2019 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge #NGEW2019


I joined this challenge in 2017 and 2018 and both years it turned out to be a big success. I managed to read no less than 108! NG ARCs last year and 16 other ARCs; way more than I planned and in a way I’m hoping I’ll be less successful in 2019. Why? I want to finally read more backlist titles as well… Let’s see if I can find a healthy balance in 2019. This yearly challenge is currently hosted at Reading Between The Pages.

Challenge Guidelines

  • The challenge runs from January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. There is no deadline to signup.
  • Everyone is welcome to participate – you do not need to have a blog.
  • Any genre, release date, length, etc. counts, it just needs to be a book from NetGalley or Edelweiss.
  • Books can count for more than one challenge that you are participating in.
  • If you want to move up or down a level – go for it!
  • The first day of each month I will post a monthly “link-up” for you to link your reviews. If you forget one month, no worries, just catch up the next month.
  • Questions: Feel free to leave a comment below or use the contact page at the top of this post.
  • Hashtag: #NGEW2019

The Levels

Bronze – 10 Books

Silver – 25 Books

Gold – 50 Books

Platinum – 75 Books

Diamond – 100 Books

I will be going for 50 books, which I hope will be doable. I currently have a whopping 17 NG books pending (plus a bunch of other ARCs) and a 94% ratio, so we’ll see how things go I guess.

Have you joined this challenge? What are your goals? Feel free to comment. 🙂


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January 2019 TBR

I am shocked that in only two days I will have to start typing 2019 and this year is officially over. Where did 2018 go? I’m posting my January 2019 TBR a bit early this year, because I’m not sure in what state I will be on the first. 😉 December turned out to be a super busy month and I didn’t read as much as previous months… Probably why I didn’t read all the titles on my December TBR. All three remaining titles passed straight to the next month though.

>>> Find a complete list of my TBR on Goodreads <<<

I was hoping to start reading my own books in 2019, but I have so many pending ARCs that that just isn’t in the cards for now. Most of my January TBR is made out of ARCs, with a few backlist titles thrown in to mix things up. Although I’ll probably end up more backlist titles in the end. 😉

# TBR #

  • The Winter Sister by Megan Collins (336 pages) NETGALLEY
  • Artemis by Andy Weir (305 pages)
  • How To Experience Death For Beginners by Jessica Branton (330 pages) ARC
  • End Of The Lie by Diana Rodriguez Wallach (? pages) NETGALLEY
  • Mala Vida by Marc Fernandez (288 pages) NETGALLEY

  • The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager (384 pages)
  • We Told Six Lies by Victoria Scott (352 pages) NETGALLEY
  • The Insect Farm by Stuart Prebble (320 pages)
  • The Familiars by Stacy Halls (352 pages) NETGALLEY
  • Here And Now And Then by Mike Chen (384 pages) NETGALLEY

Have you read any of these and/or do you recommend them?


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2019 When Are You Reading? Challenge

I had a lot of fun during the previous four years (click to see lists for 2015 , 2016, 2017 and 2018), so of course I couldn’t resist signing up again for next year. This challenge is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about reading books either published or set in different time periods… The perfect way of reading books of different eras!

She made a slight change to the early eras for 2019, which suits me perfectly because I’ve always had trouble to find titles for the pesky 1600s era. The complete challenge will include 12 books from the eras. Below I will be adding the titles I have managed to read for each era, and again I will do things differently and not add every book to the list, just one or two for each era depending on the color each title has. I have divided my reads into two categories: books by publish date and books by setting. When the setting is not specified or is roughly the same as the publish date, I will use this color.

>> Last updated May 26th 2019 <<

  • Pre 1300
    # Song Of Sacrifice – by Janell Rhiannon (1295-1251 BCE)
    # Circe – by Madeline Miller (before 8th century BCE)
  • 1300-1499
    # Bright We Burn – by Kiersten White (1454)
    # The Pumilio Child – by Judy McInerney (1457-1459)
  • 1500-1699
    # The Familiars – by Stacey Halls (1612)
  • 1700-1799
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  • 1800-1899
    # Smoke And Key – by Kelsey Sutton (1895/1910)
  • 1900-1919
    # The Murmur Of Bees – by Sofia Segovia (1910-1930)
    # Romanov – by Nadine Brandes (1918)
  • 1920-1939
    # The Murder On The Links – by Agatha Christie (1923)
    # The Painted Veil – by W. Somerset Maugham (1925)
    # We Are Of Dust – by Clare Coombes (1938-1939)
    # The Big Sleep – by Raymond Chandler (1939)
  • 1940-1959
    # The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society – by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (1946)
  • 1960-1979
    # A Wrinkle In Time – by Madeleine D’Engle (1962)
    # The Insect Farm – by Stuart Prebble (1959-1972)
    # Daisy Jones & The Six – by Taylor Jenkins Reid (1966-1979)
  • 1980-1999
    # The BFG – by Roald Dahl (1982)
    # Tell The Wolves I’m Home – by Carol Rifka Brunt (1987)
    # The Fourth Courier – by Timothy Jay Smith (1992)
  • 2000-Present
    # The Travelling Cat Chronicles – by Hiro Arikawa (2012)
    # Finding Grace – by K.L. Slater (2019)
    # What The Wind Knows – by Amy Harmon (2019)
  • The Future
    # The Fever King – by Victoria Lee (2074/2122)
    # Here And Now And Then – by Mike Chen (2142)

Currently 11 out of 12 time periods read.


Have you joined this challenge this year? Do you tend to read a lot of books set or published in different eras? Feel free to comment! 🙂


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ARC REVIEW: Bridge To Burn – by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett

Title: Bridge To Burn
(Detective Kay Hunter #7)
Author: Rachel Amphlett
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
First published: January 13th 2019
Publisher: Saxon Publishing
Finished reading: December 25th 2018
Pages: 360

” ‘Two steps forward, one step back,’ said Carys. ‘It’s like the murder investigation version of bloody tango,’ said Barnes.”

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

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Detective Kay Hunter has quickly grown into a new favorite series and character of mine this year. I’m sure you’ve seen me mentioning this series numerous times during 2018, and I’m sure this won’t stop in the future. Why? Every single book so far has been a complete hit for me, of a consistent quality and well written story after story after story. Bridge To Burn is already book number seven and trust me, if you are a detective thriller fan and haven’t tried this series yet, you have been seriously missing out. Bridge To Burn is yet another winner and I loved every single minute of it. Make sure to have your schedule clear, because you will want to read it in one sitting if possible! Kay Hunter is one of my favorite detective characters and reading about her adventures is like returning to and old friend. The writing is excellent, the plot was once again intriguing and the main characters will win over your heart all over again. There are lots of twists and turns to consider and Bridge To Burn has just the right dose of suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat. And honestly, this series in general just has it all.

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

When a mummified body is found in a recently renovated building, detective Kay Hunter and her team are called in to discover what happened and who was behind the crime. It turns out to be a far more complicated investigation than initially expected… And includes men who will do anything to protect their business interests. Kay Hunter and her team will have to tread carefully to discover the truth before it’s too late…

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It’s always a wonderful feeling meeting up with an old favorite again, and that is exactly what I feel every time I get to spend more time with detective Kay Hunter. This series has quickly become one of my favorites and I can highly recommend it to any fan of the genre. If you enjoy reading detective thrillers, getting to know Kay Hunter is a must! Every single book so far has been well written with intriguing plots, interesting and easy to like characters and just the right amount of suspense and plot twists. What is not to like? Trust me, you don’t want to miss out…


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YVO’S SHORTIES #70 – The Deal Of A Lifetime & Down Among The Sticks And Bones

Time for another round of Yvo’s Shorties! This time around a Christmas themed novella by one of my favorite authors and a sequel I have been meaning to read for a while. The first, The Deal Of A Lifetime, surprisingly turned out to be kind of a disappointment, while the second, Down Among The Sticks And Bones, definitely did deliver.


Title: The Deal Of A Lifetime
Author: Fredrik Backman

Genre: Novella, Fiction, Contemporary
First published: October 31st 2017
Publisher: Atria Books
Finished reading: December 17th 2018
Pages: 96

“A second is always a second; that’s the one definitive value we have on earth.”


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I’m a big fan of Fredrik Backman’s books and I really needed to start reading more Christmas themed stories, so I thought this would be a perfect fit… But I guess it just wasn’t ment to be. Why? I have to say I was very surprised to have a less than positive reaction to the novella, especially since I seem to love his stories in general. I admit the story is clever in a way, but somehow I wasn’t able to connect to the characters or writing and the plot was all over the place. The Deal Of A Lifetime has an interesting premise, but this time around the author failed to hit the mark for me. Such a shame, because I really thought I would be adding another favorite!


Title: Down Among The Sticks And Bones
(Wayward Children #2)
Author: Seanan McGuire

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Horror
First published: June 13th 2017
Publisher: Tor
Finished reading: December 21st 2018
Pages: 190

“Children have preferences. The danger comes when they, as with any human, are denied those preferences for too long.”


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I fell in love with Every Heart A Doorway earlier this year and I have been meaning to read the sequels ever since. I have been looking forward to learn more about the background of some of the characters, and Jack and Jill were definitely among those I was most curious about. And there is no doubt that Down Among The Sticks And Bones without doubt delivers that. I gives you both their background story and a very detailed description of both their world and what happened during their stay. The whole idea of them being twins and roles being forced on them is disturbing, but fascinating. And it’s probably one of the few times vampires are involved in a story and I don’t really mind. This is quite a dark read, fit with the image we received in the first book of the characters. I really enjoyed reading it, although I did prefer book number one… But that doesn’t take away I’m looking forward to continue the series soon.


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WWW Wednesdays #202 – December 26th

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?

I’ve finally picked up Outlander again and I’m making good progress so far. I’m over a third into the story now, and I’m very much enjoying the experience despite the somewhat steamy scenes. I’m hoping to finish it before the weekend! As soon as I do, I’ll be continuing The Girl Without Skin by Mads Peder Nordbo, a Nordic crime translation that sounds really good and might be good to distract me from the 35+°C temperatures we’re having right now.

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 
A Boy Called Christmas is the perfect Holiday season read for children and adults alike, and also perfect for reading out loud to the younger ones. Matt Haig’s writing style is spot on. Funny, entertaining, engaging and easy to read; you will find yourself turning pages admiring both the story the author has been able to create and looking at those adorable illustrations which connect really well with the plot.

2. Down Among The Sticks And Bones by Seanan McGuire (4/5 stars) REVIEW 27/12
I have been looking forward to learn more about the background of some of the characters, and Jack and Jill were definitely among those I was most curious about. And there is no doubt that Down Among The Sticks And Bones without doubt delivers that. I gives you both their background story and a very detailed description of both their world and what happened during their stay. The whole idea of them being twins and roles being forced on them is disturbing, but fascinating.

3. The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 
The Girl Who Saved Christmas is without doubt a worthy sequel. I admit it took me a little while to get into the story, but that was probably mostly me and not the book itself. The writing is just as spot on as in the first and third book, and I’m adding Matt Haig to my list of authors I need to read more of ASAP. His middle grade writing is absolutely adorable with just the right amount of humor and spark to give it that special feel.

4. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (4/5 stars) REVIEW 30/12
There is no doubt that Liane Moriarty knows how to write an intriguing mystery that goes out with a huge bang. I liked how she kept what happened that fatal night a secret in such a way that you don’t have a clue about the who or why until the final bombshell is dropped. I definitely didn’t see the ending coming! The plot is both intricate and well constructed and part of the reason this story is such a success. There is a lot of drama and some of it was a bit farfetched, but the ending definitely makes up for it.

5. Bridge To Burn by Rachel Amphlett (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 28/12
Detective Kay Hunter has quickly grown into a new favorite of mine this year, and book number seven is no different. I loved every single minute of this ride and fans of the series won’t be disappointed. If you enjoy reading detective thrillers, this one is a must! Excellent written, interesting plots, interesting main characters who will win over your heart, twists and turns and just the right dose of suspense… This series has it all.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I’m hoping to finally pick up A Spark Of Light by Jodi Picoult next, although I do have a pile of ARCs pending… Here And Now And Then by Mike Chen and Mala Vida by Marc Fernandez are up next. My newest TBR jar pick is still The Insect Farm by Stuart Prebble.


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20 Priority Titles In 2019

First of all: Happy Holidays to all of you!! I hope everyone has been having a wonderful time so far. ❤ ❤ It’s not my favorite season in the world and I still can’t get used to the whole Christmas in the middle of the summer thing even after eight years, but at least the food sort of makes up for it. 😉

With the year almost being over it’s not just time to think about all the books I did read, but also about all those books I wasn’t able to get to in 2018. I’ve decided to put together a list of 20 titles I will be giving a priority in the first months of 2019. I’m sure I will end up mixing it up with other titles as well and there are a ton more I also want to read, but I guess I’ll have to start somewhere right?

So what has been high on my radar, but I wasn’t able to read in 2018? Find out below…

# Us Against You by Fredrik Backman (448 pages). I’m a huge fan of his work and have enjoyed every single story so far. While Beartown wasn’t one of my absolute favorites, I’m still looking forward to read the sequel soon.
# Muse Of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (514 pages). Strange The Dreamer is one of the few full 5 star reads I had in 2018, so I’m still not sure how I slipped up and didn’t read the sequel yet. I guess the good thing is that I have something to look forward to in 2019 now…
# Smoke In The Sun by Renee Ahdie (408 pages). Again, I loved the first book, so I’m not sure why I haven’t read the sequel yet… I’m definitely reading this one soon.
# Next Year In Havana by Chanel Cleeton (361 pages). I like historical fiction set in foreign countries, and there is just something about this title that makes me want to read it soon.
# Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (384 pages). I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this title that I just haven’t got another option but try and find time for it. I’m looking forward to this one!


# The Death Of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware (368 pages). I have been meaning to read another of her books for months now… I have more than one still pending, but I’ve decided to pick up her newest first.
# I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara (352 pages). I enjoy reading non fiction and true crime, and I’ve heard a lot of great things about this one. Looking forward to it!
# Exquisite by Sarah Stovell (300 pages). I have been meaning to read this one for a long time, so I’m excited to be finally doing so soon!
# The Woman In The Window by A.J. Finn (449 pages). There has been a lot of hype around this one, so I’m curious what I will make of it now almost a year has passed.
# The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager (384 pages). His first book Final Girls suffered from the hype for me, so I decided to stay away from his second book for a while and wait until the hype died down a bit. I’m curious to see what I will make of it now!


# The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (406 pages). I’ve been meaning to read one of her books for a long time, and I’ve decided to start with this one.
# Circe by Madeline Miller (393 pages). I still can’t believe I haven’t read this one yet! I loved The Song Of Achilles and I’ve been wanting to try more of her work ever since.
# Fruit Of The Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (304 pages). The cover, the blurb, the setting… Everything just screams at me to be read, and I’m definitely doing so soon.
# What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera (437 pages). Of course I have to read this story written by two of my favorite YA authors… Hopefully some time soon.
# I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (327 pages). I’ve been meaning to read this memoir ever since it came out, so hopefully I can remedy this in 2019.


# Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell (359 pages). I have been meaning to read more of her books and this one is next on the list.
# More Than This by Patrick Ness (480 pages). I’ve been saying I was going to read this one for ages! I need to do so in 2019.
# A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews (282 pages). I was going to read this debut by one of our fellow book bloggers in 2018, but time got away… I’m doing so in 2019 though.
# The Boy On The Bridge by M.R. Carey (392 pages). Melanie is one of my all time favorite characters, so I’m still not sure why I haven’t picked up the sequel yet.
# VOX by Christina Dalcher (336 pages). I’ve heard a lot of great things about this one, so I’m looking forward to discover what I make of it.


Have you read any of these titles yourself or do you want to? Any titles I should give extra priority to?


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