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Weekly reading blog; aka getting out my reading slump – *results*

Hello lovelies!

I got out of my reading slump! Woo! 🥳

I had a great reading week! I didn’t choose the best week to do the challenge because I had a lot of homework so I often ended up reading late but I really enjoyed taking the time to relax and taking time for myself. That’s what reading is about and I often tend to forget that. This week was a nice reminder;

Books mentioned

Monday – March 22nd

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Progress: I started my buddy read of A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire with my two friends and read 102 pages.

The week started so well! The story started to grow on me. I felt more connected to the characters and more interested by in the first book.

Tuesday – March 23rd

Progress: Continued reading A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire with my two friends and read until 201 pages.

I am LOVING Poppy and Hawke’s chemistry. It is no secret that I enjoyed the first book but was disappointed by the romantic aspect and especially Hawke. However I’m starting to really see why people like him so much; he’s going to become one of my book boyfriends 👀

Wednesday – March 24th

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Progress: I had started You Should See Me In A Crown and stopped at 116 pages; I initially intended to read only 100 pages but I finished it!

This book. THIS BOOK. Definitely a new favourite! This book was what 16 year-old Karla wishes she had access too. I loved seeing Liz’s growth; seeing her becoming more confident in herself and her sexual orientation. I loved seeing the talk about grief, friendship, betrayal, race, wealth and love. I loved this book with my whole heart. The author’s note is really what made me cry at 3 AM and I have not regrets. Phew. The best. Stay tuned for a fuller review.

Thursday – March 25th

After my small stint and going to bed at 3AM, I couldn’t pick up a book the next day.

Friday – March 26th

Progress: I finally startds A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden and I read 50 pages of A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire.

The author approached me for a review of her book so I started it and really enjoyed the quick pace of the story.

Saturday – March 27th

Progress: I only read a little bit of A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden.

I didn’t read much; only 50 pages of the book. I was exhausted by the end of the week.

Sunday – March 28th

Progress: I continued A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden and made it halfway through! I read 60% of the book.

By this point in the book, I was very curious to see how it would end because so many things were happening

Monday – March 29th

Progress: I finished A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden and read a little over a 100 pages of A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire.

I finished A Touch of death! yay! The book was very promising and if you enjoy dystopias this novel is for you. Stay tuned for a full review! I am LOVING A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire! I’m 56% in and I can’t wait to see how it ends.

Overall this was a good week! I didn’t read as much as I had hoped but I did get out of my reading slump and that is a definite win! What did you read this week?

Let me know in the comments!

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Getting out of my reading slump!

Hello lovelies!

You’ve heard it here first, but I am going to try and get out of my reading slump *gasp*. I’ve been in a reading slump and I blame two thing. First I finished Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert and I got in a book hangover because it was too cute and I was on a warm and fuzzy cloud when I finished it. Second, I started watching Scandal. Oh my. I can’t believe I’ve never seen this show before. I am obsessed and I haven’t been able to do anything but binge-watch the first two seasons this week so here we are. One of my friends on Instagram challenged herself to reading 100 pages a day so I thought I’d do the same thing to get out of my slump. I’m truly hopeful to actually finish one of the four books I’ve started reading. I’m going to check in by the end of the week to see how it went!

Here’s my TBR for this week!!

I had been reading You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson when my slump came. I am hoping to finish this book this week! I only have 208 pages left so technically I should be able to finish it in two days.

I am buddy reading Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (637 pages) by Jennifer L. Armentrout with a friend over Instagram! I was kind of disappointed by From Blood and Ash so I’m hoping to enjoy this second book a little more. I’m trying to lower my expectations so I will hopefully be pleasantly surprised by this book. I don’t know if we will finish it this week but I’m hoping to make a dent in this beast.

I have been solicited by two authors to read their books and it’s high time I get around to them.

The first one is A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden (304 pages) and the second one is Merging The Drift by Tom Bray. These are not books I would typically go for, but I am super excited to step out of my comfort zone!

This is my TBR but then again, I’m a mood reader and I think I might change or add books along the week. Fingers crossed and see you in a week for the results!

Karla xx

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Books I’m hoping to read before the year ends!

Hello lovelies!

I am very happy to report that I reached my Goodreads challenge of reading 50 books this year! I’m so proud of myself! Last year I managed to read 45 books and right now I read 6 more books than last year. Of course lockdown and quarantine are reasons why I read more; but I also joined book twitter and took my bookstagram more seriously so I discovered so many great books and people who pushed me to read more. Overall I have had a great reading year so far. Since I don’t have the pressure of reaching my Goodreads goal, I’m free to read how many books I like!

I have so many books I want to read but realistically, with my slow reading pace and my busy school schedule, I don’t think I’ll manage to read all of my “end of the year hopefuls” but we’ll see. Here’s my list:

Finish the Throne of Glass series and start Crescent City

I’m currently reading Empire of Storms and I AM LOVING IT. And I really want to finish the series this year but the books are all quite big (600- 800 pages) and I don’t think I’ll have enough time to read everything before 2021. But let’s be hopeful!

The Poppy War – R.F Kuang

I have seen this book everywhere so I gave into tentation and I bought it last month. Since I didn’t read as much as I had hoped, I haven’t gotten around to this. I’m hoping to read this one before the year ends!

Advanced Reading Copies

I had the brilliant idea of requesting books on Netgalley, when I already have so many books on my physical TBR but I just couldn’t resist. Afterlove is a sapphic book about Ash who is about to become a reaper in the afterlife but who is determined to see her first love Poppy Morgan again. Dearest Josephine is a book about a girl who discovers old love letters written by an elusive novelist two centuries before and it seems like she is the heroine….So excited to read these!

Opposition (Lux series #5)

This is the last book in this series! I started it years ago and I finally managed to reach book 5! This is one of my favourite series and I really want to see how it all ends!

Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber

I have read the two previous books as audiobooks so I purchased the third one also as an audiobook! The narrator is fantastic and I can’t wait to see how everything all ends.

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

The raving reviews were enough for me to instantly buy this book. This book follows the life of 12 Black and British women through their hardships and victories. I really want to read this before the year ends.

That’s it! Fingers crossed! Thank you for reading xx

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Reading Project Wrap Up!- Week 3/3

Hello lovelies!

Woohooo I did it! *Happy dance*. I managed to read 10 books in three weeks! The first two weeks were off to a rocky start but I managed to catch up this week since I read 5 books. FIVE BOOKS. IN A WEEK. I usually manage to read five books in a month so I’m very proud of myself.

I really liked challenging myself and I think I might do this project again in the future. I want to hank you for taking this journey with me. Here’s a list of all the books I read with ratings and small reviews :

5 STARS ★★★★★

Beach Read: I love romance with my whole heart. I scarcely read books that do not contain a romantic relationship in it. It can be the worst plot ever, if the romance works, then I’m sold. This book was the best romance I have read in a long time. The chemistry between the characters was wonderful and the banter was just so well-written I couldn’t spot grinning. The plot was complex and exceeded my expectations and the writing style made it an enjoyable and swift read. I want to put this book into everyone’s hands. Full review to come.

Bérénice: This is a French classic. I love everything the playwright Racine writes and this play was no exception.

4 STARS ★★★★

Shatter Me: It’s my sister’s favorite series and what got her into reading. I cannot believe it took me so much time to read it. The beginning was too slow for me but once the plot picked up I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

Party of Two: It’s as though the author looked inside my head, saw the kind of book I craved for and wrote it. It was perfect.

Get A Life, Chloe Brown: This was so cute. It was a healthy, sexy and funny romance and I couldn’t get enough. I also want to get a life…and a Redford Morgan please.

The Hunter and the Mage: this is the second book in The Raven and the Dove series. This was an ARC and I will release a review closer to publication date. I was so afraid it wouldn’t live up to my expectations but it did and that makes me so happy.

Clap When You Land: This was heartbreaking in a beautiful way and reconciled me with books written in verse. A true masterpiece. See my full review here.

3 STARS ★★★

The Wicker King: This has highly been recommended to me and I ordered it immediately. I initially gave it four stars but it was very different from what I expected and I think I was trying to convince myself that I loved it but I didn’t.

Her Royal Highness: This story was really cute and had all the elements I like: a sapphic relationship, a school in Scotland, great friendships and royals. What’s not to love?

2 STARS ★★

The Siren: this was a big disappointment especially since I love The Selection series. This was a lot darker than I expected and the romance was lukewarm. I couldn’t wait to get it over with.

That’s all folks. Spot any favorites? Let me know in the comments!