Book Challenge

Book Challenge 2019

It’s that time of the year again! It’s time for our Book Challenge 2019. I still have 2 books left to read for my 2018 challenge, but I’ve already started planning for next year!

The rules are the same as this year’s challenge;

  • No doubling up on challenges with books (for example, reading a spooky/horror book on a Kindle, does NOT complete both challenges because the rule is no doubling up!)
  • No loop holes! Ex. A book with a male protagonist meaning the MAIN protagonist in the story, not a split viewpoint.
  • Any challenges not completed, means 2 books to be read in that category in 2020.

We are tough but fair. 8)

  1. To read a book on Kindle (or any other form of reading app)
  2. A horror or a spooky story
  3. Read a book tagged historical or about time travel
  4. Read a book with a male protagonist (or a male author)
  5. Read a book with a knife or sword on the cover or a war in the story
  6. Read a book of short stories
  7. Book based on a fairy tale (retelling or variation)
  8. Book with a number in the title
  9. A book that has only 2 stars or under 5 ratings on Amazon or Good Reads (or your preferred site)
  10. A book from the perspective of a non human or animal
  11. A book with a colour in title or the author name
  12. A holographic book

And there it is, another book challenge. I am 4 away from my Goodreads Challenge as well which is 30 books for this year!

Good luck everyone with all your book related challenges! Also, stay tuned on my Instagram and Twitter as of Dec 2nd it’s the beginning of the 12 Days Of Christmas! You can find more about this here.

Happy November Bookworms!

Speak soon xx

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Book Challenge · Book Reviews

The Wicked Deep Book Review #2

Author: Shea Ernshaw

Publishing House: Simon Pulse

Two centuries ago, in the small, isolated town, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town. Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return from the depths, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them down to their watery deaths.
Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters‚Äô return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into or the fact that his arrival will change everything…

Oh my gosh! This was awesome! So beautifully written and a stunning book, with jacket and without!

This was one of my quickest reads this year, in less than a week I had opened and shut The Wicked Deep and I really enjoyed it.

With wonderful in depth main characters, great support from other characters and some well written lore to ground this story deep in my mind, I was enraptured! The writing flowed like actual water and lulled me through each chapter. This is another book where I don’t want to ruin or spoil the story for anyone however if you are looking for something not as heavy as Alice Hoffman’s The Rules Of Magic and you’re a fan of Hocus Pocus then read this book! It’s a light read, some suspense and a beautiful journey from cover to cover.

This was also one of the books for my Book Challenge 2018 “A Book You Pick Because Of The Cover” and, well, it’s obvious huh? I refused to by this in paperback, even though that’s my preference for reading, because of it’s embossed sky scene on the inside and the holographic artwork on the jacket. Not to say the paperback isn’t pretty.

I would happily read another book by Shea Ernshaw, with great writing style, an excellent storyteller and characters you really feel for, I’m going to keep an eye out for more from her.

This is my second book review, please let me know what you think. Good, bad and downright honest is what I’m looking for. I’m sorry it’s been a while, May has gone by in the blink of an eye and I was swept up with it! Normal service will resume soon.

Have a good week, Bookwormers ūü§ď

Book Challenge · Uncategorized

No New Books In May Challenge! ūüė®

I have mentioned this on Instagram and all over Twitter, but yes, it is true, NO NEW BOOKS IN MAY!

I have challenged myself like this for several reasons.

  • I am going to Young Adult Literature Convention in London this July and I need to save money as just from glancing at some of YALCS authors and book availability… I’m gonna need to win the lotto!
  • Looking through my finances there has not been a month in around 2 years that I have not bought a book. Whether it be for me, my husband or my friend (who’s library is always open to me) I’ve bought a book every month.
  • I will not cancel my Fairyloot for this challenge as I am stopping myself from buying books I want. I don’t know what I am to receive in my Fairyloot therefore it’s ok to spend ¬£35 a month on a mystery book subscription box! That’s my logic and I’m sticking with it!

So there we go, May payday will turn into savings, June payday will turn into savings and July will become disposable book money at YALC!

Edinburgh post is on the way! But as my laptop crashed on me, I need to fire up the old pc!

Speak soon Bookworms! ūü§ď

Book Challenge · Uncategorized

Book Challenge 2018

As promised in my TBR & Book Challenge Post below is my interchangeable book challenge list, so you can see how I’m doing. Get in touch if you are doing a book challenge this year! I’m currently writing up 2019s Book Challenge 8)

  • No doubling up on challenges with books (for example, The Cruel Prince was published this year, however it was also the first Holly Black I have read so it could be for both challenges but the rule is no doubling up!)
  • No loop holes! Ex. A book hat was made into a MOVIE, not TV series! No searching and finding a book you want then adding it to A Book You Pick Because Of The Cover (there is more on this below).
  • Any challenges not completed, means 2 books to be read in that category in 2019.

We are tough but fair. 8)

(The challenges of previous years were just to get back into reading which has obviously worked!)

So the book challenge of 2018 looks like this;

(Bold – Read)

(Not Bold – Not Read)
A Book That Was Made Into A Movie

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve (Becoming a Movie December 2018)

His Dark Materials (all 3) by Philip Pullman (Movie was called The Golden Compass)
A Book You Pick Because Of The Cover

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
A Book By An Author You’ve Never Read

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
A Book By An Author You Love

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
A Book Published This Year

Furyborn by Claire Legrand
A Book Based On A True Story

The Axemans Jazz by Ray Celestin

A Book You Have Heard Is Terrible

Everless by Sara Holland (sorry to anyone who is a fan I have not read this yet)

A Classic

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

A Book Over 500 Pages

A Court Of Mist & Fury by Sarah. J. Maas

A Book Someone Else Recommended

A Vision Of Fire by Gillian Anderson

A Book At The Bottom Of The Reading List

Hekla’s Revenge by James Brogden

A Book You Can Read In A Day

A Pocketful Of Crows by Joanne. M. Harris

Book Challenge · TBR

What is a TBR? & Book Challenge of 2018

I’m not the biggest believer in having a set in stone TBR, in fact in the 3 months I have taken to write this up I have changed my TBR multiple times, any number of factors can change your reading preference day to day, month to month.

For those¬†bookwormers¬†new to the idea of a TBR (To Be Read list) it is a list of books you wish to read, hence the quote, ‚ÄúI was born with a TBR I will never finish‚ÄĚ. It‚Äôs true. And sometimes terrifying, how long and large they can be, but they can also a good guide for what we should/want to¬†read next, I have an ‚Äúanchor book‚ÄĚ, an author/book I can always count on to stop the over crowded feeling of my TBR.¬†(Good Omens by Neil Gaiman, or anything by him tbh, some of the collection below)

The collection of NG

You can create a TBR as simply as putting a stack of books on your nightstand in a general order of which one is next on the list to be read. Or like me you can create one out of books you have already read but would like to revisit or brand new ones you acquired in a subscription box, (I subscribe to a wonderful YA book subscription called Fairyloot, lotta love for them blog post is here) or maybe you create one out of of books you were lucky enough to gain via friends overflowing bookshelves.

 

My personal TBR is a combination of different lists.

  • I have a pile on the nightstand which are the ones that are most likely going to be read next, however this gets changed on the daily/weekly dependent on a hundred different factors.

 

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  • I have a pile of books from the¬†Fairyloots¬†I have had over the last year and obviously I want to read these also, plus as my neighbour also receives¬†Fairyloot¬†we like to read the releases we receive together. (One of the factors mentioned above)¬†Below photo shows all my¬†Fairyloots¬†yet to be read!

 

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  • I buy books on the monthly from my personal wish list as I want to grow my collection of books again, so my TBR is altered all the time¬†for another release,¬†a¬†Fairyloot¬†exclusive or just when my¬†pre-orders¬†arrive (as of this blogs post date I have only pre-ordered 3)!

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I have also decided to attempt a book challenge this year! My friend and I are attempting this challenge together, and we have added a few extra rules.

Very Unrestricted Rules Of The Book Challenge 2018

  1. No doubling up on challenges with books (for example, The Cruel Prince was published this year, however it was also the first Holly Black I have read so it could be for both challenges but the rule is no doubling up!)
  1. No loop holes! Ex. A book hat was made into a MOVIE, not TV series! No searching and finding a book you want then adding it to A Book You Pick Because Of The Cover (there is more on this below).
  1. Any challenges not completed, means 2 books to be read in that category in 2019.

 

We are tough but fair. 8)

 

(The challenges of previous years were just to get back into reading which has obviously worked!)

 

So the book challenge of 2018 looks like this;

 

(Bold – Read)

(Not Bold – Not Read)

 

A Book That Was Made Into A Movie

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve (Becoming a Movie December 2018)

Hi Dark Materials (all 3) by Philip Pullman (Movie was called The Golden Compass)

 

A Book You Pick Because Of The Cover 

Yet to buy!

 

A Book By An Author You’ve Never Read

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (review on the way!)

 

A Book By An Author You Love 

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Muse Of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (Yet to be released, but pre-ordered)

 

A Book Published This Year

Furyborn by Claire Legrand (LOVED received an ARC in Fairyloot) Release date May 2018

 

A Book Based On A True Story

The Axemans Jazz by Ray Celestin

 

A Book You Have Heard Is Terrible 

GIVE ME SUGGESTIONS

 

A Classic 

Anything by Edgar Allan Poe

Dracula by Bram Stoker

 

A Book Over 500 Pages

A Court Of Mist & Fury by Sarah. J. Maas

Times Convert by Deborah Harkness (release date late 2018)

 

A Book Someone Else Recommended

A Vision Of Fire by Gillian Anderson (enjoyed) 

 

A Book At The Bottom Of The Reading List

Hekla’s Revenge by James Brogden

 

A Book You Can Read In A Day

Black Butler Manga

Neil Gaiman Short Stories

I will have a separate blog post for the above list and there I will update it with my progress, the above will stay the same!

 

The biggest challenges from the above list are;

 

A Book You Can Read In A Day¬†‚Äď don‚Äôt get me wrong, I love to read and if I am doing any other task I am thinking about and looking forward to the next time I can pick up a book, however I not a fast reader and if I know there is something I should be doing for example chores, paperwork, socializing (eww) etc I won‚Äôt be able to fully concentrate on reading, so I take my time with books and I believe enjoy them far more, however if I could get paid to read, well, that‚Äôs the dream ain‚Äôt it? Hence for¬†this challenge I have picked obviously shorter/easier books but with a beach holiday at the end of the year and a kindle stocked to bursting‚Ķ I might be able to manage reading a whole novel in 24 hours!

 

A Book At The Bottom Of The Reading List¬†‚Ästthis is a tough one, as with an extensive, interchanging TBR there are a few books that keep finding themselves at the¬†bottom of the list, however the one I have picked, and will attempt to keep there until it is read, is Hekla‚Äôs Revenge by James¬†Brogden, the reason I have picked this book is because I met James at Birmingham Comic Con 2017 and he was so lovely and genuine,¬†everytime¬†I pick up a book that isn‚Äôt his makes¬†me feel guilty! So, it and he is¬†on the list.

 

A Book You Have Heard Is Terrible¬†‚Ästnothing makes me sadder than getting to the 100th¬†page of a book and not ‚Äėfeeling it‚Äô. I have only read a few disappointing books but I am looking for shiny new homes for them, with that being said, I feel life is too short for 3 things; 1. Drinking overly expensive wine, 2. Listening to people who don‚Äôt listen back,¬†and 3. Reading disappointing books! However, after watching a close friend write their first book¬†and the struggles and pain they went through I have an inordinate amount of respect for authors who have created worlds, characters and stories for it all to get published, sold, read and then torn apart! Hence I will never write a bad review, just find another bright shiny home for a book that deserves love!¬†So I will be looking for suggestions for this challenge, as this is the one¬†I may have to do next year twice!

 

A Book You Pick Because Of The Cover¬†‚ÄstI do not do this. EVER.¬†EVER.¬†I don‚Äôt know how, it was drilled into me as a kid to NOT do this, metaphor or not. So with the above rules and promises to each other, my friend and I¬†will be going to¬†bookshops across the country soon and will be looking for a book just for the cover.

Apologies for the super-long post! Very grateful to all the bookwormers who made it to the end of this one. I am enjoying this blog and speaking to you all on Instagram and on here! Never be afraid to contact me, especially with terrible book suggestions 8)