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!

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Let’s talk: What my reading/blogging will be like in 2017

When I was on my “blogging vacation” I gave myself some time to look back on my reading/blogging in 2016.

What I realized was that most books I read was from the same genre: women’s fiction.
There’s nothing wrong or strange about that, since that is my favorite genre, but I was still surprised to see how few books from other genres I read (especially literaly fiction and non-fiction).

I don’t want to bother you too much with my rambling, but since I made some decisions/planned my blogging schedule, I figured out it would be fair to let you know about them, so you’d know what you can expect on Book Dust Magic this year.

1. There will be blogging schedule

I decided to plan a blogging schedule and to stick to it.
There will be 3-4 blog posts per week + on Sundays.
Posts will go live on Mondays, Wednesdays and either on Thursdays and Saturdays (4 times per week schedule) or on Fridays (3 times per week schedule) + Sundays.
In those posts, I’ll try to include 1-2 book reviews per week and will be happy to include movie reviews too (in my Movie Monday posts, but those won’t go live every single Monday).
Sometimes, I will post WoW meme, sometimes book (or other) tag, and will try to write discussion posts from time to time.
Sometimes, I will just ramble what’s on my mind (like now).

I will try to schedule my blog posts on regular basis.

2. I will read (and review) books from more genres

I came to the point where I started missing ya, and started craving for non-fiction, so you can expect me to review books from those genres more often.
I also want to read more challenging books and to go out of my comfort zone sometimes.
I won’t stop reading women’s fiction, but I would like to explore more genres on a deeper level then I do now.

3. I won’t be reviewing every single book I read

I don’t want to stress myself about reviewing. I love writing reviews, but I don’t want to write them just for sake of writing them.
If I accepted a book for review, it will be reviewed, don’t worry!
But when I read a book on my own, I don’t want to feel obligated to write a review, especially if there is not much to say about the book.
Also, sometimes I will write one review for the whole book series, instead of reviewing every single book in it.
Rereading is something I enjoy, so that is also one of the reasons I won’t be reviewing every single book (if I already reviewed it, I see no point in doing it again).

4. I’ll try to make more personal posts from time to time

There’s not much to say about this decision.
I’ll try to write something that will mirror my personality, from time to time.
Maybe that way, you’ll get to know me better.

5. I’ll only post what I’d like to read on other blogs

There won’t be book blitzes or cover reveals, at least not for now.
I realized I don’t enjoy reading them on other blogs, so decided not to post them on mine.
I want to put the content I enjoy reading myself, even if it means less posts per week.

6. I will read and review more backlist titles

This decision is the result of my book buying habit. I own many backlists that I paid with my own money, and they are just sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read.
I realized that the only way to make my money worth is to actually read them, so that is why you’ll be seeing more titles released two or more years ago.
I will still review new titles, don’t worry, just not exclusively.

 

That is it.
Please tell me what do you think about my decisions and if you made ones yourself, feel free to tell me what they are?

November Wrap Up + Book Haul

November was a really, really good reading month for me. I finished 11 books, 10 of them were novels and one was non fiction (memoir + advices on writing).
I think I would read even more if there wasn’t one particular book that took me ages to finish.

These are the books I read during November:

snowflakes one-christmas-in-paris malaren-a-swedish miracle-on-5th the-christmas-project a-year-and-a-day on-writing what-alice-knew-second there-is-always-more-to-say cruel-beautiful-world roseblood

My favorite book of the month: miracle-on-5th

 

Book Haul:

I had so much luck when it comes to giveaways this month, it’s insane!
I feel like when it’s your time to win some giveaways, refflecopter will pick you again and again, until it stops.
And I guess November (and October) was the time when luck was on my side.

These are the books I collected in November:

Purchased: chocolate-lovers-christmas

For review: there-is-always-more-to-say annabel-lee deep-water the-witchfinders-sister chris-aslan local-poet the-little-teashop-of-lost-and-found i-was-a-bitch someone-elses-summer the-other-sister my-super-sweet gilded-cage a-list-of-cages

Won: 06042012097 crimson-bound just-for-christmas the-return-of-norah-wells

 

That is it! I think this would be enough books collected for this year, what do you think?

 

Also… some changes on Book Dust Magic…

I decided that from this month on, I will post weekly wrap ups on Sundays. Those will be in Sunday post form, as many bloggers already have on their blogs.
The reason why I decided to post weekly wrap ups is to make it easier to follow my book hauls, but also to motivate myself to post regularly.
I often plan to write about something but then I don’t, so I figured out if I tell you in my Sunday post what is planned for the next week, there’s a bigger chance it will actually be posted.

 

Anyway, I hope November was a great month for you guys!
Please let me know if you read a great book or if you added some new books to your collection?

The Name I Call Myself: Book Review (Blog Tour)

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Today is the last day of The Name I Call Myself book blog tour and I am honoured to be today’s host.
I would like to thank Rhoda Hardie for giving me this opportunity.

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About the book:

All Faith Harp wants is a quiet life–to take care of her troubled brother, Sam, earn enough money to stop the poverty wolves snapping at her heels, and to keep her past buried as deep as possible. And after years of upheaval, she might have just about managed it: Sam’s latest treatment seems to actually be working, Faith is holding down a job, and she’s engaged to the gorgeous and successful Perry. But, for Faith, things never seem to stay simple for long. Her domineering mother-in-law-to-be is planning a nightmare wedding, including the wedding dress from hell. And the man who killed her mother is released from prison, sending her brother tumbling back into mental illness.

When secretly planning the wedding she really wants, Faith stumbles across a church choir that challenges far more than her ability to hold a tune. She ends up joining the choir, led by the fierce choir-mistress Hester, who is determined to do whatever it takes to turn the group of ragtag women into something spectacular. She also meets Dylan, the church’s vicar, who is different than any man she has ever met before . . .

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My Review:

Don’t let the cover of The Name I Call Myself fool you. It screams qirky and funny chick lit in all it’s glory.
And yes, it was quirky, it was fun at times and you could say it is a chick lit (even though it is a true piece of women’s fiction in my opinion), but it is also so much more.

The story follows Faith, 25 years old girl who is engaged to Perry, who’s family come from the old money.
Faith has some trouble preparing for the wedding as her mother-in-law likes to have everything under control, from Faith’s wedding dress to wedding invitations, every possible aspect of Faith’s big day.
While trying to arrange what church the wedding should be in, Faith and her best friend Marilyn stumble upon a choir and decide to join.
What hurt can some choir practice bring, right? Especially where there’s a cute church vicar involved…
But Faith also has so much more on her plate. The life she lived before, her unreliable brother she’s taking care of and some ghosts from her past will shake her everyday life and make her question her decisions in a search for herself.

This book took me by surprise. I enjoyed reading it as much as I expected, but what I didn’t expect was the seriousness that the story took.
At first, it started as a typical chick lit, with a clumsy protagonist and humoristic scenes that even made me roll my eyes.
But as the story progressed, it took another turn and it became more serious, covering some pretty important issues like addiction, violence and abuse.

Characters we met in this novel had more dimensions and I liked how they seemed real.
Faith was a great protagonist. The writer made her relatableand at some points, even though I didn’t agree with her, I saw where she was coming from.

I only wish we got to see more scenes with Perry. In that case, we’d got a chance to meet him better so he wouldn’t be so mysterious. I can’t even tell if his absence came as a planned part of the story or if his character was just neglected in the process of writing.
Whatever it is, I think it would be better if there was more of him.

The writing style was really good. From pacing to describing, everything is well managed and the book reads pretty quickly.

This was my first time reading the work of Beth Moran.
I am glad I had a chance to read The Name I Call Myself because now I’d like to try Moran’s other work.

If you are a women’s fiction lover, I highly recommend you to put The Name I call Myself on your to-be-read list.
In my opinion, it is worth giving a try.

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About the author:

Beth Moran has a background as a research scientist and adult educator. She now concentrates on church work and is part of the national leadership team of the UK women’s network Free Range Chicks. She is married with three children and lives in Nottingham, England.

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Visit other blogs that were part of this tour:

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June Wrap Up and Book Haul

In month of June I read only four books, one of them being manga. So basically, I read only three books.

Honestly, I don’t even remember when was the last time I read so few books during one month.

I was pretty bussy, then went on a holiday, and istead of binge reading, I took my time with a book and enjoyed it slowly.

I don’t mind, because I rediscovered the beauty of slow reading.
I am not sure how my reading pace’s going to be this and in a next few months, but I would like to take my time with books so I could fully experience them, even if it means less books read in a month.

This are the books I read in June:

alice in wonderland disney daring in a blue dress martini henry A Summer of Secrets

My favorite book of the month: martini henry

 

Book Haul:

These are the books I collected in June:

Purchsed: high heels sunlounger

For review: the fire child faithful alice in wonderland disney i.d. a to z

Bout of Books Day 1 Update

bob16 As you already know, Bout of Books Read-a-thon started yesterday and I am participating for the first time.
I already said I am reading 7 books at time (you can see which ones here), but I guess 7 wasn’t enough for me, so I went and puchased an ebook version of The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson.
The thing is, I was in such a great mood to read this book that I just had to go and read it (so far it’s amazing) and even though I don’t usually prefer paying more then 13$ for an ebook, I knew that that was the only way to have it in my hands as soon as I purchase it (plus I had a 25$ Amazon GC so thank Heaven for that 😀 ).

My Progress:

Day 1:

the unexpected everything pages read: 69

I also participated in the #boutofbooks #insixwords challenge.
These are six words I used to introduce myself: Cat lover. Book reviewer. Dreamer. Believer.

 

If you’re participating, share your reading process in comments.
If you’re not participating, feel free to tell me what you’re reading at the moment and how you’re liking it.

 

#hidingReadAThon Wrap Up

As you probably already know, this Easter weekend lovely Annika from Hiding in Books hosted a read-a-thon simply called #hidingReadAThon.

Rules were pretty simple, we were our own bosses and had to read as much as we wanted to to kill some time over Easter break.

When it comes to writing, I will be the first to admit I failed badly and the only thing I wrote were tweets.
Every spare time I tried to spend reading, but I promised to myself that I will do my best to do more blog hopping and leave blog and GR comments this week.
I know I have been a pretty shitty member of blogging (and bookish in general) community lately and it is about time to change it once and for all!

But now, let’s get to my read-a-thon wrap up:

Firstly, I want to phrase my reading buddy Trunchy who rooted for me most of the time I spent reading:

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Even though she was sleeping most of the time, her purring was the best music background I needed for my reading atmosphere.

I happened to finish two books from my tbr:

blogger girl my map of you

Blogger Girl was a buddy read I did on twitter (with my blogger friend Amanda from ChocolatePages, and I enjoyed discussions we had). You can expect my review for it soon.

My Map of You was maybe the best book I read this month and review for it will go live on it’s releasing day, April 21st).

I also started a new book:

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The Smell of Other People’s Houses is a historical fiction. It is pretty short (240 pages). I am half way trough it and am pretty sure I’ll be finishing this one tonight. You can expect my review for it on April 7th, because that is a relesing date of the edition I got from the publisher (SPOILER ALERT: I plan to post my review on Goodreads tomorrow).

 

Overall, when it comes to reading I am pretty satisfied with an amount of pages I read (even though I didn’t count), I managed to finish (almost) three books.

One book I didn’t get to finish, the one called No Place To Hide, I do plan to finish before the month is over so you can expect my review for it pretty soon too.

However, I am not happy with my lacking when it comes to blog hopping and commenting, but I will correct that from tomorrow on.
I have to.