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Book Review – The Lightening Thief

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Title: The Lightening Thief [Percy Jackson and the Olympians 1]

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Mythology

Length: 377

Rating: 3.5 rounded up to 4 Star

Series Review: 1, 2, 3, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5

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Description/Synopsis:

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Liked this book more than I thought I would.

I fell in love with the writing style of this book so quickly. Its a really easy read and simple to follow along with. Some of the phrases that happen are just so awesome, I highlighted a number of them as I was reading along. One of my favourites is:

I had become one with the plumbing.

And of course:

“…For I am the might Echidna!”

I stared at her. All I could think to say was “Isn’t that some kind of anteater?”

She howled, her reptilian face turning brown and green with rage. “I hate it when people say that! I hate Australia! Naming that ridiculous animal after me…”

I got a good giggle from that one since I am from Aus and Echidna’s are adorable.

All of that being said though I did have my issues with the writing. I had to keep reminding myself just how old these kids were suppose to be. Perhaps its because I don’t spend a lot of time with younger people, but they all seemed to be acting way older than they should have been to me. I will chalk some of this up to the fact they are part god and most have had really dodgy lives, but still. I also worked out things and saw them coming a bit too easily. But I suppose I can forgive this since its middle grade. I am really not used to reading middle grade.

I didn’t feel very attached to any of the characters. I both liked and didn’t like the way the gods were represented in a modernised kind of way. I think it touched a little too close to home for me since my beliefs run along those lines. However, I did find the fact that they kind of followed where ever western society was most thriving at the time in amongst mortals kind of thing an interesting thought, even if I wasn’t fully on board with it. So in this book of course it was in America.

So yes, I enjoyed this book well enough I just think I have to get used to reading more middle grade books so I know what to kind of expect from the depth of the story. I would suggest this book to pretty much anyone who likes fantasy, I think it looks like a series that at least deserves a chance.

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – A Shadow Of Light

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Title: A Shadow of Light [A Shade of Vampire 4]

Author: Bella Forrest

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Vampire

Length: 270

Rating: 3 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

Since the implosion at The Oasis and Derek’s stay at Hawk Headquarters, The Shade has fallen into a state of utter chaos. To make matters worse, the citizens of Derek’s kingdom have become suspicious of his loyalties and accuse him of siding with the enemy… At a time when Derek desperately needs full cooperation from his subjects, they wish to put their own King on trial.

Meanwhile, Sofia is being held hostage by the hunters. They are determined to rid her of her infatuation with the vampire. She submits to the strict routine and training they impose on her, but the only fuel that keeps her going is the thought of reuniting with Derek – something Reuben is fighting with every fiber of his being to ensure will never happen.

…Until one day, out of the blue, Reuben appears to have a change of heart and comes to Sofia with a proposal; a solution that she never dreamed possible. A solution that would fulfil her heart’s deepest desires and secure her and Derek’s future together, forever.

But can she really trust this man who is so renowned for his hatred of vampires? Does she even have a choice?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I am finding it harder and harder to think of things to say for these books cause they all feel kind of the same and bleed into one another.

In this book we get to know a bit more about Sofia’s mother Cam. We get some back story into what she was like when she was younger and I have to say I found that whole section to be really cute and adorable. Reading these back stories really made me wonder how everyone got so bitter. In Cam’s case it was simply having a child. Cam has some background that she was raped by her stepfather or something and so she didn’t want kids, then she has Sofia and became major jealous of how much Aiden and her got along. I think this back story of the rape(s) was a bit pointless. Didn’t need to be there and it was just trying to give her character more depth and it failed.

There was also a major writing slip in this back story of Cam and Aiden before Cam left them. At one point Cam thinks while listening to him on the phone:

Aiden has gone mad. He’s Absolutely Insane. How could anybody on their right mind believe in vampires?

BUT at no point in this back story has the word ‘vampire’ been said before. That was the first time. I would like to know where she got the idea that he believed in vampires, because it sure wasn’t in the story.

Viv came back in this book and I am so happy about that. I think she is my favourite character in this series, and it was killing me to think she was dead. She gets tortured and has her fangs ripped out though. I felt so sorry for her and it made me question if they would grow back, but I don’t think so. Its never mentioned again, but I think something like this should have been answered in the book. Its a good thing Viv never drinks from a living sauce.

I found Derek pretty dumb in this book. While Sofia is away his entire world just falls apart and really it shouldn’t of. He controlled it once, he should be able to control it again without a girl that really hasn’t done all that much yet. He also kept swearing that things would never happen again, then sure enough, it would happen again.

Some of the dialogue in this book was just so cliche I cringed a little, but there were some funny moments in it too. I got relly sick of people mentioning a cure, and things got over described. Some plot development happens but its mostly just people talking about things. Yet another vampire fell in love with Sofia.

So, I read on because why not. I want to see how this all wraps up. I keep my fingers crossed for one thta gets a higher rating than a three star but I am not really holding my breathe on that.

Till Next Time…

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Top Ten Tuesday – Characters on a Deserted Isalnd

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island

1. Katniss from The Hunger Games. Her skills at staying alive in very tough times could really come in handy. She also knows how to get food.

2. Adrian from Vampire Academy. He is funny as hell, and cause he has money up his sleeve he could keep shipping the entertainment in. Also, it would be a great time to cosy on up to him. I haven’t read the part in bloodlines where they get together yet so I am not stealing him from Sydney!

3. Evie from Poison Princess. He powers to control plants could be useful to tame the wilderness, and who knows she could probably build us shelter with it.

4. Sorcha and Red from Daughter of the Forest in a double pack. I cannot split them up for even a moment. Sorcha’s knowledge of herbs and plant life could help some of us from dying. Red can be our protector.

5. Ceriana from The Forgotten War. This is going to be a bi of a spoiler for this book so move on if you don’t want details. Her connection with the dragon would give us the awesomeness of having a dragon handy that wouldn’t kill us unless she told it to.

6. Roland from Fallen. Cause he can get anything for anyone and has name brand parties in the first book.

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7. Magnus from The Immortal Devices. He can also heal, has magic, and is funny. If he knew how to function in the wild he would be the whole package.

8. Griggs from On The Jellicoe Road. Cause I want him oh so bad. Also he is trained soldier so he could keep things in order and know tips for living.

9. Percy Jackson from The Lightning Thief. He can talk tot he things in the sea, so of he can’t get us off the island he at least can convince the creatures of the sea not to eat us.

10. Arriane from Fallen. She is so much fun! She will stop everyone from getting down in the dumps.

So there we are. I could spend all day thinking about this so I should stop. Share your lists!

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Till Next Time…

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Book Review – The Golden Lily

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Title: The Golden Lily [Bloodlines 2]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Related Book Series: Vampire Academy

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Description/Synopsis:

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist. But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong.

Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

We moved up a star in this book. But a warning, there will be spoilers.

Oh gosh it was soo good. I think we all know that I am not a fan of Jill and in the first book she really got on my nerves. But in this book in the grand scheme of things she didn’t even pop up and when she did she wasn’t acting like a brat and was trying to step up to the plate to the situation she is in. I was sad when her and Micah broke up because I want him to stick around cause of how he looks like Mason. I want a twist to happen there. This whole situation with her and Eddie is also driving me a little rockers. So much teen drama of them missing the chance to try and be together. Normally I would think that Eddie could do better, I don’t like how he pines for her, but in this book I think she deserves a shot at him haha.

In this book we get a lot of Sydney struggling with her affections for her vampire chargers, specially with Adrian. She does get a boyfriend in this book and their relationship was so funny. Specially since no one could ever remember his name. They did end up breaking up (we all know that was coming) and he said he was breaking up with her because she was irresponsible. That cracked me up. Sydney is the most responsible ever. We see the love grow, at least from Adrian’s side (and through Jill he feels his love) and a little bit from Sydney. We even get a love confession and a kiss (I was so waiting for that) but of course Sydney freaks out cause it goes against everything that she was ever told. I know this annoys people but I would be sad with Sydney if she just threw all her beliefs away so soon.

Plot wise I don’t think that much happens, but I was laughing the whole time. We discover that the vampire hunters are infact real and they start to pose a threat to Sydney and her vampires. Someone close to her is in fact one of them. At first I thought that it might be her boyfriend because that would make him so much more interesting, but I soon dropped that theory because it was stupid and someone far better than him clicked a few pages later. And I was right. I am kind of sad that Sydney didn’t figure it out sooner. We also get an incident involving them that causes Sydney to get betrayed by like everyone and I feel so sad for her. Everyone walks all over her all the time yet they think they don’t. It breaks my heart for her. She should just dump everyone, but then she would never get together with Adrian. That need to happen.

I recommend this book to anyone who liked Vampire Academy. God I love Adrian.

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – A Castle Of Sand

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Title: A Shade of Blood [A Shade of Vampire 3]

Author: Bella Forrest

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Vampire

Length: 296

Rating: 3 Star

Series Review: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

What Sofia has with Derek feels like a sandcastle; temporary and something that the waves of life and time will soon ruin…

Since the return of Gregor Novak, the island has turned several shades darker. His hatred toward Sofia and thirst for fresh blood lead to a brutal war igniting between father and son.

Meanwhile, the hunters are gaining formidable strength and resources by the day; they know that the safety of The Shade hangs entirely on its ability to remain hidden from them.

And a sinister secret lies in wait for Sofia within the bowls of an Egyptian desert… a secret that threatens to crush her sandcastle much sooner than she could have expected.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Like this one more than the last.

Things actually happened in this one plot wise so that was nice. We got a lot of fighting and a few hearts got ripped out. That was cool. And here is a spoiler – Ben died. I was pretty happy about that, I didn’t care about him all that much. It really confused me when he became friends with Claudia though, I don’t think that would have ever happened. Even though he got over revenge I can’t see his character being that mature as to work with someone who tortured him for weeks – end spoiler.

We saw quite a bit of the vampire hunter place which was nice. I thought Derek became really bloody stupid. The lack of Viv in this book was depressing enough but then Derek went and ditched Sofia even after all the sacrifices that she made for them to be back together.

Sofia actually starts to become useful and starts to fix things at the shade for the humans a little which was nice. I can’t stand people who are useless the entire time. She also gets tortured a little which I also liked because I don’t really like Sofia yet. Im also just going to say that her relationship with her mother is just sick. The way her mum feels about her, I mean wow. I know some mother act that way in movies but do they actually do this in real life? I don’t know but I could really feel the hatred.

Throughout the entire book there were references to Sofia’s love and life being like a sand castle, something that wont last. It was a nice touch the first couple of times. It kept on happening though. Something that was nice to start with ended up making physically angry by the end because of how many times it was mentioned. Be prepared for annoyance if you read this book.

I am glad that Ashley has become more of a figure in the books, I think she adds laughter when no one else is funny at all. One such moment:

Sofia frowned as my eyes bore into hers. She knew–like she always did when it came to me–that what I was saying wasn’t to be taken lightly. Her grip enveloped mine.
“It’s like they’re communicating through Bluetooth or something…” Ashley muttered under her breath.

I would recommend this book to someone who has started reading the series already. If you felt the same way about the first book then I think you would enjoy this one well enough. It does seem to be getting better from now on. I shall continue on.

Till Next Time…

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite Movies/TV Shows

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

My Top Ten Favourite Movies/TV Shows

What? No books? Okay then… It will be nice to see some other stuff I suppose. This make it so much harder though! Too many options! Since I will be here all day if I have to think about EVERY SINGLE OPTION, I am breaking my list in half and listing my top 5 of Anime and Documentary movies/shows.

Anime

1. Princess Mononoke – It was a random find in a video store, and it has held its place as one of my favourite movies ever since then.

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2. Vampire Knight – Random youtube find. You should all know how I feel.

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3. Elfen Lied – Some asked me to sit and watch this with them without telling me anything about it. I was hooked from the first scene.

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4. Ouran High School Host Club – Adorable and so so funny. Very girly.

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5. Nana – Very sad and tragic real life kind of story. So amazing.

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Documentary

1. The Zoo: Melissa Doyle – I have season 1 and 2 and just discovered 3 and 4 while looking for a picture so guess what I am about to buy! LOVED this series.

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2. Nature’s Miracle Babies: Martin Hughes-Games – If you want cute animals go watch this.

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3. The Life of Mammals: David Attenborough – Or pretty much anything by him. His voice narrates my thoughts when I think about animals.

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4. Animal Cops – Not really a doco, more reality but I will chuck it in anyway. The very first version (I dont remember which one it was now) wasmy favourite but I still like them all.

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5. Arctic Tale – Follows the story of two different animal families in the Arctic.

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There you have it. Sorry for the late post I thought I had scheduled this but apparently not!

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Book Review – A Shade Of Blood

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Title: A Shade of Blood [A Shade of Vampire 2]

Author: Bella Forrest

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Vampire

Length: 322

Rating: 2.5 rounded up to 3 Star

Series Review: 1, 2, 34, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

In A Shade Of Blood, Bella Forrest transports you deeper into a unique, enthralling and beautifully sensitive story. Prepare to be lost in its pages…

When Sofia Claremont was kidnapped to a sunless island, uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet, she believed she’d forever be a captive of its dark ruler, Derek Novak.

Now, after months of surviving an endless night, the morning sun may soon rise again for Sofia. Something has possessed Derek’s heart and he offers her a gift no human slave has ever been given in the history of his cursed island: escape.

High school, prom and a chance to move on with her life now await her.

But will she be able to forget the horrors that steal her sleep away at night? … and the feelings that haunt her for that tormented prince of darkness?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Nothing all that much happened in this book, it just seemed like a bunch of set up for things that were to come in the next few books.

Ben instantly got on my nerves in this book. He found something out about Derek that Sofia wasn’t going to like, and for pages we were dealing with him going on and on about how he couldn’t tell her and then in the first conversation they had he told her. In my kindle I made a note of you gave that up quick didn’t you. His name for Sofia got on my nerves and I HATED the fact that they got together. It was just stupid. Stupid love triangle trying to go one way when we know that our girl has no feelings for the other guy in that way. It was just so forced. Ben kept getting mad about it but even he knows she doesn’t feel that way about him yet he tries and tries anyway… Then he moves on and hits on another girl pretty much straight after Sofia came to her senses. Gah.

Everyone in this book wants everyone. Specially Sofia. I really don’t see what is so great about her. I have a horrible feeling this is a trend that will continue on through the series… And I mean everyone wants her. EVERYONE. She is really quite dumb in this book, and I think Derek needs a good slap. I wouldn’t want them with anyone else however.

Most of the characters are a bit of a bore but in the last few chapters things picked up and I wanted to get more out of the story. We get introduced to the hunters which I found really interesting. It was cool to see how they function. We also got to meet Sofia’s parents for the first time and I really wanted to know more about them but of course we didn’t get them until the very end of the book. Their identities were suppose to be a big shock but I guessed them both before they revealed who they were.

Sorry this seemed to mostly a review to bash Ben, but yeah. This book was a great big set up for things to come. This book really frustrated me, but there was enough in it that I will continue to read the series so I can see where a few things go or get resolved.

Till Next Time…

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AYearAThon – July (Day 4 & 5)

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While I didn’t do so well on day four, I did manage to finish a book then so at least there is that!

Day 1

Pages Read: 104

Books Started: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Day 2

Pages Read: 222

Books Finished: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Books Started: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Day 3

Pages Read: 231

Books Not Finished: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Day 4

Pages Read: 59

Books Finished: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Day 5

Pages Read: 143

Books Started: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Tomorrow (or today when this gets posted) is my day off so hopefully I will get loads of reading done!

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2014 Resolutions Mid-Year Update

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Welcome to my new year resolutions. Its a bit late, but better late than never I suppose ;)

Reading

  • I will complete my Goodreads challenge of reading 80 books this year. I am over halfway. Go me. 
  • Read at least 10 adult novels. Halfway through this. 
  • Read at least 5 classics. I will be fixing this one soon thanks to the classics challenge!
  • Read at least 5 different mangas/graphic novels. I have read mangas. Im just using them for a different challenge so it still sorta counts…
  • Read at least 10 books that have been turned into movies/series, watch their movie/series counter parts, and review them both.  Halfway through.
  • Read at least 10 books that have been on my TBR shelf for more than a year. None… I need to pay more attention to my TBR shelf.
  • Debut Author Challenge: Reading at least 12 books by a debut author. I have barely touched this… I need to pay more attention to the new authors. 
  • Reread at least 3 books. I really don’t need to hurry this.
  • Read things I feel I will enjoy rather than feel might be ok. I still do this sometimes. I find it hard to say no when I get asked to review a book.
  • Only read one NetGalley book at a time. Im sticking to this! I want my stats to be good. 
  • Read at least 5 books that fall into genres that I do not normally read. I am one book away from completing this!

Blogging

  • Update the look of the blog.
  • Toy around with better names for the blog.
  • Participate in more challenges/memes/tags. I actually do this one!
  • Be more active in our book blogging/vlogging community. This one too :)
  • From this day forth, I will put up a post every three days! I try, I really, really do. Work sucks.

Progress 24/70

Goodreads: 49/80

Adult Novels: 5/10

  1. A Game of Thrones [Song of Ice and Fire 1] by George R.R. Martin
  2. Love Gone Mad by Mark Rubinstein
  3. Faking It by Cora Carmack
  4. The First, The Sparrow, The Choice by Jason Mott
  5. Finding It by Cora Carmack

Classics: 0/10

  1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  2. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  3. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Manga/Graphic Novel: 0/10

  1. The Dream Hunters [The Sandman 11] by Neil Gaiman
  2. Vampire Knight: Blue Ice by Matsuri Hino
  3. Captive Heart [Vol. 1] by Masturi Hino
  4. Arcana [Vol. 1] by So-Young Lee
  5. Pet Shop of Horrors [Vol 1] by Matsuri Akino

Movie Adaptations: 6/10 – 5/10

  1. The Horse Whisperer – Book/Movie
  2. Pay it Forward – Book/Movie
  3. Vampire Knight – Manga/Anime
  4. Divergent – Book/Movie
  5. The Fault In Our Stars – Book/Movie
  6. True Crime – Book/Movie
  7. Looking for Alibrandi – Book/Movie
  8. The Outsiders – Book/Movie
  9. Fallen – Book/Movie
  10. The Thirteenth Tale – Book/Movie

TBR Shelf: 0/10

  1. Living Dead in Dallas [Sookie Stackhouse 2] by Charlaine Harris
  2. Club Dead [Sookie Stackhouse 3] by Charlaine Harris
  3. Dead to the World [Sookie Stackhouse 4] by Charlaine Harris
  4. Dead as a Doornail  [Sookie Stackhouse 5] by Charlaine Harris
  5. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  6. Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  7. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  8. Anita Blake Vampire Hunter by Laurell K. Hamilton
  9. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
  10. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

Debut Author: 3/12

  1. Where You’ll Find Me by Erin Fletcher
  2. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  3. The Forgotten War by Howard Sargent

Reread: 1/3

  1. The Host by Stephanie Meyer
  2. On The Jellicoe  Road by Melina Marchetta
  3. Passion by Lauren Kate

Different Genre: 4/5

  1. Across the Universe by Beth Revis (Science Fiction)
  2. A House Without Mirrors by Marten Sanden (Childrens)
  3. The Returned by Jason Mott (Paranormal)
  4. The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan (Middlegrade)

KEY:

Blue = Review Pending.

Black = Waiting to be read

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Well I kind of feel sucky after looking through this. I haven’t completed anyone of my challenges and some of them I have hardly touched.

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AYearAThon – July (Day 3)

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So I have made more progress and have decided to do another update. I do wish that I was done with this book already though, because I am not in the mood for it!

Day 1

Pages Read: 104

Books Started: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Day 2

Pages Read: 222

Books Finished: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Books Started: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Day 3

Pages Read: 231

Books Not Finished: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

 

Till Next Time…