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!

August Wrap Up (too many books)

Hello there and welcome to another wrap up 🙂

August was an incredible month for me, not only from reading perspective, but also on a more personal note. It was a month of decision making and acting on those decisions. I put on paper all my ideas and it was good to see those thoughts someplace else than in my (already crowded) brain. I hope to keep this up for the coming months as well, but let me tell you a little of what’s been happening.

It all started with me realizing how many books I have started and not finished (because I am messy and mostly unorganized) and from here I moved on to all the things I wanted to do but never acted on those wants. I’ve made my first steps towards a sewing shop that will combine my love for sewing with my love for crochet. I will update you guys along the way, but this is a book blog and will remain so.

Also I have taken steps towards buying a domain for my blog. You will probably see design changes soon, so I apologize for any strange things you will see (it will take some time until I define my style). I’ve read so many good books lately and all these amazing authors deserve to be praised. I am happy and proud to be among those helping promote their work.

In regards to my reading activity for this month, let me tell you … I’ve read like crazy.  I felt that slump knocking at my door and I wanted to push it away, so so far away. The best way was to read and resist 🙂 and so I did. It help a lot that I had 2 weeks off from work and immediately after I participated in a readathon (all about my experience is in my Fairytaleathon Wrap Up). There were so many books and so little time to review all of them, but reviews will follow. Let me show you the titles I’m talking about:

 

  1. Uncanny Valley by C.A. Gray
  2. In Flames by Jessica Jayne
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane #10) by Elizabeth Hoyt
  5. Hometown Girl Again by Kirsten Fullmer
  6. Flip The Beat by Roxanne D. Howard
  7. The Stigma Surrogate by J. T. Laurence (“When Tomorrow Comes” #1)
  8. Why You Were Taken by J. T. Laurence (“When Tomorrow Comes” #2)
  9. What Have We Done by J. T. Laurence (“When Tomorrow Comes” #2)
  10. Highland Brides of Skye Series by Tarah Scott (all three books in the series: Passion, Redemption and Deception)
  11. Her Revolution by C. S. Hand
  12. Fallen Star by Allison Morse
  13. Soul of Stone by Traci McDonald
  14. Yuki’s Luck by Ja’Nese Dixon (“Smith Pact Duo” # 1)
  15. Asher’s Sonnet by Ja’Nese Dixon (“Smith Pact Duo” # 2)
  16. The Summer Sisters Series by Teresa Keefer (almost all three books in the series: Blessed Be, Threefold and Namaste – last one is work in progress)
  17. Liberty Landing by Gail Vida Hamburg
  18. Better Together by Crista McHugh
  19. The Secret Chord by Kathryn Guare
  20. The Enigma of a Widow by Linda Rae Sande
  21. Hard Trigger by S.L. Hannah
  22. Cinderella Busted by by Petie McCarty
  23. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
  24. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
  25. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  26. The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh
  27. An Enchantment of Ravens by by Margaret Rogerson
  28. Dark Justice: McCabe by Jenna Ryan

 

Not too bad, I’d say, especially since some of them have now a special place in my heart. I have read a lot!!! I was lucky most of them were audiobooks and some was very small and I could finish 2-3 books in a day. My time away from the office did help a lot!  September will bring more exciting articles and events. I am already into my TBR now and there are some very promising books coming. I must finish somehow the books already started, I have tons of articles I’ve been meaning to write but never started doing that. Busy, busy, busy, but busy doing what I like!

That’s it for now, stay around for more articles and lots of reviews. Let me know in the comments below if you have read any of these books or just how was your month in general 🙂 Until next time, happy reading 🙂

Fairytaleathon Wrap Up

And it has ended 😦

I am so sad for this to finish, as I had the best time ever! It was such a great idea and there are so many things I need to be grateful for.

Let’s start with the beginning. Twitter turned out to be my best friend lately, as I’ve been more active there, I’ve interacted with fellow book bloggers and made some amazing friends. This is how I found out about this readathon. I was just coming back from a reading slump and all I wanted to do was keep on reading and not give into the lazy feeling knocking at my door.

I was a bit skeptical because I wanted to read books I was sure to enjoy and I don’t know why the idea of a retelling did not appeal to me. But, one look at my bookshelves and I felt “the calling” 🙂 I had three books just waiting to be read and this was the perfect opportunity. Ok, but the rules/challenges were mentioning 7 books to be read (because I was set on accomplish them!). So I checked the hosts’ TBRs and the recommendations on Twitter and thus my list of books was complete! Honestly, it was the most difficult list to put together because I actually searched for books and took my time finding out more titles and choosing my options.

Believe me, it was a time well spent. I even got to buy two or three (one title ended up to another and I ended up buying 6, but …that’s the life of a book lover). I posted my TBR and started reading (original link is here). Out of all the books I planned to finish, this is what I’ve managed to accomplish, with some small thoughts (full reviews will follow):

Cinderella Busted by by Petie McCarty: any Cinderella story is bound to be a great one. Who doesn’t love Cinderella? I liked the book, it had issues, but those issues will not stop me to finish the series. It was an ok start. Not great, just ok.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston : oh my God how I spent hours in a week night to finish this book. I loved it, it was fantastic! It’s not s perfect book, but it is a book that made me feel so so much! It made me feel good, it made me enjoy it!

Hunted by Meagan Spooner: beauty lies in all things, as long as we open our hearts to it. That’s all I am saying for now. Oh, gorgeous cover!!!

Heartless by Marissa Meyer: let me start by saying that I have not read Alice in Wonderland and that before posting my review for Heartless I will read Alice because it’s a must. Anyhow, I knew more or less the idea, I saw the Hallmark movie of Alice. I enjoyed it more than I was expecting to 🙂 good pick!

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Here we start with the audiobooks. I’ve realized that reading 7 books in 7 days while also reading the books lined up for the blog tours, sewing/crocheting and going to work was difficult (ok, impossible). So I used the audiobook version for three of them, which I could enjoy while doing other activities:

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh : great book, great narration, even if I had a bit of difficulty differentiating between characters. This book made my heart race, made me cry and love the Caliph of Khorasan. It also made me buy all the books in the series. More on that will follow.

An Enchantment of Ravens by by Margaret Rogerson – loved it quite a lot, even if I ended up rereading some chapters as I was not paying attention sometimes. I listened to it at the office and.. well. You know how it is :)))

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning : this was the book pick for the readathon and it was such a great pick! I was not a fan of the Little Mermaid cartoons as a child (probably because I was too little to understand what a mermaid is) but I loved this story and I loved how the author managed to show the characters’ feelings and how she captured all the details of their emotions. It is very well written indeed! The narration was spectacular as well!

 

This readathon reminded me of the joy of reading a good book and how it’s supposed to feel. It reminded me that reading is all about emotions, all about connecting with those pure feelings inside our souls. I had fun, it was a successful readathon and I would like to thank the hosts for their efforts and the sprints they did with and for us, even if I joined in very (very) few since I am from Europe and timing was a bit of an issue 🙂 There are the hosts’ Booktube channels – follow them so we can chat about their videos some more:

Becky:  BookTube

Sam: BookTube

Jordan: BookTube

Alex: BookTube

Erica: BookTube

 

Let me know in the comments below if you have participated in this readathon or if you know any readathon happening in the coming days. I would love to participate with you guys 🙂 Until next time, thanks for visiting and read a lot!

(Lazy) July Wrap Up

I apologize for the lack of pictures and banners in this article. July was not a good month, so I am punishing it by removing its colors! 🙂 (now that I think of it, sounds kind of dum… )

I feel I have not written a TBR in years! This month has been a month of revelations, not only concerning my blogging activity, but also my daily job. For a while, I’ve lost my focus on the things that give me pleasure, things that make me feel good. Well, that is about to change. But more about that you will read on my August TBR (and To Do).

For now, let’s end the month in a more positive note and show you guys what I’ve read:

  1. Within the Walls by Dre Keeton
  2. OSHUN Rising by Jennifer Alsever
  3. Clutch by Lisa Becker
  4. Bound by Jennifer Dean
  5. Power of Five by Alex Lidell
  6. The Liberty Box by C.A. Gray
  7. Fury’s Kiss by Nicola R. White
  8. The Eden Conspiracy by C.A. Gray
  9. Girl Vs by Xela Culletto
  10. The Phoenix Project by C.A. Gray
  11. Vesta’s Clockwork Companions by Juli D. Revezzo
  12. The Kitchens of Canton by Isham Cook
  13. Tracing Shadows by Alex Lidell

Most of these were audiobooks, which makes the month of July one of my laziest from the year. I was going through a lot and my head was in a million places. It still is, but I’m trying to bring some light into that dark tunnel somehow,

August is an amazing month until now. Already 5 days in and I have read 4 books and I’m almost finishing the fifth. I have some great titles and a more optimistic article. Until then, comment below if you have read any of these titles or if you would like to or just let me know which books have you read in July.

Thanks for reading and enjoy your Sunday!

March Wrap Up

March Wrap Up

Some (including me) would argue that having 31 days in a month would be more than enough to read 20 books, especially taking into account my reading habits. Well, this was one of my worst reading months as of late (I think). Because of factors out of my control (like crappy time at the office and my health not being as great), I have managed to read 13 books out of the 33 I had planned. I was missing 5 more from my TBR, so at least I managed to include those. Without further lamentations, let’s see the titles I did manage to read:

 

  1. The Final Enemy by Dan Petrosini (audio format)
  2. Breakwater by Errin Stevens (audio format)
  3. Now That I’ve Found You by Bella Andre (audio format)
  4. Immortal Reckoning by Tara Fox Hall (e-copy)
  5. Since I Fell For You by Bella Andre (audio format)
  6. Thirsty by Mia Hopkins (e-copy)
  7. The Flames by Kyle Prue (audio format)
  8. Level Me Up by Lauren Helms (audio format)
  9. You Do Something To Me by Bella Andre (audio format)wrapup11
  10. Daughter of the King by Ashley York (e-copy)
  11. Deserving It by Angela Quarles (e-copy)
  12. Love’s Courage by Elizabeth Meyette (audio format)
  13. Three Lessons in Seduction by Sofie Darling (audio format)
  14. Rain of Ash by Gwen Mitchell (audio format)
  15. Ignited by A. M. Deese (e-copy)
  16. Beneath by Maureen A. Miller (e-copy)
  17. Right Kiss, Wrong Guy by Natalie Decker (e-copy)
  18. Right Text, Wrong Number by Natalie Decker (e-copy)

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Yup, not proud of myself! I have some free days in April that will help redeem myself for this month. I have two books that I’ve started and not finished and some of the books in my March TBR were ARCs of titles that have released in March, so that’s awful from my end!

 

I’ll stop lingering now and get to reading! See ya soon 🙂