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Reading Wrap Up | November 2019 +Blogmas Annoucement!

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Hey guys!
I cannot believe November is over and we’re going into the final month of the year… Crazy how time flies!
I have been in a huge reading slump, so didn’t get much reading done, unfortunately.
I am hoping to do better in December. Luckily, I hit my Goodreads goal a while ago.

 

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The first book I finished was the audiobook of Crownbreaker by Sebastien de Castell.
This was such a great conclusion to an amazing series. I am so sad this is the last Spellslinger book but I am looking forward to reading more from Sebastien de Castell.

Rating: 4 Stars
Review here!

 


 

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Next, I finished Emma by Jane Austen. I read and listened to this for uni. I have to say, I didn’t really enjoy this one. It was too long and boring.

 

 

 


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Finally, after weeks of suffering,I finished Ivanhoe by Walter Scott. This is definitely something I would DNF if it wasn’t for uni. It was such a BORE. I can’t believe I even finished it, it was such a snoozefest!

 

 


Announcement!

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This year I’ll be participating in Blogmas! I’ve always wanted to do it but never have made the plunge so I’m finally going to do it this year. I won’t be doing daily posts, I’ll probably post every other day. I’m excited to post some Christmasy themed posts and post more in general!
Make sure you follow my blog and stick around! There’s plenty of posts coming soon 🙂

Are you doing Blogmas?


 

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Monthly Wrap Up + Currently Reading| September 2019

Hey guys!

September was a really slow month for me and ended up being a really bad reading month, unfortunately. 😦

I’ve been struggling with a reading slump since August and my mental health hasn’t been great. I only managed to read two books this month:

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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This took a loooong time to get through but I ended up really enjoying it. It takes some getting used to the writing style/format but the story is good.

Rating: 3.5 Stars
Full review here!


Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

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This was INCREDIBLE. This was sooo much better than Nevernight, which I did enjoy but this took it to the next level! I loved the setting and the pace of this one so much more.

Rating: 4.25 Stars
Review coming soon!


Currently Reading:

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
After THAT ending in Godsgrave, I obviously had to pick up this.

Teenage Writings by Jane Austen
This is for a class. I’m doing a module on Jane Austen this semester so prepare for lots of her books to be appearing on my blog!

+ I need to read The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis ASAP.


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Hope you guys had a better reading month than I did!
Let me know what you’ve been reading in the comments, also if you have any tips for getting out of a slump!

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Monthly Wrap Up | August 2019

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Hey guys!
I can’t believe August is over! It flew by.
I’m moving out tomorrow so I know I won’t be reading much today (and definitely won’t be finishing any more books). So I thought I’d post my wrap up today!
I didn’t get as much reading done as I wanted but I had a decent month.

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The first book I finished was The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson. I LOVED THIS. What an amazing conclusion to an incredible trilogy. I am obsessed.
New favourite YA fantasy series for sure!

Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review for The Remnant Chronicles here!

 

 


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Next, I finished the audiobook of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*Ck by Mark Manson. This was okay. At first, it seemed like a fun way to approach self-help and improvement but the attitude got boring fast.

Rating: 3 Stars

 


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Next, I finished a graphic novel: *Rose by Denis Lapière and Émilie Alibert / Art by Valérie Vernay.
I requested this on Netgalley, I didn’t know anything about this before reading. It’s a cool mystery story with paranormal elements. I was really surprised by this, I don’t normally read mystery, especially not in graphic novel form, but it was a great read.

Rating: 3.75 Stars
Review here!


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Next, I read another graphic novel: *Aion by Ludovic Rio.
I requested this on Netgalley, all I knew is that it was sci-fi and the artwork looked cool. I’m SO glad I got this! It was such a cool story and really, really enjoyed it!

Rating: 4 Stars
Review here!

 

 


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The next book I finished was *Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron.

Rating: 3 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 

 


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Lastly, I finished another audiobook: The Humans by Matt Haig.
I enjoyed this, it was funny and entertaining. It started off really well but gradually got less entertaining + I didn’t really like the ending. It’s still worth a read though!

Rating: 3.5 Stars


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What was your favourite book you read this month?
Mine was definitely The Beauty of Darkness!

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Monthly Wrap Up July 2019

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Hey guys,
Happy August!
July was such a great reading month for me! It was the month of audiobooks and graphic novels – which I have had a seriously great time reading/listening.
I read 3 books, 4 audiobooks, and 6 graphic novels.

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The first book I read in July was: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. After rereading Gemina last month, I was desperate to get to this. Unfortunately, it was as good as I was expecting. It was good but not amazing.

Rating: 3/3.5 Stars
Review here!

 

 


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Next, I listen to the audiobook of The Handbook for Highly Sensitive People by Mel Collins.

Rating: 3 Stars

 

 

 


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Next, I finished another audiobook; The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. This was a reread for me, I read the physical copy when it was first published back in 2016. I saw the audiobook was new to my library and I knew I just had to listen to it. No regrets. It was amazing and Carrie is a great narrator!
Rating: 5 Stars

 

 


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Another audiobook: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. After finishing the SaB trilogy I thought I’d reread SoC. I didn’t find it as good this time around, I’ll discuss this more in my review.

Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 

 


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Next, I binged Sage Volume 1 +2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples in a few hours. I picked the first one up on a whim, it was on kindle unlimited and I thought why not, I’ll give it ago. I LOVED IT! It’s super weird and wild. It’s very entertaining.
Vol 1 – Rating: 5 Stars
Vol 2 – Rating: 4 Stars
Review here!

 


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After running out of Saga on Kindle Unlimited, I decided to see what other graphic novels they had. I ended up reading LumberJanes Books 1, 2+3 by Noelle Stevenson.
This was cute, a bit weird and cringy in place but overall entertaining.

Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review coming soon!


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Next, I finished another graphic novel, The Wicked + The Divine Vol 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen (Author), Jamie McKelvie (Artist), Matthew Wilson (Colorist) + Clayton Cowles

This was odd but good? Confusing at times but I loved the art.

Rating: 3 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 


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Next, I finished another audiobook, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. Of course, after finishing Six of Crows I had to listen to the sequel!

Rating: 4 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 


Next, I finished: Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson and I LOVED IT. It was amazing.

Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 

 


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Lastly, I finished The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson. After finishing the first book I just had to continue on. I am OBSESSED with The Remnant Chronicles. Despite starting it on the 30th July I finished it on the 31st. SO GOOD!

Rating: 4 Stars

Review coming soon!

 

 

 


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Reading Wrap Up | June 2019

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Hey Guys,
Happy July 1st!
I cannot believe we’re already in July, time flies!
I managed a total of 6 books this month – 4 physical + 2 audiobooks! Which I am super happy with because I spent literally two weeks in a slump and I didn’t think I’d get much reading done this month but hey, I turned it around!

 


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The first book I finished in June was: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary.
This was AMAZING! Loved it.

Rating: 5 Stars
Review here! 

 


Then I went ages without reading, I was kinda in a slump. The next few books I read on holiday:

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My second read of June/My first holiday read was Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This was a reread for me and it was just as good the second time around!
Being spacey/sci-fi, it isn’t your typical beachy read but I loved reading it.

Rating: 5 Stars!

 

 

 


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My third June read/ second holiday read was *No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter. (gifted)
This was such a quick and easy read! I devoured it in two sitting on holiday. I’ll talk about it more in my upcoming review.

Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 


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My audiobook for this month was Nyxia by Scott Reintgen –  this I listen to on the plane to Portugal and on the way back. I finished it the day after I got back from holiday so it’s kinda a holiday read, kinda not.  As you can tell I’m in a sci-fi mood lately. No idea why but I’m loving it.
This was pretty good and entertaining!
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review coming soon.

 


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Then I finished: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. Which I LOVED, of course. Brandon Sanderson is my fave but I’ve never read any Sci-Fi or YA from him before; it’s safe to say the man can write anything.

Rating: 4 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 

 



Lastly, I finished an audiobook: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. I literally started and finished this on June 30th. It was a cutesy/cheesy YA contemporary – perfect summer read! It was a little cringy in places and there was A LOT of teen drama, so bear that in mind.

Rating: 3 Stars

 


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Monthly Wrap Up | May 2019

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Hey guys!
Today I’m talking about the books I read in the month of May.
I read a total of 6 books (3 audio, 3 physical) and a short story. I’m really happy with this amount considering in the first half of May I had finals for uni, including 3 essays, a creative writing portfolio and an exam. As you can tell I procrastinated doing these things by reading/listening to books. Oops.

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The first book I finished in May was Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I actually started and finished this on May 1st! Great start to the month and I haven’t read a book in a day in a long time. Super happy!

Rating: 4 Stars

 

 

 


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Secondly, I continued on and read Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. Didn’t enjoy this as much as the first, it was pretty bland.

 

Rating: 3 Stars

 

 

 


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Thirdly, I listening to the Stars Above audiobook by Marissa Meyer. This was okay, as far as short story collections go. I’m generally not a fan of short stories but these were okay, some I enjoyed more than others, naturally. More thoughts in my review!

Rating: 3 Stars
Review here!

 


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Fourth I read Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo and WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT. I thought this would be so much better but it was so boring. It took me 11 days to read 350 pages. 11 days?! I read Shadow and Bone in a single day.

Rating: 2 Stars

 

 

 


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Next, I finished another audiobook, Queenslayer by Sebastien De Castell.

 

Rating 3.5 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 


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Next, literally right after finishing Queenslayer, I read the short story The Red Lily by Sebastien De Castell – which is about Ferius Parfax from the Spellslinger series. This story takes place between book 3 and 4.

 

 

 


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Finally, I finished another audiobook: Fairest by Marissa Meyer.
I didn’t think it was possible to hate Levana more than I did in The Lunar Chronicles main series but this backstory for Levana topped it. She’s also been the worst, I can see why now, but I have no sympathy for her. She’s vile.
Rating: 3.5 Stars

 


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Monthly Wrap Up | January 2019

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Hey guys! I’m so sorry I haven’t been active lately!
January has been the longest month ever! A new semester of uni started for me and I’m trying to get back into the swing of things after having 6 weeks off. It’s fair to say I am tired as hell! And I’m still in a bit of a reading slump. *sigh* Didn’t read as much as I wanted but oh well. I have a lot of reading to do for uni, so unfortunately, pleasure reading takes the backseat.


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This first book I finished was *The Girl King by Mimi Yu.
I was lucky enough to be sent an arc and be apart of the blog tour for this! It wasn’t as good as I expected but it was still enjoyable!

Rating: 3 Stars
Review here!

 

 

 

 


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The next book I finished was an audiobook: Cinder by Marissa Meyer.
I didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did, it really surprised me! I cannot wait to continue the series. Sadly, I have to wait for the next audiobook to become available at my library. *sigh*
Rating: 4 Stars
Review here!

 


 

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Next, I finished The Wicked King by Holly Black. I fully expected to devour this and love it. It was so hyped I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. But, unfortunately, I didn’t find it all the great. It definitely wasn’t bad but it wasn’t amazing.

Rating: 3 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 

 


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The last book I finished was for uni and it was The Psychopathology of Everyday Life by Sigmund Freud. I study English Literature, however, I did a bit of psychology in college but I have yet to find out its relevance to English Lit. Guess I’ll have to wait for my lectures!
It was just ok. It was interesting in parts but quite rambly. It’s a book of examples, too many examples to prove each point. I got sick of it by the end.

 

 


Favourite book of the month: Cinder By Marissa Meyer!

What was your favourite read in January? Comment below!


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