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The Sunday Post – Weekly Recap # 2

The Sunday Post – Weekly Recap # 2

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance for participants to share their blog’s news about the past week, reading recaps, new hauls, and a lot of other fun stuff.   This past week on this blog: Book […]

Top Ten Standalone Books That Need a Sequel – A Top Ten Tuesday Post

Top Ten Standalone Books That Need a Sequel – A Top Ten Tuesday Post

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl since January of 2018, these weekly blog post link up features a variety of book-related topics. This week we all focus on Standalone Books That Need a Sequel. My list is quite diverse, so […]

A Sad State of Affairs: 2019 Reading Challenges Update for January

A Sad State of Affairs: 2019 Reading Challenges Update for January

Every year many of us start with good intentions, plan vigorously and take steps to forge a new start, –  and then life happens! And all of the plans are going down the toilet. Which is exactly what happened to me again in 2019.  

 

As some of you already know, I have joined quite a few reading challenges for 2019, and I have decided to create monthly update pages in order to give you a chance to discover some of the books I am choosing as a part of these challenges. However, I was hoping that I would be able to share with you some actually groundbreaking or at least TBR-destroying results from the beginning, but no! Broken dishwashers, sick cats, and multiple doctor’s appointments are just a few of my excuses this month. Well, I have decided to update you anyway, and hope that next month’s update will be a little less disappointed in myself.

 

Here we go!

The 2019 Book Blog Discussion Challenge

So far I sadly, have not posted any book discussions to add to this challenge. My goal for this year is between 21 and 30 posts, but to be honest, in the beginning, this challenge sounded a lot easier to me, then it ended up actually executing. I am kind of stumped on topic ideas at the moment, and hope that this will only be temporary – however, if any of you have suggestions, or have a topic in mind, that you want me to cover, I would love to hear from you – please leave me a comment in the comment section! Hey, I could always cheat, and consider the monthly updates as a part of the challenge, but I don’t think that would be quite right. You can find out more about this challenge here

 

Total Amount completed: 0 out of 21 to 30 posts (I swear, I did better with some of the other challenges so far!)

 

Book And Tunes Challenge 2019

I still think that this is a very fun challenge, which I am looking forward to working on throughout the year. But again, I have failed to work on this one completely. Should not be so hard, you say? It isn’t, considering that I am constantly humming some kind of tune or another – probably driving everyone around me crazy. I just need to match them to books! Total Failure!

Total amount completed: 0 – I am not happy with myself there!

 

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

With this challenge, I committed to 16 to 20 novels, I have so far had the chance to read 3 books this month. This challenge will be the easiest one of all for me, considering that this genre is my favorite, and also the quickest of all to read (in my opinion, at least). Find out more about this challenge here.

Here is a list of this month’s books for this challenge (including a link to the reviews, if available)

The Sheikh’s Christmas Family by Leslie Northhere is the link to my Goodreads review

The Best of Us by Robyn Carr (no review posted yet)

A Second Chance For A Broken Duke ( no review posted yet)

Total completed this month: 3 out of 16 to 20 books

 

Learn Something New – Non-fiction Reading Challenge

To keep things fresh, I wanted to add a non-fiction challenge to my to-read-list this year, and I have chosen the topic of “Productivity”. We are supposed to read at least 3 books on the subject of our choice, however, I have a feeling that it will be more than just three, that I will be reading, considering that I really need to focus on productivity this year. While I had started 2018 with good intentions, I lost track of my goals, sometime throughout the year – due to family health issues mostly – but I can not continue doing so, therefore I want to use this challenge to keep me on track.

Here are the books on Productivity I have read this far:

Atomic Habit by James Clear (review will be up soon)

Habit Stacking by S.J. Scott (review will be up soon)

Total completed so far: 2 out of 3 books

 

NetGalley And Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2019

While I will be focusing on my NetGalley TBR list only for this challenge, I am embarrassed to admit that I have way too many books that are in need to be reviewed, and over the last few weeks, I actually added more! I know, the point of the challenge is to reduce the number of books we have waiting to be reviewed, but it is difficult for me to not accept any more books when there are so many nice ones to choose from! However, I committed to reading and reviewing 75 books for this challenge this year, and combining them with the other challenges already mentioned, that should not be a problem. Getting to an 80 % review rate, however, might be a completely different journey altogether.

For now, I have read and reviewed the following books for Netgalley in 2019:

The Power of Positive Words by Stand Toler – link to my Goodreads review 

The Me Without by Jacqueline Raposo – link to my Goodreads review 

The Complete Food Substitutions Handbook (review up soon!)

 

Total completed: 3/75 books

 

Pick A Theme 2019 Challenge

This is another, really fun challenge I was so excited about when I first saw the sign-up page! Every month, we are supposed to choose a theme – apparently, anything goes – but commit to reading a certain amount per theme, which I have chosen to read 2 – 3 per theme/month. The overall theme I chose for January was “Health”, which is pretty broad on purpose because I wanted to keep it open so that I could choose something that would be relevant to what I need at the moment. With having several chronic illnesses, and my daughter also has several chronic illnesses, and medical problems, I am always on the lookout to find out more about whatever medical issue comes up, so I never know exactly what I need to put my focus on the most from month to month.

Here are the books I have chosen to read and review this month for the theme Health:

A Busy Person’s Guide To A Healthier Lifelink to my Goodreads review 

Intuitive Eating (review will be up soon)

Total Read this month: 2 out of 3 books

 

2019 RC – You Read How Many Books – Challenge

Let’s highlight the ultimate challenge at the end! This challenge is for all of the books we read throughout the year – no matter if they are a part of another challenge or random books that do not fit into any other category. I have added up all of the books that I read this month and included links to those books and reviews I have not mentioned yet, so you can check them out. At the end of the year, I am hoping to reach my goal of 156 books, which is quite a lot, but absolutely doable, considering that I have read more than 200 books in a year before.

 

Total read so far 10/156.

 

That is it for January! Are you participating in any reading challenges this year? If so, which ones? Leave a link to them in the comment section, and I will be happy to check them out!

 

Blessings

 

Claudia

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Best Books To Read For Motivation

Best Books To Read For Motivation

Motivation – something we can never have too much of, and sometimes seem to have a very hard time finding, especially during stressful and dramatic times (don’t ask about drama, I could write a book about that right now – actually maybe I should, lol) […]

Kindle Unlimited Review – 8 Reasons I Think It Is Awesome!

Kindle Unlimited Review – 8 Reasons I Think It Is Awesome!

  If you are an avid reader, who prefers to consume books by the ton, then I am sure you have heard of Kindle Unlimited. Are you a member yet? If not, let me tell you 8 reasons why I think you should join now: […]

Best Vegetarian Cookbooks for Beginners – My Top Three List

Best Vegetarian Cookbooks for Beginners – My Top Three List

Vegetarian cooking is awesome!

No, I am not saying that you should turn into a full-time vegetarian or vegan (unless you really want to, then more power to you), but we can absolutely all benefit from adding more plant-based meals into our meal plan. According to the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology, plant-based diets have a positive effect in reducing your chance of developing diabetes. While that surely inspires, what you should then serve your family, so they will actually eat it?

 

I have compiled a list of the best vegetarian cookbooks for beginners to help you along the way:

 

Eat A Little Better by Sam Kass

 

Not just a compelling and visually pleasing book, but also practical and entertaining, Eat A Little Better by Sam Kass, hits all of the marks for a great vegetarian cookbook that does not require crazy ingredients or outlandish techniques to satisfy you. Written by the former advisor to the Obama family, the Author managed to create a pleasing work, that not only inspired the former president but will inspire you to try out something new.

 

 

 

 

Forks Over Knives

Okay, this book is a classic when it comes to plant-based cooking, and for a good reason. Thorough, detailed, and filled with plenty of images that will make you want to try those recipes right away, Fork Over Knives, provides clear instructions to those who are new to this type of eating. The Lima Bean Stew featured in this book, is one of my favorite stable meals now.

 

 

The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook

The American Test Kitchen has always provided us with solid information and did not disappoint with this book. I find it awesome for the beginner because it is thorough in all of its explanations. With 450 pages, this is not a light-weight, offering 11 chapters of various awesome recipes from Hearty Mains to Snacks. Some recipes that are contained in these pages are vegan, some of them gluten-free, so there is something for everyone in here. I love this book!

 

Bonus Book For The Brave Among You

The Fully Raw Diet by Kristina Carrillo-Buraram

 

One of my favorite books to go to for raw meals is The Fully Raw Diet by Kristina Carrillo-Buraram. While creating these recipes require an access to a high-powered blender (purchase a re-furbished Vitamix, instead of new one, in order to save money), they are worth the investment and create such delicious meals, that are out of this world. Yes, all of the recipes in this book are vegan but perfectly balanced, and delicious. Again, I am not going to promote changing your entire diet to a raw vegan diet – but a few raw meals a week are a great way to stay healthy and energized! The book is available on Kindle Unlimited for free (with your membership, of course)

 

 

 

 

For more awesome vegan cookbook recommendations, check out these links:

For The Chocolate Lovers Among Us: 101 Delicious Chocolate Vegan Diet Recipes – A Review

Get Familiar With The Raw Lifestyle: The Raw Deal Cookbook – A Review

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Fast Five Fridays: Self-Help Books – Powerful Gifts For Yourself And Those You Love

Fast Five Fridays: Self-Help Books – Powerful Gifts For Yourself And Those You Love

  Give yourself and those you love the gift of self-improvement and healing with the following books, which are masters in their field. Self-help books are timeless, and allow us to move beyond our current state if we take the time to read them, and […]

My 5 Favorite Thanksgiving Cookbooks For This Upcoming Holiday Season

My 5 Favorite Thanksgiving Cookbooks For This Upcoming Holiday Season

Thanksgiving might still be a couple of months away, but planning one of the biggest family gatherings of the year, takes time and preparation – and in some cases practice. Who would want to try a new recipe out on some of the more pickier […]

5 Book Characters I Wish Were My Family Members

5 Book Characters I Wish Were My Family Members

5 Book Characters I Wish Were My Family Members

As a child, I often fantasized about how it would be to live inside of the world of the books I loved. From the stories of Mowgli to the Neverending Story, these books mesmerized me as much, as Harry Potter charmed my kids.

But even today, some characters I come in contact with make me wonder how nice it would be to have them as family members.

Celeste from the Eternity Spring Series by Emily March – Grandmother. I absolutely adore Celeste, the spunky, and if need to be a feisty senior citizen of Eternity Springs that holds them all together. She is the one who has brought Angels into their life – or at least brings people together who can rescue each other. One of the most charming, and caring characters I have read in a long time. And I love her name!

 

The Weasley’s from the Harry Potter book series – Parents. While I am even more in love with the mother, Molly – who is a fierce Witch who will turn on you,  if you messed with her children, or those in her care, I also love the complimenting personality of Arthur Weasley, who was more concerned about his principles, and what he considered to be right or wrong, rather than putting profit before his convictions. What they had plenty of was love, and the ability to raise and nurture their children to be the individuals they all were meant to be – their best possible self.

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The Kelly Brothers from the KGI series by Maya Banks – Brothers. Loyal, and protective, yet supportive without being smothering, these men not only are devoted to their wives, to the point of being willing to die for them, they also show the same concern and devotion to the other female members of their family (none of them weak individuals, mind you!). The Kelly household is close and nurturing. They would be an awesome rock to lean on when needed.  (because I am not sure how many Kelly men there are exactly, I am counting them all as 1)

Einstein from Watchers by Dean Koontz – pet dog. Yes, I consider pets to be an essential part of my family – I have four rescues at the moment, two dogs, and two cats – so it is no surprise that a dog made the list. Before Dean Koontz changed the way he wrote and became so much darker, he wrote one of the most memorable dog characters I have ever encountered. Einstein, a fierce, beautiful dog who is a lot smarter than most people – and I mean that literally – has left a deep impression on me, even though it has been more than 10 years since I read the book last.

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Question: What are the book characters that have touched you the most, and whom you would love to make a part of your family if it was possible? I am looking forward to hearing your answers.

 

Blessings

 

Claudia

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Book Excerpt: The White Raven by Carrie D. Miller + Giveaway!

Book Excerpt: The White Raven by Carrie D. Miller + Giveaway!

Witches and past-lives make a fascinating subject matter for fantasy novels! Today, I am sharing with you the prologue of a book containing just that: The White Raven by Carrie D. Miller. It surely caught my attention! Also, win a signed copy of the book, by […]