November Wrap Up

This month has been quite a slow reading one. I have managed to finish three books, one of which I started at the end of October.

The books I read in November were:

  • Little Sister by Isabel Ashdown
  • Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas, #1) by Charlaine Harris
  • IQ by Joe Ide

I received all three books from the Trapeze Books Publishing Company in exchange for honest reviews. I have received two other books as well from Trapeze which I am hoping to finish in December, however I will be taking part in a Christmas Bookathon starting from tomorrow as it’ll OFFICIALLY BE DECEMBER!! I have no idea where the time has gone this past year!

My favourite book out of the three that I read this month, was:

 

Little Sister by Isabel Ashdown

I gave this book five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – This book gave me shivers all over. It’s quite a dark, disturbing psychological thriller which I thoroughly enjoyed. I don’t want to give too much away as it’s one of those gripping stories full of twists and tense moments that you should really get your hands dirty in without knowing a lot from other reads spoiler reviews. The narrative of this book is filled with flashbacks of the past which unravels a lot between the two sisters and why there is so much tension and trust issues. I’m glad I took my time to read through this beautifully written book. There was one particular character which I couldn’t stand throughout the entirety of this book and was hoping that the character would get given the punishment they deserved.

How many books did you manage to read in November? Are you participating in a Christmas Bookathon in December? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Claire☺️

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Favourite Bookish Quote of the Day

I saw this quote on Pinterest and loved it almost instantaneously.

Here is the link where I found this quote.

This quote means a lot to me as there are so many characters in books that I admire and enjoy reading about, sometimes wishing I could live their lives.

What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Claire ☺️

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!

Here’s the link to the original tag from Youtube.

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 ☺️

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 ☺️