Bookish Book Lover Tag

Hey guys! So, I’ve actually done this tag before, in the summer, and you can check out that post here, but because I’ve been tagged again, and this particular tag is very fluid, I’m doing it again. I was tagged by Deanna @A Novel Glimpse, Luci and Mariana @Book Is Glee. Thank you girls! The Bookish Book Lovers Tag was originally created by Shantelle @A Writer’s Heart.


What book are you currently reading?

At this moment I’m reading 3 books: Could You Love An Apple? by Becky Jerams, Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner (which I’m buddy reading with Cátia and Kat) and Where I Belong by J. Daniels (highly recommended by Deanna).


What’s the last book you finished?

I’m doing the last 3 I finished, OK?! So, they were: Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor, Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie and Co-Wrecker by Meghan Quinn.


Favourite book you read this year?

Yeah… I have to say Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde. This book just earned the highest place in my heart. I just can’t shake it.


What genre have you read most this year?

So…. looking at my read books, I have to say that I mostly read contemporary romances, either YA, NA or adult…


What genre have you read least this year?

Non-fiction, in this case biographies and memoirs. I’ve read The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui, which is an amazing graphic novel, but I want to read more of the genre this year.


What genre do you want to read more of?

I want to read more Sci-Fi and Fantasy, because I’ve been lacking this year so far, and I’ve only read 2 books in this category, and I have so damn many of them on my TBR.


How many books have you read this year, and what’s your goal?

My goal for this year is 150 books, and I’m past the 1/3 of the goal, because I’ve read 52 books already. Yeah… I’m 19 books ahead of schedule…


What’s the last book you bought?

I had to go to amazon, but here they are: Only A Kiss by Ines Bautista-Yao,  After Hello (You Had Me At Hello #1.5) by Mhairi McFarlane, Confessions of a Reformed Tom Cat (Wingmen #2) by Daisy Prescott, and Body Shot (Last Shot #1) by Kelly Jamieson.


What book are you saving up to buy next?

I can’t wait to get The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, also Six of Crows and Gemina, and I don’t think those need any explanation whatsoever.


How many books did you check out last library visit?

I usually don’t use libraries, for obvious reasons, aka, they don’t have books in english that I would like. Either way, the other day I had to go to the Humanities library of my university in Barcelona, because I needed some references for my thesis, and this was one of the books I read. It translates to “The severed heads of Ullastret. Violence and ritual Iberian world“, and it’s pretty cool and about some skulls and remains I worked on 🙂 .


What’s a book you can’t wait to read?

I bought Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow awhile back and I’m dying to have some time to actually start it, because I’m sure this will take me MONTHS!


What’s a series you’d recommend to everyone?

Instead of series, I’m doing stand-alones, because the series you can find on my previous tag, ok? These are 3 books I LOVED this year, and I think everyone should get to them.


Who’s an author you’re hoping writes more?

MARLEY JACOBS! She has to write more books, because I really liked her debut novel, Goodnight, Nic, and I loved loved loved how she writes dialogues.


A few books your heart adores?

Some of my favorites of 2017 so far… 🙂


What series’ coming conclusion makes you sad?

I don’t know… I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary series, and they sometimes have spin offs, so…


What books are on your wish-list?

Here are some…


I Tag:

EVERYONE!!!

Definitions of Indefinable Things (Whitney Taylor)

This heartbreaking, humorous novel is about three teens whose lives intersect in ways they never expected.

Reggie Mason is all too familiar with “the Three Stages of Depression.” She believes she’s unlocked the secret to keeping herself safe: Nobody can hurt you if you never let them in.

Reggie encounters an unexpected challenge to her misanthropy: a Twizzler-chomping, indie film-making narcissist named Snake. Snake’s presence, while reassuring, is not exactly stable — especially since his ex-girlfriend is seven months pregnant. As Reggie falls for Snake, she must decide whether it’s time to rewrite the rules that have defined her.


Not gonna lie to you guys… when I first started this book, I wasn’t feeling it at all. It felt like it was romanticizing depression and that it would be one of those where “love cures all” and shit, and I was scared out of my wits, because I did not want to read THAT story. I’m pleased to inform you that in the end I didn’t feel like the book really did either of those things. Yes, there is a romance between two clinically depressed teens, and yes, they get “better” during the book, but not truly because of their relationship.

I can’t really talk about representation, because though I have been depressed during my life, I was never clinically depressed, but one of my favorite things about this book was how it shows many facets and forms of depression. There isn’t ONE cause, or ONE reason, or ONE way. Reggie and Snake are both depressed, both take their meds, but their underlying reasons, outtake and the way they experience their depression is completely different from one another.

The characters are definitely unique. The book is told through Reggie’s POV, and I found it hilarious, while super dark at the same time. Reggie comes across as not caring for anyone, and using a “hate” language almost. At first I thought it was a bit too heavy, the way she hated on the world and her mom and everything really, but then I started to get her, the longer she talked, the better it became. This book has a very dark and twisted way of humour though, and I’m guessing not everyone will like it or get it, but I thought it fit with Reggie’s view of things, and with the progress of the book, I also felt her voice change slightly.

I really liked Snake. Fair warning, there is a bit of instalove on his part, and not all his actions are well thought out, and some are not correct in the slightest, but to be fair, he did act his age, I believed I was reading the actions of a confused and scared 17 years old. I liked how he challenged Reggie, while understanding her completely. That’s what I thought was great about this book, honestly, the understanding. Yes, both these teens are trying to get better, but they both understand each other, and there’s no recrimination or anything of the sort. There’s acceptance and understanding, from both sides.

I also need to mention Carla, Snake’s baby momma. She has such an important role in this book, and I have to say that she’s probably my favorite character. She’s in such a tough situation, and yet she tries her best, and manages to help Reggie and Snake in the process.

There’s also a huge family element in this book, and a pretty important one at that.

So, overall I really loved this book, and the reason I can’t rate it higher is because I felt the beginning was a bit iffy. I thought this was a wonderfully written book, about a subject that so many people deal with on a daily basis, but there’s still such a huge stigma around it.

I would recommend it for sure, but beware of the topic. Make sure to read a few takes on this book, if you think that this might not be for you.

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book With a POC MC

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was a couple of days ago… Choose a book with a POC as a main character“. For today I’m choosing a book that I’m in love with :D, Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, where one of the main characters is an australian-chinese kick-ass girl.


Original & Favorite (and only) COver:

This cover!!! I LOVE IT! That’s it, nothing more to say about it…

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Angsty Romances

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Welcome back to Top 5 Wednesday! This meme was created by gingerreadslainey and is hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes and you can check out the  Goodreads group here. This week’s theme is Favorite Angsty Romances.

This topic has been much requested! Talk about your favorite ships that have a healthy side of angst. (definition: adj.: describes a situation or literary piece which contains dark, depressing, angry, and/or brooding emotions from the participating characters.)

Here you go…


WWW Wednesday: March 22nd 2017

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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At the moment I’m reading Could You Love An Apple? by Becky Jerams and Co-Wrecker by Meghan Quinn.


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This week I finished Goodnight, Nic by Marley Jacobs, The Backstagers #1, Styled by Piper Lawson and Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor. Then I finally finished listening to Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie and I’m in love… I need to read the rest of this series soon.


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After I’ll definitly read  Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner and then maybe Where I Belong by J. Daniels.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read in Under 24 Hours

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Read In One Sitting Theme: ten of the shortest books I’ve read, top ten books I read in one sitting, ten books to read when you are short on time, top ten books that will make you read the whole day away, etc.

Today I’m sharing 10 books I read in under 24 hours, just a warning, they’re all contemporary romances…


Styled (Piper Lawson)

I have a type. Tall. Blond. Sarcastic. Awkward as hell.

That’s right, my type is me. Because I’m better off spending my time alone than with a guy.

Which doesn’t matter since this month, I’m on an open-ended ticket to LA to find a new boutique for TRAVESTY. Not to find a rebound for the breakup that blew my mind. I’m ready to forget all about dicks.

Too bad Ethan Cameron sinks that dream before I get on the plane.

The SoCal realtor might be my business partner’s older brother, but he’s the wrong guy to help us out. Ethan’s arrogant and self-centred, with a dentist’s wet dream smile and pecs that might have their own hashtag. More girls pass through the backseat of his car than through the doors of our SoHo boutique.

He’s also wrong for me. And the more he thinks he knows me, the more I need to prove he doesn’t.

But I can’t ignore the fact that I need Ethan’s help finding a boutique to put TRAVESTY on the map. And no one knows LA style like Ethan.

I survived private school. Growing up with one parent. Dating a gay guy. I can survive one month with Ethan Cameron.

Right?


As usual, I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so go to her blog in the next few days to read what she thought of this book.

I’ve read a few books by Piper Lawson in this last year, and I’ve enjoyed them all, and while I did like this one, I must confess that it wasn’t quite as good as all the others.

It took me a little while to completely immerse myself in this book, and I found the writing slightly confusing at the beginning, which was weird for me, because I had read the previous book of the series after all… Anyway, while it did get better, it didn’t completely blew me away.

But my main issues reside on the characters. I liked Jordan. It’s rare that we have a girl in romance who is viewed as cold, and isn’t even sure she has the ability to love. But while I really liked her personality and directness, I wish her doubts had been explored a tiny bit more. I actually thought the main conflict of this book would rely on it… silly me.

Ethan… well… I don’t know… it took me a LONG LONG time to warm up to him. He started of as a total douche, and by the end of the book I was still not completely sold?! I don’t know, I just felt like there was something missing there and he wasn’t completely fleshed out.

I did like the slow burn romance and the chemistry between Ethan and Jordan. I loved that this wasn’t insta-anything, and instead the attraction grew from getting to know each other.

There was one issue that created a small conflict that I didn’t see coming, and honestly kind of hated that it did. I didn’t feel like it contributed in any substantial way to the story, and instead brought forth some pretty nasty sides from certain characters. I wasn’t exactly fan of the main conflict either, and I could see it coming miles away.

Ultimatly this was a good romance read, with a well constructed slow burn romance. But I felt like the characters could use a little more dimension, and some conflicts could have been dealt with differently.

I would still recommend it, especially if you’re a fan of Piper Lawson’s writing.