Real Neat Blog Award

 

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Hey Everyone!

I’ve been nominated for another blogger award🙂 A huge thank you to Lara @ The Heathen for nominating me for this award!


Rules

  • Thank and link the blogger that nominated you.
  • Answer the 7 questions that the nomination has provided you.
  • Create 7 questions for your nominees.
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers.

 

Questions:

1. Coffee or Tea?

I definitely prefer tea. I can’t stand the bitter taste of coffee.

2. Laptop or Smartphone?

It really depends. I prefer using my laptop for writing, whether it be my blog posts or the books that I am working on. I don’t really use my phone often since I have a tablet which I use for a large amount of things.

3. Hot or Cold?

Um, I’m assuming that we are talking about weather in this case. I prefer cold weather most of the time. I do like the occasional hot day because I do like going to the beach or pool but I prefer cold days because I love being able to snuggle up with a blanket and a cup of tea as I read.

4. Short or Long?

Hmm, these questions are kind of vague. I’m guessing this is about hair or something like that. This question is probably really obvious but I’m not feeling well so nothing is really making sense at the moment. If this is about hair then I would say short.

5. Apple or Orange?

Definitely apples. I recently got my braces off in June and after three years of not being able to eat apples, they are definitely my favourite fruit at the moment.


My Questions:

  1. What is your favourite book from 2016?
  2. Do you prefer paperback or hardcover books?
  3. How long have you been blogging for?
  4. What is your favourite genre?
  5. E-books or physical books
  6. Where is your favourite place to read?
  7. Fantasy or contemporary books?

I Nominate the Following:

  1. Hit or Miss Books
  2. Inked in Pages
  3. Fire to the Poppies
  4. Picnic Reads
  5. Book Nerd Momo
  6. Once Upon a Book Shelf
  7. The Bookish Lounge

Thank you for reading this post! I hope you are all having a wonderful week and I will talk to you all next week.

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Draekora Cover Reveal Competition Entry

Hey Everyone!

Today I’m doing a post which is a bit different to what I usually post. If you have been following me for a while, you may know that Akarnae is one of my absolute favourite books and that Lynette Noni is one of my favourite authors. Over at Pantera Press, they are doing a special Draekora cover reveal competition. Since I absolutely love this series, I knew that I had to enter!

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I really love The Medoran Chronicles. A couple of my favourite things about this series that sets it apart is the inclusion of a magical library (who doesn’t love that!), the world which Lynette created and the wonderful friendship that Alex and her friends have. I love reading the adventures that they have together and in a way, they kind of remind me of my own friends. 

I am so excited for Draekora! In all honesty, I have no idea on what to expect but I’m glad I have no idea. Not knowing what is going to happen next in a book adds to the magic of reading a book. All I really know is that I’m sure it’s going to be a truly wonderful and exciting read! On the cover, I feel like it may be purple or orange. I don’t know why I think it will be either of these but I reckon it would look incredible if it were these colours!

Thank you so much for giving us this amazing opportunity! Being able to share the cover of Draekora and receiving a signed copy of Draekora would honestly be a dream come true!


So, that’s my post for the day. If you haven’t read Akarnae, I definitely recommend that you read it asap. It is truly a wonderful book!

I hope you are all having a wonderful week and I shall talk to you all on my next post🙂

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Waiting on Wednesday #17

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


Title: The Sun Is Also a Star 28763485

Author: Nicola Yoon

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Publication Date: 1st of November 2016

Synopsis:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?


What books are you anticipating this week?

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Sunshine Blogger Award 2.0

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I’ve been nominated for another blogger award! A huge thank you to Lara over @The Heathens for nominating me! It means a lot to me that you have nominated me for multiple awards🙂

Here are the rules,

RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.

 Questions:

  1. How many books have you read this year?

    As of the 22nd of September, I have read a total of 55 books. I have read maybe a dozen novellas but I don’t count those books when it comes to the amount of books that I have read.

  2. What is your favourite genre of books?

    I love fantasy. It is kind of funny that when I was younger, my favourite genre was non-fiction. My love of fantasy grew around the time I was 15 when I was going through a difficult time. I would love being able to escape this world and to enter another.To this day, this is still one of the main reasons I love fantasy

  3. What’s your favourite past time apart from blogging?

    Reading of course. Other than that, I love singing in my free time even though I can’t sing to save my life.

  4. Who is your one true book love?

    Peeta Mellark. I remember reading The Hunger Games back in 2013 and falling in love with his character. Three years later and I still love him🙂

  5. What was the last movie you watched?

    Hmm.. I’m trying to remember. As you can tell, I don’t tend to watch a lot of movies.

  6. What was the last book you bought?

    The last book I brought was Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. I brought the book last Friday and I have already finished it and oh my gosh that book was so good and heart breaking. I need the next book ASAP!!!!

  7. How often do you blog?

    I try to post a couple of times a week but there are times where I will only post once a day. Being in college, my life can be hectic at times so it is hard to keep a schedule to post. Most of the time I try to post whenever I can whether it be once or five times a week. However, once my summer holidays begin at the end of November, I will try to keep a schedule when it comes to blogging.

  8. Do people in your real world know that you’re a blogger?

    They don’t exactly know that I am a blogger. They know that I review books mainly because I’m always talking about the books I get in the mail and how exciting it is and they know I have a website where I post the reviews. They just don’t know the extent of what I do and the amount of social media sites I have.

  9. Do you hate the words blog and blogger?

    I do and I don’t. I do love blogging and it has had a wonderful impact on my life but due to certain bloggers, I do feel like in general, being a blogger has been associated with being a negative thing unfortunately. Because of this, I don’t always love calling myself a blogger because of these people.

  10. What’s your favourite curse word?

    I don’t swear. Growing up, swearing is something that honestly scared me and to this day I refuse to utter an sort of swear word or curse. Most people would probably think that it might be odd that someone who is nearly eighteen has not cursed once in her life but trust me when I say that I have good reasons.

  11. What’s your average reading time?

    It really depends on the book. Sometimes it can take my a couple of hours to finish a book while another book might take me three weeks to finish. It really depends on what the book is about, the length, whether I am enjoying it or not and what I am reading it for (school or recreational)


 

Nominees:

  1. Hit or Miss Books
  2. Inked in Pages
  3. Fire to the Poppies
  4. Picnic Reads
  5. Book Nerd Momo
  6. Once Upon a Book Shelf
  7. The Bookish Lounge
  8. Rattle the Stars Site
  9. Novel Gossip
  10. Hollie Ohs Book Reviews
  11. The Calico Books

If you haven’t checked out these blogs, please do so. They are all so wonderful🙂


Thank you so much for reading this post! I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I shall talk to you when I post on here next🙂

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Waiting on Wednesday #16

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


Title: Of Fire and Stars25164304

Author: Audrey Coulthurst

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Publication Date: 22nd of November 2016

Synopsis:

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.


What books are you anticipating this week?

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PS: I apologise for not posting on a regular basis. I have end of year exams coming up in November and I am currently sick with what feels like the flu😦 I promise that once it gets to December, I will be posting on a regular basis and I may even have a give-away for you all🙂

August Wrap Up!

can’t believe it’s September! This year has gone way too quickly. I mean, I only have a month and a half of my second last year of school. It’s a bit overwhelming.

Okay, so enough about school. This post is dedicated to my August wrap up. Overall it wasn’t a bad month. For the past couple of weeks, I have been on the edge of a reading slump and I’m still on the edge but hopefully I’ll be out of it soon.

During this month, I read …. books which wasn’t too bad. As for book buying, I acquired 14 books. Most of these I received in giveaways, from authors/publishers and from my wonderful mum.

Without further a do, here is my August wrap up:

Books I read this month:

A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe – 4 stars

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis – 4 stars

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – 3  stars

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson – 4 stars

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – 5 Stars

P.S I Like You by Kasie West – 4 stars

Four, A Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth – 3 stars

Books I received this month:

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Brought:

Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

Black by Fluer Ferris

From Authors/ Publishers:

This Song Rising by Samantha Shannon (Thank you to Bloomsbury for sending this book)

Grim Nora and The Secret of The Skull by A.M. Albaugh (Thank you to the author for sending this book)

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova (Thank you to Keymaster Press for sending this book)

Darktown by Thomas Mullen (Thank you to the Reading Room for sending me this book)

Giveaways:

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr

The Memory Book by Lara Avery

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Other:

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine (Brought by my wonderful mum)

Super Proof 2016 from Dymocks.

This House of Grief by Helen Garner (Brought from my mum)

Under the Visible Life by Kim Echlin (Free blind book date)


So, that’s my August wrap up. It is a week late but better late than never right?

Thank you for reading this post! I hope you are all having a wonderful week and I shall talk to you on my next post : )

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Waiting on Wednesday #15

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


Title: Nemesis27414431

Author: Anna Banks

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Publication Date: 4th of October 2016

Synopsis:

The princess didn’t expect to fall in love–with her nemesis.

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora’s gift could save Tarik’s kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

 


Which books are you anticipating this week?

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Waiting on Wednesday #14

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


Title: The Fever Code23267628

Author: James Dashner

Publisher: Chicken House Ltd

Publication Date: 27th of September 2016

Synopsis:

Once there was a world’s end.

The forests burned, the lakes and rivers dried up, and the oceans swelled.

Then came a plague, and fever spread across the globe. Families died, violence reigned, and man killed man.

Next came WICKED, who were looking for an answer. And then they found the perfect boy.

The boy’s name was Thomas, and Thomas built a maze.

Now there are secrets.

There are lies.

And there are loyalties history could never have foreseen.

This is the story of that boy, Thomas, and how he built a maze that only he could tear down.

All will be revealed.

A prequel to the worldwide Maze Runner phenomenon, The Fever Code is the book that holds all the answers. How did WICKED find the Gladers? Who are Group B? And what side are Thomas and Teresa really on? Lies will be exposed. Secrets will be uncovered. Loyalties will be proven. Fans will never see the truth coming.

 


Which books are you anticipating this week?

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Life Updates: Reading, Writing and More!

Hey everyone!

Since I started this blog in February this year, I haven’t really posted anything personal on here. Everything I have posted has been pretty formal but I really want to have the chance to have a discussion with you all, so I thought, what better than to do a life update sort of post. If you guys like this post, I’ll post a similar post everything couple of months, giving updates on my reading, writing and any other bookish and non-bookish things that are happening in my life. The main point of this point is so that I can talk to you all and hopefully make a couple of friends. I’m not the best at making friends so hopefully this will make things easier for me to do so.

1. Reading:

So, currently at the time of writing this (30/8/16), I have read 50 books this year! My reading goal is 52 books so I am doing pretty well. According to Goodreads, I am 16 books ahead of schedule Yay! How are you all doing with your reading goals?

I am also taking part in a read-a-thon! The Pokémon Indigo League read-a-thon, is a read-a-thon where there are 8 challenges, leading to a total of 8 books being read. I’m onto my 4th book and I only have until the 4th to finish all 8. Luckily I have thw whole day on Friday to read  :)

2. Writing:

I am currently writing two books. One of the books is a science-fiction/dystopian book, while the second book is a fantasy book. The first book is set around 10-11 years after the occurrence of World War 3. A small population escape to another planet to settle down, but things aren’t what they seem. I am still in the early stages of writing this book, so stay tuned for more information. The second book, involves a world where it is divided into 8 kingdoms, four seasons and four elemental kingdoms. Each element and seasonal kingdom match, so no kingdom can have full power of their season or element power. One day, an element attacks a season and chaos breaks out. I am still in the early stages of planning this book as you can tell but I am excited to continue on planning this book.

3. School

I don’t really talk much about school on here or on my other social media accounts but it is a huge part of my life just like it is for a large number of you. I am currently at the end of Year 11 with only 8 weeks of school left before my end of year exams. Since we are so close to the end of the year, things are pretty hectic which means that I am struggling at times to keep up with blogging and taking photos for my bookstagram. Luckily my holidays are coming up soon at the end of September so I will be able to take a heap of pictures as well as writing a couple of blog posts.


Well, that is a little update of my life. If you happened to like this post, comment below so I know whether to do these type of posts or not.

Anyway, I hope you are all having a wonderful week and I shall talk to you all later🙂

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The Versatile Blogger Award!

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I got nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award! A huge thank you to Alice over at Read It and Leap for nominating me! It means so much that you did🙂

So, before I start rambling on like I usually do, here are the rules:

The Rules

  1. Show the award on your blog (image widget)
  2. Thank the person that has nominated you.
  3. Share 7 different facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 15 blogs of your choice *gasps*
  5. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination(hyperlink)

7 facts about me:

  1. I am currently writing two books! However, since I am in year 11 at school, I don’t have much time to write so I haven’t done much writing… Luckily my holidays start at the end of November so I will have two months to do as much writing as I want🙂
  2. I have never met an author… Hopefully next year I will have the chance to go to Supernova as well as some other events since I will be able to book flights and accommodation for myself once I turn 18.
  3. When I finish school, I am either going to study History or some sort of English at university.
  4. I am only 17 years old. I am turning 18 on November 25th. I am a bit nervous about becoming an adult but it should be fine.
  5. Sometime in my lifetime, I would love to visit England and New Zealand. I want to visit England because of the historical landmarks. I would love to visit New Zealand to see where the Lord of the Rings was filmed.
  6. I am a huge fantasy reader. I struggle to read other genres 90% off the time.
  7. At this current time, I am a gymnastics coach. I really enjoy my job but at the moment it is hard to do since I have a troublesome group of children. Overall, it is a rewarding job.

I nominate the following:

  1. Reading with Jenna
  2. Happy Indulgence Books
  3. Chloes Bookish Blog
  4. Hit or Miss Books
  5. Novel Gossip
  6. Inked in Pages
  7. Hollie Ohs Book Reviews
  8. Picnic Reads
  9. Book Nerd Reviews
  10. Read at Midnight
  11. Kellys Ramblings
  12. Book Nerd Momo
  13. Once Upon a Book Shelf
  14. Mollie The Reader
  15. The Bookish Lounge

If I nominated you and you’ve already been nominated, I apologise about that.

Also, if you aren’t following these blogs already, please follow them right now! These blogs are some of the blogs that inspired me to create my own at the beginning of this year and are the ones that continue to inspire me and my blog today. Thank you to each and everyone of you for writing amazing content! I can’t wait to see what you all post next🙂


So, that is it for today. Thank you so much for reading this post! I shall talk to you all later but until then I hope you have a wonderful day and week🙂

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