Review: Iron Widow (Xiran Jay Zhao) | an epic YA futuristic fantasy full of feminism, Chinese history and interesting (aka badass) characters who smash the patriarchy!

From now on, I'll only ever be able to associate the word "epic" with Iron widow. This book is so hard to describe, but that one word pretty much summarises it all for me. This feminist YA scifi/fantasy is...definitely something else! Xiran Jay Zhao's debut is just so much at once; a futuristic novel, yet…

Review: The Night when no one had sex (Kalena Miller) | An incredibly honest and realistic look at the struggles of teens on the edge of adulthood, plus lots of sex-positivity and diversity included!

After reviewing books for a while, I think I've found something I'm especially good at: summarising books in one word. For The Night When No One Had Sex by Kalena Miller, it would without a doubt be the word "ridiculous". In a good way, that is, because I've never read a book that talks so…

2022 diverse YA debuts to anticipate | follow a part of these authors’ journey and die a little every day you have to live without their books!

Okay, I know what you're thinking: 2022 is still pretty far away, why would you make this post already? And I'd say: HA! Finally a question I can actually answer...But okay! Some of the books I've put on this list don't come out for over a year. (Which is torture, might I add.) However, these…

I’m looking for a co-blogger! + Sign up form | Birdie’s booktopia is rebranding this November!

Hello all! Today's post is gonna be different from my usual content because, well, it isn't really content. I'm just here to give you some updates and I promise I'll keep it short!Birdie's booktopia keeps on growing and growing and I am absolutely blown away by all the love and support this passion project of…

Most anticipated releases of September 2021 | Prepare yourself for some dark and diverse reads with the *best* concepts! | Diversify your reading in 2021!

Yes, you read that correctly: it's time to add some books to your TBR again! September is bringing us so many amazing diverse books, whether you're more into (YA) fantasy, contemporary or thriller (and there's a lot of horror this month, too)! After reading a dozen of synopses (no, I am not exaggerating this time),…

Monthly wrap-up: What I read in July 2021 | recapping my reading, blogging and writing month!

This was one...crazy month. I don't even know where to begin, because y'all! It was incredible! Not only did I manage to get out of my reading and writing-poems slump, and to fall in love with blogging even more: I made friends (this sounds so silly but bear with me) AND I learned to trust…

Review: A lesson in vengeance (Victoria Lee) | the sapphic dark academia thriller we deserve — with witchcraft, history, writers, and twists that will leave you in awe (and shivering)!

Throw that sanity out the door and listen to my words carefully: you need this book in your life. A lesson in vengeance by Victoria Lee was my most anticipated release of the entirety of 2021 and therefore had to be very good to still top my expectations. And you know what? Victoria Lee said…

Interview with Katie Zhao, author of How we fall apart, on her YA dark academia thriller debut and dreams for HWFA!

We can really start counting down the days until How we fall apart by Katie Zhao is out in the world now! There's barely four weeks left until we can all dive into this dark academia thriller, and I don't know about you, but I couldn't be more excited! It sounds like such a fun…

Most anticipated releases of August 2021 | A good month for diverse YA fiction, dark academia and feminist books | Diversify your reading in 2021!

Yes, you read that correctly: it's time to add some books to your TBR again! August is bringing us so many amazing diverse books, whether you're more into YA fantasy, contemporary or thriller! After reading a dozen of synopses (no, I am not exaggerating this time), I've been able to compile a list of books…

Book vs adaptation: Love, Simon | reviewing Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs the homo sapiens agenda and its movie: a new comfort story that is immensely relatable!

Chances are that, if you've been following my blog for a while, you recognise the name of this series: book vs adaptation (I know, I know, 10/10 for creativity!). I did one of these what feels like ages ago, but today I'm officially restarting this series, and not with just some title: the first book/adaptation…