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Chatting with a Slytherin: Anticipated 2018 Diverse Books (Part One)

Diversity is a very important aspect in today’s literature, as it should be. Whether it’s PoC (Person of Colour) main characters, LGBTQIA+ characters/ romances, I think it’s great that we’re finally getting books that feature different diverse aspects.

That is why I want to share with you some of the diverse books I’m excited for that are coming out this year.

Of course I cannot list all of the diverse books that are coming out in 2018, so I will be doing these posts more throughout the year!


Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

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A searing #OwnVoices coming-of-age debut in which an Indian-American Muslim teen confronts Islamophobia and a reality she can neither explain nor escape–perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Jacqueline Woodson, and Adam Silvera.”

Release Date: January 16th

Love, Hate & Other Filters is about Maya Aziz, a seventeen-year-old girl, who is torn between following the path that her Indian family wants her to- go to a college that’s close to her home and marry a Muslim boy- and following her dreams- attending college in New York.

It’s a story of self-discovery and standing up for what you want, what you believe in. I think many young girls will relate to this story, no matter their skin colour or religion. Everyone has to make some tough decisions during their lifetime.

You can read the full synopsis here.


A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

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A timeless exploration of high-stakes romance, self-discovery, and the lengths we go to love and be loved.”

Release Date: February 27th

When I read the synopsis of this book, I was surprised. I honestly thought it was just a contemporary novel, but it seems like a lot more. Even if I tried, I don’t think I can explain what this is about so I will just leave you with the Goodreads synopsis.

„Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school.  You don’t want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. So how is it that eighteen-year-old Porus Dumasia has only ever had eyes for her? And how did Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together, crashed on the side of a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive on the scene, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is questioned. And as her story is pieced together, told through multiple perspectives, it becomes clear that she was far more than just a girl like that. ”

„This beautifully written debut novel from Tanaz Bhathena reveals a rich and wonderful new world to readers. It tackles complicated issues of race, identity, class, and religion, and paints a portrait of teenage ambition, angst, and alienation that feels both inventive and universal. „

You can click here to see the Goodreads page.


Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi

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Release Date: June 19th

Not The Girls You’re Looking For is a book that focuses around friendship between girls. In YA literature you rarely read about pure support between girls. They usually fight or go against each other, so I think this alone is intriguing enough for one to pick this up.

Aminah’s novel is also all about that #girlpower and, honestly, so am I. I am a huge feminist in real life, but I don’t think I’ve read more than a handful of books that promote it.

As for the diverse aspect, I think this features a Muslim main character, but there may be others as well.

The reviews of this book are spectacular. You can read them and also the synopsis here.


Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet #1) by Roshani Chokshi

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Release Date: March 27th

Aru Shah and the End of Time is a middle grade book that features an Indian main character (I’m not 100% sure about this, but from what I can gather it is true, Indian mythology and a lot of adventures.

It reminds me of Rick Riordan’s books in many ways. Since it is published under his imprint, I’m sure it is going to be fantastic.

Long story short, Aru Shah frees an ancient demon and the book is about her journey defeating it.

I don’t usually read middle grade but I want to give this one a chance. I think I might like it!

Have a look at the synopsis here.


Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

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Let’s Talk About Love is a story about a biromantic asexual black woman, Alice, in college, living with her two best friends who are dating, and working at a library where she meets Takumi, who changed her life forever.

I’ve read the reviews this book has on Goodreads and everyone loves it. I’ve even stumbled upon a few biromantic asexual reviewers who said the representation is really good!

I am really excited to pick this up!

Click here for the full synopsis.


From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon

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From Twinkle, with Love is Sandhya Menon’s second novel.

Like When Dimple Met Rishi, this is also a contemporary. The main charcter, Twinkle, is an aspiring film director and, at the beginning of the book, she gets an awesome opportunity that also gives her the possibility to see her crush, Neil, but she falls in love with his brother.

I’ve read some reviews and those say Twinkle is Indian.

This book sounds like the perfect light summer read!

Click here to see the Goodreads page and read the full synopsis.


Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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Release Date: April 24th

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.”

Since this is contemporary, I don’t really have an exact synopsis and prefer going into it that way.

Leah is bisexual, but she hasn’t told anyone yet (except from her mother), not even her best friend, Simon.

Becky Albertalli’s books are really fast paced reads, and so I think this is going to be the perfect summer read.

Check out the full summary here.


Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

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„Bold. Powerful. Rebellious.”

Release Date: August 28th

I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW EXCITED I AM FOR THIS BOOK!

Before reading A Discovery Of Witches by Deborah Harkness I wasn’t a huge fan of witch books but honestly now I’m more of a ALL THE BEAUTIFUL WITCH BOOKS kind of person.

This is an anthology that features stories from some amazing authors like Anna Marie McLemore and Zoraida Cordova.

You can bet I am going to buy it as soon as it comes out.

„From good witches to bad witches, to witches who are a bit of both, this is an anthology of diverse witchy tales from a collection of diverse, feminist authors. The collective strength of women working together—magically or mundanely–has long frightened society, to the point that women’s rights are challenged, legislated against, and denied all over the world. TOIL & TROUBLE delves deep into the truly diverse mythology of witchcraft from many cultures and feminist points-of-view, to create modern and unique tales of witchery that have yet to be explored.”

How good does that sound?! And if I haven’t convinced you to read this yet, have a look at the next paragraph:

„Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

Glinda the Good Witch. Elphaba the Wicked Witch. Willow. Sabrina. Gemma Doyle. The Mayfair Witches. Ursula the Sea Witch. Morgan le Fey. The three weird sisters from Macbeth.”

You can check out the Goodreads page here.


All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages

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I can’t tell you much about this anthology since the title already gives it all away.

Take a journey through time and genres and discover a past where queer figures live, love and shape the world around them. Seventeen of the best young adult authors across the queer spectrum have come together to create a collection of beautifully written diverse historical fiction for teens. „

Click here to see the Goodreads page.


Lovely, Dark, and Deep by Justina Chen

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Now, how do I even start? This book sounds so amazing!

When our main character, who is Asian, discovers she has an extreme case of photosensitivity, an allergy to sunlight, she has to give up on her whole life and live inside, but she doesn’t want to.

She meets this boy who is a Thor lookalike. You guys probably don’t know but I am a huge fan of Thor! Honestly, that sentence alone and the fact that she’s Asian sold me. I’m getting this as soon as it comes out!

You can read the Goodreads synopsis here.


Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

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The Hate U Give, Dear Martin and now Tyler Johnson Was Here.

This is a powerful novel featuring a black main character. The synopsis is short, so I think it’s best you read for yourself:

When Marvin Johnson’s twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.

The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it’s up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.”

You can read more about it by clicking here.


My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

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My So-Called Bollywood Life sounds like such a cute, fun and fluffy read!

Long story short, our main character, Winnie Mehta, thinks Raj is the love of her life. It’s literally predicted by a pandit and he meets all of the qualifications, until she finds out he’s cheating on her.

She then meets a cute Greek boy and the story goes on from there!

I think this is one of the books I’m most excited about!

Winnie loves Bollywood films and I think she wants to be a Bollywood film producer, hence the title 🙂

More info on this beautiful book here.


As always, I hope you enjoyed reading this and that you discovered some new diverse books that interest you.

Let me know which ones you’re most excited about from this list or any other book you know about!

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Chatting with a Slytherin: 2018 Winter Anticipated Releases

Hello bookworms and happy new year!

It’s been a very long time since my last post and I apologize for that. I don’t really know what happened, I guess I just needed a break from everything.

Right now it’s a new year, so a fresh start. I’m starting to be active again on my bookstagram, @letsrunawaytobooks. You should follow me there if you want to hear from me more often.

What better way to kick off the new year than with a list of some of my most anticipated releases for the first two months of 2018? I hope you find some new books through this post.

Something else before we start: If you want me to do a „Diverse 2018 Book Releases”, make sure to comment down bellow or on my Instagram account.


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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Publishing date: January 2nd

Holly Black writes some of the best books that feature faeries/ creatures in general. This is, I hope, no exception. I read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by her and it’s one of my favourite books.

„Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.”

You can check out the full summary if you click here.


                                                

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Publishing date: January 2nd

Everless is a debut novel and it sounds fantastic. It’s a YA novel that centers around time. Long story short, in this world, you don’t pay with money. You pay with time that is extracted from your blood. I remember seeing a movie similar to this once, but I can’t remember the name. I know that I really enjoyed it though.

You can read the full summary here.

 


 

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Reign the Earth by A. C. Gaughen

Publishing date: January 30th

Fantasy is my favourite genre to read during winter, and this book sounds incredible. The summary doesn’t give away too much, but it’s enough to make me interested. From what I read, the main character, Shalia, discovers she has this dangerous power that can get her killed by her own villainous husband.

„A new YA fantasy in which elemental powers are reawakened after a genocide, and a girl realizes she has the power to control the earth on the same day she marries the king who hunted the Elementae to extinction.”

Make sure to check out the full summary here.


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Publishing date: January 30th

From the Goodreads description, this seems like the perfect winter read. It’s about a girl whose mother goes missing. Then, our main character is forced to search for her. Where, you may ask? Well, her grandma, who dies, is the author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, which take place in the Hazel Wood. That’s where Alice has to go.

„To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.”

See the full summary here.

 

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Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk

Publishing date: January 16th

„The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic―and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus…”

I need this book in my life. I think it has so much potential! Strong female main character who is a warrior, Rome and Spartacus? Sign me up!

„For teens who love strong female protagonists in their fantasy and historical fiction, Blood and Sand is a stirring, yet poignant tale of two slaves who dared take on an empire by talented debut author C. V. Wyk.”

See for yourself how amazing this book sounds here.

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Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy

Publishing date: January 2nd

I know I previously said I only read fantasy during the winter months, but I must admit I won’t pass a good thriller. From what I gathered, the mean girls from the town of Cape Bonita are getting murdered, and our main character is afraid she will be next since all the crimes are linked to her… and a mysterious boy with a dark past.

„Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.”

See the full summary here.


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The English Wife by Lauren Willig

Publishing date: January 9th

From the New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous New York Gilded Age novel full of family secrets, affairs, and even murder.”

This book is a historical fiction novel, as well as a mystery/ thriller and it definetly sounds intense. Lately I’ve been slowly getting into historical fiction and this seems like the perfect read for me.

I haven’t read the whole summary because I want to go into it not knowing a lot, but you can check it out here.


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The Wife Between Us by  Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Publishing date: January 9th

I feel like I know nothing about this novel, even though I’ve read the summary twice. I am so excited to read it though. I’ll just leave the Goodreads description here:

A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Assume nothing.

Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life.”


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The Forgotten Book by Mecthild Glaser

Publishing date: January 2nd

A Jane Austen-inspired YA tale about a sixteen-year-old girl who finds a magical book—and discovers that anything she writes inside it comes true.”

A Jane Austen-inspired YA tale? That was honestly all I needed to hear to be interested in this. You will probably see this on my bookstagram when I buy it. Have you seen this gorgeous cover? I love it.

Here is the full summary.

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Sinless by Sarah Tarkoff

Publishing date: January 9th

In Grace Luther’s world, morality is physically enforced. Those who are „good” are blessed with beauty, while those who are not suffer horrifying consequences—disfigurement, or even death. When the cleric’s daughter stumbles onto information that proves her world is more complicated than it seems, she finds herself at the center of an epic battle where good and evil are not so easily distinguished. Despite all her efforts to live a normal teenage life, Grace is faced with a series of decisions that will risk the lives of everyone she loves.”

Personally, I have not read anything like this before and I’m really intrigued. I feel like it could be a great read for the YA community that explores the concept of beauty and morality. I cannot wait for it to come out in a little bit over a week.


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Reign of The Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Publishing date: January 23rd

An epic fantasy where gender equality is the norm, that centers around necromancers, deadlands and amazing women? I’m interested. Again, I’ve never read anything like this before. It seems like 2018 will be a great year for reading.

You should read the full Goodreads summary to see what this novel is about. Click here.

 

 

 


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Publishing date: January 9th

This is the third book in a companion series by Seanan McGuire, Wayward Children. I only read the first one, Every Heart A Doorway, but that one is a favourite of mine. You can see my review if you click here.

No one knows a lot about Seanan’s upcoming novel, since the summary is only three lines, but it sounds incredible.

„Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born. Rini was born anyway, and now she’s trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic. „


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The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Publishing date: February 6th

I’ve heard a lot about this book from people who have ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) and they tell nothing but great things about it.

I find the concept very interesting. Very quickly, this book is about Camellia Beauregard, who is a Belle. She can control beauty in a world where people are born gray, damned and very ugly. But that’s not enough for her. She wants to be the best Belle, the one who lives with the royal family. That’s where her adventure begins.

You can read the full summary here.


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The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

Publishing date: February 6th

The Queen’s Rising is a YA fantasy/ dystopian novel, in which each person is born with a talent for either art, music, dramatics, wit or knowledge. Everyone has to choose what they want to study and, during a ceremony, be chosen by a patron. Our main character doesn’t know what her talent is and so her ceremony doesn’t go well: she isn’t chosen by anyone. Months later, a disgraced lord offers her patronage and she accepts it, even though she doesn’t know why he would do this. From what I understand, the lord wants to take down the current king of the land and he needs her help.

Rebecca Ross’s book kind of reminds me of Divergent/ The Selection but with a lot more complexity added to it. I cannot wait for it to come out!

Click here for the full summary.


 

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Ink, Iron and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

Publishing date: February 20th

Can she write a world gone wrong?

A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation by her mother—a noted scriptologist.”

Elsa’s home world is attacked and her mother abducted, so she needs to use her own skills to find her. She has to create worlds herself and that’s what the plot centers around.

Again, as many books on this list, Ink Iron and Glass sounds like something I have never read before and, in my opinion, it has a lot of potential.

See the full summary on Goodreads here.


 

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The Traitor Prince by C. J. Redwine

Publishing date: February 13th

The Traitor Prince is the third book in the Ravenspire companion series by C. J. Redwine.

Javan Najafai, crown prince of Akram, has spent the last ten years at an elite boarding school, far away from his kingdom. But his eagerly awaited return home is cut short when a mysterious imposter takes his place—and no one believes Javan is the true prince.”

Have you seen that movie with Leonardo DiCaprio, The Man in the Iron Mask? This is what Redwine’s novel reminds me of. I’ve seen that movie many times and I really like it so I’m very excited for this book. I want to read the first two books in the Ravenspire series soon, even though you don’t have to read one to understand the rest.

Click here to read the Goodreads description.


 

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Publishing date: February 13th

The Forgotten Girl has only 5 reviews/ ratings on Goodreads, but all of them are 5 stars. It also has a very short and vague summary so I’m going to insert it here:

It is 1906, and sixteen-year-old Stella’s life in Durliosy, Poland, is bleak. Her only hope of surviving is to travel to America, a land of freedom and opportunity, and reunite with her brother in Baltimore. There she’ll find new challenges, and perhaps, if she can put her painful past behind her, a new chance for love and lasting happiness.”

I’m glad I found this hidden gem on a list made by Goodreads. It sounds incredible, emotional and real.


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She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop

Publishing Date: February 6th

I haven’t even read the full summary, but She Regrets Nothing reminds me of Gossip Girl (specifically, Lola’s life story on Gossip Girl) and I absolutely love that TV show.

From what I’ve read, Laila, our protagonist, is reunited with a family she never knew she had just as she comes of age. She finds out she is the granddaughter of one of New York’s wealthiest men.

„Caught between longing for the love of her family and her relentless pursuit of the lifestyle she feels she was unfairly denied, Laila finds herself reawakening a long dead family scandal—not to mention setting off several new ones—as she becomes further enmeshed in the lives and love affairs of her cousins. But will Laila ever, truly, belong in their world? „

Basically, Andrea Dunlop’s book is a family drama, a seductive story about fortune and fate.

Click here to read the full summary.


 

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Publishing date: February 6th

The title was what firstly caught my eye. When I read the summary, I was completely hooked. In my opinion, By A Charm & A Curse is similar to Caraval or The Night Circus, but definitely more intriguing.

Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice.

Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl in the Box, Emmaline is completely trapped. Breaking the curse seems like her only chance at freedom, but with no curse, there’s no charm, either—dooming everyone who calls the Carnival Fantastic home. Including the boy she’s afraid she’s falling for.

Everything—including his life—could end with just one kiss.”


And that’s it!

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. I’m glad if you saw anything that got your attention.

Let me know which book from this list you want to pick up in the future!

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Chatting with a Slytherin: I’m back! Updates on 2017 so far- Goals and Favourites

I’ve been thinking for a very long time how to start blogging again and what to write about first. After brainstorming for a while, I decided to update you on what has happened so far in 2017 in the departments of reading and my actual life.

I’ve been absent for most of the year because, on June 19th and 21st, I had two very important exams that I studied for since September. I ended up getting 10s (the highest grade) in both of them, and I couldn’t be happier. Now that those are out of the way, I can finally enjoy summer break and I am so excited to be back to blogging.


I’ve managed to read 27 books so far, which is pretty good considering I barely had time to do anything other than studying. Out of those, I will tell you my absolute favourites and the ones I recommend the most.

When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

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I listened to this audiobook for free on Youtube and I ended up loving it. The writing style is magical, McLemore weaves words into a story so beautifully. The characters were all very complex and diverse, and the magical realism part of it was done very well. I highly suggest buying it or listening to it, because the book is a work of art.

True Letters From A Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan

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„True Letters From A Fictional Life” is a very powerful book with an important message. It tells the heartbreaking, yet beautiful story, of a boy who has everything but he’s not so sure that’s what he wants for himself anymore. It’s one of my all time favourites now and everyone needs to read this. Actually, I have an interview with the author that I never posted, so comment down bellow if you want me to. My full review for this book is here.

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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Anyone who enjoys reading will fall in love with this hidden gem of a book. If you ever thought about how it would be to live at Hogwarts, in Prythian, or in any fictional world, this is for you. Since it’s a very short book, I suggest reading it without knowing what it’s about, but I do have a review for it if you want to see my full thoughts on it, which you can find here.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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The last book of my favourite trilogy. It’s 700 pages long and I still managed to finish it in 3 days. I am aware of the controversy surrounding the ACOTAR series, more on ACOWAR, but it’s still my favourite book and my opinion hasn’t changed. It has a great plot, amazing characters and it made me feel all the feels. I don’t have a review for it, but I do have one for ACOTAR here and I blogged my experience reading ACOMAF here.

 

 


I absolutely love seeing stats so here are some pie charts because who doesn’t love these?

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I don’t have many reading goals for the second half of the year. I want to complete the Around The Year in 52 Books challenge if I can, I want to keep reading more diverse novels and hopefully get my TBR (which stands for To Be Read) under control.

I want to start collaborating with publishers and stores from Romania more. Right now I can proudly say that I work with Storia Books and Books Express, which I will talk more about in the future.

Also, I need to read more of Anna-Marie McLemore’s work, and same goes with Marc Levy, who is a French author. I read one book by him, „Elle&lui” and I bought 3 more which I will hopefully read this summer.


Expect a small change around here. Once in a while I will post some reviews in Romanian for publishers and maybe one post a month just in Romanian, but besides that, this blog is mainly written in English.

I will start posting way more often now that I am on summer break and I would love for you to comment down bellow some posts you want to see next. It could be anything: book tags, recommendations, discussions…

That’s it for now. I just wanted to update you saying that you will see more from me these next few months. Follow my bookstagram, where I post almost every day! My username is @letsrunawaytobooks.

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Chatting with a Slytherin: Seasonal Anticipated Reads (June-August)

Hello!

Sorry for my very long absence but there’s nothing I can do about it, school always gets in the way.

If you need some good books for the summer time, to bring on vacation or just read at home, keep reading.

Ever since I saw Jananee’s post about her Seasonal Anticipated reads a few months ago, which you can find here, I knew I wanted to do my own, so here it is.

I’m so excited for summer, for the hot sunny days, the gold rays of the sun, the adventures, travelling and new experiences, but I’m also very pumped about some awesome books that are coming out during June, July and August.

Continuă lectura „Chatting with a Slytherin: Seasonal Anticipated Reads (June-August)”

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Favourite Books of 2016

Guess who’s two months late. It’s the 3rd of February and I finally decided to talk about my favourite books of 2016.

I decided not to do a top because I cannot decide, it’s waaay to hard. I know my favourite book of the year but besides that? Nope. Not happening.

2016 was a really good reading year. I discovered some hidden gems and amazing authors. I read 45 books and managed to narrow it down to 15 for this post.

Disclaimer: I might be rambling a lot so just grab a snack and enjoy me fangirling. Oh and this includes waaay to many GIFs. Sorry. I’m having fun.

Also: I decided to break up the post the same way as Jananee over at https://headinherbooks.wordpress.com/ did so credit goes to her! Continuă lectura „Favourite Books of 2016”

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Chatting with a Slytherin: The Liebster Award

I was nominated for an award! Isn’t that awesome? I was nominated by Anj over at seaweedbooks ! Thank you a lot! Go check out her post as well as her amazing blog.

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THE RULES OF THE AWARD:

  1. Acknowledge the person who nominated you and display the award.
  2. Answer eleven questions that the blogger gives you.
  3. Give eleven random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 blogs who you think deserve it.
  5. Let the bloggers know you’ve nominated them.
  6. Give your eleven questions to the nominees.

HERE ARE ANJ’S QUESTIONS AND MY ANSWERS TO THEM!

1. Unpopular opinion on a book/series? 

I read Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles a while back and I didn’t like it as much as I hoped to. I am hesitant to pick up the next books (I own Scarlet and Cress).

2. What’s your favourite snack?

I don’t have an all time favorite snack but I currently have an obsession with green grapes. I eat them like popcorn.

3. Which Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house do you belong to?

Very proud Slytherin (&Thunderbird)

4. Do you mind if your books’ pages become yellowed?

No, not at all. I love it when you can see it actually. My ACOMAF copy has yellow pages and it’s my favorite book ever.

5. Used books or new books? 

I don’t have any used bookstores where I live so I don’t know how it feels to have used books. New.

6. Hardcovers or Paperbacks?

Hardcovers are so expensive! I like reading both of them though.. but I think paperbacks.

7. Who is your favourite author?

I don’t have one (I know.. I know!) but some of my favorites are John Green, E. Lockhart, Rick Riordan, Nicola Yoon, Renee Ahdieh, Sarah J. Maas and J.K. Rowling.

8. In which country do you live in/belong to? 

I live in Romania but I feel like I belong to England or Netherlands.

9. Do you like reading multiple books at a time? Why? Why not?

I don’t. I don’t have a particular reason why, I simply do not like reading multiple books and being in different worlds at the same time.

10. Favourite book in a trilogy?

Clockwork Princess from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare and Half Wild/Half Lost (can’t choose!) from the Half Bad trilogy by Sally Green.

11. What are your feelings on Readathons? I personally love them.

I love them too! I really want to make my own but I can’t seem to think of any good ideas.

11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME:

1.  My favorite school subjects are Spanish, English, Maths (and I like History a lot too, depending on the lesson).

2. I am a fae with an identity crisis. I took the test so many times and I always get the Night Court, the Spring Court and I’m pretty sure I got something like the Winter/Day/Dawn Court once. Comment down bellow which court you think I belong to!

3. When I leave my house in clothes I don’t like or my hair looks like crap I feel bad. I feel waaaay more confident when I am put togheter.

4. My favorite shows are Once Upon a Time, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries and Criminal Minds (I only watched a few episodes while I was in London but I fell in love with it!)

5. I took a test to see which Harry Potter character I am and I got Dumbledore 4 times.

6. My birthday is on Christmas day, 25th of December.

7. Swimming is my favorite sport. I have been doing it on and off (because school….) for 8 years.

8. I’m a visual learner. I need my notebooks to look like a child’s coloring book.

9. I don’t go to Starbucks often but when I do the only thing I get is a Caramel Cream because it’s the best.

10. Me and Nerys (@booksgraphy on instagram) are pen pals and it’s really awesome.

11. This year I have an exam to get into highschool, one like the GSCE/SAT/ A levels but for 8th grade. Everyone here begins to study for it from the beginning of the school year. That’s why I won’t be really active on my blog/ bookstagram but I’ll still try to post as much as I can.

AND NOW I NOMINATE THESE 11 AWESOME PEOPLE!

Nikki from talesofabiblio

Nerys from readorableblog

Christine from weereader

Celine from celinereads

Jananee from headinherbooks

(I’m really really sorry but I don’t have time to tag 11 people so if you want to do this, say I tagged you! I also tag Clara from claraxlala on instagram!)

MY 11 QUESTIONS TO THE NOMINEES:
1. Favorite books written by an underhyped author?

2. Do you read classics? If so, recommend 3.

3. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

4. Who are your favorite bookstagrammers?

5. If you’ve read ACOTAR, which Court do you belong to? If you haven’t read ACOTAR, which Hogwarts house do you belong to?

6. If you could go on a week long trip to Paris, which characters from books would you like to go with?

7. What is your favorite quote from a book?

8. Do you tab/annotate your books? If so, how?

9. Do you like cheese? (SORRY I HAD TO)

10. What is the best thing to do after you finish a book that killed you inside?

11. What books do you want for your birthday? (and when’s your birthday?)

That’s my post for today! I’m really sorry I’ve been missing from here recently, school started a few weeks ago and it was really stressful but hopefully I can post more soon!

Alexandra