WINTER 2017-18 BIANNUAL BIBLIOTHON TBR

 

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The Biannual Bibliothon is a Read-a-thon held twice a year by seven lovely ladies. You can see their YouTube Channel here. This round of the Biannual Bibliothon is running from the 20th to the 26th of January There are seven reading challenges AND seven video challenges as part of this read-a-thon. This year there will be Blog Challenges. As I do not have a YouTube Channel I will not be participating in the video challenges. I will be keeping an eye on the Blog Challenges and I hope to participate in these.

 

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READING CHALLENGES: 

 

 

READ THE GROUP BOOK

READ A SEQUEL 

READ A BOOK YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF BEFORE

READ A BOOK ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS

READ A BOOK THAT WAS MENTIONED IN ANOTHER BOOK / MOVIE / SHOW

READ A BOOK UNDER 200 PAGES

READ A BACKLIST TITLE

 

 

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MY TBR: 

 

 

Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

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A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab 

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Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth saving hamlet

 

When We Collided by Emery Lord

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Wicked by Gregory Maguire

wicked

 

The Coven by Cate Tiernan

coven

 

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

siege and storm

 

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Are you going to be participating in the Biannual Bibliothon?

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

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2018 A TO Z READING CHALLENGE

 

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The 2018 A to Z Reading Challenge is being hosted by Ginger MomIt is exactly as it sounds, read and review a book for each letter of the alphabet. To do this I will be slowly updating this post when I read a book with a new letter (the first book I read with that letter counts). There is also link ups on the hosts page and it sounds like this will be a very interactive reading challenge.

 

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MY BOOKS: 

 

 

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N: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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Q:

R: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

S:

T:

U: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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X:

Y:

Z:

 

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I’m actually pretty excited for this and am hoping to keep organised this year. Are you going to join in on the challenge?

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: NEVERNIGHT

 

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PUBLISHER: Harper Collins

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 09th August 2016

 

PAGES: 429

 

 

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Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

An action-packed novel that was nothing like I expected and more than I could ever wish for. With sarcastic wit and death a breath away this is a recipe for an amazing novel that I am sorry took me so long to read.

The beginning was a little slow for me and I was tempted to put the book down I am so glad I didn’t though, things really picked up when Mia reached The Red Church school and training began.

There is so much packed into this book with death waiting behind every single corner. You don’t have a chance to really settle into a flow of the words when the plot is loaded with action on every single page.

There is a cast of characters in here that are a marvel to read. Everyone with their own motives and no-one who can be called fully trustworthy. From Tric, to Ashlinn, to Jessamine these characters were well constructed and it was hard to truly dislike anyone. Mia’s development through the novel was intriguing as she learns how to be deadly and what she is truly made of.

The Red Church is the Hogwarts of Assassins. The different Shahid’s each teaching another craft of death leading Acolytes to becoming assassins. Nothing is ever as it seems at The Red Church and you will never see the final blow… do you dare enter… Nevernight?

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY

 

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK:

 

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SPINNING SILVER BY NAOMI NOVIK

 

 

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PUBLISHER: Del Rey

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 10th July 2018

 

PAGES: 256

 

 

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BLURB: 

 

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.

 

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I’ve recently finished Uprooted by Naomi Novik and really enjoyed it and am very interested in her next retelling.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: AS YOU WISH

 

AS YOU WISH

 

PUBLISHER: Secret Cravings Publishing

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 19th December 2012

 

PAGES: 42

 

 

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REVIEW: 

 

Can a djinn and a magic slot machine bring two geeks together?

Riley McGregor is a geek trapped in a Good Ole Boy body and as owner of a microbrewery, smart chicks never look at him twice.

Rejected by a geek who wanted to “trade up,” Mirjam Linna would rather immerse herself in work than be the girlfriend-of-the-moment. Stranded in a Vegas hotel, she makes a wish—a night of hot sex with the man of her dreams. It’s granted. She agrees to dinner, but afterward, she’ll say thanks, but no thanks, and see what’s on the SyFy channel. But when they meet, they’re surprised to find they had a shared connection in their past. Sparks fly as these two learn to be in the moment, be themselves and find love.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

This book was over as soon as it had begun. I could not believe how quick it was. The general premise was delightful with There was chemistry to heat up the room and plenty of pop culture references that add to the entertainment value. This is a What Happens In Vegas… novel with an adorable ending. With the addition of a Djinn and a wish with sexy outcomes this novel is a contemporary romance with a magical twist.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

TOP TEN TUESDAY

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that now has a new home with That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic for this week is…

 

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BOOKISH RESOLUTIONS

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READ 200 BOOKS

 

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I read 250+ books in 2017. Because of this I opted to up my Goodreads reading goal. I know this may seem like a lot to some people, but I think I really can reach this goal.

 

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READ HOLLY BLACK BOOKS

 

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The second goal is to read books by Holly Black. For some strange reason I have not picked up a Holly Black book before! I really need to and so I have decided to have this as a reading resolution in 2018. What better time than when The Cruel Prince comes out.

 

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FINISH (OR CATCH UP ON) AT LEAST FIVE SERIES

 

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In 2017 I caught up / finished a few series… but I also started new series too. I want to continue finishing series.

 

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POST REGULAR BOOK HAULS AND TBR’S

 

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I was really on top of this in the first half of 2017 and then in the later half I slacked off a little. I don’t know what happened. Hopefully, having this as a Reading Resolution will help me stay on track.

 

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HAVE AT LEAST 50% OF MY MONTHLY WRAP UP’S AS TBR BOOKS

 

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I need to read TBR books that have been sitting on my shelf (or in the spare room). There are just so many and I want to get control of it. Therefore, I am aiming to have at least half of the books I read each month be books from my TBR.

 

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PARTICIPATE IN AND COMPLETE IN AT LEAST ONE READATHON A MONTH

 

 

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I host the Royalty Readathon quarterly and really enjoy participating in readathons. I don’t think this will be much of a challenge.

 

 

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READ MY UNREAD BOOKS FROM SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

 

 

I love my subscription boxes but this means my TBR is piling it. I need to catch up on my subscription box books and keep ahead of them as they come in.

 

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GET TO AT LEAST 50% ON NETGALLEY AND EDELWEISS

 

 

I am seriously behind on reading my ARC’s and am using this resolution as motivation to get a handle on it.

 

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DO A MONTHLY TRY A CHAPTER

 

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The gist of this tag is to try a different way to pick the books to read. You pick five books out of your TBR that you re interested in. From those five books you read the first chapter of each book and then evaluate how much that first chapter has influenced you about the book. Based on this you pick out the top book that you will continue reading. I am going to try to do this tag at least once a month.

 

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READ AT LEAST 50 RETELLINGS

 

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I am hosting the Once Upon A Reading Challenge… all about reading retellings this year and aim to read at least 50 retellings.

 

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What do you think of my Reading Resolutions? Do you have any recommendations for books that would meet any of my Resolutions?

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: THE LAW OF TALL GIRLS

LAW OF TALL GIRLS

 

PUBLISHER: Joanne MacGregor

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 02nd September 2017

 

PAGES: 307

 

 

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When you really stand out, can you ever fit in?

Seventeen-year-old Peyton Lane is a tall girl. So tall, it’s the only thing most people notice about her.

On impulse, she accepts a bet to prove she can be as attractive and desirable as other girls. Now she just needs to go on four dates (including the prom) with one of the guys on her very short list of very tall boys.

Number one on the list is Jay Young – the new guy that Peyton already likes way more than she should. Because not only is Jay already taken, he’s also breaking her Law of Tall Girls, and he’s determined to discover the awful secret she’s been hiding for most of her life.

Funny and romantic, The Law of Tall Girls is a feel-good, heart-warming read for anyone who’s ever felt different, or like they just don’t belong.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

A fun and flirty contemporary novel with deeper messages that add to the overall enjoyment of a novel I had never heard of before. Dubbed as “for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han and Morgan Matson”, I knew I had to read this book, and I was not disappointed.

This is YA contemporary romance at its best. There is messages of self-acceptance and the importance of friendship on top of the overall romance of the main character Peyton who struggles with body image issues. There is definite discussion of mental illness in this book and the impact of this not only on the individual, but on those around them. Challenging gender norms is also a topic which is touched upon within the novel. There is pretty much something for absolutely everyone.

The romance in this novel is just adorable. It is so sweet. Peyton presents as an awkward and gawky teenager who lacks confidence and through the novel develops and comes to accept herself. An element of the outcome of this self acceptance is developing a romance with a boy who is actually tall enough for her. The chemistry between Jay and Peyton was sweet and believable for a high school romance with ups and downs, stops and starts.

A book packed with more than just YA, high school romance with no element overwhelming another. Jay and Peyton are an adorable couple that left me with a smile after reading the last page.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

SHADOW HUNTERS READ-A-LONG

 

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So, Emmma Books is hosting a read-a-long for the entire Shadowhunters series leading up to the release of Queen of Air and Darkness in December. Naturally, I have to join in on this!

 

I have recently completed the audiobooks of City of Bones and City of Ashes. Therefore, I am going to start with City of Glass.

 

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LIVESHOW SCHEDULE: 

 

City of Bones: Jan 1 – Jan 27
City of Ashes: Jan 28 – Feb 17
City of Glass: Feb 18 – Mar 17
Clockwork Angel: Mar 18 – Apr 14
City of Fallen Angels: Apr 15 – May 5
Clockwork Prince: May 6 – Jun 2
City of Lost Souls: Jun 3 – Jun 30
Clockwork Princess: July 1 – July 28
City of Heavenly Fire: July 29 – Aug 25
The Bane Chronicles: Aug 26 – Sept 15
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy: Sept 16 – Oct 6
Lady Midnight Oct 7 – Nov 3
Lord of Shadows: Nov 4 – Dec 1
Queen of Air and Darkness Dec 2 – Dec 31

 

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I am aiming to read at least one of the Shadowhunters books a month. I am really excited for this. Will you be joining in on this year long read along?

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

MEMORABLE MONDAY

 

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Memorable Monday is a meme hosted by Escape in a Good Book. I’m excited to join in on this one because I love quotes, which was the driving force behind the creation of Memorable Mondays.

So… how do you participate? It’s simple ~

1) Share a quote that has captured your interest lately in a Memorable Monday post on your blog.

2) Come back here and leave the link to your post in the comment box below. If you don’t have a blog, I’d still love to read your quote. Leave it in the comment box instead of a link to a non-existent blog.:)

3) Visit other participants if you have time. It’s always nice to have visitors. There’s no overstaying your welcome this way, and they don’t have to offer the obligatory drinks. Or clean.

4) If you tweet your posts, feel free to use the hashtag #MemorableMonday.

The quote for this week is:

 

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This is absolutely a memorable quote from The Lord of the Rings.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: A PRINCESS IN THEORY

 

PRINCESS IN THEORY

 

PUBLISHER: Avon

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 27th February 2018

 

PAGES: 384

 

 

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Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise.

Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his crown.

The chemistry between them is instant and irresistible, and flirty friendship quickly evolves into passionate nights. But when the truth is revealed, can a princess in theory become a princess ever after?

 

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REVIEW:

 

In the style of The Prince and Me, this is truly a sweet contemporary romance. The main premise is extremely similar to Prince and Me with a Prince from a far off land travelling to America and taking on common day jobs to woo a girl who then finds out he is a Prince and hilarity and romance ensue.

The differences, the Prince is from a little mountainous kingdom in Africa and the girl is his long lost betrothed who has no clue any of this is going on. There is also intelligent discussions about disease and the environmental impact of mining in Africa.

The romance was cute and developed through the book with not an ounce of insta-love in sight. Ledi and Thabiso were such a good pairing. The two bounced off of each other and their scenes together truly stole the book. Not many people can come back from a first encounter that almost burnt the room down.

A heart-warming book with a royal romance that truly made me smile. I was entranced with this beautiful story that read like a romantic comedy of royal proportions.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati