mid-year freak out tag [2022]

Hello everyone!

I cannot believe that it's already halfway into 2022! These past few months have all melded together so that winter feels like it was just the other day.

I've read about 66 books this year so far, and since july is right round the corner, it's a good time to do the mid-year freak out tag. Side note: don't ask me why I randomly decided in june to try something different with graphics - I just decided to mess around on canva for once.

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dark academia recommendations

Hi friends!

I'm here today to discuss some of my favourite dark academia novels and give some recommendations too!

a short discussion on dark academia

Dark academia is a sub-genre that has become incredibly popular in the past few years. This sub-genre usually falls within the thriller genre. It is, typically, books with a school/academic setting where things take a turn for the worst. These books usually involve murder and mystery, and showing just how terrible academia can be and how knowledge can corrupt.

However, there's not a set definition on what dark academia really is. If you go into what is shelved as "dark academia" on goodreads, you'll be surprised to see the selection of books there - or at least, I was. Why are books like The Great Gatsby or Jane Eyre shelved in this section? Because some of us had to read it for academia?

For myself, I would define the genre as thriller/mystery novels predominantly set in an academic setting, in which the backdrop is important to the plot. So, you won't be seeing books like The Raven Boys in this post - because as much as I absolutely love that book, maybe only 25% of the book is actually set or related to Aglionby Academy.

I obviously don't have any ownership or domain on what makes a novel fit into the 'dark academia' category so take whatever I say with a pinch of salt !

book-themed animal crossing islands ft. cossette!

Hi everyone!

In honour of our Animal Crossing readathon coming to an end, my lovely friend Cossette and I thought it would be fun to do a little Animal Crossing challenge!

This challenge involved us making book-themed builds in the game Animal Crossing. We each picked two random items (making it four in total) and then, using the objects, had to recreate a scene or atmosphere from a book on our Animal Crossing islands. So, with a total of four objects (the fortune teller set, the wooden bookshelf, the serving cart, and the afternoon tea set), we each made four different book-inspired builds.

Below you'll see the four scenes I made that included the items. Make sure to check out Cossette's post to see what she made!

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a mini Q&A | my one year blogging anniversary!

Hi everyone!

I hope everyone is doing well. I'm here to post my Q&A to celebrate one year of this blog!

It's so strange to think that a whole year has passed since I made this blog; time has flown by so fast. I just want to say a big thank you to everyone has stuck around and read my posts or interacted with me. You've made this space so lovely and welcoming, and I've met such wonderful people here. So, thank you all for that!

Without further ado, here are my answers to your questions ! [continue reading]

are these books overhyped on social media? ; ft. maddie

Hi everyone!

I'm beyond pleased to be here with my first collaborative blog post today, and with none other than the lovely Maddie @ Inking and Thinking.

Maddie and I, along with most of you I'm sure, have seen many books being hyped up on tiktok and twitter alike. But the question is, are these books worth the hype? Have our expectations been set too high from all the praises we've seen?

Both Maddie and I decided to talk about the popular books we've read that are all over social media, and discuss if they've truly worth the hype.

Of course these are all our own opinions so take everything with a grain of salt! [continue reading]

2021: my year in books

Hi everyone!

I thought I'd take the time to post a little summary of my reading in 2021, and my favourite books across the months!

I know, I know, I'm perhaps one of the last people to make a post on this. I've been planning this post for a few weeks now and honestly, time just got away from me and this post has ended up much longer than I expected.

my disappointing reads of 2021

A year of reading books means that there's bound to be some disappointing reads too. While I've been lucky enough to have read some really fantastic books this year, I have also found myself utterly let down by some books that just weren't up to par.

I thought it would be interesting to share some of my disappointing reads of this year, having read some fascinating posts by bloggers I love on the same topic, like Rachel, Lia, and Aarushi.

An aside, these are all my opinions so take it with a grain of salt, and I'm sorry if any of the below are books you enjoyed. In fact, I hope that other people had a better experience with the following books that I did! [continue reading]