Saturday, 14 October 2017

Review: How to Be Perfectly Unhappy by Matthew Inman, The Oatmeal

Matthew Inman—Eisner Award-winning creator of The Oatmeal and #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You—serves yet another helping of thoughtful hilarity in this charming, illustrated gift book for anyone who is irked by the question: "Are you happy?"

In How To Be Perfectly Unhappy, Inman explores the surprising benefits of forgetting about “happiness,” and embracing instead the meaningful activities that keep us busy and interested and fascinated.

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I want to thank Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.

This is a difficult book to review for me as it's very short but I'll do my best.
I'm not familiar with the author and his style but the title and the cover drew me in. 

The art style is awesome! Simple, funny and cartoonish. How to Be Perfectly Unhappy tries to formulate what the concept of happiness is. I feel this is quite a large question to answer is a 50-page comic. That's probably why it felt rushed to me and I don't think it entirely succeeds in what it sets out to do. 

That said, I still thought this was a fun comic about the author's personal thoughts about the subject but don't expect a life changing read.

I don't really know how to sum up my feelings in a coherent way, so I'm just going to end this review by saying that the comic is fun but too short. I gave it 3 stars. I really enjoyed the illustrations and I will check out more of The Oatmeal's work when I get the chance.

Have you read How to be Perfectly Unhappy or are you planning to? Leave your thoughts down below!

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Review: Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story by Debbie Tung

Sweet, funny, and quietly poignant, Debbie Tung’s comics reveal the ups and downs of coming of age as an introvert.

This illustrated gift book of short comics illuminates author Debbie Tung's experience as an introvert in an extrovert’s world. Presented in a loose narrative style that can be read front to back or dipped into at one’s leisure, the book spans three years of Debbie's life, from the end of college to the present day. In these early years of adulthood, Debbie slowly but finally discovers there is a name for her lifelong need to be alone: she’s an introvert.

The first half of the book traces Debbie’s final year in college: socializing with peers, dating, falling in love (with an extrovert!), moving in, getting married, meeting new people, and simply trying to fit in. The second half looks at her life after graduation: finding a job, learning to live with her new husband, trying to understand social obligations when it comes to the in-laws, and navigating office life. Ultimately, Quiet Girl sends a positive, pro-introvert message: our heroine learns to embrace her introversion and finds ways to thrive in the world while fulfilling her need for quiet.

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First of all, I want to thank the publishers and Netgalley for providing me with an arc copy of Quiet Girl in a Noisy World.

I identify myself as an introvert and that's the main reason I wanted to pick this book up. My uncle recently said at a family gathering that his daughter is an introvert and he wishes she weren't. That rubbed me the wrong way. Being an introvert is in no way inferior to being extravert. That's the other reason I read this graphic novel.

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World reads like a graphic novel memoir about Debbie Tung's experiences as an introvert. Her illustrations of a "social battery" perfectly portray how I feel about socializing and needing some alone time. Tung is able to explain how introverts experience things in a simple way while still keeping this a personal account of own.

I really liked Debbie Tung's art style, it's simple with mostly grey colours and the illustrations are beautiful.

The comic is made up of short chapters which are only a page or two long. I didn't mind this as it did follow a complete storyline throughout the comic.

I gave Quiet Girl in a Noisy World 4 stars! I identified with a couple of things but definitely not everything. I think this gives a well-rounded view on being an introvert and I highly recommend it to everyone!

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

September Wrap Up

These are the books I read in September. I'm quite happy with my reading month! I read some amazing books!

1. Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson

This historical romance was predictable and at times boring. 3 stars.

2. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Loved this book! 5 stars!

3. Don't Stop Me Now by Colleen Coleman

I was approved to read this from Netgalley but I didn't download it in time, so I had to purchase it. You can find my review here. 3 stars.

4. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood 

This book is getting adapted by Netflix and I'm so glad I read the book first! Highly recommend this one! 5 stars!

5. Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1) by Tsugumi Ohba

My very first manga! I got this from my library and I hope to continue the series soon! 4 stars!

6. How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

I really enjoyed this one! I got approved to read this through Netgalley but my e-book expired before I had the time to read this, so I got this from the library as well. You can find my review here. 4 stars!

7. Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel by Mariah Marsden and Brenna Thummler

This graphic novel was wonderful! You can find my review here! 5 stars! Brenna Thummler actually tweeted me back twice! 

8. The Ghost of Gaudi by El Torres

I love Gaudí, so when I saw this graphic novel on Netgalley, I just had to read it! 3 stars. You can find my review here.

9. Taproot by Keezy Young

I got comic from Netgalley as well. 3 stars, you can find my review here.

10. Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story by Debbie Tung 

Loved this graphic novel! Review to come soon! 4 stars! Highly recommend it!

11. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

This was such a stunning book. Heart-breaking, shocking and beautifully written. Highly recommend this one! 5 stars!

Which books did you recently read? Have you read any of the books mentioned above or are you planning to? Leave your thoughts down below!

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Monday, 2 October 2017

October TBR

These are the books I plan to read in the month of October:

1. The Girl with All the Gifts (The Girl With All The Gifts #1) by M.R. Carey 

I got this from my Broke and Bookish secret santa last year and I thought this would make the perfect Halloween read!

2. Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) by Renee Ahdieh 

3. The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu 

Just finished Warcross and it was fantastic! Can't wait to read the sequel but while I wait, I want to read Marie Lu's only trilogy I haven't read yet.

4. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide #1) by Mackenzi Lee

I've heard such good things about this book, can't wait to read it! 

I hope to read more than these four books but I'm never good at sticking to my TBR.

Which books do you plan to read this month? Have you read any of the books mentioned above or are you planning to? Leave your thoughts down below!

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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Stacking the Shelves: September Book Haul Part 2

Stacking the Shelves is a meme co-hosted by Reading Reality and Tynga's Reviews. Each week bloggers share the books they got. These are the other physical books I got this month! I'm excited about every single one of them!

1. Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle #2) by Jay Kristoff 

I loved Nevernight last year, so I needed to get the sequel! Hope to read it soon!

2. Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo

I love Leigh Bardugo and I love Wonder Woman!

3. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide #1) by Mackenzi Lee 

I ordered this on but it arrived damaged :( like really damaged, if you need proof, check my instagram. I was horrified! Luckily I was able to get a refund and I bought the book somewhere else!

4. Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu 

Currently reading this one! So far, it's fantastic!

5. The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders #2) by Robin Hobb

I finished Ship of Magic last month and I'm slowly going to continue the series because Robin Hobb's books are huge!

I love these Penguin English Library classics! They're stunning!

6. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

7. A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes #1) by Arthur Conan Doyle

8. The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes #2) by Arthur Conan Doyle

9. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

I passed a bookstore in Ghent and I just couldn't resist getting these!

Which books did you recently get? Have you read any of the books mentioned above? Let me know which one I should read next! Leave your thoughts down below!

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Fantasy Books with Female Protagonists

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week bloggers post their top ten on a previously suggested topic. This week's topic is Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________. I chose ten fantasy books which feature female protagonists. I tried to leave the more obvious ones out (like for example books by Sarah J. Maas).

1. The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews 

I really enjoy this series and I highly recommend it!

2. The Gardella Vampire Hunters by Colleen Gleason

I read this series when I was sixteen and back then, it was my favourite series ever! It was pitched to me as Buffy meets Jane Austen, how could I not love it?
The first book in the series can often be found on as a free e-book. 

3. Enchanted, Inc. series by Shanna Swendson 

Another fun series which is more or less unknown. It's charming and cute! Highly recommend it!

4. The Witchlands by Susan Dennard

I have seen mixed reviews about this series and although I do recognize the books have some flaws, I really like this series and can't wait to read the following books!

5. The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

I finished this trilogy at the beginning of the year and once again, I really recommend this trilogy! The first book is somewhat predictable but each book in the series just gets better.

6. The Wrath and the Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh 

I love retellings so I just had to mention one on this list! I have yet to read Flame in the Mist but I'm hoping to do so next month!

7. The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

I read this one last year and I really liked it. This duology should definitely get more attention!

8. The Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff

This series divides opinion, apparently you either love or hate it. I am one of those people who loved it! Can't wait to read the sequel!

9. Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

If you liked the Kate Daniels series, you should definitely give this series a try! I hope to continue both series soon!

10. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

This enchanting fairy tale is a must read!

Have you read any of the books mentioned above or are you planning to? Leave your thoughts and the link to your Top Ten Tuesday down below!

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Have a great week everyone! Happy reading!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

This is the first time I'm participating in The Sunday Post. I never felt I had much to tell before but now I think I do. I hope you'll enjoy this post!

In Real Life

As you probably know, I graduated this week. During my Bachelor's degree, I struggled writing my Ba paper due to an enormous amount of insecurity and an awful supervisor. I failed that paper twice and was not allowed to start my thesis the next year, which means I lost an entire year. Needless to say, that was a big blow.

So, at the beginning of this academic year I chose a supervisor with a kind and competent reputation and topics which interested me. She always had something positive to say about my drafts which helped tremendously with my self-confidence. In the end, I graduated with distinction because of a great thesis. The thing I was so scared to write, ended up being my greatest accomplishment so far.

I want to thank everyone for their kind messages yesterday! I loved them all!

On the Blog

There have been a couple of changes this week.
For one, I have created my very first Instagram and Twitter accounts which will be all about books and my blog, so check it out! If you follow me on either social media, I'd be happy to follow you back!
You can also follow me on Goodreads and 'Bloglovin!
If you want to follow which TV shows I watch every week, you can follow me on TV Show Time!

Reviews this week

I finally figured out the best way to up my ratio on Netgalley: read the "read now" comics and graphic novels. I love the genre anyway and they are usually fast and compelling reads.

- Taproot by Keezy Young 3 stars
The Ghost Of Gaudi by El Torres 3 stars
Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel by Mariah Marsden and Brenna Thummler 5 stars

Stacking the Shelves and Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Currently reading: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Currently watching: the second season of Twin Peaks for the first time!

Next Week on the Blog

You can expect another Stacking the Shelves post on Saturday. Hopefully I will be able to post another Top Ten Tuesday and a review but that will depend on the amount of work and classes I have next week.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Leave your thoughts down below and have a great week and happy reading!