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:

🌟TBR Hole #17 🌟 TBR Hole #18  πŸŒŸ TBR Hole #19 🌟 TBR Hole #20 🌟

Books I read: 

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

| ReviewAmazon | Harper Collins |

 

The Visitor by Ti Ca – β˜…β˜…

| Review Amazon |

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

| Review | Amazon | Barnes & Noble|

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:

🌟TBR Hole #13 🌟 TBR Hole #14  🌟 TBR Hole #15 🌟 TBR Hole #16 🌟

Books I read this month:

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

🌟 Review 🌟 Amazon 🌟 Barnes & Noble 🌟

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˜…

🌟 Review 🌟 Amazon 🌟Barnes & Noble 🌟

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

🌟 Review  🌟Amazon 🌟 Barnes & Noble 🌟

 

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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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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