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Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

Hello readers! We are in the middle of June, and for me, also in the middle of my Goodreads reading challenge. I read 52 books at the moment, so probably I already read a new favourite book or two, right?

I found this tag on Kristin Kraves Books, please go and check her blog!

Check my Mid-Year Freak Out Tag of the last year!

BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019

The Wingsnatchers (Carmer and Grit #1) by Sarah Jean Horwitz

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Just finished this book and it’s incredible! I’ve loved every character, the plot is so well done, and look at the cover!

BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019

Il bacio del vampiro (As shadows fade) by Colleen Gleason

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The last book in the Gardella Chronicles is the perfect ending for this series!

 

NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

The boy from tomorrow by Camille Deangelis

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I still need to read for Edelweiss The boy From Tomorrow, but I don’t think it’s a new release.

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

Find me their bones by Sara Wolf

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It’s curious: my best book of the previous tag was Bring me their hearts, and now, my most anticipated release is its sequel.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

La lama sottile (the subtle knife) by Philip Pullman

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It’s impossible for me to say out loud how La lama sottile(The Subtle Knife) the sequel of The Golden Compass, bad it is. I hated the main character, I hated how Lyra is treated, I hated the angels and God and whatsoever turn of the plot. I hated it so much that I refuse to read the third book of the series.

 

BIGGEST SURPRISE

The Yard by Alex Grecian

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Everyone seems to dislike this book, but hey, it’s great!

FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR

Alex Grecian for sure, Sarah Jean Horwitz and Ross MacKenzie!

NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

Neville Hammersmith, the lovely and Oh_my_God_I’m_so_scared_He_will_die_in_the_next_books from The Yard.

NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER

Grit (don’t call her Grettifrida) from Carmer and Grit and Kadka, the half-human half-orc from The Flaw in all magic.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

I’m sorry, but none of the books I read this year has made me cry.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

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I’m happy because usually I don’t like hyped books, but I really liked Camellia’s story.

FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

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I agree with Kristin: Good Omens it’s spectacular!! I’m in love with Aziraphale/Sheen and Crowley/Tennant!

FAVOURITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR

Even if I hated the book, writing down the review of Just One Damned Thing After Another was really liberating.

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR

The boy, the bird & the coffin maker by Matilda Woods

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This year I’m really a good book blogger and I’ve bought only a dozen of books. This, in particular, has a shiny but a little rough cover.

WHAT BOOK DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR

All of them?

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Sorry I’m late, I didn’t want to review it.

Hello readers!

Here I am with a review of an ARC I request through Edelweiss. I liked the cover and the title, and I’ve thought that, as an introvert, I will see myself in the main character and maybe learn to be less introvert.

Spoiler: I learn nothing.

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Title: Sorry I’m late, I didn’t want to come. One introvert’s year of saying yes.

Author: Jessica Pan

Editor: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Pages: 272

Genre: Non-fiction, memoir

Goodreads Rating: 4.00/5

My rating: 2.5/5

Synopsys:

What would happen if a shy introvert lived like a gregarious extrovert for one year? If she knowingly and willingly put herself in perilous social situations that she’d normally avoid at all costs? Writer Jessica Pan intends to find out. With the help of various extrovert mentors, Jessica sets up a series of personal challenges (talk to strangers, perform stand-up comedy, host a dinner party, travel alone, make friends on the road, and much, much worse) to explore whether living like an extrovert can teach her lessons that might improve the quality of her life. Chronicling the author’s hilarious and painful year of misadventures, this book explores what happens when one introvert fights her natural tendencies, takes the plunge, and tries (and sometimes fails) to be a little bit braver.

Review:

Have you ever read a book that makes you uncomfortable?

I am an introvert, I was always an introvert, and I was really uneasy reading this memoir. I’m not really a memoir person, because I never find a person who has the same experiences as me, but I admit that the beginning of this book was promising.

I saw a lot of myself in Jessica and her social introversion, and I laughed on some scenes, remembering how I acted pretty similar to her.

But the more she pushes herself doing something more extrovert, the more I began to analyze the book.

Because I’m also a shy person, and I suffer from social anxiety from a very young age, and I was thinking, due to some scenes in this book, that also Jessica suffers from social anxiety, maybe a little less than me. But she also lives and does something that I will never do, and her experiences during her extrovert’s year are specifically (in my vision) for people living in a big city and living a healthy life. If you live in London and have money and good health, you can go out, or participate in a show, or take an aeroplane and goes to a “surprise weekend” in a random city. But not everyone is like you, Jessica!

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So this restricts a lot the people who can apply to her lifestyle.

I will also say that I found her “racist” vision of the population of a city very disgusting. She stands very clearly about the flaws of Londoners, or people of Budapest or Hong Kong. I’m not a citizen of these cities, but I don’t think it’s polite to talk so harsh about them. She’s very harsh to Budapest especially, so please be prepare.

I know that I have a vision of the world really different from most of the people, so please do not be offended by this review. It’s only my opinion and my feelings.

 

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Books with the highest rating on my TBR

Hello readers!

Do you remember my post with the books with the lowest rating on my TBR?

I really appreciated the interest you showed with that post, so today I’m here to show you the 5 books with the highest rating on GR that are already on my Owned TBR!

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Alfie Brown: the boy with purple eyes: only 16 ratings on this fantasy/middle grade book that I received for free through Instafreebie. Seems interesting, right?

The Godgame collection: I bought it on Amazon for 0,99€. It has only 4 ratings but they are all super positive!

The electrical menagerie: I bought it last week! Give me a good steampunk/historical fiction book and I’m a happy reader!

The Hobbit Chronicles V: The battle of the five armies Art & design: the last book in this series that I own. I’m still not over the ending of the battle of the five armies.

The hollows: a detective who’s searching for a monster in London in 1860? I’m in.

 

And these are the five books with the highest rating that I need to read! Have you read one or more of these books?

What’s the book with the highest rating on your TBR?

Tell me in the comments!

 

 

 

 

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Wrap Up: May 2019

Hello readers!

How are you? Have you read something good in May?

I read 10 books in May, but unfortunately only one was really good, and it’s in Italian, so there wouldn’t be a 5 stars read in this post!

I’m really excited about A Game Of Booksathon that will begin today! Are you participating?

3 stars:

Chapter 2 is missing is a funny children’s comic that I received as an ARC.

The stone of the tenth realm is the first book in a fantasy series: it’s original and the rating on Goodreads is really high!

2 and a half stars:

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Another ARC, a memoir of an introvert person trying to be more extrovert. I didn’t like it so much.

2 stars:

Hello, it’s me, always disliking the super-hyped books. With Carry on I decided to stop reading Rainbow Rowell’s books.

Magic of thieves has a beautiful cover, but an insipid story.

1,5/1 Star:

I had high expectations for The land of Yesterday, and I was really disappointing. But the cover is lovely.

The whimsyless tale of Firstname Lastname was just bad. Really bad.

And that was my reading month!

Tell me your best read of May in the comments!

 

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The ABC Book Challenge (G)

Hello! How’s everyone doing?

The challenge is to post some books that I loved and some books that are still on my TBR (please TBR, don’t hurt me), corresponding to each letter of the alphabet.

Personally, I found this challenge on A Book. A Thought. Go and check this great blog!

Please remember that maybe some books will be in Italian. I will write the English title too.

Previous Post:

The ABC Book Challenge (A)

The ABC Book Challenge (B)

The ABC Book Challenge (C)

The ABC Book Challenge (D)

The ABC Book Challenge (E)

The ABC Book Challenge (F)

Memorable books:

Gone girlgirl was an amazing thriller, but I didn’t like the movie so much.

Global garden is a really strange and original manga, but it’s also sweet.

Godchild is a work of Kaori Yuki, less famous then Angel Sanctuary, but with a great plot.

Il Grande Inverno is the second part of A Game Of Thrones. They printed the books all separated, then decided to re printed them with better covers and reunited.

To Be Read Books:

I’m totally in love with the cover of Ghost Talkers, and I can’t wait to read Greenglass House!

Do you know some of these titles?

See you for the next post of the ABC book challenge!

 

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A Game of Booksathon TBR

Hello readers! Everything comes to an end, and even (the tv show, we haven’t hope for the last two books) is finished.

Today I’m here to show you my TBR for the A Game Of Booksathon organized by Noura of The Perks of being Noura.

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After the drama and the disaster of the 8th season, I chose House Tyrell. They were always my favourite along with the Stark, and I miss Olenna Tyrell so much.

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The Readathon will begin as follows:

Round one from June 1st to July 1st.

Round two from July 2nd to August 1st.

Round Three from June until the end of the year (optional)

 

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For Round 1 I chose the Noble level (4/7 categories), here’s my tentative TBR:

The Game of Thrones: first book in a series  – Barnabas Tew and the case of the missing scarab by Columbkill Noonan.

House Targaryen: book with a mythical creature or dragons  – Old dark by Michael La Ronn.

House Tyrell: a book with a plant on the cover – Carmer and Grit The Wingsnatchers by Sarah Jean Horwitz.

House Stark: a book that has a family dynamic or siblings  – The lady in coppergate tower or Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen or Mom’s perfect boyfriend.

A clash of kings: sequel   –  Her majesty’s necromancer by C.J. Archer or Barnabas Tew and the case of the nine worlds by Columbkill Noonan or The black country by Alex Grecian.

Wildlings: paranormal   – Her majesty’s necromancer or Shadow on the wall by Jonathan Aycliff or Shutter.

For Round 2 I will remain with the Noble level, so 3/5 categories of books.

 

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I will read Fantasy, Horror, Middle Grade and Historical fiction books.

And for Round 3, I will try to read A Clash of Kings (in Italian) in the rest of the year. Hope it’s not as disappointing as the Tv show.

And that’s my TBR for this readthon, I’m really excited!

Do you participate in readthon? Tell me in the comments!

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Reading challenges check in

Hello readers! Today I will verify with you my progress with the reading challenges I’m participating this year:

Goodreads challenge:

 

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I’m currently 7 books ahead of schedule, yeaah! I think I will upgrade my goal to 120 books this year.

If someone wants to be friend with me on Goodreads, here is my profile.

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The A to Z reading challenge is doing well, I completed 20 letters! I promise I will update my page with the challenges with all my reviews so far.

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I completed 18 and reviewed 18 books for The Backlist reader challenge. I hope to reach 30 books for the end of the year.

Mount TBR

My goal for the Mount TBR is Mt. Vancouver, with 36 books, and I’m nearly there because I’ve read 29 books for this challenge. I will try to upgrade my climbing to Mt. Ararat (48 books). I really need to read all the old books on my TBR!

And there are all the challenges I’m participating this year. Do you like reading challenges? Are you participating in any of these?

Tell me in the comments!

 

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Game of Thrones book tag

I found this tag on Books in the Skye, if you don’t know already this blog, go and check it out!

Have you survived The Battle of Winterfell?

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HOUSE LANNISTER: HEAR ME ROAR


Name a book that you originally loved, but upon a re-read realised that it wasn’t so great after all.

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I’ve loved this series when I was younger: it was the first “adult” series about vampires I read. But re-reading it now it’s different: I don’t like the super sexuality in here, but Anita is still a badass character.

 

HOUSE STARK: WINTER IS COMING


Name your most anticipated book release for 2019.

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I’m not really into the new release, that’s why I always choose this book.

 

HOUSE TARGARYEN: FIRE AND BLOOD


 Name a book that you felt completely slayed with fantastic characters, plot, pacing, etc.

 

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This super Slytherin cover is perfect for this book, I love everything about it.

 

HOUSE BARATHEON: OURS IS THE FURY

Name a book that ended with a cliffhanger ending that genuinely pissed you off.

 

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The lost history of dreams doesn’t finish with a cliffhanger, but the ending was so irritating. You can read my review here.

 

HOUSE MARTELL: UNBOWED. UNBENT. UNBROKEN.

Name a book, or book series, that’s been on your TBR since the dawn of time.

 

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I’m so intimidated by this big book!!

 

HOUSE BOLTON: OUR BLADES ARE SHARP


Name the most graphic or disturbing book that you’ve ever read.

 

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I love so much Dracula, and the first tale in this collection is beautiful…but a couple of others are horrible and so violent I was crying and I had to stop reading it.

 

HOUSE TYRELL: GROWING STRONG


Name a book, or book series, that gets better and better with every re-read.

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It’s even a tag worth it if there isn’t Harry Potter somewhere?

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Wrap up: April 2019

Hello readers! Welcome to my April 2019 wrap up! I’m back for my hiatus! Thanks for your messages, I really appreciated them.

How was your reading month? In April I read 10 books, 2 were in Italian and 1 was a DNF.

5 stars:

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The yard is a fantastic historical fiction/crime book, I’ve loved it so much!

4 stars:

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I received the ARC of Dead school, and is a funny book with a twist of dark humor.

3 stars:

 

Johannes Cabal The Detective is a great series, but I didn’t like this second book like the first one. Tamamo the Fox maiden is a graphic novel on Asian myths, very interesting. The flaw is all magic is a fantasy steampunk with a great female side character. Thornghost has a beautiful cover, but the previous book was better.

2 stars:

 

Oh Crenshaw, how disappointing were you! And the cover is so beautiful!

Zombie boy press start was a required reading for my A to Z reading challenge! It’s not easy to find books that begins with Z.

And that was my reading month! Have you read a 5 stars book this month?

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On hiatus

Hello lovely readers. Just a quick post to tell you that my blog will be on hiatus for all April, and maybe more. I will surely post the April wrap up at the end of the month, but I will be on hiatus on most of my social media too.

I had a really stressful week, my anxiety was overwhelming me, and then something bad happened with another book blogger on Twitter and I decided to quit for a little bit.

Bye, for now.

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With love,

Diana