Manga Madness Read-a-thon TBR (#MangaMadnessReadathon)

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If you don’t yet know, I’m hosting my own Readathon,  Manga Madness Read-a-thon. if you’re Interested in participating check out the Announcement, I’ve also posted Recommendations for anyone who needs help finding something to read for some of the challenges. 

Read a Manga in a Genre of your Choice (2)I understand not everyone is fond of Bingo Challenges, as it can be a lot of work to find books that fit. So, In order to make this fun for everybody, you can choose between doing the bingo challenge or reading what you want.

So anyway, today I’m going to be sharing my TBR. Also, I’m going to Tasmania for a week, I’ll be leaving on the 3rd, it was a last minute Decision. So, this will also be kind of a Holiday TBR as well. I have pre-written & Scheduled a few posts. Okay, so let’s just get into it!

Award Winning Manga – One Piece Volume 46, 47, 48 by Eiichiro Oda
Author/Artist you haven’t read before – Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 1 by Yuki Midorikawa
Centred Around Folklore & Mythology – Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 2 by Yuki Midorikawa
Romance, Slice of Life, or Comedy – Kiss Him, Not Me Volume 1 by Junko

Drama, Action, or Adventure – Hunter X Hunter Volume 1 by Yoshihiro Togashi
Fantasy or Paranormal – Bloody Mary Volume 8 by Akaza Samamiya (re-read) 
Horror, Demons, or Vampires – Bloody Mary Volume 9 by Akaza Samamiya (re-read)
Mystery, Thriller, or Psychological – Death Note Volume 2 (Black Edition) by Tsugumi Ohba

Related to something you previously Read – Tokyo Ghoul: re Volume 1 by Sui Ishida
Male Lead Character – Hunter X Hunter Volume 2 by Yoshihiro Togashi
Female Lead Character – Ouran High School Host Club Volume 2 by Bisco Hatori
Read two Installments from the same series – Hunter X Hunter Volume 3 & 4 by Yoshihiro Togashi

Read a Manga from a Genre of your Choice – Kiss Him, Not me Volume 2 by Junko
A Manga that was published in 2016/2017 – Bloom into you Volume 1 by Nakatani Nio
Main Character who Transforms – Tokyo Mew Mew Volume 1 by Mia Ikumi
A Manga Who Borrowed – One Piece Volume 49, 50, 51 by Eiichiro Oda

A Manga from a Genre you don’t Usually Read – Bloom into you Volume 2 by Nakatani Nio
A Manga with a main Character who Identifies as LGBT – Bloom into you volume 3 by Nakatani Nio
Oldest Manga in your Collection – The Case Study of Vanitas Volume 1 by Jun Mochizuki (re-read)
Favourite Manga Artist – Crimson Shell by Jun Mochizuki

A Manga with a Name in the Title – The Case Study of Vanitas Volume 2 by Jun Mochizuki (re-read)
A Manga you’ve been meaning to read – Death Note Volume 1 by Tsusumi Ohba
A Manga that has not been adapted in any way – Phantom Dream Volume 1 by Natsuki Takaya
A Manga that has been Adapted to Anime or Video Game – Hunter X Hunter Volume 5 by Yoshihiro Togashi  

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Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think of them? Are any of these on your TBR? Are you participating in the #MangaMadnessReadathon? Let me know in the Comments!

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Looking Back on my 2017 Reading & Blogging Goals!

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At the beginning of the year I set a some reading & Blogging goals for myself, and I thought it might be fun to look back at them and see how I did:

1. Request fewer books from Netgalley. I’ve been overdoing it for a couple of months now, and it has to stop, or at least slow down, because my To Read for Review pile is huge.

Yeah, this one is a MASSIVE FAIL. I don’t even want to count the number of books I requested this year. I don’t want to talk about it. ❌

2. Read more books from my shelf. I’d like to get through some books that I already own.

I think it’s fair to say I accomplished this. I’m too lazy to get the exact stats, but I feel like I made more of an effort to read the Books I already own this year. I’m pretty happy with how I did, but I do think I could improve the number next year.

3. Do more discussion posts. I only done two so far and I really liked it, and I want to keep doing them, maybe create one a month. I love discussions.

I’m also going to count this one as a Success. I did do a few discussion posts this year, or at least more than I did the Previous Year.

4. Read more diversely. I actually think I already read pretty diversely, but I’ll try to do even better.

I think it’s fair to say this one was a Success. I’m not going to get the exact stats, but I feel like I made more of an effort to read diverse books this year, and it showed. I’m pretty happy with how I did, but I do think I could improve the number of diverse books I read next year.

5. Read more Classics. I’d like to read twelve Classics, one a month. I’ve started collecting the Vintage Classics versions and want to actually read them and not just stare at the beautiful books.

I read 11 Classics, I was only one of from this goal. I think I could do better with this one next year. So I’ll count this as a fail. ❌

6. Read 150 books. in 2016, I read 104 Books. I’d like to try for 150 books in 2017. Just a classic Goodreads Reading Challenge!

Success! I read 180 books this year. Which is kind of amazing. I think this is the most I’ve ever read in a year.

7. Read what I want to read when I want to read it. I’ve been trying to move away from deadlines and guilt, especially with review copies, and to learn to mood-read again.

I’d say this was a Success! Although the Review Copies have suffered this past year, but I found that I was less stressed when I was more focused on reading what I felt like reading at the time then deadlines.

8. Finish series that I’ve started. Finish at least 10 series that I have started.

I Completed this one! I Finished exactly 10 Series that I had previously started. I’m quite happy with that, but I’m hoping to do better next year!

9. Be more active on other blogs. One of the best parts about blogging is getting comments. Everyone loves comments, and I love so many of your blogs out there. I want to be way more active on your blogs. I’m hoping to also extend this to bloggers that I don’t currently follow and try to see more of the book blogging community.

I’d say this was a success! The Idea of this Goal was just to be more active on other Blogs than I was the Previous year. When I first started blogging in 2016, I wasn’t really that active on other blogs.

10. Engage with my followers more. I enjoy reading your posts and I usually get interrupted mid-comment before I can reply.

This was another Successful Goal! This year I was a lot better with Commenting and Replying back. I commented a lot more to other Bloggers posts.

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I completed 8/10 of the goals I set in 2017. so, I’d say, even though I was two Goals away from completing all of the Goals, it’s a success. I’m pretty happy with what I managed to complete and Achieve. I’ll have my new list of goals for 2018 ready to share Tomorrow!

I’m also going to be updating my 2017 Reading Challenges in the next few days, if you’d like to check that & find out which Challenges I completed or Failed, and I will have my 2018 Reading Challenges up soon too. Thanks for reading, and thanks for joining me in 2017! Here’s to an even better 2018!

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December Wrap Up (#DiverseDecember #HarryXmasToYou, #NightmareBeforeChristmasReadathon, #WinterReadathon, #AVeryMerryReadathon, #CurrentAThon, #ReadersCrossing, #HolidayAdventureAThon, #BecauseDragonsRAT, #GrinchAThon, #FinishAThon, #CramAThon)

October TBR (6)

This Month I participated in a lot of read-a-thons, like I do every month. Check out my Read-a-thons TBR. So here is my Wrap Up for all the read-a-thons I participated in:

Diverse December (#DiverseDecember)

(Friday, December 1st – Sunday, December 31st)

I participated in Diverse December, which is hosted by Kathy @ Books and Munches. I had a lot of Diverse Books I wanted to read. So, here are the ones I ended up reading this month:

Queer by Kathy Belge & Marke Bieschke
Quiet by Susan Cain
Ouran High School Host Club Volume 1 by Bisco Hatori
If I was your Girl by Meredith Russo

Everything Leads to you by Nina LaCour
Vanilla by Billy Merrell
My True Love Gave to me, Edited by Stephanie Perkins

Harry Christmas to You (#HarryXmasToYou)

(Friday, December 1st – Sunday, December 31st)

I participated in Harry Christmas to you for the first time, and the plan was originally to finish reading the Harry Potter Series. That didn’t happen, but I did read some of the Companion books.

A History of Magic
A Journey Through a History of Magic
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them (Illustrated Edition)

Total # of Books Read: 3 Books

Cloak & Dagger Read-a-thon

(Friday, December 1st – Sunday, December 31st)

For the Cloak and Dagger Read-a-thon, you have to read mystery books.

Bloody Mary Volumes 5-9 by Akaza Samamiya

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
The Case Study of Vanitas Volume 3 by Jun Mochizuki

Total # of Books Read: 8 Books

The Nightmare Before Christmas Read-a-thon (#NightmareBeforeChristmasReadathon)

(Friday, December 1st – Tuesday, December 12th)

I participated in the Nightmare Before Christmas Read-a-thon, in which the goal was to read Horror/Spooky Books, Hosted by Drinking By My Shelf on YouTube. I didn’t end up reading as much as what I would have liked.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Bloody Mary Volumes 5 & 6 by Akaza Samamiya

Total # of Pages: 344 Pages

Total # of Books Read: 3 Books

Winter Read-a-thon (#WinterReadathon)

(Friday, December 1st – Thursday, December 7th)

This was Created by . You can find the Twitter HERE! And the Challenges were:

A book set during the winter & A Christmas book – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Read a book with angles on it
Listen to a audio book – Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
A book you got as a gift – The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black
Read a book that has been haunting your TBR for over a year – Tales of Deltora by Emily Rodda
Start a new series.

Total # of Pages: 956 Pages

Total # of Books Read: 8 Books

A Very Merry Read-a-thon (#AVeryMerryReadathon)

(Monday , December 4th – Friday, December 8th)

There were 3 challenges that go along with the read-a-thon and I completed 2 of the Challenges. The challenges were:

A book that takes place during the holidays
A book with Christmas colours on the cover – Tales of Deltora by Emily Rodda
Read A book just because you want to – The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black

Total # of Pages: 735 Pages

Total # of Books Read: 6 Books

Current Read-a-thon (#Currentathon)

(Monday, December 11th – Sunday, December 17th)

This Read-a-thon is dedicated to books you are currently reading or have previously put down. The Hosts are  and . You can fin the Twitter HERE

If I was your Girl by Meredith Russo
Dark Summer by Lizzy Ford
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Readers Crossing (#ReadersCrossing)

(Sunday, December 10th – Sunday, December 31st)

Aentee from Read at Midnight hosted the super cute #ReadersCrossing read-a-thon!  I absolutely adore her Reading Challenges/read-a-thons! The challenges are set up like a bingo board.

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Cute:

Graphic Novel or Manga – The Case Study of Vanitas Volume 3 by Jun Mochizuki
Pink Cover – Everything Leads to you by Nina LaCour
Main Romantic Plot – If I was your Girl by Meredith Russo
Middle Grade – The Silver Mask by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

Cool:

Contemporary – Vanilla by Billy Merrell
Book Award Winner – The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Recommended by a FriendA Journey through a history of magic

Natural:

Yellow Cover – Bloody Mary Volume 8 by Akaza Samamiya
Animal on the Cover – A History of Magic

Sporty:

Written by a Team of Authors – Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Set in Wilderness – Dark Summer by Lizzy Ford

Extra Challenges:

Seasonally Inspired Read – My True Love Gave to me, Edited by Stephanie Perkins
Friend Picked from TBR – Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tulcolke
Read in 24 Hours – Bloody Mary Volume 7 by Akaza Samamiya
Free Space – Bloody Mary Volume 9 by Akaza Samamiya

The Holiday Adventureathon (#HolidayAdventureathon)

(Wednesday, December 13th – Sunday, December 24th)

The Holiday Adventure-A-Thon is a Holiday-themed ‘choose-your-own adventure’ style read-a-thon. You choose your own reading challenges by Navigating through the Read-a-thon Map. This was so much fun and It’s hosted on the @adventureathon Twitter account.

These were my Challenges:

Presents: Read a Book you got as a gift –The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Santa: Read a book with red on the Cover – Bloody Mary Volume 7 by Akaza Samamiya
Wish: Read a Fairy tale Retelling
Cocktails: Read a book while drinking a festive beverage – Bloody Mary Volume 8 by Akaza Samamiya
Naughty: Read a book that was a cover buy – Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
Jolly: Read a book with the word ‘Holiday’ in the title
Elf: Read a Fantasy Book – Dark Summer by Lizzy Ford

Because Dragons (#BecauseDragonsRAT)

(Friday, December 15th – Monday, December 18th)

Because Dragons is fantasy themed ReadAThon that went for 4 days! You can find their Twitter HERE! There were 3 challenges in this ReadAThon:

Read a book with a morally grey character – The Case Study of Vanitas Volume 3
Read a book that features travel or adventure
Read a book with treasure on the cover or in the title

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Grinchathon (#Grinchathon)

(Sunday, December 17th – Saturday December 23rd)

This was Created by . You can find the Twitter HERE!

These were the Challenges:

1. A Book You Have Been Meaning To Get To: the year is coming to a close…what’s a book you haven’t gotten to but need to before the year is up! – The Silver Mask by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
2. Mental Health Read: winter sucks especially for us Grinches sometimes it can be mentally draining so read a book about a character dealing with a mental illness
3. Feel Good Read: read a book that’s just going to make you feel good! – The Case Study of Vanitas Volume 3 by Jun Mochizuki
4. Black Cover: Pick a book that is as dark as my soul, especially during this time of year! – Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
5. A Warm Book: a book set somewhere warm, or perhaps it just looks warm! Example: a sun on the cover, or flowers ect! Because the cold and winter both suck!
6. Diverse Read: LGBTQ+, Own voices ect! Don’t exclude a book because its different! It’s the holiday season it sucks for all of us! We must stand together!
7. A Dark Read: something dark, something creepy, something we would have loved to read during Halloween! Maybe just the cover is creepy, but the contents are sweet! You decide!

Finishathon (#Finishathon)

(Monday, December 25th – Sunday, December 31st)

I participated in Finishathon, hosted by . This is a read-a-thon in which you celebrate 2017 and finish a new or incomplete reading goal of the year. I Decided to Complete some of my “Currently Reading” Books:

Cramathon (#Cramathon)

(Tuesday, December 26th – Tuesday, January 2nd)

This is hosted by , , and

Under 200 Pages – A History of Magic
LGBTQIA+ – My True Love gave to me
Shortest Book on TBR – Fantastic Beasts and where to find them
Favourite Colour on the Cover (Red) – Twelve Days of Dash and Lily

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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 December or any of these read-a-thons, leave them down below as well, I’d love to check them out.

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30 Books in 31 Days Challenge Wrap-Up (#30Booksin31Days)

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This Month, I decided to do the challenge of reading 30 books in the 31 days. This was hosted by Ange from Beyond the Pages on YouTube. I had so much fun doing this and challenging myself to read more books than what I usually read! Today I will be sharing what I read through December, what I rated them & What I thought of them. There’s A lot of books here so I wont be talking too much about them.

1 Star

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour – I just couldn’t get into it. The writing is mediocre and bland. The story in itself could have been interesting if it wasn’t so boring. To be honest, this was just not my kind of book.

The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – I was pretty excited when I saw that this was a thing. I read Dash and Lily’s book of dares and while it wasn’t amazing or anything, it was really cute and so I decided to pick this one up. This book could not have been more disappointing.

2 Stars

Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens by Kathy Belge & Marke Bieschke – This book is not the best representative novel for the LGBT+ community, and especially not for LGBT+ youth. The book barely even addresses the Bisexual, Transgender and + parts of the community. It is rather disappointing that the overall premise of the book is only focused on gay and lesbian teens. While this book was nice, it is already a bit outdated and doesn’t include a lot of genders and sexualities.

What Light by Jay Asher I wanted to like it but I didn’t. I lost interest in this book very fast. I wanted more from this book. I felt the characters & overall story fell flat.

3 Stars

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – While I did like it, the writing style failed to fully hold my attention. And because of the writing, sometimes, I hadn’t noticed when the events shifted from one scene to another or from one person to another thus losing my attachment to the story. It was a fun and quick read.

Cranford by Elizabeth GaskellThis one is similar, the writing style failed to fully hold my attention at times. I liked this novel better than Lois the Witch. This book was not bad. A bit boring at times, but it’s a short one and so it’s not too bad.

Ouran High School Host Club Volume 1 by Bisco Hatori This is probably one of my favourite anime, so I decided to read the manga, the Artwork is a bit of a let down  but I enjoyed it. Anyway, I’m looking forward to reading this series and seeing how it differs from the anime.

Tales of Deltora by Emily Rodda Even though I already knew the history of Deltora from reading and re-reading the original Deltora series, this book was still enthralling and a brilliant read. I am madly in love with the beautiful world of Deltora, and I loved reading its history. The Deltora series are truly some of my favorite books, and this book is no exception.

Dark Summer by Lizzy Ford Part of me loved it, and part of me was put off by some aspects of it. I was in love with this book from the beginning but the ending has made me seriously consider going on to the next in the series. It was a bunch of rushed disappointment and I’m just not sure if I want to see this series through now.

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting I did enjoy it in parts, but I had expected more. The plot moved along, though it wasn’t especially well-written. It was entertaining and a quick read. I did not like this book as much as I would have liked to. For a book with such a morbid concept it was surprisingly fluffy. I guess I somehow wanted it to be edgier. It was annoying because it was obvious how the romance was going to play out, but that didn’t stop Derting from taking nearly two hundred pages to get there. I would have liked it if it was edgier, the romance was a subplot, and there to be more action/suspense

Vanilla by Billy Merrell I absolutely adore books that are written in verse. There were a few problems that sprang up a few times, but it doesn’t make this story unbearable. Now, I’ve heard beforehand that this book is problematic and I agree that it definitely is. But having this information before diving into this book helped me steel myself and set my expectations as low as possible and surprisingly, I was able to appreciate some parts of the book.

My True Love Gave to me, Edited by Stephanie Perkins I really enjoyed some of these stories but some of them were a pass. It was about a 50/50 for me.

4 Stars

The Spiderwick Chronicles (1-5): The Field Guide, The Seeing Stone, Lucinda’s Secret, The Ironwood Tree, The Wrath of Mulgarath by Holly Black & Tony DiTerlizzi I read these books for the second time. This is such a fun series! Short and sweet, quirky and magical, loved it just as much as when I read it the first time! I’ve always been a fan of anything to do with fairies and folklore.

If I was your Girl by Meredith Russo I really enjoyed this read. It was a super quick, fast-paced novel, yet still conquered sensitive topics.

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke This book is the kind you either love or you hate. This is hands down the weirdest book I have ever read. The main thing to consider is that this is definitely not a book for everyone. It’s very strange and it’s not supposed to be taken literally or at face value. It’s very twisted and open to interpretation, so if you were a fan of We Were Liars, you would probably love this.

The Silver Mask by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare The fourth book in the Magisterium series is probably the darkest yet. It opens several months after The Bronze Key and takes off from there. I do have to praise this series for two things, its characters and its fast paced plots. These two aspects alone do not make this series perfect in any way and does not hide its flaws because there are some. However for being a middle grade series it is quite entertaining. This is probably my Favourite book in this series so far.

5 Stars

Bloody Mary Volumes 5-9 by Akaza Samamiya – I honestly can’t get enough of this manga. Art style on point. Character design on point. I’m always surprised by how much I enjoy this series. It’s easy to forget, but then you jump right back in. And the development of everything is quite interesting and easy to get hooked in to.

Quiet by Susan Cain It’s an important, engaging book that pulled along even a lover of fiction and fantasy like me. And, though comforting, it is still a respectable study that achieves more than just making introverts feel a little better about themselves.

The Case Study of Vanitas Volume 3 by Jun Mochizuki I’ve told you guys that this is my favourite manga right? I literally sit with each new volume and savour every single page. It’s so. Freaking. Good! I’m forever blown away by the detail in the art.

A History of Magic –  If you are a Potter fan, then you’ll have heard of this amazing exhibition that the British Library has put together to celebrate the 20 years since the first publication of book 1. This is an excellent companion book to the wonderful Harry Potter series, full of information about how J K Rowling got the inspiration to create the magical world of Harry Potter.

A Journey Through a History of Magic – This book is a really cool mash-up of Harry Potter and history. I like that aspect because it really emphasizes how much thought and research went into the creation of the Harry Potter world. The book also includes hand-written excerpts from the Harry Potter novels, some of which detail scenes that are not even included in the final novel.

Fantastic Beasts & Where to find them Illustrated Edition – I gave the original Fantastic Beasts book 3 stars, but this illustrated edition is so Gorgeous it deserves nothing less than 5 stars.

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I managed to read 30 books in 31 Days, and I couldn’t be prouder! Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? Are they on you TBR? Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them. Thank you for stopping by and Happy Reading!

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December 2017 Wrap-Up & Book Haul

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It is time for another wrap-up! I’m going to be doing things a little bit different with this wrap-up then what I usually do, instead of putting down all the books I read this month, I have separate Wrap-ups that I’ll link here.

So, I read 30 books in December for the 30 Books in 31 Days challenge, you can check out my TBR HERE & my Wrap-up, which I will have  up tomorrow, I’ll link it here when its been posted. Now, let’s get into the wrap-up:

Reviews Finished this Month:

The Selection by Kiera Cass 
Dark Summer by Lizzy Ford 
Maurice by E.M. Forster

Tags/Memes/Awards Done this Month:

The Unique Blogger Award Pt. 2 
Christmas Song(s) Book Tag 
The Bookish Naughty List Book Tag 
2017 End of the Year Book Survey

Recommendations

Christmas Reads 
A to Z of LGBTQ+ Books 
New-to-me Authors I read for the first time in 2017 
Diverse Books 
Manga Madness Readathon Recommendations

Favourites

My Favourite Christmas Movies 
My Favourite Christmas Songs

Other Posts done this Month:

Welcome to Blogmas 
November Read-a-thons Wrap Up 
December TBR 
Jade’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon Announcement 
Manga Madness Read-a-thon 
Book Haul/TBR Revisit #1 
Etsy Shop Update 
Christmas Gift Guide (for Book Lovers) 
Interview with Karen Gregory, Author of Countless 
My Personal Christmas Wish List 
Jade’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon TBR 
Jade’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon Wrap-up 
Books that got me through hard times! 
A Series of Unfortunate Recipes – Harry’s Holiday Nog It’s Christmas Eve 
Manga Series I’ve Read from Start to Finish 
Series I’ve Finished! 
Series I’ve Started but Haven’t Finished yet
 Series I won’t be Continuing

Book Haul

I had a really great book buying month. I bought some books myself, I got some for Christmas. I acquired a total of 27 books in December.

Physical Books I Bought:

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Tokyo Ghoul: re Volume 1 by Sui Ishida
Love Stage Volume 1 by Eiki Eiki

Bloody Mary Volume 7 by Akaza Samamiya
Bloody Mary Volume 8 by Akaza Samamiya
Bloody Mary Volume 9 by Akaza Samamiya
Pandora Hearts Limited Edition Box Set

What I received for Christmas:

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My Golden Ticket My Mum bought me this for Christmas and it’s so Adorable. This is a new personalised book that takes any child to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. The book is completely personalised with your child’s name. You can dedicate the book to whoever you are buying it for. The book is impeccably designed with beautiful illustrations.

Any child — or even adult — who has always been mesmerized and slightly jealous of Charlie’s experience through the Chocolate Factory, can now experience it for themselves. Not only is your tour guide an Oompa Loompa who leads you to all the different candy rooms and destinations. No child’s adventure is the same when compared to a friend’s or sibling’s version.

The Silver Mask by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
A History of Magic by J.K. Rowling
A Journey Through a History of Magic by J.K. Rowling
Fantastic Beasts and where to find them Illustrated Edition
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
City of Bones 10th Anniversary Edition by Cassandra Clare

eARCS I Received:

I received these books from Netgalley. Thank you to all the publishers/Authors who share books with me. I’m so grateful to all the publishers and authors who are generous enough to send me their books.

The Phantom of Oz by Cindy Brown
The Wanted by Robert Crais
The Haunted Heart of America by Logan Corelli
Norman by Stephen Lancaster

My Christmas Day:

The much anticipated Christmas and boxing day are now over. I’ve read a lot of blogs about how you spent your Christmas and boxing day. Thank you so much for reading my Blog and supporting me, it honestly means the world to me!

This was the first Christmas in years that we actually had outside. And because we live in Australia, where it doesn’t snow, we set up our own Winter Wonderland. I had Christmas Lunch with some of my Family. Christmas’ at our house is always very small, but it was the most enjoyable Christmas in years!

Also, this is our new Seating Area out the Back, or as I like to call it my new Reading Area!

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That’s it for this post! I’ll be doing my January TBR separately. What books did you finish this December? What books did you Acquire in December? What did you get for Christmas? 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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Series I won’t be Continuing

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I am not good at finishing series. I currently have several series that have one book that need to be finished, or I’ve only read the first book and not any of its sequels, or I’m in the Middle of. So, I decided to share the series I’ve decided that I’m never going to finish. This is going to be another long post with 15 Series.

Dollanganger Series by V.C. Andrews

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I adored the first book, Flowers in the Attic, and the second book, Petals on The Wind, is just as entertaining and disturbing as Flowers in the Attic, and I loved every single page of it. But when I started reading the third book, I just wasn’t enjoying it at all, so I DNF’d it. The third book was a huge disappointment.

Curse Workers by Holly Black

I read the first book of this series last year and I wasn’t that into it. I listened to the Audiobook and quickly became bored and uninterested.

House of Night by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

I read the first two books a while back! I actually didn’t them that much, however, the plot is intriguing and very fast-paced. This series has many flaws, but I sped through it. Although, while there are elements in this series that are interesting, it’s nothing special. I never ended up finishing this series, and I really have no attachment to this series to finish it off, especially since it’s so long, so I’m not going to finish this one

Matched by Ally Condie

I read the first books and I didn’t really enjoy it. It wasn’t bad per say, but it certainly wasn’t good. I kept waiting for something to HAPPEN and Nothing. Ever. Did. I was bored out of my mind. The pace was slow, the story never went anywhere, and the characters were as flat as my computer screen. The story didn’t pull me in, I didn’t care about the characters, and the plot was so slow and nearly non-existent.

L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad

I read the first two, and I didn’t enjoy them, I don’t even know why I decided to read the second book. While the story line and plot had potential, the language of the book annoyed me. A lot of reviews praise Conrad’s writing style, but I found it to be very dry and un-exciting with little imagination or feeling.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I loved the first book. This is definitely worth a read. But I won’t be finishing this series, I’m not at all interested in reading the sequel, Where she went. I’ve Completely lost interest in it!

The Illuminae Files  by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This is another case in which I won’t be continuing this series because I didn’t enjoy the First book. I didn’t like the format and the nature of the story caused me to feel detached from the characters and everything that happened to them.

Time Quintet by Madeleine L’Engle

The novel wasn’t exactly bad. There were things that I did enjoy in this book; however, it had some problems in my opinion. I couldn’t help but feel that it was a little dishevelled in places. I did enjoy parts of this story and appreciate some of the themes and values. When I read this I didn’t realise it was part of a series, and therefore read it as a standalone, I will probably not be continuing this series. But I’m looking forward to watching the Movie!

The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry

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This was actually the same as above, when I read the Giver, I didn’t realise that It was part of a series and I think I’d prefer keep it that way. I liked the idea of it far more than I liked the novel itself. There isn’t much characterisation, so I didn’t form an emotional connection with any of the characters.

Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

I read the first book and I was really disappointed in it. So, I won’t be continuing this series. But I would definitely like to give Patrick Ness another Chance and read something else by him. What Patrick Ness Book would you recommend me? What’s your Favourite?

Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen

Past Midnight wasn’t a bad book. It was your stereotypical paranormal YA novel, but it lacked anything special to make it stand out in its genre. I became bored and uninterested.

Holes by Louis Sachar

Had some interesting parts, but I found it boring. So, I will not be reading the Sequel.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I listened to Red Queen on Audio, and I must admit I have found it quite Average; extremely slow and very similar to other dystopian books. It’s quite similar to The Blackcoat Rebellion Series by Amie Carter, which I’m enjoying more and prefer to read over this one!

Russel Middlebrook by Brent Hartinger

While, this was an enjoyable read, this is one those rare cases where I liked the movie better, So I have no interest in continuing this one!

Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar

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Not a bad one, but that’s maybe because I kind of expected it to be shallow and shallow it was. So, nothing mind-blowing just a light read to kill some time. But I’ve decided that I won’t be finishing this series either.

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Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post! What series won’t you be Continuing/Finishing? Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy any of these? What did you think of them? Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought of them. Although, I don’t think there’s any chance of convincing me to continue any of these.

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Series I’ve Started but Haven’t Finished yet

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It seems that I always have difficulty finishing series. I’ve noticed several series that I haven’t finished, that I’ve just left to gather dust on my bookshelves to avoid the inevitable last book. 

I have a bad habit of reading the first book in a series when it first comes out, LOVING it, but then never keeping up with the series when the next books come out. It’s just so hard to remember how much you loved the first book when the second book finally comes out like twelve months later. The excitement definitely gets lost somewhere in all those months.

I think the title really speaks for itself with this one. I’ve been thinking of all of the series that I’ve started but haven’t caught up with or finished. Hopefully by posting this, I’ll finally get on top of that. So, let’s just get into it, I have 22 Series to Mention! I should probably think about finishing some of these soon:

Covenant by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I read Half-Blood and the Prequel, Daimon, I love them with all my heart. The only reason I haven’t read the rest of this series yet is because it’s quite a long series!

I have Read:

What I have left:

The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

I started reading Divergent after I heard about the Movie. Like always I am more than fashionably late to the party. I actually don’t know yet if I will be continuing this series, I got spoiled for the ending of Allegiant and now I have no interest in finishing it.  I made the decision to stop reading the series… but I’m wondering if I should give it another chance. I did enjoy the first book, Divergent!

I have read:

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What I have Left:

So what do you think? Should I continue on and give this series a chance?

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

I actually didn’t enjoy the first book that much, The Carrie Diaries was a huge disappointment for me, but I still want to give this series a second chance and read the Sequel. 

I have Read:

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What I have left:

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Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa

I loved the first two books in this series so much. It really surprised me (in a good way). But then when the third book came out I just never read it. I’m not even sure why—it’s just sitting on my shelf.

I have Read:

What I have left:

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I have this on my shelf and I really need to get to reading it soon! I simply have to make it a priority.

The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa

I loved the first book in this series but never continued past that I’m not even sure why I never continued it, I guess I’ve just never had the time. I can’t wait to continue this series.

I have Read:

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What I have Left:

Teardrop Duology by Lauren Kate

I loved Teardrop so, so much. But then when the second book came out I just never read it. I’m not even sure why.

I have Read:

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What I have Left:

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Beautiful Dead by Eden Maguire

Yet another one that I have only read the first book of, but that’s because I don’t own the second books, I have the third book. I’ve had trouble finding the r3est of them.

I have Read:

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What I have Left:

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

 I’ve read the first two books and only have one to go, but it is still sitting on my shelf. I really didn’t get why this series gets so much hype. But I will continue this series, I enjoyed LOLA more than ANNA and I’ve heard that ISLA is even better.

I have Read:

What I have left:

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I’ve read Vampire Academy and loved it, had intentions to read book two and for some unknown reason it just hasn’t happened yet. But that’s also because I don’t own the rest of the series.

I have Read:

Vampire Academy

What I have left:

Empty Coffin by Gregg Olsen

I have read the Envy but need to read the Sequel, Betrayed. I loved the first book when I read but for some reason I never continued it.

I have Read:

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What I have left:

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I actually hope to finish this series soon because I just love it so much and I only have one book left to read.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

This is a series that I will be finishing soon. I was so excited for this series when it was first announced, and I enjoyed the first book. When I read the Second one, The Wicked will rise, I was disappointed. So I stopped reading them for a bit, that’s why I’m behind on this series. I’m hoping to finish this series early next year, so hopefully I actually will do so!

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There are also heaps of Novella bind-ups for this series that I’m hoping to get around to reading as well.

Fairytale Retellings by Jackson Pearce

I’ve read sweetly and absolutely loved, this is actually the second book though, you can read this one as a standalone without reading the first but I wouldn’t recommend it. You’ll probably get more out of this series if you read them in order. I bought this book because I loved the cover, without realising that it was part of a series. 

I have Read:

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What I have left:

The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike

I read the first book from this series, and I loved it. I’m not a big fan of Vampire books anymore, but This series was so amazing, I have the second book , but I have yet to read it. It’s on the list. The massively dreadful yet beautiful list.

I have Read:

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What I have left:

Miss Peregrine’s Home by Ransom Riggs

This is more of a recent series I’ve started to read, I enjoyed the first book and will definitely be reading the rest of the series early next year. It’s just so spooky and eerie, I love it.

I have Read:

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What I have left:

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I was very late to the party with series, I only started reading this in 2016, I absolutely adore the Harry Potter Series, this is such an Imaginative series and I can definitely see the Appeal. I will be finishing this next year for sure.

I have Read:

What I have left:

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

This was a series that I was putting off for ages, it was sitting on my shelf for a really long time because I didn’t think I would enjoy. When I started listening to these on Audio, it actually surprised me (in a good way). I do own them all though, so I’ll finish this one next year.

I have Read:

What I have left:

Night World by L.J. Smith

This is a series that I don’t even know if I will ever finish. I read the first two books, and there’s two books left to read. I might read one more only because I own the next one, I didn’t even realise that there was another one in this series until recently. This unmotivates me even more for finishing this series, because I don’t see the point in buying the last book when I’m not even enjoying them that much.

I have Read:

What I have left:

Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire

While Wicked was a bit disappointing, I still enjoyed it and will give the rest of the series a chance! I own all of the books, except the last book and I don’t think that one’s been published in the same cover as the others.

I have Read:

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What I have left:

Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan

I’ve only read the first book in this series and even though I didn’t love it, it was still a lot of fun to read. I just think the Language is too young for me. I will still finish this series, but only so I can get up to the Heroes of Olympus series, which I’ve heard is better. I can’t wait to see the improvement and see where this series goes. Like I said though, this series is enjoyable enough that I have no problems continuing it.

I have Read:

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What I have left:

The Selection by Kiera Cass

This was another recent one, and even though I didn’t love it, I enjoyed it enough. It was fun and easy to read. So, I’ll be continuing this series, but I’m only planning on reading the first three books, as this was only suppose to be a trilogy anyway and I have no interest in reading beyond that.

I have Read:

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What I have left:

The Forbidden Library

I listened to the first two books on Audio and have been dying to finish the series ever since. This is such a fun series to read, the only problem is the next two books in this series are still too new that I can’t find them on the Audio yet and that’s why I haven’t been able to finish this series!

I have Read:

What I have left:

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Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post! Writing about books so much has made me realize how many books I have yet to read and that I will never ever read even a fraction of what is out there, but giving myself to those books I have read and love makes my obsession all the more worthwhile!

What completed series do you still have to finish? Have you read any of these ? What did you think of them? Do you think I should move any of these higher on my Priority list? Let me know if you’ve read any of these and whether or not they’re worth finishing!

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Series I’ve Finished!

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Today I’m coming at you with all the Series that I’ve Finished. There are 21 series, so I won’t be talking too much about each of these series, I’ll just show you the books, link them to goodreads, and if I have done a review for any these books, I’ll also link to my review, as there are way too many.  Okay, so let’s get into it, these are in no particular order!

Duologies:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Alice in Wonderland

The Lovegrove Legacy by Alyxandra Harvey

A Breath of Frost
Whisper the Dead

Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day
Another Day

Charlie Bucket by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Review)
Charlie and the great glass elevator

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle

Better Nate Than Ever (Review)
Fix Six Seven Nate (Review)

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

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Perfect

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

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Traffick

Burned by Ellen Hopkins

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Smoke

Trilogies:

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Halo (Review)
Hades
Heaven

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel (Review)
Clockwork Prince (Review)
Clockwork Princess (Review)

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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The Maze Runner
The Scorch Trials
The Death Cure

Tales from the Kingdoms by Sarah Pinborough

Poison
Charm
Beauty

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Crank
Glass
Fallout

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Girl Online
Girl Online On Tour
Girl Online Going Solo

Sagas:

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (Review)
The Dream Thieves
Blue Lily, Lily Blue
The Raven King

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black & Tony DeTerlizzi

The Field Guide
The Seeing Stone
Lucinda’s Secret
The Ironwood Tree
The Wrath of Mulgarath

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels
City of Lost Souls
City of Heavenly Fire

The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

The Wishing Spell
The Enchantress Returns
A Grimm Warning
Beyond the Kingdoms
An Authors Odyssey
World’s Collide

Tashi by Anna Fienberg

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Tashi and the Giants
Tashi and the Ghosts
Tashi and the Genie
Tashi and the Baba Yaga
Tashi and the Demons
Tashi and the Big Stinker
Tashi and the Dancing Shoes
Tashi and the Haunted House
Tashi and the Royal Tomb
Tashi Lost in the City
Tashi and the Forbidden Room
Tashi and the Stolen Bus
Tashi and the Mixed up Monster
Tashi and the Phoenix
Tashi and the Golem

Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda

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The Forests of Silence
The Lake of Tears
City of the Rats
The Shifting Sands
Dread Mountain
The Maze of the Beast
The Valley of the Lost
Return to Del

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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The Bad Beginning
The Reptile Room
The Wide Window
The Miserable Mill
The Austere Academy
The Ersatz Elevator
The Vile Village
The Hostile Hospital
The Carnivorous Carnival
The Slippery Slope
The Grim Grotto
The Penultimate Peril
The End

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Have you read any of these? Thoughts? Are there any Series that you would recommend to me? Let me know in the Comments!

Thank you so much for reading!

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Manga Series I’ve Read from Start to Finish

Manga Series I've Read from Start to Finish

Merry Christmas!! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, whatever holiday you are celebrating this December, I wish you a Happy Holiday. I hope everyone is having a wonderful Day. Enjoy every last bit of today with the people you love. So anyway today I’ll be sharing with you all the Manga Series I’ve Completed.

If you missed it, I’ll be hosting my own read-a-thon in January, Manga Madness Read-a-thon, if you Interested in participating check out the Announcement, I’ve also posted Recommendations for anyone who needs help finding something to read for some of the challenges. Okay, so let’s just get into it, these are in no particular order!

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya

(23 Volumes)

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This manga is a masterpiece. Not a lot of things make me feel as happy and secure as this series does. I loved that the characters are all unique and well developed. The backstories showed how their personalities evolved and what made them as they are. Almost all of them had a difficult past, yet they grew up to be strong. Overall, it is an inspiring read with a lot of darkness and subtle metaphors. This was a really cute series and very creative.

Pandora Hearts by Jun Mochizuki

(24 Volumes)

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Pandora Hearts is without a doubt my absolute favourite manga. The story Jun Mochizuki wove in these chapters is complex, appropriately dialogue heavy, with action scenes and amazing characters and their development that just brings it all together.

Everything is twisted here, and that makes for a beautiful, dark, tragic story for everyone involved. It’s confusing, chaotic, and overwhelming at times, but everything makes sense by the end. Pandora Hearts is not a re-telling of Alice in Wonderland, but it does borrow heavily from it in terms of themes and names, and much like the residents of Wonderland, everyone is mad here. If you haven’t read this, I highly recommend it.

Shugo Chara by Peach-Pit

(12 Volumes)

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Shugo Chara (Pronounced Shoo-goh kah-rah!) starts out as story about a young 4th grader, Amu Hinamori. Amu has been classified as a cool “Hot and spicy” type of girl, but deep down inside, she’s an overreacting, excited girl. She dresses “punky and cool”, but she’s always wanted to wear something girly with lace. She has problems with showing her true feelings and emotions. When she wishes that she would be able to show her true self to others, the next morning, three small eggs appear in her room. I loved this. It was very cute and very sweet.

Shugo Chara Chan! by Peach-Pit (Original Concept), Naphthalene Mizushima (Art & Story)

(4 Volumes)

Not like the others, a little bit less pages than the previous ones, but still it’s an adorable book. For those fans of chibi and Shugo Chara. The Guardian Characters are the focus here, and the stories are told in four panel pages that are easy for young children to follow as well as adult fans. The stories are innocent and sweet, and are a feel good collection for anyone.

Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida

(14 Volumes)

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I’ve recently finished reading Tokyo Ghoul. This was rich and complicated, extremely creepy and gory, breath-taking, perfect for Horror Fans, and extremely fast-pacing. I met so many great characters, with layers upon layers of personality and complexions, unique in writing and so well spun that I couldn’t comprehend even after I sat for a long time to think about them. I found myself in a crazy but careful world building, where ghouls didn’t just exist, but also were fully explained anatomically, had their own organized society and rules.

Love Stage by Eiki Eiki

(7 Volumes)

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I loved this series. It’s cute and cheesy, if a bit ridiculous and over the top at times. It made me smile.  It’s over the top, but I really enjoyed it. I think they’re cute, and it’s not too exaggerated so as not to be too much.

 

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Have you read any of these? Are any Manga Series that you would recommend to me? Let me know in the Comments!

Thank you so much for reading!

In case you missed it, I’ve linked all my Blogmas Posts below!

Day 1: Welcome to Blogmas 
Day 2: Christmas Reads Recommendations 
Day 3: November Read-a-thons Wrap Up 
Day 4: December TBR 
Day 5: The Unique Blogger Award Pt. 2 
Day 6: A to Z of LGBTQ+ Books 
Day 7: Jade’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon Announcement 
Day 8: My Favourite Christmas Movies 
Day 9: My Favourite Christmas Songs 
Day 10: Manga Madness Read-a-thon 
Day 11: Book Haul/TBR Revisit #1 
Day 12: Christmas Song(s) Book Tags 
Day 13: New-to-me Authors I read for the first time in 2017 
Day 14: Christmas Gift Guide (for Book Lovers) 
Day 15: My Personal Christmas Wish List 
Day 16: Jade’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon 
Day 17: Jade’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon Wrap-up 
Day 18: Manga Madness Readathon Recommendations 
Day 19: Diverse Book Recommendations 
Day 20: The Bookish Naughty List Book Tag
Day 21: Books that got me through hard times! 
Day 22: 2017 End of the Year Book Survey 
Day 23: A Series of Unfortunate Recipes – Harry’s Holiday Nog 
Day 24: It’s Christmas Eve

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Blogmas Day 24: It’s Christmas Eve

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Happy Christmas Eve! I can’t believe it’s already here. What a month! I can’t believe it’s over already if I’m honest. This was my first year doing Blogmas, I tried my best to prepare and plan for it earlier, and I tried scheduling each posts prior to the day. I knew that it would be stressful and keep me busy, so I started planning posts. Unfortunately, I couldn’t actually start writing them until closer to Christmas. I had quite a few posts scheduled when the month started, which helped a lot and made it less stressful.

Another thing that made this easier, is not posting Christmas themed posts all the time. There’s only a certain amount of good ideas that I can come up with that relate to Christmas, it’s difficult enough coming up with content everyday as it is.

I did enjoy it, it was fun and kept me busy doing something that I love. I would definitely do it again next year. I really hope you enjoyed my daily post as much as I did writing them!

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Did you do Blogmas this year? How did it go? Please let me know what you’d like to see/read on my blog going forward – I would love to know your thoughts!

Also, I will still be posting everyday for the rest of December, as I have other post Ideas and Wrap-ups. Tomorrow will be the start of my Series about Series, in which I will be talking about the Series I’ve Completed, Haven’t finished and Not going to finish, that will span over four days, so if you’re interested in that, stick around!

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas tomorrow! Thank you so much for sticking with me through Blogmas!

Merry Christmas!

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