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

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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 :(


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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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30 March 2017

Book Review: The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Title: The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Author: J.K. Rowling
Published: 04/12/2008, Bloomsbury
Pages: 109
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback

Rating: 5/5

"The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. 

Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter."

28 March 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I've Met


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is ten authors I've met. I don't actually think I've met ten authors... and the ones I have met aren't exactly well known (I don't think...) due mainly to location, but I'm going to list them with at least one of their books that I've read/own.

26 March 2017

The Sunday Post (26 March)


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.

23 March 2017

Book Review: Where Rainbows End, Cecelia Ahern

Where Rainbows End

Title: Where Rainbows End
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Published: 2012, HarperCollins
Pages: 558
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback

Rating: 4/5

"Since childhood, Rosie and Alex have stuck by each other through thick and thin. But they're suddenly separated when Alex and his family move from Dublin to America.

Their magical connection remains but can their friendship survive the years and miles?

Misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck have kept them apart – until now. But will they gamble everything – including their friendship – on true love? And what twists and surprises does fate have in store for them this time ... ?"

21 March 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Short Books


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is ten of the shortest books I've read.

19 March 2017

The Sunday Post (19 March)


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.
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