Finally Fall / Book Tag

1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!

★★★★★

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo has such a vivid setting (it’s also one of my favs). Six of Crows has a vivid setting inspired by Venice and Amsterdam. I also speak Dutch so I enjoyed how Leigh played with Dutch words and places. When you read Six of Crows, you can not imagine yourself there with the crew.

2. Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

 

★★★★★

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, explores grief and loss with its complicated layers. Adam doesn’t pretend to have the “remedy” or “solution” to grief. He shows in a realistic way how dealing with grief can be messy. How people are complex and not perfect while dealing with their conflicting emotions. He doesn’t try to sugar coat anything and makes you feel every emotion with the main character called Griffin. Griffin has to deal with the death of his ex-boyfriend. Griffin makes a lot of mistakes along the way but that makes him real and relatable. Silvera successfully managed to explore the heavy topic, grief.

3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, is a book I read on my own when I was 13 years old. Her autobiography is in every Flemish library on display. So one day with school I decided to read her biography. I don’t know if I grasped every detail but I do remember learning a lot of WW II (in Holland) and how her family was affected by it. I read almost every famous WWII biography after that and taught myself a lot by reading books, watching documentaries. I became obsessed and still am to this day. I am currently watching a 6 episode series on Canvas about kids from the collaboration. I would highly recommend it for my Belgian readers out there.

4. In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.

The Blackthorn family from The Dark Artifices, is one of my favorite fictional families and I would love to be part of it! (from the Shadowhunters)

5. The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines!

sorry guys, I am lazy to this shit.

6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

I had a hard time finding a book for this but I finally found something that could fit this question. The Saga series by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples is narrated by the couple’s newborn.

7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.

I had to change this question so I could answer this question with one of my favorite book. Elle s’appelait Sarah or also known as Sarah’s key. This book follows 2 story lines that intertwine with each other throughout the story. The author talks about a dark & taboo subject : France’s collaboration with the Nazis. It’s a dark part of France’s history that isn’t talked about often because it’s so well hidden. Sarah is a ten year old girl leaving in France, one day she is brutally arrested by the French police but before the event, she manages to lock up her brother and hide him from the police. She gets deported and separated from her parents. This story is not for the fainthearted out there but definitely a story I recommend. The movie is also amazing!

8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

9. Fall returns every year: name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is an old favorite that I would like to reread in the future. It’s also the perfect fall read!

10. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!

  • a fire
  • burning candles
  • coffee/tea
  • a warm & cozy blanket

If anyone has done this tag, please comment it down below so I can check it out!

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The Black Cat Blue Award / “Book Tag”

I have been on a long hiatus because I was In Greece for a month and left immediately afterwards for France. Unfortunately, I had a hard time keeping track of people tagging me so I am just getting around doing this tag. Stephanie’s Novel Fiction tagged me, she’s one of my favorite book bloggers because she incorporates pictures of her dogs into her posts. If you love pets, go check out her blog!

What exactly is the Black Cat Blue Sea Award?

This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.

Rules

  • anybody nominated can nominate up to eight other bloggers
  • the nominee answers three questions posed by the nominator
  • the questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions
  • if any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award

Stephanie’s questions to me

1.What is your guiltiest pleasure?

My guiltiest pleasure is probably reading a good (& hot, of course) New Adult book with something to snack on. I love reading a romance (because my life doesn’t contain a lot of romantic moments) with a few steamy scenes and an unhealthy snack. I often take my cat (Batman) and snuggle up with him and read a book.

2. What is your greatest joy in life?

Probably my cats. I know that may seem quite sad for some people but I don’t care. My cats are amazing. There is Felix, Batman, Biggy and Blackos. A lot of weird names, I know. My second greatest joy is going to Greece. Greece is the country where I feel home. I live most of the time in Belgium but the weather is horrible but I can’t complain because the economy is stable and there’re jobs! But Greece (in the summer) is absolutely beautiful with its beautiful beaches.

3. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 13-year-old self?

Don’t listen to mean people and don’t try to put yourself in a box. My school was full of rich, judgmental teens and I often wasn’t accepted by them because I read , didn’t wear the “cool, popular” clothes. I took these comments really badly and often went to school with a lot of anxiety. I absolutely hated my life when I listened to these horrible people. I also surrounded myself with people who didn’t appreciate me and only were my friends when they needed help. I want to shake my 13-year-old self and tell her to be herself and not to change herself.

Keep It Fresh Award / Book Tag

The wonderful Ashley & Sabrina tagged me to do the keep it fresh Award. A big thank you to them! If you like what I read (a mix of NA & YA romance) you will definitely love their blog.

THE RULES

1. Post the rules before starting and link back to this post as a reference for other bloggers.

2. Part AAnswer each of the fruit questions (each fruit corresponds to a book!) & add pictures plus why you thought that particular book deserves that particular fruit if possible.

3. Part BChoose your favorite fruit (even if it is one of the fruits in part A). Come up with a question that we didn’t ask and answer it.

4. Part CCreate your own smoothie from the fruits in Part A (imagine a Lemon-Tomato-Apple smoothie ~ yuck), and find a book that would correlate to your smoothie!

5. Nominate as many and anyone that you think are deserving of this award but it would be nice if you nominated a minimum of 5!

6. Notify your nominees of the nomination.

7. The most important rules? Have fun and of course, keep it fresh!

 

Part A

1. STRAWBERRIES – NAME THE SWEETEST BOOK YOU’VE READ. (E.G. SWEET IN TERMS OF THE CHARACTERS OR IF THE STORY TAKES PLACE IN A SWEET WORLD… ETC.)

The Host by Stephenie Meyer, This book was such a breath of fresh air because you would think the aliens are the bad guys but Wanderer proved me wrong. She is always considerate and nice to everyone even though the humans treated her as shit. I couldn’t help but love her. She let herself trampled over by everyone but luckily she found Ian, a guy as sweet as her.

2. COCONUT – WHAT IS A BOOK THAT YOU WOULD BRING ON VACATION WITH YOU TO A TROPICAL DESTINATION? (OR IF YOU’RE JUST RELAXING AT THE BEACH…)

I would have answered On The Island by Travis Garvis-Graves but I feel like I have recommended this one enough. The Education of Sebastian and Caroline, I own the combined edition and it’s the perfect NA beach read! It’s one of my favorite duologies and I could reread it none stop. The story is sweet and dramatic (and a little taboo). I would highly recommend this duology.

3. PINEAPPLE – WHAT IS A BOOK THAT YOU DIDN’T THINK YOU WOULD LIKE BY JUDGING ITS COVER/SUMMARY/THE FIRST FEW PAGES BUT STARTED TO GROW ON YOU?

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh, I had read a few graphic novels but I never seemed to like them a lot until I read this one. I was not sure if I was going to like it but I fell in love with it. The FxF romance was amazing and seeing Clementine discover her sexuality was wonderful.

4. ORANGE – WHAT’S THE JUICIEST BOOK YOU’VE READ? (E.G. A BOOK WITH TONS OF ACTION, ROMANCE… ETC.)

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover has some hot scenes! The romance isn’t present immediately because the main characters start a friends-with-benefits relationship but it quickly develops into more!

5. WATERMELON – A WATERY BOOK (E.G. THERE WASN’T TONS OF SUBSTANCE TO THE BOOK/THE DETAILS WERE JUST TOO WATERY…ETC. DON’T GET US WRONG THOUGH, WE LOVE WATERMELONS!)

★★★★

My Lady Jane felt like a watery Historical Fiction. The details were blurry and the historical background wasn’t realistic. The characters were funny but there wasn’t a lot substance to it. It’s definitely a funny YA book but if you go into it for a good Historical Fiction, don’t.

6. DRAGONFRUIT – WHAT’S THE MOST UNIQUE BOOK YOU’VE READ? (E.G. UNIQUE IN WRITING STYLE, CHARACTERS, PLOT… ETC.)

Anything by Amy Harmon is unique. Her writing style, characters, plots basically everything written by her is original.

7. LEMONS – NAME A BOOK THAT MADE YOU FEEL SOUR. (E.G. THE EMOTIONS WERE JUST SOUR, YOU JUST FELT SOUR READING THE BOOK, OR THE BOOK INCLUDES SOUR CHARACTERS… ETC.)

Fairest by Marissa Meyer, contains the most sour characters ever. Levana and her sister are the most horrible characters, I have ever read about.

8. TOMATO – WHAT IS A WONDERFUL BOOK THAT YOU THINK SHOULD BE MORE WIDELY KNOWN? OR A FANTASTIC AUTHOR WHOM YOU THINK DESERVES MORE RECOGNITION? (SINCE SOME MAY NOT KNOW THAT TOMATOES ARE ACTUALLY FRUITS!)

 

Transcendence by Shay Savage has a weird synopsis and storyline but the story is so original and unique. I really think that this book by Shay Savage should be better known.  Highly recommended!

9. APPLE – NAME A REALLY STEREOTYPICAL BOOK OF A CERTAIN GENRE JUST LIKE APPLES WHICH ARE TYPICAL FRUITS. IN THE END WAS THAT BOOK GOOD OR NOT? (E.G. A VERY TYPICAL CONTEMPORARY/FANTASY BOOK… ETC.)

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson, is a stereotypical first fantasy YA book. It contains the “princess on the run” trope but when you continue reading the book (and the series) the book gets really good.

10. BLUEBERRIES – NAME A BOOK THAT MADE YOU FEEL BLUE. (ANY SAD, DEPRESSING BOOKS THAT YOU’VE READ?)

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, is such a sad, depressing book. The situation the characters have to live with is so sad. Their situation is so difficult and you really feel bad because even when there’re happy times, there is sadness. These kids have such a hard time. They have to raise their siblings, pay the bills and try to cope with their absent mother.

11. GRAPEFRUIT – ANY BITTER BOOKS? (E.G. A BOOK THAT WAS BLUE BUT MORE… DO YOU HAVE ANY BITTER RESENTMENTS TOWARDS CHARACTERS FROM A BOOK? ANY SOUR TURNED BITTER EMOTIONS? ANY UBER-HATEFUL VILLAINS?)

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas, I resent the characters especially Aelin and Chaol. I felt betrayed by Sarah. She made them unrecognizable. I started hated them and they were not the same characters as the first 3 books.

12. LIMES – NAME A FUNNY BOOK THAT YOU’VE READ BECAUSE LIMES ADD FLAVOUR AND SO DOES HUMOUR WITH EVERY BOOK.

★★★★

The Score by Elle Kennedy, is a hilarious NA book. It has the right amount of funny, serious and hot scenes! It doesn’t hurt that the love interest is to die for!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part B

CHERRY – THE BOOK THAT INTRODUCES YOU TO YOUR FAVORITE GENRE.

★★★★★

Slammed by Colleen Hoover, introduced me to NA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part C

STRAWBERRIES & COCONUT & ORANGES –

Sweet characters, hot scenes = perfect vacation read!

  • single mom with amazing, vibrant kids
  • SEAL guy
  • hot summer romance

★★★★

First Date / Book Tag

1. The awkward first date – a book where something felt off. It wasn’t a bad book, but lacked that spark for you.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo had an interesting concept going on but something was lacking for me. I think the characters were underwhelming. The only character I found interesting was The Darkling. I overall loved the story line so I hope that the main character (and Mal) get more developed in Siege and Storm.

2. The cheap first date –a book that turned out less than you expected

★★

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. The problem here was the hype. We were getting only positive reviews from people that got ARCs and I hyped myself up for this book. The story and the setting were bland. The descriptions were not whimsical and I felt like the author only scratched the surface. The story nor the characters had any depth. Stephanie’s writing was too simple for this story. When I hear carnival , I expect a lush and poetic writing style that fits the setting which I didn’t get. The characters were so boring and one dimensional so ultimately this turned out to be less than I expected.

3. Well-prepared first date – better than expected

When I read the synopsis for The Kiss of Deception, I thought this was going to be a cliché fantasy story but oh boy I was wrong. The first book does contain some typical YA tropes (love triangle) but the next books get so complex and interesting, it kind of blows my mind. The politics are definitely the most developed and complex aspect of this series. If you enjoy romance with politic intrigue, I highly recommend this series.

4. Hot but dumb – pretty book, not so hot on the inside

★★

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

This book was a huge disappointing for me. The cover is absolutely stunning but Alexandra’s writing style was horrible for me. I felt like I couldn’t get through a sentence without falling a sleep. I have no idea why but her writing is heavy. The concept of this story sounded promising but ultimately fell flat for me. But what a nice cover!

5. Blind date – book you picked up not knowing anything about it

★★★★

Strange the Dreamer By Laini Taylor.  Booktubers and bloggers kept saying “go into this book without knowing anything” and I did that and I agree. This book is so mysterious, you need to go into it blind. It such a delight to discover the world that Laini Taylor has created. I did the same for Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I have never been disappointed with her books.

6. Speed dating – book you read super fast

★★★★★

The Host by Stephenie Meyer.  I read this 620 page book in 2 days! I was studying for test, I decided to pick up this book and ended up finishing the day after. I was so engrossed with the story and the characters, I couldn’t stop reading. When I wasn’t reading it, I was constantly thinking about it.

7. The rebound – a book you read too soon after a book hangover and it kind of ruined the book for you

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I read this one after reading the whole Throne of Glass series in one go and I was so overwhelmed by that series that I never finished An Ember in the Ashes but I’ll pick it back up in the future.

 

8. Overly enthusiastic date – a book that felt like it was trying too hard

★★

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. This book was trying too hard to be a creepy, thriller YA book. I just couldn’t stand anyone in this story and the intrigue and suspense was lack luster.

9. The perfect first date – book that did everything right for you

★★★★★

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor did everything right for me.

  1. interesting and captivating characters
  2. forbidden love story
  3. magical and inventive world
  4. beautiful writing style

10. Humiliating first date – book you’re embarrassed to admit you liked/ embarrassed to see reading in public for whatever reason

I’ll never be embarrassed by what I read but a cringy covers were definitely the original covers for the Off Campus by Elle Kennedy. I waited to buy the new covers because I couldn’t read the books where you have half naked men on the cover. No thank you!

New Adult / Book Tag (French – English Edition)

I found this tag on different French blogs and because I am a big fan of New Adult , I had to do this tag! I’ll try to translate the questions to English. Please do this tag and link it down below or recommend me your favorite New Adult book!

1. Quel est votre New Adult préféré ? (allez, on est gentille, vous pouvez en choisir 2 ^^)

Favorite New Adult read (max. 2)

 

2. Quel est le New Adult que vous avez choisi uniquement pour la couverture ?

New Adult you picked up for its cover

I just bought this one because of its cover.

3. Quel est le New Adult qui vous a le plus ému ?

Most emotional New Adult read

  • I want to add The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

★★★★

4. Quel est votre héros de New Adult préféré ? Celui qui vous émoustille, celui à qui vous avez pensé pendant des semaines et des semaines entières, qui a hanté vos rêves les plus fous.

Favorite male love interest (the one you thought about for weeks and makes you dream)

Joshua Templeman from The Hating Game.

I also have a big crush on Rhysand from the ACOTAR series but I don’t really count that as New Adult romance but he would be my first pick for sure.

5. Quel est le New Adult qui vous le plus déçu ?

Most disappointing New Adult read

I hate this book! This was such a boring. The road trip bored me to tears and both characters are full of clichés. I was so disappointed by this book because this book only gets praise. Huge disappointment for sure!

6. Quel est le premier New Adult que vous avez découvert ?

First New Adult read. The one that made you discover the genre.

★★★★★

I don’t know if this New Adult or Young Adult but this book definitely introduced me to the New Adult genre.

7. Quel est votre auteur de New Adult préféré ?

Favorite New Adult author

Elle Kennedy & Amy Harmon

8. Qu’est ce qui vous plait dans ce genre de lectures ?

Favorite aspect in New Adult books

Hahaha how is this even a question. Euhhh well the steamy scenes duh! But also the characters are older so I can relate more with their struggles.

9. Quelle est votre maisons d’édition préférée pour les New Adult ?

Favorite publishing house 

I would say Atria books (from Simon & Schuster) because they create some amazing covers for their books.

10. Quels New Adult voudriez-vous voir adapté au cinéma ?

A New Adult book you want to see adapted into a movie

I would love to see On The Island as a movie because the setting would be amazing and their adventure would make a great movie!

★★★★★