Sunday, 18 January 2015

Underhyped Readathon!

On the 19th January (tomorrow!) till 25th the Underhyped Readathon will be back! This is the 2nd 1 of these that Charlotte from Ramblings of an Elfpire is hosting and the idea is to read books that don't have tons of ratings on GoodReads, ones that perhaps you have neglected for more popular books. The readathon starts at midnight on 19th your time which makes it easier I think! I love this idea because I certainly have a few of these. After looking at my shelves I have decided to read books under 3,000 ratings for this. The pile that I have to choose from are:

The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide with 1,420 ratings
Tape by Steven Camden with 627
The Ring and the Crown, Melissa de la Cruz. This 1 has 2,298
Oz, Complete Collection, Volume 1 by L. Frank Baum with 170 ratings 

Those are the books I will be choosing from throughout the week, I don't plan on getting through all of them especially since I will have to do some reading for school, but it would be nice to maybe read a total of around 500pgs. Let me know what your underhyped books are!

Speak soon,
Jade xx 

Friday, 16 January 2015

My Most Anticipated Books of 2015

Hello :) Today I would like to share with the 5 new releases that I cannot wait for this year.

The first one is Fairest by Marissa Meyer. This is part of the Lunar Chronicles and is about Queen Levana the villian of the books, I think it may be a prequel but don't quote me on that! Either way i can't wait I love Cinder and Scarlet. This comes out 27th January so not long :)

Next is All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher. I have been following Carrie for a while now and love her, I can't wait to read her book. It is based on her blog and I think it will be super inspiring. It comes out 23rd April.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas is out 7th May. This is a Beauty & the Beast, Fey mash up thing that sounds awesome and its by the author who wrote Throne of Glass which is a book I love.

So if you may or may not know this but I am a HUGE fan of Rainbow Rowell and her new book Carry On is out 6th October. Now in Fangirl the main character Cather was obsessed with a series called Simon Snow which is kinda like Harry Potter, and Carry On is a Simon Snow story. I literally squealed when I saw this on Tumblr!

Lastly is another Marissa Meyer book- Winter the last book in the Lunar Chronicles which I am really excited for but it is going to be a hard goodbye... This one is out 10th November.

So those are 5 books that I will definitely be picking up this year!
Speak soon,
Jade xx

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

2015 Challenges

So since I posted my 2015 goals I have found 2 challenges that I've decided I'm going to have a whack at. These are the 2015 Bookish Bingo Challenge from The Girly Geek Blog and Popsugar's list too. I'm not going to put pressure on myself to complete every single thing just say the beginners for the bingo and say 25 off the list, a couple are the same so I may cheat and double up ;)

Speak soon,
Jade xx

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Bout of Books Day 2

Hello :) You will be pleased to hear that I did a little better when it comes to Day 2. I read 71pgs and I did the challenge too :) So I read 44pgs of The Kite Runner and I read Myra McEntire's story from My True Love Gave to Me: Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus which is 1 of my favourites so far :) So that is an overall page count of 120.

Hope you are doing well,
Jade xx

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Bout of Books 12 Challenges: Day 2

So today's challenge is from Trees of Reverie and it is you Top 10 Recommendations. With that in mind I have picked 10 of my favourite books that are a bit of a spread when it comes to genres and things like that. Actually now I look at them I think these sum up my reading tastes pretty well. :)

  1. Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen. This is 1 of my favourite books because it just warms my heart and I love the characters, writing style... I could go on and on about this book and I think anyone who is slightly interested in this should pick it up!
  2. North & South, Elizabeth Gaskell. This book is about a young lady who moves from the quiet country to the middle of the industrial revolution. I comments on social classes and prejudices of the time. Also a little something I like about this is that we get a lot more of the man's perspective and not just Margaret's. 
  3. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte. I think the thing that grabbed me with this book was the setting. You have the gloomy, mysterious halls of Thornfield to match it's brooding master. Then the windy, wild moors, it is all very romantic in the Victorian sense of the word.
  4. A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett. This is aimed at younger readers but anyone could read it. Sara is treated like a princess in every way until she loses every penny. She is forced to be a servant at her own school but she still manages to be a princess.
  5. The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton. Set in Amsterdam 1686, Nella comes to her new home expecting to be a wife but then her wedding gift- a dollhouse- begins to mimic the real house. Plot twist after plot twist unravels each characters layer by layer. This books is just so intriguing!
  6. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs. This book using old, creepy photographs to build characters and from them a story. The concept works brilliantly and the story is so fun and not what I was expecting at all.
  7. Cinder, Marissa Meyer. This sc-fi, fairytale retelling just has everything! An amazing world, complex characters and a little romantic tension, a good story. 
  8. Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell. I could really relate to the main character in this book, Cath is an introvert who feels very alone and she is very nerdy also. This is a coming-of-age book if anything else as Cath moves to collage and deals with everything that comes with it. 
  9. Landline, Rainbow Rowell. This is an adult book where a marriage is on the rocks and the wife calls her husband on her old landline, he picks up but from before they were married! This is a very interesting dynamic as Georgie questions pretty much everything she knows.
  10. The Secret Countess, Eva Ibbotson. I have read this book over and over. Anna is a Russian refugee in 1919 London. Penniless she goes to work as a maid for an Earl and tries to keep her secret identity of Countess secret. This is such a romantic, heartwarming story and I adore it. 

Bout of Books 12 Day 1

Hello, hope you are well. Today is only a short update because I ended up being 50 times busier than I thought I was going to be but I still got a little reading done. I read 49pgs of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. This book is for school so I need to read and so it seems good but to be honest I don't really know yet. I also did the 2 challenges yesterday so check that out if you want.

Speak soon,
Jade xx

Monday, 5 January 2015

Bout of Books 12 Challenges: Day 1

Bout of Books is here! Yay! I love the January 1 because it gives the year a good start :) The 2 challenges today are hosted by Caught Read Handed and The Book That... so thanks to them for hosting these, I love the challenges for Bout of Books because they aren't pressuring just fun :)

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt. For this there are 7 things plus a bonus thing to find!

1. Find an author with the same initials as you
2. Find a book with the color yellow on it
3. Find an author’s name with the letter “S” in it
4. Find a book with a female protagonist
5. Find the longest book you own
6. Find a book with a map in it or on it
7. Find a book with a face on it (photograph or illustrated)
Bonus: Find something on your shelf that isn't a book.

Here's me treasure! ;)

1. Jenny Han.
2. Tape, Steven Camden (very yellow!)
3. Jessie Burton
4. Laurel from Love Letters to the Dead (most of the characters are female in this book actually)
5.War and Peace clocking in at 994pgs!
6. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke has a map of the Inkworld
7. Emma, Jane Austen
Bonus: This crystal with a dragon on it :)

New Year's Resolution Challenge This is where you match books to your resolutions.

1. 50 books challenge: Women in White, Wilkie Collins. This book is a pretty big and I would like to get to this year too.
2. Review more books: Cinder, Marissa Meyer. This is 1 book I have actually reviewed.
3. Buy less books: All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr. This is the last book I brought a few weeks ago.

So I'm off to do more reading!
Speak soon,
Jade xx

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Bout of Books 12 Goals.

Today I am going to share with you my goals for Bout of Books. I know there isn't linky for them this year but I want to have some direction with my reading. I haven't gone overly ambitious like normal because it is my 1st week back at school so I have all of Monday to read but after that it will be whenever I can :)

So my plan for this week is to make headway with the books that I have started, it has got a little out of hand and I currently have 10 books that I picked up sometime last year (mainly last month) and never finished them so I want to sort that by the end of February. Some of these are:

  • Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
  • My True Love Gave To Me edited by Stephanie Perkins
  • Shadow Kiss, Richelle Mead
  • S by JJ Abrams & Doug Dorst
  • Emma, Jane Austen
  • Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

And that's that! Good luck to anyone taking part, I hope you have fun!
Speak soon,
Jade xx

Friday, 2 January 2015

Bout of Books 12!

It is that time again! I will be taking part in Bout of Books 12 which is from 5th-11th January. This will be my 3rd Bout of Books and I 'm really looking forward to it! In case you don't know what this readathon is here is the blurb thingy:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I will be posting daily updates and doing some of the challenges, but keep an eye on my twitter and instagram (@jadeling97) as I will probably be posting there too :) I will let you know my goals soon!

Speak soon,
Jade xx

Thursday, 1 January 2015

December Wrap-up!

Happy New Year!!

I'm still busy wrapping up last year (that's weird to say since it was only yesterday) so today I bring you my December Wrap-up and in a way what I will be reading in January. I finished 2 books this month. 1 for school, 1 not for school.
  • Antigone by Sophocles this is a tragedy that I read for Classics. It was okay, much easier to understand than Agamemnon at least ;) 2 Stars. 
  • The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton. This is an easy 5 starts I loved loved loved it! I hadn't read a historical in ages so it was nice to read 1 again. I think main reason why I loved it so much is because I never knew what was coming next.

Now I don't know why but I'm in one of those moods where I don't know what to read and so I've dug myself a bit of a hole and I have 4 books on the go! I'm hoping to finish these off this month :)
  • Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame.
  • Shadow Kiss Richelle Mead
  • My True Gave To Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins
  • Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

Anyway I hope you enjoy the rest of the holiday and get some reading done!
Happy New Year!
Jade xx