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May Wrap Up

May was a month of rereading! I have been rereading a lot of books recently so I can then read the last book in the series. I have 5 rereads & 6 first reads! Let’s get into it!

eBooks

Physical Books

Audiobooks

Currently Reading

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What books have you read & loved recently?

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Wrap Up since I’ve been MIA

Hey all! So yes, I’ve been MIA but life has been crazy! I’m finally settling into a new schedule and want to get back to the things I enjoy doing! Like blogging. So let’s wrap up the books I have read since my last wrap up in January!
Let’s jump into it.

Audiobook

I have been busy so haven’t had a chance for a lot of physical reading. Coincidently audiobooks have been amazing. I took this time to relisten to some books so that I could finally continue or finish the series. So I am finally update/finished the Wayward Children series & Shades of Magic series. I’m also finally listening to Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston. The sequel for Crown of Coral and Pearl will be next up so I can finally finish off that one too!

Physical Read

Got to two of my most anticipated releases! The Mask Falling is book 4 in The Bone Season series which it has been a F*CKING LONG WAIT for! It was amazing so well worth the wait. Also picked up The Prison Healer as soon as I got my copy and it was so damn good! That cliffhanger was insane! I’m so glad it’s only a couple months to wait for book 2.

Currently Reading

Will be starting This is Not a Ghost Story as soon as I finish this post! I’m also currently listening to Bookish and the Beast which is pretty good so far.

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Reading Slump? 📚 January Wrap Up

In January I tried 4 times to read a book physically but I just wasn’t feeling it and ended up putting it down after a chapter or two OR swapping to audiobook. I can’t be sure if this is an actual slump or if I’m just not in the mood for those books. As I was in Bookopoloy ReadAThon I didn’t have a huge amount of control over what I could choose to read. I’ve been in a huge Mystery/Thriller kick lately and I just didn’t have books of those genres that could fit in the challenges, so I was left with a lot of Fantasy which I haven’t been in the mood for lately… I won’t talk about the ones I stopped reading as I didn’t read more than 2 chapters of any of them & I’m not even counting them as DNFs.

Graphic Novel

Bee and Puppycat: Volume 1

Audiobooks

Currently Listening

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
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Well that is all the books I read in January. Definitely not my best month but not too bad considering I was struggling to pick up a book. Thank goodness for audiobooks!!
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The month of Graphic Novels! 📚 December Wrap Up

Today I am sharing all the books I read in December! I did read a fair few issues of Graphic Novels in December, which is why I was able to read 30 books in December. 3 of those were audiobooks, 4 were physical books & the rest were Graphic Novels. For Graphic Novels I count them how I read them depending on what’s available to me. So if I read them as individual issues then I count them as individual issues. If I read them as Volumes then that is how I count them.
I also DNFd 2 books in December so I will mention those as well. Let’s jump in!

Graphic Novels

Physical Books

Audiobooks

DNFd

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu I DNFd because the writing just isn’t for me. This book has a lot more flowery/lyrical style writing than Marie Lu’s other books & I’m personally not a fan of that style. It makes it difficult for me to get into the story & I get impatient with it. So just not my thing.
Star Daughter I do plan to give another go. I got a decent way into this one on audiobook but I just wasn’t really in the mood for audiobooks as the time. You can see that I only listened to 3 this month when I usually listen to a lot more! I also haven’t been in a fantasy mood. So I was just struggling with this one at the time.

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November Wrap Up 🎄 Blogmas Day 2

November was a little slow for me! One book took a while because I was busy & it was long and another one I struggled to get through which took away from my reading time.. I ended up reading 10 books altogether but 5 of them were rereads.
Anyway, let’s jump in!

Audiobooks

Firstly the rereads! Don’t think I really need to discuss these, so moving on.

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

Next I listened to Ready Player Two was was really good! I was very nervous going into this one as Ready Player One was amazing & I was worried this one wouldn’t be able to live up to it but I was impressed. Ready Player One was a bit better but Ready Player Two was still really good & I ended up rating it 4.5 Stars.

Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

Then I listened to Ghost Squad which is a Middle Grade. This one was super fun & I really enjoyed reading it. This one features ghosts, a badass grandma & her cats. I highly recommend giving this one a chance of you can! I rated it 4.5 stars.

Physical/eBooks

Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody

Firstly for physical books I finished Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody. This one is a decent size book and it took me a while to get through it. I did enjoy it but not quite as much as the other books in the series. I still rated it 4.5 stars and I’m very keen to see what Amanda Foody comes out with next.

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

This one I started reading physically but did end up finishing on audiobook. I struggled with this one a lot. I would go for days at a time without wanting to pick it up and even when I did I would only read a small amount and then get bored with it. If it wasn’t for this being one of the books in my Goodreads Choice Awards Challenge I probably would have DNFd. It wasn’t necessarily bad but I just couldn’t get into it and couldn’t connect with it. Which means I didn’t really care about the characters or what happened to them. There was a love triangle which I was not a fan of but really that was the only actual negative I have. I rated this one 3.5 stars

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel

This one was a bit disappointing. I read and loved The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel and they were amazing! The story was so impactful and the characters were so realistic and I just loved the whole thing. So I had high expectations going into this one but I just couldn’t get into it. It was interesting enough but I didn’t have any connection to the characters. I feel like you need that connection to feel the full impact of the book but I just didn’t. There wasn’t anything wrong with it but I just wasn’t overly impressed compared to The Themis Files.

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I read 19 books! 📚October Wrap Up

So in October I participated in GraphicsAThon, so 11 of the 19 books I read where Graphic Novels, 7 were audiobooks & the other 3 where physical reads.
So, let’s jump in!

Graphic Novels

Firstly for graphic novels I read Fence Volume Two & Volume Three by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad & Joana LaFuente. I rated both of these 4.5 stars as they are super fun & also engaging. This series is the lead up to a fencing competition, so you are rooting for certain characters to win & there is a lot of anticipation while reading!

Next I read Pandora’s Legacy by Kara Leopard, Kelly Matthews & Nichole Matthews. These one is about a family’s who responsibility is to look after Pandora’s Box. However, it gets opened and these 3 kids have to return everything that escaped to the box before anyone finds out! This is fun & full of adventure. I ended up rating it 4 stars!

Next I read Volume One, Volume Two & Volume Three of Goldie Vance by Hope Larson, Brittany Williams, Noah Hayes, Jackie Ball, Jim Campbell & Sarah Stern. Goldie Vance is a Mystery Graphic Novel and it very immersive & addicting. I would have read Volume 4 & Larceny in La La Land as well but it became unavailable on Scribd before I could get to it! So maybe this one. I rated all 3 volumes 4.5 stars!

Next I reread The Tea Dragon Society & The Tea Dragon Festival then continued onto The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Katie O’Neill which I had an eARC of! These are just such a cute wholesome series & I’m really sad that it is over. I would easily read another 10 books set in this world or following these characters as it’s just all amazing. I rated all three 5 stars!
The Tea Dragon Society Review
The Tea Dragon Festival Review
The Tea Dragon Tapestry Review

The Avant-Guards: Volume One by Carly Usdin & Noah Hayes is another sports based Graphic Novel. This one we have a girl that moves to a new school and has a group trying to recruit her for a basketball team they are trying to form. This one is very fun and I love this random group of characters! This is another one I would have continued but Scribd made them unavailable. I’m keen to get to the rest of this series! I rated this one 4 stars!

Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection by Junji Ito is a Horror Manga collection. This one I ended up rating 4 stars. This one features:
Frankenstein: 4.5 Stars
Neck Specter, Bog of Living Spirits, Pen Pal, Intruder, The Strange Tale of Oshikiri & The Strange Tale of Oshikiri: The Walls: 4 Stars
The Hell of the Doll Funeral: 3.5 Stars
Face Firmly in Place: 3 Stars
Boss Non-Non & Hide-and-seek with Boss Non-non: 3.5 Stars
So, overall I gave this one a rating of 4 stars. I’m keen to try more stories by Junji Ito!

Audiobook

The Silence of Bones by June Hur is a Mystery book set in 1800 Korea. I loved learning about the culture at that time and I love a good mystery. This one was interesting and keen to read more by the author. I rated it 4.5 stars.

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is another YA mystery and I loved this one! I have a full spoiler free review up for this one and you can find that HERE! I’m so keen to read book 2 when it comes out because I feel like there is more to learn about this mystery!

This was my least favourite read of the month. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia was slow & also the twist was very confusing. It didn’t make a lot of sense and I felt like it was a little ridiculous really. There were so many better ways this book could have gone. I ended up rating this one 3 stars but I have debated downgrading that to 2.5 stars. I’m not sure.

Physical/eBook

I reread Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys in October and loved it even more this time! This is a hard hitting WWII story that is very emotional and beautifully written. You can find my spoiler free review HERE!

FINALLY!!! They finally released Memento by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff in eBook & Audiobook form so I had to read it straight away! This one follows AIDAN in the events leading up to Illuminae. This was awesome & I rated it 5 stars!

Lastly I read Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare which is a Slasher thriller and it was a tonne of fun. The only downfall with this one was the reveal at the end.. It just didn’t really make sense and the motive was a push. I rated this one 4 stars.

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What was your favourite read from October?!
Mine would be The Inheritance Games for audiobook & The Tea Dragon Tapestry for Graphic Novel. Of course Salt to the Sea is a favourite but as it’s a reread I thought I’d let the new books have a chance.


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Graphics-A-Thon Wrap Up 📚 Blogtober #21

Graphics-A-Thon is over and here is my wrap up! I completed all 5 challenges plus I read some other Graphic Novels as well.

1. Read a graphic with BIPOC representation

Goldie Vance: Vol 1 by Hope Larson & Brittany Williams

2. Read a graphic with disability &/or mental health representation

The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Katie O’Niell

3. Read a graphic with LGBTQIA+ representation

Fence: Vol 2 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad & Joana LaFuente

4. Read a spooky graphic

Frankenstein: Junji Ito: Story Collection

5. Read a graphic you predict you will give 5 stars

The Avant-Guards: Volume 1 by Carly Usdin & Noah Hayes

Other books read

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September 📚 Wrap Up 💫Blogtober #2

It’s time for my September Wrap Up! While I did still read ## books this month I definitely felt like I was reading less than usual. Majority of the books I read were on audiobook because I have been super busy and just haven’t had the chance to sit down and read. I’m still happy with how much I read I just wish I had more time to physically read.
Anyway, let’s jump in!

Audiobooks

Even If We Break was a very interesting and creepy story! I read this one for the Bookopoly ReadAThon Challenge LGBT+ MC as this has a Trans MC as one of the POV and I enjoyed it! It was so gripping and atmospheric! I ended up rating this one 4 stars!

Dead Voices is the sequel to Small Spaces which is book 1 in a Middle Grade Horror series. This one is very fun but also very creepy and atmospheric. I love how unpredictable these books are and I really enjoy the characters and the villain is also super creepy. Dead Voices & Even If We Break have very similar vibes too because they are both horror set in a cabin/building in the middle of nowhere and they are trying to escape/survive. I rated Dead Voices 4 stars.

Rebel of the Sands was a reread for me and I enjoyed it just as much this time as I did the first time reading it. Rebel of the Sands was the first book I ever read and reviewed on this blog, so it’s been a while. It’s really action packed, lots of world building and I love the characters. I’m super keen to reread book 2, Traitor to the Throne, soon! I rated this one 4.5 stars this reread and I read it for the Animal on Cover Bookopoly ReadAThon challenge.

All Your Twisted Sisters was so good! I also highly recommend the audiobook for this one it was really well done. I had not heard anything about this book before picking it up but the cover intrigued me and I guessed that it was YA mystery which I was in the mood for. I was so surprised by how much I loved this book. It was VERY unpredictable and the big reveal at the end literally floored me. Amazing read! I rated this one 5 stars and read it for the Book featuring murder challenge for Bookopoly ReadAThon which is doesn’t quite fit but oh well.

Next Girl to Die is the first book in The Calderwood Cases series. This is a pretty standard detective mystery. I have been really into all mystery/thriller/horror lately so this was perfect. I did really enjoy it and it was unpredictable as well. It was nothing mind blowing but I would be interested in continuing the series someday and I rated it 4 stars. I read this one for the “girl” in title challenge for Bookopoly ReadAThon

Loveboat, Taipei was actually surprisingly good. I needed a book set in Asia for the Bookopoly ReadAThon and this one came up on Scribd so I decided to pick it up. I’m not huge into contemporary but I did enjoy this one in the end and rated in 4 stars.

Lastly we have Nick and Charlie which is a novella based on the characters from the Heartstopper Graphic Novels. These characters are just super cute and I love reading the graphic novels. This novel was a little less fluffy than the Graphic Novels but I did still enjoy it. I listened to the audiobook but also flipped along with the physical book as there is illustrations throughout which I love. I rated this one 5 stars!

Ever Cursed as actually really good! I had no idea what to expect from this one as I hadn’t heard any talk about it. It was a really interesting story with amazing characters and vivid world. I really enjoyed it and rated it 4 stars.

A Song Below Water was not what I was expecting. I wanted a siren story and while it started as that it didn’t end that way. The focus shifted from Tav to Effie and while I liked Effie I was more invested in Tav’s story. It was also just a little lacklustre, so I didn’t overall love it. I ended up rating this one 3.5 stars!

The Hate U Give was a reread for me and it’s the 3rd reread I have done. I love this story so damn much and still makes me cry every time! 5 stars for sure!!

Physical Reads

The Price Guide to the Occult was entertaining but had some problems. I did review this one so if you want to check that out you can find it HERE. I rated this one 3.5 stars.

Indigo Owl was amazing! I really enjoyed reading this one and loved the characters, world and plot! I also review this one as part of a Review Tour, so you can find that one HERE. I rated this one 4.5 stars and again a huge thank you to Wakefield Press & AusYABloggers for hosting the Review Tour and providing copies for review.

Graphic Novels

The Tea Dragon Festival is book 2 to The Tea Dragon Society and these graphic novels are amazing! The art work is gorgeous, the diversity is incredible & the story are just so fun and enjoyable. I love them and I can’t wait to pick up book 3, The Tea Dragon Tapestry. I really hope this is one of those series that they just keep adding more and more books because I am so down to read them all! I rated The Tea Dragon Festival 5 stars!

Misfit City Vol 1 & Vol 2 are both awesome! I would definitely read more books following these characters but unfortunately the series has wrapped up for now. These are super fun adventure stories about a group of diverse and badass females on the hunt for pirate treasure. It’s amazing and I love the art style as well. I rated both of these 4.5 stars.

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Bookopoly ReadAThon 📚 Round 1 💫 Wrap Up

Bookopoly ReadAThon Round 1 is over! I’m already planning Round 2 for September and hopefully the announcement will be up in the next few weeks or two.
Let’s jump into this Wrap Up!

Roll 1: Bookshelf: Building on Cover

The Starspun Web by Sinead O’Hart

Firstly, I read The Starspun Web which earned me 100 points! You can find my Spoiler Free Review HERE.
Total: 100 points

Roll 2: Star/Moon on Cover

Sleeping Giants by Slyvain Neuvel

Next I listened to the audiobook of Sleeping Giants which was a reread. This earned me another 140 points.
Total: 240 points

Roll 3: Read with Candle Lit

The Woods: Vol 4 by James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas & Josan Gonzalez

Then I read the Graphic Novel The Woods: Vol 4 which earned me another 180 points.
Total: 420 points

Roll 4: Library

Then I landed on the Free Library space
Total: 420 points

Roll 5: Adventure

For the adventure quiz I got “Oh no! Loose 100 points”
Tota: 320 points

Roll 7: Read with a Candle Lit

The Woods: Vol 5 by James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas & Josan Gonzalez

Firstly, I passed GO earning 200 points & then I read the Graphic Novel The Woods: Vol 5 and earned 180 points.
Total: 700 points

Roll 8: Bookshelf: Gripping First Line

The Celesital Gate by Avital Dicker

Then I read The Celestial Gate and earning 150 points. Spoiler Free Review HERE!
Total: 850 points

Roll 9: Treasure Chest

For the Treasure Chest quiz I got “Hit 1k followers on Bookstagram and earn 100 points”.
Total: 950 points

Roll 10: Read in your favourite chair

The Woods: Vol 7 by James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas & Josan Gonzalez

Then I passed GO again earning 200 points & then read The Woods: Vol 7 and earned 100 points
Total: 1050 points

Roll 11: Treasure Chest

For this quiz I got “Sold an exclusive edition. Earn 100 points”
Tota: 1150 points

Roll 12: Reaping – District 3: Advanced Technology

Waking Gods by Slyvain Neuvel

Then I listened to Waking Gods & earned another 100 points.
Total: 1250 points

Roll 13: Features Immigration

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Then I started reading Pride but ended up swapping to the audiobook. Earning 140 points.
Total: 1390 points

Roll 14: Fall into a Reading Slump

So, I landed on the ‘Fall into a Reading Slump’ space and I advanced to ‘In a reading slump’. I ended up rolling a double 6 on the 5th roll and moved to the ‘Just Waiting’ section.
Total: 1390 points

Roll 15: Treasure Chest

For this one I got “Approved for a new release on NetGalley. Earn 50 points”
Total: 1440 points

Roll 16: GO

Then I landed on GO and earned 200 points
Tota: 1640 points

Roll 17: Read in your favourite chair/spot

The Woods: Vol 8 by James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas & Josan Gonzalez

Then I read the Graphic Novel The Woods: Vol 8 and earned 200 points.
Total: 1840 points

Roll 18: Just Visiting

Then I landed on the Just visiting space.
Total : 1840 points

Roll 19: Treasure Chest

Then I got “Dog chews on your book. Loose 50 points.
Tota: 1790 points

Roll 20: 3 World Title

House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess

Then I read Hose of Dragons and earned 240 points.
Total: 2030 points

Roll 21: Audiobook

Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

Then I listened to the audiobook of Only Human and earned 320 points.
Total: 2350 points

Roll 22: Brown Cover

Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie

Then I listened to Elephants Can Remember and earned 60 points.
Total: 2410 points

Roll 23: YA Novel

Nocturna by Maya Motayne

Then I read Nocturna and earned 120 points
Total: 2530 points

Roll 24: Strong Female MC

House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A Craig

Then I reread House of Salt and Sorrow via audiobook and earned 160 points.
Total: 2690 points

Roll 25: Read with your favourite drink

Fence: Vol 1 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad & Joana LaFuente

Then I read the Graphic Novel Fence: Vol 1 and earned 220 points
Total: 2910 points

Roll 26: 400+ pages

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Then I read Serpent & Dove and earned 300 points.
Total: 3210 points

Roll 28: Star/Moon on Cover

Then I passed GO earning 200 points. I did start a book for this challenge but did not finish it. So I ended the ReadAThon sitting on this space!
Tota: 3410 points

Overall

I read a total of 4 books, 6 graphic novels, 1 eBook, 1 eARC & 7 audiobooks in July! Which I am super happy with! 19 books is amazing for me and it got me back on track for my yearly goal after being in a slump earlier in the year.

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HouseCupAThon/June Wrap Up

Well June is over and it’s time to wrap up the HouseCupAThon! In June I read 5 physical books, 1 Graphic Novels, 1 eBook & 4 audiobooks and all but one of these were for HouseCupAThon Challenges!

Not read for HouseCupAThon

Alice by Christina Henry

You can find my spoiler free review HERE!

Tom Riddle’s Journal: Read a book by an author that uses a pen name or their initials

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

You can find my spoiler free review HERE!

Dobby: Read a book that has a lovable/memorable side character

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

The Flying Car: Road trip! Read a book that involves a journey.

Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The Howler: Read a book that has a character who must face the consequences of their actions.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

The Burrow: Read a cozy book.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Lockhart: Read a book with a love interest everyone loves

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

De-Gnome the Garden: Read a book that you are thinking on unhauling.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

This one I actually DNFd instead of finishing but I still wanted to mention it!
This just isn’t my thing. I got to the end of Chapter 1 and I wasn’t invested in the characters or story enough to interest me into continuing. I’m just not a huge fan of Magical Realism or really lyrical writing which is exactly what this book is. Just simply not my thing.

Whomping Willow: Read a book with a tree on the cover.

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

Mandraks: Protect your ears and listen to an audio book.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Following the Spiders: Read a hyped book

Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Polyjuice Potion: Read a book in a non-traditional format or a format that you don’t read very often.

The Hobbit: Graphic Novel by J.R.R. Tolkien & Adapted by Chuck Dixon

Fawkes: Give a book a second chance.

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft
Edited by Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe

Petrified: Read a book that you’re afraid to read

Odd One Out by Nic Stone

Required Reading: Read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets or any Harry Potter book

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
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