Friday, 14 April 2017

My (belated) March Wrap-Up and April TBR Pile!


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I know this post is going up SO LATE and I apologise but I've been so busy with studying, reading and socialising that I haven't really had time to blog or, if I have, I've decided to read instead because I'm FINALLY OUT OF MY READING SLUMP AND IT IS INCREDIBLE. Ahem.

I read quite a lot in April especially as I have become OBSESSED with comics. DC comics, to be specific. It all started when I watched the Wonder Woman animated movie and some animated Batman episodes that were free on Prime and then I was like OOH I SHOULD READ THE COMICS and then I started reading the comics and I FELL IN LOVE. They're so good and I adore them! I'm busy working through the Flashpoint event because I think the reboot is set after that event has taken place? I'm also currently reading the essential Batman comics which I'm really enjoying! AH I LOVE IT.

I'm also probably going to take a hiatus from now until June because I need to focus on my exams and although I wish it wasn't the case, my education does come first! I'll probably still pop in now and then but I won't be posting frequently until after the 14th of June! But hit me up on Twitter and we can talk about books and puppies and other fun stuff!

Persepolis: The Story of a ChildhoodBone GapThe Breadwinner (The Breadwinner, #1)First GirlWhere the Mountain Meets the MoonHope Was HereFlashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #2DC Comics The New 52 FCBD 2012Flashpoint: Reverse Flash  #1Flashpoint: Project Superman #2
Flashpoint #1Flashpoint #2Flashpoint: Project Superman #1Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #1Secret Origins, Vol. 1Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #1Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #3Flashpoint: Grodd of War #1

Persopolis - 🍨🍨🍨🍨 | Bone Gap - 🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨 (I read this twice! TWICE. IN ONE WEEK. WHO AM I EVEN?!) | The Breadwinner - 🍨🍨🍨🍨 | First Girl - 🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨 | Where the Mountain Meets the Moon - 🍨🍨🍨🍨 | Hope Was Here - 🍨🍨🍨.5 | Flashpoint Issues #1 and #2 - 🍨🍨🍨🍨🍨 (I've read a lot of comics since then but they still remain the best comics I've read! I love them) | Secret Origins (graphic novel) - 🍨🍨🍨🍨 (I loved learning the origins behind my favourite heroes!) 

As you can see, I read quite a lot of books/comics in March! Bone Gap was my favourite and I reread it two days after finishing it. THAT NEVER HAPPENS. EVER. Can you tell how much I loved it?! You can read my review here, but it's over 2000 words so you may want to make you a cup of tea before you read it. 😜 Persepolis, The Breadwinner, First Girl and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon were all wonderful! They were incredibly diverse and rich in culture, folklore and history. I'd highly recommend them! I particularly loved First Girl and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. If you have any recommendations for books with Chinese protagonists or books set in China PLEASE comment them because I'd love to read more books set in China/featuring Chinese protagonists! I also read Hope Was Here which was pretty good and I liked the message it sent but the characters were too flat and I never felt as if I connected that much to the story as the book was quite short and I felt as if I didn't have time to form a deep connection to it. Secret Origins was fantastic as it allowed me to learn about the origins of my favourite heroes!


I'm going to try to read as many of these as possible this month! I probably won't be able to read as much as I want to because EXAMS ARE NEXT MONTH *heavy breathing* but if I manage my time well, I should be able to fit in quite a bit of reading time! These books all look fantastic and I am EXCITED. 

What books did you read in March? Which one was your favourite? DO YOU LIKE COMICS TOO?? If so, which ones are your favourite? LET'S TALK.
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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

IT'S MY FIFTH BLOGOVERSARY!!! (GIVEAWAY)


IT'S MY BLOGOVERSARY. MY 5TH BLOGOVERSARY. HALF A DECADE. *runs around screaming* I guess I'm officially considered an old blogger?? A wise (hahahaha, funny) blogger?? A blogger who is no longer awkward and discombobulated (hahaha, funny, again)?? I can't believe it's been so long, how has time gone so fast?


I don't really know what to say, all I want to say is thank you. Thank you to all the wonderful, incredible people who have flailed about books with me, who have fangirled with me, cried with me, laughed with me and been there for me. Before I started my blog I was quite a lonely thirteen-year-old girl, I had friends but none of them wanted to speak about books with me. Books were my life then and they are my life now and to not be able to talk about my latest additions, my new favourite books, books that frustrated me...it was lonely and disheartening. I was proud of my nerdiness and my love of all things bookish but it was so lonely. Even though I'm sure my classmates didn't purposely try to make me feel this way, I felt a bit excluded and as if my voice was quieted because all I wanted to talk about was what no one else wanted to talk about.

Then I started Blog of a Bookaholic.

At first, I had no idea what to do. I'd never read a single book blog in my life, I didn't even know about the bookish community, I didn't know about arcs, I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT YA STOOD FOR. OR WHAT MEMES WERE. I know, my ignorance astounds me too. But soon I found Goodreads, I found other book blogs, I found memes to participate in and through all this I discovered people like myself, people who made me feel less alone. I could tweet a picture of my book haul that I was CRAZY EXCITED about and people would actually respond with an equal level of excitement, I would ask people what they were currently reading and get a response and talk for hours with them about it. I had found my people and I can't thank the blogging community enough – for helping me feel like I had found a place in the world. So thank you from the bottom of my heart, to all the incredible people I've spoken to over the last five years. I LOVE YOU GUYS.


I've had so many incredible opportunities thanks to blogging and I feel like I've grown so much. I know little Kyra would be super proud of me right now. For starters, I get to speak to authors! LIKE ACTUAL AUTHORS. My favourite authors whose books I've loved with all my heart. It's been five years but I don't think I'll ever get over the exhilaration of an author actually acknowledging my existence. (Fun fact: when Derek Landy retweeted me I was so happy I started crying. This was two years ago) Also, when I meet authors some of them know my blog? HOLD ME WHILE I FAINT.

Secondly, arcs! Every. Single. Time. A book-shaped package thuds on my door mat I do a happy dance. To think I get sent books ahead of publication and people value my opinion? IS THIS EVEN REAL LIFE? I am so incredibly thankful to everyone who has ever sent me a review copy – YOU GUYS MAKE MY DAY. 



Thirdly, all the incredible books I've discovered. If I hadn't started my blog, I wouldn't have discovered half of the books I've read – I'm pretty sure about that. When I started my blog I was only reading middle-grade books but by starting my blog and being exposed to all the amazing YA books, I discovered so many incredible books!!! SO THANK YOU GUYS FOR THAT. Fourthly, I've become more confident in my writing and I'm pretty sure my writing has improved too (thank goodness for that! My early blog posts? I cringe. So hard.) I'm no longer as shy to share my thoughts and speak my mind and due to the fantastic blogs and books I've read, my writing has improved too! HUZZAH. 

Fifthly, I discovered another wonderful hobby – photography. I'm pretty sure if I hadn't started blogging I wouldn't have gotten as into photography as I am. I adore taking pictures and it's a wonderfully creative outlet so, thanks, blogging! Sixthly, I got blurbed once! WHICH WAS AWESOME. But they got my blog name wrong. Cry for me. 


I'm not as obsessed with statistics as I used to be but it's always nice seeing how far I've come once in a while! So, without further adieu, my statistics:

Bloglovin: 482 
GFC: 549 
Instagram: 1,179
Twitter: 1,180
Goodreads: 171
Books I've read (since starting my blog): 453 books
Amount of posts posted: 730 
Most visited post of all time: http://blogofabookaholic.blogspot.com/2013/05/top-ten-tuesday-4-top-ten-favorite-book.html I don't know how legit this is but, apparently, this post got 50K views? Don't worry, that number looks suspicious to me too.
Page views: 419, 121
Top three countries that visit my blog (I love looking at this! SO INTERESTING.)
1. United States
2. Russia
3. France
I wasn't expecting that! I had no idea I had readers in Russia and France. THANK YOU. <3 


I also thought I'd share some of my favourite books that I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have discovered without my blog!

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)Life After TheftDaughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1)House of MagicDare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)Half Bad (Half-Life Trilogy, #1)Bad MagicThe Moonlight DreamersThe Museum of HeartbreakBone GapThe Serpent King

TO LIST A FEW. My life would be incomplete without these preciouses. To think I might never have known about them if I hadn't started blogging...MY HEART - IT BLEEDS.



I wish I could give every single one of you a book but sadly, I can't. HOWEVER, one lucky winner will win a £10 book of their choice from The Book Depository (provided they ship to your country!).


RULES:
  1. You must be over 13 to enter or have your parents' permission.
  2. Be able to provide a legit shipping address
  3. The winner has 48 hours to reply, otherwise, another winner will be chosen!
  4. The giveaway will run from today, March 22nd, up until May 13th 2017!
  5. That's all! May the odds be ever in your favour! (It's always a good time for a Hunger Games reference, right?)

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Saturday, 18 March 2017

Stacking the Shelves - I don't know how I acquired all these books. IT JUST HAPPENED OKAY



Hello everyone!
I hope you've had a great week!

I've had a pretty good week filled with outings, cake and really good food. My dad was on leave this week and it was my mom's birthday so we went to a few of our favourite places in the Cotswolds, had a wonderful lunch, a wonderful dinner (I love you, Nandos) and brownie cake which was just as amazing as it sounds! We relaxed a lot this week and I only studied for a bit this week as I felt like I desperately needed a break from all my revision, so I'm sure I'll be feeling much more refreshed when it comes to studying next week!

I also managed to hurt my lower back whilst exercising (I think the weighted arm workout I did was too much for my back) so THAT'S FUN. I was really getting into my working out but I'm guessing it would be wise to take a break from physical activity for a couple of weeks until it's better. >.<

I NEED TO STOP ACQUIRING SO MANY BOOKS. I'm going on a strict buying/library ban from today. I know I said that last week but I'm going to write a post about it, hopefully I'll be more inclined to stick to it then? HOPEFULLY.

OKAY SO, I went to the library (surprise, surprise) and they had SO MANY GOOD BOOKS that I was desperate to read. So, logically, I knew I shouldn't take them out because I have enough books to read but they just looked so sad sitting there on the shelf, begging me to read them - how could I possibly say no? It would be barbaric to turn away from their pleading eyes. BARBARIC.

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*actual image of me in the library wut*


I'm so excited to read these! I started reading Rock War and The End of the World as we Know It  in the library and reality completely fell away and I so hooked I couldn't leave them unfinished - so I took them home with me! PLEASE FLAIL WITH ME ABOUT MY LIBRARY BOOKS. I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT THEM I COULD SQUEAL FOREVER.



OKAY I KNOW I SAID I WAS DONE BUYING BOOKS but, in my defense, they were from charity stores (or from a library sale) so they were a good price and I was helping a charity. SO IT'S OKAY. 

I am literally so excited for all these books! ESPECIALLY BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED. Do you know how long I've wanted to read this book for?? EONS, that's how long. Not even a small exaggeration. Not at all. 

Ballad was 10p from my library sale and I immediately jumped at buying it because I have the first book so I'm happy I got the sequel, too! 

I then found the Angel trilogy for only £1! WHAT. A few weeks back I saw AMAZING reviews for the trilogy so when I saw it for such a good price (at Wholefoods, of all places) I knew I had to get it! I also love how thick they are - I LOVE THICK BOOKS (even though they're scary).

I also bought The Help - and Winter (with my Waterstones gift voucher!) - and I'm so stoked to read them! I've heard endless good things about The Help so I'm super excited to read it. I'm so happy I finally got Winter as I've been wanting to marathon the Lunar Chronicles forever. Hopefully I can read the series after my exams!



I've also been so fortunate to be sent some lovely books to review! Thank you SO MUCH Bloomsbury and Abrams & Chronicle! <3 


UM OKAY BUT HOW GOOD DOES THE PEARL THIEF SOUND?? People are missing, accidents that might not have been accidents and murder mystery, all set in the 1930s?? YES PLEASE AND THANK YOU.


The Last Thing You Said sounds heartbreaking but I love heartbreaking books because I'm a masochist - I feel like all bookworms are, though?? Or is that just me being weird? Probably the latter. 
It's about three best friends (two of whom are siblings), Lucy, Ben and Trixie. Lucy and Ben (Trixie's brother) are finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of not saying anything when Trixie's heart tragically gives out on one of their summer swims. They drift apart, drowning in grief, however, a year later they begin to find their way back to each other. IT SOUNDS SO HEARTBREAKING I CAN'T DEAL. 


WHEN THIS CAME IN THE POST I NEARLY DIED OF HAPPINESS. A GIRL OBSESSED WITH A SPACE, A COMPETITION TO SEE NASA HEADQUARTERS, HAVING TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR LITTLE SISTER BECAUSE YOUR MOM'S DISAPPEARED. I AM EXCITED FOR THIS.


I'M SO EXCITED TO READ THIS. I adored one of Brigid Kemmerer's other books so I'm sure I'm going to love this too!

Ahh, so many wonderful contemporaries to read - I am muchly excited!

So, let's talk! What books did you get this week? Have you got any tips for staying on a book buying ban? I NEED TIPS PLS HALP. ALSO, which library book should I read first? 
I can't make decisions - please make them for me.
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