In My Life
After five weeks spent in Europe, I finally/sadly/happily returned home. As you can see, there’re so many mixed feelings right there. For one, I was happy to see my family and it’s so good to sleep in my own bed again. Didn’t welcome the heat so much though. I miss the colder weather. It’s easier to pile on the clothes to keep warm than to keep cool in hot and humid weather.
Needless to say, I’ll miss my time in Europe. The sights were so many to behold and the change of pace did me a lot of good. At the same time, I did feel ready to return home. I had seen and done so much, I knew that my Fernweh had been cured for now.
My pre-orders of Hello? by Liza Wiemer and The Distance From Me to You by Marina Gessner arrived in the mail this week. During my last night in Switzerland I bought Silber: Das dritte Buch der Träume by Kerstin Gier with my left-over change. Saved me 40% compared to ordering from the Book Depository. And of course I bought Winter by Marissa Meyer as soon as it arrived at our local bookstore yesterday.
On the Blog
In anticipation of Winter, I posted my book review of Fairest by Marissa Meyer. It was such a complex tale told from the perspective of Queen Levana. I know some readers were uncomfortable with how twisted a character she is but I thought the focus on a villain was very well done.
Around the Blogosphere
- Inge @ Bookshelf Reflections took her wanderlust to her favourite fictional worlds.
- Ana @ Read Me Away grappled with genre classifications of dystopia and science fiction.
- Cait guest blogged at Chasing Fairytales weighing how unique characters’ names should be.
- Amanda @ Nellie and Co. discussed whether fiction needs to be based on reality.
- Alexandra @ Twirling Pages squealed about the cover release of The Raven King.
- Beck @ Pretty Deadly Reviews shared her five favourite tropes.
- Shannelle @ Art of Escapism grieved over misrepresentation of the Chinese culture in books.
- Sunny @ A Sunny Spot spoke up about feminism.
- Crini @ All About Books searched for main characters of colour in YA books.
- Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts typified 13 types of readers you’ll encounter during commutes.
- Emily @ For the Bookish wonders, what made you a bookworm?
- Tessa @ Crazy for YA lamented the woes and rewards of being a slow readers.
- Aimee @ The Social Potato is curious, do you support authors whose books you didn’t like?
- Stephanie @ These Paper Hearts talked about attitudes towards books before reading them.
- Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity identified two types of reading slumps.
- Taylor @ Charming Reads gave tips on balancing reading and college.
- Jenna @ Happy Indulgence made a case for reading contemporaries.
- Nema @ Musing by Moonlight maintains that loving books is not a competition.
- Nordic @ Writing About Books detailed how to keep track of books and heir source.
- Trish @ Between My Lines asked, Questions at the end of blog posts? Yay or Nay?
- Carrie @ Once Upon a Dream Books took on blogger midlife crisis, declaring it a time for change.
- Jessica @ Bookish Serendipity is all for bloggers posting book hauls.
- Aentee @ Read at Midnight reminisced about posts she loved reading before she became a blogger.
- Crini @ All About Books explained how to colour-code blog posts in the editorial calendar.
- Liza @ Reading with ABC verbalized unwritten rules of book blogging.
- Lili @ Lili’s Reflection wants to know who you share your blog with.
- Cait @ Paper Fury kept it real and shared some (embarrassing) mistakes she’s made.
- Vlora @ Reviews and Cake outlined some reasons she doesn’t review ARCs.
- Jillian @ Jillian’s Books took it a step further and no longer cares about ARCs.
- Ranu guest blogged on Chasing Faerytales and derided bookish snobbery going too far.
- Tracy @ Cornerfolds wondered how early is too early to post reviews for upcoming releases?
- Rinn @ Rinn Reads kicked off Sci-Fi Month 2015.
- Jessica @ Bookish Serendipity broke down the 7 stages of book anticipation.
- Alexandra @ Twirling Pages demonstrated how she takes book photos.
- Laura @ Scribbles and Wanderlust considered book buying habits.