(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?

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