April Wrap Up + Book Haul… In which I broke personal reading records and still am on book buying ban

Hello, y’all! Nice to see you around ❤ Welcome to my April wrap up! As the title suggests, I didn’t get a single new book in April, so let’s just forget this part, okay?

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In April, I managed to read 20 books, 11 volumes of manga and a comic book 🙂

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Favorites of the month 🙂 Please add here The Quartermaster & The Marquis’ Son. I did this collage on Instagram moments before I decided to keep reading it and finished it quite by accident, haha!

BOOKS

To read my review for each book, just click on the respective links on the list 🙂

I’ll update this post with the missing reviews as they get ready 🙂

 MANGAS

  • TEN, vols. 1 &2, by Martina Peters
  • Night Walk, by Kano Miyamoto
  • Jackass!, by Scarlet Beriko
  • Zutto Issho ni Kurashimashou, by Kyou Kitazawa
  • Ijimekko no Okada-kun, by Kyou Kitazawa
  • From Yesterday, by Shouko Takaku
  • AV Gokko, by Kyou Kitazawa
  • Smile Maker, by Scarlet Beriko
  • Renai Moratorium, by Junta Mio
  • Hisho to Yajuu, vol. 1, by Yuu Takahashi

I’m ridiculously late with my manga reviews, pardon me 😦

COMIC BOOK

  • The Complete Alice in Wonderland, by Leah Moore, John Reppion and Erica Awano

Won Books

  • King Arthur, Barnes & Noble edition – @bookish.mel was kind enough to send me her spare copy as a gift! ❤ I LOVE YOU, MEL! THANKS FOREVER!
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from my Instagram 🙂
  • The Lingering Grace, by Jessica Arnold – I won an ebook copy on an Chapter by Chapter giveaway! Thanks ❤

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  • Kindred Spirits, by Rainbow Rowell – I won this one at a giveaway that lovely @beccareadsbooks hosted on Instagram ❤ Thank you!!
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also from my Insta!
  • Paper Hearts, by Hanna Peach – I won this novella from the author for being a subscriber to her blogger’s newsletter ❤

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  • Harry Potter coloring book – I won this one at a giveaway that awesome @riddlesteashoppe hosted on Instagram ❤ THANKS SO MUCH!

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 Received books

I’ve received the following books in exchange for an honest review this month 🙂

Thanks so much to all of you!! ❤

 Failed TBR

As much good that I was on April, I still failed to read some of the planned books. The reason? In two out of four cases, slacking. The other two? Family Issues. But I’ll read them someday!!

  • Cracking the Career Code, from Tom Henricksen
  • Anomalies, from Sadie Turner and Colette Freedman
  • Ashes in Waterloo, from Olivia Andem
  • Wish, from Grier Cooper

You can check my TBR for May on this post 🙂

This is pretty much it, guys! Thanks so much for reading! Have you managed to read all the books you had planned for April??

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Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Book Characters [from 2015]

Hi, there! Sorry, I know this is a very late Top 10 Tuesday, but I kept thinking that today was Monday and almost didn’t do this post at all, oops! Better later than never, right??

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The Top 10 Tuesday meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and my theme today is Favorite Book Characters. As I’ve read a bit on my life already, I narrowed the list down to my 10 favorite characters met on 2015 🙂 Here we go:

  • Michael, from the Cemetery Tours series
  • Ash, from the Night World series
  • Cash, from Stripped With the Vampire
  • Edward, from Convincing the Secretary
  • Addie, from The Chasing Series
  • Graham, from The Tutor
  • Jane, from Austenland
  • Henry, from Restless Spirits and Dangerous Spirits
  • Luke, from Percy Jackson
  • Sigmund Shaw, from his homonymous book

You can find the reviews for any of those books in my Review Index page. Oh, except for Restless Spirits, I own you guys a review for this marvelous book.

Sorry to not include pictures on this post, but I felt kind of lame just showing covers around when talking about characters, haha! I promise I’ll do better next week 🙂

Thank you for reading!

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Top 10 Tuesday: All Time Favorites!

Good morning and welcome to an edition of Top 10 Tuesday that I won’t cheat! 😀 As you may be aware, the meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. My theme for today is All Time Favorites 😀

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Let’s do this ❤

  1. Carry On, from Rainbow Rowell

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You can read the review here

  1. Highland Magic series, from Helen Harper

Gifted Thief review (book one)

Honour Bound review (book two)

  1. Cemetery Tours series, from Jacqueline E. Smith

Cemetery Tours review (book one)

Between Worlds review (book two)

After Death (book three)

  1. All In With The Duke, from Ava March

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You can read the review here

  1. The Vampire Diaries series

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6.The Truth About Cassandra, from Laurie Brown

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  1. The Mediator series, from Meg Cabot

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  1. Deltora Quest series, from Emily Rodda

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  1. Harry Potter series, from J. K. Rowling

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  1. Fairy tales in general

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That’s it! Thank you for reading! Which are some of your all time favorites??

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TOP 3: M/M Authors

Hello again! I’d like to start this post with two warnings: I’ll talk about homosexual books that have explicit sex scenes between two men in this post and I am an extra huge fan of Ava March (which you already know if you follow me for a while or just read this post). If you don’t like this kind of genre or this author, you better stop reading 🙂

This TOP 3 theme is my three favorite authors that write mature romances involving homosexual males. And here they are:

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from my Instagram
  1. Summer Devon & Bonnie Dee

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They write together most of the time, but they also release books separately. I’ll talk about them as a team because I think it is only fair, haha! Their stories tend to be dark, be aware – it generally ends with happy endings (haha), but the things that the couple have to go through until there are very heavy. Usually, the plot involves guilt in at least one of the sides of the relationship and the characters use to be broken before they find their true loved ones. My favorite aspects of their work involve that, as well: they can heal through love and their relationships are intense, passionate; there’s not a hint of vulgarity, just pure carnal passion. Honestly, I hate to read vulgar sex scenes (but you already know that after my review for The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, lol). I have to fell at least a boner between the characters to find it nice. Otherwise, I think it’s not necessary to write it down, just mention it and we’re done. Bonnie and Summer have this care, they really capture their readers through the love that they describe.

From them, I’ve read The Gentleman and The Rogue, Seducing Stephen, The Nobleman and the Spy (my all-time favorite <3) and House of Mirrors (also known as Sin and The Preacher’s Son). From Summer, I’ve read The Gentleman and The Lamplighter earlier this year and from Bonnie, I’ve read The Tutor (review here!).

All of those books are on the 19th century and wonderful ❤ It’s on my 2016 plans to review The Nobleman and The Spy, but I better not to make any promises, haha!

  1. J. L. Langley

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She was my first into this world. I had a special interest in homosexual romances since I’ve read a manga called Gravitation, that was yaoi. Now I think myself as a little naïve, but I didn’t think there was m/m books, as I only knew mangas. So, this one day in 2012, there was I, browsing Goodreads, when I stumbled on her, more precisely in a book called The Tin Star. When I saw what the book was about, I ran to my father and asked him to buy the eBook for me, because I really needed it. After that, I’ve read one after the other and discovered a whole new world.

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And didn’t even need to ask you guys, LOL.

So far, I’ve read all the books she has released and am very anxious to the next one, which Langley is currently working on, called Without Secrets. In her portfolio, you can find two different cowboy series (Ranch and Innamorati), a werewolf series (With or Without) and a kind of steapmunk series, set in the future with a Regency Society in each planet (Sci-Regency). Oh, and her series are sequential – you have to read it in the right order to get many parts 🙂 My favorite books from her are The Tin Star, that was my first, His Convenient Husband, With Caution, With Abandon and My Regelence Rake.

  1. Ava March

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Big surprise, right? Haha! I met Ava shortly after Langley and, in the first book, she had me (I made a really big post about our literary meeting here). I also read all her works so far, including her new book that’s coming out March of 2016, Convincing The Secretary (review here!). Ava likes to write collections and I love her for it because I have a hard time with book endings and knowing that it has brothers always calms me down, haha! She currently has six series, four already finished. They are:

There are also other two single books (From Afar and Beyond Reckless) and a short story (Twas the Night). All of them are written in the Regency Society and are amazing, but even with Ava (by the way, she’s a sweetie!), I pick favorites. They are, in this order: All In With The Duke, Thief, His Client, From Afar, Object of His Desire and Convincing Leopold. I think the most important message on her books is that even powerful people need to love and to be loved; that no one can be happy alone forever. I explain this point better at All In With The Duke’s review, haha!

Oh, she also points out how it’s important for a good relationship to have fluid and honest communication on both ends 🙂

That’s it, guys! Thanks for reading and I hope I have made good suggestions and that you can come to love those authors as I do ❤ Do you read m/m romances too?

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