WWW Wednesday || 22/5

WWW Wednesday || 22/5

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about recent reads.

I’ve passed on WWW Wednesday for a few weeks as I hadn’t finished a book since the Easter bank holiday weekend because I shamefully didn’t finish one book. Since then, I have finished 3 books, so I thought it was about time I brought this little feature back!


What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia and I am really enjoying it! I’m hoping to have it finished in the next day or two. That’s pretty realistic as I’m getting through it quite quickly!

What did you recently finish reading?

In the last two weeks, I’ve finished Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, the Penguins Classic Suffragettes book and Finale by Stephanie Garber. Both GoPaF and Finale have been great reads and Suffragettes was informative and interesting.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently on holiday so I’ve brought a few books with me including my current read. I did a poll on twitter asking which of the three books I brought with me should I read first. Eliza and her Monsters just about won it with Romanov coming second and The Exact Opposite of Okay coming last. I’ll be picking up Romanov next, thanks to my poll!

What are you reading this week?

Behind the Blog: Ruby at Ruby’s Book Blog

Behind the Blog: Ruby at Ruby’s Book Blog

Behind the Blog is a regular feature where you and I can get to know the person behind the blog a little better!

This months blogger is Ruby from Rubys Books Blog! I’m super happy to have Ruby on the blog as she’s so lovely. Fun fact: me and Ruby actually live in the same city! We met at a Samantha Shannon signing back in 2017 and afterwards, we were chatting on Twitter and we ended up figuring out that we were both heading home to the same city. Since then, we’ve attended several book signings and meet ups together!

Hi! Introduce yourself – what’s your name? Where are you from?

Hi! My name is Ruby, as you can probably tell from my blog name. I was born and still live in the Midlands in England! I’m currently doing my A levels at college and I study English Literature, Classical Civilisation and Psychology.

Give us one fun fact about you!

This year, I start at a university in America! This is probably the most exciting thing I’ve ever done and I’m very nervous but also so excited. I’ll miss my bookshelves, but I’ll also have a Barnes and Noble on campus, which is pretty great!

When did you become a reader?

I’ve been a reader all my life. Before I could read myself, my parents read to me often as they’re also into reading. At primary school I used to look forward to reading time at school. It was at high school when I developed an even deeper love of reading when I started reading a lot of YA.

What made you decide to start a blog and stick with it?

I’ve had a bookstagram (@ruby.books) since 2015 which I loved running. However, I really wanted a place to post full reviews of everything I read without having to search on Goodreads. I also really liked the idea of book tags and just having somewhere to talk about whatever I wanted!

How would you describe your blog in 4 words?

Fantasy, Reviews, Books, LGBT.

Which of your posts are you most proud of or one that you wish had gotten a little more love?

I really loved making my Mythological Books Recommendations post! It’s a genre of books I love to read but I don’t see much about so I had lots of fun thinking about what would be best to include.

What tips would you give to someone looking to start a book blog?

I would just say to go for it! It might take you a little while to figure out what sort of posts you like to do, so just experiment. I started out primarily reviews, and I realised I enjoy writing TBRs and wrap ups but that isn’t for everyone.

What’s your favourite book/series?

This is such a difficult question! But I’d have to go classic and say The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. I love all of the Shadowhunters books, but TID is so nostalgic for me, I love the characters and it’s set in Victorian London!

Give us a book recommendation based on what you’ve read recently.

I recently read Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, which I loved! It follows Frances at the time in her life when she is thinking about university and figuring out what she wants to do in life. It was a really quick read and I related to it so much!

Outside of reading and blogging, what do you do in your spare time?

I love to write! I’m currently writing my second novel, and one day I hope to be a published author. I also enjoying watching Netflix and listening to music.

Are there any blogs that you’d recommend?

How can I choose? I would say Kate @ readingthroughinfinity.com, Connie @ conniereadsblog.wordpress.com and Judith @ chaininteraction.wordpress.com

 

 

 

5 Reasons to Read the Caraval series

5 Reasons to Read the Caraval series

It’s absolutely no secret that the Caraval series by Stephanie Garber is one of my favourites to exist. I had been eagerly anticipating Caraval ever since I saw it being handed out at BEA 2016 (via twitter, of course I didn’t go). I waited patiently but when it arrived in the January 2017 Fairyloot, I basically devoured it and LOVED it, just as predicted. I was extremely lucky to receive an ARC of Legendary thanks to the team at Hodder and basically gulped it down. It was lovely to dive back into the series and be with all of the characters again. That’s just one of the many reasons I’m looking forward to reading Finale, despite it being the end.

To celebrate the release of the final book in the series, Finale, I decided that I would present to you 5 reasons to read the series in the hopes it’ll either give you the nudge to start these books or push you to read the next book in the series.

1. The Characters – The characters are one of the biggest draws for me to this series. I think every character is unique in this story and because of that, I find it difficult to pick a favourite character because I have different reasons for why I like them! I think the main characters, Scarlett and Tella are fairly realistic. They’re vulnerable and they do make mistakes but I like that about them.

2. The Magic – Of course, these books would have to feature magic because Caraval is magical! One of the first things I fell in love with when I read this series was the magic. It’s quite significant to these books as it’s always there. Caraval is surrounded by magic and I just love seeing it come to life in these books.

3. The Settings – I love the magical settings in these books as I think they really make the book come to life. All three books include a map which is so helpful as you can follow the characters and because it helps to imagine the settings more vividly. Caraval and Legendary are both set somewhere different but the game element of Caraval is key in both. I think the settings are part of what makes these books so magical.

4. The Mystery and Intrigue – The whole game of Caraval is a mystery up until the end. That’s what’s so intriguing about these books because you want to find out how the game will end. The magic and illusions of Caraval help to make this book so mysterious but you shouldn’t get too caught up in it, otherwise you may lose your head!

5. The Series is Over – While it does pain me to say that the series is over, it does mean that you now have the perfect reason to read them because all of the books are released. You know what that calls for? A READING MARATHONNNN!

Bonus reason: Not only is Stephanie a wonderful author but she’s also such a lovely person and she really deserves the support of the book community!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. If you think of any extra reasons for why people should read this wonderful series, please leave them in the comments to encourage others to embark on the journey of Caraval!

Remember…it’s only a game.

Organising My Goodreads

With just under 250 books currently on my TBR, I am in definite need of organisation when it comes to my bookshelves.

I wrote a post not long after I started my blog in 2017 about how I organise my Goodreads and while a lot of it hasn’t changed, I wanted to give an updated post based on how I organise my books on Goodreads in case anyone is looking for ideas.

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So first off, I wanted to talk about my Currently Reading shelf. I always track my current reads on Goodreads. I just love seeing my progress through a book and I make sure to update whenever I’ve finished a reading session.

It’s a fairly self explanatory shelf. I try not to put too much on it as seeing too many books on this shelf starts to stress me out and that leads to a slump.

 

Screen Shot 2019-04-23 at 21.48.58Next up is the reading challenge. This is my fifth consecutive year of Goodreads challenges. I enjoy seeing how far ahead I am in my challenge. It does push me to finish more books, especially if I am ahead of schedule. 

 

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Here’s my first shelf. I like that Goodreads shows you the most recently added books to your Want to Read shelf. I feel like mine is always changing what with adding books to it and reading books from it.

This shelf only has the books that I own. I have a separate shelf for any books that I want to read but don’t own.

 

So these are my shelves. As you can see, I don’t have that many shelves and a couple of them are historic. I’ve personally found that I use Goodreads much more efficiently with less shelves. I used to have a lot more than this, but I just found my page so bogged down with shelves. I realised that I only really used four shelves so because of that, I significantly cut down and it has worked out well for me.

The shelves that I do use are:

  • Want to Read – As shown above.
  • Currently Reading – As shown above.
  • Read – This shelf is self explanatory, this is where the books that I have read are shelved (Just a side note, I am really happy that my Read shelf finally has more books on it than my Want to Read which means my TBR is getting shorter, yay).
  • Wishlist – This shelf includes all books that I don’t own but want to read. I find it much easier to manage the books on my TBR by having two separate shelves rather than having the books I want to read that I own and don’t own all on one shelf.

For 2019, I made a 2019 TBR. This is the first time I have ever made a TBR shelf for a year. I created this shelf so that I can look at it at the end of the year and see how many books off this shelf I have actually read. I added plenty of books to it (over my Goodreads goal for the year) to give myself options as I have a habit of not sticking to TBRs. I either need lots of books on it or 2-3 books so that I give myself lots of choice.

So that’s my Goodreads organisation. I hope that it’s been helpful post or just good to read if you wanted to have a nose at how I organise my shelves. I’d love to hear about how you all organise your Goodreads page or if you have any tips, it’d be great for you to share them here so others can benefit from them!

 

WWW Wednesday: 24/04

WWW Wednesday: 24/04

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted Taking on a World of Words that I thought would be fun to get involved with. It involves answering three WWW questions about recent reads.

I missed WWW Wednesday last week because I shamefully didn’t finish one book, despite actually reading,


What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. I’m lucky that I get an hour long lunch break so I am reading it at home as well as at work which is helping me to get through books!

What did you recently finish reading?

So this week, I finished quite a few books. I’m quite surprised by how much I actually read, but it’s all thanks to the long Easter weekend. Praise bank holidays and we still have two to come in May!

Between Thursday and Tuesday, I finished Opposite of Always and The Path Keeper and read A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and The Paper & Hearts Society. That’s 4 books read in a week which is so good for me. I wish I could read that many every week!

What do you think you’ll read next?

My plan is to read Romanov by Nadine Brandes and Viper by Bex Hogan next. We still have a week left on April, so I’d love to get more books read for #ARCAttack especially as both of these books are the only two left on my ARCs to be released list (even though Viper was released on the 18th April!).

What are you reading this week?

Top Ten Tuesday || First Ten Books I Reviewed

Top Ten Tuesday || First Ten Books I Reviewed

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I’ve been blogging for just over 2 years now and hasn’t it gone quick? I took a little step back not long after I started because I got a little bogged down with working and university and I’ve been trying to consistently blog ever since. I’d say that I’ve started to step up my game more since October/November time although my new job this month has thrown me a little bit!

Writing reviews has always been the thing I struggle the most with which is funny considering this blog was created for me to review books. I struggle to write critically about books but I give it a go anyway.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is about bringing our first ten reviews to light. If I’d been talking about my old blog from about 5 years ago, I would most definitely be a little embarrassed to be posting my first review but I’m to my first ten posts on this blog. Here we go…

  1. Processed with VSCO with se3 presetCaraval by Stephanie Garber (Are we really that surprised?)
  2. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  3. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
  4. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  5. The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
  6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  7. Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman
  8. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
  9. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
  10. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Easter Readathon 2019: TBR

Easter Readathon 2019: TBR

Kate over at Reading Through Infinity is hosting another Easter Readathon after the success of her readathon last year and I am looking forward to getting involved. You can check out her TBR here.

Now, I’m not too sure how much reading I’ll get done as I do have some plans over the weekend but I would definitely like to read a few books. As you may have seen, I am currently hosting (badly) #ARCAttack so I have a lot of books on that list that I need to get too.

Kate has created a bingo board for books to tick off. I’m not sure how many I will get to tick off as I will be attempting to read all of the ARCs that I have left but I know that I will at least be able to tick one box off this board!

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My TBR for the weekend is:

  1. The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie
  2. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  3. Viper by Bex Hogan
  4. Romanov by Nadine Brandes
  5. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

I am really not sure if I’ll be able to read all of these books but I will give it a go!