2nd Annual Beat the Heat Sign Up

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The Beat the Heat Readathon is hosted by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat and Reanna @ Phantasmic Reads . It takes place in the last three weeks in august and is designed as a ‘reading break’ from the real world! I’ve been really enjoying taking part in COYER this year, however have not read as many books as i had hoped. Hopefully me taking part in the 2nd Annual Beat the Heat Readathon will be able to encourage me to read more books throughout the summer. I currently don’t have any books on my list that i HAVE to read, however as the readathon starts i’ll try and give a more general idea, i may even do a couple of randomly chosen books to keep it interesting :) I do plan on hopefully reading at least 10 books over the three weeks and improving my netgalley rating, as well as actually starting to post reviews of books back onto the blog :)

Right now onto the rules:

  • The Beat the Heat Readathon runs from August 11th to September 1st. What does this readathon entail, you ask? Well, read as much or as little as you want – the main point is to READ! You set your own goal, and for three weeks you read as many books as you can/want to reach your goal!
  • There will be mini-challenges throughout the Readathon for participants, along with a grand prize giveaway at the end!
  • Sign up at Novel Heartbeat or over at Phantasmic Reads. You may join whenever you like, but to be eligible for our grand prize giveaway, you must sign up by August 24th.
  • To join, all you have to do is make a sign-up post – even if it’s just a “Let’s do this!” thing – and add your post URL to the linky below! You can put your goals and progress (will be required for the final giveaway) in your sign-up post, or you can make it separate. Totally up to you! (You are welcome to use the template we provide as well.)
  • In order to enter for the grand prize, you must have a post to keep track of your progress so we can see that you participated.

Sounds like it’s going to be so much fun and i’m looking forward to participating in these little mini challenges throughout the weeks :) I just remember that i do actually have friends coming over to visit during this time but hopefully i’ll be able to work around it. If not, i will be cramming that last week :)

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Waiting on Wednesday (27)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine talking about upcoming book released we are excited for.

My choice this week is:

heir of fire

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: 2nd September 2014

From Goodreads:

“Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy. 

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?”

I cannot wait for this book to be released :) I finished Crown of Midnight recently and ever since have not been able to stop thinking about when this one will be able to be read. This series is vastly becoming one of my favourite series ever and i would highly recommend that anyone that has not read these books get on board :) I think waiting for the remaining three books after this will be equally as tough, but they are definitely worth the wait! :)

What are your picks for this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday (19)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a Weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where each week a topic is given and we have to reply with ten answers.

This Week’s Question: Top Ten Authors I Own the Most Books from:

This is a question that i’ve been wondering myself for a while but been too lazy to tally up. Luckily i’ve just uploaded all of the books i own onto my goodreads shelf which should make it easier than physically going through. Some i’m already aware of who they’ll be, others will be surprising and interesting, definitely looking forward to finding it out :)

10. C.S. Lewis/Rachel Caine/Rachel Vincent/Marie Hall – 7 books

My 10th place came to a 4 way tie, i thought about trying to narrow it down and pick one, but i could choose so included them all :) Obviously C.S. Lewis is his Narnia series, these were probably one of the first series i really got into as a child and can say that they really influenced my love for reading. Rachel Caine’s 7 books are from her Weather Warden series, i really enjoyed this series and it was something a bit different from anything i’d seen before and i would really recommend it! Rachel Vincent’s 7 are her Stray series and the first Soul Screamers book (which i still have to read). I have 5 of Marie Hall’s Kingdom series, plus Crimson Night and A Moment. :)

9. Julie Kagawa – 8 books

Her Iron Fey series really rekindled my love of all things faerie and i was so happy when she revealed her Call of the Forgotten series :) I also enjoyed the first Blood of Eden book and need to look more into the series as a whole :)

8. Kelley Armstrong – 9 books

I really enjoyed her Women of the Underworld series when i first started reading it and got 7 books in, but i’m not really sure what happened after that, i’m definitely planning on re-reading them and hoping to continue the series longer than before. I enjoyed The awakening as well and again am unsure why i stopped the series so you may hear more about that soon! I’m also looking forward to starting Sea of Shadows, which should arrive any day now :)

7. Cassandra Clare – 9 books

The Mortal Instruments series made me love reading again at a time where i stopped for some unknown reason. I love both the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series and would highly recommend them as a great urban fantasy to anyone interested in that genre. Now i need to get off my lazy butt and actually read City of Heavenly Fire, i just don’t want it to end!

6. Keri Arthur – 10 books

I had no idea that i owned this many of her books, but when i counted her Riley Jensen series has 9 books and i also have the first of the Circle of Fire series which equals ten. I have got to say that the Riley Jensen series is probably one of my favourite of all time, the changes that Riley goes through and the choices she makes are great to watch and you really feel for her when some of the things happen, but she gets right back to it and deals with it in the best way possible. Definitely would recommend as a shifter series, (not so much a vampire one, because if you go into it with that mindset you will be confused ).

5. Lemony Snicket – 13 books

I wonder if anyone can guess which 13 books i own…ok it’s very obvious, however i thoroughly enjoyed his books when i was younger and they all look so nice sitting together on my shelf :) It’s just a shame about the movie…

4. L. J. Smith – 13 books

L.J. Smith was an unexpected one, mainly because i own bound up versions of her books so it looks like there are less than there are. However i own the first four books in the Vampire Diaries Series, the three (4, depending on how you count them) books of the Secret Circles series and 6 books of the Night World series.

3. Cate Tiernan – 14 books

All 14 books are part of her Sweep series, a series about a witch who is unaware of her heritage and what she can do. This was one of my favourite series when i was around 13, however i’m pretty sure that if i re-read it know it would still remain to be a firm favourite. I re-read this series so many times and could not recommend it highly enough. If your looking for a series with witches look no further.

2. Meg Cabot – 15 books

I don’t read much of Meg nowadays however when i was younger i loved her Mediator and 1-800-Where-Are-You series, plus a couple of her other books and she definitely deserves to have a high place on this list. Especially considering i hadn’t even thought about including her until it came time to count.

1. Laurell K. Hamilton – 24 books

I knew that this one would win before counting for the challenge. Just one of her series is the same as the next highest number of books, it’s crazy. I own 15 of the Anita Blake series, 8 of the Merry Gentry series and Nightseer, a lot of people know her as the author that has a lot of sex in her books and i’m not going to lie, yes there is, a lot. However what really drew me into both series’ was the plot that ran throughout and i thoroughly enjoyed. Anita Blake definitely got way too over sexualised and i ended up getting to book 13 maybe before stopping reading, Merry does but it has more of a purpose to the book. That’s my opinion anyways, if you have any opinions on the matter let me know :)

I guess i shouldn’t be surprised about the dominant effect series had in this list, however there are a few authors that i wish had been featured however i own less of their books than i thought and that shall hopefully soon be rectified. All in all there were a few surprises on the list but in total close to what i expected :)

What are your top ten this week?

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COYER – Update on Progress

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Hi guys, i’ve been really sucky at posting pretty much anything lately and i could give a bunch of excuses but it all really comes down to the fact that i currently don’t have the motivation i should to post on here. However i have still been reading and hopefully once i get my motivation back i’ll be able to line up review after review and everything will be great :) So, without further ramblings here are the books that i have read so far during COYER (including the one’s i have previously included) :

Books Read Previously:

Books Read: 5

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown Inside Out Crewel All My life  Deep Blue

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black – 419 pages

Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder – 320 pages

Crewel by Gennifer Albin – 400 pages

All My Life by Rucy Ban – 152 pages

Waterfire Saga: Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly – 340 pages

Total – 1,631 pages

Books Read Since the last Post:

phoenix island cinder Stolen Songbird The Fifth Wave a shiver of light Crown of Midnight

Phoenix Island by John Dixon – 320 pages

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – 390 pages

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L Jensen – 469 pages

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – 480 pages

A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton – 372 pages

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas – 418 pages

Total – 2,449 pages

TOTAL COYER PAGES READ: 4,080 pages

How’s your COYER going?

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Waiting on Wednesday (26)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine talking about upcoming book released we are excited for.

My choice this week is:

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Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Release Date: 7th October 2014

From Goodreads:

“Sometimes danger is hard to see… until it’s too late. 

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage. 

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there… and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target. 

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally? 

BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…”

Still a bit far away, but i’ve had my eye on this one for a while and cannot wait for it’s release :) Sounds very interesting and i’ve heard good things about her other series (which i still need to read) :)

What are your picks for this week?

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COYER – End of (My) Week 1 and End of FiTS readathon

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COYER (Clean Out Your E-Reader) is going to run from June 21st – September 5th 2014 and it’s about cleaning up your TBR pile during the summer. This year it is being hosted by Fantasy is More Fun and Because Reading is Better than Real Life so go check out the master posts on their blogs!

I’m really happy that i decided to start participating this week, i’ve had lots of fun and think i’ve read more books as a result!

Fun in the sun

So yesterday was the last day of the Fun In the Sun Readathon and it went slightly worse than i had hoped. I didn’t end up finishing Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke, however instead of not having enough time it was by choice. I really liked the writing style and a lot of things about the book and really thought it would be something i would love. However for whatever reason i just couldn’t force myself to continue reading. I will be posting a DNF review about it hopefully sometime this week, explaining my reasons a bit more clearly. This also means that i didn’t quite reach the 3 book goal that i set myself for the readathon, which is a shame. So overall my stats for this readthon were:

Books finished: 2

All My life Deep Blue

Books DNF: 1

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Pages Read Day 1: 472

Pages Read Day 2: 86

Pages Read Day 3: 112

Pages Read Total: 650

Rest of Week Update

Before the readathon i managed to read a few other books this week, one was technically last Saturday and before i joined COYER, however as it’s been read during the official dates i’m counting it :) I should hopefully be posting reviews of these in the near future as well!

Books Read: 3

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown Inside Out Crewel

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black – 419 pages

Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder – 320 pages

Crewel by Gennifer Albin – 400 pages

Pages Read: 1,139 pages

TOTAL COYER PAGES READ: 1,789

How’s your COYER going so far?

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Showcase Sunday (17)

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Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea.

*Warning this will be a long post congaing lots of images*

There’s been a fair few books that i’ve bought or received for review since the last time i posted one of these. I’ll try and include the main ones but will undoubtedly miss a few. Most of these i’ve been really excited to receive and am planning on reading them very soon. This haul won’t be as big as expected, even though it’s since sometime in March, but only because i’ve been really sucky and doing anything book related lately… That makes me feel really bad for not posting sooner, sorry guys! My Netgalley % Approval has also massively decreased due to receiving all of the books below so my goal for the next few weeks is to try and improve that and focus on some of my netgalley reads! If you want any information on any of the books i’ve linked to their goodreads pages and feel free to ask me any questions, i’m excited about all of them and have finished one or two. :)

For Review:

From Netgalley

frozen a shiver of light the moment collector between the lives the witch of salt and storm intangible branded white hot kiss the oversight far far away Thief's Magic A Discovery of Witches Goddess Deep Blue Perfect Lies The Fearless

Bought:

Physical

The Fifth Wave Incarnate Anna and the French Kiss Mila 2.0the elite the one cinder a long long sleep

ebooks

fractured Lark

Free ebooks

crimson night forsaken airel silence

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What did you get this week/month/last few months?

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday :)

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COYER – Fun in the Sun Read-a-thon Day 2

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Yesterday was Day 2 of the COYER Fun in the Sun Read-a-thon which runs from the 4th-6th July. I didn’t do as well yesterday as the day before and only managed to get through 24% (according to my kindle) of another book called Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke. My current plan is to try and finish the rest of the book today to reach that 3 book goal that i set at the beginning of the read-a-thon. We’ll see how it goes :)

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Pages read on Day 2 – 86 (roughly)

Total Pages Read – 538 pages

How’s the readathon going for everyone else?

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COYER – Fun in the Sun Read-a-thon Day 1

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Yesterday was Day 1 of the COYER Fun in the Sun Read-a-thon which lasts until 6th July. I wasn’t sure how well i was going to do because i had to start unpacking my stuff that i brought back home from uni, and let me tell you, there was ALOT to unpack. However after a few hours i decided to call it quits and start reading and as i result i managed (somehow?) to make it through two books :) These are shown in more detail below.

All My life Deep Blue

All My Life by Rucy Ban – 3 stars

Waterfire Saga: Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly – 4 stars

I’m planning on hopefully getting through at least another book today so am really hopeful that i will reach my goal of 3 books read over this read-a-thon.

Books Read:

All My Life by Rucy Ban – 152 pages

Waterfire Saga: Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly – 320 pages

Pages read on Day 1 – 472 pages

Total Pages Read – 472 pages

I hope everyone that’s taking part in the read-a-thon (or not) is having a great reading week :)

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COYER-FUN IN THE SUN READATHON

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Today the FUN IN THE SUN Read-a-thon for COYER begins. It runs 4th July-6th July and the aim is to read as many books with “summer related activities” on the cover as possible. The full description:

Read books with beach or ocean/lake/etc or some sort of summer activity on the cover. Get in the summer vacation mood. When you finish a book do a general update with a link that you can put on the Rafflecopter. Example – on Goodreads you could write: “Great, cute book! 4 stars! Full review coming soon!” and that would count. (For COYER participants, just do something quick and then update with full review for COYER linky)

I’ve gone through my TBR pile and only found about 6 books that i think qualify for this read-a-thon and my aim is to read at least three of them (one a day) however if i can get through all six it would be fantastic. Below i am posting the potential six books i will be reading over the next three days. I’ll be posting daily updates on how the reading is going and how far i’ve gotten and will try and post reviews to the books i read now next week! So, without further delay here are the books i think qualify as including dome sort of summer activity on the cover, let me know if you agree or disagree with any!

the mind readers The Troop Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea hopes decree All My life Deep Blue

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