July Wrap Up and August TBR!

I think once again, I had a succesful month! And it should get even better now that my summer is literally days away from starting – at long bloody last! xD Also, as you will probably know by now, I put my reading challenge back up! =]

July Wrap Up

Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes
The Importance of Being Earnetby Oscar Wilde
Attack on Titan – One Chapter by Isayama Hajime
Kuroshitsuji – Twelve Chapters = around 3/4 books by Toboso Yana
And They Called Her Spider by Michael Coorlim
 StarDustby Neil Gaiman
And, 53% of Thief’s Magic – I know I’ve been reading it for months but A. Lots of read-a-thon’s fault, B. It’s over 500 pages, C. I read slower on a kindle, and D. I am freaking loving it and therefore taking my time xD

August TBR

Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I’m not putting much on my TBR list because I have a ‘summer reading TBR’ and others things that will be coming up once I start summer, also more read-a-thons and such! So stay tuned for more indepth TBRs coming your way!!

Top 10 Tuesday #14

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This Week’s Topic: Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From – I am going to assume we mean Physical and not e-book form so here goes!

I shall go in from least and up order, so it’s all tense and exciting! Well at least I think so xD

1. Christopher PaoliniThe Inheritance Cycle = 4 Books!

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)

2. Rick Riordan – The Percy Jackson Series = 5 Books.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

3. J.R.R.Tolkien – The Middle Earth-ness – The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, The Children of Hurin, Unfinished Tales, Tales from the Perilous Realm = 8 Books.

The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)

4. C.S.Lewis – The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe x 2 copies = 8 Books.

The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7)

5. J.K.Rowling – Harry Potter Series – Including Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastical Beats and Where to Find Them = 9 Books.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

6. Lemony Snicket – A Series of Unfortunate Events = 13 Books.

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)

7. Matsuri Hino – Vampire Knight = 14 Books.

Vampire Knight, Vol. 01 (Vampire Knight, #1)

8. Toboso Yana – Kuroshitsuji = 14 Books.

Black Butler, Vol. 01 (Black Butler, #1)

9. Terry Pratchett – Discworld Series = 17 Books.

Mort (Discworld, #4)

10. Obata Takeshi – Death Note – both in English and in Japanese = 26 Books.

Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)

Okay so there was a lot of manga there but hey, they’re quick to get through, rather small and if you read the Japanese editions = super cheap!!

Same Time, Maybe Next Week! Also, more updates coming today.
Ps, Nearly summer for me!!

Under-Hyped Books Wrap Up!

Hey, hope you all had a swell and safe weekend! Now for my wrap up which some of you might think is a fail but o well! =)

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I started on 21% and ended on 46% meaning I have read 31% slash 121 pages.

Now to some that doesn’t seem like a lot but A. Exams and B. I am seriously loving this book and actually read most of that all in one go when I wasn’t busy with revision and such and C. Reminder! I read so much slower on a kindle =(

But I am happy! So ner xP

Quick NaNoWriMo Update Only 3400 words to go until I win and only two chapters to go until I have finished ny book!! Which makes it a very small novel xD oops? xD

More coming this week due to August nearly being here as well as my summer FINALLY beginning! =)

Top 5 Wednesday #9

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This Weeks Theme:  Top Books You Wished You Read Earlier. Okay so what books do I regret being late on the bandwagon for…

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

Read these for the first time last year – absolutely love them! Wish I’d read them before those god awful movie adaptations.

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)

Read this for the first time last year and wish I had been on the bandwagon much much sooner;. Granted I got on it before booktube did – which makes me feel rather accomplished – but if only I’d read them when they had first be released because by now, I would’ve already read all three and been able to read some of his other works – seriously I love this man and only read this book by him! Damn year away not allowed to have physical copies but want -_-
 
Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)
 
Again just another I wish I had read before the god awful films and wish I had read the series as it was being released – I do own all the books but only read this one.
 
These last two will be books that I haven’t read but wish I already had and I currently own…

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)

Wish I had read this before the film came out and I still have not yet read the book or seen the film =[

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

I know it’s a crime, I know but I was like 13 when I tried reading this and it’s just such a massive book that I never finished it – got like 400/500 pages through – and so I wish I had tried to re-read the entire series before either this year away or before uni, so then I could have already read this and completed the series, finally xD

What is on your lists? I think I am out of updates for the day – ain’t yah happy? xD

StarDust by Neil Gaiman

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Quickie Review: 3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads. Wait, you didn’t know that the amazing film came from a book? Neither did I!
A great adventure, action packed, some great lines of prose written, I liked how it was rather mature and more violent. Loved the little man and the unicorn scene and cottage scene.Wish it had been longer and just wish there was something more to it. Maybe I’m too much of an epic fantasy lover.

Plot: People are told that it’s about sky pirates – don’t get your hopes up. The sky pirates are in it for like 5 pages, just like they’re only in it for unfortunately like 20 minutes of the film. But moving on; Tristan is a below-average young boy who needs to man up and so for his love, he goes on an adventure and in it he developes and goes on an interesting journey and learns what love truelly is while in the background other forces are trying to get in his way! Also the first half isn’t about him at all. So you’ve been warned.

Negatives: I felt it was very rushed and the film seemed to fill in those parts I really wanted and to be honest; I think the film was better. Also did not like how his mother acted all high and mightly straight away at the end there; you’ve only just met!! Also felt the romance came out of no where, I clearly missed the development there. Some lines were ridiculous too;

There was a skyness to the sky and a nowness to the world…
Her understood that he was, in some way, above his problems, just as he was above the world.

Maybe it’s just me but seriously? Cheese-fest! Final note on the negs; I am a huge fan of the film and being a lover of the film and not even knowing it was based on a book until like this year, I naturally have biased reviews.

Overall, I enjoyed the book but clearly had a few problems with it, mainly because I am all for the movie and feel like the book lost a lot of potential that the film managed to find and show off. I did however like that the book was more violent and more mature.

What do you think? Have you read the book? Same opinion? Completely different? Let me know!

BookTube-a-Thon Reviews!

I hath decided to put them all together minus StarDust as I have not enough about the Manga or the other book I read during it to make a full blow review, I don’t think. So let us begin!

Attack On Titan - Shingeki no Kyojin Chapter 59 Page 1

Attack on Titan – Chapter 59

5/5Lately it’s all setting up a big upturn in the society and a rebellions and it’s all exciting and this chapter took a turn where you thought they were ultimately gunna be bad guys and such and just awesome!

Kuroshitsuji 82 Page 1 Kuroshitsuji 84 Page 1 Kuroshitsuji 86 Page 1

 [Firstly! How can these covers not persuade you to start this manga! They’re gorgeous right?!]

Kuroshitsuji – Chapters 82- 95

5/5While I was a little lost when I got back into it, as it was just reaching the end of an arc, I quickly was thrown straight back into this world and forgot how much I love Sebastien’s darkness and the Victorian setting and the clothing and the amazing stories the artist comes up with! Seriosuly the new arc that is from around chapter 86 – it’s so interesting! Even though the one I jumped into finishing was a bit less awesome but the people involevd and ties unravelling = holy crap! xD O and did I mention it’s very funny?

And They Called Her Spider (Bartleby and James Adventures - Galvanic Century - Book 1)

And They Called Her Spider

3.5\5 – I think this is self published! Nevertheless, let us admire this amazing and interesting cover! Next to the story itself: This story has interesting characters, an interesting plot, a few funny moments, solid writing which still has room for improvement but still well written and fast paced! Also loved the ‘what could happen in later stories’ hints that were dropped. My only negatives? Just wish it was a little longer, more fuller and that the steampunk elements and inventions were explained more. I think I will be carrying on and keeping an eye on this author!

So what do you guys think? Do you agree? Have you read any of these? What do you think of this joint-review-thing?

More updates coming today!!

Top 10 Tuesday #13

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This Weeks Topic: Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island. So I am basically looking for someone who would keep me sane and keep me interested and would click with me. Btw, does that mean me and the ten characters are on the island all at once? And assuming they can’t use their magic to whisk us away from the island xD

1. Battle Royale – Shogo: This man knows how to survive and he also knows a lot of medical things as I think he’d be a great help. Also, I enjoy his sarcasm and his stories.

2. The Lord of the Rings – Aragorn. This man is a ranger [and hot!] so he’d be a great help on the island in terms of finding food and shelter etc.

3. Percy Jackson Series – Annabeth. Because being the only girl would be bad right? Plus she’s intelligent, interesting and is rather loyal.

4. Terry Pratchett’s Mort – Death. Now I know this sounds crazy but; he’s hilarious and amsuing and if he’s around I can’t fear dying because he’ll just bring me bad as a ghost right there! Plus he’s a very nice man xD

5. Harry Potter Series – Hermione Granger. This was an obvious one right? Yes granted younger Hermione is rather annoying at times, but she is very intelligent and has a lot of things to say that would fascinate me and again she is very loyal and very caring!

6. Harry Potter Series – Ron Weasley. Granted he would freak out at first when he first discovers he is on a deserted island but after that I’m sure his humour and funny self would come out which would keep me entertained and I think we’d get on rather well. Plus he is another hottie!

7. A Series of Unfortunate Events – Violet. She’s intelligent and inventive and can create anything out of nothing and therefore would be a great addition! She’d probably be the one to make an invention that gets us off the island!

8. The Chronicles of Narnia – Aslan. He talks, he speaks wisdom – and therefore would keep me calm when I freak out over been stranded – and when it’s hella cold at night I can cuddle him to keep warm!

9. Vampire Knight – Kaname. Now he is a vampire, so he will survive fine [btw, these vampires seen to be okay with the sun but don’t enjoy it] and if I really cannot survive on my own e.g. food-wise then he can turn me and we won’t need to eat and can live on until someone picks us up. But he is my desperate last option xD

I am gunna cheat a little on this last one…

10. Captain Jack Sparrow! He got off an island once, he can do it again and with me!! Also he’d be ace company I think ^-^ and he is technically from a book, when the films came out so did book versions and movie books and annuals etc. xP

Who would you pick? Any of yours here?

Same Time, Maybe Next Week.

Pssst. More updates coming today xD Apologies!

BookTube-a-Thon Wrap Up and Under-Hyped Books Read-a-Thon TBR

This is gunna be super quick so are you ready?!

BookTube-a-Thon Wrap Up

So I completed three books and three challenges this week which, in my opinion is amazeballs!! So I completed:

1. Read a Book with Pictures I caught up with Shingeki no Kyojin completely and Kuroshitsuji completely which completes the challenge and was a total of 439 pages! =)

2. A Book with Red I read And They Called Her Spider which is 56 pages.

3. Book to Film Adaptation for this I chose and completed StarDust = 242 pages

This means my total is 738 pages!!! =) I an thoroughly satisfied with such progress!

But how did you all do? Also, I plan to review them all so would you prefer individual reviews or would you prefer them all in one big one? Let me know! =) Now onto this weeks, and hopeful final for a long time, Read-a-Thon!

Under-Hyped Books Read-a-Thon TBR
This is taking place over on the GoodReads so go a-searching for the group there and basically you can read any book so long as it has under 5000 ratings on GoodReads. So naturally this has become my: Catch Up with All Those Arcs Before August TBR

I will be reading:
– Thief’s Magic (Currently has 707 ratings – and already released)
– The Queen of Tearling (840 – already released)
– Outer Limits (0 – already released)
– The Rain (63 – already released)
– Project Superhero (5 – July 31)
– These Days Are Ours (289 – archive date is July 31 but release is September 4)
– The Isobel Journal (194 – August 1)
– The House of Four Winds (32 – August 4)

All these books are released before I finish my exams (August 4th) so getting them done now would allow me to put up reviews and read them before they’re (some) released.

Now getting through them all would be a miracle – especially as I’ve been reading Thief’s Magic for over two months now, only at 21% and is over 500 pages long – but even completely one big one and/or two small-ish ones I would be very happy with.

Are you making part? What is your TBR?

Self Published – The Way To Go?

So lately I have been watched Brandon Sanderson’s videos like a drug on Write About Dragons on Youtube – his lectures are seriously amazing! And I have just gotten to lecture 10/11 where he talks about self publishing.

Now I have always personally been against self publishing, even though [I think] I read a lot of self published books, and for ceriian reasons;

1. The cover tends to look very unprofessional – which turns people off picking a book; we all do ‘picking a book by it’s cover’ don’t lie xP

2. It costs a lot of money – if doing it right it costs a lot of money to get the right editor, the right cover design, the right marketing – which a publisher can get sorted for you and therefore self-publishing can be a major headache,

3. The writing is very unprofessional and amateur – I don’t mean all because some do spend that 1000 or 2000 pounds/dollars to get that professional editor and make it an amazing book. But for me personally; I feel that a lot of self published people are not professional and maybe do 2/3 rewrites before going ‘that’s perfect’ and putting it out there and ending up in getting getting the worst ratings possible on goodreads.

4. On the superficial note; it doesn’t make you as rich [unless you really work and really get a hit], and it doesn’t keep you as secure as comapred to what getting an agent and a publisher and an editor is. If you get picked up from an agent/editor/publisher; you tend to get the feeling of ‘these professionals recognise me as someone that can actually write and sell books and I’m in and as long as I have idea, I can make this a career and a secure career’. Which with self publishing, it’s basically you [and only you] going ‘I can write professionally’ and putting your book out there,

No obviously these are my personal views and I don’t mean to offend no one and I know there are people that self publish and become huge! Also I haven’t done a lot in to self publishing. Just me personally I find self publishing very unprofessional and the easy way out and feel that a lot of ‘writers’ are going self published just because they can without any real revision, effort and time [to say getting a professional looking cover or a decent eye catching title] etc.

 

But what do you all think? Agree? Disagree? Do you feel/see that self-publishing is actually more successful than what I have seen of it. What side are you on?

Bearing in mind I get a lot of freebies on Kindle and I assume they are all self published [unless I recognise the authors name] and I have not yet read a book [that appears to be SP] that I have no rated under 3 stars,