Monthly Roundup โ†ช Nov๐Ÿ˜ด

I HAVE READ SO LITTLE THIS MONTH. WOW. SURPRISE SURPRISE… To be fair on myself, this month has been incredibly busy – I’ve been travelling out of town on the weekends to see friends, going to concerts, finishing assignments, classes have been long, I’ve been tired, etc etc.

LYF IS TUFF.


MONSTERS
by Emerald Fennellย ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ–

I had a ‘Talented Mr Ripley’ moment with this book. That means I did not expect it to get as disturbing and creepy as it did. I don’t wanna say anymore at risk of giving anything away. I gave it 3 out of 5 not because I didn’t enjoy it that much, but mostly because it weirded me out so much….!!! I’m not really into these kinds of creepy books. ANYWAY, if you enjoy reading about disturbing murders and creepy small towns, this is for you.

๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜ย 3 Books!

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AND I DARKEN
[THE CONQUERERS SAGA #1]
by Kiersten Whiteย โš”โ˜ช๐Ÿฐ

So this book was a lot of fun!!! Long story short: if Vlad the Impaler was actually a girl and this is her ‘origin’ story of sorts. The book blurb basically explains it all so I’m not gonna repeat what’s there already, but what I WILL say is that it is a very fun and addicting read, especially if you love historical fiction. But maybe don’t expect it to be entirely accurate. I mean, it IS an alternate history novel, and also it’s complete fiction but “inspired” by real history. I initially picked it up because anything related to Vlad the Impaler and the ‘myth of Dracula’ or rather the Dracul’s of Romania, is right up my alley. Well enough that I’ll take a look at it. I didn’t know this was going to be a series when I picked it up and on finishing it I don’t think I’ll read the rest. I’m content with what I got from this one and I’m not invested enough in the characters to want to read more.

๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜ย 3 Books!

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Monthly Roundup โ†ช March ๐Ÿ“šโ›…

This month has been crazy tiring work wise and THEN I got sick and spent a bit of time in hospital, and as all chronic illness kids know, isย theย fun place to be.

I did manage to read a shit load more than I thought I would which is awesome!! I’m even past the half way point for my 40 book reading goal for the year!!!

Although my new mini goal is to try and read at least half of the books that I currently own before I head back to the UK for my masters in the fall.ย Which is actually a lot of books as well. So uh, that should prove to be an interesting challenge…

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A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund [Review]

 

For three years, the Cloaked Bandit has terrorized Wessex, robbing the nobility by knife-point and a well-placed arrow. But little dos anyone know, this bandit is in fact Juliana Wessex, the rightful ruler of the land and a girl her tyrannical uncleโ€”the current Lord Wessexโ€”believes was killed along with her father.

Juliana has become skilled at hiding from Lord Wessex in the forest, using her stolen goods to provide food and shelter to the peasants her uncle has taxed into poverty. But when she robs Collin Goodrich, her red hair betrays her true identity. Lord Collin remembers Juliana from their childhoodโ€”and challenges her to stay on his estate for a week in hopes she will leave her thieving ways and become a proper lady once more. Juliana is intrigued by Collin and his charms, but only time will tell if he can overcome her distaste of the nobilityโ€”as well as win her heart.

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Monthly Roundup โ†ช Feb ๐Ÿ‘„๐ŸŒน๐ŸŠ๐ŸŠ

Ahh. The second month of the year. Also known as “the season of buying overpriced roses and buying discount chocolate”. Also, Chinese New Year!ย ๐Ÿˆท๏ธ๐ŸŠ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿˆธ

๐ŸŽ†๐Ÿฎ (belated) GONG XI FA CAI & XIN NIAN KUAI LE!ย ๐Ÿฎ๐ŸŽ†

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Didn’t finish my stack of short books again… But I was reading longer books too so I think that’s a good enough reason!!!!!!!! Maybe March will be the month I finish the stack and finally get to dive headfirst into my Unread section of my home library, as well as local library.

I also thought of doing a mid month book haul post, as I got a bunch of library books as -*well as bought a few second hand ones, but it’s now marchย so… it doesn’t…. feel like… there’s…. much……. point…………

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Monthly Roundup โ†ช Jan โŒš๐Ÿ˜ซ

I reallyย really REALLYย underestimated how busy I would get working at the national paper as a photojournalist intern/temp… Working a 10 hour day is the norm and getting to come home at 6-7pm for dinner is a lucky break. And I’m not even doing early or late night shifts yet!!

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It’s madness but I’m enjoying it so there’s that. I’ve also been able to shoot a few stories that are book related and I’ll eventually post them up here since they are what I’d call a “Local Love”. One is a restaurant and the other is an author!

Despite my hectic schedule I managed to read 4 of my short books from my January TBR post, which even though is not even close to what my goal was, I also read 2 books that were longer than 200 pages. So I guess it’s not all bad. I’m just going to transfer that TBR challenge to February and try and read more in-between travelling to jobs during the week.

OK BOOK TIME!

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Monthly Roundup โ†ช Dec ๐Ÿ”ฏ๐ŸŽ„

YOU KNOW WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT DECEMBER?

HANUKKAH. THAT’S WHAT.

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I made a Hanukkah themed Book Tag if any of y’all are interested!! Make sure you send me a link of your completed tag, whether it’s a text post or a video! I’d love to see it!

๐Ÿ”ฏ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿ’›ย HANUKKAH BOOK TAGย ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฏ

 

Also I’m in Singapore which means biblical thunderstorms and flash floods like 4/5 times a week. Which is really nice when you’re hiding indoors so you don’t get wet in what is warm rain that sometimes can feel like pee. “Winter” in the tropics of South East Asia is weird. We have snow themed ย decorations everywhere, yet we are either sweating like mad or hoping the torrential rain won’t delay the bus system.

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New Year Book Hype: 2016 [Literary Lists]

HOW IS IT 2016 ALREADY???!?!?

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I still forget that the 90s were not 15 years ago, butย 20!!!!! Someone even complimented me for having a “vintage” iPod??? As in the ones that were black or white with a click wheel?!?? HOW IS THAT VINTAGE????!!!!!??!

SIGH. Anyway, I digress. Here’s a look at some of the books that are coming out this year that I’m super psyched for. SO EXCITING!!!

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IT’S HANUKKAH TIME Y’ALL [Book Tag]

So I live in Singapore. Which is in Asia. Which does not have a lot of Jews. And most certainly not enough to warrant decorations all over the city-state to celebrate Hanukkah.

Which blows because as a kid I wished that justย one placeย would have Hanukkah decorations. Hell, even some blue and gold lights somewhere would have been nice! BUT NO. It was all red and green and Santa this, reindeer that. Not even a few electric candles with blue fairy lights near or around them. ๐Ÿ˜’

THIS GOES OUT TO ALL MY FELLOW YIDS WHO RESENT BEING LEFT OUT IN THE SEASONAL MONTH OF DECEMBER.

๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ”ฏ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ”ฏ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ”ฏ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ”ฏ๐Ÿ’™

AND WHO DON’T WANT TO ENGAGE IN EVERY SINGLE CHRISTMAS EVENT BECAUSE IT’S NOT EVEN THEIR HOLIDAY.ย 

๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ”ฏ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ”ฏ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ”ฏ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ”ฏ๐Ÿ’™

HAPPY HANUKKAH-CHANUKAH-HANNUKAH-THE ONE WITH THE CANDLES!!!

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