Top Ten Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016 {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about my favorite new-to-me authors I read for the first time in 2016. I feel like I’m just massively behind on my TBR, because I seem to discover new amazing authors all the time. And most of these authors are already quite popular with a ton of books out. But, even though I am behind, I kind of don’t mind because it means I can BINGE-READ! And if there’s one thing I love, it’s binge-reading series. Not having to wait years for the next installment = HEAVEN <3

Of course, I’m also discovering amazing debut authors every day, so there I will have to wait for new material along with the rest of the world. But you know what? That’s okay too! Because I can anticipate and obsess over them with my fellow book bloggers and that’s part of the fun!

So anyway, here are 10 of my favorite author discoveries in 2016!

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These Royals Will Ruin You — The Royals Trilogy by Erin Watt {Book Series Review}

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Title: Paper Princess, Broken Prince, Twisted Palace (The Royals)
Author: Erin Watt
Publisher: Everafter Romance
Release Date:  2016
Standalone/Series: Trilogy
Genre: New Adult – Contemporary – Romance

Goodreads link

My rating:

for Paper Princess
for Broken Prince
for Twisted Palace

What it’s about:

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

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Monthly Wrap Up: November 2016

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Hi and welcome to a new monthly wrapup!

Let’s get this out of the way first: HOW ARE WE DECEMBER ALREADY? How fast is this year going by? I know I pretty much say this every month, but time really is flying…

November was a rather odd reading month for me. I only read one fantasy series and then I just binge-read a whole bunch of YA and new adult contemporary romance books. But that’s okay, because I am becoming more accepting of my total moodreaderitis. I’m just rolling with it and I’ll see where I end up. I am hoping to get back to fantasy in December though.

But first, here’s my November:

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Holiday Gift Guide: What To Get The Book Lover In Your Life {Top Ten Tuesday}

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The Holiday Period is upon us, guys! Time for all the fun (and some maybe not-so-fun) traditions that come along with the period. One of those traditions is probably the gifts.

So, how about a little gift guide to help you get some inspiration on what to get the book lover in your life?

*Note: if YOU are the only book lover in your life, these gifts are also perfectly acceptable to get yourself. Just saying…

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Series I Still Want To Finish / Catch Up With Before The End Of The Year

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Let’s celebrate! Last week I officially reached my Goodreads goal of reading 70 books in 2016. Yay! So, with that challenge complete and still a whole month to go before the end of the year, I figured I’d set myself another challenge. Why don’t I try to finally finish and/or catch up with some series that have been on my TBR for too long already?

Also, I actually wanted to read some of these books already for the Tome Topple Readathon, but that readathon started November 19th and I haven’t started any book yet so I kind of failed  big time there. But hey, I figure that if I still read them before the end of the year, it’s still ok-ish…

So without further ado, this is my rather ambitious TBR list for the rest of the year:

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I Still Believe That I Cannot Be Saved — Half Lost by Sally Green {Book Review}

Half Lost by Sally GreenTitle: Half Lost (Half Bad #3)
Author: Sally Green
Publisher: Viking Books
Release Date:  March 29th, 2016
Standalone/Series: Part three in a trilogy
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

Goodreads link

My rating in stars: 4,5 stars
My rating in words: I loved it!

What it’s about:

This is the final battle.

The Alliance is losing the war, and their most critical weapon, seventeen-year-old witch Nathan Byrn, is losing his mind. Nathan’s tally of kills is rising, and yet he’s no closer to ending the tyrannical rule of the Council of White Witches in England. Nor is Nathan any closer to his personal goal: getting revenge on Annalise, the girl he once loved before she committed an unthinkable crime. An amulet protected by the extremely powerful witch Ledger could be the tool Nathan needs to save himself and the Alliance, but this amulet is not so easily acquired. And lately Nathan has started to suffer from visions: a vision of a golden moment when he dies, and of an endless line of Hunters, impossible to overcome. Gabriel, his closest companion, urges Nathan to run away with him, to start a peaceful life together. But even Gabriel’s love may not be enough to save Nathan from this war, or from the person he has become.

Set in modern-day Europe, the final book in the Half Bad trilogy is more than a story about witches. It’s a heart-achingly visceral look at survival and exploitation, the nature of good and evil, and the risks we take for love.

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Ten Books & Other Things I’m Thankful For in 2016 {Top Ten Tuesday}

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a Thanksgiving Freebie! Now, in Belgium we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but I’m  all for taking a moment to reflect on all the things you are thankful for.

Because let’s be honest, 2016 has not been a great year. Globally, so many things happened that left me anxious and generally disappointed in humanity. And personally, 2016 has not been so good to me either. But it’s always a good idea to focus on the positive, and even though 2016 had its’ flaws, there are also still things to be thankful for.

And there really are. It goes without saying that I’m super thankful for my husband, my family and my friends. They’re my rock and I love them. But other than them, there are also other, more superficial things that I am super thankful for. So let’s get into it!

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