November 2018 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! So I tried to do an experiment this month and wing my reading in the hopes that I’d read more but I actually ended up failing miserably. Normally I set myself a TBR and even though I don’t end up following it most of the time, I do read the number of books I’ve set myself. But this month because I didn’t have a goal, it ended up giving me a reason not to read! I felt less motivated to pick up a book each night and I also partly blame Spyro for that!

Spyro reignited trilogy came out this month and I’ve spent almost every night after work playing it! A great game but very distracting because I should be reading! I only ended up reading four books this month which is disappointing but at least now I know that I need to set a TBR for December! Here’s what I managed to read:

Hallowdene by George Mann: This is the second book in a series (first book is Wychwood) but I think you can easily read it as a standalone. It makes very little references to the first one and it doesn’t continue on from it, so it’s quite easy to pick this one up if you think it sounds better than the first one. Personally I thought it was more interesting plot wise and it was a good choice to read for Halloween. It’s about the grave of a local witch, killed three hundred years ago, being excavated. She was buried under an immense stone to prevent her spirit from ever rising again and once they uncover her grave, people start to die in mysterious circumstances. Alongside that, we had more minor storylines revolving around everyday problems such as Elspeth’s career and where she wanted to go next. Overall, it was an enjoyable read and I liked the supernatural and other-worldly elements mixed in with the mundane.

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November 2018 Book Haul!

Hey guys! November has flown by and I am so ready for Christmas but before I get in the Christmas spirit, I have to write my wrap up posts! Sad for you but good for me, this is going to be a really quick post as I actually only purchased two (three if you count the same book purchased twice!) books this month and I was sent one for review! I think some of you will be pleased with one of my choices as a lot of people have been telling me to read it!

Also I’m sorry again for my sporadic posting, I’ve not really had a lot of time this month to blog but I’m hoping in December I’ll be feeling a little better and more motivated! So here’s the very small amount of books I purchased/received in November:

A Map of Days1) A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs:

First up, I finally got my hands on, not one, but two copies of A Map of Days and I also got them signed as I went to one of Ransom Riggs’ UK tour events! I wrote a post about it if you want to check it out but here is a spoiler, it was awesome and so much fun! It’s been years since I read Library of Souls and I’m a little hazy on the ending so maybe I will re-read the last few chapters to remind myself of what happened. I do remember the last 100 or so pages was absolutely insane though! I’m really excited to dive back into this world and I cannot wait to see how the peculiars manage in America! I’ve actually missed these characters and the peculiar photographs!

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Authors I’d Give a Second Chance!

Hey guys! Today I am going to talk about authors who I’d like to give a second chance! I saw this on sarawithoutah‘s BookTube so long ago and I have always wanted to do it. I finally got around to it and I’m very excited to share my list with you! Enjoy!

Sasha Alsberg: So I am a big fan of Sasha but sadly her debut, Zenith, wasn’t for me. I was really disappointed with it as it felt very messy and haphazardly thrown together. Things weren’t explained very well and I was left scratching my head for the majority of it. However, she is a growing author and can improve her writing. I think she could be a really great author if she takes her time with her books and I’d love to still be able to support her by buying them. I think Zenith came out so messy because everything was massively rushed; however her other books don’t seem to be going down the same path which is good! I am interested in reading Project Red because that seems like one I haven’t read before. She seems to be taking her time with it and from the sneak peeks she has shown us, it looks really interesting.

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Book Unhaul! (#3)

Hey guys! A couple months ago I unhauled some books and I just never posted it on my blog but I really wanted to because I enjoy seeing what other people unhaul, even though they can be quite controversial. Some of these books I read when I was a teenager and I just know I’ll never re-read them and others I just didn’t like them at all. So lets get into it!

Empress of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza: I got this in a FairyLoot subscription box and I knew straight away this book wouldn’t be for me. Princesses fighting for their throne is not something I enjoy and this book being set in space still couldn’t save it. Unsurprisingly, I read it and I hated it. It was super boring, nothing exciting was happening and the whole way through I felt like I was forcing myself to read it. I had no interest in keeping this or reading the second book so I just got rid of it! Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Want to Read Before 2019

Hey guys! I’ve just had to sift through all of my unread books on Goodreads and pick out five that I want to read before the end of the year. I’ve done this post twice on my blog already and failed miserable, so my chances of succeeding at reading these books before January 2019 are super slim. But I’m going to post about it anyway! Enjoy!

A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs: So I have only just recently acquired this book as I met Ransom Riggs last week (see my previous post!) and it’s definitely a top priority read for the last stretch of 2018. It’s been two years since I read about these characters, so I am really excited we get to spend more time with them! I have heard absolutely nothing about this book, I just know they are in America. As it’s quite a hefty book I will probably read it over Christmas now.

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare: This book isn’t even out yet but we are so freaking close, so it had to go on this list! It comes out the fourth of December, wow! I am so, so, so excited! I left it so late to read Lord of Shadows but not with this one! As soon as I have it, I will start reading it! After that explosive and devastating ending, I really can’t wait to see what happens next!

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Fall Book Tag!

Hey guys! I spotted this tag on Kate’s blog and it looked so fun! I haven’t done a tag for a while so I thought this one would be perfect! It was created by Bionic Book Worm and she has also kindly allowed everyone to use her graphics, which I think is really nice! So lets get into it!

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Seven DeathsThe Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton:

For this one it has to be Seven Deaths because this book was absolutely mind-blowing. It surged ahead of competition for one of best books I’ve read this year! The main character has to solve an impossible murder using the bodies he is given and the events that took place on the day Evelyn was murdered. On top of that, he is also being hunted by a crazy killer who is determined to stop him from ever getting to the truth. It’s one of the most puzzling murder mysteries I’ve ever read and I was left utterly clueless. It was an incredible book and well worth the read!

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An Evening with Ransom Riggs!

Hey guys! I have quite a different post for you today! I absolutely love Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs. It’s such a unique series and Hollow City was one of my favourite books of 2016 (Was that really 2 years ago?). So when I saw he was coming to the UK and only visiting Manchester and London, I knew I had to go! I hope you don’t mind me sharing my experience with you all because it was pretty exciting!

Normally authors visit places that are hours away from me and I never get to go but Ransom was coming to Manchester which isn’t that far from me so obviously I had to go! I couldn’t miss this opportunity and I’m so glad I went! I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of A Map of Days and it was so fun being able to hear Ransom talk about it and then sign copies afterwards! I ended up getting the book and a goody bag because I’ve never received one before at an event, I wanted to see what it was like!

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