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!

 

 

 

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!