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Happy New Year, peeps!!!

I know we've done it before with Christmas greetings, but bear with me, my dear readers.
It was a hard year for me and my hubby. His brother passed away and we had to face our financial insecurities head on and be strong for everyone in the family.

On the other hand this was a happy year for us both as well. The decision not to have one big holiday resulted in plenty of small getaways, and we saw and experienced plenty of beautiful places.
A lot of things happened to make us feel more free and relaxed that we've ever been in our entire life together. We might be poor as church mice but we are happy.

During it all I had this blog where I could pour everything I felt and share it with you.

I just wanted to say thank you for being here when I needed you most.

Have a great New Year!!!
 I wish you to find what makes you happy and hold on to it.
Huge hugs and love from both of us,
Karina & Alex

I'll be taking tomorrow off blogging, and hopefully the weather is dry enough to drive into the countryside and do some walking. We both really need to decompress.
See you all on Wednesday.

The Postman Knock #12 or Epic Christmas Haul!

I hope you all had a great time at Christmas because I sure did! :)


THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD was nothing short of fantastic; MADNESS UNDERNEATH much more depressing, darker than the first book, and the ending simply broke my heart. With THE FARM I suspect I will be in minority of people who really disliked this book. I'll rant about it later, but let's just say my experience turned very sour... THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING WICKED was nice but I don't think Miranda's writing is for me. It didn't engaged me emotionally. I had to DNF BLOOD OF THE WICKED by Karina Cooper. I love her steampunk series, but this book was full of paranormal romance cliches and I just wasn't interested enough in it to continue reading. At last, OF BLOOD AND HONEY turned my stomach revealing the extent of human cruelty in Northern Ireland in the 70s. Very dark times, so much pain, but still a great albeit heartbreaking read.

I made a lovely cake, fluffy and very light...
...which is gone already!

And I had a truly great time with my husband, his mom and stepdad. We laughed, we chatted, stuffed ourselves to the gills and drunk lots of sherry and sparkling wine. It was one of the best and most relaxing Christmas dinners I've ever had.

You also should have seen me squealing over the books I've received :)

All are from my Amazon wishlist for Christmas and my birthday which was yesterday, and I was told 2 more pre-orders will be heading my way next week. YAY!
One already came in!

I also bought 

which was reduced to £0.63 on Amazon UK this week, and I just couldn't resist.

and did a birthday trip to the book store with my gift card...

This will put me on paperbacks book buying ban for the next 2-4 months, but I don't mind. I have fantastic reads to occupy my time!

This is it. 
All my Christmas With giveaways end tonight, and I also started my last giveaway hop of the year where I talk about the best reads of 2012 this Sunday.

I hope you enjoyed December with Nocturnal Book Reviews. For me it was explosive and very intense, and I hope 2013 will be even better.

Happy Sunday!

Cuddlebuggery Top Reads of 2012 Giveaway Hop (INT)!

Thanks to Kat and Steph, the bloggers from one of the most bad ass book blogs on the web, Cuddlebuggery, for an amazing chance to participate in this hop!
Last year I talked about the best reads of 2011 on my own, but this year I'm only glad to do it in such a great company ;)

Here is my list of some of the best reads of 2012!

If you look at the last year's results - Elizabeth Hunter, Ilona Andrews, Taylor Stevens and Stacia Kane are present there as well!
I simply can't get enough of these authors ;)

As usual open to all 
(if TBD doesn't ship to you, check Fishpond.com and BetterWorldBooks before requesting your book to make sure I can order it).
Ends January 5th 2013.
Winner can choose any of the books on the list.
If it's a book in published series, I'll substitute the book if needed by another in the same series.

Also it was my birthday last night, 
so this is the best way to celebrate, right? :)

Good luck and please don't forget there are 7 more INT giveaways which end tonight and which you can enter as well!

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Around The World in Book Covers Russian vs British Edition

I don't do this feature often enough but I thought it would be fun to do it today :)

Which one do you like the most? My favorite is still UK cover.

Again, the girl is 16! UK cover is much more appropriate :)

They both look like they are 25, so no winner for me!

I like the typography and image treatment on Russian covers so much more.

I actually really like both and can't choose... What do you think?

I prefer the original but I do like that we can see George on the other cover with her famous glasses ;)

That's some weird ass dystopian red carpet dress on Russian cover, plus that hood... *shakes head*

 What do you think?

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Hey, guys! I feel like I should say this just in case :)
If you'd like to sponsor a fellow book addict who sometimes can't sleep at night worrying that she won't have enough books to read if internet goes down in the event of zombie apocalypse (I'm convinced it's one of the top five ways to go for human race) you can donate through Paypal to olivesandacorns at gmail dot com or buy a book through any of the links provided with my reviews which will send me a small percentage from the sale. All proceeds will go towards my enormous TBR. I will also shelter you on the remote farm in Portugal when zombie apocalypse starts provided you survive getting there. There will be books, yay?
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