Life Update!

Hey guys!

I can’t believe we’re already halfway through August already, what the hell!? Anyways, today I’ve decided to do something a little different because I know I haven’t been that active on this blog for the past two weeks!

I spent the first week of August in Salou in Spain with some of my best friends from school. As you all know, we finished up school for good and completed our exams so we all wanted to do something special where we could celebrate and look back on in years and years to come! Anyways, I had a ball. The first couple of days of the holiday were kind of ruined by the fact that Ryanair CANCELLED our flight to Spain from London within three hours!! It was quite a disaster, but after waiting seven hours in a line to talk to someone from the airline, we finally got on to a flight the next day to somewhere close to Salou and from there on in I had a blast!

I only brought two books to read but unfortunately we were so busy by things like going to Barcelona for the day, theme park, waterpark, the beach and its activities that I barely had time to sit around and read. I got about 150 pages of All These Beautiful Strangers finished but that was it!

Two days after I got back, I was lucky enough to attend an early screening of The Darkest Minds movie, thanks to Dept51 of Easons! I enjoyed the movie and we got free pizza and drinks so all in all, definitely worth it!

Since then, I’ve just been busy in work. There’s this big Irish festival that came to the town where I work yesterday, so I’m going to be working a lot more than usual over the next week and a bit.

In two days’ time, I will be getting my RESULTS from my exams!! It’s so crazy to think that they will be finally over. I’ll find out how much collective points I got from all my subjects and that will determine if I get my chosen course! I’m hoping to do English & Creative Writing in college and I will find out if the college offers me a place in their course on the 20th of August! I’m not as nervous as I thought I would be, I’m just really eager to find out what direction my life’s going in!

So yeah. I’ve kind of taken a step back from writing, reading and blogging this month but hopefully after all my busy events over the next week settle down, I’ll be able to dive back in!

Until next time,

Ross!

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Down the TBR Hole #15!

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 270 to go through and this number is always being added to, so hopefully this will help a lot. Here are my next ten books!


Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews

flowers in the attic

I eventually want to read this, yeah.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


The Making of Mollie by Anna Carey

the making of mollie

This sounds really up my street!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

what is not yours

This sounds glorious!!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

flame in the mist

This sounds absolutely amazing and I really want to start it!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


The Gender Game by Bella Forrest

the gender games

This doesn’t really interest me anymore, to be honest.

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Replica by Lauren Oliver

replica

This sounds really, really intriguing.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Ringer by Lauren Oliver

ringer

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

passenger

This sounds like an incredible story.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

of fire and stars

This sounds really cute and I’ve heard great things about it!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Starworld by Paula Garner

NO COVER

It’s not out yet but at the moment it doesn’t excite me too much.

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


So in total I’ve gotten rid of 2/10 books off my TBR, reducing it to 268 books! Not a great week, but they can’t always be!

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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August TBR + July Wrap-Up!

Hey guys…

July was a busy month to say the least. I started a new job, I had a few things to do before my holidays but mainly I dedicated the month to writing for Camp NaNo. All this means that I didn’t get as much reading done as I would have liked to.

But even still, I managed to finish 4 books this month. Those include:

  • Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
  • Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

My August TBR

I’m hoping to get a good amount read this month. Deptcon4 is officially the 12th and 13th of October and though I don’t know the author line-up as of yet, I definitely want to try get ahead of myself and start lots of reading!

I’m really hoping to get these books read, especially the classics!


And what about all you? What are you hoping to read during the month of August? I’d love to know in the comments below!

Until next time,

Ross!

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Down the TBR Hole #14!

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 276 to go through and this number is always being added to, so hopefully this will help a lot. Here are my next ten books!


Sabriel by Garth Nix

sabrial

This doesn’t sound too intriguing enough anymore!

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Witness for the Prosecution and Selected Plays by Agatha Christie

witness for the prosecution

I want to get around to reading all of Agatha Christie’s novels and plays eventually!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford

suicide notes

It doesn’t sound too interesting anymore.

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant

lie with me

I have a copy of this so I might eventually give it a try, but for now it’s not doing anything for me.

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

in a dark dark wood

This doesn’t entice me as much anymore.

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J. K. Rowling

fantastic beasts

I’ve already read this years and years ago, just not the film script.

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo

stalking jack the ripper

This sounds really, really good!!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

an ember in the ashes

I really want to get around to this series; I’ve only heard good things!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Uglies by Scott Westerfield

uglies

This sounds super interesting. I definitely want to keep this!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Frostblood by Elly Blake

frostblood

I’m not too keen about this for now but maybe my opinion could change.

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


So in total I’ve gotten rid of 6/10 books off my TBR, reducing it to 270 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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WWW Wednesday!

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?

I’m excited to share updates with you guys about my reading rather than just seeing it on Goodreads!


1. WHAT I’M CURRENTLY READING

children of blood and bone

Children of Blood and Bone

thoughts: I am so in love with this book, it’s a joke. It’s such a gorgeous and engrossing and even though it’s taking me a little while to read it, I still love it!


2. WHAT I RECENTLY FINISHED

the tattooist of auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

thoughts: It took me ages to read this book and I didn’t really like it, to be honest!


3. WHAT I’M GOING TO READ NEXT

all these beautiful strangers

All These Beautiful Strangers


What about you guys? Let me know what you’ve been reading lately and what you’ve been loving in the comments below!

Until next time,

Ross!

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Camp Nanowrimo July 2018: WEEK TWO!

Hey everyone…

So as you all know I’m participating in this month’s Camp NaNoWriMo! I decided it would be fun to do a sort of “Write With Me” over the course of a week, and I can do this for each week of the month! I think it’ll be exciting to be able to look back on and keep you all updated with where I am with my writing.


Monday, July 9

10:30 PM Today I went to Bray again for most of the day so I didn’t get a lot of writing done. I’m so exhausted so I only got 59 words written, but I have done lots of planning and basically planned the rest of my WIP!


Tuesday, July 10

3 PM I’m having a movie night with some of my friends and we’re starting in a while so I doubt I’ll get a lot of writing done today!

2 AM So we did a few sprints now before our last movie and I managed to write 1,349 words in total today.


Wednesday, July 11

5:30 PM I wanted to get a decent amount of writing done today, like at least 3/4k, but I’m absolutely knackered after staying up until nearly 6AM last night!! So far I’ve written over 1000 words but hoping to double that by the end of the day!

11 PM update: I did not double those words because I’m so tired. Here’s hoping the rest of the week will bring me lots of words!


Thursday, July 12

3 PM Haven’t done any writing this morning yet because I was incredibly nervous. I had a job interview today and I’m delighted to say that I got the job and I start Saturday. I was scared of it being a lot of hours during the week but thankfully it’s only 3-4 days a week so I will still have time to write and (hopefully) finish this WIP this month and reach my word count goal!

8 PM I’m really only home now because I popped in to see my Nan for a while then paid a quick visit to my friend. I have impulsively decided to go out tonight to celebrate so in total today’s word count is 148 words. I’m not doing the best this week at all.


Friday, July 13

4:30 PM I woke up quite late today and have just been chilling this afternoon, watching some Skins and, well, eating. However, my friend Chloe is over now and we’re planning on doing lots of sprints because we’re both behind on our stats for this month’s camp nano. I will update you all later!

12 AM I ended today with writing just over 1000 words! I’m starting my new job tomorrow so I’m off to bed now!


Saturday, July 14

10 PM I know it’s incredibly late to be having dinner, but I’m about to sit down to some now. I was in work till 3 today and when I get home I spent a while eating/reading then I got stuck into sprints with Chloe. My current word count for the day is just over 1500 words. Hopefully I can get to 2000 words before I go to sleep!

12 AM My total word count for the day is 2,147 words. I’m happy with my progress and hopefully I’m getting back on track.


Sunday, July 15

4:45 PM So as I sit patiently for the Doctor Who teaser, I thought I would update you all. I’ve been writing for most of the day and am currently sitting at 2,012 words. My aim for the start of the day was 5k but I don’t think that’s very doable any more. However, I’m aiming for 4000 words and finishing this chapter!

11 PM Hey guys! So happy with the progress I made today. I’ve finished today with 3,074 words and I finished both Chapter 15 and 16! I’m in work tomorrow at 10 so I’m going to head to bed to read some more of Children of Blood and Bone! I’m so glad I’m finally caught up and can’t wait to start a new week tomorrow!

Down the TBR Hole #13!

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 273 to go through and this number is always being added to, so hopefully this will help a lot. Here are my next ten books!


Kings of the Boyne by Nicola Pierce

kings of the boyne

I’ve been meaning to read more of Nicola Pierce’s books for ages so I definitely want to hang onto this!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

iron cast

This sounds absolutely gorgeous.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

three dark crowns

I really want to start this series!!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


Breathe by Sarah Crossan

BREATHE

Sarah Crossan is one of my all time favourite authors so I need to get on this!!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

YOU'RE WELCOME UNIVERSE

I feel like this would serve as great research for my own writing, seen as I have a deaf MC!

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

TILOML

I’m not really feeling this any more!

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

UNBECOMING

I’ve been recommended this so many times so I definitely need to keep this.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP


It Looks Like This by Rafi Mittlefehldt

it looks like this

I’m not feeling this book anymore!

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


My Messed Up Life by Susin Nielsen

my messed up life

I’m not really feeling this anymore either!

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

INTO THE WATER

I don’t think I’m ever going to get around to this, to be honest!

JUDGEMENT: DELETE


So in total I’ve gotten rid of 4/10 books off my TBR, reducing it to 269 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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