May Wrap Up

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May has been a busy month, which results in my lack of reading progress. Finals took a great deal of my time, but all by all, I still read wonderful books. I was a little ambitious when I posted my May TBR list and let’s face it, I completely failed in reading all of them, but that’s okay, because June is around the corner and I’ll get a second chance. Let’s dive into them and hope June will be great, too.

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#AmCurrently – WHERE I GET UP AT 5.30, FAIL TO READ AND NEGLECT ALL MY RESPONSIBILITIES

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Wow, the last few days have been a rollercoaster. It’s been busy and everything came out of nowhere. I was like: I GOT THIS! And then I neglected most of my duties? I was just so tired and everything hurt and I got my period. Damn life, back at it again with knocking me over. Enough with the sadness. This is an #AmCurrently. I’ve found the concept on Kat her wonderful blog @ Kat Silver Reads.

#AmCurrently yawning

Like I said, the last few days have been a rollercoaster. I had my last final last week, on the 20th of May and then I was supposed to have some time off. I was looking for summer jobs, but nothing happened. I was hired, though, but I could only start on June 30th, which was like five weeks away and I didn’t want to wait that long.
So, I started applying at employment agencies, you know as a temporary worker. AND THEN I GOT A CALL TWO DAYS AGO. I hadn’t expected that, because wow, it came out of nowhere?
I had to get up at 5.30 in the morning, hop on the earliest bus and go to a factory and then I came back at like 5.30 in the evening. I’ve worked 18 hours for the last two days and I’m truly knackered. I went to bed at 8 pm. I’m quite sore. My shoulders are hurting pretty much and I can’t stop yawning.
Since I can’t get on time, because there’s no earlier bus, I have to find something else, which is fine. It wasn’t fun work, to be honest, but at least I did it. Last year I wasn’t able to do this and now I’ve overwon my fear. Kind of, because it’s still quite scary to find a new job. 

#AmCurrently mourning my period

I got it yesterday and my periods are usually heavy, so I have quite some pain. Where’s the chocolate? Why do we crave chocolate? Why do I need to pee so much? What is this even? If Mother Nature just could give me a text, I’d be fine with that. Sadly, she hasn’t found the internet yet, so we keep waiting on that. Thank goodness warm water bottles exist.

#AmCurrently failing to read

Yes, you’re not mistaken. It’s crystal clear. It’s so sad, I know. I had planned to read so much and then I hadn’t even had time. Like, I came home and was so tired. I just ate dinner and went straight to bed. I will find time to do it. There must be time, right? If only there were more hours in a day to do all the things I want to do. A routine will be formed somehow.

#AmCurrently sneezing my nose off

If it was possible, I would have achieved it by now. ‘It’s allergies season!’ I scream from the top of my lungs with my hands in the air. Swollen eyes, running nose, itching, so much itching and sneezing. Yes, my friends, if you recognize these symptoms, you have caught hay fever. Welcome to the club.

What are you currently doing? Anything good involved?

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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Title:
 A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Hardcover, 624 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: May 3rd, 2016
Buy links: Book depository | Amazon US | Amazon UK
Link to Goodreads
Goodreads Summary:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

5stars

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Waiting on Wednesday: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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Title:
 Heartless
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genres: Young Adult, Retellings
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication date: November 8th, 2016
Pages:  416
Buy links: Book depository | Amazon US | Amazon UK
Link to Goodreads

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Retellings are the best! I love retellings. This plot has made me excited, especially the part were Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. That’s so important. That makes her a strong character already, just being able to decide that.
Also: Wonderland! That’s thrilling!

To be honest, I’ve never read a Marissa Meyer book. I’ve been wanting to read the Lunar Chronicles, but life got in the way. I can’t wait for this book to be released and dive into it, because the plot already has me hooked.

What are you waiting on this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday, May 17

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we get a new topic for a top 10 list. This week’s topic is Ten Six Books/series I Picked Up On A Whim.

First of all, I wasn’t sure I was able to post this week. Well, it’s still Tuesday here, so that’s that. Life’s been pretty busy. I have finals this week and it takes up most of my time. Friday is my last one and I’m glad when it’s over. In addition to all of this, I’m also applying for jobs and it’s a frustrating process; it’s tiring and takes a lot, especially because I find it hard. But I’m doing it, so that’s a step forward.

1. House of Night Series

This was probably one of the first series I’ve ever read and bought for myself. At that time I didn’t even have a bookshelf and I didn’t read English. I wasn’t on Goodreads either, so I hadn’t heard anything about this series. It’s funny, really, because the series is still going strong. I have the first few books and have read a few e-books and it’s still not finished, if I’m correct. I still need to finish this series.

2. Fallen series

I had also never heard of this series, because again I wasn’t into Goodreads. So when I was in a bookstore and saw this book I was like: this sounds promising and I just bought it. I didn’t think much of it. I’ve won the second book in the series and I still need to finish reading this series, because it got a few more books, which is quite exciting.

3. The Darkest Powers trilogy

This was a cover buy. This was such a cover buy. I mean, have you seen the covers? I loved the whole gemstones thing. After all, I quite liked the books and yes, I’ve finished this series.

4. Vegas Vampires series

Ha, my vampire obsession. I blame Twilight. It was a weird obsession. Because of it I know own quite a few vampire books. It was fun, still is.
I’ve read the first and the third book of this series and I seriously bought them on a whim. My first book fair ever and I come home with 16 books. Including these two. Quite sad I never got the sequel, but apparently it wasn’t translated into Dutch.
Thinking back about it, these were fun times.

5. The Morganville Vampires series

I’m like shaking my head here, because it’s just another vampires series. I also literally bought these on a whim. They were cheap and the plot sounded interesting. I’ve only read the first one’s backside and bought the whole set. Oh, ha, turns out it was the sequel I bought. Apparently I’ve started with number two in the series. I was such a mess about books back then. Thank you Goodreads for existing.

6. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

I hadn’t heard anything about it, but I saw it in the bookstore and had to buy it, because of the concept. It took me two years to finish, because I forgot about it (yes, it sounds that crazy). I liked the meaning behind the story.

What book/series did you pick up on a whim?

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Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Title:
 City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Paperback, 506
Publisher: Walker Books
Release Date: July 2nd, 2007
Buy links: Book depository | Amazon US | Amazon UK
Link to Goodreads
Goodreads Summary:

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

4stars

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Waiting on Wednesday: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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Title:
Carve the Mark
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher:
Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: January 17th, 2017
Link to Goodreads

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not — their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuve, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive — no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive — or to destroy one another.

Veronica Roth is writing a new book! What’s even more exciting is that it’s going to be a duology! I found out last week and wanted to wait till Wednesday.
I’m not sure whether I can trust her or not, because she did that thing at the end of Allegiant. She ripped my heart out over and over again.
This news was so exciting and I can’t wait for more to come. Veronica promises and delivers.

What are you waiting on? Are you excited about Veronica’s new book?

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Top Ten Tuesday, May 10

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we get a new topic for a top 10 list. This week’s topic’s is Ten Eight Websites I Love That Aren’t About Books.

1. Tumblr

Let’s be real here. I’m way too many times on Tumblr. I probably even sleep there. Tumblr is one of my favorite websites. I scream about my OTPs and cry about my favorite characters’ deaths. There are so many fandoms there and I love it. It’s a hole where we all cry and curse tv show writers. It’s fantastic.

2. Goodreads

Even though I use the website way more often than the actual website, I still love it. I use the website when I write reviews, as it’s easier to edit with HTML. Goodreads is amazing and I’m so glad I found it years ago.

3. Twitter

What better way is there to share tweets about teachers who got married and about annoying classmates sneezing during an important class? I share my wildest thoughts there.

4. Pinterest

I’d never used Pinterest before, but I found it a few months ago. Pinterest is amazing for creating aesthetic moodboards and I love it.

5. Facebook

The reason why I visit it as much as I do, is because when I’m bored at school I want to have something to do. I almost never post something there, but I’m lurking.

6. IMDB

Where do I know that actor from? What movies has he played in? It’s basically like that. I’m that person that has to look an actor up during a movie.

7. Archive of Our Own/Fanfiction.net

Hello, fanfiction, my good old friend. I don’t visit it as frequently as I used to, due to lack of time.

8. Netflix

Just one word: heaven.

What are some of your favorite sites?

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