Monthly Recap: March

So this Month I got my blog started, I had a stats test and project for uni, I saw Scotland beat France at Rugby Union at Murrayfield and I saw Little Mix. I had a pretty good month I would say. On top of all this I paid off my holiday to Florida in June so I’m really stoked about that. I’m going to Universal for the first time ever and this is my first time out of Europe without my parents so I’m excited and nervous.

This month I read:

The Captive Prince Trilogy by C.S. Pacat
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Cinder by Marissa Meyer 

I’m currently reading Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas and hope to have that finished tomorrow to review, but I might not get that done as I’m only halfway through. However I’m going to stay with my parents for 2 weeks so that involves me taking a 7 hour train journey on Saturday so I will definitely get it finished then. I’m also reading my first ever ARC: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld and I’ll hopefully have that finished this weekend. I was pretty thrilled when I got the email from NetGalley saying I’d been approved.

After that I’m taking To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer home with me so I will be definitely reading those in April. Then the crazy revision schedule will start up and I won’t have much time for reading.

Hope you guys had a fab March and have a great April!

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The Entertainer Awards

Thank you to Sammie for nominating me!

Rules:

  • Write a post with the award picture.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring, and, most important of all, ENTERTAINING!
  • Add these rules to the post.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog!
  • Also, answer these questions down below!
1. Why did you start a blog in the first place?
I was struggling with my depression and found myself unbothered about doing anything and somehow stumbled on book tube in my procrastination/boredom, and realised it had been so long since I really enjoyed reading despite loving it so much growing up. I don’t have the time to figure out how to edit videos so I thought starting a blog was the next best thing.
2. What is your favourite book?
Uhhhh, I have 3 answers: favourite series is Harry Potter, favourite classic is Great Expectations and favourite adult fiction is Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
3. What do you dislike the most?
Contrived speech. Communication has to be believable and if the book is full of stuff nobody would ever say I have to put it down.

4. What is your favourite food item from the mall?

Hmmmm I don’t really know what’s considered food from the mall. I love Rollover hot dogs and KFC popcorn chicken, and any kind of chips (fries).

5. What is your favourite pastime?

Reading, playing video games, eating, watching stuff on my laptop.

I’m not gonna nominate 12 people because cba with that but I nominate

Sumaica
Amrita @ thebookishfae
Kyleigh @ bookbabereviews
Casey @ adoptabookaus
thebookcubbyblog

 

Heir of Fire by Sara J. Maas 

Oh man.

So I went in to Heir of Fire feeling very worried about what would happen with the characters I have grown to love after where Crown of Midnight left off. The problem with high fantasy books is that you never know if someone you love is going to die. I think once I’ve read Queen of Shadows I’m going to read a contemporary because I need something 100% less stressful. It definitely didn’t help that I didn’t really have time to read this as I had an important test this past Thursday which I needed to do well on as I had struggled with other graded parts of the class. I’m hoping to read and finish QoS before the heavy studying for final exams starts, I don’t want to have that extra stress. Continue reading “Heir of Fire by Sara J. Maas “

Musings Monday

Musing Mondays is a weekly theme hosted by the lovely MizB @ Books and a Beat, that asks you to answer one of the prompt questions and that week’s random question.

PROMPTS:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) this past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Have you ever read a book after watching the movie/television version only to find that you don’t like the book as much as the adaptation?

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

THIS BOOK HAD ME SO STRESSED. This instalment in the series was even more thrilling than the first book and I genuinely felt scared at some parts. Maas writes the action so well I felt so embroiled in it and I has no idea what could happen next. Continue reading “Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas”

Chapter Length

Personally I’m a fan of short chapters when reading a book, I feel like I focus on the book a lot better when the chapters are shorter. It’s also a lot easier to read a book in public (like waiting before an appointment/on a train) when the chapters are shorter as you may need to abruptly stop reading which I always find really annoying when the chapters are longer as I feel like it ruins the flow.

Although, when a book has longer chapters I’m less likely to continue reading when I really should be doing other things, like sleeping or studying. This is as it feels like you’re reading a lot more and it doesn’t nearly provoke the “just one more chapter” mindset as I find myself more guilty over the procrastination when the chapters are longer. Whereas when the chapters are shorter it’s much more difficult to put down and I often find “just one more chapter” turns into twenty more.

So which do you prefer, longer or shorter chapters?

Cinder by Marissa Meyer 

I will start by saying that I really enjoyed this book, however it took me a while to get into it and get to grips with the world. The beginning was a bit jarring for me as you are kind of thrown in the deep end with everything that’s going on and is wrong in New Beijing. Once I got the hang of everything I sped through it. I’m uncertain if the writing style didn’t mesh with me to begin with or it was because I was quite tired from uni but I did find it quite confusing at the start. There was also the occasional time I would get confused by the action happening and have to reread a couple times just to figure out what was going on.

Cinder is a retelling of the classic fairy tale of Cinderella except with a very different world. It’s set in the future where cyborgs exist and no one drives regular cars anymore and people live on the moon. New Beijing where the book is based is threatened by both a war and a horrible plague. The emperor of New Beijing has contracted this plague and his son prince Kai is about to take over and somehow Cinder ends up involved in everything.

Continue reading “Cinder by Marissa Meyer “

Plans and TBR

As I get used to this blogging platform and start figuring out what I want to do with my blog I’m trying to plan what I do and what I post. So with that in mind I’m currently planning on posting blog posts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, unless I’m ridiculously busy (for example, I have exams in May and won’t have much time for anything but studying). The posts will range from reviews to rambling to memes.

You can find my whole TBR on my goodreads, which, like I said in my previous post, I am incredibly open to recommendations. I’ve so far bought Cinder by Marissa Meyer, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, The Selection by Kiera Cass, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and the Throne of Glass series. I’m going to try get through these before ordering anymore (when I say that I mean new series I will likely order the rest in these series as soon as I’m finished each). I also have the Percy Jackson books on my shelf, which I have had for about 5 years now. I read the first 2 about 4 years ago so I’ll eventually get around to reading the rest.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I knew this would be the first book I had to read in my adventure to read all the latest YA books because every single person on book tube loves it. It did not disappoint and I am firmly on the hype train.

I was hooked from the word go, and honestly couldn’t believe that Maas started writing this at the age of 16. It’s probably one of my favourite books I’ve read in a long time.

Continue reading “Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas”