Bookish Resolutions – 2020

I have to admit to myself finally that I have failed to achieve my Goodreads goal for 2019. Unfortunately it was not a good year for my blogging activity: not only I had weeks I was not able to post, I failed to achieve my bookish resolutions, I did not manage to post all my reviews in time or read all the books I really wanted to.

I want to leave the failures behind, leave the bad in 2019 and start 2020 in a good spirit, with a higher motivation. I have drafted these resolutions since mid-November and they don’t sound so difficult to achieve:

  1. Stay organized and plan ahead: in the beginning of December I looked up ideas on the internet of the best ways to plan my articles. I started a planner (nothing fancy, just enough to get me through) and added as well some brainstorming pages or pages fr special projects. I am quite excited! I used this method for these last couple of weeks and it gave great results. Of course, I need to stock to it because articles ain’t gonna write and plan themselves, ya know?

  1. Prepare (and use) a predefined template for my reviews, or my weekly and monthly articles: this will eliminate the time I spend adding the same pictures or preparing the same formatting.

  1. Spend more time on graphics: having a nice banner and creating some simple pictures for my quotes has been on my list for 2019 as well but I did not invest so much time into it. Well, with point 2 from above on the table, I can accomplish this.

  1. Be active on social media: simply because having friends is nice 🙂

  1. Develop the promo and beta reading pages: this blog is a cost for me. Even if I don’t mention it enough, I do buy books and I do pay for my domain. I would like to have at least a third of the expenses recovered. So I want to add some promo activity to it, at a (very) low price.

  1. Start statistics in Excel: I was inspired by Portal in the Pages to start a data base that would give me an overview of what I have read during the year. Hers is much more complex, mine is simple and focused on what I need to follow (like making sure I post my reviews on NetGalley as well!)

  1. Complete Romanceopoly: I will come back to this in the beginning of January but Romanceopoly is a yearlong readathon inspired by Monopoly and focused on romance books. Except the board, there are also challenges that the hosts are announcing throughout the year. I want to be 100% involved.

  1. Complete my Goodreads challenge: I’m sticking to 100 books again. It’s definitely doable, if I stick to reading!

  1. Promote more: I want to promote more my 5 star reads. I feel I am doing so little in this regard and I know I can do better, with proper planning 😉

  1. Enjoy: this blog started out of passion. I love reading, it’s what keeps me grounded, it’s what keeps the negative thoughts at bay. So I plan to enjoy every book, every picture I take or make, every minute spent planning!

 

Ok, I’d better stop now 🙂 every time I write these resolutions I feel motivated and empowered. I would love to hear what your bookish resolutions are for 2020, so drop a message below and let’s chat 🙂splash

Happy New Bookish Year!

November Wrap Up and December TBR (?)

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Hey Guys,

December is here! I don’t know if I should be excited for the festive days ahead, or sad that another year is close to an end. I cannot help myself not to think about some of the things I would have wanted to achieve in 2019, but I still have one month to go, so let’s see 😊

Looking back on November, I am quite happy with the amount of reading done. I did not manage to complete all books, but I read a lot of great ones. Here with the list:

For the end of the year, my plan is to read as much as possible because I am so behind my Goodreads goal: 56 out of 100! I have 44 to go and in one month is not reachable. But at least I will try. So this time I won’t make a TBR 😊 I have an idea about the book tours I need to attend this month, but my primary focus it to READ A LOT and try to reach those 100 books.

I may read some novellas, listen to some audiobooks…

Let the countdown begin!

 

 

Weekly Quote #7

Happy Monday!

How was last week? I read a lot, I have enjoyed most of the books and I am so happy about it. I have also finished crocheting another doily. Sadly, I also realized that I am so far behind my goal of 100 books this year and I have no idea how to catch up.

One of the books I have finished is “Hot Nights in Morocco” by Catherine Wiltcher. I have two quotes and one more that will be included in the review (also up on my blog today).

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This was one of the many funny lines in this book. I loved it to the core and it made me feel good. All 400 pages! I don’t quite believe that swearing is a sign of intelligence. There should be other ways one can express the wits. But I do agree that somehow all the nerves need to come out and maybe a bad word helps. I am not encouraging this, but I sometimes recur to less… appropriate collocations. So, moving on:

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Both characters in this book have baggage and are not ready to give up their walls. But in the process of falling in love, they somehow hut each other. Jake has a stronger personality and his words hurt, same as his actions. Charlie is overwhelmed by the new world she has discovered, but she is quickly wrapped up in the famous producer. So they both end up doing more damage then intended.

This was a great story and I do invite you to check my review and learn more about this book. Also, I would really want to know what are your plans for the week, so leave your comments below and let’s chat 😊

Weekly Quote #6

Hey there!

New week, new quote, new books to read, many new things! But enough about me, how are you guys? Any interesting plans for this week? Any new books? Got some to recommend ?

This Saturday I finished “Anyone but Cade” by Penelope Bloom and I’ve been quoting this book to so many people! It has so many great lines. Penelope Bloom is amazing, it’s hard to imagine it’s my first book by her. What have I been reading?! If you want to read my thoughts on this book, head over to my review here. You can also check my Facebook or Pinterest page for more quotes from this book and many others (buttons on the right side), but let me get to the one I chose for today:

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It was a difficult decision to make as I have another funny quote lined up. But the profoundness of Cade, as a character, lies exactly in this quote. In his crazy and care-free attitude, he has deep emotions that he may not be willing to let into light. In this line, he may have said the most beautiful words in the entire book. This line right here made me love him so so much.

The thing with feelings is rather true, to be honest. You can run as fast as you can, as far away as possible, they will still come back with a brutal force. The impact is painful and hard, but once you learn to deal with them, things start fitting back into place. So don’t bottle them up, face them and learn to embrace them, be good or bad. That’s what makes us creatures with soul. (I’m avoiding “humans” because my cat has feelings too 😎 ).

Bye for now!

 

October Wrap Up & November TBR

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Hey Guys,

Remember my TBR for October? Well, out of the 22 books (not considering the extra 2)I have managed to read 14, 13 with reviews already posted. I cannot say I am satisfied, but I still am very happy with what I’ve read. I enjoyed all of them, even if some have a lower rating. I loved my time with each of these tiles, there are different genres and so much to choose from. Here are the titles I did manage to complete, with links to the corresponding reviews:

The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller (not reviewed yet)

One Last Time? By Khardine Gray

Pregnancy Scandal by Khardine Gray

Woodhouse Hall by Sara Marks

A Lie for a Lie by Helena Hunting

Enamored by J.S. Scott

A Guardian’s Heart by Renee Wildes

A Guardian’s Hope by Renee Wildes

A Guardian Revealed by Renee Wildes

A Guardian’s Dream by Renee Wildes

A Guardian’s Destiny by Renee Wildes

I See You by Mary Burton

Everything Girl by Emily Mayer

Chasing Beverly by Ashlynn Cubbison

November is a different story, yet to be unfolded. The month started with good and bad news. I am (trying to be) an optimistic person, so I keep a smile in hand always and my wishes for the best 😊 In terms of reading, I have again a big TBR and I can say I am already behind. Let’s see the titles:

  1. Anything Between Us by Sarah Fine
  2. Meows and Mistletoe: A Holiday Anthology
  3. Heist by Kezzy Sparks
  4. Can Dreams Come True? by Krysten Lindsay Hager
  5. In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety by Krysten Lindsay Hager
  6. Forlorn by Gina Detwiler
  7. Forsaken by Gina Detwiler
  8. Mark Of The Empress by M. Dalto
  9. Anyone But Cade by Penelope Bloom
  10. The School for Humans by Vanessa Kittle
  11. The Dark Awakening: A Vampire Thriller & Suspense by D.L. Blade
  12. The Dark Underworld: A Vampire Thriller & Suspense by D.L. Blade
  13. The Dark Deliverance: A Vampire Romantic Thriller by D.L. Blade
  14. A Fresh Restart by Chelsea Falin
  15. The Family Journal by Carolyn Brown
  16. Parting Words by Kaitlyn Davis
  17. My Girl by Jacquie Biggar
  18. Skyjump by Anastasia Bolinder
  19. Sealer’s Game by Kathy Coleman
  20. Guardian, The Choice: Magical Beasts Book One by Geoffrey Saign
  21. Dragonsworn by Marty Mayberry
  22. Disarm by Karina Halle
  23. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

23 books again and again I wish I can read more, or at least keep up with all the ideas I have running around in my head.  I have already started reading some of these books and I can tell you I will have different ratings. There is a lot I want to do in November and I have the energy to do it. Let’s see if I can keep up with all my expectations. Until next time, Happy Reading!

Weekley Quote #5

Hey Everyone!

Here we are, starting a new week, with new titles to read, new activities, new challenges and happy moments. During the last 7 days I have read quite a lot and I am quite happy on how the month is progressing. You will see some interesting articles, which I plan on posting every month, in relation with the books I’ve read the month before and as well many other reviews and recommendations.

This Monday I come with an interesting quote, from a book that was too intense, or dramatic, to my taste: “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood:

Like other things now, thought must be rationed. There’s a lot that doesn’t bear thinking about. Thinking can hurt your chances, and I intend to last.

The Handmaid's Tale

 

That’s a very disturbing thing to say. In the universe of this book, women are instruments, but are not cherished as one would believe. They exist to bear children, not to give or receive love. A mechanism. Our main character seems afraid, but she is strong enough to keep pushing through this new world, this new social classes. So she does her best to leave aside any dark thoughts. It must be difficult sometimes. Would it be good to be able to have only positive thoughts? Would we be able to appreciate positive thoughts and optimism if the possibility of something unfavorable did not exist?

Anyway, “The Handmaid’s Tale” is not an easy book to read. I probably would not have read it, if it were not for our local book club. We will have our first meeting this week and this is our first choice. It’s an interesting start and I am anxious to see what the others thought about Margaret Atwood’s book. I’ll keep you updated. Until next time, Happy Reading!

September Wrap Up & October TBR

September has not been such a great moth. I am again behind on my reading and reviews I need to post. I don’t know what happened – work was crazy, I was too tired to focus on books and I also had a lot of crocheting to do (I didn’t manage to finish my project, but I did make some progress). I fell in a bit of a reading slump in the last two weeks, so I did not manage to read as much as I would have liked.

I was preparing to write a list, but looks like I have only three books finished and only one is reviewed: Single Dad by Noelle Adams, The Rogue to Ruin by Vivienne Lorret and This! By C. G. Blaine. It’s terrible! I am so angry right now….

(3 hours later)

Ok, I am officially challenging and punishing myself to finish all the books started in August and to finish all the books from my October TBR. + 2 from my Yearly TBR:

  1. The Bar Next Door by Katia Rose (started and not finished)
  2. WaterColor Wishes by Melissa Chambers (started and not finished)
  3. The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (started and not finished)
  4. The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston (started and not finished)
  5. Chasing Beverly by Ashlynn Cubbison
  6. Everything Girl by Emily Mayer
  7. Claiming Sarah by Susan Stoker
  8. Say it Again by Catherine Bybee
  9. I See You by Mary Burton
  10. Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia
  11. Secret Obsession by Ann Mayburn
  12. Guardians of Light Series by Renee Wildes (5 books in the series)
  13. Enamored by J.S. Scott
  14. A Lie for a Lie by Helena Hunting
  15. Woodhouse Hall by Sara Marks
  16. Taking Wing by Clemency Crow
  17. Grumpy Old Gods by Ronel Janse van Vuuren
  18. Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas by Soraya Lane
  19. The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland
  20. A Wedded Arrangement by Noelle Adams
  21. Seduced by Kate Allure
  22. Killer Domes and the Chosen One by Gibbo Gibbs

The 2 from my long time TBR are still to be defined. I’m not sure which ones to pick. I know it looks quite ambitious but I am confident I can manage. I am anxious to read all these books and share my thought with you 😊 Stick around if you want to see the progress. For now, I wish you all a great week with lots and lots of amazing books (or at least amazing moments)! Happy Reading!