TBR Jar Wednesday – May 2017 – And the Winner is… – #TBRJW

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Last week I picked these three books from the Category: Read a book you’ve been meaning to read and had you all vote to see which one I will read and review this month.

Thank you so much for voting!

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The book with the most votes is…

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The review for this book will be up May 17th. Thank you so much for stopping by and for all that voted. Have a great day and Happy Reading!

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The Sunday Post #21 | 7/05/2017

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

Books Read:

Currently Reading:

What I Plan to read next:

The Fever Code (The Maze Runner, #0.6)

What I’m Watching:

Last Week, I watched Finding Dory. I’ve been wanting to see this movie since I first heard about, but never really got the chance. There is a Beluga Whale named Bailey, who thinks his sonar skills are broken. He provides most of the laughs in Finding dory.


Also, Who else is excited for The Raven Cycle TV Series. I know I am! I’m really looking forward to the Casting.

Song of the Week:

Last Week on the Blog:

TBR Jar Wednesday
ARC Review: The Blue Cat by Ursula Dubosarsky
Decluttering Books 33-43 | Down the TBR Hole #4
TBR Jar Wednesday – May 2017 – The Vote – #TBRJW
April Wrap Up, Haul & May TBR + Clean Sweep ARC reading challenge

Upcoming Review:

Around the Blogosphere:

Bentley @ Book Bastion discusses Rating on Goodreads before you’ve read it
Pages Unbound shares “5 reasons I’m in favour of Required Classic Reading”
Andrew @ Andy’s Wonderland is Organising a Percy Jackson Read-a-thon

Update on my TBR:

TBR at the start of April 2017: 1800
Books bought/received for review/gifts: 0
Books read this week: 3
Books I’m currently reading: 3
TBR Books culled this week: 4
TBR now stands at: 1765

Did you get any good book last week? What are you reading, Listening to and watching? What have you been up to this past week? Do you have anything planned for this coming week? Have you read any of these books? Are they on your TBR? Let me know in the comments. Also, leave a link to your own posts, I’d love to check it out.

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Decluttering Books 44-54 | Down the TBR Hole #5

This meme is hosted by Lia @ LostInAStory. The aim is to declutter your Goodreads To Be Read shelf. You sort the books on this list on date added (ascending) and do a weekly post discussing a few of them. Read the synopsis and decide whether or not you want to keep them.

Anyway, it works like this: Go to your goodreads to-read shelf, Order on ascending date added, Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books, Read the synopses of the books, Decide: keep it or should it go?

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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

I have seen the movie and I liked it, so it will be read at some point!

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 4

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What the Spell by Brittany Geragotelis

What the Spell? (Life's a Witch, #1)

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WITCH FOR…

BROOKLYN SPARKS IS INVISIBLE. Because she’s not a popular kid or an übernerd, Brooklyn is stuck somewhere in the middle of the high school food chain. But all of that is about to change.

On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Brooklyn comes of age as a witch. Her strict parents finally unbind her powers and, along with giving herself an instant makeover, Brooklyn discovers her true gift: She was born into a line of magical matchmakers.

After spending so long being overlooked, Brooklyn’s getting exactly what she wants, including entrée into the elite crowd and her crush’s undivided attention. But there’s a price to pay. The use of her powers puts Brooklyn in the same dangerous position as her Salem ancestors – if anyone finds out who she really is and what she can do, her life is over.

Now that she has everything she’s ever wanted, Brooklyn has everything to lose.

I’m on the fence with this one. It looks like a fun story but it hasn’t got very good reviews.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Gone by Michael Grant

Gone (Gone, #1)

Suddenly there were no adults, no answers. What would you do? In the blink of an eye, the world changes. The adults vanish without a trace, and those left must do all they can to survive. But everyone’s idea of survival is different. Some look after themselves, some look after others, and some will do anything for power.

This is a book I own, I bought this one ages ago and have never read it. The description of this one sounds interesting, so I do want to read this.

Do I own it? Yes

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 7

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Evernight by Claudia Gray

Evernight (Evernight, #1)

Bianca wants to escape.

She’s been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn’t fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He’s not the “Evernight type” either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him.

“I couldn’t stand it if they took it out on you,” he tells Bianca, “and eventually they would.”

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can’t be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she’s ever believed.

I still haven’t read anything by Claudia Gray and I’m very curious about her. There are lots of people who recommend this series so I might give it a chance later on.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 3

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Sins & Needles by Karina Halle

Sins & Needles (The Artists Trilogy, #1)

Ellie Watt is used to starting over. The daughter of a grifting team, Ellie spent her childhood being used as a pawn in her parents’ latest scam. Now she’s much older, wiser and ready to give her con artist life a rest. But returning to the dry desert town of Palm Valley, California means one more temptation than she bargained for – Camden McQueen.

Once known as the high school weirdo, Camden is bigger and badder than the boy he used to be and a talented tattoo artist with his own thriving business. Ellie’s counting on Camden still being in love with her but what she’s not counting on is how easily unrequited love can turn into obsession over time. When Camden discovers Ellie’s plan to con him, he makes her a deal she doesn’t dare refuse, but her freedom comes with a price and it’s one that takes both Ellie and Camden down a dangerous road.

I’m not usually interested in these types of books – New Adult Contemporary Romance – but this one sounds interesting and the cover is really beautiful.  

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 4

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Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)

In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees…
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

I added this because I liked the synopsis. However, this has been on my list for ages and I don’t own it yet and I don’t think I’ll get to this anytime soon.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)

A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.

There are some really amazing reviews for this.  I like the name of the book and I love this cover.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 6

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Sweet Evil (Sweet, #1)

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns

I read a lot of reviews about this series and a lot of people really love, so I do still want to read it but probably not for a while. There are so many other books that I want to read before this one,  It’s not a priority. So for now I wont be reading it. But if you’ve read this, I’d love to hear your opinion on it and whether you think I should still read this.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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See Me by Wendy Higgins

See Me (See Me, #1)

While most seventeen-year-old American girls would refuse to let their parents marry them off to a stranger, Robyn Mason dreams of the mysterious McKale in Ireland, wondering how he’ll look and imagining his cute Irish accent. Prearranged bindings are common for magical families like her own, however when she travels to the whimsical Emerald Isle she discovers there’s more to her betrothal and McKale’s clan than she was led to believe.

What starts as an obligatory pairing between Robyn and McKale morphs over time into something they both need. But one giant obstacle stands in the way of their budding romance: a seductive and deadly Fae princess accustomed to getting what she wants—and what she wants is McKale as her plaything. Love, desire, and jealousies collide as Robyn’s family and McKale’s clan must work together to outsmart the powerful Faeries and preserve the only hope left for their people.

Another book by Wendy Higgins. I also don’t know when I’ll get around to reading this one. I actually don’t know if this is a standalone or series, so If you know, please comment below. To be honest, I haven’t really been in the mood for series, I don’t think I can fully invest in a series right now. I’m just trying to finish some series that I’ve already started and this one doesn’t interest me enough to want to pick it anytime soon. If this is a standalone, I might read it. I’ve been reading a lot of standalones lately. But for now…

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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The Rush by Rachel Higginson

The Rush (The Siren, #1)

A life not her own—A future already decided.

Every facet of Ivy Pierce’s life is meticulously planned out and plotted. Cynical and jaded by sixteen, Ivy’s only hope is to escape the legacy she was born into.

She has a plan, a carefully thought out, feasible plan. She just has to play by the rules until everything falls into place. Unfortunately as predictable as her life can be, she never sees Ryder Sutton coming. He tumbles into her life unimpressed and untouched by her and the life she lives. He’s an enigma to her. A gorgeous, frustrating, sincere mystery and a complete phenomenon in the ugly world she lives in.

What blooms between them is a fiercely intense attraction that cannot be ignored. Even though they would both be better off without each other—Even if both their lives depend on staying apart.

It sounds unique. I don’t remember ever adding this, but after rereading the synopsis, I still want to read this book.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 4

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I have removed 4\10 books from my TBR this week. It’s actually quite a relief that I managed to remove more than four books from my TBR this week! it might not seem like much but it’s still a great chunk of books off, so I’m happy with this weeks declutter! If you enjoyed this & would like to see what else is on my Goodreads TBR, stick around for more.

RUNNING TOTAL OF BOOKS REMOVED: 21

Have you read any of these books? If you’ve read any of these books, I’d love to hear your opinions about them. How do you feel about my choices? Do you think I’ve Made the right decisions?

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Library Checkout: April 2017

This is hosted by Charleen @ It’s a Portable Magic. It’s been a shameful month at the library. You’ll see. I just have so many stacks of books at home and I’m starting to feel really terrible about not reading all of them. The last time I participated in Library Checkout was October 2016, I took a break from the library for a while, to focus on the books I already own.

Library Books Read:

  • Roald Dahl Audiobook Collection
  • Tokyo Ghoul 6 by Sui Ishida
  • The Forests of Silence by Emily Rodda
  • The Lake of Tears by Emily Rodda
  • Define Normal by Julie Anne Peters
  • Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

Currently Reading:

  • City of the Rats by Emily Rodda
  • The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker
  • More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera

Checked out, to be read:

  • By the Time you read this, I’ll be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
  • Dragon’s Oath by P.C. Cast
  • Sister Read by Jackson Pierce
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • The Shifting Sands by Emily Rodda
  • Dread Mountain by Emily Rodda
  • The Maze of the Beast by Emily Rodda
  • The Valley of the Lost by Emily Rodda
  • Return to Del by Emily Rodda
  • It’s Our Prom (so deal with it) by Julie Anne Peters
  • The Bronte Sister: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily and Anne by Catherine Reef
  • The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Rage by Julie Anne Peters
  • Between Mom & Jo by Julie Anne Peters
  • Far from Xanadu by Julie Anne Peters
  • Are you my Mother (Graphic Novel) by Alison Bechdel
  • Huntress by Malinda Lo
  • Tokyo Ghoul volume 8 by Sui Ishida

Returned Unread:

  • The Fever Code by James Dashner

On Hold:

  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 7
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 9
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 10
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 11
  • Keeping you a Secret
  • The Twins by Tessa De Loo
  • The Twins Audiobook by Tessa De Loo
  • Back to the Coast by Saskia Noort
  • Firespell by Chloe Neill
  • Charmfall by Chloe Neill
  • Fun Home (Graphic Novel) by Alison Beckdel
  • The Fever Code by James Dashner

Like I said, I’ve really just been trying to get through my physical TBR. Have you been taking advantage of your local libraries? What appeals from my lists? Have you read any good library books lately? Have you been using your library over the past month? What did you read? What didn’t you read? What are you waiting on?

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200 Followers + 25 Bookish Facts About Me Book Tag!

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Today I managed to reach 200 Followers! I just wanted to say a huge thanks you to each and every one of you for deciding to follow my blog and take the time to read my Posts. I cannot believe I have reached 200 followers! I didn’t expect anyone to follow me at all, so Thank you for sticking with me and letting me share my love of reading with you all!

In celebration, I have decided to do the 25 bookish things about me tag. I’ve seen it around a ton and I thought it a good way of celebrating. So here we go.

  1. At any given moment, I have at least two books on me.
  2. One of my goals is to read more classics. I don’t read enough classics, so I want to broaden my Reading Horizons.
  3. Because my TBR is never ending and continually growing, I don’t re-read books.
  4. I’m able to read multiple books at one time and keep track of what plot belongs to what book, characters, setting, etc.
  5. I am an impulse book buyer. I have a book buying problem.
  6. You’ll know when I’ve loved a book because I become a walking advertisement for it. I do it in every aspect of my life, when I love something I learn everything about it and spout of random facts to anyone who will listen.
  7. Most of the books on my bookshelves are unread. And I still go and buy more books, and borrow books from the library
  8. I have an obsession with Edgar Allan Poe. I love to own different editions of his stories.
  9. I easily get distracted while reading. That is why I put my phone on silent or turn it off while I read and why I stay far, far away from my laptop. Even getting something to drink or to eat is dangerous because I will get distracted.
  10. I have a short attention when it comes to reading: I will start a book and then shortly after begin reading something else.
  11. Although I have tons of bookmarks, I end up using receipts as Book Markers. I basically make a bookmark out of everything that is flat and nearby (receipts, random paper, business cards, etc.)
  12. One of the most important things in a book for me is characters. Other things that define my rating for a book are writing style, the plot and word building. But honestly, If I really fall in love with the characters  and they have great character development, I can ignore flaws in the rest of the writing.
  13. It makes me really happy when I see other people reading on trains or buses. Especially when they’re reading a book I’ve read before.
  14. I don’t like dust jackets. If I’m reading a hardcover with a dust jacket, I have to take them of, because I just can’t read with them on. I’m also afraid that I will damage it 
  15. I love fairy tales and folklore and some of the first things I ever read as a child were folklore and fairy tales. My mum used to read them to me before bed before I even learnt to read.
  16. When I’m feeling down, I turn to buying books to cheer me up, which probably isn’t a very good thing. But I see no harm besides ending up with a lot books that I may never actually end up reading.
  17. I love reorganising my bookshelves. I organize and reorganize all of my books all the time. It’s basically my hobby. Especially when I feel stressed.
  18. I really enjoy writing reviews once I start writing them and they usually flow, but I have a really hard time getting myself to start writing a review.
  19. Book blogging made me read so many books outside of my comfort zone, and made my TBR explode.
  20. I use sticky flags to mark certain pages while I’m reading for reviews. I find that it makes reviewing a lot easier, so I can sort my thoughts out a little better.
  21. I can read everywhere. I can be in a train, in a coffee shop, waiting for an appointment or even in a class.
  22. I only started reading Harry Potter last year when I was already 17 years-old and I still have 3 books left to read.
  23. Big books intimidate me. If a book is 500+ pages, I’m several times more likely to procrastinate over reading it.
  24. I sometimes dream about books I’ve read.
  25. If you didn’t know it by now, but I read and really enjoy manga and anime as well. I will be mentioning manga in my blog, because they are a big part of my reading experience.

There you have it. 25 bookish facts about me. Thank you so much once again to all the people who follow me and read my posts and comment and talk to me, I appreciate it so much and I enjoy talking to you guys so much!

Okay, that was a lot of info…and I hope it wasn’t too boring. But how about you now all share one bookish fact about yourself in the comments?

For my 100 followers milestone post I did a Q&A and answered questions. So let’s do another Q&A since I’ve reached 200 followers! Comment below, and I’ll answer all of them in a separate post.

I’m also planning on doing more Discussion Posts, so if there are any topics you’d like me to talk about, let me know in the comments.

Thank again to everyone that has commented, liked, viewed my posts and followed me, it really does mean a lot! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post. If you did then please don’t forget to ‘like’ down below & follow me for more! 

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April Wrap Up, Haul & May TBR + Clean Sweep ARC reading challenge

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What I read in April:

Hope everyone had a wonderful month. I’m extremely happy with my reading this month,. This month I read a total of 17 books. My TBR consisted of 15 books, and I did relatively well, I managed to read 5 books from My TBR. I read some great books this month. Let me know if you have read any of them.

1: October 32 by Larry Rodness
2: Pandora Hearts #22 by Jun Mochizuki 
3: Fantastic Beasts & Where to find them Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling 
4: The Case Study of Vanitas #1 by Jun Mochizuki
5: Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
6: The Bronze Key by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
7: The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl
8: The Twits by Roald Dahl
9: The BFG by Roald Dahl
10: Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
11: James & the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
12: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater 
13: Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttalin
14: Cardcaptor Sakura: Master of the Clow #1 by CLAMP 
15: Tokyo Ghoul #6 by Sui Ishida 
16: Stargazing for beginners by Jenny McLachlan
17:
One Piece #1-3 by Eiichiro Oda

What I’m Currently Reading:

The Selection by Kiera Cass
The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker

April Book Haul:

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It’s time to show you what I bought/received during the month of March. I acquired a total of 12 books this Month.

Physical Books

1: NOS4R2 by Joe Hill
2: One Piece #1-3 by Eiichiro Oda
3: IT by Stephen King
4: The End of Oz by Danielle Paige
5: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
6: Storyland by Catherine McKinnon
7: Literary Wonderlands: A Journey Through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created 
8: The Selection by Kiera Cass
9: Flush by Virginia Woolf
10: Frogkisser by Garth Nix

Physical ARC’s:

I received a few books from Publishers. Thank you to all the publishers who send me  books. So these are the books I received from Publishers.

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11: The Names they Gave Us by Emery Lord
12: Countless by Karen Gregory

May TBR

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I am planning to do a reading challenge in May – the Clean Sweep ARC reading challenge hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I really need to work on reading more review books. My goal is to read at least 8 review books. Official Rules are Here. I’ll be using #CleanSweepARC on Twitter!

My goals for this month are…

It is difficult to set a TBR list because that is a long time and I’m a mood reader. I really don’t know if I’ll be able to read that much, but I am aiming for it.

Most of these are already released because I suck at reading review books and I’ve been busy these last few months. I only listed 8 books but I’m hoping to read more! So if finish reading these one, I’m hoping to also get to some of these:

Are you are joining this challenge? If so, what books are on your TBR? Have you read any of these? What do you think of them? Which one should I read first? Let me know down below so I can check out your books.

Classics

As I mentioned in my 2017 Reading & Blogging Goals I want to read more classics. I actually stated that I wanted to read twelve classics this year, one a month, So far I am failing. I don’t think I’ve actually read any classics so far. 

This month I’m going to be focusing most of my bookish posts and memes on the Bronte Sisters and their novels. After watching To walk invisible, Which is a movie that chronicles the lives of the Bronte sisters, I have decided to dedicate this month to mostly blogging about these three sisters. I think it could be fun to write, and hopefully read, about the Bronte’s and I never actually read any of their books, so I’m excited to finally get around to reading them. So these are the books I’ll hopefully read this month:

So what do you think about the Brontë Sisters? Have you read any of their books? Are you fans of their novels? If so, Which one is your favourite? Also, let me know which one you think I should read first?

TBR Jar

Recently I created a meme TBR Jar Wednesday, where I stated that I wanted to start using my TBR Jar that I made about 2 years ago. So every month I will choose a category for the jar, choose three books from that category for people to vote on, and the book with the most votes is the one I’ll read that month.

You can that check out this month’s choices HERE. The book I’ll be reading for that will be announced on May 10th. And because My TBR Jar has both Book Titles & Categories I have also decided to choose a book title from the Jar also.

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I read this post by Megan @ Bookslayer Reads about how beneficial buddy reading is and it sounds like so much fun. So if you want to buddy read any of these books mentioned above with me, I would love that. I would love to have company, if anyone wants to join in. And if anyone wants to suggest a good hashtag for Twitter for any of these books, so we can keep track of it easily, feel free.

Let me know in the comments if you’re interested. Everybody is welcome to join. Or if you would like to do a private Buddy Read because of spoilers or for whatever reason, you can also contact me on any of my social media down below or DM me on Twitter.

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The Sunday Post #20 | 30/04/2017

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

Books Read:

Currently Reading:

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What I plan to read next:

The Fever Code (The Maze Runner, #0.6)

What I’m Watching:

Last week, I watched Don’t Breathe:

A trio of reckless thieves breaks into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong.

Song of the Week:

Last Week on the Blog:

Review: The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl
Review: Petals on the Wind by Virginia Andrews
Read-a-thon of kings | The Pile
Top 5 Wednesday #4: Author’s I want to read more from
Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon TBR
Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon Mid Event Survey

Upcoming Reviews:

New on my Shelf:

Around the Blogosphere:

Lia @ Lost in a Story Discusses how her TBR & Blogging has changed since she started blogging
Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks recommends Adult books for YA Readers
Adventures of a Bibliophile recommends Epic Standalone
Never Trust a Bookworm Shares Fandoms that she’s proud to be a part of
Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews shares her favourite poetry collections

Update on my TBR:

TBR at the start of April 2017: 1800
Books bought/received for review/gifts: 2
Books read this week: 8
Books I’m currently reading: 1
TBR Books culled this week: 6
TBR now stands at: 1770

Did you get any good book last week? What are you reading, Listening to and watching? What have you been up to this past week? Do you have anything planned for this coming week? Have you read any of these books? Are they on your TBR? Let me know in the comments. Also, leave a link to your own posts, I’d love to check it out.

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TBR Jar Wednesday – May 2017 – The Vote – #TBRJW

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TBR Jar Wednesday is a new weekly meme created here at Drink Coffee and Read Books. You can participate in this if you have a TBR jar or even if you don’t. Each month you will randomly choose a category from your TBR, or if you don’t have a TBR Jar, you can use my Category for that month and make a post with three books that fit that category from your TBR, it doesn’t have to be a book you own. It could be a book that you would like to purchase.

I Pick 3 books from my TBR Pile that fit the Category and have you all pick which one I should read next. This is a monthly MEME and you are more than welcome to join me. Just create a blog post with your three books and link the post below. You can find the Full Rules HERE.

I thought we can keep up with each list with the hashtag #TBRJW so add that to the end of your post and Social media.

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My Category for May is: Read a book you’ve been meaning to read.

So This Month I picked:

Sisters Red (Fairytale Retellings, #1)Sisters Red (Fairytale Retellings #1)
by Jackson Pearce
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Goodreads

Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris — the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She’s determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.

Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls’ bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett’s only friend — but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they’ve worked for?

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An Author's Odyssey (The Land of Stories, #5)An Author’s Odyssey (The Land of Stories #5)
by Chris Colfer
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Goodreads

In the highly anticipated continuation of the Land of Stories series, Conner learns that the only place to fight the Masked Man’s literary army is inside his own short stories!

When the twins and their friends enter worlds crafted from Conner’s imagination, finding allies no one else could have ever dreamed of, the race begins to put an end to the Masked Man’s reign of terror. Can the twins finally restore peace in the fairy tale world?

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3)
by Maggie Stiefvater
Genre:
 Young Adult Urban Fantasy

Goodreads

The third instalment in the all-new series from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

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Pick one of the three books in the poll to help me decide what book I will read this month.

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Thank you so much for stopping by to vote. Check back next week to see which one I will be reading. Have a great day and Happy Reading!

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Decluttering Books 33-43 | Down the TBR Hole #4

This meme is hosted by Lia @ LostInAStory. The aim is to declutter your Goodreads To Be Read shelf. You sort the books on this list on date added (ascending) and do a weekly post discussing a few of them. Read the synopsis and decide whether or not you want to keep them.

Anyway, it works like this: Go to your goodreads to-read shelf, Order on ascending date added, Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books, Read the synopses of the books, Decide: keep it or should it go?

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Kiera’s Moon by Lizzy Ford

Kiera's Moon (The Anshan Saga, #1)

When starving artist Kiera wakes up on board a spaceship, she panics. Her best friend has dragged her across the universe to help her find a man and a life, only the man she ends up unwittingly hooking up with is a battle-hardened warrior prince living in exile.

Calculating, cautious A’Ran wants nothing more than to reclaim his planet. He needs Kiera as his lifemate to heal his planet and his war weary people. He’s not prepared to be a lifemate himself, and discovers almost too late what he risks losing if he can’t learn to be more than a warrior.

The premise sounds interesting. When Kiera is kidnapped and taken into space by her best friend, she tries everything to go home. I’m currently Dark Summer by her, I’m enjoying it so far. I love her writing style. When I finish reading that I might decide to read more of her books. But for now…

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Rebel Heart by Lizzy Ford

Rebel Heart

After nuclear strikes cripple the East Coast in the year 2135, security expert Lana is alone with a secret she must protect at all costs, even if it means placing her life – and her heart – in the hands of Brady, the compelling, dangerous leader of the rebellion.

As a member of the lower class, Brady serves two masters: the rebellion and the regular army. It will take all his connections and strength to protect Lana and keep from falling in love with her.

I’m really not interested in this one at all. I don’t think that I’ll ever read it. The synopsis doesn’t hold my interest.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Roomies by Sara Zara

Roomies

It’s time to meet your new roomie.

When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, mini-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl’s summer — and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.

As the countdown to college begins, life at home becomes increasingly complex. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by change, it suddenly seems that the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives . . . and each other. Even though they’ve never met.

National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr and acclaimed author Tara Altebrando join forces for a novel about growing up, leaving home, and getting that one fateful e-mail that assigns your college roommate.

Roomies caught my eye a while ago, because of the two girls from the opposite sides of the country getting to know each other through email, and becoming close friends. This concept is something that interests me, and I usually enjoy reading about.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 4

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Pretty when she Dies by Rhiannon Frater

Pretty When She Dies (Pretty When She Dies, #1)

Amaliya wakes under the forest floor, disoriented, famished and confused. She digs out of the shallow grave and realizes she is hungry…

… in a new, horrific, unimaginable way…

Sating her great hunger, she discovers that she is now a vampire, the bloodthirsty creature of legend. She has no choice but to flee from her old life and travels across Texas. Her new hunger spurs her to leave a wake of death and blood behind her as she struggles with her new nature.

All the while, her creator is watching. He is ancient, he is powerful, and what’s worse is that he’s a necromancer. He has the power to force the dead to do his bidding. Amaliya realizes she is but a pawn in a twisted game, and her only hope for survival is to seek out one of her own kind.

But if Amaliya finds another vampire, will it mean her salvation… or her death?

I’m on the fence about this one. I don’t think I’m going read this book anytime soon, but the Synopsis sounds kind of terrifying, and like something I would enjoy. I’m still intrigued but I’m going to pass on this one for now.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE
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The tale of the Vampire Bride by Rhianna Frater

The Tale Of The Vampire Bride (Vampire Bride, #1)

All I ever wanted was the freedom to live life as I pleased, despite my aristocratic parents’ hopes I’d secure a prestigious husband. But my fate was far more terrible than an arranged marriage when my family became prisoners to one of the most fearsome and powerful vampires of all time, Count Vlad Dracula.

Imprisoned in the decrepit castle in the Carpathian Mountains, my new life as a Bride of Dracula was filled with bloody feasts, cruel beatings, and sexual depravity. There was no hope of escape

It was only when he took me to the picturesque city of Buda on the Danube River and I met a handsome, mysterious vampire in the darkened city streets, did I dare hope to find love and freedom.

To be honest, I don’t know why I added this one. Not really interested in this series, I actually don’t know why I ever thought this sounded interesting and the cover is horrible. I added this when I was in my Vampire phase.

Do I own it? No

verdict: REMOVE

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The Man who watched the world End by Chris Dietzel

The Man Who Watched The World End

The end of man was not signalled by marauding gangs or explosions, but with silence. People simply grew older knowing a younger generation would not be there to replace them. The final two residents in the neighbourhood of Camelot, an old man and his invalid brother, are trapped in their house by forests full of cats and dogs battling with the bears and wolves to eat anything they can find.

As the man struggles to survive, he recounts all the ways society changed as the human population continued to shrink. THE MAN WHO WATCHED THE WORLD END is the haunting account of a man who has witnessed the world fade away. It is also a story about the power of family.

This is the first book in The Great De-evolution series. This description of this one sounds interesting. I haven’t read many books like this, so I do want to read this one.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 4

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A different Alchemy by Chris Dietzel

A Different Alchemy

As the human population continues to decline, most people travel south to maintain a semblance of the life they know. Entire cities are abandoned. But following a senseless act of violence, one man travels north, toward forgotten lands. Is it possible for a loving husband and father, surrounded by reminders of mankind’s impending extinction, to reclaim what he lost?

A DIFFERENT ALCHEMY is the tale of a man realizing that everyone has their own pain and their own way of dealing with it. It is the story of how one father’s loss can mirror an entire society’s sorrow. It is also a lesson about the importance of forgiveness.

This is the second book in The Great De-evolution series. Even though each book in this series is a standalone and they do not have a suggested reading order, I still would like to read them in order.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)

Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can “read” fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

Characters from books literally leap off the page in this engrossing fantasy. Meggie has had her father to herself since her mother went away when she was young. Mo taught her to read when she was five, and the two share a mutual love of books. He can “read” characters out of books. When she was three, he read aloud from a book called Inkheart and released characters into the real world. At the same time, Meggie’s mother disappeared into the story. This “story within a story” will delight not just fantasy fans, but all readers who like an exciting plot with larger-than-life characters.

This has been on my TBR list for a long time. A book about being able to read the characters out of books and become a part of these magical literary worlds. I have seen the movie and enjoyed it. This was one of my favourite movies, so I’m a bit intimidated to read this after watching the movie so many times. One of my favourite movies of all time but I’ve never read the book.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 10

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Reckless by Cornelia Funke

Reckless (Mirrorworld, #1)

Ever since Jacob Reckless was a child, he has been escaping to a hidden world through a portal in his father’s abandoned study. Over the years, he has made a name for himself as a finder of enchanted items and buried secrets. He’s also made many enemies and allies–most important, Fox, a beautiful shape-shifting vixen whom Jacob cares for more than he lets on.

But life in this other world is about to change. Tragedy strikes when Jacob’s younger brother, Will, follows him through the portal. Brutally attacked, Will is infected with a curse that is quickly transforming him into a Goyl–a ruthless killing machine, with skin made of stone.

Jacob is prepared to fight to save his brother, but in a land built on trickery and lies, Jacob will need all the wit, courage, and reckless spirit he can summon to reverse the dark spell–before it’s too late.

This books sounds interesting, and I’m hoping to eventually read it. Though probably not anytime soon. I’d like to read the Inkheart Series first. If I enjoy that, then I might read this series. So for now…

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander #1)

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

I’ve heard a lot of people rave about this one. It has received lots of good reviews so I’m excited to read it. I will most likely listen to this one on audiobook. It’s 800+ pages, so I find it extremely intimidating. Have you read? If so, do you think this is worth reading or listening to on audio? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 6

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I have removed 6\10 books from my TBR this week! If you enjoyed this & would like to see what else is on my Goodreads TBR, stick around for more.

Have you read any of these books? If you’ve read any of these books, I’d love to hear your opinions about them. How do you feel about my choices? Do you think I’ve Made the right decisions?

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ARC Review: The Blue Cat by Ursula Dubosarsky

The Blue CatThe Blue Cat by Ursula Dubosarsky
Published by: Allen & Unwin
Publication Date: April 2017
Genres: Middle Grade, Historical
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
Rating: 4
Date Read: March 27th, 2017
Links: Goodreads | Booktopia | Book Depository | Amazon

A boy stood in the playground under the big fig tree. ‘He can’t speak English,’ the children whispered.

Sydney, 1942. The war is coming to Australia – not only with the threat of bombardment, but also the arrival of refugees from Europe. Dreamy Columba’s world is growing larger. She is drawn to Ellery, the little boy from far away, and, together with her highly practical best friend Hilda, the three children embark on an adventure through the harbour-side streets – a journey of discovery and terror, in pursuit of the mysterious blue cat.

I received a copy of The Blue Cat from the Allen & Unwin for review Considerations. This in no way influences my opinion of this book.

The Blue Cat is told from the point of view of Columba, a young girl whose world is slowly being entrenched upon by the war. The spectre of lost mothers and lost homes looms large in the figure of Ellery, a German boy who has come to attend Columba’s school.

I loved the atmosphere in this book. If you want to step back into a dreamlike state of what life for a child in Sydney might have been like in 1942 during the war, this book is perfect. Beautifully written and I was constantly poised for some significant action to take place. Rather, the story unfolds gently through Columba’s interactions with her brash, larger-than-life friend Hilda and the silent Ellery.

However this book was a bit disappointing. Despite the title, this book lacked actual Cats. It’s a story of a girl who sees her neighbour’s cat and then ends up searching for it because it’s missing at the end. He only makes brief appearances and doesn’t seem, as the Synopsis suggests, to be keeping any secrets at all. Rather, he seems to be acting like an ordinary cat.

Also I have no idea what the ending was about. It had no conclusion. I spent the whole book waiting for something to happen. Columba, as a narrator, is more of a bystander than an agent in her own life and while there are plenty of us who live through certain historical events without having them touch us in a significant way, I’m not sure that this perspective is the most effective upon which to base a protagonist.

One thing I did love about the book was the inclusion of primary source materials. Instead of illustrations, every few pages a newspaper article, photograph or advertisement from the time pops up and I found these really interesting.

Overall, I did enjoy parts of this. The Blue Cat is a beautiful story, but I just wish Dubosarsky spent more time developing the settings. 

 

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