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2017 Book Haul Post (AKA Failing at NY Resolutions)

There was a time, about six months ago, when I was feeling super optimistic and joined not one, but two reading challenges that consist of reading books you already own instead of buying new ones. I think it’s safe to say I’m failing spectacularly at both of them as I’ve bought nearly 50 books in 2017. Yeah, that’s right. Some sof them were birthday gifts and a lot of them were Kindle deals, so I haven’t beggared our family yet (I’m actually being really good and sticking to my self-allotted book budget). But here are some of the more memorable ones (I might or might not review them at a later date). Links go to reviews if reviews exist!

Bought/Received and Read:

  • The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater – yeah, all four books. So good.
  • The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima – not as good as the first two but still fairly okay.
  • Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle – again, not as good as her first but pretty addictive nonetheless
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – SUCH a disappointment. :(
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton – I wanted to love this one so much but just didn’t.
  • A Conjuring of Light by Victoria Schwab – reviewed this already.
  • Pretty Face by Lucy Parker – I love this series, it’s such great fun!
  • Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne – this was fantastic. The ending was a bit rushed but still great!
  • City of the Lost and A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong – WOW this is fantastic! I am totally hooked on this series and if you have more similar recs for me, I need them now.
  • The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – Maraia recommended this after I told her I loved Armstrong’s books and it was so so good!
  • Temptations of a Wallflower by Eva Leigh – this was really good! I don’t read many historicals these days but I like discovering new authors.
  • Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews – I quite enjoyed this! Alpha male warning though.
  • The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean – much anticipated but sadly my least favorite of her books! :( I just couldn’t forgive the hero.
  • Sustained by Emma Chase – this was me giving Chase a second try after pretty much hating her first Royally book, and I didn’t like this one, either. So Chase just isn’t for me, I guess.
  • Haze by Paula Weston – I finally decided to continue this series, and this second part was even better! I’ll have to get the rest soon before I forget too much. Lots of angst.
  • Half of Sarina Bowen’s opus – I’ve been on a serious Bowen binge, she’s one of my favorite new romance discoveries! I even fell in love with sports romance (hockey, woop!).

Honestly, there was a lot more romance. :D

Bought/Received and Waiting to be Read:

  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell – I finally got this to complete my collection (still missing Kindred Spirits though)
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – I can’t bring myself to start this. I haven’t the energy.
  • Temeraire by Naomi Novik – I said I wouldn’t start this series because it’s so long but then it was a Kindle deal and I kind of had to, after how much I enjoyed Uprooted.
  • Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette-Kowal – this has been on my to-buy list for a long time and then I saw it was less than 4$ and had to pick it up. It came highly recommended + the cover is gorgeous.
  • Finger Lickin’ 15 by Janet Evanovich – I buy one Stephanie Plum book every 6 months or so. I might catch up with the series in a decade or so! :)
  • Leon and Louise by Alex Capus – my mom gave me this one for my birthday, it’s supposed to be really good!

What have you been reading and buying?

Anything I should put on my to-buy list immediately?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

My April

my-aprilWhere has April gone? What happened to half the spring? The days were gorgeous here but they fly by and I find myself swamped by (freelance) work and obligations. But it’s good to get back on track with my professional life, too, I feel like I have to jump-start my motivation and get on with it! You can find my March recap here.

The best read of the month was Half the World by Joe Abercrombie (my review here). I’m trying to make a dent into my physical tbr pile but I’ve also been reading some romances, I can’t help it, they’re so good and relaxing… I’ve started watching iZombie – it’s great, give it a try if you haven’t already.

In baby news: He’s eight months old today. He’s grown so much! He’s crawling around on hands and knees and it’s all we can do to keep him away from cables, shoes, hard-edged furniture and such. He still puts everything in his mouth (I suspect this will last for a while) so we’ve been cleaning a lot! :) I’ve been taking long walks each day because it’s so great to be outside and enjoy the sun. It’s fun to see how he starts noticing stuff like dogs, birds and bright flowers.

In blog news: I turned 28 so I’m celebrating with a giveaway. You have until May 4 to enter – and I have a surprise for my blog’s anniversary which is May 5! :)

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On the blog:



Tough Travels

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Challenges progress report:

Four months (OMG how is one third of the year already over??) have passed so it’s time to see where I am with my challenges!

Flights of Fantasy (info): I reviewed HoundedShadow Scale, World After, The Thief, A Darker Shade of Magic, Half the World, Angelfall, Stardust, Heir of Fire,  Gates of Thread and StoneThis means I’m up to 11/24 books, which is ahead of schedule – the only challenge where I’m making a good progress!

Dusting Off the Shelves (info): I read AllegiantEleanor & Park and Eleven on Top, which is 3/12This means I’m behind the schedule.

Fairytale Retelling (info): I reviewed Scarlet and I wrote about why I love fairytales, but I’m still behind schedule (1/5-9 books).

Re-reading (info): This one is the worst. I re-read half of the Sweep series but I haven’t written any reviews yet :( I wrote a mini review for How to Entice and Enchantress. Waaay behind.

In terms of Classics – which was my self-imposed challenge – I read The Handmaid’s Tale.

Overall: rather bad. Since this is my first year of blogging, I kept my challenge goals really low, but I’m still having trouble keeping up! Eh. We’ll see how the other two thirds of the year go!

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New books:

I’ve been good this month in regards to romance binges (though I did request three Entangled romances and was approved, much to my surprise, so expect some reviews soon!) and even better

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Link love:

  • I’m a freelance translator so I often struggle with how to determine a price for my work. While this is in a different branch altogether, I liked some of the ideas.
  • Jen turned 27 and shared 27 beautiful thoughts.
  • I just discovered Gemma Corell and I love her illustrations!
  • These cookies look so amazingly good I can’t wait to try them out! I have a favourite choc-chip cookie recipe already but there’s always room for improvement.
  • These creative CVs are a great inspiration to revamp my own. I need to find the time to do this.
  • 20 things to write about when you’re stuck – these aren’t all book related but I like them as (post)-writing prompts.
  • Fun facts about red pandas – your daily dose of cuteness.

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Whew! I think these monthly recap posts are the most time-consuming of them all. But I like taking stock at the end of every month, seeing what I wrote about and where I’m at in life.

How was your April? 

I’d love to hear from you! :)

Sh*t Just Got Real: My Physical TBR pile

my-tbr-1As I finished another romance-reading binge, I stood in front of my shelves on Wednesday, trying to decide what to read next. I started going through the shelf that holds what loosely represents my soon-to-be-read books but was uninspired. And then I went searching for unread books through all our shelves. I own so many books that I fully intend to read. I’m aware that other people (especially you lovely bookish individuals) might have larger tbr piles than I do but this seems quite overwhelming.

Ok, so there are also unread books in our home that I know I will never read. They were either gifts or bought by my husband (hello, Steven Erickson and Herman Melville). But I am guilty of buying most of these so it’s high time to make myself read them – and put a stop to the crazy e-book-buying spree that’s been happening these past two months. Here are the books I want to read (they’re a combination of titles I bought and novels my husband bought and highly recommended):

Non-fantasy titlesmy-tbr-2

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (Slovenian translation)
  • The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (Slovenian translation)
  • The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green (read in April 2015)
  • My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
  • Tobie Lolness 1+2 by Timothee de Fombelle
  • Le Combat d’hiver by Jean-Claude Mourlevat
  • Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich (read in March 2015)
  • Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich (read in June 2015)
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (not pictured, I only found it later) (dnf in March 2015)
  • Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (ditto)
  • Lady Thief by A. C. Gaughen

Fantasy titlesmy-tbr-3

  • Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb
  • Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman (you can see where I got stuck when I first tried to read it)
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (Slovenian translation)
  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett Neil Gaiman (Slovenian translation)
  • Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke (Slovenian translation)
  • Half the World by Joe Abercrombie (read in April 2015)
  • Best Served ColdThe Heroes and Red Country by Joe Abercrombie
  • A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin (see my bookmark?) (decided to drop the series)
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
  • Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden
  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Slovenian translation) (read in April 2015)
  • Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan (see bookmark…)
  • Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (bookmark…)
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (bookmark…)
  • Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
  • Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness


So. Here they are. Crazy, right? I don’t think I’ll be able to manage them all in 2015 but I want to make a serious dent into this pile because they’re good books that I actually want to read.

I intend to come back and cross them off as I read them so I keep myself accountable. I started with Janet Evanovich who is awesome, by the way.


What does your TBR pile look like?

Would you recommend any of these? Where should I start?

My February

februaryHuh. Is it really the end of February? Where the hell have two months of this year gone? This is a recap post (for January, go here) in which I’ll try to make sense of the happenings on the blog and in my life in general.

Tomorrow, our baby will be six months old. It seems impossible that we’ve only known him for such a short time and yet he’s grown so much. He now eats some veggies, has two tiny teeth, often chews on his toes, and manages to slide himself along the floor – backwards. He’s adorable. He is, however, not a very good sleeper lately, so we’re running on empty most days. But this too shall pass.

I’ve been reading a lot because it seems like the only intellectual activity I can manage at the moment. The weather has also been miserable (wet and cold, but no snow, thankfully) and I am ready for spring! I can’t wait for sunny days when I’ll be able to pack the kiddo up and spend the day in the park or take longer trips.

The best read of the month goes to The Handmaid’s Tale (review here), with Scarlet coming in a close second (I’ll be reviewing that one soon!). Other than that, I read a huge amount of NA and adult romance, because I’m still in need of easy, fluffy stuff. I have a couple of good fantasy titles lined up for the next couple of weeks, though, so I’ll be slowing down a bit.

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Books I got:

Let’s just say I didn’t follow my the rule about reading already acquired books first…

  • half-the-world-abercrombieHalf the World by Joe Abercrombie (purchased, hardback) – I’m really excited about this one but my husband’s reading it first.
  • The Master by Kresley Cole (purchased for Kindle) – this is erotica; I’ll probably be reviewing it soon-ish.
  • The Return by Jennifer L. Amentrout (purchased for Kindle) – the beginning of a new series. I’m still on the fence with this one.
  • Instant AttractionInstant Gratification, and Instant Temptation by Jill Shalvis (purchased for Kindle) – a perfect binge series. Shalvis does great contemporary romance.
  • Talk of the Town by Karen Hawkins (purchased for Kindle) – I prefer her historical romances.
  • gates-thread-stone-lori-leeThe Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane by Elizabeth Boyle (purchased for Kindle) – a nice historical.
  • The Secrects of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn (purchased for Kindle) – well, it was ok but not my favourite Quinn book.
  • Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee (Netgalley) – my review here.
  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (library) – not too impressed.
  • Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen (purchased, paperback) – I just got it and it’s SO PRETTY! Starting now. (Update: EEeeeEEe! <3)


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What I wrote about:

Discussions & Stuff:

Reviews (huh, a good selection for this month!):

Tough Travels:

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Link love:

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How was your February? Did you do/see/read anything exciting?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

My January

januaryThis is my monthly recap post for January. You can check what I did in December here.

January was a weird month weather-wise here: most days were warm and unpleasant so everyone I know is ill and I haven’t seen my friends for what seems like forever (they’re avoiding me so my kiddo doesn’t get sick, a gesture I support, but it’s still kind of lonely).

Reading-wise, I’ve been on a New Adult binge which may or may not be a bad thing. We’ll see. These Kindle deals are killing me. My favourite read of the month was Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, which was a total surprise because I only *liked* books 1 and 2, but didn’t *love* them. Well, I love HOF and can’t wait for Queen of Shadows, which is coming out in the fall. Stardust by Neil Gaiman is a close second, though, another new favourite. Two great books in a month is a good number, I’d say, so I think I started the year off right.

Other good reading choices from January include: Poison StudyThe Dress Shop of Dreamsand Say Yes to the Marquess.

In personal news, our baby boy got his first two teeth this month (two at once – they bothered him immensely). We’re starting to feed him pureed vegetables, too. He’s great and I’m enjoying every day while simultaneously craving more sleep all. the. time.

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What I found around the web (link love):

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What I added to my shelves:





Aw man… I told you I went on a NA bender but this looks REALLY bad even to me… I’m setting a new rule: no new books until I read at least five books I already own (either purchased or ARCs) and no new books in February that I haven’t had on my tbr/wishlist for at least 3 months. We’ll see how that will go!

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What I wrote about:

Wow, this month was really productive! I usually write less posts. Go me! :)

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How was your January? Did you do anything interesting?

What was the best book you read this month?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

My November

novemberThis is my monthly recap post in which I share what’s been happening on the blog, the books I’ve acquired, and my favourite internet reads of the month. You can read my October recap here.

This month, I’ve been enjoying the wonderful autumn weather we’ve had. It’s now been raining for three days (and maybe we’ll even get some snow on the weekend, but I’m not too optimistic) and I feel like winter is on its way.

I’m on Instagram – this is where I’ve been documenting my morning walks with the baby in the neighbourhood parks.

I signed up for Secret Santa for the first time and I already got the books for her, yay!

The best books I’ve read this month were Eleanor & Park and Storm Front, the reviews of which I’ll be writing sometime soon.

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What I wrote about:

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What I found around the web (link love):

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The books I got:

I feel very responsible and restrained because I only got these books this month! I have sooo many other undread ones still sitting on my shelves it’s really embarrassing, so there. Alright, I also pre-ordered a couple of romances, but I’ll count those into next month’s haul. :)

coldest-girl dress-shop-of-dreams hearne-hounded page-turners scrapplings




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How was your November? Did you enjoy the Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it)?