The Disney Book Tag

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Hello fellow bloggers. I was nominated to do The Disney Book Tag by the wonderful Summer @XingSings (thank you so so much!) – I’m not even going to tell you to go follow her, because unless you’ve been book blogging for an hour, you’re bound to have found her already and clicked that “follow” button, am I right? I love Disney, so I’m sure gonna love doing this tag.

1. The Little Mermaid – A character that is out of their element, a “Fish out of Water”.

OMG, I just finished this book, so I’m gonna rave a bit about it: Ana from The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak (Brian Katcher). – If you haven’t read this book, go pick it up right now! It’s fun and hilarious 😀 . So, poor Ana is literally a fish out of water when she is thrown into a comic book/sci-fi convention, with the King of said con, in the hopes of finding her little brother. A lot happens!!! 😀

2. Cinderella – A character that goes through a major transformation.

Juliette from the Shatter Me trilogy (Tahereh Mafi) comes to mind. She’s so lost and scared in the beginning of the first book and then by the third she’s totally comfortable in her own skin.

(Juliette fan art source)

3. Snow White – A book with an eclectic cast of characters.

I’m going to go with something totally different for this answer… the cast of An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes by Randy Ribay is super diverse and surprising.

I was super pleasantly surprised by the amount of diversity in this book 🙂 .

4. Sleeping Beauty – A book that put you to sleep.

Ok, it’s not really that this book put me to sleep, it’s more that it was so boring for some parts that I wanted to put it down… A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell… =/

5. The Lion King – A character that had something traumatic happen to them in their childhood.

Cinder from Cinder (Marissa Meyer) had something VERY traumatic happen to her in her childhood, so much so that she doesn’t even remember it.

(Cinder fan art source)

6. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful.

I was so intimidated by An Ember in the Ashes (Sabaa Tahir) when I got it, I don’t even know why, the book is not even 500 pages, but I have the hardcover edition and that book is huge compared to most of my paperbacks.

7. Aladdin – A character that GETS their wish granted, for better or for worse.

Maggie from The One Thing (Marci Lyn Curtis). All she wants is to see again, and she manages that, even if it’s for the worst possible reason…

8. Mulan – A character that pretends to be something or someone they are not.

I think everyone answers this, but here it goes… Mare from Red Queen (Victoria Aveyard). But to give an alternate answer, I’m going with Dahlia Moss, from The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone 😀 .

9. Toy Story – A book with characters you wish would come to life.

tumblr_nvayytSgPl1r80kcoo1_500I’m gonna go for the obvious one here and say Queen of Shadows (Sarah J. Maas), because I would really like if Rowan, Aelin, Aedion, Dorian, Lysandra, etc, were real. I’m fairly certain that Aelin would not let me live for too long, because I would be unabashedly staring at her Fae Prince and her half-fae cousin.

10. Disney Descendants – Your favourite villain or morally ambiguous character.

Ok, I’m gonna drop a highly hated character here… I hate him too, I really do, but I honestly feel like he’s a great character and I think he’s more morally ambiguous than most characters that I could have said – because he never gets to turn around or anything like that. He’s BAD! Arobynn Hamel!


And it’s done! Have you done this tag? No? Do you want to? Consider yourself tagged! 😉

The Pastry Book Tag

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Hello, welcome back to another book tag. Raven @Dreamy Addictions tagged me for the Pastry Book Tag a while back – thank you Raven! So, let’s do this!

1. Croissant: Name a popular book or series that everyone (including you) love. 

I will go with the most obvious answer in the history of books: The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. I know a few of you haven’t read this – and that’s totally fine – but I’m yet to see anyone that has read it and didn’t like it.

2. Macaron: Name a book that was hard to get through but worth it at the end.

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux was a bit tricky to get through. It is a unique way of storytelling, and it was one of the first books I read in English – the book itself was first written in french. And to top it off, I read it while I was on vacation a few years back and my mind just wasn’t totally in it. I did love it though, so, totally worth it at the end.

3. Vol-au-vent: Name a book that you thought would be amazing but fell flat.

A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell. I had such high hopes for this book… but it fell more than flat, it actually opened a hole on the ground and buried itself. Not good…

4. Pain au chocolat: Name a book that you thought would be one thing but turned out to be something else.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Ok, to be honest, I had no idea what it was about before I started, I assumed (because I didn’t read the blurb) that it was about someone fangirling about something. It is about that, but not exactly, it’s so much more.

5. Profiterole: Name a book or series that doesn’t get enough attention.

The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis totally deserves every attention out there. Why isn’t everyone talking about it? This book is fantastic and I think that everyone should be planning to read it… now!

6. Croquembouche: Name a book or series that’s extremely complex.

My default answer would be Game of Thrones, but I’m gonna go with the Throne of Glass series, by Sarah J. Maas. Each book gets more and more complicated, a lot of action, a lot of characters and a lot at stake…

7. Napoleon: Name a movie or TV show based off a book that you liked better than the book itself.

Hmmmm, not an easy one… I guess my answer will be New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. I wasn’t a big fan of the book – let’s face it, it’s a bit boring and all – but the movie is slightly better and the cinematography is actually pretty cool.

8. Empanada: Name a book that was bittersweet.

For this one I’m gonna go with More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, because it is more happy than not, but it still left me utterly heartbroken.

9. Kolompeh: Name a book or series that takes place somewhere other than your home country.

This one is easy… almost all books take place somewhere other than Portugal or Spain, so I’m going to go with The Infernal Devices trilogy, by Cassandra Clare, which takes place in Victorian London.

10. Pate a Choux: Name one food from a book or series that you would like to try.

Everything from Harry PotterThrone of Glass and the The Wrath and the Dawn. The food is described so vividly that it’s impossible not to want to try every single thing they mention.


Ok… that’s it! I’ll tag EVERYONE that hasn’t done this one and would like to give it a go.

The Emoji Book Tag

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Hello. Welcome to another book tag! Trisha Anne @The Bookgasm and Anette @Anette Reads tagged me for the Emoji Book Tag, where you take your five most recent or most used emojis and come up with books that fit the emotion.


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I’m so sorry, I love this emoji, I find it kind of indecent! And when I see it, the first book and couple that comes to my mind is Warner and Juliette from Ignite Me, Tahereh Mafi.

You know why, right? If you’ve read it, then you know. If you haven’t, why?!

 


Heart Eyes Emoji

This emoji I use a lot, usually in context of ships and so on, but know I’m gonna associate it to a book I read recently that I loved (apart from all the others books featured on this Tag), and that is The One Thing, by Marci Lyn Curtis.

I adored this book! It recently came out, and I need to get my hands on a physical copy.


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Oh, HAPPY FACE! A book that left a smile on my face, and makes me smile just from thinking about it is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

I loved this book so so much, and I miss it! I’ll need to re-read it soon 😀 !

 


Bawling Emoji

The most recent book where I cried like crazy was Queen of Shadows, Sarah J. Maas. All kind of tears went on in there: happy, sad, angry, more happy, ecstatic, …, I was an emotional mess for the last 25% of the book.

Totally worth it though!


Pained Face Emoji

Let’s say that this my shocked face, and none better than The Wrath and the Dawn, Renée Ahdieh to fit it.

Why? Because of that ending! It totally took me by surprise and left me a mess of shock and other feelings.

  


That’s it! This was a fun one! I think a lot of people already did this tag, so I’m gonna go ahead and tag EVERYONE who wants to do it.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books To Read If You Like Kick-@ss Female Heroines

Hello, it’s Tuesday again, which means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday post, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Ten Books To Read If You Like This Super Popular Book/Author (ie: you could list 10 different popular/bestselling books or authors with readalike suggestions for each or give 10 books for one best-selling/popular book or author like 10 authors to read if you like John Green or ten books to read if you like Gone Girl. Idea is to give good readalikes that may be less well known).

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I was struggling with this one a lot! I don’t usually make connections between authors or books and i couldn’t come up with anything more than 5 book, no matter which combination I tried. So, after contemplating not doing it this week, I decided to spin it a bit and make it a theme instead of an author or book. So, Ten Books To Read If You Like Kick-@ss Female Heroines! I’m sorry before hand for totally missing the goal of this week’s topic…

1. Throne of Glass Series (Sarah J. Maas)

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This series is full of gorgeous, super strong women. Such as Aelin, Nehemia, Lysandra, Manon, …, I love how strong, powerful and human they all are.

2. The Wrath & The Dawn (Renée Ahdieh)

Shahrzad is one of my favorite female character ever. Despina is pretty bad-@ss herself.

3. The One Thing (Marci Lyn Curtis)

Maggie is so strong and sassy! I love the hell out of her.

4. The Infernal Devices (Cassandra Clare)

Tessa Gray, Charlotte Fairchild, Sophie Collins, Cecily Herondale. These four ladies are worth several men!

5. Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell)

Eleanor is a different kind of strong female character. She doesn’t fight or anything, but she managed to survive some awful situations and still manage to live.

6. Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling)

Hermione Granger is on everyone’s mind when we think of kick-@ss women, right? But I’ll raise you Molly Weasley, Minerva Mcgonagall, Nymphadora Tonks, Luna Lovegood, Ginny Weasley, Alice Longbottom, …

7. A Clash of Kings (George R. R. Martin)

One name for you: Aria Stark. Sure, this series has other female heroines, such as Daenerys, but Aria is my favorite.

8. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)

Chiyo goes through some bad stuff throughout her life…

9. The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

It’s not because Katniss is broken that she stops being freaking amazing.

10. My Heart and Other Black Holes (Jasmine Warga)

 I really admire Aysel. Yes, the only thing she wants in the beginning is to end her life, but she goes through a big transformation and goes because of it. She makes my list!

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (4) : Day 1

3days3quotes_Here we are again, for the first day of my 4th 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge! This time around I was nominated by Kira @FIEITTYREADS. So I thought I would share some amazing quotes from some books I read throughout the last weeks, ok?

If you want to check out my previous 2 Challenges, here you go:

– 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 1, Day 2 & Day 3

– 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (2) : Day 1, Day 2 & Day 3

– 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (3) : Day 1Day 2 & Day 3

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day. (this is my fourth time doing this, so I nominate whoever wants to do it, ok?)

 

From The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis. I just find this quote so damn true… the whole book is amazing and you should check it out.

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August Book Haul

How has August came to an end already?! o_O This month went by way too fast… WOW! So, once again, welcome back to my August Book Haul.

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This month I bought very few books. I was amazed at myself really! But I ended up hauling a lot of them, mostly e-books, given that this was my first month in NetGalley and Edelweiss… So, without further ado, I present the physical books I got this month.

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Funny haul, ah? I bought 3 traveling books for my upcoming trip to Seoul and Japan in October. The first two are for my mom’s collection – we always buy these and in truth, we just open them on the plane… Then I got A Geek in Japan, because I so fell in love with the concept of this book, and I’m a geek and I’ll be in Japan!

Then I got the amazing The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh and after reading Shatter Me, I couldn’t resist and bought the novellas, Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi, and I already read Destroy Me.

I also got the amazing audiobook of You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day.


Now the longer part… eBooks! I got my kindle on the first week of August, but I bought a few books even before I got it. The firsts (and so far only) books that I bought for my Kindle were: The Outlander Series 7-Book Bundle – Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes and An Echo in the Bone. I want to get to this series eventually, but honestly I bought it because the price was too good to pass up… a little over 2$ for 7 HUGE books! It was a true steal, and I’m super happy about this buy.

Then I accumulated a few books from NetGalley, Blogging for Books and Edelweiss:

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And that’s it for my August Book Haul! I’ll be doing my wrap-up tomorrow (probably) and my September TBR on Tuesday 😉 .

Top Ten Tuesday: Perfect Male Specimens 101

It’s Tuesday again! Where is the time going?! o_O … So it means, it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, and today’s theme is: Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

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I have to admit that I was a bit at a lost here, I had no idea what to write about, but luckily Kat @Life and Other Disasters, gave me a fantastic idea, she said “Or books that have the perfect fictional crush in them.” and I LOVED IT! With that in mind, welcome to my Top Ten Books with Perfect Male Specimens 101.

1. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

By now it comes to no surprise to anyone, but I have a huge crush on James Carstairs. But these books have multiple sources of perfect (or close to it) male specimens, being Will Herondale a perfect example of a man who makes most of the book community swoon (am I right?). Other perfectly good example, for me, of a swoon-worthy man in this series is Gideon Lightwood (the scones under the bed… wow). Between Jem, Will and Gideon, a lot of crushable guys here.

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Levi is as crush-worthy as they come. I couldn’t stop myself from loving the hell out of him in Fangirl, even when he kind of messes up, because his character feels so real and so absolutely perfect. He always sees the bright side of things and people, he’s always happy, and the poor guy can’t stay away from the girl he loves for one single day… wow.

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

77493_originalWe (all of us who have read Sarah J. Maas books) can all agree that she’s a master at creating men, especially Fae hunks. Now, all the 3 main males from this book are pretty swoon-worthy, and I’m not even mentioning how gorgeous and hot they are, but I’m super partial to Tamlin…

Poor Tamlin, who has forgotten how to flirt, who thinks that “your hair is clean” is enough for… something… oh, but he learns! Soon it’s all “let’s go for a swim” “dance for me” and all those other stuff, so yeah, pretty crushable (especially from all of Feyre’s accounts of their intimate moments).

Then we have Lucien (the red hair kills me), who left his family and all he had for his love. WOW! And then Rhysand, the most beautiful man that Feyre has even seen – and she lives with Tamlin and Lucien. Rhys is kind of amazing and full of potential, I just want to see more of him.

4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Romance is never the main plot of this book, but the perfectness that is Elias is hard to ignore. This guy, who has trained to be a ruthless killer for years on end, has so much more to him… he’s kind, compassionate, he doesn’t want to kill, or fight, he just wants to be free. He’s attracted to his BFF but doesn’t act on it because he doesn’t want things to be weird and he doesn’t want to lose her. He helps a slave (and something more than help…)… The whole time I was reading about him, I couldn’t help but sigh and swoon.

5. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

It will be weird if you haven’t read this book before, so you really need to take this class seriously and read it, only then will you understand why a guy who has all his wives murdered at dawn can be so perfect and honestly, one of the most perfect male specimen that I found in any kind of books.

But trust me, Khalid is perfect, truly perfect! Again, once you ignore the fact that all his brides die. But the relationship he has with Shazi, and the kind of love he has for her, is seriously relationship goal.

6. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han

One name people, Peter K.! This guy is seriously swoon worthy – I feel kind of weird saying this because he’s definitely way too young for me. But he’s so sweet and he cares so much, that it’s impossible not to fall a bit in love with him while reading these books.

7. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Remember when I said in point 3 how amazing Sarah J. Maas is at creating fictional men? It doesn’t end there. Throne of Glass is full of amazing men, all of them are pretty hot and pretty great. I’m a bit more partial to Dorian (prince, fights for what he loves, etc) and Rowan (200 years suffering for a lost love), but you might like Chaol better and that’s totally ok, because he’s pretty amazing as well. Or maybe Aedion?! I know Aedion rocks my boat, but that’s just me… Not even going to mention Sam, because I haven’t read The Assassin’s Blade yet.

8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Come on, a list of books with perfect men, you couldn’t really expect that I wouldn’t include the one fictional character that has been driving women crazy for more than 100 years, right?! Oh Yeah, the one and only, Mr. Darcy! I don’t think I need to explain this one…

9. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I just find Lincoln pretty perfect, because I relate so much to him. The way he loves is so full and complete…

And I think Christine and Beth say it best:

“Every woman wants a man who’ll fall in love with her soul as well as her body.”

“I didn’t know someone could love me like this,” she said. “Could love me and love me and love without…needing space.”

10. The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis

Mason Milton, people! Read this book, for real, as soon as it is out. It’s so worth it!

The One Thing (Marci Lyn Curtis)

>>>>  Nº 5 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A book with numbers in the title <<<<

Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won’t invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago, Maggie’s rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal. 

Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn’t interested in rehabilitation, not when she’s still mourning the loss of her professional-soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory. 

Then Maggie’s whole world is turned upside down. Somehow, incredibly, she can see again. But only one person: Ben, a precocious ten-year-old unlike anyone she’s ever met. Ben’s life isn’t easy, but he doesn’t see limits, only possibilities. After awhile, Maggie starts to realize that losing her sight doesn’t have to mean losing everything she dreamed of. Even if what she’s currently dreaming of is Mason Milton, the magnetic lead singer of Maggie’s new favorite band, who just happens to be Ben’s brother. 

But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future…before she loses everything she has grown to love.

Pub Date: Oct 1, 2015 by Disney Book Group

I received an eArc from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


HOLY CRAP!!! I was not quite expecting this! This book is SO GOOD!!!! This book has been on my TBR for over 3 months now, so when I saw it for request at Netgalley, I asked for it – obviously – and then I got approved (hurrrayyy!!!!!). Happy me. I picked up my Kindle while I was waiting for my computer do wake up or something, and I was just going to read the first page – you know, to get the feeling of the book – and when I realized I was two chapters in and laughing like crazy.

The writing is amazing, it flowed well between scenes and even when Maggie was remembering a past event, it only added to the understanding of a situation and never took away from the present moment. I loved how the scenes between “sighted Maggie” and “blind Maggie” differed, not wholly because it’s the same person, but the way she experiences things is different, and it was well reflected in the lines.

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Maggie… oh wow! I love Maggie! Seriously, her sarcasm got me hooked on this book. She’s so strong, even when she’s just giving up (you’ll get it when you read it). I loved her character development, after all, this is what the book is about, how to find that you’re more than just one thing… Maggie is much much more. I also loved that she read like a “normal” teenager… I mean, between all the troubles and deep emotional problems, she still couldn’t say “penis” without laughing a little… come on!

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Ben! WOW! Ben! Everytime he was talking, I was smiling… damn kid! I love him. I love how he’s not beat down by any of the various sh***y things that happen to him. I love that he smiles, that he sees the best in people. I love that he’s wise beyond his very little years. Ben also made me cry the most… oh the “Qs”!!!

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Mason Milton, oh wow, I didn’t expect to like him so much at the beginning, when he was being so cold towards Maggie. But then, after knowing the why, my heart – much like Maggie’s – melted completely. By the time they finally exchange a few words, I was shipping them like crazy!

But better than each character on their own, are their relationships. Ben and Maggie’s friendship is the cutest thing ever. The Doritos and video games… how Ben taught Maggie to want to be her again… EPIC! Mason and Ben’s sibling relationship was equally great, Mason’s protectiveness of his little brother could be read in between the lines of every scene. And Mason and Maggie… oh well, see the GIF above!

I loved the plot, with it’s twist of “supernatural”, and it totally broke me when I realized the “why” Maggie could see Ben, and why she kept seeing him better and better each day that went by. It’s really how you deal with life when it throws you a curved ball…

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I’m totally in love with this book! As soon as I finished it, I wanted to go back to the beginning and read it again – alas, I couldn’t because I’m in the middle of a read-a-thon and I want to get more books in. But I will read it again soon, and I will also get a physical finished copy of this book, because I love it so much! It’s on my Top 5 of books of this year! I highly recommend it!!

Also, Marci Lyn Curtis s so nice, she actually replied me twice to my tweets!!! Oh happy day!

Rating: 5 Stars

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*** 1st book on the Bout of Books 14 Read-a-thon***

My first Read-a-thon: Bout of Books 14

For a few weeks now I’ve been seeing posts about this thing, Bout of Books 14, a read-a-thon. Now, I’ve been itching to participate in one, but generally the goals are a bit too high for my time availability. But this one has no set goals, I can make my own, so seriously, why the hell not?!

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team


Reading Goals:

I’ll set my goals reasonably, because I don’t want to fail miserably on my first attempt at a Read-a-thon (and because I still need to get some actual work done during this week). So, I plan to read 3 books:

1. The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis – I started this one last night and I’m loving it so far. I’m having a really big problem putting it down, which again, is not convenient because I do need to work. This is an eARC and want to finish it tomorrow at most.

2. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – this one is in my August TBR and I have to finish it by August 22, because I want to participate on the August readalong hosted by BIBLIOPHILE GATHERING.

3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – which is also in my August TBR, but I’ve been putting it off because I wanted to get a move on on some ARCs (to get my stats up on Netgalley). But I’ll wait no more, it will be done before next sunday.


So this is it, let’s see how it goes. Ideally I would also be able to start a fourth book this week, but I’m not that optimistic considering my work load.