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The Dim Sum Book Tag

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I was tagged by two amazing bloggers to do this tag! They were Reg @She Latitude and Fadwa @Word Wonders. Thank you both sooo much once more! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out their blogs!

This tag was originally created by Joey @Thoughts and Afterthoughts and Jenna @Reading With Jenna. Dim sum is a style of Chinese cuisine whereby food is served in small (tapas-like) portions and is common during yum cha (which literally means: drinking tea). This tag is inspired by good company and good eats.

Here are some rules to devour this tag

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  • Devour dim sum and answer the tag questions.
  • Tag five others to join your round table for some dim sum fun.
  • Food coma.

Tea: A book that started off hot but quickly turned cold.

I was really enjoying Truthwitch by Susan Dennard in the beginning. I was intrigued by the characters and I wanted to know more about the magic and the world of this book. Sadly this book really lacked world-building, which is one of my personal favourite elements when it comes to fantasy books. And I didn’t particularly come to like the characters either. This was a rather disappointing book for me.

Truthwitch


Chiu Chow Dumpling: A book that features elements of land and sea.

Well, the first thing that popped into my mind was mermaid books, but seeing how I haven’t read any (or don’t remember reading any) that wouldn’t work out. Then I was  seriously struggling to come up with an answer UNTIL I saw Six of Crows on my shelf and remembered that part of it takes place on a boat and the other on land. Well, I found the perfect answer for this question!

Grisha


Rice Noodle Roll: A favourite multilayered character you’ve read (i.e. traits? skills? morally ambiguous?).

One of my all time favourite morally ambiguous characters is Victor Vale from Vicious. He is such a complex character and I loved reading about him. (I’m still hoping that there will be more books in this world!) I should also mention Eli, from the same book, as he is also a morally grey character. Though, personally, I liked Victor A LOT more!

Vicious


Shrimp Dumpling: A book with a transparent blurb that gives the story away.

I honestly can’t think of any book for this category. I tend to forget summaries immediately after reading them. (My brain apparently doesn’t comprehend them, or something.) So I really have no idea what blurbs gave away the story, though I’m sure that there are many out there.


Steamed BBQ Pork Buns: A book that is fluffy on the outside but packs a punch of flavour (e.g. message? depth? controversy?).

The first book that came to my mind was My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. From the cover and synopsis I expected a light contemporary read, but it was much more than that. There was a lot more depth to this book and it had important messages as well. This is a book I would recommend everyone to read, especially if you enjoy contemporary.

My Life Next Door


Chicken Feet: A book with divided opinions.

I think it’s quiet obvious why I picked Throne of Glass, or rather the whole series, by Sarah J. Maas. I have read this first book over three years ago and I honestly don’t remember much of it. I did give it 4 stars at that time, but I’m not sure that’s accurate (as I read it at the time I discovered the online book community and was swayed by the hype).

Sarah J Maas


Lotus-Wrapped Sticky Rice: A book you’ve received/given that was nicely packaged.

Both illustrated editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets were Christmas gifts, so they were gifts and also very nicely packaged. (Sadly I don’t have pictures, because I’m impatient and opened them immediately.)


Egg Custard Tart: A book that uses simple ingredients and clichés but executes it perfectly.

Okay, I give up. I DON’T KNOW!! I seriously can’t think of any book that fits this category. I have basically been thinking about this question for days, but I just can’t think of any book that corresponds to this question. So, I’m sorry but I give up!


Mango Pudding with Evaporated Milk: Any book recommendation + beverage/snack that’s a winning combination.

Personally I love drinking warm beverages whenever I’m reading a fantasy book. I don’t know what it is, it just makes me relaxed and I enjoy reading even more that way. My preference of hot beverage is tea, especially black tea. (Before I would say coffee, but I have stopped drinking it.) So my recommendation would be A Game of Thrones and a cup of black tea.


Fried Sesame Balls: A book cover with embossed text/design you just love to run your fingers over.

I love how Percy Jackson’s Greek God by Rick Riordan and illustrated by John Rocco feels! I…don’t really have much to add to that. I have no idea how to describe why exactly I love it, so I shall leave it at this. Just trust me, this book feels amazing! 😄

Percy Jackson


Dim Sum Steam Cart: The type of carrying bag you use to bring books around.

Um…I don’t really have one? I carry a book with me in whatever bag I’m carrying that day. Sometimes I have a backpack with me, when I have a lot of stuff to cary. Sometimes only a purse. It really depends on how much stuff I need to bring with me (and how long I’m staying out). Though if I don’t have enough space for a book I bring my Kindle with me. Sooo, I always have something to read wherever I go!


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

-Anna♥

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Least Favourite Fictional Character? Fictional Place I want to go to? And MORE! || Book Fangirling Award

AwardI was nominated by quiet a few wonderful bloggers for this award! Thank you all sooo much once more! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out all their blogs!

I’m also very sorry that it’s taken me this long to answer all of your questions! I’m seriously the worst when it comes to keeping up with tags and awards. But better late than never, right? 😉 (Well, I hope you see it that way as well!)


THE RULES:

  • Create a post to accept your award.
  • Add the blog award button into your post and put it on the side of your blog as a widget. Visit Fangirling for the award button.
  • Answer the questions I have below.
  • Nominate between 5-10 book bloggers who you think also deserve this award.
  • Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees.

Questions from Gel:

1. If you could create a fan club on one of your most loved fictional book character, who would he/she be?

I would definitely pick Luna Lovegood! She is my favourite female character from the Harry Potter series, so creating a fan club for her seems only logical. Plus I know many people who love her as well, so finding members won’t be a problem either!

People

2. What is your most favorite book series?

That would have to be the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. I know this is not a new or exiting answer, but it’s simply my ALL TIME favourite series. It’s the only one that I have reread over 10 times. I think I read it for the first time nearly 10 years ago and I’m still obsessed with it. I don’t think there is a series that could fit this question better.

3. If you could stay for a month at some fictional place in a book, where would you go? Tell us how you would plan your adventure!

I would definitely go to Middle Earth, specifically to Rivendell. I would spend all my time with the Elves and exploring the world surrounding their home. Rivendell is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen so I wouldn’t even mind staying there the whole month and just getting to know it, the Elves and their culture more.

Lotr

4. If you could ask one question to one of your least favorite book fictional character, who and what would you ask?

One of my least favourite characters is Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. I seriously dislike him and I have a lot of questions I would want to ask him. (I mean A LOT of questions.) But I don’t really want to mention any specific question, because that would spoil the books (literary all my questions are spoiler-y).

People

5. What book kept you up all night just to read?


Questions from Calliope:

1. What is your favorite color and which book is just that shade?

Well…my favourite colour is black. And The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books by J. R. R. Tolkien are just the right shade. (If there can be a right shade of black.) I love all the covers of these books, plus the color is amazing. 😉

2. What book character would you want as an older sibling?

I’m cheating and picking two characters. I would love to have Fred and George Weasley as my older brothers. They are simply amazing and some of my favourite characters from Harry Potter! I love them! Though I don’t think I need to explain why I would love to have them as older brothers? I think not, everyone knows how amazing they are. 😉

People

3. On average, how many books do you buy a month?

I’m currently on a type of book buying ban. I have to read 5 books before buying new ones. (And I’m staying on this ban until my TBR is under 10 books.) For read I’m counting books I own, review books and ARCs as well. And I CAN buy books that I plan to buddy read with someone. So how many books I buy a month depends on how many I read, which is actually not a lot. (As I haven’t been reading that much this year.) I would say one or two books per month at the maximum.

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4. Do you keep the dust jacket on hardcover books when you read them?

No, I take the dust jacket off. It just bothers me while I’m reading, as it’s sliding all over the place. Plus I’m afraid that I’ll accidentally rip it, which I would hate to do. So it’s safest and easiest to just take it off and that’s exactly what I do!

5. Can you read when it’s loud and noisy around you?

Yes, I can. It takes me longer to read one page, as I can’t concentrate as well as I do when it’s silent. BUT I’m still able to read, I don’t mind the noise around me that much. I think that’s because I got used to it. While at school, during lunch break, I used to read a lot and it was very noisy – so over time I just got used to it and I can ignore the noise quiet easily.


Questions from Lila:

1. If you could dye your hair any color, which color would you choose?

I would love to have any of these light colours! They are all sooo beautiful. Sadly I have naturally dark hair which means I would have to bleach it. Plus my hair grows rather fast, so I would have to do it often. First of all that’s very bad for my hair and second, I couldn’t be bothered to work that hard to maintain it. But I can still dream, I guess. (I’ll just have to get myself wigs, if I want to have such light hair.)

2. What’s your favorite season and why?

I love spring the most. I just adore that all the colour seems to return and the flowers beginn to bloom. It gets warmer as well, which is amazing. (I don’t like the heat from the summer, but I do enjoy the warmer weather of spring.) Plus my birthday is during spring as well, which makes it even more amazing in my eyes.

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3. Who are three of your favorite characters, what Hogwarts house do you think they would be in, and why?

I decided to pick three characters from the Shades of Magic series by Victoria Schwab (as this is a book I recently finished and is the freshest in my mind).

  • Lila is obviously in Slytherin.
  • Kell would probably be in Hufflepuff.
  • Holland would be in Ravenclaw.

Or that’s what I think at least! Do let me know if you think the same, or if you think they would fit better some of the other houses!

4. What’s a song that makes you just wanna dance?

This is such an interesting question, I don’t think anyone has asked me this before! 😀

  • Centuries by Fall Out Boy
  • Victorious by Panic! At The Disco

These are just the first two songs that came to my mind. There are many more out there that make me want to dance, but that’s probably because I love dancing and can do it to basically any song in any genre.

5. What’s one of your quirkiest traits?

Ummm…I eat m&ms or skittles or gummy-candy by color. Okay, that’s probably not my quirkiest trait but it’s the first that came to my mind, so I’m sticking with it! (Plus I can’t really think of anything else at the moment.)

Food


Questions from Jessica:

1. If you could take the place of a protagonist in any story, which story would you choose and why? (Harry Potter isn’t allowed as an answer.)

I would like to take the place of Sophie from Howl’s Movie Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I just re-watched the movie, so the story is really fresh in my mind. Sophie, while not living the happiest of lives, doesn’t have it that bad either. The world she lives in isn’t life-threatening dangerous, but it still has amazing magic. I have a feeling I could survive in her world and live happily while being surrounded by magic. What more could I ask for?

Howl's Moving Castle

2. What is the next book on your TBR list?

I don’t do TBR lists because I know I won’t stick to them. Whenever I put a book on a TBR list I immediately don’t want to read it anymore. I’m going to be reading next whatever I feel like once I finish the book that I am reading at the moment.

3. What book or series do you think is over-hyped?

4. What book or series do you think is under-hyped and deserves more readers?

5. If there is any world you could visit (fictional included), where would you visit and what would be the first thing you would do when you arrive?

I would visit the world of Eragon by Christopher Paolini. And the first thing I would do is find dragons (and someone who can communicate with them) and ask for a ride or just interact with them, as they are very sentient in this world and can talk to certain people. I adore dragons, they are my favourite mythical creature and I would love to get to talk to one of them! ❤


Questions from Carrianne:

1. If you could steal a character’s clothes, whose would you steal?

I think I would steal Isabelle Lightwood’s clothes. They just seem like something I would love to wear myself. Plus she wears a lot of black, which is my favourite colour and the one I love wearing the most. So stealing her clothes seems only logical!

2. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?

I would have to choose The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. He intended for this story to be one book, so I’m thinking of it as one book. This book is freaking huge and it takes me a long time to read it – so it’s perfect for this question, as I don’t think I would easily get bored of it. Plus I do love The Lord of the Rings a lot, so there is that as well.

LOTR

3. What trope would you like to see more in books?

I would love to see a lot more of healthy protagonist-parent or protagonist-sibling relationship in fantasy, especially YA. I don’t think they get explored enough, in most of the books that I read they are completely absent for one reason or another. It would really be amazing to see some good representation of healthy family relationships.

4. Favourite bookish loot? If you don’t have any, then favourite book cover?

Sadly I don’t have any bookish lootSo I decided to pick one of my all time favourite book covers. It’s for Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind. I adore everything about this cover! It’s beautifully designed, the colours are amazing and it represents the story wonderfully. If I had to pick one, I would say this is my all time favourite cover.

Perfume

5. Which scene would you like to be apart of and in what book?

I would love to be apart of the coronation scene in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. That’s a very iconic scene that reminds me of my childhood and my reading of The Chronicles of Narnia (the series that got me into reading). It would simply be wonderful to be apart of it!

The Chronicles of Narnia


Thank you once more to everyone who nominated me for this award!

Make sure to check out all their amazing blogs!

Thank you for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day.

-Anna♥

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The Cookie Book Tag

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I was tagged by the lovely Kat @Life And Other Disasters to do this tag. Thank you once more! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out her blog!

I adore cookies! So I’m VERY exited to be doing this tag. Though it does also make me crave cookies, which isn’t the best as I’m not sure I can get my hands on any right now. I NEED ALL THE COOKIES! (Hopefully there are some left in my house!) Anyway…let’s get into the tag. 🙂

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The Rules:

  • In addition to linking back to the person who tagged you, it would be awesome if you link back to Nicole’s original post!
  • Pick a book that corresponds to the cookie’s ‘theme’.
  • Have fun!
  • Tag 1-3 people.

Chocolate Chip

A Classic Book That You Love or Really Enjoyed (interpret classic how you want, it can be a classic written 100 years ago or 20 years ago):

I enjoy Gothic classics the most. They are always very atmospheric and manage to suck me right in! Out of the ones that I have read so far, my favourites are Jane Eyre, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dracula and Frankenstein. They all are amazing books and definitely some of my all time favourite classics.


Thin Mints

A Fandom That You Really Want to ‘Join’ AND/OR a Hyped-Up Book You Want To Read (your source(s) of a book being hyped can be from anywhere):

There are quiet a few hyped books that I want to read. But the ones that I have heard the most about, and the ones that seem like I’ll enjoy the most, are these four:


Shortbread

An Author You Can’t Get Enough Of:

Is anyone surprised that I can’t get enough of Victoria Schwab’s books? I thin not. After all I have been mentioning her and my love for her books quiet a lot lately! So far I have read these four books by her and I simply ADORED all of them, they were fantastic. I can’t wait to read the other two books from The Shades of Magic series and I really want to read This Savage Song as well. (Plus everything else she will write in the future.)


Samoas/ Caramel DeLites

An Emotional Rollercoaster (this cookie was hard…so any book that made you feel more than one emotion, strongly. The choice of emotions is up to you):

The first book that came to my mind was Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin. This book was definitely a rollercoaster of emotions. From excitement, happiness to despair and sadness. I have definitely felt all of those while reading this book. I think World War II stories hit me the hardest for one reason or another (even alternate reality ones, like this one). I always feel many emotions while reading them, another example is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Wolf by Wolf


Oreos

A Book Whose Cover Was Better Than The Story OR Vice Versa, Where The Story Was Better Than Its Cover:

These are all books that I thought had a beautiful cover, but the story didn’t live up to it.


Tagalongs/ Peanut Butter Patties

A Book That Wasn’t What You Expected (good, bad, or just different, interpret how you wish):

The book, or rather graphic novel, that immediately came to my mind is Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. I was thinking that this was going to be a cute, light and fluffy story. Probably because the art decieved me. (Or I hadn’t read anything about it.) It really surprised me with the direction it took in the best way possible!

Nimona


Snickerdoodles

A Book You May Never Stop Rereading/Loving:

I’ll never stop loving and rereading the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. I think this is quiet an obvious answer, seeing as I have loved these books for nearly 10 years and reread them many times throughout the years. I’m sure I’ll continue loving them and rereading in the future as well. (Also, no particular reason for putting only the pictures of the first four books – just thought it looked better that way.)


Bonus

Choose a cookie I didn’t list and make up a question!

I’m stealing Kat‘s idea/question for this one. (Sorry, my brain can’t think of anything currently.) So all the credit goes to her! 😀

Jammie Dodgers

A book that was recommended to you, which you ended up loving!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day filled with cookies (and other sweets)!

-Anna♥

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standalone sunday

Standalone Sunday: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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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.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower“I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they’re here. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It’s like looking at all the students and wondering who’s had their heart broken that day…or wondering who did the heart breaking and wondering why.”

Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor


Lets start this post with saying that The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of my all time favourite books. I vividly remember reading it for the first time, it’s just one of those books that sticks with you. So when did I read it for the first time? In my 3rd of high school. (there are 4 years of high school in the country that I’m from – just some random information) Near the end of the year I decided to bring this book with me to school. I literary managed to finish it in during school as well, I could not put this book down.

And ever since I first read this book I have only reread it once. (Though I definitely plan on changing that soon.) I related to Charlie sooo much and I could understand his struggles. The other characters were amazing as well. Just thinking about this book makes me emotional, as I already said it’s one of my favourites. I think I simply read this book at the perfect time for me to fully appreciate it. I’m very curious to see what I will think of it once I decide to reread it.


Have you read The Perks of Being a Wallflower? 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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weekend adventures

A new feature on my blog?! || Weekend Adventures

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I have decided to start a new feature on my blog! This is simply going to be a format where I talk / write about my plans for the weekend (and sometimes the upcoming week). This way I will be able to talk about more than just books, plus this way I can talk about my daily life without making any special update posts. (I feel that those are somewhat serious and I don’t feel like writing them that often.)

Why Weekend Adventures?

Honestly I just needed a name for this. First I wanted to call it simply Weekend Plans, but then this name popped in my head and I decided to go with it. Plus each weekend is an adventure, or something along those lines.

What will I be writing about?
  • the books that I’m currently reading and plan to start,
  • the games that I want to play,
  • the tv shows / anime / movies that I plan to watch,
  • any other life things that I feel like writing about.
When will I be posting these posts?
  • Friday is the day for this feature. As it is the start of the weekend, it’s also the perfect day for this post to go up.
  • I WON’T be making these kinds of posts every week, just whenever I feel like it and whenever I have enough things to talk about. Which may be every week, but it’s not in the plan to be a weekly feature.

Now that those basic information is out of the way, lets get into the things I plan on doing this weekend!


UNIVERSITY:

Lets start with the boring stuff first! I have a presentation in around two weeks that needs to be 15 to 20 minutes long. So that means that I need to do quiet a bit of researching this weekend. I do already have a few books in mind that I can use and hopefully I will find more as I continue working on this project. By the way, the class is about Chinese Ceramics of the Song Period – which I find to be very interesting, since I have never really learned much about ceramics before. I am studying History of Art, in case you were wondering. (As that class really seems random otherwise!) 😄

READING:

I’m currently reading The Wingsnatchers by Sarah Jean Horwitz. I’m not that far into this book yet (around 12%), but what I have read I enjoyed greatly. This seems like a fun story and I can’t wait to read more of it and find out where it will go.

I plan on starting Eldest by Christopher Paolini this weekend. Eragon, the first book in this series, I loved to bits. I can’t really believe that I haven’t started this book yet! But that is going to change soon. I’m beyond exited to continue this series and also DRAGONS! As you may know, I adore dragons. I plan on starting The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury as well. I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book and it’s about time that I read it as well! Plus it’s an Aladdin retelling and I’m beyond exited to see how the story will play out.

GAMING:

I plan on starting a new game of Fire Emblem Awakening. This is going to be a replay for me (the fourth one, if I’m not mistaken) and I’m beyond exited about it! I just adore this game, it’s characters and the story. Plus the strategic nature of the game is a lot of fun as well. I definitely need to pick up the other games from this franchise (the ones that I can play with my Nintendo 3DS that is). I can’t wait to dive back into this story! It’s going to be amazing, as it always is.

Fire Emblem Awakening

WATCHING:

I’m currently watching Sailor Moon Crystal and that is the anime that I will be watching this weekend. This is the remake version of the original anime and it started airing in 2014. Sailor Moon is one of the anime that I watched as a little girl, so this remade version is giving me many nostalgic feelings. I’m very much enjoying it so far and I can’t wait to watch more episodes! (The transformation sequences are a bit weird though, as they are done in 3D while everything else is 2D.) Also my favourite Sailor Scout has always been Sailor Mars! 😀

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What do you plan on doing this weekend? Do let me know!

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

-Anna♥

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The Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag!

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I was tagged by the lovely Maria @Big City Bookworm to do this tag. Thank you once more! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out her blog!


The rules are:

  • Choose 5 books.
  • Randomly set your books in order.
  • Flip to a random page and record the first two names you come across.
  • Put the names in the categories listed below, in the order you saw them.

Harry Potter

THE FIRST PERSON TO DIE IN THE APOCALYPSE:

Hermione Granger

Well, we are all screwed then! After all Hermione is one of the smartest and most resourceful characters out there. Guess we are all doomed!

THE PERSON YOU TACKLE TO ESCAPE THE ZOMBIES:

Bellatrix Lestrange

Honestly I would tackle her any day. For obvious reasons, I don’t think I need to explain that. Plus I was relieved when I saw which question she was paired up with!


Shadowhunters

THE FIRST PERSON TO BE TURNED INTO A ZOMBIE:

Simon Lewis

I can see this actually happening. (Can’t say why exactly.) Poor Simon, we shall miss you. After all he is one of my favourite characters from that series.

THE PERSON THAT TACKLES ME TO ESCAPE THE ZOMBIES:

Luke Garroway

Excuse me! Luke, how dare you? Though I do understand, survival of the fittest or something like that. Still, doesn’t mean I’m pleased about this!


Grisha

THE TEAM’S IDIOT:

Nina

If she is the idiot of the team the others must be geniuses. I’m really happy to have her on the team non the less, Nina is simply amazing!

THE BRAINS OF THE TEAM:

Brum

As much as I dislike him as a character I have to say that Brum is smart and could probably help the team a lot. Still, I can’t say that I’m happy that he’s here.


Shatter Me

THE TEAM’S MEDIC:

Juliette

I don’t really know how good of a medic she would be, as she can’t touch anyone. But we shall hope for the best! (I have only read the first book so far, so I have no idea how she is in the later books.)

THE WEAPON’S EXPERT:

Warner

Well, he fits this category very well. I have a feeling that he is quiet good with weapons and I’m beyond happy that he is on my team. (He is my favourite character from that series after all.)


Percy Jackson

THE TEAM’S BRAWLER:

Jason Grace

He is the son of Jupiter and he can fight. So I’m sure he would be great as the team’s brawler. (If he doesn’t get knocked out that is.)

THE TEAM’S LEADER:

Percy Jackson

Okay. I think this is the most perfect pick of this whole tag. Percy is a great leader. I have a lot more confidence in surviving, now that he is on the team!


I tag:

Louise @GenieReads

Stephanie @TeacherOfYA

Kate @ReadingThroughInfinity

Donna @Chocolate’N’Waffles

(As always, if you have already done this tag or don’t feel like doing it, feel free to ignore me!)


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

-Anna♥

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top five wednesday

It’s my BIRTHDAY! & Favourite Fantasy Cover Art || 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.


Yes, you have read correctly IT’S MY BIRTHDAY TODAY!

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I’m officially 22 now. I just though I would mention it, as I’m already writing a post today. (Plus I wanted to use that gif, so there’s that as well!) So what am I going to do on my birthday? Mostly spend my time in classes, though I’m going to a museum later in the day – it’s still part of a class, so I’m not sure if it counts as a fun visit or not. No exiting plans really, but I shall enjoy this day as much as I can! 😀


Anyway, onto the actual post of today! I decided to do another Top Five Wednesday post. Today’s topic is our favourite fantasy and science fiction cover arts. There are a ton fantasy covers out there that I love, so picking only five was really hard! I actually don’t have that many favourite science fiction covers, the only two that come to mind are The Martian and The long way to a small angry planet, the other ones that I’m aware of aren’t that impressive. That’s why I decided to go with my favourite fantasy covers!

Anyway, lets get into my list!


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5. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

I just love the whole design of this cover. The colours are simply beautiful and fit together so nicely. The art is gorgeous as well. I just adore this cover! I really want to get this book in this particular edition, so hopefully I will be finding it soon. (As I really want/need to read this book!)

4. The covers for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

I adore black covers of books. I don’t know what it is, they just tend to look the best to me. These covers for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are rather simple but also very beautiful. I love how each illustration on the cover represents the specific book. Plus I love how most of the illustration is gold with a little ring of colour.

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3. Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

This is a book that I recently discovered and I immediately fell in love with the cover! (The summary sounds amazing as well.) I love that it looks like a playing card. The colours are amazing, I love the red and how the characters are illustrated with black and white and a little red detail. This cover looks even prettier in person, as I had the pleasure of seeing it in the bookstore a few days ago!

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Yes, I’m including three covers for this book. I simply love all of them. As I have mentioned earlier, I love black books. And all three of these designs are simply gorgeous! I don’t think there is much more I can say about that. Which out of these three is your favourite cover for The Night CircusI think mine is the third one, simply because I love the silhouettes of Marco and Celia.

1. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

I just love the whole design of these three books. I love the font, the illustrations and the colours. Everything about these covers is gorgeous and they are definitely my favourites (obviously, as I put them in the first place). Also the Six of Crows duology has amazing covers, but I think I prefer these more sooo I decided to pick them!


What are some of your favourite fantasy covers?

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

-Anna♥

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New Twitter & little blog update!

Today’s post is going to be a rather short one, I just wanted to update you on two things!

You might have noticed that my blog has slightly changed! I have simply gotten bored of my previous design so I decided to change it up a bit. Or rather I decided yesterday that I was bored of my previous design and that it needed to change. And, me being me, decided to fix that immediately and ended up staying up late (or rather later than usually) to finish updating it. I’m very happy with the way it looks now!

I have also made a new Twitter @mybookishdream, be sure to follow me there! (If you want that is!) Why did I make a new twitter in the first place? I had some problems with my previous one, which I’m not going to go into detail about. It wasn’t anything serious, just some things bothered me and I decided the best way to fix those problems was simply to delete my old twitter and create a new one. So that’s what I did!

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That’s basically everything that I wanted to write about today.

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

-Anna♥

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The most unsuccessful reading month of all time! || April Wrap Up

Another month has gone by. I seriously have no idea how it’s already the end of April. This year is seriously going by waaaay to fast. In April I had two weeks of holidays, as it was Easter. During that time I planned to be productive and do a lot of stuff for university, but that didn’t happen. Instead I procrastinated a lot and basically did nothing. I have no idea where those two weeks went. I had so much trouble to motivate myself to do anything, but I think I’m out of that now. Or rather, I really hope that I am as classes have started for me this week and I do have quiet a lot of work to do.

My parents came to visit me during the Easter weekend and we spent a lot of time together, which was amazing. It was really great seeing them again, especially since I don’t have the opportunity to do that often now. We explored Vienna a bit, since my mom was never actually here and we went shopping as well. All in all it we had a wonderful time. It was definitely the highlight of my month!


BOOKS I READ:

Or rather the Books I Didn’t Read, as I haven’t read a single book this month. Yes, I have neither started nor finished a single book in the month of April. And no, I have absolutely no idea how that happened. While I have been in a reading slump this whole year I at least managed to read one or two books per month. Well, not this time! I just didn’t feel like reading any book that I picked up. I honestly have no idea what was going on with me. I’m also waaaay behind on review books, which is frustrating and disappointing – but I’m trying not to think of it too much, as I don’t want to drive myself crazy.

I did read some things this month.What are those?” You may ask yourself, as I said that I didn’t read any books. Well, I reread some of my favourite manga. (Or rather parts of them, as my favourites tend to be very long series.) I don’t mention manga in my wrap ups sooo you might not even know that I read them regularly. I don’t mention them in wrap ups because I don’t mark them as read on Goodreads. I use MyAnimeList to keep track of what I’m reading and how far I’m into a specific manga. (If you are interested in that!)

So I guess this is my reading wrap up, if you can even call it that. April just wasn’t my month, neither for reading or doing stuff for university.


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How was your April? Did you, unlike me, have a good reading month?

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

-Anna♥

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Authors I Want to Read More From || 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 topic is the authors we want to read more from. And let’s be real, there are definitely more than five authors that I want to read more books from.

In this post I will be mentioning authors that have books out that I haven’t read yet but really want to. Not authors whose upcoming releases I’m looking forward to or authors I wish would write more books. (That could be a whole other topic.) And I won’t be mentioning Victoria Schwab, I do want to read all her books but I always mention her so I don’t want to be too repetitive.

Let’s get into my list!


5. Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami is an author that I first read in high school. During that time period I was very interested in Japanese literature and wanted to read a book set in Japan. And seeing that Haruki Murakami’s name kept popping up I decided to read his books. I wasn’t disappointed. I really enjoy his writing style and way of story telling, I can’t wait to read more of his books.

4. Neil Gaiman

All of Neil Gaiman’s books that I have read so far I have greatly enjoyed. His writing style is simply magical and he creates fantastic worlds that I can’t stop reading about. My two favourites so far would have to be The Graveyard Book and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I’m very exited to continue reading his works and hopefully I’ll be picking up something by him rather soon.

3. Cassandra Clare

I have already read The Infernal Devices (and LOVED them) and the first two books of The Mortal Instruments and I really NEED to continue reading that series. Honestly I want to read all the books set in the Shadowhunters universe, they all very much intrigue me. I just like the character that she creates and I find the whole Shadowhunter world to be fascinating, so I obviously want to read more about it.

2. Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is one of my all time favourite authors. So far I have read The Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls by him and I simply ADORED all of those books. I really want to read all of his books. Hopefully I will be able to get to them some time soon. I do already own More Than This, so I could read it soon.

1. Rick Riordan

I have already read many books by Rick Riordan. I have read Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus and The Kane Chronicles. But I just can’t get enough of his stories and I NEED to read more! I’m very interested in getting my hands on all of these books, but I think I will wait until more books from the series have been published – as I love binge reading his books, I feel as if I get the most out of them that way.


Who are some authors that you want to read more from?

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

-Anna♥