Trailers You Might Have Missed … (June 18-24)

I originally planned to post more this week, but I was very invested in writing more Arcadia content. I have gotten back some of the motivation I felt was lacking these past months and hopefully it will lead to a couple new chapters on wattpad soon! Today you are here for trailers though, so let’s get started!

Movies

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

IT LOOKS SO GOOD!!! Time to read the book for everyone (including me) who hasn’t done so yet.

The Hate U Give

Definitely one of the best books of our time! Cannot wait for the full trailer to drop later today. I will make sure to include it in next week’s round up!

Like Father

I like the movies Netflix is putting out lately.

Creed II

YAS!

Welcome to Marwen

This looks very different and strange but I could imagine it being really lovely and impactful at the same time.

Nobody’s Fool

It could be really funny, but the trailer also showed like three different storylines and I am confused.

Skate Kitchen

This could be really fantastic!

How It Ends

The cast seems alright. It’s a maybe from me.

TV Shows

Wynonna Earp (Season 3)

You all better be fine with me posting a Wynonna Earp teaser per week, because I cannot wait for Season 3!!

Just Another Immigrant

I loved Romesh on the UK programs I watched but I have no idea if this show will work or not.

Ozark (Season 2)

Uhm … I never finished the first season.

Last Chance U (Season 3)

Do you fancy any of the ones I showed today? Let’s chat!

Random Movie Recommendations: Rom-Coms

So, I don’t know who all remembers this feature, but it pops up pretty rarely since I am more of a TV rather than movie person. Anyway, it’s fairly simple, I pick a theme and then recommend two or more movies that I recently watched and thought the world should know about. There is no in depth analysis, but really just a short and sweet paragraph or so to let you know why people should watch it.

Here we go! This time I really want to showcase some great Rom-Coms (short for Romantic Comedies). Despite a lot of critics complaining about them, I KNOW that people have been craving a comeback of that genre. There is nothing wrong with some formulaic love story every now and then, because that in no way means it cannot be entertaining and memorable. These are my picks:

Set It Up

I have been screaming about this movie for what feels like weeks now. First of all, the casting is more than stellar, I adore every single person on this movie and would have watched it if it had been a potato sack commercial. Luckily, it was not and instead I got one of the best romantic comedies in recent years. I know, I know, that is high praise, but here’s some reasons why it works so well.

While it does play into certain stereotypes, it simultaneously fights against them. Women aren’t given an expiration date or are made to choose between love and a career. There are no double standards for gender roles and friendships are shown how they are supposed to be – supportive with that kick in the butt when necessary. People struggle with what they want in life and make mistakes and there are consequences, all the while this movie is highly entertaining with both hilarious and relatable dialogue and quotes that I’ll probably reference to friends for years to come.

And on a side note, if you are a writer, this movie gives some really good advice. Never thought I’d take advice from a Netflix flick either, but here we are!

Ibiza

Okay, fine! I only watched this because Richard Madden was in it and I haven’t really seen him in a movie or show since Game of Thrones. Not going to lie, I don’t hold Ibiza in the same high regard as Set It Up, but it was still a lot more fun than I thought it would be.

Granted, this isn’t exactly my kind of humour, so that’s probably part of why I wasn’t head over heels into it, but if you are looking for some women who aren’t afraid to have a fun time and an adorkable love interest – Ibiza delivers. Gillian Jacobs and Richard Madden were just the right amount of awkward and cute, their scenes were the best part for me. It gives you that total vibe of a summer romance that could be more if you are brave enough to try.

When We First Met

Before starting this movie, I messaged my friend how I thought the movie would end I was 100% right. As I mentioned in the opening of this post, I don’t think there is anything wrong with movies, especially in this genre, being a little predictable and it didn’t bother me here either. It doesn’t change the fact that When We First Met is a feel-good movie and exactly the right thing if you just want to be entertained.

Overall, it’s a little like Groundhog Day with a twist, a movie with ideas that may have been executed before and in better ways also, but that’s still enjoyable. It stays down to earth and has a cast you will surely recognise from other shows and movies. I always like when you have those worlds-collide-moments.

Have you watched either one of those movies? Would you be interested in getting some rom-com type movie recommendations with teen characters as well? Let me know in the comments below!

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin (Book Review)

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Page Count
: 352

CW: death, graphic sex scenes, suicide, animal cruelty

I was so looking forward to this book. The premise, as strange and gloomy as it may sound, really captivated me and I was ready to dive into it immediately. I quite enjoy family-centric books that focus on the bonds that are built, strained and possibly destroyed over time, which made the whole aspect of the story spanning over several decades even more endearing. After actually reading the book though, I was rather torn. I debated whether I could actually find the words to write this review, but here we are and I am trying.

“She’d tell herself that what she really wanted was not to live forever, but to stop worrying.”

I both liked and very much disliked this book. Don’t get me wrong, there were many powerful and enchanting moments in the Immortalists but something about the execution irked me. I was prepared for sadness and difficult scenes, after all, this book is about death. However, the read stayed kind of illusive to me until the end and therefore made some of the more hard-hitting moments difficult to grasp. I was confused by several passages, never quite sure if it could be classified as magical realism or if this was supposed to just be reality. I understand that there isn’t always a need to explain everything, but if you are indicating there was e.g. a mental illness at play and you make it look like magic instead, I will definitely be confused. Also, even though the topic of the book is supposedly about fate vs. self-fulfilling prophecies, I don’t actually know where it stands on that subject by the end of it. Maybe it’s good to question that. Maybe it was designed that way to make the reader think, but I would have liked to explore the intricacies of that concept a little more.

“Character is fate—that’s what he said. They’re bound up, those two, like brothers and sisters. You wanna know the future?” She points at Varya with her free hand. “Look in the mirror.”

Overall, the Immortalists reads a lot like historical fiction. Since we start in the late 60s and go all the way to the mid 2000s, they cover a lot of ground and events during that time. That was also the reason why I let them get away with language I would not have liked to read in a book set in contemporary times.

“She knows that stories have the power to change things: the past and the future, even the present.”

Lastly, I don’t need my characters to be likable. We aren’t all likable humans, but these four siblings really didn’t make it easy to root for them sometimes. And the way some of their bodily changes were described just felt unnecessary to me. Do you really have to introduce a 13 year-old in the second sentence of a book by mentioning her pubic hair? I am not trying to say there’s anything wrong about pubic hair, but what was the point of that description?

This may be an odd way to end the review, but this was also an odd read for me. From what I understand, a lot of people really enjoyed this book and therefore it could just be a me-problem here. I cannot put into words what it was lacking for me, but there definitely was something missing that could have elevated The Immortalists by a couple stars.

Fazit: 3/5 stars! While it had some great moments, it ultimately wasn’t the kind of book I wanted it to be.

Have you read The Immortalists? Is it a story you can see yourself enjoying? Let’s talk about it!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (June 11-17)

I had a really busy week this time around, which made it go by even quicker. There was a fun game night, a movie premiere, answering all your super interesting questions for my Q&A and much more. But today you all came here for trailers, so you shall get them!

Movies

Dumbo

I don’t know if I ever wanted or needed a live action remake of Dumbo. It’s just strange and sad and why is everything getting a live action remake with super eerie music?

The Grinch

Is it bad that I am not in for this?

Little Women

There’s a bunch of Little Women adaptations recently. Am I the only one noticing that?

Alpha

Yeah, no! I am just not on board with the voice over guy narrating the trailer again. That is so 90s?

The Little Stranger

This is just creepy af

Broken Star

That girl is broken indeed.

Half the Picture

Documentary of the week.

TV Shows

The Outpost

This looks like Shannara Chronicles meets the 100 (really meaning the looks not the story). I don’t know if something like it can last on the CW.

Kiss Me First

I like the concept of this, but I wish the animation in the virtual reality would look different.

Wynonna Earp (Season 3)

If you don’t watch this show, I don’t even know what to say.

Glow (Season 2)

I liked the first season so much more than I thought I would. I am really looking forward to more.

Killjoys (Season 4)

I don’t mean to bash Killjoys in any way, but I just don’t understand how this (and Van Helsing) got another season while Dark Matter was killed … I mean cancelled. It just feels arbitrary.

Suits (Season 8)

Not feeling Katherine Heigl … but props for getting to season 8. Not many shows manage that these days.

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan

I am honestly always amazed at how amazing John Krasinski is. Definitely prefer him in the role over Tom Cruise.

Kidding

Jim Carrey is really aiming for a comeback.

What do you think? Is there anything in the mix for you? Let’s chat!

Blogiversary Q&A (Part 2)

So, just yesterday you got a little insight into the blogging and reading questions I got asked (which you can check out here if you missed it). This is part 2 of the Blogiversary Q&A I announced last week. Have fun reading this once again ridiculously long post!

TV AND FILM

First TV show you remember watching? (Savannah @The Book Prophet)

That’s a tough one. It was definitely something animated. Maybe “Der kleine Maulwurf”, which is just translated to The Mole and is a Czech TV program from the 80s and 90s?

List your favourite and least favourite characters from your Top 3 TV shows! (Savannah @The Book Prophet)

Narrowing it down to three shows feels like torture already, so I am going to give you some of my favourite shows, but the top 5-10 are always changing … so this isn’t fair at all.

Sense8 – my favourite is probably our drama queen Lito and my least favourite is Whispers (who can go straight to hell)

Wynonna Earp – my favourite is the badass title character Wynonna herself (although Waverly was SUCH a close call for that spot) and my least favourite is probably … Willa?

Timeless – Lucy is my favourite on the time team and my least favourite is Nicholas Keynes because that entitled prick thinks he can change the world to his bigoted and outdated image.

What TV moment left you the most disappointed? (The Orang-utan Librarian)

The How I Met Your Mother finale … let’s just forget that ever happened.

What was the best TV finale you’ve ever seen? (The Orang-utan Librarian)

Wow, that’s a really tough one. I like things that are neatly tied up but still with an option for possible comebacks, if that makes any sense? I quite liked the ending of Charmed and Dawson’s Creek. That’s not to say that those were the absolute best TV has to offer, but it’s my kind of finale.

You often talk about TV shows you love (and that’s incredible), but… is there any TV show you really can’t stand? (Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Book)

This is a little difficult to answer, just because I don’t even think about shows that I might not like? If I think it’s not for me, I basically erase its existence from my brain. Sometimes friends can convince me to give something a try, other times I just ignore everyone and don’t watch it. It doesn’t mean the show is bad or that I can’t stand it. I personally didn’t enjoy Breaking Bad, so I didn’t even finish the first season and probably won’t return to it. That doesn’t mean it’s not a massive success that many people love or even that it isn’t good TV.

Kat, as the Queen of TV, recommend us some amazing shows! (Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much)

Easy: Sense8, Timeless, The Royals, Imposters, Wynonna Earp, The Good Place, Dynasty, Doctor Who, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, One Day at a Time … it’s probably best if you just browse through my #CurrentlyWatching posts haha

What TV show would you recommend to everyone? (Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff)

I don’t believe that there is one show that fits all audiences, but if we are talking the readers on my blog, I’d say Younger! It’s about a 40-something woman who has to pretend to be in her twenties to make it in the publishing industry after she took off work for her family for too long. It’s so freaking brilliant and has already been confirmed for its 6th season. So, you get to binge quite a bit too!

If you HAD to choose one TV show to watch for the rest of your life, which one would you watch? (Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff)

I know that back in the day I was so sure I’d say Doctor Who, but now … I don’t know. I don’t click with the newer episodes as much as I used to. I think I might go with Sense8 instead, just because it would always make me feel connected, emotional and still offer a ton of action.

A BIT OF EVERYTHING

If you could learn any three skills, and become a master at them in a month without much difficulty, which ones would you pick? (Rami @Rami Ungar the Writer)

Well, I’d love to be able to do EVERYTHING, but since I have to choose I want to be able to play the cello, learn how to surf and I’d like to design and tailor my own clothing.

When was the first moment you actually decided you wanted to become an artist? (Swinging on a Star)

Hmm … I don’t think it was an active decision. It’s always been a part of my life and I’ve been told that I was already very creative in kindergarten. So, I just indulge into that side of my personality more some times than others.

What is your opinion of a Korean band (namely BTS) becoming big in America? (Swinging on a Star)

I think it’s great! It broadens everyone’s horizon and gives an insight into Korean culture, as I tend to see people really digging deep into the background and lifestyle of the bands. I hope that the bands are also having fun while they are at it and just hope that the people who complain about their (poor) English understand that not everyone HAS to speak that language.

What is your favourite study subject? (Michael K)

Back in school I used to love English, Art and History, while at uni my favourite subject was usually Dramaturgy.

Do you have any other hobbies beside books & series/movies? (Michael K)

I’ve only just started showing some of my artwork on my blog, but drawing and painting has always been a hobby of mine. I also like to do yoga, but it’s been months since I’ve managed to go to class.

Favourite desserts? (Michael K) | What’s your favourite type of cake? (Marta @The Cursed Books)

My grandma’s red wine cake!

Which piece of artwork (that you created) are you the most proud of? (Sophie @Sophie’s Corner)

I really don’t mean to put my work down by the next statement, but I am not necessarily proud about any of the things I drew. I like them, in some cases I like them a lot, but there was nothing too extraordinary among it yet that would make me proud. However, I do love the way I captured Nico Mirallegro’s facial impression in this one:

What’s the most fun trip you’ve ever been on? (The Orang-utan Librarian)

ALL OF VANCOUVER!!! I cannot get over the amount of stars I met and sets I visited.

 

 

Would you do bookstagram? Why or why not? (Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Book)

I don’t think so? I am just really not that great at taking pictures, light is always an issue and the quality of my photos is meh. Also, I like expressing myself more in words and I don’t like having to do everything on my phone.

One country you’d DREAM of visiting? One city in particular? (Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Book)

I’ve always, always wanted to see Tibet.

You’re doing amazing art on your instagram, would you ever think about posting it/talking about it more on your blog as well? (Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Book)

Sure. I don’t mind sharing my art on the blog as well, but counter question: how do you think I should incorporate it more? The only thing I can think of is a round up of what I drew for the monthly wrap up.

If you one day woke up and discovered you had superpowers what powers would you want and do you think you’d be a hero or a villain? (Beth @Reading Every Night)

I love this question so much! Many people have very intricate powers when they can wish for whatever they want, but all I will ever need as a superpower is teleportation (without restricting it to places that I have been to or seen before). And … I think I would be neither? I would keep it very much on the DL, but if I ever saw a kid hanging onto a balcony and in danger of falling, I’d obviously help. I just can’t see myself seeking out the dangerous situations and going out of my way to do heroic things .. maybe that is what makes me a villain though?

If your house were on fire and you could only save three things what would they be? (Beth @Reading Every Night)

I am guessing this is supposed to be answered in terms of sentimentality and not practicality? (cause then it’d be easy – wallet, phone and laptop) I think I’d save my High School yearbook from my exchange semester in the US. I have this wooden carved cassette that my grandpa made in which I store post cards and letters from friends, so that would obviously be saved. And lastly, the picture of my grandpa with me and my cousins.

Which fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life? (can be from a movie, book, TV show, anything) (Andie @Andrea’s Nirvana)

It’s very hard to remember boring characters and I want to answer this question, but I honestly cannot even think of someone.

Do you have a dream art project? So something you’ve wanted to work on for a really long time now? (Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff)

I would really, really love to draw the entire cast of Arcadia, but I don’t even know where to begin. And I’d also like for it to not just be separate portraits but one, huge image and I am afraid of ruining something if I keep adding to one paper. Hope that made sense.

Who’s your favourite Hogwarts Mystery character? (Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff)

This is one of the best questions. I know it might sound silly, but I love Barnaby Lee. The boy really isn’t the brightest bulb in the bunch, but he is TOO PURE AND THE MOST PRECIOUS BEAN EVER! I also quite like Bill and Penny though.

What are your hopes for Arcadia? (Marta @The Cursed Books)

My biggest hope is that I get to finish it. That would already be a huge accomplishment and I would very much like for it to maybe get traditionally published one day. That’s really a long shot though. I’d just be happy if a ton of people read it on wattpad and talked to me about it.


This is the end of Part 2 and I really hoped you enjoyed to get to know me better over the past days. Again, if you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to drop them in the comments section!!

Blogiversary Q&A (Part 1)

As part of my 5-year-blogiversary celebration, I gave you the chance to send in questions for me in return for being entered in my art giveaway. I’ll announce the winner at the end of the post and will send them a separate email to confirm their win! Here are now a couple of questions I received. I decided to split the post into two parts, just because I saw how long this one was getting. Enjoy!

BLOGGING

What first drew you to blogging? (Sophie @Sophie’s Corner)

I think it was that need to share my passion with other people in a way that I maybe felt like I couldn’t do with anyone in real life. You know that feeling when you just can’t stop talking about a certain topic, but no one is actually listening? Well, I figured someone on the internet maybe would …

Do you have a blogging routine? (Sophie @Sophie’s Corner)

I wish I could say yes, but except for my Sunday trailer posts (which I have proudly kept up for more than 2 years now and never missed once), I don’t schedule or work on particular days. That might also explain why my posting schedule is pure chaos and constantly keeps changing!

If you could spotlight ONE blog post for everyone to see which would it be and why? (Lois @Midnight Musings)

I said this just yesterday, but I really am glad to have the “Let’s Talk About Arcadia!” post on the blog now. It might not be the most representative of my writing and I should update it more often, but I selfishly want this one to get a lot of traffic and lead people to my story on wattpad. I just love hearing what people think about it and to get their reaction on the characters and events that unfold.

Do you talk about your blog with people in real life? (Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Book)

I do! At the very beginning, I had a period of time where I kept it secret from just about everyone (except maybe my parents), but as it grew and got followers, I got less hesitant to share. I even put the link for it on my CV and talk about it in job interviews these days.

Did you ever think you’d stick with blogging all these years? What makes you stick with it, even now? (Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Book)

Honestly, no. It’s not that I particularly thought I would get bored, but something always suspected that life would get in the way and that I’d quit before the end of the first year. All the more reason to be happy now that I stuck with it, I suppose. And there is no real reason I still do. Blogging is just part of my life now and I wouldn’t even know how to disengage from doing it.

What piece of advice would you give to Kat from five years ago just starting out on her blogging journey? (Beth @Reading Every Night)

This is a good one! I think I might just tell her to be more active and post more regularly. Don’t quote me on that, but I believe I posted maybe 3-4 times a month and there is nothing wrong with that per se, but if you are just starting out and you WANT the traffic and engagement on your blog, then you have to also do the work.

Also if you could travel back to any time throughout the past five years of your blogging experience is there anything you’d change/do over again? (Beth @Reading Every Night)

Okay, so this might be a little bit of a weird one, but bare with me. Shortly after I hit my first year anniversary, I started watching this show called “Finding Carter” on TV. It featured an actor by the name of Caleb Ruminer and because there was very little to find about him on the internet, I decided to do a little post on him with the information I did find. Over night, my views EXPLODED, as in they went from 300 views a month to 4000 instead. I still have the post up now, but I feel a little embarrassed about having done such a poor portrait on a guy I neither know personally nor know much about in general. I don’t even know if the stuff I found is accurate. While it did get me a strange kind of exposure, I might not have written it as the person I am today. I just don’t think I could bring myself to do it now.

What is the best thing blogging has led you to discover? (Beth @Reading Every Night)

PEOPLE! FRIENDS! I love everyone I have met on here so much and talk to some of them not just on a regular but daily basis. I wouldn’t want to miss that for the life of me.

What do you think you’d be doing now if you weren’t blogging? (Beth @Reading Every Night)

As in right now? This second? Maybe watch a TV show or read a book? I’d probably still find some reason to browse the internet.

READING

What is your favourite book of all time? (Sophie @Sophie’s Corner)

What a cruel, cruel question! Tell you what, I will give you a book that has come to me and enamored me immediately – Call Me By Your Name. It has flaws for sure, but it was written in a way I have not seen many stories told and will forever hold a special place in my heart.

What book/series would you want to be adapted into a TV series or a movie? (Sophie @Sophie’s Corner) | If you could adapt any book into a TV show or movie, which one would you choose and why? (Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff)

There’s a lot of books I can imagine seeing on the big or small screen in the future. The one I am still baffled about not having happened yet though is the Night Circus. It would be perfect as a magical movie that just takes you to that whole other place. We have developed the technology to really bring that story to life and I just don’t understand why the people who optioned it a couple years back let that option expire.

What was your favorite book as a child? (Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Book)

I had different books in different stages that I loved. I always adored Inkheart and Momo though!

One author you’d never read a book from? (or read again, if you tried it out and hated it?) (Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Book)

Hmmm … probably James Dashner. I didn’t really like the Maze Runner books to begin with and then the sexual harassment allegations surfaced and now he’s just even less interesting than before. I don’t think I will miss his books on my shelf.

You have the chance to go for a cup of tea (so British) with your favourite author/actor/director. Who would your dream guest be and what would you ask them? (Lois @Midnight Musings)

Author – Pierce Brown and I would ask him to describe the process of the TV adaptation for Red Rising in as much detail as possible, since I know he is involved.

Actress – Bryce Dallas Howard! I just love the woman and I would ask her on her advice for getting taken seriously in the industry and how she battled all those people constantly asking her about her weight and work out regiment. She’s been very outspoken about how superficial this world is and I actually love that she isn’t the typical Hollywood size but gets to star in action movies like Jurassic World nonetheless.

Director – Taika Waititi or Ava DuVernay. I can’t choose! I’d just ask them about their work process.

I know my answers were probably boring, but I don’t think I would even be able to get a simple sentence out should I actually meet them.

What upcoming book/movie/TV show release are you the most excited for? (Beth @Reading Every Night)

Book – Odd One Out by Nic Stone. I have been promised an actually amazing love triangle!

Movie – Set It Up, because Zoey Deutch and Lucy Liu!!! Also, I adore cute RomComs!

TV Show – I know it just released, but Cloak and Dagger is amazing and I need for Freeform to not mess this up (especially since they also will release New Warriors, another Marvel show soon)


Don’t worry if your question didn’t show up today, there is a lot more to come! Lastly, I put all the names on tiny sheets of paper, threw them in a bowl and let my mum draw a name. I am very happy to announce that my friend Marie is the winner!!

If you missed out on winning this time around, you can be sure I will do another similar giveaway in the future. And if you want to ask some more questions, please don’t hesitate to do so in the comments!!

Mid Year Freak Out Tag (2018 Version)

I guess it’s already that time of the year again where I get to freak out over books because, well … it’s June and months have passed and I have tried to read a bunch. So, thank you to The Orang-utan Librarian for tagging me to do the Mid Year Freak Out Tag!

BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ YET IN 2018

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra ChristoI hate picking favourites so much! I just always feel like I forget something, but I looked at all the books I read on Goodreads and To Kill a Kingdom caught my eye. I really liked reading about sirens and adventure at sea, therefore it is ONE of my favourites of the year so far.

BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2018

Iron Gold by Pierce BrownHands down, Iron Gold! I feel like I had to wait for this book forever and then I finally got it, had a super fun buddy read and am beyond excited that we most likely get the next book this year as well!? I cannot get enough of that world and the intensity that comes with it.

NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

Only Human is the finale of the Themis Files and I cannot wait to finally read how it all ends. I have it on my shelf and it’s staring at me like it’s trying to seduce me to read it sooner.

Only Human: Themis Files Book 3

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

As mentioned above, there’s another book coming in the Red Rising saga and it would be very strange to not say that Dark Age is the one I am most anticipating. But also, I am just not as up to date with new releases as I used to be, I am all about (or at least mostly) the backlist this year.

Dark Age (Red Rising Saga, #5)

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

Sweetbitter by Stephanie DanlerI don’t even want to think back to reading Sweetbitter. I was so excited to read about a main character who works as a server and does not just use that as a means to get by until they get their dream job, but then it was just terribly toxic.

BIGGEST SURPRISE

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeerHmmm … that’s a tough one. I think I might not have expected to love Annihilation as much as I did. Seen as it is more on the creepy side, it didn’t seem like an obvious choice for me. Usually I also don’t like detached writing, but this one worked perfectly.

FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR

I fell a little bit in love with Nic Stone‘s writing when I read Dear Martin. I can’t really describe the why or anything like that, but it just flows super nicely and made Dear Martin such an addictive read. I am already looking forward to her next book!

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NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

Hands down, Dawsey Adams from the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society! He is kind, smart and patient, supported women and their independence at a time that wasn’t a sure thing and is good with kids. Where is my Dawsey??

NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER

Just because I had so much fun reading Jackaby and I already mentioned To Kill a Kingdom before (cause Lira is freaking awesome), I am going with Abigail Rook. She is intelligent, great at deductions, always out for adventure and just as flustered as everyone else when she has a crush. (Seriously hoping to pick up Beastly Bones in the coming days to see where that all goes!)

Beastly Bones (Jackaby, #2)

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

The Hate U Give by Angie ThomasUhm … good question. I think I cried while reading The Hate U Give. Injustice just always gets to me hard and Angie Thomas did such an amazing job at making you feel really close to the characters and feeling as if you were right there with them. Tears were shed for sure.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. YeeI remember laughing a lot while reading The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, so I am pretty sure it’s fair to say that it made me happy?

FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION

You would guess that I have an answer to this right away, but I am actually having a really hard time coming up with one. My most anticipated book to film adaptation would probably be Love, Simon, but it’s still not released anywhere in my country (two more weeks!!) and that just means I haven’t watched it. I also think that Crazy Rich Asians is going to be awesome, but I haven’t read or watched that one yet either. I keep trying to wrap my head around the fact that I don’t think I have seen that many movies this year so far??

FAVOURITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR

I guess that it wasn’t really such a noteworthy post for most people, but I am so glad I did a more or less comprehensive post about my WIP titled “Let’s Talk About Arcadia“. It has been a massive help as a referral post for me whenever I talked about writing and updates of the story or did tags that related to my characters. Even if someone completely new joins the blog now, I will have a place to send them to for details on my story. Thus far, I was really always worried that my posts about Arcadia would get annoying, especially for people who didn’t have a clue what I was talking about and that’s why it’s one of my favourite posts this year.

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR

Probably Obsidio? All the Illuminae Files books, especially since I was able to afford the hardcovers, are just gorgeous to look at.

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)

WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR

I am pretty sure I have around 20 unread books on my shelf? I am such a massive mood reader, that it has really become an issue for me to have that many books at home. I will try to get to at least half of those if not all of them by the end of the year, but I am not actually going to rattle them off.

I TAG THEE

I tag whoever wants to do this tag!

What did you think about my mid year freak out? Can you relate? Do you have any questions or different answers? Let’s talk!