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What I Read: July 2019

Yaay we have made it! It’s 30th of July which means it’s time for monthly highlights and I’m so excited. It has been quite rough for me and I was in a reading slump twice this month – which is really bad and I hate when it happens. I have read five books and most of them I liked very much. However, this is my July reading list:

Dark Soul Experiments by Bre Hall
I received an ARC of this book at the beginning of this month and I was super excited to read it because it was my very first physical ARC *screaming loudly*. It’s basically about the girl, Ren, who gets transported in the past when a guy gives her a charm bracelet. She finds it so confusing and thoughout the book, she has to make sense out of these stories. I left the full review on my blog, so if you want to read it – just scroll down. I really find this book very special – the plot is unique and its characters are brilliant.

I Heart Hawaii by Lindsey Kelk
This is the book that I got in my mail and I just couldn’t believe it. I ordered this book like months ago, but I somehow forgot about it – it took two long months to arrive here, huh.. So yes, I was really happy and of course I had to read it immediately. This book is the last one in the I Heart series and it just blew me away. It is about Angela who accepts her friend’s job offer and they go to Hawaii. There, she spends her time watching silky sunsets while having fun at the beach. However, she realizes that even Hawaii cannot make her problems disapper – they won’t go away just like that. I wrote full review on my blog, so feel free to scroll down and read it. I’m so happy about this book, but also very sad that this series has come to the end.

Again, but Better by Christine Riccio
I have also read this one somewhere at the beginning of this month but somehow I didn’t write about it. It’s just that I was so excited to read it because Christine is one of my favorite booktubers and she’s awesome – but somehow I didn’t enjoy reading this book. Shane is a shy girl who has no friends and she feels that she did so many mistakes just because she is an introvert. All of sudden – she is off to London where she signs up for a semester abroad. There she meets Pilot, a guy she likes immediately. However, Pilot has a girlfriend and Shane isn’t sure what to feel any longer. I saw Bookstagram going crazy about it – many people absolutely loved it. However, I found it quite boring and predictable. There was nothing special about its characters and they were so poor in sense of developing.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown
This book was recommended to me so many times, but my tbr list was just too long to pick this one up. However, I’m very glad I did read it because I find Red Rising brilliant! It was so amazing and even though I don’t usually pick up sci-fi, I really enjoyed in this one. Pierce Brown is an amazing author and I definitely want to read the entire series. Also, I want to mention that the fifth book in this series, Dark Age COMES OUT TODAY! How amazing is that? Red Rising is all about space – Darrow is a helldiver from Mars whose wife Eo is hanged. Now, Darrow is turned from a Red into a Gold. He is changed completely – so strong – and he passes all his tests. And guess what? He is picked by the House Mars to fight against other houses. Who will win? The plot is extraordinary and the author is so talented – well done!

Love and Hate by Lara Wilde
Another good book this summer comes from the talented Lara Wilde. I recieved an eARC this month and I knew I was going to like it. It is a cute love story between Leonor and Manel. They fell in love when they were teenagers, but one summer night Manel gets very jealous and breaks up with Leonor. She gets desperate, she calls him every night but he never responds. In the end, Leonor decides to forget about him and just to focus on her career. Everything changes one day in their future when they bump into each other. The plot is set in Portugal and its descriptions are everything. They are so beautiful and I fell in love with them. It is a light, sunny read and it’s perfect for this month.

Annnd that’s it! These are the books I read this month and I’m quite satisfied with them. I hope I can manage to read more books in August. How many books have you read this month?

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THE FIFTY BOOKISH QUESTIONS TAG

This is my first book tag on my blog, but I did some of them on my Instagram page, so feel free to check it out. I found this on Adventures of a Bookish Girl and I want to thank her. Also, if you want to do this tag yourself, consider yourself tagged by me.

  1. What was the last book you read? Yesterday, I finished The Burden of Trust by Tabitha Young. I posted the review in my previous post.
  2. Was it a good one? It was quite good, actually. I liked the plot and characters were very interesting and well-developed.
  3. What made it good? Like I said, the plot and its characters were really good. It was so easy to follow the plot and it was gripping from the beginning.
  4. Would you recommend it to other people? Oh, yes I would! If you like romance and moving stories, this one is definitely for you.
  5. How often do you read? I read almost every day. I say almost because I’m having chronic headaches and reading isn’t the best option in such times. However, when I feel better, I tend to read as much as I can.
  6. Do you like to read? What kind of question is this? Come on…
  7. What was the last bad book you read? Again, but Better by Christine Riccio. I read it last week and uggh! It was so bad for me, I couldn’t wait to finish it and just forget about everything in that book.
  8. What made you dislike it? Well, the plot was ordinary and predictable – it was nothing special to me. Also, I couldn’t trust its characters. They are weird.
  9. Do you wish to be a writer? Sure, but I have zero talent.
  10. Has any book ever infuenced you greatly? Yes, and I’m glad it did. It was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. The first time I read it, I was going through a difficult times. I was a teenager and I reached that point in my life when everything seemed so pointless. This book made me change my views on life and I felt that I’m not alone in this world. The Alchemist saved my life.
  11. Do you read fan fiction? I don’t. I’m not very much interested in it.
  12. Do you write fan fiction? Not really, but in my mind I have at least billion scenes that don’t exist in my favorite reads.
  13. What’s your favorite book? You can’t ask me that question! You just can’t… I don’t have favorite book – I have favorite bookS. One book that I like to reread over and over is definitely Alice in Wonderland.
  14. What’s your least favorite book? Again – too many. I remember disliking The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. His books are definitely not for me. I find them boring and predictive.
  15. Do you prefer physical books or read on a device? I prefer physical books. There’s nothing better than holding a real book. However, physical books are way too expensive here, so I usually read on my kindle.
  16. When did you learn to read? I’m not sure, I was too young haha. But I know it was too early, maybe at age 5. I loved spending time with my grandma, we usually watched soap operas, and that’s when I learnt how to read. That’s what I was told haha. Also, it’s interesting to mention that firstly I learned Serbian Cyrillic alphabet, even though it’s not my native language. (I watched soap operas in Serbian Cyrillic)
  17. What is your favorite book you had to read in school? The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales. It was my fist book that I had to read in my elementary school and I was so excited, I think that was the key moment in my life. Right then I discovered joy of reading. I wrote on this topic in one of my previous posts.
  18. What is your favorite book series? How can I pick only one? It’s impossible! The series I usually recommend because I like them very much are The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, I Heart series by Lindsey Kelk, and ACOTAR by Sarah J Maas.
  19. Who is your favorite author? I really like Leigh Bardugo, Cassandra Clare, Stephanie Garber, Lindsey Kelk, and Pierce Brown. There are many more worth mentioning, but these are my top 5.
  20. What is your favorite genre? I have to go with fantasy and YA.
  21. Who is your favorite character in a book series? Hmm, let’s see.. I liked Jace from The Mortal Instruments, he is amazing. I also liked Alex from the I Heart series, Hermione from Harry Potter.. these are great characters.
  22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else? Every book that I have read transported me somewhere else. I have been to many, many places because of books that I read. I liked being on the planet Mars in Red Rising by Pierce Brown. That book is brilliant!
  23. Which book you wish had a sequel? The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I loved that book, it was so magical.
  24. Which book you wish DIDN’T have a sequel? The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman. I really liked the first book in this series, but I couldn’t get into the second book, it was all too much for me.
  25. How long does it take you to read a book? It depends on many factors. If I really like a book, then I finish it in two days. However, on days when I get busy and barely have time to read – it usually takes a week or so.
  26. Do you like when books become movies? I don’t. It’s really bad if you read a book and then it becomes a movie. They always leave out some (important to readers) scenes and it can change the entire story. That’s not what we want, right?
  27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation? Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. The book is amazing, but I felt like the concept of the story is missunderstood by watching the movie. They send us two different messages.
  28. Which movie has done a book justice? The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It is so. so. sooo. good! I highly recommend it!
  29. Do you read newspapers? Yes. There’s always something interesting going on.
  30. Do you read magazines? I used to. When I was teenager, I was obsessed with them.
  31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines? Newspapers.
  32. Do you read while in bed? Yes, I love reading in my bed, especially in the evening. It’s my favorite place to read. It’s so comfy and relaxing.
  33. Do you read while on the toilet? Sometimes yes. If the book is really interesting, I won’t go even to the toilet without bringing my book with me.
  34. Do you read while in the car? I wish! I get too dizzy.
  35. Do you read while in the bath? Not really.
  36. Are you a fast reader? I would say so. Yes.
  37. Are you a slow reader? Nope..
  38. Where is your favorite place to read? At my home in my bed. It’s super comfortable and peaceful.
  39. Is it hard for you to concentrate when you read? If I read something good, then it isn’t difficult at all. However, reading something boring takes a lot of time and it’s very difficult to concentrate.
  40. Do you need a room to be silent while you read? My family is quite big and our home is everything but silent. I learned how to read in a room full of people who are talking constantly.
  41. Who gave you your love for reading? My grandpa. He used to read and write every day. Even now, after his death I saved one of his Harry Potter notebooks. I love it so much.
  42. What book is next on your reading list? I’m not sure.. I finished Red Rising by Pierce Brown and I really want to read the second book. But I have some mandatory readings for the rest of July, so we will see.. I will keep you updated.
  43. When did you start to read chapter books? I’m not sure about that one. Probably it was in my elementary school.
  44. Who is your favorite children’s book author? The brothers Grimm – they made me fall in love with reading and I will be forever thankful.
  45. Which author would you most want to interview? Lindsey Kelk – I follow her on Instagram and she always posts about interesting stuff. She is a great person!
  46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with? Again, Lindsey Kelk. But I also want to be friends with Leigh Bardugo and Sarah J Maas.
  47. What book have you reread the most? The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I pick it up whenever I feel down. There’s always something new to learn from it.
  48. Which books do you consider ‘classics’? Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, and many more.
  49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school? Ugh, there are way too many books on my list! First of all, it is very important to include almost all genres (yes, here I’m talking about fantasy, YA, sci-fi…) I would give them Harry Potter to read, because everybody fall in love with this series. Also, I would let children choose what they want to read in most cases. It’s important for them to find what they like. Not all children love all genres.
  50. Which books should be banned from all schools? I don’t think there is such thing. Every piece of work matters and we should respect it just like everything else.

And that’s it. I answered all of them and if you’re still reading this – thank you!
Happy reading!

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How to deal with Book Hangovers

I do not get book hangovers.
– said no book lover ever

Do you know that feeling when you finish a brilliant book, and you just can’t move on to read something new? Well, congratulations – you are one of us! You experienced a book hangover. This kind of hangover is very common among bookish community, which includes readers and, sometimes, authors. The symptoms of book hangovers are very clear – crying and lying on your floor or in your bed. You’re asking yourself ‘WHY? OH WHY IT HAD TO END,’ referring to the book you’ve just finished.

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If you are experiencing a book hangover, what to do? Here are some tips that will make your hangover bearable.

First thing first – It might sound silly, but go and find a new book to read. And good luck!
I know it is very difficult and you just don’t want to read anything else, but you have to! You are SO going to read something new, and you are going to love it. And you are going to experience the book hangover all over again.

2. Spend 24 hours in your room searching for appropriate memes that will express your feelings. Let the world know how much you are suffering right now. Go and tell your friends about your feelings, they must hear you out.

3. If you simply can’t accept the fact that you will have to read something new – then try reading some fanfiction. They are great and, more importantly, they are based on the book you love. It’s all about your old, favourite characters.

4. Try rereading your favourite book. Start it from the very beginning and hope that this time it will be different and that your book will never end.

5. Write a review. Because telling the world about how you feel is never enough. Why not to leave a note (review) about your feelings. It’s a smart thing to do.

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Book Review: Dark Soul Experiments by Bre Hall

What if you could relive a past life by touching a piece of it?

✦ SYNOPSIS ✦
Ren Morris is a snarky, sixteen-year-old girl living in the middle of nowhere. When she meets cute and mysterious Peter in the local antique shop one day, he buys her the most unique charm bracelet she’s ever seen. Soon, she discovers an object hidden inside one of the charms and is transported to Civil War-era South Carolina, where she lands in the body of Southern Belle, Charlotte, one of her past lives, just days before Charlotte’s death.

When Ren returns to the present, Peter explains that her soul has been cursed. Splintered. She has been forced to die tragically, and far too young, in each lifetime. It will happen again – soon – unless Ren can trust Peter and his unconventional experiments to help stitch her soul back together and stop the curse once and for all.

As Ren begins to discover her past lives, she also realizes just what’s worth living for in her present one. But when she uncovers a secret, Ren starts to question the outcome of the experiments and whether or not falling into the past will in fact save her from a doomed future or if it will be her final undoing.

✦ CHARACTERS ✦
I think that Ren is a brilliant character and, in this story, she is a heroine. I love her so much! She is curious and energetic, but aren’t all teenagers like that? She is so caring and kind! I liked the way she treats her Father and Gran . Huh, her grandma is annoying, but I still found her funny, she always makes that special kind of orders like putting Whiskey in her tea, she is hillarious.

Also, I really liked Alfie, especially in the first half of the book. He is protective, brave and clever. He is a real gentleman and I think he was ready to die for Ren. However, the author had something different in their mind.. *no spoiler*

Am I allowed to say that I have some feelings for Peter? I know that I am not supossed to like him or anything, but I fell for him from the beginning. Is it possible to like someone who is not a good person? Yes, it is definitely possible. He is selfish, arrogant, but oh how handsome and intelligent! I want to read the story from Peter’s point of view, please.

The guy we’re actually looking for is about five-foot-ten, curly black hair, jawline models envy. He also has a tattoo of a bird’s wing on one of his fingers.

Dark Soul Experiments, Bre Hall

✦ RELATIONSHIPS ✦
My favourite relationship was that between Ren and Alfie. Their friendship is everything. Alfie is so understanding and protective and he is just amazing. Everyone needs one Alfie in their life.

How long have we been friends?
What does this have to do with anything?
Just answer the question, will you?
She shrugged. I don’t know. Forever?
Exactly. ,he said. I’ve put up with your wild antics forever and I’m going to keep putting up with them, I’m going to keep being here. Forever.

Dark Soul Experiments, Bre Hall

✦ MAGIC ✦
Another important factor is definitely magic. Beside humans, we learn about Discentem and Auxilium, whose brains are structured to function on a larger scale than humans. I loved how Ren learns to levitate it was so magical. My favourite was the ability to move the objects around her, it is amazing.

✦ OVERALL ✦
I loved this book so much. I cried, I laughed, and I enjoyed. And I would do it again, it’s worth it. Everything in this book was perfect for me! The plot is very unique and interesting. I also loved the concept of story within a story.
My favourite thing about the book is the character development. They are wonderful and so realistic that they made me feel like I am a part of their story.

The book will be available on 8/6/2019
It is definitely a five-star read for me, I highly recommend this book.