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Why is this blog about Reading?

Here you can expect to find many honest reviews of books that I’ve read and liked, loved or disliked. I’ve implemented a score system, so that it’s easier to categorise them, which I’ve explained with further details below.

I based my idea of the score system on the fact that every book is a work of art and deserves some love. I’m an avid reader, as cliché as it may sound, but it’s true and I can’t help it. When I start a new book, I expect to be immersed in it, to not be able to stop thinking about it, even when (or if) I put it down. When a book is good, I forget to eat, sleep and I don’t move from the sofa until I devour it. But I also don’t like wasting precious time (which can be used to read even more books) on ones that I don’t enjoy. People are not always fond of the book they’re reading at the moment, I get it. And that’s okay. It’s just not the right one for them. I am stubborn, so I never leave books unfinished. And it’s not even stubbornness, I just feel like I owe some respect to the people involved in the creation of the book as such for making the effort to write it, to illustrate it and to get it published. That is why I will always give books two stars as a minimum, no matter the content, no matter whether I liked it or not. The way I picture it in my head is very simple: one star goes to the author for writing the book; the second star goes to all the people involved in the creation of the book: that includes the publisher (here I include all the people, working in all departments of the publishing house, who contributed to the publication of the book), the illustrator (if there are drawings), the translator (if it’s not originally written in English), etc. I think that’s fair. So, in the end, a book could always get two stars as a minimum and a maximum of five stars with half-stars in between, depending on how much I enjoyed it. Simple as that.

Now you know how things work around here. Let’s get right into it! 🤓

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30.06.2022

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Seven Days in June: book review

Author: Tia Williams Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance Publisher: Quercus Year: June 2021 Rating: Hey bookish people, we’re half way through the #MonthlyTitles book challenge (for more information, check my social media accounts to learn all about it). As you know, June was dedicated to Seven Days in June by Tia…

31.05.2022

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Mother May I: book review

Author: Joshilyn Jackson Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Crime Fiction Publisher: Raven Books (Bloomsbury Publishing) Year: May 2021 Rating: My choice for the #MonthlyTitles book challenge for May was… Mother May I by Joshilyn Jackson! Wow, this book was so intense! It gives me the chills just thinking about it. It is…

30.04.2022

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The Enchanted April: book review

Author: Elizabeth von Arnim Genre: Classics, Romance, Literary Fiction Year: 1922 Rating: I will try to keep this review short and sweet, just the way the book was! The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim is the perfect book for April, it really is enchanted! It will definitely make you…

31.03.2022

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The Violets of March: book review

Author: Sarah Jio Genre: Literary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction Publisher: Plume Books Year: April 2011 Rating: Sarah Jio’s writing captivated me from the beginning of the book and this was her first novel! It was so easy to get into the story and the more I read, the more…

28.02.2022

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Sunflowers in February: book review

Author: Phyllida Shrimpton Genre: YA, Contemporary Fiction Publisher: Hot Key Books Year: February 2018 Rating: I always say that each book is different for everyone, every reader experiences it in a unique way. However, with Sunflowers in February I couldn’t help but think, what would somebody not like about this…

31.01.2022

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January: book review

Author: Alix E. Harrow Genre: Fantasy; Historical Fiction; Bildungsroman  Publisher: Orbit Year: 2019 Rating: Where do I start? When I started this book, I was a bit sceptical, as I always am when reading fantasy. I just wanted it to be good. And it was good, it just lacked something….

26.01.2022

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Where Decay Sleeps: book review

Author: Anna Cheung Genre: Gothic; Horror; Poetry Publisher: Haunt Publishing Year: 2021 Rating: The amazing Rebecca Wojturska, Managing Director and Editor of Haunt Publishing, very kindly provided me with a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review, so here it goes! Where Decay Sleeps is a dark,…

21.01.2022

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The Actuality: book review (Sandstone Press Book Tour)

Author: Paul Braddon Genre: Speculative fiction; Sci-fi; Dystopian fiction Publisher: Sandstone Press Year: 2021 Rating: I was kindly gifted a copy of Paul Braddon’s The Actuality and I am participating in the Sandstone Press book tour to celebrate its paperback publication! I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to finish…

08.09.2021

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Death’s Edge: book review (SmashBear Publishing Book Tour)

Author: John Ortega Genre: Urban fantasy Publisher: SmashBear Publishing Year: September 2021 Rating: Thank you so much, SmashBear Publishing for kindly providing me with the eBook copy of Death’s Edge and for inviting me to be part of the book tour for this great read! Wow, what a journey! This is an amazing book,…

01.06.2021

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The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair: book review

Original title: La Vérité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert Author: Joël Dicker Genre: Crime, Thriller Publisher: Quercus Publishing Year: 2014 Rating: I read this book a few years ago when I was still living in Spain and read it in Spanish, hence the Spanish cover of the paperback. I wrote my…

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