Chapter 5 Summer Reading Challenge

So, the BookTubeAThon reading challenge went OK. I managed to read 3 and a half books, which isn’t too bad for four days of reading (especially since I had work and family visit). I finished Echo Boy by Matt Haig, The Facts in the case of the departure of Miss Finch by Neil Gaiman, Geek Girl by Holly Smale and made it halfway through the sequel Model Misfit. I’m probably going to be blogging about one of them for my ‘5 reasons…’ on Friday.

Now though, BookTubeAThon is over, and I’m moving onto my next reading challenge. The Chapter 5 Summer Reading Challenge, which looks like this!

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The Chapter 5 challenge calls for you to fill in at least 5 of these categories and read the books before August 31st. You then tweet about the challenge in order to be entered in for the chance to win a Spineless Classic! You can find out more about it on Chapter 5’s Twitter.

Unlike before though, I’m not going to be compiling a TBR pile for it. I’ve already asked your opinion on which series I should read for it (please keep voting by the way.) I don’t know if anyone else is like this, but the minute I put a book on a ‘must-read’ kind of pile then it kind of loses it’s appeal. I don’t know why (I’m just strange.) So this time I’m going to be filling in the list as I go and seeing how well I do. If you have any suggestions for books please leave a comment, I would love to hear them.

So, that’s what I’ll be doing for the next 6 weeks! Who wants to join me?

Happy Reading guys!

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Which Series Should I Read First?

While I’m trying to catch up on the BookTube-A-Thon (even though I’m never going to finish another three books today) I am already thinking about my next reading challenge. Chapter 5 have set up a Summer Reading Challenge, which I’m really looking forward too! It calls for me to start reading an ‘EPIC’ series & a sequel, so I thought it would be a great time to actually read one of the series’ that have been sat on my shelf for god knows how long.

I just have no idea which one to go for!

So I thought I’d ask you for your advice on the matter.

 

 

 

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What do you think?

New Blogging Schedule

I’ve been absent from the blogging world for a while. Part of that is because life has been incredibly hectic lately but it’s mostly because I’ve only just got broadband in my flat (after being here for 3 months!) But now I have Internet (and it’s glorious) so I would like to start blogging again.

From now on I will be trying to post at least three times a week, more often if time and inspiration allow.

WEDNESDAY: Waiting on Wednesday (making my triumphant return!)

FRIDAY: Five Reasons You Should Read… (I’m going to try reading a book a week)

SATURDAY: If You Loved …. You Should Read … (to go along with the Five Reasons post from Friday)

As always, I’m open to suggestions about anything you would like to see on the blog, so please just let me know in the comments.

 

My (Non BookTuber) BookTube-A-Thon TBR List

So I’m coming to BookTube-A-Thon pretty late (what with it being Wednesday and all) but I’ve always liked a challenge! And what’s more fun than a challenge that involves reading a lot of books?! I may not be a BookTuber (even though I’ve been considering it for a while now) but the challenge is open to everyone, and honestly my TBR pile is getting so ridiculous now that I live in constant fear that it will topple over and bury me one day.

If you don’t know what the BookTube-A-Thon is then you should head over to the YouTube Channel and find out more about it. Basically it’s a week where you try and read as much as possible, while trying to mold your TBR pile around these seven challenges.

With those challenges in mind, I have formed a loose TBR pile, which is as follows.

1. Read a book with pictures in it

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THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF THE DEPARTURE OF MISS FINCH by Neil Gaiman

2. Start and finish a series

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JUST ONE DAY & JUST ONE YEAR by Gayle Forman

3. Read a book with red on the cover

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THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater

4. Read a book that someone else has picked for you

Geek Girl (Geek Girl, #1)

GEEK GIRL by Holly Smale

(picked out by the lovely Jennifer Blackwood)

5. Read a book in the genre that you have read the least of this year

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ECHO BOY by Matt Haig

(YA science fiction)

6. Read and watch a book to film adaptation

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THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky

7. Read SEVEN books

So that’s it, that’s my TBR for the following week (or five days). I’m not going to say I’m going to stick to it faithfully, but I do hope to complete all the challenges and have second options if I’m simply not in the mood to read those on that list.

Are you taking part in the BookTube-A-Thon? Are you a BookTuber or not?

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Too Read in June

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So, I have signed up to JUNOWRIMO this month, which may or may not be a great idea. I intend to use the next couple of months (JUNOWRIMO and CAMP NANOWRIMO) to fast draft some of the stories that have crept into my brain and settled down for the long haul. Honestly, my head is becoming a crowded place. That means most of my free time will be spent typing away to try and get my words for the day, which means reading time might be limited.

Saying that, here are the books that I am hoping to read in June.

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EVERYDAY ANGEL: NEW BEGINNINGS by VICTORIA SCHWAB

If Victoria Schwab wrote it, then I want to read it. End of. This is Victoria’s first MG book, so I know that it will be very different from her previous books. However, I have no doubt that it will be filled with beautiful words and it will be heart-wrenching.

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IF I STAY by GAYLE FORMAN

I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while now, after hearing so many wonderful things about Gayle Formans writing, but after seeing the trailer for the up and coming movie (which looks AMAZING by the way) I am finally taking the plunge and reading it. I have been told to make sure I have tissues handy.

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CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by CASSANDRA CLARE

It is coming to an end. The City of Heavenly Fire is the final book in The Mortal Instruments series and I am both excited and nervous about reading it. I loved the first three books in the series, but I have been disappointed by the last two. I want to know how the series comes to and end, but I really don’t want to be disappointed by this the way other final books have disappointed me.

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UNTOLD by SARAH REES BRENNAN

I enjoyed Unspoken and am looking forward to reading the second book in this series.

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Continue with my re-read of THE PRINCESS DIARIES series by MEG CABOT. I suspect that I will need something light and funny while writing this month.

What are you going to be reading in June?

The Great TBR Challenge: May Wrap-Up

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After an alarming absence, I am back with another Wrap-Up post. Sorry about the absence, since I have moved into a new place I am currently without Wi-fi, which means my blogging has really suffered and I have a long queue of YouTube videos waiting to be watched. Anyway, I am back and I have had great success this month, with a total of nine books read. NINE! OK, so some of them were re-reads, but I don’t care.

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I started off the month with THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME by Jennifer E. Smith. It took me a little while to get into the story as I found the beginning a bit slow, but once it picked up the rest of the book raced by. It was sweet and romantic and ended on the not-perfect-but-hopeful ending that I have come to expect from Jennifer E. Smith. Plus the novel involved a lot of postcards, and I have a little obsession with postcards, so that was awesome. I gave this 4 out of 5 cause it still didn’t reach the standards of THE STATISTICAL POSSIBILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, but it was damn close.

Next, I finally (FINALLY!) got round to finishing ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth. Honestly, it took me months to work my way through this book, which surprised me considering how excited I was for its release. After finishing it I still don’t know how I feel about it. I had a lot of issues with the book, but I also had a lot of things I loved about it. I’m on the fence I guess. I will say this though, I’m so glad that Veronica Roth stayed true to Tris’ character throughout.  3 out of 5 stars.

Third up I read UNSPOKEN by Sarah Rees Brennan. I’d been eyeing this book up for months, but was finally convinced to give it a go after Ashley Metzger spoke about it so highly on her YouTube channel saidthestory. This is a quirky story with an interesting premise, but I was gutted by the ending. Some of the twists were fantastic, while others were predictable. Another on the fence sort of book I guess. I enjoyed it and have already downloaded UNTOLD, but ultimately it was a 3 out of 5 for me.

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SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson was a book that I had high expectations for. I had heard a lot of great things about it and, having read and been so incredibly moved by WINTERGIRLS last year, I went into the book prepared for tears. SPEAK is a moving story and it is beautifully written, but I struggled to connect with Melinda’s character. It’s a tough one to review, because I know this novel has a strong message and it is one that so many young people relate to. It is an important novel.

After reading so many emotional stories I needed something light to cheer me up, which is how the re-read of THE PRINCESS DIARIES series by Meg Cabot started (I’ve managed books 1-3 so far). I read these books when I was a teenager and I cannot tell you how important they are to me. These are THE books. They were the first YA books that I ever read and Michael Moscovitz was my first ever book boyfriend (and still the best). I love these books because they are funny and sweet and real and I related to them a lot when I was younger (except the whole princess thing of course). Re-reading them again, it’s like remembering what it was like to be that young again.

SHUT OUT is the third book I’ve read by Kody Keplinger. This was another light read and one that I probably wouldn’t have picked up if it hadn’t been written by Kody (it’s about sports rivalry after all). It didn’t quite live up to the wonder that was THE DUFF, but I enjoyed the story building much more in SHUT OUT than in A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHTMARE. Ultimately I gave this book 4 out of 5.

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And by last book of the month was WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart. Again this was another book that I was going into with high expectations, and I actually broke my book ban for this book because people had spoken so highly of it. First off, the writing in this book is stunning. It’s the sort of writing that makes me want to be a better writer, while simultaneously wondering why I even bother. Next off, I was not expecting the twist at the end, despite trying to guess what it would be the whole way through. Saying that, I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about the twist at the end. It was unexpected yes, but part of me felt cheated too. I don’t want to say any more, because I could ruin it, but I will say it’s definitely worth reading. After a lot of debate, I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

What did you read in May?

Too Read in April

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What with Camp NaNoWriMo being this month and me wanting to get back into some serious writing, I’m not sure how much time I’ll have to read this month, but I’m going to aim for 4 books at least.

Here are the books I intend to read in April!

Kindle books:

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HALF BAD by Sally Green – This one is being raved about on Twitter atm, I want to see what all the fuss is about.

Actual physical books:

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MISS PERIGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN Children by Ransom Riggs – I’ve heard great things about this book and I’ve also been informed that the writing style is much like Neil Gaiman, needless to say I want to read it!

And my last couple of books will actually be decided by you!

I can’t decide whether to read:

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THRONE OF GLASS & CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Mass

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SCARLET & CRESS by Marissa Meyer

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RED GLOVE & BLACK HEART by Holly Black

I’ve heard great things about all of them and I just can’t decide. Help me choose?!

What books are you going to be reading in April?

 

The Great TBR Challenge: March Wrap-Up

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The first month of my TBR challenge was a bit of a failure if I’m honest. I only managed to finish 2 books, although I did start another 3. My excuse is that my time was very limited in March, since I was getting ready to move at the end of the month. Hopefully, now that I’ve moved, April will be more successful.

Anyway, onto the books that I actually read in March!

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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell: I absolutely loved this book! It was weird and quirky and sweet and everything that I have come to expect from a Rainbow Rowell book. I loved the format of the story, how we get to learn about all of the main characters in such depth without it being multiple POVs. I gave it 4 stars, because it wasn’t quite up there with Fangirl. I honestly cannot wait to get my hands on Landline later this year.

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger: This book was a bit hit and miss for me, and I still don’t really know how I feel about it. I didn’t like it to begin with, to the point where I was close to putting it down, because I had no sympathy for Whitley (quite frankly I thought she was annoying). As the story went on though, I understood her more and grew to really like most of the characters. I like how they turned some themes on their head, showing sides that are not usually explored, as well. Ultimately though I thought the book ended too quickly and there was just too much left up in the air for me. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Here are the books that I started in March.

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How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff - I watched the film a few weeks ago and it was brilliant and tragic. I started reading the book the next day, but it lacked the power of the film. I’m struggling to get along with the writing style.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – This is my eight or ninth read through of this novel I think. Every time I feel sad or overwhelmed I feel myself reaching for this book. It’s like a warm blanket, something comforting.

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp – This is the book I’m currently reading. I’m really enjoying it after a slow start. I hope to finish it soon.

What did you read in March?

To read in March

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So here are the books I intend to read in March!

Actual physical books:

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ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth - I started this last month but have been reading it at a snails pace. If I’m honest, I’m worried about finishing it, because I have this sense of dread that I’m going to be disappointed with the end of this amazing series. I’ve got to get it done though

SCARLET & CRESS by Marissa Meyer - I really enjoyed Cinder, so I’m excited to get onto these. Plus, I was supposed to read these in February for a book group and didn’t get round too it (oops).

Kindle Books:

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ATTACHMENTS by Rainbow Rowell - I’ve just started this and already loving it!

HOW I LIVE NOW by Meg Rosoff - I’ve tried reading this before and couldn’t get into it, but I’ve wanted to give it another go for a while now. Plus I want to see the film really badly.

A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHTMARE by Kody Keplinger - I adored The DUFF by Kody Keplinger, so I’m looking forward to reading more books by her.

I have a feeling I’m being overly ambitious with this reading list, but you got to aim high right?!

What books are you going to be reading in March?

The Great TBR Challlenge 2014

As a self-proclaimed book addict, my TBR pile has been known to reach scary heights. There have been times when I look at them and think ‘if those were to fall over, they may just bury me’. Well lately, my TBR pile have grown exponentially, to the point where it isn’t even a pile anymore. I would say that about 60-70% of the books I own I have yet to read, which is a scary thought when I own roughly 700 books. So I have decided to set up this TBR challenge in hopes that it will help me conquer my TBR pile once and for all (kind of).

As with every challenge as well, I have set up a few rules:

  • I will write a post at the beginning of every month, outlining the books I intend to read.
  • I will be writing reviews and recommendations of every book that I do read.
  • I will also do a wrap-up post at the end of every month, showing the books I actually read.

And the big rule of course:

NO MORE NEW BOOKS!

Well OK, so I say no more new books, but I know that that’s impossible for me. I can’t go months without buying books. So I’ve decided that I can have some exceptions to that particular rule, which are:

  • I am allowed to buy new release books by these three authors (because I’d have too!):
  1. Stephanie Perkins
  2. Victoria Schwab
  3. Neil Gaiman
  • I can buy new release books in a series, as long as I already own the first books in said series.

I’m kind of hoping that having these exceptions I’ll be able to stick at this challenge a little while longer than I was able to the last time I tried something like this. Also, you’ll notice that I specify new release books, which means books released in this year (no trying to be tricky and buy older books).

Are you like me, with way too may books that need to be read and not enough time to read them? Feel free to join in on the challenge and let me know in the comments, maybe we can turn this into a thing.

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