Most Anticipated Releases of 2018

Helloooo Everyone!

We are halfway through December – Christmas is coming and the New Years Eve as well – then we are in 2018 already! And this means a lot of new books to read.  In this post I would like to gather those I’m most excited for.

January:

February

March

May

June

Others

This is not a full list but these are the ones I’m most anticipating. What are yours?

Cheers,
Szandi

November wrap-up and December TBR

Helloooo everyone!

This is again that time of the month, let’s summarize what I read in November and what I plan to read in December!

My November TBR list looked like this:

  • The Hearts we Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  • It by Stephen King
  • Scythe by Neil Schusterman
  • The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
  • Language of Thors by Leigh Bardugo
  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  • Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  • Girls made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

From this list I finished the following books:

  • Scythe by Neil Schusterman
  • The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
  • Language of Thors by Leigh Bardugo

Also finished the following books:

  • Harry Potter and teh Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • Afar byLeila del Duca

And started reading the following:

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

My TBR for December is going to be:

Finish the following books:

  • The Hearts we Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  • It by Stephen King
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Start reading the following books

  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  • Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  • Girls made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
  • Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Cheers, Szandi

October Wrap-up and November TBR

Helloooo everyone!

Lately I don’t really have time to blogging, and it looks like I’m not going to have any until December, but after that I try to come back to my original schedule. Fortunately I did have time to read in October, so I finished a couple of books and started new ones as well – let’ jump right into them!

My October TBR list looked like this:

  • Winter by Marissa Meyer
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman
  • Sleepy Hallow and other short stories by Washington Irving
  • When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • Afar by Leila del Duca
  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
  • The Hearts we Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • It by Stephen King

From this list I finished the following books:

  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman
  • When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray

Also finished the following books:

  • Geekerella by Ashley Poston
  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
  • How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

And started reading the following:

  • The Hearts we Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  • It by Stephen King
  • Scythe by Neil Schusterman
  • The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
  • Language of Thors by Leigh Bardugo

In November I don’t have a specific theme to gather aroung my TBR so I just picked up some books that are sitting on my shelf and desperately wants me to read them.

Finish the following books:

  • The Hearts we Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  • It by Stephen King
  • Scythe by Neil Schusterman
  • The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
  • Language of Thors by Leigh Bardugo

Start reading the following books

  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  • Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  • Girls made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

Cheers, Szandi

September wrap-up and October TBR

Helloooo everyone!

Another month passed by, and I’m sooo excited because October is one of my favourite months 🙂 I love the colors and the cold – which is not too cold, but the one when you can cozy up in your favourite pants and sweaters, wearing at home your favourite longewear and sipping hot chocolate or tea while reading. God, this is one of the best time of the year!

In the month of September I finished 9 books, which isn’t bad. I set my Goodreads reading challenge to 75 books, because I think if I’m trying hard I can do that – currently I’m 10 books behing though, soooo. we’ll see.

 

My September TBR list looked like this:

Finish the following books:

  • Winter by Marissa Meyer
  • The Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Start (and finish) the following books:

  • The Lightning-Struck Heart by T.J. Klune
  • The Hearts we Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  • Sleepy Hallow and other short stories by Washington Irving
  • Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
  • The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

From this list I finished the following books:

  • The Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • The Lightning-Struck Heart by T.J. Klune
  • The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Also finished the following books:

  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
  • Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
  • Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Fault in our starts by John Green

And started reading the following:

  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman
  • Sleepy Hallow and other short stories by Washington Irving
  • When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • Afar by Leila del Duca

And DNF’d the following book:

  • Wicked like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic

In October I plan to read books with some spooky vibes, so first I try to finish every leftovers from the previous months, and after that grab the spooky ones 🙂 So my plan for October is the following:

  • Winter by Marissa Meyer
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman
  • Sleepy Hallow and other short stories by Washington Irving
  • When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • Afar by Leila del Duca
  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
  • The Hearts we Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  • The DIviners by Libba Bray
  • It by Stephen King

Cheers, Szandi

Audiobook Recommendations

Hellooo everyone,

Lately I’m very much enjoying myself listening to audiobooks. It wasn’t a thing for me before but a couple of weeks ago I decided to give it a try and since I’m obsessed with audiobooks! I listened to a couple of them now and in this post I would like to recommend you my TOP 3 favourites.

  • Stalking Jack the Ripper
    Author: Kerri Maniscalco
    Narrator: Nicola Barber

    I was really into this story I must say, I’m very interested in the Jack the Ripper case, I love movies and books based on his mystery.
    The story and the characters are amazing in this book and the building of the mystery is phenomenal!
    The narrator of this audiobook, Nicola Barber was a perfect chioce for it. I loved the soft way she speaks, it made me really relaxed, but also in the more intense scenes she was perfect. Her voice is now officially my “reading voice”, everytime I read a book I hear her voice in my head.

  • The Lightning-struck Heart
    Author: T. J. Klune
    Narrator: Michael Lesley

    This book was hilarious, I literally was in hysterics listening to this books, multiple times laughed out loud while I was commuting between my home and my job. The characters in this book are brilliant, I’m literally in love with them.
    Michael Lesley was the perfect narrator of this book, his performance was hilarious, his style of speaking added so much to the story, I never thought that this can be a thing. Became one of my all-time favourite books, and my favourite amongst the audiobooks I listened.

  • Harry Potter series
    Author: J. K. Rowling
    Narrator: Stephen Fry

    I don’t think that I need to talk about this series in general, everyone knows what I’m talking about when I say, that this book series was my childhood. That is why these audiobooks are so close to my heart: listening the way Stephen Fry narrates it makes me feel, that I’m home again in my parents’ house, in my bed, and my mom reads tales for me. It’s that happy, innocent and peaceful kind of feeling. I love it to bits.

I would love to hear your thoughts about audiobooks. Do you like them? Which ones are your favourite?

Regards,
Szandi

24 hour READATHON – TBR and plans

Hellooooo everyone,

So my first ever 24 hour Readathon happens on this weekend, and I’m beyond excited about it! I’m so nervous and curious, I really hope that I can manage to read 1000 pages during this one day long reading marathon!

My original plan was to start new books during this challenge, just because it is easier to count how many pages I’ve read when I don’t have to substract the pages I’ve read before starting the marathon.

This plan is slightly changed after I realised that in the last couple of months I have started to read a shitload of books without finishing them! My currently reading list is 8 books long at it is unacceptable! I finished a lot of books during this period but there are these books which I do enjoy and read a couple of pages from them here and there, but there are ALWAYS the shiny new books which I have to jump in and read on the same day I got them.
So, my new plan for this readathon is to remove some of these books from my Currently Reading pile. This is also good for my Goodreads challenge, which is 75 finished books this year and I’m currently 12 books behind, and finishing these babies would improve this numbers.

So now let’s take a look on these books!

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    Started on: June 13, 2017
    On page: 243
    Total pages: 617
    Pages to read: 374
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin
    Started on: July 2, 2017
    On page: 276
    Total pages: 699
    Pages to read: 423
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
    Started on: August 7, 2017
    On page: 246
    Total pages: 501
    Pages to read: 255
  • Winter
    Started on: August 13, 2017
    On page: 140
    Total pages: 824
    Pages to read: 684
  • Insurgent
    Started on: August 15, 2017
    On page: 310
    Total pages: 525
    Pages to read: 215
  • Sleepy Hollow and other short stories
    Started on: September 3, 2017
    On page: 56
    Total pages: 121
    Pages to read: 65
  • Wicked like a Wildfire
    Started on: September 19, 2017
    On page: 70
    Total pages: 400
    Pages to read: 330
  • Gemina
    Started on: September 22, 2017
    On page: 84
    Total pages: 659
    Pages to read: 575

If we are doing the math, this is exactly 2891 pages to read, which is, to be honest, impossible for me to read. I decided, that Gemina and Wicked like a Wildfire aren’t “playing”, because I started them quite recently. This leaves me with 1986 pages. My goal is to finish 1000 pages from this, and I hope that I’m going to finish some of these books as well. I’m hoping to finish Insurgent, Sleepy Hollow and The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue the most, so I might start the marathon with those, and I’ll see how it goes. I’m going to start reading tonight at 6pm Central European time, right after I finished working. The marathon ends tomorrow at 6pm, and I hope I can catch up with you right after that.

Wish me luck!
Szandi

(Belated) #TheReadingQuest Update Week 4

Helloooo everyone!

So, I must say, I miserabley failed finishing my questline. I haven’t finished any books on the last week of #TheReadingQuest, so Ryell haven’t grown up as the biggest witch of all times.

So without further ado, do a tiny summary about what I’ve accomplished during this challenge, count experience points, count health points – let’s see how many quests was I able to finish.

Main Questline:

  • Book set in a different world: Reaper Man
  • A Book based on mythology: The Lightning Thief (Hungarian edition)
  • Contains Magic: The Night Circus
  • 1st book in a series: Divergent

Side Quests:

  • Time Warp – Stalking Jack the Ripper (audiobook)
  • Multiplayer – The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Started Quests

  • Grind : Insurgent
  • Mini-Game : Sleepy Hallow and other short stories by Washington Irving
  • Book with a one word title: Winter

Ryell (Level 2)

Exp 70
HP 228

What I’ve learned from this challenge? Don’t select a book as a main quest with more than 800 pages because you are not going to finish it in time!

Overall I loved participating in this challenge, it was really fun and I’d like to thank Aentee that she hosted this amazing game!

Regards,
Szandi