Mid-year freakout tag

Hi guys, it’s already the end of June, which is incredible, this year is going by so quickly. However, I am not complaining, I have been wanting for it to be the end of June for so long, what with all my exams.

As I haven’t been active I thought this was the perfect thing to post right now. It’s a fun tag and it will allow you to get a little insight into what I have managed to read so far in 2019. I have seen it on several blogs already but I’d like to mention Journey into Books as in her post she tags anyone who still hasn’t done this tag. So thank you 🙂


This has been a very successful reading year so far, and fingers crossed it stays like that. I have completed 16 books so far, which may not seem like a lot for most of you guys, but I am very happy with it. I usually read between 30 and 40 books in a year, but as I knew this year would be hectic for me, I lowered my goal to 25 books. According to Goodreads I am 4 books ahead of schedule…. so YAY.

Anyway, let’s get into this tag.

 

1)Best book you’ve read yet in 2017?

It would probably have to be To all the boys I’ve loved before which I re-read this year along with the second book in the series so I could read the last book in the trilogy. I loved all of those books so any would work for this question.

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2)Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017?

……… I’m sorry but you guessed it: P.S. I still love you

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Although I must say that I have read some brilliant sequels this year.

 

3)New release you haven’t read yet but want to.

There’s a few I want to read but the one I am the most eager to read is probably Don’t date Rosa Santos ,I was really close to buying this book but then I had decided I could wait……. and I already have too many unread books on my shelves.

Don't date Rosa Santos cover

 

4) Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Definitely Queen of Ruin which comes out on July 2nd, so really, really soon. I read the first book in the duology recently and I enjoyed it and now I’m really eager to find out how it ends. I’ll be buying this as soon as I come back from my holiday at the end of August. Or maybe sooner…… hmm

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5)Biggest disappointment.

I am happy to say that I have no disappointments. All the books I read, I rated 4 or 5 stars. So yeah

6)Biggest surprise.

Without a doubt The murder of Roger Ackroyd. 

The series of reveals at the end of the book just blew my mind, I can often work out who the murder is but I was not expecting anything that this book served. This is arguably the best Agatha Christie book that I have read, I have already recommended it to a friend and she loved it as well. I recommend you give this a go if you’re into this type of books, I think you will enjoy it.

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7)Favourite new author.

Laurie. R. King. I read one of the books in her Mary Russel series and I was positively surprised. In my opinion she is a really skilled author that knows what she is doing and I will definitely be reading more.

8) Newest fictional crush.

I can’t think of any, the books I read this year aren’t really the types of books with characters you get feelinsg for.

9)Newest favourite character.

I quite ended up liking both Serina and Nomi from Grace and Fury, maybe not as much at first but as the story went on their characters developed and I enjoyed the characters more. Now that I think back about it I preferred one over the other a bit but I can’t think which one. Oh that’s going to bug me, I need to look back at notes I made to see.

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10)Book that made you cry.

Final 7, the conclusion of the trilogy.

Since this is a dystopian series I knew somebody would die but it was just so sad. I couldn’t help the silent tears roll down my cheeks. Oh no, I’m thinking about it now and it’s making me sad and sentimental again.

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11)Book that made you happy.

All of the books in the To all the boys trilogy. I listened to the audiobooks of the first two books in the series during my final art exam and I kept smirking or laughing under my breath. My friends gave me weird looks sometimes ahahah. I just love these books they make me so happy, they are kind of like Legally Blonde for me, they always make me happy no matter what.

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12) Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received).

Hmmm, I can’t remember and I have no way of checking because I am not at home. Now that I think about it I’m not sure if I have even bought/received any books in 2019. I got quite a few in September for my birthday, October and December for Christmas, but I don’t think I got any in 2019 because of my exams. Wow, I’m impressed, I didn’t think that that is possible, hahaha.

13)What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I want to read the entire Anne of Green Gables series, I just started the first one the other day (I’m re-reading it, as I have only read the first one and the second one and I want to remind myself of what happens before I go onto the next ones). I also want to read Queen of Ruin, my most anticipated release for the second half of the year. i think that’s it really. There’s obviously other books I would like to get to ut that’s not a must.

 

So that wraps up this tag, I quite enjoyed doing it. It made me realise some things, including the fact that I haven’t bought any books in 2019, that is going to change, I’ll make sure. Hahaha

Anyway, if you want to do this tag I am tagging you, enjoy.

Happy reading

Kinga

I’m alive – A little life update

So, I’m here, I’m alive, I just had a very difficult and stressful 3-4 months. Basically, I had exams, 24 of them. And they were quite important exams as well. On top of that, as if that wasn’t enough, I study art and this was the final year of the course and I had my big final project to design and complete. It really wasn’t easy, but I made it. I finished on Friday, and yesterday I flew home to the countryside, and it is bliss. I just started unpacking and enjoying the lovely weather and I’m already loving it.

I will be here until the end of August. I want to use this time to relax after this stressful school year, and I also want to use this time to read and write new blog posts. I really enjoy blogging but it takes a lot of time and there was no way for me to do it before. I have so much planned, I’m really excited to post it all and share it with other readers.

I need to figure out a schedule, I have lots planned but I also need to read and I don’t want to burn out. I’m thinking I will post on Tuesdays ( Top Ten Tuesday posts), Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. I’ll see how that goes. If I have more content I’ll post it on the same day as the other post, I think. I’m still not sure, you can tell me if there’s another schedule that will work better for you guys. If so, tell me in the comments, I really don’t mind when I post as I don’t have school or work so I’m free whenever.

So anyway, if you guys have any suggestions for posts or a schedule, I’d love to hear you out. I’m happy to be back.

Happy reading,

Kinga

Harry Potter: The Prequel – The story behind it

In my previous post I mentioned the Harry Potter Prequel and I thought I could do a small post about it just to let people know just how much 800 words can help people in need.

H.P The Prequel

This 800 page ‘prequel’ about Sirius and James Potter was written by J.K.Rowling in the year 2008 as part of an organised Waterstones charity event. Rowling and 12 other authors got together and wrote stories on small cards which were then auctioned off.

Overall, the authors raised a total of £47,150 for English Pen and Dyslexia Action. Rowling’s card itself sold for £25,000 to a Tokyo based investment banker. Personally, I think that’s a crazy amount and I would say it was unreasonable, however, the money did go to a very good cause so I’m not going to say that 😉

Recently, in 2017 this story card was stolen and has yet to be found. I wonder who stole and where it is now. How big of a fan must that person have been to steal a well protected card, I’m sure. Will it ever be found………. I would say so but you never know.

After all that, if you would like to see what the banker bought for a whooping £25,000 click here.

Hope you liked this short post and learnt something new. Please share your thoughts in the comments, I would love to see what everybody thinks of this prequel.

Happy Reading,

Kinga

TTT #5: Backlist books I own and really want to read

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic created by That Artsy Reader Girl is about backlist books that I want to read. To be honest most of the books I want to read are backlist as I have recently stopped looking at new release lists so as not to add more books to my TBR. Therefore, I am limiting this list to only the books that are sitting on my shelves and are ready to be read as soon as I have time for them……..

The first five of the books on the list, which are above, are all books that I hauled this summer. I really can’t read all of them, I am only a bit afraid of having my heart broken by the end of the To all the boys series which I absolutely fell in love since I read the first two books in May and June.

Here are a few other ones that I have never read.

The last two books on this list are classics, because you need some classics.  I bought a beautiful version of A Christmas Carol last year and did not get the chance to read it before Christmas, hopefully I can read it this year.


So, that’s it for my list. Have I named any of your favourites? Which ones should I read first?

Happy Reading, 

Kinga

The Logophile Book Tag

I’m in a reading mood today, I got quite a bit of ‘Fierce like a Firestorm’ read before doing this post and I plan to read more later. I am so happy, as I have been finding this book quite slow and hard to get through, yet today that seems to be mostly gone.

Anyway, thank you very much Sahi  for tagging me to do the Logophile Book Tag. Please do check out her blog, I have only just discovered her and I love her posts already.

After checking out the original post I found out a few interesting things. Firstly, the word logophile means ‘a lover of words’, isn’t that interesting, and all the questions are based on various rarely used expressions. So let’s get into this tag:


THE RULES
Thank the person who tagged you
Pingback Bookmark Your Thoughts’ original post so I can see your lovely answers!
Pingback the person who tagged you so they can see the post.
Bonus: If you wish to, tag at least three people to do this tag.

 

EFFULGENT | BRILLIANTLY RADIANT
A BOOK WITH A BEAUTIFUL COVER

I really think there are many books out there with amazing covers that just make you want to buy them, so I went with one that I haven’t mentioned on my blog yet. ‘The Queen’s Poisoner

I bought this book this summer and I have yet to read it. I have high expectations for this as the ratings are really high on Goodreads.

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METANOIA | THE JOURNEY OF CHANGING ONE’S MIND, HEART, SELF, OR WAY OF LIFE
A CHARACTER WHO GOES THROUGH A MAJOR TRANSFORMATION

I must say, recently I read more and more books with very poor character development. This cannot be said about Asha from  ‘The Last Namsara’.

I read this book last year and I absolutely loved it, I highly recommend it if you like fantasy or even if you don’t.

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SOCKDOLAGER | DECISIVE RETORT; MIC DROP
A CHARACTER WHO ALWAYS HAS A GOOD COMEBACK

For this I immediately thought of the charming and self-absorbed Carswell Thorne from ‘The Lunar Chronicles’

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SESQUIPEDALIAN | CONTAINING MANY SYLLABLES; LONG WINDED
THE LONGEST BOOK YOU’VE READ

According to Goodreads the longest book I have marked as read is ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’. However, I have never actually read this book physically, I have only ever listened to it on audiobook. So, the longest book I have ever read myself is ‘Winter’ (the last book in The Lunar Chronicles) with 827 pages, just 43 pages less than Harry Potter.

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EPHEMERAL | LASTING FOR A VERY SHORT TIME
THE SHORTEST BOOK YOU’VE READ

The shortest book I have read is, drumroll please, 4 PAGES long. Do you even consider that a book? Anyway, it was the Harry Potter Prequel, not many people know about this prequel but it does exist and it is was written by J.K.Rowling in 2008 for a charity event.

H.P The Prequel

 

SERENITY | THE STATE OF BEING CALM, PEACEFUL, AND UNTROUBLED
A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU FEEL CALM AND HAPPY

For this any of my favourite books would work. So this time I am picking ‘Anne of Green Gables’ , a book I have read many times and that I associate many happy moments with. I feel like everybody has to read this book at least once in their life…..hint hint…..

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OBLIVION | THE STATE OF BEING UNAWARE OF WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND YOU
A NOVEL WITH A COMPLEX PLOT

Don’t be annoyed with me, but I’m going to have to go with The Lunar Chronicles again. As the series goes on the books have more and more perspectives with the last one (Winter) having a crazy amount, can’t quite remember but I think it was 7 perspectives. Don’t quote me on that. Even though there are so many perspectives I think that Marissa Meyer pulls it off.

Can you tell I like this series?

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RANTIPOLE | TO BE WILD AND RECKLESS
A RECKLESS CHARACTER

Definitely Iris from ‘Wicked like a Wildfire’, she is SOOOO reckless, the things she does in that book are crazy and in the sequel too, which I am currently reading. She really does deserve this title.

Wicked like a Wildfire cover

Also, isn’t that cover gorgeous.

 

NEFARIOUS | WICKED, VILLAINOUS, DESPICABLE
YOUR FAVOURITE VILLAIN

I am sorry to disappoint you but I don’t like villains and I do not have any favourite villains, perhaps I just haven’t read any books with good villains. If you read any good ones please recommend some to me, I would be grateful.

 

INEFFABLE | TOO GREAT TO BE EXPRESSED IN WORDS
YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK OR BOOK SERIES

…….. I am not going to go for The Lunar Chronicles again. I have quite a few favourite series. I am going to go for a new favourite of mine: ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ I just love this series so much, it is so good. I love Lara Jean and Peter they are just so cute. It’s just my favourite contemporary series.

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TROUVAILLE | SOMETHING LOVELY DISCOVERED BY CHANCE
A BOOK YOU DIDN’T EXPECT TO LOVE

I’m going to join this with the previous part, I am also going for ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’. I read the first book in the series in May, even though, the books have been out for so long. The reason for that is I generally don’t like contemporary books so I thought I would not enjoy this series. Yet as you now know this book is now part of my favourite series.

NOSTALGIA | A WISTFUL DESIRE TO RETURN IN THOUGHT TO A FORMER TIME IN ONE’S LIFE
A BOOK OR CHARACTER THAT MAKES YOU FEEL NOSTALGIC

The Harry Potter series is one that makes me feel nostalgic, the reason is that I read this series for the first time long ago when I was so small, so when I re-read it (which I have fdone so several times) it reminds me of the time I first read the series.Harry Potter series covers.jpg

I tag:

Steff @spasciuti

LaRonda @flyingpaperbacks

Ivy @ivyslibrarycard

Happy Reading,

Kinga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books I would like to read by the end of 2018

Hello everyone, I would like to start of by saying that school is crazy this year. So many assignments and exams, I have hardly any spare time, and it is going to get even worse. At the start of December I am going to have a two week long exam period, with over 20 exams. Hence, I will not have a lot (if any)  time to read. It’s going to be awful, hope it’s not that bad for you.

Keeping that in mind here are the books I would still like to read by the end of this year, within the next two months. Who else can’t believe it’s already November? Anyway here it is:

Firstly, this year I am only taking part in the ‘Beat the Backlist Challenge’. At the start of the year I wrote a blog post announcing my participation.  My goal was 15 books, I have surpassed that with so far, a total of 21 books. However, I have only read 3 out of 8 TBR books I wanted to read for this challenge. You must know that I am very bad at sticking to TBR’s. However, there are other books I would like to read more by 2019 than the other 5 left on that TBR.

These are the books I really need to finish, I’m not sure if I will get to any other books, if  I do here are some titles I will be considering:

  •  The Ocean at the End of the Lane
  • Grace and Fury
  • My Lady Jane
  • Stars Above
  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean
  • Ember in the Ashes

Hopefully, I can get round to a few of those.

What books would you like to read before the new year?

 

Happy Reading,

Kinga.