule, one of them being Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones. This duology is so close to my heart, as so many elements of it are my absolute favourites (can you believe poppies are on the cover when they’re my favourite flowers?) and it was such an excellent and satisfying conclusion. I’ve been missing Liesl since January and I will never stop. I already want to reread these books so much.

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

There aren’t so many, actually, because I either got to my most anticipated releases already or they aren’t out yet. The three I can think of at the moment are A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews, Circe by Madeline Miller, Sightwitch by Susan Dennard and To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
While I haven’t read many sequels since the beginning of the year, I’m excited for quite a few sequels for the second half of the year, as my most anticipated releases are Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare and Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. There are so many others of course, but those are the ones I’m the most excited for!
(Me on the day I’ll get my hands on those books)

Biggest disappointment.
Unfortunately, Villette by Charlotte Brontë. I have many reasons for not liking it and I know other readers or critiques have the same reasons for liking it, I guess it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I had really enjoyed the beginning, so I didn’t expect to dislike it so much, but it happens sometimes. However, I read Shirley by Charlotte Brontë and loved it, so I’ll just erase Villette from my memory.

Biggest surprise

I know this one was really hyped, but, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. I still can’t get over how much I adored this novel, need the sequel RIGHT NOW or how many things happened in just one book. I still can’t believe it’s a debut novel either. It’s one of the best fantasy novels I’ve read in the past few years. If you still haven’t read it, don’t think too much on it and go for it!

Favourite new author

Without any hesitation, Alice Oseman. I’ve read all of her books within a week, when I never do that. I can’t even binge-read book series anymore and yet, I needed more of her writing. I adore every single character she writes, her pop culture references (when I read that Frances from Radio Silence watched Parks and Recreation, I so screamed), seeing her characters making cameos in her other works (for Radio Silence). I’m so impressed by her, as she’s only two years older than me (!!) and she’s so talented. Moreover, I adore her YouTube channel where she talks about writing.

Newest fictional crush

PETER QUIIIIILL. I am pretty sure that everyone will give me a side-eye for that, thinking I’m only talking about MCU!Peter Quill. But I am so not. I love both comics!Peter Quill and MCU!Peter Quill and they have different backstories and storylines for some things! So as I’ve been reading the Guardians of the Galaxy comics for the past few months, I can legitimately say that he can technically be my newest book boyfriend. I’m pretty insufferable when I read them, though, because I scream a lot because of Peter. Oops. 

Newest favourite character

Juliet Ashton from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, without any hesitation. When I reread my review of this book, I realised how obvious my answer would be, I seem so passionate about her:

      “Juliet was such a great main character, especially when you consider that this book is set right after WW2, she speaks her own mind, is smart, sunny (if you’ve read the book you’ll appreciate that reference), independent, had great taste in books. I would have read another book about her and I’m even more excited to see her come to life on the big screen.”

I adore her so much and I knew I would from the second I read that she had written a biography about Anne Brontë, who is, incidentally, my favourite Brontë. Now that I’ve watched the movie, I love Juliet even more and it isn’t only due to the fact that she is portrayed by Lily James. I still have tears in my eyes from when they talked about Anne Brontë, I can’t.

Book that made you cry

Y’all, I cry in front of almost every movie I watch, I usually feel things too loudly, so I have probably cried while reading most of the books I’ve read so far this year. If I had to pick one, I’d say All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor. I adored this book so much and a part of it made me sob really hard, because it echoed my personal life perfectly. I cried for an hour after finishing it, that’s how it affected me. I’m so glad I read it, I so needed it.

Book that made you happy
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. This book made me the happiest because it meant travelling back into the Grishaverse, which I’m always missing a little. Moreover, collection of short stories can sometimes be uneven, but it wasn’t the case with this one, I adored all of the stories. It was also made of fairy tales/folk tales and it gave me such a warm feeling while reading it, like I was a little child again, listening to a bedtime story.
Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year

I’ve seen several book adaptations, now that I’m thinking about it, but my favourite was Love, Simon. I had loved the book and was so excited to finally see the characters on the big screen and I wasn’t disappointed in that. It is such an amazing and adorable story and it’s been meaning more and more to me lately, on a personal level. I also adored The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, but I’d say that Love Simon follows its novel more closely!

Favourite review/post you’ve written this year

I found two versions of this question, so I’ll answer to both. My favourite review I wrote was for All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor, it was such a thought-provoking book and I had so much to say about it. My favourite post I wrote would be the one about The Greatest Showman, where I explained why I couldn’t like this movie like so many people did. It was such a great post to write, because I had to do some historical research (can you tell I used to be a history major?) and I stood by everything I said, every single time (I had an argument about it at uni once, and I so won both the argument and a friend at the end of it).
Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

It was a bit hard to pick, but while I tend to prefer paperbacks for reading, I have a weakness for what’s under hardbacks’ jackets. So, without hesitation, the most beautiful book I got since the beginning of the year is The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar. Honestly, look at how stunning it is:

It was really hard to pick just one and I’ve rarely cheated to those questions since the beginning of the tag, so I’ll show you my second favourite, because I can’t get over the naked hardback. Ladies and gentlemen, please feast your eyes upon The Cruel Prince by Holly Black:

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

There are so many of them, but here are the ones I want to read the most: Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Robert Mathurin, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, Thomas Hardy: The Time
Torn Man
by Claire Tomalin, Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (I was supposed to start reading them before the last season, but it’s almost been a year, oops) and The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.
What are your three favourite books of the year so far? 
(I’m trying to be nice by not saying your favourite haha)

Lots of love,