Reading Habits Book Tag

Hello everyone, and happy Tuesday to you all ❤

Yesterday was a crazy busy day with my mom. We went to Jerusalem, in order to grab some meds for my mom and after over 13 hours out and most of it in a car, I came home exhausted. it’s been a long time since I was this dead tired.

Anyways… I saw this great book tag over at Chanelle and I had to do this cute tag 🙂 If you don’t know who is Chanelle or her amazing blog chanelleheley go visit her blog and say hello, she would love that. Her blog is about beauty, life, books and so much more. I get inspired everytime I pop my head over her blog and I am sure you will too ❤

Now, onto the tag:

Bookmarks or random pieces of papers?

Well,  I am more of a bookmark kinda of a girl but I will use random paper or anything if I need to. however, I will also write a note on my phone which page I am in and not use bookmarks at all 😉

Stop reading randomly or after a chapter/certain amount of pages?

I love stopping after I hit a new chapter but if I am tired I will stop after the end of a paragraph or if the sentence end at the end of the page I will stop there.

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Not really, but I do most of my reading on the couch, so maybe I do 😀

Do you eat or drink whilst reading?

In most cases no, I am too afraid to spill something on the book, but sometimes I will drink something, and when I do I will put the book far from me and then have a sip of my drink and get back to my reading. I will never eat though whilst reading.

Reading

Multitasking: Music or TV when reading?

Nope. I don’t mind when my Ralfi (my husband) is watching TV but I love to read the book in quiet.

One book at a time or several?

Okay, this one is a bit hard. In most cases, I love reading one book at a time. However, sometimes I’m in a mood where I can’t read just one book, lol. Like the last two months, I’ve read 3 books all at the same times, hehe. This month, I can’t even think of doing that.

Reading at home or everywhere?

I read a lot of Ebooks while my mom was in the hospital through an app on my phone, but I love reading at home and feel comfortable.

Reading out loud or silently?

LOL,  there are parts of the book where it has a more fast dialog or fights, I love reading out loud but in most cases, I love reading in silence. I don’t listen to many audiobooks, I guess that really shows that I love reading the book on my own and silently 🙂

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

OMG, NOOOO! It even hurts to write the question, lol. I hate breaking the spine. 99.9% of my books look new even though I read them a lot of them more than 6-30 times, hehe. All my books are paperbacks and there are a few books that I broke the spine and it hurt seeing them there, so I try to never do that (yeah I know, I sound crazy, hehe).

Do you write in your books?

OMG! What a monster thought of these cruel questions, the horror, lol. Nope. Never.

 

That is all for this tag 😀

To all the BookDragons or BookUnicorns out there, feel free to grab this tag and consider yourself tagged. If you feel like answering one or more Questions from the tag I would love to see your answers in the comments below 🙂

BTW, I did a similar tag to this also called: The Reading Habits Tag 3 years ago, feel free to give it a look ❤

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: Graevale (The Medoran Chronicles #4) By Lynette Noni

Author: Lynette Noni
Pages: 403 Pages
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publication Date: February 1st, 2018
Publisher: Pantera Press

Graevale, Coffee n' Notes

Blurb

Light or dark, only one can win. This world cannot survive in shades of grey.

Now that Aven Dalmarta sits upon the throne of Meya, Alex must race against the clock to save the rest of Medora from the Rebel Prince’s wrath.

Haunted by an unspeakable vision of the future, Alex and her friends set out to warn the mortal races. But making allies out of ancient enemies proves difficult.

With her nights spent deep in the Library under the guidance of a mysterious new mentor, Alex is desperate to strengthen her gift and keep all those she loves safe. Because in a world where nothing is certain, she is sure of only one thing:

Aven is coming.

Review
5 Stars

Omg… NOOOOO… Omg.

I will need to keep this review very short as every time I try to put a little more details, I give up spoilers, lol, and because my reviews are spoilers free – I must keep it sweet but short.

I just finished reading Graevale, the fourth book in The Medoran Chronicles and wow… Lynette Noni truly gets better with each book she writes, omg. I am struggling to put words together to form any sort of normal sentences, as my brain is in complete moosh right now 😀

Things get darker fast in this book, from the plot, the characters, and the amazing adventures the group takes… (I wish this series would never end) ❤

This book continues from the ending of the third book and from the start we go with Alex o other lands that only makes things harder for her to overcome Aven. Every book in this series is building up to the epic finale and it hurts that we are now closer to the end.

From the start, you can feel the tension and the slow but awesome build-up to the final battle. The places and other races we encounter and to the gang itself, trying to get stronger in their abilities and the darkness truly looming over Alex and Medora.

Alex is preparing for war by going around the lands, trying to convince them of the importance of joining this war, but Alex realized that this is not an easy task. Alex keeps training for the upcoming battle and traveling to the other lands of Medora, and I loved how she gots even stronger and more clam of what is needed to be done. Even the other characters are so well thought of and so well developed, that made Alex her group stronger than ever.

At the end I was left in tears holding my tablet tight for comfort, I was a wreck… I need the next book, NOW!

This is by far my favorite book in this series.

You can find the book over at:

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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P.S. I received a free copy from NetGalley for an honest review.

If you want to read my reviews on the previous book in this series here they are 😀

Akarnae

Raelia

Draekora

Book Review: Draekora (The Medoran Chronicles #3) By Lynette Noni

Author: Lynette Noni
Pages: 404 pages
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publication Date: April 1st, 2017
Publisher: Pantera Press

Draekora, Book Review, Coffee n' Notes

Blurb

“I swear by the stars that you and the others slain tonight will be the first of many. Of that, you have my word.”

With Aven Dalmarta now hiding in the shadows of Meya, Alex is desperate to save Jordan and keep the Rebel Prince from taking more lives.

Training day and night to master the enhanced immortal blood in her veins, Alex undertakes a dangerous Meyarin warrior trial that separates her from those she loves and leaves her stranded in a place where nothing is as it should be.

As friends become enemies and enemies become friends, Alex must decide who to trust as powerful new allies—and adversaries—push her towards a future of either light… or darkness.

One way or another, the world will change…

Review
5 Stars

Before I’ll start I will just say that I loved Akarnae and Raelia so much, that I really was looking forward to reading Draekora 😀

Draekora is the third book in the Medoran Chronicles. I will keep this review short as it’s so hard to review this book without spoilers (I’ve tried, lol).

The book started with tons of action, sweeping you immediately to a new place with new characters, full of danger. From the start, Alex and her gang are trying to find out if Jordan’s brother was alive or not. Alex goes to Meya to train and learn more about her abilities. There, she has one of the best adventures in this book 😀 And I think the author only gets better and better with each book she writes.

There are a lot of new characters that we meet in this book, but you are drawn to them from the start. I love that we got to see more of Medora and even though this book has a more serious tone to it, we still experience the fun and excitement that we loved so much in the previous books. Draekora is by far the best book in this series (so far) ❤

You really get involved with the characters and the author did a wonderful job with them, you can’t help yourself but fall in love with them. I did miss the old gang a lot but it didn’t make the story any less enjoyable to read. Alex has to go through so much that with each dangerous event you keep asking yourself how will she ever get out of this situation. I won’t say much of the other characters as it will definitely spoil things for you, but I will say that the Draekon character is such a great addition to the story, I loved it.
The villain also is well thought of and you really love to hate him, the author did an amazing work with him, omg.

The ending of this book… Omg. I can’t really say much here but let me say that I couldn’t stop crying, and I so happy that I have the next book to read immediately. At the end of this book, things get even more crazy and dangerous and we know that war is coming and as I said I am happy I already have Gravale (book #4) because I must know what will happen next with Alex and her gang.

This book has everything you want in a great book. You got dangerous adventures, friendships, time travel, dragons, magic, and love. How can you not love this book ❤

P.S: The cover is gorgeous and I would truly love if I could visit Draekora.

Book 4 here I come ❤

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Manga Classics)

Author: Charlotte Bronte and by Crystal S. Chan (Adapter)
Pages: 324 Pages
Genre: Manga Classics
Publication Date: November 15, 2016
Publisher: Udon Entertainment 

Jane Eyre, Coffee n' Notes

Blurb

As an orphaned child, Jane Eyre is first cruelly abused by her aunt, then cast out and sent to a charity school. Though she meets with further abuse, she receives an education and eventually takes a job as a governess at the estate of Edward Rochester. Jane and Rochester begin to bond, but his dark moods trouble her. When Jane uncovers the terrible secret Rochester has been hiding, she flees and finds temporary refuge at the home of St. John Rivers

Review
5 Stars

This is the first classic adaptation I’ve read and Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books. At first, I was a bit anxious about taking this book, but I really wanted to know how this great book full of life struggles, dark moments and love will be portraited in a manga… I am so happy I did take this book ❤

This was made brilliantly and the story of Jane Eyre shines beautifully here. The artwork shows the emotions of the story in an incredible way, making the reading even more powerful and emotional. We also get to see the Victorian era come to life in the clothes and the homes, all wonderfully drawn and they really made this small details in their art which made reading this adaptation, even more, fun. The illustrations are just so charming and captivating and it captures the essence of all the characters brilliantly.

Overall, I was truly impressed with this adaptation and I can’t wait to read more of my favorite classic adaptions ❤

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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* I received this copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A Little Life Update

Hello everyone, and happy Friday to you all ❤

Today I wanted to share with you a little bit of what happened to me these past couples of weeks and just give you an overall of this month 😀

Mom

The last two weeks, were a bit overwhelming and exhausting as my mom was very ill and we’ve been to three hospitals overall. They have done the Bronchoscopy which was very hard on my mom’s body and she is still feeling the pain from the procedure and the overwhelming fatigue. My mom needs more rest before we are back to doctors and more hospitals. We are all very tired and exhausted, lol, and I can’t keep myself awake for very long in the evenings 😀

Home

My home is in somewhat good shape, even though it was very cluttered recently, I cleaned and organized everything today 🙂
I still need a few days to do our huge 3 bookshelves as they are all a bit dusty, but not this week.

Writing/Editing

In my editing, I can happily say that I’ve made a bit of progress, not as much as I wished to, but some progress is good progress 😀 On the other hand in my writing, I didn’t make much progress, not as much as I wanted at least.

Blog

Wow, here I am happy that this goes smoothly, I am shocked by this. I have a lot of book reviews that suddenly appeared in my life, hehe, so I hope you’ll bear with me with all the book reviews explosions, lol.

Reading and Book Reviews

I got approved for a few books that I didn’t think I will be approved by NetGalley, so I have more books to read than I intended at first. This made me read these books first, so I am late with the reviews from my February TBR. All is okay though, I will just push them to this month 😉

That is all for this (hopefully) short life update, I wish you all a productive and relaxed month 🙂

How was your month and what do you plan for March?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: The Hawkman By Jane Rosenberg LaForge

Author: Jane Rosenberg LaForge
Pages: 318
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: June 5th, 2018
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing

The Hawkman, Coffee n' Notes

Blurb

A great war, a great love, and the mythology that unites them; The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War is a lyrical adaptation of a beloved classic.

Set against the shattering events of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, at the tale’s heart are an American schoolteacher—dynamic and imaginative—and an Irish musician, homeless and hated—who have survived bloodshed, poverty, and sickness to be thrown together in an English village. Together they quietly hide from the world in a small cottage.

Too soon, reality shatters their serenity, and they must face the parochial community. Unbeknownst to all, a legend is in the making—one that will speak of courage and resilience amidst the forces that brought the couple together even as outside forces threaten to tear them apart.

Review
4 Stars

Before I start, I will say that this book wasn’t what I thought it would be, but I did enjoy reading The Hawkman a lot. Let’s take a moment and talk about this gorgeous cover, wow. This cover is beautiful, luring and has a romantic feel to it, I love it.

Jane Rosenberg LaForge created a lovely story with an interesting plot and characters. It took me about a week to read this book, so it was a relatively fast read and the ending of this book was the cherry on top.

The story is set in England after WW1, where two broken people meet and fall in love. The Hawkman is a musician soldier broken from the war and Eva is a teacher who saw that man needs her help. Eva gives the Hawkman a hand when no one will show him any kindness and she brings him to the cottage. There, they hide from the cruel world until the world finds them. The fairy tale story made me more hooked on the book and read even though some parts were a bit slow for me.

I will say that the major reason I gave it 4 stars, was because even though I enjoyed following the characters and overall I did care what will happen next with them, from time to time I found myself not caring about them and I felt a bit bored.

I received a copy of The Hawkman through NetGalley for an honest review.

You can find the book over at

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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My February TBR

Hey all, I hope you are all having a nice Tuesday. Mine was busy at home, with lots of organizing, writing and editing 😀 Overall a good day, but I am already feeling tired, lol, even though it’s just 6pm and there are still things to do around the house.

On January, I’ve managed to read 7 books (which was a bit much for me, lol) so I thought that for the month of February I will read a bit less and that’s is what I’ve done. So I chose 5 books to read and I already finished with 1 (yay).

Here is my TBR for February

The Hawkman, Coffee n' Notes

The Hawkman By Jane Rosenberg LaForge

(I got this book from NetGalley)

A great war, a great love, and the mythology that unites them; The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War is a lyrical adaptation of a beloved classic.

Set against the shattering events of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, at the tale’s heart are an American schoolteacher—dynamic and imaginative—and an Irish musician, homeless and hated—who have survived bloodshed, poverty, and sickness to be thrown together in an English village. Together they quietly hide from the world in a small cottage.

Too soon, reality shatters their serenity, and they must face the parochial community. Unbeknownst to all, a legend is in the making—one that will speak of courage and resilience amidst the forces that brought the couple together even as outside forces threaten to tear them apart.

Zenith, Coffee n' Notes

Zenith By Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder‘s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

Renegades, Coffee n' Notes

Renegades By Marissa Meyer

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Keeper, Coffee n' Notes

Keeper by Kim Chance

When a 200-year-old witch attacks her, sixteen-year-old bookworm Lainey Styles is determined to find a logical explanation. Even with the impossible staring her in the face, Lainey refuses to believe it—until she finds a photograph linking the witch to her dead mother.

After consulting a psychic, Lainey discovers that she, like her mother, is a Keeper: a witch with the exclusive ability to unlock and wield the Grimoire, a dangerous but powerful spell book. But there’s a problem. The Grimoire has been stolen by a malevolent warlock who is desperate for a spell locked inside it—a spell that would allow him to siphon away the world’s magic.

With the help of her comic-book-loving best friend and an enigmatic but admittedly handsome street fighter, Lainey must leave her life of college prep and studying behind to prepare for the biggest test of all: stealing back the book.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, Coffee n' Notes

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide #1) by Mackenzi Lee

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Well, these are the books I want to read and I hope I will be able to it, as I have lots of editing and writing to do. But I heard so many good things about these books, so I can’t wait to read them all.
What are your books you really want to read this month, share in the comments  😀
As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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February Goals

It’s Friday! Omg 🎉

Hey everyone, happy Friday to us all and I hope you had a great week so far.

I love the weekend, staying at home with my husband and Menta (Mint in English), our dog and just watch some shows, eat yummy food and game a lot 😀 As much as I love doing all these things every weekend, this weekend is a bit different as it is the first week of the month and I love taking some time to myself and sit down to organize my thoughts, our home, and my goals.

So, here are my goals for the month of February:

Writing (2 Goals)

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am currently rewriting an old novel. So my goal is to write 15K-20K in February.

Keep journaling my random thoughts and dreams daily or at least 5 times a week.

Editing (2 Goals)

Keep editing EllE (working title), I can see the end ❤ My goal here is to edit at least 60 pages.

Reading

I want to finish reading at least 5 books this month 🙂

Home

I want to keep my home tidy and clean daily and weekly so that I will be able to be more free for my writing.

Blogging & Social Media (2 Goals)

My goal here is to blog at least 3 times a week.

Be more active daily on my social media and do more Insta stories 😀

Health (4 Goals)

Drink more water (2L).

Walk or move more – Be active.

Meditate for 10 minutes.

Eat less junk food.

Well, these are my goals for this month. It looks a lot but overall I think they are manageable on a daily basis well, at least I hope so, hehe.

What are your goals for February?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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5 Tips On How To Start Over

Hey everyone, hope you are all having a nice Wednesday ❤

Today was a very busy day for both me and my mom, she moved to a new room so we had to clean and organize and declutter her stuff and by the end of the day, I felt exhausted. Yesterday was a nice day at home. I cleaned, wrote about 3.2K (yay me), edited, and read a book I am reviewing next month.

Today I wanted to talk about (or more so to share) about my writing progress. In EllE (working title) I am still editing. My editing is going at a slower pace than I wished it to be, but anything is better than nothing and slow is definitely a progress, so that’s good 😉

I have another project that I am working on. I almost finished writing it a while back (like 2.5 years ago). While I was starting to edit it, I’ve realized that there were too many huge blocks of writing that needed to be changed and rewritten, so I printed it and started working on it.

Writing, Coffee n' Notes

Sometimes in editing, you just need to start over and that’s okay.

Now that I am started over, I felt scared but also very excited, lol. It’s like visiting an old dream that you have forgotten, but suddenly remember bits of it. I was so scared to start over from scratch, but now that I am 35K words in, I realize that I’ve made a good choice. The plot runs smoother, the characters feel real and complicated, and the story itself keeps growing.

I wanted to share with you my 5 best tips on how to start over (if you have to start over), without banging your head on the wall or your table, lol. These 5 tips will make you work faster and better.

Btw, these tips work great with every new project as well, the only thing you’ll need to change is brainstorm ideas and then outline.

Coffee n' Notes

Print. Read. Highlight. Outline.

I printed my old novel (75K) and read it very slowly. I highlighted the parts that I thought were important and saved those parts in a new document, in a new order I thought they need to go.

Brainstorming, Coffee n' Notes

Outline or Re-Outline the novel, only this time add every little detail you can think of and put all those highlighted parts in the outline. My new outline is now about 45 pages, lol (while the old one was 5). It’s like a big summery of your novel 😀

Start writing. Work in bursts.

What helped me the most is to make the outline in a new document and start my writing on that, lol. This way, I am not working with a blank page (so no fear of writing or writer’s block) and I will always have a good idea where my characters and plot needs to go, so writing came easier.

Writing, Coffee n' Notes

Writing in small bursts helped me a lot so far. I worked in 20-30 minutes of writing sessions (a few times a day) and it didn’t make me feel overwhelmed or overworked.

After each writing session, take a break with some yummy coffee or tea and some fruit. Enjoy the feeling that you were writing 🙂 After the break, get back to your writing session.

Edit as you go

Don’t wait after you finish writing it all, to edit. Try editing while your mind is still fresh and full of details about the world, characters, and the plot. If you finished writing for that day, take the next day to edit what you wrote so far. Remember this is a simple edit. You will not go into the nitty-gritty of things. Look at the plot and characters, and see if they make sense to you.

Try working in bursts in your editing sessions, it will keep things light and you won’t feel overwhelmed by the entire process.

Write the ending

This is very important, even if it sounds weird. Take a few moments before starting your first writing session and just after you finished with your new and shiny outline. Start thinking about how your story will end and write the end scene of your novel or your last few pages.

This will not only help you see your entire novel in a big picture kinda way, but it will also help you see all the details of the plot and characters. Writing the end truly helped me see my novel and what details I needed to add in the middle (as that is the hardest part for me, lol).

After writing the end, I knew what will come before that and so on… It’s writing your novel from end to start 😉 But it works!

Breath

Last but not least, breath! Take your time and rest in between your writing sessions. Try to find something that inspires you, like a great book or even just enjoying a hot cup of tea (or coffee in my case).

The End, Coffee n' Notes

I really hope these tips will help you with your new or old project, as much as they helped me and if you have your own special tip that you wish to share, feel free to writing down in the comments so will all can learn 😀

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Happy New Year To You All

Hello, everyone and happy 2018

I wish you lots of joy, good health, and love and may all your goals and dreams will come true this year.

Go and celebrate the new year and the new opportunities, leave the bad things in 2017 and know that this is a new start and you can do this. You can accomplish everything 😀

Don’t forget… The Rule of 3.

Plan your year, months and days well.

Work hard on your goals and dreams, because without hard work your dreams won’t work.

Be kind to yourself and to others.

Happy New Year 2018

 As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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