Home Before Dark by Riley Sager | Should I read more books by Riley Sager?

Will I ever become a Riley Sager fan?

Last year I read my first Riley Sager book – «Lock Every Door» and, to be honest, I wasn’t impressed. The thriller genre is very competitive. There are so many incredible writers whose books I love and who never fail to surprise me with the crazy twists. So far I can’t say the same about Riley Sager. 

Someone who is new to the mystery / thriller genre will appreciate his books much more than I have, and will probably be surprised by the twists and turns.

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TBR | Sea-inspired book covers!

It’s Cover Freebie on Top Ten Tuesday! I’m very excited to see what type of covers all of you decided to feature today. With so many creative people in this community, I’m sure I’ll find some very fun and unexpected posts! ❤ 

Joining Top Ten Tuesday meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl, I decided to combine two of my favorite things: TBR lists and sea. For someone who lives so close to the ocean, I rarely go to the beach, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love the sea itself. I’m just not a huge fan of roasting on the beach. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Just Like You by Nick Hornby | Literary fiction, romance or social commentary?

Nick Hornby is one of those authors I always wanted to read more. Right after finishing «About a Boy» and «Slam» almost 10 years ago I intended to read his other books, but never got around to picking them up. Seeing his new novel on NetGalley, «Just Like You», made me incredibly happy! Not only because I knew I was going to enjoy the prose, but also because “tender but also brutally funny” sounded exactly like something I’d love!

I need to warn you though that this blurb is very misleading. On one hand, it does capture the bare bones of the story, but on the other hand, it makes you believe things that are not actually in the book. It made me wonder if I would have noticed that the main characters had “nothing in common” without reading the blurb.🤷‍♀️

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To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini | Part 1 & all the reasons why I want to read this book!

What a journey! I’ve never read the Inheritance Cycle series by Christopher Paolini, although I did hear about it quite a lot, as I’m sure most of you did. «To Sleep in a Sea of Stars» is his new Sci-Fi and essentially a “come-back”, as it’s the first one he publishes in almost 10 years! [The last book of the Inheritance Cycle was published in 2011!]

Even though I have no point of reference to his previous works, I still wanted to be part of the hype and see what this new Sci-Fi is all about. And let me tell you, Christopher Paolini delivered an incredible, well-planned, and emotional science fiction novel!

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QuickFire Fantasy Book Tag | Some of my favorite fantasies!

The time has finally come for me to do this tag (almost a year later… Sorry, Jack!). In October last year, I was tagged by Jack @Jacksbedtimereading to do the QuickFire Fantasy book tag. Thank you so much for tagging me! Even though I do my tags late, I still love to participate in them, so thank you very much for thinking of me. 🙂 

Fantasy and Sci-Fi are the two genres I read the most every year, although I do love Literary Fiction and Mysteries as well. However, I can’t call myself a fantasy expert. There are still so many fantasy worlds I haven’t visited and so many fantasy series I want but haven’t read! 

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The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith by Loris Owen | A Scientific magical school & tons of adventures!

I LOVE MIDDLE GRADE! 😀 Every single time I pick up a middle-grade book, it makes me feel so content, happy, cozy. Basically, everything you want to feel while reading a good book. Middle-grade is the only genre that will ALWAYS accomplish that for me.

I’ve been checking my excel spreadsheet recently (because Goodreads is not enough) and I noticed that this year I read at least one MG book every month. Seeing this makes me very happy. As one of my goals, every single year is to read for fun. With constant blog posts, ARCs, reviews, new releases, and the need to stay relevant, I tend to forget to pick up books outside of popular YA or Adult books.

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The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart | A fantastic beginning to a new epic series!

Whenever I start slowing my reading pace and prioritizing other tasks over reading, I really should remind myself how truly great books make me feel. Picking up «The Bone Shard Daughter», while slumping through the other two books, felt like a breath of fresh air. I didn’t know what to expect from Andrea Stewart, but I can say that I was very pleasantly surprised by how quickly it drew me into the story and how incredible each Point of View was!

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September 2020 Monthly Goals |It’s all about fantasy!

Remember last month I said that I’d take things easy and then ended up reading 8 books? Well, September was going to be the month to read LESS books, but then I suddenly received a bunch of ARCs from NetGalley. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

I’m very close to reaching 100 books on Goodreads so that’s something I will easily accomplish. But I’m still planning to take things slower and focus on larger books. This year I’ve been trying to stay on top of the series I start and I think it’s actually somewhat working. Summer was a little bit hectic, with the Reading Rush, ARCs and just things to catch up on, I put the series aside. I’m about to change this with my new set of monthly goals!

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August 2020 Wrap Up | The month I read classics & nonfiction for the first time in ages!

Hello, my bookish friends! 🙂 August was such a weird month. It passed very quickly, I didn’t do even half of the things I wanted to accomplish, but at the same time, I stayed busy throughout the entire month! 

Looking back on the past 4 weeks, I honestly wouldn’t be able to remember what I did and what I liked, if I didn’t write those things down somewhere. Basically, what I’m trying to say is that it was a blur, and I’m happy that it’s over and we can move on and start fresh in September!

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The Test by Sylvain Neuvel | The most mind-blowing novella!

If you haven’t read «The Test» by Sylvain Neuvel, what are you doing with your life?! It’s incredible! Mind-blowing! Astounding! And many other positive adjectives that I can’t think of right now! 

The best way to experience this novella is to dive into the story blindly. The less you know the more surprised (and shocked!) you’ll be. The blurb for this book is very precise and I think it’s perfectly on point. How many times have we encountered long blurbs that spoiled half of the story? That’s why I tend to avoid reading them at all costs. (I’m the same with movie trailers, btw. Recent trailers are just a summarized version of movies and I don’t like watching them! 😀 )

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Most Anticipated Releases | September 2020

There are so many amazing books coming out next month! The one I’m the most excited about is «To Sleep in a Sea of Stars» by Christopher Paolini. I was lucky to receive an excerpt from NetGalley (and when I say excerpt, it’s probably almost 200 pages long, because this book is a BEAST!). 

I read it in July and loved it! The excerpt ended quite well, actually. It felt more like the first book in a series rather than a part of a bigger novel, so I’m feeling satisfied but very curious to find out what happens next. I’m actually going to break my “no pre-order” rule and purchase this book right now so I can receive it as soon as it is released!

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Summer Book Haul | I couldn’t resist these new releases!

Even with COVID-19, quarantine, and many releases being pushed forward, this summer was still particularly good, with tons of new books to choose from. I was lucky to receive quite a lot of ARCs of my most anticipated releases, and the ones I didn’t receive I decided to purchase!

This haul won’t be absurdly huge, but I did get myself a couple of incredible books that I’m dying to get to. Some of them were on my July and August TBRs, but with so many other books (mostly ARCs) that I needed to prioritize, I didn’t get to them all. Some of them are still on their way, as shipping times has been much longer lately [as you all know]. So you might see these books appear on my TBRs for the upcoming months.

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Reading Experiment | Reading every day for a month!

This type of reading challenge might be much more fun to see in a video format. But this blog is all I’ve got for you today, so I’m going to try to make it as fun as possible! 🙂 Last year I made a post talking about reading habits I wanted to adapt. You might remember me drawing my conclusions a few weeks ago.

One of those habits was to read every day. It seemed like a great idea, especially since I tend to leave all of my reading for the weekends and then have too many things piled up to do in just a couple of days. 

Last month I decided to give it a go and read every single day for an entire month. I didn’t have any limits of pages, so as long as I read a couple of pages every day (i.e. made an effort to pick up a book) it counted as a successful day!

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TV adaptations I want to watch before the end of the year!

Look at me joining on two Top Ten Tuesday memes in a row! This week we are actually supposed to be talking about Books that Should be Adapted into Netflix Shows/Movies, but since me and my BF are currently looking for a new TV show to watch, I thought I’d take this opportunity to explore the TV world and see if I can find TV shows that appeal to me to watch this year.

Since we finished watching the Walking Dead (there is still one episode left but I don’t know when it will be released *emoji*), I’ve been really struggling to find something captivating enough to watch. We tried «Expanse» and it’s kinda “meh”, in my opinion. Then we tried «The Outsider» and once again it wasn’t that great. We are still watching «The 100», the last two episodes will be coming out this month, but that’s pretty much it. 

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#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso | A motivational book to stop procrastinating!

I’m sure that «#GIRLBOSS» is my second nonfiction of this year [not counting numerous law books]. The first one was «You’re Never Weird on the Internet» by Felicia Day, which was just as inspiring and had a similar message: Stay yourself, do what you love, dream big, and never stop being weird.

While Felicia Day was someone whose career I already followed and whose work I loved, Sophia Amoruso was very new to me. I remember watching the Netflix adaptation and loving it. I remember seeing this book pop up here and there and I always wanted to read it to see whether I’d like it or not. [spoilers: I did!]

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