The End of the Year Book Tag // lots of Shatter Me and Tahereh Mafi feat. other books which aren’t thAt important (just kidding)

Do y’all know the feeling of not being able to keep up with your endless list of pending tags and if you try to keep up, you simply don’t know which of the many awesome tags to choose???

That’s cool BECAUSE I DON’T.

I’m the kind of person to choose to do a tag THAT I WASN’T EVEN TAGGED IN.

Because I love having a loooooong list of pending tags! And I love how the list just looms over me! And how the pages in my blog journal are haunting and taunting me everytime I open it! Clearly I must love myself!

You can tell how lazy and just overall incompetent I am when it comes to managing things and maintaining order in my life, right???

I am in complete control of my life!!!! #sarcasm

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Favorite Summer Reads

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 Summer Reads – The weather is heating up (for half of the world), so what books remind you of summer and are your quintessential summer reads? 

For me, both spring and summer are all about cute and fluffy contemporaries! Summertime is all about lazing in the sun, feeling all warm and fuzzy inside (whether it’s caused by actual people or books! XD) and it just generally evokes a feeling of happiness and contentment within me! Summer is my favourite time of the year ❤

So, here are my summer reads recommendations! Some of them are books I’ve read and some of them are books that give me those warm, fuzzy feelings just by looking at/thinking of them 😛

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella was one of my favourite reads of the year!!! Such a fluffy story involving a nerd convention, what it’s like to be part of a fandom and two super geeky characters falling in love in the most adorable way! And what a great Cinderella retelling it was! I am definitely going to re-read this when I’m on vacation in summer! ❤

Paper Towns by John Green

This is a story Quentin who goes on an adventurous road trip/journey following clues that Margo, the girl he crushes on, left for him to find. I read Paper Towns when I was on vacation in Spain 2 years ago! Whenever I think of the book, it just brings me back to that summer and the days on the beach! And who doesn’t love a good ol’ road trip story?!

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This is the cheesy, fluffy and super cute contemporary novel that I’m looking for!!! I can already see May screaming at me for still not having continued reading this but I HAVE OFFICIALLY PUT SIMON VS. ON MY SUMMER TBR WITH THIS POST AND I WILL READ IT SOON SO DON’T WORRY! 😀 Anyway, if you haven’t heard of this book by now you must have been living under a ROCK – go read it now because it’s awesome and super cute!

Anna and the French Kiss (+companions) by Stephanie Perkins

   

The covers for these three books just remind me of summer whenever I look at them! And the Anna and the French Kiss trilogy is another set of cute and quick contemporary reads! The first book is set in Paris – the city of love – and who doesn’t love to read a love story set in PARIS!!!

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I’ve been SO DAMN EXCITED for this book for MONTHS now and it will finally be here at the end of May (June for me)!!!!!!!!!! One of my most anticipated reads of the year and the cover already gives me summer-y vibes and I JUST KNOW THAT THE STORY WILL BE ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE AND GIVING ME ALL THE FEELS!!! ❤

That’s it for my quintessential summer reads and recommendations!

By the way, did you see? I CHANGED FONT SIZE!!! YAY thank so much to my dear friend May @ Forever and Everly for your help 😛

Thanks for reading!

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What are some of your favourite or quintessential summer reads? Are there any books coming out this Summer that you’re excited about? Do you like to read contemporaries in summer as much as me? Let’s chat in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday – Forming a Body out of Book Covers

I KNOW WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE BUT THIS IS NOT NAUGHTY AT ALL. IT’S ACTUALLY QUITE COOL SO DON’T WORRY XD

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there’s a new book-related topic to answer!

This week’s topic is a Cover Theme Freebie – so it could literally be anything about book covers!

I was very indecisive at first and couldn’t settle on a topic. All I knew is that I really wanted to include the super gorgeous Shatter Me covers and the adorable When Dimple Met Rishi cover AND THEN I HAD AN IDEA!!!!

Why not “form” a whole body with the help of book covers! So my theme for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Book Covers featuring Body Parts/Forming a Body out of Book Covers!!!

I know that technically what I’m about to show you is not a whole body but just check it out and see if you’ll like it? *puppy eyes* ❤

THE FACE – or parts of it hehe

We can either go for a beautiful full face and some wonderful pink hair…

 

…or we could use a super adorable (half-) face and add two gorgeous eyes to make it a full face!

Shatter Me WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI Ignite Me

THE BODY

We have two options here! Personally, I’d go for a more fierce look and choose Feyre’s kickass black dress!

 

THE LEGS

Bare legs because we’re wearing a dress…

…and let’s not forget the shoes! We’re going for a fierce look with the dress so red shoes would be a perfect match! And since we have TWO feet, we’ll need two shoes 😉

 

I had SO MUCH FUN with this post and I hope you will like it as much as me! I mean, it is a pretty simple post but I love the end result and how the “body” turned out!!!

I’m actually quite proud of myself for having thought of this 🙂 It looks so much better seeing it now than it did in my head!

As always, thank you for reading! ❤

Jackie x

What did you think of the topic I chose? Did you like this post? Do you know of any other book covers that have body parts on them? Maybe covers with hands or ears or any body part I have missed so we could add them to this collection! 😀 Let’s chat in the comments!

April Wrap-Up

HOW. DID. THIS. HAPPEN.

I literally blinked and suddenly it’s the end of April! Time is just going CRAZY!

Anyway, this will be a long one so let’s not talk too much! Please enjoy my April Wrap-Up 🙂

What I Read/A Very ARC-ish Readathon

This month I read a total of 8 books! Having this book blog is helping me read a lot more than I used to which is amazing!!!

This month I was participating in the A Very ARC-ish Readathon which was hosted by Aimal over at Bookshelves and Paperbacks. The first 7 books I read this month were ARCs from NetGalley!

I made a promise to myself to not request any ARCs on Netgalley until my ratio was at least at the precious 80% (except if it’s a book that I’ve been HIGHLY anticipating). I am currently at 62% which I’m very proud of because I’ve caught up quite a bit! I still have a few books pending but I am hoping to read more of them in May and hopefully get to 80% next month! :’)

ARCS I READ

   

 

 

 

 

  • The Castaways – Jessika Fleck: This was an okay read. I had a few issues with it but overall it was a solid read! I have a review of The Castaways up on my blog and I also got the chance to participate in the Castaways blog tour and interview the author Jessica Fleck!
  • Unknown Horizons – CJ Birch: The premise of this book had so much potential but I ended up being disappointed because the whole thing just felt underdeveloped! Here is my review of Unknown Horizons.
  • The Magician’s Lie – Greer Macallister: This was described as ‘Water for the Elephants’ meets ‘The Night Circus’ and it was an overall enjoyable read! Full review is on Goodreads.
  • Slow Boat – Hideo Furukawa: I don’t know if I just didn’t understand what this book was trying to convey but I did not like this AT ALL! It was a genuinely MESSY book – letters were missing, the narrator jumped from one place to the next and I almost DNFed it! Full review is on Goodreads.

  

 

 

 

 

  • The Song of the Stork – Stephan Collishaw: This was a 4 star read for me. This was a story set during WW2 and I like reading those stories if they’re done well! And this one definitely was! Full review is on Goodreads.
  • The Space Between the Stars – Anne Corlett: This was a story set in space where a group of survivors go on an adventurous journey through space, dreaming of a new beginning. This was another 4 star read for me! A review of The Space Between the Stars will be up closer to publication (end of May). 
  • 180 Seconds – Jessica Park: This was one of my most recent reads and I’ll just link you to my blog review if you haven’t seen it yet! 😉

OTHER BOOKS I READ (that weren’t ARCs lol)

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas: AHHHHH!!! What a LOVELY read. I wasn’t too invested in the romance because I knew how that would go in Book 2 lol but it was still amazing. I LOVED Feyre as a character – she’s so smart, sassy and just fabulous ❤

By the way, I won’t be reviewing this one anywhere because most of you have probably already read it lol. But if you HAVEN’T, I can 100% recommend it!!!!!!

 

CURRENTLY READING

  • Persuasion – Jane Austen: As you may know, I am attempting to read one classic every month. I am about halfway through Persuasion but it’s been difficult to get through – whenever I was reading it, my thoughts were wandering. I think I am putting this on hold for now.
  • Heartborn – Terry Maggert: Another Netgalley ARC – I’ve been reading this one during my 20-minute train journeys on my way to uni and it’s alright so far!
  • A COURT OF MIST AND FURY – SJM: I didn’t get very far yet BUT IM ALREADY SCREAMING AND CRYING AND BREAKING DOWN SOOOOOO :’)

BOOKS I’VE STARTED/ATTEMPTED TO READ BUT ARE ON HOLD FOR NOW

 PLEASE DON’T ASK ME WHY I’VE PUT BOTH OF THESE ON HOLD BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW!!! I wasn’t ready for the feels that hit me when I started Six of Crows and I was VERY ashamed when I put it back on my shelf 😦 Same with Simon Vs!!! I’ll return to SOC when I’m emotionally ready for the feels and have recovered from ACOMAF!!!

 

What I Watched

Pets

I’ve been meaning to watch Pets for a while! One morning I saw that it was on TV and since I had nothing better to do I watched the whole thing! It was soooooo hilarious, funny and just adorable!!! 10/10 would recommend! ❤

 

 

 

 

13 Reasons Why

I started 13 Reasons Why at the beginning of the month. Originally, I hadn’t planned to watch the series AT ALL – I wasn’t interested because the teaser trailers didn’t convince me and I felt like I wouldn’t like it. But ever since it came out, there’s just been a lot of talk and hype surrounding it and so I gave in and started it.

Right now, I am only about halfway through. Partly, because I’ve been a busy bee – visiting Munich, going away for Easter, going back to university – but also because it’s a show with very dark and heavy topics that sometimes trigger my anxiety. I could never binge-watch the show in like a day or two like some people do – I can barely get through an episode sometimes! So far I am liking it though.

SkamAlso Skam is back again! If you don’t know it (umm, have you been living under a rock???!!?!), it’s a Norwegian TV show and each season is about a different teen who struggles with certain things. It addresses very relevant topics and has some incredible characters! GO WATCH IT NOWWW!

Unfortunately, this is the last season of Skam :((((((( I’m so SAD! But they’ve made Sana the main character for this one and I’M GLAD because that’s what I’ve been hoping for! Sana is just ICONIC and A QUEEN! I didn’t really get the chance to actually watch a full episode – cue my busy life – but I hear that it’s great!

I also really need to rewatch Season 2 because I miss Noorhelm and I need to delve back into the FEELS. My sweet children. ❤

What I Listened To

To start off, I’d just like to mention my Top 3 songs of the month. I literally did not go a day without listening to at least one of these songs (if not all of them).

THE THREE MASTERPIECES OF APRIL:

            

 

PLEASE DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR AND LISTEN TO ALL THREE OF THESE ❤ They’re all incredible songs and I don’t think I’ll stop listening to them anytime soon.

Blackbear’s do re mi gives me the greatest vibes! He has also released his new album – if you’re into that R&B-ish type of music, give it a listen – it’S DOPE!!!!

Also…….. Harry Styles – Sign of the Times. GO LISTEN TO THE SONG OF THE YEAR, ARTIST OF THE YEAR, ALBUM OF THE YEAR, BEST-SELLING TOUR OF THE YEAR. HARRY IS SNATCHING EVERYONE’S WEAVES LEFT AND RIGHT!!!!!!!!

If you don’t know about Banks, stop what you’re doing and check out her music. She is just incredible. I love her sooooo incredibly much and Crowded Places is just so gorgeous – a love song to all the introverts out there ❤

OTHER SONGS I’VE ENJOYED THIS MONTH:

  • Despacito – Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee (I am a SUCKER for spanish songs!!!)
  • Slide – Frank Ocean, Calvin Harris, Migos
  • Good Life – Kehlani ft. G-Eazy
  • I Feel It Coming – The Weeknd (this has sneaked it’s way back into the playlist because it’s all over the radioooo and it gives me great vibes)
  • Love Galore – SZA ft. Travis Scott (this only just came out and it’s DOPE)

Achievements

It’s my two month anniversary here on Too Much of a Book Nerd – or toomuchofabooknerd? – I still don’t know whether to space it out or leave it all together! UGHHH. Anyway.

In these two months I managed to reach 200 freakin’ followers!?!?!!!?!?!??! WHAAAAT? I am honestly in shock and in awe and amazed and just… Shook.

Thank you guys so much – everyone who has ever followed, liked, commented, shared etc. I love you to the moon and back ❤

I know everyone always says this when reaching a milestone but I HONESTLY never ever ever expected to even reach like 50 followers and now there’s 200 of you guys and this is just NUTS! I appreciate every single one of you sooooo much and I love talking to you guys ❤

I don’t really have anyone in real-life who loves books as much as me so this blog and this whole community is PERFECT to share all my thoughts and feelings! And I made some incredible friends in these 2 months and I looove you guys! So much!

I will hopefully be able to give something back to you guys in the near future *cough* a giveaway? *cough* maybe? *cough* lol but yeah. That will probablymaybehopefully be happening soon-ish!

Thanks again to each and every single one of you ❤

here’s a Gif of my FAVVVVE to show my love and gratitude :’)

GOODREADS CHALLENGE

My original goal for 2017 was to read 30 books. I reached that goal in April and so I decided to set a new goal! I have settled on 50 books for now since uni has started again and I won’t have as much time to read as before!

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Jackie has
read 31 books toward
her goal of
50 books.
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Some awesome posts by fellow bloggers

SORRY THAT THIS GOT SO LONG BUT APRIL WAS A GREAT MONTH FOR MEEEE 😀

Once again, thank you guys sooooooOOO much! For everything ❤

Alllll the love,

Jackie x

NOW! How was your April? Successful? Or not so much? How many books did you read? What was your favourite read of the month? What movies/TV series did you watch this month and can you recommend anything? Which SONGS did you particularly enjoy? (Feel free to rec me as many as possible lol I love music) Are there any posts that you published this month that you’re particularly proud of? Feel free to leave a link down below and I might highlight them in a future post! Let’s chat in the comments below :’)

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!

Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads

I’m back with another Top 5 Wednesday post! Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly 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 Favorite LGBTQ Reads – Talk about your favorite books that feature LGBTQ+ characters or are by LGBTQ+ authors.

I’d just like to note that this post is severely outdated (it’s one of the first few posts I’ve ever published) which is why some of the answer may be seen as “cliché”. I’ll hopefully be making another post like this including some newer LGBTQ+ releases soon.

*click on the covers to be directed to the Goodreads page* Continue reading “Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads”