Top Ten Tuesday #8: Favourite books of 2017


2017 is coming to an end and it is time to look back at my favourite books of this year. These are my favourite books I have read this year, not the books that have been published this year. Well some of them have, but not all of them.

So lets get this list started!

  1. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. Ohhh, a perfect book that makes you scream “Give me more! Now!”. It was also the first book I read this year.
  2. Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel. Book two of Themis Files. Still makes you scream “Give me more! Now!”. And I’m really excited for May 1st 2018, because then the third and last book is published!
  3. Warcross by Marie Lu. I really, really wanted this book, because the synopsis intrigued me and I got it as a birthday present from Dita. Yey! And I LOVED it. I think I’ll have to write a review for it. 🙂
  4. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Sky. Mmm, loved the romance and magic in this one.
  5. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.
  6. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. Just hilarious.
  7. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. My future sons are going to be named Étienne. 😀

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Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2017

Read in September: Sis


This month I have read three books:

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye. OMG!!! I LOVED it!
Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan.
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan.

Read in September: Dita


September was an average reading month, I guess. I read 3 books. It’s not much, but it’s still more than no books read or just one book read. Of course, it also means I am “behind schedule” on my Goodreads challenge, but hopefully I’ll manage to catch up. And, if I don’t, well, better luck next year! 😀

Cinder by Marissa Meyer: Kind of a reread, kind of a new read, since this time I read the Latvian translation of Cinder. There weren’t too many things that bothered me in the translation, so that’s good. 🙂
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan: The picture shows the first book, since now the second one is at Sis’ and I got the first one back from her. 😀
The Power by Naomi Alderman

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Top Ten Tuesday #7: Book Boyfriends



I’m screaming. How do I choose? This is hard! I have many boyfriends… fictional boyfriends.

  • If you have read my Vampire Academy reviews (if you haven’t, you can find them here) you probably know that I LOVE Dimitri Belikov.😍 He’s my number one boyfriend.
  • My precious boo boo – Evan from The 5th Wave.🙃 Love him and his butt. 😀 (Btw I’m still  not over the fact that “The Butt” scene wasn’t included in the movie)
  • Alec. Do I even have to comment? You know what I’m talking about.😊
  • Étienne St. Clair from Anna and The French Kiss.
  • Alex from Delirium.
  • Olly from Everything, Everything.
  • Enzo from The Young Elites.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: July & August 2017

Read in July & August: Sis

Mercenary Instinct isn’t here, because Kindle is with Dita.

What have I read in these months? Hmmmm… Whoa!! Damn, I have finally read something. 😀

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Cried like a baby.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Meh.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. Silly.
Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner. Quite good
Mercenary Instinct by Ruby Lionsdrake. Kindle book. I do not know why I read this, and it is just WHAT?!

Read in July & August: Dita


During July and August I read 9 books. 4-ish of them were rereads. Only three are pictured, because 5 of the read books are on Kindle and I wasn’t happy with the picture that has the Kindle in it. 😀 And another book is currently read by Sis. So let’s just look at the full list of read books.

The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost: Kindle, reread
The Sweetest Burn by Jeaniene Frost: Kindle
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling: reread-ish, since this was my first time reading HP in English, previously I’ve only read the Latvian translation
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan: currently being read by Sis (or has she finished it?)
Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods by Rick Riordan
Partials by Dan Wells: Kindle, reread
Fragments by Dan Wells: Kindle, reread
Ruins by Dan Wells: Kindle, reread
Playing with Fire by Derek Landy

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The Sis Reviews: The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner

Finished these books last week except The Kill Order, but that’s a prequel (mkey just saw that there’s another prequel – The Fever Code). Well I tried to read this trilogy earlier in the year and in Latvian, but that didn’t go that well – I got bored and I didn’t like the translation, also the book was huge and heavy and way more bigger than the ones I was reading. So months later I asked my cousin if I could borrow her set of Maze Runner. And that started a three/four day reading marathon.

Book one – The Maze Runner. I absolutely LOVE Newt and Minho. I absolutely HATE Teresa, mainly because I didn’t like the actress that played her in the movie and all her “WICKED is good” stuff. Arghh! Let me say that I saw the movies before I read the books. By the way the movies – WTF?! Anyway I’ll get to the movies later. I don’t have much to say about this book – I just enjoyed it and also it got me out of my ginormous reading slump. Oh, and please a moment of silence for the terrible death in the end. 😭Read More »

Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2017

Read in June: Sis

In June I have been lazy, lazy, laaaaaaazy. I read two books – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I’ve also been re-reading Harry Potter.

Read in June: Dita


In June I managed to fulfill my goal of reading (at least) 6 books, which is great. Although I still am slightly behind schedule on my Goodreads Challenge, but I still have time. And, well, so what that I’m behind, at least I’m reading. 🙂

So, June turned out to be quite the month for reading in Latvian. I read four books by Latvian authors – Kaķa lāsts (Cat’s Curse), Kaķis maisā (Cat in a Bag) and Kaķa koncerts (Cat’s Concert) by Linda Nemiera and Mirušie nepiedod (The Dead Don’t Forgive) by Ieva Melgalve. The Skulduggery Pleasant on Kindle you see in the picture is not the actual one I read (I mean, I did once read it on Kindle, but not this time). For my reread in preparation for the second Skulduggery Pleasant, which I have a paperback of, I borrowed Sis’ copy of the Latvian translation of Skulduggery Pleasant, which is called Blēžagabals Jaukums. At first it was a bit weird with all the absurd names in Latvian, but, I mean, they are just as absurd/weird as in English, except they are translated in Latvian. 😀 Well, and I also finished ‘the evil book’, that is, A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (which was actually the first book I finished in June :D).

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Monthly Wrap-Up: April & May 2017


Read in April: Sis

DSCN1633April was quite a good month for reading. I finished five books – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling), Ink by Alice Broadway, The Young Elites by Marie Lu, Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel and You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day. I also re-read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.

Read in April: Dita


April was an average month for reading. I finished three books.

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab

Even though the month was average, you could say it was musical… or filled with songs… or something that actually sounds like a cool pun regarding the ‘song’ in two of the books read.

I might also add that I did not accomplish my April TBR goal which was reading 4 books, preferably (at least) one on Kindle. Oh well. Better luck in May! Haha. Keep on reading to see how May turned out.
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Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2017

Read in March: Sis

In March I have read (only) three books.


My Lady Jane: The Not Entirely True Story by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani

I think I would have read more, but I’m having some kind of reading slump. I want to read but… And suddenly I have a fear of big books – 400+ pages. And if the book has 200-300 pages then the font is too freaking small! (Yeah, I used to not have problems with that also)

Read in March: Dita

During March, I finished five books. One of them was a re-read.


A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab (the re-read)
The Ever Never Handbook by Soman Chainani (not in the pic, ’cause it’s at Sis’)
A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab (a sob fest)
The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon (beautiful, also, the one I read on Kindle)
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton (I’m not sure; also, it was the Latvian translation of this book)

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The Sis Reviews: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

dscn1526The last book of The 5th Wave trilogy – The Last Star. I can’t say that I liked it. It was meh. The ending was weird. Partly it was okay, but, at the same time, there were some things I don’t know why were even happening.

The most nerve-wracking person was Sam. I still don’t get how old is he. Five? Six? He’s acting like he is at least 10 or 11. I just hate him!!! 😡😡😡 I don’t get why he hates Cassie, but adores Ben.

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The Sis Reviews: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Well hello there world! The Sis Reviews are back. I don’t even know why they were gone. 😀 But I can assure you that in these few months of silence I have read many books and therefore have many reviews to write. 🙂

DSCN1592Obsidian I bought last year in October, while I was in Germany. This book was bought under pressure. 😀 That is, I was in bookshop with two non-bookworm friends and they wanted to go out as soon as possible. And the English section in the bookshop was small, partly because I already own some of the books. (Later I had to spend an hour in H&M and I got only, like, what 10 minutes in bookshop😑) So I bought Obsidian…😕

While in Germany, I started to read it, but after 20 pages or so I gave up because the cringe was too huge. And in January I decided to give it a try again, because I wanted to read something cheesy. And, boy, was it CHEESY.Read More »