Life Update – Book Slump + Reading Recommendations?

I know what you are going to think – she’s finally posting again?

I don’t know why, but I personally find it very hard to create habits, and stick with things, and this blog was a challenge I set myself, and I’m ultimately failing and sucking as a book blogger. I guess I’m going to ask you guys to stick with me, even though posts might be a bit sporadic.

One thing that is contributing to me not posting is the fact that I think I’m in a book slump. I hate book slumps. You hate book slumps, and I really wish they didn’t exist. Does anyone know the feeling, when they do like a book, but just don’t feel like reading, but still want to finish it? Well that’s exactly how I feel. I’m currently reading A World Without Princes from the School for Good and Evil series and while I really enjoyed the first book, I feel burnt out I guess. The more days that pass by without me even looking at a book, the more tempted I am to drop the book I’m reading and start something else, which leads to another problem that I need help with.

I’D REALLY LIKE SOME SUGGESTIONS. Basically, I’d like any suggestion that I guess is fast paced, or a book that has gotten you out of a book slump. I’m pretty much into any genre except like horror and erotica and stuff (not that you’d suggest me books like that anyways.. xD)

Right now, I think I’m going to write up another post or two, and try harder at blogging. For all those Aussie’s out there, you would know that school is starting up again, and I’m going into my second last year of high school, so it’s going to be pretty intense – and yes, now you guys know, I’m pretty young :).

I’m sorry to keep rambling on and on so I guess I’ll wrap this post up right now.

~ Zoe

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October Wrap Up and TBR

I can’t believe it’s already November! Like where has the year gone? Anyways, I think this has been a good month for me reading wise, but not blogging wise…

Honestly, I was tempted to post that I was going on hiatus, but then I had all this free time on my hands (its currently a long weekend, because we got Melbourne Cup here) and I’ve been able to schedule posts until I’m out of exams, so that’s good at least 🙂

Books I read:

  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (Oct 10)
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Oct 16)
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Oct 18)
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Oct20)
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer (Oct 23)
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer (Oct 25)
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer (Oct 29)
  • Stars Above also by Marissa Meyer (Oct 30)

I can proudly say that I have achieved my TBR from last month, despite me being really busy (let’s just say I’m a huge procrastinator, and probably shouldn’t have started them when I have an important task due the next day). It also helped that I pretty much binge read the Lunar Chronicles, which were amazing by the way.

Books I recieved:

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Snow like Ashes by Sarah Raasch
  • Ice like Fire by Sarah Raasch
  • Frost like Night by Sarah Raash

I actually got a bit of a book haul here, but basically, I’m really excited to read the Snow like Ashes series (which I have already started).

November TBR:

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I don’t think I’m going to get through much this month, so I’m just hoping to get through this trilogy and the Hype or Like Friday book of the month, which is Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, which I’m really excited to read actually.

Update | Where have I been?

You probably noticed I haven’t posted in a week. I’m so so sorry but I have been super busy with school starting again, and then my internet had to run out on the weekend…

Here in Australia, it’s term 4, and thus the end of the school year – I will have exams in little over a month, so I’m going to try and do at least 2 posts a week. Otherwise, I’m apologizing in advance if my posts are a bit sporadic.

The one good thing that came out of no internet was the fact that I finally read Carry On and long story short, I really enjoyed it. I’m now going to start Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and I can’t be more excited. I will also be posting a review of Illuminae tomorrow (if all goes as planned, fingers crossed).

I really like the topics of Hype or Like Friday, and because I missed on last week, I’m going to include 2 in 1 this week 😀

That’s all I have to say for now, but have a good day/night wherever you are in the world 🙂

September Wrap Up and TBR

So it’s this time of the month again, and looking back, I guess it hasn’t been the best month… I started school tomorrow again, which means I’ll have less time to do things, but I’ll try my best to keep up with this blog (and my reading).

Books I read:

  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (7 Sep)
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (12 Sep)
  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas (24 Sep)

That list is pretty pittyfull, and I would have read more if it wasn’t for a) my Empire of Storms hangover and b) watching the Flash….

Books I received:

  • Gemina (Yes, it hasn’t come out yet, but it’s an arc copy I won from a giveaway on tumblr – thank you @bookflix-squad – it was amazing and I’ll be posting a review soon!)
  • Red Rising (Haven’t read it yet, but I do plan to…)
  • Empire of Storms

I’m also waiting for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in the mail which I bought so I can read it before I see the movie.

Brief Thoughts:

Instead of doing one for each book where I’m going to repeat myself, I’m just gonna say that all of them were AMAZING and you should definitely read them if you haven’t already. I’ve done a review on Empire of Storms, which you can see here.

October TBR:

I haven’t done a TBR before, as I didn’t think I’d need them, let alone live up to them, but after this horrible reading month, I think I’ll give it a try. Maybe if I can decide what I’m going to read before I read it, I could possibly read more books. I am putting Carry On on here, because I unfortunately was not able to read it before this weeks Hype it or Like it Friday, mainly because I couldn’t get myself to start the book…

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I’ve been wanting to read so many books lately, and I don’t know what to choose. I finally decided to read the Lunar Chronicles, but I don’t know what to read after. I need suggestions guys!

Anyways, that’s it for this short wrap up.

August Wrap Up

It’s the 31st of August – still can’t believe it, where has the year gone? and I’m deciding to do a monthly wrap up. I’m quite proud of the amount of books I’ve read this month, and I’d like a way to keep track of it all, as well as quickly highlight the good books and the bad.

Books that I finished reading: 

  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (Aug 1)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Aug 5)
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (Aug 16)
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (Aug 18)
  • A Court of Mist and Fury (Aug 21)
  • Angelfall by Susan Ee (Aug 23)

Books that I received (bought, in the mail):

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (I technically bought this on the 31st July, but I’m going to count it anyways)
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses
  • Illuminae (currently reading this, and it’s pretty awesome so far)

Thoughts: (click titles to go to the full review)

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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

This was a fluffy light read that is very enjoyable. All about friendships, with some romance of course, and a lot of dogs. It’s the perfect book if you are in a reading slump, as it will make you remember why you loved reading. Plus it might encourage you to take dogs out walking for a summer job 😀

 

Image result for harry potter and the cursed childHarry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling + Others

This for those who don’t know, is a script of a play, and a very good one at that. It was really nice to revisit the wizarding world, and the characters that are part of it. Albus and Scorpius were amazing, but the plot could have done with a bit of work.

Image result for a court of thorns and roses A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Guys, if there is any series that you need to pick up it would be this one. This book was really really good, and the reason I’m not saying it’s amazing is because the next one compared to this one, is the one that should be called AMAZING. It is a beauty and the beast retelling – and a good interpretation of it too. The world that it is set in is phenomenal and really well thought out. I did in fact read it in one day because it was so good (I was however sick from school, so that could explain it…).

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Like I said before, this book was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. The plot was really gripping and plot twists at every corner. Feyre is a well developed character that I loved to read about, and honestly, still in a bit of a book hangover from this. It does live up to the hype if you were wondering – so go check it out!

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This book was also really good. Because I know the symptoms of an upcoming book slump, I read this a few days after ACOMAF to make sure I don’t fall into one. It was fast paced and gripping, and I ended up reading this in about 2 days. The world is very different to what you’ll find in other books, but that’s what makes it good. Honestly though, because I read this so fast, I’m finding it hard to read the next as I’m a bit burned out. Hopefully Illuminae will fix that…

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So there you have it guys, that’s what’s been going on during the month of August for me. I only got reviews up for the first two books I mentioned, but the rest are coming soon! Also guys, guess what…I won a giveaway for a signed ARC copy of Gemina from @bookflix-squad on tumblr! I’m really excited to read it, and that’s why I ordered Illuminae ASAP. So keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming review of that… (reminder, it comes out in October). I still can’t believe I won it – I never win giveaways!

That’s all from me for now, and I’m a bit busy lately, so there might not be as many posts as normal (I’m still aiming for about 2 a week). So…

Until next time 🙂

 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Discussion!

Hello again!  As you probably know, I just posted my review on the new, controversial, ‘eigth’ Harry Potter book and I liked it for what it was worth. (If you don’t know, maybe just scroll down a little so you know what I’m talking about). Oh, and for all you northern hemisphere people, I am actually posting this at like 9-10pm, so if y’all are wondering why you are getting posts at 6am in the morning and wondering how the hell I do it, well now ya know. 😉

OH, and before you proceed, know that, THERE WILL BE A LOT OF SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Anyhow, let’s discuss!

First things first, WHO IS ACTUALLY THE CURSED CHILD? I came out of this book wondering who the hell was it, as it could have been anyone in that story really. Most people I think, would automatically think of Albus, but is he really? It could have been Scorpius, with his family situation with him being the apparent son of Voldemort, to being the son of the enemy of Harry Potter, etc etc. BUT it could also be Delphi, who is actually the daughter of Voldemort, and who spent her entire life to try and live up to her father only to be defeated dramatically.

And on that note, I know everyone is saying this, but I totally agree…HOW DID VOLDEMORT HAVE A CHILD WITH BELLATRIX? LIKE WHAT? Bellatrix had a husband too… and I must not be the only one to say how did she not doubt the fact that Voldemort actually had a penis…we all saw him almost ressurect himself, or rather, get himself a sorta human body (where’d his nose go?).

Also, why does Scorpius have a crush on Rose? He belongs with Albus. Nuff said.
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How does this not sound like a love story?

Plus, I also really liked Harry and Draco working together in this book/script. It’s nice to see them actually putting aside their differences because they love their children. I also really loved that scene in the alternate reality, where Snape learns of Albus and how he is named after him. It was so heartbreaking, but also a really happy moment in a way, because somewhere, Snape knows that he is a hero.

I think that’s all I wanted to say for now, I probably wanted to say something else, but I forgot to mention it. However, do post your thoughts in the comments, because I’m sure you’ll remember something that I haven’t mentioned and then we’ll probably have a heart to heart talk about the issue or a fangirl moment… Although, I’d probably won’t respond for a bit, since I’m about to sleep.

So have a good one everyone!

P.S. I really apologise for all my jumbled thoughts, it’s basically word vomit, but I’m tired and in dire need of sleep..

 

My Apocalypse Team

Hey guys,

I found this group on Goodreads called Hype or Like Friday, it seems pretty cool, and I’d like to give it a shot. For the month of August, the theme is Harry Potter! (can you guys guess why?) It was created by three fellow book bloggers, Jillian, Larkin and Britt in which they choose a particular book to focus on for the month, with weekly discussions and a review of the book at the end. So that sadly means, that you guys will have to wait to the end of the month for my Harry Potter and the Cursed Child review…sorry (I also kind of already have it done already…okay, I’ll stop taunting). For anyone who is reading this, you can check the group out here.

This week’s topic is:

“Imagine it’s the apocalypse, whatever magic is left in the Wizarding World is slowly diminishing, and you need to assemble a team to help you survive. Which 5 characters would you choose for your team, what roles would they play (i.e. Team Leader, Most Cunning, Most Skilled, etc.), and how would they help you survive. You can do whatever you want with this topic. Get creative and have fun with it.”

Hmmm…this is hard. Lemme think…

For the first member of my team, I think I’d go with Hermione, or Scorpius (I can’t pick to be honest) because they know their stuff. They would be the ‘Most Resourceful’ as they seem to always be able to think of a solution on the spot to whatever problem you seem to be having. Plus, Hermione will also be able to snap people into place, her snarky comments and comebacks will always keep me on my toes. For Scorpius, well he’s just a cute cinnamon roll, who makes a great friend and companion, it’s during these times that you really need someone you can trust and have your back, and Scorpius is easily one of those types of people I would spend the apocalypse with.

For the second member, this might come as a surprise to some people, but it would be Bill Weasley. Despite his lack of appearance in the series, from what I know of him, he would make the perfect leader. He has a cool, and laid back personality, but is also not slacking – he was both Head Boy and Prefect during his time at Hogwarts. He is also said to be both brave and humorous which not only helps with moral, but is a great combination for a leader, as leaders shouldn’t be too patronizing or ‘in-charge’. Good leaders are more like friends that are good at, well..leadership I guess. He also has a heart – loving a girl like Fleur takes quite a bit of heart… Anyways, onto my next member.

This time, I choose Luna Lovegood. Why you ask? Well I just think she’s an amazing character. I love her quirkiness and personality, and for that reason she would have the role of a guide in a loyal friendly way, if you know what I mean. She is unfazed by lots of things, and is not afraid to stand her ground. Because of this, she would be the one with a shoulder to lean on, or someone you can tell anything to. She has this unique way of guiding people in the right direction, even if it’s unorthodox. Basically, she has great insight and is not afraid to tell things how it is, bad or good.

For the last two members of my team, I’d of course choose Harry and Ron.

Ron, well, is Ron. He’s funny and loves food, which means I’d get along very well with him. Not only that, but he is very brave, and intelligent when he wants to be, putting himself in harms way for those he loves. He would probably get the role of the most brave, and the ‘Knight of the group’ (did you get my joke there?). I love Ron as a character, plus with Harry and Hermione, we would definitely be a force to be reckoned with. Plus, they seem to always have luck on their side, they always make it out of hard times.

Lastly, I’d like to have the one and only ‘Just Harry.’ While he may be Harry Potter, he doesn’t like his fame as much, and would prefer people to just refer to him as Harry, a friend. He would be a great asset to the team, with his many skills, especially when it comes to defense against the dark arts (I would not want to be a dementor around Harry). He’d probably have the role of the ‘Most Skilled.’ Like Ron, he’d do almost anything to protect his friends, and doesn’t take well to those who threaten them. He might get a little impulsive at times, but that’s what everyone else’s common sense is for…right?

So yeah guys, that’s who I’d choose to be on my team. I encourage you to try out this meme on your blogs as well! It’s seems quite fun and different from other memes out there. I’ll soon be putting up a review for the Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – keep your eyes peeled these next few days.

Until next time…

Mortal Instruments Update

Hello again!

If you don’t already know, (which you probably don’t, seeing as this blog just started..) I’m currently reading the Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. I know I’m a bit late to join this party, but hey, better late than never.

Anyways, I have mixed feelings about this series to be honest. I quite like it (otherwise I would’ve stopped reading it) but I find some aspects of it to be really annoying. I’m currently up to the City of Lost Souls, and I kind of just want to finish it to get some closure, AND to also start the Infernal Devices – now THAT I hear, is really good.

For example, is it just me, or is the relationship between Clary and Jace really annoying? I find it hard to understand how they love each other so deeply even though their relationship is mainly based off heavy makeout sessions and a little bit of deep confessions of each other in-between. Does anyone else have this feeling?

I do however love all the other couples in this series, especially Alec and Magnus – that said, Alec you needa accept the fact that Magnus is a bajillion years old.

Also, Clary is a little bit hard headed, and while that can be a good thing, it’s also so frustrating for me to read because I’m constantly banging my head against the book saying WHYY?
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I honestly don’t feel like doing a review for any book in this series currently, however, I will post a discussion post when I finish along with a mini review of the series as a whole. I will do reviews for other books, and maybe down the track I’ll get back to these.

For now though, I’m gonna keep reading and see where this is gonna end up. It’s currently school holidays for the next 2 weeks for me so yippee!

Hello World!

I’ve been wanting to start a blog for ages – specifically, a book blog, yet I just haven’t got around to doing it. Except for now.

My name is Zoe, and I guess I’m just your average book loving teen from Australia. I’ve been reading books for as long as I remember, and then I discovered the online book community, whether it be book blogs, or booktube. I love it. It’s a simple way to keep track of all the books I am going to read, and have read, even though for the past few years, I actually haven’t been reading published books.

Yep, that’s right. For the past few years, I’ve been heavily addicted to Wattpad, and because of that, I’ve forgotten about the world of handheld books. I still love Wattpad, but I’ve managed to break free, and now I have to tackle my forever growing TBR pile. That’s why I made this blog. I want to share to the world what I’m reading and whether I liked it or not – I promise I’ll be honest. However, it’s not like I’m going to post a lot of negative reviews – one thing about me is that if I don’t like a book, I stop reading it, and if I do, I’ll let you know the reason why. But hey, why read a book if you know you are not going to like it?

Anyway, enough rambling about that, if you want to find out more about me, head to my ‘About Me’ page to read some more rambling on my likes and dislikes. This is only the first post, so bear with me as I learn the ropes of book blogging, and feel free to offer suggestions or ask questions about anything, I’ll listen :).

Thanks for stopping by,
Zoe