July Wrap Up

I feel as if I should stop writing monthly tbr lists because I don’t entirely stick to them, but they are just so fun to write (and perfect for me considering I live for organisation).

I thought this reading month went okayish. I expected to read more considering it was the holidays and I though I would have plenty of time to read. But instead I ended up working heaps so that didn’t happen. But near the end of the month, my reading pace did pick up so here are the books I read in July:

The first book I read was a middle grade novel by Ruth Lauren called ‘Prisoner of Ice and Snow’ and I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. This book was very interesting but a little repetitive at times. I loved the characters but would have liked to learn more about them. For the length of this novel, I thought this book was amazing, although I do think that it could have been longer which might have helped me connect a bit more with the characters.

Next was another book for review which was ‘Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror’ by Rachel R. Smith (which by the way ha a spectacular cover!) this book was good and also earned a 4 out of 5 stars. I have a sneaky feeling that the next book could have possibly been combined with this book, but I will have to wait to see.

The third book I read was a reread of ‘The Assassin’s Blade’ by Sarah J Maas. I am currently making my way back through this wonderful series in preparation for Tower of Dawn. I’m thinking of maybe writing a post about my hopes and theories of the Tower of Dawn.

Next I read was just recently published and was ‘The Crown’s of Croswald’ by D.E. Night which takes this months award of best looking cover. Apart from the gorgeous cover, this book was an amazement of a book, it forever had me turning the page.

The final book I read, I finished on the final day of July, Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. As always I found more detail within the book. I swear it could be my 100th reread and I’d still find more foreshadowing. I honestly love this book so much.


In addition to these wonderful books I also watched the following on netflix:

  • To The Bone
  • Outlander (season 1)
  • Riverdale
  • Shark boy and Lava girl (which I must admit was a lot more interesting when I was ten haha)

What did you read this month and what book was your favourite?

Until next time,

April Wrap Up || Am I way to nice when rating books?


139914112478877_animateI’m back again
, and this time with another wrap-up…

My month was off to an amazing start with me kicking out books like I was trying out for the part of Shang from Mulan

But then it kind of slowed down a little bit, leaving me not wanting to read for the last week of the month. Yep, that’s right, I didn’t read anything this/last week.


Here is what I read:

Descendants [Rae Else]: 3/5 stars, I felt this book was a little repetitive but also reminded me of Percy Jackson… but girl version.

Air and Ash [Alex Lidell]: 5/5 stars, this book is probably the first book I have read that involves a ship and a little voyage, so it was very interesting.

A Court of Thorns and Roses [Sarah J Maas]: Forever and always a 5/5 stars. I did a read along for this book which was massive and probably is highly boring… but if your interested it can be found here

Coming Up For Air [Miranda Kenneally]: 5/5 stars which is a rating I am highly confused about because it’s a contemporary book and it always confuses me rating contemporaries seeing they can no way compare to the epic battle that occurs during fantasy novels. A review will be coming closer to the release of the book, but for now my goodread’s review is here.

Follow Me Back [A.V Geiger]: 4/5 stars, this contemporary has a very very interesting plot twist which will leave you gasping for air. But, this book is also written a lot like a fanfiction. Review coming closer to the release but for now my goodread’s review is here.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [J.K Rowling]5/5 stars. This book is probably my favourite Hp book so far but I can’t wait to read the rest.


Oh no! I keep rating books 5 guys!! I was going to give all these book 5’s by the way (well, not Descendants)… I had to seriously think with Follow Me Back because it has such a good ending.

anigif_enhanced-buzz-19703-1381844694-14Why do books have to have epic/good endings???

It screws up my feelings on the book. I could be going for two stars and then awesome kick ass ending occurs and all of a sudden I want to give it a five. Like No Ryley No. Calm down!

And I am sure these books are five star worthy… but every single book I read (over exaggeration) is five star worthy to me and I need to stop. I’m either way to nice on book ratings or I am extremely good at picking epic books. I think it might be a combination of both.

But I also don’t want to over think everything because it ruins the whole reading experience.

*deep breath*


What else did I do this month?

  • I started an Aesthetic account with another bookstagramer (@readinginthestarlight) to post aesthetics on, seeing they became very popular in April in the bookstagram community and once I made one I was hooked and had to make a million. That new account is called @valgprincess in case you ever want to look (and yes, indeed it is the name of the second bookstagram account I had for like three days. But then I went through a period of time where I hated all my photos so I deleted it and now it’s back!)
  • I convinced my sister to start the Throne of Glass series and I honestly wish I had her reviewing skills. No, she isn’t actually writing reviews, but she can give actual ratings out of five that aren’t my in-the-spur-i-loved-the-ending-must-be-five-stars-worthy-even-though-i-hated-everything-else.
    • The Assassin’s Blade: Her rating – 3.5/5 seeing she didn’t like the first two novella’s…. My rating – 5/5 because SAM CORTLAND
    • Throne of Glass: Her Rating– 4/5 because she didn’t like the Elena parts or the duel at the end…. My Rating – 5/5 because FLEETFOOT!

This is what I mean guys^^^^ someone help me sort out my rating issue.


That’s all for this month, what did you read?

Until next time,

Weekly Wrap Up [#4]

Woah! Okay, I forgot to do last week’s weekly wrap up.

But I’m here now… and I have some things to share.


First of all I apologize for the mass amount of post recently, they are all to do with A Court Of Thorns and Roses and the reread & discussion I am currently doing.


I’ve decided for the A Court Of Mist and Fury reread & discussion I am just going to do the discussion in 3 parts (maybe 4). Each part is a different section of the book (ie, House of Beast, House of Wind ect)


Onto my reading for this week

After finish ACOTAR I went to start Harry Potter #3… except I still haven’t made it passed 30 pages and I don’t know why. I know the book will be amazing, but I can’t get myself to read it.

The reason I have never read the series before is purely because of the size of the writing. I don’t wear glasses, nor do I need to, but I just can’t get myself to concentrate on these words. Because there is so many on the page my mind goes into overload and freaks out from the sheer size of words I’ll have to read.

It is so much easier for me to read books with MASSIVE writing than smaller. It makes me feel like I am getting through the book at a much faster pace even though they normally have the same amount of words.


Instead of reading HP3 I went and read a ebook I received through Netgalley (which I learnt last week is not written Netgallery) in exchange for an honest review, was ‘Coming Up For Air‘ by Miranda Kenneally.

AND OH MY GOODNESS IT WAS GOOD.

in summary it is about

  • A group of teenagers who are all highly athletic
  • Two are swimmers (The main character and her best friend)
  • The MC goes to visit a university on an open day and realizes she has missed out on heaps of high school experiences (*cough she wants a boyfriend)
  • But she also knows she needs to focus big time on swimming because she still hasn’t made the Olympic trial yet
  • Things happen, food is eaten

This book won’t be out until July, but I recommend it to high school students who love contemporary.


I also rearranged my shelves today and I absolutely love it! I don’t have many books at all (I have 35 I think) and I was a little bored of having them in colour order. I have so many black books it wasn’t eye catching.

So now they are in alphabetical order (by individual book not series) with a few turned out so I can see the front cover.)

I am so happy with it now! Maybe I will do a shelf tour soon.


I won’t be reading this weekend because my sister is home from university. But when school starts, I’ll be reading on the bus.

My goals for next week are:

  • Start and finish ‘Follow me Back’
  • Finish ‘Harry Potter #3’
  • Possibly start ACOMAF reread.

I did hope to have HP4 done this month, but I don’t think I will get to it.


Anyways, what are you up to?

Until next time,

March Wrap Up

March is over!

Woah! another month down, why is this year going so fast! I actually have a two week holiday now, so more books for me!!!! But during March I was drowning in school work and study, so I didn’t get as many books as February finished, but I got enough to make me happy 🙂

I’ve set this out a little differently so it’s a tad more interesting. First is a list and rating out of 5 for each book I read (you can find reviews for these books by clicking on the rating). Then are some questions, like favourite book and favourite character, which I thought would be fun! So here we go:

  1. Truthwitch [Susan Dennard] 4/5 stars
  2. First Command: A TIDES Novella [Alex Lidell] 5/5 stars
  3. Windwitch [Susan Dennard] 4/5 stars
  4. King’s Cage [Victoria Aveyard] 5/5 stars
  5. Crooked Kingdom [Leigh Bardugo] 5/5 stars
Give me give me give me (favourite book)

This is a really difficult choice, My five star rating books were First Comman, King’s Cage and Crooked Kingdom but I think I will have to go with Crooked Kingdom being my overall favourite. Maybe because I just finished it and it is all fresh in my mind, maybe because it is incredible and I loved it the most… we shall never know, haha.

Take it, I don’t want it anymore (least favourite)

I think my least favourite read this month was Truthwitch, although it did take me longer to read windwitch, I think it was more enjoyable. Truthwitch is good, don’t get me wrong, I did give it fours stars, but it wasn’t as good as the other books I read this month.

You’re so beautiful! (favourite cover)

Crooked Kingdom is by far my favourite cover for this month. The amount of people who commented on it at school! I think there was about three people who asked what it was about and said it looked beautiful, and that is saying a lot considering no one every talks to me about the books I am carrying around.

My precious (Favourite character)

I thought I knew who my favourite character was, but then I finished Crooked Kingdom and now I am stuck between three characters.

  1. Owl from Windwitch
  2. Evangeline from King’s Cage
  3. Inej from Crooked Kingdom
Really? (Most annoying character)

A character who I found really annoying would have to be the puppeteer from Windwitch or Cal from King’s Cage (sorry Cal and Mare shippers, I would prefer her to stay single)

Shut up and let me read (easiest/ quickest to read)

It may have been because it is a novella, but First Command, was the easiest and fastest for me to get through. I did also skim through it a second time, because I was looking for some quotes from the book (which I found) and it was just as quick the second time round.

Where you at? (Where is all the merch at?)

I understand why there isn’t First Command merch (because the first book isn’t actually out yet) but where is all the Truthwitch merch at???

Are you hiding? (I need more from this author)

I need the next boook, Air and Ash, which is the main book to First Command. I was lucky enough to receive an early copy to review and I will be reading it next week! If you are interested in a free copy of First Command just head to my review (there is a link up in pink near the top of this post) and there is another link somewhere in the post which will send you on your way to a free copy of First Command.


That’s all for this month,

What was your favourite/ least favourite read this month??

Until next time,

Weekly Update [3]

I did a lot,

^little summary up there^

So many things happened this week and mainly because of procrastination, but you know, why not.


Okay so first let’s begin with Saturday:

I read a novella! I read a novella called First Command which is a prequel novella to The TIDES series which shall be coming out in May. And get this, the second book in the series will come out a couple of weeks (I think 6) after the first book!

First Command was incredible and I highly suggest it. It is 50 pages I think, and also the only pages I read all week. Oops, yep, once again I did not get very much reading done at all. It wasn’t necessarily that I was studying, more that I was too exhausted to read, especially Windwitch, there is so much going on in that book.

But, I do plan to read it tonight, as soon as I have finished writing this.

(Also on the note of First Command: A TIDES Novella, you can get a free  copy of it through this link. It gave me so many emotions, I was about thirty seconds away from crying)


Then onto the rest of the week,

As mentioned before I did very little reading, but I did a whole heap of writing, and by that I mean I did my chemistry and Study of Religion test. My chemistry test was 12 pages just of answers, as in not including the questions.

I also managed to convince my entire school study group to sleep for an hour, and seriously, it was the best hour of my whole week, haha, naps are honestly the best thing ever, I also highly suggest having one if you have any spare time.


I changed up my theme on bookstagram which I think is going okayish, I’m not entirely sure how it compares to my other theme (so if you have any comments on the new theme let me know, especially any improvements).


Oh yeah! before I forget! I made some very aesthetically pleasing Pinterest boards. It might not sound that interesting, but it took a rather long time, and was very enjoyable. They relate to some books I hope to write one day eventually… Anyways here are some snippets of them:

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I am actually writing Dieheart at the moment and hope to have it finished sometime in the Easter Holidays (before the end of April). SO far I’m at 40,000 words I think, maybe (?)

I have also actually written The Sleeping Dragon (and yes it needs a better name), I do believe it is at 60,000 words, but it needs a hell of a lot of work done on it. I was editing it a while back and it was so not good, just random characters I thought were dead popping up out of nowhere, haha. Maybe I will go back and rewrite it after Dieheart.

And then the Huntress, it a book I’m not entirely sure what it is about, but I have a small snippet of inspiration.

(If you happen to actually want to look at these boards, just click on the link in the titles above, and if you ever want to hear more about them just let me know and I might make a whole post about them)


Okay now that I think of it, this week actually wasn’t that busy, I’m pretty sure that’s everything that has to do with my life this week, see you next week, hopefully it will be a bit more interesting *fingers crossed*

Until next time,

 

Weekly Wrap Up [2]

Wait for it,

This week was a whole lot of Hamilton and no reading

I have decided that I will write my weekly updates on Friday because I have the most spare time then… so here is how this week went

(ps. just so you don’t all think I am crazy, I’m about to say I’m stressed a lot, I am actually perfectly fine and am planning on doing a lot of things tomorrow which will knock some goals out of the road, which will mean I shall be stress free)


This week was not completely terrible… but it was so far from awesome I can’t believe I’ve actually included that word in this update. I am okay, I am perfectly fine… it’s just I’m also highly stressed and feel like I just need to find the reset button on this week.

This week was actually pretty good, I just had a terrible Friday so it’s sort of dragged my thoughts on this week down a little.


I did not get any reading done this week. There wasn’t much reason behind this except for the fact that I didn’t feel like reading. I didn’t have the energy to. I went to start windwitch but I wasn’t able to actually pay attention and found myself staring at a page only to realise I was not actually reading.

I did read a chapter of King’s Cage but then couldn’t be bothered to continue. Like it was good, but I just haven’t had the urge to want to read at all this week.


I actually felt very unproductive all week… I don’t know why, Last week I was just killing it with all this study and completing goals and then this week was a bit of a hectic mess.

That’s probably because all week I was stressing about test and assignments which are happening/due for the next three weeks. (Just like last week, I’m only slightly stressing *continues to stress over everything*)

I did get my assignment out of the road, which was an English presentation. So one thing can be crossed off my list of things to stress over my list of things to do.


As for bookstagram, I spent Sunday taking all my photos for March, and I am in love with them, I am so happy with how the photoshoot went! It took exactly 46 songs to get done. And by that I mean I finally managed to listen to the entirety of Hamilton in order!

I’m actually so happy that I finally got to finish it. I normally get halfway before having to stop, but I spent more time on photos this week so I got it done! I am seriously in love with it, have you listened to it, what is your favourite song????

It’s actually so inspiring, I had to change the quote on my mirror, now it is ‘I’m past patiently waiting, I’m passionately smashing every expectation, every action is an act of creation’.


As for next week, I do not need to take any photos so I can cross another thing off my list. But I do have a few little goals.

  • Read and finish windwitch (from Monday to Friday, 80 pages a day = 40 pages a bus trip… That is 110% doable if I actually open the book)
  • Study like I’m running out of time, study like it’s going out of style
  • listen to more Hamilton and make more references (^that was sort of one by the way)
  • Stress a little less (because no one likes it when I stress, haha)

How was your week? Did you get any reading done? Do you have any tips for me and my little reading slump because I seriously need to get out of it!

Until next time.

Weekly Wrap Up [#1]

Hey Book Nation!

Today I bring to you an idea that I have completely stolen from Ash over at ‘Our Books and Bookish Thoughts’

Basically what this is a weekly update on how everything is going, mostly focusing on books but also throwing in the occassional comment about bookstagram or something else book related (also life happening which you may or may not care all to much about)


To begin, this week I changed the theme of this website! What? I know, looks a little different to usual! But I thought it was time for a change, I wasn’t entirely happy with the previous theme and thought it looked a little eww…. so I thought ‘why not change it to something I’m interested in?’ So that is exactly what I did.


Onto the book side of things…

On Monday I started reading Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. This book was incredible although, I did expect to like it a bit more. I loved it, but not as much as I thought I would. There is so much hype around this book, and yes, it is good. But I do think the level of hype on this book is a little bit too much.

Normally I read a little at night as well as on the bus (and during study time at school). But I couldn’t this week because I am now seriously drowning in school work. I’m only a little bit stressed out *she says after a week of only 5 hours sleep a night* I am definitely getting  a lot more into study then I had been earlier this year meaning I am not getting a book done in 2/3 days but rather my normal 5-7.

So with that said, I finished Truthwitch Friday morning and so moved onto Windwitch. So far I’m only 30 pages into it. And I must admit, I’m a tad confused as to what is happening… there is a time jump between the two books so I’m just trying to figure out what on earth has happened.

I gave Truthwitch a 4/5 stars by the way. And I probably won’t have time to read windwitch until Monday as I’m planning on doing a bucket load of Math and Chemistry study. But windwitch is shorter that Truthwitch, which is a bit of a surprised, so fingers crossed I can have that done by Thursday so I can start King’s Cage.


onto a couple of bookstagram things!

  • I’ve joined 4 photo challenges this month! #ashreadschallenge3 #fanaticalbirdmarch #marchdelirium and #literatemarch17 . All of which are super fun and I cannot wait for later days in March.
  • Evelyn Skye liked two of my photos (they included her book The Crown’s Game) and commented on one with heart eye emojis…. yeah I’m fangirling!!!
  • Tomorrow I am going to try and take some photos. I’ve come up with a few more ideas which should fit into my current theme… it might change it slightly but shouldn’t change it too much… we will see, haha.

book related but not entirely book related:

  1. I’ve started burning my Abarox candle from Koolandco (he is the dragon from Throne of Glass) and I must say it smells amazing
  2. I cannot get over the quote ‘There is no wisdom in love’ from The Crown’s Game. It sounds so cliche but in the moment of the book it gave me all the feels.

That’s pretty much all for this week.

Until next time.