BreakyourTBRapart Updates pt2

31/1/18 5pm

So I just finished the witch’s kiss…. and it was okay. I gave it a 2/5 stars… I don’t think I’ll read the sequel I’m not sure…. the story could have ended here really…

6:04pm

I added it up while I’m waiting for a university to contact me so I can get some questions answered… I have read at this current moment 811 pages… omg

1/2/18 3:57pm

I’m procrastinating reading today…. I have gone shopping and I have cleaned my room and I am actually studying to procrastinate today. But I have read about 42 pages of Shatter Me so book 3 of the readathon 🙂

10:23pm

I have read 66 pages…. yep. Procrastination station right here!

2/2/18 3:23pm

I have read more from last night. I’m actually enjoying the book. I’m absolutely in love with her writing and yes I even highlighted some quotes…. now I don’t usually do that… but omg so good!

3/2/18 9:04am

Unfortunately I will not be participating in the 24 hour aspect of the readathon thanks to my jobs. With everyone calling in sick work both of them have been crazy :/ I’ll be lucky to finish my third book today which might be a possibility :/ and maybe start book 4 who knows.

4/2/18 9:39pm

Well that’s it for me 🙂 I finished three books during the readathon!!! Which was awesome considering all the work and study I had to do I am very very proud of myself 🙂 and I am bloody exhausted so I am going to take a little break from reading for a bit. But it was a good week and next time I am definitely gonna go again!!! 🙂

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Quote of the Week

I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.

– Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

BreakyourTBRapart Update pt1

29/1/18 11:34am

I’m motivated and excited and a little sick to be honest but I am smashing this so far: I’ve read 222 pages today; across two books. (Still turtle pacing it through L.O.T.R) I’m currently reading Matched and I am sinking way into the book that I start a new chapter and question what happened to the other ones… so I’m liking it , it’s pretty good. May considered buying or borrowing the second one. Who knows…

30/1/18 12:02 am

So it’s just past midnight and I have finished the book! I finished it at 11:59! Literally in a day I have never felt more satisfied!!I gave it a 4/5 stars, I managed to get lost in it. And I found it was a good first book but I don’t think I’ll be getting the rest of the series I’m not sure…. but it was good. I normally give my books a 4 or a 5 star rating though cause there are actual parts I enjoy! I think I should be a little but more critical but I don’t know.

3:23pm

So I got up late today, and did a bit of shopping so not much reading has been done today. I’m about 110 pages in of the Witch’s Kiss and it’s okay…. I guess. I’m not feeling it at the moment so I’m hoping I can sink in a little more as the story progresses.

11:34pm

Hahaha barely any reading what so ever was done today. I am 126 pages through before I got stuck doing applications and more course work. Yep I’m up late catching up it is the story of my life right now… hopefully I can get some more in before bed.

31/1/18 1:20am

I’m now 205 pages in, so close to half way and I don’t understand where this book is going at all… it is an easy read one that I can fly through easy enough but the story I feel is not making much sense….

12:44pm

So this is due to go up annnyyy minute now and I am on page 249 so I am slowly very slowly making some progress. Book is still mediocre… But I also unfortunately have some studying to do today and applications to fill out… so I don’t know how I will finish this book…. or if I want to even read the sequel. So far I’ve read a total of 629 pages during the readathon… which I feel really proud about!!!!

I also wrote all of this on my phone. Cause it is the easiest way for me to write down my thoughts as soon as they pop up. Stay tuned for the second round of updates!!

– Gab

BreakyourTBRapart!! TBR

My first readathon of the year / ever!!

This readathon starts on the 29th (so today for me and anyone who is participating in Aus) until the 4th of Feb. You can follow them on Twitter here
I’m excited!! 🙂

So here is my TBR I’ve set for the challenges:

1. Book that has been on your TBR for sometime
Matched by Allie Condie – this one has been on my TBR for about nearly 5 years…. feel like I should probably get to it.

2. Short Book OR / Book of Short Stories
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart – I loved, loved, LOVED we were liars. So I thought why not get this one and I have the perfect opportunity to read it.

3. First book in a series / sequel that is on your TBR
Shatter me by Tahereh Mafi – yet another book that has been on my TBR for a while… Whoopsies.

4. Read for 24 hours
Don’t really have a book for that one but I am super excited for it, I have had to change my 24 hour day to the Sunday instead of the Saturday. I think it is the perfect way to end the readathon.

5. Read 5 Books
For this I am adding the Witch’s Kiss and the Witch’s Tears by Katherine and Elizabeth Corr to the list. I got these from my grandma for Christmas, so I am excited to get to them

So who else is joining in this week and what do you plan on reading??
Have a great reading week

– Gab

To Be Read

And why I don’t make monthly TBR’s

Let’s be real here, as a book hoarder there is nothing more annoying then seeing a looming pile of unread books. And if your anything like me you procrastinate reading them…. by buying more books. Now add on being a Mood Reader and all hope for a monthly TBR goes out the window.

So I thought as we are in the first month of the year and that the Break Your TBR Readathon starts next Monday, it is a good to go through all of my unread books… so grab yourself some and some snacks and probably a pillow. We will be here a while; I have 67 unread books at the moment, hopefully going down because I have had to place myself on a ban. (Update made it through 75% of ban before cracking) But nonetheless here are the 67 unread books from my shelves

  1. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
  4. Illiad by Homer (this was for school)
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  6. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien (I’m currently reading this)
  7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  8. Abundance of Katherines’ by John Green
  9. Matched by Ally Condie
  10. Emma by Jane Austen
  11. Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  12. Inheritance by Christopher Pasolini
  13. Winters Tale by Mark Helprin
  14. Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  15. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
  16. The Austere Academy by Lemony Snickett
  17. A Long Walk to Freedom by  Nelson Mandela
  18. Fallen Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah
  19. Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
  20. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
  21. Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter
  22. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  23. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  24. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
  25. Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
  26. The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snickett
  27. The Vile Village by Lemony Snickett
  28. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  29. 1000 Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
  30. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  31. Fools Assassin by Robin Hobb
  32. Where she went by Gaye Forman
  33. Ruined by Amy Tintera
  34. Blood Song by Anthony Ryan
  35. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  36. Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  37. The Host by Stepheine Meyer
  38. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
  39. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  40. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  41. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
  42. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
  43.  Scott Pilgrim Vol 1 by Bryan Lee O’ Malley
  44. All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher
  45. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  46. The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
  47. Queen at War by K.A.S Quinn
  48. Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui
  49. Duskfall by Christopher Husberg
  50. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  51. First Life by Gena Showalter
  52. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  53. Outside In by Maria V. Snyder
  54. The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
  55. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Mass
  56. The Core by Peter V. Brett
  57.  The Understudy by David Nicholls
  58. Life Blood by Gena Showalter
  59. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  60. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  61. Renegades by Marissa Meyer
  62. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
  63. The Witch’s Kiss by Katherine and  Elizabeth Corr
  64. The Witch’s Tears by Katherine and Elizabeth Corr
  65. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  66. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  67. Everless by Sara Holland

To be completely honest I thought I had more when I was writing this. So these are all of my unread books… I have also have about 3 or so comic books on there as well. But I am actually shocked it is this low, I thought I had at least 70. Well then that made my day a little. Anyways let me know if there are any books on this list that I should get too, I have so much trouble deciding. Also stay tuned next week for the Break Your TBR Readathon, I will posting and participating this year. Does anyone else also make monthy TBR’s if they really work I wouldn’t mind giving them another go…

Keep Reading
– Gab

The Assassin’s Blade Review

I recently read this completely soul destroying collection of novellas recently and thought why not do a review on it. Warning Spoilers ahead.

Title: The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass Novellas 0.01-0.05)
Author: Sarah J Mass
Published: 4th March 2014

How can I put this into words.
This collection of novellas is amazing, I am an huge fan of Sarah J Mass’s writing. I loved how we got a glimpse of Calaena before the Throne of Glass series, especially her relationship with Sam. I will be honest here, I cried. I knew it was happening, anyone who has read the Throne of Glass series knows what is going to happen. But I was not ready for it. Not in the slightest. It was so beautifully written that I was tearing up. Just all the emotions because of course you are upset because of the character but the way that Sarah had expressed Calaena’s grief is what really got me.

Apart from her words making me want to go find Arobynn myself and slap him. I was loving how the collection was how all these separate novellas, made the whole story complete without the filler. It had everything, action, betrayal, romance even though that was really short lived.

I love how you see how Calaena changed into the character we first meet at the beginning of the T.O.G series. She is confused and afraid and yet is not going to apologize for being  herself. It is so refreshing to see a female protagonist being such a bad-ass and not cowering to anyone. Except her former mast of the Assassin’s Guild, which was within reason because let’s face it. He is a master manipulator. I can’t thank Sarah enough for creating such a villain. He is one that can be admired for how he conducts everything and how he “earned” his crown. But I hate him with a passion because of how he manipulated Calaena. But it is what made the story even more. He is someone I really love to hate. (It is bold to be saying he is close to the Dolores Umbridge of the T.O.G series.)

But one thing I really have to commend Sarah for writing was that ending. How Calaena powered through the ride to Endovier and her struggles to come to terms with the death of Sam. It was so beautifully written this is where most of the crying happened. I am so happy she made Calaena so strong and so human (well…. I mean anyone else who read the T.O.G series). It was so so beautiful I just can not describe how it made me feel. For some reason it gave me that sense of pride reading how Calaena entered the salt mines with her head held high and was stating that this place won’t break her. It was just amazing I cannot stop gushing over this book and this entire series.

I love this series, I will probably not stop loving this series. I could go on and on about it all day. But I won’t. Let me know if you had read it what you thought of it? or mainly if anyone else hates Arobynn as much as me right now.

2017 Wrap-Up

Because I am usually late to the party. might as well post it until we are well into 2018.

Books Read: 27
Pages Read: 11,517

Shortest Book: 176 pages – The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
Longest Book: 827 pages – Winter by Marissa Meyer
Average Length: 427 Pages

Most Popular: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling
Least Popular: The Skull Throne by Peter V Brett

My Average Rating for 2017 – 4.6
Highest Rated on Goodreads: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Now for all the books I read in 2017!!!!

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket
The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket
Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief by Rick Riordan
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Tokyo Ghoul Vol 1. by Sui Ishida
We were Liars by E. Lockhart
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Andieh
The Crown by Kiera Cass
The Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett
A Court of Wings & Ruin by Sarah J. Mass
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Turtles all the way Down by John Green
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
(I attempted a review on this one!! you can check it out here)
Eldest by Christopher Paolini
Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
Glass Sword by Victoria Averyard
Kings Cage by Victoria Averyard

The rest of us just live here by Patrick Ness (audiobook)

In comparison to other years, like 2016 for example worst reading year ever!. This year was one of my best reading years, and I really want to smash it this year I have so many unread books that I am so excited to get to this year!! I can’t wait to see what the year well technically the next 11 months and two weeks will bring!

THE GOODREADS BOOK TAG!!

 

So I don’t think I was tagged… or if I was I don’t remember. But I decided to do the Goodreads Tag! It just seems like the right moment… you know. Also I don’t know who actually created this tag. I found it on YouTube so all credit goes to the original creator.

  1. What is the last book you marked as read?
    Percy Jackson and the Titans Curse By Rick Riordan
  2. What are you currently reading?
    Lord of the Rings (All Three books in one.. I believe I’m up to the Two Towers)
    The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Mass
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (re-read because I love them so much)
  3. What is the last book you marked as To Be Read?
    The Cruel Prince By Holly Black
  4. What book do you plan on reading next?
    Another Book…. I can’t choose yet… but I am doing a readathon in the next couple of weeks so stay tuned!!
  5. Do you use the star rating system?
    Depending on the book, yes
  6. Are you doing a 2018 reading challenge?
    Sure am!! I hope to read 22 books this year and I am also giving the popsugar challenge a go
    Now I put my book challenge at 22 because I have years where I completely crush it and years where I am just able to make or I fall short because sometimes that is how it goes.
  7. Do you have a wishlist?
    Yeah…. It’s growing by the day
  8. What book do you plan on buying next?
    I’m tossing up between Outlander by Diana Gabledon, Tokyo Ghoul 2 by Sui Ishida or the next Percy Jackson book..
  9. What is your favorite quote? “A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone” Tyrion Lannister
    “One must always be careful of books and what is inside them. For words have the power to change us” – Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
  10. Who are your favorite authors?
    J.K. Rowling!!
    Sarah J Mass
    Marissa Meyer
  11. Have you joined any groups on Goodreads?
    A few I believe, the popsugar reading challenges and another reading group I think.. Im not realy active in them..
  12. What Goodreads do better?
    1/2 star rating system PLEASE

And there you guys have it!! This was actually kind of difficult to do. I never really think of this much hahaha.
I tag anyone who wants to give it a go!!

Good luck!