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Suntag: The Pastry Book Tag

Let’s be honest, what’s better than blogging? Blogging with food! Personally, blogging burns so many of calories that I need to snack whenever I write reviews or have a commenting session. So, armed with a yogurt cake and a brownie (again), I am now ready to hit the pastry table! Thanks so much to Anna @ My Bookish Dream for tagging me to do this yummy tag!

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Warning: you better have food with you to read this.
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Fall Activities Book Tag

When I saw this tag on Kat @ Life and Other Disasters I knew I had to do it. Fall is finally here (my fingers are so cold I can barely type this) so it’s time to celebrate with some seasonal fun! (before I lose my hands!)

Note to self: I need to take a break from tags until I can come up with new book titles to fill the categories! (hidden message: READ FASTER)

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This Week In Books (October 26th 2016)


This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

∧ Then ∧ Queen of Shadows, Sarah J. Maas / Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes, Lindsay Paley


The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

I never thought the day I’d say this would come but… I NEED the next book in the series NOW! I had little expectations for the 4th book, but Maas proved me she finally knew where she was going, and without the constant reminder of the “fantastic” smell of the Faes, I would have given it 4 and a half star. Seriously, don’t use “smell” that often in a book.


When all-round buttercream princess, Millie Carter, becomes stranded at Craiglea Manor Cookery School, she believes her chance of enjoying a merry festive season is over.

The village of Aisford is Christmas-card perfect, but Millie hates it – she hates the snow, her freezing fingertips, and being forced to look like her Aunt Marjory in a mud-splattered wax jacket and wellies instead of her beloved shorts and sparkly sandals.

She plots her escape but ends up locking spatulas with the estate manager, Fergus McKenzie, who is forced to rescue her before she succumbs to a severe dose of hyperthermia. Things start to improve with the arrival of handsome Sam Morgan, fresh from the beaches and rum shacks of the Caribbean.

Can Millie accept her fate? And will Aisford sprinkle some of its seasonal magic on her troubles?

Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes is a festive story of love and friendship and reaching for the buttercream icing and edible glitter when life gets tough.

As I am part of the blog tour, I’ll keep my thoughts to myself for the moment!

≈ Now ≈ A Suitable Lie, Michael J. Malone / Lolita (I swear I’m reading it now)

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Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child, after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna. Feisty, fun and beautiful, she’s his perfect match, and she loves his son like he is her own. When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all that she seems. Desperate for that happy-ever-after, he ignores it—a dangerous mistake that could cost him everything.

As a reward for finishing two ARCs in a row and for opening Lolita again, I jumped on A Suitable Lie, a cover love I was drawn to very recently. It feels good to be back home! I’m 40% in and I am loving it!

∨ Next ∨ ????????????????????

Between assigned books and mood picks, I have no idea what will be next!

Have you read any of these books? What is on your list this week?
Do share in the comments:)
Happy reading

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Suntag: The Playlist Shuffle Tag

Spooktober is all about scary adventures, so when I saw this tag used by the lovely Beth @ Reading Every Night I thought taking a step out of the usual book tags would qualify as my scary adventure! (What?! I don’t do scary, I don’t do adventures, and I don’t do music when it involves more than singing in the shower or car, so …)

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Who Is Pulling The Strings?

Title: Manipulated Lives
Author: H.A Leuschel
Publication date:
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ and a half!

Five stories – Five Lives.
Have you ever felt confused or at a loss for words in front of a spouse, colleague or parent, to the extent that you have felt inadequate or, worse, a failure? Do you ever wonder why someone close to you seems to endure humiliation without resistance?
Manipulators are everywhere. At first these devious and calculating people can be hard to spot, because that is their way. They are often masters of disguise: witty, disarming, even charming in public – tricks to snare their prey – but then they revert to their true self of being controlling and angry in private. Their main aim: to dominate and use others to satisfy their needs, with a complete lack of compassion and empathy for their victim.
In this collection of short novellas, you meet people like you and me, intent on living happy lives, yet each of them, in one way or another, is caught up and damaged by a manipulative individual. First you meet a manipulator himself, trying to make sense of his irreversible incarceration. Next, there is Tess, whose past is haunted by a wrong decision, then young, successful and well balanced Sophie, who is drawn into the life of a little boy and his troubled father. Next, there is teenage Holly, who is intent on making a better life for herself and finally Lisa, who has to face a parent’s biggest regret. All stories highlight to what extent abusive manipulation can distort lives and threaten our very feeling of self-worth.

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This Week In Books (October 19th 2016)


This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

It felt so wrong last week not to have a TWIB post! So no, I haven’t finished Lolita, or Huckleberry Finn. But I did get some reading done, because let’s be honest, we can’t stay away from books for too long.
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Suntag: The Rapid Fire Book Tag

I was tagged in August (yes, August!) by the adorable and cute Marshie (or Drew for the rest of the word) to do the Rapid Fire Book Tag! If you don’t know who Drew is, what is wrong with you? Go over at The Tattooed Book Geek for brilliant and detailed reviews and the most wonderful and powerful poems (even if I still can’t believe he killed Fluffy!).


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