January 2018 TBR

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So it is January tomorrow! Which is crazy! but let’s jump into this year with an ambitious TBR, shall we!

I am participating in the Winter Biannual Bibliothon, so all of the books on that TBR post will also be on here.



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So that is my TBR for January! I can’t wait for most of these books!

What is on your TBR? Have you read any of these?!

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2018 Winter Biannual Bibliothon TBR

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You guys are going to get 2 TBRs in 1 day as I am doing this TBR and my normal monthly TBR for Jan! But oh well! There is just so much going on lately!

So the Winter Biannual Bibliothon is going from the 20th till 26th of Jan. For all the info about it including links, video challenges and anything else I could find, please check out my ReadAThon guide for Jan as I go into full details and I’m not going to do it again here!
ReadAThon Guide – Jan 2018



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1. Read the group book
2. Read a sequel
3. Read a book that you have never heard of before
4. Read a book about mental illness
5. Read a book that was mentioned in another book/movie/TV Show
6. Read a book under 200 pages
7. Read a backlist book

You can use 1 book for up to 2 challenges, I am going to pick 7 individual books for the 7 challenges, however when it gets to the ReadAThon and I’m running behind I might do some doubling up!



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Otherworld is the Group Book for the WBB, so obviously I will be reading it.

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This one is for Read a sequel. This book could also be used for the Read a backlist book, if I choose to double up when the ReadAThon comes.

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This is for the challenge Read a book that you have never heard of before.
So to find this book I went to Scribd, which if you don’t know is a monthly subscription service where you pay a certain amount and get 3 eBook credits and 1 audiobook credit a month. So all I did was go on Scribd, go into the Fantasy section and have a look at some of the books that came up and this is what I chose. I went through a fair few before choosing this one but they either had bad reviews or sounded very romance based.

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This is for the challenge Read a book with mental Illness.
So I’m not actually 100% sure if this book deals with mental illness but it came up in a list of mental illness books and I own it. So I chose it.

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So, I couldn’t think of any off the top of my head that I hadn’t already read, so I just googled it and found an awesome discussion post on Goodreads as this same prompt was one of the prompts in 2017 Advanced PopSugar Reading Challenge. So that was handy! You can find that HERE if you need some help! I choose Alice as it was listed a couple times as mentioned in different books! I also thought afterwards that an easy book for this could be either Quidditch Through the Ages, The Tales of Beedle the Bard or Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as they are all mentioned in the Harry Potter books obviously!!

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This is for the challenge Read a book under 200 pages. According to Goodreads, this is over 200 but according to the copy I have, it is under. So it counts!

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This is for the challenge Read a Backlist book. They are counting any book released prior to 2017 as backlist. So this definitely counts as it was released in 1996, it is literally older than me!



Well, that is my TBR! I’m pretty confident about it as 3 of the books at least are pretty short. It will be a total of 1,905 pages if I read all of these. That was calculated using the goodreads page counts for each book as some are eBooks, some physical and some I haven’t received yet. So using the Goodreads page count was easier.

Are you participating in the Winter Biannual Bibliothon?! Let me know in the comments! And let me know what you plan to read for it!

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Read-A-Thon Guide – January 2018

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This is a bit late this month but between Christmas, work and a ReadAThon I am currently in I just haven’t had the chance to write anything but reviews for the books I have read. So let’s jump straight in!



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Bout of Books is a week-long ReadAThon that is pretty chill. There are no reading challenges for this ReadAThon. The only challenge is to try and read more than you normally would in a normal week!

The Bout of books will run from midnight on the 8th till 11:59pm on the 14th!

You can find all the Info on there Blog HERE and you can find their Twitter HERE! You are encouraged to connect with others participating through the hashtag #boutofbooks

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This ReadAThon occurs every month and each month there is a different focus on what to read.

So this ReadAThon has 2 parts, first, there is the theme. So the idea is to try and read books related to that theme and then there are the challenges, they are an extra challenge and not necessary but add some extra fun.

HERE is a link to their Goodreads page & HERE is the link to their Twitter.

This ReadAThon happens every month so here are all the future challenges in case you wanted to plan!

Jan 1st – 7th
Theme: Harry Potter
Challenge: Adaptations

Feb 5th – 11th
Theme: New to You Authors
Challenge: Translations

Mar 5th – 11th
Theme: Retellings (of any kind)
Challenge: Marathon a series

Apr 2nd – 8th
Theme: Benchwarmers (books that have been sitting on your shelf for a while)
Challenge: One Word Titles

May 7th – 13th
Theme: Rereads
Challenge: Graphic Novels

Jun 4th – 10th
Theme: Catch Up/Finish Series
Challenge: Read a duology

Jul 2nd – 8th
Theme: TBR Catch Up (Let’s meet those halfway marks on our goals!)
Challenge: Read A Trilogy

Aug 6th – 12th
Theme: Family Favourites (Read your mums/brothers/cousins/etc favourite book)
Challenge: Read the longest book on your TBR

Sept 3rd – 9th
Theme: #OwnVoice Novel
Challenge: Short Stories

Oct 1st – 7th
Theme: Thrillers
Challenge: Big Books (400+ pages)

Nov 5th – 11th
Theme: NaNoWriMo Winners (Books that begun as a NaNoWriMo project and were eventually published)
Challenge: Read the shortest book on your TBR

Dec 3rd – 9th
Theme: Books under 300 pages
Challenge: Read books recommended to you by others

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So this is one of the more well-known ReadAThons that happen regularly! This ReadAThon has reading challenges, video challenges, photo challenges, blog challenges, a group book and live show discussion and heaps more! Obviously, you don’t have to participate in everything, but if you want a bit of an extra challenge give those photo/video/blog challenges a go! You could also win prizes by participating too!!

You can find their Twitter HERE & YouTube Channel HERE and here are the links to the Announcement, Video Challenges & Reading Challenges for this round!

This round goes from midnight on January 20th till 11:59pm on the 26th. The live show is on the 27th and the time is TBA.

The Group book for this round is Otherworld by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller!

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Reading Challenges:
– Read the group book
– Read a sequel
– Read a book that you’ve never heard of before
– Read a book about mental illness
-Read a book that was mentioned in another book/movie/TV Show  (Can also include books that have quotes from other books in the begin of the book)
– Read a book under 200 pages
– Read a backlist book (book published before 2017)
As always with this ReadAThon you can use a book for 1 or 2 challenges but no more than 2!

Video Challenges:
*As each video challenge has a giveaway attached I will put the corresponding book in bold next to the challenge*
20th Jan: Character Recommends Challenge – We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
21st Jan: Bookish Roast – Paperweight by Meg Haston
22nd Jan: Bookish Routine – Unearthed by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
23rd Jan: Modernise a book – Warcross by Marie Lu
24th Jan: Bookish Aesthetic – Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
25th Jan: Bookish Free-for-all – Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier 
26th Jan: Fictional MASH – Red Rising by Pierce Brown

For more detailed info on what you need to do for each video, just go to the video challenges link above!

As far as I can tell the Blog challenges and photo challenges have not been posted yet!

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So this ReadAThon is exactly as it sounds! You try and read for a total of 24hours in a 28hour ReadAThon.

This round goes from midnight on the 27th till 11:59pm 28th of Jan.

The only requirement of this ReadAThon is to try and read for the 24 hours. There are no other challenges.

You do need to Sign Up HERE to say you are participating! You can find their Twitter HERE, Instagram HERE, Facebook HERE & Litsy @24in48.



Well that’s all the ones I can find! I am going to try and participate in #AYearAThon & Winter Biannual Bibliothon, but we will see! I will either be participating in #AYearAThon or Duodecathon this year. But I am waiting to see Duodecathons challenges for the year before I decide and Duodecathon hasn’t announced their dates and challenges yet! Hopefully it will be up by the 1st.

As always if you know of any others that are happening in Jan then please let me know so I can add them!

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Dreadnought by April Daniels – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Dreadnought
Author: 
April Daniels
Series: Nemesis
Genre: 
YA Diverse Fantasy
Publication Date: Jan 24th, 2017
Pages: 276 (Paperback)
Publishers: Diversion Publishing
Rating:
4 and a half star

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Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world’s greatest superhero.

Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantle to her, and those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny’s body into what she’s always thought it should be. Now there’s no hiding that she’s a girl.

It should be the happiest time of her life, but Danny’s first weeks finally living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined. Between her father’s dangerous obsession with “curing” her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he’s entitled to date her, and her fellow superheroes arguing over her place in their ranks, Danny feels like she’s in over her head.

She doesn’t have much time to adjust. Dreadnought’s murderer—a cyborg named Utopia—still haunts the streets of New Port City, threatening destruction. If Danny can’t sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.

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I really like this cover! It’s simple and I love the colours of it. The sunset in the background is gorgeous but I’m a sucker for a good sunset.

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I really enjoyed the writing. The world building in this book is amazing. It’s a short book and there was a lot packed into this book but the info was never overwhelming or info-dumpy. This book is also OwnVoices which is amazing! I love going into OwnVoices books because you aren’t trying to guess whether the diverse rep in the book is accurate or not.

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The plot of this book is a fairly basic superhero story. But it was different enough to not be boring. The plot twists were a bit obvious because they do follow the normal tropes. The whole plot of the book was amazing!

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Okay, so this section is the reason the book didn’t get a higher rating. I do like the diverse rep though! Transgender, LGBT & Race diversity is all present.

I’m not actually sure if I like Danny, to be honest. I think it is because her personality is the polar opposite of my own, so the way she reacted to things frustrated me a lot. But that doesn’t make her a bad character. I know heaps of people love her from reading other reviews.

Most of the other superhero type characters I didn’t like that much really.. Doc was probably the most enjoyable but the bit of a plot twist at the end about her was just odd and confusing and I really hope they explain that more in book 2! Magma & Chlorophyll were okay but we didn’t see that much of them for me to form a solid opinion. Valkyrja, firstly, does anyone know how to pronounce this because I don’t even have a guess! She was also an okay character, but again, no solid opinion as we see so little of them except Doc. Carapace was just annoying and grumpy and Graywytch is just a transphobic ass.

Sarah/Calamity just straight out annoyed me. She was so demanding and controlling. so many people have said that she and Danny are together in a way, which I hate.. I’m already not a lover of romance but she would be going from one problem to another. Her father is always trying to control her and now that she is free of him she is under another controlling wing! Like god forbid if Danny suggests something that isn’t Calamity’s plan! I seriously hope she is better in book 2.

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Overall for me, the characters need work or just need to be more present in the book so I don’t just feel like ‘yep, they are there’. The world building is really good,  the writing was enjoyable and the plot was crazy action packed! Also, the rep and diversity are fabulous!



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The Third Day, The Frost by John Marsden – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: The Third Day, The Frost
Author: 
John Marsden
Series: Tomorrow #3
Genre: 
YA War Fiction
Publication Date: April 26th, 2012 (first published in 1995)
Pages: 278 (Paperback)
Publishers: Quercus
Rating:
4 and a half star

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Ellie and her friends have achieved more than they ever thought possible as an unarmed bunch of amateur teenage fighters. But it’s not enough. The war wages on, their families are in captivity and their country is on its knees. Hiding back in Hell, the friends face a big question: what to do next?

The gang have another success when they manage to rescue Kevin. He returns to them equipped with a new knowledge of explosives. Suddenly the question of what to do next becomes clear – launch an attack on the major enemy target of Cobblers’ Bay.

Can Ellie, Homer, Fi, Robin, Lee and Kevin really stage a major military attack on the enemy? And in their attempt to pull it off, what will they have to sacrifice? They have already lost Corrie and Chris; who else will the group have to lose in their desperation to defend their country?

The Third Day, The Frost, draws the reader deeper into the struggle of these ordinary teens attempting to survive in extraordinary times. A tense and moving read that will stay with you forever.

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Click the title to see my spoiler free review of Tomorrow When the War Began & The Dead of the Night

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I don’t really understand this cover. I just don’t get the shell or pearl. But I do prefer these editions visually than the other covers, hence why I choose these. But I don’t understand!

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I love the writing of these books! The writing is really unique! The book is written as if the main character has written it after the events of the book. So you get what happened, Ellie’s thoughts while the things happened and also her thoughts while writing the story. I love this method of writing and John Marsden does it amazingly!

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These books are action-packed and extreme in every way! Even when there isn’t much going on it still feels kinda full because we are getting Ellie’s thoughts. But also they skip over the parts that would be really dull as this is Ellie telling the story of what actually went on and all the action, so that is good. It makes for quick and gripping reads.

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I love all the characters in one way or another. Ellie feels like the most realistic character I have ever read. Even though she is appearing brave and in charge to the others, she is falling apart inside and it’s good to see that. Even though she is struggling she gets in and does what she needs to do and will always do anything to protect the group.

I felt like in this book the other characters were slightly more distant than in previous books. They do spend a majority of their time together but as they are all so broken and most of the time they just want to sit in the quiet alone, there isn’t as much connection between Ellie and the other characters. However, I didn’t mind it. I love reading from Ellie’s POV and they still got altogether when they were planning stuff and doing big things, so it didn’t feel like they were completely absent.

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Overall, I love this series. It gripped me when I read the very first book in high school for English class and it only gets more intense. It is kind of a scary book in a way as this is the most realistic dystopian type book I have ever read. It’s the closest to what could actually happen and that is terrifying and also it’s set in Aus. So it feels way too close to home for me.
Also, there is something that happened in the last couple pages of this book that killed me. I don’t remember if I have cried in either of the last 2 books, but I did in this one.



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Everless by Sara Holland – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Everless
Author: 
Sara Holland
Series: Untitled
Genre: 
YA Fantasy
Publication Date: Jan 4th, 2018
Pages: 362 (Paperback)
Publishers: Hachette Children’s Books, Australia
Rating:
4 star

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In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

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I really love this cover! I really like the simple colours on this cover. Also, the design is amazing and it fits the book so well!

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The writing was pretty enjoyable. I feel like the book started a little slow and there were a few points throughout the book that was a bit slow and dull. But for the most part, it was interesting and there was a fair bit of action.
There was one part of the book that I found really predictable basically from the start but for the most part, there were a lot of things that were unpredictable which I really enjoyed.
The world was also really well explained and I never had an issue when being introduced to it.  Also, the world was extremely interesting and I can’t wait to see what else happens in this world!

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The plot was really well done besides the few dull parts that I mentioned earlier. I also loved that even though there was a slight romance vibe it was definitely not the main focus at all! Which if you know me? Is great as I’m not a fan of many romances and it’s nice to see books with little to no romance!

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Okay, so I won’t be talking about my full feelings of a couple of the major characters as it would possibly give away some spoilers as there are a few characters that you start out with one opinion and then you find out that it’s not as it seems.

I really enjoyed Jules and she was an awesome MC to read from. She was kind and caring but also brave and kinda stubborn.
Roan, I actually didn’t particularly like. He seemed to change his mind a lot and there were hints at him possibly cheating on his fiance. Which I am not a fan of, even if it is an arranged marriage.
Ina was just so sweet and innocent feeling. She was also kinda naive to some degree. Well, that is the way she was made out to be anyway.

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The writing is really good and the world building is amazing! I really enjoyed the MC as well! There are a few slow parts and a little bit of predictability too which I wasn’t as much a fan of but not enough to really affect my enjoyment.
I did really enjoy this book but I had a couple small issues that means that I didn’t give it a higher rating. But still, a really good book and I’m keen to find out what happens next!



I was provided with an eGalley of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much to Hachette Children’s Book Australia NetGalley for this opportunity.

So on some sites, this book is currently available but on others it’s a pre-order. According to NetGalley this book releases on the 4th of Jan though. But I will leave links below on a few places you can purchase or pre-order the book.

**This is only links for the Hachette/Orchard edition but you can also get the HarperTeen editions around with a different cover.**

Hachette Website
Hardcover, Paperback & eBook

Book Depository (Pre-Order)
Paperback  /  Hardcover

QBD
Paperback  /  Hardcover

Dymocks (Pre-Order)
Paperback

Amazon  Aus
Paperback  /  Hardcover  /  eBook  /  Audiobook



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17 Best Covers of 2017

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So, I did my top 17 reads of 2017 and now I have decided to do a post of my favourite covers of 2017! These are all 2017 releases and they are not necessarily books I have read or even plan to, but the covers are gorgeous!

So let’s get into this!! These are in no particular order either.



1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber (UK edition)

2. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Both UK & US)

3. Draekora by Lynette Noni

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4. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

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5. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

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6. Into the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson

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7. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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8. The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser

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9. Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill

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10. The Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

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11. A Million Junes by Emily Henry

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12. Autoboyography by Christina Lauren 

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13. Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu

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14. Song of the Curren by Sarah Tolcser

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15. Hunted by Meagan Spooner

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16. Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

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17. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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So that is it! What is your favourite covers from 2017?!

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