The Off the Grid Readathon!

Whilst I was reading posts last Tuesday I came across this gem….and it’s just what I need!

The Off the Grid Readathon!

Thanks to Shanah at Bionic Book Worm and Justine from I Should Read That for the fabulous idea. It’s also my very first Readathon!

‘There are so many distractions for readers these days — it can sometimes be difficult to really concentrate on your book while your phone is buzzing with the latest social media updates. The idea behind this readathon is to disconnect from the distractions of our phones and just, well, read.’

I am not going to set any number of books or assign titles (let’s face it, with a tbr as big as mine, I have lots to choose from!!!!)

I can’t wait to switch off from Social Media for 3 days and read, read read! I’ll be back next week with an update post!!

The rules:

This readathon will be quarterly, starting on the second weekend of the month. The first round will be in October, then next is January, April, and July.

We will kick off at 12:00am on Friday 12 October and will end at 11:59pm on Sunday night in your own time zone! You have three full days to read as much as possible without distraction.

There are no challenges or reading sprints here, just books! Come up with your TBR and stick with it as much as you can, but don’t feel bad if you meander.

There is really only one rule — stay off your phone as much as possible! The whole point is to stay off the grid, as the name implies. As there are no sprints or updates during the readathon, there’s no real reason to be checking your phone. However, you can keep track of the amount of time you read and compare it with later readathons.

Are you taking part?

Are you a Readathon newbie like me?

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Series I want to START in 2018….

I realized I have quite a few books sitting on my tbr that are firsts in a series, series that I might want to continue reading in 2019.  So to make my decision if I will carry on reading the series or not I am making December my

‘Series to START in 2018′ month!

Here are the first books (and series) that I have picked out from my tbr and my plan is to read them in December:

Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning

Trickery (Curse of the Gods #1) by Jaymin Eve

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

The Selection (The Selection #1) by Keira Cass

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Salvatore (Benedetti Brothers #1 by Natasha Knight

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

 

Have you read any of these?

What did you think?

 

The Weekly Epilogue…see what I’ve read this week!

Welcome to The Weekly Epilogue! Hope you all had a good week?

And I’m back in the game, the reading game that is! I’m happy to announce my 9 day reading slump is over! It feels so good to be back to the old me!

We are getting ready for my son to go to camp, it’s only 3 days but he is still so little to me that I don’t want him to go! He is really looking forward to it though. I booked the days off work so I can read!

I’m participating in OWNtober and have picked out 6 books to read but I am secretly hoping I can knock it out the park and read more….but don’t want to count my chickens and all that!

I’m also going to try a readathon which starts Friday to Sunday, Off the Grid readathon….wish me luck!

BOOKS I READ

  • Wildcard by Marie Lu
  • Claiming the Enemy by Jamie Begley
  • The Lost Sisters by Holly Black
  • Forgetting Me by Crystal Spears

WHAT I’M CURRENTLY READING

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

WHAT I WANT TO READ NEXT

Dangerous Exes by Rachel Van Dyken

How was your reading week?

What books did you read?

Fairyloot Unboxing: September Starcrossed Swoons *spoilers*

September 2018 Fairyloot Unboxing

Starcrossed Swoons

‘Do you love your books with starcrossed lovers? Characters that make you swoon? Rich tales and lush descriptions?’

This month’s box was full to the brim of goodness! Lets dive straight in!

  • Bella and Edward (Twilight) candle by Nerd Poured Candles. Smells delish, I love a candle especially on Autumn evenings!
  • Prythian Shoelace by Fictiontea Designs. It features all the courts from A Court of Thorns and Roses (Winter House here!!)
  • Constellation Notebook designed by Read at Midnight. Now I don’t know about you, but stationery is always, always welcome!
  • A Dreamer Apron designed by Literary Life Co and has a quote from Strange the Dreamer on it. I’m just about to make my Christmas cake so this came at just the right time!
  • A Love Rune Enamel pin by Fictiontea Designs from Shadowhunters and has pride of place on my book sleeve.
  • Angelic Fire Candle Matches by Fictiontea Designs. Just what’s needed for my candle collection!
  • A Mal and Alina (Grishaverse) body butter from Little Heart Gifts. It’s in the shape of a heart and is stargazer lily scented. I put some on my hands and it smelt divine and my skin was so soft!
  • Swoonworthy postcards designed by Taratjah. It includes artwork from ACOTAR, Strange the Dreamer, The Dark Artifices and The Star Touched Queen.

THE BOOK!


Mirage by Somaiya Daud

An exclusive cover ✔

Sprayed edges ✔

Signed by the author ✔

A girls survival depends on being the perfect body double for a cruel princess. Can’t wait to dive in!

Loved this month’s box!

Do you get Fairyloot?

Do you get any book subscription boxes?

Owntober…..I’m taking the plunge!

I’m doing another challenge in October!

Owntober!

The lovely Kathy at Books and Munches created this challenge……to read your own books in October! You can see her post here.

Rules

◊ Post a blog post / tweet / whatever saying you’ll be joining me in my battle against the ever-growing physical TBR-piles and ping back to this post.

◊ Share your list of all the books you own and then decide which ones you’re going to read first.

I know it says to share a list of books you own but I didn’t want to scare myself with that (!) so instead, here are the books I want to read for Owntober.

  • Vicious by VE Schwab
  • Vengeful by VE Schwab
  • Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas
  • Nightblood by Elly Blake
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I’ll come back at the end of the month to let you know how I got on!

Are you doing Owntober?

Confession post (and your opinion is required!)

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I needed to do this post to shame myself more than anything! To get it all down in print and shock myself.

My confession: I get book subscription boxes and don’t hardly read the books.

It’s true! Well I have read some. But not that many.

I let them pile up and then I say to myself, ‘I’m going to read 1 a month’. Then I say ‘no, 2 a month so I can catch up’. Then I think ‘oooh how about a catch up month’. And then it never happens.

So I decided to make a list of all the books I haven’t read. And I need your help.

Which ones are must reads?

Which ones should I donate to the charity shop (at least something good will come out of it for someone!)

Here is the list:

  • Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton
  • The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
  • Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
  • Furyborn by Claire Legrand
  • Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake
  • State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
  • Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

 

If you have read any of these please, please let me know which ones are must reads!

Also, surely I cant be the only person who does this? Do you do this? Make me feel better!

The Weekly Epilogue – see my failed book week!

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Welcome to The Weekly Epilogue! Hope you all had a good week?

My slump continued this week and I felt all adrift because of it….but then my son saved the day! He bought home Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets from the library and I gorged it in 1 day!

But unfortunately my good book luck didn’t go any further as I didn’t start or finish anything else! I did watch Avengers: Infinity Wars though (was excellent!)

Does anyone get periods like this? Apart from The Chamber of Secrets I’ve read nothing in about a week. It’s so not like me.

BOOKS I READ

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

 

WHAT I’M CURRENTLY READING

Nothing. #bookplanfailure

 

WHAT I WANT TO READ NEXT

Vicious by VE Schwab

Wildcard by Marie Lu

These 2 are on my September reading list (so failed that!) and I decided to keep my options open and choose one of these two!

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

On the blog this week was…

A new feature…..A Book and a Beverage

Review: Strong by Kylie Scott

Beat the Backlist: September Update

 

How was your reading week?

What books did you read?

Beat the Backlist: September Update!

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It feels like an age since I have done an update….but it cant be, surely???!

You can see my original post here.  I have fiddled around with some books, taken some off and added some!

So here is my September update!

Books read

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

Stats!

Total read for September = 2

Total read for August = 5

Total read for July = 6

Total read for June = 0

Total read for May = 2

Total read for April = 7

Total read for March = 6

Total read February = 4

Total read January = 5

DNF = 6

 

Overall Total Read = 43

Start Point = 48

Left to read = 5

I’ve added all my links to the form for September 😁

 

Books I have left to read:

LUNAR CHRONICLES CINDER BY MARISSA MEYER (4 BOOKS)

STRANGE THE DREAMER BY LAINI TAYLOR

 

Review: Strong by Kylie Scott (1001 Dark Nights)

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Oh how I love this author and this series!  I’m also on her review team, and I thank my lucky stars for it!

Knowing I was going back into the Stage Dive world was exciting – even a glimpse of Mal just fills my heart with joy!  Don’t you love it when a series does that?!

Anyway…..blurb:

When the girl of your dreams is kind of a nightmare.

As head of security to Stage Dive, one of the biggest rock bands in the world, Sam Knowles has plenty of experience dealing with trouble. But spoilt brat Martha Nicholson just might be the worst thing he’s ever encountered. The beautiful troublemaker claims to have reformed, but Sam knows better than to think with what’s in his pants. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to make his heart fall into line.

Martha’s had her sights on the seriously built bodyguard for years. Quiet and conservative, he’s not even remotely her type. So why the hell can’t she get him out of her mind? There’s more to her than the Louboutin wearing party-girl of previous years, however. Maybe it’s time to let him in on that fact and deal with this thing between them.

 

CJR THE BRIT REVIEW

Remember Martha? Well she is back! A bit older, a bit wiser and still with the stinging comebacks!

Mal’s description is pretty spot on ‘You might look pretty as a picture, but you’re a natural bully and a thug. Always have been, always will be.’

And talking of Mal, I’m sorry I know this is Sam and Martha’s book but can we just take a moment to celebrate Mal? He stole the show for me here. Still amazing, still hilarious, still mine (sorry Anne!!!)

It made my heart go all squishy that Sam has the chance at his hea, love him!

A great addition to the Stage Dive series.