Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

We’re now over half way through the year so I thought it would be a good time to reflect back on my reading year so far. I know I haven’t been blogging much but I m still very much reading!

Lets get on with it shall we?

Best Book You’ve Read So Far This Year

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Vicious by V.E. Schwab

I have to admit I haven’t read many novels this year focusing mostly on manga but of the few I have read Vicious is the best one so far. I have so many books on my TBR list so I’m not sure if this will stay as my favourite of the year. We’ll have to wait and see.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2015

City of Lost Souls

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5) by Cassandra Clare

I know a lot of people don’t like this book as much as the others but I loved the ending of this book. it really made me want to read the last book in the series (which I did immediately after and loved it).

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To

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This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab 

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab

On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher 

Can you tell I want to read more V.E. Schwab? I think this is turning into an appreciation post for her. This Savage Song sounds amazing and I read A Darker Shade of Magic last year but was disappointed with it but I want to carry on with the series none the less. I brought On The Other Side today so (fingers crossed) I’ll read it really soon. I read the synopsis and it has me really intrigued.

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay 

Haikyuu! Volume 1 by Haruichi Furudate

I have watched both season 1 & 2 of Haikyuu multiple times and love it with a passion so when I heard that they were translating the manga into English I had to pre-order it ASAP!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

Biggest Disappointment

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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

I love the movie of this and it has been one of my favourites for years, this book has been on my TBR shelf for years. I finally picked it up this year but I found that I found it lacking compared to the film. I think because I love the film so much it has effected the way I view this book. I think I went in with too high expectations and they weren’t met.

Biggest Surprise

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Death Note: Black Edition, Vol. 1 by Tsugumi Ohba, Taskeshi Obata (Illustrator), Tetsuichiro Miyaki (Translator)

I am kind of including this with the anime because they’re basically the same thing. I found the anime on Netflix (of course) after hearing about it for years. If you’re into anime then you will know about Death Note but I never got around to watching it. I did and I won’t look back. This was so good!

Favourite New Author (Debut or New to You)

I can’t really answer this as I have no answer. The new authors I’ve read this year just haven’t struck a cord with me unlike last year when at this point I had three new favourite authors. Hopefully I’ll find someone by the end of the year.

Newest Fictional Crush

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Rin Okumura (Blue Exorcist) 

Kirito\Kazuto (Sword Art Online)

Simon Lewis (Mortal Instruments)

Newest Favourite Character

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Light Yagami & L (Death Note)

These two kind of go together for me. They have such a complex relationship\friendship that I love watching them together. I can’t really go into it because of spoilers but lets just say I lost some of my love for it when a certain ‘something’ happened.

Book That Made You Cry

Again I have no answer for this. Doing this tag is really making me see how much I miss out when I read mostly manga.

Book That Made You Happy

I have a whole load of books I could talk about here but I think I’ll go with my favourite.

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Shaman King Volume 1 by Hiroyuki Takei

I had so much fun re-reading this, it brought back so many memories!

Favourite Book to Film Adaptation You Saw This Year

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The Hunger Games: MockingJay Part 2

Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year

*Whistles*

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought So Far This Year (Or Received)

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This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of the Year?

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity by Ray Bradbury

I’m currently doing a lot of writing but I have only read one book on writing as of this month. I really want to read more about the art of writing and educate myself more.

Who do you tag?

I’m pretty late to this party so I think everyone has already done this in some way. if you haven’t however then I tag you 🙂

Well there we have it, if you stayed to the end of this then I applaud you and thank you. Hope you found this insight into my reading habits interesting and I’ll see you again soon.

Until Next Time,

Tori x

Audio Books: Yay or Nay?

audible-logoFor the past few years youtubers have been pushing Audible on us citing the 30 day free trial perk they can give us (which in reality is not a perk unique to them, it is something Audible do anyway). I looked at my ipod as it was charging for my trip on the bus to work yesterday and I thought: “Maybe it’ll be entertaining to listen to a book for a change.”

I have been listening to podcasts on itunes for a while now, my favourite being ‘Full Frontal’ by Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat from the band All Time Low (my favourite!) it has certainly made my commute to work a lot more enjoyable and sometimes even something to look forward to. I find myself grinning and holding in laughter at their banter, i look like a bit of an idiot on the bus! So I thought maybe a book will be as easy to listen to too.

I signed up for the 30 day free trial only to find that I could not get it on my ipod as it is too old to support it.

Typical.

I tried my phone instead which thankfully it worked on. Now to chose an audio book. So many choices! Eventually I chose a youtuber book I had been meaning to read for a while and I liked the fact that she was reading it herself.

The problem I have had with audio books in the past is that the people reading them sound so robotic as they are reading what is is front of them that it bores me or irritates me. I thought maybe an memoir or biography would be better as they might read it themselves and have a bit more personality.

I was right.

All I know nowThe book I chose was All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher. She has a pleasant voice, has guest readers to read their parts and little extra commentary as she reacts to what they’re saying. It helps that it is a good book too. I was going through some other books that I am interested in though, listening to their sample audio and feeling discouraged. It was more of the same monotone boring droning narrators as before.

I don’t know my opinion yet as I’ve only listened to it for about an hour so far but I am interested to know your opinion on this matter. Audio Books: Yay or Nay? Do you like them? Hate them? Let me know. If you have any suggestions for books to listen to then I am all ears.

Until next time,

Tori x

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

Book Shelf Tour #3 -YA Fiction\Fantasy

SAM_1986 (2)This shelf contains a lot of my bigger books that won’t fit on any other shelf and it just so happens that most of these are YA books. Most of my YouTuber books are on this shelf too.

All of the covers I show you are the ones that I have on my shelf.

Shelf 1

Shelf 2

YA Fiction\Fantasy

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett 

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

I was mainly colour coordinating here and they’re all about the same size too. I also didn’t have anywhere else to put these. I wanted The Book Thief to be visible because it is such a good book but it isn’t one of my favourites any more.

Fun fact. There is a gap next to The Book Thief because I recently had a book UnHaul and removed my movie tie in version of The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett. I now have a nice hard cover copy.

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Vampire Academy

Frostbite

Shadow Kiss

Blood Promise

by Richelle Mead

I still haven’t finished reading these or collecting them. Eventually I’ll get around to it, hopefully sometime this year but not just yet. Two of these were actually gifts for my 20th Birthday and Christmas.

Graceling Fire

Graceling

Fire

By Kristin Cashore

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Cinder

Scarlet

Cress

by Marissa Meyer

I loved Cinder but Scarlet was harder for me to read and I still haven’t got around to Cress and Winter yet. I was close to getting Fairest but the price for such a small book put me off so I still haven’t got that yet either. One day I shall finish this series!

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Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Twilight: Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Bitterblue was actually one of my favourite books of 2014 and I actually preferred the new version of Twilight over the original I don’t know if that is an unpopular opinion or not but whatever.

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Binge by Tyler Oakley 

The Amazing Book is Not On Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester

I really enjoyed both of these books and if you like any of these Youtubers but haven’t picked up their book yet then I can safely reccomend them to you.

That wraps up shelf 3, next week you’ll get a look at my favourites shelf where I keep most of my Harry Potter books and some of my favourite series.

Until Next Time,

Tori x

My To Be Read List 2016

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At the beginning of every year, for the past three years, I have written a list of books I want\need to read in that year. This list is not something I am strict about but it is a goal I want to strive towards and if I manage to read many of the books then great!

It never occurred to me until yesterday that you may be interested in what these books are and how my progress is.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (CURRENTLY READING)

Vicious by V.E. Schwab 

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami & Translated by Nathan Collins

Assassins Apprentice by Robin Hobb

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

Night Study by Maria V. Snyder

House of Night by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

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Now I want to re-read the House of Night series because I remember that I loved it when I was in High School and I couldn’t wait until the next book in the series was released. It has been years since I last tried reading this and I have never finished the series. It’ll be interesting to see if I still like it as much as I did back then.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I started reading this series a few years ago and I was enjoying it and I have even gone and brought more of the books but I only read up to the second book and then stopped. I want to try finishing the series this year.

Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine

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Again when I was in High School I loved this series but I never finished it because it was so long. I own most of the books and I would like to see how the series finished.

Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama & Translated by Sheldon Drzka

Girl Online: On Tour by Zoe Sugg

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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I have crossed this out now because I recently finished reading the series and boy am I glad I did. I think I had so much trouble carrying on with this series because I had read the first three books so many times I know them like the back of my hand. Once I got on to the books I hadn’t read before I fell in love with the series and world again and I ploughed through them. I think City of Lost Souls is now my favourite in the series.

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

I tried to carry on my pattern after finishing The Mortal Instruments and continue with reading The Infernal Devices but after struggling through the first book I picked up the second but I could feel a reading slump coming on and had to put it down and read something else.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

I have slowly been working my way through these books and I am more than half-way but I just haven’t carried on yet. I have no excuse, I even own all the books.


Are any of these books on your list? Any that you think I should get a move on with reading?

I’m hoping to at least finish one of the longer series of books but it won’t be the end of the world if I don’t. I hope you liked this post and,

Until next time,

Tori x

 

October Book Haul

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It was such a good month for book releases and I was too weak to resist them. I’m a little ashamed of how many books I brought this month but I have been reading them. Plus I won’t have much time next month for reading as I am participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Well enough small talk lets get to the good bit shall we?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay

This is such a beautiful book and being the huge Potter nerd that I am I had to get this book as soon as I could. I actually pre-ordered this book. I think it was fitting that the first book I have ever pre-ordered was a Harry Potter book.

Twilight Re-imagined: Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer

I was in a state of disbelief when this was announced and I immediately went to my local book store looking for it but alas they didn’t have it. I went back the next day and low and behold they had it! I have read this and I actually really enjoyed it.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I read this back when I first started this blog. You can find my review for it here. I only had a kindle copy however and as I prefer reading physical books I decided to pick this one up. I’ve been meaning to get it but every time I picked it up I convinced myself not to get it but this time I just said f**k it and brought it 😉

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The Amazing Book is Not On Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester

As two of my favourite youtubers I needed this book in my life. I have read it and I really liked it. It is the perfect book to pick up if you ever want a chuckle, if you’ve ever watched one of their videos then this book is basically one big youtube video.

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Another book I’ve been meaning to read for a long time. As the second book in the series came out this month I decided it was finally time to get this. I had to hunt for a hardback of this book though. I wanted it in hardback so it would match the new book that came out. It’s just typical that it is all over the place for months but then when you want it you can only find the paperback.

You can find my review of this book here.

Girl Online: On Tour by Zoe Sugg

I quite liked the first book in the series and I am interested in seeing if Zoe’s writing has improved any in the last year. I will be interesting to see her develop as a writer. I’m also interested in where she is taking the characters in this book.

Binge by Tyler Oakley

Another book I pre-ordered this month. I actually managed to get a signed copy too! Tyler was the youtuber who got me in to watching youtube regularly so I felt it was almost necessary that I buy his book. I am currently reading this and again it is like watching a youtube video. If you like Tyler then I can already recommend that you pick this up.


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

I didn’t really like Fangirl but I’ve heard rave reviews about this book and it got me unbearably curious. I picked this up and it will be read soon… hopefully.

Food Wars! Shokugeki No Soma Volume 1 by Yuto Tsukudo

I watched the anime for this recently and loved it so I went out and picked up the first volume of the manga. I have already read this and loved it, although it does make me hungry…


As you can see I had a little bit of a binge on youtuber books this month. I’m a little behind on that bandwagon but no matter.

I went a little mad on books this month but I don’t really regret it, my bookshelves do though, I’m running out of places to put my books!

I hope you liked this post, have you got any of these books? What did you think if you have read them? Thank you for reading and,

Until next time,

Tori x

Book Review: Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Girl onlinePenny 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)

So this book actually took me by surprise.

I’ve been eyeing this book in stores and online since it was first released. I’ve been following Zoella on Youtube for just under two years now and I love watching her vlogs and her updates on her writing progress. Now that her second book has come out I decided it was about time that I read the first in the series.

This was a very cute story, it took me by surprise how good the writing is in this and the writing style too. It definitely reads as a debut novel by a new writer\author who doesn’t have much experience in the way of story telling but it in no way took away from the story itself.

I loved how she incorporated what she knows in to this story, if you follow her on Youtube you’ll be able to see bits and pieces in the story that she has taken from her own life and her own experiences. One thing that particularly stands out to me is the way she includes an important theme\topic in this book. She talks a lot about panic attacks and how to handle them. I think this could be a really important book for teens who are going through the same sort of things, it includes methods on how to calm down, how to share with the people around you ext.

on tourNow moving on to talking about the characters. Penny (the main character) is the most fleshed out character of them all, which is to be expected considering she is telling the story and we see through her eyes. When it comes to the other characters though I think they needed more detail. We get a general idea of their personalities but nothing to make you really fall in love with them.

Noah (the love interest) was a confusing character for me. I really wanted to love him but we just don’t see enough of him, we don’t learn enough about him and he falls a little flat. I so want to love him and I can see the potential in his character for a really swoon worthy guy but he just isn’t there yet. Hopefully that is something that changes in Girl Online: On Tour.

When it comes to the actual plot, there is nothing spectacular there. If you’ve ever seen a typical teen romance film then this is basically that. Boy meets Girl (Girl meets Boy), fall in love, get separated (I’m not going to say what happens next because spoilers) but you get the idea.

Insta-love.

Oh how I hate you.

It’s there for sure. It seems as if they fall in ‘love’ extreamly fast. She sees him and has the typical teenage girl reaction. His response to her doesn’t convince me as much though. She is fifteen almost sixteen and he is eighteen. I think he doesn’t act quite as mature as he should but as I’ve said before we don’t see enough of his personality to really judge how he should be acting.

Overall I liked it. It was a cute, fast read that is good to read if you want something light and fluffy but with some small curve balls in there. I’m not going to call it a plot twist because it really didn’t feel like one.

I think Zoe has a lot of potential to write great stories but I just don’t think she’s quite there yet in this book. (I make it sound as if I’m an expert, I’m not.)

I will be reading Girl Online: On Tour soon, if not straight away. There was something about the story that makes me want to read more of it…

I gave this a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Until next time,

Tori x