Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

I admit, I didn’t want to do this tag when I’ve first seen it around but now EVERYONE is doing it and I stumbled across Mandy’s post and her answers to the questions were so on point and I could relate to so many of them so I just had to do it, too!

If you’re not following Mandy yet then you’re really missing out??? She is the queen of Disney princesses, in fact, her entire blog is filled with them! She even has her own Disney Princesses Rating System which is so cool and it amazes me every time! Go follow her blog. Right Now. Yes, I am forcing you.

(Oh by the way, I reread the Shatter Me books at the beginning of the year but I won’t be mentioning them because they’d literally be the answer to EVERY SINGLE QUESTION)

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T5W: Authors I Want to Read More From

T5WTop 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Samantha and Lainey over on YouTube. Each week there is a new book-related topic to answer! If you’re new to Top 5 Wednesday and want to participate, check out the Goodreads group for information and weekly topics!

This week’s topic is Authors You Want to Read More FromTalk about some authors that you’ve only read one or a few books from,and you NEED to read more!
Becky AlbertalliBecky Albertalli

I’ve been following Becky on Twitter for a long time and it just made me adore her as a person! Recently, I’ve started reading Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (and I still haven’t finished oops I’m sorry, don’t scream at me!!!) and completely fell in love with it and Becky’s writing! I feel like she is the MASTER of writing incredible, diverse, YA contemporary novels! Her new novel The Upside of Unrequited is supposed to be SOOOO GOOD, too! I can’t wait to get my hands on it! I hope she writes many more novels because I want to read them all!

Angie Thomas

Her debut novel The Hate U Give has gotten so much (well-deserved) hype and attention! She is talking about very relevant issues in that book and I need EVERYONE to read it! She is also so inspiring and genuine! I really hope she’ll be working on more projects in the future because I would totally read more from her!

Stephanie GarberStephanie Garber

Caraval was her debut novel and one of my favourite releases of this year! I fell in love with her writing and the world she built and I can’t wait for the sequel and (hopefully) other future projects!

Ashley Poston

I’ve only recently discovered Ashley Poston after reading Geekerella which was one of the most adorable books I’ve ever read and one of my favourite books of 2017!!! She is a true nerd/fangirl herself and so relatable and I NEED to read more from her!!! She is coming out with a new YA Sci-Fi novel in 2018 called Heart of Iron and apparently it’s an Anastasia meets Firefly kind of book AND I NEED IT RIGHT NOW!!! GIMMEEEE!!!

Sandhya Menon

Her debut novel When Dimple Met Rishi is coming out at the end of May and I already know I’m going to LOVE IT! She is also coming out with another YA Contemporary novel in 2018 which is also going to be about an Indian-American girl! I truly cannot wait to read her books! She also seems like such a genuine and sweet person!

That’s it for my T5W picks! Thanks for reading!

Jackie x

Are there any authors YOU want to read more from? Or do you wish some of your favourite authors would write more books? Let’s chat in the comments!

Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Would Make Good Video Games

T5WTime for Top 5 Wednesday! T5W is a weekly book meme hosted by Samantha and Lainey over on YouTube. Each week there is a new book-related topic to answer! If you’re new to Top 5 Wednesday and want to participate, check out the Goodreads group for information and weekly topics!

This week’s topic is Books That Would Make Good Video Games!

I do play video games every once in a while like Mario Kart and all that jazz but I’m no expert. At first, I was really struggling to think of books that could be video games! I had my Spotify on shuffle and I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor came on (such a jam!) and it reminded me of The Martian because it is part of the movie soundtrack! Well, that set the ball rolling and the ideas kept coming! Enjoy!

*click on the book covers to be directed to the Goodreads page*

The MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir: So who would have guessed it? My first choice is The Martian! 😀 How cool would a video game based on the movie be? Quick side note: I haven’t read the book yet so I’ll be talking about what I’ve seen in the movie here. Basically, I imagine a video game to be exactly like the movie! Your character ends up being left alone on Mars, trying to survive on their own! Just like Mark Watney you have to figure out how/where to get food and water, build and rebuild everything and create a plan that will get you back home! (Obviously you’ll receive clues along the way to guide you 😉 )

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin: I don’t know if a Game of Thrones video game already exists but I have a vision for this one 😉 You could start out as a little Lord, choosing the side of one family. Lannister, Stark, Baratheon, Targaryen, etc choose whoever you’d like! You work your way up from there, fighting battles, plotting and scheming, doing whatever you can until you (and the family you’ve chosen) end up at the top! I don’t know if it makes sense. Anyway, something along those lines would be cool! 😀


Caraval

Caraval by Stephanie Garber: I haven’t read The Night Circus so I don’t know if the concepts of these two books are similar… But I think it’d be really cool if there was a Caraval inspired video game! A world that is as magical, dark and mysterious as Caraval where you are given clues in order to find a precious treasure (it doesn’t have to be Scarlett’s sister, there could be different prizes for different levels!) and win the game!

 

The Hunger Games

 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: How did no one think to make a video game out of the actual Hunger Games???!?! I for one would have definitely bought it back in the days (and even now)! You choose a character (or maybe you can even create one yourself!) to participate in the Hunger Games and you fight your way to the top. Either by killing everyone else or teaming up with others, do whatever you please!

 

ADSOMA Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab: Alright, so I haven’t actually read this book (yet) but from what I know about it, this could be a super cool video game! I believe the world consists of 4 different Londons, right? And each London is different? So you are one of the travelers, “visiting” each London and fighting (or whatever the MC is doing in the books) in order to save the world? Or whatever needs saving :’) Again, I haven’t read the books so this is very vague! 😀

Thank you for reading!

Jackie x

PS. I didn’t mention Harry Potter in this one because DUUUHHHHH!!! 😀

Do you play video games? Which are your favourites? What books do you think would make good video games? Remember, video games don’t always have to include action! I could imagine a Wizard of Oz/Alice in Wonderland video game for the younger people out there! Let’s chat in the comments.


I am currently in Munich so this post is pre-written/scheduled. I will be replying to comments once I am back home! Don’t think I’m ignoring you, I would NEVER! 😛

February Wrap-Up

Well, this month has been very sparse when it comes to books if I do say so myself. I have only managed to read 4 (ok, let’s be honest, 3 and a half) books in the month of February but that wasn’t my fault! I’ve been writing all my exams in the first 3 weeks of the month so I only really had time to read in the past week and a half. But I’ll do better in March and hopefully tackle my huge TBR list! I will have reviews for all of these up soon so keep an eye out!

Anyway, here’s my February Wrap-Up:

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

everything-everythingGoodreads: “My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.”

(A review of Everything Everything will be up soon!)

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Goodreads: “Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.shadow-and-bone-cover

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.”

(A review of Shadow and Bone is up on my blog!)

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

caravalGoodreads: Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . . 

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.”

(A review for Caraval will be up soon!)

Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo

Goodreads: Darkness never dies.siege-and-storm

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.“

(Technically, I’ve finished this book in March but I’d still like to mention it in my February Wrap-Up 😉 You can find my review for Siege and Storm here!)

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Happy reading!

Jackie x