31 January 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Picture Books I Own


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic all about visuals. So this includes graphic novels, comics and picture books. I haven't read any graphic novels or comics, so recommendations would be great here. So this week, I'm going to list the picture books I own. It's going to be a short one!

30 January 2017

ARC Review: Unf*ck Your Habitat - You're Better Than Your Mess, Rachel Hoffman

Unf*ck Your Habitat: You're Better Than Your Mess

Title: Unf*ck Your Habitat - You're Better Than Your Mess
Author: Rachel Hoffman
Published: 03/01/2017, St Martins Griffin
Pages: 22
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 4/5

"Finally, a housekeeping and organizational system developed for those of us who'd describe our current living situation as a “f*cking mess” that we're desperate to fix. Unf*ck Your Habitat is for anyone who has been left behind by traditional aspirational systems. The ones that ignore single people with full-time jobs; people without kids but living with roommates; and people with mental illnesses or physical limitations. Most organizational books are aimed at traditional homemakers, DIYers, and people who seem to have unimaginable amounts of free time. They assume we all iron our sheets, have linen napkins to match our table runners, and can keep plants alive for longer than a week. Basically, they ignore most of us living here in the real world.

Interspersed with lists and challenges, this practical, no-nonsense advice relies on a 20/10 system (20 minutes of cleaning followed by a 10-minute break; no marathon cleaning allowed) to help you develop lifelong habits. It motivates you to embrace a new lifestyle in manageable sections so you can actually start applying the tactics as you progress. For everyone stuck between The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Adulting, this philosophy is decidedly more realistic than aspirational, but the goal is the same: not everyone will have a showcase of a home, but whatever your habitat, you deserve for it to bring you happiness, not stress."

29 January 2017

The Sunday Post (29 January)


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.

26 January 2017

Book Review: Odd and the Frost Giants, Neil Gaiman

Odd and the Frost Giants

Title: Odd and the Frost Giants
Author: Neil Gaiman
Published: 22/09/2009, HarperCollins
Pages: 128
Source: Gift
Format: Ebook

Rating: 4/5

"In this inventive, short, yet perfectly formed novel inspired by traditional Norse mythology, Neil Gaiman takes readers on a wild and magical trip to the land of giants and gods and back.

In a village in ancient Norway lives a boy named Odd, and he's had some very bad luck: His father perished in a Viking expedition; a tree fell on and shattered his leg; the endless freezing winter is making villagers dangerously grumpy.

Out in the forest Odd encounters a bear, a fox, and an eagle—three creatures with a strange story to tell.

Now Odd is forced on a stranger journey than he had imagined—a journey to save Asgard, city of the gods, from the Frost Giants who have invaded it.

It's going to take a very special kind of twelve-year-old boy to outwit the Frost Giants, restore peace to the city of gods, and end the long winter.

Someone cheerful and infuriating and clever . . .

Someone just like Odd."

25 January 2017

Book Review: Being Jamie Baker (Jamie Baker #1), Kelly Oram

Being Jamie Baker (Jamie Baker, #1)

Title: Being Jamie Baker
Series: Jamie Baker #1
Author: Kelly Oram
Published: 14/06/2010, Bluefields
Pages:353
Source: Amazon freebie
Format: Ebook

Rating: 4/5

"An accident that should end in tragedy instead gives seventeen-year-old Jamie Baker a slew of uncontrollable superhuman abilities. To keep her secret safe Jamie socially exiles herself, earning the title of Rocklin High's resident ice queen. But during a supercharged encounter with star quarterback Ryan Miller she literally kisses anonymity goodbye. Now the annoyingly irresistible Ryan will stop at nothing to melt the heart of the ice queen and find out what makes her so special. Unfortunately, Ryan is not the only person on to her secret. Will Jamie learn to contain her unstable powers before being discovered by the media or turned into a government lab rat? More importantly, can she throw Ryan Miller off her trail before falling in love with him?"

24 January 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I NEED to Finish


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is a freebie. So, looking at the past topics, I have decided to go for Top Ten Series I NEED to Finish.

23 January 2017

ARC Review: Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology

Title: Norse Mythology
Author: Neil Gaiman
Published: 07/02/2017, Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 256
Source: Goodreads Giveaway
Format: ARC - Paperback

Rating: 3.5/5

"Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again."

22 January 2017

The Sunday Post (22 January)


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.

19 January 2017

ARC Review: All Laced Up (Breakaway #1), Erin Fletcher

All Laced Up (Breakaway, #1)

Title: All Laced Up
Series: Breakaway #1
Author: Erin Fletcher
Published: 10/10/2016, Entangled: Crush
Pages: 184
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 4/5

"Everyone loves hockey superstar Pierce Miller. Everyone except Lia Bailey. 

When the two are forced to teach a skating class to save the rink, Lia’s not sure she’ll survive the pressure of Nationals and Pierce’s ego. Not only can’t he remember her name, he signed her bottle of water like she was one of his groupies. Ugh. 

But if there’s one thing Lia knows better than figure skating, it’s hockey. Hoping to take his ego down a notch—or seven—she logs into his team website under an anonymous name to give him pointers on his less-than-stellar playing. 

Turns out, Pierce isn’t arrogant at all. And they have a lot in common. Too bad he’s falling for the anonymous girl online. No matter how much fun they’re starting to have in real life, she’s afraid he’s going to choose fake-Lia over the real one…"

17 January 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Books


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is ten underrated books I've read over the past two years.

16 January 2017

ARC Review: Soul Crossed (Of Demons and Angels #1), Lisa Gail Green

Soul Crossed (Of Demons and Angels #1)

Title: Soul Crossed
Series: Angels and Demons #1
Author: Lisa Gail Green
Published: 25/02/2015, Full Fathom Five Digital
Pages: 294
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 4/5

"One Demon. One Angel. One Soul.

Josh lived a reckless, selfish life, so upon his death, escaping the eternal torments of Hell by assuming the role of a powerful, soul-corrupting demon is an easy choice. His first soul assignment doesn’t seem too hard: the mortal Camden is already obsessed with weapons, pain, and torture. If only Josh wasn’t distracted by Cam's beautiful friend, Grace.

Grace never expected to die violently at age sixteen, but now she’s an Angel, responsible for saving a soul. She can already see past Camden’s earthly flaws, so the job should be be easy. If only that handsome, playboy Josh would stop getting in the way.

It’s forbidden for an Angel to be with a Demon, so if Josh and Grace stop resisting each other, the results would be disastrous. 

And only one can claim Cam’s soul."

15 January 2017

The Sunday Post (15 January)


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.

12 January 2017

ARC Review: The Two-Night One-Night Stand, Ryan Ringbloom

The Two-Night One-Night Stand

Title: The Two-Night One-Night Stand
Author: Ryan Ringbloom
Published: 29/09/2016, Ryan Ringbloom
Pages: 152
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 5/5

"A girl. A guy. And a talking peen. 

Holly Martin isn't the type to have a one-night stand. But a crushing break up, a sexy blind date, and a few shots of Fireball is about to change all that. 

Matthew Daniels is an introverted PA who claims he’s too busy to date. But that doesn’t stop his older brothers from encouraging him to let loose and get out there, because as they put it - the right girl won’t just walk up to you. 

But what if she does? 

Is it possible for a one-night stand that happens twice, to actually become more? Could two nights of reckless debauchery actually lead to true love? Or is this just another case of a whisky induced disaster? 

This Romantic Comedy is sure to have you laughing, cringing, rolling your eyes, shouting at the pages and looking for a shot glass of your own. 

**This book contains mature content (and immature content). It is intended for adult readers."

11 January 2017

2016 End of Year Survey



The End of Year Book Survey was created by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner and it's a fantastic way to recap your reading and blogging over the year.

2016 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 87
Number of Re-Reads: 10
Genre You Read The Most From: Well according to my stats on Goodreads, it was Young Adult followed closely by Romance.

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read in 2016?
It's so hard to narrow it down, but I'm going to go with
Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, #1)Paper ButterfliesFrostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
I DNF'ed this one about halfway through. It just wasn't what I was expecting

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  
Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)
After seeing a lot of negative reviews, I was dreading this one, but I actually quite enjoyed it.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I don't really know. I don't tend to actively push books at people.

5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
I started a lot of series this year, but didn't actually get around to many sequels or series enders so this is tricky.
Sequel/Series Ender
The Flame Never Dies (The Stars Never Rise, #2)

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2016?
Jeff LindsaySarah J. MaasElly BlakeRyan Ringbloom

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Thriller/Mystery
Mr Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1)

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)
(...can you tell I really loved Frostblood?)

11. Most memorable character of 2016?
Asking For It
Probably Emma, her story just made such an impact

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
What Light
Just because it's so damn Christmassy

13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2016?
Not If I See You First

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 
There were what felt like hundreds, but I'll go for...
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
"Remember this: Nothing is written in the stars. Not these stars, nor any others. No One controls your destiny" - Wicked, Gregory Maguire
"Life is a crap carnival with shit prizes" - Mr Mercedes, Stephen King


16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
Another Together (A Next Together short story)The Rose Petal Beach

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Paper ButterfliesAsking For It

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)The Two-Night One-Night Stand

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Flawed

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
The Two-Night One-Night StandA Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, #1)Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)

23. Best 2016 debut you read?
Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
The Two-Night One-Night Stand

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
Paper Butterflies

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Crossing the Ice (Ice #1)

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Paper Butterflies

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
The Next Together (The Next Together #1)

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Asking For It

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?
A Fools Ingenuity and Molly's Book Nook to name only two

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?
I'm really not sure... I'm not a fan of my own writing

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Well, the one with the most views was The Problem With My Local Library

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Top Ten Tuesday - such a great way to get recommendations

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?
Reaching my first blogoversary (I didn't expect to last so long) and meeting so many great people

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Keeping going (especially during the summer months when things were going on)

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
By comments, it is the recent Top Ten Tuesday post - New To Me Authors

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Well my review with the least views is my one of Buster so a few more views would have been nice cause it's a good book

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Probably Litsy, you can find me @myexpandingbookshelf

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Yes! I completely smashed my Goodreads goal this year! I had a target of 65 books and I read 87! I also did fairly well on various other challenges I set myself this year.

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
The Burning World  (Warm Bodies, #3)

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I'm rubbish at keeping up at debuts so I have no idea!

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
The Burning World  (Warm Bodies, #3)Blank 133x176

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
Properly design my blog and learn a bit of coding along the way - it's just not as pretty as I want my blog to be

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)


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