Seventeen Book Tag: Members Edition (original)

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Hi everyone! As you might’ve seen on my blog last week, my friend Romie and I started a book tag series that combines our love for reading and the KPop group Seventeen. Last week we shared the first edition of this tag, the song edition, and this week we’re sharing the second edition, aka, the members edition! Coming up with fitting questions for all of the members was quite difficult, but we really hope we did them justice.

Jeonghan: a character that is an absolute angel34325090.jpg

I am going to take this question way too literally and go with Angel from I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman. I Was Born For This is one of my all time favorite books, and Angel is one of my all time favorite characters. She’s so incredibly sweet, and is always there to help. Doesn’t matter if she knows you or not. Her name suits her very well.

Vernon: a biracial character that didn’t let society dictate their life

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YES, I’m super excited about answering this question because it means that I get to do one of my favorite things, aka, hyping up a friend’s WIP! Romie (you know, the person who created this tag with me) is currently writing #MetallicPurpleProject and she actually let me read it! (And be the very unofficial editor of it, hehe.) I loved it a looooot and one of my favorite things about it was definitely the main character Estée, an incredible person who definitely fits this question. I really hope all of you will be able to read her story too, because she has a lot of incredibly important things to say. Lees verder

Mental Health Book Bingo TBR

Hi everyone, I’m super excited to let you all know that the Mental Health Book Bingo is back! The Mental Health Book Bingo was created by Wendy @ whatthelog last year, and I’m super happy I’m allowed to be one of the hosts again this year because I had a lot of fun with it last time!

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The Mental Health Book Bingo is a month long read-a-thon which will take place during the whole month of January. The goal is to read as many as many mental health books as you can, guided by the various prompts on the bingo sheet (which was created by CW @ artfromafriend). You can also try to get a bingo (read books in relation to all of the prompts in a single row) but you don’t have to! Lees verder

Seventeen Book Tag: Song Edition (original)

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Hi everyone! Today I’m back after a month of not blogging (I know, I know, I’m sorry) to share an original book tag with you!

My friend Romie and I both love the KPop group SEVENTEEN a lot, so we thought it’d be fun to take our love for them and our love for books, and mush them together to create a book tag. Or, should I say, three tags. Yes, we might have gone a little overboard and made three different versions of this, but hey, we had a lot of fun with this and we hope you will too! So, without further ado, here’s the Seventeen book tag: song edition. 

Very Nice: a book that made you so happy your heart felt like it was going to explode31447601

When I first read it over a year ago, Noteworthy by Riley Redgate made me ridiculously happy. I loved the writing style, the music aspects of it, the characters and their friendships, and I couldn’t stop smiling through most of the scenes. Just talking about this book right now is bringing back memories and I can’t help but grin a little. I guess I should add this title to my never ending “books I should reread” pile.

Pretty U: a book with a gorgeous cover40851643

There’s a LOT of book with incredibly pretty covers so choosing just one is very hard, but I’m going to go with If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann, partially because it was announced last week and it might not be on your radars yet! I absolutely adored Claire Kann’s debut, Let’s Talk About Love, and If It Makes You Happy sounds like it’s going to be just as good, if not better. And the cover makes me so happy! We don’t get to see happy, plus size Black women on covers a lot so the fact that this cover exists is amazing and I can’t wait to put it face-out on my shelf.  Lees verder

Being a Moodreader Can Be Quite Annoying

I am a real mood reader. I’ve never had a problem with this because it’s just the way I am and I  honestly don’t know any better. But after spending some time in the book community and talking to people who can just pick up any book whenever they want, I’ve realized just how incredibly annoying being a mood reader can be. So today, I’m going to give you quite a few reasons why being a mood reading is incredibly frustrating. 

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I can never stick to reading just one book, and I usually end up reading at least 3 books at once because my reading mood can switch very drastically in a second. Because of this, I’m always reading books of different genres and formats (because yes, I can be in the mood for a certain format as well) at the same time, so on Monday morning I might be listening to this super cute contemporary audiobook, while on Monday evening I might be reading a super dark sci-fi ebook. And this can get quite confusing, especially when it comes to character names.

Being a mood reader is really hard when it comes to ARCs. Because you have to post a review of the ARC around the release date you often have to read it within a certain time frame, and if you happen to not be in the mood for contemporaries during that time frame while the ARC that you have to read is a contemporary, you end up enjoying it a lot less than you could have if you’d waited to read it until you were in the right mood. Lees verder

Review: Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky

MammothTitle: Mammoth
Author: Jill Baguchinsky
Genres: Young Adult contemporary
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The summer before her junior year, paleontology geek Natalie Page lands a coveted internship at an Ice Age dig site near Austin. Natalie, who’s also a plus-size fashion blogger, depends on the retro style she developed to shield herself from her former bullies, but vintage dresses and perfect lipstick aren’t compatible with prospecting for fossils in the Texas heat. But nothing is going to dampen Natalie’s spirit — she’s exactly where she wants to be, and she gets to work with her hero, a rock-star paleontologist who hosts the most popular paleo podcast in the world. And then there’s Chase the intern, who’s seriously cute, and Cody, a local boy who’d be even cuter if he were less of a grouch.

It’s a summer that promises to be about more than just mammoths.

Until it isn’t.

When Natalie’s hero turns out to be anything but, and steals the credit for one of her accomplishments, Nat has to unearth the confidence she needs to stand out in a field dominated by dudes. To do this, she’ll have to let her true self shine, even if that means defying all the rules for the sake of a major discovery.

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Thank you so much to Turner Publishing for sending me an ARC of this book. 

I enjoyed Mammoth a lot and had an incredibly fun time reading it. I got sucked in from the first few words (or rather, the first drawing) and I never really had the desire to put it down. If I had had time I would have definitely read it in one sitting.

The main character in the book, Natalie Page, adores fashion (and often makes her own pieces) and has a huge passion for paleontology. The book starts off with her getting ready for her internship at an Ice Age dig site in Texas, and this internship was definitely one of my favorite things about the book. Lees verder

Review: Odd One Out by Nic Stone

Odd One OutTitle: Odd One Out
Author:
Nic Stone
Genres:
Young adult contemporary 
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martincomes this illuminating exploration of old friendships, new crushes, and the path to self-discovery.

Courtney “Coop” Cooper
Dumped. Again. And normally I wouldn’t mind. But right now, my best friend and source of solace, Jupiter Sanchez, is ignoring me to text some girl.

Rae Evelyn Chin
I assumed “new girl” would be synonymous with “pariah,” but Jupiter and Courtney make me feel like I’m right where I belong. I also want to kiss him. And her. Which is . . . perplexing.

Jupiter Charity-Sanchez
The only thing worse than losing the girl you love to a boy is losing her to your boy. That means losing him, too. I have to make a move. . . .

One story.
Three sides.
No easy answers.

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I was incredibly excited about this book ever since it was announced. The synopsis sounded amazing, plus Nic Stone wrote one of my favorite books of last year (Dear Martin), so I was sure I was going to love this.

This book is incredibly messy, but in a very good way. I’ve never read a book which encapsulates how messy romantic and sexual attraction is and how incredibly confusing labels are as this book. Because, wow. It is confusing, and this made this book incredibly relatable. Not just for me, but for a lot of other people (and especially teens), too. Plus, the fact that this book features two queer people of colour as main characters makes it even more important.

I ended up listening to the audiobook and it was an incredibly enjoyable experience. It was fun, easy to get into, and it worked very well as an audiobook. The audiobook has a different narrator for each of the three perspectives (Coop, Jupes and Rae), which worked very well. And the fact that the author herself was the narrator for one of the perspectives made the book feel extra special.

However, while I liked most of the book, there were two things in the book that bothered me a lot. One of these things is the bi-erasure and the biphobia, which happens multiple times when one of the characters dismisses the fact that another character could be into her because this character “likes dudes”. Now, this could definitely be seen as a form of self-protection of this character, but there was also another instance in which one of the characters says that “I don’t mess with bisexual girls … Enough girls leave you for dudes, and you learn to keep your distance” which just felt like a punch in the gut. Especially because it was never called out.

Then there’s also the problem of the very iffy age gaps (one of the main characters, 16, sleeps with a woman in her twenties) which is made even worse by the fact that the 16-year old basically begs and pleads the 20-something woman to sleep with her until her initial “no” is turned into a “okay then”. I felt incredibly uncomfortable with this.

So, while I overall enjoyed the book and definitely think it’s an important read, I did have a few rather big problems with it. But I definitely will pick up another Nic Stone book in the future, and I can’t wait to see what she’ll write next.

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Blog All Day, Meme All Night – Book Tag

Hi everyone! I was randomly scrolling through my drafts today searching for blog posts I hadn’t finished yet when I found this post. I had already finished writing it but I never got around to posting it for some reason. But better late than never, right?

Anyway, I was tagged in the Blog All Day, Meme All Night tag by Em from runawaywithdreamthieves  (thank you so much!) and I had so much fun writing this because I love both memes and books. Who doesn’t? SO, let’s dive into the questions!

Yeet – which book would you yeet out of existence? 

Love, Life, and the ListLove, Life and the List by Kasie West

Love, Life and the List isn’t a book that’s incredibly horrible persé. Honestly, it is quite a fun contemporary, but one of the elements of this book hurt me so much that I literally had a panic attack because of this book: the agoraphobic mother. The mother is struggling so so much and the daughter can’t stop focusing on how it sucks that her mother didn’t come to her gallery opening or something. Your mother was having a horrible panic attack, you come home and find her exhausted and crying, and all you can think about is yourself? Really?

I’m not even joking when I said that this book made me scared of having kids someday because I’m agoraphobic and what if my kids will hate me because of that. And yes, representation is incredibly important, but is it really good representation when the people you’re representing feel horrible about themselves after reading your book?

Crying Kim K – which book gives you a lot of feelings? Lees verder