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Half way through my Goodreads reading challenge!

At the beginning of this year I once again put upon myself the challenge of reading 100 books this year. For the last couple of years I’ve tried, and I’ve fell short. This year though, I am determined to make it.

I’m happy to say I’m now halfway through my challenge, now having read 50 out of 100! I’m very pleased with this, but…this means I’ve got 50 books left to read in 3 months. Yep. (This reminds me a lot of the glass half empty/half full situation). 50 whole books to read in 3 months. I mean, if we add the 7 books I’ve re-read this year, that only leaves me with 43. But nope, I’m not counting re-reads. I’m going for this full throttle (God help me, please).

I’d also planned to read so much this summer and catch up on my challenge, but once again, nope. That didn’t work out. But there’s still 3 months left, and whether I make it or not, I’ve read some pretty damn good books this year (and some not so good, but let’s not talk about them).

How far are you all on your reading challenges, and what have been your favourite books you’ve read this year?

To see what books I’ve read this year, come find me on Goodreads! (If you have problems sending me a friend request, then let me know and I’ll send one over to you).

 

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Netgalley Reviews. . .I’m so behind!

Gah, the title of this blog post says it all, doesn’t it? I, Gabby, am a massive failure when it comes to keeping up with the books I’ve been given on Netgalley to review. And it sucks so much, because I’ve had the privilege of having these books given to me, for free, usually before publication…and I’ve done nothing. Just left them sitting their in my kindle app on my iPod waiting to be read and reviewed. I’m so sorry, books.

I find one part that’s aided this is that I’m not really a big kindle reader. I love a good physcial book, but I’m not opposed to e-books (especially not when they’re, you know, free, and ahead of the release date!). I just think I have to be in the mood for them.

Secondly, I’ve been swamped with school. AS Levels/A Levels are a pain. Tons and tons of work goes into them, with long hours of teaching, homework, coursework, and stressing on the side. E-books got pushed further and further down the pecking line, unfortunately.

BUT, there’s still a good three months left of this year, and I’m making it my mission to try to catch up on my netgalley reviews. That’s my new years resolution, you can see it as 9 months late, or 3 months early. Either way, that’s my goal.

Are any of you drastically behind on anything like me? A TV show? TBR pile? School work?

 

(P.S: Watch Stranger Things, give into the hype)

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19/07/2016 – Reading Slumps

Hello followers! Gather round, gather round.

What a month hey? It feels like this month is dragging on forever. It could be because I’ve been eagerly awaiting the 21st, for the last day of sixth form. Good gosh, you have no idea how much I’ve been looking forward to this six week break. Well needed, let me tell you that.

This month has been a weird one for reading. I have but I haven’t been in a reading slump? Yeah, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me either. I want to read, but at the same time I don’t. It’s been taking me extra, extra, long to choose a book I want to read. When I do pick a book though, and manage to make it past the solid 10 page mark, it’s easy sailing from there. I’m hoping this “funk” will be gone soon though, and I’ll be back to my usual fantasy, ya-loving ways.

How do you all tend to try and get out of a reading slump? Occupy yourself with other things or do you try and force yourself to read? Do you have any idea on what triggers your reading slumps?? Being an active member on Goodreads I’ve noticed a lot of my friends suffering from book slumps this month, so I’ve come to the conclusion it’s just a side effect on July.

Thoughts??

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Anticipated Releases of 2016!

Right now we’re in May and there’s already been tons of books out this year that were highly anticipated by me. The Raven King, Lady Midnight, A Gathering of Shadows, A Court of Mist and Fury and some others like The Unexpected Everything, Thanks for The Trouble, Calamity and Lady Renegades. But there’s still 7 months of the year, and there’s still more books I can’t wait to be released! In no particular order:

EMPIRE OF STORMS BY SARAH J. MAAS

Oh, am I excited for this one!! While I said in no particular order, I think I’ll have to say this is my MOST anticipated release. I really love and adore the Throne of Glass Series, and I’m not over the euphoria of having Queen of Shadows delivered. So I absolutely can’t wait for this one to come out, it’s pre-ordered, and I’m itching with anticipation. Honestly, any time I hear the words “Throne of Glass” or something to do with it I go into meltdown mode because I can’t deal with my excitement.

I’m also very excited for the THRONE OF GLASS COLOURING BOOK (ahhhh?!?!?!?!) and that’s also been pre-ordered. 6th of September is a very expensive day for me. It’s fine. It’s worth it!

CROOKED KINGDOM BY LEIGH BARDUGO

If you’ve read Six of Crows, then this is most likely on your highly anticipated reads of 2016 too. I’m not too sure about the publication date of this one, but I think it could be on my birthday in some places (22nd of September!). And if so then that’s awesome, because what a great birthday present!! September really is the month of books for me, so please all pray for me pure sweet soul to make it through all the excitement and the feels.

I can already feel how badly this book is going to kick some ass. Give it to me, Leigh Bardugo, I am ready!

WITCH’S PYRE BY JOSEPHINE ANGELINI

I love this Worldwalker trilogy so much, and I recommend it to everyone! I feel like it’s seriously underrated. Once I finished the first book Trial by Fire, I couldn’t wait for the second one. Once I finished that, Firewalker, I’ve been dying for this one – for Witch’s Pyre. As you’ve probably guessed this is a story about WITCHES. But it’s not your average witch story. I don’t want to give too much away, as much like Lily, the main character, I think you’re better off diving in and discovering the world and it’s rules as she does.

Witch’s Pyre is also coming out in September (see what I mean, it’s all happening then!) and it is the last novel.

MIDNIGHT STAR BY MARIE LU

After reading her Legend trilogy, when I found out she was coming out with a new book called the Young Elites I couldn’t resist. Oh boy, I’m so glad I didn’t. This trilogy is dark, kickass, and for the life of me I can’t help but love it. Midnight Star is also the concluding novel, and I can’t wait. “Adelina Amouteru is done suffering.” AHHH. I don’t want to say too much because of spoilers, but this. Adelina is done suffering, and I can only imagine what that means for everyone around her. All supporting and surrounding characters in these books are also awesome, and the premise and plot is so intense. These books are heartbreaking (and heartbreakingly good) and if you haven’t read them, then what are you waiting for??? Go do it, before this book is released in October!

AND I DARKEN BY KIERSTEN WHITE

This is the first book in a saga and boy can’t I wait. Some people have received ARCS and the reviews they’ve given back are positive.  I don’t know much about this book, but from the description it’s promising a lot. If you want to read about it then go here.

HEARTLESS BY MARISSA MEYER

The Lunar Chronicles are some of my favourite books EVER. My dog is even called Luna. Marissa Meyer is great at fairytale re-tellings, and this one is about the Queen of Hearts. (I’m just hoping the Cheshire Cat doesn’t pop up anywhere, because he frightens me). I’m so excited for this book and to delve back into Marissa’s wonderful storytelling. The worlds that she creates wrap you up and immerse you and refuse to let you go, holding you captive. But I’m all right with that.

I believe this book is coming out in November.


So that’s it. There’s the most anticipated releases of 2016. While there are many other books I am excited for they either haven’t made the list because a) I’m not sure that they come out this year and b) they’re not books I will be putting on pre-order and sitting at the front door waiting for. This doesn’t mean I’m not excited for these books, it’s just they’re not books I need to have ASAP as soon as they’re released.

What books are you all highly anticipating for this year? What books have come out this year that you’d been waiting for forever?

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My Goodreads Reading Challenge 2016

I’m very competitive. I don’t always like to admit it, but it’s true. I see a challenge and I have to do it. Reading is always one of these things that I love to do, without any limitations or restrictions. So it seems a bit weird that I’d subjugate that to a reading challenge, right?

Like I said, I can’t resist. But in the Goodreads reading challenge it’s not really a matter of winning or losing. I see it more of as a goal, not something I must beat (the last 2 years are of evidence to this). I’ve “challenged” myself to try and read 100 books this year. With studies, exams, and general life, 100 books is a pretty decent amount to aim towards.

The challenge is a good way to keep track of what you’re reading (Goodreads is a good place for that anyway) but it also helps keep you on track and focused. While sometimes I admit, being behind on my schedule has caused me some mild stress and put me off reading, it also has encouraged me to continue on (this sounds really deep, doesn’t it?).

The Goodreads reading challenge might not be for everyone but it works for me. Also you don’t have to stick with one solid reading goal, you can always change it. Change it to make the amount smaller, or larger, depending on how you feel it’s going for you. And that’s awesome. It also creates a nice community as you’re able to see and share your progress with others.

Also, I must add that adding one book to your reading challenge is a great feeling. As of right now I’ve read 34 books, meaning only 66 more left to go. (It really is a great feeling, trust me).

So if any of you are participating in this years Goodreads reading challenge, I wish you the best of luck! I hope you meet all your reading goals and more. If you are participating, how many books have you read and what is your goal?

For those of you who aren’t, are you participating in any other challenges or have any other goals?