January 2020: The Month That Lasted A Year {Monthly Wrap Up}

January wrap up

Hi everybody, and welcome to my January wrap up!

I don’t want to add to the thousands of people and memes saying that January took forever, but really though… January took FOREVER! I do think that the months of January and February usually are the worst months of the year – it’s dark, it’s cold, the excitement about the holidays is over. But that just means we have to focus on all the good things some more, don’t we? And the good thing is that I actually got quite some reading done in January, which I’m happy about. And I got back into blogging, after 1-2 months of semi-hiatus. (I realize I never did a post announcing my return but oh well… HERE I AM!) So pretty good right?

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to in January:

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Dark, Brutal, Vindictive & Gory… And Oh So Good – Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo {Book Review}

Ninth House by Leigh BardugoTitle: Ninth House (Alex Stern #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher:
Flatiron Books
Release Date: October 8th, 2019
Standalone/Series: Series
Genre: Adult – Fantasy – Mystery

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My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: New all-time favorite

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

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The Book Covers I Love And The Things They Have In Common {Top Ten Tuesday}

Book covers I love

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today was a cover freebie and though the options were limitless, I was in the mood to just randomly talk about all the covers I love. But when I just added all my favorite covers to this post, it turned out I’m also still me and I needed to find patterns and bring order to the chaos. And so I discovered a few things that my favorite covers have in common.

Basically, what are the secret ingrediënts to make me love a cover?

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The Latest Books I Added To My TBR (Featuring A Fantasy, A Graphic Novel, A Thriller and Loads of Rom-Coms) {Top Ten Tuesday}

Latest books added to my TBR 2

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s all about the latest additions to my bookshelf and I decided to interpret this as my ‘to-be-read’ bookshelf because well, it’s always growing so why not share parts of it from time to time? Maybe talking about the books I added to my TBR will help me rethink them and decide not to TBR some books after all… Or maybe not, since that didn’t happen at all, but oh well. Too many books to read is a good problem to have, right? Right?

So here are the latest books I added to my TBR and I am equally excited about each and every one of them!

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Bookish Discoveries I Made in 2019 AKA My Ode To Audiobooks {Top Ten Tuesday}

My ode to audiobooks

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s all about the bookish discoveries we made in 2019. But instead of multiple bookish discoveries, I want to take this time to rave about THE BEST bookish discovery I made in 2019. It’s the discovery that single-handedly SAVED my reading life this year and I’m not even exaggerating. I’m talking about audiobooks.

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My Top Ten Favorite Songs of 2019 {Something Different Sunday}

My Top Ten Favorite Songs of 2019

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Hey everybody! Is it still ok to post 2019 lists? Because I just couldn’t – seriously COULD NOT – go a year without a top ten songs list. So even though it is already halfway through January and we should really be looking forward, let’s look back together one more time, because I have a need to talk about music!

In no particular order – because how could I? – and also just one song per artist – can’t have my list be almost exclusively Dreamcatcher and One OK Rock, now can I? – I present to you my top ten favorite songs of 2019!

Also, yes I know it’s Saturday and not Sunday, but I have something special planned for tomorrow, so for once we have a Something Different Sunday on a Saturday 😉

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Most Anticipated Book Releases For The First Half Of 2020 {Top Ten Tuesday}

Most Anticipated 2020 Releases

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

A new year means new books to look forward to! And boy do I have a lot of books to look forward to. Following are the ten books that are scheduled for release in the first half of 2020 that I’m looking forward to the most! *disclaimer: this in no way means I’ll actually read these in the first half of 2020…*

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The One Where Everything Hurts — Druid Vices and a Vodka by Annette Marie {ARC Book Review}

Druid Vices and a Vodka by Annette MarieTitle: Druid Vices and a Vodka (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #6)
Author: Annette Marie
Publisher:
Dark Owl Fantasy
Release Date: January 3rd, 2020
Standalone/Series: Series
Genre: New Adult – Urban Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 5 stars
My rating in words: New all-time favorite

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

I’ve said it before, but sometimes I’m a bad person. I cheated on my twelfth grade math final, I’ve run countless yellow lights, and I gossip about how hot my kickass best friends are. (Good thing my job as a guild bartender doesn’t require moral perfection.)

But there’s bad, and then there’s bad. And I’m not sure which applies to a certain dark druid/wanted criminal/reluctant friend of mine. His transgressions include black-magic dealings, kidnapping, and murder, and he’s about to add “revenge-fueled killing spree” to his resume—if I don’t stop him.

Should I stop him?

He and his nemesis are gearing up to tear each other apart, rogues and vultures are converging with their sights on the spoils, and the guilds that would normally stomp them into the ground are under attack. We’re on the brink of an all-out criminal turf war, and my time to decide is almost up.

Who’s the real bad guy … and do I dare stand in his way?

THE GUILD CODEX

Spellbound Series:
Three Mages and a Margarita (#1)
Dark Arts and a Daiquiri (#2)
Two Witches and a Whiskey (#3)
Demon Magic and a Martini (#4)
The Alchemist and an Amaretto (#5)
Druid Vices and a Vodka (#6)

Demonized Series:
Taming Demons for Beginners (#1)
Slaying Monsters for the Feeble (#2)

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December 2019: The Month of Christmas Fluff and Re-Reads {Monthly Wrap Up}

December Wrap Up

Hi everybody, and welcome to my December wrap up!

Happy New Year! 2019’s been pretty weird reading and blogging wise for me. Readingwise because I made the switch to (mostly) audiobooks this year and bloggingwise because I felt like I was on hiatus most of the time… I’m trying to get back to normal in 2020, but first here’s what I’ve been up to in December.

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