January 2018 TBR

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WOW okay so 2018 is here.

This is scary, I literally wasn’t ready for 2017 to end; it was such a crazy year I feel like I need a week break where nothing happens, just reflection on the year that was. But sadly we didn’t get this and time must go on!

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Yearly Wrap-Up + Goal Setting

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You see, I was originally planning to do a Christmas book haul for my Wednesday post this week, but there has been so much going on I decided to skip it and add my December haul into this yearly wrap-up post.

I expect this post to be long, so without further babble, let’s jump into it!

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff | Review

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Today I bring to you a review of the most wonderfully scripted books I have read this year. The characters have stolen my heart, baffled my mind, and gave me a lesson in the history of a place I will (hopefully) never visit thus rendering it useless except for book discussions (so not entirely useless).

When I received this book as a Christmas present from my Best Friend, I read it immediately and was captivated by the elaborate detail and beauty of the writing that I knew it has to be the most perfectly written book ever.

Today, ladies, gents, and those who are neither; I am bringing to you my review of Nevernight by the amazing Jay Kristoff.

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Goodreads Summary:

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 the 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 loves her. And they drink her fear.

Review

Throughout a good chunk of the first quarter of the book I was mostly lost as to what course the story was taking. In the first chapter especially, I was perplexed as to who the woman was and why she was in bed with an older man, and upon reading further, I deduced that the woman was indeed Mia – and not her mother as I guessed – I am still unsure of why and how that scene came about.

As the story goes on it becomes clear who Mia is and what her motivations are for the actions she takes revealed though scattered flashbacks to her childhood where we learn of the horrors she has witnessed.

When reading, I felt confused and often times lost to the story due to the unfamiliarity of not only the setting – which was assisted by the map at the beginning of the book – but the unfamiliarity of the slang that was oftentimes left unexplained and the meaning had to be deduced entirely from context.

I was very taken aback by the witt of the narrator who I actually imagined as Jay Kristoff and the use of modern references as the aforementioned ‘Hogwarts’. There are also parts in the footnotes where the narrator gets all sassy and it’s a great break from the seriousness and foreignness of the story.

Throughout this book, Jay Kristoff has inspired me to be more descriptive and creative with my writing

Jay Kristoff just manages to keep you hooked with this book, and in the parts where the level of action decreases you as the reader begin to feel more on edge; the feeling that something is coming is always there with this book, and until that thing comes you are left hooked hanging on to every word.

I came across a few strong quotes from this magnificent novel, though I read without sticky notes and my phone is typically in the other room so I seldom remember the quotes I loved.

One of the ones I’d mange to capture is:

“Easier to hide in the dark than the limelight.”

I quite like this one as it is very true especially coupled with Mia’s frequent sayingΒ “Better to be underestimated.” I’ve thought about this fact even before reading Nevernight, and it’s true in many aspects; though only very useful in things that involve talent and trial, not school.

Rating!

I obviously rate this book a massive five out of five stars! I would give this a higher rating if possible. I’m going to make some comparisons here so you all know how highly I am rating this book, and say that the writing is better than Cassandra Clare’s, which in turn makes the storyline far more intriguing.

I would also like you to all know that I began this book sometime after Christmas in 2016, and have in all you finished it as the clock struck 12midnight on the 21st of December 2017! Almost a year after I had begun it.

Remember;

“When in doubt, it’s best to be polite when dealing with lunatics.”

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Stay Happy, Healthy, and have a Lovely Week!!

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Thank You so much for reading and I hope to see you all back here again Wednesday πŸ™‚

BREE XOXO


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My Life In Book Titles (Book Tag)

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Today I am bringing you a pretty long book tag. I’m not 100% sure where I found this tag but I remember seeing it somewhere, thinking it was the coolest thing ever, wrote down the prompts then forgot about it for a year.

Due to the draft of this post being three pages in my A5 notebook, I won’t ramble for too long. So without further ado, lets begin the tag!

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Storytime Wednesday: Why Do We Hate School Books?

Do we hate a book if we have a negative mindset when we start reading it brought upon by being forced into it? Would everyone have liked it if they had chosen to read it?

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Today we discuss why students hate their allocated school books and if this hatred would’ve formed if they’d chosen to read this book on their own.

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Festive Christmas Book Tag!

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Yes it is that time of the week again where we pull another tag from the internet and plop it on the blog!

Aside though, I’m lying in bed and I sang out an intro song to this post, and it makes me really think how much YouTube I’ve been watching lately and how maybe unhealthy it is for my blogging…

Anyways back to the tag!

Today I will be doing the Festive Christmas Book Tag! Because it is never too early for some Christmas cheer! Also it’s December 2nd. This tag was created by GirlReading on YouTube.

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Unearthed Book Launch & Signing!!

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This event, hosted by Allen & Unwin at the Dymocks on Collins St. in Melbourne, brought us – and by ‘us’ I mean the bookworms of Australia – our beloved Amie Kaufman, and the very first international author I have met; Meagan Spooner.

After a big day at work (8:30 – 5), dressed in my Gemina inspired outfit consisting of a full black jumpsuit (definitely not Danae Matresco), and heeled peep-toe boots; I met my friend at Flinder’s Street Station in the CBD, and for those of you who have never experienced Melbourne city in peak hour, or at any time of the day; it was a mess of people, cigarettes and thankfully a healthy police presence.

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Stranger Things Is Back Baby! (+ book tag)

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Today you’ll be hearing a story about how I got sucked in, braved my fears and started watching the gripping Netflix original:Β Stranger Things.

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Season 2 of Stranger Things aired last week in America on the 15th of October (because here in Australia we have to wait a whole year for a new season to be shown on our t.v.s), dead set in the middle of the year! If you haven’t started watching, please do, then we can all fangirl/boy together.

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Tome Topple Readathon

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Long time no see my friends!

I’ve been waiting for that day that I’d have enough time and mental effort to come back here and share my reading life with you all; which up to this point has been pretty much non-existant. I’ve had to lower my Goodreads Reading Goal down from 50 to 23 books, as I have been stuck on Nevernight since New Years, and Uni has left me beaten and dying with only 14 books to my name.

But, Never Fear! I am back and reading and as determined as ever, taking part in the Tome Topple Readathon!

This Readathon was created by Sam fromΒ Thoughts On TomesΒ on YouTube, and it is in its 5th round! There are many hosts, including our very own Australian; Caz fromΒ The Little Book Owl. The hosts will be doing reading sprints on twitter @Tome_Topple, if you wish to follow.

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August 2017 Book Haul! 10+ Books!!

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I only paid $10 for books this month and I could never be prouder of myself in the shopping department and for this achievement I would like to thank Bloomsbury for inviting me to the Bloomsbury Bloggers event and giftingΒ me with all of these amazing looking books! I would also like toΒ thank Andrew’s Bookshop for actually stocking and discouting a hardback graphic novel! Three things that are very very hard to come by in Australian bookstores – hardbacks, cheap books, graphic novels – were found and August ended on an amazing note.

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