Top 10 Fictional Places I Want to Visit

Happy Saturday everyone! I’m back today with another post! It feels so good to be blogging regularly again! I probably won’t be able to post again during the next couple weeks because my exams just started (though I’ll try) but I had to take some time off studying this weekend to write this one because it’s been on my mind for weeks!

I don’t know about you but I absolutely love reading about fictional places in fantasy books. It’s one of my favorite parts about fantasy, the fact that it always gives me the chance to lose myself into a world entirely different from our own and travel to magical places without even moving from my couch! High fantasy has always been the most fascinating genre for me and you can always count on fantasy writers to create amazing fictional places that go beyond everyone’s imagination! So without further ado and in no particular order, here are the top 10 fictional places that I really want to visit (and desperately wish were real) right now!

Cair Paravel

“The castle of Cair Paravel on its little hill towered up above them; before them were the sands, with rocks and little pools of salt water, and seaweed, and the smell of the sea and long miles of bluish-green waves breaking for ever and ever on the beach.”

Contrast to popular belief the first fantasy book I ever read was not Harry Potter but The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Harry Potter followed shortly after but Narnia was the first fictional world I lost myself in when I was a child and for that it will always have a special place in my heart! I mean who wouldn’t want to discover a magical land in their wardrobe? I definitely would! I would love to explore every part of Narnia and its surrounding lands but one of the places in it I have always been fascinated by is Cair Paravel and I always tried to imagine what it would look like when I was younger. Luckily the movie satisfied my imagination because I love how they depicted it in it and it still remains one of my favorite fictional places ever!

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Guide to Autumn Reading

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A little belated but happy September everyone! I don’t know about you but I absolutely love Autumn! I love the rainy weather, I love hearing the crisp Autumn leaves under my feet and above all I love the month of October because of Halloween! While September is a super busy month for me because of exams, Autumn is a season that always inspires me to read more. Mainly because the rainy weather compels me to stay inside and enjoy the warmth along with the company of a good book! Here are a few things to try, that in my opinion, will make Autumn an even more amazing reading season!

Hot Cup of Tea

I absolutely love tea and I love drinking it when the weather is cold and rainy. For me, tea is the best companion to reading and cosying up with a cup of a delicious tea brew and a good book on an Autumn day is the definition of happiness. Don’t like tea? You can always accompany your reading with coffee or hot chocolate!

Your Favorite Blanket

We all have a favorite blanket, more or less. I love curling up on an armchair with mine and watching the rain outside my window. And if you have a furry companion even better!

Enjoy the Season

Like I said, cosying inside with a blanket and my current read is one of my favorite Autumn pass times. But I also love reading outside so I try to do it as often as possible or at least whenever the weather permits it. Reading in the leaves on a mild Autumn day is the best way to enjoy the beauty of the season! You might need a jacket to keep warm but it is definitely worth it!

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Most Anticipated September Releases

Happy Wednesday everyone! How’s the middle of the week going for you? With August coming to an end, I figured a post about my most anticipated September releases would be fitting! Let me know if we have any in common and what September books you’re most excited for!

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Goodreads summary:

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

My thoughts: You already know how much I love Sarah J Maas don’t you? Chaol was one of my favorite characters in the beginning of the Throne of Glass series and even though he really got in my nerves in Queen of Shadows, I still love him! So when I found out Sarah was writing a book all about him, I knew I needed it as soon as it came out! I’ve already pre ordered my copy and I can’t wait to for it to arrive!

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Game of Thrones Book Tag

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Hey guys! How’s your Thursday going? I haven’t had much time to write this week because I’ve been working full time but I still wanted to post, so I decided to do a quick and easy tag! And after this week’s mind blowing Game of Thrones episode (I’m still unable to form coherent thoughts about it!) I decided to go with a Game of Thrones one! Here we go!

1. Cersei Lannister ~ A book that took you by surprise

Salt to the Sea was definitely a book that took me by the surprise, simply because I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did! Historical fiction is not a genre I usually reach for, so I was very reluctant to pick it up! But luckily I didn’t regret it and it turned out a five star read for me! You can check out my full review here!

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 2. Tyrion Lannister ~ A quotable book

I had to go with one of my absolutely favorite books of all time! Cassandra Clare’s writing in The Infernal Devices was phenomenal and there are so many memorable quotes in it! Will’s “it was books that made me feel, that perhaps I was not completely alone” comes to mind first but there are so many more in all three TID books! And we all have to admit that Clockwork Princess was one of the best series finales ever! Still heartbroken about that epiloque!

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Review on “Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys

28103790Genre: historical, YA

Format: paperback

Publisher: Puffin

Published: February 2nd, 2016

Pages: 391

 

Goodreads summary:

World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide.Among them areJoana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to theship that promises salvation, the “Wilhelm Gustloff.” Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other testedwith each step closer to safety. 
Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Notcountry, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people adults and children alike aboard must fight for the same thing: survival. 
Told in alternating points of view and perfect for fans of Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning”All the Light We Cannot See,” Erik Larson’s”Dead Wake,” and Elizabeth Wein’s Printz Honor Book”Code Name Verity,” this masterful work of historical fiction is inspired by the real-life tragedy that was the sinking of the”Wilhelm Gustloff “the greatest maritime disaster in history. As she did in”Between Shades of Gray,” Ruta Sepetys unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war, and proves that humanity and love can prevail, even in the darkest of hours. 

 

My thoughts:

“Per aspera ad astra,’ I whispered. Through hardship to the stars.”

First of all let me just say that this is not a book I expected to love as much as I did! Mostly because historical fiction is not a genre I usually reach for and I had no idea what to expect when I picked it up. But Salt to the Sea managed not only to surprise me, but also move me more than any other book ever has. So much, that I have come to love historical fiction because of it, and especially historical fiction set in the era in which it takes place which is World War II.

More specifically, the book is set in 1945 Germany, and I was actually amazed about the way Ruta Sepety’s rich world building and vivid images  immediately drew me into the story and hooked me right from the first page! Not only that, but the multiple point of views give you the chance to both discover the story and rediscover the era through different perspectives and sides and it’s what I loved the most about it!

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Book Subscription Boxes a.k.a. Christmas Every Month

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Hey guys! How’s everyone doing? I know I said I’d start posting regularly again but I’ve had a far busier summer than I anticipated and blogging didn’t really work out unfortunately. I’ll try to post as often as I can but I can’t make any promises, especially since September is approaching and is usually a hectic month for me. I do however have a post for you today and it’s all about book subscription boxes!

I don’t know about you but I personally love subscription boxes! And you know why? Because I also love bookmarks. And candles. And mugs. And lip balms. And books, obviously! Book subscription boxes combine them all, so they are pretty much what I like to call Christmas every month! They always make my day and make me smile, which is why I consider them a very important and also special part of my life! There are so many book boxes out there, and every one of them is awesome and unique in its own way. Today, I’m gonna share the ones I’ve had a personal experience with and trust me when I say they are all amazing!

Before I do however,  I want to thank the people behind them for all their hard work and dedication into making these boxes as amazing as possible for all of us! They are all wonderful people who deserve congratulations for making so many bookworms out there happy with their boxes, and I for one feel incredibly lucky and grateful to have met and worked with many of them!

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My Summer TBR

Happy Thursday y’all! As promised, I’m back today with a regular post! It feels so good to be blogging again! Like I said yesterday, I’ve had a very meh year reading wise, so I’m hoping to read as many books as I can until September because I desperately need to do some catching up! Now, I don’t know about you but I love watching tbr videos and reading tbr posts, mainly because they give me a chance to discover new books! So here are some of the books I’m planning to read in July and August:

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

I got this one in May’s Fairyloot and I’ve been dying to read it ever since I found out about it! I mean seriously, who wouldn’t love a retelling of Mulan? Plus, I’ve already read The Wrath and the Dawn by the same author and absolutely loved it so I’m very confident about this one too!

Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer

I absolutely love Rick Riordan and all his sassy characters, so I’m super excited to finally get to this! I started this a while ago and read a few chapters but even though I didn’t go very far because of a horrible reading slump, those few chapters were enough for me to fall in love with Magnus just like I did with Percy. And besides, that title is super fitting for a summer read!

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer is another book I got in Fairyloot (more specifically in March’s box) and I’m particularly fond of this one because it’s the special UK edition with the blue sprayed pages which is absolutely stunning! But cover aside, I absolutely love the storyline of the book and I can’t wait to meet Lazlo and dive into his strange world of dreams! Judging from what I’ve read about this so far, it’s easily going to be a new favorite!

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No, I wasn’t kidnapped by aliens!!!

Hello everybody! Long time no see right? I know I’ve disappeared for way too long (since October to be exact) but no worries! I wasn’t kidnapped by aliens or anything of the sort!

I’ve had a very busy year trying to balance work, college, reading and writing and I unfortunately haven’t had as much time to work on my blog as I wanted to and ended up constantly worrying about not posting often. So I decided to take a break from it for a while but now that summer is finally here and I’m mostly free I think it’s safe to say that I’m back for good and super excited about it! 🙂

Fresh start means a change so I decided to fix up my blog’s appearance a bit because I was kinda bored of the old one too! I’ll probably be making more changes in the future (I’m planning on creating a logo) but for now I went for a new theme and a new header featuring some of my most recent Instagram photos! What do you guys think?

Since it’s been so long I figured it would be a good idea to update you a bit on my reading life. I haven’t had a lot of time to read the past few months so I’m planning on tackling as many books as I can until September! I’m currently reading Lord of Shadows (which was probably my most anticipated release of the year and I’m so happy to finally get to it) and The Woman in Cabin 10 (haven’t read a good mystery book for years and decided to go for it!) and I’m loving them both!

What are you all currently reading and what have you been up to this past year? I can’t wait to catch up with everything now that I’m back and start posting again! I already have something planned for tomorrow but I wanted to drop in real quick and give you a small update before I started blogging regularly again!

Hope you’re all having a wonderful summer and I’ll see you again soon! 🙂

Forever Blue by Abby Wilder – Blog Tour and Review

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Hi everyone! Remember I said yesterday I had something important to share with you today? Well, this is it! My very first blog tour which I’m very excited about! I received a copy of this book by Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review and let me just say I loved it! Will get to the actual review shortly but first a little bit of information about the book:

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Title: Forever Blue

Author: Abby Wilder

Genres: Mystery, romance, YA

Format: ebook

Published: June 17th, 2016

Synopsis:

I never thought it would end like this.
I never thought it would end at all.
But not all stories get a happy ending.

When Lennon Donnelly moves back to the quiet town of Puruwai, she never dreams that a chance meeting with a boy sitting at the cemetery will change her life. Her best friend warns her about Judah Mitchell. There are rumours that he killed his brother. But as Lennon is drawn deeper into the mysterious boy’s life, the events of his past unravel until she finds herself driving over the edge of a cliff and into the depths of the lake below.

Spanning over two years and starting at the end, this compelling novel tells of the intertwining relationships of Lennon, Ruben, Judah, and Cara. Told from the different perspectives of before and after, the story unfolds like a puzzle and reveals secrets that will haunt you long after you turn the final page.

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My review:

Let me just start by saying that I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. I found the synopsis extremely intriguing which is why I wanted to give it a try but I’m not easily satisfied with anything that isn’t pure fantasy so I still wasn’t sure what to expect when I started it. Luckily for me, Forever Blue was as enticing as the synopsis made it to be and I was delightfully surprised!

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Spooky Covers

Hello everyone! So sorry I disappeared once again! October has been a really hard month for me because of a very busy schedule with work and university and because I was going through a hard family time and wasn’t really in the mood to write. But Halloween is only a few hours away and since I love Halloween and everything that goes with it, I figured it was finally time for me to return! This is gonna be a rather short post because I’ve had very little time to write this weekend, but I had to post something Halloween related! So let’s take a look at some spooky book covers and the stories that go with them!

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Synopsis

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.

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My thoughts: A girl wearing a blood stained dress and standing in front of a seemingly abandoned house? I think that’s spooky enough, don’t you? Anna Dressed in Blood was my Halloween read for last year and I absolutely loved it! Granted it wasn’t exactly scary but it still had its creepy moments and was a hauntingly beautiful story. See what I did there? Ghosts? Haunting? No? Anyway, I would totally recommend this book to anyone looking for a good chill and thrill! And if you’re a fan of impossible love stories, even better!

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