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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JANUARY WRAP UP

Hi everyone!

Welcome to my first wrap up of 2019. I’ve decided that I really really want to get this blog thing of the ground more than I am currently doing and I thought this might be a good way to start it off. I’ve always been a fast reader and normally read about 150 books a year. However I started off 2019 reading 21 books in just the first month. If I keep this up (which I do hope) I will be finishing the year off with nearly 250 books, which would be incredible but as my goal is set at 100 books now, nowhere near expected to be reached.

In January I read the following books, with a little thought on them and my star rating on them! Here we go, in order:

Run to Me by Lilian Monroe1. The first book I read in 2019 was the last book in a trilogy by Lilian Monroe. Run to Me was a book that I loved but I’m not really into the insta love thing. Therefore the book only received 3 stars from me!

Rinkeldekink by Martine Bijl

2. My second book of the year was a book I read for review. Rinkeldekink is written by one of my favourite Dutch actresses/presenters and tells about her stroke and her recovery from this. It was beautiful, but my review is already up so go read that if you’re interested! I gave this book 3 stars.

Rookie In Love by Sarah White3. My third read was a book I received through NetGalley. Rookie in Love was a book that I thought I’d absolutely love but wasn’t that at all.. Everything happened SO fast and I ended up giving it only 2 stars.

4. When Dimple Met Rishi has been on my tbr pile for at least two years When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menonand I finally picked it up after putting it on my PopSugar challenge list for 2019. I ended up liking it but not loving it as I’ve well and truly outgrown my YA comtemporaries! I gave it 3 stars, it was cute but I didn’t love it.

The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen5. The Year We Fell Down was a reread for me, although technically I listened to it through Audible. Sarina Bowen is one of my favourite authors out there and I can never get enough of. I gave this audiobook 5 stars and dove right into the second one after finishing.

6. My sixth book was The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. Another book that was on The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoonmy shelves for a long while but which I ended up not liking too much. Another YA book that yeah I’ve well and truly grown out off and which I will be donating as I don’t see myself reading it ever again. I ended up giving it 3 stars.

The Year We Hid Away by Sarina Bowen7. As said earlier, my next audiobook was the second book in the Ivy Years series by Sarina Bowen, that being The Year We Hid Away. I LOVE this book so much, every single book by Sarina is able to drag you right into the story and I am in love with these characters so much. Another 5 stars from me.

8. Next up was a series that I started years ago but never finished, and boyCaptive Prince by C.S. Pacat did I regret not finishing this up! Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat starts off this series with a fictional bang. While I read this one before, I forgot so much about this book already and I am so happy I decided to reread this and not skip it and go straight for the second one. This got 4 stars from me.

Prince's Gambit by C.S. Pacat9. Of course I continued on with the series this time and it was Prince’s Gambit ’s turn for a read. I had not read this one before and omg do I regret it now.. this was already so much more intriguing than the first and it dragged me from the very first page. I was so excited to see what would happen to Damen and Laurent that I finished it in 2 days and dove straight into the third. 5 big happy stars from me.

10. Of course Kings Rising was next and boy was it a great one. This book will go down Kings Rising by C.S. Pacatas the book that I lost all my post it tabs on. There were so many amazing bits that I want to remember that my entire book is covered in tabs and all the colours! Another 5 stars and an enormous book hangover to boot.

Lingus by Mariana Zapata11. Lingus by Mariana Zapata was the book that dragged me out of said book hangover and had me laugh out loud so many times. The thing that I love most about Mariana’s books is that they’re such slow burners that by the end of it my heart aches for the release and I loved this one just as much! It got 4 stars from me, I read and listened to this book on and off ❤

12. Next was Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata. Can you tell that I love her Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapataalready? Dear Aaron is told mainly in emails, texts and IM messages and I am HERE for that. I love books that develop through emails, they’re so cute. I loved this book and gave it 4 stars.

Tangled Like Us by Krista Ritchie13. My review on GR for Tangled Like Us read as followed: Omg omg omg omg omg… Jane and Thatcher.. what did I just read.. and is it bad I already want to go for a reread? That was incredible! and I stick to that point. 5 stars from me for Jane Cobalt and Thatcher Moretti.

14. Overnight Sensation by Sarina Bowen is next, and guess what; I lovedOvernight Sensation by Sarina Bowen this so much. Heidi and Jason were so cute even though Jason resisted for so long haha. I had a clue about her dad from the very start and turned out I was right! Thank you so much Sarina, again, for the arc (through Nina of course) and I will be on the lookout for the next book!

The Wicked King by Holly Black15. The Wicked King by Holly Black was highly anticipated after reading The Cruel Prince last year. And boy it didn’t disappoint! I can’t believe we’ll have to wait more than a year before we get to read the next book! I can’t wait, and of course this got 5 stars from me!

16. One of my go to romance/NA authors is K.A. Tucker so whenever sheBe the Girl by K.A. Tucker brings out a new book, I will be the first one to read it. Be The Girl was no exception, even if it was a YA book instead of NA. I loved this book so much. Cassie’s character, was incredible and as someone who works with people on the spectrum, I recognized SO much in her. I definitely recommend this! I give this 4 stars

The Deal by Elle Kennedy17. Next up is another reread by one of my favourite authors, namely Elle Kennedy. The Deal is such a cute book. It’s not complicated but it’s sweet and you get sucked into the story right away. I first read this 4 years ago and I think i fell in love all over again. 5 stars!

18. The Mistake is the second book in the Off Campus series by Elle The Mistake by Elle KennedyKennedy and swoon I want my very own Logan. I don’t care if he’s flawed or whatever is going on with him, I want someone like him haha. Another 5 stars

The Score by Elle Kennedy19. Next up, The Score, which tells the long awaited story of Dean Di Laurentis and it had another swoon worthy guy in it. Allie and Dean are such opposites and therefore are so good together. I am so in love with this series and all these characters! Again, 5 stars.

20. And fourth one is, The Goal, after reading a little bit about Tucker and Sabrina at the end of the The Goal by Elle Kennedythird book, I couldn’t not dive straight into this. Mind that I was at home with the flu and while I wasn’t sleeping I was reading because these characters man ❤ Another big fat 5 stars.

Taming Him by Kennedy Fox21. The last book I finished this month, was Taming Him by Kennedy Fox. A new author to me but I read so much about them on bookstagram that I couldn’t not finally start this. I realized after finishing this that there’s other books that precede this one but I didn’t care as it is a stand alone series so it didn’t matter too much. I ended up giving this 4 stars.

I did start my 22nd book, which is King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo but I won’t be finishing that one in January, which is okay. I will wrap it up at the end of February hehe. If you made it through to the end of this book, you’re a trooper. Thank you so much!

Love,
Daphne

 

My Bookshelves

Hey everyone!

It’s been a while since I wrote anything on here, but I’m back and I hope that I will keep up my posting on this page. In the last few weeks I’ve moved back to my parents house, I’ve been looking for new jobs and I’ve been trying to keep myself busy!

With the process of moving, came the ability to update my bookshelves and give all of my books a new place on the shelve. I do admit that there’s not really a logic in my shelves at the moment, maybe that’ll happen in the future, but for now every single one of my books has a spot on my shelves. Okay, maybe not all of them. I realised that my sister has quite a few of my books in her room and when I will get them back I will probably have to rearrange some books again. But without further ado, here are my bookshelves as they currently are!

These are the shelves on one side of my room, they hold both Dutch and English books. The first one hold series – Eragon, Hoe Overleef ik, Star Wars, Willow, Flowers in the Attic, Broken Wings, Charmed, Little House, Nicholas Sparks and my Lonely Planet books.
The second one holds mostly paperbacks. My Mortal Instruments and Internal Devices series, Ken Follet, A Song of Ice and Fire, John Green, My Sweep Series and Wicked.
The third shelves holds my classics, some of my History minor books, Lord of the Rings, Dutch books and some more series.

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The next two pictures are the overview of my other bookshelves, because they are all doublestacked (woops) I have each shelve in the pictures beneath that.

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Shelve One: Harry Potter – My Dutch copies, my English copies, Part 1-3 in the 2014 Bloomsbury editions, Part 3 in Hungarian and French, Tales of Beetle the Bard, Quidditch Through the Ages.

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Shelve Two: My Percy Jackson and the Olympians books (book 1 is with my sister), Heroes of Olympus series, The Maze Runner trilogy, The Knife of Never Letting Go, Chronicles of Narnia 1-4 in Dutch, The Walking Dead Vol. 1, Captain America, Saga Vol. 1-4, The Demi-God Files and my Chronicles of Narnia (English) books.

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Shelve Three: Ten Tiny Breaths 1-4, Burying Water, Crossfire series, All of my Jamie McGuire books, Find You in the Dark. Behind those are my CD’s.

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Shelve Four: This shelve holds my Adult romance books, the front row holds the English ones, the back row Dutch and some English ones. Mostly series. My Gabriel’s Inferno trilogy, My Paige Toon books. Breathless series, Marriage to a Billionaire series, Fifty Shades trilogy and some stand alones.

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Shelve Five: My Contemporary novels. Anna and the French Kiss trilogy, Girl Online, The One (The Selection #3), Rainbow Rowell books and some other standalones.

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Shelve Six: This shelves holds mostly standalone with two exceptions, the Specials series by Scott Westerfeld and the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi! It also houses my two art of.. books, of Frozen and Rise of the Guardians. I love looking through these books and see how they created the movies.

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Shelve Seven: This shelf holds two of my band autobiographies, my Divergent trilogy, Gone Girl, My True Love Gave to Me, a select few Dutch Young Adult books, my cookbooks and the third instalment in the Delirium trilogy.

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Shelve Eight: This shelve holds a selection of Jodi Picoult books, Cloud Atlas, Gone with the Wind. In the backrow there’s most of my children’s books. Winnie the Pooh, Wind in the Willows, Some Roald Dahl books, the Parent trap.20150203_144146 20150203_144551

Shelve Nine: The Book Thief, Thirteen Reasons Why, Anna Karenina, Stolen, The Lunar Chronicles, Pleasures (#1-3), Losing It. The Backrow holds the Luxe series, Noughts and Crosses, Miss Peregrine’s (#1-2) and Gemma Doyle Trilogy.

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Shelve Ten: Last but not least. This Shelve holds my Italian for dummies book, the Cormoran Strike (#1-2), The Queen of the Tearling, Revolution, If I Stay, A Children’s bible, My Twilight books, The Complete selection of Sherlock Holmes, the King’s Speech.

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