MARCH 2017 TBR

 

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It’s the end of February and time of my TBR for the month of March I am continuing with the six different categories for my TBR.

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FANTASY NOVEL:

Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields

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CONTEMPORARY NOVEL: 

A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody

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NOVEL RELEASED IN 2017:

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

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READERS CHOICE:

The Book Jumper Mechthild Glaser

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TBR JAR PICK:

Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur

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ARC:

Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon 

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Are there any books here that you have read or are planning to read? What are you planning to read in March? Let me know in the comments.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

2017 NEW RELEASE CHALLENGE

 

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The aim of this reading challenge is pretty self-explanatory, read new release books in 2017. The hosts are Lexxie from (un)conventional book views and Stormi form Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!

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LEVELS:

 

There are five levels to this challenge:

 

1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie
31-60 books per year – New Release Pro
61-100 books per year – New Release Veteran
101-200 books per year – New Release Enthusiast
200+ books per year – New Release Obsessed

 

I am going to aim for:

New Release Pro

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What New Releases are you looking forward to reading in 2017? Let me know in the comments.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

CREATURE FEATURE READING CHALLENGE – JANUARY 2017 UPDATE

 

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This is going to be a new post I put up monthly about my personal reading challenge. I am going to mention some books featuring the creature of the month and talk about the book I read for this challenge. The creature for January was:

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DEMONS

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Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Demon Girl by Penelope Fletcher

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Beautiful Demons by Sarra Cannon

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White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

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Unchained by J. Lynn

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Forsaken by Jana Oliver

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross

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The book I read in January was:

Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione

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Do you have any recommendations for books featuring Demons? Let me know in the comments.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

MOUNT TBR CHALLENGE 2017

 

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The Mount TBR reading challenge is hosted by My Readers Block. The aim of this reading challenge is to read books that are on my TBR as of December 2016. Any books brought in 2017 do not count towards this challenge.

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LEVELS:

Pike’s Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

I am going to aim for the level Mt. Kilimanjaro (60 books).

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What is the top book on your TBR?

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

MY PERSONAL RAINBOW READATHON

 

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I’ve missed the Ratinbowthon, which I really wanted to participate in. So, I am going to do my own Rainbow Readathon. The running time of this readathon will be over two weeks from the 27th of February to the 12th of March. The aim of this is to read seven books with each book featuring a colour from the rainbow.

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MY TBR:

RED:

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

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ORANGE:

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

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YELLOW:

How To Break A Boy by Laurie Devore

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GREEN:

Frogkisser! Garth Nix 

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BLUE:

 

The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser

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PURPLE:

Nobody’s Goddess by Amy McNulty

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VIOLET:

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand 

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What do you think of my book choices for this personal reading challenge? Would you like to participate as well? Let me know in the comments.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

LIBRARY LOVE READING CHALLENGE 2017

 

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This is a challenge I am really going to enjoy. I’ve been neglecting my pile of library books and this may give me the push to get through that pile. This reading challenge is hosted by Beas Book Nook and Angels Guilty Pleasures.

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LEVELS:

Dewey Decimal: read 12 books
Thrifty Reader: read 24 books
Overdrive Junkie: read 36 books
Library Card on Fire: read 50+ books

I am going to aim for Library Card on Fire. 

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Do you love the library? Do you have a favourite format of books that you get from the library? Let me know in the comments.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

UNBOXING – FEBRUARY 2017 OWLCRATE

 

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My February 2017 Owlcrate arrived this week and I am so excited to do this unboxing. This is the ninth Owlcrate box I have received since subscribing and I have loved every single one. Owlcrate is a U.S Bookish Subscription box that features a book and 3-5 bookish items a month all surrounding a common theme. If you’d like more information about Owlcrate you can find their website here. The theme for the February 2017 box was:

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RUN AWAY WITH THE CIRCUS

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This is what you see when the box is first opened…

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The first item I find in the box is this candle. It smells really sweet and I’ve been informed that the title of the candle is the name of the circus in the book “The Night Circus”.

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From the creators of the candle was this little bookmark.

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The next item are these circus themed page tabs which I am definitely going to use in the future.

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The third item is this lip balm with a cinnamon donut flavour.

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There is a recycled notepad made from old playing cards and books.

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This absolutely stunning tote bag featuring a quote from “The Night Circus” was the piece de resistance for this box.

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The book for this month was Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I have already read this book and received a copy of it in my January 2017 Fairyloot box. However, the U.K and U.S. copies of the book are vastly different in cover design and I really did love the book, so I will have to feature both copies on my bookshelf.

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A signed bookplate from the author was also included in the box.

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Stephanie Garber also wrote a letter to Owlcrate subscribers about Caraval.

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A little print with a quote from Caraval was included in the box.

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And there was a little card for audiobook copies of either Caraval or The Star-Touched Queen. I’m not sure if the promo is valid in Australia but I may try and find out.

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Each month there is an absolutely stunning spoilers card included with information about everything in the box. This months was simplistic in design.

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Lately, Owlcrate have been including little collectable pins with a design from the spoiler card.

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Right at the bottom of the box is a sneak peek card for the next month with the theme and a sneak peek at one of the suppliers. The theme for March is:

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This months box was absolutely amazing and I am in love with the tote bag. This is a subscription box that I love being subscribed to! What was your favourite item from this box? Let me know in the comments.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

GRAPHIC NOVELS & MANGA READING CHALLENGE 2017

 

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This is the 10th year this reading challenge has been running. Nicola is the coordinator of this challenge. I like the look of this challenge and am going to give it a go.

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I am going to aim for:

Modern Age – read and review 12 books

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Do you enjoy graphic novels? Do you have any recommendations? Let me know in the comments.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: EROS

 

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PUBLISHER: Createspace

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 14th February 2014

 

PAGES: 332

 

 

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BLURB:

 

William Shakespeare once wrote that, “Cupid is a knavish lad, thus to make poor females mad.” The trouble is that Cupid himself would probably agree…

As probably the last person in the world who’d appreciate hearts, flowers and romance, Coop is convinced that true love doesn’t exist – which is rather unfortunate considering he’s also known as Cupid, the God of Love. He’d rather spend his days drinking, womanising and generally having as much fun as he possible can. As far as he’s concerned, shooting people with bolts of pure love is a waste of his time…but then his path crosses with that of shy and retiring Skye Sawyer and nothing will ever be quite the same again.

 

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REVIEW:

 

This book is a retelling of the story of Cupid and Psyche in present day times. I really liked the mixture of this ancient tale with modern day concept such as nightclubs and air travel. The concept of Cupid becoming bored with his job and disbelieving in the concept of love and then finding it in an unlikely place was lovely to read about. I found it hilarious when it is explained that Coop has modernised the bow and arrow into a “love gun”. The concept of love being blind is also something that I really enjoyed in this book as Skye does not actually see Coop until about three quarters of the way through due to a bout of invisibility. The combination of modern themes with ancient myth worked extremely well in this book that left a smile on my face.

🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

EPISTOLARY READING CHALLENGE 2017

 

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This reading challenge interested me. I am going it use it as a way to venture out into different formatted books. This reading challenge is hosted by Whatever I Think Of!

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Definition of an Epistolary Novel (from Wikipedia):

 

An epistolary novel is a novel written as a series of documents. The usual form is letters, although diary entries,newspaper clippings and other documents are sometimes used. Recently, electronic “documents” such as recordings and radio, blogs, and e-mails have also come into use. The word epistolary is derived from Latin from the Greek word ἐπιστολή epistolē, meaning a letter (see epistle).

The epistolary form can add greater realism to a story, because it mimics the workings of real life. It is thus able to demonstrate differing points of view without recourse to the device of an omniscient narrator.

 

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MY TBR:

 

I am going to aim to read a minimum of five epistolary novels in 2017. I have picked out five novels that can be classed as epistolary to begin with:

 

 

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

 

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We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen

 

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Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding 

 

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The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

 

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Stolen by Lucy Christopher 

 

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What do you think of this reading challenge? Do you know any good epistolary books? Let me know in the comments.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati