2021 Reading Challenges Part 1: Netgalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge

Hey Guys,  

This year I want to really be focused on reading and to motivate myself even more, I’ve decided to join 4 challenges: three of them are for the duration of the entire year and the fourth one is a series that will continue monthly. Here are some details about the first challenge I’m signing up for…

The Netgalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 

This challenge is currently hosted by Yvonne from Socrates Book Reviews and the main rule is to clean up your Netgalley and Edelweiss shelves. Simple, right? There are several levels one can complete:

  • Bronze: 10 books 
  • Silver: 25 books 
  • Gold: 50 books 
  • Platinum: 75 books 
  • Diamond: 100 books 

Now, taking into account that my Netgally has more than 100 books not read, I would go with the Diamond Level. It really is a challenge, since I’ve already committed to 120 books on Goodreads and so far none of the books I have planned for January is a Netgalley book. Also, I don’t even remember what I have in Edelweiss.

All in all, I do plan to improve my profiles on both these platforms. I have lots of book to go through and a lot more enthusiasm 😊 I’ll have in my monthly wrap up the results of this challenge. Next week I will give you details about the second challenge I plan on attending, so be sure to visit often.

Until next time, let me know in the comments below if you are taking part in any reading challenge or readathons this year.

Happy Reading!  

Weekly Quote #17

Hey Guys and Happy Tuesday!  

I am posting my weekly quote a little later this week (shame on me), but I do have a great one prepared. It is from Kat Ransom’s latest book – “Lights Out”, which I’ve just started reading: 

I got ninety-nine problems. Right now, I don’t give a shit about ninety-eight of them. 

This was said by Alexandr (the male main character) when seeing Kinsley looking good in a pair of cowboy boots 😊 it was a really great scene. So far I love this book, even if I am not that far into it. I mean, it’s Kat Ransom. Obviously I love the book!  

That’s it for now and talk later 🙂  

Bye! 

January TBR

I am so nervous right now! This is my first TBR from 2021! I have 10 amazing books prepared for this month, one not yet received, but hopefully I will, soon. Without further words, here they are:  

  1. Detour (Beautiful Biker #1) by  DD Prince 
  2. Déjà vu (Confessions of a Soul Book 1) by P.E. Chretien 
  3. Snowed in with the Billionaire by Lila Monroe 
  4. Lights Out (The Donington Racing Series #1) by Kat Ransom 
  5. Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! (Confessions #1) by Kay Marie 
  6. Flawed (The Young and Privileged of Washington, DC, #1) by Vivian Kohlman  
  7. Blessing and Curse (Acrabha Stone Book 1) by J. Elias Epp 
  8. Matsushita Leadership by John P. Kotter  
  9. A Warlock’s Storm by Marie-Claude Bourque (if I receive the ARC) 
  10. Soothsayer by Kathryn Amurra 
MOST EXCITED FOR… 

Definitely I cannot wait to read “Lights Out”. Discovering Kat Ransom was the best thing that happened to me in 2020, when it comes to reading, so I am anxious to start her latest book. (bloody readding slump! I should have read it sooner!) 

I PREDICT 5 STARS FOR… 

“Lights Out” and “Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist!”, but also “Detour”.  

NOT HIGH HOPES FOR… 

I have three books here. “Blessing and Curse”, simply because lately it was difficult for me to read Fantasy. But I do want to read more in this genre this year, as part of my resolutions.  “Soothsayer” it not so appealing to me, because of the cover. I don’t see the relationship between the cover and the blurb. I hope the saying “Looks can be deceiving” will apply here. “Déjà vu” is on the list because of its blurb – it’s confusing a bit.  

INTERESTING READ 

“Matsushita Leadership” is one of the books my other half loved it last year and he has been asking me to read it for months now. I must finish it 😊  

I am focusing on reading a minimum of 10 books per month, just to be on track with my Goodreads goal. But I do want to exceed this number. There are so many books out there that I did not manage to read last year or the years before and there are a lot more coming out this year. So looking forward to new amazing reads!  

Let me know in the comments below if you have any reading plans for January or if you have read any of the books mentioned above.  

Until next time, Happy Reading!  

Weekly Quote #14

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Hey Guys,

I hope all is well in your part of the world and I hope wherever you are you are healthy and starting the week in a good mood, as I am trying to do as well.

Last week I read a total of 3 books, one of which was a novella and also I am half way through a beta project – but more on that in another article. Out of all these books, I have selected a quote from “Finding Home on Winslow Island” by Chrissy Elliot. This book is about a doctor so focused on his career that he forgot the main reason why he became a doctor. All it takes is a week visiting his family, a glitter encounter and…scones for him to soften a little of his edges. Tessa, the heroine, lives for her mom and her son. No room for romance in her life at the moment. But looks like the local celebrations and the small town meddling have an influence on everybody.

Since determining his symptoms and diagnosis, Parker decided a temporary course of treatment was essential.

He was going to kiss Tessa.

I cannot wait to share my full review with you. I loved this book a lot and I am sure I will continue with the series 🙂

Until next time, let me know in the comments below what you have read in the past week and if you have a favorite quote.

I wish you all a great week 🙂

 

Weekly Quote #13

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I was a bit lazy last week in terms of reading. Returning to work messed a bit the tight schedule I got used to but I will adjust somehow. I have many books started and not finished and many reviews that are due this week.

For this Monday, I have a quote from “No White Knight” by Nicole Snow:

“Look, maybe we crashed into each other like two speeding trains. Maybe we fell headfirst in the weirdest way possible, but hell.“ I gather her closer, resting my chin on top of her head. “You feel good, you feel right. And I’m not denying it. I’d like to stick around, if you’ll have me.”

The story has a lot to offer, not only in terms of Romance, but also Mystery. We have aNo White Knight - Nicole Snow young rancher, trying to keep her finances afloat after her father’s passing. She keeps a secret, a few miles on her property, a body lays in a mystery town. Her father may have killed someone. But more about it in my review, coming up later during this week )

That’s it for now guys. Until next time, Happy Reading!

April Wrap Up & May TBR

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This was such a great month! I have read some amazing books and discovered great authors. I have been reading Kat Ransom’s books like crazy and I am so happy I discovered her. I had my share books I did not quite enjoy but all is great J These are the books I did complete during April:

I know I went a little far from my TBR. At the moment, I am in the middle of 6 books! I plan on finishing all, but sometimes I am in the mood for a scorching romance, sometimes I want something sweet or with a little bit of adventure. I’ve been moody. That’s the best way to describe it.

For May I plan on keeping the good trend and read a a lot and start with my Romanceopoly board. I was supposed to do that in April but Romanceopoly needs planning in advance. Until I get all this sorted, here are the books I do plan on finishing, including some carry overs from April:

  1. The Plan by Whitney Dineen
  2. Death by Midnight: The Secret Life of Anna Goode by Nicole Nadeau
  3. Flight of the Spark by Evelyn Puerto
  4. Gone With the Rogue by Amelia Grey
  5. Fast & Hard by Kat Ransom
  6. Fast & Wet by Kat Ransom
  7. Can’t Fight This Feeling by Claire Hastings
  8. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
  9. Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi
  10. Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
  11. Bad Boys Don’t Make Good Boyfriends by Melanie A. Smith
  12. His Small-Town Girl by Lacy Williams
  13. Imperfect Princess by Sonya Jesus
  14. Inevitable by Kristen Granata
  15. When Darkness Begins by Tina O’Hailey
  16. No White Knight by Nicole Snow
  17. The Billionaire Needs a Bodyguard by Ravina Hillard
  18. Innocent Princess by Lauren Helms

Uf, I didn’t realize how many books I have for May. I’m back to my intimidating TBRs, I see. Well, I must finish all of them, so I am not complaining (yet). Let me know in the comments below what your reading plans are for May and if you have read any of these books. Also, let me know what new authors have you discovered lately.

Happy Reading!

Weekly Quote #12

Last week was an amazing reading week! Indeed, I fell asleep at odd ours and woke up very early, but at least reading kept my demons away 😊 I discovered Kat Ransom and “The Fast Series”. I have finished book 3 and I cannot wait to read the first two books as well. So my quote for today is from “Fast & Hot”:

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There are so many marked lines in my ePub copy, I cannot even begin to explain. “Fast & Hot” centers around Formula 1 (yes, FORMULA 1!) and the romance is between one of the drivers and his teammate and best friend’s sister. Since best friend’s sister is always off limits, imagine the tension! My review will be up tomorrow, so visit again if you want to see my thoughts of this book. In the meantime, I need to get my hands on books 1 and 2…because that’s my life with great series, I end up reading the middle. Even if this an be read as a standalone, I do want to explore the other couples.

Until tomorrow, happy reading guys !

Weekly Quote #11

Hey guys,

I’m back with my weekly schedule of book quotes. Given that I seem to have fallen into a routine of reading every morning and every evening before sleeping, I have managed to read quite a lot these last weeks.

For today I have a quote from “An Unsuitable Lady for a Lord” by Cathleen Ross, a book that I have just started but immediately captured my interest! My review is due Friday, so stick around for it.

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BlurbAn-Unsuitable-Lady-for-a-Lord-

Lord Aaron Lyle has one hell of a choice: a bankrupt dukedom, or marriage to some simpering society miss so his spendthrift father can get his hands on her huge dowry. He won’t do it. He has a reputation to maintain, and besides, he’d rather run naked through the streets of London than marry anyone at all. Surely, there must be a third option.

Then Lady Crystal Wilding walks into his life, a bluestocking, full of subversive thoughts, who hates the notion of marriage even more than he does. He is intrigued…and suddenly he has an idea. He invites the totally unsuitable lady home on the pretext of presenting her as a possible match…but in truth, Aaron has something far more pleasurable in mind. For her part, Lady Crystal has her own reasons for going along with his harebrained scheme.

Imagine their shock when his highly proper family loves her and starts planning the wedding. Good lord. Now what?

Ok, that’s it for today! See you tomorrow, with a rather difficult review 🙂 Until then, happy reading!

 

March Wrap Up & April TBR

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This was such a crazy month! I tried my best to focus on all my projects and combine everything with work. As usual, not everything turned out as I wanted, but at least I did manage to focus a little bit on everything. Work was crazy, very crazy actually and it kept me away from doing a lot of reading.

But, among all the crazy, here are the titles I managed to complete:

  • Odriel’s Heirs by Hayley Reese Chow
  • Sting by Cindy R. Wilson
  • The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis
  • Unleash You by Diana A. Hicks
  • The Rebound by Lynn Stevens
  • Dangerous by Sara Cate

Yes, I know this is not the complete list I was so happy to read but, with the crazy hours I started to put in at the office, it’s a lot! I am also catching up with some of the reviews so at least I am on track with things.

For April I want to recover every book that I did not read in March and also follow on the book tours that I’m scheduled for. Add to that the fact that I am VERY behind on my Romanceopoly board (like in the very beginning!) – this means that out of 78 challenges (because I am doing all the Sun and Moon challenges) I have read the total amount of ZERO. I need somehow to read 10 books a month so that I can complete it in time. This is the list of books for which I have a clear deadline this April (tours or other commitments):

  1. The Plan by Whitney Dineen
  2. Image Adjuster by Lily Alexander
  3. Scarlet Oaks and the Serial Caller by Michaela James
  4. Scarlet Oaks and the Exposed Photographer by Michaela James
  5. Raindrops on Roses by Millenia Black
  6. Love by Design by Katy Ames
  7. Death by Midnight: The Secret Life of Anna Goode by Nicole Nadeau
  8. Flight of the Spark by Evelyn Puerto
  9. Gone With the Rogue by Amelia Grey

There are not so many, compared to what I am used to. Considering that I need to clean up my NetGalley shelves and catch up on the books in March, it’s still a lot. I have developed a habit of reading 10 pages every morning before going to work, as well as before bed, regardless how tired I am. So reading is progressing!  That’s it for today 😊 Enjoy the Friday and prepare your TBRs for weekend! Let me know in the comments below what you are planning on reading 😊

 

February Wrap Up & March TBR

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February has come and gone and I have no idea when the days flew by. Granted, I spent 90% of my time at the office and I am not happy about it at all. I did my best to read something, but I was so tired and so consumed by my job that I just couldn’t focus on it. I am so disappointed because I let my job consume me again and I allowed my free time to be taken away so easily.

I cannot even remember which books I read this month, but I will do my best to list them here. Sadly, I did not manage to review any of them yet, but I spent today writing my articles and scheduling (yes, I am scheduling!) Them. So here they are:

  • Mine to Five by Tara September
  • An Everyday Hero by Laura Trentham
  • One Night With His Rival by
  • The Boy Next Door by Ella James
  • A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  • The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

I failed the readathon I was participating in during February and, even if 6 books read are still 6 books, I had a big TBR to go through. Statistically speaking, I have one review up, out of 6. Good news: the next days will be full of book talks!

March has started and look at me being on time with my TBR. Again, I have ambitious plans which I must accomplish:

  1. Odriel’s Heirs by Hayley Reese Chow
  2. The Atlantis Bloodline by C.A. Gray
  3. Sting by Cindy R. Wilson
  4. Malice by Pintip Dunn
  5. The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis
  6. Sam’s Folly (Midnight Sons Book 1) by Carmen DeSousa
  7. Unleash You by Diana A. Hicks
  8. Flawless Foundations by Lauren Helms
  9. The Rebound by Lynn Stevens
  10. The Water’s Edge by Martin Morton
  11. The Waking of Ghosts by Liliana Rose
  12. A Country Dilemma by Sasha Morgan
  13. Love Under Protection by Aubree Valentine
  14. Starting Over At Acorn Cottage by Kate Forster
  15. Highland Sword by May McGoldrick
  16. A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

 

16 books mentioned, but I do want to recover as much as possible from the February and January books. I have started an Excel spreadsheet where I am tracking all the titles on my TBR, so that I won’t lose count, so I am well aware of how many I leave behind every month.

With all this being said, I intend to bring back the balance to my life and stop giving my free time away so easily. Monday will be a challenge! Until next time, happy reading!