a lil update: current reads, recent ones and new faves! (another post of raving about books, what’s new)

with everything that’s been going on in the world right now, i thought of writing a little update post to lift everyone’s mood (especially mine). i know it’s been hard for a lot of us, and hopefully everything will be soon behind us and we’ll go back to normal.

to be quite honest, my only escape has been books so far! i have been in a huge fantasy mood for a while now; it helps me escape from this cruel world. and it honestly feels so good! i haven’t enjoyed any fantasy book for years and seeing myself picking them up and liking them makes me so happy.

here are all the books i have read since my last wrap up:

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★★★★☆
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  • DANGEROUS GIRLS, by abigail haas: guys, this book was PHENOMENAL, to say the least. i almost never pick up thrillers, but after hearing so many great things about this one i decided to give it a try. and i was not disappoined at all! i binge-read it in less than 24 hours and was left sHOOK to the core! the plot twist was amazingly done!
  • THE KISS QUOTIENT, by helen hoang: eerrr. while i did enjoy some parts of this story, most of it felt boring and dull to me, and i found it very very problematic. i had higher expectations, and was left deeply disappointed.
  • LADY MIDNIGHT, by cassandra clare: where do i start. this book started as something i thought i would enjoy, and ended up being something i really hated (no offense). i had many problems with it. however, since i haven’t read the last 200 pages of it, i intend to do so and then carry on with the rest of the trilogy because i heard it gets better and i still can’t believe i dnfed a cassandra clare book.
  • THE POET X, by elizabeth acevedo: this one was raw, hurtful and beautiful. i read it in a day and was left in awe, speechless. the author has a way with words and stories that just amazes me. please pick up this book asap!
  • THE WORST BEST MAN, by mia sosa: this book was a fast, easy, light read! i loved the dynamic of the couple, and i enjoyed the portrayal of cultural diversity and the struggles of the main character.
  • THE RAVEN AND THE DOVE, by kaitlyn davis: this book was so beautifully written and so beautifully made and so beautifully hurtful and i loved it very much. it’s what made me get back into fantasy. (also, it has slow-burn romance and you can now clearly see why i was sold.)
  • A LITTLE LIGHT MISCHIEF, by cat sebastian: i listened to the audiobook while i was cooking one evening, and i must say i enjoyed it! the romance was very well done and aaahh i live for these types of stories.
  • SORCERY OF THORNS, by margaret rogerson: while i was a bit let down by this one, i still enjoyed it very much! it was very fun to read about books having souls and teens falling in love while a war is calling.

what i’m currently reading:

CHAIN OF GOLD, by cassandra clare

god, i have been waiting for this book for YEARS. and i finally have it in my hands…do you even know how much i love THE INFERNAL DEVICES…and now you’re telling me…i finally…get more…of this world… that’s all i needed this year.

i have only just started it, but it’s already beautiful and nostalgic and *screams*. i already have my most and least favorite characters, and the squad of characters are so so fun! hopefully it will get better. (and hopefully the character that i hate will be hated by all the other characters.)

as of my life update…

i couldn’t join my family to be quarantined with them, and that makes me a little sad. however, one of my dear uni friends accepted to let me stay in her parent’s house until everything gets better. we study and spend time together, and i am thankful. it has been a little hard so far, but fortunately i have distractions: books, good conversations and good company. so it’s going to be okay.

have you read any great books lately? what are you currently reading? how are you handling all the news? let’s chat in the comments!

21 Replies to “a lil update: current reads, recent ones and new faves! (another post of raving about books, what’s new)”

  1. Just finished Sorcery of thorns myself and I really liked it! (although I liked the beginning much more than the end) and Dangerous Girls looks really good! I dont usually read thrillers but may have to give that one a try! Raven and Dove is on my TBR and I hope to read it soon! Great post 🙂

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  2. i hope you’re staying safe during these super scary times!! it’s such a great feeling to immerse yourself in a book for a few hours and escape the worrying news all around us.
    im so glad to hear your on a fantasy kick lately! (although lady midnight 😭😭😭😭) dangerous girls RUINED MY LIFE!!! i couldn’t put it down either and the plot twist shook my being, im so glad you loved it as much as i did!!

    i’m reading sorcery of thorns right now and i’m glad you enjoyed it!! it’s definitely a little confusing atm, there’s A LOT going on without much clear explanation but it’s definitely interesting

    good luck with chain of gold!! i hope it’s all you dream it to be!! and i’m sorry you aren’t able to be with your family in these awful times, sending you lots of love 🥺❤️

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    1. thank you! please stay safe too!! i hope everything will be over quickly.
      AND DANGEROUS GIRLS IS SOO GOOD!! i want to reread it just to notice what i missed from my first time reading it.
      and i hope you end up enjoying Sorcery of Thorns! i did find it a bit confusing at the beginning too, but fortunately it was clear after a bit for me.
      and thank you! sending you all the love too ❤️

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  3. Ah, I’m sad you weren’t a fan of The Kiss Quotient, I really adore that book but I have seen some valid criticism about it. Dangerous Girls is SO GOOD, I’m happy you loved it. Ugh, I agree about Lady Midnight – to be fair, I wasn’t a CC fan anymore when it came out, but I picked it up because the hype was unbelievable. Unfortunately, I was so bored and HATED all the relationship drama. I felt the same way about Sorcery of Thorns as you did! It wasn’t bad, but I expected a lot more from it. I’m excited for The Worst Best Man, so I’m happy you loved that. 🙂

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  4. Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear that you have to be away from your family during this stressful time! Glad to hear you have lovely friends and support system.

    I can’t wait to read Chain of Gold but I think I will finish TDA first as I don’t one to miss any reference/spoilers 😀

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  5. I was originally planning to read Chain of Gold back when it was announced but there are so many books in CC’s universe that I just gave up and removed all her books from my TBR lmao but I’m glad you’re liking Chain of Gold! I hope you can get back to your family soon and wish you good health <33

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  6. i might have to read dangerous girls! it’s been on my tbr since forever, but i’ve never gotten the chance to read it. but i’ve been in a thriller mood lately (…..i’m watching too much criminal minds), especially bingeable thrillers! and aahh lmao about lady midnight — i’ve never been a big cassie clare person but i wanted to try that one because i heard that the series was so good. i’m hoping i enjoy it more than you did, though i’m sorry it was so bad for you!

    i’m glad that you are quarantined with your friend, but i’m sorry it couldn’t have been with your family! hope you continue to stay safe and healthy and read lots of good books 🥰💗

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    1. yesss please read dangerous girls and tell me what you think of it!! i would love to know 😀
      i really hope you love lady midnight, even though it wasn’t for me.
      thank you! i hope you spend a great quarantine, stay safe, eat healthy and read a lot of books!! hope it’s going well for you ❤️

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  7. leave it to you to DNF lady midnight and anticipate chain of gold, hahha. LETS HOPE CHAIN OF GOLD TREATS YOU RIGHT!! and take care love, I wish you all the best and that you reunite with your family once this is all over inshallah❤️❤️❤️
    ps. dangerous girls has been added to my tbr now 😉

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    1. i already finished Chain of Gold and I ADORED IT EVEN THOUGH I AM STILL IN DEEP PAIN. and thank you ❤️ i hope this quarantine isn’t so hard on you!
      (i hope you enjoy dangerous girls!!)

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  8. I’m sorry to hear that you were not able to be in social distancing with your family, but I’m glad to know that you have a place to stay with one of your uni friends! I am at home now and I just finished my first week of online classes today. It’s definitely a transition, and I think it will take me a while to get used to the ins and outs of my new schedule and staying inside more. On a different note, I’m so glad you loved Dangerous Girls! It was one of the first YA thrillers that I read and it’s still one of my favorites 🙂

    claire @ clairefy

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    1. i hope you get quickly used to the new lifestyle! i know it can be hard but we’ll get through it!!
      and glad you’re a fellow fan of dangerous girls! that book left me speechless!!!

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