11 April 2017

A Little Break...

So, I don't know if some of you have noticed, but I've done a little bit of a disappearing act the past few weeks. I've barely posted, I've barely read and I've barely commented. I think I've hit a combination of a reading slump and blogging slump all at once. I just have no motivation to do either. So, I'm going to take a little unscheduled break from blogging for a couple of weeks to try and get my head back in the game...

04 April 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Harry Potter Merchandise I Owned (Back in the Day)


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is a fandom freebie. So, this week I'm going to list Harry Potter merchandise I owned back in the day (I still own a few of these too).

03 April 2017

Book Review: Stardust, Neil Gaiman

Stardust

Title: Stardust
Author: Neil Gaiman
Published: 30/09/2010, Headline
Pages: 243
Source: Amazon freebie
Format: Ebook

Rating: 1.5/5

"Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall - named after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a grassy meadow. Here, young Tristan Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester and for the coveted prize of her hand, Tristan vows to retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to his beloved. It is an oath that sends him over the ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining..."

01 April 2017

2017 Reading Challenges - March Update

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The first challenge I will be participating in is the 2016 Bookish Resolutions Challenge, hosted by Laura @ trips down imagination lane and Michelle @ Because Reading. The challenge runs from 1st January 2017 to 31st December 2017 and you can sign up here before 1st March 2017.

My 2017 resolutions are:

Reading Goals:
  • Get my Netgalley ratio up to 80% and maintain
    • January - 73%
    • February - 76%
    • March - 78% (I am so happy with this one! I am slowing down a bit with Netgalley books though as I want to get through my physical TBR)
  • Reach a Goodreads goal of 75 books
    • January - 9
    • February - 15
    • March - 20 (Ahead of schedule still, but I did slow down a bit)
  • Read 30 physical books I own
    • January - 1
    • February - 3
    • March - 6 (Could be better but can't complain)
  • Read 10 Classics
    • January - 0
    • February - 0
    • March - 1 (Definitely need to be better with this one)
  • Reread 5 books
    • January - 0
    • February - 1
    • March - 2 (Happy with this goal though)
  • Get my TBR under 400 books (starting point of 432 books)
    • January - 426
    • February - 415
    • March - 413 (Slowly getting there with this one too)
Blogging Goals
  • Keep Review List page up to date
    • January - Yep
    • February - Yep
    • March - I think I'm a little behind with this
  • Comment on 12 blogs per month (excluding memes)
    • January - 15
    • February - 12
    • March - 8 (not great this month..._
  • Blog ahead 6 weeks
    • January - 2 weeks 
    • February - 0 weeks
    • March - 0 weeks
Personal Goals
  • Get my own place
    • January - December - I'm actually going to keep this secret until I know something is actually happening. I don't want to jinx anything.
  • Lose half a stone
    • January - lost 2 1/2 lb so far!
    • February - gained 2 1/2 lb... well that sucks! Back to where I started already!
    • March - maintained weight which kind of sucks when I'm making an effort to lose :(


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The second challenge I want to participate in is the 2017 Reading Assignment Challenge hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @ Because Reading. Sign up is open until 1st July 2017. I'm hoping this will help me reduce the number of physical books I have still to read.

This year I'm aiming for level 1 so 12 books and 1 book a month. These are the books I plan to read over the year:

Odd and the Frost GiantsQuidditch Through the Ages (Hogwarts Library)The Tales of Beedle the BardStatus Update (#gaymers, #1)
Misled (Carnal Thirst, #1)Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemOh Myyy!Coraline
William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace (William Shakespeare's Star Wars, #1)Peter PanThe Ocean at the End of the LaneCasino Royale (James Bond #1)


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30 March 2017

Book Review: The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Title: The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Author: J.K. Rowling
Published: 04/12/2008, Bloomsbury
Pages: 109
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback

Rating: 5/5

"The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. 

Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter."

28 March 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I've Met


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is ten authors I've met. I don't actually think I've met ten authors... and the ones I have met aren't exactly well known (I don't think...) due mainly to location, but I'm going to list them with at least one of their books that I've read/own.

26 March 2017

The Sunday Post (26 March)


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly of Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.
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