Saturday, July 30

To binge-read or not to binge-read?

Hello lovelies! With summertime comes a lot of free time for most of us who are in still school, but even those who are already working - I'm sending my genuine sympathies to all of you - tend to take some time off to relax in the summer... (or whatever season you happen to be enjoying right now). 

We, adorable book-nerds, love to use said free time to read massive amounts of books and some of us go as far as to binge-read series that just seem unputdownable and perfect for us or were recommended to us by people we trust in. Obviously, I'm one of these crazy people who adores binge-reading, even though, admittedly, I haven't really done it lately.

In today's post I'm going to list the pros and cons of binge-reading, thus helping you decide:

To binge-read or not to binge-read series?

Thursday, July 28

The Happiness Tag

We saw this one doing the rounds in the blogosphere and decided to tag ourselves because who doesn't like thinking about things that make them happy?! 

The rules for participation are:

1. List 5 things that make you happy.
2. List 5 songs that make you happy.
3. List 5 bloggers that make you happy. Let them know they have been nominated, and you are done.

Tuesday, July 26

Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do (But I Still Haven't Done)

Hello sweeties! Today's Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic - Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do - is one of my favorites ever, even though I had to think quite a lot about some of my picks. Nearly all of the things listed below could actually be done realistically - yet, besides my last pick - I haven't been able to try/do any of these, even some of the super-simple ones. *cringes inwardly*

Saturday, July 23

Cecelia Ahern - Flawed (Flawed #1)

“I am a girl of definitions, of logic, of black and white” 

The stunning YA debut from internationally bestselling author Cecelia Ahern.

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

In this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

Thursday, July 21

The Halsey Book Tag

Image- courtesy of Halsey Fan.

Hello sweeties! It's been SO LONG since I've last done a tag post, but today I'm FINALLY back with one - The Halsey Book Tag, originally created by Paper Riot. I don't think I've ever mentioned Halsey on the blog (WHAT A MISTAKE) but she's no doubt one of my favorite artists ever and I find all her songs beautiful, edgy masterpieces - hear them for yourself if you don't believe me. 

Tuesday, July 19

12 Books Set Outside The US

Hi everyone!! Today's Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic is Books Set Outside The US. As I do not live in the US - this post is very close to my heart, I mean, it would be, if I had one. I haven't yet found a book that takes place in Hungary and was written by a foreign author, - not that I searched for such novels, so there may be ones?? - though, I've read some that have mentioned it. BUT I do know some really awesome-sauce books that are set outside the US. Without further ado, let's jump right onto them!

On a side note, I honestly never understood why most books are set in the US when there are SO MANY countries out there that are just as cool. I'd find it really interesting and fascinating if at least 1/4 of the popular (YA) books would introduce the readers to countries other than the US. 

Saturday, July 16

Marieke Nijkamp - This Is Where It Ends

"We'll be stronger than our fear. We'll make it out of here today. We'll find a way."

10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03 a.m. The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting.

Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

Thursday, July 14

Harry Potter Tag

We stumbled upon this super-fun tag created by the lovely people at Bookidote, and  instantly wanted to do it! Anything Harry Potter is always tons of fun, and this one looked like no exception. Pretty simple- each function from the spells is inspired to a book category. But the important rule here is that you can’t use any of the HP books in the answer! 

Without further ado, let the magic begin! 

Tuesday, July 12

Ten Facts About Me (That You Were Dying To Know)

Hello sweeties! I'm eager to share with you today's Top Ten Tuesday post (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) that contains ten facts about me that you probably couldn't care less about, but let's just pretend otherwise for now. Some of these have something to do with books and/or reading, meanwhile others are completely random facts about me. Without further ado, let's jump right into them.

PS: I'd LOVE to hear about you! Share with me facts that are somehow relevant to mine or completely random facts about yourself! I added questions after most facts, but that doesn't mean you can only answer to those - tell me whatever came to your mind! 

Saturday, July 9

{Discussion Review} Eileen Cook - With Malice

It was the perfect trip…until it wasn’t.

Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last six weeks should be. She discovers she was involved in a fatal car accident while on a school trip in Italy. A trip she doesn’t even remember taking. She was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident.

As the accident makes national headlines, Jill finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. It doesn’t help that the media is portraying her as a sociopath who killed her bubbly best friend, Simone, in a jealous rage. With the evidence mounting against her, there’s only one thing Jill knows for sure: She would never hurt Simone. But what really happened? Questioning who she can trust and what she’s capable of, Jill desperately tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

Thursday, July 7

Calia Read - Unhinge

“We breathe in madness. We exhale insanity.” 

Victoria can’t recall much of her life before she came to Fairfax Hospital, but she prefers it that way. She holds her beautiful baby daughter, Evelyn, every day and that’s enough…isn’t it? But when Evelyn is taken from her, Victoria’s world begins to fray at the seams. It becomes apparent to her that the hospital walls aren’t the only obstacles standing between her and the outside world—Victoria has constructed a hall of mirrors deep inside, every false image a distraction from the trauma of her past life. A white picket fence, a family on the way…yet something feels amiss in her memories of a happy marriage. When a handsome stranger begins visiting Victoria, pressing her to remember her past, she struggles to separate real memories from refracted images she has created, knowing at last that only the truth can set her free.

Tuesday, July 5

Top Ten Books I've LOVED That Have Under 2000 Ratings On GR

Hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is Top Ten Books I've Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads - I'm super excited for this topic, because I love to recommend underrated books to people and get some recs in return. So without further ado, let's take a look at my top underrated books.

Monday, July 4

Master List of 120+ Trilogies

The fear from series is REAL. Don't tell me you've never before felt a tad bit overwhelmed by all those long ass, never ending series out there. Don't get me wrong, I love their guts, but sometimes I want something shorter and more manageable. That is precisely when trilogies come in handy. Sure, standalones can offer us a breath of fresh air, as well, but that's a topic for another day. :)

Problem is, I usually have a hard time finding THE trilogy that I'm in the mood for at that exact moment, and when I go on a search for them I end up getting distracted - is it just me who spends hours on the internet sometimes doing absolutely nothing, even though I started browsing for a reason?  - and unable to choose. This summer I'm planning on doing lots of reading, so I decided to make a master list of trilogies to help myself and the rest of you, lovely people out. 

To make the list more manageable, I divided the trilogies by genre. Have fun looking through my list, share with me your thoughts on these novels + tell me if you know any wonderful trilogies that NEED to be on it and I'll make sure to add them. 

I wanted to make this post a bit more personal, but each and every way I could think of to mark which trilogies I read/loved/disliked made the post look really overwhelming. But you can always check out my Goodreads account if you're interested.

Also, click on the covers for GR page. 

Saturday, July 2

Why I Love Cat Winters and Why You Might Too

If you’re an avid reader like myself – if not, WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE – you probably have that one author (or more) who you love the mostest. Whose every book you’ve read – and then probably reread a couple of (a.k.a. countless) times. Well, that’s what Cat Winters has become to me in the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016.

The first time I encountered with something by her was back in 2015 when I was buddy-reading Slasher Girls & Monster Boys with Ruzaika for our Halloween event, Spooky October. Her short story, Emmeline, was one of my favourites from the anthology and I’d instantly fallen in love with her unique storytelling and writing.

It took me a month after that to pick up another book by her – The Cure for Dreaming – and, unfortunately, it ended up being a tad bit less magical and wonderful than what I was expecting based off on my love for Emmeline. That said, it was a solid four star book with a very well-crafted story that touched on topics such as women’s rights and how appearances can be misleading.

Friday, July 1

Release Calendar: 2016 July

Half the year gone! Just. Like. that. 

That's really saddening, we know- and so we bring to your all the gorgeous new releases for this month in an attempt to cheer you up! Darlings, aren't we? Hope this helps!