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Book Tag: I Dare You (June)

Time for another great tag from Lena, over at BookFandom1001, so thanks for this. You can see her answers here, but for now, on with the tag!

 

Rules:
-You must be honest

-You can’t not answer a question

-You have to tag at least four people

1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest? 

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, but it’s too beautiful to ever get rid of

2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?

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Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017 Announcement

Since I forgot last time, consider this an official announcement; I will be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month.

What is Camp NaNoWriMo?

Consider this the chilled out version of NaNoWriMo. If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is you can check out my NaNoWriMo post where I explain it in a bit more detail, but basically it’s a writing challenge that takes place in November. The difference here is that you get to set your own goal, either in words, or pages, or time spent, whatever works for you.

What are my goals?

My main goal is to be writing every day in July, no matter how much, but since I work better with a target in mind I want to write 25,000 words. I’m hoping that this will work as a warm up for actual NaNo later this year, so I can prove that last year was not just a fluke.

What am I going to write?

I really want to focus on developing a story I began writing in NaNo 2016, doing as much as possible, wether in words or outline so that come November I will be ready for a second draft. Or maybe a first draft since there are going to be so many changes to the original.

What prep am I doing?

I’m actually not going overboard with prep, but editing what I already have from before (I have found myself obsessed with the comment tool on Word), and outlining anything that is going to be a new scene. That’s in theory anyway. If you’re interested I do have a whole post on prep work in case you’re unsure what to do, or just curious about my own methods.

What about you?

Are you participating in Camp this month? Have you participated in the past? Would you want to participate win the future? Either way, I would love to know down in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

Victoria

 

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A Summer of Austen TBR

Of course I’m all for monthly TBR’s and I’ll still be having monthly ones, but I also am seeing myself a little goal to read all of Jane Austen’s books. I don’t know if it’s because I have finished uni, or what, but I have the wind in my sails to get back on the classics train. To do this I am going to go back through the Austentatious Book Club Schedule.

The Austentatious Book Club is run by Zoe, form the YouTube channel ReadbyZoe, and I’m basically going to backtrack through their live show videos. You can also follow the club on GoodReads right here, where the are continuing with reading classics, post Austen, and hopefully I’ll still be able to keep up with those.

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Pride and Prejudice

28095737I have already listened to this via audiobook so I’m not sure yet, weather I’ll be doing that again on reading a physical copy, but this is probably Austen’s most famous novel. This tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet, one of five single sisters,  who’s mother is just dying to marry off.

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February Book Haul

As of right now I have read 19 book this year which translates to 3 books I’m allowed to buy, so if we ignore the audible subscription I am on top of things. Yay! My new years resolution lasted a month. and here are the books that I bought in February:

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King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard [Released February 9th 2017]

30226723This is one of my most anticipated books this year so I pre-ordered this a long time again and now that time has finally come. King’s Cage is going to be dealing with the aftermath of that shocking thing that happened at the end of Glass Sword. I don’t know about anybody else but the person who Mare is going to be spending a lot of time with is one of my favourites and I’m super glad that we’re going to be seeing more of that person. I’m being so careful about spoilers here, because of the huge plot twist that happened back in book one, but I hope you can see just how excited I am to finally be reading the conclusion to this amazing trilogy.

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Book Review: The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons [SPOILER FREE]

“[He] knew that before he had light instead of darkness, he had to deserve light instead of darkness. The time for him had obviously not come. He still had to earn his stars.”

Title: The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman #1)

6323104Author: Paullina Simons

Release Date: April 2001

Pages: 811

GoodReads Rating: 4.35

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

My Review: This historical fiction novel was one of the most horrible (in a good way) and vivd that I have read. Taking place at the outbreak of the German-Russian war, during world War II, in 1941, The Bronze Horseman charts the siege of Leningrad and beyond. I’ve always been super interested in Russian history, but I’d never read from a Russian point of view before and it gave such a unique perspective on the events of World War II.

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Book Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare [SPOILER FREE]

Well, either you’ve been fighting the forces of evil or you’ve come from a much wilder party than we have.

 

Title: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)

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Release Date: 8th of March 2016

Pages: 698

GoodReads Rating: 4.49 stars

My Rating: 5 stars

Review:

One of the newest boos to be set in the shadowhunter universe, Lady Midnight, takes place in the LA institute, where these is mystery afoot. Seven years after Emma’s parents were murdered in the prologue to City of Heavenly Fire, she is convinced that Sebastian did not kill them, and obsessed with finding the real culprit. As more bodies are found, with striking similarities to those of Emma’s parents, she begins to realise that the killer might just be one in the same.

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A Year of Books: 2016

As we move into to 2017, I though I would give you 12 of my favourite books, one for every month of the year.

January:

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I23437156 know what your thinking, another post were I gush over this series, but that’s exactly what you’re getting. I got Six of Crows for Christmas last year, so it was one of my very first reads of the year and definitely set 2016 up to be a good reading year. This YA fantasy follows six very different characters as they come together to attempt a heist. I don’t think I should have to say more than that but in case you still need convincing, it’s super diverse, with those characters representing different abilities, disabilities, sexual orientation, and even religion and political beliefs to a certain extent. Also later in the year I re-read it via audiobook, and I loved that even character had a different narrator, it kept things fresh and fun through hours of listening. As I said, I re-read this book multiple times throughout the year, and I probably would have re-read it more if I hadn’t kept lending it to people, because I’m nice that way.

February:

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Book Tag: Jingle Bells

I love a book tag, and after seeing Reading With Rendz do this one, I knew that I had to do it too. After all, who doesn’t love the festive season?

You can see her picks HERE!

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All I Want For Christmas Is You…

What book do you want to see under the Christmas Tree?

I have aske for a reasonable amount of books for Christmas but the one I am most excited about it the one and the only HAMILTOME, or Hamilton: The Revolution. In case you were unaware this is a companion book to the crazy popular Broadway, and soon to be West End musical, Hamilton: An American Revolution. Written and composed by the God of music himself, better know as Lin-Manuel Miranda, this follows the life of one of America’s founding fathers, and first Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton. I really can’t express my love for this musical enough and even the idea of a book to go with it, is almost too much. I just hope that Father Christmas was able to get his hands on a copy.

 

Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time…

What book that you have read this year have you enjoyed the most?

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The Blogger Recognition Award

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So, as a blogging novice, I hope I’ve got the right end of the stick here, but not, just roll with it. I was nominated by the fantastic Reading With Rendz, , who’s posts I always love seeing in my inbox.

Here are the guidelines everyone has to follow:

  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
  • Select up to 15 other blogs you want to give the award to

Thank You!

As I already said, my nomination comes courtesy of Reading With Rendz, who’s blog you should definitely check out, since her posts are always brilliant, and come like clockwork. You can check out what I’m talking about HERE, and you’d be missing out if you don’t!

The Story of Carton-Manette-Darnay

The Name:

If I told you that the names Carton-Manette-Darnay are derived from the names of Sydney Carton, Lucy Manette and Charles Darney come from a nineteenth century english novel, would you be able to guess which one? Yes? No? These are the main characters from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, a book which I read partly because it’s Dickens, and partly because of The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (If you’ve read them, you’ll know why), and I absolutely adored!

That Blog:

I started this blog as a sort of companion to my tumblr blog of the same name which is a reading journal through quotes. What that means is for every book I read I post my favourite quotes on that blog, and you’re more than welcome to take a look HERE if you would like.

This Blog:

On this word-press blog I post everything else, from wrap ups to TBR’s, to book reviews. It’s super new, as you can see, so I do think that I am just finding my feet at the moment, but I’m having a ball doing so!

Advice

1.Schedule your posts

I’ve probably mentioned before that I’m a final year university student, which means that free time is like gold dust, so the ability to schedule my posts is a godsend. I try to have a post up every Tuesday and Thursday, but the fact that I can have pretty much everything except my Wrap-Up done and dusted before then means that

2. Don’t stress

This probably contradicts my first point, but the world will not end if you don’t post this week. If you’re like me, and what I assume to be 99% of people, you’re not gaining anything from blogging it, but you’re doing it because you enjoy it. So, just try not to have a meltdown just because you have nothing to post this week.

Nominees!

Since I’m so new here, I don’t follow an awful lot of blogs, but I do have one that I would like to nominate…

The Dragon Reader

Thanks for the nomination, and thank you so much for everyone who reads!