THE TOP 5 BOOKS I WANT TO READ IN SPRING

Hey Guys! Today I’m coming at you with the top 5 books I want to read in the Spring! I have all of these out from the library at the moment so fingers crossed I’ll actually read them and they won’t just sit in my backpack gathering dust to and from Uni???

Remember to click on the book covers to go to the Goodreads pages!

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I MADE MY OWN 24 HOUR READATHON???

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a different type of post, one I’ve never written before. Today I am sort of live writing my 24 hour readathon except it won’t really be live because I’ll be posting it the next day if that makes sense??? 

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READATHON TBR

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AQUAMAN VOL 1ARTEMIS / THE INEXPLICABLE LOGIC OF MY LIFE

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MY GAME PLAN

As you can see by my tbr, I have a shorter book, a comic and a longer book (which I have already started) so it’s  petty standard readathon tbr.

Aquaman – 144 pages

Artemis – 305 pages

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life – 452 pages

So why did I choose these books? Well, I am trying to prep myself for my reading goals next year. Next year I will be trying to only read the books that I own and library books, excluding arcs. This year I bought way too many books so I want to try and knock them off of my tbr shelf since there are roughly 40 on there.

All of these books are from the library and because Artemis is a new release it is a fastback aka. read it in 7 days or face the wrath of the library. So, because I borrowed it on the 22nd I want to have it read in the next day or two.

I also would like to read Aquaman volume 1. I recently watched Justice League and really enjoyed a certain character so now I need to read every comic and since the film is coming out Dec next year I really need to get started on distracting myself from how excited I am about that film. Also, if I end up with any extra time I hope to read more of The Inexplicable Logic of My Life or I will just pick up another comic.

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MIDNIGHT

At Midnight I picked my tbr so I could dive straight into my reading as soon as I woke up.

11:00 AM

I woke up around 9:30 and then made my typical breakfast (tuna, feta, cherry tomatoes and corn because I’m fun) and started my audiobook for Artemis around 11am.

I then made a coffee, I don’t actually drink coffee that often but I think it’s okay for today?

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NOON 

Artemis (page 50) – I definitely do not like Artemis as much as I loved The Martian. I am not digging the way Weir writes his women, and I think he should just stick to his own gender since he clearly knows nothing about women.

1:30 PM

As I listen to my audiobook (I am roughly 90 pages into Artemis) I am writing this blog post (my aim is for it to be like a written vlog if that makes sense?) along with my 2018 Blogging Goals post which hopefully will go up at the beginning of January.

2:30 PM

Artemis (page 162) – This is now a murder mystery? What??

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3:00 PM 

Time for a half hour break to plan to the menu for Christmas! I live in QLD, Aus so Christmas Day is usually around 40°, so add global warming to that and I am in a hellscape of heat.

So far I’m thinking:

  • Watermelon salad (feta, mint, watermelon)
  • Salad (Salad mix, carrot, beetroot, red onion, avocado, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, peach)
  • Mango gelato (frozen banana, frozen mango, water)
  • Salmon
  • Eggnogg because duh

I usually take care of the cold foods for Christmas and I have two younger brothers who, like me, prefer to eat colourful food, so I think I’m good so far. For Christmas, I try to make simple foods like salads (I make awesome salads ngl) and gelato. I have two brothers, both very different to each other: the elder is eating less and less as he gets older and is quickly becoming vegetarian (which means he eats even less than he used to) like me, and the other will eat anything he gets his hands on. And so, to meet in the middle I use a lot of fruit in my cooking: bases, flavour fillers or marinades.

To keep it cool I find fruit is also a really great cooking tool. You can use them in any kind of salad (no, I’m not weird) and they go with pretty much anything. But this year I’m staying lowkey and just making some gelato. My brothers both really enjoy mango and gelato is really simple and quick to make (five minutes with some frozen fruits and a blender) so it’s really easy to make. I could also make some raspberry gelato if I feel the urge.

5:00 PM

Currently writing a survey because I’m fun. Also, Artemis is boring af and I could not are less, not great for a readathon.

5:30 PM

Just finished Artemis.

In Summary: 4/10 Would not recommend

11:00 PM

Okay, so I think at this point I am probably not going to pick anything else up. I was really hoping to read Aquaman but I think Artemis has tired me out and now I don’t really want to read anything else today. I think I will definitely be picking up a comic or two and hopefully the audiobook of Call Me By Your Name tomorrow while I prepare all the food for Christmas day.

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I READ 

Artemis

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Do you do 24 hr readathons? Do you plan on doing any readathons during the rest of the year?

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2017 RELEASES BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Hey guys, today I am coming at you with a new recommendations post, focusing on 2017 book releases.

Upon looking through the list of books I had read this year I discovered that I hadn’t really read too many 2017 releases this year, however, there were 5 (what a convenient number) that I found I did really enjoy. 

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CARAVAL BY STEPHANIE GARBER

My Review

Because who doesn’t love circus books? I knew from the very beginning of the year when I read this, that Caraval was going to be one of my favourite books of the year. It was charismatic and the writing was amazing, the author described the surroundings in the novel through colours, which was like nothing I had rad before and it really made the novel for me That, and I had never read a book set in a circus before.

THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END BY ADAM SILVERA

My Review

This was definitely not my favourite read of the year, however, it was my first Adam Silvera novel and I do think about it quite often which, I think shows how much thought went into the novel on the author’s end.

This is definitely an interesting novel, it tackles a really complex topic and the main characters are both lgbt so what not to love? Overall, this book will make you think and the ending will crush you.

DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES BY SEANAN MCGUIRE

My Review

This series is honestly one of my favourites but so far this instalment is my very favourite. Dracula meets Frankenstein and this book has the best gothic vibes and is perfect for any time of the year, but especially fitting for Halloween.

This one is really funny and super easy to read in all one go so I definitely recommend it. Also, the social commentary is fabulous.

THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE BY KAYLA OLSON

My Review

This was one of the, if not the only Dystopian novel I read this year and if I’m honest I wasn’t eve going to pick it up. However, I had heard little to nothing about it and I got accepted for an e-arc so I figured why not just give it a shot. Luckily enough I ended up really enjoying it and now it’s on this list.

LOST BOY BY CHRISTINA HENRY 

My Review

I officially love Peter Pan thanks to this book.

I never once cared about Peter Pan until I read this book but now I am obsessed with Neverland and how Peter Pan came about. This will definitely be a re-read for me in the next year or so.

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What were your favourite 2017 releases? Did we enjoy any of the same releases?

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MY TOP 5 2017 RELEASES

Hey guys, today I am coming at you guys with an unexpected blog post! Today I am telling you guys about my top 5 2017 releases, which is a surprise because I had no idea I had even read 5!

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Invictus

INVICTUS

★★★★☆

It took me from October 24 to December 4th to read this one but don’t take that as a bad thing. It has been a long while since I have wanted to savour a book and I honestly didn’t see it coming. This was the first Ryan Graudin book I’ve ever read and I am blown away so far, I loved all the characters and I enjoyed that this was a time travel book that actually included time travel and the dangers that come with it.

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)

SCYTHE

★★★★☆

Best.Ending.Ever.

This was seriously such a fantastic novel, it really made me think and I really appreciate it. Also, there is so much death and competition, how could I not love it?

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE

★★★★★

THIS BOOK IS AN ADVENTURE! I loved every second of this. As soon as I finished listening to the audiobook, I immediately wanted to start it again. Actually, I am really considering to re-read it sometime soon.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)

DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES

★★★★★

My review

I wasn’t expecting this to be as funny as it was, nor was I expecting to finish this book in one day. But hey, this series is just that good!

This is a fantastic series and so far this is my favourite novel in the trilogy. That being said, book 3 comes out in a couple of days and I am so excited for it!

Lost Boy

LOST BOY

★★★★★

My review

I loved this book, it made me think and it managed to get me to love Peter Pan.

This is a fantastic novel, it is the book that really got me into retellings of classic stories and I love it.

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The Sandcastle Empire They Both Die at the End

THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE / THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END

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What were your top 2017 releases? Did you read any of these?

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Most anticipated Releases | Summer 2017 – 2018

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Summer 2017 – 2018 (December – February)

December, 2017

Foolish Hearts Silver Surfer, Vol. 5: A Power Greater Than Cosmic Lumberjanes, Vol. 7: A Bird's-Eye View

FOOLISH HEARTS / SILVER SURFER VOL 5 / LUMBERJANES VOL 7

Foolish Hearts – December 5th, 2017

Silver Surfer Vol 5 – December 12th, 2017

Lumberjanes Vol 7 – December 12th, 2017

January, 2018

 

Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2) The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) Spider-Gwen, Vol. 2: Weapon of Choice Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2) The Threads We Weave Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3) The Hazel Wood Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue

BATMAN / SPIDER-GWEN VOL 2 / CRUEL PRINCE / THUNDERHEAD / THE THREADS WE WEAVE / BENEATH THE SUGAR SKY / THE HAZEL WOOD /  WIRES AND NERVE VOL 2

Batman: Nightwalker – January 2nd, 2018

Cruel Prince – January 2nd, 2018

Spider-Gwen Vol 2 – January 3rd, 2018

Thunderhead – January 9th, 2018

The Threads We Weave – January 9th, 2018

Beneath The Sugar Sky – January 9th, 2018

The Hazel Wood – January 30th, 2017

Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue – January 30th, 2018

February, 2018

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza Lumberjanes, Vol. 8: Stone Cold All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages

THE APOCALYPSE OF ELENA MENDOZA / LUMBERJANES VOL 8 / COMICS WILL BREAK YOUR HEARTALL OUT

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza – February 6th, 2018

Comics Will Break Your Heart – February 8th, 2018

Lumberjanes, Vol. 8: Stone Cold – February 20th, 2018

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages – February 27th, 2018

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What books are you looking forward to this season?

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December TBR | Where I try to catch up with my 2017 goals!

Hey guys, today I am coming at you with my December tbr and a goals catch up for the year!

My main goal for 2017 was to be more chill and laid back with my reading, which I think I’ve done pretty successfully. However, my other big goal was to read big books and guess what, I totally didn’t have any time to actually do that!

I wanted to do this a few months ago but between school and blogging I just haven’t had the time, so I’m doing it now, last minute in the last month of the year (whoops!)

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This month my main goal is to read bigger books. I started out the year hoping that being more relaxed with my reading would help me to read larger books and really get through my high fantasy TBR pile, but alas I just have not had the time!

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MY 2017 DECEMBER TBR

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A FEAST FOR CROWS / THE  HAMMER OF THOR

This month I would really like to try and read some larger books but I would also like to try and catch up on some goals if I have the time. 

MY GOALS: HOW HAS MY 2017 G0NE?

SPECIFIC BOOKS

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1) Homegoing The Upside of Unrequited The Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1) Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) The Flash Vol. 6: Out Of Time (The New 52) The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)

Sleeping Giants, Homegoing, The Upside of Unrequited, The Black Prism, Six of Crows, The Flash Vol. 6, The Sword of Summer

Yeah… so my individual goals for books didn’t go so well this year, but I think that is purely because I raised the bar too high. I haven’t had the time for Black Prism, I don’t read the Flash comics anymore, and I haven’t been in h mood for Upside at all this year. Hopefully, 2018 will be kinder to me.

SERIES GOALS

Finish at least 3 series/trilogies I started prior to 2017

  • Steelheart trilogy
  • Young Avengers trilogy
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Start and finish at least 1 trilogy in 2017

  • The Fifty Shades trilogy

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What are you reading this month? Did you keep up with your 2017 goals?

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September Wrap Up | 2017

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with my September reading wrap up!

This month I didn’t really read much because I was on holiday, but I am still pretty impressed with the books that I did read. I managed to read 3 e-arcs which will have reviews coming out soon, and I also read a bunch of other books which I absolutely adored!

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The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin Born a Crime by Trevor Noah If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) Editing Emma by Chloe Seager

The Sandcastle Empire

Read 01/09/2017 ★★★☆☆ 3.5/5

It feels like I haven’t read a Dystopia in a while, and a good one at that, so this was a nice change. That being said, I felt the romance was sort of unnecessary and the plot twists were kind of obvious.

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A Storm of Swords (part 2)

Read 03/09/2017 ★★★☆☆

This is definitely my favourite book of the series so far, I only have the next book on my shelves, but if the rest of the books are on this level I think I will continue with the series.

Born A Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

Read 18/09/2017 ★★★★★

I loved this. This was definitely a shock to the system, it certainly puts my privilege in perspective, I may have a shitty situation in general, but it is nowhere what he had to deal with.

If There’s No Tomorrow

Read 19/09/2017 ★★★☆☆

I thought grief was handled really well in this book, and I enjoyed that the douchebag wasn’t a controlling douchebag, but apart from that, this doesn’t have much else going for it.

You can read my review here.

Stalking Jack The Ripper

Read 23/09/2017 ★★★★★

I LOVED THIS. I really didn’t know what I was diving into with this but I am so happy I read it. I will definitely be reading book two soon or for the Spookathon.

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Editing Emma

Read 24/09/2017 ★☆☆☆☆

WOW, I really thought I was going to love this book but boy was I wrong. From page one I knew that this book and I were not going to get along. I completely abhorred basically everything about this and I am so mad about it.

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What did you read this month? Have you read any of these books?

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