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Wrap Up of Popsugar Challenge 2016

OK so at the start of the year, I made a post about completing the Popsugar Reading Challenge, explaining that I wanted to complete most of the challenges by the end of the year but by combining them with my everyday reading. I felt like this was something that I enjoyed to do and managed to complete lots of tasks so I am pretty happy with how it went. Popsugar are also doing the challenge in 2017 and this is something that I am definitely going to do. So shall we see how I did...

Challenges:

A book based on a fairy tale: Winter By Marissa Meyer A National Book Award winner: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
A YA bestseller: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella 
A book you haven’t read since high school: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling 
A book set in your home country: All Of The Above by Juno Dawson
A book translated into English: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi  
A romance set in the future: The Next Together by Lauren James
A book set in Europe: The Square Root of S…

British Books Challenge 2017

So today I thought that I will tell you about a challenge that I am going to sign up to in 2017. This is the British Books Challenge which has been running for the last couple of years but in 2017 is being run by Chelle from Tales of Yesterdays

The British Books Challenge was created with the focus of reading and reviewing British authors throughout the year. The aim is to read 12 books by these authors which equal's one a month. These can be from any genre but has a focus on YA and MG fiction. If you would like to sign up, you can do so here.

Some of the books I would like to read include...






As you can see I have more than enough options here and have heard so many things about these books. To be honest I read lots of UKYA books anyway but to be involved as part of a challenge is nice and should be fun seeing people's reviews over the course of the end. 

Are you planning on signing up for the challenge? What reading challenges would you like to complete this year? Leave them in…

Dream Crate: Strong Female Characters

OK so a couple of weeks ago, I found that Loot Crate was looking for people to make their own "Dream Crate." It is fair to say I freaked out at this email as I have been watching Loot Crate unboxings for a long time but have never got one of their crates so the fact that I could make my own is pretty amazing. If you don't know what Loot Crate is, it is a monthly subscription service which contains pop culture items based on a specific theme, you can find more information at lootcrate.com. The theme that I choose for my box is Strong Female Characters. So let's get started...


1. A Marvel Comics Pop Funko 

Loot Crate normally have some kind of figure in their boxes so for mine I choose the 3 heroines of Spider-Gwen, Captain Marvel and She-Hulk. I thought that these would be a nice addition to the box because as all three of them can kick ass and I really enjoying reading the comics. 



Cramathon TBR- Dec 2016

So it's been a while, hasn't it. University has just been crazy and I have not really had time to read or blog but I now off for Christmas. Although I have a few deadlines and Harry Potter society stuff to do, I hope that I will be posting on here again soon. Anyway, I thought that I would post a Cramathon TBR which is a readathon hosted by WhittyNovels and Aprililus Maximus. The readathon starts on 16th December at 12 am and finished at 12 am on the 23rd December with the aim to read as much as possible to complete your Goodreads goal. I have already completed my Goodreads goal but need to get back into reading so thought this would be the way to do it. There are challenges that you need to complete and I am going to talk about them now. So let's get started...

Challenges

1. Read a book under 200 pages

Marly's Ghost by David Levithan- I think that it is around 160 pages so definitely fits this theme and it is almost a retelling of a Christmas Carol so seems like a perfec…

Female Representation in Harry Potter: A Transcription

So later today, in 2 hours I am going to be doing a presentation on Female Representation in Harry Potter for my university's Harry Potter Society and I thought some of you may be interested in what I had to say. I also respect that people may disagree with my views on the subject and understand that this is not the only opinion you can have. So here it is...

Hello, everyone. Thank you for coming! Today I am going to discuss female representation in Harry Potter books and films. The aims of this presentation would be to introduce you to the fact that female representation in Harry Potter may not be what it seems. So you may think that female characters are actually quite well done in the series but at some points, this is not the case. To look at this further I will be looking at characters individually as well as some aspects of the series in general. I guess that until I first researched the topic, I thought that of course, Harry Potter was going to have good female representation…

Book Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

* I have received this book for review from the publisher but this in no way affects my review *

Title: Gemina
Author: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman 
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Rock The Boat
Rating: 5/5 stars








Summary of the book from GoodReads:

Hanna Donnelly is the station captain’s pampered daughter and Nik Malikov is the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. Together they struggle with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, blissfully unaware that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall with news of the Kerenza invasion.
Picking up about five minutes after Illuminae ends, Gemina is the electrifying sequel to the hottest YA novel of 2015.


Book Review Summary:

So like almost everyone who read Illuminae last year, I fell in love with the book so obviously when the opportunity came to review Gemina I jumped at the chance. This was an incredible book, equally Illuminae and was well worth the wait. 

Book Review:

          I think when an ea…

Blog Tour: Book Review of The Wave by Lochlan Bloom

* I have received this book for review from the publisher but this in no way affects my review *
Title: The Wave
Author: Lochlan Bloom
Source: Neverland Blog Tours
Publisher: DeadInk Publishers
Rating: /5 stars








Summary of the book: 

When μ returns home to find a sinister screenplay has arrived from Brazil it propels him on a quest to track down a character he believes to be called Ddunsel.
As μ’s search progresses it slowly becomes entangled with two parallel tales – the stories of DOWN, a troubled publisher, and David Bohm, a real-life quantum theoretician in post-war São Paulo.
Just how far is it from London to Gotham City? Or from Paul Auster to Pierre Menard for that matter?  Some people may think these sorts of questions are idle and ultimately meaningless but this book is not for them.

The Wave combines multiple narratives to blend metafiction, historical fiction and screenplay as each of the characters struggles to understand what is reality and what is fiction.

Book Review:

When I first g…

Poetry. How I did not think that I could write poetry but managed to anyway.

So this is quite a random post but life has gone a bit crazy recently and I guess that this translated into me writing some poetry. At least I think that it is poetry. This is all a bit weird to me though because I generally thought that I would ever write poetry but I guess here we are. It is just a poem about how crazy life can get sometimes and it explains me right now. I might write a follow-up blog post soon but we will see. Here is the poem/may not poem...

Life is unexpected.  It has a way of pushing you into situations you could never guess a week before. But that's life.  It's weird.  One minute you are doing one thing then next... Poof.  Gone.  In an instant.  Then you are on to something different. It's like a rollercoaster.  You can go up.  You can go down.  But whatever it is just hold on tight because it will be a ride. 
Thanks for reading.

See you soon, 

Amy

Top 5 Wednesday: Gateway Books

It’s Wednesday so that means that it’s Top 5 Wednesday and this week’s topic is top five gateway books. To find more about Top 5 Wednesday’s you can join the Goodreads group and discover the creator of the group Lainey but is currently being curated, by Samantha. I haven't done this for a while so this will be interesting but anyway, let’s get started…

Number 5: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
This book is a great way to get into to almost adult fiction. It has been a hugely popular book for a while now on booktube but in general after a film was made a couple of years ago. It is also one of my favourite books so is worth a read!








Number 4: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
This book is often considered to be both YA and adult so therefore it is a good gateway book especially if you really fantasy books.









Number 3: The Opposite Loneliness by Marina Keegan
Being a combination of non-fiction and fiction stories, The Opposite of Loneliness is a wonderful book that deserves to be read by e…

Rapid Fire Book Tag

A book tag that has been doing the rounds on YouTube is the Rapid Fire Book Tag which was created by Kate at GirlReading and it is one that I really enjoy watching so wanted to answer the questions myself. Without further ado, let's get started...


- E-Book or Physical Book?
Physical Book. But I like E-Books because I tend to read them quicker than paperbacks. 

- Paperback or Hardback?

Paperback because they are just easier to read than a hardback. 


- Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

Both because you can get cheap books online and in store. 


- Trilogies or Series?

Trilogies because I am really terrible at completing series in general so series are just too long. 


- Heroes or Villains?

Heroes because I have never been a fan of villains they are evil for a reason.


- A book you want everyone to read?

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan because it is a great book but not many people have read it. 














- Recommend an underrated book?
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. Just a great diverse book.















- The…