Reading Update #11

Okay so it’s been well over a week since I last updated you all. This isn’t for lack of wanting to update you all…it’s due to an unfortunate lack of reading [insert crying book steff here]!! It’s been tough to get in any reading other than uni work which is a little soul destroying to say the least.

Books I have read

Since my wrap up…none!! Literally none!!! I’ve literally got no books in my may reads list right now! It’s heartbreaking lol.

Currently reading

I’ve gotten 20% of the way through The Gems of Eslana, and I picked up mythago wood but haven’t continued with it yet 😭😭! So…obviously I’m feeling hella sorry for myself!

Books I plan to read next

Any…throw my a bone here! I need to read something other than uni related reading otherwise I’m going to loose the plot lol.

What books have you read in the last week? What book are you currently enjoying? Or perhaps you can comment letting me know you are having a tough reading time to make me feel better? No? Just me…okay.


My Rating System!

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! Today I thought I would let you all know how I rate my books as I know this can be such an individual thing, and for a lot of people they don’t really rely on a system they just go with a feeling…which I totally get because I have done exactly that before.

More accurately this post is so that you can share your methods too, or perhaps let me know what your thoughts are on mine – if you have any critiques and improvements etc.

So, lets get to it!

One star1* – Obviously, I hate giving this rating because inevitably it means I didn’t enjoy the story. Normally I give a 1* if I really didn’t connect with the characters and didn’t appreciate the plot! I may also give this rating if the writing is so poor it causes great distraction from the story line. I may also give this rating to books I end up DNFing, but generally speaking I tend to not rate those books at all.

Two star2* – I give this rating to books which I have managed to read but have found them very lacking. Normally it’s either lack of tension, lack of significant character intentions or goals, and generally speaking where I find that I could have been entirely happy to skip the book. These are books I, as a rule, do not recommend to others.

Three star3* – These are what I consider my “meh” reads. They’re okay, sometimes I even enjoy them quite a bit, but they don’t have enough to make me feel like I loved them. They are often reads I enjoyed, and can see others enjoying (so I do still recommend some). Essentially it comes down to a certain lack of wow factor for me. Good, but not wow.

Four star4* – Books I loved. I know you may be thinking “hey wait up aren’t 5* reviews for books you loved?” Yeah, they are but I still love a lot of my 4* reads, and quite honestly I can love a book and not consider it a 5* read. These books will normally be ones I loved but feel they don’t quite reach that 5* rating for some reason or another.

Five star5* – Reserved for my wow reads. The ones I rave about. The ones that give me book hangovers. The ones that I can’t stop talking/ fangirlling over! These are the books that I will revisit, and just can’t get enough of.

Do you have specific system you use for rating? Do you just wing it on a feeling? Or are you fa more structured than me? Let me know in the comments below! I’m truly curious to see what method you all use!

May TBR

Hey Beautiful Booklovers 😘!! I know I didn’t post my April tbr last month and that’s because 1 – baby and 2 – I’ve been doing the whole “mood reader” thing recently. That being said, I still have a few books that I plan to read this month, and so thought I’d let you know what they are!

1 – Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin Book 3) by [LaFevers, Robin]

This is book number 3 in His Fair Assassins trilogy, and I am super excited to see where this story leads. I had planned to read this in April but other things got in the way, so can’t wait to continue this month!

2 – Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik

Throne of Jade (The Temeraire Series, Book 2) by [Novik, Naomi]

Book number 2 in the temeraire series. I own the first 6 books, and am having some serious dragon withdrawal so need books with dragons this month lol!

3 – Fire and Blood by George R R Martin

Fire and Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) (A Song of Ice and Fire) by [Martin, George R.R.]

Same as the above…I’m having dragon withdrawal 😂! I am up to date with my Game of Thrones episodes and man I need some dragons!! I was contemplating re-reading the entire GoT series but thought that would be fairly time consuming, and I’ve already re-read books recently, so I should focus on reading new ones instead!

4 – Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

So, you should know…I’m trash for Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman! I adore their stuff, and just can’t wait for this book! I am so excited, and read the first chapter sneak peak, and I’m too excited!!!! I need it NOW!

Once I have worked my way through these books I plan to do some polls (either on my Instagram story or my Twitter) to get you all to help me pick which books to read next. I have so many on my shelves I want to read and may need your assistance picking the rest of my May reads!

Have you read any of the above books? Are any on your tbr? What books are on your May tbr? Let me know in the comments below!

Reading Update #9

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! Another week, another reading update!

I am happy to announce I’ve read a few books since I last updated you all…2 of them have been very typically cheesy YA (which I had never heard of) but I feel like I needed that kind of blowout to get me back in my grove 😂😂!

Books I’ve read

So since my last update I have read A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan, which was a re-read for me, but I want to read book 2 this month so needed the recap.

My cheesy YA reads, well, I’m not even sure how I found them to be honest with you but sometimes I like to read something like this to help get my out of a little slump etc. The first was Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins and the second was the follow on novel Sweet Peril. If I’m honest I won’t be adding these reads to my goodreads or anything. They merely filled the task of getting me out if a slump, and I dont really have much else to say with regards to them.

Books I’m currently reading

I know last week I had picked up Ever the Huntedby Erin Summerill and I actually picked up Bitten by Kelley Armstrong too, but I haven’t gone any further with either of them…just because I haven’t been in the mood. I absolutely want to read them, and it is in no way the content that has made me feel this way – just my weird funky reading vibes at the moment 😂!

Anyway, moving on, I am looking to pick up Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence and make a start on that tonight, so hopefully I’ll be able to get through that this week.

Books I plan to pick up next

At this point with my reading preferences – who knows! Its all up in the bloody air right now 🙈😂! I haven’t even managed to put together a tbr for this month because of my indecisiveness [cries dramatically]!! I hate when I mood read 😂! What I do know is that I want to go to my unread shelves, so I’ll be having a hard look at them to decide my next reads!

Random tidbits

So as you may have guessed still no sign of baby, but hopefully he will come sooner rather than later 🤞! I’m very sore (due to chronic hip pain) which means concentration isn’t so great – which means unfortunately my social media is taking a bit of a hard hit 😭! I’m really hoping to be back on track soon 🤞💕. Also thank you to everyone who wished me well with baby – you are all so amazing 😘! I will of course let you know updates as they come.

What have you read recently? Are you in any funky reading moods/ slumps? How do you normally get out of them. As always I love hearing your thoughts and opinions so let me know in the comments below!

March Wrap Up!

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! So sorry this is a little late, but better late than never, right? Today’s post will be covering what I read in the month of March – which hasn’t been my greatest reading month, but never mind, we all have to make do with the cards we are dealt.

This month has been a slow one for me, and I also went off the rails with my TBR, I didn’t manage to complete it, and ended up picking up different reads instead. This isn’t unusual for me, if I’m being honest, I do this frequently but it is something I’m trying to do less.

1 – The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I keep forgetting that I technically finished this in March because it released at the end of February, but turns out I did. Anyway if you have been around here before you will most likely know I’ve already posted a review for this beauty- which you can access here! I loved this book it was great, and I am really gutted that it is a standalone!

2 – The Extinction Trials by S. M. Wilson

My Rating:🌟🌟🌟. 5

I did enjoy this book, and found it an easy read, but I am sad to say I didn’t by any means love it. It was interesting enough to get through (despite some of my small issues with it), but what I am still unclear on is if I want to continue with the series. This is book 1 of 3 and currently I am still not sure if I will reach for the next book. Of course, if I do pick it up you beauties will be the first to know!

3 – Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Again, you may already know I posted a review for this beauty here on my blog! I really enjoyed this book. The world was so fantastic, the character arcs were spot on, and considering the short amount of pages I was amazed at how attached I was to this story! It’s definitely one I recommend!

4 – An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

My Rating:🌟🌟

*Sigh* This was not originally on my TBR for March, but I was in a bit of a slump and felt something short would be ideal to help. This book wasn’t fantastic, and for the first third of it I was actually questioning my decision. Not a lot happens, things are rather slow to start and quick to resolve, and I just didn’t ship the romance, but that’s just me. It wasn’t as good as I would have liked it to be, and when a friend asked if she should pick it up I genuinely said “you’re not missing anything if you don’t”! I think that pretty much sums up my feelings, don’t you?

5 – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟.5

So, I was really excited to start reading this, and as I got into it I found it wasn’t as great as I wanted it to be. I was really not finding it captivating all that much…until towards the end. That’s when things picked up for me, and made me really pay attention, and because of that ending I will continue with this series. That being said I really felt like this book suffered from ‘sagging middle syndrome’ and that bothered me a bit – hence the rating.

6 – Wintersong by S. Jae- Jones

My Rating: 🌟🌟

This is another one that I hadn’t planned on reading this month, but picked it up because I was in the mood for some magical Goblin Kings, and romance. It was a lot of romance, and whilst I was kind of expecting that what I didn’t like was that the main character had a goal, then completed said goal, and then instead of getting a new goal pottered around doing sweet FA for the plot for a couple hundred pages. 80 pages from the end I literally was like “WTF is happening? What is her goal?” I don’t like books that have a main character lacking a goal/ motivation, and in the second half of this book I really felt as though this was the case.

7 – Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy

My Rating: 🌟

I tried! I tried so hard to get into this bloody book, and finally decided to DNF at 40%. It just wasn’t for me at all! My rating is so low based on the fact that I didn’t actually finished it – didn’t have the will to finish it. You may love it, but it really didn’t do it for me. If you want to know my thoughts you can find my review on Goodreads!

So there you have it, my disastrously bad reading month lol! I’m hoping April will be better (fingers crossed)!

Have you read any of the above? What were your thoughts? Do you strongly agree or disagree with me on any of them? Let me know in the comments below!

Book Buying Ban!

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! So sorry I have been absent lately, it turns out third babies like to play games of false labour with you…how fun! But I’m back and baby is still cooking for now, but I will warn you that it could be any day now (so if I disappear for a bit you’ll know why)! Rest assured my March Wrap up and April tbr will be coming at you this week!

Anyway, enough of that, today’s post is all about my new rule – No more buying books!


Okay, so let me start by saying that this is long overdue for me! I have an impulse problem when it comes to purchasing books, and I’m finally putting my foot down! I buy more a month than I can physically get through, and that’s just stupid. I have decided that I need to behave myself and tackle the books I have on my shelves – which is too damn many!

So, for the foreseeable I will not be buying any new books, and clearly you don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to note I said NEW. Which means I am allowing myself the treat every now and then to purchase a pre-loved book if I manage to work through a load of my tbr! This is just an option – to be honest, I plan not to buy any, but knowing me I have to factor in the urge to buy lol!

I just think it’s time for me to get through my huge tbr and this at least ensures I’m checking off more than I’m bringing home. That being said, I will point out I have kindle unlimited, and may venture down that avenue occasionally too, but since I’m off kindle reading right now (yes, still) I don’t see that being a big issue.

Anyone want to join me on my good behaviour? We could struggle together lol?

How many books a month do you read? Are you terrible for book buying like me? Or are you a good booklover, and rarely buy new? Let me know in the comments below!

The Versatile Blogger Award!

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Huge, huge thank you to Mani over at Mani’s Book Corner for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award! You’re awesome Mani! Go check her out Booklovers! I am so excited/ nervous to share some facts with you all; it’s always scary for me to share things on her that focus on myself, but I am really excited to do it nonetheless!

Rules

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award.

  • Thank the person who gave you the award.
  • Include a link to their blog.
  • Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

7 Facts About Me!

  1. I am a complete science geek, I love all things Quantum Physics, and Quantum Mechanics, as well as Astrophysics! I just find it so fascinating because there are so many theories to wrap your head around, and the facts are always altering. (Not to mention that even those dedicated to studying it find it difficult to contemplate!)
  2. I love to draw! I am terrible at it lol, but nonetheless I love to try, and whilst I’ll never sell anything it’s a nice way for me to unwind.
  3. I sing…a lot! I feel very sorry for my neighbours because I am always belting out tunes at the top of my lungs whilst doing simple tasks like laundry etc. I’ve not had any complaints (yet) but I still feel for them all the same!
  4. I joined the Army at 16 to be a part of something bigger than myself, and that is how I came to meet my husband!
  5. I have a chronic pain issue from an injury sustained during service which causes a lot of issues throughout my day to day life.
  6. I love to write, and currently have several projects; a few are finished (though will not see the light of day aha!) and the rest are either ideas or are in the process of being written. I write primarily for myself, again like the drawing, it is a way for me to unwind and calm myself. It helps me de-stress and I don’t know if I’ll ever publish, but I will continue to write regardless for my own enjoyment.
  7. Since I was 12 I have suffered with disordered eating, I am very lucky to have the support of my husband who always helps me stay on track, and I have not had a relapse in a long time, but it is still something I have to deal with, and believe these things should be spoken about instead of hidden.

My Nominees

Brittany over at Bookaholic Brittany

Ashley over at Bubbly Booknerd

Jules over at One More Word

Ali over at Tea and Turned Pages

Emily over at Emily Kate Reads

Stephanie over at Between Folded Pages

Kat over at Rustic Pages

Emily over at A Short Book Lover

Jackie over at Bookish Coffee Blog

Misty over at Misty’s Book Space

Savannah over at Geekish Books

Stephen over at Stephen Writes

Mireille and Melanie over at TBR and Beyond

Joleen over at Starlight Book Tales

Lucy over at A Novel Purpose

Please link back to me when/ if you take part so that I can read more about you! I apologise in advance if any of the above have been nominated already.

So there you have it some facts about me, and my nominations for The Versatile Blogger Award!