#Ayearathon Day One Update

So I am attempting to give ayearathon (JUNE) a go. This readathon begins on Monday 5th of June and ends on Sunday 11th of June. For once I’ve actually planned a TBR… a set amount of books to read.. this will most likely challenge me. The theme for this readathon is Series (Finish / Catch- Up). And as mentioned in my previous posts I have a lot of series… So I am going to be continuing to read;

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Mass

I am hopefully going to read; 

  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
  • Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Also there is a challenge set for this readathon… read a book whose character is the same age as you. Surprisingly this is difficult as the only who comes close is Feyre from the ACOTAR series as she was 20 in ACOMAF… so I am presuming that technically she would have been 21 in this book if she wasn’t immortal. 

Books: 0

Pages: 56

I was just so distracted today… I’d read then get up and do something and then read some more then get distracted.. it’s an endless cycle… hopefully I can get more tonight. 

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May Wrap Up!!

Hi Guys… This is my first wrap – up post for this month, so short introduction it is pretty self explanatory. So I will jump right in.

  1. The Bone Season By Samantha Shannon 4/5
    See my Review Here
  2. The Wrath and the Dawn By Renee Ahdieh 3/5
  3. The Crown By Kiera Cass 4/5 Review will be up next month!!

Annnddd that’s it.

Currently Reading: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Mass

That is all I read this month, thanks to uni… and work and other life distractions.

However I would like to point that littlebookowl on YouTube was an amazing human being and posted a video on readathons for 2017 I will link it for you here … Seriously this woman is a legend. Since we are in June I decided to jump on and participate in my first readathon. Kind of an impulse move because it starts for me on Monday 5th June, and I am half prepared.

I watched her video and found the link for the readathon that I am interested in, which is ayearathon- which for this month is Catch – Up / Finish Series. Which is perfect because I have a ton of series and a lot of books that are part of the series that I need to kick my butt into gear and finish this that I have had for a while now.

So I am very very to start my first readathon… TBR will be posted on Monday.

Off The Books #3

I finally have the time to sit and write properly now… I have no more uni work to hold me back! Just the online diploma but that’s not as bad. But technically I am done with university! And I couldn’t be more excited 🙂 

Don’t get me wrong I loved my time at uni, well some of it. And I learned so much, probably not as much of my course work as I was supposed to but you know it’s close enough… but I just had an idea for another post. See there’s proof uni inspires people! 

What else happened this week… oh I started a second job… cause I like being able to afford rent. Yay!!! And to be completely honest I have never been happier or freer than ever 🙂 

It’s just so so freeing, and I can’t wait to put up more content on here!!! 

I’m going to leave this short and sweet! Haha have a great week guys!! 

– Gab

Do I have a Book Problem…

So the other night I updated my TBR… I have a list that went back to 2013 (yes I write them down it’s the only way I can keep track) and I culled some that I would never get around to reading… so I’ll donate or pass them to friends who want them. yet I counted and the entire list is 135 books long.

But after I went through and crossed off the ones I have read which is 75 at the current moment. And you know that over 50% of the books… and then I have a selection of 61 (62 when my other book arrives) to choose my next read. 

But it made me think… do I have too many books… cause that list doesn’t include books that I have had from the age of seven (Harry Potter) or as I moved on through. And you know why my book list is so huge…. I READ STORIES THAT HAVE 2+ BOOKS IN THE COLLECTION! And if I enjoy the series that much you can betcha favorite series im in the bookstore pricing (buying) the next one or ordering it online if they don’t have it in store. It’s an addiction…

But not only that I seem to find excuses to buy them… whether it finished my exam for the semester or actually completely my degree… or even if I’m sad because sometimes Books like assassination classroom (SO GOOD BTW) makes me smile. 

So in light of the TBR. I have currently placed myself on a ban, I have to read 10 books off my list (which has its disadvantages due to being a reader who reads what she feels like). Which lasted about a week because I am so close to finishing my final assignment for university annndd I ordered some books in celebration. 

Is this just me or does anyone have a huge TBR?? 


This or That Tag!

So recently icebreaker694 posted a this or that tag… to check it out click here.

Here are the Rules!!

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks)
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to explain why but you can if you wanted too
  • Tag other people..

Reading on the Bed OR On the Couch? 

Bed! It is so warm and comfortable!! But lately I’ve been reading on the couch next to my heater in a blanket.

Male Main Character OR Female Main Character?

Both… I don’t really have a preference 

Salty Snacks OR Sweet Snacks

Depends on my mood general I’d go for the savory snacks or ice cream!!!!!! 

Trilogies OR Quartets

Trilogies… although I still suffer the book hangover when they end

First Person p.o.v OR Third Person p.o.v

I don’t have a preference, I like both

Reading at Night OR in the Morning

Whenever I have time.. also for me reading at night is an issue because the
book can be that good. Sleep is secondary in comparison to the story.

Libraries OR Bookstores

I buy a lot of books, so I will have to say the bookstore. Currently had to place myself on a ban..

Books that make you laugh OR books that make you cry

Any book that makes you feel some sort of powerful emotion is a really good book

Black book covers OR White book covers

Either? I don’t judge books by the covers… sometimes

Character Driven OR Plot Driven

Depends on how it works with the story… Sometimes a plot driven story
out does the characters or it is the other way round. My current read is a plot driven
story and it is a little confusing but also really good!!

Who do you tag? 

Emily Jane 

(This is her YouTube Channel…. But I needed someone to tag.)

AND EVERYONE WHO WOULD LIKE
TO GIVE THIS A GO!!!

 

Off The Books #2

Look at this adorable puppy!!!!

Internet meet Bambi! In a rare moment where she isn’t trying to bite me… Super cute!!

So this week I got distracted, and I missed a deadline that I set for this blog and to be honest. I am one of those people that puts super high expectations on herself and when I don’t meet them. I shut down.

I stare at the blank page that is my blog post and I put it off… and off… and off until I remind myself why I started this in the first place. And right now I am in one of those moods where I am even questioning why I started this in the first place. I don’t know maybe I’m hormonal, maybe I’m just having on of those days, who knows it just me I guess.

Re-reading that last paragraph I have no idea if that would make any sense at all. I could have gone just gone with the easy excuse of I have super busy. I just started a second job, and well things have just been a bit crazy I guess. There isn’t really much structure to this post.. I am having writer’s block, probably cause I haven’t really done anything this week, and because I plan to be way to open and honest on this blog. I have nothing to lie about either.

However my sister did visit me, on Wednesday hence the adorable Bambi above, and she made a Vlog about it… Basically she used me for her YouTube channel. Gotta love that sisterly love hey. But if you feel like checking it out, just click here. Little bit of background information; My sister has recently become a vegetarian and no absolutely nothing on Vegetarian foods, I’ve been Vego for about six years now. I’ve lost count. So I thought I would teach her a thing or two about cooking, so we found a recipe on the internet and tried it out and she filmed it…. It was entertaining to say the least.

Anyway I’ll sign off now; to be honest I can’t think of anything else… and I would rather meet a deadline than miss it. So in a way I am proud that I motivated myself to post something today. It is the little things that count, remember that guys.

– Gab

 

Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season 

By Samantha Shannon

In this book we meet Paige a young clairvoyant in a society where being who she is, is basically illegal, as is working in her underground gang headed by Jaxon Hall. She soon gets discovered and is “arrested” and then finds herself within a new society called Shoul 1. Newly recruited in Bone Season XX (20), she then begins her mission to escape and attempting to take as many prisoners with her.

(Goodreads Link in the title)

Honestly I gave this a 4/5 stars on Goodreads, it was confusing to begin with everything was a little all over the place. Her writing tended to jump a little, especially in the middle section of the book. So it took a while to fully grasp what was happening. That and my book is filled with scribbles translating the roman numerals, which is a learning experience. I found this book okay, but that ending though. That is what got me, I am wanting to read the next book because of that ending. Yet somehow I was really hooked, I couldn’t put it down once I got over the first initial half of the book.

All the emotions happened at the end when she finally escaped the Prison. She got on that train and all I was in shock of what happened in the last 50 pages. (Would also like to point out that in those pages Jax is a true selfish jerk. But I love it when the author makes the nice guy into a sort of villain). I wanted to scream because where was this sort of writing at the beginning of the novel!! It went from slow and confusing to action packed and moving from one scene to another it was like she rushed to finish it. And so many unnecessary deaths, like for example

(STOP READING HERE IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK)

Liss, what was the point of killing her! She was so lovely and sweet and did not deserve that and to die in that way. I swear one minute she is alive and next minute she is dying in the silks. I must have missed the part on how she actually died because I have zero recollection of reading that.

Anyone wanna fill me in, comment below please I am beyond curious.

Also I just have to mention Seb and his unfortunate outcome. To be completely honest he did annoy me, at the beginning I still don’t understand his existence during some parts of the story… okay all of his parts during the story. But I did cry when I found out he was the poltergeist locking the entrance to the train station… tears were flowing.

Also Paige’s character development, was that stunning and shocking and if she was real I would just want to hug her. This book had me so sympathetic to Paige, and her struggle to just fit in it related to me in certain aspects. I’m not a clairvoyant much to my disappointment. But I am at a pure lack of words from how this character went from shoving everyone out, to finally gaining that feeling of acceptance even just for a little while.

In my honest opinion it was an okay book. It was one of those ones where you kinda struggle through at least the first 3/4 of the book then the ending just comes up and smacks you in the face. Thus leaving you hooked for the next book… well played.

What did you guys think of the Bone Season let me know in the comments below.

Also these are my own thoughts and opinions on this book, everyone is entitled to there own thoughts and opinions.