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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?

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December TBR – Christmas Mood

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Hello, my lovelies!

Well, here we are, at the end of the year, with my December TBR. It has gone so fast, I honestly can’t believe it will be 2020 next month.

November was a happy month for me. I celebrated my birthday and my anniversary, I spent some time off work and I did some exciting things (rock climbing and bouldering). And still, with all my free time, I didn’t manage to read much.

November was a weak month from a reading perspective, and I have to be honest, I felt pressured to read every day, which made me read even less. So this month, I will not care how much I read, and read purely for my enjoyment. Hopefully the Christmas euphoria around me will restore my reading habits. .

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 December 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. This month I have 4 books that are extended, which leaves me with 4 spins.

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

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  1. Dracula by Bram Stoker

Carry-over book

Guess what? I haven’t managed to read Dracula yet. I don’t know what is happening, I am usually quite good with sticking to one book, but this one is giving me a hard time.

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

Carry-over book

A Darker State stays as well, as I didn’t manage to get to it last month.

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. You, Me and The Movies by Fiona Collins

Carry-over book

I didn’t manage to read this book last month, so I am keeping it for December. I think I will be in a mood for romance during the holidays.

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?

   4.  Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Spin: Gift

After reading Scythe by Neal Shusterman, I wanted to read this book so badly. Luckily, Thunderhead was one of many books my boyfriend bought for my birthday and our anniversary last month, and when the spin landed on Gift, I knew I had to read this one.

   5.  Moore Field School and the Mystery by Liam Moiser

Spin: Giveaway

I have had this book for a while now, and I think I will enjoy the mystery in it. It is a young-adult / middle grade book that focuses on two young girls, who study at the private Moore Field School. When there is a danger that the school might be closed, and a mystery avails, they go into action.

   6. The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters

Spin: New Author

I am actually quite excited about this one, as it is a new author for me, and also a mystery. It comes out on 10th December, so it will one of the first books I read this month. Cannot wait.

   7. A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan

Spin: Romance

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.

   8. The Move by Felicity Everett

Spin: Netgalley

Thriller with mysterious neighbors, when Karen moves into the new house, it might not be as idyllic as she thought it would be. I am very excited to read The Move. I think I will love it!

And that’s my December 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?

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November TBR – My Birthday Month

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Hello, my lovelies!

I can’t believe it’s November! I love November, because it’s my Birthday month. It is also a month when winter slowly starts to show its face and autumn is going away. I hope to get some snowy days – but not sure if that will happen…

October was an interesting month for me, in a very spooky mood. I managed to read 7 books in total. However, I didn’t manage to read all the books from my TBR, so some will be getting back here again.

What can I do – I am still getting used to the idea of following a list of books I want to read, and I managed to pick up a few books that weren’t on my TBR list – how mischievous – I know…

Hopefully, in November, I will be a good girl and will stick to my reading list. Let’s see.

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 wheels.

My TBR for November

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. This month I have 4 books that are extended, which leaves me with 4 spins.

These are the 8 books I am planning to read for October:

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  1. Dracula by Bram Stoker

Carry-over book

I am currently reading Dracula, but I didn’t manage to finish it before the month ended – so this will go back on my November TBR. It was a great pleasure to be reading this in time for Halloween though, so I am not even sorry that this book is now here.

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

Carry-over book

The second book I didn’t manage to read in October. Still looking forward to it.

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. Death in the Dojo by Sue Leather

Carry-over book

I didn’t manage to get to this one as well – so here we go.

This will be a re-read actually, as I have read this book a couple of years ago. This is a mystery that takes place in a Karate dojo (training room) and as a karate lover myself, I enjoyed this book a lot. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to come back to this lovely book!

   4.  The Temple House Vanishing by Rachel Donohue

Carry-over book

I was really supposed to read this one, as I have a blog tour for it in November, but I guess it’s still not too late.

I was kindly sent this book by the team at LoveReading UK, and I will be participating in the Ambassador Buzz around mid November for this book. It is a book that solves a mystery of a disappearance of a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl and her teacher that happened 25 years ago.

   5.  Her Crown of Fire by Renee April

Spin: TBR Jar

In the dull, everyday world, seventeen-year-old Rose Evermore struggles to plan beyond her final year of high school. But when fire suddenly obeys her every command and her dreams predict the future, she becomes hungry for more of this strange power.

Under her dreams’ guidance, Rose lands in the fantasy realm of Lotheria–with a tagalong. Tyson, her best friend since childhood, winds up there with her, just as confused and a hell of a lot more vulnerable. In Lotheria, Rose is welcomed and celebrated as a fire mage at the Academy, while the very un-magical Tyson is forced into hiding under threat of death from the headmasters of Rose’s new school.

As Rose’s talent in fire magic draws unwanted attention and Tyson struggles to transition from high school student to blacksmith, Rose must find a way to return Tyson to their own world before the headmasters discover and execute him–no matter the cost.

   6.  Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Spin: New Author

A heart-wrenching, life-affirming novel about a 12-year-old boy who is the sole survivor of a deadly plane crash

One summer morning, a flight takes off from New York to Los Angeles. There are 216 passengers aboard: among them a Wall Street millionaire; a young woman taking a pregnancy test in the airplane toilet; a soldier returning from Afghanistan; and two beleaguered parents moving across the country with their adolescent sons. When the plane suddenly crashes in a field in Colorado, the younger of these boys, 12-year-old Edward Adler, is the sole survivor.

   7. I’ll Be Home For Christmas by Abbey Clancy

Spin: Beautiful Cover

Last month I became an Insider for Mills & Boon, so expect to see more romance novels from me in the next period. They were kind enough to send me this book, and I will be part of their Blog Tour on the 11th November.

All she wants for Christmas…
Popstar Jessika Malone can’t believe her luck! Not only has she signed a major record deal and is topping the charts with her latest single, she’s just been offered the chance of a lifetime: a tour with gorgeous megastar Cooper Black…

It’s everything she’s ever dreamed of – except that it means travelling thousands of miles from her boyfriend, Daniel, just when he’s finally got down on one knee and popped the question!

Far from home and followed by the paparazzi, her relationship is tested more than Jessika ever imagined – will she make it home for Christmas before it’s too late?

   8.  You, Me and The Movies by Fiona Collins

Spin: Netgalley

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?

A romantic, moving and inspiring love story that readers of Jill Mansell, Hilary Boyd and Maeve Haran will adore.

And that’s my November 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?

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October TBR – The Spooky Edition!

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Hello, my lovelies!

October is my favourite reading month of the year, as I love Halloween so much and I love all the spookiness that it brings with it.

As I have announced in my September 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.

This month, I am using only the first spinning wheel (acquisitions) and with a slight twist this time – on top of the prompt I land on, I also have to choose a book that has a spooky vibe. This could be anything: mystery, thriller, vampires, werewolves, etc.

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 wheels.

My TBR for October

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. This month I have 2 books that are extended, which leaves me with 6 spins.

These are the 8 books I am planning to read for October:

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   1. Reverie by Ryan La Sala

Reverie is one of the two books I didn’t manage to read last month, and because I don’t unhaul books I haven’t read, they go into the next month’s list automatically. Last month, I chose it because I spun Netgalley and Boyfriend pick, and my boyfriend picked it because he knows I love magic and fantasy. I have already started reading it.

  2. Blood Shadow (Blood Never Lies #1) by Dianna Hardy

Blood Shadow is book 2 from my extended reads and the spin for this last month was Giveaway and Highest rated. I know it’s a story about vampires and werewolves, so it also fits the spooky category.

   3. The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell

Spin: Readers First

This book features an asylum with some of the most dangerous murderers there, psychiatrist that tries to resolve a mystery murder, and also a murder happening outside, putting everyone involved in grave danger. I am ready!

   4. Love, Heather by Laurie Petrou

Spin: Netgalley

I am not entirely sure what the plot is about, apart that a few teens start an online prank that blows out of proportion. It has also been described as dark, coming-of-age thriller, so I think this fits the spooky theme perfectly.

  5. Dracula by Bram Stoker

Spin: Purchased

The classic Dracula, a book I have had on my shelves for a long time now, but haven’t read it yet. I know right? Such an embarrassment. But I think that October is also a perfect time to read this, so here we go 🙂

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

Spin: Giveaway

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.

   7. Death in the Dojo by Sue Leather

Spin: Purchased

This will be a re-read actually, as I have read this book a couple of years ago. This is a mystery that takes place in a Karate dojo (training room) and as a karate lover myself, I enjoyed this book a lot. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to come back to this lovely book!

   8.  The Temple House Vanishing by Rachel Donohue

Spin: LoveReading UK

I was kindly sent this book by the team at LoveReading UK, and I will be participating in the Ambassador Buzz around mid November for this book. It is a book that solves a mystery of a disappearance of a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl and her teacher that happened 25 years ago.

And that’s my October 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?

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TBR Update – September TBR

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Hello, my lovelies!

I am a few days late with announcing my TBR list for September, I know. But I made some changes on how I will choose my monthly reads and I wanted to share this with you.

In the past few months, I have been contacted by many authors, publishers, booksellers and book blogs – all asking me to review their books and all sending me copies at my door.

And having received so many books – it is hard for me to prioritise, as a lot of those are being published in a certain date, and I also want to read all of them, without making people wait.

Therefore – I decided it is time for me to have a full list of all books that I need to reveiw ASAP, and start reading them one way or the other. And without anyone being angry – I will use not one, but two SPINNING WHEELS to decide my monthly TBR.

I will be choosing at least 8 books each month, as that is the number of books I read on average. Books that are sent to me by publishers and are coming out in a certain month will always take the first few places.

All the books that are currently on my TBR can be found HERE.

As for the rest – I have my spinning wheels to help me decide.

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This will be my first spin – which captures all the places where I might get my books from. Sent By Publisher, Sent By Author, LoveReading UK, NetGalley/Edelweiss+, ReadersFirst, Gift, Borrowed, Purchased and Giveaway.

This will be my first filter, which would shortlist my books to a certain number. Then, I spin again…

Spinning Wheel Number Two

Once I have a shortlist, it is time for me to choose a specific prompt. I get to choose from a variety of prompts, such as: Graphic Novel, Instagram Pick, Classic, Series, New Author, 5 Star Prediction, TBR Jar, Short Read, Stand Alone, Boyfriend Pick, One Word Title, Highest/Lowest Rated, etc…

I am very excited to do this, because it helps me lessen up my stress each month, when I worry if I haven’t picked the right books. And it involves a fun game-based theme, which I really enjoy!

If you like the prompt on the wheels – feel free to use them as well. The links are in their titles 😉

My TBR for September

With the above being said, let’s see how my TBR list for September looks like!

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   1. The Swords of Silence (The Swords of Fire #1) by Shaun Curry

The Swords of Silence is being published on 19th September 2019, and it was sent to me by both the publisher and LoveReading UK. I love books that reflect the Japanese culture, especially the ones with Shoguns, so I am very excited to read this!

  2. Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman

I am doing a Buddy Read on Scythe on the 5th September in the Challenge Corner group on Goodreads. I have been wanting to read this one for so long, but never picked it up – now it’s time!

   3. One in a Million by Lindsey Kelk

Spin: Purchased; Romance

I chose One in a Million because I already had the audiobook ready.  It has also been on my TBR for a very long time, and it is time to pick it up.

   4. The Tether (The ELI Chronicles #2) by Julia Ash

Spin: Sent By Author, Series

I loved the first book from Julia’s series – The One and Only. It is time to pick the second book from the series too, and continue Ruby’s adventure!

  5. Reverie by Ryan La Sala

Spin: NetGalley, Boyfriend Pick

I had only a few books on my Netgalley list, and my boyfriend picked Reverie instantly. He read the synopsis, and he was like – you love magic and fantasy – you’ll probably love this. So, I am reading it this month. And I hope he is right!

   6. Blood Shadow (Blood Never Lies #1) by Dianna Hardy

Spin: Giveaway. Highest Rated

This book has a 5.00 rating on Goodreads – and is therefore, the highest rated book on my TBR currently. It is a story about werewolves and romance, and I don’t truly know much, but I am excited to read it!

   7. The Die of Death (The Great Devil War #2) by Kenneth B. Andersen

Spin: Sent by Author, My Pick

I loved the first book in this series, The Devil’s Apprentice! It is a story about a young boy who is being good, but then dies and has to become an apprentice of the devil, but he’s very bad at being evil. It was a very joyful read and I can’t wait to read the second book, as more books are coming out as we speak 🙂

   8.  All Wrapped Up (Geek Girl #1.5) by Holly Smale

Spin: Borrowed, Highest Rated

My sister has borrowed me the complete Geek Girl series, and I have to read them all! I really enjoyed the first Geek Girl book and I also enjoyed Holly’s newest book Happy Girl Lucky! I am so excited for this one, as it’s a short one, and with Christmas vibe!

And that’s my September 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, as I am already a bit ahead of schedule and have read a couple 😉

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