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!

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!

[SPOILERS END]

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!!

I Mustache You Some Questions

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I saw this and totally wanted to do it (^^ image taken from previous posts)! Nothing wrong in me telling y’all a bit more about me now is there? xD

FOUR NAMES THAT PEOPLE CALL ME (OTHER THAN MY REAL NAME)
1. Ali
2. Al
3. Alice
4. Alex

FOUR JOBS THAT I HAVE HAD
1. Cleaner in hairdressers
2. Society PR
3. (worked in) Customer Service
4. English tutor

FOUR MOVIES I HAVE WATCHED MORE THAN ONCE

1. The Lord of the Rings (so technically 3/6 movies)
2. Harry Potter (so technically 8)
3. The Goonies
4. Lost Boys

FOUR BOOKS I’D RECOMMEND

1. The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkien
2. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
3. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
4. Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan

FOUR PLACES I HAVE LIVED

1. Burnley, UK
2. Preston, UK
3. Perth, Australia
4. Yamaguchi, Japan

FOUR PLACES I HAVE BEEN

1. Sydney/Perth, Australia
2. Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Okinawa, Hiroshima, Fukuoka)
3. Seoul, Korea
4. Sharm El Sheik, Egypt

FOUR PLACES I’D RATHER BE RIGHT NOW

1. Tokyo, Japan
2. Sydney, Australia
3. Osaka, Japan
4. Fukuoka, Japan (see a trend here?)

FOUR THINGS I DON’T EAT

1. Raw onion
2. Cooked salmon (give me raw any day!)
3. Tuna steak (again, give me raw any day!)
4. Onion rings

FOUR OF MY FAVORITE FOODS

1. Sushi
2. Okonomiyaki
3. Omurice
4. Kimchi Shigae

FOUR TV SHOWS THAT I’VE WATCHED…

1. S ~ Saigo no Keikan
2. The King’s Face
3. Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge
4. Hello Counsellor

FOUR THINGS THAT I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS YEAR (THE NEXT 12 MONTHS)

1. Graduating
2. Moving back to Japan
3. Earning my own money
4. Seeing KAT-TUN/D-Boys live again (if they do their concerts and such)

FOUR THINGS I AM ALWAYS SAYING

1. Uso~ (Lies)
2. Maji?! (Seriously?!)
3. I dunno
4. Eh~ (this is either through sarcasm/boredom or being genuinely shocked)

FOUR PEOPLE I TAG

Falling Down the Book Hole
The Writing Hufflepuff
Coffee. Write. Repeat
Caught Read Handed

#RYBSAT TBR

I didn’t post this last night as I was way too tired! I will be participating in Read Your Book Shelf-a-Thon (see here)! I probably shouldn’t because, y’know, uni but I’ve been so into reading lately compared to wasting my spare time watching TV so I thought why not! I don’t have lessons 5 of the days it’s running (Janruary 16th – 23rd) so hopefully I can get some decent reading done and not neglect my uni work at the same time xD

From my physical shelf I am going from (thanks to random number generator) number 4 (of 13) – in fact the first number it came up with was 12 and there was no way I was going to start with a 600 page soap opera following a Brandon Sanderson book that wasn’t Mistborn xD – on my shelf. Which means my reading will go as:

Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1) Brave New World

Magyk by Septimus Heap
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

I probably won’t get pass this point! But I’ll carry on so you know what I have on me at Uni:

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1) The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2) The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3)Steelheart (Reckoners, #1) Peter Jackson: A Film-Maker's Journey Eldest (Inheritance, #2) Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1) Elantris 1984The Road The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)

I’ve also added the possibility that I’ll want to do one physical then one e-book so I did another random number for that and I got 217:

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland  2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake Ladle Rat Rotten Hut (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #4) Mary Mary Quite Contrary (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #5) Blood Apples (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #6)

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
2:46 by Jake Adelstein
Ladle Rat Rotten Hut (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #4) by Cameron Jace
Mary Mary Quite Contrary (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #5) by Cameron Jace
Blood Apples (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #6) by Cameron Jace

And I’ll stop the list there because I probably won’t get through all those either. But a girl can dream and wish! Although a dream is a wish your heart makes < I’ll stop with the Disney cheese.

Have a good weekend!!

Top Ten Tuesday #29

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This Week’s Theme: Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To

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1. I read the first two books in December 2013 and read them so fast and enjoyed them and I want to finish the trilogy (because it was originally planned as a trilogy so I’m counting it!) and really wanna see what happens. I’ve done well to avoid spoilers about it but I have a feeling she ends up with Maxim…

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2. I read the synopsis just before it was realised and immediately wanted to read it! Still do, still haven’t gotten anywhere near of it reaching my ‘ASAP buy’ list =/

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3. This cover! Also when it was released I was part way through reading a book on Hitler and so naturally I was drawn to this book and I loved the idea of it! I’ve heard positive things and I needs it (but NOT in the UK edition cos it’s disgusting in comparison!)

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4. I know I normally don’t do YA (which is odd if you look at this list, right?) but aliens on an exchange project? Sounds like a great idea but naturally I am weary because it clearly has heavy romance…

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5. I’ve not heard the best reviews of this book but still I want to read this! I think it sounds awesome and I believe it’s only going to a duology?

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6. While this is fantasy, it sounded very interesting and different to what I’d normally read. I love the title of it and the cover is interesting!

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7. They have a year to get off an island? Sounds like many’ll die horrible deaths? Count me in! (< not in reality but within the book yes!) it sounds like it could be very Battle Royale/that classic where the 4 boys are on the island (I forget the name). Again, that cover!

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8. It;s SF and is has a beautiful cover like that?! I want!!

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9. This is another that as soon as I read the synopsis and saw the cover of this book I wanted it, months before it was released! And I still haven’t bought it nor gotten around to it ='[

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10. This is one of the few YA books that got a lot of hype that I genuinely really want to read! Everyone’s saying Hunger Games + PokeMon and then another reviewer who is closer to my tastes says it’s Hunger Games + Furies of Calderon! And they both sound awesome!

What’s on your list? Link me or comment below! Is there any book I don’t have here that I absolutely must have put?

Same Time, Next Week!