Summer Reading Goals – Wrap Up!

I made some goals back in May and now it time for the results! I think we ALL know where this is heading right? Anyway let’s enjoy my fail! My summer holidays finished July 27th

Goals:

  1. Read 30 books = I read a total of 19 books which means I failed but also meant I surpassed my GR goal! =]
  2. Read 3000 pages = I surpassed this easily thanks to reading lots of Manga! ^_^
  3. Finish 2 Manga series = failed.
  4. Finish as many already started series as possible = I finished The Selection trilogy but that’s all =/
  5. Finish as many ARCs as possible (I have like 18) = I failed even though I read quite a few ARCs, I requested a bunch of new ones!! =/

Blog Goals:

Post consistently = I think I did pretty well on this one.

Comments on others more = this one too!

Re-Organising My Shelves:

Those shelves are gone and some have gone to family/friends, charity or locked in storage waiting for me to come and pick them up when I go back to England for a visit.

Not too bad…right? xD

Armada by Ernest Cline

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Quickie Review: 3 out of 5 on GR.

This was a solid, entertaining read with tons of SF reference goodies! I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, and the story. Favourite characters being Lex and Red. At times I felt the book was very reminiscent of Ender’s Game which I’m not saying is a negative at all! I loved that >.< My favourite parts were definitely the fighting sequences!

However, sometimes the amount of referencing was a little over the top for me personally, and I can’t decide if the alien’s true motive was a good reveal or a cheesy, bad one… at the minute I’m leaning towards ‘Lightman’s feeling at the end of the book makes me like the motive’ but honestly, jury is still out on that one.

Nevertheless I was entertained thoroughly and will definitely read his other work in future!!

Life Update – Japan, Reading and Other Stuff

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I just wanted to quickly say a few things, although it probably won’t be quick at all. First quick thing: HUGE thank you to all you guys that read my blog and comment and such! Makes my day! =]

This summer has been so much fun ❤ even though I only left the house like 10 times in the past 9 weeks xD As most of you know I’m off to Japan on Sunday – that is if I don’t die on the plane (a fear of flying struck me last year and still hasn’t gone away and has caused me to have nightmares and not sleep properly for over a week now!) *fingerscrossed* – and so that means a few things.

Firstly, for my pre-Japan news:
I graduated officially last Thursday from Uni
Packing is almost done (just need to put in shoes and some everday clothing, and if there is room, books and DVDs and CDs!)
I finalised my living arrangements today! I am going into a beautiful new Share House in Yokohama (anyone seen that dorama ‘Share House’? It’s pretty good)
And um… I’m still shitting myself about work and have no confidence I can do it!

Now of course moving to Japan means some changes such as:
It’ll take me a while to get back into a routine schedule of commenting and posting on here.
Comments and postings will be a more apart rather than on a daily basis most likely.
My reading will drop even more dramatically than it already is most likely =/ so I think that means no longer doing TBRs for the rest of the year depending on how it goes.

BUT! There is a horizon which is… *drum role*
I will definitely not abandon and leave you guys here on your own!
AND! Being in Japan means I can get ALL the Japanese books I’ve ever wanted! xD

The first things I need to get done when I get to and move to Japan are:
Move into apartment [Internet should be available as soon as I move in too!]
Bank
Mobile Phone
Sign Contract
Intial Training

After that comes the fun stuff like buying books, D-Boys and KAT-TUN Membership, seeing baseball games, buying a bike, paying for Hulu and Netflix etc.

If you have any questions or requests or whatever about anything do let me know or ask below!! ^_^

Camp NaNo Update #2

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It’s been about 9 days since I last updated and I gotta be honest; I haven’t written in like 4 days =/ I realised early last week that I hadn’t written out my plan fully and so had to spend time doing that which lead me to realise that I don’t remember my story at all! And it was rather disheartening trying to remember it but then realising you don’t and now knowing that whatever I write won’t what I originally intended… but hopefully I can power through the last 6000 or so words xD

Summer #CramaThon TBR!

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Cram-a-Thon video here.

When: July 10th (Midnight Your Time) – July 13th

Challenges:
1. Read a Children’s Book
2. Read a Hardback
3. Read 2 books in 24 hours
4. Read a Graphic Novel
5. Read a book written in verse
6. Read a Novella
7.  Read 5 books total

My YT Video TBR

TBR

HokusaiBrave New WorldThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)1984

Otomen, Vol. 1 (Otomen, #1)Otomen, Vol. 2 (Otomen, #2)Otomen, Vol. 3 (Otomen, #3)Death Note, Vol. 13: How to Read (Death Note, #13)

And if I have time, carry on with:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2)Armada

I can definitely get numbers 3 (due to manga) and 4 (manga shh!). I am not doing number 5 because I am not attempting my wonderful Shakespeare for a Read-a-Thon, he deserves more time and respect! Also, I don’t own an Novellas unless I change that to ‘short story’ (so anything under… 50 pages?) but we’ll see!

Are you participating?! Link me to your TBRs! xD

Summertime Madness Book Tag

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1. Show a book with a Summery cover! i.e Sun, Beach etc.

I shall show a few =]

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)Holes (Holes, #1)The Tempest

2. Pick one fictional place that would be the perfect destination for your Summer Vacation! 

The Shire? … Camp Half-Blood? …

3. You’re about to go on a flight to your Summer Vacation. But you want to read a book that lasts for the whole flight so what novella do you choose?

My flights are 6 – 12 hours at a time so I can’t choose a novella cos it’ll be read before we even leave the tarmac! So any of the following will definitely take me hours to read…

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)The Way of Kings, Part 1 (The Stormlight Archive #1.1)Seveneves

4. You have a case of Summertime Sadness what happy book do you pick up to shine a smile on your face? 

Anything Brandon Sanderson… Tolkien… Harry Potter… Percy Jackson…

5. You’re sitting at the beach all alone…which fictional character would be your beach babe?

As in beach buddy or like beach hottie? Hmm… Tyrion? We can just have witty comments, bitch about everyone we see and drink wine all day long! Also, we can discuss books!! But a hottie? … Kelsier from Mistborn? Maybe…

6. To match your ice cream you want an icy cool sidekick! Which fictional sidekick do you pick?

Can I choose Tyrion again? For the same reason as mentioned above?

7. Share the Summertime Happiness! Who do you TAG?

YOU!