Monday plans (#32)

So I got very little read this week, as predicted due to the last few days of term before exams.  Hoping to get LOTS read this week since I’m currently very behind on a team challenge.  I’m going home for a few days for an interview though, so I’m not sure if that’ll help or hinder my reading!

I also haven’t actually completed anything for the Clean Sweep ARC challenge (though I’ve started several), so I’d like to make some progress on that this week too.
Plan for last week:

  • Review pile: Continue The Forgotten Ones (Target: 75% | Actual: 37%)
  • Review pile: Start Icons (Target: 25%| Actual: 27%)
  • Review pile: Start Chantress (Target: 25% | Actual: Not Started)

Plan for this week:



What are you reading this week?

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Monday plans (#31)

I got a lot more done than I expected to last week, probably because of the 24 hour readathon! Unfortunately, we’ve now reached the final month of university (ever) and this is the last week of lectures before exams. That means LOTS of deadlines this week, so I’m not expecting much reading to get done – all comes down to how well my work is going really!

Last week:

Plan for this week:


What are you reading this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday (#32): Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like MORE/LESS than I actually did

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week’s theme is “Top Ten Books I Thought I’d Like MORE/LESS than I did”.

Books I thought I’d like more…
1. Clockwork Angel
I enjoyed The Mortal Instruments, and everyone seemed to be loving The Infernal Devices, so I borrowed both Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince from the library.  In all honesty, I couldn’t get into them at all. I slogged through Clockwork Angel waiting for it to pick up or for something to draw me in, and it just never happened. I didn’t even open Clockwork Prince.

I may come back to them eventually, but for now, life’s too short for books I don’t love!

2. Dearly, Beloved (Review)
After Dearly, Departed was such an unexpected success, (see below!) I was really excited about Dearly, Beloved.  It didn’t live up to the first book at all though in my opinion.  Slower pacing, a lack of chemistry and a generally cluttered plot, this was a big letdown.

3. Hysteria (Review)
This sounded so good, but to be honest, I didn’t end up liking it very much.  I felt like it just didn’t fit – like the believable flashbacks clashed with the unbelievable present day.

4. Life of Pi
I really loved Life of Pi….Except the ending. I know that’s a controversial thing to say, but in all honesty, the more I think about the book, the more I resent it. You know how you were always told in school that “And then I woke up” was the worst way to end a story? The ending of this is way up there with that in my opinion.

5. The Claiming of sleeping beauty
Anne Rice puts an erotic spin on a fairytale – how could it possibly go wrong? This was recommended by several friends, and a few book bloggers I share reading tastes with (usually) loved it. And yet, this was just a bit too ‘out there’ for me.  I found it repetitive, the plot seemed to drift off to another set of characters halfway through the book, and there was a much bigger focus on m/m than I expected.  If you were expecting something like Fifty Shades crossed with Sleeping Beauty (which I’ll admit is basically what I expected) this is not it – this is several levels darker.




Books I didn’t expect to love as much as I did
1. Wolf of The Plains
Historical fiction? I can pretty much take it or leave it.  Genghis Khan? Don’t really know anything about him, don’t really care.  Those are pretty much the thoughts I had when my Dad recommended Wolf of the Plains.  Eventually I read it just to stop him whinging, and I LOVED it.  Of course there’s action and war and epic drama, but there’s also romance, and family and suspense.  I’ve bought every book in the series since then, and they’re a favourite.

2. Dearly, Departed
I should start off by saying that I am a wimp. There’s no tip-toeing around it, I’m hopeless with both horror and gore, and I spend most episodes of True Blood with my eyes closed.  Given that, I didn’t expect to like Dearly, Departed at all.  However, I was curious to see what all the fuss was about regarding zombie fiction, and this was a really pleasant surprise.

3. Always & Forever (Review)
This is what I expected from The Fault in Our Stars – beautifully written and heartbreakingly sad, Always & Forever was one of my favourite reads of 2012. 

4. 0.4
Although not a huge sci-fi fan, I couldn’t put this down.  The plot was really interesting, and I loved following Kyle Straker as the world literally changed in front of him.

5. Cinder (Review)
I didn’t love this as much as a lot of people, but I still enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting to, and it was one of my favourites for 2012.


Monday plans (#30)

I didn’t make any reading plans last week, which is probably a good thing because I haven’t had much of a chance to pick a book up this week!  It’s deadline time here at uni for the next two weeks, so we’re currently in the library all day every day.

Last week:

  • Unplanned: Sneak (Completed)
  • Unplanned: Level 2 (Completed)


Plan for this week:


What are you reading this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday (#33): Top Ten Books at the top of my Spring TBR list

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week is a Rewind, so we can pick any past topic. I’m going for “Top Ten Books at the top of my Spring TBR list”.

The Sequels

1. Blood of Dragons – The conclusion to my favourite series by Robin Hobb, this is probably my most wanted book of 2013, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

2. Requiem -I’ve heard great things about this, and I loved both Delirium and Pandemonium.

3. Reached – I’m not 100% sold on this one, since the series has been good but not great so far. I am curious though!

4. The Elite – After all the drama regarding the selection (both good and bad) I couldn’t pass up the chance to borrow a copy from the library whilst at home, and now I’d love to read The Elite too (though I may be waiting until it comes in at the library, since I’m not sure I’m curious enough to buy it!)

           


The New Releases
I’m on a bit of a dystopian kick at the moment, so these two are both high up on my TBR list!
5. Taken



6. The Program
   

The ones to review
7. Ink – This sounds really novel and interesting, and I’m excited to see how it plays out.

8. Big Brother – I had a quick look at this yesterday and have high hopes for it – even just the few pages I read had me giggling.

9. Dear Thing – This very much reminds me of Diane Chamberlain (who I like) and Jodi Picoult (who I love, but keeps disappointing me with the endings), and everyone seems to have loved it so far.

10. Amity & Sorrow – Polygamy and cults? How can you not be curious?!