WRAP UP || FEBRUARY 2019

Hi everyone!

Welcome to my second wrap up of 2019. I didn’t think I’d be able to read as many books in February as I did in January but I even surpassed it with one extra. All the while working a lot and even having 3 days less in the month. I had an amazing reading month and I can’t wait to let you know which books I read. That being said, I read a couple of arcs I was provided by the authors, I read some amazing others and even reread some favourites of mine. I read a total of 22 books in February in the span of 28 days.In February I read the following books, with a little thought on them and my star rating on them! Here we go, in order:

Needing Him by Kennedy Fox1. The first book I read in February was the second book in the Bishop Brothers series; Keeping Him told the story of brother Evan and omg was it a hot one. I loved the hatred between Evan and Emily, but loved the ending even more! I gave this book a solid 5 stars on the Goodreads rating!

2. The second book I finished was the incredible King of Scars by Leigh King of Scars by Leigh BardugoBardugo. I’ve been anticipating this book so much and even though it took me nearly a week to read, I LOVED it so so much. Of course this was another big fat 5 stars from me!

Chasing Him by Kennedy Fox3. After finishing King of Scars I continued on with the Bishop Brothers as I still had two of the books to go and I was excited to return to their Texas ranch. Chasing Him has one of my favourite tropes in romance books ever, the single dad/nanny trope and it was an incredible one. John is such a dreamy guy and I loved reading his story with the baby that was suddenly dropped in his life. Another 5 stars.

4. The last book in the series was Keeping Him and had another favourite Keeping Him by Kennedy Foxin it. The Childhood friends to lovers one is one that is either hit or miss with me. I loved this one, while I cursed out the characters in this book for being bloody stubborn, I flew through it. Do I even need to tell you how many stars this book got from me?

Checkmate by Kennedy Fox5. I did realize while reading the first four books by Kennedy Fox that perhaps I should’ve started with another series that did eventually tell the story by the brothers sister. I started the Checkmate series with This is War. Another hate to love story and it was so good. The first book got three stars from me!

6. My sixth book was the second book in this duet, namely This is Love it Checkmate by Kennedy Foxcontinues on straight after the ending of This is War. I loved reading this series as much as I loved the first four books I read by Kennedy Fox. This is War and This is Love are a best friend’s little sister series and you guessed it, I love that. I devoured these books so fast!

This is Reckless by Kennedy Fox7. Next up was the next duet in the Checkmate series, starting with This is Reckless. This book is the book that features Courtney, sister to the Bishop Brothers and I couldn’t wait to read her story as it is mentioned occasionally through the Bishop Brothers. This is Reckless received four stars, I loved Courtney so much, her stress baking and that she and Drew started out as friends/ roommates. But UGH did I hate Drew’s previous girlfriend.

8. This is Effortless is the second book in this duet and again it continuesThis Is Effortless by Kennedy Fox straight off from the point where the first book ended. These books are such quick reads and I liked it a lot. Courtney and Drew had a lot of hurdles to jump over before getting their HEA and I was there for them, cheering them on every single page throughout these two books.

This is Dangerous by Kennedy Fox9. Straight on to the last duet in this series. This is Dangerous tells the story of Kayla and Logan. The main characters in these books are mentioned throughout the first two duets and I was rooting for them before even going into their story. Another single dad story, and I am a sucker for hot single dads (fictional ones at least). The ending to this book though, omg I was so happy I could continue straight on into the next one.

10. After the ending of the previous one, I couldn’t not continue straight This is Beautiful by Kennedy Foxon with This is Beautiful. I had to know what was going to happen next and to know if this was going to end in a good way. Heck I knew it was and still wanted to know what was going to happen. I am both sad and happy that these books had ended. For some reason I would’ve liked these books more if each duet would’ve just been a single book, I am not that keen on having multiple books for one couple (with exceptions here or there).

Huge Deal by Lauren Layne11. Whenever Lauren Layne releases a new book, I’m mostly there. Ever since first reading books by her back in 2016, I’ve been hooked and this 21 Wall Street series has been on top of that list. I think Huge Deal is the final one in the series, but I’ve loved the previous two and was SO happy for Kennedy and Kate to get their own story. They were very well hinted on in the previous two books and I couldn’t wait to find out more about them. Lauren Layne will always get 5 stars from me.

12. Next on this never ending list is The Risk by Elle Kennedy. If you ever The Risk by Elle Kennedywant to read a quick, but incredible read then make sure to pick up anything by Elle Kennedy. She is my go to author when I want to read something funny, laugh out loud and with incredible steamy scenes. The Risk was not an exception. Back in the day I devoured the books in the Off Campus series but these spin off; Briar U series I might just love just as much. Jake and Brenna were such an amazing couple. I would love to have my own Jake Connelly, can someone make that happen?

Boyfriend for Hire by Kendall Ryan13. Next up was Kendall Ryan’s newest release, Boyfriend for Hire. Nic was such a dreamy guy and while he was conflicted about wanting Elle or wanting to continue on with his job, being a top paid escort, I knew he was going to keep on falling for Elle and never look back towards his job. Although I will miss his lunches with the older lady, they were so cute and I felt like he needed her more than she needed him hehe. Boyfriend for Hire received 4 stars from me.

14. For over 3 years I’ve been devouring any book that Layla Hagen puts Image may contain: 2 people, textout into the world. First the Bennett family series and then straight on to the Connor’s. Only With You was gifted to me as an arc, I love being on Layla’s VIP list and being able to read her books before anyone (well besides other bloggers on her list) can read them. Only with You was highly anticipated by me as I couldn’t wait to read who Val would fall in love with, she needed someone to take care of her for once instead of her taking care of her siblings. I loved this so much, making it a solid 4 stars from me!

Thirty Day Boyfriend by Whitney G.15. I read a good amount of Whitney G books in 2018 but I still have some to go. When I was looking for a quick but incredible read to read after my previous book, I came across Thirty Day Boyfriend and dove straight in. Her shorter books are fun, easy to read but they pull you in none the less. My kindle app on my phone was making extra hours this month and I don’t mind one bit. I gave this book 4 stars and some incredible highlights if you ever want to check them out.

16. I felt the need to dive back into a world with familiar characters, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuirenamely the characters that properly got me into romance books back in the day. Beautiful Disaster was a book that I picked up randomly from an online story and devoured from the first pace. I think that I’ve read it at least 4 or 5 times over the last few years, the first time being in 2012. I loved meeting back up with Travis and Abby and my 5 star rating didn’t change. Maybe not because of the book, but more for the nostalgia I felt reading this again.

Over Us, Over You by Whitney G.17. Maybe last year or the year before, my sister was reading the next book on the train and kept laughing and pointing out things in the books, but I had yet to pick it up. Over Us, Over You by Whitney G is a book that has been on my ereader for a while but I hadn’t picked up yet. After reading Thirty Day Boyfriend I was in the mood for another book by her and decided to finally give this a go. I am glad to say that I absolutely loved it, I was a little sad I didn’t pick it up sooner. As mentioned before the best friend’s little sister trope is one I love and this wasn’t an exception.

18. A few weeks ago I got an email from one of my favourite authors. Simply a news Hold On by Samantha Youngletter but it had a sign up for this arc blast for a new series that she was participating in. Hold On was the novella that she wrote in this series but it also had a sign up for other ones in the series. I loved her one, as it was a novella that could also be part of one of her series and I jumped on the chance to read it. Hold On tells the story of Killian’s sister (Killian is the hero in Play On) and I LOVED it so much. Three stars from me.

All Stars Fall by Rachel Van Dyken19. Next up was All Stars Fall by Rachel van Dyken. Also part of the same series as the one above. I had never read anything by Rachel but I absolutely loved this one and I will make sure to read more by her. I have heard a lot about her writing from people around Goodreads and other blogs and I was happy to finally read something by her and end up loving it so much as I did. All Stars Fall tells the story of Trevor and Penelope and yes is another single dad/nanny story. This one got a solid four stars.

20. The last one of the novellas that I received in this series was Wicked Wicked Force by Sawyer BennettForce by Sawyer Bennet. Sawyer’s books are a bit hit and miss with me but I really liked this one. The only downside to these being novellas is that everything is fast paced and that it’s over before I realised it. Wicked Force was such a cute but incredible story and I want more more more! I might just pick up the other ones in this series eventually. Wicked Force closed with three stars.

Surprise Delivery by R.R. Banks21. The next book I read in February was one that I picked up on a whim through a romance newsletter thing I receive through email and I ended up loving it more than I ever thought I would. Surprise Delivery by R.R. Banks was another first by a new to me author. I really liked this and hey, a hot doctor is always nice to read about haha. I will make sure to pick up more by this author one day and see if I’ll enjoy it as much as I did this one.

22. Lastly I read another favourite of mine. Preppy; Part One is an all timePreppy by T.M. Frazier favourite, or at least the author is. I loved Preppy all throughout the other books and when he got his own series of books, back in 2016, I made sure to read them. After rereading the first 4 books in the King series at the end of last year, I finally got to rereading the three books that make up Preppy and Dre’s story. Of course this received five stars from me as I will always hand Tracey my five star ratings, every single one of her books is better than the last.

And with that I conclude my February wrap up, how did you do in February? Did you end up reading what you wanted to read? Did you discover anything new that you ended up loving? Let me know and I hope to see you again soon with another post!
Love,
Daphne

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REVIEW || JANE (AUSTEN) VOOR IEDEREEN

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Titel: Jane (Austen) voor iedereen
Auteur: Anke Werker
Illustrator: Sanne van der Bruggen
Uitgever: Karmijn Uitgeverij
Uitgegeven: 22 November 2017
Aantal pagina’s: 102 pag.
ISBN: 978 949 2168 184

 

 

Jane (Austen) voor iedereen werd in November 2017 uitgegeven door Uitgeverij Karmijn en ja, ik voel me diep beschaamd dat ik m nu pas recenseer. Het boekje telt 102 pagina’s en al ben je geen grote fan van Austen’s werk, dit boek is pure magie voor iedereen. Je komt meer te weten over het leven van Jane, van voor ze haar boeken schreef maar ook wat er na haar dood gebeurde.

Anke schrijft luchtig en in woorden die voor iedereen gemakkelijk te begrijpen zijn. Ik ga heel eerlijk zijn en zeggen dat het me nog nooit gelukt is een boek van Jane uit te lezen maar ik ben verliefd op de kostuumdrama’s die er voort zijn gekomen aan de hand van haar boeken. De illustraties van Sanne maken het boek er ook nog leuker van. De illustraties zijn leuk en kleurrijk en laten de tekst uitblinken.

Buiten het feit dat we meer te weten komen over het leven van Jane, leren we ook meer over haar boeken, staat er een test in en ook nog recepten. Ik ga die pittige applecrumble zeker een keer proberen (al weet ik niet zeker of ik die gember toevoeg want daar houd ik dan weer niet zo van…)

In 2016 heb ik een tijd gewoond in een klein plaatsje genaamd Winterslow, vlakbij Winchester. In Winchester staat een kathedraal waar de laatste rustplaats van Jane te vinden is. Rondom haar graf staan verschillende verhalen afgebeeld die haar levensverhaal vertellen. Ondanks dat ik nog nooit een boek van haar las, vond ik dit wel heel interessant om te zien! In September hoop ik het Jane Austen House museum te bezoeken, te vinden in Chawton niet ver van Winchester.

Wil je meer te weten komen over het leven van Jane, haar familie, haar boeken, de films van haar boeken en nog veel meer, ga dan zeker dit boek lezen. Ik vond het zo leuk om door te bladeren en te leren over wie Jane nou eigenlijk was en waarom zoveel mensen van haar boeken houden!

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Reading Goals 2016

Hey lovelies,

I don’t think I’ve made this post last year, which I probably should have, but I kinda want to talk to you all about the reading goals I set myself for 2016. If you look at my Goodreads page then you’ve noticed that I’ve set my goal for 2016 to 75. I read a total of 185 books in 2015 and I don’t think I’ll reach that amount again this year while I’ll be getting used to living in England instead of the Netherlands and all that comes with being with a new host family.

Last year I started out with a goal of 50 books which was reached halfway through April, yes I know, but I have no idea what next year will be like and I don’t want to be disappointed in myself when I don’t reach the goal that I’ve set, and 75 seems doable within a year if I look at the past two years.

I’ve also just counted all my books and while there’s a total of 348 English books and a 105 Dutch books, there’s a lot of unread books on those shelves that are dying to be read. I’ve counted those too. There’s 151 English books to be read and 31 Dutch books that remain unread until now. That makes the total 182 of physical books on my shelves that I’ve either not started ever or started but not finish because I lost interest. I want to change that number and bring it down to at least 150 or under in the coming year. Because I’ll be in England from the 23rd of January until unknown in the future I won’t be able to bring most of my books with me and I’ve therefor uploaded all of them onto my ereader so I’ll be able to read them anyway and bring that TBR pile down to hopefully as small as possible.

Of course I will still be reading lots of new books that will be released in 2016, because if you know me well enough, I cannot resist new books when I’m browsing through bookshops. Oh dear, what shall I do with myself next year haha.

So here we go, next year I will read as much as I possibly can while resisting books in shops like Waterstones and bookstores alike in the UK (so help me god…)

I’m wishing everyone a happy Reading year in 2016,

Daphne

Re-shelving books

Hey all!

If you’re following me on Instagram, then you might know that I’ve walked with the idea of re-shelving my books for a while. I had no idea how I wanted to do it, or when I’d get to it. But yesterday seemed as good a day as any, right? But I didn’t really think things through that the heatwave would be this bad. I did however do it and I didn’t pass out from the heat either 😉 I should mention that my room is in the attic of our house and that while it’s a nice room to have, it’s on the sunside of the house and that means the sun is on the roof from both sides the entire day.

I decided to put my books in a more logical order and that I’d switch around my DVD’s with my books, because I’d create a much better and nicer look for the room (in my eyes that is 😉 ). This is what I came up with!

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These are my shelves with my Dutch books. It’s missing two books, because they didn’t fit any more and are on the shelf next to this one but I wanted them all together instead of spread out throughout all my bookshelves.

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The next shelves hold my Contemporaries, YA, my classics and chicklit. I don’t read a lot of chicklit but I picked up some and I can’t wait to get to them, they seemed really good!

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I’m not sure what theme this shelf’s got, but while there’s some series at the top, there’s just miscellaneous books on the other shelves because I didn’t know where else to put them, hehe.

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This is obviously my series shelf. I tried to get as many of them on here but some of them wouldn’t fit and got another spot somewhere else. This is probably one of my favourite shelves to be honest, I do love my series, even though (Little House) isn’t complete. Also, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is missing because my sister has this in her room ;).

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This is the top half of my other bookshelves, which holds my new editions of the Bloomsbury Harry Potter books, my new adult and adult books. And also my Paige Toon books on the overlighted part of the shelves :P. If you look behind the Jamie McGuire books you can spot the top of my graphic novels that are there.

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Last bookshelves! They hold some more adult books, some new adult and some hardcovers and my Jodi Picoult books. I love her books and I have a few of them but I have yet to read two or three of them! Behind Jodi Picoult you can see some of my children’s books, they’re there because they don’t fit anywhere else!!

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And at last, these are my DVD’s, mark they’re not all of them, as I have two other shelf thingies with DVD’s an Blu-Rays, but these are, on top, my series. and at the bottom just movies 🙂 AS you can tell, I love my series and movies 😉

So that’s that and I hope to see you all again in my next blog post, which will probably arrive next Friday. I have my final presentation then and I hope the next post will be with me saying: I HAVE GRADUATED 😛 We’ll see won’t we?

Lots of love,
Daphne