October TBR

Usually in October people focus on more spooky reads, which totally makes sense, however I am get scared very very easily, so I am steering clear of that. Although I am having the hardest time deciding what to read next. I genuinely have so many books on my shelves that I need to read – its a series problem – but I just can’t find a place to start.

My first book for the month will be to read ‘The Burning Maze’ By Rick Riordan, book 3 in the Trials of Apollo Series. I’ve been enjoying the series thus far and am keen to get up to day with the releases.

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I have the ‘Magnus Chase’ Series to read as well, but I’ve been reading Rick Riordan books for 2 months straight and I think I need to give them a little rest before jumping into that series. My main concern being that I’ll get over them of go straight into them and maybe not enjoy them as much.

So my game plan: I’m going to finish ‘The Burning Maze’ By Rick Riordan and then see what I am vibing from my shelves, I’m hoping to read a couple of books that will actually count towards my A-Z Challenge as I haven’t had many books actually match up to letter I hadn’t already filled.

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A to Z of TBR: I, J, K & L

I started this a while ago after reading a post on Book Please‘s Blog.  I love the idea of staying accountable to read the books I want to and say I will read.

Lets get into it!

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‘Ice Wolves’ By Amie Kaufman
Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragonsare sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.
So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he wonders whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Rayna is Anders’s only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away.
In order to rescue her, Anders must enlist at the foreboding Ulfar Academy, a school for young wolves that values loyalty to the pack above all else. But for Anders, loyalty is more complicated than obedience, and friendship is the most powerful shapeshifting force of all.

J

I don’t actually have any books on my physical TBR shelf that start with a J

K

Same goes for K, there is one book I still want to get called ‘Keeper’ that I want to read,  but I don’t have it yet.

L

‘The Library of Fates’ By Aditi Khorana
No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.

The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?

 

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Goodreads ‘To-Read’ Sort #7

So this is how it works

  • Go to your Goodreads ‘to-read’ shelf.
  • Order them on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5-10 (to how ever many you want really) books. Of course, if you do this weekly or more frequently, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books…
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Here we go again…

‘The Young World’ By Chris Weitz
worldWelcome to New York, a city ruled by teens.
After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he’s secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos.
But when a fellow tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure for the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip, exchanging gunfire with enemy gangs, escaping cults and militias, braving the wilds of the subway – all in order to save humankind.

I’m going to KEEP this one for now. I’ve started it, but it got pretty intense pretty quickly and I had to put it down. I do want to try it again.

‘What Would Nietzsche Do?: How the Greatest Philosophers would solve your everyday problems’ By Marcus Weeks
NietzscheWhat Would Nietzsche Do? uses the key ideas of more than 80 philosophical thinkers, past and present, to shine new light onto today’s everyday problems.Ever wondered if Schopenhauer could fix your broken heart? How Heraclitus might help you if you lost your phone? Given the chance, would Foucault leave the toilet seat up?With sections on Relationships, Self and Identity, How to Live, Art and Aesthetics, and Politics, there is an answer to each of modern life’s questions here. Each section is comprised of a collection of questions, from ‘Is Shakespeare better than the Simpsons?’ to ‘Should I get a takeaway tonight?’; from little niggling questions, to the great mysteries of human existence. With Marcus Weeks’s illuminating commentary on each philosopher’s answer to the question at hand, you’ll be spouting Socrates and discussing Descartes before you know it.A guide to life, of sorts, and also a fantastic introduction to philosophy for anyone looking to broaden their knowledge of the subject.

KEEP. I love just reading a section here and there.

‘Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow’ By Jessica Townsend
Morrigan Crow and her best friend Hawthorne Swift are now proud scholars in the elite Wundrous Society, but life is far from perfect. Does Morrigan have what it takes to prove that she belongs in the Society?

This one hasn’t even been released yet but its staying on the KEEP list. I loved the first novel in the series and I cannot wait for this one.

‘Akarnae’ By Lynette Noni
akarnaeDreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities. Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her… but he’s missing.
While waiting for him to reappear, Alex attends Akarnae Academy, Medora’s boarding school for teenagers with extraordinary gifts. She soon starts to enjoy her bizarre new world and the friends who embrace her as one of their own, but strange things are happening at Akarnae, and Alex can’t ignore her fear that something unexpected… something sinister… is looming.
An unwilling pawn in a deadly game, Alex’s shoulders bear the crushing weight of an entire race’s survival. Only she can save the Medorans, but what if doing so prevents her from ever returning home?
Will Alex risk her entire world—and maybe even her life—to save Medora?

I picked this one up on a whim but think I want to KEEP it and give it a go.

‘The Last Olympian’ By Rick Riodran
olympianAll year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.
In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilisation rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

Definitely a KEEP. Its the last book in the Percy Jackson Series and I really want to finish it, but also so sad because I don’t want it to be over. Probably why I haven’t gotten to it yet.

‘Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers X Marks the Spot’ By Kate and Jol Temple
JimmyCaptain Jimmy Cook has made a Top Secret Important Discovery. Even more important than any discovery that the other Captain Cook from the olden days ever made. A real dinosaur footprint! And everyone knows that underneath a real dinosaur footprint will be a real dinosaur bone.
Jimmy has to keep the amazing discovery a big secret because he found it behind a toilet block (that’s totally out-of-bounds). That’s not going to stop Jimmy and his crew! Once he digs up the dinosaur bone, he’s going to be the most famous Captain James Cook in history and not even Ms Fennel will be mad with him.
But even the greatest explorers have problems. Jimmy’s are these: 1) Everyone in the school now wants to help in The Dig, so it’s just a matter of time before Ms Fennel puts a stop to the greatest discovery of all time and 2) a large smelly cat is sitting in his hole.
But luck is on his side. Jimmy’s found a map of the school with a large X on it. And everyone knows what that means — Treasure! Treasure! Treasure!
Captain Jimmy Cook is about to make the discovery of a lifetime.

KEEP for sure. I read the first one with some students from work and to be honest it was hilarious. I want to read it so I can lend it to my students in case they’d like to read it.

‘Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop out and Craft Great Stories’ By Jack Gantos
writingWith the signature wit and humour that have garnered him legions of fans, Jack Gantos instructs young writers on using their “writing radar” to unearth story ideas from their everyday lives. Incorporating his own misadventures as a developing writer, Gantos inspires readers to build confidence and establish good writing habits as they create, revise, and perfect their stories. Pop-out text boxes highlight key tips, alongside Gantos’s own illustrations, sample stories, and snippets from his childhood journals. More than just a how-to guide, Writing Radar is a celebration of the power of storytelling and an ode to the characters who–many unwittingly–inspired Gantos’s own writing career.

I don’t have many texts for work on my list, so I am definitely KEEPING this one.

‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear’ By Elizabeth Gilbert
bigReaders of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work,  embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

I never got around to reading ‘Eat, Pray. Love’ but I would really love to get to this one. KEEP.

‘The Law of Attraction’ By Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks
lawThis text presents the powerful basics of the original Teachings of Abraham. Readers will learn how all things, wanted and unwanted, are brought to you by this most powerful law of the universe – the law of attraction.

I love the concept of the law of attraction and really want to learn more about it. KEEP.

 

 

 

 

’50 Ways to Yay!: Transformative tools for Less Stress, More Presence, And a Whole Lot of Happy’ By Alexi Panos
50Effervescent TV host, model, and inspirational vlogger Alexi Panos has helped thousands with their own search for personal happiness. In 50 Ways to Yay!, Alexi, recently named one of eleven Noteworthy Millenials in the Huffington Post, helps you do the same with fifty inspired and thought-provoking lessons and exercises to help you break out of the ordinary and jump into the extraordinary.
Is it possible to be a master of your reality? Be happy, and create an epic life despite your circumstances? Hell yes! And we’re just getting started. That’s the mantra Alexi Panos lives by in 50 Ways to Yay! But Alexi wasn’t always this positive. About six years ago, she woke up to the slow monotony that had become her life. Sick of feeling stressed out, emotionally detached, and never quite happy enough, she knew something had to change.
So Alexi immersed herself in psychology, Eastern thought, and personal development by reading thousands of books, taking classes, and experimenting with techniques that were sometimes amazing, and sometimes disastrous. In 50 Ways to Yay!, she shares her results in this delightful, yet thought-provoking primer, such as:
-It’s not about what life has dealt you, it’s about how you react to it.
-Vulnerability is relatable. Perfection is not.
-Those who are happy with nothing are happy with everything.
Alexi has done the extensive research (so you don’t have to) and synthesised it into fifty practical tools that you can apply for extraordinary results now. With her guidance, you can experience a domino effect of inner peace, inspiration, and a whole lot of happy.

This is another KEEP. I do love a good self help book and I feel as though this one could be helpful to my goal of working on being more positive on a day to day basis.

So this round I kept 10/10 books. hoarder much!

 

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Unboxing: YA CHRONICLES BOX

So I have been wanting to get a book subscription box for a while and I was really excited when I saw this one shipped from Australia! I love that the shipping doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg.

I ended up ordering the March box whose theme was:

Diverse Fantasy Part 2

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It came with so many goodies, I was so excited to unbox everything… I really love happy mail.

This box was so fun and contained some lovely items:

  • A NOVEL SCENTS & CO candle scented in ‘A new dawn, a new desert’ It smells so good and looks so cute! I’m torn between burning it and not burning it.
  • A MAGNUS BANE scented soap from STORY SCENTSATIONS. This is one I’ll definitely use as a travel soap!
  • An Inej (Six of Crows) bookmark from DREAMY & CO, who I already love and have bookmarks from so I was super excited that this was included in the box.
  • A beautiful necklace from
  • A ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ bookmark
  • Last but not least… OUR BOOK ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ By Tomi Adeyemi

I loved this box! It came with some beautiful items AND because it ships from Australia and I live in Australia the shipping was astronomical! This is a subscription I would want to get again.

If you are interested in purchasing a YA Chronicles box or learning more about them their page can be found here. (no affiliation, just a fan!)

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TBR: May

April is over and May is upon us!

I mentioned in my April wrap up that I felt I hadn’t had a very productive (in life or reading) April but that I wanted to focus on a more positive and productive May.

This starts with an AMBITIOUS TBR. Now I am aware that there is little chance that I will get through all these books in May but I have a focus for the month and I want as many options as possible so I can’t feel that inevitable ‘I have nothing to read’ feeling when I finish a good book and the next one in the series isn’t available.

My focus for the month is:
Middle Grade

I am a huge fan of middle grade. I love the stories being a little lighter than Young adult and I love discovering new stories that my kiddos can read.

I’ve purchased quite a few Middle Grade and want to try and get some read. I won’t be STRICTLY sticking to this as I did just finish ‘A Kingdom of Exile’ which is a young adult fantasy and I want to read ‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ this month as well.

But, aside from all those things, there are the books I’ll be trying to work through this month.

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This is just a glimpse at the books I HOPE to get through for the month of May.

I’ve planned a pretty hectic reading month (sorry social life/optometrist) but it needs to be done!

All the books I plan to read this month are:

  • Complete ‘A Kingdom of Exile’ by S.B Nova
  • ‘The Wizard of Once’ by Cressida Cowell
  • ‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ by Sarah J. Mass
  • ‘The Apprentice Witch’ by James Nicol
  • ‘The Magic Misfits’ By Neil Patrick Harris
  • ‘The Explorer’ By Katherine Rundell
  • ‘Furthermore’ by Taherah Mafi
  • ‘The Wolf Wilder’ by Katherine Rundell
  • ‘The Girl Who Drank the Moon’ by Kelly Barnhill
  • ‘The Isle of the Lost’ by  Melissa Dela Cruz
  • ‘Aru Shah and the End of Time’ by Roshani Chokshi
  • ‘The Girl in the Tower’ by Katherine Arden
  • ‘The Bear and the Nightingale’ by Katherine Arden
  • ‘Tess on the Road’ by Rachel Hartman
  • ‘The Serpent’s Secret’ by Sayantani DasGupta

So there are A LOT of books I plan to get to this month and I know there is no chance I will get to all of them but I am going to work on getting through as many as I can.

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April Book Haul

Aside from purchasing some books on the book tour I have also purchased a couple of other books in the last few weeks. I mean I know that I shouldn’t have BUT I did anyway!

These have been accumulated over the last month or so.

img_1091‘Children of Blood and Bone’ By Tomi Adeyemi 
(Book #1 in the Legacy of Orisha Series) 
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

bear 2The Bear and the Nightingale’ By Katherine Arden 
(Book #1 in the Winternight Trilogy) 
A magical debut novel for readers of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, and Neil Gaiman’s myth-rich fantasies, The Bear and the Nightingale spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice.
At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind–she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.
After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.
And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.
As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed–this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

img_1278‘The Girl in the Tower’ By Katherine Arden
(Book #2 in the Winternight Trilogy)
Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorising the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realises his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

IMG_1447 2‘The Serpent’s Secret’ By Sayantani DasGupta
(Book #1 in the Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond Series)
MEET KIRANMALA: INTERDIMENSIONAL DEMONSLAYER
(But she doesn’t know it yet.)
On the morning of her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala is just a regular sixth grader living in Parsippany, New Jersey… until her parents mysteriously vanish later that day and a rakkhosh demon slams through her kitchen, determined to eat her alive. Turns out there might be some truth to her parents’ fantastical stories—like how Kiranmala is a real Indian princess—and a wealth of secrets about her origin they’ve kept hidden.
To complicate matters, two crushworthy Indian princes ring her doorbell, insisting they’re here to rescue her. Suddenly, Kiran is swept into another dimension full of magic, winged horses, moving maps, and annoying, talking birds. There she must solve riddles and slay demons all while avoiding the Serpent King of the underworld (who may or may not want to kill her) and the rakkhosh queen (who definitely does) in order to find her parents and basically save New Jersey, her entire world, and everything beyond it.

truth‘Truthwitch’ By Susan Dennard 
(Book #1 in the Witchlands Series) 
In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.
Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.
Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.
In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

wind‘Windwitch’ By Susan Dennard
(Book #2 in the Witchlands Series) 
Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…
After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.
When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?
After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

true 1‘True Roots: A Mindful Kitchen’ By Kristin Cavallari 
In her first book, Kristin Cavallari shared her personal journey along with her tips on everything from style to relationships. And now, with True Roots, Cavallari shows you that improving the way you eat doesn’t have to be difficult–a clean and toxin-free diet can and should be fun, easy, and enjoyable. She learned the hard way that dieting leads nowhere good, and that a clean lifestyle is the ticket to feeling and being healthy. So how does Kristin eat? Organic as much as possible, wild-caught fish, grass-fed beef, fresh fruits and vegetables, and nothing white–no white flour, sugar, or salt. She avoids anything heavily processed and anything that has been stripped of natural nutrients. She maintains a lifestyle free of toxic chemicals and is passionate about creating delicious and hearty food from real ingredients. She wants her food to be true, as close to its natural state as possible. Her recipes–green banana muffins, bison and veggie kabobs, and even zucchini almond butter blondies–are proof that a healthy lifestyle isn’t boring or bland. Feed yourself real food and see how much better you feel, both mentally and physically.

Tess 1‘Tess on the Road’ By Rachel Hartman
(Book #1 in the Tess on the Road Series) 
In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.
Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it’s a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl–a subspecies of dragon–who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she’s tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.

vicious‘Vicious’ By V.E. Schwab
(Book #1 in the Villains Series)
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

img_1122‘5 Ingredients: Quick Easy Food’ By Jamie Oliver
Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated – that’s why Jamie’s 5 Ingredients – Quick & Easy Food is sure to become your new best friend in the kitchen.
It’s all about making the journey to good food very, very simple. Every recipe uses just five key ingredients, ensuring you can get a meal together fast, whether it’s finished and on the table in a flash, or after minimal hands-on prep, you’ve let the oven do the hard work for you. It’s about spending a little time to deliver a lot of flavour.
Each recipe has been tried and tested (and tested again!) to ensure the book is packed with no-fuss, budget-friendly dishes that you can rustle up, any day of the week.
With over 130 recipes, and chapters on Chicken, Beef, Pork, Lamb, Fish, Eggs, Veg, Salads, Pasta, Rice & Noodles and Sweet Things, there’s plenty of quick and easy recipe inspiration to choose from.
Think Roast tikka chicken – a whole bird rubbed with curry paste and roasted over golden potatoes and tender cauliflower, finished with fresh coriander. Or, Crazy simple fish pie – flaky smoked haddock, spring onions, spinach and oozy Cheddar, all topped off with crisp, golden filo, and ready to devour in less than 30 minutes.
With every recipe you’ll find a visual ingredient guide, serving size, timings, a short, easy-to-follow method, and quick-reference nutritional information.
This is Jamie’s easiest-to-use book yet, and the perfect cookbook for busy people.

dark 1‘Gathering Darkness’ By Morgan Rhodes
(Book #3 in the Falling Kingdoms Series)
In GATHERING DARKNESS, book three of the New York Times bestselling Falling Kingdoms series, the stakes have never been higher as three teams push forward on a race to find the Kindred, the four elemental crystals possessing ancient all-powerful magic, first:
Prince Magnus has just witnessed torture, death, and miracles during the bloody confrontation that decimated the rebel forces. Now he must choose between family and justice as his father, the cruel King Gaius, sets out to conquer all of Mytica. All Gaius needs now are the Kindred – the four elemental crystals that give godlike powers to their owner. But the King of Blood is not the only one hunting for this ancient, storied magic…
• THE KRAESHIANS join the hunt. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the wealthy kingdom across the Silver Sea, charm and manipulate their way to the Kindred, proving to be more ruthless than perhaps even the King of Blood himself.
• THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo and vengeful Jonas lead them, slaying with sweetness, skill, and a secret that can control Lucia’s overpowering magic – all so they can use the Kindred to win back their fallen kingdoms.
• THE WATCHERS follow Melenia out of the Sanctuary. They ally in the flesh with King Gaius, who vows to use Lucia’s powers to unveil the Kindred.
The only certainty in the dark times is that whoever finds the magic first will control the fate of Mytica… but fate can be fickle when magic is involved.

end of time 1‘Aru Shah and the End of Time’ By Roshani Chokshi
(Book #1 in the Pandava Quartet) 
Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?
One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.
But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them.
The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?

Ace 4‘Ace of Shades’ By Amanda Foody
(Book #1 in The Shadow Game Series)
Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.
Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.
Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…
And she’ll need to play.

ACOFAS 1A Court of Frost and starlight’ By Sarah J. Mass
(Book #3.5 in the Court of Thorns and Roses series) 
The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.

A small haul this month – which is probably better for my bank account – but books I’m keen to read none the less. In fact I’ve already finished one of them!

 

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Unboxing: ‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ YA Chronicles Box

For the release of ‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ YA Chronicles have created a special edition box! When I placed my pre-order I was able to choose from receiving the paperback and some goodies, the hardcover and some goodies or both covers and some goodies.

Seeing as I already own the rest of the series in hardcover I decided to order the hardcover with the goodies!

Here’s what was inside…

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Straight up the box was stunning, everything looked gorgeous the second I opened it.

on top was the spoiler card with the amazing ACOFAS artwork on it. Honestly I love it and definitely plan on keeping it. we also got a bookmark with the same artwork on it.

there was a gorgeous coaster with Feyre on it. This stunning design was created by Morganaoanagrom on Tumblr

we also got a ‘Throne of Glass’ Pencil case, which I will be using for my calligraphy pens.

There were two cards with artwork on them, one with a short comic strip featuring Rhysand and Feyre and another with Rhysand and Feyre. They are totally gorgeous and I am definitely going to frame them at some point, both are drawn by Arz28 on instagram

We also got a candle scented ‘winter Solstice’ and created by Faerietales Candles its scented with toffee apple, spice and peppermint. There is also an amazing night court necklace from Sonnet and Fable which I am 100% in love with.

Also included was the funniest pin designed by Knightmares and daydreams

I am totally in love with everything in this box ESPECIALLY the book!

I can’t wait to dive into it, but I am so glad I ordered this box and get to enjoy ACOFAS along with some amazing goodies!

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Goodreads ‘To-Read’ Sort #5

So this is how it works

  • Go to your Goodreads ‘to-read’ shelf.
  • Order them on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5-10 (to how ever many you want really) books. Of course, if you do this weekly or more frequently, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books…
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Here we go again…

‘The Gender War’ By Bella Forrest
warContinue Violet and Viggo’s journey in the ELECTRIFYINGfourth book of The Gender Game series!

Definitely a KEEP.

 

 

 

 

 

‘The Gender Fall’ By Bella Forrest 
fallContinue Violet and Viggo’s heart-racing journey in the epic fifth book of The Gender Game series.

100% in the KEEP list.

 

 

 

 

 

‘The Gender Plan’ By Bella Forrest 
plan“I just had to believe we’d dealt a death blow of our own.
That today would be the beginning of the end…”

Ready for the explosive PENULTIMATE BOOK in The Gender Game series? (As we move toward the grand finale in Book 7: The Gender End).

Again, a KEEP.

 

 

 

 

‘The Gender End’ By Bella Forrest 
endThe breathtaking, earth-shattering GRAND FINALE of the bestselling Gender Game series.
Return to Matrus and Patrus one last time.

Another KEEP.

 

 

 

 

 

‘The Last Magician’ By Lisa Maxwellmagician

In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.
Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.
But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

Magic, time travel and modern day New York. KEEP.

‘Renegades’ By Marissa Meyers
RenegadesThe Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

I’ve heard nothing but good things about ‘Renegades‘ definitely KEEPing this one.

‘The Secret of Spellshadow Manor’ By Bella Forrest 
spellshadowWhat would you do if you spotted a man following a young woman, but no-one else could see him?
Like most sane people, student Alex Webber thought he was hallucinating – perhaps he’d consumed something bad at the party he’d been attending that night, or he was severely overtired. But when he sees the mysterious man following Natalie again the very next day, he can no longer disbelieve his eyes.
Although Natalie denies the man’s existence, Alex sees her walking with him down a road in his neighbourhood he’s never seen before – and can’t help but follow. After a bizarre, but strangely short journey, he finds himself standing before a towering iron gate wreathed in gray ivy, behind which looms a decrepit old mansion named Spellshadow Manor.
Spellshadow, with its beautiful yet sinister decorated hallways, ever-changing outdoor scenery and very unusual residents… Alex will quickly learn it is a place that is as wondrous as it is deadly.
Especially for a normal person like him.
What if you found yourself recruited to an institute of magic, only to discover you really couldn’t do magic?
What if your enrollment there was all one big, terrible mistake?
If you were at Spellshadow, you’d keep it a secret. A deep, dark, deadly secret…
Because Spellshadow’s elusive Head is hiding a secret of his own, one that Alex soon realises he and Natalie must uncover at all costs if either of them wishes to leave the Manor alive… and before it’s too late.

This one is a KEEP. I’ve started it and its really good.

‘The Chain’ By Bella Forrest 
chainAlex and his comrades might have escaped the Head’s clutches, but where are they now?

I might DELETE this one until I’ve read the first book and see if I want to continue.

 

 

 

 

 

‘The Keep’ By Bella Forrest
keepContinue Alec’s journey in the twisty, action-packed fourth book of the Spellshadow series.

Again this one will be a DELETE until I’ve read the first book.

 

 

 

 

 

‘The Spell’ By Bella Forrest 
spellContinue Alec’s journey in the twisty, action-packed fourth book of the Spellshadow series.

Another DELETE, as its in the series I haven’t started yet.

 

 

 

 

 

‘The Test’ By Bella Forrest
TestThe PENULTIMATE book in the Spellshadow series as we lead up to the grand finale in Book 6.

 

Another DELETE.

 

 

 

 

 

This round ended up with 4/10 Deleted and 6/10 being Kept.

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