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Rambling About BTS & An Amazing Reading Month || July 2019 Wrap Up

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July was a bit of a weird month. I have no idea where the first half of the month went? Or what I did during that time? That’s because I was busy with some life things during that time. The past month was not the best for my mental health, but also not the worst. There were a few hick-ups, but overall it was a good month. 🙂 Plus, during the second to last week of July I took part in The Reading Rush which was a lot of fun!

A think that I really want to complain about is the heat. July had so many hot days, I was literary melting. It doesn’t help that I live on the 6th floor and that I don’t have an AC. Hopefully the weather calms down a bit, like 30°C is fine but please no more 37°C. (Though I love spring and autumn weather, so it could be a lot colder for my linking.) The heatwave in Europe has seriously been horrible.


BTS RAMBLINGS INCOMING!

Basically I ended up writing a lot more about how I got into them than I thought I would? Apparently I had a lot that I wanted to get off my chest. Feel free to skip that part if you’re not interested. 🙂 My ramblings end at the point where I start writing about the books I read in July and what I thought about them.

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Now let’s talk about BTS for a bit, as I have recently become completely obsessed with them.

I had known who BTS were for a long time now, but I never actually listened to any of their songs. I had a phase in high school where I listened to a lot of k-pop (or rather to a select few songs), but then I just stopped for some reason. I switched to listening to more Japanese music, as I was learning Japanese. I felt that mixing the two languages would be confusing for me, so I focused on Japanese music (since that was the language I wanted to study for years).

Anyway, I watched Melanie’s @meltotheany Reading Rush vlogs and saw her talking about them. Side note: Be sure to check out Melanie’s channel, she is one of my favourite booktubers to watch! Continuing with BTS, I got curious and decided to listen to some of their music. Since Saturday I have listened to so many of their songs, watched many of their videos and I’m even on episode 56 of Run BTS! I’m officially obsessed. I have literary been listening to their music non-stop for over a week now. I just love their music so much!? They just make me so happy and I want to thank Melanie for me getting me into them.

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Also, I’m having an unusual experience for me when it comes to BTS. By that I mean that I’m not someone who cares about celebrities. Like I don’t follow any of them on any social media, I don’t watch their interviews, I don’t even know the names of the majority of famous people. They have never interested me. And that also goes for also bands/artists whose music I love to and for actors whose movies I adore. I also never want to buy any merch from anyone. Nor do I want to buy albums, as I listen to music on Spotify.

That has all changed with BTS. As I already mentioned, I have watched 56 episodes of  Run BTS! which is a variety show that they put on. Also, I have literary already made a wishlist on Amazon for the first album I want to buy and a few other BTS related things. Basically BTS has taken over my life and I’m loving it? (Though my bank account won’t.)

I shall end it on this note: My bias is Suga and my bias wrecker is Jimin, since I’m sure people who like BTS as well would like to know.

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Wrap Up

Taylor Jenkins ReidThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

5 out of 5 stars

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo easily became one of my all time favourite books. I completely adored this book and I can’t wait to read more books by Taylor Jenkins Reid. She manages to create such great characters, in the sense that you can believe these people actually exist. All of her characters were very flawed as well and I enjoyed learning more about them and what hides behind the masks that they put in front of everybody.

Evelyn Hugo was definitely my favourite character. I can’t even put into words how much I adored her and how much she meant to me. This book has also many amazing and important quotes that I could just do a complete post about that. I completely fell in love with this book, as you can already tell with how much I gushed about it.


Rick RiordanThe Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

4 out of 5 stars

I already knew that I liked Apollo as a character, from the previous books set in the Percy Jackson world. The Hidden Oracle just made me love him even more! He was as ridiculous and dramatic as I thought he was going to be. It was also great seeing some of my favourite characters from the previous series. I didn’t particularly care or like Meg. Even as the story progressed and I understood more about her and her motivations I just didn’t care all that much about her. I was also very uncomfortable with the power imbalance between her and Apollo. With that I mean that she could order Apollo to do anything she wants and he must follow that order.

My full review, if you are interested in more of my thoughts.


The Legend of Sleepy HollowThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

2 out of 5 stars

This is the first book that I read for The Reading Rush. Or rather, the first book that I listened to as I opted for the audiobook. As you can see by my rating I didn’t particularly care for this book. I didn’t hate it by any means, it just wasn’t what I expected it to be. I found it quite boring at times. Plus there was also the fact that I really didn’t care about the characters.

For The Reading Rush I also watched the movie adaptation, Sleepy Hollow (1999) and I must say that I much more enjoyed the movie.


Wicked FoxWicked Fox by Kat Cho

5 out of 5 stars

I had heard amazing things about this book from fellow bloggers, whose opinions I trust. Because of that I decided to pick it up. Plus there was the fact that I randomly visited my local book store and they had copies of this book (which I honestly didn’t expect, as there aren’t usually many new releases in English available). I read Wicked Fox during The Reading Rush.

I enjoyed this book so much! It took me completely by surprise and it even managed to make me cry. (That isn’t something that happens often when I’m reading.) I plan on writing a full review for this book, once I gather my thoughts!


Grief is the Thing With FeathersGrief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter

2.5 out of 5 stars

I don’t really know how to explain this book? It was a combination of poetry and text. There is also the fact that I listened to Grief is the Thing with Feathers as an audiobook (without having the physical book in front of me) so sometimes I wasn’t completely sure how this book was formatted.

Anyways, I have pretty mixed feelings about this book. There were some aspects of it that I enjoyed, but I expected a lot more from it. Especially since I know a lot of people who completely adored this book and consider it to be their favourite. (Though I think this is more of a it’s me and not the book situation.) I was just left feeling underwhelmed. This is another book that I completed during The Reading Rush.


Heartwood BoxHeartwood Box by Ann Aguirre

2 out of 5 stars

Heartwood Box starts out very strong. The setting of the small town with many people missing was very interesting, especially when it seems like it’s being haunted by the people who went missing. The plot in the beginning was very intriguing as well. As I continued reading the story I became less and less interested. The reason for that is that the plot was overloaded. This book was only 288 pages long and yet there were so many different plots and plot threads, it was just overwhelming. As it was overwhelming I stopped caring about it and it ultimately became boring. There is just too much going on in this story.

My full review, if you are interested in more of my thoughts.


Elizabeth AcevedoThe Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

4 out of 5 stars

The Poet X is one of those books that I have heard many people recommend, but I never actually knew what it was about. I listened to this book as an audiobook, which was an amazing decision as the author herself narrates this book. (And she is amazing at it, might I add.)

It took me a bit to get into the story, as I’m not usually one who reads books in verse. Actually, I think this is the first book that I have ever read that was written in verse (not counting classic epic poems). I’m not completely sure how to properly express my feelings towards this book, it’s still fresh to me and I haven’t processed it properly yet. What I know is that The Poet X was an amazing book that I would highly recommend to everyone. I definitely plan on picking up more books by Elizabeth Acevedo.


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How was your July? 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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Heartwood Box by Ann Aguirre || ARC Review

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

Heartwood Box

Title: Heartwood Box

Author: Ann Aguirre

Published: 9. July 2019.

Edition: Tor Teen

                 Kindle, 288 pages

Genre: Mystery | Fantasy | Science Fiction

Summary:

In this tiny, terrifying town, the lost are never found. When Araceli Flores Harper is sent to live with her great-aunt Ottilie in her ramshackle Victorian home, the plan is simple. She’ll buckle down and get ready for college. Life won’t be exciting, but she’ll cope, right? Wrong.

From the start, things are very, very wrong. Her great-aunt still leaves food for the husband who went missing twenty years ago, and local businesses are plastered with MISSING posters. There are unexplained lights in the woods and a mysterious lab just beyond the city limits that the locals don’t talk about. Ever. When she starts receiving mysterious letters that seem to be coming from the past, she suspects someone of pranking her or trying to drive her out of her mind. To solve these riddles and bring the lost home again, Araceli must delve into a truly diabolical conspiracy, but some secrets fight to stay buried

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◄ 2 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

Content warnings: domestic abuse, violence, racism, World War I themes
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Heartwood Box starts out very strong. The setting of the small town with many people missing was very interesting, especially when it seems like it’s being haunted by the people who went missing. The plot in the beginning was very intriguing as well. As I continued reading the story I became less and less interested. The reason for that is that the plot was overloaded. This book was only 288 pages long and yet there were so many different plots and plot threads, it was just overwhelming. As it was overwhelming I stopped caring about it and it ultimately became boring. There is just too much going on in this story.

Araceli was an alright character. I liked her more in the beginning and I stopped caring about her the more I read, which is a major theme with me and this book. There were too many side characters in this story. No one felt fleshed out and they were more used as devices to further the plot than they were actual characters. Most of them were used to show how much of an outsider Araceli really was. Granted quite a few of those characters were people of colour, I’m not sure we got to know about them enough and I really can’t speak about the representation. Heartwood Box was overloaded with characters.

Overall I didn’t enjoy this book all that much, as you can see by my rating and review. I think Heartwood Box would have been better if it was longer, or some of the plot elements were cut out. This book just felt overloaded with everything. Personally I wouldn’t recommend it.


Have you read Heartwood Box? 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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blog updates · personal things

My Blog is 4 Years Old!?!

My Bookish Dream

Yes, you have read the title of this post correctly. My little blog is 4 year olds today!

Actually, my blogiversary was yesterday but we shall ignore that and pretend it was today (one day doesn’t really make the difference). I blame my headache and BTS for this post being delayed. Basically, yesterday I had a headache and I did nothing productive. I caught up to some booktube videos that I missed during this week of The Reading Rush and many people I follow talked about BTS. So I started researching them a bit and listening to some of their music. I have fallen into a hole and I’m currently watching Run BTS! ep. 30. So there is that as well.

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I don’t actually have anything planned for my anniversary, I just wanted to acknowledge it. The reason that I didn’t plan anything is because my mental health hasn’t been the best this past week and I’m quite busy at the moment. (I may do a giveaway in the future, we shall see.)

Thank you everyone for supporting my little blog! ❤

I have met so many amazing people because of blogging in these past four years and I’m forever thankful for that. I can’t imagine my life without blogging anymore, it’s become such an important part of my life. Thank you for everything! (Which sounds like I’m quitting blogging, which isn’t the case!)

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How long have you been blogging? 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 Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan || Book Review

Rick RiordanTitle: The Hidden Oracle

( The Trials of Apollo #1 )

Author: Rick Riordan

Published: 3. May 2016

Edition: Disney-Hyperion

Hardcover, 376 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Mythology

Summary:

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

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◄ 4 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

I have reviewed two series by Rick Riordan on this blog, but I have never reviewed an individual book by him. I don’t really know how that happened? Anyway, the two series that I reviewed were The Kane Chronicles and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, feel free to check out those reviews if you are interested in my thoughts on them. I adore books that incorporate mythologies into them, which is one of the reasons that I have read so many Rick Riordan books (obviously). To be fair, there are many reasons that I read his books – which is not the point of this post, so we shall move on. I’m very exited to have started another series by him!

It was very interesting reading from the perspective of Apollo who got turned into a human. Especially since Riordan’s books usually follow the perspective of different demigods, not someone who is ancient. I already knew that I liked Apollo as a character, from the previous books set in the Percy Jackson world. The Hidden Oracle just made me love him even more! He was as ridiculous and dramatic as I thought he was going to be. Apollo is bisexual and I can’t wait to learn more about his past relationships in future books of this series (especially with two characters).

There was some ableist language from Apollo. This I kind of expected? Apollo is used to being a god, he is used to “looking perfect and being perfect“. He looks down on humans and their habits and traits. Because of all of that he tends to use some ableist language. (That’s the reason I expected something like that.) I wanted to point this out, since I know it could bother some people.

I didn’t particularly care or like Meg. Even as the story progressed and I understood more about her and her motivations I just didn’t care all that much about her. I was also very uncomfortable with the power imbalance between her and Apollo. With that I mean that she could order Apollo to do anything she wants and he must follow that order (as far as I’m aware). I’m always uncomfortable when there is a power imbalance between characters, The Hidden Oracle was no exception to that.

Overall I very much enjoyed The Hidden Oracle, though I had a few problems with it as well. It was great seeing some of my favourite character make an appearance during this story as well. I‘m very exited to get my hands on the other books in this series! Hopefully I’ll be able to get them soon.


Have you read The Hidden Oracle? 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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read-a-thon

My Reading Rush TBR!

The Reading RushThe Reading Rush (previously known as the BookTubeAThon) is a week long readathon for book lovers all around the world.The Reading Rush was created by Ariel Bissett and Raeleen Lemay.

This round of The Reading Rush takes place from the 22nd to the 28th of July.

For more information check out these sites:

The Reading Rush

My profile on the Reading Rush website, if you wan to add me as a friend.

The challenges for this round of The Reading Rush:
  1. Read a book with purple on the cover.
  2. Read a book in the same spot the entire time.
  3. Read a book you meant to read last year.
  4. Read an author’s first book.
  5. Read a book with a non-human main character.
  6. Pick a book that has five or more words in the title.
  7. Read and watch a book to movie adaptation.

My TBR!


Wicked FoxWicked Fox by Kat Cho

I have heard so many amazing things about Wicked Fox from people whose opinions I trust, which is why I wanted to read it. Plus it does sound completely amazing and like a book that I would enjoy. Last week I went to a bookstore near me and they had a copy of this book. Obviously I had to buy it. I’m very exited to read this book!

Challenges it completes:

  • Read a book with purple on the cover.
  • Read an author’s first book.
  • Read a book with a non-human main character.

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

I actually have an ARC copy of this book that I should have read in 2017 (when this book actually came out). Obviously that never happened. I planned on reading this book last year, but some things in my life got in the way and my mental health wasn’t the best (last year, in general, wasn’t the best for me when it comes to my mental health). I’m really in the mood to read this book now, so it fits perfectly!

Challenges it completes:

  • Read a book you meant to read last year.
  • Pick a book that has five or more words in the title.

The Legend of Sleepy HollowThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

I have always wanted to watch the movie Sleepy Hollow (1999), but for some reason I never got around to it. When I saw that this read-a-thon had the challenge to read and watch a book to movie adaptation, I realised that this was the perfect opportunity for this book/movie! It does also help that it’s a short book and I can read it in the same spot as well. (The long title came in handy as well.)

Challenges it completes:

  • Read a book in the same spot the entire time.
  • Pick a book that has five or more words in the title.
  • Read and watch a book to movie adaptation.


Are you participating in The Reading Rush? What books are on your TBR? 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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top ten tuesday

My Auto-Buy Authors! || Top Ten Tuesday

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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.


Let’s be honest, the title of this post is misleading. Mostly due to the fact that it’s called Top TEN Tuesday and I’m only featuring FIVE authors. Why? Because I don’t have that many auto-buy authors. There are even some of my all time favourite authors, who I don’t consider being auto-buy authors. (I think I’m weird because of that? But it is what it is.) I do have a few more than five auto buy-authors, but I don’t have ten. So I decided to just feature five of them. (I just liked that number, okay?)

For me, to consider an author to be an auto-buy author I must want to buy their books without knowing what they are about. I just find out that they are coming out with a new book and I’m putting it on my TBR, without looking at the synopsis or anything like that. It doesn’t mean that I immediately buy their books (let’s be real, I couldn’t afford that).

Anyway, I have rambled enough. Let’s just get into my list!

5. Patrick Ness

Books I own: The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, Monsters of Men, A Monster Calls, More Than This, And the Ocean Was Our Sky.


4. Roshani Chokshi

Books I own: The Star-Touched Queen, A Crown of Wishes.


3. Rick Riordan

Books I own: Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, The Heroes of Olympus, The Kane Chronicles, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, The Hidden Oracle, Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods.


2. Victoria Schwab

Books I own: The Archived, The Unbound, A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, A Conjuring of Light, Vicious, City of Ghosts, This Savage Song.


1. Leigh Bardugo

Books I own: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising, Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, The Language of Thorns, King of Scars, Wonder Woman: Warbringer.


Who are some of your auto-buy authors? Do you have many of them, or just a few? 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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tv talk

Good Omens || TV Talk

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TV Talk is a feature on my blog where I talk about a tv show or one of its seasons. I don’t consider these posts to be reviews, they are just a place where I can talk about the tv shows that I watch.

Disclaimer: This post is SPOILER FREE.


I saw everyone talking about Good Omens online and how amazing it was. Because of that I wanted to watch it as well, which I did. Plus, Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors so there is that as well. Speaking of the book, I haven’t read Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett yet. I was interested in reading it for a while, but it wasn’t a priority of mine (obviously, since I haven’t read it yet). I do plan on picking it up in the future though! Now let’s talk about the tv show.


Good OmensGood Omens

Content warnings: religious themes, crucifixion, death, violence, apocalypse
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Genre: Fantasy | Comedy

Release date: 31. May 2019

Creators: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett

Stars: David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Frances McDormand, Sam Taylor Buck, Daniel Mays, Sian Brooke, Adria Arjona, Jack Whitehall, Jon Hamm.

Summary:

A tale of the bungling of Armageddon features an angel, a demon, an eleven-year-old Antichrist, and a doom-saying witch.

All information taken from IMDb.

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My favourite part of this entire show were Crowley and Aziraphale. They are both such interesting characters, similar in some ways and completely different in others. It was interesting seeing a demon and an angel be the main characters of a show, as the contrast between them could be explored nicely. Speaking of Crowley and Aziraphale, I adored their relationship. Seeing how much they care about each other was wonderful. I just adored all of their interactions! Saying that you can probably guess that I completely loved it when their history and interactions throughout the years were shown. I could talk about those two for ages!

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I didn’t care all that much about the Witch and Witchfinder storyline. I do understand why it was included in the story, but I just didn’t find myself as interested in that part. Sometimes it felt really bothersome, as this story interrupted the one that I was interested in more. That’s just me being petty though. Though I did come to like the characters that are attached to the storyline in the end. I just don’t have anything to add to this part? (I just didn’t care all that much about it, as I already mentioned.)

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The humour in this show was great. Though that is rather subjective, as is always the case when it comes to comedy. I just wanted to mention that I very much enjoyed that part of the show. There were many interesting characters in this tv show. From the demons, to the angels to the humans. I enjoyed learning more about them and how they all played part in the greater story.

I can’t actually talk about anything else regarding this show without spoilers, so I shall leave it at this: Good Omens is an amazing show, with interesting characters and plot. I would definitely recommend checking this show out!

Good Omens GIF


Have you watched Good Omens? What do you think of the show? 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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The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag || 2019 Edition

Tag

No one tagged me to do this tag. The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag is a tradition on my blog. I have done it since I started my blog, so I’m obviously doing it again this year. I just really like this tag and it’s fun looking back onto the first part of the year.

Here are the other editions of this tag that I did, if you want to check them out!
2015 edition, 2016 edition, 2017 edition, 2018 edition

As always, I’m only going to pick from the books that I read in the first 6 months of the year. As I do consider that to be the mid-year point. Side note: I have written reviews for many of the books that I mentioned in this post. All my reviews are linked where I talk about the specific book.


1. BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019

This is generally the category that I struggle the most with. I always have many books that I want to pick for this question. (Plus it really doesn’t help that I’m indecisive, especially when it comes to picking favourites.) I decided to not answer any question with the same book, so that I mention as many of the books I adored as possible.

The best book that I have read so far this year was A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher. I didn’t know anything about this book before I started reading it, as I read the synopsis when I requested it and then forgot what it was about. I also hadn’t read anything by Brigid Kemmerer before. So this book completely took me by surprise and I fell in love with it. It was such a fantastic book!

A Curse so Dark and Lonely


2. BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019

I have read quite a few sequels this year, so there was no way I could have picked just one favourite one. The best conclusion that I read was A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. This was such a fantastic finale to an amazing series. A sequel/companion novel that I completely adored was A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi. As you may know, The Star-Touched Queen is one of my all time favourite books and I’m so happy to have finally read this sequel. A sequel that I loved was Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan. I just had so much fun reading another series by this amazing author!


3. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

4. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

Sadly I have to say it’s The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I just didn’t click with this book. I didn’t completely hate The Raven Boys or anything like that, 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.Maggie Stiefvater


5. BIGGEST SURPRISE

As you may know, Magnus Bane is one of my all time favourite characters. I read the entirety of The Mortal Instruments because of him. (And I didn’t plan on reading that series at all.) So why is The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu my biggest surprise? Especially since I already mentioned how much I adore one of the main characters of this story? I was surprised by how happy this book made me feel. There was just something about this story that resonated with me and this book made me smile so much. Also, this book just confirmed to me that I care much more about the Downworlders than the Shadowhunters.

Shadowhunters


6. FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR

I don’t have one. For me, to consider an author to be a favourite of mine I need to read more than one books by them (or the book needs to completely blow me away). Because of that I haven’t found a new author for this year yet. I have read new to me authors this year, just not multiple books by them. It is what it is!

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7. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

I don’t have one for this either. I just don’t get fictional crushes often? I never did. This is the question that I always struggle with answering. (Also, I don’t get crushes in real life either. So there is that as well.) Let’s just move on from this question!


8. NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER

Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Fangirl is a book that I have owned for years, but never actually read until this year. (I really don’t read contemporaries that often.) It’s been a while since I found a character that I related to as much as I did with Cath. Though we are also very different in some aspects, I found myself understanding her a lot. I don’t know how to explain that properly? So I shall leave it at this!

Fangirl


9. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

The book that I distinctly remember crying when reading was The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur. I read this poetry collection at the beginning of the year and there were a few poems that really hit home. This isn’t actually one of my favourite books and I actually prefer Milk and Honey, but I still enjoyed it. And yes, I did cry when reading Milk and Honey as well. Apparently Rupi Kaur’s poetry makes me cry, so there is that.

The Sun and Her Flowers


10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

I’m going to pick four books that I reread this year for this question. When I decide to reread something, it’s because I want to dive back into the world or the characters (I feel like I worded that weirdly, but we shall go with it). And I always reread books that I adore. Obviously because of that, all these four books made me incredibly happy and I’m glad to have read them once more.


11. FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION

I don’t actually have a film for this answer. As you know, if you have been following me for any amount of time, I don’t tend to watch movies. Because of that I usually don’t have an answer for this question. This time I do have a tv show that I would like to mention! That is Good Omens, based on the book by the same name by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. No, I haven’t read the book but I watched the show and completely ADORED it!

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12. FAVOURITE POST YOU’VE DONE THIS YEAR

It’s a tie between two posts that I did in the beginning of the year. The first is My Bookish and Personal Resolutions for 2019! This is the first time in many years that I made some resolutions for the year. It was kind of a big deal for me? The second one is End of the Year Survey – 2018. I just love these end of the year survey posts, as they allow an easy overview of my reading year. Plus I always have a lot of fun writing them (even though it takes me a long time).


13. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR

14. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

15. WHAT BOOK DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

I don’t have one actually? I’m just reading whatever I feel like and I’m not making any kind of TBRs. Whenever I mention books that I want to read by a specific time, I never feel like reading any of those books. So I’m not going to sabotage myself by answering this question!

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Do you agree with my answers? What is the best book that you have read so far in 2019? 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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Many Sequels and Some AMAZING First Seasons!! || Anime Wrap Up [#14]

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Apparently I have been watching a lot of anime lately. The last wrap up that I did was in March and I have already finished 6 other anime. And it’s not like I only watched anime in my free time (so I’m a bit confused how I managed to watch this many). Anyway, the point of my rambling is the fact that I ended up watching a lot of anime and it’s time for another wrap up!


Run with the WindKaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru

Episodes: 23

Sports | Drama | Comedy

My rating: 8/10 (Very good)

Kakeru, a former elite runner at high school, is chased for stealing food. He is saved by a Kansei University student Haiji, who is also a runner. Haiji persuades Kakeru to live in the old apartment “Chikuseisou” where he plans to team up with fellow residents to enter Hakone Ekiden Marathon, one of the most prominent university races in Japan. Kakeru soon finds out that all of the residents except for Haiji and himself are complete novices.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I have a huge weakness when it comes to sports anime. I love watching them and I consider many of them my all time favourites. I find this a bit weird, as I don’t watch any sports at all. (Even though my mom does.) When I heard that there was going to be an anime about running, I knew that I had to watch it! Mostly because I had no idea how an anime about running was going to work, Run With The Wind pleasantly surprised me. I ended up enjoying this anime a lot!

The group of characters that Run With The Wind follows is very eclectic. First of all, they are all university students – which is something I have never encountered when watching a sports anime, as it’s usually set in high school. This change of pace was amazing! All the characters go to the same university, but they have different majors and life aspirations. I loved learning more about each and every one of them as the story progressed. I must say that there were tropes that are often found in sports anime, but they didn’t bother me all that much. (As already mentioned, I have a weakness.)

The anime did feel slow at times, but that was mostly due to the fact that it was very character focused. Each character got developed and they all felt very realistic. They all had their own strengths and weaknesses, and they all grew as people by the end of the show. There were many heartwarming and funny moments between them and I loved seeing that! They all became such amazing friends and I adored seeing them interact with each other. Run With The Wind was such a fun anime and I’m very happy that I decided to give it a chance.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would definitely recommend this anime. If you are someone who enjoys sports anime (like I do), this is a show that you definitely need to check out. Even if you don’t care that much about sports anime I would recommend this one, as the characters and their relationships between one another were amazing to watch! Plus, who doesn’t need a good heartwarming anime from time to time?

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Boku no Hero Academia Season 2Boku no Hero Academia 2nd Season

Episodes: 25

Action | School | Superpowers | Shounen

My rating: 8/10 (Very good)

At UA Academy, not even a violent attack can disrupt their most prestigious event: the school sports festival. Renowned across Japan, this festival is an opportunity for aspiring heroes to showcase their abilities, both to the public and potential recruiters.

However, the path to glory is never easy, especially for Izuku Midoriya—whose quirk possesses great raw power but is also cripplingly inefficient. Pitted against his talented classmates, such as the fire and ice wielding Shouto Todoroki, Izuku must utilize his sharp wits and master his surroundings to achieve victory and prove to the world his worth.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I have mixed feelings towards this season of Boku No Hero Academia. The first half I had a few problems with and I would give it a 7/10. The second half was a lot better and I enjoyed it a lot more, it would get a 9/10 from me. So I decided to go with the middle ground for my general rating. (I feel that this was both necessary and unnecessary to mention?)

I’m particular when it comes to tournament arcs in anime. (Or in any other media.) There need to be certain things in place for me to enjoy them. Sadly, Boku No Hero Academia Season 2 didn’t have them. Also, I find it ridiculous how valued that sports festival is – it’s just strange to me. It “replaced the olympics” so it’s basically: lets watch teens fight it out instead of organising an olympics with quirks. What? As I mentioned, I didn’t enjoy the first half of this season that much. Though there were some amazing moments that I did enjoy, I didn’t hate it or anything like that.

The second part of this season was great! I loved seeing more from the other characters and what they were up to. Tsuyu is one of my favourites, so I’m very happy that she got more screen time. Plus, the final exams were very interesting and I loved seeing the characters work with one another to pass. In general I just enjoyed learning more about the other characters of Class 1A, I can’t wait to see more of them in the future seasons! Todoroki is my favourite character (in case you were curious), I adore elemental powers so you can see why I would have a soft spot for him.

When I wrote about the first season Boku No Hero Academia, in another Anime Wrap Up, I mentioned how much I hated Bakugou and Mineta. That hasn’t changed at all. If anything I dislike Bakugou even more now! Also, I have seen online that many people adore him and consider him their favourite. I don’t get that at all? I seriously can’t stand him. (Also, another character joined the I hate them club, but I won’t be mentioning who as it would be spoiler-y.)

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would recommend this anime – or rather I would recommend the first season first. For obvious reasons. This is one of the most popular anime series at the moment and it’s rightfully deserved. If you haven’t checked Boku No Hero Academia out yet (which I doubt you haven’t), I would highly recommend it!

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95662lFukigen na Mononokean 2nd Season

Episodes: 13

Supernatural | Demons | Comedy

My rating: 5/10 (Average)

The start of Hanae Ashiya’s high school career has not been easy—he has spent all of the first week in the infirmary, and his inexplicable condition is only getting worse. The cause of his torment is the mysterious fuzzy creature that has attached itself to him ever since he stumbled upon it the day before school began.

As his health continues to decline and the creature grows in size, Hanae comes across a flyer advertising an exorcist who expels youkai. Desperate and with nothing left to lose, he calls the number and is led to the Mononokean, a tea room which suddenly appears next to the infirmary. A morose-sounding man, Haruitsuki Abeno, reluctantly helps Hanae but demands payment afterward. Much to Hanae’s dismay, he cannot afford the fee and must become an employee at the Mononokean to work off his debt. And to make things worse, his new boss is actually one of his classmates. If Hanae ever hopes to settle his debt, he must work together with Abeno to guide a variety of dangerous, strange, and interesting youkai back to the Underworld.

(Summary for the first season taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

I was actually very disappointed by this season of Fukigen na Mononokean. I remember enjoying the first season quite a lot, but I wasn’t that impressed with this one. It’s true that I watched the first season years ago and I don’t remember too much about it (aside from the main plot points and characters), so I can’t say if I just didn’t like this season or if it was bad. My biggest criticism about this season was that I found the majority of episodes boring. I struggled to get through some of them.

Don’t get me wrong, there were some great moments as well, but they were outweighed by the boring ones. I did enjoy learning more about the world and seeing the new youkai was interesting. Another weakness of mine, aside from sports anime, is anime about youkai. (I just always find them interesting, which is the reason I watched this one as well.) I don’t really have that much more to say about this anime, I just didn’t enjoy it. I won’t be continuing Fukigen na Mononokean, if it gets a season 3. I just don’t care about the characters anymore or what is happening to them.

Would I recommend this anime?

Not really. As you can see by my review I didn’t really enjoyed it, sadly. The first season I remember enjoying, but that was years ago. So I’m not sure if I would recommend it? But this also could be the case of it’s me and not the anime, so if it sounds interesting do give it a chance. Hopefully you will enjoy it more than I did.

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Zombieland SagaZombieland Saga

Episodes: 12

Comedy | Supernatural | Music

My rating: 8/10 (Very Good)

Sakura Minamoto dreams of becoming an idol. Unfortunately, reality hits her like a truck, and she dies in a sudden traffic accident. Ten years later, she wakes up in Saga Prefecture, only to find herself a zombie with no memory of her past. While still coming to terms with her demise, she meets a man named Koutarou Tatsumi, who explains that he has resurrected her and six other zombie girls from different eras for the purpose of economically revitalizing Saga by means of an idol group. Assuming the role of an abrasive manager, Koutarou begins scheduling events; the girls go along with it, eventually deciding to name their idol group Franchouchou.

An absurdly comedic take on the idol genre, Zombieland Saga tells the story of Franchouchou’s heartwarming struggle to save Saga Prefecture while hiding their zombie identities and rediscovering their past lives.

(Summary taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

Zombieland Saga is ridiculous in the best way possible. Why do I say that? Because Zombieland Saga is a parody of two genres that I never thought could/would go together. Those two genres are idol anime and zombie anime. For some reason this combination worked excellently? I really don’t know how to explain that, this anime is just one that you need to experience for yourself to understand what I mean. I ended up having a lot of fun with this anime, even though I was a bit skeptical going in (I just don’t watch or care about idol anime).

The female idol group consists of 7 members, who are all zombies. Most of them are from different time periods, which makes for interesting interactions between them. I found all of the girls to be interesting. All of them got their spotlight throughout the show that allowed us to get to know them more. There were many heartwarming moments between the girls. They formed such amazing friendships and it was great seeing how much they cared about each other and how much they supported each other. The unusual circumstances their lives turned into just brought them closer.

The most eccentric character in this show is their manager Koutarou Tatsumi. I don’t usually mention voice actors, but for this character I really need to. Mamoru Miyano’s performance was spectacular, he is such an amazing voice actor. Anyway, I found the best description of Koutarou on the fandom wiki page: An arrogant man who won’t let common sense get in his way.” I think this description is enough for you to know why I called him the most eccentric character. There were also many great moments between the girls and him, which I enjoyed seeing.

The music in this anime was great! It is a big part of Zombieland Saga, after all it is an anime about idols. I really enjoyed the songs in this show. What I found a bit weird was the fact that the performances were in 3D (not all of them), while the rest of the show was in 2D. I found the transitions sometimes a bit weird, though I didn’t mind it and I got used to it rather fast. This was just something that I thought I needed to mention. I really hope that this anime gets a second season, as I would love to see more of these characters and their crazy story!

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would definitely recommend watching Zombieland Saga. This is one of the anime with the weirdest synopsis, that I have watched. I honestly thought I wouldn’t enjoy this anime, but it pleasantly surprised me. Even if you aren’t a fan of idol or zombie anime I would still give Zombieland Saga a try. It’s an anime that you really have to experience for yourself!

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Bungou Stary DogsBungou Stray Dogs 3rd Season

Episodes: 12

Action | Mystery | Super Powers

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

For weeks, Atsushi Nakajima’s orphanage has been plagued by a mystical tiger that only he seems to be aware of. Suspected to be behind the strange incidents, the 18-year-old is abruptly kicked out of the orphanage and left hungry, homeless, and wandering through the city.

While starving on a riverbank, Atsushi saves a rather eccentric man named Osamu Dazai from drowning. Whimsical suicide enthusiast and supernatural detective, Dazai has been investigating the same tiger that has been terrorising the boy. Together with Dazai’s partner Doppo Kunikida, they solve the mystery, but its resolution leaves Atsushi in a tight spot. As various odd events take place, Atsushi is coerced into joining their firm of supernatural investigators, taking on unusual cases the police cannot handle, alongside his numerous enigmatic co-workers.

(Summary for the first season taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This is the third season of Bungou Stray Dogs, as the name of the anime already says. I won’t be able to talk much about the plot, as any details that I could go into would be spoilers. (So much has happened plot-wise in these three seasons that I don’t even know how to avoid spoilers.) Basically I’m going to keep things about the plot as vague as possible.

This season was filled with tension. Many organisations had conflicting goals, which lead to many confrontations. (I’m trying so hard to keep everything vague.) New antagonists were introduced and they were very interesting. The main antagonist of this season is my favourite one, I just find him really fascinating. In general, Bungou Stray Dogs has some of the most interesting antagonists. There were so many amazing moments in this season! The animation was great as well, it was more polished than in the previous two season. (Though there was a weird amount of fish eye effect, if you have watched this show you know what I’m talking about.)

Now, let’s talk a bit about the characters. Dazai Osamu is my favourite anime/manga character ever. (If you are following my tumblr, you might be able to tell that from my feed.) I adore him so much, though I can’t exactly go into the reason why as that would be spoiler-y. The characters from the Armed Detective Agency are all amazing and I loved learning more about them as the season progressed. I just love seeing them interact with each other, they are a big family and I adore seeing how much they care for each other.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would definitely recommend this anime! (Or the first season that is.) Bungou Stray Dogs is one of my favourite anime ever, though I find the first season to be the weakest one. More people need to watch this anime. I’m very much hoping that there is going to be a fourth season! As someone who reads the manga, I know what crazy things are going to happen next.

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One Punch ManOne Punch Man 2nd Season

Episodes: 12

Action | Sci-Fi | Comedy | Parody

My rating: 7/10 (Good)

The seemingly ordinary and unimpressive Saitama has a rather unique hobby: being a hero. In order to pursue his childhood dream, he trained relentlessly for three years—and lost all of his hair in the process. Now, Saitama is incredibly powerful, so much so that no enemy is able to defeat him in battle. In fact, all it takes to defeat evildoers with just one punch has led to an unexpected problem—he is no longer able to enjoy the thrill of battling and has become quite bored.

This all changes with the arrival of Genos, a 19-year-old cyborg, who wishes to be Saitama’s disciple after seeing what he is capable of. Genos proposes that the two join the Hero Association in order to become certified heroes that will be recognized for their positive contributions to society, and Saitama, shocked that no one knows who he is, quickly agrees. And thus begins the story of One Punch Man, an action-comedy that follows an eccentric individual who longs to fight strong enemies that can hopefully give him the excitement he once felt and just maybe, he’ll become popular in the process.

(Summary for the first season taken from MyAnimeList.)

My thoughts:

This was the second season of One Punch Man, as you can tell by the title. The first season of this anime I consider to be one of my all time favourites. This season, on the other hand, I found lacking. It just wasn’t as exiting or as interesting as the first one. There is also the fact that the studio changed, which means the animation quality changed as well. And I don’t mean for the better. The battles just weren’t as smooth as they were in the first season. Everything just looked worse. This isn’t the biggest reason I didn’t like this season as much, but I still wanted to mention it.

The main reason that I didn’t like this season, as much as the first one, was that I wasn’t interested in the actual plot. The majority of this season focuses on Garou and I neither care about him, nor do I like him. Because of that I just couldn’t bring myself to care all that much. To be honest, I expected this since I have read the manga and even then I didn’t particularly care. Also, there was too little of Saitama in this season (who is my favourite character). The tournament was the most interesting aspect of this anime for me.

With all of that being said, I still enjoyed parts of this anime. It was great seeing some great moments animated. I hope that there is going to be a third season for One Punch Man, as I’m very interested in the next arc. (Even though I don’t think it’s even finished in the manga? I might be wrong about that.) If not, I can always rewatch the first season.

Would I recommend this anime?

Yes, I would recommend this anime. The first season is amazing and I recommend it to everyone! I didn’t like this season as much, but I didn’t completely dislike it either. Take that as you will! (I really don’t have anything more to say about this. So I shall leave it at this.)

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Have you watched any of these anime? What did you think of them? 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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June was an AMAZING and very SUCCESSFUL month for me!! || June 2019 Wrap Up

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June was a rather good month for me. I was in a good place mentally for the majority of the month. (There were a few hard days, but that’s completely normal.) I’m also proud of how many things I managed to accomplish during June!

I was actually quite busy in the first half of the month. I decided to completely clean my room (and by that I mean taking all the things out and organise everything). This took me a long time, as I own a lot more things than I thought I did. I’m very happy that I decided to do this, as my room looks amazing now and I couldn’t be happier! 😀 During that time I was also busy with university, as I was studying for an exam (which I passed).

Because of how busy I was during the first half of the month I didn’t blog at all during that time. I’m a bit disappointed by that, but I’m not going to be too hard on myself. The things I managed to do during that time were important to me and I’m proud that I managed to do them all. The second half was a lot better for blogging and I’m very happy with the posts I posted this month!

My reading month was amazing thought! I managed to read 6 books in total, one of which was a reread. I’m happy with all the books I read and I hope that July will be as good of a reading month for me as June was. I don’t actually have anything else to add to this? Let’s just get into the books that I ended up reading!


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

5 out of 5 stars

I love Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe so much! It’s one of my all time favourite books. That is why I decided to reread it once more (I think this is my fourth time reading it? Though I’m not completely sure). I couldn’t have made a better decision, as I had a lot of fun reading this book again. I just adore the characters and the story sooo much! The relationships in this book are wonderful as well. I would highly recommend it to everyone!

I really want to read more by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, as this is the only book by him that I have read so far.


Katie O'NeillPrincess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill

3.5 out of 5 stars

This was such a cute graphic novel! The art was beautiful and it fit the story perfectly. I did feel that the story was a bit simplistic and a bit too fast paced. I just wish that there was more time to develop the characters and their relationships. This is a middle grade graphic novel, so I completely understand why it was paced the way it was. The romantic relationship between the two princesses was adorable and I loved seeing them interact! I just wish that the story was longer. Still, I highly recommend this graphic novel to everyone!

I definitely plan on reading more graphic novels by Katie O’Neill in the future! I’m especially interested in picking up The Tea Dragon Society.


Osamu DazaiNo Longer Human by Osamu Dazai

4 out of 5 stars

Content warnings: depression, suicide, infidelity
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No Longer Human is a book that I have wanted to read for years. There are actually quite a few reasons for that, but I don’t really want to go into it much. (As they are quite personal and I don’t feel like talking about them.) I’m very glad that I decided to read it in June. I picked up No Longer Human at the perfect time.

As you can see by my rating, I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It was a very interesting book and one I’m not completely sure how to talk about. No Longer Human definitely isn’t for everyone and I would advise checking the content warnings beforehand. I plan on reading more by Osamu Dazai in the future.


Patrick NessMore Than This by Patrick Ness

4 out of 5 stars

I don’t want to say much about the plot of this book. I didn’t know anything about this book before I started reading it, beyond what the synopsis told me, and I think that is the best way to experience More Than This. This book went ways that I didn’t expect. There were calm and action packed moments intertwined together. The pacing was quite slow in the beginning, it served as an introduction to Seth as a character. As the story progressed more and more started happening in a more rapid succession. There were quite a few unanswered questions left by the end of this book. I wish a few more of those questions got answered, but I do understand why they weren’t.

I have written a full review for this book, where I go further into my thoughts. So if you want to know more, be sure to check out my review! Also, I put content warnings for More Than This in my review (if that is something that you need).


ShadowhuntersThe Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

5 out of 5 stars

This book made me smile so much! I’m so happy that I decided to read it at the time I did. No, this book wasn’t perfect but it just meant so much to me personally. Magnus and Alec are amazing and I loved reading about their adventure! There were also many character appearances that I greatly appreciated (which I can’t go into because of spoilers). I’m very exited for the future books in this series!

I think I’m going to write a review for this book? Though I’m not completely sure about that yet. (I have written reviews for quite a few of Cassandra Clare’s books, so I feel like I should?)


Becky AlberalliSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

3 out of 5 stars

Well, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. It seems like everyone adores this book, yet I just didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, this is an important book and I’m glad that I read it. I just didn’t love it like everyone else seems to. Though I do love Simon as a character.

I had a few problems with this book. The first one was very personal, and I won’t go into details, but this book triggered my anxiety (quite hard, if I might add). Because of that I didn’t have that much fun reading parts of this book. I didn’t care about any of the side characters, aside from Blue. I never felt that we got to know them enough. Plus there were some things that they did that I really disliked. (Not going into that.) Side note: Martin can choke.


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How was your June? Did you end up reading anything exiting? 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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