A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf | Discussion Questions

A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf _ Discussion Question

Today I’m going to be doing something different, this will be a discussion about Virginia Woolf’s ‘A Room of one’s own. There are Spoilers for the Novel, so if you haven’t read it come back when you have to discuss it. Published in 1929, Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own is a key work of feminist literary criticism. Written after she delivered two lectures on the topic of ‘women and fiction’ at Cambridge University in 1928, Woolf’s essay examines the educational, social and financial disadvantages women have faced throughout history.

It contains Woolf’s famous argument that, ‘A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction’ – although Woolf describes this as ‘an opinion upon one minor point’, and the essay explores the ‘unsolved problems’ of women and fiction ‘to show you how I arrived at this opinion about the room and the money’.

So off we go into the land of feminism with Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. My questions and Answers are below, but, anything is on the table for discussion in the Comments. So I hope you’ll join me in discussing and pondering this book.

Also, I know this is a great feminist text with so much to discuss related to that topic, but I’ve tried to focus more on the literary questions raised by the text. Woolf raises some amazing points. These are all my own Opinions!

What is the central idea of “A room of ones own” by Virginia Woolf

The central idea of A Room of One’s Own is freedom, namely the financial freedom to pursue knowledge and creativity.

What encouragement does Woolf offer her audience?

I think much of her encouragement comes in chapter 6. Woolf Encourages women to seek their intellectual and material freedom—to seek that room with a lock on the door and the money to pay for it. A room of one’s own thus takes on the simple meaning of a little independence away from the male dominated system. This allows for “a room of one’s own”

“Intellectual freedom depends on material things. Poetry depends on intellectual freedom. And women have always been poor, not for two hundred years merely, but since the beginning of time.”

Does Woolf’s argument still make sense today? Why or why not? How does Virginia Woolf make her ideas apply to twenty-first century life.

Woolf’s writing seems relevant to the 21st century because women are still, in many places in the world, held down by old conventions and old ways of thinking. Woolf addressed the need for women to have their own time, space and money to become writers; she considered the possibility that woman could be as great in their writing as someone like Shakespeare. She also considers women who do not fit into the “mould” as existing in a dangerous world which people might not approve of.

Why might marriage have been “hateful” to Judith Shakespeare? How does her father’s reaction show how little he understands her?

Judith wanted to express her talents and identity without being in the shadow of a man. Her father could not accept this very counter-culture point of view.

Soon, however, before she was out of her teens, she was to be betrothed to the son of a neighbouring woolstapler. She cried out that marriage was hateful to her, and for that she was severely beaten by her father. Then he ceased to scold her. He begged her instead not to hurt him, not to shame him in this matter of her marriage. He would give her a chain of beads or a fine petticoat, he said; and there were tears in his eyes. How could she disobey him? How could she break his heart? The force of her own gift alone drove her to it. – Chapter 3

Do men and women really write so differently? Can you think of examples when a woman has been praised for writing in a masculine style?

I do believe that Men and Women write differently (Not in all cases though). Their approaches are different. Their styles are different. Their tones, their words, their sentence construction is different. I read a lot of books. By far—and not always, but most often—the male writers get to the point sooner. They jump into action and begin the story without hesitation. Do women write this way? Of course some do. Does everyone need to write this way? Of course they don’t. I find that work written by Women tends to flow better, and be more flowery, which isn’t a bad thing. I really like that type of writing style. But I am definitely not saying this is the case for all authors.

What predictions does Woolf make for women’s writing in the future? How do they look from our current vantage point?

Virginia Woolf predicts that until women have equal rights with men in terms of material wealth, career opportunities, support with issues impeding their progress such as childcare, property ownership and education opportunities, they would continue to make less progress in terms of writing and in terms of other careers too. She held that women were not as visible as men in the career and intellectual and academic hierarchies because their material circumstances held them back.

Does Woolf think poems are superior to novels? Explain.

In a Room of One’s Own, Woolf doesn’t believe poems are superior to novels but rather argues that, to reach their full potential and articulate what it is to be a woman, women need to make every genre their own and not allow men to dictate to them how they should write. In fact, Woolf sees the novel, because it is a newer form, as better adapted to women’s writing than poetry. Speaking of Jane Austen, Woolf writes:

The novel alone was young enough to be soft in her hands—another reason, perhaps, why she wrote novels.

While not seeing poetry as superior to novels (Woolf herself wrote prose), she did understand that for women

it is the poetry that is still denied outlet.

Some women, she contends, who became novelists should have been poets, not because poetry is better than prose, but because that was their natural medium, only thwarted by the circumstances of a woman’s life. 

Why, in Woolf’s view, did Elizabethan women not write poetry?

Woolf proposes that in the Elizabethan era, a woman could have been just as “extraordinarily gifted” as her brother but would not have been offered the same platform from which to become a poet, playwright, or any other kind of writer. Unlike her brother, this theoretical Elizabethan woman would not have been sent to school to learn “grammar and logic” or the Latin and Greek greats. Even when she chose to read, she would be advised to take on household tasks instead “and not moon about with books and papers.” Barely an adult, she would have been forced to marry.

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This was very interesting to write. If you enjoyed this and would like me to do more of these, Please let me know on the Comments. I would love to do more discussions like this. Have you read A Room of one’s Own? Or maybe you’ve read something else by Virginia Woolf? What did you think? Do you have your own answers for any of these questions?

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Looking Back on my 2018 Reading & Blogging Goals

At the beginning of the year I set some reading & Blogging goals for myself, and I thought it might be fun to look back at them and see how I did, I also did this last year and will probably be a yearly thing. If you would like to see that post, check it out HERE. Anyway, let’s get on with it:

1. Read 250 Books. in 2017, I read 180 Books, which was the most I’ve ever read in a year. This might be a bit of a stretch, but this year, I’d like to try for 250 books. Just a classic Goodreads Reading Challenge!

Each Year I set a goodreads challenge. I just barely completed this one but I still completed it. I got so busy this year that my reading as well as blogging slowed down heaps.

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2. Finish 10 Series I’ve started. Like last year, I also aim to finish at least 10 series that I have started. The series must be started before 2018. I have quite a few series that I’ve started but left unfinished which I keep swearing I’ll finish and it keeps… not happening.

Yeah, this one is a FAIL. I only Read 5 Series that I started prior t this year. But I guess it’s not too bad. Could have been worse.

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3. Read 12 Classics. Last Year, I read 11 Classics, I was only one of from this goal. I think I could do better with this one this year. I think I can do better in 2018!

Did I read 12 Classics this Year? Nope. I only read 8. So far this is not looking very promising. 8 Classics isn’t too bad though, but still worse than last year.

4. Read 100 books from the books I own. The books must have been bought before 2018.

So what about this goal? Nope! This is looking so bad. This year I only Read 30 books from my TBR that I owned before 2018

5. Stop Buying Books and not reading them. In 2018 I’m going to be trying something a bit different. Any books that I get, I will be trying to read them within 3 months of buying/receiving them. As well as reading books from my TBR that I’ve had for longer than 1 year.

Okay, I’d say I completed this one. This year I read more books that I bought this year. Maybe that was because I didn’t really buy many books this year like previous years but most of the books I did buy or receive this year I’ve already read. Finally a Goal I completed!

6. Read More Adult Books. I tend to read mostly YA than adult books but in 2018 I’d like to read more adult books than in 2017.

I would also say that I completed this goal. I read a lot of Anyta Sunday this year which I would classify as Adult or at least New Adult.

7. Read more #OwnVoices & Diverse Books. I actually I already read pretty diversely, and I did really well with this one in 2017, but I’ll try to do even better.

I don’t know if I read more diversely this year but I did read quite a lot of Diverse books this year so I think I can count this as Completed.

8. Read more books set in Australia or by Australian Authors. As an Australian I do not read enough book by Australian Authors, or Set in Australia. Last year, I read about 7 books by Australian Authors. I feel like I made more of an effort  with this one last year, but I do think I could improve the number I read next year.

I read 4 Australian Books this year. So I’ll count this as a fail.

9. Read more ARC’s/Review Copies. The Review Copies have suffered this past year, but I found that I was less stressed when I was more focused on reading what I felt like reading at the time then deadlines. But I think 2018 will be my year for Review Copies, and to get those numbers down. I have an ARC addiction. No, really. I have a spreadsheet dedicated to my ARCs, and if you saw the number of ARCs I have that I haven’t reviewed yet, it’s genuinely shameful. I want to work towards reading and reviewing a lot of them, catching up on the backlogged ones I have, and building myself up with publicists so I stand a better chance of approval when I request the ones I really want.

I’d say this was a Success! Could have been better but I’m not too disappoint. I think I did Alright with this one.

10. Read more Poetry. I used to read poetry all the time, but it’s been a while and I miss it. I stopped reading Poetry because I ran out of ones to read, after I read all the poetry by my favourite Poets – Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Rimbaud, and Oscar Wilde – I lost interest in reading it. I will be starting the new year with reading Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. If you have any poetry Recommendations, Let me know in the Comments!

I did finish Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman but that was it. I might have read some books written in Verse so I guess you could include them. I didn’t read much poetry this year. Do you Read Poetry? If so, what are some of your Favourites? What would you recommend for me to read?

11. Reduce my Review turnaround time to two Months or under.

I failed this one also. I read a lot of newer review copies within two Months and some within less than a month but I have a lot of older ones I still haven’t reviewed and some newer ones I’ve read but still need to review some others. So I will have some review up soon for those but I’m still working on this one, maybe I set this as a goal next year.

12. Get an Auto Approval on NetGalley. For those of you who are not familiar with NetGalley, it’s a site that brings together reviewers and publishers. The reviewers request books and the publishers can either approve or deny the request.  If they approve then the reviewer can read the book and provide feedback. When a publisher Auto Approves a reviewer that means they can download any book that publisher has on the site without waiting for approval. It’s a big deal in the NetGalley world if you get Auto Approved.

I’m still aiming for this goal, maybe next year? I’ll try to read and review a lot of the ones I already have, try increase my Netgalley Ratio and maybe get a Auto Approval next year. I’ve started reading more of what I want to read and What I’m excited to read, instead of forcing myself to read books I’m not in the mood for or am uninterested in reading.

13. Read one New Release each Month. Consequently, the pile is growing and growing. Still, I want to stay in touch with new releases even when there are so many older books that I really want to read. So, I’ll try to buy and read one new book release each month.

I did not complete this one. MASSIVE FAIL. Next Year I’m hoping to get better at reading new releases. I always have a huge list of New Releases to read each year and I never end up reading hardly any of them. Next will be a good year for new Releases, especially with all the new Cassandra Clare Books we are being treated with. I will definitely be reading The Red Scrolls of Magic – first book in the Eldest Curses series – which will be released in April. The first book in The Last Hours series – Chain of Gold – will also be released in November, as well as 10 free short stories leading up to The Last Hours series. I’ll have quite a few new releases to read next year that I’m interested in. If you’re interested, I could post a list of New Releases each month. That could make for interesting monthly posts. If you know of any new releases that you think I would be interested in, please let me know in the comments. ‘

14. Review more books. When I first started blogging, I posted so many reviews. And whilst I still always have multiple books on the go, I’m definitely a slow reader and don’t have as many reviews up as I would like. Next year, I want to try and rectify that by regularly having a book review scheduled for perhaps once a week.

I don’t know If this actually happened or not, I’m going to say not. I kinda stopped regularly blogging. I got too busy but this year I’m hoping to get back into regularly blogging again, get more organised with things and hopefully this year will be better. Hopefully I’ll be able to get out more reviews. I have a huge list of books I need to Review. Maybe I’ll post a schedule and try to stick to it.

15. Increase my Netgalley Ratio to 80%. I made some progress in getting my NetGalley feedback ratio from up by the end of 2017 but I do still have a lot of books sitting on my shelf. My aim is therefore to maintain an 80%+ ratio but also to reduce the number of books on my shelf. I would instigate a request ban but I’m a realist so instead I’m committing to request no more than I read and review in a month.

Okay, so this one was quite unrealistic – what was I thinking – I have so many eARC’s on Netgalley it’s not even funny. But hopefully this year I can dwindle this down a lot.


16. Hit 500 Followers. I’ve almost hit 300 Followers. So assuming I continue working hard and producing content, I would like to think this is a doable goal. Seriously thank you so much for joining me and Following my Blog! It honestly means the world to me that you like to read what I write. I never believed people would actually enjoy my drivel and I’m still a bit in awe if I’m honest. This year, I would love to hit 500 Followers, if you could follow my Blog, Share my Posts around, and help me get to 500 Followers, it would honestly mean so much to me.

I still haven’t reached 500 followers but thank you to everyone who has followed me and this year I will hopefully be blogging more regularly and maybe have more of a schedule. 2018 I didn’t exactly produce as much content as I had hoped.

17. Host a Successful Read-a-thon. In 2018 I’ll be hosting my very first Read-a-thon, Manga Madness Read-a-thon (#MangaMadnessReadathon). If you’re interested reading Manga for a week, join me in this read-a-thon. Help me complete this Goal and make this a Successful read-a-thon, you can follow the official Twitter page, @MMReadathon.

I did this!! 2018 I hosted my first official readathon and I was amazed by the response. I hosted 4 rounds and will be hosting more this year. If you’re interested in participating in this make sure to head over to the Twitter page, which is linked above. There will be another round in February so you might want to join in the fun!

That it for now! I completed 7/17 goals. Maybe I was being a bit too overly ambitious in my Goal setting. Did you Set any goals in 2018? Complete any? Let me know in the comments.

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Merry Christmas + What Books did I receive for Christmas?

This will just be a quick post wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas. I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas or whatever you celebrate. I completely failed Blogmas this year, but it’s been a very hectic December. Next I’ll have to prepare better. I had a lot of Christmas orders to get out (Check out my Etsy Shop, which I will also be having a 20 % off Boxing Day sale Starting Tomorrow ON ALL ITEMS 12:01am and ending 11:59pm (ACST). I’m not doing any too special for Christmas, just some family over for Christmas Lunch, hence why I have time to write up this post.

Now onto the Books I received for Christmas! I also got a couple Harry Potter T-Shirts from my Mum, and she’s also taking me to see Harry Potter & the Cursed Child in January as part of my Christmas Present. Anyway, onto the Books.

The Queen of Air & Darkness Bookmark is from my shop, which you can purchase here: https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/604870014/shadowhunter-bookmarks-inspired-by?ref=shop_home_active_6&frs=1

I also bought some books for myself from Booktopia, I did not expect them to arrive so quickly but I received them on Sunday so I’m going to include these. These we’re all really cheap, in the Bargain Bin, and all in excellent condition. I couldn’t resist buying them. I have pre-ordered some books as well. I Pre-ordered The Case Study of Vanitas Volume 5 by Jun Mochizuki, which comes out late January. I have also Pre-ordered the Hardcover of The Red Scrolls of Magic, the first book in the Eldest Curses Trilogy by Cassandra Clare, and this isn’t even going to be published until April. I don’t usually pre-order books, but I thought why not. I’ll still buy The Red Scrolls of Magic in Paperback anyway to match the rest of the Books but It would also be nice to have some of them in Hardcover. Anyway, Let’s get on with it. The Books I bought for myself from Booktopia:

What’s Everyone doing for Christmas? What did you get for Christmas? Do you Celebrate Christmas? Or maybe a Different Holiday instead? Let me Know in the Comments!

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Blogmas Day 8: Manga Series I’ve read from Start to Finish II

I’ve been so busy with all my last minute Christmas stuff and life in general, so I haven’t been around the blog much this month and I’m so behind on Blogmas. I am totally Failing Blogmas I have some reviews to do though so maybe I’ll still be able to catch up. This year has been a really busy and Exhausting Year. A lot of things happening right now, so my mind is preoccupied. Today though, I figured it would be fun to post this. Last December I did a post titled Manga Series I’ve read from Start to Finish and I am back with a part 2. So Let’s just get on with it:

Tokyo Mew Mew + A La Mode by Mia Ikumi

4 Volumes, Omnibus Editions

This series is beyond cheesy, but I still enjoyed it. It was fun and Quick to read. The Original series had 3 Omnibus Editions which I think is 7 Singular Volumes with a Sequel Following; Tokyo Mew Mew A La Mode which only had 1 Omnibus Edition or 2 Singular Volumes. Nice and Short. The Artwork isn’t that good, and there’s not much action, when there is any action is skips over it so it’s very brief. But overall it was still a fun series to read. I used to watch to anime years ago so it’s nice to have also read the manga.

Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP

4 Volumes, Omnibus Edition

This one is a lot like Tokyo Mew Mew but Better in my Opinion. This was another I used to watch as a kid and loved so it was really fun to read the manga. I read the Omnibus editions. There are 4 Omnibus ones which I think is 12 Singular Volumes. While this is not one of my favourite series which is mostly due to it being for a younger audience I still had a lot of fun reading it and I read through it really quickly. I’ve also started to read Tsubasa which is another series by CLAMP featuring some familiar characters. This manga is aimed at younger readers, generally not my preferred level although anime and manga offer loads of it. But it’s an earlier work which includes a lot of the CLAMP trope-and-character formations recycled into later works aimed at older readers.

Wolf’s Rain by BONES

2 Volumes

I loved the Anime for Wolf’s Rain. It was so good. At School in Year 3 we had to write a story and I chose to write my story based on Wolf’s Rain and my Sister did the Illustrations. I don’t think anybody actually knew that it wasn’t original and was based on an Anime. This year I finally got around to reading it. I still prefer the Anime to Manga but It was still enjoyable. I actually think that the Anime is more emotional though.

Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori

18 Volumes

I have the entire box set of this and It is gorgeous; Expensive but so worth it. I only ever buy the box sets to series that I absolutely love. There’s only a selective few as I can’t really afford it, but this is the second Manga Series that I own the Box for. This Is just such a fun series, and a you read through this series it just keeps getting better. The only problem I had with this one is the Art. I didn’t like the art at first having watched the Anime First. I can imagine that most manga/anime fans will have probably seen or heard of the anime adaptation of Ouran before picking up the manga. Story wise I preferred the Manga while it starts outs mostly the same as the Anime, the Anime was cut short while the Manga continues and it was at that point that I started to love this series was when it started to be different from the Anime, there is new material that goes beyond where the anime series finished.

Kiss Him Not Me by JUNKO

14 Volumes

I picked up the first volume of this manga on a whim, because I thought the title was funny after seeing the Anime. KHNM follows our protagonist who’s overweight and a fujoshi, but when her favorite anime character dies, she spirals and loses a ton of weight. This causes her to get a lot of attention from the boys at her school, but she’d rather them date each other than her. I went into this expecting the worst because of the weight loss element. But surprisingly, this wasn’t as problematic as I expected. There’s a lot of empathy and laughter, as these boys learn to accept her and her “weird” interests.

Chrono Crusade by Daisuke Moriyama

8 Volumes

While Chrono Crusade won’t win any awards for originality, the story is told very well; the characters are well defined. I felt that this was sightly disappointing. I did see the Anime and I wasn’t a huge fan of it so I didn’t has too high hopes for this. While it does introduce the characters and concepts nicely, it does feel rushed and rather clumsy in its exposition at times.

Fairy Tail: Ice Trail by Hiro Mashima

2 Volumes

The plot was all over the place. The illustrations were fine, but not amazing. It had a lot of western type bubbles announcing glares and nervousness. I think the major reasons why I love Fairy Tail so much were absent in this, and I got a different vibe from Gray Fullbuster in general.

Citrus by Saburo Uta

10 Volumes

The art is gorgeous, but it took me awhile to feel at all invested in the story/characters. I still find them hard to pin down–Mei’s motivations seem to be all over the place and while I like Yuzu, she’s also kind of erratic in her thoughts and actions as well. I wish there was a little more backstory included, too, so I could better understand how either of them could have possibly gotten into this situation.

Have you read any of these? Are any Manga Series that you would recommend to me? Let me know in the Comments!

Thank you so much for reading!

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Blogmas Day 7: Trash my TBR #2

I’m back with another Trash my TBR. In October I did a Post called Trash my TBR, where I asked you to help me decide which books to keep or unhaul by trashing my TBR. I had so much fun with this and a Pretty good response so I’ll be doing it again. Check out my first post HERE. You can still comment on that one also if there are any books on that one that you had any problems or issues with. I’m also going to do a bit of a Wrap up of the last Trash my TBR on what I ended up unhauling/ So I did unhaul a couple books based on your comments. I ended up unhauling Delirium but I also had the sequel Pandemonium which I also unhauled. 

The point of this is usually to clear of your Goodreads TBR, but I decided that I would also like to extend this to my physical TBR, as there are probably some books there that I’m not interested in reading anymore, or are even problematic, and I don’t really want to buy many more books until some of those are cleared of. So in the first one I did I my Physical TBR and today I’ll be starting on my Goodreads TBR, and you are going to help me unhaul some of them, this year I already removed a ton of books from Goodreads. I had over 2000 and now I’m down to 253, but this is still quite overwhelming to me, I won’t go through them all in this post, but let’s see how many I can get through while still keeping it short. I need your help to tell me which ones to get rid of.

Okay, so let’s get on with it, shall we! I want you to tell me anything and everything wrong with these books. Whether you hated the book because it perpetuated hateful ideals. So basically any reason you can think of that would make someone not want to read a book.

Also, if you really want to, you can try to convince me to pick up one of these books sooner. The power is all yours so have fun with it.

Tell me which of these books NOT to read. Let me know if:

  1. There are problematic elements to the book. Occasionally I can look past that, but that’s a very rare occurrence for me, so I’d rather just avoid them entirely.
  2. The Authors of any of these books have expressed ignorance in some way, such as racism, Ableism, Homophobia/Queerphobia, etc.
  3. You rated the book one, two, or even three stars. And please do include three stars as well. This one is super simple. I just don’t want to read bad books. I know some people definitely consider three stars to be a good rating, and while I don’t entirely disagree, it’s not an amazing rating. There aren’t too many books that I’ve given 5 or even 4 star ratings to and this definitely needs to change.
  4. And please let me know if you hated the writing style of any of these books, writing style is very important to me, if I don’t like the writing style, I probably won’t like the book much.

And that’s it! Please comment and participate. I appreciate every single one of you. But it will be slightly easier to appreciate you if you leave a comment down below. It doesn’t even have to be cohesive sentences! Lists are perfectly acceptable too. I adore lists. So, please leave a comment about any of these books, whether you loved them or hated them. I’d love to hear about it. I will be organising these by Date Added so I’ll be starting with some of the very first books I added to Goodreads. Now onto the list:

  1. Enclave by Ann Aguirre
  2. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
  3. Tithe by Holly Black
  4. Glimmerglass by Jenna Black
  5. Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
  6. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
  7. Legacy of Lies and Don’t Tell by Elizabeth Chandler
  8. Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
  9. Breathe by Sarah Crossan
  10. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  11. Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donavan
  12. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  13. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  14. Wicked: Witch & Curse by Nancy Holder
  15. Splintered by A.G. Howard
  16. Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
  17. Shadowlands by Kate Brian
  18. Legend by Marie Lu
  19. Swoon by Nina Malkin
  20. Every Breath by Ellie Marney
  21. Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr 
  22. Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
  23. A Great & Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  24. MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza
  25. The Raft by S.A. Bodeen  
  26. The Future of Us by Jay Asher
  27. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  28. Life as we Knew it by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  29. Proxy by Alex London
  30. What’s left of me by Kat Zhang

Have you read any of these books? If so, let me know in the Comments what you thought of them. Are any of these problematic in any way? Please let me know and don’t hold back with your opinions on any of these books. If you guys enjoy this post, I will keep going with these. I hope you saw some books you recognized! If you haven’t disliked any of these books, It’s okay for you to leave a comment about which ones I should prioritize instead. But it’s highly recommended that you trash the heck out of my TBR. Would you like me to continue with this?

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Blogmas Day 6: TBR Unwrapping Update

I haven’t done a Unwrapping post in awhile, so Instead of doing a unwrapping, I’m just going to do a Update on whether I’ve read any of the last ones I unwrapped last time or amybe I’ve unhauled some since. You can find my latest Unwrapping HERE, and also my post about Gift Wrapping my TBR Books! I will be probably doing another unwrapping in January, I thought it might be a good way to start of 2019. 

So, Let’s start with what I read/unhauled from my First Unwapping. I chose to read 10 books from my TBR, and the Goal was to complete 5 of those books. I read 3 books which you can see in my second unwrapping so I won’t be going over those ones today. I have since unhauled Blame it on Paris, I’ve owned this book for so long and still haven’t read it. I’ve completely lost interest in it, which probably had a lot to do with finding out that this is actually non fiction, for a long time I thought this was fiction and I don’t normally read non fiction. And from the second unwrapping I chose to unwrap 8 books and ended up reading 1 books. I read Hollow City, although by now I’ve also read Library of Souls and started reading Map of Days. I absolutely Adore this series. 

Anyway this is all I wanted to share with you today, this was just a quick update and hopefully I can get through some of the other books soon so I can do another update or maybe another unwrapping. Although, I probably won’t do another unwrapping until I’ve read most of the books from both my previous Unwrappings. 

Have you read either of these? What did you think of them? Have you read the Miss Peregrine’s Series?

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Blogmas Day 5: My Christmas Wish List

Every year I always create a Christmas Wish List of things I would like – which is basically just a list of books that I would love to receive for Christmas. Some of them I already have and got a bit earlier such as the Queen of Air & Darkness by Cassandra Clare. It was published early December and I didn’t want to wait any longer to finally read so my mum bought it for me the first day it was published. As well as a Couple Harry Potter books that I won’t be getting until Christmas. It will give me time to organise my shelves and make room for them anyway. I’m quite behind on Blogmas so I’m just going to make this short and It’s a pretty short list. Let’s get onto the list of books I asked for this year.  

That’s all for now! This was just a really quick post but I hope you enjoyed it. I won’t be getting too many books this year for Christmas as I’ll be going to Melbourne next year to see the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Play with my mum, who will be mostly paying for it as part of my Christmas Present! What have you asked for this year for Christmas? Let me Know in the Comments!

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Blogmas Day 4: Top New to me Authors I Read for the First Time in 2018

The Last Couple years I’ve done this; the first time in 2016 for Top Ten Tuesday and then 2017 for Monthly Recommendations on Goodreads. I don’t know if any of them are doing it this year but I would like to keep doing this so here we go again. I love looking back at authors that I read for the first time and seeing if perhaps I have gained new favourites. This is a going to be fun to construct this list. fun list to put together. I’m really excited about these authors and definitely recommend checking out their works! I think I read a lot of Manga This year, which I will not be including and authors that I was already familiar with, so I’m going to mention authors whose books I’ve read and enjoyed for the first time this year, there are only Seven of them this time, but If you have any suggestions of authors I might not have read, leave them down below in the comments and I’ll check them out or if I have read them we can discuss it in the Comments  or if you’ve read a different book from any of these author let me know. These aren’t in any particular order. If I have any reviews for any of these books I will also leave the link to that as well as listing all the books I’ve read from these Amazing Authors. Anyway, let’s get started!

Anyta Sunday


The first author I wanted to mention is Anyta Sunday, if you have been following me for awhile, you’ve probably seen me talk about Anyta Sunday ALOT. Anyta Sunday is a New Zealand Author of New Adult/Adult LGBT Romance. These Books are really quick Reads. Anyta is the only author I discovered this year in which I have already read a lot of her books. This year I read a total of 13 books. I also won a giveaway for all three Love Letter Books Signed.   

“Leo Loves Aries was brilliantly done. Humorous, original, and the banter was nothing short of epic! I loved this story from beginning to end. It was a pleasure reading Theo and Jamie’s story. I found myself late at night with the need of reading more. I was hooked and I really enjoyed the development of the characters.”

From my Review of Leo Loves Aries

Becky Albertalli 

I read Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda a bit before seeing the movie earlier this year, which was quite funny because I borrowed this book from the Library twice and still never ended up reading until I saw the Trailer, at that point I already gave up ever reading this book or being interested in reading it. I thought I would give it another go when I saw the trailer for the movie, ended up listening to the Audiobook and it became one of my favourite books this year. 

Caleb Roehrig

Last Seen Leaving was the first and only book I’ve read by Caleb Roehrig, and I loved it. I would also love to read White Rabbit – which I think is more popular – but I would definitely recommend this one if you haven’t read it yet. It’s a YA Mystery with LGBT Elements. 

“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 wel

From my Post about LGBT Recommendations

Madeleine Kuderick

I read Kiss of Broken Glass this year and as far as I know she has only had this one book published, but this book was Amazing. I was able to finish this book in about 2 hours. This was written in Verse so it’s like poetry and while it does touch on hard topics such as self harm – I would not recommend it though if it could be triggering – but if you are okay with reading about these topics, I would suggest to give it a go. 

Christopher Paolini

Here’s one that should be familiar to mostly everyone, I read Eragon for the first time this year despite seeing the movie years ago, and I really don’t understand why I waited this long to read this book, while it’s not one of my absolute favourites, I was still pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it and how fun it was to read. 

Quinn Anderson

I received an ARC of Fourteen Summers from Netgalley and I am so glad that I requested this book, I read it within 24 hours. It was super quick and easy to read. This book was a lot more than I was actually expecting. I’ve learned to not have too many expectations before starting any books, but this was so worth the read!

Overall, Fourteen Summers was a lot more than I was expecting. Not to mention, the ending is adorable and I love the full-circle nature of the story. Fourteen Summers is a beautifully written M/M romance.

– From my Review of Fourteen Summers

Jenny Han

This year I finally got around to reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved before – well I listened to the audiobook actually – and while it wasn’t a favourite, I still thought it extremely cute and fun to read. It was still very enjoyable and I would like to continue this series. 

Are there any authors whose work you read for the first time in 2018 that you really enjoyed? Are any of these authors new to you? Did you read any of these I mentioned also new to you this year. Have you discovered any new authors this year? Have any Suggestions or Recommendations of Authors I should read? Let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you! We can discuss it in the comments. Until Next Time!

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Blogmas Day 3: Etsy Shop Update – 6/12/2018

I’m a few days behind on these blogmas posts so I thought I would do a quick etsy shop update and update you on what I’ve been up to and why I haven’t been as active on here lately. If you didn’t already know I have a Etsy Shop – Drink Coffee and Read Books Gift Shop – where I sell Handmade Soy Candles, and Bookmarks.  I still have more Items to list, but I’ll get to those in a couple weeks. Also, I’ll be having a Boxing Day Sale on December 26th of all my Products so if you’re interested in any of this, you can get 20% on Boxing Day. Let me know what you think of these. 

Let’s start with Bookmarks first. I have a wide variety of Bookmarks for Book lovers, especially for those that are international and the Shipping cost of Candles can be very Expensive. I have available Bookmarks inspired by The Sadowhunter Chronicles, Virginia Woolf, Arabian Nights, Series of Unfortunate Events, and Many More. These are a few of the new ones: 

Here are a few of the new Candles I’ve been working on that are now available to purchase. These are all made using Soy Wax and are therefore Vegan. 100% Soy Wax!  Some of these are in 2 oz Tins, while others are in 3 oz Jars or 5 oz Jars. I also have a huge variety of these. Some of these include Alice in Wonderland, Coraline, Maggie Stiefvater, Snow White, Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson

And now for the really fun ones . I now have some Candle Boxes Available. I have been working on completing some Candle Collections. These are a few ones that are currently available, these include Beauty and the Beasts, Fantastic Beasts, Arabian Nights, Cat in the Hat, and a Christmas Collection:

All of these will come gift Wrapped! Individual Orders – if you order only 1 Candle – will come in a cute Gift Box. Larger orders will come in a box individually wrapped in Tissue Paper, filled with Shredded Paper. If you buy anything for Christmas while Christmas Shopping is happening it will come in Christmas Wrapping, this also includes Bookmarks: 

If you would like to see more follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also Subscribe to my Mailing List HERE. If you are interested in this or would like to find out more, please subscribe to my mailing list. 

If you’re interested, I’ll be keeping you guys updated. What would you like to see? If you have any Ideas or Suggestions, Let me know in the Comments or Email me at: Drinkcoffeeandreadbooks18@gmail.com.

AUSTRALIA ONLY: If you are an Influencer (Blogger, YouTuber, etc.) from Australia and would like to review any of my products for your social Media Platforms, please feel free to send me a conversation on Etsy, Email me at Drinkcoffeeandreadbooks18@gmail.com, or DM me on Instagram – that’s where I’ll most likely to reply. I’d be happy to send some free samples, given that you can send me proof of your following & Statistics. At the Moment I’m working on creating a list of Reviewers/Influencers to send Samples to. Let me know If you would like to be included on this list

Thank You!

That’s all for now! Let me know what you think of these in the Comments. This was quite a long post, but I am really excited for all this, and I hope that you all are as well. If you kept reading this far, thank you! Until next time!

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Blogmas Day 2: December TBR (#DiverseDecember, #Queerlitread, #Currentatathon, #Grinchathon, #Finishathon)

There are a few Christmas readathons happening in December, Which I’m really excited about. I love all the festive readathon in december. I’m going to keep this short as this month is going to be really busy and I have some Christmas Orders to send out this month – Etsy Shop Here – So I don’t how much reading I’ll be able to do. I am really bad with keeping to my TBR, so these books could change at anytime. Anyway, let’s just get into it:

Diverse December (#DiverseDecember)

 I’m participating in Diverse December again this year, which is hosted by Kathy @ Books and Munches. I have quite a few Diverse Books I’d like to get to this Month. So, Here are some of my Potential  Reads:

Queer Lit (#QueerLitRead) 

This is my TBR for the Queer Lit Readathon (Go here for full details.) I think I’ll be aiming for 4 books. Let’s get into the books, shall we?

Current Readathon (#Currentathon)

Current Readathon is a readathon hosted by @booknookbritt and @bookishgina dedicated to finishing all of your unfinished books, for those of us that have a bad habit of starting books and putting them down for various reasons. 

Grinchathon (Grinchathon)

I will also be hopefully participating in the Grinchathon again. This is a Readathon for people who hate the holidays but you don’t have to hate the holidays to particiapte in this readathon, while christmas is always a busy, exhausting time of the year, I love christmas and all things festive. This round in going from Dec. 16th to 22nd. Created by @punkrockgirlpa

Finishathon (Finishathon)

Last one I’ll be joining is Finishathon. The goal of this is the finish goals and challenges you set for your at the beginning of the year. All those challenges you left till the very latest to actually complete and I have a lot. I’m not setting a TBR for this but you find my long list of incomplete challenges HERE

That all for now! These are all the readathons I’ll be joining! Are you Participating in any of these? Or maybe any that I haven’t mentioned? Let me know in the Comments below! 

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