Monday, July 31

Claire Barker - Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog and a Horse Called Moon (Knitbone Pepper #3)

"You always think books are very helpful."

One starry night, Knitbone and his friends find a ghost horse hiding in the garden. Her name is Moon, and she is searching for her long-lost owner.

But Moon has a spooky secret, which is sure to spell trouble.

Saturday, July 29

Rodman Philbrick - Freak the Mighty

“...remembering is a great invention of the mind, and if you try hard enough you can remember anything, whether it really happened or not.”

Max is used to being called stupid.

And he is used to everyone being scared of him. On account of his size and looking like his dad.

Kevin is used to being called dwarf.

On account of his size and being some cripple kid.

But greatness comes in all shapes and sizes, and together Max and Kevin become FREAK THE MIGHTY and walk high above the world.

An inspiring, heartbreaking, multi-award winning international bestseller.

Tuesday, July 25

24 in 48 Readathon Recap (I DID IT, I DID IT!!)

photo by Nick Hillier

As a lot of you know this past weekend I took part in the 24 in 48 hours readathon which takes place twice a year and the goal is to read for 24 hours in 48 hours. AND I DID IT, I READ FOR 24+ HOURS!! I still can't believe that I was able to do that, because back when I was making my TBR post it seemed VERY hard, near impossible, to tell you the truth. I'm so satisfied and proud of myself right now. 

Today, I'm here with a recap of the 9 books + 1 short story that I read this past weekend, and I'm very happy to say that most of these books were great. Even the two that I rated 3 stars were fairly enjoyable, so yay.

Friday, July 21

24 in 48 Readathon TBR (Let's cheer each other on!)

Hello everyone! I'm here with an update/announcement today about a readathon starting this very day, in just about two hours. It's called the 24 in 48 Readathon (find out more here), and the participants' aim is to read at least 24 out of 48 hours. I KNOW, SOUNDS BRUTAL, buuuut I did the maths (literally anyone who knows me would go through those numbers VERY carefully, because I'm bad with numbers, but I swear this will be correct!!) and it seems totally doable if you think about it. 

What I'm personally aiming to do is to read approx the same amount of time on both days, which would mean around 12 hours each day. Sounds hard, BUT not if you look at it this way: if I sleep six hours, which is perfectly enough for me as long as I don't do that for days and days, I'll have 18 hours left of each day. That means that if I can keep up the 12 hours/day schedule, I'll have 6 hours left of each day to eat, update on my progress etc. SEE? I just made the impossible look possible. Thank me later. 

On a side note, this is actually my second time participating, and the last time I was in a smaller reading slump, so I failed spectacularly, but this time around I'm a lot more prepared, which means that I have a whole TBR ready, full of books I'm super-duper excited for. 

I picked 5 copies I own in physical form and 5 that I own in ebook form. I contemplated adding review copies to my list, but I like to write my reviews soon after finishing a book, and that obviously wouldn't be possible here. Also, I'm not sure if ten books is too much or no (pretty sure it is), but I'd rather have more than less. 

To be honest, knowing myself there's a huge chance I won't read the majority of these, but rather pick up other novels.. yeah, I'm that much of a mood reader. But still, let's take a look at them together!

Thursday, July 20

Popular Books That Did NOT Work For Me

Hello everyone! *waves* These past few days I haven't felt like writing reviews... well, actually, I haven't felt like doing much of anything, so whining about making a list of books that disappointed me seemed like a splendid idea. After all, who doesn't want to hear me complain about their possible faves!? (Shh, don't contradict me on that, I know you're dying to read my list.)

I brought you 8 books that are/were incredibly popular and well-loved... but didn't work for me. WHICH SUCKS, TBH. Do you know that feeling when you pick something up that everyone loves, and then... you just don't? Sometime you have NO ONE to talk to about your feelings, because, hey, you're the black sheep here, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN. But maybe you aren't! Maybe you'll find YOUR disappointments on this list, and so we can cry together over them (I hope?).

DISCLAIMER: I do not intend to hurt anyone's feelings by criticizing their faves, that is in no way my intention with this post. These are my opinions only, I don't expect anyone to bow to my judgement - I mean, would be cool, but.. god, just concentrate - so don't take my dislike for these books to heart. :) 

Tuesday, July 18

A Curated List of Diverse Books Releasing in the Second Half of 2017

Hi lovelies! Today we're here with a post that we hope will be both enjoyable and helpful, as it's a list containing all the diverse novels that are being released in the second half of 2017. You can find the first part of it by clicking here.

Our purpose with this list is to make finding diverse new releases easier, as some of them, especially the non-hyped and/self-published ones, can be super-hard to tackle down. To create a truly helpful post, just like the previous time, we listed down all the diverse elements we could hunt down, and linked in the Goodreads pages, so you may be able to add it to your tbr and find some early-reviews there. 

As per usual, we did our very best to find out everything about each book, including which of these are #ownvoices novels, but we may have missed things. More than that, we may have made mistakes, so let us know if there's anything we should change! Also, if you've read any of these novels feel free to tell us & our readers in the comments if the representation was any good. Leave a link to your review(s) if you have one!

Now without further ado, let's jump into this thorough list of diverse titles releasing in the second half of 2017. 

Saturday, July 15

Claire Barker - Knitbone Pepper and the Last Circus Tiger (Knitbone Pepper #2)

"Everyone should have a circus in the garden."

Roll up! Roll up! The circus is coming to Starcross, and Knitbone Pepper and his ghostly animal friends can't wait! But amidst the magicians, the acrobats and clowns, Knitbone senses something beastly in the big top...

A wonderfully warm, whimsical series, jam-packed with mayhem, chuckles and woofs!

Monday, July 10

Eight Fantastic Diverse Novels You Probably Haven't Read But 100% Should

Hello everyone!! A few days ago I was browsing through what I've read so far this year and found that many-many titles that I absolutely adored are quite underrated. I thought back to how perfect each of these books were, how complex and diverse the characters are and how freaking well-written the story is, and I got so damn mad, because less than 5000 Goodreads ratings is NOT what they deserve. No way. Nuh-huh.

I figured, as a book blogger/reviewer, the least I can do is try to convince you all to give these titles a chance, because they and their authors sure as hell deserve to be supported. So, without further ado - let me present the 8 most underrated DIVERSE books I've read in 2017 so far. 

This post contains heavy fangirling and flailing. Expect to be convinced to pick up all these titles. Read at your own risk.

Saturday, July 8

The Mid-Year Book Freak Out 2017

We were tagged by the lovely Clare & Ann from Dual Reads to do this tag and since we definitely need to do some freaking out over the books we've read the past year, we're taking the plunge. 

Vera has had a marvelous reading year (as always) while mine has been kinda meh, to be honest. I've only read 30 books so far, so I've had a decidedly hard time with these, so do forgive me for the repetition of the same books- but they really did blow me away, so I don't really mind. 

Anyhoo, without further ado- let's have a look at the books that deserve the limelight the most so far this year, and more!

Thursday, July 6

One Heck of a Mystery Awaits You in The Leaf Reader by Emily Arsenault

"Maybe, occasionally, some of the pictures I saw in teacups were not for the tea drinkers."

Marnie Wells knows that she creeps people out. It's not really her fault; her brother is always in trouble, and her grandmother, who's been their guardian since Mom took off is... eccentric. So no one even bats an eye when Marnie finds an old tea-leaf-reading book and starts telling fortunes. The ceremony and symbols are weirdly soothing, but she knows and hopes everyone else does too that none of it's real.

Then basketball star Matt Cotrell asks for a reading. He s been getting emails from someone claiming to be his best friend, Andrea Quinley, who disappeared and is presumed dead. Rumor has it Matt and Andrea were romantically involved, though they'd always denied it. A faint cloud of suspicion still hangs over Matt. But Marnie sees a kindred spirit: someone who, like her, is damaged by association. 

Suddenly the readings seem real. And they're telling Marnie things about Matt that make him seem increasingly dangerous. But she can't shake her initial attraction to him. In fact, it's getting stronger. And that could turn out to be deadly.

Saturday, July 1

July 2017 YA Releases We've Been Waiting On Forever

Hi, everyone!! It's July 1st, which means that I (Veronika) am officially back on the blog! I'm so happy I'm over my exams AT LAST. This was my second semester, and it's safe to say that it was much harder than my first one. I had end term tests in 5 classes, and then I had NINE different exams. It honestly blows my mind that I'm over them. To be frank, I'm not over them as of right now, when I'm writing this post, but I'll be over them by the time this post goes live. (UPDATE: yep, over them, and I'm pretty satisfied with my grades)

And if you're wondering where I am the day this post goes live - I'm at or on my way to a music festival to see IMAGINE DRAGONS. I'm so freaking excited omg. Yes, I've seen them once before, but they're hands down one of my favorite artists AND they are freaking fantastic live, SO I CAN'T WAIT. 

Anyhow, this post really isn't about that, but about ALL the exciting as hell new releases that Ruzi and I are super-pumped to pick up, so let's get right onto them.