Lord of Shadows | Happy Release Day!

HAPPY NEW RELEASE DAY!

Lord of Shadows has finally been released! If you have been following my Blog for a while, you might be aware that Cassandra Clare is my Favourite Author. Lord of Shadows is the second book in The Dark Artifices Series. I Can’t wait to start reading this Today. So I’m off to start reading this, If I’m not very active on my blog this week, that’s why. Also I really love the book cover, like in all of Cassandra Clare’s books, It’s dark & mysterious!

 Are you planning on reading this? Are you as excited to read it as I am to read it? What do you think about the book cover? Do you like it? Dislike it? Let me know in the comments!

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Decluttering Books 55-65 | Down the TBR Hole #6

This meme is hosted by Lia @ LostInAStory. The aim is to declutter your Goodreads To Be Read shelf. You sort the books on this list on date added (ascending) and do a weekly post discussing a few of them. Read the synopsis and decide whether or not you want to keep them.

Anyway, it works like this: Go to your goodreads to-read shelf, Order on ascending date added, Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books, Read the synopses of the books, Decide: keep it or should it go?

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My Name Is Rapunzel by KC Hilton

My Name Is Rapunzel

My tale has been told again and again, and I’ve heard each one. Except for my hair, I barely recognize the pitiful renditions. Muddled versions, crafted to entertain laughing children…but the children wouldn’t have laughed if they’d known the real story. It wasn’t their fault. They didn’t know the truth. Nobody did.

My name is Rapunzel. I will tell you my story. I will tell you the truth.

This book hasn’t gotten very good reviews but if a book sounds interesting I still like to read it to find out for myself, so I think I will probably read this. I’m still interested in it, the premise sounds quite intriguing. Also I love fairy tale retellings, but I’ve never actually read a retelling on Rapunzel though.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 5

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My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking

My Blood Approves (My Blood Approves, #1)

Teenager Alice Bonham’s life feels crazy after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave, he’s unlike anyone she knows. Then she meets his brother, Peter. Even though he can’t stand the sight of her, she’s drawn to him. Falling for two guys isn’t even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood 

I don’t know about this one, I just don’t think this is something that would interest me anymore. So I’m probably not going to give this book priority over other books, so I might as well take it off my TBR pile instead of leaving it there forever.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Hollowland by Amanda Hocking

Hollowland (The Hollows, #1)

Hollowland – the first book in the young adult dystopian series The Hollows…

“This is the way the world ends – not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door.”

Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way – not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies.

I’m not sure I’d be into this book based on the plot summary… this is a zombie apocalypse book. I haven’t read any zombie books but I don’t think I’d be interested in reading about zombies.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Wake by Amanda Hocking

Wake (Watersong #1)

Fall under the spell of Wake—the first book in an achingly beautiful new series by celebrated author Amanda Hocking—and lose yourself to the Watersong.

Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They’re the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone’s attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group.

Gemma seems to have it all—she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She’s taking a late night swim under the stars when she finds Penn, Lexi and Thea partying on the cove. They invite her to join them, and the next morning she wakes up on the beach feeling groggy and sick, knowing something is different.

Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. But her new powers come with a terrifying price. And as she uncovers the truth, she’s is forced to choose between staying with those she loves—or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets.

I still haven’t read anything by Amanda Hocking and I really need to get to that! This book sounds interesting.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 2

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Virtue by Amanda Hocking

VirtueIn a world filled with magic, love might be the final answer in the eternal battle between good and evil. When Lux is tasked with retrieving the virtuous Lily for his master, his entire world is put in danger. Lux must battle goblins, demon dogs, and sea dragons to rescue the one he loves, and that’s only the beginning…

I don’t really know what this is really about and I haven’t heard much about this either. I haven’t read any of her books but There has been A LOT of people that was disappointed with this book compared to her other books. Because of that I don’t really want to read this. I might read her other book instead. I don’t really know what this is about by the synopsis because its very small and doesn’t really tell us anything, so I can’t say that I want to read it because of the synopsis.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Wicked: Witch & Curse by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie

Wicked: Witch & Curse (Wicked, #1-2)

Complete text of Witch and Curse in a single volume.

Holly Cathers’s world shatters when her parents are killed in a terrible accident. Wrenched from her home in San Francisco, she is sent to Seattle to live with her relatives, Aunt Marie-Claire and her twin cousins, Amanda and Nicole.

In her new home, Holly’s sorrow and grief soon give way to bewilderment at the strange incidents going on around her. Such as how any wish she whispers to her cat seems to come true. Or the way a friend is injured after a freak attack from a vicious falcon. And there’s the undeniable, magnetic attraction to a boy Holly barely knows.

Holly, Amanda, and Nicole are about to be launced into a dark legacy of witches, secrets, and alliances, where ancient magics yield dangerous results. The girls will assume their roles in an intergenerational feud beyond their wildest imaginations…and in doing so, will attempt to fulfill their shared destiny.

I really do want to read this one I just never got around to it… I’ll still keep this on my TBR pile, though.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 6

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On Fire: A Teen Wolf Novel

On Fire: A Teen Wolf Novel

Based on the hit MTV series Teen Wolf—a teenage boy’s life changes forever after he’s bitten by a werewolf.Scott was just a regular guy until one bite changed his life. Now he struggles to understand who he is and what he might become. Is he more wolf than human—or is it the other way around? Whichever it is, it’s not going to be easy. Scott tries to control his urges, but mostly he’s scared that it’s his urges that could end up controlling him.     On Fire is the story of what happens when you to walk the line between what you want and what you can’t help from wanting. Will the bite end up being a gift? Or will it be a curse? And what will it all mean for Scott’s relationship with Allison—the girl he can’t get enough of? Only time will tell if he should embrace his newfound powers, or if he should fear them.

I love Teen Wolf. Teen Wolf is one of my favourite TV shows, actually. So, despite the bad reviews, I might still pick this up. I’ll probably borrow this from the library, so If I don’t enjoy it I can just take it back to the library and I won’t be stuck with it on my shelves!

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 8

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The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

The Carrie Diaries (The Carrie Diaries, #1)

Before Carrie Bradshaw hit the big time in the City, she was a regular girl growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut. How did she turn into one of the most-read social observers of our generation?

The Carrie Diaries opens up in Carrie’s senior year of high school. She and her best friends — Walt, Lali, Maggie, and the Mouse — are inseparable, amid the sea of Jens, Jocks and Jets. And then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture. Sebastian is a bad boy-older, intriguing, and unpredictable. Carrie falls into the relationship that she was always supposed to have in high school-until a friend’s betrayal makes her question everything. With her high school days coming to a close, Carrie will realize it’s finally time to go after everything she ever wanted.

Rabid fans of Sex and the City will love seeing Carrie Bradshaw evolve from a regular girl into a sharp, insightful writer. They’ll learn about her family background — how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. We’ll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where the next Carrie Diaries book will take place.

The Carrie Diaries is the prequel series to Sex & the City, and while I’ve never watched Sex and the City, I have watched The Carrie Diaries. It basically follows Carrie Bradshaw, a school senior who’s dealing with typical teenage drama – boyfriends, school prom, dysfunctional families and the looming, uncertain future.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 8

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Splintered by A. G. Howard

Splintered (Splintered, #1)

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence.

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

This is a retelling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I’m conflicted about this one. I love Alice’s Adventures in wonderland and this book hasn’t gotten very good reviews. I do still want to read this though.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 4

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Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1)

Don’t miss this spectacular new series that will steal your heart and haunt your dreams, Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen…

One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.

Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

This doesn’t really sound like something I would like. This doesn’t sound appealing to me. Not really sure why it was ever added to my TBR in the first place.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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I have removed 4\10 books from my TBR this week. This is time-consuming, but it feels so nice to cut down my TBR List. If you enjoyed this & would like to see what else is on my Goodreads TBR, stick around for more.

RUNNING TOTAL OF BOOKS REMOVED: 25

Have you read any of these books? If you’ve read any of these books, I’d love to hear your opinions about them. How do you feel about my choices? Do you think I’ve Made the right decisions?

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Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Fantastic Mr. FoxFantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
Published by: Puffin Books
Publication Date: August 16th, 2007 (first published 1970)
Genres: Children, Fiction, Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 81
Rating: 2
Date Read: April 26th, 2017
Links: Goodreads | Booktopia | B&N | Book Depository | Amazon

Nobody outfoxes Fantastic Mr. Fox!

Someone’s been stealing from the three meanest farmers around, and they know the identity of the thief-it’s Fantastic Mr. Fox! Working alone they could never catch hi; but now fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don’t know is that they’re not dealing with just any fox-Mr. Fox would rather die than surrender. Only the most fantastic plan can save him now.

I have to admit I really didn’t care for this book. Don’t get me wrong, It’s not a terrible book, It’s written well. There’s nothing hideously wrong with it. But there wasn’t much right with it either. The simple fact was Mr. Fox was not, in fact, very fantastic.

There’s just that lack again that some of his books always seem to have: it’s different for each book but it’s always there and it’s always intangible. It has an obvious plot that isn’t much of a plot and it has characters that are whimsical but still a bit flat.

Nothing much happened in the story. It’s only mostly all about the foxes breaking into one storage after another and stealing food. What else is there to talk about after that, though? It’s not much of a story, not one I would go out of my way to read. The story is very simple and straightforward and it almost seemed a little bit too simple, lacking some humour and some more twists. It was a bit brutal for kindergarteners, but seemed too simple for older kids.

I also didn’t care much for the ending. It was far too easy, and I really felt the characters fell out of character in the end. Like I just explained with the farmers, they just sort of suddenly gave up digging to find the fox. And Mr. Fox just gave up on trying to get his family away from them by just thinking it’d be a good idea to stay down there.

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Review: We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan

We Come ApartWe Come Apart by Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan
Published by: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: February 9th, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Poetry
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Rating: 2
Date Read: April 26th, 2017
Links: Goodreads | Booktopia | Book Depository | Amazon

From two acclaimed authors comes an emotional story told in verse about friendship, love, and overcoming unbeatable odds.

Authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan have joined forces to tell the story of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens whose paths cross in the unlikeliest of places.

Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?

For fans of Una LaMarche’s Like No Other, this illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they’ve turned the last page.

I received a copy of We Come Apart from the Publisher for review Consideration. This in no way influences my opinion of this book.

We Come Apart is about two young people trying to find their way through a turbulent life in a poor district in London where violence and crime is a part of their daily lives. Nicu – a Romanian boy awaiting an arranged marriage, and Jess – a British girl with a really violent and ill tempered step-father whose paths cross when taking part in a Reparation scheme after both get caught for theft. Both find comfort in each other and bond over their pain and their friendship turns to romance and they see hope in each other.

This novel is written in verse, which therefore made it a quick read. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I hoped, but it was an okay read. I felt that the characterisation was lacking is places, perhaps due to it being such a short read, so I felt that the characters and the romance were not as fleshed out as they could have been.

The writing was very mediocre. Verse is usually a hit or miss with me. This unfortunately was a miss for me. It just didn’t add anything to the book. I did like how it was quick. Verse usually skips all the waffle and jumps right into the story and focuses on what’s important so I enjoyed that aspect but on a whole, it was just okay.

The premise of the story had me hooked though, and while parts of it were great, I felt there was something lacking. I just would have like more depth to the characters and more to their story. This was an up and down book for me. I really liked how it was told in verse from dual perspectives.

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The Sunday Post #22 | Happy Mother’s Day – 15/05/2017

The Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news – A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Books Read:

Currently Reading:

What I plan to Read Next:

What I’m Watching:

Image result for pokemon xySong of the Week:

Last Week on the Blog:

TBR Jar Wednesday – May 2017 – And the Winner is… – #TBRJW
A to Z Read-a-thon TBR
ARC Review: Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan
Reducing your TBR | Part 1 | Discussion #6
Mental Health Awareness Read-A-Thon TBR
Reducing your TBR | Part 2 | Discussion #6

Coming Soon:

Bout of Books Wrap Up
Around The World-A-Thon TBR

Upcoming Reviews:

New on my Shelf:

Around the Blogosphere:

My Bookish Life shares The Process of Book Buying
RiverMoose Reads is starting a new read-a-thon called ARC TBR Takedown
The Little Contemporary Corner shares What it’s like being a dyslexic reader
Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek talks about Depression
Never Trust a Book Nerd Discusses Reading Distractions
Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile shares  The Biggest books on her TBR

Did you get any good book last week? What are you reading, Listening to and watching? What have you been up to this past week? Do you have anything planned for this coming week? Have you read any of these books? Are they on your TBR? Let me know in the comments. Also, leave a link to your own posts, I’d love to check it out.

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Reducing your TBR | Part 2 | Discussion #6

As a book blogger, we all know this problem: buying books to no end, with even no intention of ever actually reading them. You’ll convince yourself that you’ll get to read those books eventually, but you never do. And suddenly your TBR is in the hundreds. So here are some more tips on how to keep your TBR down. Also check out Part 1 HERE if you haven’t already!


Tip #6: Re-Evaluate your TBR regularly

I joined Lia’s weekly meme called Down The TBR Hole, where the aim is to declutter you goodreads TBR by looking at a number of books a week (I do Ten) and decide whether they get to Keep or Remove from your TBR.

Cull your list of books to read. A TBR list of a thousand books can be overwhelming. That list is supposed to help you pick up books you’re looking forward to reading. Your TBR should be manageable enough that you are likely to read a book within two years of adding it.

Reading tastes change. Maybe you’ve binge-read so many mystery books, you never want to see them again. Remove them from your TBR list.


Tip #7: Reorganise your Shelves

Create a bookshelf only for unread books. In order to know what kind of problem we’re dealing with, you have to find out how big it actually is. By keeping your TBR together, you can keep track of how many books are on your TBR

There are so many different ways to organize a TBR pile: You could choose to Sort Books by Review Deadline or Publication Date, Oldest to newest, Genre, Author Year of publication, Length, page count, series, alphabetically by title, priority, by date purchased, by format, by retailer, etc.


Tip #8: Make a TBR Jar

I did this while back and even though I haven’t actually used it much, it’s still very helpful. I have decided to use my TBR Jar more, so I created a weekly meme called TBR Jar Wednesday. Consider writing a list of all of your books you want to read, cut them up into small strips, and then simply pick one out of the jar each time you’re looking for something new to dive into.


Tip #9: Don’t add entire series to your TBR

This is what I did when I first started using Goodreads to keep track the books I wanted to read. Why would you want to add all the books of a series to your TBR if you haven’t even read the first book yet? You don’t even know If your going to enjoy the first book, what if you end up hating it? So if you just add the first book, once you’ve read it and enjoyed it, you can add the next one! That way your TBR doesn’t seem as intimidating and more manageable. I recently decided to take all the sequels off my TBR!


Tip #10: Read-A-Thons & Reading Challenges

I’m sure a lot of you guys are doing the standard Goodreads challenge. But there are also lots of other great yearly challenges, which I highly recommend doing. Reading challenges will definitely help you get through your TBR faster.

So if you’re competitive like me, a reading challenge is the perfect way power through your Reading List. It can be as simple as challenging yourself to read an amount of books in a year or be as specific as reading a certain amount of sequels or books in a certain genre.

Read -a- thons are also a great way to reduce your TBR in a short period! There are a lot of great read-a-thons happening all the time.


Tip #11: Distraction Reads

I actually found out about this Tip from Mystical Musings’ Reading Tips: Big Books. So thank you for this very helpful tip. This one is more specific for Big Books but can be used for smaller books. The Idea of this is to start with a main book, and decide a page mark of how many pages you would like to read before you switch to your distraction read. Then pick another read for your distraction read. When you reach your page mark, you can then pick up your distraction book and read a bit from that, but then go back your main book. Once you’ve finished your main book, you can then move your distraction read up as  your main book and choose a distraction read for that. If you want to know more about it, I suggest you check out Helen’s post, she explains it a lot better and more in depths.


Tip #12: Don’t be afraid to DNF books

It sucks not to finish a book but what sucks even more is when you spend your time on a book you disliked. You aren’t going to love every book you read and it is OK to stop reading a book if you aren’t feeling it. I never used to DNF books, but I find myself more often DNF-in books that I’m not enjoying, in order to read books that I will enjoy more, that way I can read books faster instead of pushing through them. Or Some books I’m not really in the mood for,  so I put them aside for now to pick up at a later time, whenever I feel like reading them.


Wow! These posts were really long, so if you stuck around to the end, thank you. If you enjoyed this and found it helpful, let me know in the comments.

Do you use any of these? Did you find any of these helpful? How do you handle your TBR pile? Are you as overwhelmed as I am? Any tips to share? What are your tips on managing your TBR? What do you recommend? I’d love to discuss it in the comments.

Again, Thank you for sticking around through this extremely long post. Also, if you liked this post and would like to see more discussion posts or have any ideas for a discussion post you’d like to see me do, please let me know!

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Mental Health Awareness Read-A-Thon TBR

If you guys didn’t know this month is Mental Health Awareness Month and I will be participating in #MHAReadathon from the 14th-21th. I’m really excited to participate.

Challenges:

Read a book with green on the cover
Read a book where the main character has a mental illness/mental health issue
Read a non-fiction book about mental health
Read a book by an author that has a mental illness or mental health issue
Pick a topic related to mental health or mental illness that you want to know more about and read a book about it


Read a book with green on the cover

Finding Audrey

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.


Read a book where the main character has a mental illness/mental health issue

10 Things I Can See from Here

Perfect for fans of Finding Audrey and Everything, Everything, this is the poignant and uplifting story of Maeve, who is dealing with anxiety while falling in love with a girl who is not afraid of anything.

Think positive.
Don’t worry; be happy.
Keep calm and carry on.

Maeve has heard it all before. She’s been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom—the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through—is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver.

Vancouver brings a slew of new worries, but Maeve finds brief moments of calm (as well as even more worries) with Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Between her dad’s wavering sobriety, her very pregnant stepmom insisting on a home birth, and her bumbling courtship with Salix, this summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could have foreseen. Will she be able to navigate through all the chaos to be there for the people she loves?


Read a book by an author that has a mental illness or mental health issue

To the Lighthouse
To the Lighthouse is at once a vivid impressionist depiction of a family holiday, and a meditation on a marriage, on parenthood and childhood, on grief, tyranny and bitterness. Its use of stream of consciousness, reminiscence and shifting perspectives, give the novel an intimate, poetic essence, and at the time of publication in 1927 it represented an utter rejection of Victorian and Edwardian literary values.

Mrs. Dalloway

Mrs. Dalloway is a novel by Virginia Woolf that details a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, a fictional high-society woman in post-World War I England. It is one of Woolf’s best-known novels.

Created from two short stories, “Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street” and the unfinished “The Prime Minister,” the novel addresses Clarissa’s preparations for a party she will host that evening. With an interior perspective, the story travels forwards and back in time and in and out of the characters’ minds to construct an image of Clarissa’s life and of the inter-war social structure. In October 2005, Mrs. Dalloway was included on TIME magazine’s list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923.


So, that’s what I’m reading for the Mental Health Awareness Read-a-thon. Are you participating in #MHAReadathon? If so, let me know if you’re participating and what you’re reading! Have you read either of these books? What do you think of them?

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Reducing your TBR | Part 1 | Discussion #6

Having a tbr-list is very handy, but it can also be very frustrating. I hope I’ll be able to help you with these little tips! If you’re like me, you’ve got a To Be Read pile the size of Mount Everest and growing. I love to read, but there aren’t enough hours in the day to make a dent in my TBR Pile.

Even if you don’t have a huge TBR pile, you can still use this guide to increase your reading productivity. Making your way through books you have to read — as opposed to those you read for fun — doesn’t have to be a chore.

TBRs are intimidating in my opinion. So many books to read and so little time to read them! And I can’t stop buying book! Even though my bookshelves are filled with tons and tons of unread books already. So I figured it would be nice to share with you a few tips from my experience, on how to keep on reading, and reduce your TBR. Anyway, I thought I’d give you guys some tips on how to keep your TBR down, and maybe I’d give myself some motivation!


Tip #1: Read More

You could do this by Reading multiple books at once, which is what I do. I can read multiple books at once and keep up with it all. I usually have three or four books in rotation, for different times or moods. Whenever I finished a book, I could swap it out for one of the novels I was already reading. And having multiple books to read made me less likely to burn out. I know not everybody can do this or just prefers to focus on one book at a time, that’s also fine, But I find that this tip helps me to read more.

You could also do this by Listening to audiobooks. Recently I have been listening to audiobook a lot more. I never used to like audiobooks, but I find that it helps when I have a very busy schedule. You can listen to audiobooks when doing housework/Chores, when your exercising, tidying up, and working on your blog. I love Listening to audiobooks while I’m working on my Blog, It actually makes me feel more productive. The only problem with doing this is that I tend to get distracted or zone out, and end up missing some of it. I know, reading the book yourself is fun, but if you haven’t tried listening to a audiobook, you really should!

Take books everywhere. If you always have a book, you might find yourself turning to it in those everyday boring situations. In line at the post office. In the doctor’s waiting room. In the train. On your lunch break. Boredom can be a great motivator.


Tip #2: Keep yourself motivated to read

Don’t make reading into a chore. Reading is supposed to be a fun activity. Don’t force yourself to read things you hate. If you can’t get into a book, move onto a new one. Read only books that you enjoy reading. And get super comfortable with NOT completing a book. If a book sucks, stop reading it.

Join a book club. This allows you to connect with other readers. Coming together with others and discussing what you’re reading makes the material feel more relevant and gives you a chance to hear a wide variety of opinions. Plus, It’s a lot of fun.

Remove distractions. Assuming that you do have a problem with getting distracted by things, see if you can remove them. If it’s noise, find a quiet place or use earplugs. If it’s technology, put it in another room, turn it off, or read in another room. I like to read in the spare room, there’s a TV in there but still less distractions than in my own room.


Tip #3: Read what you want, when you want

Don’t pressure yourself to read a 500-page-book if you’re not in the mood. Read at your own pace and read whatever you feel like at the time. I’m pretty much a mood reader. I won’t enjoy a book as much if I’m not in the mood for it at that time.


Tip #4: Avoid Reading Slumps

Every reader has been through the dreaded Reading Slump, this is easier said than done, so I will share some ways that have helped me avoid reading slumps and hopefully that might help you too. I am planning on doing a separate post on this and go more in depths on this topic, but for now these are just a few ways that I find helpful.

Read Graphic Novels/Manga. Sometime novels can be too daunting. So why not try a quick and short read like a graphic novel/Manga! I read Manga when I feel a reading slump coming on or just don’t feel like reading anything bigger. If you just can’t get into any novels, try something light.

Try Different Genres. I used to read mostly fantasy, it wasn’t until recently that I branched out and discovered that there are a lot of other different kinds of books. So now I read all sorts of books. This one helped me a lot.

Set Small Goals. When I have a long book that I really want to finish, I divide it up into small sections. I put post-it notes on each section, and when I get to the end of that chapter, I get to take out the post-it note. Seeing that I only have to read twenty pages is a lot less daunting than seeing a thousand page book.


Tip #5: List all of the books

I started doing this at the beginning of April, I’m Currently making a list with all of the books I own, alphabetically by authors last name. I made sure that all series were listed together, in the correct reading order. I starting doing and I will be posting it onto my blog soon, It will be a list of all the books I own. I’m hoping to have that up by the end of May, if you would like to check that out. I will also be updating it as I go.


Because this was a lot longer than I thought it was going to be, there will be a part Two which will be up Tomorrow. So if you enjoyed this and found it helpful, come back and check out part two.

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ARC Review: Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan

Stargazing For BeginnersStargazing for Beginners by Ursula Dubosarsky
Published by: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: April 6th, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Rating: 2
Date Read: March 26th, 2017
Links: Goodreads | Booktopia | Book Depository | Amazon | Authors Website

Science geek Meg is left to look after her little sister for ten days after her free-spirited mum leaves suddenly to follow up yet another of her Big Important Causes. But while Meg may understand how the universe was formed, baby Elsa is a complete mystery to her.

And Mum’s disappearance has come at the worst time: Meg is desperate to win a competition to get the chance to visit NASA headquarters, but to do this she has to beat close rival Ed. Can Meg pull off this double life of caring for Elsa and following her own dreams? She’ll need a miracle of cosmic proportions …

Fans fell in love with the warmth, wit, romance and fierce friendships in Flirty Dancing, Love Bomb, Sunkissed and Star Struck, and Stargazing for Beginners has all that and galaxies more. This is the best kind of real-life fiction – with big themes and irresistible characters, it goes straight to your heart.

I received a copy of Stargazing for Beginners from Bloomsbury for review Considerations. This in no way influences my opinion of this book.

Meg is a science geek who dreams of being an astronaut and wants desperately to win the competition to visit NASA. Unfortunately Meg also has an incredibly selfish and immature mother. We get to watch Meg look after her younger sister and keep her own interests ticking after her mother hops on a plane and disappears for two weeks.

Who leaves their two daughters home alone for a fortnight, whilst they travel to the other side of the world? However, the event is not portrayed unrealistically by McLachlan and without it Meg wouldn’t have done what she does. The characters are generally realistic.

And even though I enjoyed the Uplifting message behind this, it failed to grab me. I struggled with this one, I found that the book wasn’t really holding my attention and I struggled to push through. It took me awhile to get through this, I just didn’t care that much about the characters.

I will say that the writing in this book is really good and I would definitely be interested in reading more from this author.

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A to Z Read-a-thon TBR

This month, I will be participating in another month long read-a-thon. This is the A to Z Readathon. This readathon will run from the 1st to the 31st of May. There are three levels to this readathon:

Hard: Read 26 books in May, each Title starting with a different letter of the alphabet

Medium: Read some number of books in May, making sure that every letter shows up as part of the titles

Easy: Read some number of books in May, making sure that every letter shows up as part of the title or author name.

I am going to aim for the Hard level. I don’t know how many of these I will get though but I’m just going to try to read as many as I can. So onto my TBR…

A

Are you my Mother by Alison Bechdel

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B

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

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C

Countless by Karen Gregory

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D

Define Normal by Julie Anne Peters

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E

The End of Oz by Danielle Paige

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F

The Forest of Silence by Emily Rodda

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G

Grim by Various Authors, Edited by Christine Johnson

Grim by Christine Johnson and Amanda Hocking

H

Hunt for the Horseman by Gita V. Reddy

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I

It’s Our Prom (so deal with it) by Julie Anne Peters

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J

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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K

Keeping you a Secret by Julie Anne Peters

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L

The Lake of Tears by Emily Rodda

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M

More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera

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N

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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O

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

P

Pawn by Aimee Carter

Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1)

Q

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

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R

Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl

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S

The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket

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T

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

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U

Understanding the Stars by X. Culletto

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V

The Valley of the Lost by Emily Rodda

The Valley of the Lost (Deltora Quest, #7)

W

We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan

We Come Apart

X

I don’t have anything for X, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments. If not, I will probably cover this one by reading a second book for one of the other letters.

Y

Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige

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Z

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler

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The books may change over the month but this is what I am planning on for May. What do you think of this read-a-thon? Are you going to be participating? Let me know in the comments.

Also if you want to buddy read any of these books mentioned above with me, I would love that. Let me know in the comments if you’re interested. Or you can also contact me on any of my social media down below or DM me on Twitter.

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