2017 Bookish Resolutions!

Hey Everyone!

Happy New Year! I can’t believe that it is 2017.

This year is going to be a very interesting year. I am graduating from school! I am still in shock about that. I’m starting to think about universities and what I want to do with my life and even though I am an adult (though I haven’t been for long), it still feels really weird.

Any way, enough about my emotions when it comes to school and life. Lets get onto the actual posts which is my bookish resolutions for 2017. I got this idea from Amy @ Shoutame. Her video is really good so I definitely recommend watching her video as well.

Anyway, onto the post. Here are my 2017 bookish resolutions.


1. Read 52 Books

As I did during 2016, I’m going to set my reading goal to 52 books again. I did reach 52 books quite easily last year but this coming year is going to be quite busy with school and work, along with applying to universities and planning a holiday at the end of the year which will be a reward for graduating school. I reached 52 books last year by August so I am definitely comfortable with this goal.

2. Read more Classics

This year, I definitely want to read more classics. For my 18th birthday, I received a bind up edition of seven of Jane Austen’s works. I’m hoping to read the entire bind up by the end of this year. I also plan to read part of the Iliad and Odessy as well as The Rise and Fall of Athens which is one of my text books for school this year.

3. Complete four unfinished series on my shelf

This year I really want to focus on finishing any unfinished series on my shelf. I have four series in particular which I really want to finish which includes The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, The Winners Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski, Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy by Lani Taylor and The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan. Whether I will actually get to all these books, I’m not entirely sure but I am going to try. If I do read all these this year, I will be able to put a sizeable dent into my tbr pile which will be good.

4. Read at least one contemporary book per month.

This is one resolution which I may not complete but I am really hoping that I will. At this current moment, I own about 9 contemporary books which I haven’t read. I know that I will aquire around 3 to 4 during 2017 but I will probably aquire more. Hopefully by reading a contempoary book a month, I will be able to take all my contemporary books off my tbr pile.

5. Post at least twice a week on here.

Lastly, I will be trying to post on here at least two times a week. I will be having small breaks during exams and I may allow myself to post less during the period of time coming up to exams. Other than that, I will try to post regularly. I do have a free line on Monday mornings so I will probably write my blog posts during that time.


So, those are my bookish resolutions for 2017. I will be posting updates throughout the year so stay tuned for that.

Do you guys have any resolutions for this year? Comment below because I’d love to know.

I hope that you all have a wonderful day and that you have a wonderful 2017 full of happiness and good fortune. Thank you to each and everyone of you for making this year just that little bit better for me. evryone was so kind this year, welcoming me into this community. I can’t wait for another year with you all.

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Top 5 Most Disappointing Reads of 2016

Hey Everyone!

How are you all? I haven’t been on here for a couple of weeks which I apologise about. The holiday season is quite busy as you all would know and I was absent across all my social media platforms which sucked. I am back because Christmas is over and I know how free time which feels quite foreign at the moment since I haven’t truly had free time on my hands since the beginning of the year in January.

So, I have a couple of posts which shall be posting in the coming days leading to the new year. I am going to start with the negative post so that I can end the year on a positive note. Today, as you can tell by the title of this post, I am going to talk about my most disappointing reads of 2016. This list does only include books which I completed, otherwise this list might end up being a top 20 or even top 30.

So, I am going to stop rambling like i always do. Here are my top 5 most disappointing reads of 2016.


5. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

This is a very unpopular opinion but I really didn’t like this book and I am really close to dnfing the entire series. There is nothing there that compels me to read the rest of the series. I didn’t really like the characters and I didn’t connect to them in any way. I found the plot to be boring. I do feel that had the series been under-hyped, I might have enjoyed the book more but I had such high expectations and they fell short by quite a bit.

4. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling

This may be another unpopular opinion but this post is going to be full of them in all honesty. I did actually enjoy this book but it was a disappointment in terms to the original series. I am sure that I would enjoy it more if I saw the play but the book fell short for me. There were so many plot holes and events which occurred which I refuse to accept as canon. I was able to enjoy it though by separating this book from the original series though.

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Unpopular opinion number 3. This book has such a huge hype surrounding it and trust me when I say that I was really disappointed. I wanted to enjoy this book so much but I found the main character Cath, to be infuriating. Seriously, I could write an essay on why she bothered me. I also found the fan fiction part to be boring which didn’t help with my enjoyment of the book since it is featured at the end of every single chapter!  I’m hoping that Rainbows other book Eleanor and Park will be an improvement.

2. The Crown by Kiera Cass

Okay, so I feel like this won’t be an unpopular opinion since I haven’t heard a single good thing about this book from other people. Once again, I could write an 1000 word essay on why I didn’t like this book but I will say two thing, 1. You can read my review of the book HERE if you want to know my exact thoughts and 2. This book shouldn’t have been written. Harsh? Probably, but it should have stayed a trilogy. These books aren’t the best, in fact I can say that they aren’t really that good but they are my guilty pleasure books. The last two books kind of ruined the series for me. I usually like to accept that it’s a trilogy.

1.  The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The Leaving was by far my most disappointing read of 2016. It had such a good premise and it had such good potential but it fell flat. The characters were written so poorly and the plot, while done okay, was so predictable. Usually I don’t have an issue with this but it was a mystery book! If you want, you can read my review HERE. Other than that, all I can really say is that I do not recommend this book at all.


So, that was my most disappointing reads from 2016. Thank you so much for reading this post. I promise that I will be back with a happier post which will include my top 10 favourite books from 2016.

Let me know what books disappointed you this year. Do we share the same ones? Do you have any other ones. Feel free to comment below because I would love to have a discussion with you all.

Have a wonderful day and I shall talk to you all later.

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Waiting on Wednesday

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: Flames in the Mist 23308087

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: 2nd of May 2017

Synopsis:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn, comes a sweeping, action-packed YA adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan where Mulan meets Tamora Pierce.

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

 


What books are you anticipating this week?

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Waiting on Wednesday #20

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 Alchemists Loom 31549513

Author: Elise Kova

Publisher: Keymaster Press

Publication Date: 10th of January 2017

Synopsis:

Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

 


What books are you anticipating this week?

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Wrap Up | September + October

Hey Everyone!

I originally was going to do a separate wrap up for each month but I have two main reasons why I didn’t.

  1. I didn’t read many books in September. School has been really hectic meaning that I haven’t been able to read as much as i hoped. I didn’t read many books either this month, having only actually read three books besides listening to four audio-books which I don’t count completely since I didn’t actually read them. I will however include them in this post.
  2. By the time I had began writing my post for September, it was already halfway through the month which in my opinion is wayyyyy to late. It was then that I decided that I would do things a little different this month.

So, those are the reasons why things will be a little different. I was thinking about doing something similar since I doubt i will be reading any books next month due to exams but I know I will have a huge book haul since it is my 18th birthday in November and Christmas is of course in December. It would probably be best to have them separate. I will give you a heads up that I doubt I will have a wrap up in November though.

Okay, so I’m rambling which is something I do best. I’m going to stop rambling and get onto what you all want which is my September and October wrap up, so without further a due, lets get onto that!


Books Read in September:

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – Rating: 4.5 stars

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon – Rating: 5/5 stars

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – Rating: 5/5 stars

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – Rating: 5/5 stars

While I didn’t read many books during the month of September, all the books I read were amazing so overall, it was better reading month if I had read twenty three star reads.

Now, onto the books which I read in October…

Books Read in October:

The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín – Rating: 4/5 stars

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron – Rating: 3/5 stars

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan – Rating: 5/5 stars

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan – Rating: 5/5 stars

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan – Rating: 5/5 stars

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan – Rating: 5/5 stars

Grim Nora and the Secret of the Skull by A.M. Albaugh – Rating: 3/5 stars

So, I read quite a few more books than I did in September. I did however listen to 4 audio-books which is why I was able to read this many books last month. I didn’t have a lot of time to read last month so thankfully I was able to listen to audio-books to instead.


So, that is my September/ October wrap up. I will hopefully have my September and October book haul up soon.

Before I finish this post I do want to talk about my posting schedule for November. I finish school on the 4th of November and my first exam is on the 14th of November. My last exam is on the 22nd of November. Since my last exam is close to the end of the month, I’m not sure if I will be posting at all during the month of November. These exams are really important since they count towards my university entrance score for next year. I’ve never been that great at school but this year I am going into these exams on really good results so it is something which is really important to me. So, if I don’t post at all this month, please stick along with me because I will be back in December and I will be posting quite regularly then.

Thank you all so much for reading this post. I hope you all have a wonderful day, week and month. I shall talk to you all when I post next.

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Waiting On Wednesday #19

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: Timekeeper 25760792

Author: Tara Sim

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Publication Date: 8th of November 2016

Synopsis:

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

 


What books are you anticipating this week?

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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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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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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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