Memo pad: September Books

It’s the end of another month and that means its time to let you know what I’ve been reading. I’ve had a pretty good month finishing four books one of which was massive! (I’m looking at you Lady Midnight). Unfortunately I did DNF another book and if you read my last bookish post then you’ll know it was one I was really looking forward to but oh well. In much better news, I reached my updated goodreads goal!!!! (updated because I did originally set it at 40 just so I didn’t panic and get stressed by it) I’ve never read 52 books in a year before and I’m unreasonably happy about it. There’s just a really nice ring to it, 52 books. One book a week. All rounded off and satisfying….. Anyway, on to the books.

Read: 4         DNF: 1

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Bookworm Problems of a Mood Reader

Hello, my name is Jessica and I’m a mood reader. I buy books that I don’t read, and I don’t read books that I do want to read.

Now that we’ve got that confession out of the way, I just want to say that being a mood reader can be great!

Maybe you wake up with a certain feeling and you just know exactly what book you need to read right this second (or well, after food probably). There’s no umming and ahhing about what to read next and weighing up piles/lists of books and writing pros and cons and things to figure out just which one to go for. None of that (or well, very little of that). You can simply look at a list of books (if you have an ereader like me) or a pile of books (for you plebs in the back – no I’m joking. I love real books and am sad I’m not well enough to read them any more) and with just one glance you can say THAT ONE!

Sounds like bliss, right? Less procrastinating = more reading. No making up TBR jars, or having to preplan lists for the next month. Just an instant decision.

That sounds perfect?

Well you are wrong. You are oh, so very wrong, my friends. And I am going to bring you through exactly why,

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Memo Pad: Books – August 2017

I feel like I’m coming out of my reading slump. Maybe. Hopefully. I read four pretty awesome books this month and they were all ARCs and I think the fact they were all great as well as the fact I had to read them to review both helped kick me into reading gear and thank god for that! I seem to be on a contemporary kick right now (I will preface this by saying I pretty much call anything that isn’t scifi/fantasy/dystopian or historical fiction contemporary). I didn’t read any last year but I’ve already read seven this year and I’m planning on reading more. Maybe my reading slump is genre specific?

 Read: 4

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As always none of the reviews have spoilers and all of the links are to the Goodreads profiles for each book

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Top Ten Recommendations for Middle Grade Fantasy/Adventure

Top ten Tuesdays are hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish, this weeks topic is top ten recommendations for…(anything you want)

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I’ve decided to do middle grade fantasy/adventure but with a twist, so the first three I’m sharing with you are books that I have read the rest however are books on my to read list that fall under the same vibe

How can I possibly recommend books that I haven’t read yet? Well, I read the blurbs and recommended them to myself because they all sound pretty awesome. I don’t read middle grade fantasy books that often but the thing I love about them is you can just dive straight in and be completely wrapped up in the story without having to think and quite often finish it in a sitting or two. Continue reading

Mid Year Freakout Book Tag

Following on from the mid year theme of my last post I thought I’d do a bookish version. Normally I don’t really read enough books to take part in things like this after a full year but reading is going really well and, having 40 books to pick from already, I thought I’d give the mid year freak out book tag that’s been floating around my feed lately a go.

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  1. Best book you’ve read so far?

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I’m going to go for the All For The Game trilogy by Nora Sakavic (I realise that’s three books but shhhh!) it was amazing! Honourable mentions to: Starship’s Mage, We Were Liars, The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare and Crooked Kingdom, which were all five star reads for me.

 

  1. Best sequel of 2017 so far?

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I haven’t read that many sequels this year but I started the year by reading Crooked Kingdom and loved it. Not quite as much as Six  of Crows but it was still brilliant.

 

  1. New release you haven’t read yet but want to read?

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Six Wakes by Mur Laffety, Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts and Shadow Run by Adrianne Strickland and Micheal Miller, are 3 books that I was mega excited to read this year but none of them are available on kindle (at least in the UK) so I haven’t been able to read them. I’m mad!! I should email the publishers or something but I never get around to it. Also Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor which is available but its £9.99 for the ebook and I mean really? I’m not paying that much for an ebook considering most of the books I buy are on deal for less than £2. I stretch to £5 if I REALLY want to read it RIGHT THIS MINUTE. But not that high.

 

  1. Most anticipated release of the second half of 2017?

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The Wicker King by Kayla Ancrum, The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman, Winds of Winter (ASOIAF) by George R.R Martins (hey man, I’m eternally optimistic that this book will be released at some point…)

 

  1. Biggest disappointment?

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The Untimely Deaths of Alex Wayfare or Illuminae. This is a difficult one because I didn’t hate either of these (they were both 3 star for me) but I’d loved the previous Alex Wayfare book and Illuminae came with a massive amount of hype and just, neither lived up to my expectations.

 

  1. Biggest surprise?

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The Foxhole Court (All for the Game #1) or We Were Liars

I picked up both of these because they were on deal and I’d heard decent things about them and I was not expecting to love them as much as I did, (I’m only putting the first book in the All For The Game trilogy here because once I’d read the first it was NOT a surprise how much I loved the others) and hell if they didn’t give me the most ridiculous and long lasting of book hangovers.

 

  1. Favourite new author (debut or new to you)?

I don’t really follow authors, like, even if I really absolutely love a book I won’t go and check what other books that author had written. If I come across a book that sounds good and then realise that it’s by an author I’ve previously liked then I might be slightly more inclined to read it or rather boost it up the list a little but I never seek books by certain authors out.

 

  1. Newest fictional crush?

…i don’t…? I have loads of favourite characters that I just can’t get out of my head but not in this way.

 

  1. Newest favourite character?

Andrew Minyard from All For The Game, my little five foot ball of anger with a racket.

 

  1. Book that made you cry?

We Were Liars by E Lockhart. Just. Daymn. That book. I’m not someone who cries reading  (or watching) but this book physically hurt me.

 

  1. Book that made you happy?

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This is a bit of a weird question to me, any book that I enjoyed reading made me happy but I’m assuming it means more…. Story wise? And I don’t know, fantasy books aren’t normally necessarily…happy. I really enjoyed reading Sea by Sarah Driver which was a very magical children’s story and also the 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by MG Buehrlen was also quite feel good? In a weird way? I mean it wasn’t happy… But… I don’t know man.

 

  1. Favourite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year?

I really don’t watch that many movies. There’s loads that I’ve been like, oh I should watch that but….

Does Handmaid’s Tale count? That’s not a movie and I haven’t even finished watching it yet but that’s the closest I can come, which gives you an idea of just how little tv/films I watch.

 

  1. Favourite review you’ve written this year?

I really don’t think I’m very good at reviews (I’m trying, okay?) but I’d say maybe We Were Liars for the complete lack of coherent thoughts I had about the book (….it hurts!) or perhaps my slightly scathing review of Matilda (where the best thing I could say about it was that I liked the musical).

 

  1. Most beautiful book you bought or received so far this year?

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This Savage Song? I’m looking through my goodreads shelves looking at covers (because I don’t buy real books anymore) and I honestly am not coming up with many pretty ones. Sea? Crooked kingdom maybe?

 

  1. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

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All of the books I mentioned in questions 3 & 4. I’d also really like to read Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova and A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab. I  have both of these already but I’m a massive mood reader and I’m waiting till the right time because I want to love them.

 


 

I tried not to repeat the same books so many times but a lot of the questions line up. It was interesting to look back over them and it’ll be interesting to compare my answers at the end if the year too to see if my favourites survive and if I ever do manage to get around to reading those books I want to.

What about you? Do you read by author? I’ve seen a lot of people blogging about their favourite authors and am starting to feel like the odd one out for not having any! I’m not going to tag anyone directly but if you think this would be fun for you to do then I would love to read your answers.

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Mid Year Goals – How am I doing?

It’s July! Where is the year going? It seems like only a couple weeks ago that I made my new years goals for the year but here we are six months later. I thought it would be good time check in with them (no point making goals if you forget all about them).

 

Writing

Keep writing

I wanted to write two chapters a month. So far I’ve written two chapters every month apart from April where I wrote one. But that was planned because I went on holiday. This is going well, I was a little apprehensive at the start that doing two chapters a month would be too much but I’m managing well without too much anxiety about it.

Keep writing harry potter fan fic: So far – Check

I’m enjoying doing this even if no one is reading it haha. Finally getting it written down after so many years of it being in my head. I’m about half way through writing second year.

Finish my original prequel story: Not yet but I only have one chapter left so, very soon. It’s very exciting, I’m writing the last chapter at the moment. That’s 21 chapters since I started it in November. I can’t wait till I finish it but I’m also dreading having to read it haha.

Do a first edit: Need to finish it first!

 

Blogs and books

Keep blogging: Check. (Hi!)

Read at least 40 books/ maybe even 48:

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I’ve officially read 40 books already!

I have no idea how that happened, the most I’ve ever read in a year before is 46 so that looks like its going to be beaten. I said it would be really cool to read 52 books. One a week. Which is something I’ve never done before and it’s looking like a very good possibility right now.

 

Business:

Put more energy in

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Have more listings

So this one is a little difficult as my cutting machine stopped cutting through much. (read: Big fat no) I still have my vinyl cards and cross stitches up. And I’ve gotten a new cutter for my birthday a few weeks ago so hopefully I can get back on track with this. Unfortunately it uses a different software and file type so I have to try to convert/redesign everything. It’ll take a while but I’m getting there and figuring it all out. I’m hoping once everything is ready then I will get this one back on track.

Try to make some small cross stitches as well as big pieces:

This is going well so far. I have two pin cushion up and am just finishing my large Peter pan quote and getting the pattern ready to sell. I’m hoping by the end of the year I’ll have the other two pin cushions and a large Christmas design up as well. Which would be double the designs I managed last year.

 

Craft:

Make mum a bag: Check! This went really well, even if I did rush it only a couple weeks before her birthday.

Make dad a scarf:…. Road bump. You can see my post about the difficulties here but I’ve started a new one. I’m about half way through it and liking how it’s turning out.

Make first quilt: I’ve started, I am currently 8 blocks in out of 24 so still a long way to go. I probably won’t be finished the blocks let alone joining it all together by the end of the year but it is happening.

 

Spanish:

Keep a Spanish diary every day:

On track! (okay so there was that one week in June where I was so ill I just couldn’t do it but other than that…) I’m also thinking about stopping at the end of July (once I’ve finished this notebook) because I’m not really learning much more now that I’ve done six months of what I do everyday (I do a lot of the same things!) I have learnt a lot though and I’m going to carry on doing something Spanish everyday. I think I’m going to do a workbook next that should take me a month or two if I do a page a day and then see what else after.

Find someone to check: Nope. Big fat no.

 


 

I think overall I’m doing really well. The cutter breaking wasn’t really my fault and I once I get my new one all figured out I’ll push ahead with that one. The quilt is unfortunate, I could get it done by the end of the year but I’d probably have to do nothing else which isn’t going to happy. We’ll just see how far I get with it anyway. I haven’t given up on any of my goals even if they are changing a little.

How about you? What goals did you set and how are you doing with them? Did you set yourself a reading challenge? What crafts are you up to this year? Can you believe we are halfway through the year already?

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