books I have but didn’t bring with me… and now want to read.

Ah, the struggle of not being able to bring books with you when you’re moving because shipping costs are expensive. Hello friends, today I will share my frustration over the fact that I really want to read some books I own but, since I moved, I don’t have them with me.

Wait, what? You moved?

Yes, I haven’t updated this blog since then, but if follow me on twitter or Instagram, you probably already know that I’m in London!!!

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I’m doing my master’s degree here. I’ve been in London for about 3 weeks and it has been great so far! If you’re from around, let me know some pretty nice things to visit because there are just too many!!! I’m definitely excited for winter and Christmas time, I’ve heard it’s a beautiful time to be in London.

Before coming, I had to make sure I had enough comfy and warm clothes sooooo all my luggage was full. That meant I had no space for books 😦 I only ended up bringing three books:

  • The Girl in 6EΒ by A. R. Torre – the last book I bought and the one I was reeeeaaally excited to own, so I had to bring it to London;
  • ViciousΒ by V. E. Schwab – I always wanted to readΒ  it (seriously, I love this book and I haven’t even read it. It’s an unhealthy relationship because I’m obsessed and I don’t even know its story) but never got to it and I don’t know why. I think it’s because I have too many high expectations;
  • Tatiana and AlexanderΒ by Paullina Simons- the sequel to my favourite book but I don’t know if I’m going to like it so I’ve been putting it off.Β  I do need to read it eventually so that’s why I brought it with me.

I really want to read these three books, but since I’m so far away from my bookshelf, all I think about are the abandoned books in my room, crying for me. So, of course, I feel like reading a few of them (I’m sure if they were here, I wouldn’t be in the mood for them, though. I know myself very well):

  • The Raven Cycle #2, #3 and #4 by Maggie Stiefvater (yes, I need all three of them asap. I think it’s because it’s fall)
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Hopefully my parents can send them my way!!! Fingers crossed! I hope I don’t change my mind about these books otherwise by the time I end my master’s degree I’ll have my entire bookshelf here!

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BookTube-A-Thon 2017 // TBR

It’s BookTube-A-Thon time!!! The best reading time of the year, although a bit stressful. I participated in BookTube-A-Thon two years ago but without a TBR or an actual plan. I just read what I wanted and I believe I didn’t even finish one challenge – I just wanted to read at the same time as other people and participate in the conversations and reading sprints on twitter.

This year, I’m going to try something new. I will set up my TBR, but I’m such a mood reader that I don’t think I will stick to it. Either way, I’ll try.

“What a second, Raquel… what is BookTube-A-Thon?” Well, thank you for asking my friend! It’s a week long event (July 24th-July 30th) where people get together (virtually) to reaaaaaad all week, non-stop. There are challenges, fun videos and Instagram pictures, as well as contests and giveaways! It’s pretty exciting if you like to binge-read. Not so exciting if you have too much anxiety like me. BUT I will definitely slow things down a bit and read as I go,without putting too much pressure on me since this is supposed to be fun! If you want to find out more about it, watch the official video here.

This year, we have 7 great challenges (watch the video here):

  1. Read a book with a person on the cover;
  2. Read a hyped book;
  3. Finish a book in one day;
  4. Read about a character that is very different from you;
  5. Finish a book completely outdoors;
  6. Read a book you bought because of the cover;
  7. Read 7 books.

I’ve been in a very weird mood and I haven’t been reading as much as I wanted to this year. I’m not even calling it a reading slump because I want to read but I can’t bring myself to finish a book or read it enough to fully get into it. However, this past weekend I started a book by R.S. Grey and I read it so fast as I enjoyed it so much!! It finally got me into reading fast, but I’m still afraid of going back to the way I’ve been this past year. Thus, I decided to include a lot of other R.S. Grey in my TBR and that will consolidate my “getting-back-into-finishing-books” mood. I probably won’t finish these 7 book in a week because I don’t read that fast and c’mon, I don’t have that many expectations for myself! With that being said, my TBR for those challenges are:

  1. The Allure of Julian Lefray by R.S. Grey
  2. A Darker Shade of Magic or Vicious by V.E. Schwab or Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  3. The Allure of Dean Harper by R.S. Grey
  4. The Martian by Andy Weir
  5. Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey orΒ The Foxe and the Hound by R.S. Grey
  6. The Graces by Laure Eve
  7. Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally

The R.S. Grey books can be switched up between them and don’t have to necessarily be in that order, because they all have a person on the cover, I can finish them in a day and I will probably read them all outdoors, by the pool.

Anyway, this isn’t a definite TBR because, like I said, I’m a mood reader and that’s what I feel like reading now, but I’m not sure if I’ll feel like reading them during BookTube-A-Thon. Nonetheless, I will update you on what I’ll read on my twitter and then I’ll hopefully write a wrap-up post.

Are you participating in BookTube-A-Thon this year? Do you have a TBR? Let me know in the comments or link me to your TBR post/video/InstagramΒ post.Β 

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contemporary tbr

Hello friends!
Today I’m going to talk to you about contemporary books!!! 😍 I looooove me some cute, fluffy reads – they just make me feel good. I can devour most of these books in less than 24 hours so I always love to have TONS of contemporary books on my TBR.
Since I haven’t been reading much, I’ve accumulated quite a bit of books, so I decided to make a list of contemporary books that I need to read asap! And if I get to read at least 5 of these this summer, I might do a blog post about fantasy (or maybe I’ll write a blog post about it, just in case 😏). This list also includes a few next contemporary releases that I’m super excited about!

There are way more contemporary books I want to read but these are my must-read! Without any further ado, here are the beautiful contemporary books I need to read asap:

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen; Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett; Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith; The Animal Under the Fur by E.J Mellow

By Your Side by Kasie West; P.S. I Like You by Kasie West; The Hating Game by Sally Thorne; One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid;

Since You’ve Been Gone, The Unexpected Everything and Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Night Owls by Jenn Bennett;Β Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Those are A LOT OF BOOKS! I really wanted to read most of these this summer, but there are a lot of fantasy books waiting for me on my shelf (EMPIRE OF STORMS!!!!!!). I shall keep you updated on my progress!

Do you have any contemporary books that you’re dying to read? Let me know in the comments!

 

november wrap-up & december tbr

I’ve immersed in my own bad thoughts and feelings when I should be working, so I decided to take a quick break and write a blog post. That way I can distract myself while I write.

Today I bring you my November wrap-up (lol) and December tbr. Hopefully I can be productive with my reading and maybe read the books I’m choosing.

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I only finished one book in November, even though I tried reading other books – Β I just wasn’t in the mood for them. The book I finished was YOU by Caroline Kepnes and oh my! This book is so creepy and yet, I found myself understanding Joe’s thoughts and actions, until I finally came to my senses and understood what the author was doing. It was sort of like Stockholm syndrome, because you couldn’t help but like Joe and rationalise his actions. That’s why this book is so good, well written and addictive! I definitely am interest in reading Hidden Bodies by the same author (maybe not right now, though. I’m still recovering from the first book).

This month I want to try to read more, but I don’t know if I’ll have the time because I have a lot to do for university. However, I decided to make a tbr of the books I want to read and even if I won’t be able to complete/follow it, at least I have an idea of what genres and type of books I want to read.

I know this post is a bit late since it’s already December 17, but oh well… Here are the books I want to try to read this month:

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen is my current read and I’m almost done with it. Saint Anything by the same author is one of my favourite books ever so I decided to slowly read more of her books. I don’t know if I should have started with this one though. Even though I’m enjoying it, it’s not a favourite. I also heard that Saint Anything was very different from her other novels so that might be why I’m not enjoying as much. But hopefully that will change – I still have some pages left.

The Graces by Laure Eve – I started this book while I was reading YOU by Caroline Kepnes and now I feel like I need to finish it because I was actually enjoying it. It wasn’t blowing my mind, but still. Hopefully I’ll get to it soon!

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver – I mainly want to read this book because of the movie that is coming out in 2017, although I was always curious to read a book by this author. No better time than this one, I guess.

My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins – I don’t plan on reading every story in this book, just a few to get me in the Holiday spirit. I wanted to read it last Christmas but I wasn’t able to.

And that’s it! Like I said, I’m not sure I’ll even read these books, but I just wanted to write what I’ve been feeling like reading this month. That way I can also distract myself from university during the holidays (even though I still have two essays to write. Yikes).

What books do you plan on reading this December?

fave bookstagrams

I love, love, love bookstagram. If you love books and Instagram, you probably love bookstagram too. There are so many beautiful accounts out there and I cry daily because mine doesn’t look as beautiful as them! That usually happens with my faves… I stare at their accounts multiple times a day. I secretly want to be best friends with the people that run those accounts because they are all such lovely human beings. PLEASE BE MY FRIEND – I’ll give you cookies and I’ll compliment you every day!

Okay, okay, I’ll stop now. But in all seriousness, these accounts are some of the most beautiful accounts on bookstagram and because I love them so much, I decided to share them all with you! These accounts deserve every single follower they have and many, many more! Without further ado, these are some of my fave bookstagram accounts: (I can’t really post all the accounts I love here, so I’ll be posting similar posts like this)

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January book haul

Every January I have exams for about 3 weeks. That means I don’t have time to read many books.
I only managed to read 2 books during January and one of them was in the first few days of 2016. However, during those 3 weeks of doing nothing but studying, I tend to buy a lot of books… a. lot. of. books. That happens to me every time I have exams, whether it is during January or June. I can’t help it, it’s what keeps me happy during those moments of frustration (sorry not sorry)! With that being said, I’m going to show you the 8 books I bought in the month of January:

 

 

(from bottom to top):
1. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
2. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raash
3. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
4. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
5. The Martian by Andy Weir
6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
7. The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
8. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

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bookish playlists

Hello friends! Exams are finally over and I’m happy to have some free time on my hands. Today I’m going to talk about bookish playlists! I love reading and I love music, so why not mix them together?
I don’t usually listen to music while I’m reading (simply because I get too distracted) but I love to listen to music that reminds me of certain characters. That way I get to spend more time with them. It’s also a great way to get the feels you used to have while reading the book or a great way to go back to the wonderful world of a certain book without actually re-reading it (because some people don’t like to re-read books and that’s totally fine).
If you’re wondering where to find bookish playlist (or any kind of playlist, to be honest), 8tracks is you best friend! I love that website because it’s a great and easy way to find new music and make your own playlists. This is post is not sponsored, by the way. I just really love this website and spend most of my time on it! (I feel like I should mention that haha).
Today I’m going to show you one playlist that I’ve been loving recently. I’ll be doing more posts like this one where I’ll show a different bookish playlist each time. Maybe this will help you find new music to listen to and/or inspire you to read the book related to it.
If you’d like to follow me on 8tracks, you can click here.Β 

This one is one of my recent favourites! You can clearly see this is inspired by the lovely Lara Jean from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. If you haven’t read this duology, what are you waiting for? It puts you in such a wonderful mood. Lara Jean is one of my favourite characters ever. If you haven’t heard about this book, it’s basically about a girl that writes letters to the boys she has loved (you probably guessed that by the tittle of the book) and then she writes seals them and saved them in a hat box. But one day her letter are all mailed to those boys. Oops.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S I Still Love You (the second and final book in this duology) have it all – romance, cuteness, drama, a lovely family dynamic (seriously, I want to be in their family so bad) and a perfect sibling relationship. I believe this playlist represents Lara Jean’s personality so well. I really felt like I was Lara Jean when I was listening to this. If you ever wanted to be her (`*cough* like me * cough*) then listen to it πŸ™‚

Let me know what you think of this playlist and this new little series I’m starting here. Do you have any bookish playlists that you love or have you ever made one? Leave the links in the comments and I’ll definitely listen to them.