Unboxing: Indiscretion

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Hey Guys,

Another week has ended and I do hope you had at least a week as good as mine! I have received a package these days and only today I could open it. I know what I’m supposed to receive, but let’s see together what I’ve got here:

Step 1: Getting all emotional about the package:

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Step 2: Acting like a professional, not tearing through it, for the sake of documentation:

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Step 3: Finally uncovered:

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Yes, my dear friends, this is “Indiscretion” by Hannah Fielding !!! I was contacted by the author to provide a review and she graciously sent me a review copy, which I am very excited for!  Look at this cover, and look close. It has such amazing details and such an amazing combination of colors!

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I love it so much and I would like to thank the author for this lovely copy! I am starting right away, got almost 500 pages to go through 🙂 I’ll let you know during next week how it goes!

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September TBR

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Fall is starting! I love windy and rainy weather. It inspires me to read under a fluffy cover, with some hot tea J it’s just the perfect set up to improve my reading mood.

I have a pretty ambitious TBR this month, with some titles I am really excited about. At the moment, I am reading two books and listening to two other audiobooks. So I am already deeply into my list. Let’s see what I have planned for September:

  1. The Leftover by Brooke Williams
  2. Cover of the Night by Laura Griffin
  3. The Real Thing by Melissa Foster
  4. Retrograde by Peter Cawdron
  5. Holy Crap! The World Is Ending by Anna-Marie Abell
  6. Acer by Lilly Atlas (No Prisoners MC #3)
  7. Sweet Sacrifice by L.D. Rose (The Soulmate Tree #9)
  8. Monsters I Have Known by Jess Hartley
  9. Murthen Island by Marianne Ratcliffe (Tales of Golmeira #2)
  10. Touch of Fondness by Joy Penny (stay in Touch #1)
  11. Interviewing for Her Lover by Ellis Fay
  12. Corruption by Adam Vine
  13. Waiting for The Storm by Marie Landry
  14. Acting On Impulse by Mia Sosa (Love On Cue #1)
  15. Once a Rebel by Mary Jo Putney
  16. The Alibi by Marilyn Baron
  17. The Duke by Katharine Ashe (Devil’s Duke #1)

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I have already finished books 2, 3 and 6 and I have started books 1, 5 and 10. I am planning on reading 4 extra books, but I have not added them here just in case I won’t manage and I am not even sure which 4 will be. As I was mentioning in my other articles, I have a big backlog of books which is waiting to be “cleaned”. I am not even sure how I’m going to read 4 (at least!) books a week, considering I do have a 9-hor job + sewing and crocheting. But I’m pushing myself to do it, especially since these are some amazing stories and I can’t wait to share them with you!

So, fingers crossed, and I’ll see you back with my Wrap Up to see the results. In the meantime, let me know down below what are the books you’re planning to read this month. Happy Reading J

August Wrap Up

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I haven’t done a wrap up since forever! But I must get back on track, otherwise I’ll have no clue if my targets are achieved or not. So now that I’ve scolded myself enough, let’s see how my reading has been this month.

The most important thing to mention is that I’ve made a new book friend! Her name is Ami and she has started a book blog recently. So head over to her place at Shyla’s Uncensored Opinions to see what she has to say about the lovely books she’s reading. We do have different reading tastes, but her reviews are amazing and funny. We will do some articles together (I hope J ) and you will hear more about her on my blog.

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Next item on my list is the new Instagram account. If you want to check how my reading day is going, in pictures, follow me there as well –  @lillysbookstagram

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As for reading, let’s just say I was kind of on a reading slump Most of the books on this list are audio and only a few actual books. I managed to have the reviews up for all except two, which are part of a blog tour or a promo article due in September. I did manage to catch up on some books that I’ve read earlier this year, but for which I did not find the time to write a review, so I’m happy that worked out. And more are to come this month. I have some titles which are on my backlog list and I’m hoping to be able to come back to during the following months. We’ll see.

So here is what I did manage to read this month (in chronological order):

  1. Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1) by L.M. Montgomery  – in audio format
  2. Hooked On You (Paradise Cove #2) by Patrice Wilton – in audio format
  3. Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables #2) by L.M. Montgomery – in audio format
  4. Aranya (Shapeshifter Dragons #1) by Marc Secchia – in audio format
  5. Play Right By Me (Paradise Cove #3) by Patrice Wilton – in audio format
  6. Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables #3) by L.M. Montgomery – in audio format
  7. The Mortal Falls by Anna Durand
  8. Sunsets at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers #4) by Addison Cole
  9. The Mistletoe by Patricia Catacalos

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All these books have been reviewed this month, and to them I’m adding:

  • Acer (No Prisoners MC #3) by Lilly Atlas – in audio format
  • Cold Summer by Gwen Cole

“Acer” is part of a blog tour which will happen in September, so the review will be up then. As for “Cold Summer”, I have received this book from Sky Pony Pres, together with another title which I will be reading these days.  A complete review will be up somewhere till the end of September.

That’s about it for my wrap up. I will get back to you with the best book I’ve read in August in a separate article. Till next time, let me know if you have read any of these books or if any title sounds interesting. Oh, and leave a link to your wrap up so I can go check it out as well J Happy reading!

On The List For February

Hey guys,

I am back with my list of books to read or listen for February. My January wrap up was posted earlier today so it seems only fair to have something February related, in the month of February.

So before diving into my list, I want to share with you some ideas I have for the next period. I will be receiving some ARCs in paperback format, so I decided to make some „unboxing” articles. Most of the books I read are in electronic version, so it seems appropriate to make it special when I receive a hard copy. It’s like a „thank you” to the author or publishing house but also a way to capture my first reaction, my first contact with it. It will be fun to write and I hope fun to read.

I plan on being more involved in the book related discussions, maybe in book tags or even create my own monthly tags which hopefully I will share with my fellow bloggers.

This last week I decided to always end my day reading some pages. I usually fall asleep watching a movie or TV, but I find that reading before sleep helps me disconnect from all things in tahat day and I just sleep better.

Now that I’ve laid some of my ideas, let’s see what I have in my TBR and TBL, in random order:

February TBL:

  1. Dark Canvas – Jody Summers
  2. Ten Years Later – Lisa Marie Latino
  3. Apparitions – Rebekah S. Fiore
  4. Love on Ocean Drive – Aubrey Parr
  5. At Close Range – Laura Griffin
  6. Halfway Dead (Halfway Witchy # 1) – Terry Maggert
  7. Ascension – Hannah Rials
  8. Claimed –  Sarah O’Rourke
  9. Mercy – Natalie Bennett
  10. You Drive Me Crazy –Anna Premoli
  11. No Good Dead – Dana Volney
  12. Loving You Like a Rubber Band – Isra Tabassum
  13. Inevitable Ascension – V. K. McAllister

February TBL:

  1. The Billionaire’s Touch (The Sinclairs # 3) – J.S. Scott
  2. The Sheikh’s Diamond (Sheikh’s Wedding Bet Series #1) – Leslie North
  3. Revenge (Secrets and Lies # 1) – Lauren Landish
  4. Halfway Bitten (Halfway Witchy # 2) – Terry Maggert
  5. Halfway Hunted (Halfway Witchy # 3) – Terry Maggert
  6. The Alienation f Courtney Hoffman: A Novel – Brady Stefani

When I see all these titles I am not very confident, but we’ll just have to wait until my February wrap up J That’s it for now, thank you for visiting and remember to leave a comment below or a link to your February TBR.

 

January Wrap Up

Hey guys,

I wanted to do this wrap up a little earlier, like on the 31st earlier, but I was a bit caught up with the books I’ve read or listen to and trying to be updated with all the reviews. I’ll do my best to have the monthly reports as close to the end of the month as possible.

If you’ve been following my articles, I have posted my January TBR and TBL on the 1st of January and now it’s time to see where I am with my commitments. I was mentioning 8 titles, 6 of them have received a review during this month and two of them will be on my list for February. I’ve managed to finish 10 books, here are the titles and links to my reviews:

  1. Light in My Dark – William Dresden and Jean Gilbert
  2. The Aureate Spectacles – Eliott McKay
  3. Sweet – Lisa Hahn
  4. Carnal Obsession: His Heart’s Prisoner – Reily Garret
  5. Journey to Dawn: Step One, Breathe – Reily Garret
  6. Bending Fate: Prequel to Carnal Whispers: Mind Stalker – Reily Garret
  7. Remember For Me – Diana Tarant Schmidt
  8. Jadeite’s Journey – Lucinda Stain
  9. Frost – Kaitlyn Davis
  10. Heartbreaker – Stacy Kennedy

In regards to my TBL, I accomplished my one audiobook on the list: Anomalies by Sadie Turner & Colette Freedman. This book has opened my appetite for audiobooks. I find that I enjoy them very much, so for February I have a lot more coming.

 January was not such a bad month for my reading experience, though I am really sorry I was not able to capture all titles I’ve forecasted. So that’s it for now, I’ll be back with my February TBR and TBL. Please feel free to comment below if you read some of these titles and maybe even post a link to your January wrap up. I’d love to know how your month was bookwise J

Goodreads Choice Awards 2016

 

Even if my TBR list is getting bigger day by day, I still try to stay up to date with what my choiceawards2016fellow bloggers are writing or with what is trending on Goodreads or other book sites J

So I took a look on the Choice Awards for 2016, held by Goodreads as usual. I was extremely happy to see that for the Romance section the winner is one of my favorite authors: Colleen Hoover with her book “It Ends with Us”. I love her work, I adore her characters even though I must admit I don’t own all her books (yet). Not all are available in paperback in my country, so I’ve started looking online to order them. Anyways, back to THE WINNERS.

For the Romance area, “It Ends with Us” has managed to gather 59,546 votes and it’s the story of a young woman who falls in love with a good guy but she actually still loves her ex. Check the synopsis  here. The book is quite amazing, as usual when it comes to Colleen Hoover! Second place is Robert Their’s “Storm and Silence” – book one of the Storm and Silence series. I haven’t read this one, but its action is based in 19th century London, so it’s right up my alley (new book on my TBR – yey!) – Check out more about it here. Third place is Nora Roberts with “the Obsession”. I love Nora Roberts just as much as Colleen Hoover. Both these authors have determined this blog’s creation, even though I haven’t posted any reviews for their stories – I feel I’m not yet ready to emit an opinion on them, as I simply like them too much!

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Note to self: write an article on how I discovered their books.

Some other winners:

  • Best Fantasy: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two”, 128,543 votes. I was expecting that actually. Even if I am not a big fan of Harry Potter, the series is fabulous indeed.
  • Best YA Fiction: “Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys with 29,122 votes. Jennifer L. Armentrout came second with her novel “The Problem with Forever”.
  • Best YA Fantasy & Science Fiction: “A Court of Mist and Fury” by Sarah J. Maas. She also owns third place with her book “Empire of Storms”. I did not have the chance to read her books yet, but this year she’s been getting a lot of promotion and many bloggers have spoken really nice of her books. I’ll definitely give them a try! There are so many great authors in this category, I don’t even know which one to mention…
  • Best Debut Goodreads Author: “Rebel of the Sands” by Alwyn Hamilton, with 24,445 votes. Published in March 2016, it has over 3,000 reviews and a score of 3.9 stars. Books 2 and 3 are expected this year and in 2018.

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There are a lot of amazing authors nominated – check all results on Goodreads here. I will definitely be more involved in this year’s awards; this means an even bigger TBR. Anyways, congratulations to all winners and authors nominated and THANK YOU for these great books that keep us up most nights!