Last week I picked these three books from the Category: Read a book that has a one word title and had you all vote to see which one I will read and review this month.
Thank you so much for voting!
The book with the most votes is…
I’m extremely excited to read this one after how the last one ended. I want to know what happens next. I’ve waited 3 years for this next Installment of the Ghost House Series. So I’m hoping it wont be a Disappointment after waiting so long, although I’ve seen a lot of negative reviews about this one.
The review for this book will hopefully be up October 18th. I’m really late posting, somehow I completely forgot about it. Have You read this book? If so, what did you think of it?
Thank you so much for stopping by and for all that voted. Have a great day and Happy Reading!
The Last Portal by Robert Cole Publication Date: December 6th, 2014 Series: Mytar Series, #1 Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy Format: eBook Pages: 170 Rating: Date Read: 6/10/2017 Links: Goodreads | B&N | Amazon | Netgalley
Severe weather patterns – storms, floods and strong winds – are sweeping across planet Earth. Against this backdrop, three high school students, known and tormented for their strange abilities, fight their own battles against school bullies. The discovery of a strange key by their leader Chris Reynolds plunges all three through a portal into a sister world, Cathora, in another dimension. In this world their behaviours, that labelled them as misfits on Earth, turn out to be the seeds of extraordinary powers.
They soon meet Batarr, the Guardian of the portal; he tells them they are not normal children, but are part of a group of six entities called Mytar who are periodically seeded throughout the dimensions to fight planetary invasions across these portals. Cathora has been invaded by an alien army, led by a creature known only as Zelnoff. Zelnoff’s next target is Earth. The Mytar alone have the power to stop him if the other Mytar on Earth can be found. There ensues many struggles and battles as Chris, Susie and Joe seek to evade Zelnoff’s forces long enough for their powers to develop so they can detect the remaining Mytar back on Earth.
Chris, Joe and Susie seem to be the outcast at school, being bullied but what they are soon going to discover is that they are meant to do something great. They get sucked through a portal to Cathora where they learn they are Mytar and their destiny is to protect all planets from The evil Zentor. They learn that they each have a unique ability.
At first I didn’t think I would like this book, but the more I read the more I enjoyed it. The story kept me wanting to read more. I’m a slow reader but this book kept me so interested that I read through it really Quick.
Although, this is a very well written story that takes three oddball kids into a new world where they become very important with new powers that they didn’t know they had where millions of creatures depend on them to save not only their world but the world the children come from as well. What drags off of the star pedestal for me is the pacing. It just felt very rushed at times, as it is only 170 pages. The story was quick and easy to read.
The story itself was fun and definitely kept my attention with many twists and strange occurrences. It wrapped up in a satisfying way, and left room for a sequel without leaving you hanging.
Overall, This was an enjoyable and fun read. I’d recommend this story for those about 8 and up who enjoy science fiction & fantasy.
I’ve been blogging now for a year and looking back, I’ve realised how much I’ve actually learnt – 1 years ago I didn’t know a single thing, I definitely wouldn’t have been able to tell you how to write a blog post never mind anything to do with coding. There’s hundreds of things that I’ve learnt since starting my blog, but if I wrote about all of them we’d be here forever, so I’ve managed to round it down to twelve things and I thought it’d be nice to share them with you.
Now, this year has been incredible. I had no idea how much you could learn and how much you could gain personally by blogging. So, these are 12 things I’ve learned from Blogging these past 12 Months.
Lesson #1: Posting Daily Isn’t Necessary.
In my early blogging days I published posts daily. I was under the impression that the more often I posted, the more page views I would get. And while that may be true, it really didn’t make much of an impact on my blog’s growth.
When I blogged daily, the posts were shorter and of a lesser quality. Sure my page views increased, but I wasn’t really helping anyone. By limiting my posting, I am able to create better content.
Lesson #2: Blogging is about more than just venting or talking about yourself.
It’s a great way for people with shared interests to find you. I’ve met a lot of really amazing people through my blog.
Lesson #3: Be passionate.
You need to be passionate about what you are doing, writing about. If you lose the passion, you will lose your motivation, your voice and the reason people read your blog.
Lesson #4: Stay organised.
Who here has trouble being organized…even though they would like to consider themselves an organized person? I try really hard, but if I don’t have an actual system, everything just falls apart. I’m actually not very good at this one, but I’m trying to get better at it. How do you stay Organised? Let me know in the Comments, I might get some ideas to stay more organised.
Lesson 5: Blogging is Hard Work.
While it would be great if you’re a naturally gifted writer – that has a knack for knowing what to say – for most of us this takes time. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. It’s hard, really hard.
As promised, I am doing my 1 Year Blogiversary Q&A today. A short while ago I celebrated my one year blogiversary! And I asked you guys to ask me questions! Anything you were curious about, whether it be about blogging or me in general. So thank you to all those who asked me questions and I hope you enjoy my answers!
I honestly cannot believe it’s already been a year, so I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has Commented/Liked/Followed and everyone who asked me a question, I loved answering them. Be sure to check out all of their blogs.
There are so many posts that I’ve enjoyed writing and that were a lot of fun. I always have a lot of fun writing The Sunday Post, there super fun to write. I also enjoyed writing my 8 Tips for having a successful read-a-thon post, I actually don’t do too many discussions because I Struggle writing them, but this one was really fun and I hope to do more discussions like that in the future. I also had fun Recommending Halloween Reads last year, and I will be doing another Halloween reads Recommendation post soon.
Glitch is an Australian series. I love this series, it’s one of my favourite Australian T.V. Shows, season 2 has recently aired, and I still haven’t seen it yet but I will be watching it soon.
Riverdale is based on the Archie Comics, most people have probably already heard of this show by now. There are so many interesting storylines in the first season. This is also up to its second season, which airs this month.
Stranger Things is a science fiction-horror T.V. Series. I really enjoy watching this and I’m super excited for season two, which starts at the end of this month. I actually think the Second Season is going to be better than the first.
Jane the Virgin is a satirical romantic comedy-drama telenovela. I came in with trepidation. The whole premise is preposterous. How wrong could I have been? Turns out very. After completing the first season of this show, I have to say it’s definitely one of my favourite’s
A Series of Unfortunate Events – I absolutely adore this Series – both the books and T.V Show – I love that it stays faithful to the books and the changes that they made actually work really well.
Heartland is a Canadian show about Horses. This is a wonderful television series, that is very family oriented. This is a show that speaks family all the way through the series. This series continues to be one of my favourites and I’ve been watching it for years, it’s up to it’s eleventh season.
Thirteen Reasons Why is quite a controversial one but I enjoyed watching it. This TV series had me hooked from start to finish and I spent all day watching it. But I hope they don’t make a second season for this show.
Orange is the New Black – I’m truly hooked on Orange Is The New Black. Whenever a new season comes out I always binge-watch it within a couple days.
2. Favourite read of 2017 (so far)?
I have a few favourite reads of 2017, but I can’t choose just one, so here are my four favourites and the only one’s I’ve actually rated 5 stars on Goodreads.
3. Favourite post you’ve made on your blog?
I think I’ve said this before but my favourite post I’ve made on my Blog is probably My journey with Social Anxiety, as it’s the most personal post I’ve ever written.
So thank you to everyone again who asked me a question, this was a lot fun and if you have anymore questions about anything, I’d be happy to answer them in another Q&A. I absolutely love doing Q&A’s, it’s a lot of fun to answer all your questions. I’d love to hear your answers to some of these questions.
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.
30 Books in 30 Days Week 4 Update & Wrap-up Holiday Reading: Mount Gambier | Travel Wrap-Up TBR Jar Wednesday – October – And the Winner is… 1 Year Blogiversary Q&A 12 things I’ve Learned in the past 12 months of Blogging The Past, the Present, and the Future of my Blog Blogging & Organisation Playlists on Spotify Top 10 favourite Blog Posts Book Blogger Envy
October 6th is the date I started this blog. 1 year ago.
It’s been a year to this day since I posted my very first blog post ‘Introduction to Drink Coffee and Read Books‘. It was actually yesterday, but I just came back a holiday to Mount Gambier. I feel it’s a huge achievement for me to have made it a whole year as a blogger. I’m not a quitter, but blogging is much harder work than I ever imagined. I’m proud and grateful that it has grown and grown.
The fact that people do read what I write is amazing. I consider myself so incredibly fortunate that people read what I write; and not just read it, but critically consider and engage with it through comments.
I couldn’t be more proud of how far my blog has come, or more thankful to the people who have supported me along the journey. Here’s to more content, more conversations in the comments, more jumping for joy moments. Here’s to this little community we’ve created.
And I made Cupcakes! It wouldn’t be a proper birthday without cake.
This wouldn’t have been possible without your support and encouragement. Yes, it has been my driving force. Your comments, your likes. They push me to do more. I have learnt so much from my fellow bloggers and yet there is so much to learn.
So I’ve decided that I’m not just going to celebrate on the one day. This blogiversary is going to party on! To celebrate Drink Coffee and Read Books surviving it’s first year I am going to be posting something each day for a week. So welcome to day 1 of my week-long Blogiversary celebration! Below you’ll find a list of everything that I’ll be posting this week, so you should stick around for that!
Awhile ago I asked everyone to ask me some questions and I will be doing a Q&A. So this was your chance to ask me all the questions that you have ever wanted to ask me! I’ll endeavour to answer all the Questions.
I will do a list of the 12 things I’ve learned in these past 12 months – I’ve come a long way from those first post. When I look back at my older post I’m a little embarrassed at how little I knew. Then I remember how much I learned. So I thought I would write 12 things I learned from 1 year of Blogging.
I will be sharing the past, the present and the Future of my Blog. This past year of highlights and new experiences for me. The exciting new things happening here in the future!
If you want to have an easier go at blogging, you’ve got to have some level of organization. When I first started blogging, I was terrible when it comes to organisation but lately I’ve been improving on it, so I thought I’d share some tips on how to organise your thoughts, ideas, and schedule. I’ve got a few tips that have really helped improve my overall blogging experience.
I will be sharing my Playlists on Spotify, the music I like to listen to and my reading playlist. The right music only enhances the reading experience. Music can be just the thing to take book immersion to the next level.
I will be sharing my Top 10 favourite Blog Posts on here, my favourite posts I’ve written, and the most viewed this past year. So I will be reflecting back on what I have written over the past year.
Lastly, I will be discussing Book Blogger Envy. Whether You are jealous of stats, books, writing style, popularity, event invites or something else entirely, I’ll will be sharing some tips.
So that’s it for this post, I’ll be back tomorrow with a Q&A. If you haven’t already, you should check out my Q&A Announcement and leave me a Question on that post if you would like to know anything at all about me, It’s not too late! So, thank you again to everyone who has followed my Blog and Interacts with me in the Comments, I really do appreciate it.
How long have you been blogging? And how long have you been reading/Following Drink Coffee and Read Books?
TBR Jar Wednesday is a new weekly meme created here at Drink Coffee and Read Books. You can participate in this if you have a TBR jar or even if you don’t. Each month you will randomly choose a category from your TBR, or if you don’t have a TBR Jar, you can use my Category for that month and make a post with three books that fit that category from your TBR, it doesn’t have to be a book you own. It could be a book that you would like to purchase.
I Pick 3 books from my TBR Pile that fit the Category and have you all pick which one I should read next. This is a monthly MEME and you are more than welcome to join me. Just create a blog post with your three books and link the post below. You can find the Full Rules HERE.
I thought we can keep up with each list with the hashtag #TBRJW so add that to the end of your post and Social media.
My Category for November is: Read a book that has a one word title
Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.
In a world of magical visions and pyrokinesis, Mara just wants to have a normal life. But is that possible?
Mara has become used to the extraordinary. Roaming from place to place with Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Carnival, she longs for an ordinary life where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future.
She gets her chance when the struggling sideshow sets up camp in the small town of Caudry and she meets a gorgeous local guy named Gabe. But before long, Mara realizes there’s a dark presence lurking in the town that’s threatening the lives of her friends. She has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t know she had in order to save everyone she cares about—and change the future forever
The edge-of-your seat powerful conclusion to GHOST HOUSE.
In the sequel to the page-turning GHOST HOUSE, Alexander Reade turns up at Sycamore High not remembering how he got there. But worse, he doesn’t remember Chloe Kennedy and believes he has come back to search for his lost love Isobel.
Chloe soon realizes that Alex needs her help surviving in the modern world. With his looks and the way he speaks, it’s as though he’s from another century. Which he is. In fact Alex has been dead for 157 years, but that doesn’t change how Chloe feels about him.
Chloe begins to experiences dreams that take her to a past life and realizes they are linked to Isobel. But when Isobel appears, Alex and Chloe must accept that the past and the present have collided. Chloe is being hunted by Isobel, who is just as vengeful as ever and out to destroy any bond between Alex and Chloe.
And she will do so – no matter the cost.
Pick one of the three books in the poll to help me decide what book I will read this month.
Post your link here and visit the other blogs to help them vote on their next read. Since I can’t actually add a linky, Please link up in the comments. Let me know in the comments if you’ll be participating!
Thank you so much for stopping by to vote. Check back next week to see which one I will be reading. Have a great day and Happy Reading!
If you are reading this, then I am probably packing my bags and getting ready to leave on a Holiday! I’m going to Mount Gambier for a few days on holiday with my Mum and we haven’t been on a holiday for ages. I’ll be away from 3rd-6th of October.
I have pre-written & Scheduled a few posts and packed my bags, and now comes the most important part – picking out which books I will bring with me!
I don’t know about you, but I tend to take a long time to figure out what I want to read while I’m away from home. Not having access to all my books stresses me out, and I am always afraid I will bring something with me and then not enjoy it.
One of the best parts of traveling is picking out books for the trip. It’s fun! Alright, now on to the main event, the books I have decided to take with me! So this will be a quick list of the books and audiobooks I’m taking with me while traveling.
10 people mysteriously invited to an Island by their host. A host that no one seems to know, but by the invitation is made to look as if they do. It is within a few hours of being on this strange little island that things start to get interesting. A host no where to be seen, a nursery rhyme about 10 little Indians, a recording accusing each guest of the deaths of another and of course murder.
This is one of most famous books by Agatha Christie and is considered a classic. I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile, so I’m quite excited to finally get to it. This will be the first Agatha Christie book I would have read. I loved the premise, It sounds so intriguing and I can’t wait to read it.
I’m also thinking about taking The End by Lemony Snicket, this was actually a last minute decision, as I was hoping to finish reading it last month and it’s the last book in this Series, so I really want to finish it.
HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL, Volume 1, edited by Brian James Freeman is a collection of four spooky Halloween short stories, and one novella-length piece. I received this from Netgalley and At only 165 pages, this should hopefully be a quick read. I am not familiar with any of the authors. I love discovering new-to-me horror writers! I’m already planning my October TBR pile — all things scary!
A tale of three friends, Chris, Joe, and Susie, who get sucked into a portal and into another parallel world, of strange people and creatures. Three friends who didn’t fit in at school are sucked into a portal and land in another dimension. This is a Middle Grade Book with only 170 pages. So this will be another easy read.
I’ve heard a lot about this one and I’ve always been very dubious about reading it. I’m not sure If this would be something that I would enjoy, so I decided to still give it a chance and listen to the audiobook. So I borrowed it from the library the other week.
So I have chosen these four books to potentially read while in Mount Gambier, so we’ll see how much I actually get read as it takes 6 hours to get there by bus, I’ll have plenty of reading time on the way there and on the way back.
Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think of them? Are any of these on your TBR? What types of books do you like to read while on Holiday/Vacation? Let me know in the Comments!
Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle Published by: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers Publication Date: January 21st, 2014 Series: Better Nate Than Ever, #2 Genres: Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Humour, LGBTQIAP+ Format: Hardcover Pages: 295 Rating: Date Read: 29/09/2017 Links:Goodreads|Booktopia|Book Depository| B&N
Nate Foster’s Broadway dreams are finally coming true. Armed with a one-way ticket to New York City, small-town theater geek Nate is off to start rehearsals for E.T.: The Broadway Musical . It’s everything he ever practiced his autograph for! But as thrilling as Broadway is, rehearsals are nothing like Nate expects: full of intimidating child stars, cutthroat understudies, and a director who can’t even remember Nate’s name.
Now, as the countdown to opening night is starting to feel more like a time bomb, Nate is going to need more than his lucky rabbit’s foot if he ever wants to see his name in lights. He may even need a showbiz miracle
Nate Foster, a young teenage boy, finally made it to Broadway and all he wants is to be a big Broadway star, But when he goes to his first E.T. : The Musical rehearsal, everything is not as he expected, he has to deal with bratty child movie stars, annoying understudies and a director that can’t even remember his name!
Nate has made it to Broadway in Better Nate Than Ever! He’s the second understudy for ET in ET: The Musical, and he’s anxiously awaiting opening night even though he’s definitely in the back of the background!
The humour remains hilarious and effective, but none of the events in the novel are actually built up in a plausible way, and there’s a lot of telling going on where showing is necessary. Federle has a habit of skipping over important plot points and just telling us about them afterward, and it happens far too often to be an effective stylistic choice.
But the two things that are addressed somewhat in both novels are the parents lack of interest in their son and Nate’s sexuality. Nate’s parents just are not there for him. When he calls his mom’s flower shop to send flowers to Libby, his father makes him pay for them out of his first pay check. And, as Nate points out, his father may never miss one of his brother’s sporting events, but neither of Nate’s parents are there for opening night.
In Better Nate Than Ever!, Federle introduced Nate beginning to think about his sexuality. The implication is the Nate is probably gay. Nate’s sexuality is explored more in this novel, but it is done very much the way things are at 13 – more crushy than anything.
All in all it was sweet and entertaining, The book is adorable, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the first book or is simply craving more fun, optimistic middle grades books with queer themes.
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.
As it’s October, it’s the perfect time to read eerie, spine-chilling books whether it be books that make you unable to sleep for a week, books with vampires and werewolves or books with ghosts and ghouls. I am super excited for this Reading Month, there are tons of Halloween themed read-a-thons happening in October. As a lot of these are monthly read-a-thons, I will be reading some of these books for multiple read-a-thons. I am really bad with keeping to my TBR, so these books could change at anytime.
The 7 Reading Challenges are: 1. A book that contains a curse or spell. 2. A book that will (probably) give you nightmares. 3. A book with a freakish character. 4. A book with a serial killer in it. 5. A book with orange and/or black on the cover. 6. A book with a mask on the cover or the word “mask” in the title. 7. A book with supernatural or paranormal elements.
Frightfall Read-a-thon (#Frightfall)
FrightFall Read-a-thon is a month-long readathon that takes place in October and the only “rule” is that you must read at least one scary book. This was created by Michelle @ True Book Addict. You can find all the information in the sign-up post. I’m going to be reading a lot of spooky books in October, so instead of setting a TBR for this one, I’ll count the Books I read for the other read-a-thons for this one.
This challenge is Hosted by Kathy @ Books and Munches and the Goal is to read as many books as you can of your physical TBR Pile/Shelves. I thought this was a fantastic Idea as I have a lot of unread books that I haven’t gotten to yet.
I’m super excited for this one because I’ve been trying to read more Classics so this is the perfect opportunity to knock some of those Victorian Novels off my List. This is a month long read-a-thon dedicated to reading Victorian Literature (1837-1901). This challenge is hosted by Kate Howe, Katie from Books and Things, Ange from Beyond the Pages, and Lucy the Reader. This will be Quite a small TBR, as I mainly want to focus on reading spooky books and Halloween Themed Read-a-thons.
There are five challenges to complete. These are: To read a Victorian book by a Scottish, Irish or Welsh author. To read a lesser-known Victorian book (less than 12k GoodReads ratings) To read a supernatural Victorian book To read a Victorian book recommended by someone else To read a Victorian book written by a female author
Here are the challenges:
1. Read a thriller
2. Read a book with a spooky word in the title
3. Read a book based on a childhood fear
4. Read a book with orange on the cover
5. Read a book set in a spooky location
So that’s it for now! I’ll be participating in a few others but I’ll be adding them to this post closer to the dates. All these Halloween themed Read-a-thons are making me Super excited for Halloween.
Are you participating in any of these Read-a-thons? Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think of them? Are you participating in any read-a-thons that are not mentioned here? Also, If you have a TBR for September or any of these Read-a-thons, link them below in the Comments, I’d love to check them out.