In Which I Apologize for Being a Terrible Blogger

I have been a terrible blogger the past few months. I took a month-long hiatus a while back, and then decided to pick my blogging back up. That went fine during the month of June. Since July has started though, I’ve been slacking. I’ve barely posted anything, aside from Top 5 Wednesdays and my weekly wrap ups. And I’m sorry. 

I do want to keep my blog going. And I want to create amazing content for you guys, and review the books I’ve been reading. I think half of the books I’ve read this year, I haven’t reviewed yet… 

I haven’t been feeling my best lately. I just don’t quite feel like myself at the moment, and can’t bring myself to write anything. I also haven’t read a single book this week. I’ve read tons of fan fiction though. What I’m trying to say here is: I’m sorry for not being present here. I’m sorry for not reviewing any of the books I’ve read, or writing any posts. 

I can’t write posts that I’m not 100% behind. And so I’ll have to cut back on writing posts and making videos until I’m feeling up to it. Or until I’m reading anything, for that matter. 

I hope you’ll all understand! 


5 of My Favorite Minor Characters

This was actually a Top 5 Wednesday topic last month. But since I was on hiatus during the month of May, I never really got to participate in this topic. I thought it was pretty fun, so here I am a month later with my 5 favorite minor characters. Minor characters are not the same as side characters: side characters still play a bigger role in a story than minor characters do.

Galadriel // The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien // I am forever bitter about Galadriel. I feel like she wasn’t included nearly enough in The Lord of the Rings itself -probably because she was a woman… I haven’t read the Silmarillion, and I hope she plays a bigger role there. She’s just amazing.

Nyx // Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop // I didn’t know whether Nyx counted as a minor character, because this series basically consists of only main and side characters. Everyone gets a voice in it, which is why it’s so vivid. Nyx is a vampire, and she dresses in black velvet. Just because she thinks the stereotypes are hilarious -and because she wants her prey to know what’s coming for them…

Nightblood // Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson // Nightblood is a sword. A sword with a desire to kill and maim. And it’s so hilarious, I laughed out loud several times while reading this book. 

Nymeria // A Game of Thrones (ASOIAF #1) by George R.R. Martin // Nymeria is Arya’s direwolf. And I love her.

Seamus Finnegan // Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling // I am intrigued by Seamus, really. Aside from his ability to explode anything, he also had some character growth in The Order of the Phoenix. From barely being allowed to go to Hogwarts to fighting with the DA.

Announcement: A Mini Hiatus?

It’s been a while since I’ve had to write a post like this. About a year, I think? Maybe a little less. I’m here to announce a (mini) hiatus I’ll be taking for the next couple of weeks.

Why am I taking a hiatus?

I’ve mentioned in my previous wrap ups that I’m moving soon. That soon is coming up fast, and there is just so much to do. Aside from my job, and the move, I’ll also be taking driving classes the next couple of weeks. For now, all of this is just a bit much to juggle. Especially as my weekends are also filled with family get togethers: Easter, birthdays and pretty soon a “lentefeest” celebration (which is basically like the non-religious version of communion?). 

When I have that much to do (and so many people to see), my mental health is the first thing to suffer. So I’m actively taking a step away from my blog and channel for a while so I can focus on feeling okay.

Will there be no more posts from me?

I still have a few posts scheduled, so those will obviously be going up. And I might be inspired to write a review, and want to post that one immediately. So you’ll probably still be seeing some posts go up. It just won’t be the usual amount at all. I might be inspired, and write. But I might just also take a break. 

When will I be back? 

At this point, I can’t give you a precise date. I’m moving in the first few weeks of May, and that’s also when the family get-togethers and the driving lessons (+exam) are. So I might be back in the second half of May. But I might also need some time to recover from that hectic period and only be fully back at the end of May or the beginning of June. I quite honestly don’t know. 

Don’t worry though, it won’t be complete silence on here. I will try to update you all once in a while so I don’t feel completely out of touch. 

Will I still be active on social media?

Yes. I’m not taking a social media break. At least, not right now. So you’ll still be able to find me on Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads! I will still be reading, so I will posts updates on there. Especially Goodreads. I update my reading religiously there, you know that. 

A big hug from me, and I will talk to you next time. Whenever that may be. 

EMMA Read-along Announcement & Invitation!

Hi everyone! Today, I have exciting news. You might know that I’ve been planning to give more classics a go, after reading and enjoying Pride and Prejudice last year. I wanted to read more of Jane Austen’s work. And then Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense suggested a buddy read for Emma could be fun. Perfect idea, no?


When do we start?

We’ll start reading on March 10th. That way we have three weeks until the end of March to read Emma.

Emma is divided into three volumes, so we are planning on reading 1 volume per week. Which should mean we finish on March 31st.

How do we communicate?

Well. On Twitter, of course!

We’ll be using the hashtag #EmmaRAL (Emma Read-along) for general updates on the reading progress and story, and are planning on creating a group DM for all those interested, to go into more detail when discussing the story.

Can anyone join?

Of course! We’d love it if you could read along with us! The more, the merrier, right? It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first time reading Emma, or whether you just want to re-read the book during the buddy read. All are welcome.

If you’d like to join us, leave a comment or Tweet at @fictionalreader or @booknonsense. You can also leave a comment on Alicia’s announcement post, which will be going up later today. (Them time zones, people. Always so confusing!)

My #Bookentine TBR!

The lovely ladies at Tea and Titles, Michelle & Ely, are hosting a readathon soon! As you can probably tell from the title, Bookentine, it’s centered around contemporary reads -and well, around Valentine’s Day.

The readathon is taking place from February 13th to February 20th, and the whole point is to read contemporary books. No, that doesn’t necessarily mean a romance read, as they use the following definition: “A contemporary YA novel is a story about a teenage character that takes place in our current time and deals with the concerns of modern day life.”

They also have three challenges to tackle, but I’ll talk about that in a second. So, what am I planning on reading? Let’s take a look! 

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman // This is the book I mainly want to tackle next week, so I think this will be the first one I pick up. It’s about Frances, who has only ever wanted one thing: elite university. But then she meets Aled, and discovers podcasts. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this, including the fact that this isn’t focused on romance, but friendship. I think this book actually tackles all 3 challenges for me: it’s a book with pink on the cover, it’s by an author I haven’t read before and I believe it deals with mental  illness too. So even if I just read this one, I’ll have finished all the challenges! 

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson // I’ve had this on my shelf for a while now. It’s about Jude and her twin Noah. I think it’s told in two timelines, and in one they don’t really talk anymore because something happened? I don’t really know. I’m kind of afraid I won’t like it, because there is a lot of hype surrounding this book. But it’s also a book by an author I haven’t read before, so it counts for that challenge too. I don’t know whether it features mental illness though.

All the Rage by Courtney Summers // If I still have time (or I feel like reading this over I’ll Give You the Sun) I plan on tackling All the Rage. I’ve had this book for nearly 2 years, and it’s still on my shelf. I think (not sure though) this is about a girl who was raped by the town’s golden boy, and no one will believe her. I think this is such an important topic, with the rape culture that’s still so prevalent in our society. I actually have the arc cover of this, which has red on it, this is also by an author I haven’t read before, and I think it covers the trauma following her rape and being bullied which I think falls under the mental illness/mental health problems category. If not, let me know. But I do think this book also counts for all three challenges.

If I read these three, I think I will have read all the YA contemporary books on my physical TBR shelf! How exciting, right?

So, that’s my TBR for the Bookentine readathon! Are you participating? What are you reading? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments below!