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The Harpie’s Reading Madness March Plan

So… due to real life I manage to read…. ONE book in January and ONE book in February.

This.

Stops.

Now.

Well I managed to finish a book already this month – And I read almost 70% yesterday – so yey me! Maybe this last sentence will be more than wishful thinking.

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I’ll present to you…

The Harpie’s Reading Madness March Plan:

NetGalley
Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10) by Patricia Briggs Magic for Nothing (InCryptid, #6) by Seanan McGuire

UF Wednesdays
Mercy Blade (Jane Yellowrock, #3) by Faith Hunter Raven Cursed (Jane Yellowrock, #4) by Faith Hunter Death's Rival (Jane Yellowrock, #5) by Faith Hunter Blood Trade (Jane Yellowrock, #6) by Faith Hunter Black Arts (Jane Yellowrock, #7) by Faith Hunter Broken Soul (Jane Yellowrock, #8) by Faith Hunter

yes, I’m well aware that there’s more books in there than Wednesdays in March… remember the ONE book read in February? That’s the result.

NBRC
Caraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

And because there’s not such thing as too many books in the reading plan
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1) by Neal Shusterman Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1) by Laini Taylor Final Girls by Mira Grant

I think I’m forgetting something… I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting something… oh well…

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The Harpie Wants To Know

So.. Anything on your March Reading Plan you want to share?

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It’s Nell Day!! A Most Wanted Release Date

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Curse on the Land aka the most wanted one of the second half of 2016 is OUT!!!!

Set in the same world as Faith Hunter’s New York Timesbestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, the second Soulwood novel tells the story of a woman whose power comes from deep within the earth…
 
Before Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she had no one to rely on, finding strength only in in her arcane connection to the dark woods around her. But now she has friends in the newly-formed PsyLED team to keep her grounded—even if being part of the agency responsible for policing paranormals presents dangers of its own…

After training at the PsyLED academy, Nell returns home to her woods to find the land feeling sick and restless. And that sickness is spreading. With the help of her team, under the leadership of agent Rick LaFleur, Nell tries to determine the cause. But nothing can prepare them for the evil that awaits: an entity that feeds on death itself. And it wants more…

Review to be posted soon

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Book-Talk: Stop Procrastinating and Just Read It!

A long time ago, I was just a young woman waiting for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to came out. I worked part-time as a cashier at FNAC, my favorite store ever – seriously, books, movies, gadgets, games & music at the same place? Where we can try them? Put some baked goods and coffee to the mix – which they also have – and that’s heaven. Heaven I tell you!Anyway, here I was waiting for the release date when the news break through. The book release will be a world wide event. With a tiny detail: to allow for it to be released everywhere at the same time, it would have to be the original English written version. Meaning, I would have to wait for the translated version to came out. Are you kidding me? Right. Well. One of the advantages of FNAC, is that it also sells books written in English, Spanish and French. At least the Portuguese branch does. Well, the selection may not be huge, but we have options. And, in my case, it had the first Harry Potter books all shinny and ready for me. And that’s how it all started. Now, rare for me is to read a Portuguese translation. Usually it is reserved for books already on the bookshelf or for some European books that arrive first to Portuguese bookstores than to the UK ones, like Bad Karma and its brand new sequel.

That been said, it is time I use the same trick for French (to complement the French Classes I’m taking) and to *un-rust* Spanish.

So, after some thinking, a request for recommendations and a happy coincidence with the BOM polls, here’s the selection:

French

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Spanish

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It doesn’t hurt the covers are so pretty. Now it’s time I Stop Procrastinating and Just Read It!

 

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Book Reading Resolutions

Last years were a mess. A totally mess. In all aspects. From reading habits to real life, a lot happened:

  • I changed career and started over at 39.
  • I started moderating not one, nor two, but three goodreads discussion groups.
  • I binge read a couple of book genres till exhaustion.
  • I’ve obsessed over book series and re-read same books for months.
  • I joined fast team challenges one after the another till burning out my reading mood.
  • I started and put down countless books, for reasons that I can’t remember anymore, with intentions of coming back and never did – I have 20 on my goodreads list, but I’m pretty sure if I take some time reviewing all books on my shelves this number will grow to some unspeakable value.
  • And so on.

Last month, I started struggling with a few things – well, a lot, but that’s another story – I guess it was bound to happen, with so many unbalanced things happening around me the feeling of losing control was driving me crazy. So, my personal goal at the moment is to find me some balance. Keep doing the things I love doing, do the things I have to do even if I don’t like them, and change things that can be changed, one baby step at a time.

For example, I like being headache free. Who wouldn’t, right? And, for the moment, the easiest way to get it, is doing some knitting projects. I like doing them. They are either cute or usable or both, it is cheaper than medical bills, and it gives me inner peace – according to some articles, knitting has the same effect to the brain & body than meditation. The price to pay? I can’t knit and hold a book/eReader at the same time. The compromise? Either balancing time or chose an audioversion and do both. And guess what? It’s working.

Same for books. I don’t have to read what I don’t want to. Heck, I have enough to read books on my list to keep me busy for the next 5 or 10 years. I also don’t have to read 200 books a year – not that I ever did it – but I would prefer being able to read more than 200 pages a month because I’ve exhausted myself.

So, after some thinking, and talking, and yes, compromising, the plan is that every month I’ll be able to read

  1. A book picked by Steven – only fair, since I keep ordering him what to read.
  2. A NBRC book of the month – we have four different genres, so I may see something that strikes my fancy
  3. A book from the trunk – aka, added to my TBR so long ago that is covered in dust and spider webs
  4. A NetGalley (or provided by the Author/Publisher to review) book – for now, it may be a little more, since I have a bit of backlog
  5. An unfinished business book – for someone that hates not finishing a book, is amazing how many of them I have in this situation.

That’s 5 books. Only 5 books a month. Usually I read between 8 to 12 a month. Sounds doable, right? I still have plenty of room to read new releases, and to binge read series I can’t stop reading, or obsessively re-reading the ones I can’t let go. Who knows, maybe one of those 5 turns into a new favorite.

 

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The Pushing The Limits Read-a-Thon

Today I received an email from Netgalley informing me that my request for Crash into You was approved.

After a serious case of crazy happy dancing, the idea of a Pushing The Limits read-a-thon has born. So here are the titles currently on my device and ready to go:

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