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Updates, Updates and More Updates!

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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 Resolution Mid-Year Update

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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. Yeppers!
  • 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 last year. I might have to give up.
  • Be better at reading the books which are apart of my bookclubs. Nope nope nope. None so far this year.

Blogging

 

 

 

 

  • Have the courage to finally start my booktube channel. I’m seriously freaking out about it! Not yet….
  • Participate in more challenges/memes/tags. Kinda..
  • Be more active in our book blogging/vlogging community. Kinda…
  • From this day forth, I will put up a post every three days! Yes! Mostly. 

Goodreads: 38/90 – According to goodreadsthis puts me 11 books behind schedule D: I need to hurry up.

Classics: 4/5 Woooo go me.

  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

Manga/Graphic Novel: 4/5 I see a theme

  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: 9/10 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. Vol 1&2
  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.

Debut Author: FAIL 3/12 – I COMPLETELY forgot to even remotely think about this challenge…. Maybe I can do better next year.

  1. Dreamfire by Kit Alloway.
  2. Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

So I am pretty damn happy about what I have done so fare this year. All but one (not including goodreads) of my challenges I am just one off of each of them from completion! Yay me. So I am going to add back on one I completed last year but I think is still something I need to work on; Read 10 Adult novels.

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Bout Of Books 13 – Wrap Up

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 122

Books Finished: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Day 2

Pages Read: 282

Books Started: Kissing In America by Margo Rabb

Books Read: Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert

Day 3

Pages Read: 306

Books Finished: Kissing In America by Margo Rabb

Books Started:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Day 4

Pages Read: 314

Books Finished: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Books Started: Half Bad by Sally Green

Books Read:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert

Day 5

Pages Read: 298

Books Read:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert
  3. Half Bad by Sally Green

Day 6

Pages Read: 289

Books Finished: Half Bad by Sally Green

Books Started: Half Wild by Sally Green

Books Read: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Day 7

Pages Read: 92

Books Read:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Half Wild by Sally Green

 

So while I still have a nearly an hour left before my final day in this read-a-thon draws to a close, I am going to rest it here I think and call the end for me. While sometimes I can handle doing two weeks of read-a-thons, apparently this is not one of those times. I feel extremely sleep deprived, always having to be up with the sun and staying up late so I can actually get some reading done in the day. This plus the stress of hating my job and family issues that have been happening its taken a toll on me and I feel just destroyed and unwell. Having pushed through Half Bad must not have helped, because it made me feel like stopping earlier.

So today, day 7, I call a bust because I decided to go have a bit of fun and take my best friend, her little sister and her little friend to Dreamworld for the day. It was awesome, so I don’t feel bad about not spending the day reading. I finished 3 out of the 4 books I planned on reading, and I got half way and more through a couple of other books as well which adds up. So yay me! I also really liked taking part in all the challenges <3

So here are my end results:

Total Books Read

(Completed)

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(Not Completed)

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Total Pages Read: 1702

I hope you all had a wonderful Bout of Books 13, as I know I did!

 

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Bout Of Books 13 – Day 6 Challenges + Updates

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 122

Books Finished: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Day 2

Pages Read: 282

Books Started: Kissing In America by Margo Rabb

Books Read: Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert

Day 3

Pages Read: 306

Books Finished: Kissing In America by Margo Rabb

Books Started:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Day 4

Pages Read: 314

Books Finished: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Books Started: Half Bad by Sally Green

Books Read:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert

Day 5

Pages Read: 298

Books Read:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert
  3. Half Bad by Sally Green

Day 6

Pages Read: 289

Books Finished: Half Bad by Sally Green

Books Started: Half Wild by Sally Green

Books Read: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Once Upon A Chapter Challenge

My challenge is fairly simple: take a photo of your favorite read so far in Bout of Books 13 and share that link with me in the Rafflecopter below. That’s it. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, amirite?

For more info check out the host blog.

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Bout Of Books 13 – Day 5 Challenges + Updates

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 122

Books Finished: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Day 2

Pages Read: 282

Books Started: Kissing In America by Margo Rabb

Books Read: Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert

Day 3

Pages Read: 306

Books Finished: Kissing In America by Margo Rabb

Books Started:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Day 4

Pages Read: 314

Books Finished: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Books Started: Half Bad by Sally Green

Books Read:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert

Day 5

Pages Read: 298

Books Read:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert
  3. Half Bad by Sally Green

Cover Colour Challenge

Pick a colour(s). Find four books with covers almost completely in that colour/those colours (they need to be at least 2/3 similar – basically they need to match or be the same colour – i.e. all green’s, all yellow’s, or match like the black and purple ones below).
List the books somewhere (blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) or paste the pictures of the books online in a post on your blog or on another site.
If you would like to know more check out the host blog.
I love love love this challenge. So simple but really lets you see what kind of colours are on your shelf.For this I chose green and I thought I had four perfect books but then it turned out that the spine of the last book I was thinking of was green while the cover was actually black (damn you half wild), so I had to find something close to perfect. As an added bonus they all have plant life on them!
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Bout Of Books 13 – Day 4 Challenges + Updates

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 122

Books Finished: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Day 2

Pages Read: 282

Books Started: Kissing In America by Margo Rabb

Books Read: Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert

Day 3

Pages Read: 306

Books Finished: Kissing In America by Margo Rabb

Books Started:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Day 4

Pages Read: 314

Books Finished: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Books Started: Half Bad by Sally Green

Books Read:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert

Modern To Classic Challenge

Share one book that you believe will be considered a classic in 100 years time. Simple? I do have a few caveats, the book must have been published in or after 2005 and you need to provide two reasons for why this book will be a classic.

For me details check out the host blog.

When thinking of a bool for this challenge, only one jumped into my mind. But I thought I should at least consider others so I looked briefly at my other 4-5 star rated books. And I mean briefly. I scanned about 5 titles before I gave up because there was no point, I was going to choose this book anyway. Anyone who has been reading my blogs for awhile should be able to tell which book it is already. I choose:

On The Jellicoe Road By Melina Marchetta

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Reasons:

  1. This book contains many many lessons. While life can be unbelievably sad and unfair this is so much joy that can be found in the simple things, which can turn into big things. Things you think you know, you may be completely wrong about and this can be the best thing ever. Friendship and love can come from the most unexpected places. Its never too late to start living, and so many more. All of which are things we as human beings are going to need to keep reminding ourselves and learning till the end of time.
  2. The story is told at an age and through a girl who needs to learn and come to understand all these things herself, just like many of its possible readers will be if they are willing to sit a moment, read the book, and absorb all the lessons and the meanings that its pages just drips with. Not to mention that it does it in a way where you are not bored to death and is a remarkably sad but still touching and heart warming story.

 

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Bout Of Books 13 – Day 3 Challenges + Update

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 122

Books Finished: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Day 2

Pages Read: 282

Books Started: Kissing In America by Margo Rabb

Books Read: Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert

Day 3

Pages Read: 306

Books Finished: Kissing In America by Margo Rabb

Books Started:

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Book Haiku

Write a haiku about whatever book you’re reading right now.

For more information check out the host blog.

Wow aren’t I glad that I held off doing this challenge until I switched books, because having to write a haiku about Kissing In America would have just been painful. The book I am choosing to go with is Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda:

Oh to think of Blue,

Forever wondering who,

I’m just left with socks.

Only people who have at least started the book will understand this haiku but I don’t care. It gives me a giggle.

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Bout Of Books 13 – Day 2 Challenges + Update

Bout of Books

Day 1

Pages Read: 122

Books Finished: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Day 2

Pages Read: 282

Books Started: Kissing In America by Margo Rabb

Books Read: Ashlynn’s Dreams by Julie Gilbert

Character Face Off Challenge

Create the ultimate character face-off.

Pick two of your all-time favourite characters. They can be from the books you chose for the read-a-thon (or not — totally up to you).

Even though they are both your favourite, you HAVE to choose one as the winner. And tell me why.

Sell me on why this ONE character is your favourite character of ALL characters.

Check out the host blog for more details.

Umm excuse me what? Pick just one favourite character?! What bloody madness is this…  I really don’t think it can be done so I am restricting it to male characters, and from two of my favourite books.

Opponent #1: Jonah Griggs from On The Jellicoe Road

– WHO: Leader of the Cadets, an opposing side of a war.

– CONS: Temper, tormented past

– PROS: Brave, loyal, honest, sexy

 

Opponent #2: Red from Daughter of the Forest

– WHO: Ruler of a warring land.

– CONS: Kidnapper

– PROS: Protective, loyal, understanding, sexy

 

Winner: Red

Why: My head is screaming at me to put Jonah down as the winner because he is part of my all time favourite book, but it is failing to give me good enough reasons why. He is an amazing person. He has had to go through so much and the relationship that he and Taylor have is really complicated and beautiful. However, Red though he kidnaps Sorcha, then spends every waking moment to understanding her and doing everything for those he loves. Jonah remembers what Taylor likes to have for breakfast, but Red learns how to communicate and understand Sorcha though she never utters a word or makes a noise. He was willing to let her go to try and make her happy, then gave up everything he knew and loved to be with her.

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AYearAThon – November (Wrap Up)

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And we have come to the end of our November read-a-thon. Its not the best I have ever done in one by far, but I am still really happy with what I have done. It has been a wonderful, relaxed week and mostly stellar books!

Day 1

Pages Read: 516

Books Finished:

  1. Glitches by Marissa Meyer
  2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Books Started: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Day 2

Pages Read: 382

Books Finished: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Books Started: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Day 3

Pages Read: 361

Books Finished:

  1. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  2. The Little Android by Marissa Meyer
  3. The Queen’s Army by Marissa Meyer

Books Started: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Day 4

Pages Read: 308

Books Started: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Books Read: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Day 5

Pages Read: 301

Books Read: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Books Finished: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Day 6

Pages Read: 417

Books Finished:

  1. Splintered by A.G. Howard
  2. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Day 7

Pages Read: 330

Books Finished: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Total Books Read

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Total Pages Read: 2615

Now since I am moving over the whole month of December and will have spotty access to the net I will no be partaking in anymore read-a-thons this year. I am glad I could finish on such a positive note.

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AYearAThon – November (Day 5)

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I didn’t actually feel like reading anything today, so I am kind of amazed that I read anything at all. Well, listened really. I have been doing an audio book for The Book of Lost Things so that I could do other things at the same time. Anyway, here is what has been achieved so far:

Day 1

Pages Read: 516

Books Finished:

  1. Glitches by Marissa Meyer
  2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Books Started: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Day 2

Pages Read: 382

Books Finished: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Books Started: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Day 3

Pages Read: 361

Books Finished:

  1. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  2. The Little Android by Marissa Meyer
  3. The Queen’s Army by Marissa Meyer

Books Started: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Day 4

Pages Read: 308

Books Started: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Books Read: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Day 5

Pages Read: 301

Books Read: Splintered by A.G. Howard

Books Finished: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

 

I adored The Book of Lost Things. Because it was in audio form though I found that I both struggled and loved the format. While I would be trying to do things I would be listening to the book and next thing I know, I would wake out of my trance the story had put me in and realise that I stopped doing whatever it was I was doing ages ago and have just been listening. Then other times I found that because it was audio that I got distracted from it easily and missed section. Weird.

I think the reason for my slump is because of Splintered though. I just really don’t care about it. My OCD side is telling me just to push through, I just have just over three and half hours left until I am done with it. We shall see I guess. I could finish it tomorrow but it might be better to start something else.

If any of you are taking part link me your updates so I can see :)

 

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