Currently Reading Book Tag

Good Morning guys,

I haven’t been nominated for this book tag but I’ve seen quite a few over the past couple of days and thought, what the heck!

So let’s get started…

My current read at the moment is Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris.

My thoughts: I’m currently on page 253 and there’s about 50 pages to go. This book started off with doing a bad job at trying to get my attention as I found it dragged out for the first 80/90 pages. It’s started to pick up now and I’m finding it easier to read but not all that interesting. I don’t think I’ll be reading the rest of the sequel but I will finish this book just to find out what mystery (hopefully) gets revelled.

How many books do you normally read at once?

It’s usually just one, however over this past year I have read a physical book and read via iBooks as well, but I found that if I was more interested in one I’d read that whole book and not touch the other until I had finished, so really just one.

If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch books?

I pretty much answered this question in my first answer, by only really reading the book that I’m more interested in and until I have finished that, I’ll then go back to the other.

Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book?

I only use one bookmark at a time, I would love to have a huge collection of pretty bookmarks, like the ones that I see over bookstagram posts, but for the time being I keep to one.

Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?

You’ll either find my current books I’m reading on my bedside table or they’ll be in my rucksack, as I take that everywhere with me. So if I have a spare minute anywhere, I’ll pick out my book and read a few pages.

What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

Definitely in the evenings, as that’s when I can wind down and have a proper read. I get a half hour lunch at work so I try my best to read and eat at the same time, but sometimes it doesn’t work out! I’ll take myself down to the local Starbucks some evenings and enjoy a coffee and read in there for a couple of hours. (At this time of year it’s the Eggnog Lattes that I enjoy the most, but I have to say the Fudge Hot Chocolate is a winner too!)

How long do you typically read in one sitting?

It depends on how tired I am, how engrossed I am in the book and how much time I have to pick up a book, normally it’ll be anything between twenty minutes to just over an hour.

Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off?

I have to take the dust jacket off now, CONFESSION: I accidentally ripped one of my dust jackets before, it must’ve been when I put it back into my rucksack and I placed it at a bad angle or something swiped past it and it ripped. So yes, I take the dust jacket off of a hardback book when I’m reading one as I don’t want anymore to get ruined!

What position do you mainly use to read?

lying down in bed, either on my side or on my back. I like to feel cosy and make myself at home when i’m in a cafe so I’d sit with my legs crossed over like you do in assembly.

Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

I try and take it everywhere with me, sometimes if I don’t have a book with me it feels like a part of me is missing!

How often do you update your Goodreads progress on the book you’re currently reading?

I try to do it every evening when I’ve finished reading as much as I can that day but I have forgotten here and there to do so.

Well, thank you to everyone who read my Currently Reading Book Tag post! I especially like this tag as it has interesting questions where you’ll find it somebody’s reading habits! I’m not entirely sure I should tag anyone for this as I wasn’t tagged myself, so I’ll tag everybody who is interested in this tag and wishes to do it!

Thank you,

Claire ☺️

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I Reached My Goal for the Goodreads Reading Challenge!

I set a goal at the beginning of this year on Goodreads to read 30 books. I completed this back in August, finishing up the challenge with My Neighbor Totoro by Tsugiko Kubo. At the moment I have surpassed my goal as I’m currently on my 40th book!

I was very impressed that I managed to complete this as I set an unrealistic goal in 2016 to try and read 100 books in a year, I believe I only managed to read around 23 books then, so I’m glad I made a lower goal this year.

Here are the list of the 30 books I read in 2017 for my Goodreads Reading Challenge:

  1. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
  2. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
  3. Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
  4. Relativity by Antonia Hayes
  5. Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer
  6. Sick Pleasure (Crazy Beautiful #3) by Jessica Serra Huizenga
  7. Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #4.5) by Marissa Meyer
  8. Spider-Island by Dan Slott
  9. Taken At Night by Christa A. Ludlow
  10. Flirty Dancing (The Ladybirds #1) by Jenny McLachlan
  11. All The Lights We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  12. Blood On The Tracks (Sydney Rose Parnell #1) by Barbara Nickless
  13. Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins
  14. The Girl With All The Gifts (The Hungry Plague #1) by M. R. Carey
  15. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  16. Wolf Brother (Chronicles of Darkness #1) by Michelle Paver
  17. Spirit Walker (Chronicles of Darkness #2) by Michelle Paver
  18. Soul Eater (Chronicles of Darkness #3) by Michelle Paver
  19. Outcast (Chronicles of Darkness #4) by Michelle Paver
  20. Oath Breaker (Chronicles of Darkness #5) by Michelle Paver
  21. Ghost Hunter (Chronicles of Darkness #6) by Michelle Paver
  22. Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber
  23. The Mazer Runner (Maze Runner #1) by James Dashner
  24. Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Cate Woods (iBooks)
  25. Pictures of Lily by Paige Toon (iBooks)
  26. The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner
  27. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch (iBooks)
  28. The Death Cure (Maze Runner #3) by James Dashner
  29. The Kill Order (Maze Runner #0.5) by James Dashner
  30. My Neighbor Totoro by Tsugiko Kubo

As I now know the rough amount of books I’m able to read in a year, I’ll definitely be bumping up my target for 2018.

How well is your Reading Challenge going this year? Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you,

Claire ☺️

Apologies!

I am so so sorry, for the followers who used to read my posts and then to suddenly stop seeing anything from me. I am so sorry I have been out of the loop of writing book reviews.

Unfortunately, I have dedicated my time this year to reading books (my new personal record in a year!) or just simply busy from working and my general life.

I really want to get back into the swing of blogging again, as I start out at the beginning of the year on top of everything but as soon as we hit the second or third month of the year things start to go downhill.

With Christmas around the corner I really want to start permanently but I know it’s going to be a struggle. I’m going to be a part of Christmas Readathon group via Goodreads and am looking to post about my progression and pick up with my book reviews too.

I hope you’ll be seeing more of me very soon!

Thank you,

Claire ☺️

February Wrap Up

In February, I read six books (finished Winter by Marissa Meyer in early February but included it in my January Wrap Up) and started the seventh book which I’m currently reading! 

These were:

  • Relativity by Antonia Hayes
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  • Sick Pleasure by Jessica Serra Huizenga
  • Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  • Spider Island by Dan Slott

I really enjoyed reading Fairest and Stars Above by Marissa Meyer as I felt connected to their past lives and learnt how they became who they are in their present lives. It was very interesting and made me sympathise with some characters (Queen Levana), which I wouldn’t have done normally if I hadn’t known their backstory. 

Relativity was a book I received from Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review and I have to say that it’s one of the best stories I’ve come across that I’ve won from Goodreads so far, such an interesting novel by an incredibly written author. (You can find my Relativity book review here)

Sick Pleasure by Jessica Serra Huizenga was such a breath of fresh air, I love her writing so much and she has this incredible ability to draw the reader in. The Crazy, Beautiful series is definitely one of my favourite of all time series and if you haven’t picked one of her books yet, I recommend you to do it immediately! 

I’ve realised that I’m not the greatest lover of comic books. When I read Spider Island I found it quite confusing because there was a lot happening throughout the comic and I feel like I didn’t connect very well to it. However, I really enjoyed the illustrations – that’s got to count for something ..right? 

The book that I’m currently reading at the moment is a book I’ve received from Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review called Taken at Night by Christa A Ludlow. The blurb on the back of the book says:

 A historical mystery about medicine, photography and murder…

The year is 1900, and photographer Beatrix Spencer has just opened her studio in the bustling colonial metropolis of Sydney. But it is a turbulent time to start a new business, with a deadly outbreak of plague threatening the city, soldiers about to embark for the Boer War, and women struggling for rights and recognition.

When a doctor disappears from a quarantined ship, Beatrix is drawn into the police investigation led by Detective Fergus Blair, who has secrets of his own. Despite their very different backgrounds, together they discover that their city is more dangerous than either of them realized. And somewhere, another more sinister photographer is at work…’

I’m currently on page 44 so I’m just starting to get into the novel now, I look forward to unravelling the rest of the story ahead!

How many books did you read in February? Leave your comments below.

Speak soon,

Claire 🙂

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

I have given Fairest by Marissa Meyer five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: FairestImage result for fairest marissa meyer

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction (Dystopian)

Synopsis (Goodreads): In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

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Relativity by Antonia Hayes

I received this book through Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.

I have given Relativity by Antonia Hayes five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️Image result for relativity by antonia hayes⭐️⭐️

Title: Relativity

Author: Antonia Hayes

Genre: Contemporary, Fiction

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Ethan is an exceptionally gifted young boy, obsessed with physics and astronomy.

His single mother Claire is fiercely protective of her brilliant, vulnerable son. But she can’t shield him forever from learning the truth about what happened to him when he was a baby; why Mark had to leave them all those years ago.

Now age twelve, Ethan is increasingly curious about his past, especially his father’s absence in his life. When he intercepts a letter to Claire from Mark, he opens a lifetime of feelings that, like gravity, will pull the three together again.

Relativity is a tender and triumphant story about unbreakable bonds, irreversible acts, and testing the limits of love and forgiveness.

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Winter by Marissa Meyer Book Review

I have given Winter by Marissa Meyer five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: WinterImage result for winter marissa meyer

Author: Marissa Meyer

Genre: Science Fiction (Dystopian), Adventure, Fantasy, YA

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

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