Sunday, 27 December 2015

Twas the month of December (reads) + CRAMATHON fail

Firstly, I hope you all had a magical Christmas and are now starting (soon) a happy new year! 
I read a few books in December but the CRAMATHON was a bit of a failure as I was on holiday at the time and we were busy!
However, I did manage to read most of the books in the CRAMATHON TBR...

*In December I first finished Queen of the Tearling which was meant to be read last month. 

*I then read the next comic of Saga number 31 eeeeeeeep.

*Two Roald Dahl books were read: The Magic Finger and Esio Trot but I still have Matilda on my TBR for this month.

*On a similar theme I read A Roald Dahl Selection that I received in a university pack of books a few years ago. 

*Next, I read You by Caroline Kepnes, a gripping read that I gave 5 stars to on Goodreads. Amazing!

*The Unwritten volume 1 was a nice comic but I didn't find it that engaging... sorry.

*Then I fancied something different so I picked up Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter which was a really lovely book written in prose about the stages of grief. 

*Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff was a surprisingly good read. 

My CRAMATHON books read are:

*Teaching my Mother how to give birth by Warsan Shire

*My True Love Gave To Me by Various Authors

*November 9 by Colleen Hoover

*Supermutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki (Author of This One Summer and Skim)

*Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gray... finally read it!  

I am currently ready: The Beautiful and the damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Peter Pan and After You by Jojo Moyes :)

Just a quick update from me and have a happy New Year everyone!

Thursday, 3 December 2015

I failed NaNoWriMo

I failed NaNoWriMo with a shitty total of 1,269 words, nowhere near the 50,000 to win :'(. I came up with a couple of ideas but none of them grabbed me that much. Instead I have been making them into short stories for something maybe. Oh well, maybe next year I could try again 
Just a quick update from me!

November Reads


November has left us and now it's nearly Christmas! It's time to round up all of the books I read this month and I managed to read 11 books!

LOST GIRLS by Alan Moore
*A erotic novel based on the stories of Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan*

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell
*I'm sure you have all heard of this! A fan fiction spin off from Fangirl*

RAVISH by Cathy Yardley
*Another erotic novel based on Sleeping Beauty, I used this for my dissertation and never finished it*

*Short stories with a magical realism basis. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy all of the stories*

*A novel about a boy coming out, it was a lovely and interesting read*

GROWN UP by Gillian Flynn
*My first Gillian Flynn read and it was very creepy*

ONLY EVER YOURS by Louise O'Neil
*I loved this book and have posted a review earlier this month*

LUMBERJANES Volume 2 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooke A. Allen
*Cute and quick comic*

WINTER by Marissa Meyer
*The final instalment in The Lunar Chronicles. I will really really miss this series of books*


THE TWITS by Roald Dahl

THE JOLLY POCKET POSTMAN by Allan Ahlberg, Janet Ahlberg

Unfortunately I didn't read all of the books on my TBR :'( and  I'm not doing one for next month because of #CRAMATHON and there are too many books that I want to read. (I have two piles of books for next month!) I will let you know what I read in December at the end of the month.

Happy December!


This will be the third #CRAMATHON I will be taking part in. It starts on December 19th (12 AM)-December 22nd (12 AM)... However, I will be travelling back from holiday on the 21st so this could be interesting. I am going to be marathoning on the plane I think!

The challenges are as follows:

1. Read an audiobook or ebook

I have just got a Kindle Fire so I might listen to an audio book on that. I was thinking about listening to Wuthering Heights but I haven't decided on this one yet.

2. Read a bind up

For a more Christmassy read I decided on My True Love Gave To Me by various writes so it's a bind up in that sense?

3. Finish a series/read the last book of a series

I decided to add Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb, this is the first book in the series but it's the last book that I really wanted to read but didn't get to on my November TBR...

4. Read a book under 200 pages

Matilda is just over 200 pages but it's one of the shorter books I own. It will also help with reading all of Roald Dahl's books!

5. Finish a book you DNF’ed

I started to read Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gray, a collection of essays, by reading an essay per night. However, I stopped reading this so I want to pick it up again.

6. Read a graphic novel series (or as many graphic novels as you can)

Super Mutant Magic Academy has been on my bookcase for a while now and I really want to read it. I might try and read more graphic novels but I think I already have too many books to read in a couple of days!

7. Read 5 books total


And the official @cramathon twitter is if you want to tweet your TBR or just keep up with marathon. 

Lots of Christmassy vibes,

My signed books :)

I thought I would share with you all the books I own which are signed :). There's nothing more that I love then a personalised note and especially in a book!

Firstly, I'll start with books that were signed for me but not the the author. In my drama years I won a poetry book: Family Phantoms by Gervase Phinn. All the poems are based on Halloween... My favourite festival! The book is signed by my old drama teachers.

Then, I received The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald which was a birthday present with a note written in the front cover from one of my friends.

Now! These are books I own that are signed by the authors. Snortyblog Comes To Earth by Marion Hough- I met the author at a book signing when I was very little. This book has a list of made up words which are used in the plot, I loved the idea of an alien language.

I own signed copies of three of George Layton's book, the first one being The Fib, that my grandmother got me.

In my adult life I stumbled across a Geek Girl signing in Birmingham and bought one of her books. I loved it by the way!

I went to a book club party in London and revived a couple of books there. The first one being Nearly Almost Somebody by Caroline Batten which I really need to read soon! (Stay tuned for a book review). Caroline was so lovely to talk to! I also received an audio book by Natalie K Martin called Love You Better. I plan on listening to this on my next long car journey.

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