Manga Madness Read-a-thon Wrap up (#MangaMadnessReadathon)

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This is a bit late, but here is my Wrap up for #MangaMadnessReadathon. So, I hosted a Readathon, which went from January 7-13, 2018. There were 25 Challenges in the form of a Bingo Board.

Read a Manga in a Genre of your Choice (2)

Award Winning Manga – One Piece Volume 46-48 by Eiichiro Oda
Author/Artist you haven’t read before – Kiss him, Not me Volume 1 by Junko
Manga Centred around Folklore & Mythology – Hunter X Hunter Volume 1 by Yoshihiro Togashi
Romance, Slice of Life or Comedy – Kiss him, Not me Volume 2 by Junko
Drama, Action or Adventure – Hunter X Hunter Volume 2 by Junko

Fantasy or Paranormal – Bloody Mary Volume 8 by Akaza Samamiya (re-read)
Horror, Demons or Vampire – Bloody Mary Volume 9 by Akaza Samamiya (re-read)
Mystery, Thriller or Psychological – Death Note Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba
A Manga that is related to something you previously read – Tokyo Ghoul: re Volume 1 by Sui Ishida
A Manga with a male lead character – Hunter X Hunter Volume 3 by Yoshihiro Togashi

A Manga with a female lead character – Ouran High School Host Club Volume 2 by Bisco Hatori
Read two Installments from the same series – Hunter X Hunter Volume 4 & 5 by Yoshihiro Togashi
Read a Manga in a Genre of your choice – Kiss him, Not me Volume 3 by Junko
A Manga that was published in 2016/2017 – Bloom into you Volume 1 by Nakatani Nio
A Manga with a main character who transforms – Tokyo Mew Mew Volume 1 by Mia Ikumi

A Manga you’ve borrowed – Ouran High School Host Club Volume 1 by Bisco Hatori (re-read)
A Manga from a Genre you don’t usually read – Bloom into You Volume 2 by Nakatani Nio
A Manga with a main character who Identifies as LGBTQI+ – Bloom into you Volume 3 by Nakatani Nio
Read the Oldest Manga in your Collection – The Case Study of Vanitas Volume 1 by Jun Mochizuki (re-read)
A Manga by your Favourite Manga Artist – Crimson Shell by Jun Mochizuki

A Manga with a Name in the Title – The Case Study of Vanitas Volume 2 by Jun Mochizuki (re-read)
A Manga you’ve been meaning to read – Hunter X Hunter Volume 6 by Yoshihiro Togashi
A Manga that has been adapted to live action – Hunter X Hunter Volume 7 by Yoshihiro Togashi
A Manga that has not been adapted in any way – Bloom into you Volume 4 Nakatani Nio
A Manga that has been adapted to Anime or Video Game – Hunter X Hunter Volume 8 by Yoshihiro Togashi

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Did you participate in #MangaMadnessReadathon? Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think of them? Are any of these on your TBR? Let me know in the Comments!

If you want to know more about this readathon or want to know when the next round will take place, check out the official Twitter page, @MMReadathon! Are you interested in Participating next round? Let me know!

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Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith

Babe_ The Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith

BabeBabe by Dick King-Smith
Published By: Knopf Books for Young Readers      
Publication Date: March 8th 2005 (first published 1983)
Genres: Children’s Fiction
Format: PGoodreadsaperback
Pages: 130
Rating: 1 Star
Date Read: June 22, 2017
Links: Goodreads

Knopf is proud to present a handsome 20th-anniversary edition of Dick King-Smith’s bestselling novel that became an Academy Award–nominated movie. When Babe arrives at Hogget Farm, Mrs. Hogget’s thoughts turn to sizzling bacon and juicy pork chops—until he reveals a surprising talent for sheepherding, that is. Before long, Babe is handling Farmer Hogget’s flock better than any sheepdog ever could. Babe is so good, in fact, that the farmer enters him into the Grand Challenge Sheepdog Trials. Will it take a miracle for Babe to win?

Complete with the original text and stunningly reillustrated by acclaimed artist Maggie Kneen, this anniversary edition of Babe is perfect to introduce a new generation of readers to the magical story of a pig like no other. 

One of the rare instances where the movie is better than the book. I saw the Movie before I read the book. The ways that the book is dissimilar to the movie is that there is no Rex, just Fly. Mrs. Hoggett is nice about Babe, not like in the movie. The Hoggetts’ children aren’t in it and neither is Christmas. Neither is the subplot with the duck. But the basic story is exactly the same, even with the same beginning and ending.

In this book, the animals communicate with each other. The humans are left out of the communication loop, but the Hoggetts are good people who give Babe a chance. The underlying idea is that people think pigs are to be eaten, yet Babe is smart. He doesn’t deserve to be eaten.

It is almost fact that the book is always better than the movie, but to be honest I found myself extremely disappointed with this book.

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That’s it for this review! Have you read this book? If so, What did you think of it? Is it on your TBR? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion.      

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Review: Stancliffe’s Hotel by Charlotte Bronte

Stancliffe's Hotel by Charlote Bronte

stancliffe's hotelStancliffe’s Hotel by Charlotte Bronte
Published By: Little Black Classics
Publication Date: 2016 (first published 2003)            
Genres: Classics, Fiction
Format: Paperback
Pages: 111
Rating: 2 Stars
Date Read: September 9th, 2017
Links: Goodreads | Book Depository | Barnes & Noble | Booktopia

These witty, racy vignettes set in Charlotte Brontë’s imaginary kingdom of Angria feature rakish dandies, high-society courtesans and the dashing hero Zamorna.

The blurb of this tiny novella describes it as a ‘witty romp’ and I feel like that suits it really well. This is some of Bronte’s earlier work and I’ve heard that it’s not some of her most mature or well-developed classics but it’s fun.

This is a little collection of stories that Charlotte Brontë wrote in her teenage years. They were fun but the collection made me wish for something more detailed and well constructed.

There was no real plotting or content. Admittedly, this was put to paper long before her first work saw print. If you’re a die-hard Bronte fan, or you’re just curious about her writing style, or maybe you’re intent on reading all of these Penguin Little Black Classics, go ahead and give this a go.

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That’s it for this review! Have you read this book? If so, What did you think of it? Is it on your TBR? Have you read any of the Little Black Classics? Which Ones? Are you planning on Reading all the Little Black Classics? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion.

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2018 Reading Challenges

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Here are the challenges I’m focusing on in 2018. I will be updating this post as I read books and adding the reviews here too, so if you’d like to check out my Progress, come back to this post, which will be in the menu at the top of the blog. I will be adding more to this list, when I come across them and when I have more time. When I finish reading a book I’ll be linking the review here for each book, so if you click on the book cover it will take you to my review.


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I find that it encourages me more than makes me feel pressured so I’m continuing with it this year. In 2016 I read 104 books, so this year I decided that I will try to read 250 books in 2018.

Progress: 0/250


Tsundoku Bingo

To help read some of the books I’ve hoarded, I’m going to be participating in this fun challenge that requires me to pick books off my physical bookshelf and those that already exist on my kindle. This is being hosted over at The Broken Spine. Erica has come up with a new Bingo board every quarter of the year. This board is good from January to March. I am hoping to complete this board by the end of March.

Progress: 2/25

A Book of Poetry – Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman


Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

Last year I started The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge and this year I will be continuing this challenge. I’m not going to read all 339 books, so the books that I will be reading will be crossed out and in bold, the books I’m not interested in reading I’m just going to cross out. So, below I’ll put down the books that I’m yet to read. If you’d like to check out the full list, check out my 2017 Reading Challenges!

Progress: 24/339

1. 1984 by George Orwell*
2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain*
4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
5. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
6. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy*
8. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank*
9. The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
10. The Art of Fiction by Henry James
11. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
12. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner*
13. Atonement by Ian McEwan
14. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
15. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
17. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi 18. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
19. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
20. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath*
21. Beloved by Toni Morrison*
22. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
23. The Bhagava Gita
24. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
26. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
27. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley*
28. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
29. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
30. Candide by Voltaire
31. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
33. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
34. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger*
36. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
37. Christine by Stephen King*
39. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess*
40. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
41. The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty
42. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
43. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
44. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
45. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker*
46. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
47. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas*
48. Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac
49. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky*
50. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
51. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
52. Cujo by Stephen King*
54. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
55. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
56. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens*
57. The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown*
58. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
59. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
60. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
61. Deenie by Judy Blume
62. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
63. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
64. The Divine Comedy by Dante
65. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
66. Don Quixote by Cervantes*
67. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
68. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson*
70. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
71. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
72. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
73. Eloise by Kay Thompson
74. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger*
75. Emma by Jane Austen*
76. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
77. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
78. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
79. Ethics by Spinoza
80. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
81. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
82. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
83. Extravagance by Gary Krist
84. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
85. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
86. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
87. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
88. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
89. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien*
90. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein*
91. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
92. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
93. Fletch by Gregory McDonald
94. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
95. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
96. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
97. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
98. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
100. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut101. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
102. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
103. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
104. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen*
106. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
107. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
108. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky*
109. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell*
110. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
112. The Graduate by Charles Webb
113. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck*
115. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens*
116. The Group by Mary McCarthy
117. Hamlet by William Shakespeare*
120. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
121. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
122. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
123. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
124. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
125. Henry V by William Shakespeare
126. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
127. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
128. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
129. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
130. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
131. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
132. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
134. How the Light Gets In by M. J. Hyland
135. Howl by Allen Ginsberg*
136. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo*
137. The Iliad by Homer
138. I’m With the Band by Pamela des Barres
139. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
140. Inferno by Dante
141. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
142. Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
144. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – Currently Reading
145. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
146. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
147. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
148. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
149. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
150. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
151. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
152. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini*
153. Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
154. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
155. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman*
156. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
157. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
158. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
159. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
160. Life of Pi by Yann Martel*
161. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens*
162. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
163. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen*
164. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott*
166. Lord of the Flies by William Golding*
167. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
168. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold*
169. The Love Story by Erich Segal
170. Macbeth by William Shakespeare*
171. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert*
172. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
173. Marathon Man by William Goldman
174. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
175. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
176. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
177. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
178. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
179. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
180. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
181. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
182. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
183. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
184. Moby Dick by Herman Melville*
185. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
186. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
187. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
188. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
189. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
190. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
192. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
193. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
194. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
195. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
196. Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
197. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult*
198. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
199. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
200. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
201. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
202. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
203. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
204. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
205. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
206. Night by Elie Wiesel
207. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen*
208. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
209. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
210. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
211. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck*
212. Old School by Tobias Wolff
213. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
214. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey*
215. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
216. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
217. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
218. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
219. Othello by Shakespeare
220. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
221. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
222. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
224. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster*
225. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
227. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
229. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
230. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
231. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
232. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
233. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker*
234. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
235. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
236. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen*
237. Property by Valerie Martin
238. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
239. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
240. Quattrocento by James Mckean
241. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
242. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers*
244. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
245. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
246. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
247. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
248. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
249. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
250. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
251. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
252. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
253. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
254. Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
255. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
257. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster*
258. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
259. The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
260. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
261. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
262. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
263. Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
264. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum*
265. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne*
266. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
267. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
268. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
269. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
270. Selected Hotels of Europe
271. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
272. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
273. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
274. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
275. Sexus by Henry Miller
276. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon*
279. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
280. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
281. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
282. Small Island by Andrea Levy
283. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
284. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers*
285. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
286. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
287. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
288. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
289. Songbook by Nick Hornby
290. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
291. Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
292. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
293. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
294. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
295. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
296. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
297. A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
298. Stuart Little by E. B. White*
299. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
300. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
301. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
302. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
303. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens*
304. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald*
305. Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
306. Time and Again by Jack Finney
307. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger*
308. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
309. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
310. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
311. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
312. The Trial by Franz Kafka
313. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
314. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
315. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
316. Ulysses by James Joyce
317. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
318. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
319. Unless by Carol Shields
320. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
321. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
322. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
323. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
324. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides*
325. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
326. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
327. Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten*
328. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy*
329. We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
330. What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
331. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
332. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
333. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
334. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee*
336. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum*
337. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte*
338. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
339. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion 


I’m going to join the 11th Annual Graphic Novel & Manga reading challenge for this year, too, with the goal of Golden Age. The challenge has moved to a Facebook page.

What counts: graphic novels, collected trade editions, manga, comic strip collections, comic books or combinations of text and bubbles all in the same book. In print or digital. Anything else you feel is suitable.

Levels:
Modern Age: read and review 12 books during the year (that’s only 1 book a month)

Bronze Age: read and review 24 books during the year (Can you handle 2 books a month.)
Silver Age: read and review 52 books during the year (Are you up to a book a week!)
Golden Age: read and review 104 books during the year (Are you addicted? 2 books a week!)

You must write a review and link to it for it to count towards the challenge. Reviews may be posted on your blog or goodreads or similar places. Several reviews may be gathered and posted in one link on your blog. I will list my books below as I read them. I will be going for the Golden Age this year!  I will list my books below as I read them.

Progress: 0/104


2018 Aussie Author Reading Challenge

My Goal is KANGAROO

Read and review 12 titles written by Australian Authors of which at least 4 of those authors are female, at least 4 of those authors are male, and at least 4 of those authors are new to you; Fiction or non-fiction, at least 3 genres.

This reading challenge is hosted by Booklover Book Reviews. The objective of this challenge is to showcase the quality and diversity of the books being produced by Australian authors. I will be adding every book I will finish here with a link to it’s review.

Progress: 0/12

4 Female Authors

4 Male Authors

4 Authors New to me


This challenge is meant to help you get through some past-due review copies that’ve been neglected. Books must be at least 4 months past due. I’ll be trying for 20 Review Books.


This Challenge is being hosted by Amy @ Passages to the Past. In this Challenges, the goal is to indulge in some historical Fiction in any Subgenre. I am going to meet the “Renaissance Reader” level again to this year, 10 books!

Levels:

20th Century Reader – 2 books
Victorian Reader – 5 books
Renaissance Reader – 10 books
Medieval – 15 books
Ancient History – 25 books
Prehistoric – 50+ books

Progress: 0/10


AuthorLove

The Author Love Challenge 2018 is hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @ Because Reading is better than real life.  #authorluv18

The goal of this challenge is to pick an author you love and would like to read more of, and try to read as many books by them in a year as you can. I’ve chosen Garth Nix for my author, and I’m setting my goal to at least 10 books.


Audiobook-Challenge--2018

The 2018 Audiobooks Challenge is hosted by Hot Listens and Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is to challenge yourself to either listen to more audiobooks or outdo yourself by listening to more audiobooks than last year. Re-reads and crossovers are allowed.

The Levels For 2018 Audiobooks Challenge

  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15
  • Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  • Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  • My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
  • Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+

My Goal: is going is to complete the Socially Awkward Level. You can find the audiobooks I’ve listened to down below.

Progress: 1/20

TBR: 51gWmT8Y0+L._SL300_ 9781442343825 9781442352940

Currently Reading:

Books Read: bane-chronicles-9781442372627_hr 


The 2018 Finishing Series Reading Challenge is exactly as it says it is: a year-long challenge dedicated to finishing series that you have started prior to the start of 2018. I am going to keep a list here of all the books in the series I need to read, and come back once I finish them to mark them as read.

Progress: 0/20


I am going to aim to read 50 books for The Backlist Reader Challenge. I have a few books in mind for the challenge, but mostly I just like to read whatever I feel like reading at the moment. I’m trying to read all of the books that I own and read fewer from the library this year, and I think this challenge will help me with that.

To count for the challenge, books have to be published before 2017 AND already be on your TBR list or pile. In other words, you don’t have to own it. If it was on your list to read before you signed up for the challenge, and it came out before 2017, it counts. Library books, books you picked up at a yard sale, books you borrowed from a friend, ebooks, print books, audiobooks—any book counts as long as it fits those two criteria.

Progress: 1/50


The Grand World of Books Book Bingo 2018 Completed 3A Library Book – One Piece Volume 46-48

A Graphic Novel – Death Note Volume 1

A Popular Authors First Book – Crimson Shell

A Brand New Book – The Haunted Heart of America

A Book over 500 pages long – The Bane Chronicles

A Book about another Culture – Ouran High School Host Club Volume 2

A Book Set in a Different Country – The Case Study of Vanitas Volume 1

A Book that Brought you joy – Kiss Him, Not me Volume 1

A Book that was translated into English – Hunter X Hunter Volume 1

Read an own Voices Book – More Happy than Not


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Because I’m a glutton for punishment and still desperately trying to read more diversely, I am joining the Platypire’s in the Platypire Diversity Challenge. Now this challenge kind of sucks for me because it requires that I read certain types of diverse books in specific months, and I suck at that. You can find out more information about what is being featured and sign up to join the challenge here. 

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Progress: 0/31

JANUARY – Biracial Awareness
FEBRUARY – Black History Month
MARCH – Woman History Month – non-fiction titles
APRIL – Arab Heritage Month
MAY – Asian/Pacific Islander History Month
​JUNE – LGBT Pride Summer
JULY – LGBT Pride Summer
AUGUST – Mental Health Awareness
SEPTEMBER – Hispanic History Month
OCTOBER – Physical Disability Awareness Month
NOVEMBER – Native American History Month
​DECEMBER – Religious Minorities


Full House 2018 Reading Challenge badgeThis challenge is being hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date. Read a book for each square!Reading Challenge Grid.

  1. Mystery or thriller
  2. Historical – The Haunted Heart of America
  3. Over 500 pages
  4. Setting in library or bookshop
  5. 4 word title – More Happy Than Not
  6. Last book added to your TBR – Tokyo Ghoul: re Volume 1
  7. Classic
  8. Fantasy
  9. Coming of Age theme
  10. Adapted to a Movie
  11. Holiday season
  12. Has big plot twist
  13. Humor
  14. Book to improve your life
  15. Redemption theme
  16. Has a number in the title
  17. Under 250 pages
  18. New to you author from another country
  19. From a favourite series of yours
  20. Dual time line
  21. Non fiction hobby book
  22. Children’s book
  23. Book chosen randomly from TBR shelf. You might like to do it with your eyes closed from an actual shelf. Or check your TBR on Goodreads, see how many there are and put that number into random.org. Or whatever method you think of.
  24. Memoir or Autobiography
  25. Reread – The Bane Chronicles

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Did you join any challenges in 2018 so far? Which ones? Any Challenges I should know about? Any Recommendation for challenges I should Participate in? Let me know in the Comments!

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Review: Everything Leads to you by Nina LaCour

Everything Leads to you by Nina LaCor

Everything Leads to YouEverything Leads to you by Nina LaCour
Published By: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 15th, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQIA+
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 312
Rating: 1 Star
Date Read: December 17th, 2017
Links: Goodreads | Book Depository | Barnes & Noble | Booktopia

A love letter to the craft and romance of film and fate in front of—and behind—the camera from the award-winning author of Hold Still.

A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

The story revolves around Ava, the granddaughter of a well-known celebrity who died and left her a letter telling her how much he wished he knew her and that he left her A LOT of money she can use at her sake. Now here is the thing: I thought Emi was the main character. She’s the narrator and there’s a first person POV so it makes it even more obvious. But, even if Emi was the one discovering the letter, everything else important happening revolves, as I said, around Ava. Eveything Leads to Ava. Emi help her find the truth about her mother who died unfortunately too. Ava is struggling with finding a place where she can feel at home and Emi helps her. So, I guess there are really TWO main characters with the same importance level in this book that are connected to each other.

I thought the ‘mystery’ was completely predictable. Sometimes predictable stories are not boring, but this is one of them. There are other factors that made me not enjoy this book that much.

It’s filled with Dialogue. The amount of unneeded dialogue was way too extreme. It wasn’t even portrayed interesting at all. I felt like I was reading a text conversation between two 13 year olds half the time. A lot of the dialogue was things that no reader would even care about. There was too much dialogue and few descriptions of places and the world around them annoyed me.

Another problem I had with this book is that there is barely any romance! There is only one single kiss in the story and RARE flirting. Of course, there is some mention of girls from Emi’s past and Ava’s as well but nothing substantial.

The story in itself could have been interesting if it wasn’t so boring, again, literally unbelievable, and just so easy. Nothing in life falls into place so easily. When I realised that the events were meant to take place on a shorter span than I had in mind. A little fantasy never hurt, but to have a story make so little sense is just disrespectful to the reader.

Disappointing read! And when the characters are so boring and nonchalantly trying to figure out who they are, then how can we connect with them, they lack depth or any kind of evocative emotions in them. There was bit of mystery which is once again not played out that well. Even the writing style is not so polished or even the dialogues are not engaging enough. Anyhow, in a nutshell, this book screams out “ROMANCE” in capital letters from it’s synopsis, but there is barely any chemistry found in the book. I skimmed the last 100 pages because it was so boring

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That’s it for this review! Have you read this book? If so, What did you think of it? I hope you enjoyed this more than I did! Is it on your TBR? Are you Still Planning on reading it? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion.

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Review: White Cat by Holly Black

White Cat by Holly Black

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White Cat by Lizzy Ford
Publication Date: May 4th, 2010
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Series: The Curse Workers, #1
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 310
Rating: 3
Date Read: 26/10/2016
Links: Goodreads | Booktopia | B&N | Book Depository | 

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers: people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn’t got magic, so he’s an outsider; the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail – he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He’s noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.

White Cat tells the story of a boy named Cassel who is part of a family of magic workers, but isn’t a worker himself. There are different types of workers; luck workers, dream workers, memory workers, death workers and transformation workers, the practice of these are illegal whether the worker is using their magic for good or for bad. White Cat begins with Cassel finding himself on the roof of his boarding school one night after following a white cat in his sleep. This leads Cassel to discover secrets that his family have been keeping and other things he doesn’t know.

I was pretty disappointed. I think the major problem I had overall was simply the fact I couldn’t engage or connect with the characters or the story. I’m not saying I didn’t really enjoy the concept, because I did, but unfortunately I found the majority of the story fairly predictable and boring.

For the brilliant and fascinating premise, I thought it was a bit boring to be honest. The pacing was a bit strange – I didn’t feel compelled to read at all. The pacing was good, but it just wasn’t exciting enough for me and it didn’t keep me reading. I could read a chapter and then put it down for a good 10 hours! I’d read something else and not even think twice about the book. I love books that keep me thinking about them, that keep me thinking about the characters.

I think this is a book that you’ll either love or hate. My distaste for this book is mainly due to the fact I couldn’t connect with the characters and I didn’t really care about finishing it.

I know I say this a lot, but I really wanted to like this. I’ve read other Holly Black books and I definitely like her writing. But this book, even though it had a great concept, was sort of boring, the events which were supposed to be grand and mind-shattering, were like a child’s play.

It has a new and innovative idea for a story. But it was strangely unsatisfying. Things are revealed a little too early on in the story. Overall pretty forgettable in my opinion and I had a few problems as well with the representation. I will not be Continuing this series.

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Book Haul/TBR Revisit #2

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Today I have my January 2017 Book Haul/TBR Revisit. I will also be wrapping up my October, November & December 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’ll still be interesting to see how I’ve done! Let’s just get into this! So, I ended up reading 2/12 of the books I planned to read and they were:

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

January Book Haul 2017

l8r, g8r by Lauren Myracle – Unhauled
ttyl by Lauren Myracle – Unhauled
Tom Sawyer Detective by Samuel Clemens/Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson Companion Library Edition – Unread
Tom Sawyer Abroad by Samuel Clemens/A Dog of Flanders by Louis De La Ramee Companion Library Edition – Unread

The Call of the Wild by Jack London/Black Beauty by Anna Sewell Companion Library Edition –  Unread
That Summer by Sarah Dessen – Unhauled
The Perks of being a Wallflower – Read
The Lost Kingdom by N & A Lochel – Unread

The Arabian Nights Leatherbound Edition – Unread
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron – Unread
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey – Read
Red Dog: True Blue by Louis de Bernieres – Read

Read: 3

Unread: 6

Unhauled: 3

January 2017 TBR

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – Read
Dark Summer by Lizzy Ford – Read
The Sisters by Claire Douglas – Read

Read: 3

Unread: 0

Unhauled: 0

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So that’s 16 books that I need to try to finish in January. That’s a lot of books I need to read. I probably wont be reading the Classics, they take to much time to read, and I’m just not in the mood for them right now, maybe I’ll get around to reading them in February Instead. So, that cuts it down to about 12 books

I’ll be doing this each month, I’ll keep a monthly tally. And I’ll summarize 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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Review: The BFG by Roald Dahl

The BFG by Roald Dahl

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Published By: Puffin Books
Publication Date: 2001 (first published 1982)
Genres: Classics, Children’s, Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 195
Rating: 1 Star
Date Read: April 26th, 2017
Links: Goodreads | Book Depository | B&N | Booktopia

Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants-rather than the BFG-she would have soon become breakfast.

When Sophie hears that they are flush-bunking off in England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her! 

I read this a while ago and found this not that interesting, It was boring. I found it creepy, actually. The giant is actually all right but his language which was funny for about five pages, quickly became ridiculous. It is not a “made up” language which could at least redeem itself by being original. It is nothing more than English served up scrambled. How the giant managed to learn that when he was supposed to have learnt English from a book, baffles me. It makes no sense.

The casualness in which the giants are captured, imprisoned and systematically tortured/starved by being given nothing but snozzcumbers to eat, and treated like zoo animals is another show of superiority. I am not defending the rights of (fictional) giants to raid and eat humans. It is fiction. But since it is fiction, other ending could have easily been conjured where non-human creatures are not caged and mistreated.

For whatever reason, any giant story I can think of is one that bored me, so maybe I just don’t like that premise.

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January 2018 TBR (#JanJamJar)

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January Jam Jar (#JanJamJar)

(Monday, January 1st – Wednesday, January 31)

I’ll be participating in January Jam Jar, hosted by Kathy @ Book & Munches! I’m really looking forward to doing this. This is right up my alley. I have a TBR Jar, but I rarely use it, as I’m more of a mood reader, so It will be a great opportunity to use it more! TBR jars are great! They’re quite easy to obtain and don’t cost a lot of money and you can even make them yourself! And above all, they save you from the trouble of deciding what to read next.

You just write the books on your TBR down, put them in the jar, choose one at random and voila! You have your next read. Obviously I didn’t get to read all the books I had planned to in 2017, as I have all my TBR books in my Jar, I’m going to choose out 8 TBR books I own & 8 ARC’S/Review Books, and put them in Separate Jar. There are a lot of books that I was so eager for and did not end up reading. It’s a bit of a challenge because I am a mood reader and rarely like reading randomly, so let’s see!

MY PHYSICAL TBR

MY ARC’S

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That’s it for now! If I find any other read-a-thons/Reading Challenges for January, I’ll add them here. You can also check out my Manga Madness Read-a-thon TBR. Are you Participating in January Jam Jar? Have you read any of these books? If so, What did you think of them? Are they also on your TBR? Let me know in the Comments.

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2018 Reading & Blogging Goals

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I hope you had tons of fun last night celebrating the new year. Now, Onto the actual post. I love lists. Like I really love lists. Making them, crossing things off, all of it. Seeing what I’ve accomplished is just so satisfying and truly a great motivator. And it’s that time of the year again to start thinking about a list of goals for myself as a reader and Blogger!

I don’t always write all my goals down, some just float around my head throughout the year. Most change, sometimes I add more, sometimes I take a few off. That’s the beauty of goals. I don’t HAVE to reach them and they’re as flexible as I’m willing to be because I’m not setting them for anyone but myself.

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!

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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So these are my reading/Blogging plans for 2018! I’m looking forward to the new year! Thanks for reading, and thanks for joining me in 2017! Here’s to an even better 2018!

Do you set goals for your reading/blogging? What are your Reading & blogging goals for 2018? What are you planning on reading in the new year? Any new projects you are excited to begin? Let me know in the Comments.

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