My Tentative Fall TBR

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Hey, everyone! I’m Marta and I’m back with a to-be-read pile of books that I hope I will read in the months of October and November. I should have probably put up this post back in September, but I usually spend that month being in denial about summer being gone and fall starting, so yeaaaah.

October is my birthday month, which means getting some new books and spoiling myself with reading a lot without feeling guilty about avoiding my college responsibilities.

You might remember that I’ve done a similar post during summer (here), sadly I’ve only read 2 books out of 11 books on that to-be-read list – but that’s still something when it comes to me, the moodiest reader that ever existed. However, I really hope I will do better this fall, fingers crossed for me, I’m awaiting all your support!

Now, let’s get into the actual TBR!

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Book Review: The Land of Stone Flowers

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Classic fairytales get a refreshing satirical twist in this collection of illustrated stories in which gnomes, pixies, and other fairy folk share tall tales of the strange and unbelievable human world and its inhabitants. Brimming with keen observations and wild assumptions on human anatomy, customs, languages, rituals, dwellings, and more, The Land of Stone Flowers is as absurd as it is astounding, examining contradictory and nonsensical human behaviors through the lens of the fantastic: from the bewitching paper wizards who live in humans’ wallets to their invisible hats, known as “moods,” which cloud their view of the world. Bursting with intricate and evocative illustrations, The Land of Stone Flowers will draw readers into a world of fantasy and fable that slyly reveals many hidden truths about human existence.

The Land of Stone Flowers intrigued me in so many ways, it was original and creative, the illustrations were breathtaking and the words stole my heart entirely.

This book’s written like an anthology of stories told by fairies, trolls and dwarves to prove that humans do, in fact, exist. Yes, you’ve read that right. In this book, humans are mythical creatures, their existence is questionable, their world is called The Land of Stone Flowers and fairies, dwarves, trolls only ever get there through very peculiar events and usually when they get back to their world, their experiences aren’t believed.

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How to Grow Your Blog

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Hi, my lovelies! I’m Marta and I’m back with a post on blogging, I’m going to share some tricks and tips on how to grow your blog, I’m going to focus on how to get followers, views and all that stats buzz.

I’ve been officially blogging for a year (and a month now) and I’m quite proud of what I’ve achieved so far. I know that I’m probably still a baby compared to other book bloggers out there, I still have a lot to learn and I’m fully aware of that, bearing this in mind, I still think I can share some things with you, especially to newbies that might feel a bit lost when it comes to gaining followers and having your voice recognized in this community. I have your back, I’m going to give you some advice that will hopefully be helpful to you.

Without further ado, let’s get into the tips and tricks!

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Crossover Bookish Couples

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Hey, everyone! I’m Marta and I’m very sorry for not posting more frequently these past weeks, but I hope I’m back with inspiration and some posts that you hopefully will enjoy.

Today, we’re going to talk about crossover bookish couples, if you’re not familiar with the term crossover couples – it’s basically a pairing formed by two characters from different universes (different books, movies or video games).

I have some favourite crossover couples from different movies or tv shows due to the amazing fanvideo creators from Youtube, but I rarely see crossover bookish couples, so I thought I’d try to come up with a few of mine.

Let’s see what bookish characters I’d love to see together! Maybe you ship some of those as well and we can fangirl together.

Warning : you might get hungry and there are also lots of kissing pics, don’t say you haven’t been warned. 

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Book Review : Give Me Your Hand

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★★★★★

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A mesmerizing psychological thriller about how a secret can bind two friends together forever…or tear them apart.
Kit Owens harbored only modest ambitions for herself when the mysterious Diane Fleming appeared in her high school chemistry class. But Diane’s academic brilliance lit a fire in Kit, and the two developed an unlikely friendship. Until Diane shared a secret that changed everything between them.
More than a decade later, Kit thinks she’s put Diane behind her forever and she’s begun to fulfill the scientific dreams Diane awakened in her. But the past comes roaring back when she discovers that Diane is her competition for a position both women covet, taking part in groundbreaking new research led by their idol. Soon enough, the two former friends find themselves locked in a dangerous game of catand-mouse that threatens to destroy them both.

Friendship gone wrong, dark secrets, murder, feminism and science – this book was basically written for me.

I’ve never read a book written by Megan Abbott before, though I’ve heard so much about her and about her complex female characters and the dark, twisted friendships they share. I wanted to start with Dare Me, but somehow I never ended up actually reading it – but now it’s absolutely on the top of my TBR. Because Give Me Your Hand seriously blew my mind and now I want to read everything this author ever wrote. That’s how good it was, everyone!

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Book Review : Rosie Loves Jack

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 ★★★★☆

Rosie loves Jack. Jack loves Rosie. So when they’re split up, Rosie will do anything to find the boy who makes the sun shine in her head. Even run away from home. Even cross London and travel to Brighton alone, though the trains are cancelled and the snow is falling. Even though any girl might find that hard, let alone a girl with Down’s syndrome. See the world through new eyes in this one-in-a-million story about fighting for the freedoms that we often take for granted: independence, tolerance and love.

 

This book is everything. I adored reading Rosie’s tale, her dedication to Jack and their relationship was amazing to read about, the lengths she went to stay with him and help him. It was phenomenal. I have never read a book with a protagonist who suffered from Down’s Syndrome and this book made me aware of many more things that I didn’t know about. The author, Mel Darbon, has helped people with learning disabilities through her voluntary work and it shows because Rosie’s characterization is very thoughtful and realistic.

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Summer Wrap-Up

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Hi, everyone! I can’t quite believe summer is over, can you? I’m a bit frustrated that I haven’t read as much as I wish I had this summer, but I did read some amazing books. So, quality over quantity has been my motto lately, I guess.

Now let’s see what books I’ve read, what movies/tv shows I’ve watched and loved, what I’ve listened to and what posts I adored from the blogosphere.

Fair warning : this is going to be a long post, I might include some things that you’re not interested in, you can skip those parts, I won’t mind.

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