Sunday, 26 March 2017

April 2017 Releases // Grabby Hands #12

Now that I'm going back into book blogging, I had to start with one of my favourite blog posts to write: all about my most anticipated books of the upcoming month! Oh boy, I missed writing my Grabby Hands posts, you have no idea. Anywho, let's jump right through in with the books I'm more excited to read in April.

                                                                     April 4th                                                                

Defy The Stars (Untitled, #1) by Claudia Gray - I have to admit that I don't really know anything about this book. It's just that I loved Claudia Gray's previous trilogy, Firebird, and I'm craving for more. If I recall correctly, she also wrote a Star Wars novel, which means... She's amazing at writing science-fiction. I'm not even sure I read science-fiction since I finished A Million Worlds With You, tbh.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett - I added this book to my TBR because I saw glowing reviews about it. The summary made me think of P.S. I Like You by Kasie West, so obviously, I need it. It seems like such a cute, fluffy, guilty-pleasure contemporaries and that's what I love to read around this time of the year.

Shadowcaster (Shattered Realms, #2) - by Cinda Williams Chima - I'm still pissed by the cover change. WHY, HARPER TEEN? This series had matching covers with the first one so I don't get it. I'll probably buy the UK paperback so I can have the TRUE cover. Sorry, I'm calming down. Okay, I love Cinda Williams Chima's books and I can't believe my boyfriend had to make me read Seven Realms, which is amazing. I love the first book in this new series, Flamecaster and have been dying to get my hands on its sequel for a year. This is probably one of my most anticipated books of the year. CAN'T WAIT.

                                                                  April 11th                                                                 

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis - What can I say except you're welcome, I have a weakness for high fantasy. I still haven't read anything by Mindy McGinnis (but I'm interested in some of her books), I need to remedy to that. This cover is absolutely gorgeous and the sea always intrigued me, I'm definitely curious.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli - I feel like I read Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda ages ago, when it got me out of a reading slump. Because it was that good. Anywho, I'm really happy that we're finally getting another book by Becky Albertalli and I'm so excited, because I'll be in a contemporary mood soon-ish, as Spring time is upon us (well, it's raining as I'm typing this, but who cares?). From what I've heard, this book has a diverse cast of characters and a sibling relationship (I love those).

Alex and Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz - Of course, I need this. I've never been interested by this author's books before, but now that they announced a book about Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, I'm on board. I hope it's good. I don't need to know anything else, tbh.

Which book are you most excited for in April?

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Tea, Books and Fun becomes Of Wishes and Pages! // I'm back (for real)

Hi everyone !

You must be wondering where a blog called Of Wishes and Pages is coming from but it's me, Lucie from Tea, Books and Fun. In January, I had said I was considering changing my blog name, because I had already changed all of my social medias for my French blog. Last night, I decided it was time to come back, so here we are :

Welcome to Of Wishes and Pages !

But first, let me explain where this change came from, because it's a big deal to change your blog's name. You might have noticed I've been MIA since last August (yeah, almost eight months). The truth is, my family went through a very complicated thing (hi, euphemism), I started a master's degree in September, while doing an internship and then my mental health went to hell in December. That's why I haven't been there. But I've been thinking about Tea, Books and Fun a lot. I just checked my page count – not that it's what matters most to me – and saw that you kept coming during all these months. You guys are the best, you know that, right ?

In September, I started a French blog named Wishes and Pages, which was more cultural-based (about TV shows, museum exhibitions and such) and I've had so much fun with this one. It's been the source of my joy for a long time. However, I missed writing in English and since most of the books I read are in English, it has always made more sense to blog in English. That's why I wanted to come back: it took me awhile, but I missed being around here. I wanted a fresh start and since I didn't like Tea, Books and Fun anymore, I chose a name close to Wishes and Pages... That's where Of Wishes and Pages came from!

But except that, nothing really has changed. I might talk about TV shows and movies more, but I had already started to do that last year. I won't post a lot though, because I have to turn in my master's thesis in less than two months and will go back to my internship in May.

Anyway, before I wrap this blog post up, I wanted to talk to you guys about my favorite books of the year – so far. I'm not counting rereads (because I reread The Infernal Devices in February and I'm still in love with it), which means I've only rated three books (but there's one French book that's not on the list because you can't read it, obviously) five stars. What is happening, I'm so shocked. I still have read some amazing books and here are my top 5:

1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
2. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
3. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
5. Windwitch by Susan Dennard

What have you guys been up to, since the beginning of the year? What's the best thing that have happened to you? What are your favorite books of 2017 (so far)?