November Wrap Up

NovemberWrapUp

Hello everyone and welcome to another TBR on my blog! Warm hugs and wishes on such a cold weather (at least on my part of the world)! This article was supposed to come live a week ago but I’ve been spending my time catching up to my engagements for some blog tours and lately I’ve been dealing with a nice cold. But here I am, wrapping up the last month of autumn (again, in my part of the world).

In the month of November I was supposed to read the amazing amount of 22 books (see my TBR article here), out of which I’ve actually read 15.  Not my best month at all, since 4 out of these ones have been in audio format. I don’t know, I’ve been missing out on all the reading and I’ve missed my Kindle App also. Here is the list of the 15 titles with links to my reviews:

  1. Whiskey Witches by S.M. Blooding (Whiskey Witches, Book 1)wrapup11
  2. Rimrider by L.A. Kelley (Rimrider Adventures, Book 1)
  3. Blood Moon Magick by S.M. Blooding
  4. A Heavenly Christmas by Patrice Wilton (A Heavenly Christmas #1)
  5. Bound by Shadows by Reily Garrett (McAllister Justice #2)
  6. Beneath the Lake by Casi McLean (Lake Lanier Mysteries #1)
  7. Asher Black by Parker S. Huntington (The Five Syndicates #1)
  8. Moonchild by Kate L. Mary (Moonchild, #1)
  9. Someone to Love by Patrice Wilton (A Heavenly Christmas #2)
  10. Catch Me If You Can by Miss Mae
  11. Soul Bound: The Warrior by Jas T. Ward
  12. Loving Ordinary Life by Anastasia Petrenko
  13. Intimacy On The Plate (Extra Trim Edition) by Olga Petrenko
  14. November Rain by Shannon A. Thompson (Bad Bloods #1)
  15. The Sweetheart Mystery by Cheryl Ann Smith (Brash & Brazen #4)

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As for the results of the Tome Topple Readathon, let’s not get into that. If you are interested though, follow this lovely link (I will not tell you that I had a week off from work, because then I would have to stick my head in the sand of embarrassment and fury! )

There are some books that kick the passion out of a reader’s mood. But I am back loving those pages and I am currently reading “Indiscretion” by Hannah fielding. Yes, I am talking too much about it and taking too long to finish it, but I’m getting there.

I did however manage to update some of my long overdue reviews, so if you’ve seen me update the status of a book on Goodreads or Amazon but is not included here, it’s because those were some old titles read but not reviewed. I still have a few to post, but those ones will have an article on my blog also.

December is here, a new month, with new challenges. Until my next article, let me know what you have read in November and which was your favorite book.

Happy Reading!

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Tome Topple Wrap-Up

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Not a success at all, but a fun experience!

 I was so ready and so excited to participate. I’d even had all the books lined up and could have completed most of the challenges (link to my TBR is here). However I didn’t even manage to finish one book! I spent the first week doing my best to finish “Stronger Within” by Coral McCallum, but I could not, so I set it aside. Then I picked up “Indiscretion” by Hannah Fielding, which is a lovely book. Or at least it is, as far as I’ve went through.

 “Stronger Within” unfortunately has made me loose some of that enthusiasm, as I could not connect with the story or with the characters at all. Please, if someone has read it, give me an impulse to go on finishing it because right now, I have nothing.

 “Indiscretion” is a completely different story. It gives such great descriptions of Spain and its culture. The emotions are there, so I am moving forward to finish it these days.

 So here are my results, which I am not proud of:

  1. Books on my TBR: 4

Completed: None (Zero, Nada, Niente!!!)

  1. Total page count in TBR: 2,062

Completed: 534 (yey, only 26%! *Rolling eyes*)

  1. Challenges that could have been completed: 3

Completed: see item 1

 On the bright side, I had so much fun interacting with the hosts and participating in the sprints. I will definitely participate again in the next rounds, hopefully with better books! Happy reading!

Tome Topple Readathon TBR

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Yey! It’s my first time participating in the Tome Topple Readathon and I am very very excited, especially because I’ve pushed back these books especially for this event.

For those of you who are not familiar with tome Topple, this readathon is at round 5 already and will start on November 17 at midnight in your time zone and will end on November 30. The idea is to read books that are over 500 pages that may seem scary because of their long length. It’s a good feeling knowing that somewhere in the world someone is going through (enduring) a big read.  Let’s meet the hosts:

Sam – http://youtube.com/user/thoughtsontomes

Catriona – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYOhq5F-joK8qQPekd-jU1g

Adriana – http://youtube.com/user/perpetualpages

Sarah-Jane – http://youtube.com/thebooklife

Sian – https://www.youtube.com/user/readersr…

Ish- http://youtube.com/ReadingRealm

Caz – http://youtube.com/user/littlebookowl

Joce – http://youtube.com/c/jocesquibblesreads

 

As most readathons, there are several challenges that make things interesting:

  1. Read more than 1 tome
  2. Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages!)
  3. Read a tome that is part of a series
  4. Buddy read a tome
  5. Read an adult novel

I hope to complete challenges 1, 3 and 5. But let’s  check out my list of books and see if I have a chance:

Stronger Within (The Silver Lake Series Book 1) by Coral McCallumstronger within

I have received the entire series from the author two months ago or even more. So I’m using the excuse that I was saving it for the Readathon.

Goodreads blurb:

Stronger Within is Book One of the Silver Lake series.

Lori – in recovery following a serious accident, our fragile heroine is at a crossroads in her life and has sought sanctuary at the beach.

Jake – hard working and with a heart of gold, a struggling musician who is chasing his dreams as front man of local rock band, Silver Lake.

Vulnerability meets rock in this tale of two creative souls following their own paths in life. When their paths collide neither of their lives will ever be the same again.

Stronger Within, set in the small town of Rehoboth, Delaware, is a contemporary love story telling a fast paced tale of rock music, convalescence and unexpected love. It’s a tale of friendship, family and following your heart.

Page count : 626 (as per Goodreads)

Impossible DepthsImpossible Depths by Coral McCallum

This is the second book in the Silver Lake Series. Since I’m reading book 1, I might as well go ahead with book 2.

Goodreads blurb:

After a successful tour, Jake, Lori and the rest of Silver Lake are busy making plans for the future – new arrivals, new business ventures, new music and a new tour. An unexpected turn of events throws these plans into turmoil. Life for Silver Lake will never be the same again.

Can Jake and Lori maintain their relationship, gruelling schedules and overcome tragic losses? Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to find how strong you truly are.

Friendship, love, family and music dominate this contemporary romance as the Silver Lake family rise from seemingly Impossible Depths.

Page count : 423 (as per Goodreads) – don’t judge me yet! I know, over 500. But wait a sec!

Bonded Souls by Coral McCallumBonded Souls

Book 3 in the series and that’s the last of them. So even if Book 2 doesn’t have the necessary amount of pages, I want to finish the series, since two of the books have over 500 pages. And it compensates. And any book over 400 pages is scary for me, ok? I’m a cry baby!

Goodreads blurb:

With their wedding vows still ringing in their ears, the new Mr & Mrs Power start a new year with new projects, new tours and a new arrival on their minds.  However, a chance meeting for Jake with, not one but, two of his musical idols ensures life will never be the same again. A dark twist of fate forces Jake to confront the demons of his past and takes the Silver Lake family on an emotional and intense journey.

As rock ‘n’ roll, love and family intertwine to perfection, will Silver Lake emerge unscathed? Will the bonds of friendship hold true? Will Jake and Lori remain Bonded Souls?

Page count : 508 (as per Goodreads)

IndiscretionIndiscretion (Andalucían Nights #1) by Hannah Fielding

I have received this book in paperback format form the author. I am so excited to read it! I love my Kindle app, but I’m a sucker for paperbacks and hardbacks! Hannah was kind enough to send me a copy and it’s only fair I put it for my Tome Topple TBR.

Goodreads blurb:

A young woman’s journey of discovery takes her to a world of forbidden passion, savage beauty, and revenge.

Spring, 1950. Alexandra de Falla, a half-English, half-Spanish young writer abandons her privileged but suffocating life in London and travels to Spain to be reunited with her long-estranged family.

Instead of providing the sense of belonging she yearns for, the de Fallas are driven by seething emotions, and in the grip of the wild customs and traditions of Andalucia, all of which are alien to Alexandra.

Among the strange characters and sultry heat of this country, she meets the man who awakens emotions she hardly knew existed. But their path is strewn with obstacles: dangerous rivals, unpredictable events, and inevitable indiscretions. What does Alexandra’s destiny hold for her in this flamboyant land of drama and all-consuming passions, where blood is ritually poured on to the sands of sun-drenched bullfighting arenas, mysterious gypsies are embroiled in magic and revenge, and beautiful dark-eyed dancers hide their secrets behind elegant lacy fans?

“Indiscretion” is a story of love and identity, and the clash of ideals in the pursuit of happiness. But can love survive in a world where scandal and danger are never far away?

Page count : 464 (as per Goodreads) – no!!! The book I have has 497 pages + 8 pages of prologue = 505 pages – over 500, nailed it baby!

 

I will probably start with the last book, as I have only the first one in the series, then move on to the first three. Whish me luck, because I still have to go through my normal TBR books for November.

If you want to follow the event, look it up on Twitter @tome_topple. Let me know if you are planning to participate and which books are on your list. I’ll do my best to check in and give my progress from time to time. I may be more active on social media though probably (hopefully). Have fun and read more J

November TBR

November TBR

 

Wooho! Almost 12 days in the month and I’m only now checking my TBR. Out of the following titles, I have started with the first two books, for which I have already posted the reviews. As always, I want to read more than what I have planned, but lately I have not managed to read not even all the books in my TBR. Probably because I’m expecting to read a book a day and that’s not possible! (For me, at least). Without further whining, here is what I plant to read this month:

  1. Whiskey Witches by S.M. Blooding (Whiskey Witches, Book 1)
  2. Timeless by Michelle Madow (The Transcend Time Saga, Book 2)
  3. Rimrider by L.A. Kelley (Rimrider Adventures, Book 1)
  4. Blood Moon Magick by S.M. Blooding
  5. Angels’ Whispers by J. F. Cain (War Eternal #1)
  6. Chance@Love Trilogy (The Wandering Surfer Romance Bundle) by Luna Mitchell
  7. Bound by Shadows by Reily Garrett (McAllister Justice #2)
  8. Beneath the Lake by Casi McLean (Lake Lanier Mysteries #1)
  9. Asher Black by Parker S. Huntington (The Five Syndicates #1)
  10. The Fragile Thread of Hope by Pankaj Giri
  11. Moonchild by Kate L. Mary (Moonchild, #1)
  12. Enabled by Gustav J Phigeland (Enabled, #1)
  13. The Final Year Project by Mehana Usha Rani
  14. Initiation by Alyssa Tanner
  15. Catch Me If You Can by Miss Mae
  16. Like Broken China by J.D. Thompson
  17. Soul Bound: The Warrior by Jas T. Ward
  18. November Rain by Shannon A. Thompson (Bad Bloods #1)
  19. Space For Breathing: A Rock Star Romance by I.K. Velasco
  20. Life on Top by A. D. Hutchinson
  21. No Place Like You by Emma Douglas (Cloud Bay #3)
  22. The Sweetheart Mystery by Cheryl Ann Smith (Brash & Brazen #4)

Yup, again with the many books! It looks achievable, as some of them are audiobooks and some others are small. My plan is to try to recover some of the books I have long overdue. There are some non-fiction books I must red this month as well. I have not included them here because my unboxing article should come live soon.

Oh, and I plan to join the Tome Topple Readathon! I am working on my TBR for those weeks. So there are some books to be added J

So this is my reading list for this month, let me know what are your plans and talk to you in the comments J

October Wrap Up

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Ok, it’s me feeling sorry for myself again!  Done the reading, posted very few reviews. I have not caught up with posting my reviews for the September books, not posted all the reviews for the October books, but at least I’m reading. Also, I have focused my attention on another project, which I’ll talk about in another post. For now, let’s see how my month was in books.

From my TBR, I managed to read 14 books. Remaining 6 will be transferred to my TBR pile, but I do want to finish them in November, as they really caught my interest.  14 titles as follow, with links to the reviews, where applies:

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  1. Fracture by Kaitlyn Davis (Midnight Ice #3) – e-copy received from the author
  2. The Punch Escrow by Matthew Mercer – audiobook received as part of a blog tour
  3. The Watcher of the Night Sky by Rachel Pudsey – e-copy received from the author
  4. The Heart of the Alchemist by Penny Wells – e-copy received from the author
  5. Love and Deceit by Cheri Champagne (Mason Siblings Series #3) – e-copy received from the author
  6. Come Back to Me by Kathy Coopmans– audiobook received as part of a blog tourwrapup2
  7. A Season of You by Emma Douglas – e-copy received from the publisher
  8. Screwed by Mike Owens – e-copy received as part of a blog tour
  9. Air and Ash by Alex Lidell (Tides #1) – audiobook received as part of a blog tour
  10. Remembrance by Michelle Madow (Transcendent Time Saga #1) – audiobook received as part of a blog tour
  11. The trouble With Love by Cheri Champagne – e-copy received from the author
  12. West by Lizzy Ford (History Interrupted #1) – audiobook received as part of a blog tour
  13. Vengeance by Michelle Madow (Transcendent Time Saga #1.5) – audiobook received as part of a blog tour
  14. Rugged Texas Cowboy by Lora Leigh – e-copy received from the publisher

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Unfortunately, again I did not manage to post my reviews for all of them in time. However, I think I am out of my writing slump, as I have already scheduled the reviews. There will be some days where you’ll see two reviews posted.

 October has been a great month, even if it had some downs, not only ups. It gave me an impulse to move forward, I was reminded why I like book blogging so much and it helped to know I have someone very close to my heart always there to give me that impulse J

 Let me know how your month has been and what have you read in the comments below. Until next time, have great reading time!

October TBR

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I have so many books for October and for at least half of them I have very high expectations! Since we are close to the end of October, I have already read and reviewed some of them but without prolonging this moment, here’s what I hope to read:

  1. Fracture by Kaitlyn Davis (Midnight Ice #3)
  2. The Punch Escrow by Matthew Mercer
  3. The Watcher of the Night Sky by Rachel Pudsey
  4. The Heart of the Alchemist by Penny Wells
  5. Unlikely in Love by Ashley John
  6. Love and Deceit by Cheri Champagne (Mason Siblings Series #3)
  7. Come Back to Me by Kathy Coopmans
  8. Stronger Within by Coral McCallum (The Silver Lake Series #1)
  9. A Season of You by Emma Douglas
  10. Impossible Depths by Coral McCallum (The Silver Lake Series #2)
  11. Screwed by Mike Owens
  12. Bounded Souls by Coral McCallum (The Silver Lake Series #1)
  13. Air and Ash by Alex Lidell (Tides #1)
  14. Remembrance by Michelle Madow (Transcendent Time Saga #1)
  15. The trouble With Love by Cheri Champagne
  16. The Dating Diet by Darla Lyons
  17. The Step-Spinsters by Madina Papadopulis
  18. West by Lizzy Ford (History Interrupted #1)
  19. Vengeance by Michelle Madow (Transcendent Time Saga #1.5)
  20. Rugged Texas Cowboy by Lora Leigh

 

To be honest, the list looked way better in my mind, with fewer books. There is no chance I can finish all of them, especially since the month is almost over and I can tell you I am only one third down. Still, I am quite optimistic. We’ll see in 2 weeks more or less (hopefully not more).

And while most of you are probably reading books with a Halloween theme or more appropriate for this celebration, I have a month of Romance reads. Nothing new in this department! As usual, I hope to achieve as much as possible. As I’ve mentioned before, my objective is to reduce my TBR pile (which has 3 more books since September). Leave a comment below with the books you still have to read for this month or links to your TBR. Till my next post, happy reading!

September Wrap Up

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Another month has passed, almost two at this point. I am again late with my wrap up and TBR. But let’s take it one step at the time.

I have been so focused and so busy with all my activities and I want to be involved as much as possible in my blogging activity. However, there are times when life outside of pages gets in the way and plans go a little South. But, as they say, it’s important to make the most of every day. So I think when September is concerned, I did it (almost).

Reading wise, I am quite happy with what I managed to accomplish, but not happy that I did not manage to post my reviews in time for all the books I’ve finished (not even until past Mid-October I might add… ).   So here are the results, with links where the reviews are up. I’ll do my best to post the other ones in the coming days as well (preferably until end of this month!).

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  1. The Leftover by Booke Williams – e-copy received
  2. Cover of the Night by Laura Griffin – e-copy received
  3. The Real Thing by Melissa Foster – e-copy received
  4. Holy Crap! The World is Ending by Anna-Marie Abel – e-copy received
  5. Acer by Lilly Atlas (No Prisoners MC #3) – audiobook received
  6. Touch of Fondness by Joy Penny (Stay in Touch #1)
  7. Interviewing for Her Lover by Ellis Day (Six Nights Of Sin #1) – e-copy received
  8. Corruption by Adam Vine – audiobook received
  9. Waiting for the Storm by Marie Landry – e-copy received
  10. Once a Rebel by Mary Jo Putney – e-copy received
  11. The Alibi by Marilyn Baron – e-copy received
  12. Forbidden: A Reluctant Series Novel #2 by Marla Josephs – audiobook received

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So 12 books in total out of my 17 planed, not counting the extras. I know I could have done better, but in the last week I got kind of lazy or tired and I did not read much. I also wanted to reread “Freeze” by Kaitlyn Davis. This is book 2 in the “Midnight Ice” series. I was also excited for the release of book 3. I must say it has been a long time since I have enjoyed a series as much.

My biggest regrets when it comes to my reading/blogging activity are that I did not manage to post all that I had planned or to read the books on my list.

Well, at least I am trying to improve my game, trying to become more organized. If it’s not too late, let me know what you have read in September or in case you have not read anything, just pop in and say hi J  Happy reading!