December TBR + More

Ho ho holy sh*t it’s almost Christmas. I love December. In fact, I adore December. The Christmas spirit is amazing and feels so cozy. I love cuddling up and watching Christmas movies or read all day or go outside and enjoy the weather. If we would get some snow, it’d be amazing. I just love December. So much is happening around December.

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November Wrap Up + Haul

Sorry I’m late, university didn’t want me to come. Anyway, I can’t believe it’s December?! This year went by so fast. That’s a thing I say every year, haha, but still. I was kind of MIA lately. University is kind of busy and tires me a lot, but I’m also quite enjoying it. We’re learning how to code and I like it. I truly enjoy it and it satisfies me when it works, you know? It’s like this game, because I want to get better. That’s a good sign. 🙂
I hope to get more active, but I can’t promise anything. In fact, I still need to write reviews. They keep popping up. We’ll see what happens.

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What Have I Been Up To?

Hi!

As you may have noticed I was kind of MIA lately. I wasn’t here as much as I wanted to and I didn’t really put any work in my bookstagram, which is insane, because I love doing that. University is very busy, especially this time of the year, because we’re at the end of the term and that means STRESS and DEADLINES. Unfortunately, that’s why it’s so quiet here and on Instagram and in my reading process and tv shows. Therefor, damn me.

Because of it, I wanted to make this blogpost and inform you on my life, which is so exciting… *uhum* No, but I wanted to make this kind of an annual thing. So whenever I’m MIA, I can just talk about train conversations or whatever that is happening right now. It’s like a win-win situation. You get to know me and I get to keep my blog up. Deal? Okay, deal.

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November TBR + more

Just to introduce myself: I’m Nienke! In case you’ve forgotten, because I’m not here as often as I’d hoped. University is insane. Yeah, insane. It’s so busy and I have to travel quite a bit, too. We have quite a lot of assignments and sometimes we just don’t have enough time to finish them. It’s a mess. Sometimes I wish I could just breathe for a few days. Unfortunately, I just have to wait two more weeks.

Let’s dive into my TBR for November. It’s a big pile. *uhum*

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Review: How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You

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Title:
 How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You
Author: Tara Eglington
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: Kindle, 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: October 25th 2016
Buy links: Book depository | Amazon US | Amazon UK
Link to Goodreads
Goodreads Summary:

Executor of the Find a Prince Program™ and future author, sixteen-year-old Aurora Skye is dedicated to helping others navigate the minefield that is teenage dating. Counsellor-in-residence at home, where her post-divorce ad-agency father has transformed into a NAD (New Age Dad) intent on stripping his life bare of ‘the illusionary’ (i.e. the removal of home furnishings to the point where all after-hours work must be done in lotus position on a hemp cushion) Aurora literally lives and breathes Self-Help.

When the beginning of the school year heralds the arrival of two Potential Princes™ who seem perfect for her best friends Cassie (lighthouse beacon for emotionally fragile boys suffering from traumatic breakups) and Jelena (eye-catching, elegant and intent on implementing systems of serfdom at their school) it seems as if Aurora’s fast on her way to becoming the next Dr Phil.

As Aurora discovers, however, Self-Help is far from simple. Aurora’s mother arrives home from her extended ‘holiday’ (four years solo in Spain following the infamous ‘Answering Machine Incident’) throwing the NAD into further existential crisis. With Valentine’s Day drawing closer and the new Potential Princes not stepping up to the mark, Aurora is literally forced to take to the stage to throw two couples together. However, being cast opposite Hayden Paris (boy next door and bane-of-Aurora’s life) in the school production of Much Ado about Nothing brings challenges of its own. Not only does Hayden doubt that Cupid is understaffed and thus in dire need of Aurora’s help, but playing Beatrice to his Benedict throws her carefully preserved first kiss for a Prince into jeopardy. As Aurora races to save love’s first kiss and put a stop to the NAD’s increasingly intimate relationship with her Interpretive dance teacher (guilty of putting Aurora on detention for a ‘black aura’) she is left wondering who can a self help guru turn to for help? Can she practice what she preaches? And can long-assumed frogs become Potential Princes?

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Characters I Would Name My Future Pets and Children After

This topic is so nice! I’m actually really excited about this one. Can you imagine, like 15 years into the future, we’re calling Harry, Ron and Hermione downstairs for a bedtime story. I can! I’m like smirking here, because that’s such a great plan, haha. I’m going to mix this with pet names, because I have no idea what my future will be like. Perhaps I have ten cats and 6 dogs and 4 children. It’s a surprise.

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 characters’ I’d name my children/pets/anyone after.

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Review: Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

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Title:
 Holding Up the Universe
Author: Jennifer Niven
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: Kindle, 400 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 4th, 2016
Buy links: Book depository | Amazon US | Amazon UK
Link to Goodreads
Goodreads Summary:

From the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someone—and love someone—for who they truly are.

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are—and seeing them right back.

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Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

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Title:
 Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, Collector’s First Edition, 502 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date: December 6th, 2011
Buy links: Book depository | Amazon US | Amazon UK
Link to Goodreads
Goodreads Summary:

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

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