Wallpaper Wednesday: Six of Crows


Hi! Remember me? I’m still alive. Ish. I know it’s not Wednesday, and I’m definitely not getting back into blogging anytime soon, but here’s a wallpaper I found on my laptop. I made this after meeting Leigh Bardugo in Rotterdam last year with Ellis (which was the best) and I actually quite like it, so I decided to share it with you. And even though I haven’t even touched a book in at least six months, I am excited to see where this series will take us. Nina Zenik for queen.


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Also, since I apparently never posted my full review of the book, here are some of my favorite quotes:

Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.

“It’s not natural for women to fight.”
“It’s not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.”

“Nina is everything you say. It’s too much.”
“Mmm,” Inej murmured, taking a sip from her mug. “Maybe you’re just not enough.”

“I’d rather face a thousand honest men with swords than one of those deceitful witches with unnatural powers.”
And when you arrive with your repeating rifles and your tanks, when you set upon children and helpless villages, should we not use the weapons we possess? Nina bit down hard on her inner cheek.

“I’m not sure if it was the right thing to do. I’ll become one more Grisha horror story for them to tell their children.”
“Behave or Nina Zenik will get you?”
Nina considered. “Well, I do like the sound of that.”

The Get to Know Me Uncomfortably Well Tag


when will my Judith return from war (actually, she has!)

Hi! I took an impromptu break because school was being so needy that I didn’t even have time to use blogging as an outlet, but for those who missed me: it is time to share some random facts about myself again. And you have my good friend Morgan to thank for this. We bonded over our love for everything is about me always livejournal-y type of posts and then she came across this list of 100 random questions on Tumblr, so of course we had to do it. We thought it would be fun if we picked a few for each other. You can find the full list of prompts here. I’m going to answer about 30 of them, but I’ll be using the original numbering. So, you know, if you want to know  what accents I can do or when my YA life truly began, read on.

1. What is your middle name?

I actually have two. I was raised catholic and the tradition here is that you get your godparents’ names as your middle names when you’re baptised. They also modify the names based on the child’s assigned gender. So mine are Henrika (the female version of my grandpa/godfather’s name Rik, which is short for Hendrik) and Lutgart (my grandma/godmother’s name). In that order. Ellis Henrika Lutgart. Feel free to send me voice messages of you trying to pronounce that.

4. What is your zodiac sign?

🎶 Geminiiiiii 🎶 the most hated of them all 🎶 Shout-out to my Pisces people, who are the most ridiculed sign in Tumblr zodiac posts. (Stop laughing, one of them once listed me as a Hell Queen made of demon’s trickery and I’ve been a true believer ever since. An occasionally frustrated and/or insulted one, but a believer nonetheless.)

5. What is your favourite colour?

A chorus of voices from all around the cosmos: PURPLE.

Well, you’re not wrong but I’m also very partial to green, blue, and yellow. And pretty much any bright colour that isn’t orange.

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Review: Summer Skin

Review: Summer SkinTitle: Summer Skin
Author: Kirsty Eagar
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release Date: February 1, 2016
Genre/Age Group: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

Jess Gordon is out for revenge. Last year the jocks from Knights College tried to shame her best friend. This year she and a hand-picked college girl gang are going to get even.

The lesson: don't mess with Unity girls.

The target: Blondie, a typical Knights stud, arrogant, cold . . . and smart enough to keep up with Jess.

A neo-riot grrl with a penchant for fanning the flames meets a rugby-playing sexist pig - sworn enemies or two people who happen to find each other when they're at their most vulnerable?

It's all Girl meets Boy, Girl steals from Boy, seduces Boy, ties Boy to a chair and burns Boy's stuff. Just your typical love story.

A searingly honest and achingly funny story about love and sex amid the hotbed of university colleges by the award-winning author of Raw Blue.


I was incredibly excited for this book. In fact, when I was filling out the End of Year survey a while back I genuinely had the thought “god, I hope I can list Summer Skin as one of my favourite books in the 2016 edition”. Well, I really hope there’s going to be 2016 version of the End of Year survey because I’m already planning to put down Summer Skin as the book I’m most likely to reread next year. This book is incredible. It’s wild and nuanced and full of energy, and there’s a sort of frenzied rhythm to it that makes it immensely readable. For a good 50 pages I didn’t know what was going on but I was into it. Then the next 50 pages I still had no idea what was even happening, but I was laughing my ass off and having a great time. I’m already warning you that nothing I say here will be able to do this story justice so maybe you should just go pick it up and starting reading it immediately? Yes, good.

(Be warned: run-on sentences ahead.)

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Review: The Exiled Queen

Review: The Exiled QueenTitle: The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms #2)
Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: September 24, 2010
Genre/Age Group: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Romance
Source: Purchased
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Haunted by the loss of his mother and sister, Han Alister journeys south to begin his schooling at Mystwerk House in Oden's Ford. But leaving the Fells doesn't mean that danger isn't far behind. Han is hunted every step of the way by the Bayars, a powerful wizarding family set on reclaiming the amulet Han stole from them. And Mystwerk House has dangers of its own. There, Han meets Crow, a mysterious wizard who agrees to tutor Han in the darker parts of sorcery-but the bargain they make is one Han may regret.

Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana'Marianna runs from a forced marriage in the Fells, accompanied by her friend Amon and his triple of cadets. Now, the safest place for Raisa is Wein House, the military academy at Oden's Ford. If Raisa can pass as a regular student, Wein House will offer both sanctuary and the education Raisa needs to succeed as the next Gray Wolf queen.

Everything changes when Han and Raisa's paths cross, in this epic tale of uncertain friendships, cut-throat politics, and the irresistible power of attraction.


After the mailbox incident, I figured I might as well try to review the entire Seven Realms series instead of leaving this much more coherent piece all by itself to outline all the reasons why you should start this series I M M E D I A T E L Y, because it’s been almost two years and I still have feelings. Feelings that are now resurfacing in a major way because Judith is currently reading this series and Raisa ana’Marianna is her everything, which is basically all I’ve ever wanted out of life. This won’t be the last super true hyperbole you’ll come across here.

If you thought The Exiled Queen was going to give you time to get back into the swing of things by providing you with pages and pages of build-up first, you’re not ready. I was young and naïve and thought both Raisa and Han would make it to their the-Seven-Realms-kids-are-going-to-Hogwarts story line quickly and safely and was thus thoroughly unprepared. This sequel jumps straight into the action and has the nerve to put my favourite characters in situations where I can’t predict or guess how they’ll get out of them. For some reason it then assumes I’m still a functioning human being and launches into Raisa having I-don’t-need-saving-I-save-myself moments, alternated with bits where she manages to turn conversations in such a way that men of the realms with “strange notions” (🎶patriarchyyyyy🎶) realise how fucking stupid they were to underestimate her in a matter of five sentences. 

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A Little Life Update, In Which I Make Everything About Me (Again)

Hello, dear readers of this quietly-abandoned-but-then-hilariously-revived blog,

It’s been a while since the two of us talked. About a week since – wait. Those are not my words. And that was pretty pathetic way to start a blog post, even for my standards. I guess I’m still out of it. Let’s start again.

Hi! Remember me? I’m Judith. Currently 23, fulltime stressed out, parttime overwhelmed by life and occasionally surprised I’ve managed to keep myself alive for so long. I started this blog back in 2012 when I was stuck at home for mental health reasons, and have used it as my outlet for the past few years. Until past September, when life got in the way. It’s been a while since I posted on this blog. It’s been a while since I was active on social media. It’s even been a while since I opened a book for anything other than study purposes. The times where I spent my evenings lurking around Twitter, shouting about books and TV shows and random things slowly but surely became evenings I just do not have time for. Which is a shame. Yes, this is the post in which I tell you what I have been up to the past few months. If you are at all interested in that, that is. If not, that’s completely fine, and Ellis will be back soon with another brilliantly hilarious tag post or review of sorts. For now, I’m going to be egotistical and dedicate this entire post to talking about myself – something I should probably regret but definitely do not. Guess I haven’t lost the way I used to write reviews.

The past year for me has been positively, completely, absolutely insane. I started the third and final year of my bachelor’s in English Language and Culture. I have been working a parttime job as personal assistant to an independent publisher in Croatian literature. I’m still working for the student magazine I became involved with the previous year, but now as editor-in-chief and main person responsible if anything goes wrong. I moved out of my parents’ house and am still trying my hand at adulting (something I’m not very good at). But most of all, I made the conscious decision to not let anxiety and depression guide my life anymore, and make real life friends outside of the group I’ve trusted for years. That’s going with ups and downs, and I’m still not at the point where I can manage living healthily on my own, but I will get there. Hopefully. Thank you for Emery Lord for inspiring me and making me realize what I was (and sometimes still am) doing wrong: “Other people can’t knock down the walls you’ve built, no matter how much they love you. You have to tear them down yourself because there’s something worth seeing on the other side.” (Open Road Summer)

As a result, I think this is my most egocentrical year yet. And to be completely honest, I don’t think that is a bad thing. I really needed it. Also, for a large part, I’ve had no choice. But because this year has thrown me off balance in such a major way, I’ve pretty much been the worst friend ever, and I really do regret that. I’m very lucky that I have a few close friends who continue to be there for me, even when I’m the asshole that doesn’t reply to their messages for weeks because I’m just trying to get through work and life. I definitely haven’t deserved that kind of kindness. I’m not trying to make excuses or get sympathy or any of that; I just wanted to talk about it and say that I’m very thankful for these people. To those of you I haven’t talked to in forever: I’m sorry. Please know that it’s not personal and that I really want to be a better friend again, but I don’t know how. I’m still working on trying to find a balance in my life, and the rest of the year is definitely not going to slow down. I really am sorry. You are still amazing and wonderful and I’m so happy I met you.

Blogging-wise, I decided to just not care too much about it anymore. As much as I wish I still had the time to read a book a week (or even at all), I just really don’t. Or as a result of me trying to tackle my issues in life (ha), I also prioritize differently. And at this point, I’m fine with that. This doesn’t mean I don’t still love books and blogging and all the friends I’ve made in this community. It doesn’t mean I’m not still grateful for the work I’ve gotten to do with publishers and authors and fellow bloggers. That I won’t come back. For now, I will only blog occasionally, if I have time and if I want to. But if anything, it helped me figure out my life. I applied for a master’s in publishing and editing. If anything, book blogging helped me rethink my love for books and discover that I would love nothing more than to work with them. But first, I have to write my bachelor thesis, publish three more magazine as editor-in-chief, hopefully start a new job soon so I can pay for life, move house (I’m only subletting at the moment), oh, and actually get into the program.

So that is what is up with me. It might be weird that I am even posting this, but I just wanted to let any of you who are interested know. And we all know that I have a tendency to just ramble on about things and post random stuff on here. I really do miss it, but I have to make different priorities right now. Will I be blogging in the future? Who even knows. Will I actively try to be better at social media and a better friend? Yes. Will I succeed? Ha. I guess we will see about that. But I have to put my school and work and mental health first, and I hope you understand.

So much love to all of the amazing people I met through blogging. You are the best.