My first blogging year of 2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,500 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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A very bookish Christmas

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my followers and readers of my blog! You have no idea how happy it makes me that people are actually reading my ramblings ^_^

How was your Christmas? Did you got spoilt with some presents? Let me know!

We had quite a few busy days with Christmas and I decided I needed to give myself a week’s break from my blogging – which helped a lot! I have got some ideas in my head of what I want to do with my blog over the next year, but I have to see how to combine this with work and courses I do as well.

I had to work till 24th December, and on Christmas Eve we drove up to North Wales to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day there (It is roughly about a 5hr drive). On Christmas Day in the evening we decided to drive back, it was a good decision overall so we could have our own Christmas Day on Boxing Day, but there was also lots of snow on the roads on Boxing Day. So it was all in all a very good decision! And now I am sitting and typing this with a huge sore throat and not feeling 100% but I really wanted to post something.
I think I have been spoiled book wise with Christmas this year. I have received from my husband The Hobbit and from my manager at work I received Hogwarts Library set with Quidditch Through the Ages, The Tales of Beedle the Bard and Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them!

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Look at these book goodies! I am sooo pleased with these!!

What are you currently reading this holiday? I am currently on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! ^_^

Have you received any books for Christmas? Let me know in the comments below!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christmas is coming!

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Yes yes it is almost there people, Christmas is literally around the corner!
For the past few weeks I have been busy and I am looking into new ideas for my blog and keep my current ideas running, I have to say I am not doing that bad for a blog that only started out February this year with quite a hectic private life as well. I would love to do more things with my blog – I have many ideas, but I also need to keep in mind that I am running this blog for fun and to share my thoughts about the awesome books I read with you.

Once I will have the time I can do more and more with the blog – for now I keep it running just the way it is 🙂

The weekly #SundayChallenge hosted by @ThisChickReads posts will be there (Wherever real life lets me) and the same goes for the Weekly Top Ten Tuesday (TTT) hosted by The Broke & the Bookish.

Once I break up from work for the Christmas period I will sit down and re-read the Harry Potter books – can you imagine I have never really actually read those books in English? So I will do that and then from the New Year I will start with a new and keep my current challenges going:
– I will keep reading and reviewing from Netgalley
– I will keep participating in the Sundaychallenge and the TTT
– I will read books from my  bookshelf in the livingroom – the one that is now renamed as my TBR bookcase – not a pile but a bookcase!

I want to thank you all for following my blog – I must be doing something right if you are still following me ^_^ – So many followers, it makes me smile!

For now I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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My weekly #Sundaychallenge on Twitter

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Well as you might remember from my previous post last week I do a weekly #Sundaychallenge on Twitter organised by @thischickreads.

Unfortunately I failed to finish it this week! I was supposed to read a book by Christine Feehan, but sometimes books don’t fit in my mood – and let me tell you, this week my mood sucked a bit. I had lost my reading mojo – Couldn’t get into books and there is one Christmas book I am now reading for over a week! So yesterday I took drastic measures and I started to read Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – as I have read something of Rainbow Rowell before I thought I could finish this in time. But me and the hubs had a day away yesterday and had to do needing shopping today, so I only managed to get almost halfway through the book – but this week I will make up for it!

Taddaaaa here is the new challenge!

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Driving home for christmasSo this week I am going to read Driving home for Christmas by Emma Hannigan

Wish me luck! What will you be reading this week? Are you going to participate in the #Sundaychallenge? Let me know in the comments below!

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR


  1. Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon: I have started this back in September, but it is now on my Winter TBR because it is quite a big book and it will be perfect to read on these long winter nights.
  2. Humbugs & Heartstring by Catherine Ferguson: A perfect Christmas book, or so I like to think and been told by my fellow blog friends. So can’t wait to start this!
  3. Iced by Karen Marie Moning: Winter time I try to read books I have got on my TBR list for a while now and this is one of them. No idea why I haven’t really started this as I love the Fever series.
  4. The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon: Well I love the Outlander series, especially Jamie and Claire and I am hoping to be able to read this one this winter as well. I love Diana’s writing, but it can be quite intense reading in the way she describes things. So I need to take my time with this.
  5. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin: Yes, I believe I am the only one on this planet who hasn’t read this book yet or doesn’t really enjoy the TV Series. But I would love to read this book – so what better time to start than the winter… right?
  6. The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien: You might have noticed the sheer volume of big books I am putting on my Winter TBR… I guess I associated winter with exactly just that! And yes … I admit… I have never ever read these books….*hides*
  7. Burned by Karen Marie Moning: Book 7 in Fever series and I can’t wait to get back to Jericho and Mac and an more adult Dani 🙂
  8. The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead: I strongly believe February is still in the Winter *giggles* – So I am putting this last book of the Bloodlines in there! I need more Sydney and Adrian and I want to know how Richelle is going to end this marvelous series.

Now I know this is not a Top 10 but I don’t have more books on my Winter TBR – I do have more books on my normal TBR list but none of them speaks ‘Winter’ to me.

Let me know in the comments below what your Top Ten is!