August Wrap Up (too many books)

Hello there and welcome to another wrap up 🙂

August was an incredible month for me, not only from reading perspective, but also on a more personal note. It was a month of decision making and acting on those decisions. I put on paper all my ideas and it was good to see those thoughts someplace else than in my (already crowded) brain. I hope to keep this up for the coming months as well, but let me tell you a little of what’s been happening.

It all started with me realizing how many books I have started and not finished (because I am messy and mostly unorganized) and from here I moved on to all the things I wanted to do but never acted on those wants. I’ve made my first steps towards a sewing shop that will combine my love for sewing with my love for crochet. I will update you guys along the way, but this is a book blog and will remain so.

Also I have taken steps towards buying a domain for my blog. You will probably see design changes soon, so I apologize for any strange things you will see (it will take some time until I define my style). I’ve read so many good books lately and all these amazing authors deserve to be praised. I am happy and proud to be among those helping promote their work.

In regards to my reading activity for this month, let me tell you … I’ve read like crazy.  I felt that slump knocking at my door and I wanted to push it away, so so far away. The best way was to read and resist 🙂 and so I did. It help a lot that I had 2 weeks off from work and immediately after I participated in a readathon (all about my experience is in my Fairytaleathon Wrap Up). There were so many books and so little time to review all of them, but reviews will follow. Let me show you the titles I’m talking about:

 

  1. Uncanny Valley by C.A. Gray
  2. In Flames by Jessica Jayne
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane #10) by Elizabeth Hoyt
  5. Hometown Girl Again by Kirsten Fullmer
  6. Flip The Beat by Roxanne D. Howard
  7. The Stigma Surrogate by J. T. Laurence (“When Tomorrow Comes” #1)
  8. Why You Were Taken by J. T. Laurence (“When Tomorrow Comes” #2)
  9. What Have We Done by J. T. Laurence (“When Tomorrow Comes” #2)
  10. Highland Brides of Skye Series by Tarah Scott (all three books in the series: Passion, Redemption and Deception)
  11. Her Revolution by C. S. Hand
  12. Fallen Star by Allison Morse
  13. Soul of Stone by Traci McDonald
  14. Yuki’s Luck by Ja’Nese Dixon (“Smith Pact Duo” # 1)
  15. Asher’s Sonnet by Ja’Nese Dixon (“Smith Pact Duo” # 2)
  16. The Summer Sisters Series by Teresa Keefer (almost all three books in the series: Blessed Be, Threefold and Namaste – last one is work in progress)
  17. Liberty Landing by Gail Vida Hamburg
  18. Better Together by Crista McHugh
  19. The Secret Chord by Kathryn Guare
  20. The Enigma of a Widow by Linda Rae Sande
  21. Hard Trigger by S.L. Hannah
  22. Cinderella Busted by by Petie McCarty
  23. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
  24. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
  25. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  26. The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh
  27. An Enchantment of Ravens by by Margaret Rogerson
  28. Dark Justice: McCabe by Jenna Ryan

 

Not too bad, I’d say, especially since some of them have now a special place in my heart. I have read a lot!!! I was lucky most of them were audiobooks and some was very small and I could finish 2-3 books in a day. My time away from the office did help a lot!  September will bring more exciting articles and events. I am already into my TBR now and there are some very promising books coming. I must finish somehow the books already started, I have tons of articles I’ve been meaning to write but never started doing that. Busy, busy, busy, but busy doing what I like!

That’s it for now, stay around for more articles and lots of reviews. Let me know in the comments below if you have read any of these books or just how was your month in general 🙂 Until next time, happy reading 🙂

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Fairytaleathon Wrap Up

And it has ended 😦

I am so sad for this to finish, as I had the best time ever! It was such a great idea and there are so many things I need to be grateful for.

Let’s start with the beginning. Twitter turned out to be my best friend lately, as I’ve been more active there, I’ve interacted with fellow book bloggers and made some amazing friends. This is how I found out about this readathon. I was just coming back from a reading slump and all I wanted to do was keep on reading and not give into the lazy feeling knocking at my door.

I was a bit skeptical because I wanted to read books I was sure to enjoy and I don’t know why the idea of a retelling did not appeal to me. But, one look at my bookshelves and I felt “the calling” 🙂 I had three books just waiting to be read and this was the perfect opportunity. Ok, but the rules/challenges were mentioning 7 books to be read (because I was set on accomplish them!). So I checked the hosts’ TBRs and the recommendations on Twitter and thus my list of books was complete! Honestly, it was the most difficult list to put together because I actually searched for books and took my time finding out more titles and choosing my options.

Believe me, it was a time well spent. I even got to buy two or three (one title ended up to another and I ended up buying 6, but …that’s the life of a book lover). I posted my TBR and started reading (original link is here). Out of all the books I planned to finish, this is what I’ve managed to accomplish, with some small thoughts (full reviews will follow):

Cinderella Busted by by Petie McCarty: any Cinderella story is bound to be a great one. Who doesn’t love Cinderella? I liked the book, it had issues, but those issues will not stop me to finish the series. It was an ok start. Not great, just ok.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston : oh my God how I spent hours in a week night to finish this book. I loved it, it was fantastic! It’s not s perfect book, but it is a book that made me feel so so much! It made me feel good, it made me enjoy it!

Hunted by Meagan Spooner: beauty lies in all things, as long as we open our hearts to it. That’s all I am saying for now. Oh, gorgeous cover!!!

Heartless by Marissa Meyer: let me start by saying that I have not read Alice in Wonderland and that before posting my review for Heartless I will read Alice because it’s a must. Anyhow, I knew more or less the idea, I saw the Hallmark movie of Alice. I enjoyed it more than I was expecting to 🙂 good pick!

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Here we start with the audiobooks. I’ve realized that reading 7 books in 7 days while also reading the books lined up for the blog tours, sewing/crocheting and going to work was difficult (ok, impossible). So I used the audiobook version for three of them, which I could enjoy while doing other activities:

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh : great book, great narration, even if I had a bit of difficulty differentiating between characters. This book made my heart race, made me cry and love the Caliph of Khorasan. It also made me buy all the books in the series. More on that will follow.

An Enchantment of Ravens by by Margaret Rogerson – loved it quite a lot, even if I ended up rereading some chapters as I was not paying attention sometimes. I listened to it at the office and.. well. You know how it is :)))

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning : this was the book pick for the readathon and it was such a great pick! I was not a fan of the Little Mermaid cartoons as a child (probably because I was too little to understand what a mermaid is) but I loved this story and I loved how the author managed to show the characters’ feelings and how she captured all the details of their emotions. It is very well written indeed! The narration was spectacular as well!

 

This readathon reminded me of the joy of reading a good book and how it’s supposed to feel. It reminded me that reading is all about emotions, all about connecting with those pure feelings inside our souls. I had fun, it was a successful readathon and I would like to thank the hosts for their efforts and the sprints they did with and for us, even if I joined in very (very) few since I am from Europe and timing was a bit of an issue 🙂 There are the hosts’ Booktube channels – follow them so we can chat about their videos some more:

Becky:  BookTube

Sam: BookTube

Jordan: BookTube

Alex: BookTube

Erica: BookTube

 

Let me know in the comments below if you have participated in this readathon or if you know any readathon happening in the coming days. I would love to participate with you guys 🙂 Until next time, thanks for visiting and read a lot!

(Lazy) July Wrap Up

I apologize for the lack of pictures and banners in this article. July was not a good month, so I am punishing it by removing its colors! 🙂 (now that I think of it, sounds kind of dum… )

I feel I have not written a TBR in years! This month has been a month of revelations, not only concerning my blogging activity, but also my daily job. For a while, I’ve lost my focus on the things that give me pleasure, things that make me feel good. Well, that is about to change. But more about that you will read on my August TBR (and To Do).

For now, let’s end the month in a more positive note and show you guys what I’ve read:

  1. Within the Walls by Dre Keeton
  2. OSHUN Rising by Jennifer Alsever
  3. Clutch by Lisa Becker
  4. Bound by Jennifer Dean
  5. Power of Five by Alex Lidell
  6. The Liberty Box by C.A. Gray
  7. Fury’s Kiss by Nicola R. White
  8. The Eden Conspiracy by C.A. Gray
  9. Girl Vs by Xela Culletto
  10. The Phoenix Project by C.A. Gray
  11. Vesta’s Clockwork Companions by Juli D. Revezzo
  12. The Kitchens of Canton by Isham Cook
  13. Tracing Shadows by Alex Lidell

Most of these were audiobooks, which makes the month of July one of my laziest from the year. I was going through a lot and my head was in a million places. It still is, but I’m trying to bring some light into that dark tunnel somehow,

August is an amazing month until now. Already 5 days in and I have read 4 books and I’m almost finishing the fifth. I have some great titles and a more optimistic article. Until then, comment below if you have read any of these titles or if you would like to or just let me know which books have you read in July.

Thanks for reading and enjoy your Sunday!

March Wrap Up

March Wrap Up

Some (including me) would argue that having 31 days in a month would be more than enough to read 20 books, especially taking into account my reading habits. Well, this was one of my worst reading months as of late (I think). Because of factors out of my control (like crappy time at the office and my health not being as great), I have managed to read 13 books out of the 33 I had planned. I was missing 5 more from my TBR, so at least I managed to include those. Without further lamentations, let’s see the titles I did manage to read:

 

  1. The Final Enemy by Dan Petrosini (audio format)
  2. Breakwater by Errin Stevens (audio format)
  3. Now That I’ve Found You by Bella Andre (audio format)
  4. Immortal Reckoning by Tara Fox Hall (e-copy)
  5. Since I Fell For You by Bella Andre (audio format)
  6. Thirsty by Mia Hopkins (e-copy)
  7. The Flames by Kyle Prue (audio format)
  8. Level Me Up by Lauren Helms (audio format)
  9. You Do Something To Me by Bella Andre (audio format)wrapup11
  10. Daughter of the King by Ashley York (e-copy)
  11. Deserving It by Angela Quarles (e-copy)
  12. Love’s Courage by Elizabeth Meyette (audio format)
  13. Three Lessons in Seduction by Sofie Darling (audio format)
  14. Rain of Ash by Gwen Mitchell (audio format)
  15. Ignited by A. M. Deese (e-copy)
  16. Beneath by Maureen A. Miller (e-copy)
  17. Right Kiss, Wrong Guy by Natalie Decker (e-copy)
  18. Right Text, Wrong Number by Natalie Decker (e-copy)

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Yup, not proud of myself! I have some free days in April that will help redeem myself for this month. I have two books that I’ve started and not finished and some of the books in my March TBR were ARCs of titles that have released in March, so that’s awful from my end!

 

I’ll stop lingering now and get to reading! See ya soon 🙂

February Wrap Up

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February was not a great reading month for me at all. I had so much planned to read and out of the 34 books on my list, I managed to read 20, which means my TBR is growing, instead of decreasing. I have not managed to keep up with my resolutions, I have not managed to post as much as I would have liked. But despite all that, I am still happy with what I did manage to do, taking into account I was very very busy at the office.

Note to self: Quit your job!!!

Note to self #2: DO NOT quit your job, you still need it! 

On a more positive note, I started a couple of tags on social media which are fun to follow:

#lillysbookquotes – some of my favorite book quotes

#myreadingmoments – those moments when things happen

#havefunwhilereading – brainstorming ideas on how to make my reading experience even more enjoyable

I also discovered an amazing audiobook series:  A Witch’s Path by N. E. Conneely. I will talk more about it in a future article, but I tell you, this was FANTASTIC! You can check my reviews, linked below to have a taste of my opinion, but more about the series and about the reasons why I find it so great will come soon. Since we talk about “amazing”, I also read my first Kristy Nicolle book (yes, I’ve just now read my first Kristy Nicolle book…) and it was so much more than I expected. Luckily, that earned me the other books in the series, as the author was so very kind as to end those over so I can review and share them with you.

Without further prolonging this article, here are the books that I managed to finish, with links where reviews are available on my blog (I’ll soon add the others):

  1. Witch for Hire by N. E. Conneely (audiobook)
  2. Off Limits by Claire Connelly (e-copy)
  3. Girl Divided by Willow Rose (e-copy)
  4. Vacation Bride by Vicky Loebel (audiobook)
  5. Drumline by Stacy Kestwick (audiobook)
  6. A Witch’s Path by N. E. Conneely (audiobook)
  7. Ruled by Anne Marsh (e-copy)
  8. A Week To Be Wild by J.C. Hrroway (e-copy)wrapup21
  9. Starblind by D.T. Dyllin (audiobook)
  10. Legacy by Jesikah Sundin (audiobook)
  11. A Witch’s Trial by N. E. Conneely (audiobook)
  12. In the Dark by Chris Patchell (audiobook)
  13. Parallex by D.T. Dyllin (audiobook)
  14. Dark Harvest by Chris Patchell (audiobook)
  15. Legal Seduction by Lisa Childs (e-copy)
  16. The Madame Catches Her Duke by Christina McNight (e-copy)
  17. The Kiss That Killed Me by Kristy Nicolle (e-copy)
  18. Flux by D.T. Dyllin (audiobook)
  19. Updrift by Errin Stevens (audiobook)
  20. Benjamin Sorrow: One for Sorrow by P. G. Challis (e-copy)wrapup11

If February had 28 days and I scheduled 34 books, imagine how my March schedule looks like.

Thank you very much for reading through my wrap up and I’ll talk to you guys around J 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 !

December Wrap Up

December wrap up

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!