15 June 2017

Book Review: The Last Beginning (The Next Together #2), Lauren James

The Last Beginning (The Next Together, #2)

Title: The Last Beginning
Series: The Next Together #2
Author: Lauren James
Published: 06/10/2016, Walker Books
Pages: 352
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback

Rating: 3/5

"Sixteen years ago, after a scandal that rocked the world, teenagers Katherine and Matthew vanished without a trace. Now Clove Sutcliffe is determined to find her long lost relatives. But where do you start looking for a couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history? Who were Kate and Matt? Why were they born again and again? And who is the mysterious Ella, who keeps appearing at every turn in Clove's investigation? 

For Clove, there is a mystery to solve in the past and a love to find in the future."

12 June 2017

Book Review: Misled (Carnal Thirst #1), Sylvia Day

Misled (Carnal Thirst, #1)

Title: Misled
Series: Carnal Thirst #1
Author: Sylvia Day
Published: 05/10/2005, Sylvia Day
Pages: 117
Source: Gift
Format: Ebook

Rating: 3/5

"Special Task Force agent Derek Atkinson has a craving for luscious vampire Sable Taylor. But Sable is a bounty hunter, which makes him direct competition in the capture of wanted criminals. Despite the obvious attraction between them, she won't give him a chance and after two years, he's tired of waiting for her to come around. So he's got a plan to give them both what they want...each other."

09 June 2017

COYER Summer 2017 - Reading List


Once again I'm going to be participating in COYER. It's such a great way to reduce my TBR and have fun reading.

COYER is run by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun, Michelle @ Because Reading and Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! and this summer COYER is going to be a Reading List and runs from 17 June to 9 March. The challenge this time around is to either complete a Reading List of 30 books (these books have to be chosen by 17 June and for every 5 books read, 5 more can be added to the list) or to take part in normal any book goes COYER. I'm going to attempt the reading list to try and reduce my TBR. To sign up and full rules follow the link at the start of this paragraph.

So my list of 30 books is as follows:
  1. Frayed, Kara Terzis
  2. Oh Myyyy, George Takei
  3. Gilt Hollow, Lorie Langdon
  4. The Way It Hurts, Patty Blount
  5. Nina is Not Okay, Shappi Khorsandi
  6. Detached, Christine Kilbourne
  7. Coraline, Neil Gaiman
  8. Son of a Witch, Gregory Maguire
  9. The Midnight Watch, David Dyer
  10. Off the Ice, Julie Cross
  11. The Siren, Kiera Cass
  12. Follow Me Back, A.V. Geiger
  13. Where Nothing Ill Can Dwell, Crista McHugh
  14. A Court of Mist and Fury, Sarah J. Maas
  15. I Followed the Rules, Joanna Bolouri
  16. Scrappy Little Nobody, Anna Kendrick
  17. How To Be Single, Liz Tuccillo
  18. Holding, Graham Norton
  19. Only Ever Yours, Louise O'Neill
  20. Judy: A Dog in A Million, Damien Lewis
  21. The Sign of Four, Arthur Conan Doyle
  22. Glass Sword, Victoria Aveyard
  23. King's Cage, Victoria Aveyard
  24. Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh
  25. The Green Mile, Stephen King
  26. Baby Doll, Hollie Overton
  27. Dearly Devoted Dexter, Jeff Lindsay
  28. Jaws, Peter Benchley
  29. Finders Keepers, Stephen King
  30. The Silkworm, Robert Galbraith

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08 June 2017

Book Review: The Neverland Wars (The Neverland Wars #1), Audrey Greathouse

The Neverland Wars

Title: The Neverland Wars
Series: The Neverland Wars #1
Author: Audrey Greathouse
Published: 09/05/2017, Clean Teen Publishing
Pages: 302
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 2/5

"Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That's what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.

However, Gwen doesn't know this. She's just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn't know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she'll discover she's in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.

She'll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won't be the only one. Peter Pan's constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she's going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she's going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance."

06 June 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Mysteries/Thrillers I've Recently Added to My TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is ten books from X genre I've recently added to my TBR. This week I'm going to go with mysteries and thrillers because I don't read enough of these yet I nearly always love them.

02 June 2017

2017 Reading Challenges - May Update

bookishresolution2017

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 2017 to 31st December 2017 and you can sign up here before 1st March 2017.

My 2017 resolutions are:

Reading Goals:
  • Get my Netgalley ratio up to 80% and maintain
    • January - 73%
    • February - 76%
    • March - 78%
    • April - 75%
    • May - 75% (I've not been reading Netgalley books so I'm happy with this)
  • Reach a Goodreads goal of 75 books
    • January - 9
    • February - 15
    • March - 20
    • April - 22
    • May - 25 (Better than last month, but not great)
  • Read 30 physical books I own
    • January - 1
    • February - 3
    • March - 6
    • April - 8
    • May - 9 (I'm still optimistic)
  • Read 10 Classics
    • January - 0
    • February - 0
    • March - 1
    • April - 1
    • May - 1 (Don't think this is happening)
  • Reread 5 books
    • January - 0
    • February - 1
    • March - 2
    • April - 2
    • May - 2 (Still happy with this)
  • Get my TBR under 400 books (starting point of 432 books)
    • January - 426
    • February - 415
    • March - 413
    • April - 412
    • May - 410 (This one's going good too)
Blogging Goals
  • Keep Review List page up to date
    • January - Yep
    • February - Yep
    • March - I think I'm a little behind with this
    • April - To be honest, I've no idea...
    • May - Yeah... going to look into this this month
  • Comment on 12 blogs per month (excluding memes)
    • January - 15
    • February - 12
    • March - 8 
    • April - 1
    • May - 0 (I have had such a bad month this month in terms of blogging)
  • Blog ahead 6 weeks
    • January - 2 weeks 
    • February - 0 weeks
    • March - 0 weeks
    • April - 0 weeks
    • May - 0 weeks (Not happening...)
Personal Goals
  • Get my own place
    • January - December - I'm actually going to keep this secret until I know something is actually happening. I don't want to jinx anything.
  • Lose half a stone
    • January - lost 2 1/2 lb so far!
    • February - gained 2 1/2 lb... well that sucks! Back to where I started already!
    • March - maintained weight which kind of sucks when I'm making an effort to lose :(
    • April - Still making an effort and still maintaining weight :(
    • May - Lost 5 lb!


2017hwlogo

The second challenge I want to participate in is the 2017 Reading Assignment Challenge hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @ Because Reading. Sign up is open until 1st July 2017. I'm hoping this will help me reduce the number of physical books I have still to read.

This year 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:

Odd and the Frost GiantsQuidditch Through the Ages (Hogwarts Library)The Tales of Beedle the BardStatus Update (#gaymers, #1)
Misled (Carnal Thirst, #1)Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemOh Myyy!Coraline
William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace (William Shakespeare's Star Wars, #1)Peter PanThe Ocean at the End of the LaneCasino Royale (James Bond #1)



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18 May 2017

Book Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Title: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Author: Jesse Andrews
Published: 06/08/2015, Allen & Unwin
Pages: 308
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback

Rating: 4/5

"Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight."

16 May 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books My Mum Has Attempted


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is a mother's day freebie (bit late for us in the UK haha!). I actually really struggled with this one! My mum's not a big reader, but I'm going to list the very few books that she has read or attempted to read in the past few years.

15 May 2017

Bout of Books 19 - Wrap-up

Bout of Books 18

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team.

14 May 2017

Bout of Books 19 - Day 7

Bout of Books 18

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team.

13 May 2017

Bout of Books 19 - Day 6

Bout of Books 18

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team.

12 May 2017

Bout of Books 19 - Day 5

Bout of Books 18

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team.

11 May 2017

Bout of Books 19 - Day 4

Bout of Books 18

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team.

Book Review: The Burning World (Warm Bodies #2), Isaac Marion

The Burning World (Warm Bodies #2)

Title: The Burning World
Series: Warm Bodies #2
Author: Isaac Marion
Published: 02/02/2017, Vintage
Pages: 500
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback

Rating: 3.5/5

"A romance between a zombie boy and a human girl is bound to have its problems, but after battling against the odds and the undead, it seemed that Julie and R had earned their happy ending. But they soon must face a new enemy more terrifying than the walking corpses that still roam the wasted cities: a faceless and merciless corporation who are seeking control of the ruins of America. The key to survival and victory may lie in R’s past life, but can he finally face his own demons? 

The Burning World takes the Warm Bodies series into new and darker territory, upping the stakes."

10 May 2017

Bout of Books 19 - Day 3

Bout of Books 18

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team.

09 May 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Genres on my Wishlist


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is ten things on my reading wishlist. I''m going to actually go with genres I need to read more from.

Bout of Books 19 - Day 2

Bout of Books 18

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team.

04 May 2017

The New Hunger (Warm Bodies #1.5), Isaac Marion

The New Hunger

Title: The New Hunger
Series: Warm Bodies #1.5
Author: Isaac Marion
Published: 24/10/2013, Vintage
Pages: 165
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback

Rating: 3/5

"Julie Grigio drives with her parents through the crumbling wastelands of America - a nightmarish family road trip in search of a new home.

A few hundred miles away, Nora Greene finds herself the reluctant, terrified guardian of her younger brother when her parents abandon them in the not-quite-empty ruins of Seattle.

In the darkness of a forest, a dead man in a red tie opens his eyes. With no memory of who or what he is, he must unravel the grim mystery of his existence - right after he learns how to think, how to walk, and how to satisfy the monster howling in his belly...

Two warped families and a lonely monster. Unknown to any of them, their paths are set to cross in a startling encounter that will change the course of their lives - or deaths - forever."

02 May 2017

Bout of Books 19 Sign-up

Bout of Books 18

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team.

Top Ten Tuesday: Animal Covers


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is a cover freebie. I'm going to go with ten books with an animal on the cover that I have on my physical bookshelf.

01 May 2017

2017 Reading Challenges - April Update

bookishresolution2017

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 2017 to 31st December 2017 and you can sign up here before 1st March 2017.

My 2017 resolutions are:

Reading Goals:
  • Get my Netgalley ratio up to 80% and maintain
    • January - 73%
    • February - 76%
    • March - 78%
    • April - 75% (I don't even remember requesting a lot...)
  • Reach a Goodreads goal of 75 books
    • January - 9
    • February - 15
    • March - 20
    • April - 22 (Definitely a rubbish month for reading)
  • Read 30 physical books I own
    • January - 1
    • February - 3
    • March - 6
    • April - 8 (This one isn't looking too bad though)
  • Read 10 Classics
    • January - 0
    • February - 0
    • March - 1
    • April - 1 (Yep, need to get my finger out)
  • Reread 5 books
    • January - 0
    • February - 1
    • March - 2
    • April - 2 (Still happy with this one)
  • Get my TBR under 400 books (starting point of 432 books)
    • January - 426
    • February - 415
    • March - 413
    • April - 412 (And this one's still going well too)
Blogging Goals
  • Keep Review List page up to date
    • January - Yep
    • February - Yep
    • March - I think I'm a little behind with this
    • April - To be honest, I've no idea...
  • Comment on 12 blogs per month (excluding memes)
    • January - 15
    • February - 12
    • March - 8 
    • April - 1 (It hasn't been a great month for blogging at all)
  • Blog ahead 6 weeks
    • January - 2 weeks 
    • February - 0 weeks
    • March - 0 weeks
    • April - 0 weeks (I started the year off so well too!)
Personal Goals
  • Get my own place
    • January - December - I'm actually going to keep this secret until I know something is actually happening. I don't want to jinx anything.
  • Lose half a stone
    • January - lost 2 1/2 lb so far!
    • February - gained 2 1/2 lb... well that sucks! Back to where I started already!
    • March - maintained weight which kind of sucks when I'm making an effort to lose :(
    • April - Still making an effort and still maintaining weight :(


2017hwlogo

The second challenge I want to participate in is the 2017 Reading Assignment Challenge hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @ Because Reading. Sign up is open until 1st July 2017. I'm hoping this will help me reduce the number of physical books I have still to read.

This year 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:

Odd and the Frost GiantsQuidditch Through the Ages (Hogwarts Library)The Tales of Beedle the BardStatus Update (#gaymers, #1)
Misled (Carnal Thirst, #1)Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemOh Myyy!Coraline
William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace (William Shakespeare's Star Wars, #1)Peter PanThe Ocean at the End of the LaneCasino Royale (James Bond #1)



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11 April 2017

A Little Break...

So, I don't know if some of you have noticed, but I've done a little bit of a disappearing act the past few weeks. I've barely posted, I've barely read and I've barely commented. I think I've hit a combination of a reading slump and blogging slump all at once. I just have no motivation to do either. So, I'm going to take a little unscheduled break from blogging for a couple of weeks to try and get my head back in the game...

04 April 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Harry Potter Merchandise I Owned (Back in the Day)


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is a fandom freebie. So, this week I'm going to list Harry Potter merchandise I owned back in the day (I still own a few of these too).

03 April 2017

Book Review: Stardust, Neil Gaiman

Stardust

Title: Stardust
Author: Neil Gaiman
Published: 30/09/2010, Headline
Pages: 243
Source: Amazon freebie
Format: Ebook

Rating: 1.5/5

"Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall - named after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a grassy meadow. Here, young Tristan Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester and for the coveted prize of her hand, Tristan vows to retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to his beloved. It is an oath that sends him over the ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining..."

01 April 2017

2017 Reading Challenges - March Update

bookishresolution2017

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 2017 to 31st December 2017 and you can sign up here before 1st March 2017.

My 2017 resolutions are:

Reading Goals:
  • Get my Netgalley ratio up to 80% and maintain
    • January - 73%
    • February - 76%
    • March - 78% (I am so happy with this one! I am slowing down a bit with Netgalley books though as I want to get through my physical TBR)
  • Reach a Goodreads goal of 75 books
    • January - 9
    • February - 15
    • March - 20 (Ahead of schedule still, but I did slow down a bit)
  • Read 30 physical books I own
    • January - 1
    • February - 3
    • March - 6 (Could be better but can't complain)
  • Read 10 Classics
    • January - 0
    • February - 0
    • March - 1 (Definitely need to be better with this one)
  • Reread 5 books
    • January - 0
    • February - 1
    • March - 2 (Happy with this goal though)
  • Get my TBR under 400 books (starting point of 432 books)
    • January - 426
    • February - 415
    • March - 413 (Slowly getting there with this one too)
Blogging Goals
  • Keep Review List page up to date
    • January - Yep
    • February - Yep
    • March - I think I'm a little behind with this
  • Comment on 12 blogs per month (excluding memes)
    • January - 15
    • February - 12
    • March - 8 (not great this month..._
  • Blog ahead 6 weeks
    • January - 2 weeks 
    • February - 0 weeks
    • March - 0 weeks
Personal Goals
  • Get my own place
    • January - December - I'm actually going to keep this secret until I know something is actually happening. I don't want to jinx anything.
  • Lose half a stone
    • January - lost 2 1/2 lb so far!
    • February - gained 2 1/2 lb... well that sucks! Back to where I started already!
    • March - maintained weight which kind of sucks when I'm making an effort to lose :(


2017hwlogo

The second challenge I want to participate in is the 2017 Reading Assignment Challenge hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @ Because Reading. Sign up is open until 1st July 2017. I'm hoping this will help me reduce the number of physical books I have still to read.

This year 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:

Odd and the Frost GiantsQuidditch Through the Ages (Hogwarts Library)The Tales of Beedle the BardStatus Update (#gaymers, #1)
Misled (Carnal Thirst, #1)Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemOh Myyy!Coraline
William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace (William Shakespeare's Star Wars, #1)Peter PanThe Ocean at the End of the LaneCasino Royale (James Bond #1)


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