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Random Things About Me! || One Lovely Blog Award [#3]

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I was nominated by the amazing The Orangutan Librarian for this award. Thank you once more! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out their blog! You are missing out if you aren’t following them!


THE RULES:

  1. Each nominee must THANK the person who nominated them and link their blog in the post.
  2. They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
  3. Must add 7 facts about themselves and then nominate 15 people.

Seven facts about me:

1. I rarely, almost never, watch movies.

When I’m picking something to watch I always choose tv shows or anime. Movies don’t even come to my mind, even though there are many that I’m interested in checking out. I just never feel motivated to watch a movie on my own. Probably because they are a lot longer than one episode of a tv show or anime? But honestly I don’t know the exact reason. I don’t go to the cinema either, because it’s expensive and I don’t want to “waste” money on it.

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2. I sometimes listen to classical music while studying.

There are times when my brain wanders while I’m studying. It just feels like I can’t concentrate properly. When I’m feeling that way listening to classical music helps me. I don’t know why that is actually? Anyway, when I decide to listen to classical music and study at the same time I look up 2 hour long videos on youtube with music specifically curated for studying. (I did this today, which is why I decided to pick it as one of the facts.)

Piano GIF(For some reason I thought of this scene, which is why I added this gif! 😂)


3. I have never met an author, nor have I ever been to a bookish event.

This is something that I have definitely mentioned on my blog before. I just don’t live in a country where authors that I read come and visit. The struggle of living in a non-English speaking country. I have also never been to a bookish event, as there aren’t any near me that I’m interested in (out of the ones I know about). Plus there is the fact that I don’t have bookish friends in real life and I wouldn’t want to go to events alone. (By that I mean big events, conventions and stuff like that.)

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4. I love to dance.

Dancing is something that I have loved ever since I was little. When I was very young (like 9 or a bit younger?) I was a part of a dance team and we even performed a few times, which I still remember. The only reason I stopped was because the dance group that my team was part of disbanded. That was basically all the dance classes that I ever took. Despite that I continued dancing throughout the years (on my own obviously). When I’m feeling stressed or anything like that I just need to turn on the music and dance and I end up feeling a lot better!

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5. I love colouring books.

I’m so happy that adult colouring books exist! Ever since I was little I adored colouring books. I vividly remember each year that my family went to Croatia I would get a new colouring book and then I would spend the entire time I was there colouring it. (Obviously when I wasn’t swimming or being on the beach.) So when I discovered adult colouring books a while ago I was beyond thrilled. I just find colouring books to be relaxing and therapeutic!

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6. I adore bullet journaling.

Last year in December I started bullet journaling. It was a random decision that has changed my life for the better! My bullet journal isn’t too artistic or special, it’s just a place where I can keep track of the things I need to do. I love making to-do lists, so having a dedicated place for it feels amazing. My list of unread books and ARCs has also place in my bullet journal. I also have a page (beside the calendar one) where I write down all the books I read, things I watched, games I played. My bullet journal gives me a good overview of my life and that pleases me a lot!

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7. I love going on walks.

This is a recent development for me. I started going on regular walks this month and I have completely loved the experience. I just want to get fitter, which is why I have decided to implement walking into my daily routine (I exercise as well, but that is beside the point). Just leaving my room regularly and walking around has been great for my mental health. I also caved and bought myself Spotify Premium, so now I can also listen to music while I’m walking. (Currently I’m mainly listening to BTS, but that isn’t anything surprising.)

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Did you enjoy learning more about me? 😉 Tell me a fact about yourself in the comments below!

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

-Anna♥

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Norse Mythology Book Tag

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I was tagged by the lovely Aria @Snow White Hates Apples to do this tag. Thank you once more! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out Aria’s blogs! You are missing out if you aren’t following her!

I’m super late with doing this tag, as per usual. I have so many tags and awards that I have been tagged/nominated for. Tags are something that I’m always going to be late for, I seriously don’t see that changing in the near future. Anyway, I’m not tagging anyone specific for this tag but if you feel like answering these questions consider yourself tagged by me! 😀

Spoiler warning: One Piece character death mentioned in question 11

THE RULES:
  • Link back to Kyera’s @Kyera’s Library original post so she can see all your answers!
  • Thank the person(s) who tagged you… show the community some love!
  • Obviously, come up with your wonderful answers!
  • Don’t forget to tag others to keep the tag going!

1. ODIN – FAVOURITE STANDALONE

Odin is the All-Father, the leader of the Norse Gods. He is the god of wisdom, poetry, battle, death, wine, and war, among other things.

My all time favourite standalone is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Or rather one of them, as I have a few standalones that I would consider to be my favourites. I decided to go with The Night Circus as it is a book that means a lot to me. I read it at the perfect time and I was completely absorbed by it. Even though I have read it years ago it’s a book that I still think about. I plan on rereading The Night Circus soon, it’s been too long since I have been in this wonderful world!

The Night Circus


2. THOR – A BOOK THAT HITS YOU IN THE FEELS

Thor is the god of thunder, weather, warriors, strength, and storms, so his might packs a punch. He is married to the beautiful Lady Sif.

I was debating how to answer this question. I didn’t know if I wanted to go with a book that broke my heart one that I found heartwarming. In the end I decided to go with the heartwarming option. Therefore I picked Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. I completely adore this book and I have reread it multiple times. The characters and the story simply warm my heart, which is why I have reread it as many times as I have.

Aristotle and Dante


3. LOKI – BIGGEST BOOK PLOT TWIST OR CHARACTER BETRAYAL

Loki is the god of mischief, thieves and thrives on chaos.

I don’t actually have an answer for this question. There are many amazing plot twists out there but I honestly don’t know which one was the biggest one? I also don’t want to spoil anything and I can’t answer this question without doing that. So I shall leave it at this, sorry! (I just don’t feel comfortable mentioning books with huge plot twists or character betrayals.)

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4. FRIGG – OTP

Frigg is Odin’s wife, the goddess of love, marriage, fertility, and fate.

I don’t have one all time favourite OTP. There are many fictional couples that I adore. I decided to go with a bit of a strange answer for this question. (Strange in the sense that it’s a non-bookish couple.) I picked Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled. Recently I re-watched this movie, which is why this couple is fresh on my mind. I adore both of them and their interactions were wonderful to watch! In general, Tangled is such an amazing movie.

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5. HEIMDALL – FAVOURITE SECOND BOOK IN A SERIES

Heimdall is the god of loyalty, faithfulness and he is who protects the bi-frost, the bridge that connects all nine worlds.

6. BALDUR – FAVOURITE MALE CHARACTER

Baldur is the beloved son of Odin and Frigg, twin brother of Hodor.

This might be a cliche answer? But I would be lying if I didn’t say Harry Potter. Ever since I fist read the Harry Potter series I loved Harry as a character. He is my favourite from the entire series (I think I have mentioned that on my blog before?) and that means something, as there are many amazing characters in the Harry Potter world. Seeing as Harry Potter is my all time series, it’s only logical that Harry Potter would be my favourite male character. 😉


7. SIF – MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK COVER

Lady Sif is known for her beautiful golden tresses, although she is also the goddess of the harvest and is married to Thor.

8. FREY – BOOK/SERIES THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY

Frey is the Lord of weather, god of light, summer, master of agriculture, fertility, and brother of Freya.

The first book, or rather series, that came to my mind was Harry Potter. But I decided to go with something different. The book that makes me very happy is Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. (I know that it’s a series, but I haven’t read the other books yet.) There is just something so cozy about this book and it’s story. I first fell in love with the movie and then read this book. While the stories are slightly different I still love both. This story just makes me so happy!

Howl's Moving Castle


9. FREYA – FAVOURITE BOOK SETTING

Freya is the goddess of love and beauty, fertility, war, wealth and growth, and sister of Frey.

I love fantasy stories set in magical and dark woods. There is just something so fascinating and captivating about that setting for me. An example of that type of setting can be found in Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I haven’t read nearly enough books with similar settings, but I definitely plan on changing that in the future! There are many other settings I love, this is just the first one that came to my mind.

Uprooted


10, TYR – FAVOURITE BOOK WITH A BIG UPHEAVAL/EPIC FIGHT SCENE

Tyr is the god of war.

The first book that actually came to my mind was The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien. It’s probably due to the fact that I have recently rewatched some scenes from The Lord of the Rings movies, so the story is fresh in my mind. It’s been a long time since I have read this book, so my memories of the fight scenes are a bit fuzzy. But, as I already mentioned, I watched the movie version of it recently which is why I decided to choose it. (Plus I really didn’t want to overthink this question.)

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11. ULLER – CHARACTER DEATH THAT AFFECTED YOU THE MOST

Uller is the god of death, winter, archery and hunting.

This question I have to answer with a manga character death. Though there are many book character deaths that affected me, the one that stands out the most to me is the death of one of my favourite character from the One Piece manga/anime. That character being Portgas D. Ace. It’s been literary years since his death and I still haven’t gotten over it! Even now when I’m watching One Piece and they mention Ace in some context I get very emotional. I couldn’t pick any other character for this question.

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12. NJORD – FAVOURITE BOOK AN EPIC JOURNEY ON WATER/OCEAN SETTING

Njord is the god of the wind and the sea.

The first book that came to my mind when I read this question was Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch. This is the second book in the Gentlemen Bastards series. I’m currently reading this book, which is why I thought of it first. I’m nearly done with this book though and I have adored it so far (and I don’t think that is going to change). This book has pirates in it and the main characters learn about boats and sailing. They also end up sailing for a portion of the story, which is why this book fits this category perfectly.

Gentlemen Bastards


13. VALKYRIE – FAVOURITE STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

The Valkyries, much like the Amazons, are strong female warriors.

A new favourite character of mine is Evelyn Hugo from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Evelyn is such a fascinating character who I loved learning more about throughout the story. She has faced many hardships and she has managed to overcome so much during her life. Evelyn is a flawed character, who you couldn’t help but feel for. I can’t praise this character enough. Evelyn Hugo is simply an inspiration!

Taylor Jenkins Reid


14. AESIR/VANIR – FAVOURITE BOOK “CREW”

The Aesir and the Vanir are the two groups of Norse gods, believed to be the old and new gods.

The Dregs from the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. As soon as I read the word “crew” I immediately thought of them. They just fit this question perfectly!

Grisha


15. SEIPYRTS – FAVOURITE SIDEKICK (NON-HUMAN CHARACTER)

Seipyrts is Odin’s trusty eight legged steed, yes you heard that correctly – eight legs. I promise that he is the god’s horse companion and not a giant spider that he rides around on… although that would probably strike more fear in the hearts of his enemies than a pretty horse does.

The first character that came to my mind was Iko from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Iko is an android and she appears for the first time in Cinder. I find Iko to be a very fascinating character and she was an amazing sidekick to Cinder. She has a wonderful personality and she continues being amazing throughout the story. Iko’s and Cinder’s friendship is wonderful as well! I seriously need to read Winter soon, I can’t wait to see how the story will wrap up.

Marissa Meyer


How would you answer any of these questions? Let me know in the comments below!

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

-Anna♥

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Twenty Questions Book Tag

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I was tagged by Riana @Fictional Worlds & Me and Beth @Reading Every Night to do this tag. Thank you both once more! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out their blogs!

Also, I’m not tagging anyone specific. If you feel like doing this tag consider yourself tagged by me! 😉 This post is rather long, so I shall keep this beginning part short. Plus I don’t really have much to add to this. Let’s just get into the questions!


1. How many books is too many books in a series?

Over 10? I don’t really know. It depends on the author and if they are dragging out the story or not.

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2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I both love and hate them. They are great to make you pick up the next book in the series, but if the next book isn’t out yet it’s torture waiting for it to come out. Also it’s great when chapters end in cliffhangers, as I’m even more motivated to continue reading. Obviously they need to be well done as well, otherwise there really is no point to them.


3. Hardcopy or paperback?

This is a rather hard choice for me. If I have to pick one I would pick paperback. They are just easier to read, plus I can take them with me easier. Though I like hardcovers as well.

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4. Favourite book?

This is an impossible question for me to answer. I have many books that I would consider to be my favourites! Picking just one is simply not possible. I’m going to choose four books that first came to my mind. (But there are many more I could pick!)


5. Least favourite book?

There are quite a few books out there that I very much dislike. For this question I decided to go with four of my least favourite classics (they are all 1 stars), because of course I just couldn’t pick one book as the answer.


6. Love triangles, yes or no?

No. They are rarely, if ever, done well.

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7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

I don’t DNF books, so I don’t have an answer for this question. When I’m not enjoying a book I will skim-read it, but I won’t outright DNF it. (Huh, I should probably start DNF-ing books that I’m not enjoying.)


8. A book you’re currently reading?

I’m currently reading and loving Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch, which is the second book in his Gentlemen Bastards series. Earlier this year I reread the first book in the series, The Lies of Locke Lamora, and now I’m finally reading the second book. I can’t believe that I have waited this long to read it, as I’m loving it so much!

Gentlemen Bastards


9. Last book you recommended to someone?

Actually the last book that I recommended to someone was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The person who I recommended it to was my mom, as we were just recently talking about books and what we have been reading. Obviously I had to tell her about this brilliant book and hopefully she will read it in the future (once a translated edition comes out, as she can’t read in English).

Taylor Jenkins Reid


10. Oldest book you’ve read?

The oldest books that I have read are The Odyssey and The Iliad by Homer. They are both from 720 BC. Obviously I took this question as the oldest book published, not the oldest edition of a book that I have read. I couldn’t answer the later one even if I tried, as I honestly have no idea.


11. Newest book you’ve read?

According to Goodreads the newest released book that I have read is Heartwood Box by Ann Aguirre. This book came out on the 9th of July 2019. Sadly I didn’t enjoy Heartwood Box all that much, but that isn’t the question so I shall move on.

Heartwood Box


12. Favourite author?

I have many authors that I adore and would consider my favourites. Two of my favourite authors are Leigh Bardugo and Victoria Schwab! They write such fantastic books and I want to read everything that they have published and will publish in the future.


13. Buying books or borrowing books?

Which one I do or which one I prefer? I buy all the books that I read, though I want to join a library soon. So my answer is going to be a combination of both of those.

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14. A book you dislike that everyone seems to like?

The first one that came to my mind was The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I just didn’t click with this book. I found it to be very underwhelming. Especially after I heard so many wonderful things about it from everyone else. I didn’t like any of the characters, to be honest I was annoyed with them throughout the whole story. The story didn’t capture me either. I guess this book just wasn’t my cup of tea. Though I must say that I did enjoy the writing style.

Maggie Stiefvater


15. Bookmarks or dogears?

Bookmarks. I have always used bookmarks when reading. Even when I was little I used pieces of paper to keep track of where I was in the story. Using bookmarks has just become such a habit for me and I can’t even imagine dogearing pages.


16. A book you can always reread?

I’m going with a cliche answer for this question. But I would be lying if I didn’t answer this question in this way. The book, or rather series, that I can always reread is the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I have already reread this series many times and I plan on rereading it in the future as well. Harry Potter is my comfort series and I always love rereading it.


17. Can you read while hearing music?

Yes and no. I do like listening to classical music while reading, so yes in that sense. I don’t listen to music with lyrics when reading, I find myself getting distracted by them.

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18. One POV or multiple POVs?

It depends on the book and genre. I’m actually not that picky when it comes to POVs. I do prefer third person POVs, but that is not even the question asked. So, when reading contemporary I prefer one POV. While with fantasy I enjoy multiple POVs. Though there are instances when I enjoy the opposite.


19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Over multiple days. I don’t usually have the time or concentration to read a book in one sitting. I actually prefer reading books over multiple days, as it allows me to be immersed in a story for a longer time period. Of course there are exceptions and sometimes I’ll read a book in a day (usually graphic novels or shorter books).


20. One book you read because of the cover?

I don’t think there is a book that I have solely read because of the cover. I always read the synopsis to find out if it’s something that I’m interested in. Recently I read The Art of Taxidermy by Sharon Kernot, which is a book that I requested for review. This book fits this question, as the cover was what drew me to it and made me want to read it.

The Art of Taxidermy


How would you answer any of these questions? Let me know in the comments below!

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

-Anna♥

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Apparently I’m a WITCH?! || August 2019 Wrap Up

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August was a good month for me. The heat was horrible, but I pushed through it. (I hate summer weather.) Luckily it’s finally cooling down and I’m living for it! 😀 I ended up reading quite a lot this month as well, though my thoughts on the things I read were mixed. I decided to split this first part of my wrap up into two sections. The first is going to be the bad/weird thing that happened to me this month (that is still  kind of happening), the second is going to be the good things that happened. Now let’s get into all of that!

THE BAD/WERID:

My next door neighbour called me a witch in all seriousness. Actually, as I’m living in a student dorm, she has the room next to me and we share a bathroom and a small entrance room. (But not our actual rooms.) She said she is a real christian and she can sense the demons and witchcraft from my room. Honestly I had no idea how to react to that. I still don’t know to be honest. I didn’t expect anyone to accuse someone else of witchcraft in the 21st century? It’s a strange situation, but I’m dealing with it. I’m not bothered about her thinking that I’m a witch (I seriously don’t care what she thinks), but I also don’t feel comfortable living in such a closed space to her. We shall see what is going to happen to this situation in the future.

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THE GOOD: 

My parents came to visit me and we spent a whole day together! It was so amazing seeing them and I had a lovely time. We went on a picnic and a long walk on the Donauinsel. The weather was beautiful, sunny but not too hot. They came at the perfect time, as the rest of the month was rather hot. I love my parents so much and I really miss spending time with them. (As we don’t live in the same city and we don’t see each other that often.)

BTSAugust was basically my BTS month. As I mentioned in my previous wrap up, I got into BTS at the end of July. August was basically me listening to only their music and watching Run BTS! (I have literary watched all of the episodes.) I also watched behind the scenes stuff and compilations on youtube. All this brought me so much joy and happiness, it definitely improved my month and helped me through some things. I created a BTS tumblr, so that I can have a place where I can save photos and gifs of them (since I’m not someone who actually downloads images and stuff). I also bought my first ever BTS album in August. I thought I would mention that as well.

That is all that I have to say about August, now let’s get into the books I read!

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I decided to finally read the Lumberjanes graphic novel series. And I say finally because I have read Nimona by Noelle Stephenson years ago and ever since then I was interested in this graphic novel series, as I knew that she worked on it. Anyway, this month I ended up reading the first 8 volumes of the Lumberjanes.

I have some mixed feelings on this graphic novel series. I adored the friendship between the girls and it was fun seeing their adventures. But I felt that there was something missing from time to time. The first 5 volumes were really good, but the last three I read weren’t that great. Once Noelle Stephenson stopped working on this graphic novel series I just felt that it lost its charm. The last three volumes (that I read) just weren’t as fun as the previous ones. I don’t plan on continuing with this graphic novel series.

  • Volume 1, Beware the Kitten Holy3.5 out of 5 stars
  • Volume 2, Friendship to the Max4 out of 5 stars
  • Volume 3, A Terrible Plan3 out of 5 stars
  • Volume 4, Out of Time4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Volume 5, Band Together3 out of 5 stars
  • Volume 6, Sink or Swim2 out of 5 stars
  • Volume 7, A Bird’s-Eye View2.5 out of 5 stars
  • Volume 8, Stone Cold2.5 out of 5 stars

Katie O'NeillThe Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

4.5 out of 5 stars

The Tea Dragon Society was sooo adorable! I adored the story, the characters and the tea dragons. They are the cutest! Katie O’Neill’s art is beyond adorable and I definitely plan on reading more things by her. This was such a precious graphic novel and it made me very emotional!

If you are interested in this graphic novel you can read it for free on Katie O’Neill’s website! That is also where I read it. I seriously need to get my hands on a physical copy, I just want to own this gorgeous graphic novel!


MurderbotAll Systems Red by Martha Wells

3 out of 5 stars

I have conflicted feelings when it comes to this book. There were aspects of it that I enjoyed a lot and aspects that I didn’t care about at all. I had heard amazing things about this series and I just expected more from it. I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would. Though I did listen to it on audiobook, so that might have contributed to that. Murderbot was an interesting character, but the other ones I couldn’t care less about. Still, I’m happy that I read this book (especially since science-fiction is a genre I want to read more from).

Right now I don’t plan on continuing with this series, that might change in the future. Who knows?


The Art of TaxidermyThe Art of Taxidermy by Sharon Kernot

2.5 out of 5 stars

The Art of Taxidermy is a story written in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story because of that, as I don’t tend to read novels in verse very often. The writing style was gorgeous in this, it was beautifully crafted. The writing style was my favourite aspect of The Art of Taxidermy. Due to the fact that it was written in verse I managed to fly through this book a lot faster than I thought I would.

As you can already guess, by the title of this book, the story has a big focus on taxidermy. There are quite a few gruesome scenes and descriptions in this book. If descriptions of dead animals bother you I would definitely stay clear of this book!

If you are interested in more of my thoughts on this book check out my review!


Black Bird of the GallowsBlack Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

3 out of 5 stars

The synopsis for this book managed to immediately capture my attention. I was very intrigued by what was going to happen in the story. Sadly this book didn’t manage to impress me completely, it was just an average read for me. There were interesting moments in Black Bird of the Gallows, but there were also moments that I really didn’t care about at all.

I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this book. It was dark and creepy.The atmosphere was probably my favourite aspect of this book. The supernatural elements were very interesting and I enjoyed learning the history behind the beings that were introduced throughout the story. However, the beginning of this book was cliche and very predictable. I could easily predict what was going to happen. The rest of the book got better and I enjoyed learning the answers to the mysteries surrounding the characters.

If you are interested in more of my thoughts check out my review!


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How was your August? What did you end up reading? Let me know in the comments below!

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

-Anna♥

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Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel || Book Review

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Black Bird of the Gallows

Title: Black Bird of the Gallows

( Black Bird of the Gallows #1 )

Author: Meg Kassel

Published: 5. September 2017.

Edition: Entangled: Teen

Kindle, 300 pages

Genre: Paranormal | Romance

Summary:

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.

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◄ 3 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

Content warnings: death, child abuse, drug abuse
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The synopsis for this book managed to immediately capture my attention. I was very intrigued by what was going to happen in the story. Sadly this book didn’t manage to impress me completely, it was just an average read for me. There were interesting moments in Black Bird of the Gallows, but there were also moments that I really didn’t care about at all.

I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this book. It was dark and creepy. The atmosphere was probably my favourite aspect of this book. The supernatural elements were very interesting and I enjoyed learning the history behind the beings that were introduced throughout the story. However, the beginning of this book was cliche and very predictable. I could easily predict what was going to happen. The rest of the book got better and I enjoyed learning the answers to the mysteries surrounding the characters.

Angie was an alright character. I liked her well enough, but she didn’t become one of my new favourites. Angie has a painful past and it was great seeing her come to terms with it and overcome her problems. I really enjoyed Angie’s friendships with Lacey and Deno, I had a lot of fun reading their interactions. Another relationship that I very much enjoyed is the one between Angie and her father. (Parental relationship in young-adult are usually nonexistent.)

The romance in Black Bird of the Gallows wasn’t a favourite of mine. It was way too instant. That was kind of explained later in the book, but it didn’t make the fact that it was instant better it just made it creepier. Many of the aspects of the relationship between Angie and Reece were cliche. The romance was sweet at times, but also nothing particularly special. Another thing that bothered me is the fact that Angie accepted everything way too easily. It just didn’t seem realistic?

Overall Black Bird of the Gallows was an interesting book, with a great atmosphere. The romance was cliche and the characters just alright. If the synopsis sounds interesting to you I would recommend you to check this book out!


Have you read Black Bird of the Gallows? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!

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

-Anna♥

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The Art of Taxidermy by Sharon Kernot || Book Review

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


The Art of Taxidermy

Title: The Art of Taxidermy

Author: Sharon Kernot

Published: 13. August 2019.

Edition: Text Publishing

Kindle, 240 pages

Genre: Poetry | Historical Fiction

Summary:

Lottie collects dead creatures and lovingly cares for them, hoping to preserve them, to save them from disintegration. Her father understands—Lottie has a scientific mind, he thinks. Her aunt wants it to stop, and she goes to cruel lengths to make sure it does.

And her mother? Lottie’s mother died long ago. And Lottie is searching for a way to be close to her.

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◄ 2.5 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

The Art of Taxidermy is a story written in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story because of that, as I don’t tend to read novels in verse very often. The writing style was gorgeous in this, it was beautifully crafted. The writing style was my favourite aspect of The Art of Taxidermy. Due to the fact that it was written in verse I managed to fly through this book a lot faster than I thought I would. (Just thought I would mention that as well.)

As you can already guess, by the title of this book, the story has a big focus on taxidermy. There are quite a few gruesome scenes and descriptions in this book. If descriptions of dead animals bother you I would definitely stay clear of this book! Personally, it wasn’t something that bothered me. But then again I grew up reading Stephen King, so I can stomach quite a lot.

Speaking of the story, I was bored while reading this book. It seemed like nothing was happening and there were some repetitive moments. The characters also weren’t that memorable to me. All of them just felt flat. I couldn’t connect to Lottie at all, as she seemed unfazed by everything that was happening around her. The only thing that seemed to interest her was taxidermy and nothing else. I do understand in some ways why it was like that, but because of it I couldn’t emotionally connect to the story. One of the side characters is an Aboriginal boy, so there was some talk about indigenous people. I can’t comment on how that representation was handled.

Overall, The Art of Taxidermy was beautifully written but it lacked in story and characters. I’m not sure if this was a case of just me not connecting to the book, or if the story and characters weren’t well crafted. I think I’m unsure because of the format that this book was written in, as it’s not something that I’m used to.


Have you read The Art of Taxidermy? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!

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

-Anna♥

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top ten tuesday

Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library || Top Ten Tuesday

Feature

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and it has been moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


The title of this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is quite self-explanatory, books I’ve read that I’d like in my personal library. I don’t have much to add to this beginning part of today’s post. All of the books on this list I either read as ebooks or listened to them as audiobooks. I adored all of them and I would love to own them, hence why they are on my list. Now, with all of that being said let’s just get into the books!


Milk and Honey

10. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

A Christmas Carol

9. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Neil Gaiman

8. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Katie O'

7. The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

The Master and Mar

6. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Marissa Meyer

5. Cress by Marissa Meyer

Shadowhunters

4. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Eragon

3. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

Persuasion

2. Persuasion by Jane Austen

A Curse so Dark and Lonely

1. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

What are some books that you have read that you would like in your personal library? Let me know in the comments below!

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

-Anna♥

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