Thursday, 12 April 2018

Easter Readathon Wrap-Up

I read three books this weekend! YAY ME! Although I didn't manage to compete ALL my reading goals, I'm incredibly pleased that I managed to finish THREE whole books.

The books I read were...
  1. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
  2. "...And then he ate my boy entrancers" (which are eyelashes, if you were wondering) by Louise Rennison
  3. Startled by His Furry Shorts by Louise Rennison
I absolutely adored An Enchantment of Ravens. It made me laugh, cry, scream...I felt all the feels, which is what I wanted. I'm not sure if it's a standalone or part of a series, but if it were part of a series, that would make me a verrrrryyyyy happy lil nerd.

I then proceeded to read the next two books in the Fab Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series by Louise Rennison. In the one, I laughed. A lot. The other one...not so much. I've read the first 6 books, and I'm not sure if I should bother reading the rest. I have only got four more books to read, and I've come SO FAR I feel like I might as well finish it. BUT, here's the thing, they're so repetitive, and the main character is quite awful (but quite endearing too). I just want her to grow up and stop being so self-centered, but I don't know if that's going to happen?! If you've read this series, is it worth finishing or nah?

I was also hoping to finish The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert, but when I picked up my Kindle to read it, I saw the battery was completely depleted. Oh, the trials and perils of e-readers. I'm hoping to get to it this week, but I have so much school stuff to sort out, I doubt I'll be able to. Oh well - hopefully soon!

What books did you read during the Easter weekend? If you celebrate Easter, did you have a good day? How much chocolate did you eat?

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

March Wrap-Up and April TBR (or lack thereof because EXAMS!!)

HI everyone!

Happy April! It's the month of warmer weather, little lambs and CHOCOLATE - all wonderful things! You guys won't believe it, but I actually have Easter Chocolate left. I know, who knew such a thing could even occur.  *EDIT: I did when I wrote this post. A week later? Nada.*

March wasn't a great month for me. I heard some bad news about a mutual friend, and my anxiety was super bad. I'm quite nervous for April, as I have to attend a week-long physics thing to do practicals from 8:30-17:00. FOR FIVE DAYS. I haven't done a practical in 8 years, and I'm very nervous that I'll completely mess everything up. I know it's not a big deal to most people, but I'm not sure how I'll handle it with my anxiety. 

I can also officially say that my exams are next month. *internal screaming* 
I feel very under prepared for them, as I still have so much work to do. April and May are going to be months of intense revision, so I'm going to finalise my revision plan and keep my head down the next couple of months. I just need to push through all the stress and work until I'm FINALLY free on the 22nd of June. Then I'm on my gap year, and I can breathe again. I feel like since IGCSES it's been nonstop stress, so I'm looking forward to a break from education! 

Ok, venting aside, I READ 13 BOOKS IN MARCH!!! Who even am I?! Admittedly, 2 of them were really tiny books (under 100 pages), but I'm still very pleased with myself!
  1. Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers (those are false eyelashes in the book, btw. Just thought I'd clarify 🤣)
My church had a book sale last month, so I ended up buying quite a few books AND actually reading them instead of hoarding them for five years!? 👏 I really enjoyed all of them, particularly True Love and Why I Believe. They're quick reads, but very informative! 

I also read The Storyspinner and An Enchantment of Ravens (both free reads on Simon & Schuster's Riveted website for March). I really enjoyed both these books, although I did feel like both of them were missing that extra something to make them FAVESSSSS. 

I've also taken over my mom's old iPad as she got a new one last month, and I saw she had our library's e-book lending app installed, so naturally I was like "Ooooh". 😻 I saw they had the entire collection of The Fab Confessions of Georgia Nicholson by Louise Rennison. I read the first book agggessss ago (I think 10 years ago!), and I was interested to see how I'd find it now. It's also those books I ALWAYS see in libraries/charity stores etc, so I thought "Let's give it a go!". They are ridiculous but hilarious, and I'm not sure I even like them but they are highly entertaining. I read the first 5 in March, and I've finished the 6th this month. Should I continue them or not?

I also read It's Not Me, It's You. I needed a quick, lighthearted read and this SO delivered. It was told in interview form, the concept was cute, as were the characters. If you want a super fluffy read, you should read it!

For once I'm not setting an actual TBR pile (the horror!), because I doubt I'll be reading much the next 2.5 months. I would like to finish The Hazel Wood and read some of the books I have out from the library, particularly All the Crooked Saints and Satellite. 

What books are you hoping to read this month? What books did you get to last month?
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Thursday, 29 March 2018

My Easter Weekend Reading Plan!

It's almost Easter! I have a large amount of chocolate and an even larger amount of books to get through this weekend which is very exciting, right?!

I'm hoping it rains or snows this weekend so that I can spend the next four days curled up in bed with a good book and a hot cross bun. 

To make my weekend reading plan even MORE fun, I thought I'd participate in a readathon, because I LOVE READATHONS. Surprisingly, I only came across one being hosted this weekend! Kate from Reading Through Infinity is hosting a four day long readathon, from tomorrow (Friday the 31st of March) until Monday the 2nd of April. The goal is to just read - that's it!

I have quite a few books I'd like to get through this weekend, and seeing as I'm not doing any revision, I'm hoping to get a fair amount of reading in. 

These are the books I'd like to read this weekend...

This book has been one of the FREE reads of the month on Simon & Schuster's Riveted Lit website. I'm about 40% through, so I need to try to power my way through the remaining 60% before Saturday! I'm really enjoying it, by the way. 

I started this book a week or two ago, made it a few pages, then realised it had to be back at the library that day. Oh, the sadness. LUCKILY (because I'm a terrible blogger), I still have an old ARC of it on my Kindle. Happy days! I think it's also a fairly short book so FINGERS CROSSED. 

I read 2.5 of this series in one day last week, so I'd like to read more of them this weekend. HOWEVER, because they're super quick and super easy to read, I may keep them for May/June when I have exams, because I doubt I'll have much brain power for proper reading. My brain will be too filled with physics formulas.

4. One of my library books

I'm thinking either The Cruel Prince, The Last Namsara or All the Crooked Saints. Fairies, dragons or miracles...what will it be?!

Hopefully I can update you on Tuesday with several completed books! 

Are you going to join me in having a BOOKED Easter weekend?! If you are, what would you hoping to read?
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Friday, 23 March 2018

January & February Wrap-Up & March TBR Pile - I'M BACK I'M BACK I'M BACK I MISSED YOU


I'm not sure for how long, because I'm SO BUSY preparing for my exams, but I've missed blogging so much that I thought even though I'm drowning under past papers and flashcards, let me make an appearance so that y'all don't forget me.

SO, here I am! *appears in a tornado of confetti and glitter*

How are you guys doing? Have you read any good books? What's been your favourite? Has anything interesting been happening in your life? LET ME KNOW. I MISS YOU GUYS.

SO, this year has been good but busy. I finally have tutors and they're actually giving me set times to do stuff, which is weird because I've been in control of all my schoolwork the past 6 years, so that's different but good

It was also my NINETEENTH BIRTHDAY last month! My last year of being a teenager. Also, I'm like, 3 years older than most of the protagonists in YA and it's freaking me out. WHEN DID I GET SO OLD?! I had an amaaaazing birthday, though! My actual birthday was on Sunday the 11th of February, but I decided to celebrate the Friday and Saturday as well! IT WAS SO FUN. MUCH CAKE WAS HAD. 

On Friday I went out with my one friend to Nando's; on Saturday I went out to Nando's (can you tell I love it there?) with a group of my girl friends and then they came back to mine for cake. THERE WAS SO MUCH CAKE. There was chocolate brownie cake, chocolate cheesecake, cupcakes, chocolate buttons, pavlova, ice cream and chocolate mini eggs. I felt like double the person on Sunday! I had the most amazing time seeing them all - I'm so grateful to know such lovely people! 

Then on Sunday my mom invited some friends over for tea and cake, and then I went to church that night. It was a really chilled day, which was nice, as the other two days were so busy!  

I was SO SPOILED for my birthday! I got a Kawai electric piano!!! IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL. Of course as soon as I saw it I started crying, because I'm an emotional peanut. All I've been wanting to do lately is play piano, so it made me SO TREMENDOUSLY happy to finally be able to do that! I've been playing so much the last 3 weeks, which is also a reason for not having as much time to read and blog! I'll try to insert a video of me playing, but when I've tried to post a video on my blog before it hasn't worked? I SHALL GOOGLE THOUGH, FEAR NOT. I've learned Fur Elise by Beethoven in its entirety (it's always been my goal to learn all of it) - now I just need to get my tempo and timing right! I've also been practicing Le Onde by Einaudi, which I could already play but I desperately needed practice, seeing as I haven't played piano in THREE YEARS. I'm also finally getting the hang of Comptine d'un autre ete by Yann Tiersen! YAY! I'd learned a third of it when I was 16, but the other night I realised I'd misread the notes in the first few bars. Well done, Kyra. 

What else have I been doing? Mainly school work, Bible study and volunteering at my church's cafe once a week! I'm probably going to start volunteering at the infant group they run at my church as well, AND I might start teaching little ones part-time! I'M SO EXCITED. I've taken a break from ballet until my exams are over, because although it's once a week, it's super late and I already have a late night when I work at the cafe, so I thought I'd take a break from that for now! If you were wondering about the whole ballet thing, which you probably weren't, but I like to overshare pointless stories.

I've also been journalling again, which I find so therapeutic. Last week I finished my A4 Nutcracker journal that I've been using from the age of 17 (it's so great actually filling up an entire notebook, isn't it?!), so I've started writing in the new one I got for my birthday! I finished my old journal on the last day of February, so I find it really satisfying that it starts on the first day of a new month! 

These are the books I've read in January and February! I've only managed one book a week so far, but at least that means I'm on track for my Goodreads reading goal! 

Wintersong (Wintersong, #1)Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)Firefight (Reckoners, #2)Calamity (Reckoners, #3)
Sweetly (Fairytale Retellings, #2)English as a Global LanguageCartwheeling in ThunderstormsFlora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

Wintersong - 💛💛💛💛.5 | Steelheart - 💛💛💛💛💛 | Firefight - 💛💛💛💛.5 | Calamity - 💛💛💛💛💛 | Sweetly - 💛💛💛💛 | English as Global Language - 💛💛💛💛 | Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms - 💛💛💛💛 | Flora & Ulysses - 💛💛💛.5

YAY FOR NO SUCKY READS!!! My 2018 got off to a great start with Wintersong. I absolutely ADORED it. You can read my full thoughts here. I also finally got around to reading the Reckoners trilogy which has been on my TBR pile for ages. I LOVED IT. I fell completely in love with David (the main character); I loved the romance, the dialogue, the humour and, of course, all the plot twists. It was SOOO good!!! YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY READ IT. 

I then proceeded to read Sweetly (on Valentine's day, I thought it would be suitable), and I actually really enjoyed it?! I thought it was going to be one of those books that I'd like but not love, but I kind of loved it?! I really liked the main character and her brother; I liked their brother/sister relationship; I liked the setting and the writing; I eventually warmed up to the love interest, and I enjoyed the plot! I'm really looking forward to reading the companion novels. Also, I'm clearly stupid, because I only recently realised there was a face on the cover. I was always like "Aw, look at the pretty house and the scary trees!", but I never noticed the face. 😶

I also read English as a Global Language as research for my English language case studies. It was really good! If you're interested in learning about English as a global language and how it came to be that way, the author does a great job of concisely summarising the information. 

I then read two middle-grade novels which were very cute! I picked up Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms because I saw Katherine Rundell's name, and I've been meaning to read more from her! I then immediately decided to take it out after flicking through and seeing the characters say "Ja" (Afrikaans for "yes") a lot. I then actually read the blurb and realised the book was set in Zimbabwe and England. I love reading books set in Africa! I really enjoyed reading it, but it made me SO homesick that I ended up crying. I'm not even from Zimbabwe. I am from South Africa, though, so...there were some things that reminded me of home. Like I said, I'M AN EMOTIONAL PEANUT. 

I then decided to read Flora & Ulysses. IT'S GOT PICTURES IN and a cynical middle-grader and her superhero squirrel, who wouldn't want to read that?! It was a very cute story. I liked the character, the pictures and the dialogue. Not a lot happened in terms of plot, which was quite disappointing - still a very cute story regardless! 

I don't know why I still bother setting TBR piles (actually I do: because they're fun), as I NEVER stick to them. However, I've always done it and I'm not going to stop now. So! The books I'll (probably not, but hopefully will) be reading this month:

  • Seraphina...because DRAGONS.
  • All About Mia...I started reading this randomly in the library and I was hooked. So, naturally, I had to take it out. 
  • All the Crooked Saints...I read a few pages, and I think I'm going to really like it. 
  • OBSIDIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got sent a review copy! EXCUSE ME WHILE I CRY AND FLAIL AND CRY SOME MORE!
SO, LET'S CHAT! What books are you planning on reading this month? What's been your favourite book that you've read this year? Tell me one interesting thing that's happened to you this year so far!
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