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Life Update

Hi there!

It’s me.

I hope you still remember me. Lol.

Guys, I’m so sorry I’ve gone MIA without any explanations. Back in April I had all intentions to blog regularly, but then I spent two weeks in the hospital with pneumonia. My kids were sick, and my husband had to take two weeks leave from his work. I was released just one day before my exams and I was really really stressed. Blogging was the last thing on my mind. When life was back to somewhat normal I just wanted to relax and have some family time.

I haven’t posted anything on my blog or visited a bookish blog since April. I haven’t been on GR. I haven’t wrote or read a review. It’s been four months of silence. Well I guess I’ve made a personal record.

I managed to read a dozen of books. And I’ve found several favorites. I plan to write reviews and share with you.

I can’t promise I would post regularly. Come September and my real life will be a little bit crazy with my Ph.D. program, my sons’s activities, my pottery classes and life in general. But I’ve missed bookish community so much. I’ve missed you all.

My never-ending tbr-list

When it comes to books I’m a selective greedy addict. I have way too many books on my tbr-list and I constantly adding new titles to the pile. I’m a moody reader and I prefer to have a wide range of books for every occasion.

Recently I’ve come across a lot of posts where bloggers confess how guilty they feel about their huge tbr-lists. Right now I have 2818 books on my tbr on GR. Is it possible to read them all? Well, probably yes, if I abandon my family, quit my job, stop eating and sleeping. But you know what? I don’t feel guilty. And you shouldn’t either.

I know some readers have like 10 books on their tbr-shelf and they put there only those titles they are 100 % going to purchase and read. For me tbr-list is not a shelf to plan my book purchases, it’s more like “opportunity box”. The more opportunities I have, the better. The larger my tbr-list, the more opportunities I have.

My way to deal with it is to store up many potentially interesting books in different genres and, when the mood struck, to choose the one I feel like reading at the moment.

This is the reason I have a lot of shelves on GR. I tag books, so it’s easier to find a book for my current mood. I have shelves for my favorite tropes, my favorite narrators, genres and so on. I have “beauty-and –the-beast” and “romance-fake-relationship shelves”. I have “family” and “funny” shelves. I can go on and go on about my shelves.

What is your way to deal with tbr-list? How many books are on your tbr-list?

PS. As some of you know I’m trying to be a more organized blogger. Lol. So I schedule my posts ahead instead of writing and posting them at the last moment. I wrote this post back in March. To my surprise this week I’ve come across a discussion on the same topic from Jessica. I’m excited that we feel and act very similar about our tbr-lists.

Review: All for You by Laura Florand

Title: All for You (Paris Nights #1)
Author: Laura Florand
My rating: 4 of 5 Stars


Some crushes aren’t meant to be

When her older brother’s best friend left to join the Foreign Legion, eighteen-year-old Célie moved on to make a life for herself as a Paris chocolatier. Now, five years later, the last thing she needs is another man to mess up her happiness.

Let alone the same man.

Kiss and Tell #4. Boys Don’t Knit (in Public)

Kiss and Tell is a feature about kisses in books. First kisses and good-bye kisses. Gentle kisses and angry kisses. Sensual kisses and awkward kisses. Kisses, that made me swoon, and kisses, that made me lift my eyebrow. Kisses, that made me smile and kisses that made me cry. Get ready, I’ll tell you about all of them.

When I started this feature, I declared that it would be about all kinds of kisses. Well, so far I only highlighted beautiful kisses. It’s time to shake things up a little. Today I want to quote a gloriously awkward kiss.

Audiobook review: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Title: Maybe in Another Life
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Story rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Audio rating: 5 of 5 Stars


At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college. On the heels of leaving yet another city, Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles and takes up residence in her best friend Gabby’s guestroom. Shortly after getting back to town, Hannah goes out to a bar one night with Gabby and meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.

Just after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. A moment later, Ethan offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay. Hannah hesitates. What happens if she leaves with Gabby? What happens if she leaves with Ethan?

Cover Talk #4. Tacky covers.

Cover Talk is a feature, where I talk about covers. Beautiful covers and ugly covers. Covers that I love and covers that I hate. Covers that lured me to read a story and covers that were a reason I passed a book. This feature was inspired by Cover Fever at Reader’s Den

Today I continue to talk about good books that have awful covers. Previous posts here and here. So, books with tacky covers:

Do you feel hype pressure?

I always proclaimed myself a hype-free reader. Looking back at my favorite books of 2016 here and my favorite books of 2015 here and here I see mostly backlist titles. I know for sure if I couldn’t look anywhere without seeing a certain book I most likely wouldn’t be picking it anytime soon. I hate being told what to read. I love when friends give me recommendations or rave about their latest favorite, but the decision what to read next is mine. And I feel like hype takes that decision from me. It’s so easy to find yourself being swept by this great hype wave. In my experience it usually goes wrong. I start a book with such high expectations that it’s doomed from the first page. Or I pick up a book that is not for me because everyone talks about it and I want to know what all this hype is about. And it’s a sure way to a book slump.

Mini-review: The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta

Title: The Piper’s Son
Author: Melina Marchetta
My rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars


Award-winning author Melina Marchetta reopens the story of the group of friends from her acclaimed novel Saving Francesca—but five years have passed, and now it’s Thomas Mackee who needs saving. After his favorite uncle was blown to bits on his way to work in a foreign city, Tom watched his family implode. He quit school and turned his back on his music and everyone that mattered, including the girl he can’t forget. Shooting for oblivion, he’s hit rock bottom, forced to live with his single, pregnant aunt, work at the Union pub with his former friends, and reckon with his grieving, alcoholic father. Tom’s in no shape to mend what’s broken. But what if no one else is either? An unflinching look at family, forgiveness, and the fierce inner workings of love and friendship, The Piper’s Son redefines what it means to go home again.


I find it really hard to write a review on this book. The Piper’s Son is a beautifully written poignant story which to my deep regret I’m not putting on my favorite shelf.

Mini-review: Good Girl by Lauren Layne

Title: Good Girl
Author: Lauren Layne
My rating: 3 of 5 Stars


Jenny Dawson moved to Nashville to write music, not get famous. But when her latest record goes double platinum, Jenny’s suddenly one of the town’s biggest stars—and the center of a tabloid scandal connecting her with a pop star she’s barely even met. With paparazzi tracking her every move, Jenny flees to a remote mansion in Louisiana to write her next album. The only hiccup is the unexpected presence of a brooding young caretaker named Noah, whose foul mouth and snap judgments lead to constant bickering—and serious heat.

Kiss and Tell #3. A Wish Upon Jasmine

Kiss and Tell is a feature about kisses in books. First kisses and good-bye kisses. Gentle kisses and angry kisses. Sensual kisses and awkward kisses. Kisses, that made me swoon, and kisses, that made me lift my eyebrow. Kisses, that made me smile and kisses that made me cry. Get ready, I’ll tell you about all of them.

It’s been ages since I wrote Kiss and Tell post. And today I want to share a beautiful quote with you. I’m a fan of Laura Florand. Her writing is gorgeous and so visceral. Her romances make me swoon.