Wednesday, 28 February 2018

February, 2018 || Where Have I Been??

February has been a quiet month in the blogging and bookish world for me... The quietest since I've restarted my blog I think. BUT that doesn't mean that I haven't been busy as a bee (more about that later) and more importantly, it doesn't mean that I haven't been blogging. I'm back on top of things and I have some posts that (I think) are pretty exciting scheduled for next month AND I also have some ah-mazing books lined up to read. February has been hectic AF but I am ready for March!

IN THE BOOKS
(what did I read this month?)

Reading slowed down this month... Considerably. But I still read two books and I am still ahead of my Goodreads reading challenge (so go me!).



ON THE BLOG
(what happened on the blog?)

Last month was seven books read and seven posts on the blog. Now we're down to two books read and two blog posts... Maybe this is a pattern? So if I up my reading in March, my blog posts will probably go up as well.... Yes? I think so.

  1. I reviewed Wild Beauty. Basically it was just beautifully distracting.... Does that even make sense? I still don't know.
  2. I realised that I've been 'currently reading' Empire of Storms for two years now and I think that's because of how intense all the feels are. Sooo of course I wrote a post about when a book is just too much.

IN REAL LIFE
(all about meeeeeeee)

I thought that January was busy, but February was even more hectic! I'm trying to think about everything that happened this month, but it's all a pretty huge blur... I (finally) started university so it's taken me a bit of time to figure out how that all works and the best way to keep up with everything (which is also why I took a bit of a step back from blogging), but I'm a few weeks in now and definitely starting to make sense of everything. I've made some amazing new friends and am thoroughly enjoying my courses so YAY!

Speaking of new friends, I met up with some fellow bookish people(!)... twice(!!). When I started blogging I never thought I'd be able to meet up with my online friends in real life, but this month it actually happened. New Zealand is so small and us kiwi bloggers are definitely a rarer breed, but somehow Ella (from A Bookish Time), Shanti and Shar (from Virtually Read) and I managed to make it happen. It was definitely a highlight of this month having coffee with these girls and just talking books. That definitely won't be the last I see of them!


What was the most exciting thing that happened this month for you? Did you read/blog more or less than last month? What's on your TBR for March?

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Monday, 12 February 2018

When A Book Is Just Too Much

I have a confession.... It's taken me two years to read Empire of Storms and I'm still not finished. It's not that I don't like it; I'm loving it. It's just too much. There's so much happening and it's too intense and I have to keep taking breaks. Sarah J. Maas is one of those authors who I can't just sit down and read in one go because I would most likely be destroyed with feels. I just can't handle all the emotion that her books cause. So what do you do when a book is just too much....?

1. Take plenty of breaks


I've taken so many breaks while reading Empire of Storms. Those breaks range from ten minutes to a year and a half (I know, I have a problem), but without those breaks I think my head might have actually exploded.

2. Talk to people


The bookish community is here for you. I am here for you. I've talked to so many people while reading Empire of Storms. So many people have fangirled/ranted/cried with me and I've realised that everyone on Twitter is down for a chat about books!

3. Collapse in a puddle of emotions


This will probably happen multiple times. It's okay. Just accept it.

4. Scream into the void


Not advisable if you live with other people.

5. Or just read something else


I like to read short story collections or poetry collections in-between chapters of Empire of Storms. (This is basically proof that there can be too much of a good thing because I love EoS but I need breaks). I will keep going back to Empire of Storms and I promise I will finish it, but for now I'm stuck at halfway...

Have you ever read a book that is just too much? Which one?? Also someone talk to me about EoS and how intense it is...  

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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Wild Beauty, by Anna-Marie McLemore || Just Wildly Beautiful

Wild Beauty
For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They've also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he's even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.


I have never read a book that so perfectly matched it's cover. I could stare at this cover all day and kudos to whoever it was who designed it because they did an absolutely amazing job of capturing the story. Sorry, I could fully spend this whole review just talking about covers.

Onto the actual book! I have to start by saying that the writing, was absolutely beautiful. It's been so long since I've read a book with such stunning prose that the writing itself actually distracted me a bit from the story... You know how the cover is distracting? You just want to sit there and stare at it, right? The writing is like that too. Am I even making sense right now...? And the more I think about it the more I'm unsure what to even rate this book.

To me, the actual plot of the story dragged a bit in the middle (although it definitely got more interesting towards the end) and it was generally a pretty slow read because more time was taken for the flowery descriptions than any actual moving forward of the plot. So if you're looking for something fast paced, maybe look elsewhere. It's been a couple of weeks since I've read this now and I'm actually struggling to remember a lot of what happened, all I remember is the beautiful writing.. okay I'll shut-up about that now 

In amongst the almost lyrical writing, the author touched on some important topics. And also, I loved the diversity and the LGBTQ+ rep in this book.

"Hearts that loved boys and girls were no more reckless or easily won than any other heart. They loved who they loved. They broke how they broke. And the way it happened depended less on what was under their lovers’ clothes and more on what was wrapped inside their spirits."

Read this for the beautifully distracting writing and the beautifully distracting cover.

Have you ever read a book in which the writing was so beautiful that it was distracting? If you've read Wild Beauty let me know what you thought! I'd love to know.  

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