January Wrap-Up // Wrap-Up & TBR

January Wrap-Up and February TBR
Wrap Up
So January has been a relatively slow, but good month, for reading. I have read in total of 3 books and I am currently in the midst of reading two more. So five books started, at least, in one month is good and since I only need to read an average of 4-5 books a month to win my challenge of reading 50 books this year I’m making some progress.
The books I did read this month were:
-         Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Rings: The Ring Goes South (Book 2) by J. R. R. Tolkien

-         Lord of the Rings The Two Towers: The Treason of Isengard (Book 3) by J. R. R. Tolkien
 
-         More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell
The books that I started and hope to complete in the first weeks of February are:
-         We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
 

-         Moonchild by Ewa Zwonarz
 
I am going to do book reviews soonmy book reviews have been lacking recently. I will amend this. I want to read all of the Lord of the Rings books before I do a complete review but I am enjoying the series so far.
I love Jen Campbell’s books. I really want to pick up the Booshop Book next and then I’ll have her published collection. I do think that the Weird Things Series is a great series on its own though. They are great to give as gifts as well as for some light-hearted reading. I read both of the books in this set within an hour and I remember giggling whole-heartedly, which was painful when I read this one this month as I read it whilst I had whiplash and couldn’t moveyeah. Great for distracting, not great when you shouldn’t move.
All of my reading progress is being kept up-to-date in my Books of 2015 page above, I won’t be doing Wrap-Up’s every month as sometimes they just aren’t that interesting, so please feel free to peruse that page if you are interested to see what I have been reading!
The books that I’m reading currently are pretty good. I’m about 100 pages in and I am enjoying both of them. We Were Liars is a book of 2014 that I can remember hearing and reading about in practically every new booktube video or book blog that I started last year, and the reviews were varied. Some were scathing as some found the book ‘boring’ or ‘predictable’ others thought it was ‘fantastic’ and ‘the best book of 2014’. I will let you know how I get on but I am still not sure what the ending is and I really want to know, which is a sign of a good book.
Moonchild but Ewa Zwonarz is a book I have been sent for review by the lovely Ewa, I am enjoying it so farbut I am not going to reveal anything else until the review comes out in the next few weeks! So watch out for that!
To-Be-Read List
So I, of course, will be reading the rest of ‘We Were Liars’ and ‘Moonchild’ over the beginning of February but I also hope to be reading:
-         The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski
 
 
-         Lord of the Rings The Two Towers The Ring Goes East (Book 4) by J.R.R. Tolkien
As you might be able to tell with We Were Liars and The Winner’s Curse, I am trying to get through some of the books that I purchased a while back for when I first came to University and never actually got around to reading. Since I need to be reading a lot more to keep up with my challenge and I am getting sent quite a few review copieswatch out for those in the near futureI am going to try and stop buying new books and get through some of the old first!
That is it for my long-winded Wrap Up and TBR. I hope you enjoyed, let me know what you’re reading or what you thought of any of the books that I have read, plan to read or are currently reading.
Happy Reading!
 


Interview with Iain Reading // Author Interview


Author Interview: Iain Reading

I was contacted by a lovely person called Kelsey, on behalf of Iain Reading, the author of the Kitty Hawk series, currently available on: Amazon (the link is below the interview) and was asked to partake in an interview with Iain asking him questions to be published on my blog. Here were the questions, and his answers as well as some background information on the Kitty Hawk series:

Synopsis
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first instalment in new young adult series of adventure mystery stories by Iain Reading. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.


Interview

What inspired you to write the Kity Hawk Book Series?
I always say that the thing that most inspired me to write the Kitty Hawk series was the character of Kitty Hawk herself.  Once I had the idea for this character in my head I just couldn't get it out again.  Part of me just had to know what her story would be and what adventures she would have and where they could take her.  And the only way to do that was to just get to work and sit down to write the books.

Who is your book aimed at?
The books actually have a very wide appeal, from 8 or 9-year-olds all the way up from there.  Kitty Hawk herself is a teenaged pilot but that doesn't mean that her adventures are just for young adults.  With a good mix of history, action and mystery I think the books can appeal to just about anyone.

Do you see yourself writing more in the Kitty Hawk series or starting another series?
My plan is to have a total of thirteen books in the Kitty Hawk series, of which there are currently four books available with a fifth on the way VERY soon.  (So soon, in fact, that it might be out any day now....)  I am also working on a few other book series as well, including The Guild of the Wizards of Waterfire which tells the story of a group of teenage wizards with special powers to control the elements and weave a form of primordial magic with them.  But my absolute most exciting thing right now is my NEW book series called The Dragon Of The Month club, which tells the story of Ayana and Tyler - two best friends who discover a very special book that allows them to conjure dragons and they find themselves drawn into an amazing adventure through the worlds and stories of various very famous books.

What are your favourite types of books?
I actually tend to read almost entirely non-fiction books, usually about history, science and other such things.  I suppose that makes sense considering the historical backgrounds that tend to show up in the Kitty Hawk books.

 What would you suggest to aspiring authors of book-series?
This might sound like a completely crazy idea for advice, and I am not even sure I myself could EVER have possibly followed it, but....  my advice would be to write the third or fourth book of the series FIRST.  And the reason for this is simple: just like with anything in life, you get better at it with practice.  The later books in a series will generally be better than the first book.  This isn't to say that the first book won't be good, but as you write and learn the process for yourself, I think you become empowered to write a much better first book of a series once you've already written a couple of the later ones already.  Plus, of course, you want the first book of any series to be as good as it can possibly be, right?  It will generally be the first one that anyone reads.
 
If you were stranded on a desert Island what three books would you take with you?
Easy answer!  The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux.  Contact by Carl Sagan.  And It by Stephen King.

 
It was a very interesting experience to be involved in an interview with an author, and an equally delightful one to review his answers.
I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did, and please check his book, information and links below.

Happy Reading!


There are currently four books in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series:

-          Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (book 1)

-          Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost (book 2)

-          Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (book 3)

-          Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (book 4)

Each book can be read as a standalone.

About the Author:
Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations. Iain has published 4 books in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series (Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold, Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost, Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue, and Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic). He is currently working on the 5th book in the series. For more information, go to http://www.kittyhawkworld.com/. 

Iain is also the author of The Wizards of Waterfire Series. The first book in the series: The Guild of the Wizards of Waterfire was published in April 2014. Connect with Iain on Twitter and Goodreads.

 

 

Bookish Bingo // Challenge




Bookish Bingo

Now I don’t know about all of my fellow bloggers and loyal readers but I really struggle to choose a book off my bookcase. If I just bought it I often want to read itbut then I neglect all the books I bought months ago and are yet to read. I get conflicted and often choose a book at random or re-read my favourites. Why is there such a stigma with regards to reading??

Sothanks to: The Girly Geek (Check out her blog at: http://the-girlygeek.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/bookishbingochallenge.html) There is now such a thing as Bookish Bingo!

It is a challenge, but first and foremost it’ll will save you from driving yourself crazy when it comes to choosing a book. There are 45 squares in total all of which contain a goal for the year such as: Read a Memoir or Read a book that has pirates in it. Some are very usual suggestions and others are totally bonkers!

There are three choices of difficulty of which you can choose to play this challenge:

Beginner Try and complete one line of BINGO.

Intermediate - Complete the Entire outside box.

Expert Fill every single square!

This Bookish Bingo is after all a game it is not meant to rule your life. You can freestyle if you like and read as many as you can or just choose ten you wish to complete in the year but ultimately it is a challenge for the yearso, starting from the moment this blog post is up I am going to under-take this challenge. My Goodreads goal for the year is to read 50 books so with the help of this Bingo challenge I am going to try and complete ALL 45 squares!

Wish me luck, as I wish all that choose to under-take in this Bookish Challenge! Let me know if you’re going to have a go!

Happy Reading!

 

Series Tag // Tag


Series Tag

This a tag where I list all of the series I have read and all the ones I haven’t finished or haven’t started but want toobviously I am not going to list every series known to man as I will be here longer than my young lifebut I will talk about the series I am most interested in.

First off: The Book Series I have read

1.   Harry Potter! By J. K. Rowling

2.   Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

3.   The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner

4.   The Inheritance Cycle (Eragon)  by Christopher Paoline

5.   The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

6.   Bridget Jones’s Diary Trilogy by Helen Fielding

7.   The Cousin’s War Series by Phillippa Gregory

 


Secondly: Series I have started but not finished

1.   Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien - I am currently reading this series!

2.   The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Myer Also currently planning to read these soon! (And there are books to come)

3.   Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl Read the first two books of this series and I was really disappointed with the second so stoppedI’m not sure if I’ll continue with this series.

4.   The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare I’ve read every single book but the lastbut I hated the last two I read so I’m conflicted as to whether to read City of Heavenly Fire to finish it off or not

5.   Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin I have read up to book 4 but I read the books as the series runs so I don’t spoil anything too badly (possibly the only thing I don’t spoil myself beforehand) but I do intend to finish this series!

 


Thirdly: Books Series I have bought but not started yet

1.   Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas I finally bought the first book and I intend to read this book and hopefully the series (if I enjoy the first book) soon!
 

 

2.   Across the Universe Series by Beth Revis I have had the first book for quite a while but I need to be in the mood for sci-fi YA

 
3.   The Luxe Series by Anna Godberson I can’t even remember what these books are aboutBut I have the first book to read, although I haven’t heard great things.


4.   Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ranson Riggs I don’t know if this is just a duology with Hollow City or if it will be a seriesbut regardless! I originally wanted to read this book over Halloween but now that has long past and I don’t think I can wait that long

 
5.   The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey My God if I don’t read this soon I feel like I will gobbled up and spat out of Goodreads!


6.   Outlander by Diana Galbador I love the TV seriesScottish men andsome other things. I mainly focus on the main Scottish Man: JamieI need to read more!


7.   Divergent by Veronica Roth I bought the Boxset of the books today.I am going to start reading them soon!

8.   The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness No idea about thisbut I want to read it eventually


So I am going to leave it there. I know that that is a little jagged and un-balanced but I had no idea about my own choice of series. I probably could do with reading a few morebut I find that unless I love a series like Hunger Games or Harry Potter I really struggle to keep with a series particular if I read the books separately (unless they haven’t been published when I start the seriesbut still) I struggle to read them after a certain amount of time.

So there we goLet me know if there are any book series I haven’t mentioned that you’d recommend or books series to avoid!

Happy Reading!

 

 

Books I need to buy // Listopia

I am one of the first people to say: I have a lot of books. But you can never have enough! As cliché as that saying is it is completely true! Sohere is a list of the books that I really want to buy for whatever reason!

1.   Seraphina

A story about dragons! I haven’t read a story with dragons since Eragon and that was a good few years ago now! As well as the dragon factor comes an intrigue as the dragons of this story are a race and they can change their skins to look like humanquite a feat when you think of what dragons are supposed to look like!


2.   Divergent Series

I feel like I am joining this bandwagon really lateI have seen the movie but only a few weeks ago but now I think it is time to read the books, particularly with the second movie coming out and remembering how I felt at the end of Hunger Games: Catching Fire I needed to read Mockingjay, I have a feeling that it is going to be the same for Insurgent!

3.   The Handmaid’s Tale

I have never read any Magaret Atwood but this is the novel that always pop up whether it is on University reading lists or other bloggers posts and after reading the premise it has finally intrigued me! Only a few women are able to give birth and so they become ‘breeders’ and I think that this is the story told through the voice of one of these ‘breeders’ as such.

4.   The Secret History

I had Goldfinch by Donna Tartt but I recently sold it as the size was too daunting and the story just didn’t appeal to me. This story however does. It is the book that people who have read it and The Goldfinch have told me should have won all the awards. From what I gather it the tale of a secret society at a school and it involves a killing and so a mystery of whodunit or rather why.

 
5.   A Great and Terrible Beauty

When I ask people about Libba Bray, who have written quite a few books I often see on Booktube, they always mention this book to me and since it is a historical book I am equally as intrigue as I am about the Secret History. It is set in 1895 and revolves around a girl who is sent to Boarding School in England after her mother dies, and she has visions or clairvoyant tendencies. This is the first book in a trilogy

6.   Lobsters

The laugh-out-loud book of the Young Adult section in 2014. This is a quote from a friend who clearly excited when I mentioned I want to get this book. Like she said: it is funny, it is YA and I think it involves a love story and a losing your virginity twist.

7.  Second Chance Summer

A family who get on but aren’t close receive bad news and decide to spend one last summer in their holiday home where they begin to reconnect. The protagonist also gets to meet a friend who she hasn’t spoken too in 5 years and who is still angry at her for something, not to mention her first boyfriend who is considerably cuter aged 17 than aged 12! Just sounds light and fluffy and fresh.

8.   The Night Circus

I have had this book on my want to buy list for ages and I am going to buy it soon! As soon as my paycheck comes in! I want this book! I can’t even remember what it is about but I just want it the cover is just gorgeous!

 

These are the books I want to buy - if not only for their storylines but also their covers! Most of these are gorgeous! If you have any recommendations let me know I love buying books as much I like to read them!

Happy Reading!

10 Books to Read in 2015 // Listopia


10 Books to read in 2015

This is not  a TBR. This is more of a reading goal than anything. These are 10 books that I wish to read before the end of 2015 because I feel that I should, or have put it off or I want to.

1.   Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel with the TV series coming out this Wednesday I am very excited as I love the Tudor period in terms of drama so I look forward to being able to read this book after the series and seeing if it is better/worse and what little extras I can pick up on!

2.   Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen Even I cannot believe that I have not read this book yet. I have read Mansfield Park and Sense & Sensibility, and I am halfway through Emma, but not Austen’s arguably most notable work. I must remedy this!

3.   A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness This seems to be my Cinder or Stardust of the year. I want to read it, I know I want to, but I never pick it up to read. So I willsometimes this year. That gives me roughly 300 days to read it!
 

4.   The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes It is a World War One Fiction book, my favourite genre, but every time I look at it the cover puts me offeither I’ve got to get a different version or I should just read it as I know I’ll like the story!

5.   Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien I am on Volume 3 (part one of Two Towers) and I am determined to get through the rest of the series


6.   The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte I love Jane Eyre, and I love the story of Wuthering Heights (although that book really has defeated me) and I quite like the story of Wildfell so I must give it a go at least!

7.  A New York: Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin It is a bit of a monster of a book but I loved the love story between Beverley and Peter in the movie and I’d like to spend more time with those characters.

8.   The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Myer (the published works) There are a few more of these books to be published but I want to read the Lunar Chronicles series by the end of this year!

9.   The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey This book is all everyone is going to be talking about soon, there was already a lot of hubbub in 2014 but with the movie coming out it is going to be big!

10. The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time by Mark Haddon I’ve had this book on my shelf for ages and I really want to read it but it is another like the Patrick Ness story, I just don’t pick it up for some reason! But I will by the end of 2015. That is becoming a mantra!

So here are the books that I am aiming to read by the end of the year! What books are you reading this year?


Happy Reading!