Down The TBR Hole #1

I found out about this feature idea which is hosted by Lia at Imaginary Places on Paper, and I thought it was a brilliant idea because I have so many books which I’ve had just sitting on my shelves waiting to be read. It’s also a really good chance for me to talk about some books that I want to read, but haven’t read, since I don’t like talking about them unless I’ve done some research.

The artwork for this feature is also by the lovely Lia and it is just gorgeous as well. I love this idea, and hopefully it means I can cull my TBR to a more reasonable size, and also talk about books I wouldn’t normally talk about on my blog! So without further ado, here’s the first five books on my TBR that I’ll be discussing:


Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume

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While this book sounds really intriguing, especially the fantasy world-building part of the story, I’m not really interested in reading any fantasy books at the moment (nor do I have the time), but I think that this will live up to the wonderful things I’ve read about it so far. The author actually reached out to me, and due to time restraints with everything going on, I really don’t have time to read this, but he’s pretty cool, too.

Verdict: KEEP Continue reading

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Let me cut to the chase: I’ve started a bookstagram! Okay, that’s technically a lie, so let me explain.

Way back when I first started this blog in 2015, I also created an instagram account with the same username as this blog, kaleidoscopeofbooks. I’ve posted a couple of photos on it, then abandoned it because it was too much effort to keep switching between accounts.

Two years later, and many Instagram features have been introduced and the interface has drastically changed compared to what it used to be. There are instagram stories, non-square photos can be posted without ruining your square aesthetic, and posting multiple photos in one post is now a option instead of having to spam everyone’s feed. Two years later, right when there are assignments to be written and music to be practised, this girl decided that revisiting this old account is a brilliant idea! And so the bookstagram kaleidoscopeofbooks was reborn.

So it’s actually been a couple of days since I last posted on that instagram, but yeah anyway..

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Spoilers and Why I Dislike Them | #readerproblems

If there’s one thing I keep reiterating on this blog, it’s how much I hate being spoiled by anyone or anything for any new releases of books, TV shows/anime (because yes, the only TV “shows” I actively watch are all Japanese cartoons). I’ve actually tried to write variations on this topic before, but my drafts just end up being drafts and never published because I could never figure out exactly how I wanted to discuss spoilers. So today, I thought I’d explain my own reason for disliking them with an immense passion, considering I have told many of my friends that if they dare spoil anything to me, I will literally murder them.

I enjoy being surprised by plot twists. I like reading and then turning the page and see something majorly unexpected happen, then screaming ‘WHYYY” into my pillow at 3am in the morning (true story), leaving me emotionally drained and empty. It’s something I’ve come to love and enjoy about good storytelling as good storytelling will drop hints everywhere and then come surprising you when you least expect it. It’s a craft that takes time and effort to perfect, mastered only by brilliant writers and artists. Continue reading

Tales of the World | A Dream Crate

Hey guys! Today’s post is a little different – I thought that it would be fun to put together my very own Loot Crate! The lovely people over at Loot Crate put a project together where fans can highlight what they’d put together for their own ‘Dream Crate’. If you’re unfamiliar with who Loot Crate is, they offer all sorts of geek crates and gifts for fans (and anyone else, really) to enjoy.

The theme I’ve decided to go with is ‘Tales of the World’ – loosely inspired by classic fairy tales and the many, many retellings and adaptations that have been made over the years. So without further ado, here’s some of the things I’d include:


Beauty and the Beast Music Box

There are many different songs I probably could’ve chosen, but I saw this particular music box and had to include it on this list. I love how the two characters are just waltzing around to the iconic song from the movie. It might also have something to do with the fact that I just recently watched the live-film adaption of Beauty and the Beast, but seriously, it’s so good. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Totally Meant to Read but Didn’t

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Hey guys! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish as usually, is basically my 2016 shame masterpost. The topic of today’s post was 2016 releases that I totally meant to read, but never ended up getting around to reading. There were quite a few books which I didn’t end up reading, so here is my list of shame:


Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

This was one of the books I was really intrigued by, but it’s honestly just been sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. I actually did try to read it a little while back, but I got completely sidetracked and never ended up finishing it. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Debuts of 2017

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Welcome to the first post of 2017 on this blog! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme that’s hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and today’s topic revolves around the debuts of 2017 I’m most excited for. So without further ado, here are my top ten most anticipated debut books of this year:


Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This sounds a little like the Night Circus, which I read about a month ago, so I’m interested to see how the author will tell this story and see how it plays out. I also just love how elegant the cover is for this book.  Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Reads of 2016

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Hey guys! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish as usual, is all about my top reads of 2016! I read so many amazing books this year, which made it really hard to compile this list since there were so many books I wanted to include but couldn’t. So in no particular order:


Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

I was pleasantly surprised when I reading this book, because I enjoyed CoHo’s writing so damn much. It was addictive, dramatic but there were so many elements that just brought the whole story to life in my head. Continue reading