Books on my TBR I predict will be 5-star reads | Another reading challenge!

My February TBR (link) is already looking too long for me to add any books to it, but I’ve been meaning to participate in one of this “5-star prediction” challenges in a very long time, and couldn’t pass this opportunity! Hence why I’m making another list of books-to-read in the nearest future, and I hope that I will actually read these books soon! 

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (link) topic is Books on my TBR I predict will be 5-star reads, and because my TBR is so vast, and my time to read books is limited, I decided to pick 5 books from my physical TBR that I think I’ll absolutely love, that aren’t first books in the series, and challenge myself to read them during the next couple of months. Wish me luck! 

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February 2020 Monthly Goals | Cosmerealong, the "Literally Dead" book club & huge TBR!

For the first time in years, I have a proper TBR to share with you today, and these are all the books I have to read this month – either because I’ll be joining book clubs and read-a-longs, or because I want to read certain ARCs before their publication date.

This TBR comes with a set of rules:

  • I can’t add any more books, and 
  • I’m not allowed to switch any of these out.
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January 2020 Monthly Goals | ARCs on My Immediate TBR!

2020 is officially here and my holidays are over, which means long office hours, a lot of running around and basically trying to do all the tasks that piled up over the holiday season. 

I hope January is treating you well, and you don’t get caught up in the hectic routine of “catching up”! 

Even though my month is going to be (and is already) very busy, I’m still planning to get some reading done. Sometimes I get carried away and go on a requesting spree on NetGalley thinking that I won’t get approved for most of the titles, and then I get them all at once.

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My “End of the Year" Goals | And how to (try) not feel overwhelmed!

My ultimate goal was to get all Christmas preparation in place and going as early as possible. I tried to dedicate multiple weekends in November to sort the present ideas, purchase some, order others, but as usual, life gets in the way, and most of my November weekends were hectic, busy and kind of nerve-racking. I still managed to read a lot in November and have been very productive at work, trying to get everything done before the Office closes for the holidays at the end of December, but I’m starting to feel the pressure of the holiday season. 

In order to avoid unnecessary stress, I’m going to make my Ultimate End of the Year To-Do list, and stay productive to complete everything on it before Christmas!

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Books I want to read before the end of the year!

This is Part 3 of my End of the Year To-Do list! 
Make sure to check the Part 1: The End of the Year Book Tag and Part 2: My “To Watch Before the End of the Year” List!

There are so many books that I was planning to read this year but haven’t gotten to them yet. But I also know that I can’t add too many books to my End of the Year TBR list, because there are only 6 weeks left to read them. 

As much as I want to read all the books in the world, my number one priority will be finishing ARCs, writing reviews and starting the new year with a very organized NetGalley shelf!

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November 2019 Monthly Goals | The month of “getting stuff done”!

As we are getting closer to the end of the year, I’m starting to feel a little bit overwhelmed by the number of things that I need to get done. To avoid going crazy and getting myself even more stressed than I currently am, I decided to make only a few reading and blogging monthly goals so I can focus more on my work and internship. 

I’m staying positive and believe in my ability to fit more hours in a day. 😀

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October 2019 Monthly Goals | The “spooky” edition!

It’s finally autumn! For many of you autumn has started on the 1st of September, but here in Portugal I still can’t say that the autumn has begun. The sunny weather has been holding up very well. The days are still very hot, people are still enjoying the beach and ocean, and I’m waiting for the colder days to arrive! 

Since I can’t wait for autumnal weather forever, I decided that October would mark the beginning for me, and I’m finally allowed to dive into the spooky thrillers, crime mysteries and historical fiction that I’ve been putting off the whole year. 

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Science Fiction and Dystopian Books with numbers in the titles | Another Fall TBR!

I love TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) topics that I can put my own twist to. This week we are supposed to talk about Books with numbers in the titles, and I had a hard time deciding WHAT books exactly I wanted to talk about. There are just too many possibilities!

After starting to compile my lists for Books I read that had numbers in the titles and All Agatha Christie books with numbers in the titles. I decided to settle on a list of Dystopian and Sci-Fi books, creating another fall TBR! (this Autumn will be known as TBR Autumn). 

Just a few days ago I started reading a dystopian novel «Cell»* by Stephen King that reminded me why I used to love science fiction and apocalyptic books so much!

*This book is GREAT, btw! I’m more than half way through and have a trouble putting it down.

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Books I’m planning to read this Autumn | An attempt to actually read books from my TBR pile!

TBRs are like New Year’s resolutions. They are made to be broken! So why not join the TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) meme this week and make one more list of books I’ll probably only read next summer or in many years from now.* 

*I hope you don’t think that I intentionally don’t follow my TBR! I have all the desire and determination to read these books ASAP. But you know… TBRs…¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This week’s TTT topic is Books on my Fall 2019 TBR, which is a perfect way to begin the Autumn season! Happy 2nd day of Autumn, everyone! The weather is finally changing. We had some much needed rain last weekend. The evenings are finally chilly, and I lit up my first candles of the season. There are three genres I usually gravitate towards during colder months: (1) Fantasy, (2) Thrillers and (3) Historical Fiction.

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September 2019 | Monthly Goals – «Gardens of the Moon» buddy read!

Summer flew by so quickly this year. It was hectic, busy with tons of tourists around. They haven’t all left yet, but I’m already anticipating the emptier roads, less traffic and supermarkets without huge lines. 

September will be a busier month work and studies wise, but I’m still planning to take at least one week off work and maybe go somewhere or decompress a little bit before jumping into another busy year. 

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Book series I need to finish | Why don’t I read final books in trilogies?!

In order to get my TBR, especially the book series TBR, under control, I’ve decided to post a little series about (1) series I’ve started but haven’t finished yet, (2) series I’ve started but have no intention to continue with, (3) completed series I still need to read, etc. etc. 

Me not finishing the series has become a serious problem, send help if you’re reading this post! 

I’m sure many of you can relate to how easy it is to start reading a new book series. The key word in that sentence is EASY! And there are a number of reasons for that:

  1. The first book is usually always the best;
  2. The first book is usually the shortest and the least intimidating of the series;
  3. The excitement to start the new adventure is very palpable;
  4. Learning about new world, magic system and getting to meet the characters adds this addictive element to the book when everything is new and shiny, and you can’t get enough of it. 

*list any of your reasons in the comments below! 

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August 2019 | Monthly Goals – NEWTs, ARCs, and other acronyms

I hope you all had a very productive July and enjoyed the Reading Rush readathon! The Reading Rush, formerly Booktube-a-thon, is by far one of my favorite read-a-thons. I love how big the reading community is, how many events happen in just one week and the need to push myself to read just a little bit more to complete all the challenges! 

This one week of intensive reading got me out of the reading slump and made me excited again about picking up new books. So my August goals might seem too ambitious but I’m going to try and read as much as I can. 

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July 2019 Goals |Reading Rush and To-Do lists!

It’s time to sit and write down my goals for this month!

July will mostly be the month of “catch up”. I feel like I need to clear up my To-Do list (and as soon as possible), so I can have some free time for myself. I know I say this every month, but life has been very busy overall and dedicating time to blogging and reading has become more and more difficult over the past couple of months.

I love the busy days, but I think I’m ready to take a little break from them as well. I won’t have holidays from work until September, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t take things a little easier over the next couple of weeks. But in order to do that, I’ll need to tie all the ends, finish pending tasks and then enjoy my reading time! 

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My Summer TBR & Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

This time for my weekly TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) post, I decided to combine this week’s topic Books on my summer TBR with some questions from Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag.

I did this tag 2 years ago and it was so interesting to look back on it and see what books I loved/hated in 2017. So I want to have something similar this year as well. Especially because I don’t feel like I’ve read any truly wonderful books this year yet. There were a few that I really enjoyed and gave 5 stars to, but only 5 (out of 39) made it to my “2019 favorites” shelf on GoodReads.

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June 2019 Goals | ARCs, beach, and many blogging plans!

I have many plans for June. Let’s just hope that it doesn’t pass as fast as all other months did! Is it me getting old or time just started to go faster than usual???

May was a great month for me in terms of everything, except books, as you probably saw from my Wrap Up post earlier this week.

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