waiting on wednesday: empire of storms by sarah j. maas

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Publication date: September 6th
Goodreads // BookDepository // Amazon

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.
As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

~Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking the Spine ~

As you all probably know, Sarah J. Maas is my queen and I love love love the Throne of Glass series (since it’s my favourite series of all times). I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK TO COME OUT. AHHH. (clearly).

Which book are you desperately waiting for? 

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ten books you’d buy right this second if someone handed you a fully loaded gift card

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. All the information on the topics and how you can participate can be found here.
Hello lovely friends! I hope you had a wonderful start to August, also known as the last month of summer to many of us (except for me, hehe, sorry not sorry).
Today I thought about doing a top ten tuesday because I haven’t been doing enough tags lately (or posts… but let’s not talk about that right now). I found this topic really interesting, simply because I have too many books to buy and I would love if someone gave them to me *wink wink*. Here are my top ten books I’d buy right this second if someone handed me a fully loaded gift card:
  1. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
  2. The King Slayer by Virgina Boecker
  3. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  4. Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
  5. The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh
  6. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
  7. The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima
    1. The Demon King
    2. The Exiled Queen
    3. The Gray Wolf Throne
    4. The Crimson Crown
What books would you buy right this second if you received a fully loaded gift card? Let me know in the comments or link your Top Ten Tuesday bellow!


waiting on wednesday: the square root of summer

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It’s a little bit like a black hole. It’s a little bit like infinity.
Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she’s hurtled through wormholes to her past:
To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.
Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie’s past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone’s heart is about to be broken.

I’m so excited for this novel. Ever since I discovered it, I’ve been slightly obsessed with it! I love contemporaries and summer’s coming (which means I’ll be reading tons of contemporary). This cover is also TO DIE FOR and made me want this book even more!! The description is so intriguing! I can’t wait to finally have this in my hands.

~Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking the Spine ~

What book are you anxiously waiting for?

top ten bookworm delights

 Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. All the information on the topics and how you can participate can be found here.
Hello friends. I hope you’re all having a lovely Tuesday filled with bookish things. Speaking of bookish, today’s top 10 Tuesday is about bookwork delights – things related to books and reading that make us feel happier and warms our heart. 
1- My first bookish delight is definitely the feeling I get when a new book arrives. My day might not be going so well but if a new book arrives, I get instantly happy. 
2- I’ve been on a huge reading slump since February and I was beginning to feel sad that I didn’t feel like reading. I kept picking book after book and NOTHING. I’d feel nothing towards the book and I would eventually stop reading it. But that was until I decided to pick up Graceling – just the book I needed to make me reconcile with reading and bring me joy into my life once again. Clearly, my second bookish delight is the feeling I have when I’m reading exactly what I want/need to read!
3- Reading in the mornings, in bed, is one of my favourite things to do. I get up so much happier and I instantly feel like I’m being very productive.
4- The smell of books is one thing that probably every bookish person loves that everyone else finds weird. We don’t care about what other people think, anyway.
5- Don’t you just love when you take a GOOD bookstagram picture? I love it when I’m able to take the perfect instagram picture, it makes me feel so professional (kidding, not really! It just makes me feel proud of myself, hehe)
6- Fun fact: I rarely buy books from bookstores. That makes me really sad. I almost always buy my books online because my bookstores never have the books I want (those being books in english or recent releases, because I’m not from an english-speaking country). They usually have a section of english literature, but I rarely find what I’m looking for since they only have the more popular ones (a.k.a book to movie adaptations). However, there are those days when you go to a bookstore and then, as you get closer to the books, you see the exact book you’re looking for and suddenly you’re whole life makes sense. And that’s what happens when I find the exact book I’m looking for at the bookstore.
7- U.S floppy paperbacks!!! Need I say more?
8- Reading in the summer is another bookish delight of mine, because that’s when I read most of my books and I do it without worrying about university.
9- I love how a book can give me so many feels and how much it can deeply affect me and change my life. I’m so happy to say that books have changed my life in so many ways. Books have helped me get through so many sad and frustrating moments. ALL THE FEELS!!!
10-  The feeling after you’ve read the most amazing book ever. That feeling never gets old, man. I love it.
What are some of your favourite bookish delights? I’d love to know!

books I’m intimidated by

 Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey @ GingerReadsLainey and wednesday’s topic was Top 5 Books I’m intimidated by!

Hello friends!! Long time no see! First of all, I am aware that it’s no longer Wednesday but I really wanted to do this! I’ve been busy with university, my anxiety levels have been really high and I also did some travelling (but that will come in a separate blog post). I really missed writing here, so I’m going to try to post more often so I can also have some free time for myself.
Today I bring you the top 5 books I’m intimidated by! I really loved this topic and I instantly knew that I wanted to write a blog post about it (even though I’m posting this a bit late. I swear I write it all on Wednesday, I just forgot to post it!!! *cries*) . Without further ado, here are some of the books that I’m scared but excited to read (sometime soon… hopefully):
1. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (the whole Mistborn Trilogy, to be honest)
2. The Diviners by Libba Bray
3. Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
5. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
The last one might seem really strange (maybe the last two ones). The reason why I added it is because there are a lot of people who hated these books and a lot of people who loved them, so I’m a bit torn and intimidated. I’ve also heard people comparing it to Game of Thrones – Also intimidating. I added The Raven Boys because people always mention how slow and completely different from everything they have read, and I don’t know how to feel about that.
Which book(s) are you intimidated by? Let me know in the comments!

my intimidating tbr pile tag

Hello friends! Today I’m doing a tag because I haven’t read anything in the past 2 months (I know, it’s sad), so I don’t have much to post about. I found this tag on Sam’s youtube channel, but this was originally created by the lovely Lindsey. I loved seeing their answers and so I decided to write my own! Maybe they’ll help me get out of this huge reading slump. 

1. What book have you been unable to finish?

(at this moment, probably every single book I try to read because of this aweful reading slump, but let’s move on). For this question I’m going to pick The Martian by Andy Weir. I know I’m going to love this book so much, but I can’t seem to be able to continue reading it at the moment. I don’t want to force myself into reading a book I know I will love, especially because I’m on this reading slump, but I really want to get through it and see the movie afterwards. 
2. What book have you yet to read because…
    
    a) … you just haven’t had the time?

This is definitely Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas for me! I tried reading it during my winter break from uni, but there wasn’t enough time to get through it all since I still had exams and a lot of things to do. I want to read it without distractions and university is my biggest distraction right now. I’m waiting for summer break so I can finally read this beauty of a book!
    b) … it’s a sequel?

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski! I still haven’t read The Winner’s Curse, unfortunately *sigh*.
    c) … it’s brand new?
I would probably pick Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, but I still have yet to read The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices trilogy. What a shame!! (But I will read them, I promise).
    d) … you read a book by the same author and didn’t enjoy it?

I don’t think I have any, so I’m going to change this question to “…you read a book by the same author and still have yet to read the rest of her books?” With that change, I’m going to pick Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I’m so looking forward to reading this book, but I’m waiting for summer so I can have all the summer-y feels!
    e)  … you’re just not in the mood for it?
As much as it pains me to say this… I’m not in the mood for The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas. Don’t get me wrong, Sarah is the queen and I’m in love with everything she writes. I just don’t feel like reading about Celaena’s life before the Throne of Glass series. I know I’ll probably love it anyways (and I’ll probably love Sam as well), but I just want to read what’s going to happen in the series. I know I have to read it though. I’m 100 pages in but I can’t seem to continue this book. 
    f) … it’s humongous?
I could pick Queen of Shadows again, but I won’t. Instead, I’m going to pick The Goldfinch by Donna Tart. I bought this book a few years ago and Is till have yet to read it. But even though it’s humongous, I feel like I won’t understand it just yet, so I think I’ll read it in a few years.
    g) … because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews?
I haven’t bought any books because of their covers recently, but there are a few books that I bought that turned out to have lower reviews from what I usually go for. I didn’t really use goodreads back then. I think I’m going to pick The Metamorphosis by Frank Kafka. I actually thought this book had great reviews. I bought it because I really wanted to read some of his works, but I haven’t been able to pick it up (and it’s so short!).


2. What is the most intimidating book in your TBR pile?


Definitely The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I’m really intimidated by everything Brandon Sanderson writes, but I need to read this book so I can love it as much as everyone else! I feel like I’m missing out on so much because I haven’t read any of his works.
10. Who do you tag?
YOU! Seriously, if you feel like doing this tag (because that’s what happened to me), then go for it because I had a lot of fun writing it! If you don’t feel like writing a blog post (or you don’t have a blog), you can let me know the books you really want/need to read asap

A to Z bookish survey

Hello friends! I hope you’re having a great day!
I’ve been binge-watching some booktube videos and I found the “A to Z Bookish Survey”, which I, upon some further research, found it was created by the lovely Jamie from Perpetual Page Turner. I thought it was so interesting that I decided to make it. Here we go:
Author you’ve read the most books from: Jenny Han
Best sequel ever: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Currently reading: I just finished a book so I haven’t picked up a new one, yet.
E-reader or physical books: hmm… I love both but I have to say physical books. I use my e-reading for books that I don’t really want to spend that much money on or that I don’t want on my shelves, so I also find it pretty useful (and I love my e-reader so much). You can also take your e-reader wherever and have multiples books stored in one handy device!
Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school: oh this is a hard one. I have so many book boyfriends! I guess I would pick either AJ from Every Last Word or Jase from My Life Next Door. They are the sweetest
Glad you gave this book a chance: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Hidden gem book: Kasie West books! They are all funny, lighthearted and sweet. They are not 5 start books to me but they are so much fun to read! My advice: marathon her books and you’ll be happy!
Important moment in your reading life: I think one of the most important moments of my reading life was finding booktube. The Hunger Games trilogy was what got me back into reading during high school but it was booktube that made me feel motivated to pick up more books and read more often, so I’m really thankful for all the booktube community!
Just Finished: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Kind of books you won’t read: hmm, you never know what you might feel like reading in the future, but I believe I won’t ever want to read erotica fiction. It’s just not appealing to me.
Longest book you’ve read: The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons – 810 pages!!!
Major book hangover because of: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (obviously)
Number of bookcases you own: 2, a tall bookcase and a small one.
One book you have read multiple times: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. That was my gem back when I was 11/12 years old (and those were the books that really introduced me to the world of books so I’m very thankful for this series).
Preferred place to read: My bed or my favourite spot on the couch, next to a tall lamp.
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read: A quote that I read and that has become one of my favourites is from The Bronze Horseman and it is: “Not bombs nor my broken heart can take away from me walking barefoot with you in jasmine June through the Field of Mars.”
Reading regret: Probably trying to read the Rosemary Beach series. A lot of people like that series but I read the first book and I just hated it so much.
Series you started and need to finish (all books are out in series): The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I need to read the last two books!
Three of your all-time favourite books: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas; Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen; Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
Unapologetic fangirl for: Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas. I will never apologize for being a total fangirl for the series, hehe 😀
Very excited for this release more than all others: Throne of Glass #5 by Sarah J. Maas (what did you expect?)
Worst bookish habit: I often look at the pages ahead and end up spoiling myself… I need to stop doing that because it sucks.
X marks the spot: start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (I’m really intrigued by this historical fiction novel! I’ve heard so many great things about this author! And it’s always good to read historical fiction set during World War II)
Your latest book purchase: I just bought All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher.
ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up way late): Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo