WWW Wednesdays #263 – April 8th

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’m still going strong with my Magical Readathon reads! I’m currently reading The Sign Of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle for my Potions exam… I’m also reading my physical copy of The Outsider by Stephen King during the evenings for my Astronomy exam. I’m craving a contemporary though so I will probably read one in between.

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (4/5 stars) REVIEW 13/04
I’m trying to read more Agatha Christie books and I’ve been slowly working my way through the Hercule Poirot books… I really like his character and each meeting so far has without doubt been successful. The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd is no exception, and another very satisfying detective read.

2. Where She Went by Gayle Forman (4/5 stars) REVIEW 17/04
After taking years to finally pick up my copy of If I Stay, I decided to read the second book as soon as possible so I won’t forget about the details in the first. And as I was craving a contemporary, Where She Went seemed like the perfect fit for me… I’ve heard people saying that they enjoyed the sequel better than the first book, and I’m definitely joining that group now. While I liked the first book and was especially intrigued by the whole POV from an unconscious character, there was just something about Where She Went that made me enjoy Adam and Mia’s story even more.

3. Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris (2/5 stars) REVIEW 17/04
Wait, a vampire book on It’s All About Books?!?! Don’t worry, I’m still very much allergic to vampires, and I won’t be reading another one any time soon… I’ve learned from my mistakes. It’s just that somehow I actually really enjoyed the episodes I’ve seen of True Blood years ago and I remembered enjoying the first book back when I read it, so I had high hopes for the sequel as well. I guess I should have known… Sadly, the TV series is in this case so much better than the book!

4. Sister by Kjell Ola Dahl (4/5 stars) BLOG TOUR REVIEW 11/04
Look out for my review during my stop of the blog tour!

5. Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan (3/5 stars) REVIEW 10/04
I’m still not sure what to think to be honest… The first book was gothic, dark and glorious and I fully expected to love the sequel as well. I might have been better off with a reread of book one first, but the fact remains the foreign names can become rather confusing and I felt the plot was rather lacking here. Ruthless Gods definitely didn’t have that same spark as the first book sadly…

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

As I said before, I’m craving a contemporary so I’ll probably take a break from my Magical Readathon reads and pick up The Curious Charms Of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick as soon as I finish the Sherlock Holmes sequel. I’m also planning on reading Vox by Christina Dalcher soon as it’s the final book I need to complete exams needed for my career in the Magical Readathon... And I want to read my giveaway win The Waiting Rooms by Eve Smith soon as well as it sounds like the perfect read for these strange times. I also need to read The Apartment by K.L. Slater as the NG deadline is coming up.


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Stacking The Shelves #110 – April 4th

Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and 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!

Soooo… What has been the ARC damage since my last STS post two weeks ago? I guess I’ve been bad again… There were some NG titles I just couldn’t resist, and those include Emily Carpenter and K.L. Slater’s newest books. I was also over the moon to be approved for one of my most anticipated 2020 releases: the new Eddie Flynn! Guess who is going to do an Eddie Flynn series binge-read in May? So far for getting that pending NG ARC number below 5 again… xD

I also couldn’t resist joining up for two May Orenda blog tours; I’m excited to finally try Helen Fitzgerald’s work and The Creak On The Stairs is all on Eva and Kelly! Yes, I blame you both for wanting to read that one. 😉 And I also signed up for the blog tour for the new Kay Hunter, Turn To Dust, in July, but as there is no cover or blurb yet I’ve not mentioned it below. I’m so excited to meet up with one of my favorite detectives again though! ❤

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WWW Wednesdays #262 – April 1st

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?

It’s Magical Readathon month again! I’m currently reading The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie for my Herbology exam… I’ve been looking forward to meet up with Hercule Poirot again. I’m also starting Where She Went by Gayle Forman for my Arithmancy exam.

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. Find Her Alive by Lisa Regan (4,5/5 stars)  REVIEW 07/04
I know that I’m repeating myself, but that doesn’t mean it is less true: the Detective Josie Quinn series is one of my favorite detective series and every time I find out that a new installment is coming out it kind of feels like an early birthday present. It’s been a long and intense ride for Josie Quinn so far, and it seems like trouble keeps finding her in the small town where she works. I’m not complaining of course, as new trouble means a new Josie Quinn book and another rollercoaster thriller ride to look forward to. Find Her Alive is no exception, and is yet another excellent addition to the series. Book number eight is another firecracker!

2. Kilo by Toby Muse (4,5/5 stars) BLOG TOUR REVIEW 
Anyone who is interested in the Colombian drugs world should add this newly published non fiction account to their wishlist, as it turned out to be an absolutely fascinating read. Definitely one of the best drugs-related non fiction reads I’ve had the pleasure to read so far! Read more about my experience in my blog tour review posted earlier today.

3. And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott (4/5 stars) REVIEW 13/04
I’ve been meaning to try one of her books for ages now, and the blog tour of the Stephanie King sequel this month was a perfect excuse to finally do so. I definitely enjoyed my first experience with Rachel Abbott‘s writing, and And So It Begins was a more than satisfying read. More dark psychological thriller than detective thriller (something I didn’t expect), but well written and I’ll definitely be looking forward to read the sequel now.

4. The Lost Orphan (The Foundling) by Stacey Halls (4/5 stars) REVIEW 05/04
I confess I wasn’t that big of a fan of The Familiars last year, but I definitely had a lot more positive experience with her second book The Lost Orphan (also called The Foundling). I’m a fan of historical fiction and the both 18th century setting in London and the plot it self were excellently developed.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

Next up are four more titles for the Magical Readathon… First up is Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan as the publish date is coming close and I’ve been in the mood for fantasy. Next is Sister by Kjell Ola Dahl as the blog tour stop is coming closer… Afterwards, it’s guilty pleasure read with Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris. I’m not a fan of vampire reads at all, but somehow I love the True Blood TV series anyway and I had a great time with the first book of the series too. I also want to read the second Sherlock Holmes book The Sign Of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle.


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Magical Readathon: O.W.L.s 2020 TBR #OWLsReadathon2020

It’s Magical Readathon time again! I loved participating in these Harry Potter inspired readathons in previous years, so even though I’m taking things easy with all things blogging this year I just couldn’t resist signing up again. Especially as this readathon might be a distraction from these dark and strange times we are in right now… The Magical Readathons are all hosted by the wonderful Book Roast and you can find out more about this year’s O.W.L. edition in her video below.

The O.W.L.s start on the 1st of April and end on the 30th of April, which means a full month of reading to get those prompts and Hogwarts subjects finished. This is the second year of career choices; last year I managed to complete the O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s for the Magizoologist career, and this year I will be going for the Culinary Sorcerer career. I thought it would be a fitting one as I love cooking and baking in the first place!

Hogwarts subjects needed for the Culinary Sorcery career during the O.W.L.s: Arithmancy, Charms, Herbology & Potions.

As I’m taking things easier this year, I will mostly focus on getting those four subjects done first, but I have made a tentative TBR for all twelve subjects below just in case…

CULINARY SORCERER TBR

  • Arithmancy: magical qualities of number 2: balance/opposites – read something outside of your favorite genre WHERE SHE WENT BY GAYLE FORMAN
  • Charms: lumos maxima: white cover VOX BY CHRISTINA DALCHER
  • Herbology: mimbulus mimbletonia: title starts with an M THE MURDER GAME BY RACHEL ABBOTT
  • Potions: shrinking solution: book under 150 pages THE SIGN OF FOUR (SHERLOCK HOLMES) BY ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

OTHER HOGWARTS SUBJECTS TBR

  • Ancient Runes: heart rune: heart on cover or in title EVIL AT HEART BY CHELSEA CAIN
  • Astronomy: night classes: read majority of book when it’s dark outside SISTER BY KJELL OLA DAHL
  • Care Of Magical Creatures: hippogriffs: creature with a beak on the cover WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT BY ISABEL IBAÑEZ
  • Defense Against The Dark Arts: grindylows: book set at the sea/coast THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS BY M.L. STEDMAN

  • Divination: third eye: assign numbers to your TBR and use random number generator to pick your read THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE BY KATHERINE ARDEN
  • History Of Magic: witch hunts: book featuring witches/wizards RUTHLESS GODS BY EMILY A. DUNCAN
  • Muggle Studies: book from perspective of a muggle (contemporary) THE APARTMENT BY K.L. SLATER
  • Transfiguration: animagus lecture: book/series that includes shapeshifting LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS (SOOKIE STACKHOUSE) BY CHARLAINE HARRIS

Are you joining the challenge? Have you read any of the titles on my TBR? Any books I should make a priority?


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WWW Wednesdays #261 – March 25th

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’m currently reading Josie Quinn book number eight Find Her Alive by Lisa Regan… I have a weak spot for this series and I just couldn’t resist getting a copy of the newest on Netgalley. I’m also starting And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott in preparation for the blog tour of the sequel next month.

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. I Am Dust by Louise Beech (5/5 stars) BLOG TOUR REVIEW 18/04
Look out for my review during my stop of the blog tour!

2. She Has A Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be by J.D. Barker (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 28/03
She Has A Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be is as unique as its long title, and the right person will treasure this story as much as I did. I had a fantastic time reading every single chapter, and I never felt like the story was overlong or should have gone in a different direction. Big is in this case most definitely better! And this book has only reconfirmed to me J.D. Barker belongs on my list of favorite authors.

3. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (4,5/5 stars) NO REVIEW/REREAD
I definitely had a great time revisiting an old childhood favorite of mine. I loved Pippi when I was little and I must have read the book at least a dozen times back then… I remember loving the TV show too, and even dressing up as Pippi during carnaval once. She is a wonderful character most children will be able to connect to instantly!

4. Harry Potter Y Las Reliquias De La Muerte by J.K. Rowling (4,5/5 stars) NO REVIEW/REREAD
I finally completed my Spanish reread of the Harry Potter series! It had been too long since I last read the seventh Harry Potter book and I had forgotten about so many details… I always love revisiting this world and this has been no exception!

5. The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (5/5 stars) REVIEW 04/04
I still can’t believe it took me this long to read this story! I love bookish books and this is without doubt a new favorite. The writing, the bookish elements, the characters, the plot, even the romance… I loved it all.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I’m picking up the next Hercule Poirot The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd as soon as I finish my current reads… I also need to read the upcoming ARC The Lost Orphan (also known as The Foundling) by Stacey Halls soon. And I don’t think I will be able to resist John Marrs’ newest title What Lies Between Us either even though I have other ARCs I should probably read first haha. I’m also hoping to read Manhunters by Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña soon, as I have a weird interest in the war on drugs and I loved the Netflix series.


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COVER REVEAL: The Life We Almost Had – by Amelia Henley #coverreveal @MsAmeliaHenley @HQstories

Hello and welcome to this impromptu cover reveal party!! The wonderful Meggy at Chocolate’n’Waffles contacted me last night with the question if I wanted to help spread the cover reveal love for Louise Jensen‘s first venture into the romance genre under the name Amelia Henley… And how could I say no to two most lovely ladies?! I’ve been a huge fan of Louise Jensen‘s psychological thrillers ever since I read the first one and you simply cannot go wrong with her writing… So even though she has taken on a completely different genre and a new penname to match, I have no doubt that the result is another wonderful story. So what is this romance debut called? The title is The Life We Almost Had, and I will share the blurb next to further peak your interest:

This is not a typical love story, but it’s our love story.

 

Anna wasn’t looking for love when Adam swept her off her feet but there was no denying their connection, and she believed they would be together forever.

 

Years later, cracks have appeared in their relationship. Anna is questioning whether their love can really be eternal when a cruel twist of fate delivers a crushing blow, and Anna and Adam are completely lost to one another. Now, Anna needs Adam more than ever, but the way back to him has life-changing consequences.

Is a second chance at first love really worth the sacrifice? Anna needs to decide and time is running out…

 

A beautiful and emotional love story that asks, how far would you go for a second chance at first love? Perfect for fans of The Man Who Didn’t Call and Miss You.

 

But what about the cover? Are you curious yet how it will look like? I know I am! Are you ready?

Almost there!

What a lovely lovely cover! The font, the color combination, the contrast of the neutral background and color pops, the little details… Just wonderful. ❤

The Life We Almost Had will be hitting the stores on July 23rd 2020; make sure to mark the date in your calendar and add it to your wishlist if you enjoy the genre! And if you want to make sure you will be receiving your copy as soon as it’s published, I’ll leave the pre-order link for easy access. ❤

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Stacking The Shelves #109 – March 21st

Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and 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!

Let’s keep talking books to have something positive to look forward to in these strange and dark times… Argentina is under obligatory quarantine now too; you can only go outside to buy essentials and will be fined when caught breaking the quarantine for no reason. Or that is what they said was going to happen starting yesterday, but (at least where I live) people still don’t seem to get it… Sigh. I’ve been self isolating since Monday though; I only went outside the bare minimum to stock up and now I’m staying at home in the hope things will become better soon. It might have been a crappy and pretty lonely birthday on Thursday, but better safe than sorry! Stay safe and well everyone. ❤

Soooo… What has been the ARC damage since my last STS post two weeks ago? Not too bad overall, but I just couldn’t ignore the widget for Stacey Halls’ newest story The Lost Orphan (also known as The Foundling)… And I’ve been following Josie Quinn since book one, so of course I couldn’t resist getting book number eight as I don’t want to fall behind either. I also won an e-ARC of The Waiting Rooms on Twitter; the giveaway hosted by the wonderful Karen from Orenda Books. ❤ It definitely sounds like an on point read in these strange times!

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