Top Ten Tuesday – Things To Quit


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 Bookish/Blogging Things I Need To Quit

  1. Not instantly writing a review – This probably my biggest issue. I think oh I will get to that, but then I want to read another book, and then another, then another and I don’t get to the reviewing. I should at least write notes damn it.
  2. Forcing myself to finish books I am not enjoying – I am conflicted about this one. On one hand I could be reading far better things and want to stop, on the other it could have an amazing ending. Its happened before.
  3. Accepting just anything – A few books I have picked up I get the feeling that I will not enjoy them so much, but for some reason, when an author or a publisher contacts me I generally feel the need to accept despite this. I have had a few good surprises, but for the most part my first instincts were correct.
  4. Buying more than needed – Again conflicted. One can never have too many books but when I just bought 5 and then the next day go out and buy 5 more and then the pattern repeats, I do not have time to read all those books. I should pace myself. It would be nicer to my TBR and my wallet.
  5. Lending books – In particular to one person. I used to lend to this person without a worry but then they broke my trust by lending out my book to randoms without consent and I don’t know how to say ‘Im not your library.’ The stress has physical effects on me. I try to only offer them books I am planning on unhauling.
  6. Not participating in my book club – I have a horrible habit of blowing off my online book club. This is because I want to read what I want at the time. This is stupid though because some of my favourite books I have found because of said book club.
  7. Not being organised – I am the queen of procrastination. I was one of those people in my high school years, and yes uni, who would wait till the night before to do an entire terms worth of work. I am currently so far behind on all the things I need to do for this blog that I don’t even really know where to start!
  8. Not being involved enough in the community – The most I really interact with the bookish community is probably on TTT. Other than that I find it so hard to find the time at any other point in the week. I have enough issues with my own posts but I really want to be out there more. Read things, share things, have discussions…
  9. Avoiding doing my booktube – I feel as though I am making steps with this though. I was researching cameras all day! (Lets ignore the fact I was doing it because I was procrastinating) If any of you have suggestions on a good camera be sure to let me know :)

And I think thats all of the things I need to quit at the moment… There is probably more but number 7 is killing me right now as I desperately right this post before I need to wake up in less than 6 hours…

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Graphic Novel Review – The Sandman: The Dream Hunters


Title: The Dream Hunters [The Sandman 11]

Author: Neil Gaiman

Genre: Fantasy, Graphic Novel

Length: 128

Rating: 4 Star



Sandman fans should feel lucky that master fantasy writer Neil Gaiman discovered the mythical world of Japanese fables while researching his translation of Hayao Miyazaki’s film Princess Mononoke. The product of Gaiman’s immersion in Japanese art, culture, and history, Sandman: Dream Hunters is a classic Japanese tale (adapted from “The Fox, the Monk, and the Mikado of All Night’s Dreaming”) that he has subtly morphed into his Sandman universe.

Like most fables, the story begins with a wager between two jealous animals, a fox and a badger: which of them can drive a young monk from his solitary temple? The winner will make the temple into a new fox or badger home. But as the fox adopts the form of a woman to woo the monk from his hermitage, she falls in love with him. Meanwhile, in far away Kyoto, the wealthy Master of Yin-Yang, the onmyoji, is plagued by his fears and seeks tranquility in his command of sorcery. He learns of the monk and his inner peace; he dispatches demons to plague the monk in his dreams and eventually kill him to bring his peace to the onmyoji. The fox overhears the demons on their way to the monk and begins her struggle to save the man whom at first she so envied.


This is a beautiful example of why I love and adore graphic novels.

Well done graphic novels are just stunning. Not only do you get well written story that captivates you, you also get stunning art to go along with it, and this pleases the artist in the greatly.

I am a little ashamed to admit that this is my first Neil Gaiman experience and I am not disappointed in it. We are told a story of a fox that falls in love with a monk and her struggles to keep him alive when others become jealous of his peace and plot his death. It was a simple story but very very beautiful. I found the story very enchanting but then I also found it a little slow and simple at times which is why it only reached the 4 star rating.

I liked all the characters, they serve their purpose they were given in the story. However, it is was only these purposes they served and they didn’t really go beyond that and lacked some depth. They were beautiful, but they were not complicated.

The art in this book was just simply wonderful. Yes, sometimes it was ugly and not really the kind of thing I would normally be attracted too, but that suited the story very much. The style was a mixture of watercolour style and drawing. The effect really added to the mystery of the story.

If I had one serious complaint with the story it would be that the story was too short and in fear of spoiling it my review seems to reflect that. That is the danger with graphic novels I suppose. If you have only a few pages and those pages mainly consist of art then you don’t have large amounts to talk about. Either way though, I strongly suggest this novel to everyone who likes old stories.


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Devil and the Deep Release Day Party

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Hello everyone!

I was contacted by Megan Tyte to be a part of the party for the release of her new book, Devil in the Deep. This is the fourth book in her The Ceruleans series. I have not yet had the chance to read them myself, but my good friend over at Author Unpublished has read and reviewed them all so here are her reviews for Death Wish, Forget Me Not, Wild Blue Yonder, and Devil and the Deep. Her review of the first and the high rating of the rest most certainly has me wanting to pick them really soon.

And I have wonderful news for you all. If you are in the same boat as me and want to read the books but don’t own a copy, well for the entire release day, September 30th, the first three books are free on amazon. There is also a contest being held so you can have a chance to win the last book as well! Devil and the Deep Giveaway. So join the party guys, go pick up a few free books and join in to win some awesome stuff.

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Scarlett is living her happy-ever-after, back in the real world. Only the ‘happy’ part is proving problematic.

For starters, there’s the isolation. Being a Cerulean among humans is fraught with risk, so her time with people can only be fleeting. Which means being with Luke but not being with Luke.

Then there’s her Cerulean light, her power over life and death. Less awesome talent, as it turns out, and more overwhelming responsibility. And it comes with rules – rules that are increasingly difficult to obey.

But what’s really pushing Scarlett to the precipice is something much bigger than herself, than her life in the cove. A force to be reckoned with:


When long-buried truths are exposed, will Scarlett keep her head above water – or will she drown in the blood-dimmed tide that is unleashed?


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Book Review – An Abundance of Katherines

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Title: An Abundance of Katherines

Author: John Green

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Length: 213

Rating: 2 Star



When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a blood-thirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun – bit no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.


I am going to keep this review rather short and to the point, because I really don’t have that much to say about it.

I really didn’t like this book, and after all the good things I hear about John Greens writing and the fact that I really rather enjoyed TFIOS, this book was a huge disappointment.

There are a couple of things that kept this book from being dropped to a 1 star for me. The first one is that there were a few moments that made me laugh out loud, and I really liked the relationship between Colin and his one and only friend Hassan. They had a really easy and relaxed back and forth that made me believe they have been friends since the moment they met, and together they were really quite funny and nice to read about. This is where my enjoyment ended sadly.

I hated Colin as a character. Everytime he opened his mouth he was complaining about something. He reeked of self loathing that came from no where and had no justifiable to be crying like a little ****. It was just self pity. He had no real troubles. He is probably one of the most annoying characters I have ever read about. If I was a girl dating a guy like that and he just blurted out all that rubbish all the time but then didn’t make any effort to fix any of his so cold problems or seek help for his apparent issues, like Colin, I would leave him too! The rest of the characters I never really formed any kind of attachment to. Hassan was probably the character I liked the most, because he was just so happy most of the time. Great balance to Colin.

The plot line of the story could have been a great kinda easy ready story. You got dumped buddy? Ok then lets go on an epic road trip and hook you up with some randoms! Thats like a summer romance kinda story, and I like good summer romance stories. We didn’t get this though. We just got a lot of math. So much math. We had the road trip adventure story was floating around in the background, but everytime I was actually getting into the story Colin would be like I HAVE TO WORK OUT LOVE WITH MATH. I have to do a math graph for every one of my failed relationships. I have to create a formula that works out when a relationship will end because they all will! It was completely disorientating and just plain not interesting.

I am going to end this here because if I talk about anything else or let myself go on more, it would just be ranting. I already deleted some rants that were not needed. Encase it wasn’t obvious, I do not recommend this book, even if you have liked other John Green books. I feel there are far better ones to try.


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Book Review – The Call of the Wild

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Title: The Call of the Wild

Author: Jack London

Genre: Young Adult, Classics, Animals

Length: 134

Rating: 3 Star (3.5)



Life is good for Buck in Santa Clara Valley, where he spends his days eating and sleeping in the golden sunshine. But one day a treacherous act of betrayal leads to his kidnap, and he is forced into a life of toil and danger. Dragged away to be a sledge dog in the harsh and freezing cold Yukon, Buck must fight for his survival. Can he rise above his enemies and become the master of his realm once again?


This is all spoilers, but its a classic so this is the only warning you are going to get.

I know there are some that consider this a childrens book, but I could not bring myself to consider such a thing. Never, in such a short amount of pages, did so many characters which I had formed some attachment die. Just so much death. This would a wonderful TTT I did a few weeks ago.

Plot wise this book was a bit muddled. Most books have a clear start middle and end them with a smooth transition. I wouldn’t call the transitions between each part in this book smooth at all. It was BAM start BAM middle and bam ending. The ending was slightly better transitioned than the rest because we got parts of it throughout the middle but I would still only count the last 7 or so pages. The start only had about 5.

The plot was also a bit hindered because of the length of the book. With so few pages and really so much happening to Buck in the story, I found myself rushing to catch my brain up with what Buck is talking about because he made some transition that I hadn’t seem coming. It was a bit jumpy in structure.

There were quite a few characters in this book, both dogs and humans, and they each did their job. I had negative feelings towards the ones who were suppose to viewed in such a light, and I formed attachments to the ones who had nice personalities or Buck himself formed bonds with. I probably liked more than Buck did though, specially towards the end when he is happy to loose himself over to his wild side.

It didn’t really seem to matter much which I felt towards the characters because apparently just about all of them were doomed to die. At one point a whole group of animals (I liked these goes) and humans (who I didn’t like) died in a matter of seconds and then we take about two more seconds to process they were dead and then we were moving onto the next group of people who were probably going to die. While I get that Buck might not have been as attached to these characters as I had been and thusly wouldn’t spend much time thinking about their death, but the quickness that happened to these events was really disorientating to me and is probably the main reason why this book got such a low rating from me. I had the emotions and I wanted to feel them rightly but I was not given the time and its left me emotionally confused and made my chest tight with frustration.

All those things being said though I did still like the book and because it was such a short read I will probably end up reading it again to see if I handle it better next time. I recommend this book to anyone who is into classic books as I think this is pretty good one if it do not mind the structure issues. Don’t read to children though. Children don’t need to hear about so much dog death.


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Top Ten Tuesday – Spring TBR


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 Books On My Fall Spring TBR

Different country so different season but other than that the books are all the same!

1. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas.

2. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.

3. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas.

4. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. The reason why there are so many Maas books is because I am reading 4 of them for RYBSAT, and I want to read all the books before I meet her in November.

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5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

6. Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier. This is also something I want to read before I meet the author in November.

7. Once We Were by Kat Zhang.

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8. Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas. I am so excited to see how this one turns out.

9. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Also for RYBSAT.

10. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan. Guess what I just got in the mail <3 Thank you Penguin! Series question though guys, do I need to have read Heroes of Olympus first do you think? I haven’t gotten to them yet.

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Read Your Bookshelf A Thon 6

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This is a week long read-a-thon where you pick a spot on your shelf then you make your way through the books on your shelf from that point! This round goes from 22nd-29th of September. This read-a-thon doesn’t seem to have a global start time so I will just be doing it from midnight in my own time zone!

So here is the part of my shelf I am hoping to get through:


I will try and do daily updates on twitter since this is a twitter based read-a-thon. I haven’t used twitter befoe, and I don’t really understand it but we shall see how I go haha. I will try and do an update every three days on here so you guys can keep up with what is happening.

Let me know id you are partaking! Also, give me tips on twitter. I understand nothing haha.

Here is my twitters https://twitter.com/ThWrittenWord


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AYearAThon – September (Wrap Up)


Day 1

Pages Read: 195

Books Finished: The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Books Started: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Day 2

Pages Read: 163

Books Read: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Day 3

Pages Read: 144

Books Finished: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Books Started: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Day 4

Pages Read: 102

Books Finished: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Day 5

Pages Read: 144

Books Finished: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Day 6

Pages Read: 0

Day 7

Pages Read: 271

Books Finished: Looking For Alaksa by John Green

 Books Finished

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Total Pages Read: 1019

I am at the point with these read-a-thons that if I smash out 4 books I feel pretty good about it. I don’t think I will be doing next month since the theme doesn’t interest me.


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Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite Debuts


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 Favourite Debut Books

Now because I don’t have a brain when I first wake up (which is when I am writing this) I went through some old TTT’s that I have not done and decided that this would be a good one to do. Lets get started shall we?

1. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. This book is amazing and it talks about the love of books. Everyone should read.

2. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. So magical it must go on all lists.

3. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. As gathered from my review, this book left me a little speechless. I cannot wait for her next book.

4. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. I adore this book and I just found out that she will be at an event in my area soon. Guess who is going to be at the front of the line to meet her?

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5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I went it expecting not to like it at all but I love this series so much! (On a side note, I already know I am getting an ARC copy from Penguin! Dying with excitement)

6. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien. I think this was the first book of his to be published (correct me if I am wrong) but this book really sparked the world of fantasy so it had to go on the list.

7. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge.

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8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I don’t know if he will write more books but it was good none the less.

9. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Though not the best book, for a debut, she sure made one hell of a splash.

10. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. Now I am not all caught up in the series anymore since the movies happened and I know the writing isnt fabulous, but guys seriously, this book blew up the reading world so it gets a spot.

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Book Review – Outlander


Title: Outlander or Cross Stitch [Outlander 1]

Author: Diana Gabaldon

Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

Length: 662

Rating: 4 Star

Series Review: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9



The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.


This was a really enjoyable and entertaining read.

I found the plot of this book to be really interesting and entertaining. The idea of a ‘modern’ woman being transported back in time to a culture that did not like hers and then working out how to survive and how exactly how much she can or cannot to do to help the people she meets there with the things she knows is really interesting. As someone who has interest/beliefs in pagan culture I loved the way that she came to being in the past was through a connection with a stone circle. The book also taught me a bit about the time and the culture and made me fall more in love. It was a place I wanted to visit before, but it has been moved up the list!

The characters I both liked a didn’t like. It took me awhile to really become in invested in what was going on with this. I think this is because while the writing was great at weaving the story and once you got into it, to start off with I found it a bit stiff and it didn’t pull me in. After this time though I found myself freaking out about a number of interactions between characters. Claire I liked but I also found her greatly annoying at times. She didn’t know when to keep her mouth shut or when to wait for something and thusly got herself or others into loads of trouble that would never have happened if she was more sensible.

Though Frank was barely in the book I really desperately wanted her to go back to him for about half the book. What really surprised me was my attitude to Jamie, it was very like, hate, love. With the three stages of his and Claire’s relationship my feelings for him changed. In stage one I liked him and thought he was cute and friendly, but I still wanted her with Frank. The second part I actually really did not like him at all and just wanted her to beat him up. Then in the last part I was so happy that she chose him. I don’t know when the transition of emotions happened between stages 2 and 3, but when Claire was there deciding if she wanted Jamie or Frank I was freaking out that she might still want Frank. Serious panic.

One downfall I felt the book had was I think it was a lot longer than it really had to be. I will say this might be because I was listening to an audio book and I zone out easier this way, but I think there was a lot that didn’t need to be and the book was rather slow paced. There were a few full on moments like the ending, but they were very spread out and you had to get a through a lot before you got to them.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction because overall I did really enjoy this book.


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