Manga Madness Readathon Round 3 Announcement and Sign-Up (#MangaMadnessReadathon)

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Today, I’m announcing the third round of Manga Madness Readathon, which I  will be hosting from August 10th – August 18th and you’ll be able to use #MangaMadnessReadathon to share your progress, if you decide to join. Just like with the other rounds, there will be 25 Challenges, although you don’t have to complete all of them, but you can if you want to, and it will take the form of a Bingo Board.

And just like last round their will be 3 different options, because this idea was quite popular last round, I’m sticking to it again this round. This will also be the Official Sign-Up again this round too, which you’ll find at the bottom of this post. So, here are the Challenges:

Read a Manga in a Genre of your Choice

These Challenges are the same as last round, and again this round there will be the challenge in which you can read a Manga by your favourite Manga Artist OR the hosts Favourite. If you don’t have a Favourite Manga Artist or you’ve read all of there work already, you can read my Favourite Manga Artist (which is still the same as last round): Jun Mochizuki

So, I’ll now let you know what you can read if you’d like to do this one, you have three options and I loved all of these; I highly recommend reading any of these:

Crimson Shell was Jun Mochizuki’s Debut and is a one-shot manga, so if you want something quick and simple to read, I’d suggest this one as it’s only one Volume. Pandora Hearts was the first one by her that I read, and I absolutely loved it, this one has 24 Volumes, It’s also loosely based on Alice in Wonderland; It was inspired by it. And The Case Study of Vanitas is her most recent ongoing series, that has only 3 volumes so far, this is set in Steampunk Victorian Paris and it’s about Vampires, for anybody interested in that. 

This BINGO sheet will have a lot of different options for what your book should include – and after reading said book during the readathon, you will be able to cross that square off of your BINGO sheet. Also, If you don’t want to do the Bingo Challenges, you don’t have to. You can still participate even if you decide that you don’t want to do the challenges. As long as you’re reading Manga and you’re having fun, it counts; the whole point of this readathon is to just have fun, and read Manga. If you’re not sure what to read for some of the challenges, you can check out Manga Madness Readathon Recommendations and Manga Series I’ve Read from Start to Finish

Obviously the point of the read-a-thon is to challenge yourself and read as much as you can, and there is no pressure to read a certain amount of books during it. Again, this round will also have three Different Options for those who aren’t fond of Bingo Board Challenges.

Option 1: Bingo Board Challenges 
Option 2: Read anything you want 
Option 3: Stick to one Series. For those of you who want to continue or Finish a series and not switch between different series!

There will also be Instagram Photo Challenges this round. This was a last minute decision, but I wanted to expand this readathon to Instagram as well as twitter, and have Photo Challenges. So, each day there’ll be a different Photo Challenge. Anyway, here are the photo challenges: 

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  • This readAThon will take place every couple months. I will post a tweet one month in advance to the readAThon on the official twitter account @MMReadathon
  • If you are participating – tag #MangaMadnessReadathon and @MMReadathonin your Tweet about your post!
  • ReadAThon will last one week – you can come and go as you please.
  • Follow this blog and this Twitter for any official updates on the readAThon.

The Rules are simple:

  • Just read as much Manga as you can in a week.
  • Read 1 volume of manga for each challenge, unless number of volumes is indicated. Or Choose one of the Above Options.
  • You can read multiple volumes of manga in a series to have them count for multiple categories, but you can’t use the same volume of manga for multiple categories. It has to be a different Volume for every challenge

Sign-Up:

The readathon will mostly be taking place on Twitter but you can write a blog post about the readathon and your progress or post on Instagram. Anywhere you want to basically, just don’t forget to fill in the sign-up form so I can keep track of who’s participating and how many of you are participating! You can find the sign-up form here.

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I think after this round of #MangaMadnessReadathon, I will have completed enough Manga Series to do a part II of ‘Manga Series I’ve Read from Start to Finish’. I’ll probably have another one of those up after this round; a more updated version. Will you be taking part? What do you think of this Readathon? Any suggestions or improvements you can think of? Feel free to let me know in the Comments, or on Twitter.

Thank you so much for reading and I hope to see around on social media using the #MangaMadnessReadathon so I can see all your posts and progress throughout the readathon!

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July 2018 TBR (#SciFiJulyBM, #Alphabethon, #RoadTripReadathon, #TBRJarRAT, #ReadEHthon, #Astrothon, #BecauseDragonRAT, #Strangeathon #Retellathon #ReadYourFaceOff #24in48, #Readathon)

  1. October TBR (2)
  2. Today I’m going to be sharing my July TBR. Keep in mind that this isn’t all set in stone. I’m terrible at sticking to TBR’s, especially recently. How is it already July?! Where has all the time gone?! I don’t even feel like I’ve read that many books this year, which is strange because I’ve already read 122 books this years and I’m only 1 book behind my Goodreads Reading Challenge of 250. Okay anyway, let’s get started on my TBR! I’m also Participating in Tome Topple, check out my TBR HERE. I’m not sure I’ll read them all, but these are all the books I’m considering reading this month.

Sci-Fi July (#SciFiJulyBM)

(Sunday, July 1st – Tuesday, July 31st)

This challenge is hosted by Kathy @ Books and Munches and is all about reading Sci-Fi, I actually don’t usually read Sci-fi books, I don’t even like the genre that much, but I have a few sci-fi books that I would like to read, and seeing as last month I failed all the challenges, including the scifi one, I thought I would attempt this again. 

 

 

Alphabethon (#Alphabethon)

(Sunday, July 1st – Tuesday, July 31st)

Alphabethon is doing a summer round, which consists in reading 26 books that start with a letter of the alphabet and you have to read in alphabetical order. And you can’t pass letters ahead, you have to read in order. So I compiled a list of the books I want to read for this round, I had some difficulty with some letters but eventually, I got them all. I also have chosen out some Alternatives for some of them. 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternatives:

 

 

 

 

Road Trip Readathon (#RoadTripReadathon)

(Sunday, July 1st – Tuesday, July 31st)

This is a month long ReadAThon based on taking a road trip and I actually love the idea of this one! The ReadAThon will go for the entire month of July. What you do is choose a state/country. After you choose your state you read a book set in that state/Country then you move to the next state.Country, however, it has to be a connected state. You have to travel from state to adjacent state. You just keep doing this until the end of July! Road Trip ReadAthon Announcement. I am going to read my way through part of Europe, starting in Ireland and ending in Finland. For each of these Countries I have a few options to choose from depending on my mood, I’ll list them all below. 

Ireland

 

Scotland

 

Wales

 

London

 

France

 

Belgium

 

Netherlands

 

Germany

 

Switzerland

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Italy

 

Austria

 

Czech Republic 

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Poland

 

Swedan

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Norway

 

Finland

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TBR Jar Readathon (#TBRJarRAT)

(Sunday, July 1st – Sunday, July 8th)

So, this ReadAThon is dedicated to you’re TBR Jar. You put the names of books in a Jar and pull one out, read & repeat until the ReadAThon ends. You can put all the books on your TBR into the jar, you can put the books you are anticipating & really want to read in the jar, if you are doing another reading challenge for the month you can put the names of all of those books in the jar. I actually do have a TBR Jar – Although I don’t use it much as I wish I did – with all the titles of the books from my shelves + eARC’s that I’ve received to review. So I’m not going to put a TBR here for this one, but If you’re interesting to know what I’ll be reading, follow me on Twitter, as I’ll probably be doing some updates on there. 

Read-EH-thon (#ReadEHthon)

(Sunday, July 1st – Sunday, July 8th)

I recently found out about the Read-EH-thon that’s happening between the 1st July and the 8th July. This is a readathon hosted by BooksandlalaSaidthestoryMyreadingisodd, Yerabooknerdzoe&Squibblesread that was created to influence readers to pick up more books written by Canadian Authors and that feature Canadian settings and stories! You do NOT need to be Canadian to participate in this readathon! I will be honest – I just could not find a book by a  Canadian author on my shelves and I probably won’t be completing the challenges. 

There are five challenges:

• Read a book with red on the cover
• Read a book by a Canadian woman
• Read a book with “E” and “H” in the title
• Read a book by an indigenous author
• Read a book set in a province you’ve never visited

Anyway, here is my TBR:

 

Astrothon (#Astrothon)

(Sunday, July 1st – Sunday, July 8th)

This one is an 8 day long ReadAThon that has reading challenges! The goal is to finish 4 books and you’re allowed to use 1 book for 2 challenges. The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 1st till 11:59 pm on the 8th of July. There are 11 challenges. The announcement for this one is on the Instagram account @book.by.book

Reading challenges:

Sun: Finish a book in 24 hours- One Piece Volume 66, 67, 68 by Eiichiro Oda
Mercury: A book with an important message – Boy Erased by Garrard Conley
Venus: A book by a female author – The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell
Earth: A book you see yourself represented in – The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Mars: A book about someone/something lost – As dead as it gets by Katie Alender
Jupiter: A book you can finish in one sitting – One Piece Volume 69, 70, 71 by Eiichiro Oda
Saturn: A book with an eye-catching cover – The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Uranus: a character with a cold demeanour
Neptune: A book with blue on the cover – Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Pluto: A book written in a non-traditional format – Rumble by Ellen Hopkins
Moon: A book in a series – Eragon by Christopher Paolini

 

 

BecauseDragonsRAT (#BecauseDragonRAT)

(Sunday, July 1st – Saturday, July 7th)

This is round 5 of this Fantasy based ReadAThon. This is for Fantasy lovers, so Fantasy books only and this one has reading challenges. The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 1st till 11:59 pm on the 7th of July. Everything else is explained in THIS Instagram post including how to enter the giveaway! She also uses her own Twitter at times too. I don’t think I’m going to be completing the challenges. 

Reading Challenges:

1. Read a fantasty with red on the cover
2. Read a fantasy based on a mythology you are unfamiliar with
3. Read a fantasy with a strong friendship
4. Read the last fantasy book you acquired
5. Read a fantasy with dragons

 

Strangeathon (#Strangeathon)

(Monday, July 9th – Sunday, July 15th)

This is a week long spooky themed ReadAThon. This one has Reading Challenges, reading sprints and live streams. The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 9th till 11:59 pm on the 15th of July. Check out the StrangeAThon Twitter Page for more details. 

Reading Challenges:

1. Undead Summer: Read a book with someone without a pulse – As Dead as it Gets by Katie Alender or Chemistry by C. L. Lynch
2. Lazy Days: Take the full ReadAThon to read a book
3. Halloween is everyday: Read a book you’ve been saving for October – Pet Sematary by Stephen King
4. Abandoned TBR: Read a book from another TBR that you didn’t get to – NOS4R2 by Joe Hill 
5. Friday 13th: A book about Luck or Serial Killers – Pretty Wicked by Kelly Charron or Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
6. Bonfire: Read a book with matches, lighters, fire or smoke
7. Lonliest Review: Read a book that you’ve heard no one talk about – Trust in me by Sophie McKenzie
Bonus Challenge:
The F-Up: Accidently pick a book that doesn’t fit any challenge

 

 

Retellathon (#Retellathon)

(Sunday, July 8th – Sunday, July 15th)

This one is an 8 day long ReadAThon all about reading retellings! This one has Reading Challenges and you can double up, so 1 book can count for more than one challenge! There is also a group book as one of the reading challenges. The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 8th till 11:59 pm on the 15th of July. RetellAThon TwitterRetellAThon Announcement Twitter Thread. I won’t be completing the challenges for this one either. 

Reading Challenges:

1. Love at first sight: A retelling of your favourite fairy-tale
2. True Love’s Twist: Read a queer or gender-flipped retelling
3. Faraway Kingdom: Read a retelling of a fairytale from your heritage
4. Under a Spell: Read the Group Book
5. Unhappily Ever After: A retelling with a dark twist.

 

Read Your Face Off 24 Hour Readathon (#ReadYourFaceOff )

(Saturday, July 14th – Sunday, July 15th)

Read You Face Off is a Goodreads group that does monthly reads and discussions. However, they also do 24 Hour ReadAThons as well. There are no rules, just read as much as you can in 24 hours! The ReadAThon goes from 9:00am on the 14th till 9am on the 15th of July.

 

 

 

24 in 48 Readathon (#24in48)

(Saturday, July 21st – Sunday, July 22nd)

This one you aim to read for 24 hours within a 48 hour time block. The only other thing you need to know is that you need to sign up with the form in the bottom of the 24in48 ReadAThon announcement post. Also use the hashtag #24in48 on all social media. The ReadAThon goes from 12:01am on the 21st till 11:59 pm on the 22nd of July. I won’t be able to read all these, but these are some options, and I’ll just see how many I can get through.

 

 

Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon (#Readathon)

(Saturday, July 28th – Sunday, July 29th)

This month seems to be full of 24 hour readathon, so I’m going to have a lot of fun with all these. I’m going to add my TBR to these two readathons here a bit closer to the dates. 

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This was a really long post and I mentioned a lot of books. These are Some of the books I’m hoping to read this month. So, we’ll see which ones I end up reading and enjoying. I’m excited for all these books. 

What about you guys? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? What books are on your TBR? What books are you looking forward to reading this month? Are you participating in any of these readathons/Reading Challenges this month? Are you participating in any other readathons/Challenges I didn’t mention in this post? Let me know in the Comments!

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Book Haul/TBR Revisit #7

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Today I will be doing my April, May, June, July 2017 Book Haul/TBR Revisit. I will also be wrapping up my September 2016, February 2017 & March 2017 Revisit. I won’t be unhauling any books that I haven’t read (unless I know I won’t get around to it, or I’m not interested in it anymore) but it will still be interesting to see how I’ve done! Let’s just get into this! So, I only ended up reading 1/41 of the books I planned to read and that was:

Toxic Heart

I’m currently reading or started reading some of the other books last month. So, these are the books that I’m going to make top priority books this month to read, and try to finish off these ones:

Anything that I didn’t get to last month, I will pass them over to this month and read them in July Instead. So, these were all the Books I didn’t get to last month:

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – Unread
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – Unread
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Unread
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – Unread

Forgetting by Sharon Cameron – Unread
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige – Unread
The Lost Kingdom by N & A Lochel – Unread
The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa – Unread

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George – Unread
Blame it on Paris by Laura Florand – Unread
The Illustrated Works of Jane Austen – Unread
Legacy of Blood by Alex Connor – Unread

November 9 by Colleen Hoover – Unread
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks – Unread
The Best of me by Nicholas Sparks – Unread
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – Unread

Vanessa and her Sister by Priya Parmar – Unread
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston – Unread
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak – Unread
Niceville by Carsten Stroud – Unread

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver – Unread
Delirium by Lauren Oliver – Unread
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling – Unread, I will only be reading this one if I manage to read book 6 & 7 in the Harry Potter series, which I’m hoping to get around to this month. 
Mister Monday by Garth Nix – Unread

The Akhenaten Adventure by P.B. Kerr – Unread
The Blue Djinn of Babylon by P.B. Kerr – Unread
The Cobra King of Kathmandu by P.B. Kerr – Unread
The Day of the Djinn Warriors by P.B. Kerr – Unread

The eye of the forest by P.B. Kerr – Unread
Taken by Storm by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – Unread, this is the 3rd book in this series, and I don’t own any of the others, so I won’t be reading this one this month. 
All Fall Down by Ally Carter – Unread
Caraval by Stephanie Garber – Unread

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron – Unread
Convergence & The Dragon’s Return by Stan Lee – Unread
Freeks by Amanda Hocking – Unread

The Ring/Changes/Full Circle by Danielle Steel – Unread
NOS4R2 by Joe Hill – Unread

Unread: 48

Unhauled: 0

April 2017 Book Haul:

The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl – Read
The Twits by Roald Dahl – Read
One Piece Omnibus 1 (Volume 1-2-3) by Eiichiro Oda – Read

Read: 3

Unread: 0

Unhauled: 0

May 2017 Book Haul:

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare – Read
Beauty and the Beast Novelisation by Elizabeth Rudnick – Read

Read: 2

Unread: 0

Unhauled: 0

May 2017 TBR:

Countless by Karen Gregory – Read
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – Unread
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – Unread

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer – Unread
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte – Unread
Grim, edited by Christine Johnson – Unhauled

Read: 1

Unread: 4

Unhauled: 1

June 2017 Book Haul:

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – Read
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan – Read
Percy Jackson and the Titan Curse by Rick Riordan – Read
Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan – Read

Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan – Read
I’ll Give you the sun by Jandy Nelson – Read
The Sky is everywhere by Jandy Nelson – Read

Haunted by Alexandra Adornetto – Unread
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle – Unread
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading – Unread

Read: 7

Unread: 3

Unhauled: 0

June 2017 TBR:

The Selection by Kiera Cass – Read
The Fever Code by James Dashner – Read
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – Read

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater – Read
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – Read

Read: 5

Unread: 0

Unhauled: 0

July 2017 Book Haul:

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley – Unread
Deltora Quest Volume 1 by Emily Rodda – Read
Geography Club by Brent Hartinger – Read

You Know me Well by Nina Lacour & David Levithan – Read
Five days in paris by Danielle Steel – Unread
The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory – Unread

Read: 3

Unread: 3

Unhauled: 0

July 2017 Book Haul:

Wicked by Gregory Maguire – Read
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – Unhauled
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue by Mackenzie Lee – Read

Read: 2

Unread: 0

Unhauled: 1

Read: 23

Unread: 58

Unhauled: 2

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So that’s 58 books! That’s a lot of books, so I don’t know how many I’ll actually be able to get through, but some of the book here are also on my Tome Topple TBR. So hopefully I’ll be able to finish some of these for that. 

And again, I’ll be doing this each month, I’ll keep a monthly tally. And I’ll summarise each previous month. So that each month we can figure out how I did after last month’s revisit and keep track of how many books I have to read

I’m looking forward to reading all of these books! Have you read any of these books and if so, which was your favourite? Thoughts? Any of these on your TBR? Which ones do you recommend I read first? Let me know in the comments. Let me know what you all thought of each of these books if you read them or if you want to read them!

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June 2018 Wrap Up & Book Haul

August Wrap-Up & Haul

I didn’t read that much in June, I’ll link the Reading Wrap up below, if you’re interested to see what I read. This is just my Blogging Wrap Up, Although I didn’t blog too much either, and I’m still quite behind on a lot of posts and reviews, so I’ll hopefully get around to those this month in July. If you would like to see something on here or see me talk about a specific topic/Subject, please let me know. Or if you would like me to do another Q&A, leave some questions in the comments. I love doing Q&A’s and answering your questions. 

Reviews Finished this Month:

Fourteen Summers by Quinn Anderson

Tags/Memes/Awards Done this Month:

100 Truths Blogger Tag 
Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag 2018!

TBRs & Wrap ups:

May 2018 Reading Wrap Up (#MoodyMay, #SCReadathon) 
May 2018 Wrap Up & Book Haul 
Book Haul/TBR Revisit #6 
June 2018 *Pride Month* TBR (#JazzyJune, #ScifiJune) 
Tome Topple Round 6 TBR (#TomeTopple) 
June 2018 Reading Wrap Up

Other Posts done this Month:

Happy Pride Month! 
What Pride means to me! 
Gender Identity: Why I Identify as Non Binary and what does that means 
LGBTQ+ Book Recommendations

Book Haul:

So this month I acquired a total of 8 Books. I was pretty good this month and didn’t buy too many books, most of the books I Acquired are Review Copies. 5 Books I Bought, and 3  are eBooks I received to review. 

Physical Books I Bought:

One of us is Lying by Karen M. McManus 
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth 
Dear Evan Hansen (Hardcover & Audiobook) 
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren 

eARCS I Received:

Fourteen Summers by Quinn Anderson
Skating Through by Jennifer Cosgrove
From this Window by Diana Jean

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That’s it for this post! What books did you Acquire in June? Any June Blog Posts you would like me to check out? I would love to know. If you have your own Book Haul or Wrap-Up post(s), leave them down below as well.

Click on the links to go to the goodreads pages to find out more about the books and authors.

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June 2018 Reading Wrap Up

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I didn’t read many books this month, and I completely failed the reading challenges I set in June, I didn’t read anything for them. I only read 6 Books, but none of the books I ended up reading counts for any of the challenges. So, this month I was participating in Jazzy June (#JazzyJune), which is hosted by Kathy @ Books and Munches, and Sci-fi Summer (#SciFiJune). You can check out my TBR HERE. Okay, so now that I’ve gone over the challenges I failed and the books I didn’t read, let’s get on with the actual wrap up and what I did read. 

Fourteen Summers by Quinn Anderson
Toxic Heart by Theo Lawrence
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway by Susan Jeffers
Every Exquisite Thing by Cassandra Clare
Speech & Debate (Play) by Stephen Karam

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That’s it for this post! How did you do in June? Have you read any of these books? Thoughts? If you have your own Wrap-up for May or any of these readathons, leave them down below as well, I’d love to check them out.

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LGBTQ+ Book Recommendations

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Today I’m coming at you with another recommendations post, I haven’t done one these for a while. So, today – as it’s the end of June (Pride Month) I thought I’d share some of my Favourite LGBTQ+ Books. This isn’t a full list, these are just some of the more recent ones I’ve read, as I have other posts similar. If you would like to see more I have Diverse Book Recommendations (although, not all these ones are LBGT), and A to Z of LGBTQ+ Books, or you can check out more HERE.

This post may include books I’ve mentioned before, but I’m going to bring them up again anyway, because I think we need more diverse books out in the world and some of these book I can not mention enough, and I think everybody should read them too. This list consists of 13 books, some of these are series. I’ll also link each of them to the goodreads page and my review if I’ve done a review of them. Okay, so let’s just get into the recommendations:

The Mortal Instruments and The Dark Artifices – Cassandra Clare

City of Bones Review | Lady Midnight Review | Goodreads

 

I‘m going to start with my favourite author, I’m not going to sum up either of these series since the LGBT+ parts of both these series are more subplots rather than the main plots and everybody should by now have heard of these. The Mortal Instruments deals with a gay and bisexual character, both of which appear in The Dark Artifices too. The Dark Artifices deals with a transgender character which is revealed in Lord of Shadows, which is the second book, and features, Gay, Bisexual, and Lesbian Characters. Cassandra Clare writes amazing characters which you can’t help but love and very diverse cast of characters. 

Signs of Love Series – Anyta Sunday

Leo loves Aries Review | Scorpio Hates Virgo ReviewGoodreads

 

I read this series this year, and I loved them. I received the first two from netgalley, and it was so worth the read, the third one wasn’t on Netgalley though, so I bought the eBook after I read  the first two. Each book features different characters, so you don’t have to read them in order, but I would definitely recommend reading them in the correct order as some of the character make appearances in some of the other ones. I‘m not going to say too much about this one. But this was such a witty, romantic, feel good series. I really enjoyed the easiness of the reading style. Everything was well written and flowed perfectly. 

Better Nate Than Ever – Tim Federle

Better Nate Than Ever Review | Five, Six, Seven, Nate! ReviewGoodreads

 

While this wasn’t one of my favourites I thought that I would add this here still, as it’s a middle grade series. LGBTQ+ Characters are a little more rare in Middle Grade books. In Better Nate Than Ever we follow Nate Foster as he sets out on a big journey to make his dreams come true. Nate dreams of starring in a Broadway show and with the ingenious help of his Best Friend Libby, he concocts an exciting plan. When his parents go on a weekend trip and leave Nate in the care of his teenage brother, Nate and Libby put their plan in motion and Nate finds himself on an overnight bus trip to NYC and to an audition for E.T.: The Musical.

The Amanzimtoti Series – Carmen-Shea Hepburn

The Ridge ReviewInyoni Rocks Review | Goodreads

 

Easily one of my favourite LGBT Series! Set in Amanzimtoti, South Africa, this series follows Wayne as he starts his final year of high school, when a childhood friend comes back into town, and all the drama associated with his return as Wayne struggles with what last happened between them years ago. The author’s depiction of South Africa as the backdrop for the story was also really enjoyable. I’d never read a book set in South Africa before reading this. 

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzie Lee

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Gentleman

There was no way I could do a LGBT+ recommendations post without including this book. This is one of my absolute favourite books, if you haven’t read this yet, I need to read it. Monty and Percy are going on a grand tour of Europe before Monty is to inherit his Father’s estate and Percy to go away to a school. And Monty is falling in love with Percy. I was expecting this book to be boring. I thought nothing much was going to happen. But so much happens. And Monty and Percy. Honestly, these characters are so precious. And believe me, it’s 100% not boring. Also, I just realised I never did a review of this one. How have I still not reviewed this yet? So, keep an eye out for that, hopefully I can have the review up soon. 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz

Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Review | Goodreads

Aristotle and Dante

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is written in first person by Aristotle. Ari is a fifteen year old who at the beginning of his summer break decides to go swimming at the local pool. Though he really can’t swim, never learned how. He meets Dante and a friendship blossoms. Chapters are short and to the point. Some in fact are only a few sentences long. Ari and Dante quickly became real people to me and I easily fell in love with them both. There is no complex plot with many moving parts. It’s just a simple story about two boys and how they discover themselves, the world and the part they play in it.

If I was your Girl – Meredith Russo

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If I was your Girl

A beautiful story about a girl starting a new school and trying to fit it and in the process also falling in love. A contemporary YA romance about a transgender girl, written by a transgender woman. Starting a new school where nobody knows her, she can finally experience how it is to be a normal teenage girl falling in love with a boy. I think anyone, regardless of their age or identity would get something valuable out of this book.

I’ll Give you the sun – Jandy Nelson

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The writing in this is so beautiful and it was one of my favourite books when I read it. I liked Noah and his story from the very beginning. It was mostly the parts about Jude and her stone-carving that I wasn’t so interested in but, as I’ve reached the end, I see how it all fit into the story. I loved how art played such a big role in the book, and although I’m far from an artist, I found myself opening up and understanding the huge impact art had on the characters’ lives. 

Fourteen Summers by Quinn Anderson

Fourteen Summers Review | Goodreads

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Fourteen Summers is a New Adult LGBT Romance told from three POVs: Oliver, Aiden, and Max. Fourteen Summers is a coming-of-age tale that encompasses many different types of relationships – romantic, familial, and friendship. This novel was sweet and warm, yet had its moments when it became highly emotional. I highly recommend Fourteen Summers.

Simon vs the Home Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

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Two Boys

This story follows seven gay teenage boys during a trans-formative and emotionally intense 48 hour period of their lives. There is Peter and Neil, who are in an established relationship; Ryan and Avery who meet and connect at a gay prom; Cooper, who is feeling lonely and dejected by the world at large; and, finally, Harry and Craig, ex-boyfriends-turned-best-friends, who are attempting to break a world record for longest kiss. This story is one that I feel needed to be told and most certainly needs to be read. 

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig 

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This book features 15-year-old Flynn whose girlfriend, January, goes missing. Under scrutiny because, as her boyfriend, he surely must know more than he admits to the police, Flynn starts to look into January’s disappearance himself and discovers that he didn’t know his girlfriend as well as he thought. The whole book is from Flynn’s POV.

From the start I really liked Flynn’s character, his journey of self discovery and character growth is what really made me love this story. Caleb Roehrig did a fantastic job bringing Flynn’s character to life and making his voice stand out. While trying to piece together January’s disappearance Flynn is also reflecting on his life and the secret he’s keeping. We did get a couple of twists, and a GLBT romance as well. 

Luna by Julie Anne Peters

Luna Review | Goodreads

Luna

Luna, by Julie Ann Peters, is an exceptional book. Although, I only gave this 3 stars, I really liked it. There were a few things that could have been better but it was good. I liked the subject matter of this novel. This being said, I loved Liam’s character. It was beautifully written, with well developed characters. The focus of the book is extremely sensitive as it centres on a transgender teen. The narrator of the story is a fifteen year old girl named Regan. Her brother Liam is undergoing a gender transformation. At night, in the privacy of their rooms, Liam transforms to his female form known as Luna.

Maurice by E.M. Forster

Maurice Review | Goodreads

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E.M. Forster finished this gay-themed novel in 1914, and though he showed it to some close friends, he didn’t publish it in his lifetime. It eventually came out after his death, in the early 1970s. This book was far ahead of its time, therefore the publication after the death of the author in 1971, when society was ready to embrace its message. All I can say for anyone who wishes to read a classic from E.M. Forster, read this book! It was a pioneering work of its day. This is one of my favourite Classics and I would definitely recommend it if you’re interested in classics that feature LGBT Themes. 

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That’s all for now. Obviously there are a lot more LGBT+ Books out there and I’m excited to read a lot more in the future. Do you have any LGBTQ+ recommendations? Or any that you think I should read? Have you read any of the ones on my list? Let me know in the comments!

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Gender Identity: Why I Identify as Non Binary and what does that means

Why I Identify as Non Binary

Why do I Identify as Non Binary?

Because it’s the truth.

That’s the ‘why’ in this conversation. I identify as non-binary because that is the truth.

In fairness I think I might need to explain a little more.

What I mean when I say that it’s the truth is that identifying as non-binary is the best way I can explain how I personally feel about gender. I have never felt attached to my assigned gender in any way whatsoever. I have never felt male either though.

As a kid, I always knew I was that weird one. The signs were early on: I hated any clothes that were frilly or form-fitting. As a kid, I was always called a tomboy, I never felt like “tomboy” was an appropriate label for myself, as it was generally used to describe girls who were into sports. I wanted to look cool, not pretty. I didn’t want to look or act feminine.

In childhood, I was far from a tomboy. I didn’t play with boys, I avoided rough-and-tumble games, I hated sports. I enjoyed music, and reading. But I wasn’t a typical girl either, and this became more apparent in my teenage years. I was interested in fashion but not in the way the other girls were. I was lucky (and I am thankful) that my Family – for the most part – never tried to shoehorn me into a particular gender norm.

Faced with a constant barrage of information about how I was supposed to act, think, and feel based on my body, I grew up being taught that something about me was fundamentally wrong. Mussing up my hair and wearing oversized t-shirts to look unruly and boyish was wrong.

I tried to “be myself” and pretend not to care, hiding my internal scars caused by other people’s hurtful words and judgemental stares.

Even though I liked some of the things classified as girly, I still felt like I was lying to myself. I felt bad for pretending to be someone I was not, and I felt bad that I couldn’t be what everyone said I was supposed to be. I didn’t want to entirely “become a boy” either, though, if I really thought about it. I felt like there was no one who I could talk to about my struggle with gender identity.

I’ve finally realised that if you’re going to be “wrong” according to the world no matter what you do… you might as well be the person you want to be, and surround yourself with people who support, care about, celebrate and encourage you to be your true self.

I don’t like using they/them pronouns because it feels so foreign to me. It’s really no shade to those who have found a home in they/them, but I still prefer to use the she/her Pronouns. I don’t want to change my pronouns – she/her will do just fine for me, although I have no problem with others choosing their pronouns. Although, you can call me they/them…it does not matter that much to me but it really does to some non binary people.

The past few years have been full of cautious exploration and growing more confident with my identity as non binary. I feel more free to experiment with gender expression in ways I would have never tried before. Even though I know that gender expression doesn’t define your gender identity, and that other people do not get to dictate your gender, it’s terrifying to imagine being rejected by the queer community when you’ve been rejected from everyone else your entire life.

It has been far from easy, but I have accepted my sexuality and my gender identity. The voices of LGBTQ+ people need to be heard loud and clear. I want queer and trans people who are suffering or have suffered to know that they are not alone, their identities are valid, their struggles are legitimate. It is so very important that our voices are heard, our stories are told, and action is taken.

I shouldn’t have to feel stressed about my gender identity anymore, but I still do. Gender is more than appearance, or interests, or body parts… and it might also fluctuate and change over time.

This is, truthfully, how I feel. And I want to share that truth with you. Despite knowing who I am, I haven’t really formalised or articulated my thoughts about my own gender identity until recently.

Gender is confusing.

Like many, possibly most, I have a complicated relationship with my body. When I looked at myself in the mirror, I felt there was something deeply wrong with my body. I didn’t just want to be smaller. I wanted to rid myself of my femaleness, the parts of me that made people look at me and see a woman. For a very long time I convinced myself that my hatred of my body were simply body image issues, not at all tied to gender.

It’s only been within the past year that I’ve realised that my Disordered eating habits has always been closely tied to my non binary gender identity. I began to feel uncomfortable with my body when I was 10 years old, and I expressed my discomfort by attempting to control my weight during the most formative years of my adolescence. 

Non binary gender identities are more common than one might think, but because we live in a society which highly values and relies on the male/female gender binary, non binary identities are invalidated, mocked, and not taken seriously — if they are acknowledged at all.

To be nonbinary in a binary society is to feel less than human. When you are told—constantly, every day, through media, clothing, and pronouns—that there are two genders, male and female, and that the members of these groups are very different from each other and can be distinguished from one another by their body parts, it is impossible not to internalise it.

I can now see that there was more to it than that, that being seen as a woman and hating my body, wishing for a flat-chested, straight-hipped body — that was gender dysphoria. Starving myself was supposed to bring me closer to that teenage boy body I envisioned and make people stop viewing me as a woman.

When you don’t feel comfortable in the body in which you were born, and you have no support from society or your peers to express your true inner self, it can make sense to turn on yourself, to do drastic and harmful things to your own body.

I’m extremely grateful to have an accepting family who might not understand my gender nor my sexuality, but who are trying to. Thank you so much to the people that helped empower me with the language to be able to do so, and to everyone that’s supported me.

For anyone out there questioning their gender, please know that it’s okay to not fully understand and feel like you don’t fit into any of the labels out there. Language is limited, and is often suffused and then policed by the majority, and the majority at the moment are hell bent on telling us that there are only two genders. Anyway, please remember that whatever decision on your identity you come to, it is valid regardless of what anybody says. The topic of your identity begins and ends with you, nobody else.

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That’s it for this post! I’m sorry, this ended up being really long. I was actually really nervous about publishing this post, I always am when there too personal. Leave your thoughts in the comments or let me know if you would like me to do more posts like this. 

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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag 2018!

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

I did this last year so I thought I would make it a little tradition here. If you want to check out how I was doing last year around this time you can do so here. I can’t believe we are already halfway through the year.  It’s fine, it’s cool, I’m not freaking out, you’re freaking out. That also means it’s time for the Mid-Year Book Freak Out and I am so ready! However I have already read more than I anticipated, which is really quite nice. Okay, lets just jump into it. 

1. Best Book You’ve read so far in 2018

This is always such a hard question! I’ve read so many books. This is a really tough choice but seeing as I there is no way I can choose just 1 book, but my favourite Standalone novel I’ve read so far would have to by Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart. 

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2. Best Sequel you’ve read so far in 2018

This Question was a lot harder than I thought I would be, I haven’t actually read many sequels this year, and less that I’ve actually enjoyed. So, I’m going to go with Scorpio Hates Virgo by Anyta Sunday, sequel to Leo Loves Aries. I love this series, they are really good.

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3. New Release you haven’t read yet but want to

The New Release I can think of is A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews (who is well known from her Blog Paper Fury). I’ve been anticipating this for a while now and it was published June 7th 2018. 

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4. Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare. I am so excited for this one, I’ve been waiting for the release of this for ages. It’s not being published until December 4th, which is still a really long time away, but I’m really excited and I can’t wait!

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5. Your Biggest Disappointment

My biggest disappointment would probably have to be Liam Davis & The Raven by Anyta Sunday, I read the Sign of Love series and love them, but I didn’t really enjoy this one as much. I was a bit disappointed in this one, as I loved her other books that I read. 

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6. Biggest Surprise of the year

I actually have two for this one, I can’t choose between these ones. The Biggest surprises of this year so far have been Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday & Fourteen Summers by Quinn Anderson. These are both New Adult LGBTQ+ Romances and I honestly did not expect to love these as much as I did. These were both eARC’s that I received from Netgalley. 

7. Favourite New-to-you or Debut Author

For this one I would have to say Anyta Sunday, I discovered her books this year and I’ve already read 4 of them. I don’t usually read so many books by an author, especially not in the same year, but I love her books and her writing style. If you haven’t read any of her books, I would really recommend it.

 

8. Your Fictional Crush

I’m cheating a little bit with this one, as I read these books last year, but I did Reread them this year; Vanitas & Noe from The Case Study of Vanitas. I can’t choose between them, I love both of these characters.  

I love this manga! Vanitas is by far the most interesting character from this series. At times comic relief, and at times a clever, charismatic enigma, he has become quite an endearing and confusing character. It had been a long time since I have read about such an eccentric character.

The Case Study of Vanitas is set in 19th Century Paris where Humans and Vampires live with one another. Vanitas is the owner of the tome Noé seeks, and Vanitas says he wants to save vampires with the tome, although he seems to have yet unknown intentions and Noé appears to have other goals, too. The two partner up on a case, and and form a weird friendship. 

9. New Favourite Characters

I don’t think I have any new Favourite Characters this year, or at least none that I remember. I’ve liked a lot of characters this year, but not any that stand out. 

10.A Book That Made You Cry

Not many books actually make me cry,  so I don’t think I have an answer for this one. 

11. A Book that made you happy

I loved reading The Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda, this is such a fun series to read and I can’t wait to continue this series hopefully soon. If you don’t know Emily Rodda is an Australian Author, who also wrote the Deltora Quest series, which was my favourite series as a kid. Reading her books always makes me happy. There so fun, and original. 

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13. Your Favorite Book-to-movie Adaptation That You’ve Seen This Year

I saw Love, Simon this year after reading the book, I was never actually planning to read this book ever, I wasn’t at all interested in it. But when I found out there was going to be a movie based on the book and I saw the Trailer, I decided to finally read the book. And I went to see the movie, and I really enjoyed it. Also, I haven’t seen many Book-to-movie adaptations this year. 

14. The Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought/Received This Year

This year, I received these Folio Society Charles Dickens Classic books as a gift from a family member. And they are probably some of the best books I have on my Shelves. 

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These books are really plain though, so if were talking about the most beautiful design, here are few of those, there’s no way I can choose. There are so many beautiful books!  

15. What Are Some Books You Need To Read By The End Of The Year?

These a lot of book I would love to read by the end of the year, but these are a few of them; the main ones. So, it’ll be interesting to see which ones I actually read, and hopefully by the end of the year I would have finished all of these. 

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That seemed like a really long list, even though it was only 15 questions. What do you think of my picks? What would you choose for each prompt? Have you done this tag? If so, leave the link in the Comments, I’d love to check yours out!

Also, I tag anyone reading this that wants to do it! So, If you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged!

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Tome Topple Round 6 TBR (#TomeTopple)

October TBR

It’s time for another round of Tome Topple. This is one of my favourite readathons and I’m really looking forward to reading some huge books. Tome Topple Read-a-thon is Hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube, this readathon is all about the big books on your shelves, the main focus is to read books over 500 pages.

The only rules are that the book needs to be over 500 pages long and Bind-ups of books do not count. Tome Topple starts at midnight wherever you are on June 29th, and goes until 11:59pm wherever you are on July 12th.

Here’s her video she posted to announce the next round of this readathon! The link for the Goodreads group is listed under the video so you can go join and check it out!

Check out the Goodreads Group!

  • There’s challenges listed on the group page, but they’re not required
  • A list of popular suggestions is also listed on the group page if you need ideas

There are a few challenges, but I’m participating because I have a few large books to get through that I’m struggling with and readathons tend to motivate me. So below I’m going to list all the books I own or would like to read so I have lots of options, but I’m in no way planning to read all these books, I don’t really know what I’ll end up reading. I’m not exactly sure which (will probably depend on mood) but I have a lot of options!

Challenges: 
1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read a graphic novel (over 500 Pages of course, Bind-ups do count for this one)
3. Read a tome that’s part of a series
4. Buddy read a tome (use goodreads and twitter to find buddies!)
5. Read an adult novel

Physical Books

London by Edward Rutherford (1299 pages) – I’ve owned this book for so long and still haven’t read it, but I want. This book has actually been on every Tome Topple TBR, so I think it’s about time to finish this. London will probably be my main focus this round, and hopefully I can finish it this time. This will complete the “Read an Adult Novel” challenge. 

Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (652 Pages) – If I finish reading London, then I’ll probably continue reading Half Blood Prince, I’ve also started this one but haven’t finished it yet. But Tome Topple seems like the perfect time to read this one. I really hope I get around to this too. This will Complete the “read a book in a series” challenge.

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (759 Pages) – I’m also hoping that If I finish Half Blood Prince to also get around to reading Deathly Hallows or at least start it this round, but only if I finish Half Blood Prince. I really want to finish this series soon.

Gone by Michael Grant (560 Pages) – I’ve owned this book for so long and I’ve still not read it, but I not exactly sure that I want to! If I don’t get around to this one soon I might end up Unhauling it. At one point this was quite a popular book, but recently I’ve heard some negative things about it. I doubt I’ll get around to reading this for this round of Tome Topple. Let me know If you’ve read this and what you thought of it! Should I read it?

All the Light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr (531 Pages) –  I’ve been trying to read this one since it came out, hopefully I’ll pick it up this time. This will compete the “read an Adult book” challenge. 

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (557 Pages) – I read the original Percy Jackson Series earlier this year and have been meaning to continue ever since. This is part of the Camp Half Blood Chronicles, which consists of a lot of books, I want to know where this series goes next and I’m trying the catch up. This will also complete the “read a book in a series” challenge. 

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (521 Pages) – If I get around to reading The Lost Hero and it’s really good I might just immediately pick up book two, which is The Son of Neptune. If I do that. 

The Lake House by Kate Morton (592 Pages) – This was on my last Tome Topple TBR and I didn’t get to it.  I’ve also owned this book for a long time and never got to it. This will also complete the “read an Adult book” challenge

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (531 Pages) – I started this probably about 2 years ago and have been meaning to continue ever since. This is the sequel to The Shining. So this will complete the “read a book in a series” challenge for Tome Topple.

The Stand by Stephen King (1153 Pages) – This has been on my shelf for quite a while. I don’t think I’ll read this one this round of Tome Topple but I thought I’d still put it done here. This is also an Adult book.

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King (700 Pages) – This was also on my last Tome Topple TBR, and I still haven’t got around to this either. I haven’t really been in the mood to read this and it’s really big. 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (512 Pages) – I started this once. And I never finished it. I didn’t get too far into this, but I was enjoying it and I really like the writing style, so I would love to be able to continue this. 

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron (520 Pages) – I have no clue what this book is about. I was cleaning out my bookshelf, getting rid of some books I didn’t want, and found this book, which I’ve had for a while and I’ve heard a lot about this one.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (552 Pages) – I’ve been trying to get to this for years. Based on everything I’ve heard, I think I will love this book. I really want to see what all the fuss is about and if it lives up to the hype.

Villette by Charlotte Bronte (573 Pages) – I cannot even tell you how long I’ve wanted to pick this up. I wanted to finish all of my currently reading books before I started this though, but that doesn’t seem to be happening.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth (470 Pages) – This one isn’t quite 500+ pages, but I’m counting it anyway, it’s only 30 pages under 500 pages. I recently found out there’s going to be a movie based on this book, so now I really want to read this before I watch the movie adaptation. To be honest, this one hasn’t been on my shelf that long, but it sounds super interesting. I bought this one a couple weeks ago.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (507 Pages) – I cannot believe I haven’t read this book yet! It’s been on my shelf for ages. It’s a pretty big book and I take longer to read classics, so I’ve been putting this one off for quite some time. 

NOS4R2 by Joe Hill (689 pages)– I’ve been trying to read this for months, and I would really like to read it soon. Which I hope will be as interesting as it sounds! This one has been on my Tome Topple TBR’s before as well. This is an Adult Book too.

One Piece Omnibus 22 (Volumes 64-65-66) by Eiichiro Oda (608 Pages) – One of the challenges is to read a graphic novel, as a break during this readathon, to break it up, so I thought I would read this. This is my Graphic Novel selection.

AudioBooks

The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell (587 Pages) – I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while, but I’ve decided to listen to the Audiobook instead of Physically reading it. So I might read this during this round of Tome Topple. I’d like to read at least one audiobook.

eBooks

The Locksmith’s Daughter by Karen Brooks (510 Pages) –  I received an eARC of this one and I still haven’t read it yet. It’s been sitting on my Kindle for almost two years. 

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks (512 Pages) – I’ve had an eARC of this for awhile now, but I don’t think I’ll get around to this one this round, I don’t really feel in the mood for this right now, maybe next round!

Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast (608 Pages) –  I’ve also had an eARC of this for awhile, but I’ve been putting off reading this one as I’ve read books before by P.C. Cast and I haven’t been very impressed by them in the past. I’ve heard some good things about this one though.  

Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings (534 Pages) –  I’ve been trying to read this one since it came out, hopefully I’ll pick it up soon. This will complete the “read a book in a series” challenge. 

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So that’s my TBR for Tome Topple.  It’s very ambitious, so I’m not planning on reading all of these, but I would like to try to read two books this round. Obviously, I don’t think I’ll get to all of these but finishing at least two books would be really great. I need all the motivation I can get when it comes to big books so I’ll be trying to participate in sprints and buddy reads hosted off the main twitter account.

Are you going to participate? Have you read any of these? Are any of these on your TBR?  Let me know in the comments. I’d love to know what you’re planning on reading, feel free to link your TBR. I have a feeling that this is going to be a lot of fun! I hope you’ll in the readathon.

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100 Truths Blogger Tag

100 Truths Blogger Tag

I wasn’t tagged to do by anyone but I haven’t done a tag in a while. I am so excited for this because I have no idea what the questions are yet! Feel free to do this and answer along in the comment sections below or tag yourself! It’s kind of long, so let’s get right to it!

The Basics

1. What’s your name?
Jade Diamond – Although the full name on my birth certificate is Candice Jade Borgardt Diamond. But since I’ve started this Blog, I’ve been Jade. 

2. Any nicknames or aliases?

Yes, I do have nicknames, but I hate them and I don’t want to say, so for the purpose of this I’m just going to say No. 

3 Your gender?

I’m Non-binary, so I don’t actually identify as either Gender. 

4. Your star sign?
Aries. 

5. How old are you?
20 Years Old.

6. Your relationship status?
Forever alone.

7. Any children?
No. 

8. Any pets?
Yes. A Shubunkin Goldfish named Chapman, A Catfish named Bullet, and 2 Dogs: Huskies named Akita & Tabuu.

9. Any tattoos or piercings?
No tattoos or Piercings. I don’t even have my ears pierced. I’m not interested in Piercings, but I do want a few tattoo’s.

10. What do you like about yourself?
My eyes – they are Green!

11. What do you dislike about yourself?
Lots of things, it would take too long to list! But to list one, I would say that I am really shy around new people: mostly due to suffering from Anxiety. People who know me think I’m quite outgoing but when I meet new people I struggle to find the words to join in conversations. I think some people think I’m a bit stuck up sometimes when that’s not the case at all.

12. Righty or lefty?
Righty. 

Lasts

13. The last thing you drank:
Coffee

14. The last thing you ate:
Rice

15. Your last phone call:
I don’t usually use my Phone for Calls, so I don’t remember. 

16. Your last text message:
To my Job Provider

17. Your last email:
An ARC Request to a publisher

18. The last song you listened to:

Lost from The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

19. The last book you read:
The last book I finished reading was Speech & Debate,  Which is a play written by Stephen Karam.

20. The last time you cried:
About a week ago.

21. The last blog you read:
I Honestly can’t remember

22. The last person you spoke to:
My Mum

23. The last place you visited:
Define ‘visited’. The park… the street… the train station…

24. Your last holiday abroad:
Never

Have you ever?

25. Have you ever gotten back with an ex?
No

26. Have you ever been cheated on?
No

27. Have you ever cheated on someone?
No

28. Have you ever lost someone special to you?
Yes

29. Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?
No, I don’t drink. 

30. Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?
No

31. Have you ever met someone who changed you?
Yes, I think a lot of people come into your life to change it for good or bad, they’re still lessons.

32. Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?
Yes, definitely.

33. Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?
No

34. Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?
Yeah. It’s funniest when you walk in on it. I used to let it bother me, but not so much any more.

35. Have you ever broken someone’s heart?
No, I don’t think so, not that I’m aware of. 

36. Have you ever kissed a stranger?
No

37. Have you ever had your own heart-broken?
No

38. Have you ever had sex on the first date?
No

39. Have you ever been arrested?
No

40. Have you ever been attracted to someone who isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?
No

41. Have you ever done something you regret?
Yes. hasn’t everyone though?

42. Have you ever had a threesome?
No

43. Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?
Yes. Too many times to count.

44. Have you ever misjudged someone?
Yes. thankfully they proved me wrong and I was taught a valuable lesson. 

Your Beliefs and Opinions

45. Do you believe in God?
No

46. Do you believe in yourself?
Sadly, most of the time, its a no. Sometimes I do and sometimes I have doubts. I’m not confident in myself and usually need a push or a pep talk to help me.

47. Do you believe in Santa Claus?
No

48. Do you believe in ghosts?
Maybe, I’m still sceptical, but I think I’m starting to believe in ghosts a little more. I don’t believe in things I haven’t seen for myself, and I haven’t ever seen a ghost, so I’m not so sure.

49 Do you believe in aliens?
No, I don’t think so

50. Do you believe in miracles?
Yes

51. Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?
Yes to some degree

52. Do you believe in love at first sight?
No

53. Can money make you happy?
It can help ease some of the pressures and worries that make you unhappy, but I don’t believe money can make you happy. 

54. Would you describe yourself as a feminist?
To some extent. I believe men and women should be seen as equals but I do believe feminism can go a bit overboard sometimes.

55. Are you pro-life or pro-choice?
Pro-choice. People should have the freedom and autonomy to decide what they do with their bodies.

56. Do you have strong political beliefs?
No I don’t, it confuses me way too much and I’m not a fan of having political conversations!

57. Do you have strong religious beliefs?
No, I am not religious at all. I consider myself to be an Atheist. 

58. What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?
Love, without that there is nothing.

Right Now

59. Are you eating anything right now?
No

60. Are you drinking anything right now?
No

61. What are you listening to right now?
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical Album

62. What are you thinking about right now?
The answers to these questions

63. What are you waiting for right now?
Some Candle Making Supplies – Colour Dye Chips and Fragrance Oils.

64. What are you most excited about right now?
Finally finishing this extremely long post

65. What’s your pet hate right now?
I’m not sure, I can’t think of anything right now

66. What’s your favourite thing right now?
Blogging, I have been blogging for almost two years now and I am still absolutely loving it. I honestly never expected to be blogging for this long.

67. If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?
Sleeping

Firsts

68. Your first best friend:
I don’t remember

69. Your first kiss:
I haven’t even had my first kiss yet.

70. Your first celebrity crush:
The first one I remember is Selena Gomez, back when I used to watch Wizards of Waverly Place

71. Your first holiday:
Gold Coast, Queensland

72. Your first pet:
The first one I remember was my first Siamese Fighting Fish,  I don’t remember her name, as I only had her for about 5 hours, and then after that I got another Siamese Fighting Fish named Sapphire. 

73. Your first regret:
I don’t Remember 

74. Your first job:
I’ve never actually had a job before, but I did do work experience in a Library for a. 

75. Your first childhood memory:
Feeding the Ducks at the River Torrens, but I can’t tell whether that is a genuine memory or if I’m just imagining it because there’s a picture of it. 

Which would you choose?

76. Love or money?
Love

77. Twitter or Facebook?
Twitter

78. Hook up or relationship?
Relationship

79. Dogs or cats?
Both

80. Coffee or Tea?
Coffee

81. Beer or wine?
I don’t drink, but if I had to choose I would probably say Wine.

82 Sweet or savoury?
It depends on my mood really. But most of the time Sweet. 

83. Introvert or extrovert?
Introvert

84. Vampires or werewolves?
Vampires

85. Seaside or countryside?
Seaside

86. Summer or Winter?
Winter

87. Books or movies
Books

88. Horror or comedy
Horror

A few random questions to finish on

89. Do you wish you could change your past?
Sometimes, but overall I’m going to say No, I have learned many lessons from my past and that is what has made me who I am today

90. What’s your dream job?
Fashion Designer. 

91. What’s your guilty pleasure?
I don’t really have any guilty pleasures, I like what I like and I’m not going to feel guilty or embarrassed about it. I used to but not anymore

92. What are you afraid of?
Everything? But my biggest fear is Heights – Generic I know – this stems back to an accident I had when I was a kid though. 

93. What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?
The first thing I remember wanting to be was a hairdresser.

94. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Invisibility. Ever wanted to be that fly on the wall?

95. If you could change anything about your life what would it be?
Having Anxiety and Depression.

96. Would you want immortality?
Depends… I would have all the time in the world to read all the books that I want to read, but I wouldn’t want to be around forever. I’m never going to read all the books on my TBR without it.

97. If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?
The Bronte Sisters. I would like a time machine to take me back to the 1800’s just so I could Interview The Bronte Sisters. 

98. Would you say you are happy?
Not at all. I have times when I am happy, and I have a lot of off days. I don’t even remember a time when I was really truly happy and content. 

99. What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?
Well, that was only two years ago but I would say Do something that makes you happy. You don’t have to decide your entire future right now, you have the time to make sure you’re making the right choice.

100. Where would you like to be in five years’ time?
Hopefully, I’ll still be blogging, and maybe have published a novel!

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So there we have it. My 100 truths. That was fun! I had a lot of fun answering the questions for this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much. I’m not going to tag anyone to do this, but If you would like to do this, consider yourself tagged. 

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