The Book Snob Tag

Hello everyone! I’m sorry for my slight disappearance, I really need to start getting a schedule together. I saw this tag recently and really wanted to try it, so here we are. I saw this on Nehal’s blog @ Quirky Pages, and I thought it might be fun. Also I wanted to test my level of book snobbery.

Adaptation Snob:
Do you always read the book before you see the movie?

Mostly yes. I like reading more than I do watching the movie, and so I would rather the ending of the movie be ruined through having read the book than the book being ruined because I watched the movie first. I have on occasion seen the movie first, so I don’t think its a crime against humanity to do so πŸ˜… Although to be fair, I do think that sometimes it’s better to read the book first. I’ll use Shadow and Bone as an example because I know a lot of people have talked about gatekeeping that show. I’m not saying that it’s illegal to watch the show without reading the books, but I think reading them just gives a much better insight into the characters, particularly when it comes to The Crows. For example, everyone who’s read the books knows the relationship between Kaz and Inej, so it just changes the way you would see the show? I don’t know if I’ve made any sense, but I’m basically trying to say that to those who’ve read it, their relationship in the show seems very similar to the books and respectful of both of them, whereas if you haven’t read the books it seems a little more like slow burn? I really hope you all understand where I’m going with this haha

Format Snob:
You can only choose one format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which do you choose: physical books, e-books, or audiobooks?

Definitely physical. I don’t mind e-books, but I definitely prefer physical books, for a million different reasons. There’s something about the feel of a physical book that is unmatched by audiobooks or e-books. Although I might go broke. Hey, if we’re dreaming, might as well dream big huh? I would just have a whole library of hardbacks, they’re so pretty!

Ship Snob:
Would you date or marry a non-reader?

I would of course, because it would be ridiculous to not date or marry someone just because they don’t read. But then again it would be a lot of fun to both be readers πŸ˜…

Genre Snob:
You have to ditch one genreβ€”never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

Manga. Its just not really my thing, although I do on occasion read graphic novels πŸ˜… I don’t know, I guess I just prefer novels. Oh, and also probably science-fiction, which too is not my favourite. I was going to say non-fiction, but I do love reading essay collections, they’re so empowering and so informative, so I guess I would rather not have to give up my essay collections. I’m reading one right now called It’s Not About The Burqa, which I started today, and so far I’m absolutely loving it!

Uber Genre Snob:
You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

Fantasy! All sorts of fantasy! I could spend my whole life reading fantasy books, because they never get old, there’s so many possibilities. Although to be fair, I could also live off of contemporaries, so I guess I can’t decide. Or could I? I guess I could, but also I would much rather read fantasy, so I guess my answer is fantasy. Woah. That was a brain dump πŸ˜…

Community Snob:
Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

I guess probably romance maybe? A lot of people do tend to look down on romance readers, for reasons I do not know. I’m personally not a huge fan of romance as the main plot of a book, I think I find books where romance and a relationship being the goal not my cup of tea, although I won’t lie and say I don’t like my fair share of romance in a book with other plot points. Here’s the thing though, there is literally no reason to get triggered about the genre of books someone is reading. Genuinely, it’s not that big of a deal. Just let people read.

Snobbery Recipient:
Have you ever been snubbed for something you have been reading or for reading in general?

Besides the ever-present “book nerd” phrase from people I know, not that often. It’s obviously happened before a few times but I really don’t care. I don’t mind it too much when people snub me for reading, because at the end of the day I choose to read, and I love doing it, so people’s reactions don’t bother me too much. Mostly with the people around me, they all know I like to read, so everyone is kind of used to it by now. Although to be fair I do occasionally try to make bookish conversation, and suffice to say it doesn’t go very far.

I won’t be tagging anyone today, but I do hope you all try it! Thank you very much for reading!

WWW Wednesday 08/09/21

Hello everyone, it’s me. I haven’t posted in about 8 days I think, and that is for one very important reason. School. I’ve been insanely busy and tired and I just haven’t been able to write anything for ages. And worse? I haven’t been able to read much. I think this past week I’ve read about 30 pages in all. Compare that to last week where I read 3 books, and you have a most unhappy Cherry. It’s okay though, I’m getting back my bearings, and just getting used to everything. So, today, as well as last week, I’m doing a WWW Wednesday.

For those who don’t know, WWW Wednesday’s is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and all it involves is answering three simple questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Crooked Kingdom. Again. Because I love Jesper. And Wylan. And Nina. And there’s a very happy ending thank you very much.

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished How It All Blew Up, which was a really really fun book. It was a good mix of dealing with real issues but also just a lot of fun Rome things πŸ˜…

What do you think you’ll read next?

Hopefully I’ll finish reading Ruin and Rising, and then probably King of Scars. I adore Nikolai with my whole heart, and I’m ready to read about him for 2 books straight. And also I think Kaz and the Crows have a cameo which is so exciting!

I’m really sorry this has been a pretty short post, hopefully I’ll get a proper schedule sorted out by this weekend and then we’ll see I guess. Thank you all for sticking around!

WWW Wednesday 01/09/21

Hello everyone, and happy first of September! Today I’m doing a WWW Wednesday, which I haven’t done in a while. For those who don’t know, WWW Wednesday’s is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and all it involves is answering three simple questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading How It All Blew Up by Arvin Ahmadi. I started this yesterday, and so far its pretty good. Its riding at 3 stars so far; its not bad, but its not exceptional, so I’m hoping to finish this soon and move onto my next book.

What did you recently finish reading

I finished this one yesterday, and it was so good! I absolutely love the characters, it was engaging and so much fun to read. If you haven’t already, go read the post I did yesterday, where I blogged my reading experience! It was just a really good read overall, BUT I was so upset when I found out the next one is not told from the 4 characters’ perspective. I’m really mad about that, because I’m really not a huge fan of Maeve, and I really want to go back to reading from Bronwyn and Nate’s POVs. So we’ll see where I go with the next book.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’ve wanted to reread this book for a while now, and I finally got a physical copy from the library, so this is looking like my next read.

Thats all for today, let me know what your bookish plans are looking like!

One Of Us Is Lying // Reading Blog

Hello! So, I feel like the last person on planet earth to read this book, but I’m finally doing it, and you’re coming along for the ride. So many people talked about this book on my last post, so I thought it might be fun to do a little reading blog.

Beware The Spoilers…

30/08/21 : beginning – page 145

I started this book this evening, and I’m conflicted. On one hand I really want to know who killed Simon, and I’m really invested in this whole thing. On the other hand I’m a little annoyed by it, I’m not gonna lie.

Someone explain to me why this feels like watching an American high school movie? Literally every one of these characters besides Nate is a high school stereotype with no real depth. We have the jock whose parents are pressuring to go be a successful athlete, a “geek” who wants to get into Yale, and a girl who so far has no personality except being with her boyfriend.

And Simon literally mentions this at the beginning. He literally tells them that they’re all walking high school stereotypes. And I was really excited to find out what each of their dark secrets are, but they all just ended up adding to their stereotypes?  I think the point was that the author draws attention to how they’re all stereotypes, and then she shatters those stereotypes with a huge revelation, and so far that isn’t happening.

The only character so far who has any kind of depth is Nate. If anything happens to Nate, I will be so mad, because I really like him.

Also him and Bronwyn? Adorable! Im really hoping they end up with each other because they’re so cute together, but also I don’t want them to because it would just add to this whole cliche.

So far the only reason I’m going on is because I want to know what happens to Nate and Bronwyn, and I want to know who killed Simon.

Predictions? I won’t lie, I have no clue, but I think the teacher is really suspicious. Like he might know something right? And also I think its a bit odd how there was a car crash at exactly the right time, so I think that plays into it, it might have been planned or something? Oh, and I think Simon’s only friend, I don’t remember her name, it began with a J? She has something to do with all this. Maybe.

Page 145- 153

Besties! I think Addy found a personality! Ok I’m being mean. But she’s just gone out with her sister on a bike ride, and I’m so happy for her. She seemed to rely so much on Jake, and now I think she migh start to find her own self. But even that sounds cliche, so I guess we’ve still got that going.

I think part of this might be that so many of the books I’ve been reading recently are so far away from this sort of school setting with all these basic characters that I just don’t feel that drawn to it. Like I just finished things like The Kite Runner and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, which are all so much more complex and have deeper meanings, and I just feel more drawn to them than this one.

Page 153-169

I was about to get very upset because Nate and Bronwyn had a little argument, but then SHE HUGS HIM AND SAYS SORRY IM IN SHATTERS THIS IS SO SWEET 😭😭

Page 169-191

Okay Addy bestie, get it together. Everything was going great, and now you’re going to talk to Jake? Seriously? Also where does Jake get off talking to Addy as though nothing happened? He really punched TJ and now he wants to act like everything is fine? No. And Addy literally said yes. Smh this is a disaster. But at least I’m liking Bronwyn a little better?

So far Nate is my favorite, Addy is my least favorite. Nate has some semblance of depth and actual character, everyone else is still just a walking American High School Movie character.

Page 193

Hehe I feel smart right now, Eli agrees with me about the car crash being planned. I actually hope I’m right, because if not thats embarrassing πŸ˜…

Hehe I feel called out

Oh, you know what I just remembered? I’ve read a lot of books, but possibly the funniest two lines I’ve ever read come from this book; the “I stole baby Jesus” one, and the one where Nate apologized for stealing Jesus from Bronwyn.

Page 206

Smh Addy
Aw yay Addy πŸ™Œ

Page 246

(@Janae) okay but same

Tell me why Janae is so sus? Something about her is really weird. Also I feel like the police are all doing such a bad job with all of this. Like Maeve is doing a better job finding stuff than the police are.

Page 269

Okay but he’s right though. They’ve all grown way out of their little one dimensional characters, and I am here for it the whole way! They’re all so much more different now to the beginning and I’m even liking Addy πŸ˜… Well damn then, scratch everything I said about them being walking high school stereotypes, this is great! They all have so much more depth now.

Page 275

No! What the hell NATE?! FOR ALL THATS HOLY! WHAT? Ok so he just got arrested, and I’m mad about it 😀

Page 292

Damn it Addy, now’s not the time

Page 307

Guys I was right!! The car thing, I was right about it being planned! Sam told Bronwyn that it was planned and I feel so smart! Hehe. I still don’t know who killed Simon but I have a tiny victory under my belt (im pretty sure it was really obvious).

Page 308

Hold on wait? Huh? Simon payed them to have an accident? OH WAIT! Ok this is far fetched, but I wonder if Simon somehow is still alive? Or maybe he’s dead but he orchestrated the whole thing to frame those 4 for the murder? Ok that’s really extreme, but its a thought?

Ok official predictions so far: either Simon is somehow still alive, or he planned it. We’ll see.

Page 313

GUYS I ACTUALLY THINK IM RIGHT? BECAUSE THE WHOLE NARRATOR THING? AND HE SAID IT AND THEN DRANK THE WATER? Okay I think he planned it, because he’s definitely not alive anymore.

Okay I think somehow Jake is actually behind the Tumblr page? Gosh I’m so excited, I’m almost finished with the book and I’m lokey scared!

Lmao watch me be completely wrong πŸ˜… that would be so embarrassing πŸ’€

Page 321

I was right! He planned it! Gosh but it was so obvious, why didn’t I see it earlier? Ok well I’m not mad about it, cos I was right, but still.

Page 336

Okay now that the brunt of that is over, I’m back to writing here. Sheesh that was stressful. And right when you think everything is great and happy, Nate is not for some reason? But Addy and Cooper and Bronwyn are amazing, like they’re doing the dirty work here. Everything makes so much more sense now 😌 Now all we need is for Nate and Bronwyn to get it together, and all is well. Hehe Jake got arrested. Good riddance honeslty.

Page 346

Bronwyn is an icon, and I’m here for it, but I’m also so sad right now. Like seriously, come on Nate πŸ˜’

Damn it -_-

Okay so I finished it, and that was so sweet! Although I don’t appreciate the movie of choice (Insurgent? Hm) that was really adorable.

Woah this was a ride haha πŸ˜… I’m glad I read it though, that was a really good book! I’ll definitely review it soon, so there’s that to watch for. Anyhkw, thanks for sticking around, and I’ll see you all in comments!

August wrap up + September TBR // I read the Grishaverse books and found a new favourite author

Hi! It’s been another month, and now in September I’m going back to school. It’s fine. Anyhow, welcome to this month’s wrap up! I ended up only reading 5 books, which isn’t that bad, but I was definitely hoping for more. I blame it on Siege and Storm, because that book draaaagged! It’s okay though, high hopes for next month.

  • Shadow and Bone : ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Surprised? Same. I think I’ve been judging the first book because of the rest of them, but if I’m honest book 1 was actually really good. I was team Malina, Alina was a really cool character, and the Darkling was okay.
  • Siege and Storm : ⭐⭐⭐ It’s going down. This book took me a decade to finish, and I would have rated it lower if the ending hadn’t been quite so exciting. Also Nikolai. I love him so much 🀧
  • Ruin and Rising : DNF I started this book a few days after Siege and Storm (I needed recovery time) and then promptly put it down and didn’t continue. I will go back to it eventually, just not now
  • Six of Crows (reread) : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Crows. Thats it. Thats the whole review. Ok kidding, but I do love them so much. I love the development and how intricate all the characters are, and just everything about this book. It did take longer to read because I was tabbing it, but I’m glad I did
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns : ⭐⭐⭐⭐ This rating is completely my fault, because much as I loved this book with my whole being, I ruined it for myself before so I just didn’t quite get the impact ending
  • The Kite Runner : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Khaled Hosseini is now one of my favourite authors, I’ve read two of his books this months and neither missed the mark. This one was heartbreaking and I am here for every second of it!

Since writing this post I’ve also read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Yes, I’ve given into the hype. And I would give it 3.75 stars. Bit specific I know. It was a really good book, I read it in 2 days because it was so intriguing. Soon I’ll write a review of it on here talking more about it, but yeah, I just wanted to mention that I also read this one.

  • Ace of Spades // The hype has worn on me, I’m reading this book now.
  • One Of Us Is Lying Trilogy // I bought these books this month, so I figured I’ll read them sooner rather than later
  • King Of Scars & Rule of Wolves // I love Nikolai so much, and I’ve heard Kaz and the Crows are in Rule of Wolves, so I’m buzzing with excitement! Also Nina
  • Illuminae // I bought this book last month I think, hoping that I would read it quickly, but I haven’t yet, so September would be a good time to.
  • Ace of Spades
  • The Bane Chronicles
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • One of Us Is Lying
  • One of Us Is Next
  • Two Can Keep A Secret

I’m writing this post the day I finished The Kite Runner, and it finished me. I’m dead. This book was so so beautiful, its one of those books where you feel completely helpess after reading it, and it just feels like there’s nothing left in the world to read.

Reacting To 1 Star Reviews of My Favorite Books
I Read The Grishaverse Books and Now I Want A Goat 🐐
Let’s Talk Bookish / Blogger Crises
Top Ten Tuesday
I Started Annotating Books (my hot take)
The Grishaverse Book Tag
A Woman Is No Man Book Review
Book Haul While Waiting For Hafsah Faizal’s Panel on YALC

Kaya @ A Fictional Bookworm shares her favourite books every summer for four years, and I love the idea of a Shadowhunters summer (flashback to last November)

Maddie @ Inking and Thinking tells us some of her bookish pet peeves (same on all of them)

Saniya @ Sunny Side Reviews did the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag!

Syl @ Petit Γ  Petit is back with some really good advice!

Caro @ CJR The Brit did a catch up on the 20 books of summer challenge, and like, wow, that’s impressive πŸ‘

I actually can’t believe its almost September, it really doesn’t feel real that I’m going back to school and all, but here we are I guess. I hope everyone has had a wonderful August, and has an even better September πŸ’™

reacting to 1 star reviews of some of my favourite books

Hello! Okay this may seem like a very odd idea, but I saw it going around booktube, and I really wanted to try it myself. So today I’m reacting to some 1 star reviews of my favourite books.

Just to quickly say, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, this post is just a little bit of fun! All these reviews will be off of Amazon for anyone who wants to read the full thing since I won’t be including the whole full reviews (some of them are really really long πŸ˜…)

Book 1: We Hunt The Flame

We all know by now, I swear by this book, it’s one of my absolute favourites, mainly because it’s set in Arabia, and also because I am in love with Nasir the writing is absolutely beautiful.

Ok the first bit, fair enough. I get that some books may not be for some people. But the “given the author I expected to have some principles of faith” bit confuses me. Guys repeat after me; just because an author is Muslim does not mean she has to write religious books. Noone said it had anything to do with Islam, and assuming it would because the author is Muslim isn’t what I’m going for. Honestly though, to each their own, I get that some books may not be for some people.

Haha I agree, I don’t know why its categorized as Islamic Fiction, I don’t know what Amazon is up to πŸ˜… And yes, definitely don’t give this book to children πŸ˜‚

Eh. Right I’ve talked about this. Sarah J Mass and Suzanne Collins don’t own specific tropes, lets stop comparing. Lmao for the record, it really isn’t trash πŸ’€ I mean, I disagree but its fine πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

For everyone that hasn’t read this book, I promise its not that inappropriate. There are some jokes that may come off as lewd and obviously there is some romance, but genuinely its no Fifty Shades. I don’t want to spoil anything, but seriously there is hardly any romance at all in the first book. Also, Hafsah Faizal talked about this on Twitter, but unless you’re part of MENA (Middle East, North Africa, basically if you’re Arab) you can’t really say if the Arab representation is good or not. Like unless you’re actually Arab yourself, you don’t really have a place to say it was bad rep. Also this whole book has absolutely nothing to do with religion, we aren’t told if the characters are Muslim so I don’t really see why religion is important πŸ€” And also, this book is set in a fantasy world, its a figment of imagination, not Arabia reincarnate.

I really hope I’ve managed to voice what I’m trying to say well, it’s a little hard to explain πŸ˜… Like I said earlier though, I totally get it if having lewd jokes and cursing isn’t for you, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, don’t get me wrong.

Hehe now that I have defended We Hunt The Flame with my dying breath let’s see some for We Free The Stars:

And actually never mind that. I went to check, and the only 1 star reviews are because of Amazon damaging the book. Hehe that made me smile πŸ™‚

Book 2: Six of Crows / Crooked Kingdom

The Crows are the best. That’s all I have to say.

Um. Who’s gonna tell em? Its a duology? We’re meant to want to get that next book and read it? Thats the point? Personally I loved the cliff hanger, I couldn’t stop thinking of that book for ages.

Hehe. Ok πŸ‘Œ

Honestly fair enough. What can I say? I thought Kaz was written the best of the characters, but like I said, to each their own.

Okay you know what? I see a good point. If it had been completely non-grisha, I think a lot of people would have liked it better. But also I love Nina with my whole heart and I would never want her to not be in the book.

Book 3: A Thousand Splendid Suns

This book killed me. I am now deceased because this book is beautiful.

😢

I will actually read Lolita, I’ve had it on my tbr for a while now πŸ˜…

The author says things like “bulbul bird” instead of nightingale because they’re not the same thing. The bulbul is native to Persia, the nightingale is a Western bird. He says “namaz prayer” because to say only “namaz” would confuse people who don’t understand it and to say only “prayer” would lost the authenticity of the culture the book is representing. “Tasbeh” and “rosary” are not the same thing: tasbeh is an act of worship, rosary is the beads some people use, therefore “tasbeh rosary” is the rosary beads used for tasbeh. La ilaha illallah can be written in different ways in English, there’s no set way of writing it since its not English to begin with. I don’t remember the author writing that the call to prayer was only once a day, correct me if I’m wrong of course, but then again he wouldn’t write out every single time the prayer is called; the book would get dull. Anyhow, its a little odd seeing someone with what they admit is a superfical knowledge of the Middle East and Islam refuting an author who is actually Afghan.

Book 4: If We Were Villains

This book is absolutely brilliant, the ending still has me reeling, and I am just in love with it, so I’m really curious what there reviews will say.

I’m going to talk about this whole Secret History thing in a second, but I disagree that the characters weren’t believable but then again, it’s a personal preference.

You know what? This review I can get behind, because I can understand it not being everyone’s thing.

This one however. Lets not even get started on The Secret History. I will never say that Donna Tartt can’t write, because she can, but thats not the issue. The issue is the racist comments that the characters have no problem with, its the slurs that are in the book by an author who should not be saying them, it’s the fact that the only female main character is there for the men to argue over, in fact the whole ending is caused by the men fighting over the woman, its the problem that noone has actually talked about it. Someone explain to me why there are slurs in that book that are just brushed by? I would vouch for If We Were Villains any day over The Secret Histoty because at least the author hasn’t put slurs that she should not be saying.

Book 5 : A Woman Is No Man

If I could only own 5 books, this would be one of them, because I LOVE it! It’s beautifully written, and I lived for every moment of it.

Odd? Ok I guess. What do I say?

I think that’s the impact it’s meant to have, the rise and fall of hope and despair. It’s representation that the author as a Palestinian wanted to put out, and she has the right to do that since she is Palestinian.

There was definitely something towards the end that was rather shocking. The representation isn’t an author putting out stereotypes, its a Palestinian author writing a book about Palestinian characters.

Yes please, I still don’t understand what the matter is? “The culture it represents does not interest me” The synopsis mentions that its Palestinian Arab culture. To be fair, it was incredibly sad, but thats the reason I like it; its realistic.

I’m assuming that was meant to be “despair”. It was pretty sad, not gonna lie.

That’s all for today folks, that was rather long, but it was really fun! I wanted to say it again, of course everyone is entitled to their own opinion, this was just a bit of fun. Thank you for reading, and have a brilliant day. Or afternoon. Or evening 😁

Let’s Talk Bookish // Having A Blogger Identity Crisis

Hey heyy! Today I’m doing a Let’s Talk Bookish post, which I don’t do very often but thought would be quite fun. For the record, Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion.

Have you ever had a blogger identity crisis? 

I guess? I’ve only been blogging for a year, but at the beginning of 2021 I completely flipped my blog upside down and changed everything. I guess that counts as an identity crisis when it comes to blogging? It just didn’t feel completely right, my blog wasn’t quite how I wanted it to look, and it was all just slightly off, so I thought I would just completely start anew without scrapping all of my posts.

I think there are a lot of times when I want to do it all again and just start over, but I’m also quite proud of how I’ve got my blog looking, and I think I might branch out a bit and start doing new stuff rather than ditching everything I already have.

Has an identity crisis ever led you to significantly change the direction for your blog?Β 

Hehe y’all remember when my blog was called Cherry Blossom Books? I still cringe anytime I think of how I literally put up a website on the internet and called it Cherry Blossom Books πŸ’€πŸ˜… I did completely change everything, the graphics, the name, literally everything possible. I even went back and changed a lot of the graphics of some of my older posts, and made new banners for every single post, which took a while but was very much worth it πŸ‘Œ

Do you think having an identity crisis every once in a while can help you become a better blogger, or is it just a sign of insecurity?

It depends on the frame of mind you’re working from, because if you’re thinking of how to improve your blog, and how to make content that you enjoy but also think others would read, and just being in the state of mind where you’re trying to go forwards with your blog, then I think it can really help you become a better blogger. However if you’re constantly doubting everything you do on your blog and keep wanting to change it, it might be a sign of insecurity around your content.

Thats my hot take on blogger identity crises, let me know what you think in the comments. Thank you all for reading, have a good day! πŸ’™

I read the Grishaverse books and now I want an emotional support goat πŸ

Hey! So. This month I decided I would read the Shadow and Bone trilogy, reread the Six of Crows duology and then watch the show. And now that I’ve done that (more or less) I wanted to talk about it. So I’m doing this in two parts, one is the books and the other is the show. Lets do that shall we?

Just to quickly say that there will be spoilers in this post, so proceed with caution…

The Books –

I hate to say it, these did not do it for me. I’m so sorry. These books were not it. Okay to be fair, the first one was brilliant, I liked Alina, I liked Mal, I liked The Darkling. Then I spent so long dragging myself through Siege and Storm, and then DNFed Ruin and Rising. I do plan on going back to it, but just not right now.

Let’s talk about the characters shall we? The only one I can say I adore with my whole entire being is Nikolai because he is the best, and I can’t wait for read King of Scars. The Darkling I thought was alright, he wasn’t anything too special, and Alina and Mal pissed me off so much. Mal more than Alina.

I just have to say this, Mal annoyed the living daylights out of me. In fact the Darkling became the Darkling because he met Mal and that’s his villain origin story. I was team Malina during the first book, but now I’m team “she dies alone” because the Darkling is toxic and Mal is a nuisance. Although Nikolai… Ok no.

Hopefully I’ll gather the courage and remaining brain cells to read Ruin and Rising in September maybe, or at least before Season 2 comes out.

This book is one of the best books ever, this is a hill I will die on. The diversity, the representation, the way its not about a Chosen One but a group of criminals (ok that sounds bad, it’s not) and all of them are lovable, the character development, the beautiful writing, Ketterdam, The Crows, the memorable scenes, The Crows, the funny bits, the group dynamic, The Crows; all reasons I absolutely adore this book. Did I mention the Crows?

I have to say though, it’s really funny compared to Shadow and Bone, because S&B is about all the characters caring about their country and trying to save the world and fight for the greater good, and SoC is a group of teens breaking into this unbreak-in-able (that’s not a word) ice thing, and it’s hilarious. I’ve never put down as many tabs as I have on this book:

This whole book is just a masterpiece and I am in love with it. Jesper is so so insanely funny and witty, Wylan must be protected at all costs, and Nina is The Queen now. We won’t talk about Matthias, he’s only acceptable on Crooked Kingdom, but Inej is the most amazing, beautiful, kind but fierce character ever, and I love her so much.

Okay but Kanej though. I would take a bullet for this ship and that’s not a joke. They are literally so perfect. And Wesper. Wesper is the cutest thing ever, change my mind, you can’t.

But have I mentioned how funny Jesper is? He’s the reason behind 99% of the comedic relief in this book and I am here for it πŸ™Œ

– The Show –

I came for the Crows, stayed for the goat. Milo is now my baby, I’ve adopted him and I will live out the remainder of my life on a farm serving him because he deserves it.

Mal actually became likeable as well!? Like that takes some serious good acting, and Archie Renaux delivered on all fronts. Speaking of which, Kit Young is the real life embodiment of Jesper, they are so similar! And Amita Suman as Inej is so perfect πŸ‘Œ

Although I did want to say, I’m a lot bit disappointed that Six of Crows, one of the most hyped book literally everywhere, not only doesn’t have it’s own show, it’s being overshadowed by Shadow and Bone? And the storyline for the show was so different! To be fair, Leigh Bardugo did say that would happen, she literally called it a high budget fan fiction, so I’m not too mad about that bit, but still, Six of Crows deserved better.

Oh and can we talk about the whole SoC and S&B community? Yes we can, I make the rules here hehe. Everyone is so fun! Like everyone is so funny, and the fan arts are *chefs kiss*

You know what I want to do? Rewatch the show again and while I’m watching it, sort of react to it on here? I don’t know, I think it would be a lot of fun!

This was so much fun to write, I love talking about this series, and I will now be referencing Six of Crows for the foreseeable future on every single on of my posts from here on out. Thank you so much for reading everyone, and have a good morning, afternoon or evening!

Top Ten Tuesday // Books I Wish I Could Read For The First Time Again

Hey! Hi! Ok so I’ve talked about this a lot, but there are so many books I would sell my limbs to read for the first time again, and since that’s today’s TTT topic, I thought I’d hop on the bandwagon and write my own list.

1. We Hunt The Flame // Hafsah Faizal (and We Free The Stars)

I can’t explain how much I wish I could fall in love with this book again, and how much I want to read it. Reading this duology was an experience, and I want to have it again. This is a hill I will die on, but can someone please erase just that bit of my memory so I can read it again, please and thank you πŸ™

2. Six Of Crows // Leigh Bardugo (and Crooked Kingdom)

I’m ready to have my heart broken again, so I want to read this book for the first time again. I’m actually rereading it right now and tabbing it, and I swear I’ve never put down this many tabs in one book before. I am an absolute sucker for Kanej/Helnik/Wesper, and I want to be able to read all of that development again for the first time.

3. The Fault In Our Stars // John Green

Ok so I know I’ve said I don’t like this book that much, but I think it’s because I’ve read it so many times, and I want to read it one single time for the first time, and then I might really love it.

4. A Thousand Splendid Suns //Khaled Hosseini

I have to say, I did ruin this book for myself, and I want to be able to read it again and get that shock factor, because even though I loved it with my whole heart, I want to read it and be really surprised.

5. An Emotion of Great Delight // Tahereh Mafi

And by this I mean I want to read the new prints that don’t have that one line (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, read my discussion of An Emotion of Great Delight) so that I can come away and say I absolutely loved this book, because if it hadn’t been for that love, I would have.

6. If We Were Villains // M.L.Rio

I love this book so much, the ending killed me, I would burn some of my other books to keep this one warm. That tells you all you need to know. I just love that ending so much and I want to go back and cry again.

7. The Secret History // Donna Tartt

In my mind I’m trying to convince myself that reading this book once and for all will stop me having incredibly conflicting emotions between being annoyed and being in awe of the fact that it’s written very well, and in my head I’m like “if I read it again for the first time and then never read it again I can come up with a final opinion and be done with it”.

8. And Then There Were None // Agatha Christie

I want to read this just so I can try to guess and then hopefully do a better job at it, because last time I failed miserably. Same with Murder On The Orient Express. Apparently I was close, because for a while Poirot agreed, but then turns out I was completely wrong. *sigh*

9. The Infernal Devices // Cassandra Clare

I am in love with Will, and I want to read these again just for him. I want the shock, and the conflict and all of the rest of it, and I can’t get that anymore and it’s breaking my heart. Hear that shattering sound? That was my heart at the end of this series, and I want to do it all again 😁

10. The Raven Cycle // Maggie Steifvater

Mainly I want to read this again for the first time because I want to read it all in one go without jumping around all over the place like I did before, and just maybe appreciate it a little bit better.

And that’s the list. Thank you all for reading, and let me know which books you want to read for the first time again

I started annotating books (my hot take on tabbing, highlighting and writing in books)

Hello! I know, I know, this is new. For a very long time I have said I hate writing in books, or highlighting them, but, I have been converted. Very recently I started annotating books, and now I’m here to talk about it.

So first, I present to you, The Methods:

The first of The Methods (yes I will keep capitalising those words) is Tabbing (and that too). This, I think is the most preferred one, since it leaves no damage to the book, and they can be taken off easily. Tabbing is pretty easy, all it takes is a bunch of, you guessed it, tabs, and you leave one on each quote you phrase you want to remember. An added bonus is that you get to play with them while you read.

I was doing this for my most recent read, A Thousand Splendid Suns, (which I have now finished and which broke my heart), and it was so much fun just messing with those tabs while reading.

A lot of people have specific colours with specific meanings, my brain unfortunately does not work quite so hard, so I just used the colours that matched the book cover πŸ˜… I used 2 colours for A Thousand Splendid Suns, orange and yellow, which is more than I usually use.

I’m also planning rereading An Emotion of Great Delight soon, which I will also tab but probably not highlight since it is signed and I dont want to ruin it.

Ok onto Method number 2:

This one I have only recently summoned up the courage to do, and even then only with erasable highlighters πŸ˜… This method can be very scary for a lot of us who treasure our books with our whole beings, and hate to see them ruined.

Pros? It looks a lot neater than tabbing books, which I know a lot of people don’t like the look of, and you feel as you’ve read those words with so much more depth. Cons? You could argue that it “ruins” a book, and some people, including myself, really don’t like even the barest scribble in their books.

I do think though that highlighting in books is a good way to annotate for people who argue that its their book anyway so they can do what they want with it, which is a fair point (although if you start breaking the spine on purpose we need to talk), and you also can’t see outwardly that it’s been annotated which can be quite helpful for some people.

And now Method number 3:

*GASP* This one is still terrifying to me, I can’t bring myself to write in a book. I’ve only done it twice, once for Romeo and Juliet for school, and once in The Secret History because I had some thoughts on that book. Speaking of which, I want to talk soon about Dark Academia, and everything surrounding it. Anyway, thats not the point. Writing in books to me feels really unnatural and a little odd, but I do know that a lot of people do do it, and they really enjoy it, and I mean fair play.

For me, it makes me feel really weird, as though everything I’m writing is nowhere near as good as the author, but I know that some people feel like they’re talking to the author, which I think sounds so cool and so much fun.

Now for the important stuff. What to annotate? Everyone does it differently of course, but here’s what I annotate:

  • Quotes I want to remember: this could be anything that I think sounds really beautiful, or something that I just thought was so memorable
  • Things that made me laugh: for example the one in We Free The Stars where Nasir says he might start life as a mime, or when he says he might as well quit being an assassin and become a bard. Basically anything that made me laugh
  • Quotes I want to use to make a point: this is mostly for reviews on discussion I want to do on here, basically anything to back up what I’m saying
  • Random scenes I might want to go back to: quite self explanatory, but scenes that I think I want to remember for later, like for example the “my ghost won’t associate with your ghost” bit from Six of Crows, or the one bed bit in WFTS πŸ˜…

So there you have you have it, my take on book annotating. Let me know, do you annotate books? If so how?

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