February Wrap Up

February was a really good month for me, reading wise.
I managed to read 9 books.
Unfortunately, only one of them was a 5 stars read for me, and one 4 stars worth read. Others were all bellow four stars.
I guess it has something to do with the fact that the more I read, the more critical of a reader I become.
I don’t complain though, because I feel like I am growing as a reader in a way, if that makes sense.

Without further ado, these are the books I read in February: (click on covers to see my reviews)

        

My favorite book of the month:

That is it!

Please tell me how many books have you read during February and what was your favorite?
If you have wrap up post, feel free to leave your link so I can visit you. 🙂

Sunday Post (Weekly Wrap Up Feb. 20th – 26th)

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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.

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Hi Guys!

It’s been a while (again) since the last time I wrote my Sunday Post. I think it has been three weeks.
I am not going to talk about previous weeks, but only about this, pretty slow week blogging whise.

I wrote only 2 blog posts. I have a feeling that some publishers are maybe angry at me for being overdue with some reviews, but I promise I will get to them next week, and the week after next one.

Maybe I haven’t been writing much, nor visiting blogs (that is also something I have and want to change), but I have been reading a lot.
Amanda from Chocolate Pages and I buddy read The Owl Always Hunts at Night and it was a good experience. We both liked the book, and had lots to discuss on a way.

I am now packing my bag and tomorrow I go on a short trip (4 days, family visits). After that I’ll go back to my obligations and old life.
I plan to schedule some posts today, because I don’t plan to bring laptop with me.
So until Friday, I will probably be MIA in blogosphere and on Twitter.
However, I will be (like always) active on Goodreads and will be checking my emails every day (on my phone).

 

Last week on Book Dust Magic:

Monday: I reviewed Lion in my Movie Monday post

Friday: I reviewed The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown

 

Next week on Book Dust Magic:

Upcoming reviews:

annabel-lee the-fifth-letter

I also plan to post my February Wrap Up.

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Book Haul:

In this haul I will show you books I collected during last three weeks.

For review:

paige-toon-arc I was the happiest girl alive when I received The Last Piece of My Heart by Paige Toon from Simon & Schuster UK. If you remember, this book was my WoW choice recently, and the day it came unsolicited I just couldn’t believe it.

the-runaway Lovely Rhoda Hardie from Lion Hudson sent me the debut novel called Runaway and the sequel to Annabel Lee, called The Raven. I plan to read The Raven soon while characters from the previous book are still fresh in my mind.

bella-the-rest Author Sheryl Browne sent me a physical copy of her novel The Rest of my Life. I am really looking forward to read it soon.

the-fifth-letter-arc I was very happy to receive this UK paperback edition of The Fifth Letter from Michael Joseph, Penguin. I already read it and it was good.

 

Purchased:

28062012140 About the Girl was the only book from Kelk’s Girl series that I didn’t have in my collection, so I bought it. I also wanted to suport croatian publishers so I purchased Big Magic in my own language.

allegedly by-your-side collide the-transcend-saga I got myself some ebooks of books I didn’t want to miss. There was also a great deal from Michelle Madow, so as a thank you for pre-ordering her newest book Collode, I got the whole The Transcend Time Saga for free.

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Currently Reading:

by-your-side This weekend I’m reading By Your Side by Kasie West. I am only 9 chapters in and, even though the writing style is great, I hope the story will become more interesting then it is now.

 

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!

January Wrap Up

When it comes to reading, January was mediocre month.
I managed to read 6 books, which is good. It could be better, but it’s not bad either.
Good thing is that I liked all the books I read during January.

 

These are the books I read in January: (click on covers to see my reviews)

the-secret-life-of-lucy-lovecake my-sweet-revenge chris-aslan the-good-girlfriends the-perks white-lies-and-wishes

My favorite book of the month:

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That is it!

Please tell me how many books have you read during January and what was your favorite?
If you have wrap up post, feel free to leave your link so I can visit you. 🙂

Sunday Post (Weekly Wrap Up Jan. 30th – Feb. 5th)

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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.

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Hi guys!

I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday!

This week was pretty slow and monotonous for me.
Except meeting some friends and family, not much was going on.
I was more active on my Goodreads group then in blogosphere. February challenge started and right now my reading team is placed first, which is great, especially considering that me and my January team were placed very last in January challenge.

My review for Split movie grabbed more attention on twitter then I expected. I was criticized for supporting it, and for writing in my review that the main character is schizophrenic.
Since then I learned more about DID, and I added a note about that as an addition to my review.

 

Last week on Book Dust Magic:

Monday: I reviewed Split in my Movie Monday post

Wednesday: I reviewed White Lies & Wishes by Cathy Bramley 

Thursday: I talked about my reading/blogging plans for 2017

Saturday: I reviewed Alabester: What is Most Precious is Also Most Fragile by Chris Aslan

 

Next week on Book Dust Magic:

Upcoming reviews:

books: freeks annabel-lee

I also plan to post my January wrap-up and tell you what book I can’t wait to be released in my WoW post.

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Book Haul:

For review:

learning-to-love Author Sheryl Browne contacted me and asked me if I’d like to give her book Learning to Love a chance, and I gladly agreed.

the-mesmerist I was so happy when I saw that my wish (that I requested last year in October) on Netgalley was granted. The only obsatcle is that it can not be send to kindle app, so I’ll have to read it on my computer.

freeks I can’t even tell you how excited I was to get this beautiful edition of Freeks by Amanda Hocking from Tor Books HQ, Pan

paris-for-one Paris for One was such a lovely surprise. Wonderful team from Penguin, Michael Joseph sent it unsolicited.

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In case you’re interested…

This week lovely Megan from BookslayerReads did a Q&A with me. We talked about blogging in general and I gave some blogging advices. You can check it out here.

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Currently Reading:

paris-for-one I starterted this yesterday before bed, read only the first (and main) story and thought it was pretty good.

 

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!

 

Sunday Post (Weekly Wrap Up Jan. 23rd – 29th)

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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.

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It has been forever since the last time I posted Weekly Wrap Up.
The thing is, I was on “blogging vacation” for a very long time, and got back to blogging last week, but I only posted few posts, so I didn’t feel like Weekly Wrap Up was neccessary.

This week, however, I posted more, so I decided to get back to posting on Sundays.

It’s really great to be back and I am really looking forward to blog in 2017.
I am already planning my blogging schedule and I can say I really missed being a part of blogosphere.

Last week on Book Dust Magic:

Tuesday: I took a part in blog tour for The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake and reviewed it. 

Thursday: I reviewed My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon. 

Saturday: I reviewed The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even by Anna Bell.

 

Next week on Book Dust Magic:

Upcoming reviews: 

movies: split

books: white-lies-and-wishes-blue chris-aslan

I also plan to talk about my reading/blogging plan for 2017.

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Book Haul:

For review:

flesh I was approved for review for this comic book via Netgalley. I will read it on my computer.

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Current giveaways on Book Dust Magic: 

There is currently one giveaway active. Best of 2016 in which you can win one book of choice from my list of favorites.

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Currently Reading: 

annabel-lee

As soon as I write this post, I plan to start Annabel Lee. I expect to be scared!

 

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!

Best books I read in 2016

Hi guys!

It’s been a long time since I posted anything, but I am back now, and I plan to blog on regular basis from now on.
I was thinking about what should I write in my first post this year, and talking about great books I read previous year was the obvious choice (plus, there’s a giveaway hop I signed up for in which I’ll give away one book from this list, that’s coming very, very shortly(today)).

Without further ado, here is my TOP 10 books I read in 2016:

the summer that melted everything1.  The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

The Summer That Melted Everything is one book that will stay with me forever. It was the best book I read not only this year, but one of best I read in my whole life.
It is beautifully written with a great story that awoke so many of my emotions.

You can read my full review here.

 

2. On Writing by Stephen King on-writing

On Writing is one of rare non-fiction books I read this year, and it is also one of a few books I didn’t review.
The reason why this book found it’s place on my top 10 books list is not because of brilliant writing advices, but because I really enjoyed reading King’s memoir.

 

3. Martini Henry by Sara Crowe martini henry

Martini Henry won me with it’s beautiful writing. The story itself was pretty slow, but I enjoyed every single page. This book is definitely the one I’d recommend to aspiring authors.
You can read my full review here.

 

my map of you 4. My Map of You by Isabelle Broom

This year, thanks to book blogging community, I discovered new favorite author of mine, and she won me in her debut novel My Map of You. Characters she created felt like real people and the way she described Greece made me feel like I was partly there.
This is another novel I’d recommend to aspiring authors, and you can read my full review here.

 

faithful 5. Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Faithful won me with beautiful writing style and raw story that made me emotional so many times, but it also left me feeling hopeful after I finished it.
To read my full review, click here.

 

flunked 6. Flunked by Jen Calonita

Flunked is the middle grade book, first in the series, that takes place in the world of fairytales.

I had fun the whole time I was reading it and, in my opinion, it’s main atribute is it’s sense of humor. A lot of times it reminded me of Shrek, so I think it would appeal to fans of that movie.

You can read my full review here.

 

a-list-of-cages7. A List of Cages by Robin Roe

I was fortunate enough and had an opportunity to read A List of Cages before it’s releasing day.

This novel made me so emotional but it also made me feel like I got so much out of it.
Although it is ya, I think people of all age should read it at some point.

You can read my full review here.

 

take me on 8. Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Katie McGarry is one of my favorite authors and once again her book reminded my why I love everything she writes. Her writing style is always great, and the story in Take Me On was so interesting and emotional. It talkes about poverty, love and sports.

You can read my review here.

 

the iron warrior 9. The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa

Iron Warrior is the last book in The Iron Fey series and I was so sad to say goodbye to my favorite fictional world and characters I love so much.

The book didn’t disappoint and I was happy with how the whole story concluded.

To read my review, click here.

 

the winner's crime 10. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Crime is the second installment in The Winner’s Trilogy. I still have to read the third one, and since I heard nothing but great things about it, my hopes are pretty high. I enjoyed the first book in the series too, but this one was sooooooo good, and it reminded me of Game of Thrones at some points.

You can read my full review here.

Sunday post (Weekly Wrap Up Dec. 12th – 18th)

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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.

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This week wasn’t my best, when it comes to blogging.
I kind of disappeared after Thursday and, since I haven’t scheduled posts that supposed to go live on Friday and Saturday, they never made it.
However, they will go live the week after this next one (that is already planned).
This whole situation made me learn a valuable lesson: always schedule your blog posts!

Other then that, this week was somewhat interesting.
I buddy read A List of Cages with my friend Jasmine from How Useful It Is. We both loved it and our reviews should go live this Tuesday.

Also, my Nook (e-reader) chrashed and now I have to read my ebooks on my phone, and let me tell you, I don’t like it. It’s been only few days, but I already miss my e-ink screen.
I plan to read ebooks I already got for review, but I don’t plan to request any books from Netgalley from now own (the only exception will be Sophie Kinsella’s new book in UK edition, if it ever shows up on Netgalley).

I plan to buy myelf a new ereader (probaby Nook again), but I don’t think that will happen too soon.

Last week on Book Dust Magic:

Monday: I talked about movie called Nine Lives, in my Movie Monday post

Wednesday: I talked about By Your Side in my WoW post

Thursday: I reviewed The Empire State Cat’s Christmas Gift by Nic Tatano

 

Next week on Book Dust Magic:

Upcoming reviews:

movies: definitely-maybe

books: a-list-of-cages chocolate-lovers-christmas miracle-in-a-museum

I also plan to talk about beautiful Christmas Covers and there will be a new giveaway going on Wednesday.

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Book Haul:

For review:

my-sweet-revenge the-owl

Won in a giveaway:

21042012104 I was lucky enough to win Remember My Name in HQ twitter giveaway

22042012111 Lekeisha from Lekeisha The Book Nerd hosted a giveaway for Black Friday, and I was the lucky winner. I chose two books from TBD, and Christmas Ever After is one of them (the second book will probably arrive next week). Thank you so much, Lekeisha!

Gifted:

22042012110 Holly Martin was kind enough to send me her novel Christmas at Lilac Cottage to thank me for taking part in two of her blog tours this season. She also signed the copy and wished me Happy Christmas in this cute little Christmas card.

22042012109 This parcel from my Secret Santa arrived last week, and I got a shopping bag, three pens and the newest novel by Karen Swan, called Christmas Under the Stars.

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Current giveaways on Book Dust Magic

There is still enough time for you to enter my Winter Is Coming giveaway (if you haven’t already).

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Currently Reading:

chocolate-lovers-christmas my-sweet-revenge

I am still reading The Chocolate Lovers Christmas (I plan to finish it very soon), but I also started My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon, which I am reading on my phone, so it will take a while before I finish it.

 

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!