Why Audiobooks are The Most Excellent, Brilliant and Magnificent Invention of the Century……. or are they??? // A Discussion

ERMAGAWD, MY FIRST DISCUSSION POST.

I don’t even know if you can call this a discussion. What even IS a discussion????????

Hennywayssssss.

In July, I finally decided to sign up for Audible after a long long long consideration of whether I needed it or not—and because they had a great deal on Prime Day (5€ a month instead of 10€???? HELLOOOO???).

Since then, I’ve listened to a total of 3 audiobooks. I know, I’m slow and everything.

BUT YES, I NOW CALL MYSELF AN EXPERT ON ALL THINGS AUDIOBOOKS. Or rather, I feel like I’ve formed a solid opinion about audiobooks and I think I can discuss the topic with expertise and wit.

So that’s what’s happening here.

What are the pros and cons of audiobooks? Would I recommend getting an Audible subscription? Or do I absolutely hate them? Are audiobooks the bane of my existence???????? STAY TUNED TO FIND OUT.

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Mini Reviews: Dear Martin (so impactful!) and Juliet Takes a Breath (so queer!) // two incredibly powerful and diverse books

Guess who’s back with another post about mini-reviews!

I’ve come to really like writing mini reviews because it takes SO MUCH LESS TIME AND EFFORT and it’s quicker to format.

And I also prefer READING mini reviews nowadays for the same reasons! Quick and easy to read through and more options to comment on!

GO MINI REVIEWS.

Today I’ll be talking about two diverse novels who deal with very differing topics, but overall are both incredibly impactful, educational and SO real.

Spoiler alert: I gave both of these books 5 stars. Continue reading “Mini Reviews: Dear Martin (so impactful!) and Juliet Takes a Breath (so queer!) // two incredibly powerful and diverse books”

NaNoWriMo Survival Guide // How to be The Most productive and not die of frustration during the holy month of writing!

Oh, look at me—the newbie writer who has never participated in NaNoWriMo before pretends to be an expert at giving writing advice! So reliable!

I am by no means a pro at writing, but I’ve compiled a list of things I want to keep in mind during the holy month of writing—and I thought why not share it with others!

Althrough the orange potato who’s currently in office would probably call this post:

Originally, I wasn’t planning on participating in NaNoWriMo because of my busy uni schedule (and the fact that I’m so new to writing). However, I was infected by the positive energy surrounding NaNo everywhere I looked!

Blogger friends started sharing their ideas for their NaNoWriMo WIPs, everyone and their mother was talking about it on Twitter and my brain wouldn’t let me rest when it came to one of my novel ideas!

SO HERE I AM. READY FOR NANOWRIMO TOMORROW (or as ready as I can be with almost no prepping and plotting done *oops*).

This post is my very own personal NaNoWriMo survival guide aka how to deal with all the stress, emotions, nervous breakdowns, anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks AND MUCH MORE.

If you’re like me, you’ll probably experience all of these things at least 5 times a day during the next couple of weeks of writing—HOW FUN—but you are not alone! Enjoy.

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The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin // Very fun and uplifting summer read! + Giveaway

Oh, hi there! Guess who’s back with another blog tour? *points at self* THIS GIRRRLLL.

Welcome to my stop of the The Big F blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! Today, I’ll be sharing my review and the tour-wide giveaway with you!

Coincidentally, I seem to have been a part of many blog tours which promoted books from Swoon Reads (such as this one hehe) and I’ve always had luck with their books thus far! They always have such fun and relatable contemporaries that I find very easy to read—and The Big F was no different!

Keep on reading if you’d like to know why I loved reading this book!

PS. You can follow the rest of the tour here!

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo // FIERCE, BADASS AND SO EMPOWERING

HAPPY RELEASE DAY (at least for the US) TO WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER BY THE QUEEN LEIGH BARDUGO! My dear UK people, you’ve only got two more days one day left (August 31st) to go until this book releases so get excited!!!

Ignore that I meant to post this yesterday but I wasn’t quite finished writing the review so it’s a day late (or a day EARLY depending on how you wanna see it and whether you’re from the US or UK). I have the UK edition so let’s go with A DAY EARLY to make me feel better HEHEHEHE.

This book gave me so. many. feels. PHEW. I can’t even. Like how do I… I CAN’T FORM COHERENT THOUGHTS BECAUSE THAT BOOK WAS A MASTERPIECE.

I rambled all about my feelings for Wonder Woman: Warbringer in my VERY fangirly book mail post when I first received it in the mail so check that out because it’s fun and I need attention.

BUT NOW I ACTUALLY READ IT AND IT’S EVEN BETTER THAN I IMAGINED??????????? *dies*

Let’s hope this review will be somewhat coherent. Continue reading “Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo // FIERCE, BADASS AND SO EMPOWERING”

The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember // A GENDERFLUID CHARACTER WHO HAS A SPIRITUAL BOND WITH AN ANIMAL? SIGN ME UP + Giveaway

Hello friends and welcome to my stop on the The Tiger’s Watch Tour!!! I’m so so so excited to be participating in this tour and being able to promote such a great book!

If you’ve been following me for a while you might remember that I mentioned The Tiger’s Watch in my #ARCstravaganza post a few months ago and I TOTALLY FREAKED OUT ABOUT IT BC JULIA EMBER HERSELF SENT ME THE BOOK.

AND IT’S JULIA EMBER!!! THE WOMAN WHO WROTE UNICORN TRACKS AND THE SEAFARER’S KISS (I haven’t read either of them but I know that they’re brilliant).

So when I heard she’d come out with a book about a genderfluid main character???? I KNEW I HAD TO GET MY HANDS ON IT.

Please enjoy my review and check out the giveaway below! It’s international!!!

You can follow the rest of the tour here. Continue reading “The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember // A GENDERFLUID CHARACTER WHO HAS A SPIRITUAL BOND WITH AN ANIMAL? SIGN ME UP + Giveaway”

A VERY FANGIRLY REVIEW OF ILLUMINAE AKA A SCI-FI MASTERPIECE // oh, the feels! attention: spoilers, caps lock and lots of crying ahead!

Guess who’s back from her hiatus!!!!! Not me.

No but seriously, I’m still on a semi-hiatus and I will only be posting sporadically in August!

[cries]: I FEEL LIKE I’M ABANDONING MY BLOG!

#heartbreak

Anyway, I will talk more about my blog/hiatus/life in my Wrap Up (umm, what Wrap Up, Jackie??? you still haven’t written it *laughs nervously*). So scratch that, I’ll have a hiatus update/info/announcement/status report sorta post going up on Monday so stay tuned for that!

I wrote this post like 2 weeks ago but forgot/didn’t have the time to post it so ignore me scratching out every other world hehe :’)

BUT THIS POST IS NOT ABOUT ME OR MY HIATUS SO I SHALL STOP TALKING ABOUT IT. IT’S ALL ABOUT FANGIRLING TODAY. Continue reading “A VERY FANGIRLY REVIEW OF ILLUMINAE AKA A SCI-FI MASTERPIECE // oh, the feels! attention: spoilers, caps lock and lots of crying ahead!”

Just Friends Blog Tour // Review + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop at the Just Friends blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours!

I am here to share my review with you (I tried and succeeded in keeping it quite short!) and there will also be a giveaway at the end of this post!

If you’re into easy-to-read contemporaries and the fake-friendship (no fake dating trope i’m sorry. but tbh i’m kinda disappointed too) and pining-for-each-other tropes, this might just be the book for you!

You can follow the rest of the tour here.

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ARC August TBR // let’s tackle those ARCs we’ve been avoiding!!

Oh looooook, I found a super cool challenge to participate in next month!

I’m so happy that I stumbled across the #ARCAugust hashtag on Twitter because I’ve been needing some motivation to get through some of my Netgalley ARCs that I’ve been meaning to read since March!

My current Netgalley ratio is 75% WHICH IS AWESOME and the highest it’s ever been!!! But I’ve never actually reached that precious 80% so that’s what I’ll be attempting to do in August!

I currently have 8 ARCs left to read on Netgalley. While I don’t plan to read ALL of them next month, I want to get through a good chunk of them!

I’ve also received some ARCs from authors or for blog tours which need to be reviewed this month so I’m quite determined!

You can still sign-up for the ARC August challenge here! Continue reading “ARC August TBR // let’s tackle those ARCs we’ve been avoiding!!”

SOME VERY EXCITING BOOK MAIL AKA I NEED TO FANGIRL!!! // oh, i WONDER what this WOMAN is talking about?

OH HI, DID YOU MISS ME?

I’m back with another Fierce Fangirl Friday post!

Originally, I had a completely different post planned for today but there’s been a CHANGE OF PLANS BECAUSE I RECEIVED SOME SUPER EXCITING BOOK MAIL YESTERDAY AND I NEED TO TALK SCREAM ABOUT IT.

I’m not sure if I’m FULLY back from my hiatus yet but I’ll talk more about that in my next post which will either be my Wrap Up or the post I had planned for today! Continue reading “SOME VERY EXCITING BOOK MAIL AKA I NEED TO FANGIRL!!! // oh, i WONDER what this WOMAN is talking about?”