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My March

march1Hello! How is it the end of March already? What happened? o_O Anyway, this is my recap post for March – you can see the February edition here.

Spring is finally here! If you’re following me on Instagram, there are a few photos from my walks and such. I try to go for a walk every day because I want our baby to be outside as much as possible, and I did go out in winter as well, but some of those walks were really miserable for me (the baby was fine, he was all bundled up and protected in his stroller, while my extremities nearly froze).

In baby news: He will be seven months old tomorrow. I think we are currently waiting for some more teeth to make their appearance because of all the finger-chewing, fussing, and drooling. Yay for teeth, boo for fussing, poor thing doesn’t know what’s happening to him, of course. Pears are currently a huge favourite. He’s slowly figuring out how to crawl on his hands and knees. Stackable cups are wonderful. We also managed a few dates (sans baby) so that’s great!

In personal news: I had a neurological exam last week because I’ve been having some really bad headaches – turns out they’re migraines. YAY. Ugh. I’m supposed to keep a migraine diary now, writing down stuff about the headaches I get. On the up side: I had a CT scan of my head done and I received the images: SO COOL. Apparently, my nose is slightly crooked, who knew?! :D And I saw pics of my brain – the swirly parts and all. I’ve never had this done before (excepting an x-ray for my dentist) so I was pretty amazed.

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The best read of the month was undoubtedly A Darker Shade of MagicI’ll write the review as soon as I get my thoughts in order. Other memorable books I read this month were Shadow Scale (review) and The DUFF (review), so not a bad reading month all in all. I tried to organize my TBR pile and I hope to read more of the books I already own in the months to come.

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On the blog:

Reviews

Tough Travels

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The books I got:

  • darker-shade-magic-schwabA Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab. Amazing, I tell you. Go read it now. (purchased, paperback – so pretty).
  • Driving Mr. Dead by Molly Harper – this is a novella in the Half Moon Hollow series and it’s classic Harper – funny and entertaining (purchased for Kindle).
  • Animal MagnetismAnimal Attraction and Rescue My Heart by Jill Shalvis. Have I mentioned that her books are my catnip? Yeah… I still have some more to read but I’m saving them for later (purchased for Kindle).
  • The Abduction of Julia by Karen Hawkins – this is an old favourite; I read it ages ago but decided to buy the Kindle edition because it was on sale. (purchased for Kindle).
  • hidden-huntress-danielle-jensenHidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen – I read Stolen Songbird but never got around to reviewing it! I liked it a lot so I was really excited to find that I was approved for the sequel on Netgalley! Thank you, Angry Robot! Also, the cover is gorgeous, don’t you think? I love all the details.

 

 

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Link love:

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This is all from me. Now tell me, how was your March?

What was the best book you read? Did you watch anything interesting?

I love hearing from you! :)

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:

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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. :)

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

My October

octoberThis month passed in a bit of a blur. I went almost completely without the blog and Twitter for a couple of days (I had posts scheduled in advance) and I needed some time off, I think. I feel like I have more energy for writing posts now, even though the second half of October hasn’t really been that good when it comes to reading choices… There will be more reviews to come in November, but I’m currently in search of good discussion/personal post topics, so if you’ve got any recommendations, do share them in the comments! :)

This 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 September recap here.

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I am now on Instagram! Come find me @ofdragonsandhearts !

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My translation of Annabel Pitcher’s Ketchup Clouds was published this month!

LOOK AT IT! Isn’t it pretty??

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What I wrote about:

Not a bad month, all in all, I think! :)

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The books I got:

This was also a good month acquisition-wise. I want to thank the publishers for giving me the chance to read and review the books I’ve received on Netgalley and Edelweiss!

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Link love – what I found around the web:

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I hope you had a good October! Did you do anything fun? Any awesome links I should know about? 

I’d love to hear from you! :)

My August

August

This is a monthly post on Of Dragons and Hearts and you can see the July recap post here. This is where I tell you about all the pretty books I got that month (a thing inspired by Stacking the Shelves, which is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews), the posts I wrote, and the links I loved around the internet.

Pictured above: a lake near Ljubljana where apparently all the swans gather and… reproduce? I have no idea what they’re doing, actually, but I’ve never seen this many in one place. They’re gorgeous, snow-white and proud. My brother also told me they’re really aggressive if you go out in a little boat and attempt to feed them – they even climb up into your boat.

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The books I got in August:

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Another exciting addition to my booksheves has arrived, but this one is a bit different: it’s my translation of Maya Banks’ Seduction of a Highland Lass  – Zapeljati višavsko dekle. Click on the picture to buy/see more info (in Slovenian)!

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What I’ve been writing about:

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Some links and posts I enjoyed this month:

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How was your August?

Have you acquired any new books? Read anything interesting? Found an awesome link you can’t wait to share? :)