The Sunday Snuggle W25/2018 #TheSundaySnuggle

Hello readers!

This has been quite a week. I did SO MUCH reading (and not enough going to the gym…) and yet my TBR isn’t much shorter. I went a bit crazy on the buying and requesting and borrowing books.

On Kindle Unlimited I got:

The Wretched of Muirwood (Legends of Muirwood Book 1) I Am Watching You O Homem No Espelho (Portuguese Edition) by [Sophie, Vivianne]

Ebooks I got:

Dreadnought: Nemesis - Book One by [Daniels, April] The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers) by [Chambers, Becky] Binti by [Okorafor, Nnedi] 33142013

Books I got approved for on Netgalley:

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Cheap US Kindle Book Recommendations

Hi readers!

Reading is very expensive. If you do it a lot, you probably know that! That is one of the reasons why I got a Kindle, and from time to time I get cheap e-books and feel very content with it! So, if you also want to go book shopping but don’t want to spend too much, here are some cheap books!

These prices are valid as per now (June/18), so maybe if you’re reading it much later, they won’t be applicable anymore.

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The Song of Achilles: A Novel by [Miller, Madeline] The Things We Learn When We're Dead: A modern fairytale of love and loss that weaves together the inner conflicts of a young woman’s life. by [Laidlaw, Charlie] Dreadnought: Nemesis - Book One by [Daniels, April] Continue reading

10 Summer Reading Recommendations

Hello readers!

It’s summer!! A lot of us are going on vacation and it’s a perfect time for a light read. When going to the beach, I like having a fast-paced book, and I leave immersive, giant fantasy books for colder days. Here are the ones I recommend for a nice, relaxing time. 🙂

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Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
This cute YA was so much fun to read, and I think it’s perfect for a light summer read with romance and Shakespeare!

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Or, if you still want to keep it YA but prefer a mystery, this book is quite awesome and has all the elements of classical mystery, and it’s quite charming.

The Extinction Trials by S. M. Wilson
This one has dinosaurs, death, some gore and it’s a super cool YA book. Also, the second book just came out, so if you love it like I did, you can immediately pick up the next one! Continue reading

Mini-Review: The Extinction Trials, by S. M. Wilson

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Fantasy, Thriller, Young Adult

Goodreads  / Amazon

This book came out on January 1st, but it might already be one of the coolest books of the entire year! The best thing? The sequel is already out! I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

The blurb about this book says that it’s a mixture of Jurassic Park and The Hunger Games. And it kind of is! Stormchaser decides to take part in the contests for going to Piloria, the land where dinosaurs live. Her own country is heavily overcrowded, and the people who pass the contest must survive for a whole week in Piloria. Not many people returned the years before. But Stormchaser is sure that this is her chance to change her life for better and to have an adventure. Continue reading

Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad… Literary Fiction?

Hello readers!

So, literary fiction. The big, bulky books that talk about how we’re all sad and lonely. I LOVE ‘EM.

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Joking aside, literary fiction gets the bad rep of being sort of a snobby genre, because it’s supposed to be so verbose and nothing ever happens and it’s always depressing. So, to read this kind of book, you obviously must be one of those people who love bragging about the books they’ve read to impress people.

Literary fiction tends to look too scary for people, who stay away from it like the plague. But it’s one of my favorite genres ever, and I’m here to defend it! With my life, if I must (hopefully not)

Things I love about literary fiction:

  • Deep, thoughtful characters with realistic flaws
  • Character-centered stories are very revealing about our own nature
  • Forces you to look at yourself and at others through a more empathetic light
  • It touches on subjects other genres are normally too shy to talk about, or they talk about it in a shallow way
  • Beautiful, immersive writing
  • I find it’s an antidote to the pressure of being perfect that social media makes me feel – it’s okay to be sad, depressed and flawed. It’s okay to be deeply imperfect and lead a less-than-perfect life. You’re fine and you’re going to be fine.

There is no exact rule about what to expect from a literary fiction work, although mostly they are contemporary works centered in one character, or maybe a small group of characters. But really, you can find literary fiction mixed with other genres too – YA (albeit rarely, but they exist!), mystery, fantasy, sci-fi… they do tend to be denser in content and can be hard to read sometimes, but ultimately, it feels like taking a deep breath. You face the truth of yourself and the ugly (and beautiful) things of the world. You appreciate what you have a little more.

Can you tell I love it?

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ARC Review: The Girlfriend, by Michelle Francis

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Thriller, Contemporary

Goodreads  / Amazon

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

I read quite a lot of thrillers, and most of the time it’s easy to tell who’s the “evil” character right away. The same goes with The Girlfriend – the answer is on the title already, after all – but I found myself cheering for her a lot of times. Which is such a cool thing about this book!

The Girlfriend is a crime thriller focused on two women: Laura, a successful woman who has it all and is very devoted to her son Daniel; and Cherry, his beautiful girlfriend. At first, Laura hopes to hit it off with Cherry who, who knows?, might become her daughter-in-law one day, but it soon becomes clear that Cherry doesn’t want to let her in – and that she has lied constantly to them. Continue reading

The Sunday Snuggle W23/2018 #TheSundaySnuggle

Hello readers!

I am super super excited this week, I will be reducing my medication soon and my therapy is almost over. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may remember that I had a mental breakdown last year and was still in the process of getting better. I’ve been back to work for a while now and feel almost 100% 🙂 my focus, memory & organizational skills aren’t quite the same yet, but I am sure they’ll be back soon.

I published my Privacy Policy this week! A little bit late, but I put quite some thought into it. Read it if you want to know what kind of information is stored from you when you visit my blog and what is done with it!

Ebooks I bought (I know!! I suck at book buying bans, but it is $0.99!):

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Netgalley books I was approved for:

Audiobooks I got:

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West Cork is rather a Podcast, so I don’t think it fits on my Audible book haul, but it is a very cool non-fiction podcast about this West Cork murder of a French woman (the case is still not solved). So I thought some of you might be interested! You can get it for free if you are an Audible member. Continue reading

My Spring Cleaning Book Unhaul

Hello, readers!

I’ve been recently bitten by the bug of Spring Cleaning, and have been frantically throwing things for donation or directly into the trash. This weekend I included my books on this and, while I actually clean my shelves regularly, I came up with quite a pile:

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(my Wintersong books look so beautiful next to my Court books)

I will not be doing giveaways with these books, because the last one was so recent. So we’ve donated them to the local library, which really needs a boost on their English section, anyway (I didn’t see any YA books!!!). A few of those I’ve given to friends and family. Continue reading