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Snowy Settings ❄ Theme Thursday

Theme Thursday_ Snow Settings

Hello fellow bookwormsI’m back with another Theme Thursday! This month’s theme is Snowy Settings, so things are about to get wintry 💖 I’ve always been a big fan of snow, as winter is my favorite season partly because of the cold weather and there is something utterly magical about snow. Sadly, we don’t get it more than a couple times a year anymore, but I’m getting excited like a little kid if the snow comes down eventually! One of my fondest memories is school getting canceled years ago because it was snowing so heavy. Pretty sure this was the last time I had a White Christmas and I think it was magical, though I don’t remember as much. This little storytime aside, you can always get me excited about snowy weather, so I’m pumped for the prompt! Today, I have 6 books here that feature snow in some way (and I’ve also rated the ones I’ve read in terms of how snowy the setting is)!

Walking in a Winter Wonderland 💙

Let’s Go! Here is some information about the theme by the lovely host, Sophie! 💙

Theme Thursday is a new monthly feature created by Sophie @ Blame Chocolate where bloggers can share recs and newly found books featuring that month’s theme.

  • There will be a different theme (genre, trope, etc) every month. Check the calendar here.
  • Those participating have to list titles that feature that theme in some way (doesn’t have to be the main theme of the book).
  • You can choose one of the four (or five) Thursdays of every month to post.
  • You can use the three main categories: Books I’ve Read/I’m Reading, Books I Want to Readand Other Books That Fit The Theme but this isn’t mandatory.
  • Please use this boxed text (or similar) in your post, which doubles as a pingback.
  • Additional info is available on the Theme Thursday page.

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1. Let it Snow (Johnson, Green, Myracle)

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➽ This is probably the ultimate snowy book because it literally revolves around a huge snowstorm and the people stuck in it with three interconnected stories! I love the messiness of bad weather (as long as no one gets hurt) because it always creates an out of the ordinary situation that can have some unexpected outcomes. The first story (Maureen Johnson’s) is probably the most snowy as it’s about a train stuck in the snow and a girl fighting her way through the snow – it’s also my favorite story 💖 The second story (John Green’s) is also very snowy as it’s all about getting to Waffle House in a race against other teenagers, though I hated the objectification of the cheerleaders involved. The third story (Lauren Myracle’s) is the least snowy as it more heavily revolves around the main character’s change, but we still see the lingering effects of the snow chaos. Overall: very snowy and perfect to read cozied up inside 🥰

2. My True Love Gave to Me (Anthology)

Snow Rating ❄❄❄❄

➽ My favorite holiday read!! I love this anthology so much which is rare as anthologies are super tough reads for me due to the many different stories. However, My True Love Gave to Me stole my heart (and got the 5 stars) despite me not liking some of the stories. The majority of the short stories are amazing though and great because they feature different holidays, not only Christmas but also Hanukkah and Pagan celebrations. Not all stories are snowy, but there are some that have that element! The snowiest story is the one by Kelly Link because it revolves about snow being a magical element for someone special to show up 😄 Jenny Han’s also has a snowy setting as it’s literally set on the North Pole, though I wasn’t a big fan of the romance in this one. De la Pena’s story is set in New York City during a snowstorm, so that’s an element here as well. I think Myra McEntire’s also involves a blizzard, though the story is set in a theatre hall. Basically, there is plenty of snow and holiday cheer contained in this book 🥰

3. Frostbite (Richelle Mead)

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➽ It’s been a while since I’ve read the Vampire Academy books, but I remember the second book is set at a cabin in the mountains with snow involved. And I was right! Frostbite (perfectly snowy title as well) deals with the Academy taking a trip to a mountain resort, though I cannot remember much more since it really has been very long since I read the books. I’m planning a reread in the upcoming year, as I love the book so much (as far as I remember, I definitely loved the earliest ones) and want to finally continue with the Bloodlines series! 🥰Let's Talk (2)

On my TBR ❄

1. The Bear and the Nightingale (Katherine Arden)

➽ I recently got a copy of this book, because I heard so many reviewers love it and I’m all here for a great atmospheric, wintry book that also involves some mythology 💕 Obviously, this seems to be a fantasy book set in a Russian inspired setting, naturally there is a lot of snow (on the cover as well), so it perfectly fist the topic! I hope to maybe read this in January, as it seems like the perfect winter read ❄ I like that this isn’t Christmas related, like a lot of winter reads, so this can appeal to lots of readers!

2. Snow in Love (Kasie West’s story)

➽ This is going to be my next read for the Oh What Fun Readathon and I’m excited 🥰 There are quite a few mixed reviews about this four-story anthology, however, Kasie West’s story seems to be the favorite of almost everyone, so I have high hopes for this one! I also heard that it involves a snowy setting that causes a lot of chaos with traveling and turns out to be quite an adventure. This kind of reminds me of Let it Snow in that way, so I think that it’d be a great read if you liked the former ❄ Basically, I’m all here for snow mess even though it’s probably annoying for everyone involved 😂

3. The Crown’s Game (Evelyn Skye)

➽ I’m not sure how much snow this book actually had, but I’ve heard that it’s also Russian inspired and at least involves snow in some way 😄 This book has been on my TBR for literally forever and I hope to read it sometime soon, as I’m trying to get down my old backlist TBR that I added right when I joined Goodreads three years ago. I remember this being relatively popular back then, so I hope I’ll end up liking it, especially as it is a fantasy book and you know I’m always here for my favorite genre 💖

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What are your favorite books with snowy settings? Feel free to leave your recommendations down below!

 

Hello fellow bookworms ❄ I'm back with another Theme Thursday! This month's theme is Snowy Settings, so things are about to get wintry 💖 I've always been a big fan of snow, as winter is my favorite season partly because of the cold weather and there is something utterly magical about snow. Sadly, we don't… Continue reading Snowy Settings ❄ Theme Thursday

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WITCHES!!! ✨ Theme Thursday

Theme Thursday_ Witches

Hello fellow bookworms ✨ HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Despite having two doctor’s appointment I’ll be celebrating one of my favorite times of the year with Halloween shaped fries and watching some Netflix with my friend Sandra 🎃🥰 Of course, I had to do a special post for the occasion and what would be more perfect than a spooky Theme Thursday!! The theme this month is Witches so I knew that I had to participate as witches are part of my brand now (still currently revising my witchy WIP) and I’m always up for more witchy books in YA – please make the rise of the witches happen! Halloween was the perfect date to talk about witches as it’s also a Thursday and I wanted something spooky for the occasion ✨ Definitely shot me some witchy recommendations in the comments though, I need all the content 👀

Let the Witch Revolution begin 😈

Let’s Go! Here is some information about the theme by the lovely host Sophie! 💛

Theme Thursday is a new monthly feature created by Sophie @ Blame Chocolate where bloggers can share recs and newly found books featuring that month’s theme.

  • There will be a different theme (genre, trope, etc) every month. Check the calendar here.
  • Those participating have to list titles that feature that theme in some way (doesn’t have to be the main theme of the book).
  • You can choose one of the four (or five) Thursdays of every month to post.
  • You can use the three main categories: Books I’ve Read/I’m Reading, Books I Want to Readand Other Books That Fit The Theme but this isn’t mandatory.
  • Please use this boxed text (or similar) in your post, which doubles as a pingback.
  • Additional info is available on the Theme Thursday page.

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Witches Read

1. Sorcery of Thorns (Margaret Rogerson) ➽ The word witch isn’t technically used but I claim the sorcerers in this book for this list anyway as I love it so much! I like the concept of magic here so much as you gain magical powers by bargaining part of your life to a demon from the Otherworld. Nevertheless, ‘Magical’ families exist as they usually all make deals with the same demon and hand down magic that way. However, demons are dangerous as they are bound to their Master and would like to find a way to be free. 😈 This did give me slight Supernatural vibes as the show also has demon deals that can result in a person gaining magical powers and trading away their life. I definitely like books with an interesting magic system and Sorcery of Thorns convinced on all levels! 💗

2. Mooncakes (Xu, Walker) ➽ Mooncakes was such a heartwarming story full of found family, strong friendships, witchcraft, werewolves, and a cute friends to lovers couple that stole my heart! I definitely recommend this graphic novel was it makes for a great comfort read despite also dealing with lots of serious topics like loss and parental abuse. I loved seeing the witchcraft in this book … and a rogue horse demon on the loose, that was a super interesting premise to read about. I also liked that there is a werewolf that was connected to magic as ‘wolf magic’ that was a nice original twist on the species! All in all, I’m glad that I got to read this witchy graphic novel, we need more of that 💖

3. Labyrinth Lost (Zoraida Cordova) ➽ It has been a while since I read this, but it was a great read and also: Latinx witches!! I loved the concept of the brujas and how their powers worked. Each power had a drawback and there was a lot of emphasis on spells, herbs, and potions, which gave me the perfect urban fantasy witchy feeling, that I always love. I would have liked to see even more of the worldbuilding explore, but I liked what I saw and the Los Lagos was also a very interesting place to visit. Overall, I enjoyed the setting a lot, it’s what I have always loved and reached for when it comes to books 💗 I haven’t read the companion books yet (as I didn’t like the character who will be mainly the protagonist in book 2), but I’ve been feeling the craving to do so lately! 😄

4. The Wicked Deep (Shea Earnshaw) ➽ This is my most recent read and it was absolutely fantastic!! The atmosphere was off the charts witchy, dangerous, intriguing and mysterious, it really made reading this book a fantastic experience that I won’t forget soon. As intended, this gave off major Hocus Pocus vibe with three witchy sisters bent on getting revenge on the town that killed them! The story put a spin on it though and added its own elements that were whimsical, like magical cakes supposed to make you forget things and a woman who can read tea leaves and sense strangers on her land ✨ This definitely turned out to be a wild ride at times and offered great twists that I really enjoyed! It’s strange as I remember so many people being disappointed, but I was positively surprised 😄 Let's Talk (2)

Witches TBR

1. These Witches Don’t Burn (Isabel Sterling) ➽ This has been on my most anticipated releases list this year and I’m still here for it! Just the cover alone is giving me all the coven vibes and reminds me of the good old days when I was binge-reading the Secret Circle books 🥰 The story is set in actual Salem and has lots of elemental (and also dark, forbidden) magic – that alone gives off so many atmospheric, witchy vibes that I feel like this is a book I could end up loving so much! Another one to add to my priority TBR as I need all the witch books in my life 💕

2. Serpent & Dove (Shelby Mahurin) ➽ The hype has been everywhere for this new release and I was 100% here for it because of WITCHES!! I actually plan on getting my own copy of Serpent & Dove before the year is up, as it sounds right up my alley (let’s hope that it lives up to my expectations as that can always be tricky) 🥰 I don’t know too much about the book, as I want to be surprised but I heard about an enemies to lovers relationship (with fake marriage I think?) between a witch and a witch hunter and that sounds GOOD!! There seem to be so many of my favorite tropes involved already ✨

3. The Vine Witch (Luanne G. Smith) ➽ I found out about The Vine Witch by chance as it crossed my Goodreads Timeline and I’m so sad that this isn’t getting more hype, as it sounds fantastic! In the first draft of my own witchy WIP, I had a wine-based magic system (that has since been changed in revision) so seeing a book that features French vine witches whose magic is all about creating wine and bound to a vineyard is so cool!!! I’m definitely supporting all witchy books, especially this one. I cannot wait to pick it up as this is another book right up my alley 💕

4. When We Were Magic (Sarah Gailey) ➽ I had this on my TBR but I just recently found out that it has witches, like what?? 😱 This definitely has a darker vibe as it’s about a spell gone wrong that ends with a boy dead and the attempts of the local witches to undo their mistakes, to varying degrees of success 👀 I’m definitely here for a bit of chaos and a contemporary fantasy that is described as a “sly, witchy dark comedy” because that sounds like the best thing ever! This only comes out next year so I’ll be eagerly anticipating it’s release!

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What are your favorite books/shows featuring witches? Feel free to leave your recommendations down below! ✨

Hello fellow bookworms ✨ HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Despite having two doctor's appointment I'll be celebrating one of my favorite times of the year with Halloween shaped fries and watching some Netflix with my friend Sandra 🎃🥰 Of course, I had to do a special post for the occasion and what would be more perfect than a spooky Theme Thursday!!… Continue reading WITCHES!!! ✨ Theme Thursday

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I Love Time Travel ⌛ Theme Thursday

Time Travel

Hello fellow bookworms ⌛ When I first heard about the new Theme Thursday meme, I was absolutely excited, because I love themeing bascially everything! Todays marks the first time I could participate and I’m especially eager because this week’s theme is time travel and I have recently developed a bit of an obsession with it! I fully blame one of my favorite Shows, Dark (more on that later), for that, but apart from that there are quite a few books I have loved that deal with time travel as well! Time Travel has just become a big buzz word for me when it comes to media in general 😄

Let’s Go! Here are some information about the theme by the lovely host Sophie! 💛

Theme Thursday is a new monthly feature created by Sophie @ Blame Chocolate where bloggers can share recs and newly found books featuring that month’s theme.

  • There will be a different theme (genre, trope, etc) every month. Check the calendar here.
  • Those participating have to list titles that feature that theme in some way (doesn’t have to be the main theme of the book).
  • You can choose one of the four (or five) Thursdays of every month to post.
  • You can use the three main categories: Books I’ve Read/I’m Reading, Books I Want to Readand Other Books That Fit The Theme but this isn’t mandatory.
  • Please use this boxed text (or similar) in your post, which doubles as a pingback.
  • Additional info is available on the Theme Thursday page.

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Books I’ve read 

1. Passenger (Alexandra Bracken) ⌛ This one completely took me by surprise by how good it was! I picked it up for the time travel but stayed for characters and the emotions. Passenger approaches time travel by having time passages that only those with the ability to travel though time can use! You have to know where they are obviously and what year they lead to. There used to be an object called the astroble, that enabled you to travel in time more efficiently, but it has been lost. What I find most intriguing about this book is that one prominent time travel family – the Ironwoods – has hunted down all the other families and either killed them or forced their members for work with them. Their leader is a tyrant and hellbent on getting the astroble to change his past. The MC had no idea she can travel through time too, but as her mom seems to know more than she lets on, she gets caught in all the drama. I really need to read book 2 already!

2. Ruby Red (Kerstin Gier) ⌛ I included the German cover, because this is originally written in German and therefore one of my old favorites from way before I started blogging! And it has time travel, so even better! I like that the MC is fighting back against a sexist time traveling society and even gets her insufferable partner (there is always a pair of time travelers) to change. The time traveling is done via the chronograph, a time machine that works with the blood of those with the time travel gene that is inherited in two different families. There are only 12-time travelers all through time and the MC is said to be the last one. Everyone has a special prophecy and the concepts are all so cool!! Sure, there is insta love, but I love the MC and her best friend, they are amazing.

 

3. The Girl from Everywhere (Heidi Heilig) ⌛ While I didn’t like this book as much as I wanted to (the emotional abuse was hard to read about and not as well handled as I would have liked), the time travel element was the best thing about The Girl from Everywhere and really impressed me! Basically, you navigate time travel via original maps of the time period you want to go to and that’s SO cool! It’s important that the map is flawless and not faked, otherwise it won’t work. The main character is a map expert, but her father refuses to teach her how to actually navigate their ship that they use for their journey. I also liked how this book discussed the potential of parallel timelines vs. changing the past, as that comes up a lot, since the MC’s father wants to save his wife, but that could prevent his daughter’s birth (I really hate him). It’s very interesting though!

4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs) ⌛ This book Series doesn’t have your classical time traveling going on, but there are time loops for the Peculiars, since they have to hide from humans and their enemies, as they cannot pass through them. A loop is basically an entire day repeating over and over again, so the peculiar inhabitants never age, but their true age catches up to them, if they should ever leave the loop. I really love that concept, as it has limits and is interesting. The people doing the actual time warping are the Ymbrynes, shapeshifting Peculiars who can control time! In conclusion, I love how the concept of time travel was casually incorporated here!

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Books I want to read 

The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)

The Last Magician (Lisa Maxwell)

All Our Yesterdays (Cristin Terrill)

Zeitenzauber (Eva Völler)

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Bonus: 3 Time Travel Shows

DARK (Netflix) ✅ Hello, I love this show!! I cannot talk too much about the time travel elements, because it would give a lot away, but please just believe me, that there is a lot of that featured! What I can say is that this is a German Netflix Show centered around a small town called Winden, where strange things are happening every 33 years. There are three timelines featured, all revolving around our main families and their secrets! I loved seeing the mystery and have about a thousand theories about all the things that could happen – I love that!!!! The next season is coming out NEXT WEEK, so I highly recommend going on board with this show right now and get obsessed 😉

Timeless (Netflix DE) ❌ “Timeless tells the story of a mysterious criminal who steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. The only hope is an unexpected team: a scientist, a soldier and a history professor, who must use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to critical events. While they must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of this dangerous fugitive. But can this handpicked team uncover the mystery behind it all and end his destruction before it’s too late”. (Source: imbd)

Travelers (Netflix) ❌ “Hundreds of years from now, the last surviving humans discover the means of sending consciousness back through time, directly into people in the 21st century. These Travelers assume the lives of seemingly random people, while secretly working as teams to perform missions in order to save humanity from a terrible future. These travelers are: FBI Special Agent Grant MacLaren, the team’s leader; Marcy, a young, intellectually disabled woman in the care of her social worker, David; Trevor, a high school quarterback; Carly, a single mom in an abusive relationship; and Philip, a heroin-addicted college student. Armed only with their knowledge of history and an archive of social media profiles, the travelers discover that 21st century lives and relationships are as much a challenge as their high-stakes missions.” (Source: imbd)

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What are your favorite books/shows featuring time travel? Feel free to leave your recommendations down below! ⌛

 

Hello fellow bookworms ⌛ When I first heard about the new Theme Thursday meme, I was absolutely excited, because I love themeing bascially everything! Todays marks the first time I could participate and I'm especially eager because this week's theme is time travel and I have recently developed a bit of an obsession with it! I fully… Continue reading I Love Time Travel ⌛ Theme Thursday