Saturday, February 24

Heartwarming, Heartbreaking and Uplifting: The Unpredictability of Being Human by Linni Ingemundsen

Meet Malin, a fifteen-year-old who sees the world differently. Malin knows she couldn’t change much about her life, even if she got to play God. Her dad would still yell all the time – especially as Malin is still friends with Hanna, the girl she met shoplifting. Her mum would still say a glass of wine is good for her heart – and Mum needs it, with Malin’s brother, Sigve, getting into trouble all the time. And Malin would still be Malin. Because she can’t be anybody else. 

In a voice bursting with immediacy and truth, Malin shares the absurdities of growing up and fitting in as her family struggles with the buried pain of mistakes made and secrets kept.

Profound, compassionate and as funny as it is dark, Malin’s story is an offbeat examination and celebration of the brutal, bizarre and beautiful unpredictability of being human.

If you love the freshness and honesty of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the emotional depth of John Green, and the irreverent wit of Little Miss Sunshine, push this to the top of your TBR pile.


Thursday, February 22

Talk About Disappointment: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

“Every time you take one path, you must live with the memory of the other: of a life left unchosen. Decide as seems best, one course or the other; each way will have its bitter with its sweet.”

Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.



Tuesday, February 20

10 Books I've Recently Deleted From My TBR & Here's Why


If you're a bookish person you very likely struggle with keeping your TBR in check, and boy, do I relate to that! After joining the book blogging community my Goodreads to-read shelf became unbelievably hectic, filled with hundreds of books that I didn't even remember adding in the first place. Pulling up my to-read list became something to dread, because it was painful to find the books I was actually interested in between all the titles I added on a whim. 

It probably won't surprise you that cleaning up that mess took me hours and hours of painful work, and woah, it made me never want to go back there again. (Also, this is no "shade"!! If you have that many books on your to-read shelf, and it's fine by you then that's great! It was just something that bothered me.) In the past two years or so, I've "challenged" myself to have no more than 300 books on my Goodreads to-read list, which is... harder than it sounds! 

As of today, on the 4th of February, 2018, I have 291 books on my shelf, which means that it is time to get rid of some of them. Here's how it went.

Saturday, February 17

Cunning Characters and ALL the Dark Secrets of the Fae Await You in THE CRUEL PRINCE

“What could I become if I stopped worrying about death, about pain, about anything? If I stopped trying to belong? Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear.”

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.








Thursday, February 15

Your Sweet Tooth Fix - Let's Talk Romance, Books and K-dramas!


So....Vera reckons I should talk about K-dramas on the blog since I love them so much and all, and since I watched quite a few of them last year and I'm raring to talk about them, I figured I might as well do some recommendations. I'm not exaggerating when I say that some of the most heart melting, heartbreaking romances I've come across are from these dramas. You get all kinds- cutesy, angsty, sweet, infatuated, real. Set across genres like fantasy, historical, contemporary- you name it, K-dramaland has it all. And you know what's the best thing? While there are longer series that stretch across seasons, most of these are just 16 to 20 episodes long (an hour or so each), and that's basically perfect if you're worrying about how time-consuming it might be! 

...Now, it's a whole other matter if you get hooked and want to binge all the dramas but shush now.

I'm kinda nervous putting this post out here knowing that not most of you watch K-dramas but I'm hoping at least one of you will feel like checking at least one of these out. I promise I'm not trying to convert y'all but...but if you do end up getting into these because of me, please do let me know! I'm trying to keep an inventory of all the people I manage to push down the drama hole, you see, so it would be incredibly helpful if you let me know I succeeded.

BUT.

It's also Valentine's and this is also primarily a book blog, so I figured I might as well use this as a chance to throw some of my favorite romances in books at y'all. I know. You're welcome. These aren't necessarily romance books per se, but some of the most swoonworthy of romances I've come across and I'm sure you would love them too! Excited already? Okay then, here goes!

Tuesday, February 13

Fantastic Books With Little To No Romance


Hello, friends! Valentine's Day is just around the corner, which, I'm sure, all of you know, because around this time it is impossible to head into any store and not see or the seasonal stuff. See, I don't really care about Valentine's Day, imo, it is okay to hate it, but it is also okay to love it. But all the Valentine's Day shit can become too much even for me - besides the chocolate, because, damn, there is no such thing as 'too much' when it comes to chocolate.

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is a love freebie, but ahaha, we don't deal in conventional here, so I brought you the exact opposite of that: Ten Books Without Romance, with the hope of giving you all a breath of fresh air in between all the lovey-dovey stuff. 

Saturday, February 10

Royal Rantings: The Book Bloggger's Dilemma


Hello, all! It's been barely a month and half into the year and I can't believe I'm saying this but I seem to be lacking the drive for blogging? I don't honestly know why, but as much as I want to be active in this corner of the blogosphere, I don't seem to be actually doing anything about it. I can list reasons as to why this might be, starting from a tumultuous few weeks with a cousin marrying, to me deciding to pursue my MSc in Psychology this year, but that shouldn't be really a cause for this absolute...lethargy I have when it comes to reviewing. 

Thursday, February 8

13 of the Most Promising 2018 Movie Releases



Hello, friends! You might not know this, but I'm an enormous movie fan - I wouldn't say I watch all the movies of ever, or even tons and tons of movies, but I definitely love watching movies. They are the best to watch at the theaters, and no, haha, not because of the big screen, or even the amazing sound, but because of the food. I mean, it is a truth universally acknowledged that the popcorn they make at the movies? Best.Popcorn.Ever. And the nachos with cheese sauce?? My god, I've tried so many brands and nothing tastes even close to cinema-level. 

BUT I DIGRESS. The point of today's post is to go through a couple of movies that I am awfully excited for in 2018, most of which I plan to watch in the movie theaters. I also wanted this to be helpful not only for me, but for you, so I included lots of helpful info: 

  • US, UK and Hungarian (yeah, that last one 10000% for my use, sorry!) release dates
  • quick blurb of each, taken from IMDb + links to IMDb
  • and, what you all came here for lol: my thoughts on these titles

Tuesday, February 6

Books I've Owned FOR THE LONGEST TIME, But Still Haven't Read


Hello, friends. Today, after weeks and weeks of no Top Ten Tuesday posts I am here with a new one - specifically, one that makes me want to crawl into a hole because THE SHAME is too much to bear. Yes, as seen in the title, I'm going to list some books - more than ten, because hahaha, of course I couldn't limit the number to that little - that I've owned for YEARS, and still haven't managed to read. Oh, and before we get started TTT is a weekly meme that is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Saturday, February 3

Gorgeous & Dark Destinations Await You in THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert

“There are no lessons in it. There's just this harsh, horrible world touched with beautiful magic, where shitty things happen."


Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.




Thursday, February 1

New Releases: February 2018


Hello, you beautiful human beans! So Vera and I are s-l-o-w-l-y getting back into blogging again (we've been so inconsistent with posting these past few months, don't even remind us) and this month we're back with the most promising of new releases yet again! Funny how we're so freaking excited about all these beauties but they then get lost in the depths of our TBR and are never seen again...
ANYWAY. Here you go- the best of February 2018 releases, handpicked just for you!

Tuesday, January 30

Football, Family and Friendship in Kick by Mitch Johnson

Budi's plan is simple...

He's going to be a star, instead of sweating over each football boot he makes, each stitch he sews, each box he packages. He's going to play for the greatest team on earth, rather than in the square behind the factory where he works.

But one unlucky kick brings Budi's world crashing down, because now he owes the Dragon, the most dangerous man in all Jakarta. Soon it isn't only Budi's dreams at stake, but his life.

A story about dreaming big, about hope and heroes, and never letting anything stand in your way...



Sunday, January 21

Interview with Lianne Oelke, Author of Nice Try, Jane Sinner


Hello, friends! Today, I am here with an interview with the author of Nice Try, Jane Sinner, the one and only Lianne Oelke. It is safe to say that this is one of my most awaited novels of 2018, so, of course, I was pumped to have the chance of asking the author about her personal and professional life, as well as the book itself. 

(Also, yes, Ruzi and I are still on a hiatus! However, this post was supposed to go up before that, but had to be delayed.)  

Friday, January 12

WE ARE GOING ON A HIATUS


Hello friends! Yes, you read that right, we are both going on a hiatus, which means that there will not be any posts going up for around two weeks. Well, I did an interview with the author of Nice Try, Jane Sinner, which I will get to you as soon as possible. I'm not sure when that might be, as there's been an issue that is completely out of my hands, unfortunately. 

As for the hiatus itself - we are both genuinely sorry we have to take a break yet again, but we simply are not at the top of our shit as far as blogging goes. Ruzi is incredibly busy with family matters - nothing is wrong, though, don't worry! - while I've just finished my exams, and I'm so. damn. tired. We both need this break, but DO NOT WORRY, WE WILL BE BACK. 

Actually, part of the reason why we are taking the time off is because we promised ourselves we'd come up with unique content that we are passionate about in 2018. So while we could throw together some posts last minute, we do not care for that right now.  There are lots of discussions going on "backstage", and we are full of new - and dare I say? - incredible ideas that we are very excited to share with you.

Bye for now - but worry not! We will be back better, stronger and with plans on how to avoid going on a hiatus again lol.

Thursday, January 11

The Least Thrilling Thriller of Ever: IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE by Emily Koch (ARC review)


How Do You Solve Your Own Murder?

Everyone believes Alex is in a coma, unlikely to ever wake up. As his family debate withdrawing life support, and his friends talk about how his girlfriend Bea needs to move on, he can only listen.

But Alex soon begins to suspect that the accident that put him here wasn’t really an accident. Even worse, the perpetrator is still out there and Alex is not the only one in danger.

As he goes over a series of clues from his past, Alex must use his remaining senses to solve the mystery of who tried to kill him, and try to protect those he loves, before they decide to let him go.




Tuesday, January 9

Books I Totally Failed To Read in 2017, BUT WILL READ BY THE END OF 2018 FOR SURE

TTT is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

If you're like me, you massively enjoy organizing your to-read pile. You know, create categories, like - first in a series, to read asap or review copies. You also probably enjoy making these cute little lists before a break, a reading challenge or new seasons, where you excitedly talk about the books you 'cannot wait to read' and that you are 'incredibly excited for', and promise that you will 'definitely pick them up' in the upcoming days/weeks/months. However, if you are really, truly like me, then you fail every single time. Miserably so. 

Today's post is to recap ten of the books I most wanted to read in 2017... but did not manage to. *ashamed face* My goal is to at least read these by the end of 2018, if not sooner, although, knowing myself, even by 2020 would be a stretch. I WILL TRY, THOUGH, I SWEAR. I am full of determination, as I was every single time while making these types of lists, and I *will* do it. (Wish me luck??)

Saturday, January 6

2018 Debut Novels I Am HYPED For


Hello, friends. I am SO PUMPED for today's post for two reasons: (1) it was super-fun to make it (I say this all the damn time, I know, but I mean it now, truly), (2) I found SO MANY fantastic-sounding books while "researching" for this post, and I cannot wait to share them all with you. 

My experience is that debut novels receive considerably less hype than, well... non-debuts,  and so I'll try to make it my MISSION in 2018 to share with you as many debuts as possible, either by reading them & writing reviews or just featuring them in posts. Having a successful debut novel can REALLY make or break an author's career, so do try to support those debuts that you are interested in.

In this post, I have nearly 30 titles listed by genre, along with their blurbs and my thoughts on them, and I TRULY HOPE YOU'LL LIKE IT. On a side note - 2018's book cover game is already so strong and (obviously) not even all the covers have been released!? I AM EXCITED.

Thursday, January 4

New Releases: January 2018


Hello, my lovelies! Today we've brought you the January releases we're the most excited for! These are all super promising titles and looking at these we can just say 2018 is going to be one bloody brilliant year for books! Here are the top titles on our release calendar for this month:

Tuesday, January 2

17 Fantastic Authors I Discovered in 2017


Hello, friends! I am happy to say that after taking a few weeks off from Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish), I am back with a new, totally awesome list for your enjoyment. I was very satisfied when I saw today's topic, because 2017 was the year when I discovered SO MANY new-to-me authors, and also read quite a few awesome debuts. So, of course, I ended up sharing way more than 10 authors - 17, to be exact - but I feel like those of y'all who are regulars here aren't even surprised I'm cheating with the number. I always do, to be honest.