The Sunday Snuggle: Weekly Wrap Up & #FFFeb Progress W8/2020

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This has been interesting week. I’ve been feeling sick since last Friday, so I’ve reduced my work hours a bit and thus had more reading time, but also not that much more because I was not feeling so great, after all. I also had very limited patience with my reading, and DNF-ed two books within the first chapters: A Heart so Fierce and Broken and The Truth About Keeping Secrets. They’re both YA eARCs that I requested because they were available and I’d heard about them (plus I read A Curse so Dark and Lonely), but my interest in YA has been dwindling so much lately that I just could not hold interest in either.

I excluded them from my TBR; after a quite stressful workweek, my patience has been very limited, so it’s no wonder I DNF-ed two books (in fact, I almost DNF-ed three).

I bought in audiobook:

the king of crows libba bray

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Final Girls by Riley Sager / Goodreads 4 stars

This book was intense and full of plot twists! I normally can see the ending coming from miles away, but I was mostly wrong with this one.

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James / My Review 5 stars

I LOVED this. This is definitely going to be one of the best mysteries for 2020 for me! I love the 80s atmosphere, the creepy, haunted motel, the characters, the nods to murderinos… this is a really good book!

Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner / Goodreads 3 stars

I picked this up for #FFFeb instead of The Truth About Keeping Secrets, and I enjoyed it for the most part, but the writing was so choppy and the chemistry just kind of wasn’t there… so in the end I was quite bored. It felt quite amateurish, really, and maybe it’s because I don’t love the age-gap romance, and also I am so tired of main characters who can’t communicate in a decent way. Still, I thought this was cute and relatively low stakes, which is such a nice palate cleanser kind of novel.

The Price of Salt

The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith / Goodreads Ongoing

This is probably my last #FFFeb pick! And from what I’ve read so far, it’s going to end on a high note – I’m really enjoying the atmosphere and the writing so far!  I loved The Talented Mr. Ripley, so I have high hopes for this one.

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The Sunday Snuggle: Weekly Wrap Up & #FFFeb Progress W7/2020

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By the end of last week, February was 25% done and I’d read 1 book and a half of my 9 planned for the February TBR, so it looked… a bit challenging. This week, I finally finished Harrow the Ninth, which is a 500-page read that I didn’t quite account for; somehow I thought it would be like 300 pages and I’d be done with it by Friday last week. Instead, it took me until the Monday after. But now it’s Sunday and I managed to finish Harrow, Exciting Times and Apartment. I read a bit of Final Girls (which is really good) and started The Sun Down Motel (which is really good, too!). I ended up DNF one book, so my “wrap up” looks quite long, especially considering two of the books I read were quite short.

This week I got from Edelweiss:

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The Sunday Snuggle: Weekly Wrap Up and Haul & #FFFeb Progress W6/2020

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So a week ago #FFFeb started and I am excited to spend a month focusing on F/F books. My TBR is, as I showed last week, a bit challenging. I normally finish 2 books per week if I’m listening to audiobooks, perhaps 3 if it’s a slow week at work, but there will be NO slow weeks in sight now and I’m not 100% sure how I’m going to read everything, but I hope to! I really hope to end this month with my TBR 10 books shorter – next month it will get up to 16 books longer because of the WP long list coming out, and I still hold foolish hope to end the year with fewer than 100 books on my TBR. Who knows, maybe I can do it. I considered reading for Black Month History, but my monthly to-be-read list is already super long, so I will focus on black authors in future months instead.

I bought on audio this week:

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The Sunday Snuggle: Weekly Wrap Up W4/2020

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This week I spent mostly reading Ducks, Newburyport which means I had no new reviews to post and had to post creative stuff instead and then I found 2 posts on my drafts that I started writing like a year ago. It was fun writing something different from my usual reviews + wrap up, and they fared really well!

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Book Blogging: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

In a week it’s February and I have a TON of books to read that month, but I’m like, halfway through Ducks and I have no idea how I’m supposed to read all those other books, too. Thankfully it’s a leap year so I get an extra day? Yay? We’ll see how all the stuff I wanna read this month will actually go… I think I gotta write a post on that so I can keep track of the books I want to read.

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The Sunday Snuggle: Weekly Wrap Up W3/2020

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This week I finished more books than expected due to a lighter work week! So after finishing 4 of the 5 ARCs I have for January by now, I decided to take the plunge and finally start Ducks, Newburyport. I’ve no idea how long this will take, but I’m hoping to be finished by the end of the month, since February I have LOTS to read and then March the WP Longlist comes out and will probably dominate my reading. I’ll alternate a little with some audiobooks, since I like having a bit of variety. ALSO I’m hoping Ducks will be part of the WP Longlist and then I’ll feel very smug about having read it by then! One can dream, at least.

This week I bought in audio:

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The Sunday Snuggle: Weekly Wrap Up W2/2020

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It’s been an eventful week, with going back to work and remembering what it’s like to wake up with an alarm (not great).

Next month I will be participating in #FFFeb! I have decided on a TBR, and thankfully most of it are ARCs. This week I will post it plus a list of recommendations – I’m really hyped for it!

February there will also be #Tropeathon! I need to think about what I will read then, but it depends how FFFeb goes, and I’m hoping to use a similar TBR for both!

I was hoping to start Ducks, Newburyport this week, but then I realized I have 5 ARCs due this month, so I’m trying to get through those first and then pick up Ducks before the month is over. I definitely want to finish it before the longlist of the Women’s Prize comes out, because then I am sure I won’t pick it up anytime soon if it’s not listed there

This week I received from Edelweiss:

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The Sunday Snuggle: Weekly Wrap Up W1/2020

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Next week I will be back to work, but for now I’m still enjoying this little bit of vacation left and getting a lot of reading done! 🙂 I’m excited for the new releases from 2020 and will try this year to post the reviews in a more timely manner than I did for 2019 books. So far I read 1 eARC, but I still have dozens, sooo… we will see how it goes! But I’m really excited for all of the 2020 releases I currently own, which is always good.

This week I received from Edelweiss:

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The Sunday Snuggle W52/2019: Birthday & Christmas Haul, Weekly Wrap Up

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Since my last post, Christmas has now passed and also my birthday! As a result, I have a lot of new books on my shelves, as I traditionally also like going to bookstores on my birthday and gifting myself a bunch of books. That, plus the ones I received, are quite a haul! I also did a 12h “readathon” with my boyfriend (and also my cat) yesterday, which helped with getting my TBR safely below 200 books again.

So here is my birthday and Christmas haul:

The Man Who Saw Everything I actually bought and opened before my birthday! I also already finished it, and it was SO GOOD.

I’ve actually read My Year of Rest and Relaxation on Scribd as audio, but I enjoyed it so much and I think I’ll love it more upon re-reading, and in print! I’m glad to own this now 🙂 Continue reading

The Sunday Snuggle W51/2019: Weekly Wrap Up

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I’m very excited for Christmas, although honestly I’m most excited about catching up on some sleep and eating at normal hours on an actual table instead of in front of my laptop. This week’s Sunday Snuggle is probably not up-to-date because I last updated it on Friday (since I was on a trip and wanted to be a bit off grid), and it’s possible I started/finished other books in the meantime. But on the next SS I will add those 🙂

Oh, by the way, I am now one year older! Next year I turn 30! I wonder if I’ll be able to magically wake up 6am without complaining or procrastinating by then. (mom, what do you think?)

This week I got:

queen of nothing holly black

I’ve read the other two books already and I’m quite excited to finish this series! There are so many series unfinished on my TBR that I have yet to add all the books to… it’s nice to finish one, for a change!

From Edelweiss, I received:

I somehow completely forgot I’d requested The Truth About Keeping Secrets, but I’m excited for it! And A Beautiful Crime sounds delicious (and I forgot to add it to my Upcoming 2020 Releases I’m Looking Forward To post)
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The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht / Review  ★★★★☆

I ended up really enjoying this one! It’s a really beautiful book and I’m considering getting a physical copy (I had borrowed it from the library)

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston / Review  ★★★★☆

This is ADORABLE. I absolutely loved it.

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black / Goodreads Ongoing

I listened to the last book of the trilogy, and I do recommend the audio version! It’s really well done. I’m about 60 or 70% through and honestly not much has happened… it feels like this book could have been just a few extra chapters on the last one. But it’s a good book, it’s just rather uneventful.

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In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado / Review★★★★★

I loved this book. It was such a brilliant and painful read. I considered giving it 4 stars but in the end, it’s such a masterful work, so heartbreaking and left a really strong impression on me – also it was the best non-fiction I’ve read all year – so 5 stars it is!

The Electric Heir (Feverwake#2) by Victoria Lee / Goodreads Ongoing

I’ve actually read a few pages more of this and I’m…. losing interest. I am really sorry for that, and I’ll actually give this another chance, but much like with the first book, I like the idea of it more than the actual book. I also don’t love the writing. But I think I’ll give it another chance during the holidays!

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff &    Georgia Hardstark / Goodreads Ongoing

I went a bit crazy and started ANOTHER book so I think I have like, 6 current reads. But I felt like something non-fiction after finishing In the Dream House, and I owned this already, so thought it would be a fun, light read. And it is! I don’t love it, but it’s fun and quick to get through.

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Mansfield Park by Jane Austen / Goodreads Ongoing

Didn’t pick this up this week .

Bibliophile by Jane Mount / Goodreads Ongoing

I didn’t pick this up this week.

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