May Wrap Up and June TBR!

We’re in June already?! Noooo! I only have about 7 more weeks left til the end of summer… but at the same time, ugh I’ve still got 7 more weeks left of summer >.< I participated in two read-a-thons this past month so check my progress out here and here.

Wrap Up

Shingeki no Kyojin Chapter 69
The One by Kiera Cass (2/5)
Avenger’s Arena Issue 3 (3/5)
Avenger’s Arena Issue 4 by Dennis Hopeless (3/5)
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (3/5) – just realised I haven’t done a review for this yet!! o_O
Vampire Knight Art Book by Hino Matsuri (5/5) – because it was perfect for a VK fan!
Kuroshitsuji Chapter 105

The One (The Selection #3)Avengers Arena #3 by Dennis HopelessAvengers Arena #4 by Dennis HopelessA Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

I also lemmed The Jungle Book and Car Fever this month too! Reasons being The Jungle Book caused me to have ‘Friend like you’ from the Disney movie in my head every single time I read and drove me insane. Car Fever was just too… car-like? xD

Car FeverThe Jungle Book

And I read about half way through the next The Grimm Diaries Prequels story (#4) and 244 pages of The Vampire Lestat.

Total Pages: 746 Pages! An amazing improvement for me =]
Day Read in Month: 21 out of 31 days
Average Pages Per Day:
  35 pages
Average Pages Per Week: 186 pages

A pretty good dent and start to my summer reading! Almost already a 1/3 of the way to my desired 3000 pages read goal!

TBR

As already said I’m currently reading two books so they are naturally on this TBR…

The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2)Ladle Rat Rotten Hut (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #4)

After these, I seriously will start these three books. These three books I definitely must read with all my heart this month and I know I’ll love them and I just gotta jump in!

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

And obviously the #YearofCosmere is going on so the books I’m supposed to read for this month are:

The Rithmatist (Rithmatist, #1)Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)

But we’ll see if I get time after those three epics >.<

What did you read in May? What will you read this June? Let me know in the comments below!

Top Debut Novels!

This was on a Top 5 Wednesday about two weeks ago and I thought I’d share with you my favourite debut novels. Let’s get the obvious ones out of the way shall we?

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

Both are fantastical and amazing adventures with awesome characters!

And now to some others!

Attack on Titan, Vol. 1 (Attack on Titan, #1)

Holy shit this manga had an amazing start! And it’s still amazing now! If you like manga this is a MUST for you! I would also say Death Note fans would enjoy it but I dunno, even though I am a DN fan myself >.<

Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1)

While I ended up hating this book in the end (personally one part really got to me), I remember this book being SO interesting and fast paced and suspenseful and I loved the idea of a switched history where it was the white people who were the slaves and such!

The Rain (The Rain, #1)

This one really knocked me over when I read it. Maybe it was because I was expecting disappointment because I have had such bad experiences with YA but this book really impressed me! Not only could I relate because it was set in England, it was also about rain and we ALL know England only has one type of weather: rain xD It also felt very possible and very real and therefore was frightening which was awesome!

The Girl at Midnight

This was a solid debut novel! It had adventure, wasn’t too bad on the romance, fell a little at the end, but had diversity and homosexual relationships in and was a great story!

Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)

This was my first dip into SF and did not disappoint! That twist ending (which is spoiled in the film’s trailer -_-) had me BLOWN away. I thought (and still think) it was my best intro to SF ever and it is still very high on my best books list! It’s adventurous, brutal, fun, suspenseful, has good messages in it. Yes the author is a douche but man it’s a good book!

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

I guess this should’ve been in the obvious pile? xD

Hope you enjoyed these!

Do you agree? What are you favourite debut novels?

Disney Song Book Tag

It’s Tag Thursday!! Enjoy!

1) A Whole New World – a book that made you see the world differently.

The Rain (The Rain, #1)

The Rain; but in a bad way. I was cautious of the actual rain for ages and was like ‘mother, I am not leaving this house if it’s raining’ and she was like ‘out of all your excuses not to leave the house, this is the most ridiculous. Come on!’ xD

2) Cruella DeVil Favourite villain.

Saruman? Perhaps…

Or gollum? But I really really hate him with a passion…

I don’t know! In books I don’t really think about the villain except they’re evil! With tv however, always rooting and loving the bad guys…

3) I Won’t Say I’m in Love A book you don’t wanna admit you loved.

I don’t have one. I either love a book or I don’t and everyone gets to know my opinion xD

4) Gaston A character you couldn’t stand.

Katniss Everdeen. (waiting for the haters and JLaw fangirls rage)

5) Part of your WorldA world you wish you could live in.

Middle Earth baby! But in the 4th age please? No more wars!

6) A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes – Book of your dreams would be…?

An epic fantasy written by Brandon Sanderson with no romance, kickass pirates and no whiney characters, no YA characters, enjoyable, funny, descriptive (like Tolkien), huge amazing world with awesome magic system and interesting religions and cultures and seedy politics (like House of Cards xD), what else do I want in my ideal book.. dragons? Talking dragons! But not mind talkers like Eragon. O yeah; no white/Caucasian characters, not set in an English speaking country and I want the majority of characters to be gay or bisexual (being white and straight in books is hella boring and repetitive. I’m all for all the colours – even purple aliens – and all the tastes!). Got any like this? Haha xD

Don’t you go stealing my ideas again like you did yesterday! xD

7) Someday my Prince will ComeBook character you would marry if you could?

I don’t get book crushes. I don’t read the books for the romance so why would I read a book in search of characters to fall in love with? … I’m gunna have to pick an epic character for this… Kelsier from Mistborn perhaps… Aragorn perhaps…

8) I see the light A book that changed your life.

Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)

Mistborn? It didn’t change my life per say but it definitely opened and changed my book-life.
Death Note definitely opened my eyes to logic/crime/thriller tv and books…

9) When you wish upon a star A book you wish you could reread for the first time?

Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13)Bridge to TerabithiaThe Hobbit

Mistborn, Harry Potter, The Hobbit, His Dark Materials, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Bridge to Terabithia (I’d have to erase the movie from my mind as well though)…

10) Just can’t wait to be king A book with some kind of monarchy in it.

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

The Selection.

11) Colours of the winda book with a beautiful colourful cover.

Elantris Ensnared

Not colourful technically but a book with colours that look good together xD

It’s all mental and crazy and confusing with all the gifs and stuff but o well! xD

I tag… YOU!

Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

I’ll review these two books together because they’re small and my reviews of them are also small.

Quidditch Through the Ages

Quickie Review: 2 out of 5 stars on GoodReads.

It was definitely an easy and interesting read but it wasn’t anything ‘wow’ and I felt it lacked in a lot of things I wanted to know; it focused very heavily on England and I really wanted to hear about Quidditch on a worldwide scale and maybe even it talk about amazing Quidditch events but instead focused on England and spoke a lot of the rules, brooms and different teams and tricks.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Quickie Review: 3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads.

I think if I had read this when I was in my ‘I love HP’ phrase, I would’ve enjoyed it much much more and gobbled it up within seconds! But besides that I did enjoy reading about how the wizards section the beasts and what is a being and how muggles do not see them as well as the list of creatures! The comments left by Ron and Harry had me in stitches giggling!

Have you read these books? How soon should I pick up Tales of Beedle the Bard? I know right!

Top Ten Tuesday #24

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Been three weeks since I did one of these, or even posted anything really! Big apologies; my excuses are because I have uni work, NaNoWriMo stress and I actually have a social life for once this semester xD But enough of the excuses! Let’s get onto the book picks!

This Week’s Theme:  Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR – it is defo winter here in the North of England! Dragon’s breath (when you can see yourself breathe in winter – am I the only one who calls it this?!) started today! I have 4 books to go until I reach my GoodReads goal of 38 books =] and I’ll only include one book in here that is currently on my TBR (you’ll understand why when you see it). Also, all of these I think I brought to uni with me also so easy to just pick up and read! This list has very much become a ‘end of year must read’ list rather than a Dec – Feb/March Winter TBR xD apologies…

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

1. A Game of Thrones – winter is definitely coming slash has already come and I better finish this book before the end of the year and during winter! ^_^ Got about 400 pages to go!

Sourcery (Discworld, #5)

2. Sourcery – I think Terry Pratchett – read the first few books last year and I think reading another will make my winter magically and amusing! =]

The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4)

3. The Silver Chair – need to get back into this series. Narnia is always perfect for winter and Christmas (as well as marathoning the films!) and it’s literally (in my mind, in a way) Tolkien’s little brother version so I ain’t gunna say no!

The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7)

4. The Last Battle – so I can finish off a series, feel magical and have a great read! I’ve loved all the books so far in this series and they’re all quick to read and fun!

Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)

5. Magyk – it’s middle grade and magical (do you see the theme here that I put with Winter? Blame Harry Potter! xD) also because it’s Middle Grade, should be easy to read through – although I do remember putting it down after a few chapters last time =/ no harm in giving it one last try!

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)

6. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – didn’t get to finish reading this last year due to going to Japan so hopefully this winter I’ll have time to sit down and maybe have a few giggles; it’s suppose to be funny but who knows!

Infinity Blade: Awakening (Infinity Blade, #1)

7. Infinity Blade – can’t go the entire year without reading something from Mr. Sanderson now can I! That would be illegal – in Alexland, it’s illegal okay! I cannot wait to be reading more from him again!

Beauty Never Dies (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #3)

8. Beauty Never Dies – I want to continue reading the Grimm Diaries Prequels. Thoroughly enjoyed the first two and cannot wait to read more!

The Time Machine

9. The Time Machine – thoroughly enjoyed War of the World when I read it and now cannot wait to read this one! Also, I think I was one of the few people who actually enjoyed the movie? O well, I wanna read this one! It might not have a winter theme (although I do remember ice skating in the film – no?) but I think the atmosphere of it may feel dark and winter like. Anyone reviewed this?

Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)

10. Ancillary Justice – it’s won all the awards this year and I wanna know why before the year is up! So winter is the only time left for me to do this!

The Re-Read I Want To Do Also At Winter

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

How could you not wanna read this in winter in front of a fire with hot chocolate while it snows outside?!

What books are on your TBR? Got a TTT? Or comment below! Did I miss any books I just gotta read in winter?

Btw, sorry for the lack of updates also!

Same Time, Next Week?

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!

Series Part 2 – Series I Want To Complete

We are back for part two! Here we/I can see what series/trilogies I have begun but not yet finished – but want to! < or at least continue onto the next book/novel/issue in the series/trilogy! I shall split them up into 4 sections – should be easy to understand.

Series/Trilogies Completed

Ender’s Quartet = Finished Book 1 Ender’s Game
Sherlock Holmes = Finished Book 2 The Sign of Four
The Chronicles of Narnia = Finished Book 5 Voyage of the Dawn Treader [being read in Chronological Order!]
The Inheritance Series = Finished Book 1 Eragon [mis-placed book 2!]
The Vampire Chronicles = Finished Book 1 Interview with the Vampire
Harry Potter = Read ALL but only got half-way through book 5 – it’s too long for the 12 year old I was at the time!
Mistborn = Finished Book 1 The Final Empire
The Grimm Diaries = Finish Snow White Blood Red and Ashes to Ashes, Cinder to Cinder

FinishSeries3 FinishSeries5 FinishSeries6 FinishSeries7 FinishSeries10 FinishSeries11 FinishSeries12 FinishSeries8

Series/Trilogies Still Being Written

A Song of Ice and Fire = Currently reading A Game of Thrones
The Millennium Rules = Finished Book 1 Thief’s Magic
The Selection = Finished Books The Selection, The Prince, The Elite and The Guard
Discworld Series = Finished Book 4 Mort

FinishSeries1 FinishSeries2 FinishSeries4 FinishSeries9

Comics/Manga Completed

Tactics = Volume 5
Otomen = Volume 3
GANTZ = Volume 14

FinishManga5 FinishManga4 FinishManga6

Comics/Manga On-Going.

Attack on Titan = Volume 13
Twisted Dark = Volume 1
Avenger’s Arena = Issue 2
Kuroshitsuji = Volume 19

FinishManga1 FinishManga2 FinishManga3 FinishManga7

Wow! There is a lot!

Any here you liked? Disliked? A specific one I must finish ASAP? Let me know below!

Harry Potter Tag

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I think I’m gunna keep Thursday’s open for Tags and similar things. Also, I was thinking of starting a ‘discussion’ series – how does ‘Alex’s Argumentation’ sound? Can you think of other A’s that would work? Or maybe a non-alliteration name that could work? Onto the tag!

Favorite Book? Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince ❤ I just remember loving it so much when I read it – need to re-read them all again though to be positive!
Favorite Movie? Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – I have seen this film like a billion times. It was on almost every night when I was like 12/13/14.
Least Favorite Book? Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – I still haven’t finished this book (so not technically finished the series either!) I was like 13 when the book came out and I just got bored after like 400 pages – which is a lot of pages at that age! I specifically remember just giving up reading it during one of Hadgrid’s lessons =/
Parts of the Books/Movies that made you Cry? I remember crying at Fred’s and Snape’s Death in the books and Snape’s death in the movies.
If you could hook up with any HP character who would it be? Erm…. I tend to go for geeky guys so… Neville? I always found him cute anyways.
Favorite Character? Snape, hands down.
What would your Patronus be? I assume a dolphin because I love swimming in the water or a goldfish because I’ve owned a lot in my life time xD
If you could have the Resurrection Stone, Invisibility Cloak or the Elder Wand which one would you choose? Invisibility Cloak ALL the way! I would freak some people out!
What House would you be in? I’d like to think Gryffindor but secretly would want Slytherin but probably be put in Hufflepuff xD I’m way too boring and average.
If you could meet any member of the cast who would it be? Emma Watson! I freaking love her. She was my role model growing up also.
Have you played any of the video games? I have played the 1st on PS1, the 3rd on PS2, the 4th on Nintendo and Years 1 – 4 Lego on PC =]
If you were on the Quiddich team which position would you play? I’d like to be a Keeper but would probably be put as a Chaser.
Were you happy with the ending? I remember being much happier with the book ending than the movie ending – the book ending just seemed more beautiful and I remember laughing at the ending in the film as they tried to ‘age’ them xD
How much does Harry Potter mean to you? Harry Potter got me into seriously reading and opened me up into books and was set me off on my major fantasy love (in books and movies) as well as The Lord of the Rings – although I think I saw the later first. But Harry Potter was the more magical one at the time.

Anyone is free to do it! If you’ve done it; tell me! ^_^