Down the TBR Hole #10!

I saw the most AMAZING post from LOST IN A STORY with the most AMAZING idea to help cut down my ridiculously large TBR! Thank you so much for creating this post!!

THIS IS HOW IT WORKS: (straight from original post)

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Every week I will be going through 10 books on my Goodreads TBR and purging as many as I feel comfortable with. Most likely these posts will go up on a Sunday. Currently I have 284 to go through and this number is always being added to, so hopefully this will help a lot. Here are my next ten books!


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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This book sounds gorgeous!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


The Graces by Laure Eve

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I still really like the sound of this!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

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I hated the second book, so I don’t think I’d be getting around to this any time soon.

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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Nah, this doesn’t sound too appealing any more.

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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This is going to be my next read!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


What Light by Jay Asher

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I have a copy of this already so I might as well give it a try.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

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I have a copy of this too so I’ll definitely be keeping it.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

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I only have the first two so unless I like them, I’ll keep this off my TBR until then.

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

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This sounds really intriguing!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie

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I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book so I think I’ll definitely be getting around to it.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


I managed to get rid of 3/10 books this week! I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made! Reducing my TBR to 281 books!

If you liked this post, let me know in the comments, and even better, why not join in! Also, don’t be afraid to give the amazing Lia some love over at her LOST IN A STORY!

Thanks so much for reading! Until next time,

Ross!

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The Cliché Book Tag

Hey guys, I know it’s been a while since I’ve blogged and I’m really sorry. After my exams, I did want to dive back into reading, blogging and writing religiously but the motivation just hasn’t hit me yet. I’m hoping that the new month of July will bring a lot of inspiration with it, so look out for LOADS of posts then (and certainly many review I need to catch up on!)

But today, I’m doing the Cliché Book Tag and I was tagged by my wonderful friend Amy! Go check out her blog, it’s fantastic!


1. ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS:

A Book That Wasn’t or Couldn’t Be Better Than The Movie

When I first read Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, yeah I really liked it and it was a good book but it wasn’t until I watched Love, Simon that I utterly fell in love with the story. The book will always have a fond place in my heart but I wasn’t expecting the rawness and genuineness of the movie to really overwhelm me.

2. THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE:

A Rags to Riches or Riches to Rags Story

Hmm, I’m kind of drawing a blank on this one. I guess I’m going to go with Cinder by Marissa Meyer? Does that count?

3. THE APPLE DOES NOT FALL FAR FROM THE TREE:

A Parent/Child Relationship That You Love

I absolutely adore the relationship between Frances and her mum in Radio Silence. It’s so full of love and support and it’s so pure!

4. YOU CAN’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER:

A Good Book That Needs a Better Cover

I really quite disliked the initial cover for Radio Silence but the new cover is absolutely gorgeous and I’m dying to get my hands on it!

5. YOU CAN’T PLEASE EVERYONE:

A Book You Hate That Everyone loves

Six of Crows. I just did not like it, even though the plot would be usually right up my street.

6. WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER:

What’s a Book That Made You a Better Person For Having Read It

I think I’ll go with The Hate U Give. It’s such a powerful book that really gives an unflinchingly honest insight into the hardship and discrimination the African-American community have to endure.

7. IGNORANCE IS BLISS:

A Book That Is Bad But You Just Don’t Want to Admit It

This is a hard question. I guess I’m going to go with The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. It’s not exactly a bad book but it just disappointed me and I don’t like admitting it because I absolutely adore his other books.

8. THERE IS NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT:

What is Your Favourite Contemporary Book?

I’ll probably have to go with either Radio Silence (duh!), Am I Normal Yet? or The Sky is Everywhere.

9. BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY:

A Book You Don’t Want to Read in Case It’s Bad

I’ve had Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree for so long now and I’ve only heard AMAZING things about it but I think I’m just scared of starting it and keep putting it off in case it doesn’t live up to the hype.


Thanks for the tag, Amy and thanks everyone for reading. I’ll tag Carrie and Jen over at A Tale of Two Blogs.

Let me know about some of your clichés that fit these brief descriptions in the comments below!

Until next time,

Ross

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Down the TBR Hole! #9

I saw the most AMAZING post from LOST IN A STORY with the most AMAZING idea to help cut down my ridiculously large TBR! Thank you so much for creating this post!!

THIS IS HOW IT WORKS: (straight from original post)

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Every week I will be going through 10 books on my Goodreads TBR and purging as many as I feel comfortable with. Most likely these posts will go up on a Sunday. Currently I have 290 to go through and this number is always being added to, so hopefully this will help a lot. Here are my next ten books!


The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke

THE LOST AND THE FOUND

I’ve been wanting to read one of Cat Clarke’s books for AGES so I definitely want to give this a try.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


A Crack in Everything by Ruth Frances Long

A CRACK IN EVERYTHING

Not the best cover but it does sound like a book I’d really like!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

CROOKED KINGDOM

Honestly, I always said I would get around to this after disliking Six of Crows but I just can’t see myself ever reading this, unfortunately.

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


American Gods by Neil Gaiman

AMERICAN GODS

To be honest, I don’t think I’ll ever get around to this.

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

EXTRAORDINARY MEANS

This isn’t doing anything for me any more!

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

WYGB

Nah, this doesn’t sound to appealing anymore either!

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


The Forever Court by Dave Rudden

THE FOREVER COURT

Yes! I loved the first book so I definitely have to get around to the sequel soon!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

WAMOM

I really quite like Susin Nielsen so this is an obvious choice!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

GEMINA

Yes, definitely! I’m like 25% through Illuminae right now and loving it!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

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I’m not really that intrigued by the sound of this! This might be a decision I later regret but I feel like I’ll start with Strange the Dreamer before Laini Taylor’s previous series!

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


I managed to get rid of 5/10 books this week! I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made! Reducing my TBR to 285 books!

If you liked this post, let me know in the comments, and even better, why not join in! Also, don’t be afraid to give the amazing Lia some love over at her LOST IN A STORY!

Thanks so much for reading! Until next time,

Ross!

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Down the TBR Hole #8!

I saw the most AMAZING post from LOST IN A STORY with the most AMAZING idea to help cut down my ridiculously large TBR! Thank you so much for creating this post!!

THIS IS HOW IT WORKS: (straight from original post)

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Every week I will be going through 10 books on my Goodreads TBR and purging as many as I feel comfortable with. Most likely these posts will go up on a Sunday. Currently I have 292 to go through and this number is always being added to, so hopefully this will help a lot. Here are my next ten books!


Doctor Who: The Stealers of Dreams by Steve Lyons

stealers of dreams

Definitely keeping this! I want to read all the Doctor Who novels!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Doctor Who: Winner Takes All by Jacqueline Rayner

winner takes all

Likewise with the book above, I just can’t say goodbye to this!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

tenant of wildfell hall

I loved Wuthering Heights so I’m definitely keen to check out her sister’s work!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex by Gabrielle Williams

the guy the girl the artist

This just doesn’t sound worth keeping any more, sorry!

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


The Ant Colony by Jenny Valentine

ant colony

I feel a certain loyalty to Jenny Valentine because Finding Violet Park was one of the earliest books I remember reading and loving!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine

fire colour one

Same as above!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

time traveller's wife

This is a classic that I’d love to have marked off my read list at some point!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Mistletoe & Murder by Robin Stevens

mistletoe and murder

yes, yes, YES!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

skulduggery pleasant

I’ve already read this and loved it but I just never got around to finishing the series so I want to start again!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

the night circus

This isn’t really doing anything for me anymore, to be honest!

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Okay…so I only managed to get rid of 2/10 books this week, reducing my TBR to 290 books 😦 But I guess 2 is better than nothing!

If you liked this post, let me know in the comments, and even better, why not join in! Also, don’t be afraid to give the amazing Lia some love over at her LOST IN A STORY!

Thanks so much for reading! Until next time,

Ross!

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WWW Wednesday!

Hey everyone!

WWW wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. Everyone can participate in answering the three questions below and posting a link on Sam’s website or just answer the questions on her post, if you don’t have a blog.

the three questions are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?


1. What I’m Currently Reading

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Sweetfreak by Sophie McKenzie

thoughts: I’m about 80% through this at the moment and hopefully will have it finished before the end of the day!


2. What I’ve Recently Finished

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All the Rage by Courtney Summers

thoughts: I had been anticipating this one for a while but unfortunately it just didn’t live up to my expectations. Review to come!


3. What I’m Going To Read Next

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

thoughts: I am so so excited to start this!!


I know it’s been a while since my last WWW Wednesday so I hope you enjoyed this! Hopefully I’ll try bring a few posts to you all over the next week but with my exams ongoing I can’t promise anything!

Until my next one, let me know what books you’re currently reading or what you’ve just finished!

Ross!

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My June Bullet Journal!

Hey everyone!

You know by know that I’m a big fan of Bullet Journaling and I would really recommend it to everyone because it helps keep me organised and even motivated! As well as that, it’s nice to look back on previous months and see the progress you’ve made. A lot of people think you need to be artistic to do it, but that couldn’t be far from the truth. You can keep it as minimalistic as you like and it will still work wonders.

But today I’m going to show you my June Spread. My theme for this month was sunflowers and the colours I used were mainly Yellow, Orange, Green & Brown!


Title Page

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This is one of my favourite ever title pages to be honest!

Mood Tracker

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This geometric turtle design is giving me some serious summer/beach vibes and I love it!

Habit Tracker

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I did something new for my habit tracker this month and I really love it! The only thing that annoys me is that after the 14th of June I won’t be filling any of my study boxes anymore because I won’t need to!

Expenses

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Expenses stayed pretty much the same, except I added in a starting and ending balance thing at the top. Last month I spent 160 euro so I really hope I can spend a lot less this month and save more!

Tasks

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Like last month, I’ve split this page into three sections: To Do, To Watch and To Read!

 

June Calendar

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Blogging

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This really helps me stay motivated for my blog and also really organised for the week ahead.

Writing Goals

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My writing goals section is BACK! Obviously as you can see from the 1st to the 15th I don’t plan on doing any writing because of exams, but after that I am so excited to get stuck back into Our Unfinished Symphony!

Watch List

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I really like this section and looking back to see what I’ve watched and how much of the month I’ve spent watching TV!

Positivity Page

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This is a new addition to the Bullet Journal this month! I think a bit of mindfulness won’t do any harm!

Weekly Spreads

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My first weekly spread! I also decided to write in a little quote at the end of each week – just something small to reflect on, I guess! And here are the rest:

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Thanks for reading! And I would love to know about your own Bullet Journals and how last month fared for you! Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Ross!

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Down the TBR Hole #7!

I saw the most AMAZING post from LOST IN A STORY with the most AMAZING idea to help cut down my ridiculously large TBR! Thank you so much for creating this post!!

THIS IS HOW IT WORKS: (straight from original post)

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Every week I will be going through 10 books on my Goodreads TBR and purging as many as I feel comfortable with. Most likely these posts will go up on a Sunday. Currently I have 296 to go through and this number is always being added to, so hopefully this will help a lot. Here are my next ten books!


Love Hurts by Malorie Blackman

love hurts

It’s got some authors I love but I’m not sure if I’m a big fan of anthologies!

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray

BTDBY

I love this series so much!!!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

BMB

Yes, I’m a big David Levithan fan!!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


A Dream of Spring by George R. R. Martin

ADOS

I’m not sure if this is the official cover, but I will definitely be reading this long-anticipated final instalment – if it ever even comes out!!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola

THE UNSEEING

Nah, this doesn’t sound too good anymore!

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

pride and prejudice

Jane Austen’s books are definitely some classics I want to get around to!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

king's cage

I really disliked the previous book so I’m kicking this off my TBR!

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

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This doesn’t sound that appealing any longer!

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

wires and nerve

Yes, I really want to get around to this!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Doctor Who: The Clockwise Man by Justin Richards

clockwise man

Doctor Who is and will always be my favourite show in the world so I’m definitely keeping this!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


This week I got rid of 4/10 books off my TBR, reducing it to 292 books! Slow and steady wins the race!

If you liked this post, let me know in the comments, and even better, why not join in! Also, don’t be afraid to give the amazing Lia some love over at her LOST IN A STORY!

Thanks so much for reading! Until next time,

Ross!

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