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TBR Thursday – November 2019

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Okay so it seems forever since Octobers TBR post for some reason although I did only get around to reading one of the books on that massive list I made, I was definitely far too ambitious and underestimated how busy a month it would be. As a result, this months TBR is much smaller, especially because on top of everything I’m also taking part in NaNoWriMo which is taking up almost all of my free time to be honest (I feel like I haven’t seen my FFXV boys in YEARS and none of my animal crossing villagers like me anymore). Still, these are the books I still hope to be able to read this month.

Chasing the Shadows by Maria V. Snyder
If you caught my WWW Wednesday post yesterday you’ll know that this is my current read. I’m lucky enough to have been granted an early e-book copy ready for the release which is fast approaching now! It’s been a great read so far and I’m finding it very hard to put it down, even more so than Navigating the Stars.

CTRL S by Andy Briggs
I believe I mentioned this in my last two WWW Wednesday posts but the book took a little longer to arrive than I thought it would BUT it’s here now and will definitely be my next read! CTRL S is apparently perfect for fans of Ready Player One and follows Theo Wilson as he searches the dark side on an online universe for his kidnapped mother in a world where people are harvested for their emotions.

The Sky Weaver by Kristen Cicarelli
A second sequel/companion story to The Last Namsara which I LOVED to pieces! I can’t wait for the next instalment and was so happy to find this on NetGalley by accident a little while ago! I of course also have my copy pre-ordered and have already received my beautiful pre-order goodies, these gorgeous art cards featuring characters from the books!

Dewdrop by Katie O’Neil
This is another early copy I received via Netgalley and is a children’s story about an Axolotl I can’t wait to read and hoping my little one will share with me!

I also have some comics and graphic novels I’m hoping to get around to reading too but we’ll see how things go although all bets are off if the newest copy of NPC Tea arrives because I am in DIRE NEED folks. Have a great weekend and I’ll hopefully see you back here Sunday if I don’t drown under my word count goal!

 

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The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

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I came across this tag from the lovely Gaynor at Paperbacks and Pinot and I loved learning a bit more about her as a blogger and decided to give it a go myself too! You can check out her post here.

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How Long Have You Been A Blogger?

I originally started a booktube channel back in Nov 2016. I would film and edit videos when my little boy napped and went to bed etc but as time went on and he got older, he didn’t really nap much and I found I just had too much to do without sitting down to make myself look presentable, talk to a camera for half an hour or so then spend three hours editing it. I posted two reviews on my brand spanking new blog back in October two years ago before promptly giving up and going back to YouTube. Later in mid-February 2018 I came back and other than one week, I have posted at least once a week (usually more) since then. 

What is the best part?

It probably sounds cliche because I imagine a lot of people have already said it but the community is by far my favourite part. There’s always someone lovely to talk to at events and there are so many other bloggers, authors and people who enjoy books that I chat to via Instagram and/or Twitter on a regular basis and that I would consider friends and I know it wouldn’t have been possible without having stepped into blogging. I love how supportive 90% of the community is and it absolutely helps me with motivation, not just when it comes to blogging and making time for reading but also just with my life in general.

What is the worst part?

Like any community really there can really be some pettiness and arguments although thankfully I’ve managed to steer clear of most of them. I think the worst part for me is possibly feeling bad when I can’t afford to go to all of these amazing events or always having the most recent books. I’m fairly lucky and I get more books than I can review at the moment which I’m so grateful for because there are a lot of great books I would have missed out on if not for publishers sending me review copies.

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?

It depends really, I’m not someone who spends hours taking photos because it’s just not feasible with my four year old around. I’m also finding that you really need a dedicated props collection and amazing lighting to make the shots how you want them a lot of the time. I usually have neither of these things and often, when I can I like to take photos outside but I don’t get many opportunities nowadays so I’ve found myself reusing older pictures for blog posts or not really including any at all. My Instagram is on a bookish photo break at the moment for Inktober but I know I really need to start sorting out and stockpiling photos now so that I have some for November when I should be busy with NaNoWriMo.

Who’s your book crush?

I think Jace from City of Bones was probably my very first book crush and one that has kind of stayed with me, to be honest. I do have a thing for Lucien from ACOTAR but not sure if that’s because I want to kiss him or be him (see Lucien styled D&D character that I play every week). I defintley have a newfound crush on Mia from Nevernight too as well as being half in love with Tric as well.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

I think I peaked when I got to interview Lauren James as she’s one of my absolute favourite authors and when I was offered the opportunity it was probably one of my highest blogger moments and I have never worked so hard on a set of questions in my entire life. I think the only way I could top it would be someone like Jay Kristoff or Holly Black.

What do you wear when you write your blog? 

Haha what a strange question! Honestly, it’s usually PJs as I tend to write in the morning before breakfast (which I’m doing right now) or in the evening quite often I’m wearing PJ bottoms and whatever top I’ve been wearing that day. I love me some comfy PJ bottoms!

How long does it take you to prepare a post?

It really varies, to be honest, sometimes I can get one done in an hour or so but often it can take a fair bit more depending on the kind of post, if it’s a “think piece” so to speak it’s usually quicker because I just type type type and then edit after and most of the time is taken doing research, book tags can take longer as I often spend time thinking of particular books for answers and reviews or interview posts take the longest as they involve a lot of prep work and I have to really be in the right frame of mind to concentrate properly.

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

Mostly positive as I’ve covered above really. Like a lot of fandoms it has it’s problems especially because it’s so broard, even in just the YA side of things becasue that includes so many different tastes and points of view that can sometimes clash quite horribly.

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?

For me personally, it’s enjoyment. If you’re enjoying writing and working on you’re blog then you’re sucsessful because you’re doing something you enjoy and that’s brilliant. Don’t get me wrong it’s lovely to have a nice follower and view count (I’m still reeeling from hitting 500 followers! I love you all) but not everyone measures sucsess that way and I actually only look at views now when I’m applying for an early review copy or similar whereas I used to look at my stats multiple times a day and I really do feel better for not obsessing about it.
Thank you for much for checking out my go at this tag, I hope you enjoyed it! I won’t tag any one else specifically but if you want to have a go consider yourself tagged right now!
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October TBR 2019

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It is somehow October already and although I’m wondering where on earth the time went I’m also SO READY for Autumn. Give me cardigans and hot chocolate and darker nights, chilly air and crispy leaves. I love Autumn so on that note I am glad to see October, it just arrived sooner than I had expected. I had an absolutely terrible reading month in September and only actually got two books read all month after Darkdawn took me so long. BUT I think I’m back in the swing of things (hopefully) and this month my TBR will look a little familiar as it will include a lot of the books from last month with one extra which I am super grateful to be on the blog tour for at the end of October!

Angel Mage by Garth Nix
I loved reading Sabriel when I was younger and something described as The Three Muskateers x Joan of Arc with MAGIC. Yes please, thank you, I’ll be over here reading. This is the blog tour I’m on this month (despite me telling myself I wouldn’t be accepting any more reviews or blog tours last month – I just couldn’t pass up this opportunity). I’ve already read a small bit and have already enjoyed what I’ve seen so far so fingers crossed the rest of the book is just as good!

Hex Life Anthology by Kelly Armstrong, Rachel Caine and many more
After just writing up my review for a different anthology I’m super excited to finally FINALLY get around to reading this collection of witchy stories at last.

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky
The new novel by the author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower promises to be different, unnerving and spooky from what I’ve read of the sample I’ve already read,

The Boneships by RJ Barker
I had really hoped to read this last month and would have been what I read after Darkdawn but my copy seems to have got lost in the post somewhere *cries* I have thankfully managed to get a copy via NetGalley which I’m still looking forward to reading, just a little later than I expected.

NPC Tea: Issue Seven by Sarah Milman
I AM NOT READY. Issue seven is the penultimate issue and I’m excited, scared and sad. I love all of the characters and I’m not ready for it to end! That being said, some things went down in issue six that need to be addressed and ahhhhh I just can’t. I backed the issue on Kickstarter and I think they’ll probably be sent out soon!

I feel like having all of these books on my list might be a little overconfident as a good few of them are pretty chunky books. It’s also Intokber month and I’m planning to take part in the writer’s version as well as prepping for NaNoWriMo next month and you know, raising a four-year-old, running a house (haha), etc.  Either way, wish me luck and may your TBR be ever fruitful but not so much that it falls over and crushes you to your death!

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TBR Thursday – September 2019

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My little boy started school yesterday and although granted, I do spend most of the time he’s there (he’s only doing short days for a while) I spend most of it doing housework at the moment to help our poor flat recover from the six weeks holiday I’ve realised I’ll have time to READ and listen to audiobooks and eventually I might even be able to go swimming again!! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, I’ve planned a suitably (hopefully) achievable TBR for September which will see my kindle getting a good amount of use as I try to get through my NetGalley backlog! Also, did I mention…

DARKDAWN by Jay Kristoff
IT IS HERE I HAVE MY COPY AND IM READY TO VIBRATE ONTO ANOTHER PLAIN OF EXISTENCE I’M SO EXCITED.
(The third and final book in the Nevernight Chronicles. I am not ready).

The Boneships by RJ Barker
You might remember that I got very over-excited about a new project RJ Barker told us about at the MCM Blogger Brunch back in May, this is it and I’m lucky enough to have received an early finished copy to dig my teeth into. I’m hoping that the Darkdawn hangover isn’t too great and I can get right into this as soon as possible.

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Another book I’ve been excited about for a while, The Deathless Girls is the untold story of the brides of Dracula and a concept I’ve been interested in since the cheesy Van Helsing film with Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckingsale in from way back when. I can’t wait!

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky
The new novel by the author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower promises to be different, unnerving and spooky from what I’ve read of the sample I’ve already read, just in time to be a perfect creepy Autumn read!

Hex Life Anthology by Kelly Armstrong, Rachel Caine and many more
Hoping I’m not being too ambitious with five books for this month but would really love to get stuck into Hex Life, a witchy anthology including short stories from some of my favourite paranormal romance etc authors!

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August TBR


So as I thought it might, YALC totally messed with my TBR plans for the month. I may have brought…a few books. I think I might have to be extra lucky to get through all six of these this month but you never know!

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
My next read after Nevernight for obvious reasons. I hear the cliffhanger endings are painful so I’m glad I have these two to read together and then not too long of a wait for Darkdawn releasing in September!

X-Men: Days of Future Past by Alex Irvine
I did start reading this last month but ended up putting it on hold due to wanting to get my YALC reads finished so I’m getting back to it this month alongside my rewatching of all the X-Men films because I love them, even the bad ones.

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
I was excited to be approached by a publisher I hadn’t worked with before and offered a review copy of Lisa Jewell’s new book in exchange for an honest review, I wasn’t sure at first as my TBR is somehow still growing at a painful rate but I checked out the synopsis and I was sold. “You thought they were just staying for the weekend. They looked harmless enough – with only two suitcases and a cat in a wicker box. But soon things turn very, very dark. It happens slowly, yet so extraordinarily quickly. Now you and your sister must find a way to survive…”

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
This was a YALC buy, I had actually picked up two other books in a two for £7 deal when the bookseller told me they also did three for £10 and recommended The Kingdom. I was getting low on bag space so thought to decline when she mentioned that the book was essentially, “imagine Disney princesses but they’re A.I” as I’m sure you can guess I caved the moment she mentioned A.I. Lots of people who I spoke to (while holding said book as, like I said, bag space was at an all-time low) recommended the book and said how much they loved it so it got bumped right to this months TBR, it’s only a reasonably short book too so I’m hoping I should be able to fit it in easily.

STAGS by M.A Bennett
So I’ve had STAGS on my Netgalley for ages but after reading and not enjoying The Island by M.A Bennett I had been reluctant to try STAGS for a while, despite all the great reviews I’d heard it’s been getting. I got chatting with one of the booksellers at the Hot Key books stand who went into a bit more depth and showed me the prospectus they had made to go alongside the book and honestly that kind of sold me. STAGS has a sequel called DOGS coming out pretty immanently (I resisted buying it early at YALC in case I didn’t like STAGS in the end) so thought now would be a good time to read it.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power
I’ve been going through my books lately and trying to get rid of ones I really don’t think I’m going to get around to reading and I’d put a few of my arcs up for trade and one I got in return was Wilder Girls. I’d already become intrigued by this book after reading a review from one of the bloggers I’m in a “support” group with (I can’t remember whose blog it was I’m sorry! If I commented on your Wilder Girls review though it was probably you) and so when I was offered this arc in return I jumped at the chance, I’ve seen some beautiful fan art for it recently as well and decided that as it’s out soon I should get to that one asap too.

What is your TBR for the month looking like? If you attended, have you got a lot of books from YALC to read? What book are you most looking forward to reading this month?

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July TBR

I know I shouldn’t be shocked as I just did my June wrap up last week but OH MY GOSH how is it July now?! YALC is this month and I’m in no way prepared. I’m only there for one day in all likely-hood but I still have some reading to get done! I have a backlog of books to review but there are also some books I want to read in time for YALC as well as some new releases I’m desperate to get around to. I think my TBR list for this month is going to be a little over hopeful but what the heck I can but try!

Heartstream by Tom Pollock
I actually started this last night and I already can’t wait to get back to it. This is my first book by Pollock that I’ve read and I think I’ll look into his other works after as I’m really loving his writing style.

Revenger by Alistair Reynolds
I got this when Shadow Captain came out earlier this year in preparation for my sci-fi binge but never got around to it, Reynolds will be at the sci-fi panel I’m excited for at YALC so I wanted to make sure I got it read in time for then, hopefully if I really enjoy it I can pick up the sequel as well and get them both signed too.

Do you Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh
I’ve seen quite a few people who enjoy similar books to me that have been loving this and I’ve been intrigued for a while but I don’t often buy hardbacks and I kept putting it off but as Temi Oh will also be at YALC on the same panel as Alistair Reynolds (in addition to Lauren James and Sasha Alsberg) I feel this is a sign I need to finally get around to reading it.

Shadowscent by P.M Freestone
Another YALC read, I brought Shadowscent on the day it was released because it sounds brilliant and the cover is gorgeous but, yet again and shocking absolutely no one I still haven’t read it because I’m terrible. I’m enjoying using YALC as a good excuse to get all these books I’ve been looking forward to actually read. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve known authors were at events but because I hadn’t read their books yet (despite already owning them in most cases) I didn’t get my book/s signed and then regretted it terribly once I’ve read and loved the book. I do not want this to be one of those times!

Heartstopper – Volume two – By Alice Oseman
I’m SO excited for volume two of Heartstopper releasing this month! I was hoping to make it to the event on July 11th but sadly don’t think I’m going to be able to make it now, I can’t wait to read it though!

Men in Black International: The Official Movie Novelization by R.S Belcher
One of my review books, I had decided to take fewer review books on this month but as soon as the lovely people at Titan offered me this book I couldn’t say no. I’ve really been looking forward to the film, I’m yet to see said film itself yet so I think it would be interesting to compare the two when I do finally see it.

X-Men: Days of Future Past by Alex Irvine
Another review book for the month from Titan, I received this last month and will quite likely be my next read after Heartstream. I’ve been in an X-Men mood for a little while now and although I’m not officially taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo I am starting to jot down ideas etc for the project I’ll be carrying on with for NaNo later in the year and as my characters have extra “abilities” I always consider anything X-Men related as “research” plus I just kind of love them.

Sanctuary by Vic James
So I have actually already read Sanctuary once already. I was lucky enough to have read a copy via NetGalley and my review has been written and ready for a while now but as the book isn’t out until August I’ve kept it waiting in the wings. I’m going to be taking part in the blog tour for the release and would love to give it another read through and maybe spruce up my review for the occasion. I’m really hoping I get enough book time to do so!

I have a good feeling about this months TBR, despite it being so huge (for me). I think it might be a bit of a squish towards the end but after stressing (non-bookish/blog related stuff) so much last month that I made myself ill I’m taking a lot more time to just read, relax and enjoy my books.

What do you absolutely have to read this month? Have you read any of these books already? Let me know what you thought of them!

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TBR Thursday – June

It’s the first Thursday of the month so it’s time for TBR Thursday where I reveal the books I intend to read this month (hopefully!). It’s not a huge list this month and very subject to change as I’ve applied for some ARC’s that I’m hopeful I’ll be accepted for, I’m also not quite halfway through The Dark Phoenix Saga by Stuart Moore and Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett which I’m reading at the moment and I think six books in a month might be a little hopeful for me but we’ll see!

The Girl In Red by Christina Henry
As mentioned in yesterdays WWW Wednesday post this is a retelling of the classic Little Red Riding Hood tale with a twist. I’ve heard great things about it and this is my next read for sure, I’m so excited to get into it!

The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie
I fell in love with this book the moment I saw the arcs going out and read the synopsis, it sounds amazing and I think Tabby will almost certainly be a character I can identify with. Anxiety and book clubs? Sign me up.

Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Kelly Link and Robin Wasserman.
Despite my, not exactly falling out of love with Shadowhunters, but more my becoming less excited by I’m still eager to check out the short stories contained within the Ghosts of the Shadow Market collection. The past two Shadow hunter anthologies have been really enjoyable and I’m hoping maybe this will reignite some of my love for the series. This book may, however, get swapped out if I’m chosen to receive any of the ARC’s I’ve applied for.

D-Day Dog by Tom Palmer
I don’t often read a lot of books heavily featuring animals because I worry that something bad will happen to them (thanks Marley and Me and the Warrior Cats books) but something about D-Day Dog just called to me, especially the absolutely beautiful cover by Tom Clohosy Cole. 

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
I NEED TO FINALLY FINISH THIS DAMNED BOOK. I started reading QOAD when it was released LAST YEAR. I found the physical book far too big and clunky to read so opted for the audiobook read by the lovely James Masters and…it’s not a bad book exactly it’s just so drawn out. It’s obviously a long book and some bits have been brilliant so far but some of it just drags so much. I have about an hour and a half left to listen to which I’m determined to get done this month no matter what!

There are so many books I’m trying to restrain myself from buying this month that I cannot explain. I’m also at an event on payday halfway through the month so need to restrain myself (hahahahahaha) as we’re also off to Legoland at the end of the month!

Are there any books on here you’ve read that you enjoyed? What are you hoping to get read this month?