#TheReadingQuest Update 1

Finished my first book, some older woman is bullying some of the participants, and I’m having fun reading…

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I completed my first book!

View my Goodreads review here (it has also been added to this blog’s queue). I read The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. I enjoyed the story, and it received 3/5 stars. 

 

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The story was based of Arabian Nights.

Next I will read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I have read this before and did not like it. Finger’s crossed I do this time!

 

This week is flooded with uni assessments and exams, so bear with me.

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Point Count:

XP 30

HP 50

Level 1 

 

IN OTHER NEWS… 

peaces_icons-harrumphI’ve had beef with somebody who’s being a shark on the book blogs and forums participating. This woman is going around on teenager’s accounts and discounting their reading; taking this reading challenge way too far. I scavenged the web to see if other #TheReadingQuest participants were being attacked, and indeed there were. In particular: teen girls. Not cool, Miss ‘I like to spend my time trying to argue with minors who are just trying to have some fun while reading’.

 

I’ve been obsessed with The Office (U.S.) lately. Half way through season 3, it just clicked. I suddenly understood the humour.

 

Okay back to assignments and study…

Review: Six of Crows

Six of Crows Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This review is essentially spoiler free aside from talking about characters’ personalities(?? also, anything accidental bc idk what would be a spoiler for those who have read Grisha sorry).

4.5/5 stars.

It would’ve been 5 if I knew more references; alas, I am a noob who immensely regrets not reading the Grisha trilogy before this.

Overall thoughts:
It was hard for me to get into, because we really do just jump into the world, so if you’re wondering if you can read this without reading Grisha; bloody well just don’t. Okay? DON’T. I regret it.Have I emphasised that enough? Cool.

It was a cool story. Not usually something I’d love, but the characters are what hooked me.

Do I think this story is overrated?
Yep. Totally. It’s just like any other high fantasy in YA. I saw nothing outstanding from the rest.

This doesn’t stop it from getting such a high rating, however. The writing was beautiful, but I had to read slowly. That was only because there’s a lot for me, personally (as the noob who didn’t read the other series prior– REGRETS) to pick up and understand.

As many people know; I had a few problems with the building of the world. If you don’t know, here’s to catch you up:

Updates

April 20, 2017 – page 0
0.0% “Have I read the Grisha Trilogy?
No.
Do I think I’ll like this?
Probably not. It has a map. I’m already getting ToG vibes (and you guys KNOW I do not like that series).
Am I reading this because it’s so popular on GR and very YA fan raves about it on my feed?
Yep.”

April 20, 2017 – page 16
3.23% “Okay this is good!
But idk wtf half of these Grisha terminologies were– maybe I should’ve read them after all…”

April 20, 2017 – page 33
6.67% “This is written really well. I have phased out a few times, due to long descriptions of the setting, but most of it is coherent.
I seriously regret not reading Grisha beforehand.”

April 20, 2017 – page 42
8.48% “”When everyone knows you’re a monster, you Brent waste time doing every monstrous thing.””

April 20, 2017 – page 88
17.78% “I like Nina! She’s a good voice of reason. She seems like she has some huge backstory.
This entire time I feel like I’m missing out on this big crazy war that happened in the other series… is that the case?
How many of these characters were from the old series?”

April 20, 2017 – page 128
25.86% “Idk wtf the dynamic is between Matthias and Nina and idk if they have backstory (I’m sitting here going “what the actual fuck is going on” because he wakes up, we don’t get told a thing about this guy, and book; he’s strangling her) but rn I’m just feeling some Peeta vibes circa. Mockingjay part 1&2.
I’m sad bc I’m confused and feel like a noob.”

April 20, 2017 – page 162
32.73% “Okay so basically NOTHING has happened in this chunk, ffs, but there was a funny joke taken to Kaz about a nursemaid.
Question for fans who know better; WHY is there not a glossary for some terms? They’re italicised, but not explained.
And some words are unnecessarily spelled wrong; like “medik”. For gods sake; WHY DO HIGH FANTASY’S DO THIS. WHY.
Somebody actually answer me please? Sorry, I’m frustrated.”

April 21, 2017 – page 216
43.64% “Yay I got new glasses now I can READ even CLEARER woo.
So a heap of character/relationship stuff is building while they’re on the ship; but it’s taking longer for me to understand the relations.
I feel so behind. I can’t believe I’ve gone into this hot reading Grisha first.
Like who’s good and who’s bad? Why should I care about a certain person’s feelings to this other character’s betrayal? Idk?”

April 22, 2017 – page 275
55.56% “Matthias and Nina are such hunky dorks it’s adorable.
But why is Nina so sketchy to Kaz??? I wanna hug Kaz. He has no idea what’s about to blindside him :/
Nina is my all time fave character in this book. She is the best badass protag I have EVER read.
EVER.”

April 22, 2017 – page 372
75.15% “”Because, Matthias, you stink of decency.”
I’m loving all the last moments before the show down.
However, coolest moment in the chunk: Inej and Nina’s girlpower- and dressing up as Fjerdan (or however else you spell it) women soldiers and trying to get in. That was very cool.
This whole book is quite cool, actually. I’m 17. They’re 17. Why aren’t I that cool?”

April 22, 2017 – page 406
82.02% “MATTHAIS WHAT THE FUCK, MAN??????????”

April 22, 2017 – page 470
94.95% “”I will have you without armour, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.”
God DAMNIT how is this book going to already make me bawl like a baby???????????? HOW
I am about to CRY.
WHAT IS THIS BOOK DOING TO ME?”

Okay so favourite to least fave characters:
1: NINA.

I HAVE A BIG OL’ CRUSH ON NINA AND I AM NOT ASHAMED. I LOVE THIS CHARACTER SO MUCH. I WANT TO DATE HER. SO. BADLY. SOMEBODY GIVE ME A NINA. I LOVE HER. I WANNA HUG HER TO BITS. WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW.

2: Matthais.

At first, I didn’t like the guy. In my updates I said he reminded me of Peeta c.Mockingjay parts 1&2 lmao. I had no idea what the heck was going on at the start; but I’m guessing he’s from Grisha and I’m missing some big plot. Then we were pranked by our own author, who tricked me into thinking he was a badly a bazillion times. But specially when (view spoiler) Also; he and Nina are my ABSOLUTE FAVE. Together and apart. But especially together. What hunky dorks. Hunky. Dorks.

3: Inej (+ especially Inej when she’s super girly and soft oml)

So Inej was great but at the start I kept getting her confused with Nina, oops. I really only like Inek when she’s with Kaz (primarily), or doing badass trickery with Nina. Like stealing the cloaks and making a disguise? (Hey wait I feel like we didn’t end up knowing what happened to Inej when (view spoiler). Anyways; she’s great. She’s super trust-worthy. I knew from the start that she was like, the only good person I could trust. Crooked Kingdom; don’t let me down I s2s (saints? get it ACCEPT ME FANDOM PLS I’M TRYING SO HARD)

4: Kaz

… Look. Guys. Hear me out. He’s a cool guy. But… dang. I got pretty much sick of him afer 3 chapters. I’m ngl, I like when he has his angst bla bla bla, but his macho/pride is boring and tropey. I’m sorry. He’s the main man and I’m not loving him?

5: Jesper

I’m sorry but his POV was the worst to read IMO. I was bored and it didn’t give an exciting insight like the others idd. He had the least personality, for me.

6: Wyland

Redeeming quality: plays the flute, has daddy issues. Great. Same gurl, we can have some great sleepovers together. But for reading about him; I felt sad at the end, his dad is a dick, but we never get a direct POV from him and so I’m not as attached. Sorry-not-sorry for this ruling…

Idk what else to say? I’m being really generous for my love for this book. It’s super popular. I enjoyed it, the writing is standard YA fantasy. It’s not something I’d tattoo on my face like I s2g half the members on GR are doing, but it was enjoyable and certainly not trash. It did drag a bit though… in the middle? IDK if it was more meaningful to readers from Grisha; for me, I was like “how long are are they on this ship daaaang can’t the assassination just happen already jeez”.

Yes I’ll read on. Mainly because this book did get me attached, by the end I wanted to cry mainly for Nina and Inej. Bless those girls. Men have been shit to both of them. I hope they’re okay in the next book.

Thanks for all the likes I got in my updates, too, btw. It’s the most response I’ve ever received?? I didn’t know this book was so popular until then wowee.

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#TheReadingQuest has Started!

From today until the 10th of September, I will be participating in a book challenge hosted by Read at Midnight. You can find my sign up/entry post hereI love that this is an Australian-hosted challenge! 

I’ve made a couple cute images for the quest!

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This is just a run-down of the challenge’s rules.

And I finally made a character profile:

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I am determined to win! (or at the very least; have a lot of fun 🙂 )

ARE YOU PARTICIPATING IN THE READING QUEST?

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Are you participating in #TheReadingQuest? If so, which character are you playing as?

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out my blog post explaining it/entering here or check out the original post explaining it here.

 

I will also try to read as many recommended books that I found on the Reading Quest’s Goodreads Discussion group:

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DO YOU UNDERSTAND HOW EXCITED I AM FOR THIS CHALLENGE???

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I know it’s just reading, but this whole set up will be cool to interact with fellow readers and have friendly competition going on.

I wish everybody good luck!

Let’s pray I don’t get swamped by uni work and have to neglect this challenge like I did for Make Me Read-a-thon 😦

I Failed the Make Me Read-a-thon

I read 0 out of 5 books.

 

Pathetic, I know.

 

But I did end up listening to two audiobooks! I still classify it my attempt a failure, but know I wasn’t completely out of the loop. Please don’t shun me. Okay, I deserve it a lil bit for being so weak and ‘procratinative’…

 

Funky INCREDBIBLY SAD Audiobooks I Listened to This Week:

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer NivenKirby Heybourne (Narrator)Ariadne Meyers (Narrator). I rated this book 4/5 stars.

 

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (Goodreads Author)Bahni Turpin (Narrator)Robbie Daymond (Narrator). I also rated this book 4/5 stars.

 

How’d you guys go with your reading challenges? Were they a success or failure? Which book is your current favourite?

 

Quick Lit #2

One meh, one bad, and two new favourite reads! 😀

Here’s a run-down of the books I reviewed this week:

Meh. It was cool. I wouldn’t reread it, though.

Cringey as the title sounds, my dude.

ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVOURITES ❤ ❤ ❤

I reread this and I went from rating it 2 stars to 4.5/5 stars. Yep. I love the first two books! 

 

What have you been reviewing lately? Anything from above?

Friday 56 #5

TGIF! This week features a gorgeous sunset and the pretty cover of A Thousand Pieces of You 🙂

Happy Friday! For me, it’s just like any other day 🙂 except tonight I allow myself to stay up reading 😎 real booknerds sacrifice sleep for more reading.

This week’s page 56 comes from a newfound fave of mine; A Thousand Pieces of You.

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For me, this book started off poorly, but then a heap of sci-fi and historical stuff starts to occur. PLUS there’s a great plot twist. 

 

Enjoy your weekend!

Have you read this book, or anything similar? I’d love to hear some book-recs!

When I First Saw You? #4

wow these books sucked ass

Judging books by the cover is a weakness for me. I’m sorry. I have learned my lesson (mostly), but a few months back, I read these god awful books.

 

They were written by the same author who wrote the Vampire Diaries. You know, the books I’ve RAVED about???

 

Well: They. Blew.

 

They SUCKED. 0/5 stars. They are a disgrace to my bookshelf. Take them away from me.

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These books are called the Night World series. 

 

I have ranted many times about these books. I cannot believe I made myself read them.

 

 

 

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Basically: I saw these in the library. A friend gave them to me. I read them. They sucked. I was in denial, bc paranormal romances are always a win for me. Then after reading every single story; I concluded: They Sucked.

Library Loot #5

I went outside to take a shot of these beautiful books cmon give me attention

Holy crap, guys! I haven’t done one of these tags for over two months!

 

I promise I’ve been ever-so-faithful to the library. But it’s always mainly been SJM books.

 

Additional to the Make Me Read-a-thon selection, I’m hoping to read these books I found last week!

I didn’t know Meg Cabot and Stephenie Meyer wrote a book together??? THAT’S THE BEST NEWS EVER.

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Books I Looted from the Library: