The Day 2 blog challenge is hosted by Artemis Starlite at http://www.starlitebooknook.wordpress.com/ and the challenge is talk about your favourite summer reads.

So I don’t tend to pick particular books for summer especially since a lot of the books that come out in our summer are fall reads for the rest of the world. So I’m going to do this on the slant of what I take on vacation with me and since that was 2 weeks ago I think I have some recent knowledge for this.

I particularly love series when on vacation. I feel like when I am relaxing with all the time in the world it is a great time to get lost in a large series and binge as many as them as possible. On my trip to Vietnam I binged the Darker Shades series by V.E Schwab as well as started the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas and Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard.

Thats it for today and I will be back another day’s challenge soon.

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The Day 1 blog challenge is hosted by Evil Queen Books Blog and the challenge is to list your three favourite vacation spots.

3 Thailand – Thailand has some great resorts so it is the perfect place to go a hide away in a resort and not need to leave (I know there are some great places to visit but sometimes you just need to do nothing on a holiday).

2 A private island or villa – I have always wanted to spend a week at a secluded villa. Just be able to read and swim away from everyone else.

1 Ireland – I love Ireland and I have been there twice. I love the vibe when you walk around and the history. I would love to go back and just drive around the country.

Thats it for today and I will be back with Day 2’s challenge

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It is that time again….. The Summer Biannual Bibliothon starts tomorrow and I am putting my hat in the ring to participate.

So once again there are reading challenges that I will be completing however I will be doubling up some books so that they count for more than one challenge.

1. Read the group read: The Wicked Deep by Shae Ernshaw
2. Choose a book from someone else’s TBR: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
3. Try the first chapter of 3 books and pick 1: Starting The Letters to the Lost and The Wicked Deep and then the actual book is Circe by Madeline Miller
4. Read a book that has been on your TBR for over a year: The Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kremmerer
5. Read a predicted 5 star read: Children of Blood and Bone
6. Own voices: From Twinkle with Love by Sandhya Menon
7. Read the last book you bought: From Twinkle with Love

This year however I won’t be doing the video challenges as I haven’t had time to plan and film them but I will post a vlog on my Booktube account as well as a wrap up post here.

I am also aiming to complete some of the Blog Challenges and the host for these are:

1. Ashley – http://www.saidthestory.com
2. Erica – http://www.thebrokenspine.net
3. Kay – http://www.bookaplenty.wordpress.com
4. Gabi – http://www.starlitebooknook.wordpress.com
5. Jacqueline – http://www.evilqueenbooksblog.wordpress.com
6. Amanda – http://www.obsesswithamanda.wordpress.com
7. Emily – http://www.emilythebooknerdxo.blogspot.com

And also if I have the time the Instagram challenges hosted by:

1. @Sophiesticated
2. @Zairabookcorner
3. @Noor_reads
4. @thebookandrose
5. @oftwinsandbooks
6. @cintarellastories
7. @juliasbookcase

Let me know if you guys are also participating as well.

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So this week’s topic is perfect as tomorrow I fly to Vietnam. Here is a list of my favourite books that have or are about travel.

10 A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

9 Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

8 Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

7 A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

6 The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – I am just putting all these together otherwise they will take up most of the list

5 Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas.

4 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling Illustrated by Jim Kay – I LOVE these illustrated editions and can not wait for the other 3 books to come out.

3 Heartless by Marissa Meyer – This was also the first book I read this year.

2 Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Of course

1 Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco – I have definitely mentioned this before but I love this series and I expect the third book to also be a 5 star read.

That’s it for now.

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Scythe - Neil ShustermanSeries: The Arc of Scythe
Position in Series: #1
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: November 2, 2016
Page Numbers: 435
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Goodreads Summary

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

my thoughts

So my initial reactions to this book was really mixed as there were just so many thoughts going through my mind and I did start the audiobook straight after finishing reading the actual book. I highly recommend the audio version of this book.

Scythe is set in the future where humans have concurred death and technology has developed so far that what we call the Cloud is now called the Thunderhead; which stores all the knowledge that there is to know in the world. One main consequence of concurring death is that everyone lives forever and are still continually giving birth. This results in drastic population growth and therefore Scythes were created in order to maintain the population. A Scythes role is to “glean” (kill) people and the thunderhead does not interfere.

This books follows two teenagers Citra and Rowan who are taken on by the Honorable Scythe Faraday as his apprentices. Even though they are both apprentices only one of them will become a junior Scythe at the end of the 12 months. The remaining teen was meant to be able to go back to their normal life but now the Conclave has decided whoever becomes a Scythe must glean the other.

One day there is a knock on the door and Citra and Rowan are told that Scythe Faraday has gleaned himself; which is the only way a Scythe can die. Normally apprentices would just return to their previous lives, however on this occasion they have been taken on by two new Scythes. Citra apprentices under Scythe Currie and Rowan under Scythe Goddard. These two Scythes have very different methods for how Scythes should glean and live their lives and these teachings effect who will win the junior Scythe position between Citra and Rowan.

As I mentioned at the start I had very mixed feelings about reading this book. In my first reading of it I got very distracted with the idea of a thunderhead already having all the knowledge that there is to learn and therefore what would be the point of doing anything. As Scythe Faraday asks Citra’s parents what is the point of their jobs as they are not discovering anything new. I think that this would be a horrible place to live in as to me the things that give life meaning is that we are continually learning and developing and that we only have a certain time frame to do it all in.

On my second reading of the book I was able to enjoy the actual book a lot more. I really enjoyed Scythe Faraday and his teaching style as well as he determined who would be gleaned by using statistics from before death was concurred.

At times I found Citra bothersome as she always thought that she was right. I liked Rowan and his battle between what Scythe Goddard was teaching him and his own morals and working out how he wanted to live. As well as determining what hos mark on the world was going to be.

one of my favorite aspects of the book was the Scythe journal entries between the chapters. This gave insight into the world of a Scythe without having to effect the story. My only wish for these sections is that the name of the Scythe writing them be at the top of the page, which I know doesn’t make sense for a journal entry but I found myself consistently looking down at who wrote the passage before reading it in order to have the correct previous lot of entries in my mind.

Overall I did enjoy this book, I just don’t think I enjoyed it as much as others where hyping it up to be. I have heard that the second book is even better so hopefully I enjoy that one too.

Highly recommend this book.

Date Started: June 1, 2018
Date Finished: June 3, 2018
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