Coming out as Pansexual!

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I’ve shared a number of things on my Blog but this is, by far, one of the most personal.  This is something I haven’t really spoken about in real life or on here. I’m Pansexual! My trip into self acceptance lane has not been easy – I doubt it is for anyone – but it has taught me a great deal of things. 

It wasn’t hard for the reasons you might think. My family is supportive, I’m not religious, and no ever directly told me it was wrong. It was hard because I knew that it was against social standards and that would mean being different. Even more than I already am, another thing that sets me apart from a lot of other people, and I know not everyone is so accepting or understanding. 

Coming out was a lot easier for me than for some. So far I’ve only told my Mum, but I don’t really feel obligated to come out to everyone I know in real life, my Mum was the one I wanted to tell or have approval from the most, I knew she would accept it and be fine with it, but it was still hard to tell her. For ages I’ve felt really bad about not being honest about this to her, like in some way I was lying to her. I don’t know how the rest of my family will react. I don’t know when or if I’ll tell the rest of my family or maybe I’ll just wait, but telling my Mum has made me feel less afraid. 

For most of my life, I have thought of myself as Straight, Bisexual, Gay, Pansexual, and who knows how many other connotations, but in the end, as my level of self-awareness grew, I realised and accepted that I am indeed Pansexual. 

Pansexual: My gut told me I’d correctly named my feelings of attraction. For those of you who aren’t sure what that is, Pansexual means that the person is capable of being attracted to people regardless of their Gender Identity or Biological Sex. It means that you’re not Bi, as in attracted to two sides of a coin, but pan – attracted to all representations of Gender. For me, Pansexuality is an exhilarating and playful sexuality. 

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My Mum was really great about it, she let me explain what Pansexual means without questioning it too much, and her support means so much to me. She’s always been supportive. She pushed me to be my best, but I was always free to be me. I say that because never in my life has my family ever made me feel like it would be bad to stand out from the crowd. If anything they have always encouraged it.

The truth is I didn’t want to tell anyone if I wasn’t 100% sure what I Identify as. I wanted to be absolutely sure, I was going through an internal struggle with my Sexual Identity and I wanted to find a label that fit. I saw something about Pansexuality and it resonated with me, I just knew that’s what I identify as. Also, for awhile I was actually against the idea of “Coming out,” I didn’t think it was fair that if you’re anything but straight you have to “come out.”

I am Pan because I need a way to talk about my sexuality detached from being attracted to the “Same,” to the “Opposite,” or to “Both” as if those categories are all that exist. And this is the best way I’ve found. 

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I’ve come to understand that gender isn’t binary, and even further that I am attracted to People and that their gender doesn’t have much to do with it. So this is where I’m at April of 2018! Continually seeking, evolving, learning, and growing. 

It’s likely that if you’re reading this, you’ve had some part in helping me figure this out, be it posts you’ve shared, being supportive of me, of just being part of a community that welcomes this type of growth and sharing. I’m grateful for that. 

If you have or are experiencing this, know that you aren’t alone. You are allowed to take your time, change your mind, and abandon all rules. Just know, wherever you are, whoever you are, no matter what you identify as, I love you for who you are.

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This was a really long post, I had a lot to say on this topic, but if you made it to the end, thank you! Do you Identify as LGBTQ+? Are you an ally for the LGBTQ+ Community? 

Thank you for reading!

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Wrap-up

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If you didn’t see my post, I participated in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon on Saturday, April 29th, It started 9:30 PM for me and finished on the Sunday at 9:25 PM. This readathon encourages you to read for 24-hours. I had a really fun time with this readathon, as I always do every round, and I really needed this because I hadn’t been reading that much this month. So, here’s my wrap-up of the books I read for this readathon.

I completed four books, logging 739 pages. I’m sad that it’s over – but it was so much fun participating in the readathon! I’m excited for the next round, which will be October 20th. If you’re interested in Participating in the next round, keep that date in mind. Also, you should check out their Twitter & Website.

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That’s a wrap on this readathon. Did you participate in Dewey’s Readathon? Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? Let me know in the Comments!

Until next time, happy reading!

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon TBR

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I’ll be participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon on Saturday 28th April. For me, the Readathon starts at 9:30 PM on Saturday. I have also finally managed to clear my Calendar for this round, this weekend I won’t be doing anything but reading, and I’ll have no distractions (hopefully).

I haven’t been reading that much lately, I wouldn’t say that it’s a reading slump, I’ve just been very busy and I think I needed a bit of a break from reading. I put way too much pressure on myself to read a certain amount of books, or read all the Review Copies I’ve received. So, It was a much needed break, but I’m excited to finally sit down and read with hardly no other Obligations. I’m trying to put less stress on myself about reading. Who else does this? Do you also put a lot of pressure on yourself to read?

Anyway, Here is my Reading Pile, although it’s likely to Change based on my mood, but these are some of the shorter books I have or the books that I’m most interested to read at the moment. I’m just going to choose books from these piles based on my mood, and what I feel like reading. I’m sorry for the quality of these pictures, I took them at night time and my room is very dark with not much lighting. 

I also have some eBooks that I would like to get around to but we’ll see how much I actually end up reading and what I end up reading:

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Who Else is Participating? What are you planning on Reading? Feel Free to link me to your posts, I’d love to see what everyone else is doing for Dewey’s.

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The Unread Shelf Project 2018

The Unread Shelf Project 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Happened off the Blog:

I haven’t been that active on here lately, I’ve been really busy. But I just wanted to update you guys on my Etsy Shop. Recently I’ve Updated my Etsy Shop, Added another Listing and taken some photos to add to my Etsy shop. I still have more Items to list, but I’ll get to those in a few weeks.

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Click on the Covers to go to the my Etsy Shop to find out more about the Items. I can’t wait to list the rest of them. In the meantime, check out my shop here! I’ll also be making some candles to add soon. If you’re interested, I’ll be keeping you guys updated, so stay tuned for that. What would you like to see? If you have any Ideas or Suggestions, Let me know in the Comments or Email me at: Drinkcoffeeandreadbooks18@gmail.com.

Books Read:

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

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

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

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

Currently Reading: 

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

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

What I Plan to Read Next:

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

New to my Shelf:

What I’m Watching:

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

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

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

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

Song of the Week: 

Last Week on the Blog:

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

Coming Soon:

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

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

Upcoming Reviews:

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

Around the Blogosphere:

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

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

 

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Review: More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera

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

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

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

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

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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That’s it for this review! Have you read this book? If so, What did you think of it? Is it on your TBR? Do you think I should give his books another chance? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion. Also, let me know what you think of his other books and which one you think I should read next. What’s you’re favourite Adam Silvera Book?

 

 

 

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

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Today I have my July & August 2016 Book Haul/TBR Revisit. I will also be wrapping up my March, April & May 2016 Revisit. I won’t be unhauling any books that I haven’t read (unless I know I won’t get around to it, or I’m not interested in it anymore) but it will still be interesting to see how I’ve done! Let’s just get into this! So, I only ended up reading 1/37 of the books I planned to read and that was:

Harry Potter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unread: 31

Unhauled: 0

July 2016 Book Haul:

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

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

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

Read: 5

Unread: 8

Unhauled: 0

August 2016 Book Haul:

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

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

Read: 5

Unread: 2

Unhauled: 0

Total

Read: 9

Unread: 41

Unhauled: 0

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

 

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

I’ll be doing this each month, I’ll keep a monthly tally. And I’ll summarize each previous month. So that each month we can figure out how I did after last month’s revisit and keep track of how many books I have to read

I’m looking forward to reading all of these books! Have you read any of these books and if so, which was your favourite? Thoughts? Any of these on your TBR? Which ones do you recommend I read first? Let me know in the comments.

Let me know what you all thought of each of these books if you read them or if you want to read them!

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

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

ApTHRILL (#ApTHRILL)

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

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

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

Physical Books:

 

eARC’s

 

Spring Into Horror Readathon (#SpringHorror)

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

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

 

OWL’s Readathon (#OWLsReadathon2018)

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

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

 

 

 

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

UnslumpAThon (#UnslumpAThon)

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

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

 

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

Grab on Readathon

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

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

 

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

AYearAThon (#AYearAThon)

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

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

 

 

PrideAThon (#PrideAThon)

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

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

 

AprilAThon (#AprilAThon)

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

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

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

Unicorn Readathon (#UnicornReads)

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

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

 

 

Cover Love Readathon (#TotalCoverLover)

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

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

 

 

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

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

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March 2018 Wrap Up & Book Haul

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

Reviews Finished this Month:

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

Tags/Memes/Awards Done this Month:

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

TBRs & Wrap ups:

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

Book Haul:

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

Physical Books I Bought:

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Harry Potter Colouring Book

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Scales of Empire by Kylie Chan

Books I received (Gifts):

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

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

Reign the Earth by A. C. Gaughen

Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

eBooks I Bought:

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Gemini Keeps Capricorn by Anyta Sunday

 eARCS I Received:

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Liam Davis & the Raven by Anyta Sunday

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

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Manga Madness Readathon Round 2 Wrap Up (#MangaMadnessReadathon)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you so much to everyone who participated! If you want to know more about this readathon or want to know when the next round will take place, check out the official Twitter page, @MMReadathon! The next round will probably be in August! I’ll let you know on the twitter soon when I decide on the Date  Are you interested in Participating next round? Let me know!

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