Books On My Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is books on our winter to be read list. These are the ten books I really should read or really want to read!

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1. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: Seriously, is there anyone who DIDN’T like These Broken Stars? If you have seen the early reviews, you know that there is a lot of praise and love for this book. It releases today and I plan to read it ASAP! I’m so ready to love this book, let’s hope the hype for it doesn’t let me down.

2. Sever by Lauren DeStefano: I read and loved the first two books in the Chemical Garden Trilogy but I still need to read the last one. I already started Lauren DeStefano’s newest trilogy, so I should read this one VERY soon!

3. Brooke by Veronica Rossi: Under the Never Sky is one of my favorite series, and one hand I want to read Into the Still Blue like RIGHT NOW, but I also don’t want this series to end. Luckily, I have this novella to tide me over until ItSB’s release. Can’t wait to read it, because I don’t think Brooke was a popular character.

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4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: This book sounds so amazing and totally something I’d enjoy. Plus, there’s a college setting and that’s something I’ve been wanting to read more of (and not like the typical NA).

5. Shades of Earth by Beth Revis: I love this series and I need to know how it’s all going to end! A Million Suns ended on SUCH a cliffhanger!

6. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: Okay, Shatter Me has been on my wishlist for ages! I finally bought it a couple weeks ago, and now I can finally read it.

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7. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: Shadow and Bone is AWESOME and now I want to read Siege and Storm so bad! I actually bought these two books together, so I have it already. Now just read it.

8. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor: Daughter of Smoke and Bone was so good and Laini Taylor writes wonderfully. I bought Days of Blood and Starlight MONTHS ago & I need to read it soon but this book is so big, it’s kind of daunting.

Tiger's Voyage The Secret of Isobel Key

9. Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck: This book has been the longest on my TBR-pile of all of my books, so maybe I should finally read it? It’s a little sad that I kind of lost interest in this series, but I can’t leave this book unread forever, right?!

10. The Secret of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel: This book comes out December 19th and I plan to read it very soon. It’s set in Scotland, which for me is my main draw. You might not know this, but I’ve fallen in love with Scotland after studying there for a semester, so every book that’s set in Scotland goes automatically to my wishlist.

These are my picks for this week’s topic, let me know what you think!

November book haul

Book haul

Every first Saturday of the month is the time when I will show you all of the books I have added to my books the past month. These are all the books I added to my TBR-pile in Novemeber!

This month was the month of the Kindle books (some awesome deals I had to take advantage of) and I also went on a shopping trip to the Boekenfestijn (A Dutch book fair with cheap books) where I managed to restrain myself. I’ve been going every year to the Boekenfestijn for the past three years and I finally learned my lesson that I shouldn’t buy ALL OF THE BOOKS just because they are cheap. I still have some books unread that I bought at the first Boekenfestijn I went to! Anyway, here is my physical book haul:

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Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys: I’ve been meaning to read this since so long. I really love historical fiction and this book sounds really emotional and just awesome. ALso, I know nothing about this topic so I’m glad I get to read about it and learn a bit more.

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis: I LOVE Across the Universe. I finally read the sequel A Million Suns recently and that one ended on SUCH a cliffhanger. I NEED TO READ THIS. Also yay for finishing a series, because I always forget to buy the sequels unfortunately.

Books bought at the Boekenfestijn
Stay by Deb Caletti: Truth be told, I don’t know what this books is about. I bought Stay mainly because I just want to read more contemporary books and I know that many people have loved Deb Caletti’s books.

Shadows Cast by Stars by Catherine Knutsson: Again, I don’t really know what this book is about. I just got really grabby because I saw hardcover book for SUCH a cheap price. And the cover is so pretty!

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer: Finally, a book I know what it is about, LOL! There are actually quite a few people who didn’t like this, but I just had to give it a try, especially for such a cheap price.

Kindle books

World After One & Only Brooke

World After by Susan Ee: Angelfall is an AMAZING read, so naturally I had to have World After. I’m so curious what’s going to happen next!

One & Only by Viv Daniels: I’ve heard that this is a New Adult book without the usual cliches. Of course I’m curious because the usual New Adult books weren’t what I wanted for this genre. Really excited for this one!

Brooke by Veronica Rossi: The Under the Never Sky series is one of my favorite series EVER and I loved Roar & Liv, the other novella. I’m really curious about this one, because Brooke isn’t particularly one of the most popular characters. Like Roar, beloved by all: it was kind of obvious to get his own novella.

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The Transcend Time saga by Michelle Madow: I bought the complete series, because Michelle Madow would donate the money earned by November purchases to the Philippines. That was the extra incentive for me to buy it, actually. I wanted to read this when it first came out, but I had never bought it.

Shatter Me Unravel me

Shatter Me and Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi: I’m so excited to read these! They were both on sale so I had to buy them!

That was all the new books I got this month! Have you read any of these?

Why I never DNF a book

Today I want to talk about DNF-ing books, something I NEVER EVER do. I’m sure there are lots of people who DNF books and don’t think twice about doing so. I get that. We read because we love it and if a book is seriously that awful to read, why bother finishing it, right?! It’s our hobby and hobbies should be fun. I understand if you DNF, I really do, but still I NEVER do it and don’t plan to change this habit of mine.

First of all, there’s always that feeling I have that I shouldn’t give up because it’s going to be better soon! It definitely will. Maybe some new twist will surprise me, or the plot will move forward in a good way or there’ll be a new character I like. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN that will make me enjoy it, right? Foolish, I know.

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Yeah in some cases it works out. But we probably all now that in most cases it doesn’t get better. Nothing will make us suddenly like the book. We might dislike it even more! I know this, but I don’t listen to my own reasoning.

However, I have another reason for never DNF-ing a book, which is also my main reason!

What you might not know about me is that I live in the Netherlands. Finding books in English here is quite hard, so I always order my books from either The Book Depository or Amazon. You can imagine that if bookstores not even have much books in English (let alone Young Adult ones!) libraries on the other hand even have a more limited selection.

So yeah, you can imagine how I feel every time I’m reading a book I seriously dislike enough I want to DNF. I’m raging. I’m furious. I’m disappointed in myself for believing the hype. But most importantly: I PAID MONEY FOR THIS??

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In my opinion, I would not mind to DNF a book if it was a library book. I will just bring it back without finishing and no harm is done. It’s not my book, I didn’t invest in it. I feel like this is my own inflicted curse for loving to read books in English as a Dutchie.

So yeah, I never DNF a book because I feel I’m wasting my money. Yes, I’m cheap like that.

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Now I would like to know if YOU sometimes DNF books, or are you more like me? Also, if you read library books (or ARCs), do you find that you easier DNF those books than purchased ones?

The Secret of Isobel Key Book Trailer

Today I can share with you the book trailer for The Secret of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel. The Secret of Isobel Key is part of the new digital imprint Bloomsbury Spark and will be released December 19th of this year. First I will show you the book trailer, but please do scroll down to see my reasons for wanting this book!

The Secret of Isobel KeyAbout the book
Lou is in the middle of a quarter-life crisis. Fresh out of college, she’s unemployed and unsure of herself. But when she gets the chance to escape to Scotland with her best friend, it could be the answer to her quest for self-discovery. The trip is not at all what she expected, especially when her tour guide turns out to be the dreamy historian Brian, and together they embark on a hunt for information about Isobel Key, a woman accused of witchcraft in the seventeenth century.

They set out to learn the truth of the condemned witch, but Lou isn’t prepared for the knowledge that awaits her. She must face her own demons if she has any hope of righting the wrongs of the past.

Flashing between seventeenth century Scotland and a contemporary romance, THE SECRET OF ISOBEL KEY is a mystery that will please readers of all ages.

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The trailer

Why I am excited

There are actually three main reasons why I am very excited for the release of The Secret of Isobel Key.
1. It’s New Adult, but it’s not set in college. I have always said that I wanted to read more books set in college, but now that I’m in my last year of college I’ve been wanting to read about someone who is just out of college. And the main character is described as being in a quarter-life crisis. Well, I CAN RELATE.
2. It’s about witches! I love books with witches! I’m still in love with the paranormal genre.
3. But the last AND MOST IMPORTANT draw for me tot this book is that the main characters go to SCOTLAND. I haven’t talked about this before on the blog, but I’m seriously in love with the country. So yeah, if there is a book set in Scotland, I WILL READ IT. The book trailer features photos from Scotland made my Jen herself. I have lived and studied abroad in Edinburgh last semester, so of course I have a LOT of photos from the country. So I decided to share some of my own Scotland photos to make you feel excited for both the book AND the country!

Edinburgh Castle (Did you know this was J.K. Rowling’s inspiration for creating Hogwarts?)Edinburgh Castle

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And that was all I’m going to share for now, I’m sure I’ll be writing about Scotland again soon. Anyway, let me know what you think! And if you pre-order The Secret of Isobel Key (like I sure did) you can enter this giveaway to win some swag!