Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! | 21st October 2017

Hello everyone!

Today – well, in about 7 minutes – Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, the 10th Anniversary Edition, will begin. I’m so excited!

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If you didn’t know, Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is a readathon where you read for as much as possible in 24 hours! I had a very late night last night (okay, it was an early morning) so I’m planning on reading as much as possible, but I don’t really know how it’ll go. I’m hoping for 10 hours at least.

For me, the readathon runs from 1pm Saturday to 1pm Sunday. I’ll be posting updates on my Twitter feed, and hope to have a YouTube vlog up afterwards. ūüôā

My TBR includes: Stalking Jack the Ripper by kerri Maniscalco; my reading for my medieval writing module; Full Metal Alchemist volumes 4-6; The Siren by Kiera Cass (audiobook); and The Tinder Box by Hans Christian Anderson! I hope I can read a lot this weekend.

Are you participating in the readathon?

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Stacking the Shelves #2

Guys. I have been soooo bad this week.

95266-stssmallI’m back in Norwich, and I’ve been here for 7 days. I have picked up… 6 books. (Plus 3 library books.) “Oops” might be an understatement.

Stacking the Shelves¬†is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. Each week, you post about the books that have joined your bookshelves!

Let’s start with the library books; I’m just going to list these real quick. The first is¬†Full Metal Alchemist Volumes 1-3 by Hiromu Arakawa. I am loving this so far, I’m just about to start volume 3! I also picked up¬†History is All You Left Me¬†by Adam Silvera, which came out… last year, I think? I’m kinda nervous and kinda excited to start this one. And then I picked up¬†Selling Manhattan¬†by Carol Ann Duffy, which is a poetry book and Duffy’s second collection. I loved her first,¬†Standing Female Nude, so I figured that I would really enjoy this one, too!

Image result for the name of the windSo let’s get onto the books that have joined my shelves for the long term. Firstly, we have¬†The Name of the Wind¬†by Patrick Rothfuss, which is a fantasy book that I’ve been side-eyeing for quite a while. I had a ¬£10 Waterstones voucher, so figured¬†why the hell not¬†and picked it up! This is due to be a trilogy although there’s only two books out right now. Everyone I know who has read it has loved it, so that gives it a good standing so far.

Image result for sabrielNext up we have¬†Sabriel¬†by Garth Nix. I got this book, and the next two following, from a book exchange at my university. When you pick up a book, you can either exchange it for another book, or pop a donation into a box. The suggested donation is a pound, so I just put in at least a pound for these three books (and often a lot of spare change!). I’m really excited to read¬†Sabriel¬†as one of my favourite booktubers, Little Book Owl, raves about it!

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The next book is¬†The Taxidermist’s Daughter¬†by Kate Mosse. I don’t have a lot to say about this one – I read¬†The Winter Ghosts¬†by Mosse, and I didn’t think it was the most incredible thing in the world but it Image result for hollow citywas so deliciously creepy that I really was interested to read this one too. I’m assuming that this book is going to have lots to do with dead things, so I’m excited!

And next is¬†Hollow City¬†by Ransom Riggs. This is the second in the¬†Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children¬†trilogy. I really liked the first book but I’ve heard that the next books don’t live up to the hype, so I’ve been really hesitant about picking them up. Because this was so cheap however, I thought I would grab it. If I like it, I’ll pick up the third book, but if not, I’ll take it back to the book exchange!

The next book I received was¬†The Message¬†by Yan Vava.¬†This got to me via my university newspaper, Concrete, and I thought I would give it a shot! There’s not much to say about this except that it seems to be told in many different ways (eg prose, transcript, poetry) and it’s indie!

Image result for exit west amazonAnd finally we have¬†Exit West¬†by Mohsin Hamid. This was actually the only book I “bought”, I suppose – it was from Waterstones, but it had ¬£2 off, so cost me ¬£12.99. However, it’s a Waterstone’s special edition, and it’s signed! This is a Man Booker Shortlist, I think, and I’ve been eyeing it up for ages! It’s a magical realism novel set in a war-torn country, where doors are appearing to different places like London and LA. I’m super excited to get to this one!

I am super excited for all the books that have joined my shelves! Some of them seem to be quite creepy, so will be perfect for October and the Spookathon which I’m planning on partaking in! I’m also really happy that I didn’t spend too much money on books this week. 6 in a week is a lot, especially as I haven’t really been reading this much, but I’m not planning on buying any more books! I’m going to be on a buying ban until October 1st – there are then two books which I am going to pre-order on October 1st. And then I’ll be on a ban until the Christmas holidays. ūüôā

Thank you so much for reading this post! What’s joined your shelves this week? Are there any here that you think I should get to ASAP?

Until the next time,

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All book cover images from Amazon UK. 

19 Years Later?!

Can you even believe that Harry Potter has, pretty much, come in a full circle today?

I haven’t been a fan of Harry Potter for all of my life, but it’s safe to say that I am a huge lover of it. Today is a really special day for the Potter-verse, and I’ve loved seeing the updates on Twitter and I enjoyed celebrating 11am as much as anyone else!

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Some of my favourite memories of Harry Potter are definitely at the Studio Tours, and the Wizarding World. It’s such an incredible, special community, and I feel so happy to be apart of it!

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Recently, I’ve been both re-reading Harry Potter (and relishing in my love of Prisoner of Azkaban <3) and watching¬†loads¬†of Harry Potter videos on YouTube! Some of my Potter-goals include returning to both the Studio Tours and Wizarding World, visiting King’s Cross and Platform 9 3/4 in the future (yes, I’ve never been!), having a full Harry Potter movie-marathon, and knitting a HP themed jumper. ‚̧

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So… if you’ve read this far… what’re some of¬†your¬†Potter goals? Leave them in the comments below! I would love to read them. ūüėÄ

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Royalty Readathon: TBR!

So. I am a nonce. Aka, I thought today was the 19th May, not the 20th Рaka, when the Royalty Readathon starts!

The Royalty Readthon was started by ToBeRead both on Twitter and WordPress, and I’m lucky enough to be a cohost! I’m hoping to be able to run some sprints on Twitter – you can follow me @MB1098, and you can also follow the hashtag, #RoyaltyReadathon.

Anyway, here is my TBR for the readathon. There are 5 challenges, and I am hitting all 5… but with a twist!

SFF (sci-fi fantasy) with a royal protagonist:

For this one, I am reading¬†The Queen¬†by Kiera Cass. This is an eBook novella in the¬†The Selection¬†series. I haven’t actually finished the series, but my library doesn’t currently hold¬†The Crown, so this’ll have to do! It’s nice and short and should be speedy to get through.

Royalty fairytale retelling

For this one, I’ve chosen¬†Cinder¬†by Marissa Meyer. This is the first in¬†The Lunar Chronicles¬†series and I recently bought it; I am SO excited to read it!

Real-life royalty

I’ve chosen¬†Tsar: The Lost World of Nicolas and Alexandra¬†by Peter Kurth. I’ll be picking this one up from my uni library… tomorrow, hopefully! I’ve always been interested in the Tsars of Russia, so it’ll be nice to actually pick up a book about them.

Long-lost royal book

For this one, again I’m reading¬†Cinder¬†by Marissa Meyer. I actually have another book I need to read for university this week, so reading this much on its own is going to be a big ask!

Contemporary novel with a royal character

Now, this is where it gets interesting. I couldn’t actually find a book I was interested in. So. Here’s the plan.

Not only am I a reader, I am also a writer;¬†therefore, I am going to write my own contemporary novel with a royal (or ‘royal’ – there’s your hint!) character! I’ll be uploading around 2000 words, or 2 chapters (short chapters <3) on Wattpad every day, and it’ll hopefully be a short story about 10-15k long by the end of the week.

You can follow me on Wattpad here, and remember to check out my Twitter! I’ll upload the whole thing (maybe in 3 parts?) on my blog at the end of the readathon.

So there you have the readathon! Remember to follow the Royalty Readathon on Twitter, and use the hashtag #RoyaltyReadathon! Feel free to post your TBRs in the comments below.

Happy reading, and happy royal reading! ‚̧

February Reading Wrap-Up & Haul | 2017

My reading month this February wasn’t as good as January’s, but I still read a lot and I got to two of my most anticipated: Saga volume 2 and 3 which I’ve been wanting to read for AGES!

Wrap-Up

  1. The Wicked and the Divine #2 by Kieron Gillan and Jamie McKelvie 
  2. The Wicked and the Divine #3 by Kieron Gillan and Jamie McKelvie
    I’m going to write about these two together! I definitely enjoyed these more than #1 – I wasn’t actually sure about carrying on with the series. However, I really loved volumes 2 and 3 and would love to carry on afterwards as well.
  3. The Fox & the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith
    This is SUCH a beautiful little graphic novel. The designs are exquisite and it’s even cloth-bound! The story is delightful and so, so cute. I’d really recommend this little graphic novel.
  4. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith 
    I think the less said about this book, the better… Basically: it is not the definition of a realism novel… Anyway. That’s this book over and done with.
  5. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriager
    This is a MG novel, and was absolutely brilliant. The characters had very weird names, but they were still fascinating. I really enjoy steampunk although I don’t read a lot of it. I’d love to read Carriager’s¬†Parasol¬†series, too. Scott was the best character of all, obviously. ;P
  6. Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend
    Another university book! I’m kind of in the middle of this one about whether I actually liked it or not, but I would still definitely recommend it; diverse magical realism!
  7. Paper Girls #1 by Brian K Vaughan 
    I feel like I needed the next volume of this one already, because it ended a bit abruptly. However, I’m super intrigued as to what’s happening and want to read more!
  8. The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon 
    University book #3. Written in a vernacular (kind of like a written accent), it’s a really interesting and relevant book about immigrants to London in the 1950s.
  9. The Infernal Devices graphic novel: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare and Hye-Kyung Baek
    I was kind of disappointed in this graphic novel. It wasn’t as good as I thought it would be, so if you want to read the series definitely read the actual novels instead of just the graphic novels.
  10. Saga #2 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  11. Saga #3 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples 
    I’m going to put these two together too, and basically just say: Saga¬†is BRILLIANT and you should definitely go and read it RIGHT NOW! I absolutely LOVE this graphic novel series.
  12. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 
    My book club‘s book of the month! I really enjoyed this book, especially the ending. I feel like it’s a book everyone should read (and if you don’t want to, read it just to say you’ve read it :P)
  13. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig 
    I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! It was filled with everything I wanted it to be and I absolutely loved the idea of it. I can’t wait to get my hands on book two, THE SHIP THROUGH TIME which came out a few days ago!
  14. Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley¬†
    This is a really interesting graphic novel about Katie and her household spirit, Lis. This novel has such beautiful illustrations and is a really interesting read and yet kind of scary read. I really loved it, and would definitely recommend it!

Book Haul

BOUGHT:

  • Amsterdam¬†by Ian McEwan
  • Small Great Things¬†by Jodi Picoult
  • Empress of a Thousand Skies¬†by Rhoda Belleza (received in Fairyloot!)
  • Life Class¬†by Ludwig Bemelmans (received in Bookishly box!)
  • Metamorphosis and Other Stories¬†by Franz Kafka
  • Strangers¬†by Paul Finch (¬£1 mystery book for charity)
  • A Quiet Kind of Thunder¬†by Sara Barnard
  • Who Let the Gods Out¬†by Maz Evans
  • A Girl in Exile¬†by Ismail Kaurae

GIVEN:

  • Night Film¬†by Marisha Pessl (thank you to Emma @emmmabooks!)
  • The Snowman¬†by Jo Nesbo (in a book exchange)

RECEIVED FOR REVIEW:

  • Displaced¬†by Stephen Abarbanell
  • The Ninth Rain¬†by Jen Williams
  • The Owl at the Window¬†by Carl Gorham
  • A Most Misleading Habit¬†by Dandy Gilver
  • The State of Grace¬†by Rachael Lucas (EEEEK!)

I bought¬†way¬†too many books this month, so I really have to cut down on that in February! Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? ūüôā

January Wrap-Up and Book Haul!

I used to do wrap-ups on my booktube channel, but now I really don’t want to and therefore I am going to do them on here instead. To the point, amirite?

I read a whole lotta books in January. 16, to be exact! That’s pretty damn impressive, considering I didn’t even pick up a book until the 2nd week of January. Let’s get onto my stack!

  1. The History Boys by Alan Bennett
    The first thing I read in 2017, and I really liked it! Alan Bennett is a new author to me, but I am really enjoying his work.
  2. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
    Whoa. What a book. The ending was SO INCREDIBLE I am almost still in shock! I feel privileged to be attending the same university as Boyne did.
  3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before¬†by Jenny Han
    Why it took me so long to pick up this book I do not know, because I really loved it. It was cutesy and romantic and dealt with family and friends and love and it was just awesome and I need book 2 ASAP.
  4. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
    Whilst this book isn’t the best quality literature in the world, and i already knew the ending, and there were some problems, this was really gripping and just plain enjoyable to read. Jest was one of the best book boyfriends I’ve read for a while! ‚̧
  5. The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
    This is the third in the Young Elites series and it was so good, especially that ending. Again, Magiano is one of the favourite book boyfriends! I loved the character development throughout the books, and thought this was a brilliant ending to the trilogy.
  6. Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac
    This was the first book I read for university this year and it was… okay. I’m not too into social totality and realism (oops, considering that’s what I’m studying this semester) so it did drag in places but the ending! it was so good!
  7. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
    This was a really enjoyable book, and I especially loved all the science-y bits. I’m looking forward to book 2. My review will be up soon on sprinkledwithwords!
  8. Asking for It¬†by Louise O’Neill
    The first book for my 12/12 book club! This wasn’t a particularly enjoyable book, and there were certainly bits I thought dragged on or I didn’t like, but I feel like the topic was an important one to read.
  9. The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield
    This is the second book I’ve read for uni so far! I really liked most of these stories (not all, not all) and again, the endings were abrupt and left you answering your own questions about how they ended. I loved the endings.
  10. A Reading Diary by Alberto Manguel
    A really interesting book, and it has very much inspired me to look forward to rereading books I’ve loved. Not always the most interesting, but Manguel speaks in quotations which was a novelty.
  11. Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was by Sjon
    GUYS. This book is a newbie on my Top Ten Favourite Books (I know! Big claim!) because it is so good and I loved it SO MUCH. I have a book review to be posted on sprinkledwithwords on Monday. PLEASE check it out!
  12. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
    The first in the Series of Unfortunate Events series, this was actually a reread for me, but I’m definitely glad I reread it as I basically didn’t remember anything. I’m reading the series for the first time to watch the Netflix series, but I’d already read this one once!
  13. Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner
    A psychological thriller, this book was entirely gripping but I did find myself getting a little scared reading it! not a good idea to read it at night, I think. The multiple POVs, whilst distracting, were clever and kept you wanting to keep reading to find out about the characters. My review/blog tour post will be up on Tuesday on my other blog
  14. Pottermore Presents by JK Rowling
    There are actually 3 mini novellas in this series: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies; Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics, and Pesky Poltergeists; and Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide. (Can I have a complete guide, please, JKR?) I loved, of course, dipping back into the magical world. My only wish is that they had been longer and covered many more characters.

And there you have my January wrap-up! I’m going to do a mini, list-type book haul, too:

BOUGHT BY MYSELF:

  • Stalking Jack the Ripper¬†by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Asking for It¬†by Louise O’Neill
  • The Princess Saves Herself in This One¬†by Amanda Lovelace
  • The Bane Chronicles¬†by Cassandra Clare et al.
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell¬†by Susanna Clarke

GIVEN:

  • A Monster Calls¬†by Patrick Ness (thanks mum!)
  • The Chimes¬†by Anna Smaill (thanks Natalie!)
  • Hot Feminist¬†by Polly Vernon (thanks Natalie!)

RECEIVED FOR REVIEW:

  • Strange Medicine¬†by Mike Russell
  • Right Behind You¬†by Lisa Gardner
  • Moonstone¬†by Sjon

I’ve already read 4 of the books here and I am hoping to get to more in February!

So there you (fully) have it: my January wrap-up and haul. You can head to my other blog and Goodreads, where I post my reviews.

What did you read/receive in January? Have you read/do you recommend any books here? Let me know in the comments below!