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Sweet Readings – A Reading Update

Sweet Readings - A Reading Update

Hello, you lovely lot! It has been a while since I posted, due to me being on holiday and then having severe internet issues, but I’m back now and ready to share my reading experiences with you. This sweet readings post is dedicated to some lovely brownies and will feature a reading update of all the books I have read this month.

The Best Brownies I’ve Ever Tasted

I don’t say this lightly, because I do love all things sweet. The team at Chummy’s Bakery were extremely kind and sent me a box of brownies that I devoured in a day! They came in different flavours: Salted Caramel, Triple Chocolate, Nutella, Ferrero Rocher etc. and were quite delicious and melted in my mouth. Check out my unboxing video and order your brownies from them HERE.


Thank you @chummysbakery for the delicious box of brownies! These #brownies are #yummy and #scrumptious – order yours today x

♬ Food – Fresh and Delicious – MuraMusicStudio

My Reading Update

During the past month, I have read 7 books, across multiple genres. I enjoyed all of them, some more than others, but they all were a unique reading experience to me.

Note To Self by Anna Bell

Sweet Readings - A Reading Update. Note To Self by Anna Bell

Pages: 384

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit

Publisher: HQ Stories

Format I read it in: Paperback, Uncorrected Proof

Rating: ★★★★

Thoughts: A wonderful story of a woman reading letters she wrote to herself 20 years ago. Very romantic and an absolute tear-jerker.

1984 by George Orwell

Sweet Readings - A Reading Update. 1984 by George Orwell

Pages: 326

Genre: Fiction, Dystopia

Publisher: Penguin

Format I read it in: Paperback

Rating: ★★★★★

Thoughts: Incredible journey of a book, and scarily this dystopian terrifying world has too many parallel points with how things are now with the world. George Orwell was way ahead of his time.

The Baker By The Sea by Paula White

Sweet Readings - A Reading Update. The Baker By The Sea by Paula White

Pages: 40

Genre: Children’s, Picture Book

Publisher: Templar

Format I read it in: Hardcover

Rating: ★★★★★

Thoughts: Beautiful story about a boy who is the son of a baker. Amazing art and powerful message. There is also a recipe for Hot Coconut Buns that I haven’t tried yet, but will do.

Overland by Richard Kaufmann

Sweet Readings - A Reading Update. Overland by Richard Kaufmann

Pages: 224

Genre: Travel

Publisher: Raz el Hanout

Format I read it in: Paperback

Rating: ★★★★★

Thoughts: Intriguing travel book, featuring travelling by train. Read my full review HERE.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Sweet Readings - A Reading Update. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Pages: 517

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Young Adult

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Format I read it in: Paperback

Rating: ★★★★★

Thoughts: I can’t believe I haven’t read this sooner. Epic adventure about a dragon, a young brave man and the fight for what’s right.

Bad Things Happen Here by Rebecca Barrow

Sweet Readings - A Reading Update. Bad Things Happen Here by Rebecca Barrow

Pages: 352

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Format I read it in: Uncorrected Proof, Paperback

Rating: ★★★★

Thoughts: Quite an interesting mystery, full of adventures, secrets, grief and the biggest battle a person can have – the battle with themselves.

The Guilty Wife by Nina Manning

Sweet Readings - A Reading Update. The Guilty Wife by Nina Manning

Pages: 334

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Publisher: Boldwood Books

Format I read it in: Paperback

Rating: ★★

Thoughts: Fast-paced mystery about a woman carrying a lot of grief and her past catching up with her. For me, the ending had its flaws, but I can see people enjoying the story.

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Never Forgotten (Never Forgotten #1) by Kelly Risser [BOOK REVIEW]

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All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. – Anatole France

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.

Now she is in a new country, taking care of her mother, living with grandparents she never met, meeting new friends at school and a guy she really likes and having weird visions of a father who was absent her entire life. There is a secret of who Meara is, and everyone seems to know this except her.

Meara is determined to find out the secrets that will change her life forever.

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The beginning of this book in unbelievably good! Amazing intro and perfect character development. I loved how you could feel with Meara all the time, and go through with her while she leans about her mum’s sickness and the movement to another country. It is very realistically described, and we manage to see this all through the eyes of a troubled teenager. And the descriptions of the scenes? Ahhh, just see for yourselves:

The room was a deep purple and accented with an eclectic blend of antiques and comfortable furnishings. It was the kind of room that made a person long to grab a book and cozy into the oversized couch for a several hours.

Thought, sometimes, there would be things that didn’t make sense to me:

The guy who delivered the pizza forgot plates and napkins. So, we just opened the box and dug in.

Which delivery place on Earth, for God’s sake, delivers plates and napkins? Is this an American thing? If I order pizza, I expect to dig into it with all my fingers, get really messy, and then lick them in the end. Just saying…

There were many twists and turns, mostly little ones in this first book, but the middle of the book gets really slow paced. For a moment, I thought this might be an unpleasant read, but it turned out to just be a calm before the storm, where the biggest twist happens right before the end, and it leaves us wanting more – therefore, the second book. Nicely done, Kelly Risser, nicely done!

Meara is an amazing girl, and we follow her story. She finds out her mum’s cancer is back again, and they have to move from USA to Canada. For a teenage girl, that is a huge change. I loved the way she coped with it, even though, at the beginning she made me quite agitated – her mum is dying, and her thought are – life is unfair, why do I have to move to another country, and change schools and lose my friends? It made me incredibly angry, but as much as I don’t want to admit it, those are the exact thoughts a teen would have in such moments. We don’t really tend to think about how our parents feel until we get older and wiser, do we?

I liked Meara, apart her irritating personality at times. She is a typical teenage girl, and many girls, me included, can relate to her so well! She is a good person, and she cares about the people around her.

I loved Evan – he is just the sweetest person / boyfriend a girl can have. I honestly wish I had a boyfriend like him when I was 13-years-old. He made sandwiches, and they watched a movie in the car because it was raining, and he would come to Meara’s house with flowers, and offer to help out with the chores? He is the cutest person ever.

He was about six foot tall with wavy, black hair that curled over his ears. Tanned skin, lean muscles, and strong hands that ended in long, graceful fingers.

But then, there is Kieran… I know he is the bad boy, but I might be able to ship him and Meara together – maybe? We’ll see… It’s an unpopular opinion, but I actually want to see them together. Even though Evan is just the sweetest thing, and it would be horrible if Meara broke his heart.

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.

As a finale – I had to also include this quote from the book:

Humans are spiteful creatures. They destroy more than they create. That is why I do not associate with them.

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Incoming Postcard Happiness

The amazing community of lovely people always brightens up my day!

Special thank you for these four postcards/cards! I love them all dearly!

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Thank you to:

  • /u/stockman1984 , for the universe postcard (top left). I loved the quote you included inside! It is truly amazing!
  • /u/MaeveTheBrave , for the lovely donut card (top right).
    Amazing ”did you know” – Vermont’s capital city, Montpelier, is the smallest state capital in the USA – population wise! Less than 9000 people live there! I had no clue about this – and thank you for teaching me a fact or two 🙂
  • /u/bubs57  ,  for the YESSS! card (bottom left) and the amazing Nutella recipe! I haven’t tried it yet, but most certainly will soon!
    P.S: If anyone wants the recipe, please let me know 🙂
  • /u/gigi700gigi , for the amazing Morning Sun Postcard (bottom right). You have a lovely handwriting, Gina! I loved the postcard and I would love to visit Califonia some day!


Food postcard from Germany


One of the reasons I love postcrossing is that I get food 😀

DE-5009015 , and I am the lucky girl to get this unfortunately non-eatable card.

It’s all written in German, front, back, everywhere, and I love it.

I also adore the stamp. Haven’t received one like that before!