December TBR

 

Hello my bookworm friends. How is it going?

I’d like to start off by wishing you a happy Decmber! Can you believe 2017 is almost out? Wow.

Lately, I’ve been feeling unmotivated to do anything, whether it’s book related (Reading, reviewing…etc) or life related in general. I’m being a couch potato.

For this month’s read, I’m gonna try to finish the ARCs I’ve got at hand. Then I’ll definitely finish these lovely books by the end of the current year:

 

The Day She Cried – K. Webster

36321070.jpgShe was my first love.
She was my first hate.
The very sun in my world tried to burn me alive with her lies and cruelty.
Until I dimmed her light for good…
Or so I thought.

Now she’s back.
Cracked. Broken. Lost.
And for the first time in a long time, I feel free.
Free from our past. Free from my present that suffocates me. Free to destroy her future.

Her misery is my music.
Thrilling. Invigorating. Intoxicating.

For so long, all I’ve done is hate her.
So why do I love her?

 


 

Sick Fux – Tillie Cole

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When Ellis Earnshaw and Heathan James met as children, they couldn’t have been more different. Ellis was loud and beautiful – all blond hair, bright laughs and smiles. Heathan was dark and brooding, and obsessed with watching things die.
The pair forged an unlikely friendship, unique and strange. Until they were ripped apart by the sick cruelty of others, separated for years, both locked in a perpetual hell.
Eleven years later, Heathan is back for his girl. Back from a place from which he thought there was no return. Back to seek revenge on those who wronged them.
Time has made Heathan’s soul darker, polluted with hatred and the thirst for blood.
Time has made Ellis a shell of her former self, a little girl lost in the vastness of her pain.
As Heathan pulls Ellis out of her mental prison, reviving the essence of who she once was, down the rabbit hole they will go.
With malice in their hearts and vengeance in their veins, they will seek out the ones who hurt and destroyed them.
One at a time.
Each one more deadly than the last.
Tick Tock.

 


 

It Ends with Us – Colleen Hoover

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SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

 


 

Black Hearts – Karina Halle

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For Vicente Bernal, truth is all he’s known. The son of an infamous drug lord, Vicente was born to help run the family business, which means he’s been raised on a throne of sordid pasts and dirty laundry, violence and pride. But when Vicente stumbles across someone he’s not supposed to know about – a woman from his father’s checkered past – he sets out to California to find her behind his father’s back.
What Vicente doesn’t expect to find in San Francisco is Violet McQueen, the woman’s twenty-year old daughter. Beautiful and edgy with a vulnerability he can’t resist, Violet tempts Vicente from afar and though he promised himself he’d stay away from her, curiosity and lust are powerful forces. Besides, Vicente has always gotten everything he wants – why shouldn’t he have Violet too?

Soon his wants turn into an obsession, one that sweeps Violet into his games as they fall madly, deeply in love with each other, the type of first love that can drive a person mad.

But it’s a love with tragic consequences.

Both the truth – and the lies – not only threaten to tear them apart, but threaten their very lives.

Someone has to pay for the sins of the fathers.
And they’ll be paying the price with their souls.

 

About my Goodreads Challenge…well, I already finished it a month or two ago. My goal was to read 60 books, but surprisingly I surpassed the planned number. I’m impressed lol.

How about you, did you manage to finish your GR challenge yet? what goal did you set? And what are the books you’re planning on reading this month?

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The Blogger Recognition Award!

 

I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Erica at Katie’s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews. Thank you dearly!!

 

The Rules:
– Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
– Write a post to show your award.
– Give a brief story of how your blog started.
– Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
– Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
– Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.
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How I Started:

It’s 8 months now since i first started book blogging and created this blog.
I used to check book reviews blogs every once in a while but that was about it..never have i had the thoughts of starting one of my own if it wasn’t for Dez, a friend of mine who suggested that, and so i did.

My Advice:

  • Try not to think of book blogging as some sort of obligation/strict job. Have fun doing it, and you’re NOT obliged to write a post/article EVERY. SINGLE. DAY!!
  • Forget about numbers (views, subscribers, likes, comments..etc) it’ll just stress you out.
  • Be honest when reviewing! I know there will be books that are not your cup of tea and it’s completely okay!! Tastes differ but remember, there’s a line between a respectful honest review and a rude disrespectful one.

 

I Nominate:

All the Book Bloggers that are new to me, that I started to follow recently and “old” book bloggers that I have been following. You all are lovely and wonderful book bloggers.

 

Note:

 
To the Book Bloggers, you are not obligated in any way to do this tag. If you do this tag that is great if not that’s ok as well I will totally understand.

Review: Without Merit – Colleen Hoover

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Title: Without Merit
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Family
Release Date: October 3rd, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★
Goodread // Amazon

 

 

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The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.
Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.
Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.
Poignant and powerful, Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth.

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Today’s review (finally i’m posting one) is of an author I respect and love SO so much. Colleen freaking Hoover.
It has been such a while since I’ve last read any of her books. MISSED IT.

Without Merit is a Fresh novel, refreshing yet heartwealming…it got me into an emotional rollercoaster and I LOVE IT!!!
It’s different from Colleen’s usual style. Different in a GREAT way. (Okay, did I give away I’m a sucker for Colleen Hoover’s work yet? Did it work? I sure hope so 😂 )

This book is about depression; the heavy truth about mental health, which is super important. I’ve given this book 5 stars, but if i could, i’d give it 20 out of 10.

 

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“I found out that depression doesn’t necessarily mean a person is miserable or suicidal all the time. Indifference is also a sign of depression.”

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Merit and her family are strange, She’s an unusual girl, living an unusual life among unusual people. Let that sink in.
She collects trophies she didnt win as a hobby of hers. She has two brothers and twin sister that althought they’re identical twins, they’re nothing alike in terms of personality.  Reading the novel we get to know Merit’s struggles and feelings when compared to her siblings.

I like the fact that Colleen included/mentioned so many topics in this novel. Don’t get me started on how thriller I was when Sagan (A character who’s wise for his age, with the ability to see things from more than one perspective) mentioned he’s majoring in Arabic, and spoke it (even if it was just one word)!!!! As a native Arabic speaker it makes me SO HAPPY! I also felt grateful as Colleen shed light on the Arab spring, as well as the refugee crisis.
At one point, I somewhat did connect with Merit…let’s say we both had a similar experience. Which made me understand how she felt and what she thought at certain scenes.
The story is told through the eyes of Merit, it’s interesting yet unpredictable, amusing and emotional with a beautiful minor touch of romance, but let me tell y’all…it end with a message (or should I say a lesson) hard to forget.. yes, THAT important!!

 

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“So many secrets in this house. And yet, the one secret I should have told years ago is the one I’ve kept the quietest.”

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If you need a different read, a quirky one that’ll get you laugh one second, and shake your head in the next one, then without a doubt Without Merit is the book for you. Share it and discuss it with people you know

 

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“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.”

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Have a great read!
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Quick needed update

Hello lovelies, how are you all doing? How’s life and how’s your reading doing?

As you, who follow me, know that I once upon a time, used to post like crazy everyday…that took its toll on me and i ended up with a burn-out and somehow felt like “disliking” blogging as i saw it somethinng obligatory when it was not. THEN, i took a break ( a long one in fact; i got an aweful reading slump).

A few days ago, i had this thought screaming at me: ” ENOUGH is enough! this has got to stop and you need to get yourself together, find a suitable schedule and start posting again”


Why not? I think posting twice a week would be good, no? Since I’ll have enough time for life, reading, catching up with TV shows and movies, and of course the gym!!

Sooooo, it’ll be like this: Wednesday and Saturday

 

ALSO, i’m not very satisfied with my blog design…i just can’t feel it 😦
I’m not so good with designing and making graphics… if anything, I’m the WORST!! A hopeless case, i’m teling y’all (not ashamed in telling the truth lol)
Not sure how to deal with that..so, yeah lol

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Anyways, is there any new articles you’d want me to include (aside from my reviews)? Is there anything new AT ALL you’d like to see on this blog?
Comment below and let me know, your opinion matters to me 🙂

 

Lilly

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Major Issue

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Hello everyone,

How are you all doing? Hopefully everything’s alright

 

As y’all have noticed, I haven’t had the chance to post as often as I used to before…wonder why?
All thanks goes to my major reading slump -_-

It has been weeks now that I’m in no mood/desire to hold a book and read.
Whenever I force myself to, i just have this bothersome feeling, can’t focus with the words and i end up quitting the book.
This issue has left me with worries..it’s not funny at all because I love reading a lot…it feels like a death sentence..taking a break from life itself.

 

I’ve tries reading short stories, other genres…any other solution I could find out there on the internet but to no avail.

I’ve decided to take a break for god knows how long. I don’t want to keep on forcing myself causing more damage than there already is.

 

Hope you all can understand and whoever got some suggestions or went through the same thing, tell me what did you do and how did you overcome it

 

Have a nice day

Lilly
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