Major blog change

There are so many blogs out there and each and every one of them is unique and great in its own way. After books (which are my first favorite escape) I like to read blogs. The people that choose to write for others know that they come to a new, virtual world where the competition is fierce. If you go to browse for blogs, what type of blogs are you looking for?

I really enjoy reading blogs that talk about life, life coaching blogs, travel, makeup, food, you name it, I love them all! But what I love the most are blogs about books. I get to see what people are reading, I get to learn about books and authors that I never heard before and obviously my To Be Read list gets longer and longer. I keep my hopes up that I will read most of these books in my lifetime. Or at least I hope I will. 🙂 

Being the fact that books are my number one kind of relaxation, I decided that my blog will focus more on this. Why? Yes, it is great to share my life with the world out there and at the same time receive encouragement from everyone, however talking and writing about books makes me happy. Therefore, what is the best way to stay happy? It is indeed talking and writing about books. 

I will include also in this new version of blog: music, movies and from time to time other topics, so do not be surprised if you see that too. However, the main focus is on books; books on paper, E-books, audio books. You name it. You can find them here. 

I hope you will enjoy my new version of blog and I hope you will decide to still be part of my journey, even though the subject has changed. 

Let the fun begin! 

Cristina B.

#bookreview …Listen (Earthen Witch #3) by Sarah Doughty

I received this book from the author for an honest review.

I was just reading the first book when I got an email from this amazing author asking me if I would like to read the third book that was not yet out there. My answer was immediately Yes! Of course I want to know how things will turn out before anyone else did!

Listen is the third book in the Earthen Witch series. The good thing about it, is that I read the third book and even though I barely stared the first one, I was able to follow the story so well. This was basically because the writer, Sarah Doughty, made it so easy for the reader to follow the story. She made sure that explanations from previous stories were included whenever the reader might start to feel lost.

Aisling Green is an Earthen witch that is trying to save her friends that are in some serious trouble. Together with her soul mate and their friends are fighting the evil and try to bring back their team that in the end is their family. Now, here is what really grabbed my attention and really made me happy (I really had a huge smile on my face): at some point in the book a Romanian character appears and is one of my favorite characters. I am not going to say who it is, because I don’t want to spoil it for you, but being the fact that I am Romanian it was a pleasant and unexpected surprise.

Is Aisling succeeding in her plans to save her friends? Well, I guess you will have to find out, but let me tell you that personally I can’t wait for the forth book to come out.

You can find out more about the author, Sarah Doughty here HEARTSTRING EULOGIES and you can also follow her on Goodreads: Sarah Doughty on Goodreads .

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Thanks for reading! I hope you will enjoy this story just as much as I did, or more!

Cristina B.

Cover Reveal: Lost Girl

Amazing books! I think my TBR list just got bigger! 😛

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TITLE: Lost Girl
AUTHOR: Chanda Hahn
GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: December 13, 2016

Wendy doesn’t remember anything about Neverland—or the experiments done on her there as a child. Seven years later, all she wants is a normal life, but shape-shifting shadows plague her dreams and turn her life into a waking nightmare. When the shadows attack at a football game and a boy disappears right in front of her, she realizes these wraith-like shadows are real. They’re not just haunting—they’re hunting.

A mysterious boy named Peter, his foul-mouthed sidekick, and a band of misfit boys intervene before Wendy faces a similar fate. But can they trust Wendy enough to take her to Neverwood Academy and reveal all of their hidden secrets when she’s hiding a secret of her own, or will the dreaded Red Skulls find her and drag her back to Neverland?

Coming December 13th!

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10 books from my TBR #Goodreads list that I can’t wait to read

I am a part of the Goodreads community and I absolutely love it. Not only that I can track my ‘done reading’ books but I can make a TBR lists, I can read books reviews, I can follow authors and have news about their books and I can post my own reviews. Right now I have 150 books on my TBR list but I will list here the 10 books that I absolutely want to read. 🙂

  1. A Hole in Serenity by Mark Draycott (Goodreads Author)

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As this story of obsession, lust and delusion slowly unfolds, the residents of Furnage are brought to a shocking halt leaving the village in tatters. Simon and Kerry’s nightmare is one that they will never wake up from and one that could happen to any one of us.
A Hole in Serenity is a gripping, debut psychological thriller that will have you impatiently turning each page.

(*** https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29637334-a-hole-in-serenity ***)

2. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (Goodreads Author)

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One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life.

(*** https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18812405-the-good-girl?ac=1&from_search=true ***)

3. Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica (Goodreads Author)

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In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she’s the person Quinn thought she knew.

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister than he ever expected.

(*** https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27821486-don-t-you-cry ***)

4. All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda (Goodreads Author)

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It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

(*** https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23212667-all-the-missing-girls ***)

5. The Widow by Fiona Barton

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When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen…

But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.

(*** https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25734248-the-widow ***)

6. Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming

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Alan grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto everyone around him. That man was Alex Cumming, Alan’s father, whom Alan had not seen or spoken to for more than a decade when he reconnected just before filming for Who Do You Think You Are? began. He had a secret he had to share, one that would shock his son to his very core and set into motion a journey that would change Alan’s life forever.

(*** https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22934446-not-my-father-s-son ***)

7. Sister by Rosamund Lupton (Goodreads Author)

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When her mom calls to tell her that Tess, her younger sister, is missing, Bee returns home to London on the first flight. She expects to find Tess and give her the usual lecture, the bossy big sister scolding her flighty baby sister for taking off without letting anyone know her plans. Tess has always been a free spirit, an artist who takes risks, while conservative Bee couldn’t be more different. Bee is used to watching out for her wayward sibling and is fiercely protective of Tess (and has always been a little stern about her antics). But then Tess is found dead, apparently by her own hand.

(*** https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11950671-sister ***)

8. In the Name of Honour: A Memoir by Mukhtar Mai

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In June 2002, Mukhtar Mai, a Pakistani woman from the impoverished village of Meerwala, was gang raped by a local clan known as the Mastoi — punishment for indiscretions allegedly committed by the woman’s brother. While certainly not the first account of a female body being negotiated for honor in a family, this time the survivor had bravely chosen to fight back. In doing so, Mai single-handedly changed the feminist movement in Pakistan, one of the world’s most adverse climates for women. By July 2002, the Pakistani government awarded her the equivalent of 8,500 U.S. dollars in compensation money and sentenced her attackers to death — and Mukhtar Mai went on to open a school for girls so that future generations would not suffer, as she had, from illiteracy.

(*** https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/594449.In_the_Name_of_Honour ***)

9. An Evil Mind–A Suspense Novel by Tim Kizer (Goodreads Author)

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On December 11, fifteen-year-old Helen Hinton is brutally murdered in an abandoned house.
Her killer, Edward Phillips, is caught and sentenced to death. Helen’s blood was on Edward’s clothes and shoes, the murder weapon has his fingerprints on it.
Edward claims he’s innocent. He’s telling the truth.

Two months after Edward Phillips is transferred to death row, a murder similar to Helen’s occurs in another city. The victim is eighteen-year-old Laura Sumner.

(*** https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28449855-an-evil-mind–a-suspense-novel ***)

10. A Journal of Sin (Sarah Gladstone #1) by Darryl Donaghue (Goodreads Author)

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A village, isolated by a severe storm, and a young officer, alone and out of her depth. A troubled priest is brutally murdered, leaving behind a journal of the resident’s confessional secrets; secrets certain people would prefer he took to the grave.

As word spreads, the pressure rises as the eyes of the town watch her every move. With no forensic team, no support and a savage killer hiding in a turbulent town, is PC Sarah Gladstone up to the task?

(*** https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24137415-a-journal-of-sin ***)

These are just 10 books from my TBR Goodreads list, though there are so many more that I can’t wait to read. Being the fact that I started school I don’t think I’ll have a lot of time left for reading but hopefully I’ll find at least half an hour every day. I hope you enjoy these books!

Have a great Monday and Happy Reading! 🙂

Cristina B.

 

 
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#WhereIsTheLove … #BlackEyedPeas … #WhySoMuchHate

Where Is The Love? When I heard the new version of The Black Eyed Peas I started to cry! Why? Because the lyrics describe exactly what is on my mind, what is in my heart. I have goosebumps when I listen to this song! I am wondering every single day of my life when I watch the world that we live in: Where the hell is the love? Why can’t we just love each other? Why so much hate? Why so much discrimination?

Why So Much Hate? 😦

This song has powerful lyrics, this song talks the truth about our world. I was on Facebook today reading comments from random people about this song and I was surprised and disappointed to see how many people completely missed the message of this new version. Comments like: I liked better the older version! made me sad. This song is not only a new version, it is a new message because it is based on our reality.

I am scared seeing the world in which my children grow up! I am freaked out thinking that so much racism, so much discrimination, so much hate, so much killing is happening today! Some people get mad with me when I say that I can’t accept hateful comments when my kids are present but the thing is that I want to protect them as much as I can. There will come the time when they will see for themselves all the bad things in this world, I don’t want them to grow up thinking that racism, discrimination, hate, killing is normal. Because it is not!

Why So Much Hate? 😦 

 

Cristina B.