Where I’ve Been + Upcoming Releases I’m Excited About

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Hey everyone, I hope you’ve all been doing incredibly well! As you might have noticed (or not, I understand) I’ve been away for quite a while. I slowly want to get back to blogging, so I thought the perfect comeback post would be a bit of a combination of an explanation of why I’ve been gone, and the thing that’s actually making me want to blog again: very exciting upcoming releases!

So, as for why I’ve been away: I’ve been slumpling. I actually still am. And not just a reading and blogging slump, but more of an everything-slump. My final exams are coming up (they’re two weeks away now, AAAH) and I’m incredibly stressed and anxious about them because if I pass them it means that I’m graduating and the future is super scary and what if I don’t actually graduate and I fail horribly and… everything just got a little too much, and my mental health started going downhill fast.

So, over the past few months I’ve only touched a handful of books, I fell behind on my Goodreads reading challenge (which is something that hasn’t happened in quite some time), and didn’t write a single blogpost besides a blog tour one which I’d already committed to. And it sucks. Blogging and reading has been apart of my life for quite a few years now and for that to fall away… it really isn’t fun. But I also didn’t want to force myself to read/blog when I didn’t actually want to, because I know that’d only make it worse.

But on the other hand, I’m quite done with this slump so am I forcing myself to write this post? Mayhaps. But I’ve also really wanted to start writing again, and the thing that’s been making me want to write is the incredibly exciting upcoming new releases for April/May, because there’s quite a few really good one’s. And hopefully writing about them will actually make me want to start reading again, and not just want to want to start reading again. If that makes any sense. I hope so.

So, here’s a list of the upcoming releases I’m most excited about! 

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Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali – I was a huge fan of S.K. Ali’s debut, Saints and Misfits, and I’ve been hearing the absolute best things about Love From A to Z, which gives me very high hopes that this book will be just as good, if not better. Also, can we appreciate that cover for a second? I love it so, so much.
Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan – I wasn’t incredibly excited about this book (don’t get me wrong, it sounds really adorable but it just wasn’t on top of my tbr list) but then I heard that it’s queer so…. now I need to read it. Obviously. Lees verder

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Wrap Up: January 2019 (+ Mental Health Book Bingo Wrap Up)

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Hi everyone! January was the month of the Mental Health Book Bingo for me: a readathon in which you read as many mental health books as you can, guided by prompts on a bingo sheet. I posted my TBR back in December and, when you look at it you can see that I didn’t manage to read most of the books on there, which was to be expected because my TBR was super excessive. And the fact that I fell into a bit of a slump at the end of the month definitely didn’t help either.

Luckily I did manage to read quite a few mental health related books, especially because some of the books I randomly picked up unexpectedly ended up having mental health rep in them as well. The only book I read that didn’t have mental health rep was Love á la Mode.

I had a lot of fun participating in the Mental Health Book Bingo and I hope that we’ll get to do it again next year!

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Most Anticipated 2019 Releases: January – March

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Hi everyone! One of the reasons why a new year is always exciting to me is because a new year means lots and lots of new books, and looking at my Goodreads 2019-releases shelf, it looks like 2019 is going to be an especially great year book-wise. I can’t wait!

Like probably most book bloggers you follow I also wanted to make a “most anticipated 2019 releases”-list, but I didn’t want to share all of the books I’m anticipating for the year in one go. Why? Well, because 1) I’m not sure if I’m completely up-to-date on everything coming out in the second half of the year, 2) the list would be WAY too long. I felt like splitting it up into 4 parts, all covering 3 months, would be a better plan for me. That way it feels a little more organized, and I’m more sure about the fact that I’m not missing a lot of books. So, today I’m going to share the books I’m most anticipating for January, February and March! 

januaryOur Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon – This book was already very high on my most-anticipated list since it explores friendship in a very unique way, but then I started reading the reviews my friends posted of it and now I want to grab a big cup of tea, a blanket, my e-reader and start it right away.
Firestarter by Tara Sim – I’m terrified of this book. It’s the third book in the Timekeeper trilogy and after how the second book ended… I’m not ready. At all.
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I haven’t been that into fantasy lately so this book wasn’t on my list originally, but everyone on Twitter is talking about how amazing it is, and one of my friends told me it includes one of my favorite tropes (found family) so… of course I want to read it.
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan – We need a lot more religious queer rep, so seeing a book centering a queer Muslim girl makes me incredibly happy! I have a feeling I’m going to cry a lot while reading this one, though… Lees verder

My Favorite 2018 Middle Grade Releases

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Hi everyone! Now that 2018 has come to a close I’ve been seeing a lot of people share their ‘best of’ lists and I’ve been having a lot of fun reading them! I wanted to do one too, of course, but with having read 152 books this year and me being super indecisive I just knew there was no way I could make a single list (or that list would be about 30 books long). That’s why I decided to split it up into three major categories (middle grade, YA contemporaries and YA SFF), and today I’m going to share my favorite 2018 middle grade releases with you!

Middle grade was definitely one of my most read genres last year, and I had the best time with it. I seriously adored almost every single middle grade book I read, so I definitely plan on reading a lot of middle grade books this year. Here’s my twelve favorites!

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed – Amal Unbound was one of the first middle grade’s I read this year, and one of the best. It is a very touching read, filled with hope, courage and amazing characters, and one that I want to reread ASAP because I flew through it the first time I read it, and I’m sure I missed a few things. You can read my full review here.
The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser – This book is the sequel to one of my favorite middle grade books ever, The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, so this book had a lot to live up to. And luckily, it did. I’m not much of a rereader, but this book came out in September and I’ve already read it twice, so I think that says a lot. My full review can be found here.
Front Desk by Kelly Yang – Front Desk is one of the only books this year that made me give up on precious sleep, and stay up way past my bed time. I just couldn’t get enough of this book, and I had to know what happened next. I adored everything about it: the writing, the plot, the characters, etc. This book is also one of my favorite debuts of the year, and I truly cannot wait to see what Kelly Yang will write next!
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson – Harbor Me is one of those books that you read in one sitting, and one that keeps popping up in your thoughts, even if it’s been quite a while since you’ve read it, and a book that I’ll return to many times. This was also my very first Jacqueline Woodson book, and I’m so glad this book introduced me to her because I’ve read and loved two more of her books and I can safely say she’s one of my favorite authors. Lees verder

Seventeen Book Tag: Iconic Moments Edition (original)

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Hi everyone! Today I’m ending the year by sharing the last (and definitely my favorite) edition of the Seventeen book tag that I created with my friend Romie, a tag that combines our love for reading and our love for the Kpop group Seventeen. (You can find the previous editions here and here).

I’ve spend an embarrassingly long amount of time watching those “funniest/cutest Seventeen moments” videos on YouTube, and I had a lot of fun trying to come up with bookish questions that went well with their most iconic moments. So, without further ado, here’s the very last Seventeen Book Tag: iconic moments edition.

Mingyu’s Suitcase: a book that took you some time to get into, but was totally worth it

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I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I had a little bit of a problem getting into Want by Cindy Pon. I’m not sure whether it was the book or whether it was me, but I kept getting distracted while listening to the audiobook and sometimes I would zone out completely, only to have to rewind the audiobook to make sure I didn’t miss anything important. But at some point I really got into it and couldn’t put it down anymore. I’m incredibly happy that the release of it’s sequel, Ruse, is only 3 months away now, because I can’t wait to coninue the series!

S.Coups Fireworks: a book that took you by surprise

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I didn’t have the highest expectations for A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi. I mean, I didn’t love Tahereh’s writing in her Shatter Me series and this was the first time she wrote a contemporary novel so I was a bit hesitant going into it, but I ended up loving it so, so much. This book and it’s characters grabbed me from the first page and didn’t let me go until I had finished the book, mere hours later.

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Wrap-Up: October 2018

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Hey everyone, I hope October was a great month for all of you! It was a bit of a weird month for me, to be honest. Not bad weird, just… different.

I read a *lot* in the first 2 and a half weeks of the month. Like, a lot. I started a little TBR jar project (which I might make a blog post about, someday) which really motivated me to read, and I ended up reading 3 very hard hitting novels in 3 days which burned me out a bit. I sadly haven’t been able to finish a book since that. I really wanted to find something to entertain me in the meantime and to my surprise I got into BTS.

Yes, that’s right, BTS. I’ve spend the last week watching lots of fan made videos on them and listening to their music, and I have to say that I might have fallen a little in love with all of them. But hey, even though I could talk about them for quite a while, I don’t want to accidentally turn this into a BTS fan blog, so let’s get into the books I managed to read this month!

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This is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender – I’m still not sure about this book. It’s incredibly important and I’d definitely recommend it to people, but I didn’t love it.
You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman – Laura Silverman has definitely proven herself to be one of my all time favorite authors ever with this novel.
Check, Please! Year 3 by Ngozi Ukazu – Catching up on this webcomic was so much fun! I love these characters a lot.
Mirage by Somaiya Daud – Picked this book up because of Fadwa and she was right, this book is incredible.

Odd One Out by Nic Stone – Eh, I also have complicated feelings on this one. The writing was great, I loved the characters and the questioning rep and it all felt very real, but there were definitely a few aspects I didn’t enjoy as much.
Raven the Pirate Princess Year 2 #9 – This is one of my favorite comic series and I’m very ashamed to say I’m a few issues behind, but I’m trying to catch up!
Waste of Space by Gina Damico – The plot of this book intruiged me a lot, but I didn’t like the writing at all, and couldn’t push myself through more than 40 pages of it.
Geekerella by Ashley Poston – This was a delight! Absolutely adorable, and such a fun read.

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera – I liked it, but I didn’t like it as much as I expected to.
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi – I went into this without any expectations because I didn’t love Shatter Me, but I ended up absolutely loving it!
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake – I was basically constantly crying while reading this book. I adored it, and I adore Ashley Herring Blake.
Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles – I was basically constantly crying while reading this one, too. This book is harrowing and heartbreaking but beautiful, and I will definitely pick up other Jay Coles books in the future.

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I’m currently listening to both the audiobooks of Wildcard by Marie Lu and Pride by Ibi Zoboi! I’m really liking them, but I’m making my way through them very slowly because I still feel very slump-ish. I really hope I’ll be able to beat the slump soon, and read lots in the month of November!

Also, because I listened to a lot of music this month, I thought it might be fun to include my October 2018 playlist in this wrap-up. Hope you enjoy!

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Down the TBR Hole (#11-20)

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Hi everyone! Today I’m going to start a new recurring thing on my blog called down the TBR hole, which was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story. The “rules” for down the TBR hole are to go to your Goodreads to-read shelf, change the order to ascending date added, pick the first ten books and then decide whether they’re going to stay on your TBR, or go.

Normally I would write a seperate piece on every single one of these books, but this time it’s quite easy: I’m going to remove every single one of these off my TBR, except for Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed, which I still really want to learn but I’m too scared to pick it up because it sounds like it’s going to break my heart.

For almost every single other book the reason for removing it is the same: I’ve lost interest. I still doubted whether I should remove The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller and Renegades by Marissa Meyer, since I’ve heard quite a few great things about them and they do sound quite interesting, but there are so many other books I’m way more interested in. Plus, I just really want to get my Goodreads shelves down to as little books as possible.

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