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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’ll explain why in the next paragraph.) I had a phase in high school where I listened to a lot of k-pop (or rather to a select few artists, but a ton of their songs), but then I just stopped for some reason. I switched to listening to more Japanese music, which I still do.

So why wasn’t I interested in checking BTS out? Some aspects of the k-pop fandom make me very uncomfortable. The ARMY can be loud and intimidating at times? From what I have seen online at least. I like to keep everything calm and chill, so that wasn’t appealing to me. Plus I have seen people online openly ship the members with each other and that makes me very uncomfortable as well. (I never ship real life people, I think it’s really weird. I have always thought that.) There was also the fact that I’m white and I have seen many white women online fetishise asian men and that is disgusting. I didn’t want to associate myself with any of that. That’s the reason I never really listened to BTS before.

But then 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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book review

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!?!

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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!

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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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