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My totally-not-original TOP 17 books of the year featuring so many @Bookouture & @OrendaBooks !

2017… 17 books… Get it? Okay, the truth is I couldn’t boil down the list to less than seventeen books so I used the first excuse I found! Which means next year I’ll have even more room for book love!

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Posted in Book Talk, Life in General

5 Things Not to Say to a Book Lover If You Want To Make It to the Second Date!

A few days ago, I was sitting in Communication class, listening to my favorite teacher talking about how we use or are used by the media, and the discussion moved to communities, and bloggers, and the things we have in common that the Internet allows us to blabber about and be happy together. It made me think of how my love for books has invaded my life, on top of my studies, and how I react as a book lover to any given situation. Yep, my mind likes to keep busy and go in million ways. And I was angry and I missed blogging. Hence, this post!

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Gone Without a Trace: Reported Missing by Sarah Wray @bookouture @Sarah_Wray #BlogTour

One thing is not missing, it’s today’s post as a part of the blog tour for Sarah Wray’s Reported Missing book by Bookouture! Thank you to the publisher for offering me to be a part of this tour!

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Title: Reported Missing
Author: Sarah Wray
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: July 14th 2017
Format: Digital Review Copy
Source: NetGalley
Number of pages: 346
Rating and review to come on Monday! 

Four months ago, Rebecca Pendle’s husband disappeared. So did 14-year- old Kayleigh Jackson.

Just a coincidence? Rebecca wants to believe so… But as the police start to draw parallels between Chris and Kayleigh, it’s getting harder for her to trust his innocence. Faced with an angry town that believes Chris has abducted the teenager, Rebecca tries to discover the truth. But what she finds shocks her more than she ever thought. How well does she really know the man she loves?

A completely gripping, suspenseful thriller, with a shocking twist. Fans of Louise Jensen, K.L Slater and and The Girl on the Train will be hooked until the very last page.

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Posted in Book Talk, The Pub Corner

The Pub Corner: You Don’t Put Donna in a Box

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An innocent question we are often asked. Well, the layman version is “What kind of books do you read” and I have to answer that at every family gathering.

There is no right or wrong answer. We’re allowed to enjoy several genres, even ALL genres if we want to! Why not? No one will smack your head with an encyclopedia if you cross an invisible line and pick a book they don’t expect you to.

But I did notice that the more I read, the pickier I become. When I started blogging, I would say “Oh, I love crime stories, but nothing too gruesome.” Fair enough. Since then, I learned a lot about my reading habits and genres.

I can now proudly say I cannot resist a psychological thriller, that the suspected husband trope is my downfall, and that I would give all my chocolate bars for a well-executed police investigation or my collection of socks for an unreliable character to root for.I look for details that make a good book an excellent one, I swear and I get frustrated when my expectations aren’t met. Books taught me a lot about myself, what I can take, and what I’d better stay away from. I believe this is the difference between a casual reader and the devourers of books that we are. Our brains get trained to look for certain things, our nails accept the fact they will be bitten because of a chilling story, our eyes learn to fly over the pages. We just grow with every story.

But I refuse to be put in a box!


I call this freedom. And we are free to open up to the entire world. Or worlds. Assuming your favorite genre doesn’t put you in said genre’s jail.


Because despite my unconditional love for women in terrible situations or hard-boiled detectives, I can also appreciate different dishes and learn to enjoy other things. Battles (when they are not too long!) cheesy moments, meetings with fae, the making of viruses. It usually requires a little more effort on my part to get into those stories, but stepping out of your comfort zone can be so rewarding. I have learned about and from fairy tales, magic realism, coming of ages stories. I must admit they also are very welcome after a row of very very heavy and dark stories!

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I say yes to favorite genres and no to limitations! I say yes to readers making the jump to try new things! Go out there, pick that book (no, not Lolita, it’s not worth it!)

The world is gigantic and your next adventure is waiting. Maybe try a different shelf! 😉

This was a (useless) message from the Bookish Organization of Donna shared with you after a terrible fight interesting discussion about the importance of opening our minds to different genres, cultures, countries, and authors.


Where’s your comfort zone? Do you dare step out of it? 

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#OrendaMonth The Team’s Tree: The Branches (final part) @OrendaBooks


This is the end. I feel like quoting Adele and being dramatic. Here is the last bunch of awesome people working at Orenda Books and taking part in the 5 Facts posts! I have had a blast putting this facts and I hope you’ve enjoyed discovering more about Orenda Books’ fabulous authors as much as I did!

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#OrendaMonth The Team’s Tree: The Branches (part 3) @OrendaBooks


Sundays are for lazy hours of reading brunches! And brunches would not be the same without lovely and interesting people to share it with, so here are some of the most talented of Orenda Books’s team for you to have a good time with! (I’m writing this at noon, I’m hungry, excuse the brunch introduction!)

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#OrendaMonth Top 10 Twins in Fiction, Guest Post by Lucy V. Hay @OrendaBooks @LucyVHayAuthor


Remember how I said this Orenda project was my first big thing on the blog? Well, today, another big thing is happening! A Top 10! I am over the moon to be hosting a guest post, and guess what? It’s on one of my favorite subjects and by the author of one of my most anticipated reads of the year!!!

Without further ado, I present you the Top 10 Twins in Fiction according to Lucy V. Hay!

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