March Resolutions

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As I was mentioning yesterday, I have decided to challenge myself this month to stick to the plan and because this is evasive and can be interpreted in various ways by my evil side, my good/responsible side decided to put on paper/blog some resolutions:

0. Stick to my original plan of scheduling my reviews!!!
1. Update my A to Z page
2. Check if all reviews for January and February have been posted on GR and Amazon (post them when needed)
3. Write reviews for books read
4. Update my Currently Reading list on GR
5. Catch up on all the books from January and February
6. Finish with the books on my Beta Reading list
7. Start a weekly discussions series
8. Post on Instagram 3 times per week (on both accounts)
9. Finish March without adding books on the backlog list
10. Finish at least 2 crochet projects

For now, it sounds doable. I’ll keep you updated with progress. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

February Wrap Up – Lot and Little

February wrap up

…Because “I’ve done a lot and so little at the same time” seems to be too long of a title.

Hello my lovely booklovers and visitors! I am back with updates on the many things I started doing in January and ended up not finishing in February and a potential challenge for myself for the month of March!

If you follow me on Twitter or Goodreads, you might have seen my note on Beta Reading. I have started doing this earlier in January and I was very very lucky to have met amazing authors that had the patience to deal with my hectic schedule and my beginner ways. I have done beta reading for 4 books already and I have other three in progress – late in case of some. This process is very time consuming for me, but so rewarding in the end. I love overanalyzing the story, the characters and just how everything fits together. But most of all, I love knowing that my comments are helping our lovely authors.

While I have spent most of my time doing that, I have managed to read quite a lot, I have 19 reviews posted for January and 9 for February and 4 other books read and not reviewed, just because I could not find the time to sit and write – will get to that in the following paragraphs. I am back scheduling my articles and all is ok. My daily job is under control, aka “I am now used to the pressure, no biggy”.

At the end of January, I started crocheting again. I didn’t even realize how much I missed it. So I have reminded myself all the plans from last year. I took one more step in the right direction and  started an Instagram account where I am documenting my progress (feel free to follow me @hookedonthread – for mycrochet experience and of course @lillysbookstagram – for my bookish photos). Let’s see what will come out of it later on 🙂

On the bad side of things, I skipped a lot of readathons becasue I didn’t manage to prepare my TBRs on time and also I did have a though time at work. My reading habbits have been so off the charts and I also didn’t manage to stick to my posting schedule, but I intend to remedy that. I have decided to challenge myself this month to stick to the plan. I am currently working on my March List of Resolutions and I will share that one with you in tomorrow’s post.

But enough about me, tell me about you! How have January and February been for you guys? Any good books? Any bookboxes you have descovered? Let me know in the comments below and until next time, Happy Rreading!

2019 Bookish Resolutions

Because this year I did such a great job NOT following the resolutions, why not try again for 2019?

Next year will be marked by changes, both personally and professionally. My blogging activity will also change. I have read and reviewed so many books and I forgot to enjoy the whole act of reading and reviewing. There are so many articles I want to write, so many books I have to speak about and characters I want to analyze. But I`ve focused so much on quantity and forgot the quality and passion. My bookish resolutions for next year will focus on that.

 

  1. Sign up to less book blog tours: I’ve signed up to so many this year and I was always under pressure, not to miss deadlines, have good ratings and in the end, I did miss many of them. I am overwhelmed and tired and it feels like a job. I need to get back on track.

  1. Speak more about the books I’ve read: I have discovered so many amazing authors and I am doing so little for them. For 2018 I wanted to develop a promotion activity, which didn’t happen, but 2019 will bring it for sure.

  1. Follow a plan: Spend a day in the week planning my bookish articles for the next week, preparing pictures and scheduling.

  1. Definitely I have so many books on my TBR that must be read: all these e-copies have been received from authors, publishers or assistants and I haven’t been able to find the time to read them all. This has to change.

  1. Improve my profile on various bookish sites: for example I have various books from NetGalley for which I still need to post my review. I’ve had a NetGalley profile since I started this blog and I was not able until now to increase that review rating. I’m giving myself 2 month to change that.

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  1. Invest more time in the graphics for my articles and blog in general: I finally have a domain and I am so happy for that! Now I need to keep it nice and appealing, so that you guys can enjoy your visit.

  1. Continue the series I’ve started in 2018: Time for Pixels is one of them. I have started it together with my special someone, from the need to share with you all these beautiful pictures we take and all the emotions we feel. Because nature is beautiful, emotions are powerful and we need to enjoy life more.

  1. Participate in readathons: I had many fun experiences this year with readathons and buddy reading and I would love to do that again. There are so many amazing people out there and it’s fun to interact.

  1. Quotes: I have been enjoying selecting quotes from books and doing simple images. I want to create a collection somehow. I still need to think about that.

  1. Read the books on my shelves and read more books from my local library: because nothing can replace the joy of a physical book.

 

So my bookish resolutions for 2019 are meant to show you all the beautiful books I read and expressing my devotion to my favorite authors. This time I feel more confident I can achieve this and I am so happy already!

Thank you so much for being here with me another year and I am so proud and honored to be part of the online bookish community.

Let me know in the comments below what your bookish resolutions are and if you have a plan on how to stick with them 🙂 Until next time, Happy Reading and Happy New Year!

(Late) October Wrap Up

I wish October never ended. Unfortunately, Time is a force we would never win against and at some point we all lose, even if we fight or not. I lost someone in October and this loss has marked me more than I will ever recognize. I also won an angel, that will forever guide my steps.

Bookishwise, this month I managed to read quite a lot, there are a few titles here that are close to my heart and new authors whose books I must add to my forever growing TBR:

  1. Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn
  2. Secrets In Our Scars by Rebecca Trogner
  3. Intangible by C.A. Gray
  4. Gods of Blood and Bone by Azalea Ellis
  5. Tunes by KC Enders
  6. Invincible by C.A. Grey
  7. How To Steal A Highlander by Olivia Norem
  8. Quick Fall by Michelle Dayton
  9. Night and Day by Andie J. Christopher
  10. Hush by M. Salinger
  11. Discovering You by Kate McBrien
  12. Waiting for You by Kate McBrien
  13. Give It Up by Lee Kilraine
  14. Give and Take by Lee Kilraine
  15. Truth Kills by Nanci Rathbun
  16. Alphahole by DD Prince
  17. The Viscount Can Wait by Marie Tremayne
  18. Aries’ Red Sky by James Young
  19. The Hunted by Jessica Gunn
  20. In Times Like These by Nathan Van Coops
  21. Fangs & Fins by Amy McNulty (Review to follow)
  22. Salt & Venom by Amy McNulty (Review to follow)

As usual, I had many other titles on my list, but they will get their turn eventually. With the promise of having a “happier” wrap up in November, I’ll leave you guys here. Happy reading!

August Wrap Up (too many books)

Hello there and welcome to another wrap up 🙂

August was an incredible month for me, not only from reading perspective, but also on a more personal note. It was a month of decision making and acting on those decisions. I put on paper all my ideas and it was good to see those thoughts someplace else than in my (already crowded) brain. I hope to keep this up for the coming months as well, but let me tell you a little of what’s been happening.

It all started with me realizing how many books I have started and not finished (because I am messy and mostly unorganized) and from here I moved on to all the things I wanted to do but never acted on those wants. I’ve made my first steps towards a sewing shop that will combine my love for sewing with my love for crochet. I will update you guys along the way, but this is a book blog and will remain so.

Also I have taken steps towards buying a domain for my blog. You will probably see design changes soon, so I apologize for any strange things you will see (it will take some time until I define my style). I’ve read so many good books lately and all these amazing authors deserve to be praised. I am happy and proud to be among those helping promote their work.

In regards to my reading activity for this month, let me tell you … I’ve read like crazy.  I felt that slump knocking at my door and I wanted to push it away, so so far away. The best way was to read and resist 🙂 and so I did. It help a lot that I had 2 weeks off from work and immediately after I participated in a readathon (all about my experience is in my Fairytaleathon Wrap Up). There were so many books and so little time to review all of them, but reviews will follow. Let me show you the titles I’m talking about:

 

  1. Uncanny Valley by C.A. Gray
  2. In Flames by Jessica Jayne
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane #10) by Elizabeth Hoyt
  5. Hometown Girl Again by Kirsten Fullmer
  6. Flip The Beat by Roxanne D. Howard
  7. The Stigma Surrogate by J. T. Laurence (“When Tomorrow Comes” #1)
  8. Why You Were Taken by J. T. Laurence (“When Tomorrow Comes” #2)
  9. What Have We Done by J. T. Laurence (“When Tomorrow Comes” #2)
  10. Highland Brides of Skye Series by Tarah Scott (all three books in the series: Passion, Redemption and Deception)
  11. Her Revolution by C. S. Hand
  12. Fallen Star by Allison Morse
  13. Soul of Stone by Traci McDonald
  14. Yuki’s Luck by Ja’Nese Dixon (“Smith Pact Duo” # 1)
  15. Asher’s Sonnet by Ja’Nese Dixon (“Smith Pact Duo” # 2)
  16. The Summer Sisters Series by Teresa Keefer (almost all three books in the series: Blessed Be, Threefold and Namaste – last one is work in progress)
  17. Liberty Landing by Gail Vida Hamburg
  18. Better Together by Crista McHugh
  19. The Secret Chord by Kathryn Guare
  20. The Enigma of a Widow by Linda Rae Sande
  21. Hard Trigger by S.L. Hannah
  22. Cinderella Busted by by Petie McCarty
  23. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
  24. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
  25. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  26. The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh
  27. An Enchantment of Ravens by by Margaret Rogerson
  28. Dark Justice: McCabe by Jenna Ryan

 

Not too bad, I’d say, especially since some of them have now a special place in my heart. I have read a lot!!! I was lucky most of them were audiobooks and some was very small and I could finish 2-3 books in a day. My time away from the office did help a lot!  September will bring more exciting articles and events. I am already into my TBR now and there are some very promising books coming. I must finish somehow the books already started, I have tons of articles I’ve been meaning to write but never started doing that. Busy, busy, busy, but busy doing what I like!

That’s it for now, stay around for more articles and lots of reviews. Let me know in the comments below if you have read any of these books or just how was your month in general 🙂 Until next time, happy reading 🙂

Fairytaleathon Wrap Up

And it has ended 😦

I am so sad for this to finish, as I had the best time ever! It was such a great idea and there are so many things I need to be grateful for.

Let’s start with the beginning. Twitter turned out to be my best friend lately, as I’ve been more active there, I’ve interacted with fellow book bloggers and made some amazing friends. This is how I found out about this readathon. I was just coming back from a reading slump and all I wanted to do was keep on reading and not give into the lazy feeling knocking at my door.

I was a bit skeptical because I wanted to read books I was sure to enjoy and I don’t know why the idea of a retelling did not appeal to me. But, one look at my bookshelves and I felt “the calling” 🙂 I had three books just waiting to be read and this was the perfect opportunity. Ok, but the rules/challenges were mentioning 7 books to be read (because I was set on accomplish them!). So I checked the hosts’ TBRs and the recommendations on Twitter and thus my list of books was complete! Honestly, it was the most difficult list to put together because I actually searched for books and took my time finding out more titles and choosing my options.

Believe me, it was a time well spent. I even got to buy two or three (one title ended up to another and I ended up buying 6, but …that’s the life of a book lover). I posted my TBR and started reading (original link is here). Out of all the books I planned to finish, this is what I’ve managed to accomplish, with some small thoughts (full reviews will follow):

Cinderella Busted by by Petie McCarty: any Cinderella story is bound to be a great one. Who doesn’t love Cinderella? I liked the book, it had issues, but those issues will not stop me to finish the series. It was an ok start. Not great, just ok.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston : oh my God how I spent hours in a week night to finish this book. I loved it, it was fantastic! It’s not s perfect book, but it is a book that made me feel so so much! It made me feel good, it made me enjoy it!

Hunted by Meagan Spooner: beauty lies in all things, as long as we open our hearts to it. That’s all I am saying for now. Oh, gorgeous cover!!!

Heartless by Marissa Meyer: let me start by saying that I have not read Alice in Wonderland and that before posting my review for Heartless I will read Alice because it’s a must. Anyhow, I knew more or less the idea, I saw the Hallmark movie of Alice. I enjoyed it more than I was expecting to 🙂 good pick!

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Here we start with the audiobooks. I’ve realized that reading 7 books in 7 days while also reading the books lined up for the blog tours, sewing/crocheting and going to work was difficult (ok, impossible). So I used the audiobook version for three of them, which I could enjoy while doing other activities:

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh : great book, great narration, even if I had a bit of difficulty differentiating between characters. This book made my heart race, made me cry and love the Caliph of Khorasan. It also made me buy all the books in the series. More on that will follow.

An Enchantment of Ravens by by Margaret Rogerson – loved it quite a lot, even if I ended up rereading some chapters as I was not paying attention sometimes. I listened to it at the office and.. well. You know how it is :)))

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning : this was the book pick for the readathon and it was such a great pick! I was not a fan of the Little Mermaid cartoons as a child (probably because I was too little to understand what a mermaid is) but I loved this story and I loved how the author managed to show the characters’ feelings and how she captured all the details of their emotions. It is very well written indeed! The narration was spectacular as well!

 

This readathon reminded me of the joy of reading a good book and how it’s supposed to feel. It reminded me that reading is all about emotions, all about connecting with those pure feelings inside our souls. I had fun, it was a successful readathon and I would like to thank the hosts for their efforts and the sprints they did with and for us, even if I joined in very (very) few since I am from Europe and timing was a bit of an issue 🙂 There are the hosts’ Booktube channels – follow them so we can chat about their videos some more:

Becky:  BookTube

Sam: BookTube

Jordan: BookTube

Alex: BookTube

Erica: BookTube

 

Let me know in the comments below if you have participated in this readathon or if you know any readathon happening in the coming days. I would love to participate with you guys 🙂 Until next time, thanks for visiting and read a lot!

My Fairytaleathon TBR

Guess what started today!!!

The Fairytaleathon has started!

And guess who has not posted her TBR yet?

That’s right, ME! How did you guess?!

 

Ok, so I am overdue for my TBR for this readathon, but I do have two excuses. First one is that it took me quite a while to define my list of books and Thank You God for the nice hosts of this event for posting their TBRs and I could “steal” some titles from them.  Second excuse is that I have a big TBR pile and I am struggling to get to all the books on my list for August and I’ve been doing a lot of reading! Anyway, a little bit of info about The Fairytaleathon.

This readathon is hosted by a group of wonderful, friendly and helpful people (I will link their channels below) and it is happening during all week (August 13th to August 20th). The purpose is to read as many retellings as possible and there are some fun challenges, as well as prizes:

Fairytaleathon challengesFairytaleathon prizes

I do advise to follow up on the fun on Twitter @aFairytaleathon where all the fun happens and if you want to know more about the lovely hosts, check out their BookTube channels:

Becky:  BookTube

Sam: BookTube

Jordan: BookTube

Alex: BookTube

Erica: BookTube

 Now, since I have some retellings on my shelves, this is the perfect opportunity for me to read them. I’ve purchased a couple also because they sounded so good when I listened to our hosts talking about them and … why not try and fulfill the challenges? My TBR looks like this:

  1. Par for Cinderella (Cinderella Romances #3) by Petie McCarty: This book was published just last month and it will help me fulfill the first challenge. Check it on Goodreads
  2. Geekerella by Ashley Poston: just in case I do not manage to get to book 3 in the Cinderella Romances series, I’m using my hard copy for Geekerella, also for challenge #1. Check it on Goodreads
  3. Cinderella Busted (Cinderella Romances #1) by Petie McCarty: Because I want to read the previous books in the series before moving to book 3. Check it on Goodreads
  4. Betting on Cinderella (Cinderella Romances #2) by Petie McCarty: reason stated at point 2.l Check it on Goodreads

Note: These 3 books from “Cinderella Romances” are a Cinderella retelling, just in case you’ve not figured it out from the title. All are e-books and copies were kindly provided by the author (perfect timing: a readathon AND summer romance!)

  1. Hunted by by Meagan Spooner: for the second challenge, I have chosen this book with its awesome cover! I love Beauty and the Beast and I am so thrilled to read this retelling! Check it on Goodreads
  2. An Enchantment of Ravens by by Margaret Rogerson: for challenge #3, I needed a book with faeries, so I was inspired by our hosts. Check it on Goodreads
  3. The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh: for challenge #4, this a retelling of Arabian Nights (which I’ve never managed to finish) and it should be fun! Check it on Goodreads
  4. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer: for challenge #5. Check it on Goodreads. And since we speak about Marissa Meyer, why not include:
  5. Heartless by Marissa Meyer: for my personal challenge and challenge #6. Check it on Goodreads
  6. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning: This is completing all my challenges and it is the group book. Check it on Goodreads

Note: Picture below includes my tablet, which has the e-books and audiobooks 🙂

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Ok, difficult question: With which of these books should I start?

(Half an hour later, after skimming the books….) I’ve decided on starting with “Geekerella”, mostly because it’s the shortest and has the funniest cover. Looks like a quick and fun read. Let’s see how it goes!

Fayritaleathon 2

Ok guys, it is already very late where I’m from and the Fairytaleathon has started for 21 hours already. I need to start reading and pronto! I have 9 books on my TBR, one is an audio and I am hoping to cover as much as possible during the week(end, especially), taking into account that I am back in the office this week. Let me know if you are planning to attend or if you have read any of these books, or if any of them sounds interesting to you. Until next time, have fun and read a lot!