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Book Haul – January

Book Haul

I know there is a book that I missed in my December haul, but I am not at home and I don’t remember it now, so it will probably just randomly pop up in one of my hauls in the months to come when I finally give it some attention.

This haul is very small, its just two books that were sent to me for review by HarperCollins so I would like to give them a big shout out and thanks. Thank you HarperCollins!

passengerpassage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has travelled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.

 

siren“You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans. You are, essentially, a weapon. A very beautiful weapon. I won’t lie to you, it can be a lonely existence, but once you are done, you get to live. All you have to give, for now, is obedience and time…”

The same speech has been given hundreds of times to hundreds of beautiful girls who enter the sisterhood of sirens. Kahlen has lived by these rules for years now, patiently waiting for the life she can call her own. But when Akinli, a human, enters her world, she can’t bring herself to live by the rules anymore. Suddenly the life she’s been waiting for doesn’t seem nearly as important as the one she’s living now.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Historical Settings To Visit

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This one is so hard for me. While I love historical fiction I don’t seem to read much of it. If I get to 10 I will be surprised.

Top Ten Historical Settings I Would Like To Visit

1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Scotland is one of the places I would really like to visit and I love this setting.

2.  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Again, I love this era, but mostly for the way everyone dressed.

3. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I would love to just follow around behind these characters as they do things and experience this world as they do.

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4. The Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. Probably the one I would most love to visit. Again one where I would just like to follow the characters around.

5. Soundless by Richelle Mead. While I have yet to read the book and it probably doesn’t count too much, the setting for it sounds amazing and seeing the world would interest me.

6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Again, I have yet to read this book but that time period has always interested me.

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Book Review – The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

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Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Length: 188

Rating: 5 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I am having such a good run of books lately and this book is no exception.

I found this to be a very honest telling of what high school can be like for some. Its  great big mess no matter who you are, you have dramas that you sometimes don’t even realise you have, and everything is just really hard in ways you don’t understand. Charlie has all these issues in his own way, and it is him dealing with these issues that makes up the plot. I use he word plot kind of loosely because there isn’t really a plot to the book in the sense that there are no huge and dramatic things that push the story along.

The story is presented to us through letter format where Charlie is writing to a friend who is unnamed throughout the book. I have no idea who this person is supposed to be. I think I missed some clue in the listening/reading to of this book because it seems like others worked it out but I am still in the dark. Despite me not getting the hints I really liked the way it was presented. I don’t normally like letter type stories, I am currently failing at reading two separate ones, but I found this super easy to follow and I enjoyed it.

Character wise I thought everyone had depth and were interesting in their own ways. I liked Charlie but I found him a but frustrating and just could not understand why he did some things the way he did them. The ones I liked the most were Sam and Patrick. I ADORED these two characters. Their energy for life and the way they feed off each other and breathe life into Charlie is just awesome. I could have just read a book about them.

The only negative right now that I can think of other than some stupid Charlie choices, I would suggest not doing the audio book for this one. The voice that was used is really annoying and ‘geeky’ voice while suiting, I found it very distracting at times and think it would probably be more enjoyable to just read the book.

I would suggest this book to anyone who likes a high school based book about people coming to understand themselves. While it was amazing, I don’t think this book is for everyone.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – 2015 Releases That Didn’t Happen

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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 2015 Releases That I Meant To But Didn’t

I always feel like there are so may books I meant to read in a year but don’t get to. This week I feel so annoyed with myself because you want to know how I found all the books to put on this list? I went to look at one of my old TTT of releases I was looking forward to and I pretty much took each and everyone of these off that list. That is such a fail. I shall do better this year I hope!

1. Winter by Marissa Meyer.

2. An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.

3. Soundless by Richelle Mead.

4. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone.

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5. Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas.

6. Paperweight by Meg Haston.

7. A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis.

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8. The Blood Curse by Emily Gee.

9. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes.

10. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.

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AYearAThon – January (Wrap Up)

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I don’t think I picked good books to start off my reading year and my read-a-thon year. These books dragged and dragged and by the third, which I didn’t finish as you will see, I was ready to throw out the read-a-thon and do anything else but read. I struggled through it though….

Day 1

Pages Read: 79

Books Started: Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.

Day 2

Pages Read: 114

Books Read: Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.

Day 3

Pages Read: 160

Books Read: Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.

Day 4

Pages Read: 203

Books Finished: Northern Lights by Philip Pullman..

Books Started: The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman.

Day 5

Pages Read: 143

Books Read: The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman.

Day 6

Pages Read: 122

Books Finished: The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman.

Books Started: The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman.

Day 7

Pages Read: 300

Books Read: The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman.

Total Pages Read: 1121

Total Books Read:

Finished

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Book Haul – December

Book Haul

Small haul for Christmas but I am trying to read more of the books I already have before I buy more. I suspect hauls are going to come in clumps more often this year,

harry-potter-illustrated-edition-coverPrepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay’s dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and much loved characters in this full-colour illustrated hardback edition of the nation’s favourite children’s book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Brimming with rich detail and humour that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling’s timeless classic, Jim Kay’s glorious illustrations will captivate fans and new readers alike.

 

 

Henri, le Chat Noir The Existential Musings of an Angst-Filled CatThis gift book is a collection of photos and quotes from Henri, the existential cat whose ennui has captivated people all over the world. Through his series of short films and interactions with an enthusiastic online community, Henri’s contemplation and disillusion with the world has struck a chord with millions of fans. Now, finally, we have a collection of Henri’s musings in his own words featuring never-before-seen photos and quotes. This book is a window into the tortured soul of the world’s first feline philosopher.

 

ps-i-love-youEveryone needs a guardian angel.

Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates. But not Holly and Gerry.

Childhood sweethearts, they could finish each other’s sentences and even when they fought, they laughed. No one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other.

Until the unthinkable happens. Gerry’s death devastates Holly. But as her 30th birthday looms, Gerry comes back to her. He’s left her a bundle of notes, one for each of the months after his death, gently guiding Holly into her new life without him, each note signed ‘PS, I Love You’.

As the notes are gradually opened, and as the year unfolds, Holly is both cheered up and challenged. The man who knows her better than anyone sets out to teach her that life goes on. With some help from her friends, and her noisy and loving family, Holly finds herself laughing, crying, singing, dancing – and being braver than ever before.

Life is for living, she realises – but it always helps if there’s an angel watching over you.

the giver qThis first-ever Lois Lowry single-volume collection includes unabridged editions of the Newbery Medal-winning The Giver,Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son. Lois Lowry’s groundbreaking dystopian series comes alive in a single portable volume. An affordable addition to the shelves of teen fans and collectors alike.

 

 

 

inside game of thrones 3-4Each episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones draws millions of obsessed viewers who revel in the shocking plot twists, award-winning performances, and gorgeously rendered fantasy world. This official companion book reveals what it takes to translate George R. R. Martin’s bestselling series into a wildly popular television series. With unprecedented scope and depth, it showcases hundreds of unpublished set photos, visual effects art, and production and costume designs, plus insights from key actors and crew members that capture the best scripted and unscripted moments from Seasons 3 and 4. Required reading for the die-hard fan, and the perfect way to catch up on the series before the much-anticipated Season 5 debuts, this special volume offers an exclusive window into cable’s highest-rated show.

 

enchanted forestThis stunning new coloring book by Johanna Basford takes readers on an inky quest through an Enchanted forest to discover what lies in the castle at its heart.

There are drawings to color and embellish and hidden animals and magical objects to be found along the way.

Happy colouring!

 

Now I think thats everything I have to show you this month. I hope you enjoyed it!

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2016 Reading & Blogging Resolutions

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Welcome everyone! I am so looking forward to the year to come so we might as well get started.

Reading

 

 

 

 

I think I am going to do my reading challenges a bit different this year. Less but more. I am going to do less challenges but I think they are going to be more challenging than the ones I have done in years past.

  • I will complete my Goodreads challenge of reading 90 books this year. I chose to keep the number the same because I want to try and not use single mangas towards it.
  • A-Z Challenge: Read 26 books that follow the alphabet.
  • Read at least 5 books that have been turned into movies/series, watch their movie/series counter parts, and review them both.
  • Read at least 10 books that have been on my TBR shelf for more than a year.
  • Debut Author Challenge: Reading at least 12 books by a debut author.
  • Reread at least 3 books.
  • DNF books you are not liking after 150 pages. This one I will ignore if I get told it gets better in the second half.

Blogging

 

 

 

 

  • Participate in more challenges/memes/tags.
  • Be more active in our book blogging/vlogging community.
  • From this day forth, I will put up a post every three days!
  • Take notes while reading for reviews.
  • Review every book I read, even if its just a partial review.
  • Schedule my posts and reviews in advance.
  • Update the blog in one way or another (looks, domain name, youtube)
  • Be more active on social media in relation to the blog.

 

I think I shall leave my resolutions at that for now. I am working very hard on trying to get into my desired work field right now and have huge assignments this year and I don’t want to over stretch.

 

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2015 Reading & Blogging Resolutions Results

Resolutions

Barring some things I didn’t do/cheated on a little I did really pretty good so we might as well get started. I am going to cross out the things I completed :)

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  • I will complete my Goodreads challenge of reading 90 books this year. This I cheated on and used manga’s and many of my books :/
  • Completely the reading goals I didn’t finish last year, then add more if I get more time.
  • Read at least 5 classics.
  • Read at least 5 different mangas/graphic novels.
  • Read at least 10 books that have been on my TBR shelf for more than a year.
  • Debut Author Challenge: Reading at least 6 books by a debut author.
  • Read things I feel I will enjoy rather than feel might be ok.
  • Only read one NetGalley book at a time. I haven’t read any books off of NetGalley because I am having issues getting through a book I got two years ago. I might have to give up.
  • Be better at reading the books which are apart of my bookclubs. Nope nope nope. None.

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  • Have the courage to finally start my booktube channel. I’m seriously freaking out about it! I went to go get a camera before I had car things to pay for… Do I get credit for that?
  • Participate in more challenges/memes/tagsKinda.. While I didn’t do much diversity, I did a lot of TTTs.
  • Be more active in our book blogging/vlogging community. Kinda…
  • From this day forth, I will put up a post every three days! Mostly except the last couple of months.

Goodreads: PARTIAL CREDIT 90/90 – Though I completed I give myself partial credit because lots of them were single volume mangas.

Classics: COMPLETED 5/5

  1. The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  2. The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit
  3. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  5. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Manga/Graphic Novel: COMPLETED 5/5

  1. Blue Spring Ride by Io Sakisaka. Pretty much all of it.
  2. Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino. Vol 19
  3. The Sandman: The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman.
  4. Pet Shop of Horrors by Matsuri Akino. Vol 1&2

TBR Shelf: COMPLETED 10/10 So I think the part that made this so hard last year was that I didn’t use anything twice, but I am going to let myself do that this year. Its a bonus if I kill two or more challenges with the one book. Go me for having things that fit.

  1. The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit.
  2. Vampire Knight: Ice Blue Sin by Ayuna Fujisaki.
  3. Pet Shop of Horrors by Matsuri Akino.
  4. The Sandman: The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman.
  5. The Quicksand Pony by Alison Lester.
  6. The Faerie Queen by Jeanie Lang.
  7. Losing You by Nicci French.
  8. Newes From The Dead by Mary Hooper.
  9. Midnight Embrace by Amanda Ashley.
  10. Nana by Ai Yazawa.

Debut Author: COMPLETED 6/6 – WOOO

  1. Dreamfire by Kit Alloway.
  2. Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.
  3. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.
  4. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley.
  5. The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle.
  6. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga.

Pretty damn happy about what I did this year. The only iffy one is the goodreads challenge. I hope to be more into improving my blogging AND my reading this year. Bring on the challenges!

 

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