Pretty covers of January 2019

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Looking at the pretty covers in the Contemporary section I found two that caught my eye Golden Child by Claire Adam and Elsey Come Home by Susan Conley. First is about father’s search for a missing son, and is set in rural Trinidad. The second book is about a former painter, who drowns her unhappiness in alcohol and constant worry, whose husband is giving her an ultimatum to go on a mountain retreat or they are done.

I rarely find pretty covers in the mystery and thriller section, but in January a translation of French novel – The Last of the Stanfields by Marc Levy will be published and I adore the cover. It’s a novel about a journalist who received alluding to a crime committed by her deceased mother. She meets a stranger who received a similar letter about his mother, which brings them to a journey into their families’ past.

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The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

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Title: The Wedding Date

Author: Jasmine Guillory

Pub Date: 2018

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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Synopsis from Goodreads:
A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in a fun and flirty debut novel.
Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist.
On the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend…
After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she’s the mayor’s chief of staff. Too bad they can’t stop thinking about the other…
They’re just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century–or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want…

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2019 releases by my favourite authors

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Aurora Rising – May 7th

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.


My previous reads by the authors: Illuminae | Gemina

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My first Book Depository orders

Let’s go down the memory line, and see what are my first ever English books I bought. The first ever book I attempted to read in English was of course Harry Potter. I was obsessed with this book, so it was an obvious choice for me to read it in English. I never actually completed this book… My first Book Depository orders don’t represent the books I read in English first, before I invested my own money into those books I was borrowing books from my aunt. But after a while her books weren’t enough, and I had an enormous fascination with Lena Dunham and feminism at this point (first one is long gone, second is still with me), so here are the books I bought at this time, back in 2015.

First order: January 6th, 2015

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

by Adelle Waldman

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I’m pretty sure I bough this book because it was mentioned in Lena Dunham’s book or mentioned somewhere by her. I loved this book. I don’t remember much of it right now, but when I think about the book I just remember that I enjoyed it. Maybe I’ll re-read it soon to check my feelings about it now?

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Follow up on Reading Challenges – did I complete any?

Year ago I posted All of the Book Reading Challenges for 2018 – which one to choose? I didn’t check those challenges, nor did I actually try to complete them. But I’m curious if somehow my reading preferences in 2018 somehow matched the rules for any of the reading challenges.

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My Year in Books | 2018

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In 2018 I rated 6 books with 5 stars, which makes up 14% of all my 2018 reads. My first 5 stars read of last year was in January and it was Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroftfascinating fantasy novel. Next, I listen to audiobook What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton. It was read by the author herself, which made the whole experience quite special. April brought us third and final instalment of The Illuminae Files, and I  simultaneously read and listened to Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I’m sad that the series ended, but I’m excited about next release from the authors. In June I read and loved bizarre YA fantasy novel – The Call by Peadar Ó GuilínLast two 5 star reads of 2018 come to me in August, when I read Polish mystery novel Żmijwisko by Wojciech Chmielarz and novel about nurse accused of a serious crime – Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.

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Roundup of my favorite ‘Best of 2018’ lists

Do you love lists? I love, love lists. And end of the year is perfect for us, list lovers because we are bombarded with posts listing all of the best and worst things of the year. Best of 2018 lists are especially great for me this time, because they help me to catch up with all of the books I missed on because of my absence in book community in last few months. I need to find out what I missed!

Here’s a list of my favorite Best of 2018 lists:

2018’S BEST BOOKS ABOUT BODIES by Bitch Media

The topic is close to my hear, so I love seeing a list of all the books that tackle body image topics.

On my TBR:

THE BEST FEMINIST BOOKS TO GIFT THIS CHRISTMAS by Elle.com + 11 FEMINIST BOOKS TO GIFT YOUR BESTIE WHO’S BUSY SMASHING THE PATRIARCHY by HelloGiggles

Combined those two list make a comprehensive list of great feminist books that 2018 brought us.

Highlights from Elle list:

Highlights from HelloGiggles list:

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