All Audiobooks I listened to this year!

I’m joining the Top 5 Tuesday meme today, created by Shanah from BionicBookwormBlog. It’s been a while since I posted any TTT posts, mainly because the topics of the past weeks (months) weren’t my cup of tea. I’ve been seeing many To 5 Tuesday posts out there and thought it would be fun to finally join this meme as well!

This week we are supposed to give you our top 5 audiobooks. But since I’ve only listened to SEVEN audiobooks this year, I might as well talk about all of them! 

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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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I tried speech-to-text app for a week | Did it help my blogging routine?

Not so long ago I saw this amazing post by Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall, where she talked about her way of fitting blogging into the busy schedule and daily routine, and one of the tips she gave was to use the speech-to-text app. 

My first thought was: OMG! This is amazing! 

I’m definitely one of those people who prefer to speak their thoughts out loud. I tend to talk to myself when I’m driving, just as a way to form my thoughts for the upcoming blog posts or book reviews. However, once I arrive at my destination I usually don’t have time to sit down and type everything I just spoke aloud, and then I forget about it entirely. 

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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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Current Reads & Update | Why am I reading 5 books at the same time?

I’m sure most of you experienced this before, when you start a new book just to realize that you aren’t in a mood for it, and then slowly fall into the reading slump. I’m not quite in a reading slump yet, but it’s getting closer and closer. I’d love to finally feel excited about reading! 

This year has been weird in terms of reading. I’ve had some very high “highs” and some low “lows”. Meaning that sometimes I read tons of books, review them all, etc. And other times, I can barely manage to finish one book. 

September hasn’t been great so far, reading and blogging wise. So I thought I’d do a quick update of what I am up to and why the heck am I reading so many books at the same time!

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Book Series I’m afraid to commit to | Ft. Book series & Books on my TBR I’m avoiding reading

As I sat down this Saturday to prepare my posts for the upcoming week, I instantly realized how perfect this week’s TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) topic is – Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why (maybe you’re scared of it, worried it won’t live up to the hype, etc.)

I’ve recently started a blog series about book series (this is my favorite phrase! 😀 ) with the first one being Book series I need to finish, focusing primarily on the unfinished trilogies that I have quite a lot of. 

P.S. I still haven’t read any of the last books in the trilogies mentioned in that post. I will! I promise I will! It just takes me a while to actually get to them.

I thought I’d take this opportunity to combine book series with the TTT topic and talk about Book Series I’m afraid to commit to

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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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August 2019 Wrap Up | Failing NEWTs and increased “ARC”-load!

To summarize my August reading experience let’s just say that I did EVERYTHING, including writing reviews (Crazy! I know!), except reading books I carefully picked for my NEWTs TBR. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

Was I expecting this to happen? 

Honestly, after such a great experience of the reading rush read-a-thon, I thought I’d be able to read tons of books in August – the ones on my TBR and the ones that didn’t make it to my NEWTs TBR. I’m slightly disappointed with myself, but I don’t think I could have forced myself to read more. 

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The Harry Potter Book Tag | Beware of the spoilers!

As we are getting closer to the end of August, which means the end of the NEWTs read-a-thon (with me miserably failing to read the books on my NEWTs TBR), I’ve decided to cheer myself up a bit with a Sunday morning dedicated to all things Harry Potter. 

I put my Harry Potter t-shirt, made myself a cup of tea in a Harry Potter mug, put the first movie on TV and sat down to write the Harry Potter book tag. This Sunday is starting magically! 

Big thank you to my dear friend Jenna from Bookmark Your Thoughts, who thoughtfully nominated me to do this book tag! I feel like all of you already know and love Jenna’s blog (and her amazing personality), but if you, for some reason, are not familiar with her, please make sure to follow this link and befriend one of the kindest and nicest people in the bookish blogosphere! 

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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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The Book Addiction Tag | Where I discover that I’m a book hoarder!

I was tagged by the fellow blogger and my friend, Meghan from Meghan’s Whimsical Explorations & Reviews! She has a super power to write tons of reviews in a very short period of time (that I’m a little bit jealous of). Thank you for the tag! 🙂


Questions:

1 – What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
2 – How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?
3 – Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
4 – How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
5 – How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
6 – Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?
7 – How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?
8 – Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
9 – What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
10 – Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds (i.e searching bookshops, online digging, etc.)?
11 – A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?
12 – What are 3 of your main book goals for 2019?
13 – Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?
14 – Describe what books mean to you in five words.


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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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NEWTs Magical Read-a-Thon | My TBR to pass all exams required for Auror’s career!


NEWTs (NASTILY EXHAUSTING WIZARDING TESTS) RULES:

1 – Each subject has three grades: A (Acceptable), E (Exceeded Expectations) and O (Outstanding);
2 – Each A unlocks a possibility to gain an E;
3 – Thus, in order to achieve O (Outstanding) you first must earn an A and an E, in that particular order. 
4 – The cross-over or doubling up on reads is not allowed!

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