Intimidating TBR Tag

I saw this tag going around on youtube last month and really enjoyed watching everyone’s videos so I decided to have a go at it myself. I don’t have the biggest TBR that I’ve ever seen, in fact I have been steadily whittling it down over the past few months (hope I didn’t just jinx it) but I still have enough to easily do this tag. The original video for this tag has been taken down so I can’t credit the creator but if I could I would 🙂

What book have you been unable to finish?

The Hobbit

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien 

I tried reading this back when the first Hobbit film was released or around that time anyway and I made it halfway through before putting it down. I didn’t even make a conscious decision to stop reading i just forgot about it to be honest. I plan to try reading this again at some point but I think I want to try reading LotR first before going back.

What book have you yet to read but haven’t had the time? fellowship of the ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

Have you seen the size of this book? My edition at least has tiny writing which hurts my eyes after a while. I might invest in a better edition before trying this but we’ll see. This has been nagging at me for a while now so I might get around to this sooner than I think.

What book have you yet to read because it is a sequel?

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 Cress by Marissa Meyer

Third in a series still counts right? I read Cinder and loved it. I read Scarlet: eh it was okay. Of course because I had mixed feelings about Scarlet it has put me off reading Cress. I want to carry on with the series though because I have heard nothing but good things about all of the other books and companion books in the series. I would like to complete my collection too but I can’t in good conscious buy the rest of the books when I still haven’t read Cress!

What book have you yet to read because it is brand new?

This Savage Song

This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

What book have you yet to read because you read a book by the same author and didn’t enjoy it?

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 

I didn’t enjoy Fangirl. I have made no secret of it. There was something about the story I could not connect to and maybe it was because at the time I read it it was too close to my own situation for me to enjoy it. I don’t know but because I didn’t enjoy Fangirl it has made me a little reluctant to read this. I love the sound of the synopsis though and liked the Simon Snow parts of Fangirl hence why I brought it. I’ll read it eventually but I don’t know when yet.

What book are you yet to read because you’re just not in the mood for it? 

Assassins Apprentice

Assassins Apprentice by Robin Hobb

I really want to read this but every time I look at it I am reminded that this is the first book in a massive series of books and it just causes me to skip over it.

What book have you yet to read because it is humongous?

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Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin 

I think this is a popular answer for this question. It would not surprise me in the least. This is a beast of a book and the others in the series are nothing to ignore either!

What book have you yet to read because it was a cover buy and it ended up not having very good reviews? 

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The Alchemyst by Micheal Scott

Technically this was not a cover buy it was an impulse buy. One of the youtubers I follow recommended this book when I first started watching Booktube videos and I decided to buy it. I still haven’t read it and I am not even sure what it is about. I assume it has something to do with magic though by the title.

What is the most intimidating book on your TBR?

Battle Royale

Battle Royale by  Koushun Takami, Translated by Nathan Collins

I’ve read a quarter of this and it took me an age! The gore and the writing style took me a long time to get to grips with not to mention the amount of names you have to remember. It makes it a little hard to connect with the characters and be sad about their deaths when you can’t even remember their names.

Who do I tag?

If you’re interested in doing this tag and have yet to do it then please feel free, if you do it because you’ve read this post then please leave a comment and a link I’d love to see your answers.

I know it has been a while since I last did a blog post but I was feeling uninspired for a while I have a few ideas for upcoming posts so I should be posting new content soon 🙂

Thank you for reading and,

Until Next Time,

Tori x

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This Week in Books #7

This Week In Books

So I didn’t really do much reading this week and I’m not actually reading anything at the moment. I really need to get on that but here is my weekly update on my reading.

EDIT: I (again) wrote this on Monday – I’ve really got to stop doing that – I’ve gone through and edited in a book that I’m currently reading. I hope it all still makes sense 🙂

As always a shout out to Lipsyy Lost & Found for creating this weekly meme and without further ado lets get in to the books.

NOW

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Rurouni Kenshin 3-in-1 Volume 5 by Nobuhiro Watsuki and Translated by Kenichiro Yagi

Page 256 of 568

Binge by Tyler Oakley

Page 55 of 304

THEN

Girl online

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

I have REVIEWED this book 🙂

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family – and the panic attacks she’s suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog. 

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever. (Via Goodreads)

NEXT

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Girl Online: On Tour by Zoe Sugg

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 


Well I might not be reading much right now but I do have plans to read some good books in the coming week or two so that kind of makes up for it in my opinion.

Sorry this wasn’t much of a post but I’m not going to lie about what I’m reading and what I’m not.

So until next time,

Tori x

This Week in Books #2

This Week In Books

As far as I know this was founded by Lipsyy Lost & Found, who wanted to put their own spin on the WWW meme.
I admit that I’m writing this a few days prior (Monday) but I already know what I want to talk about in this post so why wait?.

NOW –

Well … I have more than one book on the go at the moment. I’m hoping to finish at least one this week as I won’t have much time next week. I’m starting my job.

Week 2

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Yes this was on my list last week but I’m really struggling through this, I am really in the mood for a high fantasy at the moment and no matter what anyone says to me, this reads like a Young Adult fantasy. I will finish it though because I do want to carry on with the series.

1984 by George Orwell

I started this yesterday (Sunday) and I have only reached the second chapter. I started reading this because I was watching some Booktube and I had the urge to read a classic\adult fiction. This happened to be on my TBR shelf in easy reach so I picked it up.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

I was watching the film on Film4 last night and I just needed to read this again. It wouldn’t surprise me if this is the book I finish this week. It is one of my favourites.

THEN –

This is going to be the same as last week because as I said I haven’t really read much since then.

Fairy Tail Volume 2 by Hiro Mashima (Translated by William Flanagan)

Fairy Tail Vol 2

NEXT –

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass

I keep saying that I’m going to carry on reading the series and finish it by the end of the year. I read the first two books in January … I need to get a move on especially now that I don’t have as much time as I did before.

My theory is, is that if I put this on here then it will give me a bit of a push to actually read it instead of putting it off all the time. From what I can remember this was my favourite book in the trilogy (now a six book series) so I want to see if I still like it as much as I did before.


Wow I really rambled on there a bit, I’m going to leave it at that now and,

Until next time,

Tori x

Maria V. Snyder Interview & Giveaway (CLOSED)

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I own more of her books but these are the only complete series I currently have.

I’m extremely proud of this post, I sent an email to Maria a few days ago not really expecting an answer, imagine my joy when I did receive a reply and she has kindly agreed to answer my questions as well as offer to help me hold a giveaway for you.

I have been reading Maria’s books for a few years now and in my opinion her books don’t get nearly the amount of recognition they deserve. I read Poison Study while I was still in High School and to this day it is still one of my favourite books. Her books are gaining a little more hype now that some popular Youtubers are talking about her books for example I know that Christine over at PolandbananasBOOKS has read the Poison Study series and Sasha over at abookutopia has recently started reading them and is loving them.

A Little About the Author

Maria has published a total of 13 books along with a bind up of her duology series, Inside, and she has written a few short stories to accompany her Chronicles of Ixia series. You can view these for free here.

She has also published a few short stories in anthologies with other authors.

If you want a list of her books then most of them are included in my list of Books I Have Read This Year. I don’t own all of her books yet but it is a work in progress.

Poison StudyChoose:
A quick death
Or slow poison…

Yelena has a choice – be executed for murder, or become food taster to the Commander of Ixia. She leaps at the chance for survival, but her relief may be short-lived.

Life in the palace is full of hazards and secrets. Wily and smart, Yelena must learn to identify poisons before they kill her, recognise whom she can trust and how to spy on those she can’t. And who is the mysterious Southern sorceress who can reach into her head?

When Yelena realises she has extraordinary powers of her own, she faces a whole new problem, for using magic in Ixia is punishable by death… (Via Goodreads)

Giveaway

This is my first giveaway so I’m still a little unsure how to handle this, I did a little research and decided to use Rafflecopter as I have seen quite a few people use it on WordPress.

In this giveaway Maria has been kind enough to offer the winner a copy of her first published novel Poison Study.

To enter the giveaway you can go to the bottom of the post where there should be a Rafflecopter insert. The giveaway will be open for one week so it will be closing next Wednesday.

Now enough dallying on to the interview!

Interview with Maria V. Snyder

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Everywhere! I’ll get ideas when I travel. Also from newspaper and magazine articles, from television shows or when watching a movie. I’ve gotten ideas from a conversation and from dreams (but that’s rare). My children’s comments or observations have sparked ideas as well. I tend not to lack for ideas just time!

Are you equally as proud of all your books or is there one that stands out above the others and why?

I’m equally proud of all my books. Each one has scenes that I really love and also has spots where I cringe when I re-read it. Poison Study does stand out a bit more mostly because it’s my first book and I had the most time to work on it. I lived with Yelena, Valek, Ari, and Janco in my head for years – they’re family now :).

Are there any books on writing that you would recommend to an aspiring writer? Did any of them help you?

There are a couple books that I recommend to my writing students. Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott, and On Writing by Stephen King. I also recommend all of Nancy Kress’ writing books. She has a good way of explaining things that I found extremely helpful. Orson Scott Card’s How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy sparked my idea for Poison Study! I also have free writing advice on my website. If anyone is interested, here’s the link: http://www.mariavsnyder.com/advice.php

Have you ever had a character in mind but you could never get them down on paper because they were just so stubborn? Or for any other reason?

No – I’ve never had that problem. They come out on the page just fine. But I’ve had characters refuse to cooperate with my plans for them in a story. For example, Devlen in my Glass series of books was supposed to be the antagonist for the first two books and disappear. Except he decided to change during the second book and kept coming back, making Spy Glass the hardest book I’ve written!

Was Poison Study your first idea for a novel or did you dabble with other ideas before you had that idea? What was it about Poison Study that had you so invested?

I dabbled with short stories first. After every one I wrote, my writing critique group told me I needed to expand it into a novel (and I wasn’t able to get any of them published either). As I said earlier, I was reading How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy, and, as I read the chapter on characters, a scene popped into my head – a king who had fallen in love with his food taster. After I explored the idea, I was excited about it because I’ve read a ton of fantasy stories and none of them had this element. But as I worked on the story, it morphed into a military dictator because there are tons of fantasies out there with monarchs. Poison Study was my first novel written and published.

How long did it take for Poison Study to be accepted by an agent\publisher? Did you ever get discouraged when it was turned down? (I’m assuming it was turned down by some)

It took about 3 years for Poison Study to find a publisher. I sent it to 40 agents who all passed and to 17 other publishers before it was accepted – 57 rejections! I did get discouraged (did lots of ice cream therapy!) and even made plans to switch to writing non-fiction and applied to a MFA program so I could teach. However I didn’t give up on Poison Study. I had made a list of all the publishers who would look at fantasy and was determined to send the book to them all before I put it in a drawer.

When you sit down to write do you set yourself a goal? For example doing 3,000 words a day.

Yes, I’m a slow writer and set a minimum of 1000 words a day before I can go bed (I write at night from 10 pm to 3 or 4 am). Most nights, I write more, but I found that when I haven’t written in a while and get back to it, the words come slowly and it takes all night to reach 1000, but, after a few nights, my word counts are much higher. Which is more evidence that writing daily is a good idea!

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions I have only one more. Are there any book series’ that you love but feel as though they don’t get the recognition they deserve? That more people should read them?

This is a hard question, because I’m not as “plugged in” to what’s popular or selling well – I know the big ones like The Hunger Games and Divergent, but am not sure about the ones I do love. There is one series called the Stormlord series by Glenda Larke that is an excellent epic fantasy that doesn’t read like an epic. The characters and world are so well drawn and engaging. It’s not overloaded with dense world building details and a zillion characters to keep track of like in Martin and Tolkien’s books. The first book is The Last Stormlord.

Can I say I think my books are not as well known, but I think they are just as good (or better in some cases) than what’s hot/popular? Or does that make me sound egotistical? It can be frustrating when I read one of the bestsellers and the characters are cardboard and the writing is terrible. However, I’m not complaining at all! I’m living my dream and do well enough that writing is my full-time job. And I enjoy being able to interact with my readers. If I was popular, then I wouldn’t be able to personally respond to email and comments.


Night StudyAgain let me take this chance to thank Maria for agreeing to the interview and being willing to hold a giveaway with me, you are the first person to be featured on my blog and it means the world to me to have one of my favourite authors on my blog.

Maria’s new book Night Study, the sequel to Shadow Study, comes out 26th January 2016.

You can find Maria at her website and her Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/mvsfans

http://www.mariavsnyder.com/

I hope you all enjoyed this post and interview, if you’re interested in entering the giveaway you can find a link to enter below and I wish you all the best of luck!

Until next time,

Tori x

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BookTubeAThon 2015 Wrap-Up

This was my first time participating in a readathon of any kind so it took me a little while to get used to it. I started off slow by reading a graphic novel that I wanted to read. I finished this within a half hour to an hour so it was a nice quick read to get me started.

  • Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Illustrated by Roc Upchurch

All of the snyopsis’ are curtesey of Goodreads

Rat QueensWho are the Rat Queens? A pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, and they’re in the business of killing all gods’ creatures for profit.

It’s also a darkly comedic fantasy series starring Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Hobbit Thief. This modern spin on an old school genre is a violent monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack!

I went in to this not really expecting much but I actually really enjoyed it. The story was a little disjointed at times but the characters are what kept me reading. It seems like it has a lot of promise and I might just try carrying on with this series.

I then went on to read a manga, this one was a lot longer than Rat Queens so it took me longer to read it.

Rurouni Kenshin 1A hundred and fifty years ago in Kyoto, amid the flames of revolution, there arose a warrior, an assassin of such ferocious power he was given the title Hitokiri: Manslayer. With his bloodstained blade, Hitokiri Battosai helped close the turbulent Bakumatsu period and end the reign of the shoguns, slashing open the way toward the progressive Meiji Era. Then he vanished, and with the flow of years became legend.

In the 11th year of Meiji, in the middle of Tokyo, the tale begins. Himura Kenshin, a humble rurouni, or wandering swordsman, comes to the aid of Kamiya Kaoru, a young woman struggling to defend her father’s school of swordsmanship against attacks by the infamous Hitokiri Battosai. But neither Kenshin nor Battosai are quite what they seem…

I’ve read this manga series before and after watching the live-action film it brought on the urge to re-read the manga. This was the manga I read that first got me in to reading manga and watching anime and it is always nice to go back and re-visit my favourite characters. If you are interested in historical fiction and want to start reading manga then this is the series I would recommend starting with.

It took me longer to finish reading this book so it took me until Tuesday to finish but once I did finish it I decided that it was probably a good time to start reading a proper full length book.

Daughter of the FlamesInside an ancient temple in the mountains, fi fteen-year-old Zira trains in the martial arts to become a warrior priestess who can defend the faith of the Ruan people. Bearing a scar on her face from the fire that killed her parents, the orphaned Zira is taught to distrust the occupying Sedornes. Terror strikes when the forces of the tyrannical Sedorne king destroy the only home she knows. To survive, Zira must unravel the secrets of her identity, decide her people’s fate — and accept her growing feelings for a man who should be her enemy.

The synopsis is a little misleading on the romance front, I’m not going to get in to it here but if you’ve read the book I think you’ll understand what I mean. In relation to the romance in this book there is a little bit of insta-love but it isn’t done in the obvious\typical way. There are circumstances that lead to them starting a relationship which starts the main plot of the story and the love interest is one of my favourite characters. I might do a review for this book because I seem to rambling on and I’m having to stop myself from giving a full review here. But just be aware that there is a little insta-love in this book.

I didn’t finish this one right away, about half-way through reading it I could feel a reading slump coming on so I put it down for a few hours and started reading another manga that I had been meaning to start.

Fairy TaleCute girl wizard Lucy wants to join the Fairy Tail, a club for the most powerful wizards. But instead, her ambitions land her in the clutches of a gang of unsavory pirates led by a devious magician. Her only hope is Natsu, a strange boy she happens to meet on her travels. Natsuâ’s not your typical hero, he gets motion sickness, eats like a pig, and his best friend is a talking cat. With friends like this, is Lucy better off with her enemies?

Again I really enjoyed this book. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to because it was basically exactly the same as the anime so I already knew what was going to happen but it was a funny read and it managed to help me divert a reading slump. After finishing this I went back and finished reading Daughter of the Flames.

I didn’t manage to finish reading this this week but I did manage to read a good chunk of the book, you can find all of my stats below.

Stats

Books Read: 4

Dates I finished reading:Goblet of Fire

  • Rat Queens – 3rd August 2015
  • Rurouni Kenshin – 4th August 2015 (Took most of Monday and Tuesday to read)
  • Fairy Tail – 6th August 2015
  • Daughter of the Flames – 8th August 2015

Pages Read: 1,526
Longest book finished: Rurouni Kenshin
Reading Challenges Achieved:

  • Read Someone else’s favourite book (Daughter of the Flames)
  • Read the last book you acquired (Fairy Tail)
  • Finish a book without letting go of it (Rat Queens)
  • Read a book with blue on the cover (All four of them have blue on the cover)

Overall I’m really happy with how much I read this week, it is a lot more than I normally read in a week book wise. I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t get around to reading Memoirs of a Geisha but I can do that any time I want to. I hope you all did well in the BookTubeAThon if you participated and,

Until next time,

Tori x

July and Birthday Book Haul

At the end of July my sister and I took a trip to Cardiff City Centre for a few days of retail therapy. While I was there I brought a few books from WHSmith. I was a little annoyed that they didn’t have the books that I went there for (Crown of Midnight and The Wrath and the Dawn) but I picked up some books that have been on my wishlist for quite a while so it wasn’t a huge loss. At the beginning of this month (2nd) it was my 21st birthday. I was surprised to receive quite a few books as gifts seeing as I wasn’t expecting any so now I have a pile of books to show you.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to make this post because I don’t know if people really do book hauls on here but I said to hell with it and decided to do it anyway. I’m excited about these books so I want to share them with you.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and BoneIn general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.
Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

I’ve heard a lot of people talking about this book and when I saw it on the shelf I picked it up and decided to buy it if I couldn’t find anything else that I wanted. Obviously I brought it.

Assassins Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Assassins ApprenticeYoung Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father’s gruff stableman. He is treated like an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz’s blood runs the magic Skill–and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family. As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.

Novels and Nonsense on Youtube is constantly raving about Robin Hobb and her writing so when I saw this on the shelf I knew I had to get it. I’ve been searching for this book in book shops for months but I’ve never been able to find it. I was so happy when I saw this I knew that I was going to buy it.

Birthday Books

My Aunt & Uncle brought me a pile of books off my wishlist for my birthday (thank you), so all of these books are books that I wanted but never brought for myself.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Percy #1Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a greek god.

I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. Now I spend my time battling monsters and generally trying to stay alive.

This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I’ve stolen his lightning bolt – and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea.

I’ve read this book before but gave it away to charity for some reason. I quite liked this book when I read it and I wanted to try and actually finish the series. I’ve only ever read up to the second book in the series.

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Camp Half-Blood is under attack and, unless I can get my hands of the Golden Fleece, the whole camp will be invaded by monsters. Big ones…

I can’t really put a synopsis on this one because of spoilers but this is the second book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red RisingThe Earth is dying.

Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it.

The Reds are humanity’s last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie.

Again another book I wanted because of a youtuber\booktuber. This time it was Tashapolis raving about how good looking Pierce Brown is and how good the books are. Recently I read The Martian by Andy Weir (review) and really enjoyed it, it has instilled a desire to read more sci-fi books. This sounds a lot like Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder so I’m hoping it isn’t so similar that I can’t read it.

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The song of AchillesGreece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’s mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny.

Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.  

This sounds like a really interesting book, I’ve not really got anything else to say but that I want to read this soon because it really does sound like an interesting premise.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and BoneThe Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

I don’t know much about this one, I have heard people talking about it before but I can’t really remember what they said about it. It will be interesting to go into this book blind. I haven’t done it in a while so it should be fun.

The next two books my brother and his fiancée brought for me, they also got me an ‘adult’ colouring book which I can’t find on the internet anywhere.

Fairy Tail Volume 1 by Hiro Mashima (Translated by William Flanagan)

Fairy TaleCute girl wizard Lucy wants to join the Fairy Tail, a club for the most powerful wizards. But instead, her ambitions land her in the clutches of a gang of unsavory pirates led by a devious magician. Her only hope is Natsu, a strange boy she happens to meet on her travels. Natsuâ’s not your typical hero, he gets motion sickness, eats like a pig, and his best friend is a talking cat. With friends like this, is Lucy better off with her enemies?

I recently started watching the anime of this on Netflix, I haven’t got very far yet because I’m watching The Vampire Diaries most of the time but what I have watched I enjoyed. I have just finished reading this and as far as I can tell the anime is very similar to the manga.

Fairy Tail Volume 2 by Hiro Mashima (Translated by William Flanagan)

Again I can’t really put a synopsis on this one because of spoilers but I shall be reading this soon and possibly buying the next book in the series soon after.

Other Purchases

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Queen of the TearlingKelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother – Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard – each pledged to defend the queen to the death – arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding…

I saw this book in my local Tesco for £3.67. I’ve been meaning to get this book ever since I heard that Emma Watson was going to be in the film adaptation. I plan to read this book before the film comes out (whenever that is). I really shouldn’t have brought this book but here it is.


Well those are all of the books that I got for my birthday this year, if my Aunt, Uncle and brother are reading this then thank you again for the books.

I hope you liked this and I hope to have another post up soon about the BooktubeAThon that I am participating in, thank you for reading,

Until next time,

Tori x

BookTubeAThon 2015 TBR

This post is a little last minute but it was my birthday today so I didn’t want to make a list of books I was going to read without knowing if I was going to receive any as gifts. As it is I did receive some books as gifts and plan to do a birthday book haul soon. For now though these are the books I plan to read for the duration of the BookTubeAThon. These are likely to change, if they do then I will probably let you know or I’ll mention it in my wrap-up.

If you don’t know what the BookTubeAThon is, it is a week long readathon where we all try and read as much as we can in a week. There are also challenges that we can do to make it a little more interesting you can find a video explaining all this here. Below are the challenges.

1. Read a book with blue on the cover
2. Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name 
3. Read someone else’s favourite book
4. Read the last book you acquired 
5. Finish a book without letting go of it
6. Read a book you really want to read
7. Read seven books

Fairy Tale1. Fairy Tale Volume 1 by Hiro Mashima

I recently got Netflix and this is one of the anime they have on there. I have only watched the first few episodes but I liked it and my brother got me this for my birthday. This will be a short and easy read. For the BooktubeAThon challenges I will use this to fulfil the challenge of ‘read the most recent book you acquired’.

2. Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch

Another short graphic novel that I can read easily and quite fast. This will fulfil the challenge as the book I ‘don’t let go of until I finish it’.

3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

I doubt that I will finish this but I need to finish reading this before next Wednesday so I can continue my series of Harry Potter blog posts which you can find here and here. My next post is scheduled to go up this Wednesday. This book has blue on the cover so  this covers that challenge too.

4. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

I doubt I will get around to this but I have been wanting to read it for a long time so I put it on the list as the book that I really want to read’.

5. Rurouni Kenshin (3-in-1) Volume 1 by Nobuhiro Watsuki

I just want to read this. I watched the live action movie for the first time last night and I loved it. It has made me want to re-read them again.Daughter of the Flames

6. Daughter of the Flames by Zoë Marriott 

I was going to try ‘Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name’ but I could only find one book with an author who starts with the letter ‘B’ and I didn’t particually feel like reading it so I asked my sister what her favourite book we own is. Her answer was ‘Divine by Mistake’ by PC Cast but that is a big book and I want something smaller so I asked her second favourite book which was this one. I have read this book before and really enjoyed it so I really hope I get around to reading this this week. Obviously this meets the challenge of reading someone else’s favourite book.


Okay so those are all the books I plan to read this week during the BooktubeAThon, I’m going to try and get around to reading as many of them as I can and I will report back at the end of the week with my results. My main goal for this week is to read Harry Potter and finish Rurouni Kenshin. I’ll be happy if I manage that. This is the first readathon I have ever participated in so I’m not sure how well I will do with this.

Good luck to all of you who are participating and,

Until next time,

Tori x