Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Sunday Post #81: The Big News



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

This week was definitely special to me. If you guys follow me on Instagram and Facebook you might have already seen our big reveal. The thing that kept me busy for the last view weeks, and made me not able to blog as much as I used to. And I’m so excited and happy to be able to finally share this news here today. I am pregnant! Almost 13 weeks now. My husband and I have known for a long time and I’ve been dying to share my news with you guys. Especially since it changed things for me a lot.

You’ve probably already seen that I haven’t been blogging much these last view weeks. Well, since Christmas I’ve been feeling nauseated, but the hardest part was how tired I was. Working full-time in a hospital is always challenging but these last view weeks I just didn’t have the energy to do much more than eat, work and sleep. Every night I fell asleep on the couch, and blogging and even reading has been a real challenge. And after trying so hard to keep up I just decided I needed to take care of myself and our baby and sleep when I needed too. So I did. And that means my evening at home were short since I went to bed around 9 p.m. And slowly on I’ve been feeling better and better. We had our first two echo’s and it was so exciting and beautiful to see our baby. The nausea is almost completely gone, and this last week I’ve been feeling less tired. So hopefully I will be able to get back in the blogging and reading world. But.. since there will have to change a lot in our home before the baby comes, it will be busy. And I want to enjoy every single moment. Blogging more than three times a week will probably not be possible.. but we’ll see. 

Next to sharing our news on social media, life has been pretty busy. I have been working, and I’ve been browsing through stuff for the baby room etc. It’s such an exciting time and I can’t wait to meet our little one and start reading all those pretty baby books together. 

And how have you guys been? Tell me what’s going on in your life? And what are you guys reading?

Last Week On The Blog:


This Week On The Blog:

  • Review ‘One Night Charmer’ by Maisey Yates
  • My Favorite.. Movie of 2017
  • Blog Tour ‘A Darker State’ by David Young

New Arrivals:


Bought myself

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

My Favorite.. Valentine's Day Experience



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info and the upcoming subjects visit the My Favorite Meme. page

Happy Valentine’s Day!! ;)

My husband and I never have been these big valentine’s day celebrators. Most years, we don’t do anything at all accept that I buy him a nice card and write something sweet on it. And every year I tease him with the fact that he almost never does something for me on valentine’s day. It doesn’t bother me at all, since I think it’s much more important that he shows me he loves me throughout the year, but teasing him sure is fun. But in the almost eleven years we’ve been together, he did give me a view valentine gifts. But one definitely stands out.

On valentine’s day in 2014 my husband woke me up with this beautiful gift in his hands. It’s a beautiful piece of art I saw in a shop months before and I just loved it. The collection is called ‘More Than Words..’ and this piece is called: ‘Love Always..’. Isn’t that romantic? It’s one of my most precious possessions. And it still stands proudly in our living room. Every day I see it and I still think it’s so beautiful.

What is your favorite Valentine’s Day Experience?

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Review 'Gabriel's Rapture' by Sylvain Reynard (ReRead)


Sometimes, we just have to revisit old friends. And since I was having a little trouble reading new things, I decided to re-read a view of my favorites.

About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13639050-gabriel-s-raptureProfessor Gabriel Emerson has embarked on a passionate, yet clandestine affair with his former student, Julia Mitchell. Sequestered on a romantic holiday in Italy, he tutors her in the sensual delights of the body and the raptures of sex. But when they return, their happiness is threatened by conspiring students, academic politics, and a jealous ex-lover. When Gabriel is confronted by the university administration, will he succumb to Dante's fate? Or will he fight to keep Julia, his Beatrice, forever?

In Gabriel's Rapture, the brilliant sequel to the wildly successful debut novel, Gabriel's Inferno, Sylvain Reynard weaves an exquisite love story that will touch the reader's mind, body, and soul, forever.





The Facts:


Publication Date:
May 22nd, 2012
Series:
Gabriel’s Inferno #2
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
386
Formats:
Paperback, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


When I decided I wanted to t re-read some of my favorite books, I knew I needed to re-read the Gabriel’s Inferno series by Sylvain Reynard. I completely fall in love with this series years ago and I was super excited to start reading these books again. It still surprises me that I can forget certain details over the years.  

‘Gabriel’s Rapture’ is the second book in the Gabriel’s Inferno series and it start right where the first book ended. This book is much more dramatic then the first one, I think. The romance between Julianne and Gabriel is more intense and their relationship gets more and more heated. But they both have a past that keeps haunting them. 

I loved ‘Gabriel’s Rapture’ the first time I read it, and I still love it. Time goes by fast in this book, sometimes to fast for me, but other times I wished time would go by faster. But this isn’t a bad thing. No not at all. The moments Julianne and Gabriel are together are just so good to read about, I just never want to stop reading about them. 

What I loved most about ‘Gabriel’s Rapture’, next to the romance parts is the way Julianne seemed to get a little bit more fierce. In the first book she just seemed to take a lot of bad stuff, and in this book she stands up for herself a little more. And I just really loved that.

If you want to read a beautiful romantic story this series is definitely for you. I also kind of feel like I’m a little smarter since I also learned some art stuff in this read. LOL!

My Rating:

About the Author:


NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY AND #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR

I'm interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition - particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself.

I'm also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.

I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex's Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House.  
 

For more information about Sylvain Reynard please visit his website. Or visit him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Discussion: Getting Out of a Book Slump


As a fanatic reader and book blogger I loved reading book discussions. And since I also love having my own book blog I decided to post a book discussion myself. So join me on my little book discussion journey and let’s have some fun!

Lately I kind of have been having a book/reading slump. Not because I don’t have lots of great books to read but just because I’ve been feeling really tired. Honestly, this is the longest book slump I’ve had in years. As a fanatic reader I’ve been used to reading at least two or three books a week for years. Now, I still read but definitely not as much as used too. And at first I was just feeling really weird about it, and even a little guilty. But now I just feel like I’m having a little break, and it will get better soon. Hopefully..

But how do you get out of a book slump? At first I thought the best way would be to start re-reading one of my favorites. So I did.. But still.. After finishing one book, I just got trouble starting over in a new one again. And not because I don’t want to read.. What also doesn’t help is the fact that it’s so cold I feel like curling up in bed at night.

So what do you do if you’re having a book slump? Do you just accept it? And what do you do with the books you’ve planned to read? I just feel like I’m so behind which makes me feel a little stressed, and that will definitely not help my book slump. I could definitely use some of your thoughts. 

 
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