Do You Really Love Tea?

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Hello fellow bookworms! This is a really quick post today, as I am in need of your assistance. I’m currently completing my Final Major Project in my final year at university, and it’s all about tea! I’ve designed a survey, it’s super short and takes less than 5 minutes to complete! I would be so grateful if anyone who read this would be so kind as to answer a few questions about your tea drinking habits, it would be a massive help to me!

Here’s link in case you feel the need to help a fellow reader out: https://s.surveyplanet.com/rk-9uFOUM

Thanks a bunch!

Jade 🙂

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2017 Book Roundup

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Hello fellow bookworms. I can’t believe we are at the end of 2017 already! Where has the year gone? There have been so many exciting things happening throughout the year, and some great book releases too! I haven’t posted in a few weeks (my degree work is still lingering around me, even over the holidays),  but I thought I shouldn’t deny you the small excitement of seeing what I read in 2017, so here is my 2017 book roundup! I really like these kind of posts because I get to reflect on my reading year, and plan ahead for next year too!

What I read in 2017

  • The Elite by Kiera Cass // 4 stars
  • Nest by Terry Goodkind // 3 stars
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness // 5 stars
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green (re-read) // 4 stars
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini // 4 stars
  • The One by Kiera Cass // 4 stars
  • Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase // 3 stars
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare // 5 stars
  • City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare // 5 stars
  • City of Glass by Cassandra Clare // 5 stars
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare // 5 stars
  • City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare // 5 stars
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare // 5 stars
  • City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare // 5 stars
  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare // 5 stars
  • City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare // 5 stars
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (re-read) // 5 stars
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (re-read) // 5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (re-read // 5 stars
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (re-read) // 5 stars
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher // 3.5 stars
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell // 5 stars
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare // 5 stars
  • Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare // 5 stars
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart // 4 stars
  • History Is All You Left Me // 3 stars
  • Into The Water by Paula Hawkins // 3 stars
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng // 4 stars
  • Late Fragments by Kate Gross // 4 stars
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs // 5 stars
  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs // 4 stars
  • Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs // 4 stars
  • Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare // 4 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K Rowling (re-read) // 5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne and J.K Rowling (re-read // 4 stars
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith // 4 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling (audiobook) // 5 stars
  • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas // 4 stars
  • Turtles All The Way Down by John Green // 5 stars
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell // 4 stars
  • Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie // 4 stars
  • The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson // 4 stars
  • Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle // 4.5 stars
  • One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus // 5 stars
  • …currently reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Average Rating: 4.4

Number of total pages read this year: 18,742 pages (1,975 more than last year!)

Which brings me to a total of 44.5 books this year!! I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge at 55 books to start with, then lowered it to 48, and then to 45, because I think I underestimated how much work I would actually have to do, and how many reading slumps I would be in over the summer! In 2018, I aim to read 50 books (and try and get back up to previous years standards!), and I have plenty of books lined up to satisfy whatever cravings I have! Here’s my top 5, my bottom 5 and the authors I plan on reading again next year…

Top 5 books (in order)

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One Of Us Is Lying

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City of Bones

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Turtles All The Way Down

I’m a massive John Green fan, and his new release didn’t disappoint at all! It’s definitely one I will be re-reading again and again! It was definitely worth the wait!

Least Favourite 5 books (in order)

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Thirteen Reasons Why

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History Is All You Left Me

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Black Rabbit Hall

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Nest

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Into The Water

I enjoyed The Girl on the Train a lot, and was very excited for Hawkins’ new thriller, but unfortunately it really wasn’t up to the standards of her first book. It was a slow read and quite disappointing.

Top 5 authors I enjoyed so much I want to read them again:

5. Agatha Christie

4. Jandy Nelson

3. Angie Thomas

2. Patrick Ness

and… Cassandra Clare (I have completely fallen in love with her books and want to soak up every single word she’s ever written!)

So that was my 2017 year of books! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year, and here’s to another amazing and positively bookish 2018!

Happy New Year and Happy Blogging!

Until next year…

Jade 🙂

 

Reader Problems… We All Have Them

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Hello fellow bookworms! It’s been a while since I’ve had time to do a tag (any post really!); it’s been a busy end to the year, but hopefully more posts will come over Christmas time! The creator of this tag is About To Read over on YouTube, the link to her video is at the end of this post!

How do you decide what book to read next?

I’m very much a mood reader, so if I’m reading a stand-alone, I just pick up whatever I feel like reading. If I’m reading a series, I usually read them all in one go, instead of staggering them with other books. I’m also quite a seasonal reader, so there are certain books I enjoy reading at different times of year. For example, I’m really into Young Adult Contemporary at the moment, for something light hearted at this festive time of year!

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If you’re not enjoying a book, do you DNF it, or do continue to the very end?

I hate DNF-ing books, I really do try and push through it! However, I have been trying to do the opposite, so I can continue to read the books that I do enjoy.

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You’re behind on your Goodreads Reading Challenge, and the end of the year is near! Do you accept your fate or try your best to catch up?

I’m really trying to catch up on my Goodreads Challenge, and I haven’t given up in previous years, but I think I’ll ending up accepting my fate this year (I’ve already had to change my goal 3 times!)

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The covers of a series on your bookshelf don’t match, what do you do?

I keep searching for books that match… isn’t that what everyone else does?

I can’t stand when my book series covers don’t match, and I’m constantly on the look out to find ones that match, even if I have to get them second hand!

Who do you turn to when you need to complain about a bad book that everyone else seems to like?

I tend to rant to one my family members or friends who I know doesn’t really care what I’m saying, but even if they’re not listening, at least I’ve got my anger about the book out!

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You’re in public and you’re about to start crying over a book, what do you do?

Hmm, this is a tough one, because I tend to cry at most books! I don’t often read in public, but if I was in this situation, and I could myself welling up, I would promptly close the book and wait until I was at home so I could fully embrace my emotional state!

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The next book in a series has just been released, but you can’t remember a thing about the last book! Do you re-read the first book, look up the synopsis or just pretend you remember and read the sequel?

I’ll be too excited about the release of the sequel to re-read the previous book, so I usually just look up a detailed synopsis, this usually sparks my memory of what has happened already in the series.

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No one is allowed to borrow your books! How do you let them down gently?

I’ll only lend out books to people I know will a) keep them in good condition and b) return them back to me! If I don’t want to lend you my books, I’ll just say that I don’t lend books because I’m very protective over them and want to keep them in good condition. Or I just say I don’t own the book/it’s on my Kindle (which I never use!)

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How do you get over a reading slump?

Reading slumps are an actual nightmare! I tend to pick up a book I’ve read before and know I like to get me back into the reading mood, or I just take a break, watch some TV and do stuff that’s not reading. I usually find I miss having a book in my hands soon enough!

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All of your highly anticipated books are being released at the same time! Do you buy them all, or prioritise some over others?

I’ve never actually been in this situation, but I would probably prioritise certain books over others (that would be a lot of money if they were all released in hardback!) I’d decide which one I would want to read first and then buy them as I finish one (maybe, if I could exercise some self control) I think it also depends on the author, I would obviously prioritise my favourites!

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Once you’ve bought those highly anticipated books, do you pick them up straight away, or surrender them to your shelves for a year?

I would read my most anticipated one straight away! If I know a book’s being released that I’m desperate to read, I make sure I’ve finished my current read before the release date so I can dive right in (and finish that day usually!)

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So those are a few of my problems and habits as a reader, I’m sure we all share some of these difficulties! Let me know in the comments if you have any of the same problems as me!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

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Link to original tag creator: https://youtu.be/7SfhSV-L3eo

My Shadowhunter Journey

Just after Christmas 2016, not too long ago, I decided a book buying spree was in order. I had a small amount of Christmas money that needed to be well spent on stocking up books on my TBR, ready for my hefty 2017 reading challenge of 55 books. I put in a few online orders, but I really wanted to get out and about and see what good post-Christmas deals the bookshops had (because supporting physical bookstores is very important!).

So I drove the short distance to the shopping centre slightly larger than the one in my home town, and after a short while, I found a gem! The Mortal Instruments series, all boxed up and wrapped in shiny plastic, the price label staring right at me. £49 reduced to £12! TWELVE POUNDS! I just could not leave it there! I had heard so much about the series, and knew of the Netflix series through my sister, and my interest had been sparked. I knew very little about the series beyond the fact that there was a group of people who hunt demons, but there was something deep inside me that wanted to know more. I’m always slightly skeptical about buying an entire series before knowing if I will like it, but if the worst came, eBay exists!  

I didn’t start City of Bones straight away, as there were other books I was desperate to get to. However, once I started it, there was no tearing me away. Oh my gosh, I was hooked!! I hadn’t experienced anything like this since Harry Potter. Of course, I immediately fell for Jace Wayland (and to this day, nothing has changed!), and found the characters and the entire Shadowhunter world to be so rich and well-written. 

I whizzed through the first 3 books, and thanks to a few Book-tube videos and Goodreads, I found out about The Infernal Devices. There are different ways you can read these 2 series (well, series and a trilogy), but those who had followed CassandraClare’s writing from the beginning had of course read them in publication order, whichis how I decided was the best way to proceed to get the most out of my experience with the story. So my reading order was as follows…

  • City of Bones
  • City of Ashes
  • City of Glass
  • Clockwork Angel
  • City of Fallen Angels
  • Clockwork Prince
  • City of Lost Souls
  • Clockwork Princess
  • City of Heavenly Fire

I definitely found the story flowed really well reading them this way, and recommend anyone who is thinking of reading them to read in this order. Another reason being City of Heavenly Fire contains some spoilers for The Infernal Devices trilogy!

Around about half way through City of Heavenly Fire, I decided that nothing I would see in the Shadowhunters show on Netflix would ruin the little I had left to read, so I had a few days of binge-watching Series 1 and 2A in preparation for Series 2B being released really soon! The TV show does have it’s differences, but when is an adatation of a book ever really that accurate?!

I took a bit of a break after finishing City of Heavenly Fire. I don’t consider myself much of a fantasy reader anyway, so after 9 books of the high fantasy genre, I wanted a bit of time out before moving on to more of Clare’s writing. I read Thirteen Reasons Why (by this time, the hype around the Netflix show was massive, and I wanted to see what the fuss was about!) and Fangirl, which were both fairly quick reads for me, and allowed me to return to known territory for a bit. But not for long!

By the time I had finished Fangirl, it was May 11th, and book 2 of The Dark Artifices (Clare’s 3rd Shadowhunter series) was being released on May 23rd. Had I started book 1, Lady Midnight, by then? No! I thought the size of City of Heavenly Fire was daunting, but blimey Lady Midnight was a big book! I started on May 11th, and it took me a while to get through, because reality started to catch up with me. Work, friends, family, life in general just took over and I found barely anytime to read. As the release date for Lord of Shadows drew closer, I knew I had to factor in more time for reading. I must have whizzed through the kast half of the book in about 3 days! I didn’t quite manageto finish before Lord of Shadows was released, but I was not far behind.

So this story ends in the present day. I’ve been reading Lord of Shadows for 3 days, and I’m about 150 pages in. It is already just as exciting as Lady Midnight was, and I have heard it will break my heart at the end… I look forward to it!

I hope you enjoyed this short story about how Shadowhunters came to be such a big part of my life, and if you haven’t read them already, I seriously recommended you give them a try! Oh, and maybe watch the Netflix show as well…

Until next time,

Jade 🙂

2016 Book Roundup

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Hi! It’s been a while hasn’t it. I’m really sorry for not posting for the last part of 2016, but I have started my partial blogging hiatus! However, I thought I shouldn’t deny you the small excitement of seeing what I read in 2016, so here is my (slightly late) 2016 book roundup! I really like these kind of posts because I get to reflect on my reading year, and plan ahead for next year too!

My 2015 book list:

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • Soul Reapers by Shay West (5 stars)
  • What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor (3 stars)
  • Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell (4 stars)
  • Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten (4 stars)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (textbook) by Newt Scamander (5 stars)
  • Katherine Carlyle by Rupert Thomson (1 star)
  • The Last Days of Summer by Vanessa Ronan (2 stars)
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (4 stars)
  • Beside Myself by Ann Morgan (4.5 stars)
  • Hesitation Wounds by Amy Koppelman (3 stars)
  • Shtum by Jem Lester (4 stars)
  • Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom (4 stars)
  • The Passenger by Lisa Lutz (4 stars)
  • The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick (4 stars)
  • The Shadow Hour by Kate Riordan (4 stars)
  • The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza (4.5 stars)
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (4 stars)
  • Homecoming by Tanya Bullock (3 stars)
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (5 stars)
  • After You by Jojo Moyes (5 stars)
  • Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin (5 stars)
  • All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker (4.5 stars)
  • Subject 375 by Nikki Owen (4 stars)
  • The Fault in Our Stars (reread) by John Green (5 stars)
  • The Killing Files by Nikki Owen (5 stars)
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (5 stars)
  • Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard (4.5 stars)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne & JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry (4.5 stars)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • Flawless by Sara Shepard (3 stars)
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig (4.5 stars)
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (4 stars)
  • Her by Harriet Lane (3.5 stars)
  • Sister by Rosamund Lupton (5 stars)
  • The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood (4 stars)
  • Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson (5 stars)
  • Atomic Number Sixty by Dave Johnston (4 stars)
  • Confessions: The Private School Murders by James Patterson (5 stars)
  • Confessions: The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson (5 stars)
  • Confessions: The Murder of an Angel by James Patterson (5 stars)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (screenplay) by JK Rowling (5 stars)
  • The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (3.5 stars)
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (5 stars)
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass (5 stars)
  • stared The Elite by Kiera Cass (4.5 stars)

Which brings me to a total of 51 books this year!! I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge at 50 books, so I did well to maintain a good reading speed! In 2017, I aim to read 55, and I have plenty of books lined up to satisfy whatever cravings I have! I’m now going to go through which books were my top 5, my bottom 5 and the authors I plan on reading again next year…

Top 5 books (in order):

5. The Girl In The Ice

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4. Confessions of a Murder Suspect

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3. Black Eyed Susans

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2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (screenplay)

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and the winner is…

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Least Favourite 5 books (in order):

5. Her

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4. The Last Days of Summer

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3. Hesitation Wounds

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2. Homecoming

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and the loser is…

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Top 5 authors I enjoyed so much I want to read them again:

5. Kiera Cass

4. Robert Bryndza

3. Julia Heaberlin

2. Nicola Yoon

and… James Patterson

So that was my 2016 year of books! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year, and here’s to another amazing and positively bookish 2017!

Happy New Year and Happy Blogging!

Until next year…

Jade 🙂

 

Book Tag: 3 Days, 3 Quotes

Thank you to Bre from Forgotten Pumpkin Pie for tagging me to do this really lovely tag! If you know me or have been reading my blog for a while you’ll know I love a good quote so here is my first quote of three:

What’s comin’ will come, and we will meet it when it does.

– Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

This could possibly be my favourite quote from Harry Potter (but don’t quote me on that haha!)

I look forward to sharing more quotes with you over the next few days

Happy Wednesday and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

Book Tag: 3 Days, 3 Quotes

Thank you to Bre from Forgotten Pumpkin Pie for tagging me to do this really lovely tag! If you know me or have been reading my blog for a while you’ll know I love a good quote so here is my first quote of three:

It does not do to dwell on dreams, and forget to live.

– Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

I look forward to sharing more quotes with you over the next few days
Happy Thursday and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂