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January TBR – New Beginnings

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Hello, my lovelies!

I haven’t seen you in a decade (this joke never gets old. And when you can only use it once every 10 years, I may as well spam it).

Well, here we are, at the very beginning of a new year again. New Year – new goals. New hopes and dreams.

I always liked planning my whole year in January, but this year, I will not bother so much. I have made a few changes in the way I choose books, and I am feeling pretty happy about it. My stress levels have decreased a lot, and I found pleasure in reading once again. Yes – there was actually a time when reading felt like a chore. I don’t want that for me.

My December was filled with Christmas spirit, here in the UK. But being born in Macedonia, we actually celebrate Christmas on the 7th January – so January is my Christmas month actually. During this time, I will be traveling back to Skopje, and I might not read as much, because I will be spending time with family and friends.

Without further delays, let’s get to the important part – what will I be reading in January?

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 wheel.

My January TBR

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.

These are the 8 books I am planning to read this January:

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1. You, Me and The Movies by Fiona Collins

Carry-over book

I actually read this book last month, but didn’t get a chance to write a review yet, so not sure how to organize myself 🙂 I technically have it read, but it doesn’t really count until a review is up.

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?

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

Carry-over book

This is the third month a book has been on my TBR, but I already read this one during New Year’s Eve and these last few days, and will share the review soon. So it sort of counts, but it also doesn’t 🙂

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. A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan

Carry-over book

I just didn’t manage to get to this book in time, and it’s a shame, but hopefully, I’ll get to it this month.

Everything I have read so far from Sarah Morgan – I loved! And this Christmas, I was lucky enough to receive this book from the publishers, so I can read it right in time before the end of the year. A Wedding in December is already on the top of the lists across UK, and I am hyped to read it.

4. Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton

Spin: New Author

Rosamund Coppley is a new author to me and I am really excited to read Three Hours. In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege. With only three hours to save them and media and parents asking for updates, I am sure this will be a very unpredictable and intense book.

I am doing a blog tour for Three Hours on 12th January – so keep an eye on my post then.

5. The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman

Spin: 5 Star Prediction

After reading and loving both Scythe and Thunderhead, I am certain that The Toll will be a 5 star. No doubts at all. And I mean, I have been bragging on and on about this book for ages now!

A world where people can’t die, Scythes exist, that glean them, in order to keep the population intact. Two characters are on their way to become Scythe apprentices, and they learn the whole tradition behind the gleaning ceremony.

 6. Pretties (Uglies #2) by Scott Westerfeld

Spin: Colour – white

I had to choose a book that had a white cover, and Pretties was the closest I had to it. Also, I really loved the first book – Uglies and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

  7. Confucius’ Social Wisdom by Pavan Choudary

Spin: Giveaway

I received this book a while ago through a giveaway on Goodreads (I know this was a long time ago, because Goodreads is not hosting giveaways for the UK anymore). Shame, shame, shame…

Pavan talks about the social wisdom from the works of Confucius, and I am excited to find out more. It is a short read, but I am sure I will enjoy it!

   8.  Virgin River by Robyn Carr

Spin: New Author

Robyn Carr is a new author to me, and I am also part of a blog tour on the 29th January. I haven’t watched the Netflix TV Show yet, but everyone that watched it has amazing things to say. Looking forward to this one!

And that’s my January 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 and end of the year?

Make sure to follow me on Instagram, so you can stay up to date with my current updates during the month.

What are you planning to read this month? Let me know in the comments!

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April 2019 – Monthly Book Wrap Up

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Hello everyone!

I can’t believe we are in May already! In April, I read 9 books in total, and I was mostly pleasantly surprised with them. A great month for me, overall, with amazing books on the way. In the April monthly wrap up, you will see all the books I managed to read.

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 #26 🌟 TBR Hole #27 🌟TBR Hole #28 🌟 TBR Hole #29

Books I read:

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April’s Monthly Wrap Up

Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn – ★★★★

Even though Undercover Princess has great resemblance to The Princess Diaries and The Princess Protection Program, this book is unique in its own way, and the story is very different and positively surprising. I was in love with the characters and loved this book a lot. I will definitely be reading the second book of the series!

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Nemesis (#3) by Rory Clements – ★★

Nemesis is full of suspense from the very first chapter, and the thing I loved the most about it was that the chapters are quite short, and always leave you hanging, hungry to find out more. Every word that Rory Clements types had a meaning and a purpose in this book, and that was the bit I admired the most.

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Rachel’s Pudding Pantry by Caroline Roberts – ★★★★

A fast read that talks about family, love, grief and finding reasons to be happy! Rachel’s Pudding Pantry is a story about Rachel, who is a farmer in the modern world, living with her mum Jill and her little daughter Maisy. Rachel and her family has been dealing with a lot of grief in the last couple of years, and are struggling financially to keep the farm running.

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 Goodnight, Monster! by Chloe Sanders – ★★

A cute and cheeky bedtime story! I knew I was going to enjoy this little read as soon as I saw the cover and the little blurb. Goodnight, Monster! by Chloe Sanders is a story about Ben, who doesn’t want to go to bed, because there is a monster in his room.

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Nanny and the Beast by Georgia Le Carre – ★

The book features April, who is a nanny by profession. She goes for an interview in a Russian billionaire’s house for the nanny position. Yuri is a Russian billionaire who has a niece, Yulia, that hasn’t been speaking for a few months. When he sees April, he can’t resist her – which is why he doesn’t give her the job – it is too dangerous for her to stick around. But when destiny takes matters in her own hands, and April end up being Yulia’s nanny, they have to find a way to leave their fierce erotic needs aside and focus on the little girl’s happiness.

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The Recreators by Desiree Nordlund – ★★

I went into reading this book partially blind. The blurb doesn’t uncover much, and I was excited as to whether I would like it or not. The Recreators is a young-adult novel that happens in Medieval times and features characters who have God-like powers and are able to change a slight minimal portion of the world.

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris – ★★★★

A powerfully emotional book about the love, resilience and surviving through the worst possible circumstances. The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a true story of Lale, a Jew, who find himself trapped in a pool of uncertainty.

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Chat Love by Justine Faeth – Review to come

A story about Lucia, an Italian woman who keeps having terrible dates. When she follows her friend’s advice and decides to try Chat Love, an online dating service, things are becoming interesting.

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Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel by Ruth Hogan – Review to come

Tilly’s childhood was shattered when her mother sent her away to a boarding school without an explanation. Now, Tilda, grown up, but still damaged by her mother’s unaccountable cruelty. When her mother dies, Tilda goes back to Brighton and with the help of her beloved Queenie sets about unravelling the mystery of her exile from The Paradise Hotel and discovers that her mother was not the woman she thought she knew at all.

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How did your April go? How many books did you read? Let me know your April Monthly Wrap Up! I love reading your comments! 

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March 2019 – Monthly Book Wrap Up

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Hello everyone! It’s finally time for my March Wrap Up. This month went so quickly for me. I managed to read and review 8 books. I have a few books that I did finish, but haven’t written a review for them yet, so they will go on top of the April 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 #21🌟TBR Hole #22🌟TBR Hole #23🌟 TBR Hole #24🌟TBR Hole #25

Books I read:

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Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield – ★★

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield is a story that had the perfect plot potential to be amazing, but it didn’t deliver at all. As a huge fan of storytelling, this was a big disappointment for me, the biggest one so far in 2019. 

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Blood Moon: Part 1 by S. Yurvati – ★★

A beautiful writing, but a confusing adventure, mixed with Out-Of-Earth creatures that don’t really appear until the end of the book, a very disturbing plot, however, a very promising ending as well. I can’t say I enjoyed this book, but it did leave me curious to read the next one. 

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The Guilty Party by Mel McGrath – ★★★★

A mystery that left me curious until the very end. A psychological paradise of a thriller that captures people at their very worst, right when they realise their lives are at stake. These people did nothing. But that doesn’t mean they’re innocent… 

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To Best The Boys by Mary Weber – ★★

The blurb sounds so good, and the cover is gorgeous. I hate to say this, but the book seems like an unfinished draft. It seemed so promising, and all I thought I would get out of this was non-existent.

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Beast Rider by Tony Johnston – ★

A fantasy that stays true to many young people, that dare cross a border, searching for a better life. A fantasy, but also a cruel reality of what truly happens to these young boys and girls, and all the journeys they have to go through, fighting for a better tomorrow.

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Romanov by Nadine Brandes – ★★

A wonderful and magical tale, with a history behind it of a mysterious family, especially their end – this book brought tears on my eyes and made me think about the power of forgiveness and love. A true masterpiece.

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The Battle of Trafalgar Square – David Winship – ★★

I dived into ‘’The Battle of Trafalgar Square’ not knowing what to expect. This is a book where two pigeons are the main characters and through dialogue and presentation they share this historic battle, but from their point of view.

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The Devil’s Apprentice (The Great Devil War #1) – Kenneth B. Andersen – ★★★★

Possibly the best Young-Adult Fantasy I have read this year. Enter and discover Hell and see how it works, meet the Devil and learn why we need evil in order to be good! A fantastic story and great adventures await in Hell. Read this at your own risk! 

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How did your March go? How many books did you read and what was your book of the month?

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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  🌟 TBR Hole #19 🌟 TBR Hole #20 🌟

Books I read:

Happy Girl Lucky (The Valentines #1) by Holly Smale – ★★★★★

The Visitor by Ti Ca – ★★

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier – ★★★★★

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – ★★★★★

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 – ★★★★

Awaken (Northern Witch #2) by K.S. Marsden – ★★★

The New Power Eating by Susan Kleiner – ★★★★

Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks – ★★★

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – ★★★★★

 

Pretty in Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton – ★★★

 

Curses of Scale by S.D. Reeves – ★★★

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo – ★★★★

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

 

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