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October 2019 – Monthly Book Wrap Up

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Welcome to the October Book Wrap Up!

I can’t believe it’s November already! It’s also my Birthday Month and I am so excited about it! 

This was a very fun October, I was reading a lot of books I wanted to read, and most of them were spooky, which matched my Spooky October Theme. I read 7 books in total, of which 4 were on my Spinning Wheel list. Sometimes, I have a tendency to ignore my list and pick up other books, and I hope November is a bit different. 

I ended up giving three 5-star ratings. zero 4-stars, two 3-stars, zero 2-stars and two 1-stars. 

Books I read in October:

~ To read my review – click on the book titles! 🙂

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1. The Awakening by L.J. Smith (The Vampire Diaries #1) – ★★

The first book from the Vampire Diaries series. I have watched and loved the TV Show, so wanted to read the series as well. It’s a story about a popular girl Elena, who meets the mysterious boy Stefan, and the adventures and dangers she is yet to have.  I really loved the first book!

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2. The Struggle by L.J. Smith (The Vampire Diaries #1) – ★★

The second book of the Vampire Series. A continuation of Elena and Stefan’s adventures, but with a little twist – Stefan’s brother Damon appears. And he wants Elena as well. I loved this book too, and cannot wait to read the rest of the series. BTW, team Damon all the way!

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3. Blood Shadow by Dianna Hardy (Blood Never Lies #1) – ★★

Blood Shadow (Blood Never Lies #1) is a companion novel for An Eye of The Storm Series.

This book can be read without reading the previous books. At the beginning, the author has included a recap of everything you need to know about the main character, before you start reading this book. It is a story about a woman, who is a werewolf, but then has an accident and anonymous person gives her a new life, but she is also strangely human now. But there is a danger coming, and the anonymous person has to reveal himself to her…

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4. Reverie by Ryan La Sala – 

I wanted to love Reverie by Ryan La Sala so much!

Reverie has a wonderful cover that draws you in immediately. The plot mentions a boy and a fantasy world that revolves around dreams. Everything I hoped this book would be – it wasn’t.

Kane is a gay teenager who is trying to pick up the pieces of his life back together after an attack leaves him with no memories of the past. He is in the search of who he is and who he was, and he discovers an alternate reality that he was involved in.

Reveries are worlds born from a person’s private fantasies, and once they manifest they can only be unraveled by bringing their conflicts to a resolution. Reveries have rules and plots, magic and monsters – anything you could wish for. And one wrong step can twist the entire thing into a lethal nightmare maze.

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5. The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell – ★★

The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell was a very pleasant read for me for many reasons! I am so glad I got the chance to read it!

The Plot

A terrifying novel set in Czechoslovakia in 1935, in which a brilliant young psychiatrist takes his new post at an asylum for the criminally insane that houses only six inmates–the country’s most depraved murderers–while, in Prague, a detective struggles to understand a brutal serial killer who has spread fear through the city, and who may have ties to the asylum.

Psychiatrist Victor is starting a new job in the Asylum where the Devil’s Six are – Czech Republic’s most dangerous murderers. Victor has a theory by the name of the Devil Aspect, where he believes that is manifested in these six murderers. He believes it comes out in certain circumstances, making these people commit crimes, but not being aware they have done it. Something similar to a split personality, but in this case, the murderers think that the Devil is next to them, and he is making them do all these things.

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6. Close to Home by Cara Hunter (DI Adam Fawley #1) – 

Close To Home is, I believe, the first mystery/thriller book I have given one star to. I had very high hopes for this one. And it crashed my hopes quite hard. 

Close To Home is the first book in a series called DI Adam Fawley.

The books are not related to themselves and can be read as standalones. They all feature the detective Fawley, therefore the series solution. Something similar to Dan Brown’s series. I listened to the audio book, and I think that the format might have a little blame on my rating.

In this book, the 8-year-old girl Daisy Mason disappears from her parents’s summer party. No one in the neighbourhood saw anything, not even the parents, and the detective is trying to keep an open mind in this whole situation, as someone is clearly lying.

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7.  Love, Heather by Laurie Petrou – ★★

Love, Heather is one of the most disturbing YA novels related to bullying I have read! Please be aware that this book has bullying and assault triggers. 

Stevie and Lottie have been friends since they’ve known about each other. And when Lottie starts to hang out with the popular kids, Stevie wants to fit in too. One thing leads to another, and Stevie gets bullied by them, which quickly leads to the whole school avoiding her.

Then Stevie becomes friends with Dee, and they start plotting a revenge on the popular kids, which very quickly gets out of hand. The ” Love, Heather ” pranks are now spreading without anyone being able to stop them.

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And that is my October Wrap up! How did your October go? How many books did you read? Let me know! I love reading your comments! 

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November TBR – My Birthday Month

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Hello, my lovelies!

I can’t believe it’s November! I love November, because it’s my Birthday month. It is also a month when winter slowly starts to show its face and autumn is going away. I hope to get some snowy days – but not sure if that will happen…

October was an interesting month for me, in a very spooky mood. I managed to read 7 books in total. However, I didn’t manage to read all the books from my TBR, so some will be getting back here again.

What can I do – I am still getting used to the idea of following a list of books I want to read, and I managed to pick up a few books that weren’t on my TBR list – how mischievous – I know…

Hopefully, in November, I will be a good girl and will stick to my reading list. Let’s see.

As I have announced in my TBR Update, I have changed the way I am choosing my books – if you haven’t read this update yet, please go and have a look.

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 wheels.

My TBR for November

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. This month I have 4 books that are extended, which leaves me with 4 spins.

These are the 8 books I am planning to read for October:

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  1. Dracula by Bram Stoker

Carry-over book

I am currently reading Dracula, but I didn’t manage to finish it before the month ended – so this will go back on my November TBR. It was a great pleasure to be reading this in time for Halloween though, so I am not even sorry that this book is now here.

   2. A Darker State (Karin Müller #3) by David Young

Carry-over book

The second book I didn’t manage to read in October. Still looking forward to it.

A mystery / crime novel, where a teenage boy’s body is found and the main character of this book (and series), Karin, is investigating the mystery. I haven’t read the previous books of the series, but it one of those that you don’t have to read the in order, as they are all standalone mysteries, it is just Karin that stays the same.

   3. Death in the Dojo by Sue Leather

Carry-over book

I didn’t manage to get to this one as well – so here we go.

This will be a re-read actually, as I have read this book a couple of years ago. This is a mystery that takes place in a Karate dojo (training room) and as a karate lover myself, I enjoyed this book a lot. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to come back to this lovely book!

   4.  The Temple House Vanishing by Rachel Donohue

Carry-over book

I was really supposed to read this one, as I have a blog tour for it in November, but I guess it’s still not too late.

I was kindly sent this book by the team at LoveReading UK, and I will be participating in the Ambassador Buzz around mid November for this book. It is a book that solves a mystery of a disappearance of a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl and her teacher that happened 25 years ago.

   5.  Her Crown of Fire by Renee April

Spin: TBR Jar

In the dull, everyday world, seventeen-year-old Rose Evermore struggles to plan beyond her final year of high school. But when fire suddenly obeys her every command and her dreams predict the future, she becomes hungry for more of this strange power.

Under her dreams’ guidance, Rose lands in the fantasy realm of Lotheria–with a tagalong. Tyson, her best friend since childhood, winds up there with her, just as confused and a hell of a lot more vulnerable. In Lotheria, Rose is welcomed and celebrated as a fire mage at the Academy, while the very un-magical Tyson is forced into hiding under threat of death from the headmasters of Rose’s new school.

As Rose’s talent in fire magic draws unwanted attention and Tyson struggles to transition from high school student to blacksmith, Rose must find a way to return Tyson to their own world before the headmasters discover and execute him–no matter the cost.

   6.  Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Spin: New Author

A heart-wrenching, life-affirming novel about a 12-year-old boy who is the sole survivor of a deadly plane crash

One summer morning, a flight takes off from New York to Los Angeles. There are 216 passengers aboard: among them a Wall Street millionaire; a young woman taking a pregnancy test in the airplane toilet; a soldier returning from Afghanistan; and two beleaguered parents moving across the country with their adolescent sons. When the plane suddenly crashes in a field in Colorado, the younger of these boys, 12-year-old Edward Adler, is the sole survivor.

   7. I’ll Be Home For Christmas by Abbey Clancy

Spin: Beautiful Cover

Last month I became an Insider for Mills & Boon, so expect to see more romance novels from me in the next period. They were kind enough to send me this book, and I will be part of their Blog Tour on the 11th November.

All she wants for Christmas…
Popstar Jessika Malone can’t believe her luck! Not only has she signed a major record deal and is topping the charts with her latest single, she’s just been offered the chance of a lifetime: a tour with gorgeous megastar Cooper Black…

It’s everything she’s ever dreamed of – except that it means travelling thousands of miles from her boyfriend, Daniel, just when he’s finally got down on one knee and popped the question!

Far from home and followed by the paparazzi, her relationship is tested more than Jessika ever imagined – will she make it home for Christmas before it’s too late?

   8.  You, Me and The Movies by Fiona Collins

Spin: Netgalley

Two people. Ten classic films. A love story you’ll never forget.

Arden has just started university when she meets Mac – and quickly falls head over heels for the handsome, charismatic film lecturer. Their love affair is dramatic, exciting and all-consuming; the sort of thing you only see in the movies.

It couldn’t last. But thirty years later, leading a very different life, Arden is visiting a friend in hospital when she suddenly comes across the man she never forgot. Badly injured in an accident, Mac can only make brief references to the classic films they once watched together: Casablanca, A Star is Born, Pretty Woman among others… and they make Arden remember everything.

The bittersweet memories of their relationship help Arden re-connect with the world in a way she no longer thought was possible. But will a movie-worthy love ever be hers again?

A romantic, moving and inspiring love story that readers of Jill Mansell, Hilary Boyd and Maeve Haran will adore.

And that’s my November TBR! I hope I will manage to read all of these books, and I hope that maybe I can squeeze in one or two more, before the end of the month?

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September 2019 – Monthly Book Wrap Up

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Welcome to the September Book Wrap Up!

I can’t believe it’s October already!

Last month I changed the way I choose my monthly reads, (see my September TBR Update if you haven’t seen it yet) and I struggled to read the books in order. I even read a few books that weren’t on my list… But I think that I am now fine and have gotten used to the routine. I have read 7 books in total, and I truly hope my October Wrap Up will contain more books 🙂

Books I read in September:

~ To read my review – click on the book titles! 🙂

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1. The Tether by Julia Ash – ★★

The Tether is the second book from the ELI Chronicles, that features a woman who saves the world from a zombie apocalypse. I really enjoyed The Tether and it ended perfectly, getting us ready for the third book and Ruby’s next challenge. I highly recommend it – it is a real page-turner with incredible plot twists!

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2. One in A Million by Lindsey Kelk – 

Contemporary romance in a world of social media. One in a Million is a nice addition to a library, for those of you who enjoy this genre. If this genre is something that you usually read and enjoy – please pick it up, you are probably going to enjoy it! This book just wasn’t for me, that’s all.

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3. The Swords Of Silence by Shaun Curry – ★★

The Swords of Silence is a great book, and I love the fact that the author captured moments in history that were true and brutal, and not many people in the world know about. A story that will make people aware of what was happening in the past.

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4. Geek Girl: All Wrapped Up by Holly Smale – ★★

Geek Girl: All Wrapped Up is a Christmas special and a spin-off from the Geek Girl Series, written by Holly Smale. It is cute and full of Christmas spirit and I only have one regret – I wish I read it in December.

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5. Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu – ★★

Mooncakes is a cute paranormal story, filled with magic, love, family… In a paranormal city, Nova, a teen witch goes to the woods and follows a white wolf. It turns out that the wolf is her high-school crush, Tam. It would all be lovely, but Tam is in life danger and needs help. The two girls help each other and their connection grows throughout the book.

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6. Scythe by Neal Shusterman – ★★

Scythe by Neal Shusterman is my favourite read for 2019 so far! I had this book on my TBR shelf since last Christmas, I don’t even know why I waited so long to read it! In a perfect world, where immortality exists, the only way to die is to be gleaned by a scythe. Citra and Rowan are both living different normal lives, when they both have separate encounters with Scythe Faraday that will change their lives. They are both chosen to be his apprentice, a role neither of them wants to have.

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7. The Die of Death by Kenneth B. Andersen – ★★★

The Die of Death is the second book from The Great Devil War Series, written by Kenneth B. Andersen. I loved this book. I cherish it. And I can’t wait to see what happens next and I highly recommend it to you – especially this month, as it’s Spooky October already!

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October TBR – The Spooky Edition!

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Hello, my lovelies!

October is my favourite reading month of the year, as I love Halloween so much and I love all the spookiness that it brings with it.

As I have announced in my September TBR Update, I have changed the way I am choosing my books – if you haven’t read this update yet, please go and have a look.

This month, I am using only the first spinning wheel (acquisitions) and with a slight twist this time – on top of the prompt I land on, I also have to choose a book that has a spooky vibe. This could be anything: mystery, thriller, vampires, werewolves, etc.

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 wheels.

My TBR for October

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. This month I have 2 books that are extended, which leaves me with 6 spins.

These are the 8 books I am planning to read for October:

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   1. Reverie by Ryan La Sala

Reverie is one of the two books I didn’t manage to read last month, and because I don’t unhaul books I haven’t read, they go into the next month’s list automatically. Last month, I chose it because I spun Netgalley and Boyfriend pick, and my boyfriend picked it because he knows I love magic and fantasy. I have already started reading it.

  2. Blood Shadow (Blood Never Lies #1) by Dianna Hardy

Blood Shadow is book 2 from my extended reads and the spin for this last month was Giveaway and Highest rated. I know it’s a story about vampires and werewolves, so it also fits the spooky category.

   3. The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell

Spin: Readers First

This book features an asylum with some of the most dangerous murderers there, psychiatrist that tries to resolve a mystery murder, and also a murder happening outside, putting everyone involved in grave danger. I am ready!

   4. Love, Heather by Laurie Petrou

Spin: Netgalley

I am not entirely sure what the plot is about, apart that a few teens start an online prank that blows out of proportion. It has also been described as dark, coming-of-age thriller, so I think this fits the spooky theme perfectly.

  5. Dracula by Bram Stoker

Spin: Purchased

The classic Dracula, a book I have had on my shelves for a long time now, but haven’t read it yet. I know right? Such an embarrassment. But I think that October is also a perfect time to read this, so here we go 🙂

   6. A Darker State (Karin Müller #3) by David Young

Spin: Giveaway

A mystery / crime novel, where a teenage boy’s body is found and the main character of this book (and series), Karin, is investigating the mystery. I haven’t read the previous books of the series, but it one of those that you don’t have to read the in order, as they are all standalone mysteries, it is just Karin that stays the same.

   7. Death in the Dojo by Sue Leather

Spin: Purchased

This will be a re-read actually, as I have read this book a couple of years ago. This is a mystery that takes place in a Karate dojo (training room) and as a karate lover myself, I enjoyed this book a lot. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to come back to this lovely book!

   8.  The Temple House Vanishing by Rachel Donohue

Spin: LoveReading UK

I was kindly sent this book by the team at LoveReading UK, and I will be participating in the Ambassador Buzz around mid November for this book. It is a book that solves a mystery of a disappearance of a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl and her teacher that happened 25 years ago.

And that’s my October TBR! I hope I will manage to read all of these books, and I hope that maybe I can squeeze in one or two more, before the end of the month?

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TBR Update – September TBR

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Hello, my lovelies!

I am a few days late with announcing my TBR list for September, I know. But I made some changes on how I will choose my monthly reads and I wanted to share this with you.

In the past few months, I have been contacted by many authors, publishers, booksellers and book blogs – all asking me to review their books and all sending me copies at my door.

And having received so many books – it is hard for me to prioritise, as a lot of those are being published in a certain date, and I also want to read all of them, without making people wait.

Therefore – I decided it is time for me to have a full list of all books that I need to reveiw ASAP, and start reading them one way or the other. And without anyone being angry – I will use not one, but two SPINNING WHEELS to decide my monthly TBR.

I will be choosing at least 8 books each month, as that is the number of books I read on average. Books that are sent to me by publishers and are coming out in a certain month will always take the first few places.

All the books that are currently on my TBR can be found HERE.

As for the rest – I have my spinning wheels to help me decide.

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This will be my first spin – which captures all the places where I might get my books from. Sent By Publisher, Sent By Author, LoveReading UK, NetGalley/Edelweiss+, ReadersFirst, Gift, Borrowed, Purchased and Giveaway.

This will be my first filter, which would shortlist my books to a certain number. Then, I spin again…

Spinning Wheel Number Two

Once I have a shortlist, it is time for me to choose a specific prompt. I get to choose from a variety of prompts, such as: Graphic Novel, Instagram Pick, Classic, Series, New Author, 5 Star Prediction, TBR Jar, Short Read, Stand Alone, Boyfriend Pick, One Word Title, Highest/Lowest Rated, etc…

I am very excited to do this, because it helps me lessen up my stress each month, when I worry if I haven’t picked the right books. And it involves a fun game-based theme, which I really enjoy!

If you like the prompt on the wheels – feel free to use them as well. The links are in their titles 😉

My TBR for September

With the above being said, let’s see how my TBR list for September looks like!

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   1. The Swords of Silence (The Swords of Fire #1) by Shaun Curry

The Swords of Silence is being published on 19th September 2019, and it was sent to me by both the publisher and LoveReading UK. I love books that reflect the Japanese culture, especially the ones with Shoguns, so I am very excited to read this!

  2. Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman

I am doing a Buddy Read on Scythe on the 5th September in the Challenge Corner group on Goodreads. I have been wanting to read this one for so long, but never picked it up – now it’s time!

   3. One in a Million by Lindsey Kelk

Spin: Purchased; Romance

I chose One in a Million because I already had the audiobook ready.  It has also been on my TBR for a very long time, and it is time to pick it up.

   4. The Tether (The ELI Chronicles #2) by Julia Ash

Spin: Sent By Author, Series

I loved the first book from Julia’s series – The One and Only. It is time to pick the second book from the series too, and continue Ruby’s adventure!

  5. Reverie by Ryan La Sala

Spin: NetGalley, Boyfriend Pick

I had only a few books on my Netgalley list, and my boyfriend picked Reverie instantly. He read the synopsis, and he was like – you love magic and fantasy – you’ll probably love this. So, I am reading it this month. And I hope he is right!

   6. Blood Shadow (Blood Never Lies #1) by Dianna Hardy

Spin: Giveaway. Highest Rated

This book has a 5.00 rating on Goodreads – and is therefore, the highest rated book on my TBR currently. It is a story about werewolves and romance, and I don’t truly know much, but I am excited to read it!

   7. The Die of Death (The Great Devil War #2) by Kenneth B. Andersen

Spin: Sent by Author, My Pick

I loved the first book in this series, The Devil’s Apprentice! It is a story about a young boy who is being good, but then dies and has to become an apprentice of the devil, but he’s very bad at being evil. It was a very joyful read and I can’t wait to read the second book, as more books are coming out as we speak 🙂

   8.  All Wrapped Up (Geek Girl #1.5) by Holly Smale

Spin: Borrowed, Highest Rated

My sister has borrowed me the complete Geek Girl series, and I have to read them all! I really enjoyed the first Geek Girl book and I also enjoyed Holly’s newest book Happy Girl Lucky! I am so excited for this one, as it’s a short one, and with Christmas vibe!

And that’s my September TBR! I hope I will manage to read all of these books, and I hope that maybe I can squeeze in one or two more, as I am already a bit ahead of schedule and have read a couple 😉

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