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˜…

🌟 Review  🌟

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

🌟 Review  🌟

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

🌟 Review  🌟

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

🌟 Review  🌟

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

🌟 Review  🌟

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

🌟 Review  🌟

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

🌟 Review  🌟

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

🌟 Review  🌟

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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Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead [BOOK REVIEW]

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It happened, people. I finally did it. I have officially read Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, and I have mixed feelings about it.

After years of you guys begging me to read this book, I have finally managed to dig into this vampire world with Lissa – the Moroi (mortal) vampire and Rose – her guardian, sworn to protect her.

These two best friends are on the run, after Lissa’s family has been killed. Now, they unwillingly return to the Vampire Academy, and try to live their normal lives, but danger is on their doorstep.

I loved the plot, and the idea of the world building, even though, I have to admit, I wish we had more pages of the Vampire Academy description. Or maybe this is just me screaming – ”I want a vampire Hogwarts description right here, right now!”

I loved their friendship, and I loved how both of them would sacrifice so much for each other. It is a character quality we rarely see, and it was so well delivered that it gave me shivers for a few scenes.

However, the characters themselves weren’t much likeable. Lissa, well, we hardly get to really know her. She is mostly a shadow of Rose’s opinions of herself. And as of Rose, as much as I admired her bravery and wisdom, sometimes she was just so dumb for her own good.

I loved the plot twists, and the cliffhangers, especially the few ones right at the very end, but it took so long for them to come. Despite that, this book was still such a fast read, and you can’t take your hands off it.

”For they (women) are strange and mysterious creatures,” he continued in his scholarly voice, ”and a man must be a mind reader if he ever wishes to make them happy.”

I wanted to not mention the romance bit of the novel, but I have to stay honest to myself and do it. Unrealistic romances will happen that will make you cringe. I won’t spoil it for you, but I happened to love these two people together, even though their so called love happened instantly.

”And sometimes, if I was really, really lucky, he’d smile at me. A real smile too – not the dry one that accompanied the sarcasm we tossed around so often.”

A typical high-school fantasy novel, with vampires included, this will be a great addition to your shelves if you love this genre. I greatly enjoyed it, but being older I think these things stuck a bit to me.

If you haven’t read this, I do recommend it. Even though it had a few weak points, I would definitely read the second book of the series.

Purchase links:

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Have you read Vampire Academy? Is it on your TBR?Β  Β  Β  Β  I would love to see what you think!Β 

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Down The TBR Hole #9

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Credit for this tag goes to Lost in a Story.

How it works:

❀ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❀ Order on ascending date added.
❀ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❀ Read the synopsis of the books.
❀ Decide: keep it or should it go

 

Here’s the next patch:

#9

βž₯ The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

I remember someone recommending this book to me at the start of the year, but it’s a book #6, so I am deleting it. I went back to book #1 to see if I might be intrigued, and I wasn’t…

Verdict:Β  REMOVE βœ–

βž₯ Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

A classic, that I am always eager to read, and never do…

Verdict: KEEP Β β˜‘Β 

βž₯ A Book About The Classic Avis Advertising Campaign Of The 60s by Henri Holmgren

This books stays, as I was given it, to help me understand marketing in the past.

Verdict: KEEP Β β˜‘Β 

βž₯ Chasing Daisy by Paige Toon

I can see my younger self loving this book. My current self – naah.

Verdict: REMOVE βœ–

βž₯ The Secret of Happy Ever After by Lucy Dillon

So much romance, so much wow. What was going on in my life back then? Why is this in my TBR?

Verdict: REMOVE βœ–

βž₯ Heal Me: In Search of a Cure by Julia Buckley

I won this book as a giveaway, and as I have mentioned in some previous posts, I always keep my promise, if I get given a book, I read it, or try to.

Verdict: KEEP β˜‘Β 

βž₯ For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

A classic, that I wanted to read since I was a kid. I don’t know why, but it always reminds be of my dad, and I have no memory of my dad mentioning it to me. I asked him a few days ago, and he still has no clue. I need to read it.

Verdict: KEEP Β β˜‘Β 

βž₯ The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan

More romance? Really? Secretly I am also afraid I might start wanting to read romance again, and I will regret removing all these books πŸ™‚

Verdict:Β  REMOVE βœ–

βž₯ Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1) by Jacqueline Winspear

I love stories about women that become detectives. I am keeping this one, even though I don’t know when I might get my hands on it.

Verdict: KEEP Β β˜‘Β 

βž₯ Posted by John David Anderson

I love all books that involve post-it notes, letters, or postcards involved in them. It makes the reading seem so much interesting. I am hopeful this will be a great read!

Verdict: KEEP β˜‘Β 

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My TBRΒ is getting smaller, step by step. I managed to remove 4 this time, which is a great progress.

Let me know if you have read any of these, and if you want me to keep or remove any of these books from my list! I look forward to see what you think!

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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˜…
🌟 Review  🌟  Goodreads  🌟  Amazon  🌟

My Name is Anna by Lizzy Barber – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
🌟 Review  🌟  Goodreads  🌟  Amazon  🌟

Carrie by Stephen King – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
🌟 Review  🌟  Goodreads  🌟  Amazon  🌟

The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen – β˜…β˜…β˜…
🌟 Review  🌟  Goodreads  🌟  Amazon  🌟

Winter Trials (Northern Witch #1) by K.S. Marsden – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
🌟 Review  🌟  Goodreads  🌟  Amazon  🌟

Hippie by Paulo Coelho – β˜…β˜…β˜…
🌟 Review  🌟  Goodreads  🌟  Amazon  🌟

Uglies (Uglies #1) by Scott Westerfeld – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
🌟 Review  🌟  Goodreads  🌟  Amazon 

Some Sunny Day by Madge Lambert – β˜…β˜…β˜…
🌟 Review  🌟  Goodreads  🌟  Amazon  🌟

No Fourth River by Christine Clayfield – β˜…β˜…
🌟 Review  🌟  Goodreads  🌟  Amazon  🌟

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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No Fourth River – Christine Clayfield [BOOK REVIEW]

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No Fourth River is a very powerful story about swimming up to surface, when the world is against you.Β A story about child abuse unlike anything else, and one very determined woman.

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Some Sunny Day – Madge Lambert [BOOK REVIEW]

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Some Sunny Day was one of those books that go slowly, and tell a story of another times, reviving memories and emotions. A story of a lady that is sent to India to take care for the British Soldiers in the Second World War.

A beautiful memoir, full of lively descriptions that make the scenes more realistic. A powerful story of love, bravery, tragedy, sacrifices and hope.

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Down The TBR Hole #4

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Hi Lovelies!

I am doing the Down the TBR Hole for the fourth time! I have already cleared out so many books, and I am always looking forward to some more tidying up.

How it works:

❀ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❀ 
Order on ascending date added.
❀ 
Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❀ Read the synopsis of the books.
❀ 
Decide: keep it or should it go

Here’s the next patch:

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βž₯ The Learning Curve by Melissa Nathan

If you have read my Down The TBR Hole #2 post, I have kept The Nanny from this author. I am going to remove this one for now, with the note of: If I like her other book, I will re-add this one after.

Verdict: REMOVE βœ–

βž₯ To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This one stays, because I have wanted to read it since I was a teen. I am still certain that the story is lovely!

Verdict: KEEP Β β˜‘Β 

βž₯ Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Veronica Roth

I know – I am probably the last person you know that hasn’t read the books. I have seen the movies, and I am so eager to read the books. I am actually going to make this one a priority for 2019.

Verdict: KEEP Β β˜‘Β 

βž₯ Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

I know this one is a classic, but I can’t see myself reading it in the near future.

Verdict: REMOVE βœ–

βž₯ Bridget Jones’s Diary (Bridget Jones, #1) by Helen Fielding

I have grown the Bridget Jones’s story by now. This one goes.

Verdict: REMOVE βœ–

βž₯ One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner

I honestly don’t know why and how this ended up on my TBR. I am removing it.

Verdict: REMOVE βœ–

βž₯ The Only Boy by Jordan Locke

I want to know so bad if the hype for this book is real or not. I am keeping it!

Verdict: KEEP Β β˜‘Β 

βž₯ Mara (Unusuals, #1) by Veronica Bane

I remember how excited I was when I found out about this book. I wanted to read it so bad for months, but I lived in Macedonia and I couldn’t get hold of it at the time. I will definitely try to read this one next year!

Verdict: KEEP Β β˜‘Β 

βž₯ Paper Towns by John Green

John Green? Yes, please!

Verdict: KEEP Β β˜‘Β 

βž₯ Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2) by E.L. James

There was a time when I loved erotica. And I loved the first Fifty Shades of Grey book. And I have watched all the movies. But now, I am past all of that, and I don’t think I would want to give up my time to read this one.

Verdict: REMOVE βœ–

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I kept 5, and removed 5 books. I think it’s fair to say I did well. Would you have kept or removed some of these books? I would love to know what you think!

P.S: If you also have some TBR posts – please comment your links below!
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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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Geek Girl (Geek Girl #1) by Holly Smale [BOOK REVIEW]

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Even though I kept hearing great things about Geek Girl, I never really happened to read it. A month ago, my teen sister borrowed the whole Geek Girl series and told me this is something I must check off my list. And here I am one month later – loving the first book!

Geek Girl tells the story of a young teen Harriet, who is a geek and gets bullied at her school. She might know all the science answers, but she has no clue why people are laughing at her when she goes outside with a cartoon hoodie.

But when Harriet gets discovered by a modelling agency,she realises how things can get different, and she has to choose whether she wants to risk losing everything by changing who she really is.

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A very funny and geeky read, where I couldn’t stop but giggle a few times. One moment really got me though:

β€˜β€™If somebody offers to shave your legs,’’ she snaps, β€˜β€™let them.’’

Harriet is a typical geeky high-school character, and you can’t help but love her weirdness, her silliness and the ways she believes in.

The read was somewhat predictable from the beginning, and there wasn’t any big plot twist or cliff-hanger, but I believe that this book didn’t really want to achieve that anyways.

This was a perfect read for me to relax and enjoy reading – reminded me of my high-school days and made me remember a lot of similar moments.

I am recommending it to all of you out there – that love being different and are not afraid to stand up for yourselves, no matter how much people laugh at you.

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Down The TBR Hole #3

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Hi Lovelies!

The third edition of the Down the TBR Hole is here! I am always excited when I am doing this, I can’t wait to see how it goes!

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.

  • Order on ascending date added.

  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.

  • Read the synopsis of the books.

  • Decide: keep it or should it go

Here’s the next patch:

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βž₯ Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1) by Sara Shepard

I have made this list a long time ago, and this is one of the books I should have read when I was 14. Right now, I can’t find the time to do this.

Verdict: REMOVE βœ–

βž₯ The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

A classic, and I have only read Inferno by Dante. I remember adding this book because I wanted to read the other two parts too. This one stays!

Verdict: KEEP Β β˜‘

βž₯ Clay by David Almond

I have left this book back in my home country. If I ever go back and get it, I will read it. But for now, it can go.

Verdict: REMOVE βœ–

βž₯ Bad Behaviour by Sheila O’Flanagan

Again, the same story. It is sad that I have left so many books behind. I even checked if the library had this one here, but unfortunately, they didn’t. Right now, it goes.

Verdict: REMOVE βœ–

βž₯ French Kissing by Catherine Sanderson

And again – ahhh. I am becoming sad now. I am removing this lovely book too, but I have noted these to bring back with me when I can.

Verdict: REMOVE βœ–

βž₯ I Am David by Anne Holm

I won this book on a giveaway, but don’t have it with me anymore. I never got the chance to read it, as I always kept finding other things that seemed more interesting at the time. I am letting this one go.

Verdict: REMOVE βœ–

βž₯ The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo

A classic that I have wanted to read since I was a little kid. I have to find time for this in the early 2019. People keep telling me how good it is.

Verdict: KEEP Β β˜‘

βž₯ War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

A long and big one this time. A famous classic, and all my Literature Teachers were talking about during high school. I never had the chance to read it, but this one stays, as I truly believe a person needs to read this one before they die.

Verdict: KEEP Β β˜‘

βž₯ Holly’s Inbox (Holly’s Inbox #1) by Holly Denham

I actually don’t know why this book is here. I am not too excited after reading the synopsis and I am letting this one go.

Verdict: REMOVE βœ–

βž₯ The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

I don’t remember adding this one as well, and after reading some reviews, I think I am going to pass. I have a lot of Christmas reads happening this year, so I don’t think I would have the time anyways…

Verdict: REMOVE βœ–

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This time I only kept 3 and removed 7. I am getting efficient. My TBR already looks smaller (who are we kidding? :D).

Let me know if you have read any of these, and if you want me to keep or remove any of these books from my list! I look forward to see what you think!

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