Sunday, July 31, 2016

July Wrap Up

You know, there will never be a June 2016 ever again. 
Once it passes, it passes for good. 
That is, until the invention of time machines.  

But anyways, I saved most of my ranting for this wrap up. Just for you. 
So without further ado, I give you my first wrap up!

Oh my god, you guys! At the last day of June I got the most exciting message on twitter from Inge (Of Wonderland) telling me I won an August Fairyloot subscription box at her giveaway!
My first giveaway win! I was beyond happy, jumping up and down like a crazy person.
I'm SO excited for this box. The theme is Dark Deeds. Can it be any cooler? I don't think so. You can definitely expect photos of the box on my twitter and instagram accounts. It's going to be AWESOME! 

So this month I read 4 books and about half of 3 more books.
Yeah... I know. Not good. Tell that to my reading slump. I tried *everything*, but for some reason - the reason being the reading slump - I could not finish almost all of the books I started. Even if I really wanted to read them.
Well, it would be easier showing you. So here they are: 

The books I read:

Captive Prince by C.S Pacat

Yep, I caved.
That's what happens when everyone is talking about certain books and you just have to find out for yourself what all the fuss it about.
And let me tell you, the fuss is well granted.
I was pleasantly surprised to find out I really enjoyed this trilogy despite it not being my usual kind of read.

First things first, I hardly read any LGBT books. At first is was because I didn't know if I would be able to connect to it, but after reading Carry On by Rainbow Rowell that fear was gone. And later, it was because I honestly didn't know any other LGBT books - preferably with a fantasy element to them. Because, well, I love fantasy. 

Captive prince doesn't really have fantasy in it, but it takes place in a fantastical world, which is good enough for me.

Everything about those books was just so engaging and beautifully written. It might take a while to really get into it, but by the second book you wouldn't want to stop.
I highly suggest those books for anyone who is looking for LGBT books that are not contemporary and that involve politics and action.

Just a bit of a warning: the books do feature some rather explicit scenes, so if you're uncomfortable with it, I suggest you don't read the books but go with a sweeter, less darker read such as Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

By the way, I left those books unrated because I honestly didn't know how to rate them. It never really happened to me before.   

Willful Machines by Tim Floreen
My rating: 4 stars

Another LGBT read.
It's been a big month for LGBT reads for me it would seem.
Maybe I just needed some change in order to get over my reading slump. Whatever the case, I don't regret reading any of those books.
Because Willful Machines was oh so good.

Taking place in a future where humans managed to create an artificial intelligence so real it can seem like a human being, the story follows Lee - the son of the president of the united states, and Nice - a mysterious boy who literally seemed to arrive our of nowhere.

Willful Machines has action, mystery, romance (well, of course), a rough artificial intelligence that puts terror in everyone and... oh, did I mention there is some very cool shakespeare mush in the mix?
I can feel you wanting to read this book. Well, you should, because it's great and hardly anyone know about it (:
(It's all thanks to Jay Kristoff, who tweeted about Tim Floreen's next book - Tattoo Atlas -that I even knew this book existed. Thank, Jay!) 

The books I started but did not finish (blame it all on the slump):

            This Savage Song            Girl Against The Universe           New World Rising
           by Victoria Schwab                 by Paula Stokes                   by Jennifer Wilson
                Got to: 48%                           Got to: 37%                            Got to: 40% 

Even though I did enjoy those books to some extent, I just couldn't really get into them\finish them.
At the moment, they are DNF books, but who know, I might come back for them in the future. It happened to me before with other DNF books.

The books I re-read:

I used to -reread a loooot in the past.
Now, with so many books out there to read, not so much.
But what better way to fight through a slump than reading a beloved book?
So this month I re-read an all time favorite of mine (for the... I think 5th time): 

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
                                       First time reading it: December 2014                                                                                                My rating: 5 stars

I don't think I'll ever get tired of re-reading this book.
It's just so cute, so funny, so many feels, so amazing, so fantastic, so unique. Just: SO MUCH. 

So. It terms of posts. I wrote 12 posts this month (new record on Magiverse!)
And I had so-so-so-so-so-so much fun with each and every one of them.

This month was like a breakthrough for me on Magiverse. I finally felt like I was getting into the rhythm of things, of blogging, of talking with you guys.
And, of course, seeing all those comments on my blog was just... I honestly can't thank you enough. Each and every comment made me laugh, smile, squeal and feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

As you probably know from experience, seeing something you wrote gets attention is like the best thing in the world for a writer.
I value each and every comment and each of every one of you.
Thank you. So much.

*Clearing my throat*
And here are the posts (from the very first to the last) we had this month on Magiverse:

And if you were wondering... it is not the end of the book tags terror on Magiverse ;) 

I'm a HUGE TV shows fan.
I do watch movies from time to time but I much prefer TV shows over movies.

I'm so excited to go with you over the shows I watched this month and freak out all about them!
Needless to say, there are going to be spoilers. So if you're not completely caught up with those shows... I'll be sure to mark which show I'm talking about.
Let's do this.

The Originals

I finally got the courage to watch the final few episodes of The Originals and oh my god, it was phenomenal!
My heart. My poor, poor heart.
So much happened those last few episodes. So much sadness, so much bitterness, but also... at the end, so much hopefulness. 

I didn't realize how much I loved Cami and how much I love her and Klaus together until she died. It was just so sad. My heart broke for Klaus. 
I was terrified he was going to go on a murder spree after her death but it was the exact opposite. Cami changed him - even after her death, she still changed him. 

*Sobbing for eternity*
Oh no, I will never-ever get over this part.
You hear me? You'd better bring her back.
I do not for one second believe she's truly gone for good.
Just look at how many times Bonnie fame back to life. And Davina is like... our main New Orleans witch. And she and Kol are just... I ship them *so* much.
Seriously. They're my favorite OTP on the show. What they have between them... is not something you can easily diminish. Just as Davina did not give up on Kol after he died, I just know Kol will not give up on Davina. 
"Give them hell, Davina Claire."
sobbing again*

I have to admit, I'm not really feeling the whole Haley & Elijah thing. I feel zero chemistry between them and too much insta-love. Is it just me? 

I'm Beyond anticipating season 4. It's official, The Originals has me in its clasps. I'm an addicted fan for life.
Have you seen the promo for The Originals season 4? Because trust me, it will leave you squealing for 10 minutes straight.

Beauty & The Beast

I tried. I really did. 
But no matter how much I tried, I could not seem to get into it.
The idea of beauty and the beast in the modern world is a fantastic one. But the way they did it... something about it just didn't click with me at all.

One of my biggest problems with the show is actually the romance.
As you probably know, I'm a hardcore shipper (it's both a blessing and a curse sometimes) but if there is one thing I hate... it's insta-love.
And beauty and the beast the TV show? Was the definition of insta-love. 
I just couldn't deal with it.
And even when I did try to focus on the other aspects of the show... it was of no help. 

Sorry for all the fans. It's just wasn't for me. 


Yes! I finally started watching outlander this month!
I still haven't watched the last few episodes, so no spoilers everyone.
All I'm going to say is: It's amazing-amazing-amazing-amazing.
It takes a while to get into it, but it's one of those shows when you do get into it, it's the most amazing thing in the world. 


I've been feeling rather nostalgic lately.
Which is why I probably found myself watching so many Disney movies I haven't watched in years. Like Tangled, How to train your dragon, The princess and the frog and Mulan.
Ah, the nostalgia... 
No matter how old I am, those movies are always and forever part of me.
What about you guys? Do you watch Disney movies? 

Hey everyone, how are you doing?
I hope you had a great June. Both it reading and in everything else in life. 

I saw a lot of different monthly wrap ups. Some bloggers decide to focus only on books and blog stuff, and some also mix up a personal feature where they tell their readers a little bit of what happened to them this month in their personal life. 
After some pondering on the matter, I decided to do the same ;) 

And, of course, feel free to share with me or link me to your own June wrap up! This feature isn't called You and me talk for nothing, now is it? *wink-wink*.

So! Me in June, huh? Let's see... 

    • I started taking piano lessons! Which is just... so amazing. I love playing the piano so much. It makes me feel... something I can't even explain. I used to go to piano lessons a few years back but due to some circumstances, I didn't continue there and never played again until now. I'm so happy to be back and more ready then ever to learn to play this beautiful instrument.

    • If you don't know, I'm 18. I literally just finished high school a month and a half ago. My plans to attend college abroad this year have been sadly delayed. So as I wait for attending college next year, I'll probably be working to save some money (:

    • I wrote a  guest post for Mental Health Awareness week on Jenny in Neverland, talking a little but about my own experience with mental health. It should be up sometimes today, if you want to check it out.

    • I've been beyond happy this month on Magiverse. Writing posts, thinking up on ideas, reading your comments... was the best part of my day. Although, I didn't have much time going through other blogs and read and write all at the same time. It made me realize something:

    • It's important to take a break. If you push yourself to the limits, blogging would not be so fun anymore. When you feel that pressure building up, put the blog aside a rest. The need to go back to it will return on its on.

    • An ant attack has taken over my house! No matter what we do, they just keep coming. And it's not getting any colder anytime soon. It means war.

    • I reached 136 followers on twitter this month and it's just... something I never thought I'll get to. For me, comments are so much more important than followers. But when I follow someone, it means I'm genuinely interested in what they have to say\write. So when someone follows me... thinking maybe they follow me for the same reason makes me so happy.

    • And because of that, I'm hosting my first twitter giveaway of An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. It's International and ends August 25! 

Did I forget to mention? I love writing stories.
Like many book-bloggers out there, my biggest dream is of becoming an author.

I don't really have a writing process. I'm more of the improviser with bursts of inspiration kind of writer. Which means I have periods of times when I don't write at all and times when I write and write and write. For me, it's never a constant flow.

So... what am I writing?
Right now I'm working on two stories.
The first one is an historical-fiction-fantasy story that takes place in the 18th century and is about pirates.
The second one is a fantasy story that takes place in a fantastical world and is about a princess and a group of assassins.
Right now, that's all I can say about it ;)
Next time I might include part of the stories.

What about you aspiring writers? Are you writing something interesting right now? Do you have a writing process, or are you like me? I'd love to hear you thoughts.

And that's it for my June wrap-up!
Thank you everyone for staying until the end... I know it was a long one (unless, of course, you just skipped to the end ;) ).

I hope it was interesting, hopefully funny and not completely boring.
My first wrap up - go easy on me.

I'm open to your thoughts - feel free to tell me all about your bookish\blog\movies\TV\personal\writing month!
Let's have a great August, shall we?

Being happy felt like a trick I could never quite get the hang of - like juggling or something. 
-- Willful Machines, Tim Floreen


  1. Wow you've read so many great books this month, hun. Well done! :) I love this post so much! xx

    1. Aw, thank you Pearl :D
      Yes, I definitely did read some pretty amazing books this month!
      I'm so glad you liked it - thank you! (:

  2. I'm watching Outlander too! I looooove it so much! It's such an amazing series. Thanks for stopping by my post :)

    1. Yes! Outlander is amazing, isn't it? :D
      Thank you for stopping by too, Halee ^^

  3. Awww you're making me wanna dive back to the world of vampires! Haha. I've adored Vampire Diaries and The Originals but somehow I'd stopped watching them due to hectic schedules. Urgh. And I'm looking forward to read Maybe Someday! <3

    1. I had times when I stopped watching The Vampire Diaries and The Originals myself. But after a while I came right back to it and loved it all over again (:
      It never gets old.

      Oh I'm so glad! I hope you'll love Maybe Someday just as much as I do - It's amazing (:

  4. I'm loving those pink headings--they're so pretty and cute! And the You and Me talk is something I've never seen on any blog before, which is so neat!
    *high fives you for being an aspiring writer* I'm right there with you! That's my biggest dream, my end goal. It's funny, because I don't know a lot of writers, and the writers I do know aren't fantasy writers (sigh).
    I've read the Captive Prince series too, and I really liked it! It's definitely nothing like I've ever read before, and in a good way :) Though I kind of wanted dragons and magic in it, but alas, it was still really good :)
    Ahhh, this post really makes me feel like I should start writing my own wrap-up post, haha.

    1. Aww, thank you so much, Erika :'D
      I just read your message on goodreads and seeing both your comment and message... really warmed my heart.
      Thank you! I'm beyond happy right now (:

      *High five!*
      Ohh, really? That's amazing!
      Let's do our best because I'm sure we will make our end goal come true :D

      I hardly know any aspiring writers myself! I know a lot of bloggers who aspire to be writers but I do not know them personally.
      I think there are a lot more who don't really talk about it. Which I totally get. It took me so long before I could proudly announce that I'm writing stories. And even then I get all nervous, especially when someone wants to read it (:
      My mom doesn't really get it (she doesn't read), but she fully supports me, which makes me happy ^^

      My thoughts exactly. Captive Prince was really not what I was expecting but I ended up really liking it. Which I'm so glad for.

      Seeing everyone doing their own kind wrap-up was what made me want to write one too. I'm so glad I did, because even though I was extremely self-concious about it, I had great times writing it. Not to mention, your comment was really all I needed to keep going on (':

      Thanks, Erika! If you'll decide doing your own wrap up... I'm really looking forward to reading it ^__^

  5. You had a really great reading month!! I'm really interested in reading the Captive Prince series because I've heard lots of mixed reviews which makes me super curious, haha.

    Congrats on winning the Fairy Loot box! They always seem really pretty. Good luck with your piano lessons too ♥

    1. If you ever find yourself in the mood for that kind of story, then you should definitely pick Captive Prince up and see for yourself ^^

      Thank you Lauren! :D
      Yeah, all the books I managed to finish this month were fantastic.
      And I'm super-excited about the fairy loot box. Not to mention the piano lessons. So many things! (:

  6. I'm really happy to see you're so excited about the FairyLoot box! At least we know it'll be in good hands. ^_^ Should be shipping out next week or so, I think!

    The books you're writing sound so interesting! I love pirates and I love princesses and assassins :D

    A Disney marathon is always a good thing. I recently watched Big Hero 6 and Beauty & the Beast again. They're so good for when you're feeling down.

    1. AHH, really? Next week or so? *happy dance* :D
      Oh yes, they're in good hands indeed ;)

      Aw, thank you. I'm so flattered and happy (and flattered again) to hear this :')
      Like you, I'm a *huge* fan of everything pirates-assassins-princesses related. And because there are just not enough books like that... well, they do say if you want to read a story that hasn't been written yet, write it yourself. Which is what I'm doing. I'm loving it so far... I hope it'll turn out as amazing as it sounds (:

      So true - those kind of movies are the best when you're feeling down. I always tend to go to them when I'm not in the greatest of moods.
      Oh and, thanks for mentioning Big Hero 6 because I actually never watched it before and I'm in need of restocking my movies pile ;)