Bookish Pet Peeves: Annoying Tropes Edition

As much as I love and cherish books, there are so many awful tropes out there that make me question why I’m reading said books in the first place. Now I need to point out that certain tropes can make quite an interesting story…but not if every single book being published is using it, with no signs of creativity or originality on the author’s part. The point of reading a book is to discover something different, but if authors keep writing the same insta-love stories or the ‘cute yet mysterious boy next door’ shit, then we are defeating the purpose of reading in the first place.

 So today I present to you a list of some of the most annoying tropes I’ve come across so far in books [emphasis on some!]

Insta-Love

 Let me start with the most obvious and the one that makes my blood boil. There is no such thing as insta-love, not on this earth or any other planet (in my opinion anyway). Insta-like maybe but not LOVE…or the ‘Oh I just met you and this is crazy but I don’t want to live without you’ crap. If a guy tells me that he fell in love with me the minute he saw me I would be insulted, purely because he would have fallen ‘in love’ with my appearance not with my character or personality. It is quite sad to see these books constantly being published and putting forth a false message to all the young readers out there. Even fantasy books need to be realistic sometimes.

Unnecessary Romance

I finished reading Caraval recently and I found the romance in the book very unnecessary and off-putting. I don’t understand why many YA novels have to have romance in them, as if that’s the single most important thing in the entire universe. It’s also frustrating when said romance overshadows the main plot, leaving no room for any character or plot development. Also, why do the characters have to kiss and grope each other in the most unlikely situations? ‘Oh look they’re chasing after us…let us kiss’. I don’t need to add anything to that.

Being ‘Cured’ by a Love Interest

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella instantly comes to mind when I mention this trope. Honestly this needs to stop because the message these books are sending is so awful and problematic. No love interest can ever cure someone from a mental illness. They can obviously help by offering their support and being there for them but it does not mean that you are instantly ‘cured’ just because you’ve fallen in love with someone. Mental illness is not a joke to be messed around with. If an author does not feel competent to write about it then they should stop what they’re doing and do their research instead of writing such damaging stories.

Romanticising Bad Boys and Abusive Relationships

The heading should speak for itself. This is such a disgusting message to be sending to young readers and even readers in general. People do not need to read these problematic books but rather books that makes them understand how much they deserve better than to be with someone who does not respect them. Everyone is worth more than the value their ‘significant other’ puts on them. I also hate it so much when authors try to justify the abusers by writing about the struggles of their past which leads to the reader excusing their behaviour and outright ignoring their actions. These books are making people of all genders believe that abusive relationships are actually not bad and that abusers should be idolised. People need to realise how dangerous these books can be, especially to the ones who are actually living in an abusive relationship.

‘You’re Not Like Other Girls’

I don’t know why people find the idea of belittling other women just to make another character more likeable, even remotely appealing. When an author differentiates a female character from others, as though women are this monolith category, we are reducing the very beauty of what makes us different. Rather than priding ourselves in all the ways that make us who we are, people are making us hate on each other as if we are in a competition that we didn’t sign up for. There is no ‘wrong’ way of being a girl. There are girls who love wearing make-up and others who don’t, girls who love to read, watch sports, get drunk; girls who hate going to parties and other who do. And they are all amazing. It would be a compliment if someone told me that I’m like other girls because all of us are wonderful and beautiful. And if some man tells me otherwise I will send him back home to look up the definition of an actual compliment.

Lack of Diversity

There is no going around the fact that there is an awful lack of representation of LGBTQ, POC, disabled people or people living with a chronic illness in books. Having said that, readers are becoming more informed about this and are pointing it out on various social medias, which in turn helps to raise awareness. Why do we need diverse books? Because the world IS DIVERSE and when you’re not including diverse characters in your books, you are actually putting a blindfold on yourself and your readers. Everyone should have a chance to be represented in the stories that we tell, no ifs or buts. I also need to add that we need more diverse characters as protagonists and not just as secondary characters just so authors can say that they have included a diverse character in their story.

Convenient Endings

 ‘The character dies in the last couple of pages.’

‘The Happily Ever After.’

‘The defenceless character who suddenly finds a knife on the ground to kill her enemy.’

‘The new character that is introduced in the end just to tie everything up nicely.’

These are just some annoying ways a story could end that will without doubt ruin the whole tone of the book. A bad ending for me is a sign that the author has lost interest in the story, which is quite sad especially when the rest of the book is really interesting and fascinating. The ending is as important as the introduction.

The Ordinary Characters Who Suddenly Gain Superpowers

This trope is getting way too old. It is so unrealistic to have characters that are suddenly able to wield a sword (and are the best fighters amongst their peers) without having been taught before. I have been seeing this quite a lot in YA fantasy books lately. While I applaud the idea of having a character represented as a warrior who fights for what is right, many are written without any personality, as if their fighting skills are the only thing that defines them. A strong character does not necessarily mean having physical strength. We need to see more characters that are also flawed (because no one is perfect), intelligent or have a strong personality.

 Unfortunately the list is way way longer and I will definitely write a continuation post in the near future. What are some of your bookish pet peeves? Feel free to comment 🙂

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Beauty and the Beast // Book Tag

I was tagged by the lovely audreywritesabroad for the Beauty and the Beast Book Tag –  perfect timing since the movie adaptation is now in theatres! I cannot wait to see it…and I’m especially looking forward to see the magnificent library that I have dreamt about since I was a kid! So thank you so much Audrey! I’m tagging everyone who wants to do this .x.

(I do not know the original creator of this tag, but if you do let me know in the comments)


“Tale As Old As Time” – A popular theme, trope, or setting you will never get bored of reading

The Unexpected Hero: I love a good story where the main character learns something life-changing about his/herself and is ‘burdened’ with a quest…not necessarily to save the world, more so a quest of self-discover. I have to point out though that sometimes I get bored of this trope, especially if the author does not deal with it in a creative way. But this kind of setting gives more room for character development, and even more importantly, the reader grows along with the character.

“Belle”- A book bought for its beautiful cover that’s just as beautiful inside too

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

I mean…just look at the cover! It’s GORGEOUS! And this edition has a matte finish that makes it even more beautiful.

In a few words The Miniaturist is about: 17th Century Amsterdam, a miniature dollhouse, an unwanted marriage, a sharp-tongued sister, innumerable secrets…and of course, an elusive miniaturst!

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“Beast” – A book you didn’t expect much
from but pleasantly surprised you

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandell

I am not a huge fan of sci-fi/post-apocalyptic stories, so when a book from this genre becomes a favourite of mine, it is always a surprise! It is basically a story about survival, both in it’s literal sense, but essentially a story of survival in a community, revealing both the beauty and horrors of human interactions. I loved this book mostly because it takes on a different approach towards a post-apocalpytic story. The plot is not the focal point of the story but is merely there for us to get to know the characters better and to provide us with a different view of the world around us. I also loved how the book focused on the importance of art in its various forms and in the way it brings people together, be it a simple comic book or Shakespeare’s works.

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“Gaston” – A book everyone loves that you don’t

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Whiny characters. An annoying love triangle. No signs of character development. A main character who loves to stick her tongue out to the point where you want to throw the book out the window. Unfortunately I made myself read all the books just so I would feel a little less guilty for buying the box set. [This is obviously my personal opinion]

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“Lefou” – A loyal sidekick you can’t help but
love more than their counterpart

Jules from Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

The story follows three sisters; three queens each with a distinctive gift, who are all heirs to the throne. But only one can reign. At the age of six they are separated and taken in by different families to grow and help them in their development of their gifts. Jules is part of the family that take in Queen Arsinoe. She is a loyal, strong and independent woman and I loved reading about her friendship with Arsinoe. I appreciated the fact that the book focuses a lot on Jules just as much as the queens…but I wouldn’t mind if Blake wrote a whole book just about her!

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“Mrs Potts, Chip, Lumière & Cogsworth” – A book that helped you through a difficult time or that taught
you something valuable

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Milk and Honey is a collection of poems concerning various subjects but mainly love, loss, heartbreak, abuse and femininity. It is divided into four main parts that emphasise the journey the poet takes from hurting, loving, breaking and ultimately to healing. Rupi Kaur’s words hold so much emotion and meaning that no matter where you’re coming from, you connect with it from the very first page. I experienced everything with the author; I loved, I broke, got hurt and healed with her. Her words are very empowering and helped me love and accept myself the way I am. I have always been that kind of person who has never appreciated herself or loved herself fully. And these poems helped me realise that I have always put myself down and never truly respected my true self. I feel so lucky to have come across this book because it has been a huge eye-opener for me.

“you tell me
i am not like most girls
and learn to kiss me with your eyes closed
something about the phrase—something about 
how i have to be unlike the women
i call sisters in order to be wanted
makes me want to spit your tongue out
like i am supposed to be proud you picked me
as if i should be relieved you think
i am better than them”

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“Something there” – A book series that you weren’t into at first but picked up towards the end

The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

The Grisha trilogy is a wonderful and fascinating series that took me quite a while to get into. I enjoyed Bardugo’s writing style and how she made the world seem almost real and tangible. However there were times where the writing lacked that distinctive element and felt slightly put off by it. Having said that, her writing grew and flourished with each book (and was close to perfect in Six of Crows). Also, Bardugo throws the reader into the story with a very short introduction to the world, something I initially found quite confusing, and hindered me from connecting with the story in the beginning. But it does get better and while it’s not the best series out there, it is definitely worth reading!

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“Be our guest” – A fictional character you’d
love to have for dinner

KAZ BREKKER. Dirtyhands. Lieutenant of the Dregs. The love of my life.

KAZ BREKKER // A Playlist

Kaz Brekker. Dirtyhands. Lieutenant of the Dregs. 

My all-time favourite character deserved a playlist. So that’s what I did. May these songs call out to the words on those red-tainted pages and make him materialise next to me ….oh how I wish….

Human // Rag’n’Bone Man

Ain’t No Grave // Johnny Cash

Beat The Devil’s Tattoo // Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Mad World // Gary Jules, Michael Andrews

Staying Up // The Neighbourhoods

Short Change Hero // The Heavy

Hurt // Johnny Cash

Lose Your Soul // Dead Man’s Bones

Blood on My Name // The Brothers Bright

Blackbird Song // Lee DeWyze

The Preacher // Jamie N Commons

Seven Devils // Florence + The Machine

It Will Come Back // Hozier

Gold // Imagine Dragons

Glory // Jamie N Commons

[SPOTIFY]

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Books I want to reread in 2017

“There’s always another story. When you read a book again and let your imagination take over, it can take you to new stories, so it’s like a book inside the book!” ― Kate Westerlund, If You Wish

I love rereading books. I love revisiting my favourite characters and envelope myself amongst the pages I can call home. I always notice a new detail to the story, fall in love with a new character and just breath in the words that are able to make me feel a multitude of emotions.

Every year I make it a point to reread at least ten of my favourite books and that’s not counting the Harry Potter series which I reread every year. So here are the books that I’m planning to reread this year. I can’t wait! x


*The Martian // Andy Weir

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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while
thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, Mark won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills—and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength–he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth. As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive. But Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet. [Goodreads]

*The Book Thief // Markus Zusak

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It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an
accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul. [Goodreads]

*The Graveyard Book // Neil Gaiman

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After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the
ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own. Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family… [Goodreads]

*Saga // Brian L. Vaughan

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When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults. [Goodreads]

*Milk & Honey // Rupi Kaur

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milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look. [Goodreads]

*The princess saves herself in this one // Amanda Lovelace

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“Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.”

A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations. [Goodreads]

*The Infernal Devices // Cassandra Clare

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In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them… [Goodreads]

*Atonement // Ian Mc.Ewan

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On a hot summer day in 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives—together with her precocious literary gifts—brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece. [Goodreads]

*Harry Potter // Jk Rowling

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Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come. [Goodreads]

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2017 Book Releases

It’s a new year, which means a plethora of new books to look forward to, ready to indulge our literary fancies. So I have made a list of my most anticipated book releases that have given me something to look forward to this year. Honestly this year does not disappoint and that’s just from reading the synopsis. And let’s not talk about the covers or I would end up rambling for a week. I just hope we all end up enjoying them!

[The books are organized by release date]

Wayfarer (Passenger #2) // Alexandra Bracken  [Release Date: January 3rd]

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All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.

Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives. As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them. [Goodreads]

Caraval // Stephanie Garber  [Release Date: January 31st]

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Welcome, welcome to Caraval—Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever. [Goodreads]

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)// VE Schwab  [Release Date: February 21st]

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London’s fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwa
b reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies. [Goodreads

The Hate U Give // Angie Thomas  [Release Date: February 28th]

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Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. [Goodreads]

Saga, Volume 7 // Brian K. Vaughan  [Release Date: March 28th]

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When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. (Saga Vol 1)

Finally reunited with her ever-expanding family, Hazel travels to a war-torn comet that Wreath and Landfall have been battling over for ages. New friendships are forged and others are lost forever in this action-packed volume about families, combat and the refugee experience. [Goodreads]

Strange the Dreamer // Laini Taylor  [Release Date: March 28th]
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Strange the Dreamer is the story of:
the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular drea
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.
Welcome to Weep. [Goodreads]

Flame in the Mist // Renee Ahdieh  [Release Date: May 16th]

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The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known. [Goodreads]

Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter #1) // Lana Popović  [Release Date: August 15th]

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All the women in Iris and Malina’s family are born with a gleam—a unique way of manipulating beauty through magic. Seventeen-year-old Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, her twin sister Malina interprets moods as music, and their cold, distant mother Jasmina bakes scenery into decadent treats at her confectionery in Old Town Cattaro, Montenegro.

Jasmina forbids Iris and Malina to share their gleams with anyone, and above all, she forbids them to fall in love—being discovered could shatter the quiet lives they’ve built in their tucked-away, seaside town. But Iris and Malina are tired of abiding by their mother’s
rules and rebel in secret whenever they can.  Yet when a mysterious, white-haired woman attacks their mother and leaves her hovering between life and death, the sisters unearth an ancient curse that haunts their line—a wicked bargain that masquerades as a blessing, and binds the twins’ fates—and hearts—to a force larger than life. To save each other, they must untangle a thousand years of lies and reveal their own hurtful secrets. But even the deepest sacrifice might not be enough. [Goodreads]

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition // JK Rowling            

[Release Date: October 2017]

Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?

Music.

‘Where words fail, music speaks’. – Hans Christian Anderson

What word would best describe my music taste? If I wanted to be brief I would probably say eclectic, but it is usually a mix of indie, alternative and rock. Sometimes I can also be in the mood for classical and movie soundtracks. Basically if a song from the most obscure genre allows me to escape reality through its haunting lyrics and melody, then it would definitely become one of my favourites and played on repeat until every cell in my body is drunk with it.

Walking down the woods of musical notes∼

Music adds a touch of colour to every grey scale moment of my life. So today I wanted to share with you some of my most favourite artists that I listen to on a daily basis. Lately I have gone into the habit of listening to music while reading as well, because having music in the background creates such a wonderful atmosphere to the story and this also helps me when making a playlist for the book later on.

I’m always saving songs in one random playlist and later on use them to create other specific playlists, mainly for books and road trips. Here I have included three favourite songs from each artist for you to check out. I hope you get to meet your favourite song in this list. May it bring you joy to your darkest days, and make you do a spontaneous dance while wandering the aisles of your favourite bookstore! Also feel free to share any of your favourite artist/song in the comments  🙂

Now all you have to do is close your eyes, crank up the volume and set your mind free…


 

Coldplay – 

Up & Up // The Scientist // Talk

Florence and The Machine

Only If For a Night // Shake it Out // Dog Days Are Over

Keaton Henson

Beekeeper // Small Hands // Flesh and Bone

Gregory Alan Isakov

Big Black Car // If I Go, I’m Goin // Amsterdam

Of Monsters and Men

Little Talks // King and Lionheart // Wolves Without Teeth

Tom Rosenthal

As Luck Would Have It // Take Your Guess // Soon Soon 

Vampire Weekend 

Step // Unbelievers // A-Punk

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – 

Home // Desert Song // Kisses Over Babylon

Wild Nothing

Chinatown // Shadow // Reichpop

Twenty One Pilots

Stressed Out // Heathens // Ride

The Naked and Famous

Young Blood // Punching in a Dream // Bells

The Lumineers

Ophelia // Stubborn Love // Ho Hey

Bastille

These Streets // Bad Blood // Blame

Oasis

Wonderwall // The Importance of Being Idle // Don’t Look Back in Anger

Yeasayer

I am Chemistry // 2080 // Henrietta

Lana Del Rey

Born to Die // Young and Beautiful // Blue Jeans

AWOLNATION

I Am // Woman Woman // Kill Your Heroes

First Aid Kit

My Silver Lining // Emmylou // Wolf

Passenger

All the Little Lights // I’ll Be Your Man // The Wrong Direction

M83

Midnight City // Wait // Too Late

The Paper Kites

Bloom // Woke Up From a Dream // Paint

The Battle of Land and Sea

Six Days // The Beautiful One // Saltwater Queen

Enigma

The Child In Us // Why // Return To Innocence

 

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Rereading Books

“There’s nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over. When you do, the words get inside you, become a part of you, in a way that words in a book you’ve read only once can’t.”

― Gail Carson Levine, Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly

I love rereading books like many other readers out there. So I have often wondered why we return back to our favourite stories when there’s a multitude of books out there waiting to be read. Many people do not attempt to do so for many valid reasons. They might see it as a waste of time or perhaps they fear they might lose that wonderful feeling when they first read it. And they have a point. I actually shared the same views until I decided to reread Harry Potter way back in secondary school and realised what a marvellous experience it really is. I appreciate the fact that everyone is different and what works for me might not really be appealing for others. But if you’re curious or want to fall into the habit of rereading books, I will be focusing on the many reasons why a number of people do so.

  • I believe that one of the most common motivator to reread books is to have the opportunity to revisit your favourite characters and those special moments that made you laugh, cry or that inspired you in your life. Nothing can truly compare with the feeling of meeting your beloved characters once again like old friends. We form a very intimate bond with them especially if the book is well written and they read like actual living people. Unfortunately we cannot send them a text to meet up at our favourite café so we have to make do with rereading the book and hoping against hope that they would one day become real! (I wish)
  • It is undeniable that books inspire us and make us feel a multitude of emotions that we had no idea we were capable of feeling! So it’s natural to want to read your favourite passages again and allow the words to suck you back into the story and make you feel things in a raw and open way. It is so comforting to be able to envelope yourself amongst the pages you could call home. This is honesty how I feel every time I reread Harry Potter. If I’m going through a rough time I always turn back to it because I know that it would welcome me back with open arms and somehow comfort me in ways that other things can’t. And it’s also the best remedy for a reading slump!
  • We change as humans. There’s no denying that because it’s in our nature, even if the changes are subtle and not that conspicuous to the naked eye. Rereading a book you first read a couple of years ago is a totally different experience because now you have all those years behind you that have probably changed your perspective and the way you think. Since then you’ve read countless books, seen many films or TV shows and met with loads of different people, and all these somehow change the way we see things around us and thus make you see the story in a whole new light. You may now connect with a certain character that you hated before, understand a quote on a much deeper level or you might also hate the book entirely…which would totally suck big time! But on the bright side you would at least have discovered something new about yourself!
  • Quite often it feels good to reread a book knowing exactly what will happen next. Why? Because you’re not itching to see how the story will progress and you can just focus on the details and read it at a leisurely pace. You won’t have to focus on trying to figure out who the characters are or what their motives might be and instead you can try to discover any new references or connections that you missed the first time you read it. Having said that, this is the reason why I don’t reread thrillers. Not only because I don’t have a favorite book from this genre but also because most crime/thriller books focus heavily on the plot and the anticipation of what will happen next and this is what drives me to read them in the first place. Having no puzzle to unravel the second time round, I find that it loses the scope to read it again. However I guess it would be fun to look out for those details that make more sense when you already know the ending.
  • Lately I’ve discovered how helpful it is to reread a book before it’s sequel comes out. I couldn’t for the life of me remember what happened in A Darker Shade of Magic, even though it was and still remains one of my all-time favourite books! So instead of resorting to Recaptains (which is a great site btw!) I decided to reread it and ended up enjoying it even more the second time round! I also reread books before the movie adaptation comes out so I could spend those two hours complaining how the filmmakers didn’t even come remotely close to my expectations!

If you don’t like rereading books that is completely fine; after all everyone is different and that is the beauty of life. But I think it’s something worth trying and if it doesn’t work out for you then it’s not the end of the world !  x

Anticipation

Welcome to the inked forest where stories grow on trees //

I am really looking forward to share my love for books with you. I do not consider myself truly competent but I will try my best to sound as coherent as possible. I am prone to scream and shout expletives, especially if the book destroyed me emotionally. I shamelessly cry over fictional characters. I fashion intricate daydreams that revolve around my favourite stories. So I decided to find a home for all of my jumbled thoughts. And what better place to find than in this labyrinth of a platform that honest to God I have no idea how to use!

My name is Luana, currently residing in a small village in Malta. Sadly we do not have forests here, but the sea makes up for it. I lack the money to travel abroad but surprisingly this place has a lot of secret nooks and crannies to discover so I try to go on quests to find them…with a book in tow. I end up taking a multitude of pictures, where my books end up soiled and creased (for a good cause!). So obviously I intend to share them with you if they look remotely good.

I honestly have no idea what I will post as of yet but there will definitely be a lot of bookish ramblings and some random snippets of my life. Books have given me the chance to meet a lot of incredible people out there, essentially on Tumblr and Instagram, and I hope to have the same opportunity here. Because there’s nothing better than to meet someone who is willing to listen to your lengthy and tedious rants and still consider you a friend. 🙂

  Cheers for reading this.

Beaux Rêves.

Lucy.