November: It’s a Wrap

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The temperature has dropped, my advent calendar is up, and I have started to wear my Christmas jumpers. November is one of my favourite months. My birthday is in November, it becomes socially acceptable to start thinking about Christmas in November, Thanksgiving is in November, and the wintry nights make a great back drop for football matches.

Last month, I read a small variety of books genres again, and continued that this month. At the beginning of November, I was still taking part in the House Cup Reading Challenge, so I have read and finished a random assortment of books to complete challenges, and to liven up my work commutes.

It may appear that I have read a large amount of stuff this month, but that would be deceptive. I started a few of these before the month began, and two are very short. I feel like I have had a poor reading month, simply because I struggled with my reading towards the back end. I optimistically signed up for Tome Topple, before quickly realising that it was simply one readathon too far. I then promptly stopped reading for a week! I’m glad I got back into the swing of things in the end though! Continue reading

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House Cup Reading Challenge: Wrap Up

So, for the last month I have been taking part in (another) readathon. This wasn’t just any old readathon though, it was Harry Potter themed. I got to read and think about reading for a Harry Potter themed readathon, to earn House Points, to go towards a Team Gryffindor total. I mean have you heard of a readathon that is more suited to me? If you’ve heard of a Disney readathon you absolutely need to tell me about it, like, yesterday.

A huge, mahoosive thank you has to go to the wonderful ladies who put this awesome readathon together:

Gryffindor: Lauren @BetweenDPages
Hufflepuff: Kelsey @Kelsenator
Ravenclaw: Alex @booksydaisy
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October: It’s a Wrap

Howdy folks! It’s awfully chilly these days, isn’t it. Must be all the spookiness around, eh? I have been reading and listening to an eclectic mix of stories, once again. I’ve actually read some of my favourite books of the year so far this month, in fact, they’re some of my favourite books EVER! Without further ado….

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Trevor Noah | 28 Sep 17 – 04 Oct 17 | Audiobook | 5 Stars

I am not sure that I can quite string together the correct words to describe how incredibly brilliant this book it. At the time of reviewing, I’ve read over 100 books this year, and can say that this is by far my favourite read.

To start with, the stories and tales that Trevor Noah is telling somehow feel so much more real as I have fairly recently visited Johannesburg, where the majority of the book is set. Secondly, Trevor Noah has a brilliant way of telling a story. I’d expect this, considering he is a comedian, but the book is so well done that it doesn’t actually feel like a book at all.7

For me though, the magic was in the audiobook. There is something special about hearing the writer narrate their own work, especially when it’s autobiographical. At no point did it feel like he was reading a book, he was just telling me about stories from his life. He is a comedian, so of course he is funny and has great comedic timing, but there was something harrowing about the hilarity of the some of the events he was talking about.

A very impressive, funny, and eye-opening must-read!

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Friday Reads: 24 in 48 Readathon Sign-Up

So it’s that time again folks, time to over-commit to reading a ridiculous amount in 48hrs for the sake of good fun and a difficult challenge. I made that sound like no fun at all. I am actually super excited!! I took part in the last readathon in January (see here, and here). The premise of the readathon in super easy and very simple:  Try to read for 24hrs in a 48hr period this weekend. Seems easy enough to attempt, if you have the weekend off and stuff. And this time, I kinda do have the weekend off. It’s my Dad’s birthday on Sunday, so there is a family gathering for that, and I am back in work after a period of recovery from the car crash, so I’d like to feel ready for that, but otherwise, I’m good for trying to read for 24hrs this weekend. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2017

Guys, guys, I’m sad. Today is the last top ten Tuesday until the middle of August. What am I gonna do for Blog post ideas now, eh? So, before we get started, an extra big shout out to all the folks at Broke and Bookish for doing such a good job for all of us.

For all of you who don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is, or don’t know how to get involved, click here. The lovely folks at Broke and Bookish tam together to produce a book related topic each week, and you simply list the top ten of that topic. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Continue reading

Book Haul #3

Sooo….here we are again. I know what I said in mid-March OK? I know I admitted to an addiction, and I know that I told you all that I was thinking about limiting amount of books that I would buy (again) but then I didn’t. At all. In any way. Since March 19th, when I posted Book Haul #2, I have bought, received, been given, acquired, 23 books in total. OK, so on the day of posting, that averages more than a book every 3 days. Sigh. I give in.

*I’ve struggled with blogging recently so this is a little out of date and will be followed shortly by #4. Don’t judge Haha!!

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Bout of Books 19: Sign Up and Intentions

Bout of Books is back my friends. *dances, twirls, runs round the room with a banner and hooter* Everyone’s favourite low key, awesome, friendly, fun readathon is back in May, so of course I am going to be there. This was the readathon that started them all off for me, and the readathon that re-engaged me with my blog! So, do you like super people, fun challenges, twitter chats, and reading at your own pace, then come aboard for the adventure on May 8th because you’re invited too!! Continue reading