Sunday Post (Weekly Wrap Up March 11th-17th) #SundayPost #Bloggers #WrapUp #Reading

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

This meme was created for bloggers to spotlight posts they published in the week, as well as to talk about what they plan to write in the week that’s coming.

Sunday post is also great opportunity to showcase books we got in the week behind us.

Hi Guys!

I feel like it’s been ages since the last time I did my Sunday Post.
There aren’t many good excuses to use in this case, except that I write my Sunday posts always on Sundays, and lately I had busy Sundays.

Anyway, this week was pretty… messed up I guess?

I was pretty depressive at the beginning of the week (to be honest, I was depressed last week too), but with each day I felt better and better.
I feel hopeful and motivated now, so don’t worry!
I think my depressive phases come from my hormonal disbalance.

In other news, I am slowly but surely making steps to rebranding Book Dust Magic, so this will no longer be book blog only, but also lifestyle blog, and I will cover different topics I feel passionate about.

If you wonder why I decided to do it, I will probably write a post about it pretty soon.

Last week on Book Dust Magic:

Monday: I took a part in the She Lies in Wait blog tour, and posted my review for this crime novel

Wednesday: I reviewed Written from the Heart by Trisha Ashley

Thursday: I took part in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop

Friday: I reviewed An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Next week on Book Dust Magic:

Upcoming reviews:

The day we met by roxie cooper cover The Island Affair by Helena Halme book cover

I will also talk about books that I plan to read this Spring.

Book Haul:

This week I was approved for the two books I requested via Netgalley:

The Country Rivalry by Sasha Morgan book cover A country escape by katie fforde book cover Book Dust Magic

Currently reading:

The Island Affair by Helena Halme book coverI am opening the blog tour for The Island Affair by Helena Halme next week (aka tomorrow) so I’ll be finishing this novel soon. If you wonder, it is really relaxing and beautiful prose.

Giveaway:

There’s a giveaway going on here on Book Dust Magic right now, and you can win yourself a book of choice. It is international, and you can enter here.

That is it!
Let me know what’s been going on with you, what you’ve been reading or watching this week and feel free to leave your links so I can visit you.
Have a lovely Sunday!

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Books I read in February 2019 (Monthly Reading Wrap Up) #bookbloggers #BookLovers #Reading #February

Hi guys!

February was the best reading month I had in a long time.
The reason for that is I had an injury and had to rest. I didn’t go to work, and since all I did for 5 days straight was reading, I managed to read 12 books.
I know 12 books per month is average for many of you, but keep in mind I am a really slow reader, so 12 books to me is one pretty big achievement.

These are the books I read in February:

Favourite book of the month:

That is it!

Tell me what awesome books have your read in January?
What was your favorite one?

Monthly Reading Wrap Up: January 2019 #bookbloggers #booklovers #Reading #January

Hi guys!

I know it’s been a while since I did my last monthly reading wrap up, and I am a bit late with this one too, but the thing is, yesterday I decided I want to do them again. I don’t read a lot of books per month, as some of you do, and I can only dream about reading 15+ books monthly (but I still dream about it), but I still want to do this every single month, if nothing, to keep track about my reading.

At the beginning of 2019 I made a decision to reread Vampire Academy, and I’ll be reading a book per month, following with Bloodlines.
I also challenged myself to read every single month at least one book with more then 500 pages.

This month I did good, and I hope I’ll continue with my progress in following months.

In the end, I finished 7 books, and I am happy about it. I wish I read more, but I am starting to make peace with my reading speed.

Here are the books I read in January:

      

My favorite book of the month: 

 

That is it!

Tell me what awesome books have your read in January?
What was your favorite one?

Sunday Post (Weekly Wrap Up Jan. 7th-13th) #SundayPost #Reading #WrapUp #SundayFunday #Bloggers

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

This meme was created for bloggers to spotlight posts they published in the week, as well as to talk about what they plan to write in the week that’s coming.

Sunday post is also great opportunity to showcase books we got in the week behind us.

Hi Guys!

This has been a slow week and not much happened. I feel like I wanted to read more, wanted to write more, but was slower at everything I did, so therefore I didn’t end this week too satisfied with that aspect of my life.

I keep thinking how behind I am with some of my reviews, and even though I don’t want to pressure myself too much, I still feel down about it.
I decided to give myself a big pause and stop buying/requesting books for the fist half of the year, so I could focus on books I already have.
There are some books I already purchased/requested, but other then that, there won’t be new ones for a while.
My main aim is to focus on ARCs and Netgalley copies.

On the other hand, for some reason my blog DA went up (for only 1 point) so the traffic was really good, even though I didn’t host any giveaways, and it made me really happy.

Today I’m looking forward to go on a date with my fiance. We’ll go to a nice restaurant and just enjoy ourselves.

 

Last Week on Book Dust Magic:

Monday: I gave you my 2018 end of year bookish survey

Wednesday: I talked about how I left some books around city, for others to find them

Friday: I reviewed The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup and White Stag by Kara Barbieri

 

Next Week on Book Dust Magic:

Upcoming reviews:

 

 

Currenly Reading:

 I’m rereading The Cruel Prince so I could jump right into The Wicked King when it arrives (I ordered it some time ago but it is still on it’s way).

That is it!
Let me know what’s been going on with you, what you’ve been reading or watching this week and feel free to leave your links so I can visit you.
Have a lovely Sunday!

Playing Book Fairy in Zagreb: Giving Away my Books #ibelieveinbookfairies #Booklovers #Books #BookFairy #Zagreb #Croatia

At the very beginning of 2019 I caught myself thinking how can I start this new year on a positive note.

If you didn’t know, I am a huge believer in karma, or as I like to call it, the law of “the world gives you back what you give and do to others”. Because of that, I like to start year with doing something good.

This year, I was inspired by Book Fairies who I worked with (I actually worked with Simon and Schuster UK who collabed with Book Fairies) in 2018 (and you can read bits about it here). They are organization of people who leave books around for other people to find them.

I like the idea, because as a book lover, I can only imagine how excited I would be if I found a great book somewhere in the city, that waits it’s new owner to take it.

  

So what I decided is to take 5 ARCs that I enjoyed reading but knew I wouldn’t reread, and took them with me to center of Zagreb, while the tourists were still there.
I chose 5 places and left books for someone to find them. I really hope they found a good home.

 

In the time I was working on my “project book fairy” I didn’t have official stickers, so I wrote my own message similar to the one Book Fairies use.

I can now proudly say that I am also one of book fairies, and to be honest, the feeling is good.

 

There is something satisfying in giving to others, so if you have some books you don’t want to keep anymore, I highly recommend you to do something similar (or donate them).

 

P.S. I apologize for the low quality of pictures. It was dark and I used my phone camera.

What do you do with books you don’t want anymore?
What about ARCs?

Feel free to leave your opinions, comments and links bellow.

2018 End of Year Bookish Survey #BookBloggers #BookLovers #Reading #Refelection #2018

Welcome to the 2018 End of Year Book Survey hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner!
Recently I saw this Survey on blog The Candid Cover which I read on regular basis and I highly recommend you to check it out.
I really liked it so I wanted to do it myself, to reflect on 2018 as a reading year, and to give you all my stats and opinions.

 

2018 READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read: 75
Number of Re-Reads: 2: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and The Deepest Cut by J.A. Tempelton
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary Fiction

 

BEST IN BOOKS

1. Best Book You Read In 2018? 

 The Olive Branch by Jo Thomas. It was perfect chick lit book that made me happy.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

 I was really looking forward to read The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney and in the end I didn’t like it.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

 I was surprised by how much I loved Good Me, Bad Me. I read it only because it circled around my coleagues and in the end I loved it more then anyone who works with me.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

 I’d say The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton. At least in my real life. I recommended this book to so many people. and I even borrowed my own copy to some. By the end of 2018 it got Croatian translation so now I’ll recommend it even more.

5. Best series you started in 2018?

 I started only few series this year, but Give the Dark my Love is the one that really captivated me. I can’t wait for the sequel.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

Jo Thomas. I can’t believe I discovered her only last year. She writes funny contamporaries with lots of food and positive vibes, and her books are perfect to read on vacation.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I feel like I read every genre, except sci-fi, but in 2018 I didn’t read any sci-fi.
So for this answer I will choose one book I forgot to mention in my best books of 2018 post, that I really enjoyed, but it’s non-fiction, and I do read non-fiction, but nearly as much as fiction.
It is What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami.

8. Book You Read In 2018 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

 Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I’m re-reading this book as soon as I finish the book I’m curently reading, as it’s sequel, Wicked King, is already on it’s way to me.

9. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

 I just love these cartoonish chick lit covers. They are my favorite covers ever.

10. Most memorable character of 2018?

Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass series. You just can’t forget how kick-ass and beautiful she is, even if you wanted to. I mean, it is meantioned in every other page of the book!

11. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land. I have to admit I didn’t read many beautifully written books in 2018, but the way this book was written really fascinated me.

12. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read?

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney and in the end I was disappointed.

13.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Shortest:  Maša i putovanje is a children’s book from the series I adore. This one has only 38 pages.

Longest:  The Well of Ascension is second book in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn original trilogy and it has 781 pages.

14. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

 OmG, I laughed so hard while reading Darcy Burdock. I recommend this book to everyone!!

15. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

 I didn’t cry while reading in 2018, but While I Was Sleeping blurred my eyes many times.

 

BLOGGING/BOOKISH LIFE

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I didn’t have any challenges except goodreads challenge that I set for 60 books, and in the end I read 75.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018,  But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

 Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe is the one that I saw on many bloggers’ lists for best books of 2018. As I already have a copy, but didn’t read it in 2018, I started it two days ago, and I really, really enjoy it!

2. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

 Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao. I can’t even tell you how strongly I feel that this book is written for me to read. I’t like it screams at me to grab it already (but I’ll have to wait until June).

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

There are more then one things I’d like to accoplish. First, upgrade my Netgalley ratio to 95%+, then read backlited ARCs because at this point it is just rude from me that I haven’t reviewed them yet, branch out when it comes to my blog, so I want to become lifestyle blogger and not just book blogger, read 77 books and each month read one 500+ pages book.

4. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone?

 The Chestnut Man by Soren Svenstrup. It comes out on January 10th and it was such a good book, with vibes similar to Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

 

That is it!

Tell me how many books have your read in 2018 and what are your goals for 2019, reading or/and blogging wise? 
Also, if you have any kind of similar post to this one, feel free to leave your link.

Best books I read in 2018 #BookBloggers #BookLovers #reading #BestOf2018

2018 was a good year for me reading wise. I managed to read 75 books which I’m pretty satisfied with.
When I look back at all the books I read, there are some I rated 5 stars that I don’t remember much about, but there are also some I rated 3 stars that left a huge impact on me.

I was thinking about doing my Top 10 books I read in 2018 list, but in the end I decided to go with 13 that now seem like the most important ones I read. I just couldn’t force myself to leave behind any of those books.

Not all of them were 5 stars, but they all left a big impression on me, and I am very thankful that I had a chance to read all of them.

 

1. The Olive Branch by Jo Thomas

This year I was fortunate enough to discover Jo Thomas, and out of all of her books I read, The Olive Branch was my favorite.
This book was perfect in any way, and it made me happy. It was well structured, with good story, great characters and so many positive vibes.
A chick lit novel at it’s best!

 

2. One Day in December by Josie Silver

You know a story is good when it makes you feel all kinds of emotions and you think about it again and again, even days after you finished it.
This is the book I finished two months ago, so it is the “freshest” in my memory, but I feel like it will stay with me for a long, long time.
If I could recommend only one festive book to my followers, it would be this one.

3. Darcy Burdock by Laura Dockrill

This middle grade comedy made me laugh out loud so many times that I lost the count. It won my heart and it is now one of my all time favorite books. It’s the one I recommended the most when it comes to middle grades, and I am so happy to know that there are so many sequels with Darcy to enjoy.

4. Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

Good Me, Bad Me surprised me, because I never expected to like it that much. What I liked the most when it comes to this novel is it’s writing style. I wish more psychological thrillers were written in a similar way.

5. While I Was Sleeping by Dani Atkins

If I should pick only one book that put me on an emotional rollercoaster, While I Was Sleeping is the one. It made me sad in ways I didn’t even know was possible, and it made me care about one character like I knew her from my real life.
Even though I was mad the story didn’t took a path I was hoping for, I am still so in love with this novel because I remember the feels, and it is the book I will be coming back to.

6. Five Years from Now by Paige Toon

Speaking of emotional stories, this list wouldn’t be complete without Five Years from Now. It made me cry, and not many books can do that.
It contains my favorite theme: two people who love each other but can’t be together, finding their ways to each other.
It is also very realistic, especially with the way it ended.
This novel is also one I want to re-read many times during my lifetime.

7. The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

The Perfect Girlfriend is definitely the most unique story I have read in 2018. Written from the perspective of a psychopath, it made me understand and even root for the main character, even though I knew what she was doing was wrong.
This book is the one I recommend to everyone who likes thrillers, and I am so happy that it was also translated into Croatian.

8. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Going into The Cruel Prince my expectations were very high, but I was not disappointed. In fact, I was kinda surprised how good it was. I already knew I would like it, because I liked books by Holly Black before, and since my favorite creatures, faeries, were involved, I knew I would love the world too.
I fell in love with the characters, the story and of course, with the world.
This book is next on my to be re-read list, because the sequel comes out in a few days.

9. Give the Dark my Love by Beth Revis

Another ya fantasy I fell in love with, another series I can’t wait to continue. What I liked the most about Give the Dark my Love was character development, the dark atmosphere and the unique world.
I hope next books in the series will also be good, because there’s a big chance this could become one of my all-time favorite book series.

10. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

I feel like everyone and their mothers read this book already, and in 2018 I joined the club. Everyone from my colleagues also read it, and we discussed it many times. This book stayed with me, and even today I caught myself thinking about one scene.
I feel like books that you go back to again and again in your thoughts deserve to be on the best one’s list.
I can’t even count how many times I recommended this book to people around me, and to clients at my work.

11. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

Of all the Mistborn books I read this year, I decided to feature the last one from the original series in this list, because of it’s conclusion.
This series is probably the best fantasy series I have read, it is certainly the most unique and Brandon Sanderson is an incredible writer. I love the creatures he created in this universe, called kendra. I am not sure if kendra is his own creation, or was it inspired by some mythical creature, but it is worth of admiration in any way.

12. Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Surprise Me was one of my most anticipated books of 2018. and it didn’t disappoint. In fact, it even surprised me, because it took a turn I didn’t expect. I liked how different it was from Kinsella’s other books, and it is now in my top 3 of her novels.

13. I See You by Clare Mackintosh

I read this novel back in January, but it stayed with me the whole time. I certainly didn’t expect what a huge impact on me this book will have, not even after I finished it. Sometimes we are not immediately aware of the quality in front of us, but time shows us what our subconsciousness recognized. This book is the proof, and it is now one of the best books I read.

 

That is it!

Please tell me what are your favorite books that you’ve read this year?
Also, if you have similar post to this one, feel free to leave your links.