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My absolute favourite books from 2016.

January 17, 2017 Uncategorized 6

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

Last week I shamed myself with a list of all the books that I didn’t read last year that I really should have. This week I’m sharing the ones that I did read that you should (if you haven’t already).

The Sin Eater’s Daughter“I loved the world, it was incredibly built. I loved the history of it, with the war ad the myths of the sleeping prince and the gods that they pray to and the different religious beliefs. The world had everything and was written in such beautiful detail I found myself rereading pages hoping for more and more of the world.”

The Sleeping Prince“I really liked trying to figure out Errin and Silas. They are both very secretive characters, which you would think worked against them and their relationship, but it doesn’t. It makes it even better. And I really like that it is not massively focused on a romance, so we get this really strong trust between them and a protective instinct for each other, which then starts to develop into something more.”

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Sunday Funday: Pottopoly

January 15, 2017 Sunday Funday 1

The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

My week has been a strange one. Me and my boyfriend broke up last weekend and I’ve been feeling pretty emotional since. This weekend I’ve had the house to myself and I was so worried that I was going to end up curled up in the corner of my bedroom crying all weekend but the time alone seems to have done me some good and although I’m still feel massively raw about the entire thing I’m definiltey feeling a bit more emotionally stable.

Part of this, I’d like to think, is because I’ve spent this weekend making my way through all the Harry Potter films in preparation for seeing the Cursed Child next week. Harry Potter always manages to cheer me up and has definitely been a good way to keep myself distracted!

So, onto this week’s Sunday Funday and I’m sticking with the Harry Potter theme. I don’t know about you but my facebook feed this week has been full of Pottopoly and I just had to share it!

The game has been created by Kristen Roedel and her attention to detail is mesmerising! It contains a bank of customized Galleons (in the denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 500) and Azkaban instead of Jail!

Forget the old shoe or boat that came with Monopoly, this version comes with 6 playing figurines: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Voldemort, Snape or Draco. You can also buy the additional characters of Dumbledore, Ginny and Luna.

There are 24 Charms cards (Chance) and 24 Potions (Community Chest) cards, and you can buy locations like Dumbledore’s office and the cupboard under the stairs!

The item is currently sold out, but Etsy seller Kristen Roedel will be opening up pre-orders again in March, which gives us just enough time to save up for this fabulous game!

In the meantime if you are looking for a bookish game to play you should check out my new challenge, Bookopoly!

What do you think of Pottopoly?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Review: “Frostblood” – Elly Blake

January 13, 2017 Book Review 2

Review: “Frostblood” – Elly BlakeFrostblood by Elly Blake
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Published on: January 10th 2017
Pages: 384
Series: Frostblood Saga #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: eARC

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby’s powers are unpredictable, and she’s not sure she’s willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.

All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king’s tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.

Fast-paced and compelling, Frostblood is the first in a page-turning new young adult three-book series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies—but together create a power that could change everything.

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My Thoughts

All I knew about this book before going into it was that it was about people with the power of Frost and Fire who were enemies. I didn’t even read the description, that was all I needed to want to read this book, and I’m so glad I did read it because it was everything I imagined it to be. The history and origins of the Frostbloods and Firebloods was fascinating and I can’t praise Blake enough for her imagination and creativity to create something that feels so real.

Ruby was a great MC and had a lot more depth than other MCs in YA Fantasy these days. She was a very resilient character and survived through a lot of horrors by the hands of the Frostbloods, but she still had a certain vulnerability to her which made her real and very likable. You could see the reasoning behind every one of her thoughts and decisions and it never felt like she did or said something just for the sake of drama or dragging the story on.

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2016 Releases That I Wanted to Read But Didn’t and Have Now Put on a List of Shame For You to Gasp At!

January 10, 2017 Top Ten Tuesday 10

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

Today’s TTT is basically a list of shame from myself of all the books that were released in 2016 that I never actually got round to reading. Whilst looking on Goodreads for books this week I couldn’t actually believe how many books I didn’t read. Books that I had heard amazing things about, books that were part of a series that I love and books which I had actually bought and were sat on my bookshelf waiting to be read.

As I said, it’s a list of shame. Prepare yourselves…

Passenger . The Fever Code . Lady Midnight

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Sunday Funday – Bookish Colouring

January 8, 2017 Sunday Funday 2

The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

First Sunday Funday of the new year!

I’ve always loved doing this feature and was super sorry to have to take a break from it at the end of last year, but with every happening IRL I just didn;t have the time to dedicate to it. But now it’s back and I can’t wait to share some of the bookish stuff I’ve been saving up for these posts!

So, here’s the situation: It’s January, you’ve got no money to go out anywhere, it’s cold and you just want to snuggle up under your blanket and be bookish! I know exactly what you need…bookish colouring!

Love Between the Lines is an adult colouring book featuring pictures inspired by books. The full list of authors included are below but some of my favourite are Colleen Hoover, Claire Contreas and Abbi Glines.

 

The book is made up of 45 hand drawn illustrations that contain hidden images and book quotes perfect for whether you want to spend an entire day colouring or just a quick 5 minutes between books!

I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book since it’s release in November and know that TONS of people got it as Christmas presents and are loving it! I’ve even ordered myself one!

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Illustrations inspired by the works of:

Anna Todd Books, Jodi Ellen Malpas, Colleen Hoover, S.C. Stephens, Abbi Glines, K. Bromberg, Claire Contreras, Jillian Dodd, Amy Harmon, Author Tiffany King,R.K. Lilley, Molly McAdams, Tara Sivec, Alessandra Torre, Mia Sheridan, J Sterling, Katy Evans, Emma Chase, S.L. Jennings, K.A. Linde,Author Beth Ehemann, Tarryn Fisher, Karina Halle, Helena Hunting, Leisa Rayven, Madeline Sheehan, Author Harper Sloan, and K.A.Tucker (Author)

What do you think of bookish colouring books?

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Challenges I’m Hoping to Actually Get Close to Completing in 2017

January 5, 2017 Challenge 2

New Year, New Challenges!

2016 started really well for me, but what with the end of the year taking a massive dive personally I ended up having to take a break from the blog and my reading goals suffered massively. Hopefully this year will be more positive, but even so I have been a bit more careful with the amount of challenges I have chosen for myself this year and also the goals I have set.

Goodreads

I actually only missed out on my goal last year b a couple of books, so I’m keeping the same goal and hoping to read 50 books in total in 2017.

Keep up with my progress here.

 

Bookopoly

After months of planning and prep I finally announced my very own bookish challenge: Bookopoly! Make you way around the board completing both the reading challenges and the bookish activities (which includes a library selfie!)

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Debuts I’m Most Looking Forward to in 2017

January 3, 2017 Top Ten Tuesday 9

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

Firstly, Happeeeeeee New Year!

First TTT of 2017, very exciting. But firstly I’m going to shamelessly plug my new bookish challenge which everyone needs to sign up for because it’s pretty awesome! (I’m not biased at all!) It’s taken a couple of months of work, and a lot of shouting at photoshop but it’s finally here…Bookopoly! You can find all the information regarding the challenge here, but just to tease you check out the amazing board below. Go on, you know you want to sign up!

Anyway, back to Top Ten Tuesday. This week is all about the 2017 debuts and there are so many to pick from. Here are my top choices…

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Bookopoly 2017

January 3, 2017 Bookopoly 16

I don’t know about you but I love taking part in bookish challenges. They have helped me to broaden my reading and try out so many new things and I wanted to find a way to do this for other people who are maybe a bit stuck in a rut with their own reading. So here it is … Bookopoly!

Why Should You Take Part?

This challenge is specifically designed to get you trying out new things when it comes to your reading life. Whether it’s a new genre, author, topic or a bookish activity that you wouldn’t normally do… give it a go!

For people who aren’t big readers it’s a great way to motivate you to read more and maybe try out something different. For those of you who are a bit more experienced then it’s a great way to show off your bookish awesomeness as you make you way round the board!

The board can look a little intimidating at first, but don’t let it worry you… it’s not a competition. It’s about YOU and YOUR OWN reading experience. And you can still enter the giveaway and have the chance to win a great prize at the end of the challenge, even if you haven’t completed the entire board.

How Does It Work?

  • The challenge will take place during the entire year, from 1st January – 31st December 2017.
  • Sign ups will be open all year.
  • There will be numerous giveaways throughout the year that you can enter dependent on what you have completed so far, plus one final EPIC giveaway in December 2017!
  • You don’t have to complete the board in order. If you want to, sure go for it, but it’s not a requirement. If you want to make it more of a challenge then you could even roll a dice to determine which challenge you will complete next!
  • If you read more than one book for a specific challenge then you can earn ‘Shelves’ (kind of like houses in Monopoly). If you collect 3 Shelves for any one challenge then you earn yourself a Bookcase! This will give you more chance to win something in the giveaways throughout the year!

Check out the board below (Download links further down the page)

Instructions

  1. Sign up and introduce yourself in the comments of this post. If you have done a sign up post on your own blog then make sure to include the link in your comments so other people can check out your Bookopoly progress!
  2. Download your Bookopoly board! (Link below) There is also a  Suggestions Sheet if you are having trouble finding books for any of the tasks and a Progress Sheet for keeping track of what you have read for each task. You could also keep track of what you have read in a Goodreads Shelf.
  3. READ! READ! READ!
  4. There are 4 boxes on the board marked with large question marks. These are Chance Challenges and the tasks are a mystery! One Chance will be unveiled in February, May, August and November and you will have just 5 days to complete the task!
  5. There will be a wrap up post on here in December on which you can share your progress for the challenge and enter the giveaway!

 

Downloads

Bookopoly Board

Progress Sheet

Suggestions Sheet

 

Sign up

Ok, you are done, get ready to play!

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