On Ana’s Lair’s Silence

Dear Readers

I think it’s about time I posted something explaining my silence.

You may have noticed I did not post a November wrap-up post, which was a first. The fact is I didn’t finish any books that month, nor wrote any reviews on films or other stuff, so I felt it would be rather pointless.

My life has taken quite a turn these past couple of months. I posted before that I lost my Kindle. That alone made my reading time decrease a lot, as you can imagine. Physical copies are great but they don’t allow so much leeway as a Kindle does. Not to mention that all the books I want to read and review are there. I have been feeling especially guilty because an author I have reviewed for since the beginning of her series asked me to review the later instalment but just thinking of reading on my phone makes me cringe…

Also, a few months ago, namely in May, I decided to turn my life around. I constantly felt ummotivated, tired, with little or no energy to do anything or take care of myself. An opportunity came up to join a gym downstairs from my workplace and I figured, why not. I started going after work and at the same time improving my food habits, and I did start feeling better. However, I started going less and less and still eating poorly so quickly slipped back to the same routines.

A co-worker mentioned he went to the gym before work and I thought wow this guy is nuts. Then I started thinking, hmm, ever since I met him I have never once seen him tired or in a bad mood… I wonder if this is his secret.
Well, when daylight savings time came, I decided to give it a try. Technically I would still be waking up at the same time, my day would just be an hour longer.
Minus some days I took off work, I have since then been working out before work, waking up at 5h50 am, and I have to tell you, I really hope I can keep up the pace because I feel TONS better. More energy, better mood, I walk taller, better posture so less back pain… Not to mention I avoid morning traffic, trouble finding a parking space, crammed tube… I am still not able to catch a seat so reading time is again caught short but I usually manage only a couple of pages on tube rides and lunch breaks so yeah, it’s taking ages to finish the book I started last month.

After work I always have errands to run so by the time I get home I am really exhausted. I only really have the energy to play Sims on my phone and browse Wish and AliExpress – my two new things.

So I am really, really sorry about my silence. I am looking forward to fitting reading and reviewing back into my routine as soon as I am able to get another Kindle – that might take another month, though.

I hope all is well with you, and thank you so much for your continuous support of Ana’s Lair.


International Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway

Folks, this giveaway is close to an end! You only have a couple more days so make sure you enter it now!
Just click here.

Good luck to all!

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The lovely L.S. O’Dea, author of one of my favourite YA series Lake of Sins, is hosting a giveaway for a Kindle Paperwhite, which just happens to be my e-reader of choice, so you can imagine how excited I am!

And it’s an international giveaway too – anywhere that Amazon ships.

What do you have to do? Just submit your email.

You can enter the giveaway until May 5th.

Click the picture below and may the odds be ever in your favour.

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Afraid of Reading Glasses? There May Be a Way to Prevent Your Brain from Needing Them

Want to train your brain not to need reading glasses? Read this extremely interesting article by Kristen!

Kristen Twardowski


When I first got glasses at age 9, it opened up a whole new world for me. I had forgotten that I was supposed to be able to see leaves on trees without being close enough to touch them. Then I put my first glasses on, and there those leaves were. I imagine that someday I will need reading glasses as well, and the experience will be similar.

But science and the body are complicated, and various studies suggest that there are ways to train the eyes to delay the loss of close-range visual focus that inspires the need for reading glasses. The New York Times has a great article on the subject.

The loss of the ability to read small print well is called presbyopia, and by age 45, it affects around 83% of North Americans. By age 50, nearly every adult experiences some degree of it. (That is…

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A Heart-Warming Surprise

The generosity of the bookish blogging community never ceases to amaze me.

Some people donate their time by visiting other people’s blogs, liking and commenting their post – which I really appreciate.

Others hold giveaways, either of books donated by the author or publishers or even themselves.

And then there’s people like the amazing Kelly @ Book Obsession who just happened to send me a book so it would not go homeless or sitting in a shelf unread. Just because I said I might like it.

Kelly, you rock! Thank you so much for this gift <3

I hope you will visit her blog, she deserves all the best!

International Book Subscription Box Giveaway

Have you signed up to this giveaway yet? Today is the last day to do so!

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If there is one thing I love is a good international giveaway, so when I saw this at That Bookshelf Bitch I just had to share.

By simply entering your email you are eligible for:

  • ONE (1) lucky grand prize winner will receive a year-long subscription to the Literary Box of their choice (Over $200 in value)!
  • TEN (10) additional winners will each receive a Literary Box (1) of their choice.
  • Winners can choose between the Fiction box or the Young Adult Fiction box.
  • This giveaway is open to US and International booklovers!

So what are you waiting for? Click the image to enter! You can only sign up by March 22nd.

I am so excited about this because international giveaways are so rare and this box really seems wonderful. Every three months you receive a hardcover copy of a brand new title and 2 other books handpicked by…

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I am a Giveaway Winner!

I actually won an international giveaway for a paperback!

I am so thankful to Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch for hosting the giveaway and to C.L. Denault, author of Gambit, book 1 in The Prodigy Chronicles for providing the book.

You can find the author’s site here and information about the book below:

In Earth’s battle-ridden future, humans have evolved. Those with extraordinary skills rise to power and fame. Those without live in poverty.

Sixteen-year-old Willow Kent believed she was normal. But when a genetically-advanced military officer shows up in her village and questions her identity, long-buried secrets begin to emerge. With remarkable skills and a shocking genetic code the Core and its enemies will do anything to obtain, Willow suddenly finds the freedom she craves slipping through her fingers. Greed, corruption, and genetic tampering threaten every aspect of her existence as she’s thrust, unwilling, into the sophisticated culture of the elite Core city. To ensure peace, she must leave the past behind, marry a man she’s never met, and submit to the authority of a relentless officer with a hidden agenda of his own.

Her life has become a dangerous game. How much will she sacrifice in order to win?

Buy Gambit here:

Click here to add it to your GoodReads shelves.

At 556 pages, this promises to be an enthralling read and the first book in the next big dystopian series and I cannot wait to start reading it!

Time for some Laffs – The Double Entendre and a touch Risque!


Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to some laffs.. a little on the risque side as some might say.. or it might be your mind!  My thanks to a number of contibutors today who I hope won’t mind that I have taken their names in vain.. Enjoy..

Little Bruce and Little Jenny from Tina Frisco – https://tinafrisco.com/

Little Bruce and little Jenny are only 10 years old, but they know they are in love. One day they decide they want to get married, so Bruce goes to Jenny’s father to ask him for her hand. Bruce bravely walks up to him and says, “Mr. Smith, me and Jenny are in love, and I want to ask you for her hand in marriage.”

Thinking this was just the cutest thing, Mr. Smith replies, “Well, Bruce, you are only 10. Where will you two live?”

Without hesitating, Bruce replies, “In Jenny’s room. It’s bigger than mine and…

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Merry March Monday Memes


Hey, here we are in March, on a Monday, being merry, (hopefully!) enjoying our memes!

slob, humor, crafting memePretty much every day, at my house!!

slob, humor, memeslob, humor, shaving memeExcuse the mess.….

slob, humor, housework memeRight,Gilly??

slob, humor, crochet memeIs this one you,Stella?

slob, humor, killer children memeMuwahahaha!

slob, humor, Grandma memePuhlllllleeeeeeeeezzzzzeeee???

slob, humor, decluttering memeHey, me too!!

slob, humor, misspelled meme

slob, humor, dad says no memeApparently this is good parenting.       Glad I’m my own boss now!!

Ice cream bars for all, I say!!

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Bookporn: Libraries in Fiction and Where To Find Them

Check out these amazing libraries and their fictional counterparts!


Hi guys, I’m back with another Bookporn post ;)

You  can check out the other two posts here: Bookshelves and How To Be Cozy 

I’ve always loved seeing libraries featuring in the animated series or in movies, now here are all the places to find them :D



REAL LIFE TWINSIE: The Amont Abbey Library, Austria 

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