The Sunday Snuggle W7/2018 #TheSundaySnuggle

Hello readers!

There’s not much to tell from this week, it was rather uneventful. It has started snowing so much where I live, which is perfect for staying home and reading, and a bit less perfect to go to work and the gym and so on. I ended up reading quite a bit because my anxiety was being a drama queen, and thus I worked shorter hours this week. So I managed to get some reading done, but of course I then went to Netgalley and got a few more books, so I am back at 71% and have to read another 10 books to go over 80%. Will I ever learn?

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Is it worth getting a Kindle Unlimited subscription?

Dear readers!

I have used Kindle Unlimited once about two years ago, and I read some really great stuff there and some really bad stuff too. Thinking about that, plus the fact that I am in a book ban (again…) and I realized that Kindle Unlimited was a loop hole on my ban (hehe), I decided to try it for the 30-days free trial period! But then I had around three thousand ARCs to read, so I only read a few books on the free trial month. Then, for the sake of committing to blogging (just kidding, there were books I wanted to read hehehe), I stayed for another month.

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My Experience

I really like using the this subscription, as I love reading thrillers, and there’s a few classics in there too, plus lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Audiobooks, and it’s quite nice that I can switch seamlessly from ebook to Audiobook with this. I will probably not use it EVERY month, but there’s a lot of good books on the list and I will be using it from time to time. During this experience I read 10 books. A few other I ended up getting from either Netgally or Edelweiss, so I could definitely have added easily another 5 to this list if it wasn’t for that!

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Valentine’s Day: A Romance Books Discussion

Dear readers,

Happy Valentine’s Day! In my country, this is celebrated on June 12th, but since my boyfriend is European, we also celebrate it on February 14th. Do you have a Valentine’s Day tradition? I have to say I don’t have any… we both kind of keep it low key and maybe give each other chocolate or go out to have dinner… but nothing too much.

Anyway, if you have been reading my blog for a while, you probably know I’m not a big romance reader. I’ve never read a Nora Roberts, a Danielle Steel or a Nicholas Sparks book. I don’t mind reading romance in books, but I don’t particularly seek them out. Normally, my favorite romances are also from another genre, like fantasy. This comes probably from my own prejudices regarding the romance genre, for which I am not proud of (see what I did there?? No?? See the gif below then).

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Review: A River in Darkness, by Masaji Ishikawa

A River in the Darkness Masaji IshikawaRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Non-fiction, Memoir

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Half-Japanese and half-Korean Masaji Ishikawa lived a poor and hard life in Japan with his family, angry at his violent father and feeling like an outsider. Then, when he’s thirteen, his family moves to North Korea, in search of a better life – the promises of free education, abundance of jobs and free access to doctors lures them. They soon find out the depth of the lies of the propaganda, and life gets much, much harder. Masaji tells the story of his life in “paradise on earth”, and its brutality, the endless hunger, poverty and cruelty and his escape 36 years later. Continue reading

The Sunday Snuggle W6/2018 #TheSundaySnuggle

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Hello readers!

This week has been much less productive reading-wise than the last one, mainly because I’m increasing my work hours, but I’m still very satisfied with it! I finished a book that I need to return to the library (in three weeks… but my anxiety convinced me I needed to finish it IMMEDIATELY or I wouldn’t make it to the deadline… yes, I know, anxiety logic) and generally am heading again to 80% approval on Netgalley! Just a few books more to go (like… 10…)!

As said last week, we got a few new shelves, and organized the bookshelf, which now has exclusively books! Looks so empty at the moment because I have maybe 30 books on the place I stay during the week for work, and also because it’s only the books I bought since my boyfriend and I moved in together three years ago. On the right are the my TBR books and it looked so scary to realize it occupied 4 cubes, which is the cubes for authors starting with A, B, C and D together…

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ARC Review: Hidden Seams, by Alessandra Torre

Hidden Seams Alessandra Torre

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Romance, Erotica

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I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

In Hidden Seams, Marco has just inherited a billion after ten years of selling his reputation, and realizes now just how lonely he really is. Avery works with money laundering, trying to get enough money to support the immigrant women who depend on her to find shelter and a decent job. She is determine if the man who used to publicly date Marco was his father, and he is determined to not let her ruin his legacy. When they meet, however, the intense passion between them is something they can’t fight. Continue reading

The Sunday Snuggle W5/2018 #TheSundaySnuggle

Hello readers!

This week has been very prolific reading-wise, as I have included audiobooks on my walk to and from work, and also sometimes at the gym if I’m doing low-intensity activities. And I also play them when I’m cleaning, or making food in the evening… so they go really fast. Also my choice of books this week were many fast reads and shorter books, so I read them pretty quickly.

Also yesterday my boyfriend and I did another 12-hour readathon! My books were The King in Yellow, Never Let Me GoThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender and Hidden Seams. The others are my boyfriend’s choices, and he totally stole my preciousssss Classic Tales of Science Fiction and Fantasy, but it’s okay because he’s getting books from the library for me, yay!

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Also we’re getting new shelves because SOMEONE keeps buying books (who could that be)? So next week maybe I’ll show a picture to you guys of how they look like after we move and organize things. My boyfriend is excited about being able then to separate books by genre, instead of fiction vs. nonfiction.

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Books I Read Because of Book Bloggers #1

Hello Readers!

One of the side effects of creating a blog and getting in contact with lots of people is that you get to know a LOT of books you normally wouldn’t be drawn to or even have heard of! Consequently your to-read pile gets enormous, but well. Below are some of the books I only heard about because of other bloggers and that I probably wouldn’t have read otherwise!

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, by Jenny Han

I don’t remember who had recommended this book, but I heard it was all cute and funny and very good representation… I picked it up last summer in the spirit of reading different things from my comfort zone, and I really liked it! It’s a really cute book and I’ll read the continuation somewhen soon!

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ARC Review: Watch Me, by Jody Gehrman

Watch Me Jody Gehrman

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Psychological Thriller

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I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I had read the synopsis for Watch Me and found it very intriguing, which is why I got the book via Netgalley, but by the time I read it, I’d forgotten it already. And I think that is the best way to enjoy this book – not knowing where it’s heading! So if you want to be kept a little in the dark about the story of Watch Me, skip the next paragraph! Continue reading