WWW Wednesday #1 17/1/18

 

WWW Wednesday meme is by hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Wordsand is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.

To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

I am currently read Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher. I have fallen into a trap again where I started reading a book at the end of 2017 and finishing at the start of 2018. I will be counting this as the first book I’ve read in 2018. Some Kind of Wonderful

This has been a slow start for me which does tend to happen when I read the first 15% of a book. Also I haven’t been in the mood to read since I started back work but today, I have read 2 chapters in two weeks. Hopefully I get back into a reading habit soon.

 


Recently Finished

I have recently finished reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. My goal for the year ahead is to read at least 4 classics. It’s not a genre I have read or have a lot of interest in but I want to give it a chance.A Christmas Carol

Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the book and ended up giving it 2 stars. There were parts of it I did enjoy and other times I didn’t understand the reason behind things. I have seen the film once and found it interesting. I was hoping to get more out of the book but I prefer the film.

 


Reading Next

I have many reasons for picking up this book next.

Royal Tour (Potion, #2)

Firstly it has been sitting on mybookshelf for a year. Secondly it will be a good read to kick start my Beat the Backlist challenge. Finally it is coming up to a year that I read the first book and if I don’t read it soon I may not end up carrying on with the series.


 

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#Readuary 2018

Readuary is a reading challenge which is hosted by Monica from the youtube channel shemightbemonica.

Readuary will start today up until the end of January. 

This reading challenge is very unique as it is aimed at readers who are looking to read more consistently. There are no set number of books or number of pages, all you need to do is set a time and read daily throughout January. 

I was so happy to come across this challenge on youtube as it is something that will help me kick start a good habit of reading daily. Up until last week I haven’t read for two months and I hope that this reading challenge will give me a boost to get back into a reading routine. 

Monica has set the challenge of reading 30 minutes a day. But it is total up to you if you would like to set a different time which will suit you better. For me I will setting my reading time to 30 minutes. I would like make it up to 1 hour which is the time in the past I used to read during the week when I am in work. But as I haven’t read for two months I don’t to push and put pressure on myself to much.  

If you would like to find out more about this challenge, here is the link to Monica’s announcement video.

Let me know if you will be taking part in this challenge. Have you set any goals in January to kick start you reading goals for up and coming year?

My 2018 Reading Goals

At the start of 2017 I knew straight away that I had set unrealistic reading goals. So for 2018 I have analyzed carefully what I have read throughout 2017 in order to set achievable reading goals for 2018. 

1. GoodReads Reading Challenge – In 2017 I have read 3 books more than I did in 2016. It may go up to 4 depending on if I finish the book I am currently reading in time. For 2018 I will be setting my reading goal for the year to read 43 books. To me this is a bit of a random number so I was tempted to set it a 45. Although I will be sticking to 43 because I am making sure I set realistic goals.

2. ARC’s – It is so easy to get set in a routine by only reading ARC’s and forgetting about the old books sitting on your bookshelves. My goal for 2018 is to stick to what I did this year and setting myself to read 1 ARC a month.

3. Classics – Recently I have wanted to try and read a new genre to me and I have chosen to try and read Classics. For 2018 I have set a goal to read 4 to get me started. The plan is to read 1 classic every three months. 

4. Fairy Tale Retellings – In 2017 I didn’t do well in the Retelling Reading Challenge and so I will not be taking part in 2018. For the challenge I added a lot of retelling to my TBR just for the sake of the challenge and I have got rid of a lot. I do still have 5 retellings on my TBR and so I will try and read them in 2018.  

5. Beat the Backlist Challenge – I am happy to have taken part in this challenge throughout 2017 because my TBR list is a healthy total of 54. By taking part in Beat the Backlist I have crossed off 18 books out of 24 I had set for the challenge. I had read 12 and taken 6 books off my TBR list because they were books I had lost interest in reading. I will be taken part in Beat the Backlist during 2018 and I have set a goal of 15 books. If you would like to take part in this challenge here is the link.

If I am successful in reaching reading goals 2-5, that will give me a total of 36 books. In order for me to reach goal number 1, I have 7 books left to read whatever I want. These 7 books may include continuing with the Lunar Chronicles and Harry Potter series. They could also include Paige Toon books and any other book I will reach out to in order to help me survive my quarter life crisis. 

I would like to hear from you on how many of your reading goals you achieved during 2017 and what goals you have set for 2018. Are any of your goals similar to mine? Please leave a comment.    

The Friday 56 #8

Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice

 Rules:

1. Grab a book, any book.

2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda’s most recent Friday 56 post.

I have decided to expand my reading to reading classics. What better way to start reading classics by starting with A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens over the Christmas period. 

A Christmas Carol

“Your own feeling tells you that you were not what you are,” she returned.  

~p.56, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens _*

Beat the Backlist Challenge 2018

This challenge is hosted by novelknight. This reading is run through the whole of 2018. It is a challenge to help you decrease your TBR list.

You can make this reading challenge suitable to you by setting you own reading goal and reading at your own pace.

In 2017 I set a challenge of 24 books. I successful read 12 books and crossed off 6 books from my TBR list which I lost interest and didn’t want to read them. So thanks to NovelKnight I have 18 books less on my TBR list. But, I have added another 18 onto my TBR list throughout 2017 and I can say I am back to square one. Although I have come to a point where my books have read list on GoodReads is bigger than my TBR list and I would like to keep it like that throughout 2018.

Here is my reading list for 2018:

The first 3 books I will be carrying over from my 2017 challenge that I didn’t get the chance to read.

1.  Rebels of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

2. Schooled by Lakhani Anisha

3. Quarter Life Poetry by Jayne Samantha

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

5. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

6. Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell 

7. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

8. Geekerella by Ashley Poston

9. Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys 

10. A Wedding In Italy by Tilly Tennant

11. The Choir on Hope Street by Annie Lyons

12. Eat Sweat Play: How Sport Can Change Our Lives by Anna Kessel

13. Changes in Latitudes by Jen Malone

14. The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee

15. The Royal Tour By Amy Alward 

I do have more books I would like to add to this list but for now I have 15. I might add more books to the list during the year.

This year I will be taking part in the team challenges. I haven’t read in two months and so by taking part in the challenges I hope it will motivate me back into a reading pattern.

I am happy to be part of Team Book Bards.

 

My 5 most popular books of 2017 so far

In this blog post I will be sharing with you all the 5 most popular books I have read so far in 2017. At the statistics is based on GoodReads. I was a bit surprised by this as most of the books I gave a 3 star rating. But on the other hand most of these books are YA which does make sense to me because I haven’t given many 4 or 5 stars to YA books this year. 

So here are the top 5:

5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

137,604 ratings, average star rating of 4.37.

I gave this book 3 stars. I was a bit disappointed with this book as it had so much hype as the film was being released. If I had read this book 10 years ago I would have enjoyed it and appreciated more.   

4. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon.

167,650 ratings, average star rating 4.10

Another 3 star book for me and again, another book that had so much hype but I was disappointed. The more I think about this book the more I dislike it. I would reread this book in order to analyze it more if I do or don’t like the storyline.

3.  We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

307,019 ratings, average star rating 3.85

This book I expected to love but yet again I was a bit disappointed. As I read the book I predicted a lot differently to how the story actually ended and I was very confused. Another book I would like to reread in order to understand it more.

2. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J.K.Rowling

414,349 ratings, average star rating 3.74

If you have read a Harry Potter during the year it will be more of a shock if it doesn’t end up in your top 5 most popular books read during the year. I gave this book 3 stars for the reasons I enjoyed it but it didn’t have the waw factor for me.

1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

4,917,102 ratings, average star rating 4.44

I am a bit embarrassed to share with you all that this was the first time I have read and finished a Harry Potter book. I gave this 5 stars and I haven’t continued with book 2 yet.  

What are the most popular books you have read during 2017 so far?

September Wrap Up

My aim for September was to read more books than last September. Last year I read 3 books. This September I read 5 books. The last week of have read nothing as I’m sort of a reading slump. I guess I have read so many books for me in the last 3 months I didn’t feel like reading anything. 

Here are the books I read in September.

The first book I read was The Summer of Hopes and Dreams by Lynsey James. I loved this book. If anyone could recommend any books that are in ways similar to this, I would like to know. 

The second book I read was Reach for the Stars by Colleen Coleman. This the first book i have read that is based in Ireland. I am looking more books set in Ireland and a similar plot. 

The book I read in September was Hygge & Kisses by Clara Christensen. I found it hard to rate this book as it was a story that was different to my expectations. 

The fourth ARC I read was Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga. I took me two days to read and I found the plot interesting. This book will be published in November.

The last book I read  was Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J.K.Rowling. That year I heard a lot of people was disappointed with this. But having said that, the average star rating on GoodReads 3.74. I did give this 3 stars as it was another book I found difficult to rate.  

So far I have read the amount of books I read last year. I am behind in this years reading goal but whatever I read up until the end of the year I will be happy with.

The End of the Year Book Tag

This tag was created by Ariel Bissett here is the link to her channel  

1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

I have Splintered by A.G Howard and FanGirl by Rainbow Rowell.

2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

I am not one for reading books that are set in the same season as I am reading them only the summer maybe. If I have to choose an autumnal book to help me transition into the end of the year, it is my current read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

I am looking forward to Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher. I cannot wait to read another book by one of my favourite authors. I was tempted to request for an ARC, but I am going to wait because I want a book copy.

4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

A Wedding in Italy by Tilly Tennant

September Girls by Bennett Madison

The Place We Met by Isabelle Broom

5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

It has to be between The Place We Met or Some Kind of Wonderful

Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

Yes I have many.

  1. I have a list of books to read I hope will help me through my quarter life crisis 
  2. I would like to try and read books from the Classics genre. Maybe read one every 3 months to get me started.
  3. I would love to read a lot more of books by Paige Toon.
  4. I have seen Julie from Pages & Pens start a Throwback Thursday project where Julie shares every third Thursday of the month a book she has reread. I would like to participate maybe every other month. Reread Twilight would be very interesting to start.
  5. Finally I wouldn’t mind taking part in a short reading challenge with set challenges. I would take part in the sugarpop 2018 reading challenge but I have way too many books I would like to read in 2018 already.

 

And we have reached the end of the Tag. 

If you enjoy reading Classics, I would be grateful you share a recommendation of Classic books for a beginner like me.

 

Review – Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

Synopsis –  Despite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she’d ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star from Staring Into the Abyss shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense – kinda – because it turns out Julian Oliver is Taliah’s father . . .

When Julian asks her to go with him to his hometown to meet the family she has never known, Taliah embarks on a three-day voyage of discovery – of her father, of the past her mother has never shared with her, and of herself.

Title – Here We Are Now 

Author – Jasmine Warga

Published by –  Hodder & Stoughton

Release date – 16th November 2017

Genre – General Fiction (Adult)

Format – ebook review copy

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Review – Hygge and Kisses by Clara Christensen

Synopsis – Bo, 26, has always been careful, cautious. However, she’s just been made redundant and her life plan is beginning to unravel. Before she starts immediately applying for other jobs in a panic, her friend Kirsten persuades her to take a holiday, to visit Kirsten’s mother’s house in Aslbrog, North Jutland, a part of Denmark Bo is ashamed to admit she has never heard of.

‘What’s the weather going to be like?’ she asks Kirsten hopefully, scrolling her cursor over the budget airlines webpage. ‘Terrible,’ Kirsten replies, ‘London is positively Mediterranean by comparison, and of course it’s November so it’ll be dark seventeen hours a day. But no one goes to Denmark to get a tan. You need a change of scene and to blow away the cobwebs, and trust me, Skagen will do that. Besides, the summerhouse is cosy whatever the weather, and you never know who else will be around.’

A few clicks later and there is no going back. And Bo’s life plan is about to be entirely rewritten.

Title – Hygge and Kisses

Author – Clara Christensen

Published by –  Simon Schuster UK

Release date – 21st September 2017

Genre – Romance, Women’s Fiction

Format – ebook review copy

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