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Top Ten Tuesday – Backlist Books I Want To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish, but has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Backlist Books I Still Want To Read

For this weeks list I decided to do just a giant shame list for myself. I went back to my first TTT that was a TBR and took any books I still wanted to read on the list. Some of these have been on my TBR for years.

1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This takes the first place, as it was on my TBR post from March 18th, 2014.

2. The Giver by Lois Lowry. May 28th, 2014.

3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. June 27th, 2014.

4. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. August 19th, 2014. The next few are also from this list, apparently I read basically nothing on it.

5. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. Same as above.

6. The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien. Same as above.

7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Same as above. I hope to actually do this book this month though as I am going to an author talk for his latest book.

8. The Legend series by Marie Lu. Same as above.

9. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. August 26th, 2014.

10. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor. Same as above.

There are of course many more from this year and all the years between now and then, but this isn’t a list every book on your TBR list. That would take a very long time.

If you want any of the books listed please click on the thingyami below.

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February Wrap Up

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First things first, I don’t really have anything to put here because I did not finish reading anything last month. The only thing I really got through was Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon, and that book is huge, specially when I am doing it in audio book form, so I have much of it left to finish.

Second, I do not have a TBR for you this month. I do not plan on reading anything. Last months lack of reading and this months not planning on reading all have to do with my tafe course. My major work for it is due at the start of April, so I have been avoiding books in the hopes that it would help me focus on it. It has and it hasn’t. I am having huge book withdrawals.

But this post is not going to be all pointless. I have done some bookish things and I thought this would be a good space to share with you all the posts I have scheduled to pop up while I am trying not to think about my blog or books. I have pretty much an entire month planned! Go me. I don’t think I have ever felt more organised.

Anyways, here we go:

7/3 – Book Haul February

8/3 – TTT – Character Opinions I Differed On

10/3 – Thursday Tags – 25 Bookish Facts About Me

13/3 – Sunday Shopping – Happy Hello! Harry Potter

15/3 – TTT – Autumn TBR

16/3 – Book Review – His Dark Materials

19/3 – Book Review – Losing You

22/3 – TTT – Books I Need To Talk More About

25/3 – Book Review – Newes From the Dead

28/3 – Unscheduled

29/3 – TTT – Recently Top Rated Books

31/3 – Unscheduled

 

So yeah, there you have my posting schedule for the month. Besides those two things which I have started writing up but am not quite finish so may change my mind about, this is what you will be getting while I am ‘away.’ Is this something you guys want to see more regularly? I know other bloggers do it weekly but I can’t see myself doing that. I can see myself doing it monthly or fortnightly though. Also, if you have any tags you would like me to do leave a comment. I have a bunch of them but if you have ones that you would like to see earlier or what not tell me.

 

Till Next Time. . .

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – If You Like Fantasy

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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 Books For Readers Who Like Fantasy

Gah, I loathe these lists. I don’t like comparing things this way, specially if its comparing books to other books. It is done so often now. I also feel like I do these lists all the time… Be sure to go to the bottom on the list or the side bar and join my book giveaways for Silver Shadows and Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead.

1. Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier. Purely an amazingly woven bit of fantasy. The first book is one of my favourites and I just spent nearly $50 on a mass market paperback copy of the second because my series wouldn’t have been perfect without that copy (fingers crossed it is what it says it is.)

2. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Just a magical slow paced story. Might be everyone’s thing, but its amazing to me.

3. The Cursed Kingdoms by Emily Gee. This series seems to have a few negative reviews with it but I don’t really see why. It has huge potential to get really good towards the end. People don’t give stories the chance to build themselves up these days.

4. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. While I didn’t like the end to this book so much I really liked the perspective and angle that this story took on one of my all time favourite stories.

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5. The Forgotten War by Howard Sargent. If you can get through epic stories I think that you will really enjoy this one.

6. The Queen of the Tearling series by Erika Johansen. I have started the second and I am so excited to see where it all goes.

7. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. Don’t take its reading grade label to heart, it is a wonderful series and I need to pick up the next one already.

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8. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. Very interesting take and distortion of disney stories we all know and love.

9. The Returned by Jason Mott. Now again I don’t think everyone will like this because its slow but if you like the slow ones you should give it a go.

10. Dreamfire by Kit Alloway. While not the best thing I have read, the idea is really interesting and I shall be reading the next one to see where this story will be going.

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There is the list. I showed you main now show me yours!

Also, if you are interested I am holding two giveaways because my blog is now two years old and I love you guys!

Silver Shadows giveaway
Ruby Circle giveaway

If you want any of the books listed please click on the thingyami below.

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Book Review – City Of Fallen Angels

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Title: City of Fallen Angels [The Mortal Instruments 4]

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Romance

Length: 424

Rating: 3 Star

Book Series Reviews: 12, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Description/Synopsis:

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Dang. I don’t know if its just cause after the action of the last book or not, but this one fell soo flat for me. It wasn’t bad, but it does not give me high hopes for the rest. God it should have just ended with the last…

For the first and most frustrating part of the entire book for me. We spend LOTS of time inside Simon’s head. As if this wasn’t bad enough, Clare has decided to try and turn him to some lady’s man because he has ‘vampire mojo.’ What a load of crap. NOTHING about Simon has any mojo. He shouldn’t be able to have any girlfriends let alone two which he is keeping secret from each other. What the hell is wrong with those two? What the hell is wrong with Issy more when she still kind of likes him when she finds out what he has been doing? I lost so much respect for her, it nearly ruined her whole character for me.

In terms of action in the plot nothing much happens until the last third of the book. Because our main bad guy died in the last book, because the series was supposed to be over then, we have to be introduced to a whole bunch more characters and get all their back stories to try and create a new plot. We get so much about new characters that are introduced and so much about our side characters that Clary and Jace really fell to the way side.

Not that I minded that much about this half the time because whenever we did get some Clary and Jace time they were almost always complaining to each other or just completely ignoring the other one. I thought we were passed this rubbish!!!! I like Jace less and less with each book. He needs to get over these issues which he just creates in his own head.

And what is with everyone, and I mean like everyone, suddenly having secrets? Yeah sure some can, but really, does everyone need a deep dark secret or whatever that they need to keep hidden? It made the story over complicated.

Pretty much the thing that made the story for me was the ending of the book. I actually screamed when it happened. But thats all I am going to say on the matter cause I don’t want to ruin the really only good thing about the book for you.

I did really like the fact that Clary started doing Shadowhunter training. It was interesting to see her try and better herself this way. Perhaps she will learn to be less silly now that she is getting training in it.

If this had been the first book for the series I really don’t think I would pick it up and read the rest of them. I was interested in the ending because I already knew and loved the characters and everything that happened before. It I had just come in on this book it wouldn’t have worked for me. Apparently it gets better from here on out, so those reading along don’t worry too much. Keep reading.

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Book Review – City Of Glass

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Title: City of Glass [The Mortal Instruments 3]

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Romance

Lenght: 541

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Description/Synopsis:

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Wow this book was awesome, by far my favourite one so far.

There was never a dull moment in the plot, things were always happening but it still took its moments to make me laugh. Though I worked out a big plot resolving around someone I’m going to call S since I don’t want to ruin it for anyone reading this review, it didn’t bother me because I still questioned if it was true or not right up until the end.

Jace really got under my skin n this book. I barely even noticed how dumb Clary was (most the time, some stuff was too stupid to ignore), because I was too busy wanting to punch Jace in the face. The way he treated Clary at some points was just horrible and pretty much all he does is mope about how he is all filled with demon blood and is evil because of it. All of that being said, I actually really liked the relationship he developed with Simon. Who would have thought that would have happened?

On a side note how bad is Simon’s luck? Is it wrong that I find it really funny? Nah…

Though I loved this book because it had so much happening in it, it did have downsides. One huge thing was TOTALLY given away and I think it was because the author just had so much to think about that she kind of just chucked it in there. This is a bit spoilery so you might want to skip to the next paragraph. In this book we are looking for the third instrument, this mirror. Then we have Clary fall into a poisonous lake which is connected to angels, and which Luke said one of its names had the word mirror in it. That was a serious flaw Clare. Just it being poisonous and connected to angels would have left it open to people guessing. Calling it a mirror was just stupid.

But there are moment like made the feels come out. Yay for Luke and Clary’s mum, I was so happy that things start to kick off for them. When she woke up I was so happy. Her and Clary’s fight was sad but I still liked it. I actually laughed when this happened:

“I was just trying to protect you-”

“Well you did a terrible job!”

I don’t really know why it was funny. Probably because she really did a very terrible, terrible job.I freaked the hell out when Magnus vanished after Clary helped him do something without showing any sign of helping her with her side of the deal. Thank god that worked out. And Spoiler – Max dies. Wow was I sad. Out of everyone to kill though, he was probably a good choice. He was aside character but his death still showed the effect the war had on everyone, and it was kind of a good balance between the good things that were happening in the book. – End Spolier.

I love the ending even though someone who was supposed to have died clearly didnt because they never found the body. It was a great conclusion. I know the story was supposed to end here, and it was a great ending. Im a little bit worried about it continuing. The ending was great, why are you risking staining that? You have a lot to uphold Clare.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Bucket List

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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 Things On My Bookisk Bucket List

  1. First on me list would have to be meeting and getting authors to sign some of my favourite books of all time! In first place for this I think I will have to give it to Melina Marchetta for her book On The Jellicoe Road. For a tie in second we have Veronica Roth for her Divergent series, and Stephenie Meyer for her book The Host.
  2. I would love to go to The Australian Book Expo one year and I would even love to go to one in another country more! But the chances of the second one happening are much lower.
  3. I would love to get 100 followers for me blog! I am currently sitting n 78. So close! I love you all <3
  4. Complete my Goodreads challenge of reading 80 books this year.
  5. Buy a proper large, wooden, and ‘fancy’ bookcase rather than the cheap and dodgy ones from kmart. My books are beautiful so they deserve something stunning to live on.
  6. Discover and read at least 12 Debut authors for the Debut Author Challenge.
  7. Read more books by Australian authors!!! I need to encourage those close to home :)
  8. Read at least one other George R.R. Martin book this year. The size of them are just scary!
  9. Read the bloody Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling because I have never read it before. Whats wrong with me…
  10. Own a stunning boxset/collection of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and actually read them all.

Now I have kind of touched on my reading goals before so if you would like to see all the reading challenges I have placed upon myself this year check out my 2014 Reading and Blogging Resolutions.

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Book Review – Insurgent

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Title: Insurgent [Divergent 2]

Author: Veronica Roth

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance, Action

Length: 525

Rating: 5 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Movie Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This book is just as a good as the first one but has a much darker tone to it. Things are also constantly happening rather than it all happening at the end of the book.

Rollercoaster feelings happened. I have a change of heart about many characters. By the end I didn’t like Tori because I found her to be way more crazy than I originally thought, I totally despised Caleb with a passion. I wanted to ripped his eyes out and peel his skin from his body, one little bit at a time. While he was a awake and feel all this happening. Yeah thats the kind of hatred he produced. There was also a person who was an enemy who I was like, I don’t know if I can hate you anymore. I also actually fell in love Christina in this book. Which you think would have been hard to do because of what happened with Will and Tris and how I found her a bit iffy in the first one, but the whole thing with Will kind of brought them closer together I couldnt not love her after that. That scene where she forgives Tris for what happens to Will brought me to tears it was so beautiful. We also see Edward again, and oh my god is he bonkers, and we get much awaited deaths, and I took sooo much joy from at least one of them.

Tris and Four’s relationship was rocky in this story. I think this annoyed some people but not me. Who could have a solid relationship with what is happening in their world and with everything they are going through. Though I will agree that most of their issues wouldn’t be happening if they actually talked to each other and that was a bit annoying. That being said these issues do not over power the rest of the story time which was refreshing.

Tris’ struggle with dealing with the death of her parents and how things ended with Will is just so sad. I feel so bad for her. So much sadness. She is struggling so hard and Four tries to help her but he doesn’t really help much and she kind of goes on a “I shouldn’t be alive” stint. She can’t even hold a gun anymore. Thats a series issue in her world.

I think one of my favourite scenes would have to be one where the Dauntless return home and play a game of paintball. Everyone is just so happy and getting along for a change and it was just a really good contrast to all the horrible things. We needed a pick me up from the sadness. Another good scene which lightens up the of the book is when Tris is drugged with the Amity ‘happy’ drug they put in their bread to keep everyone calm and mellow. Tris gets injected with way too much and is totally loopy cause of it. Tris on the drug, and how Tris reacted when it finally wore off was great.

My next favourite scene spoiler would have to be when Tris is going through the simulations Jeanine set up for her, trying to win the battle and be able to trick her divergent mind into forgetting she is in a simulation. In what I think is one of the last ones Jenean put her through (there were other before hand) she snaps out of one having to do with Tobias and says “You’ll have to do better than that Jeanine,” and Jeanine totally flips out because she can’t understand how she keeps beating them. It was a glorious moment because really, who wants Jeanine to be happy? End spoiler.

At the end of the book we get left with a huge cliff hanger than completely changes the course in which the entire story was going and can only lead to serious changes happening in the next book. I can’t wait to start! And I demamd that everyone go read these books. They are just so awesome, and the movie is coming out/is out in some places and you should always do the books before the movie!

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Feral Friday – Book Length

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Hello everyone of blogland, welcome to Feral Friday, which was started over at Book Nerds Reviews. It is a place to discuss things that make us feral with emotion! This weeks topic is:

Book Length

In the world of books, to me anyway, there are three categories I stick my books into. Novella/Short Stories, Novels, and Epic Novels. Of course there is the standard to which one goes into based on the word count which you can google and find really easily, but this way does not include ‘epic’ as a category so I’m putting books around 800+ pages long into their own category.

While I read every single of of these types of lengths, my favourite would have to be the novel category. These can be the perfect length. Though it can be heartbreaking to have a novel end and I want them to go on forever, in reality I don’t actually want them to. It ruins them for me I have to read too much in one sum. If they want to continue, I feel they should break up the story into a number of books. Though I understand why they can’t do that with some books, but it still looses something for me if I am trapped within the same books for weeks. The novel lengths allows you to introduce the land, the characters and the story all evenly and allows the author to create a wonderful world.

Short stories have a disadvantage purely because of their size. While I like some of them, and you don’t always need to go into great detail about everything to create an awesome story, generally because they don’t really have enough time/room to create an amazing world rather than an ok one. On a purely visual note too they dont look good on my shelf. Those thin spines just look silly in amongst all my other more dominate ones. They are not pretty to me.

The length for epic novels is also an issue for me. These has LOTS of room to create the best world humanly possible. However I feel they sometimes over complicate and they become dense and possibly hard to read. Like I stated earlier I start to feel like I am trapped in the story because it just keeps on going and going and going… And they hurt to hold for too long! Though my kindle kind of solves that problem for me, I still prefer things to be displayed on my shelf.

So what do you guys think about the different lengths, do you have a preference or do you not care as long as you enjoy what you read?

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Book Review – The Fault In Our Stars

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Title: The Fault In Our Stars

Author: John Green

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Length: 206

Rating: 4 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

If you don’t want spoilers for this book, I suggest you move on because there will be spoilers here.

Now I think most of you in bookland have read this book already and there isn’t really much else anyone can say about it because its been talked about alot and there is even a movie coming out soon, but I’m going to talk about it anyway because I want to give me two-cents!

I had to wait a rather long time after finishing this book to be able to start the review. I didn’t really have any words that made sense. I still don’t really have any words that make sense but here it goes.

This book was really heartbreaking. This book had me on the brink of tears multiple times. Then at the end I cried. This book was really quite heart breaking.

I go into this story knowing its about a girl who is dying of cancer. So in my mind the entire time I’m thinking its going to end with her dying because I have not read/listened/watched any reviews about the book cause I knew I was going to get to it eventually. So I was completely devastated that the person I thought was going to die the entire time is still alive by the end of the book and one of the only healthy people you meet at the beginning, my favourite character, the one most filled with life, dies instead. You also know that our main character is still going to die at some point probably not that long after the book ends.

Hazel is a pretty good character. I can’t even begin to think about what its like knowing that your life has an expiration date that is years before most people an having to live with things constantly helping you breathe. Im sure that would make you grow up faster than most people, and make her kind of harsh and disconnected from everyone. She was the character I was suspecting and welcomed for this kind of story. The only thing I didn’t really like about her or the other child/teen characters is that they seemed a bit too wise at times. Just because they are dying doesn’t make them wise…

I loved Augustus so so so much. He is really what made the book for me despite the fact I think his name is ridiculous. Pretty much all the lines that I highlighted in my kindle were from him and because I loved them. I think my favourite section of the whole book was when he was describing the swing set.

“I must see this old swing set of tears immediately.”

“That is one sad goddamned swing set.”

“We gotta do something about this frigging swing set,” he said. “I’m telling you, it’s ninety percept of the problem.”

I also loved the fact that they gave it to the person they gave it to because he said I just want them to go outside when he was talking about his children. And the book is full of funny lines like that which kind of makes it more heart breaking. Damn you good writing and characters, why must you be in such a sad book? My hear broken when I heard that Augustus was going to die.

After I read the book I went straight away to go watched the trailer. I can’t believe how good it looks, I am so excited! I will read this book again and I plan on buying a paper version of this book so I can proudly display it on my shelf.

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Feral Friday – Book Buying Bans

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Hello everyone of blogland, welcome to Feral Friday, which was started over at Book Nerds Reviews. It is a place to discuss things that make us feral with emotion! This weeks topic is:

Book Buying Bans

I don’t know for sure about the rest of you but I’m sure you all feel the same way about those words as I do. Horrible! Cursed even! Why oh why have those words entered my world?

Cause I bought too many books of course and now I must punish myself… I just don’t know how well I’m going to be able to pull this off.

So lately, especially this month I have been buying way too many books. I think I bought 12 books by like the 7th… The month had barely started.

So now I must ban myself from buying some books. Now because I will not be able to go cold turkey I have made up some rules I must follow to be able to be able to buy a few books. I’m allowed to spend $5 towards a book/s a fortnight, buy one sequel to one series or whatever a month, and for every 10 books I read (7 of which have to be on my TBR list) I’m allowed to buy whatever book I want within reason. Its going to be so difficult! Hopefully it will also help me get over this reading dull I’m having.

I don’t know if I’ll start the ban this month… I might wait until the next one… I KNOW IM TAKING THE EASY ROUTE BUT THERE ARE STILL SO MANY I MUST HAVE BEFORE I LET THIS THING TAKE HOLD! I’ll try for monday… But I don’t know if it will work.

How about you guys? Are any of you on a ban at the moment? Do they work for you? Or do they just leave you sad like I feel right now? Tell me your thoughts! I desire them.

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