Series Crackdown 3.0 Overview

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It’s that time again, where we mourn the ending of another Series Crackdown and wait what feels like eternity for the next round to begin. No more evening twitter sprints and nor more hosting from yours truly.

But there is one thing to be celebrated. I COMPLETED MY READING GOAL!! I didn’t get close to reading everything on my tbr (which you can read here) but my goal was just to complete one series and I managed to do that so I’m very happy.

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Book Review: Shadow and Bone

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Book: Shadow and Bone

AuthorLeigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy / YA

Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis: Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Buy From:  Amazon or Book Depository

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Not So Small January Book Haul!

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So I may have gone a little crazy with the book buying in January despite trying to save some money? TO be fair, not all of these were brought in January, some were December buys that I forgot to include in my last haul so I thought I would include them here. I also had a couple of vouchers for Waterstones so some of the books didn’t cost me as much as they should which makes it okay that I brought them, right? Right?

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Book Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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Book: When Dimple Met Rishi

Author: Sandhya Menon

Original Release Date: 30th May 2017

Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary/Romance

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Synopsis: Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

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Series Crackdown 3.0 2018 Readathon TBR!

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It’s that time of year again! Series Crackdown is here and I cannot wait to get started. This is a readathon hosted by the lovely Mel over at The Book Moo and is what inspired my own reading challenge which you can read about here.

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All of the details for the readathon can be found over on Mel’s blog but here is a handy link that will take you to all the relevant information you need if you want to join me in attempting to finally finish some of those pesky series clogging up our shelves.

I always have a problem with making TBRs for readathons because I’m such a big mood reader, so the series I include here are possible options, I will definitely not be attempting to finish all of these series in 10 days! My aim is to complete just one series over the course of the readathon and I feel like that is an attainable target which I am hoping to do better than but it depends which series I decide I want to tackle.

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Book Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper

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28962906Book: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Author: Kerri Moniscalco

Genre: Historical Fiction / YA

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

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Christmas Book Haul 2017!

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For the first time ever I finally got books for Christmas! This never usually happens because my Mum complains about how I give her ‘too long a list’ of books I want (like that’s even possible) and she never knows which ones to get me. But this year I was good, I kept my list to about ten books so she didn’t have a lot to choose from and I was finally gifted some books I want!

There wasn’t a lot, but she chose some great ones from my list so I’m very grateful and I treated myself to some in the Boxing Day Wordery sale as well as having to grab some for work (I work in a school), so I thought I would share them all with you guys. Click the book titles if you want to add them to your Goodreads book shelves!

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Book Review: Fangirl

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FangirlWIP.jpgBook: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Contemporary / YA

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Synopsis: Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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2018 Series Completion Challenge

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I know what you’re thinking – another year, another reading challenge that Gracie will not complete. But this year is going to be different! I hope.

I”m setting myself a challenge which will tie in perfectly with The Book Moo’s Series Crackdown readathon I will  be doing in February. But instead of trying to complete as many series in a week as I can, I’m going to do it over the year. Obviously reading challenges like this are nothing new to the book blogging community, there are quite a few year long reading challenges and the same goes for challenges focused on completing a book series. But I haven’t seen anything that ties to two together (please point me in the direction of one if I’m wrong, it would be great to do this with other bloggers and readers).

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New Years Resolutions for 2018

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It’s the start of another year so that means I resurface again attempting to stick to this blogging thing for longer than a week! Lets see how well I manage to do this year.

I’m hoping by telling you guys my resolutions it will keep me accountable and it will be something nice to look back on and reflect on at the end of the year. I should be able to stick to these a bit more than the last lot because they will be very similar, and I’ve already made an effort to start some of these over the last few months in preparation for the next year.

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