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October 2018 Wrap Up

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So I was on a reread & Mystery kick this month!

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As I said this was a month for rereading! I have finally started rereading Harry Potter physically again! I’ve reread a tonne of times on audiobook, but not on physical for at least a year. So, of course, I’ve been loving the reread!
I also read Jackaby which I LOVED. It was such an amazing book! You can find my review HERE!
And lastly for physically read books is Children of Blood and Bone which I read because it was one of the BOTMs for The YA Book Nerds. I haven’t reviewed this one and don’t know if I will but my basic thoughts are I enjoyed it for the most part but a couple things mean I only rated it 4 stars. The main thing I did not like was the romances. I felt they were unnecessary and took away from the plot and the whole women’s empowerment & family themes.

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Another 2 rereads! If you didn’t know I am slowly making my way through all the LOTRs world books on audio and last month I read The Two Towers.
I also reread Mask of Shadows. I originally read it on audiobook and as the sequel recently came out I planned on rereading it physically and I did start that but the physical book was just taking forever to actually read. I use the app Bookly so I can track my reading and I know my average reading speed and it was literally double for this book and it was making me not want to actually pick it up because I felt like I was getting nowhere. So instead I listened to the audiobook and flipped along with the book which helped a lot. I still really enjoy this book, it was just something about it that took forever and put me off.
Then as I said above I was on a mystery kick, mainly Hercule Poirot mysteries! I love Poirot and listened to these 3 in about 4 days. I would have listened to more but the delightful Scribd will remove all your saved books and put them in ‘Available Soon’ if they think you are listening to too many audiobooks. I do have a possible hack for this that I will be testing out once they all become available. So I will keep you updated as to whether that actually works in November.

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BooktubeAThon 2018 Wrap Up, Mini Reviews & Ready Player One Movie Review

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Okay, so this was meant to be a video but I quite frankly have not had the time to film it! And now it has been nearly a week since BookTubeAThon ended. If I get the chance tonight I will try and film it, but anyway, here is a blog post in case I don’t get the chance!

So I completed 5 challenges out of 7. I did not complete the ‘Read a book about something you want to do’ or ‘Read a book while wearing the same hat the whole time’. For the something I want to do challenge, I simply couldn’t find a book. For the hat challenge. I started with reading with a hat on and then quite frankly forgot and then stopped caring. I didn’t care about that challenge that much to begin with as it doesn’t actually challenge the type of reading you are doing, so I really didn’t see the point.

Now onto the challenges I did complete.

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Let a coin toss choose your first read

Okay, so I did this. I tossed and got The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T Sutherland. I started the book & then decided to DNF as it just felt too childish for me. So then I swapped to the other option I had for the coin toss.

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Rating: 4 stars

I wrote a short review for this one on Goodreads which I will link below but a quick overview. This book was a fun and quick read. It involves books that come to life and it is quite amusing.
However, there was a subplot of the Main Characters parents separating that I simply did not like how it was handled. The message it kinda sends to kids is that if you push hard enough then your parents will magically realise they do love each other and get back together. I don’t think that is a good message to send as in most cases that simply does not happen. I was hoping this book would be a good representation of separating parents and possibly help someone who is going through that by seeing how the MC deals with it but that simply was not the case.

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Read and watch a book to movie adaptation

Book rating: 5 stars
Movie rating: 4.5 stars
The Movie as a book to movie adaptation: 2 stars

Okay, so I love this book. It was a reread for me. I highly recommend the audiobook, it is narrated by Wil Wheaton and is fabulous.
I did enjoy the movie, HOWEVER, it is very VERY different from the book. The main theme of the book stays the same in the movie. The creator dies and leaves an Easter Egg in the game, to get it you have to acquire 3 different keys throughout the game for a player to discover and whoever does wins his fortune and ownership of the game. There is also a ‘bad guy’ organisation trying to win it that will end up ruining the game if they get ownership. So that is the same. EVERYTHING else is completely different. Everything from how the characters meet, to the things they have to do to get the keys, to the whole feel of the book/movie is different. The book is an ode to vintage video games & 80s Pop Culture. However, the movie is a lot more concentrated on nowadays gaming. There is 1 vintage video/arcade game seen being played in the whole movie & there is only one major mention of something from the 80s and that is the movie The Shining, which I don’t even remember being mentioned in the book. There were a couple other things like King Kong, Godzilla and Back to the Future, but they were more just seen rather than really part of the story. So that was disappointing. I love the 80s feel of the book. I’m not an 80s kid but I still loved the feel of the book. The movie really looses that.
Also, there is one MAJOR plot point that happens in the book, it was devastating and made you angry as hell while reading but it simply didn’t happen in the movie. I kinda like that is doesn’t happen as it is sad but still they just completely changed EVERYTHING.
By itself the movie is great but as an adaptation, nope, not at all.

Read a book with green on the cover

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This book has very little green, but hey it counts.

Rating: 4 stars

Okay, so this book is a little all over the place. I can definitely say it is intense and unique. The world and plot were really interesting and there was always something new and unexpected going on. I can’t say it is a new favourite but I definitely had fun reading it and there were a few good quotes I caught. I only wrote one down though as I did listen to the audiobook so it is a bit hard to easily record a quote like you could on a physical or eBook.

I’ll add the full quote as I love Riley’s comment as well as the one from the MC at the end.

“Okay, but you guys were always eating somewhere bizarre. I don’t want to eat food from Thailand or India or wherever. Who even knows what’s in there? Why couldn’t you eat something normal?”
“We can’t all subsist on buttered noodles and self-righteousness,” Riley growls.
“And, for fuck’s sake, stop using normal as code for white,” I snap. “Your life isn’t the ruler that the rest of the world gets measured against.”

Read a book with a beautiful spine

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I don’t have a pic of the spine but it’s half blue, half white and has stars on it. I basically just sat on my bed, looked at my TBR shelves and picked the spine that looked the nicest.

Rating: 3.5 stars

As for this book, I can’t say I enjoyed it as much as I did Caraval. I didn’t review this but to give you an overview: I found it predictable and that was one of my main issues. This whole book revolves around discovering who Legend really is and I guessed it like 15% into the book. It’s not that hard to guess. So that took away from the wow/mysterious factor of the book. The romance was just so meh. I think the main issue with the romance was the MC, Tella. She was just predictable and dull, so that affected the romance. She also has 0 willpower. She would keep trying to be strong and saying ‘no I can’t fall for….’ and then turn into a lovesick teenager whenever they entered the room. It was monotonous and irritating. Tella was also just annoying, she was a bit better than Scarlett in Caraval but not much. So yeah I wasn’t impressed with this book.

Read 7 books

So I had to read 3 extra books to make up the 7.

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This was the book that was originally meant for the hat challenge but I stopped caring.

Rating: 3.5 stars

This one I did do a full spoiler-free review on which you can find HERE!

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Rating: 4.5 stars

At first, I wasn’t enjoying this book. It felt boring and predictable. Then it takes some very dark and messed up twists and turns and I ended up really enjoying it. I feel like this was done on purpose, it drags you into this false sense of security and then BAM murder and shit! The ending was not predictable AT ALL and definitely not dull in the slightest. Very entertaining read! If you are having trouble with it at the beginning, just wait, trust me.

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This is a short middle grade fantasy that is pretty fun. It basically starts with at a certain age all kids go through this ceremony type thing to discover whether they will get a spirit animal. It has a similar vibe to Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman, but in that one, they touch something and possibly turn into an animal whereas this one they drink something and possibility get a spirit animal, not turn into one.
This book is very short (only 224 pages) so it didn’t have a huge plot but it was enough to keep me interested and the world is intriguing, so I will definitely continue on in the series. This series has 7 books all by different authors (Brandon Mull, Maggie Stiefvater, Garth Nix, Shannon Hale, Tui T Sutherland, Eliot Schrefer & Marie Lu) and I think all following different characters maybe? I’m not 100% sure as I’ve only read the 1 and I prefer not to read Synopsis’s but each cover has different animals on it, except the last where they all seem to come together.

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July 2018 Wrap Up

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So July is over and here are all the books I read during July.

But first, I will not be making a July Wrap up & August TBR video on my channel. That is because between by my TBR Jar, Tome Topple & Biannual Bibliothon Wrap Ups that is all the books I read. And between BookTubeAThon & Magical ReadAThon, that is most of the books I plan to read in August. But I still wanted to do my usual Wrap Up, TBR, Haul & Anticipated Releases on my blog.

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Legendary I am actually reading atm. This Mortal Coil & King of Ashes I have had to put down because of ReadAThons. Bygone Badass Broads I am slowly making my way through as it is a heap of small stories.

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Also, what did you read in July?

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Pride Bingo – Life & Lit’s Pride Event – Wrap Up

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This was an event that was held over at Life & Lit on Facebook! This one was a bingo card & you could use 1 book for 2 challenges.

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Queer women in love: Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
Queen men in love: Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Gay rep: Proxy by Alex London
Lesbian rep: Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
Bi or Pan rep: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Trans rep: I was born for this by Alice Oseman
Asexual rep: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
FREE (Non-Binary): Girl Mans Up
Queer Fantasy: Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
Queer Nonfiction/memoir: Not completed
Queer contemporary: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Queer Sci-Fi: Proxy by Alex London
Happy Ending: Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Tearjerker: Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Queer author: Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Queer author of Colour: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

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Love is Love is Love – TBR & Beyond’s Pride Event – Wrap Up

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Okay, guys, so the month is over, well will be in about half an hour, and I just wanted to share how I went in the Love is Love is Love event that was happening over at TBR and Beyond on Facebook.
If you missed my possible reads post for this, the idea was that there was a word search, you had to find the words & then read a book that fit that word.

Here is the Word Search

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Own voice: Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Bisexual: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Transgender: I was born for this by Alice Oseman
Coming Out: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Blue: Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Fantasy: Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
Funny: Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Lesbian: Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
Asexual: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Love: (Instalove) Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Heartbreak: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Green: (Some of this book made me sick) Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Contemporary: Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Gay: Proxy by Alex London
Non-Binary: Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
Acceptance: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Pink: Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Red: Proxy by Alex London
Cute: The Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

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June 2018 Wrap Up

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I had a pretty good reading month. Not a tonne of 5 stars but still a good month! I read 4 books & 17 audiobooks this month! So a total of 21 books for June!! 9 of those books had LGBTQIAP+ characters for Pride month.

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June CramAThon 2018 Wrap Up

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So the CramAThon finished last night as I am soo happy with how much I read! I completed all 7 challenges as well as partly listened to 2 other audiobooks & partly read another book. I’ll just tell you here what those books were as they weren’t actually for the CramAThon.
Also here is my reading vlog for the full week of CramAThon

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During the week I was listening to & finished Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone. I didn’t record what the starting point was for this week but it was fairly early into the book & I completed it during this week. I also read 27 more pages of King of Ashes by Raymond E. Feist which is a book I’m slowly making my way through. Lastly, I listened to 188 pages of The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken on audiobook.

Predicted 5 star read

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A book that is out of your comfort zone

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A book that has been on your TBR for a long time

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LGBT Own Voices

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Something that is not a standard novel

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A book with your favourite colour on the cover

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Read 7 books

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Well, that is all the books I read for CramAThon!!

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May 2018 Wrap Up

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Soooo, this month I Listened to a SHIT TONNE of books! I’m not even kidding! I listened to 21 freaking audiobooks!! That is goddamn ridiculous! That is an audiobook ever day and a half! I was however in a massive reading slump, so I spent alot more time listening to books that actually reading this month. I listened to 21 audiobooks, read 4 books and DNFd 1 book. Let’s jump in!

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Scallywagathon Wrap Up

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Okay, so it has been a few days since Scallywagathon and I’m finally doing my wrap up! Here is what I read!

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So outside of the challenges, I also finished a book & started another before & after reading the challenge books. I also started and DNFd a book. So I will mention them first.

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I started the audiobook for Winter before the ReadAThon and finished it during.

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After finishing the 4 ReadAThon challenges I started the audiobook for Daughter of the Siren Queen. I didn’t finish it during the ReadAThon though.

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This is the book that I started and DNFd. This was originally meant to be for the first challenge. I started this book, found it utterly boring and beyond confusing and DNFd at 16%. As I had only read a small amount of the book I couldn’t count it for a completed challenge. So I choose a different book for that.

Now onto the ReadAThon challenges!

The path I followed was

5 > 8 > A > 9

5: CALM BEFORE THE STORM – THE FIRST IN A SERIES

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This is the first book in the Hercule Poirot series by Agatha Christie. This was the book I substituted in after DNFing A Shot in the Dark.

8: YO HO HO! – BOOK THAT STARTS WITH ‘RRRRRR’

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A: MAROONED: STANDALONE

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9: BLOW DOWN THE MAN – A BOOK BY A WOMAN AUTHOR

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After reading/DNFing A Shot in the Dark it put me in a bit of a slump and I didn’t want to pick up anything. So I swapped out the book I was originally going to read The Theft and the Miracle for a random audiobook that I already had on Scribd. This is the one I chose.

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April 2018 Wrap Up

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I read a tonne of audiobooks in April! I read a total of 14 books, 9 audiobooks and 5 books. I also DNFd 1 book this month which I will add below as well.

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Well, that is all the books I read and DNFd in April! Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Are you planning to read any of these?! Let me know in the comments!

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