Monthly Recap – January 2016

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Yikes, January is over already! I kind of forgot about February this week… It wasn’t until yesterday that I realised that it had already started. Whoops! Oh well, time’s an illusion anyway, but let’s not get into that right now. January was a fun but busy month! It marked the end of the first semester, so I had deadlines and an exam and those kinds of things. I’ve passed all my courses quite beautifully, though, so I’m a happy camper! Next up: my Master’s thesis – quite daunting, but exciting as well.

As for the blog, I think I’m going to think of a new posting schedule, because I’m having trouble with the whole Thursday and Sunday thing. I’m thinking about instating one day or afternoon for blogpost writing, so I have something to put up every week. Also, I want to read more! Since I’m busy with the research for my dissertation, I don’t have a lot of time for casual reading, so that sucks… Hopefully I’ll get around to all those thing in February!

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Rating Anxiety – Am I Critical Enough?

The first thing I do after I finish a book is go onto Goodreads to rate it. I click on “I’m finished!”, look at the five greyed out stars… and that’s when the first wave of anxiety usually starts. What did I think of this book?

If it was mindblowingly good and an absolute new favourite (such as Throne of Glass), then the choice isn’t that difficult. Same goes for books I flat out despised (which doesn’t happen that often – which we’ll get to in a minute). But if it is a book that I simply liked, or even really liked, it can take me quite a while to decide upon a rating. I start comparing the book to books I’ve read previously to decide if it’s “worth” 5 stars, which is often like comparing apples and oranges.

It’s a real struggle, you guys.

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Chocolate Oreo M&M Cookie Bars

I’ve got a good one for you today, guys. I wasn’t planning on baking anything this weekend and then I had a huge craving for chocolate, and that could only mean one thing. Time to bake something extremely delicious with way too much sugar. Which is how I ended up with these Chocolate Oreo M&M Cookie Bars.

That’s right.

These bad boys pack a chocolate punch. I’ve thrown in Oreos, M&Ms and chocolate chips. As if those first two weren’t enough to get you on a sugar high. The more chocolate, the better, right? My initial plan was to bake Oreo and M&M cookies, but then I figured I had to let the dough cool in the fridge for at least an hour and that was way too much hassle for me on a lazy Saturday. Then I remembered these cookie bars by Averie Cooks, and all was saved.

I modified her recipe a little bit and threw in some extra chocolate, with these super easy, super yummy cookie bars as a result!

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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

attachmentsIt’s 1999 and the internet is still a novelty. At a newspaper office, two colleagues, Beth and Jennifer, e-mail back and forth, discussing their lives in hilarious detail, from love troubles to family dramas. And Lincoln, a shy IT guy responsible for monitoring e-mails, spends his hours reading every exchange.

At first their e-mails offer a welcome diversion, but the more he reads, the more he finds himself falling for one of them. By the time Lincoln realises just how head-over-heels he is, it’s too late to introduce himself.

After a series of close encounters, Lincoln eventually decides he must follow his heart… and find out if there is such a thing as love before first sight.

First published: 2011


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Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

little beach street bakeryPolly Waterford is recovering from a toxic relationship. Unable to afford their flat, she has to move miles away from everyone, to a sleepy little seaside resort in Cornwall, where she lives alone above an abandoned shop. And so Polly takes out her frustrations on her favourite hobby: making bread.

But what was previously a weekend diversion suddenly becomes far more important as she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, and each loaf becomes better and better. With nuts and seeds, olives and chorizo, with local honey (courtesy of local bee keeper, Huckle), and with reserves of determination and creativity Polly never knew she had, she bakes and bakes and bakes . . . And people start to hear about it. Sometimes, bread really is life – and Polly is about to reclaim hers.

First published: 2014


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Pear and Raspberry Turnovers

I made these turnovers back in December, but had my month all planned out blog-wise – for a change – so here I am posting the recipe now! It’s a really simple one that takes only a few steps and is done in a jiffy.

Back in December 2013, I also made turnovers, but those were the more traditional apple turnovers. For some reason I felt the need to make turnovers again (probably because they are delicious), but I wanted to try something different than the usual apple. Pear came to mind straight away, and I always love pear in combination with some red fruit, so I settled on raspberry quite quickly too. Add a little bit of ground ginger and wrap it all in some puff pastry, and you’ve got yourselves some delicious turnovers!

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Blog Tour: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend REVIEW and GIVEAWAY

23346496Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen…

Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy’s funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look after their bewildered tourist—even if they don’t understand her peculiar need for books. Marooned in a farm town that’s almost beyond repair, Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend’s memory. All she wants is to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel and to convince them that reading is one of the great joys of life. But she makes some unconventional choices that could force a lot of secrets into the open and change things for everyone in town. 

Original Title: Läsarna i Broken Wheel rekommenderar

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

Publication date: January 1, 2016

Source: eGalley approved by the publisher in exchange for an honest review


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Ten Blogging Resolutions for 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

It’s the very first Top Ten Tuesday of the year and the topic is your top ten resolutions for 2016. I’m not a huge fan of resolutions when it comes to my personal life, but I do like to set myself some goals when it comes to blogging, so that’s what I chose to do for this one. Here are ten things I want me or my blog to accomplish in 2016!

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December Recap and Bout of Books 15 Sign Up

Since I already posted a recap of 2015 and a recap of everything I read in 2015, it felt a bit unnecessary to write an entre Monthly Recap post for December, including all the books I read and bought. Instead, I am just going to provide you with a quick recap of what happened on the blog last month and then move on to my official sign up for Bout of Books 15, the first read-a-thon of the year (if you’re here for that, scroll down)!

Now, as for that recap I was talking about…

Reviews in December

Other Bookish Posts

Recipes

That’s it for the posts of December! If you want to keep up to date with the books I read throughout the month, add me on Goodreads! And while I’m busy self-promoting: feel free to follow me on Instagram and Twitter, too.


Bout of Books 15

Last year around this time, I participated in my first ever read-a-thon: Bout of Books 12. Besides having the best time I also made a good head start with my Goodreads reading challenge. While I have a lot less time to read this time around, I do want to try and get as much reading done as possible as well as take part in the fun challenges and the chats on Twitter.

For those of you who are still confused about this Bout of Books things, here’s the official info:

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog– From the Bout of Books team

I do not expect I will get that much reading done, but I do want to have finished reading Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas and have started Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith at the end of the read-a-thon. There’s still a good chance I won’t be able to manage that, but I’ll try!

If you’re interested in my previous attempts at this read-a-thon, check out these posts:

Bout of Books 12Bout of Books 14.

Are you participating as well? Let me know!

Happy 2016!

I wasn’t planning on writing a “Happy New Year” post, but it felt a bit strange to just get on with my usual schedule without paying any attention to the fact that 2015 is over. Although, I have to say, I’m not as excited about the new year as I have been in the past. 2015 was a good year for me, so I simply want to keep doing what I’m doing.

However, this doesn’t mean that I don’t like to look back on everything I did in 2015! A year ago today I wrote a post in which I mostly looked forward on what was to come, and also included a few goals. I also wrote a post with some blogging resolutions at the end of December, so let’s take a look at the goals in both of those posts and see how I did…

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