My favourite books of 2019 📚❤️

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Hello There

Now that 2019 has come and gone, it is time to wrap up the past year and I’m quite excited about it, because it means I’ll get to talk about all my favourite things! Like I usually do, I thought I’d dedicate the next week or so to talk about my favourite books, movies and TV shows of the year, starting with books, of course.

According to Goodreads, in 2019, I read 39,604 pages across 102 books, which I’m quite happy about, as I didn’t always have a lot of time to dedicate to reading. I haven’t really done stats or anything, but I mainly read fantasy novels, which isn’t surprising considering it’s my favourite genre and you can definitely tell from my list of favourite books.

In 2019, I read so many amazing books, yet only gave five star ratings to two books, as I’m being quite picky with my five stars now. I also found new favourite series, which makes me so happy. Anyhow, without further ado, here are my favourite books of 2019:

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The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

Genre: fantasy

The City of Brass was one of my favourite books of 2018 AND put me in a big fantasy slump, so I’m quite happy I loved its sequel that much. This Middle-East inspired fantasy series is about Nahri, a con woman who lives in 18th century Cairo, and accidentally summons a djinn warrior. He tells her about the legendary city of Daevabad, a city to which she is irrevocably bound and it all goes from there. The Kingdom of Copper was an ambitious and brilliant sequel, it made me love these characters even more and it developed its world-building splendidly. The last hundred pages were so intense I actually had to take breaks between chapters to breathe and process what was happening. This series is surely becoming one of my favourites and I can’t wait for the last book to come out in 2020!

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Genre: fantasy

What I love about Nevernight is that it reminded me why fantasy is my favourite genre: it has a fascinating and complex world-building, unforgettable characters, a great plot and months later, I still think about it. I adore books about female assassins and this one sure didn’t disappoint: it’s about Mia Corvere, who witnessed her parents being murdered as a child and promised she’d avenge herself on those that shattered her world. To do that, she has been training to join the Red Church of Itreya, where she’ll have to prove herself to them to become an assassin. I also love that while this book is quite dark, considering it is about assassins, it has a great narrator that shows a lot of humor, so it makes it even better and sometimes easier to read. I still have one book left to read in the trilogy, so I can’t wait to see how Mia’s story will end!

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Ship of Magic and The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

Genre: fantasy

After falling in love with Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy in 2018, I moved on to her Liveship Traders trilogy in 2019 and became obsessed with that one as well (I *might* have mentioned it quite a lot in recent months 😇). This fantasy trilogy is all about pirates, talking ships, magic, sea serpents, slave revolts and bloody battles, and I’m pretty sure it is the best series with pirates I have ever read. I’m in such awe of Robin Hobb for the world she has created and I love the characters from this trilogy so much: every time I read one of these books, it’s all I can think about and I’m always so sad to say goodbye to them (I felt the same way towards the Farseer trilogy, I’m glad it happened again). I didn’t have time to read the last book in the trilogy in 2019, but it’s happening in the next few weeks and I’m so excited about it!

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The Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier

Genres: fantasy, historical fiction

After years of hearing readers rave about Juliet Marillier, I finally started reading her Sevenwaters series and I fell deeply in love with it. This medieval fantasy series is mainly set in ancient Ireland and follows four generations in the family of Sevenwaters, which has a special relationship with the people of the Otherworld. These books are very character-driven, have an immersive setting and feel like fairy tales (the first one being a retelling of The Six Swans), which I adored so much. I can’t get enough of these books and they made me want to read every book Juliet Marillier has ever written, so I’m looking forward to slowly make my way through them in 2020.

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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Genres: gothic, historical fiction

When I think about The Thirteenth Tale, I remember how late I stayed up to read it, how fully immersed I was in its gothic atmosphere and how I kept being speechless, both because of plot twists and how beautifully written this story was. This novel is about Vida Winter, a renowned author, who has been creating various outlandish life histories for herself for the past six decades, and decides to trust the story of her life to biographer Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth, hidden by those who loved her most, remains an ever-present pain. It is such a dark and captivating tale and I can’t praise it highly enough. It was my very first five star read of 2019 and I still think about it all the time.

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Genre: fantasy

The Priory of the Orange Tree and I were very much love at first sight: from the very first few pages, I knew it would become a favourite and I already wanted to reread it. Truth be told, it is the fantasy novel I had always wanted and I’m so happy it exists. It is quite an intricate fantasy novel, and it has it all: it is mainly set in a queendom, has dragons and dragon riders, queer characters, amazing world-building, political plotlines and so much more. It can be intimidating considering its length, but it is worth every word of it. It’s my favourite book of 2019, I can’t get enough out of it and I can’t wait to reread it this year, I miss it so much. 

So there you have it, here are my favourite books of 2019!

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December Wrap-Up + Favourites 📚❤️

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Hello There

Happy New Year! I wish you all the best for 2020, I hope that this year will give you what you need and be full of amazing things! 🎉

Before I jump right into making lists of my favourite books/TV shows/movies like every year, I thought I’d get my December wrap-up out of the way, so that’s what I’ll do today.

December has been… a ride, shall we say? Lately, most of my wrap-ups have started that way, but the second half of 2019 was quite tough for me… Here’s to hoping 2020 will treat me better! To sum up December: I tried, I really tried. I studied for my driving theory, I babysat a lot to have some money and despite the strikes, I spent a weekend in London with my boyfriend (both our trains, then plane was cancelled last minute), which definitely was the highlight of the month. I adore London so much, we mainly went to see Dear Evan Hansen, one of my favourite musicals, and it was everything.

The first half of the month was good… Then I watched The Rise of Skywalker. You might know how much I love Star Wars and how important The Last Jedi is to me. I was so excited for The Rise of Skywalker and to see these characters one last time. I know I probably wouldn’t have been able to love it as much as the previous one, but I surely didn’t expect the movie I got. The truth is, I can’t like this movie. I can’t like a movie that messed up with my mental health that much, to the point that still impacts me two weeks later. I wish it wasn’t such a big deal for me, but alas, it is what it is. Let’s say that I could have done without everything I’ve felt since then, but it’ll get better at some point, so I’m holding on to that. ❤️

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I really wanted to prioritize reading in December and I quite succeeded in that. Most of the books I read were somehow rereads or Star Wars related, but at least I was consistent in that and I wasn’t disappointed in anything! Here is what I read in December:

  • Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham (reread), 4/5 stars
  • The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb, 4.5/5 stars
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray (reread), 4/5 stars
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (reread), 5/5 stars
  • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (reread), 4/5 stars
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #1 by Charles Soule, Will Sliney and Clayton Crain, 4/5 stars
  • The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon, 4/5 stars
  • Star Wars: Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse, 4/5 stars
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (reread), 5/5 stars
  • Star Wars: Force Collector by Kevin Shinick, 3/5 stars
  • Star Wars: Age of Resistance – Heroes by Tom Taylor, Ramon Rosanas and Guru-eFX, 4/5 stars

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My favourite book of the month was The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb, which I’m so happy about! Robin Hobb is becoming one of my favourite fantasy authors and this second book in the Liveship Traders trilogy was amazing: I cannot wait to read the last book in it in January, then to go back to Fitz’ story soon enough.

Other than that, the new Rise of Kylo Ren run is excellent so far, waiting for the issues to be released every month is going to be tough, but it’ll be worth it!

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Watching Dear Evan Hansen live

I’ve been listening to Dear Evan Hansen for about three years now and it’s my second favourite musical, so when they announced they’d bring the production to West End, I was over the moon and got tickets to watch it. It was more than I could have asked for: the production and the cast were amazing (I follow them all on Instagram and they’re the best) of course, but I also did stage door and met our Evan Hansen, Marcus Harman, who was so adorable and it made the whole experience even better.

I don’t know if it’s possible, but I love the musical even more than I did before and I will cherish this memory forever. Needless to say, all I’ve been listening to in December is Dear Evan Hansen.

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Star Wars

While I feel a certain way about the latest Star Wars movie, December was very much a Star Wars month for me and that was amazing. I did a Star Wars marathon to rewatch the movies, I read several comics and novels, I binge-watched and fell in love with The Mandalorian (I even started making a crocheted Baby Yoda) and watched a bit of Star Wars Rebels again, it all brought me so much comfort. I’m so glad I have Star Wars in my life and that it was everywhere again last month.

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MOVIES // Knives Out and Marriage Story

After The Rise of Skywalker came out, I watched quite a few of movies with Adam Driver, which isn’t really surprising because I adore him and he’s such a talented actor. Out of them all, my favourite was Marriage Story: the actors’ performances are amazing, whether I’m talking about Adam Driver’s, Scarlet Johansson’s or Laura Dern’s, and I love it so much for that (it also gets bonus points because Adam sings Being Alive in it)It’s getting a lot of hype thanks to awards season and it makes me really happy.

The last movie I watched in theaters in 2019 was Knives Out, which I was beyond excited about, as it was written and directed by Rian Johnson (he wrote and directed The Last Jedi, so). I’m glad I saved it for last, because it was a really positive way to end the year for me. If I were to explain why I loved it THAT much, we’d probably be here all day, but let’s just say that the cast was amazing and I love that Rian Johnson makes me think like that while watching a movie. After leaving the theater, we discussed tiny details and our interpretations during the whole ride home, then while making diner and even before falling asleep, and that’s how I wish it’d always be. Thank you, Rian Johnson. ❤️

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TV SHOW // The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Last but not least, the third season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel came out in December and it was excellent, as always! As I’ve said before, this period drama is such a breathe of fresh air, but also discusses serious topics and they have amazing actors! I was super excited for both Sterling K. Brown and Liza Weil to be guest-starring in a few episodes and it made the season even better for me, I love them so much.

Looking Ahead

I really don’t want to give in to January pressure, as it’s a new year and all of that, but I hope that with every day, I will feel like I’m breathing a bit easier again. I want to catch up with movies that have been nominated for award season (I’m planning on watching both the Golden Globes and the Oscars live, so), to pass my driving theory exam, to continue job-hunting, to blog more consistently again and to continue reading books I love, that’s about it.

What about you: how was December? Did you discover any new favourite books?

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My most anticipated book releases of this winter 📚❄️

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Hello There

We’re nearing the end of December, and it feels like everyone is making plans and resolutions for the new year, but I’m not *quite* there yet… I can’t believe a new year is coming? That being said, I have been thinking about 2020 book releases, so I thought I’d talk about this more exciting topic (at least for me it’s more exciting)!

As always, I’ll be talking about the books I’m anticipating the most for the next three months (so from January to March), I find it easier to track new releases on a shorter period of time, otherwise I’m scared I’d forget some of them. But anyway, here are the seven books I’m anticipating for this winter:

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The King of Crows by Libba Bray

Published: February 4th 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genres: historical fantasy

Why do I want it? The Diviners is one of my favourite YA series: it’s set in 1920s New York, follows an amazing and diverse cast of characters, some of them with supernatural abilities, it has a deliciously creepy atmosphere and it doesn’t shy away from important topics some people would like to ignore in history (such as the Chinese Exclusion Act, eugenics, and so much more). It is such an important book series and I can’t recommend it enough. This one is the last book in the series and I have waited for it for so long, I can’t believe it’s finally coming out! 😱

The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag

Published: February 6th 2020 by Bantam Press

Genres: fantasy

Why do I want it? This novel sounds like a dark fairy tale and I’m all for it! It follows four girls who were born to different mothers on the same day. At nearly eighteen, they have to find each other again, before meeting their father in Everwhere, then discover who they are and what they can do. From the summary, it says that by the end of the book, three will live and one will die, which got me really intrigued?! I already need answers.

The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Published: February 6th 2020 by Pan Macmillan

Genre: historical fiction

Why do I want it? This book is set in 17th Norway and was inspired by the real events of the Vardø storm and the 1621 witch trials, which is enough to get me intrigued, to be honest. I adore historical fiction, especially novels focusing on witches, even though they’re usually heartbreaking, so of course I’m anticipating this one. I also know there is a f/f romance in it, so basically I need it NOW.

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The Foundling by Stacey Halls

Published: February 6th 2020 by Manilla Press

Genres: historical fiction

Why do I want it? I loved The Familiars by Stacey Halls (another witchy novel 🙈) this year, so I can’t wait to read more by her. Set in 1754 London, this novel is about a mother who comes to reclaim her illegitimate daughter at a Foundling hospital, but found out that she’s already been reclaimed… by her. She then tries to figure out who took her and why. The story also follows a young widow who hasn’t left her house in a decade and hires a nursemaid from the Foundling hospital for her daughter. I’m quite curious about this one!

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Published: March 3rd 2020 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Genres: historical fantasy

Why do I want it? Well, I’ve been waiting for this book since March 2013, so I think that’s explanation enough, right? 😂 Chain of Gold is the first book in The Last Hours trilogy, which follows the children of the characters from The Infernal Devices trilogy. I am so excited to go back to the Shadowhunter world, to read about these new characters (we met some of them in novellas, but still), to meet my namesake Lucie Herondale (!!) and to time travel to Edwardian London. March can’t come soon enough.

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The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

Published: March 3rd 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genres: historical fantasy

Why do I want it? You might not know this about me, but I was obsessed with the Mozart family when I was a teenager, and this book is about Nannerl, sister to Wolfgang Amadeus. All she wants in life is to be an acclaimed composer, but her father wants her to marry and settle down… Until a stranger appears and makes her an offer: her wish can come true, but it may cost her everything. Honestly, I need anything that comes close to being Nannerl’s story (like Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones ❤️), so I’m beyond happy this book is finally coming out.

The Rise of Skywalker by Rae Carson

Published: March 3rd 2020 by Del Rey

Genres: science-fiction

It will come to no surprise that I can’t wait for the novelization of The Rise of Skywalker. I’m a huge Star Wars fan and have read all the novelizations of the sequel trilogy movies, so of course I want this one as well! I’m living for all the new details we get through those and I trust Rae Carson (I loved her Gold Seer trilogy so much!), I’m sure she’ll give me everything I want and that I’ll sob some more, because I can’t believe the sequel trilogy is over. 😭

Are you excited for any of these books? Which new releases are you anticipating the most for this winter?

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October and November Wrap-Up + Favourites

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Hello There

Just like that, we have said goodbye to autumn and have welcomed winter, here in the northern hemisphere. I still can’t believe it’s actually December. I quite forgot to write my October wrap-up, so I thought I’d wrap up both October and November at the same time in this post.

October and November have been quite eventful for me and I feel like they happened forever ago. In those two months, I have continued job-hunting (I will find something… someday), have finally registered for my driver’s license and am studying for the driving theory exam, have started learning the guitar, have been babysitting a lot, have prepared and had our Harry Potter party,  have met three authors I adore and have traveled to Paris a few times.

Though all of these are very positive and amazing things that happened, most days I’m still trying to breathe, to figure myself out and not to be too hard on myself: we all move at different paces and that’s okay. Being done with my studies and be unemployed is really a tough period to get through, but I’ll get there!

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Thanks to the Gilmoreathon, which happened in the first two weeks of October, I managed to read a lot in October and to get through most of the books I wanted to read in autumn. During that month, I read:

  • Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim, 3/5 stars
  • Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab, 4/5 stars
  • Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden, 2/5 stars
  • The Mighty Thor, Volume 5: The Death of the Mighty Thor by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman and Walter Simonson, 3.5/5 stars
  • Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks, 4/5 stars
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, 4/5 stars
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, 4.5/5 stars
  • Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, 2/5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling, 5/5 stars (reread)

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My favourite book of the month was by far Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, which made me the happiest as it was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. I loved the world it was set in as well as the dark academia aspect so much and I cannot wait for the sequel to come out at some point (please consider checking the trigger warnings if you want to read it, though).

In November, I mainly finished books I had started the month before and I didn’t read as much as usual, some months are like that I guess. I ended up reading:

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, 5/5 stars (reread)
  • My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix, 1/5 stars
  • Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb, 4.5/5 stars
  • The Birds and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier, 4/5 stars
  • Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston, 3/5 stars

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My favourite book of the month was Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb, I adored it so much (it’s not that surprising, but still)! It’s the first book in her second series set in the Realms of the Elderlings and it’s pretty much the pirates and ships series I’ve always wanted. I’m currently reading the second book in the series and I can’t stop thinking about it, I almost missed my subway stop because of it the other day.

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TV SHOW // This Is Us

This Is Us is back in my favourites… Yet again. The fourth season of the show started airing at the end of September and the fall season finale aired at the end of November, so of course it’s been with me through the past two months. My best friend and I watched the new episode every Wednesday and there are so many weeks when it was the one thing that got me through life. This show has been my safe space for the past few months, to the point that I have to listen to Jack’s Theme to fall asleep every night, so yes, it’s just going to stay in my favourites for a while.

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MISC. // Our Harry Potter Party

On November 2nd, we hosted a Harry Potter party with my family and it was amazing! We started preparing it early September, my brother and I even invented a game and I drew all the cards, it was a lot of work, but it was so great to see the house transformed and to imagine to be in Hogwarts, just for one night. I also started playing Hogwarts Mystery during those months, reread the sixth book and have been rewatching the movies, so I’ve been in a huge Harry Potter mood recently and it feels amazing.

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TV SHOW // The Crown

In November, the third season of The Crown was released and I binge-watched it as fast as I could! I’m a huge period drama fan, so I was beyond excited for this new season and for the new cast! I thought they all did a splendid job, from Olivia Colman to Josh O’Connor and as I didn’t know much about this time period in the UK, it was quite interesting in that aspect as well. I’m so excited for season 4.

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BOOKISH // Meeting Samantha Shannon, Leigh Bardugo and Alice Oseman

In November, I was lucky enough to meet all three of these authors and it still feels unreal, because they’ve all written some of my favourite books. In the few minutes we talked, Samantha Shannon managed to impress me with her knowledge of history (she knew what my hometown was known for in the Middle Ages? WHAT?) and I could tell her how much I love Priory. Leigh Bardugo was every inch a queen and seeing her for the second time was amazing, we talked black lipstick and it was a lot of fun. Alice Oseman was so adorable as well and she painted Nick and Charlie on a bookstore window, it was so cool! I can’t believe it all happened within a few weeks.

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MOVIE & MUSIC // Frozen

Like many people, I adore Frozen with all my heart. By mid-October, I couldn’t stop myself any longer and I started listening to the original soundtrack as well as the Broadway musical all the time again, so I was more than ready for Frozen 2 to come out. This movie was everything and is definitely my favourite movie of the year so far, I’ve already watched it twice and am planning to watch it so many more times. I adore the characters so much, even more than before, the new songs are amazing (my favourite is Some Things Never Change), we’ll not mention how happy I was when I heard Sterling K. Brown voicing a character and overall, I’m so happy that the Frozen hype is back.

Looking Ahead

I’m actually quite excited about December. I’m not sure whether or not I’m in a Christmas mood yet, as there are so many things happening right now, but it’ll come soon. This month, I’m going to London for a weekend and will see Dear Evan Hansen on West End (I still can’t believe it, I’ve listened to this musical for so long!!), I’m so excited to go back to London and while it’s all decorated for Christmas on top of that!

Other than that, all my excitement is going towards the release of The Rise of Skywalker. It’s no secret that I’m a huge Star Wars fan: I grew up with it and have seen every Star Wars movie in theaters since Revenge of the Sith (I was nine then, before that I was too younger… or not even born haha), so it feels really weird to say goodbye to the Skywalker saga. I’ll probably rewatch the movie a lot while it’s in theaters like for The Last Jedi, but still.

What about you? What’s your latest favourite book? Anything you’re looking forward to this December?

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Four book series I’m giving a second chance to 📚

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Hello There

There are so many book series that I have given up on; sometimes because I read the first couple of chapters of a book and thought we wouldn’t be the right fit, sometimes when I didn’t like the first book enough to continue, when everyone is telling me that the sequels are way better. I used not to think twice about it, because there are so many books I want to read, but so little time.

However, over the past year or so, as I started wanting to give another chance to some book series, I realized that what could have been true once isn’t set in stone: over the years, my reading tastes change, so books that I thought weren’t for me, I could actually enjoy later on.

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Of course, it’s not true for every book out there, but sometimes, while your present self isn’t ready for a book, your future self might end up loving it later and it’s been on my mind a lot lately. We talk a lot of second chances, so why wouldn’t books deserve that too? 🤔

As I was thinking about book series I was giving/wanted to give another try to, I realized that most of them leaned towards adult fantasy and it doesn’t surprise me, to be honest: it’s a genre that used to intimidate me, but I read so many adult fantasy novels now. Three years ago, I would have been wary before jumping into Robin Hobb’s Realms of the Elderlings (really long) series or G.R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, and maybe I’d have disliked them for some reason, but now? I always get so excited when I pick up one of these books.

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It got me thinking that while I read some books when the timing was right for me, I might have missed out on others because I wasn’t ready for them, and that’s okay. It’s not too late to go back and figure out which books I might have missed out on and to enjoy them more this time around.

At the moment, there are four book series that I want to give another chance to or have picked up again, because I feel like the timing is right. I’m mainly giving them another chance because I’ve loved the authors’ other books, because my friends and reviewers I trust loved them, or because of the hype, it all depends.

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🦋 The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon

This series is the reason I started thinking about this blog post. I “tried” reading the first chapter of The Bone Season four years ago, but it wasn’t working for me, so I just moved on and that was it. However, when I read The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon this year, I fell in love with it so much that it ended up becoming my favourite book of the year.

Because of that, I needed to read more books by Samantha Shannon, so I decided to give The Bone Season another try and when I looked the summary up again, I was so intrigued again. This series is set in a dystopian London where being clairvoyant (e.g. seeing spirits) is illegal, but the main character is one of the most powerful ones and works for a criminal organization… and then it all goes from there and gets more complex, it’s so worth it! This time around, it worked: while the first book in the series isn’t my favourite, I was so intrigued by it, read it really quickly and soon enough, I found myself ordering the second book, which was everything I wanted and now that’s it: I’m committed for the rest of the series.

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❄️ The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

I read The Bear and the Nightingale early 2018 and I expected to love it so much, but somehow I was disappointed. This book is about Vasilisa, who lives in Russia with her family and grows up with fairytales told by her nurse, until her mother dies and his father marries a woman who discards all the family’s ways. I don’t remember much about it to be honest, I found the world to be fascinting, but was quite disconnected from the story and I didn’t get to the sequels, as I forgot so much about the first book overtime.

That being said, I feel like I could adore this book way more now: it’s full of magic and folklore and I usually love slow-paced books. Moreover, I know that my friend Aseel loved the sequels more than the first book and we have very similar reading tastes, so it really motivates me to give it another chance and reread it this winter.

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🔪 The Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff

My relationship with Nevernight started the exact same way than my relationship with The Bone Season: I read the first few pages and thought it wouldn’t be for me. It made me so sad, because come on, a book about a female assassin?! I was so ready for it.

Then, in August, right before Darkdawn was released, it felt like everyone I followed on BookTube and Bookstagram was either rereading the series in preparation for that release or starting the series and I started getting big FOMO… So I ordered Nevernight, read it and fell in love with it as well (as so many people say, you just have to get through the first 50 pages!). I cannot wait to get Godsgrave when I can, but I’m so happy I gave Nevernight a second chance: I need more of Jay Kristoff’s adult books now!

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🧝🏻‍♀️ The Blackthorn & Grim trilogy by Juliet Marillier

Last but not least, I really want to give another chance to the Blackthorn & Grim trilogy. These books are set in ancient Ireland and follows a healer who was wrongly imprisoned and one of her fellow prisoners. To escape prison, she makes a deal with the Fair Folk to assist anyone who asks for her help for the next seven years, which means she can’t get revenge on who imprisoned her. After seeing so many people raving about Juliet Marillier for years, I felt a bit let down by Dreamer’s Pool, first book in the trilogy when I read it, to be honest. Still, it really felt like a fairytale and I was so intrigued by this world, so it was quite a bummer.

Since then, I have read the Sevenwaters series by the same author and it’s my favourite book series of the year so far, so I really want to get to all of Marillier’s works. Looking back, I think I enjoyed this book way more than I first thought, so fingers crossed I’ll love it this time!

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Do you ever give second chances to books because you think the timing wasn’t right for you to read them? If so, have you enjoyed said books/series more?

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The End of the Year Book Tag

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Hello There

As I’m typing this, the weather is quite gloomy and I’m listening to Frozen: The Broadway Musical, so yes, we’ve quite moved on from autumn to winter for me. I haven’t been blogging for about a month and a half, mainly because my mental health hasn’t been at its best to say the least, then I got laptop troubles, but I’m finally ready to get back into it, as I’ve missed blogging a lot.

I thought that I’d take it easy coming back, so that’s why I decided to do The End of the Year Book Tag, which was created by Ariel Bissett. I keep seeing this tag everywhere, so I thought it would be fun to do it as well. Without further ado, let’s get into it!

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Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Sadly… Yes. I’m terrible at reading my non-fiction books consistently, so I have two on the back burner at the moment. 🙈 I’m still reading The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos, as well as Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon (extraordinary is the key word here apparently). I haven’t read either of them in a few weeks, but I want to finish at least one of them before the end of the year, so we’ll see how it goes!

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Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

I’d say The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield! I adored this gothic novel so much when I read it at the beginning of the year and it starts in November, so it’s perfect for the season! Moreover, it has spooky elements and bad winter weather, which makes it a perfect book to read next to a fire while it’s really cold outside.

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Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

I can’t wait to get my hands on The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black, though I only have two days left to wait for it to be released! 😱 I loved the first two books in this trilogy so much, so I can’t wait to go back to Elfhame, to see Jude and Cardan again and to know how their story will end.

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What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

I’m in a huge fantasy mood at the moment and really want to catch up on some series, so that’s what I’m planning to do during the last few weeks of the year. I’m planning to get The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon, the third book in her Bone Season series, when I’ll travel to London next month, because it’s set there and I want to start it then. Moreover, it’s time I catch up on the series as the next book in it will be released in 2020! I also really want to get to Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff, because I loved Nevernight and I so want to continue this trilogy. Last but not least, I’m currently reading The Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb and want to read the whole trilogy while I’m at it, so I’m planning on getting to The Mad Ship as well.

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Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite of the year?

Well, my favourite book of the year has been The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon since March and the only other book I gave five stars to in 2019 was The Thirteenth Tale, so I highly doubt any book will do better than Priory before the end of the year. That being said, I finally started Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders trilogy last week and I’m adoring it so much! Her Farseer trilogy got me out of my fantasy slump around the same time last year, so the Liveship Traders trilogy might end up being my favourite series I’ve read this year (I mean, talking ships, magic, pirates and somehow a family saga? I am so in!), but that’s about it!

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Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?

My reading plans for 2020 are to be as relaxed about reading as I can, I don’t want to pressure myself with what and how much I read, so for the third year in a row, I’ll set my Goodreads reading goal at one book and we’ll see how the year goes!

What about you? What are your reading plans for the rest of the year and do you have reading plans for 2020?

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September reading wrap-up and favourites ☕🍂

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Hello There

September has been a weird month for me, so I’m glad to leave it behind to welcome October. As I finished my studies back in June (but only got all my grades back last week), this September was the first time I didn’t go back to school and it made me feel off-balance, so I tried to take it one day at a time. I’m just exhausted by people asking me if I have found a job, because believe me, if I had found one, I’d be screaming it from the rooftops.

Still, September had amazing moments. I went to Disneyland with my best friend, I went to Paris to visit my boyfriend and some of my friends, as well as to see an exhibition that holds a special place in my heart, I stayed up all night to watch the Emmys, This Is Us came back on TV, the Downton Abbey movie came out, so many things still made me really happy.

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I didn’t have a great reading month in September, in the sense that I wasn’t really in the mood to read anything, only one book I read stood out, plus I abandoned two books. Some months are like this I guess. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I still managed to finish five novels and three comics though, so that’s something. Here are the books that I read:

  • The Host by Stephenie Meyer, not rated (reread)
  • Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray, 4/5 stars
  • The Mighty Thor, vol. 2: Lords of Midgard by Jason Aaron, 3/5 stars
  • The Mighty Thor, vol. 3: The Asgard/Shi’Ar War by Jason Aaron, 3.5/5 stars
  • The Mighty Thor, vol. 4: The War Thor by Jason Aaron, 3.5/5 stars
  • The Confession by Jessie Burton, 3.5/5 stars
  • The Wickerlight by Mary Watson, 3/5 stars
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab, 3.5/5 stars (reread)

My favourite was by far Leia, Princess of Alderaan, it has managed to make me love Leia Organa even more than I already did, plus it featured Amilyn Holdo! Ah, I do love my Star Wars books, they make me so happy.

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MISC. // Friendship anniversary and Disneyland

On September 4th, my best friend and I celebrated our ten year friendship anniversary and we decided to go to Disneyland for that! It was such a perfect day, we rewatched a few Disney movies in preparation, I’m pretty sure I had never done that many rides in one day, we got matching Disney pins in celebration, I finally saw the new version of Phantom Manor, we stayed until the fireworks and I cried during that show, it definitely was the best day of the month. I can’t believe we’ve been friends for ten years, here’s to so many more and to going to Disney World in 2029. 💖

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DRINK // Pumpkin Spice Latte

With autumn, the Pumpkin Spice Latte came back and it made me so happy to start drinking it again! I also finally tried to make some myself and it tastes amazing, I can’t get enough of it. Everyone in my family tried it and they loved it, so I have to make it in huge batches now… Not that I mind. 😅

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TV SHOWS // Anne with an E and This Is Us

I finally started watching Anne with an E in September and I fell in love with it. I didn’t know what to expect, but it’s so refreshing, I am so attached to the characters and the setting is stunning! I’m about halfway through season 2 right now and I can’t wait to catch up. I also decided I’d finally read Anne of Green Gables this month, as I never did growing up, and I’m so excited!

On top of that, This Is Us came back for its fourth season last week and it makes me the happiest. I’ve only watched the season premiere so far, but it was perfect, I can’t wait to see where they go this season and I haven’t listened to anything but Memorized for the past week. I’m watching episode 2 tonight and I just can’t wait. Honestly, my mental health has been all over the place recently, but as long as I have This Is Us, I feel like I can through everything, because this show means the world to me. 💖

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MUSIC // When I Wasn’t Watching, Mandy Moore 

I can’t put into words how much I love and admire Mandy Moore. I rediscovered her through This Is Us back in May (you thought you had seen the last of This Is Us for this post, didn’t you?), so of course I started following her on Instagram and was instantly impressed by her, as she was hiking through Mount Everest with some of her friends at that time. I’ve been following her for months and I find her so inspiring, plus she’s been impressing me more and more as Rebecca in This Is Us for months. On top of that, after ten years, she decided to record new music and released When I Wasn’t Watching. I adore this song so much, it speaks to me on so many levels and I can’t wait for her to release more new music.

I don’t think I had quite realized that until September, as she released new music and as she was nominated for an Emmy, but Mandy Moore has inspired me so much over the past few months. She’s the type of person to persist no matter what, who goes back to her passions even if it’s been ten years and it must be terrifying, and she seems like such a strong and gentle soul. Watching her IG stories every day makes me so happy and honestly? I want to be just like her as I go on in life.

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MOVIE // Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey is one of my all-time favourite TV shows, so I was beyond excited when they decided to make a movie of it. I watched it on release day and it was all I could have asked for and more. Sure, it was a bit cheesy at times, but seeing the characters all together on the big screen one last time was everything and the perfect closure. I can’t wait to watch the movie again and again.

Looking Ahead

I am so ready for October to be here! It means autumn is settling itself more and that it’s time to indulge in all things spooky, as Halloween is pretty much here. Here are some things I want to do this month:

  • continue job-hunting,
  • participate in the Gilmoreathon,
  • continue learning Spanish,
  • participate in Inktober (it’s my first time participating so I’m a bit scared),
  • register for my driver’s license,
  • learn Hedwig’s theme on the piano

How was September for you? Any new favourite things?

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My TBR for the #Gilmoreathon ☕🍂

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Hello There

October is finally coming tomorrow and I am so happy, as autumn is truly installed in the northern hemisphere now. The season of fallen leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters, rainy days and so much more is finally here and I couldn’t be more excited, as it’s my favourite season. Like a lot of people, autumn also reminds me of Gilmore Girls, one of my all-time favourite TV shows and it is the perfect season to rewatch it (though I already do that all year, but nevermind).

That being said, a few weeks ago, Olivia @ Liv’s Library, Desi @ Pastel Pages and Mackenzie @ Mackenzie Lane announced they were hosting a two week long readathon based on Gilmore Girls, so of course I had to join in! This readathon is happening from October 1st to October 15th and there are two ways to join: you can either read books based on challenges or read as many books as possible from the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. On top of that, the hosts chose a group book to read all together, Lauren Graham’s memoir, Talking as Fast as I Can. 

What am I planning to read for this readathon?

Well, I have to admit that I’m in a bit of a reading slump at the moment, so I’m hoping this readathon will help me to get out of it. I decided to plan my TBR according to the challenges created by the hosts and tried to make some of my autumn TBR fit them. So without further ado, here’s my TBR for the Gilmoreathon!

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  • read a book with a school setting: in honor of Yale and Chilton.

For this challenge, I am planning to read Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, which I think is the perfect choice, as it is set in Yale. As it is coming out during the readathon, I won’t be able to read it straight away, because I have to wait for my copy to arrive, but I’m so excited about it, as it’s a dark academia novel all about secret societies.

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  • read a mother/daughter relationship book: in honor of our favorite mother/daughter relationship ever.

For this one, I am planning to read Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab, the second book in the Cassidy Blake series. I struggled a bit to find a book that fitted that prompt, but Cassidy travels around the world with both her parents, so it totally works! Besides, I was planning to read it in October anyway, as it’s partially set in the Catacombs in Paris, so it’s perfect for the season. 👻

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  • read any cozy book set during fall/winter: in honor of beautiful Stars Hollow and Lorelai smelling snow.

I started watching Anne with an E this month and I’ve been loving it so much, so I decided it was time for me to finally read Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery! I’m sure it’ll make for a cozy read and it has that famous quote about October, so it’s perfect for this prompt. I found an audiobook version of the whole series (I’ll be there for 73 hours I guess 😂) I really liked on Scribd, I can’t wait to get to it. 🍂

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  • read a book with complicated love interests: in honour of Rory, Dean & Jess

In which we will not mention how big my crush on Milo Ventimiglia is (though it started because of This Is Us and not Gilmore Girls). 🙈

I’m not too big on romance, but my favourite romance trope is hate-to-love, so I decided to go with Dark Disciple by Christie Golden. With the release of The Rise of Skywalker in December, I thought I’d try to read at least one Star Wars novel per month and I’ll go with this one for October! It’s set in the Clone Wars era and about one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress, who has to pair up with her former Jedi Master Quinlan Vos to eliminate Count Dooku and they have *quite* complicated feelings for each other (hate-to-love helloooo).

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  • read a book by an Asian author or has Asian representation: in honor of our favorite best friend, Lane.

For this challenge, I’m planning on reading Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim, which is a Mulan retelling about a young woman who has to pose as a man to compete for the role of imperial tailor and sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars (doesn’t it sound amazing?). I’ve been in a huge fantasy mood, so I’m really excited to read this one and I know Samantha Shannon loved it, so that’s enough for me!

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  • read the next book in a series you haven’t finished yet: in honor of A Year in The Life.

For this one, I’m going to read A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold by George R.R. Martin, which is the second half of the third book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series (talk about being in the middle of a series 🙈). As I was saying before, I’m in a huge fantasy mood at the moment, I’ve missed these characters so much and as I’ve planned to read a lot of short books for this readathon, I can allow myself to read one bigger book.

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  • read a book with food on the cover or is a crucial part of the storyline: in honor of Luke’s Cafe.

I struggled a bit for that prompt as well, but I decided to go with Pumpkinheads, written by Rainbow Rowell and illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks, which is a graphic novel about two teenagers working at a pumpkin patch every autumn. It will be the perfect autumnal read, and it’s about pumpkins, so it’ll be very fitting for this challenge.

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  • read the group book

Last but not least, I’m planning on rereading Talking as Fast as I can: from Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham, which is the group book for the readathon. I read it earlier this year and adored it so much, but I really wanted to reread it via audiobook as Lauren Graham is narrating it herself! It has two chapters all about Gilmore Girls and seeing the pictures always makes me really emotional.

So that’s about it for my TBR. I can’t wait for tomorrow to come, so I can get started on the Gilmoreathon!

Are you participating in this readathon? What are you planning to read in October?
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The Confession by Jessie Burton | Book review

Hello There

Another Sunday, another book review. It’s currently quite gloomy outside and I’m drinking coffee while writing this post, so truly, it is the perfect time to blog. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately, but I recently finished The Confession by Jessie Burton, which I was lucky enough to get an e-ARC of, so I thought I’d share my review of it with you all today!

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The Confession by Jessie Burton

Published on September 19th by Picador

Summary: The sensational new novel from the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse.

One winter’s afternoon on Hampstead Heath in 1980, Elise Morceau meets Constance Holden and quickly falls under her spell. Connie is bold and alluring, a successful writer whose novel is being turned into a major Hollywood film. Elise follows Connie to LA, a city of strange dreams and swimming pools and late-night gatherings of glamorous people. But whilst Connie thrives on the heat and electricity of this new world where everyone is reaching for the stars and no one is telling the truth, Elise finds herself floundering. When she overhears a conversation at a party that turns everything on its head, Elise makes an impulsive decision that will change her life forever.

Three decades later, Rose Simmons is seeking answers about her mother, who disappeared when she was a baby. Having learned that the last person to see her was Constance Holden, a reclusive novelist who withdrew from public life at the peak of her fame, Rose is drawn to the door of Connie’s imposing house in search of a confession . . .

From the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse, this is a luminous, powerful and deeply moving novel about secrets and storytelling, motherhood and friendship, and how we lose and find ourselves.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THE CONFESSION

I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All quotes used in this review may have changed upon publication.

You’re all so brilliant, and you’ve got so much going for you. And if you haven’t got to where you wanted to get by the time you’re twenty-five, you should probably thank your lucky stars. Seriously. Because if getting there is hard, holding on to your dream is possibly even harder. Nothing ever stays the same.

— Jessie Burton, The Confession, p. 345.

When I got approved for this e-ARC, I was absolutely thrilled, because I adored the author’s previous novel, The Muse, and I was so looking forward to reading more of her words.

The Confession is a historical fiction novel built on one of my favourite tropes of that genre: alternating between points of view from different eras, which will eventually come together to resolve a mystery, so I loved its storyline. It is a compelling narrative about family, love, loss, relationships, motherhood and embracing who you are, which I really enjoyed. Be warned that there is a trigger warning for abortion in this book, so be careful if it’s something that triggers you.

I know historical fiction can be a bit daunting for some readers, as it means going to a different time and place, it can be complicated to read, but I feel like historically speaking, The Confession was easy to get through. The historical setting is immersive and easy to picture, as it was set in 1980s Hollywood, which doesn’t feel that far away, so it could appeal to readers who aren’t used to reading historical fiction.

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The Confession is mainly about three women: Elise, Connie and Rose, and their paths through life, which I really enjoyed reading about, though the characters weren’t always likeable. On one hand, my favourite to read about was Rose, a 35 years old woman, whose storyline was set in 2017. Her story was about self-discovery, as she is aching to know the truth about her mom who left her when she was littl, since she believes it will fill a void inside her. She was a relatable character and I could see a lot of myself in her, as she hadn’t figured herself out just yet.

On another hand, the book followed Elise, whose storyline was set in the 1980s, and I really didn’t like her, but was still curious about her story. While she was really flawed and I felt like her characterization wasn’t always as in-depth as Rose’s, the author managed to keep me interested in her story and secrets. To be honest, I didn’t always get her, I don’t really know what drove her nor what she wanted in life, so that was a shame.

Last but not least, this novel was about Constance, a writer whose book is about to be adapted into a movie in L.A. in the 1980s and a secluded writer in 2017. Connie wasn’t a very likeable character either, she was cold and heartless at times, but she was so authentic and she shone through way more than Elise did. I also adored reading about her as she was older, as well as reading about her writing.the-confession-aesthetic

The Confession‘s main romance is about Elise and Connie, which I loved reading about, though they definitely didn’t have an healthy relationship. I loved that it was about two women falling in love with each other in the 1980s, but it wasn’t about them realizing they loved women, nor coming out. They already knew they were queer, it wasn’t made a big deal and it went from there. I love reading about coming out stories, they’re so important, but love stories about queer people without this storyline are really important as well.

Just like in The Muse, Jessie Burton’s writing style was engaging and beautiful, making me highlight so many quotes and always being excited to get back to it. Every time I picked up The Confession, I couldn’t stop reading it, especially in the second half, when we were starting to get answers and so many chapters ended on cliffhangers. The novel finished on an open-ending, which I thought was fitting to the story, though I felt like the last chapter was unnecessary, as I don’t think it added much to the story.

Overall, I really enjoyed this, though not as much as Jessie Burton’s previous novel, The Muse. Most of the characters feel authentic and while they aren’t always likeable, the author kept me interested in them. I really enjoyed this story overall and I’m looking forward to reading more of Jessie Burton’s works in the future.3-5-stars.jpgAre you planning on reading this book? Have you read Jessie Burton’s other works?lots of love

 

My most anticipated book releases of this autumn 🍂

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Hello There

Autumn is right on the corner and with that, so many new books are being released. Like I usually do, I wanted to share my most anticipated book releases for these next three months (October-December), so that’s what I’m doing today. My Goodreads shelves will soon be overflowing, but well, I’m really excited to get to all of these books!

Writing this post, I remembered how there was this new trend of putting snakes on book covers and I’m deadly terrified of snakes… I can’t wait for this trend to wear off because I don’t like it at all, especially when it concerns some of my most anticipated releases. *sigh* But anyway, let’s jump right into it!

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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Published: October 1st 2019 by Flatiron Books

Genre: adult fiction

Leigh Bardugo releasing new books is always exciting, so of course this one is on my list! Ninth House is her adult debut and is about Alex, the sole survivor of a multiple homicide, who is offered a second chance at life and starts attending Yale, where she has to monitor the activities of Yale’s secret societies. Now, I’m a bit wary of going into this one as I’ve seen there are many trigger warnings for it, but nonetheless, I’m so ready for a book set at Yale AND about secret societies (it makes me think of Gilmore Girls, but oh well, it definitely won’t be lighthearted like that).

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys 

Published: October 1st 2019 by Philomel Books

Genre: young adult historical fiction

I read Between Shades of Gray by the same author a few years ago and I really enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to this one! All I know is that it’s set in 1950s Spain, under the dictatorship of General Franco. I haven’t read anything set during that time period, so it got me curious, plus I recently got back to learning Spanish and would like to learn a bit more about Spanish history, it’ll be a good one to read for sure!

Daughters of Nri by Reni K. Amayo 

Published: October 1st 2019 by Onwe Press

Genre: young adut fantasy

I discovered this one when they released the latest version of the cover, and oh my, is this stunning! 😍 This fantasy novel is set in the ancient Nigerian Kingdom of Nri (!!) where a war resulted in the old gods’ departure from earth and the only remnants of their existence lie in two girls. These twin sisters were separated at birth, goddesses who grew up as humans, as they embark on a journey to discover themselves and to be together again.

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The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

Published: October 8th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genres: young adult historical and paranormal fiction

I am so excited about this one, as it is set in 19th century New Orleans where vampires hide in plain sight. This setting sounds amazing and I’ve enjoyed some of Renee Ahdieh’s previous books. I’ve been longing to read vampire books as I somehow miss them (not the cheesy and unhealthy ones, though) and this one is releasing not too far from Halloween, so it’ll be perfect for the season! 🧛

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern 

Published: November 5th 2019 by Harvill Secker

Genres: adult fantasy

It’s been such a long time since The Night Circus came out, so I’m really intrigued to read something new from Erin Morgenstern. This one is about a graduate student who discovers a mysterious book… which tells a story from his own childhood. Trying to understand, he uncovers a series of clues that lead him to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth. I also know there are pirates and ships, I’m always there for a story that has something to do with the sea, so I’m really excited!

Girls of Storms and Shadows by Natasha Ngan 

Published: November 5th 2019 by Jimmy Patterson Books

Genre: young adult fantasy

I read Girls of Paper and Fire earlier this year, so I’m excited to read its sequel! The first book was about a young woman chosen to become a concubine, but ended up falling in love with another girl and getting involved in a rebellion. I loved the main characters so much and I can’t wait to read about what they’ll be up to next!

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Supernova by Marissa Meyer

Published: November 5th 2019 by Feiwel & Friends

Genre: young adult science-fiction

Supernova is the conclusion to the Renegades trilogy, so I’m curious to see how the author will wrap it up! I really enjoy how it is about superheroes and supervillains, how it discusses whether the way they’re acting is right and how political it has gotten. The previous book was a little bit too heavy on the romance for me, but I have faith in this one, bring on all the conflict instead!

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black 

Published: November 19th 2019 by Little, Brown

Genre: young adult fantasy

Another conclusion I’m impatiently waiting for! Holly Black’s Folk of the Air is such a gripping trilogy, I adore how she writes faeries, it is full of terrible characters and I’m living for it. The previous book ended on quite a big cliffhanger, so I really need to get my hands on this one (thankfully it’s released sooner than it was supposed to). I can’t wait to go back to Elfhame, its politics and of course Jude and Cardan.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Published: December 3rd 2019 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Genres: young adut fantasy

Children of Blood and Bone was one of my favourite books of 2018 and I’ve been anticipating its sequel for quite a while now, as they’ve been pushing it back again and again. It is about a land where magic disappeared, as the king decided to kill everyone who had magic. Years later, Zélie has the chance to bring magic back and there the story begins. I just reread my review for it and I’m even more excited now, I might reread the first book, we’ll see. In any case, I can’t wait to finally know what’s next for these characters.

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