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All the DNF books of 2020

Hello reader! I’m here in a short pause between work and hospital to show you all the books I had to abandon (Did not finish) in 2020.

Here you can find all the best books of 2020, and here the worst books of the last year!

There are only 7 books, how curious, I was convinced there were more…

Anyway, I will try to read again See What I have Done, since the plot is very interesting. It’s the writing style I didn’t like.

And you? Have you finished all the books you began in 2020?

See you next week with the best covers of 2020!!

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Worst books of 2020

Hello readers! I’m back today to show you the worst (for me) books that I read in 2020!

You can find all the best books of 2020 here!

I classified under worst the books I rated 1 star or personally hated for some reason. I will write a different post for all the books I DNFed last year.

These are the worst of 2020: we have problematic books (The confectioner’s guild) and works of authors I’ve loved in the past (Odd & True).

We have horror books (Helltown), and we have also a graphic novel (Kill The Granny).

Hope this year will be better for reading too!

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Best books of 2020

Hello again readers!

Today I’m here to show you a recap of my favorite books of 2020!

My average rating on Goodreads for 2020 is 2,9/5, so less than 2019… I think I need to better choose my readings, and that’s why I’ve unhauled a lot of books from my TBR.

“Make it pink!” “Make it blue!” The blue has win on all of these covers, right? XD

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Wrap Up: December 2020

Hello readers and Happy New Year!

Today I will show you the books I’ve read in December, the next days I will post the best and the worst of the past year.

In December I’ve read a total of 11 books! I’ve completed my Goodreads reading challenge of 120 books, even surpassed it by 10 books, for a total of 130!

Here’s my December reading month:

5 Stars:

Murder in the crypt is the first volume in the historical crime fiction series featuring Captain Redmond and Constable Haze. I’ve loved every single word of it!

Agente 00 Miao Missione Natale is a cute novella featuring Venceslao, the beautiful black cat on the cover. Perfect Christmas reading!

4 stars:

The gift of the animals is a lovely picture book with charming illustrations.

Looking for Winston is the fourth volume in the Adventures of Sophie Mouse, this series is so incredibly cute!

3 stars:

More weird things customers say in bookshops: I just want to express my sympathy to all the booksellers out there who need to deal with these kind of customers.

Gnome for Christmas: I’ve read a lot of Christmas books thanks to the #Christmasathon I’ve participated on Twitter. The cover is lovely, and it’s a cozy mystery full of delicious foods!!

I received a copy of Esme’s wish through Booksirens. Great world-building and funny side characters!

2 stars:

The time travelers has a catch eye cover, but I didn’t like the manners of the two main characters, particularly when they are in the past.

Wintersong has a great prose and it’s perfect for this time of the year, but the romance was… not my cup of tea.

1 star:

I didn’t understand the genre of Il segreto del vicolo della serpe (sorry, it’s not translated!): it was a contemporary, a mystery, a romance? I was confused.

Now I understand that I don’t like books written or set in the North of Europe, and this is not exception. The main character is just… stupid most of the times? Yeah, no thanks.

And this was my reading month, how about yours??

Tell me in the comments!

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Wrap Up: November 2020

Hello readers, sorry if I’m late for this wrap up!

In November I’ve read 10 books, without a DNF! Hurrà!!

5 stars:

Do you know Robert the Doll?? He’s a haunted/cursed doll, not as famous as Annabelle the Doll, but his story is a creepy one. This middle grade is really interesting and has gave me chills.

I love Amelia Fang so much!!! This second volume of her adventures is even better than the first one!

La Spada del guerriero is the Italian edition of Magnus Chase and the sword of summer. I’ve loved Magnus, Riordan is always a great writer.

4 stars:

I’ve loved This is going to hurt, by the same author, so Twas the nightshift before Christmas was funny and sad and entartaining, but too short for me.

Killer fashion was so interesting, it was a shame that the chapters were so short.

Usually I didn’t like retellings, but The Wizard of Oz is one of the few fairytales I like, and I really liked Spelled, this funny and unconventional retelling of Oz. And I’m so in love with the cover!

3 stars:

A graphic novel!About books!!

1 Star:

Two fo these books are from some of my fave authors, and I don’t know if is my fault or not.

The collection of short stories is not my cup of tea, and Unnatural Creatures, featuring a story by Neil Gaiman, is no exception.

I fell in love with the previous book of Emma Trevayne, but The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden was boring and nothing like I was predicted.

The railway detective is probably the most boring historical crime fiction I ever read. Love the vintage cover btw.

And that was my reading month!

How was yours? Tell me in the comments!

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Christmasathon TBR

Hello readers, we have made it to December!

Today I’m here to show you my tentative TBR for the Christmasathon a readathon that runs from 1st of December to 31st December.

You can find all the informations on the Twitter profile, I will participate for TEAM ELF!!! I was in doubt, because I love both Elf and The Grinch so much, but I think I have more books suitable for the prompts of Team Elf.

If you see more than one book for prompt, is because I can’t still decide.

Read a book with a Christmas Theme:

Read a book with red or white on cover:

Read a book that was gifted to you:

Read a book with an animal on the cover:

Read a book you recently purchased:

A lot of colorful covers! What’s your favorite?

Tell me in the comments below!

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The ABC Book Challenge (K)

Hello! How’s everyone doing? It’s been an year since my last post of this challenge!

The challenge is to post some books that I loved and some books that are still on my TBR (please TBR, don’t hurt me), corresponding to each letter of the alphabet.

Personally, I found this challenge on A Book. A Thought. Go and check this great blog!

Please remember that maybe some books will be in Italian. I will write the English title too.

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The ABC Book Challenge (A)

The ABC Book Challenge (B)

The ABC Book Challenge (C)

The ABC Book Challenge (D)

The ABC Book Challenge (E)

The ABC Book Challenge (F)

The ABC Book Challenge (G)

The ABC Book Challenge (H)

The ABC Book Challenge (I)

The ABC book challenge (J)

Memorable books:

Killer fashion is a really (short) but interesting non-fiction books about incidents or deaths caused by items of fashion. Very anxiogenous!

And then we have 4 series of manga: Kekkaishi is a fantasy/historical story so underrated; Kobato is from the well know CLAMP, the story is a sad one, but the artwork are amazing; and then Kiss and Never cry, another sad story based on ice skating. I made, some years ago, the cosplays of both Kobato and Kekkaishi!

Books on my TBR:

Have you read some of these books?

Do you read manga too?

Tell me in the comments below!

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Wrap Up: October 2020

Hello readers, I’m a little late than usual with my wrap up this month, I’m sorry!

I was busy with therapies at the hospital the past few days, plus my city is in lockdown, again.

Anyway, in October I managed to read 13 books, with 2 DNF.

5 stars:

Dracul, the official prequel of the classic Dracula, has totally captivated my heart. I can say that maybe I’ve loved it even more than Dracula, sorry Mr. Bram.

4 stars:

I’ve received The ghostly Tales of Pittsburgh through Edelweiss, and it’s the perfect book with spooky stories and to know more about the history of Pittsburgh.

3 stars:

Gordan of Riss and the malformed sprite is a fantasy with a lot of action and humour.

Real haunted roads and highways gives you a generic knowledge of haunted roads of the world.

The worrier’s guide to life was so funny, because I’ma worrier too!!

The Malvern murders is a historical crime fiction with an interesting main character. Love the cover.

Rest in pieces, is… well, a non-fiction books about corpses.

The midnight bargain was an ARC too, sent to me through Edelweiss, a fantasy with rich and poetical words, very well written.

2 stars:

I love the cover of The Cold is in her bones, and I really liked the first quarter of the book. But then it drags the plot on, and, snakes apart, I can’t really see the connection with the myth of Medusa.

Strange practice was one the biggest delusion of the year: the main character is the only woman in the story and she doesn’t do anything revelant in the story. Also, I was expecting an historican fiction, not a urban fantasy.

Shadowsmith was another great delusion: a mix of different elements from famous books of Neil Gaiman throw together. And the spooky cemetery on the cover is barely there.

DNF:

I hate the main character of The way I used to be, and I hated even more the clichè of the ugly girl with glasses than became a hot gorgeous girl if she wears contacts. Hate.

The invention of murder was so boring I couldn’t even read more than two chapters.

And that was my reading month, how was yours?

Tell me in the comments below!

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Sherlockathon TBR

Hello readers! Today I’m here to share with you my tentative TBR for the Sherlockathon, a readathon inspired by Sherlock Holmes that will begin on 19th October and will finish on November 15th, so you have still time to join us!

Here you can find the Twitter profile, and here the website with all the prompts.

If there are 2 books under a prompt, it’s just because I can’t decide, I’m a mood reader!

All-focus

The prompts:

Read a diverse retelling by an own voices author:

Read a Book with more than 500 pages:

read any book only in one room:

Read a book you hope to learn something from:

Read a book by a woman:

Read a book with enemies:

READ A BOOK BY A SCOTTISH AUTHOR OR SET IN SCOTLAND:

Read a book that is ghost written or written under a pen name:

a book with a narrator:

a book with a detective:

Bonus:

read the group book: The hound of the baskervilles by arthur conan doyle

And that’s my TBR, what you think?

Do you see some interesting book? Tell me in the comments!

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Wrap Up: September 2020

Hello readers, another month is finished and finally is Autumn!! My favorite season of the year!

In September I managed to read 11 books, with a return, one book DNF.

5 stars:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Nightmare was an ARC I received via Booksirens: it’s a horror really dark and violent, I couldn’t put it down.

Demon road was a surprise for me, because usually I don’t like urban fantasy! I already have the second book on my shelf.

Carnival of monsters was even better than the first book, read my review here!

4 stars:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The adventures of Sophie Mouse are my comfort read this year, you know what I mean? They’re delicate, and lovely and soft, and I need these type of story, every now and then.

3 stars:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Monarchs of the sea is a non-fiction book about cephalopods, really detailed, but my ARC copy was so difficult to read.

Herding Cats, because we love cats!

What if? was funny and a little bit worrying, I didn’t understand some of the most specific question about astronomy, but it was interesting.

1 star + DNF:

Rating: 1 out of 5.

I thought that The Amazing imagination machine was a fantasy middle grade, but it sounded more like YA, with 2 animals dead in the first 20 pages, so I DNF it.

My best friend’s exorcism was a delusion for me, I didn’t like the violence against the animals, the racism hidden beneath the 1980s setting, and other things.

The house with chicken legs has a beautiful cover, an interesting plot, but I couldn’t stand the main character.

The alchemy of murder is an historical crime fiction featuring Nellie Bly and Jules Verne that needs a good editor. Oh, and to remove the romance from the plot, thank you.

That was my reading month, how was yours?

Tell me in the comments!