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Disney Villains Challenge

This challenge was hosted on Castle Dracula.


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Duration 
3 Months from your start date

Levels 
Rapscallion 5 – 10 books
Scoundrel 10 – 15 books
Blackguard 15 – 20 books
Villain 20 – 25 books
Mastermind 25 – 35 books

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Evil Queen
Read a book….
‣ that you associate with this character
‣ published in 1937 or later
‣ that has won an award
‣ with witches in the story
‣ where a character is not who they seem to be
‣ where a character tricks someone into doing something
‣ where a character attempts to kill someone else

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Ursula
Read a book…..
‣ that you associate with this character
‣ with the colour blue on the cover
‣ with a jealous or vengeful character
‣ where a character sings or is musical
‣ with a connection to the sea/ocean
‣ with a character that has white/red hair
‣ published in 1989 or later

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Shadow Man
Read a book….
‣ that you associate with this character
‣ with a connection to New Orleans
‣ published in 2009 or later
‣ that’s been on your TBR for longer than a year
‣ with a male magic user
‣ with a colourful cover
‣ with royalty in the story

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Maleficent
Read a book….
‣ that you associate with this character
‣ published in 1959 or later
‣ tagged Fantasy
‣ set, at least in part, in a forest
‣ with a dragon in the story
‣ with a female villain
‣ that’s been made into a movie

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Frollo
Read a book….
‣ that you associate with this character
‣ with a religious character
‣ with a misguided character
‣ with a French character
‣ published in 1996 or later
‣ with gargoyles on the cover or in the story
‣ with more than two people on the cover

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Cosy Winter Reading

Lady Chatterley's Lover Wuthering Heights Bridget Jones's Diary Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows kindle paperbacks

Holiday books aren’t really my thing but I got it into my head to read some this year as well as books that just feel winterish to me. I’m feeling more Christmasy than most years (probably because I’m not working in retail anymore) and want some festive fun. (While writing this I had a memory of my little brother singing “Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney” when he was small going over and over in my head. I apologise if I accidentally wrote the lyrics in somewhere 😉 ) Click on a title to view its Goodreads synopsis.

Bridget Jones's Diary Bridget Jones’s Diary

I see the movie as a Christmas movie since it opens and closes during that time. I don’t know if the book follows the same format but I’m guessing it does. I’m excited to read a slice of 90’s life for a woman in her 30’s. I’m expecting it to be a bit like Marien Keyes without all the Irishness and cleverly placed series issues.

Wuthering Heights Wuthering Heights

A winterish book if ever there was one. The name alone makes me feel cold and dreary. Since this will be a reread and it’s quite depressing I will probably leave it until last.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The final book in my Harry Potter reread. I should have read it back in September but I just couldn’t. This is the only book in the series that I’ve read only once. Every time I think of reading it again I just can’t face it! I remember everything that happens and just can’t! But I’m going to do it now… I will!

Little Women Little Women

Another one that I’ve watched but not read. It takes place over several years but it always makes me think of Christmas because….well… of the Christmas scenes in the movie.

Lady Chatterley's Lover Lady Chatterley’s Lover

I don’t know what season this is actually set in but from watching a TV mini-series it looked cold… definitely not summer. This book was banned as pornography after it’s release in the early 20th century but I’ve found a lot of older books labelled as overtly sexual tend to only make references to such things. We shall see…

Once Upon a Christmas Eve (Maiden Lane, #12.6) Once Upon a Christmas Eve

Hey look, an actual Christmas book! Hoyt is my favourite historical romance author, so when I got an email about this novella it went straight onto my list. This is actually the main reason I compiled it. It’s set in her Maiden Lane series but it’s stand-alone and under 100 pages. Perfect for reading after stuffing my face with Christmas dinner. Although maybe not because her books tend to be quite dirty… not something to read around the family.

An Ex for Christmas An Ex for Christmas

Hey, look at that, another Christmas book and the only book set in this century. I didn’t mean to do that but it makes for a more interesting reading list I guess (to make it really interesting I should really throw in a bit of horror). I’ve only read one book by Lauren Layne previously, Blurred Lines, a classic friends to lovers romance. I get bored with contemporary romance very quickly but that one held my attention so I figured I’d give this one a go. Seems like another one perfect for some cosy Christmas day reading.


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Ok, so there are only two Christmas books but I think it’s a pretty good list of winter reading. I’m looking forward to wrapping up in front of the fire with a cuppa and one of these guys. My plan is to read them between now and the end of January.

What are you reading this winter? Have any Christmas books to suggest? Some Christmas horror maybe?…

All of the books mentioned are available from Book Depository with free worldwide shipping.


And just cause…

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2017 goodreads reading challenge

2017 Goodreads Challenge

I reached my goal, hooray!!! I set myself a goal of 150 books in January and reached it yesterday. 150 is a lot but it’s not as big as it sounds since Goodreads counts short stories and stuff as well. I probably read around 100 full-length novels and I’ll probably get 4 more read before the end of December.

You can view my full list here. But if you don’t want to see everything here are some of my favourites.

January

Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark, #6)Small Favor (The Dresden Files, #10)Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1)Changes (The Dresden Files, #12)  The Professional (The Game Maker, #1)

February

The Girl with the Lower Back TattooAngel in ScarletScrappy Little NobodyJabril (Vampires in America, #2)Embrace The NightFirst Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)

March

The Vagina MonologuesWe Should All Be FeministsFar from the Madding CrowdKiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark #7)

April

Thorn Queen (Dark Swan, #2)Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)Shift (Shifters, #5)Eligible (The Austen Project, #4)Into the Darkness (Darkness, #1)

May

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently, #1)Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4)The Handmaid's Tale

June

The Force of Wind (Elemental Mysteries, #3)Milk and HoneyFirst Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, #1)Ride the Storm (Cassandra Palmer, #8)Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7)My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, #1)

July

The CorinthianWritten in Red (The Others, #1)Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark #9)Making It Up As I Go AlongI Know Why the Caged Bird SingsEtched in Bone (The Others, #5)

August

Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues (White Trash Zombie, #2)My Cousin RachelBird By Bird: Some Instructions On Writing And LifeDemon from the Dark (Immortals After Dark #10)Sex Object: A Memoir

September

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1)Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

October

North and SouthClean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #1)Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)Lothaire (Immortals After Dark #12)Toil and Trouble (Jolie Wilkins, #2)

November

GritThe Vegetarian

December

I haven’t really read anything of note yet this month.

Despite reaching my goal of 150 I’m going to set a smaller one for next year because I want to invest more time in other pursuits….and I need to get out of the house a bit more 😉

All of the books mentioned are available from Book Depository with free worldwide shipping.

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November book blog reading wrap up

November Wrap-Up

I think this might be the smallest wrap up I’ve ever written. I read four books this month. Four!! Practically nothing!! Sorry, I know four is actually quite a bit to some so I’ll just shut up now and get on with it 😉

Anyway, here are the books I read. A Historical, paranormal, non-fiction, and literary book. Variety is the spice of life after all. All of these books are available on Book Depository, click the title to get it.

VenetiaYou Slay Me (Aisling Grey #1)GritThe Vegetarian


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Venetia by Georgette Heyer ★★★☆☆

After I finished this I rated it 5 stars and for the life of me I can’t figure out why. I obviously really enjoyed it but when it came to writing this I couldn’t remember a single thing about it. Even after I read the synopsis again on Goodreads it took me a few seconds to remember reading it. The book follows Venetia and this guy who moves in next door to her. I can’t remember his name but he was a bit of a rogue and Venetia is a renowned beauty. I think the plot was a bit romantic comedy after that.

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You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister ★★★☆☆

I’ve heard great things about this series but this was a bit of a snoozer for me. I found the pacing slow and the plot predictable. The story follows Aisling Grey on her first courier job where she discovers she’s something called a guardian and, hey, dragons exist! Of course, she ends up being an alpha dragon dudes destined mate and so on. Maybe I’m just a bit tired of the PNR genre at the moment but this wasn’t working for me. I’ve been told the series gets better after this book so I will probably give it another go.

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Grit by Angela Duckworth ★★★★★

By far the best book I read this month and possibly the best self-help book I’ve ever read. If you want to know how to be successful, this is the book for you. It really helps you realise how important it is to put the work in and not give up. And not to use talent as an excuse.

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The Vegetarian by Han Kang ★★★★☆

I’m not really sure what I expected from this book. The reviews on the cover make it sound kind of dramatic but I found it to be more quietly disturbing. It sneaks up on you and gets under your skin. The story revolves around Yeong-hye after her decision to become vegetarian and her descent into mental illness. It’s told from the perspective of the people she has the strongest effect on and the only time we see through her is when she dreams. Very interesting book and one I will definitely reread at some point.

As always I would love suggestions based on my reviews if you have any please comment. Thanks for reading 🙂


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2018 A-Z Reading Challenge

It’s time for another annual reading challenge (yay!!)

This one is being hosted by Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest. Check out their post to join in. They will be hosting mini-challenges, readathons, Twitter parties and more throughout the year.

The goal is simple, read a book with a title that begins with each letter of the alphabet. The challenge runs from January to December 2018.

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I pretty much never stick to TBR’s but since this one is so long and some of the letters may be difficult (there is an option for a free-letter to make it easier) I’m going to pick out some books I might read.

I will be updating this post during the year with the books I read.


A- American Gods

B- Bad Feminist

C- The Complete Persepolis

D- Dark Matter

E- The End of the Affair

F- Fingersmith

G- The Ginger Man

H- The Hating Game

I- If You Ask Me

J- Just Kids

K- King (King, #1)

L- Lady Chatterley’s Lover

M- Middlesex

N- Night Film

O- Outlander

P- Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Q- Queen of Shadows (Shadow World, #1)

R- Raven Girl

S- Saga, Vol. 1 (Saga, #1)

T- The Tenth Gift

U- The Underground Railroad

V- Vicious (Villains, #1)

W- When Angels Fall

X- xkcd: volume 0

Y-  You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

Z- Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald


I’m always on the lookout for more challenges so let me know what ones you’re doing in 2018.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas Challenge

This is the December themed challenge on My Vampire Book Obsession.


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Duration 
December 1st – 31st

How to Play 
Read a minimum of 2 books to complete the challenge. Tasks can be done in any order.

Tasks 
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Time to give them something fun
They’ll talk about for years to come
 

Read a book that takes place over several years or that’s part of a series.

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Let’s have a cheer from everyone
It’s time to party
Making Christmas, making Christmas 

Read a book with something Christmas themed on the cover or with red or green on the cover.

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Snakes and mice get wrapped up so nice
With spiders legs and pretty bows 

Read a book set in the past (a flashback would count) or that you received as a gift.

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It’s ours this time
All together, that and this
With all our tricks we’re
Making Christmastime 

Read a book set during a holiday season or that you got during a holiday season.

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Here comes jack
I don’t believe what’s happening to me
My hopes, my dreams, my fantasies
Hee, hee, hee, hee 

Read a book you’ve been really excited to read or by a favourite author.

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Won’t they be impressed, I am a genius
See how I transform the old rat
Into a most delightful hat 

Read a book with an inventive character or with a creature on the cover.

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Hmm, my compliments from me to you
On this your most intriguing hat
Consider though this substitute
A bat in place of this old rat 

Read a book with a head on the cover or where a character learns something.

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Huh! No, no, no, now that’s all wrong
This thing will never make a present
It’s been dead for much too long
Try something fresher, something pleasant
Try again, don’t give up 

Read a book tagged “paranormal” or “fantasy”.

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All together, that and this
With all our tricks we’re making Christmastime 

Read a book that begins with a letter in “Christmastime”.

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This time, this time
Making Christmas, making Christmas
La, la, la
It’s almost here 

Read a book with a musical character or listen to music while you read.

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And we can’t wait
So ring the bells and celebrate 

Read a book because books are fun, hooray!!!! (read anything you like)

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‘Cause when the full moon starts to climb
We’ll all sing out
It’s Christmastime
Hee, hee, hee 

Read a book with the sky on the cover or set during night-time.


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This or That book tag

Created by  Tea and Paperbacks


Reading on the couch or on the bed?

The couch because when I read in bed I find it difficult to stop and I end up staying up way too late. Also, the couch is close to the fireplace *snug*.

Male main character or female main character?

I very rarely read books with a male protagonist. I don’t do this on purpose I just seem to gravitate towards books with a female lead.

Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?

Salty. Gimme a bag of crisps or a bowl of nachos and I’m happy.

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Trilogies or quartets?

I tend to read series with 6+ books. I do like trilogies though. I like how everything gets wrapped up nicely.

First person POV or third person POV?

I prefer first-person. I find it more immersive.

Reading at night or in the morning?

Night. If I started reading in the morning I would read for the entire day and get nothing done.

Libraries or bookstores?

Both. I love buying pretty books or a book that I know I will want to have forever and the library is great when funds are low.

Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?

I much prefer to laugh.

Black book covers or white book covers?

I like books that have a simple black cover. I think they’re very striking.

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Character driven or plot driven stories?

I prefer character driven for the most part but read plot driven every now and then.


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Weekend Readathon

This weekend readathon (Werewolf Frenzy) is hosted on My Vampire Book Obsession during the last or 2nd last weekend each month.

It’s a pretty simple readathon, there are no tasks, you just set a page count goal. It runs from Thursday to Sunday so it’s not technically a weekend readathon but close enough.


Goal: 400 pages

100 pages per day should be pretty doable… I say that now but I almost never manage to reach my goal during these. I’m hoping to finish at least one book from start to finish… or I might throw that plan out the window and read a few pages of several books.

 

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Day 1 Thursday

I read a whopping 36 pages today… Yeah, 100 pages a day is totally doable… I’m reading Biting Cold by Chloe Neil which is the 6th book in the Chicagoland Vampires series. I ended up spending most of the day learning how to use Adobe Premiere Pro and editing some video clips for Instagram stories. I watched a video from my favourite YouTube videographer/photographer, Peter McKinnon, in which he featured a friend of his that does really cool Instagram Stories and I wanted to give it a go. If you’re into photography or video I highly recommend his channel, I’ve learned so much from him.

Check out my (weak) attempt here. I’m learning but have a long way to go still.

Day 2 Friday

I read nothing, NOTHING!! But I was sick so it’s understandable…right? I slept in later than usual, done some housework, went for a walk, and got some groceries. When I got home I was feeling really shitty so I wrapped up in a blanket, lit the fire and binged Warehouse 13.

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Day 3 Saturday

Again I didn’t read anything! What is wrong with me?! I was feeling better so we went into town which was a lot of fun. We got Fast Al’s pizza, went to some nerdy shops and to see Thor Ragnarok. Thor was awesome, it was very like Guardians of the Galaxy a lot of humour and space stuff.

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Day 4 Sunday

No reading again. I have no excuse today. I parked my butt on the couch and watched loads more Warehouse 13. I seem to have swapped readathon for TVathon….. I did spend a lot of time checking out other blogs here on WordPress but that’s the only kinda good thing I did.


 

So, I failed terribly at this readathon, 36 pages out 400 is pretty bad… But, hey, there’s always next month.

autumn book tag

Autumn Tag

I came across this tag on A Readhead’s Rambling.


What signifies the start of Autumn for you?

The second September hits, it’s Autumn for me. I don’t care if it’s still warm I want Autumn!!!

What is your favourite Fall scent?

Wood-fire. There’s nothing as relaxing as lounging by the fire with a book and a cuppa.

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What is your favourite Autumn colour?

Burnt orange. I absolutely love driving down a tree-lined road during Autumn to see all the orange, red, and yellow leaves.

What is your favourite Autumn drink?

Coffee. I don’t go for those seasonal coffees that come out. They tend to be very milky and sweet. An americano or cappuccino for me, thanks.

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What TV show, new or old, are you looking forward to this Fall?

Halloween has passed now but I always look forward to watching scary movies and the family Halloween movies like Hocus Pocus.

What is your favourite Autumn fashion trend?

Dresses with boots and anything with a jumper. My absolutely favourite way to dress.

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What is your favourite Autumn activity?

Reading by the fire. There doesn’t need to be wine but it does make it more enjoyable 😉

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Are you a bigger fan of Thanksgiving or Halloween?

Halloween. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here.


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1k Followers!!

So, I reached 1000 followers here today. I’m so excited, it’s silly! Thank you so much to everyone you follows my blog and a special thank you to the people who actually read my posts. You guys are amazing 🙂

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I’m thinking of running a competition in honour of the event but haven’t worked out the details yet…. whether to have it on here or Instagram or Facebook and what the prize will be… probably a book or a gift card… I’ll work it all out over a glass of bubbly this evening.

Thanks again everyone!


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