The Social Media Tag

I hope you all know the different social media platforms I use for my blog and some of them also privately, but I am far from being an expert on those things. At times, I even find the whole thing extremely tiring, but when the lovely Beth @Reading Every Night tagged me to do the Social Media Tag, I was immediately intrigued. It’s such a great way to shine a light on some special bloggers out there. So, here we go!

RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Choose a blog or blogger per category and explain why you chose them.
  • Tag others to do this (up to you how many)

Instagram: A blog with a design you love

Aurora @Aurora Libralis has one of the softest and most beautiful designs for a blog I know. I always adore the aesthetics she chooses for her posts and that just makes them so pleasing to read! Not just that, but Aurora is also a lovely person and has really creative ideas, like character libraries and such.

Facebook: A blog with a friendly blogger

I kind of doubt that anyone would not pick Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books for this particular category!? She is one of the most dedicated people I know. She isn’t just active, responsive and engaging on her own blog, but she is EVERYWHERE on the blogosphere as a whole. I adore her not just as a blogger, but as a friend and confidant. I couldn’t even imagine life without her anymore and am so happy we were able to schedule some buddy reads this year.

Twitter: A blogger who could just write 140 characters and you would still love them

There’s a lot of people this description actually fits, because I love so many of the blogs that I read (even though I should probably be more engaged on some of them to show that love). However, my dear friend Marta @The Cursed Books has lately been on a semi-hiatus because of busy life and school work, so I am just happy to read whatever she is able to put out into the world.

YouTube: A blog that keeps you entertained

This is without a doubt Trang and Lashaan @BOOKIDOTE! I don’t know if there was ever a better blogging duo out there, but somehow they manage to keep creating amazing posts on different topics and because of that always have me coming back for more. They just really compliment each other in what they write about and a visit to their blog never gets dull!

Snapchat: A blogger who’s updates you can’t wait for

I always love checking out whatever review, tag or life update Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff has in store for me. She has such an engaging way of being and writing that I just cannot wait to hear what she’s been up to. No matter what the topic is, I keep finding new things we have in common or at least feel inspired to check out afterwards. (Also, I kind of appreciate that she endures my constant Hogwarts Mystery updates/questions! haha)

Tumblr: A blog which is very diverse and has variety

Avery @Red Rocket Panda fits this category perfectly! He’s a diverse book blogger who doesn’t just post reviews, but writes posts on diversity and inclusion as well as about topics outside of the bookish world. I have to say I felt extremely honored to have played a tiny role in getting the idea for the “What’s on the Box” feature started and I hope there are more shows and the likes talked about soon.

Pinterest: A blog which is full of creativity and inspiration

The Orang-utan Librarian has been a blogging inspiration, and quite frankly idol, of mine for a while and I don’t think I need to explain for anyone who has been on their blog. They are not afraid to talk about controversial topics and keep going in depth with their reviews on books and shows, while also providing amazing insight in differences in style and such. I can never get enough of their posts and I feel emboldened to try different things as well.

I TAG THEE

I am going to follow into Beth’s footsteps and hereby tag all the people I’ve mentioned in the post. But if you feel like this is the right tag for you, CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED!

Did you agree with my choice of bloggers? Do you know them? (If not, what are you waiting for!? They are awesome!!!) Let’s chat in the comments below!

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (Book Review)

simonSixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Publisher: Penguin
Page Count:
 303

So, I went a little off the rails and didn’t stick to my crazy initial TBR. But reading a lot of Fantasy with complex worlds and a gazillion different characters one book after the other gets a difficult after a while. So, instead I decided I needed a break and chose a book I was most likely going to like. Seriously, people have been pushing me to read this for a long time now and I never had a reason not to. Except for maybe lack of time and money. I have read increasingly less Contemporaries lately, which is weird, because I love them. The whole point of this rambling, I am glad I finally got to read it!

Simon is an incredibly fun character! I can’t say that I always related to him 100%, but he made some incredibly good points. So many topics, that could easily weigh a story down, were touched upon in such a natural way that it just seemed to flow right with the story. We had everything from sexuality, bullying, the complexity of friendship and family as well as skin colour. And speaking of family, that’s another thing I am very fond of. So many YA books barely feature parents (mainly because the MC probably wouldn’t be able to experience all the adventure he/she does with them around …), but they were a part of the story here, without being overpowering.

I couldn’t quite follow Simon’s logic on finding out about Blue though. Obviously I get that he wanted to find out who he was, but I am talking about his real life identity. I am happy to say that I guessed it right, but it was very well played, with not a lot of clues to go by. Still, I feel like Simon was very far off the truth sometimes, more seeing what he wanted to see. Then again, that is something so typically human, I can’t really argue with it being realistic. And they were so adorable in general! I was really always looking forward to their mails, which were awesomely getting bolder and bolder, as if I were getting them myself!

In the end, I think the only reason I am not giving this 5 stars is because I’ve heard so much about the book and the pressure was definitely on when I read it. I don’t like it, I tried to ignore it, but when I got to certain quotes and I remembered them from other people’s posts, it just didn’t have the same effect it would have had if I had gone into this blind. It doesn’t change the fact that this was a great, heartfelt, adorable, hearts-in-the-eyes-kind-of story. Definitely recommendable!

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! I am still all warm and giggly inside from this read! It was a fantastic ride and exactly what I needed!

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So, since I am one of the few people in the bookish community who hadn’t read it yet, hit me with your thoughts on it! Did you love it too? Or was I not as alone as I thought and are still people who don’t know about Simon’s awesomeness out there? 

The Friends Book Tag

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It’s time for a book time and luckily Cristina @My Tiny Obsessions prompted me to do the FRIENDS Book Tag! I loved that show, so I am sure going to have fun with it!

THE ONE WHERE EDDIE WON’T GO – A CHARACTER I WISH WOULD JUST GO AWAY:

In the first book of the Shatter Me trilogy I really liked Adam, but then he got on my nerves SO much! He was incredibly territorial and I can’t stand that.

THE ONE WHERE ROSS AND RACHEL TAKE A BREAK – FAVORITE BREAK UP SCENE:

Such a difficult question! I tend to remember the getting together part more than the breaking up one. I think I actually purposely try to forget things like that when I don’t want them to happen. Now that I think about it, the only break-up scenes that come to mind are the ones from Wild by Cheryl Strayed and Eat, Pray, Love by Eilzabeth Gilbert. Since both of those are actual accounts of what happened, they are very realistic (obviously).

THE ONE WITH ALL THE KISSING – A BOOK WITH LOTS OF KISSING:

I just read Lock & Mori and even though there are probably a lot of books with more kissing, I was surprised by the given amount. So, let’s make that my choice!

THE LAST ONE – FAVORITE SERIES FINALE:

I was really, really tempted to give the same answer as Cristina (Clockwork Princess), but I did come up with something new! I loved the series ending of Isla and the Happily Ever After – it really did end on a great note!

THE ONE WITH A BLACKOUT – A SCENE I’D LIKE TO FORGET:

There is a particular scene in The Magician’s Land that I would like to erase from my memory. It made me feel so uncomfortable, but telling you what it was would be a Spoiler. I am not sure it will be on the show, even though they have proven to be even more drastic than the books sometimes, but if they do, I want it to be a “surprise”.

THE ONE WHERE CHANDLER CAN’T CRY – A BOOK THAT DID NOT MAKE YOU AS EMOTIONAL AS OTHERS:

I am sorry to say it, but The Perks of Being a Wallflower, despite having an emotional premise, never really hit home with me. I think it was the style of writing that just felt too detached for me.

THE ONE WHERE JOEY DOESN’T SHARE FOOD – A BOOK YOU WON’T EVER LEND:

Ha! I don’t like to lend any of my books. Okay, that’s not true. I guess there are a couple I wouldn’t mind giving to others, but in general I am scared of the condition I will get the book back in. I think I’d have troubles with Armada by Ernest Cline. For one, it’s a hardcover book and I don’t have many of those and second, it’s a signed copy. So that better always be in pristine condition!

THE ONE WITH THE THUMB – A RECENT READ THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TWO THUMBS UP TO:   

Red Rising and Golden Son by Pierce Brown! I think this series will be what The Martian was to me last year. I am just going to go on and on about those books for the rest of the year.

THE ONE WITH THE ICK FACTOR – A BOOK WITH A PET PEEVE:

Argh, I don’t know … any character that’s annoying or unrelatable to? Also, lack of empathy is just beyond me. And if it’s about the actual format of the book? Please, please, please always have page numbering, paragraphs and chapters!

THE ONE WITH THE LESBIAN WEDDING – FAVORITE LGBTQ BOOK COUPLE:

Cristina said Carry On and I want to say Carry On … BUT I can actually think of someone else I love just as much. MALEC IS OTP!!!


I TAG:

Astra @A Stranger’s Guide to Novels

Emma @Emma the Book Lover

Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books

YOU

Clara’s Circle – NaNoWriMo Prep

As promised yesterday (Wick’s Circle post), I am now going to introduce you to Clara’s circle of friends and family. If, by some miracle, you still haven’t read about my MC’s for Dreamer, then you should check out Wick and Clara by clicking on their names. I’ve mentioned before that Clara is a bit of a lone wolf, but let’s see who you’re going to meet today!

GabeName: Gabriel Barrett

Profile: Gabe is Clara’s older brother and the kind of guy who looks like he has it all figured out. He’s 30, has a stable mid-level job, a wife and a baby on the way. Life is exactly the way he pictured it, except that he is freaking out. He is scared of screwing everything up, simply because of the fact that no one thinks he can.
Sometimes he is jealous of his sister’s more glamorous, lone photographer life style. But in the end Gabe is Clara’s rock, best friend and confidant. If she needs someone to talk to (or vice versa), they are likely to turn to each other.

 

melindaName: Melinda Barrett

Profile: Clara and Mel’s relationship was a bit weird at first. Mel thought that Clara didn’t like her and in a way that was true, because she felt like Mel was taking away her brother. Gabe forced them to spend some time together though and they’ve actually found quite some similarities. They are both ambitious and driven, they both have worked hard to get to the place they are at. Now they are friends and sometimes even gang up on Gabe together.
Mel is a lawyer and earns more than her husband. She is trying to convince him to go on paternity leave when the baby is here and even though he’s giving her a hard time (talking about his masculinity and such), he actually thinks it’s the best idea and that he would probably love it.

 

biancaName: Bianca Clarke

Profile: Bianca is Clara’s assistant and they are pretty close because they spend so much time together. Bianca’s girlfriend does not approve of this, even though there is absolutely nothing going on between B and Clara. They’ve grown accustomed to each other’s quirks and that makes working together a lot easier. Clara knows that B has a lot of potential and tries to push her, sometimes a little too much though.
Bianca is more relaxed, likes to party and meet new people. She’s not looking to make a career in a few seconds, she thinks she has enough time for responsibilities later on.

Tomorrow is the NaNoWriMo kick-off event and I am going dressed as a Shadowhunter. I am really excited but also a little terrified. Starting to write on midnight precisely isn’t exactly when my concentration is at my best. Wish me luck! And what did you think of today’s characters?

Wick’s Circle – NaNoWriMo Prep

I think we’ve established that I originally got the idea to make character profiles from Astra @A Stranger’s Guide to NovelsIf you still haven’t read about my MC’s for Dreamer, then you should check out Wick and Clara by clicking on their names. Now what do I mean by today’s post title “Wick’s Circle”? I’m pretty much going to talk about Wick’s circle of friends, acquaintances and general people in his life. The profiles won’t be as detailed as the ones for the MC’s, but I hope you still get a grasp of who those people are.


elyName
: Ely 1402

Profile: He is Wick’s best friend and also sort of idol because he is a Field Agent. They met during one of the testing sessions Wick went to, to get reassigned. Ely made it, Wick didn’t.
Ely is loyal and does things by the book. When Wick is on one of his reckless sprees, he’s the one keeping him grounded and out of trouble.
The Council thinks that if Ely would distance himself from Wick, he might have a great career ahead of him.

autumnName: Aurora 2210

Profile: Aurora is Wick’s assigned Analyst. They have a very sibling-like relationship (at least Wick thinks so). She often tries to do him a favour and calibrates the dream to include as much action as possible.
She’s a generally organised person and very smart, which is why she loves being an Analyst. She is happy with her part in Dreamer-society, even though Wick constantly teases her about her boring tasks.

donName: Don 0301

Profile: Don is dispatched from the Council to oversee Wick and his Monitor colleagues. He is a very no-nonsense kind of guy and tells things as they are. Generally being very demanding to the point of being rude, he is not liked very much.
Wick annoys him to no end, but he secretly has a soft spot for the guy, because he often feels confined by Dreamer-rules himself.

EvelynName: Evelyn 1301

Profile: Evelyn is the Head of the Council and does not like Wick at all. She thinks he’s a disruption of the system and can’t tolerate that. If she could, she would forbid Wick to take any more tests to become a Field Agent, but unfortunately (or good for Wick) she can’t change Dreamer-laws all by herself.

So, those are some important Dreamer people right there! Clara’s friends will probably be introduced tomorrow and then it’s getting serious! What do you think?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR

In case you are new to this meme, Tuesday means it’s time for  Top Ten Tuesday created by The Broke and the BookishIf you want to join into the fun, just head over to her website and check out the different weekly themes. Today I am going to talk about “Books On My Fall TBR“. I am actually not sure if that means books that are coming out this fall and that I want to read or simply books that I intend to read during that season. I always have a hard time coming up with actual TBR lists, because I am a person who generally reads what I’m in the mood for or what I can get my hands on. Seen as I am in Austria and not all books are immediately available but rather have to be ordered, that can turn out to be a real issue sometimes. I think the list will mainly contain books I want to read though, but not necessarily books that I’ll actually read (because money, time, etc.).

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(as always: this is a list not a ranking!)

1. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3)I have started the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series when I heard it was going to be made into a movie and now I want to finish it. I have to admit that it’s not my favourite, but I just can’t deal with not knowing how something ends.

2. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

23734628Okay, I am seriously excited for this one!!! Fangirl is one of my favourite books and this is like an indirect extension of the story. Couldn’t be happier about the fact that this was written, especially since this is really going into a Fantasy direction, which is unusual for Rainbow Rowell. (Although I have to say that I wish it would have a different cover …)

3. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

22716447I loved Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and I like Mindy’s voice, therefore: new book = I want to read it! This time it is even more background on her Hollywood life as well as her personal relationships and everyone’s fixation on weight.

4. The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

18392495This book technically came out in August, but hey, that still counts for me. It’s a companion to my beloved My Life Next Door and I can’t wait to return to that universe.

5. Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson

23245337A girl that can dream-walk – count me in!

6. The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

24892774Traumatic events, awkward love-story … I don’t know, but this just feels like an interesting story. As morbid as it may sound, I like books that deal with grief.

7. Hello? by Liza M. Wiemer

22663633This just seems cool because it has different kinds of narration, free verse poetry and screenplay-style writing. If these things are balanced right, I usually really like them.

8. Sidekick by Natalie Whipple

26251663I know what being 2nd best feels like and I know how confining it can be if you can’t share your passions with your friends because they aren’t as geeky as you. I think I am going to like this.

9. Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard

25005214Do I really have to explain this? A novella in the Red Queen universe is something I have to check out!!!

10. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

22910900It’s embarrassing, but I haven’t read any of Patrick Ness’ stories before. It’s not that they didn’t sound interesting, but I just didn’t get around to it. However, this one is definitely on the top of my wishlist and I am determined to read it!

 

 

As always, if you want to know more about the books, click on the covers to get redirected to Goodreads. What are some books on your Fall TBR? If you’ve done TTT as well, leave a link in the comment section!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Would Be On My Syllabus If I Taught Buddy Stories 101

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the BookishThis week’s topic is Top Ten books you would put on your syllabus if you thought a literature class and I chose the friendship theme, so thanks for enrolling to Buddy Stories 101. Class is about to start!

(Whenever I do these lists, I am never sure if the ranking is actually from 1 to 10 or just numbered to give an overview. I have a hard time picking favourites, so see it as more of way to count rather than rate. The books I picked all have great friendships and some of them even evolve or are sprinkled with a bit of romance. I tried to avoid the romantic parts mostly, but then I thought that being best friends with your partner is pretty amazing, so who cares?)

1. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)NOTHING and I mean absolutely NOTHING is more powerful than a parabatai bond. It’s so much more than just friendship, it is even more than family or romantic love. It’s everything really. While I did enjoy Alec’s and Jace’s bond from TMI, I was even more fascinated with Will and Jem. Bring Tessa Gray into the mix and you’ve got ultimate friendship goals for me! So, the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare it is!

2. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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This is one of my favourite books portraying female friendship. Emily and Sloane are just complete opposites of each other and that makes them work so well together. I’m so happy this book wasn’t just about romance! Also, it wasn’t just a fun read, but really funny as well!

3. How to Be Bad by Lockhart, Myracle & Mlynowski

23629114Three girls on a road trip? There is no way it’s not going to be great. They all have their own problems, but they can only get through it with each other. Sometimes they may explode and fight, but in the end, they are happy to have each other and I am happy to have read about their friendship.

4. Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

23230I’ve talked about Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List a lot and while I do find the characters a bit annoying sometimes, they also have something special with each other. Their friendship changes a lot over the course of the book and is quite different in the end to what it was when you started reading. When one person develops romantic feelings, I think it is necessary to address this and deal with it instead of throwing the friendship away altogether.

5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

893136This is a sad book. There is no way around that, but it’s a book that’s really dear to my heart. Liesel and Rudi already have a really special relationship, but I am even more a fan of Liesel and Max. Some wanted them to end up together, but that’s not the point at all. Their bond over books is amazing and I am so glad that they had each other.

6. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

12700353Greg can call Earl his co-worker a gazillion more times, but it doesn’t change the fact that they are best friends and awesome together. ‘Nough said!

7. Love, Rosie/Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern

20706297Over how many years does this book span? A lifetime pretty much and while Rosie’s and Alex’ relationship certainly has it’s ups and downs their friendship survived somehow. This may be more on the romantic side than I’d like to admit, but they were friends first and that ever since they were really little. It has to count for something!

8. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

23153016Bianca has her best friends Casey and Jessica and they are a good group of friends, but not the one I want to focus on. Only with Wesley Bianca can be herself and they have a sort of friends with benefits thing going on, even though Bianca would probably never admit to being friends with Wes. Still, I think they never were as open and trusting with anyone than they were with each other. Being able to be yourself, that’s what I think is important in a friendship.

9. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

18741152I like all the friendships in this book (and the sequels as well). Anna and Etienne are great, Etienne and Josh, the whole gang pretty much is just amazeballs. I would have loved to go to school with this group!!!

10. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

2836Jess and Leslie are pretty much inseparable. They create their own fantasy world and really just have the best of times. But I think that Jess’ friendship with Leslie opened his world to so much more than just that. This book is really tragic in so many ways, but I don’t think Jess ever regretted befriending Leslie.

 

 

I hope you’ve learned something and take away some good stories from this class 😉 As always, click on the covers if you want to know more about the books! What are some of you favourite literary friendships?