July Wrap Up

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This month I have read 9 books and am currently reading (well actually listening) to 1 book.

So the real books that I have read this month are:

  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • The Unexpected Everything by Margan Matson
  • Quidditch Through The Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp and J.K. Rowling
  • You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
  • Soundless by Richelle Mead
  • Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

The iBooks that I read were:

  • The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  • Maggie Stiefvater by The Raven Boys

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I am also currently listening Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I am about half way through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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July Haul

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This month I purchased a fair few books but I have only received 4 of them in the mail so far.

I have purchased 10 books this month, some real copies, some iBooks, and some Audiobooks.

The real books I purchased were:

The first 3 books in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

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I also purchased Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

Lastly, I purchased Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

I purchased City of Bones, City of Ashes, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Throne of Glass from Book Depository and I got the City of Glass from Booktopia


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The iBooks that I purchased was Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie and November 9 by Colleen Hoover

 

 


Lastly, the Audiobooks that I purchased were The Siren by Kiera Cass, The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. The Siren and The Raven King were purchased using Scribd and Ready Player One using Audible.


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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

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I wasn’t specifically tagged to do this, but I’m going to do it anyway!

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Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2016:

I couldn’t pick just one book! I really enjoyed both of these books. They were both really different from anything I have read before and I just could not put them down!


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Best Sequel You Have Read So Far in 2016:

The only series I have read this year, as I have been trying to read more stand-alone books, is it The Watersong Series. I did really enjoy it either way! So I chose Lullaby by Amanda Hocking


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New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But You Want To:

I couldn’t choose just one again. So I Chose This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab and The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead.


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Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year:

Even though I haven’t yet read Iluminae this is defiantly the most anticipated read for the second half of the year. Especially because I will be receiving this book earlier than it’s release date thanks to the exclusive Gemina box that The YA Chronicles has available for October.


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Biggest Disappointment:

This is Where The World Ends by Amy Zhang

I didn’t really know what to expected from this book as I received it in The YA Chronicles subscription Box and I hadn’t heard anything about it.


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Biggest Surprise:

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

As I don’t usually read Contemporary books, so I was extremely surprised that I really enjoyed this book!


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Newest Fictional Crush:

Honestly, I still don’t know how to feel about him, but I chose Ash from The Iron King. Hopefully is actually a good guy, I need to read the rest of the series!


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Newest Favorite Character:

Blue from The Raven Boys! I don’t know why but I just love her and I think if I knew her in real life I would make friends with her!


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Book That Made You Cry:

I’m an extreme Harry Potter fan! The Harry Potter series is the only books that have ever made me cry! I generally don’t cry, let alone while reading.


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Book That Made You Happy:

I loved this book and it made me extremely happy when reading it!


Favorite Book To Film Adaptation:

My Favourite’s are the Harry Potter series and the Lord of the Rings Series! I also really enjoyed the Vampire Academy Movie and was extremely pissed off when I found out they weren’t going to make movies for the rest of the series!


Favorite Post You Have Done This Year:

I haven’t had a blog for very long so I don’t really have a favourite post


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Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year:

This book is absolutely Gorgeous! This image or photos of it really don’t depict what it is like to actually see the book. I am talking about the paperback version as I have never seen a Hardcover edition in real life only in videos and photos.


What Book Do You Need to Read By The End Of The Year?

I’m not going to put pictures as there is so many, so I’m just going to list them (This will include books in my TBR for upcoming Read-A-Thons and Challenges

  • Harry Potter and the Curse Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
  • The Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda
  • The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C.J. Archer
  • The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Miss Peregrines Peculiar Children Series by Ransom Riggs
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • Anna and the French Kiss Series by Stephanie Perkins
  • The Illuminae Files Series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Illuminae and Gemina)
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  • World War Z by Max Brooks
  • The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer
  • Tomorrow Series by John Marsden
  • The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

I tag anyone who wants to do this tag!

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Pokemon Go Book Tag

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Saw this tag on @readatmidnight blog and thought I would join in! All the question images were made by her also!

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Well, the first book I actually read was Tomorrow Where the War Began by John Marsden, which I loved, I read when I think year 9 or 10 for my English class. However the book, well actually series, that started my love for reading was the Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking. I received the first book, Switched, with a Dolly magazine. After I read it I had to get the rest of the series. Ever since then I have loved reading.

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The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling! Do I need to say more!?

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The Fault in our Stars by John Green.. I got so sick of hearing about this book especially around the time when the movie came out. So I have never bothered reading it. I have watched the movie, as a friend made me, watch it and I didn’t really enjoy it, so I now feel no need to read it.

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I don’t really know what to chose for this as I really don’t have a problem with tropes and I don’t really think about them when I am reading.

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I don’t have a series or book that I am avoiding because of its size. If I feel like reading a book I will. Also I don’t really own any overly huge books except the A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. I started reading this series but stopped, not because of size, because I was having to force myself to read it and I was not enjoying it AT ALL.

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater defiantly kept me up. I just couldn’t put this book down. This was handy as I read this book for the ‘Read a book after midnight’ challenge for the BookTube-A-Thon 2016.

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My all time OTPs are Dimitri/Rose (Vampire Academy), Adrian/Sydney (Bloodlines) and of course, Ron/Hermione (Harry Potter)

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You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan

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Uhmm, Harry Potter! The Cursed Child just around the corner and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them coming towards the end of the year!! So keen!

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For me, a surprisingly Awesome book was The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. I generally don’t read Contemporary books so I was surprised that I really enjoyed this. I have started reading more Contemporary novels now and I have discovered that I actually enjoy them.

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There is a few series’s I think of for this challenge

  • The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (I have already read the first book, The Raven Boys)

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The Harry Potter series! I want to own every version of these books! Especially the Special Edition Paper Back Box set that creates the Hogwarts castle when in the box. However, I am too broke for that! I also want to own the Original (I have Philosopher’s Stone already) and Deluxe Editions of the illustrated copies.

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Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst.

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I’m predictable I know!

  • J.K. Rowling
  • Amanda Hocking
  • Richelle Mead

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Ah, duh! The Cursed Child!


I tag anyone who want’s to do it. Very fun and some challenging questions!

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Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon TBR

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Was so excited when I saw this Read-A-Thon come up! Created by Aentee  @readatmidnight, this tag is new and exciting and I have never seen anything like it before! This challenge is a 3 week Read-A-Thon taking place from the Sunday 14th of August until Sunday, September 4th. The Challenge has 8 challenges that relate to 8 gyms in Pokemon. With this challenge, you read 8 books and can also choose to participate in a point (CP) scoring challenge. To check out the announcement post go Here.

All of the challenge images were made by @readatmidnight!

 

Choose a Pokemon:

(For the point scoring challenge)

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I have chosen Blitzle. He is a 2-stage evolution Pokemon. The second stage being Zebstrika. He gives me a starting point balance of 10CP.

 

 

I will fill in the Badges/Challenges as I complete them and update the CP as I go

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My TBR:

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For this challenge, I will be reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. This book has been on my TBR list for a while! I will be reading this book last as it is a series and I want to be able to continue on to the next book in the series straight after this one.

Pages: 506

 

 

 

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For the next challenge, I will be reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I’m not sure if it will actually make me cry as the only book I have ever cried in was Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. So we will see.

Pages: 560

 

 

 

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Firstly can we just talk about this gif that I found that fades from the dust jacket cover to the actual book cover! This is fabulous. Good work Google!

I choose Illuminae by Amie Kaufman in particular because I am receiving Gemina in the exclusive Gemina Box from The YA Chronicles in October and I wanted to read Illuminae before I get it. I have heard tonnes about this book and there is so much hype for it!

Pages: 599

 

 

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I chose to read a book with LGBT in it as a part of Diversity. So I chose Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I have heard mixed reviews about this book, so will see how I feel about it. I am also trying to read more contemporary books, and this fits.

Pages: 359

 

 

 

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Next, I chose Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Another book that I have heard a lot about on BookTube, mostly positive. Also Another Contemporary!

Pages: 401

 

 

 

 

 

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For this challenge, I will be reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I was meant to read this book for the BookTube-A-Thon but never got to it. I have seen this book a million times on BookTube.

I read a lot of Fantasy books so this was a pretty easy book to chose as my TBR for Fantasy reads is pretty extensive and I just had to choose one.

Pages: 369

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I have heard so much hype about this book especially now that the movie is coming out soon, or is out in cinemas? I have no idea. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes defiantly has read on its cover and it’s also another Contemporary. Go me!

Pages: 369

 

 

 

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World War Z by Max Brooks has also been on my TBR for a while so when I saw this challenge straight away I thought of this book!

Pages: 420

 

 

 

 

 

Total number of pages: 3,542

Potential Points if all books are completed:

Starts with: 10 CP
Pages: 3,583 pages +358 CP
Books completed: +160 CP
Reviews completed: +160 CP
150 CP Evolve: +50 CP

Total: 738 CP

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2016 Dystopian Reading Challenge

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I will be participating in the 2016 Dystopian Read Challenge

I am joining a bit late – 25th July – but oh well!

I am aiming for the rebel badge! as I am already half way through the year, otherwise I would aim higher.

For more info, sign up, levels and everything else go Here!

So far this year I have not read ANY Dystopian books but there are a fair few on my TBR!

I know I won’t finish all these in 2016, especially since most of these I don’t even own yet. Bank account please let me buy books!! I also have a lot of other books on my TBR that aren’t dystopian.

Dystopian Books on TBR:
(If the book isn’t out yet, it won’t be here unless it comes out in 2016. Also, the books in series’s that also have mini books besides the main books will have #)

  1. Matched Series by Ally Condie
    – Matched
    – Crossed
    – Reached
  2. The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
    – The Queen (#0.4)
    – The Prince (#0.5)
    – The Selection (#1)
    – The Elite (#2)
    –  The Guard (#2.5)
    – The Favourite (#2.6)
    – The One (#3)
    – The Epilogue (#3.1)
    – The Heir (#4)
    – The Crown (#5)
  3. Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi
    – Shatter Me (#1)
    – Destroy Me (#1.5)
    – Unravel Me (#2)
    – Fracture Me (#2.5)
    – Ignite Me (#3)
  4. The Giver series by Lois Lowry
    – The Giver
    – Gathering Blue
    – Messenger
    – Son
  5. Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver
    – Annabel (#0.5)
    – Delirium (#1)
    – Alex (#1.1)
    – Hana (#1.5)
    – Pandemonium (#2)
    – Raven (#2.5)
    – Requiem (#3)
  6. The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer
    – Glitches (#0.5)
    – The Little Andriod (#0.6)
    – Cinder (#1)
    – The Queens Army (#1.5)
    – Scarlet (#2)
    – Cress (#3)
    – Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky (#3.1)
    – Fairest (#3.5)
    – Winter (#4)
    – Stars Above (#4.5)
  7. The 5th Wave series by Rick Yancey
    – The 5th Wave
    – The Infinite Sea
    – The Last Star
  8. Tomorrow Series by John Marsden
    – Tomorrow when the war began
    – The Dead of Night
    – The Killing Frost
    – Darkness, Be My Friend
    – Burning for Revenge
    – The Night is for Hunting
    – The Other Side of Dawn

Currently Reading:

Books read:

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Audiobook)
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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The Iron King by Julie Kagawa – Review

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Title: The Iron King
Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Publication Date: February 1st, 2016
Pages: 363
Publishers: Harlequin Teen
Rating:
4 star

Goodreads Synopsis:

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

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This book had been sitting on my TBR list for a while and for the BookTube-A-Thon I finally picked it up!

I don’t know why I left it so long this book is amazing.

This book is written from the point of view of Meghan Chase. I love the writing style in this book. There is a lot of information to take in, within the world of this book and Kagawa made it so that you weren’t bombarded with information but it was gradually added chapter by chapter. I defiantly don’t know everything yet as I need to get my hands on the other books in the series, but so far I have a good foundation to work on.

This book is full of adventure, action, romance and forever having to change plans at the last second. It’s thrilling and makes for an easy read. I did read this book as part of the BookTube-A-Thon but even if I hadn’t I think I could have read this in 2 days easily. It’s such a fast-paced read and you don’t want to put it down!

The thing I liked about this book is that there was always something going on. The characters were constantly jumping from one event to another. But it wasn’t too much like in some books. You didn’t feel overwhelmed by everything that is going on and that it was just one bad thing after another and it starts to get that beyond unrealistic feel (even for a fantasy novel)

The Romance in this book has kind of a love triangle feel about it, still unsure what’s actually going on here. However, I’m guessing in the second book it will elaborate on things a bit better. I still don’t quite understand what Puck (Robin Goodfellow) feels towards Meghan and Ash (a prince of the Winter Court) is torn between what he feels and his loyalty. Hopefully, it will become clearer in the rest of the series

Within the story, Machinery and Technology are destroying natural Beauty, in this case, of Faery Land. I love this underlying meaning as this is beyond true in the real world as well, just in a different way.


Defiantly recommend this book!

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