Month In Review: March 2017

I can’t believe it’s April already… The first full month of autumn and the weather has been playing up accordingly. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind for those suffocating 35+¬ļC days to be gone, but I really detest those cold winter months… Sigh. March was a great month though with a lot of positive personal things happening; the highlights being my birthday and the arrival of a new furry family member Lila. And yes, it’s the same one who is currently playing on my lap and trying to make it impossible for me to finish this post. xD

Bookish wise it was a great month and I managed to finish no less than fifteen books, most of them being ARCs as I’ve been trying to get rid of my huge backlog of those. Even reached an 85% Netgalley ratio again! ūüėÄ I still have a pile of ARCs left, but I’m hoping to finish most of them by the end of April. Another great blogging achievement is that I’ve finally been able to get rid of my backlog of pending reviews and I’m going to try and keep it that way, because it’s without doubt a lot less stressful. I’ve been having lots of fun with my bookstagram account as well although I admit I went a little follow-crazy last month haha. Bookstagram is¬†just so addicting with all those gorgeous bookish photos out there! Find the favorite photos of my own bookstagram account below.

As for the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in February: 15
  • Total number of books read this year:¬†50
  • Total number of pages read in February:¬†5.671
  • Total number of pages read this year:¬†17.052

March was a great month in general and I even managed to have TWO new 5 star ratings! That sure doesn’t happen often… Seven others were 4 stars or above and only four below three stars, so I’m not complaining. ūüėÄ


5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now. 
Goodbye Days – by Jeff Zentner // A Conjuring Of Light – by V.E. Schwab

4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 
I Found You Рby Lisa Jewell // The Missing Ones Рby Patricia Gibney // Last Breath Рby Robert Bryndza

4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
Renegade Red Рby Lauren Bird Horowitz // The Last Gods Of Indochine Рby Samuel Ferrer // Silence Under Screams Рby Collin Henderson // History Is All You Left Me Р by Adam Silvera

3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!
Bull – by David Elliott

3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 
The Invisible Library Р by Genevieve Cogman

2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting. 
Rose Petal Graves – by Olivia Wildenstein // The Yellow Envelope – by Kim Dinan

2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly¬†‚Äėmeh‚Äô.
The Wanderers Рby Meg Howrey // The First City Р by Joe Hart


A new year means new challenges… I ended up joining way more challenges than usual, but at least I’ve already made a lot of progress with most of them so far. I should really start working on both my Reading Through The Centuries and Beat The Backlist challenge again; maybe I should make May into a classics month?!

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other goals‚ĶI managed to both finish two series and reach a 85% Netgalley ratio in March, which I’m pretty happy about. I haven’t done much about the other goals though, but I’m hoping to read at least one classic and hopefully a Dutch/Spanish book in April. And I’m currently¬†rereading The Perfect Stranger, so that’s one reread down!

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics¬†(rereads don‚Äôt count) 0/5
  • Complete at least 5¬†series¬†(rereads don‚Äôt count) 2/5 (Shades Of Magic, The Dominion Trilogy)
  • Reread at least 3 books¬†0/3
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 250¬†books¬†303/250
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages (maximum at 624¬†pages)
  • Read at least 2¬†books in Spanish 0/2
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch 0/1
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% currently at 85%
  • Start a Twitter account and use it regularly
  • Reach 5km running! 2000m/5000m

Happy April and Happy Reading! 


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Month In Review: February 2017

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It’s March 2017 already, and the summer is slowly coming to an end… February was quite a busy month for me, and it shows in the amount of books I was able to read. A wedding, Carnaval weekend… I guess it¬†took away some¬†of my reading time, but I’m not complaining. ūüėČ I did manage to read 13 books in February and I continued enjoying my new Instagram account as well. Bookstagram is seriously addicting! These nine photos are my personal February favorites; I’m still trying to find my own style, but I’m having lots of fun anyway! ūüėÄ

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 As for the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in February: 13
  • Total number of books read this year:¬†35
  • Total number of pages read in February: 4.524
  • Total number of pages read this year:¬†11.081

February was still a good reading month despite the three low ratings, and I had no less than five 4,5 star ratings, which isn’t bad at all. I’m definitely not complaining!


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4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 
The Impossible Fortress Рby Jason Rekulak // Rebel Of The Sands Рby Alwyn Hamilton // Traitor To The Throne Рby Alwyn Hamilton // The Killing Game Рby J.S. Carol // The Song Of Achilles Рby Madeline Miller

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4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
Little Girl Lost Рby Carol Wyer // The Truth Will Out Рby Brian Cleary // A Gentleman In Moscow Рby Amor Towles

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3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!
The Rest Of Us Just Live Here Рby Patrick Ness // The Five Stages Of Andrew Brawley Рby Shaun David Hutchinson

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2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting. 
Missing – by Monty Marsden

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2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly¬†‚Äėmeh‚Äô.
The Paris Mysteries – by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

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1.5 STARS: The story¬†wasn‚Äôt horrible, but there still isn‚Äôt another word to describe it but ‚Äėbad‚Äô.
The Light That Gets Lost – by Natasha Carthew


A new year means new challenges‚Ķ¬†I ended up joining way more challenges than usual, but at least I’ve already made a lot of progress with the ABC challenges so far. The other challenges are on track as well, although I should read a few classics for my Reading Through The Centuries challenge just in case.

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other goals‚ĶNo real progress in February, mostly because I’ve been reading quite a lot of ARCs. Hopefully March will be better, although it will be a tough one!

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics¬†(rereads don‚Äôt count) 0/5
  • Complete at least 5¬†series¬†(rereads don‚Äôt count) 0/5
  • Reread at least 3 books¬†0/3
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 250¬†books¬†307/250
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages (maximum at¬†562 pages)
  • Read at least 2¬†books in Spanish 0/2
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch 0/1
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% currently at 78%
  • Start a Twitter account and use it regularly
  • Reach 5km running! 2000m/5000m

Happy March and Happy Reading! 


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Month In Review: January 2017

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I still can’t believe January¬†is already over! It seems like yesterday when¬†I was typing the same thing for 2016… Time is seriously flying away. January was an excellent bookish month for me. Not only did I finally create both a Twitter and Instagram account for It’s All About Books, but I also managed to somehow get rid of the backlog of reviews AND read 22 books… I’m not sure how all that happened still haha. It’s currently summer down here in Argentina and the weather is HOT, but unfortunately the water level at the river is dangerously high so no kayaking for me. ūüė¶ I did start running again though, and I’m slowly trying to get back on track for those 5km. Hopefully next month I will reach at least the halfway mark! As for the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in January:¬†22
  • Total number of books read this year:¬†22
  • Total number of pages read in January: 6.568
  • Total number of pages read this year: 6.568

I still can’t believe how lucky I was with my reads in January! It doesn’t happen often that I find three new 5 star reads in one month, and several 4,5 star reads as well. In fact, I’ve been doubting with at least half of those titles whether to change the rating to the highest one; they have just been THAT good. I had a DNF as well, which doesn’t happen often, but I guess the other titles more than make up for it.


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5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now. 
The Perfect Stranger Рby Megan Miranda // Mosquitoland Рby David Arnold // The One Memory Of Flora Banks Рby Emily Barr

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4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 
Witness – by Caroline Mitchell // The Serpent King – by Jeff Zentner // The Sun Is Also A Star – by Nicola Yoon // Don’t Look Behind You – by Mel Sherratt // Blink – by K.L. Slater // Making Faces – by Amy Harmon

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4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
Big Mushy Happy Lump – by Sarah Andersen // The Thankful – by Jamie Campbell // It’s All Absolutely Fine – by Ruby Elliot // The Darkest Minds – by Alexandra Bracken

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3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!
Americosis Vol. 3 Рby Haydn Wilks // Those Who Lie Рby Diane Jeffrey // Stake-out Рby Lily Luchesi // The Wrong Side Of Right Рby Jenn Marie Thorne

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3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 
That Burning Summer Рby Lydia Syson // Unhooked Рby Lisa Maxwell

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0 STARS (DNF): I didn’t even bother to finish this one. Absolutely and totally horrible!
You – by Caroline Kepnes


A new year means new challenges… I’ve actually signed up for two more yearly challenges than usual, but both the Netgalley and the Beat The Backlist challenge will hopefully help me keep my TBR under control this year. I’ll be looking forward to these challenges! ūüėÄ

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other goals… I’m having the feeling my TBR goal is going to be slightly complicated, but at least I made a head start and created my Twitter account already. ūüėČ Hopefully I will be able to start making a dent in some of these goals in February!

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics¬†(rereads don‚Äôt count) 0/5
  • Complete at least 5¬†series¬†(rereads don‚Äôt count) 0/5
  • Reread at least 3 books¬†0/3
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 250¬†books¬†307/250
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages (maximum at¬†562 pages)
  • Read at least 2¬†books in Spanish 0/2
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch 0/1
  • Join at least 5¬†challenges during the year
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% currently at 82%
  • Start a Twitter account and use it regularly
  • Reach 5km running! 2000m/5000m

Happy February and Happy Reading! 


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2016: The Numbers

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I really liked how the graphics came out I used to analyze my first 25 TBR jar picks,¬†so I have been keeping track of my reading months ever since. This post is about the full twelve months of 2016… No covers in the title this time, because there were just too many. ūüėČ

First of all some quick facts. In the twelve¬†months of 2016 I have read no less than¬†194 books with¬†a total page count of¬†62.168¬†pages¬†(not counting 2 rereads); an average of about 320 pages¬†per book. The average rating is 3,54 stars, which is quite a good average considering it¬†also includes three¬†0 star ratings (DNF). 41¬†books had a 4,5 or 5 star rating and 32¬†books received a rating below 3 stars‚Ķ Which means I enjoyed reading about 84% of the books this year, not bad! Another fun fact: 55 of the 194 books I’ve read were actually ARCs; about 28% of the total.

And now some graphics for those who like them as much as I do.ūüėČ

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Like I said above, I gave only 32 books or 17% of the total a rating below 3 stars, which makes me really happy if you ask me. The most popular ratings have been 4, 3,5 or 3 stars and 21% of the books received one of the highest ratings. All in all a great year!

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I’m pleasantly surprised I ended up reading more Adult books than YA this year, because I had been neglecting the Adult reads a lot in 2015. I love reading YA, but that doesn’t take away I enjoy reading other books as well… I know I don‚Äôt read a lot of Middle Grade¬†though, so that low percentage is no surprise.
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I feel so bad that the percentage of female authors is so much higher than male authors… I never base my choice of books on the gender of the author, so this number is quite a surprise. I really should focus on reading more books by male authors in 2017.

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The main genre is basically the most dominant genre I think each book belongs to. There is no surprise here are a lot of mystery/thriller and fantasy reads on this list since they are two of my favorite genres. The other well represented genres are contemporary romance and (realistic) fiction. I actually don’t really like romance in general, but apparently I have been reading a lot of books belonging to the genre anyway.

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This graphic is a huge surprise! I‚Äôve calculated the average rating for each genre, and even though Mystery/Thriller and¬†Fantasy are two of my favorite genres, they didn‚Äôt score that well¬†with 3,49¬†and 3,36 stars respectively.¬†Contemporary Romance¬†didn’t have a high rating either with 3,40 stars‚ĶBut that might just be because it’s not really my genre in the first place.¬†Historical Fiction,¬†another favorite genre, scored quite low as well with¬†3,53 stars average. Non Fiction/Memoir and Science Fiction/Dystopia were the best scoring genres with 3,96¬†and¬†4¬†stars respectively.

2016seriesstandaloneOne of my unnamed goals of 2016 has been reading more stand-alones, so I’m quite happy with this number. I have tons of unfinished series though, so I will be trying to finish more of them this year.

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Boy do I feel bad about this graphic! I made a promise to myself over two years ago to read more books published before 2000, and so far I have been doing a lousy job with only roughly 6% of the total. To make things even worse, 74% of the books were published in 2014, 2015 or 2016!

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Last graphic: it seems that most books I’ve read have between 300 and 399 pages, which seems to be a pretty good number and a  sign of a story that’s not too short and not too long. There are exceptions of course; some stories are just too complex to be told in under 400 pages… I really need to try and read longer books as well though, since so far it’s been only 17% of the total.


Tired of numbers yet? I know I am! That’s it for this 2016 review… 

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Month In Review: December 2016

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I know everybody has been repeating this over and over again already, but where did 2016 go?!?! Seriously time is flying by way too fast… December went away in a blink of an eye, with the holidays and everything. Honestly I’m surprised I was able to finish 17 books, because I sure didn’t have that much spare time to read! The Holidays were a great excuse to bake some season inspired treats, the highlights being the following 3 photos below: dulce de leche filled Christmas ‘trees’, traditional Argentinian sweetbread and chocolate muffins with green coconut glaze. This will also be the last of my baking for a while as I will be needing a diet after the food overdose. xD

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I’m hoping 2017 will bring me yet again a lot of time to read, and hopefully more time to kayak again soon…It’s currently summer and it sure is hot out here, although we’ve been having problems with rain lately. Fingers crossed! Also, my furry friends wanted to say hi before continuing to the last of 2016’s numbers…

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  • Number of books read in December: 17
  • Total number of books read this year:¬†194 (+2 rereads)
  • Total number of pages read in December: 5.477
  • Total number of pages read this year:¬†62.168

I had some excellent as well as average reads in the last month of 2016, and quite a few classics! It’s a shame 5 ratings were below 3 stars, but at least I had a lot of good reads to make up for it.


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5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now. 
This Savage Song – by Victoria Schwab

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4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 
The Gift – by Louise Jensen // From Sand And Ash – by Amy Harmon

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4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
Catacomb РMadeleine Roux // Walk Into Silence Рby Susan McBride // The Picture Of Dorian Gray Рby Oscar Wilde // Rubyfruit Jungle Рby Rita Mae Brown // Wuthering Heights Рby Emily Bronte

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3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!
Kill The Next One – by Federico Axat // Point Of No Return – by Martha Gellhorn

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3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 
13 Little Blue Envelopes Рby Maureen Johnson // The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde Рby Robert Louis Stevenson

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2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting. 
Another Day Gone – by Eliza Graham // Down The Rabbit Hole – by Julia Crane // What Light – by Jay Asher // After You – by Jojo Moyes

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0 STARS (DNF): I didn’t even bother to finish this one. Absolutely and totally horrible!
Tipping Point – by Tomas Byrne


I can’t believe I have actually finished all challenges on time! Ok, The 2016 Bookish Bingo Challenge technically wasn’t finished because the two last mystery missions were never revealed, but the host told us we can consider them as a free space. So I’m calling it finished. ūüėČ

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other blogging goals…I managed to finish at least one of the other goals, but I have three big red lines were I totally and painfully failed. Oops? I already knew the TBR pile was going to be hopeless though, as well as the Spanish and running. Hopefully this year will be better!

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics
  • Complete at least 5¬†series¬†
  • Reread at least 3 books¬†
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 200¬†books: 306/200
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages
  • Read at least 5 books in Spanish: 2/5
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Finish older reviews that haven‚Äôt been posted yet
  • Update older reviews to new format
  • Reach 5km running!¬†2300m/5000m

Stay tuned for my Year In Review graphics and 2017 goals coming soon!!! 

BEST OF 2016: TOP 5 Mystery/Thrillers

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First of all I want to wish everyone a very happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great time last night and I wish you all the best for 2017. ‚̧ ‚̧ ‚̧

With 2016 being officially over, I think it’s about time to start thinking about all those books I’ve read last year… And put those I enjoyed most into a well-deserved spotlight. I found it impossible to just select ten¬†titles for a normal top 10, so I will be splitting them into different genres. Today it’s all about one of my favorite genres: mystery/thrillers. It was also one of the hardest genres to narrow down to just five titles! Because not only did I read a lot of books belonging to the genre last year, a lot of them were also excellent! But these would be my absolute favorites of the bunch:


5. The Erika Foster series by Robert Bryndza: The Girl In The Ice (4 stars), The Night Stalker (4,5 stars) and Dark Water (3,5 stars)

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4. The Ice Twins (4 stars) and The Fire Child (4,5 stars) by S.K. Tremayne

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3. The Sister (4 stars) and The Gift (4,5 stars) by Louise Jensen

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2. The Girl From The Sea (4,5 stars) and The Best Friend (4,5 stars) by Shalini Boland

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1. All The Missing Girls (5 stars) by Megan Miranda

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Have you read any of these titles yourself? What are your favorite mystery/thrillers you read in¬†2016? Feel free to comment! ūüôā

Month In Review: November 2016

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I know I’m not the only one saying this, but where did the time go? I seriously can’t believe we’re down to the last month of 2016 already… 2017 still seems to sound so far away and foreign. And it still feels kind of weird I will be putting up the Christmas tree again in a few days. The weather doesn’t really help either haha. It has been between 30 and 35 ¬ļC down here in Argentina for the last few weeks; it seems like summer came early this year. I’m not complaining since I hate cold weather, but it still doesn’t feel right having to celebrate Christmas in this heat. On a positive side, it does mean it’s perfect weather to go kayaking a lot. ūüėÄ Bookishly speaking, I was able to read more books than anticipated. I’m keeping my fingers crossed December will bring me the same, because I have TONS of books I want to read before this year is over.

  • Number of books read in November: 17 (+1 reread)
  • Total number of books read this year:¬†177 (+2 rereads)
  • Total number of pages read in November: 5.455
  • Total number of pages read this year:¬†56.691

I seemed to have had a lucky month with no ratings below 3 stars and no less than THREE new 5 star ratings. That sure doesn’t happen often!


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5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now. 
Dark Matter – by Blake Crouch // It Ends With Us – by Colleen Hoover // A Man Called Ove – by Fredrik Backman // Six Of Crows – by Leigh Bardugo (REREAD)

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4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 
When Breath Becomes Air – by Paul Kalanithi

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4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
Lemon Sting Рby Collin Henderson // The Power Рby Naomi Alderman // Homegoing Рby Yaa Gyasi // The Butterfly Garden Рby Dot Hutchison // Crooked Kingdom Рby Leigh Bardugo

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3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!
The Unexpected Everything – by Morgan Matson¬†// No Excuses Detox – by Megan Gilmore // Furthermore – by Tahereh Mafi // While You Were Sleeping – by Kathryn Croft // Secondhand Smoke – by M. Louis // His Kidnapper’s Shoes – by Maggie James

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3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 
Before You Leap Рby Keith Houghton // The Girls Next Door Рby Mel Sherratt


In 2016¬†I initially decided to join in total four yearly challenges.¬†I’ve decided to do a second update to my Goodreads Reading Challenge, increasing the number to the exact amount of books I was able to read in 2015. There aren’t too many books missing, so I should be able to finish it easily before the end of this year. I have also managed to finish the When Are You Reading? challenge!! ūüėÄ ūüėÄ Since the host doesn’t seem to be¬†updating the Bookish Bingo mystery tasks, I probably won’t be completing that one before the end of the year though… And the Reading Through The Centuries challenge is going to be a squeeze, although I do have a few classics lined up to try and finish this challenge on time.

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other blogging goals‚ĶI managed to finish my third reread this month, so I was able to cross that one of the list. The classics goal is practically done with all the classics I will be reading next month, but I’m not sure about the other goals. I might be able to finish the last two series, but the TBR pile goal is pretty hopeless haha. I don’t think I will be able to read three Spanish books either with all the other titles I’ve lined up… And I’ve been pretty hopeless at running as well. Shame on me; I really have to¬†kick myself in the butt and focus on my running again!

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics¬†(rereads don‚Äôt count): 4/5
  • Complete at least 5¬†series¬†(rereads don‚Äôt count): 3/5 (the murder complex/never never/veronica mars)
  • Reread at least 3 books¬†(red queen, harry potter y la piedra filosofal,six of crows)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 200¬†books: 290/200
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages
  • Read at least 5 books in Spanish: 2/5
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Finish older reviews that haven‚Äôt been posted yet
  • Update older reviews to new format
  • Reach 5km running!¬†2300m/5000m

Happy December and Happy Reading!