Friday Finds #101 – September 30th

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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! 😀

My finds:

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Books I’ve Read While I Was Away: Part 2

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Find Part 1 here. I had quite some free time to read during my trip, and I managed to finish a lot of books including A Dance With Dragons, which is HUGE. In this second part you can find a list of the last nine books I’ve read during my weeks away; each with a short review. Full reviews will be coming up during the next couple of weeks as I write them!

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10. The Final Trade by Joe Hart
11. A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin
12. Careless In Red by Elizabeth George (DNF)
13. The Private School Murders by James Patterson
14. Fallen Mangrove by Wayne Stinnett
15. The Honor Was Mine by Elizabeth Healey
16. Taal Is Zeg Maar Echt Mijn Ding by Paulien Cornelisse
17. The Girls by Lisa Jewell
18. The Hope That Kills by Ed James

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ARC REVIEW: The Universe Of Us – by Lang Leav

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Title: The Universe Of Us
Author: Lang Leav

Genre: Poetry, Contemporary, Romance
First published: October 4th 2016
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Finished reading: August 12th 2016
Pages: 184
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“I know there is a terrible distance between us. But our bodies are made of stardust, and we are hurtling through space and time, toward the most beautiful collision.”

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

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I admit I normally don’t read a lot of poetry, but I like trying out different genres out of my comfort zone every once in a while. I read Lang Leav‘s other poetry bundle Memories last year and I enjoyed her writing style, so when I saw this new collection at Netgalley I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did, because I ended up enjoying The Universe Of Us even better than the collection I’ve read last year. It might just be because it was a lot easier to connect to the love-inspired poetry, especially since I’m very much in love myself… But what I can say is that I now have a lot of highlights with beautiful quotes stored on my phone. The poetry is beautifully written and both easy to read and easy to relate to. And yes, that is the case even if you’re not an hopeless romantic… Trust me, I’m talking out of experience. If you are looking for a great contemporary romance poetry collection, make sure you give The Universe Of Us a go. You won’t regret it.

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This completely new collection of poetry talks about love and loss, hope and hurt and being lost and found, all inspired by the wonders of the universe. Planets, stars and constellations are all featured throughout the bundle and the poems bring forth powerful emotions and personal experiences that seem to evoke universal feelings.

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If you are looking for a beautifully written and accessible poetry collection, The Universe Of Us is the perfect option. The poetry is both easy to read and relate to since the poems are mostly about universal emotions and personal experiences. Even if you are not a big fan of romantic poems, this bundle might still be interesting to give a go. Especially since Lang Leav will most likely be able to convince you anyway with her powerful writing.

WWW Wednesdays #104 – September 28th

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WWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I started reading Empire Of Storms by Sarah J. Maas a few days ago despite the mixed reviews, and I think the warnings have paid off because I’m enjoying this fifth book better than I thought I would so far. I’m also about to start another pending ARC: Ivy Feckett Is Looking For Love by Jay Spencer Green. So many pending books, so little time!

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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I’m not going to mention all the books I’ve finished since my last WWW post because that would be a looooong list haha. I’m glad to be back!

* The first book I finished since last week is Trouble Is A Friend Of Mine by Stephanie Tromly. This book was recommended to me in the past and while the whole plot and story was a bit too absurd and unbelievable, somehow I still managed to enjoy reading it. I’m not sure if I actually like the main characters though…
* I then read one of my ARCs: Engaged By Danger by Barbara Venkataraman. It’s the fourth book of a cozy mystery series and definitely just what I needed. The perfect easy and entertaining read for fans of the genre!
* I also finished We’re All Mad Here by Claire Eastham, which I requested on Netgalley on a whim. It turned out to be a really interesting read that is both easy to read, funny and has some interesting pointers for those who want to learn more about social anxiety. (As an introvert, I could really relate to some of the author’s stories.)

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I need to tackle my ARC pile ASAP, so I’m going to try and read both Faithful by Alice Hoffman and Lemon Sting by Collin Henderson next. I also want to read Ink And Bone by Rachel Caine; a series that has been on my wishlist for quite some time now. A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas is still my latest TBR jar pick… I know, I know: I should have read that one ages ago, but somehow I haven’t been feeling like rereading ACOTAR first even though I loved it the first time around.

Teaser Tuesdays #107 – September 27th: Empire Of Storms

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Books And A Beat. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

I have to admit I was going to read ACOMAF first… But since that ment I had to reread ACOTAR first and ACOMAF is supposedly better than the fifth Throne Of Glass book, I decided to pick up Empire Of Storms first. I was warned by several reviews that there was going to be a high dose of romance and that’s definitely the most irritating part of the sequel so far, but I’m enjoying it better than I thought I would. Then again, I’m only about a third into the book, so things might change later on?!

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My teaser (31%):

“This was bad. Undeniably bad. Rowan’s magic frayed apart as he worked to keep the shields around him and Dorian intact.”

What are you reading right now?

Newest ARCs (and other titles)

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I talked about my recent ‘Dutch’ book haul last week, and now it’s time to review my most recent (Netgalley) ARCs and other titles. I’m a bit behind with my ARC reviews since I have been away for the last six weeks or so, but I did manage to read at least 4 of the pending Netgalley titles during my trip. I really need to do a review-a-thon soon to get rid of the enormous pile of pending reviews! 😉

# Netgalley ARCs I’ve already read #

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# Pending Netgalley ARCs #

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# ARCs sent by author #

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# Read With Tessa Giveaway #

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That’s it for this post! I have a bunch of new titles on my kindle as well, but this post is too long as it is. 😉

Have a great week everyone!

Books I’ve Read While I Was Away: Part 1

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I had quite some free time to read during my trip, and I managed to finish a lot of books including A Dance With Dragons, which is HUGE. In this first part is a list of the first nine books I’ve read during my weeks away; each with a short review. Full reviews will be coming up during the next couple of weeks as I write them!

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  1. The Universe Of Us by Lang Leav
  2. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
  3. Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young
  4. Dead To You by Lisa McMann
  5. Secret Letters by Leah Scheier
  6. Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  7. The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
  8. Anna And The Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
  9. Memoirs Of A Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

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Friday Finds #100 – September 23rd

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FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at Babs Book Bistro and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during (in this case) the last weeks 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! 😀

My finds:

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Dutch Book Haul

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As I said in my post yesterday, I was able to get quite a few books while I was spending time in the Netherlands. I discovered my Dutch is just as terrible as I thought it was, so I decided to buy books in Dutch so I can practise at home. No more excuse that I can’t get Dutch books in Argentina haha. I also got three other books just because I could. They were a pain to fit into my backpack though. 😉

 # Books by ‘foreign’ authors translated to Dutch #

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Four of the Dutch titles I bought are actually translations… All of them were either already on my TBR or in the case of The Nightcircus I already read it in English. And even better: I got three of them (Sister was free!) for just €5 and Fragile Things is a hardcover! ❤

  • Het Nachtcircus (The Nightcircus) by Erin Morgenstern
  • Zusje (Sister) by Rosamund Lupton
  • De IJzerkoning (The Iron King) by Julie Kawaga
  • Alles Is Breekbaar (Fragile Things) by Neil Gaiman

# Books by Dutch authors #

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I have read books by the first two authors during high school and the third book sounded really good, so I decided to add these to my Dutch collection as well.

  • Het Laatste Offer by Simone Van Der Vlught
  • Moederkruid by Carry Slee
  • Taal Is Zeg Maar Echt Mijn Ding by Paulien Cornelisse

# Other books #

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I definitely still prefer reading in English and these offers were just too good to resist. You can never have enough books anyway right? 😉

  • Light by M. John Harrison
  • The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
  • The Girls by Lisa Jewell

That’s it for the physical book haul! I will be putting together another post with my newest ARCs and other ebooks soonish.

Happy reading! ❤

I’m baaaack!! (sort of)

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Like the title says: I’m back in business!! 😀 Ok, technically I got back last week, but things are still quite busy so today is the first time I’ve been able to properly sit down and blog again. And I’m definitely glad to be back home!

Lots of things happened since my last post… I was in the Netherlands for about three weeks, with lots and lots of spare time to read outside when I wasn’t doing paperwork. Everything went a lot faster than expected so yay! I also made use of my free time to get myself some new books; 7 of them in Dutch (so I can practise since nobody I tried to talk to believed I was actually Dutch haha). Also, I got a new tattoo! I’ve been wanting to for a while now, and I’m happy with how it turned out. 🙂

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I didn’t travel back home straight away though. Together with my hubby we decided to go on a mini vacation to the Iguazu Falls instead and the national park was just as breathtaking as the first time around. Also, my tattoo butterfly got to meet her inspiration!

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I will be putting together a few posts together soon, including book haul, arc haul, books I’ve read while I was away and pending book reviews. Hopefully things will be back to normal by next weekend!

I hope everyone is doing great; I’ve missed you all!