Birthday Book Tag

Ok so last weekend was my birthday so I thought it would be an appropriate time to do the Birthday Book Tag. This tag has been around for awhile so I have no clue who started it.

Question 1

The Birthday Cake

A book with a plot that seems cliche but you adore it anyway.

Just One Day - Gayle Forman Just One Day by Gayle Forman.

This is insta love to the max. Following a guy to Paris for a day and then pinning over him for the next year but I LOVED it.

Question 2

Party Guests

Your most anticipated book release this year.

Escaping from Houdini - Kerri Maniscalco Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco.

I have only talked about this book once or twice!!!

Question 3

Birthday Presents

A book that surprised you with how much you loved it.

Letters to the Lost - Brigid Kemmerer Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

I highly recommend this book. I loved it and I can’t wait to read the companion book in the series.

Question 4

“Happy Birthday” Song

A book that certainly deserved all the hype it got.

Obsidio - Amie Kaufman Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff.

Need I say any more.

Question 5

Happy Music

A book with some very beautiful and truly memorable quotes.

Throne of Glass - Sarah J Maas Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

There are some amazing quotes in this book and series. I especially love:

“Libraries were full of ideas—perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

Question 6

Getting Older

A book that you read a long time ago, but you think you would appreciate more if you read it as a more mature reader.

Sickened - Julie Gregory Sickened by Julie Gregory

I actually did reread this book last year and I got so much more out of it being older. This is a difficult book to read as it is all about the child abuse that Julie suffered from her Mother.

Question 7

Sweet Birthday Memories

A book that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life.

I don’t have an answer for this one as when I am going through a difficult time I either go into a massive reading slump or I read books similar to how I am feeling. I don’t read happy books when I am sad.

So that is all for this Tag. If you haven’t done this tag then I tag you to do it on your birthday.

happy reading

September TBR

Hey all,

I can’t believe it is already September. This year is going by way too quickly and there just isn’t enough time to read all the books. Last month I managed to read quite a lot and I want to keep up the momentum so this might be an ambitious TBR but I’m going to try. I am also wanting to join a few readalongs this month as well as some book club reads so they are dictating most of my picks for the month.

So on to the books:

Circe - Madeline Miller Circe by Madeline Miller (I am already half way through this but had to put it down because of the NEWTs readathon.)

Children of Blood and Bone - Tomi Adeyemi Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (I am three quarters through this book already but just like Circe I had to stop because of the NEWTs.)

From Twinkle with Love - Sandhya Menon From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon (Again started and had to put it down for the NEWTs)

Grace and Fury - Tracy Banghart Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart (This will be the first book I will read in September as it is The YA Room’s August book of the month and the meeting is on the 5th.)

Escaping from Houdini - Kerri Maniscalco Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco (I don’t think it is a surprise that I will be reading this as soon as I get my hands on it.)

Nevernight - Jay Kristoff Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (Catorina from Little Book Owl and Piera from PieraForde are doing a readalong for Nevernight and Godsgrave over September and October so I am joining in.)

Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Catorina from Little Book Owl is also doing a readalong for this Duology over September and October.)

Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (Books With Chloe is also doing a readalong this month.)

Mirage - Somaiya Daud Mirage by Somaiya Daud (This is The Ya Room’s September book of the month.)

Clean - Juno Dawson Clean by Juno Dawson (I went to a panel at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival with Juno in it and I came away needing to pick this book up.)

Immortal Beloved - Cate Tiernan Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan. (I have decided to start doing a TBR Jar as there are so many books that are on my shelves that I haven’t gotten to and in some cases have forgotten that I own. This was my first pick from the jar.)

City of Lies - Sam Hawke City of Lies by Sam Hawke (This is the Name of the Book pick for September.)

I just realized how much reading that is but wish me luck and I better get started.

happy reading


NEWTs – Wrap Up

So the NEWTS is now over and even though I didn’t complete all 36 challenges I did get close with 30 books read.

Completed Grades:

A: 11 – Ancient Runes, Arithmacy, Astronomy, Care of Magical Creatures, Charms, DADA, Herbology, History of Magic, Muggle Studies, Potions & Transfiguration.
E: 11 – Ancient Runes, Arithmacy, Care of Magical Creatures, Charms, DADA, Divination, Herbology, History of Magic, Muggle Studies, Potions & Transfiguration.
O: 8 – Ancient Runes, Arithmacy, Charms, DADA, Divination, Herbology, History of Magic & Muggle Studies

Books Read:

Daimon by Jennifer L Armentrout
Half-Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout
Pure by Jennifer L Armentrout
Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
Deity by Jennifer L Armentrout
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
Gotham by Gaslight by Brian Augustyn
Elixar by Jennifer L Armentrout
Fables Vol 1 by Bill Willingham
Fables Vol 2 by Bill Willingham
Fables Vol 3 by Bill Willingham
Air Vol 1 by G Willow Wilson
Apollyon by Jennifer L Armentrout
Sentinal by Jennifer L Armentrout
History of Magic by J K Rowling
Dracula by Bram Stroker
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Ink by Alice Broadway
The Black Mirror by Scott Snyder
Gates of Gotham by Scott Snyder
The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder
The City of Owls by Scott Snyder
Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Death of the Family by Scott Snyder
Zero Year: Secret City by Scott Snyder
Zero Year: Dark City by Scott Snyder
Saga Vol 1 by Brian K Vaughan
Just One Day by Gayle Forman

So I did slightly cheat and skip the A level for Divination. I really enjoyed this readathon although I definitely could have done better but it turned into a really busy month and I was really tired at night.

I can’t wait for the OWLs again next year.

happy reading

Ok so this weeks topic is all about TV shows. I love binging TV shows but I just wished that the Australian Netflix had as much on it as the US Netflix.

10 The Big Bang Theory – It is so sad that this is coming to an end

9Buffy and Angel – I have put these together since they are linked shows.

8 Chuck – I could watch this all day

7Charmed – This is so easy to binge through.

6  Gilmore Girls – This is like my guilty pleasure. I don’t know how many times I have watched it.

5Kim’s Convenience – I have only recently watched this but I watched both of the seasons available on Netflix and really enjoyed it.

4 Gotham – Anything about Batman I love.

3 Criminal Minds – I love binging this show

2 A Series of Unfortunate Events – I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!!!!!!!

1 Lucifer – I love this show and I need season 3 to be available in Aus NOW!!!!

This makes me want to go and watch some show. What are some of your favourite binge-worthy shows?

happy reading

TTT – Back to School

This weeks topic is a back to school freebie so I am going to list the top ten books set in boarding schools. These books may or may not be centered around the characters

7House of Night series by P.C & Kristin Cast

6Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

5 Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

4 Magisterium Series by Holly Black

3Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

2 Covenant Series by Jennifer L Armentrout

1 A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Ok so I could only find 7 books that I have read.

happy reading