#ARCAugust 2017 TBR.

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This is the fifth annual ARC August and the third one I’ve participated in. This is held by Read.Sleep.Eat. You can click the link to find out more and sign up. Also the image is theirs too. I just thought it was amazing and cannot do this myself but credit goes to them.

So for this post I’m just going to talk about my TBR for this year. Last year I think I had five books on my TBR and only read three… But I was reading other books at the same time so I wasn’t really that bothered. DFy3ukSUIAAFpZq

This year I have five books on my TBR again but this time I need to read all of them. I think. I’m not 100% sure when City of Circles comes out but I know I need to read the others.

Anyway I think the first one I’ll read, which comes out on August 1st, is Empire of Salt (the bottom book). This is the first book in a new fantasy series. I think its YA but I’m not really sure. It kind of reminded me of A Song of Ice and Fire – there are twelve families and one throne. Apparently there’s some kind of plan to kill the current king. I’m really looking forward to reading this. I love fantasy books.

After that I don’t really have an order that I want to read the other books in. So I’ll just go up the list from Empire of Salt.

The Taste of Blue Light doesn’t come out until September so I think I’ll read this last. I think this is about a girl who was in a coma and now all her dreams are in red? Or nightmares. I could be completely wrong about the coma. But something happened and now her nightmares are all red. When this book arrived my brother picked it up and was really confused because the title of the book is on the back cover and the title has the word ‘blue’ but the book is red… It even has sprayed edges and I just remembered he was like “but the pages aren’t red…?” Anyway, moving on.

The next book, A Stranger in the House was a complete surprise from Penguin Random House New Zealand. But this also sounds good. It’s a thriller I think. So this woman (I don’t know her name yet) is making dinner in her home and then wakes up in hospital with no idea how she got there or what happened. The police and her best friend think she was doing something she shouldn’t but her husband doesn’t believe it. But this woman doesn’t know what, or who, to believe… Sounds pretty good right? So I’m looking forward to reading this as well. I think this was released in July so I’m a little behind with it.

Next is City of Circles. This is apparently kind of like Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus (which I haven’t read so I won’t be able to compare them). So I think one of the characters parents have died and she wants to know why? She works in the circus. I can’t actually remember anything about this other than it has a tightrope walker and a circus.

And lastly is I Have No Secrets which only arrived yesterday so that was nicely timed. So this follows Jemma, she’s fourteen and has cerebral palsy. She’s not able to communicate and relies on her family and a carer for everything. Jemma has an inquisitive nature and a sharp mind and knows all kinds of things about the people around her. When she’s confronted with a terrible secret, she’s powerless to do anything about it. Although, that may be about to change…

All five books sound really good and I cannot wait to read them all. Hopefully this year I’ll be able to fit them all in but if I don’t then I’m not going to stress about it. Unlike last year…

If you’re also participating in ARC August leave me a comment and let me know what’s on you TBR.

– Aimee.

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Monthly wrap up & TBR

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I didn’t read as much as I wanted to in June. I mean, nine books is still good it just wasn’t what I had planned. But whatever.

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Contagion by Teri Terry – ★★★★/5
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus – ★★★★/5
The Cows by Dawn O’Porter – ★★★★/
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord – ★★★★/5
Pieces of You by Eileen Merriman – ★★★★/5
Ida by Alison Evans – ★★★/5
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray – ★★★/5
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh – ★★★★/5
Beyond the Wall Tanya Landman – ★★★★/5

So read some pretty good books in June. I think my favourite was Flame in the Mist. But I’ll talk about that more in my review.

Onto my July TBR.

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I’ve almost finished reading The Glittering Court and I’ve actually enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to reading Midnight Jewel soon.

I have been thinking that I might mix up my review books with some of my own books. I think that’s what’s been putting me in a reading slump. So I’m not expecting to stick to this TBR too closely.

What’s on your July TBR?

Aimee.

February Wrap Up and March TBR.

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I didn’t read a lot in February. With all the stuff going on I didn’t have a lot of spare time to read. So this will be a very short wrap up.

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So I managed to read six books in February. Two of them were re-reads.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth – ★★★★/5
The Severed Land by Maurice Gee – ★★★/5
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – ★★★★/5
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman – ★★★/5
The Black Key by Amy Ewing – ★★★★/5
Glass Sword by Veronica Roth – ★★★★★/5

My favourite books this month were Red Queen and Glass Sword but they’re re-reads. I also loved The Black Key and Carve the Mark. I’ll be reviewing these (not the re-reads) soon.

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I have so many books I need to read that’s it’s getting harder to make my TBRs now. I’m currently reading and loving King’s Cage. I haven’t picked what I’m reading next but I’m thinking See You in the Cosmos or The Hate U Give.. Ugh, decisions..

What’s on your TBR for March?

– Aimee.

January Wrap Up and February TBR.

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So I’ve been on a little break from blogging over the last month due to a lot of crap going on in my life. I did manage to post some reviews but not as much as I used to. I hope to get back into my blog now that things have settled down. Fingers crossed anyway.

I know it’s a bit late for a wrap up but I still have to find my review book… I’m really not organized at all. Anyway, onto my wrap up.

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So with all the crap going on during the January I still managed to read eleven books.

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – ★★★★/5
Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray – ★★★★/5
The Last Beginning by Lauren James – ★★★/5
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi – ★★★/5
Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling – ★★★/5
Frostblood by Elly Blake – ★★★★/5
Dear Charlie by N.D. Gomes – ★★★★/5
The White Rose by Amy Ewing – ★★★★/5
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K.Rowling – ★★★★/5
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr – ★★★/5
Caraval by Stephanie Garber – ★★★★★/5

So obviously my favourite book from January was Caraval. I could not get enough of that book.

So I don’t have a photo for my February TBR because I didn’t have time before we moved and now it’s way too late. But I do plan to read Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken by the end of the month.

Let me know what books you’ve read lately. I feel life I’ve missed so much.

– Aimee.

December Wrap Up & January TBR.

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I know I’m a little late posting this but I’ve been a little busy moving out of my old house into a temporary place until our new house is ready. It’s been a little crazy around here but hopefully I can get back into things soon.

Anyway, I’ll just jump into my December wrap up now.

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Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin – ★★★★/5
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – ★★★★★/5
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – ★★★★/5
Someone I Wanted to Be by Aurelia Wills – ★★★/5
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling – ★★★★★/5
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – ★★★★★/5
The Jewel by Amy Ewing – ★★★★/5
Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling & Jim Kay – ★★★★★/5
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – ★★★★/5

I don’t think I did too badly in December considering I read A Game of Thrones which was over 800 pages. The Wrath and the Dawn isn’t pictured because it’s a library book and was returned before I took the photo.

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I don’t know how many of these I’ll actually get to read this month. My reading did slow down for a bit with all the moving but I’m hoping it’ll pick up again soon.

I have read a few in this photo and finished The Invasion of the Tearling which I started in December but didn’t finish.

What did you read in December? Anything exciting on you January TBR??

Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [December 7th 2016] –

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –  7
I haven’t done a WWW Wednesday in a while so this may be kind of long… 

I started reading the 20th Anniversary Edition of A Game of Thrones two days ago. This edition is also illustrated and the illustrations are beautiful. Most of them are black and white but there are some that are in colour. I’ll be sharing some of my favourites in my review but not all of them. I don’t want to ruin the experience for anyone. 

I love the Song of Ice and Fire series and I am so grateful to HarperCollins New Zealand for letting me review a copy. I won’t be reviewing the story because this is the third time I’ve read A Game of Thrones so nothing is new to me and I don’t think I can review the story now. But I don’t know yet. 4

Recently Finished –
I finished Blood for Blood on Sunday and I loved it. I read Wolf by  Wolf last year and thought it was really good. This is the sequel and conclusion to Wolf by Wolf.

Blood for Blood picks up where Wolf by Wolf left off. Or a little bit before I think. You get to see the ending in the ballroom from Luca’s point of view and what happened to Felix. Then, the story picks up and it is just as good as Wolf by Wolf and just as sad.

I’ll be reviewing this soon. I still have to write my review but it should be up in the next few weeks. cyoivduuqaaxi5q

I’ve finally read Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor. I thought this was just as good as The Sword of Summer. I love learning about the Norse mythology because the only thing I’ve seen before reading these two books were the Thor movies and I don’t know how accurate those are… But then it’s the same with these books. Riordan always has a modern twist to the myths, like Thor using his hammer to watch Game of Thrones…

The ending of The Hammer of Thor was so good and I cannot wait to read the next book. I can’t believe I have to wait a whole year for it to be released. cx-pbfuvqaayhul

Hotel for the Lost wasn’t the best book I’ve read this year but not the worst. It was really predictable, had some insta-love and a little cheesy in places but I still wanted to finish it. I wanted to know how the story ended even though the tag line on the cover pretty much gives it away.

I’ll be reviewing this soon. Hopefully this week. I think I have one book to review before it but I’ve lost track of what reviews I need to do. I have fallen so far behind it isn’t even funny anymore. Hopefully I can catch up over the holidays but with what’s going on in my life right now I’m not so sure. cx0lrbrucaamaxy

Devolve; The Wolf is written by a New Zealand author and is a post-apocalyptic/dystopian story. The first in a series I think.

This isn’t a very long book but so much happens in it. I don’t want to say too much here because everything is already in my review. You can read that here if you want.

You can also check out the Devolve website here and if you’re interested you can find copies of his book there too. His next books, Devolve; The Bug, will be out next year and I cannot wait to read it. It looks really good.

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I’ve already reviewed Stealing Snow on my blog so I don’t want to go into this here either. If you want to check out my review of this you can read it here.

I will say that this wasn’t my favourite book of the year but it also wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read.

I do plan on reading the next book to see where the story is going because the ending was interesting and I still want to give it a chance. But I don’t know what I’ll do if Snow, the main character, annoys me as much as she did in this book. But she kind of stepped up at the end when her world fell to pieces around her. cxgemhdusaemcm_

This is the last book I’ll be talking about here. It has been two weeks since I last did a
WWW Wednesday post which is why there are so many books under the ‘Recently Finished’ part of this post.

I loved Girl in Pieces. I still have to review this so I won’t be going into it here but I really enjoyed it. The main character, Charlie, did kind of annoy me at times but I will get into why in my review. That will hopefully be up tomorrow and then I’ll be reviewing Hotel for the Lost on Friday. If I’m remembering correctly…. img_20151019_131922

Reading Next –
I received a copy of The Black Key, the last book in the Lone City trilogy, from Walker Books Australia in October and I need to read the first two books before I can start that. So next on my TBR is The Jewel, the first book in the trilogy.

I read and reviewed the first two books in the trilogy last year so I won’t be doing a review on this. I loved it the first time I read it and I’m sure I’ll love it this time too.

What have you been reading lately? Leave me a comment and let me know.

– Aimee.

November Wrap Up & December TBR.

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It’s that time of the month again where I do my monthly wrap up and TBR. I didn’t read that much in November but I’m just glad I read some books. Anyway, onto my November wrap up.

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This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab – ★★★★
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven – ★★★★
Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks – ★★★
Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan -★★★
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige – ★★★
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow – ★★★★
Devolve; The Wolf by Mike Hooper – ★★★★
Hotel for the Lost by Suzanne Young – ★★★
Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan – ★★★★

Not a lot of books but still a pretty good reading month. Now onto my December TBR.

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I had Ten Thousand Skies Above You and The Jewel on my November TBR but I didn’t manage to read them so I decided to add them to my December TBR because I really need to read them. Although The Jewel is a re-read.

I’ve read Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin and am currently reading the illustrated edition of A Game of Thrones.

I have no idea how many of these I’ll actually read. A Game of Thrones is over 800 pages so that’s going to take me a while. I guess I’ll just see how the month goes.

What’s on your TBR for this month?

Aimee.