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My Bookish Buzz-Words

Hi guys! A while ago there were lots of videos going around Booktube about bookish buzz-words, the words that catch our attention and make us want to read a certain book. I love watching videos like that, cause readers are so different and it’s really interesting to see what kind of books people are drawn to and for what reasons. So today I thought I’d tell you about some of my own bookish buzz-words and of course, some of my favorite books from each category as well.


In the words of my favorite writer, Catherynne M. Valente: “Never put your faith in a prince. When you require a miracle, trust in a witch.” Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved reading about witches. It doesn’t matter if it’s the old crone in the woods or a teenage girl discovering her powers for the first time, if she’s wicked, good or somewhere in between. As long as there’s a witch – I’m in.

The Bone Witch // Akata Witch // Labyrinth Lost


I adore fairytales in any shape, form or size. Another Beauty and the Beast retelling? Awesome! A retelling of a lesser known tale? Even better! A collection of new fairytales? Lovely! A fairytale-esque novel? Wonderful!

16120434-tile.jpgFairytales for Wilde Girls // Deathless // The Bear and the Nightingale


I’m always more drawn to books with female protagonists and especially if there’s a whole squad of them. I’ve noticed that most my favorite girl squads are from grahpic novels though. So where are all my novels about badass chicks saving/taking over the world depending on their mood???

25810226-tile.jpgZodiac Starforce // Giant Days // Rat Queens


I’ve been low-key obsessed with mermaids ever since my mom gave me a mermaid Barbie doll that changed colors in the water and blew bubbles from it’s crown. So, it’s been a couple of years now… I’ve yet to read a mermaid book I’ve actually liked, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying. I still buy every mermaid book I come across and since I have no favorites to recommend, here’s a few from my tbr instead:

35842338-tile.jpgThe Surface Breaks // Lorali // Mermaid in Chelsea Creek 


Nineties aesthetics are the best aesthetics and I have the facts to back it up:

The Spice Girls ✔️
Clueless ✔️
Denise Huxtable ✔️

25909375-tile.jpgWing Jones //  The Lesser Bohemians // Girls on Fire


In 2017 I discovered my love for all things space-related and read more sci-fi books in one year than I had in my entire life. I love the endless possibilities this setting offers and my favorite space-set books are the ones that explore a multitude of planets, species and cultures.

18490533-tile.jpgRadiance // The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet // Binti

What are your bookish buzz-words? Do we have some in common or are yours totally different? Have you read any amazing mermaid books? Do you have any other recommendations for me based on these words? Let’s talk in the comments!

19 thoughts on “My Bookish Buzz-Words

  1. Woa! I was totally about to make a buzz word post, too! Next month though haha. Like you, I like fairytales and space. Deathless is actually my favorite fairytale retelling at the moment but I also like The Song of Achilles they’re not really the same but they feel the same for some reason.

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    1. Deathless is one of my absolute favorite books, it’s so unique and wonderful. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about The Song of Achilles, but nothing’s made me more interested in picking it up than hearing that! I look forward to checking out your post 🙂


  2. It’s weird, I was obsessed with playacting as mermaids when I was little, because I spent half my time in the swimming pool, but I don’t think I’ve EVER read a mermaid book in my life. I’ve been looking forward to The Mermaid by Christina Henry–I really liked her other fairytale retellings–so I guess that’ll be my first venture into mermaid fiction. 😀

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    1. That sounds like an ideal way to spend half your time. I didn’t know she has a mermaid book coming out, I’ll have to add that one to my tbr! I haven’t read any of her books yet, but I have a copy of Lost Boy I’ve been meaning to read 🙂

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  3. fairytales and mermaids are definitely huge buzz words for me too, and girl squads as well 😀 the latest graphic novels with girl squads that I really enjoyed were Misfit City and Heavy Vinyl, I hope I can continue those two soon.

    I also adore sci-fi/books in space, although that is a pretty wide category so I need a few more reasons to pick up a book besides space.

    as for mermaid books:
    *Moon-Bright Tides by RoAnna Sylver is a f/f witch/mermaid romance that you should definitely read!
    *I really loved The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, which is a Little Mermaid retelling… although it doesn’t have any /actual/ mermaids. still one of my favourites though.
    *The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist is a short story with mermaids and a f/enby romance that I enjoyed, although it gets very dark.
    *I’ve seen mixed reviews about The Seafarer’s Kiss (another dark Little Mermaid retelling) but I haven’t read the actual book yet.
    *Ice Massacre is pretty violent, but it has an almost entirely all-girl cast and a f/f romance (although the romance doesn’t really happen in the first book). unfortunately, I heard the sequels are disappointing, but I LOVED the first one.
    *Out of Her Depth is a f/f short story between a mermaid and a human where they go to school together. it was pretty good, although the bigotry/bullying was a little too much.
    *not sure if selkies count, but The Witch Sea was also pretty good (and it has a witch/selkie pairing)
    *I haven’t read yet, but Sea Witch by Sarah Henning is apparently a Little Mermaid retelling focusing on Ursula, so it’s kinda both mermaid-y and witch-y?

    + if you haven’t yet, absolutely read Caroline’s Heart by Austin Chant. it’s a m/f romance but both of them are trans and one of them is a witch.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to give me all these lovely recommendations, I appreciate it so much! These all sound absolutely amazing! I’ve read The Seafarer’s Kiss (I liked it, it’s pretty good, but the world and characters could’ve been more developed), but I’m adding all the others to my TBR 😊 Moon-Bright Tides and Ice Massacre sounds especially interesting to me! A witch AND a mermaid??? That’s like my dreams to true!

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