Monday, 24 August 2015

Bout of Books Wrap Up!

  What a fun week it has been! I have read some great books and had a laugh with some of the challenges.
  You might be wondering where I was yesterday. I didn't read anything yesterday :(
  But I did read a lot on Saturday and so here's that:

I read 149 pages of the Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness finishing it (boy does he love those cliffhangers)
I also read 58 pages of Earth Flight by Janet Edwards 

bringing my total for the day to 207 pages




Overall I think this has been a successful readathon for me! 
I completed four books:
Ready Player One
The Ask and the Answer
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Quidditch Through the Ages

and started a fifth : Earth Flight. 

I read a total of 1007 pages. And I always feel when you break the 1000 page mark you have done very well. 

Thank you to all those who have hosted Bout of Books, as always a fantastic job! 

Saturday, 22 August 2015

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

The Ask and the Answer 
  This is the second book in the Chaos Walking trilogy.
 What I love about Patrick Ness's writing is how easy it is to read. Though this is a long book (517 pages) I read it in just under three days. But boy does he love those cliffhangers!
  This book didn't immediately satisfy the cliffhanger at the end of the last book. This was good, because it kept me reading, also bad, because I HAD TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.
  Todd in this book has the same flaw as he did in The Knife of Never Letting Go which is his temper. He is constantly described as not being able to kill but he often flies into a murderous rage. A bit contradictory.
  What I loved about this edition was that it included a short story called The Wide, Wide Sea. This followed a different set of characters. I adored this story as in it I got to see more of the world that they are on, the Spackle are explained in more detail and from a different perspective. I really enjoyed it and think it was a good addition to the story.
  This book also ends on a cliffhanger, and so, I cannot wait to see how this trilogy wraps up.
 

Road Trip Challenge

Today I thought I would do a road trip across the galaxy because that sounded just epic to me! Can you tell I am suffering from Doctor Who withdrawals?




The books that will take you on this spacey adventure are:

Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Set on Luna, we begin our road trip on the moon, these Lunars can't be trusted even in their appearances. 


These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Our next stop is on the luxury spaceliner the Icarus, which will bring us to our next destination if disaster doesn't strike. 


Atlantia by Ally Condie
This book takes place under one of Earth's oceans in a place that sounds beautiful but has its own dark secrets hidden just like the ocean it is surrounded by. 


Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
Last stop brings us back home to (dry land on) earth, the humans in this book (for the most part) all live on terraformed colonised planets, but come to earth as a history tour, lets look at Earth through the eyes of a tourist and appreciate the beautiful planet we live on. 

Bout of Books Update Day 5

I had such good intentions for yesterday! I had planned to read more than any day previously.

However I only read 80 pages. 

Let's be honest 80 pages is still a lot but its not really where I'd hoped to be at this stage.
I did however manage to finish the Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness which I'll do a review on soon. 
Progress to come! 

Friday, 21 August 2015

Bout of Books Character Soulmates

Today the challenge is to choose two soul mates from two different books. 

            I chose Tess, from Tess of the D'Urbervilles 
                and
                Jonathan from Illusionarium 

I think that these characters would be great together because Tess deserves someone who would go to the ends of the earth for her and Jonathan needs someone to rely on him.

Their shipping name would be Jess? lol. 





Bout of Books Update Day 4


  Ok, already I know that I won't be able to read more every day than the day that I read before.
It was nice to aim for it anyway.

Yesterday I read 178 pages of the Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness.

I am really enjoying it so far, and I am looking forward to finishing it which I hope to do today.
That is the goal today to finish this book. :)

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Day 4 Challenge #4SeasonsBookCovers

The challenge today was the Four Seasons Book Covers Challenge!

I actually found this one a little tricky... some creative licence was taken! Lol!
What do you think?




Spring(notice there are flowers)       Summer(it's on a Beach)       
Autumn(it's eh... orange)    Winter( it says cold.. lol) 

Nailed it? Close enough! 

Bout of Books Update Day 3

Wednesday I got a lot of reading done!

I read all of Quidditch Through the Ages - 105 pages

And I read -134 pages- of The Ask and The Answer

Bringing my total for day three to

239

Which is progress! I think I should make it my unofficial goal to try and read more each day than the day before - lets see how this goes.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Bout of Books Update Day 2

Yesterday I read a lot more than the first day and so I call that a success!!

I read 60 pages of Ready Player One- finishing it. Woah, I loved the plot and the characters and the excitement. The only thing that let it down for me was the swearing- that always annoys me in books.

I read 123 pages of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them- finishing it. Very interesting read. I loved learning about more of the creatures from Harry Potter that we don't see in the books or movies.

I also read 12 pages of the Ask and the Answer.

Bringing my total page count for day two up to: 195
whoop whoop!! 


Book MASH

  Today we play Book MASH
 I never played MASH when I was younger so it was fun to try it out. Without any further ado here is my future:

I live with my husband Morpheus (from Splintered by A. G. Howard) with our 5 kids in Prettyville (Uglies by Scottwesterfeld). I work as a cleaner and drive a yellow Ferrari (Alice from New Moon- at least I think that was her car in that one right??)

But what I want to know is how did I afford that car? 

I am kind of sad I didn't get to marry George Weasley and have a pet Kneasle but I guess you can't be too picky right? :P

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Bout of Books Update Day One

  Yesterday was the first day of Bout of Books. I had such high expectations of myself. I always do. I had hoped to finish Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and begin the Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness.
  Neither of those happened.

  I did manage to read 108 pages of Ready Player One. Which is not bad. I still feel like that is successful.

  I am totally motivated to read more over the rest of the days and I cannot wait to continue with this readathon!

#boutofbookshunt The Scavenger Hunt Challenge

   Today's challenge is to go on a book scavenger hunt. I actually had a lot of fun finding the books to suit the requirements. I think they turned out rather well!!

1. A book that begins with a 'B'

 I chose Bunheads by Sophie Flack. It's about 'B'allerinas and 'B'usy schedules and 'B'eautiful talented people pushed to the 'B'reaking point. Lots of 'B's in there. 




2. A book you are currently reading or going to read for Bout of Books

 I'm going to be reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them. I have been meaning to read this for so long I cannot wait!

3. Blue Books


I LOVED putting these together! They all look so beautiful there are a few of my favourite book covers in here. 

4. A book from your favourite genre


My favourite genre is Fantasy. The Spiderwick Chronicles are always going to be some of my favourite fantasy books! 

5. A book on your TBR shelf or your TBR shelves


I tried to get as much of my TBR shelves in the shot as possible but it was difficult because I have so many! 

I hope you enjoyed looking through these! They were a lot of fun to make!

Monday, 17 August 2015

Bout of Books #FictionalWorldTravel challenge

For this challenge you have to list 3-6 books set in countries that are NOT where you currently live and display them how you like!



I Live in Ireland, which makes this a very easy challenge for me!! 


Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett- set in the Discworld
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- set in Germany
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo- set in France
Atlantia by Ally Condie- set in an undersea city, Atlantia
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild- set in England
Cinder by Marissa Meyer- set in New Beijing

I tried to get a nice mixture of real and fantastical settings just to make things interesting!! 

Books are made of paper- which is made from trees- but did they want to embrace their heritage?? No, they wanted to keep falling on the ground! ;P 

Bout of Books

I love participating in this readathon! It is one of my favourites. However- for some reason I have never actually joined in on any of the challenges!

I am changing that! This time around I will be reading like a crazy reading ninja AND attempting the challenges!

Get ready to see some awesome entries!

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

NON SPOILER REVIEW

  I have seen these books in so many places for so many years. They are consistently in every book shop, every library, and every Booktuber seems to have read them. I picked up my copy over a year ago. For some reason I always had low expectations despite the constant good reviews. I wish I had picked them up sooner.
  This is the first book in the Chaos Walking trilogy. It is a young adult dystopian series. It at first took me a few pages to get into it as the dialogue is written as it is spoken and I usually have to mentally prepare myself for that because it's not really something that I enjoy. Once I got past that I began to really embrace it.
  This book is set in the small town of Prentisstown where the protagonist Todd lives with his dog Manchee. In Prentisstown your thoughts are projected around you and anyone can see them. There is a constant Noise of hundreds of thoughts buzzing around. It is enough to drive anyone crazy. There is also no women in Prentisstown, killed by a disease brought to the town by a war.
  In a month Todd will become a man. Which happens in Prentisstown at the age of 13. He will then be accepted by the other men in the town. One day as he is out by the swap, where the constant Noise of the town is dulled slightly, Todd stumbles across a hole in the Noise and what he finds there shows him that he may have been lied to about everything he has ever believed.
  This book exceeded my expectations, I grew to really get to love Manchee the dog and how innocent and loyal he was. I loved this cast of characters so much.
  There were a few things in this plot that I was definitely not expecting. Particularly in the behaviour of some of the characters. I loved that I didn't know exactly what was coming next.
  The ending was very intense. It leaves you on such a cliffhanger that I immediately want to pick up the next book- soon, very soon.
  Overall a highly enjoyable book and a series that I cannot wait to continue with.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Earth Star by Janet Edwards

SPOILER FREE REVIEW

  This is the second book in the Earth Girl trilogy. It again follows Jarra and her story. 
  I loved to see these characters again. I feel like in real life they would be annoying, but to read they are interesting and fun to read from. I liked that in this book when Jarra starts to become important it isn't like many Y.A. books when the protagonist is suddenly the most important person in the world for no reason. Jarra is important but it makes sense as to why she would be, there are reasons given and the reasons make sense. 
  The dialogue in this book could be slightly irritating at times. The people of the time that this novel is set have their own slang and it could be annoying. 
  This book focuses a lot on strategy for an event in the book. However, this big event doesn't occur in this book. It finishes right as things are getting good. I want the next book now please!