The Unread Shelf Project 2018

The Unread Shelf Project 2018

I’ve just found out about this, so I am taking part in The Unread Shelf Project 2018. Hosted by theunreadshelfkatereadsbooks_, and calsreads on Instagram, the Unread Shelf Project is really just group inspiration to read the books you already own. I have a lot of Unread books. I don’t need, or want, that many unread books. I’d like to have a smaller selection of unread books. Fifty seems like a good number to me. I think that will be just enough to offer a bit of variety, while still leaving room for borrowing or buying new books. So my goal is to read through my unread books.

My goal is to knock out some books that I bought, and requested arcs of and never got to. I’m usually terrible at keeping up with goals like this, because the second I feel like I “have” to do something… I no longer want to. I’ve tried to be realistic about what I will and want to read, and have definitely been better about DNFing books and getting rid of them if I’m not enjoying them. But my compulsion to spend a lot of time at the bookstore and buying books online led to a ton of unread books on my shelf.

There are occasional challenges (monthly and weekly, I believe) which, so far, seem to be designed to both help you see what’s in your unread pile and to motivate you to read those books. I probably won’t do all of the challenges, but I might use the challenges as a means of motivating me, especially when I get tempted by all the pretty new-to-me books I could be buying. 

So, I have counted all my Unread Books and discovered I have 226 unread books. I’ve decide to be quite ruthless with quitting books. I’m genuinely interested in all of the books I have left, but I don’t want to waste my time on books I’m not enjoying. So, I’m going to give each book a couple chapters or at least 50-100 pages depending on the size of the book, but if I’m not enjoying the book, I’m not going to keep reading it, regardless of how long it’s been waiting to be read.

I’ll be doing regular updates on my Instagram HERE. I haven’t used Instagram in a while, so hopefully this will get me back into it, and hopefully I’ll be able to do regular updates. So if you’re interested in that, be sure to Follow me over there. 

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So, there you are. These are my plans for the rest of 2018, and if you want to check out the books I own, you can check that out HERE. It’s not a full list though, I haven’t added any of my Recently bought books! I try to get around to that soon. What are your 2018 reading goals? Do you also find large piles of unread books very stressful? Or, are you one of those magical people who can own 1000 unread books without batting an eye?

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The Sunday Post #40: Etsy Shop Update – 15/04/2018

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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.

What Happened off the Blog:

I haven’t been that active on here lately, I’ve been really busy. But I just wanted to update you guys on my Etsy Shop. Recently I’ve Updated my Etsy Shop, Added another Listing 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.

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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’ll also be making some candles to add soon. If you’re interested, I’ll be keeping you guys updated, 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.

Books Read:

I haven’t read that much so far this month, Like I said I’ve been quite busy and seeing as I haven’t done The Sunday Post for awhile, these are the books I’ve read so far this month. 

I read the first novella of The Ghost of the Shadow Market, Son of the Dawn, by Cassandra Clare. I’m not going to count these towards my Goodreads Goal, so I mostly just reading these for fun, because I can’t wait until the physical copy comes out next year, so each month I’ll be buying the eBooks for them. So I might as well do a mini review here.

I loved this story! If you don’t already know, Jem is my favourite character in The Infernal Devices. I obviously was having more of a withdrawal from Shadowhunters stories than I care to admit. In this story we see the beginning of Jace’s time with the Lightwoods, though this story begins in the Shadow Market where Brother Zachariah bumps into a vampire with a very hot tip, but a reluctance to take it to the New York Institute given the Lightwoods’ history with Valentine and Downworlders.

And Raphael! Raphael is still one of the most underrated characters in the series so I always want more of him. His grumpiness and need to stay detached and aloof while occasionally slipping into softer mode made me love this character even more. Okay, so this “mini” review was longer than I intended for it to be and I don’t want to say too much about this, for those who haven’t read it yet. Have you read this yet? What did you think of it? Or are you waiting until it comes out in Print?

Currently Reading: 

I am “currently reading” a lot of books, If you’ve read any of these, Let me know what you thought of them. It might convince me to read them faster. And if I don’t get to these soon I might end up putting them on hold for a while or even DNFing them. So instead of just putting down a few books here like I usually do, I’m going to list all the books I’ve started, and I want you to comment below with your opinion about these books.

Which books out of these have you read? Which ones did you enjoy? What should I read next? Comment your Opinions below and hopefully convince me to read some of these soon. 

What I Plan to Read Next:

So like I said above, there are A LOT of books I need to finish, so I need your help to decide what to read next. So from the books above, let me know in the comments what you think I should read next. I’d really like to finish some of those before starting anything else. 

New to my Shelf:

What I’m Watching:

I’ve finally watched Everything, Everything. I really enjoyed it. Although, I haven’t actually read the book yet, I want to eventually read the book. Have you seen this movie? If so, what did you think of it? What about the books, have you read it? What did you think of it? Do you think I should read the book?

I also watched Prom Night (2008). This is based on the 1980 Prom Night, which I haven’t yet seen. I enjoyed this movie as well. Although I’ve heard that this is only a loose remake and aside from the Title it has no similarities to the original. This was a very strange movie though.

Although not as strange as Most Likely to Die, this one features Heather Morris. And I enjoyed this one to some extent but I found that this one was extremely strange, I still really don’t know what to think of it. 

Have you seen any of these movies? What did you think of them? If you didn’t know or couldn’t already tell, I absolutely love horror films! Do you enjoy Horror Films?

Song of the Week: 

Last Week on the Blog:

Book Haul/TBR Revisit #5 + Try a Chapter Tag 
Review: More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera

Coming Soon:

Because I haven’t Been blogging that much lately I don’t really have many blog post coming soon, I don’t even really have any sort of schedule at the moment. But if you would like to see me do something on here or have any ideas for some posts, Feel free to let me know in the comments. 

Book Blogger Hop: A Fictitious Town I would love to live in and what makes it appealing! 
Victor Harbor: Travel Wrap Up! 

Upcoming Reviews:

I’ve also just realised that I never reviewed Lord of Shadows, I totally forgot to review it. So expect a review of that this week. 

Around the Blogosphere:

Holly @ Nut Free Nerd Shares 13 Reasons to read A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
 K.L. Kranes discusses How to keep crushing on books instead of books crushing you.
Ellyn @ allonsythornraxx discusses Why we read
Rachel Poli Discusses Prepping the Blog for Vacation

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What books did you finish this Week? What are you Currently Reading? What are you planning on reading next? Have you read any of these? If so, What did you think of them? Are they on your TBR?  If you have your own Sunday Post, leave the link down below as well. 

 

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Review: More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera

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More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera
Published By: Soho Teen
Publication Date: April 26th, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary,  LGBTQIAP+
Format: Paperback
Pages: 300
Rating: 2 Stars
Date Read: January 28th, 2018
Links: Goodreads | Book Depository | Barnes & Noble | BooktopiaAmazon

In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving New York Times bestselling-debut—also called “mandatory reading” and selected as an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times—Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx.

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again—but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely. 

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is. 

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

Trigger Warnings: Suicide, Homophobia, Depression, Cheating, Self-harm, heavy violence, Death of parent. 

More Happy Than Not was my first Adam Silvera novel and I was keen on finding out what all the hype is about! My feelings are all over the place on this one. It had really important representation, but ultimately, I was let down by this book. This was nothing of what I was expecting. To be honest, I don’t know exactly what I was expecting but this was absolutely not it. This wasn’t a terrible book. It was a really fast read, enjoyable at some points and all of that but I can’t hide my huge disappointment. I had high expectations that weren’t reached. This book also contained themes I wasn’t too excited by. 

This book is about Aaron, a Puerto Rican gay kid, who lives in very poor circumstances and in an area where homosexuality is NOT accepted. There is an institute that can erase and alter people’s memories and Aaron wants to go through with the procedure to erase his sexuality and become straight. It took a while for me to get into this book and figure out the point of the plot and its direction. I wasn’t a fan of the magical realism or sci-fi element that was included, if you can call it that, of the Leteo Institute. 

Aaron has a girlfriend but when he meets Thomas things and feelings start to get complicated. Aaron’s only solution to forget about being gay is a thing called Leteo procedure, a new memory alteration that’s supposed to help you forget about traumatic events and memories, to help you live a better life.

It’s an age old ‘be careful what you wish for’ tale that shows you can’t erase who you are. What if there was a way to erase your past? To forget the bullying. Forget your sexuality. Can you really erase part of your identity without consequences

Something seemed to be off. The book was feeling more like a Dystopian than a Contemporary, like I thought it was; Aaron coming out as gay almost out of nowhere also felt off, specially because I was seeing things in a way that was fitting. Nothing seemed to be adding up with my expectations, with the reviews I had seen.

Thomas is perhaps the character I liked most. I always thought he was a really good friend. Thomas never really felt like a love interest. He wasn’t fitting in that category. I love the scenes between him and Aaron but there was no chemistry between them. To me he looked like just a really good friend and a really good person in a world of bullies, and hateful people

So I don’t really know what to say anymore and I don’t want to give away to much about this book. This book wasn’t what I was expecting and I admit that I can be harsh and too critical. I have to admit though, I’m lowering my expectations for They Both Die At The End and History Is All He Left Me, I still want to read his other books. It’s a shame, because I really like Adam and I wanted to love his books too but I just didn’t and I’m afraid his next books will be of the same type as this one. This book just wasn’t really my cup of tea, it just wasn’t for me. It’s just not really my kind of book unfortunately.

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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? Do you think I should give his books another chance? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion. Also, let me know what you think of his other books and which one you think I should read next. What’s you’re favourite Adam Silvera Book?

 

 

 

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Book Haul/TBR Revisit #5 + Try a Chapter Tag

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Today I have my July & August 2016 Book Haul/TBR Revisit. I will also be wrapping up my March, April & May 2016 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 will still be interesting to see how I’ve done! Let’s just get into this! So, I only ended up reading 1/37 of the books I planned to read and that was:

Harry Potter

But I’m currently reading or started reading some of the other books last month. So, these are the books that I’m going to make top priority books this month to read, and try to finish off these ones: 

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

Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo – Unread
Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo – Unread
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor – Unread
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – Unread

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige – Unread
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron – Unread
A Dog of Flanders by Ouida – Unread
The Call of the Wild by Jack London – Unread

The Arabian Nights – Unread
The Lost Kingdom by N & A Lochel – Unread
The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa – Unread

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina LaCour – Unread
The Illustrated Works of Jane Austen Volume 2 – Unread
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson – Unread
Night World Volume 3 by L.J. Smith – Unread

Blame it on Paris by Laura Florand – Unread
Legacy of Blood by Alex Connor – Unread
November 9 by Colleen Hoover – Unread
The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks – Unread

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks – Unread
Toxic Hearts by Theo Lawrence – Unread
The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski – Unread
Vanessa & her Sister by Priya Parmar – Unread

Goliath by Scott Westerfeld – Unread, this is the third book, so I won’t be reading this one this month.
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston – Unread

Unread: 31

Unhauled: 0

July 2016 Book Haul:

Matilda by Roald Dahl – Read
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl – Read
The Twits by Roald Dahl – Read
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Unread

Niceville by Carsten Stroud – Unread
The Magician by Michael Scott – Unread, this is the second book in a series, so I’ll only be reading this if I get to the first book, The Alchemyst!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Unread
Oscar Wilde Collection – Read

Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr – Unread
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – Unread
Delirium by Lauren Oliver – Unread
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver – Unread
An Author’s Odyssey by Chris Colfer – Read

Read: 5

Unread: 8

Unhauled: 0

August 2016 Book Haul:

Only Dull People Are Brilliant at Breakfast by Oscar Wilde – Read
To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens – Read
Lot No. 249 by Arthur Conan Doyle – Unread

Stancliffe’s Hotel by Charlotte Bronte – Read
A Modern Detective by Edgar Allan Poe – Read
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling – Unread

Read: 5

Unread: 2

Unhauled: 0

Total

Read: 9

Unread: 41

Unhauled: 0

I’ve also always wanted to do the Try a Chapter Tag and seeing as I’ve got so many books to read this month, I thought I would do it here to try to cut down some of these books. The tag is perfect for helping to decide what to read next. So, usually you Choose 5+ books you’ve been meaning to read. Read up to the first chapter, prologue included. Decide if you’ll complete it or set it aside. Except instead of just choosing one book, I’m going to read the first chapter of each of these books and decide which ones I’m most interested in reading and try to read those within this month! So, below I’ll be listing the books that I’m most interested in reading based on the first chapter!

 

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So that’s 41 books, but I will try to read at least 15 books this month. That’s a lot of books, so I don’t know how many I’ll actually be able to get through, but I’ll try to get through as many as I can and I’ll try to do better this month than I did last month.

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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March 2018 TBR (#ApTHRILL, #SpringHorror, OWLsReadathon2018, #UnslumpAThon, #AYearAThon, #PrideAThon, #AprilAThon, #UnicornReads)

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Today I’m going to be sharing my March TBR. While I’ll be sharing my reads for March, keep in mind that this isn’t all set in stone. I’m terrible at sticking to TBR’s. I’ve noticed that I own quite a few Thiller and Mystery Books, most of these are eARC’s, which I will try to get to this month. I’ll also be posting this months Book Haul/TBR Revisit tomorrow. I’ll be Mentioning a lot of books as usual, So let’s just get into this TBR:

ApTHRILL (#ApTHRILL)

(Sunday, April 1st – Monday, April 30th)

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This is another challenge hosted by Kathy @ Books and Munches and I can’t wait to take part in this one! This is all month long, and is dedicated to thrillers, horrors and suspense novels!! I have a quite a few Thriller Novels that I own and a lot of eARC’s. So it will be great to finally get to some of those.

Thriller is one of my favourite Genres, but It’s also one of the genres that I read the least of. This Challenge is right up my alley and I thought this would be a good opportunity to pick up some of those books I have been collecting on my shelves, and tackle a few books from my list on NetGalley. So, let’s just get into the TBR and what I’ll be reading:

Physical Books:

eARC’s

Spring Into Horror Readathon (#SpringHorror)

(Sunday, April 1st – Monday, April 30th)

So I’ve decided to take part in this Spring into Horror readathon which runs the whole month of April. This challenge is hosted by Seasons of Reading and all the details can be found HERE. Basically you only have to read one book which can be horror, mystery or Gothic. So here are the one I’m planning on reading

OWL’s Readathon (#OWLsReadathon2018)

(Monday, April 2nd – Sunday, April 29th)

Starting from April 2nd through the 29th, Participants will be taking their O.W.L.s. This is a really awesome challenge based on the Harry Potter Series and I am going to attempt to sit all 12 exams!  I spent yesterday coming up with a tentative TBR based on the requirements for each subject.

  • Ancient Runes: A Book with a Symbol on the Cover – Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • Arithmancy: Read a book with a Number on the cover or in the Title – November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  • Astronomy: Read a Science Fiction Novel – Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • Care of Magical Creatures: Read a Book that Inclusdes Magical Creatures – Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling 
  • Charms: Read a Fantasy Book – The Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda
  • Defense Against the Dark Arts: Book about/featuring Secret Societies/Clubs – Night World Volume 3 by L.J. Smith
  • Divination: Read a book featuring prophecies – Harvest Moon by Tonya Coffey
  • Herbology: Read a book with a nature related word in the title – Reign the Earth by  A.C. Gaughen
  • History of Magic: Read a Historical Fiction – The Lake House by Kate Mortan
  • Muggle Studies: Read a muggle non-fiction book – De Profundis by Oscar Wilde
  • Potions: Read a book about Alchemy – The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
  • Transfiguration: A book with a cat on the cover – Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

UnslumpAThon (#UnslumpAThon)

(Saturday, March 31st – Sunday, April 8th)

This readathon aims to get you out or keep you out of a reading slump. There are 7 Reading challenges, I’ll be trying to complete 5 of the challenges:

1. Read a book under 200 pages – Lot No. 249 by Arthur Conan Doyle
2. Read a book from your favourite genre – Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen
3. Read a book while drinking your favourite warm drink
4. Read a graphic novel, manga or comic book – The Mortal Instruments Graphic Novel Volume 1 by Cassandra Clare
5. Read a middle grade or children’s book – The Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda
6. Read a novella
7. Read an ebook or listen to an audiobook – Chemistry by C.L. Lynch

Grab on Readathon

(Sunday, April 1st – Saturday, April 7th)

Grab On Readathon is a quarterly, week-long readathon! The readathons take place at the start of each season and will come with one title that will be read as a group (optional) and six other reading challenges to motivate you (also optional). I’ll be aiming to complete 5 Challenges:

1. Read a book with a name in the title – Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
2. Read a first book in a series – The Fyrelit Tragedy by N & A Lochel
3. Read a book from a genre you haven’t read yet this year – Chemistry by C.L. Lynch
4. Read a book with LGBTQIA+ representation – Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley
5. Read a book chosen for you by someone else – Lot No. 249 by Arthur Conan Doyle
6. Read a book set in a different time than the present

AYearAThon (#AYearAThon)

(Monday, April 2nd – Sunday, April 8th)

AYEARATHON is a monthly readathon with a theme and challenge that runs for one week. This Months theme is Benchwarmers! This Months Challenge is One Word Titles, which I’m not going to worry about too much!

PrideAThon (#PrideAThon)

(Monday, April 2nd – Sunday, April 8th)

This is the third round of Prideathon. This is a readathon is devoted to diversifying your reading. There are challenges, although I wont be doing them and there is also a Group Read, which I will be reading, I really wanted to read this books. So, the Group Read is All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages! this is an anthology featuring 17 LGBTQIAP+ historical fiction stories! You can find out more information on the Twitter page!

AprilAThon (#AprilAThon)

(Monday, April 2nd – Sunday, April 8th)

This Readathon is being hosted by April so give that video a watch for more information. I am going to go into the list of challenges and state which book fits those challenges.

Reading Challenges:
1. Read a book that you acquired recently – The Mortal Instruments Graphic Novel Volume 1 by Cassandra Clare
2. Read a book with a beautiful cover – Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley
3. Read a book you’ve been meaning to read for ages – Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
4. Read a book with your favourite colour on the cover – Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen
5. Read a hyped book or a book that has been recommended to you – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
6. Read a book that you’re EXCITED to read – A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

Unicorn Readathon (#UnicornReads)

(Monday, April 9th – Sunday, April 15th)

I’ll be participating in the Unicorn Read-a-thon. The Unicorn Read-a-thon is a Hosted by Roya @ UnicornHunterBooks, & . The aim of this read-a-thon is to read books that have magical creatures on the cover, in the story, or in the title. I’ve been needing a reason to pick up some of these books. 

Cover Love Readathon (#TotalCoverLover)

(Monday, April 9th – Sunday, April 15th)

I’m also planning on Participating in #TotalCoverLover hosted by @trissinalovesbooks on April 9-15 and in line with this, there will be a 48-hour readathon on the 14th-15th! If you want to just read all those #coverbuy books you have on your TBR shelf, meet new bookish people and win giveaway prizes, then you should join the fun!

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These are Some of the books I’m hoping to read this month, I know I’m not going to be able to read all of these, so I just going to see how I go with these. It’ll be interesting to see which ones I end up reading and enjoying. I’m excited for all these books and Readathons

What about you guys? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? What books are on your TBR? What books are you looking forward to reading this month? Are you participating in any of these readathons this month? Are you participating in any other readathons I didn’t mention in this post? Let me know in the Comments!

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March 2018 Wrap Up & Book Haul

August Wrap-Up & Haul

It is time for another wrap-up! I got a fair bit of reading done in March and I haven’t been in a reading Slump for ages, which I’m always happy about. This here will Just be my Blogging Wrap Up, so below I’ll link up my Reading Wrap Up here as well. I also posted quite a few reviews this month, there’s still so many reviews I need to get to, but I will get to them! I didn’t Blog that much this month, I’ve been busy!

Reviews Finished this Month:

Manga Review: TokiDoki by Naoshi Komi (One Shot) 
eARC Review: The Haunted Heart of America by Logan Corelli 
eARC Review: Leo loves Aries by Anyta Sunday 
Review: Alice in Poetry by Michaela Morgan (editor) 
Manga Review: One Piece by Eiichiro Oda – East Blue (Omnibus’ 1-4; Volumes 1-12) 
eARC Review: Scorpio Hates Virgo by Anyta Sunday

Tags/Memes/Awards Done this Month:

The Sunday Post #39: Weekly Update – 4/03/2018 
Who is your Favourite Children’s Book Author?

TBRs & Wrap ups:

March 2018 TBR Book Haul/TBR Revisit #4 
Holiday Reading: Victor Harbor | Travel TBR 
Manga Madness ReadAThon TBR 
Birthday Haul
March 2018 Reading Wrap Up 
Manga Madness Readathon Round 2 Wrap Up

Book Haul:

I was pretty good this month and didn’t buy too many books, most of the books I Acquired as gifts for my Birthday and Easter. I’ve also bought some books from Book Depository that haven’t come yet, so they’ll be added to my April Book Haul.  So this month I got a total of 11 Books; 1 Books I Bought, 1 Book I got from a Subscription Box, 7 I received as Gifts, I eBook I bought, and 2 I received as a review Copy.

Physical Books I Bought:

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Harry Potter Colouring Book

Book Subscription Box

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Scales of Empire by Kylie Chan

Books I received (Gifts):

The Mortal Instruments Graphic Novel Volume 1 by Cassandra Clare
De Profundis, The Ballad of Reading Gaol and other Writings by Oscar Wilde

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr

Reign the Earth by A. C. Gaughen

Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

eBooks I Bought:

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Gemini Keeps Capricorn by Anyta Sunday

 eARCS I Received:

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Liam Davis & the Raven by Anyta Sunday

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That’s it for this post! I’ll be doing my April TBR separately. So if you would like to know which books I’m planning on reading next Month, or Which read-a-thons I’m participating in, check back tomorrow! What books did you Acquire in March? Any March Blog Posts you would like me to check out? I would love to know. If you have your own Book Haul or Wrap-Up post(s), leave them down below as well.

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Manga Madness Readathon Round 2 Wrap Up (#MangaMadnessReadathon)

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From March 24th-30th, I hosted Round 2 of Manga Madness Readathon. Here is my Wrap up for #MangaMadnessReadathon. There are 25 Challenges in the form of a Bingo Board and three different options to chooses from:

Option 1: Bingo Board Challenges
Option 2: Read anything you want
Option 3: Stick to one Series. For those of you who want to continue or Finish a series and not switch between different series!

I choose to do the Bingo Board Challenges, although I didn’t complete it and get a blackout, I completed 20 Challenges. Even though I didn’t get a Blackout, I’m quite happy with what I managed to read: 

Award Winning Manga – One Piece Volume 49, 50, 51 (Omnibus 17) by Eiichiro Oda
Author/Artist you haven’t read before – Karneval Volume 1 by Touya Mikanagi 
Romance, Slice of Life or Comedy – Kiss him, not me Volume 4 by Junko
Drama, Action, or Adventure – Black Clover Volume 2  by Yuki Tabata
Fantasy or Paranormal – Black Clover Volume 3  by Yuki Tabata

Mystery, Thriller, or Psychological – Elfen Lied Volume 1  Lynn Okamoto
Horror, Demons, or Vampires – Bloody Mary Volume 10 by Akaza Samamiya
A Manga with a Male Lead Character – One Piece Volume 52-53-54 (Omnibus 18) by Eiichiro Oda
A Manga with a Female Lead Character – Kiss him, not me Volume 5 by Junko
Read two installments from the Same Series – One Piece Volume 55-56-57 (Omnibus 19) – One Piece Volume 58-59-60 (Omnibus 20) by Eiichiro Oda

Manga Centred around Folklore & Mythology – One Piece Volume 61-62-63 (Omnibus 21) by Eiichiro Oda
A Manga that is related to something you previously read – Fruits Basket Another Volume by Natsuki Takaya
Read a Manga in a Genre of your Choice – One Piece Volume 64-65-66 (Omnibus 22) by Eiichiro Oda
A Manga that was published in 2016/2017 – Black Clover Volume 1 by Yuki Tabata
A Manga with a Main Character who transforms – D.N. Angel Volume 1 by Yukiru Sugisaki

A Manga you’ve Borrowed
A Manga from a Genre you don’t usually read – Ouran High School Host Club Volume 3 by Bisco Hatori
Read the Oldest Manga in your Collection – Black Cat Volume 3 by Kentaro Yabuki
A Manga with a Main Character who identifies as LGBTQ+ – Twinkle (One Shot)
A Manga with a name in the title – Cardcaptor Sakura Volume 1-3 (Omnibus) by CLAMP

A Manga by your favourite Manga Artist OR the Hosts Favourite
A Manga you’ve been Meaning to read – Fairy Tail: Ice Trail Volume 2
A Manga that has been adapted to Live Action
A Manga that has been adapted to Anime or Video Game
A Manga that has not been adapted in any way 

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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!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated! 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! The next round will probably be in August! I’ll let you know on the twitter soon when I decide on the Date  Are you interested in Participating next round? Let me know!

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March 2018 Reading Wrap Up (#MunchesinMarch, #MarchMysteryMadness, #EmojiAThon, #ReadathonByZoe, #GrinchAThon, #SeasonalSeries)

October TBR (2)

This month I tore through some books. So, today I’ll be going through all the book that I read this month, both Read-a-thon Reads and Non-read-a-thon Reads. I more or less enjoyed a lot of these books that I read recently, though of course there were some disappointments. Also, I’m glad I got around to reading some of these books! This Month I read a total of 26 Books. You can check out my TBR HERE

And now, on to my February 2018 Wrap-Up!

Munches in March (#MunchesinMarch)

(Thursday, March 1st – Saturday, March 31st)

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Munches in March is hosted by Kathy @ Books and Munches. This is all month long, and it has a cute little bingo board to go along with it! These challenges are so fun, so If you haven’t yet participated in one of her challenges, go on over to her Blog and check them out! So Anyway, Let’s see how went:

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A Possible 5 star read – Bloody Mary Volume 10 by Akaza Samamiya
Book in a Genre you always enjoy, no matter you mood – Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Book that’ll likely make you all Warm & Fuzzy inside – Scorpio hates Virgo by Anyta Sunday
Book Concerning Heartbreak – Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday

Next Instalment of a Series you already Started – Citrus Volume 4 by Sabura Uto
Thriller/Suspense Novel – The Four Faces by William Le Queux
Mostly Blue on the Cover – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (reread)

Situated in Nature – Into the Trees by Robert Williams
Book you read in 24 hours – Citrus Volume 5 by Sabura Uto
Colourful Cover – Gemini Keeps Capricorn

March Mystery Madness (#MarchMysteryMadness)

(Thursday, March 1st – Saturday, March 31st)

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is a month long reading challenge. There are six different challenge words which you can interpret any way you want. Each challenge is one word, and the word can be interpreted in a variety of ways. This is such a fun challenge, I just wish I could’ve read more for this.

Challenge 1: Shelf – Into the Trees by Robert William
Challenge 2: Borrowed – The Four Faces by William Le Queux

EmojiAThon (#EmojiAThon)

(Thursday, March 1st – Saturday, March 31st)

This was another Month Long Reading Challenge. So the EmojiAThon has a whole bunch of challenges to help you build your TBR pile, as well as a bingo board challenge, which is optional. I’m such a mood reader that I find trying to stick to strict challenges really hard, but I attempted to complete the Bingo Board, which I did not complete. So let’s see how I went; here’s the Challenges:

Bingo card (You can check out the full list HERE)

– Read Dylan’s book pick
– Read a book that you haven’t read yet and don’t know why – Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
– Read a mental illness book
– Read a book that involves sports – Welcome to the Ballroom by  Tomo Takeuchi
– Read a road trip book/a book that features travel

– Buddy read a book
– Read Brittany’s book pick
– Read a book that you’re cautious to start (a book out of your comfort zone) – Into the Trees by Robert William
– Read a nonfiction book
– Read a diverse book (Sexuality, Mental Illness, Race, Religion, etc) – Liam Davis & The Raven by Anyta Sunday

– Listen to an audiobook – Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
– Read a book that’s been adapted – Black Clover Volume 1 by Yuki Tabata
– FREEBIE! Read any book that you want – Black Cat Volume 3 by Kentaro Yabuki
– Read a fantasy book – Black Clover Volume 2 by Yuki Tabata
– Read an eBook – Gemini Keeps Capricorn by Anyta Sunday

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– Read a book that everyone’s been telling you to read
– Read a book that you’ve started and haven’t finished
– Read a book that’s older than you
– Read Jay’s book pick
– Read a book that you’ve never heard of before – Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday

– Read a Sci-Fi book
– Read a mystery/thriller – Elfen Lied Volume 1 by Lynn Okamoto
– Read a book with your favourite colour on your cover – Bloody Mary Volume 10 by Akaza Samamiya
– Read a smutty/New Adult/Adult book – Scorpio Hates Virgo by Anyta Sunday
– Read Chelsea’s book pick

Readathon by Zoe (#ReadathonbyZoe)

(Saturday, March 3rd – 12:00 AM-11:59 PM)

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
Citrus Volume  4  by Sabura Uto
Citrus Volume 5 by Sabura Uto
Citrus Volume 6 by Sabura Uto

Citrus Volume 7 by Sabura Uto
Citrus Volume 8 by Sabura Uto
Wonderland: Alice in Poetry

Grinch-A-Thon (#Grinchathon)

(Saturday, March 10th – Saturday, March 17th)

This was Round 2 of Grinchathon! This was Created by . So I read 3 Books for Grinchathon!

Have Someone else pick out a book from your TBR – Into the Trees by Robert Williams Favourite Colour (Red), Book to Movie Adaptation, Book from TBR that has been there for a long time – Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling Manga or Graphic Novel – Welcome to the Ballroom Volume 1 by Tomo Takeuchi

Seasonal Series (#SeasonalSeries)

(Tuesday, March 20 – Wednesday, June 20)

This is a low-key readathon all about reading and finishing book series and it is also themed around the yearly seasons! You can pick a Bingo Board based on the Season. If you live somewhere where it’s currently a different season or if you’d simply prefer to do any other season, you can also do that. All these challenges are about books in series! However the activities can be done with any book, even standalones. You can find out more information HERE. It’s Currently Autumn in Australia, but I’m going to be doing the Winter Bingo Board, as that’s my Favourite season. This goes for 3 months.

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5. eat cookies while reading – The River Sings by Sandra Leigh Price
15. reread a book – City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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That’s it for this post! Have you read any of these books? Thoughts? Did you Participate in any of these Read-a-thons? If you have your own Wrap-up for March or any of these read-a-thons, leave them down below as well, I’d love to check them out.

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Birthday Haul!

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This is a long awaited post! I’ve been meaning to post this for awhile, but I’ve been quite busy. So Anyway, my Birthday was on March 21st, I turned 20, which is pretty cool but kind of weird too, I thought it would be nice to show you guys what I did on my birthday and what I got, because it’s quite nice (in my opinion) to see personal posts on book blogs as well! And to celebrate I decided to buy more books, because what else does a bibliophile do for their birthday?!

So, this year my Mum took me out shopping instead of buying me presents and I got to choose out anything I wanted, within a reasonable budget of course. So, I woke up at 9:00. Mum and I went to ‘The Pear’ for a Coffee, and a Fig and Nut Bar, this is a little Neighbourhood Café in Adelaide.

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Then we went into the city, where the shopping commenced, first up was ‘Typo’, which has a range of Gifts, Stationery, Art, Craft, Cards, Decorations, Lighting and more. So, from there I just got a Planner and a Good Vibes Ahead Drink Bottle. I actually really love Planners, journals, and the like, since I started blogging. LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS!

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and then next up was Jay Jays, where I got way too many clothes that I don’t need, and most of the clothes were Harry Potter Related. I just couldn’t help myself, I don’t go clothes shopping too often!

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I saved the best for last, the Books! So the next store we went into was Read e Book, this is a bookstore that sells discount books. I only got one book from here, there weren’t too many books that I wanted or was interested in from this place. So I got Fathomless by Jackson Pearce, this is the third book in the Fairy-tale Retellings series.

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And Next up was Dymocks, this is, by default, the best bookstore in Adelaide, only because there aren’t too many bookstores here. But they have a wide variety of books, that are sometimes very overpriced. So, I chose out four books from there – The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, The Mortal Instruments Graphic Novel Volume 1, De Profundis and other writing by Oscar Wilde, and The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan. I also got a booklovers Bookmark (that matches the cup that I’ve got). So these are the Books:

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My mum still had to go the Work, but afterwards  we made Pizza for Dinner, It was SO good! I don’t get to eat pizza too often, as Pizza places usually don’t sell Gluten or Lactose Free (or Vegan) Options. So we sometimes make our own pizza at home, but not very often. Then to finish off we Baked a Gluten & Dairy free Red Velvet Cake, which turned out pretty well.

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So, that’s it for this post! I love my presents so much (considering I was able to pick everything out myself) and I’m so excited read my new books – I hope I’ll enjoy them! I went back to the book shop as my mum bought a couple other books for me for Easter, which you’ll see in my Book Haul that should be up hopefully tomorrow! I had an absolutely wonderful birthday! Have you guys read any of the books I received today?

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Who is your Favourite Children’s Book Author?

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What is the book blogger hop? It’s a link up hosted by Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week, there is a new Question to Answer. The Hop runs from Friday to Thursday. All you have to do is Answer the Question, link it up and go hopping.

This Weeks Question is: Who is your favourite children’s book author and why? (submitted by Kitty @ Vicarious Bookworm)

My Answer: 

I know that I’m really late with this, but I still wanted to do it, so here we go! We are on to a new week for the Book Blogger Hop hosted by the lovely folks over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

My Favourite Children’s Book Author is Emily Rodda, Author of Deltora Quest. The Deltora Quest Series was my absolute favourite when I was a kid, I never owned the Books, so I’ve recently been buying the Bind-up Editions and rereading them. Not many people have heard of this incredible series because Emily Rodda is an Australian children’s author, but it’s so good.

I can’t believe the amount of world building, plot development and character development that has gone into it. It has 8 books in the original series and has two other companion series (Deltora Shadowlands and Dragons of Deltora) which both follow the same main characters as the first series.

I used to read these at school in the Library Constantly, If I ever needed an escape, I would read these books. I love the magical world of Del and the likeable characters she created. She has an amazing imagination. Her books helped me through a lot of hard times. 

Her books made me fall in love with reading from an early age. I’ve always loved reading but her books were an escape for me. These books gave me lots of hours of enjoyment when I was a kid. 

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What are your thoughts on this topic? Who is your favourite children’s book author? Let me know in the comments!

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