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December Wrap-Up!

Guys, are you aware of the fact that tomorrow will be 2015? ARE YOU? On one hand, I want 2014 to end because it hasn't been the greatest, especially since the end of summer but on the other hand, I'm scared about 2015. Anyways, I'm here to talk about my reading this month and as most of you would know, it hasn't been the greatest but, to be honest, I don't care. Here you have them: 1. Shadow and Bone  by Leigh Bardugo 2. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo 3. Paper Towns  by John Green 4. Gifted  by H. S. Stone 5. The Evolution of Mara Dyer  by Michelle Hodkin

2015 Bookish Goals and Resolutions

Tuesday is supposed to be dedicated to Top Ten Tuesday but since I don’t have ten bookish goals and resolutions for 2015, I’ve decided to just talk you through what I want to do related to my bookish world this next year – which is completely upon us and it’s freaking me out but hey, people say odd years are always luckier. Let’s see if that’s right!

Gifted by H. S. Stone

Title: Gifted Author: H. S. Stone Pages (format): 262 pages (e-book) Publication Date: October 10 th , 2014 Publisher: Self-published (CreateSpace) Summary: “ In a kingdom where the Gifteds are captured and thrown into fights to the death, Voima is fortunate that she is just a Regular. However, her brother, Vendd, isn’t so lucky. Since his Power started manifesting itself, the siblings have lived a life on the run, barely escaping the king’s soldiers. Just as Voima and Vendd have settled into a new home, a fleeing Gifted enters their lives, begging for help but bringing soldiers after him. Despite the siblings’ efforts, the soldiers discover Vendd’s Power. Now Voima, an outmatched Regular girl, must find a way to defeat the kingdom’s most dangerous Gifteds in order to save her brother from certain death”. When H. S. Stone contacted me to see if I was interested in reading his book I read the premise and thought “this is fantasy mixed with some Roman cultu

Christmas Tag + A Bit Late Merry Christmas!

After more than a week without writing a single post (believe me, it wasn’t because I didn’t want to, it was because my router died and the company, which should have brought the new one is full of incompetent people, lied to my face when they said they tried to deliver it but couldn’t because I wasn’t home. HA! I was the whole day at home just to get it but whatever….), I’m here today to give you a very late tag. I was tagged millions eons ago by the lovely Sarah @ Bookish Retreat and I was supposed to upload it this last 24 th but alas! No internet, no blogging possible for me whatsoever. I meant to upload as well a Top Ten Tuesday but that is not gonna happen now since Santa has already come. Anyways, I’m gonna answer the questions in a moment but before I want to tell you all a bit about Spanish Christmas traditions.

The Taylor Swift Book Tag!

Brittany @ Space Between The Spines tagged me, a while ago, to do The Taylor Swift Book Tag and that's what I'm doing today. I'm incredibly late on tags! I still have 3 more to write, it's getting ridiculous but I swear I'll do them before 2014 ends. I promise! But let's get on with the questions!

Top Ten Tuesday # 16 (Top Ten Books I Read in 2014)

TOP TEN TUESDAY   is a weekly book meme hosted by   The Broke and The Bookish . I wasn’t initially gonna participate in this week’s TTT because there is still two weeks of December to go and maybe you can read a favourite in those two weeks but since I’m on a Reading slump (you can read all about it here) I thought why not doing the post anyways and here I am. Here are my top ten favourite books of 2014! One of them is missing from the picture though because I read it as an e-book and even though there are 10 books in the picture two of them are joined together. I’ll explain all in good time, don’t worry.

Oh Reading Slumps, I loathe thee!

That’s it. I’ve just broken my own personal record: more than a week without reading a single word and I’m quite anxious here because I don’t feel like trying to do something to stop this nonsense. Yep guys, we can start panicking right this second!

Christmas Carol Book Tag!

The lovely Brittany over at Space Between The Spines tagged me to do The Christmas Carol Book Tag and even though it has taken me awhile, I finally got the chance to write all the answers to the questions this morning to finally share them with you all. Let’s start, shall we? ;)

Top Ten Tuesday # 15 (Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014)

TOP TEN TUESDAY   is a weekly book meme hosted by   The Broke and The Bookish . This week I have to tell you all about my top ten new-to-me authors I read in 2014. Most of these authors have been writing for quite a while but I didn't know about them until now and I have to thank both the Book Blogging community and BookTube.

Bookish Scenarios Book Tag!

Hi there bookworms! A few weeks ago Veronika √Čles over at Reading is Dreaming with Open Eyes  (thank you, lovely!) tagged to do the Bookish Scenarios Book Tag and I’m a horrible person because it took me so long and I have a few more tags that I need to do ASAP, so maybe this week would be Tag Week here on my blog. You’ve been warned. But enough of chat, and let’s get on with the questions!

Top Ten Tuesday # 14 (Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2015)

TOP TEN TUESDAY   is a weekly book meme hosted by   The Broke and The Bookish . This week is all about those books we are dying to get our hands on in 2015. There are so many books I wanted to feature but, only 10 could make it. Here is my list!

November Wrap-Up!

November is over and there is only one month left before 2014 is over. I’m still trying to not think about it. Anyhow, this month I’ve read 11 books. Don’t ask me why, because I don’t know. I did participate in a read-a-thon but that still does not explain why I’ve read this much. Honestly, is still a mystery to me taking into account I’ve been quite stressed with Uni work. 1. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke 2. Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout 3. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 4. At First Sight by Heather Todd 5. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey 6. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson 7. Saga vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan 8. Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid 9. The Diviners by Libba Bray 10. Hearts to Follow by Dana Burkey 11. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Title: Snow Like Ashes Author: Sara Raasch Pages (format): 422 pages (hardcover) Publication Date: October 14 th 2014 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Want it? Get it here: BookDepository Summary: “ Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since. Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enem

Hearts to Follow by Dana Burkey

Title: Hearts to Follow Author: Dana Burkey Pages (format): 137 pages (e-book) Publication Date: October 2014 Publisher: Self-published I received this book from the author, Dana Burkey, in exchange of an honest review.   Heart to Follow  contains three novellas and I have to say they were cute and highly enjoyable. They were very fast-paced, as novellas normally are, and I honestly had a terrific time reading them. Oh, the three novellas are connected, which I didn't know at the beginning but I loved it anyhow =)

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Title: The Diviners Author: Libba Bray Pages (format): 578 (hardback) Publication Date: September 18 th 2012 Publisher: Little Brown Summary: “ Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A studen

Top Ten Tuesday # 13 (Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR)

TOP TEN TUESDAY   is a weekly book meme hosted by   The Broke and The Bookish . Okay, so the topic for this week has been a difficult one for me mainly because I had a hard time choosing only 10 books. I assume we are talking here the entire Winter time (from Dec 21st to March 20th, right?) and so I hope I would read more than 10 books but you never know because January is my exam month and reading will not be a priority, more like a reward. So, intead of just making a list I decided to insert a picture of the books ^^

How I Rate Books

For quite a while now I’ve seen loads of people talking about how they rate the books they read. And so I thought about doing my own post because it is true the way I rate books has changed and so I wanted to discuss it with you guys. The main thing that inspired me to do this post is Helene’s Jeppesen video about it.

Top Ten Tuesday # 12 (Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait To Get)

TOP TEN TUESDAY   is a weekly book meme hosted by   The Broke and The Bookish . This week is all about those sequels we can't wait the get (but I'm positive you knew that already with the title, duh? LOL). Anyways, today's post is gonna be short and not very much explanatory about why I chose these ten mainly because I'm doing this in a rush but for a few I will fangirl all over. I wasn't planning on doing TTT this week because Uni is getting quite extreme but then again, this is the only post I do no matter what so yeah, here it is!

'Project 10 Book' Recap!

A month ago I decided to join ‘ Project 10 Book ’, created by Lauren over at  A Blonde Librarian . It was all about trying to reduce our TBR piles by reading 10 books before buying more. I thought it would be a realistic goal and it was. Here are the books I’ve read:

Top Ten Tuesday # 11 (Ten Characters I Wish Would Get Their Own Book)

TOP TEN TUESDAY   is a weekly book meme hosted by   The Broke and The Bookish . How many times do we read books and find the side characters more endearing than the protagonists? I do, quite a few times. I don't know why but sometimes they are awesome and you just wish there could be more pages dedicated to them. I tend to daydream about their history before what happened in the books and about their fates later on. And I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who does this, right? RIGHT? You should know by now that I’m weird #SorryNotSorry So this week’s topic is all about those side characters you wish would get their own book. While making this list I had a few problems because saying the initial list was long will be quite the understatement. But, I managed to reduce it to ten! Without further ado, here it is:

The Gif Tag!

Jess over at My Reading Dress – seriously, go follow her! – tagged me a while ago to do the Gif Tag and I haven’t been able to post it earlier because I have no clue about technology and I couldn’t make the gifs work so I had to investigate a bit. Also, I haven’t read most of the books of the list. I really hope this works out alright so without further ado, let’s get started! Oh, I might have used more than one gif for some of the books...

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Title : A Monster Calls Author : Patrick Ness Pages : 206 (paperback) Publication Date : March 12 th , 2013 Publisher : Candlewick Press Want it? BookDepository Summary :  “ At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting-- he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It's ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous . It wants the truth ”.  A Monster Calls follows the story about Conor, a 13 year-old boy who is trying to come to terms with her mother’s illness. One night a monster calls to him, demanding something from Conor: the truth. This story is extraordinary, is not just about grief and loss; with a beautiful and poetical writing Patrick Ness crafts this

Top Ten Tuesday # 10 (Ten Books I Want To Re-Read)

TOP TEN TUESDAY   is a weekly book meme hosted by   The Broke and The Bookish . Re-reading is, personally for me, one of the greatest pleasures of reading. Some don’t do it because why would you re-read something when there are so many books out there waiting to be read? However, it’s true as well that I don’t re-read every single book I read; only those that are special to me. Crafting this list was difficult because there are so many I wanted to feature here but only these next ten made it.

October Wrap-Up!

October is almost over and I wasn’t really planning on uploading my monthly wrap-up until tomorrow but, well, I have nothing better to do and I’m bored. I’ve read six books this month and I’m gonna start doing some sort of mini-reviews on my wrap-ups to make up for not fully reviewing every book I read. And I think just throwing titles here and there and just telling my rating and whether I like the book or not no longer seems enough for me in a way. So here we go: 1. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan 2. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake 3. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan 4. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake 5. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin 6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ramson Riggs

October Playlist!

With October being almost over (I still need to process this…) I thought it was a good time to upload another monthly playlist, don’t you think? These 20 songs have been on repeat almost all month long. Some I discovered a week or so ago but they made it to the list because they were awesome and some others have been my favourites for a long time but I kind of rediscovered them this October. We also have instrumental. You guy know I can’t live with it; it’s what accompanies me while reading so of course some of them will be in the playlist.

Top Ten Tuesday # 9 (Ten Characters I Want To Be For Halloween)

TOP TEN TUESDAY   is a weekly book meme hosted by   The Broke and The Bookish . This week TTT is all about characters we want to be for Halloween. It’s true most of my choices are hard ones. I mean not all of us are great dressmakers but still it would be fun to be them for Halloween.

The Archived & The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

I read these two books back in March and I did write a review for both of them but I was not really happy with it so I ended up deleting it. I wasn’t going to upload them but since Halloween is next week (and I changed the things I didn’t like out of the reviews) I thought these two would be a nice read for those who like me, enjoy reading unsettling books but at the same time don’t want to be scared to death. Title :   The Archived Author : Victoria Schwab Pages : 328 (Hardcover) Publication Date : January 22 nd 2013 Publisher : Disney Hyperion Summary : “ Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive .”

The Random Question Tag!

The lovely Jules over at The Book of Jules tagged me a while ago to do The Random Question Tag and I’m finally doing it today! I have the feeling that my blog lately is a combination of Top Ten Tuesdays and Tags but I don’t feel like reviewing the books I’ve been reading (you should know by now that I don’t review every book I read) so yep! That’s the reason, I do apologize though. I might do a combined review of both Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares when I finished the latter. But don’t quote me on that because I’m not quite enjoying it and I just don’t wanna do a review that’s all over the place, you know? … I believe I’m rambling now, so I’ll shut up and answer the questions:

Top Ten Tuesday # 8 (Top New Series I Want To Start)

TOP TEN TUESDAY   is a weekly book meme hosted by   The Broke and The Bookish . Hello yet again for another weekly fix of Top Ten Tuesday. This week's topic is about the top 10 new series I want to start. And for making this easier the series we can pick up can be 2 years old.  I do have to say that I cheated in one of them. The first book in this series was published in 2011 (three years ago) but you know, I’m still really excited to read it. Well, I’m excited to read all of them to be honest. And here we go:

One Lovely Blog Award

I wasn’t planning on uploading this today but the post I was working on didn’t exactly turn out as I wanted it so instead I am here, with another award nomination. I have to say a massive thank you to the amazing Giselle @ The Perks of Being a Reader and Sabrina @ Sabrina’s Stories for nominating me. First things first, here are the rules: You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog. You must list the rules and display the award. You must add 7 facts about yourself. You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated. You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

The lovelies who are Olivia over at Olivia’s Catastrophe and Sabrina at Sabrina’s Stories nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Awards! Thank you so much girls ^^ But before getting into the whole thing, here are the rules: 1) Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their site 2) Post the award's logo on your blog 3) Answer the 10 questions you've been asked 4) Nominate 10 bloggers 5) Set 10 new questions for your nominees Without further ado, let’s answer those questions shall we?

'Project 10 Book'

A month ago, Lauren over at A Blonde Librarian posted a post explaining she is going on a spending ban, which basically means she is not buying any books for the time being. And I thought it was an amazing idea and decided to join as well. So basically Project 10 Book means that I won’t be buying any books until I’ve read 10 books from my TBR which is incredible humongous (you don’t wanna know). Sometimes I wish I can freeze time because the amount of books that are published every other week that I want to read is outrageous.

Top Ten Tuesday # 7 (Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit)

TOP TEN TUESDAY   is a weekly book meme hosted by   The Broke and The Bookish . One of the many benefits of reading is the possibility of going places without really leaving your house, or well, the place where you read. And it is no secret books have the ability of making the reader want to visit places, whether they are real or not. Sometimes this can be frustrating for two main reasons: one, if the place does not exist you can’t physically visit it and two, if you are a broke Uni student you can’t afford to visit the real ones. Either way, it sucks. But anyways, at the end of the day I can still just grab a book and go everywhere. Cool, huh? And people say reading is a waste of time… 

20 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me Tag

The lovely and amazing Jess @ My Reading Dress (seriously her posts are amazing and she is hilarious!) tagged me to do The 20 things you probably didn’t know about me tag. So, without further ado here are my answers…

Top Ten Tuesday # 6 (Top Ten Character-Driven Novels)

TOP TEN TUESDAY   is a weekly book meme hosted by   The Broke and The Bookish .  This Tuesday the topic is character-driven novels, and I was a little reluctant to do this week theme because normally most novels are a mix between character-driven and plot-driven and I truly had a hard time choosing the books and in the end I went for those where characters are more important than plot/action.

September Wrap-Up!

Considering previous months, September can’t be considered a great reading month for me but I’m happy with the result. My knee has not improved and so it has made me a little bit moody all month long which affected my reading, not gonna lie. Fortunately the seven books I’ve read were great and I’m pleased about it. 1.  Obsidian  by Jennifer L. Armentrout 2.  Onyx  by Jennifer L. Armentrout 3.  Ready Player One  by Ernest Cline 4.  Opal  by Jennifer L. Armentrout 5.  Origin  by Jennifer L. Armentrout 6.  I Was a Teenage Ghost Hunter  by Brian K. Henry (ebook) 7.  The Mark of Athena  by Rick Riordan

Top Ten Tuesday # 5 (Books That Were Hard For Me To Read)

TOP TEN TUESDAY   is a weekly book meme hosted by   The Broke and The Bookish .  This Tuesday we are listing our top ten books that were hard for us to read and this topic doesn’t necessarily mean the books were horrible. No. It means that for one reason or another they were hard to read, but truly awesome at the same time. Or not. With each book I will explain why they made it to the list and also, I know I should be naming ten books but I couldn’t think of 10 so there are only 7 books today.

September Playlist!

By now you may know, or maybe not, that  music is a huge part of my life. I can’t live without her basically. It is my great companion. Ask anyone who knows me. I’m always with my headphones on, which is great when you are kind of an anti-social person. Or rather an introvert. So, what is all this rambling you might be wondering? Or maybe not since you’ve probably read the title… Well, I decided to start sharing with you guys what songs I’ve been listening during the month and if you like the idea I might make it a monthly thing, like a wrap-up or something. I’ll make a list of my 20 most listened songs. That way we can recommend each other music. Isn’t it great? Enough talking and more listing… A warning: there might be different songs from the same band or singer and they aren’t in any particular order. Also, they don’t have to be new releases or anything.

Ten Book Challenge Tag

Thank you so much Jess over at My Reading Dress  (go follow her!) for tagging me to do the Ten Book Challenge Tag. I thought this was gonna be a hard one to do but actually, the books titles emerged from my brain quite easily. This tag consists of: “All you need to do is list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Do not take more than a few minutes, and do not think about it too hard. They do not have to be the 'right' books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. Paste these instructions and tag ten friends. Be sure to let me know so that I can see your list!” Disclaimer here: it’s quite hard to tag 10 people so I may change that. Here my list of ten books: 

I Was A Teenage Ghost Hunter by Brian K. Henry

Title : I Was A Teenage Ghost Hunter Author : Brian K. Henry Pages : 271 (ebook) Publication Date : March 18th 2014 Publisher : Smashwords Summary : " Moody sixteen-year-old barista Devin Mulwray is doing his best to ignore bizarre manifestations at his job in the chilly Northern California town of Arcata. Already teased about his recurrent ‘phase-outs’, the last thing he needs is to get pegged as a guy who sees ghosts. It doesn’t help his state of mind that his boss is a sarcastic slacker, his single dad is always on the road with clients and local occult fan girl Nayra is spreading ‘ghost boy’ rumors about him online.  But when violent paranormal activity badly spooks teens at an abandoned estate, Devin’s pushed into investigating by his eccentric friends Clive, a budding composer, and Rex, a tech head excited by ghost hunting gadgetry. At first reluctant to get involved, Devin’s encouraged when Emily, one of the more empathetic girls at Grey Bluff High, is impressed with

Top Ten Tuesday # 4 (Books On My Fall To-Be-Read List)

TOP TEN TUESDAY   is a weekly book meme hosted by   The Broke and The Bookish   and this week I’m telling you my top 10 books that I want to read this fall. This is essentially my October/November TBR.

Book Haul # 2 Part 2

A week ago I posted the first part of a book haul and I promised you will get the second part as soon as possible so no more waiting! Here it is! All this books were purchased between the end of August/beginning of September. Wanna see some awesome books? Keep reading!

The Seven Deadly Sins of Reading Tag

The lovely Anna at Books, Quotes & Dimples tagged to do this tag which was created by BookishlyMalyza . There are seven questions related to the deadly sins and I had so much fun doing it so thank you so much Anna for tagging me ;) If you want to know my answers, keep reading!

Top Ten Tuesday # 3 (Authors I've Only Read One Book From But Need To Read More)

TOP TEN TUESDAY is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and today I’m gonna tell you some authors I’ve only read one book from but I need to read more. If you wanna know, keep reading!

Book Haul # 2 Part 1

With an ever growing TBR one might think I wouldn’t be buying more books any time soon but let’s be honest here, you all know that’s not gonna happen. One of the many consequences of being a “bookaholic” is that my brain doesn’t respond correctly when its rational part tells him not to press the buy-bottom. And that’s basically why we, or rather I, are in this situation: more and more books and less and less space on the shelves, but hey? At least I’m happy. No, seriously now guys, I am urgently in need of new shelves and the worst thing is that there is nowhere to put them and the book are stacked up wherever and it’s a little bit stressful to be honest. If you’ve read the title, you would have noticed that it says PART 1, yes dearies, it was impossible to fit all the books I wanted to show you in a single post without making it a never ending story so you get 2 posts. YAY! All the books featured in both posts have been accumulated since July. The ones in this first part are

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Title : Ready Player One Author : Ernest Cline Pages : 374 pages (paperback) Publisher : Arrow Books Publication Date : April 5th 2012 Summary : "Imagine the world at stake. An epic struggle between good and evil. The greatest quest in history. The fate of humanity resting in your hands. ARE YOU READY?" Are you mentally prepared for this? Because let me tell you, it is not short! Ready? Well, don’t say I didn’t warn you  ;)

The TBR Tag

Hello all! Today I bring you another tag! I was tagged by the lovely Kelly at BibliophileBliss to do the TBR tag. So as the name says, the next 10 questions will be about my To-Be-Read books, which is ridiculously humongous. Let’s do this! 

Top Ten Tuesday # 2 (Underrated Authors or Books in Different Genres)

TOP TEN TUESDAY  is a weekly book meme hosted by  The Broke and The Bookish This week topic was originally about one genre only but when starting the task of selecting the books I just couldn’t find 10 underrated books of one specific genre so I decided to mix it up a bit.  And also, this task was hard, incredibly hard.