Book Reviews | How to overcome writer’s block

Blog posts about reviews are not scarce, there are many “how to”, “when to” and “what to” guides from many book bloggers. And do you know why? Because writing reviews is hard. To overcome our difficulties, we try to provide guidelines, advices and rules that would simplify our life as book critics.

Not so long ago, Drew wrote a very interesting post «There is no right or wrong way to review». I have also written previously on How to get back on track with reviews and also a discussion post about Why do we keep writing them.

But there is always time when we hit this wall again. Stare at the blank page for many hours without knowing how to start our review. Can this be considered “writer’s block”? I definitely think it is. In fact, we are writers, even if some don’t consider blogging as the type of creative writing.

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March Goals | Or how to stay on track!

Let me start by saying that this post is not going to be a guide of any sort. More so a reminder to myself on how to stay focused on my Reading and Blogging Goals and learn to manage my time better because who doesn’t want that!

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Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen | 5 Cool Things to use NYXIA for!

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In this epic continuation to «Nyxia», following the events of the first book, Emmett Atwater and his crew have landed on the planet of Eden. But not under the circumstances they were hoping for. Their instructions were simple – play nice and extract Nyxia in great quantities, something they were trained to do on Genesis 11 spaceship.

Lies, intrigues, secrets, and betrayals continue in this sequel, as the crew tries to figure out their new alliances and set their allegiances. Continue reading “Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen | 5 Cool Things to use NYXIA for!”

The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale | The most magical story I’ve ever had a pleasure to read

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No matter how many books I devour every year, it is incredible to see that there are still books out there that are able to amaze me with beautiful, emotional writing, magical settings, and touching events.

This was my first book by Robert Dinsdale and it definitely won’t be the last one! I am still battling with my inner self whether I should add this book to my 2018 favorites list or not. If I would have a “2018 most memorable reads” shelf, it would automatically earn its place there. Continue reading “The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale | The most magical story I’ve ever had a pleasure to read”

The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller | The most heart-touching middle grade novel!

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What is depression, and how can you explain to your child that her mother is suffering from an illness that even adults sometimes don’t understand?

Natalie is struggling to understand. What happened to her mother that triggered these dark days? Why doesn’t she try better for her, Natalie, to push the darkness away?

Tae Keller’s witty and emotional writing, mixed with a heavy subject, resulted in a perfect book for any ages. Continue reading “The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller | The most heart-touching middle grade novel!”

June Wrap Up | 2017  

Don’t you love it when the first day of the month falls on the weekend? Because I do! Perfect timing to wrap up the previous month and set up reading and non-reading goals for the next month, and just taking some time off to recharge!

June was one of the best reading and blogging month this year, hopefully it treated you well too! If you can recall, for my June TBR I decided not to make an actual To-Be-Read pile but small goals that would keep me motivated and it worked wonders! Continue reading “June Wrap Up | 2017  “

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus | A swirl of never ending secrets!

One of the most anticipated releases of the month of May is finally out and we all get to see a complicated web of lies, secrets and mischief. Was it everything I was expecting and hoping for? Let’s find out! Continue reading “One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus | A swirl of never ending secrets!”

What I Read During COSY READING NIGHT!

On a peaceful Saturday morning, after opening my eyes around 7 am and wishing to just fall asleep again (we all know that once you are awake, you are awake for good!), my first thought was: “Let me catch up on some booktube action from this week!”

And so I cuddled up with my tablet under a warm cosy duvet and started watching my favourite bookstagrammers. When video by MercysBookishMusings caught my attention! She was talking about something exciting that took place on the very same day! COSY READING NIGHT on February 11th! You can already imagine my excitement. Continue reading “What I Read During COSY READING NIGHT!”

My Most Anticipated Releases | April 2017

April will be full of contemporary releases, that I am not super obsessed with. But I love doing this post because (A) they help me staying on top of new releases and (B) you guys love it as well.

This month I am picking up the most popular books that I might or might not get my hands on. Continue reading “My Most Anticipated Releases | April 2017”

March Wrap Up | 2017

Days are getting longer and brighter, there are so much more you can squeeze into 24 hours. That must be one of the main reasons why I love Spring so much. Spring usually came with greenness and flowers, rustling of new leaves and tweets, but since I moved to Portugal there is no distinctive season transition as I was used to before and I grew to love the daylight savings (the only change, besides temperature, that announces a new season).

Comparing to February, March was a “catching up” and “try to stay away from reading slump” month. I was able to catch up with my Classic a Month Reading Challenge, read some ARCs due in April and May, and just to enjoy my reading time overall. Continue reading “March Wrap Up | 2017”

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo | Do not get fooled by the “light” cover!

Unforgettable experience of the most heartbreaking novel I’ve ever read. I might be exaggerating slightly but if you read it you’ll see what I am talking about. If was full of moments that ripped my heart in pieces (as well as my brain actually because it was hard to wrap my head around some things that happened, no spoilers here, but let me know in the comments down below if you know what I mean!). Continue reading “Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo | Do not get fooled by the “light” cover!”

Classic a Month | Reading Challenge

The new year started on a very high note, with many new books and of course with the first classic of the year – «Pride and Prejudice» by Jane Austen. I bought this beautiful (very classic) edition in Russian and absolutely devoured it!

It turned out to be way more interesting than I expected it to be, as I am not a fan of romances (and for some reason I associated it to be a pure romance) but it was so much more! It’s one of the best «character» novels that I’ve ever read.   Continue reading “Classic a Month | Reading Challenge”

My Most Anticipated Releases | March 2017

No month is quite the same in terms of book releases as the one that marks the beginning of a New Year. If I remember correctly, my ‘most anticipated books post’ in the month of January had over 10 different novels spread across a variety of genres. February brought us fewer exciting releases but still held its ground.

Now, March… This is the month that marks a new season – fresh, green and rejuvenated. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same about the books to be released during this marvelous time of the year. Continue reading “My Most Anticipated Releases | March 2017”

February Wrap Up | 2017

I am about to announce the most disastrous reading progress I’ve ever made! Are you ready?? In the month of February I read a total of three THREE books! That’s the least amount of books I’ve read in many many months and I am utterly ashamed of my poor effort.

Were they good books? Were they memorable? Did the amazing plots compensate for the poor amount? We shall find out! Continue reading “February Wrap Up | 2017”