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I don’t want to read it anymore: animal abuse.

Hello everyone, this post wasn’t planned, but I’m feeling the need to write it: if you follow me on Goodreads (if not, I love to make new friends!) you can easily see my policy for negative reviews. One of the “rule” is: if I read/watch about violence against animals, or animal abuse, I will automatically rate the book/movie/tv series 1 star or less. And I will write a review, or a post like this, to warning everyone about it.


In fact, there’s a motivation for this post: the past Saturday I commented the first episode of a Tv Series on Twitter that makes fun of violence and death of an animal, and I was teased by the producer and other fans of this series, mocking me because they obviously haven’t killed an animal. I was so angry and sad, and I was forced to delete my tweet.

The death or the suffering of an animal it is not and never will be funny.

So I decided to write this post to encourage writing in reviews, or on the cover of the books, to warning people about this.

Maybe to realize a sticker or a sign like the “cruelty free” on the shampoo flacons.

I know that sometimes trigger warning are considered spoilers, but I’m really exhausted, and I don’t want to read or watch anything with these awful scenes.

Obviously, I am not referring to “animal’s death” when the death is inevitable or “comprehensible” in a certain way, like (highlight to see the spoiler)Edwige’s death in Hp and the deathly hallows.I

Sorry if this is a weird post, and thanks for reading it.

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The ABC Book Challenge (D)

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.

Please remember that maybe some books will be in italian. I will write the english title too.

The ABC Book Challenge (A)

The ABC Book Challenge (B)

The ABC Book Challenge (C)

Here’s my fave books:

Del Toro Moon by Darky Karchut: a wonderful cover for a beautiful story!

Descendants of Darkness by Yoko Matsushita: Yami no Matsuei is the original title of this wonderful series interrupted many years ago.

Demoni, istruzioni per l’uso by Christopher Moore: I love the italian cover of Practical Demonkeeping, and the story is so funny!

La Detective by Y.S.Lee: no one knows this series (A spy in the house) except me. But I love it.

And my TBR books:

The diviners by Libba Bray: I heard everyone talking about how amazing is this book. Can’t wait to read it!

Delia’s Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer: a dark mystery historical fiction set in San Francisco with a dark and atmospheric cover.

The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milan: I know, the GR rating isn’t very high…but dinosaurs!!

A Deadly affection by Cuyler Overholt: again, I love historical fiction with a little of mystery, paranormal and gothic.

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The Tbr Book Tag!

Hello! I was tagged ages ago by Panic at the book store, thanks for the tag!

How do you keep track on your TBR list?

Goodreads is the only way I can remember all the book on my TBR list. I also made a hand written catalog that I keep at home, near the bookshelf. I cancel a title from that everytime I finish a book.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?


I have a lot of print books, and I was thinking that I have just a dozen of e-books. Guess what? I was wrong. They are hundreds.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

I’m a mood reader, and I always try to diversify my reading: I can read one horror book, then a middle grade and after that a classic. I’m also easily annoyed, and that’s why I didn’t read two books of the same genre (or the same series) one after another.

A book that has been on your TBR the longest.


Well, the italian edition of Pride and Prejudice is on my bookshelf for years.

A book that you recently added to your TBR list?



A book on your TBR list strictly because of its beautiful cover.


A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading.


Sorry, no translated title for this one. This book is on sale for years now, and I’ve bought it a long time ago. I read a couple of pages and seems terrible. Also, the GR rating is 3,2.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for.



It’s Cat Winters!! With a book about Edgar Allan Poe!!


A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you.


A book on your TBR everyone recommends you.


I see this book everywhere!

A book on your TBR you’re very excited to read.



This tag seems a collection of morbid books. I’m sorry.

The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf.

Right now there are 873 books on my TBR shelf!

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Review blog tour: The Spyglass and The Cherry Tree

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Title: The Spyglass and the Cherry Tree
Author:  Matt Beighton
Genre: Upper MG/YA Fantasy
Release Date: June 2017
Signed copies on Etsy:£1 off at Etsy with the code SPY100 (until end of November).

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Rating: 3,5/5


Some people fall down rabbit holes. Others hide inside magical wardrobes. Skye Thistle looked through an old spyglass.

Lost and alone on a world filled with Goblins, Orcs, Dragons and others that, until now, she was convinced existed only in fairy tales, Skye wants only one thing: to return home.

If she’s to have any chance of getting home safely, Skye must overcome her own fears and prejudices and embrace the prophecies that she fears have already sealed her fate on the distant world of Ithilmir. All that stands in the way of restoring peace and balance is a fearsome and worryingly familiar Dark Queen.

Goblins are very real, and whether Skye believes in them or not, she’s their only hope.

Readers around the world are enjoying the complex mythology and descriptive world building of The Spyglass and the Cherry Tree, the first adventure in the Shadowlands Chronicles.


First of all, thanks to YA Bound Books Tour for giving me a free copy of this book.

The cover is the reason I decided to request this book, because it’s the perfect cover for an MG/fantasy/adventure book.

The beginning is like a lot of other fantasy: a normal girl who has a mother who strongly believes in Fairies and Goblins, is forced to spend her holidays with her grandparents.

But when she watches throught the old spyglass she doesn’t believe at her own eyes! A new planet? Skye hasn’t the time to be happy about that, because the Spyglass transport her on that planet!

She is lost and alone, afraid of the dark and the sounds of a forest, and soon she is surrounded by Goblins. And not the kind of Goblins we usually know.

I must admit that I didn’t give a high rating at this book because a lot of world-building information are given to us step by step, with long and sometimes boring monologues by this or that character.

When finally the long journey of Skye began, I was there thinking that this story reminds me of another: The Hobbit. We had a main character who is afraid in a perilous world; we had a group of people that are not the same race of the MC; we had a powerful enemy and a long journey in the wild world.

However, this book is really adventurous and it’s not predictable. I like a lot all the mythology of the different species and the background story. Skye is really a likeable character, totally human at the beginning and who grows during the entire book.


About the Author

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Matt Beighton was born somewhere in the midlands in England during the heady days of the 1980s and continues to spend most of his days in the same shire. He is happily married with two young daughters who keep him very busy and suffer through the endless early drafts of his stories.

When he’s not writing, he teaches primary school (Kindergarten to some of you), messes around on canals in his inflatable kayak and supports his beloved Leicester City.

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