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

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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% (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 :(


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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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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.

16 March 2017

Book Review: The Crown (The Selection #5), Kiera Cass

The Crown (The Selection, #5)

Title: The Crown
Series: The Selection #5
Author: Kiera Cass
Published: 03/05/2016, HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 278
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback

Rating: 2.5/5

"Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series has captured the hearts of readers from its very first page. Now the end of the journey is here. Prepare to be swept off your feet by The Crown—the eagerly awaited, wonderfully romantic fifth and final book in the Selection series.

In The Heir, a new era dawned in the world of The Selection. Twenty years have passed since America Singer and Prince Maxon fell in love, and their daughter is the first princess to hold a Selection of her own.

Eadlyn didn’t think she would find a real partner among the Selection’s thirty-five suitors, let alone true love. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and now Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more difficult—and more important—than she ever expected."

14 March 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: My Spring TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is ten books on my spring TBR.

13 March 2017

Book Review: Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian

Goodnight Mister Tom

Title: Goodnight Mister Tom
Author: Michelle Magorian
Published: 01/08/1996, Penguin Books
Pages: 386
Source: No idea... it just appeared when I was little... possibly from my granny's house
Format: Paperback

Rating: 3.5/5

"Young Willie Beech is evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of WW2. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley - but his new-found happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back in London."

05 March 2017

The Sunday Post (5 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.

02 March 2017

ARC Review: Bookishly Ever After (Ever After #1), Isabel Bandeira

Bookishly Ever After (Ever After, #1)

Title: Bookishly Ever After
Series: Ever After #1
Author: Isabel Bandeira
Published: 19/01/2016, Spencer Hill Contemporary
Pages: 378
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 2.5/5

"In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary. 

But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?"

01 March 2017

2017 Reading Challenges - February 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% (I'm right on track so far, though I did request a couple this month)
  • Reach a Goodreads goal of 75 books
    • January - 9
    • February - 15 (so happy with this, but I'm feeling my reading slow down at the moment)
  • Read 30 physical books I own
    • January - 1
    • February - 3 (not great, but COYER finishes this week so II'm going to read lots of physical books next month)
  • Read 10 Classics
    • January - 0
    • February - 0 (still no progress, but I'm not too worried yet)
  • Reread 5 books
    • January - 0
    • February - 0 (again, I'm not too worried about this one yet)
  • Get my TBR under 400 books (starting point of 432 books)
    • January - 426
    • February 415 (I had a slight purge this month...)
Blogging Goals
  • Keep Review List page up to date
    • January - Yep
    • February - Yep
  • Comment on 12 blogs per month (excluding memes)
    • January - 15
    • February - 12
  • Blog ahead 6 weeks
    • January - 2 weeks 
    • February - 0 weeks (I have no idea what happened!)
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!


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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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27 February 2017

Book Review: Quidditch Through the Ages, J.K. Rowling

Quidditch Through the Ages (Hogwarts Library)

Title: Quidditch Through the Ages
Author: J.K. Rowling
Published: 2009, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Pages: 105
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5

"If you have ever asked yourself where the Golden Snitch came from, how the Bludgers came into existence or why the Wigtown Wanderers have pictures of meat cleavers on their robes, you need Quidditch Through the Ages. This edition is a copy of the volume in Hogwarts School Library, where it is consulted by young Quidditch fans on an almost daily basis."

26 February 2017

The Sunday Post (26 February)


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 February 2017

Book Review: Hooked, Carrie Thomas

Hooked

Title: Hooked
Author: Carrie Thomas
Published: 12/11/2015, Blue Tulip Publishing
Pages: 229
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 2/5

"Millie Diamond is your typical high school senior. She has great parents, a younger brother, and two best friends who round out her better than average life. Her future is planned out, thanks to her police officer father, who strictly enforces the rules with a firm, but loving hand. Millie is a kind-hearted soul and proper daughter who respects her dad’s authority…until she meets a mysterious new student who stirs emotions in her she’s never felt before. 

A drug deal gone bad in South Boston, leaves Cash Davis’ mother no choice but to move him to Tennessee. His life hasn’t been easy, but Cash is tough, and plans on making his future better than his past. Those plans include keeping his head down and finishing high school… but nothing ever comes easy for Cash. His connection with Millie surprises him, and as hard as he tries, he can’t stay away from her. 

Millie’s dad arresting him before their first date is definitely not ideal for Cash, and it causes friction between Millie and her parents. Can Millie convince her parents that Cash is the guy for her? Will she still want to after secrets from his past are revealed?"

22 February 2017

Book Review: Motocross Me (Motocross Me #1), Cheyanne Young

Motocross Me

Title: Motocross Me
Series: Motocross Me #1
Author: Cheyanne Young
Published: 26/06/2013, 336Love
Pages: 262
Source: Amazon freebie
Format: Ebook

Rating: 4/5

"When Hana Fisher moves to the small town of Mixon, Texas to live with her dad, she dreads having to work at the boring pile of dirt he fondly calls a motocross track. But when she gets there, she finds the rinky-dink dirt bike track from her childhood has grown into the most respected racing track in the state.

Now popular by association, Hana endures the pain and sweat of working in the summer heat in order to fit in with a sport she’s growing to love. She gets a real family, a best friend and not just one, but two of the fastest racers trying to win her heart.

When Hana abuses her status as the track owner’s daughter to help the gorgeous Ryan Russo cheat in the biggest race of the year, she risks more than just losing her job. Every good thing in her life is at stake now- her friends, her dad’s trust, and Ash Carter- the kind-hearted racer who may not be as alluring as Ryan, but is proof that nice guys don’t always finish last."

21 February 2017

Two Year Blogoversary

So, it's my two year blogoversay today!! I cannot believe I have stuck with this blog for two whole years! Sure, I've not always been as active as I would have liked (I'm looking at you Summer of 2016!), but I've kept at it.

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I can't thank you all enough for all the support, views, comments etc and making me feel do welcome. I've learnt so much over my two years blogging and I can't wait to learn more. Thanks to you guys I've met so many fantastic people and discovered so many new favourite authors along the way. Of course, I still feel like baby blog compared to many others, but the more I learn the more I love the blogging community.

And as I go into a brand new year of blogging, I definitely plan to become far more active in the blogging community ad get to know you all far better than I currently do. I also definitely need to update my blog and work on a new layout/design as soon as possible because, to be fair, it is a bit too plain for me. I feel it needs more excitement!

So as a thank you, I'm holding a little giveaway. I'm giving you the opportunity to win ANY BOOK you wish up to the value of £10 from the Book Depository. This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL (as long as the Book depository ships to your country) and will run until midnight next Tuesday (28 February).


Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved Less Than I Thought I Would


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is books I loved less than I thought I would.

20 February 2017

ARC Review: You Know Me Well, Nina LaCour & David Levithan

You Know Me Well

Title: You Know Me Well
Author: Nina LaCour & David Levithan
Published: 07/06/2016, St Martins Griffin
Pages: 248
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 2/5

"Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?

Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.

That is, until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.

When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other—and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.

Told in alternating points of view by Nina LaCour and David Levithan, You Know Me Well is a story about navigating the joys and heartaches of first love, one truth at a time."

19 February 2017

The Sunday Post (19 February)


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.

16 February 2017

Book Review: The Boy Most Likely To, Huntley Fitzpatrick

The Boy Most Likely To

Title: The Boy Most Likely To
Series: My Life Next Door #2
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published: 09/06/2016, Electric Monkey
Pages: 496
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 4/5

"Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the drinks cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house.

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard..."

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