September Book Wrap Up 2020

Monthly reading review – September 2020

This September I have read:

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur ★★★★

Snow: A Reverse Harem Fairytale Romance Series by Plum Pascal ★★★

Push by Sapphire ★★★★

Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, #9) by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★★

Father Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #6.5) by J.R. Ward ★★★

The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma ★★

1. How many books have you read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

This September I have read six books. My reading has dropped last month to almost half of my reading pile from August. September was slow reading month and I don’t feel good about that at all…

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in September? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

As it turned out the book that I gave the highest rating this September was the only book I’ve read this month that is from my own bookshelves and it is also my second reading of the said book: Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #9) by Laurell K. Hamilton. I enjoyed reading this book most and the only thing that made a bad impression was the random chapter preview for the next book at the end of Obsidian Butterfly. The random chapter for the next book was so out of sync with everything that happened in Obsidian Butterfly that made me reluctant to pick up the next book of the series in my rereading the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter book series project!

3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

This September a friend from book club provided me with some books from the library since I’m not a member of the library anymore. I am unemployed and paying my library membership is way outside of my budget for now. Half of the books I’ve read this September were from the library, only one of them was for my book club assignment: The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma. I rated it two stars because I felt totally disconnected from the characters or the plot. The crude and brutal details of the book put me off and I could not understand most of the book at all. I hope book club discussion sheds some light on things that I missed out on…

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

What I did in September was try out the Becca’s Bookopoly Readathon with my bookish friend. You can check out Becca’s announcement for the readathon and give her some love HERE. I actually made a board for the game myself while she printed out Becca’s board. We even used Discord for a video chat and a second camera phone to throw dice for each other! We both rolled five times to get five books to read in September and all five books were the one’s I’ve read while the sixth book was the book club assignment! While I went with the plan by the letter I can’t help but feel a bit deflated with my reading in September.

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

From the six books I’ve read only two were part of the series. I am glad I finally got to read a novella Father Mine from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I got the first four books from the series long time ago and did not like it enough to decide to continue the series. I was very interested for this novella because it featured the only character from the series I liked – Zsadist. Obsidian Butterfly was a part of my rereading the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter book series and it has kinda put that project on hold for now :/

6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

I’m glad I finally got to read some books from the library I was interested in but not enough to actually buy them. I remembered how much I like reading poetry and should explore more of it. Every reader should try to read poetry from time to time. I have some favorite older authors like super melancholic Ana Ahmatova and tend to be a bit cautious with new poets.

Final thoughts on September 2020 reading

September was a very slow month for me both in creativity and reading. My posts were nonexistent and while I kept myself busy I just could not summon inspiration for posting any content. I hope to get more of the books from my own bookshelves in for October. I feel that reading books from my own bookshelves makes me more content with my reading and inspired to produce more content. It is strange that now that I am not a member of the library I have read more books from the said library than in the few month when I actually was a member of my local library! Also half of the books I’ve read this September were Croatian translation and I mostly read books in English!

August Book Wrap Up 2020

Monthly reading review – August 2020

This August I have read:

Iznenada netko pokuca by Etgar Keret ★★★

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden ★★★

One-Punch Man, Vol. 1 (ワンパンマン / Onepunch-Man #1) by ONE, Yusuke Murata ★★★★

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix ★★★★★

Angel & Faith: Daddy Issues (Angel & Faith: Season 9 #2) by Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs ★★★★★

Half a King (Shattered Sea #1) by Joe Abercrombie ★★★★★

White Elf, Black Heart (Elfes #3) by Olivier Peru, Stéphane Bileau ★★★★

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie ★★★★★

Fantastic Hope by Laurell K. Hamilton, William McCaskey ★★★★

The Autumnlands Vol. 1: Tooth and Claw (The Autumnlands #1-6) by Kurt Busiek, Benjamin Dewey ★★★

The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-wise Cat (Bob The Cat #2) by James Bowen ★★★

1. How many books have you read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

This August I have red eleven books. I was planing on twelve and while I realize that eleven is a really good number I am unable to be happy about it because I’m bugged about this last one I did not finish :/

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in August? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

There were three books I really liked this August. First one was Half a King (Shattered Sea #1) by Joe Abercrombie. I really liked the writing style and enjoyed the characters. The second book was Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie. I have been meaning to read this book for quite some time now and I even managed not to read it for few reading challenges before this one. I was pleasantly surprised by both books. Third book was also the first book I have read in August and one of the newest purchases I was very eager to read The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix.

3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

The book that kinda let me down since I expected a lot more from it was The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden. I had an impression that this is a well liked book most readers. There was something about the way it was written that lacked emotion for me. I even got the whole trilogy in a luxurious edition and that was a big downer as well.

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

I planned on reading twelve books for N.E.W.T.s Magical Readathon this August. You can check out my original post on it HERE and I will make a summary of my thoughts on it soon. I’m pretty glad I managed to get in nine books from my bookshelves and read them. In the end I was off by one book that I only read one third of – Draconomicon: The Book of Dragons by Andy Collins, Skip Williams, James Wyatt. It is a Dungeons & Dragons supplement book that is meant to be a guide on Dragons. How ever I tried pacing my reading I could not read more than a few pages in on sitting and nearly a week and a half was not enough time for me to finish it. This put a damper on my reading experience for August which would otherwise be a great reading month.

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series

I read six books that were part of some kind of series in August and from all those one was a part of an ongoing series I read from month to month. One was a first book of a new series I plan on continuing for sure. There were three first in the series books I’m reluctant to continue for various reasons and one book I am quite satisfied with and don’t plan on reading other books related to it right now. This question usually serves as a guidance on my progress with many book series I read in any given moment but this month it made my reading a bit more complicated.

6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

Joe Abercrombie was a new author for me in August and I plan on reading more of his books. I would recommend his book Half a King (Shattered Sea #1).

Final thoughts on August 2020 reading

In any other situation reading eleven books would be an excellent reading month but this one book that left me short of my reading goal is really annoying. I was surprised at myself and how well I have paced all other books in August – it usually took me a few days for each book with the sole exception of the one I did not managed to read trough. The amount of books I own was pretty good and in contrast to last month all the books were new to me and I had no rereads in August. August has left me with two books I am already in the middle of reading and it makes planning my further reading projects a bit more daunting. Let us hope I will be up to the challenge!

July Book Wrap Up 2020

Monthly reading review – July 2020

This July I have read:

Nedodirljivi: Mit o Ciganima by Feri Lainšček ★★★★

The Lunatic Cafe (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #4) by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★

Bloody Bones (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #5) by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★

The Killing Dance (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #6) by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★

Burnt Offerings (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #7) by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★★

Blue Moon (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #8) by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★

The Crooked Sixpence (The Uncommoners #1) by Jennifer Bell ★★★

Tamnije od zgrušane krvi by Viktoria Faust ★★

1. How many books have you read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

I decided to chill out this July and ended reading eight books in total and I am happy with the amount of books I’ve read.

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in July? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

The best book I read in June was Burnt Offerings (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #7) by Laurell K. Hamilton. This was my second reading of this book and I just realized that both Nathaniel and Asher first appear in this book!

3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

The least enjoyable book to read for me this July was Tamnije od zgrušane krvi by Viktoria Faust. I could not get over the small grammar mistakes throught the book. The title and the cover hinted at a different theme and my expectations were different from what I got to read. This little booklet of short stories barely 160 pages long made me think about DNFing more than once…

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

This July I decided to take a little break after three consecutive months of doing reading challenges. One reason was also to prepare for the next reading challenge in August. I decided to use this time to reread Anita Blake book series which is something I was planing for years now. Only two books I’ve read in July were new and all the rest were rereads. One of the books was for my book club and two books were for my TBR Jar Draw challenge which I still need to post about!

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

Five out of eight books I’ve read this July were from the Anita Blake book series. I hope to continue with rereading as soon as possible. As much as I enjoy rereading these books I am kinda worried about not doing nothing for my TBR in general. I will have to make that up in August if I can.

6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

This month for me was all about reading the books I loved reading the first time some decade and a half ago. In short my recommendation is to reevaluate your favorite books as often as you can. You will either end up reading the books you love again or learn about how you’ve grown and your tastes have changed. It’s a win – win in either case for me!

Final thoughts on July 2020 reading

I needed this month of relaxed reading and I enjoyed myself. I’ve realized how many more books I read when I make plans and lists. From eight books I’ve read only two were new and those two were related to my TBR Jar Draw reading challenge. Those two books felt good to get off my TBR, I’ve already made plans for one to give away and I’m kinda thinking what to do with the other one. Six rereads for one month seems a bit too much for me and while I loved going back to some favorites I will have to pace myself a bit better. I wonder how long will it take me to reread all the Anita Blake books? I just realized that from all the books I’ve read in July only one did not have vampires in it!

June Book Wrap Up 2020

Monthly reading review – June 2020

This June I have read:

Elves Vol. 1: The Crystal of the Blue Elves by Jean-Luc Istin, DUARTE (Illustrator), Saito (Illustrator) ★★★★★

The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by Jose Saramago ★★

Aries (The Zodiac Queen, #1) by Gemma James ★★★

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K. Rowling ★★★★★

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) by J.K. Rowling ★★★★★

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1 by John Vornholt, Arthur Byron Cover, Alice Henderson ★★★

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3) by Holly Black ★★★★★

Elves Vol. 2: The Honor of the Sylvan Elves by by Nicolas Jarry, Gianluca Maconi, Diogo Saito ★★★★★

The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, #2) by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★★

Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, #3) by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★

1. How many books have you read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

This June I have read ten books. One of them was a omnibus edition that contain three separate books so if I wanted to I could have pumped up the numbers up to twelve! I am okay with the number as it is.

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in June? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

More than half the books I read in June I rated with five stars. This June was a month of favorites and plenty of rereading. I loved reading the Harry Potter books. The Hufflepuff editions were extra magic for reading and enjoying. The Elves graphic novel was a pleasant surprise and I loved it. Fantastical background of the graphic novel reminds me a lot to some good and immersive RPG setting I would enjoy playing in!

3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

The least favorite book this June was The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by Jose Saramago. I really liked his Blindness. It is a book I often think about and it has left a lasting impression on me. This book I had issues with. I did not enjoy the motives the author selected for his work. This was another book club selection and the discussion was at times heated. I expected more sense from the book and was let down I guess. Second least favorite book was Aries (The Zodiac Queen, #1) by Gemma James. This was a Kindle freebie first of the series. It had an interesting intro but I was not really hooked in by the astrology references.

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

This June I overextended myself by trying out two reading challenges. Most of the books I’ve read were part of the reading challenge. I managed to set up an impressive number of books to fir both of the reading challenges. Instead of being happy and pleased by my reading for the challenge I was a bit under pressure. I ended not feeling as accomplished as I wanted to because I just barely made the challenge and did not read the additional books I wanted to. It was a learning experience and I will write a bit more about it in my reading challenge review next week.

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

I started a new graphic novel series I am very happy about and will continue it into next month. I did a lot of rereading of favorite book series. I read two books in Anita Blake Vampire Hunter book series I have been planing rereading for years now. I’ve finished book 3 in the series and hope to continue with rereading the whole series since it has been a really long time since I’ve read these book the first time. It was amazing reading the Harry Potter book series and as soon as I get the next book I will continue that as well!

6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

This has been a month of rereading and favorites for me. I guess my recommendation is to go back to your own favorites: enjoy them all over again and question why you enjoyed them in the first place. It provides a perfect opportunity for reflection. With that being said The Elves graphic novel series by Jean-Luc Istin, DUARTE (Illustrator), Saito (Illustrator) is an amazing piece of work you should definitely check out if you get the chance!

Final thoughts on June 2020 reading

My decision to try out two reading challenges in June was very optimistic. The feeling of accomplishment was not as rewarding as I expected. I was under pressure to follow the reading order of the challenge and that made a huge difference for my reading enjoyment. This June I was reading more books I already read than ever before. Three books were actual rereadings and one of them was a second time read this year alone. Harry Potter books seemed so familiar that those felt a bit like rereading too. Reading 3in1 book with Buffy theme was another thing that made this June kinda nostalgic for me as well. Only new reading I did was in the e-book form and that felt a bit weird as well. It was a different reading month for sure. I did not make any book reviews this month since I was trying to get trough the reading challenge books. I would have probably enjoyed both reading challenges more if I tried them one by one!

May Book Wrap Up 2020

Monthly reading review – May 2020

This May I have read:

The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan ★★★★

Incubus Dreaming (The Incubus, #2) by A. H. Lee ★★★★★

Indiscretions (Scandalous Seductions #2) by Madelynne Ellis ★★★★

The Testament of Loki (Loki #2) by Joanne M. Harris ★★

The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark, #2) by Veronica Roth ★★★

Death of a Darklord (Ravenloft #13) by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★

A Most Unsuitable Earl (Marriage By Scandal #2) by Ruth Ann Nordin ★★★★

Carry On (Simon Snow, #1) by Rainbow Rowell ★★★★

Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan, John Rocco ★★★★

Cable Volume 1: Shining Path by David Tischman, Igor Kordej ★★

1. How many books have you read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read? 

This month I have read ten books altogether. Three were in digital form and the other seven can be seen on the picture above. I am happy to keep my reading in double digits!

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in May? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

There were a lot of good books I read in May but the best for me was Incubus Dreaming (The Incubus, #2) by A. H. Lee. This kind of blend of traditional fantasy setting and some urban elements matched very well with erotica. I wish I could find more books like this one. Anything that is mainstream fantasy is mostly PG13 and most of all who have erotic elements turn out to be nothing but smut written by fanfiction type writers who are annoyed by the lack of sex in the fantasy books in general. This book has it all I and I loved that!

3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

There were two books this May that kinda fell flat for me: The Testament of Loki (Loki #2) by Joanne M. Harris and Cable Volume 1: Shining Path by David Tischman, Igor Kordej. For The Testament of Loki I just could not seem to find a character that I could connect with. Loki seemed a bit watered down to me and the rest of the characters could have used a bit more backstory and depth for me to start caring and get myself more immersed into the story. The ending of the book seemed a bit psychedelic and kinda bland at the same time. The whole book in general seemed like an interlude to something else and not very good on it’s own. And in case of Cable Volume 1: Shining Path the story was good. I had some problems with following all the action. I kept feeling like I was missing something and had to catch up. I have some issues the artwork. Kordej’s works are very recognizable with chunky characters and muscles. What bugged me the most was actually the coloring and I really did not like how it looked with illustrators firm and dark lines.

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

For the month of May I decided to try out the Medieval-A-Thon reading challenge for the first time – you can check out my original post for it HERE. I will write a more detailed post about my experience with it soon but it is safe to say I am happy with how it all went.

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

I am actually very pleased with the reading I have done in finishing and continuing some book series in May! I finished two book series and one of those was a long time coming. I finally made some progress with The Trials of Apollo book series and I can hope to get to the next book soonish as well. I started out one new book series I plan to continue and that would be Simon Snow by Rainbow Rowell.

6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

Instead of the books I would recommend the author Rainbow Rowell for her quirky yet relatable writing style and a reading challenge as creative as Medieval-A-Thon. I loved little updates on Instagram and opportunities for some extra rewards and story plots to further my reading!

Final thoughts on May 2020 reading

At first I thought May was going to be a slow reading month after doing the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon in April but after finding Medieval-A-Thon reading challenge I was hooked and a bit scared how will I manage it since I started a week later. I managed to exceed all my expectation and have fun reading some books that were on my TBR for a very long time. I’m glad for challenging myself this way. Only thing that is curbing my enthusiasm right now is that I made zero progress with my book club assignment which is due next week.

Looking forward to a fun a and more relaxed reading in June 🙂

April Book Wrap Up 2020

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Monthly reading review – April 2020

This April I have read:

 

Kitchen Princess Omnibus, Vol. 3 (Kitchen Princess, #5-7) by Natsumi Ando  ★★★★

The Vegetarian: A Novel by Han Kang  ★★★★

Bite Me (Bitten, #1) by C.C. Wood  ★★★

Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga #1) by Orson Scott Card  ★★★★

Children of the Spider by Imam Baksh  ★★★

Maneuver (Men of Inked: Southside Book 1) by Chelle Bliss  ★★★

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling  ★★★★★

Fork In The Road by J. Coyne  ★★

Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry  ★★★★

Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson, #11) by Patricia Briggs  ★★★★★

The Last Blackstone Dragon (Blackstone Mountain, #0.5) by Alicia Montgomery  ★★★★

Master vs. Mistress (Red Chyrsanthemum Series) by Em Brown  ★★

Mastering the Virgin (Mastering the Virgin Box Set Book 1) by Simone Leigh  ★★★★

The Naughty List (Make Mine A Menage, #1) by Jodi Redford  ★★★

Zog by Julia Donaldson  ★★★★★

Alpha’s Blood (Midnight Doms #1) by Renee Rose  ★★★

A Girl, a Goat, and a Zombie (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #25.1) by Laurell K. Hamilton  ★★★★

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1. How many books have you read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read? 

This April I have read 17 books. This is the most I have read in one month for a few years now! I pushed myself and challenged myself to read more. For some reason I am a bit apprehensive to congratulate myself and be happy for it.

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in April? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

The books I enjoyed the most were Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson, #11) by Patricia Briggs and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling. I feel happiness and comfort when I read my favorite book series and read about my favorite characters. Mercy Thompson has once more proven herself to be one of the best characters I have ever read! Also reading the first book of the Harry Potter series for the first time ever in my wonderful Hufflepuff edition was a dream come true!

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3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

This April I have gone overboard with Kindle freebies – mostly erotica Kindle freebies and some of the were not so great. Fork In The Road by J. Coyne was more of a blurb than a real story with severely underdeveloped characters and very visible “new writer” style.

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

The whole month was dedicated to the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon reading challenge which I decided to try out for the first time. I choose the books for all twelve prompts and ended up reading ten out of those twelve. I even squeezed in some books to fir for my other challenges and I feel very good about those. I was escaping the plan all the time by getting some Kindle freebies and reading those instead.

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

I finished the last Mercy Thompson book I had and got the series up to date – now I I can wait for the last book Smoke Bitten to come out in mass market paperback. I read all the Kitchen Princess manga I had as well. I tried a lot of new book series on Kindle and have finally started the Harry Potter series in my own hardcover Hufflepuff edition which I plan to continue on reading.

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6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

The Vegetarian was well off my comfort zone and it has stayed with me. I would like to try to push it for my book club reading when I get a chance to since I want to discuss it more but have decided not to make a review on it just yet. Harry Potter was a dream to read!

Final thoughts on April 2020 reading

April was a weird month in general I hope I will spare some positive energy for some May reading. I’m still in awe for the number of books total I’ve read. I’m hoping my thoughts will settle better for O.W.L.s Magical Readathon walktrough post I’m planing to write soon!

March Book Wrap Up 2020

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Monthly reading review – March 2020

This March I have read:

The Gospel of Loki (Loki #1) by Joanne M. Harris  ★★★★

The Darkness: Darkness/ Batman & Darkness/ Superman 20th Anniversary Collection by Garth Ennis, Jeph Loeb, Ron Marz, Scott Lobdell, Marc Silvestri  ★★★★★

Book of Wayward Girls and Wicked Women edited by Angela Carter  ★★★★

Seize The Night (Moonlight Bay, #2) by Dean Koontz  ★★★

Incubus Caged (The Incubus, #1) by A. H. Lee  ★★★★★

Incubus Bonded (The Incubus, #2) by A. H. Lee  ★★★★

Shutdown (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, #22.75) by Laurell K. Hamilton  ★★★★★

Ice (Dragon Clan #1) by Skye Jones  ★★★★

Chasing Cassandra (The Ravenels, #6) by  Lisa Kleypas  ★★★★★

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1. How many books have you read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read? 

This March I’ve read 9 books. I only stated reading more actively in the second part of March and even posting about it so I’m happy at how my reading month turned out.

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in March? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

I have read a fair amount of Kindle freebies this month and even bought some Kindle books. From all of them I enjoyed The Incubus book series by A. H. Lee the most. I bought first two books from the series and loved them. I loved reading Shutdown from Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton and I was inspired to go trough some Anita Blake books and might even prepare myself to reread some. Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas arrived and it was so good I devoured it in a few days of reading.

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3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

Seize The Night by Dean Koontz was a book club assignment reading that was a bit hard to read. I started on the Croatian translation which had so many issues with the actual translation and the very small font. I ended finishing the book in English on my tablet reader. It was supposed to be a thriller horror but I feel a sleep quite a few times trying to read it…

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

Lately I’m doing good on all my reading challenges and I slowed down on some of my planned reading in March.  Five of the nine books I’ve read were not planned. Still I managed to read enough to keep up with my reading challenges and I feel good about that.

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5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

The Incubus book series by A. H. Lee is definitely a series I would like to continue. Also Loki series by Joanne M. Harris is something I would like to finish.  This March I have found a new interest in rereading Anita Blake book series and I will see how that idea pans out.

6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

In this time of the world wide epidemic many more books are becoming available to readers everywhere online. I recommend you check out what is available and find some new author to try out!

Final thoughts on March 2020 reading

My reading count is slowly picking up and I did a bit more reviews in the second part of March. I hope I can continue with the posting and reading in an interesting and enjoying way for myself and the occasional readers of my posts.

I did three book reviews in March and you can check them out:

The Gospel of Loki (Loki #1) by Joanne M. Harris  ★★★★

The Darkness: Darkness/ Batman & Darkness/ Superman 20th Anniversary Collection by Garth Ennis, Jeph Loeb, Ron Marz, Scott Lobdell, Marc Silvestri  ★★★★★

Book of Wayward Girls and Wicked Women edited by Angela Carter  ★★★★

Happy reading everyone!

February Book Wrap Up 2020

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Monthly reading review – February 2020

This February I have read:

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje ★★★

Black Butler Vol. 3 by Yana Toboso ★★★★

Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake ★★★

Serpent’s Kiss (Elder Races #3) by Thea Harrison ★★★

The Battle of the Labyrinth: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #4) by by Robert Venditti, Rick Riordan ★★★★

Seize The Night (Moonlight Bay #2) by Dean Koontz ★★★

IMG_20200302_075147The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje and Seize The Night (Moonlight Bay #2) by Dean Koontz were library copies and I already turned in one of them.

1. How many books have you read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read? 

In February I’ve read total of six books. The amount of books does not make me all that happy but considering some of them were a bit more challenge than usual I think I did OK.

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in February? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

Strangely the book I most enjoyed in February was a Black Butler manga. This was the third in the series and last I have on the shelf but the drama and familiar characters were entertaining and made me reconsider buying some more volumes.

3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

Most of my reading month was OK, just OK. Nothing too thrilling or too bad. This mediocrity was kinda bland in contrast to January reading. I read some books in February that were almost a milestone for me and were on my reading list for a while now. Serpent’s Kiss (Elder Races #3) by Thea Harrison had the all elements I usually enjoy in an urban fantasy book series but this was the second time I tried reading it and had very little fun in reading it. My February reading felt a bit oppressed by Seize The Night (Moonlight Bay #2) by Dean Koontz as well. It was the last book I was reading in February and took me a third of the month to finish it.

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4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

I managed to read four of the books for my reading challenges and in February I’ve read two books for my book club assignment. This has made all my reading in February fit into some plans. I already strive to deviate a bit more from reading plans in March.

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

Three out of six books I’ve read were continuation on a book series. One was urban fantasy, one manga and one graphic novel. All three mentioned were the last of the books I already owned and would need to get next parts to finish. Getting new books is low on my priority lists and I will not be continuing these anytime soon.. I managed to finish one duology besides before mentioned book series – Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake

6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

Dean Koontz was and interesting new author to read. I think I would have probably liked it more if it was my own choice instead of a book club assignment. Half of the books I read in February featured some kind of love relationship and could be categorized as romance of some sort. With that in mind my February reading felt a lot less romantic than the previous month of January. I guess I read romance all year round and this February was actually a bit low on romantic reading.

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December Book Wrap Up 2019

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Monthly reading review – December 2019

This December I have read:

Shifting Shadows (Mercy Thompson Shorts) by Patricia Briggs ★★★★★

Siege and Storm (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #2) by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★★

Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★

The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #3) by Robert Venditti, Rick Riordan ★★★★

Black Butler, Vol. 2 by Yana Toboso ★★★★

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★

Mr. Sinful (Heartfelt #1) by Serenity Woods ★★★★

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1. How many books have you read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read? 

I’ve read seven books total in December. Considering that all but one were started and finished in the last two weeks of December this is a pretty good score.

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in December? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

I enjoyed all the books I’ve read in December this year. They were all pleasure reading for me. I’ve rated only two books with five stars out of five: Shifting Shadows and Siege and Storm. The Darkling  from Grishaverse series might even be a incentive enough for another reading of the Shadow and Bone trilogy how much I liked the scenes he was in!

3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

This December I can’t complain on any of the books I’ve read!

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

I had a list of books I wanted to read by the end of the year. And with all wishes and lovely books I had on my reading list I could not account for real life getting in the way of my reading for most of December. Out of fifteen books I planned on reading by the end of the year I read only nine. You can check out my list HERE.

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5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

I’ve finished Shadow and Bone trilogy and plan on reading more Grishaverse books soon. I got one more Black Butler manga and one more Percy Jackson graphic novel close by I need to read as well. I thought I would have read Kitchen Princess by now as well. I’m also eyeing some new book series right now and the only thing that is stopping me is that I’m worried because I don’t have all the books in case I get really into it!

6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

Shifting Shadows and The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic were two short story collections that reminded me how much I like the short story form. Read something short and sweet from time to time! You might like it a lot and if not you will not spend a lot of time on it. Short stories are best way of sampling and enjoying new authors and ideas and need more appreciation.

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November Book Wrap Up 2019

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This November was quite eventful for me. In a month and a half I visited several European countries and capitals. End of October is reserved for a trip to Essen Spiel board game fair in north Germany. After that there was the Interliber book fair in Zagreb which I also attended. I made one other trip to Zagreb to pass my professional state exam that lasted for two days. The circumstances were not exactly perfect since there is an ongoing strike by the teachers and educators in the country that lasts for over a month now. I like to joke that the education system of the whole country had to collapse for me to pass my exam.. I also went on a one day trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital city of Sarajevo. My month was filled with travel and studying and lots of little panic attacks as well. To top it all off I enrolled on a course for a 3D designer the day after I passed my professional exam. First day I got home with an armful of seven new studying manuals that made my arms hurt just from carrying them.  All this being said, we can now move onto my usual Monthly reading review 🙂

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Monthly reading review – November 2019

This November I have read:

Rogue (Shifters #2) by Rachel Vincent ★★★★★

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1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

I read one book and a bunch of stuff I had to study to pass my professional state exam. My book club even excused me from reading obligations for the month! While I’m happy with passing my exam I hope I will get to read more books in December!

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in November? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

While I’ve rad only one book it has left a very good impression on me. I like how the main character has a will ad courage to fight for herself and choices she thinks a right for her.

3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

The big pause I had to put on my reading in November was kinda hard on me. I had trouble concentrating and would usually bring a book with me everywhere I went. The book would mostly stay unread and worked as a safety object at my side.

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

I specifically made plans on the books I will be reading by the end of the year. You can check out my reading plan HERE It will be hard to compensate for a whole lost month of reading but I’m starting on it already!

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

I’ve read a second book in a series and have a third one on standby. There are few other book series I can’t wait to get to as well!

6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

November recommendation is for taking the time and setting one’s own pace at reading no matter what else is happening in your life!

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