Weekly Quote #3

Good Monday to you all!

How was last week? I have no words to describe mine. My brain felt like exploding with so many thoughts and ideas and planning and… not sleeping very well!

I am proposing for this week a quote from “This! By C.G. Blaine”, a book that will be released on September 27th (come visit my blog to check my review). While it may not seem as a positive quote to start with, the book is quite funny and with great characters.

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Turns out a safety net under the tightrope only matters if you fall. It does nothing to save you from slipping and hanging yourself on the wire.”

Remember to mark September 27th in your calendar and visit my blog on that day for more quotes. Until next time, Happy Reading and have a happy week!

August Wrap Up & September TBR

Do I really want to remind myself how far away I am from my initial August TBR list? – NO!

Do I know the date today? – September 15th.

Do I really want to have a wrap up and TBR in the middle of the month? – Yes (trying to be responsible here).

Ok, check list done and guilty feelings aside, I am quite happy with what I managed to read in August. Definitely, I am far from the titles I must have read, but I’ll catch up eventually!

  1. Dead Sexy by Lulu M. Sylvian
  2. Gathering Frost by Kaitlyn Davis
  3. Withering Rose by Kaitlyn Davis
  4. Chasing Midnight by Kaitlyn Davis
  5. Knowing Michele by Tinsley Sellers
  6. Kings of Mayhem by Penny Dee
  7. Hearts of Darkness by Catherine Wiltcher
  8. Futuri III by Irina Binder
  9. Pana la Sfarsit by Irina Binder

I am listening to the audiobook for “The Rogue to Ruin” by Vivienne Corret and I have also started the folowing books:

  • The Bar Next Door by Katia Rose
  • WaterColor Wishes by Melissa Chambers
  • The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
  • The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

Now, for September I am going to list here the books I still have to read until the end of the month, but I am hopeful I will manage to catch up with my books from the TBR pile:

  1. Single Dad by Noelle Adams
  2. Fires of the Dead by Jed Herne
  3. The Black Widow Temptation by Jasmine Lace
  4. This! by C.G. Blaine
  5. Most Ardently Book Set

That’s it for now. I hope to read more than these 5 books and I do hope to finish the ones already started in August. Let’s see what the end of the month will bring. Until tomorrow, Happy Reading!

Bookish Weekend List

Finally weekend! Today I was literary counting the hours until my day at the office ended.  Now the real fun for this week can start! I have so many plans and I have so many things to do, bookish and non-bookish.

Main items on my To Do list for 2 days and one Friday night:

  • Read
  • Write my pending reviews
  • Define a schedule for next week
  • Prepare my September TBRs
  • Crochet as much as possible
  • Play a bit of AOE 3 (Age of Empires 3 – sorry, but I’m a sucker for AOE!)
  • And then read some more!

I have 5 books I need to finish as soon as possible. Since August was a mood killer in terms of reading (office stuff…) so I have a lot to catch up. Here is what I hope to finish:

  1. How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne
  2. The Bar Next Door by Katia Rose
  3. WaterColor Wishes by Melissa Chambers
  4. This Earl of Mine by Kate Bateman
  5. The Smuggler’s Escape by Barbara Monajem

I do have a couple books to add, but I am not confident I can finish these 5, let alone 7!  The important thing is that I have 2 days of reading and relaxing J

How do you plan on spending these days?  Any books in your radar? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time, enjoy your Friday!

 

Weekley Quote #2

Hey Guys,

Admitting that last week was not the best when it comes to reading or sewing/crocheting would be a major understatement/ Still, the weekend came and thing started falling back into place. Not all, but …it’s going in the right direction. Honestly, I was missing a weekend focused on myself and my closed ones, with as little work (for my job) as possible. As a consequence, I am starting a new week with a little more enthusiasm.

I managed to finish “Withering Rose” by Kaitlyn Davis on Saturday. I absolutely devoured the last 80 pages! My quote for this Monday is precisely from this book:

Joy. Just pure, unadulterated bliss. The sort I know he won’t be able to contain because he’s a beast, and that’s my favorite thing about him. He’s wild and untamed and free. He’s powerful and fierce, filled with raw, untapped energy. When he feels, he does it with everything he has. He doesn’t know when to hold back.

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What I liked about it is how the author the essence of our main character. “Withering Rose” is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and it’s part of a series of retellings by the same author, being book #2 of the “Once Upon a Curse” series. One of the many great things this series has is how the stories are linked. Book 1 was a Snow White retelling and somehow Snow White’s prince is related to our princess from Beauty and the Beast. The said princess is somehow related to Ella, from Cinderella (which is book 3) and so on. I don’t want to tell you much as I will have dedicated articles about each book.

Well, this is my quote for today. I wish you all a great week. Remember to smile, read something great and forget your troubles for at list a short while. Until next time, Happy Reading!

Weekley Quote #1

Hey Guys,

Happy Monday! I hope your week started amazingly well and that it will go on even better! Today I am starting a new series of articles on my blog, nothing original, but special and close to the heart. With my weekley quote, I want to share with you my favorite lines, from the books I’ve read a week before. I hope you’ll enjoy them and that they will be incentives to start reading that particular story.

For this Monday, I am sharing with you one of my favorite lines from “Gathering Frost” by Kaitlyn Davis:

I’m stoic, controlled and hard.I’m not the girl who creates music. I’m the one who silences it.

I love so much how the author is able to describe our main character’s personality. She is though, she is strong and in command. There are so many amazing lines to show from this book!

Go ahead and read it, because you will love it! Let me know your thoughts on my quote and definitely tell me if you have read the story and if you have a favorite line.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Fairytaleathon Round 3 – TBR

This is by far one of the best readathons out there. It has amazing hosts that offer amazing recommendations, the idea of reading a fairytale or a fairytale retelling is amazing and the challenges they offer are great. It is my second time participating and I cannot wait for it to start!

I have two goals with this event: starting a series that had been on my TBR ever since I discovered the author and also reading two of the books that have been sitting on my shelves for quite a while. Without further prolonging the moment, here are the challenges and my selection of books:

Fairy challenges

1. Thumbelina: Read a retelling under 250 pages
Here I have selected “Withering Rose” by Kaitlyn Davis. This is book 2 of the Once Upon A Curse  series and according Goodreads it has 210 pages. I am reading this one out of Scribd.

2. Gentle Giant: Read a retelling over 500 pages
“Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi is my choice. I bought this one a while ago, but never found the courage to read it. The cover scares me a little. I like big books, so the page length is not an issue. But… I don’t know. Looks scary.

3. If the shoe fits: Read any fairytale retelling from your TBR
“Gathering Frost” by Kaitlyn Davis is my choice. It is book 1 of the Once Upon a Curse series and I cannot wait to read it. This author has delivered some amazing stories and I have been trying to catch up on her books ever since I got my first taste (almost two years ago)

4. Creatures of the deep: Read a book that has sirens, mermaids or sea monsters (does not need to be a retelling)
I got the title from the recs that one of the organizers put on her blog – check her out here. I liked the cover and I cannot wait to discover the story. And the book is “To Kill a Kingdom” by Alexandra Christo.

5. Try the grey stuff (it’s delicious): Read with a yummy treat 
I am more than honored and excited to be among the ones that have received an ARC of Chasing Midnight by Kaitlyn Davis, book 3 in the Once Upon a Curse series. I am so so happy and i cannot wait to read it! It’s summer in my county, so my yummy treat will be watermelon, no doubt about it!

6. A whole new world: Read a fairytale or retelling that has a diverse main character:
“The Rose & The Dagger” by Renée Ahdieh. I have discovered this series in the previous round of the Fairytaleathon and when the ladies organizing the event offered as prize a book of my choice, I decided on book 2. Seems only fitting I read it now.

7. Rags to Riches: Read the book group “The Princess and the Fangirl” by Ahsley Poston. 
In the previous round of the Fairytaleathon I read Geekerella by the same author and loved it with all my heart. So how can I say no??

Now, I have here 7 books to read in 7 days. It is a challenge my friends :D. I have one day off from work and one weekend and a half to devour these stories. I am so happy to be able to share my experience with you guys and I hope you will join us from August 11 to August 18th. More details of the event can be found on Twitter @Fairytaleathon

Happy Reading!

July Wrap Up & August TBR

 

4 days into August already! Summer is in full force, though in my city it’s still bearable. The month has started promising. My moods are in control now and one week away from the office seems to be all the treatment I needed to pull myself together.

 July has been an ok month. Not a lot of reading was done, but at least I have enjoyed most of the books and I read what I wanted. I still have a lot to catch up, but all in due time.  I started a reading journal and it helps having a view on my activity for the next month. I am not dedicating enough time to it and probably once I will become more organized (and the pile of notebooks increases) I will give it up. But for now, it’s like a means to an end. It also helps me calm down when I do some coloring, though I am not very good at drawing.

In terms of books, I did manage to finish 6 books, 3 already have a review on my blog:

Irina Binder is a Romanian author whose series, “Fluturi”, created a major buzz in the Romanian book community. I can see why now. I will come back to the series in a future post, as I have some guilty thoughts to share.

Catherine Wiltcher’s book was great! I loved every page, I loved the turmoil. I cannot wait to share my review with you all.

August started amazingly well. I haven’t even finished drawing my August page in the journal and already I have 4 books finished (one is a Beta project).  I almost have my TBR lined up and looks like I’m back with the ginormous number of books to read in a month. I have two events I plan to attend and as well I need to catch up on my Romanceopoly board (details here, if you don’t know what this is). But as of now, these are the books I plan to read:

  • Dead Sexy by Lulu M. Sylvian
  • Reflections in the Dark by Carol Koman
  • The Rogue to Ruin by Vivienne Lorret
  • Kings of Mayhem by Penny Dee
  • Brothers in Arms by Penny Dee
  • Biker Baby by Penny Dee
  • Hell on Wheels by Penny Dee
  • The Smuggler’s Escape by Barbara Monajem
  • Screamcathcer: Web World by Chris Harold Stevenson
  • This Earl of Mine by Kate Bateman
  • Knowing Nichelle by Tinsley Sellers
  • How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne
  • Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy by Caitlin Crews
  • The Duke Is But a Dream by Anna Bennett
  • A Highlander Walks into a Bar by Laura Trentham

I also want to take part in the third round of the FairytaleAThon (August 11th – 18th ) and I have not yet selected my TBR. I have 3 books planed, but I need at least one or two in order to complete the challenges. I’ll get to that in the coming days.

Oh, by the way, the 4 books I finished were not on my TBR 😀 Because that’s just typically me!

On another level, my sewing activities have been on hold for quite a while. I must resume those as well. Since my mind was in pieces, I didn’t want to add more pressure. Slowly, I’ll get back on track in this department as well. Honestly, I have no idea why I had this … meltdown. I’ve struggled to understand the reasons behind it and the only one I could find was tiredness and the pressure I put on myself to be the best at my job (and I didn’t), to be on time with the many books I had each month (and I wasn’t) and to improve my sewing skills (and I didn’t).

Ok, enough about me, tell me about you 😀 How was your month? What are you planning on reading in August and what readathons are you joining? Let me know in the comments below as I would love to now and know you better J Unitl next time, Happy Reading!