February 2019 – Monthly Book Wrap Up

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February was a very hard month for me. I was away for two weeks, and even though I tried to catch up as much as I could with my reading, I haven’t read as much books as I wanted to. See the books I have read below – as usual, click on the book title for a link to my book review.

I focused on my TBR and all the books that I have recently received by authors and publishers. Thank you to all of you, for sending me your books, and don’t worry – I haven’t forgotten about you – I will continue to read your books in March and finish off my never-ending reading list.

I have also continued with my Down The TBR Hole Tag and I am excited to see what progress I will make this year. Below are all four posts I did this month:

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Books I read: 

Happy Girl Lucky (The Valentines #1) by Holly Smale – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

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The Visitor by Ti Ca – β˜…β˜…

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Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

| ReviewAmazon |  Barnes & Noble |

How did your February went? How many books did you read and what was your book of the month?

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January 2019 – Monthly Book Wrap Up

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January was a great start of the year, I made my goal to read 60 books (last year I read 70, and I think that I will read more, but I wanted to not be under pressure throughout the year, as I will be doing a lot of travels with my daily job).

I focused on the upcoming ARCs that are being published soon and a lot of books that I was sent by authors, but I also found time to read a few pleasure reads, of which some I loved, but some left me quite disappointed.

I have also continued with my Down The TBR Hole Tag and I am excited to see what progress I will make this year. Below are all four posts I did this month:

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Books I read this month:

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

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Awaken (Northern Witch #2) by K.S. Marsden – β˜…β˜…β˜…

🌟 Review 🌟 Amazon 🌟 Barnes & Noble 🌟

The New Power Eating by Susan Kleiner – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

🌟 Review  🌟 Amazon🌟 Barnes & Noble 🌟

Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks – β˜…β˜…β˜…

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

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Pretty in Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton – β˜…β˜…β˜…

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Curses of Scale by S.D. Reeves – β˜…β˜…β˜…

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The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

🌟 Review  🌟 Amazon 🌟 Barnes & Noble 🌟

 

How did your January went? How many books did you read and what was your book of the month?

 

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My 2018 Reading Year in Review

Hello Lovelies!

2018 was an amazing year for me, as I managed to read 74 books, which is triple of what I read last year. This year I completely dedicated myself to this blog and this amazing community, and I want to thank you all for being here, for reading my reviews and for suggesting me books that I absolutely loved. Here’s to another amazing year ahead of us!Β 

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Best books I have read in 2018 (in no particular order):

🌟 Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

🌟 My Name is Anna – Lizzy Barber

🌟 Day Of The Accident – Nuala Ellwood

🌟 Fawkes – Nadine Brandes

🌟 A Game of Thrones (A Song Of Ice and Fire #1) – George R. R. Martin

🌟 City Of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Cassandra ClareΒ 

🌟 The Cruel Prince (The Folk of The Air #1) – Holly Black

🌟 Uglies (Uglies #1) – Scott Westerfeld

🌟 Warcross (Warcross #1) – Marie Lu

🌟 The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides

 

Book that disappointed me:

Books of The Month:

🌟 January:

Moonlight Over Manhattan – Sarah Morgan

🌟 February:

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

🌟 March:

The Night Raid – Clare Harvey

🌟 April:

Coming Home – Fern Britton

🌟 May:

Now You See Her – Heidi Perks

🌟 June:

Quidditch Through the Ages – J.K. Rowling

🌟 July:

Fawkes – Nadine Brandes

🌟 August:

Never Forgotten (Never Forgotten #1) – Kelly Risser

🌟 September:

7 Β½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton

🌟 October:

A Game of Thrones (A Song Of Ice and Fire #1) – George R. R. Martin

🌟 November:

Uglies (Uglies #1) – Scott Westerfeld

🌟 December:

Warcross (Warcross #1) – Marie Lu

 

Happy New Year!

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December Book Wrap Up

December was an interesting month for me. I had some time to catch up on books, and make some great progress with ending the year and completing my reading goal.

I have also managed to clear a lot of books from my TBR, with the Down The TBR Hole Tag. Below are all four posts I did this month:

🌟TBR Hole #8 🌟 TBR Hole #9  🌟 TBR Hole #10 🌟 TBR Hole #11 🌟TBR Hole #12 🌟

Books I read:

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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

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Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

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All These Beautiful Strangers – Elizabeth Klehfoth – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

🌟 Review  🌟

Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead – β˜…β˜…β˜…

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The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

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The Psychology of Time Travel – Kate Mascarenhas – β˜…β˜…β˜…

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The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank – β˜…β˜…β˜…

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The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank by Willy Lindwer – β˜…β˜…

🌟 Review  🌟 

I managed to read 9 books this month. Success!Β 

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November Book Wrap Up

This November was the best month in the year. I read 10 books guys! Yes – 10!

It was also my birthday on the 18th, and I got some amazing books! Check out my Birthday Book Wrap up.

I have also managed to clear a lot of books from my TBR, with the Down The TBR Hole Tag. Below are all four posts I did this month:

🌟  TBR Hole #4  🌟  TBR Hole #5  🌟  TBR Hole #6  🌟   TBR Hole #7  🌟

Books I read:

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The Rumour by Lesley Karaβ˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
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My Name is Anna by Lizzy Barber – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
🌟 Review  🌟  Goodreads  🌟  Amazon  🌟

Carrie by Stephen King – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
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The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen – β˜…β˜…β˜…
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Winter Trials (Northern Witch #1) by K.S. Marsden – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
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Hippie by Paulo Coelho – β˜…β˜…β˜…
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Uglies (Uglies #1) by Scott Westerfeld – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
🌟 Review  🌟  Goodreads  🌟  Amazon 

Some Sunny Day by Madge Lambert – β˜…β˜…β˜…
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No Fourth River by Christine Clayfield – β˜…β˜…
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Day of The Accident by Nuala Ellwood – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
🌟 Review  🌟  Goodreads  🌟  Amazon  🌟

I will soon share my December TBR with you guys, and also my plans for my 2019 TBR. If you have any recommendations of books you think I MUST read in 2019, please let me know! I would be happy to do some buddy reads!

If you have made a post with your November Book Wrap Up – share your link below! I would love to see what you have all been reading!

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October Wrap Up and November TBR

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This October IΒ  read quite a few books:

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(click on the title to read my reviews)

I also managed to clear some of the old books I had in my TBR list (#2) and (#3), share the Postcard Haul I got and nominate you all for my Mystery Blogger Award.

It was a great month, but I am glad it is over, because November is coming! And November is my Birthday month! I am so excited for the 18th to come along!

Books I plan to read for my Birthday Month:

Firstly, I want to mention that I have loads of things planned around, so I might not get to all of these, but I want to spend this month catching up on ARCs that come out at the beginning of 2019. I am very excited for some of those!

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What did you manage to read this month? What are you planning on reading in November? If you have a Book Wrap as well, share your links in the comments below!

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Book Wrap Up – August 2018

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Β β™‘ Hi Lovelies!Β β™‘

 

August was a bit of a slower month for me. I did however, found many books I really enjoyed! I managed to also get a few ARCs and a bunch of books I am hoping to read before 2018 ends. Scroll down to see my August reads, and for a full review, click the links!

My August Reads:

Get WONDER WOMAN: HER GREATEST BATTLES here:wonder woman her greatest battles comic book graphic novel books book review diary of difference

This is my first graphic novel, and I did enjoy the art in it! This book contains the greatest battles of Wonder Woman. It is a compilation of seven comic book scenes, all sharing a different battle of Wonder Woman, and a different kind of art.

 

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Overall, it was a great refreshing read, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. If you love vampire Β high-school stories, women that discover they have powers, a lot of forbidden love and paranormal fantasy – you will really enjoy this book. Solid 4 stars from me!

 

Get SLEEP, MEREL, SLEEP here:

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This is a story about a little girl called Merel. This is also a story about how Merel one day can’t sleep.Β This story also happens to be one of the most adorable middle grade stories that I have ever read.Β Silke SteinΒ did an amazing job in portraying a little girl, and creating a magical world that we see through her eyes.

Get GALLAGHER GIRLS #1 here:I'd tell you I love you, but then I'd have to kill you Gallagher girls series ally carter book review blog diary of difference

If you are looking for a refreshing Young-Adult read, with college unlike any other – this is the perfect book for you.Β I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill YouΒ is the first book from the Gallagher Girl series, where we meet girls that go to a school for spies, and nobody except them, knows it.

 

Get NEVER FORGOTTEN here:never forgotten book review blog

How can one day go so very wrong? One minute Meara Quinn is making plans for how she will spend the Summer before her senior year and the next she’s finding out that her mother’s cancer has returned and they are moving away from the only home she’s ever known.

I really enjoyed this book – maybe I enjoyed it the most from all the other Young-Adult paranormal books I’ve read. It was a great first beginning to a series, and I can’t wait to dig in the rest of the series.

 

  • LifeShift by Michael Kott (paperback) – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

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This is an amazing story – a fiction fantasy that gathered Greek Mythology characters and created something entirely new. I enjoyed it a lot and I can’t wait for the next book of the series to come out.Β This book opens up a great discussion about people that can be reborn and remember their past.

 

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Awakened is the first book from the Vampire Awakening Series and it is written by USA Today bestselling author Brenda K. Davies. This is a book where a guy meets a girl. Girl has a secret and tells it on their first date. Boy is a vampire, but we are 80% in the book until it’s mentioned (even though title clearly states it, and you keep expecting it to happen). When secret is told – boy gives girl a choice to escape. Girls chooses to stay, and boy becomes possessive because he wants her too much. Then he does something to her, kind of against her will. And then they live happily ever after.

 

What did you read in August? Share your reads with me!

 

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Book Wrap Up – July 2018

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Hello Beautiful People!Β 

July has been a great month for me! I have managed to finish 10 books! With still a lot book to be read, I am excited for August! Some of the books I’ve read this month have disappointed me, but then, some of them might be my 2018 favorites!

Here’s the big list, and you know – if you want to read the full review, just click on the links.

Here is what I have read inΒ  July:

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  • Circe by Madeline Miller (paperback) –Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Circe is the first book I read this month and it is definitely my favorite read! A lovely story, a greek mythology retelling by Madeline Miller. A powerful woman that made me think about my choices in life. A masterpiece you should definitely read!

 

 

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The Dead Sagas: Volume I, Part IΒ byΒ Lee ConleyΒ is a dark fantasy novel, a horror saga unlike any other. This is not a book for the weak. This is the book for the bravest, the ones who dare to read it, and the ones who can handle to continue living with what they now know.

 

 

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  • Fawkes by Nadine Brandes (ebook – ARC) – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Fawkes came out on 10th July and this is the first book I have read from Nadine Brandes. Amazing story about the time of Guy Fawkes – this time with a little bit of magic added to it. When the masks become real, and colors give you power, with two sides against each other, you have to learn to fight! I loved this book, and it is the second and last 5-star book for this month! Definitely worth a read!

 

 

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This book came out on 10th July as well. A re-telling of the Beauty and the Beast, told from the point of view of the candle. It has all the magic inside of it, but there were some disturbing scenes for me, personally. I didn’t enjoy this book, but if you like retellings, you might like it!

 

 

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I got this book from the library only because I loved Circe and I love greek mythology. This book didn’t deliver. It is a story about Achilles and the Trojan War, told by the point of view of Patroclus, who managed to be Achilles’s best friend and lover. I am sure you’ll love it if you love greek mythology.

 

 

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I started a challenge called Tea’s Wishlist. Tea is my teen sister, and I will be reading her favorite books and genre for a while. The Shadow Demons was an amazing introduction to what I hope to be is an amazing series.

 

 

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I greatly enjoyed Inner Demons – the second book from the Shadow Demons series.Β Β My sister seems to have a good taste in books – I am very glad I started theΒ Tea’s Wishlist challengeΒ on Goodreads. Inner Demons continues right where Beautiful Demons end. Harper has been chosen to join the cheerleading team, which means instant popularity and people noticing here. But that’s not all – when you are a member of the cheerleading squad, you not only learn routines, dances and cheers. You also learn how to do magic!

 

 

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Fans of Sherlock Holmes, fans of mystery, fans of adventure and suspense – this might be your next favorite book! Now, I have never read a Sherlock Holmes book before, so I can’t compare this book to the original books from Arthur Conan Doyle. But, what I will do for you is tell you all I thought about this book!

 

 

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Bitter Demons is the third book from The Shadow Demons Saga, and the third book of my challenge to read my sister’s books. As a third book of this series, I have to be honest and say that this one didn’t deliver. I expected so much more to happen, and so many more questions to be answered.

 

 

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It doesn’t hurt me to say that I have watched the movie before I read the book. What hurts me to say is that even though I loved the book, I enjoyed the movie way more. But I am not here to compare the book and the movie, because I loved them both in a different way.

 

Book Wrap Up – June 2018

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Hello All! And just like that, it’s the beginning of July. I can’t believe that half of the year has passed. It somehow went so fast for me and I don’t even know how!

I have made a lot of progress reading a lot of my books, and I still have a huge list of books still waiting for me to read and review. You can see below a list of the books I read this month, and if you want to read a more detailed review, click on the links.

 

Here is what I have read in the month of June:

 

 

I greatly enjoyed this historical fiction. An interesting story about a man that does everything he can to try and save his wife from dying. Even if that means trying to find the secret item that one time belonged to the great wizard Merlin, from the time of King Arthur.

 

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I was a bit disappointed by this book, and I enjoyed the first book of this series more (Piasa). However, I truly believe that it might be interesting to some of you, as it covers the plot of how one young lady struggled through everything in life and in the end manages to find herself and be happy.

 

 

To all the lovers of Harry Potter out there – I loved this book, and you’ll love it too. I listened to the Audible version (P.S. – if you create an Audible account now, you get one audiobook for free – here’s the LINK). This is my second audiobook that I have listened to, and I really enjoyed it. A whole description about the rules of Quidditch, the most famous teams, and also the World Championship, with Rita Skeeter and Ginny Potter as reporters! So cool

 

I have won this Children’s book on a giveaway hosted by BookLikes. I don’t usually read Children’s books, and this one was quite interesting. I liked the story behind it, but didn’t really enjoy the illustrations. I think, especially with the young audience, it’s a key factor to have interesting illustrations.

 

 

A very interesting and unusual (in a good way) book, that tells a story about a nun that tries to fix a time travelling machine. It was a surprisingly refreshing read for me, and I did enjoy it, even though it’s not actually my cup of tea. The author, Jay DiNitto, was also kind enough to do an interview with me, and you can read more about it here.

 

 

An ARC provided to me by NetGalley. Unfortunately, this book did disappoint me. I expected more romance and more Alzheimer’s disease related content, but it didn’t deliver. Falling Short is a story about a lady that tries to find herself, and her mother is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and somehow, it turns out that her father actually might be alive, and she goes on a journey to try to find him, and also find herself as well.