Top Ten Tuesday #23

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This Week’s ThemeTop New Series I Want To Start –  this one’ll be fun to do!! But too many series I want to start! So let’s go with ones that I don’t yet own but want to read ASAP!

The Way of Kings, Part 1 (The Stormlight Archive, #1.1)

1. The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson – this one was an obvious, I love Mr. Sanderson and want to get my mittens on this! Fingers crossed for Christmas – but should really finish Mistborn first xD

The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)

2. Heroes of Olympus Series by Rock Riordan – another author I love!! I loved the PJ Series and cannot wait to get around to this! I need more Greekness in my life!

Promise of Blood (The Powder Mage, #1)

3. The Powder Mage Series by Brian McClellan – this just looks amazing and sounds like it’ll be a hella lot of fun!

Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, #1)

4. Codex Alera Series by Jim Butcher – another fantasy classic I haven’t bought or read yet =/ but really want to!

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)

5. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes – one of those that has mentions now and again on the web but is always high high praise and so; I want in!

The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1)

6. The School for Good and Evil series by Soman Chainani – just look at that cover! It’s enough to make me want it now and read it now!

The Assassin's Curse (The Assassin's Curse, #1)

7. The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke – Pirates and Assassins? I’m in! Although this year, the company went bust and shut down, so whether you’ll be able to purchase these books (and in this gorgeous cover design style) I don’t know – I assume someone’s picked the books up to publish…

Splintered (Splintered, #1)

8. Slintered by A. G. Howard – I love Alice in Wonderland and so this is a remake and a series and I wanna read it! Heard great this about it too!

Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)

9. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman – we know I’ve been pining for this book all year!

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy, #1)

10. The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K Jemisin – another fantasy classic that everyone has read bar me and I needs it!

And that’s my list! Any that I don’t have that you think I should make an ASAP-er? What’s on your list? Comment to tell me below or link me to your TTT!

Harry Potter Spells Tag

Not done a tag in a long time – sorry =/ I wasn’t tagged by anyone =[ but I tag YOU!

1. Expecto PatronumA childhood book connected to good memories

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1) The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2) The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)

My memories of reading this are in Greece and Portugal, on holiday with my family, in the hotel room during nap time (yes my family has nap-times during holidays, normally 4pm – 6/7pm) just sat there reading, glued to the book while my parents slept.

2. ExpelliarmusA book that took you by surprise

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)

Blew. Me. Away.

3. Prior IncantatoThe last book you read

The Demon: Episode 1 (Sacrifice Me, #1)

Review here!!

4. AlohamoraA book that introduced you to a genre you had not considered before

Inspector Zhang Gets His Wish

Never thought I’d like crime-solving fiction; I was wrong.

5. RiddikulusA funny book you’ve read

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

I don’t really read humourous books (that or I don’t get the humour when reading, for example Terry Pratchett books I love but I miss the humour completely) but this manga gives me the giggles now and again.

6. SonorusA book you think everybody should know about

The Rain (The Rain, #1)

I haven’t read much YA or Distopian so I’m not sure on how good this is to a pro-YA/Dystopian reader but I found it very enjoyable and fun to read and is one of the few YA books that I’ve honestly enjoyed, if not the only YA book I’ve read without many complaints.

7. ObliviateA book/spoiler you would like to forget having read

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)

I’ve never come across spoilers for books I’ve had interest in reading so I’m lucky there (besides Game of Thrones but that can’t be helped) but I’ve love to forget this book and read it all over again for the first time and get hit emotionally all over again!

8. ImperioA book you had to read for school

Hamlet

Freaking amazeballs!

9. CrucioA book that was painful to read

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)

For obvious reasons.

10. Avada KedavraA book that could kill (interpret as you will)

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

I’m stealing the idea I saw a past blogger post here xD credit to that blogger! It was a genius idea!

11. AccioA book that you’d always like to have with you

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

Try not to have GoT or Mistborn always with me? Then this is my third choice in line – Oh the memories and good times!

Top Ten Tuesday #22

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This Week’s Theme: Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit [real or fictional] – this one will be so much fun to do!!

1. Prague – I didn’t like the book [Daughter of Smoke and Bone] but my god Laini Taylor’s writing is so beautiful and just made Prague seem SO attractive!

2. Middle Earth – who wouldn’t wanna go here! Specifically Hobbiton please!

3. Diagon Alley – I wanna get my wand and see what wizard money looks like and get an owl and be surrounded by all the wizard stuff!

4. King’s Landing – hopefully not during King Joffrey’s reign but my god, tis a beautiful location. Also, never cold! So bonus there xD

5. Lyra’s World – I’d love to be in Lyra’s alternate world of earth! I’d have my own Daemon thing that’s my soul but in pet form and we’d be the best of friends ❤

6. Ankh-Morpork – it’d be a blast here, am I right! xD

7. Luthadel – again, hopefully not during that Dark Lord’s reign! But it’d be nice to be surrounded by it all and see what it was like, although I’d probably end up in the lowest caste =/

8. Alagaesia – DRAGONS! My argument is solid.

9. Death’s Domain – seeing where Death lives? And seeing his book room and everything? Count me in!

10. Narnia – we all wanna stay in a magical land, right? xD I’d prefer to see it during winter though to be honest.

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What about your fictional worlds? Same? Different? Let me know below or link me to your TTT! =]

“I Don’t Have Time To Read” Discussion

I’ve seen quite a few posts this week talking about finding time to read and the excuse ‘I don’t have time to read’ and such. So I thought I’d give my rather odd argument over it…

I’m still stuck on where I stand with the whole ‘I don’t have time to read’ “excuse”. I understand [at least in the west] people have like 9 – 5 jobs and families to attend to but it’s like, most people get an hour lunch everyday, so they can read then, sleep 8/9 hours a night, well adults only need 6 hours to function, and families now-a-days spend their time watching movies or TV, hours of time they could spend reading, and nothing wrong with getting into bed 15/30minutes early and reading a few pages.

Having said that, I totally understand the time constraints with High schoolers, uni students and those that have to bring their work home like teachers; we have a lot less time than those that just work, but at the same time, we still find time to get hours of entertainment into our lives, so why not swap an hour or something to read? And I’m sure everyone has to travel to get to their uni/work place, nothing wrong with reading then or having an audio book instead of playing on your phone or listening to music xD

Still a tough thing for me to decide what side of the coin I’m on, especially when it can be much easier just watching tv/movie or listening to music and there’s people who love sleeping 8 hours a night [I get the best dreams when I sleep 8/9 hours so obviously I am in support of long sleep!] rather than having to focus on an audiobook or a book.

I didn’t get seriously into reading until about 2/3 years ago – well done Alex, deciding to get back into reading just as you become a uni student -_- – and to be honest, I didn’t read at ALL [besides Harry Potter every few years or when I had time abroad to just sit by the pool and read] during my time in high school or college [age 11 – 18] which disgusts me because it’s not like I didn’t have time! HS and College for me were a piece of cake! I was never stressed, revision wasn’t really needed until 10 minutes before the exam and everyone copied each others homework and worked together on it the day it was due so didn’t have to take home and do my homework at home therefore I had a lot of time on my hands and so I used to marathon ALL the Harry Potter films and all the extended editions of LoTR [behind the scenes content included] and was obsessed with LOST and Supernatural and American Pie… I’ve spent [still do] SO much of my time watching tv or movies, time that I’m sure it wouldn’t have killed me to have spent half of it reading instead!

So here I am now, into my 3rd year of seriously trying to read and because I’m late getting on this seriously reading bandwagon, I’m behind on all the fantasy and sci-fi and just plain amazing classics that I’ve heard been spoken about for years and years and years and I’ve not touched one [besides like LoTR!] and it makes me sad! I’m 21 years old and I hadn’t read a Terry Pratchett book until 2 years ago. I’d never heard of A Game of Thrones until 2 years ago! I still haven’t read 1984, Brave New World, The Time Machine. I’ve never read Robert Jordan, Douglas Adams, James S.A. Corey, Scott Lynch, Joe Abercrombie or John Scalzi! And it’s not because I didn’t have time to read nor because I didn’t want to read – I just didn’t make time for something that I knew I’d love because it’d have to take a little bit more effort, time and focus than watching LoTR for the 201th time!

So, I guess, in conclusion, almost everyone can’t say ‘They don’t have time to read’ unless you’re say a doctor, you’ve just had a new born or doing a masters, or a uni students even for that matter! [< I procrastinate way too much for a uni student!]

What does everyone else think? Have I gone off the handles bars? Am I totally wrong with everything I’ve just said? Let me know below! Or make a post in reply!

Re-Reading Books?

Just wanted a small discussion with you guys today about re-reading books and giving 2nd chances…

Naturally I re-read my favourite books; Harry Potter, The Hobbit, A Series of Unfortunate Events etc. but what about books that you didn’t necessarily like but would consider giving a second chance to?

I have been thinking about this a lot recently. Especially with the books Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Noughts and Crosses and The 5th Wave, and here are my reasons:

– Daughter of Smoke and Bone – hated it after the plot took a 180 degree change but everyone raves about it, so was I just in the wrong mind set at the time? Don’t get my wrong, I adored the writing style and everything up to that point where it dramatically changes – you all know which point I’m talking about right?
– Noughts and Crosses – I remember loving this book, absolutely loving it, until the ending where I was like ‘I hated it! *throwns down* never reading again!’ and that was like 7 years ago! So I’m thinking maybe I should re-read it, especially seen as I can’t actually remember now all that happened, and again it’s another series people love, just the ending I really did not like.
– The 5th Wave – obviously the sequel is/has come out this weekend and I did actually like this book until about the last 100 pages where for some reason I got bored and I did not like it when the love interests were introduced and got rather romantic. But again, everyone loves this book and I enjoyed 80% of it too!

And whether I don’t re-read them or if I do and still don’t like them then they’re being unhauled and taken to charity anyway.

So what do you guys think? Should I give them another chance? What books do you normally re-read aka. your favourites to re-read? Do you ever give 2nd chances? Let me know in the comments below! =]

Series Part 1 – Series I Have Completed

This will be a 4-part [currently planned] series on, well, Series! [and Trilogies] and basically just information to let you know what Series/Trilogies I’ve completed, not completed etc. It also is like a list for myself but naturally, I want to show you guys! So without further ado; Series I Have Completed = 6 Books Series and 3 Manga Series!

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Manga: Ouran High School Host Club, Vampire Knight, Death Note

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Books: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Warlord Chronicles, Percy Jackson Series, His Dark Materials Trilogy, The Hunger Games, The Lord of the Rings

Now I know exactly what you are thinking: where is Harry Potter?! All in good time…

TBR Shame Part #2

And now for the e-books =/ there’s gunna be a lot! Eek! But I probably won’t read some and will turn out to be random freebies I bought just because they’re freebies xD

Public Domain Books [should always be free]

The Adventure’s of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventure’s of Tom Sawyer
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Ancient Egypt
Around the World in 80 Days
David Copperfield
Don Quixote
Dracula
Frankenstein
From Egypt to Japan
Great Expectations
Gulliver’s Travels
History of Cleopatra
It Happened in Egypt
Jane Eyre
Japanese Fairy Tales
The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights
Les Miserables
Leviathan
Manual of Egypt Anthology
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Moby Dick
The Mysterious Island
The Odyssey
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
The Religion of Ancient Egypt
The Scarlet Letter
The Secret Garden
The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
A Tale of Two Cities
The Three Musketeers
Through the Looking Glass
The Time Machine
Treasure Island
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Wuthering Heights

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Freebies [could be just at the time]

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24 Bones
Adrift
Ariel
Alexa O’Brien Huntress [4 Books]
Binary Cycle – Disruption
A Bit of Bite
Blood of Requiem
Bloom
Blue Fall
The Book of Deacon
Burbon & Blood
Breakers
A Cast of Stones
Choices of Fate
The Chronicles of Dragon Book 1
The Circle of Sorcerers
The Circle
City of Rogues
Claimed by the Beast
Crash
Crimson Fire Anthology [10 Books]
Crimson Night
Dark Creations: Gabriel Rising
A Dark Kiss of Rapture
Dark Space
The Dark Slayer: Wrath of the Royals
A Death Displaced
Defender
The Descent Series [3 Books]
The Devil’s Grin
Double Dare
Enchanted Secret
Everblue
Everflame
The Fallen Star
A Family Affair
Fire Mage
Firemancer Collection [3 Books]
First Contact
Flame Moon
Forbidden Forest
Frostborn: The First Quest
Full Moon
Gateway to Nifleheim
Ghost and the Graveyard
Ghost in the Machine
A Gift of Ghosts
The Girl in the Box Series [3 Books]
The Golden Acorn
Grimm Diaries Collection [6 Books]
The Hero and the Fiend
Hide and Seek
His Dark Empire Book 1
The Honour of the Knights
Infinite Sacrifice
Into the Darkness
Invisible
JET
A Job From Hell
Land of Shadows
The Last Praetorian
The Light Keepers
Tales of Lentari: Lost City
Magic of Thieves
The Mamluks
Origins
Out of Time
The Phoenix Conspiracy
Post Human Series [4 Books]
The Princess of Egypt Must Die
Requiem
Rise of the Fallen
A Rite of Swords
Rope Enough
Ruby Celeste and the Ghost Armada
Sacrifice Me
Seasons of the Moon [4 Books]
The Settlers
The Shadow of Black Wings
Silo 49
SKID
Sora’s Quest
The Sorcery Code
The Soul Ripper
The Soul Keeper
Summer Storm
Suspending Reality [5 Books]
The Sword of Light
Shader Book 1: Sword of the Archon
Sword of the Ronin
Talented
How to Kill a Mockingbird
The Tube Riders
Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes
UnEnchanted
The Vampire from Hell
Vampire Shift
The Walking Dead Volume 1
The White Tree
Wick
Witch Song
Zeus

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Bought

Ancillary Justice
The Complete Collection of Shakespeare [33 Plays Yet to Read]
The Complete Sherlock Holmes [50+ Books/Short Stories etc.]
A Game of Thrones
City of Bones
City of Ashes
Clockwork Angel
Infinity Blade
The 100 Hundred Year Old Man…
The Name of the Wind
Partials
Prince of Thorns
Shadow and Bone
Soy Sauce for Beginners

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ARCS

Branded
City of Stairs
The Diamond Thief
The Falcon Throne
Heart of Dread: Frozen
The House of the Four Winds
The Isobel Journal
The Line
Outer Limits
Project Superhero
The Rain
Returner’s Wealth
Sky Pirates
These Days are Ours
Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets
The Well of Tears
The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2014 Edition

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Total Number: 207 Books – Jesus!

O and I forgot to add a total of books for yesterday: 84 Books

TBR Shame Part #1

Now that I am back I can finally show you guys my bookcases and all my books and also help myself realise just how much I have to read – eek! Therefore, without further ado, today I will show you my physical TBR books!

So firstly, you all may have seen my now my physical TBR pile that I want to accomplish over summer – fyi: never going to happen seen as I only have about 22 days of summer left and since leaving Japan, I’ve read all of one Game of Thrones chapter =/ I got my laptop back! Which means marathoning TV! =/ Oopsies!

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The Rain
A Game of Thrones
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Well of Ascension
Hero of Ages
Warm Bodies
Peter Jackson: A Filmmaker’s Journey

Now onto the TBR Shelf

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Now for the close-ups…

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Lies of Locke Lamora
Unfinished Tales
The Silmarillion
Super
Leviathan Wakes
Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix – I know! Don’t kill me!!
Hyperion Omnibus
Wool

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Harry Potter Collection – Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The Last Battle
The Silve Chair
The Vampire LeStat
Atonement
Thief of Time
Night Watch
Sourcery
Guards! Guards!
The Truth
Going Postal
Flyte

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The Naked God
The Reality Dysfunction
Car Fever
The Neutronium Alchemist
Sorcery! 1 – 4
The Enchanted Wood

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The Wee Free Men
A Hat Full of Sky
Going Postal
Wintersmither
I Shall Wear Midnight
Brysingr
Thud!
Ancient Egypt: Myth & History
The Art of Harmony

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The Jungle Book
Alice in Wonderland
Single Mother on the Verge
The Queen of the Damned
Magyk
Treasure Island
Colony
通学途中 – Part Way Through Commuting to School
通学路 – The Road to School
Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo Vol.167
Reaper Man
Soul Music

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悪い子はお好き? – Do you like the bad boy? < I do apologize but translating Japanese titles… they sound better in Japanese seriously!! xD
通学時間 – The Time to School
通学電車 – The Train to School
Love&Kiss Book 2011
Death Note Volume 1 in Japanese
Honey Bitter Volumes 1 and 2
xxxHolic Volume 1
心の西季 – Kokoro no Seiki
Kami no Shizuku Volume 1
Death Note 13
Vampire Knight Official Fanbook
Bleach – Souls
OreOre/Me Me
Black Alice in Butler Land
Joker Game
Pink and Grey
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Japanese

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The Mighty Thor #1
Superman Special Edition #1
Avengers Arena #1

And that is all the physical books! Hella lot isn’t there! I guess when you split it up by Japanese and English, the piles start to even out–kinda….

So the big question is…. 

What do you want me to read? What do you recommend? Not recommend? What should I read ASAP?

2014 Summer Reading Plans – British Edition!

Now that I am back in England, I am able to get around to a few more things that I want to do with Summer! Firstly the books!

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Here are the physical books I want to get through:
– [Once again] A Game of Thrones
– The Rain
– The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
– Finish off the Mistborn Trilogy
– Warm Bodies
– Peter Jackson; A Film Maker’s Journey < Got about half way through this 5/6 years ago, about time I finished it! Still remember what I read crystal clear!

Now onto what I hope to post on here for you before I go back to university!

– UnHaul
– Bookcases
– TBR Shame
– Re-Reads
– What am I taking to Uni?
– Book haul
– Series/Trilogies Lists

There’s so many more things I want to post but obviously, I can post even after summer, so no need to rush at posting anything really xD

Anything you want me to do that I haven’t listed? Anything you’re excited to see?

Bout of Books Wrap Up!!

Basically I failed… unfortunately my 36 hours of what could’ve been reading time, turned into 36 hours of crying and get drunk with some people on the planes xD So yes… review time!

Books Completed: 1 – The Queen of the Tearling [Review!]

Pages Read: A Game of Thrones – 18
The House of the Four Winds – 13
The Queen of the Tearling – 106
Total: 137 Pages

Goals failed!