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    Cover Reveal for Ghosted by Kristine Schwartz

    I am so happy to be one of the persons who can spread the word and be part of the book cover reveal of this book Ghosted, the 1st book in My Shattered Soul Saga which will be released this fall on October 12th.

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    Here it is. Isn’t it beautiful :) I really like the purple and the mystery behind this cover and the book title really is appealing and something that I totally want to read.

    SYNOPSIS

    When Blair is thrust into an unknown realm, she must relearn everything she thought she knew. With a forgotten past, and no hope of unlocking those stolen memories, will Blair be able to discover the truth…before it’s too late?

    Will her emerald-eyed wallflower be able to shield her heart and soul? Or will she be doomed to repeat a past she can’t remember?

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Kristine Schwartz didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer, but what she did know was that she adored books. From a very young age, she would escape her schoolyard bullies by devouring books at an alarming rate, because who could fear a simple bully when you’ve read the perils of an alien race with the hope of using the entire population of the world as their host subjects? A bully can’t really compete with that, can they?

    With a love of books fully developed at such a young age, it would only make sense for that love to grow and blossom into something more. And in her early adult years, Kristine once again would find an escape in reading as she faced many complications due to a depression which seemed to have no end in sight. Using her love of reading, she found a love of reviewing books for indie authors, wanting nothing more than to help those who had made it their purpose to create the works of art she had claimed as her passion.

    Of course from there, it didn’t take long for her passion to grow further, and a love of the very words that created a novel became her passion as she began helping authors polish their words into perfection. But something was still missing as she edited many manuscripts to publication perfection, and she’d only discover what that was as she attempted a feat she thought impossible for so long.

    Kristine realized her dream as she breathed life into her first novel, which eventually took on a life of its own and became the first book within a five book series. Ghosted, the first book in the My Shattered Soul Saga, is due to be published in 2017 and falls neatly into the Paranormal Fantasy genre. With one book finished, and the next in progress, you can expect more amazing stories to come.

    AUTHOR LINKS

    Website: http://kristineschwartz.com

    Twitter: @KSchwartzZ009

    Facebook: My Shattered Soul Saga

     

     

     

     

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    Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

    This book was very hype during spring and it was a book everyone felt was a must to read cause it is such a great book, this was the opinion of most people and readers that I could see and read online.

    I got the book translated in Swedish and well, I let Fangirl stay on the shelf for about 3 months or so before I picked it up and read it at the beginning of last week. Well, I’m glad I finally read it though :)

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    MY THOUGHTS

    I really wished that I hadn’t picked it up when I did, cause I really should have read it earlier or later. In July I read Eliza and her Monsters (which I only review on Goodreads) and this book remind me a lot of that book. I felt like I have already read it, cause the story was so similar to Eliza and her Monsters.

    I really liked the beginning of the book but after half way through it was just like I’ve already read this book, you know.

    Another thing is that I read the pages with Simon Snow in the beginning, but later in the book I didn’t bother to read those pages cause I wanted to read about Cath, not about this fiction character Simon Snow she was writing about. And it was many pages that I just skipped cause I really wasn’t interested to read them. I felt it took a little too much space from the book. Too bad!

    First I gave Fangirl 2 stars on Goodreads, but when I thought it more through I decided the book does deserve a little better rate, cause 1. I really like the beginning 2. The author writes good and 3. It’s a book you don’t forget, the story sticks. So I have to give the book and author some credit of course :)

    I GIVE THIS BOOK 3 LATTES

    SYNOPSIS

    Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

    Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

    But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

    Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

    Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

    For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

    And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

    Have you read Fangirl yet?

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    July and August Book Haul

    Happy Friday Bookworms, hope you had a wonderful week so far!

    My week has been okay, the weather has not been that great, unfortunately. We haven’t done anything special so far, it’s been a very calm week :)

    But, today I will share with you a very fun thing. I know I love to read about it and to watch Youtube videos about it, namely a BOOK HAUL…YEY!! 

    I’ve been a little nutty about buying books lately, so now I have to basically ban myself from buying more books for a little while. Well, I just need to try the best I can :)

    Lucky me that I feel very happy with the new books I got and I feel very excited to read them all!

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    8 books are in my new stack:

    The Night Circus:

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hang upon the gates, reads: Opens at Nightfall Closes at Dawn As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears. Le Cirque des Reves The Circus of Dreams. Now: the circus is open. Now you may enter.

    The Raven Boys:

    Blue has spent the majority of her sixteen years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. When Blue meets Gansey’s spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why – either he is her true love or she has killed him. Determined to find out the truth, Blue becomes involved with the Raven Boys, four boys from the local private school (lead by Gansey) who are on a quest to discover Glendower – a lost ancient Welsh King who is buried somewhere along the Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be granted a supernatural favor. Never before has Blue felt such magic around her. But is Gansey her true love? She can’t imagine a time she would feel like that, and she is adamant not to be the reason for his death. Where will fate lead them?

    The Dream Thieves:

    Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Blue and Gansey will be the same. Ronan is falling more and more deeply into his dreams …and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Gansey is needed at home and is struggling to stay in Aglionby. And Adam? He’s made some new friends. Friends that are looking for some of the same pieces of the puzzle that Gansey, Blue, and Ronan are after. Great power is at stake, and someone must be willing to wield it.

    First We Were IV:

    A group of friends starts a secret society in this out-of-control thriller from the author of The Telling and The Creeping that examines the all-consuming love of lifelong friendship–and what someone is capable of when they’re afraid of losing it. Izzie loves nothing more than her three best friends, Viv, Graham, and Harry, and the bond the four of them share. And she’s terrified of their friendship falling apart next year when they go off to college. To bind them together, she decides to create something that will belong only to them, a special thing that they’ll always share between the four of them. And so they dream up the Order of IV, a secret society devoted to mischief that rights wrongs and pays back debts. At first, it works like a charm–but when the Order of IV’s escapades gets recognition beyond their wildest expectations, other people start wanting in. And soon, what started as a game of friendship is spiraling into something dangerous and beyond their control–and before it’s over, they’ll pay the ultimate sacrifice.

    Flame in the Mist:

    Mariko has always known that being a woman means she’s not in control of her own fate. But Mariko is the daughter of a prominent samurai and a cunning alchemist in her own right, and she refuses to be ignored. When she is ambushed by a group of bandits known as the Black Clan en route to a political marriage to Minamoto Raiden – the emperor’s son – Mariko realises she has two choices: she can wait to be rescued… or she can take matters into her own hands, hunt down the clan and find the person who wants her dead.Disguising herself as a peasant boy, Mariko infiltrates the Black Clan’s hideout and befriends their leader, the rebel ronin Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, Okami. Ranmaru and Okami warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. But as Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets that will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

    Det du inte vet: (This book is a Swedish Copy and I won it from a Instagram giveaway)

    The late summer heat is still on Gotland. Maria Wern is at a party with her new neighbors in Åminne when an explosive fire breaks out in a nearby house. The decrease is associated with a series of burglary breaks.

    The next morning, Tomas Hartman’s daughter Sofi disappears from the beach in Åminne. On behalf of the region of Gotland, she investigated the consequences of oil drilling on the island. The disappearance takes place the day before the results are presented. Both environmentalists and venture capitalists in the oil industry are eagerly waiting for her response. Demonstration against oil drilling is run by Rasmus Flöjel, Sofi’s boyfriend during high school. More and more join the protest.

    Tomas Hartman for a desperate battle against time to find his daughter. He knows how anxious and vulnerable she really is and how hard she is to fight her own demons.

    Tiggaren: (Also a Swedish Copy)

    Memory time is emotional. A young woman is dead, under unimaginable circumstances. But in the background there is a person who intimately considers the mourning, not to be seen.

    At the same time, Stockholm’s beggars fall victim to what appears to be a psychopathic serial killer. The police are getting into the darkness, and the only person who can stop the murder must do everything to stay in the veiled.

    Strange the Dreamer:

    The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around – and Lazlo Strange, a war orphan, and junior librarian have always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of God? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries – including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

    I guess you now understand why I am excited to read all of these books. Hopefully, they all are good :)

    Now I am very curious to hear about your books purchase lately :) Have you purchased any book lately?

     

     

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    Creative Planning

    Creative Planning: The Happy Planner

    I have tried using Kikki.K Leather Personal Planner, Day Designer and Simply Yours Day Planner and the Bullet Journal system in a dotted notebook. These planners are gorgeous and I do like them, but I’ve had a hard time to find the right way to use them so they can fit my needs.

    In May when I saw The Happy Planner from Me and My Big Ideas, I was stunned and felt that this is right, this planner must be the right thing for me. I searched about Happy Planners on Pinterest and I watched videos on Youtube before I took the step by ordering one for myself.

    Lucky me I found this great Swedish web shop which has a lot of supplies from Create 365 The Happy Planner, cause often the shipping cost is more than the actual product if I would order it from the USA. So I was very happy for that and you can say it’s my favorite web shop right now :)

    Let’s do a small tour in The Happy Planner, so you can get an idea of why I really enjoy this planner. 

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    I chose this floral covered planner with blue discs and it’s very pretty. Actual, I wanted another one that was newly released but that one was out of stock. They do have it now though, but I’m happy with this one right now.

    This is an example on how it looks before each monthly calendar pages. A nice page where you can write down Important Dates, Birthdays, Remember Notes and list the month Top Three. And before the monthly view, there are beautiful covers and like this one for November is so pretty. Love it ♥

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    This is the monthly spread and its room for writing down important things you may know that will take place or events or something like that. You have a sidebar for a list you need to write down, notes or more space for lovely stickers perhaps :) I truly love these different printed quotes that the planner has on each monthly page in the sidebar.

    I haven’t used the monthly spread that much, yet. I will take a closer look and see if I can find some ideas.

    The Happy Planner weekly spread looks like this in my planner and I really love the layout with these boxes. But if you prefer the horizontal layout, Me and My Big Ideas do have horizontal Happy Planners as well :)

    As you can see, the month has the same color theme and it’s the same for each month but with different colors. really like how colorful Happy Planners are!

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    The thing with The Happy Planner is that you can do so much with it, you can expand it and add pages of your choice and make it very personal and make it fit ALL your needs. Well, I think so anyway. I can fit all my planning needs in it anyway :)

    I did some Bullet Journaling before I got this planner and I really like the idea of having different trackers and making lists. But I was struggling with doing all those weekly spreads and it took time to draw everything, so that’s why I went back to a planner instead. But with this planner, I can do both and I think that is amazing and now I can have both planner and the bullet journal system in one place.

    So far I’ve done lists, like different TBR lists of books, Blog ideas, Movies I want to watch and a Thankful page where I do some small doodles and write what I feel thankful for. There are so many different trackers you can have, so I bet I will add more later on :)

    I tried to find a free dot page template, but couldn’t find a good one. So I searched on Etsy and found one printable specific for The Happy Planner for a very small fee. It came with three different dot styles, stars, crosses and hearts. So far I’m using the cross style.

    A closer look at the discs. I think they are very pretty and I love how easy you could move around pages and remove a page from the planner.

    When I decorate my weekly spreads, I pull off the pages and can easier do the decorating with stickers and washi tape and when I’m done I can easily put the pages back on the discs. I think most people who have The Happy Planner do this :)

    You can buy discs separately if you want to change it up with another color and there are expandable discs as well.

    This planner does come with a lot of different options for you to make it…yours. You can buy different covers and dividers too and other fun accessories.

    I hope you found this post a little helpful. Now I am curious to know what planner you use and if you do have an idea on how I can use the monthly spread, you are welcome to comment and give any tips you have :)

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    Creative Planning, Weekly Spread

    Creative Planning: Weekly Spread 7-13 August

    A small change is going to happen on Latte and a Book from now on. Hope you will like it and think it’s a good change :)

    I am adding a new category called Creative Planning, which is another interest I have besides of books. It is planners, decorate with stickers, doodling, colors, pictures and of course, plan my days ♥

    I know there are a great planner community and love being part of that and I want to share my creative side as well with you and others who love planners and planning, so I want to add this category on my blog too.


    I am starting my official first Creative Planning post by showing a weekly spread.

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    This is my planner spread for this week and my choice was to go with pastel colors like pink, green, yellow and turquoise. I like the color theme for August, so I just went for it and match with more pastels.

    I am still on my vacation and my days are not that busy as you can see :) I didn’t want to go overboard with stickers and I did keep a lot of white space, So I can fill it up with text if needed as the days go. Or maybe do some doodling later!

    I really love the idea of adding pictures in the weekly spread, like memory keeping and document with both pictures and text. I saw the idea on Youtube on the channel for The Happy Planner and I think the idea is awesome :) I do take a lot of pictures for Instagram and the blog, so why not print it out and add it in my planner as well. The image I’ve added so far is the current book I am reading, FANGIRL :)

    I haven’t decided if I should do it like a weekly thing, by showing my current book that I am reading. We will see.

    Love peppy quotes, so it’s a must for me and two quotes I put on for this week was: Now is the new Later and Live Life with a Full & Happy Heart.

    Yes, this it is…my spread for this week. I really hope you like the idea of me adding this new topic on the blog and I will, of course, try to balance my book and planner posts and the plan I want to try is to post 2 book posts and 1-2 planner posts a week. Looking forward to expanding a little and share my other interest with you, planners and stationery supplies ♥

    Tomorrow I will share a closer look at the planner I am using, so if it sounds interesting…stay tuned :)

    Do you like the idea of the category Creative Planning? Do you use planners?

     

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    Bookish Bloggers

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    In the beginning of the week, I realized that there is no supportive group on Goodreads for book bloggers. Yes, you can find groups where you are able to share your latest book reviews or posts, but not a support group.

    So I decided to start one myself, Bookish Bloggers.

    This is a supportive group for book bloggers where we share our latest book posts, discuss books and about book blogging related things. 
    The goal for the group is that the members are active book bloggers, members having fun and are supportive!

    We are 18 members so far and I wanted to highlight the group for my readers as well, cause if you are an active book blogger and you use Goodreads you really should considering of joining. I’ll hope to see you there :)

    If you don’t have a blog, but you are active on Goodreads I totally would like us to be friends. So leave your account name in the comment section and I will send a friend request.

     

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    July Wrap-Up

    Good morning. Hope you all are doing great and that you have had an awesome start this month. Yesterday it was my birthday so now I am one year older, 33 years old to me exactly :)

    Time for a wrap-up post, or like it’s my first honestly as you can’t find a pos t like it in the archive, but bookworms love post like this, well I don’t think I’m the only one though.

    9 books did I complete in July and it feels pretty good as I didn’t read anything in the beginning of the month, cause as you may already know I was in a small reading slump before. But since I started to read I have been reading every day, so I am so over the slump :)

    Three of these are actual books, The Shining, A Court of Mist and Fury and Eliza and her Monsters and the other ones are audio books. The Shining and A Court of Mist and Fury did I finish as I already had started to read them earlier.

    My favorite of these was I see London, I see France and I have already written the review, so you are welcome to read that it if you’ll like :)

    Another great thing is that I completed my Reading Challange that I created on Goodreads in January, so I will read way over the number of books that I thought I would. Thumb up for that!

    What was your favorite book from July?

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