Blogmas Day 17: Jade’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon Wrap-up (#JadesReadathon)

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Saturday, December 16th, I decided to do my own 24 Hour Read-a-thon. I had a really fun time reading for 24 hours. Check out my Announcement and TBR. If you follow my Twitter, you saw my updates! So, here’s my wrap-up of the books I read for the read-a-thon.

Books Read:

If I was your Girl by Meredith Russo – I flew through this book, I wanted to know more about Amanda. About her life, about her previous life, but also about her life at her dad’s place. I really enjoyed this read. It was a super quick, fast-paced novel, yet still conquered sensitive topics.

Dark Summer by Lizzy Ford (Review) – I have mixed feelings about this – overall I enjoyed the read and I would like to read the next one to find out what happens as this ends on a major cliff-hanger. I loved the first half of this book. Second half, not so much.

Everything Leads to you by Nina LaCour – My problem with Everything leads to you is how incredibly one-dimensional and shallow the story is. And this book was just boring me! I am sorry. It was putting me to sleep.

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting – I was super excited to read this book, but this was was a little of a let down. Wished it was Darker. I loved the concept of this book. It was quirky and interesting. Violet has a special ability that helps her find dead bodies. And, when girls her age start getting murdered in her hometown, she’s in a peculiar situation to both help the police in their investigation, but also draw attention to herself.  It was a fun and unique read, but I’m not sure I’ll continue with the series

Books Started During Read-a-thon…

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Lets look at stats…

I started 3 books during this read-a-thon.
I continued 2 book during this read-a-thon.
I completed 4 books entirely within the read-a-thon.
I read a total of 946 pages during the read-a-thon.

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That’s a wrap on this read-a-thon. I think this Read-a-thon was very successful for me. Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

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eARC Review: Dark Summer by Lizzy Ford

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17454136Dark Summer by Lizzy Ford
Publication Date: March 16th, 2013
Published by: Evatopia Press

Series: The Witchling, #1
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eBook
Pages: 250
Rating: 3
Date Read: 16/12/2017
Links: Goodreads | Netgalley

A school for Witchlings… The ultimate choice between Light and Dark… Where the price of a mistake…is your soul. Sixteen-year-old Summer doesn’t expect her new boarding school to be any different than the rest: a temporary stay, until her uncontrollable magic gets her thrown out again. In her mind, there’s no point in getting too friendly with anyone. That is, until she notices Decker, the boy who will become the Master of Night and Fire on his eighteenth birthday. When she learns that this special school has attracted others with magic in their blood, she is hopeful that this time around, things may be different. Besides, she can’t deny her interest in Decker, and when he rescues her one night from the dark forests of the Rocky Mountains, their connection is instant. Yet a relationship with Decker may prove to be Summer’s downfall, forcing her to choose between Light and Dark, life and death, love – and their souls. One choice. One soul. One price.

I received a copy of Dark Summer from Netgalley for Review Consideration. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

Okay, so, I’m a bit conflicted on what I should say about this book. Part of me loved it, and part of me was put off by some aspects of it.

Summer had a hard life being bounced from orphanage to orphanage and never feeling like she belonged until she goes to a new boarding school for gifted students. She loved the wide open spaces and nearby forests compared to the concrete jungle of LA. All the students there had some form of magickal ability which Summer thought was crazy yet she felt “alive” for the first time ever.

I was in love with this book from the beginning but the ending has made me seriously consider going on to the next in the series. It was a bunch of rushed disappointment and I’m just not sure if I want to see this series through now.

I think overall there seemed to be a slight disconnect with the teen’s in the story. Sometimes acting to be several years younger than depicted and at other times acting several years beyond their maturity level. The character development, especially in terms of the character relationships was not really developed and a bit abrupt. And it frustrated me that Summer had a hard time connecting point A to point B unless it was specifically spelled out for her. In general I felt more invested in the relationship between the two brothers – Beck & Decker – and in the upcoming difficulties they had before them, than in Summer herself.

And The world building just wasn’t there. I had so many unanswered questions! How do these witches get their powers? Are there lots of witchlings? Is there some sort of hierarchy? Are witchlings actually human? I was a bit confused as to what the origin of magick was supposed to be.

By the end of the book, I still do not feel like I really know any of these characters. We didn’t spend enough time with them, we kept going to different Characters. I feel we needed more time with one character than little bits from each.

I will probably be reading the next book, mostly because I want to find out what happens between the two brothers. It was a great idea, I just do not feel this book was executed well. But There was enough about this series that I enjoyed. Here’s hoping Autumn is better than Summer!

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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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Blogmas Day 16: Jade’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon (#JadesReadathon)

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If you didn’t see my post, Today, I am doing my own 24 Hour Read-a-thon. I always have a really fun time reading for 24 hours, so I’m going to spend today reading. Check out my Announcement. Since this month I’m doing the 30 Books in 31 Days Challenge, and I’m a little behind, I decided to do my own 24 hour read- a-thon.

I will be starting at 10 AM ACST and Finishing on the 17th at 10 AM. I’m a fairly slow reader but I have listed a lot of Potential reads, as I’m really bad at setting TBR’s and actually Sticking to them, I haven’t exactly decided what I want to read, so I have a lot of different options. Here are the Books I might be reading:

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Anyone can Join in! I’ll be updating my progress on Twitter, so if you want to see my Updates, follow me there. Have you ever Participated in a 24 Hour Read-a-thon? What do you think of them?

 

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Blogmas Day 15: My Personal Christmas Wish List

My Personal Christmas Wish List

I really hope you are all going well and have had a good start to December! I thought that it might be fun for you guys to see what I have put on my Christmas list for this year. I love reading or looking at other peoples wish lists, I find wish lists a great way to get ideas on what to buy your loved ones, I don’t expect everything on this wish list its just to give my loved ones an idea of what I like! If you’ve been wondering what I want for Christmas here is my list:

Books:

Make-up/Beauty

Video Games

CD’s

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What’s on your wish list? What are you wanting to find under your Christmas tree? I would love to read what you guys have asked for this Christmas. 

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Interview with Karen Gregory, Author of Countless

Interview with Karen Gregory, Author of Countless

Karen Gregory is the author of 2017’s most hard-hitting and unforgettable contemporary books, ‘Countless’. Countless hits a myriad of emotions, and caused me countless tears. Because it’s such a realistic portrait of an eating disorder, and I ached while reading it.

I Interviewed the Author to find out more about this inspiring story and get her views on the tough subject matters her book dwelt upon. I am absolutely honoured to have the pleasure of presenting our interview with Karen Gregory.

Not only was Karen Gregory up for answering my questions, she went above and beyond and I’m stoked to present you with an in-depth view into my favourite 2017 Debut author. This interview has been a highlight for me personally and I hope for you, the readers, as well.

Your Debut novel, Countless, takes on anorexia—an issue that many teens face but rarely discuss. What inspired you to write such an intense and brutally honest story?

I carry around a whole stack of things I’m interested in and want to write about one day, but I have to bide my time until the right character comes along. I had the idea I’d write about eating disorders in the back of my mind for years and then one day the character of Hedda and the basic structure of her story just appeared. I wrote the first draft pretty quickly, but then there was a lot of revising and editing to get all the raw material into a decent shape. I don’t think it always works this way, or at least not for me, but it did with Countless.

What draws you to these types of subjects?

I’m not sure, if I’m honest! I’m always trying to work things out. I like looking at issues from various angles and trying to see different perspectives. I do have a lot of compassion for all my characters, even the ones who make decisions which can seem questionable. I want to understand the things that drive them. Although Countless does deal with some difficult issues, I try to find humour even in really tricky situations. Hopefully some of that comes through in the finished book!  

Did you encounter any criticism due to writing a book that deals with these intense subjects?

Not so far. Some people have said the book was quite intense for them and of course there’s always a risk of getting it wrong, but I feel like I took as much care as I could over it. I think it’s important, but difficult, to try to let the work go once you’ve taken it as far as you can. Then it’s up to readers what they make of it.  

What kind of research did you conduct while writing Countless?

I already knew a fair amount about eating disorders, but I did need to do research around things like maternity procedures, social care, benefits etc. I did a lot of research online – so watching videos, reading articles, blogs, newspaper pieces etc, but I also spoke to a midwife about some specifics such as additional support during pregnancy and birth weights.

When did you first know you wanted to be an author?

I’ve always loved books and reading, but I really didn’t think someone like me could be an author. For a long time, I had no idea how much revising and editing goes into a book, or how terrible the majority of first drafts are. I believed authors just had an insane amount of talent and that it was something I could never hope to aspire to. I shelved any ambitions to be an author when I was still pretty young and I didn’t revive them until back in 2008 when I first started trying to write myself and began to learn about the craft.

What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?

The most vivid books for me are still the ones I read as a child and teenager, particularly YA such as Judy Blume and Christopher Pike which I think is one of the reasons I wanted to write YA. Two books I read as a teenager have stayed with me for life: Children of the Dust by Louise Lawrence, about the aftermath of a nuclear war (I’m a cheery soul at times) sparked a fascination with dystopia, and Stranger With my Face by Lois Duncan which was about astral projection.

What were your biggest learning experiences or surprises throughout the publishing journey?

I think a big one is to decouple the outcome of your writing (i.e. the publishing experience) from the writing itself. Another would be to try to avoid comparisons with other writers and try to keep focussed on improving your own work. This also goes for first drafts of second books compared to your edited and polished first book!

What books or authors have impacted your writing the most?

I think I take something from every book I read, both fiction and non-fiction. Margaret Atwood is amazing. I’ve said this before, but Naomi Woolf’s The Beauty Myth completely changed my thinking about body image and therefore my life. I’m drawn to anything that’s fierce and passionate, with a strong voice.

You’ve mentioned on your blog that your currently working on a Second Book. Is there anything you can tell us about it?

Yes! I’m just finishing the final edits on Skylarks, which will be released by Bloomsbury next May. It tells the story of Joni and Annabel, who fall in love but soon find their very different backgrounds threaten to drive them apart. It looks at issues like inequality and class, which I feel really passionate about.

Where can readers Connect with you?

I’m a slightly infrequent tweeter, but I can be found on @K_Gregoy33. I also blog occasionally at karengregorywriter@wordpress.com and if anyone wants to get in touch with me directly, my email address is on the contact page.

Many thanks to Karen for providing me with the time to interview her. It has been an honour and is always a pleasure to learn about and receive a tour around the writer’s imagination.

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Blogmas Day 14: Christmas Gift Guide (for Book Lovers)

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It’s day 14 of Blogmas already!! It’s going so quick but I’m having so much fun – I hope you are too! I thought since it’s Christmas soon, why not have a list of gift ideas for book lovers! Christmas means gift-giving, and gift-giving means the stress of finding what to get for the people you care about.

Laptop Stickers/Decals

Game Of Thrones Laptop Decal Sticker from CraftyStudioz (Etsy)
One More Chapter Laptop Decal from SKFStudios (Etsy)
My Weekend is all Booked Laptop Decal from RRCountryCreations (Etsy)
Beauty & the Beast Be Our Guest Laptop Sticker from ReflectionWallDesign (Etsy)

Adult Colouring Books

Fantastic Beasts & Where to find Them (Book Depository) 
Jane Austen (Book Depository) 
Edgar Allan Poe (Book Depository) 
The Secret Garden (Book Depository)

Candles

Currently Reading Candle from PinkCloudCandles (Etsy)
Rhysand, A court of Mist, Soy Candle from HalfOakCandles (Etsy)
Books & Coffee Handmade Soy Candle from CreativeChapters (Etsy)
Bookboyfriend No. 1 Bookish candle from WorldofLightCandles (Etsy)

Mugs

Literature in Print: Pride and Prejudice (Redbubble)
A Court of Mist and Fury Full Colour Mug from BookishStuff
Go to the library Mug (Redbubble) 
Jane Austen Tea Quote Mug (Redbubble)

Bookmarks

Edgar Allan Poe Magnetic Bookmark from BeyondthePages19 (Etsy)
Speaking Trees The Raven Cycle inspired Bookmark from zwischenseitlich (Etsy) 
I Solemnly Swear Harry Potter bookmark from NookandBurrow (Etsy)
The Raven Cycle Watercolor Bookmark from Marquisdusoleil (Etsy)

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I wish I could share so much more with you, but the list seems never ending. There are so many creative Items out there. I hope this list has introduced you to new favourites, and gifting ideas for yourself and others. Not just during the holidays, but the rest of the year as well. Let me know if you liked this post, and whether I should do more posts like this!

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Etsy Shop Update

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Recently I’ve Updated my Etsy Shop, Added more Listings and taken some photos to add to my Etsy shop. I still have more Items to list, but I’ll get to those in a few weeks.

New Items Added:

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All in all I added about 3 new pieces to my shop. Click on the Covers to go to the my Etsy Shop to find out more about the Items. I can’t wait to list the rest of them. In the meantime, check out my shop here!

I also have some ideas for candles I’m going to start making, so stay tuned for that. What would you like to see? If you have any Ideas or Suggestions, Let me know in the Comments or Email me at: Drinkcoffeeandreadbooks18@gmail.com.

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Blogmas Day 13: Monthly Recommendations | December 2017 | New-to-me Authors I read for the first time in 2017

New-to-me Authors I read for the first time in 2017

Monthly recommendations is a Goodreads group hosted by Kayla Rayne and Trina @Between Chapters. If your interested in Participating in this, check out the Goodreads Group. This month we will focus on authors/books that we picked up for the first time in 2017 and fell in love with. This can be by an author who published a book 100 years ago that you just got to this year or a newly published book from 2017. This is a great way to talk about favourites from this year and give a little seasonal love to the amazing authors behind the books.

It’s time for another Recommendations post! This was a really fun list to put together. I’m really excited about these authors and definitely recommend checking out their works! I have a lot of authors that I’ve discovered in the past year, so I’m just going to mention authors whose books I’ve read and enjoyed. These aren’t in any particular order.

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After spending many years in advertising as a Copywriter, Gabriel Lea  is realising her dream of becoming an author. Her love of the written word and dedication to her craft has culminated in her debut YA fantasy romance series, The Lost Souls.

Born in 1972, Lea has a fearless and colourful history. She has been a banker, clothing designer and seamstress, singer, cleaner, sales assistant and even a fry cook! She has studied past life regression therapy, reads tarot cards, is addicted to all forms of sugar, withers  if she doesn’t get enough sunshine and has never been afraid to chase a new dream.

She currently lives by the sea in Australia where she works as a Remedial Massage Therapist and Mindfulness Meditation Instructor and dedicates all of her spare time to reading  and writing YA fantasy books.

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It was a  fantastic and an extremely enjoyable read. The elements woven into the story really set this novel aside and make it unique. The premise is unique and I adored the characters and the story.

~ From my review of The Guardian’s Heart

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Craig Silvey is an Australian novelist and musician. Silvey grew up on an orchard at Dwellingup in the south-west of Western Australia. He currently lives in Fremantle.

His debut novel, Rhubarb, was published by Fremantle Arts Centre Press in 2004. In 2005 Silvey was named as one of The Sydney Morning Herald‘s Best Young Novelists. Rhubarb was selected as the inaugural book for the ‘One Book’ series of events at the 2005 Perth International Arts Festival, and was included in the Australian national ‘Books Alive’ campaign. In 2007 Silvey wrote The World According to Warren, a children’s picture book starring the guide-dog from Rhubarb, illustrated by Sonia Martinez and published by Fremantle Arts Centre Press.

In early 2008, Silvey completed his second novel Jasper Jones with the aid of an Australia Council New Work Grant. Jasper Jones was published in 2009 by Allen & Unwin Australia. The film rights for the novel have been sold to Australian director Rebecca O’Brien.

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Ransom Riggs is an American writer and filmmaker best known for the book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in history and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Simmons College. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the historical fantasy novels THIS MONSTROUS THING and THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE (HarperCollins), as well as the forthcoming THE LADY’S GUIDE TO PETTICOATS AND PIRACY and SEMPER AUGUSTUS (coming in 2019 from Flatiron/Macmillan). She is also the author of BYGONE BADASS BROADS (Abrams, 2018), a collection of short biographies of amazing women from history you probably don’t know about but definitely should, based on her popular twitter series of the same name.

She currently calls Boston home, where she manages an independent bookstore, drinks too much Diet Coke, and pets every dog she meets.

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Once upon a time, Kelley York was born in central California. And it’s there she still resides with her wife, step-daughter, and way too many pets. Kelley is a sucker for dark fiction. She loves writing twisted characters, tragic happenings, and bittersweet endings that leave you wondering and crying. Character development takes center stage in her books because the bounds of a person’s character and the workings of their mind are limitless.

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Bill Konigsberg was born in 1970 in New York City. Expectations were high from birth – at least in terms of athletics. His parents figured he’d be a great soccer player, based on his spirited kicking from inside the womb. As it turned out, the highlight of his soccer career was at Camp Greylock in 1978, when he was chosen for the Camp’s “D” team. There were only four levels. Bill played alongside the likes of the kid who always showered alone, the chronic nosebleeder and the guy with recurrent poison ivy.

Early in his life, Bill decided he wanted to be a disc jockey, a professional baseball player, or the Indian from The Village People. None of these career paths worked out for him. Yet. He still holds out hope for a Village People revival and has set up a Google Alert in case it happens.

A B- student throughout high school, Bill was voted Most Likely to Avoid Doing Any Real Work In His Life by a panel of his dismissive peers. He proved them wrong with a series of strange-but-true jobs in his 20s – driver recruiter for a truck driving school, sales consultant for a phone company, and temp at Otis Elevators.

He moved to Denver in 1996 and was voted Least Stylish Gay Guy in the Metro Denver Area (including Loveland!) for each of the years from 1996-98. His fashion-free wardrobe robbed him of prospective dates countless times, as did his penchant for wearing a mustache that didn’t suit him.

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Ursula Dubosarsky is an award-winning author of numerous books for children and young adults. About The Golden Day, her first book with Candlewick Press, she says, “The little girls watch, wonder, respond, change, and grow — and then their childhood is gone, forever. This element of the story, I suppose, is at least partly autobiographical. But, as I say — all of our teachers come home safe and sound in the end.” Ursula Dubosarsky lives in Australia.

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I loved the atmosphere in this book. If you want to step back into a dreamlike state of what life for a child in Sydney might have been like in 1942 during the war, this book is perfect. Beautifully written and I was constantly poised for some significant action to take place. Rather, the story unfolds gently through Columba’s interactions with her brash, larger-than-life friend Hilda and the silent Ellery.

~ From my Review of The Blue Cat

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Larry Rodness began his entertainment career as a professional singer at the age of 19 and has been performing in Toronto for over 35 years with his wife and singing partner, Jodi, at venues such as The Old Mill, Royal York Hotel, Skyline and Bristol Place Hotel as well as countless corporate and private functions.

In the 80’s Larry studied musical theatre writing with PRO under Broadway conductor Layman Engel, which led him to write for dinner theater. He then moved into the screenplay arena where he has written over a dozen screenplays and has had 3 scripts optioned to date. In the past 2 years he has also become a published novelist.

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It was a good solid storyline, well written and great plot twists, though it did take me some time to get used to the slow pace at the start. But the concept, the eeriness and the characters kept me hooked. Once I got into the story I had to keep reading.

~ From my Review of October 32nd

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Karen Gregory is a graduate of Somerville College, Oxford, and a project manager by day who’s become adept at writing around the edges (strong coffee and a healthy disregard for housework help). A confirmed bookhead since early childhood, Karen wrote her first story about Bantra the mouse at the age of twelve, then put away the word processor until her first child was born when she was overtaken by the urge to write. Karen lives in Wiltshire with her family and is represented by Claire Wilson at Rogers, Coleridge & White.

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This book is beautifully written and deals with such a raw and complex subject matter in a really authentic and meaningful way. This book is a very difficult read and I imagine that for someone with personal experience it may be difficult.

~ From my Review of Countless

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Cressida Cowell grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland. She was convinced that there were dragons living on this island, and has been fascinated by dragons ever since. She has a BA in English Literature from Oxford University, a BA in Graphic Design from St Martin’s and an MA in Narrative Illustration from Brighton. Cressida loves illustrating her own work, but also loves writing books for other people to illustrate as the end result can be so unexpected and inspiring. Cressida has written and illustrated eight books in the popular Hiccup series. The unique blend of child centred humour and sublime prose made Hiccup an instant hit. How to Train Your Dragon is now published in over 30 languages. A DreamWorks Animation feature film is out in March 2010. Also the author of picture books, Cressida has won the Nestle Children’s Book Prize 2006 and has been shortlisted for many others. Cressida lives in Hammersmith with her husband and three children.

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100 Things I Love:

Being married. Cake. The smell of Autumn. Motherhood. Books. Elephants. Back rubs. On demand movies. Actually going out to movies. Faith. Cinnamon rolls. My family. Butterflies. When my kitchen is clean. Crayons. Pink. Tote bags. Dancing. Organizing via colour coordination. That my wedding dress was tea length, not floor. Baking. My house. Writing utensils. Paper. India. The sound of water. Making videos. Buttons. The word Episcopalian. Making people laugh. Layering clothes. British accents. Pinterest. Animation. Fireworks. The smell of the Ocean. My wedding rings. Aprons. Reasons to get dressed up. Sex. Pop music. Stars. Taking walks. Daydreaming. Stickers. School Spirit. My friends. Living in a small town. Japan. Singing. Painting my toenails. Pranks/ practical jokes. Painting. Stretch canvas. Costumes. Dipping my fingers in melted wax. Style. Soda. Spending an hour typing at a coffee shop. Musicals. Back to school season. Mopeds. Good hair days. Naps. Not walking up but looking at a beautiful staircase. Driving alone. My ankles. Playlists. Spending entire days in pajamas. Holidays. Telling stories. Spontaneity. Theme parks. Bookshelves. The word copacetic. Boxes. Empty journals. Surprises. Doing things in groups. Doing things alone. Getting real mail. Decorating. Small forks. A good hug. Gift cards. New Years Goals. Going out to dinner. When someone else remembers some great story about me/us that I’ve forgotten. Toy stores. Fireplaces. Breakfast foods. Journaling. Crying for a good reason. Doorbells. Pointless adventures. Voting. My birthday. Reasons to make wishes. Recycling.

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It was a light, easy, fun read and I smashed through it. It may be silly, but serious wasn’t exactly what I was looking for when I picked it up and it made for an enjoyable read.

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So those are some of my favourite new to me authors that I discovered in 2017. Have you read books by any of the authors I listed? What did you think of them? If not, I definitely recommend you check them out! Are any of these authors new to you? Have you discovered any new authors this year? Let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you!

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Blogmas Day 12: Christmas Song(s) Book Tags

Christmas Songs Book TagI love Christmas songs so much. I listen to them all December. They also remind me of my childhood, and how excited I would get when my favourites would come on. I hope you’ll join in on the fun. If you would like to participate, make sure to link yours up below so I can check it out. I can’t wait to see which books you choose.

“All I Want for Christmas Is You”

Name your favourite bookish couple.

Mark & Kieran from The Dark Artifices

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

Name a book where a character is away from home (school, vacation, etc.).

Anna & the French Kiss. Anna is away from home studying in Paris. I actually didn’t like this book that much, it was the first book that came to mind. I loved the setting because I’ve never been there!

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“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Name your favourite “little” book (children’s book, short story, novella, etc.).

Some Desperado by Joe Abercrombie is a short story that appeared in the Dangerous Women anthology and is about a woman on  the run from bounty hunters during her outlaw days.

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“Santa Claus is Coming to Town“

What book(s) do you hope Santa brings you this year?

There are too many to name, but I would love The Illustrated Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them & A History of Magicto show up.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

Which book turned your nose red? (made you cry)

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

What’s your favourite book to read during the holidays? (re-read? or a specific genre?)

I don’t really have any specific books I read during the Holidays, but I usually re-read The Spiderwick Chronicles, I read this series for the first time in 2015, after receiving the box set for Christmas, and I just re-read it again this December. I also try to read a least one Christmas book around this time as well.

“We Three Kings”

What’s your favourite trilogy?

I’m not so great with series. Any kind of series. But The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare is amazing, and is my favourite. There are not too many trilogies that I’ve actually Completed.

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“Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow”:

Which character would you not mind being snowed in with?

I can only pick one character!? I don’t think I can choose just one.

“Last Christmas”

Which book seriously let you down?

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. This book just did not work for me. Here’s my Review.

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“White Christmas”

Which upcoming release are you dreaming of?

The Queen of Air & Darkness by Cassandra Clare. I cannot WAIT for this one. It’s not releasing until December 2018 but I simply cannot wait!

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Blogmas Day 11: Book Haul/TBR Revisit #1

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So, I absolutely love Lala‘s book haul revisits. Here’s the link to her YouTube Channel. I loved seeing this. I’m not planning on unhauling any of these books though, unless I DNF them or no for sure I’m not interested in reading them, but I will try to read them that month. I will also be going through my TBR for these months as well.

My earliest haul is from October 2016. I acquired 5 books during that month. December is when it will really pick up. So I’m going to go through and list the books and whether I’ve read them, Unhauled them or Haven’t Read them. Then I’ll talk about the books that I will have to read and why I haven’t.

October Book Haul 2016

Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Unread
Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo – Unread
Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo – Unread

The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket – Read
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – Read

So out of the 5 books that I Acquired, I read 2 of them. I bought the Grisha trilogy in a box set and still haven’t read them. I’d heard a lot about this series, so I bought the whole series, I haven’t had the chance to read them, but I am definitely still interested in reading them.

Read: 2

Unread: 3

Unhauled; 0

November Book Haul 2016

Anything Is Possible by Consentino – Unread
Tales from the Shadowhunter academy by Cassandra Clare – Read
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman – Unread

Girl Online, Going Solo by Zoe Sugg – Read
The Fyrelit Tragedy by A & N Lochel – Unread

So out of the 5 books that I Acquired in November 2016, I read 2 of them. I’ve started reading Leaves of Grass, but because it’s poetry, It’s going to take a bit of time to get through. But I hope to read it through December. I’m also Planning on reading The Fyrelit  Tragedy, I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while and just haven’t gotten to it yet.

Read: 2

Unread: 3

Unhauled; 0

November TBR 2016

Carrie by Stephen King – Read
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – Read
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor – Unread

The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket – Read
The Mad Apprentice by Django Wexler – Read

From my November TBR, I read 4/5 books that I planned to read that Month. So, for this one I only have one book unread. But I did start reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone and I was enjoying it.

Read: 4

Unread: 1

Unhauled; 0

December Book Haul 2016

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Read
The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Unread
Fantastic Beasts & Where to find them Screenplay – Read
Skyfire by Michael Adams – DNF/Unhauled

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – Unread
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Illustrated by Lewis Carrol – Unread
Alice Through the Looking Glass Illustrated by Lewis Carrol – Unread
Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated by J.K. Rowling – Unread

The End by Lemony Snicket – Read
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige – Unread
My True Love Gave to Me, Edited by Stephanie Perkins – Unread
Summer Days & Summer Nights, Edited by Stephanie Perkins – Unread

From my December Book Haul, I acquired 12 Books, I’ve read 2 Books, and Unhauled one. I Started reading Skyfire, but I wasn’t enjoying it so I DNF’d it and Unhauled it. This month I’m planning on Reading The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily (which I’ve already started), My True Love Gave to me and Summer Days & Summer Nights. If I have time I might also get around to finally reading Anne of Green Gables.

Read: 2

Unread: 9

Unhauled; 1

December TBR 2016

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling – Read
The Last Portal by Robert Cole – Read
The Golden Wizard by J.S. Jaeger – Read

The Bronze Key by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare – Read
The Ridge by Carmen-Shea Hepburn – Read

An Authors Odyssey by Chris Colfer  – Read
The Murder Complex by Lindsey Cummings – Unread

From my December 2016 TBR, I read 7/8 books, I started reading The Murder Complex, and really liked what I read of it, I don’t know why I didn’t continue it, I just put it down and never picked it up again. I’ll try to get to it this month.

Read: 7

Unread: 1

Unhauled: 0

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So, there’s that. So that’s 16 books that I need to try to finish in December. That’s a lot of books I need to read. 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.

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.

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