Goodreads Reading Challenge 2018

Last year wasn’t a great one for me. It’s the first time I’ve set a reading goal and not met it since I joined GR, which can be explained by several things that went on in my personal life. We’ll not go into it, though. I did, however, get my hands on a fair few 5⭐️ reads, and wanted to share.

I’m hoping to meet my goal in 2019, and so far, I’m on track! Did you read any of the same books I read last year?

Reading Challenges and TBR – January edition

Howdy, Wayfarers!

I spent a lot of today organising my January challenges and planning what I’ll be reading, so I wanted to share that with you! I also took a few pictures for Insta that you’ll see very soon, I promise. Hope you like them 😊

I’m participating in two challenges this month. One being TBR’s Winter Wonderland challenge and the other is Fox & Wit’s monthly challenge. I’ve been assigned to team Dragon’s Den! Feeling good about this. TBR’s WW challenge runs over December and January since the holidays took up a good portion of that time. Here’s my board so far:

Not the prettiest, I know, but it works for me. 😋 Of the 11 books I read in December, only 4 contributed to this, so I’ll need to get myself in gear to make it happen. If you have any recommendations, I’m happy to hear them! And the image for FnW’s challenge is:

Go Dragon’s! I’ve already chosen my books for this, but would love to know what you would have chosen. Here’s mine:

Two Words – Crooked Kingdom, Prince – The Cruel Prince, Russian-inspired – Siege and Storm, Debut – We Set the Dark on Fire, Swords – Nevernight, Empire – Circle of Shadows.

I’m so excited about my full TBR this month! It’s a really great line up, but I’ll probably need to add a couple more to complete the WW challenge. My full January TBR:

I’m thinking Crooked Kingdom for True Love, need to add something for Dragons, something for Myth, and a Re-read. Plus, The Poppy War (not pictured) for Asian inspired. Have you read any? What would you add for the challenge? I’ve finished Once a King and am halfway through The Blood Spell. Spoiler alert: LOVING IT!

Happy reading, friends!

Sampler Sunday #1

Hi there, Wayfarers!

I’ve been contemplating doing this type of post for awhile, and it just keeps sticking in my mind. I’m gonna just go for it! Might not be every week, but I’ll do them when I have time and good samples to talk about. So here’s this weeks:

The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon: EVERYONE is talking about this! The sample looks pretty good, but, I must say, I’m not as excited about this as I am for TBS4!! Priory has dragons, which I love, and a secret protector. There’s also religion, which could go either way, and a few pretty interesting personalities. I’m probably gonna pre order from the Illumicrate virtual signing, but it’s not one of my most highly anticipated releases, if I’m honest. Maybe that will change when I read the full novel? Sample from Netgalley

Five Feet ApartRachael Lippincott et al.: Holy damn. If you’ve ever read John Green, you need this book. Reminiscent of The Fault in our Stars, but with kids that have cystic fibrosis instead. It’s sure to be entirely heartbreaking, but worth the read, I think, as it’s a diverse read. It’ll be helpful to learn more about how CF works and how it affects people in their daily lives. From what I’ve read so far, it’s a pretty intense affliction, but it’s not often you hear much about it. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book. Sample from Riveted Lit. Released 20 Nov 2018.

Have you read either book yet? Let me know what you think in the comments!

Sky in the Deep Companion Novel Title REVEAL!!

So, if you’ve been following me long, you’ve heard me shout about Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young! It’s amazing and still my top read of the year 🖤 a Viking-inspired world full of badass women, personal turmoil, and acceptance. You’ve got to check it out and then let me know what you think of it!

Anyway, Adrienne recently revealed the title (and one main character) of the companion novel. Now, it’s not a sequel, but we will see some of our most loved characters from Sky in the Deep. Without further adieu…

Doesn’t it sound phenomenal?? Can’t wait to find out who she is and how she ties in with Halvard.. That’s right! Our favourite little brother is going to be front and centre of this story…

Read Adrienne’s reveal here! She’s the absolute best. And then go pre-order here!

I’m so damn excited! Love it or leave it? Tell me in the comments 😘

DeptCon 4 Day 2!

Yesterday was so good, friends! Day 2 has kicked off and I am so excited to meet some of the authors today! 😍

I’ll get to meet Sally Green, Mary Watson, Deirdre Watson, Louise O’Neill, and Tom Pollock, among others!

Stay tuned for my total haul, which I’ll post either tonight or tomorrow 😘

COVER REVEAL: The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli

Yesterday, the UK cover for The Caged Queen (coming 25th September 2018) released to the public!!! And I’m so in love with it! I’ve been waiting for this since I finished The Last Namsara because I was so blown away by that novel.

Check it out:

It’s stunning! I think I love it even more than the US cover…but I’ll probably get both, anyway. Is that crazy? That’s probably crazy…

The second book in Kristen Ciccarelli’s lush Iskari series.
Lavish, romantic, and dotted with magic, The Caged Queen is a new story in the world of The Last Namsara—one that fans of the first book will flock to.
Once there were two sisters born with a bond so strong that it forged them together forever. When they were angry, mirrors shattered, and when they were happy, flowers bloomed. It was a magic they cherished—until the day a terrible accident took Essie’s life and trapped her soul in this world.
Dax—the heir to Firgaard’s throne—was responsible for the accident. Roa swore to hate him forever. But eight years later he returned, begging for her help. He was determined to dethrone his cruel father, under whose oppressive reign Roa’s people had suffered. Roa made him a deal: she’d give him the army he needed if he made her queen.
Together with Dax and his sister, Asha, Roa and her people waged war and deposed a tyrant. But now Asha is on the run, hiding from the price on her head. And Roa is an outlander queen, far from home and married to her enemy. Worst of all: Dax’s promises go unfulfilled. Roa’s people continue to suffer.
Then a chance to right every wrong arises—an opportunity for Roa to rid herself of this enemy king and rescue her beloved sister. During the Reliquishing, when the spirits of the dead are said to return, Roa can reclaim her sister for good.
All she has to do is kill the king.

So, thoughts? Which do you love most?