January Wrap Up and February TBR!

Hello my lovely readers and viewers! How was your month? I’m pretty proud of myself this month (let’s not talking about RYBSAT though okay?)! Not only did I stick to my TBR but I also finished some books and read lots of pages (for me)! ^_^

This year I started a excel sheet where everyday I’m writing in how many pages I’m read per day and per week. You’ll see those stats below…

Wrap Up!

– The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
– Sourcery by Terry Pratchett
– Kuroshitsuji (Chapter 101 = 23 pages)
– Shingeki no Kyoji (Chapters 64 and 65 = 90 pages)

Also:

– Progressed with A Game of Thrones the first 2 weeks (currently taking a break from it now. I’m feeling overloaded by it because I’m taking so long to read it) = 77 pages.
– DNF’d The Book of Tea – just wasn’t going to be my (and I pun) cup of tea in terms of what I like to read.

Total Pages: 774 Pages!
Average Pages Per Day: 25 pages
Average Pages Per Week: 193 pages

The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7)Sourcery (Discworld, #5)Kuroshitsuji 101 - Page 1Shingeki no Kyojin 64 - Page 1A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)The Book of Tea

TBR

City of StairsThe Glass Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #2)Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)1984

I’m currently reading City of Stairs (over 1/4 through and loving it so much since I got past the 15% mark!). I’m really in the mood to carry on with The Paper Magician trilogy by reading the next book The Glass Magician (however the final book doesn’t come out til July so this may get pushed back) as well as in the mood to (re-try) read Magyk. Finally, 1984 keeps starring at me in the face, but I’m seriously too scared to start it even though I really want to! =/ Help me find the courage?

How did you do this month and what’s your February TBR?! Let me know in the comments below!

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January 30th 2015 #FridayReads

Only two days left of January!! How is everyone doing? How many books have you read? How many are you currently reading?!

At the moment I am reading:

City of Stairs

And very much enjoying it (only at 20% though) but it did take 15% to get through before I got interested and now I’m confused, so for those that have read it can you help? Saypur is where Shara (who is asian/african skinned?) is investigating right? And the continentals are Caucasians and who won the war? Seriously I am so confused because I thought everyone was tanned/dark skinned and then I read the Votros(?) were white and I’m like ‘I am so confused’ any help?

And that’s all I’m reading at the moment… I know right! I normally have a physical book on the go too but I’m currently stuck between which to start. I was thinking Magyk but then I thought maybe reading these two fantasy books alongside each other will just confuse me even more! So I’m now stuck between a fantasy book and the book I did want to read this January xD

Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)1984

What should I start?

How I Read (Tag?)

I think this is a tag, not sure, but anyways; I wanted to post something easy and simple for you all to read casually so here it is! This is how I read!

What I Read:
The obvious ones are:
Fantasy
Sci-Fi

And then after that is:
Occasionally Shakespeare, Classics, Paranormal/Supernatural and Mystery.
Rarely Steampunk (just because I don’t own any steampunk books really although I really want to read lots!), YA and Non-Fiction (excluding those I have to read for Uni), Middle Grade.
Never Thrillers, Contemperary

Did I mis anything?

When I Read:
1. At night; going to sleep. I tend to fall sleep within like 15minutes whether I’m loving the book or not because I’m led down.
2. Also I have recently started reading while The Sims 2 loading screens are on (I recently got back into my obsessed phase with the Sims) and you’d be amazed how slow the loading pages are and so you’ll be amazing how many pages I can get through between them all! =]
3. As soon as a new manga chapter from my favs (Shingeki no Kyojin and Kuroshitsuji) comes out; because I must know what happens ASAP!
4. Travelling; train, car, bus, plane (especially train and plane!!). Unfortunately I live on campus so this is a main reason as to why I don’t read a lot when I’m at uni, but every time I travel home or anywhere else, a book is with me; although long-haul flights are my weakness because the plane automatically comes with a personal TV screen so I just binge watch the entire time (yes I do not sleep on planes. FYI my travel time back from Japan in August totalled over 30 hours! So yeah, I slept all of 2 hours the entire time and I only managed to sleep thanks to drinking alcohol for the first time ever on a flight!)
5. Summer Time – during my high school, college and university summer times I have spent many a day just reading (did it with marathoning The Hunger Games in Summer 2012, and Percy Jackson Summer 2013 and Harry Potter before that). I get almost all my goodreads goal books read during that time. But as this is my final year I probably won’t have a ‘summer holiday’ at all come the end of my exams in May =[ but fingers crossed to having to fly back to Japan which means reading time!
6. On holiday! Those holidays where you just sit by the pool for two whole weeks? Yep that’s the story of my entire childhood until I was 18 so a lot of books were read during that time. I read like the entire His Dark Materials (1000+ pages) in less than 2 days when I was on holiday one year (I think I was 12 or 13 maybe).
7. I’m managing a few pages here and there between class breaks and waiting for class to start, but that’s so long as I’m not too busy gossiping or rushing to finish my homework before the teacher turns up xD

Where I Read?
1. My bed.
2. On my floor during the summer holidays.
3. Pretty much always said; trains, buses etc.
4. In class.

How I Read?
Some specifics that I need in order to read:
1. Be in the mood to read – this is an obvious no? xD
2. Either in complete silence at night or with a movie/instrumental music on in the background (I spend more time picking out the music/movies than I do reading!!)
3. I can only read like 30mins-1hour at a time if I’m in a situation where I’m not travelling/on holiday.
4. I don’t/can’t bend books back. Y’know when you see those people reading paperbacks and they have the entire cover turned over so that hold the book in like one hand? I just cannot. I HATE breaking spines. So while it might look really awkward, I open a book just before the point it’s about to bend on the spine and I can still read every word and not have a problem reading it. I feel pretty confident at how in perfect condition all my books are because of how I read books (maybe not around the edges but definitely my spines are all pretty much perfect! =D)

Why I Read?
Because it’s hella fun that’s why! and sometimes it’s compulsory for uni xD

How do you read? Different to me? The same? Let me know in the comments below!

Top Ten Tuesday #30

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This Week’s Theme: Ten Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club/If I Had A Book Club – now I don’t know if you knew, but I am part of the Sword and Laser book club and have been since the beginning of 2012, so going off that; here are the books that S&L have read in those two years which I wish I had joined in reading along with them. Psst. I own some of these books too! But I always seemed to have gotten the books after it was read in the book club ='[

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As you can see it’s a SFF book club xD they always read amazing books!! So if you’re into SFF I highly recommend you join them!

What was in your TTT? Let me know in the comments or link me below!

Year of Cosmere!

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(Excuse the crappy image but cba making anything fancy)

My lovely booktuber friends have just annouced #YearofCosmere! If you love Brandon Sanderson or want to start reading his books then definitely keep reading! It starts February with The Finale Empire (Mistborn #1) and will run all year ending in a live chatshow in January next year! But enough of me! More information here and below:

February – The Final Empire
March – The Well of Ascension
April – The Hero of Ages
May – Elantris and the Emperor’s Soul
June – Steelheart and The Rithmatist (not Cosmere related)
July – The Way of Kings
August – Warbreaker
September – Words of Radiance
October – The Alloy of Law
November – Shadows of Self
December – Short Fiction and Novellas

This is perfect timing for me as well ALL know I want to read all of Sanderson’s books this year that have been released up until last year!! So I will see you all in March because I’ve already read Mistborn #1 and spoilers; I freaking love it and it’s a 5 star book for me!

Extras:
Goodreads group here
Twitter handle here

Sourcery by Terry Pratchett

Sourcery (Discworld, #5)

Quickie Review [Non-Spoiler]: 4/5
Another amazing adventure and it was great to get back to Rincewind! I love how meta the discworld novels are and while Terry Pratchett doesn’t write world breaking prose; he does write very amusing ones and sometimes even some prose that warm your heart. I loved all the characters in this novel but I do hope we hear more about Coin in the future and you can never go wrong with Death in my opinion xD It was a fun, adventurous, funny read! As expected from Mr Pratchett! Give me another!

Review [WARNING SPOILERS]:
So much happened in this book! Let me just remember in order; Rincewind left the uni, a thief dragged him along for a mission, boat ride, get captured and put in a ‘paradise garden’, meet a wanna-be hero, escapes because magic; I’ll stop there, so much happened! I’m a little confused as to how the ice giant invasion just stopped (maybe I read it wrong or too fast) but I think the Gods did stop it in the end; which confuses me because weren’t they stark drunk? O no wait, they were the 3 hoursemen; now it all makes sense!

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YAY another book done! What to read next… any ideas?

Happy Anniversary!!!

1 Year Anniversary Achievement

Today I celebrate my one year anniversary as Alex in Bookland!!! Wow the year went fast! But let us recap a few things… Firstly, my first ever post!

The Selection by Keira Cass

And now for the reflection; I started this blog, it was because I wanted to talk about books but booktubing was too time consuming and I didn’t have confidence on camera; writing on the other hand I could do because I have numerous blogs anyway dedicated to different things. While I still don’t really have a set way of reviewing things (and I know I’m missing a fancy starring chart) just yet, I hope you’ve enjoyed the reviews and other contents I have put up on this blog and look forward to spending the next year with me!

And there is a big big big big thank you I have to give out; TO YOU GUYS!! You guys are so amazing, supportive and I’ve had many amazing conversations with you all! Let’s carry that on shall we!

Also, on the 16th (last week) I reached two awesome achievements!! 200 posts and 500 likes!!

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Once again, thank you all so much and happy anniversary to me!!