Goodreads TBR Clean Out

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So as I’m doing  The ABC Book Challenge I am actually looking at my Goodreads more than usual and I realised how many books I have on there that realistically I know I won’t ever read. So I decided to do a clean out. Here are all the books I deleted. I will not be naming or linking them as there are too many.

Here is my starting point

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If there are any that aren’t released and don’t have covers yet I will type them below.

The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton

Here is my finishing point. It’s also now 2 hours later haha.

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So that is 188 books removed from my TBR on Goodreads. Not every single one is pictured as some were sequels that I haven’t read the book before it, so I don’t know why they were on there and also some were double ups.

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Are there any of these you think I really need to read?! Keep in mind that I don’t like books with too much romance and I’ve heard that is the case for a lot of these. 

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Biannual Bibliothon Day 2 – Favourite Summer Reads

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So it is Day 2 and today the challenge is to talk about your favourite summer reads. However, I am not really a seasonal reader and it doesn’t matter what season it is I always read the same genre. So instead I am going to talk about some of my favourite reads that I read during the Summer months, so December, January & February for Aus.

This challenge was created by Starlite Book Nook

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So here is a list of my faves read during the summer months:

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
The Long way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Hollow City & Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Well, there are all the ones I can find. I just went through my Goodreads but I don’t know when I read some of the books I read before getting Goodreads.

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Biannual Bibliothon Day 1 – Favourite Vacation Spots

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So it is Day 1 of Biannual Bibliothon and this year I have decided to participate in the blog & Instagram challenges! If you want to see my Instagram challenges then head over to @duskangelreads on Insta.

This challenge was created by Evil Queen Books

For this one, you have to talk about your top 3 vacation spots.

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First off it’s called a Holiday in Aus, not Vacation. So that is what I will be using.
So I don’t know if I have 3 spots as we don’t holiday too often and we generally go to the same place as it’s amazing. The other places I’ve only gone once and I wouldn’t exactly say they are favourites. So I only really have 2.

The first is Pottsville in NSW.

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When I was born my parents were living in this area. After moving back to where both my parents are from (and where I still live now) we still went back to Pottsville most holidays to visit friends of my parents. However, none of those friends is still in Pottsville so now we just go back for holidays. Pottsville is a small village on the coast just below the Qld/NSW border. When my parents lived there it was a small fishing village but now it is a lot more touristy. No matter where you are in Pottsville you aren’t that far from the beach or Mooball creek. Outside of peak holiday time, you can get a decent house in Pottsville for a week for a great price which is what we do now that I am out of school and no longer only have the school holidays to go anywhere. I’ll leave some pics below. But outside of peak time Pottsville is a fairly quiet nice little time on the beach and has an awesome Chinese restaurant & fantastic Fish & Chips. It’s also not far from a lot of other little towns along the coast there so there is tonnes to look at and plenty of beaches. Not far away is a miniature animal farm & crystal castle which are both awesome touristy kinda places. Also not far away is Tweed Heads so there is access to shopping, movies, fast food and everything else that is in a bigger town. There is also awesome second-hand stores in Tweed and I have found some good bookish gems.

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The other one is Hervey Bay. Which is a pretty common Qld holiday destination. But I enjoyed myself while there. Again it’s on the beach, plenty of shopping & awesome food places up the esplanade. There is also a sealife place. I can’t remember what it is called and there are heaps of parks and stuff which is great if like me you have a dog that you take on holidays.

I don’t have pics of this one as it was a while back and I don’t know what hard drive they are on. But it is an awesome place.

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The Book Nerds Book Exchange

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Okay, you guys may have seen my post this morning asking who would be interested in a book exchange as I was ‘thinking about it’. Well, I may have lied, just a little.
I have actually been planning this for a while and just wanted to see if some people would be interested. A couple on here were & I posted on a couple other places too & got some interest. So I put all the finishing touches on the plans today. Created a Facebook Group & now everything is up and ready to go!!

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And there she is! If you want to be in a book exchange where you send a book to someone and receive one in return then head on over to the group! Before you request to join please read the description of the group, request & answer the questions. You will need to read the pinned post for all the information on how everything will work & the rules! Then fill out the form linked in the pinned post with all your details. I will partner you with someone & sometime in the first week of August, I will send out all the partner details!

Well, I think that is all you need to know! If you want to join then jump on over to that group!

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Would you be interested in a book exchange?

I have been thinking about organising a world wide book exchange! But I just wanted to see if people would be interested first!!

If this is something you would be interested in doing then please just comment! Also, let me know in your comment what country you’re from!
I just want to ask some none Aussie people about book pricing so I can set a realistic price limit.

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Audiobook Reccomendations!

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I love audiobooks & I listen to them all the time! I’ve listened to close to 100 audiobooks, so I think I have a fair selection to choose from. So here is my audiobook recommendations!!

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Of course, Harry Potter had to hit the top of this list! Not only are the books themselves amazing, the narration by Stephen Fry is perfect! He is an extremely good voice actor and can do a TONNE of different voices for each of the characters in HP and somehow keep those same voices up for the entire series.

This was one of the first audiobooks that I listened to that had a full cast of voice actors. These audiobooks are amazing! They have a full cast, sound effects, music and heaps more that makes in an incredible reading experience. And also The Illuminae Files are just an amazing series to begin with.
*Just a warning here. If you only listen to the audiobook you will miss the visual aspects of maps, drawings, etc that are present in the physical book. So I highly recommend using the audiobooks as a reread or flip along with the physical/eBook while listening even if it isn’t every page, just flip through every now and then to see what visuals you missed.*

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THIS AUDIOBOOK!!! If you are a Harry Potter fan YOU NEED to listen to this audiobook. The beginning of the book follows exactly what is said in the physical book, but then at the end, there is exclusive content and it is amazing! Wanna hear Ginny Potter commentating at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup while Rita Skeeter tries to get the latest gossip on Harry, Ginny, Hermione, Ron, Neville, Luna & all their families?!!? Then you need to listen to this audiobook. It was amazing and I loved getting that tiny snippet into Harry’s world well after the events of the Deathly Hallows

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I know these first 3 are all Harry Potter related but they really are amazing audiobooks! This one is narrated by the actor that plays Newt Scamander in the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Eddie Redmayne. Also, it is full of sound effects and awesome facts about the fantastical creatures in the wizarding world of Harry Potter

These books are amazing & the audiobooks are really well done! It seriously felt like I was listening to this book happen through a closed door. I couldn’t see it, but it felt real. The narrator is amazing and Audrey Rose is an amazing female MC!

These are a fun action-packed middle-grade series filled with books, fun & facts. It is literally set in a library with a crazy game/video game maker! I absolutely adored this series and the audiobook definitely added to the enjoyment!

This Duology is full of badass female pirates & sirens. What more could you want? I also really liked the narrator of this series and there was actual good singing for the siren song parts. Not just some narrator attempting to sing (Do not listen to The Raven Cycle on audiobook unless you want horrible singing!)

Basically, anything Agatha Christie that is narrated by Hugh Fraser is really good! I love Agatha Christie books but there is a shit tonne of them! So when I found a lot of them on Scribd I dived straight in and haven’t looked back. The narration is really good and you know basically all of the stories are amazing (Except Endless Night, just don’t even go there unless you want 80% romance & 10% mystery & 10% physiological I don’t know what!)

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My goodness, this book was so good! I don’t know why but I love mystery/Thrillers on audiobook. This is apparently a YA Thriller, at the time I just kinda thought mystery but thriller works too. I knew nothing going into this except I had heard it talked about a couple times and I was not disappointed!

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If you want a heartbreaking WW2 story that was amazingly done on audiobook then this is your one! This book follows the POV of 4 MCs and has 4 voice actors to fill those positions. All 4 voice actors also have appropriate accents. I’m not 100% sure if the accents are correct to the character they are representing as I’m not good with picking accents. But it made it feel all the more real. I had to pause this audiobook multiple times because I was crying and just couldn’t pay attention. It is so well done and I HIGHLY recommend it.

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So I haven’t listened to Crooked Kingdoms yet but I just got it from Audible this week and will try and get to it very soon as I am concentrating on LGBT+ books in June for a couple events and Crooked Kingdoms has LGBT apparently.
However, I have listened to Six of Crows and it was so damn good. It is another one with multiple voice actors for the multiple POV the book follows. I suggest moving up the speed on this one as it is so action-packed that it drove me insane when it was at normal speed as I just needed to know what would happen next and it wasn’t happening fast enough!

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This is an adult fantasy that is very character driven. As this is less about the plot and more about the characters I think I would have found it boring if I was physically reading it, but the audiobook was great. I love the group of character we meet in this book, there are tonnes of different species found in this book and they were all soo interesting.
I haven’t finished the audiobooks for the second book, A Closed and Common Orbit, but I did start it. Each book in this series is a companion book and follows a different MC and I just couldn’t connect with the new MC, however, I do want to give it another go as book 3, Record of a Spaceborn Few, is out in the next month and I am keen for it.

These two aren’t the same series but they are both by Ernest Cline and both spectacularly narrated by Wil Wheaton. Wil is the perfect voice for these gaming/sci-fi heavy books. I also just really enjoyed both of them. I love reading books about gaming and both of these have that. Ready Player One is set in and outside a virtual reality game. The creator has died and left eggs throughout the virtual reality world for players to find. The one to find them all the first gets ownership of the game and the creator’s fortune. Armada is where video games come to life when the government use the ideas from video games and brings in the best players around to pilot real-life versions of the battle spaceships in games to save the earth. Think the movie Pixels but with no vintage games. Both of these books are hectic and action-packed. Ready Player One is also full of pop culture hints.

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Well, that is all the ones I can think of right now but I am always listening to new ones so I will do an updated version in a few months time.

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Books I am changing my rating for

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Okay, so when I first started my blog I felt like everything was good and threw 4/5 stars around everywhere. I also used to let hype choose my ratings a lot of the time. I also used to be kinder and rate books that I really didn’t enjoy that much a bit higher. However, now I am a fair bit more critical and also don’t mind throwing a 1 or 2 star around if a book deserves it. Also, I may feel a certain way when I finish reading a book, but after time I came to realise that maybe it wasn’t as good as I initially thought, or I can’t stop thinking about it and I feel like the rating should go up a bit.
Another thing that has changed is that I now have more books to compare to and have kinda got more comfortable with what each of the star ratings means. When I first started I just kinda guessed and was like ‘that’ll do’ but now I have a better idea or my rating system.

I hope that makes sense, it was kinda hard to explain. Let’s just get into it!

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So the first ones I’m going to talk about is a bit of an unpopular opinion. But I fail to care.
So this is one that I got caught up in the hype of. However the longer it gets from when I read them the less I care about this world, the characters and the hype. I didn’t love the romance, to begin with, so that hasn’t changed.
I rated ACOTAR 4.5 star & ACOMAF and ACOWAR 5 stars. I still didn’t enjoy ACOTAR as much as the others. So I am changing the ratings to
ACOTAR: 3 stars
ACOMAF: 3.5 stars
ACOWAR: 3.5 stars

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This one won’t be a huge change as I did enjoy it. But also I found it predictable and now, I remember nothing. The story just didn’t stay with me. I just don’t feel like it deserves to be rated along with some of the books that I loved!
Old Rating: 4.5 stars
New Rating: 3.5 stars

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This is another one that I just don’t remember anymore. I do however know that I didn’t enjoy the ending and the writing wasn’t as fabulous. It was a tad confusing really and the overall book didn’t blow my mind. So again, I don’t feel like it deserves to be with some of my favourites.
Old Rating: 4.5 stars
New Rating: 3.5 stars

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This one I did mention the problem in my review. The whole book just felt like it was leading up to book 2 and felt more like a prequel than an actual novel. It was also kinda predictable except the one plot twist at the end.
Old Rating: 4.5 stars
New Rating: 4 stars

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This was a book that I felt like I should loved and that is how I rated it. However, I found these two books boring and underwhelming.
I did rate City of Ashes appropriately. I rated it 3 stars and I think City of Bones deserves the same rating.
Old Rating: 4 stars
New Rating: 3 stars

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This is another one that I just don’t even remember anymore. I didn’t love it to begin with, but now I care even less. The only thing I remember actually liking was the shadow cat, Mr Kindly and that occasionally Jay wrote as if actually talking to the reader and I found that amusing. Besides that I just didn’t care for it.
Old Rating: 3.5 stars
New Rating: 3 stars

The last thing I am changing is my rating for DNFs. In my rating system I have DNDd as a half star rating, however, sometimes I feel like that isn’t the case. Some of them aren’t absolutely awful, they just aren’t for me. So I have decided to just not rate books I DNFd.
This only includes the books that I have DNFd and never plan to pick up again, not the ones that I DNFd because it wasn’t the right time to read it or I want to try again with a different format. The ones I plan on trying again I didn’t try even rate or review because I’m not finished with the story yet.

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