Monday, August 20, 2018

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Week!

Good evening, Dragonflies! 

If you've been on Goodreads today, you'll have seen that it is Sci-Fi and Fantasy week! 

This genre is one of my favorites - I've been reading a lot of Sci-Fi lately, and Fantasy has alway been one of my favorite genres! So, naturally, I decided to have an event! 



I'm inviting anyone who wants to join to participate in a Sci-Fi/Fantasy readathon! The goal: Stock up on Sci-fi/Fantasy books, and read through as many as you can in the week! It's going from today (Monday) to Sunday, August  26th. 

I would love to read anything you review, discuss or post! Instagram participations will be shared on my page and a list will be made of books read! 

Personally, my TBR for this week is: 

- Obsidio, by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufmann (Finished!)
- Star Crossed, ARC by Pintip Dunn
- Warcross, by Marie Lu
- City of Ghosts, ARC by V.E. Schwab

Hopefully I'll get through all of these, and maybe more! 

So GO GO GO! Read the books, send me links, photos, reccomendations, anything you associate with scifi or fantasy! I can't wait! 

Stay bookish, 



Sunday, August 19, 2018

Just Another Week, Always New Discoveries - V

Good afternoon, dragonflies! 

Yep that's right, it is time for Just Another Bookish Blog to have her blogpage and instagram sort of, kind of match! 

Finally! 

But for now, it's time for Just Another Week, Always New Discoveries, 5th edition! 


Staying Bookish

1. Read
I finished reading Beyond the Clouds, the Manga I told you about last time, and I loved it! Cannot wait for book 2 to be published! 

I also read half of The Weekend Bucket List, by Mia Kerick. I DNF'ed it because I just could not get into it! It happens, I guess! 


2. Haul
Oh dear. 
I'm waiting on so many books in the mail. 
I think I'd rather surprise you guys with a huge book haul post, how does that sound? 


3. Discover
I did a shoutout for small accounts recently, that made me discover so many new accounts that definitely do not get the recognition they deserve! I'm so glad that people pointed them out to me! 


Bring on the Music
This week, I've started listening to HAEVN quite a bit again! I knew some of their songs, but now I tend to turn on their entire repertoire while I'm working! They're super calming to listen to! 


Movies and Motion Pictures

1. TV Shows
Nothing new this week! We're in the last few episodes of Desperate Housewives and I stopped watching Grimm but other than that I've been just trying to enjoy my time off (by sleeping and being incredibly lazy, oops!)


2. Movies


The History of the World: Part 1. There are some things from that movie that cannot be unseen. It was very odd but a fun movie to watch anyway! 


That's it for this week! I'd love to see your answers! 

Stay bookish! 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

I've been tagged a few times...

Hey, all! 


So if you've been following me for a while, you'll know that I love Instagram. I really have fun making photos and talking to people who love books as much as I do... it's really a creative outlet! 

I've always tried to stay relatively active on it - I post almost every day (less frequently during exam/uni seasons), I try to go through my newsfeed to like what I like and to comment on what I really like. 

But one thing I never really got around to doing was checking the things people tagged me in... 

Instagram is an odd place. It's a place where people will follow you and unfollow you if you don't follow them back within the hour. It's a place where random accounts will contact you to work with them even though you've never heard of them. It's a place where some people tag a maximum of accounts in a photo to make sure those accounts see them and like their photos. 

Seriously, some people are odd. It's not about the numbers, guys

And then there are those who are actually fun to work with, who tag you in photos that have challenges in the captions! Some of the challenges are a stretch - we went from #greenbooks to #fivecharactersIwouldlovetogetflowersfrom, others actually have a list of questions like a blogger tag! 

So I decided to catch up with all of the blogger tag-type tags in this post. There's quite a few of them but I'd be honored if you would click on the tagger name and follow the lovely accounts that I found through this! 

Note: I won't be doing all of them. I was tagged a lot in the past year, so I hand-picked some. 


1. Inez @gin_reads - #ForestBookTag

Pine - a book that helped you get through a dark time
- Queens of Geek recently helped me realize that the mental thing I have isn't all so bad, and that it's okay to talk about it :) Typing it out here really helped! 

Oak - a book/story you dreamt about
- I don't often dream about books, but I do have a story I've been dreaming about! A Caro original, more details in the future. 

Birch - a book with some sort of protector
- Magnus Bane from any Shadowhunters book is the best protector in the world. Just saying. 

River - two characters meant to be together
- Ezra and Kady from Illuminae. Fight me. 

Cave - favorite villain 
- Sebastian Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments. 

Stone - a character you love but everyone else hates
- I honestly have no idea who people hate! 





#PiratesOfTheCarribeanTag

Jack Sparrow - Character who gets out of crazy situations
Hannah and Nick from Gemina - if you haven't read it you don't get it.

William Turner - Defies death
Harry Potter seems to be the obvious choice here.

Elizabeth Swan - Female who breaks the mold 
ONLY SHOOTING STARS BREAK THE MOLD!
Nah, how about Amani from Rebel of the Sands.

Captain Salazar - badass villain
(Repeat of the one about villains above oops)

Henry Turner - Prince Charming
JEM CARSTAIRS OKAY?

Carina Smyth - Smart female character
Why are the others dumb? Lila Bard, A Darker Shade of Magic. 



2. @mitaluimmekerran - #BookWormTag

How old were you when you started reading? - By myself? 5. 

Did you start reading on your own? - My mom always read a lot to me, I just never stopped! 

How many books can you read in a month? - On vacation, 5-6, during classes, one or two maximum. 

Do you belong in a book club? - No, I don't want to be told what to read ^^. 

Howling at the Moon - Milow 


3. Amna @the_book_witch_of_hogwarts - #BookHowl

A book you've been too lazy to read? - Six of Crows, actually. I know, shame on me. 

A book you always reread? - Percy Jackson and the Olympians! 

A book that made you fall in love with reading? - The Magic School Bus! ^^ 


4. Mireille @honeybookz - #ThisOrThat

Reading in a bed or on the couch - we have a new couch and its super cozy.

Male or female protagonist - Both are fine, but I haven't read a male protagonist in a while.

Bookstore or Library - Bookstore, always.

Black or White cover - I have so many black covers, I need some white ones! 

Character or Plot - If you've been reading my page for a while, you know I'd rather have characters I love than a good plot. 


That's going to be it for today! I hope that you'll take the time to do some of these as well! You're all tagged :) Have a lovely day.

Stay bookish!


Saturday, August 11, 2018

Just Another Week, Always New Discoveries - IV

Hey, all! 

I decided to bring this little blog meme back to life! It's halfway through summer break, and I'm finally settled into our new house enough to be able to blog (semi) regularly again. Aside from discovering Paris as someone who's last been when she was maybe 14, I've been strong on the nerd culture front as well! As always, feel free to join in on this and post your own answers! 



Staying Bookish

1. Read
In the past week, I read quite a few books, actually! I flew through Queens of Geek, by Jen Wilde. Posting my review was a little hesitant, as it covers a lot of personal stuff. But it felt great to write it all down :) 

I also started Obsidio, by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. I'm adoring it so far, as expected! These authors are incredible, and I know that something happens in the end, but I'm scared to find out what! 

Finally, I started something very different - a manga called Beyond the Clouds! I never read manga, but this one called out to me, as it's a steampunk book about a girl with wings. Those of you who know me better will understand why I needed to read it! 


2. Haul
I only count books as 'hauled' once they're on my shelf! This week I hauled Beyond the Clouds - La Fillette tombĂ©e du Ciel, by Nicke. I also ordered some little things, but hopefully they'll be here next week. It is my birthday soon so I figured I could treat myself! 


3. Discover
I discovered the coolest site the other day! It's called Youpine, it is a website where you add a set of adjectives that express how you feel about a book you recently read. Based on adjectives you want, (comforting, scary, adventurous), books will be suggested to you! Love it! 


Bring on the Music
Sadly I haven't discovered much this week - with the move, we haven't had internet so it's been difficult to use a lot of data to find new music. But I'm always open to suggestions. 


Movies and Motion Pictures

1. TV Shows
Summer is a wonderful time for TV shows - when its too hot to be outside, you can curl up with iced tea and an episode. 

Anyone watching Grimm? I found the first season, it's not so much my style but it's entertaining enough! 

My parents and I are also almost done watching Desperate Housewives - 2 episodes a night of drama is always fun! 


2. Movies
No movie discoveries, but I'm really looking forward to some new releases, including Fantastic Beasts 2 and Mamma Mia 2! 



That's it for me this week! Have you discovered something unexpected? I'd love to hear about it! 

Stay bookish! 



Sunday, August 5, 2018

Mental Health and Queens of Geek - My Story

Hey, all! 

I just finished reading Queens of Geek, by Jen Wilde. 

I am going to review it, yes. But I'm also taking this opportunity to go over something that my blog rarely ever talks about - mental health. No, it's not going to be a rant about how authors don't portray it correctly, I promise :) 




"Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.



Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe."




I think it's best to go over one storyline at a time. 

First, I loved the setting to bits - a bunch of geeks at a convention with all kinds of fandoms, where words like OTP and vlogging are just normal vocabulary. This is something I could relate to right away, just as I'm sure many of us readers could! It's been a dream of mine to go to BEA since forever, and I can just imagine how excited our characters were! 

Then we get our two characters - Charlie and Taylor. 

Charlie's story didn't speak to me as much - extroverted youtuber and actress who meets one of her online crushes who actually likes her back! Now I'm all for queer representation in books, it's so nice to see that authors now find it easier to include it! But I just couldn't find myself to be interested in her story. I guess its because of Taylor. 

I could relate to Taylor in almost every single way. Her absolute love of books and certain series, her shy geekiness and her leaning onto friends. I could even relate to her in the movies she quoted things directly from as references! Another big thing I could relate to was her fear of change. I was thus super drawn to her story and kind of left Charlie's aside ^^

One main thing I had against the book was the second half of it. The first half was realistic and relatable and was super fun to read about! But the second each of the characters find themselves in a relationship, things fell apart, in my opinion. It got incredibly cheesy. I mean to the point where Taylor would talk to Jamie about an insecurity, he'd say one thing, and she'd reply like 'oh that's right! I didn't think about that! All my problems are solved now, and I'm going to ignore my anxiety and choose to be brave!" 

Now, that's not necessarily bad. But I do think someone my age (22 soon), can see past that. 

HOWEVER, I highly recommend this book to teens from 13-17. That's a very impressionable age, and this book really drives the message to love yourself the way you are - if you stand out by not conforming to gender 'norms', or if it's a mental health issue, you are yourself. Your 'peculiarity' does not define you. Through this this book reminded me a lot of the teen self-help books I read when I was in middle school. 

About that...




I'm gonna tell you guys something I don't really talk about in general. And it's Taylor in this book that kind of inspired me to write this section in my blog that I think is going to help me a lot, by putting it down in words and sharing it with people. With you guys, my readers. 

I have always been a thinker. I think all the time, to the point where I have insomia (since I was 2). However, the overthinking got extended: in my first year of university started getting what I thought were mood swings. for no apparent reason, I would go into a state of cold, ignoring, quiet attitude, where I felt 'dark and twisty', didn't want to talk to people and found nothing to be funny, sad, interesting or entertaining. Even the sound of people talking made me uncomfortable, and in these times I would start to think that people secretly hated me and that any kindness was out of obligation. Thankfully this would last about 12-18 hours at most and was about once every 2-3 weeks, so it wasn't constant. That's how I knew it wasn't depression (thanks psychology friends!) 

It got a bit better when I met my best friend at the end of my second year. He's a lot more care-free, loves life and just goes for whatever goal he has in mind, whether it's for school, work or for fun. Like when I moved to the Netherlands, hanging out with him and his sunshine personality helped me get over many insecurities. My dark moods withdrew a quite a bit. 

But in my last year of university, when I started thinking of the future with my thesis, masters degree, graduation, moving away from home, things started to get real again. I found myself to fall in these twisty times more often again. That's when I decided to take advantage of the university services for the first time and to see the uni psychologist. I knew that I would feel better once I had a name for my whatever it is, that I would know how to handle it. 

I went to her office, she gave me tea (already points for that!), and we talked about everything I mentioned above. At first, she was confused - fear of change is common enough, but with no immediate change in sight? Plus otherwise, I'm a happy child with good friends and family situation? But after 3 sessions, she narrowed it - and my insomnia - down to Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity is when you are unconsciously triggered by what I like to call 'people being idiots'. It results in overthinking and thus the dark and twisties, for a few hours. 

The 'official' term is HSP - Highly Sensitive Person. I am more prone to be annoyed by that one sound, to take things offensively, to overthink what people mean by a joke or to find that subway uncomfortable. It's a state where my senses can be overloaded, both physicaly and mentally.

It made sense to me - I got in my worse moods when I would hear people make honest fun of others, be cruel behind someone else's back, or thought of the future too much. I still get triggered by little things like exhaustion and the fact that I miss my friends, and that time usually means drifting apart. Time's always scared me - when I was little my birthday wish was to say 3 forever. 

But now that I have a word for it, I know how to handle it. I know that tea and dark chocolate helps, that watching a fun series such as The Big Bang Theory or Friends helps me get my mind off things and that sometimes I need to let myself feel all the emotions at once, or they'll build up. 

It's not a nice thing to have, but I did something recently. 

I made peace with it

I know that I'm going to have these moments, but I'm not afraid of them anymore. I know I can ask my friends to talk it out or to recommend music or youtube videos and I'll have some distractions. They're all helpful without even realizing it because I never fully explained it to them (except for the one mentioned above, he knew everything as it happened). 

But now I'm fine with it, as I know what it is, and how to handle it. I wanted to tell you guys about my hypersensitivity because writing it down and putting it out there is a good way to increase my confidence - to be able to tell everyone I'm okay and still happy and sunny despite something that is darker. It does not define me, and I won't let it do so. 

It's to the point where I don't need to talk about it, or let it control me. If I tell my parent's "I'm in one of my bad moods" they get it. I recently did a lot more reasearch about it and, since then, I have been more comfortable on a day-to-day basis. 

I guess that Taylor's acceptance of it helped me a bit, too. It's never shameful to as for help or guidance from friends or a professional. 

Overall I'm giving Queens of Geek a 4/5 feathers! Cute but a bit too biased towards Taylor ^^ 

Stay bookish,




Wednesday, August 1, 2018

LIFEL1K3, by Jay Kristoff

Hey, all! 

Oooh this is a good one...

You know those books that you are hooked onto from page one, keep moving despite longish chapters, and just completely blow you away on the last page? 

Yep that's what Lifel1k3 was like! 

I just finished reading Lifel1k3 by the genius that is Jay Kristoff! 

"On a floating junkyard beneath a radiation sky, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.

Eve isn’t looking for secrets—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she’s just spent six months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her Grandpa from the grave was the fistful of credits she just lost to the bookies. To top it off, she’s discovered she can destroy electronics with the power of her mind, and the puritanical Brotherhood are building a coffin her size. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it.

But when Eve discovers the ruins of an android boy named Ezekiel in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world comes crashing down. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic conscience, Cricket, in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, infiltrate towering megacities and scour the graveyard of humanity’s greatest folly to save the ones Eve loves, and learn the dark secrets of her past.

Even if those secrets were better off staying buried." - Harper Voyager

Oh my goodness guys this was something else. 

Meet Eve, a girl who grew up in the ruins of what once was California. She spends her time in the WarDome, fighting robots, and trying to make money for a living with her best friend, Lemon. By her side is also a dog and her robotic logika - Cricket. One day, they find Ezekiel, a Lifelike: a robot that is very, very human-like. Ezekiel recognizes Eve as Ana, much to her surprise and confusion. 

Then, all hell breaks loose as they are chased through cities, are held captive in a living ship, and have to tread through radioactive waste sites. 

It's a little difficult to not give too much away, but I'll do my best. 

I really loved this book - from the second chapter, I found myself to be drawn to the pages like I haven't been in quite a long time. It was incredibly cinematic, in all the good ways! The chapters weren't exactly short but since the plot was constantly moving, you didn't notice the usual drag of long chapters. (Creds to you for that, Jay!)

I thought that the post-apocalyptic world that Jay created was very well thought out - even the science. Not everyone thinks about the fact that a giant bomb in a sandy desert would create glass, or that anything with an intelligence above our own could potentially find ways to break rules... Even the fact that religious groups might be revolting against robots was brought into play, with I thought was well done! 

Even the characters were rich and detailed. I liked each of them for different reasons and found myself to be emotional if anything bad happened to them. Ezekiel was... well... and angel, Eve was super cool (her memories were an amazing part!), Lemon was dynamic, Cricket was adorable... I really need to know what happens to everyone in book 2! 

The lifelikes felt alive - their motives, emotions and wills were very human, even though some small aspects of them were more obviously programmed. It was a beautiful balance that I think would be difficult to master for authors not used to writing sci-fi. In fact, I'm very sure both based on Illuminae an on Lifel1k3 that he grew up on series like Star Trek - in Next Generation a character called Data is technically a lifelike robot, but has no emotions - this life 'goal' of sorts is to understand the human condition. 

It's a book that makes you think about the future, and about the consequences of artificial ´superintelligence'. In fact, while reading this I kept remembering a book by that title - Superintelligence, by Nick Bostrom. It goes over the consequences of having superintelligent agents (Maybe Jay read this too?? It seems like he could have!). 

Now there were some things that I didn't like, but that I understood. Ezekiel could be so cheesy at times, and Eve could be a little stubborn, but there were 100% reasons why. So I can't really complain about these little bits. 

I'm keeping this review short and sweet to avoid spoilers! Overall I'm giving it a 5/5 feathers! It's been a long time since a book got me so hooked, and that left me so shaken! 

Have you read Lifel1k3? What did you think of it? Let me know! 

Stay bookish! 


Monday, July 30, 2018

Bookish Talks ~15~ Mini Reviews, Giveaways, and Life Changes

Hey, all! 

I figured this was a good time for another Bookish Talk! (Number 15!!) I have been all over the place lately, and you guys deserve to know what's been up! Of course I'll make it as bookish as humanely possible, but there are other serious matters that I'd like to mention as well. 


Ok lets do this chronologically! 

Life
It all started when I was born... 

Then 21-odd years later, a whole set of events came into play that made every day quite long and yet quite short. 

In February, I started my thesis that I told you about - the one about the evolution of the understanding of the black hole in the center of our milky way. As expected, this was a lot of work, more than I had anticipated. But I pushed through with the help of some friends who made sure I stayed hydrated and who made sure my thinking was logical. At the same time, I had some courses that were quite difficult for me, but that I found fascinating. 

On top of this, I was accepted for my Masters in Nijmegen of Physical Chemistry and Material Science! I'll also hopefully have a minor in Astronomy with this. But this also meant I need to find a place to live, which has proven to be... difficult. I'm moving in in 10 days and as of yet have nowhere to live! 

Mixed into all of this, my dad's job was relocated from a little town in the Netherlands to...

Paris. 

Yep! We just moved to Paris, France. 


I've always lived in small towns, near the country - in Italy we lived off the side of Pisa, in Luxembourg we were in the middle of nowhere, in the Netherlands we lived between a small town and a village. I don't know what city life is like, and I haven't properly had neighbors since I was 9! 

So far, it has all been quite scary and intimidating, to be honest. I usually try to be the optimist, but I found myself to be seeing the things I had never seen before in a town - stand-still traffic, graffiti everywhere, pollution making things seem grey... 

But then the lovely Internet came to my rescue! I looked up things to do, and was not disappointed. 

Cus I found the coolest bookstore in the world, Shakespeare and Company. 



Imagine Diagon Alley covered in books. That's what this bookstore is like! On top of that, it is in a whole quarter that is dedicated to pop culture! Sci-fi Cafes and Pop Figure shops and Comic Book stores and the whole lot is everywhere in that area! 

One big issue that I saw right after this, however, is that my room in our new house is... well its designed as if a drunk guy was given infinite Simoleons on the Sims 4, and was told to design a house. It is not very functional - I have two doors that go into my room on adjacent walls, a window that takes up almost an entire other wall, and two closets on opposite walls, kind of thrown in the middle of them rather than being in the corners. 

I saw no space for my bookshelves. And I have a lot of books. 

These are all of my book boxes, minus 4 boxes that I'm taking to uni with me and 2 that were in another truck. Even the movers were impressed.

And I had just hauled another 5 books from a second hand store on the banks of the Seine...

After a while, and a lot of moving empty shelves around and scrolling instagram, I saw a few shelfies that inspired me into doing something that I now am really proud of! 

Yeah seriously look at the upper corner of my ceiling, it looks like its melting! 
So overall, I'm missing home like crazy - life is not the same here, and I miss being able to take the bus 10 minutes to end up in town to see my friends, who I really miss a lot now. I lived in Maastricht for 8 years, the longest I've been anywhere!

And now in 10 days I'm moving again, to Nijmegen! I'll have another update after I'm settled there :) 


Bookish 
Book-wise, I have a few updates as well! I'll be hosting a giveaway sooner than later - I need to get settled in first! It would be for my 100 bloglovin followers (omg!!), my 5.75/6k insta followers, but most importantly to celebrate new beginnings, so might also be a back-to-school idea! It'll be in the form of a mystery subscription box, so look out for more info on that! 

I've also finished reading We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. All I can say is 4.5/5 feathers. It was incredible, but if I review anything about it, it will give away too much information about it. You just need to trust me!! 

I'm currently reading Lifelik3, by Jay Kristoff. I haven't been able to read Obsidio yet, but you guys know I love his writing! And I'm really enjoying Lifelik3 so far! Very cinematic! 



Companies you should check out! 
Finally, I want to advertise super great companies I've worked with lately! Make sure to check them out, all the links are in the names! 
Magic Chests - super lovely subscription box! 
Letters and Lights - a local candle company! 
Oriandle - The most amazing random bookish things by Sheuly and Julia <3  
Literary Book Gifts - Super cute classical novel products! Use my code JUSTANOTHERBOOKISHBLOG20 for 20% off any order! 

Thank you all so much for trusting me to rep your products in these last few months, it means loads to me! 



So yes, If I haven't been posting a lot in the past few months, now you know why! It's been hectic and a little stressy but in the end all's good! 

I hope you are all doing well, have a wonderful week! 

Stay bookish!