TTT: Favourite LGBT+ Books!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we get a freebie and since it is Pride month, it is simply not acceptable that I haven’t done anything on the topic yet. So, here we are with a little list (in no particular order) of my favourite LGBT+ books and/or books that feature LGBT+ characters.

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1. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

The main character from this book works in film and that totally spoke to me! Also, I think I didn’t even knew that she was lesbian when I bought the book, so that was a nice change for once, because I actually think I have more books with gay characters.

2. Wide Awake by David Levithan

This is such an idealistic story, it sends a great message. It is about all kinds of diversity (skin colour, religion, sexuality) and even though it is not my favourite Levithan book, it is still one that inspires.

3. Blue is the Warmest Colour by Julie Maroh

Blue is the Warmest Colour always makes me kind of sad. It’s a movie and because of that I was lucky and got a free graphic novel of the story at work. It’s in German but still a beautiful story.

4. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

We already talked about all the cuteness that is Simon and Blue, right?

5. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Another great Simon character! But I always loved Baz more. He showed up and the story instantly became even better!

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

I might be impartial about this one, because the movie has erased my memory of the book … which was confusing because of the use of many emojis as far as I can remember.

7. Any Shadowhunter book by Cassandra Clare

The Bane Chronicles are probably the most obvious example, but you can really pick up almost any book from the Shadowhunter series and find a member of the LGBT+ community there.

8. Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

I think this was the first book with a pansexual main character … he was one of seven, but still! That was definitely interesting.

9. This Song Is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin

This book featured an asexual character in a relationship, so that was definitely something new to read about as well and I really enjoyed it.

10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

There was definitely a lot of sexual exploration featured here, even if it wasn’t the main theme of the book.

Which topic did you choose for your freebie? Any LGBT+ book recommendations? (And don’t say You Know Me Well, because that’s already on my physical TBR!)

TTT: Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. As the bookish creatures we are, it is our duty to know all about the upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on! There was already a TTT with anticipated books for the first half of the year, so naturally, now is the time to talk about the remaining months!

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year (since we did a topic about the releases we were excited about for the first half of 2016 back in the beginning of the year) Feel free to tweak it how you want to — like most anticipated fantasy for the second half of 2016 or debut authors. Whatever you want!

1. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

HeartlessRelease Date: Novemeber 8th

I haven’t even read the Lunar Chronicles yet, even though I really want to at some point, but I am definitely intrigued by the idea of this one. And it’s common knowledge that I am a sucker for Alice-inspired stories, so there’s also that!

2. A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Grey

A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3)Release Date: November 1st

Months later and I am STILL mad at what happened at the end of the second book. This one better have the conclusion I want and a perfectly great future for Theo, because let’s face it, I care about him the most! #TeamTheo

3. Witch’s Pyre by Josephine Angelini

Witch's Pyre (The Worldwalker Trilogy, #3)Release Date: September 20th

The Worldwalker series is one of my all time favourite series and I am so happy I discovered it. This will be the final installment and I cannot wait to get some answers. Also, I ADORE the covers. I was so certain that the final one would be green, but the violet suits it quite well. The excitement is real!

4. Furthermore and Tahereh Mafi

FurthermoreRelease Date: August 30th

I am usually not into middle grade schools, but when the author is Tahereh Mafi I AM READING THAT BOOK. End of discussion really, because I adore her writing style and I would never purposely miss out on one of her books.

5. Did I Mention I Miss You? by Estelle Maskame

Did I Mention I Miss You? (The DIMILY Trilogy, #3)Release Date: December 1st

Another finale to series and one that I have really been waiting for for a while now. DIMILY and DIMINY are both super fast reads, yet very different because the characters are always in such a different place in their life. I am intrigued where it will all end up (especially because Estelle tends to be quite cruel with her comments about the progress on the book sometimes).

6. Gemina by Amy Kaufman/Jay Kristoff

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)Release Date: October 18th

I just read Illuminae this year, so I am glad I didn’t have to wait as long as some other people. It’s one of the few books where I will make sure to get the hardcover and I will glory in its beautiful art again!

7. Unscripted Joss Byrd: A Novel by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Unscripted Joss Byrd: A NovelRelease Date: August 23rd

A contemporary book about acting and the movie business – NEED. TO. HAVE. Also, it seems like the perfect light summer read! Just look at the cover – it basically screams SUMMER!

8. Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

Blood For Blood (Wolf By Wolf, #2)Release Date: November 1st

Never could I have imagined how much I would enjoy Wolf by Wolf! It wasn’t the most cruel cliffhanger in the end, but I do NEED to know how it continues. (If you haven’t noticed, I am really bad with not knowing what happens)

9. Mind Games by Heather W. Petty

Mind Games (Lock & Mori, #2)Release Date: December 6th

Gaaah, this is still way too far away from now. Mori and Lock were so adorable as teen characters and I wonder if they will mature in this sequel and how Mori will generally deal with everything that is thrown her way. The world sure has it out for that girl!

10. The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn/David Levithan

The Twelve Days of Dash and LilyRelease Date: October 18th

I don’t read all that many festive books, but Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares was one of the most fun christmas-y reads ever. I loved their characters and I always wondered if their blossoming romance would survive beyond the first book. It seems like I am getting my answer soon!

 

So, that’s it from me! A lot of earthy and/or violet covers and many, many sequels! By clicking on the books, you’ll be redirected to Goodreads for the synopsis or in case you want to add them to your TBR! What are you excited for?

TTT: Reasons I Love the Red Rising Trilogy

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, if you want to know more about it, you can just click on the name! This week was almost like a freebie, seen as you could talk about basically anything you like. Here’s the official theme:

Ten Reasons I Love Xcould be a certain book, character, author, your indie bookstore, a fandom, a tv show, reading, a hobby, a genre. Honestly anything you want to gush about.

So, everyone knows that I adore the Red Rising books! Seriously, if you don’t – WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING THESE PAST MONTHS!? In the unlikely case you truly haven’t heard about it, this is the post that will definitely prove my admiration for it.

1. Pierce Brown

Let’s face it – without this incredible man we just wouldn’t have the books. He is funny and smart and quite frankly also really good looking. He is one of those rare authors who can get your attention on social media and make you want to read his books because of his charisma without you knowing what the books are really about. It’s the added bonus that Red Rising is this amazing series.

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2. A Flawed but Perfect Hero

I know that statement is very contradictory, but Darrow’s character depth is just beyond anything I’ve experienced. He makes mistakes, he is flawed, but at the same time he is the kind of leader you would follow to the end of the universe and give your life for. I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes at all, yet he manages to inspire people in the best ways.

3. Amazing Side Characters

It’s definitely not just Darrow who is great! I could just make a list of names of all the characters I will cherish or despise forever, but I won’t because it would be majorly long. Just know that they are as developed as the main character. That they have motivation and cause for their actions, even if they sometimes feel like knifes in the back.

4. Twists and Turns

I’ve already sort of lead up to this point. Don’t try to anticipate what’s going to happen in these books, because in 9/10 cases you won’t be able to guess it for sure. It makes the story so great, because Pierce takes you in one direction and then simply reeks chaos. It’s what makes this such an exhilarating read.

5. Great World-Building

I remember there being a lot of information on the world in the first book, sometimes a bit too much, but it will sink in eventually and it’s such an intricate world. It has its own slang and language, without overdoing it or making it annoying. Also, I love the names!

6. All the References

Are you into Greek, Roman or Northern mythology? Do you like historic references? This is most definitely the book for you! But even if you don’t have any idea about that kind of stuff, it will make sense within the context of the books.

7. Social Criticism

And it is done in the most entertaining and enlightening way possible!

8. Blurs the Lines

Who is good, who is evil? Is this a YA or an adult book? Do I trust this person or not? (Oh, there are SO many trust issues!) You can’t really choose a side or at least a lot of the time people don’t turn out to be who you thought they would be.

9. A Bit of Everything

There may not be everything in equal parts, but it sure is all in there. It will make you feel all the feels, because it’s a tale about revenge, justice, honor, family, love and everything in between.

10. It’s Not Over Yet

You  know those stories where the hero accomplishes his task and you just wonder how the world is going to go on now? Worry not, Pierce Brown is currently working on a follow up series (Iron Gold) that will explore exactly that issue. Aside from that, they are also working on a movie adaptation of Red Rising and they are taking their time and working with Pierce to do that exactly right. I will consider this as a good sign.

What’s a book that made you feel all these things? Which topic did you choose for your TTT?

TTT: Books I Am Scared to Re-Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, if you want to know more about it, you can just click on the name! I strayed a bit from this week’s theme, which would have been as followed:

Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed (less love, more love, complicated feelings, indifference, thought it was great in a genre until you became more well read in that genre etc.)

It’s not that I’ve never changed my opinion about a book, but I couldn’t really think about all that many examples. So, instead I want to talk about books I will probably never read again, because I am scared that I won’t love them the same way. Makes sense, right?

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

Whatever I am going to write now is true for a lot of the books from this list. Many I have read during my childhood and they have manifested a love for books and traveling, certain topics and characters as well as places. The Thief Lord was always pure magic to me, making the real Venice a vast disappointment until nightfall came and all that magic returned. I am scared that if I read that book now, I wouldn’t be able to read it with the same innocent eyes of a child as I did before and that might ruin the story.

Momo by Michael Ende

Oh, Momo! I watched the TV show and read the book and it was one of the first books I used for the book reports at school. Whenever I think of it, I think of spending my time wisely and not letting adult responsibilities cloud my judgment of what’s truly important in life. That story is way too precious in my head.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

I was considering re-reading the series before the Netflix show comes out, but nope, I just can’t do it. That series accompanied me for years and I have them all neatly in a row on my shelf. My laptop’s name is Lemony. Those books had a real influence on me and I will forever not trust adults I guess.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Again, this book is magic itself. I lived in a bubble of black, white and red for days afterwards, having images of all my visits to the circus and their shortcomings in comparison to the Night Circus stuck in my head. Maybe I’ll re-read it one day, but I am afraid that I’ll be bored by knowing what’s going on and what will happen.

The Martian by Andy Weir

There are some things that are still funny after hearing them 100 times. As much as I love Watney and want one in my life, I am scared I won’t laugh anymore and that would be sad.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This book ruined me! I was a sobbing mess in parts and even the movie, which isn’t even as emotional as the book still has me crying. So, it’s not that I don’t think it’s a beautiful piece of writing, but I am simply scared of putting myself through that torture again.

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood

This book always brings about memories of a certain song (The National – So Far Around the Bend), a summer working in France (because that’s what I was doing while reading), a really long fake-pearl necklace (because that came with the book in the package my parents sent me) and the matter of life and death to me. There is no way I could ever recreate all the same circumstances to make this book as meaningful as it was the first time.

Das Buch by Wolfgang & Heike Hohlbein

This one was my first attempt at a really long book. It took me months, not having acquired the super speed reading abilities I have now. It was a weird book and you felt like you were in a bit of a loop sometimes, but somehow it stuck and it won’t go away.

Ingo by Helen Dunmore

I never read many mermaid books, even though I loved the concept of them. This isn’t really about mermaids either, but definitely about beings from the sea. I just loved water and the idea of getting lost in it, even though I was always scared of all the creatures that lived in there that I could and couldn’t see. It doesn’t make sense, but it was such a lovely tale that I cherished, but I never finished the series due to some really annoying publishing issues that I won’t go into now.

The Secret Circle series by L.J. Smith

This one is easy, I wanted to read it before the show, I did (at least book 1-3) and then I was super sad when it was cancelled and I can’t re-read it now. Just can’t!

How did your TTT go? Could you think of books that you didn’t keep feeling the same about over time? Are there some you wouldn’t want to read again either out of fear you won’t love them as much?

TTT: Books I Picked Up on a Whim

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, if you want to know more about it, you can just click on the name! It’s all about books we picked up on a whim:

Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim (however you decide to interpret that (bought or read or something else) — I know most people read based on recommendation but we want to know those books you picked up without really hearing about or knowing much about!)

For today’s post I am going to stick with books that I bought on whim, because I am very much a mood reader and just read whatever I want whenever I want, even if it doesn’t fit with my planned TBR at all. However, I usually do have my book budget planned really neatly, so I don’t just buy random books all that often.

The Siren by Kiera Cass

The SirenOkay, it’s not like I didn’t know about this book at all or about Kiera Cass as an author. I have read the Selection series, but I knew virtually nothing about The Siren. I thought it was a series as well, which is so not true and I was a little afraid that I wouldn’t like it. But in the end I walked out of the store with the book held tight to my chest. I am so glad I bought it. It is still one of my most favourite melancholy reads!

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

We All Looked UpI have no idea how I found out about this book! I seriously don’t. I just saw it, read the blurb at least a little bit and then I needed to have it.

Quiet by Susan Cain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop TalkingThis is one of my all time favourite non-fiction books. It taught me so much about myself and how I can feel more comfortable with who I am. It also showed me some of the most important differences between extroverts and introverts and how we can make each other’s lives easier, simply by listening to our own needs and not letting us be forced into a role we are not.

Avalon High by Meg Cabot

Avalon HighI remember clearly that I discovered this book around the time when I decided to read more books in English instead of the German translation and I was in the shop and the cover is bright and shiny pink. It definitely got my attention and it was awesome. So here’s to that!

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

The Time KeeperThe Time Keeper is a book that I had seen in the shop a couple of times before I actually picked it up. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t want it right away – because I definitely did – but it was so expensive. And then, I finally bought it, not thinking about the money.

The Film Club by David Gilmour

The Film ClubThat day I went into my favourite book store and told the person what I had read before and that I was looking for something similar. She had no idea what to recommend and I don’t blame her. I hate it when customers ask me that sort of thing, I never know what to say either. At least in most cases it is fairly difficult. But we got talking and in the end she recommended this as a summer read and I enjoyed it. There was not much content or story to it, but he feeling was the right one.

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

My Sister's KeeperBack during my exchange semester I read a lot. I even sent home a moving box with magazines and books because I knew that my luggage would otherwise be overweight. This book, however, I got during my last few days. I was staying with my liaison instead of my host family by that time and I had been seeing the trailer for the movie adaptation for weeks now. I wanted to go watch it, but we didn’t have time. She took me to Barnes & Nobles though. I didn’t have all that much money left, but that book I couldn’t resist buying. I saw it and wouldn’t let go anymore.

Angel Uncovered by Katie Price

Angel Uncovered  (Angel Summer, #2)Ha! This one is a bit of an embarrassing one, but it actually wasn’t the most terrible book I have ever read. I think it mostly made me laugh, whether that was intentional or not, I cannot tell. Either way, I got it during my time in France. I didn’t quite feel ready to read a whole book in French and the English section was really small, so that’s what I ended up getting. I think I could have picked something worse.

How to be a Time Lord

Doctor Who: Official Guide on How to Be a Time LordOh boy, this brings back all the happy feels from being at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff. I think I could have spent hours in that merchandise store, but I knew that I had to make a decision at some point or another. Well, a book seemed to be the right item for me (I got tons of other stuff too though).

The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Last TycoonEveryone mostly only ever talks about The Great Gatsby, but I actually really liked The Last Tycoon. I was in one of those very rare classics-moods and I just bought this one because I wanted to be different and not just read the most well known book by the author.

Which books did you just have to buy as soon as you saw them? Are there some where you didn’t even read the blurb? Tell me all about your TTT!

TTT: YA Couples I’d Like to Revisit as Adults

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, if you want to know more about it, you can just click on the name! This week we had some room for interpretation of the topic, because it is as follows:

Ten Childhood Characters You’d Love To Revisit As Adults (ie a novella or something to see what they grew up to be) — you could always just pick YA characters you’ve read recently you wouldn’t mind revisiting in 10 years or so. Or you could pick 10 characters and guess what you think they’d be doing in 10 years or 20 years. OR you could go the other way and wish for coming of age stories for adult characters you love.

Now, I chose to stick with YA characters, couples in particular, that I’d like to see as adults, simply because I couldn’t conjure up too many real children characters. Let’s do this!

Anna and Etienne

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)I know that throughout the Anna and the French Kiss series we got to see more of Anna and Etienne than we did about any of the other characters, but it still wasn’t enough. I want a short summary of the rest of their lives together – of all the joys and pains that fate brought them and their friends. The others should be mentioned as well of course.

Sam and Jase

My Life Next DoorAren’t Sam and Jase from My Life Next Door the cutest. They had some quarrels (nothing serious, don’t worry) in The Boy Most Likely To, but I would like to think that they can figure out the future together. I think they’ll have a real big family one day.

Daisy and Edmond

How I Live NowDaisy finished the book practically quoting the title, by saying “And that is how I live now.”, but the thing is, I don’t actually know how you live now, Daisy! I just know you are sad and that both, you and Edmond, are a little broken. Could you be fixed? Did you build life for yourselves after the disaster of WWIII? I want to know!

Echo and Noah

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)What did I hear about a proposal story that I have no clue as to how to get? (darn it … should have pre-ordered Walk the Edge …) I would love to hear some more about how their paths continued.

Ali and Jace

Tone DeafI am not sure how many of you have read Tone Deaf yet, but Ali and Jace have a special connection that they couldn’t ever have with anyone else. At least I highly doubt it, so they better stayed together for the rest of their lives and led some sort of glorious rockstar life, because that’s what I want to read about.

Emi and Ava

Everything Leads to YouThis is one of the few couples where I am not sure they will stay together forever, but I loved Emi so much. Her job, her personality, she was relatable in all the ways. So, I’d like to think she had a happy life with Ava, both of them becoming hot-shots in Hollywood. I so want to see that … I mean read … I wouldn’t mind a movie either, I guess.

Liesel and Max

The Book ThiefOkay, I am definitely stretching the term “couple” here, aren’t I? But I always thought that they would have made a lovely couple. I don’t care about the age difference, they had something that really bonded them and therefore they belonged together. I know that they stayed friends until the end, so that’s something. I would have loved to see that, too.

Baz and Simon

Carry OnRowell‘s books are never fully concluded and that’s okay … it’s her style of writing, but I would have liked to accompany those guys for a little while longer. So why not a short story collection about their lives? I would have definitely read that.

Cath and Levi

FangirlI had to triple check because I couldn’t believe that the couple mentioned in Landline was Cath and Levi, but they were. I have no idea how people guessed that, it’s a mystery. But instead of just hinting at them, why not give us a whole second book just with their regular life? And maybe Cath becoming a famous author?

Alex and Nadia

City of the BeastsI’ve read the Eagle and Jaguar books such a long time ago and I sure as heck can’t remember everything in detail, EXCEPT that I wanted them together so bad and when they FINALLY go on a date, the series ends. Like how is that fair? So, I need more of their adventures and it will be nice to have them deal with everything actually being all grown up. That was some heavy stuff for children/teens anyway.

What did you do for your TTT? Don’t hesitate to leave a link below!

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookworm Delights!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, if you want to know more about it, you can just click on the name! The theme for this week is Bookworm Delights and because it’s just as easy as it sounds, let’s get started!

1. Bookish Smells! 

For one, there is just simple magic in the smell of a book. The scent of paper with ink on it, almost as if it were fresh from the press – heaven! But there is also something else I am talking about. Have you ever walked in a crowd and suddenly you smelled a scent that distinguished itself from the others and your first thought came to a specific character or book? I swear that is one of the most magnificent things to happen. If I could track down that person, I would want to be friends with them just for that.

2. When a Character Has Your Name

I guess this one is tricky, because it really depends on the character. But it’s really rare that anyone is called Katja, especially spelled like that, so it is a delight whenever it does happen.

3. Someone Reads and Likes a Book You Recommended

This just makes my heart glow! You ramble on and on about a book you like, but tastes differ, so you can’t really be mad at anyone who doesn’t like the same things you do. So, I am always nervous when I recommend something, but then there is that gem of a person who is able to fangirl along with you and the world is just alright again.

4. Matching Covers

You’d think that is a given, but publishers are weird and do horrible things to readers by changing covers mid-season or making books different heights. Even if it’s just a few millimeters, that will forever bother me when I look at my shelf now. Therefore I am grateful for all the covers that match!

5. Book Mail! 

Getting something, really anything other than ads and bills, in the mail is just THE. BEST! And then, if it’s a book, the day can only get better.

6. Bookish Dreams

Most of you people know that I dream quite frequently and mostly really weird stuff. Well, sometimes I get lucky and it’s something related to a book I am currently reading or one that I finished recently. I feel so immersed in the world, it’s like you are one of the MCs of the story!

7. Finishing a Book in One Day

I am far from being a slow reader, but I am also not a speed reader. I am somewhere inbetween. Yet, every now and then you come across that one book that you simply cannot put down and it’s one of the best feelings!

8. Discovering a Hidden Gem

There are so many books being released all the time, I can’t keep up. There is some major hype around some and barely a whisper around others. It’s a shame that some stories go unnoticed, but that’s what you are here for. When you find such a gem, cherish it and then spread the word!

9. Browsing Bookstores for Hours 

It’s fascinating how easily one can forget time when surrounded by books. I step into the shop, only wanting to take a look at the new releases and suddenly it’s three hours later and I’ve spent all the cash I had with me.

10. Having More Money/Time Than Expected

AND SPENDING IT ALL ON BOOKS! Let’s face it: reading is a way more money and time-consuming hobby than most people would like to admit. So, whenever I have the opportunity to read, I do so! Adulting is too busy anyway, everyone needs a break from all the multi-tasking.

So, what are some of your bookish delights? How does your TTT look like?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Made Me Laugh

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, if you want to know more about it, you can just click on the name! This week’s theme is about books that made me laugh (or at least chuckle). I thought that this would be way easier, but nope! I’ve read books that made me laugh, but none where I thought “Yes, this is such a funny book!”. Well, here are some random books (surprisingly with a lot of contemporaries mixed in) that made me laugh.

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1. The Martian by Andy Weir
Mark Watney – enough said!

2. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
It’s just full of snark and hilarity, even if it’s meant as a Christmas book and I read it in summer.

3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Everyone who has read this will understand why I think it’s funny.

4. Austenland by Shannon Hale
I may be thinking more of the movie than the book right now, but I thought both were downright funny!

5. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
This one is not meant to be a funny book, but big families and the chaos that ensues can do that sometimes.

6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna’s awkwardness made me laugh more than once.

7. Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach
I am reading this right now and am only at 25%, but I have laughed so much already. It’s a silly kind of humour and quite naive and dumb sometimes, but still worth laughing over.

8. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
There are so many books where I just don’t feel like I need or even can explain why they are funny.

9. Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
This was hilarious! Turns out I read more adult fiction when I was younger than I do now though.

10. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
I find Shakespeare’s comedies actually funny, okay!? (especially some of the new interpretations)

What are some books that really made you laugh? Tell me all about it!

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Bloggers Who Brighten My Day

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, if you want to know more about it, you can just click on the name! This week’s theme is easy and basically celebrates book enthusiasts of all kinds:

Ten Bookish People You Should Follow On Twitter/Instagram/Youtube/Snapchat/Facebook — you pick the platform of your choice to talk about all the interesting bookish people to follow!  If you don’t use social media much you can pick your favorite bookish blogs or new blogs you’ve come across to follow.

I’ve definitely been showered with love today as everyone kept posting their TTT’s and so many of you mentioned me. I simply had to participate as well, wanting to give a shout-out to some of the bloggers who constantly brighten my day! I wish I could just put you ALL on this list, but then we’d still be sitting here in a couple of days time. I appreciate all of you, so, I hope you understand that I had to narrow this down a little.

1. Cristina @My Tiny Obessions

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I am at a point in my life where I can say that I’ve known Cristina for years and that I don’t even remember how life was without her. And with that I don’t just mean the blogging life – I mean my life! We talk every day and I wouldn’t want to miss her for the world. When she enjoys a TV show or a book, I can be 99.9% sure that I will like it too.

2. Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much

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Just like Cristina, Cátia has become a fixed part of my life and I love it! We are weird together and we talk books and TV and obsession with Malec gifs. We can talk about pretty much anything there is and it never feels uncomfortable – I love our little trio!

3. Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books

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She called me pure gold, I call her a shining diamond! She is just so precious! Marie is seriously one of the kindest and funniest and sweetest people out there and blogging has been even greater with her there. Whether it be our buddy reads, WIPs or something completely unrelated, she is there with a thoughtful comment and all the love to give.

4. Astra @A Stranger’s Guide to Novels

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I can’t even really remember how we found each other, but ever since then, we’ve found a lot of things that we have in common. I barely ever miss a post of hers, and neither does she miss mine and we always seem to find something to talk about. If all else fails, flailing over the events of Red Rising will always do!

5. Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff

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Michelle is just awesome! For one, she coined the term Alec Baewood – credit where credit is due! But this is just part of her blogging genius. Her writing always manages to capture me and is often sprinkled with a ton of humour that is perfectioned with some really strong gif-game.

6. Josie @Josie’s Book Corner

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Josie is the kind of person who never seems to run out of insightful wisdom to give. She is such a positive person and generally just makes me feel hopeful and fuzzy inside when I talk to her. And of course she has great taste in books! I feel like she’s the kind of person that you always want in your corner, at least I do.

7. Joey @Thoughts and Afterthoughts

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If I am ever undecided whether I want a Margollum or not, he’s the kind of guy I go to. Don’t get that? Probably not a lot of people will, don’t worry about it. (Seriously, maybe even he’ll need a minute to remember what show that from. I just felt like mentioning a Margollum) What it boils down to is that Joey and I watch almost all the same shows and I am simply in awe of his witty and succinct TV show summaries. I know that he is a book blogger and his reviews are awesome, but to me, talking TV with him is even more fun.

8. Flo @Flowless Books

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I love talking to Flo! She’s so sweet and funny and I am glad that we can brood over inconsistencies with WordPress together. (As much as I love the platform, it is also really weird sometimes) Also, she keeps tagging me for tags on Instagram, which I am ever so grateful for, because otherwise I am afraid I would neglect that even more than I already do.

9. Regina @The Bibliothèque

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Out of all of these people, I might talk to Regina the least often, but when we do talk, I am sure to walk away with a smile. First of all, her blog is absolutely beautiful and second, we have such similar taste. It is easy to gush about something!

10. Liam @Liam’s Library

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Liam and I haven’t known each other for very long, but that just means that there is still a lot to discover about each other and so far we definitely share a similar taste in books, but also differ in opinion on some of them – which is good! I really enjoy our little talks in the comments!

So, if you don’t follow these people already, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? I don’t even have the words to express myself properly at this point anymore. So, thank you to everyone who stopped by, to everyone who has become a part of my life! I LOVE YOU ALL ❤

Who are some people you feel this strongly about in the blogosphere?

Top Ten Tuesday: My Most Recent 5 Star Reads

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I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday post in what feels like forever, so it was definitely time to get back to it again! TTT is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, if you want to know more about it, you can just click on the name! And what better topic to come back to, than one where I can gush about all my recent favourite reads. Here’s the official theme for this week:

10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads (Or Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently if you don’t 5 star stuff…or you could do 5 of my latest five star reads & five of my most disappointing or 1 star reads)

Just for your info, I am going to go on Goodreads and simply go with the last ten books that received 5 stars. Some of them may have gotten something between 4.5-4.9 though. I am not going to be that harsh about only picking true 5 star books!

1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

24926015Right the first one is a book that actually got 4.5 stars from me, but that’s totally okay. Simon vs. was an amazing book and such a fun and fuzzy and warm read! NO REGRETS!

2. The entire Red Rising Trilogy

26818907I don’t have to explain that, right? I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS SERIES! I am still not over half of what happened and reading the final book, it just gave me the worst book hangover ever BUT WHILE READING! I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. I didn’t want it to end and I cried and I was angry and just generally had ALL THE FEELS! Enough caps? I think I got my point across. Just read those books already!

3. Ten Thousand Skies Above You

25348875Ten Thousand Skies Above You was definitely a book I loved reading, but looking back, I am not sure it really deserved those full 5 stars. I think I had to give them though, because I gave the first part in the Firebird series 4.5 stars and I definitely liked this one better. So, naturally, I had to give it more stars as well.

4. Lock & Mori

Lock & Mori (Lock & Mori, #1)Having the whole Sherlock universe in a teenage version made me incredibly happy. They weren’t yet as refined and deductive as their grown-up counterparts, but this story was so much fun to read nonetheless! Mori is an amazing character and I loved seeing the beginning of her twisted nature. (rating: 4.5 stars)

5. Carry On

Carry OnSIMON AND BAZ! Oh my heart, it is bound to burst! I just love all (well, most) of the characters in this book to bits! I adore them! Whenever I am singing a song now, I can’t help but wonder if it would work as a spell. (rating: 5 stars)

6. Did I Mention I Love You?

Did I Mention I Love You? (The DIMILY Trilogy, #1)Okay, totally forgot that this book would be on the list! But yay! I liked it so much, probably because it mentioned like a gazillion places I have actually been to or love and that sort of always makes a book special. Don’t you agree? (rating: 4.5 stars)

7. A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)Fairy tale retellings are my jam! I am so happy this book didn’t have a massive cliffhanger like so many other series do now, but it still managed to make me yearn for the next book in the series. A Court of Mist and Fury can’t come fast enough! (rating: 4.5 stars)

8. The Martian

The MartianRemember how I couldn’t shut up about this book? Well, there is a reason! IT’S JUST THAT GOOD! I laughed and I was at the edge of my seat and I felt like I was reading something really smart and as if I were educating myself … you know, in case I ever got stranded on a planet where nothing grows. (rating: 5 stars)

9. City of Heavenly Fire

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)Too bad I read this after Clockwork Princess, because then it would have made it’s way onto this list, but what can you do? I love everything Cassandra Clare does and I am so happy she invented the Shadowhunter world. I am beyond giddy, if not a little scared as well, to read Lady Midnight soon. I haven’t read any reviews and I don’t want to know what’s going to happen, but I have a feeling that my heart is going to be broken. (rating: 5 stars)

10. My Heart and Other Black Holes

My Heart and Other Black HolesI remember the sadness and hope that was accompanied with this read. Somehow I have the feeling that My Heart and Other Black Holes doesn’t get nearly enough attention as it should. Either way, it was a great debut and I am expecting great things from Warga in the future! (rating: 5 stars)

In hindsight, I don’t think there were all that many true 5 star books in this list. Weird! Makes me wonder if my standards are too high … Which books are on your list? Don’t be shy and leave a link in the comments below!