Mid-Month Check In April 2018

Happy Sunday everyone! I’m interrupting my daily nap schedule (just kidding, I don’t do naps, I simply procrastinate on the couch!) to bring you another monthly check in! I forgot to do this last month (apparently March turned into a black hole that swallowed any motivation I had to blog) but I was determined not to forget this time because these monthly updates are really fun to write! So without further ado, here’s how this month has been going for me!

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April has been a pretty relaxing month for me because of Easter holidays which means I had more days off work than usual. Because of that I also managed to do more reading than I usually do which I’m really happy about! Right now, I’m reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and I am completely hooked! I really wanted to read more historical fiction this year and novels set during World War II have always interested me so I’m really excited to be finally reading the Nightingale! I’m only halfway through and I’m already sure it’s going to be a five star read for me! Apart from reading The Nightingale, I’m also rereading Legend by Marie Lu for the O.W.L.s readathon which I’m participating in this month (more on that later). It’s been way too long since I read this trilogy and since it has always been one of my favorites, I decided it was finally time for a reread!

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A Year of Owlcrate Awesomeness

Happy Monday everyone! As promised I’m back today with another post! This one is a special one so I’m pretty excited to share it with you and as you might have already guessed, it’s all about my favorite subscription box which is of course Owlcrate! Exactly a year ago from today, on April 2nd 2017, I woke up to a direct message on Instagram letting me know that I had been chosen as an Owlcrate rep! And you may call it an exaggeration but this box has been making me happy ever since!

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If you know me even a little, then you know how much I love subscription boxes! I just love the idea of getting a box full of bookish surprises every month and opening up these boxes for the first time can be super thrilling, especially when you have no idea what you’re going to find inside!

Before being chosen as a rep, I had bought two Owlcrate boxes for myself and had loved both of them but I had been a huge fan of Owlcrate long before that! So being able to rep for them was truly a dream come true! And when they asked me to stay on for a longer time when my first rep term came to an end I could only say yes because seriously? Who would say no to repping for something as awesome as Owlcrate? And again, you might call it an exaggeration, but getting my Owlcrate is easily one of the best parts of every month and seeing it on my front porch never fails to put a smile on my face and make for an awesome day!

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Most Anticipated Releases of April 2018

Happy Sunday and happy 1st of April everyone! Spring is here for good and I couldn’t be happier about it especially since I won’t have to work as much this month because of Easter holidays which means I’ll have more time to write, read and procrastinate! I have no joke for you today but I do have a small blog post and it’s all about my most anticipated YA releases of this month! I sadly forgot to do a blog post for my most anticipated March releases (which is a shame because so many amazing books came out last month) but I was determined not to forget this time! So here are the four books that I’m most excited about this month!

Ace of Shades

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Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

Expected publication: April 10th

A book that is promising dark mysteries, secrets hiding in the shadows and morally grey characters? Yes please! This one keeps being compared to Six of Crows and as you all know I absolutely loved Six of Crows so of course I have to give it a shot! I only hope I won’t be disappointed because let’s face it: Leigh Bardugo has set the bar really high with complicated young criminals and impossible heists so I’m not very confident I will find Levi as incredible as I found Kaz and the rest of the Dregs. Still really excited about this though and I can’t wait to read it and find out if it’s going to prove me wrong!

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Bookstagram Tips and Tricks

Hello and happy 1st day of Spring! I know I disappeared again the past few weeks (I’ve once again been super busy) but the sun is shining outside today and I’m in a rather good mood so I’m finally back with a new blog post! And this one is all about bookstagram! I’ve had so many people ask me for advice on how to start a bookstagram or how to improve their accounts and photography so I figured it would be a good idea to write a blog post and give you all some tips on bookstagramming! Keep in mind that I’m in no way an expert, nor do I consider myself one, but I’ve been a bookstagrammer for almost three years now so I’ve a learned a thing or two! 🙂

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Getting Started

Theme

The first thing you need to establish before you start your bookstagram is your theme. Not all your photos have to look the same but it’s nice to have some consistency and the easiest way to achieve that is through editing. Editing is a bookstagrammer’s best friend. You might wanna take a photo outside but also take a photo on your shelves. You know that they’re going to be completely different but editing them the same way or adding the same filter can go a long way into making them match! I personally love seeing bookstagram feeds that have a certain style or theme and always find them more aesthetically pleasing!

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Mid-month Check In February 2018

Hello everyone and happy Sunday! Hope you’re all having a very relaxing day! We’re a little over halfway through the month, which means it’s time for another mid-month check in! I’ve decided to make those a regular thing because I have so much fun writing them! Here’s what I’ve been up to so far this month!

Currently Reading

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I’m almost finished with The Cruel Prince and I’ve really enjoyed it so far, even though I have to admit I found it a bit slow for my taste. Still, Holly Black’s fairie world is fascinating and I had so much fun reading about all the different aspects of it! I’m hoping to finish this one tonight because it’s taken me longer to read than I was planning to and hopefully I will be able to write a review too!

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Most Anticipated Releases of February 2018

Happy 1st of February everyone! Can you believe January is already over? It was a so so month for me because I was super busy with college exams but I’m looking forward to them ending next week so I can finally devote myself to reading! I’m determined to make February a successful reading month and there are a few February releases that I’m hoping will help me with that! So here’s a small list of the books coming out this month that I’m most excited about!

Shadowsong

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Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother’s and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her. 

When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world—or the ones Liesl loves—is in her hands?

Expected publication: February 6th

I have to admit that I haven’t read Wintersong yet. I didn’t manage to get to it last year and since I wanted to read it in winter I decided to wait for this year. But since its sequel is coming out this month, I figured this is the best opportunity for me to get to it and if I do read it, it will also give me the perfect excuse to buy a copy of Shadowsong! Though let’s face it, I’ll probably buy it either way! I need that book on my shelves! We all have to admit it has such a stunning cover!

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Most Anticipated Releases of January 2018

Hello lovelies! It’s Fri-yay today which means relaxing day so I figured it was as good a time as any to finally write this blog post! I say finally because I’ve been planning to post it since last week but alas! Life (a.k.a college exams) got in the way! So here we are today! I was originally going to do a post about all of my most anticipated releases of 2018 but since there are way too many amazing books coming out this year to all fit in one blog post, I decided to feature them separately each month!

The Cruel Prince

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Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Expected publication: January 2nd

One of my most anticipated releases of  this year! I’ve wanted this book ever since it was announced (I was immediately sold on the whole Fairie Prince thing) and I’m super excited to read it! Technically it’s already out but I don’t have my copy yet so I’m still waiting for it! And I think it’s safe to say I will start it as soon as I get my hands on it!

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My 2018 Bookish Resolutions

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Happy new Year everyone! Can you believe 2017 is gone? Can’t say it was the best year for me (it had its ups and downs) but I’m really hoping 2018 will be amazing! New year means new goals, so I thought it would be fun to share my 2018 bookish resolutions!

Complete My Goodreads Reading Challenge

2017 was a pretty bad reading year for me. I’ve had some personal stuff to deal with which means I wasn’t in the mood to read and only managed to finish less than 20 books! So I’m determined to change that this year! I’ve set my Goodreads reading goal to 100 books which is pretty ambitious, I know, but I’m really hoping I will manage to complete it! I’ve acquired so many amazing books in 2017 and I really, really want to finally get to them this year!

Read More Diverse Books

This was a bookish resolution I set for myself last year but since I didn’t do much reading in 2017 I didn’t manage to complete it. I already have a few diverse reads sitting on my shelves so I’m really hoping I will be able to get to them soon! And of course, I’m always up for suggestions!

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Mid-month Check In Christmas Edition

Happy Monday everyone! Can you believe there are only 7 days left until Christmas? Where has the year gone? December has been a crazy busy month for me (I barely seem to find time to sit down and relax anymore) which is why I haven’t posted till now! But since we’re halfway through the month I figured it was time to check in with y’all and let you know what’s going on in my (bookish) life!

Currently Reading

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I finally started Flame in the Mist yesterday and even though I haven’t gotten very far, I’m really enjoying it already! Hopefully, I will manage to actually finish it because I have the bad habit of stopping in the middle of reading books lately but since Christmas break is coming and I’ll have a lot more free time on my hands, I’m confident that I will finally catch up a bit on my TBR! I’m desperately behind!

Currently Listening

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Aside from the traditional Christmas music obsession I recently started listening to The Crown’s Game, which I downloaded for free thanks to an awesome Audio Books offer that was included in September’s The Bookish Box! I was super excited to find it because I’ve wanted to read it for a while now and it’s safe to say that if I like it, I’m going to buy a physical copy too! Besides, have you seen the hardback? It’s absolutely gorgeous!

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10 Things I’m Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you’re all surrounded by family and love today! Unfortunately we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here but I love the idea of it so I figured writing a small blog post to list a few things I’m thankful for would be nice! I could probably write hundreds of things I’m thankful for but since that would be rather inconvenient for both me and you, I’m just going to write down the first 10 things that pop into mind!

My family

I feel very lucky to say that I have an amazing family that loves and supports me! I know that’s not the case for everyone so I cherish every moment I spend with them! I’m grateful for my grandma’s cooking, and for my other grandma’s tendency to stuff my bag with treats whenever I visit her, I’m grateful for my cousins who are like sisters to me and who always give me plenty of reasons to laugh, I’m grateful for my grandfather who never said no to driving me around and who is not with us anymore but will always hold a very special place in my heart, I’m grateful for my uncles who always bring plenty of gifts when they visit us from the US and I’m grateful for all my extended family who always spends holidays with us and shares our happiness. But most of all I’m grateful for my two amazing parents who have always given me all the help and support I needed and who rarely say no to me! I also have to mention that I owe my love for reading to my dad (he’s the other bookworm in the family) so I’m extremely grateful to him for that too! I wouldn’t be the person I am today without him!

My best friend

I would truly be lost without her! She’s the most important person in my life outside my family and she’s the one person that completely understands me and always puts up with my craziness! She’s also a huge reader so there’s plenty of fangirling involved every time we’re together and she writes too so I can always talk to her about my ideas and ask for inspiration! And I couldn’t be more grateful to have someone to share my passions with and above all to have someone who is always there for me whenever I need it!

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