August, September & October 2017 Haul

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Okay, so I don’t know what the hell is going on! But I just meant to look up my last Haul and my last one was in JULY!!!! What have I been doing with my life?! I honestly have no idea why I didn’t do an August or September haul! Anyway, here is my August, September & October TBR. These probably won’t be in order…

This is going to be huge so I will only be adding pictures.

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I also got a Penguin Teen Tote bag, but it’s in my car so I couldn’t take a pic.

That is all for my massive haul! I have no idea how I missed doing hauls for the last 2 months but I will keep on it for now on as this was just too crazy trying to figure out what I got in the last 3 months!



ScallyWagAThon TBR

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Okay, so I am utterly fucking crazy! This will be ReadAThon number 4 in November. You can find my #HouseCupReadingChallenge TBR HERE & Read-A-Thin HERE if you wanted to know about those. My TBR for Duodecathon will be up closer to the dates of it.

Okay, so as this was a late announcement and it didn’t make it onto my November Reading Guide till about half an hour ago I am going to put all the info below. I’ll just copy and paste it straight from my guide! If you already know then just skip the the ‘My TBR’ header.

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Okay, so this is a really fun looking ReadAThon and I’m thinking about adding it into my crazy November!!

This ReadAThon starts at midnight on the 5th of November & ends at 11:59 on the 11th of November. There is alsoa Pirates of the Caribbean WatchALong happening from the 12th to the 18th.

You can watch Ali’s video HERE for a whole in depth desrciption of the ReadAThon along with an example TBR but I am going to try and explain it!

Firstly, the map!

*This was taken from the link in Ali’s video.*


Okay, so how this map works is firstly you pick a number between 1 & 5. Once you pick your starting point you follow the corresponding coloured line to the next challenge. Most of them have more than one option you can choose from. Then when you get to your first stop you then follow that number or letter’s correspoding coloured line to the next challenge until you get to the treasure chest. All of the tracks you take will have 4 challenges but if you finish those 4 in the week you are welcome to continue onto any of the other challenges you wish.
So, here is an example of how to navigate the map. I am going to start at 1, from there I will follow the dark purple line to 6, from there I will follow the orange line to A and then from A I will follow the dark blue line to 9 and then to the treasure! Hopefully that makes sense.

When you complete the 4 challenges you can enter your email in the link on Ali’s video to get some free printables from Ali!

Okay, next is the Pirates of the Caribbean WatchALong. Here is a calendar that can be downloaded from the link in Ali’s video. It has the dates on the sides for each of the movie WatchALongs. However follow Ali on Twitter as she will be announcing closer to the date the times that they will be watching each movie.

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And finally she is holding a giveaway! All you have to do is post your TBR to either YouTube, Blog or Tumblr and leave the link in the comments of Ali’s video. Also make sure you leave a way for Ali to contact you in your TBR post.

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So the path I am following is:

5 > 8 > A > 9

5: Open Waters – Blue on the cover


8: Tell it to the parrot – Over hyped book

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A: Marooned – A standalone

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9: Clear the deck – From your owned TBR


I own both a physical copy and the audiobook of this but I will be listening to the audiobook for the challenge.

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7: Crow’s Nest – New release you’ve had your eye on


Well that is all for my TBR! And as for the giveaway part, on the off chance I win, you can contact me on Twitter or Instagram @duskangelreads



November Read-A-Thin TBR

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I have decided to participate in Read-A-Thin! This ReadAThon goes for the whole of November and concentrates on thinning out your TBR pile!

The only rule is that you have to use books you already own or have already borrowed from the library. You can’t buy or borrow a book for the challenge.

Find the Read-A-Thon Goodreads group HERE!

You can use 1 book for up to 2 challenges! I have done that a bit as you will see.

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1. Read a 2017 Release


2. Read a diverse book


3. Read a book that is related to your favourite Emoji


4. Read a book with a fall themed cover


5. Start and finish a series

Am I starting and finishing the same series? No! Do I care? Also no!

6. Read a book in 24 hours


7. Read a new to you author


8. Buddy Read a Book

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This is the The Most Popular Reads BOTM for November. So I will be buddy reading with a lot of people.

9. Read a horror/thriller


10. Read a book outside your favourite genre


11. Read an eBook


12. Listen to an audiobook of a book your own


13. Read a book that counts toward another ReadAThon


14. Read a book that is due back to the library the soonest

I’m not doing this as I don’t borrow books from my library as it’s hopeless.

15. Read a book you ended up putting down previously

I’m not doing this one either. I have only DNFd two books and I put them down as I hated me. I’m not picking them back up…

16. Read a book you got from a subscription box


17. Read a book you got for free (gift, ARC, giveaway, etc.)


18. Read 4 books

Well if I read all of those, then that will be more than 4 books.

As this ReadAThon crosses over with 12 days of the House Cup Reading Challenge so of these books also count for that. Those include Gemina, And I Darken, Warcross and Mask of Shadows. Well, that is all for my TBR.

Let me know if you are participating! What’s on your TBR?!



November 2017 TBR

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Here is my November TBR. In November I have 3 ReadAThons going. Firstly the #HouseCupReadingChallenge which started in October but doesn’t finish till the 12th of November. I also have Read-A-Thin which goes for the whole month of November & lastly Duodecathon which goes from 22nd to 28th of November.

So you will see TBRs for Read-A-Thin & Duodecathon to show the challenges & the @HouseCupReadingChallenge one is already up but obviously, they will all be the same as the books shown here.

So here they are!

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This is the BOTM for my facebook group The YA Book Nerds. This hasn’t actually been announced as the voting doesn’t end for a little while yet but as it has more than double the amount of votes that the other options, I would say it’s going to win!

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This is the Life & Lit BOTM!

This is the only 2 BOTMs I am doing so far out of the ones I know about. Life & Lit has said their second book too but I read that book in October and that was Stalking Jack the Ripper. YA Book Club and Book Talk also has said theirs too but it’s a book I’m not interested in.

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These are the books that if I finish the BOTMs & the books in the ‘Other Reads’ section I will pick up some of these.

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Beastly is kind of an extra read too, the other three will have a preference but if I finish them I will start it.

That is it for my ridiculous TBR! Not included my ‘extra reads’  I will be reading 9 books and 3 audiobooks. In total it is 15 books and 4 audiobooks! Wish me luck!

What is on your November TBR?!



One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus – Mini Spoiler Free Review

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Title: One of Us is Lying
Karen M. McManus
Genre: YA Mystery Thriller
Publication Date: May 30th, 2017
Pages: 358 (Paperback)
Publishers: Delacorte Press
5 star

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The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them. From the Hardcover edition.


So this is just going to be a short spoiler free review. I 100% think this is a book that you just need to jump into and figure out on your own, so that is why I this is just a mini review.

As for the writing, it was so well written. The entire time you were left guessing with absolutely no clues as to who is the real bad guy until the Bayview Four start doing their own investigating and start bringing up clues. This book hooked me so much, it was so suspenseful when it came to finding out who killed Simon! I didn’t want to put it down.

The plot is really good too! Not predictable at all! When you start suspecting one person there is something that pops up that changes your mind. The whole time you are just shuffling around in your mind who it could be. Very well done mystery book! And also, that bloody ending!!!!

Overall, I loved it! It was so well written and I never wanted to put it down! It was suspenseful and mysterious and just an amazing debut from Karen M. McManus and I can’t wait to see what she does next!!




November 2017 Anticipated Releases

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This will be another short anticipated releases post as again I only have 2!

Renegades by Marissa Meyer


 Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 576 (Hardcover)
Publication Date: 7th November, 2017
Publishers: Feiwel & Friends

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From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.

Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi


 Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy
Pages: 368 (Hardcover)
Publication Date: 14th November, 2017
Publishers: Dutton Books for Young Readers

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A new adventure about a girl who is fated to wash the bodies of the dead in this companion to Furthermore.

Our story begins on a frosty night…

Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days washing the bodies of the dead and preparing their souls for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore the way her hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair, and her own ever-increasing loneliness and fear.

But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appears, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship.

Well, that is it! What release are you anticipating in November?! Let me know in the comments.



*GIVEAWAY CLOSED* – YA Diverse 2017 release Giveaway!

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Yes, I am doing another giveaway! Why? Well, I don’t actually know! I was planning on doing this giveaway just on my Instagram but I wanted one of the entry options to be to join my bookish facebook group The YA Book Nerds and there was no easy way to do that on Instagram! So here it is!


The choice of any 2017 YA Diverse release up to the value of $20 AUD.

Here are some examples!

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This giveaway is international as long as Book Depository ships to you!

This giveaway runs from today 24th of October until the 31st of October! So that is a week!


I will keep this short and sweet.

– Click the Rafflecopter link at the bottom of this post to find out how to enter

– You MUST follow me on either Instagram or Twitter as that is where I will be contacting the winner! *See those entry sections in RaffleCopter*

– Entrants must be 18+ years or have parental permission as I will need your address!

–  Please understand that once I have purchased the item I am no longer responsible for it, the shipping process will be up to Book Depository. I will send a screen capture of the receipt to you once it is purchased as proof, as  Book Depository doesn’t offer tracked free shipping.