Finally Fall 2020 – Book Tag

Hi lovelies! I felt like doing a book tag and thought it would be interesting to revisit a tag I’ve done last year, since I’ve read nearly 100 books since then (94 to be exact). Also, there’s nothing I love more than autumn and the cosy and spooky season. If you want to check out my answers from last yea head here. Let’s get into it!

QUESTION 1 – In fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting.

The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle

The Storm Keeper’s Island is a MG magical story set in Ireland. Honestly, even though Arranmore is not a place I have visited, the setting was so familiar and it made for a very cosy read. I am not Irish by birth, I moved here at 15, but by now I have lived here for close to half my life and I consider it home. Reading this book gave me a very homey and safe feeling. If you like MG, definitely pick this one up, it’s fantastic!

QUESTION 2 – Nature is beautiful… but also dying: Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss of grief.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

This novel by Elizabeth Acevedo deals with exactly that – grief and loss. It’s told in verse, and the way it’s written is absolutely stunning! It’s a contemporary about two sisters who don’t know about each others existence and are brought together by a tragedy when their father dies in a plane crash. Not only do they have to deal with the loss of their father – they also need to get past the betrayal of their father’s lies, and accepting each other as family. I loved every second of it.

QUESTION 3 – Fall is back to school season: Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

Again, second year in a row – I don’t have an answer for that. I don’t read non-fiction, although I think I should. Maybe next year I’ll have an actual answer.

QUESTION 4 – In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: Name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be part of.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

I’m rereading Anne of Green Gables right now… so that is my answers. Living in Avonlea, with Anne, Marilla and Matthew would be great, I think. They’re such an unlikely family but they really care about each other. I love everything about this series, I think I even wouldn’t mind Rachel Lynde nosing around.

QUESTION 5 – The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: Show us a pile of fall coloured spines!

This is an old photo. But they are very much fall coloured. I would appreciate if you checked out my Instagram account if you’re so inclined. (shameless promo)

QUESTION 6 – Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: Share a book wherein someone is telling a story.

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

So… This one is told in fist person, so that counts, right? A person telling THEIR OWN story? I think it counts anyway. The Black Flamingo is another book on this list told in verse and it is everything. Honestly, it’s probably one of the best books I’ve read this year. It’s a coming of age story that deals with identity, sexuality and the reality of being Black in the UK. I loved it and I think it’s a must read.

QUESTION 7 – The nights are getting darker: Share a dark, creepy read.

IT by Stephen King

Okay, this might seem a TYPICAL answer to many of you, but the truth is I only read it (IT) late last year and it was so fucking good, I don’t know why I slept on it for so long. Honestly, I haven’t read any other Stephen King (other than like 2 short stories) so it’s not a typical answer to me. This one was super creepy in a good way. I did skip the infamous scene, though, not to ruin the book for myself. If you know, you know.

QUESTION 8 – The days are getting colder: Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar

Okay… this one is over 300 pages long so it’s not necessarily THAT short. But it’s such a great and cosy story, and a fast read too, and I’m sure it would definitely warm up someone’s day. It’s a story full of adventure and pirates and is everything you could possibly want from a MG. It gave me such a nostalgic feeling! I could not praise it enough.

QUESTION 9 – Fall returns every year: Name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Last year my answer to this was Anne of Green Gables. I am reading it now, so I guess I have accomplished that. I’ve been wanting to pick up The Secret Garden again. I’ve only read it once, as a kid, and in Polish, so I would love to revisit this story and see if it holds up right now.

QUESTION 10 – Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: Share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!

The answer still stands – my bed. I do most of my reading in bed, no matter the season, but especially in autumn, I love being under the quilt with a hot water bottle and reading for hours.

And that is it. I’d love to know if you have done this tag – let me know in the comments below. I think I’ll make this a yearly thing – I quite enjoyed revisiting it and seeing my old answers. I’ll chat to you soon. Thanks for reading!

Nope Trope – Book Tag

Hi! Third post in one week? Am I feeling okay? My first blogaversary is fast approaching and I feel inspired to post more, so I’m taking advantage of it. I thought it’d be fun do to a little tag, so I went looking for interesting ones and came across the Nope Trope Tag by Zoe’s All Booked (this link will take you to the tag video) and although I was not tagged, I decided to do it.

Eavesdropping w/ miscommunication – Name a book you heard great things about and expected to love but ended up hating.

Circe by Madeline Miller

While watching Zoe’s video this was LITERALLY the first book that came to my mind. We all know how loved this book is by every single person, I don’t have to explain the hype. I love Greek myth and expected to join the hype-train and rave about it, but… have we read the same book? It’s so short, yet it took me forever to get through, because it was dry and soooo boring. I have a review of it here, if you’re interested in my full thoughts but yeah… a total disappointment.

Love Triangles – Name a series where you can’t pick your favourite book

This series is absolutely fantastic and I can’t pick a favourite – it’s like picking a favourite child! I love Schwab’s writing, the world building in this is fantastic and I would die for Kell and Lila. It’s just too good.

Not Like Other Girls/Didn’t Know I’m Beautiful – Name a book that has a pretty cover but was boring as all hell.

Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke

Circe could also fit this prompt, but I decided to go with Seven Endless Forests, because although the cover is stunning, the inside of the book just didn’t do anything for me. I found it boring, and have I not gotten an arc of this and cared about my NetGalley feedback percentage I would’ve DNFed it. It gave me Naomi Novik vibes, and those fit this prompt, too, because all her book cover designs are stunning yet I have not been able to get through any of them (and not for the lack of trying).

All-Consuming Love – Name a book that gave you a book hangover.

King of Fools by Amanda Foody

I don’t see enough people talking about this series and it frustrates me because it’s SO FUCKING GOOD! King of Fools killed me, I cried a lot and after I finished it, I could not stop thinking about it. For a long time. So, please just read it – book 3 comes out soon and it’s so worth it. Do it!

Douchebag Boyfriend – Name a book that took you a while to get into, but you ended up loving.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

This book confused me for sooo long. Ya girl’s a bit dumb (if you’ve read the book you know what I mean), but once I got IT I was mind-blown. This book is actually genius. There’s nothing more to say about it. N.K. Jemisin is GOOD.

Tell us your favourite or least favourite trope.

I’ve written blog posts on those, so I’ll just link them here: favourite and least favourite.

That is all, folks! If you like this tag and think it’d be fun to do – you are hereby tagged. Thanks so much for reading. Chat soon!

Mid Year Book Freakout – Book Tag

Hi! I have been absolutely HORRIBLE at posting this month. Really, ever since my birthday I’ve been getting into a life slump ( third life crisis?)… What better way to get back into the swing of things than with a book tag?

You have probably seen everyone do this already, but here are my answers to the Mid Year Book Freakout tag. Let’s go!

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2020

Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake

Starting off with probably the most difficult question of all… Honestly, how am I meant to decide? I’m going to go with Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake, the conclusion to the Three Dark Crowns series, simply because it ripped my heart out and genuinely made me cry. I did not think when I first started this series that I would love it so much. Highly recommend it, even if you read and didn’t love the first book.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far In 2020

Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman

This stunner is technically a companion novel and not a direct sequel but it counts because I say it does. It is a western set after the events of Vengeance Road (which honestly, you should just pick up because it’s everything) and it’s so suspenseful and fast paced it’s a WILD RIDE. It follows two new characters, Charlotte and Reece, whose lives become entwined in so great circumstances, but also Kate and Jesse form book 1. Don’t let the genre discourage you – the books are fantastic.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I have not yet picked this one up, even though it was definitely one of my most anticipated releases of the year. I got swamped with review copies in May and have since acquired quite a few new books aaaand… this one will have to wait unless I want to drown in books.

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

You know I’d be lying if I answered with any other book. Schwab is Queen and anything that she publishes I read. Addie LaRue sounds incredible, so I’m not being bias. I mean, a story about a girl who makes a deal with the Devil to live forever and the consequence is that everyone who meets her forgets her instantly?! Do you need to be convinced any more?

Biggest Disappointment

Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

I’ve talked about this book a lot, and I don’t want to make myself unnecessarily angry, so if you want to read my thoughts, here’s the review for it. Short and sweet – it could’ve have been so great, but it sucked. And I’m beyond disappointed.

Biggest Surprise

Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins

The synopsis does not do this book any justice. I got it in a subscription box and picked up on a whim, not really interested in it, and ended up falling in love with the story and the characters. It’s absolutely fantastic, it has time travel and a found family trope and a great main character.

Favourite New Author (Debut Or To You)

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Definitely N.K. Jemisin as a new to me author. I loved The Fifth Season, it was so fucking smart, the world building incredibly rich and I absolutely loved the writing. I’ll be picking up everything by Jemisin, for sure.

Newest Fictional Crush

I don’t really get those, so I have no answer for this question.

Newest Favourite Character

Duckett & Dyer Dicks For Hire by G.M. Nair

I had the biggest love-hate relationship with Stephanie, but I think I love her more than hate her. She’s the WORST in the best way possible. By the way, if you like weird and hilarious books and sci-fi, definitely pick this gem up.

Book That Made You Cry

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

Okay, in all honesty, this didn’t quite make me cry, but I didn’t want to use the same book I already talked about (Five Dark Fates) for this answer. The Last Time We Say Goodbye got me quite choked up, though, so I think it counts. It deals with suicide and grief and I think it’s a poignant and well written story.

Book That Made You Happy

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

These stories were incredibly cute and I loved being back in the Lunar Chronicles world. I even didn’t mind the Scarlett and Wolf story, eve though they were my least favourite from the series.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought So Far This Year (Or Received)

The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan

I have many answers to this question, but I decided to go with this one because it’s shiny and gorgeous and the inside papers fold out and have beautiful illustrations. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m excited to pick it up once the slump is gone.

What Books Do You Need To Read By The End Of The Year

Honestly, hopefully all of the ones I already own. But realistically that’s not gonna happen. I don’t have any specific ones that I absolutely need to read, other than The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue once it’s out.

And that is all for the questions. Thank you for reading! I’ll talk to you all soon.

Stay at Home – Book Tag

Hi! I haven’t done a tag in forever (edit later on: I have done last month), so I decided to do one today. Credit to Princess of Paperback for creating this tag, and let’s just get into the questions because intros are difficult and boring and who cares.

Laying in Bed book you could/have read in a day

The most recent one I’ve read in one day is Northline by Willy Vlautin, for which I have a review here, if you want to check it out. It’s just under 200 pages, so I don’t think it’s much of an accomplishment, but it’s been a while since I read a full book in one day (not counting graphic novels). It’s a short and easy read, following a girl in her twenties, who after finding out she’s pregnant, moves to a different city to get away from her abusive boyfriend. I enjoyed it a lot.

Snacking – guilty pleasure book

I’m not sure if this fits the category, but I’m going to go with the first 3 books in the Mortal Instruments series. Looking back on it, especially the first 2, they are preeeeetty bad. The writing isn’t great and there’s the whole incest but not really plot in it I don’t think I could get on board with if I read it now. But I have a soft spot for those books and love them, even though objectively I kinda realise they’re trash, you know? (I use trash in the best way possible, don’t at me).

Netflix – series you want to start

The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things and I have the first book, for some reason I’m just scared to start it. Don’t ask me why, I have a feeling I will really enjoy it, and yet… Also, Skyward by Brandon Sanderson, but I think that might happen soon because I just got the first book.

Deep clean – been on your TBR for ages

I’m going to go with The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman. It’s been on my TBR since 2016, and I’ve owned it for at least 3 years (if not 4), yet I still haven’t gotten to it. I’m not much for historical fiction, but I make an exception when it’s paranormal and set in Victorian London. The longer I wait, the less inclined I am to pick it up, though, so I should probably give it a go soon…

Animal Crossing – book you recently bought

I bought a ton… oops. So, not to reuse Skyward, I’m going to go with Retribution Rails and a novella Kate & Jesse, both by Erin Bowman. They’re companions to Vengeance Road, a book I adore with all my heart. They’re westerns, an unpopular and unlikely genre I discovered I really enjoy. I wish more people gave them a go.

Productivity – book you learnt (from) or had an impact on you

I don’t really read non-fiction (obviously it’s not the only kind of book you can learn from but ya get me), so I’m going to talk a book that had the biggest impact on me and continues to have one and that it… you guessed it, The Catcher in the Rye, aka my favourite book of all time. It’s quite a polarising book, and I understand why, but it has shaped me a lot as a human being, and I keep coming back to it every year.

Facetime – a book you were gifted

I think my favourite book I was gifted is this really really old copy of Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, published as Dean Swift. My sister gave it to me. It’s extra special because she painted the cover herself.

Self care – what is one thing you have done recently to look after yourself

Other than buying books, which I tend to do when I feel bad and need a pick me up, I let myself have a couple of lazy days and really listened to what my body and mind wanted. If I didn’t feel like doing work, or reading, or leaving my bed, I didn’t beat myself up about it and just let myself rest. We’re under enough stress as it is right now, and there is absolutely no point in adding more.

Bonus – name a book coming out soon

Shout out to Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, coming out on May 5th!

If you got all the way to this paragraph, thank you for reading, and you are now tagged! Of course, if tags are not your thing or you just don’t want to do it, no pressure. But if you do decide to do it, let me know in the comments down below so I can check out your post.

I’ll chat to you soon!

Reading Habits – Book Tag

Hi! As is the case for most of you, I’m stuck at home at the moment – my workplace closed and I don’t have the option to work from home, so days have been… strange to say the least. I’ve taken a few days to clear my head and make a sort of an action plan and decided to take all of this free time to blog more often. So, today I’m easing myself in with a book tag. I found this tag on Ariel Bissett’s YouTube channel and as she hasn’t tagged a creator, I’m going to assume she came up with the questions.

Let’s go.

Do you have a a certain place at home for reading?

I do 90% of my reading in bed. It’s comfy, it’s warm, the lighting is good and I’m just incredibly lazy and don’t leave my bed if I don’t have to. Sometimes, though, I do read at the kitchen table or on the couch – I try to squeeze in some reading time while I’m fake socialising by having coffee or breakfast with my family (before ye all claim that’s rude – we tend to just be on our phones and show each other silly videos).

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Almost always a random piece of paper. Sometimes a ruler. Other times a pen. A LOT of the times I just leave the book open upside down on my bed. I’ve also used receipts, napkins and random pieces of string before. I don’t really own pretty bookmarks, I have plenty of the Book Depository ones or promotional ones for books, but they’re all in a box and almost never handy when I need them, so I make do with other objects.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?

In the past I used to try to always finish the chapter, and if the chapters were impossibly long, at least wait until the break in paragraphs. Nowadays I’m more about an amount of pages BUT I have this weird obsession where I have to finish on a 0 or 5 – I keep going until I read 10, 15, 20, 25 etc. pages. It’s super silly, but I can’t seem to stop it.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

No. I don’t like eating while reading, because my hands get filthy and I don’t want to dirty my book. DUH! If I’m eating breakfast/dinner I might read an ebook at the same time (very rarely), but I tend not to snack while reading. As for drinking – I wouldn’t be opposed to it but I forget about my tea or coffee 99% of the time and that’s a waste, so I stopped doing it altogether. Reading time is for reading and that’s what I focus on.

Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

Impossible. I’m not great at multitasking, so I’m afraid I would end up focusing on the TV or music a lot more than reading. I like having peace and quiet – that’s when I can focus the most and keep my attention on the book. Again, reading time is for reading.

One book at a time or several at once?

At any given time I like to have a physical book, an e-book and an audiobook going. Since implementing that into my reading I find I get through a lot more books. If I’m not feeling a story or a format I can just switch to a different book and immerse myself in that instead. And though I’m terrible at multitasking, reading 3 different stories at the same time isn’t as difficult as I thought it would be – I tend to be able to immerse myself in all of the stories and not confuse them with each other, which I know it’s an issue many people have.

Reading at home or everywhere?

Everywhere. I read while walking and shopping, I read at work, I read when I’m visiting other people (again NOT in a rude way, I just mean I read at their houses when we’re not doing anything important). Outside of my house I mostly read e-books and audiobooks, though. I have stopped carrying physical books around as most of them just don’t fit in my bag.

Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Always silently. I hate reading out loud. I seem to always mispronounce words and stutter.

Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I never skip pages, but I’m guilty of reading paragraphs out of order sometimes… For example, if there’s a dialogue on the page that’s broken up by a few random lines, I’ll read the dialogue first, then read the rest. I know, I’m a weirdo… I will still absolutely read everything on every page (unless the book is boring AF) and sometimes reread some things in order after I jumble them up.

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

100% breaking the spine. I’m not a crazy person and don’t bend back the cover and crack the spine on purpose, but I also open my books flat so they’re more comfortable to read. The way I see it – if the spine is broken it means the book has been read and that’s what books are for, no? I buy some special editions of books I’m more careful with (mostly Harry Potter books) and those just sit on my shelf and look pretty. Everything else will probably have a cracked spine.

Do you write in your books?

No. I’d like to, I think, but I don’t have the balls to do it. Also, taking notes while reading just doesn’t work for me as I get too distracted. But I tab, and I think that’s similar enough. Maybe one day I’ll start writing in my books, it feels a lot more personal and probably makes for a great reread, but I tend to ramble a lot and I feel like I’d just word vomit on the page and not make any sense.

If at any point while reading this you though “hmm… this tag sounds interesting, I might do it” now you have to because I tag YOU! Yes, you. And if you do do it (do-do!), leave a link to your post down below, I’d love to know if more people are as weird as I am about some of those things.

I’ll talk to you all soon (most likely tomorrow). Until then!

Thanks for reading

Finally Fall – Book Tag

Hi! I feel like I have been neglecting this blog, and I have only started it. I thought an easy way to get into posting regularly would be to do a few book tags. This one is one that I’ve seen around on YouTube a lot and it fits, as it is definitely Fall now (though, I call it Autumn…). Unfortunately I cannot link to the creator of the tag, as the video has been made private. I also wasn’t tagged by anyone, I just thought it would be fun to do it.

Okay, let’s get into the questions!


QUESTION 1: In fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting!

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

You might not know it yet, but will probably soon notice I absolutely love The Gentlemen Bastards series and I praise it ALL.THE.TIME. It deserves every single bit of praise, though. Set in a fantasy city inspired by Venice, following a band of cheats and con artists, it’s one of the best fantasy books I’ve ever read (and I’ve read a good few). The writing and the setting are very evocative. You know when you remember a story and you don’t know if you’ve seen it or read it? If I wasn’t absolutely sure the series doesn’t have an adaptation (I mean, I would not be opposed to it), I’d have to stop and think – because I can clearly SEE scenes from this book.

QUESTION 2: Nature is beautiful…but also dying: Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Another one of my absolute favourites EVER. Celeste Ng writes beautiful and gut wrenching stories. The writing in this one is really stunning, but dear god, did it absolutely break my heart. It is one of the best family dynamic I’ve read – it follows a Chinese-American family of five, and it opens up with us finding out the middle child and the parents’ favourite, Lydia, drowned in the lake at the age of 16. If you plan on reading it, and you definitely should, make sure to have some tissues ready.

QUESTION 3: Fall is back to school season: Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

I don’t read non fiction usually, and if I do, I reach for biographies/memoirs, and it’s hard to learn anything new from those. I’ve been racking my brain for an answer, but alas – I have none.

QUESTION 4: In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: Name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.

I have the most generic answer for this one, or what I think is a generic answer, at least… The Weasleys? I mean, is there any other fictional family out there who welcomes strays (yes, Harry is a stray) with open arms, shares whatever they have with them (even though they don’t have much) and is just so incredibly warm? I don’t think so. The Weasleys!

QUESTION 5: The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: Show us a pile of fall-colored spines!

Shamelessly plugging in my own Instagram. The blue doesn’t quite match, I guess, but it’s late and no picture I take right now is going to look in any way as nice as this one. Red and orange for leaves, purple for witchy Halloween vibes. There you go!

QUESTION 6: Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: Share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

This is a retelling of One Thousand and One Nights, and the protagonist, Shahrzad, is a story teller. It’s also one of a precious few romances I enjoyed – and by enjoyed I mean, I ship Shazi and Khalid so hard, it’s crazy.

QUESTION 7: The nights are getting darker: Share a dark, creepy read.

You by Caroline Kepnes

You’re probably aware what this book is about, after the TV show with Dan Humphrey (I forget the actor’s name, I’m sorry… I don’t even like Gossip Girl) took Netflix by storm, but if not I’ll tell you – it’s a book about a stalker. As far as thrillers go, this one isn’t anything ground breaking. I knew what to expect, it didn’t really surprise me, but what got me to rate it 4 stars was the second person narrative. It was disturbing and creepy, and honestly I never thought I would enjoy being so uncomfortable, but… I somehow did.

QUESTION 8: The days are getting colder: Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

This might seem like a cop-out for a lot of you, but just hear me out. This story wraps you up like a cosy blanket and it keeps you warm and happy. It fits all the criteria. I don’t care if it’s a conventional answer. What’s makes it the best choice for this question is that anyone can enjoy it. To all of the people who never read it because “they’re too old for it” (this is mostly aimed at my boyfriend, who’s never gonna read this anyway, but it probably fits a lot of people) – you are missing out, BIG TIME. No one is too old for Harry Potter.

QUESTION 9: Fall returns every year: Name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

I haven’t read Anne in a really long time (close to 10 years now) and I miss this series a lot. It was one of my absolute favourites growing up, and I feel like I need to reread it all, soon. Realistically, I probably won’t get to it until the start of next year, as my tbr is kind of out of hand, but I will definitely be rereading it in the next 6 months.

QUESTION 10: Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: Share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!

My bed – for starters. There is no other and better place to read. Pair it with a cosy blanket, a cup of tea, a hot water bottle and fairy lights and I’m good to go. I could read like that forever.


And that would be it! I tag anyone and everyone who wants to do it! If you do decide to do this tag on your blog, post your link down in the comments – I’d love to read your answers.

I’ll talk to you soon!