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Saturday, 14 January 2017

ARC Review: Coming Up For Air by Miranda Keneally



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Book: Coming Up For Air, Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks series #8
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: July 1st, 2017

Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat.

All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to earn scholarships—she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic try out, so she feels even more pressure to succeed. And it’s not until Maggie’s away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the “typical” high school experience she’s missed by being in the pool.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to lose to win?

Monday, 9 January 2017

Review: Defending Taylor by Miranda Keneally

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Book: Defending Taylor, Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks series #7
Publisher: Sourcebook Fire
Release Date: July 5th, 2016

There are no mistakes in love.

Captain of the soccer team, president of the Debate Club, contender for valedictorian: Taylor's always pushed herself to be perfect. After all, that's what is expected of a senator's daughter. But one impulsive decision-one lie to cover for her boyfriend-and Taylor's kicked out of private school. Everything she's worked so hard for is gone, and now she's starting over at Hundred Oaks High.

Soccer has always been Taylor's escape from the pressures of school and family, but it's hard to fit in and play on a team that used to be her rival. The only person who seems to understand all that she's going through is her older brother's best friend, Ezra. Taylor's had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. But it's hard to trust after having been betrayed. Will Taylor repeat her past mistakes or can she score a fresh start?

Friday, 6 January 2017

Chaos Challenge 2017

To make this year more challenging for myself, I've decided to do the Chaos Challenge, which I saw on Petra's blog, which originally was created by Sofie. Basically, there is a list of 35 types of books I need to read between Jan 1st and Dec 31st, and I've got to read at least 20 out of 35 to pass the challenge. I'll change some aspects as this challenge was originally done in Sweden; for example I'll attempt to read a book that's not in English. I think it will make the year a lot more interesting, though! I'll give you guys an update every few months, too! Wish me luck :)

1. A book in a genre you usually do not read 
2. A book with an animal on the cover 
3. A book in a language other than English
4. A book from Africa 
5. A book from Asia 
6 . a book from America 
7. a book from Oceania 
8. a book from Europe (not Ireland) - Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them by J.K Rowling
9. a book with a teenage protagonist 
10. a book with more than three LGBT persons 
11. a book with something red on the cover 
12 . a book that comes as a film in 2017 or 2018 
13. a book published in 2017 
14. a book published before 2000 
15. a comic book 
16. a book you think everyone should read 
17. the last in a series of 
18. a book has more than one author 
19. a book you chose because of the images 
20. a book about something you are passionate about 
21. a brick (over 500 pages) 
22. a book of over 150 pages 
23. a borrowed book 
24. a faktabok 
25. a book for children 
26. a classic 
27th on the shelf 
28. a book that won a prize 
29. a book you always wanted to read 
30. a summery book 
31. a book that unfolds before 1900 
32. a book set during or about World war 
33. A book that takes place north of Uppland 
34. A hypead book 
35. A book whose title begins on L


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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Happy New Year & Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K Rowling

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2017 will be the best one yet. I hope it's filled with books, tea, chocolates, good food, good friends, and pets. Was there a scary thing you always put off over and over agin? Don't. Go out there and do it! Talk to people you like, ignore people you don't. Be happy with who you are and accept that you are absolutely amazing just the way you are. 

And what better way to kick off this new year with a review from (my opinion) one of the best movies of last year? I am of course talking about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Review: Unhinged by A.G Howard



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Book: Unhinged, A.G Howard
Series: Splintered #2
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: January 7th, 2014


 Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she's always dreamed of.

That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she'll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Top 10 Books of 2016

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I wrote a post last year about my top 10 books of 2015, and I thought I'd do the same again this year. Unfortunately, I didn't have such a great reading year in 2016 as I did in 2015. I re-read a lot of books and there weren't a lot of new books that completely astounted me or gave me a book hangover. So these books mightn't necessarily be released this year, but I read them this year.
 

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Bookish Gifts You'd Love To Give (Or Get) for Christmas!

"Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not the merits of who receives them." - Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

IT'S CHRISTMAS!! 

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Well, almost. We're on the countdown though, and that means it's everyone's favourite time of year - stressing over the perfect present for your loved one. With so many great options out there, it's nearly impossible to choose! Especially for those people that don't know what they want (don't you just love them?)

 Well, I'm here to help you choose some bookish presents to get someone you love into reading, or that one person you know that loves reading almost as much as you do, or even just to treat yourself this Christmas!  

Don't worry, they aren't all books (except one). 


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How cute are these? A perfect way to keep your books from falling down.

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For that person who loves learning new words!

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This was voted the best Young Adult book of 2016, and I heard it got great reviews! It could be just the book to get that one person into reading.

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Just post a picture of this mug whenever someone asks you if you have any plans for the weekend!
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Need I say more? It's so adorable!

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For all those Potterheads that are late for everything!

Banned Books socks

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Be cosy this winter with these socks!

Old Books Soy Candle

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It's a universal fact that all book lovers love the smell of old books. So keep that smell in your house 24/7 with this candle!

Hogwarts iPhone Case

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I adore this phone case, and if I had an iPhone, I'd definitely get one of these!



I hope I've inspired some people with their Christmas shopping with this post! Have you your Christmas shopping done? Let me know in the comments!

*I got my inspiration for this post from Buzzfeed, who have loads of articles on the perfect Christmas gifts!*