Smutathon Wrap Up

I finally managed to post an update of my Smutathon experience and I can tell you it was great! I was in a hurry (as usual) to compile my TBR and I did my best to stick with at least four books read in a week. However, I managed to read only 3. I am not unhappy, on the contrary, I am quite proud. The three books I read were absolutely amazing and I read them in a short period of time. Moreover, I discovered an amazing author! Ok, let’s take them one by one:

  • Series read: The Legal Briefs Series by Emma Chase There are so many great things to say about Emma Chase’s writing. I devoured each one of the three books like it was candy! I cannot wait to share with you my thoughts of the books and my favorite quotes. I added on my immediate TBR (by “immediate” I mean the list of MANY books I need to read this year – which I still need to compile) another series by the same author so yey! My TBR gets bigger by the… readathon.

 

  • Challenges completed: 6, no columns or lines fully ticked off. I could have forced myself a little to finish the forth book and thus completing one line. But I wanted to savor book 3 in the Legal Briefs Series and I really took my time. Here is how my board looks like:

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  • Favorite quote: It’s from Overruled – Book 1 in The Legal Briefs Series. I almost marked this entire book. Unbelievable! The quote goes like this :

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  • Author discovered: Emma Chase. I cannot begin to tell you how great her words made me feel. It was 2 in the morning, on a weekday, and I just could not stop reading. She is one of the authors that touched my soul with her words on paper. I must catch up on her other series as soon as possible!

All in all, I loved this experience and I loved participating in a new readathon. Now I have three more reviews to prepare for you guys. Until next time, let me know what other readathons are you participating at, if you have read any books by Emma Chase or just in general, how have you been ? Happy Reading!

Bookfest 2019 Book Haul

This year’s Bookfest edition was a very intense one for me, as a reader and book blogger. I went there with a list of 6 books to buy and ended up buying 9, 4 of which signed! I am so happy and proud to be part of the bookish community and I cannot wait for next year’s edition.

Ok, let me tell you what I was planning on buying first:

  1. One Brandon Sanderson book: I already own “Elantris”, so a second book would look great next to it J

  2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: because I need to read this series!

  3.  Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan: I heard so much about this book, I need to have it

  4. Descententa by Cristina Zegheru: I’ve been seeing this book a lot on social media. It’s a book by a Romanian author, with some great reviews out there

  5. Vicious by V. E. Schwab

  6. Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty

… And here are the titles I ended up with, after 5 hours of walking around shelves:

  1. Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

  2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

  3. Descendenta by Cristina Zegheru (Romanian author)

  4. Demonii Trecutului by Cristina Zegheru (Romanian author)

  1. Intoarcerea by Theo Anghel (Romanian author)

  2. Pacatele Fiului by Theo Anghel

  3. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

  4. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

  5. How to Tame your Duke by Juliana Gray

Being this a Romanian event, all these books are in Romanian. It’s great to support our Romanian publishers and authors! Books 3, 4, 5 and 6 are signed by the author. Both are amazing ladies and I cannot wait to discover their stories.

I feel that this event helped me a lot with my slump. There is a readathon starting tomorrow (I’m working on the TBR at the moment) and I am quite confident this is a good sign.

Until next time, let me know if you have read any of these books and what are your thoughts about them. Happy reading 🙂

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 🙂