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Project ‘Get my physical TBR to ZERO!’

Get ready for a complete and utter ramble! I have been trying to get my physical TBR down to zero for what seems like forever now. It started back in 2014 when I realised I was spending almost my entire pay cheque each week on new books, but I was never getting around to reading them because I already owned SO MANY. And then with #0by16 last year I was more determined than ever to get down to a manageable and preferably non-existent TBR. I was so invested in the idea of being able to purchase a book and read it immediately that I dove heart and soul into the idea of cutting back my TBR – but that did not happen. I never got down to zero. But still, daily, I look at my TBR shelf and know that I want it to be cut down. Slowly, day by day, I am making progress, but once again it is out of control and I know that I need to FINALLY get my head in …

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Boy oh boy where do I begin with this one. I read this book for the first time back in May 2015 and fell head over heels in love. Upon re-reading it in September 2016, I am sort of stuck wondering what the hell was I thinking?! A Court of Thorns and Roses is a New Adult series written by Sarah J Maas (the author of the Throne of Glass series). Our protagonist is Feyre, a huntress who’s family depends on her bringing back a meal for the following days. She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to feed her family, but when it turns out that the wolf is a magical creature from beyond the forrest in the fairie courts, she must face the consequences of what she has done. Okay, let’s put this into perspective. If I was sixteen reading this book for the first time I guarantee I would have devoured it in hours and it would have instantly been added to my favourites shelf. That’s the kind of reader I was four …

Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Warning: I am going to try and keep this as spoiler-free as possible, but who knew that Gillan Flynn wrote books so BLOODY HARD TO EXPLAIN without going into the synopsis? She’s a mindfuck that woman. I will admit I definitely ruined my reading experience for this book by making the (stupid) mistake of watching the movie first. I went to the cinema the day it was released with a few cousins and absolutely LOVED the film. It was intense and a complete and utter mindfuck and I immediately wished I’d decided to pick up the book before going into the movie. But in saying that, I would have ruined the movie for myself if I’d read the book? I can’t decide what’s worse. But because of doing this, I think I was ultimately let down by the book. I was expecting it to be a LOT better than what it was, and I was slightly disappointed that I didn’t think it lived up to all the hype. The story begins on Amy and Nick’s …

Books I had to buy but I never read

This post is based off an old topic created by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find out more info here!  We’ve all been there before. You hear about a book and you have to get your hands on a copy immediately. And you do – but for some reason it sits on your shelf for what feels like ever and continues to gather dust. So I’m going to show you a few books that I have had to buy but never read. I don’t have much to say about them (sorry) but it was pretty much the covers and or titles that sold me on them. ❁ 1. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes 2. All the Rage by Courtney Summers 3. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch 4. Uprooted by Naomi Novik 

Favourite comic book series

This is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find out more info here! I feel like I’m a mix of an avid comic reader and someone who cannot be fucked ever reading comics. I’m really good at binge reading series and then not picking another one up for months at a time. But today I thought I’d talk about a few of my favourite series I’ve read – not in detail, because I’m crap at that, but just about how much I love them. Okay? Okay. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (IMAGE) If you’re active on the online book community at all I assume you’ve definitely heard of this series. Saga is a space opera, fantasy about two lovers from different worlds whose people are at war with one another. I have been reading this series since early 2014 and while I’m not up to date I do really enjoy this one. Definitely worth picking up. The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman (IMAGE) Now if you haven’t …

#DiverseAThon #SlowAThon To Be Read and Goals

I’m posting every single day in September! Go here to check out everything I’ve talked about so far! Both #DiverseAThon and #SlowAThon are two read-a-thons happening this week that seem to be the buzz of the book community. While I do have a very busy week ahead, and realistically I know I won’t be able to read much, I have decided that I do want to technically participate in these read-a-thons to show my support! #DiverseAThon has been created by four lovely ladies (Monica, Whitney, Christina and Joce) to show some support for reading diversely after a very nasty video was posted on Booktube recently. While there are no challenges for this read-a-thon, there is a group book (Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi), but I won’t be reading that one during the week. #SlowAThon just so happens to fall during the same week and the aim is to focus on slowly reading a book. There are challenges in this one, such as: read a book and mark it up, create something inspired by the book, buddy read, read out loud, …

Books I have DNF’d

I’m posting every single day in September! Go here to check out everything I’ve talked about so far! I don’t put books down easily, but I do sometimes make the decision not to continue on reading. DNF (did not finish) is a touchy subject amongst book lovers. Some people detest the idea of leaving a book uncompleted but others figure that finishing a book you aren’t liking is a waste of time. I’m with the latter. I cannot stand to finish books I’m not enjoying. Lucky for me, it isn’t too common. I’m very picky when it comes to what I read. I used to be a lot more flippant with my book choices, but over the past year or two I have forced myself to be a lot more conscious of what I read. I look into books in detail before I purchase them and only choose ones I think I’d enjoy. While not everyone has this opportunity (required reading in school, for example) I’m in a position where I can read what I …