It’s All About Books



IT’S ALL ABOUT BOOKS… Well, at least books have an important role of my life. They form a way to escape reality; for me to enter a different world. A place where everything is possible, only limited by the imagination of its writer. Like someone famous once said: ‘Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body‘.

I’ve been reading ever since I was three years old, devouring books by dozens at my hometown library. I continued reading all the way through high school, and later decided to study Spanish Language And Culture and read some more. A few years ago I started travelling, and that’s when the idea came up to start keeping track of the books I’ve read… Hence this blog It’s All About Books was born, with reviews of all the books I’ve been reading since November 2012.

Before I leave I would like to say that I’m always looking for new books to add to my TBR list, and I would love any recommendations you might think of. I’m trying to broaden my literary horizon, so I’m open to practically any literary genre…🙂

Listing The Reading


listingthereading Below you can find a complete list of the books I’ve been reading since November 2012 in reading order…  Please note that I’m in the process of improving my blog and reviews, and only reviews with link and rating are to be considered up-to-standard. I’m hoping to finish the improvements as soon as possible…

>>>For easy browsing, also check out the lists of reviews by AUTHOR, RATINGTITLE and SERIES.<<<

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ARC REVIEW: But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan! – by Kristy Turner


Title: But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan!
Author: Kristy Turner

Genre: Non Fiction, Food, Cookbook
Expected Publication: November 15th 2016
Publisher: The Experiment
Finished reading: September 28th 2016
Pages: 336
Rating 4qqq

One thing to keep in mind (and to remind your family members) is that your vegan version is not going to taste like chicken (or whatever food they like and/or are expecting). Mostly because it’s not chicken. That’s the whole point.

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and The Experiment in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***


I have to be honest when I say is that I will probably never be a vegan. While I have been eating less meat and more vegetarian/vegan dishes during the last few years, I could never give up meat altogether (and more importantly: CHEESE!!). Still, I always love browsing vegetarian and vegan recipes, especially since I’m always trying to prepare them at least two to three days a week. But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan! turned out to be a little goldmine. Not only are the personal bits and recipe introductions hilarious, but the recipes themselves are easy to understand and follow. I’m not sure if I will be able to actually prepare all of them as some ingredients are not easy/impossible to buy down here in Argentina, but I am looking forward to try my hands on quite a few of them soon. I loved the chapter division as well; tackling a different group of ‘difficult’ relatives and friends in each one. My favorites were probably the easy weeknight solutions, ‘meat and potatoes’ eaters, kids chapter and desserts. Thank you Kirsty Turner for giving me so many new recipes to try! I will be looking forward to the reactions of my ‘guinea pigs’.


Going vegan is a highly personal decision. But once you made your choice, what happens when you dine with the rest of your family and friends? A lot of people are skeptical when it comes to vegan food and cooking vegan can present its own challenges. With this new cookbook, even the most skeptical relatives will be begging for seconds. Each chapter tackles a different group of people to convince and they all have a variety of recipes to choose from. From elaborate vegan dinners, easy weeknight solutions and special ‘child-proof’ recipes: But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan! deals with them all with easy-to-follow and delicious recipes.


Even though I’m not a vegan myself, I can still see myself preparing quite a few recipes mentioned in But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan! The recipes are easy to follow and most of them have ingredients that won’t be too difficult to get your hands on. The personal experiences and funny introductions to the chapters and recipes made me want to read each and every recipe. Hilarious! I also appreciated the information about different ingredients and how to prepare them in the beginning of the book. All in all definitely a cookbook to keep in mind even if you’re not a vegan.

ARC REVIEW: We’re All Mad Here – by Claire Eastham


Title: We’re All Mad Here
Author: Claire Eastham

Genre: Non Fiction, Psychology, Self Help
First published: November 21st 2016
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Finished reading: September 25th 2016
Pages: 200
Rating 4qqq

“If you have scars from the past, then bear them. We spend so much time trying to ignore pain, when sometimes the best way to heal is to release it.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Jessica Kingsley Publishers in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***


When I was browsing Netgalley a while back, this title really caught my eye and not only because of the colorful cover. Let’s just say I’m an introvert myself and while I don’t think I actually have social anxiety, this guide written by Claire Eastham is without doubt really interesting. We’re All Mad Here, or The No-Nonsense Guide To Living With Social Anxiety as the author put it, is all about explaining what exactly it implies to be diagnosed with social anxiety and what can be done to make it easier to live with it. It shows that the author knows what she is talking about (she has social anxiety herself), and I could really appreciate the personal experiences she decided to include in this guide. The prose is easy to read and the whole story has a healthy dose of humor as well despite the more serious topic. And while We’re All Mad Here might not be the most complete guide out there, I think has quite a few interesting pointers for those who don’t know much about social anxiety. Recommended!


Social anxiety is more common than people think and can take on many different forms. From physical symptoms, distressing thoughts, insecurity to self-doubt, they all make a person want to avoid social situations and things will become worse over time. This guide explains what social anxiety exactly is, why it happens and how to improve your situation. It’s a guide that will help you beat social anxiety matter if it is related to school, university, work, social media or parties and dates. Honest insights about the author’s own social anxiety are mixed with a healthy dose of humor and many tips on how to make things better.


I like reading non fiction every once in a while and this social anxiety guide is without doubt an interesting read. We’re All Mad Here mixes the author’s own experiences living with social anxiety with general information about what it exactly is and why it happens in the first place. It turned out to be a really interesting read that is both easy to read, funny and has interesting pointers for those who want to learn more about the topic.

ARC REVIEW: Engaged In Danger – by Barbara Venkataraman


Title: Engaged In Danger
(A Jamie Quinn Mystery #4)
Author: Barbara Venkataraman

Genre: Mystery, Suspense
First published: September 11th 2015
Finished reading: September 24th 2016
Pages: 242
Rating 3,5qqq

“I believe people are like Rubik’s Cubes – many different sides, but only one side showing at a time. We keep that crazy mixed-up side hidden, like the dark side of the moon.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***


I enjoyed reading the first three books of the Jamie Quinn Mystery series a while back, so I was excited when the author offered the fourth book of this cozy mystery series in exchange for a review as well. And Engaged In Danger was exactly what I needed at the moment I decided to start reading it. Like the first three stories, this one is another fast-paced and entertaining cozy mystery. The third story (Peril In The Park) is still my absolute favorite, but this one isn’t far behind when it comes to the plot and balance between the case and Jamie’s personal life. I don’t think Engaged In Danger should be read as a stand-alone since Jamie’s character develops quite a lot during the series and some of the references to earlier cases will probably not be understood. But if you are looking for an easy and entertaining cozy mystery, I can definitely recommend reading this series!


WARNING: Possible spoilers! Please don’t read this summary if you haven’t read the first three books of this series yet. I’ll keep the summary super short but it’s impossible to keep it completely spoiler-free…

Family law attorney Jamie Quinn finally seems to have managed to get her life back on track… She is working to get her father his visa to travel back to the US and she is more than happy with her boyfriend. Her law practice is doing great as well, but when she reluctantly agrees to take on a high-profile divorce case everything seems to fall apart. It first looked like a great opportunity to work together with her friend Grace, but their client’s soon-to-be ex-husband is more dangerous than they could have imagined… And the case soon turns into a deadly game that might destroy more than their friendship.


If you like reading cozy mysteries, you will probably really enjoy reading this series including its fourth book Engaged In Danger. It’s the perfect mixed of contemporary, romance, legal thriller and PI work; easy and fun to read and fast-paced as well. Jamie’s character develops quite a lot during the series and it’s interesting to follow her over time. Recommended!

Stacking The Shelves #1 – Newest ARCs


I’ve decided to finally join this meme officially, which is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I have been unable to resist requesting new Netgalley books lately, so basically I’m drowning in a pool of ARCs right now haha. They all sound so good though!

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I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

BOOK REVIEW: Trouble Is A Friend Of Mine – by Stephanie Tromly


Title: Trouble Is A Friend Of Mine
(Trouble #1)
Author: Stephanie Tromly
Genre: YA, Mystery, Contemporary
First published: August 4th 2015
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Finished reading: September 21st 2016
Pages: 352
Rating 3qqq

“Preparing to survive a typical day of being Digby’s friend wasn’t that different from preparing to survive the apocalypse.”


While I was browsing books, I remembered someone had recommended this title to me some time last year. I thought it sounded like a fun read, so I decided to give Trouble Is A Friend Of Mine a go. And now I’ve finished it, I’m not sure what to make of it. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy reading it, but there is no doubt that the whole plot and story just is a bit too absurd and over the top for me. I feel like this book is trying too hard… Either way the plot just isn’t credible and doesn’t make any sense. I’m also having mixed thoughts about the main characters and I’m not sure I actually like them… That said, somehow I still managed to enjoy reading the story. It might be the prose, it might be the fast pace, it might be the weirdness of it all, but Trouble Is A Friend Of Mine is without doubt entertaining. If you like unpredictable contemporaries with a dash of humor, this would be an excellent choice.


After her parents get divorced, Zoe moves with her mother from Brooklyn to upstate New York. She is determined to get back to the city and transfer to the elite private school her father wants her to go to. But then she meets Philip Digby, and he is by no means an ordinary guy. Zoe soon finds herself in a series of both hilarious and dangerous situations just by being a friend of Digby’s. Digby wants to find the kidnapper of a local teenage girl, because the kidnapper might know something about the disappearance of his little sister eight years ago. But helping Digby comes at a cost, and Zoe will have to step out of her comfort zone if she wants to keep up.


I thought I was going to enjoy Trouble Is A Friend Of Mine better than I actually did, but the plot just was a little too absurd to my taste. It felt almost like the story and their characters were trying too hard to be funny and original. That said, it’s still a superfast read and I actually ended up enjoying it despite the crazy ride. If you like weird books with a lot of unpredictable situations, this book is definitely for you.

Friday Finds #104 – October 21st


FRIDAY FINDS showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last week and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. Below a selection of my newest additions; click on the book descriptions to go to its Goodreads page! 😀

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ARC REVIEW: The Hope That Kills – by Ed James


Title: The Hope That Kills
(DI Fenchurch #1)
Author: Ed James

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
First published: September 1st 2016
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Finished reading: September 17th 2016
Pages: 366
Rating 3,5qqq

“He didn’t look like a hot-blooded killer, but then who did?”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***


Those who know me are probably already aware of the fact that it’s really hard for me to say no to a proper crime thriller. When I saw The Hope That Kills mentioned I ended up giving in and requesting it at Netgalley, and now I’ve read it I’m glad I did. This first book of a new detective series is without doubt an action-packed thriller that reads like a train. The case they are investigating is interesting enough even though some of the plot twists and developments did seem to be a bit farfetched. The main character Fenchurch is a bit of a detective cliche with his messed up private life and all, and I think the story in general lacks a bit of originality. Also, there is quite some colorful language and slang included in the story, which might or might not slow you down a little. That said, The Hope That Kills is without doubt still a fast-paced and entertaining read any crime thriller lover will enjoy reading.


The body of a young woman is found on the streets of East London without any ID on her. DI Simon Fenchurch is in charge of the investigation, and he is struggling to both identify her and find out who brutally murdered her. They are faced with cruel indifference during their investigation, since nobody seems to care about yet another dead prostitute. Fenchurch is still haunted by the memory of his missing daughter even after ten years, and is determined to find justice for the murdered young woman. Then a second body is discovered, and things are getting more and more complicated. There seems to be something a whole lot more complex and bigger going on than just another random murder…


I’m a sucker for crime thrillers and even though The Hope That Kills lacks originality, it is without doubt still an highly entertaining and fast-paced read. The case is interesting enough although the sex trade theme (as well as the colorful language and slang) might turn some people off. If you’re not bothered by those and don’t mind meeting another cliche detective main character, make sure to add this new series to your wishlist.