Tome Topple: Two weeks of reading – TBR, updates & wrap-up βœ¨

Hello there!

I love big books – but they also intimidate the heck out of me. Which is why the Tome Topple readathon is one of my favourites! The idea is to make as much progress as possible with tomes that have over 500 pages within the two weeks of the readathon. Round 12 of Tome Topple took place August 8th to 21st! Here is everything I planned to read, how I did during the readathon and what I actually read 😊

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Rep on living childfree?! – ARC Review: Olive by Emma Gannon

Olive by Emma Gannon

Published on July 23rd 2020

Contemporary fiction

I received a free advance reader copy of Olive in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher, author and Netgalley! Receiving a e-copy has in no way influenced my opinions on the book.

Content warnings: Breakup, swearing, talk of sex, bullying, abortion, IVF process, sexism

The synopsis

Independent.
Adrift.
Anxious.
Loyal.
Kind.
Knows her own mind.

OLIVE is many things, and it’s ok that she’s still figuring it all out, navigating her world without a compass. But life comes with expectations, there are choices to be made, boxes to tick and – sometimes – stereotypes to fulfil. And when her best friends’ lives start to branch away towards marriage and motherhood, leaving the path they’ve always followed together, Olive starts to question her choices – because life according to Olive looks a little bit different.

Moving, memorable and a mirror for every woman at a crossroads, OLIVE has a little bit of all of us. Told with great warmth and nostalgia, this is a modern tale about the obstacle course of adulthood, milestone decisions and the β€˜taboo’ about choosing not to have children.

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Blog Update: Stopping the never-ending hiatus and my plan for becoming a better ally

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Sorry for having been MIA for so long. This is a post to update why I have been gone, and most importantly – how I plan to do better.

But first of all – I’m so glad to be back here! And I’m so incredibly happy that you’re here too. I have missed blogging so much and it feels freeing to finally finally finally click ‘publish‘ on a blog post again! Thank you so much for hanging in there during this funky year when I have been the flakiest of the flaky.

Alexis from Schitt's Creek TV Shows smiles and says 'I'm just happy to see your face' to a laptop. A gif.

But I don’t only want to talk about my endless hiatus but also something way more important. I want to share with you my action plan on how I want to do better as an anti-racist, an intersectional feminist against transphobia, and overall how I plan to be a better human being and how I can showcase these values in my blog.

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5-Star Predictions ✨

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Let’s talk about those amazing books we encounter once in a while – those that make you wish that the story would last for 2000 pages longer and that you could travel back in time to read the book for the first time all over again. A 5-star book for me requires that I thoroughly enjoy it, I want to feel things and be awed by the story. 5-Star books for me often come out of the blue, but sometimes I manage to predict which tomes on my TBR are going to have the biggest impact on me. So today I’m here to do exactly that – predict which books will tear my heart in two and make me lose sleep in favour of finishing one more chapter.

I can’t wait to get started! Most of the books on this list I know next to nothing about, I just have an odd, strong hunch that they will be wonderful reads. Hopefully I can return to this list of 10 books when I have finished most of them to check if I was right or not 🌟

Psssssst. I have added synopses under the cover for books that are standalones or the first book in a series. No synopses for sequels to avoid spoilers!

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March and April Wrap-up inc OWLs Magical Readathon 2020

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I have been majorly neglecting the writing of wrap-ups lately so tadah – here is a combo wrap-up of March and April! These months have been absolutely crazy and I haven’t been able to read as much as I would have liked but that’s fine 😊 There’s no need to be super productive during a pandemic after all!

March and April were also special to my reading situation in other ways – in March I made myself a TBR flowchart for the first time and used it to select the books I read, and in April I took part in the OWLs Magical Readathon ✨ I loved doing both!

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The Animal Crossing Book Tag!

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I’m a big fan of Animal Crossing (ever since I played it for countless hours on Nintendo DS as a kid), and couldn’t not get caught in the hype train for New Horizons! I got myself a Nintendo Switch Lite and started playing Animal Crossing yesterday πŸ₯³

I’m already in love with it! I thought that the game would pose a huge threat on my reading, but I feel like it could have the opposite effect and I could get through quite a few audiobooks while playing 😊 I have been in a kind of reading slump for the past month, and now I feel re-invigorated to enjoy my free time again.

To celebrate Animal Crossing, I wanted to do a themed tag for today’s post. The Animal Crossing Book Tag was created by McKenzie @ The Bookish Things and Tea, and she has also made pretty graphics that I’m using in this post 😊 As a lover of books, Animal Crossing and tags, I can’t wait to get started!

If you don’t know what Animal Crossing is, I highly recommend you to check out Meaghan @ Hail and Well Read’s post here! She doesn’t only explain the gist of the game but there is also a danger that she will turn you into Animal Crossing fan as well 😱

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OWLs Magical Readathon TBR: April 2020

Hello! Welcome to my April TBR 😊

April is the magical time we have all been waiting for – the time for another round of OWLs! G @ The Book Roast organises magical readathons like the OWLs, which is based on ordinary wizarding levels in Hogwarts, multiple times every year! These readathons are always over-the-top kind of amazing because not only should you read a lot, you can complete prompts to gain your own magical career that you can select from G’s career guide! So if you have ever wanted to be a dragon tamer or a defence against the dark arts -teacher, now is your time!

Below is the introduction video by G, check it out for all the deeds on OWLs.

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All Books I Read in 2019 – Ranked from Best to Worst

Hi all πŸ’•

Today I get to share with you a post that I have been wanting to do for a long time! I’m diving back into 2019 reading for a bit, and I’m going to be going through all of the 85 books I read in 2019, ranked from my favourite to my least favourite!

This post is going to be a massive, delicious list of books without any explanations, ratings or rantings! The list is mainly based on my enjoyment of each book, in comparison to everything else I read in 2019. If you are interested in getting more information and my full thoughts, take a peek at my other end of the year posts:

Best Books of 2019

Worst Books of 2019

You can also find a review of most of these books on my Goodreads page (I’d love to be your friend there too!).

Also keep your eyes peeled for these posts that are coming up soon:

  • 2019 Bookish Statistics
  • 20 for 2020: A year-long TBR & Reading challenges

I was lucky in 2019 and I mostly enjoyed the books that I read 😊 Even though something is lower on this scale doesn’t mean that I hated the book!

Let’s get into the list 🀩

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March TBR Flowchart βœ¨

Hello my fellow bookaholics πŸ’•

I went on a short break to catch up to my blogging schedule & to blog hop around more, but now I’m back! And oh boy, this is an exciting post to share with you 😍

I love making TBRs and planning what to read next, but I’m poor at following them! I mood-read a lot, and I find it impossible to persuade myself to follow my own TBRs.

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Me going through my TBR and not feeling any of it

But I believe that I have finally found a solution that allows me to list my reading plans while still catering for my fluctuating reading moods! A flowchart! Or rather – a TBR like one of those tween magazine quizzes we all love. I can’t refuse a ‘select your dream holiday home and we will tell what kind of pear you are’ – Buzzfeed quizzes, and so I hope that I can’t refuse a TBR quiz either πŸ˜† The perfect solution!

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