AUGUST A-YEAR-A-THON TBR

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The August A-Year-A-Thon Read-a-thon starts on Monday 01 of August and will run to Sunday 07 of August. The theme this month is Non-Fiction. This is not my stereotypical genre. I do not read Non-Fiction and therefore this week should be interesting. I am planning to read the group book and one other. ! have 2 other books lined up if I finish those.

 

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TBR:

 

 

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

 

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In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park

 

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If I finish these and feel like more I have 2 other books:

 

 

 

 

Big Beautiful and Sexy by Casey Donovan

 

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I Miss Mummy by Cathy Glass

 

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I am not too sure how this will go, I may love it, I may hate it. You will have to wait til my wrap up post to fins out.

 

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

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COVER CHARACTERISTIC

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It is Sunday again and that means it’s time for another Cover Characteristic meme post. This meme was created by Sugar and Snark. Every week a characteristic is chosen and we post 5 book covers with that weeks characteristic on it.

 

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THIS WEEKS THEME IS: FLAGS

 

 

 

 

5. Capture the Flag by Kate Messner

4. We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler

3. The Night We Made the Flag by Carol Wilkinson

2. Animal Farm by George Orwell

And the top pick is:

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American Sniper by Chris Kyle 

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What did you think of this weeks choices? Do you participate in this meme?

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

STACKING THE SHELVES

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Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

This meme is hosted by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews.

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THE BOOKSHOP BUYS:

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

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I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

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Pretty Girl by J.C. Burke

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One by Sarah Crossan

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BIG W BUYS:

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence by Stan Lee, Stuart Moore and Andie Tong

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Breathing Under Water by Sophie Hardcastle

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Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Looking for Alaska by John Green

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BOOK DEPOSITORY BUYS:

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

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Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

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The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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Do you have any of these books? Have you read any? Do you have any book recommendations for me?

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

7 IN 7 READATHON TBR

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The 7 in 7 read-a-thon is one I have been keeping my eye on and it is back. This round will run from the 31st of July to 06th of August. This will be running at the same time as A-Year-A-Thon and so I will be including some of the books I am planning to read for that as well:

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TBR: 

 

 

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

 

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Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

 

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Ms. Marvel: Volume 4 – Last Days  by G. Willow Wilson

 

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In Order To Live by Yeonmi Park

 

in order to live

 

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

 

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Sailor Moon Volume 1 by Naoko Takeuchi 

 

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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

 

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The only requirement of this readathon is to read 7 books in 7 days. I have combined novels, a graphic novel, a manga and a comic in order to split up the reading. Did you know about this read-a-thon? Will you be participating?

 

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

 

Kati

REVIEW: MY LADY JANE BY CYNTHIA HAND, BRODI ASHTON, & JODI MEADOWS

 

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Publisher: Harper Teen

 

Published: 7th June 2016

 

Pages: 491

 

 

 

 

Blurb: 

 

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.

 

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Review:

 

A wild romp through Tudor England.

 

I thought “The Tudors” was excellent, I didn’t know what I was missing out on. This retelling of the story of Lady Jane Grey is full of sarcastic humour, famous references and shape shifting human / animals.

 

I am going to discuss my love for this book in three sections:

 

The Characters:

This book is told from the perspectives of three characters. I was hesitant going in. I thought this would be choppy and confusing but it worked seamlessly. These writers were made to write together

Edward: We all remember King Henry VIII only boy son, well now he is King and dying. I loved this character so much; I was invested in him the whole way through his storyline. His motivations are so human and I desperately wanted him to get a happy ending.

 

Jane: Which reader doesn’t love a bookish character? Is there anyone out there – speak now or forever hold your peace. Jane is strong willed, intelligent and independent in an era when these qualities – let alone her red hair – are frowned upon.

 

Gifford (G): Oh, G. How I feel for you, being saddled (hahaha) with that awful name. I think G was the character I was most hesitant about hearing from but his chapters were full of humour. I love seeing how his relationship with Jane grows – seeing as the wedding day is their first encounter. I swear, I absolutely adore this character.

 

The Setting:

 

This setting was like taking a trip back to “The Tudors”. I love this time in history, the fashion, the politics, and the punishments. As long as I don’t have to live there – I like my head where it is, that you very much!

 

The Prose:

 

I know the prose of this book will not work for everyone. There is something about it that just works for me. Every time I saw a reference I knew I just about leaped out of my chair. I seem to have a thing for sarcastic humour and funny dialogue. My Lady Jane has that in buckets. I have read books before where the narrators have interrupted the story at times and really did not like this. In this book however, I found the style of writing leant itself to being interrupted at times. And they didn’t do it every other paragraph, which was appreciated greatly.

 

I would love to read another Twisted Historical Tale from these ladies and will be keeping an eye out, maybe Anastasia or Marie Antoinette. Please ladies, I need more!

 

In conclusion, this book was exactly what I was after. It was long, but I loved every minute of this twisted historical tale. It should come to no surprise that this is a book I will rate 5 / 5. One of my top reads so far this year.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

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P.S. Thank you Owlcrate so much for sending this book in your June Subscription Box. If these are the books I should be expecting I can’t wait to staff This Savage Song!

 

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

 

Kati

FAVOURITE FINISHING LINES FRIDAY

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A book’s final sentence is like a ribbon that ties together the plot of the book, which is handed to us readers, and is also the final sentence that contributes to our impression about the book – whether we like the book, or not.

There are many types of last lines – Lines that conclude something; Open endings that leave things to our imagination; Twists that leave us staring at the book with our mouths ajar; And then there are the most feared cliffhangers which drive us to kill for the next book.

An effective well-framed finishing line embeds the story in our minds and it lasts for a long time, even after the book is read. In this weekly meme, I’m going to pick a book whose finishing line I absolutely loved.

This meme was created by Shameeka at booksoverblumen she has a fabulous blog and I have really enjoyed looking at all of her posts.

 

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This is a book I have recently finished. I loved the prose in this book. It is very humorous. This is definitely one of my favourite books of the year so far. My review will be up later today.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

COVER LUST FRIDAY

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Cover Lust Friday is a meme I have recently come across and it looked really fun. Cover Lust Friday is a weekly meme that’s all about covers. Alice from Alice Reeds is the host of this meme.

Pick a cover that stands out to you , add your reason why you’ve chosen that particular one or what you like about it. Let’s have fun and share some gorgeous covers.

 

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THE COVER: 

 

my lady jane

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THE REASON:

 

It took me a little while to filly acclimatise to this cover, but I just love it now. The background image, the test, and the funny little asides. They all work so well together.

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What do you think of this weeks cover? Let’s discuss beautiful covers in the comments below.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

24 in 48 Wrap Up

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Wow, that was one epic weekend of reading. This is the first read-a-thon I completed that had a time period you had to read for.

The 24 in 48 readathon ran from the 23rd to the 24th of July.

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I completed all the books that were on my TBR for the weekend. I did not ens up reading for the full 24hour. However, I did get 21 hours in.

I am really proud of that and will try to do this read-a-thon again in 6 months time when it is back on.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

JULY THE DRAGONS HOARD UNBOXING AND REVIEW

 

 

This is my second Dragons Hoard Box that I have gotten. This is a new company based out of Australia which focuses on Fantasy and Sci/Fi books. The theme for this box was “Wild Wild West”.

 

UNBOXING:

 

 

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As always, you get the box with the logo on the front.

 

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When you open the box you can see the custom postcard and the confetti and wrapping paper.

 

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The first item in this box is a Wanted poster from Create Explore Read.

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The second item in the box is this beautiful candle from Novelly Yours on etsy. It smells divine.

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This beautiful Western themed charm bracelet was made by Life is Full of Charm.

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I just had to put it on.

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The book in this months box was Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear. I had never heard of this book before but it sounds like an excellent read.

 

 

Finally, there is the custom postcard with what is inside written on the back.

REVIEW: 

 

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This box is different to the other subscription boxes I get and I like that. It gives me some variety. This box is $30 plus shipping and for me (who lives in Australia) I find this really reasonable. I am booked in for the August box and the theme is “Be Your Best Self”.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BOOK TRAVELLING THURSDAYS

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I have recently come across a Goodreads Group called Book Traveling Thursdays. The concept of this is that every Thursday there is a theme and the bloggers who participate in this group take that theme and pick a book that they associate with the theme. From this the bloggers find and post different covers of the book they have chosen.

If you wish to know more or join in please feel free to have a look at their Goodreads Page.

The theme for this week was:

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FRIENDSHIP MATTERS

 

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For this theme I had to choose:

 

CITY OF BONES BY CASSANDRA CLARE

 

For the friendship between Clary and Simon.

 

 

ORIGINAL COVER:

 

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This is the original cover that I could find. This was the cover of the first book that I got of this series.

COVER IN MY COUNTRY (AUSTRALIA):

 

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This is the current cover in Australia.

 

FAVOURITE COVER:

 

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While I’m not a fan of the rust colour, I like that you can see elements of the book on this cover.

 

 

LEAST FAVOURITE COVER:

 

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What is this, and why is it green? Why are there an abundance of birds and no runes?

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As always, I am happy to talk to anyone about this weeks theme and the chosen covers. I will be back next Thursday for another Book Travelling Thursdays Post.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati