30 November 2016

2016 Reading Challenges - November Update

BookishResolution Challenge 2016

The first Challenge I will be participating in is the 2016 Bookish Resolutions Challenge, hosted by Laura @ trips down imagination lane and Michelle @ Because Reading. The challenge runs from 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2016 and you can sign up here before 1st March 2016.

29 November 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Gift Guide Freebie


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is a Holiday Gift Guide freebie. I'm going to go with ten books for the Contemporary Romance lover in your life.

28 November 2016

ARC Review: Did I Mention I Miss You? (The DIMILY Trilogy #3), Estelle Maskame

Did I Mention I Miss You? (The DIMILY Trilogy, #3)

Title: Did I Mention I Miss You?
Series: The DIMILY Trilogy #3
Author: Estelle Maskame
Published: 01/12/2016, Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 3/5

"A year has passed since Eden last spoke to Tyler. She remains furious at him for his abrupt departure last summer but has done her best to move on with her life at college in Chicago. As school breaks up for the summer, she s heading back to Santa Monica, but she s not the only one who decides to come home...

Having been left behind to deal with the aftermath of their bombshell revelation and a family torn apart, Eden has no time for Tyler when he reappears. But where has Tyler been? And is she as over him as she likes to think? Or can Tyler and Eden finally work things out, despite their family and against all the odds?

The explosive finale to Estelle Maskame s international bestselling DIMILY trilogy, and the highly anticipated conclusion to Eden and Tyler s addictive love story."

27 November 2016

The Sunday Post (27 November)


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

24 November 2016

Book Review: Carry On, Rainbow Rowell

Carry On

Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: 25/02/2016, Macmillan
Pages: 518
Source: Netgalley/Bought
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Rating: 3/5

"Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who's ever been chosen

That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. 

Half the time Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here - it's their last year at Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up. 

Carry On is a love letter to love stories and the power of words - to every 'chosen one' who ever had more on their mind than saving the world..."

21 November 2016

ARC Review: Pivotal Moments (In Time #1), Trinity Hanrahan

Pivotal Moments (In Time, #1)

Title: Pivotal Moments
Series: In Time #1
Author: Trinity Hanrahan
Published: 19/01/2016, Limitless Publishing
Pages: 404
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 3/5

"A senior in high school, introvert Aislinn Munroe is satisfied living unnoticed...

Aislinn is doing the normal post-high school preparations to get into college. She’s getting ready for a life beyond senior year, and wonders where she’ll fit in to the world once she’s officially an adult. Though her curves are to kill for, she’s also smart and funny. However, she isn’t at all popular, which is just fine with her.

Aislinn’s introverted ways are about to be put to the test...

Content with hiding from the limelight, Aislinn doesn’t get bullied like so many other shy kids do—that is, as long as she keeps to herself. But is she really living the life she’s meant to? Or are there unforeseen adventures waiting to shake up her life in the near future?

When her brother comes home from college, he brings an unexpected houseguest…

Teagan Aldridge is a reformed party animal, ladies’ man, and bad boy. He’s the last person Aislinn thought would ever show her attention. But when Aislinn and Teagan become unlikely friends, he brings out a side of herself she never knew existed. She already knows she’s special, but sexy and adventurous? That’s a first.

Are their personalities too far apart, or will opposites attract, making them an unusual, but influential pair? When their vast differences collide, Aislinn is led to some unexpected…

Pivotal Moments."

20 November 2016

COYER Blackout Winter Storm 2016-2017



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After completely missing the summer COYER this year, I decided that I definitely need to do the winter one.

COYER is run by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun, Michelle @ Because Reading and Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! and this winter COYER is going to be a 12 week Blackout from 17 December to 3 March. The challenge this time round is that only ebooks you have already acquired before the challenge start date count. And to make it even harder, these books have to have been acquired for less than $1.00. However, to make it slightly easier, for every ten ebooks (over 100 pages) read you can read any one book you want. To sign up by 17 December, follow the COYER link at the start of this paragraph.

I'm definitely going to use this COYER to help increase my Netgalley ratio that bit more. It's just what I'm needing to be honest! I'm not going to set myself a solid goal, but I'll be happy if I can read at least 10 books this COYER. I'm also hoping I can keep up with the Facebook fun and take part in my first Twitter party! 

I will also keep track of all books read below:

The Sunday Post (20 November)


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

17 November 2016

ARC Review: Battle for Cymmera (Kingdom of Cymmera #3), Dani-Lyn Alexander

Battle for Cymmera (Kingdom Of Cymmera Trilogy)

Title: Battle for Cymmera
Series: Kingdom of Cymmera #3
Author: Dani-Lyn Alexander
Published: 22/11/2016, Lyrical Press
Pages: 215
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 3/5

"With the traitor on the run, Ryleigh and Jackson can finally begin rebuilding their kingdom. But when a cryptic message suggests he was seen in Argonas, chaos creeps back into Cymmera once more...

Jackson knows Cymmera will never be safe until the traitor, guilty of treason, is detained and executed. After ordering Cymmeran guardsmen to scour the land, he and the Death Dealer team brave the wilds of Argonas in search of the informant who spotted his foe. And in his absence, Jackson not only leaves the throne empty, but the kingdom vulnerable to attack...

As a vicious army descends on Cymmera, Ryleigh is forced to flee to an uncharted realm with a small group of survivors—a place Jackson has no chance of discovering. Alone, but for the few people she was able to save, Ryleigh must decide whether to reclaim her kingdom or remain in the new realm forever, forsaking all she left behind..."

15 November 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: All-Time Favourite Movies


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is a movie freebie. So, I'm going to list my seven all-time favourite movies.

14 November 2016

Book Review: The Rose Petal Beach, Dorothy Koomson

The Rose Petal Beach

Title: The Rose Petal Beach
Author: Dorothy Koomson
Published: 2013, Quercus
Pages: 663
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback

Rating: 4/5

"Every love story has a dangerous twist. 

Tamia Challey is horrified when her husband, Scott, is accused of something terrible – but when she discovers who his accuser is, everything goes into freefall. Backed into a corner and unsure what to think, Tamia is forced to choose who she instinctively believes. But this choice has dire consequences for all concerned, especially when matters take a tragic turn. 

Then a stranger arrives in town to sprinkle rose petals in the sea in memory of her lost loved one. This stranger carries with her shocking truths that will change the lives of everyone she meets, and will once again force Tamia to make some devastating choices..."

13 November 2016

The Sunday Post (13 November)


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

11 November 2016

My First Audiobook Experience: A Return to An Old Favourite!

I have lost count of the number of times I've read Harry Potter. The series was my very first book love when my Primary Four teacher lent me her set. Back then only the first 4 had been published. And since then I've not looked back. I've hoarded ALL BOOKS!
I decided that this year would be the year that I would reread the whole series again (for the hundredth time). This excited me sooo much more than it should! But I also had the dilemma of not wanting to spend so much reading time on old favourites when I could be discovering new favourites! Then I remembered a close friend had gifted me the first 6 Harry Potter audiobooks a few years back. So began my journey of discovery into the world of audiobooks... AND I LOVED IT!

I could "read" whilst driving and this still seems so surreal to me! I could also read whilst walking around town and doing housework! This just amazes me! Even though I was concentrating on not dying whilst driving or walking around town, I was still processing the story.

Stephen Fry is a brilliant narrator! He does the voices! And they were hilarious! His "Seamus" and "Dobby" had me in bloody tears! However, I did find Tonks "accent" annoying and not what I expected at all! How I didn't crash my car I will never know. Other drivers (and pedestrians) must have thought I was a lunatic. I actually don't think the publisher could have chosen a better narrator (apart from Queen Rowling herself). He just completely drew me in and it was almost like I was reading the series for the first time all over again.  

I don't feel I can really give a proper review of the series. I've read it so many times already and it's hard to find anyone who hasn't read them. We all know the story. But if you ever feel the need to reread Harry Potter, you should definitely give the audiobooks a go. I promise you won't regret it. I will forever be grateful to my friend for giving me them. I don't know if I could ever completely switch to audiobooks, but I do enjoy the novelty of them. I mean it took me from January until the end of October to complete the whole Harry Potter series (mainly because I had to be in the mood to listen).

I'm now finished my reread of the Harry Potter series and have moved onto a new audiobook. I'm now "reading" Anna Karenina and it's certainly a lot different to Harry Potter. But I thought audiobooks are a great way to read the very long books.


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08 November 2016

07 November 2016

ARC Review: What Light, Jay Asher

What Light

Title: What Light
Author: Jay Asher
Published: 20/10/2016, Macmillan Children's Books
Pages: 256
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 3/5

"Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon - it's an idyllic place for a girl to grow up, except that every year they have to pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life begins to eclipse the other..."

06 November 2016

The Sunday Post (6 November)


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

02 November 2016

2016 Reading Challenges Update - October

BookishResolution Challenge 2016

The first Challenge I will be participating in is the 2016 Bookish Resolutions Challenge, hosted by Laura @ trips down imagination lane and Michelle @ Because Reading. The challenge runs from 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2016 and you can sign up here before 1st March 2016.

My 2016 resolutions are:

Bookish resolutions
  • Get Netgalley ratio up to 80%
    • January - 57%
    • February - 57%
    • March - 52% (This better start going up real soon!)
    • April - 54%
    • May - 56% 
    • June - 54%
    • July - 54%
    • August - 56%
    • September - 60%
    • October - 64% (Well, this definitely won't be happening! I'll be happy if I reach 70)
  • Read 20 physical books I already owned prior to 1st January
    • January - 2
    • February - 4
    • March - 8
    • April - 9
    • May - 10
    • June - 10
    • July - 12
    • August - 14
    • September - 15
    • October- 16
  • Reread 5 books
    • January - 0
    • February - 2
    • March - 2
    • April - 3
    • May - 4
    • June - 4
    • July - 4
    • August - 5
    • September - 6 - Well it's safe to say I've smashed this one!!
    • October - 7
  • Finish 6 series
    • January - Finished/Up-to-date = 2
    • February - Finished/Up-to-date = 3
    • March - Finished/Up-to-date = 4
    • April - Finished/Up-to-date = 4
    • May - Finished/Up-to-date = 4
    • June - Finished/Up-to-date = 4
    • July - Finished/Up-to-date = 4
    • August - Finished/Up-to-date = 4
    • September - Finished/Up-to-date = 4
    • October - Finished/Up-to-date = 4
  • Reach my Goodreads goal this year (65 books)
    • January - 8
    • February - 14
    • March - 23
    • April - 33 (I've hit the halfway point! I may just have to increase my goal...)
    • May - 39
    • June - 40
    • July - 44
    • August - 51
    • September - 57
    • October - 67 (SMASHED IT!!!)
Blogging resolutions
  • Finish updating all blog posts to current layout
    • January - A few updated this month
    • February - All reviews updated! Just to update all other posts and make a few tweaks.
    • March - All Top Ten Tuesday posts tweaked.
    • April - Don't think I've done anything this month...
    • May - Again, I don't think I've done anything
    • June - This month has been a rubbish month all around for the blog
    • July - Slight changes to blog template
    • August - I actually can't remember if I done anything - I may have made a few tweaks at the start of the month
    • September - I didn't do anything this month.
    • October - Again, didn't do anything.
  • Visit 4 blogs a week, so 16 a month (not including memes) (by visit I mean comment on)
    • January - 9 (Need to be better)
    • February - 12 (Getting there)
    • March - 16 (I made it! Woo!)
    • April - 9 (I really hope last month wasn't a fluke)
    • May - 2 (I'm sorry! I'm such a bad person!)
    • June - 4 (Yeah this is just one massive fail! I'm sorry!)
    • July - I'm not actually sure if I've commented at all this month, I can't remember! I will honestly try better in August!
    • August - 8... It was going so well the first week, then due to personal reasons I've not been around as much as I'd hoped.
    • September - 1... yeah I'm going with the same excuse as last month... but I promise I will start visiting other blogs soon!
    • October - 16 (I made it!)
  • Blog ahead - get to at least 6 weeks ahead
    • January - 2 weeks ahead (I think...)
    • February - 1 week ahead
    • March - 0 weeks ahead (Hopefully, I'll get a few scheduled next week...)
    • April - 0 weeks ahead (However, I was ill so I kind of expected this to happen)
    • May - 0 weeks ahead (Well... it looks like this on is heading for failure...)
    • June - 0 weeks ahead (In fact, I'm probably in minus figures at the moment...)
    • July - Still 0 weeks ahead... This is just turning into a massive fail!
    • August - ...still 0 weeks...
    • September - ... 0 weeks... I've a feeling this one just isn't going to happen now...
    • October - yeah... still at 0
Personal resolutions
  • Start going to the gym again
    • January - I'm joining tomorrow...
    • February - On hold indefinitely... need to save money
    • March - Still on hold...
    • April - ....I did install the FitBit app onto my phone....
    • May - I went to the Gym 4 times! (But I no longer have the FitBit app as my phone broke)
    • June - I went to the Gym once (and had one of my dizzy spells 10 minutes in so sat out for the rest of the class)
    • July - Nope not been
    • August - Nope...
    • September - Nope...
    • October - Not taking this further
  • Start learning Spanish again
    • January - Haven't started yet...
    • February - Still haven't started....
    • March - Maybe next month...
    • April - ....
    • May - ....maybe next year....
    • June - ...nope...
    • July - Still not started...
    • August - ...and nope...
    • September - ... definitely next year...
    • October - Not taking this further


New Release Challenge 2016 - (un)Conventional Bookviews

The second challenge I will be participating in is the 2016 New Release Challenge hosted by Lexxie @ (Un)conventional Bookreviews and Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!. The aim of the challenge is to read as many books released in 2016 as possible. Sign up is open until 15th February 2016.

As this is my first year participating in this challenge and I'm wanting to read more books that I already own, I'm going to set my goal as New Release Pro so 16-30 books.

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    The third challenge I want to participate in is the 2016 Reading Assignment Challenge hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @ Because Reading. Sign up is open until 1st July 2016. I'm hoping this will help me reduce the number of physical books I have still to read.

    As this is also my first year participating in this challenge (and I don't know how well I'll do reading from a set list), I'm aiming for level 1 so 12 books and 1 book a month. These are the books I plan to read over the year:


    The fourth, and final, challenge is the 2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge hosted by Evie @ Bookish Lifestyle. The aim is to read as many books (published in or before 2015) from your TBR as possible. Sign up is open until 31 November 2016.

    I'm going to set my goal at A Friendly Hug so 11 to 20 books. I have now passed original goal in July so I'm going to up my goal to First Kiss so 21 to 30 books!

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    01 November 2016

    Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read if Your Book Club Likes YA Fiction


    Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is ten books to read if your book club likes X. This week I think I'm going to go for an easy option with YA fiction as there is so much variety.
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