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January Reading and TBR

It’s January which means it’s a new year and we are all getting that new start feeling, by now of course some resolutions are starting to fall by the wayside and some of us are slipping back in to our old ways.

But not me, this year I have lots of plans and that includes reading, my reading slowed a little bit last year and as I was having a good (and overdue) sort out of my bookshelves I noticed how many books I’d started but not actually finished. While assessing my 2017 reading year I realised there had been so many times when books just hadn’t grabbed me. One of my favourite things about reading is being taken in to that world, captivated and not being let go to the very last page like some sort of literary prisoner.

Some how, maybe it was me or perhaps I made some bad reading choices but that didn’t happening for me very often in 2017 so I am trying to start this year off on a high.

January TBR

I’m currently reading the Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Cambell, Jen is a YouTuber and Vlogger who I have watched for awhile. She has lots say on the subject of fairy tales a subject which I actually wrote my dissertation on so I am always keen to hear her perspective and was equally keen to read her short story collection which from what I have read so for is dealing with the darker side of fairy tales and going back to their more gruesome roots.

I am also planning on reading Ali Smith’s Autumn, The White Queen by Philippa Gregory, Howards End by E.M Forster and Little Women, all of which have adaptions apart from Autumn so I am keen to get my teeth into those as well.

In 2018 I also I have plans to pick up on previous reading challenges that I have started and never completed three in particular created for this blog. One was The Shakespeare Challenge, two The Austen Challenge and thirdly and mostly importantly I started re-reading The Chronicles of Narnia for The Problem with Susan, always a Queen of Narnia? to find out more click the link above.

I think it is important to finish the things I’ve started and plan on getting back on track with with this blog. So just wanted to say hi again, happy new year and let the games begin.

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March Wrap Up & April TBR

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Hi Guys and welcome to my March Wrap Up and April TBR- March has been both a successful and unsuccessful reading month, successful in the sense of I read some really great books but unsuccessful in the sense I only read three of them.

My March Reads

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The Girls by Emma Cline is a really interesting piece of literary fiction which tells the story of the Manson Killings from the point of view of a fourteen-year-old girl. To read my full review click the link above, I rated the girls 3/5 stars.

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (Book 1 in the Lunar Chronicles) is a science fiction re-telling of Cinderella. Cinderella (Cinder) is a Cyborg this ongoing series is a romp which I definitely plan on continuing with. I gave Cinder 3/5 stars!

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Passenger is a time travel young adult novel with an interesting premise but when it came down to the nitty gritty it wasn’t for me. To read my full review click above, I gave this 2/5 stars!

April TBR

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As a rule, I do like to keep my TBR pretty open because as my mood changes what I like to read changes  but I do have a few books I would like to get through this April.

Currently reading

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

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Ever since the release of Lady Midnight I have been reminded how behind I am with The Shadow Hunter Chronicles. I have read the Infernal Devices but only the first three of The Mortal Instruments so this month I am attempting to play catch up!

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

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All part of my Shadowhunters catch up plan!

The Light Between Oceans by M.L Steadman

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I was never particularly interested in this and then I saw the movie trailer for the adaptation of the novel which is being released this year and MAY have been brought to tears.

Scarlett by Marrissa Meyer

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I have recently finished Cinder and cannot wait to jump into book 2 of The Lunar Chronicles.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak

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I have started this book a few times but this month is finally the month.

I hope you have enjoyed my March Wrap up and April TBR!

Happy Reading Everyone!

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October TBR

October is one of those months which is great for theme reading and I would love to make this a October a wicked one.

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Those spooky reads really get me in the mood for the month but I am already committed to quite a few ARCs and challenges, series and things so it won’t be as a spooky heavy month as I would like. So in the spirit in keeping October and Halloween  here is my slightly creepy, a little too long, but hopefully I will get round to most of them, October TBR. 🙂 But as always I’m sure I will pick up quite a few things that aren’t on the list.

Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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For some reason I HAD to re-read Clockwork Angel in September I love this series and now I have started the re-read I have been sucked back into that Shadow Hunter world and want to see it through to the bitter end. But I forgot about the feels guys, all the feels… If you haven’t read The Infernal Devices what are you still doing here go, go now and read! (Maybe finish reading my post first though 🙂

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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I have been seeing this book around for so long and now I’m in the perfect mood for a real World War Two historical fiction epic.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs

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In the spirit of creepy reads a YA novel based around antique photographs sounds like it fits the bill to me. This is one of those series that I have been meaning to read for a while and with the film on its way and the third book out this October seems to be the perfect time, I just hope it lives up to the hype.

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

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I have see the film adaptation version of this staring Daniel Radcliff a few times and anyone who has seen that film knows it’s creepy. Also though it was really enjoyable and when I found out it was based on a book (and not just a stage play) a bought a copy of the book I think it was last October actually and never got round to reading it so I plan to get to it this October and hopefully I enjoy it as much as I did when watching the film.

Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

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I have just received this as an ARC thanks to NetGalley and am really excited to get to it, this book revolves round the Bronte sisters and is described as a novel of romance and intrigue. While one sister Branwell slips into madness the sisters feel their lives slipping away and must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations. This sounds fantastic! Entering the world of the Bronte sisters, authors of books such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre I’m hoping this is going to be a real treat!

The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

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Really looking forward to reading this as part as my The Problem of Susan Challenge to find out more about the challenge and The Problem of Susan click here or to read my review of The Magicians Nephew book 1 in the Chronicles of Narnia click here.

I’m already half way through Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, hopefully it’s going to be a great reading month. Happy Reading Everyone! x

September TBR

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I have high hopes for September and really feel it’s going to be a great reading month. There is so much I want to read at the moment so my theory is chuck it all in my September TBR and endeavour to read it ALL! (Maybe there are some flaws in this plan? We will see…)

I am in a bit of a weird reading mood at the moment where I keep flitting from one book then another, I don’t normally read more than one book at a time but at the moment I have quite a few things on the go all of which I am hoping to finish in September.

  1. Draganfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon #2 Outlander Series

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The second book in the Outlander series, if you haven’t read the first one… what have you been doing and of you haven’t seen the show… guys you are missing out on this guy. Enough said.

2. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

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3. Ariel by Sylvia Plath

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Ariel is a short poetry collection which I am already nearly done with and I am sure will be reviewing soon.

4. The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

I am currently reading the Chronicles of Narnia as part of my The Problem of Susan Challenge click here to find out more. I am reading the books chronologically hoping that will give me a better insight to the books and to Susan.

5. The Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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I keep hearing great things about this series and this book has just been sitting patiently on my shelf. I have read the first three chapters and I think it’s something I’m really going to enjoy and look forward to reviewing!

6. Stonemouth by Iain Banks

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I watched the BBC adaptation of Stonemouth earlier this year and LOVED it. This is a Scottish Romeo and Juliet with gangsters, what more could you want?

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I hope I can get through all these month as well as leaving some time open for some random reads. I’m really excited about my September reading.

Happy reading everyone! x