(Late) February TBR

February TBR

I am again late with my TBR. Already half a month has passed and I am behind schedule, mainly because I set up too many tasks (as usual), but also because of my job. I came home more tired than usual and I wanted to rest my eyes for a while. So I have plenty of catching up to do. I have recently posted my resolutions for 2018 and I do want to follow them.

Without further whining, here are the books that I plan to read this month, some of which have already been reviewed on my blog:

  1. Witch for Hire by N. E. Conneely
  2. Off Limits by Claire Connelly
  3. Girl Divided by Willow Rose
  4. Vacation Bride by Vicky Loebel
  5. Drumline by Stacy Kestwick
  6. A Witch’s Path by N. E. Conneely
  7. Ruled by Anne Marsh
  8. The French Adventure by Lucy Coleman
  9. A Week To Be Wild by J.C. Hrroway
  10. Starblind by D.T. Dyllin
  11. Legacy by Jesikah Sundin
  12. Dark City, Darker Night by Abe Evergreen
  13. Project Bodi: Awaken the Power of Insight by Hosein Kouros-Mehr
  14. A Witch’s Trial by N. E. Conneely
  15. In the Dark by Chris Patchell
  16. Pen & Xander by Laekean Kemp
  17. Parallex by D.T. Dyllin
  18. Stolen by Jessica Titone
  19. Dark Harvest by Chris Patchell
  20. Hungry for Love by Maya Sacher
  21. Legal Seduction by Lisa Childs
  22. The Madame Catches Her Duke by Christina McNight
  23. Flux by D.T. Dyllin
  24. Revelations by Bellamy Westbay
  25. Updrift by Errin Stevens

These would be the books for which I have a date scheduled and most of them are part of blog tours. But I also have a few extra, which are commitments as well, but I have no fixed date yet. Still, I’d like it to be this month and no later:

  1. Lord Bachelor by Tammy L. Bailey
  2. Fast Track To Glory by Thomasz Chrusciel
  3. Shadows, Shells and Spain by John Meyer
  4. Love at Five Thousand Feet by Jane Lewis
  5. Deserving It by Angela Quarles
  6. Arcane by Erzabet Bishop

Now let’s see what I can do to reduce my growing TBR. Since I have already crowded February with more books than I can handle, I’ll only select 3 books (which are also a must):

  1. Starswept by Mary Fan (on my TBR since last month)
  2. Strictly Surgical by Mila Mesa (on my TBR since last month)
  3. The Kiss That Killed Me by Kristy Nicolle (on my TBR since November 2017)

I’m already three books behind schedule and I haven’t read anything this weekend, only listened to audiobooks. But I am still confident, until my wrap up. I am excited for some of these titles and there are some books which are quick reads so I am hoping to finish all of them, or at least as much as I can. Let me know in the comments below what are your plans for this month. Happy Reading!

 

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Lilly’s 2018 Resolutions

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A little bit late in January I decided to put on paper my goals when it comes to my book blogging activity. Since I am trying to optimize my free time and to use it wisely, I need some planning ahead, or at least some guide lines. So here is what I plan to do in 2018, bookwise:

  1. Follow these resolutions! Because I have a tendency to make lists, then not follow them…
  2. Reducing the TBR pile is a MUST – finishing all outstanding books from 2016 and 2017
  3. Buy a domain for my blog – because it’s time
  4. Dedicate more time to graphics for my articles – maybe buy some Time from the supermarket…coz it’s a rare commodity
  5. Write at least one article per week that is not a book review – chances are I will forget to do that
  6. Write reviews for all the books I read – MUST
  7. Read more classics – there are a lot of classics I have not read… need to start that
  8. Read more books outside my comfort zone – which is now mostly Romance
  9. Buy more bookish goodies
  10. Read at least a few nonfiction books
  11. Keep the blog and books organized

Yup… these are my 10 resolutions. I want to respect the first one, and follow all of them. They don’t seem so difficult, do they?

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Books, books, books and then more books. Bla bla bla! How about something else? Here is what I plan to do, outside these paper or electronic amount of words:

  1. Read at least 100 books

Oh, sorry, no bookish stuff. Ok, here we go:

  1. Finish all my crochet projects. I have an entire basket of projects I’ve started for a couple of years now and I must finish all of them before starting a new one
  1. Finish all my sewing projects: same as my crochet stuff, I have a lot of sewing projects that I’ve started ages ago and they are still standing there, occupying space…
  1. Keep on practicing sewing. I am not an expert at all, but I like sewing and unfortunately I have not touched my sewing machine in months. That needs to change
  1. Crochet a sweater. My worst fear: sleeves, neckline, any part that is not a square and involves increase or decrease
  1. Learning hand embroidery. I like it a lot and I hope to learn it and use it for my other projects
  1. Post one non-bookish article a month: let’s get to know each other a little better.
  1. Start a clothes up cycling project: I have a lot of shirts and T-shirts I don’t wear or like that much. So maybe I can try and change them a little (Alarm bells! Danger ahead, proceed with caution!)
  1. Experiment more with cooking: I love cooking, but I usually stick to the few recipes I know well. It’s time to prepare something new
  1. Take more pictures (preferably good ones): I love photography and it’s an activity that relaxes me very much. So I need to do it more
  1. Become a better version of myself: more organized, more relaxed, do my best to keep that negative energy at bay

These are my hobbies, besides books. I hope to find the time to enjoy them more and explore that creative side … that I’m not sure I have, but anyway… Let me know in the comments below what are your hobbies and how you manage to combine them with reading. Until next time, happy reading!

January Wrap Up

January WrapUp

Hi there,

Here I am, wrapping up January, one week into February. I took my time a little because I wanted to plan some articles ahead and I can tell you, February will be an interesting and intense month, if I manage to stick to all my plans.

Back to my wrap up, I was planning on reading 30 books this past month, which I even admitted it was impossible. But I did manage to finish 22, 5 of which were audiobooks. Almost all have a review on my blog and for 3 I still need to prepare one. Hope to manage that soon! Here are the titles, with links where available:

  1. Shatter (Midnight Ice #4) by Kaitlyn Davis (e-copy)
  2. Cowboy Stole My Heart (River Ranch #1) by Soraya Lane (e-copy)
  3. Muffy & Valor: A True Story by Karl Beckstrand , Brandon Rodriguez (illustrator) (e-copy)
  4. Bees Like Flowers (Mummy Nature #2) by Rebecca Bielawski (e-copy)
  5. The Bridge of the Golden Wood by Karl Beckstrand, Yaniv Cahoua (Illustrator) (e-copy)
  6. The Crown Prince’s Bride (Royal Duology #2) by Donna Alward (e-copy)
  7. Legacy of Evil (Hotel LaBelle #2) by Sharon Buchbinder (e-copy)
  8. Growing Up Carrie by Ernie D Massey (e-copy)Janwrap1
  9. The Flight of Hope by H.J. Bellus (audiobook)
  10. Dark Retreat (EMP Lodge #1) by Grace Hamilton (audiobook)
  11. Frostbitten by Heather Beck (audiobook)
  12. The Vestals Conspiracy: A Novella by Tomasz Chrusciel (e-copy)
  13. Should’ve Been You (Man Enough #3) by Nicole McLaughlin (e-copy)
  14. Wicked Me by Lindsey R. Loucks (e-copy)
  15. The Voyeur Series (The Voyeur) by Ellis O. Day (e-copy)
  16. Awakening (Redeemer Chronicles #1) by Julie C. Gilbert (audiobook)Janwrap2
  17. A Bargain in Silver (Solis Invicti #1) by Josie Jaffrey (paperback copy)
  18. Silver Blood (Series of Blood #1) by Emma Hamm (e-copy)
  19. Girl Unseen (Beyond the Grave #3) by Athena Daniels (e-copy)
  20. The Final Year Project by Mehana Usha Rani (e-copy)
  21. The Dating Diet by Daralyse Lyons (e-copy)
  22. Suspended Game by Roz Lee (audiobook)Janwrap3

I spent all January planning articles, deciding if I should buy a domain and when to do it and coming up with a new series of posts. I’m having fun doing what I do, I am enjoying my time reviewing books and I push myself so much. I finished the month so tired, but feeling accomplished.  I put on paper some resolutions which I plan on following to the letter (starting from February… don’t judge). I will share those with you in the following days, before my February TBR.

I am still deciding which was my favorite book of the month, so probably that article will come a bit late. I have 3 books “fighting” for the spot. But that’s it for this wrap up. Please let me know below how many books have you read in January or which one was your best read. Happy reading !

Tackle That TBR Rad-A-Thon… Wrap Up

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Three days ago we have ended the Tackle That TBR Read-A-Thon. Participating was an amazing experience. Knowing that you and a bunch of other book lovers are reading and hoping to accomplish the same goals is very exciting and gave me a feeling of belonging to this amazing community of readers.

But being involved in organizing and promoting it was even better, especially because the event was not initiated by me. Lauren from The Bookish Fairy took a chance and allowed me to help out. So I’d like to thank her (again) for this opportunity. Between us, I hope we will do it again together for the end of this year as well, and even better!

Starting the year with a read-a-thon was a terrific idea, since it gave me that impulse to read a lot. Having good books was a major help too. I pushed myself to complete all the challenges and from my TBR of 7 books , I managed to complete 5. See below the titles with links to my reviews where available, remaining ones will be posted in the following week for sure:

  1. Indiscretion (Andalucían Nights #1) by Hannah Fielding
  2. Travel as Transformation: Conquer the Limits of Culture to Discover Your Own Identity by Gregory V. Diehl
  3. Marking Madden (Hearts of Hollis: Book One) by L. Leslie & Nicole Dykes
  4. Silver Blood (Series of Blood #1) by Emma Hamm – review is in progress. I liked it also, but I didn’t understand some of the elements. So I am checking it out a little more.
  5. A Bargain in Silver (Solis Invicti #1) by Josie Jaffrey – review is in progress. I liked the book quite a lot, but it has some issues especially in regards to the main character and the plot development. I’m still deciding on a rating.

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As for the challenges, I managed to complete them all:

  • A book I really needed to read: A Bargain in Silver (Solis Invicti #1)
  • A book in a series: Silver Blood (Series of Blood #1)
  • A standalone: Travel as Transformation: Conquer the Limits of Culture to Discover Your Own Identity
  • A book that has been on my TBR for over a year: Marking Madden (Hearts of Hollis: Book One)
  • 5 books read: see the list above

Except the reading, this read-a-thon was the perfect opportunity to organize all my books and the ARCs I have received since starting my blog. So this is another accomplishment.

That’s all guys, thank you again to all those who have participated and congratulations to all the books you’ve finished.

January TBR

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How exciting! My first TBR from 2018! I have a lot of amazing new titles, most of them coming out this month. I can’t wait to go through them (note: taking into account January has started for quite a while, I have already read and reviewed some of them, apologize for the repeat). Here is what I plan to read:

  1. The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty
  2. Shatter (Midnight Ice #4) by Kaitlyn Davis
  3. Cowboy Stole My Heart (River Ranch #1) by Soraya Lane
  4. The Siege: A Novel by Marilyn Baron
  5. Shadow of the Savernake: Book One of the Taxane Chronicles by Jayne Hackett
  6. The Crown Prince’s Bride (Royal Duology #2) by Donna Alward
  7. Legacy of Evil (Hotel LaBelle #2) by Sharon Buchbinder
  8. Growing Up Carrie by Ernie D Massey
  9. The Flight of Hope by H.J. Bellus
  10. Dark Retreat (EMP Lodge #1) by Grace Hamilton
  11. Sailing out of Darkness (Carolina Coast #4) by Normandie Fischer
  12. Starswept (Starswept #1) by Mary Fan
  13. Two from Isaac’s House: A Story of Promises by Normandie Fischer
  14. Suspended Game by Roz Lee
  15. A Different Kind of Lovely by Petra March
  16. Vigilance & Vengeance by S.D. Hintz
  17. Should’ve Been You (Man Enough #3) by Nicole McLaughlin
  18. Wicked Me by Lindsey R. Loucks
  19. The Voyeur Series (The Voyeur) by Ellis O. Day
  20. Awakening (Redeemer Chronicles #1) by Julie C. Gilbert
  21. Djinn by Sang Kromah

Except these lovely titles, I have some books which have been started in December and I do plan on finishing this month:

  • A Bargain in Silver (Solis Invicti #1) by Josie Jaffrey (finished, actually – review in progress)
  • Dream Me by Kathryn Berla
  • Brand Identity Breakthrough: How to Craft Your Company’s Unique Story to Make Your Products Irresistible by Gregory V. Diehl
  • Silver Blood (Series of Blood #1) by Emma Hamm (finished, actually – review in progress)
  • Girl Unseen (Beyond the Grave #3) by Athena Daniels
  • The Duke by Katharine Ashe (Devil’s Duke #3)
  • A Wedding At Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer (Two Love Lane #2)
  • The Final Year Project by Mehana Usha Rani (finished, actually – review in progress)
  • Strictly Surgical Mila Mesa (Doctor/Patient, #1)

Now, let’s be honest and admit that I will not be able to finish all of them, even if I read all day. But I do want to read as many as possible and to finish the ones I’ve started. Half of them are audiobooks, so those ones will be easy to go through and others are quite short. I wouldn’t know which one to put aside. So, excuse me while I go read for …eternity!

Bye for now!

December Wrap Up

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December has passed in a glance. Holidays are over, but I hope you have kept the joy and warmth in your souls. I am quite satisfied with how I have spent my time this month, especially in the last couple of weeks. But let’s get down to business, shall we?

When it comes to books, it has been a very productive end of the year, with a lot of amazing novels. Yes, I did have a lot to read, I took on extra titles in the meantime and no, I did not manage to read all titles included on my initial list. But I did read some new ones. So here is what I did manage to complete:

  1. Shake Up: An Edison Bay Romance by Joyce Palmer
  2. Heart of Stone by Dakota Willink (The Stone Series #1)
  3. Erase by by J.Y. Barris
  4. Fragile Chaos by Amber R. Duell
  5. Stepping Stone by Dakota Willink (The Stone Series #2)
  6. Mountain Wolf Protectors Complete Series by Emilia Hartley (Mountain Wolf Protectors #1 To #4)December_wrap1
  7. A World Without Color by Bernard Jan
  8. Frede and Santa by Leen Lefebre
  9. Tell It Like It Is by Stanalei Fletcher (Northstar Security #5)
  10. Marking Madden (Hearts of Hollis: Book One) by L. Leslie & Nicole Dykes
  11. Dancing with Armando by Jill Cox Vogt
  12. Travel as Transformation: Conquer the Limits of Culture to Discover Your Own Identity by Gregory V. Diehl
  13. Indiscretion (Andalucían Nights #1) by Hannah Fielding

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I would say not bad, taking into account that most of my reading was done in the last weeks of the month. Though I am really sorry I did not manage to complete all of them. I believe I have an idea in order not to keep them on my TBR for an infinite amount of time, but you will read about it in my 2018 Goals and Resolutions.

That’s all when it comes to December. However, do come by to see my favorite and least favorite books of 2017. Happy Reading in 2018 to all!

 

2017 in Reverse

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Here we are, in our last day of 2017. Another year has passed, with good, bad, amazing or terrifying moments. For me, it has been such an eventful year! I was in my lowest points and came back happier than ever. I was unorganized, but somehow managed to clean up my act. What started to be a year of conflict and confusion, ended up being a healing process, full of accomplishments.

When it comes to books and book blogging, I have experienced my worst reading slump ever! But at the end of it, I realized how much all this reviewing means to me and how much it changed me, not only as a reader, but as a person. I started with a goal of reading 70 books this year and ended up reading over 90, not all have been reviewed officially yet. I had books I’ve rated 2 stars, or even books I’ve DNFed. I’ve discovered Book Depository, become a BookTube addict and even started an Instagram account J I’ve taken some major steps as a book blogger.

Probably the best things that happened were receiving my first paperback copies of books to read and review. And those were some amazing books! But let’s not forget my first Illumicrate box (pictures are on my Instagram account). I was like a kid in Candy Land when I saw it.

I’ve grown up as a blogger. I’ve finally found a system I am comfortable with and also managed to track all my ARCs – of course, with Goodreads’ help. I now have shelves with my TBRs from 2016, 2017 and I even have my shelf with books I need to read in 2018. Yes, I have so many books I haven’t gotten to. But I will, I am slowly but surely reading all books I have outstanding.

Last but not least, I need to thank all those amazing people that have shaped me this year. Starting with all the authors that have put their trust in my reviews, my new bookish friends and mainly my special someone, who’s always there to encourage my crazy ideas or discourage the silly ones.

I wish you all a 2018 with many, many achievements, with fewer disappointments and great books! Life is the best gift we could have received, so we must make the most out of it. Beauty surrounds us in every little thing, in every insignificant detail on the cover of a book. We just need to open our eyes and see it.

Happy New Year to all!

Love,

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