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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Books I’ve Read This Summer

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1. Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough – 5/5 stars

I really liked this one, it was emotional and very powerful. I enjoy reading books focused on female historical figures, especially those that have been overlooked in the past and didn’t get the recognition they deserved. I would recommend this one!

You can find my review here. 

 

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2. In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan – 5/5 stars

Loved everything about the setting of this one, the idea behind the story was very original, the characters were super cool, especially the protagonist. I want to read more books that are full of satire.

You can find my review here.

 

321736353. Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga – 5 stars

I loved the world-building and the romance in this one, especially. I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a hate-to-love romance and also for an unique plot.

You can find my full review here.

 

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4. Warcross by Marie Lu – 3 stars

I think I’m going to review it sometime soon, I’d probably do a mini-review along with my opinions about the Wildcard Preview. I didn’t dislike the book, that much I want to tell you guys, it was just very hyped and I had huge expectations and it turned out just okay.

Review to come.

303408655. Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon – 4.5 stars

I really liked this one, the book is coming out in January, so I’ll probably postpone the review for this one. The subject of the book was very complex and interesting : a transplant between friends, toxic friendship, co-dependency, unrequited love. It’s messy and raw and it will probably hurt you.

 

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6. Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton – 3 stars

I will never stop being disappointed with this book. Adele is singing in the background right now, I can almost hear her “we’ve could had it all” and damn, she’s right. I feel like I’ve been tricked by that amazing blurb that made the book sound like everything I’ve ever wanted, but the execution wasn’t the best, sadly. You can find my full review here.

 

37541218 7. In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira – 5 stars

Perfect summer read, heart-touching generational story that I will never stop loving. I’m very, very close to adding Dellaira to my favorite authors list, she’s a genius.

You can find my full review here.

 

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8. Women & Power by Mary Beard – 4 stars

If you’re looking for a non-fiction book on feminism and references to Greek and Roman mythology, this one is for you. I loved Mary Beard’s arguments, everything about this little book is very relevant to our society and what happens. Beard actually updated it after Trump got elected, it’s a thought-provoking read that I would recommend to you.

 

348103209. Sadie by Courtney Summers – 5 stars

Happy book birthday to Sadie again!! You can officially read this one and I strongly advise you to because it’s been a long time since a book blew me away in such a way. Especially if you’re a true crime fan, also there’s a podcast going on, you can find it on Spotify. So, check it all out!

You can also find my review here.

 

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10. The Last Plantagenet? by Jennifer C. Wilson – 2 stars

Maybe I’m just not as much of a Richard III enthusiast as I used to be, maybe the book was just not my cup of tea, I don’t know what happened, but this one didn’t really work out for me. It felt a bit like a self-insert at times, it somewhat read like a fanfiction.

You can find my full review here.

 

3472646911. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – 4 stars

This was a good read, but it still had its flaws and sadly, it couldn’t get a five stars from me. I’m a bit sad because I’m obsessed with Vikings and I wanted this to be an absolute favorite of mine. EH, I’m still happy to get a strong Viking heroine in YA lit.

You can find my full review here.

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12. Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon – 4 stars

I’m super excited to review this book, it’s probably going to happen later this week. I’m working on some reviews, including this one, this book is super important and I hope more people will read it and love Rosie’s story as much as I did.

Review to come.

 

UGH, I apparently finished Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott on 1st September, which means I can’t add it here, but I’m going to give it an honorable mention prior to reviewing it and say that it’s phenomenal. If you like mystery and twisted friendships, JUST READ IT.

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Movies and Tv Shows I Loved 

  • Vikings (season 5) – Ragnar’s sons are all grown up and they’re all acting like brats and I just want them to have a big feast, talk it out and be civil with each other again. But apparently, there’s going to be more and more drama. I’M HERE FOR IT. Also, Ubbe and Bjorn are my favorite Ragnarssons so far. I still don’t know how I feel about Ivar, most of the times I think he’s a complete psycho, but he’s smart and his strategy is great, I have to give him that. Hvitserk has potential and I hope they’ll develop his character more. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about because you haven’t watched the tv show, you should change that. It’s amazing, especially if you like action and drama and historical intrigue.

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look at this cutie, i’m so in love. omg.

  • Sharp Objects – I’m a huge Flynn fanatic, so I’m excited for every adaptation out there. This one was super weird and it didn’t help that I didn’t remember much from the book besides the big plot lines. I loved Amy Adams’ performance, however, give that woman an award. Trigger warnings : self-harm and mentions of rape.

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  • Set It Up – Kat @Life and Other Disasters recommended this to me and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a super cute and relatable rom-com for all of us that are in our early (or late) 20’s and are still trying to figure out what to do with our lives. I absolutely loved it, it has Zoey Deutch and Lucy Liu in its cast, how can you go wrong with that????

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  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – DID YOU THINK I WOULDN’T MENTION THIS? well, you were wrong. It was the highlight of the summer, I’m forever going to be obsessed with it and I’ll probably go rewatch it right now.

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Songs I Love

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  • Kodaline – Brother (x) – for a reason or another, siblings songs get to me even though I’m a single child. WELL. Someone has to psychoanalyze this right now.
  • NF – I Just Wanna Know (x) & If You Want Love (x) – so much talent, so much angst, I’ve always felt so attacked by this guy’s songs.
  • Billie Eilish – you should see me in a crown (x) – I wasn’t a huge fan of her before this song, but I love its vibe, it makes me want to conquer the world or write a book about a dark queen smashing it.
  • benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid – Eastside (x) – my girl, Halsey has been killing it lately. can you believe how much of a queen she is???
  • Everything from Anne-Marie, I don’t understand why no one recommended me her songs before, but they’re super empowering. They make me want to dump my non-existent trashy boyfriend. Would totally recommend Ciao Adios, Bad Girlfriend and Alarm.

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Blog Posts I Adored

This summer has been horrible for blog hopping and I’m sorry for that because I want to check everyone’s blogs and comment, but blogging slump is a thing apparently. I hope I’ll spread more love in the future.

  • Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books had some tips about how you can support international book bloggers, which is so cool, you can check her post here and I’d love it if you could follow some of her tips.
  • Kat @ Life and Other Disasters wrote a post about switching between ideas, where she mentions her new witchy wip that I’m currently reading as she’s writing it and I have to say guys, it’s very good. You can get a glimpse of it here.
  • Anna @reading peaches gave us some recommendations of books with great villains, they were stellar as always and I would recommend you check it out here if the topic interests you.
  • Aurora @aurora librialis shared non-canon ships a.k.a the gay ships we deserve (if that’s not the best title, then I don’t know what it is). You can check it here, she had some very interesting choices, I would love to see some crossover youtube fanvideos of those couples. They all sound super badass.
  • Beth @Reading Every Night shared books that can get you out of a reading slump and I’m here for it, I need this list in my life. If you need it as well, check it out here.
  • Bridget @Bridget and Books wrote a post where she recommended books based on other books that you might have already read. It’s a “if you liked that, then read this” kind of post and I’m a sucker for this kind of posts, they’re always such a fun way to find new reads and be drowned in your TBR. Check her post here.
  • Amber had some great discussions that I adored about what is actually a real reader + the privilege in the bookish community and another one about abusive behavior and how we should stop excusing it. Yeah, she’s absolutely great at discussions. (x) (x)
  • Caro made an awesome post with LGBTQ+ books that don’t feature cis M/M romances and it’s really great, I think you should check it out. Here is a link to her post, I thought she included some amazing books, some of them I’ve already read and loved and the other ones are very high-priority on my TBR.
  • Shealea shared some of her spreadsheets that you might want to check out especially if you’re a disorganized blogger like me and you’re looking for something to diminish that chaos. Check it out here.
  • LaRonda also had a great post about reading slumps and what is getting you there, that you might want to check out here. There were some very valid reasons that she included there and I related a lot.

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What have you read this summer? What are your favorites books?

What are some Tv Shows/Movies that you loved and would recommend to me?

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44 thoughts on “Summer Wrap-Up

  1. Kat @ Novels & Waffles says:

    Oh gosh, I’ve been super excited for In Other Worlds for awhile now, and I finally got my hands on a copy yesterday! I’m so glad that it was a five star read for you! Now I am even more excited! Also, I’ve never heard of Set It Up, but I love Rom Coms, so I better go check it out! Thanks for another great post 🙂

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    • Marta says:

      YESS, I hope you enjoy it! 😘 It’s probably one of my favourites reads of this year. It’s a bit of a satire to the fantasy genre and the chosen one trope, the bi rep is amazing 😍
      Set It Up is lovely, hope you like it!
      Awww, thank you!!! Happy you enjoyed it 💕

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    • Marta says:

      Aww, thank you! ❤
      It seemed to me like I wasn't reading as much as I used to before getting into blogging, but I guess I've read a lot anyway. Isn't she amazing??? I love her attitude so much, she's so empowering.

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  2. Sissi @thebookworld20 says:

    I’m so glad you loved In Search of Us because it is on the top of my TBR and I am excited to read it!! I loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before too (the book and the movie <3). It sounds like you had a great summer of reading and entertainment! Also, have you watched Crazy Rich Asians, if not, I highly recommend, it's such an amazing movie! 🙂

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    • Marta says:

      In Search of Us was incredibly touching and I would totally recommend it to you, I adored how it presented both the daughter’s story and her parents’ love story, how everything from the past influenced the present. It’s amazing!
      I haven’t watched it yet, but it’s on my to-watch list along with Love, Simon that I haven’t watched yet and hate myself for that.
      Thank you for the recommendation ❤

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  3. Shealea says:

    Thank you so much for mentioning my post! I feel really, really honored. 💖 I’ve been eyeing Kiss of the Royal for a while now. It seems like everyone’s loving it, and I’m really curious!

    Have a great September!

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    • Marta says:

      Aw, you have nothing to thank me for, Shealea! ❤
      Your post was very helpful and amazing, thank you for sharing it with us, the ones who are super chaotic with our organizing.
      I hope you love Kiss of the Royal once you get to read it! ❤
      You too!

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  4. Bridget says:

    Sounds like you had a nice reading month! Most of those were 4 or more stars! 😁 I really want to watch Sharp Objects. I adore everything Amy Adams, but I’ve gotta read the book first!

    Thanks for sharing my post by the way ☺️❤️

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you, hope your month was amazing as well! ❤
      I adored the book as well, they were pretty similar in my opinion. They kept the main plot-lines and added a few that were quite interesting.
      No problem, it was lovely like all your posts! ❤

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  5. Marie says:

    I’m happy you read so many books, that’s great ❤ I'm a bit sad that you didn't love Warcross as much as I did – well, I'm still very curious to read your review about it, I hope that we will both love the sequel, too:)
    In Search of Us was such an incredible book, I loved it SO much ❤
    I'm happy you watched Set IT Up and To All The Boys, I loved both so, so very much, fantastic movies! ❤ ❤
    I hope you'll have an amazing September ❤ And thank you so, so much for sharing my post, it means a lot ❤

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    • Marta says:

      Nobody is sadder than me about Warcross, to be honest 😦
      I really hope I’ll enjoy Wildcard more and that you love it as much or even more than Warcross. I think it was a story with a lot of potential, but somehow I never really got invested.
      Agreed, they were both amazing! ❤ I'm so happy I listened to Kat and watched Set It Up.
      You too, Marie!!! ❤ Happy reading! Your post was amazing, you're a star ❤

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      • Marta says:

        I haven’t read anything else written by her, I’ve been eyeing The Young Elites since it’s been published because it sounds amazing. But I haven’t gotten to actually reading it yet. I feel like you read Legend at some point, right???

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      • Marie says:

        Yay! I have read Legend and The Young Elites and need to continue with both series, both were really good!! 😀 I hope you’ll give them a try ❤

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  6. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    You got through some great books this season. I’m really glad you enjoyed Sky in the Deep but oh it’s a shame Warcross wasn’t a winner for you. It seems like you still enjoyed it somewhat but I guess given how hyped up it was (and I’m probably guilty of hyping it up a lot myself) it was bound to end up disappointing a few people. Maybe you’ll enjoy Wildcard better? 🙂
    I still need to watch To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, but I’m so excited to because I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it, and thanks so much for featuring one of my posts in your recap. It honestly means a lot to me. 🙂 ❤

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    • Marta says:

      I really hope I’ll enjoy Wildcard more than Warcross because I thought the story had a lot of potential, but I didn’t get invested in the characters as much as I would have liked to. Ohh, you really have to watch it, Beth! ❤ It's absolutely amazing and fluffy and one of the best ya adaptations out there probably.
      You're most welcome, your posts are absolutely wonderful ❤

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      • Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

        I feel like most time sequels can be better because a lot of the development work when it comes to the world building and plot has been done, so there’s more room for the authors to go even further you know?
        Thanks so much! 🙂 ❤

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  7. Raven @ Dreamy Addictions says:

    Amazing Wrap up! You had a good reading month! I really loved Kiss Of The Royal and I’m glad you loved it too. It was a fun read. I haven’t read Warcross yet but I’m planning to pick it up soon. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it as much as you hoped. I’ve been hearing great things about Sadie and I can’t wait to read it.
    Hope you’re having a wonderful September and happy reading! 🙂

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you, Raven! ❤
      It was more like two months of reading since I haven't read a lot in June because of exams, I wish I could have read so many books in one month. I agree with you that Kiss of The Royal was a fun read, sooo great!
      Sadie is A++++ to me, would recommend it to absolutely everyone!
      You too! Happy reading! ❤

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  8. Kat Impossible says:

    Thanks so much for mentioning my post and also that I recommended Set It Up! I am still so happy you also loved To All the Boys, because that movie was beyond cute. Now that I have seen Sierra Burgess, I wouldn’t say I love it the same way. I am just so disappointed in some of Sierra’s actions, but I do really like Jamey. I bet the hype around Noah will continue haha
    This was really not very responsive to the post you actually wrote, but my brain is all over the place. Love you and hope all is well!! 😀 I’ll try and keep the witchyWIP updated.

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    • Marta says:

      I’m super thankful to you for recommending me Set It Up, it was absolutely amazing and relatable. And the romance, awwwww, I want something like that! *heart eyes*
      I don’t think the hype around Noah will ever die, I still haven’t watched Sierra Burgess yet, but maybe if I finish the chapter I plan on reading tonight, I will! Fingers crossed for me to do something less boring than psychotherapy.
      Love you too! ❤ Everything is well, I'm just busy with the exams I'm retaking and having no energy or motivation. YES, do it!

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      • Kat Impossible says:

        I am so happy you love the movie and the romance. I am a workaholic and Zoey’s character with the writing was relatable AF. I need my Charlie haha
        Best of luck for all your exams, love! ❤

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  9. Ilsen Leon says:

    The only book I read on here is Warcross. I’m sorry you didn’t feel the same way! I absolutely loved it. I’ve read 10 books in the summer but I wish I read more. My favorites are They Both Die At The End, Furthermore, and Love and Gelato.

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  10. Lois says:

    I am officially holding you responsible for my Vikings obsession! 😛 We’ve finally finished series 3 and I have so many feels. I never knew a TV show could still put me through so much trauma haha. I’ve also been told to watch Set it Up and it’s definitely a film I can see myself loving. Maybe I’ll watch it after I finish my Vikings sesh.
    I live for the quality over quantity motto since I think I’ve managed to read a maximum of 2 books this summer hahah.

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  11. Caro @ bookcheshirecat says:

    Oh I loved this summer wrapup and I would be totally down for this to become a seasonal thing 😍 Thank you so much for sharing my post, I’m so glad that you liked it!! 💕💗 I really have to finally read Set It Up, it has been on my Netflix list for too long, but I’m sooo bad at watching movies 😱 You also have me curious about Sadie, especially as I’ve been hearing more and more about this book 🙂

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  12. Andreea P. says:

    I cannot wait to finally find the perfect weekend to ignore the world and watch Sharp Objects! In Other Lands sounds like so much fun, and Sky in the Deep is on my TBR although I do not really read YA, but I want some vikings in my life!

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  13. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops says:

    Wow! You read so many great books over the summer. I loved Sky in the Deep so much, though I am sad to read about Heart of Thorns and it’s siting on my TBR shelf!

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