The Sunday Post #43: Weekly Update – 20/05/2018

The Sunday PostWeekly Update

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

Books Read:

Currently Reading: 

What I’m Watching:

I’ve been watching 13 Reason Why Season 2 on Netflix, I’m up to episode 8. I actually don’t really think that this season is very necessary, I would’ve been fine with only one season. This season is pretty good, and I’m enjoying it, but wouldn’t have really cared either way, whether we got a season two or not. I really love the voice overs throughout the episodes from each of the characters though. 

Who else is Watching this?

Song of the Week:

Last Week on the Blog:

eARC Review: Kelpie Blue by Mell Eight 
May 2018 Readathons I’m participating in 
Holiday Reading: Victor Harbor | Travel Wrap Up

Coming Soon:

All the Books I’m Currently Reading
April Wrap up & Book Haul
Book Haul/TBR Revisit #6

Upcoming Reviews:

Around the Blogosphere:

Beth @ Reading Every Night Discusses How you manage your TBR List
Kathy @ Books & Munches Discusses Trigger Warnings

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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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Holiday Reading: Victor Harbor | Travel Wrap Up

Holiday Reaing

This is really late, but in march I went on holiday to Victor Harbor, you can Check out the TBR for that HERE. It was so much fun picking out which books I wanted to bring with me, and I got a lot more reading done than I thought I would. So this will be a wrap up of the books I read. So I’m going to start with the books that I read:

Scorpio Hates Virgo by Anyta Sunday

Well, this is just adorable! This Author is one of the best at creating the cutest couples, mixed with a bit of sexiness, sassiness and a whole lot of banter. Percy and Cal have been nemeses for many years now. They lived across the street from each other for years, and both are back in their hometown to sort out family stuff. I enjoyed the first book, Leo Loves Aries more, but my enjoyment of this one was pretty close. This is a really fun series to read.

Welcome to the Ballroom Volume 1 by Tomo Takeuchi

An interesting enough series. I liked and at the same time disliked the artwork, especially when it came to the dramatic action dance sequences. It did not give me a sense of fluid, graceful or ferocious ballroom dancing. But it was interesting to read and learn about the aspects of it as a sport. But I don’t know if I really want to continue this one.

Into the Trees by Robert William

I was looking forward to an exciting supernatural suspense thriller due to the cover and book description. What I got was so far removed it felt like two different stories and none of it gelled well for me. I was drawn into this book by the eerie cover and it turned out to be slightly different from what I was expecting but still a somewhat enjoyable read!

Liam Davis and The Raven by Anyta Sunday

A nice read but not my favourite by this author. So, I’ll start by saying I found this book charming. I’m always really entertained by Anyta Sunday’s writing style; it’s a bit quirky. I always enjoy reading her books. That said, the premise of this book, the story outline itself, outshines the actual story. And in an attempt to fill all this potential, the book actually loses it’s focus and kind off ends up all over the place. Anyway, I liked it enough to keep reading and all. And there were some great elements to this story.

For the Love of Horses by Kelly Wilson

I think that For The Love Of Horses, is a very interesting and informative book about the lives of Vicki Wilson and her sisters. This is a story of three sisters’ love for horses and their determination to get the most out of what life has to offer.

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And that’s my Holiday reading wrap-up! This was more of a weekend getaway, which I really needed. Anyway, As you can see, I read some amazing books — and some disappointing reads. But I had a lot of fun reading these books over the weekend while on holiday. Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think of them? Are any of these on your TBR? Let me know in the Comments!

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May 2018 Readathons I’m participating in (#MoodyMay, #SCReadathon, #Currentathon, #EBookathon)

October TBR

I know this is extremely late, we’re already halfway through this month, but today I’m going to be sharing my May TBR (but not really). I’ll also be posting this months Book Haul/TBR Revisit soon too and catching up with a lot of posts that I’m really behind on.

Moody May (#MoodyMay)

(Tuesday, May 1st – Thursday, May 31st)

This is a challenge hosted by Kathy @ Books and Munches. This is all month long, and is dedicated to all the mood readers out there. This is very weird for me because I’m so used to having a TBR of sorts but I’ll be trying not to do that in May, and just reading what I feel like reading at the moment! So I will not be doing a TBR, this post will just be announcing the Readathons that I’ll be participating in, no TBR.

Series Crackdown (#SCReadathon)

(Friday, May 25th – Sunday, June 3nd)

Series Crackdown is hosted by Mel at The Book Moo. The aim of Series Crackdown is simple: ten days of reading as many books as you can in the series that you’ve been putting off. Ten whole days of reading. Start a new series or finally continue the one you started all those months ago. Doesn’t matter – just read!

Current Readathon (#Currentathon)

(Sunday, May 27th – Saturday, June 2nd) 

I’ll be participating in Current-A-Thon hosted by Gina @ RandomlyBookishGina and Brittany’s Book Nook. There are challenges, which I won’t be doing. I have a lot a “Currently Reading” books, so hopefully I can get through a few of those during this readathon. You can find out more on their Twitter.

EBookathon (#EBookathon)

(Sunday, May 27th – Saturday, June 2nd) 

This is dedicated to reading the unread books we keep collecting on our kindles/e-readers. I have a lot of eARC’s that I have to read. I’m excited to finally get to those books! You can find out more on the Twitter Page. 

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These are the Readathons/Reading Challenges I’m Participating in this month. It’ll be interesting to see what I actually end up reading, seeing as I usually set a TBR, It feels weird to not set a TBR. But I’m excited for all these Readathons. 

What about you guys? What books are on your TBR? Do you set Monthly TBR’s? 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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eARC Review: Kelpie Blue by Mell Eight

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Kelpie Blue by Mell Eight36655752
Published by:
 Less Than Three Press

Publication Date:  March 21st 2018
Genres: Adult, LGBTQ+, Fantasy, Romance
Format: eBook
Rating: 2 Stars
Date Read: 8/05/2018
Links: Goodreads Netgalley

Mama always said, don’t go near the lake. Rin already knew the forest was filled with dark things, but aside from Mama no one had warned him about the lake. One day, Rin wanders off to the lake, where a beautiful blue horse asks him to go for a swim, and Rin learns too late it may not be a swim he survives.

I received a copy of Kelpie Blue from Netgalley for review Considerations. This in no way influences my opinion of this book.

This was an interesting story that combines fantasy with contemporary horse farm and horse-racing world. Unlike anything I usually read for sure. But really we come into the story after Blue has been living with Rin and his Mum for like 2 or 3 years and they’re already together and most of the plot is taken up by horse racing stuff. I did think some of the time-progress to be unclear. Like suddenly it was weeks or years later? It disrupted the flow a bit for me.

Kelpie Blue lacks well-developed characters, plot and bearable writing. It was definitely not what I was looking for or expecting and I don’t think I’ll be continuing with the series.

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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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The Sunday Post #42: Happy Mother’s Day – 13/05/2018

 

The Sunday PostWeekly Update

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: 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mums.

Recently I’ve Updated my Etsy Shop, Added more Listings and taken some photos to add.  All in all I added about 2 new pieces to my shop. Click on the Covers to go to the my Etsy Shop to find out more about the Items. Check out my shop here!

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I also have some ideas for candles I’m going to start making, so stay tuned for that. Also, I’ve been working on some 13 Reasons why Bookmarks, seeing as Season 2 is starting soon. 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:

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New to my Shelf:

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What I’m Watching:

Okay, so I mentioned this last week but recently, I’ve been watching Rise, a New Musical Drama TV Show on NBC that’s based on a book – Drama High. I love this show, and I’m kinda obsessed with it. The first season only consists of 10 episodes, and is 9 episodes in, the 10th episode airs on Tuesday. Next week will be the last episode, but I was hoping it would get a second season, it’s recently been cancelled though.

Stanton High School’s drama department is made up of a diverse group of people with various backgrounds. I would really recommend watching it if you haven’t already, It’s not perfect, and it does have it’s flaws, but It’s a great series. This is an important show, and means a lot to so many people, including myself. So, if you’ve never seen this show, I would really suggest checking it out. And if you like Spring Awakening, you’ll probably enjoy Rise. We’re trying to show NBC how much this show means to us, or a least try to get it picked up by a different Network, by using #RiseAgain #SaveRise on twitter. I just don’t want this show to end after only 10 episodes, this show doesn’t deserve that, and neither do the incredibly talented actors. 

Even if you don’t watch rise, if you could watch it tomorrow because it’s the season finale and all the risers are doing the best they can to save the show and it would mean a lot. 

Song(s) of the Week: 

Last Week on the Blog:

eARC Review: For the Love of Horses by Kelly Wilson

Review: The Opposite Of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Coming Soon:

Victor Harbor: Travel Wrap Up!
All the Books I’m Currently Reading
April Wrap up & Book Haul
May Readathons I’m Participating in
Book Haul/TBR Revisit #6

Upcoming Reviews:

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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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eARC Review: Honeybee by Trista Mateer

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Published By: Central Avenue Publishing
Publication Date: May 1st 2018
Genres: Poetry, LGBTQIA+
Format: eBook
Pages: 160
Rating: 3 Stars
Date Read: February 6th 2018
Links: Goodreads | Netgalley | Booktopia | B&N | Book Depository

You will meet people in your lifetime who demand to have poems written about them. It’s not something they say. It’s something about their hands, the shape of their mouths, the way they look walking away from you. Honeybee is an honest take on walking away and still feeling like you were walked away from. It’s about cutting love loose like a kite string and praying the wind has the decency to carry it away from you. It’s an ode to the back and forth, the process of letting something go but not knowing where to put it down. Honeybee is putting it down. It’s small town girls and plane tickets, a taste of tenderness and honey, the bandage on the bee sting. It’s a reminder that you are not defined by the people you walk away from or the people who walk away from you. Consider Honeybee a memoir in verse, or at the very least, a story written by one of today’s most confessional poets.

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

This was a compilation of LGBT poems. They were beautiful but Unfortunately the contents of Honeybee aren’t exactly up to par with that pretty cover. I went into this knowing nothing except that it was a poetry book, and was disappointed to find that it’s not even really poetry at all? I’m not sure what to even describe the writings as– there’s no stylistic elements, or anything even moderately reflective of a poetry style. It felt very much like reading somebody’s journal entries rather than a work of poems.

I did like that a few poems centered around the author identifying as bisexual and the biphobia that she encountered, because they were the few works that conveyed emotion and a true poignancy. But besides those few writings, everything else felt dull and repetitive.

I was expecting to be devastated while reading these poems, instead it felt very underwhelming. I feel like this type of poetry, with less lyrical stuff and more skips that don’t make much sense, is not for me. The poems tend to trail off and lose focus, there is an energy about this writing that sometimes I really related to. There’s also a sense of loss which carries throughout the whole book – that feeling of being incomplete after a relationship has ended. I needed more structure to appreciate it fully.

There are a couple of things that I liked about it, one of them being the author talking about relationships with both men and women, cause I’ve never read anything like this, and I thought parts of some poems were good but that was about it.

Overall, Honeybee was just not for me, and I failed to understand both the format and content of the poems. For those who have experienced a similar loss & situation, perhaps the book will provide comfort, but I was personally unable to connect to Mateer’s writing.

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

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Review: The Opposite Of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

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The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: April 23th, 2015
Genres: Non-Fiction, Essays
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
Rating: 3 Stars
Date Read: January, 2018
Links: Goodreads | Book Depository | BooktopiaAmazon

Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash. As her family, friends and classmates, deep in grief, joined to create a memorial service for Marina, her unforgettable last essay for the Yale Daily News, ‘The Opposite of Loneliness’, went viral, receiving more than 1.4 million hits. She had struck a chord. Even though she was just 22 when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty and possibility of her generation. The Opposite of Loneliness is an assemblage of Marina’s essays and stories that articulates the universal struggle we all face as we work out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world.

I’m torn about this book. On one hand, it’s an inspiration: at 22, Marina Keegan clearly had remarkable self-assuredness and work ethic. But her prose isn’t particularly inspired. There were a few decent stories and essays in here–writing that showed tremendous ability and potential. But there are a lot of very weak pieces in here, too. 

The nonfiction part saved it partially.  I am quite impressed that all of this was written before she was 22. The way she was able to capture moments and feelings that I have often felt and put them into words and revelations is inspiring.

What happened to Marina Keegan is absolutely tragic. She had her whole life in front of her before she died in a car crash. That this happened five days after she graduated from college makes it even worse. And I think that if she had been given the opportunity, she would have made something out of herself and would have grown not only as a person, but as a writer as well.

The fiction is not very good. From the little background I know of the author, she seemed to have a very narrow world focus with little disappointment or hardship to write a full range of stories authentically. The stories about rich white young people ring the most true. I found myself bored by the fiction section and the stories steadily spiralled into bad. 

However the non-fiction essays are excellent. She is a gifted essayist and she should’ve focused more on that. There is glory in fiction writing but if she would’ve devoted her time and energy to honing her essay craft, I have no doubt Marina would’ve written essay collections I would’ve loved. The last essay was haunting and prophetic and that essay framing the work with “The Opposite of Loneliness” was an excellent choice by the editor of the collection. I do think the editors should have included less fiction and more of her essays since the essays are special and what Marina should be remembered for.

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“We’re so young. We’re twenty-two years old. We have so much time. There’s this sentiment I sometimes sense, creeping in our collective conscious as we lie alone after a party, or pack up our books when we give in and go out – that it is somehow too late. That others are somehow ahead. More accomplished, more specialised. More on the path to somehow saving the world, somehow creating or inventing or improving. That it’s too late now to BEGIN a beginning and we must settle for continuance, for commencement.” 

Marina’s last essay for the Yale Daily News, this is sort of like the college version of a high school commencement speech. You know, those speeches usually given by the class president of the valedictorian of the graduating class, trying to inspire the other students on their quest to becoming adults. I found ‘The Opposite of Loneliness’ speech to be insightful and honest.

Keegan spoke about feeling excited to be poised to go out into the world with her fellow graduates and she spoke of how they would use their talents to make a mark on the world. She also spoke honestly of the fear and nervousness she felt about leaving the safety of what was familiar…. the campus and their community of students and professors.

“We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life.” 

Fiction

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This follows a girl named Claire, who is left in the awkward position of being asked to speak at the funeral of her boyfriend Brian. Why is this awkward? Because she has to deal with the presence of his ex-girlfriend Lauren. This was probably not the best story to start out with. The writing felt forced, and I could generally find no purpose or moral to the story. There was also no concrete middle or ending, which made the overall story fall flat. It also didn’t help that the main characters were unlikable.

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Again, with this story, I found no point to it, and no concrete resolution either. It seems to me that Marina likes to write about young, pretentious kids who abuse substances and try to sound wise and sage. Unfortunately, it backfires. 

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I found the characters to be quite interesting. You have Anna, a faded ballerina who is a hypochondriac, who reads to Sam, a blind man. Thing is, Anna is currently going through a midlife crisis where she doesn’t have any romantic feelings for her husband, so she compensates for that by emotionally cheating on him with Sam.

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“The Ingenue” portrays the ups and downs of a young relationship and how the little interactions between people can express a lot about a person’s true personality. I must admit that I don’t actually remember too much about this one, which is mostly the reason that I’m giving it a low rating. 

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Points for the originality of the story, as it’s told entirely by emails. We were treated to such a nice email exchange between a soldier and his girlfriend, But I felt that there was a Lack of connection between the main characters, I thought the overall storytelling was solid thought. 

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This was really Unmemorable. In fact, so unmemorable I completely forgot what this was about. I’m not going back to find out though. 

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“Hail, Full of Grace” continues Keegan’s exploration of real, complicated life. Audrey’s home for the holidays and just knows she can’t avoid running into her ex, her ex who she dated throughout high school and into college, who clearly thought they were meant for each until Audrey got pregnant and gave up the baby for adoption. Thankfully, this story actually proved to be a heartwarming story. However, I questioned the actions of the main characters, whom I thought acted quite selfishly. It was like they were repeating the same mistakes over and over again without learning the consequences.perfect (15).pngI know they say you can write about anything, but when the whole plot of this story involves a woman explaining her Chinese tattoo and getting her varicose veins removed, there’s a problem. This story was essentially missing everything that makes a story just that: A story. This read like a high school student’s paper. The was no story or plot. 

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We’re at the end. This is the last Fictional story. And to end this section of the short story part of the book, we end with yet another story that’s not particularly memorable. So basically another story I can’t for the life of me remember. 

Non-Fiction

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I have to say, Keegan was a much better essay writer than a short story writer. The writing style flows easier and is a lot less forced than her fictional endeavours. This little essay involves Marina’s first car and how it’s become a special thing to her. Memorable moments in her life involve her car, and when it’s time to give it to her brother, it’s a bittersweet feeling.

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“I worry sometimes that humans are afraid of helping humans.”

“Why We Care about Whales,” uses a memory of beached whales to pose a concern. Keegan notes how people rush to help these whales and draws attention to instances where humans spend inordinate amounts of time, money, and effort on helping animals that might already be doomed and yet label neighbour or co-worker crises as “not my problem.”

Keegan tells the tale of the plight of beached whales. When the Earth rotates, the ocean rotates as well. This causes whales to beach, therefore sending them to an agonising death. She argues that we, as a human society, pay far too much attention to the plight of animals and not enough recognition to the plight of humans. While I appreciated her articulation of thoughts and her logical arguments, I did disagree with her points in this essay. Animals are an important part of our ecosystem as well, and it’s equally vital that we help those animals in need as it to help our own kind. I still did enjoy this story though. 

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The most personal of her essays and my absolute Favourite, this deals with Keegan’s struggles with Celiac Disease and her overprotective mother. As a kid, Marina used to shrug her condition off as no big deal, when to her, it actually was. The embarrassment of her mother coddling her and overbearing her with concern and affection, and the general wishing that she could be normal. As someone who actually is Gluten Intolerant, I share the same sentiments as Marina. Wishing you could eat all the foods that you’re strictly forbidden to is a frustrating thing. It was an easy read and by far her best essay of the collection.

As she’s the first to acknowledge, this is a timely subject with the popularity of gluten-free products and diets. Keegan reminds her readers that gluten-free might be trendy now, but it was little known and even less understood during her childhood. This story is as much about Keegan’s relationship with her mother as it is about gluten. Once aware of the problem, Keegan’s mother championed her daughter’s health. 

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What’s going to happen when the world ends? Marina tries to answer this question in a scientific manner. For those of you who want an concrete answer, the end of the world will happen when the sun explodes. Basically, this is a giant announcement for us to protect the environment. It might be a bit too political for some readers, but it’s interesting to hear a logical voice come into the debate.

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This was really Unmemorable. In fact, so unmemorable I completely forgot what this was about. So there’s not much I can really say about this one. I don’t remember a single thing about it.

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When Marina and a friend went to India, they were constantly stopped by locals who wanted to take their picture. Why? Since she looked drastically different than them, she and her friend were curiosities. I loved this cultural anthropological study about how what we perceive as normal can be so different to others.

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Every generation thinks they’re special in some way because of all the advances that have been made during their life time. It’s so much fun to talk to an elder and listen to what they’ve been through. And yet, Marina says, we’re constantly jealous because they got to go through and see all these amazing things we’ll never get the chance to experience. The thing is, we shouldn’t be dwelling on what could have been; we shouldn’t even be dwelling on the “what will become”. We need to live in the now, preserve the memories now, so when the time comes. 

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That’s it for this review! This took a really long time to write up. 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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eARC Review: For the Love of Horses by Kelly Wilson

For the Love of Horsesby Kelly Wilson

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Published by: RHA eBooks Adult
Publication Date:  October 3rd 2016
Genres: Nonfiction, Memoir
Format: eBook
Pages: 336
Rating: 3 Stars
Date Read: 8/05/2018
Links: Goodreads Amazon

Three sisters and their unforgettable journeys to rescue, tame and train New Zealand’s wild Kaimanawa horses. 

For the Love of Horses is a heartfelt story with humble beginnings in rural New Zealand. From the trials and tears of Pony Club to the joy of riding bareback, and the pressures of adolescence and competitive showjumping, it follows television stars and sisters Vicki, Kelly and Amanda Wilson’s rise to success at the highest level of competition. It is also the story of an unlikely childhood dream coming true.

In 2012 the Wilson sisters became aware of the plight of the wild Kaimanawa horses as they were rounded up and sent to the slaughterhouse. The sisters embarked on a courageous journey to tame horses that many people believed were untrainable. Can the Wilsons change these horses’ fate?

Share the heartbreak, the pain, the elation and the success as the sisters take on these great challenges in this touching and remarkable omnibus edition of two bestsellers.

I received a copy of For the Love of Horses from Netgalley for Review Consideration. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

This book interested me because I love horses. This book covers a brief story of the Wilson sisters childhood and their many horses they have owned and show jumped. This also covers the Wilson first time seeing the wild Kaimanawa horses and training them. This is an autobiography, based on the sisters childhood. It has interesting metaphors and onomatopoeia all through the book.

This book is set in a little farm in the North Island, with a few acres of land. The family couldn’t afford paddock fencing, so they used fallen logs instead. As the sisters got older, they travelled around the country. This book starts when the sisters were young and grew up with horses. The book carries on to tell us about Vicki and her sisters competing in shows. It then goes into them travelling and going to university. Their early struggles and humble beginnings were fascinating. 

In conclusion, I think that For The Love Of Horses, is a very interesting and informative book about the lives of Vicki Wilson and her sisters. This is a story of three sisters’ love for horses and their determination to get the most out of what life has to offer.

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The Sunday Post #41: Update & Some Exciting News – 6/05/2018

The Sunday PostWeekly Update

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 still  haven’t been that active on here lately, I’ve been really busy, but I promise I’ll get better at posting. I’ve been working on more listings for my Etsy Shop, So I’ll be listing more items soon, maybe within a month, once I get more all the materials I need. I’m really excited for these new Items. 

Also, I wasn’t going to mention this yet as it’s still early stages, but I’m extremely excited about this, and I couldn’t wait, So here it is: I’m Writing a Book! I’m not going to say too much about it at the moment, like I said, early stages. But I’m really excited, and I’m having a lot of fun writing this. I will say that It’s going to be LGBT Contemporary. I have a playlist I’ve been listening to for this project while writing as well, which I might one day publicly release. I’ll keep you updated. If I had a book published, would you be interested in Reading it? Let me know in the comments!

Books Read:

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Currently Reading: 

I am “currently reading” a lot of books, so I’m not going to list them here, but if you’d like to check that out, the full list is on my latest Sunday Post HERE. And I can guarantee that it hasn’t change much. I’ll be posting a full list of my “Currently Reading” books soon, where I’ll talk about more about them and maybe finally get around to reading them. 

What I Plan to Read Next:

There are A LOT of books I need to finish, so I’ll read whatever on that list next. I’ll just choose something at random from that pile. Also, 2 Days until Cast long Shadows eBook is released. I am so excited to finally read this one. This is the second novella for The Ghost of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare. This is one I’ve been waiting for, and most excited for. 

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New to my Shelf:

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What I’m Watching:

Recently, I’ve been watching Rise, It’s a New Musical Drama TV Show on NBC that’s based on a book – Drama High – which I’ve never read. I love this show, I’m kinda obsessed with it. The first season will consist of 10 episodes, and is 8 episodes in, the 9th episode airs on Tuesday,  I can’t watch the episodes until Wednesday though.

This is an English teacher – Lou – with a wife and three kids, the oldest of whom, Gordy, is a football player with a drinking problem. Despite having a lot on his personal plate, Lou decides in the first episode to express interest in taking over Stanton High School’s drama department. He immediately gets the job, mainly because the principal views the woman most likely to inherit the role as a “pain in the ass.” Tracey is in the middle of a production of Grease when Lou waltzes in and announces that, with exactly zero experience directing plays, he is about to take the job she’s been waiting for decades to assume, while she’ll be demoted to assistant director. Oh, and also they aren’t doing Grease anymore. They will be staging Spring Awakening, a challenging coming-of-age musical that deals child abuse, abortion, and homosexuality.

Rise also addresses social issues, including those related to class, religion, and, as previously noted, sexual orientation. In keeping with the themes of Spring Awakening, it focuses heavily on Simon, a gay student who struggles even more ferociously with his identity after he’s cast as Hänschen, a young man who has a romance, and a kissing scene, with another boy. Simon’s Catholic and conservative parents, particularly his father, take unsurprising issue with his participation in the show, creating a conflict that stretches throughout the season. 

Stanton High School’s drama department is made up of a diverse group of people with various backgrounds. I would really recommend watching it if you haven’t already, It’s not perfect, and it does have it’s flaws, but It’s a great series. Its first season may be shaky, especially at first. But I genuinely hope it gets a second season.

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April 2018 Reading Wrap Up

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Victor Harbor: Travel Wrap Up!
All the Books I’m Currently Reading
April Wrap up & Book Haul
May Readathons I’m Participating in
Book Haul/TBR Revisit #6

Upcoming Reviews:

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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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April 2018 Reading Wrap Up (#ApThrill, #Unslumpathon, #AYEARATHON, #OWLsReadathon2018, #Prideathon)

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This month I read some good books. Although, I didn’t read as much as I hoped, I’m still quite happy with the amount I managed to read. I did a lot of reading at the beginning of the month and not that much for the rest of the month. But I participated in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, which got me back into the groove of reading. Check out my Wrap up for that HERE.

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 12 Books. You can check out my TBR HERE

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

ApTHRILL (#ApTHRILL)

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

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This was a month long challenge hosted by Kathy @ Books and Munches, and is dedicated to thrillers, horrors and suspense novels! I love the thriller Genre, but It’s one of the genres I read the least of. And I still didn’t read hardly any thriller this one. I only read one. Although, I didn’t read that much this month, so here’s what I read for this challenge:

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OWL’s Readathon (#OWLsReadathon2018)

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

Starting from April 2nd through the 29th, this is a challenge based on the Harry Potter Series and I was originally trying to attempt to sit all 12 exams! I’m pretty sure I did not achieve that. So, let’s see how I did:

  • 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 – Lot No. 249 by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Astronomy: Read a Science Fiction Novel
  • Care of Magical Creatures: Read a Book that Includes Magical Creatures – The Mortal Instruments Volume 1 Graphic Novel
  • Charms: Read a Fantasy Book – The Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda
  • Defense Against the Dark Arts: Book about/featuring Secret Societies/Clubs
  • Divination: Read a book featuring prophecies – Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige
  • Herbology: Read a book with a nature related word in the title
  • History of Magic: Read a Historical Fiction – All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages
  • Muggle Studies: Read a muggle non-fiction book – A Father’s Story by Lionel Dahmer
  • Potions: Read a book about Alchemy
  • Transfiguration: A book with a cat on the cover

So I completed 7/12 of these. That’s still really good, I quite happy with that. This month, I took a bit of a break from reading, because I decided that I needed to put less pressure on myself about reading a certain amount of books each month. So, considering that I still did really well with this. 

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 was aiming for a least 5, so lets see how I did:

 

1. Read a book under 200 pages – Lot No. 249 by Arthur Conan Doyle

2. Read a book from your favourite genre (Fantasy) – Kelpie Blue by Mell Eight
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 – Who Could that be at this hour by Lemony Snicket
6. Read a novella
7. Read an ebook or listen to an audiobook – Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

AYearAThon (#AYearAThon)

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

AYEARATHON is a monthly readathon with a theme and challenge that runs for one week. April’s theme was Benchwarmers! I managed to read 4 Books for this one:

PrideAThon (#PrideAThon)

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

Prideathon is a readathon is devoted to reading Diverse books. There were challenges which I didn’t do and a Group Read which I did read. I only read two books:

 

Non – Readathon Reads

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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 Readathons? If you have your own Wrap-up for April or any of these readathons, leave them down below as well, I’d love to check them out.

I’ll be posting my Sorta TBR soon too. Although, It’s not really a TBR, just a post of readathons/Challenges I’m participating in May. This month in May, I’m doing something slightly different. I’ll still be posting my Book Haul/TBR Revisit though. But I am trying to put less pressure on myself when it comes to reading and more so Mood Reading, I’m more of mood reader anyway and don’t usually stick to TBR’s.

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