TBR lists

Update & TBR Tidy Up

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about anything… at all. I haven’t finished reading a book since the PitchWars picks were announced in August.

THIS WILL CHANGE. I’m 90% through The Hate U Give and I have other lovelies waiting on my TBR. However… I still need to get this stuff down.

So! Back we go, down the TBR hole, clearing out the 266 titles remaining.

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THE RULES

  • 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?

 

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Hmm. Hmmmmmmmm.

This sounds fascinating. It’s got Zimbabwe history, folklore, tourists, murders. I’m hoping to get more diverse reads in next year so

KEEP

 

 

 

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Ok so this cover does NOT reveal it’s about aliens and mind control. From this you’d think it was a nice, magical-realism or contemporary romance or something, but no. It’s aliens. And it’s about Special Characters Who Don’t Conform.

Getting rid.

 

 

 

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Honestly, I’m not sure if I want to absorb a government conspiracy, kamikaze bird novel soon but I can see my friends dig it. So I’m going to

KEEP

 

 

 

 

 

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I’ve heard so many things about this particular book and I’ve heard of the author. Another government thing, maybe I was on a destroy-the-government high when I added the last two books?

KEEP

 

 

 

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Oh my god, assassin girl?! Yes please.

Again with the government thing, though…. still

KEEP

 

 

 

 

I’m not doing a very good job of getting rid of things, am I?

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This is a book 2. Of a series I don’t even read. Why did I put this on?!

NOPE SORRY

 

 

 

 

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Ok so…. this sounds good? It’s set in a graveyard about a girl with powers and her reaper cousins. I like that spooky shit. Nobody I know has read it but I might give it a go if I can find a copy.

KEEP

 

 

 

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As much as I LOVE witchy books I’m not sure that this is something I’ll ever get to.

NOPE

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m not convinced. I don’t even know what the premise is. All I know is walled city and coming back changed? That doesn’t tell me anything.

Sorry, NOPE

 

 

 

 

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This includes revenge and Australia and it’s historical fiction but I honestly believe I’ll take up other historical fiction before I read this so, sorry but you gotta go.

NOPE

 

 

 

 

OKAY. SO that’s a bit better, got rid of more this time than previous rounds. My New Year’s Resolution is to buy a book a month from a physical store – something an agent on Twitter said would help secure the business if everyone who wrote, edited or agented a book actually did it. I hope to get to some of these!

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The PitchWars Experience Comes To An End…?

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You may have noticed there’s a question mark in the title, which I will get to in a bit, because that’s… well it’s my own version of clickbait. So keep reading! (if you want, no pressure, there’s no flashy adverts here.)

As we’re nearing the finale of PitchWars, there’s a conflict of feelings I’ve noticed in general conversations and posts.

Excitement – definitely. Nervousness – oh hell yes. Courage – IN BUCKETS.

Everyone is doing their best to balance real life, revisions, and the multitude of things we need to prepare for in general.

For those who don’t get in PitchWars (having been there twice, I know the feels) the competition may have gone dark. You may not have bothered looking at the hashtag, you (hopefully!) ploughed on with your writerly life, and for the most part mentees are hidden away in their writing caves screaming at the keyboard, only surfacing to cry.

Or was that just me…?

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Behind the scenes there’s so much happening it’s a struggle to keep up. The amount of posts in our 2017 Mentee Facebook group is testament to that, with about 20 posts a day at peak times. Then there’s the helpful comments and the wonderful camaraderie, and you’re lost in a sea of authory wonder on the best of days. People at all stages of revision and preparation for deadlines come through to help each other out and answer questions some of us can’t see the solution to.

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Throughout this whole experience my CPs have been incredibly supportive, and I treasure them forever and always. My mentor Cat has been absolutely wonderful in shaping this story and being the ultimate critiquing cheerleader. My teammate Elizabeth has been in the exact same situation as me, and we’ve checked in and supported each other during the *head down don’t look up* phase of revisions.

But I don’t think I could have done this without the YA PitchWars friends I’ve made along the way. They’ve lightened dark moments with humour, dragged me up by my britches when I needed it most, and given me the most hilarious conversations I think I’ve ever had which leave me giggling to this day.

Not to single anyone out here, but I am about to name drop: Anna, Victoria, Gillian, Kimberly, Bethany, Sher-May and Ciannon — YOU ARE GODDESSES and I love you. I look forward to the day I can stroke your pretty covers on my shelf (with the ULTIMATE non-creepy vibe).

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(if you’ve never seen Friends that could seem quite alarming…)

In fact… there are so many – SO MANY – books I want to read I truly want everyone to keep going with their PitchWars novels until they see the light of day.

So here’s where the question mark comes in– just because she showcase ends soon, does it mean PitchWars is done? For this year, maybe, but the experience will continue indefinitely. The Facebook group isn’t going to close. All the mentees aren’t going to disappear off Twitter. News will come in, people will get agents, books will find homes. More books will be written. The knowledge we’ve learned, we’ll gladly pass to others and the friendships will rage on.

So while the PitchWars contest is technically July-November, the experience itself is much longer and richer than that. To anyone who’s thinking of submitting next year I urge you to GO FOR IT. It’s an amazing, heartbreaking, difficult and OH SO REWARDING experience. And you know I’m passionate about it cause I’m using caps, what more do you need?!

I hope to see all of you and your fantabulous books smashing it next year.

Never give up; NEVER SURRENDER.

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(listen to the Galaxy Quest alien!!)

 

blog awards · Just For Fun · Random Musings

Mystery Blogger Award!

mysterybloggerThe Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto of Okoto Enigmas Blog ,and I was nominated by Hayley of Fangirl Fury — thanks so much Hayley!

The purpose of the Mystery Blogger Award is to honor bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do so with love and passion.

 

 

The Rules

  • Put the logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and link their blog.
  • Tell your reader 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10-20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

3 Things about Me

  1. I bake–I think people will already know, but I love it. I make my Mum’s birthday cake every year.
  2. I once skipped school after my piano teacher reduced me to tears. The afternoon class was P.E so I was like “Peace” and basically left the piano lesson and walked home without telling anyone. I was fine, cause it was only a few streets away but I think I almost gave my grandma a heart attack.
  3. I keep a dream diary because my dreams are weird

I nominate:

Anna Mercier

Lex @ Lex Writes

Destiny @ Howling Libraries

Mikrael 

Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek

Kristi @ Confessions of a YA Reader

If you’ve done the award already or you’re currently writing like you’re running out of time enough, no worries!

My Questions:

  1. If you could make ONE character come to life, who would you choose?
  2. What was the first book you remember being obsessed with?
  3. Have your favourite genres changed over time?
  4. If you could cast yourself in a TV Show which one would it be?
  5. You’re stuck in jail. Your favourite Disney princess is in there with you. Who is it, and what did you get jailed for?!

Hayley’s Questions For Me:

If you could revive any past TV show, what would it be?

BUFFY. That show was incredible when I was a teenager and I loved how much I saw women being strong and vulnerable all at once. I wanted to be Willow so bad and it completely fit my spooky little aesthetic far more than Charmed ever did. It also showed vampires in their (imo) best incarnation yet.

Do you celebrate any holidays during the winter season?

Mostly Yule and Christmas. And the winter solstice, which is Yule, but sometimes I take it without the pagan reference. OH and my birthday which is 7th November — while it’s technically autumn it’s cold enough to be frickin winter 90% of the time.

What is or was your favorite subject in school?

Art and English. I loved being creative. I also got my highest marks in that. Not sure what the lesson came under, but I also loved weather–where we did little experiments outside or learned about clouds. Anything to do with nature was a plus for me.

If you had a soundtrack of your life, what would be three songs on the album? 

  1. May It Be by Enya
  2. Wicked Game by Chris Isaak
  3. Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend – Moulin Rouge! version

What books are you hoping to get to before the end of 2017?

The Hate U Give
Scorpio Races
Language of Thorns
Forest of A Thousand Lanterns.

I can do it, right?! I haven’t read so much lately because of PitchWars edits/revisions but I hope to remedy that and fulfil my 40 books read this year.

Top 5 Wednesday

T5W- Books Featuring? Witches

I KNOW this was meant to be a few weeks ago, and the title is “supernatural creature” but honestly I haven’t read many vampire, werewolf, demon, angel, shifter books– that doesn’t float my boat. Know what does?

Witcheeeeeess.

And vampires. But like I said, not read many of those books so you get this.

What, to me, constitutes a witch? – the ability to manipulate energy in order to receive the desired result. Potions. Wands. Spells. The uncanny ability to manifest.

While some magic-powers characters like Kelsier in The Final Empire could be considered witchy, to me they’re not. Because it’s just… no.

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CARRY ON

You get double whammy here because Baz is both vampire AND a witch. The book itself was fractured IMO though I loved it whenever Baz was on the page. He held a sort of snark which was undeniably adorable, funny and creepy all at the same time. He was the most fleshed out character of all of them and I’m glad he knew he was gay and in love with Simon Snow from the start. None of this “but why am I so attracted?”

Refreshing.

 

 

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A GATHERING OF SHADOWS (and ADSOM in general)

I love Kell, Holland and Lila so much. The rules of magic here were very intricate and also formidable. I love that one of the Antari’s eyes are always dark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE RAVEN BOYS

Neeve was the witchiest one out of all of them in the entire series — morally ambiguous at best, she used herbs and traditional witches’ scrying methods in order to look into the things she shoudn’t. She used mirrors and symbols. Also there was a herbalist in the family, and I count her as being a witch too, because love ❤

 

 

 

 

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This is my favourite HP book. And know who my favourite witch is? Luna Lovegood. I loved this book for many reasons but mostly because it had more of her. She is a severely underrated character and I want more merchandise with her pronto. Do they even have her wand?! I want it if they do.

 

 

 

 

 

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SIX OF CROWS.

Yes, I’m predictable. Nina. Jesper. Need I say more?! ❤

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday – Fancasts!

September 20th: Favorite Fancasts
–Discuss your preferred fancasts for some of your favorite characters. (Fancasts means actors you’d like to play your favorite characters or imagine your favorite characters as)

Oooooooh I love casting! I really, truly love casting so much. Ever since I was able to audition actors for my short films I’ve imagined who would play who, but of course this is simple fan service. ^_^

Ezra Miller as August, This Savage Song

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I know he’s older than August in the book but I seriously can’t imagine anyone else playing August as well as Ezra could. That mix of both dark and innocent. ❤

Armie Hammer as Nikolai Lantsov, Grisha Trilogy

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Again he’s probably too old now to play him but I want this hot man to play my hot prince, okay?! He’s funny, he’s charming, wit for days…

Evan Peters as Wylan van Eck, Six of Crows / Crooked Kingdom

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Nnnnnngh. ❤ I want him to play my little dynamite.

Daisy Ridley as Lila Bard, Darker Shades of Magic

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She is so cute. She can do tormented and cute, and probably play Lila effortlessly. The RANGE. Also would probably look good in 1800s mens clothing. Just saying.

Cole Sprouse as Gansey, The Raven Cycle

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I dunno, man. Some photos I just see it. He’s that mix of weird and also old school.

TBR lists

TBR tidy-up, or “Jade Still Wants To Read All The Things”

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While I’m still in the throws of PitchWars, I am making myself clip the TBR pile because it’s currently overwhelming…

  • 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?

 

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To be honest this sounds so strange – a Peter Pan retelling-ish that’s dark and twisty, and I’ve heard little of “Brom” but enough to know their name and… yeah I’ll keep this.

DECISION: STAY

 

 

 

 

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Let’s be honest – the cover isn’t the best. It doesn’t really give a sense of what the story is about BUT – I never try to judge a book by its cover, and the synopsis sounds cool (witch and knight and power and CRUSADES) as well as the reviews, so I’ll give this one a go.

DECISION: STAY

 

 

 

 

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I’ve heard SO MUCH about this book and most of my friends love it so I’m not getting rid of this at all. I can only hope someone buys it for my birthday or something because I never seem to have it top of my list :S

DECISION: STAY

 

 

 

 

 

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There’s been some half and half reviews on this and to be honest my heart isn’t into the story premise… though I know I should read books I don’t think I’ll like, I’m not sure this is one I want to keep immeditely.

DECISION: BYE

 

 

 

 

 

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This sounds intriguing – phantoms, darkness, fantasy – but also according to reviews, confusing. A very tentative keep…

DECISION: STAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The consensus with is… as well as what I’ve actually heard from friends – is that the romance gets in the way of plot with this one. And right now I’m not in the mood. The author is absolutely lovely but I’ll check out her other works instead.

DECISION: BYE

 

 

 

 

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Two of my favourite authors have waxed lyrical over this magical book and so I’M KEEPING IT.

DECISION: KEEP DAMNIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zoraida Cordova is an author I’ve yet to read – I know, bad Jade – but I remember putting this one on my list ages ago and then recognising her name because her premises always sound amazing. So I’ll..

DECISION: KEEPITY KEEP KEEP

 

 

 

 

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I am such a sucker for an Arthurian tale, and this centers on young Merlin and – while I’m not 100% sure that this will be a book for me I’ll give it a go.

DECISION: KEEP

 

 

 

 

 

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I AM SUPPOSED TO BE GETTING RID OF BOOKS NOT KEEPING THEM ALL BUT THIS SOUNDS SO COOL I AM KEEPING.

AGAIN.

 

 

 

 

 

Honestly…. I will continue doing this exercise because I need to narrow this down but it’s not working as much as I hoped because I want to read ALL THE THINGS.

Blog Tours · Book Things

Fate of the Stars Blog Tour

Fate of the Stars
Arwen Paris
Publication date: September 1st 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

When the fate of the world rests upon you…

Allison Delaney wants to spend her senior year healing from the loss of her father, to leave the shadows of his death and her junior year break-down behind. A Labor Day beach party seems like a good place to start…but there’s more danger lurking than anyone could imagine. Death is coming to Earth if the pods of infectious creatures aren’t stopped. But only one human can help…

To live or die is no longer a choice.

Eenoki is a protector of life but must have a sentient host to fight the invasion. A teenage girl would not be the best choice, but out of desperation Eenoki invades Allison’s mind and body, granting her unnatural abilities and strengths – and helping her escape certain death when the first wave of pods land.

As destruction rains down on Earth’s population, Allison realizes to save everyone, she must make the ultimate choice: Reject her human side and bond with Eenoki to become the Earth’s Priestess – or be killed along with the rest of humanity.

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Author Bio:

Arwen Paris is the author of young adult fiction. Her debut YA Sci-fi Urban Fantasy novel FATE OF THE STARS releases September 1, 2017. The actions packed pages of her novels are filled with characters that are forced to face fears they never expected. When she’s not writing, you can see posts of her (too many) vacations that keep her sane. Arwen lives in Washington, has a big crazy family & after the day job, she writes Fiction For the Fearless – #F3Fanatic

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