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The Great British Bake Off Book Tag

Hello readers! I haven’t done a Tag in a while, but I had to do this, because GBBO is one of my favourite shows! This tag was created by Zaheerah, but I found it on Life of a literary nerd.

Amateur Bake: A self-published book

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Dead school

I’m not really sure if this is self-published, usually I don’t give attention to this detail. Anyway, Dead school is funny!

Soggy Bottom: A book with a great start and a disappointing ending

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The lost history of dreams

The most disappointing ending of all the time.

Bingate: A book you got frustrated with and had to DNF

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Lumière

This is my last DNF: I couldn’t stand the whiny main character.

Junior Bake Off: A children’s book

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Charlie and the chocolate factory

A classic!

A Hollywood Handshake: A book that impressed you

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This is going to hurt

This book has impressed me because it was funny, and sad and comical, but it has impressed/shocked me also with all the medical procedures!

Signature Challenge: A book you recommend to your friends and family

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The one and only Ivan

My parents couldn’t read long books in English, so I bought an Italian copy!

Technical Challenge: Books you read without knowing much beforehand; rank them from worst to best

The worst: The case of the green dressed ghost.

The meh: The boy from tomorrow.

The best: Fever.

Showstopper Challenge: A book or series that’s your all-time favourite

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In the shadow of Blackbirds

I know, it’s a surprise, I never mention this book! (the sarcasm here is real)

The Finalists: A favourite trilogy

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The Stoneheart trilogy

I read a lot of standalone and series with 5 or more books, and Stoneheart is an underrated trilogy.

Extra Slice: A favorite companion book

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Arbrook Huxley & the miraculous confection

A short story companion of The Electrical Menagerie. Love it.

 

And that’s the end of the tag, hope you enjoy it!

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The Rapid Fire Book Tag + Happy Birthday to me!

Hello readers! I’m back today with a new post because today is my birthday!! I will thank Soph @BookBlog&Candle for the tag!

Sorry for the lack of posts this month, I’m constantly worried about the health of one of my cats, Gomez. Now he’s slowly improving, we pray for the better.

 

E-Book or Physical Book?

Physical!! I like e-books because they don’t take up a lot of space, and when I finished or DNF and e-book I can simply delete it, but I’m frustrated when I want to read and I forgot to recharge the battery.

Paperback or Hardback?

Totally agree with Soph here, I’m a paperback girl! Hardback books are difficult for me to carry with me and to handle them in my hands.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

Online when I made shopping from my country, because 85% of my books are in English, and I live in Italy, so the bookshops/bookstores don’t sell English books here.

When I am on holidays, usually in the U.K., I love to visit every bookshop/Waterstones /charity shop I can find.

Trilogies or Series?

Uhm, it depends… This time I will say series, because my favourite series, like The Ministry of Curiosities or Harry Potter are composed of more than 5 books.

Heroes or Villains?

A great hero against a great and complex villain. But I prefer the villain. (And they slowly fell in love)

A book you want everyone to read?

The nowhere emporium because it’s so underrated but it was just magical to read it, you really fell to be in the emporium. I love it so much.

Recommend an underrated book?

I read a lot of underrated booksXD (and then her mind goes puff, totally blank) Constable & Toop is really underrated, but recently it goes to reprint, so now you can easily find it on Amazon or Book Depository!!

The last book you finished?

Paved with good intentions by Keith Durrell.

The Last Book You Bought?

Creatures of Will and Temper and I’m totally in love with the cover!!

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

An oven mitt. I was cooking.

Used Books: Yes or No?

Yes, they are cheaper! But they need to be in excellent/good condition, not covered with highlighter or drawings or missing pages.

Top Three Favorite Genres?

Historical fiction

Gothic

Steampunk

Borrow or Buy?

Buy! I don’t use the library, and I don’t have friends to borrow books from.

Characters or Plot?

Plot. I love when I can connect to a character, or when there is a great cast of characters, but if the plot is boring, I’ll totally lose interest in the book.

Long or Short Books?

Again I agree with Soph: short books! I need time and the right mindset for long books.

Long or Short Chapters?

Short chapters! I usually read in the evening, and my eyes are already tired because I work at the pc all day, so I prefer short chapters.

Name The First Three Books You Think Of:

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Time stops for no mouse by Michael Hoeye

The cure for dreaming by Cat Winters

Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

Laugh!

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Fictional worlds! I mean, Middle earth, you know?

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

No: I listen to a couple of audiobooks in Italian, and they were pretty boring, but in general I’m easily distracted or I fell asleep. Shame on me.

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Of course. I’m a really bad person.

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Tv adaptation, I think they have more time and more episode to better develop the story, like Good Omens.

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

The Maze runner. I can’t stand the book, but they made the Maze really well in the movie.

Series or Standalones?

Standalone, if they had a good ending.

 

And that’s the tag, everyone who wants to do it is welcome!

 

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End of Autumn Recap Tag

Hello readers! I’m coming back with this lovely recap tag made by Faith. Go and check this great blog!

Like Faith, I will count books read from September to the end of November, feel free to adjust it.

Just a little note: I will be in London for my Christmas Holidays until the 30th of December, so I will post all my “best or worst of” in the new year!

The Questions

  • Which book can you not stop thinking about?

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This book was so good, adventurous and heartwarming. I also love the interaction with the author on Twitter.

  • Which book would you rather have not read?

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Circe was a big no for me, and this experience has ruined a little my memories of The song of Achilles.

  • What genre did you read the most?

I’ve read lot of horror during autumn, thanks to Halloween.

  • Which book surprised you the most?

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Mirror Mirror is a short horror story that has creeped me out. Just what I want from a horror book.

  • Which book disappointed you the most?

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I waited months for reading Island of the dolls, I was so curious about this creepy island, but this series is really disappointing.

  • What was your favorite cover?

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  • What was your favorite fall/autumn release?

I don’t follow the new/recent release, so I really don’t know.

  • Which books did you plan on reading, but you never got around to?

I really wanted to re-read Harry Potter (the illustrated version), but I didn’t find the time! ç__ç

  • Which books do you plan on reading in the winter?

The cover of Greenglass house is perfect for winter, right?

Tag done! What are you planning on reading in winter?

Tell me in the comments, and a Merry Christmas to all of you! ❤

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The ABC Book Challenge (J)

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.

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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)

The ABC Book Challenge (G)

The ABC Book Challenge (H)

The ABC Book Challenge (I)

Memorable books:

Junjo Romantica: a super cute yaoi (boy x boy) manga! One of the first I ever read!

Jack lo Squartatore (Jack the Ripper): well, you can see that I gave a little obession about Jack The Ripper. This one is written by the author of Psycho, and it’s very good.

James e la pesca gigante (James and the giant peach): it’s still one of my favorite book of all the time. And the movie? Wonderful! Have you seen it?

Books on my TBR:

I’m so intimidated by the lenght of Jonathan Strange! >__<

 

And that’s all, have you read some of these books?

Tell me in the comments down below!

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The Halloween Song Book Tag

Hello readers!

I recently found this tag on Chapter Malliumpkin, but it was originally created by A beautiful chaos of books.

I loooove Halloween songs, so this is the perfect tag for me! I will include some of my favourite songs!

1. Thriller: A book that was an absolute page-turner

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Despite the ending, that I hated, The Lost History of Dreams is the perfect book for this prompt.

 2. Somebody’s watching me: A book that gave you the serious creeps

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I recently finished this short story (about 50 pages), and I’m not easily scared, but something in this book, with a cursed mirror really has given me creeps.

3. Vampire: A book you hated so much it was soul-sucking i.e incredibly tedious to get through

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I chose this book only for the Vampire of the prompt, because there are a lot of books that I hated. I hated this “feminist retelling” of Dracula for the disrespect of the author against Stoker, the errors and typos, and the stupidity of Mina, the main character.

 4.I put a spell on you: A book featuring witchcraft or magic

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I’m still reading this cozy mystery ( I think is my first in this genre!) and look at the cover! So witchy, perfect for Halloween!

5. This is Halloween: Your favourite treat/ snack to eat while reading

I don’t drink or eat when I’m reading, unless I’m reading my e-reader when I’m dining alone.

6. Timewarp: “Let’s do the time warp again” What book/ or books do you like to return to at this time of year?

In fall and winter, I prefer to read horror (obviously) and classic books.

 

7. Hungry like the wolf: A book you loved so much, you devoured

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I devoured The Ugly Princess, and it makes me so sad to know that is an underrated book!

 8. The Addams Family: A book featuring a dysfunctional family

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The family of Edgar Allan Poe was dysfunctional, and The Raven’s tale shows it very well.

9. Scary monsters (and super creeps): A book genre that you are scared or intimidated to pick up

Any Russian classic, like War and Peace, or Anna Karenina, I’m sorry.

10. the twilight zone: A book with a completely different and unique premise

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Isn’t the title itself unique and original?

And we are at the end of this tag! I tag everyone who wants to do it, but now, here’s my favourite Halloween song!

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The AtoZ 2019 challenge: completed!

Hello readers!

i finally finished the A to Z reading challenge 2019 organized by Ginger Mom and company!

So let’s take a look of what I’ve read for this challenge, please be aware that some titles may be in Italian, but I wrote the original/translated title too. You can read the synopsys or the review by clicking on the title.

I hope to not offend anyone with this post: it’s just a reminder of what I’ve read and a suggestion for who wants to participate in this challenge, I’m not the kind of person who wants to show and be better than others.

 

A) All that remains, by Sue Black

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B) Bedlam, London and its mad, by Catharine Arnold

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C) A curious beginning, by Deanna Raybourn

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D) Dolly, by Susan Hill

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E) The elsewhere emporium, by Ross MacKenzie

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F) Fairy eyeglasses, by Emily Martha Sorensen

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G) The Gauntlet, by Karuna Riazi

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H) Hunting Prince Dracula, by Kerri Maniscalco

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I) Ink and Bone, by Rachel Caine

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J) Just one damned thing after another, by Jodi Taylor

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K) Karma, by Donna Augustine

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L) Lettere a Theo (Letters to Theo) by Vincent Van Gogh

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M) La moglie del califfo (The wrath & the dawn) by Renèe Ahdieh

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N) The nowhere emporium, by Ross MacKenzie

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O) Old Dark, by Michael La Ronn

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P) Il profumo (Perfume) by Patrick Suskind

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Q) Qualcosa di molto speciale ( A little something different) by Sandy hall

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R) The raven’s tale, by Cat Winters

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S) Il sogno d’argento (The silver dream) by Mallory Reaves

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T) Thornghost, by Tone Almjhell

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U) UnEnchated by Chanda Hahn

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V) Vengeance road by Erin Bowman

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W) When Dimple met Rishi, by Sandhya Menon

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X)

Y) The Yard, by Alex Grecian

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Z) Zombie boy, press start by Val O. Morris

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I didn’t found a book with the letter X, have you some suggestions?

Have you read some of this book?

Tell me in the comments down below!

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The ABC Book Challenge (I)

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.

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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)

The ABC Book Challenge (G)

The ABC Book Challenge (H)

Memorable books:

Inuyasha, by Rumiko Takahashi: I had to include Inuyasha to this challenge, it was one of my fave manga when I began reading it, nearly 10 years ago.

L’isola della paura (Shutter Island) by Dennis Lehane: my fave thriller of all the time, the movie is so well done, I absolutely love Di Caprio role.

Io Uccido (I kill) by Giorgio Faletti: one of the first thriller/crime books for adults I ever read. It was mindblowing.

Intervista col vampiro (Interview with the vampire) by Anne Rice: one of the best vampire book on the planet. And have you seen the movie? The costumes are fabulous.

Books on my TBR:

Come on, I know we think the same thing…

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and that’s why I added that book on my TBR.

 

Have you read some of this book? Did you know Inuyasha? Tell me in the comments!

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End of Summer Recap Tag

Hello readers! Here at my home town, Turin, summer is officially ended, right now we have 16° C. It was sudden, but I’m happy that it’s colder than August.

So it’s the perfect time for this tag! I found it on Books and Dachshunds, but the tag was created by You Are What You Read.

For summer, I intend the months of June, July and August.

The Questions

Which book can you not stop thinking about?

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Her Majesty’s necromancer is even better than the first volume in the series!

 

Which book would you rather have not read?

Frankly, a lot of them. The Orion Rezner chronicles is the first that comes to my mind, with a disgusting scene during an exorcism.

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What genre did you read the most?

I’ve read a lot of fantasy and middle-grade!

Which book surprised you the most?

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The Wingsnatchers, the first volume of the adventures of Carmer and Grit. I was expecting a Steampunk middle-grade, but it was much more. A solid 5 stars read for me.

Which book disappointed you the most?

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I have a soft spot in my heart for strange/macabre non-fiction books, and, naively, I was expecting that all of them were good as All that remains. I was wrong, and Smoke gets in your eyes was so disappointing that I talk about that to everyone I know.

What was your favorite cover?

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Honestly, this cover is everything.

Which books did you plan on reading, but you never got around to?

I was planning on beginning the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus series this summer, but I get distracted.

Which books do you plan on reading in the fall/autumn?

Usually, I read mainly horror/gothic/spooky during the end of September and October, so The Five seems the perfect book. I need to read also The Carnelian crow because the last book in the series, The Zeppelin Deception, is been recently released!

I tag everyone!!

Feel free to tag me in your post if you are doing this tag, I’m happy to read your answers!

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The ABC Book Challenge (H)

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)

The ABC Book Challenge (G)

Memorable books:

The Hound of the Baskerville by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: still my favourite adventure with Sherlock Holmes!

Hour of mischief by Aimee Hyndman: a funny adventure, one of my first Book Blog tour!

Honey and Clover by Chica Umino: this manga series of 10 volumes is a bittersweet tale of friendship and love, art and human relations. I love it so much.

Holy cow by David Duchovny: it seems that the only person who liked this book is me. I don’t care.

 

Books on my TBR:

It seems that The Hanged Man is the first in a series that is incomplete.

And Hag-seed? Everyone talks positively about it!

Have you read some of these books?

Tell me in the comments!

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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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