Real Neat Blog Award

 

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Hey Everyone!

I’ve been nominated for another blogger award 馃檪 A huge thank you to Lara @聽The Heathen聽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.聽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.聽

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 馃檪

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I’m a Bone Season Advocate!

Hey everyone! I have some super exciting news. I’m officially a advocate for The Bone Season yay! 

I applied to be an advocate a couple of weeks ago and today I received an email that I was chosen to become one. I am truly honoured to have the opportunity to become an advocate for this incredible book series. In all honesty, I’m still in shock.
So, you may or may not be wondering what this means.

As an advocate, I get to share special information along with many other exciting things right here on this blog, as well as on my other social media sites.

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That’s all that I wanted to share. This post is short but I am so excited about becoming an advocate for this series. Stay tuned for more information in the coming days.

Thank you for reading this post and I hope you have a wonderful day 馃檪

Pokemon Indigo League Read-a-thon #ReadThemAllThon

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Hey everyone! I’m going to be taking in the Pok茅mon Indigo League read-a-thon! This read-a-thon was created by Aentee @聽readatmidnight 聽who is also the creator of the Pok茅mon book tag. In this read-a-thon, there are 8 challenges which are based on the 8 gyms Indigo League. There is aslo a little competition of sorts that is optional but I’m not going to take part in thatat.

Without further a do, here are the challenges and the books that I’m going to read. Please note that I might not stick to the tbr but I’ll try my best 馃檪


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For this challenge, I will be reading Spark by Rachael Craw. This book has been on my Tbr pile for a while now and since the last book in series comes out at the end of August, this is the perfect opportunity to finally read it!ReadThemAllThon-Badge02-Cascader

For this one, I will be reading A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. After the ending of An Ember in the Ashes, I can tell that I will cry during some point in this book.ReadThemAllThon-Badge03-Thunder

For this one, I’ll be reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. In all honesty, all her books are pretty hyped but out of all her books, I feel like Fangirl is the most hyped. This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for a long time so I’m excited to finally read it!ReadThemAllThon-Badge04-RainbowI will be reading the Sidekicks by Will . From what i have heard, this book involves a little diversity when it comes to sexuality. I have heard incredible things about this book so I am super excited to read this!ReadThemAllThon-Badge05-Soul

For this one, I will be reading Happily Ever After by Keira Cass. I have read all the books in the Selection series but for some reason, I never read this book. I’m glad that I will finally be reading this book so I can finish this series.ReadThemAllThon-Badge06-Marsh
I will be reading Raelia by Lynette Noni. I have read this but it was a rushed read so I want to read this again so that I can take everything in.ReadThemAllThon-Badge07-Flame

For this challenge, I will be reading Stray by Rachael Craw. This is the 2nd book in the Spark Series/trilogy. I have included the first book in the read-a-thon so that when third book comes out, I’ll be able to read it.ReadThemAllThon-Badge08-Earth

For this one, I will be reading The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey. I tried reading this book earlier in the year but I struggled to get into it… Hopefully this time I’ll be able to get into it.


So, that is my TBR for the for the Pok茅mon Indigo Read-A-Thon. Are any of you joining in? If you are, comment the link to your post so I can check your post out! Thank you for reading this post! I hope you all have a wonderful day 馃檪

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Reading Slumps and How To Get Rid of Them.

I recently went through a mini reading slump 馃槮 However, my reading slumps are never more than a week long nowadays mainly because I’ve created a mini system on how to get out of them. Today I decided that I will be sharing my system of getting out of the dreaded reading slump.

At the end of last year and at the beginning of this year, I went through a horrible reading slump that lasted over three months. To make it worse, it was my summer holidays since I’m from Australia and I missed out on two months where I could’ve been reading. It wasn’t fun.

However, I was able to get through it *YAY* and over the past few months, I have able to create a little system on how to get out of reading slumps, plus I have created聽a list of recommendations that have helped me. So, lets start with the tips on how to get out of reading slumps:

1.Don’t force yourself to read:

Forcing yourself to read will only make the reading slump worse. If your struggling to read the book your reading, put it down, have a break from reading for a couple of days and when your ready, pick up another book.

2.Have a break from reading:

Sometimes we need a break from reading and that is totally fine. Taking two or three days off from reading can help quite a bit. Put your book down for a little while, do something different like spending time with your聽family or going for a walk. Eventually you will feel ready to go back to reading.

3.Read what you want to read:

Quite often we get into reading slumps because of the book we’re reading. If you are struggling to read a book and you feel like you’re about to get into a reading slump, stop reading that book! Put the book down and start another one. You can always pick the other book up another time when you’re ready.


And, here are some recommendations for books for those who are in a reading slump. Please note that this is more for fantasy readers. I’m not a huge contemporary reader unfortunately. I might create a list of contemporary books sometime in the near future. Now, onto the book recommendations.

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Throne of Glass:

I would definitely recommend Throne of Glass. This book got me out of a three month reading slump and I am so grateful for that because that reading slump was not fun.

Synopsis:

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

 

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The Luna Chronicles:

The Luna Chronicles are a great book to get you out of a reading slump. The books a wonderfully written but aren’t overally complicated, making them a great way to get out of reading slump.

Synopsis (Cinder):

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth鈥檚 fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She鈥檚 a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister鈥檚 illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai鈥檚, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world鈥檚 future.

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An Ember in The Ashes:

An Ember in The Ashes is a great book once again to get out a reading slump. It once again is not overally complicated so it would ease you back into the reading process and overall is a wonderful read.

Synopsis:

Laia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.


Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire鈥檚 impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They鈥檝e seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia鈥檚 brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire鈥檚 greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school鈥檚 finest soldier鈥攁nd secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he鈥檚 being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined鈥攁nd that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.


Thank you for reading this post! I hope you all liked it. If you liked this post comment below if I should do more posts like this.

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Me Before You: Movie REVIEW

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Last night I saw Me Before You and I have to say that it was a great book to movie adaptation. It was done so well and by the end, I left bawling just as I was when I read the book. Luckily I wasn’t the only one like when I Saw Mockingjay Part 2 or The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies or when I saw… okay, I cry a lot when I finish a book or movie series. Anyways, back to the movie review. Let’s get straight into it:

Overall, I did love this movie but I did find the that the first five minutes felt really rushed. When Lou lost her job, little explanation was given accept for an “I’m sorry”. Sure this didn’t impact the movie greatly overall but I’m sure most of us wouldn’t have minded ten to twenty minutes to be added to the movie so that those small details could have been added. Luckily as the movie went along, it stuck closer to the books. The inclusion of book quotes was wonderful. As said in my review of the book, the message of living your life to the fullest was something that was really important to me. It made me so happy to see that this was included. The book and movie has so much more to it but the message of living your life to the fullest is the most important thing to me and I’m just so glad that the message was shared through the movie adaptation as well.

The casting was perfect for me. Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke were perfect for the roles of Will and Lou. In the film industry, actors’ previous roles can overtake their role in the film that they are currently in. Claflin is famous for his role in The Hunger Games as Finnick Odair and Clarke in Game of Thrones as Daenerys Targaryen. In this film, every single thought about their other roles were swept away and you were captivated by how well they took to their respective characters. The chemistry between these two actors was spectacular and it really added to the movie adaptation.

The location was spectacular. Everything was practically how I imagined it. I think I nearly squealed when I saw how everything was so close to how I imagined it. They put so much effort into the location. They also put so much thought into the costumes. Lou’s clothing in particular is an important part in the book and they did it perfectly! From the red dress to the bumble bee tights, everything was done wonderfully.

The ending with the letter was done so beautifully. I was bawling by that point and then the credits came on and “Not Today” by Imagine Dragons started playing. That just made me cry even more. The ending was beautifully done. Even though it was the saddest part of the movie, it has to be my favourite. The inclusion of the bumble bee tights made it all the better but at the same time, so heart breaking. I can’t describe how wonderful it was.

Overall, the movie was a really good book to movie adaptation. I did have some small problems with the film but in all honesty, every adaptation isn’t perfect and you’re going to have those small problems. The start of the movie was slightly disappointing but the last scene was done so beautifully. If you have read the book and haven’t seen the movie, you should definitely see it. If you haven’t read the book, what are you waiting for?! You should pick it up right now! You won’t regret it.


So, I have two questions for you all:

1) Have you seen Me Before You? What did you think?

2) I’ve never done a movie adaptation review. Should I do more in the future or should I stick to book reviews?

Anyways, I hope you answer those questions. A big internet hug to those who answer the questions. Thank you for reading this review and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Also, if you want to check out the book review of Me Before You, here’s the link:聽Me Before You REVIEW

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Top 5 Books Read In The First Half Of 2016

 

So since it’s July, we are now around the halfway point in the year. I’ve seen some booktubers and bloggers talk about the books they’d read and their progress on their 2016 goals. I thought however, that I’d show you my top 5 favourite reads from 2016. I’ve read a total of 37 books so far this year and most of them have been pretty good. I’ve had a really good reading year so far so it’s hard to choose my top 5. After thinking for a while, I finally decided my top 5 in no particular order because I can’t possibly choose my favourite out all of them! They are all so wonderful!

5) Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle

It was so good to get to finally visit the Percy Jackson world again! I loved having the book in the point of view of Apollo, mainly because he’s one of my favourite Greek Gods in the series. The characters in this book were amazing and the book was hilarious!

4) Queen of Shadows

I love the Throne of Glass series as a whole but this book was my absolute favourite! The writing style, storyline and characters in my opinion were absolutely brilliant! This book was full of twists and turns that left me on the edge of my seat. Now, I’m waiting for the next book Empire of Storms!

3) The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys was a beautifully written book! I loved the depth that each character had especially Gansey. I know a lot of people loved Noah or Ronan as I did as well, but Gansey was such a captivating character who had so much depth. I can’t express my love for this book in words! It was a truthfully wonderful book!

2) Cinder

Cinder was a wonderfully written book! I loved the concept of retelling Cinderella in a science fiction world. I really loved the diversity that the book had, including different ethnic groups. Often in young adult books, there is little to no diversity so this book was quite refreshing to read. The characterisation was marvellous and the storyline for not only this book but the entire series was done so well!

1) A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury has to be one of my absolute favourite books and my favourite Sarah J Maas book as well. Her writing style is so beautifully done and I loved (most the) characters , especially the new characters! Rhysand is freaking amazing and I love him so much! Everything is this book was done so beautifully.

Check out the links to some of the book reviews of my top 5:

The Hidden Oracle Book Review

Queen of Shadows Book Review

The Raven Boys Book Review

A Court of Mist and Fury Book Review

What are your top 5 reads from the first half of 2016? Do we have any of the same ones? Comment below because I’d love to know! Thank you for reading this 馃檪 ~ Ellie

 

Top 5 Anticipated Reads For The Second Half of 2016

 

Okay, I’m sure many books have left us wanting the next book or one of your favourite authors is publishing a new book! Whatever the situation, we all have a pile of books that we are eagerly anticipating.

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So, being roughly half way the year, I’m sure many of us are thinking about the second half of the year and what it entails when it comes to new book releases. Like many, I have a large number of anticipated book releases coming up.

This leads us to the topic of this post, which is the top 5 anticipated books for the second half of 2016!

2016 has been a great year when it comes to amazing book releases! Some of my favourite books such as A Court of Mist and Fury and The Raven King came out this year and trust me when I say that they did not disappoint. The second half of the year has some pretty amazing releases as well and here is a list of聽my top 5 most anticipated reads for the second half of 2016:

5)聽 A Shadow Bright and Burning

The synopsis sounds incredible and I love historical fiction! I’ve heard some great things from reviewers about this book so I’m very excited to read it!

4) Stealing Snow

Stealing Snow is an Ice Queen retelling. At the moment, I am in love with retellings and I’m so excited to read this one! The synopsis sounds incredible and it has the set up to be an incredible book! Hopefully it lives up to the expectations.

3) Frost like Night

Frost like Night is the third and final book in the Snow like Ashes series. The last book finished on a cliff hanger and I desperately need this book! This series is so good and amazing! I just need to know what’s going to happen next!

2) Heartless

The author of Heartless is the author of one of my favourite series The Luna Chronicles. I love her writing style and the characters that she created in The Luna Chronicles plus I absolutely love retellings! From what I’ve heard, it’s a great book!

1) Empire of Storms

Empire of Storms is the fifth book in the throne of glass series. If you know me, this series is one of my favourite series and Sarah J Maas is one of my absolute favourite authors! The fourth book Queen of Shadows, while it didn’t leave you on a cliff hanger, it made you want to know more. I desperately want to know what is going to happen next!聽Another reason why this is my most anticipated book in 2016 by far is because I’ve pre-ordered a signed copy!

So, that’s my top 5 anticipated reads for the second half of 2016. What are your anticipated reads? Do we share any? Please comment below and thank you for reading this post! 馃檪 ~ Ellie

Make Me Read It Read-A-Thon

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Hey everyone! In July, I’m going to be doing my first ever read-a-Thon hosted by聽Val @The Innocent Smiley聽and聽Ely @Tea and Titles. This read-a-thon looks amazing and I’m so excited to join it! The read-a-thon begins on the 9th of July to the 16th of July which is perfect because it’s right in the middle of my term break. The rules are down below:

Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you鈥檝e borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It鈥檚 up to you how many you pick, personally I鈥檇 pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you鈥檒l only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.

Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram鈥攚hatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.

When the read-a-thon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes鈥攜ou read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there鈥檚 a tie, then it鈥檚 your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.

So those are the rules! I’m going to leave a poll below for you all to vote on. If you’re interested I joining, you only have a couple of days left to join. For more info, check the link to the hosts blogs at the beginning of this blog post. Thank you all for reading this and I hope you all have a wonderful day! Bye for now.