5 popular YA books I still haven’t read

There are so many books that are extremely popular and seem to be read by e v e r y o n e. That’s amazing of course, but with that comes some pressure for sure. I want to read them, but at the same time I’m scared they won’t live up to the hype, so I keep thinking “I will read this one next time, after my current read“. Repeat for ever, haha. Here are 5 of those popular YA books that are collecting dust on my shelf I still haven’t read. Will I ever read them? Who knows… I actually own all 5 of them, so I don’t really have any excuse not to.   To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and…

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I thought I had turned into a slow reader

The last few years I’ve been calling myself a slow reader. Not just that, I’ve been embarrassed. Many times I have felt like a bad bookworm. I wasn’t able to keep up with all the new releases, and I haven’t read a lot of books overall, resulting in not really being able to make lists or do lots of tags. When I was younger and I had a library subscription, I read many many books. I believe I was at the library every few days to get new books, and I would often finish a book (or two) before dinner the same day I got it. I devoured books. If I remember correctly, I once read twelve books during a one week holiday. Then I got older and I somewhat fell out of touch with reading. Looking back at it, I just didn’t have the headspace for it, so it makes sense. The library moved buildings and got a modern…

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I have started to add trigger warnings to my reviews

Not so long ago I have started to add trigger warnings to my reviews. It had been something I thought about a lot before finally making the decision. I also asked on Twitter if people added trigger warnings to their reviews. I wrote: Hello fellow book reviewers! Do you add trigger warnings to your reviews? I’m currently writing a review and it feels wrong not to mention a possible trigger. (Also, is there a list with the main triggers or something?) The responses I got were very positive. Almost all answered with ‘yes’ and explained why. Most of it came down to this: people have realised how triggers can ruin someones well-being and want to help prevent that. I totally agree with that. I don’t want to be the reason someone picks up a book that gives horrible flashbacks, or a panick attack, or “just” makes them uncomfortable, which easily could’ve been avoided if I had added a little section…

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Evermore pre-order campaign

Before I officially start this blog post; do you call this stuff ‘swag’? I have zero idea. The word kind of sounds weird to me in this context, but I believe I have seen it multiple times, so… Or maybe goodies? Google isn’t helping me, ahhhh. (Just when I thought my English was on quite a level, this happens, haha.) On November 3 I posted a picture of Everless on my Bookstagram and Sara Holland commented on it. She was happy I liked Everless and she brought to my attention there was a pre-order campaign for Evermore. I clicked on the link in her bio and was like ‘I need this!’. The thing was, I had the Dutch edition of Everless and I wanted Evermore to match. So I tagged the Dutch publisher Blossom Books, mentioning I’d love them to organize a pre-order campaign as well. And they did! (No idea if it was because of me, haha.) I got…

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My reading, blogging and writing goals for 2019

December 31 is the time to set goals. I always set goals and then I forget about them once January is over, haha. By writing my goals down and sharing them on my blog, I hope it’ll be harder to give up on them. Feel free to call me out if I’m miserably failing throughout the year to accomplish these goals. Hopefully at the end of 2019 I can look back proudly. (Also please appreciate this picture I took, because I slightly burned my foot because one of the sparks fell on it and there’s now a small hole in my floor. Don’t try this at home y’all. Whaha. At least I didn’t set my bookshelf on fire.) Reading goals At the end of every year I set a reading goal for the upcoming year and this time is no different. What is different, is that I am going to be taking my reading goal a lot more seriously. I…

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My most anticipated books of 2019

  With the new year aproaching, everyone starts to look forward to the books that are going to be published and our TBR-lists grow ridiculously fast. Here are my most anticipated books of 2019 in order of release date. Not many books were announced for the second half of this year already. I most likely missed a lot of books that deserve a spot on this list, but these were the ones I could remember, thus am most excited for. You can click on the book covers to go to Goodreads. Okay, let’s go! Evermore by Sara Holland (Everless #2) December 31// Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: not only are the stories true, but she herself is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress. The whole kingdom…

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How I rate books

Rating books is something almost all booklovers do. You’ve read a book and you want to express how much you loved it and why everyone should read it. Or you want to tell people why you thought a book wasn’t living up to the hype. A rating is a big part of the review for me. It is a very simple way to show what you thought of a book. When looking up a book on Goodreads, the first thing I do is look at the ratings. The ratings can definitely determine if a book goes up, down, or completely off my wishlist. But everyone has a different rating system. Some use stars, others use numbers and others might not even give a rating, just their opinion. I am personally a fan of the first and the latter method. For me, numbers feel way too random (I once saw someone rate a book with a 7.3 and I was like ‘Lol.…

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Bad habits I picked up from Bookstagram

Don’t get me wrong; I love Bookstagram. Bookstagram has brought me many great things, connected me with other readers and it is a place to be creative. But lately I’ve noticed that there are a few bad habits that I’ve picked up from Bookstagram. And while I find it difficult to post this, writing them down helps me to work on them. But this blog post is not only an eye opener for myself, but also other Bookstagrammers, because these habits are certainly not rare. (But I certainly don’t want to say if you do those things as well, you are bad and have to change.) Buying more books than I could read There is absolutely nothing wrong with buying books and sometimes it is really fun to come back from a trip to the bookshop with more books than you can carry, or that it feels like Christmas when the mailman stops by your house. But because of Bookstagram…

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