The Unhaul Challenge

I’ve been wanting to get rid of some of my books for ages now because I have too many, I’m running out of space and I just don’t need that kind of clutter stress in my life. I’ve seen this challenge going around on booktube, and decided it’s time. It’s just time to get rid of them. This challenge was created by Lala @ BooksandLala. There are 10 categories of books and the aim of the challenge is to get rid of at least one from each. Now I know that that’s not going to happen for me, because I don’t have books that fit all the categories, but I do have multiple books for some categories. So I’m fairly confident that I will get rid of at least 10 books. Let’s do this.


A book you’ve rated low

This is probably the category I will have the most books for. Cause I just want to have books I like, not ones I hate.

There are a few more that I could include here, but they either fit in another category where I have no others, or for one reason or another I don’t want to get rid of them just yet.

A book you’ve changed your mind about

I would say for this one, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I enjoyed it when I first read it, but after reading Glass Sword, I just don’t want anything to do with this series.

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A series you won’t be completing

Obviously, Red Queen fits in this category. Also, Tunnels by Roderik Gordon & Bryan Williams. However, I really enjoyed that series and while I doubt that I will ever re-read them and continue on with them… I have good memories attached to those books and I don’t want to get rid of them. So, for this, I pick The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini.

I read the first two, first one was ok, hated the second one. For some reason, I only own books 2 and 4 in this series. I have no intention of reading them ever. I don’t want them, they’re taking up space. Someone else can have them.

A book you DNFed

I don’t think I have any of those. I have books that I’ve yet to finish, but I plan to. The only books I’ve DNFed and don’t plan to ever finish aren’t really mine, they’re more like family books and while I’m the main book carer in my family so in that sense they’re mine, I can’t just throw them away because I didn’t finish them.

A book you have multiple copies of

This is actually one that I don’t yet have multiple copies of, but I do plan to buy a box-set of the series very soon, so I don’t need the copy I already have.

A book you’ll never actually get to

A book you bought because of the hype

Don’t think I have anything for this. Well, I do. Caraval. This would also fin in at least 2 other categories. But honestly, that book has such a gorgeous cover and looks so nice on my shelf that I don’t think I want to get rid of it.

A book you bought because of the cover

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It’s not even the first book in the series. Bye.

A book you don’t know anything about

There are a couple of those on my shelves, but I kinda want to read them, so they’re staying.

A book you didn’t buy

Cradle and All by James Patterson. I got this in a giveaway and I just don’t really care to be honest.

That’s it for now. Got rid of 15 books, which is not too bad.

The Scavenger Hunt Book Tag

I saw this one The Jouska Blog and thought it was a fun tag, so I’m going to do it. I’m assuming the books must be books I own, so let’s see how it goes.

Find:

1. A Book with the letter ‘Z’ in the Title or Author’s name:

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This is a beautiful book that everyone should read. I have also reviewed it, so you can read more of my thoughts on it here if you want.

2. A Classic:

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1984 by George Orwell. Is this considered a classic? I’d say it is. I own a lot of classics, but this is the one I’m currently reading, so I figured I’d use this one. As far as I can tell from what I’ve read, this is another one of those books that all book lovers should probably read.

3. The oldest book on your shelf:

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Oh boy. I had a look through my shelves and the oldest I could find was a bind-up of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. It was printed in 1956. I don’t know if I have any books older than that, because I only looked at a few books, but yeah… I have a lot of old books. This isn’t what my edition looks like, but whatever, couldn’t find a picture of that and I can’t be bothered to take one.

4. A book with a key on the cover:

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Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. I just spent half an hour trying to find a book with a key on the cover and I totally forgot about Bitterblue. Just as I was beginning to despair. What’s the point of owning a gazillion books if you can’t even complete a scavenger hunt!

5. Something on your shelf that isn’t a book

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This Legolas action figure.

6. A book with an animal on the cover:\

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Dragons are animals, right?

7. A book with a girl on the cover:

Take your pick. Apparently, there are a lot of books with girls on the cover.

8. A non-YA book

Once again, take your pick.

9. A book with stars on the cover:

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What do you mean it’s a compass? It’s a star. you need glasses.

10. A book with golden letters

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By far the prettiest golden-lettered book I own.

 

I tag all the people to do this. In fact, I challenge you all to do it. See if you can find everything (even if you don’t want to make a post) and let me know in the comments.

 

 

Top 10 Tuesday – 10 Books With Settings I’d Love to Visit

Top 10 Tuesday – 10 Books With Settings I’d Love to Visit

You may have noticed that I haven’t been very active this past week. That’s because I was on vacation and I forgot my laptop at home. I just got back home and I thought this would be a great post to get me back into blogging.

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books With X Setting (top ten books set near the beach, top ten book set in boarding school, top ten books set in England, etc). As with my previous top 10 post regarding locations, I will limit myself to books set in places I could realistically visit. Because I read way too much fantasy. Anyway, here it is.

1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

This is fantasy, but part of the action takes place in Prague and I would really love to visit Prague. That is at the top of my “to-visit” list.

2. Heidi by Johanna Spiri

I read this when I was a kid. It takes place in Switzerland, namely in the Swiss mountains and I would really love to visit them.

3. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

This takes place in the US. Now, I’ve read a lot of books that take place in the US, but The Darkest Minds has this road trip thing going on and takes place in quite a lot of places in the US, so I chose it because I would love to visit a lot of places in the US.

4. Soundless by Richelle Mead

I did not particularly like this book, but I do want to visit China. Soundless takes place somewhere in the Chinese mountains and I would really love to visit especially the rural areas of China.

5. The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

This book takes place all over the world. The main character is Swedish, but he goes to so many places from Spain, to the US, to China, to Russia, to Iran, to Indonesia, to name a few and I would love to visit all of those places.

6. The Arabian Nights

I’ve always loved the story of Shahrazad and while I have not read all of the stories, I love the oriental setting and I would like to visit the Middle East.

7. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

One of my favourite classics, takes place mostly in France, but also in Italy and in more Oriental places. All places I would love visiting.

8. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

As the title suggests, this one takes place all around the world. And I would love to undertake a journey similar to Fogg’s.

9. The Inca’s Legacy by Karl May

This is a book I’ve unsuccessfully tried to read at least 5 times. However, It takes place in South America (I think the Andes, as far as I read) and I would love to visit South America in general and the Andes in particular.

10. Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba

I kept trying to think of a book that I read that took place in Japan, but I don’t think I’ve read any. So yeah, Death Note takes place in Japan. It’s a manga which I have not read, but I’ve seen the anime. So yeah, that counts, because I would really like to visit Japan.

 

July Wrap-Up

July Wrap-Up

Another month has come and gone. July was a better reading month for me than June. I read 11 books this month. In an attempt to buy fewer books, I decided to read some of my impressive collection of ebooks. So there have been a few books that I didn’t really know what to expect from.

2016-07-02-17-21-02.jpgFirst book I read in July was The Giver by Lois Lowry. This was a great, haunting and thought-provoking book and I really loved it. You can read my full review of it here. 5/5 stars.

 

51f91xblphl-_sl300_Second book I read was The Gifting by K. E. Ganshert. This is pretty good as far as paranormal YA goes, although I took issue with the ending, which cause me to only give it 2/5. You can read my full review here.

 

22613491Next, I read My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White. This is a really light, easy-to-read book. It’s not very high-quality, but I enjoyed reading it nonetheless. I also have a review of this one which you can read here. 3/5 stars.

 

 

18660669Then I read Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I actually audiobooked this, which was a mistake. I really do not recommend this as an audiobook, it doesn’t work well. I think I might have enjoyed it a lot more had I read it instead of listening to it. Some books work well as audiobooks, but this is not one of them. 3/5 stars. I also have a full review of it which you can read here.

 

23403402-_uy200_Next, I read A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab. This is now one of my new favourite series, I love it so much. It’s just awesome. I have a full review of this one as well, which you can find here. 5/5 stars.

 

 

15733108Next, I read Iron Kin by M. J. Scott. I didn’t like this one that much. You can read my full thoughts on it and the series in general here. 2/5 stars.

 

 

peter-rabbit-coverThen I read The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. I just went to the book store and saw a really cute edition of this and I just read it there and then. I actually really enjoyed it, which is a testament to my level of maturity, I suppose. 4/5 stars.

 

gathering-of-shadows_ukcoverNext up, in a rare display of consistency, I read A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab, which is the second (and current) book in the Shades of Magic series. Which means that for once, I started a series and finished all the books that are currently out! I loved this one as well, although not quite as much as the first one. See my review here. 4/5 stars.

 

23372959-_uy200_After that, I read Touch A Dark Wolf by Jennifer St. Giles. I wish I hadn’t. Just, do yourself a favour and don’t read this book. 1/5 stars.

 

 

 

17673307Thankfully, my next read was a pleasant surprise. I read Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid. I surprisingly really liked this book. It brightened my mood. I have a review of it here. 4.5/5 stars.

 

 

 

15839984Another 4.5/5 stars book. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time now and I am happy to say I loved it. I have a review of this one as well.

Top 5 Wednesday – Most Unlikable Characters Who Are Not Villains

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@ ThoughtsOnTomes and created by Lainey@GingeReadsLainey. This week’s theme is unlikable characters who aren’t villains.

1. Bella Swan from the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer

2bf863518318b57245e1be528d352a6fShe’s stupid. I don’t think she uses more than two brain cells in that entire series and those two brain cells are used to figure out Edward is a vampire.She’s annoying and helpless and way too  obsessed with her boyfriend and with staying young and pretty forever. And then, on top of that we get Kristen Stewart’s awful, open-mouthed portrayal.

 

2. Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

59fccb04a0d3fa892f463373db04e041I have only read the first book and I’ve been told she does get better, but throughout the whole book, she just annoyed me. She was impulsive and never thought anything through and she just embarrassed herself. I did not like her at all. I liked her more in the film though.

You can read my review of Vampire Academy here.

 

3. Lissa Dragomir from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

7f2e3e0674fd9992733744f5713fde4fYou can probably tell I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book. Again, I’m only basing it on the first book, but she was so whiny and helpless and annoyingly sweet and gentle and good. Except when she was a complete psycho. She annoyed the crap out of me. In fact, I think I like her less than I like Rose. I hated her in the film as well.

 

4. Tamlin from the Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

9781408857861By the end of book 2, a lot of people kind of hate him. But I never really liked him in the first place. He seemed self-righteous and self-righteous characters bore and annoy me. I just did not care for him that much from the beginning.

 

 

5. Tris Prior from the Divergent series by Veronica Roth

a9c95053f155a8aac6306e4f273f2936I honestly can’t tell you why I disliked her, but I remember I was always annoyed at her while reading the books. I think it annoyed me that she constantly argued with Four and I just found that to be unnecessary drama. I know they were probably both to blame, but she’s the one that annoyed me for some reason.

Really exciting news!

Hello everyone, I have some really exciting news to share with you! I have been asked to contribute to MyTrendingStory.com, a new blogging platform. I am so excited about this and I can’t wait to get it all set up and get into a posting routine there. I will still be updating this blog, of course and I will try to have different content on the two platforms, so make sure you check both!

As my first post, I reviewed Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. You Can see my review here. I would love to hear any thoughts you have on it.

I will be adding any review I post on there to my reviews page so you can easily find any of my reviews no matter what platform they’re on.

This is a really exciting opportunity and I am so pumped to have been asked to be part of this team. I hope you guys are going to enjoy reading my posts as much as I will enjoy making them.

Soundless by Richelle Mead Review

Fei lives in a small village on top of a mountain; nobody knows why, but for as long as anyone can remember, people in her village have been deaf. Sequestered by frequent avalanches and unable to sustain themselves due to infertile terrain, for generations, their only connection to the rest of the world has been a zip line that supplies them with food and other necessities in exchange for precious metals. But now, people in the village have mysteriously started to lose their sight, while the supplies coming from the zip line have started to diminish. 
All seems hopeless, until one night, Fei is woken up by a strange sensation… sound and she embarks on a dangerous journey to try and save her people. 
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I’m going to come right out and say it: I was really disappointed by this book. This is the first book by Richelle Mead that I have read and considering the hype around her other series, I expected much more from it. It sounded very interesting and I was excited to read it. I was excited that it had a Chinese setting especially that I knew it was going to have some aspects of mythology and I love Eastern mythology, but it was really disappointing.

The world-building was unsatisfactory, the setting, the culture felt American with Chinese names thrown in and the story moved along very slowly and wasn’t very well developed. The dystopian aspect of it made very little sense, I mean why would miners – who by the way are the ones keeping everyone from starving – be considered inferior to painters and therefore fed less? Rationally, they would need more food in order to remain strong and continue mining. But whatever, right? As long as it’s dystopian, cause that’s just cool nowadays.

Also, the key point of why people in this village had gone deaf and are now going blind, which is what determined me to purchase this book, is explained in half a page at the end. The elements of mythology are also hastily thrown in at the end, with very little foreshadowing. For the most part, the book feels like a dystopia (albeit, a badly written one) and the elements of fantasy and mythology at the end just feel out of place.

I’m not even going to start about romance. Suffice it to say, it left me completely unmoved.

I have given it 2/5 stars on Goodreads. I think this book could have been much better. It had a lot of potential, but it needed a lot more work.

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