Unknown books I read – the not recommended list

Looking at my read shelf on Goodreads, I ventured to the settings and added ‘Number of ratings’ to my list to see how many people rated the books I read. There is quite a number of books I read, that beside me were rated on Goodreads by less than 200 people. And in most cases, I’m happy to see such a low number of ratings…

I read those, but you don’t have to make the same mistake


Never Marry a Politician by Sarah Waights

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ | Goodreads rating: 3.57 | 53 ratings

Typical rom-com with one-dimensional characters, where well known romantic set up is dumped in a political world. It is a light read, and sure, you could read it, but why? There are better romantic books out there that will actually make you feel something, and stay with you. I do not remember anything about this particular book, I’m writing this opinion only thanks to my old-self leaving a short review on Goodreads.

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500+ pages books worth your time

I love big books I cannot lie 😉 Some stories are so good that you’re grateful for the time author put into writing all those pages and delivered you over five hundred pages of all the feels they could put into the story. Here’s the list of the big books  I love.


“A virtuosic combination of elegy, sociohistorical study, and picaresque adventure: altogether irresistible.” – Kirkus Review

Breathtaking story of discovering your history, family and who you are.

“A dark novel marred by occasional melodrama but lightened by often hilarious dialogue.” – Kirkus Review

I don’t know if it’s possible to describe how much I love this book, how emotional it was to read it, how sad, beautiful, funny, heart warming and heart breaking it was. It’s an epic story of life, life full of violence, fear, hardship, sorrow, but also happiness, forgiveness and love.

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NetGalley Says NO! My saddest book rejections

Most of the book bloggers use and love NetGalley, it gives us amazing opportunities to read books for free before they are even released. Some of us are reserved with requesting books on there and some (me…) are very click happy and request all of the books that look just slightly interesting. But sometimes I’m requesting a book that I really, really want to read. But I’m getting rejected…

giphyI sow this post idea first on The Belgian Reviewer site and I just needed to make my own post about it.


A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

I loved The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne I read last year, so when I’ve seen this book on NetGalley I couldn’t click fast enough to request Boyne’s new book. But I didn’t get it… I bought physical copy not long after I was rejected for the galley though.

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My Favourite Podcasts

Lately I’m obsessed with podcasts. They are great for work breaks, commute, or just laying in bed, resting and listening to some amazing people telling us stories. They are just like audiobooks, but with low commitment level. When you start podcast episode you’ll be done with it in next hours or two. Audiobooks are much longer and require more focus from me. Here’s a list of audiobooks I’m currently obsessed with.



Each week I’m eagerly waiting for Thursday to come, and not because weekend is almost here. Each Thursday James Pietragallo and Jimmie Whisman give us over 2 hours worth of true crime story with a funny twist. I love their humour, how they interact with each other, and James’ research skills are on point. You won’t find better told story about murder that will not make you depressed.

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The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

249219541Title: The Thousandth Floor

Series: The Thousandth Floor

Author: Katharine McGee

Pub Date: 2016

My Rating:★★★★☆

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Synopsis from Goodreads:


A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.


A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?

WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….

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Schmuck the Buck: Santa’s Jewish Reindeer by EXO Books

41-3px-jljl-_sx379_bo1204203200_Title: Schnuck the Buck: Santas Jewish Reindeer

Author: EXO Books

Pub Date: 1st Sep, 2018

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Larry was just your regular caribou, who was cruelly excluded from his crew. He and his kin happened to be the sole Jewish reindeer in the North Pole. Larry was bullied and treated the worst way, until his plan saved one Christmas Day.

A contemporary satirical take on Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Schmuck the Buck introduces Larry, a young Jewish reindeer. He overcomes his awkward and sometimes painful youth to save Christmas. His tale of acceptance and inclusion is sure to warm the hearts of anyone who loves Christmas, Hanukkah, or both. Sixty pages of vibrant illustrations bring his story to life. A unique modern addition to any holiday library.

I received this book from author for a review. All opinions are my own.

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Summer Bookish Bingo – Wrap Up


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