«The Farm» is the new Literary Fiction novel that most likely will become a bestseller in just a couple of weeks. From the gorgeous cover to the carefully crafted plot, this book immediately stands out from the crowd of newly released adult fiction!
My goal was to follow an Auror career, which required me to complete a total of 5 OWLs: Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Herbology, Potions, and Transfiguration. Out of 5 books that I initially planned to read, I only read 2, but I’m sure that other books could potentially fit in with the prompt as well. (Check my initial TBR list here!)
Every year more and more books inspired by the history of the Romanov family hit the shelves. The talk about Anastasia’s survival, especially fueled by numerous claims from different women saying that they were Anastasia, marked a great inspiration point for many authors who had to put their own twist on the reality. From the conspiracy of the Romanov family to its prophecy, the Romanov family is by far one of the most talked topics, even after a decade has passed since their execution.
Of course, like many others, I was intrigued by Nadine Brandes new novel «Romanov», a magical retelling of the tragic events that led to the execution of the Romanov family.
Last month, I was the most productive self – running errands, writing reviews, keeping up with the blog, and reading tons of books. Everything was possible! (you can read my March Wrap Up here!) And then came April…
I always thought of myself as a fan of any mystery/thriller premise. Any story revolving around crime. Characters trying to figure out what really happened. These were the main elements that sucked me in.
After reading «Then She Was Gone» by Lisa Jewell, I realized that I much prefer novels centered around the “Who did it” question than “Why it happened”. There is just something so addicting about gathering clues, brainstorming and constantly questioning who the villain is!
Lisa Jewell gave us a different type of thriller – a character-driven mystery, showcasing the flawed people and their motives, instead of a fast-paced page-turner with an unpredictable turn of events.
Last month I was tagged by Beth @The Books are Everywhere to do the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you so much, Beth! This is my first Sunshine award / post and I’m very excited to answer all of your questions.
There are some books that I pick up at the right reading mood, and when the book matches my reading cravings, it instantly becomes my new favorite. Has this ever happened to you before?
That is what I experienced with «To Best the Boys» by Mary Weber!
One Sunday afternoon, I decided that it was time to start reading «To Best the Boys»in preparation to OWLs read-a-thon that takes place this month. I’ve chosen it for my Herbology exam and wanted to give it a little glimpse, to get the feeling of the story. To my surprise, once I’ve started reading it, I couldn’t put it down!
This week’s Top Ten Tuesdaytopicis very self-promoting! 😀 But I loved going back to the very first posts I’ve ever written for this blog, and seeing how much my writing, reviewing and just style, in general, has changed in the past 3 years.
This March WhimsyPages celebrated its 3 year anniversary with a total of more than 250 posts!
(One blog post takes approximately 3 hours to put together, let’s multiply it by 250. That gives us 750 hours or 31 days of non-stop writing and blogging, during the last three years! That is quite an achievement for me!)
There was the first book haul of 2019, the first disappointment of 2019 and now the first book by Brandon Sanderson. It’s exciting! What else do I get to try in 2019?
I’m not sure if this series was the best one to start with. I also own the first book in the Mistborn trilogy – «The Final Empire», however comparing these two books, Steelheart is much thinner with a bigger font. Seems like an obvious book choice to me! Besides, I love dystopian settings (I’m very excited to read Scythe which is next on my reading list! Technically it’s a Utopia, but still counts).
«A Time of Blood» – the second book Of Blood and Bone series by John Gwynne is coming out tomorrow, April 18th!
For everyone who doesn’t know or heard of this book, this is the second installment in Of Blood and Bone Fantasy series by John Gwynne, set in Banished Lands over 100 years after the events of The Faithful and the Fallen.
Do you need to read the first series?
Personally, I haven’t read The Faithful and the Fallen, but I definitely would love to pick it up at some point, even though I’m more attached to the current characters than the world itself.
But there might be some perks to reading the other series first. For example, this series definitely contains some spoilers to the first one, as it references a lot of historical events and past accomplishments. Also, it would be easier to jump into this series if you are already familiar with the world. (Although, I didn’t find it difficult or complicated to get into). And you might pick up more “hidden” references than a new reader.
This is actually my first time doing The Liebster Award (the trend of 2019 being the year of “first(s)” continues). I love reading Tags, I think they are a great tool to get to know each other better, but for some reason I never do them. It’s about time to join in on the fun!
Thank you, Jenna @Bookmark Your Thoughts for the nomination! I’ve been following closely Jenna’s blog, and just having a blast reading her posts. (especially the book reviews! I think I’m in love with the way she structures her posts!)
Whenever I write these posts, I try to answer several questions: What do I want to achieve next month? What do I need to work on? What steps will bring me closer to my goal?
Usually, the answers would be to STAY PRODUCTIVE! MOVE FORWARD! and everything with a similar vibe. But April will be slightly different. Of course, there are still books to read and blog posts to write; but my intention is to take is easy.
Did I just blink and March was gone? Or does every month pass quicker and quicker? So… March! Even though I just said that it passed in a blink of an eye, I (somehow) managed to get a lot of things done.
If I were to pick the word of the month, it would be Productivity. Because for the first 3 weeks of March I was running errands like crazy. Ticking things off my To-Do list along the way. Until I got ill…
That was the first time (the trend of 2019’s firsts continues) in my life that I felt that spike of energy level. It just dropped from 100 to 10 in one night. And the last week has been a struggle to even get up in the mornings.
I consider myself a morning person. When I was in school and Uni, I would never stay late studying. My strategy was to go to bed earlier, so I could wake up at 5 a.m. and revise before the test. The time until around 1 p.m. is when I’m the most productive. So waking up tired was a very nasty experience. Gladly, I’m slowly getting over the cold, pushing through as usual!
If you thought «The Chalk Man» was dark and creepy, «The Taking of Annie Thorne» will give you jitters. C.J. Tudor took the mystery of her second book to the new level by adding some surprising horror elements. The attention to details, the mystery elements, and deeply engraved traumas provided the perfect scenery for a creepy thriller!