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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 :)

Reading

 

 

 

 

  • 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.

Blogging

 

 

 

 

  • 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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Book Haul – July & August

Book Haul

Now I don’t remember in when in this time I got any of these books, so they are in no particular order. Welcome to my birthday book haul :)

whats left of meI should not exist. But I do.

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

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sandman vol 1The Sandman is the universally lauded masterwork following Morpheus, Lord of the Dreaming–a vast hallucinatory landscape housing all the dreams of any and everyone who’s ever existed. Regardless of cultures or historical eras, all dreamers visit Morpheus’ realm–be they gods, demons, muses, mythical creatures, or simply humans who teach Morpheus some surprising lessons.

Upon his escape from an embarrassing captivity at the hands of a mere mortal, Morpheus finds himself at a crossroads, forced to deal with the enormous changes within both himself and his realm. His journey to find his place in a world that’s drastically changed takes him through mythical worlds to retrieve his old heirlooms, the back roads of America for a twisted reunion, and even Hell itself–to receive the dubious honor of picking the next Devil. But he’ll learn his greatest lessons at the hands of his own family, the Endless, who–like him–are walking embodiments of the most influential aspects of existence.

This massive hardcover tome, over 1000 pages, collects the first 37 issues of Neil Gaiman’s groundbreaking series!

nana18Things aren’t looking good for Blast. Shin, under extreme stress from the band’s rising success and his relationship with Reira, seeks out reconciliation wherever he can. Reestablishing ties with his own family turns out to be a horrible failure, and before he can connect Nana with her unknown little sister, Shin gets arrested! Is this the end of Blast?!

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to kill a mocking birdThe unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior—to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

the final empireIn a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?

In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage – Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

 

 

the well of ascention hero of ages

 

 

 

 

knife of never letting goPrentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

house-of-1000-lanterns (1)It was the house she had dreamed of since childhood . . . the house where her worst nightmares were about to come true. . . . The House of a Thousand Lanterns.

Jane Lindsay never dreamed she would be wealthy. Nor that she would fall in love with a man she could not trust. Against the background of nineteenth- century England and Hong Kong, Victoria Holt unfolds the story of a young Englishwoman who found a strange new world . . . .

 

 

Water_BabiesThe story follows Tom in his land-life as a climbing boy for a chimney-sweep and in his after-life as a water-baby, where he gains redemption from selfishness as well as from drudgery. On to his fantasy Kingsley grafts a series of digressions and comic asides, through which he comments on a range of contemporary issues.

 

 

assassin's bladeCelaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

crown of midnight

 

 

 

 

court of thorns and rosesWhen nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

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

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Updates, Updates and More Updates!

House

I am sorry for the lack of posts over the last couple of weeks guys. Lots a real life stuff has been happening which has left no time for read and the writing of blogs.

I got into a new Captive Animals course which takes up half my week. Both in the sense that it keeps me busy and during that half of the week I live in the land of no internet because I stay at my mothers and she doesn’t have it.

I have also been moving over the last week (see house above). While I got most my crap out of my old house in two days, I then had to go away for school and then there was still all the cleaning to be done. I think its all done now thank god. Cleaning walls is like the biggest bitch ever.

On another note today is my birthday so there will be no Top Ten Tuesday as I don’t really have time to write one with the going to work, cleaning my room from the move, and the going out to dinner. But here is the standard bunny birthday post:

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Other than that I don’t think I have much to tell you guys. Hopefully posts will resume as normal next week. Have a great day guys!

 

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2015 Reading and Blogging Resolutions

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I think I need to do some things differently this year! So lets get this list of things I want to do started shall we?

Reading

 

 

 

 

  • I will complete my Goodreads challenge of reading 90 books this year.
  • 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. 
  • Be better at reading the books which are apart of my bookclubs.

Blogging

 

 

 

 

  • Have the courage to finally start my booktube channel. I’m seriously freaking out about it!
  • 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!

 

And that is all I have today guys. I cannot think of much else, I want to take this year a bit more easy I think. If I am actually going to start doing booktube (gulp), I think I shouldlet myself take it easy with the blog. I was also pretty happy with most the things I did last year.

Till Next Time…