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The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

AwardI was nominated for this award by the lovely Azia @The Uncharted Word. Thank you once more! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out her blog!!


THE RULES:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the 3 questions posed by the nominator
  • Nominate up to 8 other bloggers and provide them with your own 3 questions
  • If any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award

This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.


1. What’s the longest time you’ve gone without reading?

I was a really big reader when I was a child. But from the ages of 11 till I was around 15 I barely read any books, aside from those that I had to read as assigned reading for school. Those four years I got into anime and gaming, reading just wasn’t something I was interested in at that time. (Though I did read some manga here and there as well, but I’m not really counting that.) That was definitely the longest time that I have gone without reading in my life.

Now I go without reading for a week or two at the most. That’s only when I’m too busy with university (or life in general) or I just don’t feel like reading.

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2. How do you arrange your bookshelves? And if you don’t have proper bookshelves, what would your dream shelves look like?

I currently only have one bookshelf that’s waaaay too packed. I have to double-stack quiet a few books. So I’m not really able to arrange all the books the way I want to. (That’s the down side of living in a dorm room and not having the space.) There are some ways that I usually arrange my shelves and that’s the way I tried to do it with my current one as well:

  • Books by the same author next to each other. I just like having them all in one place and when I’m looking for some books it’s easier to find. Plus it means that all my series are nicely organised and together.
  • By genre. I just like my books to be organised that way. I keep all my fantasy and science fiction books near each other. The same goes with my mystery books, classics and the few contemporaries that I own.

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3. Is there an extreme sport (i.e. skydiving, snowboarding, gliding) you like to do or would like to do?

There isn’t an extreme sport that I have ever done. I probably should never do one either, since I’m rather clumsy and have a feeling that I would hurt myself very easily. The one I’m most likely to do is skydiving, probably because I would love to jump out of a plane and feel the fall. Though there is the fact that I’m kind of afraid of heights, so I honestly have no idea why this one is the most interesting one to me!

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I nominate:

(As always, if you don’t feel like doing this award feel free to ignore it. No pressure!)

My questions:

  1. What are some of your favourite TV shows and why do you love them?
  2. What makes you start reading a book and what makes you stop?
  3. If you won the lottery what’s the first thing you’d do with your winnings?

How do you organise your shelves? Is there an extreme sport that you would like to do? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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wrap up

What even was this month?! || September Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up Green

September was a really weird month for me. I have literary no idea where the time went. It just feels as if the month started and we are already at the end. That might also have to do with the fact that I wasn’t the best mental health wise during this month. (As usually, I don’t really want to go into any specifics.) September just wasn’t my month and I’m really hoping that October will be better.

Despite those issues it wasn’t a horrible month, it was more frustrating because I couldn’t get everything done that I wanted and that’s something that always bothers me. (Especially since I always feel disappointed with myself when that happens.) I’m honestly really glad that September is over.

Well, not much to add to that. Lets move on to the things that I read!


Wrap Up

So I didn’t actually finish any books this month. However, I’m in the middle of 4 books, so I did do some reading in September. I just haven’t been feeling motivated to finish anything. (I’m SO behind on ARCs and review books, sigh. I need to work on that.) I did end up rereading a lot of manga this month, which I’m very happy about! It’s always amazing getting back to your favourites.

So those were all the manga that I reread! (I also kept up with the chapter updates of some currently airing manga, but there’s too many to mention here.) I really don’t feel like going into why exactly I loved each of these, so I won’t. I’m just in a weird mood I guess. Just know that they are all amazing and I love all of them! Doubt is very good horror manga that I would highly recommend, if you needed a scary read for October.


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Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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top five wednesday

Books I’ve Read Because of Blogging || Top Five Wednesday

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Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @GingerReadsLainey and she has passed down the torch to Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. For more information and for future topics you can check out the goodreads group.


This week topic was rather hard for me to do. Why? Because EVERYTHING that I read is because of blogging (or sometimes booktube). So I would literary be listing all the books that I read and love!! This week I decided to list books that I wouldn’t have NEVER read, if it wasn’t for blogging. (Okay, “never” might be a bit too extreme, but we shall go with it.)

What I usually do before buying a book:

  • See if a blogger or booktuber I trust has recommended that particular book. I especially look at people who I know have a similar taste in books as I do, after all that way I’m more likely to enjoy a book.
  • Researching reviews on Goodreads and seeing the pros and cons for the book, to see if it’s something that would bother me (like love-triangles, insta-love etc). I just prefer knowing about the book before spending money on it.

When I pick up a book without doing all the research:

  • I have already read something by the author. That way I already know that I enjoy their work, then if the synopsis or blurb sound interesting I will pick it up. For my favourite authors I don’t even look at the synopsis, as I will read literary anything by them.
  • Requesting review copies. Don’t get me wrong, I do read the synopsis of the book but that is all. I don’t look at any existing reviews, simply because I want to go in without any expectations and give my honest feedback.

Anyway, not that I have rambled for a bit lets get into the books!


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5. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I read The Infernal Devices ages ago and loved them, they are definitely one of my favourite trilogies. However, I had no interest in reading The Mortal Instruments. They just didn’t interest me, the only reason I thought of giving them a chance was because of Magnus Bane, who was one of my favourite characters from TID. Some blogging friends recommended me to try this series and while it’s not one of my favourites I’m still glad that I decided to read it and I’m looking forward to continuing it in the future. (As I have only read the first two books so far.)

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4. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

When I first read the synopsis for Wolf by Wolf I thought it sounded okay, but not like something that I would want to read. I thought it was about werewolfs and I’m really not a fan of those. (I literary don’t want to watch any movies about them, or read books, or anything really.) So I decided that I didn’t want to read it. Then a few blogging friends kept reviewing this book and raving about it. Which is also when I found out that it has nothing to do with werewolfs. I ended up reading and loving it because of that!

The Forbidden Wish

3. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

I would have never have discovered The Forbidden Wish if it wasn’t for my blogging friends. I literary NEVER heard about it until I saw some reviews popping up. This book simply sounded like something that I would love, plus I was always obsessed with the movie Aladdin when I was a child, so there is that as well. When I heard about this book I immediately added it to my TBR and bought it a few weeks later. The Forbidden Wish was such a magical and amazing book and I’m very happy that I discovered it!!

2. Graphic novels in general

This is more of a booktube thing than a blogging thing. Before entering the online bookish community I knew about comics and manga, but not about graphic novels. Nobody in my life talked about them and I had no idea that they existed. Through booktube I discovered many amazing graphic novels and I’m very grateful for that. Some of my favourites are Nimona, Saga, Chew and Through the Woods. And there are so many more that I want to read.

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1. The Martian by Andy Weir

Science fiction isn’t a genre that I reach for often. (Though I want to change that.) It simply isn’t one of my preferred genres. I first heard about The Martian when the movie was announced. It didn’t sound like a book for me. I actually never planned on reading it. But then some blogging friends kept mentioning how amazing it was and how much they loved it. In the end I decided to read it. The Martian is one of my favourite books now and one that I read in a day.


Do you research books before buying/reading them? Or do you prefer not knowing anything about them?

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have an amazing day!

-Anna♥

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standalone sunday

Standalone Sunday: A Monster Calls

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books, that are not part of a series, that we loved.


Patrick NessA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting – he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.


I actually can’t believe that I haven’t featured this book in a Standalone Sunday post until now. I could swear that I did, but after checking it turns out that it was just done in my imagination. So, I guess it’s about time that I talk about this book again! (Not that I’m complaining, as it is one of my favourites.)

A Monster Calls is one of the most emotional and heartfelt books that I have ever read. This is an incredible book about grief, loss and the burden of responsibility. I ended up crying while reading this book and that is something that doesn’t happen often. The illustrations within this book made it even more amazing than it already was. They made the atmosphere of the book even more palpable and cloaked the story in a eerie vibe.

A Monster Calls is definitely one of my favourite books and one I would recommend to everyone! 


Have you read A Monster Calls? What did you think of it?

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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award

The Infinity Dreams Award [ #2 ]

AwardI was nominated by two amazing bloggers for this award. They were Cherry @Read Forevermore and Beth @Reading Every Night. Thank you both once more for nominating me.  ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out all their blogs!

RULES:

1. Thank and follow the blog that nominated you.
2. Tell us 11 facts about yourself.
3. Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them.


11 Facts About Me:

  1. My all time favourite Disney movie is Mulan.
  2. I have never seen Titanic, nor do I plan to watch it.
  3. I’m around 175cm tall. And no, I have no idea how tall that is in inches.
  4. I can speak three languages: English, German and Serbian.
  5. And I’m learning Italian and Japanese at the moment.
  6. I coloured my hair for the first time when I was 18.
  7. I have 2 piercings in my right ear and 3 in my left.
  8. I really want to get a tattoo, but I can’t decided what and where to get it.
  9. My favourite number is 7.
  10. I love colouring books, they relax me a lot.
  11. I keep a diary where I write down all my thoughts, which I find very therapeutic.

Sorry if I have already mentioned any of these in some other posts. I’m terrible at coming up with facts about myself! But I hope you get to know more about me anyway. 😀


Cherry’s Questions:

1. Who is your number one fictional boyfriend and why?

I actually don’t have one. I do have quiet a lot of male characters that I love, but I don’t know if I would consider any of them to be my fictional boyfriend. It’s very rare for me to consider a character to be my fictional boyfriend and I really don’t have a number one among those few, simply because I like them for different reasons.

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2. What is your favourite opening line from a book?

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien.


3. If your life could have a soundtrack, what songs would be on it?

I honestly have no idea. Probably all the rock and metal songs that I listen to the most. Especially since I tend to listen to music while walking around and it feels like they are all on my life soundtrack! Naming all of them would be impossible, as the list is quiet long. (Plus my phone is dead at the moment, so I can’t check my playlist either.)

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4. What are some of your other hobbies besides reading?

Blogging is quiet obvious, but I think I need to mention it anyway as it takes up a lot of my time (a lot more than I thought it would when I started doing it). Besides reading I enjoy watching tv shows and anime. A big passion of mine is drawing and painting as well. Though I haven’t been doing much of that lately, as I simply had no time to do it. I do hope that changes soon! I also like to write stories (how good they are, that’s another thing). And I love going to museums and art galleries.


5. If you were your favourite book character, what would a typical day in your life look like?

I have a ton of favourite characters, so choosing just one seems really impossible. But if we are thinking of a favourite character whose life I wouldn’t mind having, the first one that comes to mind is Luna Lovegood.

My typical day, if she was still going to Hogwarts, would consist of attending classes, spending time with friends and exploring the school grounds. Plus of a lot of reading and studying. If it was during summer, I can imagine Luna going around and exploring nearby forests and fields – so I guess that’s what I would be doing as well.

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6. What do you love the most about blogging?

There are two things that immediately come to my mind. One: I love sharing my thoughts on books, as I don’t have friends that read in real life. Two: the community and friends that I have made. Everyone is really lovely and I adore interacting with everyone and sharing my love for books (among other things).

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7. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Japan. Without a doubt I would go to Japan. It’s a place that I have wanted to visit for the longest time, but never had the chance to do so. (Time and money aren’t on my side for this one.) So if I got the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world I would definitely pick Japan. I don’t even care if it would be a trip to a big city or a small town, I would just love to go there and experience the culture and everything else.

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8. Favourite kind of ice cream?

I don’t actually have one favourite flavour. Ice cream is generally my favourite sweet food and I tend to get different flavours each time, depending on what kind of mood I’m in. (Or rather what I feel like eating.) I don’t have one specific go-to ice cream that I eat. Recently I have mostly been eating strawberry ice cream, I just have been in the mood for it for whatever reason.


Beth’s Questions:

1. Is there a book death you’re still not over, if so which one?

Oh, there are quiet a few book deaths that I found tragic, but one that immediately jumps to my mind whenever I hear this question. And that is the death from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. (I’m not actually going to mention who died, because of spoilers, but anyone who has read this book knows who I’m talking about.) It’s literary been YEARS since I first read this book and I just can’t get over the fact that this character died. I always imagine what it would be like if it didn’t happen and get extremely sad, because it can never be.


2. What is the one thing you cannot live without?

Stories. Any kind of stories, in any form. Books, tv shows, anime, games, movies. Any story really. I don’t think I could ever live without them and I just picturing my life without them makes it seem bleak and depressing.

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3. What would be your dream job?

I would love to work in a museum or art gallery. That’s basically my dream, although I would love to be an author as well. Soooo I guess a combination of those two would be perfect for me. Kind of? (Sometimes I have no idea what I want to do with my life, but we won’t be focusing on that.)


4. If you could travel anywhere in the world, outside of the world, or in a book world, where would you go?

In the world: I would love to go to Scotland. It’s a place that I have always wanted to visit.

Outside of the world: Is it weird that I would like to go to the moon? I don’t know, I’m just fascinated by it – plus it would be an adventure like no other.

Book world: Definitely Harry Potter, without a doubt. I would love to have magic, plus it would be amazing to go to Hogwarts. And I would love to see all the magical creatures that exist within the Harry Potter world.

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5. What is the best book you’ve read so far this year?

The first book that came to my mind was A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab. I just adored everything about this book – from the world, to the magic, the characters and everything else. It’s definitely one of my new favourite books! I NEED to get to the second book in this series really soon!! I have a full review for A Darker Shade of Magic, if you want to know more of my thoughts.

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6. What is the worst book you’ve read so far this year?

While I did not hate Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinson, it’s definitely the book that I was most disappointed in. The premise sounded amazing, the cover captivated me but I had so many problems with the story itself. I have a full review for this book, if you want to know what about it I disliked.

Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault


7. Favourite comfort food?

I don’t actually have a comfort food. It’s just that whenever I’m feeling down or in need of a comfort food I don’t feel like eating anything. I just loose my appetite. (It’s seriously the worst.) However I love hot chocolate – it’s my ultimate comfort drink! (If there is something like that.)

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8. If you could pick one book to read again for the first time what would it be?

I would love to read The Chronicles of Narnia again for the first time. This is the series that actually got me into reading and the first one that I remember reading on my own as a child. It would really be interesting reading it again without knowing anything about it. I would really be interested to see what I would think of these books now.


9. What is your most anticipated new release, it doesn’t have to be a book, for this year?


10. Tell us about one positive thing that happened to you this week.

I managed to get into the Semester Course that I wanted the most!! I was really nervous all week, as I had no idea in which one I would end up in. (There were some that I really wasn’t interested in.) So it was AMAZING to get the news that I got into the first one on my list!

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11. Do you have any holidays planned for this year, or have you already been somewhere amazing this year?

I have no holidays planned for this year, nor have I been anywhere amazing. This year just hasn’t been one for traveling, sadly that is (as I love traveling and exploring new places). Not that it’s a big surprise or anything like that – after all, I’m only a broke university student. Sooo no traveling in the near future for me!


Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have an amazing day!

-Anna♥

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award

The Unique Blogger Award!!

AwardI was nominated for this award by two people, Jessica @The Awkward Book Blogger and Pierina @Pierina Reads. Thank you both once more! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out both of their blogs!

THE RULES:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them three questions.

Jessica’s Questions:

1. If you could switch places with one character (book, TV, movie, anime, etc.), who would it be?

Why pick only one when you can three? (Or rather when you can’t really decide which ones you want to pick.) I have decided to pick two book characters and one from a tv show.

  • Elizabeth Bennet. She is one of my all time favourite female characters. I love the time period that Pride and Prejudice is set in and it would be amazing to switch places with her and being able to live through that period. (Plus there is Mr. Darcy and who am I to say no to that?)
  • Luna Lovegood. Was there any doubt that I would pick a Harry Potter character? I think not. Everyone knows I would love to live in the magical world of Harry Potter. (Along with all of you who also adore this series.) And seeing that Luna is my favourite female character from the series, I definitely would love to switch places with her. (By the way my favourite male character is Harry Potter.)
  • Rory Gilmore. Growing up I was obsessed with the Gilmore Girls and my favourite character was Rory, I could relate to her a lot (well, as much as child me could relate to a teenager). I would definitely love to switch places with her, it would be very fun to live her life. I recently watched a few episodes of this show, so that’s why I needed to pick Rory as well, as I was reminded why I loved her.

2. What is your most recent favourite book/series/author?

Since I’m unable to pick one recent favourite, I decided to go with three. (Lets be real, no one is surprised by that.) All three of these books were fantastic and I loved them! The Forbidden Wish is one of the best retellings that I have ever read. I also have a full review for it, if you want to more of my thoughts on it. Career of Evil is the third book in the Cormoran Strike series and so far my favourite one! It was completely action packed and had many unexpected turns and developments. (I NEED the next book in this series!) Eldest is the second series in the Inheritance Cycle and one I simply adored. It’s definitely the slowest book out of these, but I loved it nontheless. I just love the world and the characters in this story!


3. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

I think I would the power to control time. Honestly it sounds like an amazing power to have, plus it would be very useful as well. I can just imagine everything I could do, if I possessed this fantastic ability! (Though I don’t think it’s good to trust me with this kind of power, but we shall ignore that!)


Pierina’s Questions:

1. What is your go-to read when you are feeling down and need something to get you through the day?

That is, without a doubt, the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. This is my all time favourite series and the one that I love to reread all the time (I usually reread it once a year). This world and characters just feel like home to me and I always get into an amazing mood when I read these books. So they are quiet the obvious choice for this question!


2. If you had a choice to travel to any fictional world you could choose from, what world would you choose?

Well, I’m leaving out the magical worlds of Harry Potter and Narnia, as I literary always pick either of them and I want to change it up a bit! (But I would obviously love to travel to both of them.)  I would love to travel to the world of The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. I recently reread this book and it just reminded me how fascinated I was with the world and how much I would love to see it. I just would love to see everything magical and mundane that is part of this world.

                                     The Star-Touched Queen Roshani Chokshi


3. If you friend, sibling or relative asked you for book recommendations because they are suddenly interested in reading, what book would you recommend and why?

I usually recommend fast paced and engrossing books to people who want to get into reading. Sooo if someone hasn’t read anything and wanted to start out I would recommend these four. (Though now seeing them next to each other I can see quiet some similarities between them!) They are all very interesting, fast paced and not that long – so perfect for people who want to get into reading. (Plus I greatly enjoyed all of them, so there’s that as well.)


Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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top five wednesday

Books to Read without the Synopsis || Top Five Wednesday

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Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @GingerReadsLainey and she has passed down the torch to Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. For more information and for future topics you can check out the goodreads group.


This week the theme for Top Five Wednesday was books to read without the synopsis and I was very intrigued by this theme (as I do like to read books that way from time to time), so I decided to create my own list. These are books that I read without reading the synopsis first and also books that I recommend you read without the synopsis. Nothing much to add to that, I think it’s very self-explenatory. Now lets get into the books that I decided to pick for this topic!


5. Any book by Agatha Christie

I never read a synopsis for an Agatha Christie book. First of all I don’t want to risk getting spoiled for whatever is going to happen. Second of all Agatha Christie is the queen of crime so I’m sure that I will enjoy whatever I pick up by her. (Or rather that has been the case so far.)

Nimona

4. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

The only thing that I knew about Nimona before reading it was the fact that it’s a graphic novel. (And that the art is cute, thanks to the cover.) I had no idea what it was about or where it would go and I was very pleasantly surprised by it when I read it. This one I definitely recommend reading without checking the synopsis, it’s just a lot more fun that way!

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3. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

I knew literary nothing about Where Things Come Back before reading it. Going into it blind was the best idea that I could have had. This book kept surprising me with each revelation and I loved every moment of it. The synopsis gives quiet a few things away, so I think it’s definitely better going into this book blind.

Aristotle and Dante

2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

As you may know, Aristotle and Dante is one of my all time favourite books. Before reading it I actually had no idea what it was about. I was very intrigued by the title and the cover (plus all the awards it won), so I decided to read it. And it was the BEST idea ever, I simply fell in love with this book!!

Neil Gaiman

1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The only thing that I knew about this book before reading it was the fact that it’s by Neil Gaiman. This book has only 180 pages, so the synopsis can spoil things for it easily. Honestly I think you don’t even need to read the synopsis. The name and cover are intriguing enough on their own, plus it’s by Neil Gaiman so there is that as well.


Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have an amazing day!

-Anna♥

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