August wrap up (2020)

Blog post where I talk about my August 2020 wrap, or in other words the books I read in August of 2020. I also talk about some reading statistics and what I thought of the books I read. Two of the books I read were This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden.

Hello there lovely reader! In today’s blog post I will be talking about all the books I read in August, what rating I gave them and soms statistics regarding my reading during the month of August.

Let’s start off with the statistics. August was both quantity and quality wise not a super good reading month. I managed to read eight books in August, which is still a lot, but previous years I always read over 10 books in August. The quality of the books I read was also not amazing. The average rating of a book read in August was 7.3 out of 10. Other months I easily get to an average rating of over 7.5 or 8 out of 10.

I also didn’t really read a lot of long books in August. Over those eight books I read a total amount of 2641 pages. Which corresponds to an averge page count of 330 pages per book. Or an average page count of 85 pages read per day.

For the format of the eight books I read, six were physical books, one was an ebook and one was an audiobook. From those eight books I read, two were bought by myself, five were gifted to me either for my birthday or by the author and I listened to the audiobook via Storytel.

For the genres of those eight books, I read one non fiction book, three graphic novels and four fantasies. Age range wise I read one middle grade, three YA novels and four adult books.

And that was everything for the statistics. Now let’s get into the eight books I read in August, which rating (out of five) I gave them and where you can find my review, if I made one.

My favourite physical read (also counting ebooks) of August was The Fifth Season without a doubt. I can definitely see that one ending up on my favourites of 2020 list. I only listened to one audiobook this month and that one didn’t really stand out to me, so it won’t end up on my favourites list, just like the rest of the books I read in August.

And that’s it for yet another month’s wrap up. There are only four months left in 2020, that’s just crazy! I hope to see you again for my next post!

September & Becca’s Bookoplathon TBR (2020)

Blog post where I talk about all of the books I want to read in September 2020, or my September 2020 TBR. Two of the books on my TBR are The Girls by Emma Cline and We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu.

Hello there lovely reader! In today’s post I’ll be giving you my September TBR, or in other words, the books I want to read in September.

So I have quite a few book reviews I need to get up on my blog in September so I, for sure, need to read those books in September. And then I also have my monthly themed TBR post for which I need to read a couple of books. But for some reason I thought I still had some place left on my TBR to participate in Becca’s Bookoplathon, which is a readathon based on Monopoly. It’s a really fun concept so I just had to participate! And of course, as expected Lady Bookopoly was not nice for me, so now I have nine books on my TBR. I’m not saying that I can’t read nine books in a month, it’s just that uni is starting back up in the middle of September so my reading time will go downhill… Anyway, we’ll see how it goes!

So I wanted to start off with five rolls, because I had around six books on my TBR for September, so I wanted to have some place left to read those books in case I couldn’t get them on my TBR with Bookopoly. And then if I still have time left in September to read, I can just do an extra roll or two, more towards the end of the month.

I’ll now take you through all of the rolls I did for Bookoplathon and which books I ended up with!

My September TBR, or the books I want to read in September. My Bookoplathon TBR, hosted by Becca and the Books.

First roll: 4 + 6 -> TBR game

So for the first roll I ended up on TBR game and I picked Codie’s Book Corner’s TBR game ‘Wheel of TBR’ to play. I went to her last TBR video and copied the prompts that were on her wheel at the beginning of the video down onto an online wheel. I spun the wheel and ended on the prompt ‘classic’. And thus I ended up picking 1984 by George Orwell for this prompt and like that we have our first book for the month chosen.

Second roll: 6 + 3 -> Adult

Nine steps away from ‘TBR game’ we find the prompt ‘adult’. And that actually really worked in my favour, because I’m participating in the A Conjuring of readalongs, hosted by Sabine and Yasmin, and the September book is a Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. I know there is some ‘debate’ as to whether or not this is adult. Some people prefer to categorize this as YA. However, the main characters of this book are adults, so I’m seeing this as an adult book.

Third roll: 2 + 5 -> Fire on cover

Seven steps away from ‘Adult’ the prompt ‘Fire on the cover’ appears. Once again, a prompt that works in my favour, at this point I really thought Lady Bookopoly was going to be nice to me… So the book I picked for this prompt is Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez. That is one of the books I have to write a review for, so I was very glad that this book has fire toned colours on the cover.

Fourth roll: 4 + 4 -> Set in the future

And that fourth roll was the one where I had a mental breakdown and everything went wrong. Not only was it a double roll, which means you have to add an extra roll, I also ended up on the only prompt I really didn’t want to end up on. Hear me out okay, scifi and I don’t match. There’s only a couple very specific types of scifi I like to read and I have to be in the mood to read those. And I’m not in the mood to read those books at the moment. I also don’t really have a book on my entire TBR in which it is specifically mentioned that it is set in the future. So I decided to just let this prompt rest for a while (in other words ignore it) and carry on with my rolls. I’ll get back to this roll later on.

Extra roll: 3 + 1 -> Most recent purchase

Four steps after ‘Set in the future’ we end up on ‘Most recent purchase’. This roll, once again, didn’t work in my favour. My actual last purchase is my preorder of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab, but that book only comes out in October, so I can’t read it in September. My last purchase before Addie LaRue was also a preorder, but of Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. That book, however, comes out September 1st, so I can read it in September. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited to read this book, but I kind of wanted to save it for October/November since it has ghosts in it. But oh well, I’ll now have to read it in September. And it will be a buddy read with Lisa from Kindnessreads, so that’s a lot of fun!

Fifth roll: 1 + 6 -> Translated

At this point I was still ignoring prompt number four. And thus I ended up on the prompt ‘Translated’ for my sixth roll. The prompt is not an awful pick for me, since my mother tongue is Dutch so I read translated books from time to time. However, I didn’t have any translated books on my already set TBR. So I had to add another book to my September TBR. I ended up picking De Meisjes by Emma Cline (English title: The Girls).

And like that I had done all of my rolls, but I still couldn’t find a book I wanted to read for the prompt ‘Set in the future’, and thus I decided to skip that prompt. But the ‘punishment’ for skipping a prompt is that you first have to do a new roll (which is logical), however you have to pick two books for that prompt and you (naturally) have to read both. And like that I rolled one more time.

Sixth roll: 6 + 4 -> Poll pick

Ten steps away from ‘Translated’ I ended up on ‘Poll pick’. And because I had to pick two books for this prompt, I made two poll picks and uploaded those polls on my Instagram stories. At this point I still had three books left on my TBR that I need to read in September so I kept my fingers crossed two of those would get picked in the poll.

I did wanted to do the polls in a different way. So I decided to list the genres instead of titles of the books. My first poll was:

  1. YA mystery (We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu)
  2. YA hard hitting contemporary (Not Hungry by Kate Karyus Quinn)
  3. Middle Grade hard hitting contemporary (Other Words for Home by Jasmine Waga)

In this poll the YA hard hitting contemporary won and like that I had Not Hungry by Kate Karyus Quinn on my TBR. Luckily for me that is one of the books I needed to read in September.

Poll number two was:

  1. YA hard hitting contemporary (Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson)
  2. Poetry collection (Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer)
  3. Non-fiction – true crime (Children Who Kill by Carol Ann Davis)

And in that poll, once again, YA hard hitting contemporary won. Do you all want me to cry the entire month? This time, however, I was not lucky. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson was not yet on my TBR for September. So I had another extra book added to my TBR.

And that was my Bookopoly adventure. Now I still have two more books left I need to read in September, because I have to write a review for them. Those books are: We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu and Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer.

I can’t wait to read (most of) these books but I’m also a bit scared because there are nine books on my TBR… Wish me luck!

What will you be reading in September?

My top 5 least favourite books of 2020 (so far)!

Blog post featuring my top 5 least favourite books of 2020 so far. Two of those books are Lie, Lie Again by Stacey Wise and Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan.

Hello loves! In last week’s blog post I talked about my top 10 favourite books of 2020 so far, so it only seemed fitting to talk about my least favourite reads of the year so far in today’s post. I’m not saying these are necessarily bad books, but these books just weren’t for me at all.

Let’s start off with my least favourite book of the entire year so far, and if you’ve been following my blog for a bit, this one won’t come as a surprise…

1. Lie, Lie Again by Stacey Wise

Lie, Lie Again was an e-arc I had gotten through Netgalley and I was so excited to read it. It sounded like an amazing thriller. Unfortunately it wasn’t a thriller to me at all. I was promised a dead body in the premise, but that body only showed in the last 5% of the book. The first 95% of the book was just all about the boring lives of the main characters and I was not interested nor invested in their lives at all. So to say I was disappointed, is an understatement. If you want to read a full-length spoiler-free review, you can find that here.

2. Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan

I read Watch Us Rise for my first ever themed TBR blog post. I had expected to love this book a lot, since it sounded right up my street. But unfortunately I hated this book with a small passion. Or at least one of the two main characters. She was such a hypocrite and had no character development what so ever. Next to that the feminism element in this book was only focused on able bodied, straight, cisgender women, which made me quite angry. Once again, if you’re interested in a very long spoiler-free review, you can check that out here.

3. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Where do I even get started with Serpent & Dove? I really really wanted to love this book. But alas, it fell flat for me in every single way. This book had no logic what so ever and frustrated me so much. If you want to know my thoughts, I fully agree with Cindy’s from Read with Cindy’s thoughts, so you can find her lengthy spoiler filled review here.

4. Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry

Orpheus Girl was, once again, an e-arc I had received through Netgalley. This also sounded like a book that was right up my street, but alas, I was super disappointed in this book as well. I was mainly frustrated with the way the author divided gay people and straight people. She stated in a lot of different ways that gay and straight people walk, talk etc. in a different way, so you can determine someone’s sexuality by the way they walk, talk etc. The book also completely erased bisexual, pansexual and asexual people. If you want to read my more in-depth review, you can find that one here.

5. Women Talking by Miriam Toews

I’m noticing that this list is looking a bit like my most disappointing reads of 2020 list, because this book is once again one that I thought I would love, but didn’t. It was such a short book but still it felt too repetitive. It felt like the plot just went in lopes the entire book and in the end there was a conclusion that could have been made 10 pages into the book. So this book just kind of felt pointless to me, even though it had such an interesting and important topic.

And that was it for my five least favourite reads of 2020 so far, or maybe my five most disappointed reads as well. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I won’t have to add any more books to this list by the end of the year, because I really try to read books I expect to adore, but unfortunately that just sometimes goes wrong.

Don’t forget to tell me a book that disappointed you this year or your least favourite book of 2020 so far!

My top 10 favourite books of 2020 so far

Blog post where I talk about my favourite books of 2020 from the first seven months of 2020. Two of those books are A Good Girl's Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson and Only Mostly Devasted by Sophie Gonzales.

Hello there lovely reader!

In today’s blog post I’ll be talking about my favourite books of 2020 so far, so for the first seven months of 2020. The books at the top of this list will end up on my favourites of the entire year list for sure, but the ones at the bottom will have to compete with the books I’m going to read the next months of 2020. Without further ado, let’s get into the list!

1. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jakcson

I picked A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder up on a whim and was so blown away by it. The writing, the characters, the plot, the intrigue, everything about that book was just perfect to me.

I’m also putting the sequel, Good Girl, Bad Blood, on the same spot on the list just to make it easier for me. So for the rest of the list I will also be putting the sequels with the first book in the series, if I think the sequel also deserves a place on this list.

2. The Arc of a Scythe trilogy by Neal Schusterman

I consider this trilogy to be my favourite (completed) series of all time now, so of course it deserves a (high) spot on this list! This is one of the only series I’ve ever bingeread, so I guess that also just says something. I’ve actually written an entire review for this trilogy earlier this year, so in case you’re interested, you can find that review here.

3. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

This book had been on my radar for years, and then I finally picked it up for a themed TBR blog post. Once again I was so blown away by this book and surprised in every good way of the word. I definitely consider this book to be one of my favourites of all time as well now.

I read the sequel, The Girl in the Tower, as well this year. However, I was unfortunately a bit let down by that one. It was still a 4 star read, but I don’t think it deserves a place on this list. However, if the third book in this series blows me away again, I can still foresee this series to become one of my all time favourites.

4. Not That Bad by Roxane Gay

This is actually the only non fiction book I’ve read so far this year that made it onto my favourites list. Not That Bad was honestly just such a gripping read. I often times read non fiction books about the same topics and thus can sometimes find them quite repetitive, but this one gave me so much new insights and I learned a lot from this book. Also just the inclusiveness and diversity of this book was top notch. I can’t wait to give this one a reread and annotate the heck out of it.

5. A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy

This one was just such an original fantasy story with a lot of tropes/themes I adore in fantasy. Of course it executed those tropes perfectly for me. The writing in this book was also phenomenal, it’s quick, but still absolutely beautiful. I also read this book for a themed TBR post, so if you want a more in depth review, you can check that out here.

6. Only Mostly Devasted by Sophie Gonzales

This book is without a doubt one of my favourite YA contemporaries. It’s a gay Grease retelling, and do I honestly need to say any more? It was a perfect and fun read. The book made me laugh and cry, and that’s honestly all I want from my YA contemporaries. Once again, I have a more in depth review for this book in one of my themed TBR posts, you can find it here.

7. Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

This book is one of my underrated favourite books. It’s just such a fun and very original story, in an original format. If you want a refresher from all the basic YA contemporaries, I can only recommend this one! Nice Try, Jane Sinner is also a debut novel, which I find very impressive. I’m still waiting for Lianne Oelke to publish another book, but it doesn’t seem like that will happen soon…

8. My Dark Vanessa by Katie Elizabeth Russell

If you’re looking for a hard hitting adult contemporary, then this is the book for you. I was once again just blown away by how good of a debut novel this is. This book also made me fall in love again with feminist fiction, so I do own this book!

9. Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

This is my favourite book from the thriller/mystery genre I read so far in 2020. I had not expected to love this one since it’s a court room thriller, but it (once again) blew me away. Next to this whole plot just being so well thought out, it also raises so many important questions and will easily make you cry.

10. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

This is once again a YA contemporary that really just surprised me in such a good way. Tweet Cute has the enemies-to-lovers trope, which is one of my least favourite, if not my least favourite trope ever. But this book just executed it in such a fun way, I still really enjoyed this book. Also the baking and cooking in this book is just *chef’s kiss*!

And those were my 10 favourite books of 2020 so far. I’m curious to see which of these books will make it onto my favourites of the entire year list.

Thank you so much for reading and don’t forget to tell my a couple of your favourite reads of 2020 so far!

All of my unread owned ebooks!

Blog post where I talk about all of the ebooks I own on my Kindle but haven't read yet. Two of those books are Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne and What Kind of Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel.

Hello there! About two weeks ago I had a blog post go up where I listed all of the books I own but haven’t read yet, or my physical TBR in other words. Now, I do also own a Kindle and I love buying good ebook deals. So I only found it fitting to also make a blog post on all of the ebooks I own but haven’t read yet, because to me they are also a part of my physical TBR.

Luckily I do have a little less ebooks than physical books, but still I won’t be listing the synopsis of all of these books. If you’re interested to know what the books are about, you can click on the title of the book to be directed to its Goodreads page. Now let’s get into the 24 ebooks I own but haven’t read yet!

  1. The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic
  2. The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
  3. Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer
  4. Not Hungry by Kat Karyus Quinn
  5. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
  6. Too Late by Colleen Hoover
  7. Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
  8. How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne
  9. What’s A Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne
  10. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
  11. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  12. The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne
  13. The Places I’ve Cried in Public by Holly Bourne
  14. What Kind of Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
  15. Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
  16. The Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugo
  17. Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
  18. The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon
  19. We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu
  20. Ivy Eberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
  21. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
  22. Children Who Kill by Carol Ann Davis
  23. The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso
  24. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

And those we’re the 24 ebooks I own but haven’t read yet. Some of these are very high on my priority list to read. If you’ve read any of these books and loved those a lot, definitely let me know! Also let me know to which books you think I should give priority!

Themed TBR: reading books by Black authors

In this themed TBR blog post I read three books by Black authors: A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by Patrice Caldwell, A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy and What Momma Left Me by Renée Watson. I review those books in a podcast style.

Hello there lovely reader! Today’s blog post is once again a themed TBR. Now what are these themed TBR blogposts? It’s easy: for these blog posts I pick a certain theme and read books within that theme. The theme of this post is books by Black authors. With the re-uprising of the Black Lives Matter movement at the beginning of June I noticed that I barely own any books by Black authors, so I bought a few. And for this blog post I’ll be reading three of those books!

I’ll review these three books for you. But, and that’s the fun part of the blog post, my reviews will be little podcast type vlogs. I will not only give you my final thoughts on the book, but also the thoughts I had whilst reading the book. So it’s a bit like a reading vlog, but it’s just my voice. So let’s get started!

Book 1: A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by Patrice Caldwell

Sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic.

Evoking Beyoncé’s Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler’s heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. A Phoenix First Must Burn will take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between. Filled with stories of love and betrayal, strength and resistance, this collection contains an array of complex and true-to-life characters in which you cannot help but see yourself reflected. Witches and scientists, sisters and lovers, priestesses and rebels: the heroines of A Phoenix First Must Burn shine brightly. You will never forget them.

Authors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Amerie, Dhonielle Clayton, Jalissa Corrie, Somaiya Daud, Charlotte Davis, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Justina Ireland, Danny Lore, L.L. McKinney, Danielle Paige, Rebecca Roanhorse, Karen Strong, Ashley Woodfolk, and Ibi Zoboi.

Book 2: A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy

Sixteen-year-old Eva is a princess, born with the magick of marrow and blood–a dark and terrible magick that hasn’t been seen for generations in the vibrant but fractured country of Myre. Its last known practitioner was Queen Raina, who toppled the native khimaer royalty and massacred thousands, including her own sister, eight generations ago, thus beginning the Rival Heir tradition. Living in Raina’s long and dark shadow, Eva must now face her older sister, Isa, in a battle to the death if she hopes to ascend to the Ivory Throne–because in the Queendom of Myre only the strongest, most ruthless rulers survive.

When Eva is attacked by an assassin just weeks before the battle with her sister, she discovers there is more to the attempt on her life than meets the eye–and it isn’t just her sister who wants to see her dead. As tensions escalate, Eva is forced to turn to a fey instructor of mythic proportions and a mysterious and handsome khimaer prince for help in growing her magick into something to fear. Because despite the love she still has for her sister, Eva will have to choose: Isa’s death or her own.

Book 3: What Momma Left Me by Renée Watson

How is it that unsavory raw ingredients come together to form a delicious cake? What is it about life that when you take all the hard stuff and rough stuff and add in a lot of love, you still just might have a wonderful life? For Serenity, these questions rise up early when her father kills her mother, and leaves her and her brother Danny to live with their kind but strict grandparents. Despite the difficulties of a new school, a new church, and a new neighborhood, Serenity gains strength from the family around her, the new friends she finds, and her own careful optimism.

I hope you enjoyed this themed TBR post! This is actually a monthly thing I do on my blog, so if you’re interested in any future themed TBR posts make sure you follow my blog! They’ll also always be my second post of the month, since my first post is always my wrap up from the previous month.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Or are any of these books still on your TBR?

July wrap up (2020)

Hello there lovely reader! In today’s blog post I’ll be talking you through all the books I read in July, which ratings I gave them, where you can find a review (if I wrote one) and some statistics!

I’ll start off with the stats! In July I read nine books, which is one less than I had hoped to read, but it’s all okay because quality wise, this month was great. I gave the books I read in July an average rating of eight out of ten, which is one of my highest monthly average ratings of the year. Those nine books made up for a total of 2802 pages, or an average 311 pages per book.

For the format I read those nine books in, I read one audiobook, one ebook and seven physical books. I’m very proud that I read seven books from my physical TBR because I need to get that one down… From those seven physical books I have bought six of those myself and one was gifted to me for my birthday. The ebook was gifted to me via Netgalley and the audiobook I listened to via Storytel.

Genre wise I read one mystery novel, two non fiction books, three contemporaries and three fantasy books. One of the contemporaries I read was a middle grade novel and the other six books were young adult novels.

And that concludes my reading statistics for the month of July, so now I’ll list which books I read, which star rating (out of five) I gave those books and where you can find a review if I wrote one.

My favourite physical read (also counting ebooks) of the month was Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson, but I definitely also foresee A River of Royal Blood to be on my favourites of 2020 list. I only listened to one audiobook, Parachutes, but I did love that one! However I’m not sure if it will end up on a favourites list.

And like that we’ve already passed another month and did another wrap up. I hope to see you again for my next posts (and my next wrap up in a month!) Don’t forget to tell me how many books you read in July!

August 2020 TBR

Blog post about my August 2020 reading TBR, or the books I want to read in August of 2020. Two of those books are A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki.

Hello there lovely reader! In today’s blog post I will be listing all of the books I want to read in August. I feel like I’ve said this in all of my last TBR posts, but I once again can’t believe it’s already the next month! Even though 2020 is quite the shitty year, it is flying by. Nevertheless, let’s get into my August TBR!

I have two books that I’m carrying over from my July TBR so I’ll start with those. First off I want to read We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu. I really want to get my review for that Netgalley arc up towards the end of August so I’ll have to read it in August. And then the other carry over from July is Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. That one is not fully a carry over since I stated that I’ll only read it if I can get to it, but I didn’t get to it, so I’ll be reading Lolita in August for sure!

Then I also have two books on my TBR that are for readalong type things. The first one of those is A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. Which I’ll be reading for the readalong hosted by Sabine and Yasmin. You can find more information for their readalong here. The second book for a readalong is The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, which I’ll be reading for Ashleigh’s, from A Frolic Through Fiction, Patreon book club.

Now I only have three more books left on my August TBR, and these are the books for my Themed TBR blog post that will go up at the beginning of September. I don’t think the theme is going to be hard to guess, but I wanted to share these in my monthly TBR anyway. I’ll be reading Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki, This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Paper Girls Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan.

I won’t be participating in any actual readathons in August, which is quite a shocker, because I’ve been participating in a lot of readathons these past few months. However, there is the Basically Readathon by Basically Britt which is a 24 hour readathon on August 8th and in case I don’t have to work, I will be participating in that one. The challenge for that readathon is to read a book that’s been on your TBR for ages, and I’ll be reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab anyway this coming month, so in case I participate, I’ll be reading it that Saturday.

So my August TBR is not very lengthy or ambitious. But that’s because I won’t be home and thus hardly able to read for two weeks of August. In case I do get all of these books read and I have some spare time I’ll either already start with my September TBR (yes, I do plan parts of my TBR’s way in advance) or let my mood decide what I read!

Don’t forget to tell me what you’ll be reading in August!

Recensie: Dwaas en het Magische Hert van Clark Gillian

Boekenrecensie van Dwaas en het Magische Hert van Clark Gillian.

‘Dwaas en het Magische Hert’ is het eerste kinderboek van auteur Clark Gillian. Het boek vertelt het verhaal van de ‘Dwaas’ die in het duistere bos op zoek gaat naar het Magische Hert. Op dat avontuur komt hij in contact met ridders, heksen, prinsessen en elfjes. Een echt sprookjesverhaal dus.

‘Dwaas en het Magische Hert’ gaat over jongeren die het moeilijk hebben met uitvinden wie ze zijn. De personages ontdekken in het boek stukje bij beetje wie ze écht zijn en waar hun identiteit ligt. Een perfect boek dus voor jongeren die zelf worstelen met hun identiteit, of om voor te lezen aan kinderen om hen te leren over je identiteit ontdekken. Maar ook als volwassene kan dit boek je enkele mooie lessen leren.

Wat vond ik? – zonder spoilers

Juist doordat ‘Dwaas en het Magische Hert’ wil zorgen dat iedereen die het leest, ongeacht de leeftijd, er enkele lessen uit kan leren, zit er in quasi elk hoofdstuk wel een levensles of boodschap. Die boodschappen gaan van kritiek op ontbossing tot uitzoeken wat schoonheid betekent, tot jezelf leren accepteren.

Ook door het feit dat de boodschappen voor verschillende leeftijden bedoeld zijn, zitten ze op verschillende manieren verweven in het verhaal. Zo zit de ene boodschap diep verborgen in het verhaal en zet het je echt aan tot nadenken over hoe je zelf staat tegenover dat onderwerp. Maar andere keren ligt de boodschap er dan weer te vingerdik op. Zo was er op een bepaald punt in het verhaal een personage die een monoloog begon over wat schoonheid is en hoe daar soms te veel belang aan gehecht wordt. Daarbij is het dan jammer dat het boek jou als lezer niet aanzet tot nadenken over wat schoonheid is, maar de mening van de personage zo overgebracht is dat je het precies moet aanvaarden als de waarheid.

Omdat er in elk hoofdstuk een levensles of boodschap zit, voelde het af en toe aan alsof de plot van het boek een beetje verloren viel. Op de achterflap staat dat de ‘Dwaas’ op zoek gaat naar het Magische Hert, en dat is ook hoe het verhaal opstart. Tijdens dat avontuur leek de ‘Dwaas’ echter vaak te vergeten dat hij op zoek was naar het Magische Hert. En dat leek op zijn beurt dan weer te liggen aan de zovele boodschappen die in het boek zitten. Er waren verschillende hoofdstukken, vooral in het middendeel van het boek, waarin de levenslessen de plot eigenlijk overnamen. Waardoor dat deel van het boek dus een beetje plotloos werd.

Een boek kan uiteraard meer gefocust zijn op de personages en hun persoonlijke ervaringen dan op een effectief plot, maar dit boek leek niet goed te weten of het de focus wou leggen op de plot of op de personages. De personages waren namelijk niet echt uitgediepte personages, zo had bijvoorbeeld niemand een naam. In het boek werd naar de personages verwezen door een van hun kenmerken, bijvoorbeeld ‘de Heks’, ‘de Prinses’, ‘de Dwaas’, ‘de Keizer’ en zo verder. Bovendien hadden de personages niet echt een persoonlijkheid, wat uiteindelijk wel een beetje het doel van het verhaal was, want de personages gingen op zoek naar hun identiteit. Toch was het dan jammer dat het begin en de achterflap je een avontuurlijk verhaal beloven, maar dat het boek die belofte niet helemaal kan inlossen.

De manier waarop het boek geschreven is, is ook helemaal op maat van het brede doelpubliek. Alle situaties zijn helder en duidelijk omschreven, zodat het ook voor kinderen duidelijk is wat er gaande is en je het je dus goed kan voorstellen. Tegelijkertijd voelde het ook niet aan dat het te simplistisch geschreven is om er als volwassene nog van te kunnen genieten, zoals dat soms wel is bij andere kinderboeken.

Helaas was er wel af en toe een woordkeuze die niet echt leek te passen binnen de context van de zin of paragraaf waarin dat woord stond. Bovendien waren er enkele zinsconstructies en woorden die te vaak voorkwamen. Op den duur was het zelfs een ergernis om die woorden of zinsconstructies weer maar eens tegen te komen.

Maar ondanks dat het plot soms verdwenen lijkt en de herhaalde zinsconstructies af en toe vervelend zijn, is ‘Dwaas en het Magische Hert’ wel een boek waarin je helemaal kan ontsnappen van het dagelijkse leven en op zoek kan gaan naar jezelf. Of je nu jong of oud bent, maakt niet uit, je zal altijd iets kunnen leren uit dit boek.

Ik heb dit boek gekregen van de auteur in ruil voor een eerlijke recensie, dit is dan ook een eerlijke recensie en het feit dat ik dit boek gekregen heb, heeft geen invloed op mijn meningen.

All of my unread owned books!

In this blog post I list all of the books I own but haven't read yet. Two of those books are A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab and I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver.

Hello there lovely reader! In today’s blog post I will be listing all of my unread owned books. So, I own 43 books I haven’t read yet and I know that in comparison to a lot of other people my physical TBR is still quite manageable. However, for some reason it still stresses me out to have so many unread owned books. Especially because I also have quite some e-books that I own but haven’t read yet…

Without further rambling I will now list all of the books I physically own but haven’t read yet. I won’t share the premises of these books because then this will just be way too long, but you can click on the title of the book to be directed to the Goodreads page of that book!

1. Frida Kahlo, een vrouw by Raudi Jamis

2. The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

3. The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

4. Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart

5. The Girl Who Came Out of the Woods by Emily Barr

6. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

7. Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

8. Final Girls by Riley Sager

9. The Archived by Victoria Schwab

10. The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

11. The Darkest Bloom by P.M. Freestone

12. The Girls by Emma Cline

13. Fire Spell by Laura Amy Schlitz

14. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

15. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

16. What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

17. Fireborne by Rosaria Munda

18. Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

19. The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

20. Wordsworth Editions: Collected Works of Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde

21. Furyborn by Claire Legrand

22. The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

23. The Sisters Grimm by Menna Van Praag

24. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

25. Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence

26. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

27. A Dance with Dragons 1: Dreams and Dust by George R.R. Martin

28. A Dance with Dragons 2: After the Feast by George R.R. Martin

29. Warriors, Witches, Women by Kate Hodges

30. Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika & Maritza Moulite

31. Damn Honey by Marie Lotte Hagen en Nydia van Voorthuizen

32. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki

33. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

34. Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

35. Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan

36. I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver

37. Witches of Ash and Ruin by E. Latimer

38. The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

39. What Momma Left Me by Renée Watson

40. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

41. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

42. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

43. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

And that were the 43 books I own but haven’t read yet… I also own 24 e-books, but I’ll make a seperate blog post for those books and that will be coming your way at the beginning of August!

Some of these books are high in my priority list to read, you can find a couple of those books in my ’10 books I need to read before 2020 ends’ blog post! If you’ve read any of these books and think I should read it as soon as possible, definitely let me know!