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30 Books in 31 Days Challenge – December 2017 (#30Booksin31Days)

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In September, I did the 30 Books in 30 Days Challenge and I’ve decided to do it again in December. I just saw this announced by Ange from Beyond the Pages on YouTube. So This month I am challenging myself to read 30 books in 31 days. I had so much fun doing this in September. I’ll aim to do Updates here on my blog every week.

This will just be some of my potential reads instead of a TBR. This will only be some of the books I’m Planning on reading, I’ll add to it when I know for sure what I’ll probably read in December, it depends on what I end up reading this month.

Potential Reads:

One Piece Volume 46-48 by Eiichiro Oda
One Piece Volume 49-51 by Eiichiro Oda
One Piece Volume 52-54 by Eiichiro Oda
One Piece Volume 55-57 by Eiichiro Oda

One Piece Volume 58-60 by Eiichiro Oda
One Piece Volume 61-63 by Eiichiro Oda
One Piece Volume 64-66 by Eiichiro Oda
Bloody Mary Volume 7 by Akaza Samamiya

Bloody Mary Volume 8 by Akaza Samamiya
Bloody Mary Volume 9 by Akaza Samamiya
The Case Study of Vanitas by Jun Mochizuki
Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori

Black Cat Volume 2 by Kentaro Yabuki
Black Cat Volume 3 by Kentaro Yabuki
Black Cat Volume 4 by Kentaro Yabuki
Black Cat Volume 5 by Kentaro Yabuki

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholk
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
Toxic Heart by Theo Lawrence

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That’s it for this post! I will be Adding more books to this post as it gets closer to December. I will be reading a lot of Manga for this challenge, as I’m usually very busy around Christmas and don’t have as much time to read. Have you read any of these? Are they on you TBR? Are you planning on Joining? Let me know in the Comments!

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November Read-a-thons TBR (#RemNovember, #Readathin, #BorrowAThon, #Minimoji, #TomeTopple, #AtoZReadathon, #TBRTakedown)

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I am super excited for this Reading Month, there are tons of exciting read-a-thons happening in November. So, some 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. I’m sorry, this Is really late, so at this point some of these books I’ve already Read!

Remember November (#RemNovember)

This month, I’m participating in Remember November, which is hosted by Kathy @ Books and Munches. I am extremely excited about this one. Essentially, the goal is to try and complete the challenges that you signed up for at the beginning of the year. I have so many.

I had set a goal to read 12 classics this year and so far I’ve read 8 classics, so these are some of the some of the classics I would like to read:

Orlando Orlando by Virginia Woolf
Agnes Grey & The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Another goal I set for myself was to finish\continue some of the series I’ve started. I’m terrible with finishing series:

Girl Online Going Solo by Zoe Sugg
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Hollow City & Library Of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Half Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
The Silver Mask
by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

Percy Jackson & The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

The Last Place by Michael Adams
Yellow Brick War & The End of Oz by Danielle Paige
Night World #3: Huntress, Black Dawn, Witchlight by L.J. Smith

And another goal I set was trying  finish all my “Currently reading” books. I’m always reading several books as once and end up neglecting others.

Trust me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer
The Sisters by Claire Douglas
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnson
The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Kitty Hawk & the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading
The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

From 2017 10th Annual Graphic Novel & Manga Challenge:

Bloody Mary Volumes 5-6 by Akaza Samamiya
Tales of Zestiria Volume 2 by Shiramine

One Piece Volume 13-15 by Eiichiro Oda

From Aussie Authors Challenge:

The Lake House by Kate Morton
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
Jump by Sean Williams

Frogkisser by Garth Nix
Have Sword, Will Travel by Garth Nix & Sean Williams
Mister Monday by Garth Nix

From Blogger Shame Challenge:

The River Sings by Sandra Leigh Price
Dark Summer by Lizzy Ford
Deadly Silence by Rebecca Zanetti
10 Things I can See From Here by Carrie Mac

From Cloak and Dagger Challenge:

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz
One Moment by Kristina McBride

From Contemporary Romance Challenge:

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

From Flight of Fantasy Challenge:

Winter’s Passage by Julie Kagawa
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King
Peter Darling by Austin Chant
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

From Historical Fiction Challenge

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What we Hide by Marthe Jocelyn

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October Wrap up & Haul

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What I Read in October:

It is time for another wrap-up! In October I read 10 books, which I’m quite happy with. Now, let’s get into the wrap-up. Let me know if you have read any of them and what you thought of them.

The End by Lemony Snicket
Bakuman Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba
Bloody Mary Volumes 1-4 by Akaza Samamiya
The Last Portal by Robert Cole (eARC Review)
Black Cat Volume 1 by Kentaro Yabuki
Lois The Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl

Book Haul:

I accumulated 10 books in October. I managed to pick up quite a few new releases and had a shop around in some charity shops for some older novels I’d been after.

Robinson Crusoe & The Swiss Family Robinson (Companion Library Edition)
Five Little Peppers & Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass (Companion Library Edition)
E.M. Forster – 4 in 1
The Bronte Sisters – All Seven Novels
Have Sword, Will Travel by Garth Nix & Sean Williams
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (Illustrated)

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King
IT by Stephen King (Movie Tie-in Edition)
The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
Jump by Sean Williams

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That’s it for this post! What books did you finish in October? What books did you Acquire in October? I would love to know. If you have your own Haul/Wrap-Up/TBR post(s), leave them down below as well.

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30 Books in 30 Days Week 4 Update & Wrap Up – September 2017

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In September, I decided to do the challenge of reading 30 books in the 30 days, where I aimed to read 30 Books in 30 Days. This is extremely late but Today I will be sharing what I read in the Last Week of September and going through all the books I read this month, what I rated them & What I thought of them. Also, if you haven’t already, you should check out my Updates for Week 1, Week 2, & Week 3

So onto the Updates for week 4:

Day 22: Friday, September 22nd

11:00 AM – I finished reading The Stolen White Elephant, with another 10 pages before going to sleep.

11:50 PM – And for the rest of the day I read The Penultimate Peril and managed 103 pages.

Pages Read Today:
– The White Elephant – 10
– The Penultimate Peril – 103
113 pages
Total Pages Read: 

6,555
# of Books Read:
  17

Day 23: Saturday, September 23rd

8:00 PM – Mum and I went to Greenlight Comics, which is this little Comic store in Adelaide, there was a sale there, so of course I couldn’t resist and I bought some books.

And Then we went hiking afterwards. We did the Hallett Cove Boardwalk, it’s A clifftop boardwalk along the coastline between Marino and Hallett Cove. The trail follows the cliff edge and consists of boardwalk, steps and pathways.

I did do a little bit of reading while on transport, I managed to read last 148 pages of The Penultimate Peril and then 55 pages of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 11.

9:30 PM – So I then read Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman, which has 53 pages. What I love most about this edition are the illustrations. There’s no colour in any of the pictures by Lorenzo Mattotti as they’re simply black and white.

11:30 PM – And I also read the rest of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 11 (160 pages).

Pages Read Today:
– The Penultimate Peril – 148

– Tokyo Ghoul Volume 11  – 265
– Hansel & Gretel – 43
466 pages
Total Pages Read:
7,021

# of Books Read:
 20

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Recommendations: Halloween Reads #2

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Today is Halloween – well, technically it was yesterday – so I have some spooky book recommendations, this is extremely late but I’ve been really busy. Also, check out my Halloween Recommendations from Last Year. Time for all things creepy and chilling—and undeniably the perfect season to dig into a great thriller. Some of them are creepy but some of them aren’t super creepy but still has a dark atmosphere to it.


78411A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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I began reading this series at the beginning of this year and finished it recently. This is Gothic fiction, so while it’s not real scary, it does have a bit of a darker atmosphere. Also, I love the amount of new vocabulary that is introduced, particularly for children who might be reading it.


17987501The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler

This story is fantastic, and as an avid bibliophile it’s hard for me to resist anything to do with libraries or reading about the wonderful books that take us to faraway places. As you’ll see, the metaphor of books as portals to new worlds is actually quite literal in this case. The plot follows main protagonist Alice, a young girl who discovers she has a very special power. Called “Readers”, people like Alice possess the ability to enter the worlds of certain books, which might seem great at first, until you realize these books serve as prisons to nasty creatures and the only way out again is if the Reader can defeat them.


17333322Miss peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs

Last Year I recommended Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and this time I’m recommending the Graphic Novel. Cassandra Jean’s artwork is admirable and quite pleasing to the eyes.

I could not get enough of this graphic novel adaptation. I’m a sucker for beautiful illustrations, but the writing was very engaging also.

 


October 32nd by Larry Rodnessb;lm

Review: October 32

This book took me completely by surprise. October 32nd wasn’t at all what I was expecting it to be and was a lot of fun to read

The plot revolves around a small town called Elora and its famous Halloween Fest. Fear not, all you readers that don’t like horror books! I wouldn’t actually class this as a horror book, even though it has some spooky elements. It was more of a mystery. I really enjoyed the fact that I too had no idea what on earth was going to happen.


15739649Made of Stars by Kelley York

Made of Stars is one of my favourite books I’ve read this year, and while it’s not horror or very spooky, there’s just this eerie feeling that comes with it. 

It’s a complex story of three teenagers on the precipice of discovering who they are, what they want in life, what they are willing to sacrifice and give up, and what they are willing to fight for at all cost. Things that have been buried come to the surface and teenagers have to face some harsh truths about themselves, the people they love, and what makes up the idea of a family.


9781473666948IT by Stephen King

This is my favourite book by Stephen King. The thing with King’s horror books is that… I never thought they were scary. The clown is just creepy – he is one of the eeriest monsters invented. There were some genuinely disturbing scenes in the book that make this stand in a sobering reality. This book is quite literally a monster in itself. It’s intimidating, it’s thick with descriptions and characters and amazing quotes. It has more than a dozen underlining meanings.


34455798The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

The Wizards of Once is the first book in a new middle grade fantasy series by Cressida Cowell, the author of How to Train Your Dragon. It’s about two kids — completely different from each other and too stubborn to want each other’s help or guidance — who must band together to destroy an evil that plagues both of their worlds.

Deeply rooted in history and legend from ancient Britain, this book takes place in a land-filled with dark magic, mysterious forests, and suspicious characters.


Pandora Hearts by Jun Mochizuki

I cannot begin to describe how amazing this series is. First, the artwork is gorgeous. Whether it’s an action scene, an emotional moment, or horror and madness, the artwork always delivers. As for the story, I have never seen a more twisted take on Alice in Wonderland. And the beauty of it is that Jun Mochizuki does this without taking away the sense of wonder and innocence involved in discovering a world that isn’t what you thought it was.

Also, I want to clarify something. This is not a re-telling of Alice in Wonderland or a variation on it. The plot uses elements from Alice in Wonderland to tell a completely original story.


Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida

This is a manga series that is, at first, very slow-paced, builds up to some of the most heart- and gut-wrenching scenes I’ve ever read. The novel is fast-paced and graphically stunning. Despite being in black and white the action is extreme and evocative. You can very quickly begin to feel for the characters and their plight within the story.


Bloody Mary by Akaza Samamiya

I bought this one on a whim and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I definitely enjoyed this way more than I should have. The summery drew me to this; but the mystery, characters, & art work make me what to continue the series.


The Case Study of Vanitas by Jun Mochizuki

The Case Study of Vanitas, or Vanitas no Carte opened and introduced the characters nicely, still leaving some information in the shadows. If you liked Pandora Hearts, you should definitely pick this up. The art style is absolutely gorgeous, she is one of the best mangakas out there, in my opinion. The story line is strong. I look forward to reading more volumes, a must read if you enjoy vampire and steampuk-esque stories.


Current Unread Spooky books on my TBR

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Have you read any of these? What recommendations have I missed off that you also enjoy? Which on my TBR list should I get to first? If you have any other spooky books to recommend, leave them in the comments.