I am back // reading, japan and more

Hello friends! I’m back (hopefully)!! 😺 (and blogger has emojis now, a lot has changed)
In 2017 I want to regularly update this blog. Since I sometimes am busy with university and other real life things, I’m left with almost no time to read or to actually finish a book, so this blog tends to be sort of abandoned. BUT during the next year, I plan on writing more here and not only about books (that way it is constantly updated) but also about university, life, tv, movies and other general things. Nevertheless, this blog will always be mainly about books. I hope that’s okay with you, guys.

Anyway, now that we got that out of the way, I believe I have to update you on what I’ve been doing during these past 4 months. I did not read much – that’s pretty obvious. Since I finished Queen of Shadows, I was left in a major book slump and I have only managed to finish one book… ONE BOOK!!! What is happening to me? Wait… It gets worse: It took me 2 months to read that book. In my defence, I can’t pick up other books while I’m already reading one, so that’s also a reason why there aren’t more books on my 4 month wrap-up.

During these months, I did a lot of new things: I spent my last month of summer break reading Queen of Shadows (it killed me), getting a tan (which has already faded) and spent a week with my dear friends, which was amazing – we had so much fun!!
In September, I went to JAPAN for a week on a exchange program organised by the Japanese Government!!! Yes, Japan – I still can’t believe I was there.

 

After that, I started my master’s degree in International Relations and I’m currently struggling to write my essays, but that’s a story for another time!

Annnnd that’s basically it! I want to read new books so badly, so hopefully I’ll get some reading done this winter break (even though I have to read a lot for university).

Here’s a list of things I loved during these past 4 months:

Movies:

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them;
  • Lost in Translation (made me miss Japan so much!);
  • Spirited Away;
  • Boys and Girls (gotta love those 2000s movies);
  • Friends With Benefits (I love Mila Kunis, I’ve been watching all her things)

TV Shows:

  • Gilmore girls: A Year in the Life (I never thought I would get new episodes, ever. I couldn’t be more grateful)
  • Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (I finished it, I’m still heartbroken)
  • Reign (finally caught up on it)
  • That 70’s Show (I’m determined to finish it soon)

Music:
(I’ve been going back to artists I used to love but haven’t listened to for a long time)

  • Purity Ring (I seriously love this band so much)
  • Gabrielle Aplin
  • The Kooks – Junk of the Heart Album (mainly the song: Rosie)
  • Sia – The Greatest (single)
  • Gotye – Somebody that I Used to Know (I KNOW, I couldn’t stop listening to this song ever since I heard it again in my friend’s car).

I hope you’re all well and I’ll see you SOON.

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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? 

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!


(a not that big) collective book haul

Now that I’m making this post, I realise that I haven’t bought that many books since my last book haul (which was in January). I actually thought this was going to be a huge collective book haul, but it turns out, I only bought 8 books in the last 5 months! Hey, but that means I can buy more books in order to celebrate not buying that many books, hehe.
I started reading The Raven Boys this month and I fell in love with it. Of course I HAD to buy the rest of the quartet! 
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater;
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater;
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater;
During the last few months, I got to buy some other amazing books (most of which I still haven’t read, but that doesn’t matter right now, shhhh):
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes;
Defy by Sara B. Larson;
The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski;
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (I still haven’t read TMI or TID… Shame on me for not having read them and for buying this book… Oh well);
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.
What books have you recently bought? Let me know in the comments! 

the one where I update you on my life

Hi everyone!!! Summer’s finally here and I have all the time in the world. Why? Because I FINISHED MY DEGREE!!! I’m no longer an undergraduate student and I have a piece of paper that tells everyone that I studied a lot during 3 years and am qualified enough to get a job related to International Relations (which, of course, they won’t give it to me because I’m a newbie). I’m so excited and yet I’m already missing everything: classes, learning about what I love, my friends… It’s sad because we’ll follow different paths and who knows when we’ll meet again? I’m going to get my master’s degree so I’ll still study for two more years but it won’t be the same anymore and that’s a weird feeling. But we’re scheduling a lot of things to do together this summer so maybe it’s not over yet! Who knew I would miss so many people? Three years ago, before starting uni, I would have told you that my goal was to graduate and never see these people again, simply because I rarely develop friendships with the people I work with and am with every day. But I really like everyone and I’m sad it’s over. But who knows what’s coming my way? That makes me excited! I can’t wait for all the opportunities ahead and all that I still have yet to learn.
I guess I have a few updates for you:
Blog: I HAVE A NEW THEME!!! In case you didn’t notice, it’s alright. It’s very similar to my last one, but way better.
What I read: There was a moment during all these months of hard work where I stopped reading, which means that I have probably read two books from February to now. I wanted to get the best grades I could so I had to give up some things, as much as that made me super sad and sometimes frustrated. But the hard work certainly paid off.
What I’m currently reading: (or what I’ve been reading for a whole month because exams were killing me) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater! Guys, I love this book so much!!!! I never thought I would love it as much as I do. Everyone was saying that it was a slow-paced book and I don’t really like that, so I was very skeptical. But I picked it up and I was instantly addicted! This books gives such different vibes – it’s like you’re transfixed or you’ve been transported into a wonderful world where you’re just causally hanging out with the best people ever. Seriously, I’m in love. I was 50 pages in and I immediately bought the next 3 books.
Things I’ve been loving recently: 
  • I’ve been addicted to Hamilton (just like everyone else because it’s that epic!); 
  • I watched Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki and I will never forget this beautiful and magical movie;
  • Delirium by Ellie Goulding 
  • The Raven Boys (hehe)
  • Still lovin’ those big books I need to read
  • Myself (yes, I’ve really been loving myself and that’s such a great feeling, to be honest *heart eyes emoji*) and my new haircut
What I’ve been doing: 
  • Catching up on tv shows (Homeland, How to Get Away With Murder, That 70’s Show, Game of Thrones (lol))
  • Reading (even though I still haven’t been doing much reading)
  • SLEEPING
I’m so happy to be back! A big Book Haul is coming soon *wink wink*. I hope you’re having a great day and reading lots!

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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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?