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

 

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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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