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July TBR – The TBR Raffle

JULY TBR 2020

Hello, book lovers!

I hope you are all staying well and being kind to yourself! The world that we live in today is so much different than we know it, and it is okay to take life at your own pace. Do what is best for you and take care of yourselves. Self-care and mental health are extremely important, now more than ever!

I read many books in June, but I am behind on writing the reviews. In May I had a reading slump, but June was amazing and I managed to read a lot of books. However, I was not so good with writing reviews, which is something I will be working on in the next week.

Let the July TBR raffle commence.

The TBR Raffle

I am filming my TBRs on my Instagram Stories. Make sure to follow me on Instagram, and check out the “Monthly TBR” highlight at the beginning of each month!

My TBR Raffle game is simple: I have a number of prompts that I put in small papers, into a jar. I draw a prompt, and I fit in a book that matches my prompt. Here is a list of the current prompts I have. Feel free to leave any prompt suggestions in the comments. Once the paper is drawn, I put it back into the jar, so it has an equal chance to get drawn again. I draw a total of 8 prompts, which result in 8 books for the month. If I fail to read a book, it automatically goes into the next month.

My July TBR

July TBR Improvement Joan Silber By The Feet of Men Grant Price The Breaking K.S. Marsden Eleven Lines To Somewhere Alyson Rudd Not My Daughter Suzy K Quinn The Fault In Our Stars John Green The Avengers

There are two books that I haven’t read from last month, and they are being added to this month’s TBR again.

1. Added from last month’s TBR

A book I received through ReadersFirst, Improvement by Joan Silber. It has been on my shelf for a long time, and I feel like I am in the mood for it this month.

2. Added from last month’s TBR

I have chosen a book that I had on my shelf for the longest. By The Feet of Men by Grant Price is a post-apocalyptic novel and sounds very intriguing.

✨ 3. Series

I have chosen The Breaking (Northern Witch #3) by K.S. Marsden, because it is the latest installment of the series, and I am so curious to see how it will end.

✨ 4. Lowest Rated

The current lowest rated books on my TBR is Eleven Lines to Somewhere by Alyson Rudd. I think this is due to the fact that this is still an ARC and not many people have reviewed it yet. I will be also participating on a Blog Tour, so expect my review on the 26th July.

✨ 5. TBR Jar

I have a handmade TBR Jar and I pulled a random book title. See the video on my Instagram if you are interested. The title is Not My Daughter by Suzy K. Quinn and I couldn’t be happier, as I will be participating in the Blog Tour on 13th July.

✨ 6. Re-read

I chose The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, because it is one of my beloved titles since I was in high school, and I haven’t written a proper book review for it yet. I am wondering if I will still enjoy it the same.

✨ 7. Graphic Novel

When Graphic Novel came up, I realised I don’t own proper Graphic Novels anymore. The closest I have to it are a bundle of children’s books I bought on sale. Therefore, I am choosing The Avengers: Avengers Assemble! by Victoria Taylor.

✨ 8. Purchased

This is a book I have had for a long time, and I never actually read it. 100 Speeches That Roused The World by Colin Salter seems like an amazing introduction to many famous people and their speeches. I love how speeches have the power to change a person’s opinion on something and make people act in a way the speaker wants, and I cannot wait to read it.

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July TBR The Half Sister Mayhem Sisters Sandie Jones Estelle Laure Michelle Frances Pan Macmillan HQ

The Half Sister by Sandie Jones

I will be part of the Blog Tour on 4th July.

Mayhem by Estelle Laure

I was so excited that I got the opportunity to participate on this blog tour. My review will be up on 14th July.

Sisters by Michelle Frances

Blog tour stop on 27th July. This is a book I am really excited about, especially because it is set in Italy.

And that’s my July TBR.
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June TBR – The TBR Raffle

June TBR The Bane Chronicles Into The Crooked Place Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Nevermoor Dear JOhn The Princess PLan Improvement Julia London Nicholas Sparks J.K. Rowling Cassandra Clare

Hello, my lovelies!

I hope everyone is safe and gliding through the new era of Coronavirus. It is hard to believe that it is June already! I have to admit – I felt useless all month, but at least I got some reading done. Let’s see what My June TBR will bring.

I have read a lot of books in May and will hopefully do a May Wrap Up post as well soon. I have one book left to finish, which will be probably finished by the time I post this blog post, but I also read other reads as well. Let the June TBR raffle commence.

The TBR Raffle

I am filming my TBRs on my Instagram Stories. Make sure to follow me on Instagram, and check out the “Monthly TBR” highlight at the beginning of each month!

My TBR Raffle game is simple: I have a number of prompts that I put in small papers, into a jar. I draw a prompt, and I fit in a book that matches my prompt. Here is a list of the current prompts I have. Feel free to leave any prompt suggestions in the comments. Once the paper is drawn, I put it back into the jar, so it has an equal chance to get drawn again. I draw a total of 8 prompts, which result in 8 books for the month. If I fail to read a book, it automatically goes into the next month.

My June TBR

June TBR The Bane Chronicles Into The Crooked Place Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Nevermoor Dear JOhn The Princess PLan Improvement Julia London Nicholas Sparks J.K. Rowling Cassandra Clare

✨ 1. Borrowed

When Borrowed came up, I chose two books and let my Instagram followers decide which one to pick. The majority chose The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson and Cassandra Jean. It is a collection of stories about Magnus Bane and I cannot wait to read it.

✨ 2. ReadersFirst

When this prompt comes up, I need to chose a book that was sent to me by the team at ReadersFirst. This is a website where you can read excepts of ARCs, leave a review and win books. For this prompt, I decided to choose I book I had on my shelf since last winter and I am excited about. Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo has magic, betrayal and fantasy and I am looking forward to diving into it.

✨ 3. Fantasy

For this prompt, I decided to read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, the fourth book in the series. I think this is the book where things get darker and more dangerous, and I am extremely excited to get back to my comfort read with Harry, Hermione and Ron. On the subject of J.K. Rowling, I am also currently reading her newest children’s book – The Ickabog, as the chapters are being published.

✨ 4. My Pick

At first I thought I will choose a book during the month, as I feel like it, but then I decided to share it with you on Instagram, to choose for me. And the title was The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend. I have wanted to read this book for a very long time and I cannot wait!

✨ 5. Re-Read

When re-read came up, I had a lot of difficulty choosing a book. I had to go for Dear John by Nicholas Sparks. I used to love romance and I haven’t been too keen to it lately, so I decided to pick up a book that made me love romance in the first place, and who else if not Nicholas Sparks.

✨ 6. Romance

For my romance prompt, I chose The Princess Plan (A Royal Wedding #1) by Julia London. It is a love story with a princess in it, and I am excited to read it. This book was sent to me by the team at Mills & Boon.

✨ 7. ReadersFirst

For the second prompt of a book I received through ReadersFirst, I chose Improvement by Joan Silber. It has been on my shelf for a long time, and I feel like I am in the mood for it this month.

✨ 8. Sent by Author

I was hoping to receive this prompt, and I am quite happy. I have chosen a book that I had on my shelf for the longest. By The Feet of Men by Grant Price is a post-apocalyptic novel and sounds very intriguing.

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June TBR

 

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

I will be participating in the Blog Tour, organised by the HQ Team. Expect my review on 25th June. My Wives is a domestic thriller about a man who has three wives, who don’t know each other. Yet.

And that’s my June TBR.
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May TBR – The TBR Raffle

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Hello, my lovelies!

I hope everyone is safe and gliding through the new era of Coronavirus. April was as unusual as March, but I have now started getting more and more used to my free time. Let’s see what My May TBR will bring.

I have read a lot of books in April, and I will soon do a complete April TBR Wrap up post. I am happy to say that I have read all the books I planned to read for the month, completed my OWLs and I also read some extra books as well.

The TBR Raffle

I am filming my TBRs on my Instagram Stories. Make sure to follow me on Instagram, and check out the “Monthly TBR” highlight at the beginning of each month!

My TBR Raffle game is simple: I have a number of prompts that I put in small papers, into a jar. I draw a prompt, and I fit in a book that matches my prompt. Here is a list of the current prompts I have. Feel free to leave any  prompt suggestions in the comments. Once the paper is drawn, I put it back into the jar, so it has an equal chance to get drawn again. I draw a total of 8 prompts, which result in 8 books for the month. If I fail to read a book, it automatically goes into the next month.

My May TBR

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✨ 1. Giveaway

I have chosen A Throne of Swans by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr, because this was a book I received through Readers First. It is a story about a girl whose royal family transforms into swans, and when her father dies, she needs to lead. However, she hasn’t been able to become a swan since she saw her mother die, and danger is coming…

✨ 2. Boyfriend Pick

When this prompt comes up, my boyfriend needs to choose a book for me. This time, he chose The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm by Christie Golden. Chris & I have been playing World of Warcraft together for a while, and started again when the Vanilla version was launched. I have always been intrigued with the Lore, and he chose this book, because Cataclysm is his favorite expansion and he thinks it is a great beginning to dive into the Lore world. I am so excited to read it!

✨ 3. NetGalley

When this prompt comes up, I need to read a book I have requested through NetGalley. I have many titles that I need to catch up on, honestly, and this is a prompt that helps me stay on top of them. This time I chose Music From Another World by Robin Talley. A story about two girls that become penpals in the 1970s. Story about rebellion, music and finding their identities. I cannot wait to read this!

✨ 4. Sent By Author

I have chosen Ethereal Custody: Anthologies by Byron Allanvre, because this is the book that was sent to me by an author that has been on my shelf the longest. I am not too familiar with the synopsis, but I know it is a sci-fi book about a parallel universe, and our protagonist is trying to escape.

✨ 5. Lowest Rated

When the Lowest Rated prompt comes up, I have a look at my Goodreads TBR pile, and choose the book that has the lowest average rating. I tend to avoid books that have less than 10 reviews. French Kissing by Catherine Sanderson was the book that popped up on my list, and I can’t wait to read. I love the synopsis and I have been wanting to read this book for a long time, so I am a bit surprised as to why it has a low rating.

✨ 6. One Word Title

For this occasion, I chose a book that was sent to me by an author. The book I will read is Cryptofauna by Patrick Canning. It is a story of a janitor that works in an asylum. He is about to commit a suicide, but is stopped by one of the residents and is then recruited to play a game called Cryptofauna. I am quite excited to read what this game is all about!

✨ 7. Purchased

A book I recently purchased is The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski. This is the prequel to the Witcher series. I love Witcher – the game and I also loved The Witcher – the TV Show. I love Geralt of Rivia with all my heart, and this is the perfect time to dive into the book series.

✨ 8. Giveaway

We start and we end with a Giveaway. And this time, I have chosen Thorn by Intisar Khanani. This is a book about Alyrra, who is a princess and is about to get married to a price from another kingdom. But all she wants to do is be an ordinary person. When a sorceress robs her of her identity, Alyrra’s adventures begin. Thorn gives me Aladdin vibes, and I cannot wait to read it!

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Just My Luck by Adele Parks

I will be participating in the Blog Tour, organised by the HQ Team. Expect my review on 16th May. Just My Luck is a story about a couple and their friends, that play the same lottery numbers each week. One week, the friendship comes to a rift, and the couple win the lottery. And this is when the drama begins.

His & Hers by Alice Feeney

I will be participating in the Blog Tour, organised by the HQ Team. Expect my review on 28th May. This is all I will reveal to you for the synopsis:

Jack: Three words to describe my wife: Beautiful. Ambitious. Unforgiving.
Anna: I only need one word to describe my husband: Liar.

And that’s my May TBR.
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April TBR – O.W.L.s Magical Readathon 2020

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Hello, my lovelies!

I hope you are all well and safe, and are staying at home! March has been a very unusual and awkward month with the whole Corona virus all over the world.

Even though I stayed at home all the time, I realised I am reading way less than usual and my TBR is not getting any smaller. I needed some time to adapt to this new situation and now I am slowly starting to actually enjoy my time away from the world and get back to reading.

And having said that, I decided to participate in the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon for the very first time. I am a huge fan of Harry Potter and have always wanted to do this, so here we are:

About the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon

The O.W.L.s Magical Readathon is month-long readathon that starts on 1st April and ends on 31st April. It is hosted by the lovely G over at Book Roast. Click here for her YouTube Announcement Video and Click here for your Hogwarts Induction on the exams.

In summary, you choose your career from the many amazing careers available, and based on your career, you need to pass your subjects. Each subject has a unique book prompt and you pass your exam by reading books that match your subject prompts.

My April TBR

As you might already know, I have my own way of choosing my TBR books, and this includes spinning my TBR Wheel for prompts.

Also, if I don’t manage to finish a book in the previous month, I add it to my next month, having a total of 8 books for the month. For my April TBR, I will be adding the books I haven’t read last month, but knowing I will fail to read all the books I list below I will NOT have a punishment for next month. If I don’t manage to read a book, it will go in the TBR pile again, waiting to be picked up.

This time around, to fit my O.W.L.s, I needed to do something very different: find books that fit my 3 books from last month, fit my 5 spins and also fit my career subject prompts. I first got my 5 spins, and then tried to fit them all to my subjects below:

Career chosen: AUROR

Mandatory Subjects:

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✨ Charms

Read a book with a white cover: Alfonso by Felix Calvino

✨ Defence Against the Dark Arts

Read a book that is set at sea/coast (also fits Travel spin): Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van by Ali McNamara

✨ Herbology

Book Title starts with an M (also fits Giveaway spin): Multiverse by David Winship

✨ Potions

Read a book under 150 pages: The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

✨ Transfiguration

Book/Series with shape shifting (also fits Fantasy spin): Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris

Optional Subjects:

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✨ Ancient Runes

Heart on cover/title (book from previous month): Eternal Love by Karimah Colden

✨ Arithmancy

Read a book outside of your favorite genre: The Last One: JFK Returns by Mary F. Carruthers

✨ Astronomy

Read this book when it’s dark outside (book from previous month): I am David by Anne Holm

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✨ Care of Magical Creatures

Creature with a beak on the cover: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

✨ Divination

Assign numbers to your TBR and use a random number generator (also fits my TBR Jar spin): Alienated: Grounded at Groom Lake by Jeff Norton

✨ History of Magic

Book featuring witches/wizards: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J.K. Rowling

✨ Muggle Studies

Book from a perspective of a muggle (contemporary) (book from previous month): Wonder by R.J. Palacio

And that’s my April TBR. I am hoping I can at least get my Auror subjects done, and then some of the other subjects too!
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March TBR

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Hello, my lovelies!

February has gone quite fast. But that was sort of what we expected from February anyway 🙂

I didn’t do much in February. I mostly was reading my books and started knitting and crochet.

Without further delays, let’s get to the important part – what will I be reading in March?

All the books that are currently on my TBR can be found HERE. This is the list that I will choose from when spinning the wheel.

My March TBR

I always start with 8 books on my TBR, because this is what I read on average. If I happen to read all of them, I will add a few more books at the end of the month. If I don’t manage to read the books from last month, I don’t unhaul them. They go into the next month’s list automatically, which leaves me with less spins.

These are the 8 books I am planning to read this March:

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1. Eternal Love by Karimah Colden

Carry-over book.

Original spin: Series

The sequel to Eternal Soul, which I rated 3-stars. I hope I will enjoy this one more, but it was a nice book for me to choose for this prompt, because I find pleasure in finishing series. Tick, tick, tick!

 2. Chroma Crossing Chronicles: Blood Moon: Part 2 by S. Yurvati

Carry-over book.

Original Spin: Boyfriend Pick

This is what Chris chose, and I have to tell you that I was quite surprised. He could choose from World of Warcraft, Witcher and Harry Potter Books. Very surprising pick, but I am glad, because I did enjoy the first part of the Chroma Crossing Chronicles.

3. The Museum of Broken Promises by Elizabeth Buchan

Spin: Beautiful Cover

This book cover captures my attention every time and I love the story it unfolds. Every item in the Museum of Broken Promises has been donated and uncovers a story behind it. The owner of the museum, Laure, has some broken promises and stories of her own as well.

4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling

Spin: TBR Vet

One of the oldest books I have on my TBR. I remember reading this book when I was younger, but I don’t have proper book reviews written for the series, so I thought I should re-read it again.

5. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Spin: Instagram Pick

I got the Instagram pick, I asked you to vote on my stories and this was the result! Make sure to follow me on Instagram, so you can see my stories and vote on my next monthly TBRs.

6. Switched (Trylle #1) by Amanda Hocking

Spin: Sister Pick

On this prompt, my sister gets to choose any book from my TBR. She chose Switched, and I am so excited to read it!

7. Wonder (Wonder #1) by R.J. Palacio

Spin: One Word Title

I have had this book on my TBR for a while now, and haven’t watched the movie yet, because I want to read the book first. So this was a great opportunity to finally read it! I have heard amazing things!

8. I am David by Anne Holm

Spin: Short Read

This book has been on my TBR for a while. It used to be in Macedonia, but I recently brought it back with me in the UK. I want to read this one so much and cannot wait.

And that’s my March TBR ! I hope I will manage to read all of these books.
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