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December Wrap Up + Goodreads Challenge Final Update

Welcome to my last Blogmas post and final blog post of 2018. Today I’m going to be sharing what I read in December and also wrap up my 2018 Goodreads challenge. 2018 hasn’t been the best reading year for me – in between a massive move and starting 2 modules at university I’ve been busy, too tired or lacking concentration to read as much as I normally do. However, looking back at all the books I’ve read this year I’ve been really lucky to read many amazing books. I’m surprised because I’m not always one to rate 5 stars and as you’ll see I had a lot of 5 star reviews. You’ll notice I don’t have any 1 or 2 stars reads this year and that’s because 9 times out of 10 if I’m not enjoying a book I’ll abandon it. Without further ado, here is my wrap up!


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

I also read the Assassins Blade this year and loved it. I have had this series on my shelf for the longest time and I finally got to read it. I’ve only read the first one and part of the second one so far, before I got distracted with my Christmas books. However, I’m enjoying the series so far and I’m excited to see what happens next.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling.

So I started my reread this month and once again I have fallen more in love with Harry Potter (who even knew that was possible!). It’s exciting to read and remember all the little things I’ve forgotten.

You can read my review for this book here.

Another post that may interest you is Harry Potter Scenes I Wish Were In The Movies Part 1.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab.

This month I decided to try a free trial of Scribd. I love it – and unlike Audible you can listen to as many books as you want in a month for the same price. This was my first book by Victoria Schwab and it’s safe to say that I fell in love with her writing. I’m excited to read all her other books in the new year.

Mr Greedy, Mr Mischief and Mr Happy by Roger Hargreaves.

The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter.

The Tale of Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter.

Castle of Doom by Sarina Hossain.

The last few books I read in December were very short. With only 6 hours to go until midnight I was determined I was getting to my goal of 50 books. I have never failed a challenge yet and I wasn’t having it beat me. I crammed in the last 6 books and I did it!


Goal – 50 books.

Final count – 50 books.

5 star book review

  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.
  • The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter.
  • The Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter.
  • I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore.
  • Mr Bump by Roger Hargreaves.
  • The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore.
  • The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore.
  • Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
  • The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore.
  • I Know A Secret by Tess Gerritsen.
  • My Real Name Is Hanna by Tara Lynn Masih.
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour.
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber.
  • Legendary by Stephanie Garber.
  • The Assassin and the Healer by Sarah J. Maas.
  • The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess.
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
  • The Doll by J.C Martin.
  • Mr Greedy by Roger Hargreaves.
  • Mr Mischief by Roger Hargreaves.
  • Mr Happy by Roger Hargreaves.
  • The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle.

4 star book review

  • Night of the Living Dummy by R.L Stine.
  • The Blob That Ate Everyone by R.L Stine.
  • Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.
  • The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore.
  • The Last Days of Lorien by Pittacus Lore.
  • The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore.
  • Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis.
  • The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas.
  • The Assassin and the Underworld by Sarah J. Maas.
  • The Assassin and the Empire by Sarah J. Maas.
  • The Rain by Virginia Bergin.
  • The Storm by Virginia Bergin.
  • Mirage by Somaiya Daud.
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab.
  • The Tale of Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter.

3 star book review

  • The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter.
  • A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke.
  • Island by David Almond.
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini.
  • Black Cairn Point by Claire McFall.
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
  • The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas.
  • Seed by Lisa Heathfield.
  • There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins.
  • Immortal Girls by Griffin Stark.
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
  • Signal Failure by David Wailing.
  • Castle of Doom by Sarina Hossain.

What have been your favourite books this year? I hope you all have a wonderful and safe New Years Eve. I’ll see you all in the new year!

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The Dreaded Reading Slump (And How To Pull Yourself Out!)

We all know the situation – you pick up a book and YOU JUST CAN’T READ! It’s the bane of a readers existence and personally I feel like, in the reader world, there’s nothing worse than a reading slump. I went through so many slumps this year and at times I thought my brain might explode from lack of reading! I’m here today to pick out some of the reasons why slumps happen and also offer some tips to get out of one…


Possible causes..

Too much Netflix!

I can lose hours and hours of time binge watching a new tv show I just discovered. 77 episodes later and I’ll emerge from the shame and realise I haven’t picked up a book in days. This is also happens with YouTube – I watch one video and then fall down the black hole of clicking every video that pops up..

You’ve just finished the best book ever.

The times when nothing will ever compare to the book you’ve just finished and everything else beside it is going to be rubbish. This happened to me with Caraval and Legendary this year, and was responsible for my big slump around July. I sulked because all I wanted to read was the 3rd book in the series and it wasn’t out yet!

You can’t get into the current book you’re reading.

This happens to me a lot. It’s when you don’t connect with the book but you’re too stubborn to move onto another one. It then causes you to lose the oomph to pick up the book and actually read it.

You’ve read too much.

I wish this wasn’t even a thing. This is when your brain basically tells you to stop reading before it explodes. It’s the times when you want to read but your brain doesn’t.


My top tips for getting our a reading slump.

Re-read an old favourite.

For me, it’s Harry Potter. If I’m struggling with a slump I’ll pick up this series. It always reminds me of how exciting I find reading and inspires me to explore other worlds. Plus, I know the story back to front so it doesn’t involve much concentration.

Try an audiobook.

I love audiobooks! They help me get out of a slump if I’m struggling with concentration. The beauty of them is that you don’t have to do anything but listen. I recommend Scribd – they provide audiobooks and ebooks. Unlike Audible which only allows you 1 audiobook per month, you have unlimited use for the entire month for £7.99 (which is the same as audible)

Try short stories.

This is a brilliant trick for reading slumps. Something short and quick to read usually helps me find the joy in reading again.

Don’t try to read.

Sometimes your brain just needs a break so listen to it. Do anything other than reading for a few hours or days and then try again!

Don’t be stubborn and DNF a book you’re not enjoying.

There are too many books in the world to read – that you’ll probably enjoy – to stay hung up on a book you’re not into. It took me a long time to realise this so I’d always force myself to finish every single book I picked up. Don’t do it to yourself – it’s not worth it and you’ll probably miss out on great books with all the time you’ve wasted on trying to finish a book you’re not connecting with.

Try a different genre.

Maybe you’re having what I’d like to call a ‘genre burnout’. If all you ever read is fantasy, then maybe try contemporary. Or if you read sci-fi, then try fantasy and so on.

Head on to Goodreads or Instagram etc.

I do this all the time when I’m in a reading slump because when I see others flying through books, it reminds my brain of how much joy I get from reading. However, air on the side of caution as this could backfire and make your slump worse if you find yourself getting frustrated that you can’t read.


These are just some of the tips I find help me when I’m in a reading slump. What are some top tips that help you get out of a reading slump?

Book Review | Day 21 by Kass Morgan

Title – Day 21.

Author – Kass Morgan.

Publication date – 16th September 2014.

Publisher – Little Brown Books.

Series status – 2nd book in the 100 series.


Synopsis

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries — until now.

It’s been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They’re the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries…or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.

In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan’s The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can — together.


My thought on the book

4 star book review

*Minor spoilers ahead*

Oh my life!! There were so many twists and turns in this book. They just kept coming and coming!

I loved the survival aspect of this book. I thought it was pretty cool when they started to build their own cabins at the beginning. The world building was amazing and I really enjoyed reading about Earth as it is in the book. It kinda made me forget for a while that this book is a work of fiction.

I felt like the characters started to really develop in this book. They all had their own problems and were all determined to sort them out.

I liked how the author showed ya what was happening up on the ship as well as down on Earth.

Back up on the ship, it must have been terrifying to know that the oxygen reserves were running dangerously low and realised you were literally suffocating to death. When Glass realised the air vent was blocked on the other side I felt disheartened for her. Her and Luke had finally gotten back together and for a while it looked like they were going to make it.

I was intrigued by the Earthborn’s and what they wanted, and how they even survived the radiation. There were a lot of surprises in this book – some were obvious, some weren’t but all the same it made the book exciting and fast paced.

I was literally holding my breath the entire time Glass and her mother were fighting their way to the dropships. It was SO tense and then the guard demanded Glass get off so he could take her place. I could feel everyone’s terror as they fought for a space, knowing if they didn’t get a place they were going to die.

Overall, I loved this book. It had lots of surprises however some parts were predictable and I found myself yelling out that I knew something was going to happen.


How you read Day 21? If so, what did you think?

Book Review | The 100 by Kass Morgan.

Title – The 100.

Author – Kass Morgan.

Publication date – 3rd September 2013.

Publisher – Little, Brown and Company.

Series status – 1st book in the 100 series.


Synopsis

‘Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents — considered expendable by society — are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves — but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.

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My thought on the book

4 star book review

*minor spoilers*

The first chapter of this book really gripped my attention and I thought wow, I’m really going to enjoy this book and that I did!

I’ve read quite a few bad reviews of this book, mainly saying that the TV show is better. I’m probably at an advantage because I haven’t watched the show yet, and maybe that’s why I enjoyed this book more than others. I’m definitely going to read the rest of the series before I watch the show.

I loved Kass Morgan’s writing style! Her writing was super captivating and it made it incredibly easy to whizz through.

My first thoughts of Clarke was that she was a badass! When the 100 went down to Earth I saw a different side to her. When she was caring for the injured people, she was very caring, even to those she didn’t know. She was also super protective over Thalia and I love to see that in a character.

I enjoyed the different point of views as it allowed me to get to know all the main characters. It was interesting reading the flashbacks as they happened, rather than just being told in the story.

I felt like I really connected with Glass as she reminded me a lot of me. I couldn’t believe why she was confined – I should’ve worked it out but I didn’t. When her and Luke were reunited properly I had so many feelings.

I couldn’t stand Wells. I thought his insane jealously was so dangerous. I can’t believe he held Clarke back from saving the only friend he had, yeah maybe he was trying to protect her but she was trying to save her friend!

I like Bellamy – his dedication to protecting his sister was beautiful, and I loved seeing that softer side to him. I also loved Clarke and Bellamy’s relationship and I thought they were so suited although their personalities are quite different.

I did find it rather predictable. Of course they weren’t going to be alone on Earth, that would have made it a rather boring series! However, overall it was a great book and I’m looking forward to reading the next one.


Have you read the 100, if so what did you think about it?

8 Pet Peeves Every Bookworm Can Relate To

We all have pet peeves – whether that’s someone’s loud chewing or someone starts asking questions in the middle of the film you’re watching. The majority of my pet peeves tend to revolve around books and that’s what I’m here to share today. Here are 8 of my bookish pet peeves that every book lover can probably relate to..


When someone folds the pages.

Why, why, why?! The pages in a book are sacred and should never be folded over. Bookmarks exist for this very reason and regardless of whether it’s my book or someone else’s, it drives me insane when I notice a folded page.


When retailers put stickers on books.

This could quite possibly be my ultimate pet peeve. There’s nothing worse than getting a nice, new, shiny book and then there’s a sticker slapped on the front of it. My favourite bookstore does this and it makes me want to cry. It’s even worse when the whole sticker doesn’t peel off and it leaves a gross mark in the corner.


When I’m judged for wanting to stay home and read.

Honestly, I would much rather sit at home and read than go out and party. I don’t like partying (I used to! but not anymore). Curled up on the sofa with a coffee sounds like the perfect night in to me. Maybe that’s an indication about how old I’m getting.


When books don’t live up to the hype.

I am the queen of not liking hyped books. There’s probably only a handful I’ve actually liked. Maybe I should learn my lesson and not set my expectations so high – but that’s difficult when there’s a hype around the book. You just expect it to be good!


When someone spoils a book for you.

To be honest, most book bloggers and booktubers are relatively considerate when it comes to spoilers. There are still some who don’t think about putting a warning. I don’t like spoilers for books I’m planning on reading – I feel like it ruins the moment if I know what’s coming.


When I lend someone a book and I don’t get it back.

Or I get it back in terrible condition. If I borrow a book from someone I’m always extra careful to take care of it and I’ll always make sure they get it back. I have learnt my lesson and it’s very rare that I’ll lend out my books – I just can’t part with my babies.


When I’m judged for how much I read.

I like to read, okay? It’s better than other things I could be gallivanting about doing, and yet most of the time I’m curled up with a book, minding my own business.


When people are mean to someone because of the kind of books they like to read.

If you like to read Young Adult and you’re a fully grown adult? Go for it. If you like Erotica? Go for it. I hate it when people are disrespectful to others over the books they like to read. Especially when it’s plastered all over social media. I am proud to say i’m a fully grown adult who for the majority of the time only reads Young Adult!


What are some of your bookish pet peeves?

5 Of The Best Books I’ve Read This Year

I feel like December is the perfect time to look back and reflect on what I’ve read during the year. I’ve read some amazing books this year, some not so great and some I’ve not been able to finish. I have some new favourites, books that have disappointed me and some that have surprised me. Here are the favourites I’ve picked out..


I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore.

This year was finally the year I got around to reading the Lorien Legacies. As it’s sci-fi I didn’t imagine I’d enjoy it as much as I did, but I loved it. The first 3 books in the series I rated 5 stars, and the rest came out at 4. I’ve got Generation One waiting for me on my shelf – I’m excited to dive back into the world with a new set of characters.


Caraval and Legendary by Stephanie Garber.

I was super late to the Caraval party and boy was I missing out. This book was an unique, exciting story and the only annoyance I had with it is I have to wait until next year for the final book. They were both a 5 star read, however, I did enjoy Legendary a little more because I preferred the narrator. You can read my review for Caraval here, and my review for Legendary here.


We Are Okay by Nina LaCour.

I bought this book because I loved the cover (guilty). Although I know I should stop my judgy eyes when it comes to books and their covers – I’m really glad this time it worked in my favour. You can read my review here.


Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

As this is the final book in the Illuminae trilogy I knew I was going to feel all kinds of emotions. I’ve loved this whole series so much and Obsidio didn’t let me down. Having everything wrapped up was beautiful and sad at the same time. It’s a series I know I’ll always come back to when I need to get out of a slump or I’m craving reading old favourites.


What are the best books you’ve read this year?

My Top 6 Damn Good Fictional Villains

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Hey guys and welcome to Blogtober day 29. In honour of Halloween I’m going to be sharing my top 6 fictional villains. I love a good villain, no story is complete without them and they are one of my favourite types of characters to develop in my own stories. The villains I’ve chosen are either featured in YA fiction or video games and here they are!


Lord Voldemort.

Harry Potter.

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Voldemort has got to be my favourite damn good villain. There has been no one else whose been on par with Voldemort and his evil ways. I also love how complex his background is and how far he went to become the most powerful wizard in the world.


Professor Umbridge.

Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix.

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As much as I hate Professor Umbridge – she was portrayed as a brilliant villain. She was one of those quietly evil characters – never showing everyone her true colours whilst tormenting Harry and the other Hogwarts students behind closed doors.


Queen Levana.

The Lunar Chronicles.

Queen Levana is one the cruelest villains I’ve ever come across. Her barbaric tactics to getting what she wanted were heartless. But I guess that’s what we want in a villain!


David.

The Last Of Us.

David was one of those type of characters that just makes my skin crawl. However I loved the way David and his disgusting actions brought Ellie and Joel together.


Handsome Jack.

Borderlands 2.

I think one of the best things about Handsome Jack is he spends the entirety of the game believing he’s the hero and we’re the bad guys. It’s reiterated every time we have any kind of interaction with him. He is one the most intriguing and interesting characters I’ve come across in a video game, and I think that makes him such a compelling villain.


Jacob Seed.

Far Cry 5.

Even though Jacob wasn’t the main villain of this game, I thought he was the best one out of the 4. The song his music box played throughout the game really creeped me out and if I even hear the tune now it freaks me out.


Who are your favourite fictional villains?