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M&M’s pick my tbr for December // fantasy & historical fiction heavy

Another month is coming to an end, which means that it’s time for M&M’s pick my tbr! I started this challenge in October, and so far it’s been really fun. I’m always looking forward to seeing what these candies have in store for me. Let’s jump into today’s post!

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Book tags

The Mood Reader Tag

I first got to know this book tag in a Books Unbound podcast episode (you can listen to it HERE), which sounded so fun that I decided to do it. It was originally created by Brittany @ Slanted Spines. You probably already know that I’m a huge mood reader, so this isn’t a surprise, haha. It sometimes complicates things, but I grew to appreciate it.

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Nonbookish

Winter bucket list

Putting together my autumn bucket list was such good fun. Even if I hadn’t done all the things I wrote down, I think it really helped with being excited about autumn. This year I realised how pretty that season is: the way leaves turn all those beautiful shades of yellow, orange, red or brown, the way they fall down, it just makes walking in nature feel like a dream. Even though it’s a season of passing, a transition into something cold, it can still warm your heart. Now I just need to keep this mindset going on to the cold and dark winter days when all the leaves have fallen and everything’s bare and grey. I am really looking forward to Christmas, but the other two months always drag on, so I am going to try and come up with things I can be excited about through all winter.

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Recommendations

My top five Midnights songs as books

It’s October 22, one day after Taylor Swift’s tenth album, Midnights came out. I was anticipating this album so much, it’s not even funny. I started listening to it before going to work, and then after arriving home. At first, I was a tad disappointed: I was hoping for a folklore/evermore kind of album, but this is more pop than alternative. A lot of the songs reminded me of 1989, reputation and Lover sound-wise. After realising that this is unlike the 2020 albums, I was able to detach myself from that expectation, and enjoy the new album. Even though it won’t top folklore and evermore from my favourite Taylor Swift albums, it is definitely a really good one, maybe even worth the third spot. Because I’m still doing my 31-day digital declutter challenge, I haven’t checked anything about Midnights, I only listened to the songs. I usually like to check Genius for explanations on lyrics and themes, but this time, it has to wait. It allowed me to just theorise and fantasise with my own mind, instead of getting a straight answer. I knew I wanted to do a recommendation post, like with folklore and evermore, so I was thinking of books in the back of my mind when I listened to the album. It was such a cool experience, I hope you’ll enjoy this post. The songs are in order of appearance.

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Book tags

The End of the Year Book Tag

This is a book tag I’ve done three times while I was running my Hungarian blog, but the last time was in 2019. Wow. I don’t even know why I stopped doing it, because it’s such a fun one, and it’s really interesting to look back on my answers years later. It was originally created by Ariel Bissett, who is one of the only booktubers I still watch regularly. Also, be sure to check out her and Raeleen’s podcast, Books Unbound, because it’s such a good one! I added so many books to my tbr in the last few months because of them. So, without further ado, let’s jump into the questions!

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Recommendations

Recommending books based on Twilight’s soundtrack

If you’ve been reading my last few monthly wrap-ups, you might have noticed that I’ve been obsessed with Twilight’s soundtrack. I think it is exceptionally good, I usually don’t have a strong connection to movie scores, but this one is just so perfect. So, while listening to its songs, I wanted to get creative and do a songs as books kind of post. These matches are more based on emotions and feelings associated with the scenes in which the songs took place, so they are really random.

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Challenges

31-day digital declutter wrap-up

I was really looking forward to doing this challenge, and I knew it wasn’t going to be always easy. I was right, sometimes I slipped up, some days were easier, some harder, but the most important thing is that I kept going on, even after I broke many of my rules. I was surprised at some of the things I found out, so let’s get into the wrap-up of these 4.5 weeks.

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Wrap-ups

October wrap-up // Midnights, trips & lots of books

October was a pretty great month, thankfully. There have been quite warm weekends, which made it possible to travel a few times. I also read a lot, thirteen books to be precise, which is the most I’ve read in a month this year. I got back into the habit of reading every day before going to bed, and I was actually looking forward to those minutes. I did my 31-day digital declutter challenge, which I’ll talk about in a separate post soon. I also baked a lot with pumpkins, haha.

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M&M’s pick my tbr for November // nonfiction, romance & award-winning books

I really enjoyed putting up my tbr for October, so I thought I’d like to continue with this little fun game to pick four books I will read in November, too. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, HERE you can read all the plus information about it. I was looking forward to the end of the month to play this game, and not just because I could eat M&M’s then… Absolutely not, I’m even offended that this thought came up in your mind! 😂 Jokes aside, I was truly looking forward to picking my next books. So, let’s see what the M&M’s chose for me! Also, I decided to make a uniform header for this tbr game, and I really like how it turned out!

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Five-star predictions wrap-up & new predictions

I wrote a post back in 2020 called Five-star predictions, and now I finally have read all six books! So in this post, I’m going to check out how accurate I was, and also select five more books I think will be five-star reads. It took me a crazy long time to finish all of the books because I wasn’t prioritising any of them, I just read them whenever I felt like it. I think this new batch will take less time but we shall see.

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