Faves – Best books of the year…

aka That time that I struggled to make a decision…






This was the hardest decision I’ve had to make all year. I’m sure of it. But, I somehow managed to get it done.


In no particular order, because THAT would have been IMPOSSIBLE to choose, here are my absolute favorite books this year.




If I Die Before I Wake 

I’ve been gushing about this book ever since I read it (see all my gushing here), and honestly, if this didn’t make my list something would be wrong.

Pet Semetary

This was one of those moments where the book and the movie are perfectly in sync, and I truly appreciated that. The spook factor was high. It brought up all the nostalgic feelings of my first time watching the movie and being hooked on Stephen King adaptations.

History Is All You Left Me  

Is this a surprise to anyone who follows my blog? Anyone at all? I don’t think so, because I am the biggest Adam Silvera stan that there ever was, and anything he writes is pure gold as far as I’m concerned. There were tears, but the story in and of itself was simply beautiful. And worth the tears.

They Both Die at the End 

I’m still not over this. It hurts so good. Rufus and Mateo are my new faves tbh. I gushed more here.

Carry On



This one is Becky Albertalli level sweet. Cavities are a guarantee and Baz and Simon are the perfect couple. Also Simon is the best anti-hero ever written. I can see myself rereading this time and again, falling even more in love with their love.






There were so many more amazing books that I read this year, but I couldn’t possibly list them all. What books stayed with you over these 365? Any on my list?





Christmas Tag

happy holidays


I hope you all are ready for that influx of family and forced family time over the next few days. I’m not.



34th st

Harry Potter all day, every day!





This one has so many possible answers: Belle/Matilda/Jo March. I was (still am) always stuck in a book just like these characters. Of course, my life was never anywhere near as dramatic as these women’s but…you know. Also, HP was my entire childhood.





home alone

1984 by George Orwell which speaks to the government being overly involved in our daily lives (I see you Big Brother). It was a worry then, and it’s a worry now.


T.H.U.G. by Angie Thomas. This one I’m predicting just based off of its current impact alone. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of my own.







This one might hurt some feelings for those Selection lovers out there but The Elite by Kiera Cass. Girl why???? Book one was mushy and fluffy and all of the good things about YA Romance and then came book two with an unnecessarily dragged out love triangle. Nah. Nah!







The Graveyard Book, mainly because there were so many more things I wanted to learn about the characters. I didn’t want Nobody to ever leave that cemetery. More please Mr. Gaiman. Please!


Aaaanyway, this is the last post from me until after Boxing Day (Dec. 26) as that’s my grandfather’s birthday. Lots to do!


Dee ^_^

Issa Wishlist – What to buy for your favorite booknerd

aka Bring on the giftssssss!






If you’re here then I’m guessing that you love books (or at least know someone who’s as obsessed as I am*). This, this little post is going to give you a few moments to bask in the wonder that are bookish gifts. Go on. Bask!


(*if it’s book-related then I’m overly interested.)




These soothing, fragrant pieces of wax are magic all on their own, but when you add in a quirky bookish name or scent and the game is won!

Here are a few suggestions that tickled my fancy.




Does not ship outside of the US unfortunately $15USD


For those areas that don’t need/can’t fit a full sized candle or want to pretend like these smaller ones are less of a commitment. Lol…




Does not ship outside the US 😦 $16USD


I’m particularly drawn to Pemberley but they all sound like money leaving wallet.







Old Books are an objective scent I think. Either you love it, or you don’t. I personally find it appealing. I can pretend that I’m in Belle’s library or that I own as many books as she does…



There are so many creative ones out there, you’re bound to find one for your book-loving candle collector.





sippy sippy


Apart from my addiction to books, coffee is my lifeblood.  In order to get this sweet nectar into my body, I need to have aesthetically pleasing mugs. (Or I guess you can use them for tea too…or whatever)



Manufactured in the UK and retails for $13.06USD


It’s what I want to say to every person that ever interrupts my reading time with questions like ‘why are you crying?’ and ‘did you even eat breakfast?’. Ugh. (Okay, maybe not necessarily those questions. Those are good questions. Keep them coming.)




Lookatiiiit! $17USD

You get to drink coffee, read books aaaand watch the Cheshire Cat slowly reappear while your coffee gets cold because you’re too lost in the book to remember to drink it while it’s still hot and…oh. Oops.





$14.43USD Suitable for the young or the young at heart


This one has a bit more whimsy. And the message rings true. If only someone would tell the rest of society.




Duh $16.48USD


Very simply designed but, again, a very true statement.


Self control? I don’t know her.




Notebooks/Calendars/Daily planners

Out of all the suggestions I’ve made thus far, this one might be the one that gives me the most pleasure.




$21USD (get it here)






$14.99 for this daily dose of entertainment.












$9.12 for a very simple looking reading journal.



I found it so hard to narrow down the options that I showed you guys. There were so many lovely options…but I couldn’t put them all so. Here ya go.





Bookends are a wonderful space breaker that also adds some personality to your shelves. It’s also that thing that makes you feel guilty as you add more books to your collection and can no longer fit them and your bookend onto the shelf at the same time.

These cute ones could help the guilt…maybe.



Haaaarry Pooootter $21USD


This one doesn’t take up quite so much room and it’s Harry Potter themed so I think it’s a must.







Quirky and functional. Plus this might be me one day…





$32.99USD and foncyyy!


I think this one is classy looking and can blend well with most decor.








This one is also classy looking.





Bookish decor

(including digital prints and pillows)



Reality needs to stay away for just one chapter longer.












There’s never a time that isn’t perfect for book reading. Never! And this way, you’re never late either. Win, win in my book.





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How cool is this? It’s quotes, it’s bookish, it’s art and it makes wine drinking cool. Buy it here.











Honorary mention: Totes and bookish subscription boxes.




Until next time!





ARC Review: If I Die Before I Wake – Emily Koch

aka the time I suspected everyone is guilty, including our MC.




Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: January 11th 2018 by Harvill Secker


How Do You Solve Your Own Murder?

Everyone believes Alex is in a coma, unlikely to ever wake up. As his family debate withdrawing life support, and his friends talk about how his girlfriend Bea needs to move on, he can only listen.

But Alex soon begins to suspect that the accident that put him here wasn’t really an accident. Even worse, the perpetrator is still out there and Alex is not the only one in danger.

As he goes over a series of clues from his past, Alex must use his remaining senses to solve the mystery of who tried to kill him, and try to protect those he loves, before they decide to let him go.


Imagine having to solve your own murder. How terrible, and painful, and frightening that would be. Trying to piece together memories, overheard conversations and basic intuition. Having to rule out the people you knew and once trusted, and having to stand by as your family, your life, the world moved on without you. Poor Alex.

Also, don’t expect too much coherency in this one, because this one scrambled my brain for a while. Continue reading

End of Year Tag

aka Where did 2017 go????? Honestly???


I’ve seen this one floating around and thought, why the hell not? So here goes. A thing:


1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?


Wait, this is an actual question? There are so many because that’s my modus operandi honestly. Top priority would be:

I started the Nicholas Flamel in February and kept getting distracted along the way, but I am determined to finish this series. Same for the Stephanie Perkins as well.



2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

Um..no. First of all we only have two seasons in my part of the world: rainy and dry. Aside from that, I’m more focused on Christmassy books.



3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

Nah, I’m looking forward to 2018 releases though!




4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Aside from my TBR for this month (which is ambitious enough considering how little time I usually have for myself in December) I wish I could fit in




5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

If I ever finish it:






6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

I am the queen of making plans (and not following through) so the answer is unreservedly YES. My reading goals will be coming soon, so stay tuned for that.



I’m not going to pressure anyone to do this tag so, if you want to then feel free.

Dee ^_^

Tropes! Tropes everywhere!

Look, I admit these are sometimes overdone, or not always well done. But…I can’t help myself okay, so…just let me live!



Hate to love / Friends to lovers

Blame the hardcore fanfiction addict that I used to be for this one. This was one of the most prevalent tropes out there, and I fell for every one. The beauty of a blossoming relationship and two characters finally seeing each other for who they really are, just gets to me. I’m a sucker, so sue me!


10 things i hate about you

One of the first times I saw this trope used, and I loved it #10ThingsIHateAboutYou





Redemption arc

Who doesn’t love it when a character with less than stellar motives/personality etc shows some much-needed sense and grows into someone more likable? Just me? Oh well. Real life works very much like that so maybe that was why I liked that.


changed for good

Love changes everything? Maybe? #Wicked







Antagonists you just love to hate

Think the Darkling. He is the definition of evil and yet, he’s so bloody charismatic that you can’t help but fall under his spell. I gladly walk towards this evil.


the good kind of bad

Being bad isn’t always so bad.








Emotional endings / All of the angst!

There is clearly something very wrong with me that I voluntarily look for books that will break my heart and stomp on my feelings. But, it is what it is. I like the rollercoaster.

it hurts so good

Break me daddy!!!!







Even though I love angst, I want there to be some kind of payoff. There must be some semblance of the struggle was worth it. Unless the book tells me from the get-go that I’m not going to get that. (i.e TBDATE) or it’s done really well (i.e Our Dark Duet)


Blame my obsession with fairy tales #DisneyGeneration #Disney5Ever




What tropes do you think you can’t help yourself with?


Dee ^_^