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 😊

 

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!

 

 

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!

August Wrap Up & September TBR

Do I really want to remind myself how far away I am from my initial August TBR list? – NO!

Do I know the date today? – September 15th.

Do I really want to have a wrap up and TBR in the middle of the month? – Yes (trying to be responsible here).

Ok, check list done and guilty feelings aside, I am quite happy with what I managed to read in August. Definitely, I am far from the titles I must have read, but I’ll catch up eventually!

  1. Dead Sexy by Lulu M. Sylvian
  2. Gathering Frost by Kaitlyn Davis
  3. Withering Rose by Kaitlyn Davis
  4. Chasing Midnight by Kaitlyn Davis
  5. Knowing Michele by Tinsley Sellers
  6. Kings of Mayhem by Penny Dee
  7. Hearts of Darkness by Catherine Wiltcher
  8. Futuri III by Irina Binder
  9. Pana la Sfarsit by Irina Binder

I am listening to the audiobook for “The Rogue to Ruin” by Vivienne Corret and I have also started the folowing books:

  • The Bar Next Door by Katia Rose
  • WaterColor Wishes by Melissa Chambers
  • The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
  • The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

Now, for September I am going to list here the books I still have to read until the end of the month, but I am hopeful I will manage to catch up with my books from the TBR pile:

  1. Single Dad by Noelle Adams
  2. Fires of the Dead by Jed Herne
  3. The Black Widow Temptation by Jasmine Lace
  4. This! by C.G. Blaine
  5. Most Ardently Book Set

That’s it for now. I hope to read more than these 5 books and I do hope to finish the ones already started in August. Let’s see what the end of the month will bring. Until tomorrow, 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!

 

 

 

February Wrap Up – Lot and Little

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…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!

(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!