…Or just me, trying to get my…self together

It all started with my terrible fail at achieving my March Resolutions. From here, things went only South and the worst thing is that I cannot even blame it on something or someone. It’s hard to describe where I am when it comes to my state. It feels like chaos, like a socks drawer with all the pairs mixed up! I am well, I am healthy, just a big mess of unorganized thoughts, plans and ideas.  Time away, focusing on something else seemed like a good idea at the time so decided to take a much deserved vacation, hence my lack of activity for the past months. Result: A massive slump.

I forced myself into reviewing, writing articles, subscribing to more and more blog tours. It was a major fail. Time away did not solve much. However, I kept reading, but only books that I really wanted to and only books I knew could pick me up and slap me with an ending! But let me give you a bit of detail.

March was crazy at work and April started the same. I had little to no hope of sticking to my plans but I did not expect such a complete disaster. Consequence? Blogging slump! So I stayed away, annoyed at my constant struggle to form a coherent review. I cannot begin to imagine what authors feel in these situations. I mean, I am just a silly blogger, trying to say “I loved this book” in 250 words (more or less) and I still get stuck. It’s a though world this one. Still, I did not stay away from books. I read around 7 books, joined a readathon and finished 3 beta reading projects.

Spending 6 hours in an airport and another 6 flying, resulted in me finishing one book and starting another. Nights in Poland, missing home, were spent with Morgan Matson and her “Save the Date” story – that still lies unfinished on my bedside. Erls and Ladies from “Rogue Hearts” series by Donna Hatch ensured the romantic atmosphere. I tried to figure out the cure behind a necklace with Marlene M. Bell and her “Stolen Obsession”.  I let loose the feminist in me with HmH and “Last Woman Standing” by Amy Gentry.  Scribd was my faithful companion, as well as the nice admins from Fairytale Read-Along Goodreads Group. Oh, and I bought 2 books 🙂

Booktube brought Romanceopoly. 🙂 Yup, the readathon I was mentioning earlier. It’s such an interesting challenge! I will get to it these days with a more in depth explanation, but I got such an appetite for Romance readathons! There are very few out there! I will compile a list and have it up my blog for reference. Because Romance books are awesome!

I finished Beta Projects 6, 7 and 8. #6 was difficult, with issues I had to approach wisely. I did an acceptable job, I think. Beta Project #7 was a book with vampires and I felt right back at home 🙂 following 7, I have started Beta Project 8 which is part of the same series as Beta Project   7. I have just submitted my report for Beta #9. It’s going better and better, I am improving. I am not at the level I would have expected, but on the way there.

I do have to apologize formally to all the blog tour organizers that I let down during my time! Until I get a grip on my schedule, I’ll have to limit my participation and stick to what I can accomplish. I am really sorry and I do hope to make it up to you at some point!

Lessons learned? Damn, too many to mention, but enough to put in practice. The two most important? Organize your time and space and do not sign up for more than you can handle. Baby steps Lilly, baby steps! Step one: vacation’s over, back to blogging!

P.S.: If you’ve reached the end of the article, you’re awesome and thank you! 🙂

 

2019 Non-Bookish Resolutions

Again, because in 2018 I did such an awful job of sticking to these small guidelines, I decided to try again with the non-bookish resolutions. Even if third time’s a charm, maybe I’ll get lucky (luckier) with the second try.

I want to do so many things and time is such a rare commodity these days. I want to improve, to grow, to excel even. But without investing time, it’s not possible and if it’s anything I’ve learned from the past year is that priorities and being organized are key items.

Buy a planner and organize my activities: I am so bad at managing my time. I want to do so much and I forget I have only a very limited amount of time available after my job and that it needs to be spent with my loved ones as well. So I need to plan everything (and stick to the plan)

Finish all my started crochet projects: because in 2018 I didn’t do that and I even started more (and not finished, of course, why would I?!) (feeling angry!!)

Finish all my started sewing projects: see item 2 (the feeling persists)

Crochet more (and finish what I start): because I love it and I need to improve

Sew more: my grandmother was a seamstress and I want to be better at it so that she can be proud, wherever she is now.

Be more organized in my home and craft room: with a little hope, 2019 will bring a new home and with a little disciple, I will be able to keep everything organized and clean

Post one non-bookish article a month: just to show you guys progress and relax a little from all these books and pages and stories.

(Maybe… Start thinking about a sewing business – seriously thinking, if I manage to improve my skills)

These are the last of my resolutions for 2019. Hopefully I will manage to stick by them and just do better 🙂 let me know what your plans are for the next year and what is the most challenging of them 🙂 Until next time, Happy Reading and Happy New Year!

Life Updates

Well, things have not gone according to my planning when it comes to my book blogging activity. Unfortunately, I have not managed to keep up with any of my TBRs for the last couple of months. I would like to say I was in a reading slump and blame it all on that. But I had the busiest time. My job kept me away from a lot of the things I liked and I felt so tired and stressed, I was not in the mood for anything.  I didn’t manage to find my balance for a good amount of time.

So I am behind with my reading, with answering e-mails, writing reviews, even sleeping! I missed blog tours and commitments with authors and publishers. The only thing I managed to do was listening to audiobooks. This was easy to do between driving (or flying) from here to there or to move my thoughts from excel files to love stories.

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Now it’s time to get back on track. I’ve opened my e-mail and started typing my replies (mostly my apologies) and make lists of the reviews I must post (even if later – or much later – than agreed).

In short, I am really sorry if I missed a blog tour or if I didn’t manage to review your book in time. I’ll do that as soon as possible. I’ll keep all my engagements and bring myself up to date this month.

Thank you to all that have remained by my side (and blog) through this absence!

Updates

Hey guys,

Lately I have received a lot of review requests, so for June and July I am fully into reading and reviewing. And that’s a good thing!! I just wanted to thank you all, for my readers for your constant support and to the authors, marketing companies or publishing houses for your confidence in my reviews! I take the commitment of not letting you down.

So I finally managed to update my blog a little bit. The A-Z Books by Author page is now up to date! I cannot believe since I started this blog  in January I’ve reviewed 70 books! Go ahead and check them out if you have some time.

Also I’m proud to say that I’ve teamed up with Kari Anders from http://www.freeebokcovers.com. Check my side bar for a link to her page. She has some amazing options for you and a wide variety of services she can provide.

I’m proud to say I’ve been listed by TheIndieView and BookBloggerList. I must say that most of my review request recently came from one of these sources.

Since I do a lot of reviews for different online marketing companies, I added a new page on my blog to list the ones for which I’m a frequent reviewer (if I can consider at least 2 articles a month as frequent). One-timers don’t count here, so don’t be mad! Find Partners in my Menu bar and check them out!

I’m trying to develop a plan to to improve my page and my writing skills. At the same time try to promote it as best as I can – here is where I need your help! If you don’t mind sharing it with your Facebook friends or other social media friends, I’d be highly in debt! This would also benefit the authors who ask me for reviews and I can offer them a better free promotion.

Ok, that’s it for now! Back to my books. I have two new reviews coming up today so stay close!

 

LIEBSTER AWARD nomination

Hey guys,

Almost a week ago I was nominated for the Liebster award by Jemima from The Bookaholic ! Thank you very much for your trust and your support ! She is a very lovely person and her blog inspired me in more than one way. Her writing is positive and has a great vibe 🙂 Check out her blog !

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There are some basic rules for the nomination:

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
  • Answer 11 questions that the blog gives you.
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers.
  • Let the blogs know you have nominated them.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

 

Here are my answers to Jemima’s questions:

  1. How many pages do you read in a day?

Hm.. depends. Weekday around 30 per day. In weekends, I can get up to 200.

  1. How do you start your day?

Lately, with some Pepsi, while checking my e-mails.

  1. What popular book (or series) have you (shamefully) never read?

How to Kill a Mocking Bird, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I know, I know…

  1. Who is your book crush?

I am unable to answer this question. I like too many (oops!). Maybe Josh from The Sea of Tranquility. Oh, there’s Jared from Bully, oh and Daniel from Fallen…

  1. Who is your favorite artist?

Salvador Dali

  1. What is your favorite meal?

French fries

  1. What is the last thing you do before you sleep?

Read J

  1. What is your favorite bookshop?

Every bookshop is my favorite. They have books J

  1. Where do you want to travel?

Ireland or Amsterdam

  1. What is your favorite place to read?

On a terrace, with a lovely bench and some flowers around. Can’t have that, so I settle with bed or sofa J

  1. What do you like most about blogging?

I like sharing my passion for books with other fellow book lovers, I like the idea of promoting a good book via book tours.

 

11 Random facts about me:

  1. I like to dye my hair red, but I’m never satisfied of the shade I get.
  2. I hate American Pie
  3. I love autumn
  4. When I was little, I imagined myself as the Water Princess
  5. I want to give more to the people in need
  6. Even if I dye my hair red, I hate the color. I don’t own more than 3 red items in my closet (and there were gifts)
  7. I don’t like gold, I like silver
  8. I love Sailor Moon
  9. I played volleyball for 6 years
  10. I love flowers, thought I forget to water them
  11. I love Bachata and Salsa

These are my questions:

  1. What is your childhood nickname?
  2. What’s your favorite superhero?
  3. Do you own a pet?
  4. If you were to be part of a story in a book you’ve read, which one would it be?
  5. What’s your favorite TV series?
  6. How do you see yourself 50 years from now?
  7. What’s your favorite music band?
  8. What’s your favorite fruit?
  9. If you could change something in the world, what would that be?
  10. If you could live on another planet, what would that be?
  11. Do you think your blog inspires people and how?

 

Congratulations to my nominees:

Gel from geelinlovesconan

Wendy from The Bookish Journal

Christine from Tine’s Reviews

The Books Are Everywhere

Marieke from Marieke Mills

Happy reading !

 

 

 

50 – Bookish Question TAG

I saw this awsome post on a new friend of mine and I asked her if I can repost the questions as well. So thanks a lot  Jemima for your great topic. By the way,  check out her blog www.jemimathebookaholic.wordpress.com , she has some interesting posts J

Here goes:

  1. What was the last book you read?
    Sorrow’s Heart by G.S. Scott
  1. Was it a good one?

Yup, definetly interesting

  1. What made it good?

The plot was quite intense, how the author managed to show how a small child becomes a    brave young woman

  1. Would you recommend it to other people?

Yup, it’s a small book, very fast read and with a great story behind

  1. How often do you read?

Everyday

  1. Do you like to read?

Neah… hate it ! Come on, YES! I like reading J

  1. What was the last bad book you read?

Alpha #1 by Jasinda Wilder (I love her writing, but this one I did not like)

  1. What made you dislike it?

How some parts were repeated, how the girl was amazed by how the guy looked… too much !

  1. Do you wish to be a writer?

No, I like to write about my books and that’s about it

  1. Has any book every influenced you greatly?

I take the best in evry book I read, but can’t say one of them was an influence.

  1. Do you read fan fiction?

No

  1. Do you write fan fiction?

No

  1. What’s your favourite book?

Too many … From Jane Austin books to Vampire Academy… To The Alchemist and the Lux series…. Too many

  1. What’s your least favourite book?

Until now, Alpha #1

  1. Do you prefer physical books or ready on a device (like a kindle)?

I do prefer physical books, but e-books are also great

  1. When did you learn to read?

Kindergarden

  1. What is your favourite book you had to read in school?

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy and of course Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

  1. What is your favourite book series?

Too many again… Vampire Academy, Lux, Bully… Too many

  1. Who is your favourite author?

Again too many! Paulo Coelho, Colleen Hoover, Jasinda Wilder… Too many others

  1. What is your favourite genre?

YA, Romance, NA, can’t decide…

  1. Who is your favourite character in a book series?

Rose Hathaway in Vampire Academy comes to mind, but there are others as well

  1. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?

Yup, I imagine myself right next to the characters, living their story.

  1. Which book do you wish had a sequel?

I don’t know, most of the books I’ve read finished just in the right moment.

  1. Which book do you wish DIDN’T have a sequel?

Alpha.. though I didn’t read the next oes in the series. Maybe I’ll try, not to dismiss all of them bcause of the #1

 25. How long does it take you to read a book?

Depends, from 2 days to a week.

  1. Do you like when books become movies?

Yes

  1. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?

Vampire Academy !!!!!!!

  1. Which movie has done a book justice?

The Giver

  1. Do you read newspapers?

Sometimes

  1. Do you read magazines?

Sometimes

  1. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?

Both have a purpose

  1. Do you read while in bed?

Who doesn’t ? Yes

  1. Do you read while on the toilet?

No

  1. Do you read while in the car?

Yeah, until I get dizzy

  1. Do you read while in the bath?
    Yup
  1. Are you a fast reader?

I’d say yes, if the book is interesting

  1. Are you a slow reader?

Not that slow

  1. Where is your favourite place to read?

Couch, bed, Terrace

  1. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?

Only if I’m sleeppy

  1. Do you need a room to be silent while you read?

Not necesarely, no

  1. Who gave you your love for reading?

My family

  1. What book is next on your list to read?

I’ve got 3, not sure whch one to start yet:

Back to Us by Teresa Roman

Frost Burn by Nichelle Rae

Cutter Boy by Cristy Watson

  1. When did you start to read chapter books?

Don’t remember

44.  Who is your favourite children’s book author?

Grimm Brothers

  1. Which author would you most want to interview?

Honestly, all the authors whose books I’ve read. But if I absolutely must choose, Paulo Coleho.

Which author do you think you’d be friends with?

All (?)

46. What book have you reread the most?

Pride and Prejudice

  1. Which books do you consider “classics”?

All Jane Austin, Thomas Hardy…

  1. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?

Any book with a strong theme, either social, or psychological

  1. Which books should be banned from all schools?

Too sexy, too bloody. I may like them, but not for schools

These are my answers, thanks vor visiting!