Friday, 7 July 2017

Weekend Reads | 7.07.2017


Another friday, another weekend reads! At the beginning of the week I started reading The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks and in all fairness I'm not sure what to make out of it. It's incredibly dark in its subject matter but the story isn't pulling me in as much as I was expecting but it is at least an interesting novel.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Book Review | Ties by Domenico Starnone

Ties by Domenico Starnone {Goodreads}
Published by Europa Editions in 2017
Paperback edition; 150 pages {BookDepository}

“In case it’s slipped your mind, Dear Sir, let me remind you: I am your wife. I know that this once pleased you and that now, suddenly, it chafes. I know you pretend that I don’t exist, and that I never existed…” are the words which open Ties, a novel about a fractured marriage told from the perspective of the wife, the husband and the children. I went into it with zero expectations since I received it in my March Moth Box and haven’t heard about it before and I was taken completely by surprise.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

June 2017


June is over and good riddance! I should acknowledge that although the beginning was stressful with my last two finals and sad because Sense8 got cancelled, the end of the month was way better. After a lot of fight from the fandom we got the amazing news yesterday that Netflix is gonna give us an ending for the show, after saying the cancellation was irrevocable. I still believe this show deserves way more seasons because everything about it is amazing but I'm happy that we can - at least for now - get the ending we deserve so that the story gets closure. And who knows, if we bring in enough numbers we might get a third season.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Book Haul | June 2017



Hi guys! I'm sorry for being a bit absent on the blog and on instagram these past few days despite having all the free time in the world because I'm on holidays. The thing is that my laptop is almost dead; it takes forever to turn on and after that it goes down 10 minutes later and it's very frustrating so I haven't been using it because I can't be bothered and so I haven't written any single post or edit any pictures. And here comes the second problem, my camera is doing weird stuff. It won't focus and most of the pictures come with a blurry feel to them so I'm incredibly frustrated because replacing both a laptop and a camera is not cheap.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Summer TBR


Summer is officially here. I say officially because in Spain we've been dealing with a horrible heat-wave since the beginning of last week and I cannot fathom how people love summer. I hate it, with a passion. And I cannot wait for autumn and winter if I'm honest.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Currently #3


I'm free. My finals are over. And I have all the time in the world to read. However, I'm spending most of that free time sleeping because, you know, why not? I'm hoping to be back blogging and bookstagramming full time from now on although my motivation to do so is not the greatest, especially when it comes to bookstagramming. I'm not happy with the updates Instagram has been doing for the past months and seeing my engagement decrese all the time is not helping at all. Why continue spending a lot of time taking pictures and editing them when they won't even show up on people's feed? If you have an answer, please, let me know.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

May 2017


May comes at an end today and I couldn't be happier. It started fine because you know, Sense8 came back and season 2 was spectacular but it also broke my heart and I'm hoping we get a third season because otherwise I'll be pissed! Besides that, as a whole, May hasn't been a good month for me. Nothing bad happened but I haven't been in the right mental space. I'm used to May being revision month but this year, I don't know why, I haven't had the motivation I had other semesters. I'm always stressed out but this time around I've also been apathetic and sad. And finals aren't over yet. However, I'm gonna try my best and just beat my own brain.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Book Haul | May 2017


May is almost at an end and that means book haul time. To be fair, I have not spent much on books this month, and although my wishlist is growing longer for the minute, I'm keeping my promise of buying less. So far it's been working and my urge to buy books has decreased despite my wishlist  growing, as I said. So I have 4 books to show you today. One of them was a pre-order I did in February and the other is a book I bought in April but arrived at the beginning of May and the other two are from the May Moth Box so technically these last two are the only ones I really bought in May. I'm proud of myself so fingers crossed I can stick with this new way of aquiring books for years to come - unless of course it's my birthday or Christmas.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Moth Box Unboxing | May 2017


Got my second Moth Box in the mail! I was so happy when I got a notification to go and pick it up at the Post Office. It kinda lightened my mood since I started finals yesterday and I can't seem to catch a break when it comes to the stress department. Anyways, let's talk about the two beautiful books that came in the box.

Friday, 19 May 2017

The Eurovision Book Tag


I know it's almost a week ago that Eurovision took place but Veronika @ The Regal Critiques tagged me to do this and I wanted to do it haha. She, and Clare & Ann from Dual Reads came up with this tag idea. Without further ado, let's get on with the questions :)

Friday, 12 May 2017

Weekend Reads | 12.05.17


I apologise for not uploading anything in the blog this week but my stress is off the roofs recently because finals start in two weeks and revising is killing me and everything frustrates me and I don't have the energy to sit down and write a proper blogpost because I feel really guilty. That's why I haven't actually do any blog hopping either. However, I didn't wanna leave the blog unattended for the next month and a half so I'm just gonna write weekend reads posts until my finals are over and my brain is free.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Weekend Reads | 5.05.17


This weekend I'm gonna try and finish both Dreams of Gods and Monsters and Am I Normal Yet? although I might not finish either of those not only because I seriously need to spend hours and hours revising (how people manage that?? need tips to help me concentrate, please!) and also Sense8 season 2 comes out TODAY! and that's a priority. Like, I can't even deal and the trailers look fantastic and my babies and - can you tell I'm obsessed with that show?

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Book Haul | April 2017


You know how every single month I'm like "I need to buy less books" and it never happens? Well, here's the proof. I try my best but internet deals are the devil. Here are the books I aquired in April. My mum gifted me Las cosas que perdimos en el fuego by Mariana Enriquez - which has been translated into English - for El Día del Libro (World Book Day). All books will be link down below as always.

Monday, 1 May 2017

April 2017


And another month goes by. To be fair, this time it didn't fly around for me; it was quite a slow month in general and I spent half of it reading - I can't even believe I have managed to read all of these books -  and half of it studying for University. I'm all caught up with all my courses and I'm ready to start revising for finals which will be at the end of May/beginning of June. I'm still in awe that for once in my life, I've being productive as hell if I say so myself. Hurray! Basically I wrote down all I had to do and I organised it throughout the first three weeks of April. At the same time I told myself I had to read for fun at least 30 minutes every single day in order to avoid being slumpy due to stress. It worked.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Dewey's Readathon | 2016 Progress


Today is THE DAY. Today readers all around the world come together to read. Here in Madrid is very gloomy and it's raining slightly and a bit cold so when the clock turns 2pm I'll have my blanket, a cup of hot chocolate and my pile of books ready to readathon. For the first time, I'll have the house all to myself. My parents and sister are going away for the bank holiday. The reason I'm staying is to study for finals which are in May but I've been quite productive throughout the whole of April and I'm taking today off just because.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon | TBR 2016


It's that time of the year again: The Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon where readers all around the world come together to read for 24 hours. It might sound a bit mad yes, but believe me, it is fun. We all share the stack of books we're planning on reading and then our progress as the hours go by and above all, we cheer on each other to read. Isn't that great? It is for me. I don't have anyone outside my bookish internet corner to get excited about books and reading so you can imagine how happy this event makes me. The readathon takes place this Saturday and for me it starts at 2pm, that might change depending on your time zone - you can check their web to find out your time to start.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Weekend Reads | 21.04.17


And it's Friday again! Today, I have a lot of Uni work to do in the morning and then I have classes from 7pm to 10pm so I don't think after that I'll do much at all... On Saturday I have a hen party and I'm kinda excited because I've never been to one before so I hope we can all have an awesome time. And considering we'll be partying the whole night I will probably sleep all Sunday. However, the cosy reading night is also happening from 7 to 10 pm (8 to 11 in my timezone) so I might join in.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Good Reads Predictions


I got this idea from a video from Mercedes at MercysBookishMusings. And she got it from Lauren at Lauren And The Books (I will link both their videos at the end of this post). Essentially, both of them picked up books from their TBR piles that were featured in 'Best Books of 2016' videos from other booktubers. Mercedes' video changed the original idea slightly because she picked up books she thought she would rate 5 stars. And I'm doing the same. I don't want to jinx myself by saying the books I picked will be 5 star reads but I'm hoping they are really good considering they've been praised everywhere. Anyways, without further ado...

Monday, 17 April 2017

Friday, 14 April 2017

Weekend Reads | 14.04.2017



And it's the weekend already. I reckon I won't get much reading done since I'm finally catching up on most of my university work and I wanna keep this pace so I'm fully prepared for finals. However, it is always nice to know I have two chunky books to keep me entertained when I can't be bother to study anymore

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Book Review | Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood {Goodreads}
Published by Hogarth in 2016
Hardback edition; 293 pages {BookDepository}

Hag-Seed is a re-telling of Shakespeare's play The Tempest. This book is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series and my first time reading Margaret Atwood - spoiler alert: won't be my last. In this re-telling we meet Felix, an Artist Director at a theatre, before being removed from his position by Tony, his right-hand man, while he was working on adapting The Tempest. After this betrayal Felix disappears and forgets about the world until a new job offer - teaching theatre in a prison - presents the possibility of revenge and the opportunity to finally direct his version of The Tempest (let's count how many times Noelia types The Tempest in this review, shall we?)

Monday, 10 April 2017

Book Review | The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell

The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell {Goodreads}
Published by Icon Books in 2016
Paperback edition; 354 pages {BookDepository}

Helen Russell lives in London with her husband but when he's offered a job in Lego, their lives change. They move to Jutland, Denmark for a whole year and this book is the outcome. Russell explores the reasons behind Danes being the happiest people in the world and also documents her experiences: what she finds fascinating, confusing and weird about living danishly.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Weekend Reads | 7.04.2017


I'm bringing the weekend reads posts back. They are an easy way to update my reading weekly and write down my thoughts on the books and at the same time I can keep my blog active because we know by now I'm prone to blogging slumps. I've been quite good with my reading lately, meaning that I'm trying to read every single day even if it's just for like 30 minutes. I finally organise all the work that I need to do for Uni prior finals and it's helping me to manage my time easily and for now, reading fits perfectly well into my schedule (yay!).

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Book Review | The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas {Goodreads}
Published by Balzer + Bray in 2017
Hardback edition; 464 pages {BookDepository}

In The Hate U Give we follow Starr, a sixteen-year-old girl who lives in a poor neighbourhood and goes to an upper-middle school that is mainly white and she tries to balance these both worlds. At the beginning of the novel, Starr goes to a party with a friend in her neighbourhood and once there she runs into an old friend, Khalil. During the party a fight breaks out and Starr and Khalil leave together, he offers to take her home and on their way, a police officer makes them pull over and although Khalil was unarmed the police officer shoots him. Starr becomes the only witness to her friend’s murder. The story deals with the aftermath of this event.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Book Haul | March 2017


March is done and dusted and with it comes a new bookhaul. I had to include two books that I received in February but since I was on holiday in Bonn and Copenhagen I couldn't pick them up at the post office until March. This month I have a mix of everything; mostly novels but also two poetry books and a graphic novel. I haven't included the two novels I got in my Moth Box but I did an unboxing of that so check it out if you're interested. Without further ado, here are the books.

Friday, 31 March 2017

March 2017


March is over. And April is here. I know most of us say this everytime a month goes by but seriously, time has flown by and I'm terrified because my finals start at the end of May and I have been neglecting all Uni stuff for the entire month and I really hope I can catch up on work during April. Coming back from my holidays didn't help if I'm honest. March has been a bit of an in-between month for me. At the end of February, I went to Germany to visit my sister and we both travelled to Copenhagen - which I really really liked - and since coming back to Spain at the beginning of March I haven't had the motivation to sit down and study properly. This whole situation is also to blame for my reading this month as well. Quite a lot considering the previous months but all the time I should've spent studying, I spent reading. 

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Moth Box Unboxing!


After missing out on the November and January Moth Box because they sold out super quickly I could finally buy the March box on time and it arrived today! In case you don't know what Moth Box is it is a book box created by Mercedes at MercysBookishMusings where you get two lesser known novels from independent publishers. I've been following Mercedes' channel for almost two years now and I always love her book recommendations so I'm really looking forward to read the two titles in the March box. Both books come beautifully wrapped - the purple wrapping is a plus really because it's one of my favourite colours - and alongside them you get two bookmarks with a quote from each book.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Book Review | The Stolen Child by Lisa Carey

The Stolen Child by Lisa Carey {Goodreads}
Published by Orion Publishing Group in 2017
Hardback edition; 336 pages {BookDepository}

The Stolen Child transports us to St. Brigid’s, a remote island off the west coast of Ireland. Its inhabitants, mostly women, live as if they are in the past although the book is set between 1930 and 1960 – the story goes back and forth all the time. For me, it felt as if the story was set in the 18th century rather than the 20th and it creates and interesting atmosphere within the novel.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Spring TBR


Spring is here. For many this is good news. For me, who suffers from hay-fever, this is not good news. Anyhow, let’s talk about books. A few months back I decided to stop making monthly TBRs altogether because I was horrible at sticking to the books I planned to read; instead though I’m gonna start doing seasonal TBRs. I find them easier to follow and it gives me a wide timeframe to get to them. I want to read more than this (if possible) but from now on, and with every new season, I’ll pick 5 books from my shelves and attempt to read them before the end of the season.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Book Review | Nina is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi

Nina is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi {Goodreads}
Published by Ebury Press in 2017
Paperback edition; 352 pages {BookDepository}

Nina is not OK is a coming of age story about Nina, a 17-year-old in her last year of college and about to do her A-levels who likes drinking – maybe a little bit too much; a lot actually. So much that most of the time she has troubles remembering what she does during those crazy nights and that’s how we meet her: after she’s been thrown out of a nightclub after being caught in a sexual activity. The next morning she’s not sure of either what she did and what she didn’t and the shame she feels is overwhelming. She promises herself she will never drink again but that is easy said than done. Shappi Khorsandi tackles the difficult topic that is addiction through the experiences of an alcoholic teenager.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Book Review | Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich {Goodreads}
Published by Random House in 2017
Paperback edition; 305 pages {BookDepository}

Idaho, Emily Ruskovich’s debut novel, deals with the repercussions of an accident – involving the mother and an axe – that happened to a family many years ago. I don’t want to give much away because I feel like it is better to go in not knowing the full details although most of it is revealed very early on. The consequences of this event are what the novel focuses on.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Book Review | Otared by Mohammad Rabie

Otared by Mohammad Rabie; translated by Robin Moger {Goodreads}
Published by Hoopoe Fiction in 2016
Paperback edition; 352 pages {BookDepository}

Otared is a difficult book to review. It is a good book but not the right one for me. It was different from everything I’ve read before but ultimately, too brutal, at times way too slow and if I’m honest I don’t think I completely understood the idea Mohammad Rabie was trying to convey.