Readathon Attempt #1 24in48

This weekend, I took part in my first readathon! It’s called the 24in48 readathon, and challenges its readers to read for 24 hours over two days (27th – 28th)!

I also had my bujo help me along on the ride! This was the spread I created to help me keep track (not too fancy or anything, but I liked it)!

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I had every intention of reading for said 24 hours, but managed 14 and 1/2 instead, but, I did manage to finish some books!

My TBR for the challenge included:

  • The Ancient Sacred Tree: Birthing a Hero – Dawnette Brenner
  • Death & the lit Chick – GM Mallet
  • Arc: Breaking the Gladiator – Nicole Rose
  • Crooked Kingdom Leigh Bardugo

But, what I read was slightly different:

I started off by finishing AST: Birthing a hero! This MG novel follows young Josh Creed as he adventures over to abother dimension to save the sacred tree and the land of the ice plants! It’s a fun little adventure which looks in to the mind of kids who are dealing with mental illness, divorce, school and life in general!

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Secondly, I found myself heading to this roman romance arc by Nicola Rose – Breaking the Gladiator.

It was stunning, and hot, and breath-taking! There’s not many books that make me flush red, but this one did! I would happily give it five stars, for content, style and overall, everything. This little novella was amazing! It isn’t out yet, but it gets released on the 20th February, so make sure you keep your eyes wide-open for it!

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Thirdly, I attempted to read Death and the Lit Chick by GM Mallert

I only had to get to page 19 – in which they had told me all about the melodrmatic front that is literary agents and publishing – when I put it down! I thought that perhaps I would go back to it one day, but the more I look at it, the more I think I’ll just pop it back in to the free library at work and act like I never had it!

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Fourthly, I read Farryn!

Over on Mary Conways blog, she’s been doing a week long blog series of teen author interviews, and Joy Chappel was featured on Saturday 27th! You can check the blog post out here!

For just that weekend, her self-published book, Farryn, was on offer for 99p on kindle and I just thought, why not!

I’ll be honest, it’s not one of my favourite reads of the year, and I feel like there could have been so much more, but I did enjoy it none the less! The characters made me laugh, and it was one of those sit and read till your finished kind of reads, you know!!

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Fifthly, I picked up Looking for Alaska off my bookcase, and damn it, it made me cry and it broke my heart in to pieces – and then sort of patched it up, but not really! I read The Fault In Our Stars late last year, and, if somebody dies in all of his books, I don’t think I want to read any more of them…

Papertowns is still on my shelf though!

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The last book that I started, but didn’t finish was Crooked Kingdom! (I sort of started it in between Farryn and Looking For Alaska)

I’ve been waiting to read it forever, and finish off the adventure that is the Six of Crows Duology!

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In between, I also created something brought to us by the heavens!

A Cadbury Creme Egg Cheesecake!

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It tasted delicious! And definitely encouraged me to read a bit more! (But obviously not Death & the Lit Chick)

In the end though, despite not reaching the twenty-four hour mark, I had a lot of fun, read some great books and next time, I’ll do even better!

Did anyone else take part? How did you fare?

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Until next time,

Just keep reading!

Jade x

More Editing, More Reading and More More (January 2018 Wishlist)

Another day, another week, another month, and now, another year.

I probably say this every year, but wow, that went fast, didn’t it!

And this last month, well, it wasn’t nearly as productive as I hoped it would be (but I think considering my progress this last year, it sort of makes up for it).

My goals for December went to pot mostly. And, as much as I don’t really want to look back at them, let’s do it for consistencies sake, shall we?

  1. Finish reworking Tales of Monsters – Well
  2. Put together a Beta-Reader survey + Maybe find beta readers if TOM gets finished? – Uhm
  3. Take part in the 12 Days of Blogmas! – Done and dusted
  4. Read some books! Particularly Joe Abecrombie’s Half a King – I tried
  5. Write Al and Rhys’ version of a Christmas dinner in the zombie apocalypse and post it on the 25th! – See it here
  6. Take part in some insta challenges – #FanaticalBirdDecember and #IGWritersDec! – Well, not exactly!
  7. Buy all presents before the 24th – Nope
  8. Try not to eat all the food! – Ahahaha

So, I hardly wrote anything to do with Tales of Monsters! I have rewritten some of the chapters, and I’ve decided that I’m now gonna swap around the first two chapters, and I might even have my first line all sorted. But, it’s nowhere near where I hoped it would be! And other than taking mental notes on what I would ask beta readers in the survey, nothing much has been done about that either!

Blogmas though, blogmas (and promptmas) went well! I managed to keep up with the twelve days, and I had fun! There were some post ideas I never got around to doing, and the last two days or so turned in to more Christmassy ramblings than anything, but, at least, there was still a post!

Blogmas even encouraged some new short stories from my WIP’s, both Tales and Nano’s Diaries! Ryan met Rudolph in Pembrey forest, Url wanted to runaway to bard school, and Rhys told Al and Josie a zombiefied Christmas story!

However, reading this last month has been hard! I started Half a King on the train to Manchester, and read a bit of it on the train home as well, but other than reading a chapter or two after it, it’s stayed untouched. I haven’t read hardly anything, except for a little bit of a beta document I’m reading! And, towards the end of the month, I started reading Seeker of Time by J.M.Butler (As of writing this, I’ve only read the first couple chapters, here’s hoping by the time you get this post, I’m half-way through or finished).

I also said I’d take part in some insta challenges, which happened for like three days and then just didn’t. I did take part in my own promptmas challenge though, which made for a lot of fun during the Christmas period! You can see all the prompts at the bottom of this post!

Buy all the presents before the 24th. That just didn’t happen, at all, and try not eat all the food was a farce too.

This month, other than going to Manchester at the beginning of it, and going to the Christmas markets there, which were absolutely packed by the way (and at one point, having my friends little cousin throw up in his KFC fry box), and eating loads of chocolates, my month was mostly filled with work, sleeping and attempting to wrap presents!

So, in retrospect of how well it did not go last month, here are some new years goals! Or January goals at least!

1. Finish reworking TOM!

2. Get TOM beta reader ready and a survey done up!

3. Keep a bullet journal! I have one of those square dotted notebooks coming in the post!

4. Beta read! I have two I need to get through! One a sci-fi, and the other a steam punk fantasy type novel!

5. Reading! I need to read more! I have three books this month that I’m excited to read, and I should, really, finish Half A King too! I also joined a book club! So, that’ll be fun!

6. Play more video games.

I think, for this month, I’ll stick with six! Last months was a big push, and I think five is a good number! But, as the days have gone on, more have popped up, but you can check it all out on instagram!

Anyway, my Christmas was quiet, the new years celebrations are set to be a blast, and I hope this year brings you whatever you want most!

This post probably should have been more of a reflection and look-back on 2017 (as its the first day of 2018 and all that) but, other than a few memories I’ll be taking from it, 2017 can stay in the past!

Happy New Years guys, I’ll see you on Wednesday!

Jade x

Preptober, Readathons and an Operation on a Hamster?!? (October Wishlist)

You know, I already started writing this post, when I decided to look back at my wishlist for September to remind me of what I’ve written. But, as I was on my phone, it meant that I had to go out of the writing post bit and to the old one. Safe to say, when I wanted to return to the post I was writing, it wasn’t there… And I seriously think it was one of the best I have ever written, and now, this is probably going to be a haphazardly mediocre post of me trying to remember the really ‘cool’ sentences that I wrote before!

(I’ve also just a finished a whole big bar of malteasers… That’s how this October is going to start)

So yeah, welcome to October everyone!

Last month, I had one goal, one wish… And that was to go to Hogwarts… But I missed the train, the platform was closed… And instead, I had to toilet train the little monster we call Albert (or little sh*t). Let’s just say, that, if anything, he now poops outside our back door. Sometimes, right by the step, other times, a little further away (we have like a little covering of sheds and outbuildings that lead in to our outside garden – but it’s still technically outside so he’s one step closer). And the weewee’s happen outside most of the time, unless the door is shut or he get’s too distracted whilst playing with one of us or the big dog. Although, he uses the puppy pads more often than not, and will go out for a weewee in the mornings if you go with him..

He doesn’t seem to like the dark all that much though. Once, I came home from work, took him outside, looked down at him and he turned, walked back in to the house and weed on the carpet… So, yeah… Now, both me and the big dog go out with him, and he’s got much better, although, the little wuss doesn’t like rain all that much either, so yeah!

He did get a big boy collar though! He used to have a cat one, now he has a puppy one!

So, puppy training continues for this month and many more months to follow, I’m sure, but hopefully, now, once he has his injections on the 2nd, he can go out and experience the world and run off some of that energy that he likes to use to rag our poor Springer around the house with, or jump on top of our old Shihtzu who has no want at all to be his friend..

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Last month, I also had other things I wanted to get done, which went in this order!

  1. Finish editing Tales of Monsters…

This hasn’t happened, but it’s more because I’ve added a new concept in, and I’ve been enjoying it so I wouldn’t say that was a fail in anyway. I really have loved giving this character a whole new ‘little’ adventure, and I think it adds a lot more to him, and also helps plug up some plot holes too.

2. Prep for NaNoWriMo

We’ll just talk a bit about this later…

3. Finish reading ACOTAR

Now, I really like the thought of this book. On paper, it’s a book I would read, I feel like it gives ‘Avry of Kazan’ by Maria Snyder vibes, and I loved that series, but, it’s now the second time, I’ve read it and put it down, and not looked at it again. There’s nothing wrong with it, the writing’s good as far as I can see, but I just can’t get in to it. I want to, just because of all the hype about it. I want to be a part of the Feyre and Reese fan club (even though I have no idea who he is yet), but I don’t know if it’s a reading slump, or the hype killed it for me…

I guess, if anything, the three books will look pretty on my bookshelf! Of which I got a third one of because I had so many charity shop book hauls this month! Make sure you go check out my post to see the pure joys of a charity shop book haul!

However, I have read some stuff this month. Not a lot in any sense of the word, I think it was just two books actually. The first was the new House of Night book Otherworld: Loved by P.C and Kristin Cast, that I have been waiting for, forever! And I will have a review up for this Friday! And A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, which I honestly fell in love with, and now I want to watch the movie so bad!

But, this month, as well as Acotar, I also DNF’d two other books, and that was The Hobbit (it’s their birthday month and I thought I could do it, but I couldn’t) and then The Time Travellers Wife, which I really enjoyed, but it was so easy to put down and not pick up. When I read it, I enjoyed it, but then it would be put down, and the magic vanished!

I did make myself a TBR jar, and A Monster Calls, The Hobbit and The Time Travellers Wife all came from it, but I’ve figured that since I read Loved and A Monster Calls during my time off from work, and I didn’t feel like writing because my friend was there, it was much easier to read a book, and I think that’s what I need, time that’s un-interrupted and hopefully, I’ll have a lot more of that in these coming months.

I also got myself Stephen Kings The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, a collection of short stories, and although, work has been hectic this last week and meant that I haven’t had the brain capacity to read, I will finish this book. I love his writing so much, I don’t know why I haven’t read it sooner.

4. Keep up with blog posting

I’ve actually done that this month! Other than not getting some reviews up which I wanted, I’ve stuck with my Wednesday posts and I have even more scheduled! I’ve also finished said reviews (mostly), and it means I should have a book review up for the first two weeks in October!

5. Keep up with the #ShowUp100 Challenge!

So, if anything, I have been doing this. I spent a lot of time editing my WIP, writing blog posts and all that. I haven’t recorded it all, but it’s happened and I probably have perhaps a good twenty-five days under my belt! That’s already more than 0, so I wan that challenge!

And now, on to October!

The month of prep for the dreaded NaNoWriMo, which I’ve participated in numerous time and always lost… But, I think it’s more because I tried to re-write stuff for it, or use old ideas that didn’t have enough substance, or inspiration. I’ve started prepping my story early, and I have a pretty good idea of what’s going to happen in it. I also decided out of the two story ideas which I would prefer to write! The other story can wait for a minute longer!

The one I’m prepping is a genre I’ve written in, but it’s not my go-to genre. And it’s not the most original idea, but it’s something I want to write about, so why not. Perhaps the motivation and the inspiration will stay that bit longer! And, to help me write this thing, I’ve also created a 30 day insta challenge (for November) that hopefully, will help to keep the inspiration there! (If anyone would like to co-host, give me a message and I’ll add your name on! It’s not been published on insta yet!)

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If anyone want’s to join in, make sure to tag me in your posts!

And let Preptober begin!

Also, this month, tomorrow actually, the 2nd, my little Russian hamster, Mouse, goes to the vets for an operation! It might sound completely delirious to some people, he is only a hamster after all, but he’s my hamster, and I will be heart broken if he dies, so I’m giving him the best chance he has, and making sure he lives that little extra longer! (I don’t know if them words go together or not…)

He has this horrible looking growth on his ear, and it could be cancer, it could be benign, it could even grow back, but what it will do is keep growing – if it’s not removed – and that will throw his balance off and all sorts, and he’s come too far not to get to his first gotcha-day (22nd November). Fingers crossed that the operation goes smoothly and he comes out of it a very contented – drunkified on gas and air – hamster who lives a happy life!

Now, on to them wishes on my October wishlist!

  1. Finish editing TOM
  2. Prep, prep, prep
  3. Take part in at least two readathons
  4. Read Shadowblack by Sebastien de Castell (It comes out on the 5th and I can’t wait!)
  5. Finish my Novels page on this blog!

I also forgot to tell you guys some amazing news! I got a new job and I start tomorrow! It’s Monday to Friday, during the days, and I can finally have my life, and my sleep back. I love the people on the night shift at the Odeon, but damn it, I miss my bed and sleeping in the dark! And I have my weekends back! I can go outside during the day and not be tired! I can have readathons guys! I can sit and read a book and not have to worry about having to go to work!

(I’m like screaming silently right now)

But, I don’t finish my night shifts until the 3rd, so my first two days are going to be super! Yay!

Anyhow, hello October, I look forward to all the things you’re going to bring, and all the books I will read, all the prep I will do, and all the leaf piles I can jump in. Hello Fall, hello Autumn, it’s been too long!

I’m also hosting this little #ShadowblackReleaseParty photo prompt challenge because I loved Sebastien de Castells Spellslinger so much (which you can find a review of here), and I’m so excited for this book to be out in the world!

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One Of Us Is Lying by Karen. M. McManus (Book Review)

One Of Us Is Lying is the mystery YA/Coming-of-age debut novel by the author Karen. M. McManus, and was June’s featured read in the Bookboxclub! (Find the unboxings here). It also made the New York Bestsellers list on the 28th June!

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One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Following the Bayview four, during detention – Simon, Bayviews school gossip – is murdered; and a jock, a geek, a princess and the schools resident bad boy are all under suspicion, but which one of them are lying? All of them have secrets, secrets that could ‘ruin’ their lives, secrets that should have died along with Simon, but they haven’t.

A mystery thriller with all the suspense added, One Of Us Is Lying is both original and creative, and a different take on your usual who-done-it scenarios. It just grips you – even if you figure out the killer early – until the very end – easily a one-sitting book (if you don’t have to go to work that is).

I’ve not read many, if any crime/mystery novels, but I do enjoy TV shows like Lethal Weapon, Death in Paradise, Person of Interest, Sherlock Holmes and all the other sorts, so I’m quite good at putting things together, and if you’re clever enough, you will figure it out, but this book is more than just a mystery novel!

I really got a 13 Reasons Why vibe from it whilst reading it – a book I still have mixed feelings on –  I don’t know why, but I think if you liked that book, you’ll really enjoy this one. Karen managed to make the characters feel so real, so fleshed out, and so hindered by every day life, and worried about small things that shouldn’t really matter, but I feel like it just made it that more authentic.

There are some problems with it, but it’s too spoilery to explain, and there not problems, more like ‘negative views’ on certain things, but when your reading this, you just have to remember that kids nowadays are absolutely terrified of being ridiculed, of being different and teenagers and kids can be so much more worse than adults, it may not be the best to publicize, but it’s what really happens! It’s relateable, even if the whole thing does sound very cliche at first!

Overall, it changed my mind on crime novels, and I think I won’t be adversed to adding some to my tbr pyle! Karen. M. McManus is surely going to be full of great things and I can’t wait to be there for her next book, which is a YA thriller, hopefully coming out in 2018!

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My Rating – 4.5/5

Goodreads

Karens Website


Featured photo found on TheFandom.com

End photo from the publisher – Penguin

Life Lessons in the Schoolroom – Schoolroom Scandals Unboxing

BookBoxClub June 2017

A new month means a new bookboxclub box! This is my second box of (hopefully) many more and instead of one, it had two books to add to my to be read pile! I enjoyed Sebastien de Castells Spellslinger so much (find my review here) that I have no doubt I’ll enjoy this one!
The books included was the featured read and a mystery arc copy of a 2017 release!
If you are not subscribed yet,  you can sign-up here and follow their wordpress here!

So, obviously, first thing you see as you open up is the beautifully designed card teling you all about the things in this months box and where they came from! Also, this month, we got a little jar of jelly-beans because everyone needs a school yard treat! And it’s got my name on it too so my brother can’t eat them!

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Followed by the signature paper strings that my dad hates finding all around the house… Oops!

The second of the bookish items I picked out once I uncovered the goodies inside was this beautiful candle! Made by Meraki Candles, this exclusive candle was made for the swoon worthy bad boy in this months featured read! I never knew rum, black lily and cedar wood could go together so well! It smells divine!

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The next thing that caught my eye was this pack of 50 Remember post it notes by Paper Pipit! Great for your journal, fridge, wall, files and just about anywhere to help keep yourself ordered and organised!

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Next, displayed in a lovely little cloth pocket was this Readers Ring by The Locket Library! With a 10% off voucher on my next purchase! I’ve browsed their store and am looking forward to using my code to buy me something beautiful!

I’m not all that in to rings, but as you can see… It’s useful for someone!

This month also featured a Hurricane Pencil case by the Book Box Club with a John Green quote! A perfect place to put your post-it notes and wands – ahem – pencils from last months Wizard at War Box (That unboxing can be found here).


As always, the box also featured some promotion for another book, and this month was a postcard featuring Hayley Barker’s Show Stopper! I think I’d add this to my TBR pile just for the cover!

Also, this adorable little Juniper Lemons HAPPINESS INDEX badge! I love badges and pins so this is just another one to add to my collection!

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Now on to the books. This months featured book is a YA book by Karen McManus called One of us is Lying! I said this last month, but I’ll say it every month probably… I love how you get something with the authors signature on it!
And the mystery arc book that I got was After the Fire, a book released in January this year by Will Hill!

And, as always, there is a little scroll to open at the end with an invite to The Clubhouse to talk about this months featured book with the author and a little interview about the authors inspirations! This lady must be smart because she’d choose Mrs Weasley as a companion in a zombie apocalypse!

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Again, I loved this box! Libby and Kate do a lovely job at putting them together every month and I’m super excited for next months theme ‘Spells and Remedies’ featuring items from The Literary Omnivore and Holly Grace Illustrations!

Thanks Bookboxclub!

And remember guys,

Just Keep Writing…

You might end up as a featured book in a book box one day!

20 Years Ago, Harry Potter Graced Our Book Shelves!

On 26th June 1997, J.K Rowling and Bloomsbury published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! Followed by six more years of school antics with the golden trio!

What house do you belong to?

This was then followed by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playwright, and the brilliant Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie series! A sure sign that the magic isn’t on the verge of ending anytime soon!

Do you have a favourite?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone introduced us to a boy who lived in the cupboard under the stairs on number 4, Privet Drive! Adopted by his uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia, harrassed by his cousin Diddlykins, Harry Potter is the boy who lived.

Which book is an essential in your house?

Emersed in to a world of magic by a giant who rides a motorbike, Harry Potter experiences the world his parents lived in; featuring talking hats, secret passages, poly-juice potion, hippogriffs, dragons and house elfs!

With the help and love of their newly found family and friends, Harry, Ron and Hermoine go on a journey that shows us that love conquers all things!

This post is dedicated to the woman who created this world, the womaN who never stopped trying! You are my inspiration and the worlds inspiration (probably even the universes inspiration too)!

Thank you J.K!