The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda | The perfect book to read in one sitting and preferably with lights on!

Apparently, the word “thrilling” means causing excitement and pleasure. I can agree with excitement, but pleasure? When I think thrilling, I imagine stories that make my heart beat faster, slightly spooky, maybe a little bit creepy, with a lot of unpredicted plot twists! And that’s exactly what «The Girl from Widow Hills» was like. 

It’s been a very long time since I’ve read a book until late at night, refusing to go to sleep because I needed to finish it and see the things finally unravel. This was my second Megan Miranda book and it took me completely off guard.

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Beach Read by Emily Henry | Witty, entertaining and absolutely swoon-worthy! ❤

Why don’t I read rom-coms more often? 

I’m so happy that I decided to listen to many glowing reviews of «Beach Read» and request it on NetGalley! Guys, if you haven’t read this book yet, make sure to pick it up this summer. It’s such a fast-paced and funny book, that will make you feel the whole spectrum of emotions. 

For a while now I have been avoiding romances and women’s fiction only because a couple of last books in these genres I read last year were nothing special, and after finishing them I always wished I’d spent my time reading something else instead. But «Beach Read» by Emily Henry is a must-read book for every book lover out there, even if romance is not your favorite genre. 

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The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett | The must-read book of this summer!

This book was phenomenal! It’s for a reason that many popular magazines and bookish media keep mentioning «The Vanishing Half» by Britt Bennett as one of the most-anticipated releases of this summer. I literally saw a dozen of 2020 summer reading lists with this book. 

It’s such an important book as well, especially with everything that is going on right now and the need that people feel to educate themselves on race and racial identity. I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to read it and discuss it with all of you.

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Burn by Patrick Ness | The most weird dragon book you’ll ever read!

I have a very special relationship with Patrick Ness’s books. They either break my heart in the smallest pieces [«A Monster Calls»] or leave me dumbfounded, wondering what the heck did I just read?! [«The Rest of Us Just Lives Here»]. «Burn» definitely falls more into the second category. While I liked the characters and the story more than in «The Rest of Us Just Lives Here», it was still a very weird book. 

That’s probably why I’ve been staying away from the Chaos Walking trilogy for now. I really want to love it, but I’m scared that it might be too weird for me and I won’t be able to connect to the characters the way I want to.

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The Paris Hours by Alex George | One day in Paris and four intertwined fates!

Happy Publication Day to «The Paris Hours» by Alex George!

In this new historical fiction, Alex George showed us the wondrous City of Love, Lights and Art, and four amazing stories that unwrap in a single day in Paris. If I’d need to describe this book in one word, the first one that comes to mind is “dreamy”. And while the story itself does not contain any sliver of magic, I was constantly in a dream-like state whenever I picked it up. 

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The Books I DNF’d last month |Mini-Reviews

Hi, guys! I hope you’ve managed to control your Animal Crossing addiction and actually made some progress in your O.W.L.s TBR over this weekend! 😀 I still haven’t succumbed to the pressure to buy Switch, so I’m safe from THAT addiction. But I’ve been playing a little bit more of Nevernight this weekend and watched TONS of YouTube videos… 

Somehow, I still finished a bunch of books and I’m feeling very confident that I actually might be able to complete all 12 O.W.L.s prompts. Crazy! I know! 

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Book Blogging Firsts Tag | Taking a trip down memory lane!

In 2020 my blog will turn 5 years old (time flies when you’re having fun, right?), and I thought it would be very appropriate to start this year with Book Blogging Firsts Tag. I wasn’t actually tagged by anyone, and I know I still have tags I haven’t done from 2017 (I’m so sorry!!!), but we won’t talk about that and instead focus on these interesting prompts! 

Beth @ Reading every Night did this tag last year and inspired me to do the same. Thank you, Beth! ❤

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The NetGalley Book Tag | How do I choose books on NetGalley?

NetGalley is one of the main sources of new releases for me. I love the ever-growing community, the opportunity to read new and amazing books, that I’d probably wouldn’t have. It’s always more difficult for the international readers to get physical ARCs of books (and just ARCs in general), so I’m very thankful that NetGalley exists!

Thank you, Melanie @TBRandBeyond for tagging me! Melanie and Mireille run TBR and Beyond together. Their Top Ten Tuesday posts are always so much fun to read, make sure to check out their blog. 🙂

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ARCs I’ve read that made me want to purchase the final copy of the book!

This week’s TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) theme is Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library. Since I don’t use the local library, I’ll be talking about my e-books, specifically e-galleys, that I’d love to have a physical copy of. 

Receiving ARCs (Advanced Reader’s Copy) from NetGalley or Publishers always makes me feel so happy and grateful for the chance to read the book before its publication date, to share my thoughts with all of you and just keep the book conversation going. But there are definitely those stories that I instantly fall in love with and desire more than anything to purchase the final copy of the book to display it on my bookshelves! 

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Ten Authors I’d like to read more of | Top Ten Tuesday

If you’d have asked me 2-3 years ago who was my absolute favorite author I’d buy any books from, I’d say Cassandra Clare or Sarah J. Maas. However, my reading tastes changed a lot during the last two years and in 2019, both of these authors were featured in my post: “Authors I’m Giving Up On”.

With this week’s TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) topic – Auto-Buy Authors, it’s time to revisit some older favorite authors and highlight some new ones!  But because there are not a lot of authors on my, so called, “auto-buy list”, I’d like to talk about Top 10 Authors I’d like to read more of! 

Here are my two previous posts about New-to-me authors:

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Top 4 Childhood Favorites | Ft. Favorite Quotes from «The Little Prince»!

This week’s TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) theme is Childhood Favorites! I was a very avid reader when I was little, and I loved to re-read books. My grandma would always ask me why I was wasting time reading the same books over and over again when I could have picked any new book from my granddad’s huge home library.

Now I see her point, but back then in my early teens, re-reading my favorite books was my favorite pastime.

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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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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson | “A true child of the library”

One of the most anticipated releases of this month, «Sorcery of Thorns» by Margaret Rogerson made me fall in love with gigantic libraries, enchanted books, witty sorcerers and one brave apprentice librarian. As I plunged into the story, my reader heart immediately warmed up towards Elisabeth Scrivener, the orphan raised in the Great Library of Summershall, whose only big desire was to become a warden.

She was to be a warden, keeper of books and words. She was their friend. Their steward. Their jailer. And if need be, their destroyer.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
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An Overly Ambitious TBR | January 2019

I shall start this year strong! Hence, I picked a total of 9 (yes, you heard me right – NINE) books to read in January. It’s been a while since I was able to read more than 6 books per month, and my internship started this week. But I believe in myself! And big books don’t scare me at all. (well.. maybe a little bit).

Sadly, many new books released in January won’t arrive in time for me to read them all in January. They will just have to queue for the next month’s TBR.

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The Dark Intercept by Julia Keller | How dangerous your emotions can be?

There were a few books this year that I picked up because of their amazing-sounding Blurb.  New Earth and Old Earth, Sci-fi and Dystopian, this new perfect life where noone can ever harm you, where there are no crimes, no illnesses, no hunger. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations.

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